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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.

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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!

 

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 😉

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 🙂

Nail Mail: Rainbow Honey 2013 Glitters & New Sweet Talk Collection

29 Jan

Last week I received a press sample from Rainbow Honey, and I’ve been dying to show you all. It took me a couple of days to swatch everything (mostly because I wanted to wear each polish for at least a day haha), but it’s finally ready for you!

Included in my sample were 5 glitter polishes: 3 from their 2013 collect and 2 from the brand new Sweet Talk Collection

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Note: I used a base coat of Fingerpaints Easel Come Easel Go for every swatch for consistency (even though you can’t see the base coat in all of the pictures)

2013 Glitters

papillonPapillon– I think this one is pretty appropriately named, haha (papillon is French for butterfly fyi). It’s a clear base with small silver and pink hexagon glitters and larger pink butterfly-shaped glitters. It was very easy to apply and, although not my style, looks very cute on my nails. I’m normally not a fan of funky-shaped glitters because I think they look like modern art adaptations of the objects they are trying to represent, but these glitters are actually perfect. It’s very obvious that they are butterflies, right? Great polish for kids, I think.

magic cakeMagic Cake – Okay, I can see why this was one of Rainbow Honey’s top glitters in 2013 because it’s fabulous. It’s like a rave on the nails! I love this polish, love the bright colors, the multi-shaped glitters, perfection. Magic Cake has a clear base, so you can put it over any color polish, but I’m glad I picked Fingerpaints Easel Come, Easel Go because I think this looks great over silver. Best of all, it was easy to distribute the glitters because there’s a ton of them.

the krakenThe Kraken – Okay, I wish this picture had turned out nicer because this is my favorite polish out of the 5 I received. I used Fingerpaints Easel Come, Easel Go for a base coat, but it was basically unnecessary because the base of this polish is the bright blue you see above, and it does a pretty good job of coverage. There are tons of gold hexagon glitters floating around, and they look green in the blue base. Actually, it reminds me a lot mermaids haha.

The Sweet Talk Collection

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XOXO – This is the only polish I wish I had tried over a different base coat because it has some silvery-bronze glitters in it that you can’t really see on the silver base. That being said, I still really love the way this polish looks. It’s made up of tons of little glitters, nothing really chunky like the other polishes I received in this sample. And it is absolutely, 100% the perfect polish for Valentine’s day. I mean, I’m not doing anything for Valentine’s (no boyfriend = I can stay home and catch up on Almost Human), but I will be wearing this polish. Probably over a super cute pink like OPI Senorita Rosalita 😉

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Sweet Talk – Well look at this, the very polish the collection was named for! This polish has a pale-grey base with small pink, red, purple and (occaisional) blue hexagon glitters. I love the color of the base for this polish, though it makes the glitters look a little muted. I like the spread of the glitters, too, there’s quite a variety. It’s definitely a cute, subtle polish.

So what do you guys think? Do you have a favorite polish from Rainbow Honey? (I’m still in love with Lifestream from their Final Battle collection) Are you going to try any of their new Sweet Talk collection? Rainbow Honey gave me a promo code to share with you all — use ILOVENAILBLOGS to receive $5 off your next order at rainbowhoney.com through March 31, 2014. Happy shopping 🙂

Fabulous Friday Special Edition: Sue.me Lacquer Press Sample!

24 Jan

Exciting news!! Susan from suemelacquer.wordpress.com is starting her very own line of polishes! And even better news, she sent some to me to try out, and they are FABULOUS.

Disclaimer: Products featured provided for review.

Sue.me Lacquer is 5-free, vegan friendly and cruelty free. The collection Susan provided me with is called the “Big Boom Collection” and will be available for preorder from her shop on storenvy and etsy beginning January 27, 2014 and will be officially launched on January 30, 2014. The colors in this collection are “Oceanic,” a beautiful sky blue, “Georgia Peach,” a lovely rosy orange, “Into the Forest,” a mossy camo green, and “Crimson Chin,” a ruddy red-brown. I’m excited to show them off because they look fab!

OceanicOceanic – Boom! Look at that blue! So much love, definitely not like any other blue I own. The polish is sheer at 1 coat, opaque by the second. I did 3 coats so you could really see the color. I used Ellagee Glass topcoat.

