Thursday, December 20, 2012

Loose Button Seasonal Luxe Box: Winter 2012 Review

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Yay! My Luxe box finally arrived, along with my shipping notification, so I was definitely not expecting it. It was definitely a nice surprise to see this package show up at my building. Again, it came in a sleek white box embellished by a gold loose button logo. But what's different about this box than the one from three months ago is the products came inside a cute little draw string pouch rather than a dinky little cloth. I ended up using the cloth to protect my desk from polish stains whenever I do my nails. I guess I found some use out of it! 



Now onto the goodies! 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Nail Art #3: Ornaments

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Time for another nail art for my Christmas nail art series. Today I present to you my christmas ornament nail art. This is a super easy design and you can customize it in any way you want! I chose very simple patterns to decorate my ornaments. It looks somewhat like a french nail doesn't it?


Here are the Christmas Nail Art that I've done:
Christmas Nail Art #1: Snow Globe
Christmas Nail Art #2: The Nutcracker 

Check out after the jump for materials and tutorial!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

December Julep Maven + My Polish Rack!

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This past couple of days have be super awesome because of a few things. First, I'm writing my post on my gorgeous new iMac! I think I mentioned this a while ago, but my 6 year old macbook pro fell off my bed and the screen cracked. This happened a couple of days before the big iMac launch, so naturally I took it as a sign to upgrade. Second, my December Julep Maven box arrived and I got the whole collection! Third, since my Julep polish collection has been growing exponentially, my mom decided to build me a polish rack. Thanks momma bear!


At first I didn't think I would like the Jules program, but now that I know I can use it towards upgrades and add-ons I am so happy they made this innovative change. I used 5,000 jules to redeem this whole collection because I instantly fell in love with all the polishes when the preview was released. They also had a wide array of add-ons that were not just limited to the featured polishes and products! 


I couldn't relate to these quotes more, especially the one about being grateful.  I'm so grateful for your readership, I'm so grateful for all the opportunities that were open to me because of this blog, I'm so grateful for everyone who subscribe to my blog and programs through my referral links, and I'm just super grateful for all your support! Not going to lie, I've had a couple of negative experiences since I've started this blog, but the overwhelmingly positive support from friends and readers is what keeps me writing a couple times a month! I always love reading your feedback.

Check out my new additions and my awesome polish rack! 

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Julep Polish Review: Catherine, Gayle, and Olivia

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Hello ladies! I have been fortunate enough to be part of Julep VIP program and they have been so kind to send me some products to review! As you can probably tell by the fact that most of my polishes are from Julep, they are one of my favorite nail polish brand. I think Julep makes up at least 75% of my collection thanks to the Julep Maven program, as well as some blogging opportunities.

Anyways, Julep sent me three fabulous polishes, Catherine, Olivia, and Gayle. Each polish retail for $14+ on their website, US Sephora, and $17+ when you buy is from Canada Sephora. However, if you enroll in their Julep Maven nail polish subscription program, one of your perk is that you get 20% off their online store. Therefore each polish is reduced down to $11.20 or $4.99 when they have their monthly promotion! Although they are on the pricier end, they definitely host a lot of worthwhile promotions that will allow you to get more bang for your buck!

If you're interested in trying out the Julep Maven program, you can get your first box for $0.01 when you use the code PENNY or COLORS4ONE! I would love if you use my referral link: http://www.julep.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/17010/


 

"Julep Nail Color is “4-free” and does not contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, or DBP. Our professional chip-resistant formulation is fast drying and highly pigmented. Julep nail color is a fun way to make the season’s latest shades accessible to everyone. And because we’ve tested our trend-setting toxin-free colors and products in over 100,000 manicures and pedicures in our parlors, we have a good idea of what works and what our clients love."


Check out the swatches and my review after the jump! 

