Monday, December 3, 2012

Chirality Nail Polish in Cu2+ (Blackened Teal Holo!)

Whew, where did the time go? It's been awhile since I posted. I don't understand myself. I take the time to swatch things and take pictures, but just leave them sitting there on my camera memory card collecting (figurative) dust. So, if you missed me- I'm sorry! And if you didn't even notice I was gone, well, I didn't either. Time flies!

I've been collecting polish lately like a crazy person. I bought a second Helmer to store my polishes and apparently that gave me the go-ahead to go on a polish spending spree. I've been trying to pick up more indie polishes lately too. This polish is from one of my first indie orders.

The polish I'm showing you today is a blackened teal holo. It's a GORGEOUS color and one of the most unique holos I've ever seen. The holo effect isn't the most pronounced, but it still visibly, crashing your car because you're starting at your nails, there. Chirality Nail Polish makes some great holos at an even better price. Full size bottles are only $7. I plan on picking up some more, including their newer glitter shades, when I get a chance.

I believe I used two coats with a base and top coat.

Chirality Nail Polish in Cu2+
Chirality Nail Polish in Cu2+
Chirality Nail Polish in Cu2+
Chirality Nail Polish in Cu2+
Chirality Nail Polish in Cu2+

Chirality polishes can be purchased here. Also check their Facebook page for specials, swatches of other colors, and news on upcoming releases.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Nubar Reclaim Swatches (Green Holo!)

Nubar Reclaim may look a little familiar to you if you read my last post. It was the polish I was wearing in the picture holding the palette. Now this is a polish I've wanted for years. 3 years, 5 months, and 4 days to be exact. Which is the date I read about the Going Green collection from Nubar at Scrangie's blog. And was this polish ever worth the wait! It's green and it's holo; what more is there to say? My only regret is that I waited this long!

This was 2 coats with base and top coat.

Nubar Reclaim
This polish doesn't have the most intense holo effect, but it is visible. Typically holos ship easily on me, but this wore really well. I'm in love with formula on the 3 Nubar polishes that I've worn.

Nubar Reclaim
Nubar Reclaim
Nubar Reclaim

I love this polish and i think it's one every polish fanatic needs in their collection. Even in the 3 and a half years this polish has been out, it still seems pretty unique. I'm not sure I've seen another holographic green polish exactly like this. I bought this polish on Amazon for $5.49 with free shipping. Not bad considering Nubar polishes retail for $8 on their website and you still have to pay shipping.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette Swatches and Review

I bought this palette along with a few other Tarina Tarantino items when I first found out that they were 40% off. This palette had been on my wishlist since I saw Phyrra and Temptalia post about it. For $36 I was never quite willing to pull the trigger. But for $22, there were no second guesses.

I don’t know if the quality of the shadows in this palette is indicative of Tarina Tarantino’s shadows across the board, but I certainly hope so as these are AMAZING. I think I may like the formula better even than Urban Decay’s. The shadows, even the matte brown, are smooth, almost buttery but not too soft that they're powdery, and uber pigmented. There is no fallout and they apply easily and exactly where you want them to go. I know it is a bit of a cliché to say something practically applies itself, but that definitely fits here.

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette
 I know quite a few people have complained about it, but this palette is HUGE. Here is is compared to my hand and I have quite large hands.

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette
This was taken indoors with the flash so the colors are a little washed out.

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette
This was taken in weak sunlight.

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette
The swatches are dry over bare skin. You can see how nicely they apply just in the swatches. My swatches are usually incredibly messy and these are smooth and even. They may not be the most unique colors, but they are really pretty and the formula is amazing.

I think I used all the shadows but the matte brown here. The eyeliner is MAC Undercurrant.

I HIGHLY recommend this palette. The colors are beautiful, work well together, and the formula is one of the best, if not THE best I have ever used. You would be doing yourself a disservice not to purchase this palette. As of right now it is still available on Sephora’s website, but I’m not sure for how much longer. So don’t wait!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Del Sol- Trick or Treat

Happy Halloween everyone! I don't have much time to write this post as I waited until right when I needed to go to sleep to start it, but I wanted to share this awesome polish with you. It's the perfect Halloween polish!

