Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mani Round Up: August 22, 2017

Hello! Tuesday is here and that means it is time for this week's mani round up, where I show you the polishes I wore over the past week. I will tell you a little about each one, too, varying from how much I like or dislike it to why I chose that color. I hope you enjoy each week's posts like I do!

This past week I was all over the place with colors and finishes.

IMG_20170815_140002839

Color Club Poetic Hues featuring Roman Reigns: Though I share quite a lot on FB and here on my blog, one thing that you might not know is that I am a HUGE WWE fan!! I have been since I was a little girl, LOL. Mondays and Tuesdays are specifically for watching wrestling and doing my nails. I forgot to take proper pics of PH, probably because I have worn it so many times (that I had to add some thinner to it), so I took some the next day and decided to throw in my Roman POP figurine. :) Isn't he cute!?

IMG_20170815_210413257

Nire's Desire American Muscle: I am such a huge Nire's Desire fan! I love every color I have from Erin, but American Muscle might be my favorite. This is two perfect coats and although it looks almost metallic in the bottle, it applies perfectly with no streaking or lines. In the shade it looks almost black but in the light it erupts into a beautiful deep oxblood red. Love!

IMG_20170817_213824892

IMG_20170818_080203846

China Glaze Shocking Pink (Neon): I had to post two photos because the camera was not catching how truly neon this polish is! It really matches neon pink sticky notes perfectly. This is two coats, over white, and it does dry matte so you need that glossy topcoat.

IMG_20170818_205009731

Zoya Storm: This is the only mainstream polish that I have ever purchased a back-up bottle of, just so I'll never be without it! Over the past weekend, I was a presenter - attendee - booth runner, whatever you want to call it, for the nonprofit that I work for, and the event was held by the Biker's Against Animal Cruelty. I wanted something hip and edgy but still polished (ha) looking. Storm it was! Perfect in two coats, even more sparkly with topcoat.

That's it for this week!

xoxo,
Lacey

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Topcoat Review: CND Vinylux Weekly Topcoat

Today I have a slightly atypical post for you - a review on a topcoat! (PS: I received it in a Goodie Bag at a Nail Polish Convention that I attended. Not a review for the company, just my experience in this post.)

Here is the subject in question:

IMG_20170517_212425863

Admission: I have had this bottle, untouched, for at least a year. I am a polish blogger - when do I want a WEEK's worth of wear when I re-do my nails multiple times per week?

IMG_20170513_215211921

The answer is when I take the time to do an awesome, intricate mani that came out (almost) as well as I had hoped!

I did this mani for Mother's Day, but had to do it a few days before. I was shocked that I actually liked it and wanted it to stay intact, so I thought it was a perfect time to try out my CND Vinylux Weekly Topcoat.

IMG_20170514_171650984

IMG_20170514_171633071_HDR

Well. Not only did this not hold up for a week, it didn't make it for four HOURS before it chipped, massively, on my cinderella hand. Seriously! I waited plenty of time for it to dry and I was literally only doing normal things, like getting my makeup on for dinner. I wasn't washing dishes and I am not rough on my hands at all. Furthermore, my HK Girl stands up to chores, like washing dishes, and stays put and chip free for my entire mani.

In sum, the CND Vinylux Weekly Topcoat is a big old FLOP from me. I know that topcoats work differently on all of us, considering factors like body temp, oils in your skin, how rough you are with your hands, and more, but safe to say, this one is not for me!

Have you had a different experience with this topcoat?

Tell me about it in the comments!

xoxo,
Lacey

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mani Round Up: August 15, 2017

I was a bad blogger last week! I was so busy (doing what, I don't even know) that I kept the SAME color on my nails for like 3 days. I am shaking my head in shame.

Needless to say, this week's post is slightly lame.

IMG_20170807_210509081

OPI You're Such a Budapest: This is the polish that I kept on for eternity. I adore this color as  it is bright, punchy, cheerful, and has the most charming subtle shimmer. It also wears incredibly well, as you know one single chip would've made me immediately slam on the life brakes and re-do my mani. This is three coats - two would've been OK but I am an over-achiever - with HK Girl topcoat.

IMG_20170810_210315712

Glisten & Glow Ridge Relief: Coming soon to the Glisten & Glow website near you! I was one of the firs to be able to test this out (squee!) and I love it! I've said it before - a ridge filling polish is like the primer of your makeup, it smooths and perfects the surface before application. If you have ridges in your nails, this will be your new holy grail.

