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Friday, July 18, 2014

"Owlin" Around

Good afternoon!

I really enjoyed Finger Paints Poolside Paradise Collection so the last time I trolled through Sally, I picked up what was most interesting to me. I was inspired to also use a Finger Paints glitter I picked up last year but never swatched. Problems solved.

Hula Aruba is a super rad glass fleck yellow that is very similar to Color Club Daisy Does It. (Another fave.) However the Color Club is a bit duochrome with some subtle green flash that Hula Aruba does not have.
It applied gorgeously and dried quickly. It's nicely buildable but three coats will still have some VNL.
I decided to grab my bottle of Owlin' at the Moon and do a sorta kinda jelly sandwich. It was more the thought of could it work for Duck Day manis in the fall but still fun to do.

I applied two coats of Hula Aruba and then one generous coat of Owlin' at the Moon. I finished it off with one more coat of Hula Aruba and Out The Door.

I loved how sparkly and shiny it was. Then I realized that the Mylar shard glitters are not really my cup o'tea. It definitely works insofar as the colors but I'm not in love with it. 

I bought both of these at Sally Beauty Supply in 2013 and 2014 respectively. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

"Ablaze" in the Northern Sky

Good day!

Today I have another beauty from the Orly Baked Collection. I bought a mini set at Sally and gave my sister Hot Tropics and Saturated out of it since I have the full size bottles. I didn't know how I was going to love Ablaze so buying the mini seemed like a good idea...

Orly Ablaze 
three coats

It was a good idea to buy the mini EXCEPT now I need the full size bottle and my Sally sold out of it all. Le shopping it is then.

Ablaze leans really orange on me but it's an orange-y coral with glorious golden shimmer. It 's vibrant enough that you do not need to layer it over white at all.  I can only imagine what this would be like layered over white. It's pretty retina searing as is. I still had a tiny bit of VNL but nothing major. Dry time was exceptional and the formula is smooth and perfect.

I got this at Sally Beauty Supply in a 4 pack mini set. It was marked at $9.97 but I used a 15% coupon and paid less.

P.S. if you get the musical reference in the post title, I will give you a virtual cookie.

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Good day!

I wanted to give you a break from my Mexican haul to share an Essence polish. Dear Bob, I love Essence. So cheap, so awesome, you can't go wrong. I am ridiculously devoted to their eyeliner pen. Essence is a very good thing.

Essence Super, man!

Super, Man! is a fab silver foil loaded with holo glitter. It reminds me a lot of Orly Dazzle plus delicious holo glitter. This is really thick but applies really nicely and dries surprisingly fast. It was a snotch gritty but nothing top coat couldn't smooth out. It does give one the shimmer herpes though.

My photos do not do this justice at all. I assure it is really loaded with holo glitter. If you can track this down, I highly recommend it!

I got this at the Fred Meyer by my house. I honestly do not recall the price but I know it was under 5 bucks and that's all that really matters.

Friday, July 4, 2014


Good day!

Really quickly showing my Fourth of July mani. And quicker yet breakdown. Ready?

Base on thumb is Essence Super, Man!
Base on ring is Urban Outfitters Silver Holo
Base on others is Revlon Streetwear in Midnight
Dots are Elf Silver, Color Club Wish List Red and Nicole by OPI It's ALL About The Glam
Stamp is Konad Special Polish in Red and Metallic Blue
Plate GCOCL K06

Happy Independence Day!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Gold Line

Good day!

I'm doing my darnedest to get my Mexico haul swatched and posted.One of my regular visits is to La Isla Shopping center because they have a store that's pretty similar to Claire's called Kloom. Well three years since my last visit, Kloom closed and was now replaced with Chula. Honestly, wasn't much of a difference except the absence of Luchador stuff and a heavy emphasis on sandals. So, yeah. That said, I can move on to one of the polishes I purchased there.

Línea de Oro Unnamed Cobalt jelly

Línea de Oro is another Mexican brand of cosmetics. This is unnamed and had no ingredient list but you can be almost certain that it is not 3/4/5 free. It is however a gorgeous cobalt jelly.

Three coats, no top coat

This applies very thick and it is a bit streaky but I was enamored nonetheless. I was impressed with how quickly it dried in spite of its thickness. It does make application tricky and I suppose I could thin it out but I haven't. I just really adore the color.