You've probably heard of those gimmicky polishes that change color in the sun right? Well, this is one of those. But it's WAY better than what you're probably thinking of. Out of UV light, the color is tiny orange and holographic glitter in a clear base. But out in the sun the clear base turns into a deep, dark black. It's so cool!

This polish is sold on Del Sol's website. It usually sells for $10, but right now it's $7.50. I rarely buy backup bottles because I never use up a bottle of polish, but I'm greatly tempted this time.

This is three coats with base and top coat.

Del Sol Trick or Treat
This is in the shade before the sun had a change to change the color.

Del Sol Trick or Treat
I took this one the instant I stepped into the sun and you can see the polish has already started to darken.

Del Sol Trick or Treat
This is about half way through the transition.

Del Sol Trick or Treat
And this is the darkest the polish gets. I almost wish it looked like this all the time! A bad thing about this polish is that you can't see the polish on your cuticles until you get out in the sun and it turns black!

Del Sol Trick or Treat
Here is the polish in the shade before the base starts fading back to clear.

Oh, and GIF TIME!

So any plans for Halloween? Not for me, I'm just going to stay home and be boring. Like usual! ;)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek Palette Swatches and Review

Being the huge blush fanatic that I am, I craved Tarina Tarantino’s Dollskin Cheek Palette from the moment I saw it. And then the overwhelming positive reviews came pouring in. I was *this close* to ordering it from Sephora many times, but never ended up pulling the trigger. And then I found out that Tarina Tarantino was being phased out at Sephora and was selling for 40% off. There were many items I wanted (and ended up ordering!) but this blush palette was listed as sold out at the time. I was crushed. But undeterred I checked Sephora daily to see if it would come back in stock. And it did. I was ecstatic. Okay, I know how ridiculous it sounds to be ecstatic over blush, but if you’re a fellow makeup addict (and if you’re reading this I’m assuming you are), you’ll understand. (Of course, as of writing this post the blush palette is no longer listed. But keep checking, it might come back! I do see it listed on Amazon for $32, which I definitely think is worth it. Still cheaper than it originally was!)

The palette definitely lived up to the hype for me. I LOVE it.

The palette comes in a grey and pink box inside a holographic sleeve. It's pretty, but I definitely think it's a little over-packaged.

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek Palette
Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek Palette
The palette is HUGE. I was expecting the blush pans to be about eyeshadow size, but they look amost like full size blushes to me. I compared the size to a Zoya nail polish bottle so you can see how big it really is.

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek Palette
There are two peachy-coral blushes and two bright bubblegum pink blushes. I wish the names of the blushes were listed somewhere on the palette. The blush colors are/were also sold individual so names would be helpful.

Feather (the top left) is a peach coral shimmer. Parasol (the top right) is a bright pink coral simmer. Carved Rose (the bottom left) is a bright pink matte. Candy Cameo (the bottom left) is almost the same color as Carved Rose, but has heavy silver shimmer. This is definitely the most shimmery of the blushes.

I almost wish they had left out Candy Cameo (I can just wear a highlighter over the matte pink if I want shimmer) and chose one of their other blushes, like Neapolitan Lane or Charm.

From left- Feather, Parasol, Carved Rose, and Candy Cameo
For each color the swatches are applied heavily on the left and blended out on the right.

The formula on all of them is pigmented, soft but not powdery, and easy to blend.

From left- Feather and Parasol
From left- Carved Rose and Candy Cameo

I recommend this palette to those who are blush obsessed and those who aren't. There is a variety of colors and finishes in this palette that will keep you from getting bored. I'm so glad I was finally able to get this!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Pink Glitter Sammich

I was just checking in my blog post draft folder and I have probably close to 30 potential blog posts. Yikes! I'm so behind. I paint my nails, buy new things, play with makeup, take pictures... and never feel like editing them and writing up blog posts. I don't know why! I guess because I feel like I don't have anything interesting to say and I'll just bore everyone. I still don't know how I used to manage to post EVERY day.

It's been so long since I wore these polishes that my nails had time to grow out from being nubbins and be really long to go back to being nubbins (their current state). It's been so long I almost didn't remember what polishes i used. But luckily I took a picture to remind me.

