Monday, October 31, 2011

NOTW: Deborah Lippmann "Across The Universe"

Before I went totally Halloween on my nails (which will be up probably tmrw) I had this lovely shade on my nails. 
This is "Across The Universe" by Deborah Lippmann, and it is probably my favorite blue nail polish. EVER ("Charla" by Zoya is teal/turquoise to me, so it doesn't count lol).
It's a dark blue jelly with blue microglitter, and then bigger blue and green hexagonal pieces all jumbled together in this super deep, cosmic looking bottle of amazingness. That's how much I love it lol.
It doesn't apply as smoothly as I had hoped, in terms of getting the glitter from the bottle onto the nail neatly. I'm talking smoothness in terms of process, not consistency. The consistency is great - not clumpy, or sticky at all. As with "Today Was A Fairytale" this one applies really thinly but opaque - the glitter doesn't make the nail feel heavy and overly painted after you're done painting your nails.
It is a jelly, so it is going to apply sheer, and really no patter what you're not going to get an overly opaque looking nail.
What I have on my nails is 3 coats, over Nubar's Foundation Base Coat and under Seche Vite.
Deborah Lippmann polishes retail between $16-$20 and can be purchased on her website, as well as at high end beauty departments in department stores such as Nordstrom.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween Nail Tutorial!

Last year I did a very mini Halloween Tutorial of sorts - It was just a suggestion of nail polish combinations. It was also paired with a how I do my nails video.
This year I have a few more suggestions as well as a super easy DIY nail polish tutorial. Keep in mind that these were not "original" designs. They've been done countless times on YouTube and in the Blogosphere in general, so don't take it as if I made these on my own, and am asking for all the creative credit. I didn't. I just thought it would be fun to do and to show you guys while I do it :)
Below is a list of links as to where you can get all of the polishes mentioned in the video! Enjoy!
More Photos and Swatches After The Jump!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

OPI Haul!

OPI Muppets Collection - Holiday 2011

The buzz was almost distinguishable in the air around you when the press release was first seen online on various blogger's front pages for the OPI Muppets Collection. Last year's 6 shimmer, 6 glitter holiday collection that was the Burlesque collection did so well for OPI that they again decided to collaborate with another movie and release 6 more glitters and shimmers.
I have to say I was super excited for the collection since I really enjoyed the Muppets growing up. I think everybody did - but I had very positive memories of watching their TV shows and movies.
This year's glitters are along the lines of the chunky glitters that have been so popular what with the success of Deborah Lippmann's formula and then the limited edition shades that Revlon released (and that I'm also all over).
The shimmers were just "meh" as there were 4 red and very un-unique shimmers, along side the 2 that I actually got which were a silver and brown.
I knew from just the press release and the limited pictures that some of the bigger bloggers got from Cosmoprof that I'd be purchasing all 6 glitters and then further research had me convinced on the other 2 polishes. I bought them all at, but you'll probably be able to find them at Ulta soon as well as local beauty supply stores.
These will be about $8 each.
More photos and swatches after the jump!

OPI Miss Universe, OPI Nice Stems!, OPI Pink Shatter

This is sort of a miscellaneous post of polishes that I don't want to do individual posts for because I bought them at the same time and they're in the same video.
Over the summer/early fall OPI released two small collections of 4 polishes each. For the summer collection, this year called Nice Stems!, OPI always releases 4 polishes that are pretty sought after and always sell out really early everywhere. The other small collection was released in association with the Miss Universe collection. 
Nice Stems! had all pinks. I think the other 3 were pink cremes, maybe not. Regardless, they weren't very interesting.
Miss Universe had a blue shimmer, I think a red/pink shimmer and then a purple shimmer that is very very similar to Zoya's Faye and OPI's Rally Pretty Pink. 
Basically I bought the one polish from each collection that I thought were actually worth buying.
The Pink Shatter is part of the OPI Breast Cancer Awareness cause - they always release a pink color every October, as it's Breast Cancer Awareness month. Not surprised that they made it a Shatter, as they've been ALLLLLL over that haha. The past years they had released Pink of Hearts 1 and 2 and I think they were both cremes.
I bought all of these at, I don't know if you can find any of these locally, perhaps the Pink Shatter since it's a new release. 
More photos and swatches after the jump!

