NOTD: Gold Flecked Turquoise Water Spotted Nails & Nail Art Tutorial

It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday… Actually now that I’m out of school I can barely keep track of the days of the week anymore, but I knew it was Friday because my spidey senses were tingling and signalling it was time for a Nail Friday post.

NOTD: Waterspotted nails!

I’ve been seeing water spotted manis popping up everywhere all over Pinterest/Tumblr/all those other sources of pretty pictures lately and have been loving the look, so I decided to try it out for myself the other day. It’s pretty similar to water marbling, except you only drop one colour, and, there’s a secret ingredient: perfume (or hairspray, or even nail polish remover, which I’ve read work well too).

I thought I’d document my attempt to water spotted nails, and create a tutorial for anyone wanting to try it out. It was my first time trying this (I’ve never actually even tried water marbling yet) but I think the results turned out pretty decent! So if I can do it, so can you :p

Julep Felcity, Revlon Blackest Black, and Love & Beauty unnamed polish.

Julep Felcity, Revlon Blackest Black, and Love & Beauty unnamed polish.

Ok, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Turquoise nail polish (or a greenish blue/mint colour). I used a pretty dark turquoise I got in a swap and have been wanting to try out, but in hindsight I think it would look better if you used a brighter and lighter minty colour because the black marbling makes the colour look darker. I think Julep’s Denver or China Glaze For Audrey would look great for this.
  • Black nail polish. I used Revlon’s Blackest Black. I’d say use a cheapy drugstore polish, especially if you’ve never tried this before because you’ll probably waste a ton trying to get the hang of dropping the polish into the water. I think I went through a quarter of the bottle doing this mani lol.
  • Gold nail polish. I used Julep’s Felicity. Totally optional, but I think it looks prettier with bits of gold on top.
  • Vaseline or tape. Unless you want to spend forever and a day cleaning up around your nails.
  • Tissues
  • Q-tips
  • Toothpicks
  • A bowl or container for holding water. I’d suggest something you can just throw out afterwards like a plastic yoghurt container. Or if you’re Asian like me, a tofu container.

Got everything? Ok, here goes:

Step 1: Base coat! Make sure to use this especially if you're using a dark polish that might stain.

Step 1: Base coat! Make sure to use this especially if you’re using a dark polish that might stain.

Step 2: Paint your nails with a thin coat of turquoise blue polish. I'm using a nameless polish from Love & Beauty.

Step 2: Paint your nails with a thin coat of turquoise blue polish. I’m using a nameless polish from Love & Beauty.

Step 3: Optional, but do a second (or even third) coat until the polish is opaque.

Step 3: Optional, but do a second (or even third) coat until the polish is opaque.

Step 4: Use a small brush or a q-tip to paint a layer of Vaseline around your nail. I went up to the first knuckle. This step is essential! Don't forget to cover the pads of your fingers too. You could use tape as well.

Step 4: Use a small brush or a q-tip to paint a layer of Vaseline around your nail so the polish won’t stick to your fingers. I went up to the first knuckle. This step is essential! Don’t forget to cover the pads of your fingers too. You could use tape as well.

Step 5: Fill a bowl or container of some sort with cold water and drop your black polish into it. Don't make the drop too big or it'll be too heavy and sink to the bottom.

Step 5: Fill a bowl or container of some sort with cold water and drop your black polish into it – it’ll start spreading right away. Don’t make the drop too big or it’ll be too heavy and sink to the bottom.

Step 6: Keep adding drops of black polish to the center of your original drop as it spreads. You'll need probably around 5-6 drops but just eyeball it and keep dropping until your nail polish spreads out to a good size.

Step 6: Keep adding drops of black polish to the center of your original drop as it spreads. You’ll need probably around 5-6 drops but just eyeball it and keep dropping until your nail polish spreads out to a good size.

This took me forever to get just right! If the polish doesn’t spread out, or goes wonky, just use a toothpick to swirl up the polish in the water, pull it out, and try again. It might be because your container isn’t clean too. Try rinsing it out and adding fresh water. I don’t know why but cold water seems to work better.

Step 7: Spray perfume onto your polish. The alcohol will create holes in the layer of polish. The closer you spray it from, the bigger the holes will be.

