Posted by Lisa Heath | January 8, 2013 1:47 pm | 0 Comments
Vivid Lacquer Thankful For My Console Collection Swatches and Review
Are you ready for more Vivid Lacquer swatches? Being a bit of a gamer, I was really thrilled to review the Vivid Lacquer Thankful for my Console Collection! Of course you don’t have to BE a gamer to enjoy these glitter creations, but if you know the references it makes it that much better <3
The Cake is a Lie:
The Cake Is A Lie is probably one of the most used “gamer” phrases. When I first started playing almost 8 years ago this and “Needs more Cowbell!” were 2 highly used things yelled out. The Cake Is A Lie is a mix of red, brown and yellowmedium hex glitters and small white hex glitters in a clear base make up this top coat. I layered 1 coat over Zoya Kelly.
Pick Your Portal:
Pick Your Portal is my favorite of the collection! Pick Your Portal is a milky white base with reddish orange and blue hex glitters mixed in. The hex glitters are in small and medium. I used 3 coats for this mani. Smooth application all around with this one!
Would You Kindly?
Would You Kindly? is a mix of gold, bronze and silver hex glitters and small glitter particles in a clear base. I only used 1 coat of Would You Kindly? over Nailtini Dark & Stormy. Perfect amount of glitter in just 1 application!
Spaaaace! is a gorgeous blue jelly with silver hex glitters and small glitter particles scattered within. I used 3 coats for this mani and the blue jelly base is just phenomenal. Application was perfect with Spaaaace!
Woo! Tangent is a colorful glittery top coat! This one contains multi colored glitter particles, hexes AND shreds! There are also silver holo shapes within the bottle like stars and moons! A complete glitter bomb that literally contains every type of glitter Vivid Lacquer carries! I only used 1 coat of Woo! Tangent over Nicole by OPI Am I Making Myself Claire?
In The House of Upside-Down:
In The House of Upside-Down consists of a sheer teal jelly base with tiny pink and blue holo hex glitters, medium pink and blue “dot” glitter, blue hearts and pink butterflies! I didn’t want to alter the normal color for the swatch, so this is 5 (yes F-I-V-E) coats of In The House Of Upside Down all by itself. As I said in the description, this is a very sheer teal jelly. This still works beautifully if you layer it over your favorite teal, blue, white creme (or any other color you want to pair it with!) and you will still get that gorgeous, squishy look to it!
There is one more polish in the collection that I do not have to show you at this time. In total, Thankful For My Console is a 7 piece collection! Much like all of the other Vivid Lacquer polishes I own, I had no issues with any of these as far as application either! Fabulous job and I love the concept of the collection!
You can find Vivid Lacquer Polishes AND Stamping Plates (seriously check those out too, they are amazing!) on the Vivid Lacquer Etsy Shop
Full Size Polishes retail for $9.00 and Mini Polishes retail for $4.50
To check out restock updates or upcoming items being added to the Vivid Lacquer Store – make sure you “Like” the Vivid Lacquer Facebook Page HERE
I do have more Vivid Lacquer polishes to show you this weekend from a brand new collection releasing later this month! Be prepared for that ;)
***Products in this post were provided for review. All opinions are my own***
Posted by Lisa Heath | December 18, 2012 10:34 pm | 7 Comments
Zoya Lovely Collection for Spring 2013 Press Release… and some Swatches!
Beauty is a lovely state of mind
Lovely, just LOVELY!
Spring is awash in six soft and lovely new Zoya shades including three dewy metallics and three fresh blooms of cream. Poetic in nature, this collection is sure to capture the beauty of the season like no other….
ZOYA LOVELY – SPRING 2013 (I already own 5 of the 6 of these for their original release… so I decided to throw the swatches in along with the PR photos provided!)
Piaf (ZP652) – Fresh Forsythia Yellow Metallic – Full Coverage (Originally designed for Fashion Designer Zang Toi)
GeiGei (ZP651) – Blushing Cherry Blossom Pink Metallic – Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13).
Julie (ZP650) – Soft Wisteria Purple Metallic – Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13).
Sorry – no swatch for Blu yet!
Blu (ZP653) – Lucky Hyacinth Blue Cream – Full Coverage
Neely (ZP655) – Earliest Spring Green Cream – Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13).
Jacqueline (ZP654) – Perfect Magnolia Nude Cream – Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13)
Shipping January 01, 2013
Ultra long-wearing, nail lacquers by Zoya are BIG5FREE – all formulas are completely free of harmful industrial chemicals such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.
Zoya Lovely $8 (US)
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Posted by Lisa Heath | November 22, 2012 8:17 pm | 2 Comments
Happy Thanksgiving – My NOTD!
I know Thanksgiving is almost over for many families, but I just got home and wanted to share my Turkey Day mani!
I actually attempted this last night and got so frustrated I stopped. I don’t do much as far as nail art and I could only find ONE of my 5 dotting tools (probably thanks to my lovely 6 year old) but Jen from Jen’s Nail Files (be sure to check her out – I LOVE her!) posted her Thanksgiving mani and said it was easy, so I tried to copy her turkey (which she said to if I needed!)
I like the overall look, but the feathers were meh
I used Zoya Ziv on the nail, the feathers are Zoya Colbie and Myrta, the turkey body is Milani Dark Coffee (I apparently don’t have many brown Zoya polishes and I think I need to change that), eyes are made with Zoya Purity and Raven, beak is Zoya Arizona and its hard to see, but I used Zoya Tamsen for the snood.
