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Monday, July 29, 2013

Mod Lacquer Paranormal Paradise and Time Shaft

*Press Sample*
I'm back and I have two more amazing Mod Lacquer's to show you! Up first, I have Paranormal Paradise over Time Shaft.  Paranormal Paradise is a clear base with large holo circle glitters and smaller holo glitters.  I think that in light of the huge craze over dark bases filled with these large holo circles, Mod Lacquer decided to go one better and make it in a clear base!  Why is that better, you ask?  Because you can layer it over ANYTHING!  
Paranormal Paradise went on smoothly and layered well. I used two coats and plenty of glitter-both large and small-came out!  I had no issues and it was very easy to use!
I love how ethereal this manicure looks layered over Time Shaft!  What I would love to see is it layered over black, a red, a yellow, a peach! You just can't do that with certain other ones in black bases.

Mod Lacquer has knocked this one out of the park and a full sized polish is certainly in my future!

Time Shaft is the base I used for Paranormal Paradise.  I used three coats, and it layered very well.
Time Shaft is a blurple base with a pink shimmer.

Full-sized polishes retail for $9.50. Minis are $4.  
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mod Lacquer Imperial Serpent and Technicolor Noise

*Press Sample*
Tonight begins a series of reviews of Mod Lacquer polishes!  Here is how Mod Lacquer describes herself...
Mod Lacquer is a small company that was created to produce nail polish that would reflect the definition of the company name "Mod" by combining 2 definitions of the word.

Mod —
1. Derived from the word modernist was eventually used in the 60's to describe anything that was thought to be popular, fashionable, or modern.

2. Derived from the word modification which is used to describe PC games that are developed by the general public.

I can tell you this-Mod Lacquer's polishes are the very definition of modern and playful.  First, let me show you Imperial Serpent.  This is a sheer purple base loaded with fine holographic micro glitter.  
I used two easy coats.  It went on very easily and covered well. I used a coat of Gelous and a coat of Seche Vite to smooth it out.  I had been eyeing this polish for awhile and had planned on buying it, but was so excited to get it for review!  Mod Lacquer is so unique and creative with her polishes and the quality of product is there as well.
I also love her cute bottles and the labels!
Next up, is Technicolor Noise over Milani Almond Bliss.   Technicolor Noise is a mix of matte pink, blue and lime mid-sized glitters and small red matte glitters in a clear base.
It screams 80's to me!  I used 1-2 coats on my nails (index and pinkie have one coat, the others have two) and I dabbed some extra larger squares on my nails.  They did come out easily and I got at least one on each nail when I put the coats on, but I wanted a few more.
The glitters laid flat and spread very well.  Another job well done by Mod Lacquer.
Full-sized polishes retail for $9.50. Minis are $4.  
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Elevation Polish Wuyi Mtn and El Cap

Tonight I have two Elevation shimmer polishes to show you!  You may remember that I used these as bases for Elevation Polish Pata Puffer II, that was just released at the beginning of this month.  Now, I want to show you these bases on their own!
Wuyi Mtn is a green, almost a bright mint, with a green shimmer.  I used two coats.  
Application was great. I had no issues at all with it. Wuyi Mtn is an exclusive polish sold only at Llarowe.

Next, I have El Cap. El Cap is a core polish that has been around awhile.  I knew I wanted it, but kept putting it off in favor of newer polishes. I am so glad I finally pulled the trigger!
El Cap is a blurple base with a pink shimmer. It went on in 2-3 coats.

You can buy Elevation Polish at
Most of her polishes retail for $8-$10. She restocks on the 7th and 22nd of each month. 
 You can also visit her blog for updates at I Love Brown Nail Polish.
Elevation Polish is also available at Llarowe, where you can buy the exclusive Wuyi Mtn.

Monday, July 15, 2013

What's In My Beauty Stash?

I have a change in scenery for you tonight!  I was talking with some of my girls, a few who are beauty bloggers and/or MUA's and as we talked I realized how very little I had in the way of makeup and face products.  
I have always been into makeup.  I have been wearing it for 30 years!  But I always bought the bare minimum drugstore finds and never thought to go further than that.  It made me decide to go through my medicine cabinet and reevaluate my "collection."  I would also love it if you told me what works for you!

SKIN CARE:  I am an avid and loyal user of Paula's Choice skin care.  I could write an entire post about why I will never use anything else, but that would be a whole different post!  (If you are interested in hearing my skin care battle, comment, and I will do it if enough are interested.)
PRIMERS:  I am not a religious user of primers, but I do find that when I use them, my face stays on longer! I am still on the hunt for a great eye and face primer.  My skin is fairly sensitive and will break out if anything out of the ordinary gets on it. I also have combination skin.  The Kat Von D eye primer I use dries out my eyelids.  The NYX eye primer works alright but doesn't last all day.
FOUNDATION: I have olive-toned skin and oily/combo skin.  Any type of foundation with even a hint of peach shows up as VERY peach on me!  L'Oreal True Match Liquid Foundation in N3/N4 works very well for me!  I am not married to any powder foundation and am open to suggestions!  Right now, I use Bare Minerals, but am close to running out. I am thinking of getting a drugstore brand.
Thanks to my friend Silver's suggestion, I bought these amazing brushes from Ulta.  The brand is Real Techniques. Being a drugstore makeup user most of my life, I have never owned nice makeup brushes and these are so dense and soft, they make putting makeup on effortless.

