Monday, September 1, 2014

Rainbow Honey July 2014 Mystery Bag Swatch and Review: Deep Heart Sea

Rainbow Honey Deep Heart Sea (2 coats) over 2 coats Rainbow Honey 488nm

Happy Labor Day! I spent the day driving, but I'm back in NC and ready to get back to some major swatching . As you can see, I'm back to July's Rainbow Honey Mystery Bag, and September's bag will be here before you know it. I WILL get ahead at some point. Deept Heart Sea is a blue jelly base with neon glitters and white hearts in purple shimmer. It's quite intense for sure. The formula is quite thick due to the glitter, so the best way to apply it is the dab and place the glitter where you want it. I think if you add thinner, the glitter would sink. Anyway, it's still a fun glitter topcoat! 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Rainbow Honey August 2014 Mystery Bag Swatch and Review: 488nm

Rainbow Honey 488nm (2 coats)

Don't forget to sign up for my Barielle giveaway....there haven't been a ton of entries, so you have a good chance of winning! Whew, yesterday really wore me out! I'm in Knoxville visiting my family (happy belated blog birthday to my brother) and we went to Boomsday which is an awesome display of fireworks that brings people out from all over Tennessee. This also means a ton of walking so I'm a bit sore today. 

I realize that I haven't shown any of the Rainbow Honey August bag polishes, so here is 488nm (if you're a scientist, you may get this) which is an azure blue creme. I believe this is the first creme I've received from a bag so far. This is such a beautiful color, but the formula was a bit thin which is surprising since all the polishes I've used by them have been thicker. I also applied the Royal Fruits scented topcoat that came with the box this month. It smells good, but the dry time was slightly longer than I'm used to. Speed beats scent any time in my book. 

I hope to get the second part of the Zoya collection out when I get home from my trip. I hope you enjoy the rest of your extended weekend if you're in the US!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Zoya Fall 2013 PixieDust Collection Swatch and Review: Arabella

Zoya Arabella (2 coats)

This is the last Zoya PixieDust to show you, I promise. Arabella only cost me $0.99 at Ulta and is a deep fuchsia with silver shimmer. It's a bit darker on the nail, but brightens up nicely in bright light. The formula was slightly thick like all PixieDusts, but that only makes the application easier. Nice polish to have for a buck, I must say. Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

My Perfect Barielle Manicure with GIVEAWAY!

*press samples*

Barielle was kind enough to ask me what products would make the perfect manicure, and in doing so, having a giveaway for these same products! Yay, a giveaway! Here, I will describe what I found to be vital products for healthy nails. Read on for your way to enter the giveaway.

Barielle Jillian's Jammin' (3 coats)

Jillian's Jammin' is a beautiful duchrome of blue and purple, but for the life of me, I couldn't get a picture of the purple. Click on the last picture because you can see the purple in the bottle. Just today I got at least 3 compliments on this one. The only downside is that it's a bit sheer, but builds up in 3 coats. 

Barielle Extra Gentle Cuticle Minimizer

This has actually become my go-to cuticle remover. I've tried Blue Cross and the Sally Hansen ones, but this one actually thickens on the cuticle as it dries, and I feel it actually removes the skin easier. It also comes with a wooden cuticle pusher. 

Barielle Hydrating Rige Filler with Silk Fiber

I believe everyone should own some Barielle nail treatments. They can be a little spendy, but with the sale going on until the end of the month, you can get these for a great price. I picked the Hydrating Ridge Filler and it goes on very smoothly and dries in a flash. No more ridges on my nails! I also need some hydrating for my nails due to all of the acetone I use. 

Barielle No Chip Speed Dry Topcoat

I must be honest, this is not my favorite topcoat. It says speed dry, but unfortunately it's just not speedy enough for me. For most people, this will still be a great product and make a manicure last. 

Barielle Nail Strengthener Cream (1 oz)

And finally, the nail strengthener cream is now a holy grail nail and cuticle cream. I've used this for over a month, and you can barely even notice I've used it. I just scrape a little onto a nail and place some product on each nail before rubbing it in. I use it before bed because it can be a bit greasy, but that's totally ok with me because it honestly works. My cuticles haven't been better in years. 

And now onto the best part-the giveaway! Barielle provided these same products for one lucky winner. Also, they are currently having a sale that has all polishes 50% off and all nail treatments are under $10 until the end of the month. This is definitely the time to buy. To sign up for the giveaway, check out the Rafflecopter. This is only open to US residents (sorry internationals!) and the winner will have 48 hours to contact me after the giveaway ends. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*These products were provided by the company or PR representative for review and giveaway. All reviews are based solely on my opinion. For more information, please see my full disclosure at the bottom of the site*

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Zoya Summer 2013 PixieDust Collection Swatch and Review: Solange

Zoya Solange (2 coats)

Yay, guess what happened? I just tore a nail halfway down the middle of it. So it's hurt and ruined and on my swatching hand. What is a girl to do? Any suggestions because this one is bad?Despite this issue, I will try and find a way to make it work. 

So the only Solange I've heard of is Beyonce's sister, and I think Zoya was spot on with this one. It's such a bright gold that has tons of yellow in it. Isn't this one crazy? While I think this would look awesome on darker skintones, I still think it washes me out a bit. It's still a really interesting textured matte polish. That you may find for cheap at Ulta.