L'Oreal Reviatlift

Some of you may be familiar with the company, Influenster.  If you aren't, it's essentially a site where you can review products for free and in doing so, earn more free products.  It's kind of a win/win although I haven't done much on there recently so it's been awhile since I earned a free box.  At any rate about two weeks ago I received a box of the new Revitalift collection from L'Oreal to try out and review.  I was actually really excited about this because if you followed me on my other blog then you know I have major issues finding a skin care routine that works for me.  After searching for YEARS for a routine that's easy, not hard to get ahold of AND works I finally found Ole Henricksen products (which are additionally vegan! Woo!) and I've been in love ever since. So I was excited to try out this routine which has a similar range of products and is quite a bit cheaper and a little easier to find in stores (Ole is only available through his site and Sephora).  With my standard skin care routine I use a micro essence (which you can actually see in the background), a day serum, a night serum, an eye cream, and a moisturizer (I also use Ole's skin cleanser but I feel that's a pretty standard part of anyone's routine). So it's five products a day and three steps in the AM, four steps in the PM.  I stopped using all my standard products (I switched over to an Origins face cleanser) so I could really compare the difference with these. 

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Swatch This! Color Club Worth the Risque

Today I have a swatch post for you!  It's so cold and dreary right now and there's just something about a holographic polish that makes everything feel better!  This is Color Club Worth The Risque.  As silver holo's go, it's pretty decent. Not the strongest holo effect but it's definitely there and it's not as finicky as other colors so you don't need a fancy aqua base coat or a specific stroke to get it to look magical.  I've stamped with this one before with mixed results.  Normally I'd dress it up a bit with some art but today I just really needed a rainbow. ;P  Do you have this one?

Forty Great Nail Art Ideas: Three shades of purple

Today I have another design from the New Crumpets Nail Tarts challenge.  The challenge today was to use three shades of purple.  Unfortunately, after I finished my design it occurred to me that this week we have a double prompt and I reluctantly went to see what I had missed.  My secondary prompt was mosaic so I decided to top off my original design with a funky mosaic-like stamp and actually, I quite love this one.  I'm not super into purples but I used some sort of pink-fuschia type purples which I feel look a little better with my skin tone.  Then I decided to ramp up the fun by recreating this design in one of my MOST favorite colors on my other hand.

So here's my right one....

...and my left!  This was so much fun to do! I may do something similar again in some different colors.  Which way do you prefer it?

 Check out the other girls art below!!

Autumn Leaves are Falling...

 I'm finally getting around to cleaning out my cache and this is another look that was originally intended for Digital Dozen week but it was just....failed.  Well not really failed so much as not well executed.  I've always been a writer and nearly always I'll write something and then edit it into oblivion. It's gotten to the point where I only allow myself three read through's and then I leave it to go because there's never going to be a time when I love it completely.  I guess I'm the same with these designs. I nearly always have a run through or two before I get to where I really want to be. Well let's face it even the final results are rarely what I wanted to end up with but usually they're much better than the first one!  This one I felt the leaves didn't stand out enough and I didn't like the way the glitter polish left streaks.  I ended up redoing it with white nails (my fave!) and just the accent as whole design. Do you ever do run throughs? How many times to you allow yourself a redo before you accept the results?

...every paper girl needs at least one string, right?

This design was sort of a failed it manicure. It was originally intended for the week of New and Improved with the Digital Dozen but...this was a HOT.MESS.  It came out looking sort of like colored hot dogs and that's the lamest. So definitely not improved!! This technique...well I'm not even sure what it's called really. It's the one where you pull strings of polish across your nails to create a really cool textured look.  I failed it. Hard core. I tried a few different methods and watched some videos and I don't know if I'm not patient enough or I used the wrong polishes or what but it just never ever worked for me.  So I'll keep trying and hopefully pretty soon I'll have a really epic one!  For now...well...you can't always be good at things on the first try, right?

Forty Great Nail Art Ideas: Things that Fly

It's the final day of New and Improved with The Digital Dozen! It's also time for another challenge with The New Crumpets Nail Tarts. As you can see from my title the challenge for that was Things that Fly. SO...today I have combined those two challenges, hopefully successfully! :P  For my new and improved I did a new to me technique which was alcohol and markers. I found that quite interesting. First...I love it because it's totally easy and it's 100% fool proof.  If it's too light you can just color on more ink. If it's too dark you can water it out more. You can smudge and smear and spread it for as long as you like and it almost always looks like a work of art. I also found it so odd because when I top coated it, ALL of the pink disappeared. So for a little while there I was like....OK now it's just a blue manicure.  But then it all came back so I have no idea what happened there but panic attack averted!  Then I did these little birds on top. I wanted them to be a little worn looking and not to cover the whole nail. Just to give the whole thing an overall distressed effect.  I think this was my favorite of the week!  Check out everyone else's art below! Thanks for joining us for another Digital Dozen week!!

People are like stained-glass windows...

...they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. 

Today I decided to do a lead lighting technique. I recently acquired a few of the OPI sheer tints and even though I already have a whole set of the sheer Essie colors, I got sort of inspired to try to do this again.  I'm not super sure how much I've improved on it as this is only my second go round and they could certainly use some work still but I think overall they came out rather nicely.  I definitely want to play with this more in the future but I find myself short on stamps which would accommodate it so that's going to be obstacle number one! :P Check out the other girls art below!!

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