Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Zoya Cassi

My sister is the lovely hand model for today :P. I painted her nails when I visited for Thanksgiving. 

This is two coats of Zoya Cassi. She's a lovely pink/orange coral with silver microglitter. 

I was showing my sister how to pose. How cute!

I bought Cassi because I thought she'd be the coral I'm looking for for my wedding colors. I was SO worried when I got the bottle and she looked like a soft baby pink. When you put her on the nails though, the orange really shows up in that pink. She put her fingernails next to my polish togo bag so you can see how nicely it matches with the pink and orange on it. 

Here is a bottle pic. Cassi went hiking in the jungle lol. It's my mum's house plant haha!!

I love her just as much as I thought. The bottle color really worried me, but she turned out perfect. She really does have plenty of orange in there to make her coral. 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving ladies! Hope you're spending time with your families and eating lots of awesomeness. My favorite is the stuffing :). I wanted to do something simple and festive since I did this at like midnight before we left the next morning at 4am.

It's like autumn on my nails :D.

Two coats Zoya Reva with 1 coat Nubar 2010
Thanks Amber from Rainbows and Sparkles :D. 

Here's more flaky goodness. It's actually much more prominent in person, especially in lower light. 

Superflakyawesomesauce and this one is a little more color accurate with Reva's redness.

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for: Being with both of our families, the way different families do Thanksgiving and what they cook, board games with my family, warm wassel, talking about Christmas, baking yummy things like sweet potato casserole, sleeping in my childhood bedroom at my mum's house, talking about wedding stuff with my family in person, actually looking for wedding decor with family for the first time, cherishing every minute with my loved ones, good conversations around the dinner table, painting nails with family, my fabulous readers, and my lovely fiance. I could go on, couldn't we all? 
What are you thankful for? :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Polish on the Go

So I'm visiting family this week for Thanksgiving. Is your stash so big that you can't possibly port it around to family? Do you have a smaller container that you take with you? My family loves it when I do their nails so I use this cute zippy pouch my mum gave me and bring what I think they'd like best.

Here are the polishes I chose this time: Orly Fowl Play, Essie In Stitches, Unnamed shimmery brown, Catrice Sold Out Forever, Zoya Tiffany, Zoya Cassi, Color Club Vitabase, OPI Nail Envy, Orly SecNDry, OPI topcoat, Zoya Reva, Nubar 2010

And on either side are my tools, files, brushes, cotton pads, etc. Don't peek at my nails that's for later lol. Feel free to admire the ring. 

This is what it looks like on the outside, the front and the back. So cute!

Does your family like it when you do their nails? Do you have a polish to-go kit?

Monday, November 21, 2011

She Had a Cocktail in Hand and Confetti in her Hair

I got my first ever  full size bottle of perfume today! I loved the Kate Spade perfume sample I got in Birchbox so much I finally got myself the real deal.     
This is Twirl by Kate Spade. It has a fruity floral scent with "notes of mandarin, bergamot, baies rose, pink watermelon, white peach, red currant, blackberry, star jasmine, magnolia, orange blossom, tiare flower, sun-kissed skin accord, french macaron, luminous musk, and amber." It's the first perfume that even my man likes! That means it's a winner. 
When I opened the box, this message was inside.

You could tell this inspired her bottle design. How pretty!

This is what the box looks like in case you want to peruse stores for it :).

The cheapest place I found the large bottle was the NEX for $64. Sephora was $80 I believe, so big difference. They also sell it at department stores. You could always use Birchbox points on it or try to use a Sephora coupon code. Christmas is coming, so put it on your list!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Nail Envy - Progress and Review

A couple months ago I was trying to keep nice nails and they just kept breaking and peeling. They were really short too! I swear I'd have three breaks a week. They couldn't take any pressure at all. I really wanted nice thick nails so they would all be even and I wouldn't have to worry about breaking them so much. All my friends suggested OPI Nail Envy Original.
This is on the insert, about Nail Envy. 
Here are the ingredients. Yes is has formaldehyde resin, but that may or may not be bad. I have read that the resin doesn't have any formaldehyde in it anymore, or that it's only bad if you inhale it (and it doesn't smell when I put it on), and that if it's allowed to be used in the health regulated beauty industry it must not be too bad. I decided if it worked I didn't care lol. 

Here are pictures of my nails while using Nail Envy. Keep in mind this isn't all about length, because I filed them plenty. It's more about getting them to a nice length, preventing breaks, being able to shape them all the same, being strong and healthy, etc.