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Christmas Nail Art #2: Nutcracker

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For my second nail art of the Christmas Nail Art series, I chose to create a set of nutcracker nails. I find that the beauty of a nutcracker doll is in all the details that includes the face, the crown, the soldier uniform, and so on. I decided to incorporate the ever trending puzzle nail idea to create this whole-body nutcracker. So when you put the finger nails together, it's like I'm carrying around a little nutcracker figurine! I think it turned out pretty well, I hope you like it.  


With a detailed nail art like this, I had to sketch the design in order to plan it out, especially with the alignment. This first set was too big, so I had to create a revised version in order to fit the entire body. I googled several images of the nutcracker as references, but this nail art is a very simplified version.When some people put their nails together like this, they do it so naturally and straight on. For me, it's super awkward. To get my finger nails to align like the picture above actually took quite a lot of effort. 

This is why you plan!

There's no tutorial for this post. Simply plan out what you want to do by sketching and replicating it on your nails with colors of your choice. 

For more picture check it out after the jump! 

Monday, December 03, 2012

Christmas Nail Art #1: Snow Globe

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I love December! I love the holidays and I love that it's super close to my birthday! Woohoo! Anyways, I think I'm going to start a series of Christmas/Holiday inspired nail art. First up is Snow Globe! This was one of the holiday nail art I really wanted to. I was googling some snow globe nail art some of them didn't look like snow globes at all! There are a lot of amazing christmas nail art out there, so here's my version! This is first of many, so stay tuned!


An optional step is to either add a glitter top coat into the globe (not the stand) to replicate a snow when it is shaken. I didn't add that step in just because I like to maintain the details of the image. With my tutorial, feel free to be inspired by customize they way you like it. 

Check out the tutorial after the jump! 

Saturday, December 01, 2012

One Year Blogiversary & Isabel Marant Nail Set

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I can't believe it's been one year since I started my blog, well one year and three days. I feel like it was yesterday when I was calling one of my good friend Katrina and telling her on a whim that I was going to start a nail art blog. She immediately said "do it". I'm kind of surprised and thrilled at the number of followers and viewers that I have on all my social media channels. So thank you so much for constantly visting my blog, commenting, and sharing!

I've received so much support and feedback from friends and family. I always find it so weird when my guy friends compliment me about this website, but nonetheless at least I know it's reaching beyond the targeted female readers. Anyways, my blog has provided me with so many fun opportunities and taught me a lot as well. I think after a year of showcasing my nail art, the next logical step is to make it available to my readers! I decided to use the online shop Big Cartel just because it allows buyers to pay through paypal or by credit card. I also like that it doesn't take any portion of the sale for first time online shop owner like myself. However, with a basic membership you only get basic function, which is something I am alright with for now. From surveying a couple people they have helped come up with a pricing of $30 to $50 depending on the complexity. If you are interested in a customized set, simply contact me (nailartcouture@gmail.com) for a quotation!

Isabel Marant Inspired Nail Art Set ($30)

To buy, click the following link: http://nailartcouture.bigcartel.com/

Born Pretty Store: Nail Tip Review

A couple weeks ago, I was contacted by Born Pretty Store to review some of the amazing beauty and nail art products that are available in their shop. Starting an online shop has been on the back of my mind for a while and I was really encouraged by my friends and co-worker to start it up. When the opportunity came forward, I knew I wanted to test out their nail tips! There are so many nail tips available from pointy tips to colorful tips. I chose the one that I thought looked the most natural. The one that I picked is called Natural False Nail Tip Half Tip, which comes with 500 nail tips (50 nail sets) for $5.93. Since it is shipping from China, it takes about 3 weeks or a little more for North Americans to receive their package. If you're looking to create your own nail set, this is an amazing website to stock up on nail art tools! Don't forget to use the code: NVL91 to get 10% off!

