New Nail Review–Two Gypsies nail lacquer: Birthday Wish Upon A Star

With the holidays upon us, you may have noticed that my posts have come slow as molasses. If you even care 😛 But I had to make sure I got this post up for you, and so I could properly express thanks.

From the online Reddit community I have watched the launch of Two Gypsies Nail Lacquer a few months ago. I haven’t bought any yet but the colors are on my Etsy wishlist and I find them quite pretty. I follow them on Facebook and read reviews from other bloggers.

A few weeks ago, they came up with a new polish and asked for name suggestions–and I won! The prize was my chosen name on the bottle, and a bottle for my collection! Unbeknownst to them, this would get them a free blog review 😀

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I should say I really like their labels. The logo is too cute!

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Closeup of the polish! The glitter did distribute better once the bottle was room temperature–instead of cold from being in a box on my porch.

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They asked for something to do with birthdays, and the polish has stars. so i came up with this–Birthday Wish Upon a Star!

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Closeup of the star, square, and circle glitter. micro-glitter-shimmer is also present.

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Initial swatching! left is one coat, right is two coats.

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Other side, where you can see some glitter better.

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This angle shows off the shimmer a bit.

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Swatch and bottle.

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I was taking advantage of the short amount of after-work daylight I have to take lots of photos!

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Super sweet note from the Gypsies 🙂

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Finally my last manicure chipped and I got to try it out! This is 3 coats. 2 coats was pretty opaque but i just couldnt help myself!

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The middle finger got a star right in the middle! But you can clearly see the glitter distribution is much better.

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Other hand! This hand ended up with lots of squares.

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Another left angle. Its not perfectly clear but it shows off the different colors reflecting from the glitter and shimmer.

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Back to the right, different angle.

This is the second time in my life I have gotten to name a polish for an indie seller! Okay well the first time I got an honorable mention but still. SO COOL! Big shout out and thank you to the girls at Two Gypsies! Make sure to check out their shop and Facebook because they might have special offers or events–recently they had a couple charity polishes (now sold out, or I would link!) and donated a portion of proceeds.

What are your favorite indie polish brands? Have you tried Two Gypsies yet?

October Starlooks Starbox

I am so far behind in box posts it isn’t even funny. Here is my Starlooks box from October. Starlooks has been popping up all over the place in other boxes too–Ipsy, Wantables, to name a few–and so far I have liked all the products.

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I always love how professional and classy their packaging is.

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The breakdown: lipstick, eyeliner, and 3 blushes.

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You can gift a subscription too–the December box has already been revealed to include a full eyeshadow palette!

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Cutepackagingception. Cute boxes within a cute box.

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Everything opened!

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The blush palette and eyeliner swatched! The middle blush is more summery on my skin but the other two will be great now! and The silver will be a nice touch of glam for holiday parties.

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The lipstick swatch. It goes on very smooth and is a sheer pink tint.

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The crystal was tucked in the box underneath the tissue paper!

Do you subscribe to Starbox? How about now? 😛

Lucky 13 Lacquer: Teal Me I’m Pretty & Don’t Cry Over Spilled Glitter

Hello again! I know it is twice in a day but I neeeeed to tell you all about this. I recently was given a few indie polishes as part of a gift exchange on Reddit. Until then, I only had 3–a Rainbow Honey, a KB Shimmer, and a 27 Polish that I got for having a runner up name in a naming contest for the shade. However there are many other indie brands making names for themselves in the lacquerista world and now I have been able to experience a few more.

Today I am going to highlight for you the two shades I received of the brand Lucky 13 Lacquer. Bear with me, I took a lot of pictures!

1: Teal Me I’m Pretty is a teal (duh) polish with rainbow glitters. It was actually relatively simple to get lots of glitter spread out, and a lot of chunky glitters like this are finicky and difficult to work with. I found this polish easy! This was several coats, you can see in some of the closeups that the bottom glitters are peeking through.

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2: Don’t Cry over Spilled Glitter is a white base with all manner of glitter as well. This was 3 coats to get it close to opacity. Again, smooth application and simple to get lots of glitter without having to go fishing. Also you may have noticed but I have given up the patience for cleanup. F that noise.

