Thursday, August 30, 2012

China Glaze Deviantly Daring

Tomorrow (well, technically today) I don't have any class! We have a bit of a break for a special mass of some sort, but I am using my break to shop and sleep in! I figured tonight would be perfect for a late-night blog session. 

This polish is one that has quickly jumped into my favorites of all time. China Glaze Deviantly Daring is from the Bohemian collection, and I used it as a base for my gradient the other day. It is saturated and super shiny! Deviantly Daring does have a teal to blue duochrome effect as well, though it is a bit hard to capture at times. There are minimal brushstrokes considering the fact that Deviantly Daring is both metallic and duochrome. That makes me a happy blogger :) In these pictures, I am wearing 2 thin coats. 

Pretty, right? Well, wait till you see this next shot. I know it's an odd angle, and I know my cleanup isn't the best... but look at the colors! I love how to duochrome in Deviantly Daring comes out to play.

There you have it! Once again, I love the Bohemian polishes from China Glaze. You gotta trust me on this one -- it's gorgeous. Deviantly Daring is unique to my collection and I just love how bold the color is! 

Have you tried any duochrome polishes from China Glaze? What do you think?

- Aly

**this product was sent for review**

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

China Glaze Bohemian Gradient

So, I moved into my first apartment ever two days ago! It has been a busy few days, and I am so excited to be here in Saint Louis again. My friend Sarah and I are living together with a kitty, too :) Now that I am moved in here, I can get back to posting more regularly!

Today I have a really special manicure for you. China Glaze was kind enough to send me two shades from the Bohemian Collection, Deviantly Daring and Rare & Radiant. I also purchased Unpredictable, because it was too pretty to pass up! When I saw the three of them lined up, I knew I had to create a gradient with them.

For this manicure, I layered each color using a makeup sponge. First I applied Deviantly Daring and let it dry. Can I just say that Deviantly Daring is awesome?! It is so vibrant and gorgeous. Then I painted Unpredictable and Rare & Radiant onto a makeup sponge and applied them to my nails. On top is one coat of Seche Vite. I love this method of doing gradients because they turn out so smooth!

Isn't it gorgeous?! I just love how the colors flow from one to the next. China Glaze killed it on this collection! All of the polishes I tried went on beautifully and with little to no visible brushstrokes.

Oh yeah, I wanted to show you this bonus picture I took of this gradient in the shade.

Yum! The shade really allows the duochrome to come out and play. Just stunning. 

- Aly

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Barielle Shades Slate of Affairs

Today I have a new-to-me brand, Barielle Shades. I have only tried one before, and wanted to try out some more! They were generous enough to let me pick a few polishes to try, and I am excited to show you my first choice.

This is Slate of Affairs, a gorgeous dark blue base with a flash of bright blue shimmer. I like the dusty quality that the base has because it makes the color just that much more unique. I also like the formula on this shade. It is thin, but easy to apply and control. I used 3 thin coats for these pictures.

Remember to click them for a closer look :D

So, for my first experience with Barielle Shades, I have to say I am very happy. The bottles are cute, I had no brush issues, and the formula was very nice. The best part, though, is that Slate of Affairs is just beautiful. 

The only color I can think of that is similar to this is Jelly Jeans Queen. But on the nail, the Barielle pulls a touch more purple. So, I would rule these as not dupes. It is definitely good to have both :)

Have you tried Barielle Shades? Any favorites I should try?

- Aly

**this product was sent for review**

Friday, August 10, 2012

Beauty Blog Roundup!

