Thursday, June 30, 2011

June Favorites :)


Products Mentioned:
- Paint Pots by Mac: Vintage Selection, Bare Study, Rubenesque, Let Me Pop, Chilled On Ice
- Mac Studio Finish Concealer
- Mineralize Skin Finishes: Stereo Rose, Comfort, By Candelight
- OPI Teenage Dream, OPI Last Friday Night
- Foundation brushes
- My Blog!
- True Blood

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

NOTW Gallery / Updates

I just added a new page up above where you can click the word "NOTW" and it will lead you to a gallery of all my previous NOTW posts. They are currently organized by color, not by brand.

Another random update - YouTube has decided to allow two more of my videos to be entered into their Revenue Sharing Program. Remember when my China Glaze Top 10 video got "partnered for a video"? Same deal. It also randomly put ads next to my most recent vlog ("Sergio and i were in a music video"). But they didn't email me to ask to enter that video, it just sort of appeared. So that's exciting.

I also am in the Sigma Makeup Affiliates Program, which is a way for people to be affiliated with Sigma and to have affiliate links. This is where you can link to Sigma, but the link you provide is specifically for you, so you get a (very very small) percentage of all the sales from your links. So, all of those ads are specific to my link. If you click on those boxes and ads, and directly purchase from those ads then I will receive a very small percentage from it. Also if you see any links to sigma in my writing or in the description box from my videos, those are affiliate links as well.

I'm tell you this so that you know beforehand that I am going to get a percentage from it. If you don't feel like purchasing from those affiliate links, then just go google and type in "Sigma Makeup" and it will direct you to their site without my affiliate number.

I have reviewed Sigma in the past, and was not in their affiliate program at that time. I joined... 2 months ago? Then forgot to do anything about it because it was right when my computer broke. I still stand by my review and nothing has changed in that - I think they put on a front to those that will give them extremely positive coverage, but at the end of the day the quality you get for the price is really only matched (and surpassed) by Crown Brushes. It's really a fraction of the price you pay for Mac brushes, for only slightly less high quality. I'm still annoyed that my brushes seemed like they weren't cared for when they were sent to me, but I do use those brushes daily, especially the face brushes.

As a little window into ads and how much people make, I'm sure that people with thousands of subscribers make quite a bit of money, but since I first started putting ads into my blog in January I've made just over $5. Go me lol.

I'm sure most of you don't care about all of this, but I just wanted to be upfront about it so you don't think I'm doing this just to make money. I truly love nail polish, makeup, skin care and hair care so I do this. If I ever become a YouTube partner, I'll update again to let you know that I am either applying or have been accepted or whatever. Really the only reason at this point (it used to be that Partners could make videos as long as they want but it doesn't matter anymore, at least for me) that I'd apply is so that I can put my own personal screenshot as the teaser for the video when it pops up in subscribers feeds, instead of the screenshot that YouTube picks. Those are always awful lol.

So that's the update on the whole ads/affiliates thing. I really do this because I love it and I want to thank you all for reading and watching and subscribing and following. It's cool knowing that there are more out there like me that love all this as much as I do.

NOTW: OPI "Last Friday Night" and "Teenage Dream"

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Last Friday Night / Teenage Dream

I was sitting looking at my nails and realized that I wanted to do something flashy. Something sparkly, fun, deep, and summery and festive.
So, I decided to look through my stash and then came across 2 of the OPI Katy Perry colors and thought, PERFECT.
I did "Last Friday Night" first, which is a periwinkle blue jelly base with a lot of aqua, green and blue opalescent glitters in it. It's meant to be sheer and jelly like. It reminds me of a jelly fish and the ocean. It's probably one of my favorites.
I decided to take it off after it started to chip and went for OPI's "Teenage Dream", also from the same collection. It's a light pink jelly base with small silver glitter particles and larger hexagonal holographic glitter pieces. It's gorgeous and super sparkly. It's also like a pink disco ball in a bottle. Love!
It didn't totally wreck my boredom though so I decided to layer "Last Friday Night" over it. And Voila! Boredom was gone. In the photo of "Teenage Dream" above (photo on the right), there's one coat of "Last Friday Night" on my ring finger. You can see the slight blue cast it creates and how deep the glitter gets.
As for formula for these, "Last Friday Night" is a little annoying because it can get goopy. Just the nature of the extreme sheer jelly base can make it really clumpy at some points because of the glitter inside of it. "Teenage Dream" was much more easy to work with. Unlike a traditional glitter, I think the base having some color in it helps it apply smoother. It does dry a little rough so a top coat will not only make it a thousand times better because of the shiny, but it also smooths down the top.
The base coat I used was Nubar's Base Coat and Seche Vite Top Coat.
OPI's Katy Perry collection was limited edition but can be found in some stores still. They're about $8-9.
More photos after the jump!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

