Wednesday, December 4, 2013

China Glaze - Mingle With Kringle (Dash of Dazzle set)

Tis the season!

It’s my favorite time of the year again. There are so many reasons why I love this time of the year.

For all you beauty lovers, you may notice that many brands are rolling in with holiday gift sets. It’s a great time to stock up on your favorite items or find the perfect gift for a loved one.

Recently I was contacted by the lovely Fran from NailPolishCanada.com to do a review for the China Glaze’s Dash of Dazzle gift set. The set comes with 3 not-so traditional holiday colors including gold, blue, and a sparkly confetti-like polish. 



Mingle with Kringle
Woah, I was not expecting it to be this glossy and shimmery! The first coat went on seamlessly, it went on really smooth with a semi opaque finish and after the 2nd coat it reaches full opacity. To me this polish falls somewhere in between a glitter/metallic/chrome/foil polish (if that makes sense). I always hated how glitter polishes look so nice when they’re wet and once it dries you’re left with a slight matte finish, but with this polish it dries glossy.

The overall effect reminds me China Glaze’s Swing Baby – it definitely has some micro shimmers packed in there.

In terms on the color, I’m not really sure how I feel about it. If you’re into bold polishes – I recommending giving this one a go.  Very bling-bling!

The rest are coming up soon!





I just noticed Nail Polish Canada is offering free shipping within Canada with no minimum purchase - free shipping doesn't come by often for us Canadian girls lol.

p.s. By zee way. We're in the process of launching our new blog at www.milanandvanaily.com if you want to check us out!

*This was sent for review


Friday, July 5, 2013

Minion Nails!

minion nail art

TGIF! It's been a long time since I did a nail art post! I was feeling inspired and this is what I whipped up. I've been playing Minion Rush on my iPhone for the past week - you girls should try it out, it's a super cute game. 

In order to achieve this little minion, follow the steps below:

  • Start off with a yellow base - any yellow will do! Sorry for using a discontinued color :(
  • Add a blue line across the tip of your nails - the same way you would for a french manicure.
  • Draw a thin line across the yellow section - try to vertically-center align the strap.
  • Take a dotter (top of needle pin/bobby pin) and make a large grey circle. Wait to dry.
  • Take a dotter again and add a white dot in the center of the grey circle you made previously. Wait to dry.
  • Last time for the dotter! Gently dot a small circle of brown.
  • Take the same brown and use a tooth pick to draw a little smile.

Do not add top coat on the same day. 



Left to Right: China Glaze: White On White, OPI: Ogre The Top Blue, Orly: Lemonade, [McDonald's Happy Meal Minion - available now] Icing: Black, OCC: Dangerous, Essie: Little Brown Dress

Let me know how it goes! Tag me on instagram @vanaily

Good Luck! 

-vee



Sunday, June 9, 2013

June Favorites - Make Up Edition.



Hi girls!

So I thought it would be fun to create a post on our favorite make up products for the month of June. (Our favorite skincare products will be posted shortly ^__^). 

First up, L'Oreal Paris, Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara. I cannot tell you the amount of department store mascara's I have tried throughout the years, from Chanel, Lancome, Dior, Benefit, you name it. They all seem to either flake out or smudge on me. So I did some research online and I saw good reviews for this product and decided to give it a try, and it was one of the best decisions I've made! Not only do I save money, I get pretty amazing results with this mascara. 

Givenchy, Le Prisme Blush Powder in It-girl purple. I only went searching for a new blush because my current blush from YSL is discontinued. Aside from the lovely packaging, this is a cute pink color that is not overly shimmery. If you like shimmery blush, this might not be for you.

Stila, stay all day, liquid liner. I have been loyal to MAC's liquid liner since high school and decided to see other liners. I'm pretty happy with the results, although I think both liners are wonderful. Please note that this is a waterproof eyeliner so you will definitely need to find a good eye make up remover to get it all off. Trust me, washing your face and using a mild make up remover doesn't get it all off. 

