Mani Monday – MAC Nocturnelle and Julep Avni, Katie and India

So, what’s better than a glitter gradient? A matte, bubble colour gradient, right?! I’ve seen this mani several times in several incarnations and here’s my take on it.

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First, two coats of MAC Nocturnelle which is an excellent, full-coverage, shiny black polish. It is one of my go-to favs.

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Then using the larger of two-sizes of dotting tools, I dotted Julep Avni, Katie and India in lines across my nail and then used a smaller size to fill in the  gaps.

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Then a thick coat of Sally Hansen That’s Matte topcoat and.. Voila! I am seriously in love with this mani. I think I’m going to add more topcoat when I get home to see if I can get it to last another day.

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What are you wearing on your nails today? Happy Shopping!

Totally Random Friday – June 13

Friday the 13th… duh duh DUH! I’ve never been one to subscribe to any of that stuff. I find they are usually like every other Friday.

So, this week went by in a blur.

Apparently I only took pics of one outfit this week. Must get better at that.

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Sarah Stevenson for Target blazer, Jacob sleeveless T-shirt, necklace from Chapters, Pink Celebrity Jeans lilac denim from The Style Bar and Sam and Libby Mary Jane’s from Hudson’s Bay.

I picked up some Sally Hansen nail strips on Monday am because I didn’t paint my nails on Sunday night and they lasted all week, which is awesome for me but totally boring for my blog.

20140612-163709-59829133.jpg It’s been five days and they seriously still look like this.

 

017142636974_mainI am totally jonesing for these Sam Edelman shoes. They have them in black at Hudson’s Bay and I am going down at lunch to try them on so I know what size to order in silver. These are gonna be awesome in summer and I can see them in fall with navy or black pants. Especially since Banana Republic just re-did the Sloan pant and promises me I am going to love them even more. Which seems impossible but I’m willing to try. How do I love them more than with all my heart? I’ll keep you posted.

 

My parents went to Las Vegas last month to see One Republic (ya, I was jealous) and brought me home personalized M&Ms. Now, I’m sure you’re thinking, wow, you have some restraint if you still had M&Ms after a month. Sadly, I don’t have any restraint, especially when it comes to M&Ms. Dad just brought these when he came for lunch on Monday and they were all gone by Tuesday at 5. I shared some with my co-workers but didn’t even take them home so I didn’t have to share with my husband. I totally had a sugar crash on Tuesday even and went to bed at 9 and slept all night.

20140612-163710-59830213.jpgAren’t they the cutest? I’m assuming that Vegas is the only place you can get the Welcome to Las Vegas sign actually printed on the M&Ms. Mom and I did this for Grandma last year when she and I went to Vegas.

 

 

 

Had a date night with my husband last Saturday. Went to see X-Men: Days of Future Past and loved it. I am actually looking forward to seeing it again when it comes out on Blu-Ray.

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I headed over to my local Shoppers Drug Mart last Saturday for Super Spend Your Points Event and got $110 worth of stuff for the price of the taxes. Bought the Benefit Lollibalm lip tint (which I will have a short review for soon), Fekkai conditioner, Smashbox Spring Edit palette, Smashbox 24 Hr eyeshadow primer (which I seriously have no idea how I lived without this product before), Maybelline VolumeExpress The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara and some Essense french mani tips. I had never spent my points before but was please at how easy it was. I think I’ll be doing that alot more often.

How was your week? Anything exciting happen? Anything not exciting happen? Happy Shopping!

Totally Random Friday – June 6th

This week went by really fast and was kinda boring. Not too much to talk about on the fashion/makeup front.

So here’s a round-up of my Instagram photos in case you missed them.

Apparently this week should’ve been called “42 Ways to Wear Your Denim Jacket”

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Denim Jacket (bought at a yard sale last summer, no specific brand), DKNY Jeans top and purple graffiti jeggings and Joe Fresh silver ballet flats. 

 

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Denim Jacket with Banana Republic Sloan Dress in black and Clarks sandals (from last year). Belt from Zellers and necklace from Aldo.

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Denim Jacket with Joe Fresh t-shirt with flower details, Gap Jeans in Peach and necklace from Lia Sophia. I am also wearing Birkenstocks but they got cut off in editing.

