Tuesday, April 30, 2013

5 Things: April 2013


See my teeth?!?

Must. Bite. All. The. Things.

1. Peanut is getting teeth... the bottom front two, to be exact. Who's the first person she tested those teeth on? That would be me. Who does she think she is? Renesmee?!? Um, No. Just... No. Thankfully she hasn't bitten anyone else. Yet.


2. I have an unhealthy obsession with this little Sackboy from Little Big Planet. If you've got a PS3 and you haven't played... you have NO IDEA what you're missing! Get Little Big Planet 1, 2, and Karting... you won't regret it! I have issues with playing video games. I'm great at solving puzzles using strategy and logic, but first person shooters? I always end up stuck in a corner... This game is perfect for uncoordinated gamers like me! 

3. I'm a certified klutz. And a half. I run into walls when I'm going around corners. I constantly am banging limbs on my desk at work and on things around Chez Sparkle. I'm not quite sure what it is...

L'Oreal Miss Candy 2013 Spring Collection

4. Jelly. Nail. Polish. Especially this collection of Jelly polishes from L'Oreal.

c/o worth1000.com

5. Much like Garfield, my favorite food is lasagna. If you don't know who Garfield is, you either live under a rock, or I'm really old. (I'm going with the rock one.) My favorite way to make it (So Far, anyway. I'm always up for trying new lasagnas!) is with arrabiata sauce, ground turkey, ground hot italian sausage, and a TON of garlic. Yum. (And now I'm hungry for lasagna.) 



Hard Candy Gummy Green

I've been in JellyLand for the past couple days, so I thought I'd switch it up a little bit...

Gummy Green by Hard Candy
Artificial Light

Hard Candy Gummy Green 664
Gummy Green Bottle Shot

Hard Candy Gummy Green
Artificial Light

Cupcake Nails, Mint Nails
Hard Candy Gummy Green

Gummy Green is one of the brand-new Hard Candy polishes that came out this spring. It's part of the Candy Sprinkles collection... 9 different polishes with a finish that's supposed to (and does) look like sprinkles on icing. (Essentially a cupcake manicure all in one bottle.)

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
4 Coats Hard Candy Gummy Green
1 Coat OPI Top Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite


I have to admit, I like that this manicure all came from one bottle. Layering manicures aren't for everyone, and this line of polishes give you a look that says complicated without all the effort! That being said, application was NOT flawless.

Hard Candy Gummy Green is LOADED with small glitter. Because the polish is so overloaded with glitter, it tends to be a bit goopy while applying. Also, the glitter does make the finish slightly bumpy. Even with a coat of top coat, I can see and feel the bumps of the glitter. I'd probably go with another coat or two of clear to really seal in the glitter next time.

Even with the slightly problematic formula... this is a look I love! It combines the cupcake nail trend with mint... Spring's must-have color. Gummy Green is totally uber-trendy. Hard Candy polishes are only available at Wal*Mart, and retail for $4 a bottle.

Do you own any Candy Sprinkles polishes from Hard Candy?


SS: A New Leaf


An early Mother's Day present

Monday, April 29, 2013

Layering: L'Oreal Mango Mamma

WOW, am I conflicted. On one hand... I LOVE how this layering turned out. I love the pictures I took. I love that the glitter inside of this jelly sandwich turned the colors I thought it would. Now if only I liked orange... (This one's for all you orange lovers out there!)

Mango Mamma Layering, Jelly Glitter Sandwich

L'Oreal Mango Mamma Layering, Jelly Glitter Sandwich

Mango Mamma by L'Oreal

L'Oreal Mango Mamma Layering, Jelly Glitter Sandwich

L'Oreal Mango Mamma Layering, Jelly Glitter Sandwich

L'Oreal 601 Mango Mamma

Mango Mamma by L'Oreal

L'Oreal Mango Mamma Layering, Jelly Glitter Sandwich

L'Oreal Mango Mamma Layering, Jelly Glitter Sandwich
Macro

I really do like this layering... and that's saying a lot, considering my disdain for all things orange near my olive-toned skin. Seriously though, I had a vision in mind when I started this layering, and I'm really happy with how it turned out. Jelly polishes can be fickle... sometimes they layer how you want them to, and other times they do strange things to the glitters they're layered with. In this case, Mango Mamma from L'Oreal played nicely with the glitter polishes I picked!

