March 31, 2013

Hoppy Easter!

I've got a fun quick Easter-y EOTD + nail fail to show you this evening! I thought it would be fun to play with my pastel eyeshadows from Lime Crime and do some Easter candy themed nail art. The nails didn't turn out how I wanted, but the makeup did. Take a look!

I tried to do mini Cadburry egg nails, but using my Tri-Polish Challenge polishes and it was just sort of messy in the end. I layered a white jelly on top of the bright colors to tone them down, but it all just looked a little sloppy to me instead of cute.

The eye look is based on one from the Makeup Box (a really awesome makeup tumblr with lots and lots of easy tutorials and creative ideas), but I can't find the original look right now. Instead of using Lime Crime Uniliners like she does (which I do NOT find opaque in one coat and all of my brushes are frayed #firstworldproblems), I used LASplash eyeliner base and patted the green shadow, Absinthe-Minded, on with an angled brush. The LASplash eyeliner base is pretty much sticky primer/glitter glue with a thin liquid eyeliner brush applicator; it's a little less messy than using liquid sealant drops because you put the base down and then pat on top instead of mixing two things together. I love wearing these three colors together this way because they are soft and pretty without being NEON pastels. The e.l.f. primer I am using currently for testing purposes did not fare particularly well with the Lime Crime shadows; it doesn't crease, it just gets really patchy and fades where my eyelids crease. I used the pink shadow, Royal Flush, for blush and I thought it looked awesome so now I desperately want to buy all the baby pink blushes in the world, mwhahaha.

The lips were just for fun! I put Chinchilla on my top lip and then Countessa Fluorescent on my bottom lip, smushed them together, and got an interesting ombre effect. I had a horrible time photographing my lips and give extreme props to ladies that make it look so effortless! Chinchilla is a grey lipstick, but it looks very pretty and purpley on me. Maybe someday soon I will make it out of the house with lipstick on!

Products Used
- e.l.f. eye primer in 'Sheer' (I've been testing this for wear and it's ehhhh)
- Lime Crime Palette D'Antoinette 
- Wet n Wild Color Icon pencil eyeliner in Taupe (brows)
- Wet n Wild Color Icon pencil eyeliner in Black (tightline)
- LASplash eyeliner base (see it on their website here)
- Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Light (under eye concealer)
- Lime Crime lipsticks in Chinchilla (grey/purple) and Countessa Fluorescent (pink)

Hope you had a fabulous weekend! There's just SO MUCH stuff coming up on the blog this month, I hope you're ready :D

My Favorite Things: March

Woo, another month of 2013 is done! I can't believe we're rounding the bend and starting to look towards summer weather already. AND Easter is already done! Here are my favorite things from the month of March.

favorite new (tried) polish: Illamasqua Viridian and butterLondon Toff are ties for my favorite newly tried polish this month. Toff only needed ONE coat for my Girly Bits Heirloom TGIF post, and I couldn't stop staring at Virdian and twirling my fingers around when wearing it.

Illamasqua Viridian from 'Jeweled Stripes'

butterLondon Toff on pointer and middle from TGIF! Girly Bits Heirloom

favorite new (tried) indie: I had two very stand out fave indies this month - Candeo Colors S'mores and Girly Bits Heirloom. I really love that S'mores is a neutral colored glitter with lots of sparkle and Heirloom is just really, really pretty.

delicious Heirloom macro

Candeo Colors Smores (and 'Geeky Owl' nail art!)

favorite new (UNtried) indie polish: I've got some new Elevation Polish polishes, a couple Sonoma Nail Arts, some NLs (no, I haven't gotten into them yet, and no, I don't know what I'm waiting for!), and a bunch of the new Lacquistry spring polishes! YAY YAY YAY! You can also peep my indie drawers and some extra haulage in my TGIF! Indie Quickie post

favorite new polish collection: Pretty much the entire new Lacquistry spring collection! I'm still hoping to pick up some of the new Orly Hope & Freedom collection, and maybes some of the China Glaze Hologlams? They aren't particularly holo but I feel like they're still rather pretty, so if I can find a decent deal on them I'll probably grab some. I'm also REALLY excited about the new Cult Nails 'In the Garden' collection because it has so many of the awesome waxy finish polishes (check out more info in this Cult Nails blog post)!

favey March manis  

Stripe Week, Digit-al Dozen gettin' Geeky, and the Tri-Polish Challenge were the highlights of March!

