Top Nail Polishes of All Time

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Ok. NO secret here: I am a nail polish-aholic. In the hoarding type of way. It’s probably the most girly thing I publicly admit to doing. It’s also probably the prettiest “problem” to have.

I thought it would be helpful to post my HG nail polish colors/formulas and get others opinions on their favorites. Maybe you are here because you were all like, “Hey I need new nail colors but have no idea what are the good ones.” I am here to save the day!! Maybe not. Maybe I just try to pretend I’m a superhero. We all want to be one. I can be Mystique! Anyway…


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(Pictured are listed below, L-R)

1. Essie – Set in Stones. This gawgeous silver/gold glitter goes well and livens up any boring manicure. Sometimes I lust after nail art but my brain is waaay more ambitious than my body is willing to put up with. This nail polish somehow satisfies my nail art craving by just doing an accent nail. Crisis averted.

2. Essie – Mint Candy Apple. This cult fave is seriously the most beautiful shade of mint that it makes every Pinterest pinner like, die. Like, they can’t even. It’s what I’m currently wearing and what more testimony could you possibly need? P.S. It is definitely brighter than it seems in the bottle.

3. Essie – Bikini So Teeny. When this periwinkle blue shade came out about 2ish years ago, I wore it for 3 months straight – NO LIE. Anyone and everyone I knew had gotten addicted to this color (I like to think I had something to do with it). It’s my favorite to wear in the Summer. and Winter. and Spring. and on the beach. and at the park. and dog walking. I’ll stop.

4. Sally Hansen, Xtreme Wear – Pacific Blue. Let’s talk about my favorite shade of blue. Then make it a nail polish. Ok, here you go. ::grins::    The brush on this wittle baby is wide so you can coat the nail faster and the formula is creamy and opaque (which is apparently the adjectives that are going to seemingly apply to every single polish I mention in this post. Sorry but I’m not). Anyway, SH Pacific Blue is kind of a dupe for Essie’s Butler Please but I think Sally’s is a touch more pastel. I love it. ::cue singing “I don’t care, I love it” by Icona Pop::

5. Essie – Fiji. Easily my absolute favorite. It’s creamy, opaque, and an almost white-pink shade. It makes you look extra tan in the summer which is great because I’m see-through and it also looks good on absolutely everyone, even if you’re dark as the night. And therefore you make me jealous.

6. OPI – My Chihuahua Bites. This is an intense red-orange that is deep enough for the cold months and bright enough for the warm ones. It works on all skin tones and I was happily swayed at first to buy it due to the name. 🙂  If they marketed anything to me with Chihuahua in the name, I can’t say I wouldn’t buy it. I’m a marketer’s dream. I know.

7. Essie – Wicked. (not pictured) A deep, blood dripping down the neck red. Black-red. It’s sexy. Like you. You are the vampire with this color on your nails. Be the vampire. Add some Essie Set in Stones and you’ll be a sparkly vampire. [See wut I did thur?] Note: A color dupe for this color is L’Oreal Haute Couture Red which I blogged about here.

Honorable Mention: Essie – Dive Bar. This polish is a dark, black blue-green shade that looks freakin’ COOL on your nails. If you don’t like wearing black nail polish but like the look of dark nails, try this guy out. It reminds me of a mermaid or ocean. Mah brayn haz probz.

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Set in Stones, Mint Candy Apple, & Bikini So Teeny

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My Chihuahua Bites & Dive Bar

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Ok. I swear I’m not sponsored by anyone and especially not Essie although you really may be questioning me by all these mentions. I honestly just love Essie stuff/formulas/colors. I’m actually heading out to buy some of their Summer Neon line today. 😉

Also, my shopping tip! I usually order Essie & China Glaze nail polishes from Amazon. The prices are about $2+ cheaper than the stores and I love getting packages in the mail! 🙂

Thanks for reading/hanging out/bein’ a pal.

-SF

I’m hesitant to say it but… my skin looks awesome!!!

I’m getting really great results from the skin care items I’ve been using for the past few months. I posted about the products I was trying a few weeks back and wanted to give a happy update. My skin is greatly improving every day and I can honestly say I think it’s due to these items. Together or separate, I’m not sure what the biggest helpful addition is/was, but I’m super excited about it. You can read the post where I detail the products I’m using here.

Oh and here’s me today without any makeup and only my Shiseido moisturizer… o_O

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Sure, I took that picture with my iPhone so it’s not the greatest of qualities but I just want to point out how much smoother and clearer my skin recently has become. Which I never thought I’d get to say until I was like, 70.

I’ve been battling these bumps on my face for about 2 years now along with the occasional regular breakout. I have had a remarkably lesser amount of that in the past 2 months. One or two very minor blemishes pop up but they quickly go away.