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats L'Oreal Mango Mamma
1 Coat Revlon Sparkling
1 Coat SOPI Flurry Up!
2 Coats L.A. Girl Provocative
2 Coats L'Oreal Mango Mamma
1 Coat OPI Top Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

12 Coats of polish might seem like a lot, but it's really not. Trust me! The end result is totally worth each and every coat!

My thought with this layering was to include glitter inside the sandwich that would register as different shades of orange. Sparkling by Revlon is a light pink glitter, while Provocative from L.A. Girl is a fuchsia glitter. SOPI Flurry Up! is your standard silver glitter polish. With Mango Mamma layered on top, the glitters morphed into Orange-Gold, Tangerine, and Red-Orange. Incredibly pretty and soooo much depth to this layering! I really wish I liked orange more, because I might be tempted to keep this on longer than just a day... :)

How would you layer Mango Mamma?


Friday, April 26, 2013

L'Oreal Miss Pixie vs. Revlon Royal

Two pretty blues = TONS of epic layering combinations. Yes... Epic... Trust me!

Blue Jelly Polish

Blue Jelly Polish

It's been a while since I picked up Revlon Royal for a manicure, and sadly, it has suffered the same fate of so many other kindred bottles of this polish. A bunch of pigment settled to the bottom of the bottle and won't budge, no matter how hard I shake. This hasn't affected the color of the polish. The formula, however, is another story.

Revlon Royal used to be a dream to apply. It's got a great brush, it builds nicely, but somewhere between purchase and comparison, it turned into a streaky mess of a polish. I'm not sure if adding thinner would help or hurt this polish. I wouldn't want to even try it at this point, because Royal has since been discontinued.

The good news in all of this, is that Miss Pixie from L'Oreal is an almost dead-on dupe for Revlon Royal with an impeccably streak-free finish. It builds nicely, too, although it has a tinge less pigmentation than Royal. Miss Pixie is a beautiful bright blue... so named for those pesky pixies from Harry Potter? Not sure, but if I had to guess... :)

If you like layering polishes, jelly glitter sandwiches, or have ever tried to recreate Unicorn Puke (Clairvoyant) from Cult Nails... you NEED Miss Pixie in your collection. It's such a great base for all kinds of flaky and glitter combinations. If you own Shine of the Times from Essie, or a similar flaky, layer it over 2 or 3 coats of Miss Pixie, or Revlon Royal, if you have it. You won't regret it! And just to prove it...

Revlon Royal, Essie Shine of the Times, Layering
Preeeeeetty. Natural Light

Miss Pixie is part of the Miss Candy Collection from L'Oreal for Spring 2013. It's a Limited Edition collection of 8 jelly polishes. I'm not sure how long these will hang around the drugstores... I'm itching to pick up some backup bottles and I can't be the only one... :)


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Layering: L'Oreal Bubble Trouble

Here's a layering I did using L'Oreal Bubble Trouble... (from the Miss Candy collection) or as I like to call it... Malibu Stacy: The Pastel Edition*.

L'Oreal Bubble Trouble Layering
Natural Light

L'Oreal Bubble Trouble Layering
Sunlight

L'Oreal Bubble Trouble Layering
Sunlight

L'Oreal Bubble Trouble Layering
Natural Light

L'Oreal Bubble Trouble Layering
Natural Light

L'Oreal Bubble Trouble Layering Macro
Macro
Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats L'Oreal Bubble Trouble
1 Coat Revlon Sparking
1 Coat SOPI Indi-Go With the Flow
1 Coat SOPI Sugar Plum Faeries Gone Wild
1 Coat L'Oreal Bubble Trouble
1 Coat OPI Top Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

This manicure is so incredibly girly that it's not even funny! And I LOVE IT!!! Bubble Trouble is part of the Miss Candy Collection from L'Oreal... a pretty pink pastel jelly polish. I couldn't just paint Bubble Trouble on my nails and be done with it, though... It was begging to be turned into a Jelly Glitter Sandwich.

Soooooo, I painted on a coat of Revlon Sparkling... fine and chunky pink glitter with decent coverage.

