Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fortune Cookie Soap Hot Chocolate Bath Melts Review

As I've been bathing (literally this time using baths) more often, I have another product review for you. This time it's for the Fortune Cookie Soap bath melts that I purchased, in their Hot Chocolate scent.
On first impression the product is a very true to real life scent. It really does smell like the powder that hot chocolate comes in the form of. It's got a great chocolate scent, with a slight bit of saltiness.
I've used 2, one used as I would a Lush bath melt, and one used the way they suggest on their site.
Lush bath melts I use by waiting until the bath is filled then I plop in the bath melt and let it melt away and release a lot of moisturizers and good scent. This is what I did the first time with the Hot Chocolate bath melt, and it didn't work that great. Their bath melts fizz a little bit, not as much as you'd see in a bath bomb, but it bubbles just a little bit, which is I guess just how it dissolves in water. It doesn't melt in the sense that hot water makes it soft. I think any water would really just dissolve it regardless of the temperature. The scent definitely translated into the water, as it smelled amazing. The problem with just letting it melt in the hot water was that it definitely didn't incorporate itself into the water as much as I would have liked. The brown oil would settle on the sides of the bath, and the particles would float around in the water which, because it's brown, just made the bath look dirty. After that use, I was definitely kind of disappointed. Especially because I was so relaxed in the water, but I noticed there was not only residue lines on my skin but that I had to clean the bath tub after use. Going from relaxed to "cleaning mode" is never easy.
I then looked up how they actually recommend how to use their products because a lot of time it makes a HUGE difference as to how the product performs. Sure enough it vastly improved my bath experience. Fortune Cookie Soap recommends you put half or a whole melt into the running water as opposed to after the bath has filled. That definitely helped the bath melt incorporate fully into the water. There was still a little bit of gathering at the sides of my tub but it wasn't as bad as the first time. My bath was definitely much more enjoyable than the first time around. It definitely became something I recommend using, after figuring out how to use the product correctly.
In the package, there comes 3 bath melts in the shape of hearts. A pack of 3 is $11.25 and can be purchased on the Fortune Cookie Soap website.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Zoya Gems & Jewels Swatches

Wow! Totally realized that this wasn't posted with my haul video that this was included in so here it is today lol. Zoya released their winter/holiday collection, Gems & Jewels, (the first of 2 actually) about a month ago and it included three metallics and three glitters that all coincided with each other. The metallics weren't that exciting in my opinion - the colors, a magenta, bright blue and green, were not colors that I was overjoyed about (although I did get a sample of the green one in my Birchbox) and I'm not a huge fan of those colors in that metallic finish. The exciting part of this haul was the glitters that coincided with each of those color. 
Zoya's Gems & Jewels collection's glitters made the name fit perfectly with the collection because the three of them are all very beautiful, glitzy and totally unique. 
The 4th polish I got has nothing to do with the Gems & Jewels collection but I was in search of a good silver foil, and now that I look at them together more closely, they totally could work wonderfully together.
Zoya polishes can be purchased on their website as well as at Ulta. They retail for $8 each.

NOTW: OPI "Warm & Fozzie"

This is another pick inspired by the fall colors and foil theme that I seem to have been favoring quite a bit recently. "Warm & Fozzie" is from OPI's newest collection for the holiday season, the Muppets Collection.
Obviously inspired by Fozzie Bear, this polish is a warm brown with gold and bronze flecks of shimmer making it a very beautiful multi-faceted polish. Depending on the angle, the polish will lean on the gold, bronze, brown or even slightly antiqued green look. When photographed with flash (at the bottom of this post), the red really comes out.
This is 3 coats with no top coat or base coat.
OPI is available at various retailers such as Ulta and local beauty supply stores. 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Drugstore Haul - November Edition

Holy drugstore haul Batman! Here's this month's drugstore haul, which is much more massive than last months, mainly because of the super sought after Revlon Lip Butters that suddenly emerged and became all the rage online.
Along with that, I sort of went Revlon lip product crazy and picked up a few of those. I then saw the Sally Hansen Gem Crush polishes and grabbed those. And somehow along the way I ended up with blushes, and holiday items.
The majority of these items will be available very easily at CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, or stores like Target and Walmart that sell drugstore cosmetics. A lot of these products are also permanent, so even if you can't find them all now, they will eventually be readily available to you. 
More photos and swatches after the jump!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Lush It's Raining Men Shower Gel

