Wednesday, October 30, 2013

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, MISSJENFABULOUS - Jenny Fox, the Plaigiarizer


I don't know if you all remember, but when I did my Turquoise Nail Art Manicure a while back, I mentioned this. But today, a line was crossed and I'm pissed. I don't usually do these types of posts because well, I sort of hate doing them, but this has to be said.
To start with, I fancy myself a fairly loyal person. I find favorites, and I stick to them. I've used the same base and top coat for about 2 years. I've used the same face cleanser for 5 years. And MrCandiiPants happens to be one of my favorite nail art bloggers, and I will ALWAYS look to her for inspiration.
I've actually recreated a few MrCandiiPants tutorials, through videos and NOTW posts, so you're probably familiar with her at this point. She's the original designer behind those really pretty flower manis that you see above.
Today, however, a prominent YouTuber named MissJenFabulous took it too far and enough is enough.
MissJenFabulous calls herself a YouTube Beauty Guru and has a full playlist of "Beginner Nail Art" videos. Now, previously she's made some obviously similar nail art designs on her channel to other prominent nail art bloggers. Take a look at a screenshot from @JessFace90x's instagram:


Not only are there multiple manicures that MissJenFabulous has posted and called her own but also the corresponding original designs so you can see just how "creative" Jen is. AKA, she's not. She's stolen dozens of designs from people like Chalkboard Nails and CutePolish and never credits. What makes it worse is that she even won recognition from magazines for stolen ideas.
Today though, she posted a new "nail art for beginners" video in which she BLATANTLY steals MrCandiiPants' design. I'm saying this is more blatant than others because MrCandiiPants' design is so unique and so clearly hers that Jenny passing it off as her own is just absolutely ridiculous. The only time she even comes close to crediting the design is when she says "it's no wonder the design is so popular online." THAT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH. What Jenny did was copy this design from MrCandiiPants:

 

Everybody online knows that his is HER design. She's been posting this design for over a year and has been doing recreations and variations of this design for at least a year. This particular mani is from 19 weeks ago, but her very first Instagram photo of this design is from 70 weeks ago. 70 WEEKS AGO. 70. That's 490 DAYS AGO.
Since then, Chalkboard Nails has really been the only popular nail blogger to recreate this design that I've seen, although I'm sure there are more:


And look, SHE CREDITS! Is it that hard? Apparently it is.
Since Chalboard Nails did this manicure, 30 Weeks ago as you can see in the date stamp in the top right corner, I even did my own version of this manicure but linked straight back to MrCandiiPants and Chalboard Nails:


I posted this video in May of 2013. And look, a link to Chalboard nails and MrCandiiPants' Youtube Channel.
MissJenFabulous is CLEARLY not the original designer, as you can see from the 3 photos above. Today though, she posted this on her Instagram, which is about her new YouTube video:

I saw this photo in my feed and decided to comment. Going back to the whole "I'm Loyal" thing, I was LIVID when I saw this. I knew immediately that this was a MrCandiiPants design and I also knew immediately that she wouldn't be credited in MissJenFabulous's design. I commented as nicely as possible though, as you can see my name at the bottom of that photo.
Within 2 minutes of that photo being posted, my comment was deleted. A different user actually replied to me and said "I thought so too!" and her comment was deleted as well. We were both blocked by MissJenFabulous and thus she became dead to me. I instantly unsubscribed. I instantly flagged that video for fraud, because that's what it is.
She's a fraud. She's completely a lying fake and I'm done. The world needs to know. You know, those other manicures were kind of different, and you could say she was "inspired" by those other nail artists. Even if "inspired" is a loose term. This though? This is ridiculous because there's no "inspired" with this manicure. Either you do it, or you don't. And she stole this idea from MrCandiiPants, and is now making money off of it because of her 300,000+ subscribers and 100,000+ followers on Instagram.
If you want more information on other manicures she's stolen, here's a full blog post by my friend Zenorah. You can not steal from one of my favorite people on the internet and NOT expect to have some consequences.
I URGE all of you to flag her videos where she's stolen designs and mark them as fraud. She's lying to everybody and will continue to steal from true artists unless something is done.
Moral of the story is, don't steal folks. Credit. No matter what, credit. It's not difficult and people wont' dislike you for crediting. In fact, they'll respect you more. Also, don't take weird internet photos of yourself in your underwear like Jenny did because it will come back to bite you in the ass. Yeah, I said it. See you in hell, Jenny - I look forward to ripping out your nails because you're a filthy nail art stealer.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Instagram 31 Day Nail Challenge: Day 4 "Green" - Zoya Apple & Rina

First off, I apologize for the weird lighting in this photo. The day that I had this on, I didn't get home until late and couldn't get good photos of this mani in the sunlight, so this is really all that I have of it. It's pretty fairly color accurate though so that's a plus.
For my "Green" mani I decided to go with sparkles again, and pull from another two colors that I have yet to feature on my blog. Zoya's Apple is a glass fleck green apple color. The glass fleck is a very pretty and sunny looking gold. On my middle and ring finger I accented with Rina, which is a good, solid Crayola Green bar glitter. Within the pieces of green glitter are blue and holo pieces of bar glitter mixed in, giving it full dimension. Rina has to be one of my favorite holiday releases from Zoya because it's so festive.
Rina is opaque with full glitter coverage in 2 coats. Apple is opaque in 3 coats, as it's got a slightly thinner texture like most glass fleck shimmers.
Both can be purchased at Ulta and Zoya's website for around $9 each. Green is a super fun color to wear, especially when it shimmers and sparkles, so I know these are going to be two colors that I reach for again.
Have any of you tried these two colors?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Instagram 31 Day Nail Challenge: Day 3 "Yellow" - Butter London Cheeky Chops

Day 3 of the Instagram 31 Day Nail Challenge was "Yellow". Like orange, I actually don't own that many yellows. Since I did a non-creme for the red and orange manis, I decided to go creme finish with the yellow. 
Butter London's Cheeky Chops is a bright, sunshine yellow creme. As far as I know, it's one of the most popular yellow polishes. Most people recommend Cheeky Chops or Zoya's Pippa if you ask for a good yellow polish. It's formula is a little on the thick side, and drags when you put down the first coat, but evens out really nicely on coat two.
It's for sure a very very happy shade and not something I'd pull out in the fall, except for specific manicures/challenges like this one. I think it'd make an awesome pedi color. When I bought it a few years back, I was pretty excited to use it, then the summer went by and I just didn't end up using it. It is a nice color though and I'm glad I finally used it for a full manicure. Colors like this (primary cremes) I use to mix when I do nail art stuff, so it does get used otherwise. 
I do recommend it if you're looking for a good primary yellow polish though! You can purchase Butter London at Ulta and Nordstrom and they retail for $15, so they are super pricey polishes. Butter London's line has some pretty gorgeous and unique colors, like Wallace, which make the $15 price tag worth it. Yellow cremes like this are also pretty rare, so if you're looking for one it may be worth splurging a little for this polish as well :)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Instagram 31 Day Nail Challenge: Day 2 "Orange" - OPI A Woman's Prague-ative

Today I have orange for you from my 31 Day (failed) Nail Challenge on Instagram. Since I don't own that many oranges, I decided to go with one that really represents fall to me, and it's OPI's "A Woman's Prague-ative" from their Euro Centrale collection.
It's a bright, pumpkiny orange glass fleck shimmer. It's got some gold tones to it in the shimmer, but also some deeper orange and bronze shades. It's super reflective on the nail and a very rich orange and sort of perfect for fall. I think I'm going to pull it out again for Thanksgiving.
What I have on my nails is 3 coats. With 2 coats you still get a little bit of visible nail line. It's not a super thick formula though so 3 coats doesn't feel too heavy on the nail.
I think you can still find this polish in some stores and online, and they retail for about $9 each.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Instagram 31 Day Nail Challenge: Day 1 "Red" - Zoya Dakota & Zoya Chyna

