Friday, September 27, 2013

Nail Polish Haul - July - September 2013

It's time for another nail polish haul post and this one is huge. There are a lot of pictures so I'm just going to label what everything is. Reviews will come later with all of these goodies so stay tuned! Let me know if there is anything you would like to see first! Buckle up, here we go! 

Girly Bits
Girly Bits - What Happens in Vegas....Ends Up on Facebook

Orly Nail Polish
Orly - Sparkling Garbage, Angel Rain, and Digital Glitter 

Lumina Lacquer Not Your Grandma's Pearls
Lumina Lacquer - Mickey's Moonlit Masquerade and Not Your Grandma's Pearls

KBShimmer - Jack, Get Clover It, Hex Appeal, and Squared Away

Colors by Llarowe Zipper
Pop Culture Cosmetics - First Anniversary and Colors by Llarowe - Zipper 

Essie - For The Twill Of It

OPI (My picks from the San Francisco Collection) - Alcatraz Rocks, Muir Muir On the Wall, and Peace & Love & OPI

OPI Funky Dunkey
OPI (Zulily Promo) - Black Spotted and Funky Dunkey

 CrowsToes (One Mad Crazy Summer Collection)
 Top Row L-R: Tiki Torch, Me & This Army, Ches! You Dog!, Storms Never Last, and Minion
Bottom Row L-R: One Trick Pony, Boat Drinks, Last Rat Standing, and My Favorite Amazon

ILNP Ultra Chromes
 I Love Nail Polish (Ultra Chromes Collection) - Mutagen, Birefringence, My Little Glacier, and Cygnus Loop

NOPI (Gumdrops Collection) - My Cherry Amour, Cinna-Man of My Dreams, Candy is Dandy, Blue-Berry Sweet On You, I Lilac Gumdrops, A-Nise Treat

 Zoya (Zenith Collection) - Seraphina, Cassedy, Belinda, Payton, Dream, and Mosheen

 Bundle Monster - Holiday 2013 Collection 

 There ya go! Let me know if you like (or dislike) haul posts. I also have a Lush haul if you're interested in seeing that. Let me know what you think in the comment section below. 

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*Some of these products were provided for my honest review. 




Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wantable August Box Review

I have something a little bit...ok a lot different for you today. Makeup! What??? Yep! This post does not involve polish. Wantable recently asked me if I'd like to try out one of their subscription boxes. I hesitated because well, this blog is about nail polish. I went on their website and poked around and saw that nail polish was one of the products you can possible get in your box. Not just nail polish, Rainbow Honey nail polish (for this month's box). Sold. I said yes, and was directed to making an account and setting up my profile. 

Wantable is a makeup or accessory subscription box. If you sign up for the subscription, it is $36.00 a month. For just one box without the subscription it is $40.00 They say that if you don't like your box, you can return it and you can cancel your subscription at anytime. 

When you first sign up, you set up your beauty profile. I opted for the makeup box because I wanted to get nail polish. To make sure you get the products that you'll love, you get to customize your profile.

After you do this step, you have a few more steps in which you customize each category. You will customize what you like in terms of color and finish for each product type. After that is finished, you submit your profile and wait for your box of goodies to arrive!


Here is the box I received. 

It comes with a welcome card, information about your products, etc. 

Here are the contents of my box. 

You may have noticed by now that I didn't get nail polish. Now, with this being a review, I didn't demand a refund or return the box. I did, however, e-mail the company and asked them why my box didn't have the nail polish for the month. They responded very quickly (after reviewing my profile) and said that although I set my nail polish preferences to "love" I set other product types to "love" as well. My nail polish preference was equal to other products making what I got a toss up. 

So, if you really want a specific type of product (nail polish, lip stick, etc.) set that to "love" and everything else a little lower. That will make your chances of getting that specific product better. 

Let's look at what I did get. Now, I'm not a makeup guru so I've never heard of these brands but this looks like a really good deal. 

Now, I'm not completely new to make up. I've been wearing it since Junior High. I'm just not an expert. 
With that said, I will tell you what I thought of each product and show you a swatch. 


Here is everything from my box unpackaged and ready to go. The white item is a package of nail polish remover wipes with it's lid off.


Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Eyeshadow: Bright Eyes 
The actual eyeshadow is as big as a quarter. I set my eyeshadow preferences to neutral. This is too yellow for my skin tone but the quality seems to be good. 


