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December 1st, 2013

Essie Lots of Lux and Belugaria Swatches, Reviews

One reason I enjoy the winter holidays is that lots of fancy nail polishes hit the stores!  I’m always a fan of glittery, colorful, and festive shades.  Today when I was in Target I picked up two new colors from Essie’s Holiday 2013 Encrusted Treasures collection.

Essie’s website describes Lots of Lux as a “shimmering blue lapis lazuli lacquer with a sleek matte finish.”  However I noticed a distinctly sandy, not matte, finish.  The strong texture complements the particles of royal blue, green and gold hiding in this polish.  Below I used two coats, and no topcoat (which would negate the sandy finish).  Two coats provided plenty of coverage as this is a thick (but manageable) polish.  A word to the wise – be sure to wear a base coat!  The blue is highly pigmented and will stain your nails.   I really liked this and will be wearing it during the holidays and beyond.

 

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Essie Lots of Luxe Blue Lapis Sandy Holiday Nail Polish Swatch

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The second polish, Belugaria, is far from dazzling.  It consists of a black creme base with hexagonal silver hologram glitter.  What I didn’t understand is the spotty, caviar-like texture.  It’s very thick – here I’m wearing two coats.  It built up unevenly on my nails and just looked wrong.

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Unfortunately I bought Belugaria without reading any online reviews first, and it looks like it’s been universally panned.  I enjoyed Lots of Lux however.  Have you picked up any Encrusted Treasures polishes this holiday season?

 

~ Allison ~

April 21st, 2012

Nails Inc. Magnetic Polish – Trafalger Square

I had been wanting to try magnetic nail polish for the longest time.  Now, following on the heels of the crackle phase, they seem to be flooding the market.  I tested one of the first I saw, Nails Inc. Magnetic Polish, which Sephora carries.  This is Trafalger Square, a dark metallic chrome.

It’s important to apply the magnet soon after you paint your nail, because the polish dries quickly.  The magnet is in the cap, and it has a small curved tray that you fit on your cuticle to hold the magnet in place.  I did one nail at a time to ensure that the polish wouldn’t dry on me.  I loved the results!  The chevron stripes create a tiger eye appearance, with the color shifting depending on the angle of the light.

What are your favorite magnetic nail polishes?  I am tempted to try the new Color Club magnetic glitter shades!

 

~ Allison ~

August 27th, 2011

NYC Inspired Nail Art – Checkered Yellow Cab

 

Hey everyone, I was inspired to do some NYC-flavored nail art this afternoon.  It’s been pouring all day so I’m holed up inside, taking it easy and staying dry.  Be kind – this is my first nail art ever.

Here’s what I started with, but I felt it needed something.

So I freehanded some black french tips using Wet N Wild Black Creme.


The yellow is Prevail Taxi! Taxi! appropriately enough.  I used three coats which was enough to even out any streaks and create an opaque surface. My camera could not handle this shade of yellow at all.  Although it appears neon here it’s really much warmer, the actual color of an NYC Yellow Cab.   Anywho, I’m not certain that the Prevail brand is sold outside of NYC @ Duane Reade.  Does anyone know?

For the checkerboard nail I began with two coats of Sally Hansen XTreme Wear White Out, a basic white creme.  After allowing 15 minutes for dry time I drew a checkerboard pattern in Sharpie.  I used a very thin one to sketch out the squares, and a slightly thicker one to fill in the black squares.  I was skeptical that this method would look passable, but I think it does.  You can only tell I used marker if you’re studying my nail really closely.  My pattern was close-to-perfect but did smear a bit on one side, where some excess topcoat settled.  Next time I’ll use a very thin coat.  Also, I learned the hard way to let those black tips dry completely before adding your topcoat.  I rushed a little and my middle finger’s yellow got smeared.

Does freehanding French tips sound too intimidating?  I used to feel that way.  But I discovered a very easy method for getting straight French tips.  I load my brush with polish and anchor my hand on a flat surface, with the brush pointing sideways and slightly downward.  Then I put my nail under the brush, far corner first, and rotate til the entire tip has been painted.  The brush remains stationary and only the nail moves.  This way I get a straight, even line every time.  I’ve mastered this technique when I’m painting on my left (non-dominant) hand, but I need much more practice painting on my right hand.  You would think two different people manicured each of my hands, lol!  Therefore my right hand doesn’t make appearances on this blog.

Hope you enjoy this fun mani!  Do you prefer it with or without the black tips?

 

~ Allison ~

 

August 27th, 2011

OPI Simmer and Shimmer, Fingerpaints Vintage Velvet

 

Last night I popped into CVS last night to pick up some last minute hurricane supplies, along with three-fourths of the rest of New Yorkers.  Of course, with my CLIF bars, batteries, and beef jerky in hand I couldn’t resist wandering by the cosmetics section.  Although this CVS rarely updates their OPI’s they happened to have Simmer and Shimmer from OPI’s Burlesque collection.

This was my existing mani – Vintage Velvet from Fingerpaints Fall 2011.  Love this subdued greyish teal so much.  It’s just the right balance between teal and hunter green, in my opinion.  I would love a vintage velvet blazer in this color.  And yes, I tried a little Cracked Concrete China Glaze crackle as an accent nail but that didn’t show up too well.

Then I glitterfied it!  This blue-toned glitter dried in a flash and covered completely in two coats (on top of my existing color – not sure how it would fare on a bare nail).

Closeup you can see the rainbow colored glitter, even though blue is predominant.

Then I shattered it!  Used China Glaze here but any other black crackle would do the same thing.  Any glitter under crackle = beyootiful.  I used a goodly coat of Seche Vite on top to even out the surface and add glossiness.

Hope my peeps in the East Coast will stay safe this weekend and weather Hurricane Irene without event.  Hopefully I won’t have to paint my nails by candlelight!

 

~ Allison ~

 

August 6th, 2007

4 Looks with MAC Teal Pigment

Out of all of MAC’s gorgeous pigments, Teal is one of my favorites.  It’s so vibrant and versatile.

Here are 4 very different looks I created with Teal.

1. Natural Smokey Eye with Teal Lashline

Teal Lashline Natural Eyeshadow

Teal Lashline Natural Eyeshadow

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