Monday, February 27, 2012

Sally Hansen - Lacey Lilac

Here is a great, cheap spring lavender. This isn't my favorite lavender though, Essie just came out with a color called Play Date for Spring that is absolutely gorgeous that I have yet to swatch. This however, is a great substitute. I really can't resist putting a matte coat on top of pastels. So, half are topped off with Seche Vite, half with China Glaze Matte Magic.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - Lacey Lilac: $3 at Walgreens and Target.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ulta - Celebutante

Alright, sorry my blogging has majorly slowed down. I'm not gone or giving up! Just trying to give the nail that I broke some time to grow back, then I plan to go back to posting nearly everyday. This is an old swatch that I had saved up. The formula was decent, it wasn't bad but it definitely isn't China Glaze, Essie or OPI. This looks very similar to OPI - Funky Dunky from their 2010 Shrek collection. I don't have Funky Dunky to compare but I'm pretty confident they're similar enough to call it a dupe.

Ulta - Celebutante: $6 Ulta
 Ulta has changed their nail polish bottles since I got this (I got it while it was on sale for $2). I'm guessing they changed it because the cap sort of broke very soon after I got it...

Saturday, February 18, 2012

China Glaze - Cracked Medallion

I broke a nail! I left my nails unpainted for a day and it happened. That seems to happen every time I don't paint my nails.

However, I have backup swatches! Yayy. Only a couple sadly... I'll have to figure something out.
This is Cracked Medallion from China Glaze's Crackle Metals collection. They came out in Fall 2011 I believe, you should be able to easily find these at Sally Beauty Supply, Ulta and TransDesign since it seems they are carrying these at least semi-permanently.

China Glaze - Cracked Medallion; $3.50 TransDesign, $7 Sally Beauty Supply

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Maybelline Eyestudio - Color Tattoo

Here is a double post since I missed yesterday!

When I pulled out these Color Tattoo cream shadows to swatch, my niece and nephew caught me and HAD TO WEAR THEM. According to them, these are "Super Pretty".

You can pick these up wherever Maybelline Eyestudio products are sold. The purple one acted kind of strange but I was using cheapo eye shadow applicators, so perhaps that could be fixed by using a brush or your finger.

This stuff claims to be 24hr eyeshadow. While I did not try it for 24hrs, I believe it. You need to use eye makeup remover to remove this stuff. I tried to take it off with just water and a washcloth and that did not work. :D

Maybelline Eyestudio Color Tattoo in Painted Purple, Tenacious Teal and Bold Gold; $7.99 at Walgreens

These also come in a variety of other colors...
Read more to see the rest of the colors...

Wet n Wild - Back Alley Deals

So, I'm sorry for these horrible photos! I struggled to find the right lighting to take them in that looked the most true-to-life which is usually what I aim for. I wasn't completely satisfied with any of them, so I just included them all!.

Alright, so, the first picture on the top is Wet n' Wild - Back Alley Deals with one coat of Seche Vite on top. I've always just used a couple of coats of Seche Vite on top of glitters because they seem to eat through top coats and look kind of gritty.

The deal with shine is, the flatter the surface, the shinier it is. That's why when you buff the ridges out of your nails, they look shinier. So, I am guessing that it's really a matter of building a top coat thick enough to reach the top layer of glitter.

For the second and third pictures, I read on a fellow Minnesota blogger's blog (Makeup Withdrawal) that you should use American Classics - Gelous Gel Top Coat over glitters, then follow up with Seche Vite. I ran out and got a bottle at my nearest Sally Beauty Supply and tested it out. It worked!

The fourth photo is just in Sunlight.

Wet n Wild - Back Alley Deals, $4 Walgreens; American Classics - Gelous, $5.49 Sally Beauty Supply;
 Seche Vite, $8 Sally Beauty Supply, $10 Target and Ulta

Unfortunately, I think the Wet n Wild polish will be pretty hard to find, it came out as part of a Limited Collection in Oct 2011 at Walgreens. I was in Toronto October and most of November so when I got back, I had a hard time finding it.

