Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Butter LONDON order from Coterie

Hey Guys! Thanks to the lovely ladies over at PAA, for letting me know about this deal, I got 3 Butter LONDON polishes, and a topcoat for only $11! GURL I don't even... I love Butter LONDON, but I don't like shelling out $14 a bottle.  When I saw this deal I almost died.

Here's the three I picked out.

All Hail The Queen. I'm not as big as a fan of this as I thought I would be.  In the sun OH MY...you can see the holo-y goodness. Indoors, it's not that spectacular. Maybe with a coat of spectraflair, I'd like it better.  Formula was great, two coats.

Bluey.  This one was a little sheer, so I used three coats for it to become fully opaque.  Bluey is stunning. 

I love the little blue sparklies that come out in the sun.

And here's West End Wonderland.  Beautiful gold with some copper glitter.  Typical glitter formula, dried very quickly, and a definite topcoat eater.

So there's my Coterie order in a nutshell.  I'm not exactly sure how I'm feeling about the Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat.  I'll just have to see when I use it for a full manicure.  If I don't like it then at least I didn't spend $18 on it.  Which to be honest I can't see why anyone would spend that much. My go to topcoat cost's $1.74 at target and dries after on me than Seshe Vite did.

I hope you guys have an amazing day!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Nailene Nail Studio Petites and China Glaze Prey Tell

Hey lovely readers!

On Monday night I broke the middle finger nail so bad on my left hand, I had to cut down all of them to teeny tiny nubbins.  As all of you know, I've been sucking majorly in the blogging department.  I really didn't want to have to show you my nubs.  So, I wondered my happy way over to CVS last night to pick up some glue on nails. I ended up purchasing Nailene Nail Studio Petites, and I LOVE them. 

I have small hands, and the smallest nail beds, most fake nails look AWFUL on me, and they never fit correctly and I end up having to file the sides down to have them fit my nail bed correctly.   And to be completely honest, I'm way to lazy to want to do that! I didn't have to file down any of the Petites, and the length is perfect, way longer than my nubs, but not talon like. 

I wasn't really in the mood for a french manicure, so I painted over my the fakes using China Glaze Prey Tell.

Prey Trey applied beautifully in two coats.  The color is a pretty straight forward deep red vamp. I'm not exactly sure what to call this finish...jelly-creme? Or just a jelly? Either way, it's gorgeous.

Do any of you use fake nails on a regular basis? I'm starting to love these more than my natural nails!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

September Julep Mystery Box

Hey guys!

My "polish lovers" mystery box from Julep came in the mail.!The mystery box cost $20 and you can get a box worth between $60 -$200.  This is my first time purchasing a mystery box and I'm super happy with what I got, even if the total price of the box wasn't worth $60, its actually worth $54...but who's counting right?!

All four of these polishes came wrapped in bubble wrap inside the Julep reusable tote bag they sent in the August Maven Boxes.  I already have one of these and plan on giving one to my mom.  They're the perfect lunch size bag.
To start off I'll show you the "mystery girl".  On the facebook page they announced some people who purchased a box would be receiving a polish that hasn't been released yet, and because this baby doesn't have a name, I'm assuming it's one of those that haven't been released. 

At first, "Mystery Girl" disappointed me, because I thought I'd have a couple of dupes for her(Sinful Colors Nirvana being one of them). But, because it was pretty gloomy out today in Chicago, I went into my bathroom to take my photos, she became this gorgeous mushroomy green color! She's that GORGEOUS "ugly" color!  The formula was fantastic as all Julep's I own are. 2 coats.

 Next up is Zoe.  Zoe is a beautiful bronze with a bit of gold glitter, which surprised me, as I've never seen the gold glitter in any swatches I've looked up.  Julep describes this as zesty, smoky burnt umber.  I wonder if she has been discontinued, I can't find her on the website at all.  

Zoe has an amazing metallic finish, applied beautifully in 2 coats.

Michelle.  A gorgeous deep navy creme.  Another one that I wonder if she's discontinued.

Has to be one the worst pictures I've ever taken... I'm so sorry.
I applied two coats, but you could definitely get away with one.  She's such a stunner, I have such a thing for deep blue polishes.

Lastly, here's Melissa.  Julep describes her as a "Sheer opalescent shimmer adds a soft glow when used alone and a high-fashion holographic effect when used over another color" I wouldn't say she gives a "holo" effect when applied over another color. But, the beautiful green duochrome shines beautifully when applied over a darker color.

This is Melissa after 3 coats. I still have a bit of VNL, but this is one of my favorite kind of polish to use when I do a sorta classic french tip. I used to use Wet N' Wild Ice Blue Pearl with a white tip when I was in middle school.  IBP has more of a blue duochrome, and I can't wait to try it out using Melissa! 

I hope you guys have an amazing rest of the week.  Did anyone else get the September mystery box? 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Camo and stamping for the first time!

Happy Labor Day!

 Apparently, I'm awful at keeping promises, It's been a while hasn't it?

 I stamped for real for the first time. 

Like the artsy-ness of this? That wasn't supposed to happen. 

I started out with 2 coats of Zoya Dree, and applyed random spots of China Glaze Westside Warrior, Essie Case Study.  Stamped using a Salon Express plate with Zoya Codie. BAM. Camo nail art.
Stampings a lot harder than I thought it would be.  They aren't perfect, but for my first time stamping a full imagine, I'm very pleased with what I got.  :)
Using Codie as my stamping polish probably didn't help, as I had to go back in with a detail brush, and fill in some of the spots that weren't as opaque as I would have liked.  

Have a great week!