Essie Nail Polish in Smokin' Hot, swatch

Essie — Nail Polish — Smokin’ Hot

Collection: Essie 2010 Winter

I actually swatched this sometime last year, but never got around to posting it.

Essie describes Smokin’ Hot (739) as a “stone-cold fox gray that burns hotter than any flame”. It’s a deep, luscious grey with a strong, smoky mauve undertone. The color goes on a good shade or so darker on the nail.

Essie Nail Polish in Smokin' Hot
Essie Nail Polish in Smokin’ Hot

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China Glaze Nail Lacquer in The More the Berrier, swatch

China Glaze — Nail Lacquer — The More the Berrier

Collection: China Glaze 2016 Winter, Seas & Greetings

I recently picked up a 6-pack of minis from China Glaze’s Holiday 2016 collection, Seas & Greetings.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Mini Set in Shell-ebration Time! (Seas & Greetings holiday 2016 collection)
China Glaze Nail Lacquer Mini Set in Shell-ebration Time!
(Seas & Greetings holiday 2016 collection)

The More the Berrier (83780, though the mini has a different code) is a metallic hot berry pink with purple-leaning magenta iridescence in certain light.

It’s way more stunning on the nail than I would have thought! Even when the iridescence doesn’t really show up, the finish is still beautiful.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in The More the Berrier
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in The More the Berrier

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China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Partridge in a Palm Tree with top coat, swatch

China Glaze — Nail Lacquer — Partridge in a Palm Tree

Collection: China Glaze 2016 Winter, Seas & Greetings

I just posted last week about China Glaze’s 2016 holiday collection, Seas & Greetings, and as luck would have it, this showed up at my Winners over the weekend:

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Mini Set in Shell-ebration Time! (Seas & Greetings holiday 2016 collection)
China Glaze Nail Lacquer Mini Set in Shell-ebration Time!
(Seas & Greetings holiday 2016 collection)
China Glaze Nail Lacquer Mini Set in Let's Shell-ebrate! (Seas & Greetings holiday 2016 collection), Winners price
Winners price: CA$16.99

I don’t think that many people were too impressed by China Glaze’s summer-is-winter collection, but, well, I’m a bit of a nail polish addict! I thought the colors were quite pretty, if not the most unique.

It turns out that I really like the first shade I chose to swatch, even though I cheated a little bit in the featured image above, which shows Partridge in a Palm Tree (87348, though the mini has a different code) with a layer of glossy top coat (Pro FX Quick Dry High Gloss Top Coat, if you’re wondering).

Alas, it’s a matte! As someone who dislikes wearing matte polishes, I find this totally unnecessary since the color isn’t even a neon—those tend to dry matte. However, no real harm done since a glossy top coat always fixes the “problem”!

Partridge in a Palm Tree is a sprightly, almost-pastel turquoise with a pretty pearly shimmer that’s fairly imperceptible in the bottle. It’s also pretty hard to see the shimmer on the nail when it’s applied plain.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Partridge in a Palm Tree (Mini)
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Partridge in a Palm Tree (Mini)

I adore the mini China Glaze bottles. They really look like replicas of the regular size bottles. Bonus: the brush is the same size! The stem holding the brush is just shorter. And they are labeled on the bottom (cough–OPI–cough).

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Partridge in a Palm Tree (Mini), label
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Partridge in a Palm Tree (Mini), label

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Haulage! Darn You, Sephora…

Of course I was looking for a new powder brush over the last few days! It was between the MUFE 130 and the Sephora Pro 91. I went with MUFE because I prefer the chunkier handle design.

Sigh.

