Friday, September 30, 2016

Nail Art: Illamasqua Collide & BornPrettyStore Decals!

I looove the Bornprettystore decals I am going to show you today. In fact, you've seen them plenty of times on this blog already!

First, though, let me show you the base of this mani, Illamasqua Collide, by itself. Illamasqua polishes are so amazing, it's a shame Sephora stopped carrying them. You can, however, find them on Haute Look every once in a while for a legit steal!



I picked up Collide because, well, look at it! Neon pink, creme, by it! This is just two coats and topcoat. Perfection in pink!


On to the art!

These BPS stickers are stickers, not waterslide decals. They are about $5, but come with ten designs each and 12 stickers of each design. That is a ton of manicures, a really great value. They are pretty much foolproof to apply, too.

My only issue is that they don't last long... Even with topcoat. they peel at the edges and come up after a few days. I am a picker, so the second they list off the nail, I peel them off and it just looks bad.

Anyway! I do enjoy them while they last!





What do you think of this mani? Have you tried these stickers?


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sephora PLAY! September 2016

September is almost gone, and as usual, I am scrambling to post this in time!  I also, ICYMI, plan to take off the rest of the year of blogging, with exceptions for Favorites, press samples sent to me, and Sephora PLAY! box reviews, like today.

Let's check out September's box. It was a great one!!


I honestly wish they'd go back to boxes, which I find so much more useful for re-purposing. I now have 4 of these bags in my swap pile and zero inkling of what to use them for. Sigh.


...does anyone else's mind travel to the gutter looking at this design?


Atelier Cologne's Sud Magnolia was this month's perfume sample, the 6th item in the 5 item box. It smells floral but clean. Not something I'd re-purchase as it is not special enough to become a signature scent, in my opinion.


Atelier sends a cute postcard with the perfume sample, which is nice.


Kat Von D Tattoo Liner!! Eeek! I was soo excited to see this as I love liquid liners. I heard, as we all have, amaaaazing things about this product and it did not disappoint! I have already added this to my Christmas wishlist.

Swatches below!


Sephora included a Rouge Brilliance Lipstick in Love Spell. It's a creamy, shiny pink that is probably good for a variety of skin tones. Swatches below!


Here is Love Spell by Sephora and the Kat Von D liner.


I totally forgot to take a photo of the clear brow gel. But, it's clear. Forgive me?

Ole Henricksen products are quickly becoming favorites. This sheer transformation moisturizer is lovely! I also want a full size soon. I have been mixing a touch of this with my primer to use under foundation and my foundation applies really well with zero dry patches on my skin. So far, so good. And it smells lovely!



There you have it! I am absolutely delighted with this month's Sephora PLAY! box. I will use every single item, with the exception of the bag itself.

Did you get any different items? What do you think of this month's bag?


Monday, September 26, 2016

Nail Art: Zoya Noah, bornprettystore Decals, & La Vita E Bella Waterslide Decals

The title of this post is a mouthful...and the mani that I created is a little cluttered, too. Let me show you!

First, I started with Zoya Noah. You'll see a full fall 2016 Zoya post, I promise.


I do love a neutral creme mani, but this color doesn't mesh well with my skin tone. So, I decided to rummage through my decal and waterslide box to see what I could add:


How pretty are these? I found this random etsy shop, La Vita E Bella, and they have some of the most unique waterslide decals that I have ever seen! I picked up a few and they sent me a few samples, too. I forget which this was, but still..pretty!!

Link to their shop: HERE.


These are typical waterslide decals. To use, you simply cut the design out, as close to the design as possible, then immerse the decals in water for about 10-15 seconds. Slide it off the backing and then apply to the nail.

The La Vita E Bella decals are very high quality because instead of a plastic, the decals are on what feels almost like a super thin cloth! This also makes them harder to move on the nail once they touch it, so make sure to use tweezers with this brand for precise, one-time application.



I don't usually do a thumb included pic, but I loved this too much not to share!


The elusive right hand:




And the last look:


There you have it!

Do you think this is a nail fail or not? It's a little crowded but I think I like it! Your thoughts?


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Mask of the Week: Dr. Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution Deep Hydration Sheet Mask

Seriously, is there anything better than K-Beauty for masks? You know I love me some TonyMoly, but I adore Dr. Jardt+ as well! I was fairly certain today's mask - the Dr. Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution Deep Hydration Sheet Mask - came from Ulta until I looked for it on the website and couldn't find it. I guess it came from Sephora? Or a swap?


Back of the package:


Close up:


Aaand my silly face:


What an aaamaaaaazing mask! I love, love, love this. The mask itself was a pain to put my face oddly shaped or what?! My face was sooo soft when I removed this. I left it on for a while - and used a hair mask at the same time - and my face was literally so soft. I need to stock up on this!

Have you tried this or other Dr. Jardt+ masks?


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Mask of the Week: Global Beauty Care Aloe Vera Sheet Mask

Today's Mask of the Week post will be short and sweet. Let me tell you why.

1. User error. Meaning me. My photo of the back of the package ended up being blurry, and the photos of me are extra goofy.

2. This mask is gross. GROSS. It's super slimy, didn't stay on well, and, I reiterate, ssssssllliiiiimmmeeee. Yuck. More details below.


Looks normal from the package, right? Well, my friends, looks can be deceiving!


What the heck is going on with this mask?

