Ipsy June 2016

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It’s that time of the month! Ipsy time! This month’s theme is “Rebel” and it has a super cute bag to go with it.

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It’s quite a good little haul this month. It’s months like this that keep me subscribed to Ipsy even though I could use the $10/month elsewhere.


First up, I got Delectable lip balm.delectable-lip-balm

This has a vaseline-like consistency and doesn’t seem to have a smell.


Urban Decay Fireball eyeshadow. Urban Decay is absolutely my favorite company for eye shadows. I own all the Naked palettes and I love each and every one of them. I probably only venture away from UD about once a month so it’s pretty awesome to get a little UD shadow in this month’s bag.urban-decay-fireball

This will be a nice mid-tone shade for me. It’s a little too pink to be a highlighter for my pale face, but I could work up some pretty cool eye looks using this as a base.


Brushes! Yay! You know how I love brushes. They’re the gift that keeps on giving. For each brush I acquire, that’s one more day where I don’t have to wash brushes. Huzzah!royal-and-langnickel-crease-brush

Seraphine Botanicals Happy Hibiscus Blush. This is the one item I could have done without. I’m swimming in blushes and I barely use blush. I use it each day, it’s just that I use such a small amount, I’ve never used up a blush in my entire life.


It’s a lovely bronzey-rose color. If any of my IRL friends are reading this and want this blush, just let me know and it’s yours.


Sephora Formula X nail polish in WingWoman. Hooray! Polish! I feel like I rarely get polish from Ipsy so whenever I see “ORDM” on my package, I get super excited. :D


Sephora’s store line of polishes is actually quite fantastic. The formulas are smooth and go on easily. It was a little hard to apply this one because it’s a mini bottle and that means a puny little brush. Luckily, the polish was smooth enough to compensate for a wussy brush.

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And that’s all, folks!

Pink and Teal Stamping Nail Art

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Today’s mani is for the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 52-week pick and mix challenge. The prompts for this week are pink/aqua and dotting tools. I decided to combine the two prompts for this week’s mani.¬† I started with two coats of Sephora Formula X Brazen which is a lovely baby pink. I picked a design from Pueen Plate 75 and used Mundo de Unas Fiji to stamp. Finally, I used Essence Girl’s Night Out (which was originally sent to me as a press sample) to dot the centers of the little flowers in the stamped design.


I think that I went a touch overboard with the dots. It just looks like girly mold. Also, I’m a very irresponsible blogger and did not take a picture before I dotted the design! Sheesh! What is wrong with me? I hope you don’t think I’ve failed you! ;)



Here is a plain swatch of Sephora Formula X Brazen so you can see what a lovely and innocent pink it is. It’s kinda funny that the name is Brazen!


Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you liked your visit! Please come again. :P

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Wild Animal Nail Art Challenge

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Today’s nail art is for this week’s Crumpet’s Nail Tarts challenge. The two prompts for this week are Wild Animals and/or yellow. This post just addresses the wild animals prompt. :) I started with two coats of Essence Finding Dori which is from the new Aquatix Collection. Then, I used Konad Black and Vivid Lacquer Plate VL010 to stamp this leopard (or cheetah???) print on top. Once that was dry, I used scotch tape for taping off the tips and painted Sephora Formula X Dark Matter on the tips. Lastly, I used my trusty striping tape to line the edge and give it a finished look.


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Watermarble Rainbow for Fingerfood’s Theme Buffet

Happy Sunday, everyone! This week, the FingerFood Theme Buffet Prompt is Rainbow! I wanted to do a different spin on this, so after some thought, I decided to do a watermarble!



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GOT – Lime Green

Happy Golden Oldies Thursday! This week’s prompt is lime green. On a related note, I can tell you the INM Out the Door top coat does smear stamped nail art. Yes, I certainly can tell you that. I can also just let you look at the pics of my ruined mani.

This is Formula X for Sephora Radioactive. The formula on this one is not good. It does not level well and was streaky to apply. No wonder I never use it! I then used Vivid Lacquer stamping plate VL012 to put some lizards and froggies on it. Unfortunately, I picked Out the Door as my top coat and it ruined the whole thing. Sigh. #polishproblems


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#HePicksMyPolish June – Autobot and Decepticons!

