Thursday, November 15, 2012

Candy Lacquer - Sugar Plum Fairy & Sugar Skulls

Today I have a couple of beautiful Candy Lacquer polishes to show off!

I've been wanting to try Candy Lacquer polishes for a while now, but I've been trying to resist the urge to spend more money that I need to be saving! However, Sugar Skulls was being discontinued and I had to have it! Sugar Plum Fairy also caught my eye so I ordered it, but omg I wanted to order so much more!


Color:  Candy Lacquer - Sugar Plum Fairy: $8.50 candylacquer.bigcartel.com.
Base Color:  China Glaze - Let's Groove $3 TransDesign.
Top Coat: Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat: $4.50 TransDesign, $8 Sally Beauty Supply, $10.
Base Coat: Orly - Bonder: $5.32 TransDesign, $7.49 Sally Beauty Supply & CVS. 

Candy Lacquer - Sugar Plum Fairy over China Glaze - Let's Groove

Color:  Candy Lacquer - Sugar Skulls: $8.50 candylacquer.bigcartel.com.
Base Color:  Sinful Colors - Pink Forever: $2 Walgreens & Target.
Top Coat: Essie - Matte About You: $10 Target & Ulta.
Base Coat: Orly - Bonder: $5.32 TransDesign, $7.49 Sally Beauty Supply & CVS.

Candy Lacquer - Sugar Skulls over Sinful Colors - Pink Forever

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Color Club - Cloud Nine

Holo! It was sunny and warm on Saturday so I knew I had to do a holo!

This is Color Club - Cloud Nine from the Halo Hues collection, it was very expensive for a color club polish but less than half the price of the Layla Hologram effect polishes for the same amount of holo.
The formula was fantastic, I could have gotten away with 1 coat, but I used two, it's so holographic Seche doesn't even dull the effect. It dried very quickly. The only complaint I have is, much like the first round of Layla Holograms, the colors are very pale and not very pigmented, I would have settled for a little less holo and more color. :)

Color:  Color Club - Cloud Nine: $6.95 TransDesign.
Top Coat: Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat: $4.50 TransDesign, $8 Sally Beauty Supply, $10.
Base Coat: Orly - Bonder: $5.32 TransDesign, $7.49 Sally Beauty Supply & CVS.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Zoya - Carly

Join us on November 8th to stand against bullying! We will be posting purple manicures on our blogs to represent our commitment to the movement. We ask you to join us! All are welcome: Do purple nail art, or purple make up, or purple crafts for the day, or whatever else you’d like to do.

Copy the following statement to your blog, and check back here on Thursday for an Inlinkz code to also post on your blog!  (Inlinkz code will allow us to have a collective list of blogs participating)Bullying is not funny. It is not cool. It is not right. And more importantly, it is not okay.
Most of us are, thankfully, residents of countries that support tolerance and many of our families have settled in these places simply for that reason. Generations later, it is our responsibility to perpetuate that message of tolerance across our new social platforms, including the internet.

As members of the nail polish blogging community, we all share a love of beauty, color, and lacquer. Other than that, we are remarkably different: from our race to our religion to our hair color...even to our polish application techniques. To marginalize anyone because of those differences is completely unacceptable and today I take a stand against that. I refuse to allow other people's view of "normal" dictate how I behave, believe, and blog.

In solidarity with a multitude of bloggers linked below, my purple manicure represents my proud commitment to the No H8 movement. Today, November 8, I dedicate my post to ending bullying of any kind and to encouraging diversity and imperfection among our colorful community.



My purple mani is Zoya - Carly. I swear she was purple in the bottle, hopefully she is not too red-toned to fit in. :) I used Orly's "Matte Top" matte top coat, and I've only used it a couple times before since I ran out of my China Glaze - Matte Magic. I've now confirmed that I'm really not a fan of the Orly version, it's not matte enough for me, it's great if you want a satin finish though!

