Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sephora Moon Walk is a Shimmery textured white

I had no idea that this was textured.  When I was at the store I used their little station to sample the tester over the plastic, and simply thought "need this shimmer now", placed it in the basket and walked to the check out registers.

When I got home and tried it, I thought to myself "why!?".  Then I figured, I could just blog about it and use it when I get into textured lacquers.  Maybe swap it or exchange it for another Formula X.  I really don't like textured nail polishes.  This is not the exception.  Although it is stuning in certain lights.  I am really hoping for a 'clean' version of this.






Layering Order:
OPI Nail Envy Basecoat
2 coats Sephora Moon Walk
no topcoat in these pictures

Monday, October 20, 2014

Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace with Calavera accent

I have received a few complaints from IRL friends about my blog layout and background, so I decided to change it to a more reader-friendly version.  I take suggestions very seriously, especially coming from the people who I appreciate the most.  So there, I hope Sue and K can read it now =D

Moving on, to this little nail art and nail polish.  I have been trying to 'nail it' with the sugar skulls lately, but I am still practicing.  My nail art skills are not as they used to be, since I haven't been doing it as often.  It really depends on the brush and the time that you put into it, but also on how frequently you practice.  I love free-hand work, and I'm trying to do more on the weekends, when I get free time.

This nail polish seemed appropriate.  If you haven't seen these yet, they have a really nice cap with a skull (a la Dia de los Muertos) on the end or the tip of the cap.  The box is really nice too.  My only problem was the brush.  It is extremely thin.  I wasn't able to tell if the formula was good or not, because the brush wouldn't let me pick up enough nail polish.  I ended up struggling for 3 coats.  The color is gorgeous though, and very shiny.  I'll have to try more from the brand, to see if this was a bad joke, or a bad brush.








Layering Order:
3 coats Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Mrs. Mia Wallace (except rong)
3 coats Mac Vestral White (ring)
Illamasqua Harem & Radium dots (flower eyes)
Illamasqua Poke dots (eyes)
Illamasqua Jo'mina and Dare To Wear Coral Carnation (nose)
Wet & Wild Black Creme and Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (mouth)
Dior Gel Coat

Friday, October 17, 2014

OPI DS Tourmaline and Barry M Green Berry are two nail polishes that prove that sometimes things are not what they seem

Although I have been blogging and taking pics for several years now, I still find it difficult to decide what I need to buy.  The more I see, the less I know.  Sometimes I look up swatches of something just to help me decide, I'm sure you guys do it too, and that's probably why you are here today.  However, I can tell you that pictures can be unintentionally deceiving.

These two nail polishes are the perfect example of the discrepancies between photos and reality.  On one hand, we have the OPI, looking so dull, like a regular obnoxious barbie pink, perhaps.  It seems a bit chunky and "dupable".  In reality, it is one of the most sparkly beauties I've seen.  Unique in my stash.  Not only is it packed with gorgeous iridescent glitters, but it has tons of shimmer.  The color is not at all like in these pictures.

On the other hand, we have this Barry M, which looks fabulous and perfectly bright in the pictures below.  Magical, like the coveted Tiffany blue.  In real life, it looks like a neon green, and it resembles nothing to a robin egg blue.  It feels like it is one of those colors that looks different on different skin tonoes, and on mine it is just ok.

One of the reasons why constantly buy nail polish, is because I need to try them for myself and see if I am missing out or not.  Also, if they work with my skin tone or not.  So what I'm getting at, is that, there is no need to feel guilty for buying too many reds or too many blues, etc.  In my case, searching for the holy grail of purples is the most amusing part of collecting nail polish.  I know that I will never find it, but the thrill of the hunt is half the fun.

At the risk of sounding like an enabler, I have to say that, trying out nail polishes on your nails, is always the best way to find out if you like it or not.  Even as a Blogger, and knowing how pictures can be, I still have a hard time restraining myself from buying all of the pretty nail polishes out there!






Layering Order:
2 coats OPI DS Tourmaline
1 coat Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat
no topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
2 coats Barry M Gelly Green Berry
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Barielle Me Couture Collection for Fall 2014

I think that Barielle is one of the most underrated brands out there.  This is one of the reasons why I swatch for them, even though I rarely wear cremes.  I do however, love them as 'undies' (basecolor) for glitters, shimmers and flakies.  The reason being, because of their consistent formula, their color payoff and most importantly, the variety and richness of their palettes.  This collection reminded me of just that.  The colors are rich, perfectly creamy, and really easy to apply.

Vintage Gown is described as a rust with a hint of pink.  It is a perfect description.  It looked more like a dark beige on me.  It has a little bit of hidden gold shimmer in it.

Taupe Notch is a sophisticated grey, I really liked the color on this one, but Barielle has always done awesome greys (see here and here), so I was not surprised at all to see this gorgeous grey added to their Fall Collection.

The purple one was perfection, but if you read my blog, you know that I'm very biased, because I love purple.  Soho at Night was more of a crelly and it required three coats.  I loved the way that they muted this purple for fall, but somehow kept it vibrant.  This feels like the grown up version of Grape Escape, which is one of my favorite purple cremes.

Boho Chic is the one for green lovers.  I don't wear too many greens, but this one is really pretty and does not lean teal on me, it has an Autumn feeling to it that goes well with the collection.

The dark navy blue is another crellyish nail polish.  Like Soho at Night, it also required three coats, but the color is really rich and interesting.  I think that the three coats add a nice depth to it.  Moda Bleu is very dark, but not indigo as it seemed from the bottle.  I thought that it was going to lean more purple, but I was a bit disappointed to see it so blue on my nails. I'll have to try two coats next time.

Berry Posh is the only one that is a bit daring for a Fall color.  I would have loved to see a pumpkin orange instead.  I'd say that this pink could have been better in the Summer.  It is vey warm fuchsia with a red tint.

All of these swatches were done without topcoat, and they all turned out  nice and glossy, because of the quality of the nail polishes.






Layering Order:
2 coats Barielle Vintage Gown
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
2 coats Barielle Taupe Notch
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
3 coats Barielle Soho At Night
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
2 coats Barielle Boho Chic
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
3 coats Barielle Moda Bleu
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
2 coats Barielle Berry Posh
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Funky Fingers Pep Rally is a neon confetti glitter mix

I haven't worn chunky glitter in quite a while.  I forget how fun they are.  This one would make a great mani for one of those Neon Runs, and the name is very appropriate.






Layering Order:
3 coats Barielle Soho At Night
1 coat Funky Fingers Pep Rally
1 coat Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat
no topcoat in these pictures

Monday, October 13, 2014

Bear Pawlish She's A Fish Killer is a bright red holographic

I haven't been ordering too many indies lately, but Bear Paw has some good, unique holographics that are worth checking out.  Their shipping times are ok, I wish they came faster.  Some of them are worth the wait.

From the swatches on the website, I thought that She's A Fish Killer was going to bee more red.  This one is definitely leaning to fuchsia on me.  I still like it a lot.

Reds are tricky to compare.  I originally thought that this Jade from Brazil was the closest one, but the Jade leans orange gold, compared side by side to this Bear Pawlish.  Nonetheless it is a good reference in terms of holographic effect/flame.







Layering Order:
2 coats Bear Pawlish She's A Fish Killer
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

BONUS PICTURES - Bear Pawlish She's A Fish Killer and
Jade Vermelho Surrea comparison







Layering Order:
2 coats Bear Pawlish She's A Fish Killer (pinky and middle)
2 coats Jade Vermelho Surreal (ring and index)
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures