Saturday, September 29, 2012

Dexter Splatterday!

Who's excited for the Dexter season seven premiere on Sunday? I know I am, obviously :P I had another post planned for today but it will just have to wait! I was inspired by Dexter's job as a blood splatter analyst! And then Dexter Splatterday was born! I was to excited to wait and post this on Sunday. Then I wouldn't be able to call it Splatterday. So I'm showing it to you all today! I really love how this turned out! This was my first time using the Revlon Colorstay polishes and I'm very impressed. I might have to pick up a few more!

I saw the Revlon Colorstay in Bare Bones and I knew I just had to get it! What the perfect polish to use as the base for my Dexter splatter! Bare Bones is more of a cool tone beige. I thought it was just the right shade of "dead". I also picked up Velvet Rope which as just a smidge darker then a typical red. The application was great. I am really in love with the brush! It's one of those rounded but flat brushes. It covers the nail perfectly. This is a great idea for a simple Halloween mani as well!

Two coats of Relon Colorstay- Bare Bones
Spaltter with Revlon Colorstay- Velvet Rope
One coat of Poshe

Ahhhhhhh! I can't wait till Sunday!! If you watch Dexter be sure to let me know down below! I'll probably make a Facebook status on Monday so we can talk about the episode!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Lattice Nail Art

Welcome and thank you to all my new readers! I hope you all are enjoying my blog and are excited for my giveaway! <3

I have a simple yet fun nail art for you guys today! I am way to excited for this post! Seriously, I'm in love with the way this mani turned out. It's so elegant but still packs a punch. I decided I would call this a "lattice" design. It is super easy because all you need is striping tape. Oh, and polish of course. The layout is fairly simple. It's three pieces of striping tape diagonally placed with three more placed in the opposite direction. I really love the color combo I chose!

For the base of my lattice design I used Zoya- Natty which is a dusty navy from their Fall 2012 collection. This is such a pretty color and of course has amazing formula like most Zoya's. I used two coats. The polish that really makes this design pop is Catherine Arley- 667. I applied 667 after I laid down my striping tape. It's a gorgeous smoky gray holographic polish. 667 looks awesome against Natty. It's just so, so pretty!
Two coats of Zoya- Natty
Two coats of Catherine Arley- 667
Two coats of Poshe

Aren't Catherine Arley polishes so stunning!? I can see myself doing this mani in a bunch of different color combos. Not to mention it's probably the easiest nail art I have ever done. Hope you guys like it!

Also, you guys might have noticed that I have a Born Pretty Store code listed on the side of my blog. I was contacted by them and I have agreed to review some of their products. I am in no way affiliated with the company and I will not be paid for the reviews I do or be compensated from you using my discount code. Any reviews I do for them will be my honest opinion! It was very nice of them to offer me a 10% off code for my readers to use! If you are interested, my 10% off code is JEL91. I'm pretty excited and I hope you guys are to!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Spooktacular 300 Follower Giveaway!

Who's excited? I'm excited! It's time for my 300 follower giveaway! You all are beyond amazing and you totally deserve another giveaway! It's officially Fall now so I think a Halloween based giveaway is in order. I didn't really think about it but the polishes I chose are all glitters. I'm sorry if your not a glitter lover like myself lol. One lucky winner will win three super fun Halloween polishes! I own all of these and they are all amazing. I have also done posts on two of them which you can find here and here. This giveaway will be US and Canada only. Main reason being I want you to actually get them before Halloween. This also happens to be my 50th post, how neat! Now lets see what polishes I have chosen!

All That Glitters- Night Fright 
F4 Polish- Drunken Zombie 
Hit Polish- Jack-O-Lantern

All the the polishes are full size and are brand new. This giveaway will run from September 22nd to October 6th. You will have three chances to enter but you must be a follower of my blog to get the other entries. I wish you all the best of luck! I will announce the winner in this blog post as well as on my blogs Facebook page.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

My picks from the All That Glitters Halloween BOO-tique Collection!

