Apparently, March turned into April ten days ago. You’d never know it by how cold it’s been lately. It’s still below zero most days. Sigh.
Anyway, here’s what I was up to in March:
Kitchen is completely painted red! // Carrot cake pancakes were so good! recipe via smitten kitchen // More snow! It never ends. 😦 // First Seasonsbox – post here // My tweet was mentioned in Style at Home magazine! // Could not stop drinking this tea even though I’ve had it for months // Marvelled the retro checkout at the nearby Safeway // Became a bit obsessed with my mom’s issue of Redbook. I actually wanted to pick up my own copy. Great rebrand! // Sprinkles is sleeping and is adorable x // Green ombre-ish NOTD – post here// Discovered my favourite PBS Euro travel show host Rick Steves has a podcast // Shamrock plant! // What can I say? I love the snow? // Bunny! // Loved this memoir by Grace Coddington. Two thumbs up! // More Sprinkles x 2 //
What have you been up to this March? Follow me on instagram @Lesleylu and I’ll be sure to follow back! x
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.
I’ve started to paint my kitchen red. I’m loving how it’s looking so far. Such a relief considering how dark the colour is. It’s a bit scary to paint the first stripe. I can’t wait to show you!
Anyway, here’s what I was up to in January:
Coffee on New Year’s Day! // Mittens in progress. Now frogged because I don’t like how they turned out. The yarn is so pretty though. // Enjoying the gorgeous big blue Manitoba sky // Working on Missoni blanket again. It’s been over a year already! // First day back to class // Winter is coming scarf // Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Obsessed with this book. // Isn’t it cute that I thought -34C was cold when -44C was just around the corner? // I love my Travel & Leisure subscription but sometimes they’re rubbing it in. // Sprinkles! // Making scones // Treated parents to Creme Brulee French Toast. Recipe here. // Tea Cozy! Post here // Born to be Brad – Love this book! // Chevron NOTD // Sundogs!
What have you been up to this January? I love following new instagrammers. Follow me on instagram @Lesleylu and I’ll be sure to follow back! x
I received this bottle of Suncoat Peelable nail polish in a Glymm box last month. The photo is true to real life. I’m always a bit wary of peelable nail polish. I find that one little scrap can take the whole nail off. This wasn’t the case with Suncoat. In fact, I was able to have a shower & wash the dishes and keep the polish on.
Of course, it didn’t last for as long as non peelable polish but I really liked this formula. I would definitely pick up a few more colours if I had an idea where to find them. It would be great for the really dark shades like red that seem to dye the area around my nails when I try to take it off with remover. Something to think about if you’re like me and often plan your polish changes a few days in advance. It is definitely the best peelable polish I’ve ever tried.
According to their website, the polish is “Completely VOC free. Free of toulene, formaldehyde (no formaldehyde donors), acetates, acetone or any other chemical solvents.” This particular colour is vegan. Suncoat is a Canadian company and their cosmetics are cruelty-free.
In December’s Glossybox I received another nail polish. Love that! I don’t even know the last time I purchased nail polish myself. December’s glossybox was a bit weird. There was some controversy about it on their Facebook page regarding old products. It should be interesting to see what comes this month. Anyway, I was really excited when I saw this colour because as much as I love having white nail polish, I really don’t like to buy it. You know, it’s a basic everyday and not all that fun. I like to spend my money on the fun polishes.
This colour isn’t exactly as I had imagined. It’s very pretty and sheer. There is some iridescence. The photo above is of two coats. You can still see the nail through but I really liked the way it looked. So even though it’s not the bright solid white I hoped for, I think it’s much more wearable and I’ll get a lot of use out it. It is a matte shade but there is still some shimmer from the colour.
What is your favourite polish at the moment? What did you receive in your Glossybox last month?
In November’s Glossybox I received a gorgeous jewel toned purple shade. It was great because even though I’m not really wanting to wear purple at the moment, I don’t have a shade like this. It’s very pretty.
I also decided to add some of Butter London’s The Black Knight on my tips and ring finger just because I never use The Black Knight. I’m not sure why. I really like it but I just always reach for something else.
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?
Sorry for being so AWOL. Apparently, it takes a lot of time and energy to move across the city and repaint everything. What was I thinking? I saw this new Revlon Neon line at Shoppers this week and was really excited about it. I loved the concept of pairing white with a neon colour to make it pop.
I have to say I was a little disappointed with the consistency. It’s very streaky and thin. I’m thinking that I should have taken two coats of white so that the blue wouldn’t be as streaky but I’m not sure that’d really help. Also, even though the white was completely dry when I started putting on the blue, I had to work really fast because the white was melting underneath and starting to blend with the blue. That only happened on the first nail so I just redid that one. Usually, you have some time to work with the polish to reduce the streaks but that didn’t happen here.
Overall, I love the colour and it worked out OK. It’s actually a lot brighter in person.