Tuesday, October 13, 2015

[Nail Art] Aiyoohehe Chinese Studio Stamping Plate 043

Hi everyone! Not too long ago I came across Aiyoohehe stamping plates and became obsessed with them. I own the entire Miyazaki collection and absolutely love them. They also have some really cute superhero and anime inspired collections. I've been wanting to try more of their plates, so I was excited when Lady Queen offered to send me some for review.

The plate I have today is hehe 043 from the Chinese Studio collection. It has a really cute cat girl on it! Unfortunately, I couldn't get her ears on my nails, but isn't she still adorable?

Products Used
OPI Worth A Pretty Penne
Milani Black Swift
Creative Shop Stamper

Here's another look I did using different floral images from the same plate. Perfect for fall!

Products Used
Pretty Jelly Werewolf Tricks
China Glaze GR8
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Creative Stamper

Verdict: The images are beautiful and well etched. I had no problem picking up the different images with my stamper.

Availability: You can find this plate NA0575 Nail Art Stamp Template at Lady Queen for $2.99. Lady Queen is an online retailer for nail art, fashion, and beauty related accessories. You can use my coupon code NRLC15 to receive 15% off your order.

What do you think? Have you tried Aiyoohehe plates before?

Saturday, October 3, 2015

[Nail Art] Let's Be Hipster with MoYou London Hipster Stamping Plates

Hey guys! Today I have a quick stamped mani I did a while back. This was done with MoYou London plates 02 and 08. By the way, have you seen their latest Enchanted collection? They're really killing it with their newest designs!

Polishes Used
China Glaze Kinetic Candy
China Glaze Lemon Fizz
China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely
Milani Black Swift

I've improved my stamping technique since this mani, so I might do an info post with my favorite stampers soon. :)

Until next time!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

[Nail Art] MoYou London Origami 05

Hi everyone! It's been a long while! I feel really bad for leaving without notice. This blog has always been at the back of my mind, so I felt like I would be returning soon. Eventually the days became months, and the return post became more and more intimidating.

If there's anyone who still reads my blog, I hope you'll forgive me. ◕︵◕ I can't post as much as I'd like, but I am devising a schedule so that my posts are more consistent. There's so much I want to do between this blog and my indie brand Pretty Jelly - I got a little overwhelmed and had to focus on just one for a while. Well, enough blabber! If you're here, you probably just came to see the nail art. :P

I did this mani a while ago and actually got to wear it for a few days! I really love the cute origami designs MoYou London has come out with. I used Origami Plate 05 for this look. :)

Sorry about the grainy quality of these photos! I forgot to change my camera settings and didn't notice the quality until later.

Polishes Used
China Glaze For Audrey
China Glaze Kinetic Candy
China Glaze In A Lily Bit
Milani Doll Face
Milani Spotlight White
Milani Black Swift
Color Club Harp On It

I used a mix of the saran wrap techinique and the sponging method for the base color. Then I did reverse stamping for the origami characters. Isn't it adorable? I can't wait to use this plate again. :)

Until next time (there will be one!),

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Pretty Jelly Dark Magic: Holographic Flakie Multichrome

Hi everyone! Did you all celebrate Valentine's Day yesterday? I really wanted to do a girly pink mani for Vday, but I didn't feel like taking my current mani off - which is this pretty polish from my indie brand. It's a dark anti Vday purple...like my soul. ^^

Is it just me or are evil villains much more interesting than the heroines? I recently started (and finished) Once Upon A Time, and I really love all the villains. So while I'm waiting for season 5, I decided to create a dark purple reminiscent of the ominous rolling smoke clouds in the show.

It was cloudy when I took these pics, so I couldn't capture the scattered holo. :( It has a subtle shift from blue-purple to red-purple.

If you like this polish, it's currently available at my Etsy shop for $12. It's limited edition, so I only have a few quantities in stock. Also, I ship worldwide! :)

Thanks for reading!

