Thursday, July 31, 2014

Spotted, Hauled & Swatched - Wet 'n Wild All Access Beauty Wild Shine Polish Collection


I'm back with yet another installment of the Wet 'n Wild All Access Beauty limited edition collections.  I had no idea that they were releasing a small collection of Wild Shine polishes, as well as a couple of the MegaSlicks Balm Stain (which I did not purchase those).  I stumbled across this display at Giant Eagle (grocery store) and I have no idea where else it's going to show up.
 2 shades of MegaSlicks Balm Stain Moisturizing Lip Colour were included:
Tangerine and Tribal (left) and Festival Fashionista (right)

Moving on to the polishes:

Swatch time (both on the wheel and my nails):
Ferris-Wheel Romance, Gyp-Sea Green, Spitfire, Chambray Showers 
(2 coats of each on the wheel, actual nails are a bit different)

On my nails: 3 coats of Ferris-Wheel Romance and Gyp-Sea Green (very sheer jelly).  Spitfire (jelly) and Chambray Showers (needs base coat/ridge filler) are both 2 coats.  I used a layer of topcoat to try to even any visible nail ridges out.

I knew going in that Gyp-Sea Green was a jelly, but I wasn't expecting it to be as sheer as it really is.  Although with careful (read: even) application, it's pretty.  This and Spitfire would both be perfect in jelly sandwich or syrup nails, neither of which I've really tried but those are both on my list of techniques to try.  I really like how bright and cheery Chambray Showers is and Ferris-Wheel Romance is about the perfect pink-peach shade.  Spitfire is more red-orange than Cursed from the Street Art limited edition collection.

Other All Access Beauty collections:
Megalast Polishes and Bronzer Collection

Have you seen the All Access Beauty Wild Shine polish collection?  Do you like sheer polishes or do you prefer the opaque formulas?  Let me know if you want to see Spitfire being compared to Cursed on my nails!!

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Color Club For You - Revisited


I've got a nail combo that I just took off my nails today.  A couple of the nails have already been featured recently on here, but I decided that I liked them enough I wanted to incorporate them into a full mani.  I kept my pinkie and thumb the same from my recent Color Club Celebration post, then got busy with the rest of my nails.

My pinkies have 3 coats of Color Club For You (my prior post showed it at 2) and then I added a layer of top coat.  On the rest of my nails, I have 2 coats of SinfulColors Nice Stems (all but my pictured thumb and pinkie have base coat).  And yes, I forgot to take pictures at the various stages as I worked, again.
Color Club For You is a candy-colored mix of hex glitters in a few different sizes all in a milky white base.  I would recommend starting with a thin coat just to get a nice layer of the white base down, then worry about an even application of glitters in the next layer or 2.  The 3rd coat really covers up the visible nail line that I had visible in my initial post with this.
SinfulColors Nice Stems is a well behaved mint-teal...wait, maybe it's creme polish.  Can I get any more indecisive?  Even applying over a couple of huge ridges/dents in my nails I didn't have any issues.  I would recommend waiting an extra minute or so just to avoid dragging since I saw faint evidence of that in a couple spots.  Unfortunately, I feel like Nice Stems might be limited edition from Spring this year.  Wet 'n Wild I Need A Refresh-Mint would give a similar feel if you don't have/can't find Nice Stems.

My thumbs have the glitter from Funky Fingers Unicorn Farts placed all over.  This is one glitter that I do not recommend trying to just brush on.  Too much of the clear base comes out which causes the glitters to start to slide to the sides, and if the undies layer isn't all the way dry, that shifts some too.  After I was happy with how much glitter I had, I got some of the clear base on my brush without glitters and went over the whole nail to smooth things over.  Trust me, I speak from experience.  I added a layer of quick dry top coat at this point, figuring I was done...
Nope, I noticed that some of my nails that were just Nice Stems looked a little uneven due to extreme unevenness on a couple of nails.  So I decided I wanted something a bit sparkly, but on the fine side and wouldn't detract from the other glitters.  After going through my collection, I came up with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Disco Ball and did a kind-of generous gradient around my cuticles using the polish brush.  I sealed that all in with another layer of quick dry top coat.
Sally Hansen Disco Ball is an iridescent micro glitter in a clear base.  The formula was about perfect for using in a gradient.  I think it looks perfect over the minty-teal of Nice Stems.  This was just the right final touch.

