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A Giveaway! And Funky French Tips

10 Feb

I mentioned on Friday that Over the Topcoat was putting together a giveaway and that I was participating — and it’s now live!

The giveaway is to celebrate her (almost) 1700 likes on facebook (approx 1650 more than I have lol), and she has TEN prizes, including mine! I’m giving away 3 polishes from one of my polish-making BFF Sam over at Incidental Twin.

2014-02-08 21.19.27The polishes are Spectre, Ooky and Devil’s Own from her Halloween collection. For a chance to win them and a bunch of other fabulous prizes, head right over to Over the Topcoat and enter the giveaway!!

Once again, to enter the giveaway GO HERE:

And have fun!

I’ve mentioned before the I love French tips, but it seems like I’ve hardly shown any off so I thought I’d put together some funky Frenches to show you. I love this twist on French tips because white and pink is so boring and in the words of Ben & Jerry, if it’s not fun, why do it? Haha.

2014-02-09 23.10.48For this mani, I started with a base coat of Color Me Monthly Seven Sisters (seen also here) for all except my accent nail (I always use my ring finger as my accent nail because, tbh, it’s my nicest formed nail). On my accent finger, I used Finger Paints Easel Come Easel Go (which has recently become my favorite silver because it’s super easy to open the bottle and all my other silver polishes require hulk strength to open haha), and then I used the silver to do the tips on my blue nails and the blue to do the tip on my silver nail. It’s a quick and easy manicure, made all the quicker by using Ellagee’s Glass topcoat (I cannot recommend this topcoat highly enough!). I normally paint my tips free hand, but because my nails are so short right  now, I totally cheated and used a bandaid as a guide. If you’re ever having trouble with French tips, a bandaid will always be the trick.

Before I go, a couple of reminders:

  1. Girl Scout cookies went on sale this weekend! Support your local chapter by buying any of their vegan cookies: Lemonades, Thin Mints, Thanksalot and (my favorite) Peanut Butter Patties. YUM!
  2. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

Also, I’m going to be putting together a little FAQ section sometime soon, and I’ve got a few questions for it (frequently asked one haha), but if you’ve got anything you want answered in addition, email me thesecretvegan@gmail.com or leave a comment 🙂

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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

Disclaimer: Products featured provided for review

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 🙂

12 Days of Christmas AND Mish Mash Challenge: Decorations & Stamping

12 Dec

I had this ready yesterday and I should have posted but… I was lazy. I watched the Mentalist and went to bed instead haha.

So this is a weird post because this week the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge and Kimber’s Mish Mash Challenge fell on the same day. So I decided… well, why not do both at the same time?

The 12 Days of Christmas theme was “decorations”

And the Mish Mash theme was “stamping.” I don’t have very many stamping plates, just the ones that came with the kit my mom bought me, so I was kind of limited. In the end, I picked one that reminded me of the poofy decorations my family makes using tissue paper.

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I started with a base coat of Finger Paints Easel Come Easel Go which is by far my favorite silver polish. I then stamped with Sally Girl Black, China Glaze White on White, and OPI Oui Bit of Red over it. Quick, easy, painless. Covers both themes or nearly does haha.

Make sure to check out the other mish mash manis here:

And the 12 days manis here:

Kimber’s Mish Mash Challenge: Faux Stone

15 Nov

Helllllloooo friends! You might be thinking, huh isn’t mish mash supposed to be on Wednesday?

Yeah. Well. WELL.

Okay, so you’d be thinking right buuut you know what else is on Wednesday? Apparently me drinking half a bottle of vodka, that’s what!

I was going to do my challenge mani, I swear I was. But then I had the afternoon off from work and I just… yeah, vodka. I was kinda exhausted from life and I needed a night off.

But now I’m back! A day late and this time only 2 vodka cocktails in!

Right, so, onto business. This week’s challenge mani theme is “faux stone” and I’ve been thinking about it for so long it’s hard to believe it’s finally here! When I saw the list at the beginning, I was most pumped about this theme. You know why? Because I’m from the mother-f-ing granite capital of the world my friends!

BOOM! Barre granite my friends, Barre f-ing granite. We’re famous for the stuff (really! look it up!) and I recently helped publish a book about it. Barre ROCKS! (Do you get it, do you?? rock like granite GET IT??)

Right, so to emulate the “granite” look I decided to start with a white-ish base then covered it with grey-silver (it’s kinda difficult to tell in that picture, but Barre granite has these little sparkly-silver flecks in it) topped with a black-and-white glitter bomb.

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The polishes I used for this mani were:

  • Base color: Seche Rebuild and Incidental Twin Spectre
  • Glitter bomb: A’dore Shattered

That’s it! I posted a mani (almost) on time and that’s not bad, right?

