Wednesday, April 16, 2014

OPI Live. Love. Carnival. Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

OPI Live. Love. Carnival, from this year's fantastic Brazil Collection for Spring/Summer is a beautiful, warm, perfectly balanced orange coral creme. The mix of red, orange, peach and even pink is absolutely on point, making this coral a Summer neutral that can be worn with many other colours like navy blue, white, yellow, green even brown, if it floats your boat. This polish is going to set off tanned tips and toes perfectly, all season long.

This is not just a swatch and run post, gentle reader. I have been wearing this polish and I can't get enough of it. I am on a major bright and coral kick, this year and this polish is ticking all of my boxes. The wear time is pretty decent on this baby, I get a good four days out of it before it falls apart on me and needs to go bye-bye. I'll take it.

This swatch is two coats and Seche Vite.

On to the formula. It's pretty great. Smooth, easy to apply and control, this polish doesn't give me any difficulties, really. There is no running, pooling, flooding, streaking (beyond the norm on the first coat kind of thing), pulling, dragging or bubbling. I didn't have to do a ton of cleanup while applying this and what I did do is because I usually polish highly caffeinated and I have a little tremor so yeah... I make a bit of a mess, no matter how carefully I polish and I end up doing cleanup. Dry time is pretty good with this polish and even more stunning with Seche Vite or another fast dry top coat. I can slop this on, top coat it and get back to my daily activities in not a lot of time.

I am really digging OPI Live. Love. Carnival. Do you own this beautiful polish? If you are looking for a fantastic Summer mani-pedi colour, you could do a lot worse than this one. If you are now craving coral goodness, you can find OPI Live. Love. Carnival. at Sally Beauty Supply, Ulta, JC Penny salons, other beauty supplies that carry OPI.

Thank you so much for coming by and reading and have a bright, warm day!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I Love Nail Polish in Music Box: Review and Photographs

Hello gentle readers.

I Love Nail Polish Music Box is a gentle, slightly greyed teal blue creme base with a beautiful linear holo rainbow sparkle. The holo in this polish is not super strong but it is no less beautiful and magical. I am convinced that holo is mainly a personal magic and light show! It is best appreciated in the right lighting, up close by those of us who are in to this kind of thing. Everyone else can admire our pretty nails in whatever capacity they are able. That is what is so great about I Love Nail Polish polishes, when the holo goes on the down low, the polish still looks fabulous. I received several lovely compliments on this polish and all of them were in indoor lighting when the holo wasn't doing it's thing.

This manicure was two coats and I topped it with Posche fast dry top coat.

I Love Nail Polish in Music Box has a beautiful formula. Smooth, creamy-dreamy. A delight to apply,  this polish flows off the brush, sits sweetly down where I place it and glides up the nail without running, pooling, flooding my cuticles or bubbling. There was no streaking, dragging or pulling bald spots when I needed to go back over for a quick swipe or two. Boy, has holo come a long way! This holo can be top coated without worrying about losing the rainbow deliciousness. When the top coat is first applied, the holo shatters then as the top coat dries, the rainbows re form and all is happiness and sparkle plenty, once again.

Now I do have to impose a tiny little cloud in this sunny day of polish gushery. Wear time. This polish ain't got it. I applied this beauty and it was falling apart on me and had to be removed two days later. Now, short wear time is not a big problem for me as I am one of those nut cases who is in to frequently changing my polish. If you are an apply-it-and-wear-it-and-forget-about-it-for-at-least-a-week kinda polish wearer, this is probably not the polish for you. If you don't mind a shorter wear time, this polish may just be your cup of tea.

I am a big fan of the I Love Nail Polish brand, overall and this polish, in particular. I think that you will be, too. This beauty is part of the I Love Nail Polish Spring Collection and it is available, now! It's ten clams and you can find it by clicking right here.*

Do you own I Love Nail Polish in Music Box? Have you tried other polishes from this brand? What do you think of them? If you get longer wear than I do, what is your secret?

