Saturday, April 19, 2014

My Never Ending Haul Part 1!

I've been wanting to do a haul post for the longest time but I've been putting it off. I finally took one afternoon about two weeks ago and all I did was take a bazillion photos of polish. The last haul I did was after my vacation in Las Vegas during the summer, so keep in mind that the polishes I'm going to be showing you in these upcoming posts were bought over the course of 9 months. Some were bought from the actual website and others from blog sales. Also, I'm grouping everything together by brand and not when they were bought. Without further ado, here are my pretties! Just a warning, it's very picture heavy!

365 Days of Color Frolicking and Marshmallow Lilypad

All That Glitters Eggnog Wasted

Aphrodite Lacquers Ambrosia

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer St. Nick's Treats

China Glaze Breakin', Love Marilyn, and Orange You Hot?

China Glaze Sea Horshin' Around, Tail Me Something, and Wish On A Starfish

Cult Nails I Got Distracted

Dandy Nails Chilled Down

Darling Diva 1999 and Cheer Bear

Darling Diva Menage a Trois, The Opera House, and Fuuuuuudge

Different Dimension Boo, Doppelganger, and Gumdrops

Different Dimension Have The Lambs Stopped Screaming, That's Snow Joke, and I Ate His Liver With Some Fava Beans and A Nice Chianti

Elevation Polish Aguja St. Exupery

Elixir Lacquers Blitz With A Glitz and Wynter Wonders

Esmaltes da Kelly Ana Carolina and Camila

 Esmaltes da Kelly Esme Anne, Jasper Whitlock, and Renesmee

GlitterDaze Birthday Bownanza and Parfait Amour

Hare Polish Anemone Gardens

Hare Polish Asteroid Turf, Cast In Bronze, and Electric Flame

Hare Polish Flight of The Flamingos, Peepshow Magique, Rococo Grandeur, and Swanky Soiree

Hit Polish A Certian Romance, Antique Rose, and Beautiful Oblivion

Hit Polish Egyptian Goddess, Enchanted, and Funfetti. D&R Apothecary is the name the brand used to go by before becoming Hit Polish. Also, this brand has been out of business for a few months but I just found out some exciting news. They're reopening their shop on May 15th!

Hit Polish Holiday Cheer, I'm All Ogre It, and Innocence

Hit Polish Jack Loves Sally, Kit & Caboodle, and Lilac-crowned Parrot

Hit Polish Mr. Bubbles, Periwinkle Blues (glitter topper), and Periwinkle Blues (crelly version)

Hit Polish Poison Ivy, Precious Metals, and Princessa

Hit Polish Radiant Orchid, Rainbow Fish, and Rainbow Sherbet

Hit Polish Represent, Retro Chic, and She's A Glamazon

Hit Polish Solar Flare, Space Cadet, and Spring's Arrival

Hit Polish Stairway To The Sky, Strawberry Daiquiri, and Steampunk Revival

Hit Polish Teal Me About It, Understated Elegance, and Ursula

Hit Polish Calla Lily, Cloud Daisies, Sapphire, and Dragonscale

Hit Polish English Garden, Nautical Nonsense, Pinkeye Nebula, and Rachel's 35th Birthday!

Hit Polish Snow White, Something About Peri, t.E.o.G Nebula, and Under The Sea

So that's it for Part 1 of my haul! I haven't gotten around to wearing most of these, as well as the others I'm going to show you in Part 2, so in a way, this is a look into my massive amount of untrieds. I already have part 2 and 3 ready to go so those will be up very soon. How was your week? I've actually been working a lot this week but it's been nice keeping busy. I'm heading into work very soon, so if I don't post anything tomorrow, Happy Easter! I hope it's a great one. Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Zoya Carter

My puppy Carter is a year old today! I can't believe time went by that fast. Long gone are the days where he was small enough for me to carry. He's such a moose. He weighs almost 70 pounds but he's still super affectionate. He loves hugs, kisses, sitting on top of me, and he's my shadow, always following me around. Even though he can sometimes be naughty, I couldn't ask for a better dog. Adopting him was the best decision I could have ever made. To celebrate his birthday, I am wearing Zoya Carter, which is an obvious but perfect choice. I love it not because of the name but purples are my favorite and this one is gorgeous.