Hallelujah! Lush recently made this shower gel permanent. Before that though, it was probably the most sought after and quickly selling out Lush item I had heard of. I had been wanting to try it for quite some time, and had gotten a mini one 8 months ago in a Valentine's Box that I purchased just for the shower gel. Whenever it released as a limited edition product, it sold out within the day and I could never get my hands on it.
When I heard it was permanent, I immediately purchased a large size of it, and thus finally started to use the small one I had been saving for 8 months.
It's Raining Men is the same honey toffee scent as their Honey I Washed The Kids soap, which happens to also be a best seller amongst Lush's products.
Here's what Lush has to say about it:

"Looks like rain today.

Get absolutely soaking wet and lather up just like the Weather Girls first commanded back in the disco days. Only this time, you're armed with one of the best shower gels you can buy. It's Raining Men is made with lotus flowers to soothe your winter-ravaged bodies and moisturizing, cleansing honey."
When it comes to convenience, this is definitely a lot easier to use than the HIWTK soap, which comes with a honey comb on top of it. That honey comb doesn't really melt and is awkward to wash with so the shower gel makes it SO easy to be able to shower and that smell delicious at the same time.
The gel lathers very nicely and the scent lingers on the skin for a long time. It's pretty moisturizing as well. It definitely doesn't add extra moisture to the skin, but it doesn't dry you out.
The scent is very yummy. The honey is evident, but the toffee notes to it give it a little bit more richness and well, yumminess to it. It's great for when you just want to feel like a kid and feel all cozy and comfy. It's also non-offensive for a sweet scent - again, it is Yukie's Mother Approved lol.
Since it isn't limited edition anymore, I would say to go get it if you haven't tried it yet, prefer shower gel to bar soap, but if you want to wait a little bit you can (but don't wait too long, you need to try it!).

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Essie Luxeffects - Holiday 2011 (Swatches!)

As I mentioned in my video, Essie used to be the most boring brand alive when it came to color selection. They had probably 20 baby pinks to choose from. A few bright reds. Some other colors. And then they started to change their collections - pinks, blues, pastels that weren't pink. Then BAM. GLITTER. What?? What happened Essie??
This year's holiday collection is 5 colors (Essie's collections are never bigger than 5 or 6 colors) all a different form (or shade since 2 are the same texture) of glitter.
Again, I have to say I've never been so satisfied with almost every fall/winter release of nail polishes since I've started tracking collections. Essie, OPI, China Glaze, Sally Hansen, Revlon even... all of them. I'm very pleased.
Essie Polishes retail between $8 and $9 (even $10 I've heard) depending where you buy them. They're available in CVS, Bed Bath and Beyond as well as Ulta and other beauty retailers.

China Glaze Eye Candy 3D Glitter Collection

Mmmmmm. Glitterrrrrrrrrrrrr. I, again, am so shocked and so pleased with how much I've been loving all the new collections from the nail polish companies this season. Last year, yes, I loved them, but this year, it's a whole new level of awesome. As somebody that loves glitter, all these glitter released have been fantastical.
China Glaze's Eye Candy collection is their second collection for this holiday season. All of these polishes are meant to be "3D glitters", which mean, all of the glitters have multiple components to them making them look "3D" in a way. This collection was inspired (or themed off of) by Marilyn Monroe.
There are originally 6 colors in this collection, and I purchased 4. The other 2 were the gold and the graphite color and I just wasn't interested in the gold and the graphite color has been done in other brands before so I just skipped it.
The 4 I did purchase were Love Marilyn, Material Girl, Marry A Millionaire, and Lorelei's Tiara.
Just as a little "Just So You Know" type thing: there are a lot of companies that are releasing similar polishes in response to all these multi-glitters by OPI, China Glaze and other big brands. Sally Hansen just released their Gem Crush collection and then Nails Inc. which you can buy at Sephora also have their own line of "3d Glitters", and I'm sure they're going to be seen in other companies soon as well. I've included comparisons of the Sally Hansen Gem Crush collections in this post, to show you that you don't have to go far to get the same effect of nail polish.
These can be found at Sallys, Ulta as well as online at various etailers and can be purchased for $3 to $6 depending on where you get them from.

