Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday Weekly Wrap-Up: 8/20/2014

Hi everyone!  How was your week?  We have been having a great time!  We had a visit from "Uncle Waddie" and school started back up.  Let's just go ahead and get right to the photo roll:

 What a lucky thing to have uncle here for a visit!  We had such a great time!

I just had to take a picture of this craziness...Waddie showing us what you do to solve the problem of having your pepperoni and sausage on two different pizzas instead of all on the same slice =p

 Cutie Patootie happily watching a show on his bed

 Our first night out anywhere without at least one child with us... in at least 6 months!  Ack!

 Mr. Insomniac...up all night and day, but happy :)

And then we had ANOTHER date night out thx to uncle Waddie- a charity bingo event.  We didn't know anyone there and Tim was focused on the 5 bazillion cards that he was playing so I have to admit I lost interest after 10-15 minutes, but hey sometimes you're hard-pressed to find something fun to do together that isn't going to see a movie :)

 Cutie Ninja has an ice cream treat after a long day of doctors and prodding.


 Ninja and Waddie were having some nice cuddle time and we got an awesome photobomb from Bear

Wow, ok so I had my first experience with a child who likes to stick things up their nose this week...Little lady came to me crying and couldn't tell me that this raisin was up here right nostril, but she was crying and had mucus everywhere.  I looked in and thought it was a big boogie, and then a few minutes later discovered she'd hid this raisin right up there.  Bah...hope that's the last I see of that behavior!

 Spying with her "elescope"

Grandma, this hairdo is for you!

 Little lady was helping me destash a bunch of polishes today.  She doesn't call them polish, she calls them "nails?" always with a question mark lol I love it. "Mom, lots of nails?" yep baby, lots lol

Last up is a picture of these two buddies lounging on uncle waddie's air mattress and reading a book together.  I rarely ever see something like this from the two of them because Ninja leaves whatever he's doing whenever she comes around, so I had to snap a pic of how sweet they were.  I'll cherish this one for many years to come :)

And that's it!  Thanks for stopping by, especially dear family and friends that we live too far away from to see frequently.  These updates are for you.  Hope you're having a great day and we send our love to you.

Song of the Day: Enrique Iglesias- Bialando

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

L.A. Girl Color Pop Live Application and Review

Hello again, my loves :)  Today I have another budget-friendly brand to share with you.  Right now at Rite Aid, the L.A. Girl Color Pop polishes are on sale for 2/$4.00 and on they are having a 70% clearance on many products, including the Color Pop polishes for $.99!  I decided to pick up 14 polishes to give me a well-rounded look at the line.  I picked some up in store and some I purchased on the website.  I will say that I enjoyed the ones I picked up in person better than the polishes I chose from the website.  What ended up happening was I was disappointed with formula from many that I got online because I didn't have any idea what formula would be like for those polishes.  The ones I purchased at Rite Aid, I could see what the formula was like so there were no surprises.  If you would like to see the live application/review video where you can watch what the formula looks like applied to the nail for yourself, you can do so here:

If you'd rather look at pictures here, we'll get to that now:

Cornflower is up first, and this is one that I picked up in store.  It's wearable at one coat but I've shown you two here.  It's a really lovely cornflower color just as the name suggests and this was easy to apply- no problems here.

Crackle is a super bright orange crelly.  I've shown you three coats here because I couldn't get it opaque at two and I really wanted to show it to you in its full glory.  Even at three coats its not absolutely opaque but it's passable.  I actually really liked this one after it was all said and done.  As I mentioned in the video, I have other rich orange polishes that take less time and work but this ended up being one of my favorites that I picked up.

This sweet coral/orange is called Crush.  I was surprised to find this one was a texture as the website didn't tell me.  You know I enjoy texture- but I actually really would have preferred this one had it been a cream.  I think I was just take off-guard by how much texture this one had.  The color is divine.  I've shown you two coats.

This pigmented navy is called Deep Sea and can be opaque in one coat but I've shown you two here. Unfortunately this polish stained my poor little nails :(  I can't recommend this one to you for that reason.  It applied easily with no issues and I've shown you two coats.

This orchid/lilac shade is called Delight.  I've shown it to you here at two coats.  The formula wasn't the best here but didn't give me any major issues.  You definitely need two coats here and I was surprised with some subtle shimmer.  I enjoyed this one but it wasn't my favorite.

