imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails Review

Hi everyone,

Recently Influenster sent me a two sets of press on nails to try out for free. I’ve been wearing them for a few days now and thought I’d share my thoughts on them.

imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails in Evil Queen

On my nails: imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails in Evil Queen

According to Broadway Nails: “imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails is the revolutionary way to achieve a flawless manicure in seconds. Just peel off, press on, and you’re done – NO glue needed! More flexible than other artificial nails, imPRESS provides a comfortable fit and durable, lasting wear – twice as long as other press on nails. High-shine colours, trendy designs and glam glitter nails that last up to a week! Colours available for $8.99 and patterns for $10.99 at Walmart, Target, London Drugs, Jean Coutu, Katz, Loblaws, and more. For more information, visit imPRESSmanicure.com

imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails in  Shout and Evil Queen

imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails in Shout and Evil Queen

I got a pink and black patterned set in Shout, and a green/teal/purple duochrome in Evil Queen. Of the two, I liked Evil Queen a lot more, and since I just broke a nail the other day, I figured it’d be a good time to test a set out.

Each box includes a nail polish bottle shaped container, a prep pad, and mini file.

Each box includes a nail polish bottle shaped container, a prep pad, and mini file.

Each little box comes with everything you need to do your nails with. I like that the nails come in 12 different sizes so you’re bound to find one to fit your nails..

Opening the container is just like opening any bottle of nail polish - just twist it open!

Opening the container is just like opening any bottle of nail polish – just twist it open!

Applying the nails is super easy and you could totally do it while in a rush just before you headed out for an event since there’s no dry time, or while you were on the bus (or even in class?).

Step 1

Step 1: Find the correct size for each nail and lay out all 10 nails in finger order

Step 1: Find the correct size for each nail and lay out all 10 nails in finger order

Step 1 is to find the correct size for each nail. The package suggests to use smaller sizes for best results if you’re in between sizes. Personally I found that my nail beds are a lot more curved than the nails in the kit, so I found that by using a bigger size and bending them to add more curve I got the pressons to fit my nails much more accurately.

Step 2.5: Roll nails gently between fingers to curve them more to natural nail shape

Optional: roll nails gently between fingers to curve them more to natural nail shape

Step 2

Step 2: Cleanse natural nails with enclosed prep pad

Step 2: Cleanse natural nails with enclosed prep pad

The next step is to wash your hands with soap, dry thoroughly, and use the enclosed prep pad. The prep pad smelled pretty strongly of alcohol, and I think the purpose is to remove any oil/impurities on your nails so the sticky side of the presson adheres better to your natural nail.

Step 3

Step 4: Peel off and firmly press on

Step 3: Peel off the tab and firmly press on

The last step is to peel off the tab at the cuticle and firmly press the nail onto your natural nail, down the middle and then down each side of the nail. They suggest applying the thumbs last (probably so you don’t screw it up) although I forgot about this and did them first. Doesn’t matter as long as you’re careful.

…and that’s it! 2 minute mani complete.

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Ta da! Gel worthy nails in minutes.

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Oooh duochrome… The colour “Evil Queen” is supposed to represent the evil queen in Snow White. Other colours in the Disney Villain series by Broadway include Maleficient and Cruella.

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Thought I’d add some extra bling. The colour reminds me a bit of mother of pearl so I thought little accent pearls would be fitting.

Overall I think these presson nails are a huge improvement over the fake nails I used to buy from the drugstore in highschool since you don’t have to deal with messy glue. These ones are way more convenient, just peel and press. It’s a subtle thing but I also really like that the cuticle end is tapered as well so it’s not so bulky and looks more natural. There’s a pretty wide variety of colours and patterns as well, although personally if I were to ever buy them I’d probably opt for a hard-to-recreate pattern. The colour I used, Evil Queen, while pretty, isn’t all that unique (dupes include Knackered by Butter or Wicked Game by Deborah Lippmann off the top of my head). Still, I got a ton of compliments on them, even from strangers, and everyone was surprised when I told them they were fake because the length looks so natural. At $10.99 they’re not cheap, but certainly cheaper than getting a gel mani at a salon. They claim to last up to a week, but after five days one nail came loose. There are 24 nails in each kit though, so it’d be easy to quickly put another one on if you wanted to keep your mani.

