Archive for January, 2012

NOTD: L’Oreal L’Orange & Glitter Gal Marine Blue with Red Angel Stamp RA-106

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Hello Lovelies!

I was pretty pumped when I happened upon the display of new L’Oreal Colour Riche nail polishes a few weeks back at my Walgreens. I love L’Oreal nail polish but they were always impossible to find where I live since no one seemed to carry them in the stores here. I only grabbed one color just to try out the new line, but I think I’ll be going back for more because the one I grabbed is flippin’ fabulous!

I’ll let the pictures do the rest of my talking for me. :-D

 


L’Oreal L’Orange & Glitter Gal Marine Blue with RA-106

L'Oreal L'Orange & Glitter Gal Marine Blue w/Red Angel RA-106 Stamp
L'Oreal L'Orange & Glitter Gal Marine Blue w/Red Angel RA-106 Stamp
L'Oreal L'Orange & Glitter Gal Marine Blue w/Red Angel RA-106 Stamp
L'Oreal L'Orange & Glitter Gal Marine Blue w/Red Angel RA-106 Stamp

I ended up choosing L’Oreal L’Orange, a gorgeous bright (but not neon) orange jelly/creme hybrid that was a dream to work with! I used 3 coats to reach the opacity level I liked. I am seriously gaga for this color, and I’m pretty sure I was tweeting like crazy about it as I was swatching it earlier this month. :-P

I decided to experiment with my Glitter Gal holos to see if they would be good for stamping, so I grabbed my Red Angel RA-106 stamp and Marine Blue – a gorgeous medium blue linear holo – and went to town. :-)
L'Oreal L'Orange & Glitter Gal Marine Blue w/Red Angel RA-106 Stamp
Macro shot time! I know it’s a strange color combination but I really like the contrast of the juicy orange against the holographic shine of Marine Blue. It’s fun and funky, me likey. :-D



That’s it for today, have any of you guys had a chance to try the new L’Oreal polishes yet? There’s so many of them I have my eyes on. I spied a yellow, another orange and tons of pretty dark greens and blues. *clasps hands together* Gooooood… GOOoooooood…. ;-)

NerdLacquer Warrior Ethos – Swatches & Review

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Morning Everyone!

I’ve got my last NerdLacquer to share with you all today from my Etsy mini-haul, and it’s another gorgeous one! This time I’ve got NerdLacquer Warrior Ethos to show you, it may be my new favorite red jelly polish. ♥

I used my usual Seche Vite/Nail Quencher top coat and base coat combo for my swatches today.

 


Warrior Ethos

NerdLacquer - Warrior Ethos
NerdLacquer - Warrior Ethos
NerdLacquer - Warrior Ethos

Amanda describes Warrior Ethos as “a bright blood red with black, iridescent, copper, and red glitter, plus medium black hexagonal glitter and large copper hexagonal glitter. Opaque in two coats, or great as a top coat over your favorite crimson.”

Warrior Ethos is another polish from the Where No Lacquer Has Gone Before Series (Star Trek). This polish is a breeze to apply and has pretty great opacity for a jelly. I used 3 coats here to make the color a little deeper but 2 would have been just fine. :-)
NerdLacquer - Warrior Ethos
Here’s a macro shot for you all. The mix of iridescent and hexagonal black glitter just makes this polish all that more awesome! And even before I applied my top coat Warrior Ethos dried quickly and super smooth.
NerdLacquer - Warrior Ethos
Gratuitous bottle shot here. I love that the full sized bottles are all different shapes, it gives the brand a “mad scientist” feel that I enjoy. ;-)


Final Thoughts:

I hope you enjoyed my NerdLacquer Weekend! By now I think you all know how I feel about this brand. I’m hooked! So far I have not been disappointed by any of NerdLacquer’s polishes, and I can definitely foresee myself owning a LOT more in the immediate future.

Have you tried NerdLacquer yet? If so, what are your favorite polishes? ^_^

Purchase Info:

You can purchase her regular 15ml bottles of polish for $8.00 each from NerdLacquer’s Etsy Shop, or for $10.00 each from Harlow & Co. Both sites are pretty low on stock right now but that’s definitely temporary while Amanda is creating new batches of her collection. And if you go through Harlow & Co. you can sign up for email notifications to find out when NerdLacquer polishes are back in stock. ^_^

NerdLacquer Purely Logical – Swatches & Review

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Happy Saturday Everyone!