OPI Serena Williams Glam Slam US Open Duo

I have the final Serena Williams duo for you, which was released in conjunction with the US Open (if you hadn't heard, she released duos with the other major tennis tournaments this year as well, France, Australian, Wimbledon).
This is the first duo that doesn't come with some sort of "effect" along with a color - the others either came with a shatter polish or a super glitter polish. This duo came with 2 glass fleck shimmers, which I quite like. I'm starting to step back from the uber effect polishes and steer towards the subtle effect polishes again (that isn't to say I haven't been loving my chunky glitters, because I have. Just am a little done with the crackle and super over the top glitter/glass fleck/duochrome combo polishes).
The two colors in this duo are a bronzey orange glass fleck and a super opaque, bright reddish pink glass fleck. 
I wasn't too keen on these when the duo was first released, but slowly it started to get my attention over and over again on different blogs and I finally decided I needed it. 
I purchased this on, but I've seen it at Ulta as well as my local beauty supply stores.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

NOTW: Deborah Lippmann "Today Was A Fairytale"

Today's NOTW post is of one of my favorite recent purchases.
I've been on a huge "chunky glitter" kick, and it wouldn't have been complete without a few Deborah Lippmann purchases.
"Today Was A Fairytale" is a sheer, very very pale blue-ish purple jelly base, with tons of silver blue micro glitter and larger hexagonal pieces mixed into it.
For a glitter, this applied like a dream. What I have is 3 coats on my nails, and it was a smooth application for all 3 coats. It didn't feel goopy or overly thick and gross after 3 coats either.
I used Nubar's Foundation base coat and Seche Vite on top, which just provided extra shine to an already shine intense nail polish.
This wore a good 5 days on my nails, without chipping only minor tip wear.
Deborah Lippmann can be purchased at Nordstrom and online at her website and retail for about $16 each, although this was $18 because it contains "Virgin Diamond Powder" (which I have no clue what it is, nor what it is used for).

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

NHL #20: New York Islanders

Long time no tutorial :) Next installment of the NHL Series - New York Islanders.
Their colors are royal blue, orange and white. I was definitely stuck for a while as to what to do with orange and blue, since they're so not colors that I would use.
I ended up with this blue and orange smokey eye though, that I quite enjoy.
It's something that's good for fall as well as for game days. I hope you like it as much as I do. :)
More photos and a list of products are after the jump!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Birchbox #4: October 2011

Since I haven't really used any of the products yet, I can't say much about them other than what I said in the video... So here are just photos of what was included in the box. :) Enjoy!

Julep Maven Box October 2011 & Julep Nail Polish Swatches

I've started to look very much forward to the Julep boxes, not because of the nail polish, but because of the full sized nail therapy products that come inside the box. I've started to really want to get my cuticles and hands in good condition, not just because they got photographed and filmed all the time but because it's sort of just the next evolutionary stage of my beauty addiction growth.
This month's box came with a dark wine red creme named Keira and a sparkly pale gold foil named Sienna. Both are colors that are easily dupable, but also fit with my style profile very well, Classic With A Twist.
The hand therapy that came in my box this month was their Age Defying Hand Brightener cream. I've tried their hand cream with SPF, and I enjoyed it very much - all of the boxes I'd gotten with samples came with a small sample of that hand cream. 
Other than that, the other pictures in this post come from single polishes I have purchased from Julep with my discount codes.
You can become a Julep Maven Here, and buy single polishes here. I also have a video and info on the Julep Maven program, which you can read about here.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