IMG_20170810_210937848

Glisten & Glow Ridge Relief, Fresh Paint Sugar Cube, Essie Petal Pink: I wanted to keep the au natural look of Ridge Relief, but I also wanted a little bling, so I added two coats of Fresh Paint Sugar Cube, a flakie with a slightly tinted base. I topped it with one coat of Essie Petal Pink to give it an almost jelly sandwich mani look, and topped with HK Girl.

IMG_20170811_192640882

Zoya Hera: Oooh, what is this?! The fall Zoya Sophisticates collected has landed! Hera is a gorgeous dusty rose, which is just the most perfect color on my skintone. This is another polish I wore for a few days! I did two coats although one is fine for this creamy, dreamy polish.

Sigh - that's all I got. The sneak peek at the new Zoya is worth it, though, right?!

xoxo,
Lacey

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Etude House Tint My Brows Gel Review

This is a longer than usual review, but if you're looking for an inexpensive brow tint, as well as loads of funny faces and gross eyebrow hangy pieces, this should be a decent read!

I hate my quasimoda eyebrows. I am a 80's baby, which means I was a teen in the 90's era of overplucking the absolute life out of your brows. That trend, combined with an eyebrow ring scar on my left brow (again, I blame the 90's) and a childhood scar on my right brow that causes an exaggerated arch, I am constantly on the hunt for helpful, yet inexpensive, brow products.

As you may also know, I am way into the world of KBeauty skincare and loving it. My skin hasn't looked better in pretty much EVER. When I saw the ETude House Tint My Brows Gel for under $5 shipped, I decided to give it a try.

IMG_20170603_162354960

Here is the package. I didn't take pics of the instructions, but the English instructions were there, well written, extensive, and super helpful. Good start!

IMG_20170603_162547722_HDR

This is the stuff! It's goopy, it's gluey, it's honestly kind of scary looking!

IMG_20170603_162631942

I swatched it on paper to check the color and then I got nervous. Looks reddish, right!?

PhotoGrid_1496536955296

Here it is, in sum! Let me tell you more about each step and the experience itself.

Before:
IMG_20170603_162504873

This is legit the worst pic I have ever posted on the internet. You're welcome, world. ZERO makeup, wonky eyebrow in full effect. No, really, you're welcome.

During:

IMG_20170603_163501119

It is surprisingly easy to use:

Make sure your face is washed.

Trim your eyebrows to avoid excess hair pulling up upon removal (it's going to happen anyway, and a LOT).

I used a clean mascara wand to groom my sparse hairs in the same direction. Use the brush, with product applied liberally, to create the desired shape.  Apply MORE product than you think you need.

Removal:

IMG_20170603_201340201

The directions suggest leaving it on for two hours, OR, for more coloration, leave on overnight! I left mine on for three hours. You look goofy AF - a combo of Frida Kahlo and Groucho Marx, and it feels tight, like drying glue.

At about the two hour mark, as I moved my forehead and eyebrows, I could feel the drying and tightening begin. I left it on for an additional hour and then began to peel.

More Removal:

IMG_20170603_201358804

Directions suggest starting with the head of the brow, but I used my nail to gently pick and push down. Who knows it that caused the hairs to rip out, but they def. did.

After:

IMG_20170603_201941382

Not bad! This is really not my color, although it was the darkest one, and my hair is not even that dark. I probably would leave it on overnight if I wasn't a)afraid to do it again, and b)afraid to lose all of my eyebrows, considering how few I have anyway.

Aftermath:

IMG_20170603_202044079


Here's the scary part! Horror!

IMG_20170603_202132533

Oh, boy. See all those little hairs? Sorry if you think it's gross - cuz it is - but a review needs to be thorough, right!?

Conclusion: 

Well, as interesting as this was, I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. As the directions stated, I didn't use any makeup or skincare products on my brows for 24 hours after.

However! About hour 25, I went to the gym. And I sweat - that's the point, amirite?

I used my regular old cloth to wipe my face as I hustled on the treadmill. Totally forgot about the brows. When I was finished with my workout, I stopped in the locker room and took a look.

Eyebrows GONE.

Gone. 110% gone, as if I hadn't done a thing to them. WAIT! I mean, my REAL brows were (still barely) there, LMAO, but the Etude House Gel was completely gone. Moot. Futile.

That was not the conclusion I was expecting to this experiment! I was hoping to use this over my upcoming vacation and therefore not have to schlep along multiple brow products, but that is not going to be the case.