Then, I added Indi-Go with the Flow to my nails, thinking I'd do a sort of reverse Revlon Whimsical/Deborah Lippman Up in the Air sort of thing.

Shiiiiiny... but I couldn't stop there!

1 Coat of SOPI Sugar Plum Faeries Gone Wild pushed this mani right over the edge into glitter OVERLOAD! I topped it with one coat of Bubble Trouble to finish out the sandwich, painted on OPI Top Coat for shine, and sealed the whole thing up with Seche Vite.

This might be a complete glitterbomb of a layering, but I really like it. If I would do it again, I'd probably skip the coat of Indi-Go with the Flow. Bubble Trouble turned it into a really pretty lavender shade that's almost identical to Sugar Plum Faeries Gone Wild. Ah, well. Live and learn, right?

How would you layer Bubble Trouble?!?


*I'm not dissing Barbie or anything. I played Barbies ALL. THE. TIME. when I was little. Just ask my sister!

5 Things: Peanut Edition (April 2013)

Peanut's Current Faves:

Klaus the Crinklebug

1. THIS toy. You pull on it and the bug vibrates down to land on the flower. The wings and the flower petals are crinkly. Top side of the petals are colorful with different patterns as shown in the pic, the undersides have different patterns in black and white. Add the rings at the bottom, random ribbons, antennae (always the antennae), and the fuzzy texture. They're so much going on here that even Peanut can. not. deal. We started out calling him crinklebug, but he's been officially dubbed Klaus*.

 2. Her Bottle. It's crazy to think that she recognizes stuff at only 6 months old when she doesn't know much, but I'll tell ya what. She knows when the bottle has formula in it and she LOVES it. She gets soooooo excited when she's about to get one. She kicks her little legs and waves her arms around whenever I pick it up before I feed her. Cutest. Thing. Ever.

3. Owl City. Any song by Owl City. She has a bunch of toys attached to her car seat and she goes NUTS when Owl City comes on the iPod. Not sure if this is an all babies thing or just a Peanut thing. Little girl thinks she's in the band, or something.

4. Sweet Potatoes. They're the winner out of all the yellow** veggies.

A Stylish Little Peanut... :)

5. Sunglasses. Peanut can't STAND having the sun in her eyes. It took a little while for her to get the concept down... (you wear them, you don't eat them.) It may not look like it, but she really does like them! She kept them on for a full 30 minutes or so the other day while we were outside!!!


* Why Klaus? Well, Pierre the Bunny is French, Tomas the Turtle is Spanish, so we decided that crinklebug would be German.  
** They call them yellow, but they're actually orange.

L'Oreal Mango Mamma vs. OPI Y'All Come Back, Ya Hear?

These 2 orange jellies are definitely not the same... Good news if you love orange polish! (I don't.*)

L'Oreal Mango Mamma vs. OPI Y'all Come Back Ya Hear?

L'Oreal Mango Mamma vs. OPI Y'all Come Back Ya Hear?



Looking at these swatches... It's evident I should've also taken bottle shots of these two! When you compare them that way, they look like they'd be identical. Y'All Come Back, Ya Hear? is from the OPI Texas Sorbet Collection. I'm not a lover of orange, but it was 50% off, and for OPI, that's a steal! Y'All Come Back, Ya Hear? is a cool shade of orange... pumpkin-y orange to be precise.

L'Oreal Mango Mamma is just what its name implies. A Mango-licious Tangerine-ish warm orange that I actually kind of like. I'm not too sure that it would look right with my skin tone, but I love the depth and saturation of Mango Mamma! It would create a beautiful Jelly Glitter Sandwich!

If you were looking to cross one of these polishes off your wish list... I'm sorry to say I can't help with that! These are different enough to warrant owning both. Given the fact that the OPI Sorbets came out in 2011... you'll probably have an easier time picking up Mango Mamma from L'Oreal. L'Oreal polishes are a little less expensive than OPI, too... They retail at $5.99 a bottle, compared to the $8 or so for OPI polishes.

Mango Mamma from L'Oreal is part of the Miss Candy Collection for Spring 2013. Miss Candy is a Limited Edition Collection, so I wouldn't wait too long to track down any of these polishes. Jellies like this won't hang around forever!


