COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss

COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss is goodness in a bottle! It is a base coat, high gloss colour, and chip-resistant top coat all in one. Yup, a 3-in-1 bottle of goodness that is easy to apply and is a time-saver.

My friend and I were able to try out the shades at the #BeautyUnited #PanteneBeautifulHair Event held this past weekend and we were very impressed at the quality of the formulation.

 First Impression Review:

  • formula is pigmented and opaque — we were able to get away with one coat of polish! (We didn’t have time for a second coat that day and wanted to ensure our nails were dry before we left the event).
  • the finish is high gloss
  • applies evenly
  • the polish dried faster than we expected
  • great range of shades (it was so hard to choose which shades to try first!)

Here are the two shades we decided to try:

Crushed Berries (one coat)

Always Autumn (one coat)

Have you tried COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss? What are your thoughts?

Manicure Monday – Metallic Goodness

{Get This Look}

1. Apply two coats of COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant nail polish in Bronze Beauty (235).
2. Apply one coat of L’OREAL Paris Top Coat Confettis in Confetti (916) on half of your nail — closest to your cuticle.
Simple, trendy nail look for 2014!
Oh, by the way …the background photo is the cover of one of my fave make-up books, “MAKEUP The Ultimate Guide” by Rae Morris. It’s an excellent book — highly recommended — and a great coffee table book!

{Beauty Panel} Canada Day Nails


It is Canada Day long weekend and to celebrate our nation’s 146th birthday, here is a nail look to show everyone how proud we are to be Canadian!

With this look, I tried to emulate a Canadian flag with three of my fingers. With the remaining fingers, rather than leaving it solid red, I thought I would add a pattern to keep the look unique.

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have the proper nail tools! I’m going to show you how I created this look with things you can find at home!

  • To create a triangle on your thumb and pinky, use two pieces of tape. This will act as a guide/stencil and ensure your lines are straight.
  • If you don’t have a dotting tool to create the polka dots, use a ballpoint pen. Drop a bit of your nail polish on a piece of paper or Styrofoam plate and dip your pen into the red polish. Apply dots where desired.

  • To create the ends of the flag (pointer finger and ring finger), you can freehand the white line and fill it in. An alternative is using your trusty tape as a guide.

  •  If you don’t have a nail brush that has long, thin, but dense bristles to draw on the maple leaf, print a small maple leaf from the computer, cut it out, and paint over it with your red nail polish.
  • To apply the maple leaf on your nail, use your clear nail polish as glue. Dab a bit on your nail and gently place the maple leaf on it. Ensure you push down the edges of the maple leaf to keep it secure. 

  •  Add a topcoat to all your nails. This will make your patterns smooth as well as add a protective layer to help make your polish last longer.

    {Products used}

    • Essie in “A-List” 
    • Revlon Nail Art Expressionist in “Night & Degas” 
    • Pro FX Complete 3 Top Coat, Base Coat
    • Nail Strengthener 
    • Scissors 
    • Ballpoint Pen 
    • Tape 
    • Tiny print out of maple leaf

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      {Beauty Panel} How to Wear Pastel Colours

      Pastel colours are definitely in right now!

      One way to wear this retro-inspired trend is to pair pastel with a neutral shade, whether you are wearing this colour on your eyes or on your nails. Toning down the pastel colour with a neutral colour is an excellent way to pull off this trend without looking like you are stuck in the 1980s!

      My favourite pastel colour is mint green. One of the ways I like to wear it is by adding a hint of this colour to the tips of my nails. To make this look even more trendy, instead of creating a regular French tip, I create what I call a “chevron” French tip. I like to pair the mint green with a sandy beige base colour so it’s easy to wear with any outfit.

      {Products used}: 

      • Pro FX Complete 3 Top Coat
      • Base Coat and Nail Strengthener
      • L’Oréal Nail Polish in “Walk on the Beach” 
      • Essie Nail Polish in “Mint Candy Apple”


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        What are the Nail Trends for 2013?

        Patterns, prints, texture and colours on nails have been a huge trend lately!
        I attended a L’Oreal nail event with celebrity manicurist, Tom Bachik to get the details on what’s hot in 2013.

        Tom Bachik started off as a skateboarder and turned into a nail artist or as he calls himself, a MANicurist! Some of his clients include Anne Hathaway, Beyoncè, Zooey Deschanel, Mila Kunis, and Jennifer Lopez. He actually flew straight from Miami to our event as he was there filming JLo’s music video.

