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Born and raised in Lima Peru, moved to the U.S. about 14 years ago. Living in KC! If you are a company and would like me to review your product/service, please contact me at fiorellascloset@gmail.com I am fully bilingual and can write reviews in Spanish as well :)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Thank you! and ... Boo! My Halloween Giveaway!

I hasn't been long since I started blogging, but thanks to this little space I've come to "meet" some wonderful people who share my craziness passion for nail polish! 

I want to say thank you to all of you who follow me and comment and share polish love with me! I now have more than 50 followers via Google Friend Connect and my Facebook page has over 100 fans! Thank you for that! It really means a lot to me :) 

Well to celebrate all of that + Halloween is coming to town! haha I want to do a giveaway!!!!! This time I will only be able to ship to a US address (if you are outside of the US you can still participate as long as you give me a US address to ship to if you win).

This Giveaway closes Saturday October 20th so that you get these babies on time for Halloween!!!!!!!!

The Treats:
Venique "Deviant Little Sneaker", Orly "Monster Mash" and "Right Amount of Evil", Sally Girl "Black", "Orange" and "Glow in the Dark"

You need a closer look!!! I'm so glad I got a set for myself and a set for this giveaway!!!
What are you waiting for? Enter now!!!!!!!!!! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

UPDATE!!!! I promised I would add a second prize if we got over 1000 entries and you guys did it!!! So here is the second prize!!!!!!! Excited yet??? 


Thank you for stopping by,
Fiorella :)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Easy Halloween mani! Nail decals review! English & Español



Well hello! I know we are still in September but time flies by and I had the awesome opportunity to test/review nail decals by Make it Stick, you can find them on Etsy or Facebook

Hola! Ya se que aun estamos en Setiembre pero el tiempo pasa volando y tuve la fabulosa oportunidad de probar y hacer un analisis de las calcomania para uñas de la compania "Make it Stick", los pueden encontrar en Etsy o en Facebook.

The owner/creator of this company belongs to one of the nail polish lover communities/groups I belong to (yes, there is such thing!) and offered to send some of her new decals for review, I was not paid for this review and this post contains my honest opinion  about these products :)

La dueña/creadora de esta compañia, pertenece a una de las comunidades/grupos de chicas que adoran los esmaltes de uñas, (es cierto, existen este tipo de grupos) alli la conoci, y me ofrecio mandarme unas muestras de las nuevas calcomanias para probarlas. No me pagaron para hacer este analisis y las opiniones en este articulo son mias y son honestas acerca de estos productos.

Here is what I received: instructions, transfer tape, Halloween decals (3 designs, sorry, I had already cut some out to use when I took this picture). I also received lips/kisses decals (I requested these as I have something in mind for them, you will see that on a future post).

Aqui esta lo que recibi: instrucciones, cinta de transferencia, calcomanias de Halloween (3 diseños, lo siento, ya habia cortado algunas cuando tome la foto). Tambien recibi calcomanias de besitos/labios (yo se las pedi especialmente porque tengo una idea para usarlas, ya lo veran en el futuro).

Close up of the instructions card:
Vista cercana de las instrucciones:

Here are all the polishes I used for this mani:
Aqui estan todos los esmaltes que use para esta manicure:

I wanted to pick base colors that wouldn't overpower the decals, I went with Orly Decades of Dysfunction and butter LONDON Knackered.
Quise elegir colores que no fueran muy fuertes y opacaran las calcomanias. Elegi Decades of Dysfunction de Orly y Knackered de butter LONDON.

First I put 3 coats of Orly Decades of Dysfunction on my thumb and my ring finger, I used 4 coats of Knackered as it is quite sheer.
Primero use 3 capas de Decades of Dysfunctions de Orly en mi pulgar y mi dedo anular, use 4 capas de Knackered de butter LONDON ya que es menos opaco..
Close up:
Vista cercana:

Applying the decals was fairly easy, I did not use the transfer tape provided, I used pointy tweezers to peel off the decal and applied it to each nail as follows: 
Aplicar las calcomanias fue relativamente facil, no use la cinta de transferencia que me enviaron, lo que use fueron pinzas punteagudas para despegar la calcomania del papel y las coloque como ven:
As you can see I didn't quite get the right placement of the decal on my ring finger :(
Como podran ver, no me salio muy bien la aplicacion de la calcomania en el dedo anular :(


I added butter LONDON Pillar Box Red to the edge of said nail, and look, problem solved! 
Se me ocurrio usar Pillar Box Red de butter LONDON en el borde de la uña, y miren, problema resuelto!



