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Friday, August 22, 2014

Firmoo.com Review and Inspired Nail Art


I have a bit of a different review for you tonight. I was approached by a representative from Firmoo.com a while back and asked if I would like to review a pair of their glasses or sunglasses. As someone who wears prescription lenses on a daily basis, the opportunity to try a new company and get to review a new pair of glasses was too great to pass up!

So I have a pair of sunglasses to show you today and some nail art to tie it all together with the theme of my blog. 

Let me start off by saying that the rep from Firmoo who contacted me was very helpful, knowledgeable and professional. She walked me through the ordering process briefly and then told me if I had any questions to let her know. When I was ordering I noticed that they had a sunglasses option, and since I have been looking for a new pair I thought that was the best option for me. The rep helped me make sure the ordering process went very smoothly and soon I had an e-mail letting me know my order was complete!

I got updates of what was happening with my glasses while I waited. They let me know when they were being processed and then when they shipped out. Overall I would say the wait time was pretty fair for a pair of custom lenses and frames. When I got the package and opened it there was this adorable hard case.

Inside were my glasses! SQUEE!! They are SO stinkin cute!


I chose a pair of plastic frames that are a magenta pink on the top and then fade into a tortoiseshell pattern on the bottom. They're just perfect for me.

Along with the glasses, inside the package was another case, this one soft with a drawstring, a super soft cleaning cloth and a tiny screwdriver keychain for fixing glasses.

I love the tool. I can't tell you how many times I've lost screws on glasses or have had to tighten them. This little screwdriver has both a philips head and a flat head on it, making it perfect for any pair of glasses or sunglasses.


The glasses were just how I hoped they would be. They are smooth and feel sturdy. The glass isn't too thick and the level of the shading is just perfect. When I ordered I was happy to see that you have choose your level of shading and the color as well.

I also love the cleaning cloth. It does a great job, and I don't feel the need to use my shirt. HAHA.

To go along with these glasses for this post I decided to do some nail art inspired by them!

 I started with a basecoat and then when it was dry, I used a makeup sponge to dab on OPI Houston We Have a Purple. After I did enough coats to make me happy, I used OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys to make the tortoiseshell design on the tips. I'm really happy with how they came out and love how well they match the sunglasses!


The prescription on the glasses is perfect and I have no trouble wearing them. The size is accurate to what was on the website and I honestly could not have asked for anything more.

How about some more photos?




If you are looking for affordable sunglasses or prescription glasses I would definitely recommend Firmoo.com. I'm really happy with my new sunglasses and can't wait to order some more.

Unfortunately, this exact frame has been phased out by the manufacturer, but you can find loads more (personally I love these) cute or sophisticated glasses at Firmoo.com. You can also follow Firmoo on Social Media to keep up to date with the brand.


Thanks for reading!

xoxo

Lex

 
*Sunglasses were provided by Firmoo.com for my honest review. All nail art products were purchased by me. For more info please see my disclosure page.*

Nvr Enuff Polish | Nick of Time


I know it has been a while! My day job is moving and we've been crazy busy packing everything up and going through old folders and drawers and what not, so my free time has been greatly diminished.

Today though, I have for you, another collection from my besties over at Nvr Enuff Polish! This three lacquer collection is inspired by Nick at Nite and is called the Nick of Time collection. Shall we get started?

First up is my favorite of the three, Are You Afraid of the Dark?


Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a bright candy apple red jelly base overflowing with red and gold metallic glitters and a holo shimmer.

This lacquer is so super squishy and even as a jelly only took two coats to be opaque enough to wear. The base is on the thick side, but application wasn't a problem. I used one coat of topcoat to finish off the look.


I love how this looks. I don't have a ton of red in my collection, but with what I do have this definitely stands out as a favorite.


Next up is a perfectly beautiful nude shimmer called Rocco's Modern Life.


Rocco was one of my favorite Nick shows and if you loved it too, you know how well Alix and Lynnae did matching the color to him! This nude creme also has a purple blue shift that shows up  in the light and really brings another dimension to the polish.

I used three coats of Rocco's Modern Life for these photos with no topcoat. I did have to use a bit of an easy hand to get an even finish but once it was dry everything was nice and smooth. 


