Sunday, 12 June 2016

Born Pretty Store 3D Nail Charm Wheel Review

Hi all, hope you all had a great weekend. I'm back at it again with another item from Born Pretty Store to share.

This time I have an assorted 3D nail charm wheel (item #23911) to review. The charms come in a 12 section nail wheel which swivels open to the compartment you want access to. There are 12 charms in the wheel (pictures below show the variety), some of my favourites include the rocking horse, turtle and Cleopatra bust. I do have to note that a couple of the charms looked a little funny. For one, the elephant was quite misshapen and the sitting fairy took me a couple minutes to see what I was looking at. Otherwise I felt that the other charms were quite unique and detailed. The charms are currently marked down to $1.99USD from $4.00USD.

Here are some looks I created with some of the charms....

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Born Pretty Store Pearl High Heel Nail Charms Review

Greetings! Awhile back Born Pretty Store sent me a package of some nail charms to review. Today I have the Pearl High Heel Nails Charms in gold (item #24084). The two things I like most about Born Pretty Store is the variety of items they have on their site and their modest prices. These charms are no different, measuring in approximately 1.1cm wide these little high heel charms have clusters of pearl that add to their character and looks absolutely adorable.

However, I thought that the size of the charms were too big for my nail and weren't nearly as curved as I would've liked them to be. They were too bulky on my nails, almost ridiculously so. They were too wide and hung off my nail and because they stuck up so much it caught onto things easily so I had to take them off fairly quickly as I knew it probably wouldn't take much to tear them off my nails. I think these charms would work best in conjunction with acrylics or with someone with a flatter nail bed and longer nails.

If you plan on checking out Born Pretty Store and can't resist the urge to purchase some nail art goodies use our code "AMPK31" to receive 10% off regular priced items!

Until Next Time,


*** These products were provided in exchange for my honest review.***

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Born Pretty Store Triangle Nail Studs Review

Salutations! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Things are were super busy at work but now that things are slowing down slightly I am trying to use my spare time after work for something more productive like blogging.

Today I have another nail product from Born Pretty Store to share with you all. This time around they are the Triangle Nail Studs (item #24096). They come in a package of 2 with a choice of gold and silver, they measure approximately 4 by 5 mm in size. They are regularly priced at $3.07USD but are currently marked down to 0.99USD.

The charms were very easy to use, I could easily pick them up with tweezers and place with them with control exactly where I wanted them to go. They aren't curved but because they are relatively small in size I was able to push them into the wet polish and found that it helped prevent any edge of the stud to stick up.

If you plan on checking out Born Pretty Store and can't resist the urge to purchase some nail art goodies use our code "AMPK31" to receive 10% off regular priced items!

Until Next Time,


*** These products were provided in exchange for my honest review.***

Saturday, 12 March 2016

CND Spa Collection

"INTRODUCING NEW CND SPA - INSPIRED BY NATURE, ROOTED IN SCIENCE. Escape on a journey of relaxation and tranquility. CND unlocks the beauty of botanicals that effectively prep, purify, perfect and restore for a new level of spa benefits. Treat yourself to a sensorial experience infused with the nurturing essences of fruits and flowers. Delight in indulgent care and personalized results."

The new CND Spa Collection features the scents Gardenia Woods, Bright Citron and Cucumber. The Gardenia and Bright Citron scents both offer a soak, scrub, masque and lotion. The Cucumber scent offers 2 treatments targeted for dry calloused heels.

"Escape on a journey of relaxation. Our botanical spa collection delivers a new level of treatment benefits for beautiful results. 4-step system lets you customize services with a choice of fragrance moods and add-ons for deeper care. Let the indulgence begin. Inspired by nature. Rooted in science. New CND Spa Collection."

GARDENIA WOODS – Leaves skin luxuriously soft with every touch.
With white floral fragrance notes, gardenia and jasmine, this system will hydrate, moisturize and soften skin with its
replenishing and purifying botanical blend of chamomile and sandalwood.

Softening sea salt bath delicately cleanses without drying skin.
Creamy skin polisher with moisture beads gently removes dull surface cells for a smoother texture.
Clarifying treatment softens skin and gives it a luminous glow.
All-day hydrating veil nourishes skin to leave it touchably soft.