This is my left hand, with 2 coats of OPI Top Coat, I did not need to add red polish to the edge because I knew how to place the decal this time. April recommends using nail scissors to trim the edges, I'm sure I have some but couldn't find them, I used cuticle nippers and they worked just fine.

Esta es mi mano izquierda, con 2 capas de Top Coat de OPI, no fue necesario usar mas esmalte rojo porque a estas alturas ya sabia como colocar la calcomania. April (la dueña de Make it Stick), recomienda usar tijeritas de uñas para cortar los bordes de las calcomanias. Seguramente tengo un par por ahi pero no las encontre asi que use el instrumento para cortar las cuticulas y funciono muy bien.

What do you think of this mani? I love how you can turn a simple mani into something so cool by just using decals. I would definitely recommend these decals as they were easy to work with and the quality of the detail is superb! Thank you Make it Stick! 

Que opinan de esta manicure? Me encanta como se puede convertir una mani tan sencilla en algo tan chevere con solo usar calcomanias :) Yo definitivamente recomiendo estos productos ya que fueron muy faciles de usar y la calidad es muy buena! Gracias Make it Stick!


If you would like to try some nail decals check out their Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/makeitstickdesigns they have other non-Halloween decals as well and prices start at $2.50! Let them know I sent you and have an awesome week!

Si estan interesadas en probar estas calcomanias, visiten la tienda de Etsy, me confirmaron que hacen envios internacionales  http://www.etsy.com/shop/makeitstickdesigns , tambien tienen otros modelos que no son de Halloween y los precios empiezan a $2.50! Avisenles que yo los envie y tengan una linda semana!


Thank you for stopping by,

Gracias por pasar por aqui,

Fiorella :)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

UPDATED!!! For Sale - FREE shipping!

All the products/polishes are listed are brand new/never swatched or used unless clearly stated otherwise. All prices include FREE shipping and DC within the U.S. I will ship to Canada if the extra shipping is covered :)

All sales are final, I am not responsible for lost or damaged packages, I have shipped a few packages already and have not had any issues. You can see what others are saying here. I will wrap everything securely with recycled materials.

Leave a comment, send me a message on FB or Email me at fiorellascloset@gmail.com if you have any questions, tell me what you are interested in and make me a reasonable offer if you don't like the price I have listed.

Please look up swatches or reviews for any items you are not familiar with :)

OPI Fiercely Fiona and Who The Shrek Are You! Full sized, brand new! $11 each shipped with DC (U.S.) or take both for $20. I have 3 of each for sale :)
BN Color Club Backstage Pass $5 shipped, dupe for pop beauty Confetti Glitz!

 Neon FX $12.50 for the set. Oh Cabana Boy, White Tips, Top 2 bottom and 2 sheets of white tip guides (half moon and chevron)
China Glaze BN $4 each, Peace on Earth, Foie Grass, Hook and Line, Mahogany Magic and Warm Sable
$5 each BN. Orly After Party, Decades Of Dysfunction. $5 Essie Little Brown Dress
 butter LONDON BN Sealed Matte Finish $12

Thank you for looking! Ohhhhhh and make sure you like my page on FB :) http://www.facebook.com/FiorellasClosetBlog

Fiorella :)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

ThightRope and RingMaster, my first tape mani!


Tonight I want to show you a mani I did a couple days ago. I bought some nail tape from eBay and had been dying to try it out :) I used two fabulous polishes I got in my beauty subscription bag MyGlam (now called ipsy and you can see my post on the latest bag here), the polishes are ThightRope and RingMaster, the brand is called Circus by Andrea's Choice. There are currently 5 colors in the collection and they will be available for sale in the Fall.

The colors are awesome, bright, just how I like them! They dry pretty fast to an almost matte finish. 
Left: TightRope (purple), Middle: butter LONDON Matte Finish Top Coat, Right: RingMaster (Pink)

So, here is what I did, I used my CND Stickey base coat, then I applied 2 coats of Pink (RingMaster), once dry I applied the nail tape in random patterns.

Note: I did not wait long enough because I was just too excited, it still turned out ok for my first time but I definitely recommend waiting until fully dry, you will get cleaner results :)



As far as the tape, I don't know about you girls, but I thought the adhesive was a bit to aggressive, tested on one nail and it was pulling the polish off when I peeled it (again this might have been because I didn't wait long enough). Anywho, what I did was cut a big tape piece, like enough for the 3 strips I put on each nail and stick it to the back of my hand a couple of times to get rid of some of the adhesive, then I cut it into the smaller pieces and placed them on the nails as shown. I made sure it was secure at the edges.


 Then I used ThightRope, the purple color, 2 coats over the taped nails.

