Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Zoya: Harlow & Nails Inc: Marble Arch

lol So apparently while trying to not rub my trip in anybody's face... I failed to mention it hardly at all when/where appropriate. Oops. I had fun and got good and relaxed and now I'm back with polishes to share!

Starting with two coats of Zoya Harlow! I applied this the day before I left and, much like Loredana, she lasted the whole extended weekend!

With only minimal tipwear! I love Zoya. ^_^

I was sitting here trying to decide what to wear next and decided to go ahead and get Marble Arch out of the way. You know how I am about reds...

I do love the texture, though. ^_^

Still trying to get back into my routine so... here's a picture of my hair after an hour of bleaching:

LOL I'm considering keeping it this way for a little while. Still have a bottle of bleach if I need to redo my roots before adding the purple.

I think for tomorrow I'm doing Zoya Envy topped with Rimmel Bling Thing. That should be a pretty combo. Hope everyone is having a great week!! (^_^)"/"

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Orly: Lush #SBBNailChallenge +Plus!!

Yes, I'm late. Sorry about that. Busy day between taking my mom to Georgetown and... procrastinating on everything else... >_> lol So much stuff to cover before I go and clean out the freezer so let's get started!

Okay, first off I started with two coats of Models Own Aciiied. If you click that link (or keep reading) you'll note that I had some drying issues the first time I wore her. This time I did not so I'm going to go ahead and update that to say it was, in fact, the humidity. Anyway, two coats of Aciiied then two coats of Lush yields super gorgeous awesomeness for Lizzy.

This is slightly (slightly) more green in real life.

I like that it has just a smattering of bar glitters. Not so many that it looks ridiculous, but enough so that you know it's there.

Time for another #SBBNailChallenge!! This time I went with #29 - Recreate someone else's mani. Now, this isn't a direct recreation due to my not having any of her plates (as far as I know?), but I have been in love with gin shivers' double-stamped manis since... well... the first time I saw one. So that's what I did!

I used Bundle Monster plate BM-208, essie Penny Talk and essie Blue Rhapsody. Oh yeah, and a matte topcoat to make it easier to photograph.

I tried to have the first stamp face one direction and the other facing the other, but... I don't know if I did. lol It was so hard to tell with this design. I think it came out pretty cool, though.

So there's another in the can!


Now, before I get to my Sephora box, let's all gather 'round for a bit of good, old fashioned polish SCIENCE!! *insert maniacal cackle here* Norma and I were talking about amazeballs polish combinations. She wants a combination of NOPI That's What I Mint and Mutagen. Me? I want a mix of Aciiied and Loredana... that glows! My swatch test looks promising and I will be making this into a full mani next week.

That is two coats of Aciiied, three coats of China Glaze Ghoulish Glow to make sure it glows, one coat of My Private Rainbow, finished with Julep's matte topcoat. I am in love and do not understand why this isn't a singular polish yet.

Sephora time! So happy my box made it here and I didn't have to go chasing it around.

All of that. lol Everything non-polish was free, as was the Formula X mini. So excited about the Nails Inc Concrete polishes; and the whole slew of freebies! Mascara and lipsticks and primers and scents. I think I'm most looking forward to the Seaberry moisturizing face oil. I've been loving the Tarte maracuja oil and am looking forward to trying something similar. Also, I've never used a primer before and I got a few of those. They say "before foundation" which I don't use so it will be interesting to see if they work well with just the pressed powder.

So... yeah. I think that's it. lol Still need to update my stash page. *squee* Also, for those of you who may not have gotten the email: ILNP is releasing Ultrachrome flakies!!! *dies* I'm going to miss the pre-order, unfortunately, but Norma will be on deck for that one. I will be getting them, it's just going to take me a little longer. lol I honestly can't believe how stunning they are. If you need any more convincing, check out this video that Norma found which shows how easy they are to remove!! Definite must-haves. hehehe Okay, I'm off now. Y'all take care!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Maybelline: Mystic Green

Yeah, no glitter this time. I had a problem with one of the star glitters in Bling Thing, but I have a few more green creams over which I can layer it so I'm not terribly upset.