First I did a base of a nude polish, Zoya Kennedy. Then a layer of Revlon Sparkling, a pink tinged base with pink hex glitter, and small pink and holo glitter. The second glitter layer was Sally Girl Later (I've also seen it called Chunky Gold Glitter) which I wore in this post. The last glitter layer was another Revlon polish- Starry Pink (also known as Popular) which is silver hex and smaller glitter in a milky pink base. I followed all this with a coat or two of Seche Vite.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Lipsticks in Blushing Sequin and Velvety Fuchsia Swatches and Review

I've really been embracing bright and bold lips lately. Working at a cosmetics counter has given me access to colors I never would have bought myself. Also, I can get away with wearing pretty much any colors, as long as they're executed well, and no one will blink an eye. Getting compliments on my bolder lip choices has increased my confidence in colors I never thought I would wear.

I bought these L'Oreal lipsticks a few months ago and instead of going for my usual tame colors, I picked up two of the brightest in the new Colour Riche Caresse line. I wasn't expecting much from them as I had bought a few of  the Colour Riche balms (which came out around the same time as Revlon's lip butters) and I didn't like them. They were thin, sheer, and wore off quickly. These, and it may be near blasphemous to say, I like better than Revlon's lip butters. The formula is balmy and moisturizing, but not thick. They aren't the longest lasting lip colors, but I find that both colors I chose leave a flattering stain on the lips that lasts a good while. Both Blushing Sequin and Velvety Fuchsia are brighter, but have a juicy translucency to them. Neither is opaque. The both have a near invisible shimmer (Blushing Sequin's is golden, while Velvety Fuchsia's is blue) that just adds a bit of depth. I didn't detect a flavor, but they are scented with an unobtrusive fruity fragrance.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Lipsticks in Blushing Sequin and Velvety Fuchsia
L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Lipsticks in Blushing Sequin and Velvety Fuchsia
L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Lipsticks in Blushing Sequin and Velvety Fuchsia

 Okay, this picture is near useless as my camera insists on turning everything that is even remotely bright into neon. So just imagine the brightness ratcheted down quite a few notches.

Left- Blushing Sequin, Right- Velvety Fuchsia
Unlike the picture of the lipstick tubes, the swatches are very color accurate. You can even see the different color micro-sparkles in each one.

Bare lips (for reference).

L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Lipstick Blushing Sequin
While once I would have considered Blushing Sequin too bright for me, I now see it as more subdued. I think this would be a good color for those just venturing into brighter lips. It is a very flattering color and is never "too much".

L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Lipstick in Velvety Fuchsia
This is my favorite of the two. It's bright and bold, but not overpowering. Plus, I'm a sucker for bright fuchsias/hot pinks with blue flash or shimmer.

These retail for $9.99, which is a bit steep for drugstore lipsticks, but if you manage to catch a buy one, get one half off sale they're worth it.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

FOTD- Intrepid Old Gold

Ugh, so tired! Of course it's my own fault... if I could go to sleep at a decent hour I wouldn't be so exhausted. But my body seems to insist that days are 28 hours long instead of 24, so each night I want to stay up later and sleep later the next day. It doesn't hurt that I had like the worst Monday ever. I would say that two of the things people hate most is going to the dentist and going to a car dealership. Monday I did both. I woke up at the ass crack of early (aka 9 am, but early if you went to bed at 5 am) to go to the dentist. I got two fillings and two crowns. Cost me $1400 WITH insurance and I still need a crap ton of dental work to go. And apparently I got too much of the numbing crap so until 7pm that night it looked like I had a stroke because the left side of my face would not move. Which made for much merriment for my brother, whom I had to take to the car dealership to buy his first car. So not even a car for me. By this time I was nauseous from the numbing crap, having had 4 hours of sleep, and not having ate that day yet. And this whole time half my face was frozen like a victim of botched plastic surgery. We were at the dealership for 6 hours. I finally got home from the day from hell and fell asleep at the ridiculously early hour of 11:30 pm (I'm not being sarcastic. That is early for me).

So, this story has nothing to do with the makeup I'm going to show you, since I wore it last week, but I just wanted everyone to commiserate with me on my horrible day, haha.

My hair looks weird because it was wet!

Here is what I wore:

Eyes- MAC Old Gold pigment on the lid, L'Oreal HiP pigment in Intrepid, and Tarte Amazonian Clay eyeliner in Rich Green

Cheeks- Geek Chic blush in Strawberry Shortcake

Lips- Wet n Wild MegaLast lipstick 902C Bare It All and Kiss My Sass gloss in Caribbean Escape

I'm glad my facial paralysis was only temporary. Or I'd have to wear one of those half masks like the Phantom of the Opera guy.

