Saturday, August 22, 2015

China Glaze The Great Outdoors Collection Swatches | Fall 2015

Hello everyone! I hope you're all having a great weekend so far. I'm sharing my swatches for China Glaze's The Great Outdoors Collection! This is their Fall collection for 2015. It's a 12 piece collection with 5 cremes, 3 duochromes, 2 metallic foils, 1 shimmer, and 1 glitter. Enjoy the photos below, or you can scroll all the way to the bottom and watch the swatch video that I uploaded to my YouTube channel.

Free Bear Hugs: A deep black/red creme. This one has a great formula. It has a jelly texture and finish to it so it dries really shiny without a top coat. This is two coats with a top coat.

Wood You Wanna?: A brownish burgundy metallic. This one is almost like a hybrid between a metallic and a foil. It's so shiny and pretty. This one is pretty opaque. This is two coats with a top coat.

My Lodge Or Yours?: Rosy mauve creme. This one was so much more opaque than I thought it was going to be. Almost a one coater, but not quite. Super easy to apply. This is two coats with a top coat.

Cabin Fever: A pinkish red to orangey copper duochrome. This one is literally perfect for Fall! This reminds me so much of leaves changing color. This applies pretty well. It has some brush strokes, but they seem to disappear a little bit once it dries. This is two coats with top coat.

S'More Fun: A bright yellow green cream. Why is this one called S'More Fun? This is not s'more colored AT ALL! Anyway, it's still a nice color, but this one was the worst polish in the collection in terms of application. It was really streaky and a little runny, but it wasn't too horrible to apply as long as you wipe a lot of it off your brush. This is three coats with top coat.

Gone Glamping: A gold and green duochrome. This one is a little more sheer than the other duochromes in this collection. It applies very even and is pretty easy to smooth out, but it does have some brush strokes. This is three coats with a top coat.

Take A Hike: A dark green creme. This one has an amazing formula! It's super easy to apply and it's a one coater. I never wear less than two though, so I added the extra just because. This is two coats with a top coat.

Pondering: A purple, blue, and green shifting duochrome. I really love this one! It always applies really well. Just like the other duochromes in this collection, this one had some brush strokes before it dried, but it evened out. This is two coats with a top coat.

Let's Dew It: A blue and silver glitter in a clear base. This one is SO pretty! It's jam packed with glitter and if you're wearing it as a topper, you only need one coat. This is one coat over Wet 'n' Wild's Black Creme.

Sleeping Under The Stars: A dark blue creme with pink shimmer. This one was also a one coater. It was very opaque, but I still went ahead and applied two coats. I'm not a huge fan of the shimmer in this one. It's barely noticeable to me. It's really only visible if there's direct light shining onto it. I've seen other people's swatches and their shimmer seems so much more intense than mine, so I have no idea. This is two coats with a top coat and taken with a flash.

Check Out The Silver Fox: A silver metallic foil. This one has great coverage and an easy formula. This is two coats with a top coat.

Change Your Altitude: A "greige" creme. A greyish beige creme for those of you who hate word combinations. This is grey with the slightest hint of brown. Great formula and coverage. This is two coats with a top coat.

Overall, I thought this collection was okay. It wasn't super original, but I did enjoy them. Most of them had pretty good formulas. Check out my swatch video above for my favorites! Let me know which ones you like the most!

Have a great weekend everyone! Have fun and stay safe!

Also, I purchased these polishes with my own money. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Splatter & Silver Bunting Nail Art With Tutorial

Hello everyone! Welcome/welcome back! This is a quick post because I shared this nail art a few days ago on my YouTube channel, but got sick and didn't have a chance to share the blog post. So I'm going to let the video do most of the talking for this one.

I created this simple and dainty, but cute splatter design. It has a half moon design that I think resembles silver bunting. Everything with this design was created with Apple Barrel acrylic paint except for the base. The base is China Glaze's Friends Forever, Right? The top coat I used is from Lauren B Beauty.