It's also technically November 9th, but I haven't gone to bed yet so it's still the 8th to me, lol. ^_^

Color:  Zoya - Carly: $8 Zoya.com and Ulta.
Top Coat: Orly - Matte Top: $5.32 TransDesign, $7.49 Sally Beauty Supply & CVS. 
Base Coat: Orly - Bonder: $5.32 TransDesign, $7.49 Sally Beauty Supply & CVS. 


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Enchanted Polish - Hey Jude

Here is another polish I ordered from Llarowe by Enchanted Polish.

This is called Hey Jude, it is part of The Beatles collection. I really love that Enchanted Polish did a Beatles collection because I love The Beatles! I grew up on this music, my dad used to blast The Beatles and Grateful Dead on the stereo when my mom was gone and me and my sisters would run around and dance and bang on anything. My dad would also sing us Beatles songs as lullabyes, I think my favorite ones to sleep to were Bungalow Bill and Rocky Raccoon. Although Hey Jude is not even close to the top of my list of favorite Beatles songs, it is a classic. I much prefer The White Album. :)

Anyway, less on The Beatles and more on this beautiful color! I would describe it as an iridescent scarab/peacock green that shifts into a cool grey/purple with fine, scrattered holographic glitter. If the description doesn't sound amazing enough, check out the pics!The formula was great, I used 2 coats(could have used one) over black.

Color:  Enchanted Polish - Hey Jude: $13 EnchantedPolish.com, Llarowe & Harlow & Co.
Base Color:  Essie - Licorice: $8 Walgreens, Target $6 TransDesign.
Top Coat: Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat: $4.50 TransDesign, $8 Sally Beauty Supply, $10.
Base Coat: Orly - Bonder: $5.32 TransDesign, $7.49 Sally Beauty Supply & CVS. 




And of course the matching earrings and a better shot of the cheshire earrings.
Both can be made in 8mm heart, 8mm round, 10mm round and 12mm heart upon special request.
Email me: Lauryn.Lofgren@gmail.com and check out LuchaKitty.com

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Crows Toes - Cheshire

Haiii!
I'm back!
Today I have a beautiful polish for you that I actually put on 2 nights ago, but it has been so gloomy I haven't been able to get a decent picture of it. I heard a rumor that Crows Toes - Cheshire was going to be retired and it's one I had my eye on for quite some time. Anyway, I didn't want to risk missing it, so I broke my no-buy and got it!

Ignore the shrinkage/tip wear it's from the Seche Vite and 2 days of wear. This is not a fresh mani!
The formula was great, it was even more beautiful in person than it is in pics because it actually has some small hex holo glitter in it. I opted to use American Classics - Gelous under the Seche Vite because some of the glitter is very large and I had a feeling it would just eat up the Seche Vite. I will definitely buy from Crows Toes again. :)

Color:  Crows Toes - Cheshire: $13 from Llarowe.
Base Color:  LA Colors - Metallic Purple.
Top Coat 1: American Classics - Gelous: $5.49 Sally Beauty Supply.
Top Coat: Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat: $8 Sally Beauty Supply, $10.
Base Coat: Orly - Bonder: $5.39 TransDesign, $7.49 Sally Beauty Supply & CVS.


These are the earrings I made to go with the mani! These are available by custom request at LuchaKitty.com. You can email me at lauryn.lofgren@gmail.com and I can whip up a pair for you in 8mm heart, 8mm round, 10mm round or 12mm heart for you in a custom order. :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Manicure & Giveaway Winner!

Hi everybody! Sorry I have been so absent, I have been fighting off hibernation. I'm just so tired and I want to sleep all the time! I plan on swatching much more often, I am very very behind on swatches and I need to stop sleeping so much! My hot Canadian man is coming up here(Minnesota) for the Mayan Apocalypse Christmas and I have plenty of things to do to prepare! I am supposed to be back in Toronto in January, hoping border control will let me in again since it's been a nightmare the last two times.

I added 16 November giveaways to the giveaway page and sidebar, check them out!

