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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Indie Tuesday- Takko Lacquer Wanderlust

It's Tuesday, which means that we made it through Monday!

Today I have swatches of Takko Lacquer Wanderlust. Wanderlust is a muted dusky lilac polish with a strong teal shimmer. It's gorgeous, but also a pain to photograph. I had a difficult time getting the photos to be color accurate.
Lightbox, with flash
Takko Lacquer describes themselves as an earth conscious, vegan, and big 3 free brand. I bought my bottle of Wanderlust in late 2012, and it has no sinking, separating, or fading issues.

In my swatches I used three thin coats, and no topcoat. I did have a slight issue with pooling at the edges of my nails, but it was alleviated once I got used to the formula.
Lightbox, with flash
Check out the rest of my swatches after the break!


Monday, September 29, 2014

Makeup Monday- Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup Liquid Foundation

Happy Monday!

Today I've got swatches of Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup Liquid Foundation.  I received a sample palette of 8 different shades in one of my subscription boxes.

I usually buy my foundation from high end stores such as Sephora because they will color-match me. Lack of ability to try out formula and shade has kept me from trying drugstore brand foundation, so this was a great opportunity to try it out.

To see swatches, continue reading below.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Subscription Sunday- POPSugar Must Have Box September 2014

Remember my post from a few weeks back about the POPSugar Must Have Box? Well, my September box arrived, and I'm excited to show you what I got (definitely worth it).

Box when first opened. 
Box contents
See close-ups after the break!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Stash Saturday- Dior

I'm going to start having Saturdays as the days I show parts of my stash. I've already showed you my Butter London's, and this week I'll show you my Diors!

I've been working on my vintage Dior collection, but I also have some current Diors.

Here they all are, check out my favorites after the jump!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Franken-cense Friday- Maku'e Ao

TGIF!

Today is the first Franken-cense Friday here on my blog. Franken-cense is the name for my indie polish brand. I mostly just dabble, but occasionally sell or gift, and love to share swatches.

Today I have Maku'e Ao, meaning purple illumination in Hawaiian. Maku'e Ao is a greyish-purple holographic polish with gold/orange/green flakies, and a slight duochrome. Maku'e is opaque in 2-3 coats depending on your application style, but also looks great layered.

In the following swatches I used three thin coats on all my nails except my ring finger, in which I layered one coat of Maku'e Ao over a black creme.
L to R- Yellow light with flash, Under Fluorescent Light, Yellow Light no flash
Inside, no flash
To see more angles continue reading after the break.

PSA- I know these pictures look like I'm wearing different polishes, but I assure you they are all pictures of Maku'e Ao.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tutorial Time- Using Rhinestones

Earlier this week I posted swatches of Elevation Polish The Twinkle in Yeti's Eye. I decided to try my hand at some nail art, and had some success. Click here to see the swatches of Twinkle on its own.



To learn how to create this look, click below to continue reading!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bloglovin'

I need to publish a link here to claim my blog on Bloglovin and pinterest, so here it is!

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Wrap-up Wednesday- What Happened This Week

Here's what happened this week in the polish world on my blog, in sales, and new trends and releases.

Butter London is offering 50% off of last orders! Snatch up polish for $7.50, mascara for $10, and browse through all their sets too! Click here to see the sale! (Ends on the 27th)


Deborah Lippmann just released a 15th Anniversary Limited Edition Fashion Size Trio. I love Lippmanns, especially her glitters! Minis are a great way to try out new brands, and I love the look of the Lippmann minis. The set retails for $29 and can be found here.


Ciate released a new gel kit. I'm not sure how it works, or how well, but it's called the Ciate Geltox Starter Kit. The kit retails for $99, and claims to be able to turn any polish into a long wearing gel polish. I already have a gel curing light, so I wont purchase the set, but if the individual items come up for sale, I'll definitely try them out! Click here to see this Sephora exclusive set! If you've already tried it, let me know, I'm super curious about it.
This week Essie Nail Wraps have been showing up in many Dollar Trees. They are great for a quick mani, are easy to use, and wear well. They retail for $1 so check out your local Dollar Tree today!


Urban Decay has four of their nail polishes on sale for just $5 each. Get on this deal quickly as it's a great one, and UD polishes rock! See them here. Spend $50 and get free shipping (maybe you liked the Electric Palette swatches I featured on Monday).
So that's what I have for this week. Anything I missed that you want to share? Comment below, and don't forget to follow to keep updated on new deals! 

-Austen

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Indie Tuesday- Elevation Polish The Twinkle in Yeti's Eye

Happy Indie Tuesday!

Today I have Elevation Polish The Twinkle in Yeti's Eye. Twinkle is an amazing teal creme polish with heavy orang/yellow/green color shifting pigment. Twinkle was available in March as a limited release, however, I've seen quite a few for sale second hand.







To see swatches, continue reading after the break!


Monday, September 22, 2014

Makeup Monday- Urban Decay Electric Palette

Today I have the Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette to show you!