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What are your favorite indie brands? Recommendations? Have you tried Lucky13?

let’s talk about in store makeovers

Greetings all! Ladies, you know what I’m talking about. You are shopping around at Ulta or Sephora most likely, and inevitably some salesperson or another wrangles you into trying their products right there in the store. You have to remove any makeup you are already wearing (sometimes copious amount) and cross your fingers and pray to whatever gods are yours that they know what they are doing.

I have gotten a little brave with this. I had a really good experience a few months ago in Ulta with the Napoleon Perdis salesperson (do a quick search on my NP posts and you will find the makeover and all the NP love I’ve found since!) so I don’t tend to turn these down.

My first mistake was letting someone approach me in The Body Shop. Yes their lipliner is silky smooth and their BB cream is divine, but let’s face it: what they really know is bathtime. Shower gels, skincare, lotions, scrubs, soaks. No one’s first thought is “mascara!” Secondly, the person was nowhere near my age, nor did we have anything in common skinwise.

I could go on but I will let pictures speak for themselves.

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My eyeshadow got extended at least half an inch past the end of my eyebrows. It’s hard to tell that, though, because she didnt fill them and my ends are a little thin. Also, she put mascara on TOP of my lashes? that was a wierd sensation, to say the least.

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I feel as if I look tired and dirty.

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same problem as the other eye. I’m pretty sure the mascara on top application made my lashes straighter >.< also…blush. look at it all.

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seriously look at my lashes. If you are at all familiar with my blog and thereby my face, you know i have long, thick lashes and she somehow succeeded in making them look stringy and sparse.

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OK I DO like this color. SHe mixed 2 lipsticks to get this great fall orange/brown shade. but she didnt line, and she didnt prep them with balm or anything first.

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These are the colors she used–The Body Shop numbers colors instead of naming them. I bought them because I liked how the color looked.

 

Do you have any horror stories about in store makeovers? Best and worst experiences? Let me know!

My Liebster Award Nomination!

My new friend over at http://beautyproductaday.blogspot.com nominated me for a Liebster Award! This is an award given to bloggers with smaller followings and is intended to recognize their efforts and network blogs of similar sizes.

 

 

The Rules:
1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.(see above!).
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers. 
4. Go to the blogs you nominated and notify them of their nomination. 
5. Give your nominees 11 questions to answer.
 
Here are the questions I was given to answer!

  • What is your favorite mascara ever?

Shocker readers: its Clump Crusher by CoverGirl. haha. Don’t act like you’re not impressed. I get more volume and curl from CC than I have gotten from any other high end, mid range, or drugstore mascara I have ever tried. and I have tried a LOT. 

  • What post on your blog is your favorite and why?

I like my posts about Napoleon Perdis. NP products make me feel more beautiful than anything I can possibly do. 

  • If you could be any animal, what would you be?

Totally would be a dragon, and that has nothing to do with how bad-ass they are in Game of Thrones. I’d breathe fire so I would never be cold, eat whatever I want, and fill a cave with gold and jewels and roll around in it until I glittered like the stars. 

  • If you had to spend $1,000 in one store, where would it be?

I know you want me to say something like Sephora. but I am going with IKEA. I would go in planning to pick up ONE THING and come out with TWENTY. and still stay in budget. 

  • If you had to spend that $1,000 on one person besides yourself, who would you spend it on?

If I could just give the money to someone, I would give it to my dad. I owe him money anyways >.< but if I had to spend it in the store above, probably my sister. She is starting college in the fall and if she thinks she loves IKEA NOW? hoo boy. 

  • What is your favorite way to promote your blog?

Anyway I can! I facebook, pin on pinterest, and post all over Reddit. I suppose I tweet too but its automatically generated from my FB and Blog and i dont check it or promote twitter. 

  • Do you like board games or card games?

Yes. Both. I have to choose? VIDEO GAMES. 

  • What is your best beauty tip you have to share?

its easier to add more than it is to take it off. True about so many things in life. But if you pile too much shadow on your brush, you will have fallout and big eyeshadow smears. if you put on too much blush, you may as well wash your face and start from scratch. and wash your makeup off!!! Don’t go to bed with makeup on. Save your linens and your skin. 

  • What is your favorite website to shop on?

These questions are hard! For makeup, Sephora. In general, sale sights like Hautelook and Zulily. Amazon because of Universal Wish List. 

