Monthly Archives: June 2010

Beauty Binge Pt. 2: Nars-Fest (featuring Versailles)

 

As promised, here is my follow up to yesterday’s post with the rest of the glorious goodies I picked up in the last couple weeks. After raiding the Internet and local drugstores, you can imagine I wasn’t done shopping so I hopped in my car and visited my local Sephora…

Love Devotion, Purple Rain, and Versailles

Sorry my picture is a little wonky, I was excited at the time. I was in Sephora for awhile, definitely too long, trying on make-up and asking crazy questions. I ended up walking out with all Nars items, aside from a Sephora foundation brush and blotting papers. The lipstick is Love Devotion and the polish on the right is Versailles, both are from the Summer 2010 collection. I’m not sure if Purple Rain (the middle polish) is or not because it’s not shown on the website as being part of the collection. I also desperately wanted the Cleo duo eye shadow, but luckily for my bank account they were sold out of that (it’s a deep turquoise-grey with light blue). The lipstick is really pretty, looks like a bright coral, but is very sheer and very moisturizing; it also gives that wet look that I’ve apparently been into lately because all I buy/wear are wet-looking sheer colors. The polishes, I was also very excited about and have already done Versailles for you!

Tan-ish gold

This nail polish is sooo pretty. I know I already said this about Borghese Limoncello, but Versailles is also like having blonde nails. There are so many things to love about this polish, for one it’s kind of a golden neutral: it’s obviously gold, but it’s subtle and stunning, not over-the-top, so I think it goes with everything and is good for just about any occasion. I also think it would look striking on any skin tone, on me it’s kind of a nude with a kick and for the ladies out there with darker skin tones it would be a bright pop of gold without too much glitter (not that there’s anything wrong with glitter). As for what you probably can’t see in the photos, there is a very subtle orange-coral shimmer to this polish, you can only really see it when you move your nails through the light, but it was a pleasant surprise for me because you wouldn’t expect it from the bottle.

Now, I do love this polish, but I have to admit it wasn’t all sunshine and roses after I put it on. I discovered a big DON’T when it comes to using Nars and that is: DON’T use Seche Vite as a top coat. I was expecting to paint and then pop on a quick coat of Seche Vite and go watch True Blood on Sunday night, but oh no. As soon as I’m out the door I see that my right thumb is utterly destroyed! You can imagine my dismay, I had to go for about 2 hours before I could fix it. The next day I noticed some peeling and some major tip wear and this hasn’t even been on for 24 hours. I read the paper that came in the box with the polish and it was then that I got the impression that this was meant to be used as an all-in-one type deal and not with base or top coat. It doesn’t say that explicitly, so I think the next time I am going to try Nars polish without base and top and see how it does, maybe after a day I’ll throw on a different top coat and see if they play nicely together. I’d like to use the top coat because it made the polish so much shinier. In any event, I have some more trial and error to do with this one, which is kind of a pain, but the colors are gorgeous. The important thing to remember so far is don’t use Seche Vite.

I’m looking forward to using Purple Rain. I’m also getting ready to put some polish on this evening and haven’t even decided what to use yet! It’s almost time for a Fourth of July-themed nail so I need to start thinking about that. Is anyone doing anything cute for the holiday?

‘Til we paint again,

-Lauren

Addendum: The last time I wore this polish I took these new pictures. I ended up not liking it as much the second time, it seemed so much more tan or khaki as opposed to gold. Maybe it’s just meant for summer? I guess we’ll see

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OPI Designer Series: Amethyst

Amethyst in Sun! OMG!

First of all, I would like to say hey to all the new readers we have had stop by today thanks to our new twitter account (Follow us!  twitter.com/PickYrPoisonLLT). It is seriously SO exciting for all of us here at Death By Polish and it has literally made my week. I’m so happy.

Now to the INSANITY that is this polish. I have zero idea why on earth I never took the time to buy one of these polishes until last week. Everytime I would see them I would think, “$13? Yeah, it looks cool but $13?” Which is also really funny since I ordered this online so I actually paid $13 + shipping. Stupid me.

This is Amethyst. I actually think the person I ordered this off of Ebay sent me the wrong color, but I do not care at all. I LOVE purple and just look at this polish! I feel like I am being hypnotised by how awesome this holographic polish is. I recently saw Megan’s post over at littlemusicboxes.blogspot.com swatch all of these and it just convinced me I needed them all. I used two thick coats of this polish and it applied perfectly. I had no trouble at all with it. I literally can not wait to purchase more of these as soon as possible. Like, yesterday.

Here is another photo for good measure:

Amethyst in Partly Sunny

Orly has a new line of polishes coming out for fall that are called Orly – Cosmic FX and I feel as though they are going to be in response to this line of OPI’s. There are going to be six Orly Cosmic FX’s. They polishes have  mineral pieces, crystal, and glass in them. The glass part sounds sort of strange, but the photos I have seen of them look amazing. Lots of cool toned shades, which are my favorite. So shimmery and pigmented.  I can not wait for them to be released.

I also wanted to mentioned that my Sally Hansen Complete mani lasted for the better part of 3 full days and I’m very pleased with that!

– Liz

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Beauty Binge: Walgreens, Drugstore.com, etc.

Peach Petal and Summer Suedes

In the last post I may have mentioned that I was unable to post for a week or so and was dealing with a lot of issues. Well, I’m sure you can imagine how I coped with my lack of control over the universe… and now you get to see what I bought! These little beauties are from the Revlon Summer collection. I don’t normally care for Jessica Biel, but she looked so pretty in the ad for this collection that I had to have exactly what she was wearing (wow, I’m an easy target. …also, I almost just capitalized “target” as though it can only mean one thing). Anyhow, I got the eyeshadow quad, called Summer Suedes, and the colors are really pretty. The blue I wouldn’t normally wear, but am giving another chance, the brown actually has blue shimmer in it, which you probably cannot tell, but it’s so pretty and different, the light pink is a basic highlight shade, and the coral is another color I don’t have that I really liked wearing when I put it on. The only color in this quad that I probably already have in my make-up collection is the light pink, so this was something nice and different for me to pick up.

As for the lip gloss, peach doesn’t normally look good on me (just washes me out), but this is a really wet, sheer gloss that goes with everything. It’s really pretty on and I’ve worn it several times and love it. The formula on everything was really nice and long-lasting.

Goodies!

Also during the aforementioned time period, I discovered the glory of drugstore.com. Never before had I been charmed by it’s mysteries and low prices. I don’t even remember what day this was, that’s how absorbed I was. NOTE: the Jessica nail polish remover was not purchased from drugstore.com, but I’m sure you can find it somewhere on the Internet. The Jessica nail polish remover I got from a local spa, it cost about $5, I didn’t get a whole lot of product, but I needed remover and wanted to try it. It has a strange smell, not bad, but unique from other removers, and it is very strong. I don’t have anything bad or good to say about it at the moment, I have only used it once, so we’ll see how things develop.

Aveeno active naturals nourish+style smoothing shine creme: I think I’m in love… I’ve used this product for the past couple days and it’s AMAZING! Not only does it completely prevent the frizz I had been experiencing in southern Louisiana, but it makes my hair so incredibly soft, softer than I’ve ever known my hair could be. The bottle says it contains “nourishing wheat complex”, which I’m sure helps one of the effects I’ve mentioned, but it also makes this product smell really really good. I so so so recommend this product, I love it.

Neutrogena Oil-free acne stress control 3-in-1 hydrating acne treatment: Quite a long name. From the description on drugstore.com, I at first thought this was a face wash. When I got it, I discovered that it was just some kind of topical treatment and it says you need to wash your face before applying. I was kind of disappointed by that, but it didn’t cost much and I already had it so I’m using it anyway. It has salicylic acid, so it can be drying if you use it too often and unnecessarily. I’ve only been using it every other day. It feels nice on the skin and I think it will last me quite awhile, but I haven’t noticed anything groundbreaking yet.

Burt’s Bees lemon butter cuticle cream: I had heard a lot about this product and it’s a more affordable option next to lemony flutter by Lush. I used it before my mani the other day and really liked it. It’s not too sticky and absorbs fairly quickly, it also smells and feels very nice. The only thing I wondered about was why would someone make a product for nails that was so hard to open? I felt like mine would potentially snap off while trying to pry open the lid of this case to get to the cream. It’s easier to open the second time around, maybe mine was just stuck. I really like it, although I think it could have better packaging (maybe a snap-shut compact-like case), but I think when it’s gone I’ll probably splurge on the lemony flutter.

Overall, very pleased with all the stuff I picked up in the last week! The best part is that isn’t even the whole caboodle! I shall be back with more tomorrow!

-Lauren

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Sally Hansen Complete Manicure: Ring My Shell

So, I have decided that Seche Vite basecoat may be horrible. I’m not sure if I had fully mentioned about how my nails were continuing to chip the second day with it, but they were. And not only that, I painted my nails Saturday (Essie Bermuda Shorts. I really wanted to post about it because I love the color, but the color was so hard to capture that it kept coming out too pink and it was too annoying I couldn’t deal with it) and they chipped later that night. I was so bummed. So I’m done with the SV basecoat. And I began to remember everyone raving about the wear of the Sally Hansen Complete Mani polishes, and I do own a few of them from the summer line, but have never gotten around to wearing them for some reason. So, here goes one.