Step 7: Spray perfume onto your polish. The alcohol will create holes in the layer of polish. The closer you spray it from, the bigger the holes will be. Spray it just once and wait for it to finish moving before deciding to spray again if needed.

This was my favourite part. It felt like spraying magic that suddenly gave life to my little puddle of black polish. Again if it turns out ugly and the holes are too big just use your toothpick to swirl it all up and fish it out.

Step 8: The fun part! Eyeball the holes in the layer of polish and decide what would look best on your nails.  Most tutorials recommend doing your nails one by one but I am lazy and just strategically placed my nails parallel to the surface where I thought the gaps looked best and dunked them all at once. Your call though. When your nails are in the water use a toothpick to swirl up the extra on top and pull it out. Use a tissue to wipe up around your nails where you have the Vaseline - it should come right off. Alternatively, pull off the tape at this point if you used tape (duh).

Step 8: The fun part! Eyeball the holes in the layer of polish and decide what would look best on your nails. Most tutorials recommend doing your nails one by one but I am lazy and just strategically placed my nails parallel to the surface where I thought the gaps looked best and dunked them all at once. Your call though. When your nails are in the water use a toothpick to swirl up the extra on top and pull it out before taking your nails out of the water so it won’t all cling to you. Use a tissue to wipe up around your nails where you have the Vaseline – it should come right off. Alternatively, pull off the tape at this point if you used tape (duh).

Step 9: The not so fun part. Use a q-tip or brush dipped in nail polish remover to clean up whatever you couldn't tissue off.

Step 9: The not so fun part. Use a q-tip or brush dipped in nail polish remover to clean up whatever you couldn’t tissue off.

Step 10: Let the water spotted layer of polish dry and TADA! You could stop here if you wanted and skip straight to putting on topcoat.

Step 10: Let the water spotted layer of polish dry and TADA! You could stop here if you wanted and skip straight to putting on topcoat.

Step 11: Drop a few drops of gold nail polish onto a piece of paper and use a toothpick (or if you're fancy and have a fine detail brush use that) to dab on little patches of gold in random places. I think it looks best when the sizes of the gold flecks are really different and not so uniform. They look best placed on really black areas when you leave a millimeter or so outline.

Step 11: Drop a few drops of gold nail polish onto a piece of paper and use a toothpick (or if you’re fancy and have a fine detail brush use that) to dab on little patches of gold in random places. I think it looks best when the sizes of the gold flecks are really different and not so uniform. They look best placed on really black areas when you leave a millimeter or so outline.

Step 12: Wait for your nails to dry for a bit and then slather on some topcoat. I use Seche Vite.

Step 12: Wait for your nails to dry for a bit and then slather on some topcoat. I use Seche Vite.

Et voila! Gold flecked turquoise water spotted nails.

…et voila! Gold flecked turquoise water spotted nails.

Closer

A look at then nails on my other hand.

Another shot

Another look at my (better looking) hand

Hope this helps out anyone wanting to try out waterspotting! Let me know if you try it out and how it goes.

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Wantable May 2013 Makeup Box Unboxing and Review!

So my mailman came just now and dropped off my eagerly awaited Wantable box!  A few months ago Wantable announced they were going to start scaling up their service and offering their subscription boxes to Canadians, having previously only been shipping boxes within the US. The best part: the first 1000 to sign up would get theirs free! So of course I rushed to sign up.

Right now there are a million and one subscription boxes on the market I feel like, but I think Wantable’s done a great job of differentiating themselves by offering something different: a box of full sized products (not samples!) that are completely catered to your tastes. They offer a jewelry box and a makeup box and being indecisive, I went for both (ha). I haven’t gotten my jewelry box yet (and honestly am kinda nervous to get it based on the boxes I’ve seen so far), but here’s my unboxing of my makeup box!

When you sign up you go through a pretty comprehensive quiz of the types of products you love, like, and dislike, and more questions on the specific colours/types of products that you like/dislike. The only thing I disliked was blush, and based on my quiz, I think they did a pretty good job at curating my box! Ok, without further ado, here’s a whackload of pictures taken while I unboxed my makeup box:

The box

The box. It’s pretty cute looking. The cardboard is coated, which gives it some sheen and makes it look a little classier. It’s a pretty good size too – I think this would fit into an apartment mailbox for all of you condo dwellers.

