Sunday, January 31, 2010

NOTD~ Fake nails with High Hopes by CG

Hey guys!  I bought some fake nails yesterday at target.  I had two splits that were wayy up in my nail bed, one on each hand, so I decided to give in and put some fake ones on.  I would get fake nails professionally done, but I just don't have the money for that.  (Although I suppose if I stopped buying so much clothes and nail polish I probably COULD afford it lol)

Anyway, I bought the Kiss everlasting (and by everlasting they mean "7 day wear") french in medium length for regular nails.  If these are medium length I'd be scared to see long, and I apparently need the petite sized ones or something because the smallest one was almost too big for my pinky, and I had a really hard time finding sizes to fit.  There were two sizes in the box bigger than the ones that fit my thumbs.  Weird!  I thought I had normal sized nails.  Anyway!


Note: These are not color accurate in any way.
Bottle color is starting in the right direction, but still too orange




Poor High Hopes.  It will never be well represented in photographs. lol.  I'm so glad I bought this color.  I was so nervous because I don't really like red-oranges, and these photos pretty much look straight orange.  This must be partially neon.  It's SO bright, and its a beautiful "guava" pinky orangey bright juicy color.  I can't really describe it other than that!  I feel like anyone walking by would describe it as either hot pink or red, not orange.  I'm super glad I bought this one.  This is two coats.  The french tip does show a tiny bit in real life, but not as badly as in these pictures.  =)


What I wore today!  I looked very indie.  And those aren't prescription glasses, I just think they're cute. hehe.

~Kelsea

Thursday, January 28, 2010

8ty8beauty Haul

Hey guys!!!  My package from 8ty8beauty came today!!!  As I said before, Somoan Sand was sold out/discontinued, so I had to make a quick decision on something else.  I picked Baguette Me Not from OPI's France Collection.  It's gorgeous, but looks only maybe one shade deeper than AA's Rose Bowl that I got the other day!  Dammit!  Oh well, they're both beautiful.

The ones I purchased L to R: China Glaze Peachy Keen, High Hopes, Four Leaf Clover, Color Club's Wild at Heart (FINALLY) and OPI's Baguette Me Not.  Also pictured on the left is AA's Palm Springs and on the right is AA's Rose Bowl


See?  They're literally the same exact color, but BMN is one shade deeper


Also similar, but Peachy Keen is obviously more peach and less "fake tan" colored.  No mannequin hands here =(


I finally got Wild at Heart.  Thank god.  As some of you may know, I ordered it last time, they lost my order, and then it was sold out.  Hmm.. Seems to be a running theme with these people.


My untried pile.  It hasn't gotten much smaller since I started buying polish in bulk, because every time I use a bunch, I buy a bunch more!  Haha, I haven't repeated a polish in like 6 months!  (Yes, I am ashamed to admit that Orly's Enchanted Forest is in this pile.  I painted it on one nail, but I haven't actually WORN it yet.  I fail)

Even though I haven't used my CG's from the Up & Away collection yet, I already know I love them.  I've heard the great things about their formula, they look super opaque, and CG is always great.  The colors are even more amazing in real life than they have been in pictures.  High Hopes especially.  I was afraid of it looking too "red-orange" because everyone's camera makes it look that way, but it's not at all.  It's a pinky orange almost neon looking bright amazing color from the 80's.  All the colors look fantastic. I'm super happy with my purchase this time!  The only thing that could have made it better is Somoan Sand =(  Oh well.

I can't wait to paint my nails!!!! =D

~Kelsea

Blog Award =)

Yay!  Rebecca from Nails Etc tagged me with this:


How sweet of her!!! =)  I'm supposed to mention the name of who tagged me, and pick some blogs I like and tag them!

Stephanie and Betsy from Short 'n Chic
GildedAngel from Naive Nails
KittytoKaren of Polish or Perish

It's so annoying to go look through my blog roll, and decide who my "favorites" are and then click on them and get the link and come back here.  Haha.  Maybe I'm lazy.  Plus I try to look at blogs talking about this award so I don't re-tag everyone.  If you would really like to do a tag and don't get tagged often, send me a message or something at kelsealaurel@aol.com and tell me, and I'll tag you next time I get tagged (God knows when that will be, though).  I know I don't have too many followers, but hell, everyone likes to get tagged, right?  K cool.  Have a fantastic day =)  I know I will!

