Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lacquistry Paean of the Bells

Well, I know this is the second post in a row to feature an indie polish, but this beauty was so special I had to post it right away. I received this in the mail today, as part of my first order from Lacquistry on Etsy (along with Cotton Candy, also gorgeous!). Paean of the Bells, named after a poem by Edgar Allen Poe, is a phenomenal melange of gold and brown glitters suspended in a bronze tinted jelly base. SO unique. Pictures do not do this polish justice.. it really seems to glow from within in real life! I love rich, warm colors like this. While I think this color is more appropriate for the Fall, it is so beautiful I want to wear it all year!

Isn't it lovely? This is the sort of polish that would be beautiful on just about any skin tone. Do you have any Lacquistry polishes? What do you think of this one?
Thank you so much for reading!
All the best,
Jessica

Disclosure: I purchased this polish myself for review :o)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Indie Polish Alert! Enchanted Polish Ocean Potion

Today we have another GORGEOUS polish by a new Etsy seller.. Enchanted Polish . This seller specializes in amazing homemade holographic lacquers! Pretty much everyone I know who loves nail polish is holo-crazy... this shade will not disappoint!
When Ocean Potion is viewed in low light, it appears to be a lovely electric blue.. But look at it in the sunlight and BAM!
Double rainbows all the way across my nails!!
Ocean Potion, like all holographic nail polishes, really hits its stride in the sunlight. Let's take a look at the bottle. 
Whoooaaa.
This polish has an amazing formula... Opaque and beautiful in two coats. Shown is two coats topped with a coat of Seche Vite. The holographic effect is very strong and bright, and the base color is a gorgeous bright blue on its own. What a perfect polish to wear in the summer sun! 
How do you feel about holographic nail polishes?
Thank you so much for reading! 
All the best, 
Jessica

Disclosure: I purchased this polish myself for review :o)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

An eye look inspired by Jennifer Lawrence at the Hunger Games premiere!

If you're like me (and everyone else on Earth), you thought Jennifer Lawrence looked absolutely lovely at the premiere of the highly anticipated Hunger Games film. Her dress, by Prabal Gurung, was a stunning molten gold showstopper. What I was interested in though, as usual, was her makeup! Jennifer looked amazing with intense dark liner against her blue eyes.
The liner is blended out with a hint of gold, echoing her lovely dress. What I like about this look is that it is universally flattering.. It looks lovely on someone blonde and fair like Jennifer, and would also look great on someone with darker hair or a deeper skin tone. I wanted to create an eye look inspired by Jennifer's premiere appearance. The eye look is essentially a replica of the makeup she wore, but with more gold to reference the dress she wore and a touch of brown to soften the look.
I began by applying NYX eyeshadow primer all over my eyelid, and then tightly lined my upper and lower lashline using a Wet n' Wild color icon pencil liner in Black. Using a small eyeliner brush, I smudged this liner and softened it using some black eyeshadow from Tarte. I then applied a gorgeous gold (Meow Cosmetics Nibiru) on my eyelid using a shadow brush, blending it in with the black liner. A deep brown shadow from Tarte was applied on the outer edge of my crease with a light hand. I then went over my top lashline again with a light application of the black shadow. Lastly, a few coats of Rimmel Scandal-Eyes mascara completed the look.
What do you think? Do you ever get makeup inspiration from celebrities?
Thank you so much for reading!
All the best,
Jessica

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My first Artsy Wednesday!

This week, I joined a really stellar group of bloggers for the weekly Artsy Wednesday nail art challenge! Each week, there is a different theme. This time, we were supposed to create a manicure inspired by a movie. I chose Kill Bill Vol. 1!
The manicure was inspired by the jumpsuit worn by the main character, The Bride. This jumpsuit was in turn inspired by one originally worn by Bruce Lee in his final film, Game of Death. DOUBLE movie inspiration!!

A little gruesome, I know.. but have you seen the movie? It's gruesome, too... and totally rad! This was a really fun mani to do.. I used Milani One Coat white as a base coat,  Sinful Color's Let's Meet (yellow), Essie Licorice (Black) and Wet n' Wild Red Red for the blood splatter. I taped off the black lines, and did the splatter freehand using a bobby pin.
What do you think?
Thanks so much for reading, and please check out the movie manicures (and awesome blogs!) from the other bloggers participating in Artsy Wednesdays!



