Thursday, May 30, 2013

Wet & Wild Rock Solid Quartz Of Course - Cranberry Shimmer

Quartz Of Course from the Rock Solid Collection by Wet & Wild is a polish that I received as an extra in a swap. (Thank you, Kelly H!)

 I think that this an older polish as I haven't seen the jewel cap W&W polishes for a while, but I LOVE this color!

 It is a cranberry with gold and cranberry shimmer throughout. It's actually a really complex color! It applied in two perfect coats.

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Can you see the shimmer? Lovely, understated.

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You can find W&W polishes at a variety of places, from Wal-Mart to Dollar Stores to CVS or Walgreens. Prices range from $1-$5 or so, and I am sure some 'limited' edition or special polishes cost more, but they are pretty reasonable, usually.

What do you think of this shimmery cranberry?

oxo,
Lacey

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Avon Rave Nail Polish: Rose Bling

Even though I am on vacation (well, driving), you need some blingy polish eye candy goodness, right?

My good friend Kelli gifted me with this lovely Avon polish called Rave:

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I must say, I haven't really given Avon a fair try. Surprisingly, I don't know anyone who sells it. I used to use Avon's tinted moisturizer and I did really like that. Maybe I should try it again. I enjoyed this polish as well. This is opaque in 2 coats and the formula was nice and fluid, not thick at all for what looks like an almost metallic finish:

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It was not streaky, there were no visible brush strokes, and overall, this is a pretty glitzy color that I will def grab again!

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xoxo,

Lacey

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Quick Look: Kalahari Kiss by China Glaze

Neutral polishes don't always make for the most exciting blog posts, but we all need a few neutrals to look professional, as the backing for nail art, or as the canvas for a glitterbomb display.

So, here, to refresh your palette before another glittery week of sparkly goodness on My Boyfriend Hates Makeup, here is Kalahari Kiss, by China Glaze.

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This is a khaki, slightly mustard-y color, but I do like it with my skintone, so it's a keeper for me.  You always have to watch out for 'lobster hands,' which means using a color that makes your skintone, especially around your nails, look red and unhealthy.  For many, light minty green colors can do this, too, but luckily, I love mint and I love how it looks on me - phew!

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Did anyone else not realize that skintone is actually two words: skin tone?  Blogger keeps correcting me and I keep ignoring it, but I just googled it and Blogger: 1, Lacey: 0.  Hmm.  You learn something new everyday!

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So, yeah, the color isn't terribly exciting but I can def see this clean finish under some glittery polishes and it's quite professional looking.  I am happy to have KK in my collection.

What do you think?  Are you a fan of nude/neutral polish?

xoxo,
Lacey


Friday, May 24, 2013

Texas Yall - Texas Proud Mani

I have been blessed to have had a happy and healthy time in Texas.  In honor of my time here, I whipped up a little southern mani:

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There are a lot of classic Texas symbols here!  Bluebonnets, Cowboy Boots, the Texas Flag, and burnt orange for the University of Texas.  UT Arlington is why I came to Texas in the first place, so I was psyched that my OPI A Woman's Prauge-A-Tive matched so well!

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For the bluebonnets, I used:

  • New York Color Blue Skyline
  • China Glaze Fancy Pants
  • Revlon Posh
  • Wet&Wild Nerd Alert Screech

For the boot, I used:

  • OPI Fort Worth It
  • Decal by SuperCustomModZ on etsy

For the Texas Flag, I used:

  • Confetti Wedding White
  • Deborah Lippmann Angels
  • Orly Royal Navy

On my pinky, I used:

  • OPI A Woman's Prauge-A-Tive
  • Kiss Striper in black

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I love this and I love Texas.

xoxo,
Lacey





Thursday, May 23, 2013

MBHM Is On Vacation!

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For the next few days, I'll be moving from Texas to Connecticut and will not be updating the blog.  I will, however, try to update Facebook and my other social media outlets, so please follow me!  I will take pics across the country as I go, so please come travel with Shelby and I:

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Be back soon!
xoxo,
Lacey

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Barry M Turquoise: Blue Creme Perfection!

Here is just a quick post and some pretty blue eye candy.  Barry M is a UK Drug Store brand, but in the US we can find it on Ninja Polish and similar suppliers.  Barry M's texture polish wasn't terribly impressive, but this creme formula is beyond perfection!