Halloween is a great day to come back from the dead, so here is my Halloween Manicure! It's a great excuse to break out those crackles that have been neglected since the crackle craze came and went. :)

Thumb: China Glaze - Beach Cruise-r
Ring: China Glaze - I'm With The Lifeguard
Middle: China Glaze - Flying Dragon
Index: China Glaze - Orange You Hot?
Pinky: China Glaze - Solar Power
On Top: China Glaze - Black Mesh


When I went to snap nail pics, my cat was looking very festive lying in some fall decorations, so I decided to post of picture of him as well. :D


And last but not least.... the Giveaway Winner!!!
Congrats Iris, I will send you an email shortly!

Everyone please check out my shop if you have not yet!



Thursday, October 11, 2012

OPI - Skyfall Press Release

OPI Marks 50 Years of Bond 007 with Holiday Lacquers Inspired by Skyfall

Top: GoldenEye, The Spy Who Loved Me, Die Another Day, Casino Royale
Middle: You Only Live Twice, Skyfall, Moonraker, Tomorrow Never Dies
Bottom: The Living Daylights, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Live & Let Die, The World Is Not Enough

                This holiday season, OPI celebrates the 50th Anniversary of a fellow world icon – James Bond – appearing in Skyfall. Starring Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem, this highly-anticipated twenty-third installment opens in theaters nationwide on November 9, 2012. 
Inspired by the film’s blend of glamour and danger, OPI launches Skyfall Collection, featuring twelve limited-edition nail lacquers for Holiday 2012. “OPI is thrilled to work with EON Productions to celebrate 50 years of the style, swagger and mystique associated with Bond 007,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “From metallic and glitter finishes to jewel tones and even a jet black, these lacquers capture the film’s sophisticated and glamorous look.
“Watch for Bérénice Marlohe wearing two Skyfall Collection shades in the film,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “With Skyfall, a rich maroon, painted on top of the nail and GoldenEye, a shimmering gold, painted on the undersides, Marlohe’s luxurious manicure will be the one to try this holiday season.”
The Skyfall Collection features six shades that play off the movie’s seductive theme, and another six that offer a more dangerous look, including:
GoldenEye
All eyes will be upon you when you wear this glorious gold.
The Spy Who Loved Me
A red as romantic as the secret agent inside you.
Die Another Day
Live in the moment in this hot and lively red.
Casino Royale
This high-rolling plum is fit for royalty.
You Only Live Twice
This rich high-shimmer magenta is a once-in-a-lifetime find.
Skyfall
Get Bonded with this magnificent maroon.
Moonraker
Drive your fastest car to get this exhilarating metallic grey.
Tomorrow Never Dies
This eternally intense purple will live forever.
The Living Daylights
This courageous multi-hued glitter sparkles 24/007.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
This misty-green pewter commands attention.
Live & Let Die
Burn the candles on both ends in this private jet black.
The World is Not Enough
This rosy silver is as addictive as it is beautiful.

As with all OPI nail lacquers, these shades inspired by Skyfall contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.
This limited edition promotion will be available beginning October 2012 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for  $8.50 ($9.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.
For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!


ABOUT OPI
As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades and contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.


ABOUT EON PRODUCTIONS
EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family.   Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with MGM, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising.   EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films.   The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-two films produced since 1962.  Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli took over the franchise from Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli in 1995 and have produced some of the most successful Bond films ever including CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE. They are currently producing the 23rd film, SKYFALL.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Lucha Kitty Shop Opening and Giveaway

Hello everybody, I'm very excited to announce the opening of my Etsy shop. I ordered supplies to make these earrings for myself and a few friends and family and they were such a big hit that I decided to try my luck at Etsy. I plan on getting back into swatching now that my little project is up and running so stay tuned!

You can visit my shop here!



And now, for the giveaway! The winner can choose any pair of earrings in stock or choose from a list of my polishes and have a custom pair made!



 The giveaway ends 10/31 at 12:01am. It is open internationally. When the winner is selected, they will receive an email, they have 48 hours to respond to this email or another winner will be chosen.
You may use the images above!

