Friday, November 21, 2014

New Video-Urban Decay Ten Eyeliner Set: Swatches and Review

Hi Friday polish peeps!  I am so excited that it's Friday :)  It's been a long, drawn-out week at work!  But, there is an exciting weekend ahead so I just need to get through the next seven and a half hours :)  Tonight we are going to our friends house for dinner and video games.  Our friend actually took the day off of work to go to the midnight release last night of the Wii U Super Smash Bros game so we will definitely be playing that.  Tomorrow we've got some errands to run and then the hubby and I are going to a HUGE Christmas craft fair with over 350 vendors.  Can you tell I'm excited?

Today I have my very first makeup review video.  I did pre-film this back in September pre-surgery so I was a little flat because my zombie gallbladder was hurting me, but overall I'm pretty happy with it.  I think it's something I might keep up with in the form of videos.  Let me know what you think.  Have a great day everyone!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Formula X Alchemy-Swatches and Review

Hi there polish friends, welcome to Thursday.  Last night I was definitely in lump mode.  It's just too darn cold here and my hormones were just all over the place.  I was happy because I had cheese with dinner, then mad because I ate all the chocolate yesterday, then crying for no reason #justgirlythings  Does anyone else hate those #justgirlythings on pinterest?  Haha, I do!   I couldn't hold in the crazy last night.  Then right before bed I got the brilliant idea to convince my husband we should switch around our spare rooms (just convince him, not actually do it).  Somehow through all that I did manage to fall asleep right away, too much crazy.

Today I have a polish I couldn't wait to show.  I know I'm behind on swatching collections, my hands are like lizard dry.  I've been slathering them with lotions and oils and wearing the dorky gloves when I sleep but nothing is helping.  Anyone have any suggestions for a really strong hand cream?  I do promise to catch up this weekend, dry hands or not!


Formula X Alchemy is a polish I picked up during the Sephora VIB sale when it was 20% off.  I saw it in the catalog of holiday gifts and although I don't normally buy these polishes because they are pricy, I thought it was too pretty to pass up.  I think it's sold out online but I would check in-store if you are looking for it.

This polish is a loaded dusty platinum antique gold shimmer with multi-colored shimmers.  It does look different in different lighting, sometimes it looks gold, sometimes a little bronze, and sometimes even a touch purple.  The array of shimmers is beautiful and really sold me on it.  I see gold, blue, purple, and copper.  The formula is really great and opaque, I used two easy coats with topcoat.





I'm in love with this polish.  It's nothing like I've ever seen before and just so unique and sparkly!  It is limited edition so if you want it I would try to find it as soon as you can.  What do you think of this polish, will you be buying it?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New Video: November Ipsy Unbagging

Hello fellow polish friends, happy Hump Day!  Here's a quick new video on my November ipsy unbagging, enjoy!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday-Favorite Sports Team

Hi there my polish friends and welcome to Tuesday.  Thankfully I haven't frozen yet with this polar vortex fun we've been having.  -8 wind chill this morning and icy roads...isn't it still Fall?  Not much new is going on since the weekend.  I had a super lazy night last night, but to be fair, so did my husband :)  I ordered my Erin Condren planner so I spent the night browsing planner supplies on etsy.  Try to contain your excitement for the thrilling life I lead ;)

Today's Twinsie Tuesday prompt is favorite sports team.  I don't really follow sports all that much, although my husband is a die hard Chicago sports fan.  I knew I was going to break his heart when I didn't choose a Chicago team but he took it better than I expected.  When I lived in Tampa we got to go to a lot of Bucs and Lightning games.  We were even at some of the Playoff games for the Tampa Bay Lightning which was really amazing so that's the team I relate to the most...The Tampa Bay Lightning (hockey).  I've always been a hockey fan more than anything else.


I decided to keep it simple to really show off the contrast of the team's colors, white and a royal deep blue.  My husband even got in on it and helped me pick out the right shade of blue.  We looked at all the blues on my OPI wall rack and I picked a few and he asked me to swatch them to see them accurately...I kid you not :)  I guess even if it's nail polish, men must take their sports seriously.  We had the swatches of the blues, compared to the colors of the team on google, then we discussed which was better...

