Monday, March 24, 2014

Colors by Llarowe Swatches! - Beam Me Up Scotty, Coal In My Stocking, Days of Our Polish, Unorthodox Annie

Today I have four Colors By Llarowe polishes to show you, which were actually not from my recent haul. Because I got them way in the winter. And I forgot to show them to you. But at least I'm making progress right?
I also just got done with a ton of errands that I had to do during my Spring Break (which started today) so I'm ahead of my workload, which means more time for you guys!
In this post, I have four polishes to show you from the Winter/Holiday collection.
  • Beam Me Up Scotty (LE and unavailable Llarowe - sorry!) - silvery blue base with a turquoise microglitter, a slight gold shimmer and a strong holo. Opaque in 2 coats. 
  • Coal In My Stocking - dark, grayed out navy jelly (sort of like a crelly though) base with silver glitter mixed in. Opaque in 2 coats, and a beautiful color. This was the color that I initially wanted when the restock happened in the winter, and it doesn't disappoint!
  • Days of Our Polish - turquoise teal holo with a slight gold shimmer. This is the other polish I specifically shopped for, and it's because she posted a picture of this on her Facebook page and I was instantly sold. The holo is super strong, and there's also a slight holo micro glitter to make it even more reflective. This was also opaque in 2 coats.
  • Unorthodox Annie - plummy burgundy with a linear holo. This one I had seen and heard a lot of great things about so I decided to add it to the cart. I love holos, and dark reds, and I haven't gotten a darker red holo before, so it was a no brainer for me to purchase. This was opaque in 2 coats.
The formula for these was great - no pulling, or stickiness, or overly thick formulas. They were all completely opaque in 2 coats, and the holo and glitter shines through even when layered.
Each Colors By Llarowe polish is $12, and is available on Llarowe as well as Harlow & Co (I believe they're about $14 there). 
Again, I have a whole different lot of CBL colors coming up in another post, so keep your eyes peeled!
Do you guys have any CBL polishes?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Colors By Llarowe "Black Gold, Texas Tea" - Black Holo Goodness!

Happy tuesday everyone! I'm currently at home, studying for two midterms, having finished the worst group project of all time, and I'm sick, so I thought "hey, forget responsibilities like going to work and doing homework, let's blog!"
No but actually I'm sick and studying and needed a brief break so I snapped some photos of my current mani and decided to post so I didn't start neglecting the blog again.
I recently hauled some Colors by Llarowe polishes in her last restock. My last post, NMETIAC was from that same haul, and I promise a video is coming soon. I swear. Also I have some Divergent stuff to post but it'll have to wait until tomorrow, after my midterms are done (and I'm on Spring Break!). 
For now, another blog post will have to just suffice :)
So, everybody, meet Black Gold, Texas Tea. This is a super opaque super holo black polish that's just glory in all things black and holo. It's a linear holo and a very space like polish and I'm in love.
I have a few other black holo polishes but I don't think they're quite as opaque or mega holo like this one.
Black Gold, Texas Tea was opaque in two coats, which is what I'm wearing here, but it was almost opaque in one. The holo is visible in even the most dim of lights, and then when you go out into the sunlight it's like none other, as you can see in the photos. Before I got this last box from Llarowe, the formula in my previous CBL polishes were on the thick side but this and NMETIAC had no issue at all.
Colors by Llarowe polishes are available on both Llarowe, and Harlow & Co. They retail for about $12, and you can find out about restocks if you follow Llarowe on Twitter and Facebook. 
I'm completely in love with this polish so I completely recommend it if you're looking for a black holo!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Colors by Llarowe - NMETIAC (Nobody Makes Emily Twerk In A Corner)

Hi guys! Sorry for the little break this week... I had a poem I had to memorize for one of my classes so that took a bit of my attention away. However, I did get a few things this week, including this polish from Llarowe and her nail polish line, Colors by Llarowe. I'll have a haul video up soon as well as some swatches from this group of CBL polishes as well as a few that I purchased back in winter. I'm behind in my blogging, I know :)
Anyways, I'm off to the Veronica Mars movie and soooooo this will be a brief post BUT it's a good one!
The polish I'm wearing is NMETIAC by Colors by Llarowe, or "Nobody Makes Emily Twerk In A Corner". In case you didn't know, Emily is one of the awesome girls at Llarowe HQ. I love how involved all of those girls are in the CBL process, it's fun to track the brand's progress as well as see how family like they are!
Anyways, NMETIAC is a turquoise crelly base with various sized pieces of silver and gold hex glitter mixed in. The microglitter is very easy to get in on the nail, and layers to be very twinkly and pretty. The larger hex pieces are a little harder to get on the nail, but a good shaking of the bottle will do the trick. The crelly base layers to make the polish look very gel like as well as jelly-sandwich-y on the nail and looks very cool.
It's currently sold out on the Llarowe site, but she does restocks pretty often so make sure you subscribe to her on Twitter, Facebook and through email to get updates. NMETIAC was about $12. Here I have 2 coats on my nails, and the HK Girl dry fast topcoat (which I'm testing out).
I hope you guys have a fab thursday evening! I'm off to the movies :D

Monday, March 10, 2014

Happy Monday!

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend :) Have you guys seen my newest videos? If not, check them out down below!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

New Milani Matte Baked Blush! 11 Bella Rosa

I'm a huge fan of the Milani Baked Blushes (thank you Eshani for starting that obsession a few years ago!), so when I heard that they had new, matte colors in their line, I was pretty excited and went searching for them ASAP.
Not only are baked blushes having a moment right now, it seems like drugstore brands are really taking notice of what their lines need versus what's popular. With brands expanding their lip color lines to include oranges and purples, and then with brands releasing primers and other previously scarce products, I was very happy to see that matte blushes were coming to the drugstore.
I had great expectations for the Milani ones because their original colors were so amazing. There are two new shades, both matte. The first is Delizioso Pink, which you can see me apply in the tutorial posted down below. Delizioso Pink is a pretty light pink with warm undertones.
The second one is called Bella Rosa, which is what I'm showing you in this post :D
Bella Rosa is a super pigmented reddish pink. It's got a tulip petal feel to it, which I'm very happy about since spring is just around the corner! The product blends very easily, and isn't powdery at all. It applies very opaquely so a light hand gives more than enough pigmentation on my medium light skin. A color like this will look amazing on deeper skin tones, which is again something that the drugstore definitely needs more of.
There's a color from the Sleek line that reminds me of this, actually. Bella Rosa is lighter and pinker than the Sleek blush but they have a very similar texture, opacity and feel to me.
These blushes retail for about $8. I found this at Ulta but I know not all Ultas have them. I've seen them at all my local CVS stores though so I'd definitely search there first :)
Have you guys spotted these blushes yet? What do you guys think?

Saturday, March 8, 2014

3 Bright Polishes Perfect for Spring!

On a recent trip to Ulta, I picked up three brights that totally put me in the mood for Spring! Although California really needs the rain, and I love the rain, all my pretty flowers are blooming and I'm ready for a little sun, or at least some brightness.
The three colors I picked up were reddish pink tones and I adore them :) I mentioned these in a recent haul video, in case you missed it - check out my channel if you haven't! There's a link at the top of my blog.
Since I took the photos of the swatches indoors under fluorescent lighting, the colors are a little off. The true color of the polishes are closer to the bottle shots than the swatches, but they're still close, nonetheless.
The polishes I picked up were:
  • Essie Hip-Anema - reddish orange, with a slight coral feel to it. It's opaque in 2 coats. I did recently wear this, and it does stain the nails, so just keep that in mind. It's a gorgeous color though, and I'm totally in love with it so I'm probably not going to get rid of it any time soon. The staining will just have to be dealt with lol. The swatch is pretty color accurate.
  • China Glaze Rose Among Thorns - neon pink that has more red tones than yellow tones. It's opaque in three thin coats. To get a good shine, a top coat will be needed since it dries matte, like most neons do. The swatch is a little more red than in real life.
  • OPI Live.Love.Carnival - part of the new Brazil line for spring, it's a coral pink creme with orange tones to it. It's opaque in two coats and glides on amazingly. The swatch is much more red than in person. In person it's definitely a pink. 
Are there any colors that you're super into this spring? I got into these tones after watching some Kardashian episodes, and Kourtney (my favorite of the bunch for her crass honesty and surprisingly good mothering skills, and well, Scott) had her nails painted these types of shades for basically an entire season. I had to seek all the bright polishes to fill that need, so there's why these all came home with me haha.
As I mentioned before, I bought all of these at Ulta, and I know the Brazil colors will be available for a while, but the other two are permanent. 
Let me know what your favorite spring shades are! 