I waited about 5 minutes and then I pulled the tape off and applied the butter LONDON Matte Finish Top Coat. It looks more matte in real life, this picture was after applying cuticle oil (ooops!)

Oh yeah, this is the awesome container the polish comes packaged in! I love it!



Conclusion:
This is my very first attempt at using nail tape, definitely will try it again because I'm still scared of actual nail art and this is a simple enough method to spice up your mani! I have learned a thing or two! I am a bit impatient and next time I will wait longer so the polish is completely dry before applying the tape.

What do you think? Have you played with nail tape yet? 

Thank you for stopping by,

Fiorella :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

MyGlam is now ipsy ...beauty by you! September 2012 bag!

The September 2012 MyGlam bag is here, and apparently MyGlam is now "ipsy...beauty by you!"

I haven't had a ton of time to play around with the new site to fully figure out if there are any changes or meaningful differences coming with the new name. When I logged in a screen came up saying "Discover new Looks, Videos, Stylists and Products.", "Click the  button on your favorite items.", "Create your own Looks, and add Videos from YouTube." and more... Hopefully I will have time to play on the site a bit more soon :)

So... the bag! Yes, the bag:

It all came in the pretty hot pink bubble mailer and the bag this month is a simple plain black wristlet. This might be the first one I actually use. I love the bags for the most part and I love colorful stuff but a nice black wristlet feels just right this time :)

London SOHO New York Smudge Brush, OMG it's huge and it looks awesome!!!

Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Split End Sealer, looks interesting... we will see...

Jane Sparkle Gloss in Sparkle Pink, it smells delicious and I can't wait to try it. I haven't bought lip gloss in months now that I get beauty subscriptions :) And I love them all!!!!!!!!!!

Mirabella Eyeshadow in Semiformal


Circus By Andrea's Choice Nail Polish in TIGHTROPE


It's a beautiful purple, it's a lot brighter in person and it dries to a satin/almost matte finish. The swatch is 2 coats with no top coat and the application was smooth. Definitely keeping this polish and wearing it soon!

Do you get MyGlam/ipsy? What do you think of this month's bag?

Thank you for stopping by,
Fiorella :)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Birchbox September 2012!


Hola! Hello! I wanted to do a quick post to show you my September 2012 Birchbox! This is one of the Beauty Sampling Subscriptions I get, $10 a month and always a nice surprise :) If you haven't signed up yet you can be awesome and do so by using my link, you get awesome stuff, I get points for more pretty things to show you later on :) https://www.birchbox.com?raf=knp4h

The goodies:
Of course the first thing I grabbed was the nail polish! Oh pretty blue :) - This is probably my favorite item from this month's box... but I might be biased, I'm a nail polish addict!
I had to swatch it right away, 2 coats gave me full opacity, went on smooth and evenly! Color Club Nail Polish - #5786 Insta-This

Just a reference so you can see what size the bottle is.

The second product I grabbed was Jouer Matte Moisture Tint SPF 15 - Oil Free. While it looks tiny I have learned you don't need to use a lot when it comes to this type of product, definitely excited to try it. Full size is $38 for 1.7 oz

I know some people don't like getting Fragrance samples and I have gotten some gross ones before hahaha but I do like trying them out. I am cheap and rarely will I buy real perfume (but I will gladly take it as a gift), so having different little samples is awesome because I can wear different scents without having to buy full size bottles.

Next up, this fabulous "Soy Body Whip" 

It smells delicious, I stink at explaining scents and stuff like that, but to me it's flowery without being old lady-ish with a hint of Gardenia scent maybe? I am pretty impressed with the size of the sample, I had to put some on my elbow and it sure feels nice :)

Here is the description :)

I got a "Birchbox Custom Lace Hair Tie" by Twistband. I know some people dislike getting these hair ties but I love them! I got my first one (skinny headband) from Birchbox back in May and then had to buy a bunch more, I have them now in every color, hair ties and headbands! :) 

Even got my mom into them! She found some awesome ones at Dollar Tree, they work just as well and they are a killer deal, you get 6 headbands for $1.00 in different colors. This one is pretty, I don't have any lace ones :) and the color is one that I definitely wear often so I will be using this soon :)

This was one of the "Extra" items, Hollywood Fashion Secrets - Fashion Tape. 

Here is what's inside the little envelope, 4 tape pieces. I'm intrigued, this is something I wouldn't mind trying but I would probably never buy myself so I'm glad I got it. Ultimately that's what services like Birchbox are all about, introduce you to products and/or brands you would not have purchased on your own.

Overall I am satisfied with this box and feel like I will use EVERYTHING I got this time :)

Do you subscribe to Birchbox? What did you get?

Thank you for stopping by,
Fiorella :)