Friday, September 30, 2011

Orly Bubbly Bombshell

I picked this beauty up at Sally's not too long ago... I'm so glad I did!


Orly Bubbly Bombshell is filled with magenta/purple glitters in a clear base...Two different sizes! This had great coverage for a glitter... Only 2 coats was needed! So shiny, bright and happy! I can't wait to use it's green sister!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Butter London Victoriana + A huge THANKS!

OMG! Yesterday, I reached 500 followers!!  500 followers?! I am so excited! Thank you all so much for following my blog! Thank you to the girls that comment as much as you do! (Even if I don't respond, I do read and LOVE every comment!!) I am putting together a little giveaway to say THANKS, so keep your eyes peeled!

Something else exciting... I got a new camera today! I just wasn't happy with the way my pictures were turning out... I wanted a camera with more options and better quality photos. So, I bought a Nikon Coolpix p500. Way more than I wanted to spend, but when I played with it in the store, I just couldn't pass it up! So, No Buy October starts today! After playing with it at home, I am so happy with my purchase! For the first pictures taken with my sparkly new camera, I decided to use one of my new Butter London pretties from Ulta's recent sale... My first Butter London, Victoriana!



Butter London Victoriana is a gorgeous blue... almost like a dusty light teal... with a beautiful silver shimmer throughout. It's stunning, but what's even better? This is ONE coat. I just love one coaters!

What do you think of the new pictures? Also, did you get any Butter Londons?

Don't forget to email me your entry for my Apothica Giveaway! It ends on October 1st!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Revlon Not So Blueberry

Hey guys! A pretty one to show you today... Revlon Not So Blueberry! This color is seriously gorgeous... and it's scented! It smells like.... if there was a Blueberry Jolly Rancher. It's awesome!




This is a gorgeous lavender frost with light blue duo-chrome. It also seems to have some pretty silver flecks through out. This is 2 coats, although I could have gotten away with 1. 2 coats definitely made the scent stronger! Gorgeous gorgeous! This is definitely one of my favorite polishes in my collection!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

"Woah~ Amber is the color of your energy~"

Hey guys! I hope you're having a wonderful start to the weekend! The weather here has been absolutely gorgeous... Fall is in the air!

Today's post is full of Amber Spam! My "Amber Polish" collection started with Zoya Amber... but this week, I found two more! Revlon Alluring Amber, and China Glaze In Awe of Amber! I guess I'm lucky that my mom named me a name that is also a pretty color! (Thanks mom!)


China Glaze In Awe of Amber: I picked this gem up at Sally's on clearance for $1.99. It reminds me of crystalized honey! So beautiful. It was just a tad bit sheer at 3 coats.



Zoya Amber: When I first started LOVING Zoya, I knew I had to get this color! Zoya describes her as "a soft gold frost metallic with strong amber-orange undertones and a fine gold shimmer". I love it! So soft and pretty! At 3 coats, there was still just a bit of VNL.



Revlon Alluring Amber: A super bright, pumpkin orange. This one definitely leans more orange than amber. Great, super-pigmented coverage at just 2 coats. This one would be great for stamping!

I hope you all enjoyed the spam of me! And, for your listening enjoyment:

Friday, September 23, 2011

Julep Olivia + Sally Hansen Pumpkin Spice

Happy Friday! And to top it off, today's the first day of fall! I love fall... it's my favorite season! I think I'm going to go get a Pumpkin Spice Latte today! :D To celebrate the first day of Fall, I wanted to use something.... fall-ish! So, here's the other Julep that I got in my Intro Boho box.... Julep Olivia!

Light Box

Sunlight
Olivia reminds me of Hershey's dark chocolate! Gorgeous dark brown creme, 2 coats. The nail color does match the bottle color, but it was laying down in my Melmer and it settled on the side... I couldn't shake it out!

