Monday, April 21, 2014

Ipsy-stravaganza! March and April box review

Hello, Fireflies!

I'm excited to show you TWO months of Ipsy bags!  I love Ipsy.  For $10 a month, you get to try all kinds of cool new stuff.

Let's start with March's bag.  First off, the BAG.  It's mega-cute, and designed by a new artist that they're giving some exposure to.  Which, if I could have remembered to save the tag, I would share with you.  Oops.


This was a great makeup month! Lots of goodies.  First up, the Pixi Primer, with a little bit of shimmer to it, for that luminous glow.  In the third pix, you can see how it shimmers.  I'd pair that with a nice BB/CC cream and let the glow come through.


Probably my favorite item this month was the Marvelous Moxie deluxe lipstick in Get Ready.  This is a perfect 'your lips but better' pinkish-nude shade.  Great formula, too.  I used the code to order something from their site and got a sample of the mascara and free shipping - and, because they said they were having some problems with their site, they gave me a code for some more freebies.  It was awesome.

I wasn't that excited about the NYX palette, not because it isn't good, but I have a ton of neutral palettes, and I probably won't reach for this one as often.  Then Chella liner is a gorgeous bright blue.  I didn't have any problems with my swatch, but I understand that other bloggers had problems with application and the tip skipping.

Here's all the swatches - Get Ready lippie across the top, the three eyeshadow shades from the NYX palette, and the Chella liner on the bottom.


But wait, there's more! I also have April's bag to show you.  Another cute bag! Beauty Rocks!


When subscribers found out that the Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in Black Velvet was included in this bag, it drove everyone into a tizzy - and rightly so.  It's awesome.  Nice, soft black, easy to apply and wear. 

The Elizabeth Mott shadow is a nice color that everyone can use - and everyone probably has a bazillion pans of.  It's a nice shimmery champagne color, great for highlights.

I have some Cailyn products, and I really like the packaging - the applicator brush is part of the top! So far, I've enjoyed my two gel eyeliners from Cailyn, and now I love this tinted lip balm in Apple Pink, too.  Another great color.  It's a balm, so it's not going to last for long - but it's so much fun to reapply.

Here's swatches of those three products - U/D Black Velvet, Elizabeth Mott Champagne, and Cailyn Apple Pink.


I haven't tried the Dr. Brandt exfoliator yet, but I've heard it's pretty awesome.  I have been experimenting with a couple of different physical exfoliators lately, and I didn't want to overdo it with a chemical one, too.

I have a roll-on perfume in Sea Salt from Demeter, and I love it, so I was excited to get this one in Jasmine.  It's a really strong, clear jasmine scent.  Very pretty, but not very complex.  I think this would appeal a lot to people who like to layer their scents to create something unique.  If you like bath products with a jasmine scent, this would be great to apply after a bath to make it linger a little longer.

Have you checked out Ipsy yet?  Personally, I don't think there's a better subscription for the money.  If you're interested in subscribing and sending a few Ipsy points my way, click through my affiliate link HERE.

My #NailArtForNubs post goes live at 9am Eastern - it's a cool half-moon mani featuring Aly's Dream Polish!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Stamping - Happy Easter Egg Hunt


Hello, Fireflies!

Today's nail art combines my Sunday Stamping Easter challenge with my Spring Renewal Freestyle challenge.  I decided to take you on an Easter Egg Hunt!

I started with Liquid Sky Lacquer Autumn Thyme, a gorgeous light sage green holo.  I love her holos, but they do take a little longer to dry, and I always ding my nails up, because I am a major clutz.

Liquid Sky Lacquer Autumn Thyme, a gorgeous light sage green holo

I used Shany18 and Finger Paints Go Van Gogh! to create a foliage pattern in which to "hide" my eggs. 

Shany18 and Finger Paints Go Van Gogh!

I kinda like it just like this! But, it's not very Easter-y.


I used Revlon Spirit with Shany08 and Winstonia W105 to stamp a cute little (and apparently, transparent) chick, and some eggs.

Revlon Spirit with Shany08 and Winstonia W105

I found these pretty cool nail art pens on clearance at Target - I think they're one of those 'As Seen On TV' products.  They're Hot Designs double-sided nail art pens.  They have both a brush applicator, and a thin tip that you can squeeze the polish through.  Technically, you can refill them, too, though I haven't tried.  I used the thin tip side to color my Easter Eggs.  Some of the pens were harder to squeeze than others, but they were fairly easy to use.

They're Hot Designs double-sided nail art pens.  They have both a brush applicator, and a thin tip that you can squeeze the polish through.

This is one of those, "I wish my nails were bigger" moments.  The eggs aren't really so much hiding, are they? More like, I could barely fit these on my nails, and in some cases, I didn't.


Bottle shot:  Liquid Sky Lacquer Autumn Thyme, Finger Paints Go Van Gogh!, Revlon Spirit, and the hot designs nail art pens.

Bottle shot:  Liquid Sky Lacquer Autumn Thyme, Finger Paints Go Van Gogh!, Revlon Spirit, and the hot designs nail art pens

I wish you a happy Spring renewal, however you celebrate it!



Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Great Big Spring and Easter Nails & Nail Art Blog Hop



I joined a blog hop! So many fun Easter and Spring nail art looks!




Spring Renewal - Water (decal) Lilies


Hello, Fireflies!

April showers bring ...Spring Flowers! I'm not waiting until May to show you these awesome nails!  I started with one of my new favorite multichromes, Dance Legend Roz.

Dance Legend Roz

Have you ever seen such vibrant shifts? And that violet.  Green, gold, copper, purple.  Amazing.

