Monday, July 28, 2014

Pahlish Review and Swatches - Electric Boots

Okay so here's the thing.
 
Apparently when you move and also don't have a job it becomes much easier to lose track of what day it is.
 
Back in Jacksonville the trash pick up is on Friday. In Gainesville the trash pick up is on Thursday.
 
When Wednesday evening rolled around and we were putting the trash out...it made me think it was Thursday. Normally on Friday mornings I will write my Things I Fancy Friday post that same day. So to my surprise I woke up on Thursday...realized it was Thursday...and that I hadn't written a post for the day the night before. See nail reviews/swatches take much more time than my Friday posts.
 
So feeling defeated by my inability to know what day of the week it is. I just decided to start over again this week and try again.
 
With ALL that being said...
 
PAHLISH!
 
I'm bringing ya Electric Boots today baby! So let's check it out!
 
(Bright cornflower blue linear holographic with soft gold shimmer and scattered gold flakes)
 
 
Direct setting sun...it's the setting sun and it still wants to sparkle.
 
Coats -
Two coats. No issues with formula or application.
Color Intensity -
Ooooh so pretty. Cornflower blue seems like a spot on reference for color on this one. The gold flecks in this beauty really give it a little something extra. The holo goodness is just perfect. Not too much. Not too little. Lovely all around.
Top Coat - HK Girl
Base Coat - Pretty Serious
 
Last week I shared with you a polish from the Elton John collection that isn't available anymore on the Pahlish site but THIS week...different story. Electric Boots is in stock. Yaaay!
Where to find Pahlish -
 
 

So I would be lying if I said things were easy breezy since the move.
I do get a little overwhelmed and I don't always find the time to sit down and blog but I will keep trying to make sure I get my posts out as much as normal. Planning for five a week...worst case scenario...hope to have at least three. 
 
Thanks for sticking around and seeing me through this big life change! 
 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

MAC Cosmetics Review and Swatches - Retro Matte - All Fired Up

Okie dokie I'm back this week with a lipstick review!

I took these photos a couple of weeks ago and the lighting wasn't the best but you will still get the idea.

My mom took me out for dinner and a little shopping session before my husband and I made our move and I snagged this new lipstick while we were out! 

The retro matte lipsticks from MAC intrigue me and even though I have a lot of MAC lipsticks this is my first of the retro mattes. 

Let's take a look!

(bright fuchsia matte) 


I look super bummed in this photo but I swear I'm not!


**after 4 hours of wear**
**at the 4 hour point I added a swipe of EOS balm rather than reapplying the lipstick**
**another 4 hours later after applying the EOS balm**
Primer -
A thin coat of MAC's Prep & Prime primer
Coats -
Three swipes
Staying Power -
9/10
Yep this baby stays around for the long haul. Though with all of the retro matte lippies from MAC they can be very drying. Hydrating, exfoliating, and priming the lips will give you the best long term results. Less drying and less build up. As you can see at hour 4 of wearing the color was still there but my lips dried out a good bit. Instead of removing the lipstick or adding a new coat I decided to pop on a coat of EOS balm and it revived the lipstick and didn't take away any of the color. It got me a few more hours of wear!
Color Feathering/Bleeding/Build Up/Caking -
Yes to buikld up and caking. No to color feathering/bleeding. The beauty of mattes is they really don't bleed into lip lines very much. BUT even with the primer there was some build up the longer it's worn. It's nothing that's unbearable though because the color really holds for a long time before caking is an issue. But if you're able to pop on some balm when it starts to dry out it will help lessen the build up.

Must get more of the retro mattes!

Are you a matte fan? What is your favorite lipstick finish?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Julep Review and Swatches - Lizanne

Helllllooooo everyone!

This is my first post that I've typed in "real time" in a week and a half or so!

I know my posts have been going up and my blog hasn't went on vacation mode for this entire move but I've felt so strange not typing up posts daily. I hope the crazy busy that's been happening due to the move and all that has been involved in it slows down so I can keep up with posts daily rather than schedule them out!

So as of right now. I reside in Gainesville, FL and I am without a job! I will start looking for work in the next week or so...so please send me some good vibes because I will need them!

Also my house in Jacksonville is officially on the market and boy do I need THAT to sell very very quickly. Ya know since I don't have a job and all. Yikes!

I will keep you updated on life and all the good, bad, and the ugly that is coming along with the move but for now...NAILS!

I have one of my absolute favorite Julep polishes to share with you today.

(sea green shimmer)


Here are two "panoramic" shots so you can see the polish shimmers in different shifts.
indoor**two outdoors because it's too pretty not to
Coats -
Two coats. No issue with formula. Easy application.
Color Intensity -
Hands down one of my fave blue/green polishes. It's such a hard color to describe. Julep's description really was spot on - sea green - sea green perfection. The gold-ish shimmer kicks this up a notch and makes it off the charts. It's an easy shimmer to find also. Sometimes shimmers can be a little to faint to really see but not this one! It's been said that Lizanne stains but I had no issue with staining. I'm sure the base coat makes a big difference in this. I used two coats of the new base coat from Pretty Serious (link below) and there was so residual green left on me. 
Top Coat - HK Girl
Base Coat - Pretty Serious

Are you a Julep Maven? Did you snag this one when it first came out?

Where to find Julep -
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See ya tomorrow!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Elevation Polish Review and Swatches - Elbrus 2

Well well well. It looks like Monday has rolled around yet again!

To help lessen the monotony of Monday I want to share a knock your socks off shifter with ya today. "Shifter" is totally a thing. Though it sounds like a term you would hear on Supernatural...it's all about polish today.

Take a look for yourself! 

(plum purple with shifting shimmer)
 
 
Indoor in dim light ** outdoor morning light
Coats -
Two coats. I didn't love the formula on this one. It was too much on the thick side for me and even with two coats of HK Girl it still didn't feel as smooth as I would like. Honestly I think my polish may not be exactly what was on the site. 
The description doesn't seem to mention how heavy of a blue shift this has. Hmmmm! Does anyone else have this polish and can compare?
Color Intensity -
All things considered...even though I didn't love the formula...I can't ignore how pretty the polish is. The shift from purple to pink to blue is just beautiful and it has so much oomph!
Top Coat - HK Girl
Base Coat - Liquid Lacquer base coat

Elevation restocks on the 7th (9 pm central) and 22nd (9 am central) of each month.
To get all the details about restocks go here.

Along with new collections and restocks of previous colors each month there are SBP (small batch prototypes) releases and samples. I've tried almost every time and even enlisted the assistance from my husband a few times and have never been able to snag any of those. Some people manage. I have no idea how but they do! I'm thinking some type of polish sorcery.

Find Elevation Polish here and here

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