Sunday, July 31, 2011

NOTW: OPI All A-Bordeaux The Sled!

OPI All A-Bordeaux The Sled!
Since I've been on a Pretty Little Liars kick lately, I've been wanting to paint my nails very similar to those of the characters in the show. Specifically Spencer Hastings' nails, portrayed bye Troian Bellisario. I love Spencer's style and her very chic picks for nails. She often chooses those very greigey, taupe colors but once in a while will do classic colors like a vampy dark purple or a color close to this. 
This is from OPI's holiday collection, 2 years ago. It's a very dark red creme that leans brown when layered enough. The picture above is outside in the shade, the picture at the end of this post is outside in the sunlight. You can see there that the polish is much more of a reddy brown in the sunlight.
It's pretty opaque, I did 3 coats on this. Base coat was Nubar's base coat, and top coat was Seche Vite.
You might be able to still find this at Beauty Supply Stores and OPI retailers but I don't know if it was limited edition or not. If you do, I suggest getting it because it's a good color to have. It's not something I thought would be difficult to find in my stash, but it kind of was. 
OPI All A-Bordeaux The Sled!

New Camera!

New Camera!
I decided to go big and get an hd camera. Not that advanced, actually an older model since I really only need HD and auto focus and to be able to see myself.
The two posts right before this contain the swatches and photos for the other products mentioned in this video.
Hopefully all of my videos will now be higher quality and will be better for you guys to see things :)

Ulta Haul

This is the first time I've EVER gone to Ulta so I was beyond excited about it.
I live just north of San Francisco and forever I thought the closest one to me was in San Bruno. I ended up going to Santa Rosa, which is an hour north, to go to the giant Best Buy to pick up my camera, and in the same mall I saw an Ulta!
So, I dragged Sergio along with me because I HAD TO GO. It was imperative.
It was wonderfully clean, and beautiful and almost everything I had ever wanted it to be. I thought it would be bigger, since it sold both higher end and drugstore products, but then I realized that it doesn't have as many high end products as I thought it would. It's not to the extent of Sephora, which sells only high end products.
It did have a lot of brands that I had seen at the CVS Beauty 360 stores that I have been to, as well as NYX, Macadamia Hair (which I didn't purchase but had been looking for), and Eyelure eye lashes.
I didn't go as crazy as I would have since I was running low on funds, but this is all the stuff that I bought.
Photos and pictures after the jump!

Haul from Davensara :)

I got another batch of things from the lovely Sara and decided to share with you all! I can't thank her enough, again, for all the goodies she has sent me. She sent me the whole China Glaze Metallic Crackle collection (In the video I thought she had only sent me a few of them but then I looked it up and she sent me the whole thing!), and then some extra nail things.
I don't have swatches of the China Glaze polishes yet, just bottle pictures. The swatches will come with the demo video which will be posted right after my July Favorites.
Photos and Swatches after the jump!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

NHL Tutorial #18: Nashville Predators

For this tutorial I basically experimented with one of my previously least favorite products EVER. The Nyx Glitter Cream Eye Palettes were horrid before I sort of figured out how to use them. They're still not perfect, but I understand them more. That's the key right, understanding? 
Anyways, I came up with this look for the Nashville Predators, whose colors are Blue, Gold and White.
Since I already have a blue and gold look for other teams, I focused mainly on the blue, but I did highlight under the brow with a nice light gold.
The rest of the face is super neutral, with a just glossy lip.
I hope you enjoy! Products and photos are after the jump, as always :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Swatches: Pa Nail Polish - A113, A124

On my last trip down to Santa Cruz with my mom to visit my brother, we stopped at the Asian market to get snacks and I jumped at the opportunity to again pick up some more Pa Nail Polishes.
The first 4 that I purchased impressed me quite a bit so I had always intended to pick up more but whenever I was at Japan Town I either didn't have money or just decided to pick up food instead haha. This time though, the Asian market (which is another Japanese grocery store, in Saratoga) I buckled down and said "no snacks!" and bought 2 nail polishes instead.
Since the last time I bought Pa Nail Polishes, the price has decreased enormously. My first polishes were $8 each, this time they were $4.50 each and seem to be staying that price. I asked a friend of mine to go back and check and she said the polishes were still $4.50 and that was about a month after I first bought these.
Another exiting thing is that since my first Pa purchase, I've also found a couple of website that list more information on the brand. It might just be because I didn't obsessively search before, or they might have just made a website, but I've just recently found these two sites. This first link will link to what may be an official website, but I'm not sure. I think that's what it is since it's the Dear Laura (the mother brand, think OPI and Nicole by OPI) website. This second link is a website that sells Pa products as well as other Asian products. The link will directly go to the orange polish from this post.
I actually don't know anything about those two sites regarding shipping, purchasing or their stock, I just know you can see all the products there.
Anyways, more photos and swatches of the two polishes I bought are after the jump!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

