Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Lillian Eve Bitten | Fall Collection 2014


To make up for my slightly crazy Twinsie Tuesday post this morning, I have a lovely little polish from a new indie brand that's perfect for fall and winter.  Lillian Eve, formerly Poppy, has just released a cozy fall collection of staple colors and Bitten is a delicious addition to the set!

A black crelly, Bitten is rich with silver microshimmer, leaving the color a soft charcoal that, due to the finish, looks slightly matte, even with topcoat.  It's rather a nice touch so I didn't mind that it wasn't as glossy as I like my manis to be.  Application was great and covered in two to three coats.


I actually wore Bitten twice already, which is a big deal for me with a new polish.  I just want to note that removal is a bit annoying because the shimmer somehow adheres to the nail and takes a little elbow grease to get totally rid of.  Nothing too terrible though.

You can purchase Bitten and the rest of the Fall 2014 Collection by clicking here.



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Twinsie Tuesday | Odd Inspiration


A few things.

First of all, coming up with an odd inspiration is seriously uninspiring.  What's odd?  I spent so much time discounting ideas, I could've swatched a million manis.  In the end, I saw a pill bottle on my night table and some Halloween polishes Sally Hansen sent me for review.  Bingo.

Secondly, because of how long it took me to figure out what to do for this post, I had to quick swatch and photograph it using my camera phone.  While the iPhone 6 camera is pretty good, on blog size photos, you can see it's a bit grainy in sunlight.

The polishes used here are all from the Sally Hansen InstaDri line for Halloween 2014:

Pumpkin Queen: formula a bit gloopy, use as thinly as possible
OMGhost: applies well but dries with major bald spots and semi-matte
Night Fright: basic black creme (used for French tip)
Scaredy Matte: a rich, matte black that applies very evenly (used on pinkie for reference)



For more oddly inspired manis, please check out my Twinsies' manis by clicking their links below.



Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
            Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision



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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Colores de Carol Halloween Collection | Fall 2014



One of the saddest things about my technological meltdown was that I wasn't able to show you the Colores de Carol Halloween Collection.  I love me a cohesive collection that also has something for everyone and this quintet collection hits that nail on the head. 

Here is this amazing Halloween collection in all its glory.
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Wicked Pumpkin
An orange is a must for a Halloween collection although a good orange is hard to find.  Wicked Pumpkin is a really lovely red-toned orange with a smattering of holographic shimmer.  With the light hitting, Wicked Pumpkin just comes alive.  I used three coats of this crelly.
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Frightful Fairy
What's a collection without a glitter?  Frightful Fairy is a mix of orange, black, and gold hex glitter floating in a clear jelly base.  There are a few triangles and square glitters mixed in as well as a number of skull and crossbone glitters.  I recommend dabbing this glitter to get a more a even look than my swatch.
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Sweet & Spooky
A milky white crelly flushed with purple, black, and orange glitter, I chose to layer Sweet & Spooky over a white creme to keep the glitter from settling unevenly.  I love fun whites like this and enjoy how it pulls the entire collection together.  I actually used this in a recent Halloween inspired mani I posted on Instagram if you want to take a look.
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Dark Skull
The last two of this collection are hands down my favorites.  Dark Skull is a charcoal crelly that just glows with blue, purple, and silver shimmer that veers semi-holographic.  Phenomenal.  I recommend using three thin coats and waiting between each because this tends to goop up and you want a smooth, even finish to show off how lovely this is.
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Cursed Cat
Saved the best for last.  In fact, this may very well be in my top ten favorite polishes this year.  The same formula as Wicked Pumpkin and Dark Skull, Cursed Cat is a violet crelly with the most magical holographic and azure blue shimmer.  Again, three thin coats with some waiting is the way to go here.  
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RUN AND GO BUY THIS COLLECTION.  Seriously.  It's best treat you'll get for Halloween this year.




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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Barielle Me Couture | Fall 2014




As I pulled the six bottles from Barielle's Me Couture Collection out of the box it was sent in, I was super excited.  The sextet next to one another screamed fall and I couldn't wait to try out these seeming cremes/crellies.  

Did I like them individually? 

Check out my swatches and review below!
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Berry Posh
A  medium fuchsia jelly, not so sure how this pink made it into a fall collection.  I know on some people it's a bit dustier, but when the light hits, Berry Posh is alights.  The formula, like the rest in this collection, was on the watery side and with their new super thin brush, wasn't such a pleasure to apply.  Three coats for opacity.
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Soho at Night
A lovely cool-toned plum, Soho at Night is your standard purple creme.  Also watery, it applies somewhat unevenly so just makes sure to wait between coats to clear up bald spots.  Otherwise, a great purple staple for your fall/winter polish lineup.
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Vintage Gown
I'm not a huge fan of warm-toned semi-nude browns like Vintage Gown; they look a million times better on people with darker skin tones, in my opinion.  I thought I'd be more excited about it because of the golden shimmer that you can make out from the bottle, but unfortunately, that shimmer completely disappears on the nail.  Two or three coats here.
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Moda Bleu
An inky navy, I actually thought the watery jelly formula served this color well, giving it an intriguing depth.  Plus, it's just insanely sophisticated.  Well worth the 3 delicate coats.
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Taupe Notch
One of my favorites of this collection is this super pale mauve; a grey-toned purple that screams autumn chic.  Again, also watery, but a better formula than the rest.  Three coats.
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Boho Chic
I don't know what's going on with me and greens lately but they keep photographing teal.  Boho Chic is similar to Moda Bleu in that it's an inky hunter green with a glossy depth.  However, here it pulls super teal.  Please now that this is a rich forest color and just perfect for fall.  Two coats.
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You can purchase Barielle color collections by clicking here.




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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday | I've Been Meaning To...


I've been meaning to actually do this post, to be honest.  But still without a working computer to upload and edit photos so I'm going to have to sit this week out.  I'm pretty bummed because it was going to be a good one (Rescue Beauty Lounge, anyone?)

In the meantime, please make sure to check out my Twinsies' "been meaning to" manis by clicking their links below.



Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
            Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision



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