One thing I don’t like (but short nailed girls probably would) is the length of the press on nails. I had to file my nails down quite a bit so my natural nails wouldn’t stick out from under the ends of the press on nails, and even at the same length from the underside it looks pretty awkward since the press isn’t flush to my natural nail.. They’re like little shields on top of my natural nails right now. For short nailed girls this wouldn’t be a problem though.

Overall I’d recommend these. Ever glossy never chipping nails that are ready to go in minutes – what’s not to love?

Have you tried imPRESS nails? What did you think?

Introducing: Glitterbomb Nail Lacquer Swatches, Discount Code & Giveaway

Hi everyone!

Today I’m so so excited to share something that I’ve been working on since last summer. Introducing… (drumroll please)

Glitterbomb Nail Lacquer!

The Horoscope Collection

The Horoscope Collection

Yep, I’ve launched an indie nail polish line called Glitterbomb (my favourite type of nails!). Unique handmade nail polish for glitter lovers, the polish in this line is bursting with colourful glitter that will transform any manicure. 4 free and handmade to order, these polishes will leave your nails looking gorgeous!

To celebrate I’m doing a grand opening sale!

Take 25% off of everything and get free shipping in Canada and the US on orders over $30 when you use the discount code: GLITTER25! Hurry, the sale ends March 14th at 11:59pm!

Check out my store here: http://glitterbombnails.storenvy.com/

So how did this all start?

Last year I was introduced to indie nail polishes and fell head over heels in love with how unique and fun they were compared to most mass market and even high end nail polish brands. I amassed a pretty significant collection, but not too long after I ordered supplies to start making my own. Which got me thinking..Why not start sharing my love of glitter with others?

I worked on the polishes all last summer and was hoping to launch then but then recruiting season came up, and then school, and then exams, and one thing after the other (you know how it is). But now I’m finally ready to share my polishes with the world!

I decided to do a horoscope collection for my first collection because I haven’t seen any out there, and as cheesy as it sounds I think there’s a bit of truth to them. Whether or not you agree, I hope there’s a colour for everyone in the final collection I came up with :)

So without much ado, onto the fun part: the swatches! (and at the very end, the giveaway!)

Scorpio is a beautiful blend of multi-sized cherry red, holographic red, and iridescent glitter in a clear base

Scorpio is a beautiful blend of multi-sized cherry red, holographic red, and iridescent glitter in a clear base

Glitterbomb's Gemini is a beautiful blend of multi-sized matte watermelon pink, orange, peach, banana yellow, and orange bar glitter in a clear base

Gemini is a beautiful blend of multi-sized matte watermelon pink, orange, peach, banana yellow, and orange bar glitter in a clear base

Cancer is a beautiful blend of multi-sized orange, peach, banana yellow, white, and iridescent glitter in a clear base

Cancer is a beautiful blend of multi-sized orange, peach, banana yellow, white, and iridescent glitter in a clear base

Leo is a beautiful blend of multi-hued shades of yellow, white, and iridescent glitter in a clear base

Leo is a beautiful blend of multi-hued shades of yellow, white, and iridescent glitter in a clear base

Taurus is a beautiful blend of multi-sized matte aqua, pastel green, fern green, and iridescent glitter in a clear base

Taurus is a beautiful blend of multi-sized matte aqua, pastel green, fern green, and iridescent glitter in a clear base

Aquarius is a beautiful blend of matte aqua, iridescent, and holographic glitter in a clear base

Aquarius is a beautiful blend of matte aqua, iridescent, and holographic glitter in a clear base

Pisces is a beautiful blend of emerald, sky blue, and ocean blue holographic glitter in a clear base

Pisces is a beautiful blend of emerald, sky blue, and ocean blue holographic glitter in a clear base

Pisces is a beautiful blend of emerald, sky blue, and ocean blue holographic glitter in a clear base

Pisces is a beautiful blend of emerald, sky blue, and ocean blue holographic glitter in a clear base

Sagittarius is a beautiful blend of multi-hued purple, pink, gold, and holographic gold glitter in a pink tinted clear base

Sagittarius is a beautiful blend of multi-hued purple, pink, gold, and holographic gold glitter in a pink tinted clear base

Aries is a beautiful blend of multi-sized matte bubble gum pink, rose, silver, white and holographic glitter in a clear base

Aries is a beautiful blend of multi-sized matte bubble gum pink, rose, silver, white and holographic glitter in a clear base

