The Ten Spot – Port Credit | My Experience & Review

The Ten Spot – Port Credit

Hello lovelies!

I was invited to check out The Ten Spot’s newly opened Port Credit location. In my last post I talked about places to check out when visiting Port Credit, and I wanted to feature this spot for all my beauty loving readers here in the GTA! The Ten Spot is a chain of beauty bars, known for their waxing, facial, and nail services. Christina and I popped by for some gel manis and spoiler alert – it was one of my favourite nail experiences…ever! Keep reading to find out more…

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She’s a Natural | Neutral Polishes For Spring

Neutral Naturals

…Say that five times fast! I’ve seriously been loving light and bright shades for spring – a stark difference from the berry and oxblood shades that have been gracing my nails these past winter months. Neutral shades are clean and demure, which fits quite well with the young blossoms of spring! It’s finally getting warmer too – yesterday was a shocking 25C, considering it was snowing about a week ago!

There are some lovely soft neutrals on the markets lately – Essie is a real winner in my book! (With an honourable mention to Sephora’s Formula X, but we’ll get into that in a second. Here are my top four faves for neutral nails this spring!

Starting with the lightest shade…

Formula X Nail Polish in Invincible (mini size)

This was actually part of the Sephora Meet Your Match 2015 value kit (read my full review here). It say in my nail polish box for a few months until I recently decided to pull it out. Invincible is a beige-toned creme nude, which works better on my skin tone than something cooler toned. It’s light without looking too light – essentially, it works well on pale skin.

Essie – Vanity Fairest

I’m pretty sure this is my third bottle of the stuff! Vanity Fairest is a sheer pastel pink polish with subtle iridescence which builds up to a fairly opaque coverage at about 3 – 4 coats. It’s one of my favourite natural shades, and the subtle shimmer gives it a bit of dimension. I feel pretty girly whenever I wear it, and it works well with all of my clothes.

Essie – Topless and Barefoot

Topless and Barefoot is described as a barely there soft beige pink nail color. It almost looks like the Formula X shade with an ever-so-slight tinge of lilac and pink! Perfect for an effortlessly beautiful, beachy look!

Essie – Lady Like

A touch deeper than Topless and Barefood, Lady Like is an elegant soft mauve nail lacquer. I was absolutely obsessed with this colour and wore it for about a month straight until I wanted something a smidge lighter. The colour is beautiful and dainty, eyecatching but not too bright.

I absolutely love the Formula X and Essie polish formulations. I typically set a base coat of Sally Hansen Triple Strong Gel Hardener and Base, and top the polish with the Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat. 

As much as I love neutrals, I can’t wait to crack into the bright shades for summer! Here are some of my favourite summer shades in case you’re wondering! πŸ™‚

What are some of your favourite neutral polishes? Have you tried these picks from Essie or Formula X?

P.S. – I’ve switched up my blog layout! What do you think? 

2016 Lunar New Year Manicure

New Year, new nails, amirite? 
More like new week new nails, because I’m far too indecisive about my nail designs to keep them for more than 5 days. Point aside, I wanted to share a simple red and gold manicure that I wore during the Lunar New Year celebrations!
For the base coat, I used Sally Hansen Triple Strong Gel Nail Hardener. This product is great at strengthening nails that tend to chip, peel, or bend! Definitely a game-changing product for me, and help increase the longevity of my manicure.
For the dark red base colour, I used China Glaze Merry Berry,  topped with a single coat of The Face Shop’s Trendy Nails polish in RD303. I prefer to wear darker reds, but the midtone tomato shade of RD303 helped bring the overall colour up a few shades lighter.
On the accent nail, I used Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish in Game of Chromes – a yellow tinted chrome colour. I have yet to find the perfect yellow gold polish, but until that day, this will have to do. I would more than appreciate it if you left your suggestions below – the closest I’ve seen in stores has been Essie’s Good as Gold, but it’s still not a true gold in my opinion!
I dotted the floral designs on with Essence’s dotting tool! Super easy to achieve – five dots for flower petals, and an accent dot in the middle!
I topped everything off with Sally Hansen’s Diamond Flash quick dry top coat. This topcoat is such a lifesaver as I’m way too impatient to wait for my nails to dry properly. My little heart ring was part of a set from Forever 21.
Hope you enjoyed the Lunar New Year celebrations if you celebrated them! My parents took my boyfriend and I out for dinner at Summit Garden, which I have previously blogged about here. If you’re ever in Mississauga and in the mood for Chinese cuisine, I highly recommend it! Super tasty dinner as always – peking duck, sweet and sour pork, crab… The works.
Also tried on my  old green qi pao (I think thats what it’s called?) As well as my mom’s red and black dress… Which one do you like best? πŸ™‚



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