03 July 2014

Summery Neon and Gold Chevron Nail Art

I have been so neglectful of this blog! Since the 4th of July is near, I thought I'd sit down and do something patriotic...but I came up with this instead! I'm getting use out of the new Sally Hansen Color Foils and some fun neons from Wet N Wild. Super summery.

17 June 2014

New Sally Hansen Color Foil Swatches and Review

Sally Hansen Color Foil Swatches and Review

I'm so excited to post my swatches for the new Sally Hansen Color Foil line! When OPI's Push and Shove proved so popular, I had high hopes that other brands would jump on the super-reflective chrome train. Never in my wildest dreams did I think Sally Hansen would release TEN new shades in a line that mirrors (hurhur) their old Chrome Nail Makeup line. I'm so excited, since the old line was a little before my time. I looked high and low and bought all ten immediately the second I saw them!

I have to add the disclaimer that for all of these swatches I used neither base coat nor top coat (alters the reflective finish). The trouble with chromes is that they show every flaw, so in reality a ridge-filling or nail smoothing base coat would be ideal. You have to wait until those are absolutely dry in order for those to work, and swatching is already quite time consuming. I'm not personally bothered to let you guys know that my nails are (gasp!) not perfectly smooth, and I think this gives you a good idea as to how these work without having to baby them. I'm still really happy with how reflective and non-brush strokey these apply. Check out The KarenD's post to see swatches with smoothing base coats and comparisons to vintage chromes!

Generally, I found the formula of these to be pretty excellent. Almost all of them could have been one coaters, but I did two for added smoothness. They dry super quickly, so not being able to use top coat isn't a drawback. The bottles aren't clear, but wrapped in a matching metallic foil, and for the most part are very accurate. One thing I will say is that I needed to shake these bad boys pretty good to get them evenly pigmented. I've only had to power-shake them the first time I used them, subsequent applications only needed some normal mixing.

Anyway. Enough blather! Onto swatches!

Sally Hansen Cobalt Chrome swatch

Sally Hansen Cobalt Chrome is a bright blue chrome with a hint of a turquoise.

05 June 2014

Girly Pearl Nail Art

Girly Pearl Nail Art Born Pretty Store
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Hello everyone! I'm settled back in and ready to share some new nail art with you! I've been sporting this girly mani for a couple days now. A few weeks ago, Born Pretty Store reached out to me to see if I was interested in reviewing some of their products. Heck yeah I did! I picked out three items, and I wanted to show you one of them today. I've been interested in trying more 3D nail art ever since I played around with googly eyes awhile ago. I thought these 1.5mm pearls would be an awesome way to experiment!

These pearls are super tiny, and I liked that they didn't add too much bulk to the nail. Very delicate if you only use a small amount on each  nail. Covering the entire nail, like I did above for my ring finger may not be for everyone, but I think it's a fun statement nail!

Because they were so small, the pearls tended to "stick" to the tweezers I used even before applying glue. This could be both a pain and a blessing, since it made it easy to pick them up, but also made it easy to pick up more than I intended. Other than that they were fairly easy to work with. I just dipped them into clear polish and then put them in place on the nail. For my accent nail I also covered the whole shebang with a thin clear coat of polish, just to cement everything. I've been wearing this mani for two days now, and have only lost two pearls from the edges. I'm kind of impressed! This isn't the sort of nail art I expect to get a ton of wear time out of.

I was familiar with Born Pretty Store before they reached out to me, and had actually purchased some striping tape from them in the past. The customer service is awesome, their prices are excellent, especially if you buy in bulk, and they have amazing selection. Best of all, they offer free shipping. The only drawback I can come up with is that the shipping does take awhile (a little less than three weeks for me) since they are based in (I believe) China. The pricing and selection make up for that, in my opinion, since it is hard to find a lot of the items they offer in brick & mortar stores. If you want to experiment with some nail art, I highly suggest looking through their nail art page and giving some of the the items a shot!

Born Pretty Store is also offering a 10% discount if you use the code BCB10. Whether you're just now learning about the site, or if you've heard about Born Pretty Store before and have been hesitant to try them out, I hope this review has been helpful!

Items in this post were provided for review, but all opinions are my own.

01 June 2014

New Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Line: Showtime!

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Showtime

Hello everyone! As I've mentioned, I haven't been able to update as frequently as I prefer because of some real life issues. I should be getting back into the swing of things very soon, though! For now, here is a shade from the new Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Line I've seen popping up around drugstores. I believe this is going to replace the regular Colorstay line (now on clearance at CVS!). It's really too bad, because the Colorstay base coat is AMAZING. Oh well, such is life!

Anyway, as for the polish, Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Showtime is a purple shimmer packed with fuchsia and blue flakies. This shade, like all purples, is a bit hard to capture. I would say it leans a bit bluer than these pictures seem. The formula was a bit thick for me, it was plenty opaque but still took three fiddly coats just to make sure everything was even. I don't know if this is the "gel" quality or just this particular shade, supposedly these require no base coat, but I wasn't a fan. I don't care a lot about longevity of polish since I change it so often, and I'm not willing to put up with a crap application for it. I will put up with it if the color is pretty enough...and I think this one is!

I can't wait to get back to blogging regularly, I have some exciting stuff I've been waiting to post about!

19 May 2014

Gerbera Daisy Nail Art

Gerbera Daisy Nail Art

Hello all! I've been a bit tied up with some personal stuff and haven't been able to update (or paint my nails at all, really!). Here's some gerbera daisy nail art that I did awhile ago for a guest post on Cherry Sue Doin' the Do, a lovely blog run by a lovely lady. Gerberas always cheer me up!
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