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Quo by ORLY “Infinity and Beyond”

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Aloha!

Once again, I have another Quo by ORLY polish for you. And yes it’s from the twin/dupe collection to ORLY’s Galaxy FX line. I’m still unclear on the details of the Quo by ORLY collection name, because they aren’t big on releases and having a website, apparently. When I Google the two polishes I’ve posted about, and the one I’m about to post, I just get my own blog lol. ANYWAY….this QBO’s twin is Milky Way from ORLY. But I much prefer “Infinity and Beyond” as a name in my collection.

This polish as a milky blue/white jelly base with small copper hexes, medium holo hexes and blue micro glitter that makes the base look much bluer than it is. And I love it. It’s super opaque so I could’ve used two coats alone, but I chose to layer this over Sinful Colors “Cinderella”. For it, I used one coat.

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I’m sorry for the state of my hands/cuticles. I’m fighting massive windchill warnings and snow squalls in my small town.

The formula on this baby was a little gloopy, yet surprisingly easy to work with. It somehow made it easy to control.

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I love this polish. So far, it’s my favourite, but I may be biased towards the blue. I have two more left to try out and you may wonder why I didn’t just post them all at once. Well, because then what would I post the rest of the week?

I will leave you lovelies with a macro bottle shot! Until next time!

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Quo by ORLY “Nebula”

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Aloha!

Today I have another one of those Quo by ORLY/ORLY twins from the Galaxy FX collection. This one is called Nebula and it’s twin shade from ORLY is Black Hole. Let me just say, that I am in love with this collection so far.  I have worn four of the shades and they’ve all blown my socks off! Nebula is a black jelly base LOADED with glitters. It’s got small red hexes, medium white hexes, blue bar glitter as well as red and lilac/purple circle glitters. I was hoping that this one would be opaque on its own but it needs undies. I used three coats for my swatches but it wasn’t as dark as I wanted it. The formula on this was a tad thick, because of all that glitter, but not impossible to work with.

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This is very fourth of July fireworks. Too bad I’m Canadian haha. Patriotism aside, I love this. I love this mix of glitter colours and types and I bet I would love it even more over a black polish. The glitter payoff was great, minus those pesky circle glitters. They had the same problem as Red Shift and just did NOT want to leave the side of the bottle. However, I did manage to get some on a couple of my nails, unlike Red Shift.

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Such a unique polish in my collection.

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YUM!

And, a macro bottle shot! Yay! One thing I noticed about this, was the two different colours of circle glitter. At first, I thought they were red ones that had bled. But I just went on ORLY’s website and in their photos, the glitters are red and purple. So…I don’t know. I guess that’s how they’re supposed to be! And, in my opinion, the purple ones don’t really fit in. But it’s not bad enough that makes me hate the polish…obviously.

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You will want to click on that bad boy. So pretty, plus plus. Very yes.

All in all, this is definitely worth the money, no matter how much you spend.

Cheers!

Quo by ORLY “Red Shift”

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Aloha! Today I have some swatches of a polish I picked up on clearance. Yay clearance! I love Quo by ORLY polishes but I do not like their price tag. But when they’re marked down to 2 bucks? BUY ALL THE POLISH! Which…is what I did. Oops. One of the main things I love about Quo by ORLY polish is that it’s really just ORLY polish in a different bottle with a different name. And that makes it readily available to me.

Red Shift is a dupe/rebottle of Starburst from ORLY’s Cosmic FX line for Spring 2014, which sort of makes me wonder if maybe Red Shift came first. Otherwise…why would it be on clearance nearly a month after being released? Ah why am I complaining! I got five polishes for the price of one! Now, Red Shift is a milky base packed with red, gold, bronze/orange hex glitters and larger silver circle glitters. Usually glitters like this one are an asshole to apply, but this was actually quite a breeze. Two coats was good enough for me!

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The only bummer to this polish was that I didn’t get ANY of the awesome circle glitters on my nails 😦 They all stuck to the side of the bottle. Boo hoo. But despite all that, I still love you, Red Shift.

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If you can find Red Shift/Starburst anywhere, you should definitely buy it! I just love these milky bases with glitters! So dreamy…like icing.

Cheers!

Sally Hansen #CSMTKO Vox Box from Influenster

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*Disclaimer! The products in this post were provided for honest review by Influenster. These are my own thoughts, not anyone else’s*

Aloha amigos!

Today I have a review of some Sally Hansen polishes I received from Influenster in their CSMTKO Vox Box. I was REALLY excited when I got this box because, being in Canada, I don’t really get to qualify for their other fabulous boxes. That makes me a sad panda. So, needless to say, when that box showed up at my door, I ripped it open and stared at my new pretties.

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I received Jaded, Pat on The Black and Red My Lips. Not the most mind blowing colours, but still pretty none the less. At first I was going to swatch them individually, but then I realized that I wanted to do a look using just the brushes in the bottle. So I laid down a base of Jaded. Ooooooooh this colour. It was really thin and runny. I was so worried I would need about five coats to get it opaque, but it looked much better after the second coat. If I were to wear this colour on its own, I’d use three coats to get complete coverage.