Don’t forget to check out the other manis from the challenge ladies, and I’ll (try to) see you tomorrow for Fab Friday 🙂

Try it on Tuesday: Finger Paints & Ellagee

5 Nov

Woah, I did not even realize it’s Monday! I had a weird work shift because I spent half the day in another town looking at portable PA systems for my senior center, and it kind of felt like Sunday, you know? Anyway, it’s time for Try it on Tuesday (extra special Vegan Nail Art, Baby style aka on Monday).

I’m excited because I spent the whole weekend with bare nails (SHOCK & HORROR) and have been dying to paint them. I’m extra excited because I picked something to try out of the Halloween nail mail from Dionne!

You remember, right? That amazing box of polish she sent me? I’ve been dying to try them all, but I’ve been soooo busy I haven’t had a chance!

Today, though, I’m wearing my first polish from Finger Paints, Easel Come, Easel Go!

Disclaimer: Gifted to me by a fellow nail polish blogger. All opinions are my own.

It’s a great silver color with amazing pigmentation, but as far as I can tell, the name has zero relation to the color, haha. I guess they just liked the name 🙂

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I really love the metallic vibe of this silver, very reminiscent of liquid mercury or unicorn’s blood, haha. And like I mentioned above, the pigmentation is fabulous. The formula is a bit too liquidy, so I did just 2 really thin coats which worked out great. Then I threw a little bit of Ellagee Not the Droids Your Looking For which is a mostly gold-and-silver-but-just-a-little-blue-for-R2D2 glitter box. Love, love, love both these polishes!

Thanks so much to Dionne again for sending them, and that’s to everyone for continue to bear with my blogging. I’ve got a big project going on at work right now, but it’s over on Thursday and I promise to be back full force afterward!

Please don’t forget to check out my new facebook page, I swear it will be worthwhile 😉

Try it on Tuesday/Nail Mail: Rainbow Honey’s “Final Battle”

16 Oct

Sorry this is a super-late-nearly-Wednesday tiot, haha. I think I just need to accept the fact that my Tuesdays are too damn busy to fit a blog post into it. Therefore, from now on “Try it on Tuesday” will now be posted on Mondays! (Please do not attempt to apply logic to this but it will still be called Try it on Tuesday– don’t judge)

But it’s Tuesday now so let’s roll with it.

(Disclaimer: Press sample provided by Rainbow Honey. All opinions are, as always, my own)

Last week, I got a super exciting email from Rainbow Honey (I promise it contains no actual honey — that’s not a particualrly nail-polish-friendly ingredient haha) saying a press sample had arrived in my mailbox! Well, thanks! I had no idea it was coming, so it was a thrilling surprise (especially considering I’d had another terrible day, thanks for making my day 10x better, Rainbow Honey!) and then imagine my shock/pleasure to find out Rainbow Honey’s new collection is The Final Battle and is based on FINAL FANTASY VII!!! Best. Nail mail. EVER.

You may have noticed that I’m a bit of a (massive, unrepentant) nerd, so this really thrilled me. I love, love LOVE Final Fantasy games, especially VII and subsequent games/movies based off it and the characters within. I’m not going to lie to you, Crisis Core on PSP is kinda my jam. I pretty much refer to Zack exclusively as “my baby,” you feel me? Not to even get started with Kingdom Hearts, about which I’ve centered approx. 25% of my life.

Anyway, without further ado, let me introduce the collection:

As I mentioned, this collection is based on Final Fantasy VII, which was originally released for the original Playstation in 1997. And it changed everything. It was hours (actually days) worth of playable storyline, the whole release was like 4 discs and the storyline was brilliant and incomparable (so I’m not going to get into it). Rainbow Honey’s Final Battle Collection is comprised of 3 parts: The Battle, The Summons and The Weapons. Each “part” of the collection has 5 polishes within it. As my press sample, I received one from each part of the collection. The three I received were Lifestream from the Battle, Tera Flare from the Summons and Diamond Weapon from the Weapons.

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From Left to Right: Diamond Weapon, Lifestream, Tera Flare

I’m not going to lie to you, I didn’t get to try all three on my nails. Primarily because the non-profit I manage during the day (yes, before the copy shop, yes, I have 2 jobs, welcome to America) was broken into over the weekend and I was psychologically traumatized by cleaning all the blood the guy got on everything after he cut himself breaking through not one but two windows (yay my life, so much fun).

I did, however, get to swatch one on my nails, and the rest I swatched quickly on a color wheel.