I hope you're all having a great day so far! If you want to see exactly how I created this design, then take a look at the video below!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Floral and Pearl Nail Art Featuring Jord Wood Watches

Hey everyone! Today I have nail art and a beautiful watch to share with you! I was recently contacted by Dan of Jord Wood Watches and he wanted to me create some nail art to match one of their amazing wood watches for you guys! They sent me a Cora Series Women's Watch in Purple Heart & Pearl and it's absolutely stunning! I love it. 

Let's get into the nail art first, because I know that's what most of you are interested in.

For this design I created a really pretty floral print and then blinged out the rest of my nails with some rhinestones and pearls on top of a very subtle wood grain pattern, which is barely visible in photos, unfortuntely. I think the colors I chose for the floral print really compliment the Purple Heart wood of the watch.

The base of the floral print nails is a white polish and a pearl polish. The white is Wet n Wild French White Creme and the pearl is Sinful Colors Tokyo Pearl. I applied the pearl polish diagonally so it would create a unique texture underneath the flowers. Sometimes with pearl polishes the brush strokes can be distracting and a little unsightly if they are done vertically.

The flowers were hand painted with a small nail art brush. The pink I used is China Glaze Life Is Rosy. The orange is China Glaze If In Doubt, Surf It Out. And the leaves were done with a navy green called Westside Warrior by China Glaze.

The base color for the wood grain and bling nails is China Glaze Purr-fect Plum. I was really excited that I had a polish that matched so closely with the wood of my watch. To get the wood grain I mixed together some acrylic paint that was just barely darker than my base color and painted on random wavy lines. I applied the rhinestones and pearls using top coat and then applied more top coat on top to make sure they didn't fall off. The top coat I used was Rimmel London's Lasting Finish Pro.

I really love the way these nails turned out and I love how they look against the watch. I usually don't keep nail art designs on my nails very long, but I kept these on my nails until they were chipping and I had to take them off. It pained me to remove them, but at least I record and photograph them, right? They're not lost forever.

If you want to see exactly how I did this nail art design, you can watch my video tutorial below!

Now that I've talked about nail art... Let's talk about how gorgeous this watch is shall we? Jord is located in the United States, but ships worldwide. They create a variety of amazing wooden wrist watches that are made from natural and sustainably sourced wood. They have a great selection of both men's and women's watches. Currently, their selection ranges in price from $120 - $295. The Cora Series watch that I have here is $275. No matter the price, you'll get a gorgeous wood watch that you can wear with almost everything.

A few of my favorite features in this watch are the swarovski crystal hour markers. They sparkle, subtly in the sun and they are so pretty. I also love that you can see the gears from both the front and the back of the watch! The entire back of the watch face is see through. I should have caught a picture of it, but it totally jumped from my mind. Trust me, it's amazingly cool. Also, did I mention that they have multiple colors for this watch? They have a rose gold one and it's SO PRETTY!

Another great thing about Jord is that they will size your watch for you before they ship it to you so you can assure that it will fit perfectly on your wrist. They provide you with an easy to print ruler that you can wrap around your wrist to determine your size. Pretty cool! You can also measure your wrist with a string. Either way, it's a breeze to make sure your watch fits the first time you wear it.

My watch came on a pillow IN A WOOD BOX! A pillow you guys! In a fancy and reusable custom wood box. That's fancy! It might be silly to some, but it really makes a difference when you open a watch with an amazing presentation like this one.

I'm really happy with my Purple Heart & Pearl Cora Series watch! I love being able to share things like this with you guys alongside some nail art. It makes a fun and different kind of blog post that I really enjoy. I hope you all enjoy it too!

Definitely go check out the other watches available from Jord. I know you won't be disappointed! There's definitely something for everyone over there. If you have any questions make sure to head over to their website and check out their FAQ. They also have a chat where you can chat with someone if you have any questions. They have great customer service and they answered every question I had when it came to picking out the watch and using it properly.

** This watch was sent to me for free from Jord. I'm giving my 100% honest opinion of both the watch and the company. :) **


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