Monday, July 28, 2014

Childproof Your Polish Station!

Hey loves!  This new organization method is saving my life right now.  My husband and I were brainstorming about how we could make my polish station/workplace/computer desk in the family room safe for the kids. I don't want to always have to move EVERYTHING back and forth from the family room to our bedroom where I can make sure everything is locked up, but that's what I've been doing to keep things safe.  We have a two-year-old who thinks she should be painting as much as mommy is, and our eight-year-old is autistic and makes it his mission in life to get into everything he can!  Those two combined makes it so I practically panic every time I leave the family room area and can't have my eye on the polish... acetone... clippers... lotions... all the things that are so tempting for the kiddos but I need to have handy for swatching/nail art. However, the past two weeks have been awesome!  I never worry anymore, now that I have this solution. Here's the video that goes over how you can childproof your own area:

I hope you found this helpful and if you try this for yourself, let me know!  I hope you're having a great day and I'll see you back tomorrow!

Song of the Day: fun.- Why Am I the One

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bonita Salon Witches Ball Collection

Hi loves :)  Today I'm reviewing the Halloween collection from Bonita Salon called Witches Ball.  It's interesting that they already have this collection out in July, but in any case- I found it at Rite Aid and it's lovely.  This is a very budget-friendly line of polish and the formula is always spot on.  This collection is no different from the rest of the polishes I've tried from Bonita Salon.  If you'd like to see my video review with live application you can do so here:


There are 6 polishes in this collection and they're nearly all one-coaters and filled with shimmer.  I loved them all :)  All swatches are shown without top coat- let's take a look:

We'll get things rolling with this Autumnal orange that is absolutely packed with silver shimmer.  It is called Coctails and Carving.  You can totally get away with one coat here, but I've done two.  Not really my favorite hue of the collection, but fits very well with the concept of Witches Ball and has an easy application.


This ghostly white/gray(also with shimmer) is called Dying to Party.  Even though this one was the only that gave me just a smidge of an issue with application, it still evened out ok and I rather like it.  This is again, two coats.


 You can totally do just one coat here, this is very pigmented and rich- it's called Eat, Drink & Be Scary.  There is silver and blue shimmer in this very dark gray.  You're looking at two coats, but like I said, you don't need it.  Easy application.


They included an orchid/lavender with the same silver shimmer and called it Lacquer Treats.  Again, an easy application and this soft purple makes for a nice surprise.  I've show you two coats here.

 
Next they've given us a bright raspberry red called Too Cute to Spook.  Again, pretty much a one-coater here, easy application like the rest.  This is definitely the punchiest of the collection.


Lastly they gave us this green metallic that rides somewhere between olive and spring green.  It is called Wicked Good Time, and that it is.  As you can see- there were a few brush stroke issues here, but you only need one coat and I've shown you how it looks at two.  Perhaps at just one coat I wouldn't have run into any issues.  This color is AMAZING.  Absolutely my favorite of the bunch for how brilliant it shines and how original it is.  I think the whole collection is fab, but I'd definitely snatch this one if I were you.

And there you have it.  I know a few of you have been waiting for me to put pics up for this collection and I wanted to put some other videos up first because this is a collection for Halloween and I think it will be around a while.  I hope that is the case so you all have the chance to get any that you like.  Happy shopping, and tell me which is you favorite!

Have a great day :)  I'll see you back tomorrow.

Song of the Day: Florence and the Machine- Never Let Me Go

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday Random Swatchfest: 7/26/14

Happy Saturday Swatchfest day everybody :)  I hope you're having a great weekend.  Let's get right into this- you know the drill- on Saturdays we look at 10 random polishes from my stash that I've never featured on my blog before.  If you want to see the live application video of these polishes, you can do so here:


For red, I have China Glaze Igniting Love from the Cirque du Soleil collection to show you.  It's just a really bright red cream, on the youthful side.  You're looking at two easy coats.  However this polish stained majorly which I don't encounter that often with red polishes, so that was a major bummer.  For that reason I'd probably not recommend this polish over other red creams that you can find lots of places.  C


Julep Jules is a pale baby pink cream.  You definitely need two coats here, but it evens out nicely and I thought this polish was really lovely on even though I'm not crazy over pink polishes.  You're looking at two coats, and this had an easy formula to work with for this light of color.  A


Pure Ice Can't Stop is kind of a thin orange cantaloupe even though it's looking very bright and loud here.  I guess i'd classify this one as a crelly polish but it definitely becomes opaque in two coats.  You're looking at two coats here and the formula gave me no issues.  You can find Pure Ice polishes at Walmart.  A


Wet n Wild Megalast A Venice Day is a sheer sunny-to-lemon yellow cream.  It's really thin and was hard to get this level of opacity- you're looking at three coats- which I hardly ever do on my blog, but I just couldn't leave it in the sad state it was in at two coats lol.  I guess I probably wouldn't recommend this polish- there are other lovely yellows out there that don't require so many coats.  Sorry, Wet n Wild.  Try again next time.  C