Im a sucker for nude polish and this one does not disappoint. I love it and will be wearing it alls the time!


Finally we have another holo stunner for you. This is The Adventures of Pete & Pete.


The Adventures of Pete & Pete is a stunning black jelly with large hex glitters, small red circles and tons of holo dust. At the right angles it has a linear holo effect.

 I used two super easy coats of The Adventures of Pete & Pete for this swatch and I topped it off with a super shiny topcoat. 


This baby looked like a galaxy on my nails. I can't wait to use it for some galaxy or space nail art!


These three Nvr Enuff Polishes are available now in their shop. Don't forget to follow them on social media in order to keep up to date on new collections, sales and giveaways as well as to see other blogger's swatches.


I hope you enjoyed!

xoxo

Lex

Monday, August 11, 2014

Born Pretty Store | Gunmetal Spikes


I am so so happy with the nail art I have for you today!

This post has been a long time coming. I have wanted spikes to do a manicure for so long, but then when I finally got them in the mail I had NO IDEAS! I really didn't know how to use them in a manicure! So I've been thinking for a while and I finally came up with a design that I think worked out really well.

The spikes that I used for this nail art are from Born Pretty Store and are much smaller than any that I've seen before. I really love how small they are cause they seem more practical for a manicure that way... well... as practical as spikes on your nails can be! haha!

How about we see some photos?


EEEEEEK! I love them more every time I see them!

I started with a base of the absolutely gorgeous Dior Marilyn, a red jelly with such a subtle silver shimmer that you almost don't know its there.


On my pinkie, I added two coats of Colors by Llarowe Mighty Red Baron, which was kindly shared with me by the lovely and generous Donna from Sweet Baby by Donna. <3 Thanks girl!


For my index and middle fingers I used straight Nail Vinyls to make the shape and then painted on with Color Club Beyond before removing the vinyls.


For my ring finger and thumb, I used the same Nail Vinyls and made a striped pattern using Color Club Beyond again.


After everything was mostly dry, I added a thick coat of topcoat. Once the topcoat was dry, I used tweezers to pick up the tiny spikes from Born Pretty Store and placed them on my ring finger and thumb along one of the stripes, using topcoat to make them stick. (For a more permanent bond, please use nail glue to attach the spikes!)


I really really love this manicure and these spikes are just what I needed to push the mani into that more edgy look I wanted.


What do you think? Have you ever used spikes in a manicure? Would you?

These tiny spikes are 2mm at the base and come in a package of  100 for $4.33. You can purchase these spikes and other nail art supplies at Born Pretty Store. They have a huge selection and are always free shipping worldwide!

Use code AGBQ10 for 10% off your entire order at Born Pretty Store.

Happy Monday everyone!

xoxo

Lex


*Nail art spikes were sent for review by Born Pretty Store. Mighty Red Baron and Marilyn were gifts from friends. Any other supplies or lacquers used were purchased by me. Please see my full disclosure page for more information.*

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

China Glaze | Pop Top and a Nail Art Contest!


Hello there!

I am so happy to share today's blog post with you. For as long as I have been obsessing over nail polish, my favorite major brand has been China Glaze. Their collections are creative and their summer neon shades are always to die for. My first full collection lemming and hunt was for their 2012 Summer Neons.

Well today I have for you my first official China Glaze review. I have the new Pop Top collection that just hit the shelves for August consisting of six glitter toppers and two classic shades. I believe most of these if not all have been released before, but as part of other collections. I want to jump right in with my favorite of the six glitters.

Here is Your Present Required.


Your Present Required is a clear base packed with multicolor hex glitter in different sizes including large matte white and teeny tiny matte white and everything in between.

I love how this one looks over just about everything. I had a hard time deciding on undies, but I ended up with China Glaze Lotus Begin. I used one coat of Your Present Required and a coat of topcoat to finish off the manicure.


I found the formula thin but easy to work with. The only glitters I had trouble with were the large white hexes which did not want to come out of the bottle for me.


Overall I really like this glitter and definitely recommend it!

Next up is the first of the two classic shades, here is White on White.


White on White is your classic white creme.

I layered just two coats of White on White with no topcoat for these photos.


This lacquer was a little thin and patchy on the first coat but evened out nicely on the second and dried super shiny. Enough that I did not need topcoat.