I can't recommend this to you. I just can't. Have you tried it? What do you think? Would you try it after my review, or did I ruin it for you?

xoxo,
Lacey

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Mani Round Up: August 8, 2017

Tuesday again! My first Tuesday being 34, neat. :)

Let me show you what I wore last week...and a couple random ones I forgot. Oops - blame it on old age, haha.

IMG_20170727_205823491

Essie Topless & Barefoot: Such a gorgeous color! I went to a History Camp in Holyoke, MA a couple weeks ago and forgot to post my 'professional' nails. This is a go-to color for me.

IMG_20170730_194250362

Zoya Pippa: To start off my birthday week, and it being a Monday, I decided to go with bright, cheerful, instant pick me up nails. Pippa it is! I did two coats over a NEW product called Ridge Relief by Glisten & Glow, followed by the G&G topcoat. More on Ridge Relief will be on the blog!

IMG_20170731_202157940

China Glaze Don't Mesa With My Heart: This was one of those manis when I knew the exact color I wanted to grab. Love pink, love CG, love Mesa (in Arizona), so natural choice! I used my new Glisten&Glow Ridge Relief, too. See how delightful and smooth my nails look? 2 coats of polish topped with HK Girl topcoat, of course.

IMG_20170801_212242747

Zoya Barbie: I announced this on Facebook when I did it on the 2nd, but for the first time EVER, I actually used a clippers to cut my nails. I used to be a serious chronic ultra mega nail biter until I began this blog, but because of constant swatching and the fact that I am a klutz, my nails were never really that long. Blog length, sure, but not strong and long. They were actually getting SO long that I was having trouble typing, so I wanted to trim them, but since I apparently don't know how to TRIM with clippers, I cut them to shorties. Oh well - they are nails and will (hopefully) grow back, LOL. Anyway, 3 coats of Barbie b/c it's sheer. My Aunt brought me a beautiful scarf from her trip to Ireland and this color matched perfectly!

IMG_20170803_210134376

China Glaze I'm Not Lion: Birthday nails! My bottle of Lion is OLD - not as old as me, but you know - so I had to dump thinner in it to make it usable. 10/10 will throw away.

IMG_20170803_220256137

China Glaze I'm Not Lion w/decals: These decals are from American Made Creations. I forgot I had them until I was digging around in my decals box.

IMG_20170805_204714943

Essie Cocktails & Coconuts: Old habits die hard! Back to two perfect coats of neutral polish and topcoat to begin the next week.

xoxo,
Lacey

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Glisten & Glow Ridge Relief - New Product!!

Hello there! I have an exciting new basecoat product to show you from Glisten & Glow. You probably already know HK Girl topcoat since it is clearly the world's best, glossiest, and quickest drying topcoat EVER.

Recently, Jill has introduced Ridge Relief, designed to smooth over the ridges in your nails before you apply polish.

I LOVE ridge-filling basecoats, personally. But, I also love a face primer, designed to smooth and perfect the skin before makeup application. Think of Ridge Relief as a primer for your nails - smooth and perfect the surface before applying your polish!

IMG_20170731_195603339

I begin every many with a nail hardening basecoat, so I did the same here. In the photo below, I added one coat of Ridge Relief to my pink and middle nails. You can clearly see how it improves the color and texture of the nail. It just LOOKS smoother, and certainly feels it, too.

IMG_20170731_195614216

Close up - Ridge Relief is on my middle and pinky nails.

IMG_20170731_195623211

Here are all 4 nails with Ridge Relief. Smooooth!

IMG_20170731_195825486

I used China Glaze Don't Mesa With My Heart here over Ridge Relief. Check out how flawless my mani looks!

IMG_20170731_202157940

Close up!

IMG_20170731_202148646

Here is Zoya Pippa over Ridge Relief. With bright colors like this, ridges would show horribly!! Look how delightful and perfect this mani looks!

IMG_20170730_194250362

There you have it! I am a huge fan of Ridge Relief - and, of course, my HK Girl topcoat. If you have nails with ridges, this is going to be your Go-To basecoat!

You can purchase the topcoat and Ridge Relief at http://glistenandglow.bigcartel.com!

xoxo,
Lacey

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Mani Round Up: August 1, 2017

Happy August, beauties!

My birthday is on Friday of this week. I am on the hunt for new and fabulous beauty advice, so if you have any tips for me, please leave them in the comments!

Let me show you what I put on my nails last week...and a couple pics from the week before that I forgot to post (my bad!).