Thank you so much for swinging by and reading. Have yourself a fab day and may your polish never bubble!

* This link is supplied as a convenience to my gentle readers. I receive no compensation of any kind if the link is clicked and a purchase is made.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Zoya Blu: Review and Photographs

Hello gentle readers.

Zoya Blu feels so fresh, bright and cool, perfect for Spring. And it is perfect to add life to my fresh new nubbins. Dang it! I just had my nails to a length that I like for swatching and a bad break on my swatching hand necessitated filing back down to nubbins. My normally thin, delicate nails are even more fragile, lately and growing or keeping any length has been a massive challenge. I am hoping that stepping up my vitamin regimen and being more consistent about taking them will help because... Damn! This nonsense is getting old!

Okay, enough crying and complaining. back to the polish. Zoya Blu is a soft, pastel blue creme. Golly, I love this colour! This manicure is two coats and Seche Vite. It is still on my nails and in good condition four days later. I am only plotting a polish change because I am ready for something else on my nails. Nice going, Zoya Blu!

As beautiful as Zoya Blu is to look at, this beauty does present a few challenges upon application. Like other white based, opaque cremes of this nature, it starts out very fluid and smooth but as you work with it, it tightens up and becomes increasingly difficult to work with. Polish as quickly as possible, Keeping this polish open longer is just asking for it. Have plenty of polish on the brush, smooth it on swiftly and deftly, let it self level a bit. Applying thin coats doesn't really work with this stuff. At least, it didn't, for me.

I had a fully opaque if a bit uneven finish in two quick coats. I wasn't too happy with how it looked... Until I grabbed my Seche Vite and floated a good coat over each nail. Ahhh... Magic! Seche Vite melted the slightly ripply, uneven finish and made it perfectly smooth and even. It even killed a couple of bubbles from my stupid base coat! Good old Seche Vite rides to the rescue, again. It is invaluable when working with polishes like this.

One thing that I really love about the formula on Zoya Blu is how easy it is to control. It sits down where I place it, smooths up the nail and doesn't run, pool, drag, streak or bubble. Dry time, especially with good old Seche Vite was very good. I was able to finish my manicure, oil my cuticles, snap a few photographs, clean up my mess and get on with my day.

All in all, Zoya Blue is a beautiful pastel blue polish with a somewhat challenging but not bad formula. If you love pastel polish, especially this time of year and are looking for a perfect, pale blue to grace your tips, pick up beautiful Zoya Blu and apply it to your tips. Just remember to have a good, melting top coat at the ready.

What do you think of Zoya Blu? Do you own it? Love it? If you are thinking that you would like to own it, you can pick it up anywhere you buy Zoya polishes including Ulta stores and their website, in many local beauty supplies and even some groceries that have beauty areas, on Zoya's website. So go get it!

Thank you so much for coming in and reading and may your polish never bubble.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

OPI Brazil Collection Neutrals: Swatches and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Today I am sharing four of the OPI Brazil Collection polishes I bought. These are the neutral polishes in the collection, or what I like to call, Saving for My Vacation! These are four beautiful, neutral, work appropriate shades that are perfect to grace your tips while you are slaving away, 9 to 5 until you have squirreled away enough for your getaway to those sandy beaches,  blue waters, cold, frosty drinks and hot, hot nights, dancing until dawn.

Don't Bossa Nova Me Around
Soft slightly greyed pale pink creme. Delicate and ladylike, like a Spring bloom. This is lovely alone, as a base for glitter or nail art. This is two coats and top coat.

Taupe Less Beach
Pale lilac toned taupe creme. Very soft and feminine. This is Spring and happy while still toeing the line. Two coats and top coat. 

I Saw Paulo Over There
Rich, warm, deep taupe creme. Classic and perfect for everyone, everywhere. Two coats and top coat. 

