Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Rainbow Honey March Mystery Bag: Unboxing!

It's totally late for this post but I got my March Mystery Bag from Rainbow Honey fairly late - nonetheless, I got my April Mystery Bag on time and I am going to be bold and post that today as well. Two posts in one day?! This is insanity! But seriously, I gotta make up for all the time I am going to lose somehow! Anyway, here we go - March Mystery Bag from Rainbow Honey... REVEALED!

Rainbow Honey March Mystery Bag

Rainbow Honey March Mystery Bag

Rainbow Honey has now switched to a customized printed Mystery Bag sticker to seal the tissue paper wrapped pack. I think it's mega cute and honestly I hope they never switch to some sort of box because it makes you collect waste - or throw away pretty boxes - so having a nice simple pack is the way to go! On unwrapping the tissue paper, the contents are packed securely in a little bubble wrap pack:

Rainbow Honey March Mystery Bag

And the contents unveiled!...

Rainbow Honey March Mystery Bag

Here's the Rainbow Honey March Mystery Bag card that it came:

Rainbow Honey March Mystery Bag

Rainbow Honey March Mystery Bag

Rainbow Honey March Mystery Bag

Some transcriptions...

FRONT:
March's Mystery Bag - Rainbow Honey

INSIDE:
Greetings from the Rainbow Honey Lab!

Thanks for picking up this month's Mystery Bag!
This month's bag includes:

All My Stars - We are celebrating Rainbow Honey's birthday this month with the help of this little guy!

The Soiree - This elegant glitter topper may be joining a collection later this year, let us know what you think!

Lavandula Mini Rollerball - This is one of three new scents coming out with Midnight Garden featuring Lavendar and other fresh and bright essential oils!

Nail Honey Cuticle Oil Mini - A new item for us! Treat your nails and cuticles to a little TLC with Dee's secret weapon against dry winter skin!

Nail Honey Hand Cream Sample - Another member of the Nail Honey family, this cream will moisturize, protect and leave you smelling fab!

BACK:
We hope you've enjoyed this month's look at some of our upcoming products! And since it's no longer a mystery, tell us what you loved the most - and tag your posts to make sure we see them!

#RainbowHoney
#RainbowHoneyLab
#RainbowHonetMysteryBag

Thank you again for being such a loyal fan!
Love, The Rainbow Honey Lab (see you next month!)

Here's the Lavandula mini rollerball perfume. This time, it came is a sealed wrap with a sticker. Even though it was sealed, it managed my make my second (yes I have two) Rainbow Honey Helmer drawer smell like lavender! And you know? I LOVE LAVENDER so that was totally fine by me! Itty bitty rollerball, ah so cute!

Rainbow Honey March Mystery Bag

Rainbow Honey March Mystery Bag

Rainbow Honey March Mystery Bag

Here's the Nail Honey Hand Cream sample. It is a simple squeeze packet. I haven't tried it yet but I've been very happy with the cuticle oil and rollerballs so I have good feelings!

Rainbow Honey March Mystery Bag

And of course, certainly not least - always my favourites... The polishes! Here's All My Stars, Cuticle Oil and The Soiree minis:

Rainbow Honey March Mystery Bag

Rainbow Honey March Mystery Bag

Rainbow Honey March Mystery Bag

All My Stars has mixed circle and star glitter with a touch of shimmer:

Rainbow Honey March Mystery Bag

The Soiree is similar to "The Worst Possible Thing" in glitter make up but in royal blue and some black star glitter thrown in. Lots of fun:

Rainbow Honey March Mystery Bag

Lastly, here's the Cuticle Oil which has a really nice fresh somewhat fruity somewhat sweet somewhat a hint of floral. I wasn't sure about this product because I am SO attached to my cuticle sticks but I didn't mind using this for pushing back my cuticles. Easy! And such a nice scent!