Okay, so maybe it’s not 42 ways but I sure wore it a lot this week. I think a nice denim jacket is a great neutral for spring and summer. If you don’t have one, I suggest you get one. And right now it’s easy as they are everywhere. If you aren’t a big fan of the cropped one (like I have above) grab one that hits you at the hip but definitely not any longer.

Some nail art:

 

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Two coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Barracuda and then using the painted gradient technique (by the lovely Chalkboard Nails) gradually paint three coats of Serum No 5 Laven-Daringly Bright (which glows in the dark) and top with two coats of Quo by Orly Pink Matte (sorry, I couldn’t find any link for this). Loved this mani and it wore well for two days.

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Some very exciting news: Head over to Lipsticks and Lullabies right away because Rebekah is giving away the Urban Decay Electric Palette for reaching 300 Likes on Facebook. Following me on Instagram and Twitter are two of the ways to enter for the contest. Good luck!

Oh ya, and I signed up for Twitter. Follow me @tlcshoppingwpg.

Lastly, what do you think of the larger picture sizes? Too big? Great for seeing details? Leave me a comment and let me know. Happy Shopping!

Totally Random Friday – May 2

Hi Shoppers! Feels like it’s been a boring week.

lav-endureI bought this polish last Friday and have worn it by itself for three straight days since I love it so much and I only have one tiny chip on my thumb that isn’t bothering me.

 

 

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Must be a lilac week because I picked up these jeans at The Style Bar. Totally love them except for the fact that they are super low-rise and I am a short person so they definitely won’t work for everyone.

Wardrobe Wednesday did not work out this week but let’s cross our fingers for next week.

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Patiently waiting for my Plie Wand and May Maven box from Julep. It just shipped so it will be awhile before it comes. Loving alot of the colours from this month but I managed to restrain myself to just four: Paulette (pink one fourth from the left), Laree (far left), Jules (second from the left) and Kam (gree one). And the Plie Wand Creativity Kit. Julep is a monthly subscription box with new colours and products every month for $20. Want to sign up? Feel free to use my referral link here. Your first box is free using the coupon code FREEBOX. 

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I purchased even more nail polish through the Topbox Limited Edition Flare Mani-Pedi Kit. For $25 you get a subscription to Flare (which worked out perfectly as mine just expired, value: $15 per year), six Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes ($9-10 each retail), Sally Hansen Cuticle Eraser & Balm (~$7), Sally Hansen Dry & Go Drops (~$8) and a nail file. Great value!  They also have a LouLou one that I’m hemming and hawing on as my LouLou subscription just ran out too. Topbox is another box subscription service that costs $12 per month. I haven’t signed up for this one as the reviews are kind of all over the place. Some love it, some don’t.

 

Even though my daughter is only 20 months (read: just over a year and a half) we are going to start potty training next week. I have the 3 Day Potty Training book and am planning on training next Thursday, Friday and Saturday. So there definitely won’t be any Totally Random Friday next week. I’m choosing to do it early because she shows almost all signs of readiness and I would really like it to be done before summer comes.

What have you bought this week? Any plans for Mother’s Day on May 11th? Happy Shopping!

Totally Random Friday – April 25

Sorry, it’s been a crazy couple of months. I’m getting back on the exercising train (or wagon, whichever you prefer) and had a couple weeks worth of writer’s block so apologies for the sketchy posting schedule.

Here are some manicures from the past couple of weeks. I’m delving into nail art and totally loving it.

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Here are the nail art tools I bought from Nail Polish Canada that I am super pumped about.20140424-162447.jpg

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20140424-162301.jpgSome matte topcoat to get ready for Lacquer Legion. This month’s theme is Glam and I am gonna nail this month (excuse the pun). After skipping the last two months, I feel like I have to bring my A game this time.

 

 

 

 

I’ve been eyeing up the Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigments palette and then realized digging through my eyeshadows this am that I already own several bright eyeshadows.

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From top to bottom, L to R:

Rose Suites (both hot pink and lighter pink), Sassy Grass, Metamorph, Shock-a-holic, Purple Haze, Aquadisiac, Cool Heat, Creme de Violet, Pink Freeze, Fashion Circuit and Deep Truth 

 

 

 

With any luck, next week I will be starting Wardrobe Wednesdays. Hopefully it will be a weekly thing but definitely every other week. Looking forward to your feedback on the outfits I will be modelling and giving some tips on styling particular items in your closet. If you have any questions or suggestions I’d love to hear them. Happy Shopping!