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Manicure Monday: Black and White Nail Art

Labour Day weekend always reminds me of new beginnings. Although I am not going back to school [and haven’t for quite a while], the summer to fall transition is exciting and opportunity filled.

As much as I love deep and full bodies nail polish hues during this time of year, I decided to try something a little different. Black and white has been making a serious splash when it comes to Fall fashion, which inspired today’s geometric mani. Fall Manicure essie blanc black and white maniI used essie blanc [three coats to ensure opacity], Revlon Art Expressionist in Pastel Punk [side 2 – grey] and Chanel Black Satin [219].

Enjoy the rest of your long weekend and transition into Fall. Good things are just around the corner, I can feel it!

xo Lauren


August Beauty Favourites

This time of the year really makes me remember my childhood. Gearing up to go back to school meant shopping, new supplies, new clothes and when I finally was old enough, new makeup. Today I want to share a few of my favourite beauty buys with you – just in case you are in the market for a little back to school nostalgia. In the near future I will share more depth product reviews of many items you see here.
August Faves

Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer – If you have dry and flaky skin, this primer is made for you. It will smooth any rough patches and leave your face looking matte and beautiful. Just a caveat – if you have very oily skin this primer may be too heavy and could cause breakouts.
YSL Babydoll Mascara – This is my go to mascara. I use it day in and day out. It plumps and separates my lashes like now other. If you’re interested in a full product review just click here.
Guerlain Lingerie De Peau – A foundation that applies effortlessly and provides moisture and medium coverage for the entire day – no reapplication required. Layer Lingerie De Peau over the Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer and be prepared to receive skin compliments all day long!
Ageless Derma Satin Lip Gloss* – This moisturizing gloss is made with aloe vera and green tea extract which makes avoiding cracked, dry lips a total breeze. It isn’t often you find a lip gloss/lip chap combo that actually delivers the results it promises. After a swipe of Ageless Derma Satin Gloss your lips will be thanking you.
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate – I received a tiny tester of this exfoliator and I was hooked. In just two minutes, twice a week you’ll notice a significant change in the appearance of your face. This product will rid your skin of dead cells and eliminate bacteria leaving you feeling fresh faced and beautiful.
Almay Lash Care Makeup Remover Pads* – I’ve been known to sleep in my mascara more often than I’d like to admit. In all honesty, finding cotton pads and makeup remover has always been a chore for me at night, but this gentle eye makeup remover allows me to skip this step entirely. These pre-soaked towelettes make taking off my mascara a breeze, consider my days of makeup removal excuses over!

Now it is your turn to share, what beauty products are at the top of your must buy list?

xo Lauren

*These products were provided to me directly from the company for review. All opinions are completely honest and as always, my own.


Manicure Monday: Neon Double Chevrons

Nail art is here to stay – it has continued to make a splash among fashion runways moving into the fall season. There is still hope for those of you who prefer a simple polished look, since matte single shades are also donning fingers all over, but what I want to talk about is a few of the upcoming digit trends for the fall – and I’m not even touching on colour.

1. The double accent nail. A standout ring finger has been prevalent for quite some time, becoming less avant-garde and more mainstream by the minute. If you still love the look of this trend, try adding a second accent nail. My personal preference are thumb and ring finger or index and middle. Keep the design/colour consistent on both accent nails to really nail this trend.

2. The half moon reinvented. Instead of crisp circle shaped lines, the emphasis for the new half moon mani is on blending different colours and smudging the edges. Think smokey eye-shadow but on your nail.  If that isn’t up your alley, the other prominent half moon trend is an exaggerated look, starting the design more then halfway up your nail, usually leaving the moon a neutral colour and choosing a deep pop of colour for the top. The exaggerated look combines the half moon manicure with the tried and true french tip.

3. Appliques. Adding tiny jewels, studs and bows to your manicure was huge this summer – and will continue to shine throughout the rest of 2013. If you’re really looking to fit in with the trendsetters, try an all over applique like a piece of lace, fishnet, or feather. This will combine the textured look with the applique trend and have you looking ever so chic!