I bought this ata store called Chula at La Isla Shopping center in Cancun. This was a whopping 35 pesos. Línea de Oro is only available in Mexico and appears only to be available to wholesalers but hey, you can check out their site HERE.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Olé Lady Olé

Good afternoon!

I have another purchase from Mexico. I have featured Lady Olé before after the last time I went to Mexico. You can check that out HERE. Anyway, let's move on to my newest member from the Lady Olé line.

Lady Olé Lillian

Lillian is a metallic navy loaded with lots of fine silver-ish glitter. It's gorgeous and sadly, looks really purple in my photos. Rest assured it's navy.

Three coats, no top coat

The formula is a tad thick and you most certainly need three coats for best opacity. Aside from that, it dried quickly and I was good to go in no time. I do need to state very clearly that this is not 3, 4 or even 5 free. This is full on toluene, formaldehyde and DBP packed. Then again, every single polish I have ever purchased in Mexico is not 3 free. With the exception of the Del Sol polishes I got ages ago in Cancun that is.
I don't have formaldehyde sensitivities or any other sensitivities so it's not a big deal for me. And I usually reach for my 3/4/5 free polishes before my "scary" monsters. 

I got this at Walmart in Cancun. I can't remember the exact price but I'm pretty sure it was 45 pesos. Plenty of money left over for beer and tequila!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

It's a TRAP-eze!

Good day.

It took me awhile but  I managed to cross a lemming from my list and then it took EVEN longer to get the goddamn thing swatched. But I have done so!

I know it's lame to use an Admiral Ackbar meme but I do what I want. So there.

It's a Trap-eze was a long time lemming particularly since I wasn't all that enamored of the Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away collection. But I cannot say no to a milky glitter. I actually bought this last fall when I hauled the entire Kleancolor Metallic collection bit I only just got to wear it now. What can I say? Shit's been rough, yo. I been busy paying my bills. 

I'm so glad I was able to snag it as it never showed up at my local Sally. Oddly enough, it makes me think of Fruity Pebbles in milk. Weirder yet that I no longer eat cereal and hate milk so it must have been a childhood flashback. I used three coats here because that's just what I do. Two would probably be fine and the dry time was really good considering I did not have high expectations. I love it so very much.

I got this at way back in what, September, October?  It was the only place I could find it and yay!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Big City Nights

Good day!

Today I have a recent find from Claire's. I will always be a sucker for a good black polish and more so when there is holo glitter.

Bright Lights, Big City

Bright Lights, Big City is fabulous. The formula is a bit thick and three coats is best for opacity but the holo glitter makes everything alright. Dry time is pretty good and  it does dry a little gritty but top coat worked that all out.

Look at how much holo glitter is packed into it! LOOK AT IT. YES. I even took a blurry photo just because it was pretty with the whole rainbow that was shooting from my nails.

Yummy holo, yo.

I got this at Claire's for $4.50. I was a bit letdown by what else they ahd to offer so i did not take advantage of the usual BOGO 1/2 off. Such is life.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Because Purple

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Here is another long unswatched from forever ago. I showed you my other Dior polish and I was completely enamored. This did not disappoint either.

Dior Pourpre Revolution

Porpre (Purple) Revolution is one of those that are so dark it could almost be black. But it is such a delight. It only takes two coats for complete coverage and dries quickly. You can tell its purple but it is so dark that it requires another look. 

It really is a wonderful vampy polish that makes a great base for stamping or layering. I love the Dior brushes as they are similar to the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri brushes. I do love a good wide paddle brush for these curvy little nails.

My husband bought me this for not Xmas in January. Since we have a joint account, I kinda did buy this. So there.

Saturated Heat

Good day!

Sad there was another break but I have been one burned out Lamb. The details are not interesting so I will spare you. But there has been plenty of nail polish shopping. Of course I had to pick up at least something from Orly's Baked Collection because Orly and what a great collection. Really gorgeous brights and neons that rock my socks.

Orly Saturated and Orly Hot Tropics on ring 

I got Saturated and Hot Tropics because purple. Saturated is my very favorite, it is amazing. A deep yet bright and highly pigmented crelly. I used two coats above. I should've used three but I couldn't see the above until I took photos in the sun. Don't let that deter you though. My nails are kinda weird anyway but two is pretty good given how pigmented it is and how fast it dries. The application was good. It's a bit strange in that it is a bit thick but really viscous.

