Monday, November 25, 2013

30 Mani Marathon - Manicure 26: Inspired By A Pattern

Pink Plaid Pajama Pants


This manicure began with a layer of Sephora X base coat, three thin coats of China Glaze Go-Go Pink, and Sephora X top coat. 


Next, I used Bondi Fuschia-istic and Mash-50 stamping plate to create the plaid pattern. Lastly, I added a coat of Seche Vite to seal the design.





Thursday, November 21, 2013

Formula X For Sephora - The Twenty-Two

Formula X For Sephora - The Twenty Two





The Twenty Two is a set of Sephora X brand mini polishes in a variety of colors and finishes that retails for $55.00. The website (here) describes it as "A stunning, 22-piece collection of mini nail lacquers in an array of classic creams, bright neons, cool chromes, and splatter-effect top coats. 

This is the ultimate collection for nail connoisseurs. Creams provide ultralong wear and incredible saturated color in just one swipe. Neons are mega bright and dry down to a matte finish. Chromes glide on creamy and dry to a smooth, reflective finish. Xplosive top coats create the ultimate splatter effect with a matte confetti glitter that can be worn alone or over any nail color. "

At 0.16 oz, these adorable mini polishes are a little smaller than 1/2 of a full sized bottle (0.4 oz), which runs from $10.50 to $12.50 in a Sephora store and on their website. The site says that the set is worth $103, but I got $99.60 when I calculated the volume of each polish in the set against its full sized counterpart.  

And now, the colors! Everything below is two coats of the polish alone, except where otherwise indicated.


Rocket Fuel - Metallic Graphite Green
 Vroom - Metallic Rose Gold
Racy - Metallic lavender
Need For Speed - Metallic Silver




Omni -Beach ball blue
Infatuated - Powder Blue
Unmistakable - Pastel Jade
Brazen - Petal Pink




Zap - Electric limoncello (3 coats)
Radioactive - Electric Jungle Green (3 coats)
Indelible - Rich violet
Haphazard - Electric Purple




Extraordinary - Iceberg Grey
Thrilling - Cloud gray
White Matter - Paper White
Dark Matter - Patent leather black




Flashy - Bright red
Eureka - Hot pink




Wham - White Confetti (2 coats over 1 coat Dark matter)
Bionic - Lime and black confetti (2 coats over 2 coats White Matter)
Turbulent - Turquoise and black confetti (2 coats over 2 coats White Matter)
Meteoric - Black, white, and rainbow glitter (2 coats over 2 coats White Matter)




I am extremely pleased with this purchase! There's enough variety in colors to keep me entertained for a while, it includes staples like a great white and black, and the glitter top coats are interesting over just about any color. Though I would have preferred more variance in glitter colors. Three out of four are predominantly black, with not a lot of difference between them. After going to a Sephora and seeing all the beautiful glitters they make for this line, I would have really liked to see some of those in this set. Maybe they will do more sets like this with other colors in the future, I sure hope so! Sets like these are an awesome way to try lots of polishes without the $10 - $12 price tag per bottle, and I rarely ever pay that much for one polish, but I'll always be first in line for mini value sets! 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Ipsy - November 2013

Ipsy - November 2013



Theme & Bag


This month's theme is 'Glam It Up', and the bag is metallic gold faux snakeskin texture, with a hot pink zipper and lining, and a wrist strap.


em Michelle Phan Lash Gallery Lengthening Mascara in Black


Size Received: Full Size
Value: $20.00

"Created by the girl who loves to tease with her eyes. Create instant lash extensions with built-in micro fibers . Extend without clumps. Remove easily with warm water."


Be a Bombshell Lip Crayon in Hot Damn


Size Received: Full Size
Value: $14.00

"A glossy lip crayon with a smooth texture."


Pixi Beauty Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched


Size Received: 0.11 oz
Value: $5.50

"This deluxe bronzing powder gives your complexion the warmth and luminosity of naturally sunkissed skin. Hydrating, silky-smooth & long-wearing, it also protects against free radicals. "


GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment


Sample Received: 0.5 oz
Value: $20.29

"Designed as a 10-minute professional ‘facial in a jar’ for behind-the-scenes use in Hollywood’s Entertainment, Music, Fashion & Award industries, for immediate camera- ready glowing skin. GLAMGLOW’s mud base is from the South of France Mediterranean Sea, home to glamorous Cannes, St. Tropez & Monaco. GLAMGLOW’s moisturizing collagen synthesis is for both men & women. Use a couple of times a week or simply when you need GLAM-tastic™ skin"


Nailtini Straight Up Nail Color in Caviar Cocktail


Size Received: Full Size
Value: $13.00

"Glamour is an attitude as much as a look, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't look the part...all the way down to your fingertips! Just in time for the year's most glamorous season, nailtini is serving ipsters gorgeous nails in two shimmering shades - icy golden Champagne and molten pewter Caviar Cocktail. The perfect finishing touch to glam it up head to toe! "


Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil in Amethyst


Size Received: Full Size
Value: $14.00

"Starlooks' extremely popular Gem Eye Pencils are created with a magnificent metallic finish and are so versatile, soft, and creamy that they can be easily used as liners as well as eye bases! Each highly-pigmented, unique pencil has a gorgeous, micro-glitter finish. Available in 6 brilliant glistening shades."