A quick look inside after opening the lid...

A quick look inside after opening the lid…

Product info cards aside, here's what the inside of the box looks like. Black crinkle paper and and black tissue wrapped around the products

Product info cards aside, here’s what the inside of the box looks like. Black crinkle paper and and black tissue wrapped around the products.

A quick look at what i got! Besame Sweetheart Balm, Face Highlighter, Face Mascara, and Mia BelleZZa Eye Crayon. The products are safely packaged in a layer of bubble wrap under the tissue paper

A quick look at everything inside the black tissue paper! Besame Sweetheart Balm, FACE Highlighter, FACE Mascara, and MiA BelleZZa Eye Crayon. The products are safely packaged in a layer of bubble wrap under the tissue paper.

Besame Sweetheart Balm in Tangerine ($18)

Besame Sweetheart Balm in Tangerine ($18)

From the product sheet: “My Sweetheart Balm is a luminous lip moisturizing balm with a hint of colour that gives you an elegant, long lasting finish. I carefully crafted a healthy formula that deeply moisturizes and conditions, while fortifying with antioxidant vitamins C and E. It is highly emollient and protective as it drenches the lips with exceptional comfort and hydration in sheer, shiny pops of colour.”

This is my favourite from everything I received. The packaging is super super cute and looks vintagey and gorgeous. The lipbalm itself is great too, it looks like a gloss applied, but is thinner and completely unsticky. It’s super moisturizing, and it adds a bit of sheer colour and shine. The scent is great too – oranges are my favourite fruit.

FACE Stockholm Cream Highlighter in Dignity ($25)

FACE Stockholm Cream Highlighter in Dignity ($25)

From FACE: “Wear alone, over foundation or to add a lightness to tired eyes and under circles.”

I’m really happy to be receiving this too! I’ve been looking for a highlighter, so this is great to receive. I think I listed highlighter as a “love” on my quiz. I’ve never heard of this brand, but I swatched it (pics at end) and it’s super creamy and shimmery.

FACE Stockholm Volumizing Mascara in Black ($24)

FACE Stockholm Volumizing Mascara in Black ($24)

From FACE: “Our classic formula – create captivating eyes with just one coat.”

Mascara is my favourite beauty product, so I’m always happy to get another. I’ve got a million tubes to get through though, so I don’t want to open this one up and try it out.

MiA BelleZZa Summer Love Eye Crayon in Argento ($17.99)

MiA BelleZZa Summer Love Eye Crayon in Argento ($17.99)

From MiA BelleZZa: “Beautiful shadow crayons for easy application of rich creamy colour in a single sweep. With skin soothing Squalene, vitamins C & E your lids will be moisturized while providing antioxidant protection.”

Hm, not so happy to be receiving this. I didn’t “love” eyeshadow on my quiz, and asked for a neutral shimmer if I was to get an eyeshadow. I guess pink can be seen as neutral. I tried it out though and it was great being applied – super smooth and creamy with no tugging, but after only 10 minutes it settled into the creases of my eyelids. Hopefully it’ll be better with primer. By the way – not to be nitpicky, but I lol’d at the name of this brand. I’ve never heard of it before, but the name reminds me of the way I used to type back when I was 12 and just starting using MSN Messenger (“wUtz uP?!”).

Frownies Eye Gels ($0)

Frownies Eye Gels ($0)

Last, but not.. actually, yes, least,

From Frownies: “Anti-wrinkle treatment for puffy bags under the eyes contains powerful anti-oxidants that help protect your skin. With one 30 minute anti-aging treatment 100% of women testing Frownies eye gels saw a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and dark circles. The weight of the anti-wrinkle patch smooths the under eye area and protects the integrity of the acid mantle and skin. Frownies Eye Gels promote beauty and provide antioxidants to fight free radical damage. Natural ingredients help improve the appearance of the skin.”

Interesting concept, but I don’t think I’m really in the target demographic for this product. I think these will come in handy come recruiting season in the fall or finals season when my eye bags are panda-esque though.