Welcome to the June edition of #HePicksMyPolish! As a reminder, this is the challenge where a male in your life (it can be any male) picks 2-3 polishes and you have to use them in a mani! This month, my husband picked Formula X for Sephora and NYC Jacaranda Flower…

“Just the two?”
“Yep! Do you want to know why I picked them?”
“Are you allowed to know?”
LOL. “Yes, I can know.”
“They are the Decepticon and Autobot colors.”


So after I learned why my husband picked these two colors, I decided that I should attempt to do the Decepticon and Autobot logos on my nails. Freehand is hardly my strength, but I gave it the old college try anyway. In case you don’t have them memorized, here’s what those logos look like:






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Sally Hansen Color Foils B &W Nail Art

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Sally Hansen Color Foils!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE. Gush.Gush.Gush. Ok, enough of that! Let’s look at some nail art! I started with two coats of Formula X For Sephora White Matter, then used Konad Special Black and Pueen Plate 73 to stamp a design on top. After a healthy dose of Seche Vite and some time, I used scotch tape to tape off an angle and painted Sally Hansen Titanium Flush to paint a triangle of color foil amazingness. After that, I thought it could use a little something else, so I used silver striping tape to finish the look. Hope you like it!


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Friday the 13th Mani

In celebration of the date today…I did a Friday the 13th Mani!!! I’m a huge fan of horror movies. I think I own about 100 or more…and Friday the 13th is probably one of my favorites. I love classic slasher flicks! So in celebration of today being Friday the 13th, I did a simple blood-splatter mani. I started with two coats of Formula X for Sephora White Matter. Then, I used Nailtini Bordeaux to drip blood-like drops on the white.




I know this one is not cinematicly accurate…but a machete wouldn’t fit in my lightbox!!! #firstworldproblems



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Same or Similar? Saturday: Hot Pink Nail Polish

It’s time for another edition of Same or Similar? Saturday! This week, I’m going to compare four different hot pink polishes.

The contenders are:
Milani Pink Rocks!
Revlon Bubble Gum Pink
Sally Hansen  Fuchsia Power
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And now, I have rearranged the order and painted them on my nails! Can you tell which is which?

Same or Similar Hot Pink
With topcoat
Without topcoat
With topcoat

Answers after the page break! :D
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Same or Similar? Saturday. The reds!

It’s time for another showdown on….

Same or Similar? Saturday!

Today’s contenders are, in alphabetical order by name:
LA CC 1945
Sally Hansen Heart to Heart
Julep January
Formula X for Sephora Pyrotechnic
As you can see, these look quite similar in the bottles…but are they the same?!?!
Red Nail Polish Swatches
From left to right: LA CC, Julep, Sally Hansen, Formula X
I mixed up the order of the polishes and swatched them! Here they are without a top coat:
Can you tell which is which? Answer after the page break!

Ok, time to reveal the answers!
Here they are again, labeled, and without a top coat. Two coats of each polish were used.
Julep January

Here are the same polishes, in the same order, with a top coat.

LA CC 1945

My take: These are amazingly similar. There is no reason to own all four unless you’re a collector like me. :) Pyrotechnic is slightly darker than the rest and Heart to Heart is slightly lighter. But really, these are like…so similar, any normal person would call them the same.

Let’s talk formulas. All of the formulas are good. If I had to pick a least favorite, it would be Julep. It was just a little thick, which is something Julep polishes are notorious for.

Let’s take a look at the brushes.

This is Formula X. This brush is decent. It’s really hard to say how the whole line would be because I have a mini set and sometimes the brushes from the minis are different than real-size brushes.

Formula X for Sephora Pyrotechnic

 LA CC Brush: This brush is great! I love a flat, square brush as I find I have the most control.

LA CC 1945

Julep: This is my least favorite of the brushes. It’s round which makes it harder for me to get good, even application at my cuticles. You can see in the swatch pics above that my pointer finger is the least well-done…and that was a Julep brush!

Julep January Swatch

And finally, the Sally Hansen Brush. This one is good because it’s flat and square, but I liked the LA CC one slightly better.

Sally Hansen Heart to Heart Swatch
So who’s the winner??
If you could only buy one and you’re on a budget, go with the Sally Hansen. It’s easy to find, totally affordable, and looks just like the others. :)

If you want to spend a little more, go with the LA CC because it had the smoothest application.

Same or Similar? Saturday

I thought I would try out a new style of post. Please let me know if you would like to see more of this kind of post by writing in the comments.

