Orly Nail Lacquer in Sweet Temptation, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Orly — Sweet Temptation (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Brand: Orly

Sweet Temptation (20415) is listed in my database as being coded 40415, so I think at some point Orly changed their numbering system. I don’t know which collection it’s from—the oldest review on MUA is from 2006—and it’s possible that it’s even from the original core collection. The name is generic enough, isn’t it?

I also wonder if the color has been changed up a bit, since the MUA reviews generally describe a cream shade that has very subtle gold shimmer in it. My bottle of Sweet Temptation is a newer bottle that I bought at Winners last spring, in a duo pack for CA$9.99.

The shade of my new bottle is an intense azalea pink with fine pink and silver shimmer,  giving Sweet Temptation a satin ribbon finish.

(If you have an older bottle, I’d love to know whether it has gold or silver shimmer.)

Orly Nail Lacquer in Sweet Temptation

Orly Nail Lacquer in Sweet Temptation

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fivezero, 3 Spring Nail Favorites (Collaboration)

3 Spring Nail Favorites (Collaboration)

Today, my blog is dipping a toe into uncharted territory! This is my first ever collaboration, with the lovely Kanza of Faded Rouge. We’re each sharing three favorite nail colors for the spring.

I’ll review each of these selections in more detail later this week, but here are my current top 3 picks for delightful, spring-inspired nail colors! I’ve selected them from Orly, SinfulColors, and Zoya.

Coming into spring from the icy winter, I always love pastels and brights on the nail, with a touch of crisp sparkle.

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L'Oréal Colour Riche Le Vernis à l'Huile in Rose Ballet, swatch

L’Oréal — Rose Ballet (Colour Riche Le Vernis à l’Huile) Swatch & Review

Collection: L’Oréal Summer 2016, Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer [Launch]

Time to ‘fess up: over the last month, L’Oréal’s Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquers have been going on sale, and I’ve splurged—especially since they’ve released some new spring shades, as well.

My existing Le Vernis à l’Huile collection consists of these:

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquers

L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquers in Cobalt Indécent, Grenat Irrévérent, Gris Decadent, Bleu Royal, Violet Vendôme, & Rouge Sauvage. Not pictured: Café de Nuit & Orange Triomphe.

The new acquisitions are:

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New Releases: SinfulColors — New Colors + SWAK: Sinful With a Kiss (Spring 2017)

Collections: SinfulColors 2017 Spring, All New Colors and SWAK: Sinful With a Kiss

I’m just posting more SinfulColors spring collections today, because this week has been utterly crap on a personal level. Peanut started preschool last week—he took to it like a duck to water—but it unfortunately coincided with loads of the kids there getting over an illness. Needless to say, he fell ill over the weekend and as of last night, everyone in our family has it! We’re all congested and miserable, Family Day was a bust, Peanut has missed school all week, and the kids won’t stop whining and generally behaving like mini-tyrants. I think everyone slept a grand total of four hours last night, due to the kids constantly waking up because of fever (low-grade, thankfully) and congestion.

I am lucky at the moment, because the stars have aligned and both of my little monsters are napping at the same time, so I put this post together.

Enjoy these pretties.


SinfulColors recently released a set of new shades in their regular Nail Color line. Also, I missed posting about their Valentine’s Day collection, so here it is, as well. I imagine the collection is still available in stores!

All New Colors consists of 5 new shades and 5 Walgreens exclusives (boo for us without access to Walgreens!) in the regular Nail Color line.

  • The Full Monte (nude with subtle sparkle)
  • Bluz Cruz (vibrant purple-blue)
  • Cash Out (pop of pastel green)
  • Taupe is Dope! (sophisticated suede)
  • Bitten (juicy red cream)
  • So Daupe! (Walgreens exclusive; soft light brown)
  • Jam Out (Walgreens exclusive; strawberry with a funky green flash)
  • Jade Kat (Walgreens exclusive; shimmering emerald green)
  • Deep End (Walgreens exclusive; ocean blue)
  • aPEAsing (Walgreens exclusive; sweet pastel green)

The Full Monte, Bluz Cruz, Cash Out

Taupe is Dope!, Bitten

So Daupe! (Walgreens), Jam Out (Walgreens), Jade Kat (Walgreens)

Deep End (Walgreens), aPEASing (Walgreens)


SWAK: Sinful With a Kiss consists of 4 new shades and 4 repromotes in the regular Nail Color line:Read More »

Nails Inc. Gel Effect Nail Polish in Argyle Street (mini), swatch

Nails Inc. — Argyle Street (Gel Effect Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Nails Inc. 2016 Fall, Gel Effect All Fired Up Charcoal Nail Polish

Today’s polish, Argyle Street, is a 5 mL mini that I got in a set last fall. The formula is one of Nails Inc.’s many, inconsistently named Nail Fuel polishes, which include random ingredients from popular “superfoods” and other trendy substances.

This particular line is called Gel Effect All Fired Up Nail Polish, or All Fired Up Fuelled by Charcoal Gel Effect Nail Polish, or…I don’t know. Some retailers just label it as Charcoal Nail Polish, too.

Activated charcoal is an ingredient that has been popping up in skincare and haircare products. It’s normally used in water filters and other purification systems, since it adsorbs a variety of organic and inorganic impurities. Nails Inc. claim their charcoal polish will “protect your nails against harmful pollutants”. They don’t tell us what kinds of pollutants these might be, of course. Frankly, if the charcoal is mixed in with the polish and just hardens into it, I don’t see how it’ll be doing much adsorption of various substances from your nails (or is it adsorbing substances from the polish itself? Heh).

Anyway, Argyle Street is an opaque, soft pastel pink with a peachy undertone. It’s quite a lovely neutral for warm-toned skin. Incidentally, in this creamy polish, I see zero hint of black charcoal. Can charcoal be ground finely enough that it’s not visible in a pastel-colored nail polish? I’m curious!

Nails Inc. Gel Effect Nail Polish in Argyle Street (mini)
Nails Inc. Gel Effect Nail Polish in Argyle Street (mini)

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A England Nail Varnish in Her Rose Adagio, swatch

A England — Her Rose Adagio (Nail Varnish) Swatch & Review

Collection: A England 2013 Winter, Ballerina

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today’s polish comes from indie brand A England’s 2013 Ballerina collection.

Natalie Portman in Black Swan (2010)
Natalie Portman in Black Swan (2010)

Her Rose Adagio is described by A England as “faded roses in a silver prismatic base, as romantic as it is ‘en pointe'”. The base is a pastel pink, but as the polish is loaded with fine, silver holographic shimmer, the overall look is pale mauve.

A England Nail Varnish in Her Rose Adagio
A England Nail Varnish in Her Rose Adagio

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The Body Shop Colour Crush Nail Polish in Meet Me at Dusk, swatch

The Body Shop — Meet Me at Dusk (Colour Crush Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: The Body Shop 2015 Summer, Colour Crush Nail Polish [Launch]

The Body Shop has been clearancing their nail polishes, so I couldn’t resist picking up a few more at CA$2 a pop. I’ve reviewed a few other Colour Crush Nail Polishes in the past, and they’re pretty nice polishes for the price (CA$8 but of course sales would make them about $4).

Here’s Meet Me at Dusk (820), a very conservative and office-friendly shade of soft brick rose in a cream finish. It runs warm, though it would probably still work quite nicely on cool-toned skin. My warm skintone probably makes it look a bit peachier.

The Body Shop Colour Crush Nail Polish in Meet Me at Dusk
The Body Shop Colour Crush Nail Polish in Meet Me at Dusk

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