  • If you could get anyone to guest post on your blog, who would you choose and why?

Temptalia, hands down. That yotch already has swatches of Naked 3! SO JELLY. 

  • What is your favorite candy?

Chocolate of nearly every variety. Twix, Take 5, Crunchie, Flake, Reeses cups, gummy bears, sour patch kids…oh. i started past chocolates lol. I have a sweet tooth!!

 

Now to find 11 other bloggers to nominate!

http://keshoryuken.blogspot.ca/  AKA Palette Swap

http://thepalettepersuasions.blogspot.com/ 

http://www.missmonolid.com/

http://www.beautyskeptic.com/

http://alwaysfeelingpretty.blogspot.com/

http://sweedabeauty.blogspot.com/

http://theboston-belle.blogspot.com/

http://www.prettygirlscience.com/

http://www.plushupbeauty.com/

http://makingupminds.wordpress.com/

http://eastcoastglamm.com/

HERE ARE YOUR QUESTIONS, NOMINEES! Some of you I couldnt see how many followers you had so…if you are above the amount…i wont tell!

1:What is your favorite underdog brand? (great quality, no one knows about it)

2: What country do you want to visit and why?

3: Do you have pets? Tell me about them!

4:What holiday do you celebrate, and what is your favorite tradition?

5:Do you give beauty products as gifts? why or why not?

6: Why do you makeup?

7:Favorite genre of book/movie and why?

8: What was the best gift you ever received?

9: “Not to Prime is a Crime”-Napoleon Perdis. Agree or Disagree?

10:What is your favorite topic to blog about?

11: What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started blogging?

 

Thanks again for the nomination. I can’t wait to see everyone’s posts! Off to tell them all they have work to dooooooooo!

Double Influenster: Rimmel Stay Matte and Rose Voxboxes

You may remember that I am a member of Influenster–a free, social media & marketing crossover platform which allows users to post reviews and fill out surveys, which qualifies them to occasionally receive free products for review. In the beginning of the summer I gave you reviews of some new Mary Kay products. This time around, I qualified for TWO different Voxboxes! Even though these items were complimentary, for testing purposes, I promise you my honest opinion!

1: Rimmel Stay Matte Voxbox

This was a one-item box. While Rimmel’s Stay Matte line is available, this item is new. It is a mousse-consistency foundation. The prequalifying quiz included several questions to help determine which color they would send you. Let’s see how it did:

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Here is the box. Shine has met its match? Love it! As you may remember I have combo skin and get a shiny tzone.

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So far so good! True beige sounds like me…my Boots foundation is Cool Beige. 🙂

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Here is a closeup. What I love about Influenster is that they send you full sized products so you can test them. I don’t know how companies think we will get a handle on a product when they give you a foil packet that only has enough product to cover your nose.

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Here is a little squeeze. The formula is light and fluffy, as you would expect from something described as “mousse”Image

I blended that smudge into the back of my hand. It seems to match pretty well but my face is lighter than my hands.

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Inside my wrists shows its a little darker. My face is darker than my inside wrists though…so at this point I was unsure how it would go on my face.

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As far as these claims go, I think the description is accurate. The formula is lightweight and smooth, and I did stay matte all day. I must disclose that I used a beauty blender and not my fingers though!

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Here it is, on! The color was ALMOST just right on my face. it was eversoslightly too dark, which considering it was an online survey is pretty good. With a little mineral veil over top it was hardly noticeable. In the summer this will be perfect. I don’t think it minimized my pores as much as it implied, but that is not my primary concern with foundation so that doesn’t count against it. For me at least. Overall I think this is a good product, on line with Boots matte foundation. Like the card says, this product is not available yet! I would keep an eye out in Spring 2014 probably if i HAD to hazard a guess.

2: Rose VoxBox

The second box was the Rose VoxBox, one of 2 available fall beauty boxes this year. The surveys had questions about all sorts of wierd things, so I was unsure what to expect!

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The boxes arrived on the same day!

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Way to go on packaging, Influenster…. I guess they figure they don’t need to since the items are free?

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They dare me to find a thorn? CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

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Here is an outline of everything I received. I was lucky enough to be one of the few who did receive the Vitabath lotion in addition to the other items!

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I made everything nice so you could see it all!