Friday, August 31, 2012

250 Follower Giveaway Winner!

Thank you everyone that participated in my giveaway. I hope you continue to follow me. I'm going to make an effort to do more giveaways because these are really fun! Thank you to all my readers. :)

I have contacted the winner and she has responded, so grats to Jennifer A!



Rainbow Honey - 20% Cooler

I got a few minis from Rainbow Honey to swatch, this is the color I was second most excited about getting! (The Element of Magic being first)

I didn't have a great blue to go underneath it, so I got Sinful Colors - Why Not and I wish I had gone a couple shades of blue lighter to match the base, but this is okay. :)
I used Gelous and Seche Vite on my previous Rainbow Honey mani, but I suspected the glitter was flat enough that I didn't need the Gelous... so I didn't use it this time and it was fine. :)

Color:  Rainbow Honey - 20% Cooler: $10 full size, $5 mini RainbowHoney.com
Base Color:  Sinful Colors - Why Not: $1.99 Walgreens & Target.
Top Coat: Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat: $8 Sally Beauty Supply, $10.
Base Coat: Orly - Bonder: $5.39 TransDesign, $7.49 Sally Beauty Supply & CVS.


Monday, August 27, 2012

Layla - Flash Black

I have a very special polish for my readers today. This is Layla - Flash Black and it is by far the most holographic polish I have ever seen. I really cannot believe how crazy holo this polish is. It was tough for me to dish out the $16 to get it, but it was worth it! Now, if only I could afford the rest. I have my eye on Layla polishes because the Mirror Effect collection looks beautiful as well. Maybe someday! I ordered this from Harlow & Co but you can also get it at Ulta and Ninja Polish.

I used the sandwich method for this polish since the top coat tends to take away from the holographic effect. I used 2 coats as a base, a coat of Seche Vite, then another coat of Layla. After doing this I realized I probably didn't need to use the Layla for the base coat and maybe saved a bit of the polish just using a similar color.

Color:  Layla - Flash Black: $16 Harlow & Co, $15.50 Ninja Polish, $15.50 Ulta.
Top Coat: Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat: $8 Sally Beauty Supply, $10.
Base Coat: Orly - Bonder: $5.39 TransDesign, $7.49 Sally Beauty Supply & CVS.



Friday, August 24, 2012

Rainbow Honey - The Element Of Magic over Essie - Play Date

I decided to swatch a glitter today, and one of the prizes in my giveaway!
This is from the Rainbow Honey Equestria Collection. This color is inspired by Twilight Sparkle and the collection is inspired by the new MLP series, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. I don't have all of the colors in this collection, but I really wish I did. :)

It's really gorgeous, the formula is great. I used a coat of Gelous over it before Seche Vite but I suspect I didn't actually need the Gelous, the glitter seemed pretty flat. This is a great polish to use over Essie - Play Date which is one of my favorite polishes. :D

Color:  Rainbow Honey - The Element of Magic: $10 full size, $5 mini RainbowHoney.com
Base Color:  Essie - Play Date: $8Walgreens/CVS/Target $4 Trans Design.
Top Coat 1: American Classics - Gelous: $5.49 Sally Beauty Supply.
Top Coat: Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat: $8 Sally Beauty Supply, $10.
Base Coat: Orly - Bonder: $5.39 TransDesign, $7.49 Sally Beauty Supply & CVS.


Friday, August 17, 2012

China Glaze - Deviantly Daring

Once again, I have fallen behind on swatching, and I have so many beautiful colors to swatch! I need to start waking up earlier so I have more time to slack and paint nails before dusk. ;)

I'm going to start work on adding a ton more giveaways to the sidebar and page tonight, it seems to be THE giveaway season. :D

Color:  China Glaze - Deviantly Daring: $3.68 TransDesign,  $6 Sally Beauty Supply & Ulta.
Top Coat: Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat: $8 Sally Beauty Supply, $10.
Base Coat: Orly - Bonder: $5.39 TransDesign, $7.49 Sally Beauty Supply & CVS.



