Thursday, April 29, 2010

NOTD~ Wet N Wild's Morbid

Hey ya'll!! =)

How are you guys?  I'm pretty good.  Enjoying being 21.  It's so strange to me.  I know a lot of people that read this blog are older than me, but I feel very old considering the fact that I still feel 12.  I think it's because when I was little I'd say about 90% of my day was spent fantasizing about my future, but in that future I was 16 or 18.  Never 21.  And now that it's here (and 16 and 18 are things of the past) it's very confusing.  The fantasy that I've spent thousands and thousands of hours thinking about is already behind me!  Weird.  Anyway, I'm wearing Morbid by Wet N Wild today and I LOVE it.

It's a vampy dark  blackened greenish blueish shimmer.  I thought on the nail it looked like a dark green with green leaning teal shimmer, but now looking at the pictures and the bottle it might be a black with green/teal shimmer.


This is two coats


Sorry my cuticles are pretty haggard.

I really love all the Wet N Wild Craze's I've tried:  Morbid, Shield, and Rustic
The thing I don't like is the bottle.  It looks cute, yes, but it is irritating to apply with.  The top is HUGE, but short.

Anyone else tried this collection?  I find it comical that they are still putting "New" stickers on the bottles, even though this collection has been out for well over 6 months.

Have a great day!!!  =D

~Kelsea


Saturday, April 24, 2010

It's My Party!

And I'll cry if I want to.  But I don't want to.  So no worries.

I'm 21 today!  Hurray MEEE

Finally an adult.  Feels weird.  Really weird.

I decided to paint my nails with Ruby Pumps by China Glaze to celebrate!  WOO.

So pretty.  I want to say the base is a jelly, but I'm not sure.  It's a red glitter in a red base fantastic orgy of awesomeness.




GLITTER MADNESS

The weird thing about these pictures is that it makes the red look orange based.  It's not.  It's close to a medium red, but is definitely on the pinker side.  Which, as you may know, I like.  Also, I'm not really a fan of red on my body.  Unless it's on my lips or feet, and sometimes nails.  I honestly can't think of the last time I wore red besides nail polish or lips or heels.  I own like one shirt that's red that sits in the back of my closet collecting dust.  Oh well!

Yesterday for my bday eve I decided to buy myself a few presents:

Wet N Wild Broken Hearted, Blazed, and Morbid
I love Broken Hearted because it looks like those dusty mauves I'm super into.
I'm excited for Blazed because it looks fantastic on Stephanie.
And Morbid... It just looks baller.


Blackened greenblue shimmer. Drool.

Also, I didn't make a post about this because by the time I had enough free time to take pictures and post them, it had already chipped:

Denim Creme.  Looked cool, but chipped pretty bad.  

Also, on another note, I would like to show you the beautiful necklace my Mom bought me for my 21st:


So pretty! =)

Thanks Mom!  Totally me!


Has anyone seen this Loreal stand?  I didn't really pay much attention to the makeup (I have enough drugstore makeup to open my own CVS), but the nail polishes are AWESOME.  There's three, and they have a very Essie's Sag Harbor feel.  Ocean Breeze is missing from this particular stand but it's a standard sky medium blue creme (which is meh for me).  The other two, High Tide and Water's Edge look fantastic.  I really like the bluegray one.  WANT.  There was no price, but I assume around 4-6?  Not sure.


Also saw this.  Neon french.  In purple and pink.  I'm totally down for neon french.  My only problem is that the nail seems to be completely clear... Wouldn't that show the glue and your nail beneath? NOT CUTE.  I can just do that myself anyway (if my nails ever get longer, that is) for FREE.


Finally, mismatch neon french.  I wonder if you made this one bigger by clicking on it you could see what they looked like?  They're neon french tips with a line of glitter separating the tip from the nail in orange, lime, pink, and purple.  I'm not huge on the "skittle nail" trend, but these are a cool idea.  My problem, again, is that the nail seems to be clear.  I find that so weird!

Sorry for the super long post!  I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.  I'm off to clean my apartment in anticipation of my party guests later.  I wish all of you could come to my party!!! That would be SO fun =)

~Kelsea




Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Summer Fashion~ Reviving Old Pieces into New Outfits!

Hello!  I would like to share with you a couple of tricks I used in order rewear some old clothes I had in my closet.  By wearing old clothes with new accessories, you can save money and still look cute!  Also, everything comes back into fashion eventually so that's nice.

This is a skirt I bought in like 2006 or something?  It's really cute because it's thin faded navyish gray and light gray stripes, with off white lace at the bottom.  Very now.  But a below the knee skirt on me?  Not so much.  The wide band at the top is just wide enough to cover my boobs, but I have to wear a belt to cover the line/make it actually fit like a dress.  Not that I'm complaining, I wear belts like this all the time anyway.  I sewed on a couple straps that I tied in the back like a halter and VOILA!  


