Monday, October 28, 2013

Lucky 13 Lacquer - The Fellowship and There and Back Again review

Hey guys!  Hope you all had a great weekend.  We went and saw Gravity on Saturday.  I was holding my breath the whole time!  I would never EVER want to go up into space, and watching that movie made it even more clear that I would never want to go into space! LOL!!

Then yesterday was my guys birthday (34!!) and we went to EMP which I've actually NEVER been to.  I can at least say I've been, cause it was really kinda boring.  I was looking forward to the Fantasy exhibit, cause HELLO!  I LOVE unicorns! lol!  It was pretty tiny which was too bad, but YO, I walked around the corner and smack dab into a Xena costume!  I freaked the eff out!  I have probably mentioned it before, but Xena has always been my favorite show.  Anytime I see anyone that's been in the show, I freak out.  Anyways, that was the highlight of my day.  For my guy, I think it was spinning on the turntables. You can see a couple video's on my Instagram page.  Man he cracks me up!

Anyways, on to the polish!  I was so excited to find this brand, because....LORD OF THE RINGS!  I know I've talked about it before, but I am a HUGE LOTR fan, and have read many of the History's of Middle Earth.  I was so excited to find this brand, and OMG do I want more! : )  The brand is called Lucky 13 Lacquer.

This is the first polish I had to have.  It's called Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost.  I have always loved that quote.  The full quote if you are not familiar is:

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost,
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring,
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king

That little ditty is about Aragorn.  They actually had a little bit of the poem in the movie Return of the King when they remake the sword of Narsil into Andúril.  Yeah, I'm going to be dropping a bit of Tolkien on your ass.  Just let me be a dork for these next 5 minutes will ya! : )

Anyways, this polish is described as a "frosty brown with tons of teensy green shimmer".  That doesn't sound all that great to me, but believe me when I say this is really gorgeous on.  While it definitely looks brown in the bottle, on my skintone it turned into a coppery gold.  Stunning, stunning really!

Now as far as formula, these all had a very similar formula, and it was very strange.  It was kinda a gooey, sticky like formula.  And I know that sounds really unappealing, but it was actually very easy to work with.  And every one of these required three coats.

Next up is Flame of Udun.  This one has so, so much depth!  It's a black jelly base with lots of gold shimmer and orange glitter.  It's perfect for Halloween.

Ok, so the reference to this goes WAY back in the history of Middle Earth.  We all know that Gandalf called the Balrog in the mines of Moria "flame of Udun", but, if you're wondering was Udun is, it is the fortress of Morgoth in Beleriand (to the north of Middle Earth).  And if you're wondering who Morgoth is, he was Sauron's master, and a Valar.  Balrog's were servants of Morgoth.  AND if you really want to get into it, Balrog's were once Maiar, the same as Sauron and Olorin (also known as Gandalf!).  Mind blown right?

Ahem....anyways, the formula on this was the same as Not all who Wander are Lost.  But again, it was easy to work with.  I applied three coats, but should have wrapped my tips a couple times (I usually only wrap once with polish) as it was thin at the tips.

Ahh, I love it!  It's like burning embers!

Next up is One Does Not Simply... yeah, I had to absolutely have this one for the name.  This one is described as "Shimmery chocolate brown jelly with fine silver, red, and caramel, medium red and caramel, and large silver glitters."  This one was just eh for me.  It had the same formula as the other two, and again, three coats.  The glitter also sinks in the bottle, so give it a good roll before applying. 

This one is obviously inspired by Boromir.  But unfortunately there isn't much to say about Boromir that you don't already know if you've read the book, or seen the movies.  So lets move on!

And last, but not least is my favorite from the ones I picked up.  This is But I Want to Fight.  This one is described as "purple jelly with fine and medium lime green holo glitters."  My bottle doesn't have as much glitter as the one on their site shows, so that's too bad, but it was still my favorite.  This has the same formula as the rest, and applied easily in three coats.

This one is inspired by Merry.  For those of you who have read the books, you will know they cut out a lot when adapting it to film.  One big thing they cut out was the Battle of Bywater which was the last battle of the War of the Ring that happened in the Shire.  The movie referenced it in Lothlorien when Galadriel showed Frodo what would happen if he failed his quest.  Thought in the book it did actually happen.  Both Pippin and Merry were leaders in the Hobbit forces that won the Battle of Bywater.

And BAM, I'm done!

I can't wait to buy more of these, but I'm really sad that I don't like the polish inspired by Sam as he is my favorite character.

I would love, love, love to hear if any of you pick up any of these!!  Let me know what you think!

P.S. I am actually as dorky as this post might lead you to believe....

