12/29/17

End Of Year Empties

For some reason, empty product posts are my least favourite to write. I have no problem putting them off as long as possible. The empty bottles, jars and tubes always pile up and mock me every time I walk by, yet I always wait until the bin is overflowing (and I become overwhelmed) before forcing myself to sit down and write each mini review.

But seeing as I'm moving in a week, it doesn't make sense to pack and transport garbage, so here we are...


Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
This cleanser is as simple as it can get. It's not scented and it doesn't foam, it's not colourful, nor does it contain glitter - and that's why I love it! It's super gentle on the skin and although it's not the best at removing makeup, it is good as a second step to truly clean and remove toxins from the skin.


Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater
I recently purchased the Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea, and while it is beautiful, I have to say the Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater version is my favourite! It's soothing and the fragrance is refreshing - like a quick trip to the spa! Check out my full review (here) to read more!

The Body Shop Pinita Colada Shower Gel
This fragrance reminds me of summer! I'm a big fan of The Body Shop shower gels and this one was deliciously fruity and a delight to use.


Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm (Travel Size)
Removing makeup with an oil or balm feels way more luxurious. It makes the process not only easier, but also much more enjoyable, and therefore I become excited to wash my face every night. It's also a sneaky bonus step to help my skin feel more moisturized.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (x2)
Applying foundation and concealer with anything but a sponge feels super strange to me. Unfortunately, I can't justify a beautyblender every few months, so instead I opt for the more affordable (but just as good) Miracle Complexion Sponge. I have to admit, I am terrible at cleaning them after each use so sometimes they stain or get mould-y. Hence why I'm tossing two!


L'Oreal Hydra-Total 5 Ultra Even Moisturizer
This is my favourite moisturizer from the drugstore! I've gone through 3 tubs this year alone and until an affordable brand comes out with something new that knocks my socks off, this will continue to be my go-to.

Deciem The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
I love this stuff so, so much and I have already purchased another. It helps my skin drink up moisture and I've noticed a significant difference in the overall tone. I find I've experienced less breakouts since I started using it too.

PS. I'm super excited to see Sephora carrying this brand now! I highly recommend checking out the entire line.


LUSH Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask
I really enjoyed using this face mask! It's kept in the refrigerator to ensure the all-natural and fresh ingredients don't spoil, and therefore feels super cooling on the skin. But unfortunately it expired before I had a chance to finish it up. *Sad Face*

The Face Shop Green Tea Face Mask
Last month I had a couple of pesky spots under my skin that weren't really pimples, but they were annoying and noticeable (especially when I wore makeup). I actually think this sheet mask helped get rid of them! It's drenched in a green tea serum, which is said to help soothe skin irritated by environmental stressors. I enjoyed my experience using this mask and can see myself picking up more in the future!


Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Cleansing Towelettes
I honestly don't think I will ever buy any other brand of face wipes. OK...that may be a lie...I'm sure some innovative and super interesting product will be released that I won't be able to say not to. But until then, these are just so super affordable and they get the job done. A box costs $20 and contains a total of 150 wipes. The flip-top lid helps seal in the moisture and I recommend storing the packs upside down to ensure all of the towelettes are saturated (otherwise the first few can feel a little dry). They remove my makeup and never irritate my skin.

OPI Pink-ing of You
This is my favourite colour to wear on my toes in the summer and I'm super sad to learn that it is discontinued! It's such a perfect, girly pink and I was hoping to pick up another bottle now that this one is empty. If you know of any similar colours, leave me a comment below!

OPI Alpine Snow
Any nail art enthusiast needs a good white nail polish! It can be used as a base or accent for the coolest designs. It's is also a go-to of mine in the summer - I love how it looks with a tan.


Essie Matte About You Top Coat
Do you remember this post, when I confessed my love-hate relationship with matte nails? Despite the fact that they don't last very long, I do love the look of matte nails and I will probably repurchase this top coat...

L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara
I went out and bought a second tube of this mascara immediately after I tossed this one into my empties bin. It's one of my favourite discoveries this year and I absolutely love how thick and long it makes my eyelashes look.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
You guys know this is my holy grail eye liner! There's one in pretty much every empty products post...


Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain (Mini) in Blackberry Sorbet
I knew the size of this product was small, but I underestimated how quick I would use it up. I guess it just goes to show how much I loved the deep, burgundy colour. I have yet to buy a full-size (especially because I'm trying to use up some lip products in my current collection) but I have no doubts that it will be in the back of my mind when the time comes to contemplate a new lip colour to buy.

