23 July 2013

The Winner of my Giveaway for the Sake of Having a Giveaway - Take 2!

Sadly, the first chosen winner did not contact me within the 24 hour time frame.  Therefore, I have selected a new winner.  Congratulations to Rachel A!  She has been contacted and, hopefully, will respond within 24 hours to claim her prize.  Fingers crossed!

I'm Swatchin' You - China Glaze Re-fresh Mint

As you know, I used China Glaze's Re-fresh Mint as my Mint Mani in memory of Talia Joy Castellano on Friday.  However, I did not give any details on the polish out of respect for her memory.  So today, I'm just providing the details on my experience with this mint green creme.

The formula was great.  The first coat was a bit streaky, but the second coat provided solid coverage.  I stopped at two coats.  And I loved how easy this polish was to clean up.  With such a light creme, I was expecting to end up with that whitish film after cleaning up.  I was pleasantly surprised to find no residue at all.

As I said on Friday, I am not a big fan of mint greens...or any light green for that matter.  I bought this specifically to remember Talia Joy.  I just thought the name, Re-fresh Mint, was perfect for the Mint Mani memorial.  It was the first polish that came to mind.  Which led to another thought.  Wouldn't it be fantastic if China Glaze would change the name of this polish in her memory?  Or maybe they could even issue a special limited edition version of this where the proceeds can go to cancer research?  I'm thinking Talia's Joy would be a great name!  Hmmmmm......

SH Double Duty and SV as base and top.

22 July 2013

And the Winner of the Giveaway for the Sake of Having a Giveaway is...

Laura A!  Thank you to all who entered!  The big move is happening next week, so I will be crazy busy with that.  I will be trying to post as often as possible, so please bear with me.  Once I'm settled in, I will get back in full swing.  Hopefully, with a few more giveaways, too!

The winner has been e-mailed and has 24 hours to respond.  In the event she does not respond in time, I will chose another winner.  Thanks again for those who participated!  Talk to you soon!!!

19 July 2013

Mint Manis in Memory of Talia Joy Castellano

As you may have heard, the beauty world lost a beautiful and amazingly talented young girl on Tuesday morning.  Talia Joy Castellano lost her battle with neuroblastoma and preleukemia.  Her makeup and nail videos were enjoyed by millions on YouTube. She had also appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Talia Joy's last Instagram pic was of a mint green mani.  In memory of her, many people have gotten together to honor her memory by sporting mint green manis today.  Bloggers have united with Nail Polish Wars to do so.

Now, I do not own any mint green nail polish.  I don't like mint or the color mint green.  However, I was so saddened by Talia Joy's passing, how could I not participate?  So I went out and bought mint green polish just for her.  And what is more appropriate than China Glaze's Re-fresh Mint?  Now, whenever I use or see this polish, I will remember dear Talia Joy.  Since this post is in memory of her, and to keep the focus on Talia Joy, I will do nothing more than show you my mani.

Rest in Peace, Talia Joy.

18 July 2013

I'm Swatchin' You - Zoya Stevie

You know what I'm going to say...head over to my giveaway.  Time is running out!  For today, I'm showing you Stevie by Zoya, a light purple textured matte with metallic glitter.  This is from their 2013 Pixie Dust collection.

The formula on this was amazing!  It was easy to apply with even coverage.  It builds beautifully and quickly.  Due to it's matte finish, it dries very quickly.  I have to say, this was just as pretty as a one coat sheer.  But I loved how it built up, so I did three coats, which is what is pictured.  The glitter does kind of hang off the nail a bit, making the edges of the nails feel rough.  You can probably kind of see this in the photo above.  But it smooths out with a bit of wear after a couple of hours.  Love this one!  Which are your favorite colors from this collection?

SH Double Duty as a base with no topcoat.

17 July 2013

I'm Swatchin' You - Sinful Colors Snow Me White

Hi all!  Once again, don't forget to get in on my giveaway!  Today, I'm swatching Sinful Colors Snow Me White, a white creme. 

The first coat was a bit streaky, but that's to be expected with a pigmented creme.  The second coat provided good, solid coverage.  I ended up leaving this at two coats.  The formula was great.  And this is a great white for stamping...another plus!  I thought clean up would be much more difficult than it was.  All in all, a great polish that should be a staple in any stash.  My only complaint?  It doesn't play well with SV.  You may be able to tell in the photos that it puckered a bit after I topped it with SV.  Bummer.

SH Double Duty and SV as base and top.

16 July 2013

3 Colors Nail Art Brush Review - Born Pretty Store

Hello and happy Tuesday!  First of all, be sure to get your entries in for my giveaway!  It ends next week.  As for today, I'm reviewing a product from Born Pretty Store.  This is their 3 Colors Nail Art Brush set. 

The set includes a fine detail brush (red), medium liner (green), and a long striper brush (blue).  They are also numbered 1, 2, and 3, respectively.

Other than the fact that they look like pens, the brushes are of decent quality.  I don't know that they will necessarily last, but they're great for someone just starting out with liner brushes (like yours truly).  And at $2.57, they are definitely a deal.  And if you hit the Born Pretty Store banner in my sidebar, you can use the code there (GMG10) for a 10% discount!  I like that they come with protectors over the bristles.  Makes storage much safer.  I did play around some with all three brushes, experimenting to get an idea of how they work.

The brushes loaded well (I do have experience with painting...just not with nail polish, as some of my epic failure manis have proven).  I did find that the brushes stained fairly easily with highly pigmented colors, but this didn't affect their performance.  Then, I decided to try my hand at a mani.  So...I bring you my Purple Pixie Stripes mani.

I started with Zoya Stevie for the main color.  My accent nail is a base of ChG Sweet Hook.  Then I used the fine detail brush (the easiest brush to work with for a beginner like me) to add three stripes using SH CSM in Bewitched.  I topped my accent nail with a coat of SV.  Not too terrible for a first attempt at striping with liner brushes, is it?

Anyway, get in on the giveaway, and I'll talk to you tomorrow!

This product was sent for review.