Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Wet n Wild Prep & Prime Set review

Hello Lovelies!

On my quest for cheap Christmas beauty clearance-ness, I found this Wet n Wild set that I'd never seen before. No it wasn't on sale, but it was the next to last one and looked like something they'd just have for the holidays, so I took a gamble on it.



I got this from Walgreens for 4.99, it comes with Coverall Primer and a Coverall Correcting Palette. The primer is in a little plastic tube with a screw off lid, and it has a slightly thick lotion-esque consistency. It dries pretty fast after you put it on, it didn't seem to do much for fine lines or reducing pore size, but it gave my skin a semi-matte finish and smoothed out my complexion. My foundation went on smoother while using this which was the main thing I wanted out of it, and it stayed put as well.

The color correcting palette comes in a hard plastic case with a screw off lid, on the back of the container it says which colors to use for what (green for covering redness, yellow for purple, etc) which I found very helpful. I used my fingers for this since it comes out as a cream and dries to a powder finish on the skin. I was happy with all the shades except the white. The white one has a very shimmery almost glittery finish that I didn't care for, a little shimmer is ok but not this much! The packaging says to use it as a highlighter but I think it's a tad strong for that, maybe as a brow bone highlight? Anyways, this did help balance out some of the redness on my face, and the yellow is great for dark circles. The one con of this is if you have really dry skin it does highlight that, but if you moisturizer before starting your makeup routine it'll be fine.

This is a great duo for the price, I recommend picking it up!


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Saturday, December 27, 2014

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch

Hello Lovelies!

First off, wow this polish is bright! And these pics were taken while it was very overcast so this doesn't show the neon factor 100%.
This is Color Club Glitter Envy, it's a neon lime green creme with holographic micro glitters. This is two coats, it went on really easily and surprised me by coming off just as easily, usually glittery polishes like this are a bit of a pain to get off. Since this is a pretty Grinch-y green I wore this to Christmas dinner.


I stamped over it with Lotus Herbals Colour Dew Deep Sea and Pueen 56. I took ages trying to pick a color to go with this green, it's a hard one to pair off!


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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Color Club Creme & Glitter Topper Swatches

Hello Lovelies!

I have a bunch of Color Club swatches for you today! Usually I'd start off with the cremes, but these glitters are just so gorgeous!


Go-Go Green is a glitter topper with white, lime green, and aqua hex glitters and aqua and lime green micro glitters. It's packed with glitters so there is no fishing what so ever, this is one coat and I was trying to go a bit thin with it! Before top coat it's a bit gritty, but it's fine after.




This is Fame & Fortune! I layered it over a bright red creme so it's hard to tell, but this is a berry pink jelly with holographic shard glitters. This is one coat, and I had to dab a bit to get the glitters where I wanted them. The glitters in this don't want to lay flat so I have a couple places on my nail where it wants to snag on things, but I think if I was more persistent with my top coating it would be fine.




And now for the cremes! This is La Petite Mint-Sieur, isn't that a cute name? It's a very pale pastel pistachio green, and I love minty greens like this so I'm very fond of this one! This is three coats with no top coat.




I was happily surprised by this one! Reddy Or Not is a very bright firetruck red, and it's a one coater! I haven't had such a great one coater in forever, and plus when I cleaned up around my cuticles it didn't bleed like bright reds tend to do. And it has a nice glossy finish so this would be a great polish if you're just trying to do some quick nails before you head out. This is with no top coat.


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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up

Hello Lovelies!

Eating: mochis,
Drinking: black tea,
Wearing: french braided pigtails,
Liking: these awesome "christmas" nails,
Wanting: LVX Prussian,
Finding: this awesome tardis dress, 
Reading: Magicians of Caprona by Diana Wynne Jones,
Blogs I've been reading: Say No To Naked Nails, CDB Nails, Nail Art Express,
Buying: last minute christmas presents,
On my nails: some Color Clubs I'm swatching,
Listening to: VSQ covers,
Watching: Orange is the new black, Malcolm in the Middle, Noragami

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Blue to purple gradient with snowflakes

Hello Lovelies!

Quick post today, I was in a purple mood the other day so I whipped up this pastel gradient and then freehanded some snowflakes on top! I started with a base of NYC In A New York Color Minute Robin's Egg Blue, and then I created a gradient with Revlon Cloud,  Wet n Wild Megalast Candid Affair, and L.A Colors Color Craze Tropical Breeze.


To soften the gradient I added a super thin coat of EN-VY Funny Bunny, it's a sheer white shimmer. I freehanded the snowflakes with a detail brush and some white acrylic paint and finished it off with topcoat.


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Polishes I've bought just because of the name


Hello Lovelies!