Now that wasn't so hard...

I really don't know why I wait so long to write about my empty products, and funny enough, they're actually some of my favourite to read or watch on YouTube. I think they're a great way to get an idea of how a product works, and generally when something is used up entirely, it's a good indication that it was enjoyed (or at least not totally hated). I hope you enjoyed this one!

xxx

12/22/17

Classic Holiday Makeup


Last weekend we celebrated Christmas early with my mom's side of the family. It's always nice to spread out holiday activities - especially because I enjoy putting together different makeup looks for different occasions. The look I wore on Sunday was similar to the look I've been wearing almost every day for the past month or so, only with a pop of red! I'm absolutely obsessed with the Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Fluffy, which is a gorgeous champagne-gold colour with subtle pink reflects. It's shimmery (not glittery), very brightening and it's the perfect 'effortless' shadow to swipe all over the lids. It also pairs well with any lip colour - especially red!


My lips have felt extremely dry lately, and a bold colour can look terrible when applied to cracked lips, so before I began my makeup I decided to test out a lip mask from the Patchology Wink & A Kiss FlashPatch 5 Minute Hydrogels Set.


Unlike regular fibre masks, these have an extremely delicate gel formula and can break really easily. They feel nice and cooling on the lips, although I would suggest chilling out in one spot for 5-10 minutes while wearing them, as they can slip around if you're up and about. There's also a tiny slit in the middle to make breathing a little easier, but it's not the easiest thing to talk with, so it's best to hunker down in a quiet space alone. I was helping my Mom set up the dinner table, so it wasn't the most enjoyable experience for me...

However, I loved how my lips felt afterwards. The lip gels are loaded with anti-aging ingredients including Green Tea Extract, Niacinamide and Peptides to help smooth and improve the appearance of fine lines. They left my lips feeling hydrated, plump and ready for my holiday lip colour. I used my favourite - the L'Oreal Colour Riche Matte Lip in Devil's Matte-Vocate (also known as Blake's Red) - a classic, blue-based red that screams Christmas.


Although our Christmas dinner was pretty casual, I never shy from an opportunity to wear bold lipstick. It's just so festive and fun!

All Products Used:

Face

Eyes
e.l.f. Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette in Summer Breeze
Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Fluffy
L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara
L'Oreal Brow Stylist Definer in Brunette


Lips
Revlon ColorStay Lip Liner in Red
L'Oreal Colour Riche Matte Lip in Devil's Matte-Vocate (Blake's Red)

Ps. This is the last blog post you will see from me before Christmas, so I hope you all have a very merry day!

xxx 

12/19/17

LUSH Golden Pear - The Prettiest Soap I've Ever Seen


Isn't this soap just so beautiful? I spotted a basket of them sitting at the cash register while purchasing the Tree-D Luxury Bath Melt I reviewed earlier this month, and I picked one up probably five times to give it a whiff. I actually walked out of the store without one, but quickly did a spin (nearly plowing over a shopper walking by) and re-entered the store to buy one. It was just too pretty and smelt too great to not take home!

I'm definitely more of a shower gel gal, but I couldn't say no to the cutest little Golden Pear Soap! Not only does it look like a decoration, it smells incredible too! It contains fresh pear puree, spicy cardamom oil, bright Brazilian orange oil, organic cocoa butter and a sprig of clove as the stem. It's pretty strongly scented but the mixture of fruit and spice is sweet, slightly sour, warm and truly irresistible.

I'm thinking it may be better used as a hand soap in a bathroom (at our new house!). How pretty would it be sitting in a little dish at the sink? It's definitely a decorative piece that I would want to display, even if guests may not realize that it's actually soap.


The creamy centre is a combination of murumuru butter and almond oil, which help create a rich, moisturizing lather. It's this element that makes the soap feel more luxurious and special. The combination of cold weather and central heating can make our skin feel dry and itchy, so it's important to use hydrating products during this time of year.

I'm not fond of the golden glitter coating - it looks nice but sticks to absolutely everything - but after a few uses it should all disappear, and then I'll probably feel sad that it won't look as beautiful...

Golden Pear Soap is a Christmas exclusive and can be found in LUSH stores or online for $8.95.

xxx

12/15/17

What The Heck Is A Holographic Eyeliner??