~Kelsea

Bonus!


"I can haz pets?"
FAT.
=D


EDIT: HeavenNRJ from Less is More tagged me for this as well.  Thank you!!! =)  I absolutely love getting tagged, makes me feel so speciallll.  Thanks for reading!!

~Kelsea

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Mannequin Hands Take 2~ American Apparel's Palm Springs

Even though this color on me looks absolutely terrible because it's far too yellow and makes me look like a lobster, I still love it.  It is the weird creepy "why the hell are you wearing THAT color on your NAILS??" color I've been lemming. Haha.  Ready?


Had to leave in my dress, such cute fabric!






Oh man.  Two coats.  It was a little thick so I added some thinner, and that made the application much much better.  Yay!

I held my bottle of Malaysian Mist to compare:






Not a stark difference in pictures, but in real life MM is pinker, and more milky/less opaque looking.  Palm Springs looks like a bottle of really heavy concealer. Lol.

So, even though I should probably NOT wear this, and Scrangie would probably shit a brick if she saw my "lobster hands", I will continue to wear it.  Not quite "mannequin hands" status since it's not a match to my skin tone, but it is awesome.  At least I think so!  Thanks again, Alia!

Hope everyone is doing well.  I had my second midterm today.  Glad it's over! =)

~Kelsea

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

2 NOTD's~ Zoya Irene, Mannequin Hands Fail and ZOMG AA POLISHES

Super long/exciting post!  Sorry I haven't posted in a while.  I've been all types of busy!

My first NOTD was Zoya Irene.  I was thoroughly disappointed.  Kinda brush-stroke-y and just overall not that great.  Like a less awesome more green less gold more brush stroke-y version of At Your Quebec & Call by OPI












Like my fuzzies on my index finger in the last two?  So cute.  Haha.

It wasn't a bad polish in any way.  FIne application, two coats, good wear.  But IDK... Just... Yawn.

Then we have my attempt at "Mannequin Hands" using OPI's Malaysian Mist:









I mean... yea.  In dark lighting, the color works.  But in the light its very obvious that it's a peachy pinky jelly.  I want a skin colored opaque creme.  It's a fine color, but not $8.50 fine.  I wanted Somoan Sand, but after I ordered it off 8ty8beauty and they lost my order AGAIN, they told me it's sold out AND discontinued.  WELL IT WASN"T A WEEK AGO,  DAMMIT!  So I ran over to my local beauty supply store, because I saw it there a week ago when I decided to order it off 8ty8beauty, and it was gone.  Of course!  So I thought this might work, but no.  It doesn't give me that creepy look I'm going for (lol)

BUT!!! GET EXCITED!!! I won Alia from Polish Freak's contest for American Apparel polishes.  I won three colors, but she didn't tell me which ones.  I was obsessing over which ones I wanted and which ones I'd get, and seriously, the girl got me EXACTLY which three I would pick out for myself.  HOW DID SHE DO THAT!?  Idk.  I'm seriously excited if you couldn't tell by the all caps.







Rose Bowl, Mouse, and Palm Springs.

OMGOMGOMGOMG

Look at Palm Springs next to my OPI Malaysian Mist:






This might give me that creepy look I've been yearning after!  =)

I jumped around and got all giddy when I opened the package.  Thanks Alia!!!!

I cannot wait to try all three of these polishes.  You can be damn sure they will be my next three NOTD's haha.  Now I just need to see if I can return Malaysian Mist.  Can you return polish after you've used it?  I only used it once... Hmm....

Anyway, I hope everyone is doing well.  I'm in the midst of midterms right now, but my hardest one is over, so I'm alright with it.  I promise I still read all the blogs, I've just been super behind on posts and commenting.  School is ridiculous.

Off to study with my less-than-creepy-enough-for-my-weird-tastes nude hands.

