Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Video!


I promise I promise I promise a new blog post will be up soon. Until then, here are my Fall Nail Polish picks :) They're all indies too!

Enjoy!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Essie Cute As A Button | Swatches & Review!

Good morning :)
Essie Cute As A Button starts the few corals I have that are on the redder side. Cute As A Button is an almost pastel coral with a really beautiful salmony-orange-red undertone to it. It's a creme finish, but has a slightly, just barely there, almost jelly like quality to it. I know those sound like really vague descriptions, but if you own Cute As A Button, you'll know what I mean.
When you wear it indoors it's definitely not as bright as when you wear it outside. The picture above was taken outside and it definitely pops out in the sun.
It's formula is pretty nice, it's opaque in 2 coats and finishes with a really nice shine. I have a top coat on in this photo but it still is really shiny without one.
Essie polishes are available at drugstores across the US and retail for between $8 and $9. 
I personally love pulling this one out during the summer time to put on my toes :)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Essie Knockout Pout | Swatches & Review!

Happy Saturday everyone!
We're moving on to more deeper corals and pinks now - I think most of the light pastels are done with for the time being. We'll be on to reds and deeper neutrals soon :)
Today's polish is Knockout Pout. It's a bright, pretty much neon pink with coral undertones. It's super opaque and you get full coverage within 2 coats, 1 if you're patient enough. It does dry slightly matte, a tell-tale sign of a neon, so a top coat will fix that and will make it slightly brighter.
The photo is pulling a little bit more pink than is true to life; there's definitely a strong coral, orange tone in the polish (at least mine does).
I'm fairly positive this color is permanent, as I've seen it available online, but it's been a while since I've seen it in stores. Should you go look for it, Essie polishes retail for between $8 and $9 at all drugstores in the US.
Do you guys have Knockout Pout? I personally love it - super fun on toes in the summer :)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Essie Tart Deco | Swatches & Review!

This is the last of the orange toned corals I have in my collection. It's the darkest compared to Van D'Go and Haute As Hello.
Tart Deco is the closest to actual salmon - a very perky orange toned coral. The finish is very creamy, and is opaque in two coats. This one didn't change color like Haute As Hello did with a top coat. It's the most orange toned of them, and therefore my least favorite on my skintone. It's not quite as pastel as the other three either.
Sorry for the messy application, by the way; I had to get these photos done before the sun went away!
Essie polishes are available at all drugstores and retails for between $8 and $9.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Essie Haute As Hello | Swatches & Review!

Day 2 of corals from Essie :)
Haute As Hello is a slightly deeper, more orange tone than Van D'Go is. I'm going to point out that this photo makes it look very orange, and it's because in these Essie swatches I used a top coat. With the other swatches it didn't at all effect the color of the polish but I added a top coat to this and it went really orange. It was a little strange.
Just as Van D'Go, I don't love this color on me because of the orange tones. I just don't love orange on me. And just like Van D'Go, Haute As Hello has a really nice formula. It's opaque in two coats and goes on smoothly. Aside from the change in color due to the top coat, I don't have any issues with the polish formula.
Essie polishes are available at all drugstores and go from $8 to $9.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NOTW: Ninja Polish Divinity & A-England Holy Grail

Second new mani in two days :) As I'm showing you guys the swatches of my Essie collection, I'll also concurrently show you my manis. As a good blogger should ;)
This was totally inspired by my current obsession with shimmers. Enchanted Polish Secret Sauce and Starlight Polish Phoenix, Dragon and Unicorn? Love love love. LOVE. So to keep on those shimmery themes, I pulled out Ninja Polish's Divinity.
Divinity is a shimmery warm purple base with red strong red shimmer as well as a shifty shimmer that goes from orange to green. It's a stunner, and can completely be worn on it's own. It has a jelly finish and so the shimmer looks super deep and amazing and it's depth is just my favorite.
To add a little bit more sparkle, I dabbed on a slightly rough ombre to my ring finger, using A-England's Holy Grail. Holy Grail is a bright but still deep gold flakey shimmer. It's super gilded and also just a fantastic polish.
Again, I had this on for just a single day because my nail ADD has been off the wall recently lol.
Do you guys have Divinity? Or any polishes like it? What do you think? Let me know in the comments :)



Essie Van D'Go | Swatches & Review!

Let's continue on this Essie journey, shall we?
This morning let's start with the first of the corals, Van D'Go.
Van D'Go was one of the first Essie polishes that I saw online. Back when I first did a whole bunch of polish "research" aka being obsessed with blogs and bookmarking all of my favorite swatches, Van D'Go ended up being on the top of the list for what I wanted.
It definitely made it into one of my first major Essie hauls.
Van D'Go is a really soft salmon toned peachy coral creme. This is one of those perfect situations where it looks amazing on every person I've ever seen it swatched on, but I really don't care for it on my own skintone. It actually looks ok in this swatch but just in general, not my fave.
The formula is really nice - it's slightly streaky with one coat but it evens out really beautifully at two coats. It's bright but not too bright, and pastel but not too chalky. Generally, it's really quite a great polish, just not my favorite on me lol.
Van D'Go is a really popular color and part of their core line. You can find it pretty easily still.
Essie polishes retail for between $8 and $9 and you can find them at all drugstores.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NOTW: Turquoise Stone Manicure, Part 2!

Hi Guys :)
I've been really getting back into nail art again, so while browsing OhMyGoshPolish's YouTube Channel, I saw her version of the Turquoise Stone manicure, and decided to do it again. I love the look of this mani and love how easy it is.
For this particular mani, I used Essie's In The Cab-Ana, Orly's Luxe and Wet N Wild's black polish.
I had this on for a day, because I just have had the itch to be nail-creative recently.
I've done this manicure once before, but I think I like this combo more than the previous one.
I've linked the video down below, as well as the CutePolish water spotted technique video so you can see exactly how I did it!
Now just to mention it, I've recently been using a glue base for my base coats since I've been changing my nails so much recently. I also used the glue around my fingers, as OhMyGoshPolish suggests in the video. Clean-up is such a breeze this way and it's a LIFE CHANGER.
I have no idea why I just...ignored? this technique until now. I've heard of it originally from Lissa, LissaLoves, and I'll link the post she links to on her site.
Do you guys like nail art? Let me know in the comments :)

Monday, September 8, 2014

NOTW: The Blobbicure | OhMyGoshPolish & Anya_Sobko Inspired!

Hi hi!
I have a NOTW that I've been sporting the last week, that I'm totally totally in love with and new I wanted to share with all of you :)
This is a manicure that was initially inspired by OhMyGoshPolish's Summer Pool nail art and Anya_Sobko's original "blobbicure" nail art. After I researched a bit more, I found SimpleLittlePleasures also did this, and coined the term "Blobbicure", so that's what I've taken to calling it. :)
Since it's such an amazing nail art, I wanted to show you all how to do it, so I also made a tutorial, and included some tips I've learned along the way.
I hope you enjoy!!