Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Color Box: Special Edition Rainbow Box

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Greetings, dear readers! I am really excited to be sharing this post with you today! If you're not familiar with The Color Box, let me fill you in! It is a quarterly collaboration project (usually) between five indie nail polish makers and five bloggers. Bloggers and makers are paired up to create their own individual polish with a designated color theme for the quarter. The polishes are then packaged together into one box and sold together for a limited time. This particular quarter is extra exciting for two reasons. First of all, rather than a single colour, this box consists of SIX polishes (rather than the usual five), each capturing a shade of the rainbow. As if that wasn't awesome enough, I was selected to be one of the bloggers to partner with an indie polish maker to design a polish! Not only am I excited about my own addition to the box, all the other makers and bloggers knocked it out of the park for a truly stunning selection of shades. Let's jump in and check them out!

Autumn Serenity
Made in collaboration with yours truly!

A burnt orange linear holo with bronze and teal flakies

I know I'm biased, but I love this colour! Orange is a great shade any time of year, but we naturally had to go with a burnt orange for the fall. The formula was fantastically smooth and easy to work with. Shown here with two coats plus top coat.


Cupid's Bow
Made in collaboration with Amanda Loves Polish

deep oxblood jelly with multichrome red and purple shimmer and holo flakes

Deep reds are so great for autumn, so I'm happy that the red went this direction. The formula was perfect and applied so easily to my nails. Shown here with two coats plus top coat.

Golden Sunsets
Made in collaboration with Sammy Gail's Nails

A vibrant yellow based creme with scattered gold and multi colored shimmers

If you're looking for a great yellow shade, this one is sure to win you over! While the colour is on the sheer side and requires more coats, the formula is on point! Yellow shades are notorious for their "meh" formula, so if having a great formula means having to add an extra coat, it's so worth it! Shown here with four coats plus top coat.


The Marching Titans
Made in collaboration with Queen of Nails 83

A deep green jelly base with red to gold flake green shimmer and copper red to green UP pigment shimmer

This beauty is incredibly pigmented, and I love this rich shade for autumn into winter! I have it shown here with two coats plus top coat, but those that paint with a heavier hand may find they can actually get away with one coat. Some of the flakes initially wanted to hang off my nails, but they pushed back up onto my nails easily.


Manna's Mighty Masterpiece
Made in collaboration with Manna's Manis

A bright azure scattered holo with green-to-blue flakies and purple shimmer

If you're needing a break from more traditional autumn shades, this one is a good option. The formula was a little on the thicker side, but it still applied easily for me with two coats to opacity. I also added top coat for these photos.


End of the Rainbow
Made in collaboration with xoxo, Jen

A royal purple with a pink to purple/blue shift, purple metallic flakies, and sparse silver holo microglitters

Instead of including a blue, indigo, and purple polish in the rainbow box, the organizers opted to skip the indigo and end with a purple hue. The formula is a little on the thicker side, something I've come to expect from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer, but it still applies easily to the nails. I have it shown here with two coats plus top coat.


This special edition of the Color Box will be available for preorder starting Friday, October 20th (that's tomorrow!) through Friday, October 27th. It can be purchased at The Color Box website located here.
Please note that this is a preorder, and orders will ship approximately two weeks after the close of this preorder period. Also, with the exception of the Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer shade, End of the Rainbow, the polishes are exclusive to this box.


If you would like to win this box, please get those entries in rafflecopter below! This giveaway ends today at 12 midnight EST.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Simple Mermaid Makeup Look with NYX Cosmetics, Bitter Lace Beauty, and Kiss New York Pro

Greetings from Colorado! If you read any of my blog posts from last week, you likely already know my family was surrounded by the wildfires in Sonoma County in Northern California. After my last post, I did end up evacuating with my kids. I'm not entirely sure when we'll be back at home, but I have a couple things planned for my blog while I am away. ow let's jump in on today's blog post!


Just before things got crazy back at home, I was playing around with makeup and created a simple mermaid look. I had a lot of fun with it, and I thought I would share it here if you are still trying to come up with a quick and easy look for Halloween.

