Oh hello there. It’s been a while mais oui? My apologies my pets. There has been been some stuff going on, including my beloved cat falling out of my living room window and landing on the pavement three stories down (you can’t make this stuff up). He’s fine but it was upsetting for both of us.
For years I never bothered to paint my nails. It just seemed like such a hassle. Now, for some reason, I do it about once a week.
My favourites nail polishes are from Essie for the simple reason that they last the longest. They can be a bit hard to work with; it’s hard to achieve the same opacity on each nail, but it’s worth it to persevere.
From left to right: Mademoiselle, Cute as a Button (my favourite), Play Date, Mint Candy Apple, Chinchilly.
Hello! Have you missed me friends? I’ve certainly missed you!
I don’t often polish my nails, because I’m simply too lazy busy. Once in a while I get around to it and, while I do enjoy the way it looks, my nails are usually chipping by the second day. Anyway, I recently aquired a fun purple for sping and wanted to give it a whirl. Down I sat last night with my new bottle of Essie Play Date and went to town.
Essie polishes have received a lot of attention over the last few years and I was anxious to give the brand a try. Play date is a very pretty colour but the brush is small (I love the wide O.P.I. brushes), and the polish does not go on evenly. Some nails required two coats, some only one, and others needed three before the same opacity was achieved on all fingers.
The finish is nice, not super glossy; however, it’s day one and already the polish is wearing away on the tops of my nails. For $11 I don’t think Essie provides a lot of bang for your buck. It’s too bad because they do have quite a few pretty colours.
Just for fun I finished the look off with some pink O.P.I. (can’t remember the name unfortunately) polkadots!
I like shopping, you know, the way I like breathing. It’s one of my favourite activities. I like it the way I liked the New Kids on the Block when I was 10 – I went to sleep cuddling my stereo while the boys crooned to me. I like it. A lot.
Here are some of the things I like about it:
1. I have this incredible ability to tune out everything that’s going on around me and browse until I find things that I love. It’s relaxing.
2. I honestly think that when I grab the handles of a carrier bag full of new stuff my brain drowns in a wave of endorphins.
3. I like pretty new things.
4. Shopping makes for great people watching.
5. I love, love, love hanging up new clothes in my closet.
I’ve committed to a shopping ban for the entire month of January. I have to follow through because I’ve said that I’m doing this outloud – to people. I’ve also committed to an alcohol free month. January is going to be so great.
Happy Monday my lovelies! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!
I love nail polish but I rarely paint my nails. It just seems like a lot of effort, and I’m kind of anal so the second it chips I have to take it off. That said, as I mentioned in my last post, I had a bunch of girlfriends over on Friday night and we had a nail painting party! We had a great time. Everyone painted their nails, and we all got a little light headed from the fumes! I picked up bottle of Revlon’s Brilliant Strength Nail Enamel in Enrapture just in time for the party. It’s a really pretty plum colour with a bit of gold shimmer. I thought it looked nice and festive; ’tis the season afterall! The brush was nice and wide, which I like, and the polish went on smooth. I applied two coats and topped it off with my Revlon topcoat. I love the way it looks; it’s a beautiful colour for winter. I slapped a bit of sparkly O.P.I. on the ring finger of each hand and voila, there you have it!
The polish is starting to wear off a little on the tips of my nails but, apart from that, it’s holding up nicely so far! The price point is around $6 so I’m pretty happy! If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to incorporate a little festivity into your look this polish is a nice way to do it!
On my finger is a Social Experiment cocktail ring. Get your own here!
Yesterday I attended The Style Common’s Deck Your Closet event at the Four Seasons Hotel. It was a lovely event and my room-mate and I scored some great deals (the best of which was a Michael Kors purse for $50!). As we were leaving to hotel we spotted Jody Claman of The Real Housewives of Vancouver! We asked her for a photo and she was happy to oblige. She was lovely! It was a fun way to end a lovely morning!