Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Zoya - Wednesday

Since summer will be over before we know it, I figured I should use one of my polishes from the Zoya Beach collection. I've had some of them for a while and haven't really used them for anything other than nail art.

Zoya's Wednesday is such a beautiful color that I couldn't resist using it on its own. Wednesday is a pretty light blue color with a hint of green. It's comparable to Sinful Colors Greek Isles, and even reminds me of China Glaze For Audrey, although that has a little more green to it than this. 

Application was super smooth with this polish. I used two coats with no top coat in the photos. It is a creme with no shimmer, but it still very shiny and bright. I just really can't get over this color! It's definitely one of my favorites now. 

Being a fan of blues and greens, this is probably my favorite polish from the summer beach and surf collections, although Tracie and Arizona are also up there. If you can't tell, I tend to prefer cremes over shimmers, but they're all gorgeous!

This polish is all-around wonderful. I love the color and application was easy. It's pretty glossy on its own with no top coat, but it did however stain my nails a bit when I removed it. I did not used a base coat since it's a lighter color, but it's apparently very pigmented to stain like it did! A little scrubbing got most of the blue off though, and it's honestly not going to stop me from using this gorgeous polish!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

365 Days of Color - Killer Kiss

Phew, I had a busy weekend! I didn't stop moving from Friday morning until now. Between work, attending events, running errands, and doing chores, I'm exhausted. I finally settled down and was able to do my nails!

I ordered from 365 Days of Color not too long ago and got the new Toxic Love collection. The collection consists of neon jelly polishes, and they're all gorgeous. It looks like I put a huge dent in this bottle, but they are very thin (I should have taken a side shot with my camera), so it made the level go down more. This color is called Killer Kiss.

Still, it is a jelly polish, so I admit to using a bit more than I usually would have. I built up three good coats for these pictures. I would have applied the color over white, but I wanted to get the semi-transparent effect that jelly polishes have.

Killer Kiss is a beautiful semi-transparent coral color. It is somewhat in between coral and neon orange, but it's quite unique and quite amazing! It has different types of white glitter inside, including diamond shapes, bar glitter, hexes, squares, and a few shreds. It has just about everything if you look hard enough!

Still, I love this polish. It honestly took a bit more to achieve the look I wanted than I had initially thought, but I still love it. It did use quite a bit from the bottle, but considering I bought the full size, I will be able to get quite a few more uses out of it for summer.

Killer Kiss is available in 365 Days of Color's shop, and is available in both full size and mini size. They currently sell for $8.00 and $4.50, respectively.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Nail art with Sation "Midnight Blue" and F4 Polish "Glamorous"

I really love this Midnight Blue color from Sation. But as with just about any single colored manicure, I tend to dress it up before removing it to enjoy it a little longer! I was looking for a good polish to pair with the deep, shiny blue, and Glamorous by F4 Polish seemed to be an excellent choice.

Glamorous is mostly made up of dark blue glitter, but most of it very holographic in person, and you can appreciate the tiny pink flecks more too. I hadn't done any nail art with striping tape in a while, so I decided to do some diagonal glitter tips with a striping tape divider.

As usual, my camera hates glitter, so the photos come out very grainy. I will be posting about this F4 polish properly when I get my new one, which will hopefully be very soon! I'm in the process of choosing which one I want now.

Still, it looks amazing. I didn't get the stripes at exactly the same angle on each nail, but I'm very happy with the way they turned out. Sation's Midnight Blue was my base, and then I used Scotch tape to tape off where I wanted the glitter. I painted the glitter on a little less than half of each nail.

I then removed the Scotch tape and applied the striping tape right where the two polishes meet. This helps since it didn't leave a very clean line, and I was able to cover up the small flaws with the tape. Plus I just like the way the silver tape looks! I also topped it all off with a generous coat of Seche Vite to really seal the tape in there. It hasn't been peeling up yet!

Since I haven't done too much for nail art recently, I'm really enjoying this manicure. I will have to post again about this Sation color and F4 Polish's Glamorous when I get a different camera, but if you would like to check out Glamorous more, you can check out the Etsy listing for it. Or, just check out F4 Polish's Etsy shop!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sation - Midnight Blue

The 500 Facebook Follower Giveaway has been going smoothly so far, so it's time for some new nails! I've decided to keep today's manicure simple and just use one color. The polish I chose was Sation - Midnight Blue.

