Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Did you see my new video?


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Swatches:

Colors By Llarowe - NMETIAC

Colors By Llarowe - Black Gold, Texas Tea

Colors By Llarowe - Best Day Of My Life

Colors By Llarowe - Best Day Of My Life

Colors By Llarowe - Best Day Of My Life

Colors By Llarowe - Best Day Of My Life

Colors By Llarowe - Best Day Of My Life

Colors By Llarowe - Best Day Of My Life

Colors By Llarowe - Best Day Of My Life

Colors By Llarowe - Good Fortune

Colors By Llarowe - In Another Dimension

Colors By Llarowe - Rockin' My Juju

Colors By Llarowe - Rockin' My Juju

Colors By Llarowe - Rockin' My Juju

Colors By Llarowe - Rockin' My Juju

Colors By Llarowe - Rockin' My Juju

Colors By Llarowe - Rockin' My Juju

Colors By Llarowe - Waters of Belize

Colors By Llarowe - Waters of Belize

Colors By Llarowe - Young Turks

Girly Bits - D!ck In A Box

Girly Bits - D!ck In A Box

Hare Polish - Cast In Bronze


Cult Nails - Deal With It

Cult Nails - Mayhem
Hits - Super Cute 

Hits - Super Cute 

Hits - Super Cute 

Hits - Super Cute 

Hits - Super Cute 

Hits - Super Cute 

Hits - Super Cute 

Hits - Super Cute 

Hits - Super Cute 

NOTD: Teal Glitter EVERYWHERE - Sharks Playoffs Round 1 Game 7 Nails (Nubar, OPI, Deborah Lippmann)

No matter what happens tonight, I'm proud of the Sharks and I'm proud to be a Sharks fan.
Today is Game 7 of the Sharks/Kings series in the first round of the playoffs this year. I recently went to Game 2, and have been changing my nails for the games just to keep the spirit up :)
I used A-England's St. George for the game I went to, and then used Zoya's Charla for games 3-6. Since I've previously swatched those, I didn't think you needed to see them again! Especially since they're colors that I put here on the blog often.
But last night I wanted to change it up completely for tonight's game so I posted on Instagram asking what I should do for my nails. I got an overwhelmingly large amount of "GLITTER!" so that's what I went with.
I used Nubar's Teal Glitter, OPI's The Living Daylights and Deborah Lippmann's Just Dance. With three different glitters I liked the mixing of textures, and colors. Mixing different types of glitters is one of my favorite things to do because it keeps things interesting and not just a glitter bomb on the nail (not that there's anything wrong with that haha).
This manicure is so glitzy and teal - I'm very excited about it lol.
Nubar's Teal Glitter is a very fine glitter in a clear base, so it layered perfectly without getting too thick. I have 3 coats on. Deboarh Lippmann's Just Dance is very similar, just with a teal base. Here I have 2 coats.
OPI's The Living Daylights was meant to be a top coat so I had to fidget with it a little but it was worth it. I did the "Dab and Spread" technique to initially get a good amount of glitter on the nail. After that dried I added another "Dab and Spread" coat to get full glitter coverage.
For a top coat I used Seche Vite. Teal Glitter and Just Dance tend to suck in top coats so I ended up using two coats of Seche Vite.
So, here's to hoping the Sharks win tonight, and for a good, fun game. :)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Girly Bits "D!ck In A Box" - Swatches & Review

100% bought this because it's called "D!ck In A Box". It literally could've been any color, and I would've bought it and kept it. Even orange. Even if it were a dupe for Melon of Troy by OPI (my polish nemesis). It's called D!ck In A Box. D!ck In A Box. D!ck In A Box. I can't. It's the best.
It's like Nars' products - G-Spot, Orgasm, Super Orgasm. If Nars came out with a blush called Blow Job I'd absolutely purchase it. 
Getting back to the point of this post. There is a point. I don't know what it is yet, but there's a point.
Ho-kay. D!ck In A Box is a silvery green tinged base with a pink shimmer running through it with a linear holo. Not only is it's name fantastic, it has shimmer and it's a holo. That's the holy trifecta for me right now lol. The holo is not only super visible inside, but it dazzles outside and the pink shimmer comes off very strong.
In these photos I have on 2 coats with the HK Girl Top Coat on top, so you can see the top coat doesn't diminish the finish of the polish at all. The polish glided onto the nails very easily and had a good dry time. It was not at all difficult to work with and I always 'preciate that.
This mani lasted on my nails for about 4 days before I removed it and put on something else. It was a very pretty and satisfying color to wear though because of the name because in both indoor and outdoor lighting it looked amazing.
You can find Girly Bits polishes on Llarowe, and this polish is $12.
Are there any products that you bought solely for the name? Or what are your favorite product names? Let me know in the comments :D



Friday, April 25, 2014

Hare Polish "Cast In Bronze" - Swatch & Review!

