Product Review: “Pretty in Pink” Warpaint Beauty Nail Polish

I know I had mentioned before that I had gotten a job. Well, as it turns out, they didn’t want me after all. To help cope with this massive ego blow, I was watching some anime to help relieve the depression.

So as I’m watching the anime, I realize I have this nail polish – just sitting there and gathering dust.

Instead of just wallowing further in my self-pity, I decided to do a review of this nail polish! Let’s get to it!

Originally, Warpaint Beauty is a Hot Topic beauty line that, I suppose, didn’t do so well. I got this and an eye shadow for extremely cheap and they were on clearance on top of that. I know I mentioned a little about its history once upon a time. But now it seems that they don’t even sell them on the website anymore. Hmm. Maybe I should check out eBay for other colors… In any case, let’s get this review started!

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As you can see, the color is a bright, pretty pink. Usually I like pinks with my nail polishes but the top part of the polish actually makes it kind of hard to put it on my nails right. It’s a square top and it doesn’t grip very well. But to be fair, I haven’t put on nail polish in a while. Still, though, I wish it was a little easier to put it on.

An upside down look. Also click to see the full picture.

Longevity-wise, it can last a while. I’ve had it on my toes before and it could definitely last. For my nails though, it can last and it can actually dry up fairly quickly. I was sort of surprised when it dried up as fast as it did. However, the color itself may be too bright for me since, as I keep mentioning, a Latina/Hispanic. Perhaps it’d look better on someone who’s lighter than me? Well, at least I don’t think it looks good on me. It’s too bright.

As for the color, you really need just one coat in order for the pink to come out. You may need a top cover in order to keep it even but I don’t think it’s really necessary? Up to you, really. Preferably, I try to save as much as I can so I don’t since it doesn’t really need it.

And a while means about 10 to 15 minutes.

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It is a pretty pink though! I could see myself using it as part of a marble design or something with the other colors I have. But by itself? I don’t think I’d use it unless I’m doing nail art or something.

Longevity It dries fairly quickly and it lasts quite a while. Of course, you still have to be careful with your nails but it doesn’t take that long to dry at all.
Price For how much I got it for, it was well worth the prices, however, I can’t say how much they are anymore since they’re no longer in production. You would have to look up eBay or Amazon or even second-hand sellers if you want to buy this product.
Color The pink is a really pretty color but it might be too light for me. It stands out too much and it’s actually kind of bright. It doesn’t feel right with me.
Overall 7/10 – I really do like this nail polish but I really don’t see myself hurrying to use it anytime soon. The main problem I have is with the cap. It’s hard to grip and it’s hard to put on my fingernails and toes. I’m always worried I’m going to lose it. That’s really my main gripe. I wish I could say it’s because of the color but I’m pretty meticulous (or try to be) when I’m applying nail polish. I don’t want to worry as much as if I’m holding onto a regular cap.

Thank you for reading this review!

Quick Look-Through: Rainbowholic Shop

Before we start, I want to introduce the idea of “Quick Look-Through”. I’m going to be blunt: I don’t have any money to spend on these Gyaru online shops. As much as I want to, there’s just no way I can do it now or maybe even in the future. Or in the odd time that I do have money, I’m rather picky about what I expect and want from these shops. Great navigation, good colors, awesome products with affordable prices and the likelihood of reaching an international market (let’s be real here – we Gyarus come from all over the world).

The purpose of “Quick Look-Through” is to, well, quickly look through an online shop that sells to Gyarus all over the world without actually having to buy anything. I would, of course, want to review those when I do manage to get it but until then…

Anyway, today, I want to quickly look-through Rainbowholic Shop. Rainbowholic by itself is a blog ran by Kaila (who designed her eccentric and one of a kind blog in a very cool way). She created the shop because she loves rainbows and bows so much that she wants to share it with the world. Located in Japan, Kaila blogs about daily life in Japan as well as Blythe dolls and the fashion world that she’s associated with. Lucky break! In any case, I was pleasantly surprised to see that she has an online shop up because I really like her fashion (especially her Jeremy Scott x Adidas Rainbow Wings shoes)!