Now, for the bummer. Not a HUGE bummer, but I felt like sharing anyway. With one of my credits, I ordered Julep's Fast Dry Topcoat. I have to say, I'm not impressed. After 20 minutes, my nails were still smudge-able. I finally added some China Glaze Fast Foward Topcoat to finish the drying process. I can't say I'm too thrilled with it! That being said, I love their polishes, and their base coat. 

Happy first day of fall! What's your favorite season, and why?

EDIT!

A follower suggested I layer Sally Hansen Pumpkin Spice over it, and I just couldn't wait to share! GORGEOUS!



Mary just saved Pumpkin Spice from being swapped away... I LOVE THIS! 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

OPI DS Desire

Oh, be still, my heart!







OPI DS Desire... Gorgeous caramel brown holo. Beautiful! Great coverage at 2 coats. As expensive as they are, I love me some OPI DS. I got a good few of these gorgeous holo babies recently, so you'll be seeing some holo-ey goodness from me!

Have a great day! :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pink Wednesday: Zoya Drew

Happy Pink Wednesday! Another Zoya Untried for you today.... Zoya Drew!


Zoya describes Drew as "a very slightly grayed pink rose toned mauve with subtle gold and pink metallic shimmer". I am loving this shade! A very classic pink... so deep and beautiful! 2 coats.

To doll it up a bit, I added a daisy with my dotting tools, using Zoya Pippa and Snow White. I love this simple, classy mani!

What's on your nails for this Pink Wednesday?

Monday, September 19, 2011

It's that time of the month: My September Birchbox

Yay! I love boxes!




Colorscience Pro Mineral Powder Sunscreen: I'm intrigued! I use Bare Minerals, so I'm excited to see how this measures up to Mineral Veil.

Incoco Nail Polish Applique: Yay nail stuff! Mine are pink and leopardy! Can't wait to try these.

Jouer Lip Enhancer: Excited to see more Jouer stuff... I loved the last one! This one is a lip plumper/conditioner all in one... I really like it! The tube is tiny, so I'll go through it quick.

Jurlique Age Defying Firm and Lift Cream: Meh, I probably won't use this much.

Salvatore Ferragamo perfume: I love it! Very flowery!

Friendship Bracelet: A cute little extra! I love the charm. :)

All in all, I'm pleased with this month's box. With the exception of the Face cream, I would use all of it! :D

Which box did you get?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

China Glaze Halloween 2011 Collection

Hey guys! The other day, my sister got me a present... The China Glaze Halloween set! Yay!

China Glaze's Halloween 2011 collection includes: It's Alive, Ghoulish Glow, Black Mesh, and Fast Forward Topcoat.

First, about the Fast Forward Topcoat.... I'm kinda loving it! It really did dry very quickly... This is going to be one of my go-to top coats now, along with Out The Door and Poshe. I dare say, I kinda like it better than Out The Door!

On to the swatches!


It's Alive: Moss/Olive Green glitter in a similar colored base. Reminiscent of last year's Zombie Zest, but with more pow. Lots more glitter in It's Alive, and 2 different size of glitter, where as Zombie Zest had one size and lots less of it. This is 2 coats.


Black Mesh: Blah blah black crackle blah. You've seen it before. I will say that I love the way this one crackles, rather  than the more linear look of OPI's. And it looks neat over It's Alive!

Ghoulish Glow: I layered one coat of Ghoulish Glow over It's Alive before I crackled it. A -very- subtle difference... it slightly changed the way the crackle crackled. I tried to find the glow under that black crackle, and I couldn't see it. I assume that I just didn't have enough. I know it glows, because the bottle glows. I'll be doing a post on it in the next few days, to compare to OPI's Glow in the Dark. I love glow-y! :D

Over all, a fun collection. I know there are 2 more polishes that were released, but I haven't seen them yet. I love It's Alive... I think China Glaze needs to make some more glitters like this!

Who can't wait for Halloween?! I know I can't! ;)

Oh, and just for fun, here are some pictures of me from this weekend... My baby sister colored my hair for me! I'm loving it! And I got to feed a Lorikeet at the zoo! :D



Saturday, September 17, 2011

Essence Date with the Night + China Glaze Haute Metal

Happy Saturday! This week flew by for me.... I'm so glad that it's the weekend! I'm also  thankful for this awesome weather we've been having this week... Fall is my favorite season, so the fact that it only got up past 70 F one time this week pleases me!

I have been kinda over the whole Crackle Craze for awhile now... but an idea struck me the other day, and I'm actually really in love with this combo! It's not obnoxious looking, like some crackle manicures tend to be.

For the base color, I used Essence (Colour & Go) Date With The Night.


This is one coat of Date With The Night. My mindset must really be going more toward fall, because I'm really digging brown polishes lately. I've never really liked them before, so this is new for me. Date With The Night is a gorgeous, shimmery brown, and as always, you can pick up these little babies at Ulta!

To top it off, I layered on a coat of China Glaze Haute Metal, the pink metallic crackle.


I love it! It makes me think of chocolate covered strawberries..... Or strawberry covered chocolate? ;)

Oh, and by the way, have you entered my Apothica Giveaway yet? Be sure to email me your entry!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Apothica GIVEAWAY!



Hey guys! Exciting news today... Apothica is going to spoil one lucky reader with a $25 gift certificate!

First, let me tell you a bit about Apothica. I had the pleasure of shopping around and completing my first order with them. The sheer selection of products is overwhelming! They have such a vast majority of products that there is something for everyone! They carry all sorts of brands... one of my favorites being the wonderful Deborah Lippmann! I couldn't help it... I ordered one of my long-time coveted polishes, Ruby Red Slippers! (You may remember my post from a few days ago... Love!) The  ordering process was quick and painless, and my package was here within days!


Here's what I ordered! I got my new Deborah Lippmann pretty, plus a few Spa Ritual polishes.... All the rest were extra goodies!

Now, on to the good stuff.... The giveaway! Apothica is giving one lucky reader the chance to win a $25 Apothica gift card. You have a few options to enter... Here's what you need to do!

Please complete ONE of the following:


Option 1: Facebook
  1. Visit Apothica.com
  2. Write on Apothica’s Facebook wall about what you think of Apothica
  • Bonus: Opt in to Apothica’s Newsletter



Option 2: Twitter
  1. Visit Apothica.com
  2. Tweet about Apothica on your own Twitter Account



Option 3: Blog
  1. Visit Apothica.com
  2. Write something on your blog about what you think of Apothica
  • Bonus: Write about the brand I highlighted and link it to Apothica


To enter, please send me at EMAIL at RainbowsandSparklesBlog@gmail.com with the subject title "APOTHICA ENTRY". Entries left in the comment section WILL NOT BE COUNTED!  You must include:


  • Name
  • GFC Name
  • Which option you completed, with a link to Facebook/Blog/Twitter post

This giveaway will close on October 1st at Midnight CST. Open internationally. (Apothica.com does not ship to all countries. Please ensure they will ship to you before entering!)

Good luck!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Spa Ritual Loving In Pink + Stamping with China Glaze Harmony

Hey guys! Today, I have a really pretty girly manicure to show you! I recently ordered my very first Spa Ritual polishes from Apothica. I've been excited to try their nail polish... I've heard great things! The color I chose today is Loving In Pink, a pretty foil light pink.


Absolutely gorgeous shade, and wonderful formula! Only 2 coats to be completely opaque, and it was super easy to work with! And above all, NO brush strokes!

I prettied this mani up a bit with the pretty scalloped lace design on my Konad M71 plate. The polish I used is China Glaze Harmony, from the Romantique collection. I really need to get around to getting the rest of this collection... They've all been great for stamping!


Yay girly! :)

By the way, have you noticed the quality in the pictures? I don't know if anyone but me would notice, but I ordered some new lights last week, and I got them in just a few days ago. It's sooo much easier to get good pictures now!