NOTW: OPI "Take The Stage"

As I'm gearing up for American Thanksgiving, and continuing on with the fall colored foils theme, I have the next NOTW post from another OPI color, from the Burlesque collection again. This is "Take The Stage", a rich, pumpkin-y orange with a hint of brown. It's like the transition from red to brown in the leaves.
It glides on pretty nicely and the wear is pretty average for OPI (about 3 or 4 days with no chipping on me). Here, I used no base or top coat and this is 3 coats.
For some reason, it took me a full calendar year to finally get to this product and wear it around for a few days. It's lovely, and definitely not a color I regularly reach for.
OPI's Burlesque collection is still pretty easy to find, and can be purchased for between $8 and $9. OPI can be found at Ulta and other beauty supply stores.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Lush So White Bath Bomb

The one product I immediately looked up when I had heard the Lush Holiday items were up, was So White. Last year, I purchased my first So White product, a bath bomb, and then got the perfume, because I was so in love with the scent. So White is the perfect apple scent - no artificial sweetness to it, there's a slight tartness, and it is very very fresh.
Here's what Lush has to say about it:


Simon worked hard to create the perfect apple fragrance – there is no such thing as real apple essential oil, you see. A blend of bergamot oil, neroli oil and orange flower absolute create a sweet, crisp scent. He added a hint of romantic and fragrant rose absolute to care for sensitive winter skin. So White is the fairest in all the lands, with grated Bubble Bar mixture to create a frothy, snowy white blanket on the water. And we bathed happily ever after. "
When it comes to Lush's bath bombs, I'd say they're fairly priced with all other companies that make bath bombs. Belle Ame's bath bombs are the same size and the same price.
This particular bath bomb fizzes quite slowly compared to others I've tried. It goes for about 5 mins. On average, I've found most bath bombs go for about 3.
Since this product is white, it doesn't dye the bath a different color, like many of the colored Lush products do. It does froth up a bit though and give you the slightest hint of a bubble, compared to other bath bombs.
The scent is fantastic though. Again, it's a pure apple scent, and definitely lingers in the water and on the skin for a full day/night depending on when you take your bath.
This is another holiday product from Lush that I would continue to purchase as long as Lush continues to make them. The scent alone is good for that, but the fact that it's only $5 is great. For those of you that can't spend too much on things, going to Lush and picking up a simple $5 product just for one night is perfect. Or, ordering like five or six of these would still leave you under $50 when you add in tax and shipping and you'd be set for five or six baths.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Makeup Removers

I don’t think I’ve ever done a video or post talking about my favorite makeup removers – I’ve always talked about them individually, here and there, and have mentioned pros and cons of them but I’ve never really sat and talked about them. So, I took the opportunity to break up all these hauls I’ve had and have made a post just dedicated to makeup removers.
This may seem slightly silly to some people – this is a makeup and nail polish blog, but for me, a big part of makeup is definitely caring for your skin and removing makeup completely and correctly. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen my friends sleep with makeup and complain about their skin, and honestly whenever the night comes where I sleep with my makeup because I’m just too too exhausted to take my makeup off, I know my skin will be negatively affected by it for about a week. Not only that, the makeup then gets rubbed off onto my pillowcases and I have to wash them or else that too will negatively affect my skin.
My favorite way to remove makeup definitely has to be the ever-popular wipe, that basically every brand makes. I happen to favor the Neutrogena, and specifically their night calming wipe the most. Mac, Ponds and other brands make wipes as well. I find that it’s convenient to use since the wipe already comes with remover, they’re soft, and you don’t have to open bottles and bags and all that. The quicker I can get to bed after a long day, the better and the wipes definitely help with that.
I have tried other forms of remover, like cleansing oils and I found that I only really use those when I have a heavier eye makeup, or I use a lot of water proof products so I don’t tug on my eye area too much.
More info is after the jump!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Fortune Cookie Soap Haul

I'm very excited to share with you all my first Fortune Cookie Soap haul. This is a company I've had my eye on for almost 2 years now, ever since SayAnythingBrooke (who's like my go to Lush, CBV, Nail Polish, and other bath product recommendation person) did her first video of it. The cuteness and originality of everything caught me and instantly had me hooked.
Since I've seen other videos, I've added more and more items to my wishlist and finally took the plunge and purchased a good haul of things.
I haven't used the majority of these products yet, and the few that I have, I'll have written posts of soon so this post is mostly going to describe scents.
Everything can be purchased on their website, which you can get to here. Enjoy!

