Picture Polish / Time Warp

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Picture Polish Time Warp
Purchased By Me
Not much to do but go right on in to the nail polish! Today's swatch is of a purchase from last month, Picture Polish Time Warp. I've always wanted one from this brand and last month I was happy to add two to my collection! Time Warp is a blackened blurple with blue shimmer. It is fairly opaque in one coat, but two is highly recommended. Application was smooth and dry time was good, but make sure you apply this in thinner coats. I was so enamored with the polish, so I needed to post more than one shot.

Picture Polish Time Warp

Picture Polish Time Warp

Such a beauty! Definitely looks lighter in the bottle because of the shimmer, but I love the subtlety once on the nail. What do you think?

Nail Art / I See You

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Purchased By Me
Happy Monday Tuesday all! I can't believe I forgot what day it was. Hope you had a great weekend! Proud to say that Isabella's team won their first soccer game. The girls were so pumped! They all played amazing and it was nice to get an email from the coach detailing what positive things he saw from each girl. Rosalie's team lost, but that's ok. Her team was undefeated at that point, so they can shrug it off and focus on this coming weekend's game. Now, that I've told you all about my weekend, let's get down to the purpose of this post, the polish!

So this nail art is inspired by a set of nail stickers that I found on Love Culture over a year ago. I'm terrible with nail stickers, and it boggles my mind that I still try, so I thought I'd try my hand at recreating the look using polish instead. Below is the base that I started with and above is the finished product.

I started with a base of two coats of NARS Ecume and one coat of B-O 52. I think Ecume is my new go-to white base. It wasn't streaky at all! I was so amazed with how well the polish worked and can't wait to use it in future nail art! The B-O polish is great for stamping, which I never do, but nonetheless, if you need a good stamping polish, that black was the one to buy. I don't see it at Born Pretty Store anymore, but here's the link to the white. I bet it is an awesome white too.

Now to get to the polishes I used for this: 1. NARS Dovima, 2. NARS Ecume, 3. NYX Dorothy, 4. Sinful Colors Time Off, 5. Sinful Colors Bad Chick, 6. Sinful Shine Most Sinful 7. B-O 52. For those wondering, I used the white and black striper polishes to clean up any mistakes I may have made. You know what didn't help? My topcoat ruining and pulling the color along the nail. That's just the pits right there. If any of you have suggestions on good topcoats for art, please let me know!

Hope you enjoyed today's post! I tried to get to this yesterday, but I had a doctors appointment and I wasn't sure how it was going to go. I smashed my left ring finger a couple of weeks ago and luckily its not broken, just still badly bruised. But I'll live. ;)

Weekly Recap 10/03

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hope your week has been good! I'm not going to lie, its been a rough couple of weeks. I haven't had motivation to post every day, which is bothersome to me. I like posting every day, but I've just felt so drained. I also really want to relax and chill, but I know that probably won't happen.

This Week's Posts

This week's polish swatches: Hay Girl Nail Polish Witches Brew

My Favorite Posts of the Week

Kimchi Tofu Scramble Tacos by The Simple Veganista // I love kimchi. I love tacos. I love tofu. But together? I might need to try it to find out if I like it.

My New Look by Noor AlQahtani // Wow..Speechless!! Noor, you're so talented. I love the new design! And you should hire her too. :)

How To Successfully Grow Succulents by Bldg 25 // Favoriting this for my mother-in-law and I. I've got a non existent green thumb, so its surprising any of our plants produce veggies. But I think I want get some succulents for my office at work. I think it would help liven up my space.

Things To Remember When You Fail by wellmeaningbeauty // Very important stuff in here.

Pichulik: Baraka by Miss Moss // Gorgeous pieces, well styled and beautiful photography. Love everything about this.

Photo/Video of the Week

Looks like I've some studying to do. Isabella has her Gamora costume ready. This is by far the best tutorial I've seen. I'm just torn on what I'm going to do with her hair. I think I may use the Manic Panic colored gel, but I may just ombre her hair with temp color. Skip to 2:41 for the nitty gritty.

