Friday, April 18, 2014

Trend Alert: Radiant Orchid Polish Picks!

Hi guys, well we made it to Friday.  I'm not sure if I've ever needed a weekend like I need this one.  I've never really believed the saying that bad things happen in threes but I've had it happen this week.  If you are in some way offended or don't want to read the rest, just skip ahead to the polish swatches.  But, I am a human being and I need to share my feelings when things go wrong.  I won't go into everything but the tipping point was yesterday when I yet again was thrown under the bus at work for something I legitimately didn't know was wrong and had asked for advice on.  My life is really being affected by my job and I don't think that's fair to anyone but especially myself.  I'm scared to death, really nervous about it, but I think it's finally time to make some big changes. 

So now that I got that out of my system, let's get into what we are all here for.  I know it's not fair to you guys to be typing out negativity all the time so I want to work on changing that.  There are some really amazing people out there, who come here for nail polish, but end up leaving such kind words and I really appreciate that :)  Yesterday I went to put this post together after having literally cried all day.  I was very disappointed when I realized I had 10 of the 12 swatches after having re-done some and swatching them all.  So, I give you ten of my radiant orchid polish picks. 

First up is some easy peasy nail art I did with two of my picks.  Polka dots are kind of my thing so for this look I started with a base of Maybelline Lust for Lilac, which is my favorite of the twelve, and did some simple polka dots with OPI I'm Feeling Sash-y.  Now let's get into the polish picks!

1. OPI Mod About You

Obviously a pastel take on the radiant orchid trend, this polish has a hint of lavender in it and it's gorgeous on the nail.

2. Essie Go Ginza

Obviously an older swatch, Essie Go Ginza is a cool lilac purple.  It's not obviously radiant orchid but if you like cooler toned polishes, this is a good one.

3. OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender

This is one of my favorite pink purples!

4. Rimmel Sweet Lavender

I think that's the name at least.  This is a good alternative to the higher priced polishes and I found this one at my local Walgreens.  I did need three coats for this one as it was a little sheer.

5.  Sally Hansen Sugar Coat Bubble Plum

The only textured polish of the group, this polish is the perfect radiant orchid color to me.

6. Maybelline Color Show Lust for Lilac

I picked this one after seeing it on CoffeeBreakwithDani on YouTube and it has had some serious love in the past two weeks.  I've used it three or four times already and it's my favorite of the group, hands down.

7. Sally Hansen Violet Voltage

Another drugstore option, this one has a special pink flash to it instead of being a plain cream.  This one has a cooler tone and is the most unique of the group.

8. Barielle Sexy Mood

Now we are getting into the darker tones and Sexy Mood feels like a darker dustier radiant orchid to me.

9. Zoya Odette

This one and the last one are dupes in my eyes.  I wanted to show both because I believe this one will be the easier one to find :)

10.  OPI I'm Feeling Sash-y

Last up is a limited edition OPI from the Miss Universe collection last year.  Definitely a dark dusty take on radiant orchid.

I am really digging this radiant orchid trend this year.  I felt like Emerald, the color for last year, was pretty neglected but I am definitely seeing orchid everyone in makeup and nail polish!  My favorites are Maybelline Lust for Lilac and OPI Mod About You.  Which one was your favorite and will you be rocking some orchid nails this year?  Thanks for understanding guys.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Video: Radiant Orchid Polish Picks!

Hi there everyone, happy Thursday.  Today I wanted to bring you full swatches and a video of my radiant orchid polish picks for the Pantone color of the year.  Like an idiot, I forgot to upload all of my swatches so today I just have the video.  Full swatches should be up tomorrow :)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Barielle Vibrants-Swatches and Review

*Press Samples
Hi there everyone.  Today is a good day.  Yesterday I mentioned that I had to do a report from start to finish, something that usually takes at least two weeks for the smallest project, and by some kind of miracle I did it.  So, that is done, and my other project I've been slaving over for a month is done and gone.  I finally reached the end of the worst of it and to celebrate, I took the day off :)  Now I can finally get back to blogging and vlogging, back to my life, and I am super excited about that.

Today I have a long overdue collection from Barielle.  I've had these for awhile but I've just been completely swamped.  Ever since my first time trying Barielle, I have been really impressed.  This collection is a little up in the air for me, let's get right into it below.

Take Me Shopping- Ummm, yes please.  I would like someone to take me shopping ;)  First up, is a bright deep hot pink.  I have only recently tried colors like this and they really are fun.  The color is beautiful and vibrant and the formula is perfect.  I used two easy coats below.  Total win!

Money Talks-Okay, here's the biggest problem polish.  I wanted to love this polish because it's a dusty muted green mint but it had a problem formula.  The formula was thick and gloopy and it had a weird reaction to topcoat, changing color and becoming a murky yellower green.  This was my second swatch of this polish and as you can see, I couldn't get it to smooth out.  I used three coats below.

My City Apartment-Now let's recover from the last polish with another favorite of mine.  My City Apartment is a cool light grey.  I am a huge fan of grey polishes, I think they look so clean on the nail and so chic and I wish more companies would do grey polishes.  The color is perfect for Spring and the formula was great.  I used two coats below.