Digit-al Dozen did GEEK Week - check em' out by following this link to the 'geek' tag

the Tri-Polish Challenge was super fun!

new technique/tip: Hmmm so maybe no techniques for you this month but two products I LOVE that really help me that you should totally have if you don't - 1.) butter London nail foundation base coat is THE BOMB and 2.) if you like stamping at all you have to have an XL smooshy stamper.  

favorite new makeup item: I'm really loving the Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color pencils that I got in my two Oz palettes; the texture is really nice and the two different shades are perfectly different - a frosty nude and a bright red.

looks this month: Here are both of the eye looks I deemed awesome enough to show you guys this month AND I included some tutorial steps to show you how I did them! Click on the links in the captions to be taken to the tutorial posts :D

Sugarpill Sweetheart look + tutorial

St. Paddy's Day look + tutorial (I really love this one!)

favorite TV show to watch while blogging: In March I've gotten really into That 70s Show, thank you Netflix, and ADVENTURE TIME! Pretty much I watch way too much TV and I'm totally looking forward to the new Hannibal show and the weird wolf/murder thing that's exclusive to Netflix both coming out in April.

book: I finished Girl With the Dragon Tatoo maybe a day after my last post; the end was excellent and went really quickly. I haven't really read anything since then, whoops! I have been watching a lot of silly Netflix tv instead (see above).

And there you go! What were your favorites this month?! Feel free to comment with your list! 

favorite new polish:
favorite new indie polish:
favorite new (seasonal) collection:
favorite manicure you did this month:
favorite new technique or tip:
favorite new makeup item:
favorite TV show right now:
currently reading:

I always enjoy reading 'favorite things' or 'wrap up' posts because it's so fun to see what other people like & get to know them a little bit better. If you'd like to see all of the 'My Favorite Things' posts, click here!

PS. Like the new signature and/or the rest of the new graphics?!? Yay! I love them!

Edited to add: I love that Debbie and Missy add blogging moments and milestones, so I'll be adding something like that in to next month's round up. I am so so so excited to be at 800+ followers here on the blog! THANK YOU. And I was also so so so excited that Pam, the creator of Girly Bits, has made the macro shot of Heirloom from my TGIF post the profile photo for the Girly Bits FB page! Definitely made me feel special

March 29, 2013

TGIF: Quickie!

Hey y'all!! Today I have some recent haul Insta-shots and my indie stash to show you quickly. Why quickly? Because it's my boyfriend's birthday and we're going to go celebrate by hanging out at pubs and watching Spring Breakers; he's turning the big 2-5 and I feel like we're getting old! Here we gooooo with the pretties.

I love this neon topper so much I need a back-up!

So recently I've been lucky enough to haul some NerdLacquers! I got five in her first 'back to business' restock and grabbed the 3 new LOTR polishes as well as two older ones I had been wanting (Warrior Ethos being one of them). I also snagged one of the new Star Wars ones in her second restock, But She's Got it Where it Counts, and Untempered Schism which is even more beautiful in person. I've finally ordered from Elevation Polish and really went to town by purchasing during both her 7th AND 22nd restock.  

And here's my indie stash - yes 3 drawers of polish, plus I forgot about the other ones I have stashed in some of my 'htf don't ever sell these, save them in a fire' drawer (like an untouched group of like 30 Lynnderellas that I can't bare to use yet, because I am weird.)

