Sunday, August 26, 2012

NOTD 8/26/12: OPI German-icure

Happy Sunday, all! Today I finally used one of the OPI German polishes I picked up about two weeks ago- and I love it! This is OPI German-icure.

 Two coats, two coats top coat. Flash.


German-icure is a vampy dark red shimmer with a great formula. It reminds me a lot of Illamasqua Scarab which is one of my favorite fall colors, but obviously OPI is a lot less expensive. 

Sorry I'm being so short- Breaking Bad starts right now. 

Thanks for reading!
-Lily

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

NOTD 8/19/12: China Glaze Loft-y Ambitions

Who else is sick of summer? I go back to school in less than two weeks and cannot wait to move back into my dorm. So, what better way to make the fall come faster than dark, vampy colors? Right now I'm wearing China Glaze Loft-y Ambitions from last year's Fall Metro Collection.

Two coats, one coat topcoat. Sunlight.

Loft-y Ambitions is a burgundy-wine color with a silver sheen. I don't know why I never wore this last year- I really like it. The formula was fine too, no complaints here!

Thanks for reading!
-Lily

Monday, August 20, 2012

NOTD 8/15/12: Zoya Natty

(Not so) happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had a good weekend! I've been putting off writing this because I'm busy as hell, but now that I've got another NOTD after this to write, I figured I might as well do it. Today's polish is Zoya Natty from the fall 2012 Designer Collection. I have one other polish from Zoya's fall 2012, but that one is from Diva. I'll probably get to that one soon, because it's gorgeous.

Two coats, one coat topcoat. Flash.

Natty is a smokey greyish blue creme- really nice for fall and per usual with Zoya it has a fantastic formula. There's nothing I dislike about this polish, I completely recommend it!

See her layered with CND Effects Amethyst Sparkle!

Friday, August 17, 2012

It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Review

Happy Friday, everyone! Want to see my new favorite lip product in the entire universe?

It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush in Je Ne Sais Quoi
Left: Swatch. Right: 5 minutes later. Confused?


Monday, August 13, 2012

NOTD 8/12/12: Butter London Dosh

Are you sick of Butter London yet? I am. But let's get to today's NOTD anyway. This is Butter London Dosh, a sour apple/avocado green with golden shimmer. If you can hear the bitterness in my voice, it's because I'm still pissy about the formula.

 Three coats, two coats topcoat. Sunlight.
Sunlight.

I am so disappointed in this polish. The formula was stringy and gloppy and just a nightmare. It would be a nice color if every time I looked at it I didn't remember how frustrated it made me.
However, my friend has this polish as well and has no problems with it. Maybe I'm just picky!

Because it's been a while..cat picture!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

NOTD 8/10/12: Butter London Gobsmacked

Hello everyone! I'm in class right now but I wanted to quick post this NOTD seeing as how I've had it on for two days and am redoing my nails tonight :)
I hope you're not sick of Butter London after this because I snagged 3, including this one, in Nordstrom's buy two get one free sale. Here is Gobsmacked, which is new for fall 2012.

 Two coats, two coats topcoat. Flash.
Sunlight.
 
Sunlight.

Gobsmacked is a charcoal grey glitter that is opaque in two coats. I am not kidding when I say that I thinned it 10+ times during application. Really. If you really feel like putting in the time and patience for this polish, go for it, but this isn't a particularly unique shade so it doesn't seem worth it on any level.
Out of all the ones I've tried, I'm going to just go ahead and declare Butter London glitters to be crap. They turn incredibly tacky and sticky and it's like applying glue to your nails. There are so much better and cheaper options for glitter out there, and there is no reason to spend $14 on a nail polish that just gives you a headache. Yes, there are polishes that I would put in the work for, but not this one.

