Wednesday, December 29, 2010

FOTD: 12/29/10

I went to town with mineralize skin finishes and highlighters today. :)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

NHL #9: Colorado Avalanche

This one I sort of wandered through and I actually like how it turned out. 
Colorado's colors are Steel Blue, Burgundy, White, Black and Silver. 
Made it sort of cut creasey by adding the burgundy in the crease and leaving the lid very light.
I used all new products on this look and I ended up enjoying them all (Too Face Enchanted Glamourland palette and UD Book of Shadows 3 NYC, mainly, and some Nars Laguna).
More photos and a full list of products after the jump! :D

NHL #8: Chicago Blackhawks

Oh hey there long lost Chicago Blackhawks/Thanksgiving Makeup Tutorial blog post. How's it going??
So this was originally for Thanksgiving. I looked at the team colors for Chicago (red, white and black) and thought, "well, my last one was allllll red, black and white" so I decided to go more earthy and based on the logo itself (which can be seen below). The feathers were really what I based it on, and then I took the red and made it less... bright, more wearable. I was going to say "Native American Inspired" but meh, it wasn't really.
I added in some glitter to make it more fun and something you can wear just generically into the holidays, parties, games etc. 
So follow the link to see more photos the full list of products I used :)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday 2010: China Glaze Tis' The Season To Be Naughty Or Nice

This year China Glaze came out with 12 polishes for their Holiday Collection. I only bought 6 of them, since the other ones didn't seem that unique to me, or seemed like colors that wouldn't look good on me.
There was a good mix of glitter, shimmer and creme, which is always expected of China Glaze. They're not afraid to mix it up a bit, when comparing to brands like OPI or Essie for example (I swear Essie hasn't ever had a glitter, right?). They always manage to have bright colors too. Plus they're way inexpensive when you compare on standard prices (aka not etailers). 
So, here they are (after the jump)! Photos and swatches as always:

NOTW: Winter Snowflakes

I first saw the design for this from sayanythingbr00ke's video last year. I absolutely loved it but didn't have any Konad stuff to use so I never tried it. I got my first set of Konad stuff a few months ago and have been dying to do this specific look ever since I bought it.
Products I used:
- "For Audrey" by China Glaze as the base turquoise blue color
- Konad plate m59 (for both snowflakes)
- Konad Special Polish in White, Mac "Ming Blue" (for snowflakes)
- OPI "Happy Anniversary" as the glitter on top.
This photo (with the flash) shows the detail more clearly. The color of "For Audrey" is somewhere in between both photos.
Brooke used different products for the detail in her video but I essentially did the same thing. I absolutely looooooove it :D Perfect winter manicure.
P.S. this manicure lasted a surprisingly long time. I used the Zoya Color Lock System's base coat and Seche Vite on top. I managed to have it on my nails, chip free for a whole week. 

Monday, December 13, 2010

Full Nail Polish Collection List of Colors

Before I unleash the list, I just have some procedural things to go over. If you don't want to read through these tiny details, then you can just click the link and go to the pics, swatches and names.
First off, swatches are all painted the same way as I always do it:
Second, I get a lot of questions as to how I store my nail polish. And here it is:
Lol... yup. Just in a row. On top of a shelf.
If you ever saw my room tour, then you probably briefly saw this. It's the top shelf that used to be on my desk... it's one of those desks that is just a table then on top is a removable book shelf thing. I moved it off my desk to make my desk into a vanity and then put it over to the side and put all my nail polish on top of it. They just sit in rows, and are separated by brand... you're looking at the OPI/China Glaze sections and there are some Nars and Ma in the front. They're then organized by color within each brand. I know what order they're in so I don't really need to see the bottles when I'm looking for a specific color... I'm just obsessed like that lol.
I think that's... it?
Oh. I have all the pictures/swatches and names organized in rainbow order, like the video. There will be flash and non flash photos of everything. So that's all of it :D

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Holiday 2010: OPI Burlesque Collection

