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So I Finally got my First Acryllic Mani.

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After years of following aesthetic blogs on Tumblr for the... aesthetic, I finally bit the bullet and got what bf affectionately refers to as "Thot Nails". Not the pseudonym I would have opted for since they've got a proper name, but for humor's sake I'm gonna roll with it. SO, I've never had my nails maintained professionally; this all came about one morning when my girlfriend text me. She was on my side of town and invited me on her appointment with her. Normally I would have declined; when I hear the word 'Salon', I naturally don't dare to walk in unscheduled. It's just rude, or so I thought: she took me to a place that accepts walk ins (and is open twenty-four hours). There weren't more than two guests already seated so we didn't have to wait long before that magic happened.

Freshly done mani, just about nothing beats it


Now, when I say I've never had my nails professionally maintained, what I really mean is that aside from the NOTD posts you all get to see almost bi-weekly, I've never had any professional help to get my nails to look like they do; not even to get them shaped, which I heard is like, a big deal. Anyway,  our appointments took less than an hour even with all the extra stuff we got done: acrylics, gel, shaping, and then my friend got stencils over her last coat, which didn't last long but it looked good the first day so we didn't think much of it, since the design wasn't extra. Over time, I think I had consistent problems with the middle and index finger on both hands; the rest of them pretty much held up for three months.



      I know, I know. You're not supposed to keep acrylics that long. Not only did I have an obvious amount of space between my new growth and the color, but the nails started to grow out from underneath. So I caved and got them redone at the same place with a regular lacquer. Gel is nice and doesn't chip (very easily) but it cost more and my nails basically grew out eleven minutes after my appointment ended, every time. So standard varnish quite literally saved me.

I had the color redone that morning. The space between my install/cuticles = mani meltdown.
     Would it have been easier to just have the nails removed? Yes (and no), for one thing even getting them removed cost money; aside from that, my nails grew out as they normally do underneath the acrylics and I didn't want to cut them... Until I went to get one or two nails refitted. My technician clipped the nail off too close to my skin and lifted the rest off with her bare hands. Painful and had I known better at the time, my cue to leave. once they were on I paid and left. One nail salon didn't sour the magic of the whole, entire ordeal for me, but it was enough of a wake up call so that I went on to maintain the nails on my own so that no more would break until I was ready to take them off. 

     Don't get me wrong; having nice, 400 likes-worthy nails was nice, and having someone else do it all for me was even nicer. But it was a habit I couldn't really keep up with considering the fields I work in (and not sanitary probably. My boss would have a fit). I think I was able to throw on about four different shades in between all the maintenance, not that I remember what their called. None of them were me, but when you're trying something new, it's gonna be a little uncomfortable. A little wiggle room and voila, suddenly if felt fresh as hell. I'm not gonna lie, they did make me feel like everything I wore for those three month was gram-worthy. In the future though, I'm gonna stick with gel over my natural nails, and that's assuming they ever grow in the same.
This is what I like to call 'PSL'. I'm sure that's what it's actually called, OPI churned this one out.


20150518 FOTW

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   Guess who just got a contouring palette. I'm gonna be completely honest: there isn't a whole lot of differences between a contour palette and a matte eyeshadow.. Which I usually use to contour instead. The one I got was ULTA brand and created for light to medium skin with a neutral/cool tones. What I liked the most was the size of the pans, and the handy little shading guide that came with it.. That, I also didn't use. I just didn't need it, looking at the diagram and then looking at my bare face, I probably would have looked like pennywise in drag.. maybe. Anyway, I just want to point out that adding contour extended my routine by an hour! Blending everything and correcting the tone? Not a fan of it, but I'll take the teachable moment with a grain of salt, gotta remember not everything in store is made *just for me* haha. Here's what I'm working with:


