Wish I could actually post a haul, but seeing as this is my second year boycotting Black Friday.. that won’t be happening. I’m not boycotting for any other reason than the fact that I have zero dollars. Wah. #firstclassproblems? So anyways I just wanted to say sorry for being MIA!
I thought this Thanksgiving break would consist of swatching nail polishes, blogging, eating turkey, and sleeping in. Unfortunately only two of those made it into my schedule, and I think we all know who won.
I did manage to paint my nails last night though so I will upload the pictures in a few!
Did anyone manage to break into their piggy banks and make it out for Black Friday?
If so what did you get?! I’ll have to live vicariously through all of you.
So a few weeks ago I was sitting with my roommates in the living room and I had just brought in the mail. Some girl who used to live in the upstairs apartment has a subscription to TeenVogue and she never got rid of it, so now we reap the rewards. My roommate was reading through it, and I’m not going to lie.. I was judging. My exact thoughts were what 21 year old is sitting around reading Teen Vogue, better yet what college student actually bought the subscription? Either way, after I shamelessly made fun of her I decided to flip through it as well. Go figure. While I didn’t read the articles [Unfriended how to deal with feeling left out, cool style 318 ideas, it girl Alexa Chung, etc. — I guess I just outgrew the articles ] I did look at all the pretty pictures, obviously. I kept looking at designs and thinking how much more I would like that on my nails than as a dress. Weird, I know. So I ripped out a few pages for nailspiration.
And then…the other day I was browsing tumblr for nail art (as usual) and I saw this post by Miss Ladyfinger. Miss Ladyfinger does amazzzzing nail art, using all different inspirations but usually it is fashion/runway.
I never really thought that anyone else would be flipping through Teen Vogue thinking ”man, that would look good on my nails.” I was wrong. We pulled the same photo. Small world. Once I saw her completed mani, I had to do mine. If I had not seen Miss Ladyfingers mani, I probably wouldn’t have had the motivation to actually complete this look. Thanks for the motivation/inspiration!
So here is my version of Diane von Furstenberg’s dress :)
I love Birchbox. I get a little taste of luxury and I’m introduced to a bunch of new products. If you haven’t heard of Birchbox, here is my review on the service! This has definitely been one of my favorite months so far. Here are my reviews for all of the products! :)
This month included the following
Zoya Gems and Jewels Collection in Noel
LaROCCA Champagne and Shimmer Acai Sugar Polish
Klorane Soothing Eye Makeup Remover with Cornflower Water
Oscar Blandi Jasmine Protein Mist
Chuao Chocolate Bars - Firecracker Pod
BaubleBar Black Wood Pop Bracelet
So obviously my favorite item in my box was the Zoya Mini Nail Polish in Noel.
Noel is part of Zoya’s Holiday 2011 collection. It is described as a shimmery denim shade. This shade has some serious pop to it. I am loving it! It took only two coats for full opacity and the application was smooth as could be. Picture below is without topcoat.
Birchbox is a subscription service for $10 where you receive 4-5 deluxe samples in the mail every month. It comes in a pretty pink shipping box and then inside is another box that looks like this…
You can opt to purchase the monthly service which bills you on the 3rd of every month or you can purchase a yearly subscription for $110. I purchased the monthly subscription because I was poor in the summer when I signed up (but not too poor for beauty products.. I know I have a problem).
There are pros to each membership. Yearly Membership you get a month free and 110 bonus Birchbox points (I’ll explain that in a little) and with the Monthly Membership you get 10 bonus Birchbox points and are able to cancel at any time [not that I want to].
In hindsight if I had $110 at the time, I definitely would have gone for the year, but let’s face it.. I’m a poor college student that spends money as fast as I get it.
After you have signed up, you take a little beauty profile quiz which you can edit at any time.
Some questions they ask you are
Where do you get your beauty info from
What beauty styles are you interested in
Describe your hair
What color is your hair
What is your ethinicity
Type of skin
So basically they try to get a feel for what products you are able to use and what products they think you would enjoy. That way, for example, you don’t get a super heavy foundation when you have sensitive skin. Or whatever.
Based on your beauty profile, a box is selected for you. I have no idea how they decide which box you get. I’m assuming there is some intern playing eenie meenie minie moe until she finds the perfect box for you. Just kidding…maybe.
So now you have signed up, completed your beauty profile, and are awaiting your box!
So I posted earlier this week about my pledge class bar crawl, and here are the nails I did to match my shirt :)
I used Essie’s Grow Stronger base coat, 2 coats of Orly’s Snowcone, 2 coats of Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear White On, then Color Club’s black and white nail stripers, and a silver Stripe Rite. oh and 2 coats of Seche Vite. So much nail polish! And here are a million pictures…
:( I didn’t let it dry enough before I used my top coat so I got a little pull on my thump/pinky
and here we are at the second bar (not peace signs). the picture is fuzzy, kind of like my night.
This is butter LONDON’s Lady Muck with OPI Black Shatter. I used tape for this manicure and a silver striper.
NOTE: The OPI Shatter tends to corrode the tape. When you peel it off your nail it will break and you have little tape fragments left on your nail if you are not careful. I would suggest having tweezers close by!
