I’m going to start this off by letting you know that I’m an absolute Halloween fanatic. October 31st is, hands down, my favourite day of the year, and I usually start choosing my costume for next year as soon as the holiday has passed. This year, I’m finally being a mermaid, and completely DIYing my costume (I can share deets on this if anyone’s interested!). In the meantime, I wanted to share this subtle Candy Corn Manicure. I do realize that not everyone gets as worked up about Halloween as I do or prefer to take a more subtle approach to Halloween beauty; this easy nail art will give you a chance to get into the spirit without going overboard.
Oh, and did I mention it’s easy? Because it really is. My dad could probably pull this off.
Start off by prepping your nails with base coat to smooth (Formula X Color Corrector is perfect for this) and one-two coats of white polish (I used OPI Alpine Snow for this one). Prep your cuticles with a hydrating moisturizer or apply white glue or a cuticle guard to make clean up easier.
Next, take a triangular cosmetics sponge (you can pick these up at the dollar store) and trim it to get a piece that’s similar in width to your nails. Starting from the top, apply a wide stripe of polish in white, followed by a soft yellow (I used OPI Infinite Shine in Bee Mine Forever) and finished with a stripe of a soft orange shade (Essie Gel Couture in Looks to Thrill), layering them like a neopolitan ice cream that will fit from base to tip of your nails. Dab on a piece of paper a couple of times to blend the colours together a little, then gently dab onto your nails to transfer the polish and create the candy corn look. Reapply the polish to the sponge as needed, and try to do a couple of coats to build the colour. Once finished, apply a top coat (Seche Vite dries quickly and locks in colour) to blend the polish even more and secure the look.
Will you be trying this Candy Corn Manicure or any Halloween nail art?
Leave it to Ashley Graham to come up with some seriously sexy nail polish. As part of the Formula X Color Creators collection, three polishes created in collaboration with iconic model and designer Ashley Graham will be released in May 2016 at Sephora.
The Formula X Ashley Graham collaboration consists of 3 sizzling hot shades inspired by the former Sports Illustrated cover model – 36DD, Sexy As Hell & #BeautyBeyondSize. Take a look at swatches below and be on the lookout as these polishes roll into Sephora stores soon!
Formula X 36DD is a beachy coral with lots of spunk. It may not be sandal season quite yet, but I have a feeling that this one is going to be a pedi fave this summer.
Formula X Sexy As Hell – Yep, the name pretty much nails it. This gorgeous berry shade is totally eye catching, and positively smoldering. A ton of pigment makes this one easy application-wise, with perfect shine.
Formula X #BeautyBeyondSize – This polish, aptly named for the mantra that Graham is known for, is a luscious, deep berry shade, jelly-like in finish, with a very sassy feel to it. Throw this one on for a night on the town, or the hot date you’ve been looking forward to.
Will you be picking any of these Formula X Ashley Graham shades up?
Disclaimer: This post may contain samples sent for editorial consideration, but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo
Another month, another exciting 3 piece Formula X Color Curators collection. This month, Formula X has released a trio of shades curated in collaboration with Mary Helen Bowers of Ballet Beautiful. The beautiful collection is dainty and definitely ballet inspired, with two delicate, feminine shades and a third with a bit of a girly edge.
Satin Slippers could not have been more appropriately named. I fell in love the instant I put the first coat on. This ivory polish, with delicate shimmer, is the equivalent of slipping your nails into a brand new pair of satin ballet slippers. Let your fingers dance in this dainty shade! You’ll need more than one coat of this one (the first is too sheer to wear on its own), and the finished look is tea party perfection.
A really intriguing shade, Lilac Fairy is a winner. An interesting cross between greige and purple, it’s not completely lilac but a really fab alternative to a nude, taking it to a “springier” level. It applies beautifully and has a really nice shine to it. Love it!
Finally, we have Ballet Barre, a more gunmetal shade with hints of charcoal in different light. It adds a bit of an edge to the collection without going too dark to take away from the daintiness of it, and would be great for adding accents to the other two shades. It does apply a little streaky – a couple of coats to smooth it out and you’re good to go – with an almost velvety finish.
What do you think of the Formula X Color Curators collection by Ballet Beautiful? Also, I can’t say too much about it yet, but May’s collection is going to be red hot and I’ll be sharing it soon!
Disclaimer: This post contains samples that were sent for editorial consideration, but as always, opinions are 100% my own! xo
GUYS! It’s officially spring, which makes me one happy lil’ chicky. Granted, the weather may not be caught up as of yet (we’ve got freezing rain & negative temperatures on deck in Toronto), but this doesn’t mean that we can’t start getting into spring beauty. I’m all set to start giving myself a boost and I’ve pulled together some products that are sure to get you feeling warm and glowy so you can shake off winter.
- Kérastase PARIS Fondant Densité ($49 CAD) – I’ll be honest, during the winter months I don’t pay as much attention to my hair. It’s dry, there’s a ton of static going around, and I feel like when I do style it, it just tends to fall flat. This rinse out treatment is great for fine or thin hair that needs a little somethin’, with hyaluronic acid and intra-cylane to help plumpify and strengthen the hair.
- The Body Shop Drops of Light Pure Healthy Brightening Serum ($38 CAD) – Need a skin boost? This lightweight serum might be just what you need. It’s fast absorbing, smells great, and promises to reduce dark spots. You’ll immediately notice an improvement in hydration, and healthier, more toned skin will be yours after continued use.
- Formula X x Cupcakes and Cashmere polishes ($16 CAD ea) – This month’s Color Curators collection by Formula X features three polishes created in collaboration with Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere. Peach Tea and Latte Run, shown here, are absolutely perfect for spring with their delicate tones!
- MAC Powder Blush in Let’s Be Friends ($26 CAD) – Your cheeks are going to fall for this hot pink blush from the Flamingo Park collection. This satin brush gives off a killer pop of colour that will have you feeling the warmth in no time.
- Vichy Idéalia Day Care Smoothing and Illuminating Cream ($45 CAD) – Dull skin will find a friend in this new cream from Vichy, which helped to improve radiance and skin texture while reducing the look of fine lines and pores. Natural antioxidants help to fight back against the first signs of aging so your skin will be looking perky and fresh for spring.
- Benefit Dandelion Shy Beam ($34 CAD) – When you’re ready to restore a little life to your face, this nude pink highlighter is going to become a welcome addition to your makeup bag. This matte highlighter helps to add a pretty pink glow – dab it on your cheek & brow bones and blend in for a natural look that instantly brightens your face!
- Mèreadesso Beautiful Body Balm ($54 CAD) – Now that you’re looking good up top, it’s time to give your body a little love. This non-greasy lotion helps to tone the skin (because we all know bathing suit season is just around the corner) and helps with stretch marks & scarring with a blend of 8 vitamins and minerals.
I’m all set to get spring ready – are you? What products are you using to brighten up after the winter?
Disclaimer: This post contains products sent for editorial review, but as always, opinions are 100% my own! xo