A few weeks ago, I finally saw Essie’s Mint Candy Apple in person. I’m not sure if it hadn’t been available in Canada before but I certainly hadn’t seen it and believe me I looked. After seeing it for the past year on many blogs, I was so happy to finally find it. Once I picked it up, I wondered if it was too similar to China Glaze’s For Audrey. I also thought of Mac’s Peppermint Patti which I also have. Before I used it, I wondered if they were too similar.
You can see that in the bottles China Glaze’s For Audrey and Essie’s Mint Candy Apple look very similar.
So I came up with this cute NOTD using all three to compare them better.
Clearly, I had nothing to worry about. Although similar while in the bottle, For Audrey dries to a darker turquoise/teal where Essie’s Mint Candy Apple stays a bright light blue. I really loved how these three worked together. I’m sure it won’t be the last time I do my nails like this.
Today, my friends are holding their annual Christmas party. It’s always a really good time. When I’m getting ready, I love to look at YouTube videos for inspo. I wish this was possible when I was still hitting the bars every weekend. Remember having to try makeup looks using magazine tips? It was nearly always a disaster in my case. lol.
Here are some of my favourites:
I love Pixiwoo’s tutorials. Plus, if they use something other than MAC, they’ll mention a dupe from MAC that’s similar. Even if you don’t want to buy MAC at least you have the option of getting to the store to see the colour in person and see what you might have that’s similar. I’ve totally done this.
The best part of Rachel’s videos are that she uses a lot of drugstore brands and she’s Canadian so I know that I’ll be able to get these products as well.
I found this channel while trying to find tips on Billie Piper’s makeup from The Secret Diary of A Call Girl. Love her tutorials! She makes everything look so achievable.
She always makes things look so easy! Practice practice practice!!
What are some of your favourite youtube tutorial channels? Please share with me! I can use all the help I can get. 😉
See what I mean? SPOILED! Here’s what I received in the swap:
Sally Hansen Gem Crush in Big Money Essie in Smokin’ Hot Essie in Bordeaux Cover Girl Outlast in Golden Opportunity Sally Hansen Magnetic in Electric Emerald Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in Tweed-Le Dee Mini make up bag Glass nail file
Here’s a NOTD of Essie’s Smokin’ Hot. The perfect dark plum/grey:
Thanks so much Kisha!!
See what I sent Kisha here! Have you participated in any swaps lately? Aren’t they fun?!
Just a quick NOTD today. Look at this beautiful pink pearly polish I received in this month’s GlossyBox! I generally don’t wear pearly pink polish because it’s a bit Molly Ringwald in The Breakfast Club. Although, that’s often what I’m going for!
I really need a new camera.
Did you get a Zoya polish in your Glossy Box this month? What’s your favourite polish at the moment?
Ever since I began knitting just over a year ago, I’ve been dreaming of creating a pair of pretty, fancy socks. I have to admit that I’m a bit intimidated about the double pointed needles so I keep putting it off. I’ve found with knitting and crochet that things are a lot easier when you break it down step by step but I’m still nervous about it. I’ve decided to make a pair soon because I’d like to give them out to my parents and brother for Christmas presents. I better start practicing. Do you have any tips?
Nearly two years ago, I was in McNally Robinson checking out magazines and came across Sandbox for the first time. I was drawn to the magazine right away but it was only when I read the cover that I realized it was a local Winnipeg mag. Naturally, I flipped through it briefly and decided to purchase it right away. I’m a big believer in supporting Canadian Magazines because it’s only recently that we have quite a few to choose from. Currently, I subscribe to four (LouLou, Flare, Maclean’s & Elle Canada). I’m always afraid that if I don’t renew my subscription, they might stop producing it! However, they really never focus on Winnipeg or the Prairies in general. Well, that’s a whole other story. Back to Sandbox!
When I got home and took the time to read it from cover to cover I was completely besotted. Not only were they covering what I already love about Winnipeg, they were also covering things I knew absolutely nothing about. The people and places that aren’t generally covered by our mainstream media. I loved it. I also loved seeing the people I know featured in the magazine. Why not? Winnipeg is a very interesting and vibrant city with secret gems that even those of us who live here don’t always know about. Plus, the photography, design and styling is flawless. I was always so impressed by their issues. To me, they were never just a fantastic local magazine, they were a fantastic magazine full stop. I mean, just check out some photos from the final issue:
Anyway, recently the Sandbox crew announced that they would be retiring the magazine as it is known and amagalmating it with already established publications and companies. Of course, I was sad but I’m still excited that Sandbox will be staying around in any capacity. Winnipeg is such an interesting and diverse community and it’s so great to see our creativity on display in a different way.
Adieu Sandbox and Congratulations on such a fabulous run!
As previously mentioned, I adore British Soaps. The thing with soaps is that you get so attached to characters that when they die on tv, you feel the need to grieve. I’m thinking of you Jack Duckworth! I heard through the grapevine that Eastenders’ Pat Butcher was going to die over Christmas. I was DEVASTATED! I love Pat with her saucy side-eyes and constant battles on the square. Although Pat has a few more years in Canada (we’re so behind), I had to cheat and watch her last scenes online. I think I have to be emotionally prepared to part with her. lol.
Without a doubt, Pat’s signature is her earrings. They were big, bold and most likely to be acrylic. Love! In honour of Pat, I put together a few gorgeous earrings that I think she’d love.
Except I got it in black. Not a big change from the peacoat but it is a lot more practical for Winnipeg winters considering this has a hood, and does up at the neck. I’ve always been a bit worried about toggles. I thought they were a bit too Paddington Bear for my liking but then again, Pads does dress quite well.
The weather has really gotten chilly in the past week. When it hits -18C on a consistant basis, it’s time to invest in a new coat. I have pretty much stayed with the traditional peacoat since I was in my early teens. In my opinion, the peacoat is really the most transitional coat you can own. It’s perfect for day or night, works perfectly with jeans or your New Year’s Eve dress. I have a feeling that this year I’ll be back in black because it offers so many more colour options for accessories than my current fire engine red. However, I can’t help but love these muted tones below in the periwinkle and the gray. So delicate and pretty. The best part about a wool peacoat, is that it keeps the wind out and keeps you warm! Very important for those chilly Winnipeg winters. I always love a cream peacoat and have actually worn one before. However, I found out the hard way that cream + Starbucks’ peppermint mochas = many trips to the drycleaner!
I’m hoping to be practical tomorrow and stay with the classic black but it’s oh so tempting to go for colour. Who knows what I’ll find out there tomorrow but here are the current coats I’m loving: