Sunday, December 29, 2013

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Nail Art, Bullying & MissJenFabulous

In case you missed it, my dear friend Zenorah posted a comprehensive video on MissJenFabulous and what has been happening the past year with stolen nail art. I've also posted 2 entries here on my blog about the matter. One is about MrCandiiPants and one is about KeshiaLilly. Both posts have photographic evidence of her stealing designs, specific designs mind you and not just generic ones like "polka dots" for example, and techniques (again, specific techniques).
I wanted to write this third blog post just to clear up a few things:
First, Zenorah has laid out all the information and links so that you can all readily make your own opinion. If you are a fan of Jen, you don't even have to read any of it. In fact, you don't have to watch the video. Zenorah's video is just compiling all the information so that it's in one place. It's open to you whenever you feel like you want to get more information on what is going on. If you don't want to, then you don't have to watch it. That does NOT give you open invitation to write something nasty to her.
That's the same with everybody posting links to this video on Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and anywhere else. It's there so you can watch it and form your own opinion. It's not there so you can form hate groups or threads online. Yes, she has left the comments open so you can write whatever you want. And people will. And she knows that as many of us that support her and this issue realize. Even though we don't have half a million subscribers or even more than a few thousand subscribers, you do learn to grow a thick skin pretty quickly. I've been keeping an eye on people's reposts and for the most part, people are taking their own initiative and exploring on their own and thus, making their own opinions. However, there are some out there, that are taking this opportunity to not only bash the person who posted or linked to Zenorah's video, but are openly deciding to bash the nail art community and are calling what Zenorah did bullying.
Which brings me to my next point. This is not bullying. I think we've come to a place in our culture that is SO sensitive. There is a difference between somebody being made fun of, mentally and verbally tortured, and in contrast, presenting information about a person. Asking Jen to credit a person's specific design is not bullying. And also, what Zenorah is asking is not for Jen to credit whenever she does a polka-dot manicure. It's when Jen takes a very specific design AND technique, for example the MrCandiiPants floral design, re-creates it and then doesn't mention at all where she saw it. I'm going to let you all know, that there's a 1% chance of coincidence that they both thought of the same techniques to come up with the same florals. It's standard probability. Nowhere in Zenorah's video does she attack Jen as a person. She doesn't go all "JENS A COTTON HEADED NINNY MUGGINS" or whatever (just insert your own mean insult there). She just sits and lists off information for you to all go check out. She also provides photographic proof, and links a few major bloggers that you yourself can go contact if you'd like. I think the closest any of us has really gotten to really bullying Jen is when I linked those silly photos of her. Which I've since taken out of my original blog post because I felt bad about that. That I will own up to and I apologize. 
There are people commenting on these various reposts though saying that we are bullying Jen. We aren't bullying Jen. We are asking her to credit people. I haven't read anything truly malicious on her character for the most part. There are a few "I don't like her"s and "What she is doing is wrong"s but nothing of the true bullying sort. So please, if you are one of her fans, please do not automatically assume we are bullying Jen. Do not just comment and say that she may kill herself because she's being bullied. That's not a funny threat and it isn't a threat you should just take lightly and freely comment on anything. 
Truth is, she isn't being bullied. To be truly bullied, is to be relentlessly, viciously and hurtfully attacked everyday. I was bullied in school for having slanty eyes and for not being skinny. I know what it's like. And I've had my fair share of being bullied on the internet. I've been called fat, annoying and ugly. But asking for somebody to credit a source? I would gladly do it because it's the right thing to do. Asking somebody to do the right thing is not a bullying act. And also we aren't asking people to bully her either, and we are NOT judging people who are her fans, and continue to be her fans. We simply want the information out there, so that the lesser known bloggers who she takes SPECIFIC ideas and techniques from have a fighting chance to be heard. 
And here's another truth - blocking, deleting, and not stopping her fans from attacking other people is worse than what we are asking of her. She's not telling them to come and argue with us, she's just not addressing the issue and not asking her fans to be nice about it. WHICH IS ALSO NOT BULLYING - so I'm not saying she's a bully, but I'm saying that she's not doing the right thing, and when it comes to the spectrum of morality, I think we're on the more moral side of things. That last part is just my own opinion though, and I encourage you all to form your own opinions on the matter of morals.
Now going back to the "sensitivity" spectrum of people nowadays? There are also comments by people calling these nail artists who are getting their work stolen "too sensitive." How would you feel if you created something, spent hours doing it, creating blog posts, editing footage, and being really proud of the outcome, to have it be claimed by somebody else, months later, and know they are making a substantial amount of money off of it? I have about 5000 subscribers on YouTube. I average about 600 views a video. Monthly, I make around $40 from YouTube views. Multiply that buy 10, you get $400. She has on average at least 20 times more views, and she has 100 times the subscribers I have. You can now see just how much money she potentially gets off of her YouTube views.
Being an original content creator, and seeing your work monetarily support another person probably doesn't feel the greatest, right? And if you're a nail artist with 500 followers, and you see something that you created, being shown to 500,000 people with no mention of your name, wouldn't you feel helpless and hurt? These bloggers and nail artists are not just simply being sensitive, greedy, "follower hungry", or selfish, they are defending themselves, or at least trying to but it's so hard when they and their fans are getting blocked and their comments getting deleted at the mere mention of another blogger on any of her social networking platforms. I posted "that looks like a MrCandiiPants design" which in my opinion isn't mean spirited at all, and was immediately blocked on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, as well as had my comment deleted. How are nail bloggers supposed to rightly defend themselves when they can't even get a word in edge-wise?
Lastly, is the issue of what needs to be given credit and what doesn't. Here is the MrCandiiPants video, completely on that topic.
Basically, vague concepts like painting dots or stripes on your nails doesn't count as something specific enough to need crediting for originality. Now if you full on copy a manicure, then it's nice to say "these were inspired by _______". Same with makeup - red lip? Not a specific enough situation. Red glitter lip with blue eyeliner? Credit where you saw it. Same with writing a book - book about a dog? Not specific. Writing a rhyming book about dogs in cars? Like Go, Dog, Go? Yeah. You can't copy that and take credit for it. Painting a picture of a woman? Not specific. Painting a portrait of a woman using primarily brown, and copying her expression to look like the Mona Lisa? You need to credit your inspiration. It's all the same. Nail art may seem frivolous and unimportant to all of those subjects, but it still follows the same rules of sourcing. And this shouldn't be a new concept to people, at least in America because it's part of a standard curriculum taught to students age 8 through higher education at the Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate level.
The distinction is harder to do with like a white pinstripe on a purple base for example. But when we get to flowers, and specific techniques, patterns, color combinations, then it gets more easily distinguishable as to when a person needs to credit and cite sources.
The bottom line is, credit needs to be given. And also, I am aware that Jen isn't the only person that does this. She, however, is the one that blocks, deletes, and denies all responses that mention other bloggers. I've only ever seen her do those things, and not other bloggers. Other bloggers will pretty much always credit if you ask them to.

Friday, December 27, 2013

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Rescue Beauty Lounge Reveillon - Swatches & Review

This is the last of the Rescue Beauty Lounge colors I have to show you, and boy is it a pretty one :) This is the third Fan Collection 2.0 color and I'm still sort of jealous that I didn't think of the concept of this polish lol.
Reveillon is a dusty satin blue with a bright pinkish-purple shimmer running through it. This is one of the more strong shimmers I have in my RBL collection. I thought it was going to be slightly stronger on the nail, based off of other reviews I've seen, but the polish is beautiful nonetheless. It actually reminds me quite a bit of those very riche dresses royals wore in France - Marie Antoinette-esque. The blue is a very fabric like color, in that it holds well on a lot of different skin tones, and also holds it's color intensity really well. Does that makes sense to you guys? lol. I'm trying to say that even though it's not a bright blue, that there is some dustiness to it, that it's still a very strong color and that there's no sort of translucency or lack of pigment to it. The shimmer then sits playfully within it, and all I can see is Marie Antoinette, having one of her parties, wearing her beautiful gowns and eating pretty little pastries.
The formula on this was slightly thicker than the other colors I have tried, but not so much that it was difficult to work with. It was opaque in 1 coat, however, and that sort of always makes up for any thickness I get with polishes.
Rescue Beauty Lounge colors are available on her website. Each polish retails for between $18 and $20, which is definitely not in everybody's price range. However, it holds the same quality for me as brands like Deborah Lippmann do, especially within her creme finish polishes, so I feel the price is worth it. 
Stay tuned to my YouTube Channel though, as I'll be having a RBL giveaway soon! 
***Product provided for review. I am a reviewer for Rescue Beauty Lounge, however I will always review with 100% honest opinions, regardless of my status with a company or brand.***

Rescue Beauty Lounge Opaque Pink - Swatches & Review

Opaque Pink is the second of two "classic" colors that I received from Ji. The first being Killah Red, which I just posted :D
This is a beige creme-jelly color that is sheer at first, but then goes opaque in 2 coats. It's sort of like magic because typically with these colors I don't expect them to go opaque in 2 coats, especially with this texture of polish
I did think it was going to be pink, versus a skin-toned beige. That definitely caught me off guard based off the name, but otherwise I think the color is very unique. I have probably one other neutral in my collection that isn't super pink based or super brown based, which is how neutrals tend to go. I like the yellowness of this color, and I think it will lend itself nicely to anybody's neutral collection, especially those with warmer undertones.
What I originally did with this polish was paint a single coat on all my nails. It took away any evidence of discoloration and provided a good shine to my nails without looking like a full manicure. It meshed well with my natural skin tone - meaning, since I have a very yellow undertone, the single coat of this made my nails look very natural and didn't obviously look pink or brown. This polish probably won't have the same effect to those who have a different tone that I do in their skin, but I'm very happy to have a polish like this because there aren't many out there.
After having a single coat on my nails for a day, I added 2 more, so in these photos I have a total of 3 coats, just so you can see what full color payoff is like. The polish has a very beautiful natural shine to it, and looked great during the day. I had a lot of people who came in to where I worked ask me what I was wearing because it's a good office friendly color.
Rescue Beauty Lounge colors are available on her website. Each polish retails for between $18 and $20, which is definitely not in everybody's price range. However, it holds the same quality for me as brands like Deborah Lippmann do, especially within her creme finish polishes, so I feel the price is worth it. Stay tuned to my YouTube Channel though, as I'll be having a RBL giveaway soon!
***Product provided for review. I am a reviewer for Rescue Beauty Lounge, however I will always review with 100% honest opinions, regardless of my status with a company or brand.***

Rescue Beauty Lounge Lotus Elise - Swatches & Review

This is another from the Fan Collection 2.0. Lotus Elise is a gorgeous and unique polish amongst the ones that I received from Ji. 
Lotus Elise is a reddish pink jelly with a flakey golden shimmer running through it. It's not quite as opaque as the cremes but it's because of the jelly base. It goes opaque in 2-3 coats and layers with depth. It looks crystal like, which is no surprise because it was originally inspired by rare sapphires from Sri Lanka. This is definitely a very jewel like polish when applied on the nail, and reminds me quite a bit of polishes from the Zoya Sparkle collection which I love so much. The shimmer in this is a bit chunkier, compared to size in the Zoya Sparkle colors.
Rescue Beauty Lounge colors are available on her website. Each polish retails for between $18 and $20, which is definitely not in everybody's price range. However, it holds the same quality for me as brands like Deborah Lippmann do, especially within her creme finish polishes, so I feel the price is worth it. 
Stay tuned to my YouTube Channel though, as I'll be having a RBL giveaway soon! 





***Product provided for review. I am a reviewer for Rescue Beauty Lounge, however I will always review with 100% honest opinions, regardless of my status with a company or brand.***

Rescue Beauty Lounge Killah Red - Swatches & Review

Next up is the color in Killah Red. This is a color that Ji has had in her line for quite some time, I believe. I think I saw this on her site when I was browsing for polishes like Underwear and Dead Calm, back when I first started purchasing RBL colors.
Killah Red is a vampy, deep oxblood red shade. It's that in-between creme and jelly that a lot of shimmer-less reds are. It's a beautiful and rich dark red that can fit into most people's collection. At that same notion, a lot of people probably have a lot of colors very similar to this. I chose this polish though because I wanted to see how her classic shades held up against other classic shades I have in my collection.
This red is quite excellent though, and is opaque in 1 coat. You get a good, bold red at 1 coat, and if you add another layer it deepens and becomes more like the shade you see in the bottle. Despite the finish of the polish, it is important to note, that it is fully opaque. Not a lot of creme-jellies have that ability to be fully opaque so it gives this a leg up on other reds I have in my collection.
Rescue Beauty Lounge colors are available on her website. Each polish retails for between $18 and $20, which is definitely not in everybody's price range. However, it holds the same quality for me as brands like Deborah Lippmann do, especially within her creme finish polishes, so I feel the price is worth it.
Stay tuned to my YouTube Channel though, as I'll be having a RBL giveaway soon!
***Product provided for review. I am a reviewer for Rescue Beauty Lounge, however I will always review with 100% honest opinions, regardless of my status with a company or brand.***

Rescue Beauty Lounge Insouciant - Swatches & Review

I have Insouciant for you guys today! I also have a TON of swatches for you today and also, a video is going up :D
Insouciant is a grayed lavender creme with a vibrant blue shimmer. It reminds me quite a bit of the shimmer you see in Takko Lacquer - it still has that delicate feel that the other shimmers that I've shown has. It's not a strong shimmer, but I think it adds to the dreaminess of the base color. It's very modern elegance in a bottle to me.
The formula was opaque in one coat to two coats. Here in the photos I have 2 coats, so you can see that even if it's layered, it doesn't look too thick. These polishes also don't feel thick or heavy on the nail either when you layer them, which is something that I haven't mentioned yet in the other swatch posts.
Rescue Beauty Lounge colors are available on her website. Each polish retails for between $18 and $20, which is definitely not in everybody's price range. However, it holds the same quality for me as brands like Deborah Lippmann do, especially within her creme finish polishes, so I feel the price is worth it.
Stay tuned to my YouTube Channel though, as I'll be having a RBL giveaway soon!
***Product provided for review. I am a reviewer for Rescue Beauty Lounge, however I will always review with 100% honest opinions, regardless of my status with a company or brand.***

