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OPI My Dogsled Is a Hybrid

My Two Polish Picks From The OPI Nordic Collection For Fall 2014

New seasons always bring new styles and that doesn’t only apply to fashion. As excited as I am about boots and legging, I’m also excited about Fall beauty products. From dark berry lipsticks to new nail polish shades, Fall brings a new colour palette to play with. I’ve picked out two fabulous nail polish shades from the new OPI Nordic Collection that will be perfect for Fall.

As always this collection has some adorably themed names including Do You Have This Color in Stock-Holm? (which actually was out of stock when I went shopping!) and Going My Way or Norway. All of the shades are great Fall choices but the two I picked are My Dogsled is a Hybrid and My Voice is a Little Norse.

OPI My Dogsled Is a Hybrid

OPI My Dogsled Is a Hybrid

My Dogsled is a Hybrid is a beautiful light sea-foam green shade. It looks like a lighter version of the classic Tiffany blue colour from China Glaze, aptly named For AudreyMy Dogsled is a Hybrid is a great soft shade that will really complement the darker tones of Fall. I can totally see this mani popping when paired with brown, plum, or grey outfits.

My Voice is a Little Norse is the one glitter of the collection, and it’s a versatile polish for any season. It has a holographic sparkle and a slightly grey coloured base. It looks awesome over a lot of different colours, including red, black, and navy blue. I can see this shade being quite handy when it comes around to the holidays, since a little sparkle can spice up and special occasion.

OPI My Voice is a Little Norse over My Dogsled Is a Hybrid

OPI My Voice is a Little Norse over My Dogsled Is a Hybrid

Although these are the two I fell for, the whole collection consists of some great nail polish shades. Which ones are your favourites from the OPI Nordic Collection?

The Perfect Fit For A New Year’s Eve Manicure Featuring Essence Effect Nails

3D black and silver glitter pieces layered over the perfect black nail polish. The glitter is coincidentally called 04 Tonight at Midnight. Hello perfect New Year’s Eve manicure, am I right?

Essence is a cute Eurpoean cosmetics brand that has slowly drifted into Canada in the last few years. They have really cheap items that are actually pretty good quality. There are cosmetic items as well as nail polish and nail art products. Nothing has quite taken my interest as much as the most recent item I purchased, which is the Essence Effect Nails 3D Glitter. The names are a little confusing and I think that has something to do with translating the words to English.

Essence  Effect Nails 3D Glitter in Tonight at Midnight

Essence Effect Nails 3D Glitter in Tonight at Midnight

Anyways, back on track, if the name Tonight at Midnight didn’t already seal in the fact that this was the perfect New Year;s Eve mani, then the stunning sparkle will surely convince you.

The loose glitter comes in a cute little pot with a flip top lid. The instructions say to pour the glitter into the lid of the pot.  The base colour I used was Essie Licorice (sidenote: this is the absolute best black nail polish out there) and I followed the instructions on the box. While the polish was wet I dipped my nail into the loose glitter in the lid of the pot. After a moment I gently tapped it off so the excess would be removed and fall back into the lid. Here’s a tip – when you’re done you can pop off the lid of the glitter and pour the leftover back into the pot.

Essence  Effect Nails 3D Glitter in Tonight at Midnight

Essence Effect Nails 3D Glitter in Tonight at Midnight

I let the glitter dry on my nails for a while and sealed in it with a thick top coat. My nails sparkle so much and I cannot imagine a more suitable manicure for New Year’s Eve. The glitter is called Tonight at Midnight so clearly this was meant to be.

Essence  Effect Nails 3D Glitter in Tonight at Midnight

Essence Effect Nails 3D Glitter in Tonight at Midnight

If you’re looking into loose glitter for your nails this was a super easy and extremely affordable option. I will definitely be looking at the other shades next time I pass an Essence display at the drugstore.

Have a Happy New Year With These Three Sephora Products

If New Year’s Eve isn’t the time for glitter eyeliner then I don’t know when is.

For a simple and sparkly look to ring in the New Year, I’ve got three products from the Sephora Collection to show you. They came in a cute little gift set for the holidays, but it isn’t online anymore. You can check out the rest of the Sephora Collection at sephora.ca and check out the three products separately.

Sephora Collection Outrageous Volume Dramatic Volume Mascara, Glitter Mascara and Eyeliner, and Long Lasting Kohl Pencil

Sephora Collection Outrageous Volume Dramatic Volume Mascara, Glitter Mascara and Eyeliner, and Long Lasting Kohl Pencil

I got the trio together just after Christmas and it was on sale for $13. The products are mini sizes but for such a steal they are more than worth it.

My favourite of the three is the Sephora Collection Glitter Eyeliner and Mascara in Silver. This is a two-in-one product, liner and mascara in one super sparkly tube. At the end of the skinny wand is a thin brush to apply the glitter as liner, and further up the wand is a tiny mascara brush. It has a really strong staying power and the glitter goes on in a smooth line. It is in a clear base, however the glitter is very well distributed and allows for more glitter than clear when applied.

Sephora Collection Glitter Mascara and Eyeliner in Silver

Sephora Collection Glitter Mascara and Eyeliner in Silver

Next up is the Sephora Collection Outrageous Volume Dramatic Volume Mascara in 02 Ultra Black. This has to be the fattest mascara tube I have ever seen. Surprisingly the brush isn’t very thick though, it looks a lot like the glitter liner/mascara brush. Although the brush is quite skinny the mascara does deliver a lot of volume. Aside from the repetitive name, it is a great mascara and I’ll continue to use it.

Sephora Collection Outrageous Volume Dramatic Volume Mascara

Sephora Collection Outrageous Volume Dramatic Volume Mascara

Last of the trio is the Sephora Collection Long Lasting Kohl Pencil in 01 Intense Black. There isn’t too much to say about this, it’s a classic black eyeliner and the formula is smooth to apply. It lasts a very long time and the pencil is very precise so it works well for thin lines.

Swatches of Sephora Collection Glitter Mascara/Eyeliner and Long Lasting Kohl

Swatches of Sephora Collection Glitter Mascara/Eyeliner and Long Lasting Kohl Pencil

Opinion: All three products are really good and they made a lovely little trio together. My favourite is the glitter eyeliner/mascara, which I really love as a liner. It shows up really well and is perfect for a big event or evening out. The mascara and eyeliner are both great as well, more staple products that special occasion, and they will both be put to good use in my makeup bag.

Overall: If you only check out one of these products please make it the glitter eyeliner/mascara. It’s the best of the bunch and will be perfect for a sparkly smoky eye on New Year’s Eve.