Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

Before I get into talking about the product, I do want to quickly direct you to a new little tab I have at the top of my blog. It's pertinent, I swear!
I added a FAQs page at the top of my blog just so you can have easy access to info about my skin type and foundation shades as well as other things that people often wonder :) I added it so I don't have to continuously list all of my foundation shades in posts like this, or my skin type, or eye color or whatever else.
It actually lists all the foundation shades I'm in of all the foundations I've tried so check that out to see where I fall in a bunch of different products.
Now back to the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer!
When this was first released, I was impressed but curious as to how many shades the Nars tinted moisturizers really came in. In their ad, they had a model with a very pale, medium and very deep skin tone. I'd never seen an ad with that range so I definitely was curious. Obviously, since I'm a medium shade, I wasn't going to worry about it but I was just curious. No, they don't have a shade that will match the model in the ad's photo but I wish they did! I think Illamasqua Skin Base has the most diverse range in terms of what they offer shade-wise.
What I do like was that they have yellow and pink undertones in their Tinted Moisturizer line, which is something that the Laura Mercier does not have. Their medium tone is ok for me, but is too pink.
My color for the Nars is St. Moritz, which is a truly medium toned shade with a good amount of yellow tones so it doesn't look too odd against my skin.
The texture is really that of a colored sunscreen. It has a broad spectrum SPF 30 so I don't have to worry about extra sun care (even though I do add a sunscreen underneath anyways, out of habit). The product has pretty good coverage for a tinted moisturizer - pretty similar to the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. It's a good coverage if you want something just to cover light imperfections but alone won't cover everything. It evens out skintone, and can be built up to a heavier coverage if you wanted. It doesn't dry matte, so if you have oily skin like me, you may want to add a powder. I really reach for this when I'm having a good skin day and want something just to even things out for an easy option in the morning.
It is, however, expensive, as all Nars products are. It was $42, and is available at Sephora, so it was a little bit of a blow to the bank account. I do like this more than the Laura Mercier, just because of skin tone match, so if I were to choose between the 2, I would choose the Nars.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Happy Monday!

A few Blog Updates for you today :D
Up on the top in the little menu, I added a FAQ area - I've included all of my foundation shades, my skin type, color etc in case you want to know :)
Also, the YouTube tab and Vlogs tab now directly link to my beauty channel and vlog channel respectively!
If you have any questions/info that you think I should add in there or would like to know, don't hesitate to ask.

Have a wonderful day, everybody!

Forever 21 Love & Beauty Peach Blush

It's always those little baskets right at the register that get me. Without fail. At every store. Luckily, whatever fills the baskets at Forever 21 are always like $3 because I'd be in SO much debt if they weren't like at other stores (Sephora kills me).
I really haven't tried any of Forever 21's beauty line, Love & Beauty, because a lot of their products never interested me. I do have one of their nail polishes, but aside from that, I had always meant to try them because they've gotten pretty good reviews and they're so inexpensive. I just most of the time don't need basic eye palettes or lipsticks from Forever 21 because I have so much to use at home.
This particular item caught my eye though because it reminded me a lot of the Mac Blush Ombres that were released, and specifically the one called Ripe Peach, which I hate myself for not buying.
Forever 21's Peach Cheek Color is a color blocked peach gradient. It's got a matte finish. The brush inside is pretty useless. But if you use a standard blush brush, the pan is just the perfect size for the brush to fit inside. If you so wish to get a gradient, you can totally run the brush horizontally across the pan and get a good gradient on your cheek.
The texture isn't amazing but it's not sub par either. It's sort of chalky but not too chalky. You can get a pretty good color deposit. The peach colors are on the lighter side so on my hands (which are just slightly darker than my face) you can't really see the product but on my cheeks it gives a nice glowy peach look.
I don't know whether you can get this still since I don't know if they have collections or just randomly release products but if you can, I'd totally recommend it. It was only $2 and even though it isn't the greatest blush of all time, it is a suitable place holder for the Mac blush that got away.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