Friday, March 7, 2014

OPI Amazon...Amazoff Comparisons! (OPI Fly, OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui, OPI Ski Teal We Drop)

My dear friend Kim asked me the other day whether OPI's Amazon...Amazoff was similar to OPI Ski Teal We Drop, so I decided a comparison post was in need :)
A little disclaimer before the pictures com, I took these photos indoors, under fluorescent lighting so the polish swatches are a little bit darker than in real life. The color is more accurate in the photo above, which was taken with flash.
The four colors I compared were OPI's Amazon...Amazoff (Brazil Collection), OPI Fly (Nicki Minaj), OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui (Hong Kong) and OPI Ski Teal We Drop (Swiss). The polishes are in that order in all the photos, from left to right.
Amazon...Amazoff is the closest to Fly, just two shades darker. It's the most green of the bunch. Fly is a lighter turquoise and is just more green than Suzi Says Feng Shui, which looks very blue compared to all of these. Ski Teal We Drop is the darkest of the bunch, and looks very blue again compared to Amazon...Amazoff and Fly.
I have the swatches labelled below so you can take a closer look at the contrast.
It makes me pretty happy that OPI has a good range of turquoise and teal shades now :)
If you want a comparison against other brands, let me know in the comments!

Maybelline Color Elixir by Color Sensational - Swatches & Review! 020 Signature Scarlet, 070 Intoxicating Spice

I recently posted some swatches of the L'Oreal Extraordinaire lip products and realized, that I still had to show you all these guys!
The Maybelline Color Elixirs came out way back - like in December abouts I think. I picked up the red one, had every intentions of using it and testing it and well, it sort of fell into a pile of things I had the same intentions of showing you as well. Then a month went by, I found another color that I liked and again, set it on a pile of products and fast forward a few months and here they are!
I believe they're permanent products, so at least my waiting didn't hinder any of you from making a decision (if that even happens lol).
These are supposed to be liquid lipstick like products. They come in 20 shades, which is more than the L'Oreal Extraordinaire line. The color range is comparable, with lots of bolds but also neutrals mixed in so there's something for everybody.
The packaging is clear so you can see the actual product on the inside which is a huge improvement over the L'Oreal Extraordinaire products. The applicator is the same sort of doe-foot applicator that picks up a good amount of product and disperses it well. The product itself is like a pigmented lipgloss - a hybrid between a lipstick and a lip gloss, with an almost gel like feel on the lips. Incredibly similar, almost the same as the L'Oreal Extraordinaire products. They're very glossy, you can see how glossy in the last photo of this post. They last about 3-4 hours before noticeable wear, which is average for lip gloss like products, at least on me. 
I ended up with the red, 020 Signature Scarlet, and a darker brown toned reddish color, 070 Intoxicating Spice, as well, since they seemed like two shades I'd actually use. I've mentioned this before, but I generally like to pickup the red shade from most lip product lines to compare and contrast (red is a color that I frequently wear). The darker brown shade seemed like a good color to wear daily, if I wear it sheerly. The swatches below show product layered upon itself so you can see how opaque the color gets. 
If you were to compare they products, well I don't think you'd need both the L'Oreal and Maybelline. I luckily don't have similar colors in both lines so I'll probably end up keeping both until they go bad. The shades may be slightly different but the products definitely serve the same purpose.
These are available at all drugstores, and are about $8 each :)
Do you guys have any of these? Do you like them?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

NOTW: Sharks vs. Pens - Teal and Gold!

Hello, hello! I'm on the way to the Sharks game and I thought I'd show you what I used for my most recent Sharks inspired manicure. They're playing the Pittsburgh Penguins, my second favorite team, so this was a very fun manicure put together :)
Recently I picked up a few of the OPI Brazil colors, including the teal Amazon...Amazoff. It's a perfect midtone teal. It dries down to pretty much a creme finish, however there is a very very faint, and slight shimmer in it when you're painting your nails. It's opaque in 2 coats and is just lovely!
For accents I used Lynnderella's I Don't Mean Rhinestones on my middle finger, which is a combination of teal and holo glitter in various small to medium sizes and shapes of glitter. On my ring finger I used OPI's Wonderous Star from the OPI Mariah Carey Holiday collection. It's a pale, platinum gold shard-shimmer with little dots of black glitter. Since the Pens' colors are black and vegas gold this polish just seemed perfect for the job.
I'm currently driving to the game but am just loving my nails. I've actually had this mani on for about two days already and nothing has chipped so that's a good sign! I used OPI's Nail Envy and Seche Vite as base and top coats.
The OPI colors you can get pretty readily at salons and beauty supply stores, like Ulta. The Lynnderella you can find on Lynnderella's eBay page.
Do you guys have any favorite teams you do festive things for? I'd love to see! Let me know in the comments!