Hi guys! I have some more Halloween polishes for you today, imagine that! This time I have my picks from the All That Glitters Halloween BOO-tique Collection! The Boo-tique Collection (how stinking cute is that name) has six Halloween inspired polishes. The collection as a whole was really pretty but only these three stood out to me: Pumpkin King, Horror Business and Night Fright. She had them all available for preorder about two weeks ago and I jumped on them so I wouldn't have to bother getting them off Etsy. She has listed them in the Etsy store as preorders but only a few are available at the moment along with the whole collection set. Are you ready to see the ones I picked?!?

Before I get on to the rest of the pictures I'll let you know that all the polishes are topped with one coat of Gelous and one coat of Poshe. They are also all two coats over a base polish or by themselves. I've been messing around with the angles of my pictures a bit so let me know how you like them!

First up we have Pumpkin King! I love the name! It's very fitting for this polish. Pumpkin King was the first clear based orange and black glittered polish that really caught my eye. It has two different types of orange hex glitter, one more shiny then the other. It also had different size black hexes with black bar glitter to. I did kinda dab this one on to the nail but it wasn't hard to apply at all. Pumpkin King is over three coats of Maybelline- Porcelain Party.

Next up is Horror Business! This one is a bright green jelly base with purple, green, and a few black glitters in different shapes and sizes. It has hexes, squares and bars. Now this one had a harder application. Not terrible but the second coat did not want to spread evenly at all. I had to really work with it. It turned out super stunning though! Horror Business is over three coats of Zoya- Apple. The shimmer you see in the polish comes from Apple. I love the combo of the two.

Last but not least we have Night Fright! This was the first one I knew I had to have! I'll be honest I was expecting it took look a little different based on the first swatch I saw from All That Glitters. Regardless, it did not disappoint! It's like a Halloween party in a bottle. Night Fright is a brownish- black jelly base with orange and purple hexes with green bar glitters. Once I swatched Night Fright I knew it would build to full coverage on it's own. I went against my gut feeling and layered it just incase. I did leave it on it's own on my ring finger. On the rest of my nails, it's layered over OPI- Black Onyx. I like it better on it's own but it's still pretty layered. Application was pretty good. 

What another fun Halloween collection! Be sure to head over to the All That Glitters Facebook page to see the rest of the collection. Are you going to pick any of them up? 

It's almost giveaway time! My 300 Follower Giveaway should be up by the end of the weekend!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Zoya Splatter Mani!

Hi everyone! I tried the splatter technique finally! I always look at how pretty splatter manis are but I was always a bit intimidated by them! They looked so messy and to be honest, they really are. I learned some things along the way that will make the process a bit earlier from now on. I'm really excited to try my hand at it again soon!

For today's splatter I used two Zoya colors, Kristen and Feifei. I'm seriously obsessed with how pretty this is! For a basic splatter mani you sill need your polishes, a straw (I cut mine in half) and either tape or Vaseline to protect around you nails. Protecting around my nails is where I really messed up! It slipped my mind and man did I regret it! I had to basically scrub FeiFei off my hands for about ten minutes. For my right hand I applied Vaseline all around my nails and that helped a bunch because I could just wipe everything right off. Manicurator has an awesome post on how to use a spray bottle instead of a straw so I think I might try that next time!

For this mani, I started with two coats of Zoya- Kristen which is a soft, greyish blue. It definitely leans more blue on me. I love this polish because it's opaque in two coats. For the splatter I used Zoya- Feifei which is a very hard color to describe. It's sort of a metallic blue base with flashes of green, gold, blue and pink sparkle. It's super gorgeous and flashy! I love the parts of the splatter where it's like a little blob of polish because you can really see the complexity of Feifei. I included an extra photo so you can see the all the crazy shimmer!