When I go on the page, the first thing I see is what I think the specials are? I don’t know because when I click on it, it doesn’t really go anywhere. But about five pictures of items that looks like are sold here. Hm. There are a couple of pictures that do have links to them but we’ll to that in a bit!

At the very top of the site, there’s a blue bar. It has these on the top: My Account (if you hover over this, you’ll see: Change Password, Edit My Address, & View Order), Shop, Store & Shipping Policy, Checkout, and Contact Me.

There’s also a search bar as well as a little icon of a cart letting you know how many items you have in there. Hm. That’s helpful! Also, if you need to search anything, when you hover over it, you can choose between searching within her blog or the shop. Okay. That’s convenient.

Let’s look at the Store & Shipping Policy page: It looks like she can only pay with Paypal but does accept credit card through Paypal and she’ll ship only to the paypal address. So make sure yours is current and correct! In any case, she ships worldwide through EMS. Please note that the weight’s in the metric system and the prices are in yen. Looks like I have to whip out my handy-dandy currency coverter!

I think the rest of the top bar are pretty self-explanatory so let’s just go dive right in to the shop itself!

On the side bar (after you scroll down), you can find the two-three picture links to Kaila’s blog, her Facebook page for her shop and the seal for the Japanese post office.

And then we get to the Product Categories. Huh. I was expecting that to be on top but okay!

The categories that’s listed are: Bags, High-Cut Platform Sneakers, Japanese Street Style Shoes, Kawaii Rain Boots, Low-Cut Platform Sneakers, Other Brands, Platform Sneakers, Rainbowholic by Kaila, Socks & Hosiery, Styled Sets, and Used Once.

Wow, that’s an inventory! I honestly can’t wait to tackle each one by one!

But wait! There’s a widget where you can filter by price from ¥0 to ¥6600 (~$84.40)! And even more so, underneath that, there are items that are currently on sale as well as the Annnd that’s it. … Okay?

Let’s go ahead and look at the categories.

Bags: … There is only one bag here. Maybe Kaila is planning to have more? I can understand though because making or acquiring bags can be a hassle especially in a place like Japan and an independent seller at that. It’s not bad though: Wanderlust Suitcase Messenger Bag. It’s a nice bag! It looks like it’s made of leather and there’s even a little slideshow where you can zoom in and inspect it further. And there’s only one in stock (brand new)! However, it costs ¥5,000 (~$63.95).

High-Cut Platforms: There’s a bit more variety here than the bags page so that’s good. These are styled like Converse brand shoes but, well, they’re platforms and high-tops. They have a button under the prices (“Select Options”) where you can choose your size (US sizes surprisingly): 6, 7, & 8. Oh, sadly though, they don’t have 9s. I usually wear a 8 1/2 US shoe size and you usually wear sneakers a size higher (so I’d have to get a 9 1/2). The ones that I’d want, Metallic Gold High-cut Platform Sneaks & Metallic Silver High-cut Platform Sneaks both priced at ¥5,200 (~$66.48), I wouldn’t be able to get it because of the size. Boo. Oh well. At least the site also gives us a link with this international shoe conversion chart. There’s the ♥ High-cut Platform Sneaks ♥ for ¥5,500 (~$70.34) but the most expensive are the ♥Sky High Marshmallow Platform Sneaks♥ which costs ¥6,600 (~$84.41). The heel inches for the platforms themselves are varied from 1.96 inches to 2.6 inches. That’s not bad! I’ve always loved platform shoes so the higher, the better!

Japanese Street Style Shoes: Once again, this page only has one thing on it: Japanese Street Style Military Combat Boots for ¥4,890 (~$62.49). You have a choice of pink, yellow, green, and red. Instead of the usual 6, 7, and 8 sizes they have 6, 6 1/2, 7, 7 1/2, & 8. Not 8 1/2 or even a daring 9? Man… I don’t think though. I’m kind of on the fence with military combat boots being used as a fashion accessory. My mother was in the US army so to me, boots like these will always be associated with that. Hmm. But these aren’t even my size so I’m not going to worry about it much! But yeah, like I said, there’s only those shoes probably because of how much supplies are and other issues. The heel inch for these shoes though are 1 inch.

