Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Swatch - OPI Bogota Blackberry

I think I'm going to start randomly swatching permanent colors in my collection for you now, like this, so that I can have a comprehensive picture collection of all my colors, and so you can all see swatches of permanent colors and not just limited edition items. Just so you can find all of them easily, all posts in this little project will be tagged with "permanent swatches". I will also go through all my old posts (makeup and nail polish) and tag things with "permanent swatches".
First one I have for you is OPI's Bogota Blackberry.
Bogota Blackberry is a rich dark red shimmer. It truly is more of a blackened red shimmer, versus a purple toned, brown toned or other-toned red color. A lot of red shimmers have undertones added to make them look darker, whereas this one is just a dark red shimmer, if that makes sense.
This was opaque in 2 coats and had a great formula. It flowed onto the swatch evenly and easily and dried pretty quickly.
Of the permanent colors offered by OPI, I think this is one of the most popular reds. I actually hadn't purchased it until recently, and am very glad I did since it's such a classic color, both in OPI's range and just in general.
OPI polishes are available at Ulta, and beauty supply stores. They retail for about $8.50 to $9 each.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Nyx Cosmetics Lip Product Swatches - Round Lipsticks, Mega Shine Lip Gloss, Xtreme Lip Cream, Lip Liner

I recently picked up a ton of Nyx things from Ulta. Nyx is another brand I don't have that many products from, mostly because for a while it was SO hyped up that I sort of wanted to steer clear from it. Now that the hype has sort of died down, I thought it was finally time to try some things out. In a lot of other cases, yes I've bought things just because of the hype (Mac, for example) but for whatever reason, I just really wanted to see how long I would actually want things from Nyx, instead of it all being about hype.
First thing is the Nyx Xtreme Lip Cream. This is their version of a liquid lipstick. It's a pretty smooth formula, and felt very lightweight while swatching. It was opaque though. The color I bought is 03 Spicy. 
Spicy is an orange toned red. 
These retail for about $4. 

Next I bought three more of the Mega Shine Lip Glosses.
I previously have bought one of them, and I didn't love it at first, but as I've gotten to using it more often I started liking them much more.
Thus, I bought more colors.
These glosses are on the thinner side. They're not too sticky. They almost feel balmy on the lips. They give a good amount of color though, so they're not completely sheer. The glosses smell like candy - like Sweet Tarts? I can't pinpoint it but they've definitely got a very sugary scent to them. 
The three colors I bought were Beige, La La and Sugarpie.
Beige / La La / Sugarpie
  • Beige - not actually a beige at all, but a slightly mauve toned pink. No shimmer.
  • La La - brighter warm toned pink. There's a bit of shimmer in there.
  • Sugarpie - light beigey nude. Slight shimmer. It's similar in color to Sweetheart, but not as frosty.
These glosses are nice color wise because you can dab them on and buff them in and you'll get a slight tint of color but you can also layer them on to be pretty opaque.
I think these retail for about $3 each.

Beige / La La / Sugarpie

    Next I have five of the Round Lipsticks to show you.
    The Round Lipsticks are the product I've heard the most about. I've heard about how pigmented and easy to wear they are so I picked up five colors that range from neutral to more bold shades.
    • Snow White - deep blue based red. Very rich, and has the perfect name!
    • Louisiana - bright pink creme. It's not neon but definitely has a very bold pink base. It's a warm toned base.
    • Femme - orange toned coral. This is going to be amazing in the summer, I think. I'm trying to get more comfortable wearing orange toned things. This one swatched slightly less opaque than the other lipsticks.
    • Tea Rose - the same color as the blush in the Nyx Line. This is a dusty cool rose color.
    • Fig - warmer than Tea Rose, but very similar in color. This one was one of the more opaque lipsticks of the bunch. 

