Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Crazy Holo Rainbow Dotticure!

Hello all! I promised you Christmas and holiday manis galore... those are on the way for sure, but today I have a fun dotticure to share with you instead - don't think anyone would mind though, when holo rainbows are involved :) I started off with Lilypad Lacquer In the Milkyway, an off-white soft holo, then dotted with various China Glaze neon shimmers - Surfin' For Boys, Love's a Beach, Orange You Hot, Sun-Kissed, I'm With the Lifeguard, Splish Splash, and finally Gothic Lolita, the only non-neon of the the bunch. I finally topped everything off with Colors by Llarowe Leather and Lace, a holo topcoat, to make everything really shine. I love how it all went together, take a look!

outdoors, sun
outdoors, shade
On my nails:
1 coat Innifree Eco Peel-off Base coat
3 coats Lilypad Lacquer In the Milkyway
-dotted- various China Glaze (see above)
1 coat Colors by Llarowe Leather and Lace
1 coat KB Shimmer Clearly On Top

I just loved this mani! I have done lots of dotticures before, but this was a slightly different technique, both because the colors were different for each nail, and because I slightly varied the size of the dots. Overall super fun and colorful!

You can find Colors by Llarowe at Llarowe, of course!
You can find Lilypad Lacquer at Llarowe as well - or their Etsy ~ and be sure to check out their Facebook!

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Influenster Varsity VoxBox Review

Hello all! I cannot believe how long it has been since I last had a post for you - 3 weeks, wow! Suffice to say life has been very busy and blogging has fallen a bit to the side - but don't worry, I am still here, and hoping to have plenty of holiday mani posts for you in the next month :)

For today I have the Influenster Varsity VoxBox to review for you. I am sure most of you know of Influenster by now, and how they put together fun boxes full of products tailored to fit your interests and then send them out for a bunch of people to test and review. The Varsity Voxbox of course has a lot of products that I find really useful as a college student - to find out what they are and how I liked them, keep on reading!

Since of course PTR is a nail blog, what better place to start than with the nail strips included in the kit? Kiss Nail Dress nail strips are pretty easy in theory to put on - stick on the strips, fold them over, and then use the included nail file to file off the extra. I did have a hard time getting these to lie completely flat against my nail without wrinkles, but I did like the blingy effect! This was my first attempt with nail strips, so I can only get better with practice. Below is a how-to for how to apply the strips - just click to enlarge the image!

 Second up, my favorite product of the box - NYC New York Color Big Bold Plumping & Shine Lip Gloss! This is a lip gloss, and the first plumper I've tried. I got it in the shade "Pleasantly Plump Pink" and it was a bit of a neutral/bubblegum shade. When I applied it was a little tacky/sticky but not too bad, and definitely had that tingly feeling of plumpers I've heard about. I don't know if it made my lips that much plumper but I did like it!

without gloss
with gloss
Next up is Airheads Xtremes Bite, which are yummy gummy sweet-and-sour candies. Really enjoyed these! I don't love fruity candy a lot, I find it to be a little bit of sugar overkill, so the sour is a nice balance to that.

I couldn't help it, lol
Next is Tide Pods! These are delightful little pods of detergent that act as both detergent, stain remover and brightener. I have actually been using these forever, ever since I started doing my own laundry regularly in fact! I find the pod shape to be super convenient and it makes doing laundry very easy. These ones in particular had a light springy scent - very pleasant!

Lastly, Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Wash is a raspberry/cranberry scented face wash. I used this a few times and found it quite pleasant. It is salicylic acid-based, as opposed to benzoyl peroxide (those are the two main ingredients usually used in acne medication as far as I know). I enjoyed the chance to try out a new face wash - always looking for the new trick to achieve and maintain flawless skin!

Overall this was a great mix of products and I am glad I got to review them for you! Influenster never lets me down in introducing me to cool new stuff to try out :)

Hope to have more mani posts up for you guys soon!

Have a fantastic day!

~These products were provided for an honest review by me from Influenster~