Thursday, August 28, 2014

Throwback Thursday: China Glaze Bend Over Backwards

*Thanks for hanging in there with me the past 2-3 weeks. I've been really struggling with depression and anxiety with my cat's sudden illness. Thankfully, things I *think* are looking up for now, so I'm looking forward to blogging again. I appreciate everyones support, prayers, and encouragement.*

The fall bug has hit me. I'd say starting last week I was officially over summer and ready for fall scents, colors, and weather. I won't be getting fall weather anytime soon, but scents and colors I can manage. I broke out this older China Glaze glowing beauty to help get me in the fall spirit.

Bend Over Backwards
Bend Over Backwards is a warm intense red-orange shimmer.

Collection: Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away--Late Fall 2012

Color: This is one of those fiery lit from within polishes. This color absolutely glows on your nails. I love the intensity of this red-orange shade.

Formula: Beautiful buttery 2 coat formula.

Price: You can get this on various e-tailers online in the $4-$7 range.

Overall: Gorgeous shimmery shade. Shimmers are something I feel are finishes we put away in spring and summer, but I miss a great shimmer! The color is rich, intense, and glowy!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Zoya Rocha

I think we all have a nail polish color that just never seems to work for us. I always thought my only color was green. Thankfully, I've found some awesome greens on me. Recently, I realized that the color orange is definitely not my color. My first reaction when I put orange on and look at my nails is "ick!" 

However, like green, there is an occasional orange that I think suits me well. I found that with Zoya Rocha. 

Rocha is a bright red-toned orange with a very subtle shimmer.

Color: In all fairness, this is more of a red-orange than a straight up orange. That being said, I'll take it! The brightness and the added red really make this shade very flattering and wearable for more. This color isn't neon, but it really pops on your nails. 

Formula: Nice, 2 coat formula. What is weird is this has a very very faint shimmer in this. I could not pick this up on my nail at all, but the camera picks it up.

Price: This is $9 on the Zoya website

Overall: Gorgeous fresh orangey color! I love the vibrancy and how flattering it is. The formula is nice and I don't have any complaints!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mini Hiatus

I think this is the first time I've ever taken a hiatus from Imperfectly Painted.

Those of you who have followed me on Facebook and Instagram have known that my cat had been very sick last week. She had major surgery on her bladder to resolve a blockage. She came home yesterday, and all seems OK so far, but she is going to need a couple of days of keeping an eye on her while she recovers.

My dad is also coming into town today for a visit through Saturday. He had planned this visit 2 months ago, but the timing has worked out well. I don't have family here, and while my boyfriend has been great support, I really needed some family around during this rough time too.

So, I'll be spending the next week relaxing, sleeping (which I haven't done much off at all in a week!), helping my kitty, and spending time with my dad.

I plan on being back next week if all is OK. It's unlike me not to blog, since I love it, but my energy has been completely expended else where. I'll be around social media though hopefully!

Have a great week!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Milani Color Statement Lacquers- Greens

* I received the following products in exchange for my honest review.

I have the green shades of the new permanent Milani Color Statement lacquers to show you today.

The past 2 weeks I have posted the blues and the pinks, so be sure to check those out if you haven't yet.

As the past few times, I will doing one finger swatches in order to save time. I have more shade families of this line to show you over the coming weeks!

Mint Crush
 Mint Crush is a pale mint creme.

Tattle Teal
Tattle Teal is a medium teal creme.

Silhouette is a dusty sage with a very subtle shimmer.

Color: Beautiful saturated colors. Mint Crush and Tattle Teal are not very original, but if you don't have colors like this in your stash already, these might be nice to add. Silhouette is a stand out shade to me. I rarely see a green like this in drugstore brands. I also adore this color!

Formula: Tattle Teal and Silhouette had excellent and easy to use 2 coat formulas. Mint Crush like the other pastels I've reviewed in this line was trickier to apply. I found it a bit streaky and hard to level.

Price: These can be found at CVS or the Milani website for $3.99 each.

Overall: Nice selection of green shades. Silhouette is beautiful color, and not something I typically would see offered in a drugstore brand. I highly recommend Silhouette. Tattle Teal is a great standard teal color, and I'd recommend it if you don't have a teal like it in your collection. Mint Crush, beautiful color, but a tricky formula. I would say you could probably find a similar color with a better formula in another brand.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Deborah Lippmann Razzle Dazzle

Deborah Lippmann is a not a brand I frequent, for what I think are obvious reasons. $16-$20 on one bottle of nail polish is pretty darn exorbitant at least for me. Deborah Lippmann has become a birthday and special occasion only brand for me, when I feel like I can justify on the splurge. A past birthday treat of mine happened to be a bottle of Razzle Dazzle, and it had remained a favorite polish in my entire collection.

Razzle Dazzle 
Razzle Dazzle is a blackened raspberry jelly base with raspberry fine glitter.

Collection: All That Jazz Fall 2010

Color: You cannot go wrong with this color. This color is glitzy, rich, sexy, and beautiful. Everyone needs a color like this in their stash. Hot!

Formula: A very nice formula here. I used 2 thick coats above.

Price: This used to be $18, but DL prices have been raised and it's now $20 -gulp-. If you search this, you will find this on a few retailers for that price. If you're looking for an cheaper alternative, I'd recommend Essie Toggle on Top, which is significantly lower priced. You can find a comparison on The PolishAholic. They're not exact dupes, but close enough!

Overall: Stunningly beautiful color. I bought this way before Essie Toggle on Top was in existence, so I'm happy to have it in my collection. The price is definitely hard to swallow, so you won't offend me if you go for the Essie!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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