NOTW: "Ingrid" by China Glaze

This color was originally from last fall's Vintage Vixen collection by China Glaze. It's a mushroomy brown taupe with a gold shimmer in it.
I just recently bought a nail polish from Butter London that's very similar to this but this is darker I think.
I actually haven't compared the two together side by side.
I love this polish because it's a great dark neutral but has a little bit of spice to it. OPI's You Don't Know Jacques! is a similar color but is just a plain creme. The gold shimmer in this polish makes it so much more interesting without going over the top.
The formula on this is pretty good. It's pretty opaque but not annoying opaque. This is 3 coats. I used Zoya's Get Even Ridge Filler as a base coat and the Sally Hansen dry fast top coat.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Birchbox: July 2011

In the middle of June I decided to finally join the Birchbox craze. I decided that $10 for some good sized, good quality, not really that random samples was worth it. 
I'm sure you're all familiar with Birchbox so I'm not going to go that far into it. It's linked in the video information and I'll also link it here so you can all check it out for yourselves if you haven't done so already :) Birchbox Link
So in my Birchbox this month I got a nice selection of things. I got a hair product, a moisturizer, face wash, nail polish and a granola bar of sorts. 
Since I haven't used them yet, I don't really know much about them. I have pictures of them though after the jump so you can see what came inside. I'll probably do mini written reviews of everything later on this blog (to also start up my samples project again).
Photos are after the jump!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

YouTube Account Monetization

So here's another update on the whole ads thing.
Again, the reason I keep posting about this is because I want to be honest from the get go about ads, whether I make money from this and all that jazz.
This morning I got a cool little email from YouTube about whether or not I wanted to start monetizing my videos because I "might be eligible".
I've decided to go ahead with that so you will be seeing ads (I don't actually know in what form, if it's going to be an ad before the video, or just little pop ups at the bottom) in my videos and YouTube channels.
Again, the amount that I make is SO minimal. Since January (or possibly February?), when I opened my AdSense account I've made about $8 now. That's barely 1 OPI Nail Polish haha.
I do just want this to be out there though and not something that just randomly happens that so many people for some reason hide and lie about until they become a YouTube Partner.
For the record, I am not a Partner. I have applied once and was denied because I don't have enough subscribers. This is solely just placing Ads on the video and on my channel.
At this point, I think the only other benefit to being a Partner is just so you can put your own picture as the screenshot when videos pop up in your subsriber feed, now that I think about it.
So that's it for now. Hope you all are well!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Review & Giveaway!! - Finger Sweets Nail Polish

About 2 weeks ago, Sheena from Finger Sweets contacted me and asked me to review a few products for her and I was more than THRILLED to do so!
Finger Sweets ( is a nail art company that makes not only nail polish, but nail art tools, supplies, stickers and more. 
You all know how I am about nail polish, so discovering new brands and new products is not only exciting but is super duper fun for me.
Formula wise, these are very nice - they're quite opaque but aren't thick and gooey. All their polishes are Big 3 Free The brush that comes in the bottle is long and flexible, and holds a lot of product, but also spreads easily, making it a very nice balance when applying the polish. The dry time is about average, for the polishes as well as the top coat.
Finger Sweets nail polishes come in just a few colors right now, and retail for $9, which isn't bad at all considering OPI is about $9-10, Nubar is about $9, Zoya is about $7-8 and so on (the top coat is only $7). These products are found on and are purchased on the Finger Sweets website.
As a special bonus, I have 2 polishes available to giveaway, the bright pink and the top coat. You must be 18 or older (or have parental consent), must live in the US or Canada, and you have to go to the Finger Sweets website and pick your favorite item and comment on the VIDEO (which you can get to by clicking on the video above). You only get 1 entry, and the giveaway will end on July 22, 2011 at 11:59 PST. Winner will be randomly chosen at
More photos and swatches after the jump!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Crazy Big Huge Haul Video

In case you missed it, here's the video for all the haul posts I have just posted.
Below is a list of links so you can refer to them quickly if you want to see photos of the things mentioned.
I hope you're all having a great summer!