With vest to shape and hide seam instead of belt.  I bought this tan corduroy vest in like 2006 from walmart.  IT'S STILL GOOD! 


This is my favorite.  I bought this corduroy blazer in like 2005 or 2006?  Not sure.  Super glad I did, though.  The only things new in this entire outfit are the belt and shoes, totaling a NEW cost of only about $30.  Hurray!


Here is another skirt, which I purchased in 2007 from H&M.  It is also supposed to be worn at the hips, and hits around the knee.  On top I'm wearing a Banana Republic shirt I found at a thrift store for like $5.  Steal.  I'm also wearing a belt from Urban Outfitters I got on sale for around $10, and today I am wearing this outfit with Target tights and shoes, for a total NEW cost of around $35-$40.  GO ME.


With Urban Outfitters cardigan, about $12.  So many ways to wear it!!! =D

Anyone else like to rewear old stuff in new ways to save money?  I think these turned out pretty great.

Thanks for reading!

~Kelsea

Kelsea's Top 10 Favorite Nail Polishes (ok top 30, geeze.)

Hello All!  Today I am doing a post of my top 10 nail polishes I've ever owned and tried.  Now, this is a complete lie, because I am showing you 30 nail polishes.  Yea.  I couldn't pick just 10.  But I do have 10 "groups", and I'll pick a favorite and an "if I could only keep one" from each group.  K GO!


Here they all are!

In no particular order:


OPI's At Your Quebec & Call.  
Didn't need a group for this one.  This is an amazing polish.  Army green shimmer.  Needs three coats. Original swatch here.


Slow Jam by Color Club.  
You can see my swatch here.  Trust me, it's so much more than a wine red.  It's got gold shimmer, and looks like it's on fire.  Love.


Flakies.  
This is OPI's Merry Midnight, Nfu-Oh's 51, and OPI's Shim-merry Chic.  I have swatches in my blog but don't feel like making links haha.  I know this is a cop-out since all three are so different, but Oh Well.  My favorite has to be 51 because of it's diversity (aka layering), and is the only one I would keep if I could only have one (sorry Merry Midnight!  Still love you!)


Grunge. 
 This is such a cop out!  Haha.  I suck. 
OPI's "Sheer" Your Toys!, $OPI's Metro Chic, American Apparel's Mouse, Orly's Prince Charming, and Essie's Chinchilly.  My favorite has to be Chinchilly because it's so weird, but if I could only keep one it would be Metro Chic because it's more wearable.  These are all cremes except SYT, which has shimmer.


Mints.  
BB Couture's Laguna Lagoon, Maybelline's Minty, and China Glaze's For Audrey.  I consider For Audrey a bluish mint, but oh well, I threw it in my faves anyway.  Haha.  If I could only keep one it would have to be Minty, which is also my favorite.



Foils.
Hot Topic (no name), OPI's Dazzled by Gold, Hard Candy's Mr. Wrong, and Wet n Wild's Shield.
Haha, yea these aren't even the same color!  I was going for finish on this one.  I started with just Dazzled by Gold, but then I remembered Hot Topic's silver foil, which is AMAZING, and had to be in the top.  Then I just said what the hell and let the other two be here.
They are all amazing and I recommend them all, but Hot Topic takes the cake on both favorite and must keep.


Juicy Berry.
Zoya's Demi and OPI's Pamplona Purple.  
I'm about 90% sure these are dupes, or at least close enough that you don't need both.  However, top 29 sounded dumb, so here we are.  I'd keep OPI's just because I like the brush and formula better.


Holos.
I. Fucking. Love. Holos.
Color Club's Revvvolution, Wild at Heart, Fashion Addict, and Love 'Em Leave 'Em.
Wild at Heart is my favorite and the one I'd keep.  Definitely.


Dusty Rose.
Sinful Colors' Vacation Time, American Apparel's Rose Bowl, NYX Girls' Flash, and OPI's Baguette Me Not.
I love these kinds of colors!! I think, besides the fact that they are gorgeous, it's because Flash was one of the first nail polishes I bought for myself with my own money.  Hurray me!
I think my favorite is still Flash, and I'd probably keep that one.  I like the color and it has sentimental value for me! =)


Light dusty purples.
Icing's Lily, OPI's Done Out In Deco, and Essie's Island Hopping.
Wow, I don't know what made me even think these could be a group.  I guess it's because I was desperate to show both Done Out In Deco AND Island Hopping and still be only at 10?  
Anyway, I love these colors.  I could wear them back and forth forever.  Making it very difficult to choose a favorite!  Island Hopping, both favorite and keep.  Sorry Lily and DOID!  By the way, you can see my dupe comparison for those here.


