Tuesday, September 30, 2014

OPI Nordics Viking in a Vinter Vonderland swatches

Hello Lovelies!

I'm swatching OPI Viking in a Vinter Vonderland today, and yes I did mostly get it because of the punny name. I was thinking about also getting Skating on Thin Iceland, but I thought the color was too similar to this one to justify buying it


This is three coats, I think if I let the first dry a bit longer I could've done two, but it dragged and caused bald spots near my cuticles so I went with three. It's a deep eggplant purple creme with a dull finish, and I'm wearing topcoat to give it some shine. I painted an accent nail with Sephora by OPI G-listen to Your Heart; I used two coats. There was a bit of bubbling on my middle nail when I took pictures, but somehow they worked their way out after a couple of hours.


Thanks for reading!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pusheen Eating Pie Nail Art Tutorial

Hello Lovelies!

I have a tutorial for you guys today! I found this gif of Pusheen a while back and thought it was just too cute, and I had to make some nail art for it!





And guess what? I even made a video tutorial on how to create them! Although I warn you, this is the first nail video I've made in ages so it's a little rough, but I hope you get the gist of it!

                        

Polishes I used:

Wet n Wild Wild Shine Clear Nail Protector, Black Creme, & French White Creme,
Color Fever Petites Seashell & Vintage Gray,
NYC In A New York Color Minute Sidewalkers & Heat Wave,
Lotus Herbals Colour Dew Copper Gold,
e.l.f Desert Haze & Smoky Brown,
The Color Workshop unnamed,
and W119.

Thanks for reading!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up

Hello Lovelies!

Here's what I've been doing lately:

Reading: Lord of the flies by William Golding,
Watching: Hetalia, Doctor Who, Skin Wars, Kill La Kill,
Listening to: Fall Out Boy,
Wearing: sweaters and fuzzy socks,
Drinking: dandelion tea,
Eating: bbq potato chips,
Buying: some new polishes for my upcoming nail challenge,
Finding: this online store where everything is a dollar,
Liking: these gorgeous mermaid tights,
Wanting: to try out this neat roll cake recipe,
Blogs I've been reading: Not Entirely Perfect, 9th Princess,
 Froschstuetzpunkt,
Color on my nails: light pink,
Looking forward to: the new season of Supernatural and the premier of Nail'd it!

Thanks for reading!




Friday, September 26, 2014

No use crying over spilt milk

Hello Lovelies!

It's been almost two weeks since I did some serious nail art, and that's just disgraceful! I've been in a cutesy pastel mood, and these cute erasers fit that theme perfectly! I started with three coats of Essie Ballet Slippers and then let that dry completely before I moved onto the nail art.


I used a detailing brush to freehand all the cookies, and then outlined them with black acrylic paint to make them pop against the pink base. I used the detailing brush to add the chocolate chips, and then started on my milk carton!
I doodled out the carton on some scrap paper before I attempted painting him, I actually had to look up some images to get the lines and proportions right.
And finally I matted everything with NYC In A New York Color Minute Matte Me Crazy, and I'm glad I did because I think it looks fantastic!




Polishes I used:

e.l.f Desert Haze & Smoky Haze,
Color Mates Little Blue Box,
Wet n Wild Wild Shine French White Creme & Black Creme,
Essie Ballet Slippers,
NYC In A New York Color Minute Matte Me Crazy,
and black acrylic paint.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

New Alphabet Nail Art Challenge & Polish Stash List

Hello Lovelies!

I have two exciting things to tell ya about today! First off, I've been wanting to do a nail art challenge for a while now, and I think I've finally landed on a theme that I love!
I'm doing a nail art challenge going down the alphabet! So I'll start with a polish that starts with a, then the next day b, (so first use Pure Ice A-list then Wet n Wild Bubblegum etc). And since normal people don't have a polish for every letter of the alphabet, if you're missing letters you can do some nail art for the letter instead, (apple, bat, cat, you get it right?). I want to avoid doing a mani everyday since that can get exhausting, but if I stretch it out too long it'll take ages, since we have 26 letters to get through! So I'm thinking posting a mani every other day and starting this near the beginning of October, if you'd be interested in joining me in this nail challenge leave me a comment!

