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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!

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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!

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!

Disclaimer: Products provided for review

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!

IDK what I’m even doing, but here’s a mid-week fab 5 I guess?

22 Apr

So today is Tuesday which means it’s tiot (ignoring that I actually do my tiot on Mondays) but also, as usual, my life is a mess and I’m crazy busy so I’m gonna get this week’s fab 5 and tiot all in one go. Yes, it’s the Fab Friday 5. On Tuesday.

  1. (MAJOR TRIGGER WARNINGS FOR: rape, rape culture, rape in the military, sexual assault, rape apologists, victim blaming) Amy Schumer is seriously ON POINT with this sketch about sexual assault in the armed forces (and how it is blatantly dismissed, ignored and blamed on the victim).
  2. LynBDesigns just released her new collection — Alice in Wonderland. Naked Without Polish swatched all of them, and I’m totally in love. I think Cheshire Grin is my favorite, but The White Queen is a close second! (Plus look at that logo! So cute, I’m impressed with myself haha)
  3. Let’s talk about the most recent Game of Thrones episode and wtf turning Jaime into a rapist?? (Trigger warnings: rape, incest, sexual violence) (also it should be noted that despite what this post says, Dany & Drogo’s relationship was totes not consensual)
  4.  I know it’s after Easter, but here’s a super cute multi-colored stamping mani (plus tutorial!) from Lacquer or Leave Her!
  5. In honor of my recent decision to take the LSATs and probably go to law school… this week’s favorite tumblr is #whatshouldwecallgradschool

So that’s the fab 5, and now here’s my tiot:

(Disclaimer: Polish purchased by me. All Opinions are my own)

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So this week I decided to try out China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise, which I totally loved. I have 2 sets of polish from China Glaze, and I basically love all of them because they have a matte finish! The color is extremely vibrant and the polish is well pigmented (2 thin coats seen above). Sadly, as with almost all China Glaze polishes I own, it has massive chipping issues. It’s beautiful to look at without a top coat because something about matte finishes really appeals to me visually, but it doesn’t last long. After an hour of wearing this and watching it chip away, I broke down and added a top coat of Ellagee Glass which of course dramatically changed the look and texture of the polish, such a shame.

LIFE NEWS: This weekend I’ve planned a super fun and exciting (vegan, gluten-and-nut-free) masquerade! Follow me on IG (@thesecretvegan) to see how totally awesome it’s going to be! (plus pics of my nail art and my totally cute apartment) AND I’m hosted a nail art competition at my work so I’ll be posting about that soon too 🙂 You’ll get to see my mom’s nails haha.

As always, thanks all for putting up with me! xoxo

 

Try it on T’Wednesday: Square Hue Passport Collection – Amsterdam

17 Apr

(Better late than never, right?)

So last week, I received my eagerly-anticipated nail polish subscription box from Square Hue! I wanted to try Square Hue the moment I heard of it (because I have a subscription addiction), but I didn’t make the commitment because I couldn’t find any official proof that their polishes were vegan. After a quick twitter exchange, however, I confirmed the vegan-ness of their polishes and off we go!

Disclaimer: Polish purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

Each month Square Hue puts together a collection of 3 polish colors and sends them out. April’s colors are part of the “Passport Collection” and were inspired by Amsterdam.

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From left to right: beethoven straat, kalver straat, p.c. hooft straat

This collection included 2 high gloss cremes (Beethoven Straat and Kalverstraat) and 1 duochrome (P.C. Hooft Straat). All of the names basically mean nothing to me (other than Beethoven), but the colors are definitely worth talking about. I’ll admit readily that I opened this box and was like… what did I get myself into? Because the green is basically lime and I couldn’t imagine how that would work out in my favor, haha. Turns out, though, this box is in the top 10 best investments of my polish career.

So here’s the run down:

  • Beethoven Straat: A super bright, lime green with a high gloss finish. I was hesitant about this polish most of all because, well, what really was it going to match with? But then I ended up really liking the color because the consistency of the polish is totally perf (2 thin coats for full coverage) and the color really pops. The only thing I really didn’t like is that it will definitely stain your nails. Luckily, I used like 3 base coats under it and escaped with minimal staining.
  • Kalver Straat: The image above does not do this color justice. It’s basically like a fluorescent pink-orange. Very vibrant, definitely something everyone will notice. Formula is great for this polish, one coat is basically all you need. Don’t stare too long, though, because it’s so bright, it might permanently damage your eyes.
  • P.C. Hooft Straat: Ah, here we are, the absolute gem in this collection. It’s not as densely pigmented as the other and has a definite sheerness at one coat, but two or three layers in and you’ve got a really brilliant color. The duochrome really gives this an extra dimension and makes it stand out. It definitely holds its own in this trio.

So with this collection, I put together three nail art designs using 2 polishes at a time.

Here’s P.C. Hooft Straat and Beethoven Straat:

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I did this mani using just a little striping tape.

And Kalver Straat with P.C. Hooft Straat:

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French tips done by hand using the brush provided.

Anddd Beethoven Straat with Kalver Straat:

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Design made using Scotch tape and striping tape.

Overall, I ended up really liking all of these colors — though I think in the future, I’ll keep the Beethoven Straat and Kalver Straat for “accent” use only. The formula for these polishes does great coverage and the colors certainly make a statement!

I’m out for probably rest of the week for studying, but I’ll try to put together a fab f’Saturday or Sunday for y’all. Thanks for reading 🙂

A Fabulous… Sunday?

13 Apr

Good morning everyone, sorry I’ve been such a lazy toad and not updating at all last week. Truth is, I’ve been busy making important life decisions and… studying!

 

Soooo I’ve decided to take the LSAT. Idk if I’m going to pursue law any further than that, but it’s likely (if I can avoid a massive mountain of debt) that I will actually go to law school. No, I don’t know where I want to go (except that it will be an ABA accredited school). No, I don’t know exactly what I want to study (except that it will be a juris doctor degree and probably involve women’s rights, animals rights or environmental law). All I know for certain is that I plan at this moment to take the LSAT. Which basically means the next 5 or so months will be full of me studying and then studying some more. For this blog (and my nails), it basically means I’ll have less time to spend painting my nails and therefore as well less time to update the blog :/ I will try my best to keep up with it though!

Anyway, that’s why I haven’t updated in like 1.5 weeks. Moving on, here’s our fabulous 5:

  1. Easter is coming! Check out this super cute mani from Jen on Nailpolis:
  2. This comic is so accurate it’s painful
  3. This week’s fave tumblr is childfreehumor.tumblr.com

  4. Have you seen OPIs new nail tints? Personally I’m not that into them, but I love Lucy’s Stash‘s ideas for how to use them!
  5. My polish bff Sam at Incidental Twin has done it again — check out her fabulous new Star Trek line, swatched by Accio Lacquer. My absolute favorite is Squier of Trelaine, look how spacey it is! Love it. Too bad I’m on a no-buy and can’t snatch one up for myself 😦

*Bonus*

Six is for Sexism:  Unequal pay for women continues, and the GOP literally does not care.

I have a weekend mani, but I’m not going to post about it until later after I’ve had a chance to try and review the rest of the new SquareHue polishes I got. Check it out on my instagram in the meantime.

Have a great rest of your weekend and a good week everyone!