I've been wanting to try out this color for quite some time. I just now realized that it is Tuesday though, so I suppose I'm also going "Try it on Tuesday" with a polish I haven't tried yet! This polish is such a dark blue color that you can barely read the name "Sation" on the bottle. I suppose Midnight Blue was an appropriate name.

I applied one very generous coat to achieve this. It's a dark color, so it covered very well and very easily. Two coats may have been ideal, but I was satisfied with this one. Even though I applied a rather thick layer, it dried alright on its own and wasn't messy to apply. It went on smoothly and dried smoothly. However, being as clumsy as I am, I got some on the skin around my nails. I cleaned it off with acetone, but being such a dark polish, it stained my skin a little bit. I guess I'll just have to be more careful with dark, very pigmented colors!

My camera struggled to capture the true color of this polish. The color is honestly pretty true to real life, but since it looks so deep and reflective (almost like candy apple paint on a car) that it still just couldn't focus correctly. I guess this is just another reminder that I need to keep looking at potential cameras to buy for macro shots!

Still, it's a gorgeous color, and it truly has some depth to it, even without layering it multiple times and even without a topcoat. It is much more glossy and shiny than it appears in the bottle, but to achieve a truly smooth feel, you may want to use a topcoat anyway. I will definitely have to try it out again when I get a new camera.

If you're looking to buy some Sation polishes online, the company is called Miss Profession Nail, and the polishes can be found on their website. They retail for $5.00 per bottle.

This polish was provided by Sation for review. As always, I only offer my honest opinion.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

500 Facebook Follower Giveaway!

It's that time again already! After the 350 Facebook Follower Giveaway, the number of followers climbed steadily, so we're already at 500 on Facebook and over 200 on the blog. I am so excited over this and am really happy that a lot of you have shown genuine interest in my blog and my hobby. Thank you!

For this giveaway, I'm going back to having two winners! It's always difficult to decide if one person should get a huge lot, or if multiple people should win, so I try to do both! This giveaway is open to the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada. The giveaway closes at 12:01 AM on August 6, 2012. 

Here are the prizes: 
First place prize:
The first place winner will receive three full size Zoya polishes. The colors are Zuza, Kimber, and Myrta. The winner will also receive one sheet of nail stickers, one rhinestone wheel with 12 different colored rhinestones, a blue & pink nail file, and three bright blue beaded bracelets.

Second place prize: 
The second place winner will receive three mini Zoya polishes. The colors are also Zuza, Kimber, and Myrta - more commonly known as the Pinterest trio now! The winner of this prize will also receive one rhinestone wheel with 12 different colored rhinestones, and one sheet of nail stickers. 

The rules & legal stuff: 
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
  • Winners are chosen randomly through the Rafflecopter widget. 
  • Winners will be contacted by email within 48 hours of the giveaway ending. If I do not receive a response from the winners within 48 hours, new winners will be chosen! 
  • Please note that the prize is as-is: the polishes are brand new, but if they are damaged during shipping or lost in the mail, I cannot and will not be responsible for replacing them. The same goes for the other items included. 
  • Entrants must be age 18 or older and must be a resident of the United States, Puerto Rico, or Canada.
  • This giveaway will be open for two weeks, and winners will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter. 
  • This giveaway is for my blog purposes only, and is not endorsed by the polish company either. All prizes are purchased with my own money and shipped with my own money. 
  • Thank you for understanding and complying with the rules! Good luck!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Candy Lacquer - Sugar Rush

I have a very awesome polish today: Sugar Rush by Candy Lacquer.

I made my first purchase from Candy Lacquer's Etsy shop, and this was one of the polishes I got. I also bought a couple others, but I'll leave those to be a surprise until I post about them! Or I'll at least post some teaser nail mail pictures first.

As far as the polish goes, Sugar Rush is filled with glitter. It has lots of large, colorful matte pieces, but also plenty of superfine metallic glitters to fill in the gaps. It has pink and blue squares, white and orange hexes, blue bars and more - it really has a bit of everything!