A couple days ago Anna from Beauty by Shortylegs did a tag post about the polishes she'd bought purely because of the name, apparently this tag has been floating around on youtube and somehow I never saw it! Anyways I've got quite a few polishes that I've bought just for the name so I figured I'd take a whack at it!

I finally got an X polish for that alphabet challenge I've been wanting to do, I actually got a couple polishes just because of what letter they started with, haha.

I just found Sally Girl XOXO, I was so happy to find it because I've been stalking Ulta for China Glaze X-Ta-Sea for weeks and was starting to despair of ever finding it. But then I found this 99 cent wonder!

I got Revlon Zealous and Urban because I was missing Z and U as well, Zealous is a shimmery neon lemon lime yellow that I haven't used yet, I don't think I would of ever gotten that one except for the name. Urban is a beautiful blueberry creme, I'm actually wearing it on my toes right now!

The last polish I got to fill in my missing letters is Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Queen Of Hearts, finding a Q was almost as hard as the X! I've only worn this one once, but I was amazed at it's staying power, it went on my toes for two weeks without chipping!

And now onto the ones with fun names! OPI Viking In A Vinter Vonderland was just too punny to pass up on, and it made my Hetalia side happy :) OPI has a lot of punny polish names, OPI Oy-Another Polish Joke is just the right kind of ironic!

Another polish I got because of country references is Revlon Parfumerie Italian Leather, I actually just swatched that one! The scent was spot on, a mix of old leather and new car smell.

Wet n Wild usually has pretty passe names, but I've stumbled on a few clever ones like Wet n Wild Fast Dry Buffy The Violet Slayer and Wet n Wild Megalast Disturbia. I did some nail art with the little "Grr Argh" monster from the ending credits with Buffy The Violet Slayer.

And lastly is Color Mates Karen's Got A Gun, I got that one from the Dollar Tree! I've only seen Color Mates at the Dollar Tree, and I never see anything about them online but they're actually quite decent polishes, this one is a really pretty dusty olive green creme, I did some tomboy nail art with it here.

So that's all my name driven polish purchases! I'm actually surprised at how few they are, this is one of the times I'm glad I mad my stash page, going through all my polishes IRL looking for funny names would've been a pain! I'm planning on doing another post about polishes I've been wanting because of their names, be expecting a bunch of Pretty & Polished ones! If you decide to do a tag post like this, comment with a link to it so I can check it out!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Pastel flower silhouettes

Hello Lovelies!

I've had the idea for this mani knocking around in my brain for a couple days, and it actually turned out the way I pictured it!
Believe it or not there's a gradient hiding in there, before I added the black detailing it was more apparent, but somehow the stripes hid it.


I think the curved stripes make my nails look really long, they are long to begin with, but the curves accentuate it nicely. I started with a base of Essie Ballet Slippers, and then I made the non-existent gradient with Wet n Wild Wild Shine Tickled Pink and Essence Colour & Go Modern Romance. The black is Sinful Colors Black On Black.


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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up

Hello Lovelies!

Here's what I've been doing lately:

Reading: The Magicians of Caprona by Dianna Wynne Jones,
Watching: Supernatural, The Walking Dead, Sailor Moon, Sgt. Frog, Gugure Kokkuri-San,
Listening to: this playlist,
Wearing: sweaters,
Eating: chocolate oranges,
Drinking: pomegranate black tea,
On my nails: candycane dipped french tips,
Liking: these brilliant cloud nails,
Disliking: that the month is halfway over already!
Finding: these WTNV posters,
Wanting: this for nail cleanup, I've heard it's great for watermarbling and messy things like that!
Buying: a bunch of the Revlon Parfumerie polishes,
Blogs I've been reading: Witch Nails, PhD Nails, cdb Nails,

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Candy Cane Dipped French Tips

Hello Lovelies!

I recently discovered how amazing candy canes + hot chocolate is, so I've tipped my nails with them as well! I started off with a base of Wet n Wild Megalast Sugar Coat and a coat of an unnamed holographic glitter topper from Deb and let that dry before starting on the french tips.


I freehanded white french tips with acrylic paint and a detail brush, then I added the red stripes in Ulta Let The Flames Begin. I was going to leave it at that but then I decided last minute to add the black line separating the french tip and the rest of the nail, I used Color Mates Nail Art Black for that.


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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Revlon Parfumerie Pink Pineapple & Italian Leather Swatches

Hello Lovelies!

Walgreens has an awesome sale on Revlon nail polish right now, I was able to snag seven of the Parfumerie polishes for 99 cents each! These are my first scented nail polishes, so I swatched up two of them right away.


This is Revlon Parfumerie Pink Pineapple, it's a very light pastel pink creme, and the scent screams pineapple. I noticed a little bubbling, but that's probably because I had to use four coats to get full opacity since this is such a pale pink. The scent was just as strong on day two, I suspect it would keep going but I took them off pretty quick because I wasn't wild about the scent. I'm not a big fan of pineapple, but to someone else it would be a very pleasant scent on your nails.