Day 1, they don't look awful but they broke constantly:
Day 16, already thicker:
Day 25, oops naked lol:
Day 38:
Day 58:
The pictures aren't the most spectacular part. You can see in the pics though, they got longer, thicker, and I was able to shape them all better. The best part was that in these two months I've only had two or three breaks vs. three breaks a week. Only one of those breaks was serious, but that was a thumb nail and I have never been able to grow them ever. At least I had nice thumb nails for two months lol. 
  • Pros: 
    • Strengthens
    • Dries quickly
    • Prevents breaking
    • Looks nice alone
    • Can put over polish and it still works
    • Can use as base coat
    • Makes my nails feel almost as hard as acrylics
  • Cons: 
    • Expensive (I think $8 at CosmoProf, $11 at NEX, and $16 at Ulta)
    • Formaldehyde might be bad
    • If you keep manis on for more than a couple days like I do, and forget to top with NE, your nails will weaken a little but still not even close to where they were. 
Used it? Liked it? What's your favorite nail strengthener?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Marian

Today is my best friend Marian's birthday. I told you about her a few months ago in a blog post. We grew up together and were best friends. She died in a car accident May 7, 2011 at age 21. I think about her nearly every day, and more often lately when I remember that she won't be at my wedding. She would have been a beautiful bridesmaid.
Memories of her help me through so much. Even trying on wedding dresses, I looked down at my stomach and kept pushing it in, wishing it were smaller. Then I thought of her and how angry she'd be with me for worrying about something so petty and superficial. She dealt with serious self-image issues herself, but overcame them. To look down on myself would be a disgrace to her and the lessons she taught us. That's the biggest thing I have learned from losing her - Don't wait until it's too late to appreciate the people around you and learn from them, to tell them you love them, to wish you would have tried sooner to fix things. 

On the brighter side, I thought I would dedicate a manicure to her on her birthday. I chose a color I thought she'd like. It's Butter London Victoriana from my recent BL haul.

Victoriana is a lovely dusty steel blue with silver shimmer that also has a blue tint when it peeks through the base. She's slightly teal, but less than I expected.

The application was perfect and full coverage with two coats.

Close up of the shimmer

Moose seems to always be in my shots lol. Do your cats do this too?
Marian used to have the meanest cat named Jingles lol! The only person she'd ever tolerate was Marian.

Sharing this with you helps me through it, and makes me feel better that more people will think of her. Just remember what she taught me. Don't wait until it's too late.
"Never take your freedoms for granted and every chance you get let the ones you love know that they are indeed loved." ~Marian Curtner

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Working Up to Drama

I'm usually nervous when it comes to more dramatic makeup. I never really line my lower lash line or put mascara on my lower lashes. This is an example of a grey smokey eye I did before that is much more toned down. We were going out the other night and I decided to dramatize it a bit.

I used dark grey liquid liner, and dark grey eyeshadow over that to smudge it out. I put mascara on all my lashes. I was worried it would be too much, but I like it!

You can see the liner more in this photo. It is more defined on the outer corner of the eye.

Heres the outfit with the look. I love those tights lol.

 Edit: I got my first really mean comments on my blog today. I was just letting you ladies know so that all the other comments made sense. I deleted the worst ones in attempt to remove the negativity.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Beyond the Mistletoe Layering

Layering these Color Club collections is fun! This post will show you how some of the Beyond the Mistletoe glitters look layered. I already used Holiday Splendor on my toes. A lot of people layer them on top of the corresponding color, but I like to spice it up a bit.

Layered over Color Club Perfect Mol-ten from the Foiled collection LtoR:
Beyond the Mistletoe - Light blue and silver holo glitter that flashes green, gold, teal, silver, and blue, in a clear base
Holiday Splendor - silver holo glitter in a bright tealy green jelly base, which makes the glitter flash a lot of green
Candy Cane - Hot pink and light pink holo glitter that flashes pink, silver, and red, in a slightly pink jelly base
Gingerbread - Gold holo glitter that flashes blue, green, red, purple, orange, and gold, in a clear base

This is Color Club Cold Metal with a coat of Jingle Jangle on the ring finger.