First, when I took it out of the package, I can only relate the experience to how it must be to meet Slimer from Ghost Busters (any 80's babies here?). I know sheet masks can be a little liquidy, and usually, to me, that's a welcome reason to rub the excess on my hands and arms after I settle the mask in place. NOT WITH THIS ONE. It wasn't excess liquid - it was a vat of slime.

Second, it didn't stay put on my face. Usually, I can at least multi-task and take nail polish off while wearing a mask. NOT WITH THIS ONE. The second I even twitched, this mask migrated south..then east..basically, any direction that wasn't MY FACE.

Third, wussup with the eye patches? Most mask instructions say avoid the eye area. NOT WITH THIS ONE. I have no idea why there are eye flaps.

In conclusion, this brand is officially a NO GO for me. NEXT!!


Friday, September 23, 2016

Barielle Nail Brightener!

Originally, I wasn't planning to post the Barielle Nail Brightener on my blog because it really isn't a polish. It is, however, amaaaaaazing and I am (almost) ready to ditch polish forever if my nails look this good!

Want to see?


The Barielle Nail Brightener came to me from Barielle, probably a year or so ago. Barielle, by the way, has a ton of hand and nail treatments and care products to choose from!

My nails were a hot mess the other day, but I wanted them to look nice and polished (hello, isn't that why we are here?). I found this Nail Brightener and decided to see what it would do!  I did three thin coats, added topcoat, and walked out the door. This polish dries very quickly, too!

At first, when I took a few inside photos, I thought it was nothing special. Nails looked polished, didn't look stained, fine.



Fine, right? Nothing to write home (or blog) about here.

However, when I went outside and saw my nails in the sun, I was blown away!


SO pretty! My nails look super clean, whitened, stain free, just soo pretty! Almost a pearl-like sheen to them!




Last look! Am I the only one freaking out over this? I think they look amazing! I didn't use a good topcoat, so they did chip pretty quickly, but I will use a good one next time since this is such a nice mani.


If you haven't already, you should like Barielle on FB or sign up for their newsletter. They have awesome deals and penny promotions that are totally worth checking out.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Dupe Post: Lex Cosmetics: Tulleries vs. SinfulColors: Flower Power


Today I have a not-so-dupe dupe post for you. LOL, I am already being confusing but let me explain. Normally, my dupe posts are pretty straightforward - compare two pretty similar polishes in the bottles and then on the nails. Dupes? Yay, nay, move on.

This post is slightly different because these polishes, colorwise, are NOT dupes at all, and it's pretty easy to see. They are similar in formula, colors, and concepts. Check out the bottles to see what I mean:


See? We have quite a few similarities here:
Crelly formula
Pinks/light pinks
Tinted base
Uniform glitters

Worth comparing, right? You might not neeeeeeed both!

Let's take a look at each alone first. This is an indie polish, Tulleries, by Lex Cosmetics. I owned this polish years ago, swapped it away, and then realized it was no longer available. When I saw it up for sale a few months ago, I grabbed it again.


This is three thin coats and topcoat. Sheeeeeeer base. Very, very sheer. I would use undies normally but I didn't want to take away the effect for this post. The formula, although thin, layers fine and dries quickly. No fishing required for uniformly sized glitters.


Next up, here is Flower Power by Sinful Colors. This was one of three different colored versions that came out in 2015. I believe there was one with a purple base and I forget the third.


This is another very sheer base, as I expected from looking at the bottle. It has a formula quite similar to Tulleries, with no fishing required and decent dry time.


Even though they aren't dupes, I did swatch them together for you to see them side by side.



In short, these are not dupes. Clearly. But you knew that.

Of the two, I am actually more partial to Flower Power, if we are just comparing these as is. The base is a slightly darker pink, which makes coverage easier. I like the pink only mix of glitters, where Tulleries has a couple orange shades thrown in.

Which do you like better?


Monday, September 19, 2016

Rainbow Honey: Heartless & SinfulColors: Beaches & Cream - A Tale of Glitter Topper Reunion...

Once upon a time, a long long time ago, I was obsessed with glitter toppers. You couldn't scroll through MBHM without spotting oddly shaped glitter suspended in a clear base over a contrasting colored creme polish. They were everywhere! time went on and my love for polish expanded, the poor glitter toppers were left in the dusty back section of my melmers. 

I met, and fell in love, with creme polishes and their precise application, quick dry time, and classic finish. I loved holos, with their secret outdoor sparkle and appropriate office wear cloudiness inside. I even had a brief fling with textured polish, ruining every fine sweater that I owned.

And yet, we are:


Back at the beginning! LOL. I cracked myself up writing that, I hope you enjoyed it, too. Moving on! Today's post is, in fact, about a glitter topper! And I did start with a contrasting creme polish, Beaches and Cream by Sinful Colors.



This isn't the best formula from the line, not by far. It is slightly streaky and applies fairly unevenly. Womp, womp. Time to cover it up with some indie goodness!


This is two dipped and dabbed coats of Heartless. This is such a fun polish!

In this clear base, holo based glitter polish, I see:

  • red hearts
  • white hearts
  • white triangles
  • black squares
  • black hex
  • mini black and white glitter
  • and more! 

Do you see anything I missed?


Clearly, because of the bomb amount of glitter, and the different sizes, some fishing is required. Just put the bottle upside down between coats, though, and that should help quite a bit.



Last look!


And there you have it! Rainbow Honey has reignited my glitter topper love. Looking forward to seeing what else has been stashed in the melmers.

What do you think about glitter toppers? Over them? Love them? Special occasions only?


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