Friday, September 30, 2011

Mood Board 9/28/2011 & FOTD!

So this is posted a couple of days late but I have been mood boarding lately and I liked the makeup I had going on the 28th. So here they are :)
- Mac Dalliance e/s, 239
- Mac Hocus Pocus e/s, 222
- Mac Carbon e/s, 217, 219
- Blinc liquid liner
- Mac Reflects Pearl
- Mac Blanc Type e/s, 227
- Mac Verve lipstick

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mood Board: 9/27/2011

Nail Polish Comparisons: Metallic Reds

Post #2 for my official Nail Polish Comparisons blog series - again, I've decided to start swatching all of the like-colored polishes together to see how they compare.
Today's post is metallic reds - both dark and on the lighter side. The first 3 are all dark, metallic wine reds. Vampy and very fall appropriate. Fall to Christmas actually.
From left to right I have Zoya's Blair, OPI's Sanguine (from a halloween pack) and OPI's Glove You So Much from the 2009 Holiday Collection.
All three are very similar, they have a deep metallic finish with different tones of red shining through.
Blair and GYSM are probably the closest, where as Sanguine is much blacker. It seems more like a black base with lots of metallic red pigment packed in. It makes Blair and GYSM look slightly bluer in person, more wine-y.
Left to Right (natural light):
Blair / Sanguine / Glove You So Much
Left to Right (with flash):
Blair / Sanguine / Glove You So Much

With flash, it's more evident that Blair and GYSM are closer in color than with Sanguine. Again, Sanguine just seems like a black base with red pigment mixed in.
All three of these was with 3 coats and no base or top coat.

The next three are colors that are more different in texture, and I've included just to see in comparison to the other polishes above.
I have China Glaze's Sugar Plums from last year's holiday collection, Zoya's Kym and Zoya's Isla.
Sugar Plums is a dark wine metallic red with glitter. It dries gritty. I apologize that it looks gross on my finger. But that's what it looks like when it doesn't have a base or top coat. It's probably the darkest of all the polishes included in the red metallics comparison.
Kym is a lighter, orangier red with a shimmer finish. I say metallic in this post sort of freely - I guess technically, metallic is like the foil finish colors that you see often in silver or gold shades. To me that's foil. Shimmer is what most people refer to as the colors at the first part of this post, but to me, that's metallic. And Kym doesn't really fall in standard finish definitions, but to me it's "shimmer". So yeah, if that wasn't confusing, kudos to you. Anyways, Kym is orangier than the other reds I have and has a shimmer finish. It's almost slightly brown.
Isla is a lighter, more pure red metallic color. Finish wise it's the same as the first 3 polishes.
Left to Right (natural light):
Sugar Plums / Kym / Isla

Left to Right (with flash):
Sugar Plums / Kym / Isla

All three of those was 3 coats and with no base or top coat.
Zoya colors can be purchased at Ulta and on the Zoya website. OPI can be purchased (their permanent colors anyways) at Ulta and at salons. China Glaze can be found at Ulta and Sally's.

Monday, September 26, 2011

BFF Tag!

Sergio's First Haul

Kate had a first haul, so now so does Sergio. Enjoy :)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Chanel Graphite vs. Revlon Carbonite

Since I have both polishes, I've decided to do a comparisons post. More like a "how do you get from Revlon to Chanel" post. But nonetheless, whatever you'd like to call it, here it is.
Both have the same base color, just the Chanel has a much more intense shimmer to it. Carbonite lacks the golden shimmer. If that doesn't matter to you, then Carbonite is still an excellent polish - very "in" in terms of color for the fall, and it's got a great formula. 
As a basis of comparison, here is a swatch of both below (Chanel on the left, Revlon on the right):
Both were taken at the same time of the day, in similar lighting. You can see the difference of the shimmer very easily here.
From here on, I've tried to duplicate the Chanel using the Revlon and layering different polishes on top. 

NOTW: Chanel Graphite

So I try not to give into Chanel. Especially when there are expected dupes available at the drugstore, and I buy them. But, this one was another particularly beautiful polish that I just couldn't pass up.
It is very similar in color to the Revlon Carbonite, which is pretty much the closest polish to this available as of right now. It's a dark smokey gray color with a hint of golden shimmer. The shimmer is bigger an almost glass fleck like. It applies beautifully, and opaque, not thick and gross. It also wears really nicely.
I have 3 coats on my nails in these pictures. I used Nubar's base coat and Seche Vite.
It lasted on my nails with almost no tip wear for about 6 full days. Then I took it off to do some comparisons (which will be up soon).
The golden shimmer definitely shows up much nicer in the sunlight. It's subtle and gentle and not at all overpowering. It's eye catching, and people commented on it a lot while I had it on.
Chanel polishes retail for $25 each and are available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and other high end department stores.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Nail Tutorial: Galaxy Space Nails