I decided to layer Mystic Green over Hunter because Mystic Green is one of those pulverized metallics that tends to be sheer at extreme angles. Logically I know I'd rarely see it, but knowing that sheerness is there would bother me anyway.

This is two coats over Hunter. Mystic Green is also one of those duochromes that shows much better in the shade than direct sun...

There we are. lol Green and gold, and a bit of blue that wasn't wanting to show up.

I'm always a bit hinky about buying Maybelline (also owned by L'Oreal... they own a lot) because of animal testing. According to their official statement they "no longer" test on animals, but will if "regulatory authorities demanded it for safety or regulatory purposes" which concerns me. So L'Oreal products are likely to continue being a rarity. At least for my own peace of mind. Of course finding out that Rimmel is owned by Coty (and sells to China) didn't help, but Susanna's comment here kinda did... Seems to me that if companies really cared they could just stop selling to China. All it takes is pressure.

Before I go upsetting myself further I'm going to head off. Thinking Lush for tomorrow. That's a happy color. lol Y'all take care out there. Hope everyone has a great week! (^_^)"/"

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Zoya: Hunter +Borderlands 2 +Hello Kitty Wig

Yep, another cram post. lol I'll try to not ramble too much.

Starting with two coats of Zoya Hunter. I don't think I need to tell you how much I love this color!!

It was a lot more smooth and glossy before my rough 10hours of sleep. >_> I was going to topcoat it, but I'm going to layer over it anyway, so... I didn't.

If I was ever going to be an evil sorceress, this would be my theme color. hehehehe

Aaron's been pushing me to finish off Borderland 2 so I can play The Pre-Sequel with him. There were a few people who helped me to get 100% completion on this one. My "old man" friend, Dave, who bought me a Gold Account (necessary for multi-player) for my birthday, Ahtram who decimated Terramorphous (super hard boss fight) for me and Aaron who helped me finish off a couple of missions from the Campagne of Carnage that were proving to be much harder than they should have been, and also helping me find Jenkins for the final challenge.

So thank you guys for helping me out with this one! ^_^ I probably could have done it without you, but it would have taken forever to gain enough levels and badass rank to accomplish.

Wig time! I like to troll the discounted Halloween stuff for cheap wigs. The past couple of years I've been lucky finding discounted Monster High wigs. No such luck this year, but I did find a "child's" Hello Kitty wig!

That's my favorite pic, but you can't see the ears...

Not my favorite, but you can see the ears. lol

Up close and personal. lol I went with purple eyeshadow this time.

And my "I look like everybody else duck face selfie" pic...

Just for giggles.

I was thinking Maybelline's Mystic Green is a bit sheer, so I'm going to use Hunter as a base for that and Bling Thing. Separate hands. Obviously? Anyway, should have that ready for tomorrow. Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Time for me to run out for dinner. lol Y'all take care, be safe and happy polishing! (^_^)"/"

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Zoya: Charlotte +Stamped +Julep

Yep, few things to cram into this post. lol Starting with three coats of Zoya's Charlotte. Pretty sheer and kinda thick. I had a hard time with cleanup because I ended up with some bubbles around the edges. This is one of my Zoya freebies, though, so I can't complain too much. I'm definitely thinking it's an older polish since I've never had these problems with a Zoya.

I don't often go for neutrals, but I believe it's good to have some. I thought Charlotte was going to be more like Julep's Karen. They are similar, but Karen is more peachy while Charlotte is more... neutral... ?? Sure. Charlotte does have her own pretty shimmer, though.

So that's nice. Still... a canvas this bare just screams for nail art! So I flipped through my big book of stamping plates and instantly fixated on Cheeky plate CH4.

I was in such a hurry to do something and went to town with the first "brownish" polish I came across. In this case that was China Glaze Hybrid. If you happened to be trolling Instagram earlier you saw how well that worked out...

Actual stamping: A+! Color selection: C-... Visible, but far too "subtle". No worries! Cheryl to the rescue! (gold star for anybody that can guess why that cracked me up all day)

Had an interesting... thing... here. On my right hand I got the design a little too low and had gaps at my cuticles. My left hand I made sure to get up to my cuticles and had gaps at the tips. *sigh*

I really need to do more stamping after a big chop. lol I did manage to get them all lined up fairly straight, though, so yay! I'll give myself a solid B on this one.