Next Stop... The Bikini Zone
Sheer purple base with gold and multi coloured sparkling shimmer. Delicate and pretty. Can be worn alone or layered over any of these polishes or many others in your collection! Three coats with top coat.

The formula on all four of these polishes are lovely. They all applied smooth, easily. There was no streaking, dragging, running, pooling or bubbling or any other nonsense. Dry time is pretty good, too. Wear time is average for me. I like these polishes, they are beautiful and wearable. I Saw Paulo Over There is not my fave, I still can't imagine what I was thinking when I bought it. I may rehome that one. Why do I buy polishes I know I won't like or have too many of and won't like? *headdesk*

So, what do you think of the four taupe neutral polishes from the OPI Brazil Collection? Do you own any of them? Are you wanting any of them? Are you saving madly for a dream vacation to somewhere fabulous, somewhere you have always dreamed of going? Have you already had the opportunity to take that dream trip?

Thank you so much for coming by and reading and have a wonderful day!

Monday, March 31, 2014

China Glaze Sea Goddess The Final Five: Swatches and Reviews

Hello gentle readers.

A little while back, I showed you the first of my China Glaze Sea Goddess Collection polishes. Sand Dolla Make Ya Holla is the palest pink, almost white polish in the collection. Now hold on to your butts because I'ma going to hit you with the rest of them all at once.

Seahorsin' Around
Medium blue with gold microglitter. Two coats. 

Shell We Dance?
Rose red jelly with texture and tiny pink glitter. Two coats.

Tail Me Something
Purple textured base with silver microglitter. Two coats. 

Teal the Tides Turn
More jade green than teal, if you ask me, but beautiful none the less. Textured base with with bright green tiny glitter. Two coats. 

Wish on a Star Fish
Delicate, pink textured base with gold microglitter. Two coats.

The formula on the China Glaze Sea Goddess Collection is very different from the OPI Liquid Sands. These polishes, rather than being very fluid and smooth, are a bit thicker and the finish, when dry is more natural, organic. These remind me of coral, stones at the beach, that rough, natural sandy stone... I don't know what it is called. No, not sandstone. I can't recall the name of it, I used to see it in SoCal when I was a kid. Anyway, These polishes are beautiful, the colours are delicate, the textures are real. I like these polishes and they are getting some wear time on my nails, this Spring.

Did you pick up any of the China Glaze Sea Goddess polishes? What do you think of them? Love them? If you are thinking of grabbing some you can get them at Sally Beauty Supply, Ulta, order them from Amazon, many different walk in and online beauty supplies. Pretty much wherever you find China Glaze polishes.

Thank you for dropping in and reading. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

My First Ipsy Glam Bag! Photographs, Review

Hello gentle readers.

Well, it had to happen, eventually. I have been seeing all of the great goodies all of my fellow beauty bloggers have been scoring in their Ipsy Glam Bags and I finally caved and decided to sign up for my own subscription.

If you aren't familiar with Ipsy, it is a monthly subscription service that costs ten dollars a month, including shipping and you receive a little theme makeup bag and four or five sample to full sized beauty products. The products can be skin care, makeup, nail polish or hair care.

Signing up for the Ipsy Glam Bag Subscription Service only takes a few minutes and includes a quick quiz to get an idea about your personal preferences so that Ipsy can send bags that will be more to your taste. There is no guarantee that you will love everything, every month, of course but by filling out the quiz and by doing the monthly pop up reviews, you can further refine your preferences. I am still getting the hang of everything that goes on on their website. But I'm a bit slow about that kind of thing. You will probably just jump right in. You can also accumulate Ipsy Points which, I believe, you can redeem for goodies. I am beginning to rack up a few points. I wouldn't mind earning some goodies.

This month, the theme is Destination Beauty, taking us on a trip to Palette Island. (Hey, I'm not the one who made that up, it was on the card that came in my bag. So don't shoot the messenger.) My bag contained four products, two deluxe samples and two full sized products.

