October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Sometimes all you need is a shiny black creme to make you feel sophisticated & badass at the same time. 

Happy Halloween from Manicurity!

Did you do anything fun this year?

October 30, 2012

Autumn Eyes with L'Oreal HiP Flare

Here's a fun, festive and EASY fall EOTD! I only used 3 eyeshadows + 1 colored base + 1 eyeliner to do this look. So either you'll agree and think "whoa, so cool and simple" OR you'll think "nice try LOL"! Sometimes when I look at the product list for an EOTD or LOTD that's pegged as 'simple' or 'everyday', I wonder why they're using at least 10+ eyeshadows because I do not have that kind of time to blend and layer when I have to be at work before 7am.

I blended some of my NYX eye pencil in Black Bean in my inner corner and my outer corner in a v-shape. Then I patted the gold shadow from the L'Oreal HiP duo 'Flare' across my whole lid. I blended the orange shadow with gold shimmer into the crease. Then I layered some theBalm Matt Batali (matte plum) back over the spots where Black Bean had been originally to deepen the contrast. Some lightly smudged plum eyeliner under my eye completed the look and I was all done!!

Products Used
- Urban Decay Primer Potion original primer (HG for now)
- NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean (inner and outer corner)
- L'Oreal HiP eyeshadow duo in Flare (gold and orange with gold shimmer)
- theBalm Matt Batali 
- Clinique Quickliner in Violet
- Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Light
- Maybelline Eye Studio MasterShape Brow Pencil in Blonde
- Bare Escentuals Buxom mascara in Blackest Black

I really loved this look and I especially like the photographs I got of it! A definite round of internet applause for my photographer; I think we're finally getting some great shots of my eye (a skill most boyfriends don't probably have)! 

Do you like this look? Let me know!

October 29, 2012


I finally did a swatch of my baby-sized OPI Pedal Faster Suzi from way-back-when and turns out I still don't love pink! So I slimed it up in the spirit of Halloween and because it was fun to make something so pretty so ugly. Don't get me wrong, this polish is really very beautiful, just not a polish for me (unless it's Easter, which is what this polish reminds me of).

As soon as I swatched and knew it wasn't for me, I grabbed the bottle of Orly Fresh from my desk and just swiped it on my tips with the polish brush. It only took a few seconds, which I especially like. Orly Fresh is a very bright green (obvs) and has a typical bright/neon thin formula, which is why the edges are a weird almost orangeish-greenish. I love that this is messy, globby, uneven and ooze-y!

October 28, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up vol. 2

simple duochrome smokey eye in GIF form!

Ever have one of those really fun and busy weekends that leaves you feeling the opposite of rested?! That was last weekend for me! But luckily I've been chillin out this weekend doing blog posts, swatching, and enjoying some quiet time alone. Halloween falls on a Wednesday (as if you didn't know, right?!) and it also so happens that my boyfriend is spending most of his time working this weekend, so I think we're saving our fun times for actual Wednesday when one of our favorite formerly-local-to-Atlanta DJs will be in town! There's also so many holiday things out in stores already, it's sort of unnerving how quickly the end of the year is approaching; it's been wonderfully warm here in Georgia lately so it keeps the seasons confusing ;p

This Week's Highlights

Current Events
- My Mom's birthday is TODAY!!!! Happy Birthday, Mom :D
- November happens this week...uh, what? Time flies so fast!
- I have vowed to stop buying eyeshadow [for the time being], since my boyfriend is convinced there are no other colors in the world that still need to be bought...
- Obviously no real current events because I'm drawing a blank about what to put here :-/

I did get my beloved corndog last Sunday, tho!

Upcoming Content: This Week + Beyondddddd
Whenever I don't make promises about content or apologize for posting is, of course, when I feel like posting and blogging is fun again. Now I give you no promises, but I do give you hopes & dreamz! I have what feels like a thousand ideas about everything and I don't see myself running out of them anytime soon.

