Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Orly Mashup: Push The Limit, Hot Shot, Risky Behavior, Jealous Much? & Choreographed Chaos

With all the photos I take of my nails, there are quite a few that don't make it to the blog. Sometimes the photo doesn't come out quite right or the color isn't unique. Sometimes I am in a deadline to swatch other polishes and some get pushed to the side, lost in my 150+ pages of Flickr archives.

As I was flipping through my photos recently, I found a few shots of Orly polishes I haven't shared. Even though they are from different seasons and different color families, I decided to mash them up and share them in the same post. Like the idea? Hate it? Let me know in the comments, please!

First up, this is Push The Limit. I would describe this as a neon peach. Is there such a thing? It is a creme formula but bright enough that is is slightly streaky and dries fairly matte. Three thin coats and a topcoat will get you the look you see here.

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Next, this is Hot Shot, a neon red. Apparently, Orly has a thing for taking basic colors and amping them up like crazy! The formula on Hot Shot was not as creamy as Push The Limit, so make sure to wipe off your brush before application. Colors like this can be near impossible to get off the cuticle.

Zoya and China Glaze, in my opinion, get most of the mainstream love. Orly, however, (and Barielle) shouldn't be overlooked. In fact, if I was stuck on a desert island and could only bring one polish, it would be Orly Prelude to a Kiss. I really do like this brand!

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Again with the neons! Risky Behavior is a neon purple. Magenta? Not really sure where this falls but I love the color! Formula was great, no complaints. This is two coats, with topcoat.

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Jealous Much? is a seafoam green creme polish. Pastels can be a tad streaky so use thin coats for this beauty. I love the insta-tan look that pastels can do for you.

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Last but not least, this is Choreographed Chaos. I bought this beauty a few years back, when Sam of A Girl Obsessed and I went to a nail tech convention in Long Island. I have way too many light pink polishes but the very light pink, almost white, flash makes it special. This is three coats with topcoat. No issues with this one!

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What do you think? Do you have a favorite Orly polish?

xoxo,
Lacey

Monday, March 28, 2016

SinfulColors Comparison Post: Starfish v. Pink Break

With the thousands of colors that SinfulColors produces, they eventually have to make a dupe of a color they've already released, right?

Today's post compared two dusty pink polishes, Starfish and Pink Break. Are they dupes? Do you need both? Let's find out!

Bottle shots:

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Hmmm...they look quite similar in the bottle, don't they? Let's see them on a nail.

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Well, well, well. What do you guys think? To me, Starfish looks the slightest bit darker. Pink Break is supposed to be a semi-matte finish, but it looks pretty shiny to me.

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Here, Pink Break is on my middle finger and Starfish is on my ring finger. Yes, there is a difference and they are not 110% dupes.

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Do you need both shades? I don't think so. Odds are you already have a medium pink creme somewhere in your collection anyway. Are they both nice? Sure. The price point really can't be beat, too, but I honestly don't think you neeeeeed both if you already have one.

You can find SinfulColors everywhere, LOL, including the grocery store, so I don't need to point you in a specific direction.

Thank you for stopping by,
xoxo,
Lacey

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Mask of the Week: Sephora Lotus Sleeping Mask

Sephora's line of masks are quickly becoming some of my favorites! For $4, you can get a variety of formulas to accommodate and treat any skin issue. They come in sheet masks, for daily use, or these nifty little pots for the overnight or sleeping mask version.

The little pots are great for travel! I sleep at my boyfriend's house a few times per week and I usually toss one in my purse before I go. I can get two uses out of a single pot, so I keep one open in his bathroom to use two times in a week.

This time I tried Lotus, meant for moisturizing and soothing. Who can't use some soothing moisture on their skin, especially during the winter?

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The lotus scent is quite lovely, subtle and not at all overpowering. I am not sure what a lotus should smell like, but the masks smells of a light floral.

The formula is a clear gel, like the other sleeping masks I have tried, and is easy to spread and work with. It is meant to absorb in the skin fairly quickly so you can fall asleep without getting residue on your pillow. I am a side sleeper and would no doubt coat my pillow with gel, so I usually apply it while I am awake, resting and watching TV, so that it is mostly absorbed before I actually fall asleep.

When you wake up, you can either rinse off any excess or just rub it in.

I would definitely repurchase this product and this scent, specifically. You can find this at Sephora (duh!) online and in-store.

xoxo,
Lacey

Friday, March 25, 2016

Nail Art! Tone On Tone Florals Featuring Dragon Claw Polish!

I am pretty habitual when it comes to my nail art and nail design: I like flowers. I do try to branch into galaxy nails and dry brush manis every now and then, but my go to nail embellishments are definitely floral.

As I can see from last week's nail art post, I like matchy-matchy floral nail art.  Like this:

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This happy pink neon polish, Wonderous Watermelon, is from Dragon Claw Polish, which unfortunately has closed for the time being. I do hope it reopens because they produced a lot of fun polishes! Here are a few solo shots:

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The formula was great, not streaky at all. No complaints with dry time, either. This actually dried pretty shiny, considering it is a very bright neon. This is three thin coats and I did add topcoat before adding my bornprettystore waterslide decals.

