Friday, May 31, 2013

Rainbow Honey - Ivy's Kiss

Since it's the last day of May, I thought I would share a polish that's unique to the month of May. This one is called Ivy's Kiss from Rainbow Honey, and it is their limited edition color of the month.


I really wanted to post it sooner considering it's limited edition, but I've been so busy! I've also been dying to try it since it's emerald green, and emerald is May's birthstone - and I'm a May baby! Yesterday was actually my birthday. 


Ivy's Kiss is a gorgeous emerald green. It is a deep green jelly base with various green and gold glitter. The base is almost a bluish green, and it even contains some very fine flecks to make it shimmery and sparkly. The larger glitter pieces are medium sized golden circles and hexes.


I was a little afraid that Ivy's Kiss might look a little too much like Saint Patrick's polishes, since it's mostly green and gold. It's not though, and I love it! The green is more of a bluish green or teal than I thought it would be, and the gold glitter is sunken into the green jelly. You can see the sparkle, but it isn't too overwhelming.


Application was alright, though Ivy's Kiss is definitely on the thick side. It was workable though, and a tiny bit of thinner would probably make the consistency perfect. I only applied two coats since I didn't want to go glitter crazy, and I think it covered well. I like the jelly look of it too, so I wanted it to remain a little sheer.


Bonus macro shot! I might try to get more into macro photos like this. As you can see, a couple layers really shows all the various glitter and the tiny flecks that are all over. 


If you would like to purchase Ivy's Kiss, now if your chance! It is limited edition for May, so I don't know if they will sell it until it runs out, or remove the polish once the June one comes out. Either way, Ivy's Kiss is currently available at for $10.00, or you can get it for free with a $50 purchase from rainbowhoney.com

Monday, May 27, 2013

Orly - Sparkling Garbage

Have you ever bought a nail polish just because of the name? I sort of did that with this one! It's called Sparkling Garbage from Orly. I think the name is funny for some reason, but the polish is also beautiful!


I'm addicted to blue and green polishes, and holographic polishes, so this one just looked perfect. Sparkling Garbage is a bluish-greenish jelly base filled with tiny holographic glitter. It's a very sheer jelly, so it would take several coats to get full coverage with just this polish. 


Since it's pretty sheer, I applied it over Zoya Bevin, since that's a similar color to the base. Applying Sparkling Garbage over it darkened it a little, but it actually turned out pretty close to how it appears in the bottle! I applied two coats of Bevin and two coats of Sparkling Garbage


I am really loving how sparkly it is! I also like how it's a jelly. While it's sort of unfortunate that it's so sheer on its own, it's nice since it adds depth. With a few coats, you'll be able to appreciate three times the glitter since you'll still be able to see it all!


Since it's holographic, it's a little difficult to capture exactly how it appears in person. It doesn't look very exciting when it's in focus! So I've embedded another Vine video below to show it in action, slightly out of focus. I can't stop wiggling my fingers around! 


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Rainbow Honey - FAB Summer Set

Rainbow Honey made some beautiful summer polishes! This set is the FAB Summer Set which is exclusive to the the FAB.com website. I was sent mini bottles for review, but if you buy the set, they will be full size polishes.
Products sent for consideration, all opinions are my own. 


As usual, even the presentation of the product is amazing. The polishes come in a little gift box that would be ready to give as a gift. Or if you're like me and you just order it for yourself, it makes it extra special and fun to receive in the mail and open up.


There are three polishes in this set: Tenda, Costa del Sol, and Schrammi. I tried to get some bottle shots of them, but just looking at the polish in the bottle does not do them justice! They are much more shimmery on the nail. 


Tenda: 

Tenda is a bright kelly green. I like how it's really cheery for summer, but it isn't neon or too light. Like I said, it's very bright though! Tenda also has gold shimmer inside of it. It doesn't show much inside the bottle, but it is very shimmery in the light. The tiny gold flecks really glisten!

Tenda is pretty much a one coater. I was surprised at how opaque this polish is!  I did apply two coats just in case though. Since it's very opaque, it wasn't streaky either. Both coats applied very easily - I had no issues with this formula.


Schrammi:

Schrammi is an interesting color to me. It's somewhat of a deep coral, though it can look lighter in some light, and almost like a darker terracotta color in other light. The difference probably has to do with the fact that Schrammi also has the gold shimmer. It seems more subtle in this polish since it's gold and orange, so the gold doesn't contrast as much as it does in Tenda. But it's still very shimmery in the light!

Schrammi is a bit more of a crelly than Tenda. It isn't as opaque as Tenda, but it still covered very well in two coats. The first coat just wasn't as impressive is all, but two coats really made it look wonderful! I had no issues applying Schrammi either - both coats went on smoothly, and I didn't have to make the coats very thick to get full coverage. 


Costa del Sol: 

Costa del Sol is a glitter topcoat, so I applied it over both Tenda and Schrammi. The whole time I was applying this polish, I had the Costa del Sol song from Final Fantasy VII stuck in my head!

