Friday, August 31, 2012

KB Shimmer Proud Peacock - Unique Indie Polish!

I decided to go ahead and purchase KB Shimmer's Berry Bash and Proud Peacock.  I "needed" BB after seeing it on Claudia's Holographic Hussy site, which I adore!  Go check her out (after you read this, LOL).

I also grabbed Proud Peacock after I looked up a few other swatches of available colors.  I am SO glad I did!!  Proud Peacock has a bright teal, greenish blue base and it is BURSTING with black, bright blue, white and pink glitters, with smaller pink and blue glitters AND white bar glitters.

Aah!  See that densely packed prettiness?!
For some reason, even looking at this amazingly stuffed bottle of glitter with some polish thrown in, I thought it needed something underneath.  I thought it might be...sheer.  OH SILLY ME!!  I'll show you just how wrong I was...but first, another NYC Cosmetics polish that matched this indie base PERFECTLY.

This is another one of the NYC City Sweets Collection (shout out to Karen!).  It is called Mint Macaroon.  Check the bottle shots!

MM is def greener but still..not a bad match!
So, here is the finished mani!  I used two coats of Proud Peacock and I adore the results!  I am not usually the biggest fan of blue but this is a gorgeous spring and summer color!  It's like a blue sky with summer flowers!

Actually, it looks sort of like the photo I took at my Grandmother's house in April!  Check this out!  (And sorry to keep you in suspense!)


Inside shots with flash, artificial light
Outside, no flash
Outside, no flash...still so glittery and gorgeous from far away!
Accent nail is Pretty & Polished Valentino...more on that later!
What do you think of KB Shimmer?

You can find her polishes on the website: KB Shimmer Bath and Body, and she makes all kinds of bath products, too.  I haven't tried anything but the polishes...but if those products are as good as this polish is, I am excited to try more!  A few polishes glow in the dark and there is an awesome variety of the colors of these polishes, I def suggest you take a look!  I know I am getting Splat ASAP, as soon as it's available.  After getting Pretty & Polished's Jawbreaker, I have a new love for white based polishes!

Thanks for stopping by,
Lacey

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Happy Birthday to my Grandmother!

I wanted to take a minute to wish the Happiest of Birthdays to my Grandmother!!  She'll never see this, but she is the one who got me into makeup and beauty products to begin with, so it's only proper she get a happy birthday here!

My Grandmother has always had the most beautiful skin of anyone I've ever met!  She is turning 75 years young today, but she consistently looks 10-15 years younger because of how amazing her skin is.  I hope I age as gracefully as she has!  She has always reminded me to use great creams, to wash my face, and to never sleep my with makeup on.  She prefers De'Cleor products, which my skin doesn't like, but whenever I smell something by that brand, I always think of her.

Even more than looking great, my Grandmother is one of the kindest, most considerate and thoughtful people I have ever met.  She has always reminded me that true beauty comes from the inside...but there's nothing wrong with dolling up the outside, too!

Happy Birthday to my Gogo! I love you!

My Grandparents on their wedding day!  (I believe it was 1958, I might be wrong)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

First Day of School Mani!!

Today, August 28th, is my first day back to teaching.  Every semester, I try to begin as professionally as possible, with neutral makeup, hair,and nails.  I mean business when I am in the classroom!

With that in mind, I removed my latest neon mani and replaced it with something professional yet shiny and of course, pretty and feminine.

I purchased my first and only butter LONDON, All Hail The Queen, from my fabulous friend Vienna and after a little bit of stash digging, I knew this would be the perfect polish to wear to school.

After all, I am a history teacher and a huge Royal fan!  My friend Ami and I began a Royal Love page, so if you're interested, join us for pretty pictures of the Dutchess, Kate Middleton, and others here: Royal Appreciation Society!!

AHTQ is a light brown/beige with a gorgeous neutral shimmer throughout.  It is opaque in two coats and a perfect but slightly thin formula.  I can def see how many polish bloggers sing the praises of butter LONDON.

I wanted a little more shimmer and sparkle (magpie over here!! Hi, nice to meet you. Sparkly? Mine, please) so I added a coat of Essie's Luxe Effects As Gold As It Gets and a coat of Seche Vite.