Now I'm curious, have you hauled any indie polishes lately? 
Check out NerdLacquer updates on her Google+
Check out Lush Lacquer on Etsy
Check out Elevation Polish on her Big Cartel

Don't forget to check out Kirsten's TGIF post over at Geeky Owl; she probably has something awesome for you today!

PS. Have you noticed the new design bits on the blog? I really like my little refresh!
PPS. I am only FIVE followers away from 800 which is SO FLIPPIN EXCITING!

March 28, 2013

Tri-Polish Challenge: Springy Sheer Dotticure

Trust me when I say that this dotticure is very unlike the 'Gone Dotty' one that I did last week! This one is really simple and cutesy while the other one was very loud and funky. I've been wanting to try out this idea of a very light sheer base with fun colored dots for a long time and finally decided to stop putting it off! I may or may not have cheated by using two different white polishes in this mani, but it looks so great can you blame me?!

My base is two coats of OPI Don't Touch My Tutu, then I used a small-ish dotting tool and did random green (Who the Shrek are You?) and white (Alpine Snow) dots. Then I did mini tips with my coral polish, Call me Gwen-ever. I love how this is very light and fresh, definitely helps me cope with this colder weather lately! It reminds me of a pretty dress.

Don't forget to check out the other Tri-Polish Challengers!

I'm going to be sneaking in my fourth TPC mani somewhere before this week is over; I've been a naughty Miss Manicurity and have been working on my own side projects and have kind of forgotten which days are which...

March 27, 2013

MABB Q&A;: What beauty advice would you give your teenage self?

Every other Wednesday, the Metro Atlanta Beauty Bloggers will answer a beauty-related question just for fun! This week's question is...
Knowing what you know now, what beauty advice would you give your teenage self?

This is such an awesome question!!! At first my only thought was 'blend', but as I've been thinking about it I have like 193042425 things I want to tell myself! No worries, I won't list all 193042425 things - just the most important ones.

  • Blend everything - that thick, poorly applied eyeliner on the lashline and any eyeshadow in general needs blending! Also in this vein, less is more!! A little black eyeliner can smudge a loooong way.
  • Wear something with SPF ALWAYS! Make it a habit so that it sticks; maybe being more diligent about the SPF would have saved my face/chest from countless horrible sunburns at college football games (who wants a wrinkly chest when they're older? NO ONE.)
  • Stop picking and/or touching your face all the time; it causes scars and it's a bad habit to break.
  • Eyeshadow primer - I don't know if eye primer was available when I was a teenager? But it's what got me through crazy long days of college and work and kept my shadow intact!
  • Get professionally matched foundation - to be honest, I still haven't done this but I feel like it would help make so many decisions so much easier! That way I would have a better idea how products would work with my complexion before purchasing (like lipsticks, ugh)
  • Choose drugstores with beneficial return polices and use them - self explanatory
  • Do not dye your hair too many shades dark, it will take forever to grow out and you have to change ALL of your makeup and clothing colors. But everyone will say you look like your Mom, so that's cute!
  • Speak up when someone is cutting your hair in a way you don't like - especially important for curly-haired ladies. I can't tell you how many times I've been growing my hair out past my shoulders and a horrible hair cut sends me all the way back to a chin-length bob because someone put in ~layers~ that do not blend. Mullets do not look sexy on anyone.
  • Fast. Dry. Top. Coat. = godsend. Keeping my nails polished has helped me break the habit of chewing nails/hangnails and I think it's generally kept me in better health, besides looking fly! Who knew that avoiding open wounds where hangnails used to be would keep germs out, right!?

And last but not least, something that I know my Mom has been great about reinforcing is that it's all just a big experiment and it doesn't last forever. The makeup washes off, the polish removes if you hate the color, and your hair will grow out again. What matters most is being happy, enjoying life, and taking care of yourself! [Awwwww.]

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Be sure to check out the other Metro Atlanta Beauty Bloggers' answers!