Bath & Body Works Haul

So there isn't much to say about this haul. It's pretty straight forward... the products do as they advertise and these scents have been out for quite some time so I'm not going to go into that. I just have pictures of each thing I bought in case you wanted to see haha.
I will say that I hadn't tried the foaming soap before, and since it was 75% off, I bought 2 and they're AMAZING. The soap doesn't dry out my skin and the scent lingers. If you have the chance to get them at that discount totally do it! Originally they're $5 so I got them for about $1.25. I was stoked.
The Slatkin Candle smells like Bubbalicious Gum in a candle so I've had that open in my room for days. It's amazing. I'm addicted to it. That was 50% off.
And the pocket bacs were standardly 5 for $5 so I got 5 in the scents that are discontinued after summer. 
If you can get to a BBW soon, GO GO GO! The ridiculous 75% off won't be around for much longer so go take advantage of it!

Sephora Haul

Last makeup stop was Sephora. I really only came to get refills of stuff that I love and always repurchase. I hate that everything needs to be refilled all at the same time. Makes me go broke!
This post isn't that exciting, but I did get some new versions of old things, so there are photos of that after the jump. 
Stuff that isn't included into this post is the face soap and the face and eye primer. 

Mac Haul

Next stop was Mac. Kate and I stopped by after Macy's since we now have a freestanding Mac store in our nearest mall. 
I was only looking to purchase one thing in particular, just one of the lipsticks from the new Mac Semi-Precious Collection, which was this year's big mineralize collection (last year being the one with Stereo Rose). 
I ended up picking up one last thing from Surf, Baby! and then some permanent items just as refills and just because I figured I should start going over readily available products.
Photos and Swatches after the jump!

CVS Haul

I take back that stop 1 was Macys. Yes, with Kate, stop 1 was Macys, but before that I went to CVS without her. 
I went to go pick up a few things for Davensara (remember that epic Canadian Makeup Haul?) and then I browsed just for myself - I can't not buy things at CVS. It's a sad, and pathetic incapability haha. 
I did budget myself so there wasn't as much as I could have gotten but I thought this had a few good purchases in it. 
Photos and swatches after the jump!

Macy's Haul

Stop one on my giant haul day with Kate was Macys, where I went to pick up the ever talked about Chanel Fall 2011 nail polish called Peridot, and as a random splurge I bought one of the beauty community favorites, the Lancome Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover.
I wasn't expecting to pick up the makeup remover... but I did. It was in one of those columns that they have just in the middle of the beauty department that either has "sales" on items or "minis" of items. 
As for the Chanel nail polish, I did plan on picking that one up, as well as checking out some of their creme shadows and palettes. There are 2 other polishes in the collection but none of the other things seemed like they were worthy of the ridiculous price lol.
Photos and swatches after the jump!

Monday, July 11, 2011

NOTW: Mr. Blue Sky

So last week it was hot, sunny and I was listening to "Mr. Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra, and I was hit with an idea. Well, not really, but I was inspired.
I was thinking about a tutorial that SayAnythingBr00ke did last year that was SUPER cute. It had clouds and a sun and was so easy! She did hers with Konad, and that's all good and dandy, but I decided to give the Sally Hansen Nail Art pens another go, since I rarely use them. I also decided to film it because I like doing nail tutorials and not everybody has or wants to buy Konad stuff. These Nail Art Pens are so easy to buy because they're cheap and readily available at all drugstores.
It's super easy and super summery and I've actually had them on my nails for like a week! Which is a record haha.
I started with a coat of OPI's What's With The Cattitude? on my nails, aside from my accent nail which was the Snowman Polish I got in the winter. It doesn't have a name, and was limited edition at Rite Aid, but OPI has a yellow that would be great for this, as well as Deborah Lippman, and Chanel, and Sally Hansen and well, they're much easier to find than one would think. 
Next, I added a coat of Pa's A38 on the blue nails to add a little bit of pizzazz to the blue. Pa A38 is a very similar blue shade, with a very cool pink duochrome and lots of silver holographic sparkles. The photo below on the right is shaded so that the pink duochrome comes out better. The photo on the left is closer to real life, and you can see the sparkles better.
When that's completely dry, I used the Sally Hansen Pens to embellish, which you can see in the video above.
Lastly, I used a coat of OPI's I Juggle...Men to add just a little more sparkle, and it's impossible to see on camera, but I swear, it's there!
Formulas for all of the base colors (OPI, Pa, Snowman) are all easy to use. They're pigmented and dry averagely.
The Sally Hansen Pens dry matte, so you're going to want to put a top coat, I used Seche Vite. Something to note about the Sally Hansen Pens, if you use a thick amount of the polish from the pen like I did, and you put a coat on top, like OPI's I, the polish will crack. Like down the middle. It's like it slightly stretched when it dried and there were little cracks. What I did to improve that was quickly put dots of the white over the clouds again, and then quickly put a top coat on, which worked for me because it made the clouds more cloud like but in general I don't think that'd be a useful characteristic to work with.
The pens make nail art very very easy though, so if you don't want to spend the money and take the effort to do Konad, then I do suggest the Sally Hansen Pens.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

NOTW: 4th Of July!

