Monday, October 3, 2011

Giveaway Winners

The giveaway was a success. Winners were Lynn and Courtney, and they have both been contacted. Hope you enjoyed, and keep your eyes peeled for Halloween goodies coming soon!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Quickie Giveaway

So, I'm planning a little giveaway, but I want to make sure that I am.....compatible...with Google Docs. (I'm not exactly computer savvy). So this is a pre-giveaway giveaway to make sure that I understand all the ins and outs of the forms. And lucky you all, get to reap the benefits, yay!
Because it's just a tester, it's going to be a quick one, just 48 hours. So all of you who actually read my posts, lucky, lucky, you get prizes!
I'm only opening this to people in the US, sorry to any international followers.
So, 2 prizes, both never used, extra bottles

Prize #1: CND Sapphire Sparkle
I bought two of these babies, planning on doing a giveaway months ago. Well here it is! This is a gorgeous, shimmery topcoat. It really pops over black, but you can try it over blue and purple, or be crazy and do something unexpected. There are some gorgeous pics here: Hands On Colour

Prize #2: OPI Crown Me Already!
I bought this one when it first came out, but I went back later and bought the whole set since it was cheaper than getting the other 3 by themselves after shipping. So here's the Crown Me Already! from that set. I have pictures of that one over here

So there will be 2 winners for this. You can choose which prize you'd prefer, but the second person will get what's leftover. So. Crossing my fingers that this will go smoothly. 48 hours start NOW!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Keep your eyes peeled from some Halloween goodies soon!

Hidden in Plain Sight

Sorry for the post lackage. I moved, yay! Orientation for school was the other day, and we had an outdoor team-building activity, so I decided to do camouflage nails! It was surprisingly easy to do, and I recommend it to anyone interested in nail art, but not necessarily skillful with a tiny paintbrush (ahem, me, ahem). Anyways. I started with 2 coats of Rescue Beauty Lounge Grunge, and then layered on Illamasqua Hectic, Finger Paints Scenery Greenery, and Essie Mink Muffs. Basically, start with a nude, and add shades of green and brown. I just used the brushes with the bottles, and it turned out really interesting.
doesn't it look camo-y?

look at the pinky, blending right in!

close-up of thumb

This was a really easy, fun nail art. I think I'm going to try it with pink next time, or maybe blue. It's definitely a winner. Yay

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Newt-y Goodness

I finally bit the $14 bullet and bought myself a Glitter Gal holo a few weeks ago. I ordered Lizard Belly from Llarowe (which I just found out sells A-England for cheaper than the price in pounds - score!). Shipping was very reasonably priced and it shipped and arrived very quickly. Oh, screw it, just get to the pictures already!

A million pics. To express how happy this polish makes me in the sunlight. In the shade you can clearly see the green, and my 5-year-old niece (who dislikes black nail polish) could even tell that it was a subtle green. It's apparently like "Charleston Green" - which describes shutters on the windows in Charleston, SC that look black from a distance, but are green close-up.

So I'd heard that the Glitter Gal Bottles were small, but I must have not been listening, because it was a shock when a mini doll-sized bottle came out of all the packaging. It's a little over half of what normally comes in a bottle, and the design doesn't hide anything. It's very miniature. Here's a comparison with an OPI:
So...small. But it's beautiful. And I'm glad they don't sell it for $28 for a full-sized bottle, because then I'm pretty doubtful it would have worked its way into my collection.

I LOVE this color. It's a great holo, and I keep getting compliments on the color. It also makes me happy because it reminds me of sunny places where those little iridescent-skinned newts or salamanders would crawl all over the walls. In summation, because it's hard to capture the sparkle, and I'm loca, here's a video of the shimmer. Even this doesn't quite capture it, since it's more like what you see in the bottle, but it give you a feeling for the color.

