Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Eve Nails: Mixed Metals French Tips

I am no expert at nail art, but thought I would try something a little more interesting than my standard gold or silver polish this year and came up with the combo below. I think the rose-bronze Nails Inc. Old Park Lane is a nice contrast to OPI's spectacular silver chrome polish, Push and Shove

I am pretty basic when it comes to polish--one color, two to three coats and done--so this was a bit out of my norm. I got a little help with the french tips from Kiss's Design Perfection manicure guides. After some practice, I found the key to a better result is to:

  • Wait until the first layer of polish is completely dry before applying the guides. 
  • Press the guides onto the nail securely, making sure there are no gaps where polish could leak and ruin the perfect edge. 
  • Wait until the tip color is totally dry before removing the guides (this was tough for me, as I was ready to rip them off after a minute or two).
  • Plan to have something entertaining to watch on TV during this process!

I have short nail beds, so I used the narrow brush pictured above to apply the silver polish on the edges of my nails in the areas where the large OPI brush cannot reach without making a mess. If you have longer nail beds or long nails you will not have that issue.

I think the end result is a fun and festive look for a party or special occasion. I also love the look of silver french tips paired with a sheer pale pink like Essie's Mademoiselle, or the peachy nude, Back in the Limo. I may try that combo next! 

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for visiting my blog and wish you all health, happiness, and prosperity in 2015. May the coming year bring good things to all.

Cheers to the New Year! 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

MAC Lightscapade and Perfect Topping Mineralize Skin Finishes from the Lightness of Being Collection

Lightscapade 2014 Lightness of Being collection vs. Lightscapade 2012

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great holiday and are looking forward to celebrating the start of the new year!

Today I'll be sharing a few photos of the two items I chose from MAC's Winter 2014 collection, "Lightness of Being." I haven't seen the collection in stores yet, so may end up getting some other items, but so far have been underwhelmed by swatches I've seen of the eye shadows, and most reviews I have read mention that the blushes have a lot of glitter fallout, so I have held off on ordering anything else until I have a chance to try them in person.

I am quite happy with the two Mineralize Skin Finishes. I thought at first that due to the raised pattern, the powder might be a bit harder to work with, but it is actually soft and applies just as nicely as the classic MSF formula. Knowing that I already own a version of Lightscapade, I did feel a twinge of buyer's remorse after ordering this new one, which I did simply because of the allure of its interesting pattern and redesigned packaging. Though after swatching it I felt a bit better because, as you will see below, there is a slight but discernible difference between the two versions.

Left to right: Perfect Topping and Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish

Left to right: Perfect Topping, Lightscapade 2014, Lightscapade 2012

The swatches above were taken in sunlight which seems to have made the colors pull warm, but you can still get a sense of the differences in tone. The new Lightscapade is less white, with more pronounced pink tones and is slightly more shimmery in comparison to the subtle, candlelit glow of the 2012 iteration. However, once it is blended out the differences between the two are truly negligible. At this point I still prefer the older version because it is just a bit more natural-looking on the skin. I haven't had an opportunity to wear Perfect Topping yet, but in swatches it is the loveliest pale shimmery peach--I am looking forward to giving it a try soon!