Saturday, March 21, 2015

Video: Zoya Delight Collection-Swatches, Review, and Bottle Comparisons

Hi there everyone!  Boy am I glad it's starting to look like Spring.  Come check out my thoughts on the Spring 2015 Zoya Delight collection down below.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Polish! Seche Vite Rendezvous Review from Live, Love, Polish

 *Press Samples
Hi everyone, happy Friday!  I can't believe we are right in the middle of February already.  Today I have the perfect Valentine's nail polish to share with you.  If you are a long-time follower of my blog, you'll know that I am not a red lover whatsoever.  So when Valentine's Day rolls around, I am all about the pink.  I wear pink, I will usually be sporting some kind of rose gold makeup, and you know it's going to be about the pink polish.  Today I have this bright pink number from Live, Love, Polish to share with you that is the ultimate hot pink for the day of love tomorrow.

Seche is a brand that I've heard of before, mostly from the topcoat, but I was given the opportunity to try out a polish from the line.  I of course went for a traditional cream (they always steal my heart...pun intended) and this one blew me away.  Seche Rendezvous is a hot pink cream and it applied like a dream!  It was seriously a one coat wonder.  I have absolutely no complaints.  The color was stunning and the formula was a dream to work with.

I'm sure many of you have heard of the wonder that is Seche Vite Top Coat but if you haven't, it's definitely one of the better topcoats out there.  Seche Vite is high up on the list of my topcoats because it dries pretty much instantly and it has that mega-shine factor.  It's also the only topcoat I use when topping nail art because it doesn't smear the designs.  My only negative with this topcoat is that it doesn't really work with my body chemistry and tends to chip pretty quickly on me.  That doesn't happen for everyone though. 

Overall I was really impressed with my first try with Seche nail polish and Seche Vite continues to be my go-to topcoat for nail art.  Have you tried Seche brand nail color before?  You can find both products on the Live, Love, Polish website here.  Happy Valentine's Day :)

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

Friday, January 23, 2015

Not Just Yet...OPI Holiday Swatches-Part 1

This post is probably a surprise right?  Me too :)  Maybe I just needed a break, to vent, not sure but I'm ready to get back into the blogging game.  I think my old schedule is too much pressure but I think I can manage a few posts a week.  The comments were so heartfelt and nice and meant so much to me.

So today I present some OPI holiday swatches I've been holding onto.  I have the entire collection but it didn't thrill me so I haven't worn it all.  I also want to not hold myself to some weird pressure standard so I'll just show you the swatches I have, if I get to the rest I get to them!

Red Fingers & Mistletoes-

First up, is a red with gold shimmer.  Normally I would hate this color of polish but for some reason I tried it out right away and LOVED it.  For some reason it was so warm and cozy and I loved the look of the shimmer.  The formula was good with two easy coats below.

Cinnamon Sweet-

Next up, another red.  I wasn't thrilled with the prospect of so many reds (even though this happens every year), but again, I really liked this one.  This red to me was a little bit cooler and deeper than a traditional red, which I tend to not go for.  The formula was really nice and covered evenly with two coats.

Unfrost My Heart-

Last of this swatch trio is a silver foil.  I was disappointed because we've seen this polish multiple times before from OPI, especially in the past year or two.  There wasn't anything different about this one, just a standard silver foil.  The formula was good in two easy coats.  

So overall, as surprising as it is, I really liked the two reds so far and I really could have skipped on another silver foil.  What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Twinsie Tuesday-Pond Manicure

Well well well, long time no see.  I didn't mean for this to happen so let me explain (briefly, I promise).  The weekend before the week of Christmas I got insanely sick, 103 degree fever, delirious for the entire weekend.  I ended up having a really nasty strain of the flu also with a really bad strain of the stomach flu---at the same time!  For nine days I didn't work, I couldn't keep down anything.  I've never been more sick in my entire life.  I didn't even think I was going up for the holidays.  I lost a ton of weight, could barely stand, and was just surviving on small sips of water basically.  So that's where I've been.  Eventually I had to go to the doctor to get medicine just to keep from throwing up because every smell or commercial with food was making me sick.  Even after all this time, my stomach is still healing, I had a little sickness relapse after Christmas.  Like I said, I didn't mean for any of this to happen.

So today I have a very sad first offering.  I had never done a pond manicure and it didn't turn out how I wanted.  I started with three coats of OPI Do You Think I'm Tex-y? which is a jelly magenta pink.  I wanted to go in the direction of Valentine's day so I created some freehand black hearts in a pattern.  I think the black was too dark to create the pond effect but it was my first try :/

I'll slowly be coming back, even if it's just Tuesdays for now :)  Welcome to our newest Twinsie members as well!  Thanks for sticking with me everyone, you guys are the best :)

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Beckie at Polished by Beckie
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les

Friday, December 12, 2014

OPI Don't Speak-Pure 18K Gold Topcoat

Hi there everyone, welcome to Friday.  I finally dragged myself out of bed and into work this morning.  Basically it's Christmas party day at work and I didn't want to abandon my friend, otherwise I'm not so sure if I'd really be here.  The stomach bug continues on!  

Today I have some swatches of OPI's special holiday topcoat that was recently released.  I haven't really been painting my nails but when I have they stay on for five days usually.  So, that means I'm slowly working my way through this ginormous collection :)

OPI Don't Speak is a special 18K Gold topcoat with gold flakies and gold shimmer.  It comes in a heavy duty box (see at the end of the post), which to me is much nicer than the last silver topcoat that came out in the Mariah Carey collection.  This polish looks similar to OPI Man with the Golden Gun which came out in the James Bond collection but that was just a hair before my blogging started so I don't have it to compare to.

For my swatches, I used one coat over OPI Red Fingers and Mistletoes, which is a shimmery red from the holiday collection.  I loved how the flakies looked with the addition of the shimmer because it gave it extra dimension.  Admittedly I wasn't a big fan of the last silver topcoat but I like this one much better.

I did really enjoy the look and the formula on this polish, the really big downside is the pricetag though.  I believe this polish retails for $30 in stores, although a friend was kind enough to pick it up for me at a beauty supply for half the price.  Even at that it still stung a little but I think the cost was worth it on this one.  What do you guys think of this polish?  Will you be splurging on it?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Most Requested Video-How to Shape Square Nails (plus removing glitter polish)

Hi there everyone, I hope the week is going well for you.  I had another flare up of whatever stomach thing has been going around.  Apparently it has been making its way around the office as well...gross!  As promised, today I have my most request video, how I shape my square nails.  It's the entire process from start to finish plus the two ways that I remove glitter polish.  Hope you enjoy!