Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Canadian Makeup Haul from Davensara

About 3 weeks ago I got a huge box in the mail from one of my new friends on YouTube, Sara. She contacted me about whether I'd be interested in some Canadian makeup brands and I couldn't resist and said "Yes!".
I hadn't ever tried Canadian makeup before, but am always open to foreign brands. I had such good experiences with Sleek (a UK based brand) and some Japanese bath products that I really have become open to trying brands that are sold elsewhere. That doesn't mean I'm asking you to send me stuff, by the way. I just have gotten to the point where I want to expand my collection outwards from the US available bubble.
I was in no way expecting THIS many products at all, so a quick shout out to Sara: THANK YOU SO MUCH!
I sent her some things from here as well but wasn't expecting to get so many goodies :)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Zoya Spring & Summer: Intimate, Sunshine, Summertime

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I meant to post these all as individual collections way long ago, but I got caught up in a million things and thus, they're now being posted as one GIANT Zoya Spring & Summer nail polish post. 
Way back in January, Zoya released their Spring Collection, the Intimate Collection. I originally didn't think I wanted any of them, but then as swatches came out I slowly started wanting them more and more and then the International Women Appreciation Day sale came along and it was impossible to resist.
In the beginning of April, Zoya had a BOGO sale for their Summer collections, Sunshine, Summertime and Mod Matte. I didn't like any of the Mod Matte shades (since I have a matte top coat I figured I could just make matte versions of the shades I do have, which are really similar to the Mod Matte shades), so I did BOGO for the Sunshine and Summertime collections.
Zoya Nail Polish can be purchased on their website and are $7 each. For each purchase over $30, $50 and $100 there's a free gift, and every purchase over $50 gets free shipping. Zoya polishes are Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate and Camphor free and are Vegan friendly. 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Mac Eye Shadow Palettes


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Happy Friday everyone :)
This is just a quick post of my Mac Eye Shadow Palettes. These are the ones I've depotted or that I purchased just as a pan. Most of the limited edition ones I haven't depotted. Some I have though.
They're organized loosely by color. 
Mac Eye Shadows can be purchased at Mac stores and counters. The pan form can be purchased at all stores and most counters. Depotting is easy. I have a video of it here. Some of the colors have been nicked or dropped, hence the damage.
Eye Shadows in pan form are $11 and in potted form are $14. If you have 6 empty pots, then you can take them in to be Back To Mac'ed for a free lipstick. The plastic piece that the pan sits in has to be included though.
I'll mark my favorites in each palette as well as which ones were limited edition. I don't have any Pro Only shades in my palettes so no need to worry about that.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Top 15 Misc. Nail Polish

So this is that final Top 15 video for all of you... It's the non-OPI-Zoya-Essie-China Glaze video, so it includes Orly, Sephora by OPI (which I don't qualify as OPI for...some odd reason that I just can't explain lol), Chanel, drugstore, foreign etc etc. 

NOTW: Playoff Edition

So you all know (or should) that I'm a hockey fan. I have an NHL makeup tutorial series. I talk about hockey once in a while here and if you follow me on Twitter, if I'm not ranting about my life, then I'm probably talking about hockey.
Since playoffs started last week, I did what every girly hockey fan does, and went theme crazy! I had my playoffs FOTD going on the Sharks first game day and I had my nails going too. 
First team (of 2) to get onto my nails was (and always will be) the San Jose Sharks.
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The colors I used as bases were my 2 favorite teal colors of all time, Zoya's Charla and Nubar's Teal Glitter. Teal glitter was my accent nail, Charla was on my other nails. On top of that I added some nail art.
Left hand got a heart on my index finger, which I did with my Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens. I used the only two that I have, the White on the outside and I filled it in with Black. They're ok pens I guess. I think the polish inside them is really on the runny side so you have to be very decisive with it.
On my right hand, I used the Konad M27 plate, which has all the sea animals on it, and I (clearly) used the shark. I used the Konad Special Polish in White, and just stamped it on.
Both hands got a little sprinkle of Mac's Reflects Teal glitter on top to add a little more teal sparkle. But you really can't see it.
I apologize for the sloppy and craptastic photos as well. I took them RIGHT after I did my nails and didn't think to clean up around the nails first. 
I used my regular Zoya Anchor, Zoya Armor and Seche Vite.
A note about Konading - I've found that if you do a layer of a thick top coat before you stamp then it gives you a little wiggle room if you mess up. I normally do a layer of Seche Vite before I stamp because it dries super fast so a) it cuts down the waiting time, because you FOR SURE want to have completely dry nails before you stamp and b) since it's a thicker top coat, if you mess up, you can get a cotton swab with some polish remover and just remove the image you put down without harming the polish underneath. It gives you a second chance to stamp without having to wait a super long time to redo just one nail. It can layer up pretty fast and can make your nails feel a little thick, but I like that since I have thinner nails.
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This is what I changed my nails to after the teal started to chip. This is for my 2nd favorite team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Their colors are Black and "Vegas Gold" (yeah. really??) so I Konaded some black leopard print over a pale gold. 
The gold I used was OPI's Glitzerland from the Swiss Collection. I added a light coating of China Glaze's White Cap, but you really can't see it at all. Especially with the Konad on top. 
Glitzerland is a pale, almost foiled gold color. It's very similar to Orly's Luxe, but Luxe is a little warmer and completely foil. It's also a bit more pigmented. Glizterland has tiny flecks of gold shimmer in it as well, which Luxe doesn't have. I used 3 coats of Glitzerland and it wasn't fussy at all. Drying time was pretty good as well.
The Konad plate I used was M57. I used the Konad Special Polish in Black.
Then to spice it up a little bit more, I added random white dots again with the Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen. 
I used Zoya Anchor, Zoya Armor and Seche Vite. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Review: Candles By Victoria