Philosophy Holiday 2011 Shampoo/Shower Gel/Bubble Bath

A couple of weeks ago Nordstrom was having (and could possibly still be having) a sale on the small sized Philosophy Shower Gels in their holiday scents. Being a sucker for sales (It was 3 for $15 and 6 for $20) and bath products (and Temptalia since she tweeted about it) I went ahead and purchased 6 of them.
I’ve never really ventured into Philosophy’s line. I had a lot of samples of their Purity face wash and didn’t particularly hate it or love it so I never really had an opinion on their line. I knew they had a lot of yummy scented things – lipglosses, shower gels (which also multitask as shampoo and bubble bath), lotions. Then Sephora’s birthday gift for this year was a 6 oz Birthday Cake scented shower gel and I was pretty sold on their line of shower gels.
The consistency of the gel is pretty thick… some shampoos can be fairly runny and this is not how the Philosophy gels are. They lather pretty well, not overly bubbly, but not completely tame like sulfate free shampoos can be. I’ve not used it yet as a bubble bath so I can’t tell you how it fares that way, but as a shampoo and shower gel they’re pretty mild; no over cleaning, but the hair and skin is left clean, moisturized and scented fairly well, lasting a few hours.
The 5 scents I got were Vanilla Birthday Cake (which I purchased 2 of because I was such a fan of the Sephora gift I got, and I don’t believe it’s in their regular line), Christmas Cookie, Fresh Vanilla Frost, Peppermint Bark, and Raspberry Sorbet.
Each 6 fl. Oz. bottle is about the height of my palm and about 2.5 inches in diameter. On the front of certain bottles (at least for the holiday scents) there are recipes for each of the scents so if you suddenly want to bake Christmas Cookies, you can do so with the easy recipe provided on the bottle. I thought that was super cute, and will probably try them asap!
Philosophy also makes each of these scents in a bigger size, but those weren’t on sale at Nordstrom. Philosophy can be purchased at beauty retailers such as Sephora and Ulta, as well as department stores like Nordstrom.
More photos and scent descriptions are after the jump!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

November Julep Maven and Birchbox

Since I've got so many other videos to post, and since these two are generally very short videos, I've decided to combine both of them.
You can purchase Julep and Birchbox monthly subscriptions at both of those links, which are both referral links.
Below are photos of the polishes I got... otherwise, enjoy the video!

Julep Michelle
Very creamy navy blue creme. SUPER opaque, and a true navy, not very purple like OPI's Road House Blues. 
Zoya Holly
Emerald green metallic. The swatch is actually still wet when I photographed it since I was in a hurry and my brother was 5 mins away from being home... it dries to the same color though. When wet you can also see the different shimmer particles much clearer, which can be difficult to photograph when dry even if you see it when dry. 

NOTW: OPI "Rising Star"

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been in a very foily, warm, November-y mood lately when it comes to nail color. The most recent color to satisfy this need of being festive for late-fall, I’ve chosen OPI’s “Rising Star” from last year’s Burlesque collection, which was for winter 2010.
“Rising Star” is a warm, rich pumpkin pie brown color in a foily shimmer finish. It’s pretty much the epitome of fall color to me. It’s that color you’d see on most fall themed decorations for homes, the color of the leaves right before they start to really go brown. The color of desserts and foods you’d eat right around American Thanksgiving. It’s pretty much perfect.
The formula is on the thin side, as with this sort of finish of nail polish. The foil/glass fleck shimmer formulas tend to be on the thin side. That doesn’t mean the polish isn’t pigmented though. One coat definitely gives a good amount of color to the nail. 2 coats has the polish pretty much opaque. 3 isn’t necessary, but if you like the safety of 3 coats, it’s not impossible since it doesn’t go on thick on the nail.
“Rising Star” was originally released with the Burlesque collection last year, but it’s still pretty easily found in stores that sell OPI as well as on etailers. OPI retails for between $8-9.

Lush Snowcake Soap - Almond Snow Showers

Lush reviews aren't something I do often - for some reason I can't remember to photograph things before I use them, or I end up using the products and forget to note things I'd like to put in a post. I have vowed to do better with this though, and it starts today haha.
Snowcake Soap is an extremely creamy, strongly almond scented soap which was released with their holiday line this year. This is what Lush has to say about it:

"Smitten with Almonds? You're Not the Only Ones...