Kawaii Rain Boots: Yet another page with only one item on it! That makes it three categories so far… I suppose I can understand since I did kind of spied in the news part of the site that this shop had just relaunched in July. Okay, I can understand that! Anyway, the boots that are being sold are: ♥ Super Kawaii Miss Dainty Shiny Rain Boots ♥ for ¥3,600 (~$45.99). They only have beige (although it looks more silvery in the photos) and pink. As usual, they have the sizes 6, 7, & 8. If only my feet were a whole size smaller!

Low-Cut Platform Sneakers: Once again… only one item on this page. Granted, this is making this Quick Look-Through a little easier to pick out notable things that catches my eye so I’m going to try to be fair in the final scoring. Anyway! ♥ Low-cut Platform Sneaks ♥ which costs only ¥5,200 (~$66.43). They come in these sizes: 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, & 8 and come in these colors: yellow, red, pink, mint, white, & black! The heel inch is 1.57″! Once again, not bad! I probably wouldn’t want to get these myself since I tend to gravitate towards the high cut anyway!

Other Brands: I think this is the fifth page with only one item on it! But it’s not really an item, per se, it looks like a collection of bows that you can choose based on the style you want: Tiara by Tracy Dizon ♥ Fluffy Bows ♥ for ¥2,200 (~$28.09). In the Style option, I’m not sure what these numbers mean. Does it mean how many you get? If you choose any thing after 1, are they random or can you pick out which ones you can get? It’s not very clear but there are a couple of pictures that shows Kaila how she uses it with her outfits! Cute! And there are descriptions to what they’re called (these particular bows are considered part of the Candy Collection). The purple is called Prune Juice (I think), pink is Cotton Candy, white with pink polka dots is called Bubble Gum Pop, black is Licorice, and green is Dark Mint. Hmm. Interesting! I could see myself owning one of these (oh this would be incredibly awesome with Urban-Chan) but I do wish I knew how this is sent.

Platform Sneakers: This is a page that has both high and low cuts of the platform sneakers. I’ve pretty much gone through these already so let’s move on to the next category!

Rainbowholic by Kaila: Now this seems to be Kaila’s DIY (do-it-yourself) page where whatever accessory she makes – she puts it here for sale. There are sub-categories (Ribbonholic, Sweet Bracelets, Fancy Necklaces, Dings and Rings, Brooches and Pins, & Lovely Hair Ties) and I’d certainly look through them if they didn’t have the items on the main category page. So I won’t. Here’s a suggestion: if you’re going to create sub-categories, make it so where the items from those doesn’t seem on the main page. It makes the page unintentionally cluttered. There’s quite a bit of different items in here though that does get my attention such as the Giant Unicorn Galaxy Fantasy Bow Hair Tie and the Black Rainbow Carnival 2-Way Keychain Necklace (although I’ll probably use it as a keychain instead).

Ribbonholic: Oh … it’s the same as the Other Brands category except it only has the keychain necklace (linked before) and the Candyholic Gumball Bow Tie

Socks & Hosiery: Now these socks are very cute! But the only one that gets my attention are the Cream Lolita Lace Socks.

Styled Sets: Huh, she also sells clothes! Interesting! The ones that get my interest are: Rainbow Minnie Long Summer Dress Set and the Galactic Black Top & Leopard Print Ruffled Skirt (even though I like to think that I’m not really into the leopard print but with that blouse…). Sadly, it looks like they’re not only have one in stock each but it might be rather small for me… Oh sad. And on top of that, they’re both ¥4,800 (~$61.31). Way out of my price range…

Used Once: There are only two items yet one of them is sold out. The other item is a My Little Pony Lolita Skirt which was apparently Kaila’s sewing project. In her own words:

This is one of my special sewing projects for my unicorn dreams. Haha!