NOTW: Retro Summer Red

Happy Sunday, everybody! Any plans? I'm off to the farmer's market with my mom to grab some peaches and crepes. I also have an entire week off of school, with my birthday this thursday, so I'm pretty excited to have so much time to myself :)
Today's NOTW was inspired by just summer in general. I wanted something really classic and bright, but nothing too showy. I settled on painting them red, but then couldn't decide which red I wanted to paint them.
So, I just mixed my own :D
I first painted a thick coat of Essie's Red Nouveau, which is an opaque orangey red color. Next, while that was still wet, I painted a coat of Julep's January, which is also an orangey red, but slightly brighter and less thick in consistency. Last, again, while still wet, I painted a coat of Zoya's Sooki which is another bright warm red, slightly lighter than Julep's January. This combination brought me a very rich, bright, fire-engine, cherry red mix that was super glossy and super fun and summery.
Have any of you mixed or layered colors before? Mostly I layer glitters and sheer colors to get a nice and unique combination to fit my mood when I do glitter. 
I used Nubar's Foundation Base Coat and Seche Vite. Julep is available on their site and at Sephora, Zoya is available on their side as well as Ulta and Essie is available at all drugstores. 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Fall 2012: Swatches! Maybelline Color Tattoo by EyeStudio 24Hr Eye Shadows - 100 Barely Beige, 200 Mossy Green, 300 Gold Shimmer, 400 Rich Mahogany

The first of the Fall 2012 drugstore collections is in! Or what I'm assuming as the first of the fall collections. I don't know... I could be wrong. I'm not great at keeping track of drugstore collections lol. Regardless, this is MY first Fall 2012 drugstore collection :D
Parts of Maybelline's Fall 2012 Scene On The Runway Collection was recently spotted at Rite Aids around the country so I mosied on down to mine and found it there, full and beautiful all ready to be purchased. There's apparently a nail polish part, eye shadow quad, lipstick and face creme that I haven't seen yet, but hopefully they'll be out soon. I saw pictures of it on Nouveau Cheap so if you're curious, go there. They don't look as great as last years but I'll have to see them in person to really decide if I want to buy them or not.
Anyways, I have the four new limited edition Color Tattoos to show you today! There are 2 being repromoted with this line from their original line, Audacious Asphalt, a shimmery gray, and Bad to the Bronze, a shimmery cool toned mushroom brown. 
I do have to commend drugstores for finally really pushing the "Limited Edition" title of some of their items so that people go and jump on their products more. Not only that but their products in general are getting more noteworthy. I feel like when I first started this blog and my channel, drugstore items weren't great, weren't really limited edition and so they weren't really something I felt like I needed to get. But with Revlon's Lip Butters, the revamped Maybelline line, Wet N Wild's just overall increase in quality, Milani just as a brand itself and some of L'Oreal and CoverGirl's new products, they're really stepping it up. With that comes price increases, but they're still cheaper than most department store brands.
Again, these have been spotted first at Rite Aid. Mine has been selling them for about $6.50 but some Rite Aids are having sales so you may get it for less. 
More photos and swatches after the jump!

NOTW: Glitter Skittles

Whenever I watch the Kardashians, I always do a smokey eye the next day, bronze up just a little more, and reach for a dark nail color to satisfy my inner... diva. Or whatever. My inner reality star.
I've talked about that before - I think one of my FOTD was directly an influence of my Kardashian Netflix marathon.
This week's Kardashian influence morphed into Glitter Skittles on the nails because the one downside to dark polish is that when it chips or wears down, it's so obvious.
I had Maybelline's Color Show polish in Twilight Rays on my nails (which I lost the picture of) but after a few days, they started to wear down so I wanted to change the color but not redo all of my nails. So I turned to some of my new glitters. I didn't want to choose just one... so I chose 10 of them.
On my left hand (left photo above) from left to right is Zoya's Daul, Deborah Lippmann Let's Go Crazy, one of my Pa flakies, and Essie's Stroke of Brilliance.
On my right hand (right photo above) from left to right is China Glaze I'm Not Lion, one of my Pa flakies, Forever 21's Silver Sparkle, and Sephora by OPI's USA! USA!
On my thumbs I used my Sephora by OPI glitter crackle that I got on sale called Blasted Opalescent Glitter. It's like the Mac Reflects glitter in that it looks white but it shines a pretty pinky purple color. It really comes alive over black.
I'll have a haul video of all of these polishes (aside from the Pa flakies, which I already have a post of) soon so look out for them :)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Review - Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation

I really wanted to like this. I really did. I really wanted to love it actually... I just don't.
I think I've found the foundations I'm comfortable with and that I really like formula wise and color range wise that it is really hard for me to start trying new foundations and not be really picky.
Because of all the good things I had heard about it, I kept an eye out for them at the drugstore so I could try them. I actually hadn't seen them at my CVS, which is the drugstore that I most frequent so even though they had been out for a while now, I only just saw them at Walgreens when I happened to stop by since I was in that part of town for the first time in months.
The color range isn't that great - I only saw about 8 colors, which does NOT fit very many people at all.
They do come individually wrapped so you don't have to worry about contamination before you buy it. That's what sold me on purchasing it when I saw it at Walgreens.
The color I picked up was Warm Golden, because in the pot, it looked pretty decently yellow toned. It also looked on the lighter side, but I figured I could even it out with some face powder and bronzer.
The packaging is a thick, glass pot with a glossy black lid and is fairly heavy for what comes in it. The Makeup Forever Mat Velvet+ comes with 1.0 fl oz in a plastic bottle and is very light. This is 0.8 fl oz and is super heavy. Also... why not 1.0 fl oz? Weird.
Inside, the foundation comes with a little stopper that is meant to keep it cleaner, but I feel like doesn't really help. Extra foundation squeezes out the side and all of a sudden there's foundation all over your hands. Not a lot, but enough to see on the lid when you screw it shut.
It's not the most sanitary of packaging either since you're constantly introducing it to open air and brushes and your hands and it has such a wide opening. 
The foundation itself is a thicker creme finish. Sort of what I would imagine the Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation would be like if I cut open the bottle. 
Now, if you look at the foundation in the pot, it's clearly a medium, pink toned beige. Warm Golden? Nope. Not really. And the glass made it seem lighter too. So that is something to keep in mind when you go and look through these foundations.
This change in color made the foundation not actually my skin tone match so I really had to blend down the neck and keep it lighter on my skin so that it would blend in properly.
As for wear, it wore on my skin pretty well. I have an oily skin and it didn't last 24 hours at all in my T-Zone but it did ok on my cheeks. 
I applied it with a brush, and it might apply better with fingers. Getting a brush in there, I like to use a buffing brush rather than your standard paddle shaped foundation brush, was difficult and annoying. I didn't want to dip it in too far as to douse the brush.
My skin had no adverse reactions to it, so that was a plus. Recently I have been having a bad reaction to Benzoyl Peroxide, which had never happened to me before, so my skin was a little more sensitive and raw than it had been before. My skin didn't feel worse after applying it.
I honestly wish it was more yellow toned since it's called Warm Golden. I also wish the packaging were simpler and not so heavy. What if the glass breaks when you drop it? How quickly will this foundation go bad since it gets exposed so much more than most foundations?
The Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation is available at most drugstores. I purchased it for $15 at Walgreens but it may be less at other drugstores.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse - 172 Blushing Sequin & 178 Cardinal Plume