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Rescue Beauty Lounge Fire Queen - Swatches & Review

The fifth polish I have to show you is one of three that I received from the Fan Collection 2.0 colors.
For the last 2 years, Ji has held a contest where you can enter your ideas and what type of color you would make if you had the chance. She picks some finalists and then in the end there is a voting session for the polishes.
This is one of the colors from that collection. Fire Queen is a seafoam green jelly. It's definitely on the sheer side, but still isn't all that sheer. It's got your typical jelly finish, which is squishy and glossy looking in the end. It's opaque in 3 coats and applies very evenly and easily. I don't have any colors that are this shade in my collection - it's much brighter than OPI's Mermaid's Dream.
Rescue Beauty Lounge colors are available on her website. Each polish retails for between $18 and $20, which is definitely not in everybody's price range. However, it holds the same quality for me as brands like Deborah Lippmann do, especially within her creme finish polishes, so I feel the price is worth it.
Stay tuned to my YouTube Channel though, as I'll be having a RBL giveaway soon!
***Product provided for review. I am a reviewer for Rescue Beauty Lounge, however I will always review with 100% honest opinions, regardless of my status with a company or brand.***

Rescue Beauty Lounge Fashion Polish - Swatches & Review

First of all, MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!!!! I hope you're all having the most amazing and beautiful holiday :))))) You guys are all amazing and I'm so so thankful to you all, especially around the holidays.
Today's polish from Rescue Beauty Lounge is Fashion Polish. This is another collab that Fashion Polish did with a brand. I have another that she did with Picture Polish - I'll have that post up for you all soon. Fashion Polish is one of my very favorite nail blogs though and I can't get enough of her! Her photos are flawless and are such an inspiration. 
The color she created with Ji is a dark black base with a sprinkle of reddish pink, a sort of golden green, and possibly a silver? The effect is super galaxy like on the nail - I sort of like the little glimpses of color that peek through. Not completely knowing the color gives it more mystery and for me gives it more depth. Do you guys ever feel that way about something? When it's ambiguous it gives you more space to think the way you wish and it becomes like 1000x more awesome?
Anyways, the formula on this was pretty much the best I've ever gotten with a color like this. It's opaque in pretty much one coat. I used 2 coats for insurance sake - the glitter does sink in a tiny bit and the base doesn't dry super glossy but a top coat fixes both of those. The top coat brings out the shine in the glitter as well as in the polish and brings forth it's full potential.
I had this on my nails for a full 4 days before I removed. I had one tiny chip on my right had when I removed it but it was because I slammed my hand into a table edge at work. 
Rescue Beauty Lounge colors are available on her website. Each polish retails for between $18 and $20, which is definitely not in everybody's price range. However, it holds the same quality for me as brands like Deborah Lippmann do, especially within her creme finish polishes, so I feel the price is worth it.
Stay tuned to my YouTube Channel though, as I'll be having a RBL giveaway soon!

***Product provided for review. I am a reviewer for Rescue Beauty Lounge, however I will always review with 100% honest opinions, regardless of my status with a company or brand.***

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Rescue Beauty Lounge Be Humble - Swatches & Review

The next polish I have to show you is Be Humble. This came from a collection called the "Emoting Me" Collection, which had colors all based off of simple emotions and actions that should be remembered everyday. When it was first released, I thought it was a very thoughtful collection and was an interesting theme - one that wasn't very explored in many other collections I had previously seen by other brands.
Be Humble is a gray-lavender base with a gentle but bright blue shimmer. Like Abi, it's a very fairy sprinkle like shimmer, instead of a mega in-yo-face sort of shimmer. The shimmer is a nice zing of color on a very soft base and give the color a nice bit of character. Also like Abi, the shimmer is dainty and not super obvious in person but still more obvious than the photos show. The below was taken with flash and you can see the shimmer more clearly. 
This was opaque in 1-2 coats again, which is sort of a classic RBL formula. It dries down fairly quickly as well.
Be Humble lasted on me for about 3 days before I removed it to apply the next color. There were no obvious signs of wear.
Rescue Beauty Lounge colors are available on her website. Each polish retails for between $18 and $20, which is definitely not in everybody's price range. However, it holds the same quality for me as brands like Deborah Lippmann do, especially within her creme finish polishes, so I feel the price is worth it. 
Stay tuned to my YouTube Channel though, as I'll be having a RBL giveaway soon! 


