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Twinsy Thursdays: Polish Armoire Medusa

I’m back after an extended period of radio static with a new installment of Twinsy Thursdays - yay! I apologize for my announced absence, but instead I had a fantastic holiday to Australia, and also spent some rest and relaxation time with my parents. This week on our respective blogs, Lani and I are showcasing Polish Armoire Medusa!

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Polish Armoire polishes are made by the exceedingly lovely Grace, who runs a blog of the same name as her creations. Medusa is the green guy laying down in the front there, and in the back is Love Potion, also by Polish Armoire. I let both of these beauties share the camera as they are both up for grabs over at the PANZ Blog as part of the ‘It’s A Kind Of Magic’ nail challenge! Grace has kindly sponsored the challenge by mixing up these custom polishes to be given away as prizes. If you live in New Zealand and are keen to win one of these, check out the details here!

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Medusa is ridiculously beautiful - it’s absolutely packed with green and rose gold glitter, and gold shimmer. This is just one (!!) coat layered over two coats of NYX Girls Hunter Green, a deep green creme. My photos really don’t show off its true brilliance! Make sure you check out Lani’s swatch; her lighting set-up is on point and she has definitely done this gorgeous polish justice in her post here.

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#Twinsy Thursdays #NOTD #Polish Armoire #NYX Girls

NOTD: Color Club Halo-graphic

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I wore this polish recently as my submission for my favourite holographic polish over at the PANZ Blog. PANZ stands for Polish Addicts of New Zealand and it’s a blog dedicated to the lovely members of our polish and make-up Facebook groups! It is mostly Lani’s baby, but I help out too.

Anyway, on to the polish! This is two coats of Color Club Halo-graphic, a pink holo with a delicious linear sparkle. This isn’t actually my favourite holo polish, but for the purposes of the post, we had to choose just one. I’d like to think it represents my love for the entire Halo Hues line! Every single polish in that range is suberb. Flawless application and a holo effect to make any polish lover happy, and Halo-graphic does not let the team down!

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#NOTD #Color Club

Daily Outfit: Powder Blue

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Dress: Garage @ The Warehouse

Tights: eBay

Shoes: Garage @ The Warehouse

Earrings: Gift

Make up: Eyes - NYX High Definition eyeshadow base, shade two and four from the Milani baked eyeshadow palette in Backstage Basics, W7 Lashtastic mascara, and Australis Lash Blast Extensions mascara; Lips - MAC Perpetual Flame; Face - Rimmel Stay Matte primer, Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream, and MUA Matte Perfect loose powder; Nails - Pahlish Through Still And Storm (base) and Pahlish Ocean Gone Wrong (glitter)

You can really feel the seasons changing here right now. It’s not exactly “warm” yet, but it’s certainly warmer than it has been, and I can comfortably swap my jeans for tights some days! This dress is a recent addition to my wardrobe (along with it’s black counterpart). I can’t wait to ditch the pantyhose and long sleeved T underneath and wear it with cute flats and a long necklace in the spring - it’s the perfect shade of blue for warmer weather!

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#daily outfit #OOTD #FOTD #NOTD

NOTD: Delicate Yellow

Today I have another fun mani to share, courtesy of a pack of water decals from Born Pretty Store!

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These cute decals can be found here. I really like the mix of florals with the delicate swirls. They made me think of soft, feminine colours, so I paired them with a pastel, shimmery yellow, Catrice Vanilla Love.

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The shimmer is a lot more apparent in the bottle than it is on the nail, but it’s still a pretty polish. I needed three coats for full opacity, as is expected with pastels!

I really loved how simple these decals were to use. I had never used water decals before this mani and it was as basic as nail art can get! You just cut the decal you want to use from the sheet, pop it in a small glass or cup of water for 30 seconds or so, and then place it on your nail (I used tweezers to hold the decal in steps two and three here!). Gently soak up the extra water with a paper towel and add top coat - done! Such an easy way to jazz up a plain mani. I’m very impressed and am seriously considering buying all of the decals…

You can buy these water decals here, and if you do make a purchase, don’t forget to use my 10% off code, NL10K31. If you’re interested in seeing more decal fun, stay tuned, because I still have two more Born Pretty sponsored posts to share! Yay!

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#NOTD #Catrice #review #Born Pretty Store

Haul: From Grace #2

I am lucky enough to live the same city as Grace, so when she destashes polishes, I don’t have to worry about shipping costs (or that constant fear of a bottle being smashed in transit). It also means that I end up buying a lot of stuff from her… here are the latest additions!

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Max Factor Graffiti

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Gloss n Sparkle Sour Candy - while this is pretty, I’m not sure that I love it. I think it’s something to do with the colour mix?

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Pahlish ? (mystery polish) - you can swatches of this here.

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Pahlish Ghost Of Christmas Yet To Come - this is a lot darker in person, and the colourful sparks aren’t quite as prominent. It’s still gorgeous, just in a dark, gothic way.

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Shimmer Polish Caroline

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Pretty & Polished Summer Sorbet - this is supposed to be a thermal colour-changing polish, but due to a batch inconsistency, it does not change. This is just fine with me, as I love the contrast of the coral pink with the blue and purple!

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Cirque Helios - see this used in a mani here!