This is butter LONDON's Lady Muck. butter LONDON describes it as a Powdery periwinkle blue, slightly on the grey side and infused with pearl pigment for a soft, sexy sheen. I have a love/hate relationship with this polish. The color is gorgeous, but the application sucks. I guess the polish takes after the name.. Muck. It was streaky and thick, but it dried okay. I just found it really difficult to apply an even coat.
I actually emailed butter LONDON asking about it and they said “Regarding the application of Teddy Girl nail lacquer, depending on the lacquer colour the lacquer may have different consistence. For example, white is the heaviest pigment meaning lacquers white based like Teddy Girl may have a thicker constancy” So even though they got the name of the polish wrong, I think it remains true for Lady Muck. It looks white based? Either way it’s a pretty color, just a tricky application.
Lady Muck retails for $14.00
You can kind of see on my pinky nail how the polish was a bit thick and clumped.
If I were to go back, I probably would not have purchased this polish again. The color is nice, but not that unique for the price.
I’m still trying to figure out if butter LONDON is worth the money.
This is China Glaze's Skyscraper from the Metro Downtown collection. Pictures really don’t do this one justice. I wish I could have gotten one in the sun, but I put this on at night :(
Skyscraper is a navy-ish blue densely packed with silver micro-glitters. It’s amazing. At first when I bought this I thought maybe it would be a translucent jelly type that I could layer over other colors. Not the case. This is layered over Borrowed & Blue and the pastel blue was not even visible within the first coat. I used two coats of Skyscraper to build up the color. The application was great. It doesn’t go on streaky or watery, the perfect consistency especially for a glitter packed polish. I’m in love.
So a few weeks ago I saw on TraceFace Philes that she received a free sample from a company called Soft Landings Towels. The towels are used to put under your hands as you do your nails. I was intrigued so I signed up and just received my sample a few days ago!
The board underneath the package is what I usually do my nails on and it has polish and tape all over it so I was excited to try something new.
The sample came with two towels 16x18 in size. I love them! It was so soft and I was able to wipe my brush on the towel as I went along without having to make a mess.
The towels are around the thickness of a paper towel but way more durable.
Unfortunately for non-salon users, the minimum towel purchase is 75 pieces for $19.95. The only problem stopping me is the quantity. I’m not sure I could use 75 of these towels, but for $19.95 I would definitely consider purchasing regardless.
TraceFace Philes provides a much more in depth over view of the product so be sure to check her post out here!
Hii, this is Essie's Borrowed & Blue from the 2011 Wedding Collection. I love this color, it is one of my favorite blues that I own. The application was a bit streaky, but the second coat helped smooth it out. I used it in water marbling so it was left open and got a bit thicker. I’ve had this one for a while and never got around to swatching it. As usual I have a bunch of pictures :)
Hii, today’s manicure is Wet n Wild’s FastDry - Teal of Fortune. I’m not really sure how I feel about this polish. It is a jelly-ish polish and after 3 coats was still pretty translucent. I also found it has a longer drying time than the other 2 I have swatched, Hannah Pinktana and Blue Wants To Be A Millionaire. I really like the color but thought it would apply differently. All in all I like the color, I would just suggest letting it fully, fully dry in between coats. Otherwise you’ll notice that if you touch your semi-dry nail (after a few coats) the polish wipes off your finger in a sheet. Really annoying.
Since this polish is only $1.99 it’s hard to REALLY complain, but if you are deciding between glittery colors in this collection I would definitely recommend Hannah Pinktana or Blue Wants To Be A Millionaire.
Today I have a polish I bought a while ago and just got around to trying it. This is Sinful Colors in Frenzy. I layered this over e.l.f.’s Dark Navy [which I was not a fan on—i’ll do a separate review for that one] and I think it looks pretty nice. As usual I had a hard time photographing my nails to capture the glitter/color. I think it always looks most realistic when it is out of focus so the last picture shows it like that!
I used 2 coats of Dark Navy polish and then 2-3 coats of Frenzy. I then used a top coat to get rid of the gritty texture from the glitter. You could probably use this polish alone, but it would definitely take a few more coats so there were no bald patches. I like layering my glitter polishes though.
This is your typical glitter polish. It takes about 6 cotton pads and half a bottle of nail polish remover to get off, but if you love glitter like me you’ll pull through. <3
Hii! Today I hit 51 followers! I’m so excited haha but anyways here is today’s manicure!
Wet n Wild Fast Dry - Hannah Pinktana
I really love the color of this polish. It is a lot like “Blue Wants To Be A Millionaire” . This polish takes a lot of coats for full opacity. I think I used around 5. I just kept adding throughout the day until it was the color I wanted. 3 coats and it was still a bit transparent and around 5 or 6 it looks like this, so you can decide as you go how many coats you want to use :) It dries so fast that it doesn’t feel like you have that many coats, nor does it get streaky or thick. This is without a top coat, but I used a Seche base coat.
This is from Essie’s Winter Collection: School of Hard Rocks. Essie describes it as a midnight malachite. I googled malachite because I had no idea what it was and that seems way greener, but either way, this is definitely my favorite of the Winter 2011 collection.
It only took 2 coats for full opacity and had a nice glossy finish. This may actually be one of my all time favorites from Essie. I don’t think I have another shade like it.