Monday, June 30, 2014

Top 10 Summer Nail Polishes!


ps - this is my 900th blog post :O

Butter London Wallace | Swatches & Review!

In an attempt to organize my stash better, and inventory as well, I'm going to start swatching all the polishes I have. Since it's a major undertaking for somebody with... a lot of nail polishes, I've decided to do it all by brand. I'm starting with Butter London because I had Wallace on when I decided to start this project. It'll also give me the chance to update all my old, lesser quality (but oddly nostalgic) swatches to newer and better photos. In order not to bore you all with one post a day, I'm going to do a couple of posts a day to get you through each brand as quickly as possible. I may also swatch multiple brands at once (for example, all the reds in OPI, then all the oranges in China Glaze, and all the blues in Essie or something) to just have a little variety.
Anyways, today I have Wallace from Butter London, which is a rich olive green with a warm gold shimmer running through it. It's shimmer is so strong that sometimes it even looks metallic on the nail; light reflects of it beautifully and gives it an amazing extra dimension. It's opaque in 2 coats and glides on the nail effortlessly. It's definitely a prime example of what makes Butter London's formula so good (most of the time, sometimes the formula can get God-awful which I'll get to in a later post).
In the photo I have 2 coats with the HK Girl top coat. For a base coat I used Orly's Bonder and this polish stayed on my nails for 3 days without any signs of wear or chipping (not every swatch post will have this info btw - as most of the swatches I'll have as just swatches and not a full NOTW review).
Usually I pull this polish out in the fall since it's definitely got more of a fall/Thanksgiving feel to it, but it was a nice change to pull out in the Summer. It plays really well with the Summer sun and just glows :)
You can purchase Butter London at Ulta, Nordstrom and other stores that sell department store brands. Fun fact, you can purchase Butter London at the Bookstore on San Francisco State's Campus. I hope you guys enjoy the steady stream of swatches you're going to start getting here!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Anatomy of a #KDrama | Rescue Beauty Lounge - Swatches & Review!

Picture this: A really hot, rich boy (his parents practically own the country—think Samsung!) falls in love with a plain Jane, a pitifully poor girl whose family was financially ruined by loan sharks. The boy’s equally wealthy best friend falls in love with her too, and they even come to blows over the girl. She is without a clue since she is often too exhausted from taking care of her family—and working two or three jobs. It takes about 8 episodes for this couple to hold hands; we don’t know which of the boys she will choose, she may have held hands with both of them. They reach into their bottomless wallets to give her makeovers—in fact, one of their fathers owns the department store! (Oh Snap!) Enter the boy’s no-nonsense Korean tiger mom who always has a rich girl for him to marry (think company merger), someone he loathes. There are loads of schemes to get rid of the poor girl, even if his mother has to hire a hit man. Yes, there will be a kidnapping and perhaps some injuries, you name it—I’m scared for her too, no lie. It takes about 16 episodes for these two to kiss and overcome her accidents, hospital recoveries, etc. They promise never to part. But wait! Something else surfaces, after the boy’s friend digs up the girl’s family history, it turns out that the couple are exactly like Romeo and Juliet, their ancestors were enemies and the reason why her family is destitute. What will she do? Will she honor her family and reclaim their wealth? Or does she abandon ship?! Anatomy of a #KDrama is my latest collection, brought about by my newest compulsion. –Ji Baek
Hello everyone! I have the newest Rescue Beauty Lounge collection - Anatomy of a #KDrama for all of you! 
The video above with have my full thoughts and review on the collection, so check it out :D
Below are the swatches of all of the colors, but before I do that, let me give you the links to ALL the amazing bloggers giving coverage on this collection as well!

And here are the colors :D (Descriptions are from Ji's Press Release)

Instant Amnesia 
This is the perfectly neutral balance between fawn and taupe, a lofty palate cleanser with a tinge of attitude. Its flawless beauty is infused with flutters of silver, green, and pink shimmer. Once you wear it, Instant Amnesia will erase your memory of all the bad nail polish colors from your past.