So. Anybody else have to wrestle their Maven box out of their mail box? Usually it's a smidge tight, but I can get it out. Today I had to open the side of the box, pull out all the innards, and had Aaron crunch up the box to get it out. Seriously? I know I'm not the only person with a "the whole block shares one" kind of mailbox... Julep! Shrink the box about 1cm³ please.

No polish this time. Went with some basic essentials instead. A smoothing basecoat, oxygen treatment (says it's not supposed to be used as a basecoat), more quick dry drops, hand and cuticle stick and a cuticle pusher so I'll quite using my nails to do the job. Hopefully. lol

I've got the Oxygen Treatment on now. It dried really quickly, but that's about all I can say so far. I also tried the hand & cuticle stick. Little awkward my first time using it, but it feels really nice (and will come in handy with the dry winter months approaching) and smells amazing! Fresh and just a little sweet. Also tried out the cuticle pusher and it works fairly well. The ends are curved, but my nails are more curved so I do have to go around a bit, but it works.

So, big surprise! I will, in fact, be going away for the weekend after my birthday. Four days, three nights at a spa/resort. I was, naturally?, concerned that my Sephora box would arrive while I was gone, but according to the tracker it should be here Wednesday. *fingers crossed* hehehe Uhm... I'm thinking Zoya Hunter for tomorrow. Looks like it would match well with my last Rimmel glitter. Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend! (^_^)"/" omg My hands smell so pretty.... *sniffs*

Friday, November 7, 2014

Zoya: Charisma & Rimmel: Bedazzle

Hey guys!! I'm super excited for today's mani. It's super simple, but I've gotten so many comments on it! ^_^ Starting with two quick-drying coats of Charisma over a white base:

Charisma is one of those super hard to capture neon purples. Reminds me of a glitter-free Flying Dragon. Applied so smoothly, absolutely no problems other than trying to capture the true color in pics.

Over top I layered Bedazzle; pink, blue and purple hex glitters in a sheer base. One coat, no fishing or placing with this one! I took a pic in the sun and the shade so you can see the range of colors Charisma was trying to pass herself off as.

Nice, huh? lol

After a few "site is busy come back later" messages I was finally able to place my Sephora order!!!

One of those "pick 3 freebies" at the bottom got swapped out, but I didn't have to go revising my polishes a bunch of times this year. ^_^ The red Formula X and red Chubby lippy were freebies with my points and I didn't get to pick the color, but I'm still excited about them. Can not wait to get those Nails Inc Concrete polishes!!! *FLAILS*

Okay, time to run to the store before I forget everything we need to pick up. lol Happy Friday, everybody!!! Hope everyone has a super amazing fantastic weekend! (^_^)"/"

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Essence: The Boy Next Door & Salon Perfect: Spot On

Hello, everybody! Going to try and make this a fairly quick post so I can go feed the cats and get back to Sims. lol

Starting with essence The Boy Next Door. I don't know if this was a core polish or part of a trend edition. I found it in the clearance bin and had never seen it before. This could have easily been two coats, but I slept pretty hard that night and got some massive sheet/hair marks that I had to go over.

The Boy Next Door is an amazing bright, deep blue. Perfect cream finish means it would pair well with a glitter (hint hint lol) without overpowering it! The glitter this time is Salon Perfect's Spot On. I've had this sitting around for a while and the circle glitters have settled a bit:

I didn't bother mixing it up at all, figuring the glitters would be easier to gather all condensed like this.

I was partially right. lol I did manage to grab quite a few glitters with each dunk (and a bit of fishing), but I also got tons of the clear base. Which, I suppose, worked out in its own way because I did have to move the circles around to spread them out. I did topcoat just to be sure it dried because the base was also pretty thick.

I was going to add a little something to this for the "polka dots" nail challenge, but... I just keep thinking how difficult this is going to be to remove as it is. lol Hope everyone is having a fantastic week. I'm going to go feed the cats now (so they'll shut up for two seconds! lol) and then figure out which of my preciouses is going to be next! Y'all take care out there and happy polishing!! (^_^)"/"

Monday, November 3, 2014

Sally Hansen: Firefly #SBBNailChallenge +Zoya Birthday Haul

Hey guys!! (^_^)"/" Kicking off the #SBBNailChallenge with #43 Oldest Untried. For me that is Sally Hansen's Firefly that I picked up from HEB on clearance.