You can, however get an exact dupe (according to other blogs) by nails inc. at Sephora for $9.50.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

China Glaze - Attraction

After the week of color, I've decided to take a break from it. That doesn't mean it will be boring though!

This is the gorgeous Attraction from the Magnetix collection from China Glaze.

This stuff takes a couple tries to get right, but it's very easy. For best results, I've found that you should...
1. Put down a base coat
2. Put down a pretty thick first coat
3. Put down a medium thickness second coat
4. Use the magnet RIGHT away while it's still very wet.
5. Follow up with Seche Vite when you're done for a nice, high gloss.

If the top coat is too dry, the magnet will barely show up. I touched my nail to the magnet a couple times but you can take the polish off of the magnet with non-acetone nail polish remover just fine. Acetone might work, but I wouldn't risk destroying the magnet.

China Glaze - Attraction: TransDesign $4.50, $4.08;
 China Glaze Magnet: Also $4.50 from Trans Design and $4.08
Update: Looks like is just about sold out too. I'm not sure when Ulta and Sally will have them, but I am guessing they will be sold out quickly there as well.
You can also get nails inc. magnetic polish at Sephora $16
You can get Layla magnetic polish at Ulta $16
You can get Icing and Claire's magnetic polish at Icing and Claire's. less than $10
If you want the 3 design China Glaze magnet, you can use it on any magnetic polish and they are still available on the sites I provided.

Canadians: has them for $10.50 each.
Torontonians: When I was in TO, I found this cute place that might carry it, you can buy polishes cheaper than the usual retail price there.
Nails and Beauty Supply Jessica Cosmetic near Yorkdale Mall.

Monday, February 13, 2012

China Glaze - Gothic Lolita

So, it's finally a purple day! Yayy. I'm really not sure how I'm going to avoid doing purples everyday I just love purple so much. It was hard to choose which to do today, so I just decided to do my most recent purple.
This is from China Glaze's Electropop Spring 2012 collection. So, you can buy this color now at Ulta or Sally Beauty Supply until they pull them down to put out their next collection... or you can get it at TransDesign, they'll have it for a longlongtime.

China Glaze - Gothilic Lolita - TransDesign $3, Sally Beauty Supply $6, Ulta $7
Today, I also want to add what I use for a top coat, base coat and cuticle oil. I've been experimenting for a while and it seems any base coat or cuticle oil will work fine, but my favorites are the Orly treatments.
Orly - Cuticle Care Complex and Orly Bonder. I like the Bonder base coat because I can't buff my nails or they are too thin, this seems to fill in the ridges very nicely. I just love the way the Cuticle Care Complex smells. You can get these on TransDesign and possibly Sally Beauty Supply and Ulta, though I do not see them on their websites.

As for a top coat, Seche Vite is the only way to go for a glossy top coat. It's also a Dry Fast Top Coat which is a necessity for me because I am so impatient when it comes to waiting for my polish to dry.
Seche Vite is available at Target, Sally Beauty Supply and Ulta.

Orly - Cuticle Care Complex: $5.32 TransDesign, Orly - Bonder: $5.32 TransDesign, Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat: Sally Beauty Supply $8, Target and Ulta $10.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sally Hansen - Blue Me Away!

Well, here is a blue for blue day. I forgot about how blue smurfs your fingers when you take it off, and I messed up one nail and ended up with blue cuticles. I've tried to prevent it with cuticle oil before and it didn't help too much, I'm going to try vaseline this time. Hopefully you can't notice it too much!.

This applied like all other Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes apply, thick and opaque in one coat. it's certainly not smooth like China Glaze/OPI, but it's certainly better than Sinful Colors. The only problem with these cheaper polishes is that they done have the bearings in the bottom, so shaking up the polish does nothing for longevity. But, there is always polish thinner for that!

