Thursday, January 22, 2015

China Glaze - History of the World - The Giver Collection

This was a polish from The Giver Collection from China Glaze that I recently found on clearance at Sally's. It's a lovely dusty dark purple.



Only 2 perfect China Glaze coats to achieve this coverage. :)



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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Color Me Monthly Review


Color Me Monthly is an interesting and simple nail polish subscription service that delivers a surprise color nail polish to your door for just $7/month with free shipping. They pride themselves on using the highest-quality, toxin-free, and cruelty-free ingredients.  You can choose to instead just buy an older polish from "The Vault" if you're not interested in the subscription service.

I received 3 colors to show to your guys. 

For October of 2014 the color was "Pennywise"

 This is 3 thin coats. Formula was good, just a little annoying with some visible brushstrokes at the end. I remedied that by sponging on a light final layer of polish. This is a beautiful duochrome that flashes anywhere from yellow orange to pink. 



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Then November 2014 was "Roasted Chestnuts"
The shade is a deep brown, almost black. Gold/bronze duochrome glitter. It's a beautiful polish, just not what I typically wear. Applied easily and great coverage with 2 coats.




December 2014 was "Just For You"
A beautiful metallic red! Perfectly easy and 2 coats for this coverage.





Another fun thing that they do is include these swatch cards. I think it's an awesome idea! It has a cute little hiaku about the color, then the name and date, then a little designated place to swatch that color. I got a card for each polish and I like the idea of being able to be a bit more organized with what each color looks like without having to always grab for the bottles. 

pre-swatch

post-swatch


*These polishes were provided to me for review without cost to me. However all opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own and truthful.
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Friday, January 2, 2015

Peacock Scales?!

Back again. It's been a while, but my interest in nail art has been more subdued lately. Just a part of growing up and getting a little older. This is the first special nail art that I've done, and actually been proud of enough to show here on the blog. I still keep my nails painted most all the time, but I don't usually have nail art.
Follow me on Instagram if you want to see my day to day life. I post my simpler nails there along with other random things. I'm @lesliegalloway. :)

These nails were made using a base of Sinful Colors Black on Black. I used a sponge to dab on some Dazzle Dry Glam'matazz near the cuticle and faded out to the free edge. For my accent nails, I used the same black polish base. Then used the graffiti/grunge technique (where you wipe most all of the polish off the brush, then lightly drag it across your nail). The polishes I used were in this order: China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle, Turned Up Turquoise, Dazzle Dry Glam'matazz, and China Glaze History Of The World. Then I stamped with black polish the scale image of MASH 39. 
Thick coat of Seche Vite to smooth everything out and make it shiny!



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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dots & Hearts Tutorial

I'm finally back with a nail art tutorial and not just swatches. I hope you enjoy. The inspiration for it came from this look.

Start by painting your nails solid white. I used Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud.

 Then stamp some black polka dots. I used Konad Black polish with the m79 image plate. Fill in any with a small dotting tool if it didn't transfer well. 

I wanted to stamp a heart since I didn't want to do any real freehanding for this look. I didn't have an image plate of the size heart I wanted just plain, so I stamped only a partial image of the heart on BM02.


Fill in the heart with a pink polish. I used Tammy Taylor Pinkalicious. If your pink is more transparent, you might want to fill in the heart with white first. In case your heart is over one of the dark polka dots.

Then I took a black nail art striper and outlined any of the areas where my pink covered the line up. Also then a white nail art striper for a little shine mark at the top of each heart. 
Cover with a thick top coat like Seche Vite. 



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Monday, November 17, 2014

FABY - Remember Me...

Another FABY today. A nice taupe/greige shade. Creme finish. Pictured is 2 coats. No application issues at all. I wore this for several days without any problems, Minimal tip wear and no chipping, so I was very pleased. 




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FABY - Mona Lisa Smiled At Me

Another FABY polish I was sent to try. 

This one is a beautiful pink/red with slight shimmer. Pictured is 2 coats. It applied evenly and without difficulty.




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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

FABY - Paper Sky

I received this polish for review and it was a new brand to me. I've not seen it for sale in any stores near me. It is a brand from Italy that launched in the US in August 2014.

 The first coat applied very thin, but evenly. I applied the second coat a bit heavier, it dried in a timely manner and didn't flood the cuticle at all. 2 coats was coverage enough, but I did notice there was a slight shadowing or bare spot on my middle nail after the fact. 

Paper Sky is a light blue shade that is very bright and reminds me of spring. Creme finish. I can imagine this will be a useful polish when it comes to nail art designs. 


*Thanks to FABY for providing this for review. All opinions expressed here are my own.*
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Barielle Jetsetter Fall 2014 Collection

These polishes all had excellent coverage. Each swatch only required 2 coats. They applied evenly, self leveled nicely, and were not streaky. 
All are available on the Barielle website HERE for $8 each.

Rain in Spain
Creme finish lavender/periwinkle shade. 



Autumn in Seoul
A metallic copper shimmer. 



These next two were very similar so I wanted to swatch them side by side. 

Irish Eyes
Creme finish medium moss green.

Gondola Ride
Creme finish. Lighter green, more sage than moss. 

Kiss Me Kate
Creme finish beige with slightly pink undertones. 



Midnight in Paris
The website describes this as a midnight blue/purple. My first glimpse at the bottle looked like it was a rich velvety purple shade. But once I applied it to my nails it took on more blue tones and just appeared as pictured here, a deep navy shimmer. Still gorgeous, but not what I originally thought.


I've got to say that I think Gondola Ride is my favorite! :)

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