Essie Red Nouveau,warmvanillasugar0823
I ended up doing a 4th of July manicure because I just like doing festive manicures!
Obviously the theme would be very patriotic red and blue. Last year I did a red/white/blue konadicure because I went through a super Konad kick but this year I had a whole new lot of glittery polishes so I decided to use them instead.
This manicure can work for anything really that is red and blue themed - sports themes, school colors and the like. 
The colors I used were Red Nouveau by Essie, Dorothy Who? by China Glaze (for the red and blue shimmer, respectively).
Below you can see photos of both of those polishes without anything on top:
Essie Red Nouveau,warmvanillasugar0823China Glaze Dorothy Who?,warmvanillasugar0823
Red Nouveau by Essie / Dorothy Who? by China Glaze
Red Nouveau was released last year in the spring, and is a bright summer red creme. It's the perfect 40's red nail. Not as deep as a 20's red, not as bright and slightly orange as a 50's red. It's one of the best summer reds, in my opinion.
It's very pigmented. I used 2 coats. It doesn't have the slightest hint of jellyness to it like some reds can have. In fact, it doesn't dry glossy, as you can see above. It has almost a satin finish. Almost. Not entirely. It dries pretty quickly as well.
Dorothy Who? Is a glittery, jelly Crayola Blue color. The glitter isn't huge, it's almost like a shimmer. It's beautiful. This is on the sheer side, so it needed about 4 coats, and thus took slightly longer to dry. 
Essie can be found at CVS, Salons, Bed Bath & Beyond and beauty supply stores and retail between $7 and $9. China Glaze can be found at Ulta, Sally's Beauty Supply and other beauty retailers and retail between $3 and $6. 
Read more for info on the glitter!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Oily Skin Mini-Series: Skindinavia No More Shine Setting Spray Review

I am constantly on the search for a fix for oily skin, and my makeup. Anybody that has oily skin knows that having perfect makeup for 16 hours without touchups is pretty much impossible.
With the discovery of my favorite tip ever by Wayne Goss, I've decided to do a mini-series of video reviews of all the things I've successfully and unsuccessfully tried for my oily skin (and hair... there is 1 shampoo review).
First up, the Skindinavia No More Shine Setting Spray.
This was all the buzz on YouTube with the "OMG IT WORKS SO WELL!!!!" news. Really though, it doesn't. At least the way it's supposed to.
It, for me, is great is a primer. I mix it into my Laura Mercier Oil Free and it helps my makeup stick onto my face beautifully.
As a setting spray over makeup? Not my thing.

As a note, I'm not going to do a video on the Clean and Clear Mattifying Moisturizer, or the Clinique 3 Step Skin Care, since I've already talked about them. I've also not going to do a video on the Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer, unless you all really want me to, because I've already talked about it so much.

Skindinavia can be found on their website.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

FOTD: Smokey smokey smokey - True Blood "Pam" inspired makeup

I went from Smokey to REAL Smokey today because I'm on a True Blood kick.
My favorite character in the series is without a doubt Pam. She's Eric's progeny and she's sassy, sarcastic and she loves her black eye liner.
So I started the day with a smokey eye using Mac's Hocus Pocus, just to test the true "universal smokey eye color" feature of it, and sure enough it was perfect. Then When I got home from work, I added more darkness and some blue sparkle, covered the skin a bit more and made the lips a dark blood red.
I didn't write down all the products and put all of it away before I could post this so you're just going to get before and after pics!

NHL Tutorial: Montreal Canadiens / Independence Day 4th of July Makeup

montreal canadiens makeup,blue eye liner,red lip,warmvanillasugar0823
Happy (belated) Canada Day, and happy Independence Day!
Last year I did a 4th of July NOTW post, I might do one again this year but for now I have a tutorial.
This is formally for the Montreal Canadiens, and is my next NHL tutorial.
But, their colors are Red, White and Blue and it looked patriotic and summery enough that I decided to also have it multitask as an Independence Day makeup.
What I did was a navy blue flicked liner over a shimmery white lid, a very evened out face and a nice bright red lip.
I don't ordinarily use blue liner so it was sort of fun to do this!
Products are after the jump as always. Enjoy!