This year I wanted to wear more nail polish. I buy tons of the stuff but never wear it. I would get depressed looking at my nail kit when adding newly bought polish. There were ones still unworn and in their original packaging. My friends at Brill Communications told me that I needed to try Deborah Lippmann’s Addicted To Speed topcoat. It was a life changer they said.
I was skeptical but I liked Deborah Lippmann nail polish so I gave it a shot. I tracked it down at Holt Renfrew and ended up buying a Spring 2011 NARS nail polish called Desperado which they describe as vintage bronze. Addicted To Speed was a life changer, I kid you not. It’s the fastest top coat out there and it only sticks to nail polish. I’m loving, loving this product. Complete and utter fanboy. I get excited for chips in my nails because it means time to change colours. That’s how easy it is to do my nails.
I wasn’t sure I would like Desperado initially. It took a day for me to fall in love with it.Â I really like NARS nail polish and I’m going to have to find some more colours to buy.Â I never did pick up any favourite from the Vintage collection.
I like the Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow as another layer on nails to give it some sparkle. I paired it MAC x Hello Kitty On the Prowl and my nails reminded me of speckled eggs.
I also paired OPI Lincoln Park After Dark with Boom Boom Pow. It wasn’t as successful. I really need some Ruby Red Slippers instead to make it work right. I had my nails done with a similar colour and Ruby Red Slippers during TIFF. It was awesome.
I’ve tried pink nail polish before and didn’t really like it. However, the RGB Pink nail polish I got from Rac Boutique in a gift bag is AMAZING.Â I love this shade of pink.
Bright blue and obnoxious was my next choice. This is Mattese Neon Lightening Blue. My brother’s girlfriend lent it to me. I love the vibrant nature of this blue.Â I do my nails myself and I’ve gotten better at it over the years.Â Â Nothing beats a manicure though.
I like hearing about Canada-only collaborations. This time OPI, PUMA Canada and Browns Shoes have teamed up to bring exclusive products to the Canadian market.
April marks the spring/summer 2011 launch of exclusive PUMA ballerina flats for Browns Shoes and B2. To celebrate this, PUMA Canada teamed up with OPI to create a special gift with purchase at select Browns Shoes and B2 locations. Limited to only 50 bottles per participating store, PUMA Red by OPI is sure to go fast! (while quantities last, some restrictions apply.)
So Brown Shoes and PUMA Canada have teamed up to create a set of exclusive ballerina flats not sold in any other store. In turn PUMA Canada called on nail giant OPI to come up with the PUMA Red nail polish.
I’m not into ballet flats so the shoes do nothing for me. I’m intrigued by this retail move. Technically over collaborations but I cant help but get excited by ones that involve the Canada market like this.
images: courtesy of PUMA Canada
I went with friends to their regular nail salon in the Yonge and Lawrence area called Cozy Nails. It’s not in my area of town but I was curious and the price was right, $40 + tax for a mani and pedi.
I always get the obnoxious nail polish. It used to be the metallics and dark blues. I went super obnoxious, the Essie neon collection.
Perky Purple and Funky Limelight were like beacons guiding me to the colour wall. Funky Limelight for the hands and Perky Purple for the toes.
The service at Cozy Nails was excellent. There were two girls working on me at once so it was very quick service. We sat in large black chairs with all the massaging extras. A number of drinks are available for purchasing including teas and smoothies. They also have a nail drying station with fans for both hands and feet. I was very pleased with my manicure and pedicure. The pedicure is still looking fresh a week later. The manicure doesn’t unfortunately and it was all my fault. Must remember not to clean on a mani and pedi day. I couldn’t leave without my own bottle of Funky Limelight. I love neon and all its gaudiness.