Which polish from the Miss Candy Collection are you looking forward to most?!?

*usually.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

L'Oreal Jolly Lolly vs. OPI Do You Think I'm Tex-y?

I get excited when new polish collections come out, especially limited edition collections like the L'Oreal Miss Candy Jelly Polish Collection. I research my polishes pretty well before buying. Surprisingly, even though I have 200ish polishes... I have a pretty good idea of what colors I have and don't have. But sometimes I'll see a display that I think is new, and I get the color home only to discover I already have the exact. same. shade.

Versus is a new feature here on Seize the Sparkle where I'll compare similar colors to see if they're true dupes, just a shade or two off, or two (or more) complete different colors!

For the inaugural edition... Here's two polishes that I swatched because I thought they would look completely different. Imagine my surprise when I saw this:

Do You Think I'm Tex-y vs. Jolly Lolly
Uhhh... They look like the exact same color!

Jolly Lolly vs. Do You Think I'm Tex-y?
Okay... Jolly Lolly looks a smidge darker and slightly more red. Slightly.

Jolly Lolly vs. Do You Think I'm Tex-y?
But, wait! I have Jolly Lolly on my hands and it looks red, not pink!!!

L'Oreal Jolly Lolly vs. OPI Do You Think I'm Tex-y?
Umm, yeah. You're seeing what I saw. Oo

Now, I have a pretty good idea why this happened. The nail wheel is a really stark white, whereas my nails have a natural pinky-peach base. But still... talk about unexpected! If I had looked at these swatches, I might've passed on buying Jolly Lolly! Luckily, when you look at the bottle, it's super obvious that Jolly Lolly is a RED jelly, not a pink one. But still... crazy, right?

How many dupes are in your stash?


L'Oreal Jolly Lolly

Finally, a true cherry-red jelly polish for my collection!

L'Oreal Jolly Lolly Accent Manicure
Natural Light

L'Oreal Jolly Lolly Accent Manicure
Natural Light

L'Oreal Jolly Lolly Accent Manicure
Sunlight

L'Oreal Jolly Lolly Accent Manicure
Natural Light

L'Oreal Jolly Lolly Accent Manicure
Sunlight

Dr. Pepper Jolly Lolly Accent Manicure
Natural Light

L'Oreal Jolly Lolly Accent Manicure
Sunlight

L'Oreal Jolly Lolly Accent Manicure
Natural Light

L'Oreal Jolly Lolly MACRO
Macro

L'Oreal Jolly Lolly Accent MACRO
Jelly Glitter Macro

Jolly Lolly from L'Oreal is a bright cherry-red jelly polish that I actually don't mind. I don't normally wear red polish (it's just not my thing...) but this is classic pretty at its best!

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
4 Coats L'Oreal Jolly Lolly
2 Coats L.A. Girl Celebrate (Accent)
1 Coat L'Oreal Jolly Lolly (Accent)
1 Coat OPI Top Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

I really can't say enough about the formula on these polishes. Jolly Lolly went on smoothly with no streaking and built up to a beautiful cherry-red with 4 coats. I added glitter to my accent fingers to make a jelly sandwich with L.A. Girl Celebrate. It's got a pretty decent mix of random glitter, and Jolly Lolly adds a nice red tinge. I tried to pick a glitter that wouldn't scream Valentine's Day when paired with Jolly Lolly, and Celebrate was a great choice!

What do you think of Jolly Lolly? Did it satisfy your craving for a true red jelly?!?



L'Oreal Miss Candy Collection

Prepare to be amazed by a whole bunch of Jelly awesomeness! I've got swatches of the entire L'Oreal Miss Candy Jelly Polish Collection. Take a look... 

L'Oreal Bubble Trouble, Jolly Lolly, Mango Mamma, Bananarama Love, Creme de Mint, Miss Pixie, Lilac Coolers, Berry Nice
L'Oreal Miss Candy Jelly Polish Collection (Spring 2013)

L'Oreal Miss Candy Jelly Polishes Warm Colors
L'Oreal Miss Candy - Warm Polishes

L'Oreal Miss Candy Jelly Polishes Cool Colors
L'Oreal Miss Candy - Cool Polishes

L'Oreal Bubble Trouble
L'Oreal Bubble Trouble: 1-4 Coats

L'Oreal Bubble Trouble might just be my new favorite light pink polish. The finish on this shade is just incredible. It builds nicely from a super sheer pink to a pretty pastel pink jelly. Bubble Trouble looks to be one of those pinks that will work with any skin tone!