FOTD: Bloggers' Obsessions

I haven't done a FOTD in a while. Today though I decided to post the face that I did using the new Mac products from the Bloggers' Obsessions collection, Jealousy Wakes, Parisian Skies and Hocus Pocus.
I did an emerald green to blue shadow with a smokey crease.
The face I added some bronzer on the cheeks and the lips nude. 
List of products are after the jump!


Color Club Fractured Collection Swatches and Comparisons

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Crackle overload. Does Not Compute.
Lol no. But really, every brand. EVERY BRAND. Has one. And since I'm a sucker for it and I'm a "never want to run out of things" sort of person I figured why not see what the Color Club ones were like. Especially because Color Club isn't expensive and are dependable formula wise.
There are 2 parts to the Color Club Fractured collection, and this is the first half. It comes with Black, Silver and White. I believe part 2 has colors and gold? I don't know yet though.
They're sort of all standardly the same, the crackle formula, so I'm not going to go that in depth into how it works. It's also in the video (which will be posted with this when it's up). After the jump there are just photos, not much description because really... what you see is what you get.
The other colors in this post are from China Glaze and Sally Hansen as sort of a comparison. The OPI ones will be added when I have the photos :)

Misc. Holographic Nail Polish Post

China Glaze Fairy Dust
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This was a polish I'd been wanting for a while. It's a clear base with a ton of tiny holographic glitter in it. Literally looks like fairy dust. Made for layering. Actually I was thinking of layering it on top of the other polish in this post because that was was just... meh.

Color Club Worth The Risque
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So this was supposed to be an UBER holographic silver. It's... not. It's just a silver shimmer. There's the slimmest holographic glitter if you look real close and you take photos of it with the flash then you can sort of minimally see it. Yeah. That's how little holograph it has.
I was so looking forward to this to :( But oh well, you can't always get what you want (thanks Mick).
If you layer Fairy Dust over it it'll probably vastly improve. Which is really too bad because if it really worked, then it would've been amazing. It's pigmented but not a mess to work with! It came from the same collection as Revvvolution as well so I was totally looking forward to it.
I bought this from Victorias Nail Supply, which has pretty good reviews, but maybe if I get one from Transdesign, since it'll be a different lot of polishes I might get a good one? Who knows. I might do that since color club really isn't pricey.
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OPI Serena Williams: Grape...Set...Match / Servin' Up Sparkle

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This is one of the new Serena Glam Slam duopacks, in conjunction with Wimbledon this time. There are two duopacks for this tournament as well, but I didn't really see anything special in the other one. The other pack had a silver foil with the same sparkly glitter that comes in this pack.
This pack comes with a royal purple shimmer, like the OPI Burlesque shimmers, called Grape...Set...Match, and a glitter topcoat called Servin' Up Sparkle. The purple is gorgeous. I like the texture of it, the color style and formula being very similar to the shimmers that were FANTASTIC in the Burlesque collection. The glitter is very unique as well. It's like a clear version of the pink glitter from the OPI Katy Perry collection, Teenage Dream. It's a clear base with a lot of tiny glitter and then bigger hexagonal holographic glitter. It's a party in a bottle. I love it!
This I bought on Amazon, but can be found wherever OPI is normally sold and is about $15.

