Thursday, January 29, 2015

Barielle Gentle Breeze: Spring 2015 Collection

Let's end this cold January with a bright Spring polish collection.  I was sent the following 5 piece collection for review.  Say hello to Gentle Breeze by Barielle:

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This is a 5 piece collection that has quite the range of colors.  For me, there are two HITS, two MAYBES, and one MISS.  Shall we proceed?

Let's start with Champagne Bubbles, a dark tangerine polish.  This one is a Maybe for me because it just doesn't play well with my skin tone.  The formula was a bit sheer as I needed three, almost four coats in some places,  I think it would look nice on someone with a darker skin tone than myself.

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Although without flash, it is a much more friendly color to my coloring.

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Next, this is Gray Sky, described as a "glacier" gray. I like the description better than the polish.  You probably already know I dislike anything that shows brush strokes and this metallic silver shows them loud and clear.  Miss in my book.  This is three coats:

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The next polish, Under The Sea, is called a "scuba" blue.  This is another metallic but there's a sheen to it that makes the brush strokes much less visible.  Under The Sea falls in the Maybe category for me.  This is three thin coats, no topcoat.

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Now onto the two Hit polishes!  First up, this pretty polish is called Pink Parasol. I needed just two coats, which is an instant win for a creamy pink.  Such a great spring color!

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Last but not least, my favorite of the entire collection is called Heaven Sent.  This is described as a light aquamarine but it looks robin egg blue to me. I am showing just two coats for this opaque finish. I absolutely love this one!

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I did a little bit of free handed stripey nail art using Heaven Sent and Pink Parasol.

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Barielle puts out collections a few times per year. I am very excited to be working with this company.  If you haven't tried Barielle yet, I do recommend it, especially their creme finishes.

If you follow them on social media, you'll see some awesome deals to introduce you to this brand. I've seen 5 polishes for $5, 25% off sitewide coupons, $7 deals for base coats, and more!

You can find Barielle:
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On the store site HERE

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Lacey

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Zoya Satins: 2015 Transitional Collection - 6 Polish Review!

To help bring you from the deeper, bolder, and darker colors from the Fall and Winter into the lighter, fresher, softer colors of the Spring, Zoya has created the 6 piece transitional collection called Satin.

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The name comes from the finish of the polish, which is incredibly unique.  It is not a dulled matte look and it is definitely not the shiny gloss of normal Zoya polishes, but instead, it is somewhere in between.

Let me show you exactly what I mean.  Here is Zoya Ana with a matte topcoat and a regular shiny topcoat, with Ana by itself in the middle:

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Now let's see the whole collection!  These colors are gorgeous.  First up, since I already showed you, this is Ana.  Though most were fine with two coats, this was the lightest so I used three coats, no topcoat as directed.

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Next up, my favorite of the collection, this is Brittany, the softest, satiny pink.  I used two coats and topcoat.

This is a good time to talk about the formula.  I love it!  It is about as thick as a regular creme but applies like a matte or pastel - a little streaky, honestly.  However, give it just one second on the nail and it self levels nicely.  It's pretty unique and I am def. a fan!

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Third, another lighter color, this is Tove.  What a cool, concrete gray this is! I know I will grab this over and over again.  This is two coats, no topcoat.

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There are some slightly darker, duskier shades, too.  This green is called Sage and  here I have used two coats, no topcoat.

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Rowan is arguably the darkest, a husky grey with the slightest touch of purple. Again this is two coats, no topcoat.

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Last but not least, this is Leah, a medium grey. Great coverage in two coats.

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Zoya collections just gel so well together that I couldn't resist trying something to use them altogether. This is a base of Rowan and I used the dry brush technique to add the other 5. I topped this with matte topcoat for a dulling effect. What do you think??

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If you pick up any Zoya polishes, post them with the tag #everydayzoya for the brand to catch your shot!

You can find Zoya:
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As always, thank you for stopping by,
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Lacey

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Born Pretty Store: Stud Wheel Review & Coupon Code!

Today I have a review for you but it is not my typical polish review.  Instead, I have some studs and decals from the Born Pretty Store.

You can take 10% off your purchase at the Born Pretty Store with my exclusive coupon:

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And keep in mind they offer free shipping on every order!

Here is what I chose to review:

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Let me start with the studs, which are fool proof to apply. I sort of messed up with the decals, but I'll get to that.  The studs came in a wheel and contained a nice mix of items, from stars to diamonds to squares to dots in both gold and silver!

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For the base color polishes, I used the creamy Me Couture collection by Barielle that came out in 2014. The purple, above, is Soho At Night and the blue, below, is Moda Bleu.

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I applied them using a dab of nail glue, which I had here at home.  BPS did not send any along, so keep that in mind when you order.  You can also use clear nail polish but I recommend glue for a longer lasting hold.

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The bases for these swatches are also from the Me Couture collection by Barielle. The grey, above, is Taupe Notch and the neutral is called Vintage Gown.

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Pretty cool, right?  Next, I was sent a package of what I thought were sticky decals.  Well, turns out they are water slide decals meant to be used on the fingernail as a whole or cut in pieces and used as accents.  Honestly, I destroyed a couple of them before I realized this, LOL, and they didn't come with any instructions or information.

My learning curve will tell you to get a small cup of room temp water.  Cut the shape you want and submerge in water for a few seconds.  I usually push on the decal between my thumb and ring finger and if it is ready, it slides right off.  If it doesn't slide off easily, submerge in water again.

Once I figured out they were water slide decals, I decided to cut them up and use them as accent pieces with the studs for a feminine meets punk rock look, shown over Boho Chic by Barielle.  What do you think?

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As I mentioned, Born Pretty Store offers free shipping on every order!  Since it is non-US based, it takes a couple weeks to get your items, so be patient!  They offer a huge variety of items from polish to decals to studs to jewelry.

Check out the store and use my exclusive coupon on your order:

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Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,
Lacey

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