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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Essie Grow Stronger Nail Strengthener Review

Hello my dear readers! Today I'm going to review the Essie Grow Stronger Nail Strengthener. I bought this on sale at London Drugs for around $10 on boxing day. The nail strengthener I used before was the Sally Hansen Green Tea + Bamboo Nail Strengthener. I can do a review on that one later if you guys want~
This is what the packaging looks like~ You can buy this from most drugstores that sell Essie products like Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Superstore etc. The price will vary everywhere.
It looks like a milky pink but it goes on clear
I thought I'd give you some history on my nails first. I'm not one of those people that go out of their way to eat/drink lots of things that are supposed to make your nails stronger. I have a pretty bad diet and basically eat whatever's in the fridge lol. I do try for veggies and juices though!

I used to have a lot of milk when I was a kid, but now that I'm older I've stopped drinking so much. My nails have never been able to grow out because they would always chip and peel. I used to cut my nails but after a while I started filing them down instead. I feel like filing them keeps them growing and doesn't damage them as bad as cutting them but that's just me.
So before I started the application I filed my nails down. You can probably still see some of the nail bits that haven't been filed away completely. Here's what they look like:
You can see on my first and middle finger that there is some chipping/peeling going on. I try not to peel my nails so to stop them from peeling I try to buff the peels out with a nail file/buffing tool if that makes any sense at all. Below is after applying the nail strengthener. The product looks like a milky pink, but as you can see it doesn't really show up as anything on my nails.
The product filled in the cracks and smoothed out the nail. Plus it makes them look so clean and fresh! Since the application I have applied polish and re-filed my nails once. This is what they looked like after removing the polish. This was about a week after the application:
After that I reapplied the strengthener as a base and did my Valentines nails. This is what they look like today as I'm typing this out to you (about a week and a half after the above picture). Please excuse the bits of pink/glitter left over from my last coat of polish~ Also I'm sorry the last few pics came out blurry >___<;;
As you can see, they've grown quite a bit. I know it's not the same hand but the chipping is gone on my right hand as well (same chipping/peeling but on different fingers). They're really strong right now, they don't bend or break when I try to do things like open a pop can! Now I can finally have the pretty long nails I've always dreamed of having!
Packaging: ♥♥♥♥♥
I love the way Essie polishes are packaged. They're small but hold a lot of product and don't rip you off like those other polishes with the thick glass bottles. I also like that it's not one of those funky shaped bottles, it just makes storing them a lot easier imo.

Price: ♥♥♥♥♡
I think that this product is reasonably priced for what it does. I'd love for it to be cheaper but there's quite a lot of product for what you're getting so I can't really complain. I'm fine with just getting it when I see it on sale, but even at full price I think it's still worth the purchase.

Application: ♥♥♥♥
The application process was easy, The product is not too watery or too thick and spreads nicely over the nails. It dries pretty fast so you can get on with your color polish right away if you're using this as a base. The brush is the same as any Essie polish brush.

Overall: ♥♥♥♥
I would definitely repurchase this product. In fact, I think it will be my go-to base coat from now on. It helps my polishes go on smoothly and minimize staining. Of course the big benefit of this product is that it has helped my nails grow back stronger and healthier. I probably won't be using any other nail strengthener from now on. I love this stuff. Also it looks so cute in the bottle! It's my favorite shade of pink~
I hope you found this review helpful! Thank you so much for reading~

Monday, February 18, 2013

Late Valentine's Celebration

Hi again! Yesterday I spent the day with my boyfriend. We went downtown and did some shopping, then we had dinner at a Japanese bar & grill called ShuRaku. The food there was tasty but not as good as where I usually go. It was also a little more expensive, but I think it's relatively cheap for a restaurant that's in central downtown. (also the bartender was really really hot.)
The bar~
Yam Tempura Roll
The Volcano Roll
My outfit was seifuku inspired. I actually didn't love my first attempt at my coord so I played around with it until I got to my second coord, which I wore out. I don't know why, I think it might have been the stripes. I just wasn't feeling it ヽ(・_・;)ノ
My first outfit~
Top&Shoes: DreamV/Cardigan: AWF/Skirt&Socks: Offbrand
My second outfit~
Top&Shoes: DreamV/Cardigan: Miracle Woman/
Skirt&Socks: Offbrand
I forgot to mention that a special surprise came in the mail for me on Valentine's Day! I had ordered something for me and my boyfriend as an anniversary gift but it didn't come in time, so I was quite surprised to see it turn up on the 14th of all days!
It's a matching necklace set. Mine is the left one and the right one is for my boyfriend! They're actually a lot smaller than I thought they'd be but that's fine. He loved it and wears it all the time now! ^^
I tried something different with my makeup that day. I wanted to make my eyes more defined like most Gyarus do by making a point in the inner corner with their liner. I could never do that because of the way my eyes are shaped. They're kind of retarded and curve rather than make a point. I tried to make a small point as opposed to the kind of points other gals make that connect to their liner. I'm actually pretty pleased with the way things turned out! I'm not sure if you can see it in the photo because the quality is not that good. I'm going to experiment with this more later! Sorry for the pic spam (´;д;`)
I think you can see it here in the inner corner.
I think you can see the "point" best in
this photo!
So what do you think? I'm not sure if I'm head-over-heels in love with the look yet. I feel strange having such defined eyes LOL. But I think it's definitely a change for the better!

Thank you for reading! I'll see you all later~

Friday, February 15, 2013

Hotpot & Karaoke Fun~

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope you all had an exciting/romantic day with your special someone. In case you didn't, don't worry because I didn't either! I had to work so we'll be celebrating tomorrow or Saturday instead.

Yesterday I went out for karaoke and hotpot with some special friends from my Japanese class. No one had any other suggestions so we went to Posh and K-Mix near Metrotown~

Initially there were around 12 people, including myself, who were signed up to attend but in the end only 7 of us showed up. We still had lots of fun though! In fact we had so much fun we barely even took pictures haha.

My friend Mina took some pictures but she hasn't uploaded them yet. I guess I'll just update this post later when she puts them up!
Our yummy hotpot!
I thought the hotpot would be a lot more expensive, but it turned out to only be $20.14/person after tax! I think I'd like to go again sometime, it was so delicious~
Here's my outfit for the night! I was sort of excited because it's been a while since I last got dressed up. 
Top&Tights: AWF/Shorts: Liz Lisa/Boots: Liz Lisa Replica
Here's my makeup for the night. I had nothing better to do when I got home, so I just camwhored a bit. Forgive me for the pic spam~!
Before work I did some shopping with my boyfriend. We picked out some new cardigans and dress shirts for him. I picked up this dress that I've wanted for a long time. It's so cute and I don't own any mint clothing. It was only $20 and Patrick said it was okay for me to get it ^^
I did my nails for once too! (this post is just all over the place) I was kind of inspired by my co-worker's design and of course, the Valentine season. I'm using the new sparkle polish I got from my last post!
Thank you for reading! I'll see you in my next post~ Have a good night! ヾ(@^▽^@)ノ
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