All the best,
Jessica



Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Indie Makeup Find! Meow Cosmetics "Hysteria"

I recently placed my first order on meowcosmetics.com, due largely in part to the rave reviews I've seen on Phyrra.net (Check out Phyrra's site if you haven't, she does the cutest looks and she has a poodle!) . One of the items I ordered was Hysteria, a gorgeous olive mineral shadow that is part of Meow's very cheeky "End of Days" limited edition collection. According to the website, this collection is available until December 21, 2012, or the end of the world.. whichever comes first!
This is a pretty funny spin on all the end of the world nonsense that is so ubiquitous lately. But let's get on to this gorgeous shadow.. and when I say gorgeous, I mean stop-you-in-your-tracks gorgeous!
Meow Cosmetics describes Hysteria as a "gleaming bright olive with silver shimmer". To me, the shimmer reads more gold, but it is so lovely either way. This shadow is ULTRA pigmented. However, the base that you use makes a huge difference. Below, from left to right, I've swatched Hysteria on my arm alone, over NYX eyeshadow primer, and lastly using Meow Cosmetics eyeliner sealant.

As you can see, you get fantastic color payoff with the eyeliner sealant. I wore this shade all day today with the eyeliner sealant and it is STILL going strong. I really love this shadow, it is so complex that you can just slap it on alone and still have a really interesting look. Below I'm wearing it with the eyeliner sealant and Rimmel Scandal-Eyes mascara.. thats it! I took the picture a few hours after application, so you can see how well it wears..

I was really happy with the pigmentation, application, and wear of this shadow.. I'll be buying from Meow Cosmetics again for sure. These shadows retail for 8.00 and can be purchased at Meowcosmetics.com. 
Do you have any indie brand makeup?
Thanks so much for reading!
All the best, 
Jessica

Disclosure: I purchased this shadow myself for review

Monday, March 26, 2012

Color Club Electro Midnight Magnetic Polish Review, Swatch, and Video Demo! (and a cat)

Hi everyone!
I snagged a Color Club Magnetic polish today at Harmon's... Is it sad that as soon as I walked in, a girl working there said "Oh hi! We got some new nail polishes in!"? I think that makes me a "regular"....a regular nail polish hoarder, that is. Magnetic polishes are all the rage lately, with brands ranging from Claire's to Deborah Lippmann getting in on the trend. I haven't purchased any yet because I haven't seen any colors that really caught my eye. Well, no more! I absolutely love blue polish (I probably have more blue in my stash than anything else) and Electro Midnight is a gorgeous, deep navy. Just my kind of color.
I also recorded a video demo of it, which I will share below. Be kind please! :o) I've never made a video before, and I have learned a couple of things from doing it: I have the voice of a five year old, and I am a huge nerd. Oh wait a second, I knew those things already!
Well, here we go! Stay tuned for a special appearance by Milo.



As you can see in the clip, the polish applies like a dream. Utterly opaque in one coat. I need more practice with the magnet to get a consistent design, but the magnet itself seems pretty strong. The little "thingy" on the lid was quite helpful to steady my finger near the magnet (once I figured out what it was for!)

Here is a photo of this gorgeous polish.. Just ONE coat! If you haven't gotten a magnetic polish yet, give it a try! They're pretty fun :o)



Hope you enjoyed the review, let me know what you think below!
Thank you so much for reading!
All the best,
Jessica

Disclosure: I purchased this polish myself for review :o)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Pretty and Polished Valentino over Sinful Colors Star Fish

Today we have a gorgeous polish from Pretty and Polished. This is Valentino, a clear polish packed with black and white matte glitter of varying size thats best used as a topcoat. I love unique topcoats like this, as they can be used on top of any polish you want and really maximize your manicure options! A so-so color can be transformed into a really awesome manicure with a great polish like this one on top.

Take, for instance, this polish from Sinful Colors. Star Fish is an okay pink, but certainly not a polish I reach for often. Slap a little Valentino on top and it becomes a really interesting manicure full of depth. Shown is two coats Valentino over two coats Star Fish. I was actually going to swap Star Fish but this combination is a winner! From far away this almost looks like a splatter mani! As I've mentioned previous posts, the Indie polish market is coming up with such unique and interesting colors. Definitely check them out! Pretty and Polished as well as many other great indie polish producers can be found on Etsy.com
What independent polish brands do you like?
Thanks so much for reading! 
All the best, 
Jessica

Disclosure: I purchased this polish myself for review :o)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Medusa's Makeup Electro Green Eye Shadow

Spring is officially here! To me, that means bright colors! And what better color to celebrate this wonderful season than green? Electro Green by Medusa's Makeup is about as green as they come, but leaning a bit towards the blue side. Certainly not for the faint of heart!