Ashley Elizabeth from Ashley Elizabeth's Beauty Blog
Dionne from Glittery Fingers & Sparkling Toes
Emma from Manicurity
Harri from TrailerHood Chic
Mandy from MandysSecrets
Pam from Pammy Blogs Beauty
Quinn from Mama Fashionista

If you would like to see previous questions and answers, you can do so by viewing the Question Archive here.

If you're a beauty blogger in the Metro Atlanta area and would like to join us, please visit our website! We would love to connect with you!

March 25, 2013

Sugarpill Sweetheart Look + Tutorial

Hello hello! Happy Monday! I've got something bright and colorful to cheer you up - an eye look using all 4 bright shades from the Sugarpill Sweetheart palette! Sugarpill is an independent cosmetic company with fantastically bright shades of eyeshadow (both pressed and loose) and fabulous eyelashes. Their 4-pan palettes are crazy popular and sell out frequently. I am also super pleased with their customer service; when one of my single eyeshadows arrived completely shattered in the mail, they were really kind and swiftly replaced it.

What I really like about the shades in this palette is that they blend so well; I got that vibrant, beautiful purple color just by blending the pink, Dollipop, and blue, Afterparty! So that's like having 5 shades in one!

This time I've added the simple directions to the tutorial graphic, but I'll repeat them here with a little more detail! You should be able to view the photo much, much larger, too.
  1. Smudge some black liner by your lash line on an already primed lid.
  2. Pat Tako all over the lid; yep, on top of the black liner! I like doing this because it looks a lot less harsh. I didn't focus Tako in the crease as much because I knew I was going to be adding lots of brights there, but I did sweep a little more than usual on my inner lid and tear duct
  3. Using an angled brush, place Afterparty (blue) and Dollipop (pink) in the crease. I also drew a more winged shape with Afterparty and connected it down towards my bottom lash line in this step.
  4. Blend, blend, blend, blend! The pink and blue shades should easily make a lovely purple where they meet in the center. This is also the step during which I blended some Midori into the outer V, inside the blue-to-purple area.
  5. Line the waterline with the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. I usually roll a smaller white eyeliner in the large, smooshy tip of my Milk pencil and then line per usual. You can also use this technique to apply gel liner!
  6. Using a different angled brush, apply Afterparty (blue) and Midori (green) to the waterline, covering all of the Nyx Milk that's there. I blended from blue to green and then left the inner third of my waterline white so that it transitioned back into the white near my tear duct.

Products Used
- Urban Decay Primer Potion original primer (HG for now)
- Sugarpill Sweetheart palette
- NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
- Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Light (under eye concealer)
- Maybelline Eye Studio MasterShape Brow Pencil in Blonde
- Maybelline black eyeliner
- Clinique High Impact mascara (black)
- lots of angled brushes. they're like my favorite.

This look was fun to wear! I was pleasantly surprised that my boyfriend thought it was neat and colorful, and not at all clownish (I was a little worried, the combo of white with lots of colors made me think of clown face).

How was your weekend; did you do anything fun? Have you done any colorful makeup lately?

March 22, 2013

TGIF: Girly Bits Heirloom

This week's  TGIF: Thank Goodness, Indy Indie Friday!  is from one of the originals, Girly Bits! I have Heirloom to show you today. I have lusted and lemmed after this polish for so long and finally snagged it on sale and used a rewards coupon at Llarowe. It is so beautiful and everything I had hoped it would be in person!! I asked on my FB page what to layer this lovely topper with and got some great suggestions. Take a look!

indirect sunlight

indirect sunlight

OTT light

From pointer to pinkie: 1 coat of China Glaze Dress Me Up, 2 coats of Zoya Dove, 1 coat of butterLondon Toff on middle and pointer. I dabbled 1 coat of Heirloom on pinkie and ring, then just brushed some on the tips of my Toff fingers. It is so reflective and lovely in person; it was a little challenging to photograph because it is so reflective! My favorite combo is definitely the grey - the glitter stands out best and I can fully see all the different colors at once. It paired really well with Dress Me Up and Toff, but I feel like I have to get my fingers close to my eyes to see the glitters, while the contrast with grey is perfect from even a typing distance. But seriously, I love this. Love love love this. It's always a great feeling when you finally get a lemming and it's everything and more than you wanted it to be. Yes, I am totally gushing over this polish like a child in a recital or something, but it is so pretty in person and the colors, sizes, and shapes of glitter are perfectly balanced!

