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Same Name Different Colour?

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I know from experience the importance of choosing the exact same dye lot number when it comes to knitting or sewing to ensure your colours aren’t slightly off (that’s the grandma in me) – but who ever knew that there was such a difference in the lot number of your cosmetics? Shades and blends are incredibly important, so when you find your colour you know exactly what you’ll be getting each and every time you purchase and repurchase the same name and number….or so you’d think.

This assumption of mine left me quite disappointed recently upon a re-purchase of an Essie polish. Now it’s not like it’s a foundation that didn’t match my skin tone (that would be tragic and an instant exchange); nail polishes are still usable and great in varying colours, that’s what makes it fun! But when I went to repurchase one of my favourite Essie shades, I was sorely disappointed in the obvious colour difference between my old bottle and my new.

It’s Essie Mint Candy Apple, which I believe is one of their most popular shades. It’s (supposed to be) the perfect blue-ish/minty green pastel shade – you know, the kind everyone loves this time of year. My first bottle (seen above on the right) was on the blue end of the spectrum. A light blue polish with a slight green tinge. And I loved it! So when I repurchased last weekend (about three years after my first bottle was purchased), I was shocked to see that the new bottle (see above on the left) was obviously a very green polish with a slight blue tinge. I stomped back to Shoppers to check out the rest, and even on the shelf you could see an obvious difference between several polishes claiming to be the same shade – so I can’t even put it down to the fact that they’ve changed the shade in the last three years. They have two different colours on the self at the same time….both claiming to be Mint Candy Apple.

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So what’s the dealio Essie? Has anyone ever had this issue with their cosmetics?

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Top 5 – April

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Another month come and gone – sigh still no job folks; we’re getting there. But, of course, in my empty days I’ve been blog reading, makeup experimenting, and playing around with the products I already have in my arsenal. I thought it was time to revisit some of those products at the back of the drawers and I’m glad I did! The warmer weather and sunshine means it’s time for some new things, but doesn’t necessarily mean I need to spend the money in which to do so. These are the top five products I’ve been loving this past month.

1. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polishes have quickly become some of my favourite polishes. The formula is just as good as Essie, Orly or O.P.I polishes at a fraction of the cost. And they’re usually on sale at Shoppers. I love the long handle with the short thick brush at the end, and the formula is amazing and usually only requires one coat. I think I’ll be sticking to this brand for awhile even if they don’t have as many shade options as the other brands. I’ve been loving Set Sail and Show Steel-er

2. Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in Petalite has been on my lips almost daily for the second half of this month. Check out my full review of it here.

3. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is something I’ve been talking about a lot lately. It’s become a staple in my everyday makeup routine. It’s so simple, so easy, and feels absolutely amazing on my face. Like cool silk. It’s fabulous and is just the right amount of coverage for me. Just a little concealer under the eyes and on any dark spots and that’s it for my recent flawless face.

4. Maybelline Lash Sensation Mascara has been everywhere in the beauty blogging world lately so I thought I’d give it a try….just a few days ago. And after only a few days it’s made it onto my Top 5 for the month. With just a few quick swipes I was in love with this mascara. I’ve been having a little more difficulty than normal removing it, but I’m okay with that when it’s such a great mascara. I’m planning a full review soon so stay tuned.

5. Last but not least is the I.C.O.N India Hair-Yurvedics Curl Cream. This may be a surprise seeing as my review of the India Hair-Yurvedics products was not the most positive (and is my most read ever post), but this is one from the back of the drawer I’ve pulled forward lately. My hair has needed help. It’s so fuzzy and I can’t figure out what it is (shampoo? conditioner? product?) so I’ve been changing a few things and have decided to stick with this curling cream for awhile. I’m enjoying it!

What have you been loving lately?

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DIY Report : Roots Boots

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I’ve struggled with a shopping conundrum recently. To buy or not to buy? That has been the question. And what am I struggling over you may ask – that would be ‘to buy or not to buy’ either Doc Martens or Blundstones. But alas, neither are on my feet, nor in my procession. Yet before I made a decision, I decided to take on a little project of my own and see what I could do with something I already had.

 A few years ago my mom handed down a pair of W Tuff Boots Tribe from Roots. They’re brown leather boots that look like seriously heavy-duty construction footwear. These boots must be about 15 years old at this point though and I thought they wouldn’t be too stylish anymore. But they are actually still one of Roots #1 selling boots! They run for about $158 dollars on their website and come in Black, Brown or can be customized. But I decided to customize my own.

 So with the boots in hand, new laces, and a tub of black cream boot polish, I went to town. I took out the original yellow/brown laces and replaced them with black. Then I covered the boots in black boot polish, leaving the W Tuff label and the ridge around the ankle. The combination of brown leather with black boot polish made for a really interesting colour. Not quite black, not quite brown. I really like it.

 This just goes to show that you don’t always need to spend the big bucks on new things. Do you have anything in your closet you don’t wear much anymore? Would you rather have a different colour? Just do it yourself! Use boot polish, fabric dye, new laces, etc. to spruce up your old and/or worn out things! Try it out! And let me know what you think. What do you think of my project?