…But you don’t want to take it off… I have to admit, this is a deterrent for a lot of people, myself included. Who doesn’t love glitter nail polish? I have bottles and bottles of the stuff, but almost never crack it out, since the thought of removing it is just so darn off-putting. In the last little while I’ve discovered a couple of great methods (other than the foil method, which in my opinion, takes way too long) for making it a bit easier to remove those stubborn chunks of glitter from your nails.
1) Sephora’s Instant Nail Polish Remover for Glitter
This product comes highly recommended via YouTube and a coworker of mine who is similarly obsessed with nail polish. It’s the type of remover that has a soaked sponge, you stick your finger in and voila!, a clean nail comes out. This one has a special rough bit of sponge in the middle that you’re meant to rub your nail against in order to get the glitter off. It works a treat, although my only gripe with this and other similar types of removers is that after repeated uses, you start getting pieces of random glitter on your clean nails.
2) Kit Exfoliating Round Cotton Pads
You can use any exfoliating cotton pads, really, and I’ve actually been using these to take off all my nail polish for the past year or so. The only place I’ve been able to find these is at Rexall, which I don’t often frequent, but these have tiny blue scrubby bits that help take off any kind of nail polish, but really help with glitter, since glitter usually ends up cutting up the cotton pad or getting it all stuck to your nails.
What are your recommendations for taking glitter nail polish off?
The second leg of my journey included a brief stay in Switzerland. Drugstores over there definitely do not carry the wide array of products like they do here, so I actually managed to grab some Maybelline goodies inside a random grocery store. For some reason, even though Maybelline is sold pretty much everywhere here, we don’t have the same products as in Europe, and I’ve been meaning to get my hands on the Super Stay 7 Days Gel Nail Colour ever since I heard Amelia Liana rave about them. It’s been ages since I first heard about them and they still haven’t appeared on Canadian, shelves, so I made sure to pick up three beautiful colours to try – Rose Salsa, Mint for Life and Red Hot Getaway. They’re more summery colours, but I will definitely be reporting back on how these perform. The other Maybelline line that isn’t sold here is the ColorDrama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils, which I assume are supposed to be a dupe for the NARS versions. They’re about the same size and look similar – I grabbed just one shade: Nude Perfection, and I really like it. It really is the perfect nude shade and looks great with a clear gloss on top (I prefer my nudes to be more glossy and juicy, whereas more intense colours I prefer matte). The only downside to this, and it’s a very personal thing, is that it is scented. I’ve said repeatedly I dislike scented lip products and this one has a strong scent of cherry candy. Overall, however, I wish I had picked up more colours because I think it’s a great product and very handy for on the go.
My next stop was H&M, and as I’ve been hearing rave reviews about their new beauty line, I thought I’d investigate while shopping for other things. While I would have loved to pick up more, it was already getting a bit ridiculous with the amount of stuff I had already bought, so I settled for only two items. Part of the problem is that each product had so many shades that it was a bit overwhelming to choose from. I ended up with the Colour Essence Eye Cream in the shade Champers, which is a lovely nude with silver shimmer running through it – I just can’t resist a cream eyeshadow! It performs alright; I think I need a primer underneath as there was some creasing the first time I tested it out, but overall it’s a lovely shade that would work for everyday. The other product I picked up was the Aqua Liquid Eyeliner in the shade de Nîmes, which is a metallic deep blue and is a brush-in-pot style of liquid liner. It’s a beautiful colour although I wish it didn’t have shimmer in it.
I’m quite pleased with my European beauty haul and am looking forward to going back to explore some more stuff.
Have you tried anything from H&M beauty and what did you think?
So recently, I took a trip to Europe and aside from coming home with copious amounts of chocolate, I was able to hit up a couple of beauty stores (of course!) and grab some stuff that I can’t get here in Canada. My first stop was Germany, where my main aim was to get my hands on some Zoeva brushes, which are not available here, other than online from the website, I believe. I picked out four: the 142 Concealer Buffer, the 105 Luxe Highlight, 230 Luxe Pencil and 231 Luxe Petit Crease – I’d say they fall into a pretty great price point – each cost around 10 euros, which is around $15 CAD with the terrible exchange rate right now. I thought I could use a pencil brush since I’ve never owned one before, and picked up the petit crease since you can never have too many crease brushes! The concealer buffer I wanted to compare to the Sephora #57 brush, which I love, but is bigger than its Zoeva counterpart. The highlight brush I figured I could use for a bunch of different things. I’ve only tried a couple of them and so far, I’ve been liking them a lot – they are soft and do exactly what they’re meant to. We’ll see how they wash and dry (and hopefully don’t shed?) in the long run.