Jingle Jangle - light teal and silver glitter in a slightly purple jelly base, which makes the silver look purple sometimes

These glitters are pretty awesome, but some could be more exciting. I thought Gingerbread had red glitter in it, which would have been awesome. I think I'll do a mani with it and throw in red glitter :D. You like them?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Color Club Foiled Collection Swatches

I picked up the Color Club Foiled collection from Ross the other day. I never thought I liked foils until now! All the colors in this collection have a glitter/foil sort of finish. They're very metallic, which is part of being a foil, but if you look up close there is tiny metallic microglitter. Each color has particles of silver and particles of the base color. All swatches are two coats

Cold Metal - Rich royal blue foil. I actually like this and I'm so not a blue person.

Lumin-iceient - Light cloudy blue foil.

Antiquated - Champagne gold foil

Hot Like Lava - Hot pink foil

Foil Me Once - Light dusty pink with a touch of lavender foil

Perfect Mol-ten - Bright light green foil, really pigmented but a little more silver at the same time.

I really never thought I liked foils until now...honest lol. The wear seems to be average (a couple days), and the application was great. I thought it would be streaky when I was applying it, but looking at my nails now you can't see a single imperfection.
And by the way this was my first collection swatch. I have never before put polish on JUST to photograph it. What an interesting feeling lol...

Have these? Love them? Want them?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Defiant Pedi

MeMeMe Defiant, that is :). It's a European polish. Drool ladies.
I was feeling something dark. This is two coats Defiant with one thin coat of Color Club Holiday Splendor from my haul yesterday.

Here is Defiant in a couple different lights. At its darkest it only looks black out of the corner of your eye. When you actually look at it, it's just super dark teal.

Here is is topped with the thinnest coat of Holiday Splendor I could muster, to add a little glitter bling.

Holiday Splendor is holo glitter in a bright green slightly teal jelly base. The glitter flashes blue, green, and gold.

My combo ended up a slightly darker ChG Atlantis....crap lol but quite a bit more green. The more I look at it, the more I like it and realize that it's different!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Haul: Holiday Color Clubs

I went to my Ross to look for Color Club sets, originally for friends because I was undecided. I saw them in person and had to have them.

Color Club Beyond the Mistletoe Collection

LtoR: Beyond the Mistletoe, Holiday Splendor, Sugarplum Fairy, Gingerbread, Candy Cane, Jingle Jangle

Color Club Foiled Collection

LtoR: Perfect Mol-ten, Antiquated, Cold Metal, Hot Like Lava, Foil Me Once, Lumin-iceient

And then a friend mentioned to me that the colors in both collections match up quite well...

Interesting huh? Ooh I wonder what one Foiled would look like with a light coat of a different Mistletoe? Or of course I could layer them for a little more pow.

Thoughts? Have them? Want them? If you are nice to me I'll pick some up for you :). 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Preview: Zoya Feel Collection

I'm really excited about this ladies! I finally got added to a media list :). This is my first press release.
FEEL collection
Six full-coverage winter cream neutrals

This is Zoya's winter collection, opaque neutral cremes. Normally I wouldn't be as excited about a collection like this, but I've been interviewing for internships and at least one requires natural or close to it nail colors. I'm trying to convince my fiance that if I get that internship he should buy me this entire collection :D. 

I enlarged the colors so you can get a better look. I like a lot of them!
Here is what Zoya says about their collection:
FEEL Beautiful!
Every season the color experts at Zoya create dozens of new color collection options. This year, one of those “secret collections” just had to be seen now rather than later. FEEL by Zoya Nail Polish delivers six new, highly pigmented, full coverge neutrals for right now!

Zoya FEEL Collection
  • Kristen (ZP591): Full coverage, gull gray cream
  • Carey (ZP592): Full coverage, periwinkle gray cream
  • Megan (ZP593): Full coverage, taupe gray cream
  • Kendal (ZP594): Full coverage, rose quartz beige cream
  • Kennedy (ZP595): Full coverage, pale french beige cream
  • Avery (ZP596): Full coverage, blonde beige cream
Zoya is the new color of fashion...

Ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers by Zoya are free of harmful industrial chemicals
like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known
to cause cancer and birth defects.

Find Zoya FEEL as well as over 300 other ultra high-fashion Zoya shades at
www.zoya.com. As always, each and every Zoya color is made for women so we
name them after women.

FEEL by Zoya
Sug. Retail $8.00 per 0.5 fl.oz. bottle (US) 

Available November 15, 2011. 
You should be able to find Zoyas at Zoya.com, Ulta, Whole Foods, and some salons. 
Looking forward to this collection?