4. The reverse french manicure. This trend debuted this spring, however, it is rare to see it worn off the runway. Back again for fall, the colours are more vibrant but the look is the same. You’ll need a steady hand to keep the outer lines looking crisp and clean. This one isn’t for a nail art newbie.

5. The double chevron. Last year the half moon manicure began to take on a pointer look. The chevrons began at the cuticle and came to a point near the middle of the nail. This year it’s time to invert the shape and start it at the top of your nail. This is one of my favourite new nail trends – which means I am wearing it today! double chevronMy index finger shows the double chevron trend. To achieve this look you’ll need a two different coloured polishes and a nail art brush. ellepottsieOnce your base coat is dry, begin by painting the filled in chevron at the tip of the nail. It is easier to start with this one as it will give you a guide to draw a thinner chevron underneath.  I used essie blanc as my base coat and Revlon Nail Art Neon in Hot Flash for the accent. The Revlon polish does not come with a nail art brush [like the Expressionist line does] so make sure you have a thin paint brush on hand if you want to create this look.

As always, if you’re wearing a fabulous manicure – send some pictures my way. I’m planning to do a reader manicure feature in the near future. Tag me in your mani pics on Instagram or Twitter.

xo Lauren


A Dainty Manicure And Revlon Nail Art Product Review

Something about long weekends make me want to get crazy with my manicures – this one was no exception. Lately I have become fond a different nail art patterns on each nail, instead of consistency. The more I repeat a design, the more frustrated I get when each nail doesn’t turn out exactly the same – this style of manicure gets rid of that issue entirely. manicure monday ellepottsieOn my pinky finger I used the waterless water marble technique, my index finger features the Saran wrap look, my ring finger shows off my new nail jewels and my middle finger and thumb are free-handed – using Revlon Nail Art polish.

A few weeks ago I received a package of lacquers from the lovely Revlon Canada Team to test out, which contained five nail art products, two from the Moon Candy line [which I reviewed here], one from the Neon collection [which feature a white base coat to enhance neon designs , and two Expressionist lacquers [which feature bold colours and a two step nail art system].

When I first opened the Expressionist and Neon polishes, I only looked at one side [side 1] which has a thick, regular brush for application. I couldn’t understand why these were called nail art polishes if the brushes weren’t thinner. Silly me – the polishes are meant to be used together and only one end is your nail art colour. The other end [side 2] has a long thin brush, absolutely perfect for creating elaborate designs – my mistake. Revlon Nail Art CollectionFor my manicure I used Pastel Punk and side 1 of Groovy Green [the white on my pinky]. The pink/purple base coast of the Pastel Punk lacquer is incredible, it paints on effortlessly and becomes almost completely opaque with just one coat. For my manicure I used two base coats. The white on the Groovy Green was another story. The application was very streaky and reminded me of my early teenage years when I used to paint my digits with whiteout in class. Even with three coats the colour looked chalky. I didn’t spend much time worrying because I was about to cover it with a water colour design, but I would try to apply a top coat to attempt to achieve a smoother finish if I were following it with the neon green featured in this duo. revlon nail art expressionistThe brush on side two made nail art a breeze and the polish formula is the perfect consistency to work with.

I love the concept of the Revlon Nail Art Collection. It is perfect for anyone who is new to nail art and doesn’t want to spend money on brush sets. The colours are vibrant and fun and the polish is high quality [with the exception of the white]. The biggest draw back is that you aren’t given the choice of which colour with be your nail art accent, it will always be side two. Keep that in mind when purchasing.

The Expressionist collection is my absolutely favourite and I can see using them non stop – for me, these are worth the price.

As always, if you’re wearing a fabulous manicure – send some pictures my way. I’m planning to do a reader manicure feature in the near future. Tag me in your mani pics on Instagram or Twitter.

xo Lauren

Thanks to the Revlon Canada team for sending me these products to try – I was under no obligation to write a review. All opinions are my honest thoughts and experiences.


Revlon Haute Tropics Nail Art and A Giveaway!!!