I had this on as a full mani on Tuesday and my mom was like, why didn't you put the "green" on the pinkie nails?  My answer - I didn't wanna.  I wanted to mix it up and even more differently than my usual accent nails.

What nail(s) do you prefer to use as an accent?  If you do 2, are they twins or different?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Project "Finish This Stuff," part 32 - May 2014

**purchased / g.w.p. / 
requested sample

Yep, I'm still way behind on posting my monthly updates for my Project "Finish This Stuff."  But everything's still hanging around in my bathroom waiting on me to share.  It'll be nice to get some of the beauty trash cleared out, especially since I've been in the mood for cleaning/organizing lately.  Hopefully I'll have my June finishes up rather soon, and of course, July.

So let's travel back in time to May and see what what all I finished, as well as what I decided just to kick out of my stash.  As always, I've included mini reviews of everything that left an impression on me, whether good or bad.
Celadon Essential Skin Moisturizer - given to me (a long time ago). So happy this is finally finished!  The scent was way too strong for my preference.  Maybe it's gotten stronger over time? I don't know.  But it's done and I would not purchase (don't know where to purchase either).
Bath & Body Works anti-bacterial hand soap in Eucalyptus Mint - purchased from B&BW.  While I liked the minty scent, the Mister hated it so it took me forever to use it up after I moved it to my little half-bathroom off my office.  Won't repurchase this.
Ulta Smooth & Protect with Keratin shampoo (travel size) - I believe this was a gift with purchase.  While I normally stick to shampoos that only say "for color-treated hair" I didn't notice this one really fading/stripping my color out.  I actually did like this.  Since it is a keratin product, I'm not sure how good it is to use continually long term, but I can see myself potentially using this every once in a while to help nourish my hair (especially the highlighted sections).  Might purchase.
Onyx Professional 100% Pure Acetone - purchased from Walmart.  Not much to say about this other than this is what I use when I have glitter polish on and don't have time to wait for Zoya Remove + to gently work.  It does dry out my nails and cuticles so lotion and oil is a must after.  Will repurchase eventually (I bought a replacement from Sally's Beauty Supply).
Neutrogena Deep Clean Nightly Cleanser - purchased from Walmart.  This is what I used to use with my Clarisonic...before I found something I like better.  This cleanser was alright, I didn't really notice it stripping my skin like other cleansers have done.  Since I've for the most part moved away from drugstore skincare, I won't repurchase.
Peter Thomas Roth Acne Spot and Area Treatment (contains 5% sulfur) - purchased from Ulta.  I really liked this spot treatment, especially since my skin doesn't respond to salicylic acid and it hates benzoyl peroxide.  I wish I could repurchase, but I believe this has been discontinued from both Ulta and Sephora - major sad face :-(  I supposed I could order directly from the Peter Thomas Roth site....
CeraVe Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 50 - purchased from Walmart.  Last year when I started using this, I really liked it.  But then I decided I wanted to get away from drugstore skincare products for a while.  When I went to finish the tube (had not expired) back in May, I could not believe that I used to like this stuff!  This time around, I did not like this one bit.  It left a white cast to my skin (despite product claims), I had a very difficult time getting this worked in evenly around my eyebrows and it felt heavy.  I was so happy to finish this and move on.  Maybe last year I convinced myself it was good stuff since it was water-resistant (and it did hold up to being in our pool back then).  But I definitely won't repurchase.
Tarte Maracuja C-Brightener Eye Treatment- sample from Sephora.  This wasn't really enough to see if it was going to cause the under-eye pore congestion/milia like many eye creams do.  I might re-sample (hopefully I'll be able to get a large enough one to be able to tell - my under eyes take about 2 weeks to show congestion)
2 random hotel body lotion sample packs - meh.  Used them because I had them.
Lancome Definicils Mascara (deluxe sample) - either in a kit or gift with purchase.  I really did like this mascara.  I kept meaning to do a review on it but never go to it.  BUT I do have at least 1 more deluxe sample.  Not sure if I'd purchase - $27.50 seems quite pricey for a mascara that needs to be trashed after a few months... When I eventually bust open a new tube of this, I'll be sure to do a review.