I don't actually know what these are supposed to be - balms, tints, lipsticks, but I like them.
L'Oreal just came out with these lip products, which I feel like are the closest to the Revlon Lip Butters from a competing drugstore brand. These are far different from the lip butters though.
These have a much glossier texture and have great color payoff. They're not as lipstick-like as the Revlon Lip Butters, but they're not balmy like the L'Oreal Balms that were released last year. This is like the in-between of the balms and lipsticks.
The packaging is fully gold with a color band. They look like elegant lipstick tubes, but are light as they're not all metal. I would have liked to see the product on the inside - the UK version has clear plastic on top so you can see inside. 
They twist up and aren't super soft so I feel like they won't melt in the tube if you keep it in your purse in hot weather. If you keep it in your purse in a car? Probably will melt.
The colors I got were 172 Blushing Sequin and 178 Cardinal Plume.
Blushing Sequin is a bright warm toned pink. It doesn't have a completely "matte" (as in no shimmer, not an actual matte finish) finish. There is some shimmer, but it's not really a shimmer. Very summery and pretty. Probably not a fall color for me though. I wish these were available in my area a little sooner so I could get good use of it in the summer. Mid-late summer releases for me always mean I can't really get a hold of them (untouched and guaranteed in stock) until a few weeks later unless I stalk the store. And since there isn't information on drugstore releases and dates as easily accessible as high end brands, sort of means if you're not at the drugstore that often, you'll miss it. I don't go as often as some do so I miss a lot of releases and have to wait until the re-stock, weeks later.
Cardinal Plume is a sheer red with a slight shimmer in it as well. It reminds me a lot of the YSL lip tint that I bought a while back. Sort of the same texture and finish, although the YSL was more pigmented and this one is slightly warmer toned.
These retail for about $8 each but if you go when there's a sale, they're much cheaper. Again, my favorite thing about CVS is their membership program that has weekly coupons that you can send to your card to print out at the store. I always get 25% off my purchase or I get $5 in ExtraBucks to spend. It's nice. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

NOTW: OPI Smitten With Mittens

It's sort of stupid, really, that I haven't done a NOTW post of this yet. Like... really. This happens to be my favorite OPI and favorite red polish of all time. OF ALL TIME. (<--- say that in Kanye voice).
It's a pretty, jewel like ruby jelly base with lots of gold glitter flakes (it's not quite glitter, but not quite flakes) packed into it. It's the perfect holiday red, but I decided to pull this out in the middle of August because I just wanted something beautiful and classic but also fun on my nails. I think classic as red, and well, I picked up my favorite red.
This was a limited edition holiday color from like... 3 years ago. I was lucky enough to just start getting into hoarding collecting right when this polish collection came out. I think I saw an AllThatGlitters21 video on the collection, and she had them all except this one. So I googled it, found it on Temptalia, before she stopped posting OPI for her own good reasons, (without really knowing that much about Temptalia at that time either), and on Scrangie and fell in love. Then hunted it down, found my now favorite place to buy OPI in person, and bought a bottle of it. It was love at first application.
I didn't know anything about buying back ups or anything about "limited edition" in the nail polish world, so I didn't snag a bottle of it for extras. I had to buy a slightly raised price bottle on eBay.
THEN at my CVS, they started selling these like... reject overstock OPIs. One day, there they were. 5 bottles of Smitten With Mittens. I bought all 5. I hoarded them. I checked back everyday for a week to make sure that I got all of them. And I consciously find myself looking for Smitten With Mittens whenever I go to any CVS. 
I'm pretty set for the future but still, the day I run out, I'll cry.
Story aside, this polish is fantastic. It's got a slight jelly finish so it takes about 3 coats for full opacity but is doable with 2. It just sparkles wonderfully under Seche Vite. I used it over Nubar Foundation Base Coat and had it on for 10 days, way past chip day just because I love it so and want to get the most use out of each application.
Do any of you have polishes like this? That you just love THAT much that you hoarded a million of them?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Deborah Lippmann - Nothing Compares 2 U

See what I did there? With the title? (It's a song title, fyi)... (and she names all of her polishes after song titles).
Basically, this is a giant appreciation post for Deborah Lippmann.
In the past, I've always loved her polishes, and when I started blogging and tweeting more actively, I'd post about her and well, she always tweeted me back. It's a rare thing, for a company to not only have their (super awesome) head to tweet directly to you but for them to actually be willing to have conversations with you? Sort of unheard of but just a testament as to how much they care about their products and customers.
I've probably tweeted with Deborah maybe 3 or 4 times before this past couple of days, always sort of like "I got my @DeborahLippmann stuff in the mail, so excited!" and she'd reply back.
After this whole ordeal though? I'm totally changed, for the better, if that could even happen, forever.

This all starts with True Blood and HSN. True Blood is pretty much my favorite current TV show, and quite possibly one of my favorite TV shows of all time. It's amazing, I don't really have to go that far into it.
Deborah Lippmann created a line of polishes, fragrance products and even a lipstick all based on True Blood, and it just recently was exclusively sold early on HSN. This collection, called Forsaken, is currently on HSN (though some of them are sold out) and only on HSN until November.
The midnight EST, so at 9pm my time, I was at work, went on a "break" and waited on my phone until it went live on the site and ordered my two items I wanted on bated breath, so eager to get them because I knew some of the products would be in high-demand, specifically the lipstick and nail polish duo. The lipstick, Bite Me, was a deep, bloody red and the nail polish it goes with is the perfect vampy jelly. I also bought the nail trio.
I was right, in that the lipstick and nail duo sold out within that night. The nail trio was still fine, and is actually still available online. I got the email confirmation, that it would be shipped to me by the 19th (which is kind of a long time considering it was purchased on the 9th, but whatever).
I checked the HSN site everyday to see whether it had shipped yet and after 4 days, I was kind of worried because normally companies ship within 3 days. On the 14th, I finally check again, and all of a sudden it said "refunded" for each product. Like... what? I hadn't gotten any sort of cancellation notice, or any sort of refund notice. I hadn't requested anything. Nobody knew the email or password for that specific account so there was no explanation as to what had happened.
I did the instant chat with a "consultant" to see what had happened. Here starts the most frustrating customer service experience I had ever had. EVER.
I've never had a bad customer service experience, so I guess it was about time.
The chat started with very friendly service. I asked her what was up, and she repeated to me that my order was cancelled. I asked why and she said "it was an inventory problem". I asked her what that meant, and she didn't know. She just simply... didn't know. And couldn't find out. And couldn't ask the warehouse because they apparently didn't have a phone number. So that was weird. I asked if I could be reimbursed in any other way because I had gotten a order confirmation, and a lot of times companies will give a coupon or something, and all she said was "I can reimburse you for the price of the product, but not the shipping, which should appear on your account in a few days. I'm sorry". I also asked her why both products got cancelled because one of them was still in stock and she said "yeah it happens sometimes. It's an inventory problem. I don't know why.". So this is frustrating because she gave me really no new answers. I ended the chat with her then called customer service to see if I could actually talk to them and find out more answers.
NOPE. Got even less answers. In fact the person on the phone said "you can try emailing us and getting more answers. It doesn't say here that it was refunded either, just cancelled so I don't know anything." Like... what? And furthermore, she sounded bored and annoyed on the phone. Sorry for calling you - but your job is Customer Service. Servicing people who need help. Regardless of what my question was, perk up a little bit. I work customer service at my job. I know, it sucks but you're getting paid to ask questions so try a little harder.
I really out of all of this, wanted a real answer for the cancellation. Not just a "we can't tell you anything because none of us know anything". If I got an email warning me? Whatever. Otherwise I probably would have just waited until the 19th and then suddenly found that my order was cancelled without notice. Also, if it were just plainly a "we ran out of products because of the sudden influx of orders at the time of purchase, numbers weren't reflected correctly", I'd be fine with it. Just the very little effort to actually help me was frustrating and disappointing.
I emailed them as well, just to make sure they had everything on file for my order.
And then I tweeted them. Angrily. In a flurry of red hot rage. I was so mad. After talking to two different individuals and having both of them totally uninterested in finding out answers was just... like really, why are you even there. Why do people even call you??
I tweeted HSN, TrueBloodHBO and Deborah to just get my complaint out to everybody. So they ALL knew that I was pissed, and that I was blaming HSN, their terrible customer service, and that I would never purchase from HSN again.
HSN's response was:
@yukiesano We're so sorry to hear this happened.  Please email us your order info to SocialMobileService@hsn.com so we can help
Still mad, my response was:
@HSN I already did an nobody gave me a straight answer but to just "reorder" which I would but one of them is sold out & you guys are awful
I got no further response from them that evening.
Now today, at work, still mad, still annoyed, I got a response from Deborah Lippmann.
@yukiesano @BeautyPopC @TrueBloodHBO Hi Yukie-- is everything sorted out with your order now :)?
I also got one from HSN:
@yukiesano Good news!  We've located the Deborah Lippmann sets you wanted and are sending them to your shipping address.
I basically died. I am beyond impressed with Deborah Lippmann and how much she cares and truly wants HER customers to be happy. She cares about her brand, and even if it is one disgruntled person, she goes and wants to solve the problem. This is what happened:
@yukiesano I saw your tweets last night & felt so bad. I told @hsn & they jumped to the rescue. They are all about making us happy!
LIKE WHAT??? WHO DOES THAT??? NOBODY! I am beyond ecstatic that she did this and am FOREVER thankful to her. She's amazing. Period. It's... really just wonderful that she personally did this and it means so much to me. It just made me step back and think, again, and appreciate, again, that she is one of the best people, and brands, out there and truly worth being a fan of and customer of.
This, as well as every other interaction I've had with Deborah Lippmann really solidifies her at the top of my favorite brands and will make me an eternally grateful customer of hers. There's nobody else out there that cares so much and is so passionate about what she does. It's impressive, touching, and makes her products just that much more special to me.
Thank you Deborah, for everything you do!


NOTW: Le Métier de Beaute Dynamique

This is a polish that I had been lemming for... years. Since Temptalia swatched it. The rest of that collection was meh, and she gave it a B+ but this polish just glowed on the screen. I apologize for the finger-printy bottle btw. 
Le Metier de Beaute is a luxury brand that's available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and other high end department stores, so that should give you an idea of why it took me sooooo long to purchase it. Not only is it tiny but it's expensive for what you get. The color totally makes it worth it for me though.
Dynamique is a bloody, deep jelly red color, the color is closer to the photo below (the one above is with flash but you can see the texture of it better). I don't have an exact match for it in my collection, and it's basically that one red shade I have been searching high and low for.
I used 3 coats under Seche Vite and over Nubar Foundation Base Coat. The finish is glossy and amazing on it's own but for longevity sake I used a top coat. 
If only it wasn't so expensive, I'd wear it everyday. Everyday! It's just.... *sigh* the perfect deep, sexy jelly red for me and I can't even lol.
Do you guys have any polishes like this in your collection? Polishes that you had to splurge for and love but only use sparingly?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

NOTW: Sparitual "It's Raining Men" & Ciate "Jewel"

Both of these polishes I bought at Sephora a little ways back but the photos just got lost in my computer. I found them though and I decided to share it with you this August evening :)
Sparitual is a brand that I've heard a lot of good things about but just had NO idea where to get them. Apparently I could've bought them at Sally's this entire time, but they recently became available at Sephora so I browsed on their store online (they're not available at my Sephora yet) and then saw the crappy swatch of this polish. And then I googled it and I was in love.
It's Raining Men is a sky blue with slight purple undertones that has a very strong peachy orange duochrome! The formula is pretty good - I used 3 coats and got full opacity, but the polish isn't thick so it doesn't feel heavy with three coats.
The same story goes for Ciate - it was a British brand that I couldn't get here until they started selling at Sephora. I had seen them on Pixiwoo first, and wanted the bright red but didn't know anything else about them until I saw the glitter Adele wore to the Grammy's. I decided my first Ciate polish should be the glitter, so I bought Jewel. 
Jewel is a slightly thick, holographic bar glitter. I used 2 coats to get that nice, coat that looks like a fuzzy, diamond rainbow from far away.
I used Nubar Foundation Base Coat and Seche Vite as base and top coats and this manicure lasted about a week.
Ciate polishes are slightly more expensive at $15. They have a Chanel Peridot dupe, by the way.
Sparitual polishes are $10 at Sephora.

Back To School Haul! Forever 21 :)

I picked up a few essentials at Forever 21... what are your favorite things to wear to school? I've discovered a new love of sunglasses and I stocked up on my favorite fall essential, scarves. 

Hope you enjoy!