Jesse's Girl High Intensity Nail Color Swatches

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On my latest trip to Rite Aid, I only had a few minutes to browse so I quickly did a walk through and skimmed the shelves. I always walk by the Jesse's Girl section but never expect anything because the Jesse's Girl section of my Rite Aid is always GROSS. Products are always open - lipgloss is everywhere, pigments are spilled. It's sad. I don't usually buy their actual cosmetics because of that. I bought one group of pigments a while back but that was because they were the only few that still had their protective labels intact.
The polishes looked decent though. There were 3 in particular that I picked up. The first is JulieG, which was a collaboration done with JulieG713 from Youtube (I realize I said JulieG17 in the video, I apologize). The other two I picked up because they bore a striking resemblance to 2 of my favorite polishes in my current collection.
I have one other Jesse's Girl nail polish in my collection and it was from a while ago, before anybody had really heard about them. I remember first seeing Jesse's Girl in Rite Aid, when the display was new and picking up a nail polish because it was a super bright, neon fuchsia color. It was before I really understood nail polish so when it dried matte, I didn't really love it. It's been in my drawer for ages until this past year and then I realized I had it. It's still in the old packaging, very angular, just a rectangular bottle with rectangular handle for the brush. Brush was small and stiff. 
The bottles now are slightly more rounded, and the handles are long and thin and rounded. The brushes are longer and more flexible.
Jesse's Girl nail polishes retail for about $3 and can be found in Rite Aids, as far as I know.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Mac Bloggers' Obsessions

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It's every blogger's dream to collaborate with a company like Mac - everybody has at one point thought to themselves "If I had creative control over something....", well that dream came true for 9 well-known beauty bloggers as they got to create their own eye shadow or lipgloss.
Temptalia, yes the famous Temptalia, was selected to be one of them and shared her experience on her blog. Probably the most buzzed about product, her eye shadow she created called "Jealousy Wakes" is one of 4 eye shadows that was released in the very limited, online exclusive collection by Mac.
The other 3 eye shadows, and the 5 lipglasses released were creations brought forth by other bloggers that are all equally individual and special.
For me, I really was only interested in 2 other shadows, "Parisian Skies" - a navy blue created by Lesley of Lipstick Powder n' Paint, which was inspired by Monet and his use of color in the painting "La Promenade, La Femme à l'ombrelle", and "Hocus Pocus" - a sooty dark taupe, created by Lianne of The Makeup Girl, which was inspired by the search of a perfect easy smokey eye color.
All three eye shadows are not only unique but are also very easy to use - pigmented, wearable and versatile. 
More photos and swatches after the jump!

Friday, June 24, 2011

OPI Pirates Of The Caribbean Collection / OPI Femme De Cirque Collection

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So between March and May, OPI released 2 collections - 1 big, and one mini - along side the previously shown Serena Williams duopacks.
The big collection was the movie collaboration collection, the Pirates of the Caribbean Collection. The collection was full of a bunch of murky cremes to pair with the Silver Shatter polish (which I have already reviewed). Originally, I didn't want to purchase any of the cremes because they seemed pretty un-spectacular. I really only wanted 2 of them (which I ended up getting) but not so much that I had to get them when they were first released. It ended up as an "well if I see them then I'll consider it then". So a month and a half later, I finally went to the nail polish store, and there they were. So I picked up 3 of the colors from the collection, since the rest still didn't impress.
The mini collection that was released was a 4 color addition to the OPI Soft Shades series. The one I purchased was the top coat "I Juggle...Men". It's a very very fine blue/pink/purple duochrome glitter in a clear base. It's impossible to see by itself and is clearly meant to be layered but is very pretty over pretty much anything.
OPI is available in salons and everywhere OPI is sold. They retail for $8 to $9.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Holy Grail Tip: Press On Your Powder!


Wayne Goss is a God. Period.
For those of you who don't know, Wayne Goss is a makeup artist from the UK and is brilliant. His videos (like to YouTube page HERE) are all very quick and very helpful, and he doesn't just go and show complicated things, which some makeup artists can do, which is fine, but he also goes back to the basics - how to apply blush, hoe to use a blending brush, for example.
His most recent video, about creating a flawless base, finally spoke to me.
In a previous video, he talked about pressing powders onto the face with a puff, and I heard it but I didn't listen. I figured "I have brushes, that's what they're for".
But today, I decided to try it. And it made a HUGE difference.
If you click the links that I've embedded in the writing above, it will take you to his pages so you can hear him talk about it more clearly, but I can guarantee you, that it makes the biggest difference in the world.
I have super oily skin. And for me, the thing that I always am looking to fix is to keep my skin from looking oily after a couple of hours.
I've talked about this problem recently in the Clean and Clear Mattifying Moisturizer posts. I didn't have the biggest expectation for this technique to make a difference, to be honest. But it totally did.
Right after application, my makeup looked amazing. Set, and done, and clearly, I was made up, but It looked amazing. No slight hint of oil starting to seep through, like it does normally. Just matte, and good looking.

