Friday, April 29, 2016

Literary Lacquers: Breathing Dreams Like Air (& Nail Art)

It should come as no surprise that I love creme finish polishes more than anything else! And you already know how much I love Literary Lacquers, too, so when I saw Breathing Dreams Like Air hit the LitLaq store, I knew this baby had to be mine!

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Breathing Dreams Like Air is described as "neutral lilac-grey creme finish inspired by The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald."

Here is the inspiration: " I have an idea that Gatsby himself didn’t believe it would come, and perhaps he no longer cared. If that was true he must have felt that he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream. He must have looked up at an unfamiliar sky through frightening leaves and shivered as he found what a grotesque thing a rose is and how raw the sunlight was upon the scarcely created grass. A new world, material without being real, where poor ghosts, breathing dreams like air, drifted fortuitously about . . . like that ashen, fantastic figure gliding toward him through the amorphous trees."

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Such a great formula! This polish was from the November 2015 Creme a la Mode box but is now available from the LitLaq store. I used two coats for the swatches you see here. It was practically a 1-coater, but I did use two and topcoat here. So pretty for any time of the year!

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I attempted a little nail art using Breathing Dreams Like Air, Soul Within Me Burning, and Flopsy, all by Literary Lacquers. The base, as you can see, is Breathing, and Soul and Flopsy freehanded over. I think it looks like a modern french mani and I really love the design!

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Flopsy is from the Peter Rabbit Quartet with Ever After Polish and Soul Within Me Burning is from The Color Box.

You can find BDLA in the Literary Lacquers store!
On the store site HERE
On Facebook HERE

xoxo,
Lacey

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sephora Play! April Subscription Box Review

I don't want to ruin it for anyone, so I am giving you time to bail out!

This post is a review for the fairly new subscription box from Sephora called Play! I was on the waiting list for what felt like foreeevveerr until just a few weeks ago when I got the email to say I was now on the list!

I have tried Birch Box, Beauty Army, and ipsy. While all of them have their pros and cons, I was really excited to try a box right from the source - Sephora!

The Play! box was packaged in a big cardboard box so it arrived nice and safe.  Inside, the actual box looked like this:

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Ok, this is really your last chance to leave before you see what is inside the box. Ready?

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The theme of this month is "The It Crowd" with hip and new items inside. The package was done beautifully with Sephora black and striped tissue. A well-done booklet described the items, which were cushioned in paper.

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I was super excited to see an item from Milk Makeup, which I have been seeing everywhere lately!

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I thought this was a smallish sample until I used it! This is Milk Makeup's Sunshine Oil. You only need the tiniest drop for your cuticles and hands. If you get this, watch out because the oil pours out of the top with no stopper or anything to slow the flow. I ended up getting a lot more product than I needed, so I smeared it all over my face and the ends of my hair. It smells amaaaaazing!

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Pep-Start is from a new Clinique skincare line. This is a cushiony eye cream that will help you look awake and refreshed. I didn't notice a smell, which is always nice so it doesn't compete with my other products.

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Pep-start has a nice consistency. I am always looking for new eye creams. I love to get them in sample boxes as I don't use them all the time...but I should!

The Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien was a welcome addition! The rosey color is quite universal although I am not a huge fan of the frosted/shimmery look to the pencil. It is not full size but not travel size either.

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Sunday Riley's Good Genes product looks really promising! The reviews on the website are awesome so I am looking forward to trying this.

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Sephora included something from their own line, which was a nice touch. And it happens to be my favorite product so far! This is the Colorful Cheek Ink Gel in Peony. I love the consistency and the color. It is so easy to use!

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I did add a touch to my lips because I loved the color so much but it was pretty drying so I won't be doing that again. Cheeks it is!

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Lastly, the one product I will not be using is this sample of 2am Kiss by Derek Lam. It has a pungent cinnamon meets clove meets patchouli scent. I gave this one away.

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All in all, I am 110% impressed by this box! I didn't do the math to figure out how much the products are worth but for $11 or so including shipping, I am pretty darn sure it is worth it! I am sure that the Nars pencil alone would be over $10. I am already looking forward to next month's box!

xoxo,
Lacey

Monday, April 25, 2016

Nail Art! Modern Neon French Manicure Featuring Salon Perfect Neon POP!

Once I "master" a nail art technique, I tend to obsessively do it over and over for a few weeks. Today's nail art post is my take on a modern, free hand, neon, french type of manicure. I got to say, I love the finished look!

