Wednesday, August 31, 2011

August 2011 Favorites

August Favorites!
This post is going to be mostly pictures and less description because I posted such a long video about all of it.
The picture above shows a bunch of perfumes, but I had to cut it out of the video because it made the video an extra 2 minutes longer. Those scents are basically my transition from summer to fall scents. I use the Kenzo one (it says "Eau De Fleur") all year, and I add apple scents pretty much all year as well. The Lollia Perfume (the one with the jewel on it) is one of my favorite spring/summer scents. And Vera Wang's Princess is one that I use in the fall. I'll probably do a perfume video to talk about them more.
Other than that, I've used glitters a lot this month again. And I've watched True Blood quite a bit this month again.
More photos after the jump!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Vlog: Throughout The Years - 5th Grade

I haven't posted a random vlog on this blog for a while, mainly because I like to keep this blog to all beauty related/girly things. 
Just thought I'd post this though for shits and giggles. As my "hi!" for the day. 
My Vlog Channel is where all of these types of videos are found. I do a lot of random phone videos of me with my friends, but sometimes do tag videos there like the Accent Tag I did, as well as the 46 Questions tag.
You can get to my other channel by clicking the link above or going to the Vlog tab at the top of the page. Hope you guys are doing well, August Favorites will be up soon, then a nail polish tutorial.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Oily Skin Series: Foundations

As a good, thorough ending to my Oily Skin Series, I am now going to briefly go over all the foundations I've used, and am currently using.
I've done more in-depth reviews of some of these foundations already (which are linked in the list just below here), and I fully intend on doing them for the rest of the foundations that I currently (not previously/didn't work for me) use.
The ones that I've used, but didn't work out for me will be reviewed more in-depth here, since I don't really like doing negative reviews on things.
It's been quite a journey, figuring out which foundations work for me and which ones I like. It's been expensive, but fun.
Before I go in-depth into everything, I'm just going to list my coloring for all the foundations shown in the picture above just as a reference. Some of them don't match me perfectly, but I go into that later in the  post.
  • Bare Minerals: Light, Golden Medium, Medium Beige (not photographed above)
  • Cover Girl Clean Foundation: Buff Beige (it's too pink for me... think NW25)
  • Nars Sheer Glow: Fiji - Light5
  • Nars Sheer Matte: Punjab - Medium1
  • Mac Mineralize Satinfinish: NW25 (again, too pink for me)
  • Mac Studio Fix Fluid: NC25
  • Mac Prolongwear: NC25
  • Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet +: 40
  • Make Up For Ever HD Foundation: 127 (not photographed. idk where it why lol)
  • Chanel Mat Lumiere: 20 Clair
  • Laura Mercier Silk Foundation: Bamboo Beige
  • Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer: Sand

If you're more curious as to how I line up with other foundations, I typically correctly fall into the NC25/30 category on Temptalia's Foundation Matrix, where there's a whole list of foundations in a grid with your corresponding color. I don't fall perfectly, but it's pretty darn close to perfect.
So, if you'd like to know more about my experiences with these foundations, go ahead and click the link :)

Friday, August 26, 2011

NOTW: Claire's Mood Polish Peaceful/Confident

Boy oh boy has it been a while since I've done a NOTW.
Mostly because I had the Sally Hansen strips on and then after I had this and then I went to a cotillion and had a manicure and then I changed it to what I have now and all the while I didn't photograph any of it properly.
Well I photographed this, but you know what I mean.
This is one of Claire's Mood Polishes (or color changing, depending on the temperature). I decided to take full advantage of the fact that I had long nails (long for me anyways) and try out the Mood polishes just to get the "funky french" sort of effect that is so popular with these polishes.
Peaceful/Confident goes from a bright shamrock green to a slightly teal/turquoise creme. The sticker makes it look like the colors are more blue but really, after wearing them for about a week, it's really more of a green base.
In warmer temperatures, the color is the greener color. It's actually very similar to China Glaze's Four Leaf Clover. In cooler temperatures it's a more teal, turquoise color. You can see the color shift on my nails in the photo above.
The polish dries to a slightly matte, suede like finish so a top coat is needed if you'd like. It's rather opaque, but also thin at the same time. Hard to explain... sort of like a flower petal?
I used Nubar's base coat, and the Seche Vite top coat. This manicure lasted without chipping for like 2 days, then I had it on my nails for a couple of days after that. I didn't work at all during those 2 days though. Taking that into consideration, I think it's not as durable is an OPI, China Glaze, "Standard Nail Polish". 
These can be purchased at Claire's, but the overhead company that makes these distributes them to Hot Topic as well as other stores like that. They range from $4 to $6.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips Demo & Review