My next purchase was a mini of the Estee Lauder Day Wear Sheer Tint Moisturizer SPF15 – I’ve been intrigued by this product the way I am with all tinted moisturizers that start white and then blend into your skintone. It’ll be great to try on no-makeup makeup days. There were a few brands I had never seen before and appeared to be European brands, so I wasn’t really sure what to grab. In the interest of not spending too much money at once I opted for the ArtDeco Art Couture Nail Lacquer in 758 Porcelain Rose. The colour looks beautiful so I’m excited to try that as a fall neutral. I also picked up the only waterproof mascara I could find – the Isadora Build-Up Mascara Extra Volume Waterproof, which I’ve only tested once and gives quite a nice, separated lash look that can be built up for more volume. Lastly, the cashier was nice enough to throw in a sample of Rituals body lotion, which I will be trying out for sure the next time I go traveling!
What are your favourite European beauty brands?
I’m a great believer that lower-priced makeup is mostly as good as its higher-end counterparts. My favourite foundations and mascaras are drugstore, as well as some of the best lipsticks. But eyeliner has always been difficult for me, as you’ll know. For years I swore by the Stila liner, and more recently I’ve been using the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, but I’m always happy to try out drugstore alternatives. Not many brands have pen-style liquid liners, and I think I’ve mentioned previously that I had tried out the Revlon version, which I found to be very stiff, scraping and dried easily.
When a coworker mentioned that the Maybelline Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner was her personal fave, she was kind enough to bring me an extra she had so I could try it out. I’ve used it a few times, on bare skin, with a primer, on top of cream shadow, and on top of powder eyeshadow. My thoughts? It applies very smoothly, the same way the Stila one does – the nib is just the perfect balance of firm and bendy that I like. It also lasts all day without fading, except on bare skin. However it definitely slides around and gives me panda eyes. Nothing too extreme, but it does not hold up the same way the Stila or Kat Von D ones do, so while I would love to give a thumbs up to this product, unfortunately it doesn’t work for me. Perhaps if you have less oily eyelids, you could make this work. I can also feel that because the lid doesn’t have the extra spring, this one will dry out quickly, another huge downside.
Have you tried this product or other drugstore liquid liners? What would you suggest I try next?
Fall is a great time for bringing out those vampy, dark colours and one of the easiest ways to rock these colours is on the nails. My personal favourite this year is a recent purchase, the aptly named ‘Berry’ from American Apparel. I’ve spoken about these before and unfortunately they seem to have disappeared from the American Apparel website, but if there is a store closeby, I’d recommend popping in because their nail polish is some of the best you can get for the price (usually 3 for $18, but I got this one on a BOGO deal), and seriously underrated. They’ve also recently declared bankruptcy, so the quicker you go the better!
The formula is fairly thin, but opaque so it’s easy to paint on in two coats and dries decently fast. I think it’s just the perfect shade for the cooler weather – a lovely plummy shade that will also pair really nicely with gold if an accent nail is your thing.
I will definitely be wearing this shade tons this fall! What is your favourite shade of nail polish this season, and what would you recommend?
My obsession with browny cream eyeshadows is well documented. So I’ve been lusting after practically every single high-end cream eye shadow release I know of. I managed to get my paws on one such product – the Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eye Stick in the shade Volver, which is a gorgeous shimmery champagne housed in the sleekest and cutest packaging possible. This is another great Winners find for me, even though it wasn’t cheap even discounted – $25 instead of the usual $35, which is how much it costs at Sephora.
Obviously I had to try it the very next day and unfortunately, this product is only beautiful to look at, but doesn’t perform the way it’s supposed to. Usually, cream shadows last wonderfully on my eyes – they stick around all day without any creasing or smudging. However, by the end of the day, there was none of the Twinkle Pop left on my eyelids – just a few residual sparkles. I tried it again with an eyeshadow primer (the Lorac Behind the Scenes), but it made the product apply extremely patchily. The one thing is that this eyeshadow feels very cooling when it goes on, although I’m not really sure what the benefits are to that.
I guess not all high-end products are worth the money, and while I love the other Marc Jacobs items I have, this is not one of them. I would highly recommend trying the Nudestix or Clinique Chubby Sticks instead of the Twinkle Pop. I’ll be curious to hear if the other shades perform any better/worse, but sad to say (happy for my wallet) that I will not be picking up any more of these.
Have you tried this product, and what did you think?