Oh Slap! 
The quintessential flushed cheeks for your nails, Oh Slap! goes on as a sheer pink in one coat with opaque coverage in two coats. This is THE PERFECT PINK; the formula is flawless and streak-free and is not pastel or white-based. You can practically apply it with your eyes closed.

Will They Won’t They 
Will They Won’t They catches the sun’s rays as it glides on your nails. A gentle cascade of the tiniest silvery, blue-green micro glitter softly flows on a pool of doleful lavender. Sheer coverage in one coat, and opaque in two.

Cue The Montage 
Yellow chartreuse is the most difficult color to wear; it was a daring task to try to create one that would be suitable for all skin tones. Cue the Montage has a different texture than any other RBL nail polish. It dries matte and textured, so you must apply a basecoat and topcoat for the full effect. This color has glittery silver that peaks through in glorified harmony. Warning: The glitter in this bottle does not appear the same when applied to nails; it has a sandwiched effect.

Not Your Baby 
A deceitfully, mysterious brown-bronzy-sage-green duo chrome, Not Your Baby is a classic RBL chameleon nail polish—its identity changes depending on the light. Trickery plays. This color may appear to be brown with a cast of sage-green shimmer in a certain light, and yet bronze the next moment.

Burn The Evidence 
Burn The Evidence has a finely milled panache glitter that is not only jammed-packed with a mélange of red, gold, orange and copper glitters, but it also provides that dash of ash-black brilliance. This color fully covers in two full coats and has a flaming three- dimensional depth: Your hot nails will look like they’re on fire.

Virtuously inky, Monologue’s navy blue base is embedded with a soliloquy of elegant light-blue shimmer. Even in low light, this solitary dark blue retains its color and does not appear to be black. Monologue has a smooth, undemanding application; this color is darkly pigmented yet calmingly engaging

The polishes will be available for Pre-Order for 48 hours starting on Friday. All Rescue Beauty Lounge Colors are available for purchase on the Rescue Beauty Lounge Website. Also, make sure you go look at all the other bloggers' swatches linked above!!!! 
What do you guys think? Are there any colors that pop out for you?? Let me know in the comments down below! 
 *****Rescue Beauty Lounge provided these for review and consideration. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for my opinions. For more information on my review policies, please contact me at*****

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Glam Glow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment | Review!

For a few months now, this has been the only mask I've been using. I've been going through a massive skin care kick for the past year or so now, and have been looking for the best mud mask. And this is totally it.
Glam Glow has been getting a ton of good reviews for a while now. I was tweeting about it and to my surprise, Sara sent me one of these little Glam Glow pots and I was so excited! I tried it once, and I was sold. After that over the winter, I saved up and splurged on a few of the other Glam Glow Products.
Today I have the YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment mud for you. This small pot you can purchase at Sephora for about $20. It comes with enough product to do 3 full masks, or you can use it for spot treatments. I typically use it for spot treatments - I'll take a little chunk and use it on a small patch of my chin or on just my nose. 
The clay smells slightly floral and minty. It's not an overpowering smell though so if you're sensitive to fragrance it should be too bad. The mud itself is a slightly gritty texture and there are small exfoliating pieces inside as well. 
It dries really quickly when you apply it. It's not an overly drying or uncomfortable feeling though like some mud masks are. 
After about 20 minutes or so, I remove with warm water and the skin underneath is super soft, conditioned, clean and glowing. It's crazy. Every time I use the product, my skim always feels it's best. When spot treating, the breakouts I use it over are always shrunken in size and less sore. 
Even though it's pretty expensive for the amount of product you receive, it definitely is a holy grail skin care product. I'd definitely suggest the little size of the Glam Glow products because they're fairly affordable.
You can purchase Glam Glow at Sephora. 
Have you guys tried these? Or do you have any holy grail products?