♥ Liz

Sunday, February 8, 2015

[Nail Art] Bananas with MoYou London Tropical 08

Quick post today! I've been testing out the new OPI Infinite Shine lacquers, so I decided to spice it up for my wear test. It's true I've been consuming a lot of bananas lately, but I think this out-of-place "winter" mani is my plea for warmer weather. (Yay, Chiberia...) Anyways, I hope you guys are staying warm. Unless you're already somewhere warm - then I hate you. I'm just kidding. :P

What I Used
OPI To The Finish Lime!
OPI Pretty Pink
Urban Outfitters UV
Milani Black Swift
MoYou London Tropical 08

Thursday, February 5, 2015

[Review+Swatch] Jordana 2015 Modern Matte Lipstick Collection, Balm Stains, & Lip Liners

Happy hump day! We're halfway through the week. :) Today's post is another lipstick collection - this time from Jordana's new 2015 line. First up, I have their Modern Matte Lipsticks. All of my swatches were taken in natural daylight. I noticed these looked cooler on my lip than on my skin. They look more like a true matte with much less sheen than the Milani or ColourPop mattes. Application is smooth and creamy, and the lipstick will dry down and set in about 5-10 minutes. Most of these were very staining, especially the darker/brighter colors.

Bare, Blush, Frappucino, Tease, Classy, Adorable
01 Bare: "deep pink nude."
02 Blush: nude.
03 Frappucino: "rich brown nude." This one has orange undertones to it.
04 Tease: "rosy pink."
05 Classy: dusty mauve pink.
06 Adorable: "bubblegum pink."

Popular, It Girl, Dare, Pretty, Caliente, Style
07 Popular: deep, blue-toned pink.
08 It Girl: bright fuchsia.
09 Dare: "deep berry." Applies a little unevenly, but it's not too noticeable.
10 Pretty: "terracotta."
11 Caliente: hot, warm-toned red.
12 Style: "true red."

I also have swatches of the two new balm stains and lip liners. The balm stains reminded me of two that I already owned -Honey Love and Cranberry Crush - so I swatched them together below.

Rose Crush, Pink Love, Honey Love, Gorgeous Peony, Fresh Fig, Cranberry Crush
Rose Crush (liner): warm rose. Easy to apply and covers well.
Pink Love (liner): deep muted pink. It's also warm-toned and applies easily.
Honey Love (balm stain): medium plum-pink. Perfect MLBB shades and leaves behind a similar stain.
Gorgeous Peony (balm stain): "sheer nude pink." It's lighter and pinker than Honey Love. This one leaves behind a warm pink stain with a tinge of orange. It'll change throughout the day, so be aware of that.
Fresh Fig (balm stain): "deep crimson red."
Cranberry Crush (balm stain): sheer cranberry red. It's not as dark as the packaging, but deeper and cool-toned compared to Fresh Fig.

Final Thoughts

Modern Mattes: Nearly all of these applied beautifully. Dare was a little uneven, but still looked okay. I don't remember any of these emphasizing dry spots or lip lines. Some shades set faster than others, but once they set, they won't transfer. They can feel a little dry once they set, but I'd say the wear is still comfortable. One con I should mention is the fragrance. It's the sweet, waxy smell some lip products can have. Not a fan of it, but it does fade within an hour. Overall, I really liked these. My favorites were Bare, Tease, and It Girl.

Easyliners + Balm Stains: I love that the liners are retractable, which makes them so purse friendly. Both colors applied smoothly without skipping or tugging. I'm a fan of Jordana Balm Stains - I reach for them more than my Revlon ones. They're moisturizing and glossy and great for low maintenance looks. The new shades apply smoothly and can be worn sheer (1-2 swipes) or built up in 4-5 swipes.

Availability: Jordana Cosmetics is available online at jordanacosmetics.com or in stores at Walgreens. Modern Mattes (0.12oz/3.52g) retail for $2.49 each. Easyliners (.009oz/.25g) retail for $1.99 each. The Balm Stains (0.095oz/ 2.7g) retail for $2.99 each.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

[Review+Swatch] Zoya Naturel Satins Collection for 2015

Hi, everyone! Can you believe it's already February? Today I have the rest of the Zoya Naturel Satins collection for you. If you missed my first post, head on over here for more info on the satin finish and my in depth review of Ana. The rest is all below, and the swatches are all shown without top coat to show the semi-matte finish.