For the softest, creamiest, most luxurious suds imaginable, grab a great big slice of Snowcake and float away on a cloud of almond marzipan and rose absolute. Snowcake smells exactly like our Smitten hand cream, and is an all time holiday favourite among staff and customers alike. It softens and cleans your body and scents it with a long-lasting almond fragrance."
It is definitely one of the softest and creamiest soaps I've used, from any bath company. It literally melts in your hand, even before you start using it. When using it, it feels very moisturizing, and quite truthfully luxurious. Just make sure you store it away from your shower so it doesn't just disintegrate away while you're showering - it's that soft.
As I mentioned, it is almond scented - a creamy almond, very much like the almond past you'd get inside of a croissant. The scent lingers on the skin for about half the day after use, depending on what you're doing. If you work at a pool like I do, then it won't last that long before the smell of chlorine takes over. About an hour I'd say.
It's not an overwhelming almond scent either. My mother, who isn't big on scented things, especially creamy, bakery scents (which is really too bad because that's all I get from bath stores haha), totally loved it and was impressed by the soap itself.
Lush lists other ingredients like Rose Absolute and Cassie Absolute, but I can't smell those at all in the soap.
I for sure recommend this soap to anybody that's looking for a very comforting and very wintery scent from Lush. It's probably something I will continue to purchase every holiday if they continue to release them, and am glad to have purchased it.

Friday, November 18, 2011

NHL Tutorial #21: New York Rangers

I haven't done a tutorial in a while, and I had this one sitting in my queue for a while, so I thought I'd break up all of these haul videos and stick a tutorial in there.
To continue with my current tutorial theme, I have the next NHL Tutorial, for the New York Rangers. Their colors are red, blue and white, so I did basically a brighter version of the red, blue and white Colorado Avalanche tutorial I did, and incorporated some of the newer things I've accumulated since the summer.
I actually really quite like how this turned out, and got a lot of compliments on it the day I wore it out to work.
Product list is after the jump!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

NOTW: Essie "Lady Like" & Sally Hansen "Razzle Dazzler"

Another new purchase that I'm really excited to share with you all are these two polishes, which I bought fully intending to use together, Essie's "Lady Like" and Sally Hansen's "Razzle Dazzler" from the new Gem Crush collection.
I've always liked Essie polishes. They work phenomenally well with my nails and are always easy to work with. They're always very pigmented, have great dry time, and last a long time on me. "Lady Like" is a soft light mauve creme. This was 2 coats of the polish over Nubar's Foundation Base Coat and under a coat of Poshe's fast dry top coat (GASP! Not Seche Vite!!). "Lady Like" is from their fall collection this year.
On top of that I ended up layering Sally Hansen's "Razzle Dazzler" which is a soft rose pink microglitter, with bigger silver glitters dispersed within it all in a clear base. This is from their new Gem Crush line, which I think is their winter collection and answer to all the glitters that have been released, namely the China Glaze Eye Candy Collection, which is full of glitters with this texture. The Gem Crush collection also has a few dupes of the Eye Candy collection, but that's for another post.
I love the Sally Hansen Gem Crush colors I have (I bought about 4 of them, which will be up soon in a drugstore haul), except for the brush. It's fat, short and stupid. I wish Sally Hansen would regulate their brushes and just stick with one type. I have 3 different Sally Hansen brushes from 3 different lines they have and they all suck. All of them. And they're all different. It's stupid.
Regardless, "Razzle Dazzler" is very pretty and delicate for a glitter. Great if you want something more neutral. Layered on top of Essie's "Lady Like" it gives a very gentle and delicate and neutral but unique sort of look to the nail. It's a good way to incorporate glitter to your nails if you work in a professional setting and can't do anything too flashy.
Sally Hansen Gem Crush is available now in drugstores and retail between $5 and $7 (I would totally suggest looking for coupons or deals like buy one get one!). Essie is also available in drugstores, and retails for between $8 and $9. 
Sally Hansen "Razzle Dazzler" over Essie "Lady Like"

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

NOTW: Revlon "Copper Penny"