Dance Legend Roz

Dance Legend Roz

I'm using these Lily water decals from Born Pretty Store in two different manis this week, I like them that much.  I like them so much that, even though I got these from Born Pretty Store for review purposes, I bought another set of them during their water decal sale! Some were only 88 or 99 cents.

Lily water decals from Born Pretty Store

I love how the polish plays off the pink in the lily decals.  If these were stickers, you might see lifting of all those pointy flower petals, but that doesn't happen with water decals.


I wish I could paint like this, but I don't need to with these decals.  This is nail art anyone can do if they have some water and a pair of tweezers.


If you'd like to go shopping at the Born Pretty Store, feel free to use my coupon (GVX31) for 10% off! Born Pretty Store can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and their blog.



Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring Renewal - Pastel, Glitter, and Globs


Hello, Fireflies!

Do you ever wonder how a trend gets started?  I mean, who decided it was cool to paint one or two nails a different color than the rest? Did they just run out of polish and think, hey, I don't want to take this off, I'll just put on another color?

I like having accent nails, but it is a rather strange concept, if you think about it.  This is Aly's Dream Polish Salmon with accents of China Glaze Sand Dolla Make You Holla.

Aly's Dream Polish Salmon with accents of China Glaze Sand Dolla Make You Holla

Sand Dolla is a textured polish.  I'm still loving the texture trend, but even if you don't, a nice thick topcoat like Seche Vite will make it smooth, and tends to make the glitters pop, too.  Pretty sparkleeez.

Sand Dolla is a textured polish

Speaking of weird trends, let's stick random things on our nails.  Now, you may have noticed that I do tend to stick a lot of random things on my nails.  This is because I am a follower.  I don't actually look at the world and wonder, 'will it stick to my nails?'

So, here's some microbeads from Finger Paints that I stuck on my nail.  Kinda looks like candy.. Easter jellybeans, maybe?  Hmm.  I wonder if I can get jellybeans to stick to my nails...


Bottle shot: China Glaze Sand Dolla Make You Holla, Aly's Dream Polish Salmon, and Finger Paints microbeads in Sugar-Coated.

Bottle shot: China Glaze Sand Dolla Make You Holla, Aly's Dream Polish Salmon, and Finger Paints microbeads in Sugar-Coated.

In addition to the Spring Renewal linkup, please check out this link to The Nail Files linkup.  Lots of fun manis today!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

GOT - Oh, What A Hot (Pink) Cabana Boy!


Hello, Fireflies!

Today's Golden Oldie Thursday is Hawt Pink.  Hawt.  Because I'm hip like that.  This is Orly Oh, Cabana Boy, a hot pink with a purple shimmer. 

Orly Oh, Cabana Boy, a hot pink with a purple shimmer

I saw these awesome stamped Tropical Mermaid nails by IG alygaterr, and, while I don't have that stamp, it inspired me to draw these things on my nails.  I did say "inspired" not "copied'.  There is a reason for that... 

inspired me to draw these things on my nails

I thought a nice contrast to the black and pink would be Maybelline Bold Gold. 

 a nice contrast to the black and pink would be Maybelline Bold Gold

I love how topcoat smooths out all the rough brushlines and makes it look like pink and gold, big, fluffy clouds.


Bottle shot:  Orly Oh Cabana Boy, black nail art striper, and Maybelline Bold Gold.

Bottle shot:  Orly Oh Cabana Boy, black nail art striper, and Maybelline Bold Gold.

What's your favorite way to wear hot pink? On your tips? On your lips? In your hair?  Or secretly, like sexy hot pink underwear?



Two posts today! The Spring Renewal challenge started today, and I did some pastel Easter Eggs.  Click HERE if you want to see them.

Spring Renewal Nail Art Challenge - Good Egg!


Is it really spring?  I know some folks got snow this week! It's so weird - usually we have the A/C on 24/7 by this time here in Florida, but I'm loving that today is breezy, and I have the house open.  I'm feeling totally renewed, and excited for this, ahem, Spring Renewal Challenge!

First, let's pretend that I have a pix of my white nails, painted perfectly (we're imagining, so why not!) with Revlon Spirit.

I picked up some Washi tape that had chevrons printed on it, so I used them as a template and cut out chevrons for my nails.  Soon after, I got a small set of Nail Vinyls of chevrons, but it was too late for this mani.  Something you could get, though, if you want easy chevrons!

yellow (Julep Nadia), pink (Julep Ellie) and blue (Joe Fresh Wave)

I tried to alternate between the yellow (Julep Nadia), pink (Julep Ellie) and blue (Joe Fresh Wave) but apparently, I can't do random patterns.  Also, Ellie fooled me with her pinkness in the bottle, but not so much on the nail.  April Fools!... a little late?

I took a dotting tool and some black to make some - and pardon me for getting a little technical here - dots.  In a chevron pattern.  Try to wrap your minds around that without hurting yourselves.

some black dots

I think Orly Etoile may be the most subtle glitter I own.  Just a pinch of light purple sparkle.


Bottle shot:  Revlon Spirit, Joe Fresh Wave, Julep Nadia and Ellie, Wet 'n Wild Black Creme, and Orly Etoile.

Bottle shot:  Revlon Spirit, Joe Fresh Wave, Julep Nadia and Ellie, Wet 'n Wild Black Creme, and Orly Etoile.

This is probably as close to Easter Eggs as I'll get this year, except for candy ones.  My fave are the malted milk Robins' Eggs, but I have to have at least one Cadbury egg, and one Reese's Peanut Butter Egg, too.  What's your favorite egg?



Two posts today!  Click HERE if you want to see my Hot. Pink. Cabana Boy.