Friday, August 29, 2014

Nailstalgia-Zoya Kelly

Hi there everyone, second post for today.  Isn't it great that the only post I needed to remember to put up this month....which I even wrote in my planner...I then forgot.  Apologies to my fellow Nailstalia ladies.  Pre-medication days I could remember everything, like almost photographically, now I swear I remember absolutely nothing.  It was my superpower...which is now gone.  I like to think we all have some small or big superpower, normal or strange.  My husband's would be growing a beard in a day, I kid you not.  If you have a secret superpower, leave a comment down below!

Today's Nailstalgia polish is Zoya Kelly.  I wrote a post on this polish in March, which I will include here.  Zoya Kelly is a polish I randomly picked up at Ulta because my mom's name is Kelly.  I thought it was a unique polish because it's blue, it's grey, and it's a little bit purple all in a beautiful cream form.

I think that this was the perfect polish for this month's Nailstalgia because I personally feel like Zoya Kelly is a fantastic transition polish into Fall.  It's a darker cream polish but it doesn't go into vampy deep territory.  The formula on this polish has that fantastic Zoya cream formula and I used two easy coats.

Zoya Kelly is actually one of my favorite Zoya polishes.  It's a really unique blue-grey cream and it's just a grey chic color.  Do you own this one?

Celestial Cosmetics Sun Kissed (i.e. AMAZING HOLO)

Hi there everyone, happy Friday.  Yes, the title was totally necessary.  Let me get this out of the way....I don't really care for holos.  Yes, shock, gasp, horror, I know.  I'm not sure what it is about them.  I think the ones I've tried haven't been strong enough....until now.  There's a little spoiler alert for you!  I am very excited that it is the Friday before a holiday weekend.  Last weekend we were away from home and it was crazy busy so it will be nice to slow down.  The bummer is that the weather is supposed to be really stormy and rainy the entire time.  Usually we go to the movies but I think we've exhausted that resource.  So far nothing is planned so I'm trying to rack my brain for ideas.  I also finally finished a project at work that has been stressing me so that feels good as well!

Onto the polish!  I won this polish is a big Indie giveaway awhile back and I thought it was the perfect time to bring it out because it reminded me of Fall.  I don't like holos but I liked the burnt orange sort of color so I went with it.  Holy cow, the holo in the polish is nothing I have ever seen before.  I have never seen a holo that could be seen in absolutely all lights, indoors, low lights, no matter what it looked spectacular.  This polish was it :)

Can you tell I liked this polish???  Sun Kissed is a rusty burnt orange linear holographic polish and it is so darn cool.  The formula was amazing and I needed two easy coats to get the look you see in my swatches.  I'm not a holo expert so I wasn't sure if topcoat would enhance or dull the holo effect so I opted to skip it.  I wore this polish for a day without topcoat and I had no wear issues at all, plus look at how shiny it is sans topcoat.

Overall I couldn't be more thrilled with this polish.  I think the color is perfection, especially for Fall and it has seriously changed my mind about holographic polishes.  If all holos looked like this, I would definitely understand what the craze is about :D  You can find this polish here.  So tell me, are you a holo lover?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Greyscale Gerbers

Whoa....scary right???  Let's just try it and see how it goes.  I've recently been getting into fashion, or at least what I deem to be fashion so I thought I would do some "outfit of the days" to see how I get on with them.  As I mentioned in my blog post this morning, it won't be an every day thing and it won't affect my nail posts that go up every morning.

Today's outfit was worn yesterday, Wednesday, to work and the rest of the day to run errands, returns to Loft and dinner at Chipotle.  Man what a thrilling life I lead.  We don't have a dress code at work so this outfit is the norm for me, sometimes nicer than what I've worn in the past....ooops!  I've been trying to dress nicer lately though because when I dress nicer I feel better.  I love this shirt that I recently picked up at Target so I went completely greyscale yesterday to go with my shirt :)

Shirt-Target, here
Pants-Loft, old
Sandals-Target, here

China Glaze The Giver-Part 1

Hi guys, happy Thursday.  So did I freak you out yesterday with the idea of the makeup and fashion blog?  If so, I didn't mean to.  I sat down and thought about it yesterday and came up with a plan I think is really going to work.  My plan is to write supplement posts to this current blog with fashion and makeup.  There are two stipulations.  First, this will still primarily be a nail blog, there will still be blog posts every day with nails, in the mornings, like there always have been.  Second, if there is a makeup or fashion post for that day, I will put it up in the afternoon and they won't be every day.  I hope this is a good compromise for everyone.  I'm doing this not to change what I currently have, but to do something for myself, that makes me happy as a person.  I took the first step and the first post will be going up this afternoon.  I am nervous about it but the pictures have been approved by my sister so at least I know it's not a complete train wreck haha!

Today I have some swatches of several polishes I picked up from The Giver collection recently released by China Glaze.  This is a big collection of 12 polishes to go along with the release of the movie that came out on August 15.  I came across some of the polishes about a month ago in Iowa but they only had some of the colors.  My stores here in Illinois are just now starting to get them. 

Capacity To See Beyond

Come on, I had to go for the aqua blue.  This polish is a bright aqua blue cream with a great formula.  The polish was smooth and easy to apply.  I used two coats with topcoat below.

Intelligence, Integrity & Courage

Next up is a medium grey cream polish.  I love a good grey cream and this one was really pretty.  This grey is more of a blue-grey meaning that it has a cooler base to it.  I had no issue with application on this one, two coats with topcoat below.

