Sunday, April 26, 2015

It was an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka-dot bikini

Hello Lovelies!

I'm reviewing some water decals I was sent by Born Pretty today! I'd actually never used water decals before, they were way easier to use than I thought they'd be, I thought you had to press them onto your nails like a tattoo, haha.
I started with a base of China Glaze Sunset Sail and a thin coat of China Glaze Luxe & Lush, I'm really loving all the iridescent glitters at the moment. After applying the decals I finished it off with topcoat. 




The decals came in this cute little package, there are 30 decals total on one little sheet. I'm looking forward to using these for beachy manis later this summer! Here's the link if you want to check these out. And here's a 10% off code just for you: ALBK31

Thanks for visiting with me!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Peek into my week

Hello Lovelies!

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

Reading: Norwegian fairy tales,
Watching: Malcom in the Middle, OHSHC, Steven Universe, Say You're In Love, Supernatural,
Listening to: Tapping Beats,
Wearing: my backpack/purse,
On my nails: happy slices of watermelon,
Buying: one of the L.A Colors Gel Finish polishes,
Eating: mushroom udon noodles,
Drinking: pomegranate black tea,
Liking: this absolutely amazing cosplay from Fantasia,
Finding: this Hermione headcannon,
Playing: Portal 2,
Slices of the internet I've stumbled onto: Halfway To Hipster, Natalie Patalie, Woods of Bell Trees,
Making: plans for a Lapis Lazuli cosplay and revamping my Aph Hungary,
Song stuck in my head: The Last Goodbye,

Thanks for visiting with me!





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. https://www.giveawayservice.com/p/c0f5a1d0/c9b4c7e0



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.

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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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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

As free as a bird, as neat as a word

Hello Lovelies!

About a month ago, I won a stamping plate of my choice from Beautometry from Newsie Nail Novice's blogiversary giveaway.
I chose Messy Mansion plate MM-14, it's my first Messy Mansion plate too!

Since I have my new peel off base coat, I went crazy with the glitter; I used three coats of Color Club Savoy Nights. I love this bird cage stamp, they got a little wavy when I stamped them, but they're still pretty cute!




The accent nails are two coats of China Glaze Oxygen, it's an off white creme that has brownish undertones. I was surprised that I got away with only two coats, usually China Glaze's whites and nudes are really sheer. I stamped with Sinful Colors Black On Black, I've almost gone through this bottle, I'll have to get a new one soon!



Thanks for visiting with me!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Peek into my week

Hello Lovelies!

Here's what I've been up to:

Reading: The Witch by Jean Thompson,
Watching: Supernatural, Steven Universe, Toradora, Tokyo Ghoul,
Song stuck in my head: I can't help myself,
Wanting: Maleficium,
Finding: this awesome TARDIS dress,
Making: my own TARDIS outfit for Cherry City Comic Con,
Buying: a new swim top,
On my nails: China Glaze Japanese Koi (a.k.a holy cow that's orange!),
Wearing: my flip flops now that's it finally warming up,
Eating: homemade lasagna,
Drinking: black pekoe tea,
Interesting slices of the internet I've found: Jennie Shaw, @sentinailsxo, Drugstores & Dragons,
Planning on: making/painting some heels like this,
Playing: Chrono Wars,

Thanks for visiting with me!



Friday, April 3, 2015

China Glaze Japanese Koi (a.k.a holy cow that's orange)

Hello Lovelies!

This has to be the brightest polish I've ever worn, while I was digging through the clearance at Sally's the neon bottle popped out at me from way back in the messy rack, and I snagged it along with the rest of my haul.
I used a base of Wet n Wild Wild Shine French White Creme as "undies" and then went with two coats of China Glaze Japanese Koi plus topcoat.


If it's even possible this polish is way brighter irl, it was pretty overcast when I took these pics. I now understand the neon craze, this is very fun to wear out and about! It has great wear time so far too, I'm on day four and not a chip to be seen!




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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Arvazallia Argan & Macadamia Oil Hair Line Review

Hello Lovelies!

I have very thick long hair as you might remember from my last hair post, and it gets oily pretty fast so I'm always on the hunt for the perfect shampoo that'll work for me. I was offered some of Arvazallia's (that's a mouthful isn't it?) hair line to try out, and at first I was kinda iffy since the whole line is infused with argan and macadamia oils, because why add more oil to my already oily prone hair?
But I decided to give them a spin because I keep hearing all sorts of wonderful things about using argan oil to moisturize your hair.



I've started off by using the shampoo and conditioner together by themselves for a couple days, I was hoping that they would have a macadamia scent to them (macadamia is up there with almond in my favorite scents), but they both have a very faint soapy smell to them, nothing nutty whatsoever.
Which is nice if you want to use just one with your regular shampoo or conditioner, having two different strongly scented products can leave your hair smelling kinda funky.
I love the shampoo, you know how most shampoos say "use a quarter sized amount for your hair"? Well I can actually do that with this, which really surprised me! It suds up very nicely and leaves my hair feeling super clean.
A little conditioner goes a long way too, but it doesn't leave my hair feeling heavy or weighed down. I started using one of Lush's shampoo bars a couple weeks ago and since they're very clarifying I love using this conditioner to put the moisture back into my hair.



Now the Argan Oil Hair Treatment smells heavenly, love that macadamia scent. Using it after the conditioner seemed like a little overkill to me, so I use this just after shampooing. It comes in a nice little glass jar with a pump, the color reminds me a bit of popcorn kernel oil though, haha. And totally unrelated to my hair, but after I finished working this through my damp hair, it left my hands feeling crazy soft and moisturized.



And finally the hair mask! This is their Hydrating Argan Oil Mask, the packaging recommends you to use it after roughly towel drying your hair in place of conditioner, and letting it sit in your hair for around seven minutes before rinsing it out. It's a very thick mask, so I used quite a small dab of it, and I applied it to my hair starting chin down because of my oily roots. It left my hair incredibly sleek and moisturized, but again like the conditioner not weighed down at all.
I've linked each product where I mentioned it if you wanna check their pages out, have you ever tried any hair products like these before?

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