Category: Reviews

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31DC2015 Day 6 Purple: Takko Lacquer Cheshire Cat


You know how sometimes you find an indie brand that you love so much but can never get your hands on? Well that was the case for sometime for me with Takko Lacquer. Their stock was just too low for me to ever succeed in the restocks but their polishes were just so unique I needed to have them in my collection. A few months back everything changed and I managed to snag a few colors. The next day Sheryl, the creator behind it all, emailed me with astonishment that I even knew about her brand and insisted on sending me some samples. So many smiles graced my face when I read her kind words. She even let me choose which ones I wanted and of course I had to go with this beautiful thermal polish ‘Cheshire Cat’.

Alright so you may be thinking as you come to this post, “Isn’t it supposed to be day purple of the 31 day challenge Corynn?” and yes that is very true. But there isn’t any pink day so I figured lets combine the two forces. In my mind I wanted to attempt a cheshire cat of some sort but I realized that I could never pull it off so I used Zoya ‘Mira’ and ‘Charisma’ for some cheshire stripes. Pretty snazzy right?! HA! I know this isn’t very much for the challenge but I hope I get another wave of motivation going thru me. The golden shimmer in this polish really makes it pop and stand out amongst the rest. I used three coats to achieve full opacity.

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Wasn’t able to get any good photos of the cold stage of this polish which is the darker purple so here’s a little video to show you all the transition that happens! Find it HERE on my instagram!

You can find Cheshire Cat at TakkoLacquer.com but make sure to sign up for their newsletter so you can get the information about restocks!

Connect with Takko Lacquer: Store, Instagram, Twitter

Not sure if I’ll be able to post on here with every prompt so make sure to keep a lookout over on my social media pages!

Mucking Fusser: Facebook & Instagram

Corynn <3

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31DC2015 Day 5 Blue: Cirque Colors Water Marble

So I may be cheating a little bit today with the 31 day challenge. You see I did this manicure some time ago and never got around to posting anything. It’s not like it was a fail or anything I super duper lurve this manicure. I do feel very embarrassed though when I write to you that I’ve had these polishes to review since March… *slaps self on wrist* yea I deserve that and more. But we just gotta look on the positive side of things, I’m sharing them with you now and they are still in stock, woohoo!

What are these polishes you say? Well they are from none other then Annie of Cirque Colors a NYC based indie brand that constantly creates beautiful lacquers. I was so surprised to see ‘Hudson‘ and ‘Lady Liberty‘, part of the monthly Metropolis collection, water marble because I’ve tried with some of their other creams and didn’t have success. But I’ve recently been seeing more and more marbles using them so thats a plus in my book. Gotta get me more Cirque Colors like sooooon! You can to yourself as they are currently having a giveaway for the whole Metropolis collection, which is 16 polishes! All you have to do is subscribe to Cirque Colors newsletter on their site HERE. Two winners will be chosen so you have a good chance!

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You may have noticed my temp tats that I added to go along with this manicure. At first I was trying to figure out the best placement and what I wanted to use from the samples Hot Jewels sent me. Its awesome how these are just like the temp tats I used when I was a younging. I forgot exactly which set of them I used but I remember having the Peace/love collection. I have a bunch more to use and also have a few to giveaway so be on the lookout for that if you wanna win yourself some temp tats! They sell these in many stores such as Wal-mart and target so don’t worry if you miss the giveaway I’m sure you can find em for yourself!

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One more thing I got for review many moons ago and haven’t gotten to till now is this monthly perfume subscription from Scentbird. They offer over 350 different perfumes to chosse from, I went with Burberry Summer and absolutely loved it. Not only did I love the smell but I loved the way they sent it. This little perfume bottle twists to reveal the spray nozzle and twists back to hide it. How cute?! Or is it just me? I really like this service because it can sometimes be so overwhelming choosing a perfume. Plus this lasted me a good month or so! I’d say it’s a great deal for $14.95 a month.
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And will you look at that… low and behold I’ve made ANOTHER tutorial. Three in a week?! There must be some sort of robot powering me up when I don’t know about it…. hmmmm mucking suspicions have arisen….

Products Used and Reviewed:

Aengland ‘Camelot
Cirque Colors Metropolis CollectionHudson‘ & ‘Lady Liberty
Connect with Cirque Colors: Store, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest
Hot Jewels Temporary Tattoos found at wal-mart, target and amazon.com
Scentbird Monthly Perfume Subscription for $14.95 a month found HERE

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Corynn <3

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Pastel & Pretty – Azature Marble & Stamping

 

 

So I’ve been trying this thing where I to try to get motivated to start working out. Yea…… it’s not working out too well. I printed out some workout regimes I found on Pinterest and put them on my doorway so I always get reminded, so maybe that will help. But gosh why is working out so much work?! I know they call it ‘working out’ but then theres the darn eating, my stomach just loves sweet things so much she can’t eve get enough. Alas my want for a healthier body is starting to lead over my want for sweet things. So hopefully I’ll get things rolling, no wait I WILL get things rolling!

Advanced stamping, whose tried it, whose liked or disliked it? Well let me tell you it being my first time doing the technique I’ve already started to have that love/hate relationship. It might be due to it being my first time and needing some practice or the fact that I didn’t use a fine brush to do the details but either way I’m kinda loving the outcome it gives you. I love techniques that are easier to do then they seem cuz this lady is no good with fine details. I’m excited to try out more advanced stamping designs now that I’ve crossed that road.

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I of course matched my advanced stamping accent with a water marble accent. It’s no surprise that Azature polishes, which if you haven’t been informed of yet all have REAL black diamonds in them, water marble. The applications of these two creams, Cyprus and Peach Diamond from the Spring 2015 collection were nothing but impeccable.IMG_1641

You can find both of these colors along with many other black diamond infused lacquers on Azature online SHOP.

