Showing posts with label Nudes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nudes. Show all posts

Monday, August 18, 2014

Zoya Naturel Deux Collection Swatches & Review


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 Behold the, not so, triumphant return of my ultra nubby nails! No, I definitely did not intend to make my nails this short. Last week I had two awful breaks, both my middle nails went not-so-peacefully. To add insult to injury, the middle nail on my right hand broke twice in one day. It was a bad day that day. It is probably a good thing that the Zoya Naturel Deux collection looks so beautiful on short nails too :D. 
 I was sooo excited to see Zoya expand their "Naturel" range into a deeper, more fall oriented palette. These six creamy beauties all remind me of delicious coffee and rich chocolatey confections. To see these six, new, nudey beauties up close and person just keep on reading after the jump. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

OCC Unknown Pleasures Fall Nail Lacquer Collection Nail Art Look

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  So.much. YES! Say hello to the newest nail color collection by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. This is the Unknown pleasures collection for Fall 2014. This collection is made up six, all- new, shades inspired by the runways of New York Fashion Week. To celebrate this beautiful collection launching TODAY; I brought all six shades together for this highly embellished look. More after the jump.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Nicole by O.P.I Nude & Neon Stamped Gradient (+ Video Tutorial)

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 A while back Nicole by O.P.I shared this awesome gradient that went from nude to neon. This girl right here fell in love with the look pretty hard and decided I need to try the combination for myself :D. The contrasting geometric stamp was an impulse add. I had been wanting to play with this Red Angel plate. The design is really interesting and eye-catching. Tutorial after the jump .

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cult Nails Spring Radiance Nail Art and Swatches

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  I am closing out this week with something I've never done for the blog before... a delicate freehanded floral. Ever since I got my hands on the Cult Nails Spring Radiance collection; I just knew this is what I wanted to do with the colors. Such delicate, much dainty! More after the jump.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Fun with Pretty & Polished Summer Fun Collection

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It is Monday... 

... and the only thing that could make that fact a bit more bearable is these amazing Summer polishes from Pretty & Polished.  Today I want to share a look and some swatches I did (with and of) the Summer Fun collection. This release consists of Six new Summer holo beauties. 

 For the vertical gradient I was inspired by Marta of Chit Chat Nails and her textured rainbow look. I really loved her color choices and placement. For my version of Marta's look I decided to go all holo with Three of the shades from the Summer Fun collection. On my index nail I did Three thin coats of Pretty & Polished Firefly. This shade is an unbelievable, neon lime holographic. If glow sticks could also glow holo, they would look like Firefly. On my pinkie and thumbnails I wore P&P Living in Flip Flops. This shade is a wonderful grapey- purple holo. I used Three thin coats of this shade as well. 
 On my gradient nails I started with a coat of O.P.I's Put a Coat on (white base) and top coated it to create a glassy smooth white base. On my middle gradient nail I used P&P Firefly and P&P Lakefront. For my ring nail gradient I used P&P Lakefront and P&P Living in Flip Flops. Lakefront, btw, is the most beautiful shade of deep teal holographic.
 These pretties were soooo amazing to work with. And, as you can see, they make for beautiful gradients!! I topped my nails off with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. Side note: I absolutely adore how my ring nail looks like the most kick ass duochrome there ever was :D.

Pretty & Polished Poolside- This refreshing beauty is a classic sky blue linear holo. I used three thin coats for my swatch.

 Pretty & Polished Summer Love- This pretty is a beautiful shade of light red linear holographic. It is possible my eyes are playing tricks on me, but I could have sworn I also saw a bit of a pink shimmer hidden in this shade. I love that it is a softer shade of red. I used Three thin coats for my swatch.

Pretty & Polished Sandy Shores- LONG LIVE NUDE HOLOS!!!!!!! This outstanding beauty is a creamy shade of sandy beige with a delicate linear holo shimmer. The holo in this shade is subtle and beautiful. I used Three thin coats for my swatch.