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - Blue Me Away - $3 Walgreens and Target.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

a england - Dragon

I got this in the mail today, just in time for green day! It's the most beautiful green hologaphic polish. I really love these a england polishes, they're a U.K. brand, hence the name. I'd really love to try the whole collection but, unfortunately I don't think I will be able to afford it. They're a bit expensive, but the color and formula are so worth the $12 price tag. It was opaque in one coat. I used two coats in the photo.
This is from their The Legends collection that came out just recently which is an entirely holographic collection, their previous collection The Mythicals which features two holographics... one of which I reviewed. a-england - Lady of the Lake.

You can buy these on the a england website or from Llarowe, which is where I ordered it from.

a england - Dragon // Llarowe $12 or £9.00

Friday, February 10, 2012

China Glaze - Solar Power

This is the only yellow nail polish you ever need to own. It's the perfect shade of yellow. :D
This is originally from their Spring 2008 Ecollection, it's currently part of their regular collection, so it should still be easy to find.

China Glaze - Solar Power - Sally Beauty Supply $6, TransDesign $3

China Glaze - Orange Marmalade

Here is the orange that I promised, it's also my favorite orange and comes from the same collection as my favorite pink. This is from China Glaze's Summer 2010 collection called Summer Days.

China Glaze - Orange Marmalade - Sally Beauty Supply $6, TransDesign $3

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

China Glaze - Strawberry Fields

Well, by now I'm sure you've heard Prop 8 has been overturned and been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. I'm VERY happy about this, so, the next 6 days are going to be rainbow days! Today, I'm doing pink, since it is far superior to red. Tomorrow I will do orange, yellow the next and so on.

This is my favorite pink polish ever, I even have a backup bottle of it. I believe China Glaze has made this part of their permanent collection which means you can get this at any Sally Beauty Supply or anywhere else the regular collection of China Glaze is sold.

China Glaze - Strawberry Fields - Sally Beauty Supply $6, TransDesign $3

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Essie - Turquoise & Caicos

So, I had to try REALLY hard not to swatch another purple today.  About 30% of my nail polish collection are different shades of purple. I can't help myself, I just love it.

This is Essie - Turquoise & Caicos from their Spring 2010 Resort collection, the same collection that Splash of Grenadine is from. Splash and Turquoise are two out of my three favorite Essie colors of all time. (My other is Play Date, a purple from this spring) I love the finish and formula of Essie polishes, though I see many bloggers don't like it. I find it really easy to apply and they dry very glossy, the only problem is that you need about 3 coats for the colors to be completely opaque. This color is still available at Walgreens and on TransDesign.

I used a matte top coat on my middle and ring finger and Seche Vite on the outside two. For some reason, I love a mattle top coat on these spring colors.

Essie - Turquoise & Caicos - Walgreens $8, TransDesign $4.
Orly - Matte Top - Sally Beauty Supply $7.49, $5.39 TransDesign.
In more news, it looks like China Glaze is coming out with another set of Neons this summer. These look like much better colors than their Poolside collection.

Monday, February 6, 2012

nails inc.- Houses of Parliament

Okay, I've had this polish since about Thanksgiving. I love it but it is nearly impossible to photograph. I tried everywhere, in the bathroom, in the kitchen, in my room, outside. It looks grainy and streaky in every picture.  So, please trust that it looks way cooler in real life. Usually I just photograph in whatever lighting makes the polish look most accurate. I find this is almost never sunlight and almost always the kitchen or bathroom. Then again, my camera is terrible, it tries to automate everything. The focus, the lighting, the color, so it's a bitch trying to work around the faulty technology to get a real, true to life picture. I tried to take a picture of the green skies before a storm one day, and it f'ing color corrected it! True Story.

So, on with the nail polish... I used nails inc. - Houses of Parliament, I ordered it from Sephora, it was very expensive. This specific brand will run you $16 for the polish with the magnet included. It comes in three colors and a curved stripe magnet. I used the China Glaze Magnetix magnet's starburst design though. You can position it however you want to, I just moved it around to try out a bunch of things. :)

It's very easy to use. You just apply a liberal coat of the polish, take the magnet, hold it close to and over your nail (but not touching it, obviously) for about 5-10 seconds. You have to work quickly to use the magnet while the polish is still very wet for the best results though. I have two China Glaze Magnetix colors to try out. So I will get to those eventually!

nails inc. - Houses of Parliament - $16 at Sephora
China Glaze Magnetix Magnet - $4.60 at TransDesign

Click Read More for more information on where to get Magnetic Nail Polish.