It’s pretty much going to be a NerdLacquer weekend so I hope you all brought some snacks. ;-) Today I’ve got Purely Logical to show you and holy man alive this polish is love at first sight! It was the very first NerdLacquer polish I saw that I just absolutely NEEDED to own.

I used my usual Seche Vite/Nail Quencher top coat and base coat combo for my swatches today. Less talk from me, we’re moving straight into swatch-ville. :-D

 


Purely Logical

NerdLacquer - Purely Logical
NerdLacquer - Purely Logical
NerdLacquer - Purely Logical
NerdLacquer - Purely Logical
PURELY LOGICAL is a brilliant shimmering acid green packed with silver, copper, iridescent, and turquoise glitter, plus copper and turquoise medium hexagonal glitter. Opaque in two coats, or great as a top coat over your favorite green or turquoise lacquer.

Purely Logical is from the Where No Lacquer Has Gone Before Series, which is based on a Star Trek theme. Again I’m using Amanda’s description for this because she explains the intricacy of this polish perfectly. ♥

It’s a bit sheer and I ended up using 3 coats of polish here, but I plan to layer this over 8,000,000 greens in the immediate future as suggested in the polish description. You can still see a hint of VNL but this is one of those instances where I do not care. :-)
NerdLacquer - Purely Logical
Here’s a macro shot so you can see the superfine shimmer that takes this polish to holy sh*t levels of amazing. Enlarge this photo to its original size or live with the regret for the rest of your lives. ;-)
NerdLacquer - Purely Logical
Annnnd a bottle shot thrown in the mix. I love the mini bottles, but man are they a pain in the butt to hold on to when trying to snap photos. I may have “baby hands” but these 5ml bottle are teeny! :-P


Final Thoughts:

So I’m kind of head over heels in love with Purely Logical. I admit that I know next to nothing about Star Trek (fellow nerds across the globe weep) but that doesn’t mean that I can’t adore this polish. :-D

Getting the hex glitter out of the bottle can be a bit tricky. But I used my invert/toothpick trick again and that really loosened up the glitter from the sides of the bottle for me.

I think I’ll definitely need to order the full sized bottle of Purely Logical once it’s back in stock. Now I just need Amanda to do a Game of Thrones based collection and I can die a happy woman. ;-)

Purchase Info:

I purchased my 5ml minis as part of the boxed mini quad gift set, which I think cost $12.00 for 4 mini bottles of polish. You can purchase her regular 15ml bottles of polish for $8.00 each from NerdLacquer’s Etsy Shop, or for $10.00 each from Harlow & Co. Both sites are pretty low on stock right now but that’s definitely temporary while Amanda is creating new batches of her collection. And if you go through Harlow & Co. you can sign up for email notifications to find out when NerdLacquer polishes are back in stock. ^_^

NerdLacquer Firefly Series – Swatches & Review!

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NerdLacquer - Firefly Series

Hey Everyone!

I’m super excited to show you this collection today! I got my hands on the NerdLacquer Firefly Series minis a few weeks ago and I finally had time to swatch them yesterday. :-D I’ve been drooling over pretty much EVERY NerdLacquer polish on Amanda Collier’s Etsy shop since early December. I even got a few of them for friends at Christmas time, but these are the first that I can call my own! You may not have realized this by now, but I am a super nerd and her polishes are right up my ally. As soon as my friend told me she’d released a collection based on the Serenity/Firefly series I pounced!

The sci-fi space western tv series Firefly and the accompanying movie Serenity are hands down one of my favorites and I am a super fangirl when it comes to that show/movie. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve re-watched the series and the movie over the past 10 years (has it really been that long!?). So basically I’m a Browncoat for life! :-P

Shiny. Let’s move right on to the swatches, shall we? I used Sally Hansen Nail Quencher Base Coat and Seche Vite top coat for my swatches today. I’m going to use Amanda’s descriptions for the polishes because they’re made of win and awesome. ^_^

 


Gorramit

NerdLacquer - Gorramit
NerdLacquer - Gorramit
NerdLacquer - Gorramit
GORRAMIT is a cantankerous golden yellow with silver and gold microglitter, gold glitter, medium square red glitter, and multiple sizes of copper and rust hexagonal glitter. A little feisty, but easy on the eyes, and quite opaque in two coats. Keep away from liquor, women, and firearms.