NOTW: Zoya Dakota

This is actually being posted extremely late. I had this on about a week and a half ago. And it was in my box forever and I realized I hadn't posted it yet!
So, It's up now :)
This is a darker jelly red nail polish. It's not a full jelly polish, it leans a little on the creme side. The red is a bluer red, aka not that orange.
It was pretty opaque - this was 3 coats, but it was easily ok in 2 coats.
I experienced really no problems with it. It was an easy to use polish and a pleasure to work with.
Here I used Nubar's base and Seche Vite on top. 
It did stain my nails a little bit, but I found that all red polishes do that to my nails, so it's nothing significant to note.
Zoya polishes retail for $8 each and can be found on their website as well as at Ulta.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

China Glaze Let It Snow Holiday 2011 and Halloween Swatches

I was beyond excited when I realized I could get my hands on the China Glaze holiday colors while I was buying my halloween colors.
China Glaze seems to always have a 50/50 feel with their holiday collection - half of it is boring, standard cremes in standard colors, then the other half always seems to be super unique whether it be in different colors and sizes, or a new take on something classic (like last year's metallic red with holo glitter dispersed throughout it). 
I bought these on Amazon (just by searching polish names) but I've seen them on etailers already as well so they're fully available.
Regularly, China Glaze is also available at Ulta and Sally's Beauty Supply, so if you'd like to see them in person before purchasing, then that's where you'd have the best luck seeing them in person.
I think the holiday stuff is supposed to come out late October/early November.
As for the Halloween polishes, there were 2 unique, 1 meh and a glow in the dark. I didn't really need a glow in the dark because it wasn't colored (just that standard white creme yellow glowy color), and the "meh" color was just a dark dark purple creme (along the lines of OPI Lincoln Park After Dark).
The 2 I did end up getting though were the 2 glitters that were in the mini collection.
I for the first time didn't have any bad notes about the formula in any of these polishes. There's always one polish that isn't as good as the others, but this time, all of them were great.
China glaze polishes retail for between $3 and $6 depending where you get them.
More photos and swatches are after the jump!

Deborah Lippmann Haul

I don't think I've been as excited for a nail polish package than the one I got in the mail from Deborah Lippmann. I've literally been wanting Deborah Lippmann, for about a year and a half when I first saw Across the Universe on Scrangie and All Lacquered Up.
Finally, a week ago, I did it. I bought my first polishes and I can't be more satisfied.
What was even more amazing was that Deborah herself (or whoever runs her twitter, I'm 90% sure that it's her) tweeted me after Eshani mentioned both of us in a tweet. It was lovely.
It's always lovely to know that the customer service and media relations between customers and the company are pleasant, especially when it goes all the way down to the core and base of the company, the creator herself. 
The polishes I purchased are all chunky glitters, which I think Deborah does best. Her chunky glitters have a reputation of being divinely easy to work with and very high quality. Yes, they are pricey, averaging $16-18 each but I completely think they're worth it.
I bought a few fall/holiday colors from last year and then one of the new holiday colors for this year.
Deborah Lippman polishes can be purchased at Nordstrom and other high end department stores, as well as her website, which is NOT as I said in the video (although if you go there it will re-direct you to her actual web address). 
More photos and swatches are after the jump!

Inglot Haul

I'm beyond excited to share my newest big haul, which was from Inglot.
Obviously, it was a long time coming. It's been a big topic of high praise amongst the beauty bloggers and vloggers, because of it's fantastic pricing when compared to quality, specifically with their eyeshadows. Although they did substantially raise their prices, the price is still very low compared to other brands. 
Inglot actually has a huge product line, ranging from nail polishes, to face products, to lipsticks, to eye shadows and pigments, but I think, again, they're most known for the eyeshadows. And specifically from their, their Freedom System, which is their pan/palette system that they have available for eyeshadows and blushes, and possibly face powders (I'm not positive on that).
There's actually so much information having to do with Inglot, that it's almost overwhelming to write about them in one singular blog post. I am going thus just stick to what I got, and not overview the whole brand like I tend to do in haul posts where I feature a brand I'm just first trying.
When it comes to the Inglot eye shadows, there are a bunch of different finishes, ranging from matte, pearl, sparkly, frosty, and in a million different colors so really, there's every color that you could possibly ever need. There are also 2 different shaped shadows, which I don't know why, and what's particularly different between the choices between the circle and square ones.
The palettes in the freedom system come in various sizes - I got the 10 square palette. I think they go from 2 to 40 so there's a size for everybody. There are also different sizes for the face powders.
The 10 square palette retails for $5/eye shadow then the palette itself is $14. Considering that a Mac shadow palette holds 15, and each shadow is $11 (in pan form) and the palette is also around $15, Inglot is much more inexpensive.
Aside from the eyeshadows, I purchased 2 of their pigments because I had seen swatches and they were really quite beautiful. Those are actually quite expensive for the amount of product - It's $14 for 2g of pigment. Mac give you 4.5g for $20.
I ordered my Inglot products from their website, shipping was average in both price and time so I can't complain.
More photos are after the jump!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