Thanks for reading!
-Lily

Friday, August 10, 2012

NARS Outlaw Blush Swatches & Review

Happy Friday! I want to start off by saying that blush is my favorite kind of cosmetic.  It's my favorite step when doing my makeup in the morning.  I can never have enough blush- especially when NARS releases a new one.  I've had a soft spot for NARS blushes after I fell head-over-heals in love with Orgasm- the blush that made me love blush and still my all-time favorite (you should see the gigantic dent in mine).  Because of this, I had to pick up Outlaw, which is new for Fall 2012I'm glad I didn't listen to my friend who told me it was too dark for me and not to buy it...it is amazing.

NARS Outlaw Blush
  NARS Outlaw Blush

Okay, maybe it is a little dark, but with a light hand, fair skin tones like me can work with it and make it look great. It's perfect for fall and I am beyond excited to wear it.  The gold shimmer against the dark reddish pink makes it glowy and flawless on the skin. I love the how NARS puts shimmer in their blushes because it never looks unnatural or kiddish. 
To sum it up, you should buy this. If you have a darker skin tone than me, you NEED to buy this. It would look incredible.

Thanks for reading!
-Lily

Thursday, August 9, 2012

MAC Lipstick Haul & Review (By Request + others)

Hello! Today is very exciting and I'll tell you why- I finally own MAC Candy Yum Yum lipstick.  I can hardly believe it myself!  It was the only one I wanted from the By Request lipstick launch, but I picked up two other lipsticks I'd been eying anyway. Why not, right?

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick (matte)
MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick
MAC Sheer Plum Lipstick (lustre)
MAC Sheer Plum Lipstick
MAC Syrup Lipstick (lustre)
MAC Syrup Lipstick

I LOVE Candy Yum Yum.  It's so bright and obnoxious and I can't wait to wear it.  It's also one of the only two matte lipsticks I own. I'm not crazy about matte lipsticks in general, but I couldn't pass this one up, especially after it got away from me last year.
I'm really getting into fall makeup lately, hence the two darker neutrals (at least for me) I picked up.  I'm very fair (NC 15) so these are almost a statement dark lip on me, especially Sheer Plum. They're both lustre finishes, my absolute favorite- I've made it my life's ambition to own all of MAC's permanent lustre lipsticks so I'm on my way. I think of the 30 or so MAC lipsticks I own, about 5 are finishes other than lustre...maybe less.

Thanks for reading!
-Lily

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

NOTD 8/7/12: Butter London Thames

Hi everyone! Today's NOTD is my favorite Butter London polish and one of my favorite polishes of all time. I don't love Butter London polishes all the time- all the glitters I've tried and some of the cremes are just not worth the price tag due to their formulas. Fortunately, this gorgeous jewel-toned metallic has a great formula that I never have problems with. Here is Butter London Thames.

Two coats plus topcoat. Natural light.
Flash.

Don't you just love how the duochrome came out in the flash? 
I am obsessed with this polish- to me it's the perfect fall color. It's smokey and dark but bright and vibrant at the same time. And as I said before, I have no complaints on the formula!

See a bonus cat pic!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

NOTD 8/1/12: Deborah Lippmann Today Was A Fairytale

Happy August! Today I have one of my favorite layering combinations in a long time: Deborah Lippman Today Was A Fairytale over Zoya Dove.

 Two coats Dove, one coat Lippmann. Two coats top coat. Flash.

I apologize for my butchered index finger..I (like many have done before me) was foolish and cut my cuticle too low. After it finally stopped bleeding, I went in there and cleaned up with pure acetone..the sign of a true warrior. Obviously, I wouldn't recommend you do that. Just like I wouldn't recommend drinking nail polish remover- even though I've done that before too (it was an accident, I swear).

Anyway, this manicure makes me feel so fancy. Today Was A Fairytale has "virgin diamond powder" in it. I have no idea what that is, but I got to tell someone today that my nail polish was made of diamonds. It has a bluish-grey tint in the base which darkens the light grey shade of Zoya Dove. I love adding gold or beige glitter over neutral eyeshadows. This is kind of that concept in a manicure- neutral glitter- and I love it.

See a fierce cat pic...