Sunday, May 27, 2012

Hiatus.

Hello!

You may have noticed I've been MIA for a bit. I am still alive and I plan on coming back!
My boyfriend came to visit me in the States for a week and now I'm in Toronto.
Once again, I had issues with immigration letting me visit... they are a real pain in the ass. Seriously.

Anyway, I broke almost every nail packing and I'm just settling in for a couple months over here. I need to let them grow back out a bit.

Please, keep following!

When I come back, I will have a couple from the Rainbow Honey Equestria Collection to giveaway! :D

I promise, I will be back!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Icing - Glitterati

I've had this color in my stash for a while, I'm not sure why I hadn't tried it until now! It is SOsoso sparkly. The camera didn't even catch all the holo sparklies. I put Icing - Glitterati over China Glaze - Flying Dragon. Flying Dragon matches this very well, I can't tell if there were any glitter bald spots because it matched so well.

Color:  Icing - Glitterati: $4.50 Icing.
Base Color:  China Glaze - Flying Dragon: $3 TransDesign, $6 Sally Beauty Supply.
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.

Icing - Glitterati
Natural Light


Icing - Glitterati
Artificial Light w/Flash

Icing - Glitterati
Macro - Natural Light

Friday, May 11, 2012

China Glaze - Luminous Lavender

Woo! Okay, finally got my giveaway package sent out. I'm not sure why giveaway-ers are so hesitant to do international giveaways. I just use the Scotch bubble mailers and the international shipping really isn't that bad. Shipping 5 polishes to Russia in a 6" x 9" bubble mailer was $10, shipping 2 polishes to Spain in a 6" x 9" bubble mailer was $7. Shipping with the bubble mailers is MUCH cheaper than using boxes. So, my giveaways will continue to be international. :D

This was the sheerest of the glitter crackle bunch, but I think it went pretty well over a light lavender. Who loves lavender? I love lavender,  I do I do I DOOOOO!!(Imagine Kel with Orange Soda, if you know what I am talking about -_-)

Crackle: China Glaze - Luminous Lavender: $6 Sally Beauty Supply & Ulta.
Base Color:  Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - Lacey Lilac: $2-3 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.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

China Glaze - Platinum Pieces & L.A. Colors - Metallic Teal

I have been super slacking on swatches lately. I was trying to do some nail art for a couple days for a contest but they were just... complete failures. -_-

Here is a swatch I had saved up! I tried to swatch Flying Dragon the other day but the pictures didn't turn out somehow, I must have accidentally pressed some odd setting on the camera. Hmm! I guess I will try it again another day. :D

There will probably be a couple more crackle swatches to come since the Crackle Glitters collection just came out. So, for all you crackle haters, please just wait it out!


Crackle: China Glaze - Platinum Pieces, $6 Sally Beauty Supply & Ulta.
Base Color:  L.A. Colors - Metallic Teal: $1-2 at various dollar stores and discount locations.
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, May 7, 2012

100 Followers Giveaway Winner!

Congrats to the 100 Follower Giveaway Winner, Ana C of Spain!!
Please stay tuned for my next giveaway! I should have the prizes in hand by the end of the month. :)

Swatches will resume tomorrow... I got distracted this weekend by video games ^_^!

Note: There were some updates to the Giveaway sidebar and the Giveaway Page will reflect it shortly.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

China Glaze - Gleam Me Up

It seems each month is filled with awarenesses for certain diseases, May is no exception.
I think it's Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Mental Health, Lyme's Disease, Stroke, Arthritis, Zombie and Athsma Awareness month at least.

Thankfully I only suffer from a couple of these disorders, Bi-Polar Disorder II and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Both have been and will continue to be a constant struggle for the rest of my life.

You can donate and read more about Ehlers Danlos Syndrome here... Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation.
Basically, it's a connective tissue disorder. Contortionists tend to have this. You may have heard about it on TV where they usually get everything wrong about it. Most commonly it affects the connective tissue around the joints, it's very lax and stretchy so hyper-extending the joints is common. Dislocation and subluxation is very common. In my case, I can't even do any cool tricks like dislocate my shoulder and wave at you backwards. My knee and ankle joints sublux frequently and I have a lot of problems with muscle spasms beneath my shoulder blades. I have a very mild case but it's still a constant problem. There is no cure, it's a lifelong disease and it isn't studied nearly as much as it should be. The only treatments treat the symptoms. I haven't found any treatments that work for me though I have been in and out of physical therapy several times. I'm really not an expert on EDS, so I'm not the best person to talk to and the EDS community pretty picky about how it's defined so don't tell them I said anything! You can however, check out that link or look it up on Wikipedia if you're curious.

 I don't think there is one specific place to read about Bi-polar Disorder or donate.

Anyway, if you have any questions about my experience with either disorder, you can certainly ask me, I'm not shy about them.

