Saturday, March 31, 2012

Emtage Silktage Rejuvenating Hair Serum

I was recently contacted by Robin from Emtage Hair to review their hair serum. I'm a huge fan of hair serums, as you know, so I was very excited for this product to come in the mail so I could try it out.
For about two weeks, I tested it to see how my hair responded to it, and to see how to use it. Luckily, my hair just ate it up and LOVED IT.
Generally, hair serums work really well for my hair. I have an oily scalp, but drier ends, especially because I swim, so when I use a hair serum or conditioning oil, my hair responds well to it. This time though, my hair responded SO well that people genuinely stopped and asked me what I used. I did recently switch over to Lush hair products, which I will do a review of as well, but I tested the Lush products with some of my old hair oils, and the Emtage Silktage Rejuvenating Stying Serum really did make a big difference.
The product itself looks a little like olive oil, and has the same viscosity. It doesn't have a strong artificially perfumed smell. This all seems right to me because the Emtage hair serum is all natural and all organic. If it's all organic and all natural, it's fitting that it looks and feels like something that I eat and has been known to be a very good ingredient for your body, right? (By the way, the same way that olive oil condenses in cold temperatures, this serum also condenses.)
And, like olive oil, it comes in a bottle with a little oil dropper top. Like you'd see in a bottle of olive oil. I like this because it's very easy to control exactly how many drops you get. Product doesn't get wasted. Since it isn't priced like a drugstore product, more like a high end product, it's nice to know I'm getting my money's worth. My main problem with the other oils I've used have been the packaging and how easy it is to waste product. The small bottle of Moroccan Oil I used had a huge opening and I probably always used more oil than I needed.
I go into how the product works more in my video, above, as well as where to purchase and how much it costs.
I truly love this new hair serum and definitely will be purchasing another when it runs out.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Little Bit About Oral Hygiene - The Orabrush

I was recently contacted by OraBrush and was asked to review their tongue scraper. To be honest, it if were any other mouth product, I probably would've said no, but I've actually been using tongue scrapers for a while. When I was little, my grandmother gave me one once, and I've kind of just used it ever since. It's a weird concept, and not really related to my videos at all, but it is a part of my daily oral routine and something I thought I'd share with you.
You've probably seen other people on YouTube talk about these, but the reason I wanted to talk about it is specifically because I've been using different tongue scrapers for a while, and it is a product (not necessarily the OraBrush but a tongue scraper in general) that I know to work from previous experience. I feel like I may be the only person on YouTube to have that sort of backstory.
Nonetheless, I received one in the mail to use and to review. I talk through all the details in the video, and below is a picture (which I have to admit, is a cleaner but still used) of it right after it was used. 
Go to MyFreeOrabrush.com to get your free one.... a little correction from my video, you have to pay for shipping and handling, but it's really inexpensive!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Philosophy Raspberry Sorbet Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath

One of my favorite things in the summer is a Razzmatazz smoothie from Jamba Juice. This is the bath product equivalent.
This smells like a fresh raspberry smoothie. Not creamy at all, just very potently raspberries. I guess Sorbet is a good word for it too, but I've actually never had raspberry sorbet. The scent of this product is juicy, tart, fresh, tangy, and just mouthwatering. I adore it.
Philosophy has a lot of scents centered around food and baked goods. I actually think this may be one of the few non-baked goods smell they have. I originally bought this in the winter when they were having a sale on Nordstrom, which is why this is a smaller sized bottle. It is a permanent scent though and you can purchase a full 16 oz size at Sephora. It also comes in their lip gloss formula.
I really do like their Shampoo/Shower Gel/Bubble Bath formula. I mostly use it as a shower gel or bubble bath. For both uses it froths up pretty well and you get a nice lather. I have used it as a shampoo before and it gets the job done for basic purposes - if you're looking for a shampoo with a special formula for dry or oily hair I'd look somewhere else. I like to take it to swim meets since it's a 3-in-1 product so I don't have to take a separate shampoo and body wash with me. It's also good to travel with if you squeeze some into a travel sized bottle. The scent definitely lingers in the hair and skin for a good four to five hours after use, especially with this scent.
Because of the scent this is one of my favorite Philosophy products. Their formula is the same across the line for their 3-in-1s but I reach for this scent the most when I go to use one of my Philosophy products. Especially on those hot summer like sunny days. I typically always use my Lush It's Raining Men when I want something comforting - it takes a really specific mood for me to pull out the other Philosophy 3-in-1s. Raspberry Sorbet is a pretty unique scent though, and it doesn't smell artificial really. Just like a fresh Razzmatazz.
Philosophy products can be found at Sephora.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Nutra Nail Gel Perfect UV-Free Gel-Color Review & Demo

These have been around at drugstores for a while now and I've been so curious to try them. I finally bought two different colors, the one above is Moonstone and a coral red (which I show in the demo in the video) called Flame.
I have always loved the look and easily maintained perks of having a Gel Manicure but hated that it cost me so much more than a regular manicure and that I couldn't switch up my color as much as I do.
Since these sets come with everything you need, and you don't need a UV light to set, it seemed totally worth it, especially since they're about $7 each. You do need individual removers for this, which are actually just pure acetone, but they're not difficult to remove either.
I go more into depth on these in the video - I just wanted to give a quick and easy summary of the product - so please watch and enjoy :)

NOTW: Hanna Marin Nails - Inspired by MissGlamorazzi's Tutorial

MissGlamorazzi just posted a nail tutorial for this Hanna from Pretty Little Liars nail look. It was pretty classic but also very fun at the same time so I decided to take a go at it.
Ingrid uses Sephora nail strips (you can see them in the video I embedded down below), but I decided to go the Konad route because I didn't want to drive all the way out to Sephora. She also uses OPI's Cajun Shrimp, which is a more coral toned red, which I liked but I decided I wanted to use a more classic red for my own nails.
I used OPI's Color So Hot It Berns (which is a dupe for OPI's Comet Loves Cupid, btw) which was from their Swiss collection last year. It's a bright, classic, warm red creme. It's opaque in two coats. I used it over Nubar's Foundation Base Coat and put Seche Vite top coat on top. I alternated the red with the leopard print (as Ingrid does in her tutorial, and as Hanna did in PLL), so it's only on half of my fingers.
For the leopard print, I started out with OPI's Glitzerland, also from the Swiss collection. It's a cool gold foil. I used about three coats, which makes it pretty close to opaque. On top of that I Konaded leopard spots using the m57 plate. I then added some warmer brown tones, China Glaze's Harvest Moon (which is the bronzey foil), OPI's Wooden Shoe Like To Know? which are the light brown, and OPI's Suzi Says Da! which are the darker brown spots. I used a dotting tool and just randomly went in and dotted.
I used the same base and top coat for the leopard print nails.
If you don't have Konad, again you can get leopard print nail stickers at Sephora, and Sally Hansen makes them as well.
OPI colors can be bought at Ulta, Trade Secret (Pure Beauty in my area), and various beauty supply stores. China Glaze can be found at Ulta, Sallys and various online etailers. OPI retails for between $8-$9 and China Glaze for $3-$6.

PicSpam: Present from Radha :)

I recently got a present from Radha, one of my good friends from Twitter. We did a little swap (Girl Scout Cookies for some makeup goodies), so here are all the products she sent to me in a little picspam. Enjoy :)

NOTW: China Glaze "Fast Track" and "Luxe & Lush"

Be prepared to see a lot of NOTW posts coming up - I've been in a pretty indecisive nail mood lately so they've been changing a lot. A lot a lot. Like... daily.
Today I changed my nails to one of the China Glaze Hunger Games polishes, Fast Track. Fast Track is a light grainy beige with lots of gold glass fleck shimmer pumped into it. It's gorgeous and another perfect neutral with a kick for those of you that want a neutral but don't want it to be your standard, sometimes boring, creme finish color.
The formula for this was awesome. It went on opaque, smooth, and dried fairly quickly. I put two coats of this over Nubar's Foundation Base Coat.
On my accent nail I put China Glaze's Luxe & Lush, also from the Hunger Games collection. It's a chunky opalescent flake polish. It's not smooth and flat, it's got quite a bit more texture, along the lines of Color Club's Covered In Diamonds. It meshed well with Fast Track and added just a bit more glitz to the polish.
On top I used China Glaze's Fast Dry Top Coat.
Both of these polishes are now available at stores like Ulta, Sallys and etailers. They retail for between $3 and $6 and should be pretty readily available.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

FOTD: What I Wore To The Hunger Games Premiere! Girl On Fire Inspired Makeup

First off, The Hunger Games was amazing. Probably one of the best, if not outright the best, movie adaptations of a book I've seen in a while. Really, I don't want to spoil it for anybody because I've already seen it twice, but it was so, so, so good. 
I went to the midnight premiere in my area, and sported a Hunger Games inspired makeup. It was really more inspired by the nails I was wearing but that, in turn was inspired by the burning embers/burning coals look that Cinna made for Katniss in the Tribute's Parade.
I did a smokey eye - the base was a golden/bronzy base and then I layered an opalescent glitter on top. 
Products:

  • UDPP
  • Jesse's Girl Pigments - Sparkle Gold (gold shimmer), Penny Arcade (bronze glitter)
  • Mac Lantern Light Crush Metal Pigment
  • Mac Carbon Eye Shadow
  • Mac Rice Paper Eye Shadow
  • NYX Sparkling Glitter Powder On The Go in "Snow"
  • Stila Stingray Smudgestick Liner
  • mascara
  • Nars Laguna
  • Nars orgasm
  • Illamasqua Furore
  • Revlon Creme Brulee Lip Butter
I specifically wanted to use that Nyx glitter because it looks sort of blue/green reflecting in the pot, but when you layer it, it transforms into this fire-y orange color. Very much like those flakie polishes that you find that if you layer over black, they go super orange gold as well. In fact, I used a flakie like that on my nails lol.
The combination of the glitter over the gold/bronze base and then next to the smokey black just seemed very appropriate to me. I loved my makeup that day and in general had a great time at the movie premiere, so I thought I'd share with you all :)
I def will do this makeup again, who knows, maybe for the Catching Fire premiere? Lol. Idk. But still, loved the way it turned out so I hope you guys do too :)

BY THE WAY: if any of you saw the movie, what did you think????

NOTW: OPI "Road House Blues"

It's been rainy and cold this past 2 weeks, which is completely opposite of what it was before, so I pulled some darker cremes and decided to paint my nails with OPI's Road House Blues.
Road House Blues was from their fall OPI Touring America collection. It's a dark navy blue creme, which sits really in the middle as it doesn't lean towards being warmer or cooler, or really dusty or anything. It's very unique in that way. I don't have very many dark blue cremes.
The formula for this was great - opaque in 2 coats. I got this done again at the salon, which btw happens about once every two weeks now. Work has gotten super stressful and adding in school and swimming I find my hour at the salon every other week like floating on a cloud. It's wonderful. 
Anyways, they used Orly's base coat and top coat. I don't remember specifically which ones they were but I know they were by Orly. This manicure lasted about a good 6 days before I got tired of the color and changed it. It was great though, no chipping or anything.
OPI Colors are available at salons and stores like Ulta, Trade Secret, Pure Beauty and various other etailers and beauty supply stores. They retail for about $8-$9. This color is pretty readily available as well.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Llarowe Nail Polish Haul!

Picture Polish Flakies

Last two polishes in my batch are two flakies from Picture Polish, another Australian brand. I missed out on the Finger Paints flakies so I was really excited to pick these two up because they're pretty much the same as the two multi-colored flakies that I didn't get from Finger Paints. Instead of your standard green to blue or orange to green flakies, these have red, orange, blue, yellow and green flakes. Very fun and festive :)
For all of us in the US, they're available at Llarowe.com, which is where I got a whole lot of international brands. Llarowe is an independent nail polish seller that sells brands like A-England, Ozotic, Hits, and Ludurana just to name a few. I personally had a fantastic experience with them from communication, to shipping. I ordered my polishes on a friday and received them on a monday. Two of the polishes I ordered were actually backordered and they contacted me almost immediately after I filed my order. We had a very pleasant chat about being refunded and I almost instantly got my money back after we talked.
Picture Polishes are $16.50 each.

Ozotic Elytra, Holographic & Multi-Chrome Nail Polishes

I majorly splurged on Ozotic polishes. I went all out. Ozotic probably does the best special effect polishes of the brands that I purchased - they make not just holographic polishes, and multi-chrome polishes, but they make polishes that are a mix of the two and they're AMAZING. Plus they make duochrome glitter polishes. Wait I take that back. Multi-Chrome glitters. Like... what? Who even thought of that? 
I'm thankful that they did. The effects in their polishes are so strong that even indoors, they photograph ridiculously.
Their polishes are fantastic. Originally from Australia, it makes me so so so sad that I have to pay such a steep price for them. They're totally worth it. And make me want to go to Australia even more than I wanted to before. 
For all of us in the US, they're available at Llarowe.com, which is where I got a whole lot of international brands. Llarowe is an independent nail polish seller that sells brands like A-England, Ozotic, Hits, and Ludurana just to name a few. I personally had a fantastic experience with them from communication, to shipping. I ordered my polishes on a friday and received them on a monday. Two of the polishes I ordered were actually backordered and they contacted me almost immediately after I filed my order. We had a very pleasant chat about being refunded and I almost instantly got my money back after we talked.
Ozotic Polishes are $17.50 each.

Ludurana Aurora Boreal & Up Colors Holographic Polishes

Ludurana and Up Colors are both also makers of multi-effect polishes. I picked two holos, one from each brand since I had gotten so many other holos from other brands. After browsing different swatches, I decided to pick Ludurana's lilac-purple holo and Up's silver, just to compare both and because those two are colors that I can't ever get tired of. 
For all of us in the US, they're available at Llarowe.com, which is where I got a whole lot of international brands. Llarowe is an independent nail polish seller that sells brands like A-England, Ozotic, Hits, and Ludurana just to name a few. I personally had a fantastic experience with them from communication, to shipping. I ordered my polishes on a friday and received them on a monday. Two of the polishes I ordered were actually backordered and they contacted me almost immediately after I filed my order. We had a very pleasant chat about being refunded and I almost instantly got my money back after we talked.
Ludurana Holographic polishes are $14 each and Up's are $9

Hits No Olimpo Holographic Nail Polishes

After Glitter Gal's Lizard Belly, there probably wasn't this much hype around a polish collection, as the Hits No Olimpo collection from Brazil. 
These polishes are all based off of the Greek Pantheon, and are all linear polishes as well. These have more of a jelly finish compared to the Glitter Gal polishes that were just previously posted. They're not a completely jelly finish but they're on the transparent side. 
For all of us in the US, they're available at Llarowe.com, which is where I got a whole lot of international brands. Llarowe is an independent nail polish seller that sells brands like A-England, Ozotic, Hits, and Ludurana just to name a few. I personally had a fantastic experience with them from communication, to shipping. I ordered my polishes on a friday and received them on a monday. Two of the polishes I ordered were actually backordered and they contacted me almost immediately after I filed my order. We had a very pleasant chat about being refunded and I almost instantly got my money back after we talked.
The No Olimpo polishes are $10 each.

Glitter Gal Australia Nail Polishes

Next stop on the giant swatch-a-thon that is the haul I recently did, is Glitter Gal. Glitter Gal is an Australian brand that is most well known for their holographic polish Lizard Belly (which I purchased). 
I definitely went holo crazy in this big haul, so don't be surprised to see predominantly holographic nail polishes in the next few posts. 
Glitter Gal actually has two different types of holographic polish, linear polishes and their 3D Sparkle Holographic polishes. The 3D Sparkle polishes are more along the lines of holographic glitter dispersed through the polish, versus these three polishes, which are linear polishes. 
For all of us in the US, they're available at Llarowe.com, which is where I got a whole lot of international brands. Llarowe is an independent nail polish seller that sells brands like A-England, Ozotic, Hits, and Ludurana just to name a few. I personally had a fantastic experience with them from communication, to shipping. I ordered my polishes on a friday and received them on a monday. Two of the polishes I ordered were actually backordered and they contacted me almost immediately after I filed my order. We had a very pleasant chat about being refunded and I almost instantly got my money back after we talked.
Glitter Gal polishes are $9 for their 12ml polishes and $20 for the 15ml polishes. 

A-England Nail Polish

A-England is a brand of polish that I started hearing about almost a year and a half ago and more recently from my friend Radha.
They've got a great reputation and with their most recent collection, The Legends, I decided to finally pick up a few of them.
Since they're a relatively new brand, A-England only has 2 collections so far, but the polishes are all pretty unique colors. I got Tristam from the Mythicals collection, which is one of two polishes from that collection that has a subtle sprinkling of holo in it, and three polishes from the Legends, where all the polishes have that same finish. I actually had every intention of getting the other two polishes from the Legends as well, but they were sold out. Just means I'm going to have to order them later :)
For all of us in the US, they're available at Llarowe.com, which is where I got a whole lot of international brands. Llarowe is an independent nail polish seller that sells brands like A-England, Ozotic, Hits, and Ludurana just to name a few. I personally had a fantastic experience with them from communication, to shipping. I ordered my polishes on a friday and received them on a monday. Two of the polishes I ordered were actually backordered and they contacted me almost immediately after I filed my order. We had a very pleasant chat about being refunded and I almost instantly got my money back after we talked.
A-England polishes sell for $12 on Llarowe.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Soap & Glory Off Your Face Cleansing Cloths

I've generally had really good luck with makeup wipes. Neutrogena, Quo, and Yes To Cucumbers have all been very good to me. I don't know about Quo, but the other two are very accessible and inexpensive as well, so really, I always feel like I don't have to go find a new brand out of dissatisfaction. 
Soap & Glory is a brand that is new to Sephora this past year. They used to be carried at Target but now they're not. I don't know why. They made a big splash in the beauty community though when they became available at Sephora. 
My Sephora is on the smaller side so they don't have Soap & Glory available, aside from their Hand Food, so when Sara sent me a box full of items I squealed in glee. Squealed. Like a toddler.
The first thing I tried were the face wipes, since I had just conveniently ran out of my Yes To Cucumber wipes, which I loved and have a review of already.
The texture of these wipes is much more... stretchy and slick. The wipe itself is less rough than the Neutrogena, and is thinner and slightly elasticy. It makes removing makeup a little more difficult. 
I also had my pack of wipes in my bag for like a few days before I started using them and the label came unstuck, so that may have to do with the fact that they weren't as moist as I thought. But as I go through them, the wipes are getting more moist. 
The wipes do remove the majority of the makeup on my skin, probably the same amount as my Yes To Cucumbers wipes. My skin so far hasn't reacted at all to the wipes so that's a plus.
The pack comes with 25 wipes so it's the same amount as the Neutrogena.
They're slightly floral scented and moisturize slightly and don't dry out the skin.
These can be purchased on Sephora online and retail for $10.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

NOTW: Morphling Inspired Water Marble - SayAnythingBr00ke Style

As always, whenever SayAnythingBr00ke does anything awesome with her nails, I instantly get inspired to do the same thing. She's awesome. She recently did a Hunger Games inspired manicure to go with Leesha's (xSparkage) tutorial series. Her nails were inspired by the morphling addicts of District 6.
Her basic idea was a neon water marble. I had only water marbled once on my nails. It was messy and difficult and I was tired and lazy so I didn't really think I'd ever do it again, but after this tutorial I got totally inspired to give it another shot.  
The tutorial is embedded down below but here's what I ended up with.
I used all the Color Club Poptastic colors I have and China Glaze's Flip Flop Fantasy to create random neon rainbowy nails.
I layered it over white so it would come out more vibrant.
For all the effort, and for how I am (which is getting bored with my nails after 2 days), I don't know if it was really all worth it. I LOVED the results, but I just wish I was able to not get bored after a few days and change it. I did get a million comments about it at work though from both customers AND staff members. My boss like... died. He just couldn't handle how I did it. My other boss was all excited and "WHAT?? HOW??". She was cute about it lol.
I used Sally Hansen's Mega Shine top coat. This lasted a good 4 days before I finally just removed it and let myself change it. 

Brooke's Tutorial :)





Saturday, March 17, 2012

PicSpam: Present from Sara :)

I'm fairly positive Sara is the nicest human being on earth. She sends me the most amazing packages, and it's always inspired by random things I say in videos.
A while ago in one of my videos I talked about not ever trying any of Soap & Glory's products (aside from the Flake Away leg scrub she sent me once) because I can't find it here. She then promptly sent me a box of goodies of all Soap & Glory products! I can't even handle how amazing she is when it comes to this. Super generous and super nice. Thank you thank you thank you! A million times!
I have yet to try these since I wanted to photograph them first so here's a big picspam of all the things I got. I'll review them as I use them :)





Friday, March 16, 2012

Review: Lush Cupcake Fresh Face Mask

I really should indulge you all in silly photos of me wearing these masks, but I usually do them at night, and the lighting is bad and I just look gross and... yeah (insert other excuses here haha).
The Cupcake mask is the other mask from Lush I've been wanting to try. Oatifix is meant for dryer skin, so I would never have a use for it, and the others don't seem like I need to try them over Lettuce and Cupcake.
Cupcake is meant for teenage skin and oily skin. It's pretty gentle on the skin, but does take off the oil and soothes the skin. My skin is super oily and has hormonal breakouts right now and it definitely did help the texture, look, and oiliness of my skin after using it.
This mask actually has a lot of ingredients a real cupcake would have, so it does smell like chocolate cake batter. I didn't know that cocoa powder was good for the skin like this so it's pretty cool to know that. The peppermint and spearmint make the mask feel fresher and since it's cooled before you use it, it feels very soothing.
Like the Lettuce mask, I kept the mask on for closer to thirty minutes instead of 5 to 10. I just like feeling the mask tighten my skin a little bit more as it completely dries. I for sure felt very pampered as it was on my face because it smelled like cake. I actually put this on while I was taking a Lush bubble bath. It was heavenly lol.
The texture of this mask is much less chunky than Lettuce and more... gritty. There are pieces in the mask but it feels more like a fine grained sand than bigger pieces of exfoliator like Lettuce, or for example, the St. Ives exfoliators. 
After the mask dried, I rinsed it off with warm water. The mask takes a little bit of wetting to get off completely so I do recommend a thinner layer of the mask. The clean up can also get a little messy because it's a brown paste, so the water coming off your face into the sink and onto the counter will be brown. Just make sure to be careful if your bathroom is white or has white mats.
Again, after removal, my skin felt very soft, and slightly exfoliated. It was pretty dried out but a comfortable dry for me since I have pretty oily skin.
These masks can only be purchased at Lush stores, since they are perishable and have to be refrigerated. They retail for $6.95 each and Lush has a wonderful recycling program where if you return any 5 of their black pots (shampoos, conditioners, and various creams come in them as well), you get a free mask.

FOTD: Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette

Wet n Wild has been releasing these eye shadow palettes and they've been all the rage because of their great quality and pigmentation and their super low price. They've released a few of the 8 shadow palettes, 6 shadows, and some 4 shadows I believe.
I personally don't actually buy a lot of drugstore eye makeup because they've never been great. I did have to get this one, and one another, because they got such good reviews.
Comfort Zone comes with two columns of 4 shadows that you're supposed to use together to create an eyeshadow look. To go with the palette, I decided to use the 4 colors in the right column (instead of using other shadows from other brands) in the places you're supposed to use them. 
Here's what happened:
The rest of the face was kept pretty neutral.
I was definitely pleasantly surprised with how good the quality of these shadows were. They definitely were very soft and pigmented and easily blendable. There wasn't very much fall out either.
The Browbone shade is a light buttery champagne color with a slight yellow undertone. It's frosty in finish.
The Eyelid shade is a springy yellow green, also with a pretty shiny finish. It's got more shimmer than frost though.
The Crease shade is a blackened brown with gold glitter particles infused into it. It's brown base is slightly grayed out. Very pretty.
The Definer shade is for sure the standout color. It's very much like Club eyeshadow by Mac - it's a reddish brown with a very vibrant teal shimmer shot through it.
This palette retails for about (or less than) $4 and you can find it at all drugstores. I'm always seeing it now so it's not that hard to find anymore. Definitely worth the price!
More photos and products used after the jump.

New Video! Favorite Bronzers & Highlighters


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Enjoy

Thursday, March 15, 2012

NOTW: Chanel Péridot

As an August born, not only is Peridot jewelry rare to find, but Peridot themed anything is hard to find. When Chanel released their three spring polishes last year based off of gems, I was elated to see that they named their most unique one after the August birthstone.
Péridot is a metallic gold green with a shift that looks like it goes from blue to gold to green in the bottle.
It's stunning in the bottle and translates only okay onto the nail, until you see it outside in the sunlight. Then it shines.
It's a pretty thin formula so it takes about three to four coats but it doesn't feel thick on the nail. Inside, it goes on to a gold metallic shimmer with a green shift on the edges:
Outside though the sparkle in the gold comes through. It has been cloudy here so I took a photo with flash instead:
As you can see, there's also a green shift on the edges.
This sort of polish is so difficult to photograph correctly. In the photos you can't see any of the blue at all but if you wear it there is a slight navy blue right at the edge of the green. It's hard to describe as well.
Chanel polishes are $28 each. This polish was limited edition but some Nordstrom's still have them in stock.
I used Nubar's Foundation base coat and Poshe fast dry top coat. This manicure lasted about 6 days.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

NOTW: Zoya Faye & OPI Rainbow Connection/Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday/Sephora by OPI Sparktacular Top Coat

I sported these nails about a week ago. Since it was so sunny and bright and summery, I decided to go for a color that suited that weather and instantly thought of Zoya's Sunshine collection.
Faye is a purply berry base with a beautiful golden shimmer infused into it. It's pretty inside but just blossoms outside in the sun.
The formula is pretty thin, so 3 coats gets it to as opaque as it can get, which will never be perfectly opaque. It won't feel heavy on the nail though.
I used OPI's base coat and Poshe's top coat.
Outside shade
Outside sun / inside flash blurry
As it started to wear on the tips, I went for the glitter to distract and bling it up. On my non-accent nails I put on a thin top coat of Sephora by OPI's Sparktacular Top Coat which is a mix of small and medium rainbow glitter.
On my accent nail I layered OPI's Rainbow Connection and Deborah Lippmann's Happy Birthday (which are basically the same thing, but it was out of availability in my sections of my house, one was upstairs one was downstairs lol). Very happy and rainbowy. 
Zoya polishes can be purchased at Ulta, and online and retail for $8 each. OPI can be purchased at Ulta and beauty supply stores and retail for $8-$9. Sephora by OPI can be purchased at Sephora and online and retail for $9. Deborah Lippmann can be purchased at Nordstrom, and online and retail for $16-$20.