What do you think?  Appropriate for school and the first day?  I'll save the neons for next week ;)

Natural light, outside
Outside on a cloudy, humid day
Another shot outside.
Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo,
Lacey

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Swatches of Rainbow Honey Sakura Matsuri Collection Ephemeral and Sakura Matsuri Namesake!

Hello!
Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

This is technically my last "free" weekend before school starts on the 28th, but I have only one class and reduced hours at my other job, so I hope/think/want to continue blogging as much as I can!

I showed bottle pics of the gorgeous Rainbow Honey Sakura Matsuri collection, but that's never good enough! You need to see it on, too!!

I used a basecoat by Orly and 2 coats of NYC Lincoln Square Lavender.  I loove this, but I don't see Lavendar at all.  I see a dusty, rose colored pink and I adore it.  NYC an inexpensive drugstore brand but super hard for me to find!  I am not sure why but there are no Rite Aid's around me and none of the stores listed on their site as sellers actually have anything recent or new. AAH!  Luckily, thanks to the awesomeness of web strangers, I was able to snag the entire NYC City Sweets Collection (thank you, Karen!) and I also have a couple of their shimmery shades on the way, too (thank you, Becky!).

Alright, on with the prettiness!

First, I did the NYC Lavender w/2 coats, quick dry, got to love it.  Then I added Sakura Matsuri Namesake on my ring finger.  I actually sent it down the road to a friend who loves it much much more...I didn't really read the descriptions and I purchased them on my phone...I'm NOT a flower girl!!  There are cute, large blossoms in pink and white. Cuuuute, but not ME at all.  I knew that my friend would love it more and I'm sure she'll blog about it, too!


One coat of Sakura Matsuri Namesake
Two coats of Sakura Matsuri Namesake over NYC Lincoln Square Lavender...do you see lavender?  I do not but I adore this color!
If you're a flower fan, you'll love this!
The sparkles were flowing and I didn't need to dab around to get a petal on the second coat.  Rainbow Honeys with glitter tend to be a little rough but a couple coats of SV (yes, I've joined the bandwagon and LOVE the stuff, I see why yall love it too) fixes that right up.

I wanted to try Ephemeral as well and I figured it was pretty sheer from looking at the bottle, so I put on a coat....and that was all I needed.  This was my first non-glittery RH.  It is a much thicker formula than I was expecting from Sakura Matsuri Namesake but not at all hard to work with.  Plus, it's soooo pretty!

Inside it has blue and purple shimmer!
Look at the sparkle!!

Just to see how well the NYC Lavender did, I did take a few pics with my thumb bare.
Perfect undies, right??!
                                                  
What do you think of Rainbow Honey's latest creations?!

Rainbow Honey is available on their site: www.rainbowhoney.com.  The large size is $10, minis are $5 and shipping is fast and reasonable! Great company! <3

Thanks for stopping by!
Lacey C.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

China Glaze - For Audrey - Classicly Pretty!!

Who doesn't love Audrey Hepburn??

I bought a bottle of this for myself and also for my younger cousin, Mary.  I sent this earlier in the month and she began high school on the 20th. My lil' cousin is one of the brightest, most level headed people I have met.  She is beautiful, classy, and brilliant.  Remind you of anyone?!?!


Anyway, my note said that despite the pressures and the temptations of wretched people in high school (and in life!!!!!!) I hope that my cousin stays true to herself and remains the classy, poised lady that she now!

I had to get myself one, too! :)




This is a light teal creme formula and after using this, I am convinced that China Glaze is one of my favorite formulas.  I think CG is comparable to Zoya and OPI and I do find the CG formula to be my fave of those Big 3, LOL.  I already went back to Sally's Beauty and snagged a couple other CG including Purple Panic, Hang-Ten Toes, and Pink Plumeria.  


I was going to top it with something as I was correcting exams (see notes about President Hoover) and I decided to try a couple options.  From top to bottom is: Connect the Dots by Lynnderella, Glittoris by Pahlish, Pinkie Promise by Rainbow Honey, and Jesse's Girl, a topcoat I got in a Surprise Swap box.  I went with Pinkie Promise and I'll show you the results soon....ooooohhhhh, teaser!!

xoxo,
Lacey

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Rainbow Honey - Sakura 2012 Collection!