Nail Trend I ♥'d Lately: placed glitter is jaw-dropping if you are patient enough

Free 4 Haul 
Urban Decay Vice Palette - ehhhh we'll see about this one. I got it Friday, and when I opened it Saturday morning one of the shadows had burst all over EVERYTHING so I exchanged it for an un-broken one and yet...there is glitter all over the packaging and I am skeptical of a fingerprint in the shade Chaos :( For something that was originally $59, I just expect better care to be taken with the product and maybe some guaranteed safety seals on the box or something. Too much to ask?! Anyway, all excitement I felt for this has temporarily waned and I am now too nervous to do anything with it beyond occaionally pull it out of the box and watch how cool it looks to open the top.

Lorac Sweet Temptations Eyeshadow Collection (exclusive to Ulta) - it looks like CHOCOLATE and it is so cool! The packaging is to die for and the implied value is amazing ($36 retail for ~$304 value). This is my first time playing with Lorac items, so I'm really excited. And also I am hungry for chocolate now :) 

There have also been some nail-related purchases. I grabbed a bottle of Piggy Polish Lightmare recently, got a ton of fun nail mail from swaps, was gifted Sally Hansen in Firefly, and the most precious of polish came from Sephora.fr recently, too...!!!! 

Target Beauty Bag came with ots of shampoo samples

Weekly Piggie Picture!

This is Kikko! She looks a lot like last week's guinea because they all look the same to most people. She is named after the soy sauce brand I like the most - Kikkomann ;p She is the smallest and one half of the newer duo of piggies that joined Baby Bear (last week's pig) after my OG pig passed in the spring. This pig is so loud; she legitimately screams sometimes!

Other: Do you have a device that you can play Hero Academy on?! Because I play it on my iPad and we should totally play together if you have it; my username is emtha

That's all for this week! I wish you an excellent week ahead :) And if you celebrate(d) Halloween in some way, I hope it was/is fun and safe
~ Em

October 27, 2012

Revlon Holiday 2012 'Just Add Sparkle' dupes Deborah Lippmann!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Revlon has struck AGAIN with a budget friendly dupe of a Deborah Lippmann polish. For those of you that weren't living under a rock and saw posts about the display last week (namely, on Nouveau Cheap and Musings of a Muse), you might have noticed that two polishes in the display are reminiscent of DL polishes - a navy blue jelly with glitter and a gold glitter top coat. I bit the bullet and bought them to compare because I was so darn curious! Before we get started let me remind you that all the photos are big, and that you can click through to view them better.

Manicurity: Revlon 'Just Add Sparkle' Deborah Lippmann Comparisons
taken with an iPhone
Manicurity: Revlon 'Just Add Sparkle' Deborah Lippmann Comparisons
Ruby Ribbons (a little like Zoya Kissy, but with way bigger bars) & Brilliant Bordeaux
Manicurity: Revlon 'Just Add Sparkle' Deborah Lippmann Comparisons
Sequins, Midnight Sparkle

So in the store when you're in a rush and all excited, wouldn't you look at these two polishes and think, omg, they look like something familiar?!

Manicurity: Revlon 'Just Add Sparkle' Deborah Lippmann Comparisons

First up is Revlon Midnight Sparkle vs. Deborah Lippmann Lady Sings the Blues! From the bottles, you can see that the silver glitter in Lady Sings the Blues is more obvious. Revlon Midnight Sparkle is darker in the bottle and a touch darker on the nail, too. I think it only seems darker because I knew they were two different polishes, especially since my middle nail looks different from the other three nails that look identical.

Manicurity: Revlon 'Just Add Sparkle' Deborah Lippmann Comparisons
indirect natural sunlight

Manicurity: Revlon 'Just Add Sparkle' Deborah Lippmann Comparisons
flash; shows off the difference in the base

This is just one coat of polish on all fingers; that's how I prefer to wear this color because otherwise I find it swallows the first coat and looks too dark. Can you guess which fingers have which?! Revlon is on pointer and ring, DL is on middle and pinkie.

Decision? Dupes! Boyfriend-approved dupes (or maybe just designerly-trained Boyfriend doesn't notice a difference)! There might be some differences, but I feel like the way the glitter in this polish is sort of randomly applied makes it somewhat impossible to tell if one polish has like 10% more tiny glitter than the other. Seriously, I'm just calling these samesies.