So these nail polishes from OPI are for their Holiday season this year. They came out... I want to say end of October? 
As a completely unexpected turn from OPI, this collection came with 6 glitters and 6 shimmers. And no cremes. I predicted before that the really finely milled, super shimmery colors would be popular, but not to the extent that OPI would have an entire collection that had absolutely no cremes... And 6 glitters? Unheard of. 
And for them all to be colors that aren't really "safe" as OPI tends to lean toward is unreal. So, OPI, bravo. I am pleased, as are 100s of other nail polish hoarders (and yes, I am admitting to be a nail polish hoarder now). 
I did watch the movie too. It was a Christina Aguilera vocal showcase (I mean who was going to go see that for the plot and the deep acting brought upon by Cher...). But the whole movie I was thinking how appropriate the colors from the collection were. The glitter and the shimmer were perfect. Yes, a typical red creme would have been great too, but we don't need another one of those from OPI and the movie was so much more than just a red creme.
Anyways, here are the photos (after the jump). I didn't get all of them, since I'm not an orange glitter sort of girl and the gold glitter didn't seem like something I needed. I did get all the shimmers though.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

NOTW: "Rouge Fatal" - Chanel

I have said it before, and I'll say it again, nobody does classic red like Chanel does classic red.
This is probably the best nail polish.... ever. Well of my red nail polishes.
The picture above is after an entire week. Yeah. An entire week of life guarding, cooking, washing things, day care, swimming, school... and not a chip. There's slight ware at the edges but it's slight.
This is the most opaque creme finish polish I have. It's also very thick. So the Rescue Beauty Lounge polishes are opaque but not overly thick, this one is thick so really 1 coat suffices, and you get a true, basically blood red with the 1 coat. This was 2 or 3 since I was experimenting with the polish.
The opaqueness makes the polish so wonderful too. There are plenty of red cremes out there. I have 5 or 6 myself. But they're all kind of sheer... there's almost a jelly like finish to most of them where as this one is full, thick and richly just a red.
The thing I was most amazed about was the quality of the nail polish itself. I wanted to test out all my base coats so each finger had a different base coat. Then I applied 2 or 3 coats on each finger (I say 2 or 3 because it was 2 regular coats and one baby coat) and then applied Seche Vite on top. I was excited to see which base coat was the best, but then nothing happened. A week went by and my nail polish was still all there. I guess that means that yes, those base coats are all great, but when you have a really high quality nail polish then it makes a huge difference.
Obviously, you'd expect all of this from a nail polish you pay $23 for. I mean, Paradoxal worked fantastically for me as well, just not as well as Rouge Fatal. And there have been some Chanel polishes (not that I've tried but read about) that don't live up to this one. And it really sucks to pay $23 for a really really good nail polish when you can go to Rescue Beauty Lounge for pretty much the same quality for $5 less. Or even some China Glaze, OPI, Essie etc polishes that range between $3 - $10. I just haven't been this in love with the nail polish and in every single characteristic of the polish before.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Holiday 2010: Mac A Tartan Tale

This is the first of many long overdue posts for a lot of haul videos that I've posted. I'm sorry this is late - so late that you're probably not going to be able to purchase most of these items anymore.
But I did say that I'd post the photos and swatches of everything, so here they are.
In case you don't watch my videos, I got sick, and then I had my non-internet life to deal with. So yeah. Thats why activity has been so low here. I also broke my pinky. So typing isn't easy right now lol.
Anyways, here they are! (Well, after the jump)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

NOTW: Halloween!