The definition of holographic according to the Urban Dictionary is "a material or trait in something that has SHIFTING FREAKING RAINBOWS"


So when I spotted the e.l.f. Cosmetics Prismatic Eyeliner Pencil online and read that it was holographic, you can probably guess my reaction..."It's going to give me FREAKING RAINBOW eyes!" 

Well, prepare to join me in disappointment...

It is NOT holographic. The packaging isn't even holographic, it has more of a pearlescent white finish. There are no rainbows to be found...



Holo is commonly confused with iridescent colours, which shift from one colour to another. The e.l.f. Cosmetics Prismatic Eyeliner Pencil is an iridescent white that shifts to a lilac colour. It's quite a soft pencil and when swatched on the skin looks almost fluorescent. I'm not mad at it, but I have to admit that it is barely noticeable when applied along the waterline. It stands out and appears a lot more vibrant when applied directly to dryer areas like the upper or lower lash line, although beware of clumpy white bits that may cling to lashes. 


One element I do like, however, is that it comes with a sharpener!! Also, the $1 price tag...I like that too! Despite being disappointed and feeling like a fool for buying into the holographic claim, I do think this is a good pencil for the price. I just wish it showed up on the waterline a little better... 

xxx

12/12/17

Palmer's New Coconut Oil Formula

Imagine closing your eyes after a long day of work and being transported to a tropical island. That's what Palmer's new Coconut Oil Formula does...


Although our bodies need moisture all year round, winter is the monster devil when it comes to dry skin. I think it's lovely that a scent so natural and delightful as the Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Body LotionBody Cream or Body Oil can trick us (even for a short moment) into thinking it's not cold, dry and miserable outside.

These products do a wonderful job boosting hydration as well! I have never tried a body oil before and suddenly I'm hooked!! It's a non-greasy formula that absorbs quickly, leaves the skin feeling fantastic and makes it look quite radiant...not to mention smelling great too. The scent truly does linger and makes me reminisce about previous trips to hot destinations.

Oh what I would give to be on holiday right now!! 




It's not a sunscreen-y smell though. The Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula products are formulated with ethically and sustainably sourced Coconut Tahitian Monoi Oils. They're made of all raw and natural ingredients, so the scent is quite natural too. 

These products are also free of sulfates, parabens, gluten and dyes...therefore they're awesome for everyone! Even those with super sensitive skin that may flare up during winter months. 

The new Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula can be found at Walmart and they're super affordable! The Body Oil and Body Lotion each cost $5.99, while the Body Cream costs $7.99.


xxx

Disclaimer: Products featured in this post are PR Samples, but all opinions are my own and 100% honest. 

12/8/17

LUSH Innovations + Oh Christmas Tree D


I've said it before and I'll say it again...

LUSH comes out with THE BEST products around Christmas and 2017 seems to be the year of innovation! They've released a ton of new and interesting goodies, including a range of packaging-free or "naked" products, Jelly Bombs, a shimmering powder in Sparkle Jars, and they've even created a working Bubble Bar Fidget Spinner. Naturally I hope to try them all, but I decided to pick up the Tree D Luxury Bath Melt first. Isn't it adorable?


It's actually two pieces that interlock together to creating a standing, 3D Christmas tree - which means they can be separated and rationed between two baths! It won't fizz, crackle or create bubbles but it will release a ton of skin-nourishing ingredients like cocoa butter and almond oil, which help make the water feel super soft and bath time feel much more luxurious. Plus it has a really nice and bright citrus-y fragrance. 

Tree D Luxury Bath Melt is a holiday exclusive and can be purchased in store or online for $6.95. 

xxx

12/5/17

December Bucket List - 10 Things To Do This Month

Despite the cold weather, December is probably my favourite month of the year!! I'm obsessed with everything Christmas-y and I can't wait to indulge in all the festive activities this jolly twelfth month has to offer! Check out my list of 10 things I hope to do before we ring in 2018. Holy cow that sounds crazy! Where has the year gone?!


1. Bake lots and lots of cookies
I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to everything Christmas and the number of cookie recipes is getting a bit out of control. I am hoping to get together with a girlfriend one night for a big bake-off and freeze batches of sweets to give as hostess gifts.

2. Go to the Toronto Christmas Market
I've only ever been once and all of the shops/vendors were closed, so I am determined to go back and experience all that the Toronto Christmas Market has to offer.