NOTW: San Jose Sharks Home Opener

Here's just a final look at how my nails turned out... I have a video talking about how I made these nails, which you can see below. Enjoy :)

Saturday, October 8, 2011

San Jose Sharks Inspired Nails

As I've mentioned in the last million videos (lol) I will be going to the Sharks Home Opener again this year, with Sergio this time instead of my mom (which makes me kinda sad since it's our little tradition sort of, but I'm taking her to a different game so it's all good).
I have been experimenting with nail polish all week and have come up with a bunch of different nail looks all centered around teal, obviously for the Sharks.
The video goes into detail about which polishes were used for what. This post is just a supplementary picspam of all of those to see the nail swatches better. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Review: Monoi Hair Mask

So I used one of my August Birchbox items, the Monoi Hair Mask. I love me a good hair mask - especially since it's fall, the dry season is over and I'm getting back into deep conditioning and re-treating my hair.
I also started to swim again, just for general fitness. And chlorine? AWFUL. I forgot how much I truly hate the feeling of chlorine and the smell of it in hair. So I decided after my first day that I was going to break out the hair mask and give it a go.
Before I get into the review, I do want to say that I got out of the pool, drove home and had my hair pretty damp still with chlorine water when I put the product in my hair. That I'm sure will definitely have an effect on how the product works and such.
The sample I got of it actually comes with quite a bit of product. It's a thick conditioning creme formula, like a lot of hair masks are. And if you squeeze out all the little bits, then you get a big handful of product. In fact if you have short hair, you'd get more than 1 use of it. I have a lot of hair so I had the perfect amount for my hair.
It's scented very pleasantly like gardenia, and the scent lingers for a while, not just in your hair but also on your hands. I still get little whiffs of it on my pillows.
I had left it in my hair for about an hour because again, I had come straight from the pool. After I watched a full episode of CSI, I washed it out in the shower.
While washing it out my hair felt smoother but also just stronger. I combed through my hair with my fingers and it didn't feel like I was tugging on my hair, like it normally does when I wash my hair after getting out the pool.
I was using a swimming specific shampoo, if anybody wants to know, and conditioner after I washed it out and also mixed in some of my macadamia nut oil into the conditioner.
This will also have an effect on how hair feels after getting out of the shower. Luckily, I have used those three products together before without having a hair mask in before it so I could for sure feel a difference in my hair while washing it.
I let my hair air dry after getting out of the shower, and then went to work where my hair continued to dry in a braid.
After I got home, there was about 4 hours before I went to sleep and combed through my hair one last time. My hair at that point was delightfully soft and healthy feeling and again, the gardenia scent was still lingering around.
There were some claims on the packaging like "will noticeably reduce split ends" and such. I don't know if that's true, but I can for sure tell you it made my hair feel stronger, look slightly shinier, and smell amazingly.
The full sized of this can be purchased at hair specialty stores (is what I'm guessing) as well as on the Birchbox website.