As it's November, I've started reaching for my rich colors as well as foil textures. This is one of my newer purchases (which will be featured in a drugstore haul soon). 
Revlon's "Copper Penny" was a new fall release I believe. It was actually really hard for me to find. I had seen it first on Amarixe's blog about a month and a half ago, then MissGlamorazzi about 3 weeks ago. And for some reason I had no interest in it until like a week ago. I had a sudden lemming for it. It was weird.
Regardless, it was sort of hard for me to find - 3 trips to different drugstores and I finally found the last one at CVS.
"Copper Penny" is a new penny copper foil. The copper is definitely clearly evident although it is mixed with a silver foil to give it that slightly frosted look. It's incredibly opaque. What I have on my nails is just two coats of the polish without any base or top coats. 
The polish glided onto my nails very smoothly and dried pretty quickly after first coat. The second coat really made the color opaque and dried to a pretty nice finish. Not really shiny but not dull in that it absolutely needed a top coat.
It's definitely a color outside of my comfort zone. I don't pull towards coppers and browns and rusty colors very often. Even in the fall, I like the murky purples or greens instead of full on browns. I do like this color though. 
Revlon is available at drugstores and polishes retail for between $5 and $8. It's best to find a sale opportunity (buy one get one half off for example) and get a tone of drugstore polishes, which is what I tend to do. You can also get these products at Ulta, which have sales often ($3.50 off $10 or 20% off for example). 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Lush Haul!

I watched a recent Amarixe video and she mentioned that It's Raining Men Shower Gel was permanent so I immediately went out and bought one on their site. While I was there, I figured I might as well pick up a few more things, so here's the list!
This post will be updated with photos tomorrow when it's light out so you can see what the products look like in higher quality than in just the video. Photos are posted below :)
Here's a full list of products I purchased though with the prices, and are linked to (if you live in a different country, you'll have to purchase on your country's site):

    Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation Review & Demo

    I only had one thing by Illamasqua previously to this purchase and I loved it. So I was sure that when I saw this foundation on a Pixiwoo video, I would probably love it as much in real life as in their video. 
    The Skin Base Foundation is a very full coverage foundation, and is meant to mimic the effect of the Asian Beauty Balms that have become so popular.
    Since I had never tried any of Illamasqua's face products, I utilized their website (which is very helpful by the way) and ended up with the shade SB3. I am normally an NC25 in Mac, but since it is heading towards winter, I went a shade lighter (NC20) and was matched to SB3 on their site.
    The foundation is pretty thick, and really a small pea sized amount is enough to cover the whole face and pull down to the neck to blend. It works best with a buffing or flat topped or stippling brush as opposed to a regular foundation brush (think Mac 190) I've noticed. Sam from Pixiwoo also said so on their newest video and said not only to use a stippling or buffing brush but to afterwards use a clean buffing brush to further blend it into the skin after initial application. I agree, it does help quite a bit.
    It wears pretty matte and lasts all day. It doesn't feel oily at all on the skin during the day which is a good plus.
    If you live in the UK, I highly recommend going and checking this foundation out in person to see if you like it before you purchase - not only because it's always a good idea, but also because it's a pretty heavy foundation and you may not like it on your skin. 
    The foundation is £25. When shipping to the US (I believe it's a standard rate for international shipping of £8.50) it ends up being about $55 for the foundation and the shipping. Which really isn't bad considering a Make Up For Ever foundation is about $40 and shipping can be between $5 and $8 depending where you are. A Chanel Foundation is about $50. Sure a Mac Foundation is $30 but Mac can be found anywhere. For a high end international product, I wasn't miffed by the price at all. 
    Illamasqua's shipping is quite quick as well. I got it about a week and half after I bought it. I was expecting it about 2 weeks or 2 and a half weeks later. So I was pleasantly surprised to get it so early. 
    On a side note, inside my box from Illamasqua, I got a very cool pamphlet which I'm excited about. It's a booklet of all their products but it also has a lot of images that Alex Box (the creator of Illamasqua, and the artistic drive behind it) created with the new products, based on their new collection, Theatre of the Nameless. It's very cool. Very Cirque Du Soleil-esque, which I LOVE. It's very well made and the details that went into it are fab. I am very impressed with it and the care of completing a whole booklet and sending them out is very cool. 
    I really am very pleased with this product and can't wait until it comes to the States and is available in Sephora. Hopefully it will be soon. 
    The rest of this post is a list of products and photos of the tutorial and demo I did with this foundation and some of the new products I had purchased from Sephora. Enjoy!

