Thursday, March 25, 2010

Where to Buy Polish


Hey let’s face it, some of us prefer to go on lemmings the old fashion way. So whether you are sceptical of buying online, or prefer the adventure; I've compiled a list of stores in Canada & the US with the nail products they offer.

Happy shopping : ))


Holt Renfrew
- Chanel
- Yves Saint Laurent
- The Lippmann Collection
- Dior
- Estee Lauder
- Shu Uemura
- Lancome
- Bobbi Brown
- Clinque
- Laura Mercier
- Giorgio Armani

Trade Secret
- Zoya
- Essie
- Orly

- Gosh
- Lancome
- Lippmann Collection
- Bobbi Brown
- Estee Lauder
- Guerlain
- Loreal Paris
- Yves Saint Laurent

- Anna Sui
- Estee Lauder

The Bay
- Dior
- Yves Saint Laurent
- Chanel
- Lancome
- Estee Lauder

Shoppers Drug Mart
- Essie
- Borghese
- Nic Sticks
- Nicole by OPI
- Sally Hansen
- Revlon
- Rimmel
- Loreal
- Maybelline


Sally Beauty Supply
- China Glaze
- Orly
- Finger Paints
- Stripe Rite Paint
- Ultra Pro Nail Lacquer

- Sephora by OPI
- Illamasqua (US only)
- Sephora Collection


Saks Fifth Avenue
- Chanel
- Yves Saint Laurent
- Dior
- Dolce & Gabbana
- Estee Lauder

Neiman Marcus
- The Lippmann Collection
- Estee Lauder
- Chanel
- Le Metier De Beaute
- Strange Beautiful
- Yves Saint Laurent
- Shu Uemura

Barneys New York
- The Lippmann Collection
- Yves Saint Laurent
- Serge Lutens

Lord & Taylor
- Estee Lauder
- Lancome


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My Current Polish & Make up Collection

...and yes, these are clickable : )
Nail Polish Collection

Close up of OPIs:
OPI nail polish collection

So this is my polish collection that I've accumulated within the past month and a half. Actually I lied, it's been slightly updated since then, but I'm too lazy to take more pictures lol. I don't have as many as I would like, but I'm content with the way it looks all together in our room. I'm hoping by Mid-May to add a second shelf below : ) Wish me & my wallet luck! lol

My Train Case:

Hey, I might as well, no?


Friday, March 19, 2010

NOTD: OPI - A Grape Fit! w/ Nicole by OPI - Love your Life

Indoor with Flash:

NOTD: OPI - A Grape Fit! w/ Nicole by OPI - Love your Life@ milanandvanaily

So I was feeling a little down today. I ended up visiting Walmart to buy some yarn to finish off my octopus. I was a tentacle short! Now she will be happy with her 8 legs. haha.

And here she is...say hi to Octa!

AMIGURUMI @ milanandvanaily


Orly: Cotton Candy VS. Revlon: Perfect Pink



Index and Ring: Revlon- Perfect Pink
Middle and Pinky: Orly- Cotton Candy

No Flash:

perfect pink vs cotton candy @ milanandvanaily

Index and Ring: Revlon- Perfect Pink
Middle and Pinky: Orly- Cotton Candy

Okay, no exact dupe here. When I swatched both of them on paper they looked very similar. On the nails, perfect pink is more jelly like, and a wee bit darker.


Friday, March 5, 2010

OPI Shrek Forever After Collection!!!

After seeing this collection at All Lacquered Up, I've been pretty excited. I'm going to go on instant lemming once these are out!

Personally, I'm hoping they are all cremes. I think I'm going to encounter some trouble narrowing down which one I want. But from the promotional pictures I would say it would narrow down to What’s With the Cattitude? and Fiercely Fiona. errr I like them all. Must.. resist... the... purples.

Update: On second thought... Who the Shrek Are You? is pretty unique looking. Better jot that one down too.

Release date for OPI Shrek Forever After Collection: End of April*

* This is what I was secretly told during my mega haul. : )

UPDATED, just some more promo pictures. : )


Monday, March 1, 2010


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This list has been generated so that if there are any colors you would like to see or compare please feel free to send us an email. Our contact information is listed here.

