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

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 

Konad Haul

So my Konad order finally came on yesterday, and I was super excited to tear open the box and play with it.  I got 4 plates (M60, M63, M57, M77), a stamper, a scraper, and Special Polish in White.  I was pretty impressed with everything, although I do wish the stamper was two-sided.  I attempted a few designs on my nails, but was pretty much unsuccessful with them.  I hear it takes a little bit of practice, so I’m hoping to get better at it in due time.  Anyhow, once I get the hang of the whole thing I’ll definitely be posting some konad-manis.  Stay tuned!

 

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P.S:  If anyone has any tips for Konad beginners, please in the comments or hit me up on Twitter!

 

xoxo,

 

~Tenns

Sunday Nail Polish Swatch Compilation

So for whatever reason I was off my nail painting game this week.  I was pretty tired, mostly sleepy, all week and none of my nail polishes wanted to stay on.  I did managed to change my nail three times throughout the week, which is pretty standard for me anyways, so that was good.  However, I did IMO a pretty sloppy job of painting them…i.e. this first swatch of Zoya Pinta.  I figured I’d go ahead and post it given that I have already gone through the trouble of painting my nails and had worn it for two days.  The 2nd swatch is CG Shower Together, the swatches are pretty good (guess i had a steady hand that day), but this is seriously a love/hate polish for me.  Its a cream, but applies weird.  You can apply any more than 2 coats before it looks too thick and for it to be a cream, you’d think it would apply smoother. Also, for some reason it seems to take longer to dry.  Anyhow, I absolutely love the color, that milky blue is just too pretty!  Hopefully, this week will be a better week for nail painting and all my polishes will apply smoothly and beautifully.

 

Zoya Pinta

Two + base coat and Seche Vite Top Coat

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w/ flash

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w/ out flash

Purchased @ Zoya.com

$6 – $7

 

China Glaze Shower Together

Two + base coat and Seche Vite Top Coat

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w/ out flash

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Purchased @ Sally’s Beauty Supply

Price: $4 – $6

xoxo,

 

~Tenns

Nail Polish Swatches: Zoya Davincia

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This is such a pretty color, or rather it photographs much prettier than it actually is IMO.  I typically like deep wines as far as nail shades, and i think that’s why I get a little bored with them.  Davincia is a very safe, yet sexy color.  its perfect for an evening out, but I don’t think that it has that ‘melt you heart’ feel to it that say, Isla has.  It looks pretty much like another wine colored nail polish on the nail, reminds your of a glass of Cabernet or Merlot for sure.  The finish is glossy with some shimmer, not overload though.  I dries no faster or slower than any other polish, definitely doesn’t fall into the realm of “fast-drying” polishes though.

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I have two coats of Davincia on, any more than that and it would be too thick. I used Seche Vite as my top coat and so far overall, no chipping, well only one on my thumb. I’m pretty rough w/ my nails, so I don’t blame the polish or top coat for that.  I do see a little receding my pinky nail, which you can see in the picture.  For some reason this happens to me pretty often though, not sure why.  Maybe, the receding is due to the application of a top coat too soon after polishing?  Anyhow, all in all, I really like Davincia and would definitely repurchase it.  I’m a big fan of Zoya polishes and have plenty more to swatch, review, and purchase.

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Davincia – Available @ Zoya.com $6-$7

Seche Vite- Available @ Sally Beauty Supply

 

xoxo,

 

~Tenns