Bag Cost: $10.00
Bag Value: $86.79

Birchbox - November 2013

Birchbox - November 2013 (1 of 2)



TOCCA Crema da Mano Luxe Hand Cream in Cleopatra


Size Received: 1 fl oz
Value: : $5.00

"Free of parabens, this quick-absorbing cream is made with a heavy-duty dose of avocado oil, coconut oil, and chamomile extract. It comes in TOCCA's five signature fragrances: Cleopatra (grapefruit and cucumber), Stella (blood orange), Giulietta (pink tulip and green apple), Bianca (green tea and lemon), and Florence (bergamot and gardenia)."


Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator


Size Received: 20g
Value: $5.67

"This powerful exfoliator mimics the results of professional microdermabrasion, minus the potential for redness and sensitivity. First, papaya enzymes break down dead cells while evening out your skin tone. Next, dermatologist-approved microderm crystals fade the appearance of fine lines and acne scars, leaving skin smooth and free of imperfections. Finally, aloe vera, coconut, and vitamins B and E nourish and soothe skin."


Chella Highlighter Pencil in Ivory Lace


Size Received: Full Size
Value: $18.00

"This brightening formula visibly lifts and opens up the eyes when used on brow bones, water lines, or inner corners, and contours the face by drawing light to the high plains of the face (like the bridge of your nose, cheekbones, and Cupid’s bow). It also helps you create a flawless finish with precise coverage of dark spots, acne scars, and blemishes, and creates clean lines around your lips when you’re rocking a bold lip color. Available in Ivory Lace, for light skin tones, and Latte, for medium skin tones."


Color Club Cocktail Hour Collection Nail Polish in Top Shelf


Size Received: 0.25 fl oz
Value: $4.00

"We'll admit that we had some fun coming up with the names of these 5-o'clock inspired shades. Choose from three: Top Shelf, a shimmering copper, On the Rocks, a bright silver, and Dark 'N Stormy, a gunmetal gray."


*Lifestyle Extra* Chuao Chocolatier Chocolate Bar in Honeycomb


Size Received: 1 piece of an 8 piece sampler
Value: $1.24

"Don’t knock these unusual flavor combinations until you've tried them. This 7-piece set includes: Potato Chip (kettle chips and sea salt in milk chocolate), Orange A Go Go (dark chocolate with candied orange and orange bergamot), Maple Bacon (crisp bacon with a dose of maple sweetness and smoked sea salt in milk chocolate), Honeycomb (amber honey caramelized into crispy pieces in dark chocolate), Salted Chocolate Crunch (toasted breadcrumbs with sea salt in dark chocolate), Pop Corn Pop (puffed whole grains and toasted corn chips with a hint of sea salt), Spicy Maya (a spicy blend of pasilla chile, cinnamon, and cayenne in dark chocolate), and Firecracker (chipotle caramel fudge dotted with popping candy and salt in dark chocolate)."


Box Cost: $10.00
Box Value: $33.91


Birchbox - November 2013 (2 of 2)



Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir


Size Received: 0.05 fl oz
Value: $1.32

"Ripe berries pair with a touch of honeysuckle and undertones of sultry sandalwood. The hot pink hue of the fragrance shows boldly through a sturdy glass bottle, and a chic black satin bow tops it off."


*Birchbox Finds* Ghirardelli Chocolate Bar in Mint Cookie


Size Received: Full Size Bar
Value: $3.95

"We’re giving you the green light for daily indulgence. Meet our latest—and sweetest—Birchbox Find yet: Ghirardelli®’s two newly launched flavors of their delicious filled chocolate bars. They taste amazing (creamy, decadent flavor, anyone?), and should you want to take it one piece at a time, the special packaging design makes it easy to rewrap once you’d had your fill. So you can have your chocolate and eat it (whenever you want) too."


Chella Highlighter Pencil in Ivory Lace


Size Received: Full Size
Value: $18.00

"This brightening formula visibly lifts and opens up the eyes when used on brow bones, water lines, or inner corners, and contours the face by drawing light to the high plains of the face (like the bridge of your nose, cheekbones, and Cupid’s bow). It also helps you create a flawless finish with precise coverage of dark spots, acne scars, and blemishes, and creates clean lines around your lips when you’re rocking a bold lip color. Available in Ivory Lace, for light skin tones, and Latte, for medium skin tones."