NOTW: Zoya Stevie, Holofied :)

Good morning, world :)
About a week ago on Instagram I asked everyone what I should wear on my nails. I get a into little ruts and end up being super indecisive about what I want to wear so I do little polls on Instagram from time to time. It's fun hearing what is currently inspiring other people and what everybody is into.
Lissa, from TenLittleNubs said I should paint my nails purple so that's what I went with. I will say purple looks incredible on her so whenever I browse her feed or blog I end up doing purple anyways. Lissa is one of my favorite bloggers so I highly suggest you all check out her stuff! She's awesome!
For the purple on my nails I went with one of the Zoya PixieDust colors in Stevie. This was from their summer collection last year. It's a pastel lavender with a silver shimmer running through it, and it dries down to that crushed crystal texture. It usually dries down "matte" - which is in quotes because its shimmery but not glossy. I wanted super shiny and girly so I added a holo top coat, to add some rainbow (because you can't have enough rainbow sparkle) and Seche Vite to make it extra shiny. 
I've done this combo, a holo on top of a texture before, and loved it, so I knew I'd love it, but didn't realize just how much I'd love it. It was so girly and sparkly I was in love! I even did this manicure again, after the polish chipped on all my fingers after 5 days. I wore this combo for like 2 weeks guys.
The benefit to these texture polishes is that they're like cement and stay on forever so that's why it lasted so long on my nails. 
Zoya's Stevie is available on the Zoya site. It's as far as I can tell, permanent. As for the holo top coat, almost every indie brand makes one now so if you peruse the Llarowe, Harlow & Co or NinjaPolish sites you'll find one. If not, go on Etsy and just search "holo top coat" and you'll find a good bunch of indie makers :)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

L'Oreal Extraordinaire by Colour Riche - Swatches & Review! (101, 202, 303, 306, 500)

Have you guys seen my new February Favorites video? Well, you can check it out here :) These were the highlight of my month, makeup wise. I've had these for a few weeks now, and have been playing around with them, and I have to say, I absolutely love them!
These were advertised as liquid lipstick, and I honestly didn't hear very much about them on YouTube or anything. I actually, for the first time ever, first heard about them in a commercial on TV. Usually those commercials are months behind the bloggers and YouTubers. After I saw the commercial on TV, I saw a post on NouveauCheap which is my go-to resource for drugstore products and launches.
Again, I mentioned these in a few videos on my channel but have yet to swatch them for you, so here are the details on why I love them :) Also if you want a full video review, my friend Eshani just posted one! She's Indian, so if you want to see them on a different skintone, she's a great resource.
The L'Oreal Extraordinaire by Colour Riche come in 16 shades, which is a very full color range. The go from nudes and neutrals to brights, bolds and dark colors, to suit all skintones. That's something I quite appreciate in a drugstore collection because even though they're starting to come out with more expansive colors, there's still a very narrow collection of colors in the drugstore. There are colors like orange, purple and deeper browns in this collection, and various neutrals. It's definitely a plus.
The colors I purchased were:
  • 101 Rose Melody - light to medium coral with a slight shimmer. Warm toned with more orange versus pink undertones.
  • 202 Coral Encore - bright reddish coral with a slight shimmer. Very perky and perfect for spring.
  • 303 Rouge Allegro - poppy red. This has a slight pink undertone to it but it's not quite a pink and not quite a red. Good daytime color for a pop of brightness in your look.
  • 306 Scarlet Concerto - deep blue toned red, almost burgundy. This also has a slight shimmer.
  • 500 Molto Mauve - slightly raspberry toned rose with a slight shimmer. This has a very subtle mauve tone to it.
Formula was consistent in all of these colors. They go on very glossy and fairly opaque. You can keep a light hand and make it look like a tinted lip gloss, as well as layer it to get a very full opaque look on the lips. They last on me for about 3-4 hours before obvious wear, which is a standard amount of time for me with glossy products like this. On the lips, again, it's very glossy and makes your lips look full and juicy. 
The packaging is a gold tube with a plastic color indicator. The color indicator, by the way, isn't all that color accurate so take those with a grain of salt. The applicator is a soft, doe-foot like applicator that picks up a good amount of product and distributes it evenly.
These are available at pretty much all drugstores now. They retail for about $8, and are part of their permanent collection so if you can't find a display, go searching in the regular L'Oreal section.
Do you guys have any? What do you think?