    Snow White



    Tea Rose


    Snow White / Louisiana / Femme / Tea Rose / Fig

    The last thing I have to show you is the Lipliner Pencil in Cabaret.
    I also have one of these and I quite like the formula of these lipliners so I decided to get a darker one in case I wanted to do a dark lip.
    These retail for about $3. 
    The Nyx Lipliners are a medium hard pencil. They're not too waxy so they glide on, but they don't bleed very easily like a softer pencil would. 
    Cabaret is a perfect wine color. I'd not just use this on dark lipstick colors, but I'd also wear this under a red lipstick to deepen the color a bit.

    L'Oreal Infallible 24hr Eyeshadow - 888 Iced Latte, 890 Bronzed Taupe, 892 Amber Rush

    I'm a huge fan of the Armani Eyes To Kill shadows and I've heard these are pretty similar to them so ever since they've been out I've had my eye on them. For whatever reason, I never purchased them until now but I've so far been very happy and impressed with them.
    They come in little plastic pots with a stopper to keep the shadow from becoming un-pressed. Basically, they're not really your standard shadow but they're not quite a pigment either. They're half pressed and half loose. 
    Each one retails for about $11 at all drugstores and they come in a massive range of colors from neutrals to brights to darks.
    I purchased 3 of their neutral shades.
    892 Amber Rush
    Amber Rush is a rusty bronze color. It's the chunkiest of the three that I bought but it's not super chunky or anything. I experience no sort of extreme fall out from this one.

    890 Bronzed Taupe
    Bronzed Taupe is sort of like a milky hot chocolate color in the pot but when worn it comes off as more of a bark brown type of color. It's definitely more taupe than bronze.

    888 Iced Latte
    Iced Latte is a super shiny lightly gold toned color that would be great for highlighting and for the inner corner. I haven't worn this one yet but am super excited to because I've only heard amazing things about it online.

    Swatches! Jesse's Girl Liquid Glass Lip Gloss - Scarlet Fever & Razzle Dazzle

    Jesse's Girl isn't a line that I purchase a lot from (other than their loose pigments) because they're exclusively sold at Rite Aid, and I don't go to Rite Aid as much as CVS, Target or Walgreens. 
    I love their loose pigments, but have already purchased the majority of them. I have a few of their polishes as well, but other than that I really haven't explored much of their brand. 
    These were a new product out in the new displays section at Rite Aid and I was immediately sucked in because I'm on such a lip product kick right now. 
    Those of you that have looked through my recent posts may be asking "why do you need so many red/bold lip colors?". It's because I'm always on the search for the next best bold lip product, ever since the Chanel Dragon was discontinued. I've found some really good products that I really do like, but I continue to search and purchase and test out new products because I also really like sporting the bold lip. It's also not much of a loss for me if I buy some from the drugstore that are super inexpensive and then I don't like them. And if I do like them, I consider it a huge victory lol.
    So, here I am, showing you something new to my bold lip color collection.
    There weren't other colors in the display that I saw aside from this pink and red that I purchased.
    The red is called Scarlet Fever. This is a darker blue toned red. It applies a very deep, bloody red and I love the color of it. The formula is thick and pretty sticky. It's scented pretty heavily in that generic drugstore scent. Both of the brushes for these glosses came like that, but I'm pretty sure they were manufactured like that since the ones I bought were obviously not touched (there was no sign of use on the wand above the brush or in the neck of the tube). 
    The pink is called Razzle Dazzle, and it's a midtoned blue based pink color. In the tube there's a slight blue shimmer but it doesn't come out at all when you swatch it.
    I believe these were about $5 each at Rite Aid. The photo of the swatches below was taken about 15 to 20 minutes after I swatched them and you can see the color starting to bleed a little bit into the lines of my hand. I don't know what that means in terms of wear of the product, but I will let you know as soon as I wear these out and test them.

    Physician's Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush (Natural), Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Glossy Stain (Hot Pink, Red) - Swatches!