 All of these shades have amazing formulas. With holo polishes I always feel like a good formula cannot be stressed enough. I really adore the range of perfect Summery colors Chels did for this release. The Summer Fun collection is available now from the Pretty & Polished online shop and retails for $9.00/color.

 I would have to say my faves are definitely Firefly, Lakefront, Sandy Shores and Living in Flip Flops. But honestly, they are all wonderful and each one put a smile on my face. Which ones are you loving most?

Thanks for coming by today loves!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

How I Wore It: KBShimmer In Bare Form and Lo and Be Bold

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Hi and happy Tuesday! 

  I hope everyone had a good and safe Memorial Day weekend. My weekend was hella chill and awesome. I got to go to my first "hoop jam", met some amazing people, learned new tricks and got all bruised up from practicing said tricks haha. 
 So, since I got in the KBShimmer Early Summer collection, they are all I've been wearing. Much like the Spring collection, these were much too awesome to just swatch. I ended up wearing most of them as "looks" or just paired... because... KBSHIMMAH!!!!! IDK what is this hold this brand has on me, but I love it!


 Less is more when awesome colors are involved :D. For this dotted look I started with a base of KBShimmer In Bare Form. This beautiful nude holographic shade made a great base for some vibrant contrasting dots using KBShimmer Lo and be Bold. I love how the vibrant cobalt blue dots just jump off the nude base. I think I may have a new "favorite" color combination in nude and cobalt. I really love how the colors seem to make each other pop. 

 And here is a quick, sunny, look at In Bare Form. This shade has a fantastic, two coat, formula. I love how creamy this shade is, yet it still remains very linear in the holo effect. A holo for the office? Don't mind if I do! 


 The KBShimmer Early Summer collection is available from kbshimmer.com right meow :D. As you may have guessed.. I shall be sharing my "Early Summer" looks over the coming days ;). 

Thanks for coming by today! 

Monday, May 12, 2014

CrowsToes 9 Realms Collection Swatches

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Hi and happy Monday!! 

  I am SOO sorry I am late with these swatches :(:(. If you have been stalking the polish interwebs you may have noticed a lot of buzz over the newest collection from CrowsToes, The 9 Realms. This collection is my introduction to this brand, and I am entirely just blown away. There are 12 new shades in this collection. Each shade is unique and so very inspired. 
 The theme of this collection is inspired by the Nine realms in Norse mythology. Score yet another point for this fantastic collection :D. 

 You seriously want to see these pretties up close so keep on reading ♥.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Cult Nails Intriguing and Cruisin' Nude V- Gap Nail Art Look

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Good morning!

 Today I have a simple look for you guys :D. It seems lately my nail art has been going by the motto "less is more". You guys know how much I love crazy nail art looks. I love working on them and I love wearing them. But for some reason, I've really been into simplicity lately. The types of look that don't take much work or time to complete, yet still look effortlessly chic. I seem to go through phases ;).
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 This look started with a base of Cult Nails Intriguing of the Casual Elegance collection. To create the V-gaps I used the single- chevron Nail Vinyls and Cult Nails Cruisin' Nude. I really liked the contrast of the Nude tone against the beautiful shade of subtle holo Periwinkle. Intriguing is a bit of a chameleon and can look a bit different depending on skin tone. I love shades that have this quality. I finished my look off with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday Swatch Spam

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Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey! 

 Happy Friday! This is my first official blog post from my new home. I am so excited about our new place. Many of you have been asking about California. What happened? Did I ever make it? etc... Long story short; we made it to Cali and were there for about Three days. We had an emergency and had to head back to Sarasota, Florida (i.e "home").
  Finally, back in January, my husband got an amazing job offer in Boca Raton, Florida so that is where we ended up. LTHP is now an East Coast Florida gal :D. I am VERY excited to sample the beaches in the area. Back in Sarasota, we were really close to Siesta Key. Which is amazing beyond words.. But I miss the Atlantic, being from Puerto Rico and all ;). 
 So, since I've yet to actually unpack and set up my polishing area... I've got some swatch spam for you today. My nails have been nekkid for about a week and a half now. Thankfully, there were no breaks during the move. 
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 To find out more about these shades just keep on reading after the jump. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday Fun with Nicole by O.P.I Nail Color

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Happy Friday!! 