3. Try all the Starbucks holiday classics
Peppermint Mocha, Chestnut Praline Latte, Caramel Brûlée Latte...I want to try them all!

4. Go see Star Wars: The Last Jedi in VIP
Winter is the best time to go see a movie because it's bloody cold outside and there's not much else to do. Luckily, the next Star Wars film will be playing on December 15 and I hope to go see it in VIP, because who wouldn't want to sip on a glass of wine while watching Luke, Leia and Rey unlock mysteries of the Force?


5. Decorate a Gingerbread House
It's such a cute and inexpensive date night idea. No?

6. Make Homemade Eggnog
I don't actually know how eggnog is made, and although I'm not entirely sure I want to know what it is made of, I am determined to make my own batch! And maybe create my own #HealthyBirdy version?!

7. Build a snowman
Because you're never to old to play in the snow...

Cross your fingers we get some snow in the GTA this month!


8. Have a Christmas movie marathon
Elf, The Grinch, Home Alone, A Christmas Story, Love Actually, The Santa Claus, The Polar Express, Arthur Christmas, White Christmas, Christmas with the Kranks, Four Christmases, Fred Claus...I may have already watched most of these (some multiple times) but you can bet I'll be watching them all before the end of December!

9. Watch The Man Who Invented Christmas
I've heard great things about the movie based on Charles Dickens and the journey that led him to create A Christmas Carol.

10. Admire the Niagara Falls Winter Festival Of Lights
Walking hand in hand along an 8km trail of brilliant light fixtures sounds super romantic and beautiful. Wouldn't you agree? Plus it's FREE!!


What are some activities you hope to do this month?

xxx

12/1/17

MAJOR e.l.f. Cosmetics Haul

I did a thing...


I saw that the e.l.f. Cosmetics website was having a 50% off everything sale and I went ham! Their products are already super inexpensive, so getting them even cheaper was kind of hard to believe. I felt like I had hit the jackpot! Although, seeing as e.l.f. is an American company, I did get stuck paying a bit in customs...

#NoRegrets

#YOLO

Below is a list of everything I got! I'm not going to talk specifically about each product in this post, but I promise I'll feature some stand-out items in a monthly favourites or a dedicated review post soon.

I haven't tried too many products from e.l.f. but I do know that they make some great, inexpensive brushes!! I'm excited to play around with the Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette, which looks awfully similar to my beloved Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. It's much more sleek and travel friendly, I just hope the shadows perform well. I also can't wait to test out the Lip Exfoliators, especially as my pout is suffering a little from the cold weather; and I promise there will be a post on the Holographic Eyeliner because I'm sure many of you are asking the same question I did when I first spotted it on the site...what the heck is a holographic eyeliner?? Will it give me unicorn eyes?? Stay tuned to find out!  

xxx

11/26/17

WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!


The third time's a charm...WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!!! 

If you missed my last little life update post then you may not have known that Dev and I began our hunt for a house a few months ago. It was a very stressful time and after two failed attempts at prospective properties, we finally found one that we can soon call our own. Our closing date is December 29, which means the holidays are going to be extra chaotic, but super exciting! 

A little fact about me...I'm 27 years old and I have never lived away from home. I went to college nearby and I've been saving to buy since my early twenties. As they say...I've been "milking it" while living with my parents. So while I'm extremely excited...I'm also incredibly nervous!! But luckily I am not going at it alone and I am super thankful to share this milestone with my love! 


Our new home will be itty bitty, but it's a great starter and has been renovated beautifully. I can already imagine beauty related posts set in front of the exposed brick wall and #HealthyBirdy photos taken in the all-white kitchen. I also can't wait to get in there and decorate! Come follow me on Pinterest for some fun ideas I've spotted! 

Let the purging and packing begin!!

xxx

11/21/17

Sephora Beauty Insider Sale Haul

Dev's sister was shocked last week when I told her that I wasn't a Sephora Rouge or even a VIB member. I don't spend as much as some may think...