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Now for the decals! 

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I have posted waterslide decal nail art quite a few times before. They are so easy to use! Just cut the decal as close to the design as possible. Submerge in water until it slides off the backing, then slide onto your nail. Pat dry very gently to get the water out from underneath it and then top with topcoat to seal the design.

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Last shot!

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You can find tons of waterslide decal designs from bornprettystore.com and make sure to use MBHMK31 for 10% off.

You can find Dragon Claw Polish:
On Facebook HERE

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Thanks for stopping by,

xoxo,
Lacey

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Literary Lacquers Comparison Post - 4 New Polishes!

Over the past few days, I have shown you four new gorgeous polishes from Literary Lacquers. They launched on the 21st and are available now!

In case you're struggling to decide which of the four new Literary Lacquers polishes you need, I thought today would be a perfect day for a comparison post!

My ongoing, photo heavy, super awesome Literary Lacquers comparison post with over 30 polishes can be found HERE!

By the way, you must know that 2 of the 4 polishes, Serious Nap Rays and My Whirlwind Other Half, are only available to you if you join the Literary & Lacquers Facebook fan group. Request to join HERE!

Click HERE for the LL store.

Now, let's get to the photos!

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  • Serious Nap Rays - Available 3/21/16 via the Literary & Lacquers FB Group!
  • OctarineFrom the Magic & Mysteries collection - Find it HERE
  • Everything You Love - From the Ultimate Outlaw collection - Find it HERE
On me, SNR has a stormy, moody purple tone to it. Octarine is a dainty, almost pink color. EYL is the darkest of the three. Swatches show 3 thin coats of each. Dupes? No. Need all 3? Yup!

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  • Ventomarme - Cactus Duo, available 3/21/16
  • Attic Mice - From the 2014 Community Collection - Find it HERE
  • Always Winter Never Christmas - From the 2014 Community Collection - Find it HERE
Ventomarme is quite different than the other two. It is the truest teal, in my opinion, and the holo is the most subtle. Attic Mice is grayer. AWNC is more blue and has bigger flakkies/glitter and is the most holo. Ventomarme is soo gorgeous!! Dupes? No. Need all 3? Yes!

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  • Come And Take Me - Cactus Duo, available 3/21/16
  • Flickum Bicus - From the Magic & Mysteries Collection - Find it HERE
  • Something That Has No Name - LE, no longer available
CATM is, by far, the juiciest, brightest orange polish from LL. I actually used this as a full mani and it is on my nails as I type this. FB has flashes of blue. STHNN is much darker and has dark micro glitters. Dupes? No way. Need all 3? Yes, especially CATM for summer time tanned skin!

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  • My Whirlwind Other Half - Available 3/21/16 via the Literary & Lacquers FB Group!
  • Anne With An E - Green Gables Collection, no longer available
I know, I know, even from the bottle shots, these are not similar at all. However, they were my only two that had similar qualities - clear/white base, can be used as glitter toppers...that's about it. Dupes? No, but you get where I was going here, right? MWWOH is so fun, you do need it. Anne is no longer available.

My ongoing, photo heavy, super awesome Literary Lacquers comparison post with over 30 polishes can be found HERE!

Scurry on over to the store to scoop these babies up. Personally, my picks are Ventomarme and Whirlwind!

You can find Literary Lacquers:
On Facebook HERE
On the store site HERE

xoxo,
Lacey

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Literary Lacquers: Book Club Polishes - Serious Nap Rays & My Whirlwind Other Half

Lately it seems as if there is a Facebook group for every single indie brand. While I tend to sit out on most of these groups, one of my favorite groups, polish related or not, is the Literary & Lacquers Group. Everyone in the group loves Amy's polishes, (and Amy!) and we also love books. Each month, the group reads and discusses a book and we hold contests to design a polish based off the book. We all get to vote and then Amy works her magic.
Available March 21, only to members of the group, are two brand new beautiful polishes! They are not only LE in production but also in time!  The polishes are $10 each and available starting TODAY!! - March 21-April 16 for members of Literary (&) Lacquers group members only. Request to join the group HERE!

As usual, let us begin with bottle shots!

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First up, here is Serious Nap Rays. This beauty was designed with Jennifer Sky Walker inspired by Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. It is described as a "moody grey-purple-taupe with orange shimmer, pink glass fleck, purple flakies and just a touch of linear holo. Looks different in every light."

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I used three thin coats and no topcoat for the pics. I sent Amy a few photos of my swatches and she was surprised by how purple it looked on my skin tone while it looked more taupe on hers. The formula is beautiful, slightly sheer but builds so nicely.

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The second polish is My Whirlwind Other Half. It was designed by Jennifer Zakroff and inspired by We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. This beauty is described as a "sheer shimmery crelly white, packed with holographic microglitter and rainbow opalescent flakies." This polish is a beaut! Here are three coats with no undies:

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Slightly out of focus macro so you can see the sparkle!

