Monday, July 28, 2014

[Nail Art] Tie-Dye Floral


Hello!♥ I have a quick nail art post today. I actually wasn't going to post it, because it didn't turn out the way I imagined. But I love the colors anyway, so here's my nail art fail. Haha. Those tie-dye looking blotches are supposed to be flowers if you couldn't tell. :P


Polishes Used
Milani Mint Crush
Milani Peri-Wink
Milani Rainbow Prisms (glitter)
All 4 OPI Sheer Tints
Milani Nail Art Striper in White Canvas



I think I'll give this another try on a darker base. Some better planning with the flowers should yield better results. ^^

Until next time!

Liz

Saturday, July 26, 2014

[Review+Swatch] China Glaze Off Shore Collection



Hi lovelies! Today I have some of the colors from China Glaze's summer 2014 collection: Off Shore. This collection boasts of neons and brights that are perfect for showing off in the sun. I'm always a little intimidated by neons -they don't tend to flatter me- but I actually really enjoyed these.


Sun Upon My Skin, 3 coats: pale, bright yellow creme. It's definitely not neon, but it does have a bit more oomph to it than a regular yellow creme. When you wear it, you'll see the brightness. I found it applies a little patchy, but the consistency is great, so it covers well in 3 coats.



Be More Pacific, 3 coats: light yellow-green creme. This one's not neon either, but it's bright. So it's not like a regular pale green creme. I found it a little streaky, but again it evened out nicely in 3 coats.



Shore Enuff, 3 coats: bright neon green creme. This one's much more vibrant and neon-esque than the previous two. It's a gorgeous, bright green, but still a bit more muted than a true neon green.



Float On, 2 coats: hot neon pink creme. My camera is clearly freaking out here, but I think I captured it as close as possible. It's very bright like a true neon. Plus, you have to love that two-coat formula.



Dune Our Thing, 2 coats: bright magenta creme. I think I'm in a phase right now where I love colors like this. I did find the formula a bit thin though, so make sure to buff your nails and use a good base coat. Otherwise, it's very pigmented and applies well enough.



X-Ta-Sea, 2 coats: bright purple creme. Eek! Looking at the pictures now, I definitely should have done a third coat. This one applies more like a crelly, but looks like a creme once you build it up. As you can see, you need to make sure your next coat completely covers the previous one. Otherwise, you get that slight color variation like you see along my cuticles.


Verdict: With the exception of X-Ta-Sea, I thought all of these were great. I was particularly surprised by how flattering they all were. I especially liked how the yellow and light green were bright with a touch of fluorescence. They're much more wearable than a true neon for me. My favorites are Sun Upon My Skin, Shore Enuff, and Be More Pacific. I liked wearing Dune Our Thing too, but the formula could have been better.

Availability: China Glaze® nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, please visit www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook (@ChinaGlaze), Instagram (@ChinaGlazeOfficial), Twitter (@ChinaGlaze) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/chinaglaze).

Have you tried any of the Off Shore colors? Let me know in the comments below! :)

Liz

Friday, July 25, 2014

[Review+Swatch] Sinful Colors Sage Rose



Hi guys! Quick post today featuring this pretty shade by Sinful Colors. I got this in my last Influenster box and was excited to try it out. It's a little darker and warmer than the swatch in real life. I think my light box really brought out the metallic silver sheen. This is two easy coats.

I haven't bought a new SC in quite a while. I used to haul them like crazy during the $1 Walgreens sales. What are your favorite colors from them? :)

Liz

Thursday, July 24, 2014

[Nail Art] Refreshing Cherry Mani with BPS Bow Charm



Hi everyone! I'm back again with a sweet and simple mani today. I was in the mood for some cute nail art, but didn't want to spend too much time on it. This one's great for beginners, because it doesn't use many tools either.


What I Used
Milani Hot Pink Rage (pink creme)
OPI Be Magentale With Me (pink tint)
Nicole by OPI That's Putting It Mild (nude creme)
SinfulColors Nail Art Flower Girl (gold striping polish)


For the cherry nails, I started out with my base color. I used a neutral since the pink is so loud. I dotted on the cherries using the brush that came with the Milani polish. I think it looks cuter if it isn't so perfect. I then dotted over the cherries twice with a tint to give it a softer feel. Finally I finished by drawing on the stems with a gold striper.

By the way, I totally recommend investing in a few striping polish. Get them in basic colors like black, white, silver, and gold. They're the best if you don't want to deal with cleaning nail art brushes. SinfulColors and LA Colors are both great at $1-2 each.



Isn't the bow just adorable? It really adds some glam to a very simple mani. This is also the most perfect bow ever. I've been hunting for a bow that fits my nails for forever. I have small, curved nails so most charms are too big and jut out. As you can see these lie flat and aren't bulky at all for a charm. Because they hug my nail, they don't get caught in my hair either. (Yes!)


You can find the bows at Born Pretty Store* for $1.99/5 pieces. They're definitely reusable, so I think they're quite a bargain. Mine is pattern #1 if you're interested. Don't forge to use code F10X31 to get 10% off your order. :)

What do you think of this design? Is this something you would wear? Let me know in the comments below!

Liz

Thursday, June 26, 2014

[Review+Swatch] Zoya Tickled Collection - Summer 2014



Hey guys! It's been too long. :( But I'm back with Zoya Tickled for summer 2014 - a collection of bright cremes perfect for wearing out in the summer sun. I had fun trying these out, so I hope you enjoy this post! :)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Zoya Rue Giveaway Winner!

And the winner to my unannounced Zoya giveaway is...


Ashleigh! Congratulations! I already sent out an email, so please respond within 48 hours to claim your prize. :)

Thank you to everyone else for entering! I love doing these, so there will more in the future. :D

Liz

Saturday, May 31, 2014

People Magazine: World's Most Beautiful VIP Box



Hi everyone! I hope you're all enjoying the weekend. :) I recently got this VIP gift box from People Magazine as a Klout perk. It was really well put together, and I'm enjoying a lot of the stuff in it, so I thought I'd share them with you.