Nails, OPI

NAILED IT! New nail colours in time for gifting.

If you know me then you know I change my look. A lot.

My husband likens this to being with a different girl constantly. And he’s right.

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Here they are, the lengths and colours over the past four years.

But this isn’t a post about hair. Believe you me, the time will come.

My mum used to do nails. When you come to a foreign country and barely speak the language, nails may be your option. She thought this was her option and she did it. And she did it very well. And I watched.

I used to practice doing my own nails every fucking day when I was in middle school. No joke. I’m OCD when it comes to certain things in life and nails are definitely part of that circle. One tiny chip – redo everything. One busted nail – redo everything. Thus, every-day-nail-practice-time.

After high school I became a fan of acrylic nails. After rockin’ some falsies for a couple of years [with a minor fungal infection along the way] I decided our time together came to an end. And I started doing my own nails once more.

Now I don’t let anyone touch them. Seriously. Every time I’ve gone to a salon for a mani-pedi, I’ve com home to redo everything myself.

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Sup. #nailsbybelleface

Obviously in order to have great looking nails one must have an arsenal of nail polish to show off. And, boy, do I have some rad colours for you and your dirty Christmas socks!

Without any further adieu…

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One of my new favourite lacquer companions is, surprisingly, Crabree & Evelyn! That’s right. Not only do they create incredibly delectable scents for the home and body, but now you can pamper your nails with these luxurious winter colours. I am absolutely in love with Cardinal and Silver. In love. The other two aren’t half bad either [Cinnamon and Anthurium]. The $6 price point is a cherry on top.

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Next on the menu is Mineral Fusion! If you haven’t already seen them at your local Whole Foods, you’ll definitely pay attention next time you go. There are over 60 colours to choose from, but the ones I’m showing are my faves. [Nickel & Dime – currently living on my toes, Sandstone, Glint of Mint and Crimson Clay] As expected, these have zero evil ingredients. Formaldehyde free, bitches! The brush is a perfect thickness and the colours are smooth and fast drying. Normally $7.99 and currently offering a December deal for $5.99 on the website. That means if you buy all four of my fave colours, you’re only spending on three! Go.

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Last, but definitely not least is a set from my personal style icon, you guessed it, GWEN FREAKING STEFANI! At last there is an incredible collaboration with colours I can stand behind completely. OPI is genius. Though these are too good to be stocking stuffers, you can gift them to anyone you want starting January 2014. Like me. I don’t celebrate Christmas. I celebrate the new year. New year, new colours. That’s what’s up. Having the good fortune of playing around with this collection, I can tell you right now that I have never been happier. They dry so quickly that I did my nails on Thanksgiving morning and immediately started cooking without a top coat. Hel-lo. Already numbers 3 and 4 and 6 are my absolute faves. 1) In True Stefani Fashion 2) Hey Baby 3) Love. Angel. Music. Baby. 4) 4 In the Morning 5) Push And Shove 6) I Sing In Color

Boosh.

Now show me your pretty fingers!

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Beauty, Fragrance, Health, Makeup, Serums, Skin

Hooray for Boobies!

I have them. I love them. I’m terrified of having babies because I love them so much. I don’t know what I would do if they were taken away by cancer. Yes, I’m vain. Deal with it.

October is the national Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this is a post about some really awesome beauty products you should buy to stay pretty, but also help with the research quest in the elimination of the pesky little shit that invades chests and makes people sick.

There are lots of them I recommend. You know I wouldn’t share anything I wouldn’t personally slather myself with …

MITOQ Bottle & Box

MitoQ is part of my nightly ritual. This stuff is science: “the only topical cream proven to deliver ingredients deep down to mitochondria at levels shown to have an immense effect in rejuvenating the cells, encouraging the natural production of collagen and elastin and leaving skin looking radiant with a lit-from-within glow.” If you buy MitoQ any time this month, they will donate 15% of net proceeds to one of the leading national education and support organizations, the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).

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DECLÉOR Aromatherapy Coffrets  are a spectacularly amazing day serum and night  balm set in an eco-friendly bamboo case. There are 5 different skin types to choose from and for the 7th year in a row DECLÉOR will donate proceeds to Cancer and Careers, a program of CEW Foundation. 

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PUR Attitude offers beauty products with zero chemicals that could lead to cancer to begin with, so they are offering 50% of net sales for the brand’s 3-Piece Skin Essentials Kit [moisturizer, face wash and eye cream] and the Fountain of Youth [anti-aging serum] to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) during the month of October.

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Bright Future Eye Shadow Compact by Jane Iredale is an adorable mirrored compact featuring five eye shadow shades and a travel-sized eye shadow brush, adorned with a rose-colored Swarovski® Crystal. One hundred percent of profits (not just proceeds!) will be donated to LBBC all year round. These colours are practically universal and would be a great gift for the holidays as well.

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FragranceNet.com will donate 15 percent of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation  if you buy anything from the “pink boutique”. These are some of the sample fragrances though you can find other beauty products on the site like hairspray, sea salts, massage oils, shower gels, etc.

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Film to keep an eye out for: BEAUTY AND THE BREAST gives viewers a behind the scenes look at nine female survivors coping with the harsh realities of breast cancer as they aim to demystify the disease and blossom in the face of adversity. Get ready to cry and rejoice.

Hooray for boobies.

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