Next is Revlon Sequins vs. Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow! As you can see from bottle shots, these polishes are very different even before swatching. The Revlon polish is a very light shade of bronze, almost champagne colored glitters while the DL is much more yellow-gold. It's also obvious in the bottles that the base of the Revlon polish is very clear while the DL has the crushed gold dust that looks like shimmer on the nail.

Manicurity: Revlon 'Just Add Sparkle' Deborah Lippmann Comparisons

Manicurity: Revlon 'Just Add Sparkle' Deborah Lippmann Comparisons
1x Sequins, 1x Boom Boom Pow

Manicurity: Revlon 'Just Add Sparkle' Deborah Lippmann Comparisons
2x Sequins,  2x Boom Boom Pow

Decision? Not dupes. Not even like siblings! But, fairly good coverage for this type of 'two different sizes of glitter in a clear base' drugstore polish that I would definitely recommend if you like this type of look. Application was smooth and dreamy with Revlon Sequins - no fishing, rolling, shaking required beforehand! The color of the glitters is also fairly unique since it isn't really gold, and can look silver in some lighting.

So, will these become permanent colors? No idea. Typically Revlon gives permanent shades numbers, and these bottles do not have numbers. Will they be re-released under different names and added to the core line? Possibly, since we've seen that before (remember Facets of Fuschia?!). The display doesn't say 'limited edition', just 'new shades'. But so far all the displays I've seen in person and posted on the internetz only have two bottles of each polish shade - so I wish you godspeed on your search if you love these :D

Do you love these? Are you on the hunt for them now?!

Here are two more 'pinable' pictures if you like collages!

Manicurity: Revlon 'Just Add Sparkle' Deborah Lippmann Comparisons

Manicurity: Revlon 'Just Add Sparkle' Deborah Lippmann Comparisons

October 25, 2012

Lust List vol. 1

Welcome to a bi-monthly post that let's you know what products are on my mind for the moment...or until I buy it! You know that feeling of OMG, I JUST HAVE TO HAVE THAT!?! In the nail world the feeling you get of extreme want or desire (and consequential editing of one's 'wishlist') is commonly referred to as a 'lemming' or 'lem'. Think of this 'lust list' as my current extreme lemming list, but extended to beauty products, too!

From top left going clockwise:

  1. New Illamasqua nail varnish exclusive USA shades in Cameo (left) and Noble (right). These are limited edition and GORGEOUS. These are my two favorite shades of bluey colors. Omg. Check out some jaw-dropping swatches on Temptalia by clicking on the shade names!
  2. Urban Decay Vice Palette (this year's holiday palette) is a little trickster! The initial swatches I saw were sort of lackluster, but the more swatches I see, the more this palette has grown on me!! I have one of those *~magical~* 20% off your entire purchase at Ulta coupons that I want to use on this this weekend (if it applies, and if I make enough in tips this week at work). Scrangie and Phyrra are the two that put me over the edge from 'oh cool' to 'OH, NOW!'
  3. Tarte fantastic foursome Amazonian clay 12-hour blush set looks to be the most amazing holiday deal I've spotted so far! The pans are half the size of regular Tarte blushes, but this set has a shade that can act as a highlight and as a bronzer and gives me a great selection of shades for only $10 more than one huge blush would be. Love it! Makeup & Beauty Blog has a really great review and I love how fun her writing style is
  4. Marc Jacobs Dot smells really great and that bottle is soooo fab! It looks like such a whimsical little sculpture that would really brighten up my bedroom. My go-to fragrances for years were Ralph by Ralph Lauren and DNYK Be Delicious (the green apple one), but I'd like to mix it up a little. I'm thinking a replacement bottle of Ralph and a bottle of Dot would be just fine with me...

What products are you lusting after right now?! I showed you mine, you show me your's!

Psst. None of the links in this post are affiliate links, just links to swatch posts by the person mentioned and official store posts (Sephora.com, UrbanDecay.com, Tarte.com, and Ulta.com)

October 24, 2012

MABB Beauty Q&A: Indie Polish?


Every other Wednesday, the Metro Atlanta Beauty Bloggers will answer a beauty-related question just for fun! This week's question is...