It needs to be passed on to another unicorn owner so I am selling it now. ^^

She also says she’ll include a special set of handmade freebies if purchased. Not a bad deal but then you’re also paying ¥3,890 (~$49.70) for it so make that of you will.

There is also a giveaway taking place at this site too (just posted a couple of days ago as of this post)! According to this post, Kaila is giving away two pairs of platform sneakers for free in celebration of the relaunch of the shop in July. I’d sign up myself if they had my size. Alas! Remember, the sizes that are available are (in US size): S (5.5/6), M (6.5/7), and L (7.5/8).

Navigation Pretty easy to navigate over all although I’d wish the logo for the blog, Japanese postal service, and Facebook page for the store are under the categories, sales, & filter. I understand those are important but they willbe seen. Just… give your products a chance before the customer decides they want to fan your page and check out your blog. But points for keeping the Store & Shipping in the top bar where people can immediately see and read it.
Site Mechanics I love the simple colors and it keeps with the theme of being, well, addicted to rainbows. Rainbows everywhere! Although I would have to say to better group your items together. I thought there were going to have a lot of things to look at it when in fact, it’s just not that organized. It’s a little annoying but with a few tweaks, it should be easier to look at and even navigate.
Products The items are extremely cute but what really took my attention were the platform shoes! Those are really neat! I sort of wish there were more items to browse around more for but I can understand if one is busy and doesn’t have time to find items to sell.
Prices Because of the recession in both Japan and the United States, I’m going to have to say these are much more expensive than that I thought they were going to be. Especially with the shipping prices? I don’t think so.
Overall 7/10 – I’m giving it this rank because it just relaunched so I’m trying to be fair here. The things that I have a problem mostly with the navigation as well as the organization of the categories. The prices… not so much because again the price rates between Japan and the United States. I get that those are expensive and I get that shipping rates are high but no.
Would I Buy From Them? Possibly not. If only because there seems to be only one of stock for everything except for the bows and the shoes (which won’t even fit me anyway). Again, the price really irks me a lot but I sort of expect that from a Japanese based shop. It doesn’t mean that I’m going to spend almost $30 for a bow though. Perhaps if I had a really good job, I could probably work my way around it. Also, the lack of variety doesn’t help anyway. Maybe if there’s more variety, I’ll probably consider it.
Store http://shop.rainbowholic.me/
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/rainbowholic.shop
Blog http://www.the.rainbowholic.me/

Quick Look-Through: MYKAWAIIBOX

Once again, I apologize for the lack of posts! Things have been really tough (and they’re getting tougher) over on my end but I’m going to try harder than ever to post something new on this blog!

Anyway, I was browsing through Tumblr when I saw someone with the username, ~mykawaiibox. Curious, I clicked on the Tumblr and I realized that it’s a small little online shop! Oh cute! This is what was said on the description:

The gyaru(gal) Lolita,Gothic,Deco den, Kawaii, Harajuku. Himegyaru, r some of my inspirations.

Ohh! Okay! The most part, the website seems like it’s easy to navigate. Right now there seems to be only five (5) categories (Gyaru Clothing, Sugoi Accesories, Kawaii Jewelry, Japanese 3D Nails Art (ooh!) & Deco Den Phone Cases).

But right underneath that is an Item Ranking group. It seems that this is where the top two items are featured. The No. 1 slot is taken by the Pom Pom Bracelets (it’s a random pick between the colors pink, blue & pink, green + white + hot pink) and the No. 2 slot is taken by Usamimi Headband (Buy One, Get One Free!) (blue and pink & there’s only seven left). Interesting! There’s also the Terms & Conditions, Owner’s Diary (which leads to the Facebook page), Links Page (which has nothing for now), and the BBS (where, I assume, people can leave reviews of past transactions although it’s spam and someone named rachieiskawaii who also links to a broken link on Tumblr).

Underneath that, there’s a subscription to the e-mail newsletter, the shopping cart, and a sign-in (you can register?). But at the very top there’s a Shopping Guide, Inquiry, and an Item Search (which is used by google). Also from what I can tell, they ship from the United States – which certainly gets my attention.