Rainbow Honey March Mystery Bag

Anyhow that wraps it up for the March Mystery Bag! I love the contents. For April, there was an option to get a full size Mystery Bag which I highly considered but I think I am going to have to go with the masses on this one - I might as well go with the sample sizes and purchase the big ones if I like the product!

Have you signed up for the Rainbow Honey subscription Mystery Bag yet? Did you go big size or small size? How do you decide on when to buy a full size product?

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Essence 'Ticket to Paradise' Dive With Me To The Island Swatch and Review (Bonus: Rainbow Honey Bubble Beam)

Alright so I haven't posted any of it yet but I am just addicted to outlining and doing geometric designs on my nails lately! I've decided to actually update this blog once or twice a week while I am abroad that way I can show off these designs I've been playing around with and well, maybe I can talk about any polish I spot in Ireland, England and Paris? Oh I didn't think I mentioned it before - but that's where I am going and I'll be flying in just two days, ahhhhh! So much to do! But it's Tuesday so let's chill out and celebrate Cheap Polish Tuesday.

This one is a bit "old" in the fast changing polish world but this is Essence Dive With Me To The Island from the 'Ticket to Paradise' capsule collection. It's one of those 'Tiffany blue' type of shades and is meant to be a jelly (or as they say a "semi-transparent nail polish"!) as the other shades in the collection. The formula was good, my second coat applied a bit patchy and I was worried but it was self-levelling and evened out. Only needed two coats after all! Here's my swatch in two coats, with no top coat:

Essence 'Ticket to Paradise' Dive With Me To The Island Swatch

Essence 'Ticket to Paradise' Dive With Me To The Island Swatch

Essence 'Ticket to Paradise' Dive With Me To The Island Swatch

Essence 'Ticket to Paradise' Dive With Me To The Island Swatch

Essence 'Ticket to Paradise' Dive With Me To The Island Swatch

And for funsies, I finally took out Rainbow Honey Bubble Beam to add a bit of shimmer over top. Not the best colour to showcase Bubble Beam in all her blue shimmery glory, but it can be subtle too!:

Essence 'Ticket to Paradise' Dive With Me To The Island Swatch (with Rainbow Honey Bubble Beam)

And here it is matted with Cheap Polish Tuesday's favourite cheap matte top coat from GOSH. There's really no taming that shimmer at all:

Essence 'Ticket to Paradise' Dive With Me To The Island Swatch (with Rainbow Honey Bubble Beam)

Overall, I still love this polish - it had a nice natural shiny finish; sure it's not unique but it had a great formula. Another winner, another great "bang for your buck" in Cheap Polish Tuesday.

So now that I am bringing a checked baggage, I think I might bring my nail strengthener and a couple of polishes, hehe. Is this absurd? I hope not. What do you think of these Tiffany blue polishes? Have you had enough of them? I certainly haven't!

Monday, 14 April 2014

Monarch Butterfly Wing Nail Art

You know that moment when the clinic says that there's a two hour wait, only to return after two hours and there's another 45 minutes wait? Yeah? Yeah. Anyway while I was waiting I ended up buying some Heys luggage from Winners where I continued to panic on whether or now I should check a bag. (My BFF suggested that I do since it's a month long trip.) All ironic because by the time I got to the doctor, I was in a frenzy and I just needed a refill on my Ativan. How about that! Anyway, it's Monday so now it's time for Shitty Nail Art Monday, I am gonna bring it all back!

Monarch Butterfly Wing Nail Art

Here's some Monarch Butterfly Wing nail art! I had originally made these for the "animal print" challenge that Caitlin and I were going to do but ultimately like my leopard design more. I made this design by painting my nails all white, then sponging a gradient using Color Club Daisy Does It and Color Club Berry and Bright. I painted the black art with a fine nail art brush and then used a dotting tool for the white detailing.