So I've been sick. Sorry. 
Health, school and work will always come before blogging/vlogging so I hope you all understand. Real life > Internet life.
Anyways, here are the nails I sported the week before Halloween/The Giants World Series Win. Which was nice because the colors coincided very well. :)
So yeah, congratulations to the SF Giants on winning the World Series. I'm not really a baseball fan, but I watched and am proud of my home town team.
Their team colors are black and orange so it made supporting them and doing halloween nails SO easy.
Here are the 3 different things I did on my nails this week:

OPI In My Back Pocket (Orange)/ OPI Obscure Matte Black with Bundle Monster Halloween Plate

Color Club Wham! Pow! (Orange), Konad Plate M57, Pa A136 (rainbow glitter) / OPI Black Onyx (black) Bundle Monster Halloween plate

China Glaze Ick-A-Body (orange glitter) / China Glaze Mummy May I (purple glitter)

Friday, October 29, 2010

NHL #7: Carolina Hurricanes / Halloween Makeup

I'm on a roll this week. 3 Tutorials in one week? It's unheard of lol.
Anyways, this is #7 in the NHL tutorials and it also serves as a great Halloween look since it's BOLD. I mean red, black and smokey. Definitely not an everyday thing (at least for me).
The team is the Carolina Hurricanes, team colors being red, black and white (duh).
It can be used for vampires, or any school event if your school colors are red and black.
I loved how it turned out, I hope you do too!
Follow the link for a full list of products :D

Thursday, October 28, 2010

NHL #6: Calgary Flames

Here's the latest NHL look based on the Calgary Flames.
Their colors are Red, Gold, Black and White.
Instead of going a bright red and gold look, I toned it down and made it glowy and warm. Good for everyday :)
Keep reading after the jump for a list of products and more pics!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Mac Venomous Villains Haul

It's finally posted!!!!
I'm sorry it took a while to get it up, but here it finally is :)
These are the photos and swatches of everything I got from the Mac Venomous Villains collection, as well as my Mac Pro Longwear foundation.
Everything can be purchased at Mac's website (if it's still in stock, probably not), or on Nordstrom, Macy's and other department store websites.
Another great blog with excellent photos is this one. I think she did a great job capturing the colors, and another person's descriptions might help in seeing and figuring everything out to those who are wondering.
So, without further ado, photos and swatches are after the jump! 

Review: Bioré Face Cleaning Strips

Guess who feels silly right now?
I've never tried face cleaning strips before but thought I'd try them when they were on sale at CVS today.
I wet my face (as I had washed it right before) and applied the strips to my face.
They were soft when you applied and they felt sort of cooling on the face. It wasn't like minty but it was nice.
It dried pretty fast and got to the "paper maché" texture pretty quickly, I'd say 15 minutes. I may have waited longer, just to make sure that it was perfectly dry.
Removing the strips were SO painful. It was pulling too hard and it stung so much. I ripped off the second and third strip like a bandaid so that it would hurt less. The nose strip especially hurt. My eyes were tearing. My face was tingling in a bad way. It hurt so much!
Afterwards I looked at the strip and I saw more tiny hairs being ripped off than things in my pores coming out.
Something to take care of when doing these next is to really press in the strips and get them into the curves of my nose would be key.
The second time around I did press them in all the way and then removed them before the full 15 minutes and yes it hurt less, but still hurttttttt. :(
I did look on the strips after and yeah my pores were clean. It was pretty gross, seeing all the stuff that comes out of your face. I then used my Clinique face wash and my face felt SO clean.
Like every time that you exfoliate and especially clean your skin, with facials or whatever, my skin did break out just a little bit.
I did like them I guess. It works and they're not expensive. I know CVS and other brands make comparable products so maybe I'll try those out as well some day.

FOTD: 10/25/10

Just some school time photoboothing. :D
Used my Coastal Scents Warm Palette, and made a goldish purple lid. Then did some dark green liner underneath the lash line, using Mac's Undercurrent and set it with just a dark green shadow (the one from my Sleek Storm Palette). Then did a darker berry lip with Nars' Strawberry Fields.
It's not supposed to rain today but it's still cold out. I'm super excited for it to be actually fall though and it makes me so happy!
Sidenote: changed my nails again today/last night because it's the week before halloween and I have a quick nail tutorial coming up with ideas for halloween nails.
If you're somebody like me and the whole dressing up thing is just not the thing for you anymore (I don't think I even have plans for halloween this year...) then you can just do the standard festive orange and black nails. Which is what I'm probably going to do. I'm going to be at work anyways so it's not like I'm going to dress up.
That and I'll probably be watching sports on tv. Depending on if there's a hockey game, I'll be watching that, or the Giants game (since they made the world series) if there isn't a sharks game on. We'll see.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Updated Review: Belle Ame and their Foaming Body Scrub

