Archive for August, 2011

Revlon Expressionists Collection (swatches & review)

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Facets of Fuchsia, Starry Pink, Blue Mosaic

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

I am super excited to show you three out of the four new polishes from Revlon’s Fall/Winter 2011 Expressionists Collection today! As soon as Jen tweeted about finding them I knew I had to search for myself. I was actually able to find them rather easily where I live and I snatched them up immediately. :-D The only one I didn’t grab right away was a nude/taupe creme called Smokey Canvas. I may go back for it though, we’ll see. :-P

All swatches are done with Seche Vite top coat and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher base coat.

 


Starry Pink

Starry Pink
Starry Pink
Starry Pink is a soft, pale pink polish that’s filled with small silver glitter and hex glitter pieces.  I wasn’t sure I was going to like this one, it has a more grey-ish pink hue when it’s in the bottle and I was worried it’d give me zombie hands. However, once Starry Pink dried I was content with the color. :-)
Starry Pink
I really liked the formula for this one. The brush held just the right amount of polish and the color built up pretty nicely after three coats. I still had just a trace of VNL (visible nail line) but I could cope with it. ;-)

Blue Mosaic

Blue Mosaic
Blue Mosaic
Blue Mosaic has a clear base that is swimming in small blue glitter with larger blue, silver, and green hex glitter spaced throughout. The formula for this one was a bit goopy and I had some difficulties getting full coverage with it. You can see that even after four coats my tips are a little bald in some spots.
Blue Mosaic
Here’s a close up. Despite the application issues, Blue Mosaic is still rather lovely. I just don’t have the patience to layer glitter to get full coverage on a regular basis, so I think that for me personally this one is better suited for layering over a creme or jelly based polish.

Facets of Fuchsia

Facets of Fuchsia
Facets of Fuchsia
I saved the best for last.. You are now looking a Facets of Fuchsia, a GORGEOUS black jelly base that’s filled with purple hex glitter and smaller glitter particles. I really love this one, and guess what folks? This one is practically a dead on dupe for Deborah Lippmann’s Bad Romance! I don’t have a bottle of Lippmann’s polish, but Maribeth from Obsessive Compulsive Hoarders has a comparison post on her blog. And I really can’t spot any major differences between the two except for the fact that the Revlon polish is more than $14 cheaper!
Facets of Fuchsia
Here’s a macro shot. I am in love you guys. I know, I know.. I say that about once a week, but really this time it’s for real! :-) This is three shiny, squishy, juicy coats of jelly perfection.


Final Thoughts:

For three polishes that are packed with glitter (especially Blue Mosaic) all of them had rather smooth finishes, a little bumpy but nothing a thin layer of top coat wouldn’t fix. I also enjoyed how dense the hex glitter was in these. In most polishes like this you have to fight with the brush and “place” the hex glitter where you want it on your nail (I’m looking at you, Servin’ Up Sparkle…). With these three, I really didn’t have that issue at all. :-)

Facets of Fuchsia had the longest dry time, but I think my living room was playing tricks on me. I sat on my couch for 45 minutes and it was still tacky, but as soon as I went to my bedroom this polish was completely dry within 5 minutes. *shrugs* I don’t even care because my Bad Romance lemming has been 100% cured. :-D Honestly all three of these are great and they’re super cheap, so if you can find them I suggest you snatch ‘em up asap!

Purchase Info:

Revlon polishes usually retail for anywhere between $4.49 – $5.99/each for a .5 fl oz bottle. You can purchase them at any local drugstore or major retailer (Walgreens, CVS, Target, Wal-Mart, etc.) nationwide. I personally got mine from Target, they were on sale for $3.49/each.