Costa del Sol is filled with golden glitters. It is a clear base that has holographic gold bars, medium hexes, small hexes, and some micro glitter as well. Among the micro glitter is also some golden shimmer, so it really catches the light even more on top of the golden shine that Tenda and Schrammi already have.


I'm not always a big fan of bar glitter, but I like it in this polish. The bar glitter and medium hexes aren't overwhelming - I feel like there is a good amount of both in Costa del Sol. I also like how they're not just metallic gold, but they're holographic! Each piece will shine red, green, and everything in between.

 

 I only applied one coat of Costa del Sol over Tenda and Schrammi. The glitter looks a little sparse because of it, but I didn't want to overdo it and have too many overlapping bars and hexes. In person though, there is a lot of golden shimmer in between. It's difficult to capture in a still photo, but it's pretty stunning when you move your fingers around!


I tried to show a little movement with Schrammi and Costa del Sol on my nails with the Vine app below. I'll need to try and get video of more nails in the future, and with better lighting! 


If you would like to purchase the FAB Summer Set, it's exclusive to fab.com! The set can be purchased here for $25. You will be receiving the full 15mL bottles if you order, not the minis I have! Don't forget to check out all of the wonderful polishes on Rainbow Honey's website too. 

Products sent for consideration, all opinions are my own.

Fun in the Sun Multi-Blogger and Shop Giveaway!

Jen over at The Jedi Wife decided to put together a huge multiple prize giveaway! I haven't done a giveaway in a while, so I figured I should join in on the fun.


There are lots of prizes from various bloggers and shops, and there are two separate Rafflecopters for US only, and for US and international! My prize is in the US only one because I can't afford international shipping right now, but at least there are other great prizes in there for you international ladies!

Here are all the wonderful prizes:

US Only: 

Prize 1 from Things I Love At The MomentGirly bits Boo-berry, Colorama Gota and Sombra, Jindie Nails Mini Swoon


Prize 2 from Pointless Cafe
ButterLONDON Champers and Poole


Prize 3 from BeautyPopShop
Shop exclusive Maya H2pOp polish and a Do-Mo Panda Coin Purse


Prize 4 from Cosmetish
Coastal Scents Reach Mascara, NYX Butter Gloss in Strawberry Parfait, NYX Lip Cream in Strawberry Parfait, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Strawberry Milk, Revlon Scented polishes Strawberry and Cherry


Prize 5 from BeautyGnome
$15 Llarowe Gift Certificate


Prize 6 from Princess Polish
China Glaze Bump and Grind and In the Rough


Prize 7 from College Polished
Zoya Yana and Bobbi


Prize 8 from Galactic Lacquer
KBShimmer Vegas Bomb, Pretty & Polished Phoenix, and 
Nicole by OPI Strike a Pose and Ladies in the Limelight



Prize 9 from Polished10
Orly Space Cadet, Essie Leading Lady & OPI Meet Me On The Star Ferry


Prize 10 from Beyond Beauty Lounge
THE NEW BLACK NEONS SET


Prize 11 from Manicurator
Dior Vernis Riviera


Prize 12 from Rain Down On Me Beauty
$20 Gift Certificate to Sephora


Your choice of ATC colour from bigcartel site


Prize 14 from SoFlaJo
Two full size polishes from upcoming collection


Prize 15 from Jindie Nails
Jindie Nails polish from jindienails.com


Prize 16 from 6 Harts Craft Company
Full size bottle of 6 Harts Bat Crap Crazy and 6 Harts Sea Glass


Prize 17 from Girly bits
Franken Starter Kit


Prize 18 from Lacquistry
Polish from Lacquistry


Prize 19 from Literary Lacquers
Polish from Literary Lacquers


Mystery Prize


Prize 21 from Polished Cousins

Prize 22 from Pretty In Paint

Prize 23 from The Nail Files

Prize 24 from Colorsutraa

Prize 25 from Jilltastic Nail Design

Prize 26 from Mandie's Manicures

Prize 27 from You Had Me At Makeup


US and international prizes:

Prize A from The Lacquerologist
$15 Gift Card to Llarowe


Prize B from Glisten & Glow
$25 Gift Certificate to Glisten & Glow


Prize C from Puzzled & Polished
Two custom polish pieces


Prize D from My Life In Polish
$20 Gift Certificate to Llarowe


Illamasqua Raindrops


Prize F from Girly bits
Polish from new upcoming collection


Prize G from Cosmetic Sanctuary

Prize H from Love For Lacquer



US Only Rafflecopter: 



US and international Rafflecopter: 


Have fun and good luck! :)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Ipsy - May Glam Bag

I received my May Glam Bag in the mail toward the end of last week, so I thought I would share it with you! I was really excited about some of this month's featured products, especially Zoya! Here's a quick look of what was inside my bag:


I unboxed everything, and I'm really happy with what I received! I got the bonus Urban Decay eyeshadow, and I also got Zoya Julie. I was afraid I was going to end up with Neely, Blu, or Jacqueline since I already have those from the Lovely collection. But Julie is new to my collection, so I'm happy!


