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Summer Nails (Color Club Lady Holiday and Apollo Star)

4 Jul

Didn’t want you all the think I abandoned you again — I’ve been traveling, but my nails are painted and I’m going to show them off. I haven’t got too many tools or options with me for going all out and fancy with my nails (gave 99% of my polishes to my mom when I ran off on a road trip) but I make due. Right now, I’m sort of in love with these Color Club polishes my friend gave me in a Vegan Cuts beauty box.

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Apologies, photo taken at a hotel!

So this is Color Club Lady Holiday on my thumb, index, middle and pinkie then Apollo Star on my ring finger/accent. I love both colors, especially Apollo Star though I find it chips a little easier than the rest of the Color Club line. It’s a lovely almost-textured gold glitter, and it covers extremely well with just one coat. Lady Holiday is an almost-grey with a hint of green. I love my grey polish, so no complaints here. The above is 2 coats.

So that’s it for now, I’m still on my journey across the US. You can always track my journey and my nails on instagram. Oh and… Happy 4th of July!

Nails at last! (Wet N Wild I Red a Good Book)

26 Jun

Woah, it’s been a long time! Sorry about that, folks. Things got crazy and my nails were in super bad shape due to stress and abuse, but things are looking better than ever. My nails have regrown themselves over the past 3ish weeks because of one important factor: NO WORK. Can’t believe what a difference giving up my job has made on my overall health! The doctors weren’t lying — stress is really bad for you! Haha.

Anyway, you’re probably all wondering why I’m not working and the answer is… I’m on a road trip! I gave up all 3 of my jobs and ran off with everything I own packed up in the backseat of my car. I’m currently traveling across the country to various cities and baseball parks and just relaxing overall. I’m planning to settle down (or as close as a person with wanderlust like me can come to settling down) in either Portland, OR or New Orleans, LA sometime in the near-to-far future.

A quick recap of my road trip adventures so far can be found on my instagram and my travel blog, home)base(less.

Courtesy of my lack of work and my road trip, I’ve finally had time to start painting my nails again! Here’s a mani from Wednesday:

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This is a manicure I did at an Ohio service area on my way between Cleveland and Detroit. I had to make a couple of phone calls and I figure, meh, why not paint my nails? I used Wet N Wild I Red a Good Book from their Megalast collection, and I topped my accent nail with… idk! I have no idea what the name of this polish is. It looks like this:

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And it came in one of the VeganCuts nail polish boxes (or was it the beauty box??) that my friend Heidi gave me for my birthday in December. If anyone knows this brand, please let me know because I really like the color!

***UPDATE*** Some in depth googling has led me to the identity of this polish! It’s Elysian Misapplied Magic, and it came to me in the VeganCuts nail art box — which is sold out, but probably coming back soon 🙂

Alright, I’ve gotta head out because I’m visiting my aunt and uncle in Detroit (well just north of there), and I think we’re heading to Greenfield Village today. Thanks for reading!

TIOT: Sephora by O.P.I. Break a Leg Warmer (plus Ellagee Not the Droids You’re Looking For)

19 Aug

I’m still having a terrible time with my nails! I started taking these vitamins from Deva, and my nail strength is definitely improving but (and I realize this is weird!) my nail polish keeps like… popping off! It comes off in whole sheets sometimes, like my nails are repelling the polish! Honestly, I have no clue what to do about it, haha. If anyone has any advice, I’d be immensely grateful!

In the mean time, I’m just going to keep changing my polish like daily because that’s how long it lasts!

Anyway, here’s a Try it on Tuesday for you!

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The base color for this was Sephora by OPI Break a Leg Warmer (I have to assume this was from their winter collection before they discontinued the line) plus I used Ellagee Not the Droids You’re Looking For (which is also sadly unavailable anymore but came to me in nail mail last Halloween). I really love this grey color, though I wouldn’t mind if it we’re maybe 10% less black, if it were a softer grey. Not the Droids You’re Looking For is one of my fave glitter bombs based on the name alone, but it’s also super cute with blue, silver and gold glitter flecks, very reminiscent of the droids you are, in fact, looking for.

Alright, that’s all I have for today. If anyone has a suggestion how to deal with my nail polish-repelling problem, please let me know in the comments! I’m pretty desperate haha.

Rainbow Honey “Work It Out”

7 Aug

Hey folks, sorry for the delay in posting this. I’ve gotten so busy that I can’t promise more than one post a month anymore, but hey, at least I’m trying, right?

Anyway, I thought I’d show off another of those Rainbow Honey polishes I mentioned in my last post.