Here was another surprise textured polish.  It's called Entice and I've shown you two coats here.  It has some lovely pink shimmer, but for the most part it's a rich strawberry.  I rather liked this on the nail but like with the coral I think I would have liked it better without the texture.

I picked up a few polishes from the BRIGHTS line and they were thin and squishy like neons and I couldn't get them opaque even at three coats unfortunately.  This is three coats of Flash Freeze.  Hmm...I don't really care for this one.  However, you may really like squishy sheer blues.

This one is called Juicy and I'm showing you three coats here.  It's another strawberry shade but it's super sheer and I wouldn't really recommend it.  You can find many other pinks that don't require the hassle this one does.  I'd skip it.

Another Bright collection color is called Kryptonite and is this lovely kelly green.  I've shown you three coats here to reach opacity.  I actually did enjoy this shade, but can't see myself wearing it very often.   Anyhow, it didn't give me application issues and I appreciated how nice and fresh this color is in the line.

Another green with a whole other look is this cream Leap.  This is a bright, vivid lime that just looks so juicy. It ended up being one of my favorites of the bunch, even though it was a tad streaky.   I've shown you two coats.

Another polish I picked up in store and LOVED is Peacock.  It's one of my favorite shades of polish of all time and they did it so well.  It's not an impeccable formula but it's very nice for the price.  I've shown you two coats here, and if you pick up any from the line, I would suggest this one.

Plunge is this lovely medium blue cream.  You can practically get away with one coat here but I've shown you two.  Great formula but unfortunately this did stain my nail beds a bit.  :(

This nude/peach is called Simply Nude.  Honestly, this one's no bueno.  I've made it look better than it is in the swatch here.  It's rather streaky and not at all what you want in a delicious nude cream.  I've shown you two coats.  Pass.

There were two yellow polishes I was choosing between on the website and I went with this one called Striking...I think I picked wrongly lol.  This is very bright, but it is so sheer.  You definitely need some kind of undies with these- whether it be white or yellow.  I've shown you three coats here and look how much of the nail still shows through.  C'est la vie :)

And those are all the polishes I picked up to show you.  What do you think?  Have you tried this line and love it or feel kind of like I do- kind half and half?  Which was your favorite of the bunch?  I hope you're having a great day and I'll see you back tomorrow!

Song of the Day: Gotye- Eyes Wide Open

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday Random Swatchfest 8/16/2014

Hey loves :)  Sorry I've been a bit MIA for a few days but I wouldn't miss my Saturday Swatchfest.  If you would like to see the live swatches of all 10 polishes in my random swatchfest, you can do so here:

As you can see, I had a special guest with me in this week's swatchfest.  We had so much fun :)
Let's get to some pictures:

Revlon Diva is a lovely mid-to-deep red cream.  This applies like a dream and the color is just lovely.  The top speed formula is always fabulous and there's no change here.  This is two coats.  A

China Glaze Bump & Grind is from the Texture collection and this was one of my favorite from the bunch.  I just love how bright and pigmented it is.  There is no shimmer in the texture and it's very coarse.  It's a lovely medium strawberry shade.  This is two coats.  A

For orange I'm showing you FingerPaints Tangerine Tint today.  This is a lovely creamy orange that leans a little coral.  It applied easily and I thought the color wasn't too obnoxious.  I picked this one up on clearance so I'm not sure if you can find it in the core range but if you're an orange polish fan you will really enjoy this one.  Again, I've shown you two coats.  A

Spoiled Designated Driver is our yellow polish today.  I've shown you two coats here and it could still probably use a third.  I have to admit this isn't my favorite yellow out there.  It is a fabulous bargain brand, but this just wasn't quite opaque enough, making it not worth messing with in my opinion.  Just my opinion :) C

Sally Hansen Insta Dri In a Splash is this lovely sea green cream.  I've shown you two coats here, but you could probably get away with one.  I think I found this one at a Big Lots and it was quite separated, but the color was still great on the nail.  The Insta Dri formula is one of my favorites and this was no exception.  A