  • Emily Hudspeth, hair design and makeup artist: Getting polish remover (and other beauty products) for FREE from CVS! To celebrate, I did a fun crackle manicure that will be great for college football season.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Looking for the perfect "golden-laced pink-peach" blush for a natural glow- then look no further than Youngblood's Crushed Mineral Blush in Sherbet! This is a real stunner!
  • Cosmetics Aficionado: NYC Summer Crush is a palette that screams tropical with it's warm pink, orange, yellow, and purple colors, but how does it perform?
  • adore-a-polish: In this post Kristina breaks down to the bare necessities in what she brings on her theme park adventures.
  • Midnight Manicures: brings you two beautiful unique polishes from the China Glaze Bohemian Luster Chrome Collection, No Plain Jane and Deviantly Daring.
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom brings you several polishes from Layla Cosmetics
  • TheFabZilla: Tight lining the eyes can be intimidating. TheFabZilla shows you her technique in 3 easy steps.
  • Ishah x Beauty: Olympic Fever abounds, check out my Olympic themed nail art for this month's Polish Days.
  • Phyrra: Phyrra tells you how to go Back to School Gorgeous! They're budget friendly, too.
  • GlitterPukee: GlitterPukee talks about the awesome Aussie cosmetic line Eye of Horus. The products are perfect for anyone with sensitive eyes. They are waterproof but super easy to remove. Want more? Great swatch photos are just a click away!
  • Ooh La La Polish: Looking for an easy & fun nail art challenge? Check out the "My Favorite Things" challenge at Ooh La La Polish!
  • Lisa's Nail Obsession: Simple, yet modern, and it goes with everything. The Tutti Frutti Stripes Nail Design.
  • the passenger element: Why I had to cancel by Glossybox Subscription (spoiler: unimpressive)
  • Pinked Polish: Wanna see a Scandalous Polish??? Melissa at Pinked Polish, Tried it on Tuesday
  • Beauty Product Review: Want big, bright eyes? Find out how I get the look with Smashbox's Brightener!
  • Polarbelle: See the Layla Cosmetics booth at Cosmoprof 2012 and all the beautiful items that Polarbelle experienced.
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Laura loves Lhasa! This week's Taupe-tastic Tuesday features the beautiful shade by NARS.
  • Liquor, Lube and Lipstick: How did I get over my aversion to wearing "vampy" colors? By wearing one with glitter, of course!
  • Aly Loves Lacquer: Aly Celebrates Her 20th Birthday with Freehanded Cupcakes
  • makeupmaniac16: Too Faced Smokey Eye Shadow Collection: Review + Swatches
  • Mani Curiously: Looking for that perfect red polish? Check out E's ode to butter LONDON's Come To Bed Red!
  • Stephanie Louise- All Things Beautiful: Ready for fall? Here are the swatches of Zoya's Diva collection complete with the MUST HAVE FeiFei!
  • Liesl Loves Pretty Things: Liesl loves China Glaze Bohemian collection! Check out the possible Lippmann Sugar Daddy dupe here.
  • Beauty Binge: Beauty Binge declares Christmas in July when she reviews the July Glossybox!
  • Gorgeousskin: Urban Decay's Naked Skin Foundation- was it love or not so much?
  • Beauty Info Zone: How much can you spend on one face? Find out what Marcia from Beauty Info Zone spent on her face in the Makeup Wars.
  • Love my Nails: Cute nail polish art that's both simple and chic!
  • Makeup Chronicles: Until 8/13, get a free gift from e.l.f. when your order is over $20!
  • Mama Fashionista: Mama Fashionista takes a look at some of the newest (and most extravagant) innovations in nail polish. 18k gold leaf and black diamonds, oh my :)
  • A Little Polish: Looking for a great nude polish this Summer? Check out Stephanie's favorite here!
  • Samarium's Swatches: Sarah from Samarium's Swatches is celebrating her Blogiversary by having a Giveaway!
  • MakeUpMom123: Awesome August Giveaway! Three Great Prizes Including an Indie Nail Bundle, Make Up Bundle & Amazing Hair Care Bundle. Enter Today!
  • beyond Beauty Lounge: At home facial peel
  • Shades Of Beauty, Inc.: NOTD: My own Mermaid's Tail...Orly Royal Navy & Essence Choose Me
  • Beauty by Miss L: Miss L from Beauty by Miss L tried loose nail art glitter for her manicure for the first time.
  • Adna Cosmetic: How to get the golden look for summer
  • Captivating Claws: Are you a glitter-lover?? If yes, you'll love these beauties from Shimmer Polish!!
  • The Glossy Pages : Evie Evan takes us on a Concealer Crash Course
  • Baking Beauty: Are you looking for some new makeup, but you're short on cash? Baking Beauty highlights the weeks best beauty coupons.
  • Media Maven: Media Maven helps you to achieve a flawless back-to-school beauty routine in 5 minutes flat!
  • Amber Did It!: Amber shares a metallic gradient manicure
  • DeyiMizu: Look fresh with a simple Champagne Gold FOTD
  • Patty and Goldie's Day Off: Come explore the Whimsical by Pam nail polishes
  • Tuesday, August 7, 2012

    20th Birthday Cupcakes!

    Last Tuesday, I celebrated my 20th birthday! Of course, I had to do a special birthday manicure :) Last year, I did freehand ice cream cones. This year, I decided to go with birthday cupcakes!

    Here's a huge picture of them!

    I worked hard on these and used lots and lots of different polishes. To see exactly what I used, keep reading!

    Thursday, August 2, 2012

    China Glaze Purr-Fect Plum

    Guess what?! I turned 20 years old on Tuesday! I did do a very cute cupcake mani, but I still have to edit photos and post them for you all. Prepare yourselves -- it's pretty adorable! :)

    In the meantime, I have a gorgeous crème for you. China Glaze was generous enough to send some polishes for review from their new On Safari collection. This one is called Purr-Fect Plum, and it really is perfect! At first, I worried that the berry shade might be a little boring. It isn't!

    The color is deep but easily wearable, and the formula is spot on. Two easy, smooth coats of China Glaze Purr-Fect Plum was all I needed. I am not even wearing topcoat in these pictures -- Purr-Fect Plum is just that shiny! This polish just looks classy and gorgeous.

    Somehow, China Glaze took your typical berry shade and turned it into a beautiful, deep crème that really shines. I am impressed by Purr-Fect Plum, and I didn't expect to be. Frankly, I love it.

    - Aly

    **this product was sent for review**