Thursday, March 24, 2011

NOTW: "Ali's Big Break" - OPI

OPI Ali's Big Break,OPI Burlesque Collection,warmvanillasugar0823
This is from OPI's holiday collection this year, the Burlesque Collection. I said this before, and I'll say it again, it's the closest to my favorite red polish of all time, Smitten With Mittens by OPI, which was released with the previous year's holiday collection. They're not dupes though.
Ali's Big Break is a candy apple red with pink and gold shimmer in it. The shimmer isn't uniform and is finely milled, much in the same light as the Zoya Sparkle collection or many of the China Glaze shimmer-glass fleck colors. 
This is pretty easy to use. It doesn't glob everywhere. It's on the sheer side though so 3 coats is needed.
I've been gravitating towards the Burlesque collection recently, both the shimmers and glitters and I have no clue why lol. 
This was with one coat of Zoya Anchor, and then a coat of Zoya Armor and Seche Vite. It lasted pretty well. I just got bored and changed it before it could chip or anything. It had a good 2 days of no chip wear though. 
The picture below shows the shimmer pretty well in the bottle. The color is more accurate to the photo above though.
OPI Ali's Big Break,OPI Burlesque Collection,warmvanillasugar0823

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Top 15 Nail Polish: OPI


The usual number is 10 but since I have so many more OPI polishes than the rest I figured I'd do 15. 
My favorite part of OPI has to be it's availability. OPI not only makes their standard polishes but also Sephora by OPI as well as Nicole. Their pro-wide brush also is a great feature in the brand. It makes applying the polishes easy, especially because I have a smaller nail.
They can be on the expensive side... individually they're about $8-9 each. On etailers they can vary from $5-6. 
The shade range is also quite extensive although they seem to discontinue colors as fast as they release new collections. This may not seem like a problem to some people, but when they discontinue colors like "Parlez-Vous OPI" makes me super sad, and they don't release direct dupes for them. Their colors are more standardly based around salon colors, so lots of reds, neutrals and light pinks. Lots of creme finishes as well. They have been releasing more "interesting" colors though - lots of shimmers, glitters and nontraditional shades. With that being said, since they do release colors so frequently, a lot of colors are also limited edition and get sold out really quickly because they're so on demand.
Generally, the polishes are pigmented and aren't fussy. Some times they are though. 
If I were to pick which brand was a favorite based on the amount of polishes I have, then it would be OPI. Just based on their availability, consistency of release and generally solid polish quality. For me, I can get OPI polishes much more easily than China Glaze, and they're less expensive in store than Essie is. Although the other brands all have fantastic qualities to specific features in their line, like Nubar and their Glitters, Zoya and their incredible shade range and customer service, when it comes down to an overall rating, I would rate OPI the highest.
Pictures and swatches are after the jump!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Review: Urban Decay Book of Shadows III - Urban Decay Loves NYC

Urban Decay Book Of Shadows III,Urban Decay Loves New York City,warmvanillasugar0823
I don't know how often Urban Decay releases a new Book of Shadows, but in the past year they've released 2. The first being the ever sought after Alice In Wonderland palette. The second being the Urban Decay Book of Shadows III - Urban Decay <3 NYC palette.
Like all the UD Book of Shadows, it comes with 16 shadows, 2 mini liners, a mini primer potion all inside an ornately, and somewhat ridiculously, decorated "book". The top flap opens up to a pop-up book scene all arranged around a mirror and the drawer underneath has all the cosmetics in it.
Personally I don't mind it. Especially for the Alice in Wonderland palette, because I thought it only added to the overall mood and visual importance of the movie. For the regular Book of Shadows though, I don't quite know if they need the whole "book". I don't know if the first 2 originally had themes, but this third one is themed after New York, so something visual I guess is nice, but doesn't really add that much to the product itself as a whole. I thought the cover was nice and that's all I really need. I don't need the opening flap. Some people complain that it takes up too much space and it's bulky. I don't really mind that, but I just feels like it goes to waste because I never use the mirror in the palette since I always just use my regular desk mirror.
Here's a close up photo of the pop-up section:
Urban Decay Book Of Shadows III,Urban Decay Loves New York City,warmvanillasugar0823
The shadows come in a pull out drawer, with the eye liners and mini primer potion right next to them. There are 16 in total, and if you have any of the Urban Decay palettes, then you at least have some of these shadows. As far as I can tell, Perversion, Last Call, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Maui Wowie and Smog have all been in previous BoS palettes and are all permanent shades in the Urban Decay Collection. According to Temptalia,  Haight and Psychedelic Sister are permanent, but exclusive to Sephora. Uzi is also a permanent shade. Also according to Temptalia, Snatch was in the Show Pony palette, but I have no idea what that is. 
If you have any of the previous BoS palettes or the Naked Palette, then you have Zero 24/7 Liner and a mini Primer Potion.
What this basically comes down to is that you're paying $54 for 8 exclusive eye shadows and an eyeliner (if you don't already have it). Still, it's an amazing deal because it comes down to about $6 per item, if you're excluding all the things you already have or can get elsewhere. If you don't have any of these products already, then you're paying next to nothing for each of the items in the palette, which makes it such a great deal.
The shadows are all very pigmented and amazingly soft. Almost too soft. I nicked one of the shadows while photographing and I barely touched it. The two liners are both very good - it's hard to go wrong with the 24/7 liners since they're very creamy but stay on all day. Zero is a black, and Ransom is a nice purple with a blue sheen to it. And Primer Potion is something you can't really get enough of, especially in the mini size.
Urban Decay Book Of Shadows III,Urban Decay Loves New York City,warmvanillasugar0823
These palettes are still available on Urban Decay's Website and retail for $54.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

NOTW: "Tease-y Does It" - OPI

OPI,OPI Tease-y Does It,OPI Burlesque,warmvanillasugar0823
So I swear there will be some other posts that aren't just about nail polish coming soon...
Anyways, this is the darkest of the 12 colors from the OPI Burlesque Collection, which came out this past holiday season.
It's a dark purple-brown with a red microshimmer infused into it. In some lights it can look really really purple and vampy. In some lights it can lean far into the brown spectrum, especially because of the red shimmer that's in it. You can see the difference with the two photos I have. The one above is in artificial light that's closer to natural daylight. The one below is in artificial light which is more yellow in tone.
The polish is pretty opaque, and the formula is nothing fantastic but nothing to complain about. It's opaque in 2 coats, but out of habit I did 3. The thing to not about this is that I did one coat on all of my nails and then went to work because that's all I had time to do. The 2 coats that followed were about 12 hours later, after the first coat was more than just dry but also starting to wear at the tips.
I feel like it dried pretty quickly, maybe because of how I ended up applying the 3 coats. I mean I did the standard base and top coats (Zoya Anchor, Zoya Armour, Seche Vite, Zoya Fast Dry Drops) but it seemed to dry much more quickly than other polishes. It was dry to the touch in the standard amount of time, but the denting period was much shorter than normal.
OPI,OPI Tease-y Does It,OPI Burlesque,warmvanillasugar0823

Friday, March 18, 2011

Top 10: Zoya Nail Polish

Hello and welcome to a new edition of my Top 10 Nail Polish series :) 
This one is for Zoya. I can't really say enough about Zoya without going overboard. As a brand, they're fantastic. 
You can really only buy them on their website, which is here, as on some etailers. There is really no benefit to buying them on another website though because Zoya is so amazing. There's free shipping after $55, and free gifts after $30, $50 and $100. Their shipping is also decently quick and they also have the Spoon system, which is like a way to test the colors for free. Each Spoon is $0.25 when you first purchase then but you get the money back in your next purchase. The spoon is also the exact color of the  polish so there's no "what if it's not really that color" when you get the bottle later.
Zoya also has great customer service, and promotions. They have sales and promotional codes ALL the time so there's always a chance to get discounted or free polishes.
Their color range is also excellent. They have a lot of standard cremes, neutrals and really wearable colors but they also have a lot in the fun range. Glitters, shimmers, brights, they have them all. Their collections also come out dependably often and are always coherent.
So, without further ado, here are my top 10 Zoya Nail Polishes!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

NOTW: St. Patrick's Day Nails


Another holiday themed manicure!
Love holidays lol. This is a super quick post as I have to get back to studying in a second...
This is all green and gold based. Middle and pinky fingers are "Four Leaf Clover" by China Glaze, Index finger is "Glow Up Already!" by OPI and the ring finger is "Gargantuan Green Grape" by OPI with fauxnaded shamrocks on it. The color I used to stamp with was "Four Leaf Clover" by China Glaze.
I used same base and top coats as always :) Enjoy!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Partner for a video?

YouTube sent me an email today notifying me that one of my videos would be eligible for their Partner Program. The video is for my Top 10 China Glaze polish video, which is cool :)
So if there are ads there, then I guess that single video is in their Partner Program lol. I didn't know they selected single videos so that's cool.
I never really thought about applying for the YouTube Partner Program so I guess it was cool to get the email from YouTube asking me to accept their request.
Just wanted to let you all know so that if you do watch the video on the page, and you see the ads then you'd know.
I'm not a full time Partner. Just for one video, whenever they accept my information for the video :)

P.S. hey all you new followers :) i jumped from the faithful original 6 to 21 in the past 2 weeks or so. cool beans :D

Top 10: Essie Nail Polish


This is #2 of my Top 10 nail polish series. The first was China Glaze.
As a brand, I really do like Essie. Their packaging is clean, their formula is pretty standardly good and opaque, they are on the pricier side though and have a very thin brush. Their color range isn't the greatest - lots of baby pinks, sheer colors and neutrals. I do like that Essie's collections are always coherent and are never over zealous or confusingly extravagant, which some collections can do.
Again, polishes aren't in any specific order. Some of these are from previous NOTW posts as well (solely to save me time... it's the middle of midterms for me right now, so posts have been less frequent as I've had less time).
In general, Essie nail polishes range from $8-9 and can be found in CVS now, as well as beauty salons, beauty suppliers and etailers. I've found them in Bed, Bath and Beyond as well.

Friday, March 11, 2011

NOTW: "Under The Stars" - Rescue Beauty Lounge

Rescue Beauty Lounge Under The Stars,warmvanillasugar0823
I have to tell you, for the price you pay for Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polishes, it's well worth it because I have yet to be disappointed in any of the polishes I have.
They retail for $18, and yes, it hurts to buy them, but I've become ok with it because they're just fantastic.
They dry fast, they're opaque, they don't build thickly and the color you see in the bottle is the color you're going to get.
Under The Stars is a deep, inky blue with a bunch of tiny teal glitter in it. The glitter does show up on the nail, but not as vibrantly as it does in the bottle (see pictures below). It does have a very galaxy like effect though. It's like Orion's little charm from Men In Black (yeah, pulling out that reference lol).
This was easily opaque in 2. I used Zoya's Anchor, and Zoya's Armor with Seche Vite.
Rescue Beauty Lounge Under The Stars,warmvanillasugar0823Rescue Beauty Lounge Under The Stars,warmvanillasugar0823

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

NOTW: "212" - Sephora by OPI

I believe this was released in the winter, at Sephora. It was originally released exclusively for the Sephora in New York, hence the name "212" (NYC's area code). I, for one, am SO glad that it wasn't kept as a NYC exclusive because I mean... look at it!
It's a deep metallic golden brown packed with small, iridescent flakes and holographic silver glitter. It's base color, the golden brown, is a cooler, ashier brown on first coat, and then the warmth, and goldiness of it builds as the coats build. There are so many flakes and glitters that you don't need to pile it on to get a good sparkle in it. It's just so super multidimensional, especially in different lights. If they're still in stock, I highly recommend it. 
I only own 2 Sephora by OPI polishes (the other being the infamous Metro Chic), and they've both impressed me beyond expectation so far.... being a total label snob, anything that's a spin-off of OPI always felt like the formula and such would also be "of lesser quality". I know it sounds stupid, but that's just how I always felt about Sephora by OPI. I'm glad that the two I have though make me reconsider my feelings about the brand.
This is 3 coats (just for good measure... 2 coats was fine though), on top of Zoya's Anchor, and under Zoya's Armor and Seche Vite.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Top 10: China Glaze Nail Polishes

UPDATE!!!! I've re-filmed this - check out the most current version here!

This week is midterm weeks so I'm posting videos/blogs that are very easy for me to just quickly edit and write about.
I'm starting a new "Top 10" series and they'll be about nail polish. Maybe someday I'll end up expanding it to eye shadow or lip products but for now, it's all nail polish.
A while back I did a Top 10 China Glaze, OPI, Essie and "Etc" group of videos, but I have so many more polishes now, and the lists have changed quite a bit so I decided to re-do them. That and the old videos were just slides and this time I made real videos :)
I'm starting with China Glaze.
Some of the photos are from previous NOTW posts, which I'll be linking along with the photos. Some of them aren't.
The polishes aren't in any specific order... if anything I put them in backwards chronological order by collection, because choosing an absolute favorite and then putting them in order would just be too hard.
I hope you guys are having a good week, and if you're in school, midterms aren't killing you!
PS - Adele's new album "21" is AMAZING! Check it out if you like her music :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

500 Subscriber Giveaway :)

Giveaway giveaway giveaway!!!!!
I've had over 500 subscribers (I'm in between 500 and 600) on YouTube for a while and it just hit me that I HAVE OVER 500 SUBSCRIBERS!
There was really no expectation I had for myself when I first started making videos for me to ever get to 500.
I really do appreciate everybody that subscribes, and love when you guys comment and give me feedback, both negative and positive.
To celebrate you guys subscribing to me (lol) I have a set of full sized Katy Perry by OPI nail polishes to giveaway! I unfortunately haven't been able to find Black Shatter anywhere, but I found the others so I am giving away Last Friday Night, Teenage Dream, Not Like The Movies, and The One That Got Away. So, one lucky subscriber will be getting that :D
In addition to that, two other people will each get a mini set of OPI Katy Perry polishes.

Below is the full set of rules. Please read through them!!!

Must be (and continue to be) a subscriber.

Must be 18 + OR have parental consent.

Open Internationally.

Comment on the video, which you can watch here, with your favorite nail polish ever, to be entered.

Only one comment entry each, or you'll be disqualified :(

Even if your comment is marked as spam, I'll still see it. Don't worry!

For an extra entry (one per user) copy and paste this into twitter: 
RT follow @yukiesano and subscribe to to be entered in her 500 subscriber giveaway!

Giveaway will be closed on FRIDAY, MARCH 11TH on 11:59 PM PACIFIC STANDARD TIME. 

For those of you that missed my original video on the polishes here it is:

Again, thank you all SO much for everything. I really appreciate it more than you guys know and you guys make it really fun for me to do this.
Good luck! And I look forward to hearing about all of your favorite nail polishes!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Swatches: Pa Nail Polish

Pa Nail Polish,Japanese Nail Polish,warmvanillasugar0823
On the way to the Sharks game, way back in October, I stopped at a Japanese market with my mom to get snacks, and ended up in the cosmetics aisle (no surprise there). I wasn't looking for anything in particular, until I saw the most visually pleasing stand in the whole store. The nail polish stand.
I had seen this brand before, in San Francisco's Japan Town, in some random accessory store, and hadn't ever thought of trying them out because they were so small, and pricey. But, I was in a good mood, and I was just itching to purchase something cosmetically related, so I bought these 4 polishes (and some pairs of lashes. Which will be discussed later, at some point in the near future lol). 
The prices were still the same, about $8 each, and for about 0.2 oz, that's a lot. OPI's polishes are $8 each, when regularly sold in stores, and are all 0.5 oz each. So you get less than half the amount for the same price. Total downer. 
Too bad I totally love these polishes.