Benefit, Watt's Up!, I think this is my number 1 favorite of all time. Radiance in a stick. 

Clinique, Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. Very pretty. Very natural. I've always wore light coral lipsticks and I really wanted to change around my look without going too bold and this was the perfect solution. Flattering for all skin colors. 

YSL, Rouge Volupe Shine in 15. Well it was coral, and I love YSL - that was enough to sell me. As much as I love YSL, I'm not sure about value for my money, they always have lovely packaging and everything smells good. I guess it's not always about rational choices, lol. 

Have any of you girls tried any of these products? If yes, please share - we would love to hear from you : )

-vee



Essie: Haute as Hello



Well this is the first nail post in a long time. 

As some of you may know, I have always been a fan of peachy corals. The application on this was a little disappointing. It was streaky, thin, and when it dried - it ended up bubbling on me. This bottle was not consistent with my past experiences with Essie. Way to drop the ball on this one, Essie. 

The next time I apply this color I'm going to try to thin it out and work with thinner coats. Hopefully that will do the trick :(

Well I hope you girls enjoyed this post! 

I'll be compiling a list of my June favorites soon! Keep an eye out for it :)

Cheers,
Vee

Monday, May 20, 2013

Spring Cleaning - Nail Polish Organization Ideas!




Finally, spring is here! I don't know about you, but my room can get super messy (I'm talking piles of clothes stacked on chairs, and a table that has only enough space for my laptop to sit - I kind of have this post apocalyptic look going on). I started off by reorganizing my nail polish collection. Now some of you may already seen this set up and you'll notice that I only change around the bottom shelf. However if you haven't seen this display yet, I really recommend it for those of you who are looking for ways to store their nail polish collection. I seen a few racks on Amazon for around $20, there are a lot of different set up options to choose from. 


The rest of the collection is tucked away in my drawer. I emptied out one of my drawers and lined them with a grip roll. I'm pretty sure you can find these rolls at Walmart or the dollar store. I personally like to organize my brand and then color, I know some other girls like to organize their polishes by color instead. Organize your polishes in whatever way is easiest for you to find the color you need. 

Note: You must lined the drawer, otherwise everything will just slide around everywhere!

Well I hope that helps! How do you girls organize your collection?


-vee


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Holiday Cheer: Home Decor



Hi everyone!

I know it’s been a while since we've been here and this isn’t even a nail post... but with the holiday season around the corner I thought I should share some inspiring DIY holiday ideas. Hopefully you guys will enjoy :)

Christmas is actually my favorite holiday and it's been years since our family last had a Christmas tree. Sad, I know. I'm hoping we'll end up buying one this year but I don't know if we have enough space in our home. In order to compensate for this I did some decorating with a couple things we had around the house and a few ornaments we brought last year.

Keep on scrolling for more ideas and where to shop!
First up, nutcracker men! My mom and I found these two men at our local Winners. I was browsing around and they had a whole little section of nutcracker men ranging from $7.99 to $24.99CAD (might be even less than that). The guy on the left cost me $19.99 and $14.99 for the smaller guy. I was quite pleased with the prices, considering I saw other men for $40 at The Bay. The glittery reindeer you see here were from the Dollarama...which btw you should check out. They have a lot of Christmas items that are pretty decent in quality.

Runner up, we have a long vase that I also picked up from the Dollarama ($3ea, crazy huh?)I ended up filling it with a couple of ornaments I picked up on sale at the Real Canadian Superstore.

Now we have two smaller nutcracker men that I picked up from the Dollarama ($2ea). In between the two men, I used an old fish bowl I had laying around my basement and filled it up with the rest of my christmas ornaments.

Here we have a couple of cards I made. You can find a lot of ideas online, or even try to duplicate some of the cards you like (hey, our family members don't need to know where we find our 'inspiration'). I brought the card & envelope kit from Michaels using a 40% coupon. I highly recommend that you guys check Michael's website for coupons, they often have coupons where you can save 40-50% off 1 regular priced item or 20% your whole purchase.