Wednesday, August 8, 2012

China Glaze - Unpredictable

Sorry for not posting for so long. I've been trying to move my stuff around, babysitting and being lazy. I tried to swatch a few days ago, then I messed up my nail last minute and didn't have time to redo it, ugh. Then I tried this same mani yesterday and when I went to load the pictures on my computer later, I noticed I had a big fat piece of cat fur under the top coat. So, I tried again today, lol.

I have sooooooo many colors left to swatch, including the bunch I got from my boyfriend for my birthday and my Llarowe order and a pretty my sister got me for my birthday, so it's not like I'm lacking content, hopefully I'll swatch more often now. :)

Sally Beauty Supply seemed to forget to send me my birthday coupon, so I ended up swiping one from here... The TraceFace Philes - August Birthday Coupon. It's $10 off $20. So I picked up 3 of the New Bohemians and I'm With The Lifeguard from the Neons collection!

Here is China Glaze - Unpredictable from the New Bohemian Collection! This is the best color from the collection imo. ;)

PS:  I updated the giveaway sidebar and giveaway page with 16 new giveaways (phew)!!! I fixed the Gnarly Nails Giveaway link because I was not aware it wasn't working until just now... oops. :P Good luck everyone.


Color:  China Glaze - Unpredictable: $3.68 TransDesign,  $6 Sally Beauty Supply & Ulta.
Top Coat: Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat: $8 Sally Beauty Supply, $10.
Base Coat: Orly - Bonder: $5.39 TransDesign, $7.49 Sally Beauty Supply & CVS.



Monday, July 30, 2012

OPI Fall 2012 Press Release

This is a long post, so be sure to click "Read More" for the OPI DS and Nicole by OPI Press Releases.


OPI Launches the Germany Collection for Fall/Winter 2012

OPI embraces runway trends with the Germany Collection for Fall/Winter 2012. Drawing inspiration from Berlin, an exciting new fashion hub that blends classic looks with the avant-garde, the collection’s twelve shades offer a mixture of vibrant color, urban-chic neutrals, and reds in variations from light to dark.

“Designers showcased rich colors and striking textures for fall,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “The Germany Collection beautifully complements these looks, with standout shades in various hues of red and burgundy – the season’s ‘new black.’ Sapphire, black olive and lime yellow are married with creamy neutrals in honey, taupe and nude rose.”

“The overall feel of the Germany Collection is elegance with an edge,” adds Suzi. “The varied palette of colors adds another accent to the list of special touches – think beadwork, paneling, fur and embroidery – that walked the runways during New York Fashion Week. Wearing these shades on fingers and toes is a great way to accessorize

Don't Pretzel My Buttons, My Very First Knockwurst, Berlin There Done That, Don't Talk Bach To Me

Nein Nein Nein! Okay Fine, Unfor-greta-bly Blue, Every Month Is Oktoberfest, Suzi & The 7 Düsseldorfs

Deutsch You Want Me Baby?, Danke-Shiny Red, German-icure by OPI, Schnapps Out of It

Don’t Pretzel My Buttons
A haute honey-beige that can always make you smile.

My Very First Knockwurst
…and what a magical rosy-nude rendezvous it was!

Berlin There Done That
A traveling taupe that’s seen it all. (Yep, that too).

Don’t Talk Bach to Me
There’s nothing mellow about this sassy lime-yellow!

Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine!
A bodacious black-olive? We say “Ja! Ja! Ja!”

Unfor-greta-bly Blue
Everyone’s favorite Fräulein loves this über shiny blue.

Every Month is Oktoberfest
Prost! Here’s to the prettiest plum in the Biergarten.

Suzi & the 7 Düsseldorfs
The most beautiful bright purple of all.

Deutsch You Want Me Baby?
A self-assured shade of shimmering red-orange.

Danke-Shiny Red
You “Bitte” try on this ravishing ruby before it’s too late!

German-icure by OPI
The best burgundy shimmer in the business.

Schnapps Out of It!
Shake off the blues with a shot of fall’s must-have mauve!