MASCARA:  I love mascara; but I am also cheap!  I don't like paying $8 for mascara, and so I only ever buy one at a time. When I bought some stuff from Sephora, I was able to get a sample mascara from Clinique.  I LOVE IT!  I am always on the lookout for a mascara that will make my lashes look outrageously long and thick and luscious!
LIPSTICK:  I'm almost embarrassed to be showing you my makeup. You will see that I am very conservative in what I wear. I am trying to break out of that though!  Up until a week ago, this was all the lipstick I owned.  And the ones in front (MAC and Milanis were all ones I had gotten very recently!)   I generally wear neutral shades on my lips.  Lately, I have been rethinking that idea and bought a fuchsia in the Maybelline VIVIDS line. I fell in love!  (You can see the picture on IG.)  I recently did a swap with my friend, Lisa, and got 17 lipsticks from her!!   (Those are on IG too.)
Here is my tiny little collection of lipsticks.
EYELINER: I am constantly on the hunt for an eyeliner that won't BUDGE.  I have bought gels, felt tip, pencil, liquid...Nothing has been perfect.
My two favorites are Stila felt tip eyeliner and Kat Von D tattoo eyeliner (not shown as it ran out.)
EYESHADOW: I can't get enough eyeshadow!  I love palettes, because of their convenience.  My favorites are these Kat Von D palettes.  Used along with primer, they do not move off of my lid.
And the cases are beautiful.
I was gifted this Tokidoki from my friend, Hazel.  I love browns and neutral tones, so this gets a lot of use.

I have several pots of eyeshadow. The ones in the black are from Paula's Choice. The rest are handmade indie brands!  Madison Street Beauty, Wishful Bath and Beauty (FEVERshadow), and BFTE Cosmetics are the ones I have. My favorite is Wishful Bath and Beauty.
So, that's my stash!  Pretty small, but I plan on growing it. It all fits nicely in my medicine cabinet.

So have at it!  Tell me what works for you or what products you think I might benefit from !  Also, let me know if you are interested in a more in depth post about Paula's Choice and my skin care battle.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Milani Limited Edition Fantastical Plumage with Sprinkles Effect

Yesterday, I showed you the amazing Milani LE Retro Glam Collection, and today I will show you the LE Fantastical Plumage (with Sprinkles Effect) Collection.  The Fantastical Plumage Collection is a mix of brighter colors that play off of feathers from birds.  Both collections will be available for the month of August.
I decided to do a manicure with the set using my dotting brushes.  My original intention was to do a french tip. That changed to a diagonal french tip, which then progressed to dots! It reminds me of bubbles.
Milani polishes are great for nail art, and these are no exception!
Scarlett Ibis is the orange of the family.  I used two coats, although it was very close to being a one coater!  My photo is off on the color, it is much more orange in real life.  I used Carnival on my two middle fingers.  More on that later.)
Canary was the problem child of the collection. I needed three coats and it applied streaky.  You can't tell though by the third coat!
Now, we are getting to my three favorites... Peacock is a lighter sky blue that applied well and evenly. I used two coats.
Purple Martin is a bright lavender.  While the first coat wasn't super opaque, the 2nd coat layered superbly and made me fall in love with it.
*Drum roll please*    My favorite of both collections is this in-your-face blurple aptly named Blue Jay!
This was a one coater on a few nails and was a dream to apply.
The glitter of the collection is called Carnival.  I did a skittle mani using all five of the polishes and then used Carnival over the top.  Carnival has large white hexes, medium sized black hexes and black bars.    Carnival needed some finessing to apply the glitters.  I used the dab method to apply the large white glitters and some of the bars.
  I applaud Milani for thinking outside the mainstream box and being one of the few companies to give a nod to the indie polishes lines.

This Limited Edition Fantastical Plumage Collection and the LE Retro Glam Collection will be available for the month of August at select CVS and Meijer stores across the USA.  You can also buy it online at

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Milani Limited Edition Retro Glam with Sprinkles Effect

Press Sample
Have you all heard about the two Limited Edition Milani Collections coming out in August?  I have both collections in my possession and will be showing you one of them tonight!  
The Limited Edition Retro Glam (with Sprinkles Effect) Collection is a mix of soft pastels.  
What I love about Milani polishes is the myriad of uses I get with them.  The colors inspire me to be creative!  To try these out, I decided to do a skittle dot mani on one hand.  I used each of the colors as a base on each finger and then dotted in three different sizes on the top of it.
On my other hand. I used Almond Bliss as my base. I foresee using this for the base of many nail art projects.   It helps that it is very opaque as well.  I then used my dotting tool to put alternating colors of the pinks and greens on each finger.
And here is a close up of the dots!

Okay, so now on to the swatches.  Almond Bliss was the surprise favorite for me. While I may not wear it alone, it will come in very useful as a base for any nail art or stamping.  It was very opaque and went on easily. I used two coats. I then used Sprinkles on the tops of two nails. (More details on Sprinkles later.)
Strawberry Shake is the lighter of the two pinks. I used two coats and it went on easily.
Nothing makes me happy like a hot pink polish!  Raspberry Delight made me gasp when I first put it on.  It took two easy coats.
This was another on of my favorites-Creamy Pistachio lived up to its name.  It had a creamy two coat formula and reminded me of pistachios.  This one is a must.
Mint Chip is a deeper green, but in the same shade range.  Two easy coats here as well!
Lastly, is Sprinkles.  This awesome top coat is a clear base with black and white matte glitters in the shape of hexes, and bars of varying sizes.  Kudos to Milani for looking to the indie brands to get inspiration. I wish more mainstream polish brands would do the same!
Sprinkles had excellent application. The glitter came out evenly and laid flat. I used a coat of Seche Vite to smooth it out.
This Limited Edition Retro Glam Collection will be available for the month of August at select CVS and Meijer stores across the USA.  You can also buy it online at