Tuesday, November 19, 2013

My Five Favorites For Fall!

Its my favorite season of all time and although I'm super sick right now, I wanted to continue with posts. So here's a short list of my favorite polishes to wear this season! Now in my opinion you can wear whatever color you want, whenever, but these are my Fall go-to colors.

Zoya Pixie Dust in London, a nice gloomy grey with silver glitter and a soft sandy texture. Its a nice darker color without being too dark and since it has a texture in it, it tends to dry quicker.

Rainbow Honey Kitsune is an gorgeous tan creme with orange, brown and gold glitters. This is a constant Fall favorite of mine because the colors are perfect and I'm obsessed with tan polish shades.

Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice is a chocolate brown with golden and orange glass flecks in it. A new favorite of mine because I love the rich color and it smells amazing! No joke, it smells like warm spiced pumpkin bread. Mmmmm!

Deborah Lippmann Cleopatra In The Park is an elegant black creme with golden hexes of all sizes. I'm in love with black and gold color combinations and this has everything in one! Its a great color for Fall, but also for the holidays.

Beautifully Disney Let Your Hair Down is a fantastic bright raspberry jelly. I know usually for Fall everyone wears darker colors, but I absolutely love this color. I love wearing it by itself or even making a jelly sandwich with it!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Revlon Parfumerie Sweets & Spices

Revlon recently released a whole new line of scented polishes called Parfumerie. I absolutely love scented polishes, but they're usually hit or miss, these are definitely a hit though! The bottles are adorable and even look like they could be perfume. Don't worry if you have yet to get your hands on these, this line is permanent! There will be a total of twenty-four colors, there are nineteen out right now and I'll be doing a three part swatch post.

Moonlit Woods is a beautiful metallic lavender. Its a little bit sheer, so I did three coats for opacity. The scent is much more floral than woodsy to me, the good thing is that its not overwhelming. Personally I prefer the color over the scent, but that's just my nose. 

Spun Sugar is a creamy metallic silver, two coats for opacity. The scent for this color isn't really sugary for me, its more of a musky sweet tone. Its a bit overwhelming at first, but then it gets nice and subtle.

Autumn Spice is a dark brown with gold and copper glass flecks. This is my absolute favorite out of the entire collection, I'm always recommending it to my friends. A perfect color and scent for Autumn in only two coats! It smells like pumpkin bread and spices, just heavenly.

Chocolate Truffle is a gorgeous dark chocolate brown. Opaque in two coats and the scent is delightfully strong. Its a very sweet chocolate scent that you can smell immediately, its just awesome.

Bordeaux is a lovely dark red color that is opaque in two coats. I've heard others say it smells like wine, but to me it smells more like cranberry juice. Its very sweet and I really like the rich red color it has.

Beachy is a bright shimmery metallic gold, two coats for opacity. The scent is really warm, it does smell like the beach, but also a little like sun tan lotion. Not a bad smell at all, if I do say so myself!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Studly Manicures For Fall!

 A few weeks ago I ordered a few wheels of nail studs, so I could try out some edgy and elegant manicures. I also absolutely adore 3D type manicures that have some texture, so these are perfect for subtle texture. I was really excited when I got them in the mail and decided to try some looks and share them with you!

The first thing I wanted to try out with China Glaze Midtown Magic was polka dots. I'm a huge fan of polka dots and thought these gold circle studs would be perfect! I really like the contrast of colors that this look created, I think if I tried this look again though I would use smaller circle studs.

I usually lean towards silver more than gold, so I decided to try a look with some square and almond shaped studs. I also wanted to swatch the new L'Oreal textured polish I bought yesterday, its called Hidden Gems! Again, I would probably use smaller square studs if I did this look again, but I do really like the flower shape the three almond studs created.

And for the last look I layered Sally Hansen Spark In The Dark over Nicole By O.P.I Keep It Real, which is a really nice combo that I would totally wear again! I haven't ever used heart shaped studs before, so I decided to add them near my cuticles. This has to be my favorite of the three, probably because it reminds me so much of the Queen Of Hearts!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Butter London Backstage Basics Nail Art Tool Kit Review

Its not everyday you see a popular lacquer company putting out nail art tool sets, so when I found out that Butter London had released one I was really interested to see what quality they would turn out to be. The kit, which you'll see has a tin and three tools is 18$ from the Butter London website.