[For sanity’s sake, I’ve just linked all these products for those reading at the bottom of the post.]

Here’s some newer products I’ve added into the overall routine (and also pictured is an oldie but goodie as in HG status):

1. Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Toner: I use this after I get out of the shower/after washing my face completely with my Clarisonic and MB Glycolic cleanser, before I put on moisturizer. I feel that this toner balances my skin and gets rid of any surviving makeup (which is quite the feat there, Mr. Makeup). I also found out this comes in *huge* pre-moistened towelettes which is super convenient for those who travel a lot.

2. L’Oreal Skin Perfecting Micellar 3-in-1 Cleansing Water Solution:  Ok. This stuff isn’t available in the US, so let me just say that straight away. I heard great things about Bioderma and that this L’Oreal one was a dupe so I bought it online on eBay. And wow… it’s quite amazing. It’s like a makeup remover and toner mixed into one. It feels like water, has no scent, and it is hypoallergenic, also a great plus for my breakout-prone skin. I tried it and immediately fell in love. It leaves no oily residue and removes everything with a cotton pad. I recently tweeted L’Oreal to bring this to the US since it’s so much cheaper ($6-8, US converted price for 200ml) than the Bioderma ($30ish for 250ml). Hopefully they hear my sobs all the way from my makeup chair.

3. Palmers Coco Butter Swivel Stick: I’ve used this stuff since middle school. People used to ask me if I was putting a glue stick on my lips. Boys thought I was weird. I just knew I had the softest lips in town. I think it’s needless to say I still use this every day and have multiples laying around the house. It’s soft, buttery, smells incredible, and covers your lips in 1 swipe. It also stays on your lips for a long period of of time and actually sinks into your lips, unlike an EOS ball lip balm. I’ll use this forever, I’m sure. Did I mention it’s under $3?

Oh, and did you notice the bottom of the one pictured, where my dog Stu decided to try it out as a bone? I never knew he was into soft lips.

4. Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturizer Enriched: Yes I’ve posted about this stuff before but here I go again!

I’ve been using this goo for about 4 months now, ran out, and have even repurchased it. I use it alone as my nighttime moisturizer. It’s thick, absorbs quickly, doesn’t make me oilier (thank god), has a nice scent (if you’re sensitive you may think it’s overpowering but I love it), doesn’t have any sulfate ingredients, and it doesn’t clog my pores — hallelujah! I have nothing bad to say about it except that it’s $45 for 1.7 oz… however one lasted me for over 3 months with using it every single night without fail.

5. Boscia Enlivening Amino-AG Eye Treatment: I posted in my February Skincare Update about how I was using this new product here when I got this as a sample and gave it a try as I really love all other Boscia products I’ve bought — I try to go for more natural products, both in what I eat and what I put on my body, as much as possible (provided the body/makeup product works, haha).

I use this eye cream at night after I put on my face moisturizer. It has a slight silicony feel without being overly slippery (hate that). It sinks nicely into my eye area and seems to hydrate it well. I don’t have much dryness in my eye area though so I can’t comment on how well it would work for people with extremely dry skin. I think it seems to have lessened any fine lines a bit and I would definitely purchase it in the future. I have another eye cream to try out first but I – officially, certainly – like this one a lot. 🙂

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I’ve put all these items in a collection on my Luvocracy site so that anyone can find/buy them straight away aka no googling: Current Skincare Products Luvocracy Collection

Stay tuned as I will be posting about a face ‘peel’ I just tried and am seemingly falling in love with. As in, take-the-peel-out-for-dinner-and-buy-it-pink-roses love. I won’t be buying it red roses quite yet; I don’t want to jump the gun, ya know?

Thanks for taking the time to read & to hang out with me.

– SFB

Seven Deadly Sins Tag

Thanks Obama! It’s Presidents Day!

I found the SEVEN DEADLY SINS tag on LauraBorealis’ blog and thought I’d do it too.

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Greed: What’s your most expensive beauty item?
Clarisonic Mia 2! I love this thing and it literally lives up to the hype. It changed the texture of my skin and my boyfriend even uses it.

Wrath: What item do you have a strong love/hate relationship with?
Anything Rose scented. For example, the Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Sleeping Facial. It does wonders to my skin’s brightness but I have a hard time getting over the scent. I also want to like it because my middle name is Rose! Dumb, I know. To top it all off, I think it breaks me out a bit. After all that, I keep trying to use it because I love it so much. Boo hoo 😦

Gluttony: What brand takes up most of your collection?
MAC or L’oreal. I tend to die over all L’Oreal products and have tons of MAC shadows.

Sloth: What product do you ignore the most due to laziness?
Definitely lipstick. Day to day, re-applying lipstick is a lot more work so I tend to go for balms and lipgloss (like laauraborealis!) even though I often wish during the day I brought my lipstick! Hindsight is 20/20?

Pride: Which product gives you the most confidence?
Concealer. I tend to get breakouts and have dark spots that make me feel like a spotted leopard at times. I feel most confident with an even skin tone.

Lust: What item is at the top of your list?
Hourglass Immaculate Foundation but I’m so in love with my IT Cosmetics BB cream right now I’m trying to wait it out a bit!

Envy: Which makeup product/look looks great on others but not on you?
White liner on my waterline. I think it makes me look sick rather than awake. I try to use a nude shade instead but I’m still trying to work out whether it looks good or like I’m on my deathbed.

 

Enjoy your day off everyone! If you’re working, well that’s more money in the bank to spend on yourself, gurrrrrrrrl.

– SF

VDay Manicure <3

Happy Valentine’s Day, ya corny smooshy kissy-faced jerks!

I hate kind of hate Valentine’s Day simply for the fact that it’s so much about spending money and getting flowers more than spending time with people you kind of, like.

I did my nails to celebrate a little, which is more than I normally do (I usually wear a pink or red shirt but that’s all, folks). It’s a wonderful excuse to wear pink though… which is my favorite. For this manicure, I used:

Essie Blanc L’Oreal Colour Riche Caught Red HandedChina Glaze Snow Globe CND Stickey BaseSeche Vite Topcoat

I also used a dotting tool (links to the set I have) in the smallest of dots and a nail art paint brush to draw the outline of the heart. It was super easy and the only trick is to wait for each coat to completely dry so you don’t smear one color into the other. This was the most difficult part for me, as usual. I hope you enjoy, ya little heartbreaker!

Please excuse the desk top. My family dog destroyed with her nails it a few year ago and am in the process of finding someone to restore it 🙂

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Dark Nail Colors – New Polish Thoughts/Review

Happy Sunday!

I actually hate Sundays… they’re so sad. I mean, I like having the day off but it’s just a slow slippery slide into the new work week. Haha yikes, that sounds quite depressing. Sorry about that.

Ya know what makes me happy though? YOU KNOW THIS ANSWER.

… nail polish, duh. I recently bought a few new nail polishes to add to the collection:

China Glaze Purr-fect PlumL’Oreal Haute Couture RedL’Oreal Sexy in SequinsCover Girl Outlast Black DiamondSally Hansen Big Matte TopcoatEssie Apricot Cuticle Oil

First up: China Glaze’s Purr-fect Plum. This color goes on smooth and looks opaque. I realized I didn’t have a plum shade so picked out this one and am very happy with it. The only thing I don’t like is the brush – it’s a thin little brush which I wish all nail polish companies would realize is so outdated and difficult to work with. I currently have this color on my toes and it looks wonderful.

I also bought 2 L’Oreal polishes, Haute Couture Red and Sexy in Sequins, from the Gold Dust collection. The Haute Couture Red is absolutely gorgeous and dark. I feel like I will wear this classic blood red shade forever. The Sexy in Sequins is a nice formula and I love the glitter but it has that strange rough texture that not even a thick top coat like Seche Vite could smooth out. I have a weird thing with textured nail polishes so this one is definitely not a favorite even though the color is very glittery, dark and pretty.

Next up, Cover Girl Outlast in Black Diamond. I had wanted to buy a new black nail polish as all of mine were either streaky (OPI Nicole’s black shade) or thick (old Urban Outfitters noir polish). It was between Essie Licorice or Cover Girl Black Diamond. I always loved the formula of Cover Girl Outlast polishes though so I gave this one a shot. It’s fantastic. One coat isn’t exactly enough but it could be if you wanted it to. It was super shiny although I topped it with the Sally Hansen Big Matte Topcoat. I love the matte finish and it seems to be holding up perfectly, without chips at all (I’ve tried it twice now). I’m very tempted to try the regular topcoat and see how that compares to others like Seche Vite and Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Diamond Strength topcoat. Actually… I will probably buy it later today.

Lastly… I bought the cuticle oil by Essie after realizing this winter that my hands are in dire need of help. Both I and my bf have been using this oil for about a week now. It’s really nice and does smell apricot-y if you put your nose to it but it’s not perfumey or scented otherwise. It seems to be helping so far, so yay!

Here’s some photos of the bottles of nail polish and a few manis with the products mentioned:

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China Glaze Purr-fect Plum

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L’Oreal Haute Couture Red

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L’Oreal Sexy in Sequins

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Cover Girl Outlast Black Diamond

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Sally Hansen Big Matte Topcoat

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Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil

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L’Oreal Sexy in Sequins + Seche Vite Topcoat

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Manicure using CG Black Diamond + SH Big Matte Topcoat