The Outer Edge

Last from this Part 1 of the collection is an interesting glitter topper.  The Outer Edge is a white and silver glitter topper comprised mostly of little glitter particles.  I'm not sure if it was my base, but I had a hard time seeing the silver glitter in this one.  It might have been too close in color to the white.  Regardless it's definitely an interesting polish and I can see it as a real winner in the Winter.  I used one coat over China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You, plus topcoat.

I have a few others from this collection yet to try but I'm a little meh right now on this collection.  Obviously I haven't tried them all but the first two colors are definitely dupeable.  I do like the third glitter but I wonder how versatile it will be.  Have you picked up any polishes from The Giver collection?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked

Hi guys, welcome to Wednesday.  Thank you for all the support yesterday as I confessed my current struggles with some depression.  I'm not sure why I always confess emotional things on Tuesdays, it's probably because the Twinsies have become a really close support group.  I do plan on replying to each and every one of you.  I am happy to report that I did drag myself to the doctor yesterday and we came up with a plan and a backup plan if that didn't work.  Said plan is already being implemented (cryptic much?) and I am hopeful.  

There is something else on my mind that I wanted to discuss with you guys.  I've been contemplating the idea of starting a fashion blog, maybe something like outfit/makeup of the day.  I've only recently become interested in makeup and clothes so I'm no expert but I'm not sure if it's a good idea or if I have the guts to do it.  I do think if I do it it will make me happy.  That's what makes me think I should do it.  It would be a big step for me so I wanted to know what you guys think before I make the big leap :)

For today's polish I have a recent clearance find from one of Sally's 50% off clearance sales.  I normally don't find anything in these sales but I checked anyways and I noticed some colors from China Glaze's Summer collection, including this pretty orange number.  For some reason, most of the oranges I own tend to be cool tones and I always need a warm orange peel type color for nail art but never have it.  Here it is!

Stoked to be Soaked is a vibrant warm orange cream and I was happily surprised with both the color and formula of this polish.  I had no formula issues and I used two easy coats with topcoat below.

Overall I'm very pleased with this polish.  I'm not sure when I'll get to the other colors because Summer is flying by but this one is a winner in my book.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday-Sideways French

Hi there everyone, welcome to Tuesday.  I will be completely honest, I wasn't sure if this post was going to happen or not.  I'm just a regular person like everyone else and I knew that something hadn't been right for awhile.  I think I finally realized yesterday that I might be suffering with a bit of depression.  I'm trying to work myself up to calling to make a doctor's appointment this morning but I think the first step was reaching out yesterday to my husband, my mom, my friend at work, my Twinsies, and now you guys.  I tend to hide things from others and then they reach a breaking point and I think yesterday was just another one of those times.  I realized I stopped caring about work, blogging, my life, pretty much everything, and I've been very sad for awhile now so it's time to do something about it.  I am proud that I managed to get a mani done for you guys today :)

I wanted to use the base color that I was already wearing yesterday, which was Zoya Piaf.  I had wanted Zoya Piaf, which is a shimmery pastel yellow, for awhile and I knew Ulta was having a clearance event.  I haven't really wanted to shop for polish or paint my nails but I went over to Ulta and ultimately scored this polish for 68 cents.  That's a good deal in my book.  I wanted something to create a high contrast with the yellow so I choose a vibrant violet-blue, OPI Do You Have the Color in Stock-holm?   As you can see, a sideways french is really a hit or miss freehand design.  My pinky is thinner because I managed one stroke whereas my pointer is thicker because my line was wobbly and I kept going over it to fix it.  I finished off with topcoat to make everything shiny.

Although I don't think I've ever done specifically a sideways french mani, I did do it for the first time in the book-inspired Twinsie's mani where I did the tiger stripes.  I really liked it there as well!  I'm all for a good funky mani :)  I can't wait to see what the other Twinsies come up with.  Have a lovely Tuesday my polish friends.

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace Anna at Going to the Showing 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
Tiffany at Polished To Precision
Traci at DrinkCitra

Monday, August 25, 2014

OPI DS Mystery-Swatches and Review

Hi there polish friends, welcome to Monday.  Sorry for the radio silence.  It was a crazy weekend to say the least.  It was garage sale weekend at my parents house and we made some money which was nice.  It was insanely humid and then during the sale it decided to downpour and storm so bad we feared for our lives.  We were soaked, running to throw things in baskets and put them in the garage, all while it was thundering and lightning around us.  It was crazy.  In the end, we got home yesterday with a new entertainment center and a new 60 inch tv in the back of our car....oops.  Crazy things happen when I'm around my family :/  

On to the polish for today.  This polish is the second DS polish I've tried and I got it a while ago online from Ulta when OPI polishes were 2 for $16, and somehow the DS polishes qualified.  This polish was originally released in Fall 2009 and it is a deep purple jelly based polish with gold flecks.  I really liked how the gold in this polish was irregularly shaped and "flaky style".  This polish was really opaque and I only needed two coats with topcoat to get the look below.

Overall I was pleased with this polish.  Do I think this is worth the full price of a DS polish?  No.  I was happy to get it on sale and it's definitely a unique polish in my collection.  I think it's beautiful for Fall and I was very happy with it.  Do you have this unique polish in your collection?  What do you think of it?