 


Meet Clarence

Clarence <3's My Dresser
Here’s a quick pic of my little one Clarence. Well, not-so-little anymore. He just turned one a few months ago, but he’s about 20lbs of orange tabby kitten energy! :-P This is my youngest fur child that was ill the weekend before last, but he’s back home now and just as spunky as ever. He hopped in my dresser drawer while I was picking out clothes for the day, and his fur is such a close match that he almost blends in. I had to snap a photo, hehe. :-)

Essie Resort 2011 Collection Minis! (swatches & review)

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Lion Around, Da Bush, Your Hut Or Mine?, Fair Game

Hey Everyone!

So if you hadn’t noticed already I’ve been a little M.I.A. for the past week, real life definitely took precedence over the blog. Clarence (my ginger cat that was sick last weekend) had to stay with the vet over the weekend and I was finally able to bring him home on the 23rd. So far he’s been doing great! My vet temporarily put him on a special diet for a month and he’ll have to be re-tested in September to see if his condition has improved. Regardless, I’m just happy he’s home. :-)

The manfriend also had his 25th birthday last week so I was busy with that. Plus I had to deal with a pretty severe reaction to a mosquito bite on my swatching hand that caused it to swell up really badly for almost four days! :-( *phew* I just, had a lot going on you guys. :-P

ANYWAY, today I have four polishes from Essie’s Resort 2011 Collection. I have a soft spot for anything miniature and this entire set has safari themed names, so I couldn’t resist. 8O

Seche Vite and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher were used for all swatches. Now that I’m done writing a novel for my intro, let’s get straight to the polishes. ;-)

 


Da Bush

Da Bush
Okay, I have to say that the name for this one makes me giggle just a teeny bit because my mind is in the gutter approximately 50% of the time. 8) That being said, Da Bush *snorts* is a beautiful sage green creme that applies very smoothly. This is two coats. I had a tiny bit of bubbling with this one but it was only on my pointer finger, so I’m chalking that up to user error.

Fair Game

Fair Game
Initially I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like Fair Game, a greyed out gunmetal blue, because it does have a slightly pearlized finish and I was concerned about brush strokes. While it did show some brush strokes, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I feared it would be. I was also thrilled to see some purple, blue and green shimmer peeking out of the finish, something I was definitely not expecting. :-)
Fair Game
In this macro shot you can see the slight brush strokes I’m talking about, but overall it wasn’t anything bad enough to make me swear off this color. Click the photo to super-size it so you can take in all that beautiful hidden shimmer! This was two coats. :-D

Lion Around

Lion Around
Lion Around is a really pretty dusty rose petal pink with a delicate pearl/shimmer finish. It’s either a bit more forgiving than Fair Game or I just did a better job applying it because it hardly showed any brush strokes. :-P This one was a little streaky compared to the previous two, so I needed three coats to level it out.
Lion Around
Just look at that fine shimmer you guys! You have to enlarge this one to get the full beauty of it. Lion Around is one of those colors that make me feel ultra feminine whenever I wear it, I just love it. :-)

Your Hut Or Mine?

Your Hut Or Mine?
Now this one is my absolute favorite of the four. My jaw literally dropped when I put this on for the first time. I mean, in my notes as I was swatching this one I wrote “OMFG Gorgeous”! :-D Your Hut Or Mine? is a sexy warm pinkish coral that’s filled with orange and pink subtle shimmer.
Your Hut Or Mine?
I am ordering you to maximize this shot so you can bask in the glory that is orange shimmer in a coral polish. This is two coats of smooth, pink, heavenly perfection.. I wore this color for damn near a week, which in my world is pretty much forever. ;-)


Final Thoughts:

I’m very pleased with this mini collection from Essie. The bottles are small, but each polish was well pigmented and had a great formula. The minis also have regular sized flexible brushes which made application a breeze. If you had to get only one polish from this collection I think you all can guess that my vote would be for Your Hut Or Mine?, but Lion Around and Da Bush tied for second place.