So about two weeks ago I tried to start the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge on Instagram, but utterly failed. I just didn't have enough time to do my nails every single day, as much as I wanted to. I did end up doing the first 10 or so days though.
This challenge started with all your basic colors, then went to patterns and actual nail art - I basically just got through the colors and couldn't keep up lol.
Day 1 was Red and I decided to go with two colors that I've been wanting to combine for a while. The first is a classic red creme, Zoya's Dakota. It's a slightly darker blue toned red with a super glossy finish. It's a good staple red, if you're looking for one. It's opaque in 3 coats and has a very easy formula. The other color is Zoya's Chyna from their Pixie Dust line. It's your classic red in the textured formula, and looks like crushed rubies on the nail.
Together I just did some basic patterns - stripes, and half & half using tape. I think the two polishes compliment each other really well, and it's a good way to start using the Pixie Dust polishes.
Both of these polishes are available on Zoya's website and retail for $9 each.

indoors with flash

outdoors, natural light in shade

Monday, October 14, 2013

Lilypad Lacquer Swatches!

Hello everyone! I meant to have this posted like a week ago, but for whatever reason blogger wouldn't let me post, then my internet went down, and basically the universe decided I wouldn't be able to post this until now.
About six weeks ago, right around my birthday, I ordered a ton of polishes from Lilypad Lacquer. I first found them on Instagram, like many indie polish makers, and was totally smitten. The variety of holos and shimmers and duochromes totally got me hooked on them and I'm very excited to share these with you all. Lilypad Lacquer hails from Australia. They have an Etsy store and also recently joined the Llarowe family, making them much more easily accessible. I think mostly, their stock is going to be more available on Llarowe, as I haven't seen a lot of their polishes on their Etsy store for some while.
I bought 12 colors for $11 AUD, which roughly converts to $10.21 USD. One thing to be aware of, if you happen to purchase from their Etsy site - I had to pay extra shipping costs because she could only send 7 polishes per package. Since they were being sent from Australia, it was about $15 per package, so the shipping costs were a little high, but for me totally worth it. If you purchase from Llarowe, you won't encounter this sort of issue. To get from Australia to me, it took about 10 days.
Here are the colors I purchased:
  • Berry Beautiful - reddish gold shimmery base that shifts to a bronze and has a scattered holo going through it. In concept, I think it's very similar to Enchanted Polish's Autumn, which I don't have, but justified NOT purchasing because I already had Berry Beautiful. The formula is at first on the thin side, but layers really well and is opaque in 3 coats. It has a slight jelly formula to it, but it isn't obvious at 3 coats. This is an awesome fall color.
  • Black Pearl - slightly blackened gray base with a bright pinkish purple shimmer that shifts almost blue. There's also a scattered holo running through it. The pink is the most bright of the colors in the shimmer but at extreme angles you can definitely see the blue. Again, this had that slight jelly formula.
  • Chocollo - caramelly almost Coca-Cola brown shimmery base with a holo speckle running through it. This was opaque in 2 coats. It applied really smoothly and felt more like a shimmer when applying it than Berry Beautiful or Black Pearl were.
  • Golden Delicious - aside from True Blood, this was one of the colors that I was most looking forward to playing with. It's a bright candy apple green shimmer base with a super strong gold shimmer. It's fun and playful and awesome on the nail. There's a holo speckle running through it that makes this polish even more awesome. It applied like Chocollo - it was opaque in 2 coats and glided on beautifully.
  • Luscious Larimar - pastel light blue with a holographic speckle and a pinky-purple shimmer running through it. Like black pearl, the pink shimmer was strong, and the primary shade in the shimmer. It also had the same almost jelly formula of Luscious Larimar. It applied evenly and was opaque in 3 coats.
  • My Enchantmint - super bright aqua creme with a delicate holo shimmer running through it. The creme base of this is super opaque and applied so nicely! It's color base is very similar to Barry M's Gelly Hi-Shine color in Greenberry. I was actually super surprised with how fond of this polish I was - it was one of those colors you order because it sort of piques your interest (i.e., it's aqua, so I automatically put it in my cart but don't focus on it like I did with Golden Delicious) and then suddenly when you apply it and play with it, it's a diamond in the rough. I think it'll look great on a lot of different skin tones, and is definitely going to be a color I reach for a ton in the summer, especially for my toes :D This was opaque in 2 coats.
