My Little Step Into Nail Art

Did you guys watch the last weeks episode of Pretty Little Liars? If so, you might recognize these nails. I'm probably too makeup obsessed when I actually look at the nails of characters. These white on black polka dot nails with a pink trim are from Jenna, as much as I don't like her, I loved her nails. I've actually never wanted to do nail art more. 
picture from here
 Now please don't judge my bad nail art skills, it was my first attempt. I've never had a dotting tool before, so I became crafty and grabbed a sewing pin and used the end of that, hence the non-great circles. It works okay if you're desperate, but I think I'm going to grab a dotting tool the next time I have a chance.

Nail Polishes Used
Essie Licorice ($9), Chanel May ($16), Essie Blanc ($9)

If I were to redo this nail look, other than having a proper dotting tool, I think I'd want to use a more vibrant pink polish.


Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in I Know What Boys Like

This is I Know What Boys Like from Deborah Lippmann, a beautiful periwinkle blue. ($20) As with every other Deborah Lippmann polish I've tried, I'm very impressed. It took two coats to for me to achieve an opaque colour, although three wouldn't be overdoing it either. The first coat seemed like the polish might be to watery to be worth the $16 dollar price tag, but the second coat took away any worry I had.

This polish stayed on me for 6 days without chips with a good top and base coat (I've been loving Revlon Color Stay for both). I did get a little wear at the end of the nail, but that's expected.

I'm in love with the bottle shape, it's so elegant.

Deborah Lippmann polishes can be found at Holt Renfrew or Murale in Canada.


My Products For The Week.

That dreaded time when you have to pack up all of your makeup when you move. There is no way I would be able to pack my makeup so I would be able to use whatever I would like while were in the process of moving. 

I decided to pack a small makeup bag, that doesn't take up much space, since I most likely won't be wearing much makeup until we are all moved in. Here's what I'm brining with me. My bare essentials. 


+ Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Light : I've been loving this product ever since I purchased it. It gives the most flawless finish to my skin, and hides everything I want to be hidden without looking cakey.

+ Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Under Eye Concealer in Fair : Like the last Maybelline product, I've loved it since I purchased it. The smooth texture defuses any traces of under eye circles that I have. Patting this into my skin with my ring finger blurs the lines and keeps away product build up in any eye creases.

+ Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light : Some people say that all powders are alike, and to a point I believe that, but I don't think I will ever stop using this powder. It gives my skin the most natural non-oily finish.

+ Bourjois Blush Pot in #95 Rose De Jaspe : Bourjois makes some of the most beautiful blushes, and Rose de Jaspe has to be one of my all time favourites. It's the perfect shimmery pink for light skin tones, but I feel like it would look good on most skin tones.

+ The Body Shop Mineral Foundation Brush : Not only do I use this soft dense bristled brush for my powder, I use it for my blush as well. It picks up the perfect amount of product from both products

Left to Right:
Mac Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Light, Bourjois Blush Pot in Rose de Jaspe, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Under Eye Concealer

+ Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Sheer Candy in #10 Tangy Mandarin : This sheer bright orange gives my lips the perfect amount of colour, but it's also safely following the orange makeup trend for this summer as well. It's becoming one of my favourite lip colours!

+ Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm : This is one of the most talked about products this summer and for a good reason. This matte lip balm gives the right amount of moister while being the perfect lipstick base. 

+ Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Lip Protectant : As permanent staple in my life, I have two uses for it. If my lips are chapped, I'll use this on them and they are fixed in minutes. I also use this product on my cuticles to keep them healthy and moisturized only the road. 

+ Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub : Who wants scaly lips, right? This tastes and feels fantastic and leaves my lips feeling amazing.

Left to Right:
YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in Tangy Mandarin, Nuxe Reve De Miel Balm, Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Lip Protectant, Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub


+ Lancome Definicils Mascara : This mascara is one of the easiest mascaras to wear. With every application you get defined, separated and lengthened lashes. For a fresh face look, this mascara is essential to me.

+ Mac Paint Pot in Painterly : My favorite base for any look weather it's just liquid eyeliner. This weeks it's for a subtle highlight eyeshadow. 

+ Bourjois Eyeshadow Pot in #08 : A newer purchase, but I love it for a subtle inner highlight or a perfect shimmer champagne shade for all over the eye.

Left to Right:
Mac Paint Pot in Painterly, Bourjois Eyeshadow Pot in 08
By the way, my post might be a little slack in the next little bit so sorry! I promise I'll be back, unless I get hit by a semi truck, then I'd be dead. Can you tell I'm very nervous for the upcoming drive! :S


NOTD: OPI Gargantuan Green Grape

I've been a bit obsessed with green nails lately, and I have no idea why. Normally I'm not a fan of green but I'm quite happy that I've been experimenting with it!

If you saw my last nail post that featured some green paws, I wasn't to pleased with the polish. Luckily, when I found OPI's Gargantuan Green Grape I was loving the colour. 

OPI's Gargantuan Green Grape is a soft mint green the has a great consistency, two things I can't resist! The shade looks pleasantly fresh and clean on the nails. Two coats of this polish will leave you with a beautiful surface to wear on its own or be the base of some nail art. 


My Makeup: Delicate Romance

I've been extremely busy packing to move, so I apologize for the short post! 

I've been loving wearing makeup that shows off my natural features. I wanted my eyes to look soft, but romantic as well. I used Mac Nylon in the inner corner of my eye to create the most delicate glow in the inner corner. I paired Nylon with Mac Naked Lunch, a peachy nude eyeshadow, and coated my eyelashes with Loreal Voluminous in Black Brown. I used my limited edition Elizabeth Arden Rose Gold Highlighter - which is unnoticeable - and Nars Laguna Bronzer to contour and highlight my cheekbones. I picked a lip color very similar to my own lips, Revlon Kissable Lip Balm Stain in Precious.


Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain: Swatches + Giveaway (Closed)

I appologize for not having a post yesterday, but I have a good excuse. Promise!

Yesterday was Jeff (my boyfriend) and I's two year anniversary, so we went out of town to where we had our first date. We do this every year and it has become a tradition. It's a cute little sushi place in Alberta, we don't eat sushi as much as we'd like, so we always go all out and get everything.

We had some time before dinner so we did a little shopping, as we driving along I noticed that there was a Superstore. While stalking the internet, trying to find out when the Balm Stains were coming to Canada I ran across a couple people saying that they had been found in their Superstore. I demanded asked nicely that we go in there to see if they had arrived, and to my luck, they did!

I was so excited that I grabbed every single one, and then I heard Jeff sigh and I knew what he was thinking. Being a responsible twenty year old, I decided not to get the darker shades, because I knew I wasn't going to wear them, and we are trying to save money for when we move to Vancouver in two weeks-ish. In the end I grabbed eight for myself, and one for you! - more on that later though.

From Left to Right:
Charm, Precious, Darling, Honey, Cherish, Sweetheart, Lovesick, Rendezvous 

Charm 035

Precious 050

Darling 010

Honey 001

Cherish 015

Sweetheart 025

Lovesick 020

Rendezvous 040
I purchased my Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains at Superstore for $7.97

*note; there are a couple of shades that are similar and I wouldn't recommend getting both unless you gotta collect 'em all - sorry, my Pokemon Master side came out.
 Charm and Precious, and Sweetheart and Lovesick.

The Giveaway!

I decided to pick up an extra Balm Stain for one of you! I know they are hard to get some places and I wanted to say thank you to everyone who is subscribed, who's commented and recommended my blog. It means so much to me. xoxo

I'll be giving away Cherish and the end date to enter will be in 3 days on the 19th of August at 12pm (PDT) This giveaway is open internationally! 

To Enter

1. Leave a comment at the bottom and tell me what your favourite shade is. - I might just pick up another one for a giveaway when they are easier to come by for me! ;) 

2. Make sure your following Blush Bug

3. Follow and tweet me (@BlushBugBlog) on Twitter saying you entered for a second chance at winning. *optional*

Good Luck!

Congratulations to the Winner: Canadian Beauty Reviews!

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*winner was generated by random.org 


Not So Buttery: Butter London's Bossy Boots

I don't like doing negative reviews, and I don't normally mention something that I don't like, but I wasn't impressed with my first impression of the Butter London nail polishes. Although I didn't like this particular shades consistency, this won't be my last Butter London polish. With all the positive reviews I hear about these, I'm sure I just picked a dud of a shade, and really with all the other pretty shades, how can a girl resist?

Furthermore, there are a couple of nice things I'd like to say about this polish before I move onto the negatives. I absolutely love the colour, which probably makes me even more disappointed that this didn't work out for me. The packaging of this line is wonderful, I love the rectangular shape of the bottle that makes it feel like your spending the $18 for a reason.

The main problem with this polish is the consistency. It didn't apply nicely at all, you needed to apply a very generous amount onto the nail at first to create a nice looking finish, but with the large amount of polish, it made it hard to control on the tiny tiny brush. The drying time was also less then desired after you needed almost 5 coats to make the polish look decent.


FOTD: Double Eyeliner

When I've been in a hurry to get to work, or just running out the door and not wanting to bother with a complete eye shadow look, I'll stick to the classic cat eye. Since liquid eyeliner can take a little longer if it's not applied perfectly the first time, I'll usually reach for a bronze liquid eyeliner instead. A bronze eyeliner isn't as harsh so if it isn't applied perfectly, no one can tell! For summer I also love how subtle but defining bronze is.

Lately, instead of just the simple bronze eyeliner, I'll apply a light champagne eyeliner a bit thicker than I would with a regular eyeliner, then layer it with the bronze eyeliner. I've been loving the effect, and makes it seem like I took much longer on my makeup than I actually did!

Left to Right: Lancome Art Liner in Ice Black, Bourjois Liner Pinceau Gold

Left to Right: Bourjois Liner Pinceau Gold, Lancome Art Liner in Ice Black

Other Products On My Face:
 Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Light,
Maybelline Volum' Express Mega Plush Mascara,
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Evasion 


Bourjois 'Paris Show Time' Collection

The Bourjois Paris Show Time Collection hit Canada about a month ago, and every time I passed these polishes I had to stop and stare. The colours of these polishes are what drew me in, they are summery, bright, unique but I also think that they will work for that period of time in between summer and fall!

I've been a huge fan of Bourjois polish formula for awhile now, but the permanent colours that they have in Canada (from what I've seen) are quite boring. Although I love my earth tones/neutrals, there was nothing that really caught my eye. 

There is also another nail polish that came out in this collection. I did a NOTD with it here if you're interested. 

You can find these nail polishes in store at Shoppers Drug Mart for $9.99 *Limited Edition*

#61 Vert Chlorophylle
A blue-green
#38 Lime Catwalk
Although it says lime in the name, I don't completely agree. I would say it's a mix between lime and green apple. It's a very difficult colour to describe. 

#41 Rouge Fashionista
A watermelon red - now one of my favourite reds!
#42 Orange Creation
A bright hot orange

#39 Jaune Trendy
A mustard yellow

#40 Violet Couture
A grape purple
All of these shade have a great consistency and are very opaque. The only shade that didn't live up to my standards was #39 Jaune Trendy, I had a slight bit of trouble with the application, it needs to be completely dry before adding another coat, which isn't ideal for me with nail polishes.

What polish's would you wear?