Monarch Butterfly Wing Nail Art

Here's a list of all the materials I used for this nail art:

+ dotting tool
+ fine nail art brush
+ make-up sponge
+ Zoya Snow White
+ Color Club Daisy Does It (yellow)
+ Color Club Berry and Bright (red)
+ OPI Black Onyx (black)

I'm not completely thrilled with the outcome of this but it was a first attempt and I've been practising with a striper brush (OMG WHY DIDN'T I DISCOVER IT SOONER) and could probably do a better job next time. Hopefully, anyway. Here's some more shots:

Monarch Butterfly Wing Nail Art

Monarch Butterfly Wing Nail Art

Monarch Butterfly Wing Nail Art

So any travel savvy ladies want to give a not-so-savvy lady on check in luggage? Could you live out of a bag for a month, when you have people to impress and dress nicely for? Give me your travel hacks! Also, while we're at it: What takes the cake for an animal print theme? Butterflies or leopards?

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Zoya Lucy Swatch and Review (Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Crusader Wrath Resource Inspired Nails)

So as you have probably read before (or maybe you haven't and you're new so HELLO! :D), I am really into Diablo 3 right now. Like, REALLY. It's drugs, plain and simple. It's a lot of highs and a lot of never achieving and the rewards and the not-so-much rewards... It's crazy but you know, it makes me happy and I am going to continue playing it in the meantime. Anyway, today's post is another one that was meant for Reaper of Souls launch week but I was sick and on all sorts of actual drugs, so I've got it for today's week end post.

These are my Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, Crusader class resource (Wrath) inspired nails:

Zoya Lucy Swatch (with Enchanted Polish Djinn in a Bottle)

Zoya Lucy Swatch (with Enchanted Polish Djinn in a Bottle)

I made them plain and simple using three coats of Zoya Lucy, a sheer jelly off white polish and one coat of the lovely Enchanted Polish Djinn in a Bottle. Seriously perfect for the light and "holy" look of the Crusader class' resource globe that you see on the screen.

Here's a swatch of Zoya Lucy, building it up... Here's one coat...

Zoya Lucy Swatch

Two coats of Zoya Lucy...

Zoya Lucy Swatch

And three coats of Zoya Lucy!

Zoya Lucy Swatch

Overall, it's a very nice jelly polish. It's applies gently and smoothly. I wouldn't say it's that special in any way but I love Zoya polishes and I love jellies, so this one's great. For the final touch on the Crusader Wrath nails, I used one coat of Djinn in a Bottle, and IMHO - is a must-have for every polish stash! Here's one coat over three coats of Zoya Lucy:

Zoya Lucy Swatch (with Enchanted Polish Djinn in a Bottle)

My lightbox unfortunately doesn't let the holographic rainbow nature of Djinn in a Bottle, but trust me - it's a stunner in the summer!

What's your drug of choice? (OK, maybe you won't want to answer that, haha!) What do you like to do with your jelly polishes?

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Rainbow Honey Swordlily Swatch and Review (Bonus: Rainbow Honey Poffin Party Swatch)

I can't believe it but I can't believe that I have about a week left until I leave to Europe for a month! Gahhh it's coming up so soon and because I was sick for two weeks, I am so behind, ahhhhh!!! #firstworldproblems But nonetheless, I am really excited because I am going to try and get back to a place where I'm taking photos out of passion again. I am bringing the smallest amount of clothes and packing cameras! I'll definitely miss having my nail polish too - so I think I am going to try and locate a bottle of OPI Nail Envy Matte over yonder and bring my cuticle creams. It's gonna be cray - so I'll try to update this blog as much as I can during the next week and update once a week as well. ANYHOO, today I've got a nice spring shade!

This is Rainbow Honey Swordlily, from the Midnight Garden collection. It's a purple light magenta toned polish with a ton of gold flakes. The flakes are gorgeous! The formula was great, only took two coats for full coverage. Here's my swatch without top coat:

Rainbow Honey Swordlily Swatch

Rainbow Honey Swordlily Swatch

Rainbow Honey Swordlily Swatch

Rainbow Honey Swordlily Swatch

Rainbow Honey Swordlily Swatch

Honestly, I love this colour. It's perfect for spring - and very pretty. I think that my skintone, however, is not best suited with this shade. It kind of sucks, but that doesn't mean that I don't love this colour! I'm going to have to play around with perhaps incorporating it with nail art - I can see some awesome ideas pairing it with black.