Items I received:

  • Juice Beauty lip gloss in Pink
  • Zoya Julie
  • Yaby concealer in buff
  • Nume finishing serum
  • St. Tropez instant glow body lotion
  • Urban Decay Moondust in Zodiac



Juice Beauty lip gloss: I wasn't too thrilled about this item, but I wasn't disappointed either. I was really looking forward to getting the Mirabella lipstick, but this gloss is nice! It looks pretty dark in the tube, but it isn't nearly as pigmented on your lips.

Like other Juice Beauty products, it smells wonderful - it smells like fresh fruit! It looks almost pinkish-purple in the tube, but a quick swatch shows that it's more of a rosy tint with some sparkle. The sparkle is nice, almost like a superfine holographic shine, but it isn't crazy. It makes my lips nice and glossy but not too colored or too flashy. My lips felt moisturized and soft with it on, and it isn't too thick or greasy feeling either.


Yaby concealer in buff: I honestly had no idea what this was when I first got it. It doesn't mention that it's a concealer anywhere on the packaging, nor does the card that comes with the Glam Bag. I actually thought it was eyeshadow primer at first! I wish they would list the items a little better sometimes. 

But the concealer itself is pretty nice. I see that Ipsy is trying to match items to their subscribers better, so I ended up with a pretty light shade since I have very fair skin. The swatch below shows that it is more yellow toned than my skin is. The coverage is amazing though! It matched and blended better on my face, and it certainly covered dark spots and acne spots. It doesn't take a lot to cover up, and it isn't too heavy or greasy feeling. This container is tiny, but I think it will last me a while. 



Zoya Julie: Like I said, I was pretty excited about Zoya being in Ipsy bags this month! And I'm even happier that I don't already own this shade. This one is called Julie from the Lovely collection. It is a pretty pastel purple with a pearl shine to it. 


It applied very smoothly, though I got a couple tiny bubbles in it with topcoat. It covered very well in two coats, which is nice for such a light shade. The first coat was very streaky and thin, but the second made it opaque! Typically I'm a huge fan of cremes, but I'm really loving this pearl finish. The color is nice too. I'm not always a fan of purples, but this one is beautiful. Unfortunately it's summertime now, so I won't be using it too much! But it's a keeper for the next spring season. 



Nume finishing serum: I'm a little tired of getting hair products in my Glam Bags, but this one is alright. Like the others I've tried, at least it works. This one is to help control a little frizz while adding shine. It's almost like argan oil, as it's very lightweight. It adds shine but doesn't weigh down your hair too much.

It's a little thick inside the bottle, so the dropper doesn't work perfectly with it. When you first put it in your hands, it's more like a gel, though it quickly turns into more of a liquid. I squeezed a full dropper out into my palm, rubbed my hands together, and smoothed it into my hair. It made my hair silky and shiny, and it smells pretty good too.



St. Tropez instant glow body lotion: this is another product that I wish was labeled on the card better. Even the tube doesn't really make it clear what it is. I thought it was a sunless tanner, but it isn't. It's more a bronzing body lotion, and adds a temporary fake tan. It doesn't actually tan your skin, but washes off the next time you shower.

I was sort of looking forward to trying a sunless tanner, so I was a little disappointed. The product itself is alright, though I don't see myself buying it since it's so short lived. I suppose if you really needed a quick temporary tan without committing to actually changing your skin tone, it's nice. For example, maybe you just want to look a bit tanner for a wedding, but don't want to have a lingering spray tan or chemical tan for days or weeks after.

It also smells surprisingly good. It actually smells like a nice perfumed body lotion. I suppose since it's more of a surface bronzer (it's also slightly shimmery like bronzer) instead of tanning chemicals it can actually smell good! It gives a pretty natural looking glow and it also washed off easily in the shower. The only downside was applying it with my hands. My hands were pretty dark brownish after applying it, and that didn't come off as easily. It did in the shower, but I mean it didn't come off of my hands while I still wanted to wear the lotion on my body! So you might want to try applying it with a washcloth.


Urban Decay Moondust in Zodiac: I also received the bonus Urban Decay eyeshadow. I haven't tried any of the Moondust eyeshadows yet, so I was excited! I received Zodiac, a shimmery deep greenish shade.

This is a very shimmery eyeshadow, so there is quite a bit of shimmery fallout from it. It recommends applying it with your finger, probably to help reduce flinging shimmery bits everywhere with a brush. I swatched it with my finger onto the back of my hand. As you can see below, it isn't nearly as pigmented as it appears in the container. I did three swipes on the left, and one swipe on the right. It's easy to build up though, and it's even easier to build up when it's on primer or applied wet.


Altogether, I'm happy with what I received. I got some things I wanted, and some things I didn't really want, but at least I got to try new things! After all, that's somewhat the point of Ipsy - trying new products. I'll at least be putting them to good use, especially the Zoya polish, the Yaby concealer, and the Urban Decay eyeshadow. 

If you would like to join Ipsy, it's still only $10 per month! You can join here, or use my unique referral code:  
I don't think you'll be disappointed, especially if they're matching products to your skin tone and hair needs now!