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And here is one coat over a white cream polish:

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Lastly, here is MWOH over Serious Nap Rays. It is one coat on my ring and index fingers only, just to show you the extra sparlke!

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I do want to remind you that these babies are only available March 21-April 16 and only for members of Literary (&) Lacquers group members. Request to join the group HERE!

 You can find Literary Lacquers:
On Facebook HERE
On the store site HERE

 xoxo,
Lacey

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Mask of the Week: TonyMoly I'm Real Hydrating Coconut Face Sheet Mask

TonyMoly is a Korean beauty brand that is quickly becoming popular in the US. I found this product at Sephora but you can also find this and plenty of other products, masks and other things, online.

I love coconut anything and I always need hydration in my skin, so the I'm Real Hydrating Coconut Face Sheet Mask was a perfect fit for me.

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According to the Sephora website, where it is currently out of stock, "This specially designed, coconut-enriched face mask is formulated to deeply hydrate and purify the skin. It’s made of a three-layer cloth sheet for better absorption and deeper penetration of essence into the skin." In other words, it is slightly thicker than the usual flimsy single sheet mask. It feels thicker but also sort of makes your brain think it is even more hydrating since it has a slight weight to it. There is a lot of liquid on the mask, too. As I am smoothing mine over my face, I always rub the excess fluid onto my hands and cuticles. Double duty!

As with most masks, simply leave this baby on for 20 minutes or so, then remove. There is no need to rinse - just massage the excess on your face (and hands).

My skin felt super smooth and supple after using this mask. For the $8 price point, I would definitely re-purchase this mask. I am looking forward to trying other formulas from this brand as well.

What do you think? Have you tried TonyMoly?

xoxo,
Lacey

Friday, March 18, 2016

Literary Lacquers: The Cactus Duo - Ventomarme & Come and Take Me

Today I have The Cactus Duo, a new set of polishes that will be available from Literary Lacquers on March 21, 2016. As usual, they are gorgeous, and as usual, there is an interesting literary inspiration behind the colors.

 Here are the details:

 The Cactus, by O. Henry tells us the story of the pompous, arrogant, broken-hearted Trysdale. The story opens with him upset after watching the woman he loves marry another man. During their courtship, she had heard that he spoke fluent Spanish, he kept quiet and allowed her to assume that it was true. When he proposed to her, she sent her answer the next day. A cactus in a pot bearing a tag with a single word. Ventomarme. Not hearing anything else from her, he decided that the cactus was a refusal of his proposal and he turned cold toward her. Only after attending her wedding to another man, does he find out that ventomarme means come and take me.

 Honestly, I want to read that book now! Before I get my hands on that, however, I already have my hands on the gorgeous duo.

Bottle shot:

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First up, my new favorite Literary Lacquers polish is Ventomarme. This beauty was designed for Jennifer Sky Walker’s blogiversary. It is a "dusty grey-green-blue with holographic microglitter, silver microflakes, and blue glass flecks." Love when Amy breaks out the glass flecks!!

I used three coats for this polish, which applied perfectly. It is sheer with the first coat but builds up beautifully. I seriously love this color! It now lives on my Favorites Shelf, which is pretty crowded with LL polishes already.

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The second polish in the duo is called Come and Take Me. It is a "jelly fire opal orange packed with holographic microglitter and opalescent flakies." Amy also mentions that this polish is opaque at three coats on shorter nails, those with longer or more visible nail lines may want to use a base polish.
This polish is to celebrate Debbie Crumpet and her years of awesome blogging. Orange is not usually a color I gravitate towards, but this polish is beyond stunning. Think of the juiciest summer orange and that is the color. You almost want to squeeze this polish and put it in a cup, LOL, it's that juicy. I used three coats here and yes, you can still see some VNL. I did not use a base color because I wanted you to see the squisky jelly-ness all by itself.

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 These polishes will be available on March 21 for $10 each. If I had to pick just one, I would choose Ventomarme - it's just that gorgeous.

 You can find Literary Lacquers:
On Facebook HERE
On the store site HERE

 xoxo,
Lacey

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Shades Of Phoenix: Juno - Australian Indie!

Thanks to my good friend, Leeanne, I have acquired a nice collection of Australian indie brands and have been able to try brands that I may not have ordered for myself. One of the new-to-me brands is Shades of Phoenix.

Since Leeanne knows my color preferences so well, she sent me a lovely medium pink creme polish called Juno.

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The formula on this polish is fabulous! It was almost a one coater and shiny even without a topcoat. I did two coats for good measure and added a topcoat for this post, but I was really impressed from the start.

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When you come closer, you can see that there are itty bitty bar glitters throughout the polish. From far away, it almost looks textured but rest assured, it applies smooth and everything lays nice and flat.

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The bar glitters give it a nice depth and add intrigue to what may otherwise be a basic creme. I am def a fan of this brand and hope to try other colors at some point.

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You can find Shades of Phoenix:
On Facebook HERE
On the store site HERE

xoxo,
Lacey

November 2017: Empties Report (210 Empties in 2017)

Today I have another installment of the Empties Report for you. Let me show you what I used up and loved! This month I have 17 empties...