Saturday, April 27, 2013

Kiko 380

In this post I am showing you the base for my last mani I posted - Kiko 380.  This grey polish is amazing, like many of the other kiko polishes I own.  Shown here is ONE COAT! no topcoat. just base and one coat of polish. It evens out quite nicely and is self leveling. And is so shiny! how amazing is this? I love it!

XOX Caitlin

Friday, April 26, 2013

Simple Dots

If you follow me on instagram you may have seen the color palette that is the inspiration for this mani! (I included the photo below just in case you are not!) 

These colors used in this mani are one coat of Kiko 380 for the base, and OPI Dating a Royal and Fiercely Fiona for the dots(applied with a dotting tool). I also applied Butter London's Matte Topcoat on top of this mani to make it matte.

Here is my color inspiration for this mani, I was mixing colors with my waterbrush and cleaning them in the palette, and these colors were what was left when I was finished at the end of the night! This color palette inspired this mani, and i am quite happy with it!

XOX Caitlin

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Barielle Summer Brights collection!

Today I have for you the Barielle Summer Brights collection!

 First up is Barielle Lemondrops.   This bright yellow was pretty easy to work with, shown here is two coats with a layer of G&Gs HK Girl Topcoat on top.

 Barielle Pink Flip Flops is the softest shade of this collection.  I would say this is a baby pink or cotton candy pink, and in the box with the others goes perfectly.

 Barielle Cosmic Kiss is a polish that I already owned prior to receiving this collection to review, so it is most likely a re-promote.  It is a gorgeous pink, and in this photo is showing a little more neon than in real life.   Two coats and one coat of topcoat are shown here.

Barielle Sweet Addiction is a green with a slight hint of teal in it.  The formula on this one is tied for my favorite, I could have done only one coat and been happy, but I applied two just out of habit.  Here is two coats with Topcoat. 

Finally the last polish in this collection is Barielle Blue Capri.  This and Sweet Addiction are tied for my favorite from this collection.  This is a gorgeous dusty blue that only really needed one coat, but I applied two out of habit.  Shown here is two coats with no topcoat because as you will see in the photo below topcoat somehow changes this polish! 

So here in this photo I started to add G&Gs HK Girl topcoat to the top of the nail, and I noticed that the polish began to lose its dusty tint to it, and became more of a vibrant blue! How strange! I still love it though, and with topcoat it is still a gorgeous color.  It just makes it more versatile!

Overall these polishes are all great colors for summer. My favorite polishes from this collection are Sweet Addiction and Blue Capri. The formula on most of these are pretty thick, but not to the point of being unusuable, I will suggest to not sit near a fan when polishing your nails, because that will dry out the polishes faster and they will become goopy, but if you polish your nails normally with 2 coats you should be fine. You can also add thinner if they are too thick for your liking.

These Barielle polishes can be purchased individually from their website for $8 (here) or in the 5 pack soon for $25 (here)

 XOX Caitlin

*These polishes were sent to me for my honest review*

Born Pretty Store Discount Code!

I have a discount code for you all today! Born Pretty Store has offered my readers a 10% off code!  Born Pretty store has all different kinds of Nail Art accessories, from stamping plates to brushes to rhinestones to nail foil! They also have lots of other things for sale and there is always free shipping!

The code is DHL91 for  All you do is enter the code at checkout to get 10% off!

Hope you all are having a fantastic day! I hope to have some new swatches and nail art up soon!

XOX Caitlin

Thursday, April 11, 2013

IMATS NYC 2013 photos and Haul! (pic heavy!)

 This past weekend was so amazing.  I had the opportunity to visit NYC with some of my polish besties, and we had a blast! In this post will be my nails from IMATS and also my haul from IMATS.  If you follow me on instagram, you have already seen some of these photos, but I included more of the entire event in this post. :)

First up are the nails I wore to IMATS.  This polish is Jesse's Girl Julie G frosted gumdrop in Rock Candy. One of my friends had this before we went, and when I got to IMATS I picked this beauty up! There will be swatches later on of the part of collection I now own.

The next photo is of my haul! I know that everyone loves to see haul photos, I know I do!

I got 4 OCC lip tars at the IMATS and one at Sephora the day before: Pretty Boy, Strumpet, Stalker, Harlot, and Clear   (The price for the Lip Tars at the IMATS was $12 each(they are $18 regular price!))

I got from Jesse's Girl Cosmetics a set of 4 of the Frosted Gumdrops collection[they were out of two of them] and they were on sale for 3 for $10, so I walked away with 6 polishes. The four gumdrop polishes I got were Rock Candy, Crushed Candy, Hot Cinnamon, and Tangerine Dream, and for the other two I got Butterflies and Rosebuds a shimmery red-violet, and Gelato in Venice a pretty mint color. Also from Jesse's Girl I got an eyeshadow Palette($5), a lip gloss and a nail polish for free because Jesse walked around the line and handed me a bag of freebies! How sweet!

I also got some brushes at Imats: seen in the left of the photo, below I have a closer look at the brushes and the prices listed.

In total I spend less than $100. I totally could have spent more, its so easy and cheap to get things!

These are the brushes I got all layed out.  I got two of mostly every one, a set for me and a set for my mom.  Most of the black handle brushes were $1 excluding an eyeshadow shader brush which was $2.50.  The pink handle brushes were $3, and the large stipple brush on the end was $.7.50

 Now for more good stuff! The photos from IMATS! It was crazy packed around certain counters, and I didn't want to fight my way to the Inglot counter, so I just let it be. lol.

OCC and the Lip Tars!

Inglot makeup!

 The crowds

A makeup artist putting makeup on the model.

Some other photos from my trip!

My friend Marisa over at You Had me at Makeup!

My friend Jessica over at Polished10!

And my friend Pubali over at Color Sutraa!   Pubali brought me some gorgeous polishes from her trip to Turkey before IMATS! I can't wait to swatch them for you all!

Overall I had a great time! I had a fun time in New York and a great time at the IMATS!

XOX Caitlin

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Kiko with GOSH Gasoline

These are some nails from the vault! I am using 2 polishes I got while I was in London this past summer!

 Used in this mani is Kiko 331. It is a gorgeous purple creme polish.  I applied 2 coats of this polish, no topcoat.  On par with every other Kiko polish I own, the formula is fantastic. Smooth and creamy and two coats covered all VNL. 

I added an accent nail of Gosh Gasoline.  Gasoline is a pretty purple glass fleck/shimmer.

XOX Caitlin

In other news.....

I am going to IMATS New York this weekend! I am so excited! I am meeting up with some of my blogger buddies to go to the show, and will definitely have some pics when I return!

I also only have 2 more weeks of classes, and hopefully I can fulfill my promise of blogging more frequently when classes end!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Barielle Nail Art!

*this product was sent for my unbiased review*

Last week I showed you the Barielle Sweet Treats Collection, and today I have some nail art that I did using one of the polishes! I used Green Apple Chew for the base of this mani.

After I applied the polish, I began to do a process similar to water marble to get the effect you see on the nail.  I dripped black polish into a cup of water, and spritzed it with a bottle of hand sanitizer to make dots similar to the OPI Black Spotted that was released in Europe. What actually happened was very cool, and I am quite pleased with the results.It reminds me of lightening! My favorite nail is my ring finger.

What do you think about this?
XOX Caitlin

*this product was sent for my unbiased review*
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