OPI I Have a Herring Problem is a fantastically complex polish from the 2012 Holland collection.  It's still a tiny bit sheer at two coats, but it's worth it.  It is a medium gray blue with tons of gold and green shimmer.  I really love this one.  It has a very similar polish to it within the Holland collection called I Don't Give a Rotterdam but they're not dupes so you do "need" both ;)  This is two coats.  A

For purple I'm showing you Layla Ceramics Effect and my best guess at the name is CE 39.  This is an intense, deep eggplant satin cream with some delightful shift.  I found this on clearance at Ulta a while ago and picked it up to try out the brand.  I was really pleased with the polish and it was pretty much a one-coater.  I've shown you two here just for consistency.  Formula is easy and I had no issues.  A

For neutral I'm showing you Pure Ice Pot of Gold.  This is like a taupe metallic and unfortunately this did have some brush stroke issues.  I've shown you two coats here and I have to say I really wanted to like this one for Fall, but I just didn't :(  I give it a B-

This little lady is Nicole by OPI Luke of the Draw.  It's repping for glitter this week as it is a black jelly base holding silver glitters in many different sizes.  I've shown you three coats to get this level of opacity.  At two, which I showed you in the video swatches, it still shows a lot of vnl unfortunately.  This polish comes from the Modern Family collection.  B

For my A+ polish of the week I have another Pure Ice polish called Playful Purple.  This time the formula was perfection.  It applied so easily in two coats and I just didn't want to take it off when I was swatching.  I love this one and if you love this shade- you need this polish!  You can find this brand at Walmart.

And there you have it!  I hope you enjoyed this swatchfest.  Which was your favorite of these 10?  What were you wearing on your nails this week?  I hope you're having a great day and I'll see you back tomorrow.

Song of the Day: Lo-Fi-Fnk Want You

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wednesday Weekly Wrap-up 8/13/2014

You know how we do on Wednesdays :)  Let's see what shenanigans have been afoot!  I really don't have a lot to show you this week because I've been mostly taking video for the monthly vlog I'm putting together for my channel, but here's what I did manage to get:

 Look at that face lol

 You have a little face on your cupcake, Bee

Ninja's first day of 3rd Grade!! (That's his vest for his bus ride btw)

Bear is STILL in Utah but comes home on Saturday and I'm beyond ecstatic!  Here he is at the demolition derby with his dad.  He loved it!

I sure missed this cutie pie!!

And that's all I have- I told you it was a short one.  I hope you're all having a great day and we love you all.  Hugs and kisses from our house.  See you back next Wednesday :)

Song of the Day: Germany Germany- Disconnect

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Back to Basics: Nail Care

Welcome Back Everyone :)  Today we're going to be going back to basics and talking about nail care.  I've had a number of people now ask me how I care for my nails, what are tips and tricks I like to use to keep my nails healthy.  As I did in the video, I'd like to preface by saying I am not a professional, just passionate about nails, nail art, and polish.  Therefore, just take this for what it is- my routine and favorite things to do to help my nails stay as healthy as they can be with all the swatching, nail art, and other nonsense in my life.  If you'd like to watch the little video I put together going over my favorite products and tips for healthy nails, you can do so here:

In the video I talk about vitamins, hydration, basecoats, nighttime routines, and genetics.  I hope you're having a great day, and let me know what things you like to do to keep your nails in their best shape.  I'll see you back tomorrow!

Song of the Day: Alt-J- Breezeblocks

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

China Glaze Collection Part 2

Hey everybody :)  As promised I have the second part of my China Glaze collection for you today.  I split in half without much rhyme or reason, and here is the remainder of the polishes:

In case you missed part one, it is here:

That's all for today, just a quick hello to you and I hope you're having a great day!! We just got home from the pool and we're getting dinner on the table.  I'll see you back tomorrow! xoxo

Song of the Day: Gogol Bordello- Lost Innocent World

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Monday, August 11, 2014

My Husband Does My Nails

Hi Loves.  I have a bit of comedy for you today.  The other night I asked my husband Tim to film a nail art tutorial with me for a bit of a laugh.  He's such a good sport and willingly participated.  I edited the very long process (during which I pretty much laughed the entire time) down to the basic steps he took, and I really feel everyone can recreate this manicure ;)  Here is the video and I hope you have fun watching it!

The finished product!

Hope everyone's having a great day today and I'll see you back tomorrow!  

Song of the Day: Keane- Sunshine

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