Disclaimer: Products provided for review

This one is called “Work It Out” and it’s a lovely, bright summery reddish coral.

(Sadly, my index fingernail is still a work in progress, so forgive me for hiding it haha)

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I love this shade because it really pops, which is no less than I would expect from Rainbow Honey. Looks fabulous with my black dresses too (only the weak don’t wear black in the summer). The consistency of this polish was nice, and the above swatch is using two coats. I think this might be the shade I wear to my cousin’s end-of-summer wedding because I love it so much 🙂

I’ve still got one more Rainbow Honey polish to review, and I don’t know how long it will be before I post that, so until then.. have a great summer!

Baby, I’m back!

13 Jul

Helloooo friends! I’m sorry for my wayyy longer than expected absence! I’ve been veryyy busy and my nails are been super sucky, idk why (probably because I suck at taking my vitamins and I over use the hand sanitizer).

Anyway, my nails still suck but I don’t care because I came home today to find these in my mailbox!!

2014-07-12 17.15.00I have sooo much love for Rainbow Honey. It’s like they can sense when I am feeling down and they send these things to cheer me up!

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Rainbow Honey just released their Summer Mix Tape collection which features 12 polishes named after popular songs. The polishes they send to everyone is random, and the three I was lucky to receive are (from left to right) Best Friend (based off the Foster the People song, I assume), Work It Out (based off the Knox Hamilton song I guess??) and Stolen Dance (based off the Milky Chance song?). I have to confess that I’ve never heard a single one of these songs and I actually spent the past 15 minutes googling haha.

I love Rainbow Honey’s descriptions of their polishes, but I like to try my hand at it before I read the full description. I tried Stolen Dance tonight and my description was basically “mint ice cream green with a faint silver halo.” The RH description is “We shouldn’t talk about it, but this pale kiwi green will entice you with its gold and violet shimmer.” Usually, the description from RH is pretty accurate (though a bit theatric) and that remains partly true. I don’t think “pale kiwi” is really a color, though, and if it were, it wouldn’t be this.

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(please ignore how gross my nails are)

The idea of “pale kiwi” is off putting and sort of makes this seem like it should be a dull neon, but that’s definitely not what’s going here. It’s creamy green in color, like ice cream or a grasshopper shot. The purple/metallic halo isn’t really visible because my camera sucks (I’m still taking pics on my Samsung Galaxy sIII) and because it’s really quite subtle. Teal is a very summer color, though, so this is basically perfect for the season.

I did 3 coats of this, but I probably could have gotten away with 3. The coverage was nice and the formula was easy to use, not too thick or too watery. I would definitely recommend it, especially if you’re taking a beach vacation (I’d love a bathing suit in this color).

I don’t have time tonight to check out the other 2 colors, but I’ll have them up within a couple of days/next week. I’m sorry again for disappearing on y’all like that, I kinda suck sometimes. I’ve missed this, though, so I’m going to try harder to get my nails into shape! I’m still really busy as always with work (plus I’m helping a friend start up a statewide vegan organization…) but I won’t be gone for 2 months again haha. Thanks for bearing with me!

 

Fab Friday 5 + Spider-Man Nail Art!

17 May

Hey friends, hope y’all have been having a fabulous week! I’ve been so busy I can barely keep track of the days! I had my annual meeting (big to-do) at my primary job plus at my design job, I’ve got 2 orders of books (one of which is already complete, wooooo!) plus it’s wedding season so I’m a busy girl! Of course it’s never all work and no play for this vegan, and I’ve managed to find some time to paint my nails and even see a few friends and have a couple of drinks. And! I’ve managed to put together a fabulous five for this week:

  1. This week’s favorite tumblr is, hands down, disneyunhappilyeverafter, which features Disney characters in much more realistic situations. (trigger warnings for images depicting: drug use, animal abuse, racism)
  2. Lots of really good posts this week about street harassment. Check out this one about “Walking While Fat and Female” which contains possibly the best quote ever about the claim that “not all men are like that”:

    “You telling me that not all men do that doesn’t make my walk, or drive, or existence safer. It makes it more challenging to say, “This happened and it was wrong.” It makes it harder to call out this behavior for what it is — misogynistic, sexist, rape culture bullsh*t behavior. I don’t care that not all men are like this. I care that it happens.”