Monday, June 20, 2011

NHL Tutorial #16: Minnesota Wild

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I was most nervous about this tutorial because well, the Minnesota Wild jersey's are HIDEOUS. That isn't meant to insult those of you that are Wild fans, but I mean come on. They're just not aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.
But, it just so happens that the look I ended up doing for this has become one of my go to summer looks.
Minnesota's colors are Forest Green, Iron Range Red, Harvest Gold, Minnesota Wheat and White. The look I came up with is a gold lid with a black liquid liner, a forest green on the lower lashes and a nice red stained lip.
It's super simple, and one of those looks that is easily dupe-able with products that you have in your own stash, not necessarily the ones that I use... some of the brighter and bolder looks sort of need a good quality colored product, hence I do recommend to people that they pick up certain products. This though? Super simple, and super wearable.
Products are after the jump!
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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Clean & Clear Mattifying Moisturizer Part 2

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So I said that I'd do a second post about the Clean & Clear Mattifying Moisturizer, about how it fared after putting makeup on it and how it fared after being on in an indoor pool all day.
This is how it fared.
The left side is my makeup before work, right after I applied it. The right side is the makeup after work. I had a 3 hour shift, and the day was about 70˚. I walked to and from work, it was about 30 mins of walking cumulatively. It was slightly humid outside. The conditions inside the pool were humid and greenhouse like. It's an indoor pool so it gets stuffy and it's warmer in there than outside.
That being said, my makeup did pretty well.
I did use other mattifying products - Laura Mercier's Oil Free primer, Urban Decay's De-slick In A Tube, Skindinavia's No More Shine Setting Spray. The foundation I used was the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation, which is a more luminous (but not completely luminous) foundation.
My face wasn't as shiny as it looks in the photo on the right. The camera just picks up a lot more shine on my face than in real life.
Did the Clean and Clear do a little extra to get my face less shiny? I don't think so. The amount of shine on my face was the same as it was when I didn't use the product.
Will I continue to use it? Yes. Because it has SPF in it and it's a pretty good moisturizer in general. Will I repurchase it? Perhaps. Since it's summer. I can't see myself purchasing it all year though.

NOTW: "Steady As She Rose" by OPI

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This is one of the cremes from the OPI Pirates of the Caribbean collection.
I originally said that I wasn't planning on picking up any of the cremes - they just seemed sort of "blah" and not that unique. 
My beauty supply store got them in stock though so I decided to check them out and NO SURPRISE bought a couple.
This is the first of the 3 that I purchased, swatches for the rest will be up soon.
"Steady As She Rose" is a pale slightly purple tinted pink creme. It's very unique. There's a slight gray tinge to it as well. 
In some lights it's more purple, in some it's more pink. In real life, it's definitely more pink. I for sure didn't have any pinks in my collection like it.
At first description it was the only one in the collection that I was interested in it, then when I saw swatches I thought "nah" and then I saw it in real life I bought it. So yeah. That's what happened.
The formula for this was great. not sticky, not runny. It was on the sheer side since it was light but 2 thicker coats or 3 regular coats was good enough.
OPI polishes retail for between $8 and $9 and can be found wherever OPI is sold.

NOTW: Nfu Oh #40

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This is one of my new absolute favorites. It definitely goes in top 10.
It's a clear base with a tone of flat, opalescent flakies in it. The flakes are mermaidy - green, teal and blue reflecting.
Here I did about 2 coats of the polish over OPI's "Black Onyx" which is just a black creme.
Unlike Color Club's "Covered in Diamonds" the flakes in this aren't scrunchy and textured. It goes onto the nail smooth. It also doesn't feel chunky on the nail.
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Not only does it look amazing when glossy, it also looks amazing when matted out.
I put Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic's matte topcoat "Flatline" over the polish and it looked super cool.
The matte top coat dries really fast so it's an easy and fast way to spruce up a manicure.
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Nfu Oh polishes are $12.50 each and can be found at fabuloustreet.com