It's heeeere!
Rainbow Honey has released it's Sakura Matsuri collection!

It was juuust made available to the public on the 18th and you can view it/purchase here.

I purchased two full size bottles:

1. Ephemeral - light pink, shimmery, dusty, gorgeous

2. Sakura Matsuri Namesake - light pink base with blossoms of pink and white, shimmer throughout.

Aaaaaaand, because I love you all, I purchased a mini Ephemeral that will be part of my next giveaway! Make sure you're following me on Facebook for details!

Eye candy time!

Their packaging is so special, I love it!
Ephemeral left, Sakura Matsuri right
Bottle beauty, Ephemeral

These petals are substantial!  Sakura Matsuri Namesake

What do you think of these beauties?? Are you picking up anything from this new collection??
xoxo,
Lacey

Monday, August 20, 2012

Orly - Pretty Please: Got to love Hautelook!!

Hautelook features Orly in July and I saw two beauties that I had to have!  I chose Pretty Please and Ancient Jade and to my pleasant surprise, they showed up only a week or so after I placed the order!

Pretty Please is a sheer, sheer, sheer pink polish.  I showed a grid photo of this a week or so ago because I was desperate to post SOMETHING, but those photos don't do complete justice for the polishes.  This is a light pink but has a very fine lilac shimmer throughout.  You can see it well on the bottle shot where the sun hits the bottle.

The finished product looks pretty opaque BUT it took WAY too long to get here!


I started with Orly basecoat and three coats of Pretty Please. Visible nail line drives me crazy, so I thought a coat of NYC Matte would cloud it up a little bit.

That wasn't good enough either, so I added a fourth coat of Pretty Please and a coat of Seche Vite topcoat, which gave me a shiny, glossy, finish.  Pretty, right? But way too time consuming.



Check out a couple of the finished product shots.  It is a shimmery, feminine pink.  I would suggest, in order not to use the entire bottle in 3 manis, that it be used as the base of a french manicure or something.  This is a seriously sheer formula.

Next time I use it, I will layer it over white!  I hope Ancient Jade is not this sheer!


What do you think of this color?  I hope I don't drive you crazy with the pinks and pastels!!
xoxo,
Lacey

Friday, August 17, 2012

Indie Goodness!! I LOVE Rainbow Honey!

Indie love time!!  I love supporting small businesses and indie shops.  

However, Rainbow Honey sends such an amazing, professional looking package and bottle that I am not even sure it is cool to call them an indie line!  

The top two shots are bottle shots of A Little Kindess, from the Equestria Line.  The collection is based off My Little Pony and as a child of the 1980's (who may have her collection of MLP's at home still, tucked away safely), I HAD TO HAVE a couple of these!  I heard so many good things about the polishes that I picked up A Little Kindness and Pinkie Promise, which I'll show soon.

Here are a couple gorgeous bottle shots!!


My base was UP Colors Rosa Holo...I like this shot w/my tattoo in it :)

Here is Rosa with two coats of A Little Kindness and a single coat of NYC Clear Topcoat.  

Rainbow Honey's description reads: "Rose, white, gold, and soft green glitters float in a delicate and sheer yellow base with an iridescent pink shimmer."

 Gorgeous, right!?!?

To get Rainbow Honey's in your life, CLICK HERE to go to their online store.

The Equestria line is available NOW and a new gorgeous line, Sakura, will be released on the 18th.  I was able to get Ephemeral and Matsuri Namesake...aaaaaaaand I got a mini Ephemeral for a Giveaway - details coming soon!  Rainbow Honey's are available on their site and are $10 and $5 for full and min-sizes.  I have heard the mini's have large caps that make them tough to work with, but minis are great for trying out a new brand!  Shipping is reasonable, too. Nothing gets me more ticked than outrageous shipping prices!!!!

I cannot wait for the newbies to arrive. Love this brand and can't wait to watch it keep growing!
xoxox,
Lacey

Thursday, August 16, 2012

UP Colors Brilho Rosa Holo - Does a Non-Chipping Holo Exist?