Hay Girl Nail Polish / Witches Brew

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hay Girl Nail Polish Witches Brew
Purchased By Me
Happy Friday! Hope you have some wonderful plans for the weekend! Me? Not much. Early morning soccer and hopefully a chance to relax, but who knows. I realize that is totally unexciting, but relaxing is the one thing I can get most hype about. SRSLY.

Today's post is on a lovely glitter topper that I purchased last month from Hay Girl Nail Polish on Etsy. Above is one coat of Witches Brew. I've tried polishes from Hay Girl before and I really liked them, so I thought I'd try a glitter. I really wanted something that would look good over dark colors, but also would be good for Halloween time. I definitely think this polish fits the bill for that. However the density of the glitter in the bottle doesn't relate to how it transfers to your nail. You can see my ring finger has a lot of glitter and that's because I went over my nail twice. Every other nail was one pass through. Also, the glitter is highly reflective, so it was a very colorful mani despite having such a dark base. Overall a good polish, but I suggest two coats if you really want to pack on the glitter.

If you're interested in this polish, it is still for sale on Etsy. I just did a quick browse of the other colors, and I think I definitely want to purchase some more!

PS - The base color is Fantasy Makers Vampish Red.

October Birchbox

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October 2014 Birchbox
Purchased By Me / Contains Referral Link
Hump day already? Nice! I feel like this week is breezing by. Much to my surprise, my Birchbox came early this month! I don't know if it was because of my birthday or just because the boxes were mailed early, but I was very excited to see this so soon in the month. Let's go ahead and go through the contents, shall we?

Harvey Prince Petaly Noir // This fragrance is described as having hints of jasmine, orchid, lily of the valley and vanilla. Ugh, the vanilla part turned me off. I outgrew vanilla scents a long time ago and I really don't care for them. I've tried to get into again, but really can't. I'll try this and decide though. The full size product contains 50ml and is retails $55. The packaging doesn't indicate the sample size, but these vials contain about .7ml give or take. That would bring this to be worth about $1.57.

Lord & Berry Paillettes Glitter Eye Pencil in Black // I don't wear eyeliner as much as I used to, but it is a product I certainly do love. I especially love glitter pencil liner, but always fear the glitter pieces getting in my eye. I've not tried any Lord & Berry products, but have always wanted to. The full size pencil contains .04oz and retails for $18. This sample contains .01oz and is worth about $4.50.

dr. brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner // I've never tried a blackhead removing mask or treatment like this. I've almost always exclusively used strips. I have used dr. brandt products in the past and have absolutely loved them so I've got really high hopes for this. The full size product contains 1oz and retails for $45. This sample contains .25oz and is worth about $11.25.

BeeKind Body Lotion // A body lotion that contains honey and organic chamomile extracts. Also, proceeds from purchasing this product goes to honey bee and sustainable pollination research. That's pretty awesome as bees are very important. I don't like bees, but I can appreciate the good cause. I hope it is a good product so I can support it. The full size product contains 8oz and retails $15. This sample contains about 1oz and is worth $1.88.

ModelCo Party Proof Matte Lipstick in Kitty // Such a lovely peachy nude shade. I actually wore this to my birthday dinner. I really like how smooth and creamy this lipstick is. Especially on my dry lips. I might need to invest in other colors if the formula is this good for all of them. The full size product contains who knows because its not anywhere to be found, but it retails for $16.95. This sample size.13oz and appears to be about 2/3 the size of a normal lipstick. I would say its approximately worth $11.30, but that could be give or take. Birchbox has three of sample size lipsticks for $24, so to say this is about $8 might be a bit short.

Below are swatches of the lipstick and eyeliner. Both are so beautiful!

All of those products equal about $27.20-30.50 (depending the actual worth of the lipstick). A pretty decent amount for a small box. What do you think about the October Birchbox? If you don't already subscribe, feel free to use my referral link! Have a wonderful day!
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