Purchase Info:

The Essie Resort 2011 Collection was a limited edition release from this past spring/summer, but you can still find it on Nailsupplies.us, Transdesign.com and Head2ToeBeauty.com. They retail at $8.00/ea for a 0.5 fl oz bottle of polish. The mini 4/Cube set has sold out almost everywhere, but you may still be able to locate in on ebay. :-)

Glitter Gal Sale & Giveaway

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Please take a moment to view this contest and sale info from Leah Anne of shop.llarowe.com (US Glitter Gal Stockist). In order to enter the giveaway, you must click the Contest Machine link at the end of the post and enter your name and email address. :-)

 

The helicopter crash in Afghanistan killed soldiers, fathers, husbands, sons and friends. The members of the military and their families make extraordinary sacrifices for our freedom and deserve our support. Being from a military family I know first hand the sacrifices that these families endure with selfless service to our country.

I will be giving away a set of the Glitter Gal Red, Light As A Feather (white) and Marine Blue to honor these fallen soldiers and their families. This will be a random drawing to be held on September 11, 2011. On the same day, as a tribute to these fallen soldiers and their families, 50% of all sales of Glitter Gal Red, Marine Blue and Light As A Feather on shop.llarowe.com or my Ebay site llarowe, will be donated to the following organization to benefit the families of these soldiers:

http://nswfoundation.org/

Thank you so much for your support and God bless our soldiers and their families for their sacrifices for our freedom!

Weekly Roundup: 8/14 – 8/20

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Cosmetically Challenged Ricky Wilson Dior Celebrity Makeup Artist Fall into the Blue Contest
Midnight Manicures  Zoya’s Neeka
Beauty Thesis  Bright & Smokey? Face of the Day: Dollypop Anime
Polish Pauper-OPI at Cosmoprof left me Warm & Fozzy
Kewt-ified Nails  OPI Shimmer into Summer Swatches!
Royal Beauty Designs Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Collection FOTD Step by Step look
Daily Polish  Daily Polish debuts her first ever Face of the Day!
Nails and Noms - Layering Experiment No. 5: I Like by Essence & Servin’ Up Sparkle by OPI
Purple Eye Diamond - Sugarpill swatches & review
Beauty and Fashion Tech  MAC Me Over Swatches
Girl Gloss How To Choose The Best Sunglasses For Your Face Shape
Beauty Mamas How to be a Gyaru on a Budget: Circle Lenses – Puffy 3 Tone Grey
Glitter.Gloss.Garbage Fall Lip Trend- Bold Red Lips
Addicted To All Things Pretty  Is Tracee Ellis Ross Proudly Sporting a Fake Birkin?
Nailfiled Zoya Valerie Swatches

More Essence Colour & Go – Swatches & Review

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Mellow Yellow, Can't Cheat On Me, Choose Me!, Irreplaceable

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all are enjoying your Sunday. I’m a bit of a mess at the moment. I had to bring my cat Clarence (orange tabby) to the emergency vet yesterday and he has to stay there until Monday at the earliest. He has an obstruction of some kind and I won’t have an update on his condition until some time later today. So if everyone could keep him in your thoughts that would be fantastic. :-(

Anyway, today I have the rest of my Essence Colour & Go polishes that were sent to me by my friend Dana. I don’t know why my bottle picture is so murky looking, disregard that and scroll down to the lovely swatches. :-P

All swatches shown are done with Seche Vite top coat and SH Nail Quencher base coat.

 


Mellow Yellow

Mellow Yellow
Mellow Yellow
Mellow Yellow is your standard light, but not pastel, yellow creme. It applies a bit streaky like most yellows, and if you don’t wait a few minutes between coats you will get cuticle drag. This is three coats.

Irreplaceable

Irreplaceable
Irreplaceable
Irreplaceable is a beautiful nude beige that is packed solid with gold shimmer. This is three thin coats. Click the macro on this baby for a better look at the ridiculous amount of glitter in this one. :-) While the color is great, I’m not sure it’s doing too much for my skin tone. I did tan a lot this summer so I’ll have to try this one again once winter is in full effect.