Carter is from the Zoya Fall Pixiedust collection of 2013. As you can see, it's a beautiful and rich purple texture with an amazing pink sparkle. The color is so pigmented and just downright perfect. It's easily the prettiest texture I own. I can't stop staring at it. I have literally no complaints whatsoever about the formula. I went into expecting to have some problems with it because I had heard that it dries slow and that it's sheer. It did take a while to dry but I also put on coats that were somewhat thick. Still, I wasn't as impatient as I normally am when waiting for my polish to dry. I busied myself and before I knew it my nails were completely dry. As for sheerness, I didn't experience that with Carter. My first coat wasn't fully opaque but the second coat made it all better. Another bonus was that I had almost no clean up.

If you're a purple lover and you happen to be as equally in love with textures, you're missing out if you don't already have Carter. Go and get yourself a bottle! I normally would show it with some top coat but I am planning to show you an amazing indie glitter topper over it, which I'll be posting soon.

Now because I'm feeling nostalgic, here are some pictures of Carter over the past year. The last one is the most recent. For some reason that I don't understand, my dog has now developed a fear of having his picture taken but I managed to get that shot of him, but from far away. Usually once the camera comes out, he runs away.

I almost get sad just looking at these pictures because my baby's gotten so big! Okay, I'm done being all gushy and emotional. I hope you're having a great week so far! I'm going to be busy working over the next few days but I have some scheduled posts which will be up very soon.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Laquerlicious Crazy Daisies

Laquerlicious, along with Candy Lacquer, has become one of my favorite indies to date. Michelle, the creator, makes awesome glitter bombs. When I saw that she listed three new glitters in her shop, I just had to have them. Today I have one of them for you. Here is Crazy Daisies!

It is crazy indeed, but in the best way possible! It's a mixture of green, yellow, and pink neon flowers, hearts, pastel hexes, stars, iridescent glitter, and black and white triangles. Yes, triangle glitter! It's my first polish with them and I am loving it. This polish is so fun and loud. I have literally nothing like it.

I layered one coat over one coat of Barielle Swizzle Stix, which is an awesome sky blue crelly if you're ever looking for one. To help with my application of Crazy Daisies, I left my bottle sitting upside down for a while before using it. It definitely helped a lot! I was able to get a lot of triangles out, as well as flowers, though the majority of them are on my right hand. The base itself was a tad thick but when you have a glitter bomb like this, it's to be expected and therefore it didn't phase me. On a few nails, I was a little too heavy with my application and I put it on too thick, so it took a little longer to dry than I would have liked but totally my fault and not the polish. I topped it off with my Rica Glossy Glam top coat. I used about two coats to make it completely smooth.

This picture was taken in my room. 

Because it's too beautiful not to share, here's Swizzle Stix by itself! Like I said, I just used one coat. I didn't feel the need for a second but I read reviews where others needed 2-3 coats. I guess it depends. Either way, it applied like a dream and the drying time wasn't too shabby either. If you want to try out Barielle polishes, I recommend this being one of them!

So, I love Crazy Daisies! It's a super fun color that is perfect for when you want something loud and crazy on your nails. I'm curious to see how it will look over other colors now. It's available in the shop right now for just $7.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Random Skittle Mani!

I've been back from camping for almost three weeks. I had a great time, even though the weather in Carpinteria wasn't the greatest this time around. I took several walks along the beach and got so many pretty shells, including some whole sand dollars. I also spent time drawing, which I hadn't done in a while and my niece and I even watched The Amazing Spider-Man in our tent.

I missed painting my nails a lot and the look I'm sharing with you wasn't really planned. I guess you can call it a happy accident. I was in my room last weekend playing around with some of my untried polishes. I just grabbed what called to me and painted each nail a different color. I planned to remove all of the polishes and go with one choice, but I kind of fell in love with how my left hand turned out and decided to keep it on. Here's the result!

What you see from index to pinky is China Glaze Electrify, OPI Jinx, China Glaze Tail Me Something and Barielle Swizzle Stix. On my thumb, but not pictured, is Sally Hansen Big Money. This is such a random look but I can't help but like it. I will definitely be wearing these colors separately in the future. Oh and in case you're wondering why Tail Me Something looks different in the second picture, it was taken before I added a second coat.

Here's what it looked like before adding top coat.

So am I crazy for liking this? If I am, that's okay!

That's all I have for today but I have a post scheduled for tomorrow and I'm also working on a haul post, my first in 8 months. Thank you for stopping by!