Thursday, June 30, 2016

L'oreal Too Dimensional?


Morning lovelies!

I don't have much to say beyond, this is so gorgeous! *drools over the pretty glitter* This is three coats of L'oreal Too Dimensional, it's a lavender base with a strong gold shimmer and silver micro hexes. It dries to a subtle texture finish, which is more from the chunky glitter than actual textured particles.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

#PolishMountain Glitter Addition! 160+ Coats

It kinda looks like a wave right?

Morning all!

Yeah, I did it. The moment Christine published that video, friends were tagging me in it left and right, so I decided I should put my stash to work and beat her 116 coat count. And also to give credit where credit is due, the Varnished Valkyrie is the original queen of #polishmountain, although she stopped at a mere 53 coats. Also I don't see how this is taking people so long? I got to 160 in under 4 hours easy, and that's with drying breaks and lunch.

This did help me weed out any dried out polishes from my hoard, I ended up tossing around six bottles while I was working my way through.
Beyond the whole you probably shouldn't do this in the first place, doing it in hot weather is a rather stupid idea. The polish was literally melting off the sides of my nails and not drying one lick.
I think I cheated by using glitter toppers near the end, the last 40 coats were all glitter. I gave up after 162 coats as the nail polish was literally dripping right off, my nubbins probably contributed to that, I think longer nailed ladies have it easier trying to pile more polish on.




I only took one process photo while I was still making my way through the cremes, it started doing this funky water marble!



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Monday, June 27, 2016

L'oreal Hidden Gems


Morning all~

I was making a polish run at Walgreens to see if they had any of the new Wet n Wild Nail Tints yet, and I found this lovely L'oreal on clearance for 3.98, so she had to come home with me. This is L'oreal Hidden Gems, it's a deep indigo with sapphire and silver mini hex glitter, and it dries to a textured finish. This is three coats, and it has an awesome wear time, but textured polishes always tend to wear well. 



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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Keeva Tea Tree Oil Serum



Morning all!

In the past I would make sure to use a serum every night,  usually something with hyaluronic acid or retinol, but lately my skincare routine has gotten extremely basic, I usually just use some jojoba oil and that's it.

Not all serums play nice with jojoba oil, I've had quite a few that rub off in weird little patches, I suppose it's just the oil not blending well with whichever serum I'm using that night. I've also been using 100% tea tree oil to treat any spots, but that can be a bit too harsh for nightly use, so I was intrigued by this serum by Keeva, they were kind enough to send it over for me to test. 
It came in a pretty green glass bottle with a encased dropper, the serum itself is extremely watery, and doesn't have much of a scent. The number one ingredient is actually water, then tea tree oil, my hunch is this serum is very diluted. I'm accustomed to using straight tea tree oil so I wasn't too impressed, but I'm sure with continued use this would improve my overall complexion. I'll keep this lovely container on my vanity because it's cute, but I wouldn't shell out fifteen bucks for this watery mixture.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

What's up buttercup? + some snapshots of the past week



Morning all!

I feel like the past couple weeks have been insanely busy, but in reality I've not gotten much done :/ I'm lagging behind on reviews so this weekend is going to be spent playing catch up, and probably wasting time playing Agario (I never got into CandyCrush but I've become completely addicted to this).

reading: Every Day by David Leviathan
listening to:
watching: Akikan!
eating: tim tams and chex mix
on my nails: Mmmmm doughnuts
wearing: yoga pants and t-shirts
slices of the internet: this creative way to remove polish
looking forward to: Rose City Comic Con
planning on: posting a toothbrush makeup brush review soon
playing: waaay to much agario
feeling: worn out

goodies from an Asian bakery in Portland

playing around with fairy lights and my tea fixings

found this lil guy at the beach

beautiful day in Depoe Bay

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Nail Art Alphabet

A is for Acetone

Evening all!

This post has been a long time coming, un-surprisingly it was tough to come up with a nail art technique for every letter of the alphabet, I cheated a bit on a couple letters, but this was a lot of fun to pull together! And be sure to check out the accounts of these awesome nail artists to see more of their work.


B is for Bubble Nails

C is for Creme

D is for Dry Brushing
A video posted by Ard As Nails (@ardasnailsuk) on

E is for Emery Boards! 

A photo posted by R. B. Pillay (@rbpillay) on
F is for Fish Tails
G is for Gradient 

H is for Holographic 

I is for Ikat 

A photo posted by Chalkboard Nails (Sarah) (@chalkboardnails) on
J is for Jelly 

K is for Konad 

L is Louboutin Tips

A photo posted by Катя Самбука (@miss_saambuuka) on
M is for Monarch Wings 

A photo posted by Kasey Brenelle (@kaseybrenelle) on
N is for Nubbins! 

O is for One Stroke

P is for Pond Mani 

Q is for Quilted Nails 

R is for Ruffian Nails 

S is for Shattered Nails 

T is for Textured 

U is for UV Gel 

W is for Watermarble 

X is for X's and O's 

A photo posted by Heather @ Gossip Salon Studios (@heathertellez) on
Y is for Yellow Nails (my least used color) 

A photo posted by heart-nails_Ire_nee (@heartnails_ire_neee) on
And Z is for Zebra Print! 

