Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I must not tell lies

Hello Lovelies!

I've had in my head that I've done tons of Harry Potter nail art, but apparently the last time I had some on my nails was way back in 2012! Don't know how on earth I managed to go so long without, but I'm remedying that today! I had the wonderful idea of combining Dolores Umbridge and "On Wednesdays We Wear Pink", because she is the mean girl of Harry Potter if there ever was one.


My main pink is China Glaze Naked, the floral stamping is Orly Razzleberry and the image is from the St. Merry Gogo Only plate.
I stamped some kittens because of those creepy cats in her office, those were done with BM-723 and Pure Ice Scandal.
My ring finger is a mixture of China Glaze Oxygen and Petites Color Fever Seashell, I freehanded "I must not tell lies" with my new Born Pretty brushes, and Jesse's Girl Running Wild (a fitting name for this mani, right?).
She wears a couple clunky obnoxious necklaces throughout the movie, so I threw some random pearl and gem stickers on as a last minute addition.




I'm rather pleased with how these turned out, my wording bled a bit when I topcoated, but I think that actually added to it. Who's your favorite villain from the Harry Potter universe?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Ghibli Universe Nail Art with Born Pretty Nail Art Brushes

Hello Lovelies!

I was sent some snazzy new nail art brushes to try out from Born Pretty, and since I've been on a Studio Ghibli kick lately, I freehanded some various creatures from the Ghibli universe to test them out.



Right to left is a soot sprite holding a chunk of coal, No-Face, Calcifer, the mini forest sprites from My Neighbor Totoro, and Totoro himself. They were inspired by this doodle I found on tumblr. My base is China Glaze Oxygen with a very thin layer of China Glaze Liquid Crystal dabbed over. The creatures were done with a mixture of polish and acrylic, and I finished off with a shiny topcoat.





Here are the brushes themselves, there are two liners, a square brush, and a short detailer, that's the one I used for these nails. I did all my detailing with that one brush, the only other thing I used was a dotting tool for Calcifer's eyes. I love the floral pattern on the handles, and they came with protective plastic tips so they won't get banged up in my nail accessory case. The bristles cleaned up very nicely with nail polish remover. I think these will be a wonderful addition to my nail art arsenal! Here's a link to their product page if ya wanna check them out. And here's a 10% off code just for you: ALBK31

Thanks for visiting with me!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Peek into my week

Hello Lovelies!

Here's what I've been up to lately:

Reading: The Witch by Jean Thompson,
Watching: Supernatural, Gravity Falls, Steven Universe, Shinsekai Yori,
Listening to: THE FAKE,
Song stuck in my head: Popdanthology 2013 mash up,
Wearing: my Nyo!America cosplay to OMSI,
Working on: just starting my cosplay for Wendy from Gravity Falls,
On my nails: random Ghibli creatures and swimsuits on the other hand, (I'm mismatched like always),
Eating: rainbow sherbert and pizza,
Drinking: sparkling cider,
Buying: last minute birthday presents and lots of exciting thrifty-ness,
Liking: that this weekend is 75' and up!
Disliking: that our car doesn't have AC, besides that, love these sunny days,
Planning on: using this guy for nail inspiration,
Finding: this gorgeous gradient,
Playing: Portal 2,
Interesting slices of the internet I've found: B Nailed To Perfection, The Beauty Of Nail Polish, Halfway To Hipster,

What have you lovelies been up to this past week? 




Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mish mash of a skin routine

Hello Lovelies!

Snooping through other people's skin routines is always entertaining for me, so I figured why not do one of my one? Now it's not so much of a routine as a grab bag, I'm pretty irregular about what I use everyday. But these are the ones I reach for most frequently!


Starting from the left, Freeman's Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask! It's a super thick mask as you can see below,you can use it as a normal exfoliator, and then since it's made of sugar, once the sugar dissolves you can leave the remaining mixture on your skin as a mask for ten minutes before rinsing it off. I usually just use it as a scrub and skip the mask part though. Secondly is their Avocado & Oatmeal Facial Clay Mask. This one is also very thick, and it's tinted pale green. It feels cool on your skin and has a faint smell to it, not an avocado scent, more of a cucumber. You let this one dry until you can touch it and have your fingertip come away clean, then rinse it off with warm water.
I really love this one for when I'm feeling grimy, it does leave your skin feeling a bit tight and squeaky clean, but I like that in a cleanser occasionally.