Lise Watier Eyeshadow: 132 Beige Scintillant 
On it's own, this is too pink for me. I would mix it with a little bit of brown eyeshadow to use it. The makeup is about the same size as the eyeshadow above.


Cailyn Cosmetics Eyeliner:  Line Fix Gel Eyeliner in Black
I love this eyeliner. It goes on smoothly and stays put. This is so easy to apply, I will be buying more when I run out. It is waterproof so use eye makeup remover to get it off. 


Lise Watier Lip Gloss: Day Light
This is another product that I really like. It's pretty shear but it has a nice shine and shimmer. The wand has a light inside the cap. I'm not sure what the point of that is but the gloss is really nice. It's not sticky, stays on for a long time and it smells really good. I just had dinner and I still have plenty of gloss on my lips. 


LAQA & CO. Polish Remover Pads
I was very skeptical when I opened this product. How can a little pad take off my nail polish? I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised with how well they work. Keep in mind, I wasn't wearing glitter. I was wearing two different creme polishes (one on each hand). They leave your fingers greasy (to moisturize your cuticles) so you'll need to wash your hands after your done. I love that they don't dry out your skin like acetone does. Will I be purchasing more of this product? No. As much as I like it, I would go broke if I used these for my polish removal. I go through a lot of acetone and cotton balls. Would I prefer to use these over acetone?  Absolutely, it's just more affordable for a polish blogger to use a cheap bottle of acetone. If you're not a blogger or change your polish every day, I'd definitely recommend this product. 

This is all I needed to remove polish from both hands. I needed one pad for about one and a half nails. 

Swatches
Cailyn Cosmetics Eyeliner:  Line Fix Gel Eyeliner in Black


Lise Watier Lip Gloss: Day Light


Lise Watier Eyeshadow: 132 Beige Scintillant 


From left to right:
Lise Watier Eyeshadow: 132 Beige ScintillantBe A Bombshell Cosmetics Eyeshadow: Bright Eyes, and Lise Watier Lip Gloss: Day Light


You can sign up for a subscription of a single box from Wantable, here. Right now they are offering boxes of makeup, accessories, intimates, and Halloween. 

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

KBShimmer The Grape Beyond and Would Jubilee It?

KBShimmer is an indie brand that I really love but have never blogged about. I didn't realize that until recently and I can't believe I've neglected them! What is wrong with me?!? I don't have a ton of their polish, let me count....I have nine. I bought three a year or so ago and they got lost in my untried pile. Again, what is wrong with me? I am going to fix that starting with this post. 

KBShimmer has been around for five years. To celebrate their fifth anniversary, they released the duo I'm showing you today (The Grape Beyond and Would Jubilee It?). 

These two polishes are meant to be worn together but you can of course mix and match as you please. 

I absolutely love this polish. I'm obsessed with purple polish but this one is special. The Grape Beyond is a medium purple that leans to the blue side. It has a beautifully delicate blue micro shimmer and to top it off, it dries to a satiny matte finish. 

The formula is just right, I have zero complaints. It goes on smoothy and the finish is to die for. If you have a lot of ridges on your nail, you may want to use a ridge filler. Other than that, perfection! I used two coats and no top coat for the two pictures above.

This is what it looks like with top coat. Top coat brings out the shimmer and shimmer is always a good thing. Right? Right! When you add top coat, give your nails a little more time to dry. I didn't, and smudged my index finger. 

Can you be "in love" with a polish? Perhaps I need therapy because I'm obsessed with this glitter topper. I'm really into the circle glitter trend we've been seeing in the indie world lately and this one is a must have. I used one thick coat; the glitter pay off is amazing. I didn't use regular brush strokes, I dabbed it on. I used two thick coats of Cult Nails Wicked Fast to smooth out my nail. Love it!

Big circles, little circles, hexagons, and tiny bar glitter...yes please! I love the vibrant mix of colors. They really do go perfectly with The Grape Beyond. This is a polish that you won't want to take off. 

You can purchase KBShimmer polishes, soap, bath bombs, and more on their website, here

Do you own any polishes from KBShimmer? Which ones are your must haves? Let me know in the comment section below!