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sephora - Faux Fur Jacket

Hi guys!  I have a quick post for you tonight as I'm tired, and really just want to jump in bed with my James Rollins book.  Anyone else a JR fan?  I LOVE me some Sigma Force!!

I picked up this color about a month ago.  Sephora has added a bunch of new polishes to their store brand, and they have also redesigned the bottles.  They are still teeny tiny though.

The only one that caught my eye was this one, and at first I didn't think it had a name, as it is impossible to find the names on the bottle!  But my lil' ol' eye's finally landed on it.  This is Faux Fur Jacket.  It's a taupe-y metallic with blue and pink shimmer.  The shimmer really didn't want to show up in pics.

Nothing too terribly special about this polish, though I can't say I've seen anything else like it.

You know what I AM loving?  My cute little rounded nail shape.  I've fought for so long to try to make them square, and I'm loving my more curved shape!  We will see how I feel about them when they grow out more.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Formula X for Sephora - Law of Attraction

Hi guys!  If any of you have stopped by Sephora recently, you will have seen the new Formula X display.  And if you're like me, you're heart skipped a beat a little, lol.  I was like "I want this one, and this one, and this one....." I had to put a couple or five back.  I ended up leaving with two.  And this is one of it....and I HATED it!

Laws of Attraction was the first I chose to wear.  TONS of gold shimmer and purple glitter, sounds great right? Blech, blech, blech....

It looked good from far away, but that's about it!  I actually returned this, no point in keeping a polish I hate right?!?  (And these polishes are NOT cheap!)

Have any of you picked up the Formula X's?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

OPI Rock Goddess Fan Brush Mani

Hi friends!  Hope you all are having a fantastic weekend.  We are having some perfect fall weather here, and the leaves are finally changing.  I know a lot of people say it, but the beginning of Fall is one of my favorite times of year!

I decided to do some "nail art" with the OPI Rock Goddess mini's I picked up at TJ Maxx for $5.99.  They also had the Couture De Minnie Mini set as well...for anyone interested. : )

Of the set, I used Yellopalooza, Stand in Lime for Days, and The Drummer is Hot.  First I used a coat of white (ChG White on White), then used the yellow, the "lime" (which I think looks more chartreuse) and then the orange.  I made lines of them on a piece of tinfoil, then used my fan brush, picked the colors up, then painted onto my white base.

I LOVE the way the fan brush makes this look.  I love being able to kinda see the brush strokes....makes it look like a painting or some shit. LOL!

You will have noticed I cut my nails down.  They were just too long to function (especially at work where I type all day).  I also rounded the tips more than usual.  I had actually started to round the tips into mini stiletto's, but I really wanted ultra nubbins to wear some vampy fall shades, so I just kept filing.  I'm going to see if I can keep the more rounded shape.

For those of you wondering about my Glossy Glam topcoat, I think I'm going to put together a comprehensive topcoat post soon....and I'll tell you why it's not my HG.  So be on the lookout for that in the next few days, weeks, or months. : )

And for those of you wondering which OPI set I'm using, here it is.  I can't wait to wear Rolling Bones, it looks like my kinda color!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Incoco French Tip Nail Polish Strips Review

Hey guys!  I have ANOTHER polish strip review for you today.  I'm feeling more and more comfortable with applying these, but I might have been sitting on these for a few months.....So lets get on with it shall we?

I don't think I've seen a review of the french tip strips before, so that's the one I chose first (and my nails are great length for french tips).

Each pack comes with 16 french tip strips and 16 double-ended clear strips.  I thought the french tips only came with one strip, but it turns out that they fit two french tips on each sheet .  I also didn't realize that the clear strips were a) not a sheer nude like they kinda look like and b) that each clear strip is double ended.  Each strip is rounded at one end, and more v shaped at the other.  These wouldn't work for people with square cuticles (which I don't have).

These have very simple instructions which I love.

Now on to the application.

The tips were actually really easy to apply.  They aren't that sticky, but I'm sure that's what the clear coat strips are for.  The clear coats strips though, that's a different story.  They were a bit harder to work with.  They were super delicate, and would rip on the gentlest of tugs.

I kinda wish the clear strips were a sheer nude type color.  Since my nails are a bit stained, I think it would have made my nails look a bit more flattering.  

Because these are made of real polish, if you happen to have any overlap you can take a cleanup brush and some acetone and take care of it.

While these closeups show every imperfection, these actually look really nice on.

While this isn't something I would wear all the time, it is nice not having the dry time!