To learn more about the tips and nail art, keep reading! 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Keep Calm and Stache On: Movember Nails

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Yesterday my friends and I hosted a Movember Beer Pong tournament. Entry fees went into paying off our beer keg, donation, as well as grand prize. Unfortunately, some people didn't show up so the donations weren't as high as anticipated. But we were still able to donate $50 towards the Movember cause. My friend Pauline has already reached her goal of $500 so she will be doing a VERY public Gangnam Style dance in different places across Sudbury and uploading it to YouTube. I helped her with the final stretch just because I want to see her do this. Pauline decided to extend her goal to $600, and when she does, she's going to do Ellen Degeneres' Dance Dare (dancing behind strangers without their knowledge).  So amazing and generous readers, I humbly ask you to donate a small amount of $1 or $2 to help her reach her next goal. If we all contribute a little bit, I think she can totally meet her next goal. I really want her to do the dance dare, I know it will be hilarious!

Her movember page is: http://ca.movember.com/mospace/5143349 (paypal or credit card)

Anyways, my friend/co-host got me an awesome "Keep Calm and Stache On" t-shirt! She got it from American Apparel, so it was super tight. Luckily I was able to stretch it out a little bit and I had a red cardigan to match it with. Of course I had to match this t-shirt with some nail art! Check it out after the jump!

Keep Calm and Stache On

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Julep Breast Cancer Awareness Contest Prize

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A month ago, I participated in Julep's Breast Cancer Awareness Instamani Contest. The rules were very simple, just upload a breast cancer awareness inspired manicure on Instagram with the Julep tags #JulepBCA and #JulepLovesPink. I had my creative juices flowing and I came up with a manicure with changing torsos in their pink skivvies. The body represents three different body shapes, curvy, fit, and skinny because breast cancer affect women of all shapes and sizes. When I put my thumb to the fingers with different torso, it forms a full image. Check out what I did for my Movember Prostate Cancer Awareness Month!

 
(follow me on Instagram: @NailArtCouture) 

There were over 70 amazing entries and I was fortunate enough to win the contest! Want to check out my awesome possum prize? Read on after the jump! 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Movember Nails

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I would like to present to you another "Cause" inspired nail. During the month of October, I created a nail art to raise Breast Cancer Awareness. This month is all about the gentlemen, their health, and their moustaches. Of course I had to create nail art for Movember! For those who are unfamiliar with Movember, "it is moustache growing event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for prostate cancer and male mental health initiative". I know that there are some unique twist to this event. A family's optometrist in my hometown is hoping to reach his goal of $1000 (click to donate) and when he does he promises to shave off his moustache that he's been sporting since the early 70's! My friend who is a self-proclaimed introvert and fellow nail art lover promises to do a public Gangnam Style dance and upload it to youtube when she reaches her goal of $500 (click to donate). For myself, my friends and I are hosting a small beer pong tournament and putting the entry fees toward this cause. What are you doing for Movember?


I loved what I did for my second rendition of the Breast Cancer Nail art, so I did this moustache Movember nail in a similar fashion! Want to see what they look like when put together, check it out after the jump!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Bundle Monster Review

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A while ago, Nail Polish Canada contacted me to review Bundle Monster Nail Stamping Plates, which I immediately said yes! I have been a Konad user for at least 10 years now, so it interested me to see what other companies have to offer. I've been to nail supplies stores that sell "faux-nads", but I felt their laser engraved images were never as sharp as the Konad plates. So I have always been partial to Konad plates and I even bought one of the large kits at the CNE a couple years ago.

The Monster Bundle Package that Nail Polish Canada sent me is from the 2012 collection. They are sold for $23.99 per package of 25 plates, or $4.00 per plate. If you're just getting into nail art and you're interested in nail stamps, this is a great beginners package. Konad plates can range from $7.00 to $12.00, which definitely adds up if you're looking to grow your collection.

To check out my thoughts and nail art idea, keep reading!

(click to enlarge) 




Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Erdem Pre-Fall 12' Inspired Nail Art

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We are mid-way through November and this is my first post! Sorry ladies, but my nails chipped and my  6 years old Macbook Pro cracked so I haven't been too motivated to write on my broken laptop. It still functions, which is why I'm still able to create this post. It is just a little bit annoying since I have this giant black dead pixel spot. Dumb move on my part since I watched a movie in bed and left my computer near the edge where it fell. But I'm going to be positive and take it as a sign that it's time for an upgrade, especially to the gorgeous new iMac that's coming out! Anyways, this is going to be hurting my wallet this month. Maybe it's time to start selling my nail art too... would you buy it?