Here is Diamond Weapon:

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Rainbow Honey describes Diamond Weapon as “a charcoal gray with gold and silver shimmer” which is mostly accurate. I’d probably call it a smokey bronze, but that’s really semantics. It looks pretty warm and coppery in the light but then reflects a gray-steel metallic tone in the shade.

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And here are the swatches for Lifestream, Tera Flare and Diamond Weapon together. From left to right:

  1. Lifestream over E.L.F. Bubblegum Pink (from the Disney Villains collection)
  2. Lifestream by itself
  3. Lifestream over Wet N Wild Caribbean Frost
  4. Lifestream over E.L.F. Mint Cream (from the Disney Villains collection)
  5. Lifestream over Beauty Concepts Silver
  6. Tera Flare by itself
  7. Diamond Weapon by itself

As you can see, I had a little bit of fun with Lifestream over different base colors. Rainbow Honey describes Lifestream as “the pale green and white glitters of the lifestream flow in this shimmer, clear base” and, well, that’s pretty accurate. It’s a clear base with greenish-white chunky glitters. It looks a lot like that tinsel for Easter baskets, if that makes any sense. You know, the kind that isn’t really a “color” but reflects like engine oil in a puddle, sort of rainbow-y sheer. I don’t know if that even means anything, but that’s what it reminds me of. I basically loved it over every color I could think of, but I wouldn’t wear it by itself.

Rainbow Honey describes Tera Flare as “a strong violet flash hides in a blackened base beaming with holographic teal, blue and silver glitters” which… is a little theatrical, but accurate. It’s a black base with very chunky glitters. The image above doesn’t capture it well, so here it is again, much closer up:

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You can see the glitter pretty clear there. It’s a lot of square and hexagonal pieces, and the overall effect of the polish is very dark.

Of the three, Diamond Weapon was by far my favorite (hence why I swatched it on my nails). It’s not like any other color in my collection, and it’s really eye catching and well pigmented. Lifestream is an excellent glitter topper, and I’ll probably use it quite frequently, especially over dark colors, I loved it over Caribbean Frost in the image above. I’ve got to admit, Tera Flare wasn’t really my style. I find glitter polishes like this one to be a little too “cluttered” with glitter sometimes. It makes the polish chunky, difficult to distribute and rough to the touch. I really liked the color, just not the implementation.

Alright, it’s a little into Wednesday now that I’ve finished writing this, but it’s still Tuesday somewhere, right? Goodnight everyone 🙂

Kimber’s Mish Mash Challenge: Least Expensive Polish(es) aka I do what I want

12 Sep

Hello, hello! It’s another great day for a challenge, don’t you think?? This week’s mish mash challenge theme is “least expensive polish(es)” so do you know what that means? It means I CAN DO WHATEVER I WANT MWHAHAHA.

Ahem. What I mean to say is that as long as I used inexpensive polishes, I could do any design style I wanted.

So obviously I chose Kingdom Hearts.

This is probably a good time to admit my *mild* obsession with the Kingdom Hearts video game series. It’s not that big of a deal. I mean, like, okay so maybe I have a tattoo.

And a life size keyblade.

And some shirts and stuff.

Maybe even some jewelry.

I think we can all agree that my love for KH is totally normal and at socially acceptable levels.

Moving on.

For this week’s challenge mani, I used 2 of my Wet N Wild polishes (one of which I got on sale for only 50 cents) as base colors then I used some precision-brush polishes from Color Club (which I got in a pack of 8 for $7.00) for the symbols.

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I did this all freehand using striping brushes, so forgive that it’s not perfect.

For those who need a brush up on their Kingdom Hearts symbols, from left to right the symbols on my fingers are: key, Kingdom Hearts logo, the crown/blade of Sora’s keyblade, Mickey Mouse on my index finger and the star on my thumb is a paopu fruit.

I know it’s not the most perfect or beautiful manicure, but you know what? It’s my favorite mani so far ever. I’ve actually been wearing it for like… 4 days (touching it up every day because the polish really is cheap haha) which is longer than I ever keep the same polish on my nails. Not a single person has noticed or commented on it at all, but I don’t care. I love, love, love it. It makes me happy just looking at it! And it was great inspiration because I picked up my aborted game of Birth by Sleep and might actually finish it (I haven’t finished it because it doesn’t have Sora as a playable character and that’s tough for me haha).

Anywayyy the polishes I used for this mani were:

  • Base colors: Wet N Wild Silivivor and Wet N Wild Night Prowl
  • Freehand Symbols: Color Club Art Club Striping Colors Black, Neon Yellow, Aqua and Silver

Don’t forget to check out the other awesome stuff my fellow challenge ladies did with their least expensive polishes!