My Car-spirations and some other Randomness

Felt like doing something different today, so this is a swatch-free post.
Part 1: Haul! Yay!
So most of my hauls are Nail Mail, and I usually don't take pictures because I'm too excited to rip everything open and start randomly swatching. Plus, then I'd have to acknowledge that I have a problem. But then I discovered that I have a Five Below just down the street! It's been open a few months now, and they sell Funky Fingers, which was a new polish to me, so I snapped up some of the super-glitter ones and then a bunch of other random things.
Apparently Funky Fingers sells for 3/$5, which is just amazing to me, and I'm excited about the 4-pack of purples. :)

Part 2: My car-spirations.
Okay, so...I'm strange. Since my nail obsession started, I have been getting lemmings from car paint finishes...and I take pictures. I'll see a car and think the color would look great as nail polish, so I snap a picture and then go a-hunting for the right color. I think I've actually found some, but any suggestions are of course welcome. It's just random, but I keep having car-paint-job lemmings, so it's an actual thing that's happening now.

I think this one is kind of like Zoya Jem. I actually forgot about this picture. Maybe Jem is a little too pink, though.

I thought that Misa Pour Me Something Tall and Strong would be good for this, but it takes 4 coats to reach anything close to opacity, so alternative suggestions are appreciated.

This was the first car-paint lemming that grabbed me. It really latched on and shook me all around. I think I finally satisfied it with Ulta Alter Ego.

This one is tricky. It's a super-pale yellow, almost white. The closest I have is American Apparel Butter, which is still too yellow, but I'm not certain that this would look good as a polish. But I like the thought of it.

So....does anyone else do this or am I crazy? Thanks, all!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Copper House

Time for a comparison!!! I honestly have so many comparisons between colors that I have been itching to do, but I never get around to it somehow. Thankfully, I got in a swatching session last weekend when there was plenty of sun, and I managed to snap some pictures of a copper comparison. I bought Deborah Lippmann Brick House a couple months back at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and I wore it once, but didn't get any pictures. I was in my local dollar-friendly cheap-o store, and spotted a color called Copper by LA Colors that looked a lot like the Lippmann, so I grabbed it for comparison purposes. Pictures below, BH is on my middle and pinky, Copper on my index and ring:
Brick House:middle and pinky, Copper: index and ring
Brick House:middle and pinky, Copper: index and ring
You can see that they're pretty close. Copper is a tad darker, and has more glitter. Brick House seems to lean pink.
close up
You can really see how Copper is different here. It has a glitter/foil quality to it, whereas Brick House is a simple and clean polish. I'm not certain how to describe it other than shiny, since it's not really a foil. Here are a couple more pictures in the shade:
You can see how Copper (on the top) has more texture to it than Brick House. It also glows more.
Brick House
So you can see on the full hand shot that from far away, it's hard to tell these two apart. This is 2 coats of each and thought they're not dupes, but they're pretty close. If you're going for the copper-colored polish for fall, it's pretty hard with Copper ($1) so much cheaper than Brick House ($16). Brick House has a smooth, even quality that Copper doesn't match, and it seems to show better in low/natural light. So for smooth, nice nails, spring for Brick House. But if you're on a budget, Copper will get you the look for less.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Luring Sailors Since....last week?

I stopped by my local dollar tree or family dollar or one of those places recently, and picked up a couple of the LA Colors. I'd never used this formula before, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but one of them looked like a dupe for Deborah Lippmann's Brick House (more on that another day), so I grabbed that and this one, Sea Siren, to check out the formula. I can't testify to wear times, since I only swatched them, but the formula was fantastic. These pictures are three coats, no top coat, and there's a lot of gorgeous for only $1.
I thought the bright pool background would work well with the Siren theme. I really like the shimmer in this polish. It's a great teal, perfect for summer, if I'd only found it a little earlier in the season. But I think it'll be great, maybe underneath silver shatter for a winter mani.
can you tell I forgot to paint my thumb.....:-/
In summary, I can only restate my surprise at the even formula on this polish. It did need three coats, but if I remember correctly, they dried pretty quickly. Usually the problem with cheap polishes is the application or a cheap brush, but I had no trouble with this one. I don't even think I did clean-up for this, and it turned out even and pretty clean. The smell was definitely more toxic than with the 3-free polishes I mostly use, but for the pricetag and quality it's worth it. I'll definitely be searching my dollar stores for more great LA Colors. Enjoy!