Nail Art of the Day and Models Own Nail Polish Review

Hey guys,

So Easter is upon us and you know had to do some themed nails πŸ˜€ I came up with this cute polka dot manicure. Not only is it super easter-y but it’s also very spring appropriate πŸ˜€

Easter_NailArt_NailArtOfTheDay_NOTDThis is what I used to create this super cute spring time design!

Easter_NailArt_NailArtOfTheDay_NOTD_OPI_ModelsOwn_SecheVite_SinfulColors_NailtiquesNailtiques: Nail strengthening base coat (best thing in the world!!)

OPI Samoan Sand: Nude base color of index and middle finger

OPI Pink Friday: Pastel and opaque pink used for the polka dots

SinfulColors Nail Art in Bad Chick (stripper brush): I used this super thin brush to create the thin white lines on my index and middle fingers

Models Own Lemon Meringue: Pastel yellow used on tips of index and middle finger

Models Own Peach Sherbert: Pastel orange used as base color on other fingers

Seche Vite fast Drying Top Coat: Well its exactly that. Makes my polish shiny and long lasting.

Dotting Tool: I used this to create the polka dots. I cant remember where this is from but I bought it on ebay ages ago. Its the perfect tool to have and ocmes in so many sizes…you could also use a tooth pick to create the same look!!

Β I just love this cute spring time look, it makes me so happy πŸ˜€

Β AND here’s the review on the Models Own nail polishes Lemon Meringue and Peach Sherbet. This was my first time using these polishes and this brand. I got them during summer and never cracked them open until now (yes I’m a polish hoarder and sometimes I forget what I have in my collection!!!).

Easter_NailArt_NailArtOfTheDay_NOTD_ModelsOwn_Review&SwatchesI have rather mixed thoughts about these nail polishes.

Lemon Meringue is an opaque cream pastel yellow. The thing is its super thick and gooey. Like I said these were brand new and unopened so I’m not really sure why the consistency is like that and it why is was so streaky on application (but my trusty Seche Vite did a pretty good job at hiding it!!). To give Models Own the benefit of the doubt all yellows I’ve tried from several other brands seem to be the same. For some reason its really hard to find a great yellow. They are either too thick or way too thin…I think it has something to do with yellow pigment and apparently it’s a difficult color to create into nail polish (not like I no the science behind color or anything but I’m sure I heard this somewhere!!! LOL). So for a yellow I guess its pretty OK. And to be honest most cream polishes I’ve tried, even from my beloved OPI, can have the tendency to be streaky, which is the case with OPI Pink Friday.

I would have to say that the same goes for Peach Sherbet. It was streaky, gloppy and thick :(

I’m kind of sad about it because these colors are sooooo pretty, and I actually don’t own anything like these in my huge collection!!! But I’m sure I can find a use for them or even try to thin them out using OPI’s nail polish thinner (which I don’t own but think I will pick one up the next time I’m in the US, probs this summer)

THE VERDICT:

5/10 for these guys. The pigmentation and opacity of these polishes were great but they were thick and streaky making them difficult to work with. I would definitely be open to trying other colors in other finishes to see if this experience really just boils down to the dreaded pastel cream dilemma!!!

Have any of you guys tried this brand before, what are your thoughts, similar experiences?

Hugs from beauty land

Review & Swatches- Maybelline Color Senseational Vivids

Hey guys,

So I’m totally in spring mode at the moment. I’m just absolutely loving anything colorful, bright and fun. So I thought I would share my impressions of the new Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids line. I believe there are in fact 10 color options in the range, but my local drugstore only carried about 5 or 6 shades which I’m totally sad about :( but i still managed to pick up three of them: Hot Plum, Shocking Coral and Electric Orange

Review&Swatches-_Maybelline_Color_Senseational_Vivids_Lipstick Review&Swatches-_Maybelline_Color_Senseational_Vivids_Lipstick_1As the name suggests its a line full of vivid and bright colors. I of course chose the brightest colors that were available. I just love these lipsticks. To be honest i’ve never tried any of the other Maybelline lipsticks from the color sensational line but I think I might just have to now. They are so soft on the lips and definitely feel nourishing, I guess that’s thanks to the honey nectar ingredient. And they give a beautiful high shine finish πŸ˜€ They have very little smell, really nothing noticeable, if anything it smells a bit like coco butter, but only if you stick your nose right into it!!! LOL which I wouldn’t recommend for hygiene reasons πŸ˜€ And most importantly the color pigmentation is out of this world..its totally comparable to many high end brands out there for a fraction of the price. I’m so happy that a drugstore brand has come out with some truly fantastic, bright and pigmented lipsticks for us beauty junkies!!! Well lets get to the swatches and more in depth review of the colors themselves.

Review&Swatches-_Maybelline_Color_Senseational_Vivids_Lipstick_2Review&Swatches-_Maybelline_Color_Senseational_Vivids_Lipstick_3Hot Plum: Bright purple with a blue base. Great color pay off, easy to apply and moisturizing.

Shocking Coral: Bright coral leaning more on the pink side. This one is also highly pigmented and soft on the lips. I think this color would look great on so many skin tones.

Electric Orange: Well that’s exactly what it is…an electric bright orange. Full of color pay off and comfortable to wear.

THE VERDICT

10/10 for these bad boys. They are highly pigmented, great color payoff, nourishing, high gloss finish. But don’t be scared because for those of you who might be going into epileptic shock from these shockingly vivid colors, they are totally sheer-able too. What do you think of these little gems? Have you tried them out, or want to?

Hugs form Beauty Land