Friday, October 12, 2012

A England Ascalon- Holographic With A Purple Flash

I completely forgot I owned A England's Ascalon until I was going through my swatch folder. Yes, I managed to buy a polish, open the package, wear it, take pictures, upload the pictures to my computer AND... completely forget I owned the polish. Do you think this means my polish obsession has gotten out of hand? If the answer is yes, please don't tell me because I'm already too far gone. The obsession has taken root and it's too late for me. SAVE YOURSELVES! Anyway, I can just use the excuse that I DO have a makeup blog and I NEED things so I can post about them right? Waaaay too much money has been spent on the justification that it's "For The Blog".

So, is this polish a must own? I must answer with an unequivocal, "Duh!" For one, it's holographic. Two, it has a duochrome-y purple flash. It's beautiful, it's amazing, it's the best thing to ever happen to you! Superlative, hyperbole, exclamation point! Okay, maybe it's won't change your life, but it definitely is one of those polishes that will make you crash your car because you are too busy admiring your fingers to pay attention to the road.

The formula is great and applied easily in two effortless coats.

A England Ascalon
A England Ascalon
A England Ascalon
A England Ascalon
What do you think? I think it's way prettier in person than it is in pictures, but that's usually the case isn't it? I need to wear it again but I forget I own it for the second time.

Oh, I bought this from Llarowe but it looks like they are our of stock of this color for now. It is also available from Ninja Polish.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Rainbow Honey- The Yokai Collection

I have been drooling over polishes from indie seller Rainbow Honey for months now, so when I was given the opportunity to review the newest collection I jumped at the chance. The three new polishes, part of the Yokai collection, are limited edition and a unique twist on a traditional Halloween collection. According to the infallible and omnipotent Wikipedia "Yokai are a class of supernatural monsters from Japanese folklore". Pretty cool idea for a collection right? These polishes had a lot to live up to in my mind, and they definitely did not disappoint. Take a look!

Rainbow Honey The Yokai Collection
I think these polishes and my two Chanels are the only ones that have come in boxes. Really awesome, professional packaging. I'm impressed!

Rainbow Honey The Yokai Collection
All swatches are two coats of polish with top coat.

Rainbow Honey Kawako
Kawako- "The mischievous river child". This polish is a shimmery navy base with silver glass-like flecks and iridescent flakies. Because of the opacity of the base the flakes don't show up much, but do give a little flash every now and then. This polish is on the thicker side and it helps to let the first coat dry a little bit before applying the second.  I've tried a lot of dark blue based polishes with silver glitter over the years and this is by far my favorite. It manages to to both fresh and unique.

Rainbow Honey Kawako
Rainbow Honey Kitsune
Kitsune- "The magical white fox". This polish is a sandy tan base with gold shimmer and red, holographic, and gold glitter with smaller specks of glitter that look black in the picture above. Whew, this one was hard to describe. Like Kawako this polish runs on the thick side. However, it is one the coolest, most unique polishes I have.

Rainbow Honey Kitsune
Rainbow Honey Oni
Oni- "The malevolent, wild demon". This polish is a blackened base chock full of tiny irregularly-shaped gold and purple glitter flakes. The glitter does look predominantly gold, but for some reason my camera refused to pick up the purple. This one had the best formula of the three and was completely smooth- not thick or lumpy at all. It's is absolutely stunning and has a lot of depth and dimension even in the shade.

Rainbow Honey Oni
The collection will be released at on October 13th at 12:01 AM EST. The polishes sell for $10 (a great price for a bottle of completely unique polish. You won't find any dupes for these!) and remember, the collection is limited edition. The biggest test when reviewing something that was sent to you is asking yourself, "Would I have bought this if it hadn't been sent to me?" And for me, and this collection, the answer is a resounding YES. I absolutely love the collection. I like the explosion of indie polish companies and their many unique products, but I do get tired of seeing endless collections of multicolored glitter in a clear base. These polishes are unique and opaque in 2 coats.

So what do you guys think? Do you have any polishes from Rainbow Honey? Do you plan on picking any of these up?

Disclosure: I was provided these polishes for consideration by Rainbow Honey. My opinions are my own and as always, my first priority is you lovely people who read my blog.
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