Hope you all had a wonderful night! The entire CS household wishes you all a wonderful Thanksgiving and happy shopping tomorrow!
Posted by Lisa Heath | November 21, 2012 9:04 am | 0 Comments
Zoya Ornate Collection Swatches and Review
Soo I had this post done up and ready to go almost a month ago… but silly me apparently hit “Save Draft” instead of “Publish”. I figured it out when I went to look up my own swatches and saw they weren’t there. I looked it over and didn’t care for the swatches I did then, so I redid them tonight.
Zoya Ornate is an amazing collection. A mix of gorgeous foils and jellies with holo glitter. Zoya is hinting at some promos for the holiday season, so hopefully this (late) post will help spark your memory on whether you need some of these beauties or not (and you do! Trust me!)
I’m going to kick this off with my favorites of the Ornate Collection!
Aurora was my stand out favorite of the group! Purple is my favorite color hands down, and Aurora is a beautiful medium sugarplum purple jelly with holo micro glitters scattered throughout. I love the 3 holo’s because they glitter isn’t gritty, it leaves a smooth surface and amazing sparkly goodness. I used 3 coats for full coverage and a glossy top coat.
Storm is the black jelly version of Aurora! I only needed 2 coats of Storm for full coverage. Storm is a black jelly with holo micro glitter scattered within. Again, smooth coverage, flawless application.
Blaze is a mid tone mulberry red with holo micro glitter scattered throughout. This will make a beautiful Christmas mani if you want a simple and stunning mani! I used 3 coats of Blaze for full coverage and a glossy top coat. The holo glitters are covered a bit more in this one in comparison to Storm and Aurora, but it’s still beautiful.
I’m going to start this off by saying Electra isn’t a bad glitter top coat. It’s a top coat some may love; but it comes down to personal preference I personally am not a fan of bar glitter, so this wasn’t for me. I wanted to love it, but bar glitter just isn’t me. It is a pretty silver holo bar glitter, and a HUGE plus for it is that its small and thin, and when I applied 2 coats of top coat I couldn’t feel the bar glitter (part of why I’m not a fan of bars) which makes it more wearable for me. I will use this polish again, but not as much as the rest in the collection. This is one layer of Electra over Storm. 2 coats of top coat were applied for smooth talons.
Now we are onto the “liquid foils” of the group! Logan is a yellow-toned forest green with dense, foil-like yellow-gold and blue-green duochrome shimmer. I only needed 2 coats for full coverage and wow! Beautiful green! I love the shimmer in this polish. Make sure the first coat is dry before applying the second coat though, if the first is too wet still, the brush strokes of the second coat may pull at the shimmer and cause streaking or bald spots.
And we are on the final polish of the Ornate Collection! Ziv! Ziv is a beautiful yellow-toned metallic gold foil with silver highlights and warm gold flake glitter. I only needed 2 coats of Ziv for full coverage, but the same rules as Logan applies – be careful when applying coat number 2 before 1 is dry enough – the pulling may cause streaks or bald spots. I plan on wearing this a couple more days and possibly even attempt a full stamping image over it before I remove the polish <3
Once again I am impressed with Zoya! I love that they jumped into the holo micro glitter! A small part of me wishes there was a deep navy blue jelly with holo in this collection, but maybe in a future collection? Please? Electra was the only part of this collection I was “eh” about, but as I said, that’s purely based on personal preference. I know some ladies who absolutely love bar glitter!
Remember – Flash Promos and Giveaways should hopefully be happening soon, and if they are ANYTHING like last year – you will LOVE THEM! But seriously, even if it’s only kind of like last year, who can say something bad about discounted or free product? Be sure to like them on Facebook and on Twitter for these seriously amazing events!
Retail price: $8.00 Each
Thinking of purchasing? Zoya has a program called Share the Love! If you click on the following link and set up a new account – you get a FREE polish (Just pay shipping!).. add a second polish and shipping is free PLUS the first polish is free! I do get points based on my Share the Love link, which I generally flip and hold giveaways to spend the points. You get a free polish, I get 100 points.
Here is my Share the Love Link: https://www.artofbeauty.com/rd/015AAD32
***The products in this post were sent for review. All opinions are my own.***
Posted by Lisa Heath | October 26, 2012 7:38 am | 2 Comments
My 3 Year Anniversary NOTD!
Today is a special day for me! It’s my 3 year anniversary with an amazing man, and the photographer behind Cosmetic Sanctuary, Nick!
I was searching my polish stash trying to find a polish to wear, and I spotted an untried that was just too funny NOT to post since I’ve gotten jokes about it. Then I picked out a base color that is new to me and that I thought would look pretty with it… and here are the results!
Think he’ll get the subtle hint?
When I was on my search I saw Dollish Polish Put A Ring On It and couldn’t help myself! I put 1 sparkly coat of Put A Ring On It over Zoya Storm which I just received from their Ornate Collection <3 I love this combo! When I saw Put A Ring On It I HAD to use it since I have been asked by friends and coworkers when he and I are getting engaged. Neither of us are in a hurry though. We’ve lived together for 3 years and in a lot of ways are practically married already, or at least act like it.
Also, I chopped my nails down FINALLY! I’ve been meaning to for weeks but was really just too lazy to do so. Today at work I had a minor nail break scare though and I thought I snapped my nail so I decided it had to be done TONIGHT. I miss them at this length!
Hope everyone has a wonderful day! Although it’s our anniversary today, we are celebrating it next week with a nice little weekend getaway to San Francisco! I’m excited!
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