Now I'm curious, do you have this polish? Love it, hate it, meh it? I LOVE IT. I am so happy to have it :D

Girly Bits polishes are available lots of places! There is a handy list of authorized distributors on the Girly Bits website - check it out here. I purchased my bottle of Heirloom from Llarowe. Girly Bits will run you about $10 - $12.50. Sometimes you can catch them on sale in the $8-9 range. Girly Bits HQ is in Canada, so you'll have to wait a little if you're in the USA for your package if you order from Pam directly.

You can view updates and new colors on the Girly Bits Facebook page.

Don't forget to check out Kirsten's TGIF post over at Geeky Owl.

March 21, 2013

ABC: Q + R = Sally Hansen Quick Brick, Ruby Rush, and Ring-a-Ding!

Ah, I was a naughty little ABC challenger and forgot to prepare my Q post for last week and then I got sick. I thought the best solution was to wait until this week's ABC day and lump Q and R together in an awesome mega-post! Hilariously, all of the polishes I'm using today are Sally Hansen brand on accident (pulling from my untrieds drawer). Let's get to it!

First up is Insta-dri Quick Brick, a seasonal limited edition release from fall 2011. The whole collection is stunning! They are all opaque in two coats, deep, vibrant, shimmery, juicy, luscious, beautiful, etc. This polish is fun to paint because it's soooo pretty, I mostly just smile a lot while painting.

Then I sponged some of Ruby Rush on the tips, also from the same LE Fall 2011 release of Insta-dri shades. It is a very similar vibrancy as Quick Brick, just more red toned (they're the same depth of color, if that makes sense) so a gradient between the two is very very subtle but awesome in person.

Finally I topped it off with another Sally Hansen polish, this one a glitter topper called Ring-a-Ding! from this past spring/summer LE display of Diamond Strength Jewel Overcoat polishes. This is one of those glitters that only has similarly sized large-ish hex glitters in a clear base and nothing else (like Milani Jewel FX, but less dense). I usually find these kinds of polishes really awkward and I suppose indie brands have spoiled me since I am very used to just one dabbled coat of glitter on top. I definitely need 2 (or 2.5 or maybe 3) coats to make this look nice; one coat was too awkwardly sparse in places. The base is very goooopy and does not want to give those glitters up! The mix of colors in Ring-a-Ding! is super pretty, tho - silver, gold, and rose gold.

Don't forget to check out the other 'R' polishes Bee and Kerrie picked out for today! See you back here next Thursday for a 'S' polish

Tri Polish Challenge: Gone Dotty!

For the second round of the Tri Polish Challenge I went dot crazy! As per the rules of the challenge I'm still using the same three polishes -  OPI Call Me Gwen-ever (coral-ish), Funky Dunkey (purple), and Who the Shrek are You? (lime green). You can also use black, white, silver, gold, or glitter toppers in your designs for this challenge but I've been pretty inspired with just the three 'basic' colors so far.

with flash

I was really pleasantly surprised that when layering these polishes they didn't make any weird colors!! Usually complimentary colors (or near to compliments) can make overpainting a pain, but I think these look great. I love dots because they are easy and relaxing, they mostly just take patience. It is hard to get accurate photos of these colors together tho - the green looks a little yellow sometimes, but it is very acidy green (very similar to SH Lickety Split Lime but the teeeeeniest bit yellower). I'd say the closest photo for the base colors is the more macro photo of three fingers above; the base colors are right but the dots aren't, mostly because they are layered.

Check out the other coral/green/purple art below!

To read more about the challenge check out this post by the Crumpet. To join the Crumpet's Nail Tarts FB group, click here.