Friday, September 27, 2013

Wait...What?! OPI Gargantuan Green Grape

So this is fun... when companies do this, we just love it, right?
It all starts when Holly (MissHollyBerries) posted a photo of her version of Gargantuan Green Grape on her Instagram. Knowing that my bottle is a very springy and beautiful pastel green, I was very confused when her picture was of a light blue color. Both my and her bottle had the same label, so again, I was very confused. Why, OPI, Why?
This isn't the first time either. OPI's Bubble Bath has gone through a re-formulation as well. It used to be a very pale, whitish beige with a slight tinge of pink. It's now a very soft baby pink.
Anyways, I ended up finding a bottle of the new, blue version and decided to do a little comparison.
The original bottle, is the green, and on the left. The new, is the blue, and on the right.
They're both very pretty colors, but as you can see COMPLETELY different! So not cool, OPI!
Formula wise, they're both pretty much the same. The cream formula is classic OPI, smooth, glossy and opaque in 2 coats. It's just the color is totally different.
What do you guys think? Do you have the old or the new bottle?




Saturday, September 21, 2013

NOTW: Birthday Manicure - Neon Chevron inspired by Pshiiit

So this is the manicure I had for my birthday. I was totally inspired by Pshiiit after browsing all of her Instagram. She had this majorly amazing neon and gray and black chevron inspired by a bracelet she owns. I totally recreated it, with slightly different shades of gray and was super in love with it.
I used Orly's Glowstick as the neon yellow, Zoya Dove, OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts and OPI Black Onyx for the grays and black.
It took a LONG time to actually execute this manicure... it was a lot patiently sitting and waiting for polish to dry and to paint straight lines. There isn't really complicated technique that went into it though. I used the brushes that each bottle comes with so no special tools either :)
It lasted on my nails for a good 4 days before it got destroyed at work lol. I used OPI Nail Envy and Seche Vite as a top coat.

Friday, September 20, 2013

New Video!


Enjoy!

Mini Drugstore Haul & Review!

A while back I went to CVS and there was a pretty good sale on Physician's Formula, so I picked up some things I've been eyeing for a while, as well as one of the Rimmel Scandal Eyes jumbo pencils because I've heard so many good things about them.
I've already used all the products in this baby haul so I have a good enough understanding of these products to give you a thorough review for you guys :)
First, I purchased one of the Conceal RX concealers by Physician's Formula because it's been positively compared with the Make Up For Ever Full Cover concealer, which I've actually wanted to try for a long time now. I just went through all of my Mac Studio Finish concealer (took FOREVER) and was at the very end of my Maybelline Age Rewind concealer so I thought it was a good time to pick up a new one. I don't really spend as much money on concealers as I do other products like blushes and highlighters and foundations because I don't really need to conceal all that much.
The Physician's Formula Conceal RX is a super high coverage concealer in a cream form. It comes in a small tube and is about $10 at the drugstore. Considering how expensive Physician's Formula can be, as well as how expensive other products like the CoverGirl & Olay concealers are, the pricing really isn't all that bad. 
The packaging is opaque plastic so you can't see what the actual product looks like, you can only really judge on the outer packaging, which isn't great. I like to be able to see what my face products actually look like so I can get a good match. However, there's only like 2 shades to choose from, so I guess it's really not super hard to choose which would look better on you.
My color is Natural Light, which turned out to be a decent color match. It's a lighter, neutral beige, so it's not too yellow and not too pink. It's fine because again, I don't conceal all that much so I don't need a super perfect color match to get away with using the product.
Now, the product itself is super opaque. Like... the heaviest coverage I've ever seen. It's crazy! Because of that, you only need the tiniest amount to cover a good portion of your skin. The packaging makes it really easy to control how much you squeeze out because it comes with a tiny conical opening so you can really pinpoint how much you actually want to use. I like that the product is so high coverage, and that you really only need the tiniest amount because I feel like my money goes farther that way, which I think is one of the benefits to buying high quality drugstore items.
I quite like this concealer and do recommend it to people that fit into the most limited shade range of all time. lol.
I also picked up two of the Shimmer Strips from Physicians Formula because my CVS was having a BOGO free sale on them, which is crazy good because these are like $14 each. And that's ridiculous, for a drugstore brand.
These are multiuse products that come with five strips of color in each product. There's around three or four in the line of these products. You can use them as bronzers, blushes, eye shadows and highlighter, but I primarily use them as highlighters.
I bought two of them, Riviera and Vegas. Riviera is a cooler toned set and Vegas is a more golden toned set.
Riviera swirled together comes off as a really light cool toned champagne. Vegas swirled together comes off as a really sunkissed golden sheen. Individual swatches of each strip can be seen in the swatch photos.
The formula of these is on the slightly less pigmented side, so that's great for a highlighter. As an eyeshadow, it's not great but I really don't intend on using them as daily eyeshadows. You can get a good payoff of color if you really load up an eyeshadow brush, but it's not an effortless process.
As a highlighter it's perfect because some of the softer highlighters give off SO much product that if you're being careless, you get crazy face results. With these, you can build up the product pretty easily to get the desired look on your skin. I can, however, see myself bringing just these two products when traveling, just to keep the clutter down. Yes, the effort is higher when using these products, but I mean I don't wear all that much makeup when traveling anyways.
The last product I have for you is the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick in Bronze. I've heard a lot of really great things on YouTube about these eye products so I knew I had to check them out for myself.
In general, the Scandaleyes line of products from Rimmel, including their infamous cult favorite nude eyeliner has gotten really rave reviews and are really great products. This is no exception. The product is quite creamy but sets pretty well. It's got a rich color payoff and works well on it's own as well as as a base for powder eyeshadows.
Bronze is a rich mahogany table like brown (nice description eh?) with a pretty shimmer running through it. It's a great brown smokey eye color and will compliment a lot of different skin tones. 
What makes this product even more awesome is that it's pretty inexpensive at just about $6 a piece.
So there you have it, some of my newer drugstore purchases in the last couple of weeks. Have you guys tried any of them? And do you have any suggestions for me from other great drugstore lines? Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint Swatches: Prickly Pear, Papaya, Key Lime, Greenberry, Guava