Philosophy - Hope in a Jar

So, here is a quick review of a sample I got from an online purchase at Sephora. I got to choose a "deluxe sample" and I chose Philosophy - Hope in a Jar. It's just a facial moisturizer. I already pretty much knew it wasn't going to work for me since I have acne and very oily skin. Moisturizer is usually a bad idea for me. If I ever get a dry patch, I just use Vaseline on it until it goes away.

Anyway, I thought I'd test it out anyway and I was very surprised by... the... smell. It was horrible, it smelled like a brand new pool toy. Wtf is in that stuff? I don't know what is in it, but it seriously has a strong plastic smell. I wish I had smelled it before I put it on because all I could smell was my face, blaaghhh. Anyway, I woke up to very oily skin. I will not try this again, but I would have never tried it in the first place if it wasn't free. So, no real loss here.

I would have taken a picture of the face I made when I smelled it, but that is far too much effort for a lazy person like me, so I did what any self-respecting lazy internet person would do. I made an Lolcat. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Battle of the Mascaras

So, for a long time now I've been searching for the perfect mascara. I picked up these 6 at different times based on advertisements and blog reviews and I finally decided just to compare them all, one after the other... After all that mascara and makeup remover though, my eyes feel like this right now... >.<

Up for review, Maybelline - The Falsies, Dior - Diorshow, CoverGirl Exact Eyelights, L'Oreal - Telescopic Explosion, L'Oreal Double Extend and CoverGirl Lash Blast.

For reviews, click Read More

Friday, February 3, 2012

Coastal Scents & Fyrinnae

Today, I'll be reviewing Coastal Scents Glitter Powder and some Fyrinnae shadows using their glitter primer, Pixie Epoxy. Both are indie makeup brands that you can only buy online.

First up is Coastal Scents Glitter Powder. I got these quite a while ago when they called them "Cosmetic Glitter". I'm not sure what size I got, I don't remember. I'm pretty sure it was the sample size. These will only run you $1.50 per sample or $3.95/oz. They also offer 8oz and and 1lb but I can't imagine ever needing that much unless you're into making your own makeup line. As a random swatch, I threw in Wet n' Wild Fantasy Makers in Confetti that I picked up at Walgreens in their Halloween display for $1.99.

I swatched these over the Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy as a base. When I ordered, they gave me a bonus sample, Golden Fairy Dust. I highly recommend using Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy as a base for glitters though you can also use clear lip gloss and pat the glitter on top with a brush. It really brings out the sparkle.

Coastal Scents:
Top: CS Pinky Glitter, CS Ocean Blue Glitter, CS Jade Green, WnW Confetti; Bottom: CS Sahara Sand, CS Black Magic Hologram, Cappucino, Golden Fairy Dust 

For the Fryinnae Reviews, click Read More.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Essie - Splash of Grenadine

This is Essie - Splash of Grenadine from Essie's Resort - Summer 2010 collection. You can still get it at Walgreens and TransDesign though. I love this color and I really like the finish of Essie Polishes, you don't really need a topcoat because they dry very glossy. It definitely looks better with a topcoat though. I usually wear this one with a Matte Topcoat. China Glaze Matte Magic on two fingers and Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat on the other two. If you're looking for a Matte top coat, Essie and Orly have them too. You can get them at Sally Beauty Supply, Ulta and the Essie matte coat is available at Walgreens and Target as well.

Essie - Splash of Grenadine - $4 at TransDesign or $8 Walgreens.
China Glaze - Matte Magic - Sally Beauty Supply/Ulta

More Up & Coming China Glaze

I just found out about TWO more China Glaze collections coming out. Here are the previews...
I am much more excited about the Crackle Glitters than the Prismatic Glitters though. It looks like the Prismatic collection is just some different colored glitters mixed together.