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)


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A England Nail Varnish in Rose Bower, swatch

A England — Rose Bower (Nail Varnish) Swatch & Review

Collection: A England 2013, Burne-Jones Dream

Indie brand A England‘s 2013 collection, Burne-Jones Dream, references the work of 19th century British artist Edward Burne-Jones. I’ve previously reviewed Sleeping Palace from this collection, where I talk more about the collection’s inspiration!

The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon (1898), Edward Burne-Jones
The Legend of Briar Rose: The Garden Court (1885–1890), Edward Burne-Jones.
Buscot Park, England.
Image: wikipedia.org

I’ve been trying to swatch some more romantically-inclined colors for Valentine’s Day, and Rose Bower struck me as a particularly lovely option. It’s a gorgeous azalea red—intense and pinked—with fine holographic shimmer.

A England Nail Varnish in Rose Bower
A England Nail Varnish in Rose Bower

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OPI Nail Lacquer in I'm Not Really a Waitress, swatch

Classics: OPI — I’m Not Really a Waitress (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Happy Groundhog Day!

Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam says spring is just around the corner, but the movie’s Punxsatawney Phil says winter is coming. My local-ish groundhog in Ottawa, Wiarton Willie, agrees with his fellow Canadian, so I’m gonna say spring it is for us up north!

Collection: OPI 1999 Fall/Winter, Hollywood

Today’s Classic is also a Throwback Thursday, as it was released in OPI’s 12-shade Hollywood collection from Fall/Winter 1999.

I’m Not Really a Waitress (NL H08) doesn’t really need an introduction, does it? I mean, it’s so iconic that OPI’s nail polish book even bears the same name. (And, yes, I have that, too!)

I actually intended to swatch my old bottle of I’m Not Really a Waitress (hereafter INRAW, because that name is just too damn long), which I got sometime in the 1990s. It’s possible that this bottle is actually a second one I owned; I might have repurchased it sometime in the late ’90s. Either way, it’s something like 15–20 years old, so it’s also in the old formula before OPI went 3-free.

However, I discovered this horror:

OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress, old 1990s bottle dried out
OPI I’m Not Really a Waitress, old 1990s bottle dried out

I’d used up quite a lot of it, so I’m not overly fussed. I do want to go and check on all my old, discontinued polishes, now. That could take a while. Eek.

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Essie Nail Lacquer in Party On a Platform, swatch

Essie — Party On a Platform (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie 2016 Winter

Last December, I picked up three of Essie’s Winter 2016 polishes from Shoppers Drug Mart when they were supposed to be on sale for CA$7.99. I suspect that because they were from the new collection, they rang up at regular price. I asked if they could check the price in the flyer, and they kindly honored it for me, which was cool. The shades I got were Oh Behave!, Party on a Platform, and Satin Sister.

Today, I’m reviewing Party on a Platform (1007 salon / 1888 retail). Essie describes it as a “London garnet red”. The “London” makes me think it’s that classic pillar box red, though I usually associate that color as more of a bright, true red. But I guess garnets are usually a deeper red, so that seems accurate enough. This shade is a deep red, leaning a touch oxblood and mulled wine, giving it a slightly muddied look. Depth-wise, it sits just on the non-vampy side, to me.

I’ve always liked Essie red creams: yes, they do seem to do an awful lot of them, but there is usually something a little different about each one and you can’t necessarily tell until it’s on the nail. Party On a Platform is a sophisticated red and it goes easily from day to night.

Essie Nail Lacquer in Party On a Platform
Essie Nail Lacquer in Party On a Platform (retail bottle)
Essie Nail Lacquer in Party On a Platform
Essie Nail Lacquer in Party On a Platform (retail bottle)

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Chanel Spring 2017 Le Vernis Coco Codes collection

New Release: Chanel — Le Vernis Coco Codes (Spring 2017)

[Image: chanel.com]

Collection: Chanel, Spring 2017, Le Vernis Coco Codes

Chanel has released Coco Codes, a new collection of Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour that consists of three new shades—a red and two shades of beige—and one black-tinted top coat that deepens the shade underneath.

Three nail shades inspired by the iconic Chanel Colour Codes. One top coat brilliantly enhances the polish underneath.

The new polishes are:

  • Beige Beige (556)
  • Blanc White (548)
  • Rouge Red (546)
  • Le Top Coat Tinted Top Coat in Black Métamorphosis

The Black Métamorphosis is marked as Limited Edition on the official Chanel website.

Chanel Le Vernis retails for US$28 / CA$32.

Happy shopping!

Yves Rocher Botanical Colour Nail Polish in Sparkling Cranberry / Cranberry scintillant, swatch

Yves Rocher — Sparkling Cranberry / Cranberry scintillant (Botanical Colour Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Yves Rocher 2016 Winter, Holiday

Yves Rocher’s 2016 Holiday collection consists of three shades in their Botanical Colour Nail Polish line, of which I’m a huge fan. Two appeared to be repromotes from their original launch, Sparkling Gold (which I already own) and Sparkling Silver, which is why I didn’t bother to get them.

However, upon closer inspection, it seems that they may be two different new shades with the same names, and they have different codes on Yves Rocher’s website. Argh! Why would you give them the same names as existing shades?!

Anyway, I have the third shade for you today, Sparkling Cranberry (97). The French name is Cranberry scintillant, which I find odd since Canadian bilingual packaging taught me that the French word for cranberry is canneberge! So, I don’t know what’s up with the half English, half French translation.

The shade is a surprisingly warm-toned medium red with fine gold shimmer—I normally associate “cranberry” cosmetic colors as deeper, cooler reds. But I suppose actual fresh cranberries are quite similar to this polish, aren’t they? A bit cooler red than warm red, though.

Cranberry toss
Cranberries grow in bogs!
Image: cranberry.ca
Yves Rocher Botanical Color Nail Polish in Sparkling Cranberry / Cranberry scintillant
Yves Rocher Botanical Color Nail Polish in Sparkling Cranberry / Cranberry scintillant

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Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Rouge Noir, swatch

Classics: Chanel — Rouge Noir (Le Vernis Longwear) Swatch & Review

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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