It's a collection of 10 pressed pigments (mostly neons), a double sided brush, and a built in mirror. The palette and brush are cruelty free, so that's a plus.

Here's the palette-


Left to right- Revolt, Gonzo, Slowburn, Savage, Fringe
Left to right- Chaos, Jilted, Urban, Freak, Thrash
To see swatches of the colors click below! (Warning, this is a picture heavy post)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Another Zoya Sale

Two days after receiving my order from the Zoya BOGO sale, I'm here to tell you that there's another one active now.

Using the code ELCTBG if you have $25 dollars worth of product in your cart, you can add three more polishes (excluding the pixie dusts) and get them, along with a free 8oz bottle of Zoya remove (my favorite remover) AND free shipping!

Here are some possibilities for your purchases-

-6 polishes ($27-$30)

  • $27- 6 $9 Zoyas (no Pixies)
  • $30- 3 Zoya Pixie Dusts + 3 $9 Zoyas

-3 $9 polishes, 1 bottle of 32oz Zoya Remove ($25)

I'm thinking of ordering the three new Ultra Pixie Dusts, Oswin, Arianna, and Noir, and three of the Zoya Naturel Deux nude cremes.

L to R- Oswin, Arianna, and Noir Ultra Pixie Dusts

Did you pick anything up? Tell me in the comments!

-Austen

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Butter London Sale! (aka what I'm doing on Saturday)

It's not like I'll be spending my whole Saturday (09/13/14) at Ulta shopping the Butter London 2/$15 sale, but that is where I'll be at 10am when my local store opens.


In my collection, the brand I have the most of is by far Butter London. I just did inventory and have a whopping 131 Butters, with plans to add a few more. On my list for this Saturday are Sprog, Cake Hole, Champers, and Union Jack Black.

If you're new to the brand, I'd recommend the following colors that are currently available at Ulta (there are others that are awesome too, but don't seem to be currently carried at Ulta). I decided to get my mom to help me with choices to get favorites from two age groups. I picked KnackeredScouse, and Giddy Kipper, as well as All Hail the QueenToff, and Wallis. As a bonus, I recommend Cor Blimey and Brick Lane from the 2014 Fall Brick Lane Collection (some Ulta stores may not have these two in stock yet).
KnackeredScouse, and Giddy Kipper
Swatch wheel L to R: Knackered, Knackered over black, Scouse, Scouse over black, Giddy Kipper, Scouse over Giddy Kipper.
All Hail the Queen, Toff, and Wallis
Left- No Flash, Right- With flash (note the scattered holo in All Hail the Queen)
Cor Blimey and Brick Lane
Left- Cor Blimey is a rich matte purple with pink shimmer

Normally Butter London polishes cost $15 each, so this sale means that they'll be 50% off. You can't really beat that. Ulta usually has a Butter London sale twice a year (once in the Fall, and once in the Spring) during their 21 Days of Beauty event.

Since this is such a great deal, I would recommend going at opening time before the good colors get bought out.

If there are any colors you're wondering about and want swatches or comparisons, let me know and I'll get them to you :)

As a bonus, here's my Butter London collection-



What colors will you be picking up? Comment below and let me know!

-Austen

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Illamasqua Melange


Guess what showed up in the mail yesterday! Illamasqua Melange

Illamasqua Melange is from the 2014 Fall Once Collection. This is the only polish in the collection, and the moment I saw it I knew I had to order it. This is a picture heavy post, so brace yourself. But trust me when I say, this polish is awesome.

I'll tease you with two macro shots of Melange on my nails. Neither have been edited, so you can see that Melange leans both teal and green. I would say that the majority of the time, Melange is more of a green. 

See all the swatches after the break!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Zoya Pixie Dust BOGO!

Quick guys, hop on it! If you haven't tried the Zoya Pixie Dusts yet (or just want more), Zoya has a BOGO sale going on until 9/7/14! All Pixie Dusts and Magical Pixie Dusts are buy one, get one free. Plus, if you spend over $25, you get free shipping. Use code TEXTURES at checkout to get the deal.


Zoya Pixies happen to be some of my favorite polishes. I won't be buying from this sale, but that's only because I have them all already! For whatever reason, my body chemistry keeps polish from drying quickly on me, even with top coats like Seche Vite. Pixie Dusts and other textures dry pretty quickly on me, which is great. I'll show some swatches soon!

Zoya Pixie Dusts are long lasting, and look great with or without a topcoat. If you choose not to topcoat them, if you get any chips or tipwear you can easily touch them up to keep the mani going strong!


If you need some suggestions, my picks are Carter (purple), Sunshine (Navy Blue), Nyx (light blue periwinkle), and Vega (light blue Magical pixie dust). Can you tell I love blue and purples?

Click HERE to grab yours!

Do you already have some Pixie Dusts in your stash? Are there any that you're going to pick up during the sale? What are your favorites?

-Austen