  I'm sorry this has been such a quiet week around here. I'm just starting to feel slightly better from that nasty little cold I caught. It could not have come at a worse time. I was supposed to be packing up stuff for our move this Saturday. LTHP and husband will be relocating to the South East coast of Florida. However, it is not a huuuuge move as we are only relocating from Sarasota, FL; from coast to coast... exciting stuff... 
  Anyhow, I wanted to check in and share these looks I've worn recently. I've been slacking some this past week since I was so sick... But, my nails were looking FAAAAAB! Sometimes I really dig manis that are really simple, with just a hint of something sparkly to make it special. 
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 This first look is just a simple sparkling gradient with Nicole by O.P.I Sweet Surrender as the base color and Fab is my Middle Name sponged on the tips for a sparkling gradient look. Both of these shades are part of the Nicole by O.P.I 2014 core line expansion. Sweet Surrender is a beautiful mily off White. The formula is nice, very smooth and surprisingly opaque. I used two coats of this color. Fab is my Middle Name is a re-release. This glitter was originally created for the core line back in Spring of 2012 [original review can be found here]. I finished this look off with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 
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One can never really go wrong with a nice chunky glitter, now can they? These two pretties also come from the Nicole by O.P.I 2014 Core expansion. The awesome diamond- shaped topper is called Be Awesome. It definitely lives up to its name. This glitter is just so much fun. The diamonds are Pink, Blue and Coppery shifters. There was no fishing or troubles with the pieces. What you see was completely random :D. A video on my glitter application technique can be found [HERE]. Finished off with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 
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 Last but not least is this Nudey- with- a- pop- of- Teal cloudy look. These shade also come from the same collection. The base color is Nicole by O.P.I That's Putting it Mild. I only needed two coats of this beautiful Almond toned creme. For my pop of Teal I used Emerald Empowered which is a beautiful shade of shimmery metallic.... TEAL. Definitely not Emerald. Still gorg though. The final cloud is Nicole by O.P.I Taupe of my Class. Which is your classic shade of brown-tone Taupe-y goodness. I finished these off with KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 
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Thanks for stopping by today my painted beauties!! I hope I can be back up and running very soon. Our move should be a smooth one since we don't have much to move, or a very long way to go.. Still, send some good vibes our way ♥. 

Have a beautiful weekend everyone! 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Zoya Naturel Collection Swatches

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Good afternoon my pretties! 

 Who else is kind of glad that the Holidays are over? Don't lie... You know you are hahah. In my case the Hoidays are also laced with many birthdays, I'm celebrated-out. And I still have my birthday coming in 14 days. Yikes! 
 You know what else is nice to get a break from? Glitter polishes! I LOVE glitter. I love that the Holidays usually inspire many glittery nail polish shades. It is a great thing. That said, I am always glad to have a break from all the flash.
  Say hello to the Zoya Naturel Collection. This was Zoya's last release of 2013. Perhaps, they were inspired by the success of recent "Naked" eye palette releases when thinking up this soft, creamy color range. These shades may not be everyone's thing, but there is a nude here that will suit any skin tone. 
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 The Naturel collection is made up of Six new, full- coverage, nude creme tones. To see close up swatches and find out more about these shades just continue reading. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Zoya for Rolando Santana Nail Polish Trio Nail Art Look

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Good morning and happy Thursday!! 

