Thursday, 11 February 2016

♥Valentine Gradient ♥

I'll be honest, while I still love nail art I don't do it nearly as much as I used to. Not only that but I find when I do do nail art now I'm never really all that happy with it. I just don't think I'm that great at it anymore(not that I was some super nail artist extraordinaire to begin with :P ). But for the first time I did some nail are that I actually loved and wore for days! Yes I had a bit of help, but I'm fine with that!

I decided I wanted to do a Valentines Day manicure, nothing too over the top though. So my manicure started with these stencil stickers from the Born Pretty Store. Each pack comes with 12 stickers, but you can easily cut them in two and make them 24. Even though the stickers are thin I didn't have a problem taking them off after 3 sponged on coats of Zoya Oswin and Barry M Majesty over a base of Barry M Rose Hip. Over all these were fool proof, and I think would make a great addition to anyone collection. They are easy enough for anyone to use, they are really hard to mess up, and you can get really creative with these. The only thing I noticed that was kind of annoying was the row in the middle. The plastic backing extends out on the sides but not top and bottom, so I needed to use tweezers to peel it off.

If you want to give these a go you can find them on sale here for only $1.99 USD(Original price $3.99 USD), and shipping is free, AND you can use out 10% discount code EAL91!

So is anyone doing anything special for Valentines Day? Not me. Will probably do something with the boy eventually, but it's really just an excuse to buy a bottle of wine and adult about how it has legs and stuff.




*Product sent for honest review

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Dapper Dappen Dish

This is gonna be another one of those fast reviews.

Today I have for you this dappen dish for polish remover or acrylic liquid from the Born Pretty Store. What can I say other than I love it! No more dipping your brush into a half full bottle of remover and hoping you don't drop it. And it's just so much faster with this when you do a really messy manicure because you don't have to keep reaching for a bottle. It's not something earth shattering, but it just makes life a bit easier. It also comes with a cute little lid. It's not really functional as it's not exactly fitted, but it looks good!

If you want a dish, you can get one here on the Born Pretty site, where they retail for $4.87 USD. And don't forget to use out 10% discount code EAL91!




 *Product sent for honest review

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Well that's a...texture.

Ugh I have been sick for the past week and it's the worst. Last Wednesday I had a rehearsal for something I was filming on Sunday, and I felt ok, but like I may be coming down with something, Thursday I knew for sure I was coming down with something, so I tried my best to flush it out. Tea, tea, honey, honey, meds and more tea. By Friday I felt waaaaaayyyy better, then I woke up Saturday morning feeling like crap, so I tried to flush it out again, but alas the damage had been done. I woke up Sunday and I felt horrible and went through the whole day filling up on meds and teas. I currently feel better, but I still feel like poop.

Now let's move on from nasty health to nails! Today I have more polish from Born Pretty. Thankfully this bottle came in one piece :P I wont lie this polish isn't exactly what I expected, but it is still very pretty. From the photo I thought it could be something like Orly Space Cadet, but the reality is the formula is incredibly thin, and you would need more than 5 coats for full coverage. That being said it looks beautiful when added over black. I used 2 coats, but you could also go with one.

The polish is a duochrome and it shifts between magenta, copper, and green with fine holographic glitter. It is technically a peel off polish, but I have NEVER gad a good experience with those so I didn't try peeling it off, also I didn't even realise it was peel off till I got it, as it doesn't say on the site. Now there were 2 things thing that was odd about the polish. The first was the texture. It was goopy, but not old polish stringy goopy, more like slime goopy. It made application...odd. Not in a horrible, unusable way, it was just weird. The second I'm not sure if it was the polish or my top coat, but the polish became foggy when I added Top Coat, specifically Seche Vite(You can see it on my middle and ring finger). Now this happens ever now and then with my Sally Hansen top coat, but never with my Seche. So I have no clue of it was the TC or the polish as the Seche has never reacted with anything else.

Overall this is a a ok polish for layering, but it's not the best. If you want to give it a shot you can pick it up over here on sale for $9.66USD. And use can use out 10% discount code EAL91!







 


Thursday, 28 January 2016

Sad bottle!

In all the years I have been doing my nails, I have never had this happen. When I got my package from The Born Pretty Store I could immediately smell polish. To my horror I saw that the Chrome polish I was sent by Born Pretty had leaked and the bottle looked like it had been beat up despite being in what I would consider good packaging. I honestly don't know how much polish was lost because the bottles are opaque, while it clearly doesn't feel empty it for sure feels lighter than the top coat bottle, so I was pretty sure there was luckily more than enough to use for review!


So application of this was pretty easy so long as it wasn't over a base coat. I had originally used one because I had buffered my nails a couple weeks ago and you could still see the scratches. When I tried putting this over the base coat, you could physically feel the resistance of the brush on the nail. So I took it off and tried without the base coat, and it applied waaaayyyy better. I ended up needing two coats for full opacity. At this point the polish was shinier then most chrome polishes, but it looked nothing like some of the pics I had seen online, where it looked like someone poured metal on their nails. This is the only time I wondered if having more in the bottle would have made a difference as I wasn't able to do thicker coats because of how much polish I could pick up at once.



