MOTD- Love and Beauty “Red”

Hi guys!

Today I have for you a really pretty polish from Forever 21’s makeup line, “Love and Beauty”. And quite honestly, it’s the strangest name I’ve come across for a polish, because this polish isn’t red at all…. it’s a bright, raspberry pink. Oh Love and Beauty. You really do fail in the naming department sometimes. That being said, I’m really in love with this polish, so let’s get to it!

Love and Beauty "Red"

Love and Beauty “Red”

Love and Beauty “Red” is a rich, raspberry pink jelly polish with tiny glass flecks throughout. The glass flecks aren’t obvious at first, but they really shine in the sun! The polish is fairly sheer, so it takes 2-3 coats to build up. In person, it looks really squishy, like a plump berry ready to burst with its sweet juice. The glass flecks add an extra depth to the polish that makes it very unique. The name really does not do this fantastic polish justice. I’ll add a bottle shot to the photo mix to try and show the depth of the glass flecks. The pictures below are 3 coats of “Red”, with no topcoat.

Sunlight

Sunlight

Sunlight

Sunlight

 

Natural indoor lighting

Natural indoor lighting

Indoor bottle shot (to see the glass flecks)

Indoor bottle shot (to see the glass flecks)

I’m pretty enamored with this polish, it looks a little different every time I look at it! Have you tried any of the Love and Beauty nail polishes? Which is your favorite? Love and Beauty nail polishes are available at Forever 21 stores and on their website, here. A hint to bargain shoppers? Search through the Forever 21 sale bins. I found this polish there for 99¢! These polishes generally retail for $2.80.

~Beth~

 

 

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Nail Art- Sea Foam Green Glitter French Tips

Hi there!

Today I have for you a nail art design inspired by the classic French Tip. Instead of doing a stark white on my tips, however, I opted for a subtle, glitter pastel seafoam green. I think it takes away from the “starkness” that comes with a classic French tip, and adds a bit of whimsy to it. So let’s get started!

Seafoam Green Glitter French Tips!

Seafoam Green Glitter French Tips!

To get started on the design, I used a base color to kind of “even” out the color of my nails, since they’re pretty stained on their own. The color I chose for my base was Sephora by OPI “Dont Feed the Hand Models”, which is a nice, neutral color. It’s still sheer enough to mimic the natural nail color at 2 coats (which is what I’m using) but I find it becomes opaque in about 3-4 coats. I have a mini bottle of this polish because it came in a Sephora by OPI set I was given for Christmas awhile back. Here’s a picture of “Don’t Feed the Hand Models” on its own, 2 coats, no topcoat.

Don't Feed the Hand Models- indoor artificial light

Don’t Feed the Hand Models- indoor artificial light

After letting this polish dry, I took my favorite white, “Snow me White” by Sinful Colors, and painted it free hand across my tips. It takes a very balanced hand to get a steady strip of color, so if you find yourself struggling, you can purchase French Manicure tape strips, which create an easy to follow guide to creating perfect tips, mess free! I however, have practiced it a lot, so I’m pretty comfortable knowing that my hand won’t shake. When the one layer of white dried, I free-handedly painted the green glitter over the white. The color I chose for the tips is Kleancolor “Sparkle Emerald”. While the color, to me, is not reminiscent of emerald, it’s still a lovely glitter sparkler. The color itself is VERY sheer. It does not ever build up enough to wear on its own without obvious VNL. It’s best as a layering polish. Over white, it creates a very subtle effect, which I quite like in this manicure. It’s not too punchy, just very refined and whimsical, with all of the tiny translucent hex glitters. Below are pictures of the completed nail art look, with no topcoat.

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

So what do you think? Are you a fan of French tips? Or are they a little too “fake looking” for you? Let me know!

Also, as a disclaimer, while the pictures are mostly true to color, the Kleancolor “Sparkle Emerald” is a bit more saturated and noticeable in real life.

~Beth~

 

 

 

 

MOTD- OPI “When Monkeys Fly!”

Hi everybody!

Today I have for you an insanely cool glitter bomb topcoat from OPI’s 2013 “Oz The Great and Powerful” collection. This collection brought 3 of OPI’s sheer “softshades” colors, as well as 3 glitter bomb topcoats, and one fantastic liquid sand texture polish. Recently, I was able to try 1 glitter, 1 softshades color, and the liquid sand. Today I just have for you my glitter of choice. So let’s get started!

When Monkeys Fly!

When Monkeys Fly!