I was very happy with the pigmentation, like most eyeshadows the color was much more intense when applied wet. Below is a swatch on my arm, without primer. On the left the shadow is swatched dry, and on the right it is applied wet.
The texture on this shadow was nice and creamy, but what I was most impressed with was the complete and utter lack of fallout. I mean it! For me, that is an extremely desirable quality in an eyeshadow. I hate putting on makeup and then having to clean up the adorable little rainbow shadow sprinkles that have rained down upon my face. I had ZERO fallout when using this. Below is a look I created using Electro Green, a black eyeshadow from the Tarte True Blood palette, E.L.F Liquid Liner in Black, and Rimmel Scandal-Eyes mascara.
Please pardon my eyebrows, I seem to have misplaced my Weed Whacker.
As you can see from the above look, this intense green can be blended with other shadows to create a more "low key" look. It can also be used alone or with other bright shadows at full intensity for an awesome punk rock vibe. This shadow was pigmented, blendable, buildable, and fallout-free. Loved it!
This shadow retails for $8.00 and can be purchased at www.medusasmakeup.com
Do you like to wear bright shadows in the Spring?
Thank you so much for reading!
All the best,
Jessica

Disclosure: This product was provided by Medusa's Makeup for review. I am committed to always giving you my honest opinion.  :oD

Friday, March 23, 2012

Weekend Giveaway!!!

I have been BLOWN AWAY by the support and positive response I've received since launching BeautyGnome less than three weeks ago! Let's celebrate with a weekend giveaway! Here is the prize:


This giveaway is only open from now until 12:01 am EST Monday, so get your entries in now with the widget below. Good luck!! :oD Click the title of the post to see the full giveaway and widget!


Disclosure: I purchased these products myself. :o)

Nuance by Salma Hayek Perfect Lips Lip Quad in "Cool"

Recently, Salma Hayek launched a new beauty line exclusively at CVS. Salma has been a spokesperson for Revlon as well as Avon, so she certainly knows her way around the beauty industry. Plus, she is drop dead gorgeous! The perfect face of a cosmetic line. I also appreciate the fact that she is a positive role model for young girls... While she is beautiful, she is not scary skinny like so many actresses these days, and she is very philanthropic. A lot of her charity work specifically deals with fighting violence against women.
According to Salma, as it says on the packaging: "Inspired by my grandmother, my products are designed to help every woman enhance the nuances that define her individual beauty". I think this is a nice "mission statement" for a cosmetics line.
Well, on to the lip quad! The entire Nuance line features some pretty nice packaging, and this is no exception. Very luxe, especially for a drugstore product.
Here is the lip quad closed:
 Now, you may be saying to yourself "Jessica, that's no lip quad! Thats one of the Xenomorph eggs from Alien, be careful!!!" I appreciate your concern, truly, but I assure you this is a cosmetic product.
I can see where you got confused. 
When opened, this strange egg reveals four lovely lip colors, as well as a tiny lip brush. The brush is soft and nice, but so tiny that it may not be manageable for everyone.
From the lightest color clockwise the colors are: Sheer Ice (shimmer gloss) , Merlot (Creme), Pink Berry (Creme), and Rose Shimmer. I was pretty impressed with this quad. The two creme colors are very pigmented, and my favorite color of the quad, Pink Berry, is a gorgeous and very wearable pink for the summer. Both of the glosses add great shine when applied to either of the cremes. The pink gloss, Rose Shimmer, has iridescent pink microshimmer that really enhances the natural pink of the lips. Below are the colors swatched in this order: Sheer Ice, Rose Shimmer, Pink Berry, and Merlot (the first picture are my lips in their natural state for reference).