Then I added the Top Coat it came with, and it totally dulled the super shine, and once I was in the clear of day I could see it had also caused the polish to streak a bit. So I had done the manicure at night and by the time I was up at 7am I could already see tip wear, but I decided to push through. By 10am it was coming off in sheets and leaving me with silver tinted nails. By 7pm, after a few hand washes throughout the day it was pretty much 100% gone.




I honestly didn't like the end results. If the original polish only dulled a bit when the top coat was applied I would have actually thought this was a pretty fantastic silver. But the fact that it streaked and peeled odd like sheets less than 12 hours later made this not worth it. Now with that being said I didn't try it out with one of my regular top coats like Seche Vite. Maybe that would make a difference.


If you think you can make this work, head on over here where it's on sale for $9.99 USD. And be sure to use our 10% discount code EAL91!


Monday, 25 January 2016

Eye Think You Should See This

So today will be two firsts for me. 1) For the first time ever, I'm going to show you an eye look I did. 2) This look was the first time in my life(Well since I started wearing makeup less than a year ago) I had used a colourful eyeshadow. Yes, you heard me, this was my first time. It was like losing my virginity all over again. It made me a bit nervous, but in the end I was happy, and it can only get better from here!

Up until this point the ONLY palette I owned was the original Urban Decay Naked Palette(which I adore). But this past birthday, Robyn was kind enough to give me a gift card to Sephora(Huzzah!). I ended up being torn between the Urban Decay Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette, and the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix palette. I was going back and forth between which I should get the Spectrum palette felt safer to me, but the Vida Loca was was so fun, I just didn't know if I had the yarbles to pull it off. So one day when I was in Sephora in late October I saw one lone Kat Von D Vida Loca Remix palette just sitting there, and I just didn't have the heart to leave it. Looking back I'm glad I took it because that one palette was the ONLY time I ever saw it in stores(which worked out because the gift card doesn't work online if you are international).

Anywhoo long story short I sat on the palette for over two months before I finally mustered up the courage to use it, and it's safe to say, I'm in love.

For this look(I wanted to put manicure :P ), I started out with Urban Decays Original Primer Potion, then I put a base down of UD's Buck from the Original Naked Palette to even everything out. Then from the Mi Vida Loca Remix palette I used Black Metal for my outer V and Anthem for my crease. Then I the lid I used UD's Smog and in my inner corner I used UD's Half Baked. I finished off by using my Wet N Wild pencil on 1/3 of my waterline and bottom lashes(not that it lasts more than 5 minutes), then I did a winged liner look on my upper lash line with some Wet N Wild Liquid liner. Then I finished up with Covergirl Clump Crusher mascara in black and some other mascara that I don't remember at the moment.

Soooooooo what do you think? Be nice and leave my brows out of this :P Also what are your favourite palettes? 





Sunday, 24 January 2016

This is a good idea...in theory

Today I have another review from LadyQueen. Now I like this product, but I don't. Let me tell you why. Gather round kids.

The product in question is this giant nail art sticker that you cut and place on your nails. You can get as fancy or as simple as you like. And application is super easy, followed by topping it off with topcoat. My problem with the product is the actual design on it. You can't tell from the online store, but it is SUPER holo in real life(not that that is a problem), but under the holo there is a beautiful galaxy design, that the holo completely overwhelms. Also they have a bunch of different types, all of which are numbered. I didn't like the fact that the number was printed on the sticker itself. While the sticker is big, it's still not huge. You can easily use 1/3 - 1/2 of it for one manicure. That also means that you can't actually use the corner with the number on it, which could be used on one or two fingers depending on what you are doing.

Like I said I like the idea, but it wasn't pulled off amazingly. I feel like it should either be holo or a pattern, but not both. Also maybe the number should be on the package instead of on the actual sticker itself. If you would like to try it out you can check it out here, where it's currently on sale for $2.99 USD. They do have more patterns that lean more towards holo and have less or no defined background, so maybe give those ones a go. And don't forget to use our 15% discount code LAKS15.

It was near impossible to show the galaxy design. Any direct light would make the holo go nuts, so I had to take under minimal light. But you get an idea of just how pretty that design is.


*Product sent for honest review

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

*Heart Eyes*

Today's review is going to be quick, because the item speaks for itself. I have today this wax pencil for picking up things like rhinestones and studs from LadyQueen. Let me just start by saying I love this. When I would pick up things to put on my nails before I would use a dotting tool dipped in clear polish. Always cleaning the dotting tool throughout the manicure, or it became too sticky and made placement hard, and sometimes the clear polish would leave a mark. This eliminates all those issues. It picks up pretty much everything from iridescent paper pieces to larger studs, and makes it super easy to place them on your nails. And the point of the pencil you see in the pictures is the point after doing a manicures worth of picking stuff up. Judging from it, these will last for quite some time!

If you like doing nail art designs with rhinestones, or studs, or any tiny item that can be applied to the nail, I would highly suggest getting this! It makes manicures soooooo much easier! If you would like to buy a pair, you can head on over here, where you can get them currently for $1.29 USD. AND you can use our 15% discount code LAKS15!


 Iridescent Paper

 Gold stud

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