What do you think of all the new "indie" polish brands?
Ahhh, the infamous indie polish! Not everyone does, but I love me some handmade indie polish because it comes in so very many different shapes, sizes, colors, and finishes of glitter! To be honest, I wish I wasn't such a fan of indie polish because it definitely makes my wallet cry a little. My favorite indie brands are Dollish Polish, Sonoma Nail Art, Candy Lacquer and KBShimmer (with links to their Facebook pages if you were curious; no affiliate links or anything, just lots of pretty pictures). There seems to be a lot of drama and *~opinions~* that surround indie polish because of their handmade and possibly unstable nature (curled glitter, bleeders, crappy suspension, fishing for glitter), which I 100% understand but I guess I'm just a sucker for shiny things! I support and love the indie brands that I have shopped with so far. The only downside to being in love with indie polish is that it can be difficult to snag during a re-stock, which can sometimes be made easier by paying a little bit more and purchasing through a distributor like Llarowe or Overall Beauty.

And I also love some of the brands that are "indie" but made in a lab! Cult Nails, A England, ManGlaze, and piCture pOlish are some of my favorite polishes in my Helmers. They wow me with their top-notch formulas and unique-to-my-stash colors.

If you'd like to see some indie polish swatches here on Manicurity, click to view all the tagged post here!

So, what do you think of indie polishes?! Any must-have brands I missed?

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Be sure to check out the other Metro Atlanta Beauty Bloggers' answers!

Ashley Elizabeth from Ashley Elizabeth's Beauty Blog
Emma from Manicurity
Harri from TrailerHood Chic
Mandy from MandysSecrets
Missy from Gnarly Gnails
Pam from Pammy Blogs Beauty
Quinn from Mama Fashionista
SiSi from SiSi Sparkles
If you would like to see previous questions and answers, you can do so by viewing the Question Archive here.

If you're a beauty blogger in the Metro Atlanta area and would like to join us, please visit our website! We would love to connect with you!

October 23, 2012

EOTD with Urban Decay Dangerous Palette

I finally caved and bought the Urban Decay palette at Ulta recently; I just couldn't resist the rich, dark colors in the palette any longer now that the weather is so perfect and cool. For this look I used one of my favorite techniques - a layer of my Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean in my outer v before applying my shadow!

I patted Mushroom all over my lid. Then I applied Deeper in the middle of my lid. I blended some of the shade Evidence into my crease. Finally I used a little navy eyeliner in the outer corner.

Products Used
- Urban Decay Primer Potion original primer (lovesss it)
- NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean
- Urban Decay Dangerous Palette: Mushroom, Deeper, Evidence
- L'Oreal HiP eyeliner in Navy
- Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Light
- Maybelline Eye Studio MasterShape Brow Pencil in Blonde
- Bare Escentuals Buxom mascara in Blackest Black

It's funny, last time I posted an EOTD I said I needed a new eyebrow pencil/tool/situation because my eyebrows looked too ruddy in the photos and I did get a new one!! I've been using the new Maybelline Eye Studio eyebrow pencil in blonde for at least a month now, so I'll try and compose a review about it. I really liked this EOTD and I felt really bold wearing it to work. Using the Nyx pencil in Black Bean to start a look helps me make more interesting eye looks that still feel comfortable to wear because it takes less steps. In other words, I use a colored base and then don't need as many shades of eyeshadow to make an impact - that in turns makes me feel comfortable because it doesn't feel like "a lot" of makeup, even though I might be wearing bold or dark shades!! 

 Do you like this look? I'd love to hear what you think!

October 20, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up vol. 1

[Officefordesign: W-box via flodeau]

Hey y'all! I'm bringing back 'Lazy Sunday' but calling it 'Weekly Wrap Up' and promising to do it more often. I've been out of town on vacations a lot the past two weeks - in fact I was away from the computer for most of the posts that have been published in October so far!! But I did have time to re-do the blog layout (again). It was sort of a "soft re-design", like a soft opening for a restaurant, and thus I am 'officially' announcing it now because it's all done and I feel ready for feedback. I went with my favey, trustworthy theme of using CMYK and traditional fonts with simple geometric shapes for the (sparse) graphics. Whatcha think??! I'm not sure I love the outlines around all the photos (you can see it on the zig zag borders above and below this paragraph); do you like it? Let me know in the comments!

This Week's Highlights: no cool posts; just the new layout. You like?!