  Today I want to share this simple, yet eye-catching look I did using the Three shades that Zoya created for the Rolando Santana Spring/Summer 2014 line. The clothing line itself was inspired by the amazing Frida Kahlo (who I am only slightly obsessed with). These Three shades were created by Zoya and R. Santana to compliment the clothing line itself. 
 Saldy, I can't seem to find these for sale anywhere. The trio itself was a LE release. That said, Zoya has been known to add some of their special releases to seasonal collections. So, don't worry just yet. And if you guys are really, REALLY feeling these; you can let Zoya know on their FB page!! With that in mind though, I will be doing some comparisons for you guys. These shades are beautiful, and the formulas are perfection on all Three shades. However, they are not extremely unique and I think some older (still available) Zoya shades could be very comparable. 
 My initial reaction to this trio was a bit cold. I liked the shades, but was having a hard time figuring out what I wanted to "do" with them. Then it came to me.. Mash em into a look!!! Separately, they did not do much for me.. Now, bring Maria, Natasha and Sara together; and you have one epic mani! 
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 For this look I started with a base of Natasha, Two coats. She is a beautiful shade of "foundation Beige". I cannot come up with a better description. I think if this polish was a foundation instead, it would in fact match my skin tone. I was convinced I would be completely indifferent to Natasha, but it was quite the opposite. She is chic and flattering, without trying too hard. Once my base color was dry I used a cosmetic sponge to create a gradient effect with Natasha and Maria. Maria is a classic shade of medium Red-toned Purple creme with slight Pink undertones. Let me tell you guys about how much I ADORED the Nude to Purple gradient. Something about this look was tickling my pickle. 
 I then added a coat of INM Northern Lights over my gradient and finished the look off by adding a dotted gradient over my gradient using Sara. Sara is a warm and Sunny shade of creamy Yellow. I was loving the finished look so much, I am already planing on re- creating the same look, in different colors for this weekend. But who knows, I might do them in these exact same colors. I really do love the finished look. Separately, these three shades are classically pretty... But together they are epically chic! I finished my whole look off with a coat of Seche Vite.

 Because I loved my Natasha and Maria sparkling gradient so much, here is a pic sans Sara dots. This looked so painfully awesome in person. Now I want to try nude to color gradients with every color combo I can think of. I didn't build the Purple up to it's "full potential" because I wanted the gradient to look airbrushed and almost like a blush on my nails. I'm so stoked on how it turned out. 
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 And for shigs, here are Two easy and effortless coats of Natasha. Even my mom commented on how much she loved this color, and she is not a nail gal. The funny thing about shades like Natasha, is that I'm always convinced I will hate them on me.. Then I get them on me and I just ADORE them. I think this shade will work on so many gals! 
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 I'm really sorry it took me so long to get around to this amazing trio. I really do hope that Zoya adds them to future releases because I think many gals will enjoy these shades. But, as I said at the beginning of the post, I may be able to find some close cousins to these Three pretties. 
 Where you able to grab this trio when it was originally released? What are your thoughts on these Three pretties?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

(Part of) Sation's Miss-Terranean Fall 2014 Collection

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*insert giant Alaska Thunderf*ck* HIIIIIIIIII here. 

   Today I have half of Sations newest collection, Miss-Terranean. This lovely fall collection is made up of Six creamy beauties, all inspired by the Mediterranean vibe. I feel shitty that I only have half to show you. I do have the full collection in my hands, but I only got half swatched, before the moving madness began (back in and still in Florida, everything will be ok). I will eventually find, and unpack the rest of the collection and get it up on here for you guys. 
 What I did do, was swatch my Three faves first, and here they are!! 
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Sation Don Wannabee
MMMMMMmmmmmMMMMM!!!!!!! So, Sation got me right in the feels with this gorg shade of, practically electric, Cobalt Blue creme. Don Wannabe was a hard shade to photograph as it was just so vibrant and beautiful. There are a bit of vibrant Violet undertones that just refused to photograph. It is just perfect. The formula is amazing on this shade. At first it seems a bit thin, but manageable. Then it is perfectly smooth, even, opaque and glassy in Two easy coats. Shown are two coats of color and NO top coat. DAT SHINE!! 

Sation Hottie Biscotti
 This shade is a beautiful take on the nudey, greige trend. The formula on this beauty is between a creme and a jelly (crelly). I loved the formula on Hottie Biscotti, because it gave this shade a beautiful squishy finish. I used Two easy coats for this shade as well. Oh, and one is also shown without a top coat. 