***Product provided for review. I am a reviewer for Rescue Beauty Lounge, however I will always review with 100% honest opinions, regardless of my status with a company or brand.***

Rescue Beauty Lounge Abi - Swatches & Review

Get ready for a ton of pretties from Rescue Beauty Lounge :) Ji, the fabulous creator of all these colors, gave the opportunity to show you 10 polishes of my choosing. I ended up with what I think is a good variety and representation of her colors, so buckle your seat belts kids! We're going on a Rescue Beauty Lounge adventure :D
I actually already posted a swatch of one of the colors - Piu Mosso. Since I received them about a month ago, I've been slowly testing them out so I could give you all a good review of each color.
The first color is Abi, which is a bright lime green with a slight murky tint to it. Mixed in is a shilvery shimmer that is less of a frosty effect and more of a fairy sprinkle on the nail.
Abi is opaque in 1-2 coats - it's a thick polish without being thick and is also very vibrant. I can't even fathom how one makes something like that but it applied like a dream. The photo above is with natural light indoors and the photo below is with flash. You can see the shimmer isn't super strong in natural light, it's actually more apparent in person though. It's very pretty in the sun though, and looks similarly to the shimmer that you see in the photo with flash.
This lasted on me for a good 4 days before I removed it and painted my nails with the next color :)
Rescue Beauty Lounge colors are available on her website - it's down for maintenance as of right now, since she's prepping for the new year, but I'll let you know when it's back up so you can browse the colors again! Each polish retails for between $18 and $20, which is definitely not in everybody's price range. However, it holds the same quality for me as brands like Deborah Lippmann do, especially within her creme finish polishes, so I feel the price is worth it. 
Stay tuned to my YouTube Channel though, as I'll be having a RBL giveaway soon!
I definitely recommend Abi as a very unique color to be added to anybody's collection. I personally don't have any greens that are in this shade, and the subtle shimmer adds to it's individuality.
Do you guys have any green favorites? Let me know in the comments!
***Product provided for review. I am a reviewer for Rescue Beauty Lounge, however I will always review with 100% honest opinions, regardless of my status with a company or brand.*** 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

KeshiaLilly - MissJenFabulous' Newest Victim (STOP THE STEALING, SPREAD THE WORD)

Hi guys. I have another not-so-pleasant post for you all, but I have to do it. I have to. Because it's something that I will continue to fight for, every time I get reminded of it. 
Meet KeshiaLilly (Go follow her! She's super sweet and has awesome nails!). Yesterday she tweeted me about the post I previously did on MissJenFabulous being the worst offender of theft in the nail art community. After talking to her, she let me know it's because Jen stole some of her artwork, and boy did it make me mad. I know as long as no actual punishment goes Jen's way, she's not going to stop, but it really does bother me every time I get told of her actions. It's just simply not fair to those nail artists, who inspire me everyday, and who create these beautiful designs, to not only have their ideas stolen but for Jen to treat them so childishly.
Here's KeshiaLilly's Story:
Keshia, last year during the holidays, made this super cute Santa hat nail design and posted a pictorial of it. It was so popular that this year, she decided to post a YouTube tutorial for it, along with the pictorial she created last year. Here is the Tutorial she posted, 2 days ago:
Also, here's a picture she posted 4 days ago of the design. She states here that she is going to post a tutorial for it. Regardless, she posted the tutorial 2 days ago, on December 19th. 


And here's where we encounter the problem: 
MissJenFabulous (who blocked me on Instagram, remember?) posted this picture late yesterday, and KeshiaLilly took a screepcap of it and posted it on Instagram. MissJenFabulous posted a tutorial for basically the exact same design, but is not crediting Keshia for anything, as she should be. You can also see that Jen posted her video a day after Keshia did hers. 