The last two on the end are from #Bioque! I actually just started using these, I was sent them for review about a month ago. The first is a cleanser, their Gentle Purifying Skin Cleanser. It has an intriguing feel, it's almost creamy but it suds up very nicely like a normal soap cleanser. It has orange peel oil in it, so it has a lovely citrus scent to it which will help wake you up in the morning! Listed in the ingredients is also caffeine in it, but I've never really believed that does much of anything when it's in lotions and potions. Since I hadn't heard anything about this brand before, I took some pics of the ingredient lists is anyone cares to peruse them.
Then there's the Acid Free Facial Skin Refinisher, I'm sure they were trying to re-assure you with the acid free part, but pairing that with skin refinisher makes it sound a little scary right? I wasn't sure what to expect from the name, but it's just an exfoliator. It also has orange peel oil in it, it's scrubby particles are nice and small so it's easy to use, I hate when they have those big beads and too much cleanser, so you end up chasing them around with your fingertips and not getting much scrubbing in at all.



I've already done a post extolling this cold cream, but I figured I'd throw it in anyway. I use it with my little off brand cleansing brush, I found it at Big Lots for eight bucks, and I was able to get a couple packs of the replacements brush heads for it, so I was able to get myself set up for pretty cheap! I like using the cold cream with it because it gets up all my makeup and leaves my skin feeling super soft.



What's your skin routine like? Thanks for visiting with me!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mini Posts: Blue China Stamping

Hello Lovelies!

I have a bit of tip wear in these pics, I bet you won't believe how long these nails stood up for! I painted them Thursday before I left for the con, and took these Monday because I'd somehow totally spaced out on taking pics. Pretty impressive wear right?




Polishes I used:

NYC In A New York Color Minute Robin's Egg Blue,
China Glaze First Mate and Luxe & Lush.

Thanks for visiting with me!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Cosplay pics from Cherry City Comic Con

Hello Lovelies!

I haven't had a good old fashioned picture dump in quite awhile, and since I have tons of pics from Cherry City Comic Con last weekend, I thought I'd share some with you!
I pulled out Nyotalia!England for day one, and then I wore my new TARDIS outfit for the first time on day two.

Tardis (a.k.a me) and the 11th Doctor

Me as Nyo!England

Cecil Baldwin

River Song and 11th Doctor

11th Doctor

Beaker was a judge for the costume contest!

Aurora and Catwoman

A magnificent Evil Queen and me

I found my double!

Wirt from Over The Garden Wall

Jasmine, Cinderlla, and Snow White

Stevonnie from Steven Universe

The cutest little Chihiro from Spirited Away

The awesome Denmark

Mad Hatter

Mad Hatter stole her lollipop

Sailor Moon!

I'll post some pics of the goodies I got in my next weekly wrap up, thanks for visiting with me!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lilla Rose Flexi-Clip Review & Giveaway

Hello Lovelies!

I seem to be on a roll with these hair posts lately, haha. I've finally found something that I can put my hair up in a bun with besides my trusty spin pins! A couple weeks ago the lovely Elizabeth (she's an independent consultant for Lilla Rose), asked if I'd like to review and give away a Flexi-Clip to my readers, and since I love trying out new doodads, I jumped at the chance!

The Flexi-Clip is a beaded wire clasp that's shaped like a figure eight, they're actually made of piano wire so they're very sturdy! I'm wearing the Antique Brass clip in extra large, they come in tons of different sizes so they'll work for thick and thin hair. I found this handy tutorial for the twisty bun I'm sporting, and this youtube channel is full of pretty ways to use them.
I wore my hair up in this bun all day and it didn't budge an inch, and it was comfortable to wear too, I just hate it when I get the perfect looking bun but I have a pin poking me somewhere and I have to undo it and start over.
It came in the pretty paper sachet below, I thought that was a nice touch!




It only takes me around a minute to get my hair twisted and pinned up, it's great when I'm in a rush but don't want to wear my usual boring ponytail. 
Enter in the rafflecopter below for the chance to win one of these pretty pins! Sorry but this is US only, and be sure to read the terms and conditions!

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