FAVORITE VERDICT:
Of all of those favorites and keeps, I'd have to say that my favorite nail polish I own is Color Club's Wild At Heart, but the one I'd keep if I could only have one nail polish (oh the horror!) is Essie's Island Hopping.  It needs three coats which sucks, but it looks SO GOOD on me, it's between purple and pink, it's a creme, and it's appropriate almost all the time.  I love it.  Thanks, Essie!


I'm sure my "top 10" will change as I procure more nail polish, but as of now I own about 150 or so nail polishes, and these are my favorites.  Thanks for reading the whole thing, if you did!  

~Kelsea

Monday, April 12, 2010

100th Post! NOTD~ Essie's Island Hopping- One of the best NP's ever.

Long-ass title!

(When anyone ever says ___-ass ___, I always change the hyphen to the other word to make myself laugh.  For example.  Long-ass title becomes long ass-title.  Funny?  No?  Ok cool.)

Anyway, this is my 100th post as a nail blogger!  Woo hoo!  ::Dances::

Today I am wearing Essie's Island Hopping.  I bought Essie's Island Hopping and Essie's Chinchilly at the same time and they are two of my favorite nail polishes I've ever tried.  Seriously.  They are three coaters, but I don't even care.  The fact that they need three coats gives them that almost jelly but not quite cause it's a creme feel that I love.  Also the colors are just fabulous.

You only get to see these three nails today.  Sorry.

With flash.

It's not pink, it's not purple, its dusty/greyish.  It looks like foggy flowers.  Like the indie 80's.  Maybe that's why I like colors like this.  It's 80's as fuck and it's not vibrant, the way all movies looked back then. =D


Here is a picture of the last time I wore this polish, in December! I love that ring!


Here is a picture of Essie's Chinchilly, another serious favorite of mine

While I was looking at my hands all day, I thought "this is definitely one of my top 10 favies."  But then I got to thinking, I probably say that about 20 nail polishes.  So the real question is, what are my actual top 10 favies???  I don't know!  I think I should do a post on this......

Here, for your enjoyment, is what I wore on my eyes today:






I like the way it turned out.  I'm not a big colored eyeshadow wearer, but I like the bit of lavender.  Also, I love purple and grey together.  Actually, those are my two favorite colors.  What do you know?  haha.

I hope you guys had a lovely day.  It's almost midterm round one out here in Davis, so I'm about to  have little to no fun.

However, this weekend is picnic day, which is the biggest day of the year in Davis!  Hurray!

Also, I've been taking curling lessons (yea, the game that's similar to shuffleboard on ice) for a few weeks now and I'm totally hooked.  I frikken love that game!  =D

Don't forget to enter my contest!

~Kelsea

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

NOTD~ Zoya's Joy

Oh hi!

Yesterday I was a very unhappy camper, and my Orly's Enchanted Forest looked like a hot mess.  So I grabbed Zoya Joy, mumbled to myself about how I didn't want to wear pink because it was too girly and I felt all emo, and went to put it on.  Why I chose Joy when I could have just work something dark and angry?  I'm not sure.  I also put it on very sloppily and didn't do any clean up because I was so pissed haha.  I still have tantrums sometimes.

Regardless, I really like Zoya Joy, and next time I put it on I will be more careful to do a good job, because it really is a nice polish.  The formula was kind of iffy, but not terrible.  I used two coats:

My pointer finger on my left hand and my middle finger on my right hand are both nubbins right now.  I'm still getting breaks, but not as many as before I started using Essie's Millionails.


It's a pretty medium pink, maybe even a tad blue, but the gold shimmer makes it seem like an orange leaning pink.


Close up of the shimmer.  Gorgeous! 

Life I said before, if I had worked a little harder it could look a lot better.  It was a tad brush stroke-y, but it's minimal.  Anyone have Zoya Joy?  What do you think of it?

I hope everyone is having a nice Tuesday.  I'm off to write an essay! 

~Kelsea

Sunday, April 4, 2010

NOTD~ Orly's Enchanted Forest and Contest

Hello to everyone!  You can enter my contest here!

Today I am wearing Orly's Enchanted Forest.  This polish has been sitting in my unworn pile for a really embarrassingly long time.  But now it is on my nails and I'm pretty happy with it!  I was nervous it would be too "almost black", which I am really into for shimmers and glitters, but not so much cremes, but this one isn't too dark to tell (in regular lighting) that it's actually green.  Observe:

Strangely it looks kinda banged up already, but I assure you it's just the macro setting on my camera.  


Natural sunlight


=)

This was two easy coats.  Cleanup was a tad irritating because it's so dark and pigmented, but that's ok.  It's totally worth any extra work because it looks awesome.

Hope you guys enjoyed.  Any suggestions on what I should buy off 8ty8beauty.com? 

Have a great weekend/Easter!  I'm going to my friend Alison's Mom's house for Easter dinner.  Hurray!

