ella+mila Lust in Love and Limoncello

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I recently had a lovely surprise shipment arrive at my door from ella+mila… when I opened it there was a stunning range of new colors: some ultra soft and delicate hues as well as some put-on-your-sunglasses-and-head-straight-to-the-beach bright shades.  Over the next few weeks I will be showing them to you (I’ll swatch them in-between my gel manicures); I hope you stay tuned.

Today I would like to show you Limoncello and Lust in Love:

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Creative Shop Stamping Plate – Ukraine – a REVIEW

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I am always keen on brands that launch both their own line of stampers and stamping plates.  Creating both components of the stamping process not only makes one-stop shopping easier but offers that added level of reassurance, to the consumer, that the two products will work well together.  Most of you might know Creative Shop for their XL squishy stamper… but did you know that they recently launched their own line of plates as well?

I received a sample plate from Beautyometry.com (one of Creative Shop’s largest international stockists) and I would like to review it here for you today:

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Sally Hansen – Neutral range for the Summer

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While there is an ongoing debate whether shades can be categorized into seasons, making them more ‘fitting’ for certain times of the year, I think we can all agree that whatever our color preferences are, we are all in need of a palate cleanser every now and then regardless of the season.  A break from the bright and pigmented hues, a respite for the eyes, a soft neutral nude.

Sally Hansen has recently announced their trends alert for this summer and compiled a sample of neutral shades stating that “sometimes an understatement is a statement” and I couldn’t agree more!

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ThumbsUp Goldstone Nail Wraps – a REVIEW

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Last week a lovely package arrived in my mailbox, all the way from ThumbsUp Nails in the UK.  I have worked with this brand of nail wraps before and have always enjoyed their designs (see my previous posts HERE).  ThumbsUp Nails has recently launched a number of NEW spring/summer ready nail wraps and I would like to show you one of them today:

ThumbsUp Nails Goldstone

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Gel manicure goodies from Poland

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You all know that I have been bitten by the soak off gel bug; it appears as though there is no cure for this ‘affliction’ and I am falling deeper and deeper for the SOG process… In an attempt to learn more about different techniques I started to turn to YouTube … and stumbled upon Polish (the nation, not the lacquer) gel nail tutorials.  In Polish the term for SOGs is “hybrydy”… and it is HERE that I discovered the magical dust called “efekt syrenki” aka: Mermaid Effect.  This discovery couldn’t have come at a better time as my cousin was coming to visit us here in Canada- I quickly asked him and my Aunt to seek out a few Polish products for me and he was able to mule them over into my greedy little hands.  I loved spending time with him during his short two-week stay, but now he has returned to Poland; I will look back on our time together very fondly, and have a few new Polish nail-art toys to try out in the weeks to come.

The Indigo Efekt Syrenki is a REVOLUTIONARY powder- unlike anything I have seen on this side of the world… I shared quite a bit about it on Instagram (including this quick amateur video), here is a quick post:

EDIT: it is thanks to the gumshoe investigative work done by one of my readers, Jessica, that I can provide you all with a link to purchase and ship this Mermaid Effect powder to CANADA and US: HERE.

How awesome that this community is so large and that we can share knowledge and sources for GREAT products.

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Madam Glam Pastel Lilac

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Today is my first day back to work after my minor surgery.  It might sound strange, but I am elated to get back to work!  This last month, I really did try to take it easy and rest up as much as I could, but I definitely was going a bit stir-crazy.  I am thankful that everything healed up the way it should and that I can resume “life as usual”.

I thought today’s feature manicure would be fitting as I hoped to have this mani accompany me through my surgery and early recovery days… only to find out that the hospital had a “no-polish-on-the-day-of-surgery” policy (so totally unjust *stomps foot to make a point*)… It honestly broke my heart a little to have to remove this manicure- I LOVED having it on my nails for five days… before I was coerced into soaking it off…. *sigh*

Madam Glam Pastel Lilac

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