Thursday, August 21, 2014

Rescue Beauty Lounge Au Chocolate

Today I have a little throwback Thursday action with Rescue Beauty Lounge Au Chocolat.  I bought this a while ago (maybe 2010?) and of course I'm just now getting around to wearing it.  I don't think it's even available on the site anymore (sorry!).

Au Chocolat is a red/brown crelly, meaning a mix of both cream and jelly finish.  It's a great fall color.  It's dark without looking black in low light, which I love.  True to most Rescue Beauty Lounge polishes, the formula was nice, but a bit streaky on the first coat.

This is 2 coats.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Essie Strut Your Stuff

Today I have Essie Strut Your Stuff and short nails.  I'd been thinking about cutting them for a while, but my car door made that executive decision for me.  Story of my life.

So before I started swatching the fall Zoyas, I decided to wear something bright.  Enter Essie Strut Your Stuff from the same collection as Roarrrange, Summer 2014 collection.  This one is a bright blue cream.  Definitely a darker hue of blue than a sky blue, but still bright.

This applied really well and was easy to control.  It did stain my nails so watch out for that!

This is 3 coats.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Elevation Polish Echinops

Today I have a polish from Elevation Polish which has quickly become one of my favorite indie brands.  I bought Echinops a few months ago and I'm finally getting around to wearing it.

I have to admit I had to google what Echinops was, plus it's always fun to know the inspiration behind a polish.  It's a pretty blurple spherical flower.  This polish has the same pretty lavender/blurple color but with some subtle holo pigment in it.

Application on this was pretty perfect (another reason I love me some Elevation Polish).

This is 2 coats.

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Elevation Polish can be purchased from their website or from LLarowe.

If you haven't already, don't forget to enter my giveaway!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

OPI The Sky's My Limit

This summer, OPI released their Mustang collection in collaboration with Ford for Mustang's 50th anniversary.  This is the second Mustang collection OPI has done, the first being in 2005.

The Sky's My Limit is a medium toned blue with lots of turquoise and gold glitter.  It's definitely a cousin of Catch me in My Net and it's dupes, but it's a bit darker and more blue.  Honestly, if you already have Catch Me in My Net or one of it's dupes, you don't really need this unless you really like this finish or you love all things Mustang.

This applied really well.  No complaints at all.

This is 2 coats.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

The Perfect Barielle Manicure and a Giveaway

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 I was recently given the opportunity to work with Barielle in creating my version of the perfect manicure using some Barielle products.  They were also kind enough to allow me to give a set of my picks to a reader!

Here we go!

My first step (after removing all old polish), was to exfoliate with Barielle's 60 Second Mani-Pedi.  This is a scrub made of salt and several oils.  I scooped a bit into my hands and rubbed it in making sure to also focus on my cuticles.  Make sure not to rub too hard because the salt can be abrasive.  I then rinsed in warm water and patted my hands dry.  This left my hands super soft!



Next I used Barielle's Natural Nail Camouflage.  This base coat has been in my rotation for a few years now.  It works well as a ridgefiller and I even wear it alone when I feel like going "naked" but don't want my nails to look too yellow.  It doesn't cover my extensive staining completely, but it helps.



And now for the color.  I picked Mint Ice Cream Cone because, who doesn't love a pale green polish?  This is a pastel green cream with a white base.  Pastels and whites are notorious for their bad application, but this applied well.  Fist coat is streaky, but second coat evens everything right out.

I let it dry a bit and topped it off with Barielle Gel Top Coat Max Protection.  This is a gel top coat that needs no light to dry.  For those used to a super fast drying top coat, this is not one of them.  Patience is needed, but it does dry to a nice shiny finish.

This is 2 coats Mint Ice Cream Cone with 1 coat Gel Top Coat.

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And finally moisturize those hands!  Barielle Professional Protective Hand Cream is great for an everyday moisturizer.  It has the consistency of regular lotion. The smell isn't too strong at all (I'm not a fan of hand creams with super strong scents so this is perfect.) and it absorbs nicely leaving your has soft and moisturized, but not greasy.  Great to throw in your purse or have on your desk to moisturize through out the day.



All these products can be purchased at barielle.com and you also have the opportunity to win them through the giveaway!

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1.  Before entering below, please be aware that this giveaway is US ONLY.  Sorry to my international readers!

2.  You must be 18 years or older, or have a parents permission to enter.

3.  I am not responsible for lost or stolen mail.

4.  The giveaway ends August 26, 2014 at 12:00am Eastern Standard Time.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Smitten Polish Electric Lime

After swatching all those neutrals, I just had to put on something nice and bright . . . and holo!  So out of my untrieds pile came Smitten Polish Electric Lime.  This is a neon holo green.  I'm now kind of obsessed with it.  It looks good in both dull lighting and in the sun (I hate how some holos look kind of blah when you can't see the flame).  In really dull lighting, it looks like a bright green with lots of golden shimmer.

This applied nicely.  First coat is pretty sheer, but it does build up.

This is 3 coats.

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Had to put in that extra picture, it's so pretty!  Smitten Polish can be purchased through her shop www.smittenpolish.bigcartel.com

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Zoya Naturel Deux (2) Swatches and Review




Early this year, Zoya released the Naturel collection full of lovely neutral shades.  Well, they're at it again and I'm loving this round!

Naturel Deux consists of 3 brown shades as well as 3 in the muave/plum color family, all of which are work appropriate.

On to the swatches!