Designer's Shoe-Next up is what Barielle describes as a purple with a blush tone.  I think this is more of a periwinkle blue.  I believe this one is the other color changer, meaning that the color changed and became deeper when topcoat was applied.  I liked the color but didn't care for the fact that topcoat changed the color.  I used two coats below.

Fire Me Up-Next up, a bright fiery orange.  I have quickly become a fan of pretty much all orange polishes and I think they look really good with my fair skin.  I really liked this polish, it was crazy bright and I used two easy coats below.

First Class Ticket-Last up, is a pretty sky blue cream.  I could not for the life of me get the third swatch of this to load.  I really liked this color and I used two easy coats below.

So there you have it, the Barielle Vibrants Collection.  I think this collection is hit or miss.  My favorites are Take Me Shopping and My City Apartment.  What do you think of this collection?

*Polishes sent for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Gifted Polish

Hi there everyone, another quick post for me today :/  The good news is that my pain in the butt project I've been working nights and weekends on is finally gone and done.  The bad news is that I have one day (today) to start and finish my next project.  I guess it means it's only one day of stress, right?  At least that's what I'm telling myself.  

Today's TT theme of gifted polish was a difficult first.  No one really gives me polish because they just assume I have every bottle of polish, ever.  Then I realized that my sister made me some polish and sent it to me as a surprise.  I was so touched when I got the package because it was so nice and completely unexpected.  Today I'm going to show you one of the colors.

Night Skies is a polish my sister made that has a blue base and blue and purple glitters.  To swatch this polish I used one coat over China Glaze Secret Periwinkle.  I think some of the glitters lost their color but that doesn't matter one bit to me :)

There you have it, one of my gifted polishes.  What is the best polish someone ever gave you?  Let me know in the comments!

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Traci at DrinkCitra

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Bunny Nails

Hi everyone, welcome to Monday.  This post is going to be a quick one because I'm headed to the field for work.  Saturday was 75 degrees, today is 39 degrees.  Not sure what the deal with that is....wintery mix is expected later.  Oh well, I have my two plum trees in my yard so I'm happy.  Yesterday I had to work but in between, the hubby and I saw Captain America 2.  I really didn't like the first movie so I was skeptical of this one.  It was very good though.  People in the theater were clapping when the movie was done, I've only seen that happen once or twice.  

Anyways, despite the huge weather changes, I wanted to do some Easter nails.  I didn't realize how close Easter was until I looked it up last Friday :)  I decided to stick with something cute and simple and it was pretty easy to do.  I started with a base of Essie Fiji, a pretty pastel pink.  On my accent nail I used Maybelline Color Show Gilded Rose, which is a pretty rose gold glitter polish.  

For the dots, I used my smallest dotting tool and the polishes OPI I Just Can't Cope-acabana (yellow), OPI Shorts Story (pink), and China Glaze Grass is Lime Greener (green).  For the bunny, I used a small nail art brush.  I started with the base of the bunny with OPI Alpine Snow.  I outlined the bunny with Essie Licorice and then filled in it's little ears with Essie Fiji.

I hope you liked this little bunny look :)  Have a great Monday everyone.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Good Riddance Winter Glitter Gradient

Hi there everyone, welcome to Sunday.  Yesterday was awesome.  The weather was beautiful, 75 and sunny.  The hubby and I did some grocery shopping, came home and worked in the yard and planted two plum trees, and then relaxed the rest of the day.  Today I have one last dark mani to say good riddance to the dark, cold Winter.

For this mani I started with a base of OPI Nein Nein Nein Okay Fine.  To brighten up this dark base a little, I layered on a glitter gradient of China Glaze Your Present Required.  I really liked the combination and it seemed fitting for the current rainy dreary day.  

What's your favorite part about Spring?  Mine is planting our garden.  We bought two plum trees yesterday and planted them in our yard.  I'm really excited about it, that puts our fruit tree count to nine :)  Happy Sunday everyone!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

L'oreal Le Pastille-Swatches and Review

Hi everyone, happy Saturday.  Let Spring begin!  That's what it feels like to me anyways  :)  The sun is shining and it's going to be in the 70's.  I'm so excited!  I'm pretty sure I have the weirdest luck ever.  Yesterday at work, a squirrel chewed the power lines in the back of the building, causing a short in the transformer at the front of the building...right above my car.  A part blew off blowing melted metal all over my car.  All six windows need to be replaced including the spoiler and the left fender.  Nice right?  The thing is....this is the second time it's happened.  The first time it was just the windshield on our other car.  This is also the second time the left fender will have to be replaced...the first time, when I hit (but didn't kill) a deer going 65 mph on the way to get my marriage license.  Does anyone else have weird luck like this? I have a polish that I think deserves its own post.  I spotted this polish randomly while grocery shopping at my local Meijer.  I thought it looked exactly like cookies and cream ice cream and it really does.  I like it so much I plan on picking up the light blue one today!  This polish is a little on the thick side and I used two coats below.  The only downside is removing it.  It is a pain in the butt to remove, those little black glitters hold on for dear life.

Despite being difficult to remove, I've used this polish three times since I bought it.  I think I need to start paying more attention to drugstore polishes, I have found some real gems in the past few weeks.  Have a great Saturday everyone :)