I'm a total sucker for unique glitter combos, even though I'm sort of over the chunky glitter indies phase. I've not actually bought a new chunky glitter in quite a while. But whenever a good combo comes out, then I totally get that urge again and they always end up in my cart.
That's what Cast in Bronze was for me, when I was browsing the Hare Polish page on Llarowe, back in March when I purchased my last bunch of indies.
Cast in Bronze is a dusty purple crelly base, with mauve undertones. Mixed in are pieces of pale bronze and copper pieces of glitter. The warmth that this polish has is very lovely. The orange tones play with the purple tones very well, and although I don't totally love orange tones on me, paired with the purple I love it.
Here I've used three thin coats, to get a lot of depth within the base and glitter. It did feel just a little thick on the nails but it wasn't too bad. I topped it off with the HK Girl Fast Dry Top Coat (which is supposed to be a better version of Seche Vite, more on that later).
This lasted for about 3 days before chipping, which I attribute to how much polish I had on as well as the fact that it's a chunky glitter.
You can purchase Hare Polish on Llarowe, and they retail for $12 each.
Are there any glitter combos that you happen to really love?

New Video! Top 10 Deborah Lippmann Nail Polishes :)


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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mac Proenza Schouler Blush Ombre - Swatches & Review! (Ocean City, Sunset Beach)

Well hey there internets! I'm back. After I said I'd start blogging more. I know. I'm the worst. I'm flakey. But there's a good reason! I promise. Well it's the same reason - school, sick, other life stuff. And I just wasn't in the mood to blog. Or film. So yeah. I'm slowly getting back into it though :) I have a video exporting now as I type and well, I have some new stuff from Mac to show you as well!
Back in October, Mac announced they were going to do a collection with Proenza Schouler, a high end fashion house that has been featured in pretty much every magazine, TV show and red carpet. I was pretty excited for it in general, but then they also released the product list and it included the Blush Ombres and well, I knew I had to have them.
Back in 2009, Mac released the Blush Ombres and they were a massive success. Massive to the point where they were sold out so quickly, and are impossible to find now, even on eBay. They were highly coveted and Mac didn't release similar products until this year.
This collection was released online on Tuesday and in stores today, April 24th, but this was pushed back about three weeks because of production issues apparently. That and nobody really seemed to have a straight and true product list or info until recently. I know Temptalia didn't talk about it at all until 2 weeks ago.
And then there's been the apparent mixup of products being sent to people from their online release (I've heard from Temptalia that Mac has sent people the wrong blushes, sending opposite colors than what they ordered), and a general lack of quality control so needless to say, there's been quite a bit of drama surrounding these products.
I actually went out today, first thing in the morning, to Nordstrom to track these down because I didn't have the time or energy to do the online stalking it takes to order high-demand products from Mac. I actually went to Nordstrom an hour after they opened, and they were already sold out of Sunset Beach, the pink blush. So I picked up Ocean City and headed up to my Macys that has a Mac Counter, and arrived right when they opened. Luckily I was literally the first customer of the day and was able to purchase the other. I was actually so early that the opener at the Mac Counter had to call her manager just to make sure it was ok to put out the display and sell the products. I had actually completely forgotten what a Mac release could be like, since it's been that long since Mac has released something in a new collection that I had really wanted.
Each Blush Ombre retails for $30, which is expensive. But you're most definitely paying for the packaging on this collection so I guess it's sort of standard considering the other Special Edition packing they've had for products.
The boxes are all a metallic, mirrored ombre from green to purple, and has Proenza Schouler and Mac printed onto it. Inside, the actual compacts are a metallic, mirrored ombre as well, going from green to purple. The colors are less saturated in the compact than the cardboard box.
As pretty as they are, I dare Mac to create packaging that's harder to photograph. Coming from a blogging perspective, these were a nightmare! But they're so so pretty that it's sort of worth it? Either way I took a couple hundred photos of these. To get the products in good lighting, so the colors show, but not reflecting any harsh light so it's not blinding, and then making sure the camera focuses on the top of the product and not the reflection within the product - it was crazy. It's sort of a non-issue though since it's the actual blush that matters, right? (right).
 The two blushes are:

  • Ocean City - tangerine to papaya ombre (I've got fruit on the mind). When swatching the top and bottom of the blush separately, you get either a light orange or a deeper coral, almost red blush. When swirled together you get a very vibrant orange toned coral.
  • Sunset Beach - baby pink to deep tulip pink ombre. When swatching the top and bottom of this blush separately, you get either a very light, chalky pink or a very punchy deep pink. When swirled together, this comes out to be a slightly cooler pink, almost a magenta.
Now I know some people have had formula issues with these. Temptalia rated Ocean City a B+ and Sunset Beach an F. However, my blushes both had very easy to deal with formulas - they were pigmented, blended well and applied beautifully to the skin. I didn't have any of the pigmentation problems in Sunset Beach that Temptalia seemed to have in hers. To have such a difference in blush formulas seem like a massive issue, especially considering the release was pushed back, and it was rumored it was because of formula issues.
For me, these were completely worth the $30 each, however it can be totally disappointing to some if they don't get the same quality that I did in my blushes.
On the Mac website, these are currently sold out but it says "Coming Soon" so hopefully if you missed out on the first round then you'll be able to purchase them soon online. They're available on Macys, Nordstrom and other department store sites that sell Mac. Also, they released in stores today, so it wouldn't hurt to go to your local store or counter to see if they're still in stock.
What do you guys think? Are these worth the hype?

Ocean City Blush Ombre

Ocean City Blush Ombre 

Sunset Beach Blush Ombre

Sunset Beach Blush Ombre