Can’t Cheat On Me

Can't Cheat On Me (no flash)
I’m really not sure why this one is named Can’t Cheat On Me, there must be some story behind it. *shrugs* This one is a silver polish with an extremely subtle scattered holo effect. It’s so subtle, that you really can’t see it all that well in this photo.
Can't Cheat On Me (with camera flash)
You can see the holo particles a little better under camera flash, but it is still a very subtle effect. Clicking this picture will give you a better view. Can’t Cheat On Me was very sheer, this is three coats but you can still see a little VNL (visible nail line).

Choose Me!

Choose Me!
And here’s my favorite of the bunch, Choose Me!, a memorizing blue polish filled with green and gold shimmer. This one was also pretty sheer, at three coats you can still clearly see VNL.
Choose Me!
But doesn’t it look familiar? If you own Zoya Charla or OPI Catch Me In Your Net or Orly Halleys Comet… Then you know what I’m talking about. These three polishes are basically dead on dupes for Choose Me! Iris at Pimp My Nails has a comparison of Choose Me! and Charla, but search the web and you’ll quickly see that they all look the same. Choose Me! is by far the most inexpensive one to grab though I like the formula and opacity of Charla more.
Choose Me!
Click on this picture to get a shimmer overload! I just love the effect that this polish gives, it looks like I’m staring into the ocean. One important thing to note about Choose Me! or any of its dupes, they will ALL stain the crap out of your nails so take that as a warning. I used a super thick base coat when I swatched this and did not experience any staining. But I only wore it for a very short time. My friends who also have Choose Me! have not been so lucky, and I know from personal experience (and green nail beds) that Charla stains like crazy. :-P


Final Thoughts:

Overall I really like these little Essence Colour & Go polishes. They’re super inexpensive and the variety of colors is quite nice. Though each bottle is quite small they all have wide, normal sized brushes which make application quite easy. I do wish that I could find them outside of Ulta stores, since I don’t have one where I live I have to order online or rely on friends to send me goodies. :-)

Also, if anyone knows where I can find Essence Pool Party I will love you forever, I have been lemming after that color since the dawn of time. :-P

Purchase Info:

Essence Colour & Go polishes can be purchased at Ulta stores nationwide, and also on ulta.com. They retail at 99¢/ea for a .1 fl oz bottle.

Layering Experiment No. 5 – I Like by Essence & Servin’ Up Sparkle by OPI

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Essence 'I Like' & OPI 'Servin' Up Sparkle'

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Today I’ve got a beautiful layering combo to share with you all. I combined three coats of I Like, a beautiful shimmering seafoam green by Essence, with one coat of Servin’ Up Sparkle, the layering glitter that comes with the OPI/Serena Williams Glam Slam!  Summer 2011 Collection. I still have to swatch that set, but I’m being a slowpoke. :-P You can see more swatches of I Like over at my guest post on Also Known As…, a blog run by the lovely Kellie Gonzo.

Seche Vite top coat and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher base coat were used for these swatches. Also, click the images to enlarge them (and drool).

 


I Like (Essence) + Servin’ Up Sparkle (OPI)

Essence 'I Like' & OPI 'Servin' Up Sparkle'
Ever since I put this polish on I have been craving sweets at my local bakery. This combination reminds me of cupcakes covered with blue frosting and sugar sprinkles. ^_^ Vanilla Could Cake and French Macarons have been haunting my dreams. :-D
Essence 'I Like' & OPI 'Servin' Up Sparkle' (w/flash)
Here’s a picture with flash, it shows off the hidden shimmer in I Like a bit more.Essence 'I Like' & OPI 'Servin' Up Sparkle'
I really love this combination. The holographic round and hex glitter in Servin’ Up Sparkle adds an ethereal look to the already beautiful ice blue shimmer in I Like!


