Friday, May 6, 2016

Dated References: A Male's Guide to Makeup and Fashion for 2015 in 2016


About a year ago, my then-boyfriend asked if he could write for my blog.  I hesitantly agreed and shortly thereafter "I Hope You're Happy" arrived in my inbox, hand swatch photo attached, ready to for posting.  And post I did, to a rather positive response.  All very nice.

But Jared loves the attention.  So my now fiance decided he wanted to write once more and has been pestering me to publish him again (like this is Random House or Huff Post).  He wrote this maybe 6 months ago and I just totally forgot to post it but since I've been somewhat moody lately, to make it up to him, I've designated the space below to his musings on fashion and makeup (oh, have I mentioned he's venturing outside of the nail polish world now as well?  What a Renaissance guy.)

Anyways, sit back and enjoy.
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After the wild success of my first post, I decided to give this another go.  I was showered with adulation and praise, (there were even calls for me to run for president) which staved off a mild depression and provided some type of catharsis with regards to my nail polish relationship woes.  That being said, with a fresh new coat of meandering opinions, here are some fashion tips from a guy who knows absolutely nothing about fashion.  Get ready to be cyber bullied.

1st - We notice chipped nail polish.  This one is actually pretty big to us.  It speaks to your state of being and makes us feel you don't pay enough attention to your appearance.  Better to go with no nail polish than looking like you worked 3 12's at a coal mine.

2nd - Jeggings.  Do I really need to explain why you shouldn't wear these?  It's the lack of commitment here that scares us.  If you know anything about guys, it's that we LOVE commitment.  If you can't decide between jeans and leggings, how can we possibly expect you to be ready for marriage? 

3rd - Bright Lipstick.  I say this one because I worry about your safety.  While I'm a huge fan of advances in glow-in-the-dark technology, some of these colors are just unnaturally bright. They also aren't very flattering if your skin is on the paler side.  In a recent study, 9 out of 10 bright lipsticks were made with some sort of nuclear waste!  Don't look that up yet though, it's kinda a new fact so you won't find it anywhere.

4th - Your winged eyeliner looks ridiculous.  I have not met a single guy who likes that look. Here's a better alternative I've found through minutes of research in writing this article: don't do that.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with looking more human than cat.

5th - The Kylie Jenner lips thing.  Seriously?  These look GREAT.  If you're not doing this, you're missing out.  If there's one thing guys loved it's bruised Mr. Potato Head lips. Find a shot glass, lose your dignity, and get to work on those lips!

Lastly - There are these shirts that are new and I don't like them.  I don't know what they're called, but don't wear those. Okay?

Concluding paragraph. I've been told it's important in the blogging world to sum up your previous points in the final paragraph, so feel free to review each point again.

Love,
Jared
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Hands off ladies, he's all mine.




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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Twinsie Tuesday | Monochrome


I feel like I'm on backlog.  I have so much I need to post and yet I'm constantly on this hamster wheel of have to swatch/post but not enough time to do it- omg it's Tuesday already and then only a mani or two (if I'm lucky) gets posted a week.  Ugh, I'm such a bad blogger.

To get this week's Twinsie Tuesday prompt done, I sadly used the ncLA nudes volumes i-iv for my monochrome mani.  I say sadly because I've been meaning to swatch this set separately for ages now and just haven't gotten around to it.  So instead, I decided to just swatch i-iv (i at pinkie and going up iv at pointer) as a monochrome-ish skittle.

To break it down for you in case I never get around to swatching these separately:

volume i: a yellow toned camel crelly, needs 3 coats for opacity. 
volume ii: a sheer pearly pink mauve with heavy shimmer.  Start with thin coats and build for opacity.  You may need 3-4 coats but the payoff is worth it; this is my personal favorite.
volume iii: like a slightly tanner volume i, this is another crelly yellow toned nude.  
volume iv: a pink toned creme nude, this was very close to my skin tone but still looked very chic and lady like.  The only polish that required 2 coats for opacity.


There is also another four set of the ncLA nudes from volume v-viii that go a bit darker that I'd love to try.  Has anyone else tried them?  What are their thoughts?  I'd love to know!

For more monochrome manis, be sure to check out my Twinsies' blogs by clicking their links below.


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Claire at Kerruticles
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Marisa at Polish Those Nails
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Steph at Lovestruck Lacquer



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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Twinsie Tuesday | Tulip


Totally phoning it in today.

Today's Twinsie prompt is Tulips and the first thing that popped into my head was I wanted another excuse to show off the gorgeous Zoya Tulip.  This gorgeous pale corally pink crelly, this is ribboned with delicate silver shimmer that brings this soft spring watercolor pastel alight.  There's nothing about this polish I don't absolutely love.



Isn't she just perfection?




Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Claire at Kerruticles
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Marisa at Polish Those Nails
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Steph at Lovestruck Lacquer



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Monday, April 11, 2016

Deborah Lippmann Afternoon Delight Collection | Spring 2016



For Spring 2016, Deborah Lippmann's 4 piece Afternoon Delight isn't just a dreamy, dusty set of beautiful shades.  It is also the first set of Gel Lab PRO formulated polishes infused with 10 active ingredients meant to deliver health, wear, and shine, providing the look of a gel polish without the damage.  In addition to the newly contoured brush (which I personally love!), here are some of the new benefits in these beautiful shades:

Health: evening primrose, keratin, biotin, green tea extract, aucoumea, nonychosine F
Wear: platinum powder, epoxy resin
Shine: silk fibers, plexi glass

And now to the colors!
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Peaches & Cream
Every girl needs a peachy pink creme like this in her collection!  A dusty neon pastel (is that a thing?), Peaches & Cream is just perfection.  The formula is divine and the color is soft yet glowing.  My new go-to peach!
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Get Lucky
Dusty teals are the only teals I can really pull off so Get Lucky really works for me.  The beautiful balance between cerulean blue and greyed out sage gives a delightful spring evening appeal.  The formula once again is perfection!

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Dirty Little Secret
Premiered at the Narcisco Rodriguez S/S 2016 show, this nude scattered holographic is perhaps my favorite from this quartet.  A fun way to wear the nude trend, this color pulls a bit pink on me which I personally prefer in a nude.  Despite the formula being a bit sheer, three coats is all you need for the opacity you see.  In direct light, you can really make out the glorious holographic glow.  Check it out below!



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The Pleasure Principle
So sadly The Pleasure Principle made my camera go nuts.  You wouldn't think a lilac would but this is no ordinary lilac.  This is a dusty neon pastel and the neon aspect just freaked out my camera.  It couldn't focus properly and when it did, the color was just off a bit.  In real life, this lilac is a tad more pink toned and about two tones brighter.  Definitely gorgeous and certainly more unique than my photo allows.  Gorgeous but not camera friendly.

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You can purchase the Afternoon Delight Gel Lab PRO Collection at www.deborahlippmann.com, Barneys New York, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Sephora stores nationwide for $20.




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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Zoya Petals Collection | Spring 2016



Hello, all!

I'm super pleased to share the Zoya Petals Collection for Spring 2016.  I know I say this a lot (and think I said this for the Whispers Transitional Collection only a month back), but this 6 piece set is truly a joy and refreshing take on the seasonal hues.  While not totally disregarding spring's heavy handed pastel leanings, the Petals Collection turns that on its head, and instead brings us a very cohesive (perhaps too cohesive; some of these shades are just a bit too similar to one another) flower inspired color palette, each infused with various levels of the finest silvery white shimmer.

The shimmer here is the star.  Zoya has perfected this magical dusting in each of these polishes without it becoming overpowering, aesthetically speaking, or difficult to take off, technically speaking.  I highly recommend my readers to click each picture individually and zoom in if possible to see how intricate the shimmer on each polish truly is.  It's worth the extra 15 seconds per color -- I promise!
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Leia
I know a lot of bloggers have already swatched this iridescent sheer alone, and built up it is still unimaginably pretty with its purple shifts to green with sparks of gold.  Since I had previously swatched this over black and saw how it recreated a black pearl, I knew I needed to see how it looked over white.  I was not disappointed.  One coat absolutely blew my mind and while subtle, really gave the appearance my nails had somehow changed to white abalone.  I can seriously wax poetic about Leia all day.
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Laurel
In my search for the perfect spring pink that is neither too chalky nor too Barbie doll, Laurel seems to have made it to the playoffs.  This soft not quite pastel balances cool toned and warm toned by the sparse silver shimmer running throughout (like I said, click and zoom).  The formula however was a bit difficult.  Laurel seems to be a confused crelly and applies a bit gummy, pulling and dragging at the second coat.  Since it's thin and sheer, this leaves bald spots and needed 4 (yes 4) coats for this opacity so it required patience between coats to avoid the dragging.  Worth it though!
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Azalea
This is where the silvery white shimmer really came out to play!  Azalea is the brightest of the bunch, a bright pink fuchsia crelly with a punchy electric blue streak running in and out of the shimmer.  More of a summer polish than a spring polish in my opinion but I can see how this fits in.  Formula was a bit thick and once again needs time between coats but is way more opaque than Laurel and only needed 2-3 to cover.
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Zahara
In formula, Zahara was similar to Azalea with a thicker crelly base and heavy silvery white shimmer (although no blue streak).  I really like Zahara but there's something about the silvery white shimmer that didn't jive as well as perhaps a golden shimmer would have, or at least a more balanced mix of those shades of shimmer in this color base.  Either way, I think this polish would suit girls with a warmer and darker skin tone and look glorious with a tan.
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Aster
Do I even have to say it?  Yes, I love Aster.  This blue-toned lavender is just everything.  Formula is perfect and buttery.  Silvery white shimmer is fine and while heavenly ribboning throughout, doesn't overpower this perfect spring shade.  If I didn't have a million other polishes to review, I don't think I'd take this polish off until June!
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Tulip
Tulip however, while not purple (*gasp*) was my favorite.  There's something delightfully girly and chic about a soft salmony pink crelly like this that I just adore.  The formula on this was easy since it's a true crelly (not a confused one like Laurel) and the silver shimmer is just so delicate, it makes this fairly neutral color just pop (seriously, zoom in on this one!).  I've been wearing a lot of pinky peaches lately but this one may be my favorite so far.
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So there you have it.  My love affair with the Zoya Petals Collection summarized in a moderate to long blog post.  Will you be picking any of these beauties up?

You can purchase the Zoya Petals Collection by clicking here.



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