Sally Hansen Complete Salon Makeover Loden Green is a totally cool camo green that leans a bit more brown even than the picture here.  I love that about it, and it's easy to apply and becomes pretty much opaque in one coat.  I've shown you two here, and I'd definitely recommend a top coat for this baby.  A

 
Color Club Ocean View from the Sea Salt collection is this textured, bright light blue that dries matte on it's own and has no sparklies.  I really love this shade but I'd probably prefer it if it didn't have the texture, but hey, it's fine.  It applied easily in two coats and that's what I've shown you here.  A


This funky polish is Spoiled Checkin' Into Rehab.  While obviously not opaque in two coats, which is what I've shown you here, I still enjoy this polish because it's so unique.  I love the jelly purple, but the pink flakies throughout make it so gorgeous.  You'd either need to use this as a topper...or use 3+ coats which is a hassle.  B


Sinful Colors Nirvana is classified as a matte polish, but I've shown you it here at two coats without top coat and it doesn't look very matte to me lol.  Anyhow, it's just a nice milk chocolate- a bit dusty and applies super easily and cream.  A


Sephora by OPI Mauv-ie Star in the Making over China Glaze Queen B.  It's made up of micro gold glitter and then hex pink and lavender glitters.  They're all kind of muted which I think is really interesting.  This is two coats to get this amount of glitter.  A


As for my A+ polish, I'm showing you the divine China Glaze Four Leaf Clover.  Double up on basecoat for this one, because just look at that pigment!  I didn't have any issues with staining, but I just like to be cautious.  This polish comes from the Up and Away collection from a few year back, which is a stellar collection by the way, and you can still get it in its entirety at sites like transdesign or head2toebeauty.  You're looking at two coats, and this is probably one of my favorite colors from China Glaze...ever.

And that's it!  I hope you enjoyed this swatchfest and that you're having a great day.  Let me know in the comments what you were wearing and loving on your nails this week.  Thanks for stopping by, and I'll see you back tomorrow.

Song of the Day: Daft Punk- Derezzed

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Polish Storage and Organization

What's up everybody?? I hope you're all having a wonderful Friday and you're gearing up for a great weekend.  I have a highly requested video up on my channel today and I'm sharing it here because it's been requested my some of my blogging buddies too.  I go over how I store and organize my polishes and give you an overview of my collection.  If you'd like to see the video, you can do so here:

The document I referred to in the video where you can view my whole collection (and it includes on the far right whether I have blogged about that polish and a link to each blog post) is located here.

Also I wanted to mention that I used to use DIY polish racks for a number of years that I learned to make on youtube actually, but once they are full they are not reliable and I had them fall and break a whole row of polishes unfortunately.  I don't want that to happen to any of you, so be aware.  While I did mention in the video where I got the helmers, I didn't say that I just got the racks off amazon, and they are about $25 if I recall.

So glad you stopped by today.  I hope you and yours are well and that you have a safe and fun weekend.  I'll see you back tomorrow and have a fabulous day!

Song of the Day: Foster the People- Don't Stop

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Revlon Gel Envy Review and Live Application

Hey guys :)  How many of you have been eyeing up this new gel-like polish from Revlon that hit stores this Summer?  I know I have, the colors and high shine look fabulous and so when Revlon was at 40% off last week at Rite Aid, I picked up 5 shades to give you(and me) a little sampling of the line.  If you would like to see this review in video format with live swatching, then you can do so here:

So, from what I can tell from the 5 polishes I picked up(and from a great review by Total Polish Junkie as well), most of these polishes are creams.  I picked up one that had surprise shimmer- yay, but for the most part they are delicious creams.  Let's go ahead and see what I got!

First off, I wanted to make sure to try their yellow polish.  Often times I use a yellow cream as a deciding factor if a brand has it's formula down pat.  If their yellow is nice and opaque in two coats then they get an A+ from me.  Well, just look at this baby!  This is Casino Lights and I had no application issues; it was easy and smooth in two coats. I love it and it's so bright and cheery.


Another great staple to try from a new brand or line is their neutral.  I find I gravitate to neutrals more and more lately.  I want to know they have a great formula I can rely on for all occasions.  This is two easy coats; it applied like a dream.  Say hello to Checkmate.


This gorgeous teal with the hidden shimmer is called Dealer's Choice.  Trying the teal polish from a line is also a no-brainer for me.  I want to know if they have great pigmented blues and greens.  This is very pigmented and unfortunately I had a little staining here, but it wasn't a deal-breaker.  I just love the color! You're looking at two coats.


This nice deep violet is called High Roller.  It could definitely use a good glossy top coat to give it just the right finish, but I've shown you here in its original form, as with the rest of the polishes.  this was practically a one-coater, intensely pigmented, and a great choice if you want something deep and vampy.


My favorite is this divine blue, that could also use a nice glossy top coat, called Wild Card.  Such a delicious blue, truly a one-coater.  I only did two for the sake of consistency, but you don't need it.  So easy to apply and I definitely recommend this one.