While the packaging is unique and pretty, it is a little bit bulky. I wouldn't recommend it for travel, but I do think it would look very chic on a vanity or wherever you normally do your makeup. This quad retails for about 12.50 at CVS, but Nuance cosmetics are often on sale for Buy 1, Get 1 50% off, and CVS also offers 2 dollar off coupons quite often.
Will you be checking out Salma's makeup line?
Thanks so much for reading!
All the best,
Jessica

Disclosure: I purchased this product myself for review :o)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Jawbreaker from Pretty & Polished

Many nail-obsessed people (like myself) are jumping all over the gorgeous lacquers that the indie polish world has to offer. Setting up shop at places like Etsy.com, many creative entrepreneurs are brewing up their own batches of fun and unique nail polishes.
Sometimes shopping for these gems can be a hair stressful, some have become so popular that their shops are regularly stalked for updates, and can sell out in minutes!
I was lucky enough to get my hands on a bottle of Jawbreaker from Pretty & Polished. There is so much going on in this beautiful polish. Suspended in a milky-white base is purple, red, blue, and gold glitter of varying shapes and sizes. There is even a touch of small green bar glitter, all meant to replicate the colorful, speckled look of the polish's namesake- Jawbreaker candies.


This polish is so unique, I have nothing remotely like it in my considerable stash. I have attempted a similar, milky glitter look before by sandwiching Deborah Lippmann's Happy Birthday between two coats of Essie Marshmallow. However, that ends up looking a lot like Funfetti cake (still cute!) but this polish really looks just like if you could melt a Jawbreaker into a nail polish bottle!

I used four coats in the picture, but could have easily gotten away with three and maybe even two. The glitter does lie flat, but I topped it with a coat of Seche Vite to smooth everything out nicely. One bonus about this polish is how fast it dried! Applying four coats wasn't a problem because each coat dries lickety-split.

If you haven't checked out the independent polish movement on Etsy, hop to it! You can start by searching for handmade nail polish or "frankens", as they are often called.

Pretty & Polished nail polishes can be purchased on their Etsy Shop.
Thank you so much for reading!
All the best,
Jessica

Disclosure: I purchased this polish myself for review :o)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Neon Tribal Print Nail Art

Nail art is a trend that is currently taking the beauty world by storm. One of the many interpretations of this trend can be seen in the "Tribal" print nail art that has been popping up all over the place. Inspired by the gorgeous pottery and textiles found in many indigenous cultures all over the world, Tribal print often consists of geometric patterns of lines and dots. Another huge trend this spring is Neon color. I decided to combine the two and paint some freehand tribal nail art over Color Club's Psychedelic Scene (You can check out my full review of the polish here
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To create this look, I first applied a few coats of the Color Club polish, then used a small art brush to paint horizontal lines across my nails in Milani Techno Red and Rad Purple, as well as with a white polish from Sally Girl and Wet n' Wild Ocean Grotto at the bottom for some shimmer. After letting this layer dry, I added a zig zag line with a purple Sharpie, and finally added dots with the end of a bobby pin using the same Sally Girl white as well as Wet n' Wild Black creme. I smoothed everything out with a layer of Seche Vite topcoat.
I think this is a really fun Summer look, and you can customize it using whatever colors you would like. I think a pastel tribal print would look awesome, or maybe a set of nails where each one is a little different. What's nice about nail art like this is that it is very forgiving! If you mess up, you can just fudge it a little and cover up your mistake with more lines, dots, etc.  It is definitely a nail art theme that I'm going to play around with more.
What do you think? Do you do your own nail art?
Thank you so much for reading!
All the best,
Jessica

Disclosure: All products mentioned were purchased by me :o)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March 2012 Beauty Army Kit!

Pardon me if I gush during this review. I LOVE Beauty Army. They offer the only beauty subscription service where you can choose your own samples. While I love a good surprise, I like knowing that all 6 samples I receive are things that I really want to try! They are a fairly new company, and I have been a subscriber since the very beginning.. I was one of the first 300 to sign up. They even sent me a special email with a discount code for being one of the "Elite Beauty Army 300". Now, when I think of "Elite 300", my thoughts immediately turn to a shirtless Gerard Butler. I really can't complain. 
Thanks Beauty Army! 
Hey, this is a beauty blog. I can put whatever sorts of beautiful things I want. But, let's get on to the kit! For my March kit I selected the following:
CellCeuticals Photo Defense SPF 55+ Skin Protector
Myface Cosmetics Blingtone Eyeshadow in Carribean Queen (Full size!)
Cover FX Eye Prep Anti-Age Smoothing Primer
BeFine Cocoa Night Cream
Weleda Iris Hydrating Day Cream
Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil

I have heard some complaints from people that Beauty Army offers too many skincare samples, and not enough makeup. Well, this is my take on it: I completely credit BA for getting me back into skin care over the last few months. I love Makeup as much as anyone, trust me, but I have learned that makeup looks best when you are taking great care of your skin. You have to start from the bottom up, you know? Beauty Army has introduced me to some amazing brands like Shea Terra Organics, CellCeuticals, and Indie Lee. I've been able to experiment with different skin care products and I'm on the road to figuring out what is right for me. Personally, as far as Skin Care samples go.. I say bring 'em on! Plus, I've gotten at least 1 makeup sample in every kit so far. The subscription is worth it for the Bling Tone eyeshadow alone.. It is a full size "sample" and retails for 20 dollars! Beauty Army has also promised that more makeup is on the way.
I have to mention one more thing.. Products aside, Beauty Army has absolutely the most AMAZING customer service I have ever experienced. I'm not exaggerating. Everyone I have dealt with is incredibly lovely and helpful. Nancy-Lee, their social media editor, maintains a ubiquitous presence on Facebook and Twitter and is always ready to answer questions.. She is a DOLL!
See, I told you I would gush. If you haven't subscribed to Beauty Army yet, you are missing out. 12 dollars a month for amazing products that you choose, and amazing customer service.
I'm including my referral link below if you'd like to give them a try (they also just introduced a great rewards program)
Thank you so much for reading!
All the best,
Jessica

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Disclosure: I purchased my Beauty Army subscription myself :o)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Julep St. Patrick's Day Mystery Box

As many of you know, Julep Nail Parlor often offers a mystery box at certain holidays. Julep is based out of Washington state and also offers a monthly nail polish subscription service- Julep Maven. 
While I don't subscribe monthly, I really can not resist a Mystery Box. This time around, Julep offered a St. Patrick's Day Mystery Box with "$60 to $200 worth of Julep's best sellers". The box retailed for $60, but with a widely-advertised promo code it was $19.99 plus shipping. 
My box, like many others, arrived today.. two days after St. Paddy's. This really doesn't bother me, as Julep made no guarantees of getting it to me before the 17th. Also, St. Patrick's is not the only day of the year I use nail products.. I'm not sure there is a day of the year that I *don't* use nail products. 
Well, on to the box! Here is what I recieved:
Click on the picture to see it larger..
This is a list of what was in my box, as well as the retail value of each item as listed on Julep.com
Emma Nail Color- $14.00
Maya Nail Color- $14.00
Sofia Nail Color- $14.00
Peacock Nail Appliques- $14.00
Everyday SPF Hand Cream- $28.00
Essential Cuticle Oil- $18.00
Crystal Nail File- $6.00
Quilted Julep Makeup Bag- 14.99
Total retail value: $122.99
Let's take a closer look at those colors! From L to R, Maya, Sofia, Emma
Also included were five chocolate coins. I know there are only three in the picture.. I ate two of them before I could even photograph the box. So what? Leave me alone. 
The green polish, Sofia, is very pretty and unique. The other two colors are not quite as funky as I usually wear, but I will certainly give them a try. The nail appliques are gorgeous and I needed a new crystal nail file so those were good bonuses, too. I have a million and one makeup bags, but I really like the one they included in this box. It is good quality, super cute, and has pockets on the inside. 
I think I did very well on this box! 19.99 plus shipping for $122.99 worth of product is a pretty good deal. Of course, not all of the boxes had this much stuff, and some had more.. but that is the nature of a Mystery Box! 
Did you get a Mystery Box? How was yours?
Thank you so much for reading! 
Best regards, 
Jessica


Disclosure: I purchased this product myself for review :o)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Physician's Formula Nude Eyes Shimmer Strips Palette

The latest brand to jump on the nude palette bandwagon is Physician's Formula. Urban Decay's Naked palette was a huge hit, and now even drug store brands are attempting to recreate that success. Physician's Formula is 40% off this week at CVS, so for about 7 dollars I decided to give this palette a try.
First of all, let's take a look at the packaging.
 Is that adorable or what?! And super impressive for a drug store brand. Here is the palette open:
The palette is quite small, measuring about 4 inches long closed.
The swatches shown on my arm are in the same order they appear in the
 palette, swatched dry without primer. The shades are not named. 

The shadows are not super-pigmented, however they are buildable and blendable. All of the shadows have a shimmer finish. I would have liked if there were some mattes but this is, after all, a "shimmer strips" palette. The shadows can be used wet or dry, and as you will find with most shadows you get a much better color payoff if used wet. Below is a look I created using the three darkest shades as well as the lightest. I also used NYX Eyeshadow primer and Rimmel Scandal-Eyes Mascara in Extreme Black.




