Sunday, May 27, 2012

Cult Nails Feelin' Froggy and Hypnotize Me

Okay so back to the Cult Nails Fairytale Collection that I started swatching last week. Here is Feelin' Froggy. First I would like to say that I'm not a fan of these types of green. I don't feel like I wear them well. I gravitate more towards the earth tones, or bold colors with depth, and rarely wear a flat color. This green is not flat though and that's why I like it. Once again there is the slightest shimmer that gives this color the depth I like and even movement (in my opinion). I used 3 coats because I wanted max opacity and I also loved how it applied. Like almost melted butter, but what else can you expect from Cult Nails? Then I wanted to try Hypnotize Me which I also got from the $5 sale. I should have made a jelly sandwich, or used Hypnotize me over Feelin' Froggy but I wanted to see them side my side on their own. Here they are:




Lighting makes all the difference in the world and I'm still playing with mine to capture all the elements of the polish I like the  most. In the pic above you can see the shimmer really well, and the shine factor. Thoughts? Feelings? Concerns?


Cult Nails Crusin Nude and Candeo Old City

A few weeks ago Cult Nails had a $5 sale which I had to take advantage of. I bought Crusin Nude, Let me Fly, and Hypnotize Me. I was so excited to get these, as they were all on my Wish List. Maria brought them to me at during our Bloggers Meet so I didn't have to wait for them to be shipped! :) I have to say that this color is one of my top favorite nudes. It's not easy making nude polishes without excluding a large group of people.  This polish although not dark enough for some women of color is so neutral in base with the slightest pink shimmer that anyone can rock it! Here she is:


Unfortunately my camera didn't want to capture the slight pink shimmer, but I promise it's there. Just a hint though and it doesn't over power the nude. It's a perfect pairing.


Of course I couldn't leave it alone so I added Candeo Old City. I love this glitter and was so fortunate to get it during our swap from Kim at College Polished. Here is the gradient I created: 



Gradient glitter is such a quick and easy way to spice up a very simple color. I love this look. So classy and clean with a hint of bling. Thoughts? Feelings? Concerns?
 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Cult Nails Evil Queen has a Happy Ending

The title of this post is so funny that I actually laughed out loud! So what does this title mean you might ask? This means that yours truly who was fortunate enough to go to the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida Meet was able to get the ENTIRE new collection of Cult Nails!!!! Yes this new collection is the Fairytale collection and will be open for pre-order for Memorial Day weekend at www.cultnails.com and Maria was gracious enough to bring us each the new line. For now you can enjoy some of the lovelies right here. This collection was extremely well thought of, extremely balanced in nature, and versatile. It includes: Evil Queen, Feelin' Froggy, Princess, Charming and Happy Ending. The first one that I tried was Evil Queen and all I can say is Va-va Voom!! This is hands down, by far, my favorite classic red of all time. That is a big claim to make, but once you get your hands on it you will know what I mean. As a fellow blogger described it: It goes on like butter. The coverage is just enough in 2 coats, and could have even been 1 coat. Here she is:


The formula on this red is superb and goes on effortlessly. I would have left it alone but I wanted her to have a Happy Ending. 


Here is Evil Queen with Happy Ending. This glitter is a multicolored shredded glitter with varied shapes. At first I was nervous about application on this one and as soon as I applied it I was pleasantly surprised at how nicely the glitter spread apart. I only needed 1 coat of top coat to seal the deal and 99% of all the glitter laid perfectly flat. Normally I have to maneuver  the glitter into even placement but not the case for this Happy Ending. The name is so appropriate


Have you ever had a polish that does all the work for you? Here are 2 and I'm sure the rest of the collection is the same way. Here is Evil Queen having her Happy Ending in the daylight.



Thoughts? Feelings? Concerns?
 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida Meet up #2

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to bring my mom to my second meet up with my blogger sisters of Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida. As I posted a couple of months ago this group is filled with amazing inspirational and creative women. Since the last meet that we had, our group has grown and we continue to attract other beauty bloggers in the central Florida area. This time we met up at Crave near the Millenia Mall. Despite the fact we had the biggest room we were packed in there like sardines!! Besides being able to meet the new members, share in exciting news, and eat great food, we received goodies from all of these sponsors:

Cult Nails
www.cultnails.com
https://twitter.com/#!/CultNails
https://www.facebook.com/CultNailsLacquer
Instagram: CultNails
Pinterest: CultNails

Sation
http://www.misspn.com/index.php/site/intro
https://twitter.com/#!/MissProNail
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Miss-Professional-Nail/281074451926328?ref=ts

Bettina
http://www.bettinacosmetics.com/
http://www.facebook.com/cosmeticos.bettina

Barielle
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Barielle/138153106233155
http://www.barielle.com/Shades_Nail_Color-Color_Choices.html

Crack Hair Fix
www.prolocksusa.com
Twitter: CrackHairFix
Facebook: CrackHairFix

Southern Magnolia Minerals
www.smmcosmetics.com
Twitter: SMMCosmetics
Facebook: SMMRealBeauty

Milani
www.milanicosmetics.com
Twitter: MilaniCosmetics
Facebook: Milani

Chick Nail Polish
http://www.chicknailpolish.com/
https://twitter.com/#!/chicknailpolish
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chick-Nail-Polish/256464021068772

Dadi’ Cuticle Oil
www.FamousNamesProducts.com
Facebook: Famous Names Products

LaFresh
http://lafreshgroup.com/
Twitter: @lafreshgroup
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lafreshgroup

Reviva Labs
http://www.revivalabs.com/
Twitter:@RealRevivaLabs
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RevivaLabs

Nicole by OPI
Twitter: @CVSBeautyclub
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/cvsbeautyclub

Del Sol
http://www.delsol.com
Twitter: @DelSolColor
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/delsolcolorchange

Wet ‘n Wild
http://www.wnwbeauty.com
Twitter:
Faebook: https://www.facebook.com/wetnwildcosmetics

L.A. Girl Cosmetics
http://www.lagirlusa.com/
Twitter: @lagirlusa
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lagirlusa

Bundle Monster
http://www.bundlemonster.com/
Twitter- https://twitter.com/#!/bundlemonster
Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/bundlemonster

Imagine that just 2 months ago we had only a handful of sponsors and this time we attracted all of these awesome sponsors. These sponsors made sure to send all their best and I will be having lots of reviews to come. Here are some pics of the event.