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I was very excited when I saw these. The package brangs that you can use it in any kind of shoe! well..that’s not exactly true. I tried it in a pair of flats, after trimming down to my 8.5 size. The inserts made the shoes tight across my foot and actually cut into them. NO DICE. Then I thought I would try them in a pair of wedge booties. Again, they were too thick and raised my foot higher than it should sit in a shoe! However, like Goldilocks the third time was the charm when I put them in my unlined rainboots. An extra layer of soft, warm support was instantaneous. I must add that it was SUPER easy to take them in and out, and the fluffiness is appreciated 🙂

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Rimmel Scandaleyes. You know how I feel about mascaras that aren’t Clump Crusher. More on this mascara below.

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Nail polish!!!!!! I have always been curious about these sets and have trouble recreating them on my own, so I was thrilled to see it! More further down on this as well:)

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Vitabath lotion in Beach Blossom. I don’t think the fragrance name is accurate. Nothing about it was beachy, or even particularly floral! However the lotion is moisturizing, the fragrance is light and fresh, and the bottle is big! This was a win and I was glad to have gotten it.

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Lindor Truffles! But seriously, Influenster? This cute little packet had ONE TRUFFLE. I need at least 10 to know if I like it 🙂 Seriously though, I could have used 1-2 more. But Lindt is a brand I associate with quality sweet treats and this did not disappoint me.

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These were good! I have tried the honey oat flavor before but blueberry hasnt been available. They went well with my morning tea.

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This is my first attempt with the Kiss Gradation nail set. While it isn’t exactly like the box, I think I did a decent job and the effect is cool. The glitter doesnt hurt 🙂

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Here is a closeup of the mascara wand. Out of all the samples and mascara I have used, I haven’t had a wand like this before. I was surrpised at how it made my already long lashes look like falsies!Image

Check out those lashes! You can also see them in the picture I posted above of the foundation. But look at that–in some places my lashes are touching my eyebrows! My badly in need of waxing eyebrows. This doesnt supplant my CC (SHOCKER!) but it has wormed its way into my regular rotation!

Did my reviews entice you into any of these products? Are any of you Influensters? Tell me what you think!

The Return of Nothin’ but Napoleon!

My love for all things Napoleon Perdis is no secret. I plug it wherever I go, whenever possible, to whoever will listen. I have yet to be disappointed by a product. I may as well turn Nothin’ but Napoleon into a regular installment. If you haven’t checked the brand out, there is very often a NP rep at Ulta with samples.

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As you can see, there is an AWFUL lot of NP going on here. In the center is The One Concealer, going up and clockwise is Blushing mosaic, Bronzing Mosaic, cosmetic glitter (EF Cosmetics), 2 eyeshadow quads, NYX jumbo pencil in milk, NP eyeliner, devine lipstick, lip gloss, mascara, Bare Minerals mineral veil, and urban decay deslick setting spray. Sitting in the mirror of the bronzer is a sample pack of the NP Sheer Genius foundation.

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This eyebrow looked particularly good that day. the Nyx pencil is good on my lower waterline for making my eyes appear open and brighter.

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I don’t normally like pencil eye liner but the NP liner is smooth and allows me a good flick.

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Closeup. not only does this show how well the glitter distributes, but you can see how smooth the foundation makes my skin appear.

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Also of note is how well the concealer hides my enormous purple undereye bags!

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Better look at the lips. The lipstick is moisturizing and the gloss isnt super sticky.

I never look as good as I do when i go all-out with Napoleon Perdis. I don’t use it every day, just because I have SO MUCH other product to use and show my readers. If I was told I could only use one brand for the rest of my life–this would be it. I wish the selection at Ulta was larger–some stores have counters with NP in them, but nothing near me does >.< I am dying to get my hands on some of their palettes and other products!

we’re still okay with Halloween makeup, right?

We aren’t even a week into November, so I figure it is still timely to show you my super cute, super EASY halloween makeup from last week. I went out to a bar with some friends the Saturday before and I didn’t want to be wearing something awkward like last year (wings) or that I was constantly pulling up or adjusting (corset). This was made straight from things I already had in my wardrobe–no purchase necessary!

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Meet the adorable scarecrow!

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Stitching and undereye lashes all done with elf black cream eyeliner. eyeshadow and nose patch is milani from the rainbow mosaic. blush is Nyx cream blush in orange. Lips are revlon just bitten in Rendezvous.