 

Meet Chauncey

Lap Cat

And to end this I’d like to sneak in a picture of one of my fur kids, Chauncey. He’s a Poly-dactyl/Hemingway cat, which means he has a few extra toes (he has ‘thumbs’ so his front paws look like mittens :-)). He is the sweetest cat in the world and a total mama’s boy, he will follow me room to room just to be next to me when I’m home. :-P His current favorite spot is on my lap when I’m using my desktop. Normally he has his head resting on my right hand (making it hard to control the mouse, heh) but he was curious about the camera in my hand. ;-)

I hope you all enjoyed today’s post! :-)

Weekly Roundup: 8/7 – 8/13

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Kewt-ified Nails Where’s My Pinata? The Layering Combo You Didn’t Know You Needed
Bookworm Nails NYC Colors Black Magic Halloween 2011 Review, Swatches, Pictures
Midnight Manicures  Catrice – Dirty Berry
Beauty Thesis  Review: Benefit They’re Real Mascara
Beauty Info Zone  Myrabelle Mascara Shield, does it make life easier?
Reve Noir  Inglot Canada/US Pricing Discrepancy
Girly Bits  Covered in Flowers Nail Art
Royal Beauty Designs  Product Battles: Crown Brush C433 Pro Blending Fluff  vs. M.A.C. #217
Daily Polish  Love Mascara but hate applying and removing it every day? Ever tried semi-permanent mascara that lasts for 4 weeks? Daily Polish checks it out!
Addicted to All Things Pretty OPI Samoan Sand has a Dupe
Gloss Garbage Selling Swag? Nay or Yay?

Guest Post on Also Known As…

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Hey Everyone!

Today’s post can be found over at Kellie Gonzo’s lovely blog, Also Known As… I had the wonderful honor of doing a guest post for her. Go check it out!! :-D

Click the picture to be brought to my post. ^_^

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Revlon Sweetly Seductive Scented Polish (swatches & review)

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Grapefruit Fizz & Apple-Tini Fizz

Morning Everyone!

Today I have two of the newer scented polishes that Revlon released this summer. They’re from the Sweetly Seductive Collection and guess what folks, each one is a glass flecked jelly!! :-D Each color had a corresponding scented lip gloss that was part of the display, though I didn’t think to grab any of those at the time when I was at the store. :-P I ended up coming home with Apple-Tini Fizz and Grapefruit Fizz. I’m hit or miss with scented polishes so I only picked a few just in case I really didn’t like ‘em. These are pretty sheer, so if you’re not a big fan on VNL (visible nail line) consider yourself warned.

Seche Vite top coat and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher were used for these swatches.

 


Apple-Tini Fizz

Apple-Tini Fizz
Apple-Tini Fizz is a sheer bright green jelly filled with large glass flecks. The scent on this one reminded me of green apple flavored Jolly Ranchers!
Apple-Tini Fizz
This was four coats and there’s still a considerable amount of VNL. I think Apple-Tini Fizz may be better suited for layering.

Grapefruit Fizz

Grapefruit Fizz
The coverage on Grapefruit Fizz was a little better, though you can still make out a hint of VNL. The scent on this one wasn’t as nice as Apple-Tini Fizz though. It smelled kind of like grapefruit, if you were to spray your fruit with Windex. :-P
Grapefruit Fizz
Despite the somewhat sketchy scent, I liked the baby pink color of Grapefruit Fizz a lot. The multi-toned large glass flecks really complement this jelly. This was also four coats. :-)


Final Thoughts:

I have mixed feelings about these scented polishes by Revlon. When I scratched the stickers on each polish I enjoyed the way they smelled, on my nails it was hit or miss. Apple-Tini Fizz has a nice scent to it but it is so sheer that I can’t really wear it by itself. Grapefruit Fizz has the coverage I want but the scent drives me slightly mad. I wish I could combine the better elements of each into one polish! :-P I think I’ll give it one more try to see if the Watermelon Fizz one I saw there is more to my liking.

