Thursday, May 14, 2009

Modern blue/black flower and vine nail design

This definitely wasn't my best (any Dane Cook fans? come on')! I was heading out to a party and needed something semi normal and a bit classy. I didn't know what to do but had the general idea for contrasting colors and a "flowy" design so, this is what I came up with. I know that I have seen similar designs before but I can't remember where so I can't give credit.

Anyways, here are some pics:

Reviewing my Everyday Minerals-- so far!

Okay so here it is! What I like and what I don't and what is still in the middle in my opinion.

What I like:
  • I love that I mixed my own foundation! It is perfect and I had fun experimenting with the colors that I received. I felt like a mixologist or an alchemist.
  • The easy application--wow! I save so much time with mineral foundation that it is amazing! I feel fresh and look awake with little to no effort which is always a plus.
  • The blushes are beautiful! The colors are exactly what I expected and they blend beautifully.
  • Brushes--They are so soft and full and make application easy.

What's still undecided:

  • Cosmetic Wet Wipes. They seem to take off my foundation and blush just fine but I am not sure they are for me. If you saw my youtube video about this haul I mentioned that these were the first wipes I had tried so perhaps it is just the process that isn't for me. I still need to use separate product for eye makeup remover so I don't see how these save a lot of time. However, after using these wipe my skin is soooo soft! So maybe they will grow on me yet!

What I am a little peeved about:

  • The finish of my shimmery blushes. All in all I ended up with 3 matte blushes and 3 shimmers. While the colors are gorgeous the shimmer can be a little much. It's like having a built in highlighter but, if applied wrong I highlight my pores which don't need any more attention.

All in all I am super happy with my purchase and plan on making another one, sooner than later~!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Children's Artwork Nail Design

When I sat down to do my nails I though to myself, "Audrey, ladybugs!" and after painting the light blue background I decided against. My niece had sent me some artwork and that is where the inspiration for this design came from. I think I might do a version of this for each season--Let me know what you think!

This design reminds me of being back in elementary school and let me tell you--I loved art class! It was my favorite subject! I had a lot of fun with this design mainly because I got to make the light blue color. For those of you who are new to nailpolish the process of creating/mixing your own color is called "Frankening" sort of like creating your own little Franken-polish...
If you ever purchase a color that you don't love and can't return, keep it and make your own color! I just wanted to throw out a reminder that I am about 27 subbies away from a contest!! Woo Hoo!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Buying things that I shouldn't--at least not right now!

Please read the EDIT/UPDATE at the bottom of this post!
So, I don't know who to thank for my latest Etsy obsession.

  1. It could be xsparkage for talking about Calypso Minerals or it could be...
  2. CourtCosmetics talking about Moon's Harvest or even...
  3. LePooke for the Anderson Soap Company
But, I am addicted. I think that there needs to be an Etsy Anonymous meeting, preferably in my living room. I can tell my obsession is bad when I add a button to my Yahoo! toolbar so that it is easier to get to. (like typing in is difficult anyway!)
On top of Etsy, Everyday Minerals has really caught my eye. Since the first time I heard about the sample kit I wanted to give it a shot. I have NEVER worn mineral foundation/concealer/corrector ever but the concept has always seemed like a good one to m e. I ordered a sample kit 6 weeks ago and never received it. Now that did leave me a little peeved to say the least, and the fact that the company isn't helpful at all with regards to my problem doesn't help. After giving up on the sample kit I dove straight in and order the Super Custom Kit in which you get 12 full size items for $50 and that includes everything on the website. Now, since I didn't know what color to order for foundation I chose only one face color then ordered a sample kit (again) to try and figure out my color. The full size color I chose seemed like it would match but could also be mixed to match my skin.
All in all I ordered:
Super Custom Kit
  • Angled Blush Brush
  • Flat Top Brush
  • Long Handled Kabuki
  • Warm Medium Beige Summer (semi matte)
  • New Car Smell Blush
  • Sprung! Blush
  • Apple Blush
  • Salon Fun Blush
  • All Smiles Blush
  • Walkee Talkee Blush
  • Peach color Corrector
  • Kaolin Powder in sunlight
Sample Kit (the details which I will not bore you with)
2 large mixing jars
A small blush in Deep Wine
and Cosmetic Wipes
I have also order quite a few shadows from Calypso Minerals coming and not to mention a shopping cart full of Luxe Minerals and Moons harvest bubble bars. As soon as I get my goodies in hand I will put up some swatches and reviews!
In the mean time here is what I have coming from Calypso Minerals:
  • Sequin (white to red duochrome)
  • Eye cycle (white to green duochrome)
  • Twilight (white to violet duochrome)
  • Velvet (red)
  • Rhubarb (purple/red)
  • Lolita (bright pink)
  • Pop star (blue)
  • Mez Mer Eyes (blue)
  • Sapphire (blue)
  • Tramp (purple)
  • Ambitious (pink)
That was my first order... my second order was for:
  • Lime Light (bright lime)
  • Khaki (olive green)
  • Fool's Gold (green/gold)
  • What Ever (pinky purple)
  • Tango (orange)
  • Red Red Whine (burgandy wine)
  • Laffy Taffy (pink)
  • Curfew (pinky red)
  • Trouble (pink)
  • Mango (orangey pink)
  • Bandana (yellow)
  • Plum Crazy (plum)
I will post swatches as they come!

EDIT/UPDATE: There is a reason swatches and what no were never posted--I received only half of my order and lost about $90. I've totally been forgetting to update this post and a comment today made me remember so thanks to you! Please shop at your own risk--I am NOT endorsing this company at all!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Flying Bumble Bee Nail Design

So, I know that I am a bit biased but I do think that this is one of the cutest nail designs that I have done. It makes the bees look like they have jumped out of a cartoon like Winnie the Pooh instead of from a hive. It also makes me want one as a pet--but alas I am allergic so no bee keeping for me.

Seriously though, if anyone gives this a try I would love to see some picture!