Aaaaand the bonus swatch... I got Rainbow Honey Poffin Party with my February Mystery Bag. It's a clear suspension base packed with shimmer, and multi-sized pink, yellow, green, orange, blue circle glitter and pink square glitters. Here's Rainbow Honey Poffin Party without any top coat:

Rainbow Honey Swordlily Swatch (with Rainbow Honey Poffin Party and no top coat)

Rainbow Honey Swordlily Swatch (with Rainbow Honey Poffin Party and no top coat)

Welp, I am going to have to be honest with myself and say: I don't like this polish. I feel bad - I want to like this polish, it looked very cute in the bottle, the colours go so well together - it's based on Pokemon! But... I don't like this polish. What's not to love? The large circle glitters really ruined it for me: They're absurdly thick, and they look as though the colours have been printed on so from a side view, you can see the whites of the material, and the flat side looks streaky. I hate to say this, I really do - I love Rainbow Honey and this will sadly not be a full sized bottle that I will be purchasing. I have a full collection but I just can't see myself wanting to use this polish.

I tried to resolve the thick glitter syndrome by using two coats of Seche Vite, but sadly they were still so thick on the nail. Here's some swatches of that:

Rainbow Honey Swordlily Swatch (with Rainbow Honey Poffin Party)

Rainbow Honey Swordlily Swatch (with Rainbow Honey Poffin Party)

Rainbow Honey Swordlily Swatch (with Rainbow Honey Poffin Party)

Rainbow Honey Swordlily Swatch (with Rainbow Honey Poffin Party)

What do you think of Swordlily - do you have any spring time favourite nail polishes in your collection? What do you think of Poffin Party? Have you dealt with this type of thick glitter before?

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Revlon 736 Elusive Swatch and Review

I am wearing Pokemon on my leggings today and it makes me a happy panda even though sometimes I question my shitty choices in fashion and wondering if I am ever going to dress my age. Just whenever I dress nice, I feel like an imposter. HAY GUYZ I AM A BIZNIZ WO-MAN. Anyway, today is Tuesday and it's cheap day - I might even grab a cheap burger today at work for lunch, but in the case that I don't, I've also got Cheap Polish Tuesday!

This is Revlon Elusive. I picked it up for $3.99 from Superstore a couple of weeks ago when I was buying medicine. Elusive is a black based jelly, packed with blue toned emerald green multi-sized hex glitters and microglitter. The formula goes on swimmingly and it only took two coats with a tad of retouch strokes to get to full opacity. It finishes to a wax/satin-like finish - I personally don't find it flattering at all. It looks far more to its namesake - elusive - when finished glossy. Here it is first with a coat of Seche Vite:

Revlon Elusive Swatch (with Seche Vite)

Revlon Elusive Swatch (with Seche Vite)

Revlon Elusive Swatch (with Seche Vite)

Revlon Elusive Swatch (with Seche Vite)

Revlon Elusive Swatch (with Seche Vite)

Here's Revlon Elusive with its natural wax/satin finish. I personally don't like it because I feel like the glitters are still bumpy. I am also a bit over this finish - if I want this finish, I'll use a matte top coat. I don't think the glitters are particular more stand out in this finish - I feel like it actually dulls it down. Not a fan. Here it is:

Revlon Elusive Swatch

Revlon Elusive Swatch

Revlon Elusive Swatch

Do you dress your age? Does it even matter? What do you think of polishes that have a "built-in" wax/satin finish? Is it soooooo 2013? Or are you still into them? Tell me what you're doing for Cheap Tuesday!