NOTW: "I'm Suzi & I'm a Chocoholic" - OPI

This is from the fall OPI Swiss collection. It's a brownish-red that's very rich in both formula and color. It went on very smooth and VERY OPAQUE. It was almost good to go in 1 coat. I applied 3 and it wasn't clumpy, fussy, sticky or goopy. Very good polish all around.
It's a great fall color and can be worn on anybody and anywhere. Love that I can start wearing these sorts of colors because it's starting to actually feel and look like fall outside (it just started raining here :D).
Here's the color with flash:

Thursday, October 21, 2010

NOTW: "Isla" - Zoya

This is "Isla" by Zoya. It's probably one of my favorite red nail polishes, as well as one of my favorite Zoya polishes.
It's much more a Christmas-y red so I only had it on for like a day because I didn't want to rush too far ahead with holidayish colors :P
It's a very deep, slightly blackened metallic red. It's beautiful in person. It goes on very smoothly, and only needs 2 coats. I have Seche Vite on top and it really does make a difference. The high gloss of the top coat makes it shine like no other and I feel like deepens the color. I absolutely love it as a manicure and will definitely reaching for it again in the deeper winter.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

NOTW: "Bad Fairy" by Mac from Venomous Villains

Mac's "Bad Fairy" was one of the 3 nail polishes released with the Mac Venomous Villains collection (swatches coming soon I swear!).
The other 2 had exact dupes in the Orly Cosmic FX collections, and you might as well get those because they're cheaper.
This one though, is stunning. It's a cool red base, with a pink, orange and gold shimmer which catch the light to make your nails look like they're glowing and are like embers.
It went on pretty smooth. 2-3 coater. Removal can get tricky because even though it's fine milled glitter, it's still glitter.

September Favorites!

I.... well I have no explanation for this super late blog post but here it is! My September favorites!

• Bold Lips:
- Ultra Glossy: Tarte Double Dose Lip Gloss
- Ultra Glittery: YSL Golden Gloss, Mac To The Beach Lipglasses, Mac Superglasses, Mac Dazzleglasses, Mac Resort Life Lip Gelee, Benefit Back To The Fuschia
- Super colored: Plum, Vintage, NSFW OCC Lip tars, Nars Strawberry Fields, Nyx Goddess of the Night, Benefit Lipstick Misbehavin'

• Bold Lashes: Benefit Bad Gal Lash, Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion, Cover Girl Eye Exact Eye Lights, Nyx Dolleye Volume, Rimmel Glam Eyes

• Nails: OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui, Manicurist of Seville


Review: Cliche Cosmetics Eye Shadow Primer

The reason I first bought this was because Juicystar07. She raved about it, and I believed her.
Did it work out for me? Not so much. I don't get how it worked out for her either, since she claims to have oily skin. I guess my oily skin is worse? I don't know.
Regardless, I bought this hoping that it really was the awesome product she advertised it to be. Not so much. Right off the bat, the creaminess of the product said "I WILL CREASE ON YOU". It didn't set very quickly either. If you have drier lids, it'll probably work fine for you, but for me, it just seemed like not a good time. And I was right. The day that I tested this was the hottest day of the year so far. It was also the day that I walked to school and worked at the pool. The indoor pool that's super humid and gross. I guess if there were ever a day and place to test it it would be there. So, yeah. Didn't work out for me at all. 
The color itself is a very light, sheer skintone color. If you have pale skin, it'd be nice if you used it as a skin tone base underneath a neutral look. Only if you have dry eye lids though.
On me, it looked really pale and blended out pretty well, not all the way so there was still a lighter tint on my skin.