I applied one generous coat of Sugar Rush over Circus Somersault (from my July MyGlam bag) to dress it up a bit. I really like how it turned out over yellow since it allows just about every color of glitter inside to show up. I then topped it with one coat of Seche Vite.

Also, no glitter manipulation was required! I applied this single coat, and while it was rather thick, it did cover my nail with glitter pretty evenly. I actually like how some nails got more bars while others got more squares. It adds to the random confetti look of it, but if you want a more streamlined look, I'm sure you could achieve it with two coats on each nail instead.

Candy Lacquer's polishes currently sell for $8.00 on Etsy, which is great for indies! They arrived very quickly, and the shop owner is very kind. Feel free to check out Candy Lacquer on Facebook for updates and more.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

July MyGlam Bag

Hooray, a new post! I was out of town this past weekend so I was unable to post, and while I did receive my MyGlam bag yesterday, I wasn't feeling very well so I slept for a long time after work instead! At least I'm feeling much better today, so I can show you all of the goodies I received this month.

I was surprised when I opened the pink bubble mailer to see this pouch inside. It's a sheer mesh sort of makeup pouch, but I love the bright pink with rainbow ribbon accents. I'm not sure what the theme for the month is, but the card looks like a postcard and says "Greetings from MyGlam 'The land of beauty'" on it.

As for products, I enjoy what's inside the bag although not much is direct makeup. From left to right, the products are: Circus nail polish, Nume conditioner, Buxom lip polish, Juice Beauty moisturizer, and Yes To facial towelettes. Here are the details and my experience with each item:

Circus by Andrea's Choice nail color
The Circus nail color comes packaged in a cute plastic tube. The color I received is Somersault, a nice and bright shade of yellow. I had never used Circus nail polish before this, so I'm glad I got to try it out being the lacquer addict I am. I applied three thin coats for these photos with no base coat, but I did top it with Seche Vite. Two layers almost brought it to full opacity, but it still did well for being a light color. Application was easy as it wasn't too thick or thin, but it didn't really have much of a gloss finish on its own when it dried.


Nume HydroPunch Hydrating Conditioner
This is such a tiny tube for the amount of hair I have, but it was enough to try it out and review it. I used my normal shampoo before using it (currently Bath & Body Works), and then applied it as I normally would in the shower directly after shampooing. It has a very nice scent to it which is almost like perfume or cologne - a nice change from the usual fruit or generic fresh salon scent. My hair didn't feel weighed down by it, and it also felt incredibly soft. At its full price ($24.99 on the Nume website) I might not be buying tons of it in the future though.

Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer
I'm always willing to try new moisturizers, especially facial ones with my combination skin. I got a little excited over this one because I love anything green apple, but it wasn't terribly special. It's not a super lightweight moisturizer since it is also SPF 15, so it feels thicker like sunscreen. As for moisturizing, my face did feel hydrated and soft after using it, but I personally prefer something a little lighter for regular use. At least the SPF benefits are an added bonus, and it is also organic.

Yes To Cucumbers On-The-Go Facial Towelettes
 I absolutely love makeup wipes, so I gave these a go almost immediately. These Yes To ones are hypoallergenic and smell like fresh, crisp cucumber - a scent I love. There are 10 towelettes in this package and they're quite large. I didn't measure them, but they're 6x6 inches or larger, which is a little overkill to me. What I do is cut wipes like these in half to stretch them a little further since they can be a little pricey sometimes. They removed my makeup easily and left my skin feeling fresh afterward with no rinsing necessary. I think I may have to pick up some more of these!

Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish
It seems just about every MyGlam bag has some form of lip product in it. My collection is rapidly growing, but at least everything is different so far. I received this lip gloss in a shade called Leslie. It's a pretty neutral shade that's a coppery-pink color. It's very shimmery, and feels very minty fresh when I apply it to my lips. The color is visible on my fair skin, but it just adds a nice shimmery gloss on my lips. It's a little more pink in person than in my photos, but the color is very versatile.
In the end, I'm once again pretty pleased with the items I received. They're nothing incredibly amazing, but also nothing I dislike. I enjoy the Circus nail polish (I was looking for a new yellow!) and the Yes To facial wipes the most. 