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#haul #nail polish haul

NOTD: Purple, Gold, and Zig Zags

I was recently contacted by Born Pretty Store, who wanted to know if I was interested in reviewing some of their nail art products. I admit that I’m not usually “into” nail art, but that’s mainly due to laziness! I agreed to try out some of their items as I thought it would challenge me to actually do something with my manis. Today I have the first product to share with you!

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These are French tip guides in a zig-zag (or lightening bolt) shape. You can buy them here (they are style #1). You get about 30 individual stickers in a pack. They are made of plastic or glossy coated paper - I’m not too sure which. I was really surprised at how well these stuck to my nail! There’s no risk of these lifting off mid-mani.

Here is the manicure I created with these stickers - it’s simple, but I really liked how it came out:

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I started with two coats of Zoya Suri, a royal purple with pink and blue shimmer, and after popping the stickers down near my tips, I painted a thick coat of OPI Honey Ryder on the very top of my nails. I love the combination of purple and gold, as well as the smooth shimmer against the textured metallic. The great thing about these sticker guides is that you can use them for so many different things, and there’s enough in one pack to make many awesome manis!

The lovely people at Born Pretty Store have also provided me with a coupon code to share with my readers. Enter NL10K31 at checkout to receive 10% off. Born Pretty Store already has such reasonably priced items, an extra 10% off is just insane! If you want to try out these stickers for yourself, you can find them here. I really do recommend them - a great product at a great price!

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#NOTD #OPI #Zoya #review #Born Pretty Store

NOTD: Emily de Molly Monet’s Garden

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Not too many photos today but that’s not to say this isn’t a pretty polish! Or more correctly, a pretty combination. This is two coats of Emily de Molly Monet’s Garden layered over two coats of Ulta3 Pacific Fever. Pacific Fever doesn’t match the jelly base in Monet’s Garden perfectly, but it’s good enough for me! They were sitting together on my desk and I just had to go there.

Monet’s Garden is ridiculously gorgeous. The mix of green glitter with a few pops of pink portrays its inspiration so well!

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#NOTD #Emily de Molly #Ulta3

Twinsy Thursdays: Peacock Pie Pet Storm Dragon

Peacock Pie Pet Storm Dragon is recent purchase for both Lani and I, so what better time to try it out than on Twinsy Thursday! Peacock Pie is a New Zealand indie polish line created by the lovely Serra. As soon as I saw Pet Storm Dragon, I needed it in my life. I thought I had missed out on it forever when Serra announced she had run out of Spectraflair, but she listed a few last bottles and I did not hesitate to make one mine!

You can see Lani’s post here - give her some love and tell her I sent you!

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Pet Storm Dragon is quite densely packed with glitter and shimmer in many colours, sizes and shapes, so I opted to layer it over a neutral-ish base, Essie Cocktail Bling. Cocktail Bling is a purple-leaning grey that looks very periwinkle under the sparkles! I picked out the teal and purple shades from the glitter and used polishes that matched them on the rest of my nails. On my pinky (and thumb) I have two coats of Sinful Colors Verbena, and on my index, two coats of OPI Fly. I really like this mani as it allows Pet Storm Dragon to shine while not being too busy!

Lani’s twin post can be found here, and by some awesome coincidence, Peacock Pie announced a sale today! Full size polishes are reduced 30% - no code needed. Run, don’t walk!

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#Twinsy Thursdays #NOTD #Peacock Pie #Essie #OPI #Sinful Colors

Haul: Assorted Cosmetics

Sometimes when I buy make-up, I buy just one or two things. Don’t look so surprised! My life isn’t full of hauls totalling $50 or $100 or more. Despite what my blog may portray, big hauls are rare for me these days! This post is a collection of things I have bought from various places in the last few months.

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I actually got these two BYS lip glosses as a gift from my mum and dad when I visited them not long after Easter.

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I bought these two City Color Jumbo Eye Pencils on the same trip mentioned above. They don’t have names but the top one is a yellow (almost mustard) gold, and the bottom is a bright purple.

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I picked up this W7 Lashtastic mascara as I needed a replacement for my dried out tube. I really like it - it’s very similar to Covergirl LastBlast Volume, which is a favourite of mine.

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My local pharmacy ran a promotion throughout the month of April where you could get two Revlon lip products for $30. I picked up this Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Shameless

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… and a Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie. I’d never tried either of these products before so I thought a sale was a great incentive to give them a go!

I also went a bit nuts at Kmart and bought all the things. Well, almost! I thought these palettes by Lol Cosmetics looked awesome, and at $3 each, I figured it was worth the risk to buy more than one. I grabbed a mascara too. I’m pleasantly surprised by this brand! The quality is really good.

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#haul #beauty haul #BYS #City Color #W7 #Revlon

NOTD: Australis Sinfully Sweet

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While I’m not happy with the quality of these photos, I really did love the way the mani turned out, so I am posting them anyway! I started with three coats of Australis Sinfully Sweet, a pale pink creme, then I sponged on a glitter gradient with Le Chat Disco Ball. My accent nail is Julie G Silver Bells. I love the combination of silver with pastel pink - it’s so classy and timeless!

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#NOTD #Australis #Le Chat #Julie G