Now this last group of items are things that fall under the Trashed but Not Finished category.
2 Physicians' Formula Organic Wear blushes - bought from Dollar Tree.  Absolutely no pigmentation at all.  Won't repurchase.
Neosporin + Pain Relief cream - purchased from Walmart.  This tube just got too old to use.  I keep one of these around for any acne spots on my face that get super irritated/start bleeding as well as cuts (and the occasional extremely dry/cracked areas).  I prefer the cream to the ointment since I feel that there's less chance of clogging pores if/when I use it on my face.  Already repurchased.
Orly Brush-On Nail Glue - came in an Orly nail repair kit from Sally's Beauty Supply.  I really liked this glue; it's a shame that it tipped over between uses and somehow leaked enough it glued itself shut.  Sally's doesn't sell this on it's own unfortunately.  Want to repurchase but I'm having a hard time finding it on its own (I got a different brand from Sally's that is brush on and it just does not work as well).
Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin in 110 Ivory - purchased from Rite Aid.  I really did try to like this stuff; I used 2/3 of the bottle trying to like it.  I just couldn't.  No matter how I applied it, I could see all my acne and scars/pigmentation through it and it broke down on me after only about half a day.  Not to mention the fact that I believe I was getting some of my breakouts from it, no matter how well I removed my makeup (double cleansing with a Clarisonic on the 2nd cleaning and toning).  Won't repurchase. ~~ I do like the ColorStay Whipped formula and have not noticed new acne even after wearing it several days straight. ~~
Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in 010 Fair - purchased from Rite Aid.  This was a decent powder.  The Fair shade does run a tiny tad dark, but lately I've been using BB/CC creams that are a tad dark and the Mister likes that more than when I do a perfect match.  I used most of the pan but wasn't able to dig out the sides without messing up my brush and didn't want to scrape it all out to use as a loose powder.   I do wish it helped to control the oiliness of my t-zone more, but I've yet to meet that powder.  I liked it enough to have already repurchased (a long time ago).  Once I get through a couple more powders, I'll be getting into my backup and I think I'll be happier with it now that my perspective on what shade looks good has been updated.

That wraps up all of my May finishes and things that got trashed even though not finished.  I ended up trashing almost as many things as I finished if you don't count the tiny samples.  While I wished I could say that I finished more things, I am happy that I got that much out of my stash.

What have you finished lately?  What's your favorite oil-control powder?  Inquiring mind(s) want to know!

**all items purchased by me / requested samples / gift with purchase / given to me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Monday, July 28, 2014

Color Club Celebration Collection - My Picks + Dupes


Today I've got what I've picked up from Color Club's Celebration collection of glitters.  I had actually picked up a couple of these in mini-sized bottles quite a while ago from Bed, Bath & Beyond but a month or 2 ago saw them in the full size bottles along with a bunch of other glitter toppers at the local supply store.  I only picked up ones that I didn't think I had anything similar to.  I believe this is a collection of 12 and I now have 7 of them.

These are the 5 that I more recently purchased in a couple different visits:
 You Rock!, Girl Code, With Love, Something New, Everlasting Love
You Rock!, Girl Code, With Love, Everlasting Love, Something New

