Decluttering My Makeup Collection – Part 1, Nail Polish

3CB is on a decluttering kick! I think all 3 of us are in need for some cleaning/organizing/inventoring (?) lol. We have already gathered a bag full of makeup to pass along. They will go to a good home don’t worry! (donating, family, friends, etc.).

So I have started and I am actually excited to do this. This is an opportunity for me to get rid of the things I don’t like/use but also to pull some things in my collection that I haven’t even touched yet… yes, there is lots more than I would care to admit in my collection…

So in my decluttering, you will see 3 piles, give away, keep and need to try. Since I have spent my hard earned money on these items, I do not want to get rid of stuff that I haven’t given a good go at it. The nail polish is one of the only categories that you may not see any in the “need to try” category since I’ve tried all the formulas I own, so it just comes down to the colours.

My first kick at the can is my non-Julep brand nail polish. Why not all including Julep? Well, cause I have TONS of Julep and it be a beast of its own; you will understand once we get to those… (yikes!)

So here we go.



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Holiday Set Reviews: MoYou London Festive Starter Kit for Nails

Mo You London Festive Starter Kit
Mo You London Festive Starter Kit

As you can see from the image I snagged from the Trade Secrets website – this nail art is new and beyond adorable. This was a total impulse buy and so far it has been worth the $29.95 CAD I paid for it. The 1950s Pin-Up packaging is beyond cute and great if you have a make-up display.

Mo yOU 1Mo You 2

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Yay or Nay Sunday – Dior Nail Glow

Dior - Nail Glow

On this edition of Yay or Nay Sunday, Dior Nail Glow!

This expensive little bottle is… a YAY! I love this, and let me tell you why.

Let me just start by saying that this is the only Dior product I own and I don’t have the habit of getting super expensive brands.

I had heard a vlogger (and sorry but I cannot remember whom) mention this in her video. Said it was a great product. I was skeptical as here are the claims on the Sephora website:

What it is:
A nail enhancer that gives your natural nails a shiny, healthy glow.

What it does:
With one universal shade, this unique nail lacquer enhances the color of your natural nails. When applied on bare nails, the pinks of the nails become pinker and the whites become whiter for a shining finish and healthy-glow effect.

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Yummy Mummy Picks- (Great Cosmetics that are Worth the Splurge Because they Work!) – Nail Appliques!

Hello all,

For the New Year I want to start a new segment for women/moms like me who don’t necessarily have the time to buy, try, wash off, and repeat when it comes to make-up. A ‘Yummy Mummy’ is a British term for an attractive, stylish mother. In my definition, however, a Yummy Mummy is a loving and dedicated mother who embodies a healthy lifestyle, while not losing a sense of the person she was before having kids. A Yummy Mummy laughs off spit-up down the back of her shirt and smashed Cheerios at the bottom of her purse. She holds onto her style and grace even with small children at home and in the most unglamorous times. A Yummy Mummy is not a high-maintenance mom. It does not mean weekly manicures, grocery shopping in stilettos, or nannies. It’s about putting the kids first, but taking care of herself and finding a balance in what can feel like chaos. Putting on a coat of mascara and lip gloss takes just a minute and makes us feel beautiful or “yummy.” A Yummy Mummy knows that adding a touch of glamour to everything: self, home, meals, and entertaining, makes life more fun and it’s a special way we can take care of ourselves and our families {Definition of Yummy Mummy taken from the Yummy Mummy Kitchen blog –} Modern moms can be both a Mummy and Yummy, and it doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. And that’s the point of this segment – spend your money and time on products that work (Yummy Mummies do NOT have time to ‘Faff’ about – I am going to LOVE slipping in the British terms!). The girls sometimes make fun of me for being such a brand fangirl (I’m dubious of dupes) but I can’t help it! Once I find a brand that delivers what it says, then they pretty much have to discontinue the item to get me to switch.

Now all that being said, I realize people will have different expectations/experiences when it comes to make-up products but I want to say that I stand by my recommendations because it usually means I’ve been buying them over and over again and I HATE wasting money.

So without further ado, the Yummy Mummy pick for January is: Sephora Nail Appliques.

formula x sephora collection

Both the Formula X and the Sephora Collection are great when you just don’t have time to wait for your nails to dry. These beauties are actually created with nail lacquer unlike some of the cheaper brands out there. They are easy-to-apply and can create a practically flawless manicure with zero dry-time that can last up to 14 days (I usually manage about 7-10 days – like a regular polish manicure). The package contains eighteen double-ended strips in different sizes. If it’s a really neat design sometimes I’ll keep the spares to cut and use on my ‘accent’ nail. Each ‘sticker’ includes a built-in base coat and top coat but I find it best to add your own clear top coat to keep them lasting longer and looking their best.

The only caveat with this product is that I find I need to soak my nails in acetone to properly remove them. However another bonus to this product is that it’s the perfect thing to wear if you, like me, have sometimes ruined your nails with Shellac or other unfortunate accidents and need something a little bit thicker than nail polish to cover up your nails.

The final awesome thing with this product is that the appliques are usually on sale! Which makes them comparable or cheaper than the Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail stickers at Shoppers – which are also a great buy but I are pricey and don’t seem to last as long.

So if anyone’s looking for a way to squeeze a manicure when life gets hectic , I hope you benefit from this review!

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How to make a muted polish POP!

Random tip time!