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Lumina Lacquer - 1000 Julys

Today I have an amazing glitter bomb to show you, Lumnia Lacquer 1000 Julys. I can't get enough of polishes like this! In fact, I wore this baby for an entire week. I did not want to take it off but I have a lot of  swatching to do! 

Lumina Lacquer is an indie brand that makes gorgeous glitters. If you haven't checked them out, you are seriously missing out. Right now, she is making glitter bombs that have Mickey Mouse shaped glitters. You know, I've already snatched those up! 

1000 Julys is a blue based glitter polish with stars, circles, hexagons, micro glitters and more. They are different shades of blue and some are black. There are also holographic glitters in this beauty. The glitter pay off is killer, I used two coats on top of one coat of Zoya Ibiza (dark blue). Like any other glitter bomb, this needs a couple coats of a thick top coat. I used two thick coats of Seche Vite and could have used a third. I'm in love with this polish. Let's take a look! 

Lumina Lacquer 1000 Julys



Oh man, I can't get over how beautiful and sparkly this polish is. If I didn't have so much to swatch, I'd put this back on. I love it that much!!!!!

1000 Julys is currently sold out but Lumina Lacquer gets restocked fairly frequently. You can find them, here. To keep updated with Lumina Lacquer, I'd follow their Instagram account, here

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Smokey Mountain Lacquers - Scream Queen

Anyone who knows me knows that I love the holiday season. I've been counting down the days until October 1st so I can put up my Halloween Decorations. I have to wait until the first of the month. I'm weird that way. My husband isn't a holiday person so he just rolls his eyes when I start covering our house in decorations. I was going to wait until October 1st to start showing Halloween polishes/nail art but Smokey Mountain Lacquers sent me this adorable polish to review. Now I have Halloween on the brain and I don't know how much longer I can contain myself. 

Smokey Mountain Lacquers (SML) is a new indie polish company that just opened shop about a month ago. This is the fifth polish I've tried and I've been impressed! 

This is one of SML's Halloween polishes called Scream Queen (love the name). It's a bright neon green jelly with black hex glitters. Now, neon and bright colors don't get along with my pasty skin but if you're into those shades, I think you'll like this. The formula is a little thick and a little goopy but not enough to make it difficult to apply. I think the thickness helped it build to opacity in just two coats. Putting a tiny bit of thinner may help if it bugs you. It dries quickly and slightly matte. I used a coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast to make it nice and shiny. 

Now for the good stuff. 

Smokey Mountain Lacquers - Scream Queen





You can find Scream Queen and the rest of the Smokey Mountain Lacquers' Halloween collection from their Etsy shop. I believe the Halloween collection will be available to purchase in the next day or two. If you don't see it, check back soon! 

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Julie G Frosted Gumdrops Collection

A while back there was a Groupon deal on the Julie G Frosted Gumdrops collection. I can't remember the exact price but it was really cheap. Despite the fact that I already have plenty of textured nail polishes, I couldn't resist the great deal. These are my first Julie G polishes and I was impressed with the quality. I'm curious about how the regular polishes are from this line now. Have you tried Julie G, what do you think about this brand? Any must haves? 

The Frosted Gumdrops Collection has six textured nail polishes. They all have glitter but three have a fine glitter and the other three have larger pieces of glitter mixed in. The formulas were all very easy to work with. I used two regular coats of polish for each color. I took pictures with and without top coat. The top coat I used was Cult Nails Wicked Fast (two coats). It's very important that you allow each coat to dry. Textured polishes take a little more time to dry than regular polish. 


Julie G Hot Cinnamon
Hot Cinnamon is a bright red polish with orange shimmer. 

Top Coat 


Julie G Sugar Rush 
Sugar Rush is a red/orange polish with golden shimmer. 

Top Coat


Julie G Tangerine Dream
Tangerine Dream is an orange polish with golden shimmer.

Top Coat


Julie G Blueberry Fizz
 Blueberry Fizz is a light blue polish with small silver glitter. 

Top Coat


Julie G Rock Candy
Rock Candy is a teal polish with small silver glitter.

Top Coat


Julie G Crushed Candy
Crushed Candy is a light purple/pink polish with small silver glitter. 

Top Coat


It's so hard to pick a favorite from this collection! If I had to it would be Hot Cinnamon or Crushed Candy. Which polishes are your favorite? Did you get this set with the Groupon deal, too? Let me know what you think in the comment section below. Your comments make my day! 

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