At the beginning of the week I teased you with a picture of my massive Revlon nail polish stash. That wasn’t fair of me – I’m sorry, but I promise I will make it all up to you today. Brace yourselves. Not only do I have a fun nail art manicure to share [and it isn’t even manicure Monday], I am also giving you a chance to win two bottles of Revlon polish from the limited edition Haute Tropics collection! I’ll get to the nitty gritty details on how to win after my review. I figure that it is best to let you know what I think of the product first.Haute Tropics RevlonRevlon’s Haute Tropics Nail Lacquer collection is comprised of eight vibrant, limited edition colours. I was lucky enough to receive four of the eight to test and share from the Revlon Canada team.

You probably know me well enough by now to understand that having four new polishes all at the same time makes me go nuts with anticipation. Clearly I wasn’t going to be able to wait and test out each different shade individually, so I decided to use them all together in one bright and colourful nail art manicure.

Four of the eight polishes that comprise the Revlon Haute Tropics Collection. From left to right: Coast Is Clear, Cabana Queen, Lagoon Afternoon and Belize, Please

Four of the eight polishes that comprise the Revlon Haute Tropics Collection. From left to right: Coast Is Clear, Cabana Queen, Lagoon Afternoon and Belize, Please

Cabana Queen was my favourite colour to apply. The formula was much thinner than most of the lacquer I am used to but it was so smooth. It is a light colour and needs at least three thin coats to ensure an opaque finish. This polish was especially quick drying and streak free. The colour is off white with a slight shimmer.

Lagoon Afternoon is a beautiful sky blue, turquoise color with a cream finish. I only needed two coats to achieve opacity. The formula was easy to apply and I noticed no streaking or bubbling.

Coast Is Clear reminds me a little of essie Turquoise and Caicos. The Revlon version has a bit more shimmer and I found it much easier to apply. The colour is slightly richer than the essie polish. Two coats would likely be enough, however, I added a third for good measure as I wasn’t pleased with the final texture of the second layer. This was the only colour that I tried from the Haute Tropics collection that had a bit of bubbling when dry. It isn’t very noticeable and it may be due to the fact that I rushed between coats. Either way, the colour is beautiful and the bubbles are so subtle that it doesn’t affect my decision to use this polish again.

Belize, Please is a hot pink cream polish. This is not a colour I would typically use on my nails [since I rarely wear pink – especially now that I have red hair] but I think it would look amazing as a pedicure. The colour was so rich that I probably could have gotten away with using just a single coat. I did end up using two though, typical. Belize, Please has a beautiful, smooth, eye-catching finish. I am almost sold on wear pink on my fingers. Almost.

All of the Revlon Haute Tropic polishes are Free of DBP, Toluene & Formaldehyde. while delivering a gorgeously smooth chip resistant color to nails which will last up to 7 days. I can’t vouch for the longevity of the polish since I rarely wear the same manicure for a week but I didn’t notice any major chipping at all which is great!

As I mentioned earlier, these polishes are limited edition and will only be available in stores for the next four weeks. I would highly recommend taking a trip to your local drug store to pick up a few of these eye-catching shades.Revlon Haute Tropics Nail Art Mani

Turns out my manicure matched Neil's outfit perfectly!

Turns out my manicure matched Neil’s outfit perfectly!

To create my nail art manicure, I combines the four colours in a jagged chevron pattern on my middle and ring finger. To achieve this look start by painting your nail with two base coats of Cabana Queen. Once the polish has dried completely, lightly colour jagged lines across your nail. Make sure you don’t have much polish on the brush before doing this step. Repeat with the remaining colours as many times as necessary to fill your nail. Make sure you leave a space to allow the base colour to show through. I followed the pattern of Lagoon Afternoon, Belize, Please, space (Cabana Queen shows through), and Coast Is Clear. I was able to repeat this sequence twice. Allow some time for drying and then apply a top coat – et voila. It looks a lot more difficult than it is, the jagged lines are very forgiving.

Now onto the first ever 5’3 Perspective Giveaway!

