Essence Nail Polish in Outta Space Is the Place, swatch

Essence — Outta Space Is the Place (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

 

Brand: Essence 2017 Fall, Out of Space Stories

Essence recently released a collection of outer space-inspired nail colors, and over the course of several trips to Shoppers Drug Mart, I couldn’t help picking up, well…all of them:

Essence Out of Space Stories Nail Polishes

  • Outta Space Is the Place (01)
  • Across the Universe (02)
  • Space Glam (03)
  • Beam Me Up! (04)
  • Intergalactic Adventure (05)
  • We Will Spock You! (06)
  • 1000 Light Years Away (07)

The packaging is very sleek and feels a bit fancier than their usual product packaging, with squared glass bottles and mirror-shine caps. All the shades are also various types of iridescent shimmers and glitters. The price reflects these details, and the 9 mL polishes retail for CA$3.99 instead of the usual $2.99 for the 8 mL Gel Nail Polishes.

Today, I’m reviewing Outta Space Is the Place (01), a pearly iridescent white that is—very happily—opaque!

Essence Out of Space Stories Nail Polish in Outta Space Is the Place

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Fragrance sale shelf, Shoppers Drug Mart (December 2017)

Fragrance Sale Shelves & Revlon Street Chic Collection (December 2017, Canada)

One of the things I love best about drugstores in Canada is the fragrance sale shelf, where amazing deals can often be found—perfect for holiday giftgiving!

I’m not sure whether it was started by Shoppers Drug Mart, where there’s typically a $19.99 sale shelf, but Rexall definitely has this sale shelf now, too. They actually do two tiers of prices, at $19.99 and $29.99, though I generally still find perfumes I’m more interested in at Shoppers. Granted, I have more Shoppers locations in my repertoire.

Over the last week, I’ve hit up several of my usual locations in downtown Toronto and snapped shots of their perfume sale shelves. I think if you check out the shelves throughout the year, you’ll find better deals than they have right now, but it’s not too shabby in this holiday shopping season.

Shoppers Drug Mart fragrance sale shelf, December 2017

Shoppers Drug Mart fragrance sale shelf, December 2017

My personal picks from the Shoppers shelves (sorry, I’m not too well versed in the guys’ selection):Read More »

Save Net Neutrality.

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What is net neutrality?
Why does it matter?

Net neutrality is the principle that Internet providers like Comcast & Verizon should not control what we see and do online. In 2015, startups, Internet freedom groups, and 3.7 million commenters won strong net neutrality rules from the US Federal Communication Commission (FCC). The rules prohibit Internet providers from blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization—”fast lanes” for sites that pay, and slow lanes for everyone else.

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The United States FCC (Federal COmmunications Commision) is directed by five commissioners appointed by the President of the USA; they are confirmed by the Senate for 5-year terms. No more than three members may belong to the same political party.

The two Democrats, Mignon Clyburn (D-SC) and Jessica Rosenworcel (D-CT), support Net Neutrality.

The three Republicans, Ajit Pai (R-KS, Chairman, appointed by Trump), Brendan Carr (R-VA) and Michael O’Rielly (R-NY)—want to end it.

OPI — OPI Red (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

 

Collection: OPI 1989 Original Launch

First of all, you’ll have to excuse my swatches today. I’ve been sick this weekend, I have a chip in one of my swatching nails, and my cuticles have been looking like hell now that winter is truly upon us! I’ll have to do better swatches of this shade at a later date.

Second of all, WE DID IT! Toronto FC are the MLS Cup Champions for the very first time, ever! Also, a few other records we broke:

  • 1st MLS team to complete a domestic treble (Supporter’s Shield, Canadian Championship, MLS Cup)
  • 1st and only Canadian team to win the MLS Cup
  • 1st and only Canadian team to win the Supporter’s Shield (most points in a season)
  • Broke LA Galaxy’s MLS regular season point record of 68 points by one point

Toronto FC wins 2017 MLS Cup

Don’t forget to check out the victory parade if you happen to be in downtown Toronto, today!

Edit: Yes, we went to celebrate at Nathan Phillips Square this afternoon! It was freakin’ cold but worth it!