Swatched: FACE highlighter in Dignity, Besame lipbalm in Tangerine, and MiA BelleZZa eye crayon in Argento

Swatches: FACE highlighter in Dignity, Besame lipbalm in Tangerine, and MiA BelleZZa eye crayon in Argento

Wantable May 2013 Makeup Box

Wantable May 2013 Makeup Box

Overall I’m pleased with this box. The total retail value of the box was $85. The subscription costs $36, plus around $9 for shipping, taxes, and duties. With the first box free I’ll be getting the $36 credited back. For what I paid, it was definitely worth it, but going forward I’m not sure if it’s worth it. $45 is quite a bit to be hiking out for mystery products, but the customization aspect is great. I think to get a great box though you’d need to be very very picky in exactly what you wanted and didn’t want to receive. In hindsight, I think I would have been happier with my box if I’d listed exactly what I wanted, rather than listing that I liked almost everything.

I’m a little upset that I only received 4 items however (I’m not going to count the Frownies sample, since even on the itemized invoice it lists the value at $0) – I’ve seen a lot of lucky ladies get 6 full sized products. But again, for what I’ve paid I really can’t complain. The customized aspect means that I will definitely use everything I got, and going forward if I did continue to subscribe I’d be a lot more picky with what I loved and disliked to make sure I loved the box I got.

If you’re interested in signing up, Wantable is available in the US and Canada and costs $36 a month for 4-6 full sized products. I’d love it if you signed up by clicking my referral link here.

Did you sign up? Leave me a link to your box if you did!

Julep May 2013: The Full Shebang Upgrade Unboxing

Oooh, I’ve been itching to get this box ever since the maven selection window opened. I loved everything this month, and for the first time had to go for the full upgrade. This month’s theme for Julep was “Set the Stage” and was 1920s flapper themed, probably to coincide with the release of the Great Gatsby (which I really really want to watch!). Well after waiting for what felt like forever, I finally got it in the mail yesterday. Here’s what I got:

Yay! I feel like I've been waiting for this box for ages

Yay! I feel like I’ve been waiting for this box for ages

Opening the lid.. I love the tissue paper they used this month! I don't know if you can see, but it has glitter in it. So pretty!

Opening the lid.. I love the tissue paper they used this month! I don’t know if you can see, but it has glitter in it. So pretty!

Opening up the tissue paper... Love how the bow and crinkle paper matches the tissue paper. This month was 1920s/The Great Gatsby themed

Opening up the tissue paper… Love how the bow and crinkle paper match!

Paris, Zelda, Millie, Gabrielle, Coco, Alice, Clara, Myrtle, and Zora

All of the polishes from this month: Paris, Zelda, Millie, Gabrielle, Coco, Alice, Clara, Myrtle, and Zora

This months box also included Julep's new lip trios and included both sets, Paris and New York

This months box also included Julep’s new mini lip trios and included both sets, Paris and New York.

Julep's Paris Jazz Lip Trio in Charleston (cranberry lip sheer), Sweet Lorraine (bubblegum pink lip sheer), and Lady in Red (matte crimson lip color)

Julep’s Paris Jazz Lip Trio in Charleston (cranberry lip sheer), Sweet Lorraine (bubblegum pink lip sheer), and Lady in Red (matte crimson lip color)

Julep's New York Jazz Lip Trio in Tea for Two (nude shimmer lip sheer), Satin Doll (poppy lip sheer), and  Lady in Red (matte crimson lip color)

Julep’s New York Jazz Lip Trio in Tea for Two (nude shimmer lip sheer), Satin Doll (poppy lip sheer), and Lady in Red (matte crimson lip color)

So many goodies this month! This month also had Julep's Sugar Smooch Lip Scrub. I haven't tried this yet but  it smells amazing! Something like sugar cookies or maple syrup

So many goodies this month! This month also had Julep’s Sugar Smooch Lip Scrub. I haven’t tried this yet but it smells amazing! It’s super sugary and sweet, something like sugar cookies or maple syrup

American Beauty Volumizing Mascara

This month was really makeup heavy, and included Julep’s American Beauty Volumizing Mascara

A close up of the American Beauty Mascara brush.. The mascara has tiny little fibers to lengthen lashes. Super excited to try this out! My short stubby lashes need all the help they can get.