Monday, June 9, 2014

Things I'm Loving | A Few Of My Favorite Things

The picture above is from my lifestyle blog, :) I thought I'd do a little preview for you all, so you can see what's coming up on this blog! I'm taking a mental health day today, so I'll be back with reviews and such tomorrow.
So here's just a tiny picspam of what's to come. There are all things I've been loving the last couple of weeks and I'm excited to share with you guys :D
Happy monday!!!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Layla Pro Nail Polish - Pixie Dust | Swatches & Review!

After a ton of Googling and being super confused, I've finally been able to write up this post for you all. Or maybe I'm just easily confused? I don't know. Still, Layla Cosmetics seems to be harder to find than I thought.
I'd previously seen some very pretty Layla flakies floating around online on various blogs and videos and always thought in the back of my mind that I should go and pick some up. One, for example, being a polish that looks almost exactly like this one on MissHollyBerries' blog last year. I've always heard great things about them, and they've always looked so pretty in swatches.
Layla as a company has also been pretty innovative and has made quite a few waves in the nail polish world over the last few years. They were the first company with magnetic polishes I had seen, as well as the first company with the super chrome nail polishes, the ones that OPI recently made their version of in the OPI Gwen Stefani collection.
With all of that, I always get pretty excited to see and hear about Layla, because they've got such awesome products!
The polish I have for you today was given to me by Sara - I don't know where she bought it, since she lives in Canada, but I'll let you all know if I find out! She sent it to me during the holidays and I've been playing with it ever since :D
Layla Pro Nail Polish in Pixie Dust is a warm purple jelly packed (and I mean packed) with iridescent flakes that shift from a fiery red/orange to a bright green. It's semi-opaque with one coat, giving a good coverage of flakes but still sheer should you choose to layer it over a different polish. At two coats it's fully opaque with amazing depth. It's SO cool!
I have a few other flakey polishes that have this color scheme, but this is definitely the most opaque and most dense nail polish. The other flakies, including an Nfu Oh flakey and various indies have a more sparse coverage.
The polish dries down very glossy and dries on the slower side. Typically for me, jellies and flakies seem to dry less quickly than cremes and glitters.
I could have sworn it was sold at Ulta, but perhaps I'm wrong? It's no longer on their website, although I've seen some Layla polishes at Ulta in my last few trips. And it wasn't even this particular line of polish. They're not even on the Layla website. Currently you can currently find the Layla Nail Pro Nail Polishes on Zappos for about $15.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush Pop - Ginger Pop | Swatches & Review!

Good morning! Today I have some makeup to show you guys :D
It's been a while since I've shown any makeup on this blog so I thought it'd be a nice change of pace for a little bit. Don't worry though. There's still plenty of nail polishes I have to show you. I'm also thinking of starting to catalog all the colors I have (like a giant Essie spree, or OPI etc.) if anybody was interested?
Anyways, here's one of Clinique's new (or newer, since I think they've been out for about five months now) Cheek Pop blushes. I've heard great things about them online and in various magazines and was super excited to try them out. Clinique is a brand that I grew up watching my mom use so I have quite a fondness for their products. They're also generally very wearable products and tend to be fairly gentle on skin. It's a great brand for those that love the light, "no makeup makeup" look, since pretty much everything they make is in a neutral palette.They also aren't that expensive, compared to other department store brands.
There are four blushes in this line, and they go from a perky midtoned pink to a nice warm orangey peach. The one I purchased was Ginger Pop, which is an almost terra cotta, orange toned blush. The blush itself is packaged in a clear plastic compact. The powder is shaped like a daisy and it's the cutest. I actually love the packaging because you can clearly see the product inside and it gives me more incentive to use it.
As for the product inside, the powder is soft and blendable and has good color payoff - you can get a medium to full color coverage depending on how much you blend out the product. It stays on my skin pretty well throughout the day and fades after about 8 hours. You can build up the color as well if you want a little bit of a stronger color on your cheeks. The blush has a slight sheen to it, so it's not completely matte, but it looks natural when applied to the face. It's a nice, slight glow and makes you look nice and healthy :)
The Clinique Cheek Pop blushes are available at department stores and Sephora, and they retail for $21 each. I don't know if I'm going to purchase another once, just because I have a ton of blushes to use already anyways, but I think the color range is good for those who have a smaller collection than I do. 
Have any of you tried these out? What do you think?