Ring My Shell in Shade

This is Ring My Shell (Such a cute name, right?). I felt like lightening up my polish because I feel like I have been doing such pigmented colors lately, so this worked out. I had layered this polish over a purple before and it looked so horrible and so frosty that I had to take it off. So since then I hadn’t thought about it. But I am going to give this polish a test run and see how long I go without any chips and test the wear. I know people say they last four to five days wearing it, so I will let you know how long it lasts on me. This color is pretty. It’s a light pink with tons of white shimmer. It seems almost bridal to me, which actually depresses me. I used three thicker coats. It is sort of sheer. I painted this color last night and with my workday being done today, I don’t have any chipping or tipwear.

I also was sitting at home one night last week sucked into an Internet blackhole and ended up buying some polishes I have wanted. I got two of the three polishes from the Essie North Fork collection that I have been wanting for forever. I wish I could get my hands on the green from it, Greenport, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere on the Internet which is also depressing to me.  So I got Shelter Island and Sag Harbor.  I’m sure I will swatch them soon since I have wanted them for so long. Does anyone know where I could get my hands on Greenport? Maybe I missed it somewhere.

Wishing Monday was already over,

Liz

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OPI: Damone Roberts 1968

Hi all! Please excuse my absence for the last week and a half, I’ve been dealing with all kinds of garbage in addition to not having my own digital camera at the moment.  As a result, I’ve missed out on photographing a few manis, but at least I managed to capture this one!

This is OPI Damone Roberts 1968. I know it has been blogged about a lot and is also limited edition and is not currently available, but it really is a fabulous color. If you ever have the opportunity to get this, snatch it up pronto!! If you are fiending for the perfect mint green, check out some other bloggers’ fabulous comparisons: Vampy Varnish has a very extensive one.

I’ve been wearing this since Friday night and it has been perfect. There is a small chip on my pinky, but that’s about it. The formula was really nice, I remember the first coat being somewhat streaky, but I also had a cocktail at the time of doing my nails so I’m going to go ahead and blame the first coat application on that. I laid it on a bit thicker on the second coat and it worked out well. I think you could also do 3 coats with this, but mine is just 2.

I really love this color, it’s not like anything else I have, I feel like a lot of my other greens have more blue in them and this one isn’t that way at all. I haven’t used Essie Mint Candy Apple in a few months, but I remember that being much more sheer and pale. Damone Roberts 1968 is a bright, true green with more yellow tones in it. I think this is definitely going to become a staple for me, it’s great for spring and summer, but may also be a nice punch of color come winter time.

-Lauren

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Sonia Kashuk: Tutti Fruitti

Tutti Fruitti!

I know Lauren and I have been talking about this line of polish with nothing to show you guys yet, but finally! Lauren wore Tutti Fruitti the other day and couldn’t wait to swatch it and blog about it, but she is having some beyond annoying issues happening with her apartment currently so she can’t blog or post. But I am here and can’t wait to talk about this polish!

Tutti Fruitti Upclose

I think Lauren read somewhere that Sonia Kashuk spent two years making these colors. Which is pretty cool. All the colors are really nice and I am hoping to get more of them. Though I am pretty sure that they are all creams. This color is great. It is a coral-ish cream. As you can see, it’s much more pink than orange. I really love the color “coral” and all the combinations, shades, and hues that can come from it. Usually I do prefer corals that are more orange than pink, but I love them all. This color is also pretty bright. It’s very saturated and very pretty. This color would look great on toes too. It’s so summery. As for the application, it’s one of those polishes where you should use thicker coats for better coverage and a better finished look. I will also update you guys on the wear of this polish, because I am big on how polishes wear. I have two jobs and work with kids at both of them and am washing my hands a million times a day, getting paint on myself, picking things up, playing, etc so I really appreciate good wear in my polishes.

I also really like the bottles of these polishes! Cute little square bottles with a silver handle.

– Liz

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Borghese: Pistachio

Pisatacchio In Shade

Oh, Pistachio. You are my second favorite nut, next to cashews, and that might be part of the reason why I bought you. Lauren had already mentioned how Limoncello was quite sheer, so I excepted this one to have slightly the same problem. Although in the bottle Pistachio is so vibrant and pigmented and wonderful that I couldn’t tell if it was going to be sheer at all. Well, it was. I ended up having to put on four coats, and honestly probably could have done five but I refused. The coats were so sheer and light that the four coats didn’t take long so I didn’t mind. But I hate knowing that I had to do four of them.

In sun

This color is really bright. It is basically a kelly green shimmer. Which obviously isn’t the exact color of Pistachio ice cream, which I thought this color would be when I first heard the name.

Waiting patiently for True Blood to start in 28 minutes,

Liz

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