Mani Monday: Color Club Wild at Heart

mani monday: color club wild at heart
Happy Monday everyone! Decided to switch up the shape of my nails, though they still need to grow out a bit more. This is probably one of my least helpful mani monday’s, because I pulled out an old favourite, Color Club Wild at Heart (which unfortunately is now discontinued), and topped it with some silver nail stickers, which I think are from essence but I’ve had them for years and there’s nothing on the sticker sheet. I’ll try to use products I can actually link to next week haha.

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mani monday with crabtree & evelyn

mani monday with crabtree & evelynMy first mani monday of 2016! Honestly I haven’t even painted my nails since before Christmas, so I was excited to receive this adorable little package from Crabtree & Evelyn. They sent over 4 shades of their Neil Lacquers:

Beautyberry: When cheerful pinks mingle with bold reds, the festivities begin. Our brilliantly bright and festive shade is always the life of the party.
Orchid: Vibrant, bold purple hue is as wild and enchanting as the flower that inspired it. This fast-drying polish glides on smoothly.
Cranberry: We’ve added a bit of magic to the classic crimson red, creating a perfectly bold, glamourous and fresh colour for your nails.
Wine: An enchanting blend of opulent, deep reds create an intoxicating balance that pares perfectly with your party dress.

All 4 provided almost full coverage in 1 coat. The brush is small and firm and makes it very easy to apply without making a mess – typically after a long hiatus I feel like I’m starting over and end up spending more time cleaning up than applying nail polish, but I had next to none.

Swatches below are with 1 coat and with the flash on (darn sun setting at 5pm) – so they are a bit darker in person. I wouldn’t be able to choose a favourite of the 4, and they are absolutely perfect for Valentine’s day which is already somehow less than a month away!
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Product received for review.
All comments and opinions are honest and my own.

What’s on your nails this week? I love hearing from you, please leave me a comment!

mani monday – kbshimmer happily ever aster

Mani Monday - KBShimmer Happily Ever AsterHappy Mani Monday all! I ordered KBShimmer’s Happily Ever Aster a while ago and have wanted to do this manicure ever since. It turned out exactly how I had hoped it would.

When the weather turns warm, and the spring flowers are a fading memory, I turn to the aster for bright pops of color. With it’s daisy like petals, and shades of blue, purple, white and pink, this later bloomer was the inspiration for Happily Ever Aster. Periwinkle, light aqua blue, purple, lavender and white glitters swim in a clear base surrounded by tiny bits of holographic glitters for a sparkling top coat.

I started with 3 coats of Essie’s East Hampton Cottage (which they describe as a ‘beachy sand pink’ but I would call it a light neutral sand with shimmer.), then using the recommended ‘dab and spread’ method, I would dab a bit of Happily Ever Aster on to the base of my nail, and spread it around with an art brush, letting it dry slightly and repeating until I was happy. There is a lot of glitter in this polish so it didn’t take long at all. Topped with 2 coats of KBShimmer Clearly On Top.

Mani Monday - KBShimmer Happily Ever AsterHappily Ever Aster | East Hampton Cottage
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