Two coats fo Zoya- Kristen
Splatter with Zoya- Feifei
One coat of Zoya Armor Top Coat
One coat of Poshe

Isn't Feifei a beauty?!?! How do you think my first splatter mani turned out? I think it's pretty good!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Candeo Colors- Zef

Hi everyone! I'm super in love with the mani I have to show you today! The star of the show is Candeo Colors- Zef. I ordered this in the first stock that it was available a few months back. I remember that this formula was slightly different then the original Zef so it was discounted. By discounted I mean like half off so of course I was going to pick it up! From what I can remember, it was missing some type of glitter. The bottle doesn't even have the Candeo Colors label. Comparing it to the website pictures I can't really tell a difference! I just know it's gorgeous and I'm glad I picked it up. You can find Candeo Colors in their personal shop. Keep in mind that I don't think you will be able to get the "messed up" version of Zef but you can get the normal one!

I knew I had to have some undies to wear Zef over and I had the perfect polish in mind, Orly- Au Champagne! I put off buying Au Champagne for the longest time even though everyone told me I needed it. Man were they right! It's a stunning, frosty white polish packed with a silvery white shimmer. It applies great for a frost. Barely streaky and pretty opaque. I think the shimmer really helps it to not appear to streaky. It just glows when you add a top coat. Now on to Candeo Colors- Zef! It's a matte glitter bomb and a perfect color combo. Black, blue and pink matte glitters in different shapes and sizes. On to the not so great part, application kinda sucked. The glitter wanted to clump together and it definitely took some patience to get it evenly on the nail. I would say I used about one and a half coats because I had to fish out some of the bigger blue hexes and pink squares. I think the finished look is so, so pretty though!

Two coats of Orly- Au Champagne
One and a half coats of Candeo Colors- Zef
One coat of Gelous
One coat of Poshe

Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I used a PVA/ glue base coat for this mani! I will let you all know how it goes. Not sure if I will do a post on it or not just because it seems like every single blogger has done one and the information kinda repeats itself! Let me know what you guys think!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Glitter Gradient Featuring Zoya And Girly Bits

Hi guys! I hope your week is well so far! I actually have my first glitter gradient mani for you today! I've done the spong gradient, which you all have seen, but I have never done one with a glitter. For this mani I used Zoya- Paloma, a gorgeous jelly, and Girly Bits- Razzle Dazzle, a crazy holographic pink glitter. I will tell you right off the bat, these pictures do not properly capture how gorgeous this mani is in real life. You can find Girly Bits from the Big Cartel shop and from Llarowe.

Zoya- Paloma is a bright, berry colored jelly. Paloma is opaque in three coats and is super glossy when dry. As soon as I got Paloma I knew I had to pair it with Girly Bits- Razzle Dazzle. Razzle Dazzle is amazing! It's pretty opaque for a fine glitter. I would imagine three coats would be prefect for a full mani. This is my first time wearing both polishes and I know I will be wearing them again. They are just gorgeous together! I really wish this would have photographed better because it's stunning and I can't stop staring at my nails.  I hope you can get the idea of how pretty this is!

Three coats of Zoya- Paloma
Two coats of Girly Bits- Razzle Dazzle, gradiented
One coat of Gelous
One coat of Poshe

So I have developed a major Halloween polish obsession and I want almost every one I see. Be prepared for a lot of Halloween posts in the next month LOL

Sunday, September 9, 2012

A Huge Thank You and Hare Polish- Heat Plague

Hi guys! Let me start this post of by saying how freaking excited I am that I made it to 300 followers! I still consider myself a pretty new blogger. My first post was only in April of this year! I feel like I've put so much time and effort into my blog and I am so glad that you all like it. To be honest, I didn't expect to love blogging as much as I do. I knew I LOVED nail polish but I wan't sure if I was going to like blogging about it. So to show you guys how appreciative I am, I will be having a 300 follower giveaway soon! I'm actually really super excited about this giveaway. I'm in the process of picking out polishes. If you like my Facebook page, you probably saw that I was contemplating doing a Halloween based giveaway. Not entirely sure why but Halloween is really exciting me this year. Possibly because of all the amazing indie brands making such gorgeous, festive polishes. I think you guys are going to LOVE the polishes! Keep an eye out because it will be starting in the next 2-3 weeks!