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

First Impressions: Clean & Clear Mattifying Moisturizer

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I picked this up at my local CVS about a week ago. I wasn't displeased with my moisturizer, but I was on the hunt for new mattifying products.
The product that I currently use for that is a tiny sample size of Urban Decay's De-Slick in a tube and that stuff is ultra powerful. I normally only tap the slightest amount of that in my T-Zone. It keeps me oil free but at the same time if you layer makeup over it, it can really start to look gross as the day goes on.
Other brands like Mac and Make Up For Ever make matte creams as well but I have yet to pick them up and try them.
This is where this comes in. Blair (Juicystar007) mentioned it in her favorites video, and although I don't take all of her reviews seriously, this product did catch my attention.
I have ridiculously oily skin. I really do. It gets oily within an hour of washing my face and doing my makeup, and that's if I stay inside and don't move and just sit still. If I go out then it gets oily within 30 mins, and it gets ANNOYING.
I use the Clinique 3 Step Skin Care system which does help regulate oil, but moreso it helps regulate the shape in which my skin is in - how clean it is, how happy it looks, not necessarily how oily it gets.
So when she mentioned this product I figured "why not" since it is only a drugstore product and wouldn't cost me that much, like other products that I have tried that she's recommended that are much more than just a casual buy at CVS. 
This product is an oil-free, mattifying, SPF moisturizer. Right there are 3 buzz-words that always suck me in. I always have to go for oil-free. Mattifying is a plus, and SPF is super important to me. 
It's between $6 and $8 at drugstores and everywhere Clean & Clear can be found.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Swatches: OPI Blue, Turquoise, Navy Shatter

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These I was super excited for. I'm a sucker for blue polish in general and then the shatter just pushed it over the top for me.
The formula for all of these was perfect. I was disappointed with Silver Shatter and so the shimmer in the Turquoise and Blue shatters made me nervous, but it really didn't make a difference. It was the same with the shimmery purple from the China Glaze crackles - some people were really disappointed with them but mine worked fine.
Turquoise Shatter is a very pretty, tropical water sort of shimmery turquoise. 
Navy Shatter is a dark, almost jelly navy color. Similar to Nars' Midnight Express polish.
Blue Shatter is a shimmery royal blue. 
All three are pigmented and need a top coat in order to really get the full potential of color. 
They're between $8 and $9 and can be found wherever OPI is sold.

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OPI Turquoise Shatter / OPI Navy Shatter / OPI Blue Shatter



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OPI Navy Shatter / OPI Blue Shatter / OPI Turquoise Shatter / OPI Navy Shatter
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Swatches: Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat

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I went to Walgreens today and saw the Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat polishes and decided to pick a few up. There are 5 other colors to choose as well - white, pink, red, purple and silver. I actually was looking for a silver but there weren't any left at the store so I decided to get the gold instead.
They're about $7.50 each and look almost like the OPI Shatters. The lid has a crackle pattern which OPI did with theirs. 
The colors come in creme, shimmer and foiled formulas. In the light in Walgreens the purple looked like the only one with a slight shimmer. The gold and silver were the only foils, the rest were cremes.
The blue, "Distressed Denim" is a straight blue creme. It's almost a jelly.
The black, "Spilled Ink" is an opaque black creme.
The gold, "Antiqued Gold" is a gold foil, pretty much the same color as Orly's Luxe or OPI's Glitzerland.
I believe these can be found in all drugstores including CVS, Walgreens and wherever Sally Hansen can be found.
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Distressed Denim, Spilled Ink, Antiqued Gold


Formula wise the only color that I can really recommend is the blue crackle. It's the only one that didn't seem to have any "huh" moments.
The black cracks very dramatically. It pulls away from the nail edge quite obviously, which the blue didn't. And the gold didn't really crack at all.
Of course this all can depend on the amount of the polish that you use. 
The brushes that Sally Hansen uses are small and short, but flexible, which is better for shorter and smaller nails.
Comparisons of color and formula are after the jump!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Summer 2011: Nail Polish Picks

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I didn't do a Summer Polish video last year because... well I do way too many Nail Polish related videos and posts. I realized though that I have quite a few polishes in my collection that are specifically perfect for summer, and I have quite a few new polishes that were specifically released for this summer. 
So, Summer Nail Polish video/post it is.
Just some themes that I like for summer: Neons, Brights, Shimmers and Glitters. Neons are self-explanatory. There's really no other time to wear neons... It's weird to wear neon pink on your nails when you're walking around in the snow. Brights, I like from spring through the end of summer just because it's a general sunny-feeling sort of deal. Shimmers and Glitters I wear year-round but I particularly like them in the summer because they look fantastic under water.
I also did a quick summer nail tutorial, which (obviously) you can see at the end of the video. It looks like this though (color is a bit off since I only managed to snap a cell phone pic of it):
It was inspired by
So, here is the list! Enjoy!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Review: Lush Sugar Babe, Sex Bomb, MMM Melting Marshmallow Moments