 Sation Happy Wine-y People
 I swatches this one because I was so on the fence about it, I just had to see it on. I only used Two coats, but I realized after looking at pics, I really should have done Three coats. Happy Wine-y People is a deep Ox-blood crelly with Plummy undertones. Shown are Two coats and no top coat. This shade is so vampy and just classic! 

  Missing from my swatches are I Need a Spumani (beautiful pistachio creme), Napoleon Dyna-Matte (vibrant red creme, wondering if it is a matte) and Tira-Miss U (lovely grey-lavender creme). As I said above, I really hope I can find and unpack these soon. I only have one of my Helmers with me right now. The other Three are in storage, don't worry though!! It is definitely climate controlled. I did pick a good Helmer to bring with me though. It is the one with all my Bettina, Cult Nails and A England goodies along with a lot more great nail art polishes. 

 At some point I WILLLLLL swatch the KBShimmer Blogger collection and I even have a set to give away! Very excited about that as I've not done a giveaway in a while. I'm also excited to show you guys my shade Merry Pinkmas. I know many bloggers have shown this collection, but I am so ashamed that I've not had a chance to sit and swatch those yet. I really need to make that my priority. 

 So back to Sation. I'm just in awe of Don Wannabe and I love the look of Hottie Biscotti. I think both of these shades would look amazing on so many skin tones. I need to see Happy Wine-y People done properly. That was the only shade I've had minor issues with from this group so far. I'm sure the rest will be fine though. Sation rarely disappoints, and to be honest.. I kinda suck at applying crelly- vampy shades. I seriously do, they make me nervous haha. 

 The entire collection is available now from www.misspn.com, $5 per shade

Any of these Three speaking to you?? 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Lippy Swatch Spam Time!

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Happy Thursday my painted beauties! 

 Today I want to share some swatches of several lippies I can't seem to stop wearing as of late. Lately I've been kinda digging the nudey/neutral lips for some reason. I'm normally into the insanely bright shades, but lately I've been feeling "at home" in neutral-ish shades. Something about a nudey lip with light makeup makes me feel fresh and feminine. 
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To see closeup swatches of these pretties just continue reading ♥. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Purging the Squares- Meaningful Post Time

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Happy Humpday! 

  This is a little bit of a sappy post for me. I know it might seem weird to just about everyone reading this.. But I really feel that this post is the "end of an era"; the era of the square nails. I've been blogging since August of 2010, and for the majority of my time blogging my nails were a very square shape. I loved my square shorties and really took pride in keeping my nubs neat and clean. 
  But now it's time for a change. You may have noticed that my nails now have a more rounded shape to them, and I am even letting them get a bit longer than I used to. For me, the process of blogging is about seeing the growth an evolution of my craft. I am constantly striving to do better than I did yesterday. I don't compete with fellow bloggers, I compete with myself. Can I be a better blogger today than I was yesterday? That is the challenge I present myself every day. 
 In presenting these little changes, and expanding my content on this blog, I have really found a sense of purpose and have really found what I want to do in  life. I enjoy talking about nails. I LOVE experimenting with makeup. And I LIVE for dressing up and having fun with my wardrobe. I so love every aspect of being a girl and being able to share that with my readers. 
 There is so much more to me than just nails. I really do believe that being polished extends from head to toe. While this blog is rooted in nail art and all things nails, I really do feel like I can share all my girly passions with you guys. Along with the new nail shape, I plan on including more makeup looks and even some fashion posts. I'm really looking forward to growing this blog more and more with time. Blogging is something I enjoy and am passionate about. This has gone past a hobby for me. This is my passion, my blood, sweat and tears.  
 In struggling with my health at one point I felt less than human.... Through this blog and interacting with you all I have started to feel like a person again and it brings me such joy to share my passions with some of the most amazing people I have ever encountered. So with that in mind, we say goodbye to the square nails and usher in a new era of all things girly and beautiful!

To see close up swatchies of these polishes just continue reading ♥.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

OCC Modercraft- Fall 2013 Nail Color Collection

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Happy Humpday! 

  Today I am very excited to share swatches of OCC's Fall moderncraft nail polish collection. These six beautiful shades are inspired by the 1920's cabaret look. These polishes are insanely beautiful and the formulations really left me kind of speechless. The full Moderncraft collection is available online and at select Sephora stores now. 
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 To see close up swatches and find out more about these amazing beauties just continue reading ♥. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Zoya Cashmeres Fall 2013 Collection Swatches

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OMG it is Thursday already!! 

  This week has been such a blurr for me, I'm not quite sure why. I hate the feeling of "missing days". I know I have not spoken much about my health in a while... it's been really rollercoaster-y. The good news is that I do not have Crohn's afterall... It was something else all along, basically my stomach is too slow and does not empty properly.
 It sucks because there is no treatement for it other than "lifestyle changes" which I have been working on since 2010, when these issues started presenting... I'm really frustrated, and a fairly anxious mess, which does not help with my "gastric distress"... Fun, right?! Needless to say all of these things have been getting in the way of life in general. I'm trying my damn hardest to keep a positive midset and stay calm, but some days are harder than others. Today is not so great, my heart feels heavy, my body drained but my mind is doing 100 miles per hour. I'm hoping to dive into some nail art and hopefully get lost in it for a while. I really need to catch up on my #31DC2013 posts. 
 Now that "that's" out of the way, how about some swatches of the Zoya Cashmeres Fall 2013 collection? This portion is the creamy half of this year's Fall releases. Six new yummy shades that range from classic nudes and browns, to bold reds and a very uniqe Green & Blue.  
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 To see close up swatches and find out my thoughts on these shades just continue reading ♥.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

LTHP Quickies! Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stains

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It's a quickie, humpday treat! 

  Ok, so I am SUUUUUUPER excited to be sharing these!!!! Let me tell you why; I am such a HUUUUGE fan of these types of chubby- pencil balm stains. I know many of us in the beauty community have had nothing but praise for the Revlon balm stains and the like. For me, they are like Pokemon, I've gotta catch em all! 
  Well, Jordana has very recently joined the balm stain game with their new Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain collection. They have done a range of Eight beautiful shades at a price point that makes it impossible not to want them all! These babies will be available at Walgreens stores, as well as the Jordana website and they retail for $2.99!!! You read that right, $2.99!!!!!! And let me tell you, the quality is AMAZING, the wear is incredible and they feel soooo good on the lips. 
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 They did a great job of covering the "color bases". The nudes are really wearable and I think they will flatter many skin tones. The Pinks are beautiful and I cannot wait to try the deeper shades. They are opaque, but not so opaque that they do not allow the stain color to work with your natural lip color. I hope that makes sense haha. 
 I've only gotten around to wearing Two of the shades, but the application was really nice, buttery and smooth. I didn't feel any pulling or dragging on my lips. They really do feel moisturizing and the wear on them is absolutely amazing. They are also versatile in that they can be worn as a wash of color, or built up to be full on vibrant. These also make great bases for lipsticks and do not need lip liner.  
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Nude Chic: A beautiful shade of light shimmering Taupe stain. 
Terra Crave: A really wearable shade of Caramel- toned creamy stain.
Sweet Pink: A sweet shade of light, Blue- toned Bubblegum Pink creme stain. 
Honey Love: A soft shade of Honey- toned creme stain. 
Candied Coral: A gorgeous shade of wearable Coral creme stain
Tropical Frenzy: A fun shade of Magenta pink creme stain. 
Rock 'n' Rouge: A beautiful shade of pinuppy Orange-toned Red creme stain. 
Cranberry Crush: A sultry shade of beautiful deep Mauve-toned creme stain. 

 I don't know if there are dupes here for any of the other balm stains in the market as I've not had a chance to compare them. The only comparable ones I own to these are the Revlon Balm stains. I didn't  find any dupes within the ones I own. Texture wise, I found these to be a bit smoother than the Revlon stains. The scent of these is so minimal, it barely needs mentioning. 
 I do have lip swatches of the Two pink shades I've worn so far. The wear on these was INCREDIBLE. I needed minor touchups throughout the day, even after eating and drinking. I would say I wore these for about 12 hours or so, and even after my shower my lips still had a slight Pink tint to them. I was especially impressed with Sweet Pink because it is a lighter shade of Pink and for some reason I was not expecting it to be so opaque and just plain awesome.  

Jordana Twist & Shine in Sweet Pink
 I just adore this shade. I am a sucker for light Blue toned pink lippies. I think they are sweet and fun. 

Jordana Twist & Shine in Tropical Frenzy
 This is right up my alley. Shades like these are my "safe colors". When I doubt, I Magenta. This baby is just my cup of tea.

  So to recap, these are AWESOMESAUCE. Also, at a fraction of the price of most Balm Stains out there, these are a real steal. They retail for $2.99, but they wear and feel like a much more expensive product. These will be available at Walgreens stores as well as online. I really can't wait to wear the rest of the colors and do some mixing too. Of course, it is no surprise that I LOOOOVE the Pink tones. But, I really do love all the colors they released and I think they will flatter a lot of different skin tones. 

Will you be on the lookout for these Jordana Twist & Shine Balm Stains? I will say this, if you were my bestie, I would tell you to run out and buy these!! 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer Ready Swatch Spam!

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Hello my loves! 

  Today I have some swatch-y spam for you guys. I've had these pics sitting in my folders for some time now.... So I figured, why not do a spam post?
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 These shades are all kinda screaming Summer to me. What are some of your favorite Summer shades? Or do you not really follow seasonal colors? Me, I kinda wear what I want, when I want. But I do tend to gravitate to Spring and Summer shades because they are always so bright and happy. 
 All of these swatches are shown with a top coat. 

LVX Nail Color in Mynt
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 Mynt by LVX is a lovely, clean Mint creme. I found the formula on this shade to be AMAZING. Normally, these types of Pastel-ish, minty greens can be a pain in the butt to apply. That was not the case with this beauty. I did Three easy coats of Mynt for my swatch. 

LVX Nail Color in Deco
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 Deco is an amazing shade of Melon-y Coral creme. I knew I would love this shade the second I unpacked it! I am a sucker for these types of colors. This shade is insanely flattering and easy to wear. I used Three thin and easy coats of Deco for my swatch. 

Zoya Gaia
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 Gaia, Gaia, Gaia... This color.. Ok.. So this color is BEAUTIFUL, stunning really... A Pearly, shimmering White with the most perfect Golden shimmer running though it. Bridal perfection... That said, this color has a horrid formula! I found it to be patchy and uneven.. I needed Four thin coats to get it to look even and opaque. Maybe layering it could remedy that problem, but it could also ruin that squishy effect... I suppose the color payoff is definitely worth the work I put into the application though. 

Essie Tart Deco
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 Tart Deco is a vivid, hot Melon-Coral shade. This shade is a more vibrant cousin to LVX Deco. The formula on this color is a little patchy, but not problematic. I used Three thin coats for my swatch. 

Zoya Sari
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 Sari is a lovely, nude Pink jelly. Colors like these are great for French manis, or just to add a healthy glow to a nakey-look. I used Three thin coats for my swatch. 

LVX Nail Color in Indigo Bleu
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 Indigo Bleu is a deep Violet-Blue creme. This shade is intenesely pigmented and very easy to apply. I could have almost done with one coat. I used Two thin coats for my swatch. 

Zoya Josie and Zoya Destiny
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 Zoya Josie is a beautiful Grass Green creme that applies like a dream. I used Two easy coats of Josie. For this look I did an accent in Zoya PixieDust in Destiny. Destiny is a hot Coral texture laced with strong Golden shimmer. I used Three thin coats of Destiny. 

  Any faves in this bunch? I am really in love with Gaia. I hate the formula on that color, but my gosh it is just beautiful! I also really loved Mynt and Deco by LVX. Though I must admit, this Summer has turned into the "Summer of the Textures" for me. I've been wearing Textures non-stop since they all started coming out! 

 What have you been wearing lately?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

O.P.I Oz the Great and Powerful Collection Swatches

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Good morning loves!! 

  Today I will be sharing my swatches of O.P.I's newest Summer Soft Shades collection which was inspired by the new film, Oz the Great and Powerful. This lovely collection is made up Three nude jellies, Three layering glitters and One new Liquid Sand shade for a total of Seven new shades.
 I will be SO very brutally honest. I was fully prepared to loathe this collection. I was ready to be all like "OMG it's so boring, the glitters suck etc". I found myself nomming on my words. I always think I will hate the Soft Shades, and I always end up enamored with them. I think it is because, while these are not colors I would normally pic for myself, they always end up looking so lovely and feminine. I can't help but enjoy the softer, healthy look these shades give my hands.

O.P.I I Theodora You
  I Theodora You is a lovely shade of soft Ballerina slipper pink jelly-creme. This color has a perfect squishy formula and applies very easily. I used Three easy coats for my swatch above.

O.P.I Lights of Emerald City over I Theodora You
 Lights of Emerald City is a blend of larger White squares and small opalescent squares suspended in a clear base. This topper is fairly easy to work with and I didn't have many issues getting the larger pieces to come out. The best thing to do is to store your bottle upside down for a little bit before application so the larger bits settle to the top of the bottle. I really love this glitter a LOT.

O.P.I Glints of Galinda
 Glints of Galinda is a really neutral beige jelly-creme. I'd say it is a sandy beige and it seems to dry just a tad darker on the nail than the color in the bottle. This shade pulled Peachy on me, which I really liked. I used Three thin coats for my swatch.

O.P.I When Monkeys Fly over O.P.I Glints of Galinda
 When Monkeys Fly is a mix of large Golden hexes and smaller Silver prismatic hexes in a clear base. This was the "problem child" of the collection for many gals. O.P.I decided to go with intentional curling (Taco Glitter) on the larger pieces, which bothered a lot of gals. Personally, I did not find the curling to be as drastic as some people made them out to be. Yes, they were slightly curved, but I did not find it to be an issue. The trickier part was getting the pieces to stay on my nail as I was applying the polish. I used more of a dabbing method to get the pieces on my nails. In the end, I really liked this glitter and I don't mind the slightly curved pieces.

O.P.I Don't Burst my Bubble 
 Don't Burst my Bubble  is a very, very light shade of Pink creme- jelly. It is practically a White jelly, with the slightest hint of Pink undertones. This was the sheerest of all, I had to do Four thin coats on this shade. That said, the formula was easy to work with and very even.

O.P.I Which is Witch? over O.P.I Don't Burst my Bubble 
 Which is Witch?  is a really lovely and twinkly blend of micro sparkles. Micro bars and slightly larger glitter Hexes in a Silver prismatic finish all suspended in a clear base. This polish is PACKED with sparkle and has a great spread of the glitter. I just love this look. It is dreamy and fantastical.

O.P.I What Wizardry is This? 
 This is the liquid sand shade that was released with this collection. What Wizardry is This? is a great shade of sparkling Bronze texture. I did not think I would enjoy this, but I do love it quite a lot. It is such a rich shade. It reminds me of coffee for some reason... Random I know haha. I used Two coats for my swatch, but I should have used a Third thin one.

  And there you have O.P.I's Oz Collection. What are your thoughts on this collection? I find these to be adorable, clean and feminine. I really ended up liking the glitters as well. I suppose it is a good thing I do not naturally gravitate to shades like these. They usually end up being unique in my stash, and that is always a good thing. If I were to only get ONE shade from this collection, it would definitely be I Theodora You.

 Which are your picks?

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