Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Nails with Zoya Awaken

*press sample

  Hi everyone!!  I decided, on this Easter weekend, to play with some spring colors and do another saran wrap manicure (which is pretty much the only "art" I know how to do, lol).  I paired up all six of the Zoya Awaken colors and topped them off with Zoya Monet.

  On index and middle, I used Cole as my base and paired it with Dillon; on ring, I used Brooklyn as the base and paired it with Hudson; on pinkie and thumb, I used Dot as a base and paired it with Rebel.  Monet is the iridescent glitter on top.  

Zoya Awaken collection Easter nail art

Thursday, April 17, 2014

SpaRitual Osmium

  Hi all!!  I don't remember what started the conversation (they tend to take many turns) but the crux was that my good friend Melissa didn't like her SpaRitual Osmium polish, and I was dying over the dark, glossy, jelliness, so she sent it to me.  Isn't she sweet?

  SpaRitual has been around for quite a while but it's a new to me brand.  Osmium is from the fall/winter 2012 Metal collection.  Oddly, the packaging states that Osmium is a creme.  It's not.  It's a full-on super dark squishy, glossy, self-leveling teal jelly.  The brush is very small and thin, which aids in application of one so dark, making it easier to control.  This polish is fabulous and applies like a dream.

SpaRitual Osmium swatch and review

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cult Nails Flushed

  Hi all!!  Just a quick post today as I'm feeling a little under the weather (but not to the point where I couldn't take pictures of my nails, naturally).  Before I actually pulled the trigger on my first Cult Nails purchase, I was highly besotted with Flushed, from 2012's Behind Closed Doors collection.  I'm now the super happy owner of one and I LOVE IT.

  Flushed is a dusty violet purple with a deep, beautiful pink shimmer that gives the polish a more straightforward Fantasy Fire look but without the multichrome shift.  Flushed is opaque in two coats rather than the multiple it takes for FF, and it's still got the most amazing glow.  Formula is great, very easy to apply with minimal cleanup.  I finished with one layer of topcoat.

Cult Nails Flushed swatch and review

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Current e.l.f. Favorites, Small Drugstore Haul, and Happy Caturday Poll!!

  Happy Caturday, everyone!!  I've really been interested in e.l.f. products lately, not the makeup, though I love the matte lip colors, but the tools.  First off, I think it's great that there are now so many good quality drugstore bland makeup brushes available.  I admit that for a long time I did not wear certain makeup until I could afford a brush to properly apply it.  Something about applying eyeshadows, blushes, and powders with the spongey material they're so often packaged with really turned me off and I slowly built up a (very) small arsenal of brushes.  We all know that brushes allow for a much more natural look and I've always felt like we owe our faces the courtesy of treating them with a little more luxury than a two inch sponge tip applicator or foam square can provide.
  The good news is that we don't have to break the bank for high end brushes costing upwards of $20 a piece or settle for a rough synthetic bristled experience.  Technology has improved and this is one of those cases of HOW did drugstore makeup companies not figure this out earlier?  I wonder if it came with the advent of high-def and the realization that with all this new visual technology maximizing every pore and follicle, higher quality products to help all of us look our best became necessity.  Whatever it is, there are some fabulous synthetic brushes available at amazing prices now, and e.l.f. is amongst the most affordable and amongst the best, of what I've tried.  Most their Studio (black label) line retails for $3 per piece, and I have a new favorite blush brush.

e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush and Daily Brush Cleaner review

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Little (discontinued) Catrice Swatch Spam

Catrice Swatch spam

  Hi friends!!  Right before international shipping prices jumped sky-high and overseas swapping became a luxury I could no longer afford, my good friend Christine at Polished Marvels and I got in a couple good ones.  She sent me a few polishes from one of my very favorite international brands, Catrice, and they're treasures in my collection... even more so when I found out all my colors had been discontinued.  So, my bad for being remiss in posting about them; I don't know about you, though, but I kind of think looking at vhtf/d/c'd polish swatches is fun. :)