Thursday, 27 December 2012

Winter Luxebox!!

Hi everyone! I received my winter Luxebox a few days ago.  Here's what was inside :)

If you don't already know, Luxebox is a service offered by a company called Loose Button. Unlike monthly boxes, Luxebox is a quarterly subscription: one box for each season!!  Full size and deluxe size samples of beauty products (including skin, nails, fragrance, etc.) are mailed to your door for a low price, giving you the chance to try products out before actually buying them. Find them here:

Eyeko Lenghthening Skinny Mini Brush Mascara
I've never seen a mascara in this type of a tube! I've been using it and I like it :) It's very volumizing! 

Essie's "Beyond  Cozy" from the Winter 2012 collection
Here is two coats of it on my nails. So sparkly!
Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa Mask (sorry for the glare!)

A kabuki brush from Loose Button.  I've been using this and I LOVE IT!!

Orlane Paris Vivifying Cleasing Care Face Wash

Orlane Paris Vivifying Lotion Toner

Mereadesso All-In-One Moisturizer
(I thought it was awesome that they included a cleanser, toner and moisturizer!)

Kerastase Cristalliste Lumiere Liquide Luminous Perfecting Essence
I really enjoy trying new oils for smoothing hair :)
I'm really happy I've joined Luxebox :) I think it's been almost a year since I started my subscription, and so far I haven't been disappointed! Thanks for reading! xo

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Christmas Haul :)

Hi everyone :) I just wanted to show you the gifts I was so lucky to receive this Christmas.  Thank you to my loved ones for being so generous :)

[Disclaimer: I am not trying to brag in any way, just wanted to share this with you!!]

Forever 21 skirt from my sister

Sweater dress from my parents

Clutch from my parents

It's so cute inside!! :)

Bracelet from my boyfriend

Calendar from my sister

Body Shop products from my parents

Yummy treats from my parents

Forever 21 necklace from my sister

Forever 21 earrings from my sister

Forever 21 earrings from my sister

Forever 21 ring from my sister

Forever 21 ring from my sister

Yummy treats from my sister

Sticky notes from my sister and Body Shop shimmer from my parents

New bedding from my parents
The family dog, Phoebe, wearing her new Grinch sweater :)
I hope you all had a very special Christmas :) Thanks for reading!! xo

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Christmas Day OOTD!!

Hi loves! Just thought I'd share my Christmas outfit of the day.  I hope you all have very happy holidays :)

Sweater: I'm not sure :( It was a hand-me-down from my mom.  It's soooo big and cozy!!
Jeans: Giant Tiger (so cheap!!)

Snowy winter scene :)

FOTD: Simple light eyeshadow and black liquid eyeliner :)
Thanks for reading!! xo

Monday, 24 December 2012

Simple Holiday Nail Art :)

Hi loves! Here is a really quick and easy holiday nail design I'm wearing for Christmas Eve.   Hope you enjoy it :)

(With flash)
(Without flash)

Colors used:
-China Glaze nail lacquer with hardeners in "High Maintenance"
-L.A. Colors Color Craze nail lacquer with hardeners in "Voltage"
-O.P.I. Nail Lacquer in "Alpine Snow"
-Orly Nail Lacquer in "Green Apple"

To create this design I used the sponge technique.  I simply painted the colors onto a piece of a regular kitchen sponge and stamped it onto my nails.  This technique works best with a white base to make the colors pop (I used the same "Alpine Snow" color). 

Thanks for reading! Happy holidays!! xo

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Milani Holographic Nail Polish Review

Hi everyone :) I purchased the a bottle of Milani holographic nail polish a little while ago (I mentionned it in my November collective haul).  I've tested it out, and I'm pretty impressed!  This polish was long lasting and very sparkly.  It was the first holographic nail polish I ever tried.  Depending on the lighting, the holographic effect was different: in very bright light, it was much easier to see.  In dim light, the polish just looked like a pretty silver glitter (still nice!).

With flash: the holographic effect shows!!

Without flash: looks more like a pretty glitter :)

I will definitely be trying more Milani polishes in the future. They have a wide selection of very unique colors!
Have you tried holographic nail polishes yet? Thanks for reading! xo

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Avon Mosaic Effects Nail Polish Review

Hi loves :) I purchased two of the "Mosaic Effects" nail polishes from Avon about a month ago.  I was very impressed with their quality and longevity!

Avon Mosaic Effects Top Coat in "Plum Illusion" and "Gold Glimmer"

These colors are so pretty!!
I applied two coats of black polish, then applied one coat of the "Gold Glimmer" to only
 about half of my nails (it was done this way in the Avon catalogue and I loved it!!). 
These polishes lasted a long time before chipping, and had incredible shine.  I definitely reccomend them! 
Thanks for reading!! xo 

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

NOTD: Love and Beauty Nail Polishes from Forever 21!

Hi loves!  I recently added a few Love and Beauty polishes to my collection.  I have nothing bad to say about these polishes: they are inexpensive, have great staying power, they come in a wide range of beautiful colors, they deliver a smooth and easy application, etc, etc!! If you haven't tried them yet you are missing out!!
Love and Beauty by Forever 21 nail polish in "Turquoise"

Love and Beauty by Forever 21 nail polish in "Turquoise Glitter"

Love and Beauty by Forever 21 nail polish in "Pink Tinsel Glitter"

I used Yves Rocher's Multicolor Multi Shine Nail Lacquer in "Corail Vif"

 I applied two coats of each polish.  No streaks!!

I added two coats of glitter.  I absolutely love these types of
glitter polishes, containing a mix of large and small glitter chunks :)

 I was able to wear this mani for four days straight without a single chip.  It could probably have lasted longer but I had to remove it for work.  I was so impressed!!  In stores the color selection isn't super amazing, but on the Forever 21 website there is thirteen pages of colors... THIRTEEN!!!!  They offer glitter polishes, matte polishes, irridescent polishes, and even scented polishes!  Go have a look if you've never tried these :)
Thanks for reading!! xo