Hot Tropics is a great fuchsia with gold sparkles and it applies gorgeously. Saturated is all I can think about however. I adore it so much. It's undeniably PURPLE and that makes me happy.

I picked these babies up at Sally. I urge you to run now and get more from this collection. It's neons done right, yo.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Hubby's Nail Art Challenge - Marbled and dotty

Good day!

I'm back again with a nail art Challenge from Matt. This time it was combining the water marble with dotting. I really love the photo he sent me. It's a great manicure, the colors are fab and it looks wonderful.
Check it here.

Which now leads us to my version or rather inspiration:

I like it. But I love doing water marbles and using my dotting tool.

What I used:

Base color (That is mostly covered): Flamingo Cosmetics Color's festival in unnamed peach.
It's a pretty color that applies terribly and streaky. Which I expected for a peach and again from a polish that cost me only 35 pesos at Chula in La Isla Shopping Center in Cancun.

Water marble colors are Orly Skinny Dip and Pure Ice Platinum Base coat
Dots are Destined Unnamed Neon Coral and Pure Ice Platinum Base Coat

So swirly and dotty, no? Frankly, I like to water marble with lots and lots of swirls and mixing rather than the beautifully symmetric "petals" and whatnot that some do. That said, Colette from My Simple Little Pleasures will always be my guru.

This was a fun challenge for me just because I so love water marbling. I like trying to figure out where to best place my dots so they would follow the curves. I will be doing this look again and again.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hubby's Nail Art Challenge - French-y Daisies

Good morning.

So this nail art challenge kinda bored me. I'm not so into French manicures, funky or not. I do them every so often but it's not a go to. However, Matt sent me this link and I had to pick up the gauntlet.
So here is my take on a French with little flowers:

The original is pretty cute and that woman has very pretty nails, no? Mine's...ok.

Here's how it breaks down:

Base is Essence Better Than Gel Nails Base Coat in Soft Rose. (And is also discontinued. Sad.)
Tips are Orly Skinny Dip a neon blue with shimmer that I adore
My "daisies" are dots of Art Club Striper in white and yellow.

I was a little disappointed with some of the stringy parts of the white but overall it cam out nice.

And there we have another challenge handled!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Hubby's Nail Art Challenge - Neon Haze

Good morning.

Back again with one of Matt's nail art challenges. Sadly, this time I deleted the link that included my inspiration. I guess I thought I had posted it or something. I dunno. Either way, this challenge is completed!

Soo bright!!!

I'll try to describe the original. Basically it was a light purple going to neon purple to neon orange. And there was glitter. So I did this. And yes I shocked myself for not using my favorite color purple.

Here's what went into it:

1 coat of Revlon Powder Puff (I just snagged my fifth back up bottle of it. Thanks Grocery Outlet!)
Sinful Colors Fashion Neon
Cosmetic Arts No Name Orange that I renamed "Atomic Cheese"
Color Club Wham! Pow! and You Got Soul-ar

I sponged You Got Soul-ar over Wham! Pow! because I knew it wouldn't blend as well as I wanted on its own but I would still get some nice glitter action.

I like that it kinda reminds me of a Tequila Sunrise. Then again, I could be pining for Mexico...or cocktails in Mexico. One of those.

There's more nail art challenges coming from Matt but I think one he's given me will really test me. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Renova Artes Matte

Good day.

Today I have one of the many polishes I hauled from my most recent trip to Mexico.

Renova Artes Matte - Dafne

Renova is a brand available in Mexico and I assume elsewhere in Latin America. I've shown the brand before along with its sister brand Inova. Renova is on it when it comes to trends as they had not only mattes but serious glitters and textures.

I'm a bit worn out on some glitter so I chose the matte.

Dafne is a pretty berry red with subtle shimmer. It goes on beautifully and dries quickly. One could get away with two coats but as ever, I opted for three.

Mmm...I do love matte polishes. I did not get a photo with top coat because I really liked it matte. One of these days I'll be motivated enough to do so. Today is not that day however.

I bought this at Wal-Mart in Cancun for about 450 pesos which was about $4.50 US. Of course I could be wrong about the price as I was snotch overwhelmed as I had to hunt down Matt, my sister, my brother-in-law and my nephew in the store and keep everybody together. Either way it was a good price and comparable to many of our drugstore brads in the US.