And this is Italian Leather! It's a dusty dark olive green with a faint golden shimmer, but it's definitely a creme through and through. I was surprised by the scent of this one, it a mix of new car smell and old leather, I really liked this one! It doesn't have as strong of a fragrance as Pink Pineapple, but I liked that about it. Both of these swatches are without topcoat because I thought that would cover up the smell, I'll be experimenting with that when I swatch some of the other Parfumerie polishes I bought.



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Saturday, December 6, 2014

I'm going to hug him, and squeeze him, and call him George

Hello Lovelies!

I have an abominable tutorial for you today! Before you start wondering, no I didn't cut my nails short, these are actually from last year and ended up not getting posted. I suppose these are vaguely Christmas themed, well at least wintery! I've always loved the abominable snowman from Looney Tunes so these nails were a ton of fun to do.




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Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Fantastiversary!

Hello Lovelies!

Aliquid Lacquer is having a contest for the anniversary of her indie polish brand, and this is my entry! The logo of the brand is a dog, so I stamped a little dog on my ring finger underneath a big number one, since this is their first anniversary. And in the rules it said the more glam the better so I used Maybelline Color Show Brocade Beaming Blue, and then I stamped some galaxy stars over it.


The stamping was done with Pueen 60, Wistonia W101, and Shany SH08. The black and white stamping was done with Sinful Colors Black On Black and Snow Me White.


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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Maybelline Color Show Brocades Crushed Crimson

Hello Lovelies!

I'm loving these subtle Christmas looks of mine! This is Maybelline Color Show Crushed Crimson, it's a shimmery glitter bomb with red and gold hex glitters in all shapes and sizes. I stamped over it with Sinful Colors Black On Black and Pueen 70.



I have another of the Brocade polishes that I'm probably going to try out soon, it's a silver and blue version of this one. And since all glitters look better matted, I used my trusty NYC Matte Me Crazy to finish off these nails.



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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Pale pastel half moons

Hello Lovelies!

I went with all pastels today! I don't have that many pale pastels though, so all my pastel nails tend to look the same..
I alternated Revlon Topspeed Cloud and Revlon Color Stay Seashell for the base, the mint is NYC in a new york color minute Robin's Egg Blue, and the glitter topper is Revlon Whimsical!



I don't know how I ended up using so many Revlon polishes, I usually end up with a strange mish mash of brands. To finish it off I used Wet n Wild Wild Shine Clear Nail Protector for topcoat.


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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up

Hello Lovelies!

Here's what I've been doing lately:

Reading: The Magicians of Caprona by Diana Wynne Jones,
Watching: Denno Coil, Death Note,
Listening to: this 20's remix playlist,
Wearing: messy buns,
Eating: roasted hazelnuts,
Drinking: coffee with chocolate chip cookie flavored creamer,
Buying: mushroom shaped chocolates,
On my nails: pastel glittery half moons,
Playing: with this surprisingly fun virtual piano,
Liking: these castiel nails,
Wanting: this studio ghibli t-shirt,
Blogs I've been reading: Seize The Nail, Nail Call, andreitus_nails,

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Hello my deer~

Hello Lovelies!

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm a bit sick of the usual turkey nail art I usually pull out for the holiday, so went in a totally different direction with some vaguely autumn-ish nail art! My nails are loosely inspired by these nails by @newlypolished.


I started with a subtle gradient, and then freehanded the deer with Sinful Colors Black On Black, I stamped the flowers with the same polish and Konad M57, and then added a light coat of The Color Workshop Gold Rush. I'm looking forward to doing these nails in wintery colors for december, I'm thinking silver and white!




Other polished I used:

OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts,
e.l.f Desert Haze & Smoky Brown.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Fuzzy Christmas Sweater Gradient with Textured Polishes

Hello Lovelies!

I painted a christmas sweater mani today, but I tried something new as well! I created a gradient with three textured polishes and then stamped over it, I wanted to use the texture to represent a fuzzy knitted sweater, and I think it worked fantastically!


I used Sally Hansen Sugar Coat Bubble Plum, Cotton Candies, and Pink Sprinkle for the gradient. I stamped with Konad white and Pueen 63, I also used a peel off base coat for the successfully for the first time! I was dreading taking off such thick layers of textured polish, it took me ages to take off the last time I wore it, and I only had on two coats then. I made my own peel off base coat using Elmer's glue, and I'll definitely be using it with glitter bombs in the future!


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

My girl has the keys to my heart and home

Hello Lovelies!

When I painted my Coraline nails a couple days ago, I did a little key on my pinkie and was very happy with how it came out, so I did a full blown key nail art design today!