Haullllll Video :)

Links to photos:

NOTW: Revlon Blue Mosaic

This is from the new Revlon collection for the fall.
It's a very light blue microglitter, with a bunch of larger silver and green hexagonal glitter dispersed throughout it.
I used this with Julep's Nail Therapy as a base coat and Seche Vite on top.
This was 3 coats, and as you can see it applied pretty densely.
The wear on this has been pretty good - i"ve had it on for about 4 days and there is minor tip wear and barely any chipping.
It's a great way to satiate any super glitter cravings if you have any. And it's pretty available since it's a drugstore product. It is limited edition but I've seen them all over and they've been out for a while now.

E.L.F. Haul

I bought a bunch of products from E.L.F. at Target since they can be such a great buy so inexpensively. 
My favorite part of E.L.F. is probably their line of black handled brushes - they're pretty good considering they're all $3 each.
The eyelashes are all pretty natural and are also only $3.
The eyelash curler, also $3.
And the blush, $3.
Fantastic, huh?
As far as I know, E.L.F. is only found at Target - they also have eye shadows, liners and lip glosses. Pretty solid line, still very small though.
Photos are after the jump!

Massive Haul - Chanel Graphite, OPI Gold Shatter, L'Oreal Project Runway, Revlon Fall 2011 Glitters, Glow In The Dark Polishes

I went to Rite Aid and CVS and picked up a few things - mostly nail polish, but also some blushes. I've been wanting to expand my drugstore collection, since I have mostly have non-drugstore products, in both nail polish and makeup form.
First I went to Rite Aid and picked up the jack-o-lantern polishes that I had looked for last year, but hadn't gotten because they were always sold out. I also picked up some of the Project Runway L'Oreal products, and then some of the Revlon polishes for this year. I then went to CVS and got a Milani blush... My CVS NEVER has Milani blushes in stock, and I'm still trying to get a hold of the Milani Baked Blushes so this is a start to that.
I then picked up an OPI Gold Shatter and then a while back I got Chanel's Graphite, but I never officially included it into a post.
Photos are after the jump :)

Bath and Body Works Haul

I got a lot of the new (well currently on sale) halloween products from Bath and Body Works.
I had every intention of getting them when they first came on sale but then I didn't because there were other things to spend money on. But they always put their Halloween products on sale at the beginning of October, so I ended up just buying them when they were on sale. Which is wonderful because I got everything that I wanted but didn't have to pay full price.
I got 4 hand soaps and a bunch of the pocket bacs. A lot of the scents are obviously candy scented. The hand soaps (from left to right) are Green Apple Candy, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, Sour Drop, and Marshmallow scented.
The hand sanitizers are also all sweetly scented. Clockwise from the top left: plum, chocolate chew, pumpkin, mint, sour drop, marshmallow, gum ball, apple, caramel and black cherry. 
I'm not going to lie the main reason I buy most of these is because of the packaging. Their Halloween packaging always gets me. AND that it was super inexpensive made it even more irresistible.
The scents are all pretty standard when it comes to their Halloween scents.
They're also all products that I would use - soap and hand sanitizer are things I go through really quickly. 
You can still purchase a lot of these products online at Bath and Body Works' website for the same super sale price. And you can also find some of the products at local stores, depending on their stock.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

FOTD: Bold Red Lip

Played around with my red lipstick today and ended up with this classic winged liner and red lip look.
Kept the face pretty flat - neutral blush, nice highlight and very little matte bronzer. I added some lashes and also filled in my brows. The red lipstick I used was Heartless by Mac, which came out with Venomous Villains.
PS!!!! IT RAINED ALL DAY! Today was fantastic :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Favorite Mac Eye Products

There won't be any pictures in this post, since I talk about and show all of them in my video, and you've seen a lot of them in videos before. Eventually I will have an updated palette post with all of my shadows and then all of my pressed pigments.
For now though, enjoy :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

September Favorites!

Products Mentioned:
- Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation
- Real Techniques Stippling Brush
- Bare Escentuals Matte Foundation
- Mac Studio Fix Powder
- Maybelline Fit Me Blush "Sweet Melon"
- Hair Spray as a setting spray
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- Zoya Dakota
- Vera Wang Princess