Swatches > Sweet & Edgy|Essence Fabuless & Flowers

 

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In keeping with my promise to swatch and review the Essence products from my Ulta haul, I present the nail color:  Fabuless <—cute name, right?!  The pictures with the flash are much more accurate, but I went ahead and posted a non-flash (below).  Fabuless is a dark charcoal (how redundant…but that’s honestly the best way to describe it) that has a little bit of shimmer/pearlescent to it.  Its not your typically flat, black nail polish, although its not one of those super rich shiny polishes. 

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The consistency is quite nice for a .99 cent polish.  I had no problems with application, however 2 coats minimum is needed.  I didn’t find it particularly thick or thin, just a regular smooth consistency.  The bottle claims that it dries in one second, however I can’t say that completely true for me.  I’ll say it was completely dry to the touch after about 7-10 secs.  Even without a top coat this polish looks pretty good, but I did apply the China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat on top for a more finished look. I also decided to jazz up the polish w/ a single white stamped flower.  I thought it added good balance and an elegant look to the near-black polish.  Overall, I really like this polish and I plan to purchase more from the line.

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Available @ Ulta.com and Ulta stores.

Price: $.99/ea

Size:  0.1 fl. oz.   

 

xoxo,

 

~Tenns

Ulta Haul and new product line: Essence

So I was visiting my Mom this weekend and today we dropped by Ulta to browse for some goodies.  We ended up getting some good stuff.  I’ve posted a YT video about all of it as well, so I don’t want to be redundant w/ this post.  However, I did want to go into a little more detail about some of the products more than I did in the video.  Mainly, this new product line that Ulta has started to carry called Essence.  Funny thing is that I was catching up on reading blogs that I’m subscribed to and TravelsWithEuridice did a post of the line.  I’d never heard of it and it was super ironic that I came across a post giving some insight on it.  Apparently, the line is German and was supposed to debut in Ulta stores in April, but Ulta already has it out.  The products are very affordable, like seriously affordable and with the recession still being a factor for many, this line is a good alternative to other more expensive lines that carry like products.  They even have a Konad knock off, which of course I had to get.  Even funnier was that I’d be browsing around before I purchased my Konad to see if I could find it anywhere other than online and I came up with no luck, until of course I already have mines and wasn’t looking for it anymore and say the Essence one.  Anyhow, I’m pretty excited about this line and look forward to getting some more things from it.

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Don’t forget to watch my video and be on the lookout for swatches of the polishes!

 

 

xoxo,

 

~Tenns

Lacquerize’s Giveaway

Lacquerize is doing a giveaway to celebrate reaching 250 followers on her blog.  She one of the best swatchers out there and one of my fave as well. 

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Reposted from http://lacquerized.blogspot.com/2010/02/yeah-baby-giveaway-time_20.html

Ok, the rules!

1 – You have to be a follower of my blog
2 – Please enter your e-mail address along with your preference for set 1 (the 4 shades) or set 2 (the 3 semi holos).
3 – It doesn’t matter where you live, entering is open for everyone!
4 – You can earn extra entries by:
    – Reposting this giveaway on your blog (feel free to use the pictures in this post!),
    – Following me on Twitter
    – Tweeting about it
If you do this, please let me know in your comment by showing me the URL’s.
Note: You can only use these for extra entries if you follow my blog.
5 – You can enter till the 10th of March, 11:59pm – CET.
6 – Since I love you all so much, I’ll let www.random.org decide who the lucky winners will be ;-).

I really hope you’ll enjoy the items I gathered and if you choose to enter, good luck!!

Zonad Manicure ~ Zoya Anaka & Orly Blue Suede

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So, I’m still experimenting w/ all of my Konad image plates as well as what polishes, other than the one white special polish that I have works well with them.  I find that thicker polishes like cremes and mattes work best with the Konad image plates, as well as darker colored polishes.  Shimmery polishes stamp well too, but they need to have a relatively thick consistency to them to get the best result.  I was playing around with some different polishes and image plate designs when it dawned on me that even though the ‘matte trend’ is slightly out of season, a matte/suede type polish would stamp well considering the consistency of them.  I put on two coats of Zoya Anaka w/v Seche Vite as a top coat.  I then stamped the m63 plate the swirly design and applied another layer of Seche Vite.  I find that the stamping come out better on top of a top coat, or maybe its just a safety net for, lol.  In actuality, I get a much smoother application w/ applying a top coat before I stamp.