 

So here's an extra intricate and time consuming nail art for your viewing pleasure. This nail art is inspired by a dress in Erdem Pre-Fall 2012 collection. This is my second Erdem inspired nail art, the first one being the dress that Emma Watson wore at her TIFF primiere. I love how feminine his clothes are so I immediately gravitated towards his collection when viewing for inspiration. I also really wanted to use a neutral color like brown since I feel like it's such an underrated nail color. Autumn is definitely a good time to wear browns and darks. 

For tutorial, keep on reading! 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Julep's Guest Post: Pumpkin Nail Art

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Today is officially Halloween and if you have some time to spare, here is a very easy and surprisingly fast nail art you can do! A week or two ago, Julep had asked me if I was interested in providing nail art for them! Of course I said yes. The first time didn't really pan out, so I am ecstatic to say that this time it did! If you're interested in check out the tutorial, mosey onto Julep's blog to check out my guest post: CLICK HERE! 


I will be providing them two more nail art for them. One of them is going to be part of their Sunday Manicure Series and the other is going to be Pink Inspired nail art. The latter will be using the nail polishes that I won from the Breast Cancer Awareness contest! If you're interested in seeing my whole Julep collection with these new addition, stay tuned! I can now say it has made up 60% of all my nail polishes. 

Also, if you haven't seen my Halloween Costume, check it out HERE. I think it's been a pretty huge hit with everyone who seen it! 

More pictures after the jump! 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Halloween Costume for a Nail Addict

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So the weekend before Halloween is when all the big parties take place. I don't recall doing anything on Halloween last year besides heading to Church Street in Toronto's Gay Village to check out the festivities. I am always extremely WOWed when I'm there because they all put such a tremendous effort into their costume, so it's really awesome to see. I hope the rain isn't going to be too heavy, because I would like to go again.

Anyways, this year I was all over the place in terms of what I wanted to be. I knew I needed a costume because I had my friend's Halloween party on Saturday that I said I would attend. I was dead set on being PSY, but I couldn't find a partner in crime to be the dancing kid in the wifebeater, air hump elevator guy, or the yellow suit guy. Then while I was at work on Friday, I came up with an idea of being a nail polish for Halloween. I knew I didn't want to be a round bottle like OPI and Zoya, so I opted to be a Julep polish for its nice straight lines!

I asked my friend Amy to see if she was willing to be a nail polish with me if I made her costume and she told me immediately that she was up for it! So I began to sketch what I envisioned. This is also to plan for what materials I would need and how I was going to make it. When I finished up with my 10 second sketch, I sent the picture to Amy.


Luckily there was a Dollarama near my home so I was able to pick up Bristol Boards, Double sided tape, Ribbons, and regular tape. Initially I wanted to create 3 costumes so my other friend Jessica would get one as well. But due to time constraints and the work put into it, I only did two for Amy and I. Luckily Jessica literally had 10 other back up costume to choose from. Anyways, I realized I bought WAY TOO MANY bristol boards than I needed. I bought 20 when I only needed 6, so I need to find ways to use up the other ones since I can't refund it. 

Want to see how our costumes turned out? Check it out after the jump. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Halloween Nails

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On my giveaway post, I asked "what kind of nail art would you like to see on my blog?" A lot of people requested Halloween nails! My initial ideas were gory nails or rotten nails, but unfortunately I didn't have the colors for them. I tried mixing some polishes together, but it didn't achieve the color that I wanted. I turned to google for some inspiration, I looked up a general Halloween nail art and then character themed nails. If you're long-time reader of my blog, you know how I like my nail art complex. The ones that are shown in the top images of Google were way to cute for me, so I ended up googling individual characters. So this was what I came up with! I honestly think this is one of my best work. It took quite a long time to do and my neck actually hurts, but I think it worth it. I hope you like it! 