This is a decent palette for the money, especially if you wait for a sale. While I wouldn't say it is comparable in quality to the UD Naked palette, for instance, it is a nice little gem to tuck in your purse to create some nice neutral looks. Using eyeshadow primer and a wet brush will maximize the color payoff with this adorable little palette. 
Thank you so much for reading! 
All the best, 
Jessica

 Disclosure: all products mentioned were purchased by me :o)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Color Club Psychedelic Scene

Yesterday I was in a store and I came across a display of Color Club neons. I'm sorry, let me clarify: Yesterday I let out an audible "squee!" upon coming across a display of Color Club neons. They were all bright and wonderful but the one that immediately drew my eye was Psychedelic Scene. This color is really just.. WOW! It is a super vibrant neon yellow orange creme, and it screams Summer! I have nothing like it in my stash. I couldn't resist, so I bought it, brought it home and tried it on.

Is that color gorgeous or what?? In retrospect, I should have put a white base coat underneath. Without it, it took 5 coats to get it opaque! This might sound nuts, but it is often the case with neons. Shown above is 5 coats plus a topcoat of Seche Vite... Again, a base coat of white "underwear" will solve that problem.
I think I can pull it off with my very fair skin, but I know it would look STUNNING on a person with a nice tan or a deeper skin tone.
Are you going to rock any neons this spring?
Thank you so much for reading!
All the best,
Jessica

P.S ..  Don't forget to enter our giveaway!

Disclosure: I purchased this polish myself for review :o)

Friday, March 16, 2012

GIVEAWAY!!

I am THRILLED to announce our first giveaway, in celebration of 50 Facebook fans!

I want the prize to get you all set for Spring, so I am giving away a set of mini Color Club nail polishes in three BEAUTIFUL neons, as well as a Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm!

Here is the prize!

3 Mini Color Club polishes in Koo Koo Cachoo, Feelin' Groovy, and Poptastic (.25 fl. Oz Each) and a Full-Size Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch.

I hope you are as excited as I am!!! Make sure to enter below via Rafflecopter, and tell your friends!!!!!!!! (Click the title of the post "Giveaway" to see the full blog post and enter! )
Thanks so much for reading!
-Jessica


Disclosure: All prize items were purchased by me :o)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Galaxy Nail Art!

I am very excited about today's post for two reasons- First off, you may notice that I have a new camera set up! I'm using a better camera and I built a light box for taking pictures (using the super useful tutorial on chalkboardnails.com) . The pictures will be much clearer and more high-quality from now on..
The second reason I'm excited is that I am so proud of how this manicure turned out!



Using Wet n' Wild Black Creme as a base, I sponged tiny bits of color onto my nails to create a nebula effect. Layer after layer, I kept sponging (with a tiny chunk cut off of a sponge brush) until I was happy with how "Spacey" it looked. Then, using the same sponge, I highlighted some areas with a holographic glitter polish (Night Sky from Claire's), and finally added a few tiny white dots with a toothpick to create "star" accents. It took quite a while, but I am thrilled with the results.. What do you think? What nail art should I try next?
Thank you so much for reading!
All the best,
Jessica

Hot Topic's Warpaint Beauty Galaxy Nail Polish

Who knew Hot Topic had awesome nail polish? Warpaint Beauty is Hot Topic's in-house beauty brand. I haven't tried their other cosmetics yet, but I picked up a couple of nail polishes the other day as I saw some interesting colors in the display (and they were on sale, 2 for 4 dollars. come on.)
I'm a sucker for blue nail polish, and this one looked so lovely in the bottle that I had to try it..

Its safe to say this was a good investment! The formula was perfect.. Opaque and gorgeous in two *thin* coats, and the icing on the cake is that it dried fast, too! Galaxy is a lovely, metallic, shimmery deep blue. Looks amazing indoors or in sunlight. I know I'll be wearing this one often this Summer. As another bonus, when I took it off I did not have Smurf nails as I so often do with other blue polishes. This one is a keeper! I'm looking forward to trying out other Warpaint Cosmetics, as I had such good luck with Galaxy.
Have you ever used any of their products?
Thanks so much for reading!
All the best,
Jessica

Disclosure: I purchased this product myself for review :o)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Nail Art