P.S. Zombie Awareness Month? Really? How many zombie jokes, movies, pub crawls, shirts, cups and mugs does it take until zombies aren't funny anymore? I stopped laughing years ago. Who's with me?
Nobody will ever make a better zombie movie parody than Shaun of the Dead, so people just need to give up on it.



Swatch time!!!

This is Gleam Me Up from China Glaze's most recent Crackle Glitters collection, I got them at Sally Beauty Supply on Monday just as they were putting up the display.

I was really excited about these after seeing swatches of glitter crackles from European brands Golden Rose and P2 months and months ago(I even tried to order some from Poland at one point, but the language barrier prevented it). I don't see these being very popular because they came out so long after the crackle craze has been over. Thankfully I didn't go overboard with them so I can look at crackle manis and not puke. :)

I haven't tried any other glitter crackle formulas but I'm actually not that impressed. It was not very opaque, I had to use two coats which made me lose a lot of the cracks. I had significant tip wear the morning after which I'm guessing was just from how much friggin' polish I had on my fingers.

On a positive note, China Glaze has some exciting collections coming up... the Summer Neons, Summer Safari, Fall Bohemian(multi-chromes) and the Magnetix II collection. Can't wait for those!

Crackle: China Glaze - Gleam Me Up, $6 Sally Beauty Supply & Ulta.
Base Color:  China Glaze - Solar Power: $3 TransDesign.
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.

China Glaze - Gleam Me Up over China Glaze - Solar Power.
Outdoors - Natural Light


China Glaze - Gleam Me Up over China Glaze - Solar Power
Indoors - Artificial Light w/Flash

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

China Glaze - Summer Neons Press Release

Heat Up Your Summer with China Glaze® Summer Collection

     
Los Angeles, CA – (March 2012):  The sun has nothing on you this summer!  Rival its brightness and heat with China Glaze® Summer 2012 collection, Summer Neons.  Featuring 12 new sizzling shades perfect for surf, sand and nightlife, the all new hot hues in China Glaze® Summer Neons include:
  • Pink Plumeria: Light pink with gold shimmer
  •  Under the Boardwalk: Fluorescent raspberry
  •  Splish Splash: Bright sky blue shimmer
  •  Love’s A Beach: Sizzling hot pink
  •  Hang-Ten Toes: Bubblegum neon with iridescent purple shimmer
  •  Beach Cruise-r: Glimmering fuchsia grape
  •  Orange You Hot?: Bright orange with attention-grabbing gold glimmer
  •  Surfin’ For Boys: Glistening bright coral
  •  Flirty Tankini: Shimmery strawberry smoothie pink
  •  Ride the Waves: Dark ocean blue
  •  I’m With the Lifeguard: Glimmering lime green
  •  Sun-Kissed: Hot highlighter yellow



Also available 8-piece box collection featuring Under The Boardwalk, Ride The Waves, I’m With The Lifeguard, Sun-Kissed, Orange You Hot?, Surfin’ For Boys, Flirty Tankini and Pink Plumeria.


China Glaze® Summer Neons will be available as open stock colors and 12-piece counter display.  Individual polishes retail for $7 MSRP and the 8-piece box set retails for $56.  China Glaze® Summer Neons will be available at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide in June 2012.

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.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

LA Colors - Metallic Purple, Metallic Teal and Glitter Teal.

I just pre-ordered a very nice prize for a 250 follower giveaway if I ever get to 250 followers... I think you guys will be very excited! I won't announce it until I have the polishes IN hand though.

So, my friend Carina sent me a bunch of polishes from L.A. Colors, the glitter and the metallic collection. Unfortunately one took a tumble... hit a wall and then exploded all over the white carpet. Thankfully it wasn't the purple or teal! But, umm... I don't think that nail polish stain is coming out heh. These polishes don't actually have names so I just described them by finish and color. You can purchase these colors at dollar stores, Cub Foods(Minnesota grocery store chain) and at Gordmans(Midwest discount store). I think they were about $1 but I can't say for sure.

I'm guessing for nail polish that is only $1, you might be wondering about the quality... I have nothing bad to say about the formula on these. I am impressed! The brushes are fine too, I have no complaints.

For this manicure I painted the whole nail with Metallic Purple, then sponged the Metallic Teal over the top of the nail with your run of the mill generic makeup sponge to create the fade then painted the tips regularly with the Teal. The next day I decided to add some of the Glitter Teal to the tips as well. It didn't fade as smoothly as I would have liked but... hey it was my first time trying it. :P

I also added 6 new giveaways to the sidebar & giveaways page!

Layer 1:  L.A. Colors - Metallic Purple: $1 various dollar store/discount stores.
Layer 2: L.A. Colors - Metallic Teal: $1 various dollar store/discount stores.
Layer 3: L.A. Colors Glitter Teal: $1 various dollar store/discount stores.
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.

L.A. Colors - Metallic Purple, Metallic Teal & Glitter Teal
Outdoors - Natural Light

L.A. Colors - Metallic Purple & Metallic Teal.
Indoors - Artificial Light w/Flash