I decided that I should put my giant collection to good use and start showing you, my loyal readers, the ones that look the same or similar in the bottle. Then, you can make more educated buying decisions!
Today, I have three medium purples to show you. You can see they look pretty similar in the bottles, especially the Formula X and the Julep.
China Glaze Sephora Julep
Here’s the unlabeled hand. The polish on the pointer and pinkie are the same one.
Polishes used, in alphabetical order by name are:
Julep Anne
Formula X for Sephora Indelible
China Glaze What a Pansy (from the new City Flourish collection)
Can YOU guess which is which? (Let me know if you got it right!) Answer is below the page break. :D
China Glaze What a Pansy Swatch

And here are the answers!
Pointer and pinky are China Glaze What a Pansy
The ring finger is Formula X for Sephora Indelible
Middle finger is Julep Anne

Julep Anne Swatch
So how’d you do? Did you get them all right?
Formula X was the easiest to apply. It self leveled the best and barely needed two coats. Anne was the hardest. It’s got that notoriously thick formula that Juleps are known for. What a Pansy was in between–not too thick but definitely needed two coats.
Interestingly, I thought the Julep and the Formula X would be more similar, based on the color in the bottle. But they’re not! This is why swatches are so important! 
I would say that all three of these polishes are similar but definitely not the same. Formula X and the CG are the closest. If you could only get one, I would say to get What a Pansy because it’s the least expensive, the easiest to find, and it’s right in between the color of the other two.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Springtime Flowers Dotticure!!!

It’s a bright, sunny day in the Pacific NW! Well…at least it is at the time of this writing! Who knows what it will be like with I publish this post in a few days! LOL

I was in the mood for another springtime manicure. Polishes used:

Andrea’s Choice Circus Somersault (yellow)
Formula X for Sephora Unmistakable (mint)
Formula X for Sephora Brazen (pink)
Essence Off to Miami (coral)

I certainly hope you like it! If you do, let me know in the comments! I read every one!

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Andrea's Choice Circus Somersault

Essence Off to Miami

Formula X for Sephora Brazen

Formula X for Sephora Unmistakable

Abstract #GoHawks Mani

All right! Last Seahawks mani, I promise! It’s just…I live in Washington so it’s CRAZY up here! There is Hawks stuff everywhere! So, it has affected my nails. :)

Used for this mani:
Orly Nail Armor Base Coat
Konad Special White
L’Oreal New Money
Formula X For Sephora Omni
HK Girl Top Coat
Vivid Lacquer Stamping Plate VL009

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#GoHawks vs. #GoBroncos


In honor of each team, I did a mani.

Used: Sephora by OPI-Paisely Attention to Me (Orange), Revlon Totally Toffee (Brown), and Orly Royal Navy (Blue)

Used: OPI Green-Wich Village (Green), Sephora Forumla X Omni (Blue), Sephora Formula X White Matter (White), and Revlon Totally Toffee.

Formula X Swatches

Formula X for Sephora really has a great formula. It’s creamy and only needs 1-2 to coats in all the ones I’ve tried so far. Here are some of the swatches I’ve done in the last few months.

Formula X for Sephora Extraordinary is a grey cream. This one needed two coats.

Formula X for Sephora Zap is a neon yellow. This is two coats, but I would put three if I was going to wear it as a mani.

Formula X for Sephora Bionic is a neon green and black glitter. As usual, the formula is great. I didn’t need to fish for the bigger glitters at all.

Formula X for Sephora Vroom is a light purple metallic. I only needed on coat for this, but boy is it streaky! Most metallics are a little streaky, but this one is streakier than normal.

Formula X for Sephora Thrilling is a light gray creme with pink undertones. It’s great for when you want to look manicured, but don’t want to draw attention to your nails.

Another Formula X Mani

I’m still going through the 22 polish Formula X for Sephora collection that I purchased a week or so ago. This mani used Brazen, which is a bubblegum pink color, and Turbulent, which is a fantastic baby blue and black glitter. I think they look really fun together! Not exactly a holiday mani…but who cares if you like what’s on your nails, regardless of season! :)

Formula X For Sephora Mani

One of Sephora’s 100 point perks last month was a mini bottle of their new polish line, Formula X For Sephora. I got thered color called Pyrotechnic. This polish is AWESOME. The application was smooth as butter and this red was highly pigmented. I hardly needed two coats. I can’t wait to pick up more of this line.

For fun, I added one coat of Cult Weho which is a black and white glitter. The new Cult line is another line I’ve been highly impressed with. Weho has fun bars, hexes, and shimmers in it. It’s really cool!