This is UP Colors Brilho Rosa Holo!

It is a pretty rose pink hologram polish with brilliant coverage.  The UP formula is a great consistency and requires only two coats for full coverage.  However, as everyone knows, holos are prone to chipping after only a couple days, regardless of top-coat.

I've love to find a long-wearing holo!  Leave comments of brands I should try if you know of a brand that exists!

Now on to the eye-candy!
Macro prettiness!


UP Colors can be purchased from Llarowe.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Boscia - Bright White Mask Review & Action Shots!

I am a huge fan of Boscia.  I love the simple ingredients, packaging, and most importantly, results.  I've tried multiple moisturizers, the Black mask and strips, and I adore their primer.

Whenever Sephora offers a Boscia product, especially as a delux sample, it's an automatic must-have for me.  Recently, I placed an order for my birthday (august 4th) and I was able to add in this Bright White Mask.

According to the Sephora website:
What it is:
An advanced antiaging mask that brightens, hydrates, and smoothes the skin. 

What it is formulated to do:
Soothing and hydrating, this antiaging mask contains clinical levels of advanced whitening ingredients to visibly even skintone, reduce dark spots, and brighten the complexion. Pro-vitamin C suppresses skin damage caused by UV radiation while delivering intense hydration and increasing natural moisture factors in the skin. It targets fine lines and wrinkles, and boosts collagen production to reduce excess sagging. The peel-off technology instantly smoothes the complexion for a healthy, youthful, fresh glow.


It is literally BRIGHT white, they are not fibbing about that.  You'll see my white-out face below.

The consistency is very thick, I felt like I was putting Elmer's Glue on my face, and let me tell you - I loved it!  It is a peel off mask, so I really like a nice, thick, even coverage so I can try to pull it off in one piece!


You can thank my Siamese cat, Mao, for the lovely scratches on my hand!  Anyway!!  I slathered it on and I took pictures.  You may want to get your small children out of the room before scrolling down!

You've been warned...LOL.


I told you, they are NOT kidding around with the BRIGHT WHITE name! The mask felt great on.  I haaate masks that make your skin feel tight or scaly or itchy underneath.  This just felt like a nice, thick, cold cream.  It was really pleasant.

True to the 20 minutes directions on the package, the mask dried nice and evenly and peeled off in pretty much one solid piece.  My face fees soft and refreshed.  I've been super stressed and busy lately, so a mask like this was just what I needed.  It retails at $38 for 2.8oz.  I used this entire .3oz sample in one use, so you'd get between 8-10 uses if you used it as liberally as I did, or about $4 per use. I do have a few other masks to finish up, but this is def a contender for my next full size purchase.  Boscia continues up to my high expectations of their products! 

xoxo,
Lacey C.


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Orly - Pretty Please: First Hautelook Purchase!

Today I have another quickie post with a pic grid from Photo Grid.  This is Orly's Pretty Please, a light pink. It is a very girly shade with a light purple shift underneath it.  The shift is hard to capture with my cell camera and tougher to see in this grid shot.  I will do a full post on it w/more photos soon.

I grabbed this beauty from Hautelook.  I love the color but I am glad I didn't pay full price.  The color is sheeeeer and probably better as a single coat or two with a french manicure.  I did three coats and it still wasn't opaque.  I added a coat of NYC Matte and it didn't help the coverage issue, so I added another coat of polish and a coat of Seche Vite and it looks muuch better.

Next time I use this, I will definitly start with a white base, otherwise I will use this polish up quickly, and I don't think I've ever used an entire bottle.  See the fill line? That was after a single mani!  Good thing it's a pretty color.

xoxo,
Lacey

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Liebster Award!! Thank you to Muffin Nails!!


I was nominated for a Liebster Award from Muffin Nails.  Thanks, Muffin!!


Since more than one person nominated me, I just chose my favorite questions from each one. 

These are the rules:
1. Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves.
2. They must also answer the 11 questions the 'tagger' has set for them.
3. They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag.
4. They must then choose 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers and tag them in their post.
5. These lucky bloggers must then be told.
6. There's no tag backs. 