Also, do NOT do what I did and smell the polish straight out of the bottle and expect it to smell like fruit. That was probably one of the more dense things that I’ve done in a while. :-P

Purchase Info:

Revlon polishes usually retail for anywhere between $4.49 – $5.99/each for a .5 fl oz bottle. You can purchase them at any local drugstore or major retailer (Walgreens, CVS, Target, Wal-Mart, etc.) nationwide.

Pixel: Humdinger, Oh Golly Gee!!, & Aqua-Escence (swatches & review)

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Humdinger, Oh Golly Gee!, Aqua-Escence

Morning Everyone!

Today I’ve got three polishes by Pixel, another brand that is new to me, to share with you all. My lovely friend Dana went to Ulta a few weeks ago and had a wee bit of a shopping spree. She called me while she was there to see if I wanted anything since I don’t have an Ulta where I live. Of course I said “hell yes!”, and she grabbed a nice sized haul to send me in the mail. I’ll be swatching the remainder of the Ulta haul throughout the rest of this month :-D

According to the description on the Ulta website, Pixel is a 3-Free brand. This means their polishes do not contain DBP, Toluene or Formaldehyde. They promise a long wearing, no chip salon quality formula and have over 72 colors to choose from. I haven’t done a wear test on these yet so I’ll have to update you on that claim in the future. :-)

All swatches shown today are done with Seche Vite top coat and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher base coat.

 


Humdinger

Humdinger
I really like the name of this one. According to the dictionary, the definition for a humdinger is: ‘One that is extraordinary or remarkable’, and I think I’d have to agree with that assessment! Humdinger is a rich, sapphire blue polish with subtle shimmer.
Humdinger
The first coat was a bit streaky but it quickly evened out after the second coat of polish. Humdinger reminds me a bit of my beloved Indigo Paris by Lancôme, I will have to do a comparison post to see how similar they really are. :-)

Aqua-Escence

Aqua-Escence
Aqua-Escence is a gorgeous teal/aqua green with subtle gold shimmer. This one is definitely my favorite of the three Pixel polishes that I tried. Aqua-Escence has a nice buttery smooth formula, I used three thin coats but probably could have stopped at two.
Aqua-Escence
Aqua-Escence
The gold shimmer in this one is extraordinary! Instead of this being just another teal green polish, the shimmer takes it to another level. Click the macro shot for a super-sized view on this beauty. :-)

Oh Golly Gee!!

Oh Golly Gee!
Initially I was not thrilled with Oh Golly Gee!! When I applied it to my pointer finger it was so incredibly sheer that I needed five coats before it even remotely came close to resembling the shade in the bottle! Even then, it kinda just made it look like I had a sickly looking fingernail. :-( But then I decided to layer it over black. That’s when the magic happened…
Oh Golly Gee!
When Oh Golly Gee!! meets black nail polish a beautiful multi-chromatic baby is born! Look at how different this one looks when I layered two coats of Oh Golly Gee!! over black compared to the sad and bland color on my pointer finger (five coats, I mean really…)!
Oh Golly Gee!
Oh Golly Gee!
The colors in Oh Golly Gee!! range from a reddish bronze, to a copper, to yellow then sometimes to a brown. It’s rather stunning!
Oh Golly Gee!
Just take a minute to look at how gorgeous this macro is (click the photo to super-size it). Are you drooling yet? It’s okay, I won’t think any less of you. :-P


Final Thoughts:

I was pleasantly surprised by the Pixel brand. I had seen them on the Ulta website but never really gave it much thought since most of the colors looks pretty standard. The color payoff for Humdinger and Aqua-Escence is fantastic, and to top it off there was a hidden multi-chrome in the mix?! Color me impressed. ;-) The bottles are pretty tiny but for less than $3 bucks a piece they would make nice little stocking stuffers. I’m already thinking about Christmas, yeesh!

Purchase Info:

Pixel nail polish can be purchased at Ulta stores nationwide and on ulta.com. They retail at $2.49/ea for a .17 fl oz bottle.

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