Julep “Barbara,” Essie “Full Steam Ahead,” Essie “Sunday Funday,” and my base coat Essie “Marhsmallow.”

We all love those gorgeous pastels or the muted neutral tones (I’ve personally been coveting mint green polishes lately). The challenge can be that, as a nail polish, they occasionally can get washed out or the color doesn’t appear as true as it is in the bottle. Naturally brand quality has a lot to do with pigmentation but the natural color of your nail bed can also be a contributing factor. Much like one would purchase a tinted eyes shadow primer to help get the truest color of their shadow, a white polish as a base coat can help add a little pop to your soft, neutral or even sparkle nail polish!

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Julep Maven Unboxing – Oct 2014!

I have been with Julep since June 2014 and I love it! Although I have accumulated A LOT of nail polish hehehe.

This Unboxing features the October Black Magic Collection. Not one if my favourite collections so far, but still lovely colours for fall.

My box arrived as a box within a big box… really was that necessary Julep? It seemed more of a waste than anything. I will reuse the box to wrap Christmas gifts in so it is not wasteful. Even with that overuse of a box, my box was nicely packaged so things won’t break, as always.

I got the regular box with one add-on this month. My profile is Classic With a Twist, but since I am trying to compliment my collection, I got the October Bomshell Box. This box had the colours that I have less off. I wanted to add the two sets of nail decals they had (black cats and chevron), but as it turns out, I thought that my edits to my box had saved, but they did not :(. So when I went to finalize my box, I noticed it but it was too late, both decals were out of stock.

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Budget Nail Polish FAIL!

On a whim I picked up a Kit Polish from Rexall. It was on clearance for $2! I liked the deep navy blue, I’d never tried Kit brand nail polish and it was $2! Why not? The color I picked up is called “Evening Sky.” After 1 coat it was on pretty thick and the color wash showing fairly true. It started chipping after about 24 hours but that was totally my fault for being too lazy to use a top coat.

Kit Polish
At first I liked the color. I thought for $2 it was performing ok.

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Sally Beauty Canada Club – Worth It? (The Answer is YES!)

Today I have to sing Sally Beauty Club’s praises because it’s the first membership that I think is worth purchasing even if you’re not a product-aholic. Why? Well today they emailed me a 15% of coupon for spending just $35 in store during the month of September! This amounted to be buying hairspray, cotton balls, and acetone (not exactly a splurge month in my books). Their customer appreciation is making me seriously reconsider my dedication to other beauty supply retailers.

Sally Beauty has great prices and offers cheaper brands than most of the other beauty vendors. While I may not know all of the products by name, I’m more likely to go out of my comfort zone and try out some new brands if I’m getting a deal. If you live or work near a Sally Beauty I’d recommend joining their club. They also get amazing deals on hair styling tools and they have a full array of nail polishes and make up that are great value.

I look forward to reviewing more of my finds at this store!

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The New Black Ombre Today I’m looking at the ombré nail trend. A trend that has been made infinitely easier by a nifty little kit by “The New Black” nail polish line (available at Sephora … and it’s on sale!!!!).

I do have to admit that I’m a pretty picky person when it comes to nail polish. When I was a teen it was only the quick dry stuff that would do. Then I migrated to OPI in my 20s. Then my nail polish obsession sent me to drool over Ciaté polishes (by far the best nail polish on the market, in my humble opinion, in terms of pigment, chip resistance, and consistency of polish).

But now and again a neat little kit will show up in the Sephora sale section (and I confess I’m usually swayed by the fact that I may need a couple of extra bucks to get free shipping) so I add it to my cart and get ready to experiment. Overall “The New Black” nail polish is pretty good. I find it’s more chip resistant than OPI but it unfortunately has a thinner consistency than Ciaté which means it requires more coats.

So here’s the low down on this trend:

What it is: Ombré isOmbre Nails having tones of color that shade into each other, graduating from light to dark. So if you’re painting your nails you need to find 5 colors in the same family.

How to do it: I decided to attempt the most basic of this trend which is to paint each nail on one hand a different shade

Time Commitment: In terms of time commitment this didn’t take too much more time than painting my nails all one color. The only tricky thing was maneuvering all the different bottles and colors while I still had damp nails.

Overall I say this trend is a DO! Once you get your colors you’re good to go! This trend is subtle and feminine and appropriate in most contexts. 🙂






Dollarama Steals!!

Things are a bit tight for me at home lately. My hubby is heading back to school! While I am very happy for him that he is making some positive changes for himself, it does mean that I have to rein in my beauty budget 😦

Lately I find myself looking for the bargains. The diamond in the rough! As result, my new BFF has definitely been the dollar store. I heart Dollarama! Lately I’ve been find Essie nail polish there for $3! Check these beauties out:

Dollarama Steals!

Every time I go back I find more colors. They carry Essie, Nicole O.P.I., Sally Hansen, Revlon… It’s amazing! Seriously. Go check them out!


My Very First Plié Wand Mani!

My Plié Wand arrived just in time for my birthday celebrations! Naturally I had to break it out for my Birthday dinner celebration with 15 of my closest friends at a swanky Italian restaurant here in town. Whenever my birthday rolls around I feel like I get a free pass to buy a new dress. I had a cute little number that I got on sale at the Guess Outlet for a great price!


Plie Wand Box

This is the Plié Wand in the packaging. It looks like serious business. Serious manicure business…

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