You Rock! is a mix of gold and silver with holo in a couple sizes of hex glitters and shredded glitters in a clear base.
Girl Code is a mix of matte orange hex and shiny silver hex glitters in a sheer light pink base.
With Love is a combination of gold almost micro-glitter and small lilac hex glitters in a clear base. 
Everlasting Love is a combination of shiny silver and pink hex glitters in a couple sizes mixed with a sprinkling of large matte black hex glitters in a sheer/jelly medium pink base.
Something new is a combination of matte white hex glitters in a few different sizes with a sprinkling of matte baby blue hex glitters in a clear base.
~same polishes, different lighting (above is lightbox, below is by the window)~
UNDIES: pinkie = Sally Hansen Pearl Up (Xtreme Wear), ring = butter LONDON Snog, middle = OPI Chic from Ears to Tail, index = Sally Hansen Pearl Up, thumb = Sinful Colors Burning Bright
GLITTERS: pinkie = Girl Code, ring = You Rock! , middle = With Love, index = Everlasting Love, thumb = Something New

Girl Code needed approximately 2 coats to get a nice even coverage and Everlasting Love needed some fishing to get out the large black glitter to go with its 1 coat.  The others are all 1 easy coat.

And these are the 2 minis that have been in my stash for quite a while by now, but also part of the Celebration collection:
For You and Oh Boy!

For You is multi-colored hex glitters in at least 3 sizes in a milky white base.
Oh Boy! is a mix of almost clear-white hex glitters with 2 sizes of matte black hex glitters in a milky pale blue base.
pinkie = For You, ring = Oh Boy!
DUPES: middle = Sally Hansen Grape Shifter, index = Sally Hansen Mermaid's Tail, thumb = Funky Fingers Unicorn Farts (over Sinful Colors Nice Stems)

Other than Unicorn Farts, the rest of these are all 2 coats.  Unicorn Farts needed to be fished and placed to avoid an excess of clear base that causes the glitter to slide (yes, I had to do my thumb twice because of that).  Oh Boy! is still showing some VNL, but nothing too extreme.  Sally Hansen Grape Shifter is definitely showing VNL, but it's more of a layering polish anyway.  To wear For You and Oh Boy! in an actual mani, I would probably go with 3 coats just to get a slightly more opaque base and more glitters.

I assembled a little list of the ones I did not purchase and if I have a dupe of it in my collection:
Pinky Swear has a Sally Hansen dupe - Grape Shifter (Insta-Dri line)
Surprise has a Funky Fingers dupe - Unicorn Farts (lol) - may be hard to find
Valedictorian has a Sally Hansen dupe - Mermaid's Tale (Complete Salon Manicure line)
I do not have Bundle of Joy or My Girl (but I've seen the minis of these at B,B&B), nor do I have dupes

I would say that if there's any of these that really catch your eye, your best bet would be to search for them online since tracking them down in stores is pretty difficult.

Do any of these look like polishes you'd want in your stash?  Can you think of any other polishes that these could be dupes of?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Stash Sharing - Nails Inc + Swatches & a couple others

**purchased / g.w.p.

It's been a while since I've managed to sit down to get a Sunday Stash Sharing post up, but I decided that I really need to try to get back on schedule...including prepping and scheduling several posts to go live while I'm out of town where internet access is questionable.  And of course, I still need to get things done around the house before leaving as well as packing, a bit of car maintenance and cleaning, etc.  I've got a very busy week ahead of me.

So today I thought I'd share my Nails Inc polishes, as well as a couple of miscellaneous department store brands (Elizabeth Arden and Clinique).  I also included swatches of my Nails Inc.
Nails Inc Special Effects Garden Party
Princes Gardens and Portobello Gardens
Flower shaped glitters!
Nails Inc Floral
Floral Street Mews, Richmond Gardens, Daisy Lane
Princes Gardens, Portobello Gardens, Daisy Lane, Floral Street Mews, Richmond Gardens
~Princes Gardens and Portobello Gardens are both 1 coat~
~Daisy Lane, Floral Street Mews and Richmond Gardens are all 1 coat plus fishing for the flowers~

And the 2 miscellaneous department store brands. The Clinique was a gift with purchase and the Elizabeth Arden was part of a holiday kit.

Do you like flower glitters?  As always, let me know if you want to see any of these on my nails soon!

