Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fall Fashion 2011: Steam Punk Chic

I am starting a new series of posts that will focus on fall fashions for 2011, including outfits, makeup, and nails.  I have dubbed this entry Steam Punk Chic.  If you don't know what steam punk is I highly recommend you google it!  It's really fun.  To make the idea of steam punk wearable I chose Camel leathers, Deep burgundy shades, and gold accents.  to pull it all together I did a very deep smokey red eye and red shimmer nails.  Crimson on the face has been seen a lot for fall 2011, so take the plunge and just go for it!

  Steam Punk Chic







I used a NYX Jumbo Pencil in French Fries and the Coastal Scents 88 Metal Mania Palette to achieve this look.


Left to Right: Color Club's Slow Jam, Sinful Colors' Mercury Rising, Sinful Colors' Wild at Heart, OPI's Midnight in Moscow, Sally Hansen's Real Royal.

Click to enlarge the direct sun photos, they're so sparkly!

^ Slow Jam


^ Mercury Rising


^ Wild at Heart


^ Midnight in Moscow


^ Real Royal

Each swatch is two coats, no top or base coats.

So what do you think of Steam Punk Chic, and the crimson trend?  Will you be trying it out this fall or winter?

Thanks for looking,

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Manicure: Pro 10 Incognito and Orly Enchanted Forest

Hey Guys!
September is such a great month.  I guess nothing really that special happens during it, but it starts to feel like FALL.  Then after that is October (read: Halloween) then November (read: Thanksgiving) and then December (CHRISTMAS!!).  The leaves start changing and I get to start wearing tights with every outfit, haha.  To get in the mood, I did this manicure:



This is Pro 10's Incognito with Orly Enchanted Forest on my ring finger.  Two coats of each.
Orly's EF is truly an amazing polish and if you don't own it, then shame on you!  

I really like this Pro 10 color.  On the first coat it went on really wine-ey and delicious, and then on the second coat it turned more chocolate-ey.  Either way, it looks tasty.  In certain lights it still gave off that Merlot feel.

What do you guys think of fall?  Do you love the fashion and the color palette as much as I do?
<3kelsea


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Nfu Oh 51

This polish is so amazing.  I did one coat of the Milani Neon Purple (which is a jelly) and then two coats of Nfu 51 and it came out like this:

mmmm rainbow deliciousness.

inside

shade

sun.

holy shitballs this polish was worth every penny.
How do you like to wear your Nfu Oh's if you own any?  I personally like them all jelly-ish like this.  Although the flakies are more pronounced over something dark (like black) you get more depth like this, like glitter floating in grape jelly.  And besides, if I just wanted flakies I would use Sally Hansen's Hidden Treasure.  Which also rocks, btw.

Thanks for looking!




Saturday, June 25, 2011

Comparison~ NYC's Lincoln Square Lavender and Park Ave to Essie and $OPI

Hello hello!

NYC's in a new york minute line is attempting to be hip and trendy.  Albeit the polishes are possible dupes for LAST year's trends, but hey, they're trying.

Here I have Lincoln Square Lavender and Essie's Splash of Grenadine:








One is on my index and ring, one is on my middle and pinky.  Which do you like better?
As you can probably tell, the middle and pinky polish is just sliiiightly more purple.  Also, the application on the middle/pinky polish was very thick...  Needs to be thinned.





.....drum roll.....





The middle/pinky polish is Essie's.  This could explain why it's so thick: it's a year old.
Although you can tell them apart via their thickness on the nail and the slight purple tinge of the Essie, I wouldn't say you need both.  Unless of course you own the Essie and want a backup, in which case save yourself 6 dollars and buy the NYC version =)
 (both were three coats)


Next up we have NYC's Park Ave vs. $OPI's Metro Chic.  Same thing as before, three coats of each, one is on my index and ring, one is on my middle and pinky.





What do you think?  Which is which?

The middle/pinky polish is a tad darker.  It also was more opaque in three coats than the index/ring.




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The middle/pinky is the $OPI.  Did you guess correctly?

I would say again that Metro Chic is a tad thick (it's my friend's favorite color and she uses it every time she comes over).  It's been well loved in the year or so I've owned it.  I prefer the extra darkness and extra coverage you get from the $OPI.  Do I like it 8 dollars more? Dunno.  I do appreciate owning both for that reason.  So if you want a less nice but less expensive version of Metro Chic, Park Ave is for you.

I do appreciate that more inexpensive brands are attempting to come out with popular colors from the trends set by big companies like Essie and OPI.  However, have you seen Sinful Colors' recent collections?  They have a pirate themed one that has a lot of the same colors as OPI's Pirates collection, and a couple others I'm blanking on right now.  The point is, I thought it was a little shady of them to even knock off the name of the collection, and so soon.  Weird!

In other news, I graduated from my Undergraduate studies with a BS in Genetics a couple weeks ago!
My daddy and I!

Brad, me, my brother Gregory, and my Mom.

I'm wearing a BCBG dress if anyone is interested in who it's by!  It was one of the best weekends of my life, after lunch and dinner in Davis and Sac, my dad took me wine tasting in Napa for a few days.  Amazing!

Thanks for looking, have a great day!
<3Kelsea








Sunday, April 24, 2011

FOTD~ Easter Pastels!

Hey guys!  I have a makeup look for you today.  It's easter, and my birthday, so I thought I'd do something crazy and colorful!  Enjoy =)










I used:
Eyes:
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cottage Cheese as base
Coastal Scents 88 matte palette
Physician's formula gel liner
Covergirl Lashblast Fusion
Revlon white Kohl pencil on waterline

Lips:
Viva Glam Gaga lipstick
Some Lipsmakers lipgloss I found on sale at CVS

<3

Saturday, March 5, 2011

NOTD~ Sally Hansen's Gray Area(330) french tip!

Hey guys!  my nails are finally long enough to do something I love: colored french tips!!!



This is Sally Hansen's Gray Area and one coat of City Color's Fruit Punch (you in the face).  I'm a little disappointed I put the City Color on top, it made Gray Area look really purple.  Next time I'll probably stick with just clear on top.

I just painted some nail polish near my tips and then used a flat paint brush and acetone to make the shape after it had dried.

Have a great day!

<3Kelsea

Friday, March 4, 2011

NOTD~ Sinful Colors' Innocent. SPRING!

This color is definitely going to be a go to for me this spring.  It's so fun!  Kinda along the lines of OPI's Who The Shrek Are You?   But I don't have that to compare.

shade

direct sunlight

flash

lamp light

Not sure why I needed 4 pictures, they are all the same color, and accurate at that.  Whatever!!
The formula is a little thick, but I think some thinner will fix that right up.  This is two coats.

What do you guys think of this color?  As you probably know Sinful Colors are only $1.99 each.  They've got some really awesome colors.  Hat's off to them!

Just for fun, here's what I wore on my face recently:




This is the WnW trio in Silent Treatment, and viva glam gaga on my lips.  I found another fabulous lipgloss that matches this lipstick perfectly, possibly even better than the one I told you guys about in my Accidentally Made For Each Other post.  And it was on sale for like 89cents.  WIN.  I'm wearing a lot of other stuff besides the few products I listed, so if you're curious just ask =)

Happy Friday!!!<3