This is definitely a white I will reach for again for other looks.

Next up for the glitters is I Pink I Can.
 

I Pink I Can is a clear base with different sized pink metallic hex glitters throughout.

I used one coat plus some dabbing of I Pink I Can over China Glaze Sun of a Peach for this look. Topcoat smoothed out the glitter and made it all shine. I really like how it came out!


I found the formula of this glitter really great and had no issues applying it.


I love these single color glitters and can't wait to try this as a glitter gradient. Maybe over a pink to white gradient base? Hmmm...

Next up is the second of the two classic colors. This is Heart of Africa.
 

Wow wow wow! I am soooooo in love with this color. I can't wait to wear it over and over in the fall!!

 I used just ONE (yea you heard me.. ONE) coat of Heart of Africa  and no topcoat for these images. Talk about an easy to use lacquer.


The formula was perfect, I barely had any cleanup and I really have nothing but amazing things to say about Hear of Africa. If you like vampy shades for fall, run out and get this baby.

I honestly just keep looking at it. I may wear it for summer. Don't tell anyone ok?

Next up is a glitter that most, if not all of you are probably familiar with. The famous Fairy Dust!
 

Before I continue, I want to say that I may have chosen a bad undie for Fairy Dust. I ended up having to use natural light from my window for the photos to be even remotely color accurate. I'm planning on redoing this mani and replacing these photos, but I wanted to at least get the review up. Long story, short... these photos are not the best quality, but the polish is awesome ;)

 I layered one coat of Fairy Dust over a base of China Glaze Bottoms Up, one of my favorite pink neons for summer. It sparkles like crazy and I am still wearing it four days later because I can't bear to take it off.


The formula on Fairy Dust is fantastic. I is a clear base loaded with holographic micro glitters that make anything it is layered over sparkle just enough.


This glitter is a must have for any nail girl's collection!

Next up is a major glitter bomb, Pizzaz!
 

Pizzaz is a clear base stuffed to the brim with tons of multicolor glitter.

 I layered one coat (with some dabbing) of Pizzaz over China Glaze White on White for this mani. I added a thick layer of topcoat to smooth out all the glitter and make it all pop.


The formula was good, I did have some bunching of the glitter, so I suggest the dabbing method for best application.


I wasn't much of a fan of Pizzaz in the bottle, but I really love it layered over the white, it makes the colors pop and it looks like tons of confetti!

Here we have another holographic glitter topper, Techno.
 

Techno is a clear base filled with all different sized silver holographic glitter. What is better than holo glitter right?

 This sparkles and shines an insane amount in the light. I used one coat of Techno over China Glaze Heart of Africa for this look. I also painted on one coat of topcoat to make it shine for the photos.


I had no formula or glitter issues with Techno. Everything went on smooth and easy.


This glitter is super versatile and can be worn over just about anything you want to add sparkle to!

Last up today is the only flakie glitter, Luxe and Lush.


Luxe and Lush is an iridescent flakie glitter that when layered over different colors creates a duo or multichrome effect.

 Depending on what this lacquer is layered over it can take on so many forms, but this was by far my favorite of what I tried. I used the bottle brush to do a quick glitter gradient of Luxe and Lush over China Glaze At Vase Value, then I added a thick layer of topcoat to smooth it all out.


Luxe and Lush is definitely finicky, but I suggest using the dabbing method and trying to flatten out the glitters as much as you can as you go. I only had one sticking up at the end, most of them ended up flattening out with the addition of topcoat.


Usually I prefer flakies over dark colors, but this particular one looks fantastic over lighter shades. This mani felt like frozen icicles to me. So much love.

The China Glaze Pop Top collection is available individually now for $7.50 at China Glaze retailers and  as two sets of four labeled as "Glisten Up" and "Feeling Sparkly" exclusively at Ulta for $19.95 per set.

In addition to this new collection, China Glaze has an ongoing summer nail art contest right now! See the graphic below for details!

 

Make sure you follow China Glaze on social media for updates about the brand!


I hope you enjoyed this collection as much as I did!

xoxo

Lex



*The Chine Glaze Pop Top collection was provided for review. All other lacquers mentioned in this post were purchased by me. Please see my disclosure page for more information.*