    Typically, Physicians Formula isn't a brand I buy things from at the drugstore because it's so expen$$$ive for a drugstore brand. Like... come on. $14 for a blush? Really? I'd rather spend the extra $5 and go to Mac or Sephora. But, when they have the very occasional sale, I do go and browse to see what new and intriguing things they have.
    Recently I had a lot of good coupons at CVS, and Physicians Formula was on sale (at least in my store) so I picked up some of their new items, which coincidentally came built in with an instant $3 off coupon as well. It's like... really, you're going to include an instant $3 off on these products as if you know you're way overpriced? Whatever.
    Anyways, Physicians Formula just released a new line of Sexy Booster products as well as BB products. In the Sexy Booster line there were bronzers, blushes, lip glosses and possibly some other products. I don't remember. I went looking for the lip glosses because GlamLifeGuru posted a video and they looked really nice and she said she really liked them.
    The Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Glossy Stains come in two colors, Hot Pink and Red. The entire line comes packaged in red glossy packaging, with a ribbon and a stiletto charm.
    Each gloss comes with a doe foot applicator. 
    Hot Pink isn't quite a hot pink, but more of a magenta pink color. It's got blue undertones, and definitely settles down darker than what it looks like in the tube.
    Red is a slightly more orange toned red than a true red. I personally prefer blue toned reds but it also settles down slightly darker than the color in the tube. 
    The formula was pretty smooth and was very pigmented. The glosses dry down to a semi-matte finish so they don't really stay that glossy, at least not at one coat. 
    I'll have a more comprehensive review up when I wear them out.
    The Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush comes in two colors as well (as does the bronzer).
    Each blush comes in boxed packaging that opens up like a little book. The top has a clear window to see the color. The packaging is coherent with the glosses and also has the little charm and red and black theme.
    The back opens up with a mirror and a brush (photo at the end of this post).
    Of the two colors available, I bought the color Natural. The other color is more pink.
    Natural is a coral pink, and reminds me a lot of the ELF coral blush. It's fairly soft and blends out pretty easily. It's not the most pigmented blush (like Nars) but isn't chalky either. There's also a fair amount of shimmer so if you don't like those type of blushes, I'd steer clear. I personally do like my blush to have a little bit of a sheen. 
    I know all of these products are available at CVS, but I haven't been to other drugstores since so I'm not sure if they've been released everywhere yet.
    Again, I got these for a really discounted price but I believe the blushes are regularly between $11 and $14 and the lip glosses are between $10 and $11.

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

    NOTW: Rainbow Neon Ombre Nails & CutePolish Spotted Nails

    I know it's the middle of winter but I was in the mood for something super bright and super happy so I decided to try out ombre-ing my nails, and going rainbow neon with them.
    The technique I used was using a makeup sponge and painting directly onto it then sponging onto my nails. There are other techniques for ombre but I figured this may be one of the easier techniques. Most people do two colors per nail, but I decided to use three.
    What I did was paint three vertical lines of color (the colors that I wanted to blend together) onto a makeup sponge and then just used it like a stamp and sponged directly onto the nail. It took about three different "coats" (or spongings) onto the nail in order for it to be this vibrant. By sponging multiple times onto the nail, it also blends the color more.
    Now for the colors that I used! I painted my nails with two coats of OPI Alpine Snow, which is just a white creme, just to get the neon to be as vibrant as possible.
    For the neons I used (in rainbow order, from thumb to pinkie): 
    • China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy
    • Color Club Lava Lamp
    • Wet N Wild Pin Em Slater
    • Color Club Rebel Debutante
    • Color Club Edie
    • Color Club Chelsea Girl
    • Color Club Pucci-licious
    • Wet N Wild Fashionista Lisa
    • Color Club Warhol
    The colors I used are basically my favorite of the neons I own.
    Over the top of that I used Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.
    After a few days, I decided to update it a little bit because I had just watched CutePolish's new tutorial. She basically recreated the OPI Spotted polish by using hand sanitizer and water. I've included the tutorial at the end of this post - it's super cool and was very easy to do!

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