Ulta Beauty just had a sale on NYX Cosmetics, and the new In Your Element eyeshadow palettes were marked down to only $21 each. While I did not feel comfortable paying the full $30 for these palettes, I took advantage of the sale price and bought two of them. I had an additional coupon so I ended up scoring mine for only $16 each! Even though I don't wear much blue eyeshadow, I am truly a water spirit and was drawn to the Water palette immediately. Since my eyeshadow collection was deficit in the blue family, I felt it was a great palette for me to add to my collection. While the quality wasn't the best I have ever used and some colours on the chalky side, they were quite pigmented and blended reasonably well for me. The pans were also bigger than those in other NYX Cosmetics palettes I own. I'm still not sure I would want to pay the full $30 retail price for it, but it was well worth what I paid for it.


In order to fully embrace my Pisces water sign, I opted to not only wear this eyeshadow on my eyes, but to add it to my face to be reminiscent of fish scales. For an easy scale look, I pulled fishnet stockings over my head and stippled eyeshadows over the open areas of the netting to create a soft gradient look. I gently removed the fishnets from my face and this lovely scale-like pattern was left on my skin.


To complete to look on my eyes, I added Fright Night Bat Wings Frightening Lashes that I picked up from my local Walmart store. I love the look of these lashes, but were they uncomfortable and I could only wear them a few hours before I had to take them off. At a whopping $3, I didn't have high expectations for these, but I will be on the lookout for a similar style in a better quality brand for future use!

Rather than having my face be overwhelmed with blue hues, I used the Copper Sea highlighter from Bitter Lace Beauty by swirling together the metallic copper and iridescent aqua green shades.


On my lips, I used NYX Cosmetics Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in the shade Push-Up. I then lightly blended Kiss New York Pro BELLE Matte Lip Cream in Blue Fleet in the center area. I had originally planned to go with a full blue lip for this look, but the shade didn't coordinate quite as well as I hope with the eye look and my initial application over my full lips was horribly patchy and uneven. It is also thick and goopy, leaving me really disappointed with it. This lip cream was only $6 so I'm not too broken up about tossing it in the trash.

While some of the products I used in this post were disappointing, I still loved the overall look! I'll have to switch to other products for when I want to do this look again. It was so quick and easy to create, and if you are looking for an easy costume idea, this may be for you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Ellagee Polish: Heavenly Duo and The Indie Shop Exclusive and VIP Polishes

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Greetings, dear readers! It has been an intense week around here, and as much as I wish things were resolved, the wildfires here in Northern California are still burning. We continue to have evacuations, and shockingly, I am sitting at home writing this post. This can definitely change in an instant, especially with the winds we have tonight, but we have some clothing and important documents packed and ready to go if necessary. With so much still up in the air, this may be the last blog post I publish for a little while, but I did want to get this up for you.

One of the most sought after nail polish by polish fans is a true white holographic polish. Due to the silvery pigmentation of the holographic materials, it has become quite the holy grail product! While not a single product, I am ecstatic to report that Ellagee has created the Heavenly Duo to give you a pure white holographic finish on your fingertips! I'm sure you are hearing angels sing right now! This duo consists of two polishes (naturally) that are meant to be layered to create the effect. The first layer is Angel Kisses.

Angel Kisses

Angel Kisses is a beautiful white crelly polish filled with iridescent sparkles. The formula of this polish has a great thickness that isn't too thick or thin for my preference but the application is a little uneven. This is something commonly seen in white shades, and although it was a little trickier to work with, I still managed to get a nice finish in the end. I used three coats to reach opacity on my nails. The finish was still the slightest bit uneven, and I added a layer of top coat to finish smoothing out my nails.

One you have Angel Kisses in place, you then follow up with Halo.

Angel Kisses + Halo

Halo is a lovely silvered topper with a fantastic holographic finish. The formula is fantastic and allowed for the single thin coat that I used for these photos. You can add more of Halo for a stronger holographic effect although you will end up with a pale grey hue. If you really want your nails to be white, it is best to stick with just one thin coat.

The Heavenly Duo with be launching at The Indie Shop San Antonio this Friday, October 13th and online at ellagee.com. These polishes will be sold as a set only, and they will retail for $14 for the pair.

Speaking of The Indie Shop, I have the exclusives from that to share with you as well! If you're going to be attending the show in San Antonio, you'll want to get your hands on the show exclusive shade!