  3. Check out this super pretty mani from the Bookish Manicurist (whose blog I adore soooo much!!). I would never have the patience for a galaxy manicure (so many layers!) but I love seeing them:
  4. Have you seen the evil cow meme? If not, you are missing out! (I know this is kinda old but it’s trending among vegan tumblrs right now and I had never seen it before lol)
  5. I am so freaking happy that Kimber is back and posting so many beautiful pictures! I don’t know how she does it (I’m sure it involves a nicer camera than my cell phone and probably a lightbox and a little patience lol) but regardless, I love everything she photographs, including this fabulous new polish from Philly Loves Lacquer (vegan and cruelty free! And who doesn’t love everything about Philly??)

I didn’t want to run off without showing off some nail art of my own, so I tried my hand (pun lol) at nail stamping again tonight… and it was a complete and utter failure haha. It’s a work in progress I guess! Lots of practice, I’m sure I’ll get there someday. PLUS I broke a nail at the gym (did I mention my sister and I go to the gym like EVERY DAY now? so. much. fun…..) yesterday and I had to replace it with a false one and it just looks a little too weird and..  yeah, no nail stamping. BUT I do have this little gem from a couple of weeks ago:

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I did this in honor of the new Amazing Spider-Man movie released at the beginning of May. I’m lucky I had my step dad around to take me because the rest of my friends/family were too busy/uninterested. I’m not going to review the movie (short-and-sweet-version: major plot gaps – even bigger than the first movie – but if you don’t overanalyze, you will enjoy it) because I had a good time (and Andrew Garfield is not unpleasant to look at for 2 hours) and that’s what counts. I did this nail art using Into the Night from OPI’s Amazing Spider-Man Collection (appropriate, right?) and Wet N Wild I Red a Good Book plus Art Club White striping polish. All freehand, as made obvious by the mediocre art haha. I liked it, though, and it was a big hit at the movie and before.

So that’s it for me for now. I’ll probably give stamping another shot tomorrow — 10th time’s the charm? — and get back to you on the results haha. Also I’m taking a break for Memorial Day and going to visit my friends in Philly and then off to DC for a night to have a bit of a (well-deserved) vacation. Idk if I will post or not, it’ll depend on my mood. Thanks all and have a great weekend!

PS: It occurred to me that I am not appropriately tagging my posts on this blog with trigger warnings!! It’s second-nature to me on my main blog, idk why I would be stingy here but I guess it just didn’t occur to me! Starting today, everything will be appropriately tagged with “[insert trigger here] tw” so you can block appropriately. If you have a specific trigger you need labeled (even if it’s an unusual one), just contact me and I’ll accommodate!

Zoya Lux

10 May

Hi friends, I’m so sorry it’s been ages since I updated — I got really busy at work and blogging just fell to the side. Luckily, most of that work is finished now, and today is my day off so here I am!

So I recently received a package of polish from Gini aka Sassypaints for Easter, and in it were a bunch of different polishes that I’ve been dying to try! Sadly, I’ve been so busy I’ve hardly had the chance! The other day, I finally got to try the first one — Zoya Lux.

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Disclaimer: Polish given to me by a fellow blogger. All opinions are my own.

I’ll be perfectly honest here — textured polish is not my thing, mainly because it’s a hassle to remove. That’s basically how I feel about glitter polish, too, and look at that — this polish is both! It’s a textured glitter polish. Very shiny. No absence of glitter here! That being said, it wasn’t actually so bad to remove — after a couple of days, my polish just popped right off! I’ve been having this trouble with almost all of my polishes lately, I have no idea why. For some reason, my nail beds are repelling the polish. Sometimes I look down and am missing a whole nail’s worth of polish and I have no idea how or why! While it helps make it easier for me to remove the polish — I wish it would stop, haha. If anyone has any recommendations (new base coat maybe? I’ve tried dozens), please advise me in the comments!

Anyway, I’ll definitely say this polish is unique. It’s very sparkly and eye catching, but at the same time the color is pretty muted — just a faint rosy silver. If it wasn’t so glittery, I doubt anyone would have noticed my nails. The texture was kind of funky — I’m easily distracted and I found the texture when I accidentally touched it to be very noticeable. My sister really liked it, though. She thought the texture was cool. I’ve still got two more of these textured glitter polishes to try, so I’ll probably warm up to them. One thing I do like a lot about textured polishes is that they dry super fast. And I love Zoya because it’s 5 free and vegan! It’s really a quality brand and I’m so thrilled and thankful to Gini for sending these to me!

I hope everyone has nice Mother’s Day plans tomorrow — if you haven’t gotten your mother something nice yet, a mani/pedi at your local salon is a foolproof gift 😉