So when the very popular bi-annual Sephora sale started earlier this month, I had to wait a couple of weeks before the Beauty Insiders promo code became active. I really tried to resist this year, but my willpower is absolute crap! I got sucked into the extra 15% off and placed a small order, picking up the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +, a pack of the ORIGINAL Invisibobble Traceless Hair Rings in Pretzel Brown (Dev always steals mine), a Sephora Collection Almond Foot Mask; and I was super excited to see Sephora carrying ColourPop now so I popped a Super Shock Shadow in Fluffy into my cart. Unfortunately, it was excluded from the sale, but I needed a little something extra to qualify for free shipping and at $7 I figured it was justifiable. I absolutely love the cushion-y eyeshadows already and I can't wait to play with this copper shade. It has the most beautiful pink shift! <3 







Did you shop the Sephora sale? What goodies did you purchase?

xxx

11/17/17

MAC Dark Side vs. Wet n Wild Cherry Bomb


The last time I put my MAC Dark Side Amplified Lipstick on, it hurt!! My lips started to burn and feel blister-y. The pleasant, vanilla scent often associated with MAC lipsticks has vanished, so I think it's safe to say my beloved fall lip colour has gone bad. Which is a shame because MAC lipsticks are not cheap and I really did love the bold wine hue.


Instead of running out to purchase a new one, however, I thought I would shop around to find something similar with a smaller price tag. I found the Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Colour in Cherry Bomb and was super happy to discover that it is almost an exact dupe. It's slightly deeper and has more of a matte finish, but I'm quite happy with how it looks on my lips. And the best part is it cost less than $3!

Mac Dark Side (Left) and Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Colour in Cherry Bomb (Right)

The flat, round shaped bullet is a little harder to work with and I have a tough time creating a sharp edge or defining my cupid's bow, but with a colour this rich I often prefer using a brush to apply and perfect it anyways. Overall I'm quite happy with the very inexpensive dupe!!

xxx

11/14/17

Life Lately + Dealing With Stress

Dev and I started actively looking to buy a house at the beginning of September, and while it's been a fun and exciting experience, it's not been without a fair dose of stress. We've now seen 29 different homes. We've put an offer on one, only to be crushed and out-bid by a competitive offer; and more recently we decided to walk away from an accepted offer after having the property inspected.


House hunting truly is a part-time job! My Dad once compared it to the second most stressful thing, next to having a baby (which I have also yet to experience). I'm not sure I agree with him just yet (it hasn't been THAT bad), but I can definitely understand why he would have said it. It's super time consuming and stressful!! Instead of having date nights or adventuring on weekends, we are having house hunting marathons and hopping from one address to the next, trying to fit in as many showings as possible in our free time.


Luckily, I have a few different ways to relax that seem to help manage my stress levels and I wanted to share them with you, because I know everyone is facing stress in some way or another.


1. Chill in a Bath
One of the items on my house wish list is for it to have a bath. I honestly don't know what I would do without one. Sitting in a tub of hot water, surrounded by fluffy and fragrant white bubbles while a candle burns beside me is my #1 favourite way to chill out. It's my 'me' time - when I don't have to talk to anyone - and I can completely forget about everything going on.

2. Do a Face Mask + Treat Stress-Related Blemishes
Every now and then I like to take some time to relax with a face mask - either in the bath or while lounging on the couch in my pyjamas. My absolute favourite is the Garnier Moisture Bomb The Super Hydrating Sheet Mask!! It feels so cool and hydrating.

I like to follow up my pamper session with the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion to target specific spots on my skin. I know I'm not the only one that suffers from major breakouts during stressful times. When life gets chaotic, my brain feels too full, and I have too much going on at one time, I get THE WORST pimples. The Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is really great at shrinking these spots and helps to make them disappear quickly.

3. Cuddle Up With a Cuppa (of Hot Chocolate)
I didn't know this until a couple of weeks ago, but it's important to avoid caffeine when feeling run down. It is a stimulant and can actually increase stress levels rather than reduce them. Instead, I've been enjoying my healthy hot chocolate, which I shared on the blog just last week.

4. Read a Book
Diving into someone else's story is the best way to forget about what may be going on in your own.

5. Manage Time Better
House hunting is somewhat unpredictable. At any time I need to be prepared to go see a listing we like. I've had a hard time balancing work, blogging, house hunting and a sneaky secret project you'll soon find out about in the new year. In an attempt to make use of my time better, I'll write blog posts on the train while commuting to work and dedicate a day on the weekends to take as many photos as possible. Time management is something I still need to work on, but when done effectively it really helps alleviate stress.

6. Get Active!
As hard as it may be getting to the gym, the endorphins released after physical activity are 100% worth it!