L'Oreal Jolly Lolly
L'Oreal Jolly Lolly: 1-4 Coats

Jolly Lolly by L'Oreal is an interesting polish. On my wheels, it looked pink. On my nails, it looks red. I'm guessing the difference is the fact that the nail wheel is a stark white, whereas my nails have a more pinky/peach base. If you've been looking for a cherry red jelly polish, Jolly Lolly is what you've been searching for! I'm not normally the biggest fan of red polish, but I really like this one!!!

L'Oreal Mango Mamma
L'Oreal Mango Mamma: 1-4 Coats

Mango Mamma from L'Oreal is just that... an INCREDIBLE Mango jelly polish. I'm pretty sure this would match Rita's Mango Italian Ice perfectly! I'm not at all a fan of the color orange, but this is a really pretty shade and finish. Not too sure if it will go with my skin tone... (Just one of many reasons for my general disdain of orange.)

L'Oreal Bananarama Love
L'Oreal Bananarama Love: 1-4 Coats

L'Oreal Bananarama Love might be a dupe for Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road. I don't own Yellow Brick Road to test it against, but I would say the two are pretty close. Bananarama Love might be a shade or two cooler, but it's still a great color with an awesome finish. How much do you love a yellow that doesn't streak?!?

L'Oreal Creme De Mint
L'Oreal Creme de Mint: 1-4 Coats

I'm guessing L'Oreal went with Creme de Mint for their green jelly because of the mint green trend for Spring. I think they could've gone with a dark green jelly (Nars Zulu, anyone?) to balance out Berry Nice, the only dark jelly polish of the bunch. I'm not sure if I like Creme de Mint or not. I'm not thrilled by it, but it does give some different layering possibilities.

L'Oreal Miss Pixie
L'Oreal Miss Pixie: 1-4 Coats

L'Oreal Miss Pixie is a bright blue jelly, similar to Revlon Royal, which I believe has been discontinued. If you missed out on Royal, this is a must have in your collection. It's a pretty bright blue and you can create some really cool layerings with it!

L'Oreal Lilac Coolers
L'Oreal Lilac Coolers: 1-4 Coats

Similar to Bubble Trouble, Lilac Coolers is another pastel jelly in this collection that's not a crelly and not streaky. This shade is ridiculously pretty and goes on very smoothly. Lilac Coolers would be great for a different take on a French manicure, or used to create a pretty Jelly Glitter Sandwich like this one here.

L'Oreal Berry Nice
L'Oreal Berry Nice: 1-4 Coats

Berry Nice is the lone dark jelly in the Miss Candy Collection. While it seems odd that L'Oreal would throw this in there, Berry Nice isn't all THAT much out of place. It's in the same family of color as Zoya Katherine and Verity Deep Violet, but I don't think it's a dupe for either polish. It's a cool, blue-leaning grape-purple that's just begging to be used in a sparkly layering!  

L'Oreal Bubble Trouble, Jolly Lolly, Mango Mamma, Bananarama Love, Creme de Mint, Miss Pixie, Lilac Coolers, Berry Nice
L'Oreal Miss Candy Jelly Polishes

I don't own too many L'Oreal polishes, but the formula on these was excellent. The brush is a bit smaller than the mop-style brush some companies have grown fond of lately. Thankfully, all of my crushes were impeccable without any stray hairs. Application was great... Each polish had a shiny jelly finish at 4 coats. I was actually amazed that for the most part, these polishes weren't streaky AT ALL. Even with just one coat, they seemed to level out not just on my wheels, but on my nails as well.

The price point on these polishes isn't bad... $5.99 retail at CVS or Rite-Aid, and that's before all the coupons and rewards both stores offer. This collection IS Limited Edition, so if you're interested in any of these polishes, don't wait! Jelly collections usually don't stick around too long. I still regret not picking up all of OPI's "Sorbet" polishes from the Texas Collection.

What do you think of the L'Oreal Miss Candy Jellies?!?

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