Color Club Cocktail Hour Collection Nail Polish in Dark n' Stormy


Size Received: 0.25 fl oz
Value: $4.00

"We'll admit that we had some fun coming up with the names of these 5-o'clock inspired shades. Choose from three: Top Shelf, a shimmering copper, On the Rocks, a bright silver, and Dark 'N Stormy, a gunmetal gray."


derma e Soothing Collection with Pycnogenol

(Photo taken after I cut off the corners and emptied each pack into jars with screw top lids.)

Size Received: One 0.12 oz pack each of Soothing Cleanser, Soothing Moisturizing Creme, Soothing Serum

Value: $0.31 + $1.80 + $1.80 = $3.91

"A thorough cleansing is the bare minimum in a face wash, but this Cleanser’s pH balanced formula goes above and beyond to soothe and comfort skin. Pycnogenol®, a powerful nutrient extracted from the bark of the French maritime pine, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps stabilize capillaries, increasing skin’s resistance to irritation and improving circulation. Green tea fights free radicals, while chamomile and lemongrass calm finicky skin. Also harnessing the powers of Pycnogenol®, the Serum utilizes a blend of botanicals to calm flare-ups and restore skin’s elasticity, and the Moisturizing Cr√®me diminishes the signs of aging, nourishing and hydrating with vitamins A, C, and E for a younger-looking complexion."


Mox Botanicals Bath Milk in Coconut and Vanilla Bean


Size Received: o.35 oz
Value: $1.68

"Each sachet is filled with a blend of organic whole milk, nutrient-rich sea salt, and a mix of soothing botanicals. Available in Rose Petal, Jasmine Petal, Coconut & Vanilla Bean, and unscented Calendula & Oatmeal."


Box Cost: $10.00
Box Value: $32.86

Unwhamable

I recently received The Twenty Two Sephora X mini polish set, and couldn't wait to put it on my fingers! 


The manicure I chose today began with two coats of Unmistakable. Over that I added one coat of Wham, a variety of white glitter. 


Lastly, I applied one coat of  Gelous Advanced Gel topcoat to smooth out the glitter, and one coat of Dreams Lacquer top coat to seal the manicure.


30 Mani Marathon - Manicure 25: Inspired By Fashion


For this design, I drew inspiration from the Pantone Report for Fall 2013 and a gold dress.


I painted each nail with one color from the Pantone Report that I had in my polish collection, and a layer of top coat. After letting that dry for a while, I added random patterns with striping tape, added a layer of Zoya Solange, and immediately pulled off the tape.  


Saturday, November 16, 2013

30 Mani Marathon - Manicure 24: Inspired By A Book

5o Shades of Grey


This design began with a base coat and two coats of Zoya Carey. Then, I used Color Club Dark 'n Stormy to stamp images from a variety of plates (Bundle Monster BM-H22, BM-416, BM-420, BM-425, BM-H18; Shany SH07; Mash 32).

Sunday, November 10, 2013

30 Mani Marathon - Manicure 23: Inspired By A Movie

The Color Purple


I chose this movie more for the name rather than the content, I wanted to wear my new Zoya Stevie :p, so I began with a base coat and two coats of this purple polish.


Over that, I chose Zoya Monica and Bundle Monster plate BM-H18 to create the hearts that symbolize the sisterly love between Celie and Nettie throughout the story, that remained strong despite the hardships they both faced.






Thursday, November 7, 2013

Baby, you're a firework!

I just received a trio of Zoya Pixie Dust polishes in the mail, so I decided to take a small break from the marathon to try one on! 


This is two coats of Zoya Tomoko, with Konad black stamping polish + Bundle Monster plate BM-H14 fireworks stamps.





Monday, November 4, 2013

30 Mani Marathon - Manicure 22: Inspired By A Song

Baby, it's cold outside!


For this manicure, I chose a design with grey skies, autumn leaves, and swirling breeze. 

I began with a base coat and two coats of Zoya Carey for the base color. Next, I painted the nail tips with China Glaze Starboard to represent grass. I sealed this with a layer of Zoya Armor top coat, and let it dry overnight.

The next day, I added the stamping. The swirling wind is Zoya Purity + Shany plate SH03, the trees are Konad black stamping polish + Bundle Monster plate BM-409, and the house is Konad black + BM-224.

To create the leaves, I used a tiny dotting tool and alternated dotting Bondi Chasing The Sun, Brick Road, and Horny Mistress. The yellow lights on the house were made with the same tiny dotting tool + Bondi Brick Road.

Lastly, I sealed the manicure with a coat of Seche Vite top coat.

30 Mani Marathon - Manicure 21: Inspired By A Color

I chose OPI Fly as the nail polish color inspiration for this manicure.


I began with a base coat and two coats of OPI Fly. I added one coat of China Glaze Faily Dust, and then a layer of top coat. Over that, I used Konad white stamping polish, and Bundle Monster plate BM-307 to create the butterfly design. Lastly, I sealed the manicure with another layer of top coat.