 

I was beyond happy that the design came out so well and that the color scheme coordinated well together.  I’m also going to visit my Mom tomorrow and I think she’ll really get a kick out of my nails.  Maybe I should bring my Konad stuff just in case she asks me to give her a manicure.  Overall, I think this is a really versatile look and I’m so glad that I got the hang of the whole stamping thing.  My images are coming out so smooth and crisp, so I will definitely be posting a sleuth of “konadicures”.  Anyhow, I hope you all like it and be sure to let me know what you think!

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xoxo,

 

~Tenns

A Lovely Surprise

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My b/f surprised me w/ an Edible Arrangements bouquet today.  He’s in Va in training(he’s a Marine) and even though we were able to spend Valentine’s together last weekend, he still went the extra mile.  The arrangement is so beautiful, and I mean seriously who can resist delicious fruit.  Its comprised of Strawberries (even chocolate-dipped ones), cantaloupe, honeydew melon, pineapples, and grapes.  Sooo yummy!

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I just wanted to share my happiness!

xoxo,

~Tenns

Product Interest: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden

Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Eden

"An eye prep product that provides smoother, longer-lasting, and absolutely crease-proof eyeshadow—and is now offered in a very-wearable, tawny, matte hue." – Sephora.com

So UDPP Eden is the third eye primer released by Urban Decay.  its supposed to result in a matte look for your eyeshadow.  Last year Urban Decay came out with the shimmerly, champagne hued Sin, which for many could be worn by itself, but overall makes those shimmer based eyeshadows pop that much more.  Matte is all the rage, even still with nails, but more so with foundation and eyeshadows.  The flat, no shimmer, no sparkle look has hit and its taken off running.  I’m not a big matte person per say, however, I’d be more than willing to give this product a go if it works anything like good ole regular UDPP (you know, the one in the purple bottle.)  "The genie in these bottles fulfills three wishes: eyeshadow that lasts, more vibrant and lasting color, and absolutely NO creasing."  In referencing the aforementioned quote from Urban Decay, I do believe that this product will do all of those things.  Most matte finishes don’t have major issues with creasing, although they can although be finicky when it comes to color payoff and vibrancy, so if this product does the trick, I’m all for it.  Since Eden has a tawny hue to it, it might work better for darker skintones, even though I think all of UD’s primer potion can work for pretty much any complexion, I have heard otherwise.  I, myself, being a woman of color have had no issues with either the regular PP or the Sin PP as far it not blending into my skintone smoothly.  Urban Decay also went with their new wand style, which they call a "magic wand with a flocker applicator".  I take it they will stick with that one, since there was so much gripe over the original straight wand.  The titled new version is supposed to make it easier getting all of the product out of the bottle and for a better application overall.

As always promises by Urban Decay there products are cruelty free and vegan, so they are formulated without harsh ingredients such as:

– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances

Price:  $18

Available exclusively at Sephora.com

Sephora by OPI Modern Flowers Collection

"SEPHORA by OPI’s latest assortment of Nail Colours is inspired by simple, dramatic blossoms like the elegant Calla Lily, exotic orchid, and vibrant iris. These iconic flowers, in their most colorful forms, have been artistically re-imagined into this bouquet of spring shades that will have your fingertips flourishing with sophisticated color."

Shades:

Leaf Him At The Altar – Metallic Vine Green

It’s Bouquet with Me – Sheer violet with silver and holographic glitter

Iris I was Thinner – Medium iris purple

Handpicked for Me  – Light pink lilac with silver shimmer

Go with the Flow-er $9 – Bright tulip pink with hot pink shimmer

Cover me in petals  -Vivid tigerlily red orange

Price: $9/ea

Available at Sephora stores and Sephora.com