Secondly, I'm going to be creating a page on the blog of my polish stash! I'm going to be sorting it by brand, and if I have swatches of a polish, I'll add links to the post next to each polish. It'll take a while to put together since I have quite a few polishes, but once I get it up and running, if you see a polish on the list you'd like to see swatched or want to know anything about it, tell me and I'll swatch it up! I'll also add in which are good for stamping, if they're one or two coaters, if they're dupes, etc.

Thanks for reading my rambly post, and tell me what you think of these two new ideas of mine!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Why Cold Cream Rocks

Hello Lovelies!

First off sorry for my random absence of almost a week, I had a ton of stuff pop up all at once, and my bloggie fell to the wayside momentarily. I've been itching to write up a post about this for ages, and since I don't have any nail art lined up I'm finally writing it! So here's six reasons I adore my cold cream:

1. It takes off all your makeup, even the waterproof mascaras and liners,
2. It doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy, although I wipe mine off with a wet washcloth instead of tissues like the tub recommends,
3. It doesn't dry your skin out like other cleansers, so you can use it day and night easily!
4. It's very hydrating, I'm sometimes able to skip using moisturizer after slathering this on,
5. It's pretty cheap and comes in a huge tub that lasts a very long time,
6. And finally it has a lovely rose scent that I love!


I pick mine up at Wal-mart and it's 3-4 dollars for this big tub. This is an older brand so it's cheaper than say Ponds cold cream, but it does the job just as well!

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Essence Colour & Go you wow'd me again swatches

Hello Lovelies!

I have a gorgeous duo-chrome for you today! This is two coats of Essence colour & go you wow'd me again. This is a really vibrant duo-chrome, it goes from a blueberry purple outside to navy blue inside, and also looks almost green in some lights!



I didn't want to detract from the awesome color shifting of this polish, so I went with some sparse nail art. I used a detail brush and acrylic white paint to create this loose geometric pattern, and finished off with the usual coat of Wet n Wild Wild Shine clear nail protector.




Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Nails that look like fish bait?

Hello Lovelies!

Even more glitter today! I'm swatching rue beaute! Candy Confetti 070 today.


I've been very surprised by the quality of Rue 21's polishes, usually store brand polishes are horrible, but I love these to pieces! I have a couple of their layered polishes, and I just got this one. This is three coats, and it's a fluorescent neon yellow with bright blue hex glitters. It dries matte, but I used a shiny topcoat.



My mother kept insisting that this polish looks exactly like Power-bait, and since we were going to the store, I sneakily snapped this picture in the fishing department, I guess it does look like fish bait, haha.


Thanks for reading!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

L.A Colors Color Craze Fruity swatches

Hello Lovelies!

I'm swatching another L.A Colors polish today, L.A Colors Color Craze Fruity!


Fruity has neon yellow, hot pink, and lime hex glitters in a clear base, this is one coat but I had to fish a bit to get the glitters where I wanted them. I layered it over an unnamed Wet n Wild polish, and I used two coats of it. And then since all glitter looks better matted, I finished it off with a coat of NYC in a new york color minute Matte Me Crazy. This was a major pain to take off, I wasn't expecting much trouble since I didn't coat the glitter on that thickly, but it was a stinker to get off. I've been in a glittery mood lately, and since I usually dedicate the entire month of October to Halloween manis, I'm going to have a lot of glitter in the last half of September!


Thanks for reading!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Argan oil hair mask review

Hello Lovelies!

I'm reviewing some products from InstaNatural today!
I've been using their Argan oil hair mask and Premium Hydration serum for the past week, and I've actually seen a big difference after using them!



Ok first thing off, the hair mask smells heavenly, it's a really hard to describe scent, and I've never smelled anything like it! It smells like a combination of orange, brown sugar, almonds, and lemon. Whatever it is, I love it! And the scent hangs onto your hair after rinsing the mask out, so your hair smells lovely afterwards too! Ok, enough about what it smells like, the tub says you can either use it twice a week, or as a regular conditioner every day. I've been using it every time I wash my hair, and it really does moisturize my hair and leave it feeling super soft and sleek. I have very thick and long hair, so I usually have to use an insane amount of conditioner just to get it all the way through my hair, but with this I can get away with using way less which is a plus for me.