“When Monkey’s Fly!” is a glitter polish jam packed with very large, holographic gold hexagon glitters, medium sized silver hex glitters, and tiny, silvery translucent hex glitters, all in a clear base. I love this color! It’s very reminiscent of the Love and Beauty polish, Gold, that I reviewed here, except on steroids, lol! I was first inspired to try this polish when I saw MillieMuppet wear it on her blog (found here– lot’s of great nail polish beauties to be found!). She told me that she didn’t experience any glitter curling with the large gold hex glitters like I had heard other bloggers had had trouble with. And she was 100% correct. I had no issue at all wearing this polish. The glitters stayed firmly in their place. Application was easier than expected- I only had to place the large glitters occasionally. Overall, this polish is a real showstopper by OPI, and I would highly recommend it to any fellow glitter lovers out there! Below are pictures without any topcoat, and over two coats of Essie “Bonded”.

Natural, indoor light

Natural, indoor light

Natural, indoor light

Natural, indoor light

So what do you think of this glitter-tastic topper? Hot or not? Are you a glitter lover like me? Let me know in the comments below! I’ll have the other polishes I tried from this collection for you in the near future!

~Beth~

 

Review- Wet n’ Wild Fastdry: 2 Nail Colors

Hi all!

A while ago while I was out shopping at RiteAid, I came across Wet n’ Wild’s line of “Fastdry” nail polishes. This brand is a line released by Wet n’ Wild, very similar to Sally Hansen’s Rapid Dry color line. I picked up two colors to try out. I got a shimmery, foil-like orange, and a frosty blue. Both polishes are packaged in a cylindrical bottle with flattened sides, and a black cap, and retail for $1.99 (a better bargain than the Sally Hansen polishes, which sell for about $4.99 a piece). So without further ado, let’s get started on the polishes!

9.0.2.1.Orange

9.0.2.1.Orange

“9.0.2.1.Orange” is an orange based foil polish with gold shimmer running through it. Application-wise, this polish is a gem. It’s very fluid and applies evenly, and self-levels so that there is virtually no patchiness. It is on the sheer side, so you’ll have to build it up if you want to hide the VNL. The pictures below are 3 coats of 9.0.2.1.Orange, with no topcoat.

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

 

Saved by the Blue

Saved by the Blue

 

“Saved by the Blue” is a deep, vibrant cobalt blue. It’s a bit frosty, so brushstrokes are somewhat of an issue, but really aren’t too bad. I had some issue with the polish pulling away from my tips as it dries, so beware of that. Application-wise, it was thicker than 9.0.2.1.Orange, but not unmanageable. I’ve actually used this color in my Blue Gradient nails and my water marble with my mom. It’s an all around good blue to have. The pictures below have 2 coats of Saved by the Blue, no topcoat. I’m not really sure why the pictures turned out so yellow, but the polish color is fairly accurate. It’s just a smidge brighter in real life.

Artificial, indoor lighting, with an obnoxious yellow effect...

Artificial, indoor lighting, with an obnoxious yellow effect…

Artificial, indoor lighting, with an obnoxious yellow effect...

Artificial, indoor lighting, with an obnoxious yellow effect…

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with these colors. The blue was definitely a faster-dry polish than the orange. Saved by the Blue was dry to the touch in about 2-3 minutes, while it took 5-6 for 9.0.2.1.Orange.  The website claims that one coat of these polishes dries in 60 seconds, and that didn’t hold true. I’m pretty patient with my manicures, though, so it doesn’t bother me too much. For the price, I’ll definitely take it! Wet n’ Wild Fastdry polishes are sold at most drugstores, like Walgreens, CVS, and RiteAid, and can be found on their website, here.

So what do you think of these polishes? Will you be picking them up? And do you think I should review more Wet n’ Wild polishes from this line in the future?

~Beth~

 

 

 

 

 

MOTD- OPI “Simply Smash-ing” and OPI “DS Glow”

Hi everyone!

How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was great, but tiring! After finishing up a long day of babysitting with my friends yesterday, we all went out for dinner and frozen yogurt, and I got home too late to write a post. But today, I have a manicure with not one, but TWO OPI polishes to share with you! So let’s get started!

Beautiful OPI!

Beautiful OPI!

On my middle finger, index finger, and thumb, I’m wearing “Simply Smash-ing“. This is a beautiful gold-based green shimmer polish. The finish is almost foil-like. The glitter particles do not dry rough or textured at all- the finish is really nice on it’s own, and super shiny in the sun! I find that in the sun, the gold particles stand out more against the spring green ones. This color is from the Serena Williams “Glam Slam” OPI duo, and it also came with “Black Shatter” to wear overtop of it. These duos were released in January 2011, so they’re a bit harder to find these days. eBay should always have you covered, though the prices may vary.

The other color I’m wearing on my pinky and pointer finger is “DS Glow“. The “DS” stands for OPI “Designer Series”, and most of the polishes in this collection (which runs more expensive than regular OPI colors) are holographic colors. However, this color, Glow, is more of a foil-like finish, very similar to “Simply Smash-ing”. It’s a beautiful copper, and also dries smooth to the touch. It’s from the Fall 2009 Designer Series release by OPI, so like “Simply Smash-ing”, it’s going to be hard to find. But if you ever stumble across it, I would highly recommend it, it’s a beautiful shade! Below are pictures of my mani, no top coat, base coat is Nail Envy by OPI.

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Outdoor sunlight

Outdoor sunlight

Outdoor sunlight

Outdoor sunlight

So what do you think of these two stunning polishes? Do you think they work well together, and will you be hunting them down for your collection? In other news, my beautiful long nails are going away soon 😦 I have to cut them short for piano. So be ready for short nail swatches in the near future!

~Beth~

MOTD- Essie “Bonded”

Hi everyone!

So today I have a really fun, but really old, polish to show you. I’m currently over babysitting with one of my best friends, and the family we’re babysitting for has a HUGE nail polish collection. I swear, I’m in heaven. So I’m going to have plenty of fun swatches to share with you over the next few days. Let me tell you, I’m obsessed!

Today I have for you a shade from Essie’s 2004 Frozen Assets collection. The polish is called “Bonded”, and it’s a red crelly with glass flecks running throughout. It’s a pretty pure red, it maybe leans slightly orange, but it’s a fairly true red. It does leave a little bit of VNL (visible nail line) since it does have a somewhat jelly-ish consistency, but it’s perfectly opaque in 2 coats. The glass flecks really translate from the bottle to the nail. I’m truly in love with this polish! Below are pictures (they aren’t the usual quality, since I’m not using my usual camera), with no topcoat, and OPI’s Nail Envy for a base coat.

Natural outdoor light

Natural outdoor light

Indoor lighting

Indoor lighting

Natural outdoor lighting

Natural outdoor lighting

Sorry none of the pictures really pick up on the gorgeous glass flecks of this polish, you really have to see this one!

So what do you think? Are you a big red fan? Will you be hunting this old Essie gem down for your polish stash? Essie nail polishes generally run between $7-$9 (unless it’s a specialty color) and can be bought at most beauty supply stores, some drug stores, like Walgreens, and off their website, here

~Beth~

 

 

Nail Art- Blue Gradient, Two Ways!

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Hey there!

So today I have a fun nail art design that I did in two different styles. I did a classic “gradient” nail art design, using 3 shades of blue, and then a “reverse gradient” nail, in which I have one gradient going in one direction, and a stripe down the center in the reverse direction! I was originally inspired to try a version of the “reverse gradient” nail from Simplelittlepleasues, a youtube nail art channel. If you want to check some of her designs, just click here! She’s also incredibly talented at water marbles!

Basic gradient nail art in natural indoor light

Basic gradient nail art in natural indoor light

So the first “base” design is the gradient. To create this look, I used 3 colors of nail polish: The lightest blue is Wet n’ Wild Megalast Nail Color in “I Need a Refresh-mint“, the middle-colored blue is Wet n’ Wild Fastdry Nail Color in “Saved by the Blue“, and the darkest blue (a shimmery navy) is Color Club Nail Lacquer in “043“. I started with 1 coat of “I Need a Refresh-mint” on all of my nails, and let it dry completely for about 20 minutes. Then, I took a makeup sponge, and layer the 3 colors on it, try to overlap the colors so that when I dab it on my nails, the colors will blend. I’ll include a picture of the sponge below.

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After preparing the sponge, I dabbed the polish onto my nails, with the lightest color near my cuticle and the darkest by my tips, in side to side motions in order to blend the colors together. Don’t worry if it looks messy the first time, because you’ll need 2-3 layers of the gradient to get it dark enough. If you want to keep your cuticles clean, you can tape them like you would in a water marble nail art. However, I opted to leave them naked, and remove the mess with a q-tip dipped in acetone later. Once you’re satisfied with your gradient layers, use a topcoat over it to smooth out the lines. You should be left with a smooth gradient of blue bliss! Pictures below have 1 coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless” overtop them.

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Now, on to the second design!

Design 2!

Design 2!