A Ghoul's Best Friend

A Ghoul's Best Friend is described as a bright candy purple linear holo with hot pink and turquoise micro flakes. The formula is perfection and this beauty applies like a dream! I have it shown here with two coats plus top coat. Those that tend to apply with thinner coats may need to apply a third coat to cover visible nail line. Again, this shade is an exclusive to this Friday's The Indie Shop San Antonio, so if you want to get this baby, you'll have to attend or find someone else going that can pick this up for you.

In addition to the show exclusive that will be available to the public, I also have the polish that will be included in the VIP bags. Since I know a lot of people like to be surprised with what's in the VIP bag, I don't want to spoil the fun for you.


If you would like to know more about this particular polish, as well as see the swatch photos in color, you'll have to visit my photo album here. All I'm going to say is The Indie Shop attendees that purchased the early VIP entrance with a VIP bag are going to be very pleased with this polish. It is exquisite!

And that, dear readers, concludes this evening's blog post! Do you have any favorite shades from this blog post? Will you be picking up the white Heavenly Duo? Are you going to be attending The Indie Shop San Antonio? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a good night!
XO!

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Lyn B Designs:The Great Pumpkin Collection

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Hello, dear readers. I'm afraid I don't have it in me to be my usual peppy self for this blog post, but I need some sense of normalcy in my life right now hence my writing this morning. If you are not already aware, I live in Sonoma County, and we, along with other areas of the North Bay Area, have been devastated by fires. At this time, I am still at home safe with my family, but it is heartbreaking to hear about the devastation experienced by so many that have lost their homes. We are currently ready to evacuate in a moments notice if we have to, and I greatly appreciate having my blog more than ever to distract me from the news. I need something positive right now, so let's jump in on today's review.


I am really excited to report that Lyn B Designs has created a collection inspired by It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. I have been a fan of this festive Halloween flick for as long as I can remember, and it has become tradition to watch it every year in October. The Great Pumpkin Collection consists of four beautiful shades in a variety of finishes. Let's check them out!

The Pumpkin Patch

Green crelly base with orange to green iridescent glitter, blue glass fleck, and holo micro flakes.

The Pumpkin Patch is my favorite polish in this collection. I just love this shade of green, and the additional glitters, glass flecks, and micro flakes make it even more interesting. The formula is a little on the thicker side due to all the components, but it was still easy for my to apply to my nails as long as I worked a little slowly. I did have a few of the glitters hanging off my free edge with the initial application, but they pushed nicely back up onto the nail. Photos are shown with two coats plus top coat.

I'm a Believer

Black base with red to gold shift and holo flakes and shreds.

This is such a cool shade! The shreds really pop nicely against the background for a fun look. The base formula is perfection- not too thick or thin, but you will still have to apply slowly and carefully. The shreds are, not surprisingly, a little sharp, and rushing the application can made then dig into and drag the base away. I have it shown here with two coats plus top coat.

Sing Pumpkin Carols

Bright pink crelly base with linear holo and shifty shimmer from red to violet to blue.

While rich, vampy colours are the most common for autumn, it's nice to see such a bright and cheerful pink in this collection! The formula was really easy to work with although you do want to take care not to overwork it, resulting in a thicker and less even finish. I needed two coats for opacity and topped my nails off with top coat for these photos.

Religion, Politics, and the Great Pumpkin

Indigo base with blue to purple to green shimmer and orange holo sparkle.

Religion, Politics, and the Great Pumpkin is another favorite shade from this collection. The orange holo sparkle pops so perfectly against the base colour! I have no issues with the formula to report on this beauty, and I used two coats plus top coat for these photos.

The Great Pumpkin Collection will be launching on the Lyn B Designs website this Friday, October 13th at 7pm EST. To celebrate the launch, Lyn B Designs will be offering a 50% off discount from from October 13th through October 16th on any purchase from the store. Be sure to use the code SPOOPY while placing those orders and stock up on other Lyn B Designs shades!

Do you have a favorite shade from this collection? I'd love to hear your top picks!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day, and if you could, please send some positive thoughts and prayers our way if you pray. Thank you!

XO!


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