The second product InstaNatural sent me was a Hyaluronic Acid Serum that they threw in along with the hair mask as a last minute add on. The biggest claim of this serum is it helps your skin retain moisture, and help your lotions and creams soak in faster. I think it does help creams to soak in faster, I use a generic unscented lotion every morning and night after using toner, so I use this in-between toner and the lotion. I feel like it makes it soak in faster, but it's nothing very exciting.

Thanks for reading!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Color Club Cosmic Fate swatches

Hello Lovelies!

I finally got my hands on a holographic polish, and I now get the hype about them!


This is Color Club cosmic fate, and just wow...., the difference between in the sun and in the shade is ginormous! In the shade Cosmic Fate is a pale copper, but in the sun it's just dazzling!
This is two coats, and I didn't use any topcoat because I've heard that it can dull the holo effect. Now that I've been enlightened to how wonderful holos are, I'm certainly going to be on the lookout for more!






Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

L.A Colors Color Craze candy sprinkles stamped nail art

Hello Lovelies!

I have lifted my boycott of L.A Colors Color Craze polishes, I'd had three or four polish brushes separate from their lids, so I  haven't bought any in ages. But I've seen a ton of positive posts/swatches lately, and then I found this pretty polish, so I figured I'd give them another go, and they are pretty cheap so there's not much to lose.


This is L.A Colors Color Craze candy sprinkles, I took my original pics way to late in the day yesterday and my lighting was horrific, but I didn't realize how bad it was until this morning, so these are day two pics, I hope I didn't bang them up too bad overnight!
Candy sprinkles has red, blue, green, white, yellow, and purple glitters in all sizes in a bubblegum pink creme base. This is two coats, and it dried super fast! The pink looks totally different in the bottle, it turned out way darker on the nail. These scream for animal cracker nail art, don't they?


I stamped with Konad white and Pueen 65, and then finished up with a coat of Wet n Wild wild shine clear nail protector.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The man in the moon

Hello Lovelies!

I have some kite inspired nail art today! I bought this kite a couple months ago at a thriftshop to hang on my wall, and while trying to figure out what I wanted to paint today, I realized it would make a interesting nail design!


I started with a white base, sponged a watercolor-y gradient on top, and then outlined the moon in white with a detail brush. I don't really like doing designs that stretch over more than one nail since I'm not good at balancing my proportions out, but I think this turned out alright! 


I used a dotting tool for the planets and dots, and the detail brush again for the stars and features of the moon. I also free-handed "The Man In The Moon" on my thumb in pink with a striping brush.



Here's the polishes I used:

Wet n Wild Wild Shine french white creme & clear nail protector,
Wet n Wild Megalast candy-licious & violet attack,
NYC in a new york color minute MoMa,
L.A Colors Color Craze static electricity,
a sponge,
detail brush,
dotting tool,
and a striping brush.

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Weekly wrap up

Hello Lovelies!

Here's what I've been doing lately:

Reading: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers,
Watching: Sailor Moon, Hetalia, Doctor Who,
Listening to: All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor,
Wearing: EOS strawberry lip balm,
Buying: Some holographic polishes!,
Drinking: dandelion root tea,
Eating: bbq potato chips,
Color on my nails right now: white,
Wanting: this calcifer frying pan,
I'm gonna: get the stuff to make these crystals,
Liking: these adorable lipglosses,
Blogs I've been reading: Kerry's Nerdy Habitat, Unghie per passione, Holy Grail Nails,

Thanks for reading!




Friday, September 5, 2014

Karen's Got a Gun nail art

Hello Lovelies!

I'm using an untried today, this is Color Mate's Karen's Got a Gun. Honestly, I got this mostly because of the name, but after seeing it on my nails I realized that I don't have any green polishes anything like this!


This is three coats, Karen's Got a Gun is a dusty camouflage green creme with a normal dry time. I would've only used two coats but I banged my nails on my desk no less than three times so I had to keep going in and touching up things. Do you ever have days where you just keep banging/scraping your nails up on stuff before they dry?