~Kelsea


Thursday, January 21, 2010

NOTD~ Zoya Demi from the Dare Collection

Today I have on Zoya Demi from the Dare Collection.  It's a beautiful deep juicy berry color.  I want to drink my nails.  Haha.  I bet you never heard that sentence before!!  Two easy coats and a little painful (because it's a purple/red creme) cleanup later, this is what I got!


With flash.  NOT color accurate.



No flash.  Much more color accurate.




No flash.  I don't know how this one came out so bright.  Hmm. What are you doing, camera?

I like this color because it's berry and kinda of vampish in darker lighting, but not nearly black at all and is still very girly.  I like that it's a creme.  So smooth and delicious looking!  I also have Envy from the same collection, and I think I should do konad with it tomorrow or something!  OoOo.  Lol.



A better picture of my new peacock hair!  ("It's called peacocking.  The ladies love it.")

Hope you guys are having a great week.  Almost FRIDAY! WOO!  Anyone gonna watch the office tonight at 9??? =)

~Kelsea

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ramble! Locavore's wear time, and a few other things

Hey how have you guys been!?  I've been mostly good.

Locavore has been on my nails for a couple days now and looks almost perfect still.  Yay!  A little tip wear, but I usually have a serious problem with my glitters (and some other nail polishes, for that matter) just peeling off in huge chucks, but that hasn't happened yet!

Also, I know you guys are probably going to think either I'm crazy for saying this, or that other people are crazy for actually doing this, but I just wanted to tell you that my name is pronounced like Kelsey.  I would say that about 60-70% of people I meet that read my name (teachers, staff, bank tellers, etc) say it wrong.  WHY!?!?  I DON"T KNOW.  It's easy.  Kel, and sea.  like the ocean.  Mostly I get Kel-see-uh.  WTF THAT"S NOT EVEN A NAME!! haha.  Sorry I'm really bitter about it. (Can you tell?) So I just wanted to get that straight!  And Laurel is my middle name if anyone was wondering =)

It has been raining to the point of flooding for the past couple days now, and it's not supposed to let up for a couple more days =(  I like listening to the rain when I'm inside, but having to venture out into it is such a pain in the ass. I think I have S.A.D.

Also, I have a new blog, http://www.kelseatriesfashion.blogspot.com/ because I love all the modeling and fashion blogs I have looked at and follow, and wanted to try my hand at it.  I've always wanted to be a model, I just don't think I have what it takes!  But hey, I can pretend to be one!! =)  No pressure to check it out, I only have one post at the moment, lol.  But if you're interested, I also have a youtube account, www.youtube.com/kelsealaurel where I do makeup tutorials and shit like that.  It's pretty fun, I'd say.  No pressure on that one either, just wanted to put the links up just in case.

I hope everyone is doing well... I'm getting a cold!  NOOOOO =(
~Kelsea

Monday, January 18, 2010

NOTD~ RBL Locavore and Hair Cut/Color

Hey!!  Locavore is like Marti Gras on crack on your nails! =)


with flash



flash



no flash



no flash lamp light

SO AWESOME.  For some reason the glitter looks kinda silver in these pictures.  Trust me its not.  Yellow, teal, and magenta glitter is all it is.  Mostly yellow.  I'm trying to hold myself off of needing Mad as a Hatter by wearing this, but this polish just makes me want it MOAR because I love ridiculous amounts of glitter!!! RAWR!

Oh, and I got my hair cut and colored today:


I wasn't going for the peacock look, but it turned out like that and I'm glad!!! I got it bleached in that area and cut, and then did the colors myself.  They're from Hot Topic, a purple one and a turquoise one.  Came out pretty awesome, if you ask me!

Thanks for reading, and hello to my new followers!!! (and my old ones, too!)  =)  Thank you for following me!  I'm just one away from 50!  WOO HOO!

~Kelsea


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Long Time Lemming Turned Reality~ Metro Chic

Sephora by OPI's Metro Chic has created such a buzz in the beauty world, and I finally got my hands on it!!! (Or more, I finally broke down and paid $9 for it!)