I'm so glad that today was overcast. The clouds seem to have the same effect on duo-/multi-chromes as sticking your hand in water!

Even the slightest movement of my fingers changed the colors dramatically. I had to get video!

So pretty! In an effort to actually "art" it up a bit, I added these delicate gold rose stickers which I believe were sent by gin shivers.


Ka-chik lol

I know I said I was going to wait and do these all at once, but... well... It's taking me longer to swag-together the money for my Sephora haul than I anticipated and it'll be easier for me in the long run to just do this now so I can update my stash page. So, ZOYA!!

Left to right: Envy (marked as my freebie), Ivanka, Shawn, Lotus, Rocky, Hunter and Imogen. I know, I know. I'm not a huge fan of the new Ultra PixieDusts, but it's black, so... yeah... hehehe Okay, so going through the Zoya site you get a free Zoya Remove+ when you spend $30, "free gift" at $50 and free shipping at $55. One PixieDust plus five normal polishes comes to exactly $55! I had never spent that much on before and was curious, "What is this free gift?".

Three free polishes! Charlotte, Celine and Nova. I couldn't find them on the zoya site and only found one or two swatches of each. The good news is that they're not colors I would normally buy and they were free! The bad news is that they're not colors I would normally buy... but they were free! lol So between these three and my code-induced freebie I got ten Zoyas for $55! I'm kind of debating over whether or not I want the Julep November birthstone polish. >_> They call it "citrine" (*ugh*) then describe it as a "topaz color"... and it's full coverage glitter which I kind of expected, but then I saw it and it just looks like a pain to remove.... I'm conflicted. :p Any other November babies out there planning on getting it? Or... non-November babies planning to get it? Anybody?

Tomorrow I'll have pics of essence The Boy Next Door. It's looking like it could be a nice base for SP Spot On so I may give that a whirl, too. For now I'm going to go and update my stash page. hehehe So many Zoyas. @_@ So pretty. Hope everyone is having a great start to the week! Y'all take care out there. (^_^)"/"

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Zoya: Loredana & Rimmel: Disco Fever

Finally getting to these. lol You know I was over the moon when Zoya re-released Loredana and Harlow with their matte velvets this year. I was happy until the "create a color" winner was... of course... another matte velvet. >_< No word on if or when it will be available, but you can bet I'll do what I can to get my hands on it. Ah, but enough of things I don't have, let's get back to ones I do! Loredana is a gorgeous grey matte velvet. Chic, simple and stunning. First in the shade:

This is two super fast drying coats. Clean up was a breeze. Here's a quick look in the sun:

I try not to put too much stock into brands, but Zoya will (likely) always hold a special place in my heart. They're vegan, eco- and animal friendly, I have never had a problem with their formula (discounting a few where the shimmer hid once applied), I love their super skinny brushes, and also this:

I applied Loredana late October 23rd before we left for OKC. This is what it looked like on the 28th when I finally got around to pictures. Almost five full days with only minimal tipwear. That's pretty impressive for a matte! I didn't even wrap my tips. lol

Here is where things start to get interesting. I noticed it on a swatch test and I'm glad it showed with Disco Fever. Loredana holds a bit of a holo secret when shiny!

You'll see it better in a second. lol This is one coat of Disco Fever. I love that Rimmel went with opaque glitters for this one instead of sheer, iridescent ones. Definitely pulls off the disco ball feel.

So many flashy colors! You know I had to get a video. Starting in the shade, then moving into the sun, then extreme close-up. ;)

So freakin' cool!! I found this in a Glitter Bomb display and if you can find it, grab it. Wasn't difficult to remove either, so no worries there. hehehe

Tomorrow I'm going to cheat a little and start with the #SBBNailChallenge at #43 - Oldest Untried. Yep, working my way back to SH Firefly. Hopefully we'll have a bit of sun and I can coax out the duochrome-ness. I will try to dig through my box for something artsy to add so it's not a straight-up swatch. lol Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! Take care, y'all! (^_^)"/"