7. Get Lots of ZZZs
Now this is something I haven't struggled with much in the past - I once thought I could sleep anywhere, at any time - but lately I'm awaken by dreams or nightmares (usually about different houses we've seen or certain house hunting situations). I've made a conscious effort to climb into bed early and turn off any distractions like the TV, my phone or my laptop.

I try remind myself that stressing is a waste of time, however, it's always easier said than done and unfortunately certain situations are bound to feel overwhelming. It's inevitable. But I've realized how important it is to recognize these feelings of stress, because there are ways to cope, and self care is what matters the most.

What are some ways you deal with stress?

xxx

11/10/17

My #HealthyBirdy Hot Chocolate Recipe

Fall is here and winter is coming! Colder temperatures have arrived and I'm constantly trying to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate. While the sugary, pre-packaged mixes taste amazing (especially topped with marshmallows or whipped cream) they're definitely something I try to have as a treat every now and then. When I'm on a bit of a hot chocolate bender and drinking a cup every day, I opt for this healthier version so I don't feel so guilty.


Ingredients:
1 Cup Hot Water
1/2 Cup Coconut Milk
1 Tablespoon Honey (or to taste)
1 Teaspoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/8 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
A Pinch of Salt
1 Teaspoon Maca Powder
1 Teaspoon Coconut Oil

Depending on the day - if I'm feeling a bit wild - I'll even add a pinch of cayenne.


Coconut oil is really good for gut heath; cinnamon helps boost metabolism; maca powder can help increase energy levels; and I like to think a tablespoon of natural honey a day helps keep the doctor away. This recipe has a few more ingredients and takes a bit more time to prepare, but it's worth it - especially for hot chocoholics. It satisfies sweet tooth cravings and feels like a warm hug on a chilly day.


The marshmallows were purely to make this drink more Insta-worthy. Be aware...they may not contain a ton of calories and are fat-free, but they're still full of sugar. Since the drink is so healthy, a marshmallow or two could be justifiable, but I personally leave them out. Besides, this hot chocolate is tasty and sweet enough on its own.

xxx

11/7/17

Playing With KISS Press On Nails

My nails generated a lot of comments when I posted this photo to my Instagram. But I have a confession to make...


They were not my real nails.

The truth is, I'm a nail picker. Not a biter...a picker. My nails may look long and strong when I post nail art to the blog, but the reality is they only look this way 50% of the time. If I'm bored or stressed, I can often be caught picking at my nails and making them much shorter. It's a terrible habit that I just haven't been able to kick.


I've been wanting to try KISS press on nails for the longest time now, and I thought it only made sense to do so when my nails are short. There are some really great colour options, including some that are patterned and some that are available as matte or glitter finishes. In addition, they come in a variety of different shapes - oval, almond, square and stilleto. I personally couldn't help reaching for the chrome ones. The gel FANTASY Ready-to-Wear Gel Manicure set reflects blue, green and purple. They're stunning and makes me feel like a mermaid! I believe these are limited edition, but this review is really to focus on the application process and quality of the press on nails themselves. I wanted to test how easy they are to apply and how long they last.


Overall, they were really easy to put on. There are two options to adhere them in place: super sticky tabs or glue (both are included in the kit). I decided to use the adhesive tabs on one hand and glue on the other to see which wore the longest. The adhesive tabs were incredibly quick and foolproof to use. They were my preferred method, as I found the glue quite hard to squeeze and messy. But to guarantee a longer wear-time, glue was definitely the way to go!


Unfortunately, the nails on my left hand (the one using the adhesive tabs) began falling off after just one day. Actually, three of them didn't even survive a day. I applied them in the morning and by the evening they had peeled right off. The ones on my right hand (glue side) lasted six days, which I thought was quite impressive!

Luckily, this kit contains duplicates and a variety of different sizes. Technically there are enough fake nails for two complete manicures, but if one happens to fall off, it can be easily replaced with a new one. Or better...if you manage to catch one before it falls off and is lost forever, it can be re-applied. Reduce, re-use and recycle!!!


I have never received so many compliments on a manicure before! The best part is that the KISS press on nails mimic the look of a shiny, smooth, gel manicure without costing a pretty penny or damaging nails. I found these at Walmart for roughly $9 and I'll definitely be buying more. They're also a great option for anyone who may live with someone sensitive to the scent of nail varnish. These are fragrance-free!

xxx