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

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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

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

Zoya Ibiza & White Plaid Stripes

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I must say that this is the one color that looks better on camera than it does in real life.  Mainly, because the flash picks up the gorgeous blue in the polish.  In real life, or rather natural light, it just looks black.  This was a little disappointing b/c I really thought it would come out the really pretty blue color that it looks to be in the bottle. Overall, I really like the white plaid strips layered on top of it, b/c it gives it some pizzazz.  I thought Ibiza would have been fun in a bottle, but it was a little messy in application(aren’t most dark polishes?).  You can almost get a way with one coat, but two gives you a nice even, smooth look.

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Base coat, two coats of Ibiza, Seche Vite top coat

Available @ Artofbeauty.com

xoxo,

~Tenns

Valentine’s Day Manicure

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I decided to redo my nails for Valentine’s Day.  I have CG Red Pearl w/ a fun Konad image stamped(I haven’t yet memorized all my plates yet, I will included later) on it.  It came out very well and I am so pleased at the result.  I only wish my V-days plans would come through, but that’s another story!

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I hope everyone receives lots of L-O-V-E on Valentine’s Day and every day of the year!  With love, HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

 

xoxo,

 

~Tenns