Sunday, October 14, 2012

Essie Downtown Brown

Long time, no post! It's been a month actually. I have no excuses, I guess I've just been a little lazy with the blog. But I wanted to share my current manicure because it is on trend for the season.

Last night I was deciding what color to paint my nails. I knew I wanted something on the dark side. I reached for Essie Downtown Brown. I've had this color for a couple years but it's been a while since I've worn it. After I was done I realized that this color is almost like Oxblood, which is in for this fall. You can see that it is a deep browny-red, almost like the color of blood. I know it doesn't sound nice, but the color is really pretty. It's dark enough, but not too dark that it looks black. I actually was planning on buying the Revlon polish in Vixen, because it fits into the Oxblood category. While I was at Target today I found Vixen & it looked almost identical to my Essie color. So I just saved myself a few dollars! If you don't have Downtown Brown, I would recommend the Revlon polish since it's cheaper. 

I'm really glad that I pulled this out! I will be wearing this quite a bit this fall & winter!

I plan on doing a couple Halloween inspired manicures soon, so stay tuned for that. And if you are still reading this blog, thank you! I've been absent lately but I hope to get back to posting more regularly :)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Lorac Pro Palette

Hi guys! Yesterday I went to Ulta & picked up a new "toy"! I got the Lorac Pro Palette. It is an eyeshadow palette with 8 matte shades & 8 shimmer shades. I heard about this palette about a month ago & couldn't get it out of my mind. I needed this like a hole in my head. But let's face it, makeup is not really about need. For me it's all about want! Plus I had a gift card left over from my birthday! I figured this was the best way to spend it! 

Along with the palette, you get a small tube of the Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer.

Top Row: White, Cream, Taupe, Light Pink
Bottom Row: Nude, Champagne, Gold, Light Bronze

Top Row: Mauve, Sable, Espresso, Black
Bottom Row: Pewter, Garnet, Deep Purple, Slate

I've only had this for one day but I already love it! I think this is a great neutral palette, and at $42 it is a little cheaper that the Urban Decay Naked palettes. I love the range of matte & shimmer shades. This really has all you need. I used Gold, Garnet & Sable to create a beautiful autumn inspired look. Today I'm wearing Champagne & Mauve for a simple light look. I'm really loving Mauve! It's what I hoped Tease from Naked 2 would be. The shadows are so soft & creamy & really nice to work with. If you passed on either of the Naked palettes, this might be worth checking out. You can buy the Lorac Pro Palette at Ulta & Sephora.

Monday, September 10, 2012

NOTD - Triangle Nails

Hi everyone! Today I'm wearing the trendy new triangle manicure. I've been seeing this lately & wanted to give it a try. I really love it & it's so easy! You just need two colors & some tape :) You can do this design on every nail, but I decided on just two accent nails. You can also vary the size of your triangle. Just place two strips of tape criss-crossed over your nail to create a triangle & paint. Then remove the tape & you have perfect little triangles :)

I chose one of the new fall colors from Essie called Miss Fancy Pants, with Wet N Wild Ebony Hates Chris. I'm loving this new essie color, it's a warm gray, perfect for fall. This is my second time wearing this color & I've only had it a week!

So, what do you think of the triangle nail?

Friday, August 24, 2012

NOTD - 2 for 1!

Happy Friday! Today I have two polishes to show you :) I'm warning you now, I'm in the Fall zone! No more neons for me!

They are both new colors from L'Oreal. The first is called The Perfect Trench, part of the London collection. It is a mustard yellow & I love it! I've been wanting a mustard polish for a while & when I saw this I had to have it. This color is not for everyone, but I really enjoy it! It is perfect for fall :)

Next up is Downtown Chic, from the New York Nudes collection. I also love this color. It's a great reddish brown for the fall. I decided to add some glitter with Sally Hansen Ring-a-Ding. This glitter is really pretty, but I'm not feelin it on this manicure. It's all chunky glitter which can be hard to place on the nail. I wish I had left it off. During the fall I love having short dark cream nails. I think this polish is best on its own.

What are you wearing for fall?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Mini Haul!

Saturday I went shopping & picked up a few items from the Harmon Face Values inside my Bed Bath & Beyond. I love shopping there because they seem to have new products sooner than other drugstores & they are usually cheaper. Plus I get coupons for BB&B that I can use, such as $5 off a purchase of $15 or more!

I was looking for the Fall Essie collection, but they did not have it. Instead I got some products from the new L'Oreal New York Nudes collection, plus a Revlon nail polish I've been wanting for a while.

L'Oreal Colour Riche lipstick in Nature's Blush, L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss in Girl's Night Out, L'Oreal Nail polish in Downtown Chic, Revlon Smoldering

Top: Girl's Night Out gloss, Bottom: Nature's Blush lipstick

 I think these colors are so pretty & perfect for Fall. I had a hard time just three! But I wanted to try a few out, especially since I've never used this gloss before. I'm happy with my selections though :)

And Revlon Smoldering is a polish I've wanted for months now. It came out earlier this year & I always look at it in the store. I finally decided to get it. It's a silver metallic with pink/purple duochrome.

That's it for now. There are more new products coming out & I can't wait to get my hands on them!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

NOTD - Rockin Mani!

Today I wanted to show you the manicure I rocked last week :) I'm wearing Color Club Peace Out Purple with Sally Hansen Rockstar Pink as my accent. I really loved this combo! Peace Out Purple is almost a neon, but doesn't dry matte, which I love! It's a really bright magenta. I decided to use Rockstar Pink because the colors really went well together. I like this particular glitter because it is pretty opaque. I've had this color since last summer & I think this is the first time I've worn it! It was fun to "shop" my nail polish collection & come up with a new look!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

NOTD - Penny Talk

Hi everyone! So I was looking at my blog posts today & realized that I haven't posted in almost a month! That is crazy! So if you are still with me and reading this, thank you! I actually thought I already posted pictures of this manicure. I know that I wrote a post & uploaded these pictures. So I'm not sure what happened or why it didn't publish. 

This color is a new one from Essie called Penny Talk, from the Mirror Metallics collection. This was the only color that interested me. It is a copper/rose gold color & I love it! It is difficult to work with though. Sometimes when you go over a spot, it takes it off & you're left with a little bald spot. I had to allow some time to dry between coats. But the color is gorgeous! 

I'm so sorry for my lack of posting recently! I really hope to get on a schedule & start posting again about nail polish & makeup :) Fall is approaching & nail companies are releasing their fall collections. So I should have some new polishes to swatch in the upcoming months! Thanks again for reading & sticking with me!