Check out Barry M Turquoise:

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That's only 2 coats! I could've used just ONE - it is that perfect - but out of habit and for quality pics, I used two here, no topcoat:

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Seriously, is that not the perfect sky blue creme?? Looove! And thus continues my new love of blue polish!

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Have you tried this brand? What do you think of the formula?  Do you know any super secret places to get Barry M polishes?!?!

Thanks for stopping by,
xoxo,
Lacey

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Liquid Sky Lacquer: TGIF and Magic Meadow - I'm In Love!

Sometimes I run across an indie company and I forget how I found the company. Liquid Sky Lacquer is amaaaazing, but I forget who referred me to the shop...I want to say it was Samantha, she is a safe guess.

Anyway!  In my pursuit for a neon glitter topcoat, I came across TGIF by Liquid Sky and KNEW I had to have it!  As I think it's a waste of my postage money to buy a single polish, a super dainty and springy polish named Magic Meadow found it's way in my cart.

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Left to right: TGIF, Magic Meadow, Baby Kitten

I also noticed a couple cremes, which many indies don't offer, so I snagged a mini of Baby Kitten (pink) for me, and Baby Bunny (lilac) for Sam.  BBuny isn't pictured since I sent it to Sam before I took a pic. :)


TGIF is one of those polish that will look good over pretty much any color. This is a no-name Cynthia Rowley bright purple, with two coats of TGIF.

On the website, TGIF is described as:
TGIF is a glitterbomb of blue micro flakies, fine periwinkle blue hex, fine white hex, small gunmetal gray hex, medium lavender hex,small purple squares, large pink neon hex, medium neon green hex, white medium hex and rectangles
And it is DEF a glitter bomb!

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Some of the rectangular glitters are BIG so I did shove those where I wanted, but everything else was perfect:

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This would look good over pinks, yellows, even gray or nude:

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Next up is the dainty, pretty, springy Magic Meadow. On the site, it is described as:
Magic Meadow is a textured polish with fine coarse green glitter, white bar glitter, matte dark pink square glitter, small and medium matte bubblegum pink hex.
Let's take a look! I didn't really notice a different texture to it, honestly, but I love the light pink and light green color combo, it screams SPRING to me!

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I am pretty sure that this is over butterLONDON Cuppa, a nice beige. I wanted the glitters to stand out:

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My accent nail is probably my most complimented and talked about polish, my Zoya Pixie Franken that Sam from A Girl Obsessed made for me. I think it has the perfect salmon-y base to match the pinks in MM:

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I am sorry to say I haven't tried Baby Kitten yet but I am sure it is lovely and I'll let you know when I try it  Since I am moving, it's gotten packed along with my other 600+ polishes (yes, if you're wondering, it was a pain!!) and I really couldn't tell you where it is.

However, I can tell you where to find this brand!

You can find Liquid Sky Lacquer on bigcartel HERE and on Facebook HERE.  This shop is extensive and there are over a dozen pages of polishes to choose from!

xoxo,
Lacey

Monday, May 20, 2013

My First Essie Polishes! Bridal 2013: Using My Maiden Name & My Better Half

I know, know. My first Essie polishes?

Really.

Yes, with the exception of Set In Stones, which is a silver glitter and not a solid.   Sooo, these are my first solid color Essie polishes and I love them both!

 Essie's 2013 Bridal Collection is inspired by flowers.  Apparently they have a yearly Bridal related collection. This year's came out in March, which I guess is the start of marriage season? I am not married so I am not exactly sure!

 Anyway, I saw these on a blog post of a blogger who doesn't dig the pastels and girly girl colors, so as soon as she reviewed them, she put them up on her blog sale.

Win Win for me! There are 4 colors total, but these two - Using My Maiden Name and My Better Half are the more opaque and richly pigmented duo.

 Check out the hydrangea inspired Using My Maiden Name:

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See the pink shimmer, below?  That's the best shot I could get.  This is two coats, solo.  Love the formula!!

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Isn't that gorgeous? There is a pink shimmer that doesn't show up on camera well at all, but it is there in real life! I will def wear this polish over and over again. I love it! I think it's work appropriate and edgy, I love that combo in a polish.