  • ULTA CONTOUR PALETTE
  • ESSENCE SUPERFINE EYELINER PEN
  • ESSENCE EYELASH FIBRES
  • WET N' WILD EYELINER PENCIL, GREY
  • Rimmel ScandalEyes Rockin' Curves Mascara, Carbon Black
  • NICKA COSMETICS LIP COLOR, BLACK
  • RIMMEL LIP LINER, CLEAR
  • IMAN COSMETICS FOUNDATION STICK, CLAY 3
  • SEPHORA MATTIFYING COMPACT, D55
  • MAYBELLINE THE NUDES EYESHADOW PALETTE
  • FLOWER BEAUTY SKIN PRIMER BY DREW BARRYMORE

   I felt like I had a wet blanket on my face, but you know what they say about beauty being a pain. Anyway, I'm pretty satisfied with this look, I feel like I properly channeled the late nineties grunge aesthetic I grew up on. It's funny how little things like that make their way back into your life, I had no idea how affected I was, and it feels like it just crept over me while I was working on this look. This is definitely going into my look book, I am so with it.



Shany Cosmetics Vibraint 120 color Palette Pictoral

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   This is my favorite palette so far. It's Shany cosmetics 120 color vibrant palette, I bought it specifically for the row of reds when I was on my red kick. Actually, I haven't even touched the other half of the palette (pictured last, on the right). I like eyeshadow trays with an array of color that stay the matte course, but this is good because each pan is tone specific and the concentrated pigment shows up well on deeper tones of skin without the use of primer ( which I don't recommend). It was nineteen dollars via the wish app, regular retail varies. 

This is one of the looks I created with this palette; I'm working up the gumption to use the greens this summer with some copper shimmer. So far I like every color I've used, and I'm looking forward to exploring the other products That Shany has to offer, including the lipstick collections!










Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Underage Red

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Okay so this is my first ever liquid lipstick. I was trying to hold off on buying one until Jeffree Star's line took off, but it took like a year and my patience wore extra thin so, I bought this as an interim. It's not bad, in fact I even like the other colors this line comes in, but since I don't frequent sephora anymore, that means I'm gonna have to kiss this line goodbye. But first, a review:

LIME CRIME ALTERNATIVES

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So I’ve been seeing a lot of people post about how they want to try Lime Crime but like not really considering their CEO’s rapsheet and general messiness and it seems like it’d be great if there were some other brands with comparable products of equal or greater value. There are!
SHANY COSMETICS
They have a line of liquid lipsticks that come in quite a few web trending shades and they’re selling for $7.00
Recommended Shades:
Corset, Time Warp, Pop Culture, Bold Spirit
ColourPop Cosmetics
 At $5.00 per tube these colors meet and exceed expectations. These aren’t liquid formulas, but with the depth of color and durability this brand boasts it’s kind of a non-factor 
Recommended Shades: Pitch, Leather, Creature, Feminist
Anastasia Beverly Hills , $20.00

Recommended shades: Sad Girl, Heathers
Coloured Raine Cosmetics , $16.00
Recommended shades:  Electric Raine, Soul, Mars
Makeup Academy , $4.42

Recommended Shades: A Flush, Atomic

Jeffree Star Cosmetics , $18.00
Recommended Shades: I’m Royalty, Unicorn Blood
Dose of Colour Cosmetics, $18.00

I would personally buy them all, I don’t have any color recs here.

Impulse Cosmetics, $6.99

Recommended Shades: Dhalia, Medusa, Melancholy, Agent X
Sleek Makeup, $7.49

Recommended Shades: Fandango Purple, Birthday Suit
3 Concept Eyes, $17~21.00

Recommended Shades: 701  , 702  , Dubious, 807 (All matte with some as crayons)
Makeup Forever HD, $24.00

Recommended Shades: 08 Red, 11 Dark Raspberry
! If you can try it in-store, please do it, colors in some computer monitors may not reflect actual color of products.
bITE Beauty (@ sephora only so far)
Recommended Shades: Port, Crush
Clio Cosmetics,  $17.59

Recommended Shades: Tension Red, Rumor Coral, Toxic Pink
and also there’s a huge pictorial for Sample Hime if you’re looking to buy from overseas

Else, you can direct any questions to my twitter handle, @cloud9kollektiv. Cheers!