IMG_20170720_213359106

Zoya Avery: Normally I reach for Taylor or Chantal but I accidentally grabbed Avery instead. Shame on me for not using this more frequently! Avery is a nice color, but...is it just me, or are those hands looking a bit lobster?

IMG_20170722_192228415

China Glaze Pinking Out The Window: In my mind, I wanted a muted coral. I rooted around in the pink drawer of my melmer and came up with this. Perfect! This is actually 3 coats with topcoat.

IMG_20170723_195640633

Orly You're Blushing: Not sure who blushes in greys but I love this color. The formula is perfect, 2 coats and done, and in the light there is a lilac purple quality to this color that makes it extra special.

IMG_20170724_205516569

OPI Spotted over Orly You're Blushing: I used to hoard my "special" polishes, saving them for "special" occasions. Four plus years later I realize I have used my OPI Spotted maybe once, ever. Therefore, special is NOW and I am going to start pulling out the polishes that I've avoided using for so long. The thinner the coat the better, with Spotted.

That's it for this week!

xoxo,
Lacey

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Mask of the Week: Freeman FeelingBeautiful Peel-Off Clay Mask Clearing

I am such a sucker for the WalMart displays with the 7th Heaven and Freeman masks. My WalMart doesn't have these, so when I see these inexpensive little beauties at other stores, I tend to buy in bulk. My bad!

Recently, I spied something new to my little eyes: PEEL-OFF Clay Masks! Neat! Sometimes I gravitate to my sheet masks instead of other types because I am a lazy youknowwhat and sheet masks are just quicker and neater. No washing off at the end, it makes all the difference, amirite!? Anyway, peel-off clay sounded pretty intriguing, so this Sweet Tea and Lemon Clearing version came home with me.

IMG_20170611_174921585

Normal directions in the back. With any peel off mask, skip the areas where you have hair so you don't rip them off. Speaking of which, if you haven't googled some of the fail videos of peel-off masks, it is well worth the belly laugh to do so. You're welcome.

IMG_20170611_174902356

I washed my face, added a spray of Vitamin C from the Body Shop (found at TJ Maxx, new favorite thing) and then applied the mask. It is pretty much skin color for me, so I had to be careful when applying.

IMG_20170611_175441676

And, in conclusion, I need some practice with peel-off masks.

IMG_20170611_181342828

The area around my mouth must've been applied lighter, and I don't shut up, so that area dried quickest and was easiest to peel away. See, it's like an anti-goatee, LOL. As for the rest of my face, the peeling didn't go well at all. I was stuck with bits around my jawline, on the inside of my nose, and on my hairline, even though I was careful not to apply it there. I had to rinse a majority of the mask off, and it was nasty and glue-like when rinsing. I ended up using a washcloth to scrub (UGGGGGH) the rest off, which made my skin super red and inflamed. I immediately covered my face in moisturizer and hoped for the best.

In conclusion, if you have a heavy hand when applying products, like I do, this may not be the best choice. I would not use this again, given how much elbow grease it took to remove the remnants. Have you tried this peel-off? Would you, could you?

xoox,
Lacey

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Company V Glow Balm to Oil Foam Review

Hello! Today I have a review of another product I received, for shipping at $3.99, from 08liter.com. This is an awesome product that has officially moved into my (semi) permanent line up! Let me show and tell you more.

IMG_20170522_211716378

This is a huge product - 2.7oz. You only need a tiny bit to cleanse, so this will last months and months!

IMG_20170522_211742124

According to the box, and the only English on there, "this glow balm cleanser effectively cleanses away impurities and heavy makeup from skin with the three step trans balm that changes as a balm-oil-foam."

IMG_20170522_211805323

It's balmy! LOL. Seriously, it's got a sticky balmy gluey consistency. See the little strings attached to my finger? Sticky!

IMG_20170522_211901865

You need just the tiniest dab.

First, when you dip your finger into the pot, it comes out as a balm:

IMG_20170522_211846490

As you rub it into your face, it turns into an oil:

IMG_20170522_212030441

Then, as you mix in a touch of water and massage it on your skin, it becomes very faintly foamy:

IMG_20170522_212055421

It rinses cleanly off the skin, no residue or oil. It does remove makeup, even mascara, and doesn't irritate the eyes as you rub it over your lashes. It has a clean smell, nothing strong, nothing floral or heavily perfumey smelling. I am not sure what is in it, LOL, as the ingredients are Korean, but it works for me!

Thank you, 08liter!

xoxo,
Lacey