And in pure Jen fashion, she decided to block Keshia for calling her out, as well as others who commented, and denied all knowledge of other people's tutorials.
I'm posting about this again, with picture evidence, because it's a problem. And it really shouldn't BE a problem. Crediting is not a difficult thing to do, and there is NO SHAME in NOT being the original creator of a design. If you like a design, it's ok to link back to the original creator. It's in fact better for everybody because each person can benefit from the post.
MissJenFabulous however thinks she's above all that and thinks that it's OK to steal people's original creations, and she's spreading this attitude every time she posts a video. She's taking so much credit away from people, and then has the balls to call them out and say they're stealing from her. It's absolutely ludicrous and people need to know the truth.
I will also like to mention that since my last post on this blog and on Instagram, I have gotten comments from a handful of people saying "but Jen did it better." THAT DOESN'T MATTER. It doesn't matter how well you do something. It's still stealing. If I paint a better version of the Mona Lisa, the Mona Lisa is still NOT mine. If I write a better version of Harry Potter (which is like impossible, btw) it is still NOT mine. If I build a better version of the Statue of Liberty, it is still NOT mine. If I sing a better version of anything on Glee, it is still NOT mine, NOR IS IT GLEE'S. The songs, statutes, paintings, books, and NAIL ART BELONG TO THE ORIGINAL CREATOR.
Credit needs to be given to those who take the time to create these designs. Credit needs to be given if you see something and mimic it, recreate it, and incorporate elements of something. Credit needs to be given if you copy techniques. Credit needs to be given if you find something that inspires you, even, and you do your own twist on it. And honestly, even if you think you may not need credit, what is the harm in just giving credit to somebody somewhere anyways?
It's not that difficult and it needs to be the norm on the internet.
Also know that Keshia and Candice (MrCandiiPants) are NOT the first 2 to be fucked over by MissJenFabulous. She has done this countless times to the greats like Chalkboard Nails, Wicked Polish, and even CutePolish on YouTube. She's done this to so many people and continues to block, delete, and ignore everybody that may even mention it.
Candice, who I will always support, along with all nail artists online, actually posted a video in which she states ALL THE CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN YOU NEED TO GIVE CREDIT:
I urge you all to watch this, because it's important. The more people know, the better. She can NOT continue to brainwash the half a million subscribers she has, and let them think that these practices are ok. It's not ok. 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Colors By Llarowe Behead The Drama Queen! - Swatches & Review

Today I have a swatch of Colors By Llarowe's Behead The Drama Queen!. It's a beautiful ocean blue jelly base with a strong emerald green shimmer running through it. It's so glowy and lovely - I can't stop staring! 
Unfortunately it was discontinued and no longer available on the Llarowe website, but I just have to share it with you guys because it's so so pretty! This post is going to be on the shorter side/more picture focused though because it's not available anymore.
In these photos I used 2 coats of the polish with OPI Nail Envy as a base coat and KB Shimmer's fast dry top coat. The mani lasted about 3 days on my nails before I removed the color; there were no signs of wear on the nails though :)
The formula was the same as the other Colors by Llarowe polishes I've used - the polish is a little on the thick side, but the color goes on almost completely opaque in 1 coat, so they're not sheer, which is great. It's not hard to apply onto the nail either, like some thicker polishes can be.
Do any of you have colors that are similar to this? Any dupes out there?



Thursday, December 19, 2013

New Video!


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NOTW: Leah Light Inspired Heart Manicure

I've mentioned Leah Light before on this blog, because she's always got such great nail inspiration. Just as a little background, Leah is a super well-known celebrity nail artist based in New Zealand. I've previously done 2 manicures based off her designs, and every time she posts new photos on her Instagram, I ALWAYS get in the mood to do some nail art. Along with Leah, Candice of MrCandiiPants and Elissa from TenLittleNubs just always give me so much nail envy and inspire me everyday to get better at doing my nails.
About 4 weeks ago, Leah, Candice and Elissa all posted pics of manicures that inspired this particular manicure. Leah does a lot of these framing hearts, and Candice was also doing a lot of framing manicures. Elissa had been doing mani's with China Glaze's I'm Not Lion, which was a microglitter from last year's fall collection.
From all of those posts, I ended up with this combo :) The purple is Dance Legend's Cosmic Rainbow, which is a super bright purple holo. For the framed heart, I used China Glaze Glistening Snow, which is a silver and holo microglitter, and using a small nail art brush traced out the shape of the heart. Using the same nail art brush, after cleaning it off, I painted in the white just to make the heart more visible.
I was absolutely in LOVE with this manicure! I tend to always love the manicures that come out of those three, but this definitely gets pushed into one of my favorites I've done in a long time.
For the base and top coats I used OPI Nail Envy and KB Shimmer's fast dry top coat. This mani was on for a few days before I removed it and painted them a different color. As much as I loved this manicure, I had gotten some new polishes in the mail and ended up playing with those on my nails lol.
Do any of you have any favorite nail artists and blogs that you draw inspiration from? Let me know in the comments down below!

Rescue Beauty Lounge Piu Mosso Swatches & Review!