Pumpkin, Zombie, Wicked Witch, Dracula, and Frankenstein

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Born Pretty Store Review: Striping Tape

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A couple weeks ago, Born Pretty Store contacted to see if I was interested in trying out one of their products! Of course I said "yes" and decided to check out their colorful striping tapes. Born Pretty Store is a Hong Kong based online beauty shop full of nail art products, cosmetics, and even some tech gadgets! They also have contact lenses, eyeshadow palettes, fake eyelashes and so on! The cost of their products are similar to wholesale price and they come with free international shipping no matter how much or how little you buy. Yup, free international shipping no matter where you live that's pretty unheard of these days. They accept all sorts of different paying methods from credit card, bank transfer, and pay pal!


The nail art striping are $8.99 for a package 12. The more you buy, the more discount that is given to you! The striping tapes that I've been looking at were about $1.99 each at other online stores, but with Born Pretty Store, it's about $0.75 each! The products got to me about 2 weeks after I was notified that the product was shipped. Not bad especially since it's coming from Hong Kong. So my overall experience has been great. I'm actually looking into getting these nail tips and perhaps begin selling my nail art! What do you guys think? Would any body be interested?


If you're interested in checking out Born Pretty Store, please click HERE.  You can get 10% off your entire purchase by typing the code NVL91

Keep reading to check out some striping nail design ideas.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness Nails Part 2

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Check out my Followers Appreciation Giveaway! Click HERE to check it out! 

A couple days ago I completed a set of breast cancer awareness (BCA) nails that was super easy to do. When my best friend Alex saw it, we started talking about other "Cause" nails that we can do. Expect me to create something for Movember! Anyways, I told her I wanted to do another breast cancer awareness nails and told her my idea to create "Puzzle nails" that incorporates a BCA theme. I'm not too sure what the technical term for it is, but it's when you put all 5 finger nails together to essentially create a "bigger image", like a puzzle. Anyways, rather than describing, why not show it to you!


The three fingers with the bodies represent different body shapes (curvy, fit, and skinny) because breast cancer affects any women no matter their shape and size. On the pinky, I painted the pink ribbon for the representation of the cause. Finally on the thumb, it has a woman's head when put above the body fingers, it creates the "big picture". Want to see how it looks, read on! 

Monday, October 08, 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness Nails

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Check out my Followers Appreciation Giveaway! Click HERE to check it out! 

Happy Thankgiving to all my Canadian friends! I hope everyone is stuffed with turkey and other good food. My parents aren't a huge fan of Turkey, but I had a nice Chicken dinner cooked Chinese style! I was stuffed nonetheless! I love being home and having home-cooked meals.

Anyways, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! I was at a Starbucks in my hometown when I came across a donation box. I made my donation and was completely inspired to create a nail art for the cause to do my part in raising awareness. Whether it is to help people become more aware that it's important to go in for a regular check up or to remind them to make a small donation to help fund research for a cure. I know there are ways to donate online, so if you prefer that method, google it up! For Canadians, you can make online donations through http://www.cancer.ca/.


This is a very simple nail art that everyone can do! Keep reading for the tutorial. 

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Followers Appreciation Giveaway!

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Winner: Congratulation to HELEN W! 

Whether you follow my blog and my nail art posts through GFC, HelloCotton, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, I just want to thank you all for your support and kind comments. On November 30 will be my 1 year Blogiversary! I remember calling my friend Katrina out of the blue and telling her, "I think I'm going to start a nail art blog". When I first started, I was a bit shy at telling people about my blog, especially my personal network of friends and acquaintances. But once it gained momentum, gained a decent number of followers and attracted several hundred page views per day, I became more proud of my little website. Anyways, I wouldn't have kept this blog up if it weren't for the readers coming on here to check my stuff out. So a big thank you goes out to all of you.

