Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Swatch Spam-OPI Ink & Every Month is Oktoberfest

Hi there everyone, happy Hump Day.  Not much is going on here.  I spent yesterday afternoon laying on the couch at home....of all the times to be tagged for #stopdropandselfie ;)  I can't torture anyone with my oversized sweater, no makeup, gingerale sipping sick face haha!  It turns out half the office is sick.  Wooo, spread the germs...I mean love. 

Today I have some quick swatches I've been saving up, the classic OPI swatch spam.  Today I have two colors that I think really work for Fall time.  It's 45 degrees this morning, I think it qualifies as Fall, at least for today ;) 

First up is OPI Ink from the core collection from OPI, although there is a chance it could be discontinued.  I say that because I scored this blue beauty for half off on clearance at my local Ulta recently, about two weeks ago.  

OPI Ink is a mix between a blue and purple shimmery polish with pink shimmer running throughout.  I had no problems with application and the formula of this polish.  I used two easy coats with topcoat for my swatches.  I just love how this polish looks both blue and purple at the same time and the shimmer is fantastic.

The second polish I have to share is OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest.  I can't exactly remember when I got this polish but I know I've had it for quite some time.  I had wanted it because I knew it was beautiful but just never got around to wearing it because the season wasn't right.  This polish comes from the 2012 Germany Collection.

This polish is a deep blackened purple burgundy shimmer and my goodness is she gorgeous.  It's deep, vampy, but purple at its base and I love everything about it.  The formula was great on this one and I used two coats with topcoat below.

There you have it, I love both plain and simple.  Do you have either of these classic OPI colors?  What do you think of them?  When I pictured the Nordic collection, this is what I had in my mind!!!  Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday-Accent Nail

Hi everyone, welcome to Tuesday.  I hope you all are doing well.  I am happy to say my migraines are officially gone with the raising of my migraine medicine and I never heard back from the doctor so I assume my mri's were clean.  I've been a bit under the weather, go figure though, haha!  Any time I eat or drink I have bad stomach pain for about two weeks now, it just seems to be getting worse.  I'm avoiding the doctor because I don't want a CT scan and I don't want it to be my gallbladder or appendix.  It's like needing to throw up after ingesting anything.  Sorry if that's tmi but if you've gone through that and it's something serious leave me a comment down below.  I'm notorious for ignoring things.  I once waited an entire day before going to the doctors with a dislocated jaw...I just sipped things through a straw....

I was really excited to see today's prompt because I love a great accent nail.  It's like my easy version of wearing glitter but not having to remove it from every single nail.  For today's combination I wanted to go as "Fall" as I could because suddenly it went from 100's to 50 degress and rainy so we really fast-forwarded to Fall here.  

I started with a base of Butter London Wallis.  I picked this polish up on Saturday during the 21 days of beauty at Ulta.  I was a good girl and limited myself to just two polishes.  This polish wasn't on my wish list but it really caught my eye in the store.  It's a really pretty shimmery olive.  For my accent nail I went with Shimmer Polish Valerie which is a combination of browns and metallic glitters in a clear base.

I loved this Fall combination and I can't wait to see what accent nails my fellow Twinsie's choose...although I think I say that every week ;)

Alaina at The Little Canvas

Amanda at Amandalandish

Amber at Nails Like Lace  
Bridget at A Painted Nail

Chelsea at Nailed Blog

Cordia at Seriously Swatched

Elizabeth at Did My Nails

Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
   Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish

Monday, September 15, 2014

Zoya Entice Collection-Swatches and Review

*Press Samples
Hi there everyone.  Wow it's been a busy last few days.  I was out of town on Thursday and Friday for work and driving for two days straight really takes it out of you.  I felt like we were doing errands and running around non-stop over the weekend as well.  I feel like I now need a weekend for my weekend ;)  Seriously though!  Today I have a review of the new Zoya Entice Collection, the six cream polishes from Zoya for Fall.  The six shimmers will be coming soon.  Also, a video review is at the end!

Claire-deep burgundy red brown.  Great shiny smooth formula.  Two coats with topcoat.  This one reminds me of a chocolate covered cherry :)

Margo-Deep plummy purple.  Traditional fantastic creamy Zoya formula, two coats with topcoat.

Geneviev-Blue-grey slate cream.  This one gave me trouble.  It was oddly sheer and I needed three coats to get it fully opaque, definitely not what we typically see from Zoya.  Three coats plus topcoat below.

Nyssa-Neutral caramel brown.  Great formula, two coats with topcoat.

Veronica-Warm red berry cream.  Great formula, two coats with topcoat.

Ryan-Medium navy cream, starting to look black on the nail but you can definitely tell it still looks blue.  Great formula, two coats with topcoat.

Overall this collection is just okay for me, I can definitely tell you the shimmer half of the Fall collection is the real winner in my book and I've only worn three so far!  The colors are pretty but they are similar to colors we've seen before, although I can appreciate that it is a collection not packed with reds.  My favorites are Claire, Margo, and Veronica.  What do you think of these polishes?

*Polishes in this post were received for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ciate Cookies and Cream-Swatches and Review

Hi polish friends, welcome to Thursday.  I'm actually pre-writing this the night before because I'll be on my way up to Chicago for some fieldwork.  Pretty much my least favorite part of my job but the weather is going to be in the 60's and feeling perfectly like Fall sweater weather so I am excited for that :)  I've got my Fall polishes out, some new sweaters, a fuzzy blanket, and my pumpkin cupcake candle going.  You'd better believe I'm ready!

Today I have an interesting polish to share with you, actually a pretty interesting take on a nude polish.  This polish came in a set of three full-size Ciate polishes that I bought during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.  The trio was dessert themed and it had a full size of my favorite Ciate, Pepperminty so I just went for it. Cookies and Cream is the pinky nude polish of the group.

Ciate Cookies and Cream is a semi-sheer polish but it can be buildable.  I don't personally care for sheers too much so I choose to build up the color to be fully opaque.  The color was easily built up in three thin coats of polish.  The color was very interesting and nothing like I've seen before.  It's really like the color the milk is after you dunk a bunch of Oreos in it.  It's a light nude but it has a hint of pink to it.  I really enjoyed it.  My swatches are three thin coats with topcoat.

Overall I was very happy with this polish.  I have been very surprised with how many Ciate polishes I have liked recently.  With the ones I've tried, they've had good formulas and unique colors.  I liked that this polish could be worn sheer or could be easily built up and I love the unique color.  This one was a big winner for me!

OPI Peanuts Halloween 2014 Collection-Swatches and Review

Hi everyone, welcome to Wednesday.  I hope the week has been treating you well.  It's another rainy stormy day here.  I was supposed to go in the field for work but I postponed it until tomorrow.  The high starting tomorrow is going to be in the 60's and I'm super excited for that.  That sounds like Fall weather to me!

Today I am excited to show you the Halloween offering from OPI this year and the best part is that they are full-size bottles.  Every year OPI offers a four-bottle mini set but this year there is a full four bottle collection based on the cartoon Peanuts.  The collection consists of two solid colors and two glitters.  I also did do a video on this collection which I will include at the end.  Let's get started.

To Be or Not to Beagle-

First up, one of the glitter offerings.  To Be or Not to Beagle is a black based glitter with black microglitter, black hexes, skinny black bars, and multi-colored hexes in pale lime, pale orange, red, aqua, and cobalt.  The bars didn't stick up off the nail and the glitter applied smoothly like a regular polish, no blobbing and spreading.  I used one coat plus topcoat over Ciate Cookies and Cream.

Good Grief!

Next up, a vibrant yellow cream.  This yellow is sunny, vibrant, and perfect for Fall.  In the bottle I thought it would be too bright for Fall but I wore it for three days over last weekend and fell in love with it.  The formula is a bit tricky, as is the case for most yellows.  It was a bit streaky, needing three careful coats plus topcoat to get the look you see below.

Who are you Calling Bossy?!?

Most posts I've read regarding this collection call this polish a black cream but to me this seems like a black crelly.  The first coat applies slightly more sheer but even and full coverage is achieved with a second coat.  This polish is very shiny and if you didn't want to, you wouldn't need to apply a topcoat.  I used two coats plus topcoat for my swatches below.

Where's My Blanket???