 

2014-01-23 20.56.58Georgia Peach- Aka my new favorite color. I love the warm tone of this orange, goes so well with my skin tone. It’s sheer at one coat, opaque at the second. I’m wearing 2 coats of Georgia Peach and 1 coat of Ellagee Glass above.

 

2014-01-23 19.47.23Into the Forest– I have to say, this color is really unique. I don’t own a single color that compares. My mother (who is also a nail polish fanatic) was really jealous when I showed it off. At one coat, it’s really bright green like camo and sheer, two coats is really bold and very bright. I did 3 coats which gave me the dark mossy color you see above. Ellagee Glass topcoat.

 

2014-01-24 09.25.41Crimson Chin – Last but not least, Crimson Chin is another very unique color. It’s definitely red, but at one coat, it appears very brick-like in color. At two coats, the red really takes over and the above picture captures it well. This polish was opaque at one coat and I bet I could wear it like that in the future.

Overall, I’m really impressed with Sue.me Lacquer. The consistency of these polishes is really nice and truly “jelly”-esque. If I had skipped the top coat, I would have still gotten the great shine (though it might have taken longer to dry haha). All of the polishes were easy to remove and didn’t stain my nails at all, which is always a concern of mine. Best of all — the polishes don’t smell funky. I don’t mind the smell of polish but my sister is very sensitive to it, so I’m always thinking about it when I get a new polish. These don’t have a terribly chemical smell and would be great for anyone with a sensitive nose.

That’s it for me kids, hope you enjoy these new colors and don’t forget to check out Susan’s new shop when it goes live!! She’s got some great specials listed on her Etsy page, so take a look 🙂

PS I did my mish mash challenge this week, but I’ll be late posting it (you’re all shocked, I’m sure haha)

Happy birthday to me!

23 Nov

Soooo you all know I’ve been hinting at having something planned coming up… and now is the time for the big reveal! Are you ready?? The big secret is… I’m going away for the week! haha. Sorry friends! I’ll be gone Saturday, November 23 through Monday, December 2 (WHICH IS ALSO MY BIRTHDAY!) And I thought as a little gift to you all to make up for my absence and to celebrate my 26th birthday, I’d throw together a little giveaway for you all.

So here it is! Vegan Nail Art, Baby’s First-Ever Super-Spectacular Giveaway of Awesome!

Anddd here are our prizes:

  • THREE Beautiful Polishes from Incidental Twin
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    *FEELS is a previously unreleased glitter polish from Incidental Twin! It will not be released in her shop until after MY giveaway!
  • TWO Nail Polishes of Your Choice from LynBDesigns
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  • ONE Bottle of Sparkly Lotion from Maddieloos
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All prizes are VEGAN-FRIENDLY and provided by my super generous and amazing friends on Etsy. Special thanks to Incidental TwinLynBDesigns and Maddieloos!

—>> Because I blog via WordPress, you MUST visit my facebook page to enter the giveaway via rafflecopter. CLICK RIGHT HERE TO ENTER.<<—

Okay, so I guess I should lay out the rules:

  • The giveaway is open November 23-December 3
  • You must enter via the Rafflecopter widget on my facebook page.
  • I will email the winners within 48 hours of the giveway ending
  • Winners must respond to my email within 72 hours. If I do not receive a response, I will choose a new winner.
  • This giveaway is US only (sorry, shipping costs are like yikes! and I have terrible luck with international couriers)

That’s it! Good luck to all!

Before I go, a couple of notes: a) thank you all soooo much for being awesome and continuing to follow me, like and comment on my blog posts despite my spotty attendence. b) Happy Thanksgiving for all you US people who are celebrating it — and remember! Thanksgiving is no fun for those being eaten: go turkey-less this Thanksgiving! Your body and our turkey friends will thank you 😉 c) I’ll be participating (or at least attempting to) in Nail Art Novice’s 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge in December, so expect somewhat fewer TioTs with that challenge taking it’s place/sharing Fab Fridays and d) don’t worry, this blog won’t be entirely abandoned for a week! I’ve got a guest blogger coming in one day while I’m gone 🙂

Just in case you scrolled past all that information looking for the widget, I’ll put this right here for you:

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