The “reverse gradient” uses the exact same technique as the regular gradient. In order for it to work, you have to let the regular gradient dry COMPLETELY. As in, 30-40 minutes completely. You will need small strips of scotch tape or masking tape or nail striping tape, depending on how thick you want your lines. I opted for one thick line down the middle of my nail, but you could do smaller lines, diagonal lines, whatever! It’s a very open-ended design. Make sure the tape is pressed tightly against your nail. Then, paint your sponge with the same 3 gradient colors , only this time, reverse the order, so that the lightest color is at your tips and the darkest is at your cuticles. Repeat the gradient application technique, and as soon as you’re done, remove the tape to create a crisp line, and apply top coat. And voila! Your “reverse gradient” design is complete! Below are pictures with one coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless”

Natural indoor lighting

Natural indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

So what do you think of these two stylish nail designs? Have you tried a gradient nail art before?

~Beth~

 

 

MOTD- Wet n’ Wild Megalast in “I Need a Refresh-mint”

Hi there folks!

Today I have for you a Wet n’ Wild Megalast polish I picked up while I was in Port Canaveral, Florida, while on my cruise. We stopped at a Walgreens to get some necessities that we forgot, and well, knowing me, I made a beeline straight for the nail polish display! I picked up two of the Wet n’ Wild Megalast polishes and a Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection polish. I’ll swatch and review the other two later, but today I just have this beautiful blue.

“I Need a Refresh-mint” (Wet n’ Wild really takes it on the naming department, all of their polishes have such creative monikers, it’s ridiculous!) is a minty-toned sky blue. It’s perfectly creme, with no shimmer or glass flecks in it whatsoever. And boy is it a good creme. The pictures I’m showing you are one coat. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. ONE COAT. While it’s the slightest bit patchy on some nails, it really is wearable with only one coat of polish. And the brush is perfection as well. The brush is wider than a typical brush (from, say, OPI or China Glaze or really most polishes on the market). It makes it easy to stop painting the polish on just shy of the cuticles, and in my opinion, cuts down on the mess. I have a few (blurry) pictures of the brush to show below.

Sorry for the blurriness, my camera was not having it tonight...

Sorry for the blurriness, my camera was not having it tonight…

Overall, the polish is a great, bright summer shade, easy to work with, and has great opacity and formula. And it’s Big 3 free too. Oh yeah, and did I mention each bottle is only $1.99? I personally think these colors apply better than even some of the more luxury brands I’ve tried. And for a price like $1.99, you’d best believe I’ll be going back for more! Below are pictures of “I Need a Refresh-mint”, one coat, no top coat. Base coat is Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless”

Artificial Lighting

Artificial Lighting

Artificial Lighting

Artificial Lighting

Artificial Lighting

Artificial Lighting

This robin’s egg blue is a real winner in my book. I’ll most definitely be purchasing Wet n’ Wild Megalast nail polishes again in the future! What do you think of this color? Is this type of blue your style? And have you had as positive an experience with this brand as I have? Let me know!

Wet N’ Wild Megalast Nail Color is available at most drugstores, such as Walgreens and RiteAid, and is also available off their website, which can be visited here

~Beth~

 

 

Updating My Blog

Hi everyone!

So as you might have noticed, I’m currently playing around with some custom headings. I’ve currently made two, and I’d really love to get your opinion on which you like better! So without further ado, here are my (very basic) Adobe Photoshop skills in the flesh.

Design #1 (which I’m calling “Funky”) features rainbow polka dots, literal graphics (a peace sign, a heart, and some nail polish bottles. Hey, it works for those who can’t read!) I think it gives off a bit of a youthful, creative vibe. Below is its picture.

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Design #2 (which I’m calling “Formal”) features a pastel pink background with a black and white almost “lacy” pattern on top, with “Peace, Love, and Polish by Beth <3” written in a fancy cursive writing. I think this brings a more sophisticated look to my blog. Below is the picture.

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Honestly, I’m ridiculously indecisive and just can’t pick between them! Let me know in the poll below which one (if either) you prefer, and if you have an entirely different idea, let me know in the comments! And thanks to everyone who reads my blog, it means the world to me to have people read and enjoy what I love to do. Thanks for your continuing support! 🙂

~Beth~

A Small Experiment

Hey everyone!

So I’m trying something new. I created an identical blog (with all of my posts from this wordpress blog) on Blogger by Google. Since I’m still relatively new to the blogging world, I want to try both templates to see which one works better for me and for my viewers. I would really appreciate it if you give the new layout a quick glance and let me know what you think, and leave me a comment either on my Blogger page or this page here about your opinion. I want to do what’s best for both myself and my readers, so your feedback is important! My Blogger domain is currently here . Please give it a look (it’s still a work in progress) and let me know what your preferred format is! And don’t worry, there are plenty of new nail posts to come!