I started with a base of Zoya Stassi, Stassi is a grass green glitter bomb, I was expecting a emerald green because of how it looked in the bottle, but this is what I got. I still think it's pretty, but not quite what I was hoping for. I used Sinful Color Black on Black for the keys and an unnamed Wet and Wild for the holes on the button tops.





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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up

Hello Lovelies!

Here's what I've been doing lately:

Watching: Walking Dead, Doctor Who, Supernatural,
Reading: Witch Week by Dianna Wynne Jones,
Listening: The Way We Were by Carrie Hope Fletcher,
Blogs I've been reading: Ithinity Beauty, Forever Amber,
Munching on: peppermint cookie dough,
Drinking: hazelnut mochas,
Wearing: the sweatshirt with a sunflower on it,
On my nails: Zoya Stassi,
Lovin': this adorable Sir Hiss funko figurine,
Wanting: these Marauder's Map canvas slip ons,
Looking forward to: thanksgiving!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Giraffes don't just fall from the sky, Miriam!

Hello Lovelies!

If you didn't pick up on it from my strange post title, I painted some Coraline nail art! I love Coraline and realized a couple days ago that I hadn't done any nail art for it, so I had to fix that! I listen to the soundtrack from the movie frequently too, it reminds me of some of Danny Elfman's songs (he composed the soundtracks for the new Alice in Wonderland & Nightmare Before X-Mas).


I started with a base of OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts and then all the detailing is a mix of nail polish and acrylic paint. I painted Coraline on my index, the pig/squid that's in her "other" room, Other Mother on my ring, the seeing stone and button key on my pinkie, and the box that her "other parents" gave her with the needle, buttons, and thread.




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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Don't Go Breaking My Heart..

Hello Lovelies!

This is a bit of a continuation of my last post where I decided I needed to find a new black polish for stamping, and I think I found one! This is stamped with Sinful Colors Black On Black, when I was asking around for the best black drugstore polish Black On Black had the most votes. I was surprised by how well it did, it's a super glossy black with a thick creme formula. I stamped it over OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts which I snagged at Ulta a couple weeks ago for 97 cents (score!).


The stamping plate is Pueen 68 and I finished it off by matting it with NYC Matte Me Crazy.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up

Hello Lovelies!

Here's what I've been doing lately:

Reading: Witch Week by Dianna Wynne Jones,
Watching: Doctor Who, Supernatural, Nail'd It, Walking Dead,
Listening to: Coraline's soundtrack,
Wearing: butterfly earrings,
Buying: some cute new rings to wear,
Liking: this awesome short animated film,
Excited for: this new disney retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream,
Finding: these beautiful drawings,
Blogs I've been reading: Brush Me Blush, Morie's Nail Art,
On my nails: Coraline nail art,
Eating: caesar salad,
Drinking: pomegranate black tea,
Wanting: this daily prophet bag.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Old Factory Candles Coffee Shop Review & Giveaway!

Hello Lovelies!

I have something a bit different for you today, I'm reviewing some candles! I was sent the Coffee Shop set of Old Factory Candles, there are three candles, and the scents are hazelnut (one of my fave scents), coffee bean, and chai tea.
These aren't particularly strongly scented candles, but I kind of like that because you can leave them lit for a long time without drowning the room in scent. The chai tea scented candle had the strongest scent of the bunch, and I was surprised by how much I liked that one because I absolutely hate the taste of chai tea, but the smell is nice!



The packaging for the candles is rather cute, I love the little slogan they have on the side of the box! And I get to giveaway a set of candles to you lovelies (unfortunately USA only)! There are tons of different scents besides the coffee shop trio I chose, you can check them all out here!


 a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Mint Nail Fail

Hello Lovelies!

I have come to the conclusion that I just should throw out my black Konad polish, I haven't used it in ages since it always bleeds all over the place, but while I was looking up black polishes that are good for stamping, and I kept seeing people raving about it, and then this happened.
This was a beautiful base of NYC Robin's Egg Blue before I went and stamped on it, I'm always on the hunt for the perfect really pale pastel mint green, and this polish has been the closest I could find. So I'm tossing Konad Black and I just bought Sinful Colors Black on Black which is supposed to be awesome for stamping, I'll be trying that next and hopefully I'll have prettier results!



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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Orycon36 2014!

Hello Lovelies!

I haven't been being very bloggy the last couple days because I've been running around at Orycon in Portland! This post is just a big photo dump, but since I actually remembered to take pictures at the con, I figured I'd at least show you some of them! I was the Tardis for day one, and Nyo! England for days two and three.


L to R Tenth Doctor, Donna, TARDIS(me), and Captain Jack Harkness

Ianto from Torchwood

Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler

Eleventh Doctor and TARDIS

Luna Lovegood

Luna with her spectrespecs

America from Hetalia with a fem Captain America

Glinda The Good Witch

An awesome jellyfish cosplayer!
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