Lastly we will finish with Frosty. This guy was crocheted together last year, he's a total cutie. Great for decorating the place or to give away as a gift.

Well I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Holiday. Hopefully my pictures have inspired some of you to look around the house and do some decorating of your own! Until next time...
-vee





Thursday, March 29, 2012

China Glaze Magnetix - Instant Chemistry

Direct Sunlight:
Shade:
Indoor:
For some reason I kind of panicked when I applied this nail polish haha. I guess it’s because I had to apply the polish quickly and hold the magnet. I’ll admit I had a hard time using the magnet to my nails while they were still wet. Be advised that if you hold the magnet too close, the nail polish will actually lift and a tiny bump will form.

This is one of my favourites from the Magnetix Collection because it is relatively subtle. I prefer not to have “loud” nail designs haha. This nail polish dries fast and only needs one coat! Music to my ears – I can’t stand waiting around for my nails to dry. I’m not wearing top coat in these pictures, but I definitely recommend top coat with these magnetic polishes. They tend to wear off easily and are semi-shiny. Thank you to Nail Polish Canada for providing this to us!

Other than a few accidents of holding the magnet too close to my nails or actually bumping my nails into the magnet, the application wasn’t too bad. I held the magnet for about 15 seconds on each nail and kind of wiggled the magnet around...I’m not sure if that the best technique to use.

Do you girls have any magnet techniques to share with us? :D

*This was sent by Nail Polish Canada for review

-m

Thursday, March 1, 2012

GIVEAWAY WINNER!


At long last, we have picked our winner!

*drum roll*

preciouspearl
From: http://preciouspearlmakeup.blogspot.com/


Congrats! Please check your inbox and reply back within two weeks :)

Thanks again everyone for joining our giveaway and for being so patient!

-Milan and Vanaily
Y

Sunday, February 19, 2012

An exciting day

So it's been a long time since I've been excited about nail polish. Over the last few months I've lost my excitement for them because there wasn't anything really new... and nothing really tickled my fancy. It's so much harder to justify buying any more polishes because we already have too much. But yesterday as I was shopping around this is what I came across! (Sorry for the quality these were taken from my iPhone, high-resolution coming soon).

Nail Bar at SephoraSephora at Yorkdale opened a little Nail Bar island. I know they usually have their own stand for Sephora by OPI, but none of them did anything for me... it was like "okay, what else is new". But when I saw this nail bar, I felt like a kid in a candy store. I mean... canadian girls TAKE A LOOK AT THE TOP ROW! Sephora is finally carrying Illamasqua in Canada!. I think I was a little overwhelmed, not to mention they were having a promotion so they were going for $14CAD. I might of been to fixated on Illamasqua, but I should mention it looks like Dior expanded their nail line. A couple of them were pretty impressive/expensive at $24CAD.

SHOP MACI thought this was cool looking. This was a display outside The Bay for MAC's SHOP collection. It was set up like shopping aisles.

End of the day, this is what I ended up with:
Illamasqua Lament, PhallicIllamasqua Lament and Phallic. Lament was a color I was interested in for a long time. I mean it's pink, coral and bright! I could not help myself. Although this color is not that unique, there are definitely cheaper alternatives like: essie's cute as a button and wet and wild 437F.

As for Phallic, Milan did a quick swatch for me in-store. It was deep, rich with beautiful shimmer. I was sold, I threw back Milf and Jo'Mina for it.

YSL Volupte Sheer Candy 2Lastly I brought YSL's new Volupte Sheer Candy in #2 Dewy Papaya. This one smelt really good. The color is very sheer, but I brought it to wear over my other YSL Volupte lipstick. I'm sure there are many alternatives to this one, any sheer lip product will do...haha. ($38CAD).


-vee