  • Mystical Marine - this, first of all, has the most accurate name. It's mystifying, and super ocean-y. The color base is a shimmery teal with a blue and green shift to it. It's not an overwhelming shift, it's just slightly there, but gives it a very deep and rich looking base. Mixed in is a scattered holo glitter. It's got the most "chunky" feel to it compared to the rest of the polishes I have, but by no means is it a chunky nail polish. The pieces of holo glitter are just larger than the rest of the holo shimmer polishes I have so it's very vibrant and also very apparent on the nail. This had the same almost jelly feel to it as the first couple polishes and was opaque in 3 coats.
  • Seasong - vibrant sky blue with a gold color shift and slight holo. Basically the blue version of Golden Delicious. It has the same formula and is opaque in 2 coats. 
  • Slimey Limey - neon lime green base with a holo running through it. This is much more neon and much more green than the photos on the Lilypad Lacquer site. Since these are handmade polishes, a difference should be expected between batches. The base is definitely very neon. It's got a slight translucence to it, which isn't the same as a jelly, but just sort of that sheer/matte feel that happens with neons. The holo is very delicately dispersed throughout the polish. This was opaque in 3 coats.
  • Too Much Excitemint - aqua blue-green holo base with a holo running through it. It's pretty mermaidy. This had sort of a standard holo nail polish formula. Since it's a linear holo, it's got a slight jelly feel to it, like the Hits holos and the Ozotic holos do. It also looks sort of glassy on the nail. It's a different "slight jelly feel" than the first couple were though. Those had a little bit more "substance" to them, I think because of the shimmer in the base color. Since this polish is just one color it's got less "substance" to it, if that makes sense? If you've ever played with other indie holos, you'll know what I mean. This was opaque in 3 coats.
  • True Blood - this is the polish that I was most excited for. Not only am I a mega True Blood fan, but also because I love a dark nail, and the holo running through it makes it look AMAZING. This is the polish I saw on TenLittleNubs that first introduced me to Lilypad Lacquer. It's so deep, and so rich, and looks just fantastic. The color base is a dark wine-y purple with a red shimmer. It's a very regal color. The red shimmer running through it definitely gives off a vampire-y vibe but also totally reminded me of rich velvets, like what you'd see Anne Boleyn wear in the Tudors. This was opaque in 2 coats and had a great formula. It was smooth and applied very easily. It's for sure my favorite of the bunch and I'm going to purchase a backup!
  • Zombee - this is like a yellow version of Slimey Limey (at least for me, I think the original version of Slimey Limey was much less neon than mine). It's a yellow, almost green, neon base with a delicate holo shimmer. It's got an identical formula as Slimey Limey. This was opaque in 3 coats.
Again, each polish is (usually) available on the Lilypad Lacquer Etsy store for $11 AUD. That converts to roughly $10.20 USD a polish. On Llarowe, each polish retails for $12 USD, which I think accounts for shipping costs from Australia to the US, as well as a fee for the Llarowe website. The upside to purchasing from Llarowe's website, if you live in the US is minimizing shipping costs. From the Lilypad Lacquer Etsy site, 7 polishes is $15 to ship, and between 8 and 14 polishes is $30 to ship (***This is JUST for the U.S., there's other international shipping information available for other countries on the Etsy site), which is quite expensive, and depending on what type of collector you are can be totally worth it or something that steers you away. Lilypad Lacquer just restocked on Llarowe, so there is going to be a little bit of a wait until you see them again, probably a few weeks, but I personally think the wait is worth it!
And now, for swatches! Each picture shows 3 coats of the polish, with indoor and outdoor lighting. 
What do you guys think? Do you own any Lilypad Lacquer Polishes that I absolutely need? Let me know in the comments :D

Berry Beautiful
indoors with flash

Berry Beautiful
outdoors with natural lighting


Berry Beautiful
Top: outdoors with natural lighting
Bottom: indoors with flash / indoors with fluorescent lighting


Berry Beautiful
indoors with fluorescent lighting


Black Pearl
indoors with flash


Black Pearl
outdoors with natural lighting


Black Pearl
top left: outdoors with natural lighting
top right: indoors with fluorescent lighting
bottom row: indoors with fluorescent lighting