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This was the first time I curled my hair since it has been this long–its a LOT of hair and you can tell i missed chunks.

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Paired with a plaid shirt/cami, jeans, and little tan booties. Comfortable, casual, cute.

 

In the last picture, you can also get a glimpse of just how long my hair is getting…wow. its CURLED and its out to the girls. which means it goes even farther when its straight.

 

What are your favorite last minute costumes? Show me show me show me!!

Palette Wars: Urban Decay Ammo Palette (original)

Welcome back! I am on a virtual roll this week, posting every day! I even managed to remember my giveaway was ending (congratulations Natalie!) and replace my old, tearing paper blinds with real grown-up person curtains (even if the rods are spring loaded instead of mounted). When my life goes to pot, work goes really well, so the fact that my home life is fine should tell you a little about the source of my stress the past week or so. ugh. But I didn’t make this post to vent about my life or have a therapy session about arrogant jerks who can dish it but can’t take it.

You are due for another palette review! I picked up the Ammo palette on sale before UD released the new updated version. I ended up not being able to use it for a whole week–not enough variety for a work week. I need spice in my life–just ask my wardrobe about all the articles of clothing I own with union jacks.

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Here’s a reminder of the palette. I have swatched it before and there are swatches all over so I didnt waste time and eyeshadow swatching again. sorry, ladies.

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Day one went for a more neutral look. I look really tired here (more tired than normal) but honestly i did this so long ago i can’t even remember why.

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I played a bit with the pinks & purples here.

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I am looking much more awake here. This was my birthday! You know, 7…weeks…ago. haha. So this was a Sunday, which explains my bright eyes (and bushy tail?) and also why i was able to use brighter colors.

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back to work appropriate makeup and tired eyes! thank goodness for glasses. I used the black in the outer corners here and i really like how it turned out.

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Final round with earth tone shades from the palette.

 

By the by, did you notice how this post might as well have been called “Evolution of Kerianne’s Eyebrows”? Yikes!

I would be interested to see how the new formula of UD Ammo compares to this version. Anybody have insight? Which version do you have?

Nail Art Catchup

Good evening readers! I’ve been posting a lot of box reviews lately, so here are some manicures to catch you up on what my nails have been sporting over the last few weeks…months? It might be months now. I’m probably the world’s worst beauty blogger 🙂

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This was my birthday manicure! I used two Zoyas–Zoya Sailor from the fall cashmere line, and Zoya Sunshine, their similarly colored fall Pixiedust. On the middle finger is Happy Birthday by Deborah Lippman.
I love the ease of application and full coverage of Zoya polish. These pictures do not do it justice!

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Here we have some stripe tape art, featuring butter London British Racing Green over Color Club Silver Lake. The “accent nails” are where I screwed up the taping >.< I dressed them up with Zoya Opal flake effect topcoat. I had been coveting this color green for a very very long time and finally snagged it for $10 during Ulta’s promotion in September.

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I tried out two more of the Zoya fall cashmere line–Louise (brown) and Pepper (red). These colors are scrumptious. I won the full cashmere set at the end of september at a fundraiser and i couldnt be more thrilled.

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Another new butter London–Scuppered. Incredibly hard to photograph. This polish is actually comprised of gold, green and red glitters and has amazingly full coverage.

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You got a sneak peek of this one in last week’s Birchbox reviews! This is Zoya Flynn, of the cashmeres, and Ruffian’s Hedge Fund, from Birchbox. This was also my first attempt at interlocking dots…BE GENTLE.

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Getting closer…HOMECOMING! This was from a few weekends ago. I went back to good old MoCo to march with the alumni band and did an accompanying mani. I honestly can’t remember what the blue and grey were that I used. The glitter was from the Sephora OPI Cinderella set.

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This mani is….action packed. I know I used Sonia Kashuk Fatigued and Sally Hansen Sugar Coat in Candy Corn. with striping tape. and rhinestones. Honestly I STILL can’t decide if i liked it or not.

Believe it or not, I have even MORE manicures to show you since I last uploaded pictures, as well as some very special manicures I created for charity. But more on that another time!

Do you all love Zoya and butter london as much as I do? What do you think about my quilted bedazzled manicure? Hit me up!