Libra is a beautiful blend of multi-sized holographic silver, gunmetal, and silver bar glitter in a clear base

Libra is a beautiful blend of multi-sized holographic silver, gunmetal, and silver bar glitter in a clear base

Capricorn is a beautiful blend of multi-sized gold, holographic gold, and gold bar glitter in a clear base

Capricorn is a beautiful blend of multi-sized gold, holographic gold, and gold bar glitter in a clear base

Moondust is a scattered holographic glitter topcoat with a slight linear effect in a clear base

Moondust is a scattered holographic glitter topcoat with a slight linear effect in a clear base

If you like anything, you can buy them online by clicking here to visit my online store. Remember to use the discount code GLITTER25 to take 25% off of everything and get free shipping in Canada and the US on orders over $30 now until March 15th!

And what you’ve been waiting for: Giveaway Time!

I’m super excited to have started my online store, and I want to share my glittery goodness with you! Click here to enter my giveaway on Facebook to win 6 Glitterbomb polishes of your choice! Good luck :D

Which polish is your favourite?

The Versatile Blogger Award

Drumroll please…

So a while ago I was nominated by Angela & Jasmine from The Happy Sloths for The Versatile Blogger Award! In their words (because I can’t think of a better way to put it), “it’s a simple tag in which we share 7 facts about ourselves, so that our readers and other bloggers can get to know us better”. By the way, having them tag my blog made me realize I really need to think of a name for this blog…

Anyways! Here are my 7 fun facts:

  1. I just finished my fourth year of business school (woohoo!) and will be graduating in December with a BCom in Accounting & Sustainability. Because of all my commerce classes, I always super mega analyse any marketing/price increases/etc business moves that all these beauty box companies make. For the most part, I agree with them.
  2. My favourite colour is orange. It used to be yellow, because I loved the yellow power ranger, but somewhere along the way I started loving the colour orange. It might have to do with the fact that I love eating oranges (or maybe it’s the other way around?). Anyways, the weird thing is I don’t ever actually wear anything orange even though I love the colour.
  3. When I was around 17-19 I worked as a mascot. It was probably actually the best job of my life, I got paid to walk around high fiving kids and giving them hugs, and just generally act cute and likeable. In case you were wondering, yes, I always smiled inside the uniform when getting my picture taken even though you couldn’t see my face.
  4. I love Monopoly. And Monopoly Deal. I swear I always win in those games, but none of my friends will ever later admit it.
  5. I just started watching the show Once Upon A Time and it’s SUPER WEIRD because a lot of scenes in Storybrooke are filmed in my city. And I still haven’t gotten tired of pointing out “OMG IT’S LOCATION X” each time I recognize anything.
  6. When I was 15 I designed a t-shirt for a Design a T-shirt contest Roxy held, and won! I had my shirt printed and sold in West49 stores across Canada. Somewhere across this nation 3000 people are wearing my shirts, or at least have them collecting dust in the backs of their closets.
  7. I really enjoy watching cat videos on YouTube, and looking at lolcats. I don’t have a cat, and I’m super allergic, so this is my way of filling a void I guess. To end things off, here is an awesome cat gif:

Hee hee…

Ok, now it’s my turn to nominate 5 other bloggers:

  1. Ethnography of My Life
  2. Cherise Cheeks
  3. AM Polishes
  4. Fun Size Beauty
  5. Plumpish Beauty

I’d love learning about you girls!

Thanks for reading :)

NOTD: Galaxy Nails!

So I finally tried doing galaxy nails for the first time yesterday and was surprised how easy they were! I always thought they would take ages and ages to do but I think I did these in all of 10 minutes excluding drying time.

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Galaxy nails!

All the polishes I used

All the polishes I used

It was actually way easier than I imagined. I just randomly dabbed the mint, blue, and purple polishes with a makeup sponge on until they looked the way I wanted them to, then put on a coat of Revlon Galaxy to add some “stars.” I dotted on a few extra white stars after with a paper clip. Love how they turned out!

What do you think?

Topbox January 2013 Prive Box

So I’m sure everyone has already seen this, but I thought I’d make a post about my January Topbox and thoughts on it anyways :)

So about a month ago Topbox announced that they were starting to do “Prive boxes” every once in a while, that featured several products from only one brand, rather than their usual mix of assorted brands. The first box would be in January, with the brand kept secret (although later boxes would be known in advance).

