Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Born Pretty Store - Qgirl-030 Stamping Plate

Press Sample

Hello everyone! I have a stamping plate (Qgirl-30) from Born Pretty Store up for review today.
This is especially exciting because it is my first time stamping. It took me a couple of hours to learn and practice but, I figured it out! It really isn't as hard as it looks and I think I got some good results for being a first timer.

I have seen videos of people stamping before and it looked pretty simple. Just paint on the plate, scrape off the excess polish, press your rubber stamper to the plate and then transfer the image to your nail. Pretty simple, right? 

Well, right away the stamper did not pick anything up so I researched a bit and found that the stamper has to be primed to use. Priming it involves washing it with dish soap and then filing the surface. I washed it off and gently filed it down with a 80/100 grit file being careful not to rip it. I kept checking the progress until I was picking up the whole image without bald spots.

Next, I tried a ton of different polishes until I found I got the best results with China Glaze - Liquid Leather. I think I really need to get some stamping polishes because most of the polishes I tried were not opaque enough. I opted to scrape with a used up gift card instead of the metal scraper that came with the stamp because I heard they can scratch up your plate.

I found that in order for the stamper to pick up the polish, you have to paint the plate, scrape and press the stamp on pretty quickly. Doing this quick enough took some practice. Once the image is on the stamp you can slow down a bit for placement on the nail. 

Overall, I found stamping to be a lot of fun and totally not as hard as I thought it would be. I usually stay away from all things nail art because I really am not very good at it. I suppose I could be with some practice but, I get discouraged easily. :P Stamping is very doable for nail art newbs like me... now I need more plates!

If you are interested in buying this plate or other nail art supplies from Born Pretty Store, don't forget to use my 10% off code on the sidebar or at the bottom of this post! Shipping takes a couple of weeks and the prices are great.

Polishes: 2 coats Ulta - High Roller, 3 coats Orly - Halo. China Glaze - Liquid Leather to stamp with and Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat on top.

Items Used: 
Qgirl-030 Stamping Plate - $1.99 BornPrettyStore.com
Black Nail Art Stamper & Scraper Set - $2.99 BornPrettyStore.com
Born Pretty Store - Qgirl-030 Stamping Plate
Born Pretty Store - Qgirl-030 Stamping Plate
Born Pretty Store - Qgirl-030 Stamping Plate
Born Pretty
Press Sample

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Fortune Cookie Soap

 I have wanted to order from Fortune Cookie Soap for a long time. I was totally lusting over their fall collections and I REALLY wanted their Yipes Stipes (supposed to smell like Fruit Stripes gum) and Blueberry Flapjacks soap. Unfortunately, I could never order because the shipping to Canada is just ridiculously expensive. The shipping on my order was $45.60. I do understand that shipping from the US to Canada really is very expensive because I ship between US and Canada all the time (all of my family is in the US) and the box is pretty bulky and heavy. I just really wish there was a solution to this problem because, it is the difference between something being affordable and something being unaffordable.

For Black Friday they were having a deal that all of the Fortune Cookie shaped soaps were half off and buy 2 get 1 free on "almost everything else". The lotions were apparently not part of "almost everything else" but the half-off on the soaps made up for the ridiculous shipping costs and made these an option for X-Mas gifts for the family and gave me the chance to grab a couple items for myself.

The order did take quite a while to get shipped out but, I'm sure that was due to being a Black Friday order and I was well aware that it wasn't going to be shipped out the next day (they warned me). I was however told that they would be sure it arrives before Christmas, it arrived 1 week before Christmas so that worked out.

The only problem that I experienced was that there were two soaps missing from my order but, thankfully I ordered two soaps for myself so I just used those to replace the missing gifts. I did have to give up two soaps that I ordered for myself that I was specifically excited about, so I was upset about that. I contacted their customer service and explained that two soaps were missing and if it was at all possible I would like them to replace the soaps that I ordered for myself and had to give up instead of the two that were missing. They obliged and the replacements were sent out within 48 hours.

I probably won't order from Fortune Cookie Soap again (unless there is a huge sale) only because of very expensive (international) shipping. If there was free shipping available for large orders, I would probably order about once a year. I was perfectly happy with the products, the soaps were larger than I thought they were going to be and the lotions were nice. Some of the soaps did not arrive as pictured but, they were pretty close. For the most part I was happy with my experience ordering from Fortune Cookie Soap. I was content with the customer service solution and response time for the issues that I had.