    Saturday, November 12, 2011

    Sephora Friends & Family Sale Haul!

    So given that today was the second day of the Sephora VIB sale, my mind is already racing to a week ahead where I get to indulge in those goodies when they come. I did realize that I have yet to share photos of the last haul though, so here are those, finally up a week later!
    I didn't realize it until I opened everything but this was a pretty polish heavy haul. The main ones I had wanted to try were the Nails Inc. Magnetic Polishes, and then some of their regular line polishes. I then was browsing and found the Sephora by OPI Holiday set and was totally sucked into that.
    Aside from those, I got a lot of back ups of products - foundations and Clinique stuff. Then I wanted to try out some new items so I picked up a mascara, dry shampoo and blush.
    I got a backup of both the HD and Mat Velvet + foundations from Make Up For Ever. They're very much my two favorite foundations so I wanted to get backups while I had 20% off.
    The rest of this post has info for the rest of the new products I got from this haul.

    Thursday, November 10, 2011

    Urban Decay Friends & Family Sale Haul

    I got just a few things from the Urban Decay Sale. The main reason for actually purchasing anything was to finally get the 15th Anniversary Palette. It wasn't something that I had initially wanted but I figured since it was on sale, I might as well get it. 
    The other things I got were the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin and their Matte Powder, both that I had wanted to try for a while. Inside the package I got a single sample of their lipgloss in Wallflower.
    I've used all of the products so far and am very happy with all of them.
    The original packaging of Primer Potion is on sale on Urban Decay's website for $10, the rest can be purchased for regular pricing on Urban Decay, OR you can go to Sephora starting tonight and use the VIB Sale code to get 20% off. 
    I have to say though, if you live in California, ordering from Urban Decay will be amazing because your packages will get to you FAST. I got this 4 days after I ordered it. They're centered in SoCal (southern California for all you non-Californians) so they will get to you pretty quickly, whereas Sephora is centered in Baltimore and takes forever to get to me. 
    Anyways, more photos are after the jump!

    NOTW: Winter Snowglobe (Amarixe & SayAnythingBr00ke Inspired)

    Whoa... long time no blog! I sincerely apologize that I've been gone for a week! I have had a few things I've had to deal with work and school wise and time got away from me. But I'm back with another NOTW, which I've been slacking on lately.
    Today I have a snow globe inspired nail. I know I'm sort of jumping the gun on the winter theme but I've seen all the Christmas stuff out and I've been so into it this past week! And then I saw some of Amarixe's nails and then I went back to one of my favorite winter nail tutorials by Brooke and I came up with this. 
    This is a base coat of Zoya's Get Even (which is a white ridge filler), then OPI's Alpine Snow which is a white creme. Using Get Even underneath makes getting an opaque white faster and then there isn't a need for 4 coats of white and overly clumpy nails. I followed with a coat of Deborah Lippmann's Staircase To Heaven, and China Glaze's Snow Globe on the 4 non-accent nails to mimic what you'd see in a snow globe.
    My accent nail is a coat of OPI's Just Breathe (soft blue iridescent polish) and some blue and white Snowflake Konad. The plate is m59. 
    I used Seche Vite on top. Enjoy!

    Friday, November 4, 2011

    New Video! Mac Haul - Holiday 2011


    Mac Glitter And Ice Collection - Holiday 2011

    Following the same pattern as all the fall collections that came out, I was totally uninterested in all the products that were released with Mac's many holiday products.
    Considering years' past, I've gotten very little. I got just some of the lipsticks, 2 dazzleglasses and 2 paint pots. That's nothing, when realizing that the whole collection comes with eye shadows, face products, sets, kits etc.
    Last year I did actually got some of the sets, the pigment sets. And the year before I got a brush kit. Yes, the brush kits are awful - everybody needs to experience it once, and quite honestly my brush set wasn't terrible. It wasn't amazing, but not terrible.
    This year the theme is Glitter & Ice, with a nice silver and white color theme and with celebrity pairing of Johnny Weir. A lot of the face products and kits came with a silver glitter snow globe like thing on the product. I wasn't interested in those products, but I did get this bag with my products from the Mac store which is pretty much good enough for me lol.
    The products come in mirrored silver boxes and the products come with white plastic instead of black.
    This collection is available at all Mac stores and online.