Stay tuned for something special tomorrow! :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers

EEEEEEE!!!!!


Clicky! Make it BIG!
Black base. Big and little red glitters. Lemming fulfilled. I am in love! :D

Brb, drooling on my nails.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Spa Ritual Infinitely Loving Series: Bath Salts and Organic Moisturizing Lotion Review


Hey guys! I was lucky to receive a package from Spa Ritual, containing some of their new bath salts and lotion from the Infinitely Loving series! Here's the info:

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SPARITUAL EXPANDS INFINITELY LOVING SERIES
Adds Bath Salts, Organic Moisturizing Lotion, and Moisture Balm to the jasmine-scented series.

As an ever-evolving beauty and lifestyle brand, SpaRitual is pleased to expand its jasmine-scented Infinitely Loving line with the addition of a new Bath Salt, Organic Moisturizing Lotion, and Moisture Balm.  

“Expanding the Infinitely Loving series allows us to further SpaRitual’s commitment to offering soothing, natural wellness products that benefit the mind, body, and soul,” says SpaRitual, Founder and Lifestyle Futurist, Shel Pink.

Key benefits of the new Infinitely Loving products:

Infinitely Loving Bath Salts: Soothes and softens the skin while helping to deeply relax the mind and body, while uplifting spirits with the therapeutic benefits of Organic jasmine essential oil, and the SpaRitual soaking blend of mineral rich dead sea salt, California sea salt, and epsom salts to detoxify, balance, and restore essential minerals for well-nourished skin and to relieve sore joints and muscles.
7.7oz tub retails for $22.00.

Infinitely Loving Organic Moisturizing Lotion: Featuring 83% Certified Organic ingredients including jasmine essential oil, shea butter, sesame oil, aloe vera and organic olive oil, the hydrating lotion protects skin and is light enough to be used for massage.

7.7oz bottle retails for $28.00.

Infinitely Loving Moisture Balm: Affectionately smoothes and moisturizes the driest areas with the brand’s first ever 95% Certified Organic formula made of organically harvested fair trade butters, botanical wax, essential oils and soy peptides to give infinite long-lasting moisture to dry lips, cuticles, hands, elbows and everywhere in between  The revitalizing energy of jasmine provides inner balance.                                                 1.0oz stick retails for $22.00.

All new Infinitely Loving products will be available September 1, 2011 at fine salons and spas nationwide including Spa Halekulani, Canyon Ranch, and the Mandarin Oriental. SpaRitual Nail Lacquers and Elixirs are also available online at skinstore.com and skincarerx.com.

For more information, please contact Kera Morgan or visit us online at www.sparitual.com.
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Both the lotion and bath salts are infused with the relaxing, intoxicating scent of Chinese Jasmine... a scent I've always been fond of! I haven't had the privilege of taking a bath with the salts yet, but I did treat myself to a foot soak when I did my pedicure... MY, was it wonderful! The lotion is great and moisturizing without being too greasy, and it absorbs very well. In fact, I've found myself using this lotion often! And my husband loves the smell... That's always a plus! 

I also have some Spa Ritual polishes that I recently bought from Apothica, so I'll be showing them to you soon! This is my first experience with Spa Ritual products, and I'm definitely impressed!


**These products were sent to me by the company in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.**

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sally Hansen Rockstar Pink + OPI DS Radiance Polka Dots

Hello lovelies! I hope your day is going great! I'm just glad the weekend is over! Here's to a better week. I needed a fun mani to help cheer me up.


 This is 2 coats of Sally Hansen Rockstar Pink. A plethora (oooh! Big word!) of glitter... I picked out silver, hot pink, red, and royal blue at the very least. Completely opaque in 2 coats! I have had this for a very long time, and I don't know why I haven't tried it until now!

I stamped on the Polka Dot pattern from Konad M79, using my favorite stamping silver, OPI DS Radiance.
I rather like the finished product! :)

How was your weekend?
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