After much anticipation, here’s what I got:

The January Prive Box: Clinique!

The January Prive Box: Clinique!

From left to right:

Clinique Clarifying Lotion – 30mL ($2.40) I’ve never tried their type 3 toner before so it’s good to get one of these to try out.  It’s a generous size that should last for quite a while.

Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector – 7mL ($13.30) This is one of their newest products, so it’s great to have included in this box! I think I’ll be passing this onto my mom though because I have no wrinkles to speak of yet.

Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo in “Strawberry Fudge” – 1.6g ($16) Love this! I’m not a huge fan of pink eyeshadow, but I absolutely looove the compact it’s housed in.  The mirror finish is so cute, and doubles as a mirror.

Rinse Off Eye Makeup Solvent – 60mL ($12) Makeup remover.. nothing exciting, but always good to have on hand.  I’ve always liked this, so it’s nice to have another backup. I can’t even remember the last time I’ve had to buy makeup remover, I’ve gotten so many from gift with purchases.

 

My immediate thoughts: meh.

It’s not that I don’t like Clinique, I love the brand!  But I’ve received several of these products in the past for free from gift with purchases, and there was a bit too much skincare in here for my liking. Still, it’s a great box for anyone who has never tried Clinique before, and I’m a huge fan of this feature-one-brand thing – next month is Benefit!  Super stoked.

What did you think about the box?

Topbox December 2012 Review

So I got my long awaited Topbox in the mail today. It’s sort of got a festive theme, using red instead of their usual white and purple tube.  Not going to lie though, pretty disappointed with this box. This is my third one and I think I’m going to cancel this subscription, simply because I don’t think it’s worth it. At $12 it’s relatively inexpensive, but none of the samples I’ve been getting in my boxes are all that exciting..  Anyways, here’s my box:

Box #33

Box #33

From left to right:

Chloe Eau de Parfum – 5mL ($9) I would be stoked to receive this sample if it weren’t for the fact that I already have 3 of these… I feel like Chloe is pushing its samples hard everywhere because I keep getting them for free, which would be fine except I absolutely can’t stand the smell.  It smells like something a grandma would wear to me.. I’ll probably pass this off to my mom.

China Glaze “Exotic Encounters” from the On Safari Collection – 14mL ($10) I’m always happy to get nail polish so this is great.  Not something I would have picked for myself, but I guess that’s a good thing.  I’ve been on a nail polish buying spree lately and this isn’t the most exciting colour (I am on a mega sparkle kick right now) so I probably won’t be using this anytime soon, but will eventually.

Ferro Cosmetics Ultimate HD Foundation – 1 g? ($2.50) I’m totally guesstimating the amount in the container since it doesn’t say but it’s actually quite a bit of powder in there so it should last for a while since you don’t need to use very much.  I’m happy with my Bare Minerals but I will try this out eventually.  I really like the fact that it’s paraben free and cruelty free though!

Goldwell Jelly Boost – 30mL ($3.79) Apparently this is a spray gel.  I honestly do not think I will ever use this because.. well who uses gel in their hair?  Actually I stand corrected, my sister is a cadet and has to use buckets of gel in her hair when she goes to events so I guess I’ll be passing this on to her.  But seriously, what girl uses gel in her hair on an everyday basis?

All in all the “value” of this box is about $25, which is more than I paid, but I’m really not liking this sub.  I waited for months and months to get off the waitlist so there’s that emotional attachment (irrational I know), but so far I’ve been thoroughly disappointed by each box.  The brands aren’t as high end as they used to be, and the sample sizes aren’t overly impressive. I think I’m going to stick around for the January box because they’re introducing some sort of fancy shmancy “Prive” box that features some yet to be known but supposedly “iconic” brand.. Hopefully it’s good, because unless it’s mindblasting, sadly I’m going to be ending my subscription.  I haven’t even posted the other 2 boxes because of how unexciting they were.. but now that I’m on winter break maybe I’ll get around to posting them :)

Betty

Jetset

Sorry for the lack of posts lately! I’ve been working like crazy on my essays because I’m starting to get a little nervous that the end of the semester is creeping up. Reading week is officially starting, meaning of course I won’t be reading but travelling – off to Spain today!! Lots of trips in the last two weeks that I need to post about. Look forward to a massive post when I get back!