Now onto my giveaway!


Yes, the Crimson Amulet Palette was given to us in our September Canada Glossybox. I'm slowly trying to use up all my make-up that I already own and I know I won't get to this palette for a while. Since I know I won't get around to using it, perhaps one of you will! In addition to the palette, I'm going to throw in one of my favorite products, a classic pink Travalo (perfume atomizer), as well as a color changing nail polish from Del Sol!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

My First Jewel Mint Haul

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By now I'm sure a lot of you have heard of Jewel Mint, Style Mint, Beach Mint, Shoe Mint, so on and so forth Mint. Yeah there are a heck of a lot of them. Each of them partner up with a different celebrity. At the top of my head I know that Jewel Mint is with Kate Bosworth, Style Mint is with the Olsen Twins, Shoe Mint is with Rachel Bilson, and Home Mint is with Justin Timerberlake.


So from my understanding it is a monthly subscription with an option of skipping. However, rather than sending you a product under your style profile, they send you a bunch of recommendations and put it into your "Show Room". Each month they charge you $29 and that would give you a credit to redeem for a piece of jewelry. If you need to skip, you do so by the 5th of the month. The value of the jewelry pieces range from $30 to $100+, so it's definitely a good deal if you look at it that way. For Canadian subscribers, for every product that you purchase you need to add $9.99 shipping, which isn't too bad. I believe all the other Mint websites work in a similar fashion just with a different subscription price.


I have never purchased a lot of jewelry for myself. Most of them are usually gifts from family and friends. Maybe because of the pieces that I really want are usually out of my budget. Quality over quantity right? Also, I've learned from an early age to control impulsive purchases so that rarely happens and I learned to become a "frugalista". Anyways I heard about this program last year but just never got around to subscribing because I was still student on a tight budget or unemployed. But now that I'm earning my own money, I still want to try make the biggest bang for my buck. When I saw the pair of earrings that I wanted go up for sale, I knew I had to get it!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Erdem Resort 13' Inspired Nail Art (Emma Watson's TIFF Dress)

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I am on a roll! I think this is my 4th nail art post this month? Virtual high five to everyone!

Toronto International Film Festival has been over for a while. But while it was still going on, I collected a bunch of images of celebrities with gorgeous gowns and put them in my nail art inspiration folder. This is my second TIFF dress inspired nail art. My first one was Kristen Stewart's Zuhair Murad dress, so if you want to check it click HERE. When I saw a picture of Emma Watson at the red carpet for Perks of Being a Wall Flower at TIFF, I knew her dress was something I was capable of replicating. With a little help of Google, I found out her dress was part of Erdem Resort 2013 Collection. I was in love with the entire collection as soon as I laid eyes on it. The mix prints, florals and lace, it was absolutely gorgeous! Anyways below is my interpretation of her dress! It's a simplified version, but I really like how this turned out.

 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Versus Spring/Summer 13' Inspired Nail Art

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Versus is subsidiary line under the Versace label. It was a gift to Donnatella Versace by her brother, Gianni Versace. Since Donnatella designs for the main Versace line, she brought on Christopher Kane in 2009 to design for Versus. This collection actually made their debut yesterday in Milan during their Milan Fashion week. Like the title states, the inspiration for this design came from Versus Spring/Summer 2013 line. Bold colours and primary colours were the most prevalent in the entire collection. If you enjoy looking through runway pictures, Vogue UK is the best site to view it! 

 

Anyways this is one of the more simpler nail art that I've done and it's very easy to replicate. Nail art with a dotter is always fun and fast to do! Please keep reading for materials and tutorial!


Thursday, September 20, 2012

October Julep Sneak Peek + September Quick Review

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I am such a terrible blogger, it's honestly so hard to find the time. I come home from work, all I want to do is lay in bed. But I somehow I manage to gather up some strength to go to the gym. This post will be a combination of Julep Maven October Sneak Peek and what I received in my September packages.