After a very long intro, lets get on to the polish! This is my first time wearing a Hare Polish. When I think back to right when I started finding out about indie brands, I'm almost positive Hare was the first I saw. I was in love with them but hesitant to buy because I didn't know much about it. I think back now and I could kick myself because there are a ton of her original polishes that I would die for. Today I have a more recent addition to the Hare line, Heat Plaque! I got this from a super nice friend in one of my Facebook groups I'm in! Thanks again Jennifer! You can find Hare Polish on Etsy and from Llarowe.

Hear Plague, to me, is a very fall inspired polish. I know it came out in summer but I definitely think it's more fall. Heat Plaque is a dark green jelly with orange, magenta and purple glitter and shimmer. I used three coats and it still could have been a bit more opaque. I feel like it applied a bit spotty. Not necessarily the glitter but the actual base. I still think it's gorgeous! As much as I don't like to layer glitters, I might use a base color for this next time. This did dry yummy and jelly-like and was fine with only one coat of top coat.

Three coats of Hare Polish- Heat Plague
One coat of Poshe

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The F4 Polish Halloween Collection!

OMGOMGOMG, I can not tell you how excited I am to do this post. I was going to wait till later this week but I don't think I can! Today I'm going to be showing you guys the entire F4 Polish Halloween Collection!!!! You all know how much I LOVE F4 Polish so you know I had to snatch this collection up right away! Once they started posting swatch photos on their Facebook page, I knew I had to have them all. I'm also excited because this is my first full collection swatch and review. Let me tell you, swatching these polishes one right after the other was so hard because I didn't want to take them off! This is seriously a stand out collection for Halloween. So many unique polishes and so many layering combinations! If these don't scream Halloween, I'm not sure what does! You can preorder the entire collection off Etsy. It's $52 for the full size collection and $28 for mini. I went with the mini set but to be honest I'm seriously considering getting full size of a few. Did I mention how cute the bottles are?!? They have little silver bats on them!

You are about to see swatches of seven amazing polishes, so prepare your wallet. Of course the polishes have to have cute Halloween names right? There's Drunken Zombie, Nightmare Forest, Krazy Korn, Green Goblin, Monster Mash, Hocus Pocus, and Boo To You. All gorgeous and Halloweentastic! You best bet I will be wearing these spooky babies the entire month of October so prepare to see a few reposts. Are you ready to have your mind blown with amazingness? All polishes are two coats unless otherwise stated and are all topped with one coat of Gelous and one coat of Poshe.

First up is Drunken Zombie. I had a feeling this one would be disgustingly gorgeous and it did not disappoint! Drunken Zombie has a sort of nasty snot colored, green tinted, yellow base. It's the most unique color and I actually loved it on. It's filled with shiny and matte purple and green glitters in different sizes. There's also some holographic glitters that give it tons of sparkle. This is one of my favorites and is totally the stand out in the collection. It's also the only polish with a colored base. For this one I did three coats. Gorgeous.

Nightmare Forest is next! I really love this polish and I didn't think I would. It has shredded glitter which I haven't tried yet but it doesn't appeal to me in pictures. This is another one I would definitely recommend picking up. It's a clear base with black shreds, teeny tiny matte purple bars (which I adore), tiny matte green hexes with larger orange hexes. It's super unique! Application was very easy considering the different shapes of glitter. I layered this over two coats of Zoya- Dove.

Up next, Krazy Korn! This was one that originally wan't going to be included in the collection but they decided to add it! I'm glad they did because it's so much fun! Krazy Korn is a clear base with tiny white, yellow and orange matte glitters, larger matte white hexes and shiny yellow hexes. You don't see the yellow hexes in the photo as much as you do in real life. Again, this had good application. Krazy Korn is over two coats of Maybelline- Fierce N Tangy.

Here's Green Goblin, another favorite! This one has multiple sizes and colors of green glitters. Some matte and some shiny. It has a nice sparkle to it! I think you could probably build this to full opacity with another coat. Another one with great application. Green Goblin is over two coats of Zoya- Shawn which I think is the perfect base color.