Darn you, and thank you, Sephora. Finally spent some Sephora points, and snagged some great perfume samples, too. And don’t forget ebates Canada (just 4% today).

fivezero's Sephora VIB discount order (December 2016)

  • Make Up For Ever 130 Large Powder Brush
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Potion (deluxe sample)
  • Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Liquorice (deluxe sample)
  • Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile EDP (sample)
  • Maison Margiela REPLICA By the Fireplace EDT (sample)
  • Miu Miu EDP (sample)

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Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour in Denim Jacket, swatch

Guerlain — La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour — Denim Jacket

Collection: Guerlain Summer 2016

Earlier this year, Guerlain released La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour, the polish in the adorable bottles with the ridiculously long product name. The first shade I tried was Black Perfecto, and you can read a more detailed review of this polish line in that post.

Over the summer, Guerlain released a new limited edition shade, Denim Jacket (008), and I picked it up during one of Shoppers Drug Mart’s Spend Your Points events. It’s the sweetest soft blue cream, barely light enough to qualify as a pastel, with hints of powdery grey and cornflower.

Paired with the shimmery pink My First Nail Polish and you have the perfect set for a baby shower!

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour in Denim Jacket, My First Nail Polish
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour in Denim Jacket & My First Nail Polish.
Haulage from Shoppers Drug Mart (September 2016).

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New Release: China Glaze — Seas & Greetings (Holiday 2016)

Collection: China Glaze 2016 Winter, Seas & Greetings

China Glaze’s Holiday 2016 collection could easily be mistaken for a Summer set, because they’ve decided to celebrate a beach-themed holiday with Seas & Greetings!

My favorite names here are Partridge in a Palm Tree and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Starfish. I’m keen to see these in person, as I can’t tell how opaque these shades really are. There’s a jelly-look to some of the creams, isn’t there?

China Glaze, Rebel collection, Fall 2016

The 12 new shades are:

  • ‘Tis the Sea-Sun (red)
  • Eat, Pink, Be Merry (pink)
  • Good Tide-ings (lavender)
  • Joy to the Waves (blue)
  • Let’s Shell-ebrate (pink glitter)
  • The More the Berrier (berry shimmer)
  • Partridge in a Palm Tree (green)
  • Sand in My Mistletoes (peach)
  • Seas and Greetings (purple shimmer)
  • Snow Way! (white)
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Starfish (mint)
  • Warm Wishes (coral pink)

Happy shopping!

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Rouge Noir, swatch

Classics: Chanel — Le Vernis Longwear — Rouge Noir

Collection: Chanel 2016 Spring, Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour [Launch]

First order of business: Toronto FC are in the MLS Cup Final! Last night, after ten years of existence, my hometown team finally won the Eastern Conference Championship—against rivals Montreal Impact, no less. Toronto FC will now play for the MLS Cup against Western Conference Champions Seattle Sounders FC. Coincidentally, I also spent part of my childhood in Seattle, but I’ll no doubt be supporting TFC in the final.

Captain Michael Bradley lifts the MLS Eastern Conference Cup with Toronto FC
Captain Michael Bradley lifts the MLS Eastern Conference Cup with Toronto FC.
Toronto FC overcame Montreal Impact 5-2 on the night, and 7-5 on aggregate. (November 30, 2016)

Second order of business is that today marks the 21-year anniversary of the first date my husband and I ever went on! That night, we saw a movie at the Uptown and had an after-movie coffee and dessert at a nearby Swiss Chalet. (We were poor students, what can I say? We also had dinner at the university cafeteria before heading out! Mmm romantic.) Both locations are now sadly defunct, but we’re still going strong!

We ordered in Swiss Chalet last night, for the first time in three or four years, to celebrate. Gotta love the Festive Special that comes with Lindor chocolates!

Lindt Lindor Assorted Chocolate Truffles from Swiss Chalet Festive Special, 2016.
Lindt Lindor Assorted Chocolate Truffles from Swiss Chalet Festive Special.

Finally, today’s nail polish! Today is indeed Throwback Thursday, though I’m filing it under Classics as well, since it’s the original color in a new formulation.

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Rouge Noir (18)
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Rouge Noir (18)

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