Makeup Wars: Fall Manicure

Hey girl hey! Fall is in full swing (even in humid Florida) and I am all kinds of excited about it. The changing of seasons means I get to expose Elle to random happenings like pumpkin patches and it also means I can pull out my favorite Fall-inspired nail polishes. This Makeup Wars, the girls and I decided to showcase our favorite Fall manicures. I am far from a nail artist so I kept it simple and used one of my favorite polishes out this season.

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Say hello to the gorgeous Lamestain from Cult Nails’ All Access collection. I purchased all of the polishes from this collection but I adooooore this one the most.

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It’s a stunning polish, right? It’s a gorgeous and rich burgundy jelly that DOESN’T look black on the nails. It is everything I could have ever wanted in Fall nail polish. To add a bit of sparkle, I added Essie’s As Gold As It Gets on top.

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And since I’m as untraditional as they come, I am also loving butter LONDON’s Royal Navy as a Fall mani.

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I did a horrible silver glitter nail design on top but Royal Navy is the best navy nail polish everrrrr.

Check out the polishes the Makeup Wars girls picked as their favorite Fall manicures…

OPI San Francisco collection, part II

I’m back with the rest of the gorgeous nail polishes from OPI’s San Francisco nail polish collection. The first half of the collection is here. The second half is full of gorgeous pinks and reds. See…

OPI San Francisco

Goooorgeous!

OPI First Date at the Golden Gate

First Date at the Golden Gate is a really pretty ruby. It wouldn’t be an OPI collection without a stunning red.

OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane

In the Cable Car-Pool Lane is lovely. Nothing says fall like a rich and creamy burgundy. This one is flawless. I applied 2 coats of it and I probably should have applied a third.

OPI I Knead Sour-Dough

I Knead Sour-Dough is a Grandma-y shade with glam. It’s a nice rosy brown with a gorgeous hot pink shimmer. I didn’t expect to like this so much but wow. It’s very unexpected.

OPI Embarca-Dare Ya!

Embarca-Dare Ya! is a shimmery magenta. It isn’t anything special but that doesn’t make it any less pretty.

OPI Lost on Lombard

Lost on Lombard is a seasonly appropriate garnet.

OPI It’s All San Andreas’s Fault

It’s All San Andreas’s Fault is a mauve. It’s one of OPI’s Liquid Sands and I think it’s one of the best Liquid Sands in terms of quality. I’m not a fan of the shade but it’s certainly “interesting”.

OPI Wharf! Wharf! Wharf!

Wharf! Wharf! Wharf! is indeed one long and annoying name. Ha! But other than that, it’s a rich and bright blue. This Liquid Sand requires very thin strokes but I have a heavy hand and applying thin strokes are never easy for me.

OPI Alcatraz…Rocks

Alcatraz…Rocks is a blue-ish gray Liquid Sands that doesn’t look as “sandy” as the other Liquid Sands in this collection.

The entire collection…

OPI San Francisco

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This collection is currently available anywhere OPI products are sold. You can snag ’em for about $9 a bottle.

Which one are you lovin’?

OPI San Francisco collection, part I

I feel like such a big girl. I am finally caught up on reviewing summery nail polish collections and can now start cranking out Fall collections. Wee! I love when OPI does these location-themed collections. I always feel like I know a city a little better without actually going. Which probably sounds crazy but whatev. I received this collection for review and here’s the first 6 of ’em.

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And I’m in love with them all. Or most of ’em at least.

OPI OPI  Peace & Love & OPI polish

Peace & Love & OPI is a gorgeous sage and eggplant duochrome. I can’t even begin to explain how much I love this polish. Duochromes are everywhere these days so I tried so hard not to be impressed but man, this baby just shines.

OPI Keepin' Suzi At Bay

Keepin’ Suzi At Bay is a rich and creamy bright blue. OPI describes it as a navy blue but I find it to be more of a cobalt blue.

OPI Incognito in Saulsalito

Incognito in Saulsalito is a dark blue that almost looks black at a quick glance. There’s nothing special to it but I love a good vampy and dark blue for the cooler months.

OPI Haven't The Foggiest

Haven’t The Foggiest is a foil-y and shimmery silver. Nothing out of the ordinary but somehow it fits in the collection.

OPI Dining Al Frisco

Dining Al Frisco is a gorgeous blue with sweet silvery undertones. I’m not sure how unique this is but I love it anyway.

OPI A-Piers To Be Tan

A-Piers To Be Tan is a chocolate-ly tan that I’m on the fence about. I never know how I feel about colors like this. Sometimes I like how they look and other times I’m like “Ewww!”

 

OVERALL: I applied 3 coats of each polish and didn’t have problems with any of them. Peace & Love & OPI really only needed 2 coats but I figured a third wouldn’t hurt. Stay tuned for my review of the next 6 of these babies.

China Glaze Sunsational nail polish collection, part II

If you missed my feature of the first 6 polishes of this gorgeous summery collection, check it out here. I am now back with the other 6!

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And there are mooooar jellies. Woot!

China Glaze Bottoms Up

Bottoms Up is a typical bubblegum pink. There isn’t anything crazy unique about it. Most nail polish companies will launch a pink like it in their summer collections. If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all, ya know?

China Glaze That's Shore Bright

That’s Shore Bright is a purple creme. It is far more fantastic in real life and if you love purple nail polishes, you pretty much need this one in your life. I kinda want a car this color. Don’t ask…

China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle

Too Yacht To Handle is a pretty teal that almost looks like a minty green version of China Glaze’s For Audrey. They could definitely be fraternal twins.

China Glaze Shell-O

Shello-O is a juicy coral pink and it’s a pretty jelly that would look stunning when paired with any kind of glitter.

China Glaze Highlight of my Summer

Highlight of My Summer is a mellow mint green creme. It almost looks like a spring-y shade and it’s a bit difficult to apply. Still pretty if you can manage applying a good 2-3 coats.

China Glaze Heat Index

Heat Index is a bright pink jelly. Yep, another jelly. It’s got a little more umph than Shello-O but jelly lovers will probably want both. Tell your wallet I apologize.

The collection altogether…

China Glaze Sunsational

You can still find this collection anywhere China Glaze polishes are sold..Sally Beauty Supply, ULTA Beauty and online retailers.

Any other jelly lovers in the house? I so wish I was creative enough to do some cool things with jellies. But unfortunately I’m far too lazy. Ha!

China Glaze Sunsational collection, part I

I can’t believe it’s almost already fall. Eek! I have to quickly crank out this review before the leaves start droppin’ on me. China Glaze always knows how to release a stellar summer nail polish collection and Sunsational isn’t any less. I received these babies for review and these are the first 6.

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Oh! And the best part…a lot of them have jelly finishes. *squeals*

 

China Glaze Sun of a Peach

Sun of a Peach is a gorgeous peachy creme. I don’t own anything like it. Sure, it took 4 coats to reach an opaque finish but whatever. It’s gorgeous!

China Glaze Are You Jelly?

Are You Jelly? Is a purple jelly that you basically need. Yeah, I said it. You NEED this one. Especially if you love purple nail polishes as much as I do. She’s super sheer so you’ll need 3-4 coats to get an opaque finish but she’s fantastic with layering a glitter in between. It’s such a stunning purple!

China Glaze Keepin' It Teal

Keepin’ It Teal is a turquoise jelly that surprised me! I thought for sure this one was going to stain my nails but it didn’t! I usually don’t wear turquoise polishes because they are notorious for staining the nails. I love this one. Another 3-4 coat wonder but it’s a stunning turquoise that has a beautiful application.

China Glaze You Drive Me Coconuts

You Drive Me Coconuts is an insanely bright and hot pink creme. It isn’t as jelly-fied as the other polishes but it’ll still require 3-4 coats. It is so so bright and pretty and will make the perfect pedicure color.

China Glaze Isle See You Later

Isle See You Later is a marine blue that has a hard time reaching an opaque finish. Which sucks because I would have loved for this one to work. I applied 5 coats and this one just wouldn’t work for me. Ah well…can’t win ’em all, huh? The formula of this one seems to be a bit on the watery side compared to the others.

China Glaze Neon & On & On

Neon & On & On is between baby girl pink and coral. It’s not my favorite shade of the bunch because I found that it applied unevenly. It isn’t a creme and it isn’t quite a jelly so the formula was a bit challenging to work with. And I’m not sure how flattering it is on my nails.

I’ve got 6 more of these to review so stay tuned but in the meantime if you just have to buy these ASAP (can’t blame you), you can snag ’em anywhere at Sally Beauty Supply, ULTA and anywhere China Glaze polishes are sold for about $3.99 a bottle.

See any that you like?

The Old Skool Mama and Pink Nail Polish

A lot of parents like to pretend like they never had a gender preference when they found out they were expecting a baby. Yeah whatever. I keeps it real. Esposo and I both wanted a boy. Mainly because we both have sisters and thought having a son would be a nice and new adventure. And then we found out we were expecting a girl and…

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…we were thrilled. Baby Clumps is the best thing in our lives and she is just perfect in every way. I see why God blessed us with this girl. I am loving our Mother and daughter relationship and can’t wait to do all kinds of fun things with her.

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Like polish her nails. It’ll be years before that happens though. I’m a beauty blogger, yes, but I am an old skool mama and want my daughter to fully understand that cosmetics are for fun. And they aren’t a necessity to life.

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Being a mother is the scariest task ever because I don’t want to “mess her up”, ya know? I don’t want to give her a complex. I want to give her a strong foundation of love, self-acceptance and I want her to recognize beauty in all things and all people. And if she really wants it, I’ll let her have COVERGIRL’s Pink Lady polish.

Covergirl Glosstini nail polish

I love these polishes. Mainly because most of them are pretty opaque after only 2 coats. And they are so so glossy.

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Remember these? Yeah. And they dry pretty quickly too. There are some things  I just can’t wait for.