Connect with Azature: Online Shop, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest

Corynn <3

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Tutorial: LVX Spring 15′ Classy Retro Water Marble

Im not sure what it is about getting back into the groove of things but for some reason I’m having a real hard time with getting motivated to do pretty much anything. Dam this horrible depression and rut that I am experiencing! It’s my own darn fault and I just need to put my big girl panties on and deal with it!

I still have a bunch of designs that I did over two months ago that I still need to share with you all and its not like they are bad or anything I’ve just kept brushing it off, always getting defeated. But not today, NO! Today I will be sharing this loverly manicure using, as you may know, one of my favorite brands, LVX. Not only are their lacquers vegan and cruelty free they are inspired by fashion and always have perfect formulas, not to mention they marble wonderfully.

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The colors I used for this design are from LVX’s Spring 2015 collection (I know I’m far behind) and like always are beautifully crafted together. Each one of these colors has a similar shimmery finish to them. Noir is a blackish grey shimmer to it while Haze is a lovely lilac hue. But both of these colors have a tinge of grey to them. I used Fuchsia along with these two other muted colors to help it really pop. I’m loving this unconventional color combo.  IMG_0691

And with all the kittens in my life right meow I tend to take photos with them and my nails, so yeaaaaaaa. HA! This little guy was from the last litter, he was the sweetest deaf kitty, always curling up next to me. His bright white color was a nice background for this design.
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See the tutorial for this design below!

You can find Noir, Haze and Fushcia on LVX’s Shop along with the rest of the Spring 2015 collection and many other amazing colors.

Connect with LVX: Online Shop, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Corynn <3

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It’s made of Diamonds! Azature Passion and Harlot Spring 2015

Yea so if you haven’t heard of Azature’s Diamond polishes then you probably want to change that and keep on reading ahead on these insanely unique shades.

I’d been following Azature for quite some time but had never gotten the chance to try them out. When I received a request a couple months back from them to try out their products I almost had a legit heart attack. I mean not only do they create beautifully crafted polishes but they infuse them with real black diamonds, thats right DIAMONDS people! How they manage this is beyond be. All I can imagine is that they have a bunch of fairies working round the clock using their magical fairy powers to squish diamonds into each luxurious lacquer cuz fairies are awesome tike that.
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The manicure I have for you today includes two Azature polishes Passion Diamond (fuchsia) and Harlot Diamond (muted purple) along with Lacquer Lust’s ‘Pinning Over You’ all of which happen to be on sale at the time! And as you can see they water marble, which is our only concern right?! NO! After doing this manicure with all three polishes I totally need to just wear Passion on its own for it is quite the lovely shimmery hot pink fuchsia color and applies like buttah! Harlot and Pinning Over you, which has a matte finish, also apply perfectly and both have that subtle shimmer to them, hmmmm yayyyy shimmery goodness!
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Now you may head to Azatures site and notice that their polishes can be a little pricey at $25 a piece, but don’t fret my friends! You have to remember not only are you getting amazing quality when you purchase from Azature but you are getting to have DIAMONDS on your pretty phalanges! Granted they have some select shades that have been discounted and they always have incredible sales where they offer over 75% off! I suggest following their social media platforms so you can be on the lookout for any special offers they may have. I mean come on people these are used at most fashion weeks and have a very prestigious aspect to them and just look at their bottles, they are shaped like DIAMONDS!IMG_1686

With all that being said I have a couple more designs using some Azature polishes which you won’t want to miss!

Connect with Azature: Online Shop, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest

Products used:
Azature – Passion Diamond
Azature – Harlot Diamond
Lacquer Lust – Pinning Over You

Corynn <3

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LVX Spring 2015 Camo w/ Moyou Stamping

Yesterday I had a bit of a episode and got super depressed for a few hours. I call it my young-life crisis moments. Being 23 and not knowing exactly where you heading in life, well being any age and not knowing can bring about some real serious stress. So of course I had to have a nice long convo with my mama and all was well after that. Sometimes venting is the best cure for stress. This past weekend I found out that my foot wasn’t broken, got my hair recolored and was featured in Nail It! Magazine twice! I kinda feel like Norma from OITNB blessed me with her healing powers (sorry for all those that don’t watch this show) and now things are falling into place. I have to keep telling myself all is as it should be, all is as it should be.

Well enough personal stuff lets get into something that has also been way overdue and that is LVX’s Spring 2015 collection. You may have seen me post about them before as they are one of my favorite brands from the vast array of beautiful colors to the constantly impressive formulas, they never cease to amaze me, and they are 5-free! Thats why ‘Camo’ swatched below gets it very own post, it’s that extraordinary. The blueish green shimmer in this beauty really makes it a unique shade. The brushes LVX has result in some of the fullest coverage I’ve experienced, Camo took two easy coats for full opacity.

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I could have done much more with this shade but I decided to keep it simple with this MoYou London stamping design from Fashionista Plate (04) using Cult Nails ‘Time Traveler’. Lets all just have a moment of silence for the retirement of Cult Nails. Anywho I’m seeing some advanced stamping with this plate in my near future for sure I love the dimensions it holds.

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I liked this picture too much not to share it with you all. Ring is from So Nailicious Boutique and its pretty much badass with this pose. Enjoy!

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I have three more colors from LVX’s Spring 2015 collection to share with you all as well as their Summer 2015 collection which all work great for water marbling as you will soon see!

LVX: Online Shop, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube

Products used:
LVX ‘Camo’
Cult Nails ‘Time Traveler’
MoYou London – Fashionista Plate 04
Color 4 Nails – Creative Shop Stamper
Cirque Colors ‘Laminate Top Coat’

Corynn <3

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