April 27, 2015

Love Angeline Laven-Dearly Beloved Swatch & Review

Hi guys! Hope you all had a nice weekend! Mine was good, Saturday it was all cloudy and rainy here so I took the time to get some shopping done since I usually don't have time on the weekends because of blog stuff. Then on Sunday #NailGlossip happened on Twitter and we chatted all about under rated indies, it was such a fun chat...however my wallet is hurting now, I have so many indies I want to buy from now! One of the indies mentioned in the chat was Love Angeline, I recently received a bottle of their polish from Harlow & Co so I thought it would be a good time to post it since it's been in my drafts for a couple weeks.

The polish I have to share with you today from Love Angeline is called Laven-Dearly Beloved. It is a dusty lavender with a subtle scattered holo. This polish is a Harlow & Co exclusive shade! The formula was good, it was a nice consistency and easy to apply with good opacity. I used 2 coats plus top coat for the photos below!

Love Angeline is available at http://www.loveangeline.com. Laven-Dearly Beloved is available only at Harlow & Co and it retails for $14.50. 

April 24, 2015

Harlow & Co Mani Bomb Review

Happy Friday! I have to say, I am really glad its Friday...it's been  a stressful week because of some issues I've been having at my condo, so I'm glad to have a couple days to relax! Today I have a mani bomb from Harlow & Co to share with you! I feel like mani bombs have been a hot new item in our little nail world so I'm excited to have gotten the chance to see what all the hype is about.

Mani bombs are fizzies that you put into a bowl of warm water for your hands or a warm foot bath for feet. They are like little treats for your hands or feet, full of nourishing oils that are super moisturizing and a great way to relax and let go of whatever stress you are dealing with! If you've ever tried a bath bomb from Lush these are similar but with more cuticle friendly oils and the like! You can break these up into pieces to get multiple uses out of one mani bomb or even use a couple and have like the most moisturizing bath of your life.

I decided to give my mani bomb a spin after a long weekend of swatching. My fingers always need serious TLC after that so I thought it would be the perfect time to pamper them. I filled a bowl with warm water and the let fizzy do its thing before soaking my hands for about 15 minutes. After the soak I let them air dry and rubbed in the oils. After my hands were dry and the oils soaked in I put on a nice lotion to lock everything in.

What I loved about this mani bomb from Harlow & Co is that there were little bits of flowers that came out to play as the mani bomb dissolved. They made the water so pretty!

I gotta say, I get why these have become so popular. It was such a nice way to pamper my hands and relax. I can see myself using these more often when I just need to have me time or when my hands are especially tired looking from swatching and whatnot!

Harlow & Co Mani Bombs are available here. They retail for $2.50 each and are available in several scents!  I'm excited to try out more scents of the Harlow mani bombs! If you guys have any recommendations for great mani bombs please let me know in the comments!

April 22, 2015

Serum SS15 Part One Collection Swatches & Review

Hi guys! Today I have the Serum No. 5 SS15 Part 1 Collection to share with you! This first part is made up of light neutrals that are gorgeous for Spring. I really love this first part of SS15, maybe its because I swatched these in the middle of a neon polish weekend but the softness of these is just really doing it for me! Check out all the swatches after the jump!

April 21, 2015

Girly Bits From Far and Wide; Harlow & Co. Exclusive

Hi guys! Today I have Girly Bits From Far and Wide to share with you, this polish is exclusive to Harlow & Co! It's a light denim blue with a scattered holo and blue to green flakies! The flakies were pretty much impossible to photograph but you can see them in person! The formula was great, the consistency was really nice and the opacity was good. I used 2 coats for the photos below.

Please excuse the crappy photo below, but its like the only one where the flakies decided to come out and play for the camera haha!

From Far and Wide is exclusive to Harlow and Co, it retails for $13

April 20, 2015

Orly Epix Such A Critic Swatch, Review & Wear Test

Hi guys! Hope you all had a nice weekend, mine was pretty good. I didn't really do much other than nail/blog stuff! Today I have Such A Critic from Orly's Epix system to share with you. This is another one of the gel/polish hybrid systems that promises long wear by using their polish and special top coat. I believe Orly sells this as a week of wear and that its quick dry, the package I got says 8 minutes. I picked this up at the same time as the Ever Glaze polishes I reviewed a few days ago. The Epix system is a 2 step process, a color and top coat that cures with natural light. There is no base coat or prep step for this.

The shade I got was Such A Critic, its a bright almost neon purple creme. The store I found these at had these available in sets with 1 coat and the top coat along with all the colors on their own. It was cheaper to buy the set so this was the color that stood out the most to me of what was available. Unfortunately while the color is pretty it isn't really what I was expecting. What I didn't realize when I bought this was that the bottle color isn't really *that* accurate to what the polish looks like...it's like a photo of it or something. Not sure if there is a reason for that but I'm not a fan.

The formula was alright, it was a nice consistency but more sheer than I expected. I used 3 coats for full opacity. After a few minutes I added on the top coat and went outside so it could dry in the sunlight. For the most part I liked the top coat but when I woke up the day after applying this I noticed that it seemed to react strangely on my middle nail...it got all rippled. You can see what I mean in the day 3 photo below.

Below is my mani after 3 days, the top coat had dulled and I had noticeable tip wear but no chipping. You can see the rippling I mentioned in the first photo below. The box that this came in said that on day 3 you should reapply the top coat, so thats what I did after taking the photo below.

Below is how the polish looked after reapplying the top coat. I was happy to see that it  totally smoothed out the ripples. While I was happy about the shine being back I would recommend NOT reapplying the top coat. About 2 hours after application my polish started peeling up at the edges, since it wasn't happening at all prior to the new coat of top coat I'm assuming that was the cause. It was making the polish come off in sheets so I ended up removing the whole manicure that night.

Overall this gets a meh from me, I'm not impressed with the wear and I don't like that the color of the bottle doesn't accurately show the color of the polish. I was pretty disappointed by how the top coat dulled, even though that seems to be common with these systems. I was also kinda upset that reapplying the top coat as the directions said to caused the mani to be ruined. Needless to say I won't be buying more of these, sorry Orly.

As far as I know the Epix system is available now, however I couldn't find it on the Sally Beauty or Ulta website so I don't know if they are in their stores or not. I did find a bunch of listings on Amazon though, the prices ranged from $16-$22

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