The first thing I failed to realize was that this "to-go" kit wasn't kidding! Opening the box revealed this teeny tiny cardboard cover with the logo and if you take it apart there are two tutorials inside.

The tin is plain and very thin, so you can just pop it in a purse or luggage, for those snazzy vacation manicures. A plus side about the tin being plain is you can get creative and decorate it yourself!

The brushes are very tiny and compact, which leaves extra room in the tin. I'm sure you could find a mini nail file to pop in there, or even some small nail art accessories! All three brushes came in little plastic wrappers and the striping brush has a protective round cover.

Here you can get an idea of how small the brushes are. I think they look very sleek in black, with the white logo printed on each.

 I decided to do a little demo with the tools. Using the clean-up brush for the edges. Please forgive my poor cuticles, they need some care. I used the dotting tool and striping brush for different designs. Obviously lines are not my strongest nail art skill.

Although small in size, the clean-up brush is very precise in creating clean lines around the nail. It seems a little odd to be holding a brush that's so small, but I got used to it quickly. Being the neat person I am though, I'm afraid to use this brush with darker colors since the bristles are white.

The brush itself is quite a bit shorter than a standard striping brush. I'm usually terrible at straight stripes on my own, but whether it was this brush or the polish I used, I just couldn't get my lines to cooperate. I think this brush might be better suited for non-detailed art rather than stripes.

Its usually not hard to find a working dotting tool and this one works just fine. Its nice to have such a difference in size between the two ends and is a really ideal size for travel. I absolutely love dotting tools, they're the easiest way to add some art to your manicure!

Overall I think this kit is pretty nice, I will definitely be using it for travel manicures and will be adding a small nail file as well. The only things that disappointed me was just how mini the brushes turned out to be and the fact that the bristles on the striping brush are so short. But don't let that stop you from buying this kit, because its really nice quality and so cute!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Sally Hansen Limited Edition Glitters

Last month Sally Hansen released a new limited edition line of multi-colored glitters that look stunning. I was able to seek out nine out of the ten. It took me a little while to swatch them, but I finally finished and wanted to share the lovely combinations with you all! And before we start, just know that I used three coats of glitter on each and every swatch, to make sure to get every color and show great coverage.

Frazzle Dazzle is a copper and rose gold glitter with black bars sprinkled in. I used Color Club Nature's Way as a base color so that all the glitters would stand out. I think this glitter is perfect for Fall and would look great on a dark orange or brown.

Confetti Punch is a pink tinted base with pink micro glitters, blue, green and gold hex glitters of varying sizes. Nicole By O.P.I How Fairy nice Of You! as a base color, you can see Confetti Punch tinted the soft pink into a nice medium pink.

Confetti Cake is a purple tinted base complete with purple micro glitters and also pink, silver, blue and black hex glitters of varying sizes. Layered over China Glaze Sweet Hook so you can tell how slight the purple tint is. Its a bit of an odd mash of colors, but its not bad!

Sea-Ly String is a blue tint base with black micro glitters, but also blue and silver glitters of all sizes and black bar glitters. Again I wanted a lighter color to show off the tint so I used Zoya Blu, you can see the tint made it a darker shade.

Green Rocket is a clear base with green and white hexes and white bars. Layered over Orly Jealous Much? really brings the green glitter out and I love that. A perfect color for Christmas, just place it over a nice red!

Rosey Shooter is another clear base with white and red hex glitters and white bars. Putting it over Butter London Teddy Girl definitely makes me think of peppermint, if only it smelled like it! Another perfect color for the upcoming holidays.

Strobe Flash is a black and white glitter with hexes and bars. I absolutely adore black and white glitters and have to admit that I got a little too excited when I scored the last one. This glitter is fantastic over any color, but looks beautiful over Color Club Wild Cactus.

Silver Streamers is a black and silver hex glitter with black bars. I paired this one with Paola Rombos, which is a color I received from a friend in Panama. I would say this color is a flashier alternative to a black and white glitter, which is nice if you like to shine!

Spark In The Dark is a black and gold glitter with black bars. Another alternative if you're not into white or silver. I wanted this color to look regal so I decided on Finger Paints Amethyst Atelier, I admit you can't see the black very well on it, but it still looks amazing.