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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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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!

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!

 

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 😉

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)

Presentation2(I apologize for the extremely poor quality of this photo — I watermarked it using Microsoft Publisher because I’m at work lol)

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 🙂

Fabulous Friday 5 + Cameo Lacquers Mazapan

4 Apr

Good morning everyone! I’m up early because I’m trying to get used to a 7am wake up time since my sister has decided we should start a “routine” of going to the gym. Every morning. At 7am. Lovely. Also I’ve started using the “dawn simulation” method of waking up (instead of a sound for an alarm, I have a light that slowly turns on like the sun rising) and it is shockingly effective. Anyway… let’s get started with this week’s fab 5!

  1. I totally meant to share this with you last week and have no idea why I didn’t! Nail It! did an awesome article on How to Fix Any Nail Problem Ever. (<—- note: this link as of 4-4-2014 at 8am EST was not working, but is supposed to be fixed soon!)
  2. This isn’t really new this week at all, but if you haven’t read This Common Secret you SERIOUSLY need to. I have a copy which I read this week (hence making it into my fab 5), and it is incredible. I will happily loan out my copy if anyone wants to read it! Just email me (check my About page for the address) and I’ll have it in the mail to you by Monday, promise. Here’s a video of her on the Rachel Maddow Show, the day after the murder of abortion doctor George Tiller:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhuJbvMLum4
  3. Oh my god, kill me with cuteness, look at this cupcake mani from Nail Art Novice! I’m always impressed by her patience when it comes to manis (remember those ones she did where she used every polish of one color she owned? The time she used 40? Dedication, my friends), and this is no exception.
  4. Oh check this out! I love it when movies get analyzed via the Bechler test, and recently FiveThirtyEight looked at over 1,500 films and found that films that passed the Bechler test have a better return on investment (despite having smaller budgets overall) than films which fail the Bechler test. Hmm. Interesting. It’s almost like people like seeing women in films…
  5. Yum! Crazy easy vegan chevre! Check it out on Keepinitkind.com

    Image from Vegansaurus.com

So that’s this week’s five. I hope you liked it. It never really occurred to me until now that maybe people don’t care about my fab 5 — does anyone actually read this? Do you like these lists or no? Is there a particular topic you’d like to see more of in the 5? I know I jump around from nail polish to veganism to feminism a lot, and this is supposed to be a nail blog… maybe I should focus more on nails? Idk, let me know what you think in the comments.

Quickly, before I go, I want to show off my weekend mani for you:

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

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So this polish is Cameo Lacquers Mazapan, and it’s a beautiful red-red. Very well pigmented with lots of little halo glitter. I don’t get to wear a lot of reds (due to companies deciding to put crushed beetles in their polishes 😦 and also eww), so I was thrilled to find this one (on sale too!). I didn’t use a top coat for this, either, the shine you see comes from the polish 🙂

You may notice the gap between my polish and cuticles is pretty wide — that’s because my cuticles are a little sensitive right now, I don’t know exactly why. Probably because I’ve been slacking on using my Pure Nail Oil for like 5 days and my cuticles are in bad shape. Hopefully by next week, everything with be back to normal!

Next week I’m also gonna give nail stamping another try — we’ll see how that goes haha.

Thanks for reading, and have a great, sunny weekend!