Current Events
- beautiful weather here in Georgia lately! Cardigans are hands down my fave
- throwing a small shindig tonight at my home; I would invite you if I could ;p
- trying to use my iPad camera more often - no promises, just hopes & dreams
- hitting up the King of Pops Field Day tomorrow :D I love dem popsicles

Upcoming Content: This Week + Beyondddddd
I've been feeling a lot of ups and downs with blogging lately. I am a competitive person by nature (honestly, I can't believe my boyfriend is even willing to play board games with me anymore) and so sometimes I can get caught up in//let myself feel really down about "the numbers". But as everyone says, it's not about the numbers - it's truly about if blogging makes you happy. Because blogging at my scale is not a source of income, it really does have to be an activity I want to be doing (especially because I take pride/love to spend time adjusting the layout, editing photos, watermarking, etc.). Sometimes I question my own motives and satisfaction and just want to throw in the towel, delete and walk away. I can get really down on myself when my photographs aren't up to my own standards.
I've decided to make some changes and introduce some different (but still related) content, which you will be seeing more of in the near future!! As the new header says - expect nails, makeup, and guinea pigs at least ;p And as the photo at the beginning of the post suggests, part of the new content will be design related since that is a big part of my background

Nail Trend I ♥'d Latelymosaic nails!! also gold leaf topcoats

Free 4 Haul 
Eyeshadows! Urban Decay Dangerous Palette, theBalm Shady Lady vol 2, the Balm Meet Matt matte palette, two of the L'Oreal Project Runway quads (I might return both of them, tho, and I am undecided about needing to keep both the Dangerous & Shady Lady palettes because they seem similar...)
Nails! New cuticle pusher, jewel-incrusted Baker Street, clearanced polishes at Ulta, sale Cults ordered, discounted Hare fall glitter polish set ordered...expect new things on the 'blog sale' tab soon ;D

Weekly Piggie Picture!
This is Baby Bear, my oldest guinea piggie. She's also the biggest. All 3 of my piggies look very similar; they have short black hair, with occasional light brown spots. I usually just call this 'lil lady Momma Baby now because she has her two wittle friends. Also I refer to them as "babies" all the time - potentially creepy? But they are very cute and small!

Other: Finally decided on a Halloween costume! I'm going to be a sushi roll to match the theme of 'rock and roll' because my boyfriend is going to be a rock.

That's all for this week! I hope you enjoyed this post. And I hope you have an excellent weekend.
~ Em

October 12, 2012

Digit-al Dozen + TGIF: Rainbow Honey Kawako Swatch & Review

I've got something special to share with y'all! It's a swatch and quick review of one of the new limited edition Rainbow Honey polishes named Kawako from the Yokai collection. Rainbow Honey is a really creative and fabulous indie brand that came to fame with their My Little Pony inspired collection, Equestria. I love the attention to detail that they have with their products; great packaging and branding and they even put the polish label on the top of the bottle (which is super helpful when digging in a Helmer). So this isn't a typical Halloween polish, but it is inspired by a river demon and it is super pretty!

"Kawako" is our interpretation of the Kappa, depicted as everything from a water sprite to a river demon. Erring on the gentler side, "Kawako" is full of gorgeous silver and ice blue shimmer, with the occasional iridescent blue flake.  (from Rainbow Honey)
Their description is so right on! It is a mysterious shade of blue, with it's icy, irregular shimmer and small pieces of blurple iridescent flakes. This shade is reminiscent of some harder to find navy blues with silver glitter (Starry Night, to name one in particular) but with an added edge.

bounce flash
sunlight lamp

bounce flash

I did two coats of polish without any undies; the polish was really opaque and could be a one-coater with very careful application!! The consistency was thicker than an 'average' polish, but I find that to be advantageous because I paint with thicker coats. I would warn that this polish is just the teensiest bit challenging to apply because of the flakies; they can stick up in various places (tips and near the cuticle) and require some attention if you're one of the many people that prefer their end result to be glassy smooth. On the second coat the flakes provided some texture and made the polish drag a tiny bit. I think next time I use this polish I think I will layer it over a base color both to conserve polish and see if I can help the blurple flakies to shine more. All in all I think this polish is really beautiful and mysterious; not your average shimmery dark blue by far!

