Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Colores de Carol Piñata Colada | July 2015

Quick swatch of Colores de Carol July 2015 limited edition shade.  Available only this month (or at this point, only for a few more days -- my bad!), Piñata Colada is shimmery white crelly base with multicolor glitter in various shapes including blue triangles (which have a tendency of leaning off the nail) and yellow stars.  A nice 80s twist for this summer's neons!

I layered one coat over a white base then I went over a bit to dab in spots the glitter didn't stick.

To purchase this, visit the Colores de Carol site by clicking here.  Piñata Colada is available for $10.


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Summer Shades, Week 2: Pistachio Mints | Zoya Tiana

The last of the Pistachio Mints is a reswatch of a lovely white-toned mint from the Zoya Delight Collection from Spring 2015.  Zoya Tiana is some dupeable for OPI That's Hula-rious but I totally didn't realize until I saw it swatched side by side in another blog.  Still, the unique take on mint (that pistachio tonality really gets me) makes it worth having -- plus the formula is divine.  Well, you can always count on Zoya for that!

I also tried another hand pose for this swatch, just a different angle but figured I'd see how I like it.  What do you ladies think?

So while a bit delayed, so ends Week 2 of the Summer Shades installment.

Crisp Whites are up next!!


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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Summer Shades, Week 2: Pistachio Mints | Essie Chillato

Another Pistachio Mint for Week 2 of my Summer Shades installment.  

Up now is Essie Chillato from the Summer 2015 collection.  Let me tell you, this baby caused me some trouble.  The first time I tried swatching this pale yellowy lime creme, I was watching the women's World Cup game where USA dominated Japan with my boyfriend.   As he was excitedly watching our team score (is that the right term?  I don't follow soccer) goal after goal, I sat next to him for nearly an hour trying to apply this stupid polish, watching it glop and pool, pulling my hair out in disgust.  I thought this might very well be the worst formula I have ever experienced in the history of using nail polish.

After an hour -- yes, an hour -- of attempting to apply this, I gave up and left this polish alone for another 2 weeks.  But I knew that I wanted to use this for Pistachio Mint week so I decided to try it again and with a steadier hand and lighter touch, found that the formula wasn't quite as bad as I first found it to be.  Using a super thin first coat, waiting between coats, and being careful to avoid my cuticles, it actually wasn't as bad as my first go around.

The color was also light, airy, and chic.  So perfect for this summer's palette and perfect for my Summer Shades.  3 coats here.

I can't explain why the formula seemed to do a 180 on me, but I'm guessing the heat had a role in the goopiness; it's been super gross in New York the past few weeks.   Colorwise though, for someone who shies away from yellows or neon greens like me, this is a nice compromise for the summer months.  Worth picking up, especially if you have a coupon!


Friday, July 24, 2015

JORD Fieldcrest Wood Watch Review

I was recently contacted by JORD Wood Watches to review one of their timepieces.  I selected the Fieldcrest model in black (found here).  Retailing for $120, the Fieldcrest is a standard midsize watch although on my smaller wrist it feels more like an oversized boyfriend watch.  The Fieldcrest is designed to be "androgynous, the attitude of the wearer is the final elemental design to this timepiece."  I completely agree -- and I'll explain why at the end of the post.

The JORD Fieldcrest arrived in, you guessed it, a wood box, cushioned on a herringbone pillow.  It was well insulated and the murkiness on the watch face in the above photo is due to the protective sticker still on the watch.

Polish worn: LAQA&Co. Birthday Suit

I ordered the Fieldcrest in black, which refers to the face color.  The monochromatic detail is in the wood graining, which you can see bleeds vertically in the face and less symmetrically throughout the bracelet graining.

One feature I don't love is the more modern face features.  The wood look has a nouveau vintage feel (if you know what I mean) and using glow in the dark looking ticks instead of numbers cheapens the look of the face.  Just not my thing personally.

The graining however is really quite lovely and something I was surprised by.  I was also surprised by how light the watch feels given how bulky it is on the wrist.  While it's not quite my style, I gave it to my boyfriend and it wore so nicely on him as a business casual watch -- something different yet statement-y.  Like JORD describes, "the attitude of the wearer is the final elemental design to this timepiece." 

Be sure to check out  the Fieldcrest and other JORD watches by clicking  here.

Watches Made From Wood


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Summer Shades, Week 2: Pistachio Mints | Pixi Lime Lustre

Hello, there.

Had to miss Twinsie Tuesday yesterday due to the fact that we were experiencing ridiculously high temperatures in New York the past few days and power outages were on the rise.  To avoid losing my AC, I shied away from using any unnecessary electricity, namely my computer or camera or anything besides my phone that required charging.  Since I didn't swatch my TT mani in advance, that had to be sacrificed in the name of non-melting-ness (not a word, but it's hot, so forgive me).

Now that's it cooling down a bit and this swatch was pre-loaded onto Blogger, I thought I'd take the opportunity to share it with you as part of Week 2 of Summer Shades: Pistachio Mints.  Pixi Lime Lustre is actually a polish I ordered from Target online last summer but didn't wear until this year.  Quite an annoying saga regarding this actually: I ordered this and another Pixi from Target.com and when they arrived, they were both totally shattered since they were just shoved into an unpadded envelope without being wrapped by anything.  
When I called customer service to have these replaced, they wanted to charge me additional shipping and handling fees for the new items!  So un-Target-like!  I was able to talk them out of that and in the end somehow ended up getting another set sent to me, once again unwrapped.  They weren't broken, but I called to complain once again.  Not sure why, but they sent me another set of the polishes.  I ended up returning those to the store since I never paid for the extra two they sent and felt weird keeping them.  Such a weird glitch in the Target matrix.

Anyway, on a positive note, this Pixi is delightful.  The formula was really quite lovely and applied super easily despite the long brush which I thought might make application a bit unwieldy.  The color is awesome: a cool tone lime-esque mint with ribbons of golden shimmer running throughout giving it that really heavenly glow.  Just so summery!

I'm not sure if this color is available in stores anymore since Pixi polishes tend to be seasonal but I'm sure you can find it on eBay or some online etailer.  Pixi polishes are a bit steep for how much they offer ($8 for such a small bottle) so I tend to only splurge for a really unique shade like this beauty.  Loving Lime Lustre -- might be my favorite Pistachio Mint thus far!


Monday, July 20, 2015

Cirque x International Playground | Review & Giveaway

I'm so excited to share a limited edition Cirque Colors Collection gift set, curated to comemorate the 5 year anniversary of International Playground and designed around the decor of the flagship SoHo Manhattan store.

The gift set is comprised of 3 Cirque polishes:
Martinique - a moss green creme
Rococo - a gold foil holographic
Carpe Diem - a white creme

The set also includes insanely amazing stencils provided by YouPolish.  They apply really well and leaves a great finished product.

I love how the set reflects the character of the store.  Super crisp and a lovely transitional collecton from summer to fall!

This collection is gift set collection is exclusively sold at International Playground for $36.  And remember -- it's, limited edition!

 However, Annie from Cirque Colors has graciously provided another set for one of my readers as a sort of birthday gift/giveaway!  Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win one of these amazing and exclusive gift sets.

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