So In reality, I tried these out like a month ago. But it's finally up, and that's what matters right? Lol.
I was sent these in a box from Sara, and decided to finally suck it up and give it ago. I was for sure intimidated and scared of this product because it was the unknown. I mean... how well would stick on nail polish work, right?
Surprisingly, I had a rather pleasant time with these, and will more than likely purchase a few different ones on my own in the future.
I go over the product pretty thoroughly in the video, so the rest of this post won't be too wordy, just a lot of pictures. 
I will say that it is a very affordable and very easy (well, a steep learning curve at least) way to get a fun, nail art manicure without having to get it done, or buying the 4 or 5 products you would need in order to do a Konad manicure on your own. It's also great for those that aren't that artistically minded, and don't want to "epic fail" with nail art pens. 
These are readily available in all drugstores, and wherever Sally Hansen is sold. Usually they are in their own small display, next to or near the other Sally Hansen products. They range between $5 and $10.

Random Blog of the Day?

Just as a random note, one of my friends on YouTube, Eshani or TotalMakeupJunkie101 has finally made a blog.
I tweet quite a bit with her regarding beauty products, especially drugstore items. She's a drugstore item guru (that isn't to say she doesn't know her share of great info in the department store area).
She's also very generous, and holds a lot of giveaways on her channel.
Below are the links to her YouTube channel and new blog. Enjoy!


Oh. PS -
I got 1 item from the new Mac Me Over collection by Mac. The 226. So I won't be making a video about it. But perhaps I'll make a blog post of it?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fall 2011 Nail Polish Picks

It's that time of the year again. Fall nail polish season. Oh boy!
I have my picks for this year as well as some (like really just very few) of the new polish collection colors from OPI and China Glaze.
I got the China Glaze from Sara, as you probably all saw in a post previous to this. 
I have quite a few polishes this year since this season is my favorite and since I wanted to include a lot of variety in both price and brand so that it wasn't limited to just one type of buyer. I know how annoying that can be when you read blogs or watch videos and you love the products they talk about but you can never afford it.
All of the polishes included have a very brief description of the color, as well as the formula if I hadn't talked about it before. Most of the brands mentioned can be purchased at Ulta, the Drugstore, Nordstrom or Sephora, as well as in various etailers.
So, enjoy and I hope this is helpful to everybody!
Photos and swatches after the jump :)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

China Glaze Atlantis

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So a few posts ago I had swatches of my newest Sinful Colors acquisition.
I got a comment about finding dupes for it by MissKatV.
In my collection, and as far as I can tell in general, this is the closest dupe for the polish. It's not an exact dupe, but very similar.
This is China Glaze's Atlantis. It's got a very similar base to it as Nail Junkie, which is a jelly aqua color. The glitter is all uniform in this polish though, not different sizes. It's also a holographic silver glitter instead of an iridescent glitter.
This one is also very easy to build and doesn't get super chunky like some jelly based glitters can. Here are more angles of the polish:
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And as quick reference: Nail Junkie on the left and Atlantis on the right
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Sinful Colors / China Glaze
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Sinful Colors / China Glaze

Oh! And an exciting thing to post... MissKatV is having a giveaway on her blog which can be found here. Go check it out!

Oily Skin Series: Primers

There's one more in this mini-series about foundations, and so I thought I might as well do one about primers too.
I said I wasn't going to talk about my primer or really my foundations but decided to do a quick overview of both anyways just to tell you what hasn't worked for me. The other videos were about things that I liked and that worked for me but I feel like I rarely do things about what don't work for me. In general, I feel like a lot of people don't do posts or videos of products that don't work for them either.
So here they are all the primers that I've used, and then a brief explanation of the one that I currently use.
More photos and info are after the jump!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Davensara Is My Favorite ♥

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Sara may be my favorite person in the world. Like seriously. My favorite.
I wasn't expecting this at all, so I nearly DIED when I saw that she was kind enough to send me a birthday gift. It's so incredibly nice and unexpected.
I mentioned my birthday on twitter, but honestly that was in no way any sort of obligatory statement to people and it was again, just so unexpected and so lovely :)
So THANK YOU SARA. You're the best!
She was kind enough to send me LOTS of goodies, and many of which I had my eye on and haven't tried before.
So, photos and swatches are after the jump and again, Sara you're amazing!
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Birchbox #2: August 2011