Don't forget to check out the other Digit-al Dozen ladies today! I can't believe it's the last day of this fun week already.

Psstt don't forget to check out Kirsten's TGIF post over at Geeky Owl! She's my TGIF partner in crime and she's also linked up above in the Digit-al Dozen inLinkz.

"Kawako" is a really beautiful and mysterious blue polish with complex shimmer and occasional flakies. It takes a little patience in application, but it is worth it because the end result is stunning. It is one polish of a three part limited edition collection for fall from Rainbow Honey that becomes available 10/13 12:01 AM EST at Rainbowhoney.com.

From the information I have, the Yokai Collection will only be available in full-sized bottles and they retail $10 for 15ml

For more Rainbow Honey check out their Facebook, website, or blog
*Product(s) in this post were provided for my honest review.

How do you feel about this polish?! Love, hate, or meh? I love!

October 11, 2012

Digit-al Dozen: Bewitching

Oooh, today's nails are so enchanting I feel tempted to call them magical! Originally I had something completely different planned for today's theme of "witches", but I swatched one of the new Lacquistry Halloween colors named Witches Warts (then did some nail art) and decided I needed to share it sooner rather than later.

sunlight lamp + flash
sunlight lamp + flash

I won't go into too much detail about my base color and the glitter because I'll be featuring it in a TGIF! post soon (aiming for next Friday as I have something special for tomorrow), but I do love the mix of purple, green, and black. On my middle and pinkie fingers I stamped the spiderweb pattern from my large DRK-A plate. My attempt at stamping the spiderweb pattern on my pinkie looks more like bones of a small creature to me, which makes it that much more witch-tastic. On my pointer finger I did a French tip in purple (China Glaze Grape Pop to be exact, but it's hard to see it), then I did a strokey gradient with a black striper. My ring finger features a half Ruffian, or perhaps just a painted shadow? It's not a highlight because it's black, but I really like how it looks! Very sliming ;D

I really adore this manicure and can't stop staring at how pretty my nails are!! And for anyone looking for inspiration, I think these would be perfect nails for an evil enchantress or otherwise villainous vixen for a Halloween ensemble.

Check out the other Digit-al Dozen ladies!

Also check out the other 'witchy' nails for today! Mine aren't particularly literal, but I was inspired by Lacquistry Witches Warts, so I think it fits.

So, how do you feel about this combo? Are you under my bewitching manicure's spell?!

October 10, 2012

Digit-al Dozen: Orange You Glad I Did this Comparison?

Today I have a sparkly orange polish comparison post for you! I realized as I was writing this post that it isn't really 'nail art', but I guess if you can think of skittles as "art" then this can still count right?! FYI orange is not my most favorite color; I usually stick with cooler colors (blue, teal, green, purple, etc.). My favorite sparkly, bold orange is China Glaze Riveting from the recent Hunger Games collection - I even bought a back-up!

This is two coats each of the following polishes from thumb to pinkie: Milani Just Juicy, Wet n Wild Fantasy Maker Creepy Pumpkin (2011), Color Club Sparkle & Soar, Zoya Tanzy, Milani Glitzy Jam

I started out this comparison wanting to purge some of my more yellow-oranges and specifically I felt like I didn't need to keep Zoya Tanzy and Color Club Sparkle & Soar because the two collections are fairly similar. I picked Creepy Pumpkin to compare along with Tanzy and S&S. Then I had some untried Milanis that were more coral, so I threw them in for good measure. Here are some thoughts about each polish, starting with my pinkie and working my way up my hand in the above photo!

Milani Glitzy Jam: a weird mix of colors. In my hands, the bottle is a sheer coral with silver, blue, purple, and green shimmery bits. I think it looks its best in the above photograph. It is a really bizzare color, but really pretty. Can you tell I don't love coral-y pink-y oranges when all I can say is 'weird, nice-ish'?!

Zoya Tanzy: from Zoya's Sunshine collection last summer (2011). Zoya, and particularly this collection, was there at the very beginning of my new-found nail polish ways a year ago. The colors from the Sunshine collection hold a special place in my nail polish lovin' heart and I don't think I could ever part with them. The glassflecks in the polish are so teeny, it's almost like glittery shards.