Monster Mash is up next. This was one of the more simple polishes but still gorgeous! All matte glitters starting with tiny black ones, green hexes and slightly larger purple hexes. This one made me think of a frog. Or maybe a Ninja Turtle. I applied Monster Mash in more of a dabbing motion because the purple glitters didn't like to stay on the nail. This is over two coats of Orly- Lucky Duck which again I think is the perfect base.

Second to last is Hocus Pocus! This was the one that I showed as a teaser photo on Facebook! If you saw the picture, you will know what I mean when I say that this baby sparkles! The star of this polish is the holographic purple glitter! It also has matte black and green glitter with shiny green glitters as well. This is another one that would probably be opaque with another coat. This is over four coats of Zoya- Katherine.

Last but not least is Boo To You! Now I will say that this one was pretty much the only one I didn't really love. Not sure if it was the color I put it over or what. It's a fun polish though, don't get me wrong! Boo To You has matte orange and black glitters in a few different shapes and sizes. It even has black diamonds! This was another that I had to use the dabbing motion with. Boo To You is over one coat of Julep- Leighton.

That's the whole collection! What do you guys think?!? I personally love it and I think it's a great collection as a whole. The polishes I would say you need to get ASAP are Drunken Zombie and Nightmare Forest! If you can get the whole collection, do it!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Nerd Lacquer- Pinin' For The Fjords

Today I have one of my FAVORITE polishes for you! It's Nerd Lacquer- Pinin' For The Fjords. I know, I know, Nerd Lacquer isn't readily available anymore but if you ever have the chance to get a few from a blog sale or swap, don't think twice! I had mentioned in my last post how KBShimmer kinda fills my want for every Nerd Lacquer ever made. Nerd Lacquers's are seriously some amazingly unique polishes and it's a shame what happened with the brand. I have a few that I cherish. I even have one that I don't quite like but I refuse to swap or sell it because it's still amazing in my book.

Pinin' For The Fjords is just a beautiful polish. I will say right off the bat that my camera does not do it justice. The base color is a mix of periwinkle and lavender with an amazing silver shimmer. The shimmer overwhelms my camera a bit. From what I can tell it has silver, blue and purple glitters. What I love most about all of my Nerd Lacquers is that they are all holding up even though they are over 8 months old. With all the ruckus over curling glitters, I can confidently say that there are none in my Nerd Lacquers. They are just really nicely made. I find that most require at least 2-3 coats if used alone. I used 3 for this one. I just really love this polish! Btw, anyone know what the heck a Fjord is?

Three coats of Nerd Lacquer- Pinin' For The Fjords
One coat of Gelous
One coat of Poshe

I am so so so so excited about the next post that will be up! I'll give you a hint: It's a Halloween collection!!!!!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

KBShimmer- Orange-A-Peel

Hi everyone! I hope your four day weekend has be awesome so far! KBShimmer released their new Fall collection, which is amazing, so I was in the mood to put a KBShimmer on! The polish I have for you today is called Orange-A-Peel and it's part of the neon collection. It's the beginning of September so I figured an orange polish was fitting. I don't know about you but I'm ready for Fall! I'm really excited to order a few of the polishes from the Fall collection! Are you going to be picking any up? You can find KBShimmer polish from their website or from Harlow & Co. Harlow & Co actually has free shipping over $50 so my international viewers, keep that in mind!

Orange-A-Peel is a bright orange polish full of white, pink and orange glitters in all different sizes and shapes. It's on the sheer side so I did three coats. The glitter applies evenly even though there's a ton of it. It dries to more of a matte finish because it's neon. Probably looks pretty totally matte! Not sure how much I like it with my skin tone but it is a gorgeous polish. The polish is more red toned then it appears in my pictures though. KBShimmer seem to fill my need for Nerd Lacquers (cry). There's a ton of super unique polishes and they are always great, formula wise. I seriously can't wait to get some of the new polishes!

Three coats of KBShimmer- Orange-A-Peel
One coat of Gelous
Two coats of Poshe

If you haven't gotten your hands on any polishes from KBShimmer, go run and order some! What ones are you most excited for from the Fall collection? Any Lush Cosmetics fans here? This polishes reminds me of Sexy Peel soap but in polish form!