**all items purchased by me / gift with purchase
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Friday, July 25, 2014

Hot Pink Nails with some Shredded Glitter


If you saw my late-night Facebook post last night, you probably figured out I was a little panicked with nothing nice to wear to a mid-day birthday party at a wine bar tomorrow.  But after a successful afternoon of shopping, I found a dress to wear tomorrow.  I'll try to get a post up showing my dress, shoes and purse (all new!!) soon.

For today, I've got a nail look to share today.  I had this combo on last month.  I did 2 coats of butter LONDON Snog over a base coat.
butter LONDON Snog is a mini hot pink creme polish.  This came in a kit from Ulta (on sale now on Ulta's site).  Unfortunately, this is the second bottle that I've used from the brand that I've had issues.  This one, while technically usable, really needs polish thinner added.  Snog was literally leaving strings from the bottle to the brush when I was applying my second coat.  If I was into that "spun sugar" nail art, this would cut down on the time.  Since this was so thick/goopy it took a while to dry.
Then I added a nice generous coat of Color Club You Rock! as an accent on my ring fingers and thumbs.  Super simple, super sparkley!
Color Club You Rock! has a clear base with silver and silver holo hex and shred glitters.  I didn't really notice any problem with the shred glitters sticking up, but I feel like I did add a layer of Gelous the next day.  The drying time on this glitter topper was very nice.  This glitter is from the Celebration collection (post upcoming, hopefully soon).
This next picture is actually the most color-accurate out of everything:
~natural daylight, through window~

I do wish that Color Club was more easily available.  For a little while a couple of summers ago some of the collections were popping up at Rite Aid locations and eventually in sets at Burlington Coat Factory/TJ Maxx but I haven't seen that recently.  Sometimes I'll stumble across a new collection at Bed, Bath & Beyond but even that has been striking out for the last month or so.  I managed to find this bottle at the local supply shop.  I guess there's always online...

Now I need to go change the polish on my toes, do my nails, straighten my hair and shave.  So much to do, so little time.

Are you able to find Color Club polishes where you live?  How often do you shop online for polishes that aren't available locally (not counting indies)?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ulta Mini Haul - Lorac AfterGLO Palette & Nails Inc Polishes


I got so carried away yesterday with home tasks that I was never able to get a post up.  I did about 3 hours of gardening work and then cleaned/organized in our dinette and the basement until about 1:30 in the morning.  It needed done and apparently I was really in the mood to do it.  I figured might as well go with the flow and do it rather than try to do it when I want/need to do something else.

So today when I was thinking about what to post, I remembered I had taken the pictures of my Lorac AfterGLO palette but never got it posted.  Perfect thing to share - hopefully it's still in stock at Ulta, but it all depends on location.  I also included a couple of Nails Inc polishes that I got at the same time.  This trip was my "I smashed my fingers buying house supplies (for a project that still hasn't been done) so I need a treat" haul from the middle of May.
First up, the 2 Nails Inc polishes I got from the Special Effects - Garden Party line.  These are $11 each.
Princes Gardens and Portobello Gardens
~I'm planning on sharing swatches of all my Nails Inc polishes soon~

Lorac AfterGlow palette (limited edition, Ulta exclusive - $24)
Swatch time!
The whole palette swatched together:
~above, in the lightbox; below, natural daylight~
While nice, they aren't quite as nice and buttery as the shadows in the Lorac Pro palette.  I had to take my time with the swatches to get a good payoff in the pictures - definitely not one swipe and go.  The purple and the white are the weakest colors out of the 10.  I was expecting a better pigmented purple given that they have such high quality shadows.  The white was also disappointing since I know they can do better - the Lorac Pro palette has a perfectly pigmented white in it.  The bottom most shade in some of my swatches (pictures with the purple and coral - oversized color in the bottom right shadow pan) has a bit of a duochrome cast to it.  

