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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Emily de Molly Bright Young Things over Zoya Robyn

Emily de Molly is an Australian polish maker that has long since captured my heart, as you might have seen in a few previous posts. I was very happy to find Bright Young Things in a blog sale.
*All products mentioned in this post were purchased by me.*

While I'm not usually one to wear a polish the moment that I receive it (it's usually a strange, OCD, agonizing decision as to which one to wear), I put Bright Young Things on right away. 

I happened to be wearing the lovely Zoya Robyn at the time, so I just put the glitter topper Emily de Molly Bright Young Things over it. I used a quick-dry top coat of Poshe to smooth everything out, although the glitter did lie flat.

I loved this mani and wore it for a few days, which is a long time for me. It reminds me of the ocean and pretty saltwater fish. Next time, however, I will probably choose a different shade for the base so that the purple and turquoisey teal glitter can shine, too. (The purple did show up in real life, but hid from the camera. Silly purple; the camera could be friends with you if you'll let it.)

You can certainly purchase Emily de Molly polishes on Web sites like and, but you might want to do a search for polish blog sales first, or try for lower prices. The first sites that I mention seem to be good, but they sell out really fast and the price is more than I would usually pay. (It's expensive to make beauty products in Australia, I think, and I would guess it's not easy to import them, either.)

Yes, summer has put me in the mood for all sorts of brights! I will revel in the deeper colors of autumn soon, but I will enjoy the brights into September at least. I am not strict about seasonal colors, but the weather does affect the mood and the mood does affect the polish choices. September is surely part of summer in California.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Coastal Scents Creative Me 1 Palette--Swatches & Review

Coastal Scents is known for their eye shadow palettes, at least online. I've seen these palettes raved about, and I've seen them absolutely panned, no pun intended. They had a major sale in July (which they often do), plus I found a coupon code online, so I decided to try some for myself.  The first one that I'm sharing with you is their Creative Me 1 Palette.
*I purchased all of the products mentioned in this post with my own money.*

This palette called out to me because of it's vibrant shades, similar in feeling for me to the Sugarpill Burning Heart Palette ($34.00 for four shadows). The Creative Me 1 Palette regular retail price is $14.95 on the Coastal Scents Web site. I paid $9.72 and had free shipping at the time.

Isn't it pretty? The above photo is in the shade and below is in the sun. I did not, of course, expect the Sugarpill quality that I've seen online. However, I've read that Coastal Scents shadows are much like BHCosmetics in that they work really well as long as you use a good primer.

I've done arm swatches for you outdoors in partial sun, without any primer. I didn't do intense swipes, since I didn't want to oversell the pigmentation. I've done them in the same order that they appear in the palette.

As expected, not so pigmented without a primer. My whitey white skin does help the color to stand out, though. :) The texture felt fine to me; not buttery, but not chalky or too powdery. The yellows were awful, the pinks and purples were the best.

In the photo above and the closeup below, I played around with some of the purples and bright pinks over Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original, which is my personal favorite eye shadow primer. Hopefully you can see what I see, that the color pops quite a bit when used over primer. In fact, I had to try and used a very small amount of shadow so as not to overdo it.

Overall, I'm very pleased with my purchase. I think the Creative Me 1 Palette is tons of fun for the price of one non-drugstore shadow. The price and quantity gives me the freedom to experiment with bold colors that otherwise might be too risky of an investment for me. I also appreciate that there is a mirror inside. I'm thinking maybe a sunset eye shadow look is in my future with this palette.
What do you think? Do you own any Coastal Scents palettes that are love, hate, or "meh"?
*I purchased all of the products mentioned in this post with my own money.*

Monday, August 5, 2013

Sally Hansen Insta-Gel Strips Starter Kit--Mini Review

I have been curious about these Gel Strips, but I didn't want to pay full price for them, as usual. So once they were on sale and I had two stackable coupons, I went for it. 
*I purchased this kit with my own money.*

Below is everything that comes with the kit: Nail file and cuticle pusher, gel top coat, two nail prep pads, LED lamp, two packs of color nail strips, power cord for the lamp, and instructions.

Everything was fairly easy to use. You can only do one nail at a time in the LED lamp, but it's not a big deal since it's only 30 seconds. The results were very pretty, as seen below.

This was not long-lasting for me at all, however. Good for a day or two at most.
*I purchased this kit with my own money.*

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Literary Lacquers Nail Mail (Mostly Photos)

This was my first time ordering from Literary Lacquers. I have had my eye on them for a while, but was waiting for a sale. They had a 20% off coupon code not too long ago, so that was my opportunity. The transaction was easy, shipping was fast, and the polishes arrived in great shape with cute packaging. I have to admit, I am not a fan of the type of books that inspired these particular polishes, but the polishes themselves spoke to me.
*I purchased these products with my own money.*

Keep an eye out; I'll share with you swatches and reviews when I wear these. If you can already tell that you love Literary Lacquers, you can purchase them here: Regular price is $10.00 for a 15ml bottle.