BRIGHT CITRON – Brightens up every mood.
With notes of pink grapefruit and warm amber, this system will restore radiance and brighten skin’s appearance with its
botanical blend of hydrating honey and purifying kaffir lime.

Refreshing sea salt bath gently cleanses impurities while softening skin.
Gentle citrus scrub polishes and perfects skin for a glowing radiance.
Luminizing mask lifts impurities and enhances clarity to leave skin glowing.
All-day hydrating lotion replenishes moisture for skin so silky and smooth.

CUCUMBER HEEL THERAPY – Get smoother with every step.Smooth away rough edges with exfoliating Alpha-Hydroxy Acids. Immerse in an intense moisturizing treatment and
refresh, relieve and hydrate heels with natural cucumber for the perfect finish to a pampering spa pedicure.

Professional-strength serum with concentrated Alpha-Hydroxy Acids softens tough skin in minutes
to reduce calluses.
Therapeutic cream soothes dry, rough heels with a deeply-moisturizing botanical complex of
cucumber, aloe and chamomile.

Overall thoughts: I had the opportunity to try the gardenia woods lotion at the preview event last month and I brought home a bright citron lotion in my press kit. I loved the gardenia woods scent, it had just the right amount of floral in it and it reminded me a bit of Marc Jacob's Dot perfume. If I see this lotion in store I will definitely pick it up. The bright citron scent was a little misleading, on the tube the scent was described as kaffir lime and honey but smelled exactly like grapefruit. Aside from that I thought the scent was nice and refreshing. I think I will use this lotion the most in the summertime since it feels like and absorbs quickly into the skin. There's nothing more I dislike than greasy skin from creams/lotions that just sit on the surface of the skin.

Retail Pricing:
Gardenia Woods / Bright Citron Lotion $21.90 / 8.4 oz
Gardenia Woods / Bright Citron Lotion Scrub $31.90 / 8.4 oz
Gardenia Woods / Bright Citron Lotion Soak $25.90 / 8.4 oz
Gardenia Woods / Bright Citron Lotion Masque: $29.90 / 8.4 oz
Cucumber Heel Therapy Intensive Treatment $59.90 / 425 g

The new CND Spa Collection is available worldwide March 2016. Visit for more information.

Until next time,


Saturday, 5 March 2016

Tree Hut Extra-Rich Moisturizing Body Lotion and Renewing Hand Cream

Originating from Farmers Branch, Texas Tree Hut is an award winning skin care line that focuses on creating products to help bring out the natural beauty of your skin.

"...Tree Hut has a deep-rooted belief system. We believe in the power of natural ingredients. We believe in the comfort of an amazing fragrance. We believe there's always time for a little pampering. We believe in loving your skin - and loving it even more after using Tree Hut. And we believe it's not about creating your beauty - but revealing it."

Their products which include their award winning sugar scrub, body butters/lotions, sun protection, soaking salts and body washes/soaps are available in 18 different scents. Some scents that interested me were Almond & Honey, Italian Mocha and Pear & Chia Seed. You can view their entire fragrance list as well as the beneficial properties of the scents/ingredients here.

Today I'm spotlighting Tree Hut Renewing Hand Cream in the scent Moroccan Rose and the Tree Hut Extra-Rich Moisturizing Lotion in the scent Coconut and Lime.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

CND Vinylux 2016 Summer Flirtation Collection

Last month I was invited to preview CND 2016 Summer Flirtation Collection and their new Spa line. At the event I was introduced to 8 new shades from the CND Vinylux line and 6 (out of the 8) shades from the CND Shellac line. Mostly made up of gorgeous pastel shades, this summer collection will be a nice change from all the bright colours we usually see with summer releases.

"There’s an electricity of unspoken attraction in the air. Evoke a subtle, sensual femininity with the new Flirtation Collection from CND. A palette of soft yet bright shades teases at the imagination and makes this collection equal parts coy, confident, and playful."

There was also a preview of CND Spa products which I will be sharing with you in another post.
“This season, sweet, creamy pastels are inspired by modern lace and embroidery for a delicate and refined glamour,” says CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “Nails will be slim oval glazed with tender shades of coral and lilac, blushed with the spark of deepening allure. Flirtation’s code allows you to be irresistible.”