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Mmmmm doughnuts


Morning all!

I have another yummy mani using the Bundle Monster plate BM-614, it's so hard to find a plate where I love every single image. I'm thinking on using the cats next, so keep an eye out!
I'm not fond of how this color combo looks, too 80's for me. I should have gone with a different glitter topper, but c'est la vie.

Mani Ingredients
Wet n Wild Megalast Candid Affair
L.A Colors Speckled
Salon Perfect Oh Snap!
BM-614


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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Milk & Cookie Cravings


Morning all!

I'm trying to stay positive with these shorty nails by using my smaller stamping images, before the chop I was never be able to use a lot of my bundle monster full nail images because they were too short to cover my whole nail, but I can utilize them now that I'm in the nubbin club.

Mani ingredients
Spoiled Visually Slimming
Forever 21 unnamed crelly
Wet n Wild Top Coat
BM-614

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Monday, June 13, 2016

8 Fictional Characters That Give Me Serious Nail Envy

Morning all!

While watching tv, nail art always jumps out at me, I just saw Alice Through The Looking Glass in theaters and I loved the white queen's black chevron tips, I'll definitely be trying them soon! And I've always wanted to get my hands on a bottle of Ironic Taffy~

Here are some awesome designs or just impressive nails from movies of the past:

Yubaba from Spirited Away

Rin from Free!

Drusilla from BTVS

Gossamer has some lovely black and yellow french tips :P

Effie Trinket from Hunger Games

                                   
                                   I wish painting my nails is as easy as that looks

Sugalite from Steven Universe

Spike from BTVS (maybe he got his style from Dru?)
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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Shimmering Creme Floral


Morning all!

I've decided to start trying bolder color combos, I feel like my colors schemes have been pretty blah lately, so today I put together two radically different shades, and I think it turned out gorgeous!

I have the neon pink Salon Perfect Oh Snap! and a teal shimmer; Wet n Wild Wild Shine Caribbean Frost. I stamped with BC-08 and finished it off with Wet n Wild Shiny Top Coat.



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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Hey nubbins, long time no see


Morning all!

This is my first mani after the big chop, it feels so strange having short nails, I haven't had them this short in over a year! It's kinda nice to start fresh again, I'm constantly being asked how I got them so long, so I can take this as an oppurtunity to you guys how I grew them out without any breaks (at least until now). But I'll have to totally change how I take my mani pics, I have a lot less to work with now, haha.

Mani ingredients:
Color Club Cloud Nine
OPI Alpine Snow
BC-08
Wet n Wild Top Coat

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

DIY Instant Makeup Brush Cleanser


Morning all! 

I bought the ingredients for this many moons ago, but somehow the plastic bag got lost in my closet, which I found a couple days ago while I was cleaning! So I decided I'd better put together the cleanser asap before I lose the stuff again...

I'm terrible at cleaning my makeup brushes, I don't wash them nearly enough, which is probably not the best way to treat my poor skin.
A ton of sprayable makeup brush cleansers have come onto the market recently, usually around 10 bucks for a tiny bottle!
I looked through the ingredients and watched a bunch of different tutorials, took the ingredients I thought were the most useful, and came up with this mixture!

I used one part water and one part rubbing alcohol, a splash of baby shampoo, and about a teaspoon of conditioner, then mixed it together in this old e.l.f makeup setting spray container.

As you can see below, it worked really well! My brushes weren't as clean as when I go all out with warm water and soap, but it's a great improvement, and it'll be nice for in between washings. It has just enough soap to get to lift the makeup from the bristles, but not enough that you have to rinse them.



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Monday, June 6, 2016

R.I.P


Morning all!

This has been a long time coming, I've been babying a break for over a week, I've used a ton of nail glue, tried multiple times to save it with the tea bag method, but alas it was to no avail, it snapped clean off :( :( :( Even painting these cute purple stripes didn't help me feel better.

my exact thought process right now

I shortened my surviving nails to make it look a bit less funky, but the length difference is driving me crazy, and it's going to take a good two months before I get any length back.....

What do you ladies think, deal with the length difference and grow it out, or chop them so they're even?

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

What's up buttercup?


reading: IQ 83 by Arthur Herzog 
listening to: Toothbrush by DNCE
watching: GoT
eating: tim tams
drinking: jasmine tea
buying: a new swimsuit (still waiting on it to arrive in the mail)
liking: these stripy nails by Glowstars,
finding: this dinosaur print cc creme,
wanting: this concealer for the gorgeous packaging,
on my nails: they're bare because I'm mourning a broken nail....
wearing: sundresses,
looking forward to: swimming all day today :)
planning on: making a diy brush cleanser,
working on: catching up on blog posts,
playing: skyrim
feeling: way overheated, it's almost in the 100's