Toronto FC celebrate 2017 MLS Cup win in Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, December 11, 2017

So, of course, my NOTD is the classic OPI Red, which I was saving for a Throwback Thursday, but here it is today!

OPI Red (NL L72), from OPI’s original launch, is actually one of the first OPI polishes I ever owned! Unfortunately, at the time in the mid 1990s, I decided I didn’t like the pinky red shade and swapped it off.

I saw it again recently and decided I probably should have it, albeit in the newer formulation.

OPI Nail Lacquer in OPI Red

It’s a slightly pink-toned medium red cream with “invisible” pink shimmer.

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Sothys Fall 2017 collection

Sothys — Voile de Rose (Cream Blush) Review

Collection: Sothys 2017 Fall

Sothys Paris is a luxury French beauty brand that is sold primarily in beauty institutes and spas worldwide. I had never before tried their line of skincare and cosmetics, and was intrigued when I was contacted to review a few of the nail and makeup products from their Fall 2017 collection.

I was sent a Nail Lacquer (but of course!), Cream Blush, and Rouge Mat Velvet Effect Lipsticks for review. I have previously reviewed the Nail Lacquer in Rouge des Arts, and if you would like additional information about the company, you can read it in that review, as well.

Today, I am reviewing the Cream Blush in Voile de Rose (30), a bright yet soft azalea pink.

A innovative cream formula that transforms into a powder. An Old Rose shade that warms up and brightens the complexion beautifully for a guaranteed healthy glow!

Sothys Cream Blush in Voile de Rose

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butter LONDON + Pantone Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet

New Release: Butter London + Pantone — Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet

Collection: butter LONDON 2017 Winter, Pantone Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet

Pantone have announced 2018’s Color of the Year, and it’s a vibrant purple, Ultra Violet:

A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

Once again, butter LONDON have partnered with Pantone to release an Ultra Violet-inspired makeup collection which includes, of course, six new shades of purple Nail Lacquer.

The Nail Lacquers come in 6 mL “fashion-sizes” and are $10 each:

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Diesel Loverdose Tattoo EDP 50 mL

Haulage! Diesel — Loverdose Tattoo, & Perfume Notes (December 2017)

After the disappointment that was Oscar de la Renta Blue Orchid, I felt like I wanted a pick-me-up, and I usually like my birthday/Christmas money to go to perfume.

I was craving a rice pudding scent, and the fragrant folks over at the Fragrantica boards reminded me that Diesel Loverdose Tattoo EDP was a perfect choice for that scent. I had actually tested—and loved!—Loverdose Tattoo when it first came out, and somehow I had forgotten all about it. I think I may have been waiting in vain for it to show up on Shoppers Drug Mart’s clearance shelves. But after snagging both Loverdose and Loverdose Red Kiss 30 mL bottles for $19.99 a pop, I guess my luck has run out.

I had one of those big bonus Optimum Points offers (18,500 points for a $100 spend) loaded onto my Shoppers Optimum card, so I picked up Loverdose Tattoo EDP in the 50 mL bottle and added some grocery items (COFFEE) and small holiday gifts (CANDY) to reach $100. Not a bad deal at all, though I’m sad to report that the cosmetician didn’t give me any free beauty samples! It’s so random. Once I spent less than $5 on nail polish, and a different cosmetician gave me a nice skincare sample. This time I got a $67 perfume and nada. Should I be pushy and ask next time?

If I’d ordered via beautyBOUTIQUE online, I’d have gotten a free deluxe sample Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick and three additional free samples, plus had the opportunity to use Ebates. I’m not sure the Bonus Optimum points would have counted, though—it might have just been an in-store offer.

By the way, if you’re wondering, my favorite online grey market perfume reseller, FragranceX, also had Loverdose Tattoo. The 75 mL was the only size available, and it was priced the same as the 50 mL I got. I’m not fussed about the extra 25 mL, since it takes me forever to use up perfume. 50 mL is plenty for me. The only real advantages would have been no tax and the 10% discount I get with my loyalty points, though I would have had to add another small item to my order to get free shipping. I think the Optimum Points work out better, and, I get instant gratification buying it from the drugstore down the street.

Anyway, here’s the rundown on my latest perfume acquisition, and notes on several other perfumes I’ve tried in-store over the last week.

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