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A Beautiful Life
Hot Rod (red, pink glass flecks)
Noir (black, creme)

American Apparel
Mouse (grey taupe, creme)

Anna Sui
026 (silver, metallic)
240 (sheer purple, silver round glitter)
418 (mahogany red, gold shimmer/glass flecks)
600 (peach, jelly)

Blossom (salmon pink, creme)
Grape Escape (purple, creme)
Joytini (orange, creme)
Myrza's Meadow (sheer lime green, holo glitter)
Sweet Addiction (dark seafoam green, creme)
Swizzle Stix (light blue, creme)

Raspberry Sorbetto (raspberry pink, creme)

Paradoxal (mauve taupe, purple micro-shimmer)
Particuliere (medium taupe, creme)
Rouge Noir (blood red, creme)

China Glaze
Agent Lavender (pale lavender, creme)
Bahamian Escape (sky blue, creme)
Dorothy Who? (semi opaque blue, silver shimmer)
Fairy Dust (clear, holo glitter)
Flip Flop Fantasy (orange-pink, neon)
For Audrey (robin’s egg blue, creme)
Grape Pop (purple, creme)
Heli-Yum (raspberry pink, creme)
High Hopes (coral red, creme)
Light as Air (pale lavender, creme)
Liquid leather (black, jelly)
Peachy Keen (peach, creme)
Re-fresh Mint (pastel green, creme)
Ruby Pumps (red, red shimmer)
Secret Periwinkle (cornflower blue, creme)
Shocking Pink (pink, neon)
Spontaneous (purple, creme)
VIII (dark purple, creme)
White on White (white, creme)

Snatch (classic red, semi-jelly)

Awesome/Silly (light pink-purple, neon and color-changing)
Calm/Wild(pink/purple, color-changing)
Excited/Bored (pale peach/salmon pink, color-changing)
Fabulous/Funky (hot pink, neon and color-changing)
Flirty/Shy (blue/cobalt blue, neon and color-changing)
Happy/Earthy (lime green/green, color-changing)
Peaceful/Confident (teal/azure, color-changing)

Dazzle Dry
Red Hot Chili (chilli red, creme)

Deborah Lippmann
PYT (coral pink, jelly)
Waking Up in Vegas (beige-grey, creme)

Cute as a Button (pink-toned orange, creme)
Forget me Nots (blue-toned pink, creme)
Knockout Pout (bubble gum pink, neon)
Lapis of Luxury (cornflower blue, creme)
Little Brown Dress (dark chocolate brown, creme)
Lovie Dovie (bubble gum pink, creme)
Matte about you

Merino Cool (purple taupe, creme)
Pink Glove Service (pink, water)
Pink Parka (pink, neon)
Sew Psyched (camouflage green, silver micro-shimmer)
Status Symbol (strawberry pink, creme)
Turquoise & Caicos (turquoise, creme)
Van D'go (pale peach, creme)
Wicked (blood red, creme)

Finger Paints
Brushstroke Blush (pink, sheer)

Bella's Choice (turquoise, creme)

Hard Candy
Envy (black, green micro-shimmer)
Frenzy (teal, creme)
Hypnotic (pink, copper shimmer)

Black Iiner (black, creme)
Gargoyle (grey, matte)
Glamorous (clear, holo glitter)
Gold liner (gold, metallic)
Paparazzi (copper-toned pink, silver glitter)
Purple liner (red-purple, creme)
Runaway (sheer purple, purple glitter)
See you at the Metro (fuschia, creme)
St. Barts (blue, silver shimmer)

Blue Lagoon (sheer light blue, blue shimmer)
Cha Cha Cha (sheer yellow-orange, golden shimmer)
Hunger (tomato red, creme)
Tallulah (plum, jelly)
Zizi (clear, gold/orange holo glitter)

Nicole by OPI
Love your life (clear, pink heart glitter and holo glitter)
Nicole...Spotted (sheer aquamarine blue, silver shimmer and holo glitter)
Party in the Penthouse(dark blue, blue shimmer)
Scandel...Secrets and Sparkle (clear, silver glitter)
Too Rich for You (black, blue micro-shimmer)
Turn out the lights (black, green micro-shimmer)

Sugar (sheer strawberry pink, holo glitter and hex holo glitter)

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Anime (pink, neon)
Blackboard (forest green, creme)
Dangerous (dark grey, creme)
Flatline (clear, matte)
Hush (nude, creme)
Wasabi (wasabi green, creme)