The bag is a soft, vinyl envelope style zip closure makeup bag in a fun, artist inspired print. Idiot that I am, I tossed the hang tag that detailed the artist's name and details. I like the print and I will definitely enjoy using this bag. Now, I hear a lot of griping about Ipsy makeup bags being smelly or stinky. This bag is neither. It did smell lightly of vinyl off gassing but after it was sitting out for a day or so that dissipated. It certainly wasn't smelly or stinky.

The contents of my Ipsy Glam Bag:

Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer, Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready, Be a... Bombshell Eye Shadow Quad in in Bora Bora and Nicole By OPI Roughies Nail Enamel in On What Grounds?

There is no swatch of the Pixi primer. This is a deluxe sample size tube. You can purchase this at Target in a one ounce pump bottle for $22.00.  It contains chemical sunscreen and I can't put it on my skin so I just left it unopened so I can pass it along to someone who can use it and enjoy it. I don't own any other Pixi products. I should get to Target and pick up a few, give them a whirl, I suppose.

The Be a... Bombshell Eye Shadow Quad in Bora Bora (full size) $16.00. Shades are, from the top, running clockwise, Starlet, A warm, medium brown shimmer. Bora Bora, A Caribbean blue shimmer. Rock Bottom, gold shimmer and Risky Business, a copper shimmer.

The eye shadows, swatched. All four are shimmers, soft, velvety and smooth with very nice pigmentation and colour payoff. They apply and blend very nicely without much fallout or going muddy. This is a nice little quad of eye shadows. This is my first experience with Be a... Bombshell. I think that I need to explore further. If the rest of their line is as nice as this shadow quad, I could really like their makeup.

Nicole by OPI Roughies: On What Grounds? Now, we all know that this is Liquid Sand, right? With the addition of dark blue small matte glitter pieces. This Robin's egg blue textured polish is right on for Spring and Summer. Application is easy and smooth and pleasant. It is a touch streaky on the first coat, perfect, even and opaque by the second. Dry time, as with all Liqui I mean Roughies is quick but give it a little cure time before you slap it around. I would buy more Nicole by OPI Roughies if I were enchanted by the colour.

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready: $18.00. This deluxe Sample sized lipstick is surprisingly generous and will last me longer than I thought it would. The shade is a beautiful, neutral pink rose, the texture is lightweight, soft and very smooth. The finish is silky. It is a (get ready for it) my lips but better shade. The feel is very light and comfortable and it isn't drying. Wear time isn't stellar. I don't expect it to be, with a lipstick of this type and since I don't have an aversion to touching up and re applying, I don't mind. I would definitely consider buying this brand in full size.

Swatch of Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie In Get Ready. How pretty is this lipstick? Enough pigmentation to brighten the lips and the face but not so bright that it wouldn't be wearable just about anywhere. I could see this lipstick flattering a lot of people.

All in all, I am tickled pink with my first Ipsy Glam Bag. If they keep on being as good as this first one, Ipsy and I are going to enjoy a long, happy and satisfying relationship.

If you have been thinking that Ipsy looks like fun, that you might like to sign up, You can click my link to sign up (if you sign up through my link I receive points that I can redeem for goodies, apparently) or you can go to Ipsy dot com and sign up. I am happy, either way. When I signed up I was placed in a waiting list then given the opportunity to hop off by sharing that I had signed up with Ipsy on Facebook, which I opted to do. I was hopped off the wait list and received the next bag that was scheduled to ship. The whole wait list, hop off thing felt a bit gimmicky to me, I understand the motivation behind it but I do feel it is a little silly. Just sign people up and let's rock and roll. Ah, promotion.

Do you do Ipsy? What do you think of it? Like? Love? What are some of your favorite goodies received from this subscription service? Please do tell.

Thank you so much for coming by and reading and have a lovely day!