Back in November, right after I was selected as one of the Rescue Beauty Lounge reviewers, Ji, the fabulous creator of Rescue Beauty Lounge, offered to send me 10 polishes of my choosing to review for all of you :) I (of course) said "YES!" and have been playing and swatching them for the last month.
The first one I have to show all of you is the color Piu Mosso. This was originally from the LʼOiseau de Feu collection, back in 2011, and it's a very good representation of why I think Rescue Beauty Lounge is so popular.
The color is an almost gray toned navy blue creme with a bright copper shimmer that's been gracefully mixed into the polish. The copper shimmer is very bright in the bottle, but is less so on the nail, making the shimmer look sprinkled in and subtle. The formula is on par with all the other RBL polishes I've tried and is opaque in 1 coat. 1 COAT. I used 2 in the pictures, just because I like doing 2 coats but you can definitely get away with just 1 coat. 
Not only is the formula super easy to work with, it lasts on me for about 4-5 days without any noticeable wear. Because I work with kids and my hands get quite a bit of rough attention during the week, 4-5 days is a long time for me, nowadays. I used the base coat prep, the base coat and top coat all by Rescue Beauty Lounge as well, which may contribute to it's long wear on my nails.
All RBL products are available on Ji's website. However, she's doing a bit of maintenance on her site right now so I'll let you all know when the site goes back up! Each polish retails for between $18-20. It may seem expensive to you, but it matches the price range of Deborah Lippmann and other high end polishes, which (in my experience, with the polishes I own) make polishes at the same quality as RBL. Also, I don't know if the sale is going to happen next year or not, but it may, so if you want to purchase some polishes you can wait until the 50% off sale. Again, I can't guarantee you that it'll happen every year. Piu Mosso is most definitely worth the full price though :)



 
***Product provided for review. I am a reviewer for Rescue Beauty Lounge, however I will always review with 100% honest opinions, regardless of my status with a company or brand.***

Gel Manicure Experiment! OPI Gel "Suzi Says Feng Shui"

Does anybody else get into really specific moods after watching certain TV shows? Well, I do. And it's almost always after watching one of the Kardashian shows. Seriously. They may not be everybody's favorite entertainment, but they're some of mine. It's shallow, I know but it's such mindless TV that sometimes it just makes my day a little brighter. When I want a really relaxing day off pampering myself, I watch the Kardashians.
And honestly, I don't abhor them as much as some people do. I feel like I should but I don't. I also don't take them super seriously though so there's that. They're entertainment, and all the people that hate them seem to fail to realize that they're just entertainment. 
Anyways, going back to that mood thing, I tend to get into super makeup and nail mode whenever I watch them because they always look so made up all the time. I'll tell you this, I think the makeup industry was sort of blessed by the Kardashians because the increase in people wanting to figure out how to do their own makeup has definitely increased since they've arrived.
There's a point to all this, I promise. Over the summer, and in the last few seasons of the Kardashians, Khloe, Kendall and Kylie have had really long, beautiful nails. I know Kendall tends to have just naturally grown out nails, but Khloe and Kylie definitely get some sort of extension, whether it be acrylics or gels. It's been years since I had a full acrylic set, and I've been wanting to grow out my nails and have them look long and awesome so I went into the nail salon, asking what my options were. I didn't want to damage my natural nails, but wanted length, so I eventually just got talked into a gel manicure, so my nails can grow out with minimal chipping and they wouldn't be filed down with a drill like with acryclics.
The color I chose was OPI's Suzi Says Feng Shui in their Gelcolor line. I wanted a color that I wouldn't immediately get tired of, so obviously I went with teal lol.
UV setting gel anis like this are meant to last on your nails for about two weeks before you'll have obvious signs of growth. I didn't last all 14 days, but I did last 8 days before I finally just needed a color change.
I tried to make the 14 days but I really just couldn't. I needed something new on my nails!
The process of the UV gel manicures is basically just painting your nail, then setting the coat under a UV light, over and over and over again. I thought about how it can't be great for your hands to be under a UV light like that after the 3rd coat of color and especially after the top coat was set but I guess it hasn't been around long enough for there to be definitive results. 
The results I got was a rock hard manicure with super glossy color immediately after they were painted. The real immediate benefit for me was that there was basically no drying time, and I could dig through my bag for my keys and wallet without worrying about my nails.
As the 8 days passed, there was really absolutely no chipping, just evidence of nail growth. The color stayed glossy and really actually looked great on day 8. I can also see the benefit of this type of manicure for those that just don't have time to paint their nails during the week because this manicure won't chip and is hassle free for 2 weeks. 
The picture above shows day one on the left and day eight on the right. The picture below shows how my nails fared for the 8 days - I didn't take these with my DSLR btw, just with my iPhone 5 so they're not the greatest photos but the point gets across.
As for removal, in the salon they say you have to come in and get them removed. But honestly, I just googled and found that 100% pure acetone will remove it just fine. I did the same process as the glitter removal method, which is just wrapping your nails in an acetone soaked cotton ball and sealing it on your nail with aluminum foil. I let that sit on my nails for close to 15 minutes. what happens is the gel will basically just start to peel and flake off your nail. You may need to encourage it a bit with some pushing back with an cuticle stick or toothpick or something. If it doesn't budge, then soak some more. Removal really wasn't all that hard.
Overall, I did like the manicure and it's something I would do if going on vacation for sure. For just daily life, since I like removing and repainting my nails all the time it's not all that convenient for me. However, it did help the process of growing my nails without my nails breaking so that was a plus, and really that was the whole reason why I did this in the first place.
Gel manicures like this usually cost between $30 and $40 depending on where you get them done. 
Have any of you gotten gels? Did you like the process?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