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So I got my August Birchbox, which is my second one so far. 
The theme of this box is about technologically innovative things. That's all good and dandy, but what I specifically like about this box is that they're really all products that I'd use. 
My last box, which was all about things Cynthia Rowley collaborated with was fun and nice but this box seemed more along the lines of "things I'd use". In fact, I've already used 3 of the products provided.
Since I talk about the products a little and read you the card that's inside the box in the video, I'm not going to elaborate a lot on all of these products, but I will put in some opinions about the products I've used.
You can go check out info on Birchboxes at their website.
More photos and info are after the jump!
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Sinful Colors Professional Nail Polish - "Nail Junkie"


This was just a random nail polish I have acquired in the recent weeks.
It didn't really fall in a haul of polishes nicely so here it is, all by its lonesome :(
Lol.
But anyways, it's a great drugstore find because I mean look at it... it's gorgeous!
The color is a sheer jelly teal-turquoise with lots of opalescent glitter inside of it. It goes form sheer to opaque in like 2 coats. Weird right?
I bought this at Bed, Bath and Beyond and was like $2. Sinful Colors is one of the most underrated brands since it has some gems in it and is SO inexpensive.
This is actually a color that I had been searching for for a while. I had vaguely seen and heard it on SayAnythingBr00ke's channel way long ago and had it in the back of my mind as a "must purchase" sort of thing. You all know... it was on the mental to-do list.
I then saw it at Bed, Bath and Beyond and like DIED then purchased it right away.
The polish isn't really that chunky, as you'd think it would be because it has some of the same properties as OPI Katy Perry's Last Friday Night, in that it's a sheer jelly with opalescent glitter. That combo just doesn't seem to ever work that great, and a lot of the times you really have to pile it on. This one was pretty surprisingly easy to work with.
Sinful Colors can be found at Walgreens, Bed, Bath and Beyond as well as other drugstores. They range between $2 and $3.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Back To School Makeup - Soft Purples and Pinks

Since today was my first day of school for the semester, I thought I'd share what I wore makeup wise.
This wasn't filmed today... it was actually filmed like 2 weeks ago, but this is the makeup that I ended up applying.
This video though was actually me experimenting with my camera for the first time while filming a tutorial type video. I still have lots of things to explore about my camcorder, so I decided that I would just film myself doing my makeup.
I ended up with a soft pink and purple eye, which has color but isn't too bold and is something I would totally wear to school, regardless of if I were in high school or not. I would also wear this to work, if I worked at a regular desk type job. I mean I wear this to my job all the time, but even if I had a grown-up job, I'd still wear this as my pop of color for the week.
Photos and a list of products are after the jump!

Quick Update

First day of school!


Actually not excited at all.
But since school is starting the posting will probably go down (not drastically, but there will be fewer posts).
I just uploaded a tutorial last night to my youtube... purple eye tutorial :)
I'll post pics and products for it after I get home!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Oily Skin Series: Urban Decay De-Slick In A Tube Mattifying Gel

Urban Decay's mattifying gel has become a lifesaver. It's a must have for me when it's super hot and humid out, since it holds my makeup in place and it keeps the oil at bay for WAY longer than without.
I normally just stipple it onto my t-zone, since the rest of my face doesn't get too bad, and makeup can layer over it slightly cakey.
The one I have is just a mini sample size, which is great because Urban Decay frequently gives out sample sizes of this at stores like Ulta and Sephora, especially if you purchase it online.
The full size of this can be purchased wherever Urban Decay is sold and is $28. They also have a mattifying powder, which comes in a purple compact and I assume is to be used with the tubed version but I can't see using both, as that'd be overkill for me and I have really oily skin.
There probably are some people out there that need both though. So, more power to Urban Decay for having so many mattifying products.

Lush I Love Juicy Shampoo - Oily Skin (Hair) Series

I actually posted the video to this a while ago and I realized... I never posted a blog post with it!
I'm mainly going to have the links embedded in this post because I talk about all the details in the video (below).
This is a clarifying shampoo and is meant specifically for oily hair. I had never before specifically picked a shampoo for oily hair, and basically used whatever my mom picked up at the drugstore. Whenever I used specific hair products, it was always conditioner. I've used plenty of conditioners but never a specific shampoo.
I finally decided to do this just because it started to get really hot out and then my hair got super gross. My decision to go with Lush was because I wanted to start using more of their line, and so I went for the shampoos. There are other higher end as well as drugstore brands that offer great cleansing shampoos, like Bumble and Bumble or Tres Semme. 
Lush is priced more like a higher end shampoo, starting at $9.95 for 3.3 fl oz. Lush offers 3 sizes - $9.95 for 3.3 fl oz, $19.95 for 8.4 fl oz, and then $29.95 for 16.9 fl oz. 
This shampoo can be purchased at all Lush stores, as well as Lush online. This link will take you to the Lush USA site :)
More info and photos after the jump!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

China Glaze Crackle Glaze Metals: Swatches & Demo

Image from China Glaze Website
"If everybody is special then nobody is special"
That's basically what I feel about crackle nail polish now. The other day while I was out shopping, I realized that Nicole by OPI has a crackle line, as does Sephora by OPI. They're both owned by OPI so really, I was thinking, why not just stick with keeping it only in the main OPI line? Why make 2 other crackle nail polish collections within the same brand? I don't know.
But anyways, I mentioned in my last demo that I was all crackled out. And I am. The China Glaze Metal Crackle Glazes came out before then though so keep that in mind - I had these on my wish list before everybody else had a crackle nail line. Possibly adding to my "NO MORE NO MORE" frame of thought.
Nonetheless, I was very happy with these because of the color selection and the finish. The other lines coming out all have a black crackle polish and some other basic colors.
These are metallic :)
Sara was kind enough to send me the WHOLE collection, and I was only really thinking she was going to send me one or two. So THANK YOU!
Basically these do the same as all the other crackle nail polishes - they dry fast and as they dry they shrink up and cause the polish to dry in a crackled, almost tree bark like effect. They must be applied to completely dry polish for the effect to fully take place. They don't work on just bare nails.
China Glaze already has a line of crackles in creme (and one shimmer) finishes. OPI's Silver Shatter, Sally Hansen and Color Club are the other crackle polishes you can currently purchase that have a metallic finish.
Here are links to the other demos I've done:

The China Glaze Crackle Glaze Metals retail for $6.99 can be purchased wherever China Glaze is sold.
More photos and swatches after the jump!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Are You On Beautylish?


As it's Friday and Sergio is in Portland and Kate is in Santa Cruz and Patrick is still in New York and Leilani is... probably with family (she didn't respond to my text :( ) I am bored and blogging. I'm getting a few things lined up - reviews, swatches, videos.
As just a random post, I was wondering if anybody that follows me is on Beautylish?
I'd love to follow you back.
For those of you that don't know, Beautylish is a social networking site devoted to all things beauty. It's like Facebook, but completely based around the beauty community. It updates on news, collections, trends etc, and you can also link your YouTube to it so you can have your videos readily available to be watched.
It also has a great interactive component to it where you can post your own reviews of things, and there are also forums as well.
I've found a few of my new favorites on YouTube through Beautylish. It's quite fun as well as informative and convenient.

I'm warmvanillasugar0823 on Beautylish (same as my YouTube), so come comment or follow either here or on Beautylish and I'd love to follow you all back :)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Photobooth

Tried out the Sally Hansen nail strips today. :) Video will be up in the next couple of days.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

July Favorites

So here's a list of all of my July favorites... I've been sort of preparing for the fall but also getting the most out of summer all at once. I've been loving that deep summer slight bronzy glow, but I don't like going too overboard with it since it looks really odd on me. So, I've been reaching for some old but good favorites to give just the most natural looking glow possible, but also making it stand out just ever so slightly.
I've been preparing for the fall by reaching for all of those chic neutral nail colors. As well as one bold, dark red, which was my most recent NOTW post.
Other than that, you can probably guess some of my favorites based on what I've purchased this month.
Without further ado... here's the list!

Makeup

  • Nyx Sweetheart Mega Shine Lip Gloss paired with Mac Viva Glam Cyndi or Mac Hot Tahiti lipsticks
  • Illamasqua Furore Pure Pigment - for a slightly champagne-y highlight on the tops of cheek bones
  • Clinique loose bronzer (which isn't on their website, so I'm assuming doesn't exist in their line anymore) - for a more bronze but not over the top highlight on the tops of cheek bones
  • Nars Laguna Bronzer
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer - mostly for contouring, but also a more natural looking bronzer
  • Bare Minerals Warmth - for a very natural looking bronzed blush color
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
  • Matte brown and black shadows to fill in brows, with a small eye shadow brush or an angled brush
Nails
  • Bath and Body Works Fresh Picked Strawberries
  • Bath and Body Works Foaming Hand Soaps
Miscellaneous
  • Pretty Little Liars (Mainly Spencer... she's been the inspiration to my nails this month!)
I hope you all had a fabulous July... I'm SO ready for fall but also ready for August, since at the end of August it's my birthday!
I turn 21 on the 23rd and am more than excited for obvious reasons hahaha. What can I say? It's sort of the last thing you really look forward to and count down to, age wise, before you turn 30, right?
Nonetheless, I have something exciting in store for my birthday (well not THAT exciting, but more like a big 'Thank you!' to you all), YouTube/Blog wise and am excited about sharing with you when I have all the details sorted out.
So, happy summer! For those of you starting school in 2 weeks like I am, I hope you're all ready for school!