Month: December 2011

Manicure of the week: Tuxedo

By now, it should come as no surprise that the Achilles heel of my promise to stay faithful to Chanel nail polishes is Dior. [Well, one of them anyway. Apparently, I am a human centipede.] I can’t resist – from time to time, Dior will put out a colour I badly want, and for which there is no Chanel “dupe”. Other times, and this is one of them, the Dior colour will have just a leeeettle bit more of the ooomph I’m looking for than Chanel. I’ve looked at Chanel’s Blue Satin – a dark, midnight blue with a subtle shimmer – for months, going back and forth on whether to buy it. In the bottle, it looked beautiful, but when I tried it, it looked altogether too black. I wanted more of the blue shimmer to show through … enter Dior’s Tuxedo. I was very fortunate to score a tester bottle a while back, when it was all sold out. Since I didn’t start with a full bottle, I use it fairly sparingly (luckily, one coat is usually enough), but I love to rock it on short nails.
For New Year’s Eve, I decided to kick it up a notch and make things more festive by adding a coat of China Glaze’s Skyscraper – a blue based polish with silver glitter. I love the result!!
This is a darker version of one of my all-time favourite nail polishes, Essie’s Starry Starry Nights. As the name suggests, the polish resembles a night sky in all its star-spangled glory. Sadly, the formula is a jelly, which requires a good three coats to achieve the best results, and the chemical smell (I’m not sure if this older Essie polish is 3-free like the current collection) is a big detractor for frequent use. As a result, I rarely wear SSN – though, when I do, it’s a beauty. Here’s a pic (accessorized with my “midnight sky” glass ring):
Back to my Tuxedo manicure; for my “inspired by” outfit, I wanted a total colour contrast, and a bit of a party dress to boot. I went with one of my “maternity” outfits, which I adored wearing when pregnant. To be honest, I think it was more flattering then; it’s very body-con, and I’ve got a bit more to be conscious of now, post-baby. Oh well! That’s what New Year resolutions are for, right? Bwahaha!!

Happy 2012 everyone!!

‘Tis the season

Well, I guess I was a good girl this year because Santa was very generous. 

My presents this time around fell into three categories. Can you guess which ones? Starting with perhaps the most obvious, I got an incredible polish haul – count ’em, six new Butter LONDONs, oh my!

And that was not all, thanks to my lovely husband, who knows me so well.

Just a sneak peek for now – I sense some exciting new “manicures of the week” coming!

The second category was perfumes, starting with this Christmas-themed Harajuku Lovers mini, which doubles as an adorable ornament.

My weakness for the little dolls is well documented by now; the newest Gwen joins the other new additions from this past year – Super G and Mermaid G.

I also got a little Daisy action …

… with a solid perfume version that comes in a cute ring.

Did you notice my mani? It’s one of my new polishes, the aptly named Henley Regatta (over a coat of Essie’s Dive Bar). Stunning blue and green sparkles in a clear base, it really does look like a shimmering river on a sunny summer day.

Last, but definitely not least, what do we have here?

So pretty!!

Thanks babe!

Manicure of the week: Dragon

With Christmas just days away, I was in the mood for a happy, festive manicure this week. What better choice than Chanel’s classic red creme, Dragon. I know this colour is the “perfect red” for countless women, and as it is for me. It was one of the first Chanel polishes I picked up once I started “collecting”, and it was one of the polishes that made me a devoted fan. The application is a smooth, one-coat dream, and the colour is rich and saturated.
In the holiday spirit, I decided to jazz up my Dragon mani by adding an accent nail using one of Essie’s special top coats, Shine of the Times, from its current Luxeffects collection. A multi-colour “flakie” that glistens with red, orange, gold and green flashes, it’s a fun, easy way to try for a more adventurous manicure. The only caution: I found the top coat to be fairly thick, so the application was a bit tricky to avoid a gloopy mess on the nail.

And just in time for those holiday family get-togethers, what better outfit than a sweater dress? Comfy (important when you’re as fond of the holiday all-you-can-eat buffet as I am) and cozy (this is Edmonton after all), my Nanette Lepore dress is a cute and practical pick.

Speaking of dresses … for any fashion-lovers out there, 100 Unforgettable Dresses, is a must-read … and see – the photographs are the best part. An early Christmas present to myself, it provided hours of happy and stylish distraction, along with the occasional lesson in fashion design history. The book is very up-to-date, and includes an homage to the Duchess of Cambridge’s Sarah Burton-designed wedding dress; only 3 other wedding dresses are included, two of them predictable picks (Princess Grace, Princess Diana) and one less expected (Linda Christian). The rest of the book covers everything from the star-making (the “safety clip” dress that put Elizabeth Hurley on the Hollywood map) to the notorious (JLo’s barely-there Grammy dress) to the trend-setting (Coco Chanel’s LBD) to the simply stunning (pretty much anything worn by Cate Blanchett). A great holiday read and a nice coffee table book; it was $25 on Amazon – not a bad deal either!

Merry Christmas!!