Incoco Nails Strips can be purchased directly from their website

**Product sent for honest review.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Illamasqua - Raindrops

Hi friends!  Long time no talk!  I've felt a bit unmotivated recently.  I just don't want to do much of anything.  Replying to emails and text, reading my good ol' blog feed....Instagramin....nothing seems to want to hold my attention.  I'm hoping that turns around soon.

In the meantime, I want to show you a polish I have been lemming hard core ever since I've known about it.  Illamasqua Raindrops.  For those of you who don't know, Raindrops was inspired by my beloved city of Seattle.  I had to have it.

Funny thing about us Seattle-lites / Washingtonians.  We complain about the weather..... A LOT!  The kinds of weather we complain about?  When it's raining, when it hasn't rained, when it's cold, when it's too hot.....we complain about it.  The only times we don't complain?  When it's a nice warm spring day, or a cool/chilly fall day.  We have the most amazing seasons in Washington.

I happen to love our weather here, and don't feel like it rains *that* much.  But then again, I was born and raised here, so I don't know any different.

I have a lot of pride for my hometown and feel if you ever get the chance to visit, do it!  It's really an awesome, awesome city!

Anyways, Raindrops!  The base is a dusty blue/gray.  Honestly I would have made it a little more gray, but think it's pretty close to what Seattle looks like on a rainy day.  I love the blue shimmer and the clear/white glass flecks.  Perfect!

I'm pretty sure this was an easy 2 coats, but I have the sinking feeling it might have been 3 coats.  Ether way, the formula was great.

We have actually been super lucky here in Seattle, as our weather has been *perfect*!  Two weeks ago we had rain and thunder showers!

I would love to know if any of you have visited Seattle (or are from here, HOLLA!), and if so, what's your favorite part?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Covergirl - Pyro Pink

Just a quickee  post as I hated this polish, so it doesn't deserve a whole lot of talk! LOL!

I was excited to find one of the Covergirl Hunger Games display that I snatched up two polishes (and the mascara) without realizing that one was a dupe of OPI's Warm and Fozzie (actually I'm pretty sure I thought it was a dupe of WaF, but I wanted it anyways, I blame it on the cute mini bottle...).

The first one I wore was Pyro Pink.  And I hate it.  It's gorgeous in the bottle, but it looks like my nana painted my nails. grandma!  It's also super sheer, and I should have applied three coats, but I was so disappointed I didn't get the OMG I LOVE THIS POLISH when applying it, that I said fuck it, I'm not adding a third coat.

Blech, vomit, blech...

I'm so sad I didn't like this cause it really is pretty in the bottle.  I guess it just doesn't play nicely with my yellow toned skin.  Boo hoo!

Beauty Box Five Review

Hey guys!  I have another monthly subscription box for you guys this morning.  I haven't heard of Beauty Box 5 before, so I don't know how new or old they are.  From the Beauty Box 5's website:

Beauty Box 5 is a subscription-based, beauty sampling program that delivers a box filled with 5 cosmetic samples to your door every month.  Aimed at introducing women to new cosmetic products and educating them on best practices.  Beauty Box 5 scours the market to find the best products for your lifestyle.

As far as the subscription goes, you can pay ether monthly for $12, quarterly for $30 (savings of $6) or yearly for $99 (savings of $45).

First thing I noticed with this box is how CUTE it is!  It's about the size of my hand.  So cute!

The products I got are:

Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow in Bora Bora.  This is a full side shadow.  And it's gorgeous (swatches below).

Swissco Nail File.  This is full size as well.  While it's super cute (it's glittery!) it's too rough for me.  I usually use a really fine grit file for my nails.

H2O Plus Aquafirm + Micro-Collagen Moisturizer.  This is a sample size.  The moisturizer its self is nice, but not the kind I normally like.  Its got a jelly-like consistency, and I like a more creamy consistency.

Bask Heavenly Silk Daily Skin Lotion.  I was SOOOOOO happy to see this in my box!  This is my absolute favorite lotion ever!  And I'm glad to have a sample size I can throw in my purse.

And last but not least is Nubar Nail Lacquer in Hot Pink.  OMG, Nubar has the cutest minis!  So cute!

Here is the card that tell's you a little something about each product.  (Sorry about my pics, I took them late at night, with dinning room lighting...erg....)

Here is a swatch of Bora Bora.  IT.IS.STUNNING!  This color is VERY similar (if not a dupe) of Urban Decay's Deep End, or Flipside.  Both of those colors actually change colors on me (they turn the more green side of teal), so I'm interested to know if this will change colors or not.

This is a nice, affordable box with a wide range of products.  Interested in signing up for a Beauty Box 5?  You can sign up here, or here, or here... : )

**Box sent for review.