Hi! Who else is having GORGEOUS weather? Here on the East Coast, we are enjoying the first warm days of Spring. There are few feelings more pleasant than opening the from door and experiencing the first warm breeze of the year :o)
What I have for you today is my St. Patrick's Day manicure. The light coming in my window this morning was so gorgeous that I actually took the following picture while I was still in bed!
I used the following polishes for this look:
Revlon Colorstay in Rainforest
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Grass Slipper
Essie Licorice
L'Oreal Amazon's Flash
Revlon Posh
Orly Charged Up
Wet n' Wild Wild Shine in Red Red
Wet n' Wild Wild Shine in Sunny Side Up
Wet n' Wild Wild Craze in Art Crime
To create the dots, I used the end of a bobby pin. The rest is painted by hand with a tiny art brush and the help of a couple of toothpicks.
I then topped everything with a coat of Seche Vite. What do you think? Do you coordinate your manicures for the holidays? For me, its a fun excuse to do nail art!
Thank you so much for reading, and if you go out and party on Saturday.. please do so responsibly!
Stay safe!
-Jessica

Disclosure: All the polishes mentioned were purchased by me :o)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

My entry for the Rebecca Likes Nails nail art contest!


Rebeccalikesnails.blogspot.com is hosting a very cool nail art contest! She wants contestants to create a manicure using one or more of her favorite nail art techniques/themes .. gradients, animal print, dots, bows, and Hello Kitty! How fun is that? I bet there are going to be a million adorable entries with a theme like this one!
My entry incorporates three of the themes.. Dots, bows, and Hello Kitty.

My entry is totally hand painted using a tiny art brush and some toothpicks. The polishes I used were L'Oreal Club Prive for the base, a mix of Urban Outfitters Afterhours and Wet n' Wild Tropicalia for the glitter dots, Wet n' Wild Tropicalia alone for the dots on the bows and Hello Kitty's bow, Essie Licorice for the black lines, Sally Girl White for the white parts, and NYC Lemon Cream for HK's little yellow nose! Everything is topped with a coat of Seche Vite. I had a ton of fun doing this manicure, and I am really looking forward to perusing the other entries!
Thank you so much for reading!
All the best,
Jessica

Disclosure: I purchased all of these polishes myself :o)

Monday, March 12, 2012

OPI I Have a Herring Problem

Today I'm wearing OPI's I Have a Herring Problem from the Holland Collection. Another day, another crazy OPI polish name. But what I'm interested in not the pun-tastic title, but the gorgeous color!

I Have a Herring Problem is a lovely dusty blue with a gold and silver micro-shimmer. The color on the nail is very true to the color in the bottle.
Application was OK- I needed three coats to get a consistent and opaque finish. Shown in the picture is three coats with a topcoat of CND Speedey. I would recommend waiting a few minutes between coats to minimize the dragging that I had a bit of a problem with. This polish is a great choice for those who normally wear more "classic" colors but want to step out of their comfort zone and wear a blue polish.. This one isn't too bright or attention grabbing but still a very pretty and fun polish. I also like it because it is a polish for all seasons! Muted enough for Fall/Winter but bright and cheery enough for warmer seasons. What are your favorites from the Holland collection?
Thank you so much for reading!
All the best,
Jessica

Disclosure: I purchased this polish myself for review :o)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty

Once again, Ulta is running the 21 Days of Beauty Promotion. I think this is a really great marketing idea, as it gives beauty fans a fun deal to look forward to each day for three weeks!
Every day for the next 21 days starting today, March 11, Ulta will offer a "beauty steal" as well as neat in-store events. If you live near an Ulta (I don't, unfortunately) you can pop in the store each day for events featuring favorite brands like Murad, Philosophy, and Urban Decay.
Even if you don't live near a physical store, you can still cash in on some great beauty steals online. Some of the upcoming deals that caught my eye were the 2 for 1 Stila Smudgestick liners on 3/12 and 3/22, and the Lorac Starry Eyed baked eyeshadow trios for 50% off on 3/19.
More information about the daily events can be found at the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty page - http://www.ulta.com/21days/ , as well as on the physical Ulta flyer you may receive in the mail.
Make sure to stop back and let me know which deals you took advantage of! Happy shopping!
Thank you so much for reading!
All the best,
Jessica

Disclosure: I am not affiliated with Ulta (Sigh, I WISH I was!! )


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Zoya True and Maisie Swatch and Review