Inspiration behind the collection

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Weleda Pomegranate Cuticle Softener Pen & Nail Care Pen

Weleda, makers of natural skin and body care products since 1921, is turning its expertise to nail care with the newest addition to the Weleda family, Pomegranate Nail Care.

To be used alone or as a 2-part system, the Pomegranate Nail Care Softener Pen and Nail Care Pen work to soften, protect and intensively care for the nails. Use with Weleda Pomegranate Firming Hand Cream for the healthiest hands, as well as nails.

Weleda Cuticle Softener Pen $17/0.1floz

"Rough and dry cuticles are softened with with a rich blend of nurturing plant oils featuring 98% organic ingredients that work together to condition and help gently remove cuticles."

This cuticle softener pen comes with one pre-saturatd tip and three replacement tips at the other end of the pen. These tips are about the same size as an orange stick. At first I thought you had to pump the tip to release the product but the tip does not move, instead the product is absorbed by the tip and you apply the product as needed. Not a lot of product comes out and I almost wished that the tip could release more product.

The instructions advise you to use the cap as the cuticle pusher but I preferred using the tip instead because it was just as rigid as the cut but it was thinner in width and I felt I had more control. Although the cap did have a nice curve to it that would fit to the contours of the nail.

Overall I liked the scent of the product, which smelled like citrusy pomegranate to me. I liked that Weleda included replacement tips conveniently placed at the other end of the pen and that it did help soften up my cuticles. It made pushing them back easier. It did not however, remove cuticles as it claims on the label. But what with the product being 98% organic I didn't expect it to contain anything harsh enough to remove cuticles anyways. It was most useful to me as a touch up pen to gently keep the cuticles back, I would not recommend this product if you had a thick cuticle overgrowth. You would need a stronger product in that situation. 

Weleda Nail Care Pen ($17 0.07fl oz)

"Featuring a convenient, easy-to-use brush applicator, this 91% organic nail pen provides intense nourishment and promotes healthy nails and cuticles with vitamin-rich plant oils and moisturizing Shea butter. Chamomile extract and beeswax round out the list of beneficial ingredients."


Ingredient Spotlights
Pomegranate Seed Oil
  • High in antioxidants A, C and E to strengthen nails
  • Deeply moisturizes
  • Sourced from organic pomegranates grown in Turkey
Sweet Almond Oil
  • Rich in vitamin E to help strengthen and nourish nails
  • Easily absorbed into nails and nail bed
  • Sourced from organic almonds grown in Spain
Shea Butter
  • Nurturing and smoothing properties
  • Highly moisturizing
  • Ideal for helping restore dry, sensitive cuticles
  • Organically sourced
Jojoba Seed Oil
  • Organic wax that is similar in composition to human skin
  • Highly stable
  • Moisturizing and suitable for all nail type
    This cuticle pen had a thicker consistency than any other product in pen format I've used before. I suppose I've grown used to cuticle oil pens so I pleasantly surprised that instead of oil the product was more like a thin balm that melted and absorbed quickly when I applied on the skin.

    These nail care products are a little bit on the pricier side compared to what else if on the market but they contain almost 100% organic ingredients which reflects the pricing. They work nicely hand in hand and have kept my cuticles looking hydrated and healthy these past couple weeks. They were especially helpful a couple weekends ago when Toronto experienced a cold snap with the temperatures feeling as low as -39 degrees celsius!

    The Weleda Cuticle Softener Pen and Nail Care Pen can be purchased through the Weleda website, Amazon or to list a few vendors.

    Until Next Time,


    This products was generously provided in exchange for my honest review. Opinions reflected are my own with no influence from company

    Friday, 12 February 2016

    wet n wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Polish Swatches - Part 2

    If you missed my first post where I swatched 7 out of the 18 shades from this collection, you can read my post here. The 1 step wonder gel collection is the newest line from wet n wild, here is a little info from the company:

    • New 1 Step WonderGel™ was developed using the same technology that’s used in dental veneers for durability and shine.
    • This formula delivers the color and shine of a true UV cured gel polish, without the need for a special UV light.
    • It cures with the regular ambient light from overhead lighting or sunlight.
    • Because it is a true gel formula, the formula is light sensitive and requires an opaque bottle.
    • Color and shine last for up to 2 weeks! 
    • Results are achieved in just one easy step. 
    • No top coat or base coat required! No harsh removal! Removes with regular nail polish.

    Click to see individual swatches.