I know some other MyGlam subscribers may receive some different items such as an oil-free facial lotion or lip & cheek stain, which I would have loved to try. Do you subscribe to MyGlam? If so, did you receive any items that you love? 

<3 Corrinne

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Summer Beauty VoxBox

I love trying new products. Another blogger told me about Influenster, so I signed up a while ago to see if I would be selected to try some products, and I was! For my first box, I qualified for the Beauty VoxBox, and I'm very pleased with the items that were inside.

Here's what I got inside:

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30
Sunscreen is one of the more important products for summer, yet I don't think about it too often. I usually just buy whatever has an appropriate SPF and just deal with the greasy feeling and awkward smell that they leave behind. After trying this Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen, I'll be paying more attention in the future! This lotion smells like coconut and doubles as a moisturizer, so my skin is left silky soft instead of oily and sticky. Block the sun while moisturizing and smelling good? I love it!
$8.99 for 6oz bottle, in SPF 12, 30, and 50

Tampax and Always Radiant Collection
Always/Tampax provided an entire box of products to try, along with a little booklet of coupons. I received a shimmery purple and pink zipper pouch, one scented Infinity pad, three unscented Incredibly Thin liners, and two Tampax tampons. My favorite here are the Incredibly Thin liners. They are practically paper thin, but still did the job and stayed in place well. The adhesive on them is amazing, and they also contour to any panty style. I also really liked the Infinity pad. The scent was so light that I barely noticed it, but the pad absorbed way more than I had anticipated, given how thin and smooth the material is. As for the tampons, they did their job well, and they now come with resealable packaging to make disposing of them easier.

 Quaker Soft Baked Bar in Banana Nut Bread
I was actually pretty excited to try this. I'm also a food nut who enjoys cooking, baking, and trying new foods. I also bring granola bars with me to work regularly or whenever I'm on the go. These Quaker soft baked bars are just what they say - soft. The banana nut one was very moist (I love banana bread!) and the nuts on top weren't too much of a contrast in texture. It also has some puffed rice inside so it isn't just one dense block of bread, and it tasted great! 
$3.29 for package of bars

Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color
The nail color is my favorite product in here, for obvious reasons. I hadn't gotten to try any magnetic nail polish when the craze was catching on, so I finally got my chance. I received this polish in Red-y Response, a deep purplish-red shade. I applied one coat (which I didn't use the magnet on) as my base coat. I then applied a second coat and used the magnet on it. The effect is gorgeous, and it was so easy to hold the magnet in place. The black cap is actually also the magnet. It is removable, and then the polish bottle looks more like a standard polish bottle. The top of the cap/magnet has a curved plastic piece that rested right on my cuticle, making it super simple to hold it right over the polish without touching it, or having to worry about shaky hands messing up the effect.
$9.99, 9.17 ml (0.31 fl oz) bottle

 Sally Hansen Nails and Cuticles Hand Creme
Nail creams, cuticle creams... my drawers get filled with so many products. Fortunately, Sally Hansen's Nails & Cuticles Creme handles both. I used this creme after removing polish a few times, and I was able to apply new polish shortly after every time. I was able to do this because the creme didn't leave my fingers feeling greasy, and it was quickly absorbed. It has a wonderful scent too - it smells almost like a very light citrus. I will be purchasing the full version!
$5.99 for full size bottle

In the end, I'm very impressed with all of the products I received. I am so grateful that all of these companies work together to do this and that I was chosen to review. None of the products were a disappointment, and all of them actually exceeded my expectations. 

So which one of these products would you like to try most? 
<3 Corrinne

These products were provided by Influenster for review. As always, I only offer my honest opinion.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Reviva Labs Review, Part 2

I decided to split up the posts for the Reviva Labs products. I figured it would make for a much easier read, and keep a theme going with each post. I reviewed the Vitamin E stick and the seaweed soap, both body care items in my previous Part 1 post.

For a refresher, the items from left to right are: Vitamin E oil stick, Makeup Primer, Hypoallergenic mascara, and Seaweed bar soap. For part two, I'll go over two of these products, the makeup primer and the hypoallergenic mascara.