A close up of the American Beauty Mascara brush.. It’s hard to see, but if you click the photo to zoom in you can see the mascara has tiny little fibers to lengthen lashes. Super excited to try this out! My short stubby lashes need all the help they can get.

This month Julep also included floral hair pins as a surprise extra. Super cute! The white and coral are perfect for summer.

This month Julep also included floral hair pins as a surprise extra. Super cute! The white and coral are perfect for summer. They’re surprisingly big too and the antique looking brass makes them look really nice.

Julep's May 2013 Full Upgrade Box

Everything in all it’s glory: Julep’s May 2013 Full Upgrade Box

So many goodies this month! Normally I skip or just go for one of the profile boxes, but I couldn’t resist treating myself and getting everything for May since at the time I was just about to finish writing all of my final exams. A girl’s gotta treat herself right? Anyways I haven’t tried anything out yet, but will post reviews when I do!

If you’re interested in signing up for Julep’s Maven Program, you can use the code PENNY or FREEBOX to get your first box free by clicking here. Lots of love to you if you use my referral code 1668128! :)

April Empties

Yay, another empties post! I know it’s well into May, but I wanted to share all the beauty products I used up in April. I actually love the feeling of using things up because it makes me feel better about my stash haha. Ok, here’s what I used up and I what I thought about everything:

Everything I used up in April!

Everything I used up in April!

Hair care

Hair care

From L to R, top to bottom:

Josie Maran Argan Oil for Hair: I really liked this sample! It added moisture and shine to my hair and it smelled really good. For the price though, I don’t think I would purchase just because there are so many similar serums out there for a way lower price point.

L’Oreal Mythic Oil: These vials liked tiny, but they were so deceptive and actually held quite a bit of product (or maybe I just used less than I thought I would need each time). Anyways each vial lasted for almost two weeks, although I guess I only used them just after showering. I really liked this and will probably buy this eventually.

Kerastase Reflection Bain Chroma Captive: Meh, didn’t see any difference while using this shampoo. I didn’t have the conditioner to go with it either. My hair looked no different, and it was way too perfumed. I wouldn’t buy this.

H2O Plus Bath Acquatics Shampoo: I really liked the smell of this shampoo, it smelled super clean and energizing. I can’t say it did much for my hair, although it definitely left it feeling very clean. I wouldn’t buy this.

L’Occitane Apres Shampooing Conditioner: I didn’t like this conditioner at all because the texture was too watery and drippy, and because it was so thin I felt like I had to use a lot of it to saturate all of my hair. It didn’t do much to help with detangling and despite being so thin I don’t think it gave my hair any extra volume. I wouldn’t repurchase.

John Freida Luxurious Volume Anytime Volume Refresher: Ugh, so terrible. I bought this last summer while doing my internship so I could get away with not shampooing in the mornings I woke up late and needed to rush to the office. This is the first dry shampoo I ever bought, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. At first it’s great, it completely absorbs oil and adds volume, but after using it around halfway through the bottle it just completely stopped working and wouldn’t spray powder anymore, but just whatever aerosol alcohol stuff the powder was suspended in. Plus when it is working it leaves a white film over your hair, which would be ok if you’re blond, but was super obvious in my dark hair. For only half a usable can, I would not recommend this and will not repurchase.

Face washes and exfoliants

Face washes and exfoliants

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser: This was nothing special. No scent, no special powers. I don’t feel like it even left my face feeling particularly clean – there were still traces of makeup left when I used my toner. I wouldn’t purchase.

Nude Perfect Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes: Ahmagah, where has this product been hiding all my life? I absolutely loved this. I was so skeptical that an oil cleanser would leave my skin feeling clean, but somehow it took off all of my makeup (including mascara) and left my skin feeling super clean, but at the same time moisturized and soft. I will definitely be buying this at some point.

Vasanti Brighten Up: I got this sample way back in my first Topbox in I think October.. And despite using it every week only finally finally managed to finish it last month. I really liked it – it’s super gritty and a little painful at times but it leaves my face feeling super soft (no pain no gain right?). I actually already bought the full size (way back in October).

Moisturizers and lotions

Moisturizers and lotions

Eucerin Hyal-Urea Anti-Wrinkle Day and Night Cream: I have no wrinkles, so I’m not sure why I even used this, but anyways I think it would be great for someone who does. The texture is super rich and creamy and was really moisturizing. Not for me though, so I wouldn’t purchase myself.

Curel Moisture Milk: I liked this quite a bit, it was a really light textured, somewhat runny lotion. It went on feeling light and moisturizing. I think it’d be great for dry sensitive skin. Personally I wouldn’t purchase though.

Simple Hydrating Light Moisturizer: This was ho hum. Nothing special at all. I wouldn’t purchase.

Kiehls Ultra Facial Toner: I reeaaally liked this toner! It’s got a thick consistency and felt really good on my face and could almost be used in lieu of a moisturizer. I think I’ll be buying this eventually.

Face masks

Face masks

Whitening Rehydrating Mask: I bought a huge pack of these on impulse when I went to China last year and have been using them for a while now. I don’t know if they’ve done anything to brighten my face, but they smell really good (kind of like grape jelly) and are definitely very hydrating. The shape is great too. If I see them again the next time I go back I might pick some more up.

Maskeraide Beauty Restore: This was fun to use, as all sheet masks are. I find that Maskeraide’s masks are kind of too big for my face and end up on my hair though, which is annoying. I enjoyed this, but for the price, I wouldn’t repurchase.

Makeup

Makeup

Makeup Forever Pro Finish Foundation: I liked this quite a bit, although this sample was too tiny to get a good feel for the product. I ended up blending the four shades it came with and putting it on with a sponge, which seemed to be a pretty good match for my skin. It felt really light and left my face completely mattified for the day. I would consider purchasing this.

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfecter Combination/Oily Skin: I think this has to be my favourite drugstore BB cream. It’s got great coverage, corrects redness, brightens, and leaves my skin matte all day. Love! I will definitely be buying this, once I used up all my other BB creams.

Physicians Formula Baked Pyramid in Baked Tan: This was my HG bronzer for the longest time, this is actually probably the third one that I’ve used up. The top cover of the compact is terrible though, and always ends up breaking off. But the colour on this is super natural, not orangey, and is completely matte. I really recommend this!

Hand and nail care

Hand and nail care

Julep Rock Star Hand Creme: I really like this, I love how light the consistency is, in comparison to all the super heavy rich feeling hand creams out there. The only thing is that I find the scent way too strong for my liking. I’ve got the full size, but I just like using up all the samples I get before they pile up.

Julep One Step Polish Remover Pad: I’ve been using these for a while now, but I figured I’d include them in my “empties” pile since I threw the LA Fresh ones too. Between the two, the Julep pads definitely win. The size is great and the remover cuts through everything, even glitter polish, although with glitter polish I usually put the pad on my finger and then put my finger in the bag for a minute, and the polish will just slide right off. I keep somehow getting these from mystery boxes, but if I ever do run out I would buy more.

LA Fresh Nail Polish Remover: I liked how thick the pads were for these (they were probably three times the thickness of a Julep pad) but I found they dried out really easily – when I tried to use it the first pad I used dried out before I could get the polish off of all of my nails, so I had to open up the second one. I wouldn’t repurchase.

Body washes and moisturizers

Body washes and moisturizers

Garnier Intensive 7 Days Refreshing Gel Cream: When I saw the ad that came with this, I kind of laughed because it was so cheesy. It said something along the lines of  “gel cream.. it changes everything” or something similarly dramatic. But once I tried it, I have to say that the gel texture actually is really cool. It felt super light and refreshing, and absorbed instantly, which is great for the summertime especially. I think I’ll probably buy this at some point this summer.

Soap and Glory The Righteous Body Butter: I loved this. It was so hydrating and absorbed really quickly, and made my skin feel really velvety. I’ll probably buy this at some point eventually too, although I think it’s better for winter when my skin is more dry.

Sephora Super Supreme Body Butter: I really don’t think this product deserves the name Super Supreme. It was ok, your typical thick richy creamy body butter. It was really moisturizing, but it left my skin greasy feeling and the scent was kind of overwhelming, speaking of which, I think should be changed – “Lusty Pleasure” doesn’t seem like an appropriate name to me. I wouldn’t buy this.

