Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pretty Little Liars: OPI Intl Date Line

Tonight's #RedCoatTuesday features a polish that I've had for years.  I can't remember when I got it, but it was either high school or early college, and I'm older than a lot of other bloggers, so that was a while ago.  So, first, let's check out the rules for Red Coat Tuesday!

The rules are easy!
  • Paint your nails red, do your lips red, do a shadow design in red, or do anything beauty related that is mostly red.
  • Add your blog and photo to the inlinkz!  If you don't have a blog but do have an IG, you can check this link for directions on how to use your IG for inlinkz.  If you don't have a blog or IG, you can just add your photo to the linkup or send it to Color Me So Crazy, and she will get them up for you!
  • Use the #RedCoatTuesday tag when you share your photos on IG, Twitter, or Facebook!

I purchased this polish myself.

Color:  deep burgundy red
Finish:  Crème – a flat polish that finishes smooth with full opacity.
Bottle / Brush:  OPI black label – a thinner brush used on the old OPI formula.  The wand for the brush is the standard OPI length.  This brush gives better control than the newer wide brushes.

Opacity:  High – opaque at two coats!
Glitter Application:  N/A

Consistency:  Medium – applies easily and doesn’t flood the cuticles.
Overall Ease of Application:  Easy – applies well without pooling, dragging, streaking, or balding.  Spreads evenly and smoothly.

Stampability:  Not tested for stamping.
Dry Time:  Medium – dry to the touch with minimal smudging in 3-8 minutes. 

Overall Thoughts:  While it's been a long time since I've worn this polish or took these photos, I do know that this polish is one that applies so easily and lasts for quite some time.  My body chemistry really likes OPI black label polishes, so Intl Date Line tended to last on me for up to 4 days or longer without much wear.  It's always refreshing to wear a creme by itself without anything else to mar the fresh and even finish.  While there's nothing uber remarkable about Intl Date Line, it's still a fairly nice polish if you like darker reds.  For me, while the application was nice, I just didn't love the color.  It was too ruddy for me, so I sold it.  Now, I'm sad that I did simply because of the nostalgia factor, but nostalgia is no reason to hold onto things you don't use anymore!  Especially when others would enjoy it more!

This is an older polish that's pretty hard to find, but you can occasionally find it on blog sales or on dusty hunts.  Otherwise, you can purchase OPI products at beauty supply stores, like Ulta or Sally's, or Salons.

I purchased this polish myself.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Guest Post: Lit from Within with Nail Art and Cameo Colors Lacquer

I'm almost finally done with my current work project, so this will be one of the last guest posts for a bit.  Tonight, I have the super awesome Nidia helping me out!  She is always up for helping out when I put out the call, and I love her sophisticated and easy to recreate nail art.  Make sure you check her out at her blog!

Hello! I'm Nidia, and I run a little blog called Lit From Within.  I love doing nail art, and I've brought a little here today to share with you. I started with Cameo Colors Lacquer Welcome To The Universe, a slightly iridescent blue with a soft holo. If you read my blog, you may remember that I wore this mani to visit the Salt Room Millenia with the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida.  Well, I added some nail art!

This nail art design is inspired by one I saw on Nail Art Gallery by Nails by Amy of Perfect 10 Nails Salon.  By that evening, I'm sure I already had tip wear or dings or something, because I seem to be incapable of wearing the same polish for longer than a few hours.  So, I covered the bottom 1/2 of my nails with Wet 'n Wild Black Creme.

With a white striper, I painted a horizontal line just below the edge of the black tip, and then painted the large swirls on either side.  In the top inside section, I painted the remaining half-swirl.  

Then, with a dotting tool, I made black dots in the 'V' of the top of the swirls, and then made dots with Welcome To The Universe in the black at the bottom of the 'V'.   Don't forget your favorite topcoat to seal in your design and make the layers blend together.

This nail art might work better on longer nails, but you can make it work with nubbins if you keep the proportions. It's a little busy, but the boldness of the white keeps it clean. I can totally see redoing this for the holidays with a nude/red/black theme, or adding in a gold or silver.

Bottle shot:  Cameo Colors Lacquer Welcome To The Universe, Wet 'n Wild Black Creme, and a white nail art striper.

If you liked this nail art, and enjoy other beauty stuffs, please feel free to stop by my Facebook page, check out my Twitter, Instagram, or check out my blog, Lit From Within.  Thanks for reading, and thanks, Julie, for having me!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Release and Restock Info: Far from the Sun Collection

Man, I'm getting this post in under the wire!  Thankfully, I've had some seriously amazing bloggers to help me show off the latest collection in the Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer lineup!  I'll make this somewhat low on details and high on photos.  All of these polishes show two to three coats and the holos have one coat of topcoat.  The textured glitter has one coat of Gelous and a coat of KBShimmer's Clearly on Top.  Dry time was pretty quick, and none of them stained me. Ok, let's get down to business!

The Far from the Sun Collection was inspired by beach sunsets and sunrises.  I attempted to capture the rich colors found in beach sunsets through a combination of bright colors with interesting shifts and shimmers.  Almost all of these polishes were designed to be opaque in one to two coats, so they may need to be thinned to your desired consistency. Check out my inspiration Pinterest board here.

From left to right: Dawn Breaks, Ocean Warmed by the Sun, Intersecting Lines in the Sand, Fare the Wind, Born of the Sea, Sail Her Don't Sink Her, Chlorine Light, and If You're a Seascape.

      Intersecting Lines in the Sand
      A yellow-gold linear holographic with a blue to purple to pink shift.

      Chlorine Light
      A bright blue linear holographic with rainbow micro-flakies with a slight metallic finish.

      Born of the Sea 
      A medium green linear holographic with pink and teal sparking shimmers.

      If You’re a Seascape
      A coral linear holographic with pink to gold shift.

      Fare the Wind
      A darker blue-leaning purple linear holographic with a blue to purple shift and red micro-flakies with a slight metallic finish.

      Ocean Warmed by the Sun
      A teal linear holographic with a strong sea green flash and a purple to red/pink shift.

      Dawn Breaks
      A red linear holographic with gold and purple shimmers.

      Sail Her Don’t Sink Her
      A pink, purple, red, gold, and orange microglitter in a clear base.  Dries with a textured finish.

       This is one coat of SHDSH over Dawn Breaks

      The collection will be available at my store starting July 20, 2014 at 3:30 pm edt.  The linear holographics will be $12, the micro glitter will be $8.50, and the full set of 8 polishes will be $98, which includes DOMESTIC priority shipping.  This will be the first run of these polishes and will only come back at a later date depending on popularity.

      And because I love all of you who read my tiny little blog, I'm offering you a 10% discount code on all items located in the "Far From the Sun" category of the store. Use the code WOABEGDISCOUNT at checkout to redeem!