This post is packed full of images, click  read more for larger images and individual soap reviews!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Arcane Lacquer - Make A Move

Today I have a second Arcane Lacquer beauty to show. I love purples with gold shimmers so I pretty much just throw money at any one I see. For some reason purples most often come with silver shimmers which doesn't make much sense to me because gold looks so much better!

Make A Move is a gorgeous red-toned purple with a prominent gold shimmer.

Arcane Lacquer - Make A Move: $10 Arcane Lacquer, $12 Llarowe
Arcane Lacquer - Make A Move

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Arcane Lacquer - The Power, The Passion

Okay, I am a bit behind! I got a bunch of nail polish recently to swatch but, one of my kitties had surgery to remove his colon so it has been very hectic taking him back and forth to the vet and dealing with keeping him safe and comfortable while he recovers. It's actually a lot more work than I expected it to be. I have to monitor how much he is eating, I have to give him 3 different medications, mix probiotics into his (very expensive) food, make sure he isn't licking his incision, monitor how much he is going to the bathroom and try to prevent him from escaping the room. The last part is actually the hardest part.

On to the swatching!

The Power, The Passion has a deep purple jelly base and it's loaded with green, purple and red holographic micro-glitters. It dries semi-matte and kind of grainy and it actually ate through my first coat of Glisten & Glow - HK Girl Top Coat. It was just fine with two coats though. This is two coats of The Power, The Passion with two coats of HK Girl Top Coat. I included a macro so you can see all the tiny glitters!

Arcane Lacquer - The Power, The Passion: $10 Arcane Lacquer, $12 Llarowe
Arcane Lacquer - The Power, The Passion

Arcane Lacquer - The Power, The Passion

Friday, November 28, 2014

Crows Toes - Jotunheim

Woooo! I finally got new nail polish. I got 6 new colors and spoiler alert: they are all purple. I saw this color several times and was not terribly interested until I saw it swatched matte and then I had to have it. Now that I have it, I actually prefer it glossy. Either way, I love it. :D This is the second Crows Toes polish that I own and I would love to own more at some point.  I REALLY wanted Candied Brains Anyone? from A Box Indied but, I guess it was not meant to be. :( Crows Toes polishes are usually glitter bombs but they don't require extra top coats like Gelous or Glitter Food to flatten them out.

Jotunheim is a deep eggplant purple loaded with bronze and holographic glitter. I used three coats but only two coats are required for full opacity.

Crows Toes - Jotunheim: $13 Llarowe, $15.62 Femme Fatale Cosmetics (AU), kr. 129.00 Norway Nails (EU)
Crows Toes - Jotunheim
Crows Toes - Jotunheim
Essie - Matte About You Top Coat

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Zoya - Happi

Today I have one of my favorite Zoya colors for you. This is a very old polish that is still available which is one of the things I love about Zoya polishes. This is from the Spring 2010 Reverie collection.

Happi is a gorgeous pink that almost leans coral (but, not quite) with a strong gold(leaning green) shimmer. Happi is opaque in 3 coats. If Zoya is not available in your area, you could try Crows Toes - Tequila sunrise from Llarowe. I do not have it to compare but I am pretty sure it's either a dupe or very close to one.

Zoya - Happi: $9 Zoya.com, $9.75 Nail Polish Canada

Zoya - Happi

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

L'Oreal - Too Dimensional?

L'Oreal - Too Dimensional? came out last fall with the L'Oreal Colour Riche Hidden Gems (texture) collection but is thankfully still available. I didn't find the Hidden Gems collection at Shoppers until Spring... I don't remember how much I paid for it. :P It is similar to OPI - Alcatraz Rocks but, definitely different enough to justify having both. Personally, I like the L'Oreal color better but, I also really love Alcatraz Rocks. Too Dimensional is a purple based texture polish with a prominent gold shimmer and larger chunks of lavender glitter. The formula is great and it is opaque in two coats. I added a comparison swatch with Alcatraz Rocks so that you can see the difference.

L'Oreal - Too Dimensional?: $5.99 CVS, $6.99 Walgreens,$? Shoppers Drug Mart (Canada)
L'Oreal - Too Dimensional?

L'Oreal - Too Dimensional? & OPI - Alcatraz Rocks Comparison

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Icing - Pop A Bottle

Unfortunately, I have to tease you guys with another (possibly) discontinued polish while I am anxiously awaiting a restock so I can spend my birthday money that I have been trying to spend since August. I gave up on Harlow & Co. stocking the colors that I wanted since they told me that they would be in back in the end of September. Now, I am waiting for a TBA Llarowe restock that was supposed to possibly be happening in October but will probably be in the beginning of November. Hopefully this one actually happens. :)

This is Icing - Pop A Bottle, it is similar to the long discontinued OPI - Sparkle-Icious. I wouldn't consider it a dupe because Pop A Bottle is much lighter. However, it is similar in that it is a glitter mix containing gold, pink and blue. The major difference is that my bottle of OPI quickly became very thick and gelatinous and couldn't even be saved with Nail Polish thinner or Nail Pattern Boldness - Glitter Food whereas the formula on this one is still going strong. It's not often that I will say that a Claire's brand nail polish is better quality than an OPI but the quality of OPI's Burlesque collection was pretty crappy(though very pretty). The only problem is that Icing seems to have re-done their polish line so I am not sure that it exists anymore.

This is two coats of Icing - Pop A Bottle over Ulta - High Roller with High Roller also on the tips. The good news is... you can still find the Ulta polish which is a pretty awesome color. It's hard to find golds that go well with my skin tone and this is less yellow (maybe a little silvery?) so it goes well on my ultra pale and pink complexion. I also added a bonus swatch of this mani with a Essie - Matte About You top coat. I much prefer this with a shiny top coat though.

Icing - Pop A Bottle: $? Icing
Ulta - High Roller:  $6 Ulta
Icing - Pop A Bottle


Saturday, October 25, 2014

OPI - Black Spotted & The Spy Who Loved Me

I was deciding on a Halloween manicure and this is what I came up with. Unfortunately, both of these polishes are not part of current collections so you would have to find them on Amazon or Ebay. Black Spotted is an oily/bubble effect top coat that was only released in a few European countries with The Amazing Spider-Man collection. I got Black Spotted in a swap with Rainbowify Me which is actually the only swap I have ever done. Layla has a line of Bubbly Effect polishes that may be easier to find. The Spy Who Loved me is a bright red with yellow-gold micro-glitters and was released with the Skyfall Holiday 2012 collection.

Black Spotted is extremely hard to work with, it's very watery and the base color has to be completely dry for it to work. If the base color is not dry, you get crackling between all of the bubbles. I tried waiting about 45 minutes before putting on Black Spotted and although it was dry to the touch, it still wasn't dry enough to stop the crackling. I tried using a quick dry top coat but, it made the surface too slick and the watery formula left steaks from wiping itself off. A couple hours would probably do the trick but I just ended up letting the base color dry overnight, touched up the tips and then put Black Spotted on top. Another problem with it is that you have to have the perfect amount of polish on the brush, if you have too much you only get a couple small spots and going back for more is not an option. I do love the results though. :D

OPI - Black Spotted over The Spy Who Loved Me

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

China Glaze - Your Present Required

I got this polish last year from a Nail Polish Wars giveaway. It's in a different bottle because the neck of the bottle burst during shipping. I scooped it into an old Seche Vite bottle though and saved it. I wasn't sure how to wear this color even though it is a very pretty mix of glitter. I saw @punkrockangel2004 / Punky Polish on Instagram use it over black with a matte top coat though and I loved it. So, this is China Glaze - Your Present Required (Holiday 2013/Pop Top 2014) over China Glaze - Liquid Leather with Essie - Matte About You on top.

China Glaze - Your Present Required:  $3.25 Nailsupplies.us, $6 .26 Nail Polish Canada
China Glaze - Liquid Leather:  $3.25 Nailsupplies.us, $6 .26 Nail Polish Canada, $6.99 Sally Beauty Supply, $7.50 Ulta

Thursday, October 9, 2014

I ♥ NP - Birefringence

Here is the last ILNP Ultra Chrome that I own. Hopefully I will get more someday! I will see what kind of budget I have leftover when and if those Femme Fatale glitters I want ever get stocked. I was going to give up and just order them from the states (Color4Nails) but, I just missed them and they are now closed for a month. Uggh!  Birefringence is a frosty blue to violet multi-chrome. It's pretty awesome! One kind of strange thing that I really like about ILNP is their matte black caps. They photograph well because you can't see the scratches and fingerprints on them. They are changing their bottles on October 31st but, they said they will be keeping the matte caps which is awesome.

I ♥ NP - Birefringence: $12.50 Ilnp.com
I Love Nail Polish - Birefringence
Half Diffused Light / Half Direct Light
I Love Nail Polish - Birefringence
Diffused Light
I Love Nail Polish - Birefringence
Underwater Diffused Light

Saturday, September 27, 2014

I ♥ NP - Mutagen

Sorry, it's been a while! I haven't got any new polishes in for quite some time so I'm tying to find the motivation to swatch old stuff that I've had for a while. I have been desperately waiting for my Canadian stockist to stock the new Femme Fatale glitters but, it's taking forever and I'm about to give up and spend my nail polish budget on something else. I should have just ordered them from overseas but it's really hard to justify spending $20 on shipping unless it's a huge order.

So, here is an oldie but I goodie that I never swatched. This is I Love Nail Polish - Mutagen from their Ultra Chromes collection over black. Multi-chromes are so much fun to wear, I catch myself tilting my nails everywhere I go (especially in the shower) just so I can catch all of the color shifts. I included an obligatory underwater shot just because. Behold, the many faces of Mutagen!

I ♥ NP - Mutagen: $12.50 Ilnp.com
I Love Nail Polish - Mutagen
Diffused and Direct Light

I Love Nail Polish - Mutagen
Diffused Light

I Love Nail Polish - Mutagen

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Catrice - Dirty Berry

I've had this polish for a while and I really like it. It's a Eurpoean brand polish that I won in a giveaway. I wish this brand was available in Canada. I know Ninja Polish was carrying it for a while but, Ninja Polish closed. :(

Dirty Berry is a dusty lavender with a subtle holo. The formula is fantastic! I have no idea what the availability of this polish is. But, if you live in Europe and you know where to get this brand and this shade is still available, you should totally get it!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ethereal Lacquer - Worlds Apart

   Today I have Ethereal Lacquer's Worlds Apart polish up for review. Ethereal Lacquer - Worlds Apart is a gorgeous polish that is somewhat reminiscent of Clarins 230 and Max Factor Fantasy Fire. It has a deep blurple jelly base with those red to green duo-chromatic sparkles that everyone loves. It doesn't build up to opacity on it's own but it does well over two coats of China Glaze - Creative Fantasy.

   Worlds Apart is a beautiful polish in it's own right but, if you're looking for a cheaper and more readily available alternative to Fantasy Fire and 230, you're out of luck. I was a bit disappointed because the swatches on the websites show a really strong green flash in the sparkles but I was unable to find an environment when the green flash was nearly as noticeable as it was in the product swatches. It's still a gorgeous polish but, in my opinion the product swatches(on the stockists) were very deceiving.

Ethereal Lacquer - Worlds Apart: $12 Ethereal Lacquer, $13.75 Femme Fatale Cosmetics, S$17 Mei Mei's Signatures, £8.50 Rainbow Connection
Ethereal Lacquer - Worlds Apart over
China Glaze -Creative Fantasy
I included some comparisons so you could see how different these polishes actually are.
Index and Pinky: 2 coats Ethereal Lacquer - Worlds Apart over 2 coats China Glaze - Creative Fantasy
Middle: 1 coat Clarins 230 over 3 coats China Glaze - Creative Fantasy
Ring: 2 coats Max Factor - Fantasy Fire over 3 coats China Glaze - Creative -Fantasy

Fantasy Fire and 230 required an extra coat of Creative Fantasy because they do not add to the opacity of the base color the way that Worlds Apart does.
Ethereal Lacquer - Worlds Apart, Clarins - 230, Max Factor - Fantasy Fire, Ethereal Lacquer - Worlds Apart

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Femme Fatale - Apothecary

Apothecary was a color that I had to have as soon as I saw swatches. For some reason, I couldn't find this color at many stockists. Either they are out of stock, not stocking this color or they haven't got it in yet. NA people can keep their eyes on Harlow & Co and Color 4 Nails to see if this color pops up or just pay a ton of shipping to get it in from either Australia or Singapore like I did via FFC or Mei Mei's (it was worth it).

Apothecary is a really cool seafoam green with a strong linear holo, a heavy gold shimmer and gold flakes. This color has a very mermaid vibe to it and I love it. Indoors, the shimmer overpowers the holo which isn't really a bad thing because it sets it apart from other seafoam holos. The holo is definitely still there though and gets even more vibrant in the sun.

This color also looks REALLY good matte and adds to the mermaid vibe. Using a matte top coat may negate the holo-goodness but, gold shimmer looks soso good with a satiny finish. It also helps the gold flakes stand out.

Femme Fatale - Apothecary: $13.75 Femme Fatale Cosmetics, S$20.50 Mei Mei's Signatures, £9.80 Rainbow Connection

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Apothecary
Partially Diffused CFL Lighting

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Apothecary
Essie - Matte About You Top Coat
Partially Diffused CFL Lighting

Friday, August 29, 2014

Femme Fatale - Maddening Whispers

I had no idea what this color was going to look like when it showed up since it seems to look like 3 different colors in swatches so I was just hoping that I liked it. I captured it the best that I could and I think the first picture is a pretty accurate swatch.

The only difference between the two pictures is that the first has partial direct light whereas the second is diffused light only and the swatches look like different colors so, I can see why there is so much variety in the swatches. The first picture is more true to color. The duo-chrome takes over in the shade in natural sunlight but, the holo takes over in fluorescent lighting or direct sunlight.

Maddening Whispers is a complex color because it is holographic, duo-chromatic and also has a shimmer. It seems to be a dark blue to purple shift with a strong linear holo and a green-gold shimmer. The formula is awesome and you could get away with one coat but, I used two.

I am really kicking myself in the butt for ordering this when I did though because Femme Fatale came out with some awesome glitters like a week after I placed my order. Aggh! I will have to wait until a NA stockist gets them in. Harlow & Co told me 2-3 weeks so I will try to pick some up then! :)

Femme Fatale - Maddening Whispers: $12.80 Harlow & Co, $13 Color4Nails, $13.75 Femme Fatale Cosmetics, S$20.50 Mei Mei's Signatures, £10.20 Rainbow Connection

Femme Fatale - Maddening Whispers
Half Direct CFL, Half Diffused CFL

Femme Fatale - Maddening Whispers
Diffused CFL

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Loose Eyeshadow Swatches

It's a rare occasion that I order from Femme Fatale Cosmetics because shipping from Australia costs so much but it's not from lack of want. Even if the buyers remorse hits immediately after ordering, I feel much better about it when it shows up on my doorstep 2 weeks later and I'm happier with the package than I usually am with my North American based products.

This is my first time trying out Femme Fatale Cosmetic's eye shadows and I was not disappointed. I ordered mini sizes (3.63 CAD inc. GST/3g) and got 3 free sample baggies along with my order.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Loose Eyeshadows: $6.44 CAD/5g or $3.63 CAD/3g.
Moonrest, Witchwood, Genesis, Emerald Dream, Wrath Baby, Sugar Rush & Peebles
No Flash

Moonrest, Witchwood, Genesis, Emerald Dream, Wrath Baby, Sugar Rush & Peebles

Moonrest, Emerald Dream, Sugar Rush, Peebles
No Flash

Moonrest, Emerald Dream, Sugar Rush, Peebles

Emerald Dream

Sugar Rush


Sunday, August 10, 2014

OPI - Here Today, Aragon Tomorrow (Suede)

Here is an oldie but a goodie. I got this after it had been discontinued for a couple years as a birthday gift from my sister. This from OPI's Fall 2010 Suede collection. I really wish OPI would re-release the Suede collection but I don't really see that happening. :/

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Zoya - Sunshine

I seem to be on a Zoya kick lately, I have been wearing a lot of it. That's not a bad thing since Zoya polishes are pretty awesome(with the exception of Wendy). I also have quite a few Zoyas that remain unswatched so you might be seeing a lot more Zoyas soon. It does help that they make the best textured polishes around and I looove texture polishes. :P

Here is Sunshine, a dark denim blue texture polish from the Fall 2013 Pixie Dust Collection.

Zoya - Sunshine: $10 Zoya.com & Ulta, $9.68 Nail Polish Canada

Monday, July 28, 2014

Femme Fatale - Lunar Halo & Zoya - Wendy

I recently picked up Zoya - Wendy because I really love the color. I have been forever searching for the perfect coral and this is it!  I was scanning my polish rack and spotted a mini of Femme Fatale - Lunar Halo that I hadn't tried yet. I decided to see how it looked over Wendy and I loved the results! It  dried semi-matte and it looked so pretty that I decided to finish it off with a matte top coat (Essie) to make it even more matte. This really makes me wish that I had a full size bottle of Lunar Halo!

Femme Fatale - Lunar Halo: $10 Color4Nails, $11 Femme Fatale Cosmetics, S$18.50 Mei Mei's Signatures
Zoya - Wendy: $9 Zoya.com & Ulta, $9.75 Nail Polish Canada

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Man Glaze - ILF

Happy Matteurday!  Most of the time I would say that holo is my favorite finish for nail polish but some days, I would say matte. I really love matte polishes and I wish there were more options for colors. When the OPI Suedes came out I was extremely broke and I missed them and now they are impossible to find.

Man Glaze only does matte polishes and they do them well. I would almost buy them for the bottle art alone which is incredible. I have a pretty long wish list of Man Glaze polishes but, the two I have will have to do for now.

Man Glaze - ILF: $13.13 ManGlaze.com

Don't forget to enter The Great Polish Giveaway of 2014!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

OPI - A Grape Affair and The Great Polish Giveaway of 2014 with Nail Polish Canada

Today I have a swatch of OPI - A Grape Affair from the Coca Cola Collection. I also have some exciting news that I am part of a massive giveaway with Nail Polish Canada and you can have a chance of winning this shade or up to 199 other colors all chosen by bloggers.

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents 18 and older and ends on 08/15/2014 at 12:00 AM. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Good luck!

OPI - A Grape Affair: $9.95 Nail Polish Canada

Click here to view all of the prizes and earn more entries on Nail Polish Canada. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, July 11, 2014

Zoya - Binx

Today's swatch is one of the latest additions to the Zoya collection, Bubbly. This is Binx, it's a hot pink with small iridescent circle shaped glitter. It's a bit sheer, it took 4 thin coats but the formula was a dream. I would like to at some point get the rest of the shades in this collection and I am now regretting not taking advantage of it during their July 4th sale.

Zoya - Binx: $9 Zoya.com & Ulta, $9.75 Nail Polish Canada


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Picture Polish - Paradise

Well, I've been MIA for a while and I apologize for that. I haven't had much nail polish coming in so I just haven't been very motivated to swatch anything. I got some new pretties recently though. I ordered from Nail Polish Canada.

This is my first Picture Polish. It's a very pretty metallic teal to blue duo-chrome with gold shimmer and small circular purple glitter. Picture Polish often collaborates with bloggers to come up with new colors and this polish is a collaboration with Liquid Jelly. I never heard of Liquid Jelly until today but I have to say, she dreamed up a pretty damn good polish.

Picture Polish - Paradise: $14.50 Nail Polish Canada, $14.50 Llarowe,  $12 Picture Polish (AU)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Different Dimension - Radiance Within & Bubble Up

I received some surprise nail mail the other day! I won a giveaway back in February and I had given up on the prize showing up. I thought it got lost in the mail, but it didn't! It's here now. It's pretty good timing too since I am currently on a cosmetics diet. I was getting bored with mmos, so I got a Wii U and 3 Zelda games. Unfortunately, console gaming is very expensive so I have to give up my cosmetics budget for a while to make up for it. There are some EoTDs at the end of this post if you click to read more.

On to the polish! I won these from part of the massive Color Suutra 1 year blogaversary giveaway. The prize was two Different Dimension polishes created specifically for the giveaway so, unfortunately I don't think you can get these anywhere. I thought I would share my swatches anyway for people that maybe entered the giveaway and wanted to know what they ended up looking like.

As with all Different Dimension polishes I've tried, the formula was a dream. The only slight problem that I had was that it stained my nails bright pink through my base coat. It is not a problem I have had with any other DD polishes. I don't worry too much about staining though because I always have nail polish on anyway.

Radiance Within is a pastel lavender with a subtle linear holo. Bubble Up is a glitter top coat with a scattered holo shimmer.

Read More to view some bonus EOTDs

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Glamour Doll Eyes Swatches (Lots)

These are swatches from 3 separate orders from Glamour Doll Eyes. I swatched some of them a long time ago but I wanted a comparison between some so I just decided to re-do them all at once. I love Glamour Doll Eyes because they are higher quality than most drug-store shadows for about the same price (if you get the full size). I like to get the samples because a lot of the colors I ordered are colors that I won't be using very often (bright reds, oranges and greens) and because it's hard to judge a color based on an online photo. I also took this opportunity to test the 4 types of primer I have against each other.

Glamour Doll Eyes - Assorted Loose Shadows: $6.00/5g jar, $2.50/1g jar, $1.25/0.5g bag at GlamourDollEyes.com

Glamour Doll Eyes: Junkie, Her Revenge, Spider-Sense, Southern Lace & Strawberry Cupcake
Glamour Doll Eyes: My Belle, Evacuate, Jailhouse Jumpsuit, Big Top & Electric Lemonade
This set was swatched over NYX HD Shadow Base with a damp brush from a tube that is at least two years old.

Glamour Doll Eyes Shadows:
My favorites are Junkie, Strawberry Cupcake and Evacuate. I especially like Evacuate because I have been looking for a good melon/tangerine color for quite some time. Evacuate is limited edition, so get it before June 20!

NYX HD Eye Shadow Base: $6.99 for 8g/.28oz
This turned out to be my favorite primer. I got this primer because I was out of primer and I was broke and I wasn't expecting much out of it. The only reason this tube is so old is because I decided to try UDPP and TFSI after it. When I am out of those, I will be going back to the NYX primer.

Glamour Doll Eyes: Upper East Side, Sarcasm, Fiji Mermaid, Olivia Green, Immature, Shamrock & Apple Martini
Glamour Doll Eyes: Mackinac, Mighty Maiden, Cotton Candy, Melancholy, Mingles, Tattooed & Super Nova
 This set was swatched over Urban Decay Primer Potion mini tube (came in a palette) that is only two months old with a damp brush.

Glamour Doll Eyes Shadows:
My favorites are Fiji Mermaid, Olivia Green, Immature, Mackinac and Mingles. I have found that I REALLY love GDE's matte shadows.

Urban Decay Primer Potion: $20 for 10.5g/.37oz

This is my second experience with UDPP and the second time I'm disappointed with it. It seems to dry out my skin and create crackling in the shadows. It also dries out very quickly in the tube.

Glamour Doll Eyes: Pinky Swear, Phyrra, Prom Dress, Stiletto, Pillow Fight, #FlashbackFriday, All Nighter & Lace Panties
Glamour Doll Eyes: Parlor Tricks, Just Dance!, Glam Girl, Feline Fatale, Shaded Orchid, Girlfriend Sweater, Stellar & Victorian
This set was swatched over Glamour Doll Eyes Control Freak sample that is about 2 years old with a damp brush.

Glamour Doll Eyes Shadows:
My favorites were Prom Dress, Stiletto, Pillow Fight, Parlor Tricks, Just Dance! & Girlfriend Sweater. There were so many wins out of the pinks and purples... so many wins. #FlashbackFriday was the April GWP which is still available here until it sells out. I'm really bummed that these photos didn't turn out better but the primer was just not very good.

Glamour Doll Eyes Control Freak (Eye Primer): $10.75 for 11g/.39 oz
I love GDE shadows but I strongly dislike this primer. I had the worst results with it. It's very oily and it soaks too much into the skin so it hardly leaves a base at all. I got uneven coverage with it and I'm so pale that it left a bronze tint on my skin.

Glamour Doll Eyes: Soul Sisters, Corrode, Boyfriend Sweater, Disclose, Sword Swallower, Electric Chair & Cloud Coverage
This set was swatched over Too Faced Shadow Insurance in a tube that is 1 year old with a damp brush.

Glamour Doll Eyes Shadows:
I didn't go to crazy on the browns because I already own so many browns. My Favorites were Boyfriend Sweater and Cloud Coverage.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance: $20 for 10g/.35oz.
This was the most expensive primer out of the bunch, beating out UDPP by just a few cents (having .5g less for the same price). It performed exactly as well as the NYX HD Eye Shadow Base but, is quite a bit more expensive.