Chocollo
 indoors with flash


Chocollo
outdoors with natural lighting

Golden Delicious
 indoors with flash

Golden Delicious
outdoors with natural lighting

Luscious Larimar
 indoors with flash

Luscious Larimar
outdoors with natural lighting


Luscious Larimar
 left column: indoors with fluorescent lighting
right: indoors with flash

My Excitemint
 indoors with flash

My Excitemint
outdoors with natural lighting

Mystical Marine
 indoors with flash

Mystical Marine
outdoors with natural lighting

Mystical Marine
left column: outdoors with natural lighting
right: indoors with flash


Seasong
indoors with flash


Seasong
outdoors with natural lighting


Slimey Limey
indoors with flash


Slimey Limey
outdoors with natural lighting


Too Much Excitemint
indoors with flash


Mystical Marine
outdoors with natural lighting


True Blood
indoors with flash


True Blood
outdoors with natural lighting


True Blood
left column: outdoors with natural lighting
right: indoors with flash


Zombee
indoors with flash


Zombee
outdoors with natural lighting

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm & Matte Balm Swatches! (105 Demure, 135 Provocateur, 150 Enticing, 210 Unapologetic, 225 Sultry, 240 Striking)

New drugstore product alert!!! BEFORE YOU START READING (or let's be honest, skimming to the middle of the post) - I've bolded and underlined the "important" bits of this post so you can see them easily if you want to get to them quickly :) for your convenience!
A ton of new drugstore collections have been popping up recently and I've been on the hunt for them. The majority of them seem to be new lip products being released from most of the big drugstore brands - L'Oreal has newly released their La Laque and Le Matte lip crayons, Maybelline has a few new limited edition Color Whisper shades, back in August, Rimmel released their Apocalips line in the US (known as the Show Offs here). 
I did pick up some of the L'Oreal lip products, but those have been out just a bit longer than these, so I put priority on these to show you guys :) I'll be making a video of all the new lippies I've picked up recently so keep your eyes peeled (gross saying, btw) for that.
Anyways, Revlon released a whole new set of jumbo lip crayons, this time in their Colorburst line. Now, I don't know if this is in addition to their Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, or if these are limited edition, or of they Balm Stains are getting replaced, but now it seems like Revlon has a large spectrum of products to choose from. There was no sign of these being labelled "Limited Edition" anywhere (and I awkwardly scoured the display for it) and there was also no sign of the Balm Stains being discontinued so I guess for now everything is permanent :D
Revlon has typically been one of the forerunners when it comes to new, innovative, and good quality lip products. Their release of the Lip Butters and the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains were evidence of that. They have a full range of multiple types of lipstick and lipglosses as well, so I went in to these having high hopes for these products.
Here are the colors I bought:
  • Lacquer Balm 105 Demure - light petal pink
  • Lacquer Balm 135 Provocateur - bright cherry red 
  • Lacquer Balm 150 Enticing- deeper crimson red
  • Matte Balm 210 Unapologetic - bright almost neon pink with warm undertones
  • Matte Balm 225 Sultry - medium dusty rose with strong mauve tones
  • Matte Balm 240 Striking - tomato red