Hypoallergenic Mascara (black, .25 oz) - I use mascara on a daily basis, but I also suffer from indoor allergies. I never really though about searching for hypoallergenic mascara until I saw this. The mascara tube is a pretty standard size, and has a a rigid applicator covered in bristles. Application is very easy, and I didn't get any clumps with this brush. As far as my allergies go, this product is wonderful. Normally, by the end of the day, my eyes are very itchy and irritated, and I have to remove my makeup right when I get home from work sometimes. I didn't think that my mascara may be the culprit until I used this one. I actually almost forgot to remove my makeup before bed a few times since my eyes are so comfortable with this one on! I am not a contact user, but this would probably also be an ideal choice for those who do use them. Current sale price: $8.00

Makeup Primer (1 fl oz) - Makeup primer is honestly something I don't typically use. I usually wash my face, apply moisturizer, and go straight to my makeup. I gave this one a shot using multiple methods, but I found that this primer would work alone under my makeup without moisturizing just fine. The primer feels oily when it comes out, and it almost feels like I'm putting Vaseline on my face. However, it is not shiny or greasy at all! I was very surprised, as it fills in every nook, wrinkle, pore, and cranny and looks great while doing it. It is clear, so it also doesn't get noticeably caked up in spots. It applies very evenly, and my makeup lasts all day with it. I tried both liquid and powder foundations with it, among other various blush, eyeshadows, and more. It works great with everything I tried. Current sale price: $19.50
In the end, all of their products were wonderful. I wasn't familiar with Reviva Labs until I was given these products to try, but I am glad that I got to experience them, especially the hypoallergenic mascara! 

If you would like to purchase some of these products, the Reviva Labs website has all of them currently in stock and on sale. Also feel free to check them out on Facebook. Reviva Labs also uses no animal ingredients, and conducts no animal testing. 

<3 Corrinne

These products were provided by Reviva Labs for review. As always, I only offer my honest opinion.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Reviva Labs Review, Part 1

I have some non-nail related products from Reviva Labs that I'm pretty excited about today! I've been using them for quite a while in my daily routine to review them, but I love them so much that I will continue to use them well after this.

I received these items in a goody bag from the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida meetup that I attended in May. Reviva Labs was wonderful enough to sponsor the event and supply the attendees with the following products to review.

From left to right, the products are: Vitamin E oil stick, Makeup Primer, Hypoallergenic mascara, and Seaweed bar soap. For part one, I'll go over two of these products, the Vitamin E stick and the seaweed soap.

Vitamin E Oil Stick (1/8 oz) - This little stick is so helpful. The packaging suggests that it offers protection for lips, eye areas, and more. On my lips, it's pretty much like using lip balm, but I found that it's much better in other areas. I mostly applied it under my eyes and to problem areas on my face before going to sleep. The Vitamin E stick helped blemishes heal much faster, and made my skin look and feel great everywhere I used it. It has a light scent, almost like honey, and comes in an easy-to-manage lipstick container. Current sale price: $4.00

Seaweed bar soap (4.5 oz) - This item is definitely one of the more curious ones. I don't normally use bar soap to begin with, as I tend to use liquid or gel body wash with a loofa. I switched out my usual loofa for a washcloth and this bar, and I wasn't disappointed. The scent of this soap is a little pungent at first - it smelled odd at first, but it definitely grew on me. The bar has some bits and pieces in it, which are the darker spots in the photo, and they're a bit abrasive if you just rub the bar directly on your skin. I instead lathered up the washcloth with it, and I didn't have to work very hard to get a good lather going. The scent doesn't linger on your skin, but just leaves it smelling fresh and feeling very soft. Bonus: it is 100% vegetable based and has no animal fats. Current sale price: $4.00

If you would like to purchase some of these products, the Reviva Labs website has all of them currently in stock and on sale. Also feel free to check them out on Facebook. Reviva Labs also uses no animal ingredients, and conducts no animal testing.

Part 2 of the review can be found here

<3 Corrinne

These products were provided by Reviva Labs for review. As always, I only offer my honest opinion.