I free-handed some flowery pinwheel things with black acrylic paint, and finished up with Wet n Wild Wild Shine clear nail protector.


Thanks for reading!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pastel Louboutin tips

Hello Lovelies!

I've taken ages to get around to trying these nails out, and I was reminded of them when I heard about the new Louboutin polishes that recently came out. I snagged Essie ballet slippers at Big Lots for a buck, and since I've been itching to use it, I went with pastel shades for today's mani.


Looks pretty boring right? Well there's a pop of color on the underside! I used Pure Ice home run for the undersides, and since I have pretty long nails I just free-handed it straight onto the nail. I had looked around for a tutorial on these since I couldn't figure out how to do them without making a ginormous mess, but I couldn't find anyone who did them on natural nails! I tried to be as careful as possible while applying polish on the underside, but still ended up with quite a bit of cleanup.
I think the trick is cleaning up while the polish is still wet, and use a stiff brush so you don't accidentally hit the nail itself and smudge the paint.



The glitter I used is Revlon whimsical, it's a pink, blue, and purple hex glitter in a milky blue base, and it tinted ballet slippers very nicely.
I applied topcoat to the underside of my nails as well, and wore these for a week with no wear which totally surprised me.







Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

August book list

Hello Lovelies!

The first of the month has come and passed (whoops!), so here's my monthly book roundup!


Lovely Complex by Aya Kanno

I'm now on volume five of the series, and still having just as much fun reading them, in this volume Risa and her gang go on a trip into the city, and Risa is trying to screw up her courage to tell Otani how she feels, but it's going to be a rocky road for sure!

Magnificent Vibration by Rick Springfield

Just by reading the description, I knew I was in for a pretty strange book, but I think underestimated the weirdness of this one. Bobby has just been kicked out the house by his ex-girlfriend and is feeling like the world is out to get him. A self-help book mysteriously falls into his life (well actually he steals it from a book shop, but that sounds nicer doesn't it?), and it has a 1-800 number scrawled on the inside cover, which he calls, because why not right? He discovers he has a direct line to the big guy upstairs, who surprisingly sounds more like a bitter teenager than the hellfire and brimstone he was expecting. And yes somehow it gets stranger, he encounters a nun, a giant, and ends up meeting Nessie, or rather what he thinks is Nessie. I rather enjoyed this, although I think the author could of have dialed back the crude humor, which was about 75% of the book.

Vixen by Jillian Larkin

Vixen bounces between the POV's of Clara, Gloria, and Lorraine, and is set in the flapper scene of the roaring twenties. I love books set in the 20's, and this didn't disappoint! Clara had fallen into a shady crowd of bootleggers, flappers, and mafia owned speakeasies, and is trying to become (or at least pretend to), the goody-two shoes farm girl she used to be and help her cousin Gloria with her upcoming wedding. But Gloria is determined to become a fabulous flapper, along with Lorraine who is tired of hiding in Gloria's shadow and who wants her own piece of the action. It's a thrilling balancing act, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

If you've been reading my weekly wrap ups, you'll know how long I've been reading this thing. It's not that it was difficult or tiring to read, I just kept putting it down and getting distracted by other books! The Grapes of Wrath is set during the dust bowl migration of the great depression, and chronicles the lives of the Joad family. When I did get around to sitting down with the book, I really enjoyed it, and I honestly I wasn't expecting to, just because I usually don't enjoy the classics nearly as much as my newer books. And I think I learned way more about the Dust Bowl from this than anything else I've read!

Reckless by Julia Funke

Jacob has been going through his deceased father's mirror into another world for years, he's a treasure hunter who tracks down pieces for the wealthy of the other world. He has gingerbread from witches houses, Rapunzel hairs, a shape-shifting fox as a companion, and a little brother, William, who's never gone through the mirror. But that changes one day, and he brings a girl with him. William gets cursed by a fairy, and is slowly changing into something else, and Clara, the girl, and Jacob must save him. I didn't notice the brothers names until halfway through the book (duh), so maybe they're the Grimm brothers, or some distant relation of them? I love fairytale re-tellings, and this put some new darker spins on some of my favorite fairytales.

Thanks for reading, and tell me below if you want to read any of these!