For my white base I used a pure white, OPI Alpine Snow.  For my shade of "lightning blue", the hubby and I settled on OPI Keeping Suzi at Bay, which was deep but not too deep of a blue. 



I can't wait to see what everyone else chooses and if it relates to where they live now!

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, November 17, 2014

Fall Orange: OPI In My Back Pocket

Hi there polish friends, welcome to Monday.  I hope you all had a great weekend.  I had a good one myself.  Saturday was really busy.  In the morning the hubby and I ran errands and did grocery shopping and then after lunch we were with our friends the rest of the day.  We played Mario Kart on their Wii U, went out to dinner, and then came back and watched Guardians of the Galaxy.  Yesterday was supposed to be spent swatching in the afternoon but somehow it turned into nap time with a kitty and then wrapping Christmas presents...oops.

It feels a little strange writing this post after the morning I've had, but it is still technically Fall.  First, the wind chill is 1 degree, second, I had to clear the snow off my car this morning, and third, I am not exaggerating when I say that it took me a full fifteen minutes to get the door to my car open because it was frozen shut.  Yea, so here's a nice Fall orange...


I wanted to show OPI's In My Back Pocket because Thanksgiving and November still are Fall to me.  This type of weather we are having right now is typically January weather.  I wore this around Halloween and right when all the leaves were falling and it seemed like the perfect orange.  Not too bright but not too deep.  I always struggle finding that perfect balance with orange.

The formula isn't amazing with this one but it's workable.  I found that the best thing was to do three thin coats since the polish tended to be on the thin side.  For my swatches I used three thin coats with topcoat.



What's your favorite orange polish?  Do you have one you specifically like for Fall?  Thanks for reading and I hope everyone is keeping warm if you're in a "polar vortex" area like myself.  P.S. why are we naming these things now?  ;)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Holidays=Glitter

Hi everyone, one day closer to Friday!  So last night I gave eggs a try.  I went all out and ate a three egg and cheese omelet.  I didn't really like eggs before I was allergic to them, then when I couldn't eat them I wanted them all the time :)  It seemed to go really well.  I tried eggs maybe two months ago and was sick for days, this time no hives and I don't feel sick at all so I think that's a good sign.

So I found this e-card on pinterest the other night, and that is exactly how I'm feeling right now.  I think people either fall into one of two categories 1.) They wish people would stop with Christmas and just focus on Thanksgiving or 2.) They want all things Christmas right now.  I am category 2 :)  I'm ready for the music, I've got tons of present shopping done, and most of all I'm ready to decorate and wrap (which I haven't for the record).  I had never really been that into Thanksgiving but then with food allergies it turned the one food-centric holiday into one that I dreaded.  Last year my family and husband went to Florida and spent Thanksgiving on the beach and it was the best Thanksgiving I've ever had.  I'd love to know if you're a "1" or a "2" and why, no judgements here...my blog name has Piggies in the title after all ;)

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So now that Halloween has come and gone, boo, I feel like we are officially into the holiday season.  To me, holidays mean glitter, not only in the decorations but also on the nails.  It seems like every mani I do lately just begs to have glitter added to it and this combo below was one I especially liked.

I had never worn OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid as a full mani and boy was that a bad choice.  It's so dang pretty!  To me it's like a vibrant spearmint color and I'm now obsessed with it.  I wore it on its own for a day and then made it a little bit extra special with an accent nail of OPI Wonderous Star, which is a mix of metallic black and gold microglitter from last year's holiday collection.  I just loved this together!




I can't wait to show you guys my next glitter combo, the one I'm wearing today, but it's a secret.  Thanks for putting up with my food and holiday shenanigans! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

New Video: Sally Beauty Manicure Basics Haul!

Happy Hump Day folks!  We are in full freezing weather here!  I am not a fan.  I also feel like we are in full holiday swing though, that I am a fan :)  I will get back to swatching soon, it's just been a hectic last few weekends.  Clearly right now it's either blogposts or videos, I haven't gotten into doing both at the same time again, but I will :)