Enchanted Polish "Yesterday" Swatches & Review!

I'm going to preface this post with THERE ARE A LOT OF PICTURES IN THIS POST. I went a little picture heavy but it's because a polish like this needs and deserves quite a bit of picspam. 
Enchanted Polish's "Yesterday" is the newest (as of the summer) polish to be added to the very coveted and sought after Imagine collection, all inspired by Beatles songs. I've mentioned this before, but the Beatles is my favorite band of all time, and I have a very personal connection to all things Beatles. On Enchanted Polish's Instagram, it was announced that there was a new color to be added to the collection and I knew I had to have it. I went a little restock crazy but did end up getting my hands on it and was very pleased with it when it finally came. Just as a little tip, the Enchanted Polish Instagram is one of the best ways to make sure you're up to date with restock times. That and subscribe to her email alerts.
Anyways, Yesterday is a multichrome polish with a strong holo, just like the rest of the Imagine collection. The main color of the polish is a rich array of fall leaves. Which is a very vague description. But if you just glance at your nails, it's a reddish-orange-gold mix. Then the color shifts to a purple and fuchsia. At the very most extreme angles you get an almost yellow-green. The colors are super reflective and bounce the holo that's inside it right off. It's glory in a bottle. 
The polish is opaque in two coats and dries down very shiny and dries fairly quickly. I used OPI's Nail Envy as a base and Seche Vite as a top coat just to add a little bit more shine. In the sunlight the polish turns even more reflective and the holo is super strong. This is one of the best examples of what Enchanted Polish does best. Other brands do make duochrome holos, but I have yet to find a brand that makes the polishes quite as shiny and opaque and strong as Enchanteds.
The rest of this post is just photos in various lights so you can see all the dimensions of this polish. You can purchase Enchanteds straight off of her BigCartel site, just make sure you subscribe to her social media so you are up to date with her restocks since they're so much competition for her polishes. They retail for about $15 each.

NOTW: Teal Jelly Sandwich

Here's another teal manicure for you all today!
I've been going back to jelly sandwich manis quite frequently because I just love the way they look. They're also frequently unique and also there are infinite combinations to be made. They're a cool and easy way to get the most out of your collection, by the way.
This teal jelly sandwich was made with OPI's Fly from the Nicki Minaj collection as a base on all but my ring finger. On my ring finger I wanted to do something extra sparkly so I used Nfu Oh's silver holo, #61. For the glitter on all the fingers, I used Essie's Stroke of Brilliance, which is a chunky blue glitter, as well as Essie's Set in Stones, a silver chunky glitter. To top off each nail I added a coat of Nfu Oh's Jelly Syrup JS33, which is a teal bottle green jelly.
If any of you are looking for jelly polishes, but can't seem to find a specific shade, then I suggest checking out the Nfu Oh Jelly Syrup line - they have pretty much every color in the rainbow!
I later added one thin coat of a holo top coat, from Starlight Polish on my ring finger to add just a little bit more rainbow :D That's what you see in the bottom photos.
This manicure lasted about 4 days before I removed it. I used OPI Nail Envy as a base and Seche Vite as a top coat.
Are there any jelly combos that you guys particularly love? I'd love to know in the comments down below!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Picture Polish "Lagoon" by Fashion Polish

Good day, evening, night (as it is here), morning everybody!
I have swatches of Picture Polish's "Lagoon" polish today, made by Fashion Polish, and boy is it a BEAUTY.
Since teal and turquoise are my favorite colors to wear, when I saw a swatch of this on Fashion Polish's Instagram, I know I absolutely had to have it. And well, just look at it. It's stunning. Not that I'm obsessed with Fashion Polish already or anything, and she has to go create a polish like this; well I'm even more obsessed with her now lol :)
Lagoon is a turquoise crelly, a mix of a creme and jelly, although more creme this time than jelly, and is packed with a ton of very beautiful pieces and shards of turquoise glitter. The effect is crushed crystals in a tropical ocean like polish that just is *sigh* perfect.
The formula was great, this was two coats on my nails, although it was almost completely opaque in one coat. I used OPI's Nail Envy as a base and Seche Vite as a top coat and it lasted on my nails for about five days with no chipping whatsoever. Love!
Picture Polish is available on indie retailers like Llarowe and Harlow & Co. This polish is absolutely amazing, and I highly recommend it! This is a must-have for all!