NOTD: Crowded by Urban Outfitters

Happy Monday!  In honour of the gorgeous spring weather we are experiencing here in my city I thought I would get with the season and paint my nails a lilac colour, a nice change from the dreary dark colours from fall and winter.

I picked up this Urban Outfitters shade in Montreal last month and I absolutely love it!  I’ve never tried UO nail polishes prior to this one, but when I was standing in line to pay for a book a hot pink colour caught my eye.  For C$6 I thought why not?  Anyways, when I went to pay the sales lady said that the nail polishes are two for $8 or one for $6.  I thought I might as well shell over the extra $2 and get another shade so I picked this one up.

Okay, if you have an Urban Outfitters near you, go out right now and stock up on their polishes! These varnishes are seriously some of the best I have used.  The colour is just to die for and it goes on quite opaque after one coat.  The best part?  It lasted me like four days before I got some minor chipping.  I’m seriously hooked.  The quality, to me, seems much better than other salon polishes out there like OPI.

Two coats of Urban Outfitters Crowded with Seche Vite basecoat and OPI topcoat

Aside from the polish consistency, I also love the bottle; it reminds me of Deborah Lippmann polishes.  The chic square glass bottle has a rubberized top so it’s easy to unscrew when you want to paint your nails.

Have you tried Crowded by Urban Outfitters or any other polish from the brand?  Leave me a comment below on what your opinions are!

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A pop of yellow

So bright colours are totally in for spring, but why stop at fashion?  I recently picked up this bright yellow eyeshadow from Inglot in Montreal and although yellow definitely isn’t for everyday, you can incorporate it in a more subtle way.  I kept my eyes pretty neutral and then used the yellow as an eyeliner along my lower lash lines for a pop of colour.

Let’s start!

First up of course, prime your lids with an eyeshadow primer.  I used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion (my favourite).

Using the colour Virgin from the Urban Decay Naked Palette, apply this all over your lids.

Using a fluffy crease brush, apply a dark grey colour (mine is from Inglot; Gunmetal from the Naked palette is very similar) in the crease and blend it in.

Taking a bright yellow colour, apply this on your lower lash line.  Then, using a black eyeliner, line your waterline.

Next, using the colour Virgin again, apply this on your browbone.

Finishing touches, line your eyes with a black eyeliner.  I used MAC’s Liquid Eye Liner in black and winged it out. Then curl your lashes and apply a mascara both your top and lower lashes.

Lastly, apply either concealer or a highlight under your eyes and some lipstick and you are all done. I used YSL’s Touche Eclat and MAC’s Innocence, Beware! lipstick.  If you choose you can apply the highlight or concealer after your foundation but I usually do this last in case there is any fallout from the eyeshadow.

And we are done!

I hope you enjoy the look and let me know if you tried it out!  I also dyed my hair in Montreal and although I think it’s okay, I don’t love it.  I’ll probably get caramel highlights again in a couple of months.

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NOTD: Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe

Ever since I first laid eyes on it, I have wanted Deborah Lippmann’s Across the Universe nail lacquer.  The dark blue polish with micro and macro glitter is just so perfect and pretty that it has been on my wish list for a while.  The only thing setting me back?  The pricey C$22 price tag.

When I go on vacation I usually tend to splurge a little and buy the things that I wouldn’t necessarily buy in my hometown.  When I was in Montreal recently I picked up three Deborah Lippmann polishes at Murale (owned by Shopper’s Drug Mart) including Across the Universe.

The colour is described as “blazing blue and metallic green glam in sheerest navy (glitter)” and to be honest it’s just so pretty to look at once it’s on.  It’s quite pigmented in the bottle but it don’t go on as opaque on your nails unfortunately.  I had to do at least three coats to accomplish something similar to what you see in the bottle and even then it was a little splotchy.
For maximum effect I definitely recommend layering this colour over a blue shade.  I ended up taking it off and painting my nails with SpaRitual’s Blue Moon (from the 2011 Twinkle collection) and then putting Across the Universe over top.  The photos in this post are just the Deborah Lippmann colour alone.

Splotches

So is this a must-have colour?  No, I wouldn’t say so. It’s beautiful that’s for sure but for the C$22 price tag, you have to really want it badly, which I did.  Am I glad I bought it?  Yes, however, I wish it was more opaque on the first coat (rather than sheer and needing multiple coats).

Have you tried Deborah Lippmann’s Across the Universe?  What were your thoughts?

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