One being my nail polishes to dry.

And then are some things I CAN wait for.

One being my baby girl growing up….

The Gorgeous Zoya Irresistible nail polish collection

My nails have finally decided to stop acting crazy and you know what the means…I’ll be cranking out nail polish posts. I received this collection quite some time ago so the excitement for it has died down a bit but not in my beauty room. I’m not the biggest lover of foils and metallics but there’s something about these. They are just so beautiful…

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See what I mean?

Zoya Bobbi

Bobbi is a hot magenta pink foil metallic. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a similar color like this from Zoya (then again…Zoya doesn’t really dupe themselves a lot) and if I haven’t, I’m making stuff up. Bottom line: it’s a fantastic super bright strawberry-ish shade. And it looks stunning on the toes. I’ve been wearing it 3 weeks straight now.

Zoya Rikki

Rikki is a fern green foil metallic. I would have loved if this green was a little richer but it’s not so bad. It applies beautifully.

Zoya Tinsley

Tinsley is a rose gold foil metallic and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a metallic like this. Of course we all know how much I don’t like the color pink but this is dainty, girly and just super sweet.

Zoya Hazel

Hazel is a full-coverage, blue green foil metallic. I don’t see much green in it. In fact, it definitely leans more on the blue side and reminds me of a stormy cloud. They should have really named the polish Stormy. Just sayin’…

Zoya Amy

Amy is a lot full-coverage, red orange foil metallic that looks a lot like China Glaze’s Riveting. It’s a stunning and insanely bright nail polish. It isn’t super unique but it is gorgeous nonetheless.

Zoya Kerry

Kerry is a full-coverage, yellow gold foil metallic. I’ve never been a fan of golds but somehow I can get down with yellow golds.

Okay so it’s not my favorite Zoya nail polish collection but it’s nice enough. It’ll definitely appeal to the bright nail polish lovers of the world. My faves? Bobbi, Tinsley and Amy. I think I prefer Zoya’s Stunning collection over this one. Then again I looooove creme nail polishes.

You can grab this collection from Zoya.com for $8/bottle or $48 for the entire collection.

GLOSSYBOX review – July 2013

It’s been a hot lil’ minute since we’ve tangoed with good ole’ GLOSSYBOX. And yeah, I know I’m like a month behind reviewing it but hey, maybe this review will motivate you enough to finally get that GB subscription that you’ve been lusting over for so long. I got this box for review and I think it’s oh so fitting for a summer beauty subscription box.

Glossybox of July 2013

Like all GLOSSYBOX boxes, this one came with a leaflet of what you’ll uncover after ripping the top off of your box.

Glossybox July 2013

I like to review these beauty subscription boxes by the diversity of their products and if their products reach a value of at least $21. That, to me, is very important. Yeah. I’m kinda nutty about it. Let’s get started…

Nail Inc. Baker Street nail polish

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This itty bitty bottle of blue polish is fantastic. Nails Inc. is a pretty high-end brand and so even though this isn’t a full size bottle, seeing the baby version of one appear in a GLOSSYBOX is crazy exciting. Plus, this striking cobalt blue is stunning. I mean, dang…

Dr. Brandt BB Matte with Signature Shinerase

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I’ve heard of this brand before but I didn’t know that they had a BB cream. Then again, who doesn’t have one? It’s a moderate sample size but they get a fail because the Light to Medium is far too light for me.

Nicka K New York ABSOLUTE Make-up Cleansing Tissues

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These babies are a bonus item in this month’s GLOSSYBOX. Pretty rad bonus. 10 towelettes is enough to really test the product. They are heavily fragranced so you know they aren’t exactly up my alley.

Figs & Rogue Cherry Blossom Tinted Lip Balm Tube

Glossybox lip balm

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This gorgeous tube of lip balm was the first thing eyes landed on when I opened up the box. My, what gorgeous packaging! The lip applicator (or lack of one) isn’t all that comfortable when it comes to applying. But this petroleum-free lip balm isn’t strong on the scents and the subtle pink shade will look flattering on everyone. I dig it!

BVLGARI Eau Pafumeé au thé Blanc Shampoo & Shower Gel

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It’s a generous sample size but I don’t do perfumes and so even sniffing this gave me a slight headache.

Brazilian Blowout Açai Deep Conditioning Masque

Glossybox hair

For the gals who love keepin’ their do’s in check, this hair masque has enough product to give you a few tests of how the masque may work on your hair. That is, if you don’t have Rupunzel-length hair. I doubt I’ll give it a whirl. I’m just not really into hair products these days.

OVERALL:  This box was definitely worth at least $21. This is the norm for GLOSSYBOX as I’ve come to discover that they are pretty good with giving you products that at least meet what you’ve spent. And like all subscription boxes, you aren’t going to love everythiiiiing but with this one, there is something for everyone. They cover hair, skincare, nails, cosmetics and fragrances and that’s just no easy task. Another win for GLOSSYBOX .

If you haven’t signed up for  a box yet – head on over here  and do so.