Germany Collection nail lacquer shades contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.
Germany by OPI will be available August 8, 2012, at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($9.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer. 
For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Glamour Doll Eyes

I signed up to be notified when Glamour Doll Eyes' Circus collection was going to be back in stock because I saw a review of a color, Fiji Mermaid that looked spectacular and I wanted to try it.  After months and months, I finally got the email that it was back in stock!

This is my first experience with Glamour Doll Eyes so I just ordered a few samples and I spent under $15.

I ordered a sample of their "Control Freak" primer. I also got a sample of "Foil Me" which is a liquid additive to use the shadows wet or as a liner. I have yet to experiment with those.

Fiji Mermaid lived up to my expectations! I  received 2 free samples (Fierce and Electric Lemonade) with my order as well as a raffle ticket from ordering from the Circus collection. The shadows are great quality, cheap and very pigmented, I would definitely order from Glamour Doll Eyes again. :)

The samples were $1.25 each for a .5 gram bag, for $2.50 you can opt to have your .5 gram sample in a small jar. Full size shadows are $6 for a 2-2.5 grams or 1.5-2 grams with a sifter. Most of the shadows are Vegan and come labeled whether they are Vegan or Not and Lip Safe or not.

The shadows are swatched over NYX HD - High Definition Eye Shadow Base which I use because it's cheap and it works ($6.99 though Ulta has deals on NYX a lot)! (I don't makeup everyday so my tubes tend to dry out before I finish using them).

Fierce & Hollywood are swatched over Fryinnae - Pixie Epoxy ($7/9ml or $2/1.5ml)which is a must have if you're using glitter heavy shadows. You can also use clear lip gloss.


Thursday, July 26, 2012

GlitterGal - Lizard Belly

  Today I have a gorgeous color, this is GlitterGal - Lizard Belly! This color was a bit more pigmented than Bruised Ego/Dark Purple but a bit less holo, probably since it's so dark. This looks a lot like black but it's actually a very deep, dark hunter green. If you're looking for holos, GlitterGal is a great option but if you're waiting to save a bit of cash, China Glaze is finally coming out with more holos for Spring! I doubt they will be as holographic is GGal and Laylas though. :)

I used the sandwich method I picked up from other bloggers on this holo, a top coat tends to take away from the holographic effect, so you put down a base of your holo, top it with Seche Vite, then use another layer of the holographic color on top. It works quite well!

Color:  Glitter Gal - Bruised Ego (aka Dark Purple 3D Holo): $18 Harlow & Co. (15ml), $14 Harlow & Co. (9ml).
Top Coat: Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat: $8 Sally Beauty Supply, $10 Target.
Base Coat: Orly - Bonder: $5.39 TransDesign, $7.49 Sally Beauty Supply & CVS.


GlitterGal - Lizard Belly
Natural Light - Outdoors

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Zoya - FeiFei for 1 cent.

Hey,

I saw this deal on another blog, Going to the Showing.

This is how I got Zoya - Feifei for only 1 cent

This is a deal with copious.com, when you join on your own you get a $10 off $50 credit or something but when you join through an invite, the first 40 people to signup get a $10 credit for signing up. I didn't have to spend any money, except the 1 cent to get this polish which is I guess to make sure people aren't making multiple accounts.

I thought the deal was too good to be true, so I joined through my twitter account I never use in case they want to spam me with crap and I put the 1 cent on  a Visa Gift Card so they didn't have access to a bank account. Sure enough, it seems like there were really no strings attached, only 1 cent was charged to my card and I received Zoya - Feifei in the mail 3 days later.

You're not guaranteed to get any color you want, it all depends on what people are selling at the time, I happened to get lucky and see Zoya - FeiFei up there for less than $10. There are a lot of polishes for $10 or less so you should find a color that you like!

Just make sure you find the link to USE your credit BEFORE you complete the order.

Here is a link to the invite....
Copious.com - Personal Invite from Lauryn Lofgren

As for the polish...

The formula was awesome! It's a Zoya and I really like their brushes and formula, so I wasn't surprised.
I saw a swatch of this on Scrangie and it looked stunning! This reminds me of Zoya - Edyta though in the way that it looks MUCH better in the bottle. It does have a slight duochrome shift from blue to purple that you can see in the photo, but it's not very noticeable at all on the nail. It's a great color if you're looking for a sparkly blue/charcoal polish, it has blue and green/gold glitter in it, but don't buy it expecting a noticeable duo-chrome. :)


This is part of the Fall 2012 NYFW Diva Collection.

Color:  Zoya - FeiFei: $8 Ulta & Zoya.com, $9 TradeSecrets(Canada).
Top Coat: Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat: $8 Sally Beauty Supply, $10 Target.
Base Coat: Orly - Bonder: $5.39 TransDesign, $7.49 Sally Beauty Supply & CVS.

Zoya - FeiFei

Monday, July 23, 2012

250(ish) Follower Giveaway!

This is a bit premature since I only have 242 Followers, lol. But, as promised... a Rainbow Honey Giveaway!

This giveaway is open internationally(anywhere the P.O. allows me to ship) and ends Midnight EST on August 31st. Good Luck!


Feel free to use this mini image for your sidebar. :)




a Rafflecopter giveaway

Birthday Gift and Hauls!

I'm back "home" in Minnesota now. :(

I really miss my hot Canadian lover but, immigration would only allow me to stay 2 months. He gave me a birthday gift before I left... a HUGE one and his family threw me a little early (My birthday is Aug. 2) surprise birthday party for me. It was awesome!

Check out the shinies I got! These were a bunch of colors from my wishlist. :)

China Glaze - Marry A Millionaire & Some Like It Haute, Orly - Seagurl & Rock Solid

OPI - Save Me, I Have A Herring Problem, Dutch Ya Just Love OPI? & Vampsterdam.

Sephora by OPI - Blasted Turquoise Glitter & Blasted Purple Glitter, Nars - Purple Rain, Zoya - Bijou & Jem

GlitterGal - Lizard Belly & Dark Purple Glitter, A England - St. George
and... I had some orders delivered to my home while I was gone, so I came back to these pretties as well!

Zoya - Carly, Rory & Kimber

Up Colors - Verde 260, Lilas Chrome, Rosa Star, Hits - Hefesto & Oztic 515


Rainbow Honey - The Worst Possible Thing, A Little Kindness, 20% Cooler & The Element Of Magic

I got this in a swap with Rainbowfy Me from Denmark! Thanks again!!

OPI - Black Spotted


I love all my new polishes but I would give them all up in a second to be back with my boyfriend in Toronto!

Friday, July 13, 2012

China Glaze - New Bohemian (Fall 2012)

Alas, I broke most of my nails packing again. I'm off to Niagara this weekend, then I spend my last week in Toronto :(. I'm not sure I will post much, if at all... but I leave you with a press release for a collection I'm pretty excited about. :D


“NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST.”
~J.R.R. Tolkein

China Glaze® Introduces Six Radiant Luster Chromes for Fall 2012

Los Angeles, CA – (June 2012): Say the word “Bohemian” and most people automatically think bell-bottoms and fringed vests.  Today’s Bohemian look is refined, feminine and carefree, epitomized by fashion icon Nicole Richie’s modern Bohemian look.  China Glaze® gives the free-spirited look a fresh, trendy spin with its latest specialty collection, New Bohemian.  China Glaze® New Bohemian will leave you mesmerized as the color shifts and moves across the nail, traveling with the light.  The chrome-like finish radiates with high shine and intense color, captivating your senses with every twist and turn.
Push the boundaries of color and fashion with the unconventional collection of six lustrous shades including:

·         Unpredictable – Multidimensional gorgeous green
·         Rare & Radiant – Extraordinarily rich gold
·         Swanky Silk – Brilliant beige with peach undertones
·         No Plain Jane – Lavish lavender-pink  
·         Want My Bawdy – Sexy sapphire blue
·         Deviantly Daring – Adventurously bold peacock teal


The China Glaze® New Bohemian collection will be available at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide in August 2012.  Individual polishes retail for $6.99 MSRP.
China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.  China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide.  For more information, visit: www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook (@ChinaGlaze), Twitter (@ChinaGlazeOfficial) and Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/ChinaGlaze).  China Glaze is a division of American International Industries.