Once Jaded dried, I pained a line up the middle of my nail with Red My Lips. This colour had great pigmentation and the formula was good. It’s a great classic red with blue undertones so it doesn’t make me look like I have crazy hands. It’s a keeper for me. And once it was all dry, I went over the tips with Pat on The Black. This is a strange colour to me. It’s a dark, vampy plum that reminds me of raisins. Far away, it looks black, of course. I’m not sure if I like it. The formula and pigmentation was great but I am on the fence about the colour.

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Overall, I love Sally Hansen. They were my first nail polish love and they actually dominate my collection. The CSM line has always been hit and miss for me, but they’ve been releasing a lot of colours I want lately, which has been rare for me. I’m not a huge fan of the brush, except to paint my thumb nails. But it’s a lot more disastrous when the formula is all over the damn place. I will probably gift Jaded and Pat on The Black because I feel like I have these colours in my collection but I LOVE Sally Hansen so I will not be ending my relationship with Sally Hansen CSM.

Before I go, I wanted to say this: The whole time I was wearing this look, I couldn’t help thinking it reminded me of something. It finally hit me:

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Cheers!

Happy Belated New Year…and I’ve done it again…

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Aloha! Wow…I am getting really good at making these apology posts.

2013 was not a good year for me. Well, the second half at least. This post is going to be a completely candid behind the scenes post about how I spent the tail end of 2013.

In September, I found a lump in my right breast. Knowing full well of my family’s history with breast cancer, and cancer in general, I immediately called my doctor. He decided to start small, as far as testing goes. So I went for an ultrasound. That would help them determine whether or not the lump was solid, or had fluid AKA a cyst. Turns out, it was solid. A solid mass was the first sign that it could just be a fibroadnoid, or I think that’s what they called it (Update: My brain just shot out the word fibroadenoma, which sounds a bit more on par with medical terms) which is just an annoying lump of tissue that comes and goes in most women. But, touching back on history, they wanted to be sure. So off I went for a mammogram.

Well, let me just say that mammograms aren’t nearly as scary and painful as everyone on the planet makes them seem. They are absolutely one of the most uncomfortable things I’ve ever experienced (up until that moment, but I’ll touch on that in a bit), because this machine flattens your boob as much as it possibly can without squeezing your muscle out like toothpaste…but oddly enough, it doesn’t hurt. Seriously, anyone that is scared to get screening done because of pain…fuck that. This weirdo machine with its pressure and cameras and squishing? A drop in the damn bucket if it saves your life. And it lasts about 45 seconds. I’m a HUGE wuss that cries for no reason so if I can do this, all of you ladies that are avoiding it, can. I promise. Do it. FOR YOUR HEALTH! But anyway…the results of the mammogram. Well, not as concrete as they would have liked. When I got that call, I had two choices: Wait 3-6 months to see if it would grow, or set up a biopsy. What would you do? Biopsy, obviously. At that point, it was already November 20th. Two months had passed since the discovery of the lump. And if a mammogram couldn’t determine complete sound of mind, only a biopsy could. So, with the call of a specialist clinic, I was set for a biopsy on December 12. Goody. More waiting…

Remember how I said my mammogram was the most uncomfortable thing I’d ever experienced? I was wrong. An ultrasound guided core biopsy was. I was frozen locally, so I couldn’t feel the doctor’s incision, but boy oh boy could I feel her shoving that needle into me. THAT is the most uncomfortable thing I’ve ever experienced. In my head, I can only imagine it was like re-threading a drawstring on sweatpants when they come out. The doctor assured me it was a good thing because I had “young breasts that are doing what they’re supposed to do.” But damn woman! It’s my boob, not a hoodie! That shit is WEIRD. And the noise the machine made when it took samples? Not cool. She warned me, by demonstrating it. But after that journey through the muscle mass, counting to three doesn’t cut it.

Me: *internally* Jesus, it’s like this woman is trying to find the last little bit of syrup in a slushie. Fuck this feels weird.

Dr: 1-2-3 Biopsy!

That was followed by a gun shot. A biopsy gun shot. It completely derailed my thoughts of figuring out what flavour my boob would be if it were a slushie. And then when she sucked the last little bit of syrup from that dark corner of my lump, she went searching for more. And then round  two of 1-2-3 Biopsy. Which is my new least favourite game ever.

Fast forward to Tuesday. My doctor calls me and tells me that, while the tumour is benign (yay!) it has abnormal cells which could eventually become cancer. So, OUT WITH THE LUMP! A little bit more waiting for a call from the surgeon and then I will have this little shit apple out of me.

I’m sorry for such a wordy post, I just thought I would update you all on why I have been so…absent. My goal is to get back into a regular habit/schedule of blogging, so please stick with me through it. Thank you all so much for being with my blog as it grows and struggles.

I love you all so much and couldn’t do any of this without you

Cheers,