The second polish I have is a bright pink, inspired by the peony, and has the same shimmery formula.  My Better Half was opaque in two coats and the formula is lovely to work with:

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I really like this formula!  I have to get more Essie in my life, and I also want to try the apricot cuticle oil that I have heard good things about, as well.

What is YOUR favorite Essie?  

What are some classic, must-have Essie shades?

Please leave me comments here or on Facebook!  Thank you!

xoxo,
Lacey

Sunday, May 19, 2013

My First Mac Polish: A Girl About Town!

Hello there!

I am excited to show you this post.  I love any post where I get to try a brand for the first time and show it to you!

Can you tell what it is!?!?

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That brush pic is my tribute to Temptalia, LOL, she always does that.

A good friend of mine, and fellow dog lover, gifted me with my first MAC polish!!  Lauren is a loyal MAC fan and she knew I needed to try polish by this brand!  (I am a firm believer in MAC Studio FX Liquid Foundation, but that is pretty much my only experience with MAC...until now!)

A Girl About Town is a delightful fuchsia creme polish.  Here is two coats alone:

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Now, I must say, even though this is MY first MAC, I have read plenty of reviews about these polishes - and many are mixed! While some colors seem flawless, others seem streaky. A Girl About Town definitely fits in the flawless category. I am a huge fan of this formula.

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One last look:

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You can find MAC polishes and cosmetics (and brushes: the brushes are pricey but are supposed to be great) on their website, and also in standalone stores. Thanks again, Lauren!!

xoxo,

Lacey

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Daily Lacquer: Sparkle Princess Dress!

Today I have another new-to-me indie brand to show you called Daily Lacquer!  My fave polish buddy Samantha gifted me with my first Daily Lacquer and she picked perfectly, of course.

Sam sent me Sparkle Princess Dress, which is described as:

"Sparkle Princess Dress is full of sparkly microglitters!  These colors combined reminded me of the beautiful acrobatic princess at the Circus and it's the perfect combination of colors!!  I love the way this polish sparkles on my nails!  This polish is part of the Welcome to the Circus Collection!  Have fun at the Circus my lacqueristas!  <3"

Love it just from the name!  Take a look:

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This is two coats of SPD over the new Sinful Colors Shine Formula in Yours Truly:

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And close up!

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You can find Daily Lacquer in her store and on Facebook!

I know I need to take a peek once I move and pick up a few more - plus the bottle shape is pretty unique among indies, making these an automatic standout in my collection.
xoxo,

Lacey

Friday, May 17, 2013

Model City Polish Extravaganza!

I have an (in my opinion) awesome post for today!  I have four Model City polishes to show you!!!  Sit down, grab your acetone and polish, and let's take a look!!

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The green is called Anti Establish Mint, the pink is Pretty In Pink.  The brown holo is called Dipping Chocolate and the black base circle glitter beauty is called Sheena Is A Punk Rocker. Click on each of the names in the last sentence for more info on each!

Group bottle shot!

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First up is Anti Establish Mint. This has a hint of holo shimmer and is perfectly opaque in three coats. The formula is smooth, the pigment is lovely, and this is a gorgeous color!

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Next is another beauty from the Spring Collection, Pretty In Pink. This is also lovely, opaque in 3 coats, no undies. You should know by now that I LOVE pink, so this is clearly my fave. I have a couple of lilac holos, but nothing really pink. My camera gave this more of a blue/lilac tone than it has, it really is a nice pink.

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Next up is Dipping Chocolate.  This has more holo than the other two and the shine in DC is just beautiful!  Again, three coats, no undies needed:


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Isn't this gorgeous? One more:

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The camera LOVES Dipping Chocolate! I wanted to group the holos together which leaves Sheena Is A Punk Rocker as the last to show you. This a black tinted base with magenta holo, silver glitter, and a small scattering of holo glitter as well. My swatches show two coats of Maybelline Onyx Rush, my fave black for swatching:

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You can find Model City Polish on etsy HERE and on Facebook HERE.  I am a huge fan of this formula!! Pastel + holo = happiness in MBHM-land!!  Def check this brand out!!

Thanks for stopping by,

xoxo,
Lacey

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