All of the neons that I used here are part of the Salon Perfect Neon POP! collection. There are 12 polishes in the collection...a few are re-releases from last year and a few are brand new. I will show you them individually, too, but I was really excited to show you what I did with them now.

First, I used a base of Pillow Talk by Barielle. This is a gorgeous, neutral, two coater creme.

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Then I took my POP! polishes, from last year and this year, and layered them on my finger tips. I specifically didn't try to make the same "v" design on each nail because I knew I wouldn't get it perfectly. Instead, I played around with darker and lighter colors and layered them randomly.

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My cinderella hand was different, too, so I did take a few pics for you.

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What do you think? This is simple but striking and I have received so many compliments on this from co-workers (and strangers, too...creeeeepahs!). Is this a design that you would recreate?

You can find the Salon Perfect Neon POP! collection at Walmart stores. They are under $4 each and so worth it!

xoxo,
Lacey

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Mask of the Week: Kisskin Premium Diamond Hydro Gel Mask

I seriously need to start taking mask photos. Normally I just think they aren't flattering...and most of them are just different colored creams slathered on my face...but the Kisskin Premium Diamond Hydro Gel Mask needed a photo. Which I didn't take. I'm sorry. If I ever come across this mask again, you'll get a photo. It was very different and very funny to see.

Let me start from the beginning!

I received the Kisskin Premium Diamond Hydro Gel Mask from a swap. It is supposed to be an anti-wrinkle product. No idea where it came from or where to get it again. Front looks like this:

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Back looks like this:

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Hydro gel means: awesome weird clear rubbery two pieced mask.

The two piece concept is actually quite helpful. The top goes from your upper lip/nose and up while the bottom goes from your upper lip/mouth and down. There is about an inch or so of overlap between the two. Both pieces are notched on the sides so you can fit it to your face.

The mask is cooling but you can feel it working. The best part is the texture and look! My face looked laminated! I burst out laughing when I saw my own face. When I removed the pieces, my skin was SO smooth! I don't have many wrinkles (thank you, genes and God) yet, but I do have one line forming above my lip. It didn't look any different from using this mask, but I didn't expect miracles in one use.

So, in conclusion, if I found this mask again, I would buy multiples. I loved the texture, the scent, and how funny I looked. My skin felt great after one use, so I would love to see what regular use would do to my creeping wrinkles.

xoxo,
Lacey

Friday, April 22, 2016

Dupe Post: China Glaze Bite Me vs. Color Club Peace, Love, and Polish

Hello there, beautiful readers!

Today I have an awesomely pink dupe post, a comparison between China Glaze's Bite Me from the brand new Summer 2016 Lite Brites collection and Color Club's Peace, Love, and Polish.

Bottle shot:

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Ooh, they look close, don't they? I just received the China Glaze Lite Brites collection and will review that in full soon, but as soon as I pulled Bite Me out of the package, I immediately thought of Color Club Peace, Love & Polish, which is one of my favorite neon pinks. I have way too many neon pink polishes, so the gold shimmer in PL&P makes it an instant stand out and favorite.

Ready to see them on the nail?

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Yes, that is both polishes! Pretty close, right? Come a little closer:

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They are very close! China Glaze Bite Me is on my ring and pointer fingers while Color Club Peace, Love, and Polish is on my middle and pinky fingers.

The formula is quite different. Bite Me is rich and opaque in two coats. If you look closely, you can see it is a bit deeper in color and has less gold shimmer. Peace, Love, and Polish is much more sheer and required three coats for a proper comparison. The shimmer is more pronounced here.

Take another look:

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They are pretty close! While they are not exact dupes, you may not need both unless you're a hot pink polish fanatic, like me. I am also not sure if the Color Club is still around and China Glaze is brand new so def easier to find. I love both but even I am not sure if I would've purchased both considering how close they truly are in color.

What do you think? Do you prefer one over the other?

xoxo,
Lacey

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Nail Art! Featuring A Review of Liquid Palisade

Hello there! Today I have a review of Liquid Palisade by Kiesque and a side of nail art for you.

Liquid Palisade is one of the first bottled liquid latex barriers that made it's way into the nail world. Liquid latex is used in nail art to protect the cuticle or on the nail to make designs where you don't want polish. The company sent me these items for review! I haven't tried any other barrier products before, so I don't have anything to compare this to. so please keep that in mind!

I was sent the original packaging, the blue package with a wider brush, and the pink packaged French Manicure version with a skinnier brush.

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Confession: I cannot open the original blue package. Cannot. I tried running it under water, I asked different (strong) people to open it...and nothing. It's latexed shut. For life.