So I frickin LOVE this polish! It’s such a beautiful goldenrod yellow and I have nothing like this in my collection. *le swoon* And true to her word, I barely needed 2 coats to reach opacity. And even with the glitter party going on in this polish Gorramit applied like buttah!
NerdLacquer - Gorramit
Look at this macro. Click on this macro. Die happy. Favorite. Yellow. EVER. ♥

Shiny

NerdLacquer - Shiny
NerdLacquer - Shiny
NerdLacquer - Shiny
SHINY is a clear sky blue with sapphire shift, silver and white microglitter, ultrafine opalescent blue glitter, multiple sizes of silver hex glitter, plus medium square white and silver glitter. It’s spacey, it’s cool, it’s synonymous with “fine,” and it’s very shiny indeed. Quite opaque in two coats, and surprisingly smooth with a single layer of top coat.

Shiny was pretty sheer for me, I had to use 3 coats to reach the level of opacity I preferred. And the square glitter was being difficult at first. But after I inverted the bottle for 15 minutes and scraped the inside down with a toothpick to loosen the glitter from the bottle that did the trick! The things we do for polish. ;-)
NerdLacquer - Shiny
Here’s your macro shot of Shiny. You’re gonna need to enlarge this one too. The shimmer is gorgeous! I didn’t even notice it until I had it on my nails and I was floored by how pretty it is. :-D I may try layering Shiny over a pale blue next time I wear it for a different look.

I Aim To Misbehave

NerdLacquer - I Aim To Misbehave
NerdLacquer - I Aim To Misbehave
NerdLacquer - I Aim To Misbehave
I AIM TO MISBEHAVE is a deep plummy wine base with silver microglitter, medium bronze hexagonal glitter, silver and garnet red glitter and ultra fine bronze glitter, plus a slight blue-shift shimmer. It might seem a little naughty or difficult to get along with, but it’s really pretty easy going. Note that this shade is a gorram glitter bomb, so go heavy with the top coat.

She is NOT kidding about this polish being a hungry glitter. 8O The swatches above are with two thick coats of Seche Vite. I tried to use just one coat of SV and it was gritty at hell. This is 2 coats of polish.
NerdLacquer - I Aim To Misbehave
You know the drill, enlarge this macro folks! :-D I Aim To Misbehave is just so darn pretty! It’s totally worth the effort to make it smooth. I couldn’t stop staring at the fine multi-colored glitter. It felt like I had jewels encrusted into my nails!
NerdLacquer - I Aim To Misbehave
Here’s a photo of I Aim To Misbehave with just one coat of Seche Vite. Grity City folks, definitely un-shiny. I’m glad I ended up adding a 2nd coat of TC because I was ready to write this one off as a ‘meh’.


Final Thoughts:

Ever since I got my one friend her mini quad gift set for Christmas she has been hooked, now after trying the polishes myself I can totally see why. Do you have to guess? I love, love, LOVE, these polishes! They are close to my fangirl heart and I’m happy I was able to get my hands on them. The names are great, the colors are unique and the formulas are superb. So basically I’m gonna need MOAR NerdLacquer polishes in the immediate future. I’ve got my eyes on her Flying Circus Collection next. :-D

Purchase Info:

I purchased my 5ml minis as part of the boxed mini quad set, which I think cost $12.00 for 4 mini bottles of polish. You can purchase her regular 15ml bottles of polish for $8.00 each from NerdLacquer’s Etsy Shop, or for $10.00 each from Harlow & Co. She restocks pretty frequently on her Etsy shop so I check (read as STALK) that page pretty regularly for updates. I think Katie from Harlow & Co. is due to receive more inventory in February. ^_^

Lush Red Dragon Soap Press Release

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Please enjoy this press release from Lush Cosmetics!

LATHER UP FOR GOOD LUCK! 

Chinese New Year is January 23rd and to celebrate the Year of the Dragon, LUSH created a beautiful, limited edition soap with the best-selling Karma fragrance. The spicy blend of patchouli, lavender and pine perfectly captures the passionate, creative and free-spirited nature of the Dragon. Intense, earthy, and confident: have a wash with LUSH’s Dragon soap and your ambitions for the year ahead are sure to come to fruition.

At the very least, you’ll be nice and clean, and smell scrumptious.

The Red Dragon soap ($7.95*) is available ONLINE ONLY at LUSH.com starting January 2012.

LUSH Red Dragon Soap
LUSH Red Dragon Soap

*SRP

Images provided by PR.

 

Layering Experiment No. 6 – My Rainbow Fish Nails

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Hey Everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine has been pretty hit or miss since I’ve been a bit sickly on and off all week. Blah. But the manicure I’ve been sporting has been keeping my spirits up! After seeing my Canadian pal Kirsten’s gorgeous fish scale layering mani I felt inspired to play around with my Red Angel Stamps to see if I could come up with my own version of a fish scale look. I’m pretty pleased with my results, I hope you are too!