About American International Industries
For nearly 40 years, AII has been the leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of innovative, quality beauty and skin care products for men and women.  Our product lines include Ardell, Andrea, Body Drench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, Duo, European Secrets, EzFlow, Fright Night, Gena, GiGi, Gypsy Lash, IBD, Jeris-Lustray, Nail Tek, No Tweeze/Micro Tweeze, 'N Rage, Prolinc, RAW, Seche, SuperNail, Surgi-Care, Waterworks, Winning Nails, Woltra, Woody’s, and Youthair. For more information, visit our website: www.aiibeauty.com.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Glitter Gal - Bruised Ego (Dark Purple 3D Holo)

Haiii!
 Today I woke up and painted my nails before the sun went down *gasp*, so I decided to swatch a holo I just got last week from Harlow & Co.

Note: I refilled the giveaway sidebar and page. 

I have been eyeing this color for a long time now and I just couldn't bring myself to spend the money on it until now. I opted for the larger 15ml bottle. Llarowe  has discontinued this line so it gave me a chance to order from Harlow & Co. for the first time!

It was a very good experience, I also bought Layla - Flash Black. My package was sent out right away, I got a tracking number, It came within 3-4 days and it was packaged very safely. I will definitely order from Harlow & Co. again!

The polish was great, it applied very well and the dry time was decent. I love this particular shade of purple and holy crap is this stuff holographic! It had a jelly like texture and while I could have gotten away with two coats, I used 3 coats for the best results.


Color:  Glitter Gal - Bruised Ego (aka Dark Purple 3D Holo): $18 Harlow & Co. (15ml), $14 Harlow & Co. (9ml).
Top Coat: Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat: $8 Sally Beauty Supply, $10 Target.
Base Coat: Orly - Bonder: $5.39 TransDesign, $7.49 Sally Beauty Supply & CVS.

Glitter Gal - Bruised Ego (Dark Purple 3D Holo)
Artificial Light - Indoors w/Flash

Glitter Gal - Bruised Ego (Dark Purple 3D Holo)
Artificial Light - Indoors w/Flash 

Glitter Gal - Bruised Ego (Dark Purple 3D Holo)
Natural Light - Outdoors

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Nails Inc. - Spitalfields

I mentioned in an earlier post that I was having trouble with my brand new Nails Inc. Fishnet magnet. I thought maybe it just lost some of it's strength being in the store, so I decided to freeze it... because that is what the internet told me to do. :P

It did not help at all. I spent hours today trying to figure out what I was doing wrong, using more polish, putting the magnet closer to the nail, putting the magnet on faster. I tried the magnet with another polish... nothing worked, so I decided to look it up online to see if anybody else had problems with it or if I just had a faulty magnet. Turns out this polish/magnet has hundreds of terrible reviews. Ugh. I wish I read the reviews first!

The problem is that the magnet just isn't strong enough. In the areas where the nail bends further away from the magnet (the sides), you don't get a pattern at all. :(

So... this was $16 down the drain. The polish still works with other magnets, but I'm afraid the fishnet magnet is a bust. The green magnetic polish is very pretty, but I wouldn't have spent $16 on a small bottle of green magnetic polish, especially when China Glaze is coming out with a similar color. :(

The other polish (purple) I used is China Glaze - Drawn to You... which I apparently forgot to swatch. o__O

Color:  Nails Inc. - Spitalfields: $16 Sephora.
Top Coat: Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat: $8 Sally Beauty Supply, $10 Target.
Base Coat: Orly - Bonder: $5.39 TransDesign, $7.49 Sally Beauty Supply & CVS.

Nails Inc. - Spitalfields on middle and ring.
China Glaze - Drawn To You on pointer and pinky.