Anyways, I love 20ths of every month. My birthday happens to fall on a 20th. For more obvious reason, the reason why I love the 20th is because it's Julep Maven sneak peek day! Honestly, like every other Mavens, I was hoping that they would reveal a suede collection but instead it's crackle collection. I am not a fan of crackle. The first time I was exposed to a "Shattering" polish was way before when OPI came up with it. I didn't like it then, I tried to follow the brief fad, but now I know I don't like it. So it was kind of disappointing when this new collection was available to us. I read a good point made by a subscriber, since Julep made their suede polishes exclusively for Sephora, it would make sense that they wait before releasing the collection through their Maven program. Otherwise, people would flock to Julep and pay a minimal price for 2 or 3 polishes compared to the $14 per bottle sold at Sephora. 

Anyways, this is the first time I've been disappointed with a preview and I'm sure I'm not the only one that feels this way. But it gets better, check out the new styles and what Julep has done for us to keep their Mavens happy! 

In the month of October, the featured product is their Quick Dry Polish drop (Value $14) to help protect your manicure. I am actually interested in checking out this polish drop. You would think a top coat would do the job, but we will see how this compares next month! Since Halloween is in the month of October, all the crackle polishes are names of famous witches, like Hermione from Harry Potter, Sabrina from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Ursula from Little Mermaid. I speculate that Glenda is the witch from Wizard of Oz, but her name is "Glinda", so I'm not too sure. 

Eloise, Sabrina, Julep Quick Dry Polish Drop (value $42)

Hermione, Lisa, Julep Quick Dry Polish Drop (value $42)

Ursula, Keira, Julep Quick Dry Polish Drop (value $42)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Zuhair Murad Inspired Nails (Kristen Stewart's TIFF Dress)

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As many of you know Toronto is hosting their own International Film Festival, also known as TIFF. Being a resident of downtown Toronto, I have been fortunate enough to drop by some red carpet events to catch a glimpse of the stars! I've lived in Toronto for 5 years and I can't believe this is my first time taking advantage of TIFF. I think it's just bad timing that I never got to go. But anyways, this year I tried to make the most out of it. The very first night, my friend and coworker Amanda went with me to go see the red carpet for On the Road. That premiere marked the first public appearance of Kristen Stewart since her cheating scandal. She also came with her co-stars Kirsten Dunst (Hello Bring it on!) and Garrett Hedlund (Tron Hottie). I am personally not a huge fan of Kristen Stewart, but I can't deny that she is absolutely beautiful. She came to the premiere with a stunning Zuhair Murad dress and I knew right away that I wanted to try and recreate that onto my nail. This Zuhair Murad dress is from their Fall 2012 Collection. I am completely in love with that dress, but obviously I could never pull it off as well as Kristen Stewart. 

 

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Loose Button Seasonal Luxe Box: Fall 2012 Review

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Wow, it's been forever since I wrote about Loose Button Luxe box! Back in June, they decided to switch their monthly membership to seasonal. With the new membership, subscribers receive 4 luxe box a year. Back when it was monthly, many members including myself were disappointed that the quality of their products were going downhill. With this switch, I believe they have more time to scout out better brands to partner with and provide us with even better quality samples. This Fall Luxe Box is their inaugural seasonal box and I must say that I am quite happy with the products that I received. 

 

 

The first thing I noticed was the packaging of course! This is the third Loose Button box design and I definitely prefer this one a lot more. It is an amazing quality box, sturdy like Glossybox and definitely reusable. I think the white box makes it look very high-end. Their product card is very minimalistic, which again, adds to the high-end look. However, it doesn't have the pricing, which is a little annoying because I like to calculate the monetary value of the box. Also, the descriptions are short and succinct, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I like things a little more detailed, but that's just me. 

Instead of crinkle paper, the products were wrapped in a beautiful white cloth. Finally, all the inserts were stored in a white envelope with a personalized gold sticker. All in all, in terms of packaging, this box definitely looks more elegant than their predecessors. 

Now onto the unboxing...
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