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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Essie Carry On Nail Polish

I can't seem to get away from dark polishes at the moment...probably all to do with this unusual cold weather we are experiencing. This time last year it was still pretty warm while this November feels like winter. I'm not complaining though because it has put me in the mood for the holidays and I'm on a serious countdown to Christmas. So I raided my collection for a dark polish and I found Essie's "Carry on". What looks like a very dark mauve purple on the bottle translates to an almost black color on the nails. With short nails this looks chic and I'm enjoying wearing it.

If you're looking for a dark almost black polish, give "carry on" a go. It's a beautiful color. The application is amazing. No streaks and the staying power is pretty good too. It stayed on a full week without any chips. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014


NARS M Butterfly polish is a brilliant shade for fall and winter. It's a gorgeous dark wine red that looks so elegant but yet a little vampy. It has an amazing glossy quality and looks like a jelly polish even though it is a cream. What makes this color unique for me is how classy it looks. It's one of those colors that you can easily wear in an office environment without looking too dark or goth. Unfortunately, I looked it up on the website before posting this and it has been discontinued. I found a very similar Sally Hanson shade for only a $1.49. See link below!!! And if you have NARS M Butterfly, then you're very lucky. 
The closest and most similar shade I found find for a far cheaper price is below:

Hope you all are having a great day.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Essie Minimalistic nail polish - swatches

I've been sporting darker nails for the last month as I often do during fall and when I removed my polish this weekend I noticed my nails are in that length where a beautiful nude polish makes them look clean, long and beautiful. So instead of another dark color, I reached for one of my all time favorite pinkish white colors that looks amazing with longer nails which is Essie Minimalistic. Essie Minimalistic is a soft marshmallow shade. It's a white color but with a hint of a pink...think of a soft cloud. Absolutely beautiful but yet not stark white and very wearable.

This need about two coats as the first coat is quite streaky but that's the case with all the soft colors and I don't mind it. This polish makes the nails appear a lot longer too so if you're trying to grow your nails or want them to look longer gives this a go. And of course what a universal color...It looks good with anything.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Zoya Nephratiti - Beautiful christmas red polish

I know there is still quite some time till Christmas, but I absolutely love those gorgeous shades of red that make think of the holidays. Zoya Nephratiti is one of those shades. What makes this shade unique  is that it is laced with purple shimmer but yet  on the nails it looks like a glossy cream shade instead of a deep shimmer/glitter shade. A beautiful deep blue red, it has an amazing glossy quality to it.
The wear time is amazing. I've had it for one full week absolutely no chipping. I use Butter London's top coat called hardware and love it. Overall, I highly recommend this beautiful red polish especially for the upcoming holidays.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Cummins Fall - hiking and waterfalls - Pictures from my weekend

Cummins Falls is a beautiful 211 acres site with tons of hiking and beautiful surrounding..all leading to a 75 foot high waterfall and a swimming hole which is one of the 10 best in the US. Since I love hiking and waterfalls, we went to check it out over the weekend and it was beautiful. The weather was cool, the hiking was nice and quite a work out and the waterfall was both relaxing and invigorating at the same time.

After all the hiking we had some dinner in a British pub...roasted red pepper soup, sandwich and fries..all so yummy and delicious. 

It was a great weekend and a perfect way to spend these crisp fall days outside.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Canoeing Buffalo River - Pictures from my weekend

I absolutely love the water...ocean, river, waterfalls. I'm a water baby and I feel the happiest when I'm surrounded by water. This weekend we decided to canoe the buffalo river. We had a blast although I'll sheepishly admit I didn't do much paddling. My husband handled most of that. We pulled over in a beautiful area and took some pictures. The weather is getting pretty cool here so I'm glad we enjoyed one last weekend on the water.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tom Ford Beauty Haul

As a makeup junkie I'm ashamed (or perhaps I should be proud) to report I haven't in the past tried much of Tom Ford cosmetic items. I have bought a nail polish here and there but nothing else. So I decided to jump on the bandwagon and purchased three eyeshadow palettes and a nail polish. The palettes I picked up are Cognac Sable, Golden Mink, Cocoa Mirage and nail polish in the color Smoke Red. 

The nail polish is in the color Smoke Red. It was quite hard to get the camera to show this a true color but this is a very deep cream red with sort of a cranberry undertone. This will be perfect for Christmas. 

 Cognac Sable has a gorgeous shimmery peach, burned orange, red brown and a steal gray shade.

Golden Mink has a golden shade, a cool town brown and two glitters, one shimmery peach glitter and a gorgeous golden glitter. 

Cocoa Mirage is a stunning matte palette with a bone shade, cool tone brown, burgundy shade and a darker chocolate brown. 

I absolutely love these palettes and am so excited to start using them. The quality of these is amazing, they blend so well and are so pigmented. The price point of this is pretty high but the quality makes it worth it in my opinion. 

Butter London Old Blighty Polish

Yet another perfect color for Autumn, Butter London Old Blighty is a gorgeous creamy and rich red brick color with a brown undertone. I love that this isn't a pink based red but more of brown based because it makes it a bit more unique than most reds in the market and it looks quite sexy on the nails. Another big pointer for this polish is that this is a pretty good dupe for one of my all time favorite but discontinued Essie color in "crock the rock" which I have posted about several times on this blog because I absolutely love it. See below for both polishes side by side.

Love this color for Autumn. The application is really nice too. It takes two coats only for opaque results.

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