Now let’s go in the categories to see what piques my interest!

Gyaru Clothing: The styles seems to be all over the place (although I want to say Fairy Kei but some arguably could be mori girl) but it’s pretty easy to navigate. At least on the page itself, it notes the waist, hips, or anything else that’s relevant. It would be nice if there were more pictures of the clothing to get a good look at it. I really like this Lovely White Lace High-Low Blue Skirt as well as the White Gyaru Overall! Of course they both seem to be low in stock – must be hot sellers!

Sugoi Accessories: This page has a lot of stuff on it. Again, it seems to be for those interested in Fairy Kei but maybe for Hime Gyaru as well. Interesting… They’re selling fox tails (most likely and hopefully faux) as well as sunglasses which are deco’d. They also have this adorable brush holder: Strawberry Sundae Glass Brush Holder. Clearly, they are glass glasses that’s shaped like a sundae (strawberry or chocolate) that can hold up to five (5) brushes each. Honestly, there’s not really a lot of things I’m interested in besides the PINK Furry Fur Ball Pompom Mobile Phone Charm and the Usamimi Headband.

Kawaii Jewelry: Most online shops that I’ve stumbled that’s Gyaru related always have the pastry jewelry. It’s hard to find Gyaru shops that doesn’t have them or maybe it’s just because I’m not looking at the right places. Either way, I’m just not surprised that even this site has them for sale. However, there are some diamonds in the rough: Romantic Rose Ring (I just really love how it looks), Culture Bracelet (I actually have a similar one like it that I should post one day), and “Let Them Eat Cake!” Earrings (okay, so they’re pastry jewelry but at least they’re somewhat more unique).

Japanese 3D Nails Art: Now, don’t get me wrong. I understand that deco takes time and a lot of energy. But… I really hope the quality of the nails are extremely good. There’s a lot of them and some are cheaper than others. However – how long do these last? How long will they last? I realize these are only temporary and they last as long as long as you take care of them. But are they really worth it? I could list all the ones I’m interested in but then we’ll be here all day. Let’s put it this way: the majority of the nail art are really cute and I can totally see myself wearing these on a night out the town with my boyfriend or my fellow Gyaru girl friends.

And finally:

Deco Den Phone Cases: I’ve always been curious if there were deco cases for the iPhone (be it an old release or the new iPhone 4) but this apparently answers my question. However, like with the nail art, they are quite expensive. For example, this Chocolate Swarovski iPhone 4/4s Case is actually $45. $45! As I mentioned already in the Nail Art category, I can almost understand why it’s so expensive: the time, energy, supplies, even the shipping rates (and all the prices does include the taxes). Of course, they do offer more deco designs for the Samsung Galaxy I9100 S2 (just one though). Personally, the cases seem a little too cluttered. I guess I’ve always been a woman of simplicity.

Navigation Pretty easy to navigate. Everything’s clear-cut. But it would be better if things weren’t just cluttered on one side bar. Maybe two sidebars would be good for this?
Site Mechanics The colors are pastel and very gentle on the eyes. The colors blend in very well. It’s a little too simply designed but it seems to have just started out so I won’t judge too harshly on it.
Products The products are nice! Although I wish there more accessories and jewelry other than your typical pastry jewelry. Cute nail art designs and cute Gyaru inspired clothing. The deco art seems a little cluttered but that’s probably due to my taste.
Prices Some items are nicely priced but there are others I feel that may have been overpriced a tad.
Overall 7/10 – for a new store, it’s simple and they don’t seem to have that much to offer yet. However, I just have a major price gripe.
Would I Buy From Them? The accessories and nail art are really cute – but I probably wouldn’t go there unless I really have some money burning in my pocket. I could see myself purchasing some clothes in the future, maybe.
Store http://mykawaiibox.ocnk.biz/
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/MykawaiiBox/160371310671212
Tumblr http://mykawaiibox.tumblr.com/

This has been a Quick Look-Through of MYKAWAIIBOX! After reading this, would you consider purchasing from this online store? Why or why not? Please leave a comment telling me what you think!