NOTD: Essie’s Mint Candy Apple & Friends

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.

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You can see that in the bottles China Glaze’s For Audrey and Essie’s Mint Candy Apple look very similar.

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So I came up with this cute NOTD using all three to compare them better.

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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.

What’s your favourite nail polish at the moment?

February Seasonsbox!

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Last month, I found out about Seasonsbox and immediately became obsessed. Seasonsbox is a bit different then other beauty boxes as it also includes items for the home. Since I purchased this condo, I’ve definitely become more interesting in home decor. It’s a lot more fun when you have more than a bedroom to decorate!

The other thing that’s different about Seasonsbox, is that they guarantee 3-4 full size products each month based around a specific theme. They’re also an eco-friendly and organic company. So, what was in the Seasonsbox?

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Dream Organics Rose Water (full size value – $22): I’ve been loving spritzing this on mid-afternoon or post workout. It’s smells so lovely.

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Bambu Earth Sugar Cookie Body Glow (full size value – $18): I have not tried this yet but it smells incredible. I actually want to eat it. lol Also, I like how grainy it is. It’s actually quite dry but you can feel the oil in it.

From their website: Bambu Earth™ Products are: • Made with Organic Ingredients • Phthalate Free • Paraben Free • Sulfate Free • Preservative Free • No Synthetic Fragrances • No Synthetic Dyes • Sustainable Palm Oil • Never Tested on Animals

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Kaia Naturals Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths (full size value – $17.99): I was excited to try these because they’re biodegradeable & cruelty-free. They smell like citrus which is so nice. I’m a bit cheap when it comes to makeup wipes. I use baby wipes (thanks Star Jones for the tip lol!) and so it’s good to compare to see if there is a difference. I haven’t used them long enough to figure that out yet.

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Galerie Au Chocolat Fair Trade Bar (full size value-$5) : This is such a lovely treat! I love Belgian chocolate and I like how they included something edible in the box. I’ve been eating a square every so often and it’s very good.

Seasonsbox is a bit more expensive than regular beauty sample boxes (It’s $29.95 plus $5.95 for s&h) but for me personally, I think it’s worth it. I really don’t purchase a lot of beauty products outside of the boxes. I might spent $20 a month outside of the boxes on average. You also get to preview what’s coming in your box before you order it. If you’re interested, click here.

What do you think about this Seasonbox? Have you received one? If not, what’s your favourite beauty box?

NOTD: Revlon – Powder Puff

Hello hello!

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.

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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?

2013 Resolutions!

Hello hello!

As much as I’d like to say I’m not one to make resolutions, I totally am. I am, however, much less likely to just start & stop on January 1. I’m more likely to start on the following Monday. I don’t know why but Monday’s always seem like a good day to start something new.

Anyway, first things first. Here were my 2012 resolutions. So how did I do?

Actually not that bad!

1. Did I wear heels more often? Yes! Although it took me awhile to find more wearable daily heels. I found an excellent selection at The Bay and ended up buying three pairs of shoes in five minutes. I also found that Aldo is bringing in more low to mid heels. Fantastic.
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One pair of my resolution shoes. A bit more boring than the usual party heels I lean to but a worthy investment since I wore them often. Heel’s still a bit high.

2. Project 365? Nope. I just can’t get it together with that. I’m not sure what it is with me. I think I just have a problem finding content that I think is worth a photo and in the end I take nothing.

3. Buy a home/condo? Result! Yes and it was the best thing I did all year, hands down.

4. Finished Rosetta Stone Italian? Nope. I had problems with my computer and ended up getting a little netbook to tide me over. I didn’t realized until after that there’s no CD drive. I’ll have to pick up an external and get back on it.

Onwards and upwards!

2013 Resolutions:

1. Learn how to sew!

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This has been on my list for a long time now. I was so fortunate to receive a sewing machine from my parents for Christmas. How fantastic is it?! I’m terrified though. It looks like such a foreign object to me. Thank goodness for YouTube tutorials!

2. Be more active

This is such a vague resolution but it it’s kind of along the lines of saying yes more often or trying new things. I don’t mean active in an exclusively physical way but that wouldn’t hurt either.

3. Reduce clutter

I am such a clutter bug. I can’t stand dirty dishes or a dirty kitchen but a stack of six months worth of magazines? No bother at all. My condo has gotten so full of clutter over the past few months that it was really overwhelming. I’ve spent the past few days de-cluttering and it feels so freeing! I’m really going to make it my personal mission to stay on top of it.

4. Make more to-do lists!

I am a to-do list fiend when it comes to work. I’ve always got a notebook beside me full of all the things I need to focus on. Now, I need to start doing that in my personal life starting with all the things I still need to do in my condo. Ooh maybe I can turn that into a critical path…or is that too nerdy?
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One of the many little things I want to update in my condo. Digital thermostat please!

That’s it! What are your personal goals / resolutions for 2013?

Pretty Things: Retro Dining Table & Chairs

For the past few months, I’ve been trying to find a retro chrome table (preferably in red) around town. On Sunday, I found these on kijiji! The table is grey and the chairs are red but I still think it’s perfect for my dining area.

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Awesome, isn’t it? I was so excited when I went to pick them up because I loved them in person even more than I thought I would. They also go perfect with my poppy wallpaper.

Here’s a close up of the table top:

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Once I finally paint my kitchen cherry red, it’s really going to pull everything together. I already love the pop of colour that the chairs bring.

Everything together came to $125. You just can’t beat that. For the locals, these were picked up at the Candle Co. Antiques in West St. Paul.

Have you found any thrifting treasures lately?

NOTD: Zoya’s Emme

Hello lovelies!

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?

5 Minute Fix : Futon

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As you know, I moved into a condo this summer. It has to be said that all the decorating is taking waaaayyyy longer than I originally anticipated. I think when creating my critical path for home decor, I forgot to include things like breaks and recovery from exhaustion. lol.

I was very lucky that my parents bought me a new bed to celebrate purchasing my new home. It really couldn’t come soon enough! After 4 years, my futon was turning back to a full-time couch instead of a full-time bed.

However, once all the blankets and pillows were taken off, I realized that the futon was not that cute. It really didn’t go with newly painted and wallpapered living room.

It’s the worst right? It just looks sad. Originally, I thought I would purchase a new cover or knit a big blanket or something. After a couple of weeks of staring at it, I came up with an idea. A quick temporary fix to make it a bit more chic.

I decided to purchase a plain black fitted sheet. I thought it would at least mke the room more cohesive.

It turned out better than I thought. Even though black is so much darker than the maroon mattress cover, adding the black sheet seems to have brightened things up. It’s still really only a temporary solution since the back is not covered but as long as it’s against the wall, who’s going to care?

What do you think? What’s your best 5 minute home decor tip?

NOTD: Revlon Nail Art Neon in Electric Blue

Hi all,

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.

 

Tribute to Pat Butcher

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.

Photo from the Eastenders website.

 

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Here’s me in my own Pat inspired earrings! It’s kind of a weird angle but I wanted to show them off! I got these at Le Chateau years ago.

 Have you ever been devastated by a fictional characters death? Tell me all! I don’t want to feel like the only crazy person out there.

 

Crush on Coats

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:

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Tommy Hilfiger waterproof coat
£250 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Cream coat
$85 – modcloth.com

Swing coat
$150 – topshop.com

rickis : womens: apparel
$190 – rickis.com

 
What are you favourite coats? Do you know anywhere I should check out? Keep me posted!