Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Butter London Brown Sugar

I'm trying to get back in the swing of blogging after being gone for a few days. So today I've got a beautiful Butter London to show you guys! Yaaayyy!!

We're gonna talk about Brown Sugar, a rusty burgundy metallic with gold microshimmer and larger gold glitter pieces--almost like little sprinklings of sugar, hence the name. :) This polish is pretty much autumn in a bottle. Plus the fact that it's basically a foil and a glitter all in one means it's crazy shiny and glow-y!

 A close-up so you can see those glitter pieces better...

Brown Sugar was a bit sheer on the first coat, but built up nicely in three. The polish has an excellent consistency to it as well, making it very easy to spread across the nail.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Chanel Peridot

I'm alive!! Sorry I was gone for a few days. I've had a lot on my plate lately, so I haven't had as much time and energy for blogging as I would like. But I'm back in time for this week's Twinsie Tuesday, where we're showing the true depths of our polish addictions by sharing our biggest splurge. Mine was pretty easy to remember: Chanel Peridot!

I bought this beauty back in college, when I worked at Neiman Marcus, so I was able to use my employee discount to knock a few bucks off, but it's still the priciest polish in my stash. It also happens to be my favorite polish ever, so it was totally worth it! There are multiple dupes of Peridot now but when it first came out, its pairing of rich gold with a green and teal duochrome was very unique. Even though it's since been duplicated by other brands, Peridot is still a total stunner!



Peridot applies just as wonderfully as she looks. You do have to be a little careful with brushstrokes, but there's nothing out of the norm for a metallic polish. I used three coats here.

This is a polish that will always hold a very special place in my heart. It's a drop-dead gorgeous shade and the only Chanel polish in my collection. I hope you enjoy looking at Peridot as much as I do! :)


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dermelect Heirloom






Let's talk jewel tones for a bit, shall we? I've got an amazing one from Dermelect to show you today called Heirloom! Heirloom is a rich, deep sapphire blue--verging on navy, really--with a fine mist of red micoshimmer. You lose a lot of the shimmer in the dry down, which is a shame because it's so stinkin' gorgeous, but the base color here is no slouch either!







The formula is fabulous and didn't give me any trouble at all. I used three coats here.

You can purchase Dermelect from their website.

Disclosure: This polish was sent to me for my honest review. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

China Glaze Life Preserver

Now that the fall season is officially upon us and pumpkin-themed everything is EVERYWHERE (not that I'm complaining--I love me a good pumpkin latte or pumpkin-scented candle), it's time to shift from the bright and bouncy citrus orange shades of summer to the terracota-toned oranges of fall. China Glaze Life Preserver is a perfect example. Plus this color has a throwback, 70s kind of vibe to it that I really like!



The formula here was okay, but not spectacular. I found it to be too thin and runny for my tastes. Still, I managed to get good coverage after three coats; you just have to be careful or else you'll wind up with some messy pooling around the cuticles.

Formula gripes aside, Life Preserver is still worth checking out. It's a departure from your typical orange and I like how unique it is! It came out as part of the Anchors Away Collection back in 2011, but I believe it's still a part of CG's core offerings, so it shouldn't be too tough to hunt down!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Zoya Rue

We're busting out some neutral nails for this week's Twinsie Tuesday! I decided to delve into my untrieds for my pick: Zoya Rue, a pink-toned nude. (Zoya calls this color "boudoir blush," which I think is a really cute description.)  Rue first came onto my radar because of the name. As a Hunger Games fan, I wanted it! Ultimately, I was lucky enough to receive this polish from Amanda, so a big thanks goes to her for hooking me up with this pretty nude!


The formula on Rue is awesome. It's got a near-perfect consistency to it that provides full coverage in two coats.

I was kinda worried the pink undertone on this one would clash with my skin, but I actually like how Rue looks on me! One of the things I appreciated about Zoya's Naturel collections is that they showcased a wide variety of "nudes" that will work on lots of skintones. Plus, even if the shade you pick isn't a mannequin hands match, it's still bound to be a clean, versatile palette cleanser. Win-win!

Thanks for checking in with me today and I hope you'll give a look-see to what my Twinsies did for their neutral manis too! :)


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Butter London Tart With A Heart

Butter London Tart With A Heart is a charming iridescent glitter topper that I've featured on here before. After seeing it peeling out at me from my nail polish rack day after day, I started to get the itch to wear it again. So I popped it over OPI You're So Vain-illa and I gotta say, I forgot just how pretty this one is!



Tart With A Heart spreads very evenly and easily across the nail, delivering plenty of glittery goodness in just one coat.With one coat, removal was surprisingly easy too. I suppose you could build this up to wear alone but I think it truly comes to life with a base underneath. A neutral really lets you see all the different colors of glitter that are in this polish!

I've really been rekindling my love affair with BL lately. I used to buy Butter constantly but then I kinda fell off the wagon for a while. What brand have you recently fallen back in love with?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Review: Lush Veganese Conditioner


I have had a really hard time finding a conditioner that my hair likes. Even ones that claim to be "lightweight" always wound up making my hair look greasy and feel oily. So for the longest time, I just gave up altogether on using one, because I was tired of wasting my money. But since I color-treat my hair, I had to admit that even my naturally oily hair needed a conditioner.

So I decided to give it one last go by ordering Lush's Veganese. Based on past experience with conditioners in general, my expectations for Veganese were pretty low. So I was shocked when I fell in love with it!

Unlike most conditioners, Veganese is formulated without lanolin, which is what makes it vegan, since lanolin comes from sheep. But it also makes Veganese very lightweight. In place of lanolin, Veganese uses agar gel (which comes from seaweed) to soften and condition the hair. Lush formulated it not only for their vegan customers, but also for their Japanese stores, where their customers were telling them they wanted a light conditioner for naturally straight and oily hair.

With Veganese, I only apply it on the ends of my hair; from the ears down is my general rule of thumb. As soon as I rinse it, my hair feels softer and smoother almost instantly. Veganese also contains lemon oil to add some nice shine, not to mention a light, citrus-y scent that I could catch whiffs of throughout the day.

I recently had to say goodbye to my beloved Veganese, since I needed something a bit heavier now that I've gone bleach blonde and my hair can handle extra moisture. I've bumped things up to another Lush conditioner, American Cream, which is lovely too. But I figured I would share my thoughts on Veganese if you too are looking for a good conditioner for oily hair. Even if your hair feels greasy, it still needs moisture and protection to keep it healthy! So if you feel like you've tried everything, try Veganese! It's a fantastic product and one that I would recommend in a heartbeat!