I don't think I've ever officially reviewed Candles By Victoria, which is really silly because I love them, I talk about them all the time, and I really couldn't imagine living without them.
Obviously from the picture above, I have other candles, BUT, CBV always prevails. Always.
This is also going to act as an overview of the company, since I've tried quite a few different sizes, and scents and I have some comparisons to make as well.
Candles By Victoria is a small business that was started by the lovely (and obviously named) Victoria. She has her whole story on her website, but basically she wasn't pleased with the quality of the candles she had been purchasing so she took the brave path of starting her own business and started making her own, much higher quality, much more potent and much more AMAZING candles.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Review: Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation


For the past month and a half, I've been all about foundations. The perfect foundation. The one that keeps me non-shiny all day, that feels light on the skin but delivers great coverage, that provides great quality for money etc.
The first one that I purchased was the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet +. I had heard fantastic things about this foundation and can really only agree with them.
My color is 40 (described as medium-light with yellow undertones). My only complaint about that is that it's not printed on the bottle, and I hate when companies label by number (except for Mac because that still makes sense to me since they organize by skin tone as well as shade). But that's such a minor thing for me that really, it doesn't even register in my critique of the foundation.
It comes in a squeeze bottle, which I LOVE because it's so easy to get the amount you want. In order for the squeeze tube to work though, the foundation itself has to be on the thicker side.

NOTW: OPI "Big Hair Big Nails" vs Mac "Scorcher" from To The Beach

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About 2 weeks ago I went and got a manicure. I rarely do this... mostly because I can paint my own nails and I figure, unless I go for the full mani/pedi then it's a waste of my time and money. So I went to the for the full mani/pedi experience and decided I wanted something nice, and springy, and juicy and punchy and just summery.
It has been really nice weather here where I live so I wanted something to match that feeling.
The place I went to (I don't really have a standard salon I go to) has a giant and randomly organized color selection so it was just by chance that I ended up picking one of the Texas colors by OPI that I didn't purchase.
It came from the part of the collection that had the "Sorbet" finish, which is just another word for "Jelly".
The color itself was called "Big Hair Big Nails" and it's a very candy like red/coral color. I actually have no idea which base and top coat they used on me... but the photo on the left is after about 8 days of wear. So, pretty good right? They put 3 coats on my nails and you can clearly see that these polishes were meant to be sheer.
I realized when I had gone home, that the color looked ultra familiar to me and that I realized that the color was pretty much the same as Mac's "Scorcher" from their To The Beach collection last year. "Scorcher" though, is a bit more orange, and slightly more opaque. On the photo on the right, I have "Scorcher" on my index and ring fingers.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Teal Stuff :)

As a quick update video, I posted a bunch of stuff that was teal in color/theme.
Hockey playoffs started yesterday, and the Sharks Game 1 vs the Kings is on now.
So this is going to be a quick write up as well.
In celebration of the Sharks and one of my favorite colors, I decided to just show you all the teal products I have. Why not right?
All the pictures are after the jump :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

NOTW: "Casey" by Zoya and "Dating A Royal" by OPI

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So this week I have 2 NOTWs to show you.
It's been a while since I've updated, and it's because I have some personal things to sort through.
Nonetheless, I have a quick post just to reassure you that I'm still alive lol.
First is Zoya's Casey, which is a dark, vampy purple creme. I then did some nail art over it to spice it up.
I used one of the Bundle Monster plates with. The ring and pinky fingers have some glitter on them because I wanted to see what it would look like. Didn't like it though so I just stuck with a non-glitter on the rest of the nails.
Casey is pretty opaque and has an almost squishy jelly-like quality to it. It was opaque in 2 coats.
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Second NOTW is OPI's Dating A Royal. Dating A Royal is a jelly-like royal blue. In different lights it can look more bright or grayed. The first photo at the top of the post is at night in artificial light. Photo below on the left is artificial light in the daytime. Photo on the right is outside, in cloudy weather. The photo on the left is more true to actual color in real life. I included photo on the right so you can see how glitter on my ring finger.
My ring finger has one single coat of White Cap by China Glaze from their spring collection. I LOVED how the gold glitter looked over the blue. 
Dating A Royal is a pretty opaque color as well. This was 3 coats.
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Both manicures was using Zoya's Anchor, Zoya's Armor and Seche Vite on top.