        Here is what Tom has shared with us:

        Full Coverage Nude:
        “Just like nude shoes elongates the legs, nude nail polish elongates the fingers.”

        Upscale Texture:
        “… Upscale textures are ‘in’ featuring dimension, highlights/lowlights and shimmer.”

        “Matte nails have been seen all over the red carpet.”

        Deep Rich Tones
         “… are not relegated to winter months or red carpets. Colours like a mysterious navy blue, classy greige, and seductive purple  ̶  are perfect picks.”

         L’Oreal Paris is current with this year’s trends. Here are some of their new nail products for 2013:

        {New shades}

         {Top Coats}

         {Nail Lingerie}


        {Press-On Couture}

        This event was very interactive. As Tom Bachik was sharing the trends, we were able to try on some of these new products first hand!

        Colour Riche Nail Colour in shades: Greyt Expectations (greige) and Papparazzi Pleaser
        Colour Riche Nail Lingerie: Razzle Be Dazzle

        Here are a few more NAIL TIPS I gathered from Tom Bachik:

        • Use a makeup brush and dip it into nail polish remover. Use this to clean up your nail polish
        • It’s best to let your base coat dry for one minute before applying the colour
        • Angle your nail polish brush higher if you are covering a small nail
        • Bubbling occurs due to open draft or coats applied close together

        Thank you L’Oreal Canada and Cowan & Company for inviting me to this interactive event!

        Tom Bachik, it was a pleasure meeting you! Thank you for sharing all your wonderful red carpet nail tips!

        Review & thoughts about these products to come.
        Feel free to follow me on Twitter for live updates: @makeupbytess

        Revlon Nail Art Expressionist

        Oh how the “Magic of Makeup” makes you feel so giddy!

        What a great event, I attended this evening, hosted by Revlon at Barchef in Toronto. They shared some of their new products that will be available in stores this Summer 2013. (Can May & June come any faster!!?)

        The night was full of new products, great company, mini cupcakes, drinks, h’orderves,  tarot card readings and nail polish!

        Leeanne Colley, Revlon Nail Expert, and her team from Tips Nails Bar treated their guests with a manicure. Getting a fresh new mani by Tips Nails Bar was my favourite part of the night. I’ve always wanted to pay a visit to their salon as I’ve heard and seen some of their great work!

        When it was my turn to get my nails done, the nail artist, Oksana, asked me what colour I would like to wear. Going through the colour selection, it was really tough to decide. Revlon has a great selection of Revlon Nail Art Expressionist colours (see colours) and it was hard to narrow it down!

        Inspired by Leanne Colley’s look from the FW’13 Lucian Matis fashion show, I decided to choose black & white — sophisticated and chic.

        Here is the final product:

        Matte Black Open Moon Mani with White Strips
        I love it so much! 
        I just wanted to tweet/instagram/blog about it when I got home!!
        Thanks Revlon for a wonderful evening!

        {Beauty Panel} How Will You Incorporate the Colour of the Year In Your Beauty Routine?

        The second Beauty Panel challenge is up just in time for St. Patrick’s day!

        Products used:

        Base Coat/Top Coat/Nail Strengthener – Pro FX  Complete 3
        Nail polish – China Glaze Watermelon Rind

        To see how the rest of the Beauty Panel incorporates Emerald Green in their beauty routine, click here.

        Thanks for watching & stay tuned for the next Beauty Panel challenge! 

        Orange You Glad Spring Is Here?

        ORANGE has been in the spotlight this Spring as Tangerine Tango has become the colour of the year!

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        L’Oreal has come out with a colour called L’Orange and is simply gorgeous on the nails!

        Nail model: my sister! lol 
        (I asked my sister to put on this nail polish for me. I had just put on another new colour which I will be posting on my blog! Stay tuned!)

        Jet Set to Paris – L’Oreal

        I fell in love with this colour because of it’s name (siiigh…Paris will always be in my heart).

        But when I tried it on my nails I loved it even more!
        This is such a gorgeous blue!

        Jet Set to Paris by L’Oreal is a beautiful opaque blue. You can actually get away with one thick coat, but to play it safe, I added two coats.
        The polish on my nails is the true colour of what is in the bottle — beautiful!