Here is what you need to do to have a chance to win:

1. Subscribe to my blog [just click follow me on the right hand side of the page – you may have to scroll up or down to find this button]

2. Follow me on Twitter

3. Tweet the following phrase and provide me with the link to your tweet:

“ Summer is here! Let’s celebrate with beautiful #HauteTropics @Revlon manicures and a giveaway! @ellepottsie http://ellepottsie.com/2013/06/19/revlon-haute-tropics-nail-polish-and-nail-art/ “

4. Comment with which two of the four colours I reviewed today you would want to win!

Leave a separate comment for each entry for a total of 4 entries! The contest will close Monday June 24th, at 11:59 PM and the winner will be announced Tuesday June 25th.

This contest is open to Canadian and US residents only.

Good luck friends!

xo Lauren

A sample of this product was sent to me for editorial purposes, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews.


Manicure Monday: Revlon Moon Candy Nail Art Polish

Is there anything better than coming home to a package waiting for you at your door? A month ago I might have answered this question with a firm no. I love the anticipation of online shopping – tracking, waiting, tracking, waiting. Did I mention tracking? I am obsessed. I get such a thrill knowing something is on it’s way to me! But – there is something better. Surprise packages. Filled with nail polish – from the amazing team at Revlon Canada. Revlon GoodiesThis is exactly what I came home to at the end of last week. A nail junkies dream – four beautiful summery polishes: Coast is Clear, Cabana Queen, Lagoon Afternoon and Belize, Please, which are part of the limited edition Haute Tropics collection [available in stores now for the next four weeks only!], and five nail art lacquers.

The only problem with this envelope full of goodies was that I had too many options – I had such a hard time deciding which polish to try out first. After much deliberation [and a vote from Neil] I chose Orbit, a deep, rich purple base paired with an iridescent flake glitter.Orbit Moon CandyFirst of all – the purple base is incredible! The formula and the brush make for an extremely easy application. With just one coat it was completely opaque and beautiful. I would definitely wear this shade alone, but I knew the glitter layer would up the ante so I added one more base coat [because I can’t seem to stop at one] and waited patiently for it to dry. The purple tinted, iridescent, shimmery second layer applied just as flawlessly as the base colour. My only qualm here is that the glitter pieces were a little sparse for my liking – but not to worry, a second layer of the shimmery polish fixed that problem without any hassle.

I did find that the top layer took quite a while to dry completely, even with two layers of rapid dry top coat – and the texture of my nail was jagged because of the glitter pieces. This isn’t something that I find bothersome but I know it can be an issue for others. Despite the slow drying process and rough finish, the end result is undeniably unique and beautiful.Revlon Moon Candy Orbit - Moon CandyCapturing the true look of this polish is difficult to do in photos – it just doesn’t do the colour justice. Depending on the lighting the lacquer can look completely different, sometimes purple heavy, other times it is a deep rich blue. I have received many compliments on this manicure because the shimmery flakes are so eye-catching.

In terms of wear and tear – I’ve got to hand it to the team at Revlon. Though I only applied this polish on Friday evening, it is still looking fabulous. I know a few days doesn’t sound like such feat for a manicure to hold up, but this wasn’t just an average weekend for me. I spent all day Saturday biking and canoeing [and canoe flipping – into the Rideau Canal – but that is another story], and on Sunday I participated in the Spartan Obstacle race, which means that this polish made it up and down a ski hill three times in the mud and rain, through barbed wire crawls, rope climbs, a fire pit and about ten other insane tasks. I was shocked I still had finger nails after I finished the race – let alone an almost perfect manicure.
Post Spartan Race ManicureThis is pretty much the extent of the damage. Impressive Revlon, really – this is amazing. However, if the polish was this durable through crazy tasks, I am a bit nervous about the removal process. I assume that I will need to use my tried and true tin foil glitter dissolving process, which you can find here, but I will definitely keep you posted on what happens.

So the verdict is in – I love the look of this polish and I can easily get past a rougher texture on my nails so I would definitely buy this again and I would highly recommend it! I can’t wait to test out the rest of the lacquers and share my thoughts in the next week or two.

Thanks again to the Revlon Canada team for sending me these polishes try! If you’d like to learn more about Revlon products and hear about upcoming launches head over to Twitter or Facebook and join the fun.

xo Lauren

A sample of this product was sent to me for editorial purposes, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews.