Wednesday, November 28, 2012

NOTW: Essie Vanity Fairest

For a long time, I've sort of steered clear of baby pinks because I could never find one that suited me in the way that I wanted it to. May of them were too pink, or milky, or streaky, and just clashed against my skintone in a way that I didn't like.

I picked up Vanity Fairest by Essie after seeing an Instagram photo that MissGlamorazzi posted. It looked really nice on her so I checked it out in store. I tend to always check out her nail polish recommendations because she has a warm toned medium skin (she's half Thai, even though she looks mostly caucasian) so generally if I like the way something looks on her nails I find that I mostly like them on mine as well. Same goes with Temptalia.
Vanity Fairest is a very sheer ballet slipper like pink with a slight shimmer to it. It's sheerness builds up to full opacity after 3 coats, which is what I have below, but still gives the effect of a natural look on the nail. The thing I'm not too crazy about when it comes to sheer pinks is that if you layer them, sometimes they just get too thick and don't look natural on the nail after 2 or 3 coats. What 3 coats of Vanity Fairest gave me was the same sort of effect that standard baby pinks would give me after 1 coat. Does that make sense? It's slightly sheer texture also gives a sort of jelly like or gel nail like look to the nail.
I put it on over OPI Nail Envy and under China Glaze's fast dry top coat. This manicure lasted about 8 days with no chipping, and I removed it after my nail growth finally looked too obvious to ignore.
Essie polishes are available at all drugstores and retail for about $8-$9.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Khroma Beauty by Kourtney, Kim & Khloe Kardashian - False Lashes

I'm an avid Kardashians watcher, so I've known about their Khroma Beauty line for a while. What I didn't know was when and where they'd be available so I was pretty stoked when I saw these lashes at CVS.
Personally, even though all of the Kardashian family members (including mom and little sisters) have beautiful makeup on, like ALL the time, their lashes are always my favorite. I have no idea what their natural lashes look like, but that feature of their making is always dramatic and really quite beautiful and fluttery. So when news came out that they were making their own line of false lashes, I was pretty excited to see what they'd make.
Again, I saw these at CVS, and I think all of their products are supposed to be available at CVS, but these are just the first of what I saw so far, about 2 weeks ago.
I haven't tried them yet so here's photos of the ones I've bought. I will do some sort of review of them when I use them though.

These retail for about $12 to $14 each, which is pricey for false lashes. Ardell and Katy Perry lashes are always up to about $10.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Julep Box: November 2012 :D

I'm sorry I don't more regularly post swatches of Julep polishes - I still get polishes every month but I don't always post or talk about them because I have SO many other things I want to swatch and upload, and then suddenly my next box has already come!
Sometimes some of the colors aren't all together that unique either so I don't share them.
But November's box was pretty cool so I thought I'd share with you :)
This month's theme was Matte Suede colors, so they came out with 5 suede polishes along with some other creme finish polishes with fall themes. OPI is the only other brand of polish that I have this finish from, although I'm sure others have done it. When dry, the colors look like suede on the nail, but when painted over with a top coat, they have a crazy beautiful shimmer!
I actually really like this finish because it's sort of a 2 for 1 deal, and I like matte polishes. I think they have a time and place, although I know a lot of people don't like matte polishes. Since I like this finish, I decided to get some of the add-ons, which I will hopefully photograph and upload soon.
Most of the suede polishes from Julep were unique (to my collection) colors as well - by OPI I have Here Today Aragon Tomorrow (which is a shimmery green) and OPI Ink (bluish purple shimmer), so I got the box with colors that I don't already have (which was the It Girl box, I'm normally a Classic With A Twist) and then added on the other colors I wanted.
Nora is a eggplanty dark purple with shimmer. All of these photos were taken with flash because you could see the shimmer better.
This was opaque in 1 coat, but you can use 2 coats if you want and it won't be a problem.

Hailee is an asparagus green with silver shimmer. This needed 2 coats, as you can see in the swatch below. Yes, the swatch did flake off, but I just patted it back down so you can see the swatch in full. 
This was the same with Nora, but these dry very quickly, as most matte ones do so that's another perk of matte polishes.

Matte Top Coat
This was the third polish that came in the box. I only have one other matte top coat from OCC, so I just wanted to try another.
I do like this one... I feel like my OCC one sometimes doesn't completely matte out a manicure, like... it's semi-glossy then I'll have to add another coat of the matte top coat. This one matted out the polish below quickly and easily and I didn't have to worry about it.
I'm actually including 2 other polishes in this post that I bought and were delivered right with my box, so that I could show you the Matte Top Coat's effectiveness as well as just show you the swatches since I couldn't fit them in conveniently anywhere else.
Susie is a pastel minty green, but has less blue tones than some other mint greens have. The formula on this was excellent - almost a 1 coater. I'd use 2 to just be save but it's very opaque and isn't patchy like some pastels are.
This I actually bought because Holly raves about it whenever she talks about Julep or green polish. So happy I bought it!
Susie / Susie matted out (taken with flash - absolutely no shine at all!)

Daisy is a bright egg yolk (I'm talking pre-cooked, pure egg yolk) yellow. It's got slight orange tones to it, which I thought was kind of cool for a yellow polish since I haven't seen a color like this before. It's got an almost jelly finish to it so it's very shiny and doesn't look dull on the nails like some yellows look.
This was opaque in 2 coats, but also almost 1 coat. 

Julep polishes are available at Sephora as well as on the Julep website. If you're a Julep Maven, you can get polishes at their store (and only at their store) for about $11, otherwise they retail for $14. Also, if you're wondering, you can add on polishes to your box for only $4.99 each but you have to add them on before your box ships. And these are polishes exclusive to add-on. There is always a link on your Maven page where you can change your box or add polishes on.
If you're wondering what a Maven is and what all this Box and Add-On talk is, then watch the video below :D

Monday, November 19, 2012

Misc. Nail Polish Swatches - L'Oreal Project Runway 2012, Wet N Wild Halloween, Sally Hansen Lustre Shine, Jack-O-Lantern 2012, Butter London Fall 2012

These polishes are ones that I bought back in September but didn't get photographed in time and just didn't end up on the blog, but they're here now :D The majority of them you can purchase still in stores if you go look, and most of them are drugstore. 
There's also some Butter London at the end from the Fall 2012 collection.

Wet N Wild Mega Last Halloween 2012 - Poison Ivy
This was part of the Pick Your Poison collection by Wet N Wild. It's a blackened green shimmer. It was opaque in 2 coats. The brush was short and flat and tapered at the tip, and was a little stiff to work with but didn't hinder the application too much. 
The formula wasn't too bad, and was otherwise nothing to note of.
It was about $5 when I purchased it.

L'Oreal Project Runway 2012 Collection The Tempress' Touch
This is a shimmery lime green with a hint of gold to it. I loved the Project Runway collection last year for their blushes, but this year I only picked up 2 polishes because I wasn't really in the mood to pick up anything else from the line lol. They had some awesome blushes and lip products though if you're interested.
This was fully opaque in 2 coats and easy to work with.

L'Oreal Project Runway 2012 Collection The Muse's Attitude
This is a shimmery blackened teal polish. It was more opaque than the other one, and was totally fine at 2 coats.
The L'Oreal polishes were both about $8 each.

Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Lava
This was part of a very buzzed about collection of multi-chromatic polishes. Lava was the most buzzed about one... it's a red, pink, copper and orange shimmery flecked polish. It's very similar to Mac's Bad Fairy, although not a dupe. This is not quite as reflective as Bad Fairy. 
It does remind me a bit more of the OPI Burlesque color that was also red/orange/copper. 
Lava was opaque in 2 coats, and is a great layering polish. It's very reflective and bold over a black.

Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Copperhead
Copperhead is a warm rusty brown with a strong green shimmer to it. It's clearer in the bottle than in the swatches below, but still shows up if you apply it to your nails.
It shows some streaks from brush strokes but that's because of the nature of the polish. It's an almost metallic chrome.
It was opaque in 2 coats.

Revlon Sparkle Aplenty
I think this was part of a fall collection, but I don't quite remember what the display looked like. It's a black jelly base with silver microglitter, and larger black and pearly white hexagonal glitter.
It's very chunky, and not as easy to work with as other Revlon polishes have been... the glitter dragged a little and then when layered got very thick.
It was opaque in 2 coats. And for sure didn't need 3 coats. If you layered it once over a black polish, it'd probably be better.

Blue Cross Jack-O-Lantern Polish Glow In The Dark Pink Glitter
These don't have names so I'm just calling it what I would describe it to be.
This is a baby pink glow in the dark polish. It's consistency is that plastic like almost matte material that glow in the dark materials tend to be. It's got opalescent microglitter and large hex glitter. 
It was opaque in 3 coats and got a little thick but glowed pretty well in the dark.

Pink & Silver Glitter Mix
This is a clear base with a pale pink microglitter mixed with a silver microglitter.
It's a standard glitter... great for layering, and can be built up to 3 coats if needed.

Bright Purple Blacklight Polish
I don't have a blacklight, so I can't tell you how that works, but it's a pretty polish on it's own. This is a bright warm purple with opalescent microglitter. It layers to be opaque in 3 coats and wasn't a weird or different consistency or anything.
It's almost neon so it does dry semi-matte.

I bought 2 of the Butter London 2012 fall polishes. I think the green was part of a Nordstrom exclusive set but I know you can now purchase it internationally (or at least in London).
Dodgy Barnett
HOLOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Spelled out, that looks ridiculous lol.
But I'm so excited it's holo!
Dodgy Barnett is a light silver holo. Light as in delicate, not color wise. It's almost linear... possibly just a finely milled speckle, so not necessarily linear but very close to being linear.
This was opaque in 3 coats. 
I actually bought the other holo in the Fall collection which you can see here.

Two Fingered Salute
This was the polish I was most excited to show you lol. That's why I put it in the end :D
I think this was at one point exclusive to Nordstrom, but you can purchase it now in other places as well.
It's a sage green creme with rusty colored flecks dispersed throughout it. It's pretty unique and I have nothing like it. Base color wise as well. I don't have many sage green colors. It's one of those colors that would look great if you painted it on your walls.