Friday, May 30, 2014

NOTW: Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday & Summer Pastels

I have a bit of a backlog of my NOTW posts so I'll give you some of my more recent ones before I backtrack. I'm emptying out my hard-drive, iPhoto and everything else plus organizing it all so I can get up more blog posts :)
I'm also exporting a video as I write this, so things will start going again here and on YouTube.
Recently, my obsession has been Deborah Lippmann's Happy Birthday glitter polish. It's rainbow. It's shiny. It's happy. It's everything. And it goes with everything!
For the first mani I used OPI's Fiercely Fiona from the Shrek Collection way back in 2009. It's a bright banana yellow with a slight green tone to it. Very summery :) The second mani used Essie's Sittin' Pretty from their new summer neon collection. It's a bright almost neon blue toned purple. For an accent on that mani I used Orly's Rage which is a rose gold foil and then a little bit of Deborah Lippmann's Some Enchanted Evening to add a little more glitter.
Bright pastels, almost neons are going to be huge this summer so I'm pretty excited for that. Mostly because those types of polishes look great not only on their own but paired with almost every glitter as well. This will be a very fun, confetti filled summer :D
Are there any summer colors that you have your eye on? Or any colors you know will be your "power color" this summer?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Happy Summer :)

Hi everyone!
I'm officially on Summer Vacation now - all finals are done and school is not an issue until August ;)
I did decide to start a personal life blog, which you'll be able to get to by pressing the link below. Just so this blog doesn't get clogged up by anything non-beauty. This blog will be strictly beauty from now on!
It'll also be just a place to expel any, well anything.
I have an upcoming "Favorite Neutral Polishes" coming up, so look out for that in the next few days.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain - Swatches & Review! (040, 045, 050)

Hiya everybody!
I have some swatches and a video review of the new Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain lip products for you today :) These came out a few weeks ago I think, and I found them at Bed Bath & Beyond. I haven't seen them at other drugstores yet but they should be coming out soon.
Essentially, these are very similar to the L'Oreal Extraordinaire colors that came out a few months back. You can see my review of those here.
For my first impression thoughts on these, check out the video above :)
I did mention in the video that I'd do a wear test with these - and as I suspected, the products lasted very similarly to the L'Oreal. They stay pretty glossy for about 4 hours, and last ok through eating and drinking. You will need to reapply after eating and drinking. They don't fade too quickly though, and they don't settle on the lips weirdly either, so that's good news!
Here are swatches!

Friday, May 2, 2014

NOTW: Shabby Chic Flowers & MrCandiiPants Flower Crowns

Good morning everyone!
I have a quick NOTW post for you - I was just sad about the Sharks losing, so I removed all the glitter on my nails and switched it up a bit, to cheer me up.
My favorite type of nail art is definitely floral. Floral nail art ALWAYS inspires me. On Instagram on a daily basis I see some sort of floral nail art and I always bookmark them or screenshot them.
Recently I switched up my sheets to adjust to the warmer weather, and just to see something different.
Target's Shabby Chic line is my favorite since they have patterns that are totally my style and they are fairly inexpensive. I've got like 3 different sets of sheets from that line. It's a little ridiculous, I know.
Today's nail art is completely inspired by these sheets - it's a white background with small purple roses.
As you all probably know, roses are my favorite (watch my April Favorites, if you didn't know!). 
So, after being sad about the Sharks and inspired via Instagram, I decided to recreate my sheets as well as one of my recently favorite MrCandiiPants manicures.
I used:
  • Wet N Wild's white polish for the base color on my thumb, index and pinkie fingers
  • OPI's My Vampire Is Buff for the base of my middle finger (off white, buff-beige creme)
  • OPI's Glint's of Glinda for the base of my ring finger (very sheet skintone jelly)
  • For the various flowers I used a variation of China Glaze and OPI pastel shades and mixed them on a small palette to customize the colors (use your favorite pastel peaches, yellows, light purples and blues, and you can mix any color with white to get your perfect shades!)
Since it's such an in-exact pattern, I basically just painted amorphous blobs of purple and layered lighter colors on top. I added some small specks of yellow in the center to make it look more flower like. The key to these patterns is layering colors, in a very in-exact way.
The flower crown nail, makes me SUPER happy, by the way. It's a little rainbow of prettiness and simple enough that it's just so cute. Props to MrCaniiPants for thinking to do it :) Again, it's all about layering, in an in-exact way and adding the colors you like.
Below are references to the patterns as well as MrCandiiPants' Instagram photo :D
Do you guys have specific patterns you love? Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Day 1: Rainbow Butterflies | #100HappyDays

EDIT: I will be doing all of these on my lifestyle blog - TeaRoseWishes :)

On Instagram, I've been seeing this tag go around for a few months now. Just this past week, Lindsay from LindsayDoesNails posted that she was going to do it, so I thought I would do it too.
It's been a little rough for me the last few months, so I thought this was a good way to turn things around, slowly. Lindsay mentioned the same thing - basically if you see one good thing a day, it can't be all bad right?
To be super cheesy, "Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day." - Alice Morse Earle.
These posts are not going to be all beauty related, but I thought I'd just post them on the blog anyways. They'll also be posted on my Instagram :)
So anyways, here is today's photo - rainbow butterflies. I used to be totally into Origami. My third grade teacher was Japanese, and she had been through a lot in her life. She was interned here, as a child, during WW2. She was one of the most inspiring and beautiful people I've ever met, up until she died of cancer while I was in high school. We bonded over similar childhood experiences, being that we were both Japanese, and we both spoke Japanese, and grew up in a very similar style. Obviously I went through much less, as I wasn't alive during WW2. But we played the same instruments, and were taught the same things, culturally. A lot of lessons she taught me, I follow through even now. It's amazing what one good teacher can do for you.
She would encourage us to do Origami in class, because it was a good way to teach patience, precision, dexterity, and a learning process. A big goal in our class was to be able to make a perfect Origami crane. Once we did, we'd string them up over our desk and they'd be our guardian angels for the rest of the year. We had a very special class. With these lessons, we also read and perform Shakespeare in front of the school, did advanced math, and did a lot of critical thinking that the other third grade classes wouldn't do. Having her as a teacher was a privilege, as she'd regularly pick the students she wanted at the end of the year, from the graduating second grade classes (we didn't know that at the time, for us it was "that teacher that makes us take off shoes and does origami").
As I grew up I gained other tastes and the Origami sort of fell by the wayside, hobby wise. I would occasionally do craft projects with them. It wasn't until this past year, when one of the girls I regularly babysit (more like hang out with since she's older, and actually very cool) started getting into Origami. It was such a blast from the past and it was cool re-learning things I had completely forgotten about.
Recently at work, it's been quiet so I've just started folding again to pass the time. I then decided I wanted to make a rainbow of butterflies and put them up in the daycare I work in, since it's a little whimsical and it'll be fun for the kids.
Anyways, here's my Day 1 photo - a small rainbow of butterflies. They're so much more than butterflies though. Mostly memories for me, and it was a good way to start off my #100HappyDays.
"Do more than the minimum." - Dee Uyeda

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