~Kelsea

Friday, April 2, 2010

CONTEST and Review: Hana Flat Iron from Misikko.com

STAY TUNED FOR THE END: CONTEST


Hello everyone!  I have a special post for you today!  The owner of Misikko.com asked me to do a review of their Hana Professional Flat Iron 1" - Pink Edition.  (He's also letting me do a giveaway with the same product, which I think is a fantastic idea, and so will you after you read my review!)


So I got the flat iron about 2 weeks ago.  I have been using it every day since to make sure I really know how well it works.  Here is a picture of said iron:


Pink!  Cute.  It was smaller than I was expecting.  



Here it is compared to the Chi I have been using (and loving) for 4 years.
You can see the straighteners are the same length.



It's hard to tell in this photo, and even in real life the differences in size.  You can see the chi lays a little taller, and that the sides are a little thicker.  You can feel the difference when you hold it.  Since I've been holding the same straightener every day for the past 4 years I can definitely feel the difference.  It took me a few days to get used to but now I'm a pro.



The temp dial goes up to 450.  I started it around 350, but ended up just turning it up all the way.  I like to get shit done fast and well, and my hair is extremely thick and frizzy.  450 degrees gets the job done nicely.

I was unsure how hot Chi's get, so I looked around, saw answers anywhere from 350-450, but a website selling them very factually told me 370.  I would say I'd believe them, but DAMN my chi gets hot.  I don't know about 370.  Misikko also sells Chi hair straighteners, if you are dying for a Chi.

The one "downfall" of this straightener:
This straightener, like the Chi, has a red light come on when you turn it on, and that red light starts flickering when it's supposed to be as hot as it can get.  My Chi takes about 45 seconds.  This straightener takes about 10 seconds.  However, I don't believe it.  When I start using it after 10 seconds, yes, it is effing hot and it will burn your skin.  But it doesn't straighten my hair as well or feel as smoldering as it does later.  I would say it probably takes about 45 seconds as well to get hot enough for ME to use.  I don't know about someone who would want the dial at 300 or something, but for me, I wait.  That's fine with me though, a minute wait is not a big deal to me.  
On a similar note, I left it on for about 20 minutes one time, and DAMN was it hot.  In a good way, for me at least.  The outside part got a little hot as well, but so does the Chi so it was not a problem for me.

Some of you may not know this, but straight irons are my FAVORITE way to curl hair.  Yes.  You read right.  Here are some pictures of what I've done to my hair using this straightening iron:



Super straight with a little flip at the ends, my go to hairstyle for the past 6 years.



Wavy, a new favorite of mine



Curly, when I want to look nice.  That's my friend Mark, on the left!

If you were unaware of the curling thing, all you have to do is clamp your hair in the straightener at the top, and then angle and rotate the straightener, and then simply pull it through like you were straightening it.  It takes a few tries, so don't give up if you suck at first.  If you want the curls away from your face, have the straightener lower towards the back of your head and higher towards your face and rotate away from your face, and the opposite for inside curls.  (did that make sense?)

If you want a video tutorial on curling hair with a straightening iron, I have one here.  I am using a Chi 1 inch.



So anyway, if you have read all of this post so far I congratulate you!  But now, let's get to the point.
I like this straightener.  Very much so.  I have tried many straighteners in my day, and this is as close as I've seen to a Chi, which I believe is the Jesus of straighteners.  It's pink, it's small and slender, it gets really hot, and ultimately gets the job done.  My hair is difficult to straighten, and this thing does it.  I am very happy to have it, thank you so much Misikko!  
The straightener can be purchased here, if anyone is interested.  They also have a bunch of other necessities, including Chi Flat Irons, Professional Hair Dryers, and the like.
However, before you decide to drop the big bucks on one of these babies, hear this:  Misikko has offered to let me put on a contest to allow one of my readers to win the same 1" pink Hana straightener I've been babbling about for the last hour!  Awesome, no?




CONTEST:
This contest is only open to people who live in US and Canada (sorry!) because of their shipping restrictions.

Rules!

Leave a comment on this post.  You must be a follower of my blog to enter.  If you want to tell me something else and NOT enter this contest, please comment on another post or email me directly at kelsealaurel@aol.com  (so please only comment on this post if you want to enter!)

In your post, include your name, your email, and how you follow me (1 entry).  Also, add links to your extra entries, if there are any.  At the end of the post, please put "Total entries: ___" That would help me a lot!!!

Extra Entries:
1. Follow Misikko on Twitter (1 extra entry)
2. Blog about the giveaway on a personal website. (1 extra entry)
3. Join Misikko Newsletter by clicking on the link on their website that says "Sign me up for exclusive deals & offers" (3 extra entries!) 

The contest will end April 30th.  Please have your entires in before then!  Good luck =)

~Kelsea