The shadows do play better on the lids over primer and utilizing brushes, but the purple is still the weakest link.  Sad face - purple's one of my favorite shadow colors.  The copper and gold colors definitely have a metallic element to them.  The box says this includes "8 vibrant matte and shimmer shadows" along with the 2 oversized "neutrals."  I didn't notice any actual sparkles in any of the shades - other than the duochrome and a couple metallics, the rest are basically a satin finish.  Maybe the first blue and the purple are more matte.  It would be nice if Lorac would name the shades in the smaller palettes.  This palette is one that I do like, but it's not one that I grab when I need something quick, nor do I see it as one I would travel with.

Side note - I really want to get my hands on the Lorac Pro 2 palette!!!!  I've been trying to be really good this month, but that one and some from Too Faced are really calling my name....

Did you pick up the Lorac AfterGLO palette?  What's your favorite Lorac product?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Super Sparkle Green Nails


I thought today I'd share a nail combo that I had on somewhat recently.  I put this on the night before we went zip-lining with a company called Tree Frog.  I wanted something "outdoorsy" so I went with green, and I really wanted sparkles - both for the prettiness to perk me up and to make sure that my nails were good and protected.

I started out with 2 coats of SinfulColors Olympia, no top coat.
SinfulColors Olympia is a limited edition slightly yellow-green creme polish (photographed darker/duller looking).  Lovely formula.  This was from the Spring 2012 Cast Away Collection.  This is supposedly a dupe of Essie Navigate Her.
Next I added a nice coat of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Crown Jewels and let that dry, no top coat.  I only put this on my ring fingers and thumbs.
Sally Hansen Crown Jewels is a gorgeous gold glitter with holo pieces mixed in to make it extra eye-catching.  Every time I see the bottle sitting by itself I think the gold is green - it's definitely not a true gold.  Dry time wasn't too bad - definitely better than the Xtreme Wear glitter formula that's been in the last few limited edition collections.  These are in the core line of CSM, but the lids are different from the non-glitters.
Then finally, for the ultimate sparkle, I added a very generous (almost 2 coats) coat of SinfulColors Call You Later.  I did finally add a quick dry top coat at this point.
SinfulColors Call You Later has a clear base with metallic green glitter and gold and gold holo micro glitters.  This was a nicely behaved glitter topper.  Despite having this for so long in my collection, I didn't really notice much, if any, glitter settling to the bottom of the bottle.  I believe that this is still in the core line.
I loved how blingy this mani was!  Even one of the zip-lining guides noticed.  This is a combo that would be perfect for St. Patrick's Day as well.

Do you like to layer different types/sizes of glitter polishes in your manis?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mini Collective Ulta Hauls


I didn't mean to disappear again for a few days, but it's hard to blog when you're not home and don't have access to your files.  I always mean to get extra posts prepared, but never quite manage to get it done.  I'll just have to keep trying to get back to how I used to have things.

I thought I'd share a couple of little hauls from Ulta.  This first part is from the clearance section in the middle of June (the rest of what I bought during that particular visit will be in its own post).
Maybelline Color Show polishes in Deep in Violet, Home Sweet Chrome, Emerald City
Revlon ColorStay polish in Coastal Surf
Leather Effect Nail Polish kit - black polish and little vials of nail art in Skull/Crossbones and Bows

And these items are from the end of June when Ulta was running a nice sale on L'Oreal and Physicians' Formula - 40% off both brands.
Physicians' Formula Matte Collection Quad Eye Shadow in Quartz Quartet
L'Oreal Infallible shadows in Timeless Blue Spark and Silver Sky
one swipe, Silver Sky and Timeless Blue Spark
didn't need much building (the medium brown swatch needed a little help)

Since Physicians' Formula was on sale, I now have all of the matte quads.  Yay!  And since L'Oreal was on sale as well, I have almost all of the shades that have been released (both core and limited edition), so yay! again.

I need to go find something to put on my neck since it's suddenly feeling very tense.  And I'm feeling a bit congested too - all these crazy weather swings we're having lately.  I am so wondering where the real summer temperatures are...I want my tomatoes to ripen!!  At least I've got a bunch of peppers that look like they're ready, but I think they might be hot peppers so I'll have to think of something to do with them.

Have you gotten anything for a good deal lately?  What's your favorite thing from L'Oreal and Physcians' Formula?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated