Sunday, August 30, 2015

Peek into my week

Hello Lovelies!

Here's what I've been up to lately:

Listening to: Miss Independent, Miss Self Sufficient,
Watching: K, Ore Monogatari, Death Note, Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou,
Making: Sophie Hatter's dress last minute for Kumoricon,
Wanting: more time before con!
Liking: these cute sharkies,
Finding: this useful sleeve tutorial,
Buying: fabric, sewing notions, vinyl, and more fabric (Jo-Ann's had good coupons),
Slices of the internet: Glitter My Socks Off, Cosplay Cents, CAUTION: Wet Paint (love that name),
Wearing: pearl earrings,
Eating: salads and burgers,
Drinking: dr.pepper,
On my nails: e.l.f Sea Escape,
Looking forward to: going to the state fair in a couple days,
Laughing at: this colonial America strip,
Looking for: Wendy's hat still...

See you later~

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Indigo Studs w/Lady Queen Beauty

Hello Lovelies!

I have a nail art review for you today! A couple weeks ago Lady Queen Beauty emailed me to ask if I'd like to review some of their nail art supplies, and I jumped at the chance! Their online store is very similar to Born Pretty, they have a ton of nail art supplies and polish, but they also have clothes, cutesy stationary, etc. 

The studs I'm reviewing today came in a little nail art wheel full of different shapes and colors of studs. I was originally going to use a triangle stud on each nail, but my nails were too curvy for them to lay flat. I know curvy nails mean stronger nails, but they make using studs and stickers difficult! And another exciting part of today's post, as I'm sure you've noticed by now, I've gone to coffin nails! My almonds were starting to get a tad dull, and I've been drooling over coffin nails on Instagram for weeks, so I took the plunge and chopped my tips off! And I'm loving the new look~

I started these nails off with two coats of L'oreal Classic Indigo, and then I stamped the copper design with Lotus Herbals Colour Dew Copper Gold & the GoGo Only St.Merry plate. Since my base polish has a textured finish I used a tiny dab of nail glue to attach the studs; usually I reach for clear coat.

If you want to check out Lady Queen Beauty's site, click here! And here's a code just for you that's good for 15% off order: MWLC15

See you later~

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

China Glaze Liquid Crystal Swatches

Hello Lovelies!

This gorgeous shimmery concoction is China Glaze Liquid Crystal from the Prismatic Chroma Glitters Collection! It's packed with super fine blue tinted silver glitter and a rainbow of hex glitters. In the bottle it looks like it has a purple shimmer, but it didn't show up on the nail.

This is three coats with INM Out The Door. I was dreading removal because this is literally pure glitter, so I decided to give my No Rub Remover another shot. I've used it a couple times in the past with mixed results, so I wasn't expecting much when using it on this glittery mess, but to my surprise it took the whole thing off in one go! I had to use one cotton ball to clean up stray glitters, but the No Rub did an amazing job. I might have to do a full blog post on it one of these days.

I attempted to stamp some American flag/heart images in white, but they didn't show up clearly against the strong silver shimmer.
Can you pick them out?

See you later~

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Swatch Sundays: China Glaze Rare & Radiant

Hello Lovelies!

I'm swatching up some China Glaze today! This is Rare & Radiant from the New Bohemian Collection, it's a duochrome that shifts from grassy lime to golden green. This polish looks radically different when you go from shade to sunlight, it has a really strong shift! This is two coats without topcoat, it dries to a fabulous shiny finish.

I wore this for around 5 days before it chipped on me, that was with some stamping and topcoat though.

See you later~

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Peek into my week

Hello Lovelies! Here's what I've been up to:

reading: Maximum Ride Forever by James Patterson (I'm happy that there's another and kind of annoyed at the same time, because he keeps publishing the "last book" of the series)
listening to: THE FAKE on 8tracks,
working on: cosplay plans, but mostly figuring out Lapis Lazuli,
looking for: a hat that'll work for (Gravity Falls) Wendy! 
liking: this fun diy rice paper mask,
wanting: this amazing Doctor Who/Harry Potter stamping plate,
looking forward to: going to Kumoricon! (still scrambling to get ready though)
eating: cucumber dip and bread chips,
drinking: dr pepper,
wearing: my HUGE ankle length denim skirt,
buying: some new thrifty finds at the goodwill bins,
on my nails: L'Oreal Indigo Classic,
disliking: that there's only a little summer left! Trying to squeeze as much fun in as possible~
watching: Hetalia World Twinkle, K Project, 

See you later~

Friday, August 21, 2015

Radiant Feathers

Hello Lovelies!

These are the nails I wore on a week long trip to Arizona a while back, I started out wanting to go for a desert-y look, but somehow ended up with duo-chrome feathers? Doesn't really invoke desert thoughts, but I liked how they turned out!
These started with two coats of China Glaze Rare & Radiant and I stamped the feathers with e.l.f Smoky Brown and MM14. I finished it off with INM Out The Door Top Coat.

China Glaze Rare & Radiant

See you later~

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ancient Orient Rice Exfoliator Review

Hello Lovelies!

Today I have a quick review on OZ Natural's Ancient Orient Rice Enzyme Dermafoliant, it's an exfoliator in powder form! It has a shaker top that twists open and shut, but the top is difficult to twist so I usually just take the whole cap off. Although when I do that- since powder gets between the container and cap- it makes a horrendous nails on chalkboard grating sound that sets my teeth on edge >.< The milk bottle-esque shape is really cute though , so I put up with the tricky lid.
I use 2-3 "shakes" of powder and mix it up in my palm with a couple drops of water, the container suggests leaving the scrub on your face a couple minutes after scrubbing to let it soak in since it also has lactic acid and green tea extract, which are both supposed to do wonders for your skin, but I'm usually in a rush so I just rinse it off.

After getting it wet, the scrub has a strange scent, nothing offensive but kind of weird. The only thing I could think to compare it to is greek yogurt? That tart milky smell, I think the lactic acid must give it that. Like I said it's not bad, I've just never encountered anything like it. 
The scrub itself is very gritty, but not too harsh, it polishes up my skin very nicely without leaving it feeling stripped like other scrubs. I only use a tiny bit for each time, so I think this bottle will last me for a very long time, it's a bit pricy but I think it balances out in the end. OZ Naturals sent me this scrub in exchange for my honest review~

See you later~

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Northwest Comic Fest 2015

Hello Lovelies!

Sorry for the lack of blog activity, I've been over at Northwest Comic Fest! I actually kept my camera on me for once, so here's a small pic spam~

Fem Lolita 10th Doctor & Nyo!America

On day one I cosplayed Nyo!America, and my friend Finn was Fem!10th Doctor in Lolita. I actually made that skirt last minute the night before con, you would not believe how hard it is to find a box pleated skirt! I used this tutorial with a few tweaks, if you're into cosplay or even just sewing, that's a great channel with tons of fantastic vids.

Marty McFly

Twirling with her sonic~

Rocket Raccoon

Harley Quinn & Joker

Board with a nail in it man! He was a riot :P

I can't remember her character's name, I think she was from World of Warcraft??

There was a great turnout for the costume contest!

Loved Ariel's fishy faces~

Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service

I didn't get any pictures of the whole thing, but this is "The Beast", it was a huge metal contraption that supposedly actually walked, but I never saw it move. It was fun to clamber up in though!

A super cute Madoka
Wednesday & me as Tsukimi from Princess Jellyfish

This Wednesday cosplayer was amazing, I had to get a pic of our matching black braids.

Holo from Spice & Wolf

There was a princess/superhero/geeky fashion show, all the dresses were amazing, my favorite was Maleficent's (far right).

                                              Mirai from Kyoukai no Kanata

I had a blast and met a ton of wonderful people, I'll definitely be attending again next year!

See you later~

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Holographic mazes

Hello Lovelies!

As you can see, my picture layout has changed a bit, I've been tinkering with different picture editing software for the last couple weeks, and I've finally settled on something I like. I even figured out how to do those nifty wrapping watermarks!
Anyways back to the nails, these started with a base of Color Club Cosmic Fate from the Halo Hues Collection, then I stamped with Color Club Beyond and my GoGo Only St.Merry Plate. I topcoated with INM Out The Door.

In shade
Direct sunlight
See you later!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Swatch Sundays: Picture Polish Frosting by Cosmetic Cupcake

Hello Lovelies!

Today I've got Picture Polish Frosting by Cosmetic Cupcake swatched up for you! I have actually swatched this up before, but that was way back in 2013 with my nubbins. So I decided to re-swatch it on my newly shaped nails~
Frosting is a pale lilac crelly with silver, magenta, and purple hex glitters, and there are silver hearts somewhere in there, but I didn't get any onto the nail this time 'round.

See you later!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Don't worry, I speak whale

Hello Lovelies!

Usually I've done some sort of summer watermelon nail art by now, but I've gotten into a rut and haven't been able to think of anything creative, beyond just the rounded rind design.
I found this adorable watermelon whale doodle by the Malaysian artist Lim Heng Swee, and it was just the inspiration I needed! His doodles are super cute and sometimes funny, I found tons of them on his Instagram here. I especially like this doodle of the sun brushing it's "hair".

The red base is Color Club Reddy or Not, and the blue is e.l.f Mint Cream. I stamped the sunflower design with Wet n Wild Black Creme and BM-710, the whale's watermelon belly rind was done with Maybelline Color Show Cool Canary & Rimmel London Camoflauge, and I finished the whole design off with INM Out The Door Topcoat.
I'm loving this new topcoat and the uber shiny finish, but it's so shiny that I had a hard time taking clear pictures of the nail art because of the gleam!

See you later!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Flower frosting

Hello Lovelies!

I picked these dried flowers up at Sally Beauty's half off red tag sale a couple days ago, only 12 flowers came in the little tin, but I got it for .80 cents so it worked out nicely in the end!
I started these nails out with a base of Picture Polish Frosting by Cosmetic Cupcake, then used a coat of Out The Door Top Coat to stick the flowers on, and then smoothed out the flowers with a couple more coats to help stick all the bits down.
Even after a couple more coats of Out The Door, the flowers still felt a bit rough. So even though the end look turned out gorgeous, my dislike of 3D things on my nails won out and I took these off the next day.

See you later!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Swatch Sundays: Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Petal Pusher

Hello Lovelies!

Today I've got Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Petal Pusher swatched up! This is an extremely pale strawberry milk pink creme, it's actually almost opaque in one coat, but I used two to smooth things out a tad more. I finished it off with a coat of shiny topcoat, but I've noticed that most of the Insta-Dry's have a great natural shiny finish by themselves!

See you later!