The weather was glorious here on the East Coast today- bright, sunny, and beautiful (but still a little chilly!). I thought it would be a great day to showcase two gorgeous Zoya polishes that really hit their stride in the sunlight, Tru and Maisie
Both are from the latest Spring collection at Zoya, the True collection. This collection features 6 lovely muted shades as well as 3 "Fleck effect" Mylar glazes - Flakies! The whole collection is right up my alley.. but we must focus! First off, Tru.
Tru is a super-saturated, beautiful red-toned purple. Throughout the polish there is a coppery red shimmer that shows up best in sunlight. I absolutely love purple polish, and this two-coater is a real delight. It dries to a lovely shine without topcoat, and the formula is smooth and wonderful. Can you tell I'm a fan of this polish? I think it is wonderful as is, but I wanted to pair it up with one of the fleck effect glazes. Though the natural choice to pair it with would be Chloe, the pink flakie of the collection, I wanted to try something different. So, here is Tru with a topcoat of Maisie, the blue flakie.
I love this combo- I think it is funky and unexpected. Maisie applies like a dream and is a great topcoat addition to any nail polish collection as it totally transforms whatever you put it over.
Tru is great by itself or glitzed up a little with Maisie, but both polishes are pretty unique additions to my stash. I'm a big fan of Zoya's seasonal collections, and I'm very excited to see what they have in store for the Summer!
Zoya polishes retail for 8 dollars each and are sold at some salons and zoya.com
Thank you so much for reading!
All the best,
Jessica

Disclosure: I purchased both of these polishes myself for review :o)


March 2012 MyGlam Bag


So, this morning I opened up my mailbox to find a cheerful metallic pink bubble envelope containing my March 2012
MyGlam bag. MyGlam is a monthly beauty sample subscription service that just started up a few months ago. According to the website:
"Each month, subscribers will receive a beautiful Glam Bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products."

Unfortunately, as soon as I opened the lovely pink bubble wrap I was "greeted" with a terrible smell. The cute little floral bag and everything in it smells very strongly of mothballs/paint thinner. Not exactly a scent to put me in a serene mood as I peruse my beauty samples. I don't know if it is from the manufacturing or what, but the scent emanating from floral bag was so strong that it really pervaded everything in the package. Gross! And what a bummer :o(

Let's take a look at the bag and contents:

The bag itself is pretty cute, if unspectacular, and the contents are as follows:
A Myglam branded blending brush in a similarly branded pink brush case
Dual sample packed of Keracolor Color-Enhancing Leave in Treatment
Full size Pur-lisse Daily Lip Nourisher
Sample of Murad Eye Lift Perfector
Sample of Pur-lisse SPF 30 Essential Daily Moisturizer
Coupon for 25$ off a 50$ purchase at Dermstore

While this month's bag did include a nice full-size sample (the lip protector), I was a little bit disappointed in the other samples. To me, a "Deluxe" sample is a sample that has enough product for multiple uses, so one can assess whether the product is right for them. A tiny, 0.015 fl. oz. packet of Murad Eye Perfector, or a 0.14 oz Pur-Lisse moisturizer does not qualify as "Deluxe" to me.
On the plus side, the blending brush seems soft and pretty decent. I haven't used it yet as I have to wash it first to get rid of that yucky mothball smell. The Pur-lisse lip protector is nice too, as you can never have too many lip balms as far as I'm concerned.
Also, the 25$ off a 50$ Dermstore purchase is pretty exciting. The fine print says that some brand exclusions do apply, hopefully that won't be too problematic.
All in all, March's MyGlam Bag gets a C+, with major point deductions for the weird smell and sub-par sample sizes, but some bonus points tacked back on for the full size lip balm, decent blending brush, and very useful coupon.
Thank you so much for reading!
All the best,
Jessica

Disclosure: I purchased the MyGlam subscription myself for review. :o)


Friday, March 9, 2012

Berry Nail Art!

Hi! Here is a little impromptu post for Friday night :o)
Berrypolished.com is hosting a contest on Facebook looking for the best berry-inspired manicure.
Here is my entry:

What do you think? The base is Neptune- a lovely, shimmery deep blue from Sinful Colors. For the design I used about a million polishes, including Milani One Coat Glitter in Twinkle, Essie Navigate Her, Maybelline Racy Red, LA Splash Sparkling Fuchsia, Essie Ole Caliente, OPI I Lily Love You, and more! I also used a couple of Sharpies for fine detail, all covered with a clear top coat.

Do you like it?
Thank you so much for reading!
Have a great weekend!
-Jessica


Disclosure: All products used for this nail art were purchased by me. :o)


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