Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Nails: Love & Beauty, Teal

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♥ Love & Beauty Teal (2 coats)
♥ Seche Vite Top Coat (1 coat)

I got this nail polish for $.49, which is pretty exciting for me ;) I bought it some time in December when Forever 21 was having a "50% off clearance" sale. I picked up about a dozen shades since the price was right. The shades had different names online but when they arrived they were all labeled in a generic way (Teal, Pink, Purple, etc). Even though this was a clearance item I'm sure you can find a similar shade in their extensive line of blues & greens. There's this one also named Teal, but their online swatch is a little misleading (if it's even the same polish). They're $2.80 each at full price.

And now here's some miscellaneous ugly junk:

Nail One
Red Base (paint until opaque)
China Glaze Ruby Pumps (1 coat)
Seche Vite (1 coat)
OPI Black Shatter (1 thick coat)

This one's not so much 'ugly' as it is played out! With no other use for my shatter polish (since I'm over it and it's starting to dry out) I made this "lava" nail on a display wheel I started. This was one of my favorite combinations to wear when I got my first bottle of shatter so I guess I put it there just fer.. lookin' at ;)

Nail Two
Essie Ballet Slippers (1 coat)
Wet N Wild Part of Five Glitters (1 coat)
Essie Ballet Slippers (1coat)

(...and then I ruined it with)

Sally Hansen Magenta Moves (used for the 'cupcake liner' - L/E)
Wet N Wild Everybody Loves Redmond (used for the 'cherry')
Black Nail Art Pen (use to define the 'cupcake liner')

I went and made my very favorite jelly sandwich and ruined it by turning it in to a cupcake. That sentence sounds like it belongs on a food blog..

Nail Three
Any dark green base (paint until opaque)
Any mixed/chunky silver glitter (1 generous coat)
China Glaze Watermelon Rind (1 thin coat)
Seche Vite (1 coat)

Meh. I didn't really care for this combo.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Review: China Glaze Whirled Away

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Did you think I dropped off the face of the Earth?? No such luck, bud-day! No excuses, no explanations.. just a quick + dirty review of my most recent polish purchase.

Whirled Away is from the China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil collection and one of the only shades I desired from this release (the other being It's A Trap-eze! but I can't find it anywhere). It's totally unique to my collection; out of 320+ bottles I don't have a single black, white, or black & white glitter top coat so off to Sally's I went.

'Weeeeeee!' I exclaimed in the car after purchasing it. It looked so. cool! It contains medium black hex glitter, black bar glitter, and large white hex glitter. As I mentioned on Instagram, my bottle had one rogue, tiny red glitter floating around in it.. it does not belong there. Wish I would have noticed that before completing my purchase because I am WAY too lazy to go all the way back to do an exchange over ONE red glitter (c'mon now!). I couldn't wait to try it out!

Pictured above: DISAPPOINTMENT.

I imagined this perfectly speckled/splattered look to my mani, over vibrant, eye-catching colors. Every photo I saw online of this top coat looked awesome over every single color it graced.. I couldn't wait to get it on my nails! I picked Zoya America as my base color which is my very favorite bright red cream. Now comes the sad part of this dramedy...

What you're looking at above?? That's THREE painfully annoying (!!) coats of Whirled Away over two coats of Zoya America. I realize this is not meant to be a full cover glitter but the glitter was so fucking sparse in a sea of thick, blobby, clear base that it made application a nightmare. I had to fight with this polish on every finger, trying to fish out the the good stuff while trying to avoid layering on too much of the clear base. The white hex glitters were nearly impossible to find/fish out so I only have one per nail which looks kind of wack. Of course a ton of the base still poured on to my nails which meant they took forever to dry - even after sealing it up with a coat of Seche! (Are you counting along? That's a full 6 layers on nails..)

My boyfriend said, "Looks like ladybug nails." which is, uh, not exactly what I was going for. Also, having so many layers on the nail means that this mani was more prone to chipping.. and chip it did, in big, jagged pieces. It only lasted two days.

When all was said and done I was far less impressed with this black & white glitter. I liked the look.. or rather, what it could have been... but anything that takes that much effort is just not worth it to me. I might hunt down one of the indy versions of this polish some time after Christmas, that is, if I can find one that doesn't cost the same as a Volvo.

The verdict: I wish I had more hands so I could give this polish 4 thumbs down.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Unboxing: Jeffrey Campbell Lita Spike

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They arrived in a fitted box with a bit of paper padding.

 The artwork on the shoe box is so pretty!

There's an insert that says "WATCH IT LADY" warning that the shoes are sharp ;)
There is also a small bag of extra spikes in case any fall off your shoes.

Each shoe comes in its own dust bag. 
(I store them wrapped exactly like this)

 The heels are wrapped in protective foam secured with tape.


Tried on as soon as I took them out of the box.

I've had these for a couple of months but misplaced the unboxing photos until just the other night. I got these here on SoleStruck.com and I also purchased the Jeffrey Campbell Perfect Spikes about a month an a half later (after I'd saved up the money for them). I did something I rarely do -I paid full price- and I kind of kicked myself when they went on sale about a month later and still had my size in stock.

They're my summer version of the Spiked Litas ;)

Now that they're COMPLETELY out of stock I guess I don't feel so bad. They're extremely cute and I'm glad to have them in my collection. The next pair I'd like to get are the Lita Spike CMYKs which are black leather/gold spikes (so that I have gold toned spikey shoes to go with my gold toned accessories... a silly reason, which is why I'm not in a huge rush to get them).

What do you think about Jeffrey Campbell shoes? I'm really impressed with the quality!

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Milani Abstract Palette

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Milani Abstract Palette

This was an awesome buy at only $7.99! I came across it this afternoon while browsing the cosmetics at Walmart during my lunch break. I remembered seeing swatches and knew that I had to have this.. it's compact enough to throw in my bag and has everything I'd need for a variety of looks. My favorite part is that the center is the perfect brow bone shade for me. It's completely matte and blends almost invisibly in to my skin color. Love.

They also had the Impressionist Palette (pastel version) but I decided to pass on that one. I had to ask myself - when are you SERIOUSLY going to wear pastel eyeshadow? I couldn't justify it, even for 8 bucks. On the other hand this neutral palette is pretty cool and very convenient.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Nails: Shine of the Times

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Here's a mani I wore MONTHS ago that has just been sitting in my drafts waiting to make an appearance. Jennifer from Make-up/Music/Money/Me sent me Shine of the Times back when it was a little harder to come by - now I see them everywhere! Thanks again Jennifer! I really love this polish! ;)

♥ Bella Press-On Nail Tips in Pearl
♥ Wet N Wild Black Creme (2 coats)
♥ Essie Shine of the Times (1 coat on tips)
♥ Seche Vite Top Coat (1 coat)
♥ Rhinestones from eBay