Friday, June 6, 2014

New Video!


Zoya Maria Luisa | Swatches & Review!

So I told you yesterday that I had swatched another Zoya over Dream, and here it is :) This is Maria Luisa, and it's a total gem. 
There was a good trend going for about a year, through both the mainstream and indie world, to make 24k Gold top coats. OPI's Man With The Golden Gun, for example was a clear base with tiny flecks of gold leaf. It's a very luxurious concept and provided a pretty cool and niche effect on the nail. I believe Zoya had one and then there were others in indie brands.
They were expensive though, so I only bought the OPI since it was in mega cool packaging, as a part of the Skyfall collection.
I was happy to see that Zoya created a top coat to mimic this effect as not everybody had the budget for the real gold top coats. For their fall 2013 Satin collection, Zoya released Maria Luisa, which is a shimmery but very sheer gold base packed with a bunch of gold flakes. The finish on the nail ends up being either a sprinkling of gold or a very gilded look to the nail.
I've swatched one coat of Maria Luisa over Dream on my index and ring fingers, and then three coats of it on my middle and pinkie fingers with no base, so you can see how it does on it's own as well as paired over something else. I like how foiled the pieces are, and how warm the shade of gold is. It's absolutely a fantastic alternative to the 24k Gold polishes at a standardly affordable price.
Formula wise, I think it fairs better as a top coat than as a polish to be worn on it's own. Since the pieces aren't completely opaque you'll still have a bit of sheerness on your nail. It does get a little thick by the third coat as well. Just using one coat though you get a decent amount of product pickup and it's not difficult to get them on to the nail.
It's still available on Zoya's site, so if you can't find it in store, you'll easily be able to purchase it online. I've still seen it at Ulta so it should be pretty easy to find!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

NOTW: Zoya Dream

So I basically told myself over the winter that I would NOT purchase this polish no matter how much I liked it. And then, MissHollyBerries was all "THIS POLISH IS AMAZING" and then I had a coupon to Ulta and then it was at my house. Story of my life. No but really.
Zoya Dream is a cerulean blue jelly base packed with a ton of holo shards. The effect is dazzling. It's like space. But an ocean. Ocean Space. It's so so stunning in person. And then you wear it outside and it's just mind blowingly pretty. I have absolutely no regrets about purchasing this one since it's just so pretty!
As for the effect of this polish, L.A. Girl actually released a "Holographic" collection back in the fall that had the same holo shard type of polish. I think their collection had five or six colors? It wasn't a very talked about collection but I ended up getting one from Eshani (the teal one) and then purchasing the silver on my own. They're such pretty effects and not done very often so it was a nice change to see this fall and winter. 
I have two coats of Dream on my nails and I used OPI Nail Envy as a base and Seche Vite as a top coat. This mani lasted 2 days before I used it to swatch a different Zoya Polish (which you'll see tomorrow), and then finally removed it :)
Are there any finishes you wish you'd see more of, or less of I guess, from polish companies? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

NOTW: Contrary Polish "Better Together"

For a while I've been talking about wanting a grey creme polish with teal shimmer.
I've had this polish in my stash for a while, and it sort of satiated that need for a while. I found this on Llarowe while browsing a few months ago, again because a teal shimmer in a gray was one of my most needed color combos. I'm still looking for the exact shade of gray that I want, but this one does very well for now :)
Better Together is a slate gray creme with a teal shimmer and a silver microglitter running through it. It's opaque in 2 coats and was very easy to work with. Before putting on a top coat, it doesn't dry super glossy, so a top coat is needed to really pull out the shimmer. The shimmer also comes out much better outside in the sun than inside in artificial light.
Here I used OPI Nail Envy and HK Girl's Fast Dry Top Coat. It lasted for about 3 days before tip wear started to show, and I removed it for a different manicure.
Contrary Polish is available on Llarowe. I own another Contrary Polish that has the same teal shimmer, and I think both polishes perform well!
Are there any polishes or color combos that you are seeking out at the moment?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

NOTW: OPI Live.Love.Carnaval

There's this thing that happens to me, and I'm positive to most beauty bloggers, which all revolves around the question of "do I need that?" Every time I purchase something, I go, "do I need to have it?" and I always say "YES!" (always with that enthusiasm) and purchase it. And then it takes weeks for me to get around to using it. And I feel bad. But the cycle goes on and on. I swear, it must happen to all beauty bloggers right?
Anyways, that's what happened with this little gem, which is OPI's Live.Love.Carnaval from their Brazil collection that debuted this spring. To be fair (aka to justify things to myself) I don't buy whole collections anymore so that's good, right? Lol. *sure it is*
Live.Love.Carnaval is a bright, not quite neon creme polish. It's super hard to photograph. Color wise, it falls a little lighter than the photo above. Tone wise, it sits right in between these two photos. So it's not as red as the photo below, and it's a little lighter than the photo above. The issue is, while inside it's a beautiful coral pink creme, the minute you step outside it goes super bright and photographs to look mega neon.
The formula was pretty good. Here I have 2 coats on. This was also after a few days so you can see a little wear on the surface of my nail but not that much tip wear or anything.
I had this polish on for a few days before removing it and putting on something else. I did love it though, and am most definitely going to put it on my toes this summer!
This polish is still very easily available wherever OPI is sold. Oh! I recently saw an OPI display at Bed, Bath, & Beyond :)
Are there any colors you've got on your summer pedi list?

Monday, June 2, 2014

NOTW: More MrCandiipants :D

Way back in January I was feeling super nail art-y so I turned to the one person I always turn to, MrCandiipants. I pretty much bring her up on this blog like... once a month. But like really, she's my favorite and I'm obsessed with her nail art. Her style is so her and is so simple but always amazing. 
While browsing through some of the designs I wanted to recreate, I picked out five that I loved, so I decided to do all five. Since it was still mid-winter, I went for darker and more muted colors, and came up with a navy, purple and coral mix of flowers and hearts and girly things :)
In terms of what colors I used, I actually... don't remember. *wah wah*. I know the off white is OPI's My Vampire Is Buff. And I think the coral is China Glaze's Flip Flop Fantasy. But I really can't be sure on that one. Regardless, you can find the blues and purples pretty easily at most stores so it's an easy palette to re-create. 
As for which photos I pulled designs from, here they are :D
This is the first one I saw, and I wanted to use the roses and use this sort of color palette. I also liked the combination of the roses with the stripes :) I then picked out the rest of these designs to pair with the roses!
Again, MrCandiiPants is my absolute favorite nail art designer online and I don't have enough amazing things to say about her.
Are there any nail blogs or IG accounts that you often look to for inspiration? Let me know in the comments down below!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

NOTW: OPI Vodka & Caviar

I'm catching up on my NOTW posts again. Here's the first :)
This is OPI's Vodka & Caviar, which was one of their classic reds in their core collection. However, it was recently discontinued. You'll probably still be able to find it since it was so popular and made in such abundance, but soon they'll be all gone.
Anyways, it's a very classic, very clean red nail polish. It's not too warm and not too cool. It has an amazing formula - very easy to apply, "opaque" in 2 coats (it has that pseudo jelly finish that most red cremes have), and dries very glossy. It looks good on the majority of skin tones and throughout the year. Very classic, very clean.
Good news is, since it's so classic you'll be able to find this shade of red in almost every line of nail polish ever, so even though it's discontinued, you won't be missing all that much with it being gone. OPI even has a few within it's core line that are virtually the same polish.
I know some people swear by this polish and this color though - sometimes that one bottle of red is not the same as other bottles of red. Do any of you have that one color that you're obsessed with?