11 fun facts about Lacey - My Boyfriend Hates Makeup:
1. My favorite nail colors are pinks, lilacs, pastels.
2. I cannot stamp for the life of me. You'll prob never see that here. Instead, you'll be subjected to my 3rd grade line drawing skills.
3. My children are my pets! I have two Shiba Inus and one Siamese. All are rescued!!!!  I firmly believe in rescue. Shelby has a FB page if you want to see picks of my babies: Shelby Roberson!! 
4. My real life occupations are history Professor at a community college and online marketing for a CD company.
5. I only stopped biting my nails in 2010, this is a new hobby!!
6. I wish I was better at consistency - blogging more, exercising more, doing anything longer than a week!
7. One day I will visit Fiji!!
8. I wish I was a professional singer. I sing constantly in my car. But never in front of others and I'd never ever do karaoke!
9. I have three tattoos, 2 hidden on my back and one on my wrist. My next one will be a world map.
10. I went skydiving for my 18th birthday and it was still one of the coolest things I've ever done!
11. My boyfriend really does hate makeup. There's never a moment where I dont hear "why are your hands slimy?" "do you have to put that on your face?" "you bought another polish?" "i'm pretty sure you have that color" UGH!!!

My answers:
1. If you could only buy three more polishes for the rest of your life, what would they be?
The first would have to be Connect The Dots by Lynnderella!  It is such an awesome black/white topcoat with a fine silver shimmer.  There are hexs, big and small, bar glitters, and her formula is pretty perfect.  I wont buy another polish at the new $20 and up eBay price, but let's ignore that for now!

The second would be a lilac purple, like Sally Hansen Lacey Lilac, for obvious reasons ;)

The third would probably be a pale mint color, like Orly Ancient Jade.  Soo pretty!

2. How often do your paint your nails?
Pretty much every 2-3 days!  I dont mean to do it as much but if they chip, I will bite them which is baaaad.  I am an ex-biter so they've got to be looking pretty much perfect for me to leave them alone.  
Plus, since I teach, I try to keep my makeup neutral so my nails get to be wild!

3. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
When I was 13, I traveled to Austria with my aunt, her boyfriend at the time, and his niece.  I ordered a salmon and pesto pizza on flatbread (no marinara sauce).  It was amazing but odd!

4. What’s your favorite nail trend?
Pastels! I love soft spring-time looks.

5. Least favorite?
Tactile manicures like the microbeads and now the velvet manicure.  The cutest version I've seen was an "Astroturf" mani w/little football players, LOL.  I can't do the tactile stuff, I would just be picking at it or touching it and I'd never ever get anything done.

6. Zombies or unicorns?
Unicorns all the way.  Soft, fuzzy, happy, pastel, ponies. My Little Pony's were my favorite thing ever - I'm a child of the 1980's!!

7. What’s your favorite nail polish brand?
For mainstream brands, I vote China Glaze and I've recently come to this conclusion.  I love the coverage and colors.


For indie brands, I'd say Rainbow Honey.  I only have two now (with two from the Sakura Collection on the way!!) and I love the uniqueness.  Pahlish is a close second!

8. What is the most you’ve ever paid for a bottle of polish?

9. What’s the nail design you’re most proud of?
I am not much of an artist! :)

10. What nail design did you try out that totally flopped?
I tried a galaxy manicure with a pink base which totally ruined the point! LOL.

11. What do you like to do other than blogging and nail polish?
I don't have time for much else b/c of school!  I work, I teach history, I research history, I play with my dogs, spend time with my boyfriend, I love traveling especially to see my family in Connecticut, I love photography.

YOUR Questions:
1. How do you organize your stash? 
2. If there was a fire, and your family was all safe, what 5 polishes are you rescuing?
3. When did you start loving makeup/polish/beauty products?
4. Describe your personal style.
5. One word that people that know you well would use to describe you.
6. Where is the weirdest place you ever polished your nails?
7. Do you have any other hobbies besides nail polish?
8. What is your favorite wild animal?
9. When and why did you start blogging?
10. How many bottles of polish do you own?
11. What do your friends / family think of your hobby?


The eleven bloggers I chose:


Thanks for reading!!

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- Muffin

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