A Grape Fit! (purple, creme)
Ate Berries in the Canaries (fuschia, creme)
Banana Bandanna (pale yellow, micro-shimmer)
Bubble Bath (nude pink, sheer)
Dim Sum Plum (fuschia, creme)
Do You Lilac It? (purple, creme)
Done out in Deco (pastel purple, creme)
Elephantastic Pink (pink, jelly)
Gargantuan Green Grape (sheer lime green, creme)
Girls Just Want to Play (classic red, creme)
Got a Date to Knight! (pink, jelly)
Happy Anniversary (clear, silver shimmer)
Here today... Aragon Tomorrow (dark green, jelly)
Hey! Get in the Lime! (pastel green, creme)
Hot & Spicy (red-orange, creme)
I'm India Mood for Love (dark pink, creme)
In my Back Pocket (orange, creme)
Lincoln Park after Dark (dark purple, creme)
Lincoln Park at Midnight (dark purple, silver micro-shimmer)
Mod about You (pale cotton candy pink, creme)
No Room for the Blues (sky blue, creme)
Ogre the-top Blue (blue, creme)
Over the Taupe (medium taupe, creme)
Pamplona Purple ( dark red-purple, creme)
Panda-Monium Pink (cool-toned pastel pink, creme)
Parlez-vous OPI? (purple/mauve, creme)
Passion (pale salmon pink, sheer)
Pearl of Wisdom (pink/green/silver, iridiscent)
Quarter of a Cent-Cherry (rich red, creme)
Shorts Story (blue-toned pink, creme)
Siberian Nights (dark purple, creme)
Strawberry Margarita (hot pink, creme)
Suzi Says Feng Shui (dusty blue-grey, creme)
The 'It' color (golden yellow, creme)
Tickle My France-y (nude, creme)
We'll Always have Paris (burgundy, creme)
You Don't know Jacques! (dark taupe, creme)
You're a Pisa Work (hot fuschia pink, creme)

Cotton Candy (salmon pink, creme)
Lemonade (yellow, creme)
Prince Charming (dark taupe, creme)

A15 (pale taupe, micro-shimmer)

piCture pOlish
Camo (camouflage green, creme)
Coral Reef (coral red, creme)
Heavy Metal (sheer grey, silver glitter)
Mudshake (medium taupe, creme)
Sky (pale blue, creme)
Wisteria (electric purple, creme)

Piggy Polish
Baby, I Love your Waves (sky blue, creme)
Better Off Red (tomato red, creme)
Blue Me a Kiss (light cornflower blue, creme)
HOT Attack (yellow, frost)
Keep it Teal (emerald green, green shimmer)
Let's SHOE Lunch (blue, creme)
LIME Alright (lime green, creme)
Orange County (red-orange, creme)
Piglet (pink, creme)
Pink-ing of You (sheer pink, pink shimmer)
Schooner or Later (pink, semi-neon)
Yacht-a Yachta-a (light red-purple, creme)

Minted (pastel green, creme)
Peach Petal (pale pink, creme)
Perfect Pink (pink, creme)
Vixen (blood red, creme)

Sally Hansen
Commander in Chic (medium taupe, creme)
Fairy Nice (lavender pink, creme)
Midnight in NY (black, micro-shimmer)
Presto Pink (dusty dark pink, creme)

Sephora By OPI
Metro Chic (medium taupe, creme)
Read my Palm (seafoam green, creme)

Sula Paint and Peel
Kelly (green, creme)
Dove (dark brown, creme)
Azure (teal, creme)

Note:*We will try our best to keep this list updated, if the colors you want to compare that are not listed, try us anyways we will compare if we gets our hands on the color.


What is your current nail care routine?
Firstly, I start off with regular nail polish remover – I use Sally Hansen. I can usually remove everything in one cotton ball, or maximum two. Then I would wash my hands with some soap just to clean off whatever residue that is left behind.

After my nails are dried off I layer 1 coat of Nail Tek Foundation II. (This is my favourite base coat of all time; it treats my nails and at the same time fills out the slight ridges in my nails for a smoother application.)

Once I’m finished my mani, I like to apply some cuticle cream to help re-hydrate them.

What do I do when my polish thickens up? Should I throw it away?
No, you can always fix your thickened polish by simply adding a few drops of nail polish thinner. Polish thinner contains butyl acetate and ethyl acetate.

Depending on how thick your polish is, add a few drops at a time and check for consistency. If you accidently added too much, just leave your bottle open and check on it every 10-15 minutes.

If your polish has completely harden you may just want to go ahead and pour in the thinner, and let it sit for 30 minutes then mix it manually with a wooden stick.

Note: Never use nail polish remover regardless of what you had read. It will spoil your polish over time.

How do I keep my nail polish from bubbling?
A few tips to remember:
1) Never shake your nail polish bottle, instead roll it gently between your hands
2) Wait between coats, the coat should be touchable before adding another layer

How do you keep your nails long without breaking?
First off, I never use nail clippers as they put unnecessary pressure on the nails which will weaken and break down over time. Instead I use a nail file, crystal files are best – but I use a regular emery board.

Secondly, I never go without my Nail Tek Foundation II.

Thirdly, I do not use my nails as tools. Over time they will weaken if you use them as scrapers, picks, what not.

Lastly, I always keep my cuticles moisturized. Every time I wash my hands I try to moisturize them. Since I do wash my hands excessively, I just try my best! Happy cuticles = healthy nails.

More Questions?If there is a question that I have not answered, please feel free to contact me with an email!