Now, a word on the Gel Envy claims.  They say you don't need a basecoat...I'd say that's hooey since some of them stain- and you should just get into the habit...ALWAYS wear a base coat.  You'll be glad you did down the line.  Also, they claim longer wear time.  I didn't have this on for the full time they claim you can go without chips, but it felt just like a regular polish to me, not how gel feels at all.  It began to look a little dull on the second day so maybe reapplying top coat every day will help with that?  But then again, now you've got a big pile of top coat going on after a few days lol.  Basically I think that polish companies are scamming us a little bit by charging higher prices with these "gel-like" polishes.  All-in-all I think I wouldn't pay extra just to get one of these gel-like polishes from Revlon or Sally Hansen for example, because you're pretty much paying more money because of the inclusion of the word gel in the name.  That is my opinion, you can let me know if you feel the same.  Overall I was very happy with this polish, I enjoyed every color immensely, but I don't think they warrant a higher price tag.  At Rite Aid these were marked at around $8.50 a bottle(before the 40% off sale).

I hope you're having a great day and let me know below if you've tried any of these and what your experiences have been.  I hope this helped you decide if you need any of these new Revlon polishes.  Have a great day and I'll see you back tomorrow!

Song of the Day: Imagine Dragons- Radioactive

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday Weekly Wrap-up 7/23/14

Hey Folks!  It's time for me to wrap-up our week in a few quick photos.  For any of you that are new here, our family is spread far and wide.  Grandmas and Grandpas don't get to see these faces that often.  Instead of uploading a few pictures to facebook every day I save them all and put them in one easy place for our family and friends to be able to see what we're up to.  Here's some highlights of our week:

 Headgear options :)


What I get for taking a shower...


She LOVES brother's legos...don't tell brother :)

Just..can't..stay..awake..any..longer..


And in Utah, the party is still going hard!


At the car show he got to see the Back to the Future car :)




Aquarium crazies!


This lucky dude has a relationship with his great grandparents, something I never had.  He gets to spend time with them every Summer, it's wonderful :)


The rodeo!!

The tilt-a-whirl

He said he rode the most rides out of everybody- he almost barfed.  Not surprised, bud :)

Love my crazy monkeys!  We send you hugs and kisses from our house to yours and hope you and your family are well and having a wonderful Summer.  We'll see you next time!

Song of the Day: fun.- Carry On

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FingerPaints Enchanted Mermaid Collection

Hey peeps!  How's it goin?  It's time to look at another collection from FingerPaints(a brand you can find at Sally Beauty Supply) and this time it's made up of four delicious duochrome/irridencents.  It's called the Enchanted Mermaid collection and what I didn't notice til I had them home was that this is a textured polish collection.  In fact, right on the display, it says "with mermaid tail texture."
 So I was wondering hmmm...what is this mermaid tail texture it speaks of.  Well if you'd like to see live application and watch this texture in action, you can do so here:

As you can see, the collection is made up of blues and greens and then a white-ish polish.  Let's go through them now.
First up is Sailor's Lure which is my favorite of the bunch.  The color shift on this one is so gorgeous- from blue, to purple, to pink- it makes my little heart sing!  BUT the texture RUINS it...*cry*  I just wish they could have promoted these shades without the texture.  I think it's gimmicky and the polishes would have all been better off without the mermaid tail-ness of it all...  Every polish has this same lumpy appearance and maybe this is totally you're thing and that's great, but I'm just saddened that such gorgeous colors had to be made foolish with the lumps. Let's move on.


This gorgeous teal that shifts to blue and green and back to teal again is called Tails of Love.  This is akin to some fabulous teal duochromes that have come before it, but the lumps make it bleh...  I'm trying to imagine it without it.  If you think I'm being overly dramatic, just watch the live application video, it's a mess when you apply it and it literally just looks like you got some gunk stuck in your manicure lol.  Such a beautiful color though- powerful!!


This one that flashes mostly metallic green, but goes gold and blue in some lights, is called Underwater Enchantress.  I think I need not express all over again how much better these would be without the texture...yada yada.  I love the color.  All the pictures are of two coats by the way.


Last up, we have Sea Temptress which is an opalescent polish that flashes pink and gold and a little green in there.  I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this shade and so all four colors ended up being rather lovely.

Overall they get an A+ for color- wow these polishes have some gorgeous pigmentation and we haven't seen a lot of duochrome polishes lately so it was good timing.  But wow did the texture take me for a ride.  I'm sorry to say I can't recommend these to you.  I honestly don't see myself ever wearing them :( which is sad because I do like textured polish.  I was bummed that these didn't turn out the way I hoped, but hey- you win some, you lose some.  Maybe I'm way off here...Did you try these and love them?  Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are, and if you enjoy the live application, don't forget to subscribe to my youtube.  It's free- all subscribing does is let you know on your feed when I've put up something new :)

I hope you're having a fabulous day and I'll see you back tomorrow!  xoxo

Song of the Day: Freelance Whales- Broken Horse

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