Next nail tutorial is for this super fun nail design, the Galaxy nail.
There were a bunch of pictures on Tumblr, and so I looked on YouTube for how-tos and found it super easy to do. In order to expand my capabilities, I tried it on my own and filmed it as well (hence I made a tutorial, instead of just linking one for you guys). It's SUPER easy compared to some other nail tutorials. It doesn't even take any special equipment - no brush or anything you have to buy, just use what you probably already have :)
It also led me to use some polishes I haven't used in my stash yet, as well as some of my new polishes. Always a plus when that happens.
A list of products as well as more photos are after the jump!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

FOTD: Pixiwoo Inspired Blue/Brown Smokey Eye

Just a quick FOTD post before I go off to a dinner meeting... I was inspired by a recent (not super new) Pixiwoo tutorial, called Simple Smokey Brown Eye with Aqua Twist.
In the video, Sam uses an Avon palette, which I don't have or don't know where to get in the states. So I went through my shadows and realized I could do basically the same thing with my Sleek Storm Palette. The colors she uses are slightly different but it's the same basic idea of going from blue to brown in a simple smokey eye.
I also took a little bit of "creative liberty" with the look (or I just added some glitter because I'm totally into that right now) and made it sparkly in the inner corner.
The rest of this post is photos, as well as a list of products :) Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

NOTW: Revlon Not So Blueberry

This is probably one of the most difficult to capture nail polishes. EVER.
Purples and blues can always be a little tricky - when it's a blue purple duochrome? It's over. It's never going to be completely accurately photographed.
Luckily, I had quite a lot of time on my hands one afternoon and decided to take about 100 photos of this one polish to get the right capture of what this polish is really about.
Not So Blueberry is a light periwinkle that shines blue and purple, sometimes greenish. It's got some silver flecks. It's also one of Revlon's scented polishes which got a lot of buzz a couple of months ago. I didn't pay that much attention to them until I saw this on the shelf and was breath-taken by the color in the bottle.
I mentioned this before in a video but the blueberry smell really does come through. It's slightly there when you're painting but when it's dry it's like BAM BLUEBERRIES. It's quite interesting. It really actually just smells like candy.
This applied pretty nicely. It's on the thinner side, so I believe I used about 4 coats. Base coat I used this time was Nubar and top coat was my beloved Seche Vite. This lasted perfectly for 2 days, then I had to remove it because I had an event to go to that called for a more appropriate polish.
These can be purchased at drugstores and retail between $5 and $7.
The rest of this post is just pictures of different angles so you can really see the duochrome magic of this polish :)

September 2011 Birchbox!

Just another picture happy Birchbox post :)
This September marks the 1 year birthday of Birchbox, so they filled the box with "favorites".
There are some good things that I'm excited for - like the Incoco nail appliques. The birthday bracelet is pretty cute too.
I don't have much to say about each item, as I go over them in the video (below), so the rest of this post is just closer pictures of everything I show in the video.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

1000 Subscriber Giveaway!!!

You guys have no idea how excited I am that I'm over the 1000 hump. It's amazing and incredible and I can't thank YOU GUYS enough ♥
To celebrate, I now have my giveaway up. PLEASE READ ALL THE FINE PRINT BELOW!
Again, thank you thank you thank you thank you thank youuuuu!!!!!! :) Your support has been amazing, and I love this community so much. I've finally found where I belong lol.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Nail Polish Comparisons: Red Glitters

I've decided to start doing nail polish comparison posts because as much as I love nail polish, I have quite a few dupes. That, and I'm always on the search for other, more affordable dupes of polishes that have been long discontinued.
This was inspired by the fact that I found Smitten with Mittens by OPI at CVS, and was so excited by it because it was a holiday color and was super limited edition, thus I'm starting with red glitters. I have quite a few different colors that I want to go through (holographic glitters, corals, teals for example) and will try and incorporate a lot of limited edition colors that people are still looking for.
Because this is a comparisons video, it's going to be quite photo heavy, so be prepared for that lol.
Otherwise, this is going to be pretty straight forward. I used 4 coats of all the colors (to make sure they're all super opaque, and because a lot of them are jelly finishes so a lot of coats are needed to get it opaque), with no base coat or top coat, to get the full effect of the color without any enhancements to see the texture and finish in its truest form.
More photos and swatches are after the jump :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

NHL #19: New Jersey Devils

I was browsing Tumblr and saw this gorgeous multi-liner picture. It was extreme, metallic and amazing and then it hit me. I should do that with glitter. And I also realized that it would be perfect for the next NHL tutorial for the New Jersey Devils. I didn't want to try and incorporate red into an eye look via shadow again, so I went with glitter.
New Jersey's colors are Red, White and Black so I went with a red, white glitter liner paired over a black liner in a very non-subtle, not neutral, not everyday makeup. It might be more wearable if you do this with smaller chunks for the liner, but I like glitter so I went all out. This is for sure a game day look.
If you're into school spirit this will be good for that too.
Without further ado, here are is the tutorial! Photos and products are after the jump as always :)

OPI Pair'em and Scare'em Duo

As part of the halloween themed items that are popping up all over the place, OPI released a duo pack of a glow in the dark polish and their ever so famous Black Shatter polish.
I missed out on the glow in the dark blue polish they released 2 years ago, so I was very excited to see they were coming out with another one this year.
The Pair'em and Scare'em Duo comes in a cute, spooky themed box. 
"Zom-Body To Love" is a green, glow in the dark polish. It's pretty sheer. Works great for layering. If you give it a good 3 or 4 coats, you'll get a decent green color, but it's not going to be super opaquely green. You'll want to layer it over white, if you want it to be that color.
"Black Shatter" is the same as before - just a black crackle nail polish.

I tried to get a good picture of the glow in the dark polish in the dark but... well it's obvious isn't it, that cameras don't do well in the dark. You can still see the outline of it, and the green glow, and it's the best I could do. I didn't even try getting a picture of it glowing in the dark with black shatter on it. It would have just turned blurry and sad looking.
But, that being said, below are photos of swatches. On the left is Zom-Body to Love, then with Black Shatter, then in the dark.

15 Weird Questions Tag


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

NOTW: Tiffany's Inspired Nails

This was inspired by a picture I saw on Tumblr as well as a SayAnythingBr00ke tutorial from last summer.
I was at work, thinking about my nails and was thinking that I desperately wanted something nautical but not super summery. I have this running archive of all the tutorials Brooke has done (because I'm weird) in my brain, and remember the Under The Sea / Mac To The Beach themed nail tutorial she did last year and decided to swap out the coral for China Glaze's For Audrey.
I also wanted to embellish the other nails, but not go the shell route because again, I thought that'd lean too summery.
Then it hit me - if I was going to use For Audrey, why not go Tiffany themed?
And then it hit me again, why not do the tiny white heart route like the picture I saw on Tumblr?
So I planned it all out and then executed.

Products Used:
  • China Glaze For Audrey 
  • OPI Alpine Snow / Dotting tool (for hearts)
  • OPI Happy Anniversary! (for white/silver "sand")
  • Konad / Bundle Monster for the sea horse and anchor
  • Orly Shine (to paint lightly over the sea horse and anchor)

The sea horse and anchor stamps were inspired by Brooke as well as some individual silver pieces you can find at Tiffany's. I painted silver over them just to add more towards the Tiffany like theme :) I hope you enjoyed!

Ahahahaha. I'm a terrible influence :)

Eshani's new video. Where I am to blame for her big Chanel purchase :) Enjoy! (ps: subscribe to her)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Julep Maven Program

I'm excited to talk about something new to me, the Julep Maven program. It's very much like the Birchbox system, in that it's a monthly subscription and you get a box filled with goodies.
Unlike the Birchboxes though, which give you deluxe sample sizes of a wide array of products, the Julep Maven boxes come with a few full sized products, all having to do with nail polish and nail care.
I had seen ads for Julep before - always next to YouTube videos. I've never actually seen another Julep Maven video before though so I feel like it's definitely something that's not on a lot of people's radar, especially those who are nail polish crazy like I am. I first read about it on Beautylish and was instantly intrigued by the idea (another reason why I love going on Beautylish).
In order to become a Maven, all you have to do is take a free quiz on their site, then they match you to a style and based on that style they will send you boxes every month.
It costs $20 a month, which is not bad considering each nail polish is already $14. The full cost of all the products in my box this month adds up to more than $50 so really, you're getting like 3 free items. 
Another neat thing about Julep Mavens is that you get a box every month, but you can request a "shelf pull" to get a different box if you don't like the first one, or you can send it to a friend directly. 
One of my favorite things about this company is that in a lot of your purchases, the company will donate $1 from every nail color item to organizations that support women through their Powered by Girlfriends program. I'm all for shopping, but when part of it goes to a good cause, it's even better.
I talk more thoroughly about the program in the video (below) but I'll also link the FAQ page for the Maven Program.
Julep products can be purchased here, on their website.
Below are more photos of the packaging and then I have swatches and photos of the individual items.
First off, I'd like to just add that it's always nice to see hand written details/personally signed items in things that are mass produced like this. I don't actually know how many boxes they put together in a day, but most companies just mass print letters like the ones included in the boxes.
Like Birchbox, there's a little card that describes the box's contents and how to use them.
There was also a letter introducing me to the Maven program and then some of the benefits. Very nice touch.
The products I got in my box this time were 2 nail polishes, a nail therapy, a full sized Glycolic Hand Scrub and then 2 samples of hand scrub and lotion.
The design of everything is very simple but still very designed. It's nice to see something with an artistic side in a field that has so much potential for having an artistic side.
The nail polish was wrapped in pink tissue paper. The bottles themselves are thin, rectangular bottles with the brand name on one side, their signature brush stroke on one side, a blank side, and product information on the last side.
The Glycolic Hand Scrub and samples came in white and black packaging, having their brush stroke icon on them. 
Keep reading for more photos and swatches!