H2O Plus Spa Sea Salt Body Wash: I had really high hopes for this body wash, which promised to draw out impurities using sea salt. I liked it, it smelled great and left my skin feeling really clean, but it was nothing revolutionary. Although I liked it, for the price, I don’t think I would buy this.

 

Thanks for reading if you made it through all of that! Let me know if you’ve used anything and what your thoughts were.

Topbox May 2013 “February Favourites” Unboxing

I am seriously loving how quick Topbox is getting their boxes out now – it seems like they’re really on top of things lately where I’ve been getting my boxes on the 10th, rather than just the shipping notice and having to wait another week for it to get to me from the East coast.

So for May we had the choice of a slew of different boxes, and at first I picked the February Favourites box, hoping for a chance to get the Deborah Lippmann polish in Ray of Light (it was that, or Since I Fell For You) because I was super jealous of everyone who opted for the regular box back in February. But a few weeks ago Topbox sent out an email offering to let anyone who chose the February box  to opt out, and I got cold feet so I decided to not get it anymore and clicked the link they provided in the email. So of course I was rather surprised when I opened up my tube today and got it.

Yay, I'm loving how fast this comes every month.

Yay, I’m loving how fast this comes every month.

A quick look inside

A quick look inside

B Kamins Nutrient Replacement Cream -15mL (), Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation - 1g (), Deborah Lippmann Since I Fell For You - 15mL ($20)

B Kamins Nutrient Replacement Cream -15mL ($50.67), Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation – 1g ($8.40), Deborah Lippmann Since I Fell For You – 15mL ($20)

Another look at the MUFE foundation

Another look at the MUFE foundation

Overall, this is a great box with a really high value – altogether it’s worth about $79. However, I can’t help but feel a little annoyed that I got the box I opted out of receiving… Especially since I got the very nail polish that I didn’t want in the first place! The MUFE foundation is too dark for me as well, but maybe I can use it as a bronzer. I haven’t tried anything yet though and am going to email to see if there’s any chance I can exchange this for a regular box, which actually looked pretty good this month. Fingers crossed they’ll let me!

Which box did you get this month?

UPDATE: I emailed Topbox on Friday night to ask if I could return my box in exchange for the regular box, and this morning at 8am they got back to me and said they would send me the regular box to make up for their mistake! Yay! Super quick response and great customer service. I was thinking about cancelling my subscription but I think I will stay for a while longer since they were so great about fixing this.

NOTD: Purple Floral and Lace Nails

Whew, I can’t believe it’s been nearly a month since I last posted! I finally finished my last exams two weeks ago. I went to Vegas for a few days with some friends right after, and since then have been keeping myself busy catching up on errands and with friends. I’ve got a bunch of errands to run today, but I wanted to do a quick post on the nails I did yesterday – I looove my nails right now and can’t stop staring at them haha.

Nails!

My purple and white floral and lace nails!

purple floral nails inside

A closer picture in natural light

I went with purple because my backyard is full of all sorts of purple flowers in bloom right now

I went with purple because my backyard is full of all sorts of purple flowers in bloom right now

Maybelline Unbreakable White, Essie Play Date, OPI Here Today Aragon Tomorrow, Julep Viola, and Glitzology Crown Royal.

The nail polishes I used: Maybelline Unbreakable White, Essie Play Date, OPI Here Today Aragon Tomorrow, Julep Viola, and Glitzology Crown Royal.

This was my first time trying to do floral nails and I have to say they are a lot easier to do than it looks! I just painted some blobs on with the brush and then used a sewing pin to wiggle on some leaves and some darker squiggles inside the blobs – voila! Flowers. I’m a little sad though – I put a thick coat of Seche Vite on to protect my design and what does it do but troll me and make my flowers bleed :( Oh well, next time I’ll wait longer before putting on top coat.  The lace nail stickers I got from a swap with Christine. I love how easy they were to apply – I’m going to need to ask her where she got them from!

Ok, off to run errands now! I’ve got a million and one things I want to post though so expect to hear from me again soon :)