Formula: For the Lacquer Balms, they're on the sheer side. They're very similar to the Revlon Lip Butters just in crayon form. They do feel just slightly sheerer. I definitely didn't find them to be a full coverage lip color, which I would expect from something labelled "lacquer" but I guess it's also a balm so it works? The finish is a non-offensive sheen. There's a slight gloss to it, but it's not at all sticky on the lips. In the product you'll see a slight shimmer, but it doesn't translate onto the lips when used. They feel comfortable and fairly nourishing, although not completely like a proper lip therapy product. I wore Demure after I took photos up until I ate dinner and it didn't feel like it'd go dry, but also it felt like it was going to start fading after 4 hours or so. I'll let you all know after I do a proper test of them in a video :) 
The Matte Balms are much more opaque than the Lacquer Balms. They do dry down to a good matte finish, but they don't feel too dry on the lips; they will feel dryer on the lips than your standard lip product but that just comes with the territory of matte lip products. They glide on smoothly and apply evenly which is always a super plus for matte products. The darker shades do stain ever so slightly but not to the extent that the Just Kissable Balm Stains do.
When comparing the Balm Stains to these two new formulas, I'd say the Balm Stains sit right between the Lacquer Balms and the Matte Balms. The Balm Stains have a slightly less matte finish than the Matte Balms, and are not as pigmented as the Matte Balms. The Balm Stains don't have as nice of a nourishing feel as the Lacquer Balms do though, and have less sheen than the Lacquer Balms.
Packaging: Both products come in the classic twist up packaging that like every single one of these types of products come in. Tarte, CoverGirl, the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, Clinique, Neutrogena, and the foreign products I have ALL come with a twist up mechanism on the end. The Lacquer Balms come in metallic packaging that corresponds with the color of the product on the inside. The Matte Balms come in matted out packaging that also corresponds with the color of the product on the inside. The color name and number is on a sticker on the bottom. Now, since there's basically two reds, two neutrals, two light pinks, two darker pinks and two midtoned berry shades for both lines, I would have liked to see the packaging altered so you can see the actual product on the inside. I don't know why American brands seem so against providing clear plastic lids for lip products, but they do. I swear, it'd fix so many problems - being able to really see the product would totally help with people NOT touching the product on the inside. I've never seen any of the Rimmel Products in my area with evidence of tampering because they have plastic lids on their jumbo pencils. The jumbo lip pencils Kim sent me from Australia have clear lids and I totally reach for them more because I can see the true color. I think Milani and Neutrogena are the only brands that I've seen with clear plastic lids, which I completely appreciate. Having part or all of the packaging correspond with the lip color on the inside most definitely helps, but I did have the tiniest bit of anxiety when picking out colors today because I couldn't actually see what I was getting. It's not a major flaw in the product though, and more of a personal preference and makes no difference to the quality of the product on the inside. I do like how sleek the metallic plastic looks with the Lacquer Balms though. Shiny! Just beware when you take off the barcode sticker because it may pull away some of the metallic finish, which means if you just throw these in your purse, they will eventually wear down.
Also, there's just the smallest amount of effort taken in keeping the products untouched before purchasing - there's a tiny sticker on each lid which doesn't really keep it super tamper proof but you'll be able to tell if it's been previously opened.
I found the display this morning at Bed Bath & Beyond - there were 10 colors in each formula, meaning a total of 20 new lip products from Revlon this fall. For each formula, there's a pretty basic color range to choose from. They do seem to favor lighter to medium skin tones, like most new Revlon releases do. There are some darker and more vibrant shades but there's going to be more for the light to medium toned people to choose from. There is a good mix of nudes, pinks, and neutrals being contrasted by deeper and bolder shades, so that's a plus.
I bought each of them for around $6.99, but I think the price will range greatly depending on your area and where you purchase from. I know some people online have been purchasing them for close to $8.99. Also, I've currently only seen them at Bed Bath & Beyond (mine has a fully extended beauty section, so not EVERY BBB will have them), but I'm sure they'll come to all the major drugstores soon.
Overall thoughts: I think it was a good, simple release. It's a good place to start with this formula - I hope Revlon chooses to expand on the color range for each formula because they're pretty good products. They just lack in diverse colors - not only do they cater to lighter skintones, but you'll easily be able to find similar colors in every other brand and every other formula. Basically, if you REALLY want the products for the formula, you'll be happy, but if you're not one to collect products in similar colors, it may not be too exciting of a release for you. The price is average for drugstore lip products, so it's not a total loss either if you end up with a product with similar color to another that you have. This will benefit those that are sort of pro-"no fuss" with their makeup, and like products that are easy to maintain. They're pretty travel friendly as well. 

Have any of you picked these up yet? What do you think??! Let me know in the comments :)))
And now for pictures!
outer tamper proof packaging

105 Demure Lacquer Balm

105 Demure Lacquer Balm - here you can see the level of "gloss"

135 Provocateur Lacquer Balm

150 Enticing Lacquer Balm 

210 Unapologetic Matte Balm 

225 Sultry Matte Balm 

240 Striking Matte Balm