NOTW: OPI Don't Burst My Bubble

I've mentioned this before, but I often like going to get manicures to maintain my cuticles (because I'm bad at it) and because I like the time to zone out. I LOVE painting my nails. But sometimes, it's just so nice to let somebody else paint your nails.
Most of the time when I go and get my nails done, I pick from the OPI selection because those are the polishes that are best maintained in my salons and have the widest shade range. Once in a while I go with Zoya because I have one salon near me that actually offers it - otherwise it's OPI or random brands that I've never heard of, and when I do NOTW posts I honestly just like showing you guys colors that you'll be able to get your hands on. I think once, I posted a color that I've never heard of, and it was because it was one of the most unique polishes I had seen in a long time.
To get back to the point, this time around I picked one of the OPI Soft Shade colors from last year's Oz Collection colors. I have a blog post on the entire collection, which you can see here :)
Don't Burst My Bubble is a very subtle bridal pink color. The shade isn't obviously pink, but it isn't beige either, making it a very versatile color for many different skintones. It's not a super unique color considering all of the bridal soft pinks out there but it's formula makes it quite surprisingly nice. It's a slight jelly so it takes a few layers to become opaque but when you do layer it, it gets super glossy and very gel looking. For those people who go in for regular manicures and don't want to spend the money on a gel manicure, then this will be a great color to pick. It also wasn't super goopy after layering for about four coats, I noticed, so that was also a plus.
This is one of those colors that's a great palate cleanser in between different colorful manicures. Again, it's not super unique though so if you're have a color like this in your collection then this really isn't going to be a super exciting polish for you lol.
Do you guys have a favorite soft color like this in your collections? Let me know! I'd love to see what you guys turn to when it comes time for a neutral manicure :D

OPI Alcatraz Rocks! - Holofied

Good afternoon everybody :D I'm officially (as of monday) on my winter break in-between semesters of school so guess what... I'll be more active online! I've got this massive folder of photos I have to edit and upload, and most of them are nail polish, so get ready everybody :)
My last post was a holo combo that I was totally crazy about, so I ended up doing another holo combo after that to experiment a little bit. Since the Liquid Sand colors have been so popular recently, within most of the major brands as well as minor drugstore brands (Jesse's Girl and the like) I wanted to see what that finish looked like combined with other effects.
Of the Liquid Sand colors that have been released, OPI's Alcatraz Rocks! is my favorite. Originally from the San Francisco collection, Alcatraz Rocks! is a bluish-purple shimmer that has a slight gold to it. It's fantastic. This is what I feel like polishes should look like when they're an interesting texture. Especially when it's the third or fourth round of releasing polishes in a specific effect. The first round of Liquid Sands were basic colors, and so were the second (and this is within all the brands like Zoya and China Glaze as well). When it comes to round three, I want exciting, innovative colors. And that's what Alcatraz Rocks! is.
To layer on top of that I used Starlight Polish's Starlight Holographic Top Coat, just to experiment. I originally wanted to layer a micro glitter to see what would happen, but went with the holo and am so glad I did! The effect was this über 3D rainbow on top of the prettiest shimmer. Because of the actual pits within the liquid sand effect the holo particles settled into the polish and really looked like tiny rainbow lights. Photos really don't do this manicure justice.
If you have a holo top coat, and one of these textured polishes, I highly recommend layering!
The base coat I used was OPI's Nail Envy and the top coat was Seche Vite.
Have you guys found any unexpected combos within different finishes of nail polish? Let me know in the comments!



Friday, December 13, 2013

NOTW: Burgundy Holo!

I've pretty much given up on ever trying to get Enchanted Polishes now, well unless another Beatles polish comes out, so I've ended up just going to my collection and putting holo top coat on colors similar to colors that have been released by Enchanted Polish.
I think back in August or September, they released a burgundy holo so I picked up OPI's Every Month Is Oktoberfest and layered some of Starlight Polish's holo top coat in Starlight on the top. The effect was beautiful! The shimmer came through the holo and it was awesome. It's not really a dupe at all of the Enchanted Polish but it was a fun alternative and a good reminder that I have SO many options within my own collection. 
This manicure sort of speaks for itself in photos - Starlight is a very vibrant polish that has larger almost non-linear pieces of holo. It's still linear though, and looks amazing over almost every base and in the sunlight. Starlight Polish is available on her Etsy store. 
I used OPI Nail Envy as a base coat and Seche Vite as a top coat. It lasted about 4 days before I removed it and did something else with my nails. 
Do any of you have a favorite holo top coat? What's your favorite holo combination?