Monday, October 18, 2010

NOTW: Sharks Game Nails - "Ski Teal We Drop" by OPI / "Charla Covered In Diamonds" by Zoya and Color Club

Index, Middle, Pinky: "Ski Teal We Drop" by OPI
Ring: "Charla Covered In Diamonds" by Zoya and Color Club
These are the nails I had during the Sharks game this past weekend... I have so many shades of teal that I couldn't decide where I wanted to go.
But I ended up choosing the newest addition to the teal collection from OPI's Swiss collection and then accent it with my favorite of the lighter teals.
The camera picked up more on the red than the green, as seen by my overly red fingers and hand. So, the colors in real life have more green to them. Especially "Ski Teal We Drop" as in these photos it looks like a dark navy color.

Friday, October 15, 2010

NHL #5.2: San Jose Sharks, Black/Teal

So, like in the previous post, this is the second of the 2 San Jose Sharks tutorials I did tonight.
This one is obviously the more bold of the two, being a bright teal on the lid and then smoked out with a black. The inner corner has a nice shimmery light green which isn't being picked up on camera (sorry :/)
There are major lashes going on as well, since I put on two pairs of lashes tonight.
The face was kept neutral with a slight orange lip.
The team colors are Deep Pacific Teal, Burnt Orange, Black and White.

NHL #5.1: San Jose Sharks, White/Gray/Teal

So I know this is TOTALLY out of alphabetical order but I am going to be attending the San Jose Sharks HOME OPENER TOMORROW!!!!!!! In being totally excited for it I've decided to upload 2 tutorials tonight in celebration of the beginning of the season.
One of them, this one, is based on their away jersey which is white. The other is a very dramatic teal and black smokey eye based on their third jersey.
About a year ago I did 2 tutorials very similar to these, for my Bay Area Sports Teams Tutorial Series and it was wayyyyy back when I knew much less about how to do makeup, make tutorials etc.
I'm much more proud of these and am proud of my growth, plus I have pictures of these lol.
So, here are the details, after the jump! More pics as well!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

NOTW: "Zulu" by Nars

"Zulu" by Nars was rereleased with this year's 2010 Vintage collection. It's a very smooth, jelly, inky green and is stunning. I absolutely looooooove the color!
It's probably one of the most missed/notorious Nars nail polish colors.
It applied pretty evenly, but with most jellies it takes a bit of patience.
This was 3 coats and a top coat.

Daylight, shade

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

NOTW: "Space Cadet" by Orly

This is probably one of the most interesting, complex nail polishes in my collection (which is growing so nicely every week :D).
"Space Cadet", part of the new Cosmic FX collection by Orly, is a sheer jungle green base, with an extremely dense gold, pink and green microshimmer in it. The extremely dense shimmer thus makes it look duochrome-y when really it's... well multi-chromed and the dense shimmer actually gives it a chrome like finish. That's really the best I could do with the description. It's so complex and beautiful that no picture really does it justice. It's a definite must-see... CVS has the Orly Cosmic FX collection so you can see all of them there.
The formula is great... with one coat it's a sheer jungle green with a shimmer in it. When adding coats, the shimmer really intensifies and the base color just disappears. The polish doesn't get chunky at all when applying the extra coats and dries decently quickly.
More photos after the jump!

Friday, October 8, 2010

NOTW: "Out Of This World" - Orly

I purchased some of the new Orly collection about 2 weeks ago (video is coming I promise!) and this is the first that I purchased. "Out Of This World" is an inky purple LOADED with a brighter purple and antiqued gold shimmer.
On the nail, the color comes out much more on the purple side with the dark purple base and the brighter purple shimmer. The antiqued gold is more of an afterthought and is really only visible in the bottle.