Monday, August 13, 2012

In The Mood for Baby Pink

Do any of you ever get in the mood to only wear a certain color on your nails but can't decide on which color? That was me this past week. I wanted to wear baby, neutral, bridal like pinks all week but couldn't decide on which one! In fact, I was so indecisive I didn't even end up painting my nails that color lol.
Here are the 5 that I picked from my collection though just in case I was in the decide to choose :)
No Surprise that of all my nail polishes, when I went to pick out a baby pink, I chose 3 from Essie and 2 from OPI. Those are the 2 brands that are really super popular in the salon world, and have probably the biggest range of neutral colors, especially those bridal colors. 
Shown above, from left to right, are Essie's Fiji, Vanity Fairest and Ballet Slippers then OPI's Sweetheart and Bubble Bath. As you can see, they're all slightly different, with slight nuances in their undertones. 
Of all the baby pinks out there, do you guys have a favorite? Let me know :)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

FOTD & Fall Accessory Preview :)

I filmed a Fall Accessory video yesterday, featuring the pair of sunglasses I'm wearing in this photo. Otherwise, I wore a pretty simple red lip, black liner makeup :) The products I used in that makeup will be featured in a haul video later as well!
Hope you guys are doing well

MissGlamorazzi's GIY: Wrap Bracelets!

Just a quick little accessory post today :)
MissGlamorazzi posted a super cute and easy GIY video a little while back and I thought I'd take a shot at it and I loved the results! 
Wrap bracelets are also an accessory that I love, and I always saw them but never bought them because there was always that "I can just make that" mood around it. I have a couple of them that people have bought me, but in general, I buy myself more dainty, chain bracelets instead of wrap bracelets. 
Ingrid's video was totally inspiring so I went to my local Bead store (it was closer than Michaels, which is where she bought her materials) and started making bracelets :)
Check out her super cute video below and let me know if you made any of your own!

NOTW: China Glaze Frostbite

A long while ago, when I was first discovering this world, and the world of online blogging, I was scrolling through all the posts Scrangie had written about China Glaze. I wanted to get introduced to China Glaze as a brand, and do a massive purchase on an etailer, so I was casually browsing through her swatches when this hit me in the face.
Frostbite is a shimmery bright, intense Crayola blue polish. It glows. It's beautiful. It's formula is pretty great. It's completely unique.
It really actually reminds me of the first blue polish I ever bought, in fourth grade, and it was by Maybelline or L'oreal I think and it was similar to this. This was in like 2000, at the height of the pop-star culture and when blue and frosty were everywhere. That polish is long, long gone, but this is the closest I think I have to it. So, it's a pretty nostalgic color for me as well.
The formula was on the thinner side but built up really really well. I used 3 coats and it was opaque. You do get brush strokes because of the finish but it's not completely noticeable, as you would get with truly frosty metallic colors. 
I used Nubar's Foundation Base Coat and Seche Vite as base and top coats and this manicure lasted me a good 3 days before chipping. That's not the greatest wear time, but this texture of polish tends to chip faster on me compared to a cream for example.
I'm fairly positive this polish is still readily available - you can get China Glaze at Ulta, Sallys and various etailers. They range from $3 to $6.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Fall Nail Polish Picks 2012

The pictures and swatches below are only of polishes that I don't already have photographed and swatched on this blog. Since this is mostly an idea-themed post instead of a real swatch post of collections, I decided to only include photos of polishes that I have not previously shown or documented in one of my videos or blog posts.
I have named all of the polishes though in my video (below) so if you want the names you can always watch the slideshow at the end of it :)
I also have a lot of other recommendations from the other Fall Nail Polish Picks videos I've done, so go check them out on my channel!!
All of the photos and swatches are after the jump

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Sheer Candy Glossy Balm 6

These didn't get the best reputation when they first came out, but I also only saw reviews for the really really light colors. Little did I know, until I went and browsed Sephora, that there were a few darker colors, one is this bright candy red and the other is a pink color.
I really liked the texture and finish of this red balm so I decided to purchase it, even though it was grossly overpriced at $30.
Like all YSL packaging, it's feminine and beautiful as well as sturdy. The tube is kind of heavy actually and doesn't feel like it will get tarnished or dented or anything at all.
The product itself is twist up and is a sheer, bright cherry red.
The shimmer you see on the product doesn't come out so it's really a red tinted balm, which I always like to have and use the most of in terms of colored balms.
As expected, the wear on this isn't great because it's a balm but it does feel moisturizing, adds color, and doesn't dry out my lips afterwards. I do want one of the other colors in this line, but it isn't something of priority on my list because it's so expensive. 
Have you guys tried these? What do you all think?