So, I tried the French Manicure version for this review. I am sure one day I will get the blue open and I am sure I will love it. I am def a fan of the FM version! To use this, you do your base coat and let dry. Then paint the liquid latex wherever you don't want polish, which you can see I did designs with that show up purple. As it dries it will go from a lavender creme to a sheer, dry looking, darker purple.

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Make sure to extend the liquid latex out over your cuticle and skin enough that you make a "tail" that you can peel from.

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Wait until it looks dark purple and dry and then peel the latex off slowly.

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I know this looks a bit juvenille, LOL, but it was my first time using liquid latex. I had no reactions to this. It didn't smell or stain my skin. It dried super quickly and pulled up easily, leaving zero residue on my skin or cuticles. I cannot wait to keep playing around with this product. I would def recommend you try this brand if you're in the market to amp up your manicures.

You can find Liquid Palisade:

Online HERE
On Facebook HERE
On Instagram HERE

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Thanks for stopping by,

xoxo,

Lacey

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Ever After & Literary Lacquers Peter Rabbit Quartet Box: Flopsy!

Hello there!

Today I have 1/4 of the Ever After & Literary Lacquer's Peter Rabbit Quarter box!

More info on the box and purchasing HERE!

Each brand has created two polishes inspired by Peter Rabbit and they are all just lovely! I am, as you know, partial to Literary Lacquers pink polishes so though there are 4 bright beauties in this box, I have just one, Flopsy, by Literary Lacquers, to show you.

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Oh, my, goodness. How gorgeous is this!?

So, FYI, the box does contain 4 jewel toned polishes.

Ever After created Cotton Tail, a vibrant violet purple jelly with orange shimmer and Peter Rabbit, a bright sky blue with varying red shimmer and scattered holo.  Literary Lacquer created this beauty, Flopsy, and Mopsy, a creamy Easter grass green with contrasting pink shimmer.

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My swatches (actually it was a full mani that I wore for days and days!) show 3 thin coats with topcoat, but you can certainly get away with two thicker coats. The formula is perfect. This is even on my toes because I love it soo much! The magenta color is pretty by itself but the blue flashes make this so unique and stunning.

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Honestly, I waited until the end to say this, but I have a confession. Flopsy is my new favorite Literary Lacquers EVER!!!!!!!!

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Again, this was a very LE box and once it sells out, it sells out. Hop yourself (see what I did there?) over to Ever After's store - HERE - if you're interested in this box.

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

You can find Ever After Polish:
On the store site HERE
On Facebook HERE

xoxo,
Lacey

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Mask of the Week: 7th Heaven Creamy Coconut

7th Heaven masks are wonderful!

If you haven't tried masks before, this brand is an extremely affordable and easy to find product! 7th Heaven makes masks for pretty much any skin issue you may have...and their Sleeping Mask is one of my favorite beauty products of all time. The Creamy Coconut, for dry and tired skin, is not an overnight formula, however. You just apply this "really creamy" formula, let it dry (kind of), and wash off in about 20 minutes.

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It smells awesome! It is, honestly, really creamy and applies very thick. You are very aware that you have stuff on your face. Because it is so thick, I don't find that it actually dries completely. Instead, it just gets sort of dry and then you wash it off. I would definitely re-purchase this again!

xoxo,
Lacey






Friday, April 15, 2016

The Color Box: Purple All The Things! Literary Lacquers: Soul Within Me Burning

Subscription boxes are all the rage right now, but I know that for me, personally, I hesitate to buy a box if I don't like all the colors. The Color Box is here to solve that! Put together by 5 awesome indue makers in collaboration with 5 awesome bloggers, The Purple All the Things version of The Color Box offers 5 different polishes in the same color family! (I cannot WAIT until the pink box comes out!).

Order info at the bottom of the post!

Amy sent me the polish that she made with XOXO, Jen for this polish. It is called Soul Within Me Burning and, of course, it is gorgeous!

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I used just two coats for these swatches. The color is darker than I normally wear but SO pretty. It actually reminds me of MaxxFactor Fantasy Fire, the dodo bird of polish collections. The formula is perfect - it's almost a 1 coater!!

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Moarpics!

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Ordering info:

The Color Box will be available to pre-order on April 15th until April 22nd for $45 plus shipping at The Color Box store.

The first 25 people to pre-order will receive a Craycorn coloring page, which is a pretty cute addition. I am not sure if you need to join The Color Box Facebook group to order, but just in case you want to join, click HERE to request it.

xoxo,
Lacey