This post is pretty picture heavy. *puts on sunglasses* Deal with it. 8)

 


Rainbow Fish Nails

Rainbow Fish Manicure
Rainbow Fish Manicure
Rainbow Fish Manicure
OMG you guys. O-M-F-G. 8O

I love this manicure so much that I honestly don’t ever want to take it off! Well, at least until I get some seriously noticeable tip wear. ;-) I started off with 2 coats of OPI DS Magic, a gorgeous royal blue polish filled with duo chrome blue glass flecks that flash purple. I then added 1 coat of Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure, which is probably one of my favorite polishes EVER. Then I took my Red Angel stamp, RA-111 and used A England Holy Grail to add the “fish scale” pattern for my finished look. All of my co-workers and my boyfriend said it reminded them of The Rainbow Fish. I can see it. It also reminds me of stained glass. Either way, I’m in love. :-D
Rainbow Fish Manicure
Rainbow Fish Manicure
Here’s some close-up shots for you all, you definitely need to enlarge these two photos to see all the flakie/glass flecked goodness. ♥

Mattified With Essie Matte About You

Rainbow Fish Manicure - Matte Top Coat
Rainbow Fish Manicure - Matte Top Coat
Rainbow Fish Manicure - Matte Top Coat
I wanted to see what the manicure looked like mattified so I added 1 coat of Essie’s Matte About You top coat… So I didn’t think it could get better but it did!! I am loving the way this looks with the matte finish! It reminds me of frosted over windows in winter. :-)
Rainbow Fish Manicure - Matte Top Coat
Rainbow Fish Manicure - Matte Top Coat
More macro shots. Go ahead, click on ‘em. ;-)



That’s it for today! And I’d like to add that this manicure has been wearing like iron on my nails! I’ve had it on since early last week and I hardly have any tip wear. I’m also sporting DS Magic on my toes, I got it from my boyfriend’s mom for Christmas (along with DS Classic which I haven’t tried yet) and it’s quickly become a favorite. Thanks mom number 2! :-D

NOTD: Watercolor Nails!

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Hey Everyone!

Sorry for my absence this week, my days off were pretty hectic and I could hardly find time to paint my nails or blog for that matter! And Wednesday I chose to participate in the web-wide Blackout to protest SOPA/PIPA, both bills which could spell the end for beauty bloggers like myself and others. :-( If you’re still confused on what these two bills are, you can find out more info and sign the petition to stop them in their tracks [HERE].

I come back offering you one of my NOTD looks from last week, watercolor nails! After seeing the great manis done by Sarah from Chalkboard Nails and Rebecca from Rebecca Likes Nails I just had to try this technique for myself! Also, why does Blogger auto load to the bottom of the page now? Annoying.

But I digress, let’s get to the pictures shall we?

 


Watercolor Nails

Watercolor Mani
Watercolor Mani
Polishes Used (in order):

Sally Hansen – White On (base color)
China Glaze – Poinsettia
Finger Paints – Curdor-Orange
Cult Nails – Feel Me Up
Sally Hansen – Thinking of Blue

Watercolor Mani
Watercolor Mani
At first I wasn’t sure if I liked the way my watercolor manicure had turned out. But the more I looked at it the more I ended up really liking it. Though next time I want to use brighter colors because I think the blue I used is a little overpowering. :-P
Watercolor Mani
Watercolor Mani
This mani reminds me of a Monet painting, especially my ring finger! This look was relatively easy to create. Though it can be easy to eat straight through the top coat with the acetone if you linger in one spot for too long. You can view/read tutorials on how to create this look on both Sarah and Rebecca’s posts that I linked at the top of the page. ^_^



That’s it for today! I also entered this manicure into the Cult Nails Nail Art contest. You can view it on their Facebook Fan Page and vote for yours truly if the mood strikes you. ;-)

Guest Post for Ivana Thinks Pink!

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Hey Everyone!

I am a guest posting MACHINE this week, hehe. You should most definitely check out my guest post for the lovely Ivana of Ivana Thinks Pink. The poor thing is still healing from hand/wrist surgery so a whole gang of us have been chipping in for a guest post series, it’s been so much fun! You can view my contribution by clicking [HERE], or on the picture below. :-D


Pure Ice Twinkle & OPI Lucerne-Tainly Look Marvelous w/ Red Angel RA-112 Stamp

A-England Swatches: Morgan Le Fay, Merlin, Elaine & Excalibur

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A-England: Morgan Le Fay, Merlin, Elaine, Excalibur

Hey Everyone!