Color Club Sparkle & Soar: is more duochromey, opaque, and has larger flecks than Zoya Tanzy. These were the two polishes I was really trying to compare the most in all of this tbh. I ended up keeping both of them!! The Boyfriend said that they were different enough, so that makes it okay :)

Wet n Wild Fantasy Maker Creepy Pumpkin (2011): such a pretty polish! But I am impatient and don't like how sheer the base color is, even at two-three coats. The micro glitter is goregous! This polish has since been mailed to a nail polish buddy in the UK because I'm hoping she'll use it more often than I. While I think this is super pretty, I just don't see myself using it very often so it should go to a more loving home :D Unfortunately this polish has not been re-released this year, so aren't you lucky that it's not particularly in focus in any of my pictures?! Just trying to prevent lemmings here, y'all!

Milani Just Juicy: very coral compared to the others. It had a lot of VNL which was sort of surprising and disappointing. I never think 'oh, I should wear a coral-y orange today!' but I think it looks really pretty on my thumb in the photo. It has some fine sparkle bits that don't translate that well to the nail, but do add a little dimension.

tl;dr = They're all different and beautiful in their own ways. Creepy Pumpkin was sent to a more loving home, and I never did make a decision between Tanzy and Sparkle & Soar so they both still live with me. The two coral Milanis are still just that - mostly out of place corals.

one coat
two coats
From pinkie to pointer (i.e. left to right): Milani Glitzy Jam, Zoya Tanzy, Color Club Sparkle & Soar, Wet n Wild Fantasy Maker Creepy Pumpkin (2011)

Don't forget to check out the other Digit-al Dozen posts today! There are some really fantastic ones today. And sincere apologies for the lack of true 'art' today >.<

Hope you enjoyed this comparison post! Are you an orange polish lover?? Which orange polish from your stash is your favorite?

MABB Beauty Question: Favorite Part of Makeup?!

Every other Wednesday, the Metro Atlanta Beauty Bloggers will answer a beauty-related question just for fun! This week's question is...

What is your favorite part about makeup and beauty products?

I think hands down everyone's favorite part of makeup and beauty products is that they make you feel beautiful and confident! Besides the usual 'feel-good' feeling I get from wearing make-up and buying products (can't forget how FUN it is to browse Ulta and drugstore aisles, right?), I also enjoy applying makeup and learning new ways to wear and apply it.

My favorite trick right now is to use a colored base on the outer half of my eyelid, then apply just one eyeshadow across my entire eyelid = immediately good looking blended eye, barely any effort!

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Be sure to check out the other Metro Atlanta Beauty Bloggers' answers!

Ashley Elizabeth from Ashley Elizabeth's Beauty Blog
Emma from Manicurity
Harri from TrailerHood Chic
Mandy from MandysSecrets
Missy from Gnarly Gnails
Pam from Pammy Blogs Beauty
Quinn from Mama Fashionista
SiSi from SiSi Sparkles

If you would like to see previous questions and answers, you can do so by viewing the Question Archive here.

If you're a beauty blogger in the Metro Atlanta area and would like to join us, please visit our website! We would love to connect with you!

October 9, 2012

Digit-al Dozen: Zombielicious

Hello all! If you're following a lot of nail art blogs you've already seen a vast array of zombie themed nails today, from adorable to absolutely creepy. Today I wanted to re-do a 'grungy' technique I had done before - but tried to put a zombie spin on it with more morbid colors.

This is a gross, sloppy pic before I did clean up! I thought it was funny and more thematic :p

I used Orly Wild Wisteria as my base color and painted on one quick (sloppy) coat, then immediately wiped it off in the center of my nail with a Q-tip. Then I swiped on a coat of OPI My Pointe Exactly (the grey jelly). Since the process requires the polish to be sort of wet and smeary, I do one finger at a time. This color scheme is a lot closer to the original inspiration - the Emma Watson Elle UK cover nails. Not your typical 'zombie' nails, but I like how it does look a little corpse-y!

Here's some quick links to the other Digit-al Dozen ladies!

And here are some links to the other zombie-inspired nail art from the Crumpet's Nail Tarts group!

See you tomorrow with more Halloween nail art!