I'm glad I did though, because it is a must have color for every nail polish lover and every crazy color lover, and I'm both!


My poor middle finger. Flash



No flash



Lamp light



Lamp light



Lamp light but then color adjusted to show true color

What a fantastic color!!! Mushroomy brownish taupe gray with a hint of lilac.  I love it.  Sephora by OPI has a lot of great grayed out colors that I really want to get my hands on.  Why are they so expensiveeee?!?!  I did two coats, but it's a little sparse towards the cuticle.  Too lazy to do the third coat, though!!


I also bought a new lipgloss, NYC Liquid Lip Shine in 552 Cappuccino


Over Maybelline's Color Sensational "Warm Me Up"



Over Revlon's Matte Lipstick in "Nude Attitude"

Great lipgloss.  A little glossy, not too sticky but not too watery, shimmery, smells amazing, semi long lasting.  I love these lip glosses!  I now have 4, but will probably own the whole line someday.  Only $2.99 a piece! =)

Also, I went to a casual party last night with my friend Alison, here are some pictures of my makeup!


with flash



no flash



Revlon's Nude Attitude lipstick with Cappuccino over the top =)



Eye makeup done with the CS 88 Warm Palette, which is my baby and I love it



Alison and I out and about! =)

I hope everyone is have a lovely weekend, and if you don't own Metro Chic yet, I highly recommend you RUN to the nearest Sephora and buy 3 bottles. =)  Backup worthy.
~Kelsea

Friday, January 15, 2010

Skin MD Lotion Review and Giveaway

As some of you may know, I was sent a bottle of Skin MD lotion to try out.  I have super dry skin, and not much seems to work.  Sometimes I get really peely on my face and hands, and it's just not cute (gross).  So I decided to give it a try, since it claimed so much about being fantastic blah blah blah.  But after using it, I realize that maybe their hype has something behind it.  I've been using it for a couple months now, and not even completely consistently like it says to, and I've noticed a difference.  At first I didn't want to put it on my face even though it says you can because I didn't want to risk a breakout or adverse reaction, but I eventually caved and did so and I'm super glad because that's where it seems to be the most useful!  Anyway, my point is, I like the lotion and they are having a giveaway right now, and since I don't have any extreme before and after pictures, and you'd just be taking me at my word and spending money (which I know I wouldn't do), why not just enter the contest and try it for yourself for free?

http://www.skinmdnatural.com/forms/valentines-giveaway.php

Hopefully this is obvious by my complete and total ramble up there, but I'm not getting paid to tell my opinion here.  But why not?  Plus I know everyone loves free stuff!!! =)  Go check it out!



~Kelsea

EDIT:  The contest ends Feb 8th so that it can ship in time for Vday!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Does anyone actually care about OOTDs of FOTDs??

Hey, if you don't wanna see outfits or face of the days from me, please let me know (nicely) that you don't give a shit.  K thanks!


why can I never get my eyeliner to touch my lashline?  FML



CS 88 warm palette



very myspace-esque.  But shows how cool my tights are!  And my necklace =)



was tired of looking at bad pictures of myself just standing there.




what I wore:

Green v-neck: Pac sun
Cardigan: Gap
Necklace: Charlotte Russe
Black high waisted skirt: Walmart (by Miley Cyrus. Fail.)
Tights: Gap
Cheetah ballet flats: Target

on my face:
Eyes: Coastal Scents 88 Warm Palette, Revlon colorstay eyeliner, Covergirl mascara
Cheeks: Covergirl trio blush
Lips:  Maybelline color sensational lipstick in Warm Me Up, and NYC nude gloss over

Bonus lolcat:

I haz the famous.

Lol Tucker is such a model!

My nails are still BB Couture's Dragon's Breath, but the crazy contrast of the green shirt are making my nails look really red instead of magenta, which I don't really like because I don't like to look like christmas. Lol.  Oh well! =)

Thanks for reading, I hope I didn't bore you all to death!! Have a lovely evening, I think I'm gonna go to the basketball game tonight against UC Irvine.  GO AGGIES!

~Kelsea