Above is the goodie bag I brought for the event. Although my sponsor didn't come through I was not coming empty handed! 


 At the far end of the table is Brittany Minor of Clumps of Mascara and Kari Klein of Once Bitten moderating the event. These ladies did such a great job of keeping us on track and making sure important things were addressed while still having fun.

Above from left to right: my mom, Maria from Cult Nails, and yours truly. I swear my mom and Maria look like cousins!  Below is the ring that Cristina from Let Them Have Polish made 7 lucky bloggers. Mine reminds me of a mood ring, and was made with Enchanted Polish. I absolutely love it and couldn't get enough of it

 




 Here we are! My bloggers sisters and I!
 


Meeting new members of the group. This is Margaret and I. 


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Stay tuned for the next blogger event coming in June at Neiman Marcus. 


Nicole Kim-parison

I wore this manicure last week and forgot to post it because honestly I wasn't too thrilled with it. I picked up Nicole Kim-parison from Ulta for $3.99 because I didn't have an off white color and was looking to do a light manicure as a change from my bold color schemes. This color was ok to apply, a little on the thick side, but it could have just been my bottle. I like the coverage, and it could have been a 1 coater but I didn't feel that it was even enough in all spots. I then added Essie As Gold As It Gets to the ring finger, and Zoya Maise to the rest of the nails. This is the result. Thoughts? Feelings? Concerns?




This was such a subtle effect and I think I will try it again with a different combination. I don't think these glitters were showcased well with Kim-parison. I was so disappointed with the color that I put it in the bag to swap with the ladies from Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida. 


Monday, May 14, 2012

A England Galahad

For some time now I have been coveting the indie polish line A England, for obvious reasons. I even commissioned my cousin from London to see if she could buy them at a discounted rate and ship them "over the pond" to me. On their website after the cost and shipping they were almost $20 a bottle and I was not about to pay that for ANY bottle of polish. So my wonderful blogger sisters of Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida told me about a website I never heard of called Ninja Polish where they carried A England for $10-$10.50 a bottle. This is still more than I prefer to pay, but a couple of bottles every once in awhile is ok. So without further adieu, here is Galahad:


Below is fun sun. You can see it's a perfect baby blue, but the true color is more of a muted dusty baby blue. I love how brilliant it is in full sun. 



The consistency,finish, and formula lived up to the hype and I feel like I got my money's worth. The color underneath is LA Colors Seashell. This was the right shade of gold to pair with this blue,but I wish it was more opaque. 


Thoughts? Feelings? Concerns?


HM Check Me Out and American Apparel Constellation

Last weekend I went to celebrate my 2nd anniversary with Mr. NPT and on the way home he insisted we go shopping. I being not one to argue happily obliged. I was looking for white shorts and capris and could not find a pair that I liked, so I ended up with....you guessed it! More nail polish. I picked up American Apparel Constellation, Meteor Shower, Galaxy and Makeup. I wanted to wear something really girly so I chose this bubble gum pink by H&M called Check Me Out. The glitter was so hard to apply, I literally had to glob it on and then go back and fill in empty spots. I added 2 coats of Seche Vete topcoat to make the glitter lay flat. Overall I really liked this look. It reminded me of something from the 80's. Thoughts? Feelings? Concerns?



I have no idea what was wrong with the lighting in the picture above, but the picture below is more true to form. The polish has a great formula, very easy to control and perfect creme finish.



Please disregard my shiny cuticles I added coconut oil because they were ubber dry!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Zoya Alegra

The first polish from Zoya I decided to try from my haul was Alegra. It's practically a dupe of Sarah, but I didn't care I had to have them both :).Alegra is a bright fushia with pink undertones. I was so frustrated with how this color photographs. I tried my hardest to capture the dimension but it didn't come out very well. So here she is:


Above is Alegra in full on natural light, below is natural light too but you can see the difference. My camera did not like this color :( 


Below is Alegra in the shade


Below is in artificial light. This is 2 coats and you can see there is VNL (visible nail line). I didn't add a third coat because I knew i was going to add to this


I wanted to try a look that I have seen and just thought was so classy. I have no idea what the official term for it is, but basically all you do is start the polish from far below the cuticle line. Let me know if there is a term for this so I can be more accurate in my description the next time I try this: 


I absolutely love this look the same way I love the gradient glitter look! Anything that is simple and easy to do with major impact is my kind of artwork. 


I couldn't leave it alone so I added a Stripe with Milani Black Sketch. 



Thoughts?  Feelings? Concerns? 


Zoya Haul!

I was in need of Zoya nail polish. Yes I said need. I only had 3 Zoya colors and I felt as though my collection was lacking. First of all I love the company, their public relations, their formula, and their selection. So this is not just a "I have to have it just because", it's "I NEED this in my collection"!! I was so excited when Ulta had the buy 2 get 1 sale so I stocked up and also used my Ulta reward points to get 9 polishes for only $41! So that's less than $5 a bottle!! Whoo Hoo! So here is my haul:


From left to right: Julieanne, Alegra, Edyta, Maisie, Nidhi, Stacy, Kelly, Sarah, Yasmeen

I will be swatching these in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for future posts.