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I need to start reviewing more Lush products (and non-nail polish items in general haha) because I LOVE Lush. I just forget to photograph things before I use them because I typically use Lush products when I'm UBER stressed out, and then photographing products is the last thing on my mind.
These three products all came from the pre-packed Valentine's Day themed gift box that Lush had. They have a whole bunch of pre-packed gifts that you can purchase, all themed, that can range from $10 with only 2 or 3 full sized (not sample sized) products to $50 with much more products inside, all full sized. It's a great way to get a bunch of Lush products if you don't know which ones you'd like, since they're essentially themed and organized by scent. It's also a good way to use products you wouldn't necessarily buy on your own individually.
The reason I bought the Valentine's Day box was because it came with a small It's Raining Men shower gel, which is the scent of Honey I Washed The Kids soap, and is very limited edition and sells out super quickly every year. It may have seemed silly to buy a whole gift box, just for a small sized (Lush's shower gels come in small and large) shower gel, but I really wanted it and you all know that I'm impulsive. Luckily, I got a few products that I ended up liking, or that I already have used before and know that I like.
Lush products can be purchased in all Lush stores as well as online at their website.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Mac Surf, Baby! Collection - Summer 2011

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Surf, Baby! is Mac's Summer collection for 2011. There was a lot of hype around this collection, especially due to last year's super popular To The Beach collection. I was really excited for it as well, but after looking through everything there was really only a couple of things that I wanted.
Instead, I've decided to save my money for the upcoming Semi-Precious collection, which seems like a very solid, and very large collection.
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Anyways, the Surf, Baby! collection is all themed around surf boards and the beach. Colors are all very cohesive and in general seemed like very solid products. There was specialized packaging that reflected the colors in the collection and overall made everything seem related, which sometimes doesn't happen with Mac collections.
The collection had a full line of lipsticks, lip glosses, eye shadows, eye pencils, as well as various face items, most notably the face powder with the gold hibiscus flower, which is very reminiscent of last year's Marine Life face powder. 
Most of the collection was warm colors - golds, corals and peachy pinks. The other side to the collection was a range of teals and aquas which I was immediately enamored with. 
Most of these items are limited edition and can be found wherever Mac is sold.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Swatches: Essie Braziliant - Summer 2011


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Essie came out with their Summer line, in the middle of May. Most of the collection was brights - oranges, corals, fuchsias. Typical summer polishes. These on the other hand, were very unique.
Absolutely Shore is a very pale seafoam green, and Smooth Sailing is a very cool toned blue with a pretty silver shimmer.
These retail for between $8 and $9, and I found mine at CVS, but they can be found in Salons, Beauty Supply Stores and wherever Essie is normally sold.

Swatches: Nfu Oh Flakies 40, 51, 56

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There's nothing more that I love right now than the Nfu Oh Flaky nail polishes. I LOVE THEM. I can't get enough of them. Everything about them is just stunning and perfect in my opinion.
Nfu Oh is most well known for their holographic polishes, and then for their flaky polishes. Their holographic polishes are always sold out though, and I feel like I've had my fill of holo polishes, especially because they're readily available now with brands like Milani and Color Club making holographic polishes. 
Their flaky polishes, on the other hand are completely unique.
The texture of them is perfect. Unlike Color Club's Covered In Diamonds, the flakes in these don't curl at all and the base doesn't dry to a dried glue type of look. These polishes are very beautiful, opalescent flakes in colored and transparent bases. Each polishes also has a duochrome to it that's so much more than the standard duochrome. 
Nfu Oh makes a huge range of colors as well. These are just the ones that interested me most due to the base color and the type of duochrome involved (teal).
Basically these polishes end up looking like very beautiful scales - iridescent and glassy. Mermaid-y even.
Since I've been obsessed with them, I swatched them a bunch of times - over white, over black, with a matte top coat, over a creme teal and over a creme purple. 
They retail for $12.50 each and can be found on fabuloustreet.com.

May Favorites

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It's been a while since I did a post for a month's favorites. But (as the video stated) this is also a haul post so there are lots of photos and swatches of things I just recently bought.
There are separate posts for the nail polishes (Essie Braziliant, Nfu Oh and the misc OPI) but these are the rest of the swatches for the rest of the items.
I've really been loving creme face products this month - blushes and bronzers and highlighters. They've all been used with my Mac 109 as well (not pictured).
The blushes have all leaned on the corally pink side and well, I only have one creme bronzer. 
Keep reading for pictures :)