Last up, the second glitter offering.  This polish is a mix of black hexes, black microglitter, pale green/yellow glitter, and pale orange peach colored glitter.  Like the first glitter, it had a great base to glitter ratio making it a breeze to apply.  I used one easy coat over OPI Good Grief! followed by topcoat.  This one reminded me of candy corn!

Overall I was quite pleased with this collection.  I really enjoyed the yellow polish and the two funky, easy to apply, glitter mixes.  There were no problems with the black polish, it just wasn't unique enough for me.  I was also very pleased to see full-sized bottles of all of the polishes in this collection, Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year and it's nice to see it recognized.  Let me know what you think of this collection down in the comments!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday-Teal Nails for Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Hi polish friends, welcome to Tuesday.  Yesterday I was driving to work and actually thought it was Tuesday.  All within the span of about 30 seconds I went from being really excited to realizing it was Monday yesterday.  Today though, we are hopefully getting our internet fixed.  It works in chunks of about a minute and a half so at this point I want to strangle MediaCom.  We are on the next level of tech and this week they called every single day trying to get us to cancel our appointment because our problems were a normal "city outage".  I doubt everyone in town has had the same problems for the last six months.  As I got ready this morning I played out a conversation in my head of a theoretical conversation with a manager and me yelling to my hearts desire.'s bad.

Today for Twinsie Tuesday the prompt was teal nails for ovarian cancer awareness.  I was excited to whip out some teal polish beauties and get to work.  I wanted to keep the polish look simple and let the teal polish shine.  I have a thing for blue polish and teal is one of those polish shades that really is stunning in my opinion.

To create this easy look, I started with a base of a polish I had always wanted to get my hands on, Butter London Slapper.  I finally snagged a mini bottle in a set during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.  This teal is vibrant, creamy, and a breeze to work with.  For my dots, I used a small dotting tool and OPI Ski Teal We Drop, a dark teal blue.  I finished off with one coat of HK Girl topcoat.

I can't wait to see the other teal Twinsie looks, I'm a sucker for a good teal polish!

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace  
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
   Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish

Monday, September 8, 2014

Essie Dress to Kilt Fall 2014 Collection-Swatches and Review (Full)

Hi everyone, welcome to Monday.  This weekend was fantastic and went by far too quickly.  I finally feel like I'm back on my blogging and Youtube game and it feels really good.  My migraines are greatly decreased, my depression is going away, and I finally feel good about doing things again.  I did so many blogging things this weekend and it felt so good to feel accomplished.  I have another new video that just went up this morning, you can find it here!  Other than that, the hubby and I hung out a lot this weekend, went shopping on Saturday, and walked around a cool park yesterday.  

Today I have Essie's Fall offering which features six polishes.  Some of the swatches have the bottle and some don't, the difference being that the ones without the bottles were the mini bottles and the ones with the bottles were the regular size bottles, let's jump right in.

Take it Outside- a light taupe-y grey cream.  Great formula on this one, two coats with topcoat below.

Dress to Kilt- A darker red cream.  The color wasn't anything special to me but the formula was good.  Two easy coats with topcoat below.

Fall in Line- A murky blue-green cream, kind of a cool-toned camo green.  I thought this was a really unique and interesting color, great formula as well, two coats with topcoat below.

Partner in Crime-A deep dark chocolate brown.  I'm in love with this one!  It's very dark and vampy, almost black-looking on the nail but it is so shiny and sleek.  The formula was great and it was super shiny.  I used two coats and it really didn't need topcoat but I did it anyway.

Style Cartel-A dark navy blue crelly.  Again another great formula, slightly sheer on the first coat but it evens out on the second coat.  Swatched with topcoat below.

The Perfect Cover Up- A medium green-toned marine teal green.  I saved my favorite for last.  I have been seeing this color all over this year for Fall, especially in clothes so it is definitely on trend.  I love the color and this baby is a one-coater!  One coat with topcoat below.

Overall, my final thoughts on this collection are that the colors are kind of bland but Essie really knocked it out of the ballpark formula-wise.  I mean, when did Essie start creating amazing formulas?  My favorites were The Perfect Cover Up, Take It Outside, and Partner in Crime.  What do you think of this collection?