Friday, November 30, 2012

OPI: DS Extravagance

Good morning everyone!  I hope you all have been keeping relaxed and healthy in these chilly days.  I have been extremely busy with school work and I am working on an exciting project for the blog that I think you guys will really enjoy!  Today though, I'm going to review OPI DS (Designer Series) Extravagance, which is a color I think you guys will love.  Please let me know what you think of it! 

This has to be one of my all time favorites, the color is so rich and saturated, and the holographic glitter is sure to get you noticed.  When I wear this color I feel extra confident and beautiful, and when a product makes you feel like that, you know you've found a winner!  Some people have shoes or a dress, I have nail polish!  As you can see this is a deep fuchsia with a good amount of holographic glitter.  Consistency is very smooth, which allowed me to have concise control of where the paint flowed onto the nail.

These close up images really show the complexity and depth of this polish.  Are you falling in love with this polish just as much as I have?

Please let me know what you guys think of this polish and review!  I am so interested in hearing your feedback, my mission is to provide you with quality reviews and am always open to constructive criticism. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Chanel: Paradoxal

Today I have a fantastic color to share with you!  I have finally made it home and I admittedly don't really know what to do with myself.  No homework, no projects, no exams, and everyone has gone to work and school for the day at my house.  My plan is to do laundry and hopefully meet up with a friend for coffee before family comes over and preparations for the big feast begins. 

Anyways, on to the polish!  Chanel Paradoxal is a dark grey/mauve based color with finely milled purple shimmer.  The shimmer is most evident in the bottle, and becomes subtle once painted on the nails.  I find Paradoxal to be a bit of a chameleon, in sunlight the purple is more evident and looks very warm, yet in shade or artificial lighting it looks like a cool grey.  It's one of those colors that's a little hard to describe, but I think it would look great on any skin tone!

What do you guys think of this polish?  I personally like it a lot.  It's not a color that's in your face or that people will stop you in the streets to comment on, but it's oh so sophisticated and grown up.

Is anyone planning to do something for black Friday?  This year our mall opens at midnight, which means I am not getting any sleep that night. Are you shopping for anything specific? Any great deals you can't pass up? Let me know! Happy holidays!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Butter London: Wallis

Happy Monday everyone!  I trust all of your weekends went well, and that your upcoming thanksgiving weeks will be great!  I cannot wait to go home soon, I'm definitely in need of a break! I think everyone needs to see their families sometimes, I wish I could see mine more often.  Here's a polish I think you guys will love, I know I fell in love with it when I first saw it.  This little number goes by the name Wallis, and I think you'll fall head over heels when you see her too.

Isn't she so pretty?  A gorgeous, vibrant army-olive green that's rich at the same time.  Wallis isn't a new color, but you can still find it at your local Ulta.  I find that a lot of olives tend to be dusty, but this one glows from within!  I find this polish so elegant and edgy.

What do you guys think of this color?  Do you already own it?  I think this is so stunning for fall.  This is two coats, with one layer of Seche Vite on top.  Great consistency, and easily removed as well.

I hope you enjoyed the review!  What are you guys doing this thanksgiving break?  Let me know!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Over-worked and Overwhelmed

My past week was probably one of the most stressful weeks I've had in a long time. I had three exams this week and a few papers due, which made this week intense! We all experience moments when it seems as though there isn't enough time in the day. I want to share with you some things that got me through my stress:

Some beautiful flowers from my fantastic boyfriend. I love fresh flowers, especially when the days turn chilly and dim.

I love the way trees look without their leaves. There's just something so macabre and beautiful about seeing these dormant "skeletons" everywhere.

Delicious candied violet petals from Ladurée. I picked these up in NYC and have been slowly munching away at them this week. I love the subtle floral-ness, and it's a perfect way to satisfy a sweet tooth!

These are the things the helped me survive my week, what do you enjoy when feeling overwhelmed? 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

NARS: Night Rider

How are all of you doing? I hope your weekends have been great! Only two more weeks until Thanksgiving and it can't come sooner! My up-coming week is full of presentations and exams, not so fun, but that's life isn't it? Anyways, I have a swatch to share with you today, NARS Night Rider. Night Rider is a glass-fleck polish that has a plum base with lighter, lilac/silver shimmer.

It has nice consistency, and was totally opaque in three coats. Unfortunately I don't think this polish looks very good on my skin tone, which is sad because I really do like the color in the bottle. This is three coats with one of Seche Vite over top.

I think this color would look really nice with as one coat or layered over something. What do you guys think? We're still having cloudy weather over here, but tomorrow is supposed to be sunny, so I'm planning on getting some good swatching in tomorrow! Have a fantastic Sunday guys, hope you enjoyed the swatches!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

OPI: Midnight In Moscow

Drudgy, rainy weather and homework up to my chin make me feel so overwhelmed, but I have some really exciting things coming up, which seem to be the light at the end of this very cold, damp tunnel. What has been keeping me sane through all of this you ask? Some simple pleasures and procrastination: chai tea latte's, keeping up on my favorite blogs, involving myself in some really exciting activities, and painting my nails beautiful colors. There is truly no greater feeling than having pristine and primped little fingers; OK, maybe I haven't been able to shower in two days, but my nails are gorgeous.

Here's a color that I think you guys will all love and it really fits the broody mood mother nature seems to be in lately. I've been loving dark vampy colors this fall season, and this one is definitely a winner! You may recognize it, since it's been around for a while, it's from the OPI Russian Collection. It was one of my very first OPIs, even before I fell in love with polish! Midnight In Moscow is what I'm showing you today.

Here's a close-up of the polish. Unfortunately, since it's been cloudy and I prefer to only use natural lighting, these pictures didn't come out as crisp as I would have liked, but I still think you can see a good amount of detail. You can see that the polish is a very dark red. The base is actually black, and the red is from very fine shimmer. This is probably one of my darkest colors, since the red is very subtle.

So how do you like this polish? Would you consider checking it out? I think it's definitely going to become a color I reach to a lot this upcoming winter! Hope everyone is having a fantastic week!