I’m back today with more A-England swatches. These are the final four that I have to show you from The Mythicals Collection! If you missed any of my swatches from this collection in the past, you can see them [HERE], [HERE], [HERE], [HERE], [HERE], and [HERE]. :-P

Adina has a new collection coming out soon called ‘The Legend’, and it looks PHENOMENAL! You can see preliminary swatches on Eugenia’s blog, Ommorphia Beauty Bar. You best believe I’ll be getting my hands on these new A-England beauties as soon as humanly possible. :-D

I used The Knight Base Coat and The Shield Top Coat by A-England for all of today’s swatches.

 


Excalibur

A-England Excalibur
A-England Excalibur
Excalibur is an intensely bright platinum silver metallic foil. This polish likes to show brush strokes so you have to be careful with application. This isn’t one that I would normally wear as a full mani. That being said, Excalibur is a BEAST when it comes to using it for nail plate art (like my NYE nails). I used 2 coats here.

I also get a kick out of Excalibur because its name reminds me of the character from one of my favorite tv anime series, Soul Eater. Excalibur is also the name of the insufferable anthropomorphic legendary sword that annoys the hell out of every single character it comes across. He constantly interrupts anyone talking to him by shouting “FOOL” at them, and his song and dance routine are pretty stellar too. :-P

Excaliburrrrrrrrrrrr....

Merlin

A-England Merlin
A-England Merlin
Merlin is very interesting to me. It looks like your standard old silver glitter polish, but upon closer inspection I realized that it’s made up of tons of irregularly shaped silver pieces! And of course I forgot to take a macro shot of this one, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. You can kinda see what I mean if you enlarge the second photo. :-P

This is 3 thin coats, and there’s still a teeny bit of VNL. I have a feeling that this polish will be fun for future gradient nail art. :-D

Elaine

A-England Elaine
A-England Elaine
Mmmm, how I love Elaine! This is such a gorgeous dark eggplant purple creme, and the formula is amazing! This is 2 coats, but you could easily get away with 1 coat. It’s just so deliciously vampy, I didn’t want to take it off to keep swatching! And now I suddenly have a craving for grapes…

Morgan Le Fay over Elaine

A-England Morgan Le Fay
A-England Morgan Le Fay
Like I just mentioned, I REALLY didn’t want to take Elaine off just yet so I layered 1 coat of Morgan Le Fay over it. Polish Perfection! Morgan Le Fay is a pearlescent shimmering white that’s filled with pink and blue flecks that really pop when it’s layered! I really really love this one. I’ve yet to try it on its own but I’m sure that Morgan Le Fay looks wonderful by itself as well.
A-England Morgan Le Fay
Here’s your macro shot, you absolutely NEED to enlarge this photo. :-D I’m very much reminded of Essie’s recently released Pure Pearlfection when I look at Morgan Le Fay, but since I don’t own the Essie polish I can’t really compare the two fully. If I can find someone with Pure Pearlfection I’ll do a comparison post. ^_^


Final Thoughts:

Wow, what a long journey it’s been seen I posted my first ever A-England polish last year! I bought Lady of the Lake on a whim and never looked back. Each polish that Adina has created is so special to me. The formula has always been consistent, the colors beautiful, and the woven stories behind The Mythicals collection won me over from the start (King Arthur nerd alert!). But enough of my gushing. :-P

My top picks here are Morgan Le Fay and Elaine. I can see myself layering Morgan Le Fay over EVERYTHING, but if you already have the Essie polish then I think they’re similar enough that you don’t necessarily need both. Though I *think* the shimmer in Morgan Le Fay is more dense. And you all can definitely expect to see some nail art and layering experiments in the future with Excalibur and Merlin! :-)

Purchase Info:

You can take any polish from The Mythicals collection home by visiting the A-England official website at www.a-england.co.uk, they retail at £9.00 per 13ml bottle of polish and free international shipping is offered. A-England polishes can also be purchased for $12.00/ea through their US stockist, llarowe, and she does offer worldwide shipping (although Italy is currently excluded).

 

 

* The product(s) in this post were sent to me for unbiased review consideration.

For more information, check out my Disclosure Policy.

Guest Post For Miss Lyon!

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Sinful Colors Slate & Winterberry - MASH MA-08 Stamp

Oh Hai!

My fellow Michigan blogger (and kindred geek spirit :-P) Brandy from Miss Lyon asked me to do a guest post for her lovely blog. You can check out my entry [HERE] or by clicking on the picture above. ^_^

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