FOTD: 10/8/10


That's the theme for everything today. :)
This look is pretty much what I'm going to do for the Sharks NHL look I'm going to do in my series.
I'll probably record it the day of the game I'm going to and then post the Sharks one out of order, just so you guys can see what I'd wear to a game.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

FOTD: 10/7/10

You know I've been watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians when my makeup turns up darker and smokey, my brows are filled in and fuller, and I bronze my skin a little more than usual :)

NHL #4: Buffalo Sabres

Number 4!
This was (obviously) inspired by the Buffalo Sabres...For those of you that aren't hockey fans but watched the Olympics, the Sabres' goalie is the Team USA goalie Ryan Miller.
Their team colors are navy, gold silver and white so I came up with a silver in the inner corner, gold on the lid and a navy in the crease.
This one would also work out really well for anybody looking for a makeup look to support any of the University of California schools since they all have blue and gold as their colors.
Keep reading for photos and a list of products used!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

NOTW: Mac "Jade Dragon"

This is probably one of my favorite new nail polishes... It's from Mac's new F/W Nail Trend 2010 Collection. I bought 3 from that collection, this being the one I was most excited for and was my favorite, right from the written descriptions were up on Temptalia.
Then the promo shots came out, and swatches and it made me even more excited!
"Jade Dragon" is a deep, kelp like blue-ish green with a bright teal shimmer in it. It's quite opaque and applied evenly within 2 coats.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Bath and Body Works, Bed Bath and Beyond Haul

So, I figured you guys wouldn't need pictures of the candles since well... they're candles and they can't be swatched and there isn't a way for me to transfer smells through the computer.
I will provide the link HERE though so you can go check them out on Bath and Body Works' website and read through descriptions to see if you find any you like. I will put in a warning though: I read through the descriptions first before I went in and smelled them and the ones I thought I would like (Caramel Apple, Creamy Pumpkin, Spiced Apple Cider, Leaves) were the ones I ended up just totally disliking in the store. The ones that I didn't even bother to read ended up being the ones I bought (and the ones I recently bought backups of just in case). Therefore, I do totally suggest that you go in and smell them instead of just purchasing them online, no matter how many people you see on YouTube or on blogs preach and praise about a certain product - at the end of the day, it's your money and what you should like that should be purchased with your money.

Monday, September 27, 2010

What's In My Makeup Bag??

Zoya Sparkle Collection

I'm fully aware that this is late. But in an effort to again, organize my collection and have some sort of database of swatches for collections I decided to start posting full collections on my blog with photos of the products as well...
Here are all the polishes from the Zoya Sparkle Collection, which came out in the summer. I absolutely LOVED this collection and have always been reaching for them, regardless of the season or what I'm wearing. I just can't get enough of them!
For me it was also the start of seeing the uber shimmery/sparkly/glittery shades that are so popular now (Orly, Mac, Sally Hansen all have sparkly shades like this now). Although these aren't as multi-dimensional as the new ones, they are still fabulous.
Photos, names and swatches are after the jump :]

Sunday, September 26, 2010

NHL #3: Boston Bruins

This is the third in the NHL series. It's for the Boston Bruins and their team colors are black, white and gold. Their mascot is Blades the Bruin and to be honest, I really liked how this one turned out. I didn't think I'd like a yellow based look, but I ended up softening it up with some brown in the crease, representing Blades, and it ended up being a unique but very neutral everyday look.
It was an almost bright yellow on the lid, and then a sparklier white in the inner corner and a black liner. It also opens up the eyes quite a bit because of the white in the corner. The face was also left very neutral and the lips were left nude and glossy.
Keep reading for the list of products used and more up close photos :]

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

NHL #2: Atlanta Thrashers

This is the completed Atlanta Thrashers look, which I mentioned in a FOTD a while back. I actually loved the way this one came out... I thought it was very fall, with still a pop of color and made having a rainbow eye extremely wearable.
Atlanta's team colors are Atlanta Midnight Blue, Thrasher Ice Blue, Georgia Bronze, Capitol Copper, Peachtree Gold and White.