Yesterday I posted (finally) the swatches of the makeup products I received from my friends out in the UK. Today I have the rest of the products I received, which are the Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints by Barry M.
These got a hugely positive reception on YouTube after Fleur and other UK Beauty Girls first introduced them to us online.
They've got a thicker consistency and are all creme finishes. They're super opaque and you really only need one coat of these to get a full finish. They're supposed to mimic the look and feel of a gel nail polish. 
Color range-wise they've got quite a good spread of colors, ranging from pinks to greens to purples to reds. I think they're generally more bright colors so I don't know if there's a neutral in this line of polishes to choose from. There is a good classic red though, so if you're not all that adventurous with your nail polish picks, then maybe the red will be something you want to try, to just dip your toes into the bright nail pool :)
The colors I have are:
  • Greenberry - bright turquoise blue-green. 
  • Guava - springy sky blue.
  • Key Lime - vibrant Shrek-like green.
  • Papaya - neutral orange with a slight pink undertone to it.
  • Prickly Pear - fun almost lavender blue toned purple.  
Swatches below all have 2 coats and no top coat. I actually already have a NOTW post with Papaya, so check it out :D
I believe these aren't all that expensive at Superdrug, which is where Jess bought them for me. I don't know how much they were so I can't give the price for you, but you can definitely find them pretty easily if you're in the UK.
Have any of you tried these? What do you think?






A-England Burne-Jones Dream Collection - Swatches and Review!

About 3 months ago A-England released a new collection of holos called the Burne-Jones Dream collection. It's a series of super pigmented (which is always the case with A-England) scattered holos that are inspired by the artist Edward Burne-Jones. As with all of her collections, they're a fairly gothically influenced set of colors. Even though there are brighter colors in the collection, they're still got a slight tinge of darkness to them. I personally love it, but it may not be for everyone, color-wise :)
There are 5 colors in the collection:
  • Briar Rose - this is a blackened magenta base that has a slight red shimmer and a scattered holo to it. Opaque in 2 coats, almost one. This was a super rich formula that really had no fuss to it.
  • Briarwood - blackened Venetian red that shifts to a deep, burgundy, almost brown red with a scattered holo to it. Opaque in 2 coats, almost one. Again, it had a super rich formula, with no fuss, and it made the polish seem even more rich and almost velvety. 
  • Fated Prince - graphite gray with a scattered holo. There's a slight gold sheen to it, that's only visible in sunlight. The formula of this one was different than the other two. Mine had a slightly jelly feel to it, it wasn't as opaque as the other four that I tried out. It was opaque in 3 coats.
  • Rose Bower - red rose petal like color with a soft reddish pink shimmer and a scattered holo. This one has a real, petal like finish to it, which is sort of slightly shimmery, slightly with a sheen, but also creamy looking, if that makes sense. The holo in this one is much less evident than the other four. It as the same opaque formula as Briar Rose and Briarwood though so it was opaque in 2 coats and really easy to deal with.
  • Sleeping Palace - muted wisteria like purple with a slight berry undertone to it. It's got a really beautiful grayed out feel to it; it's not a super vibrant purple but it's not a gray either. It's sort of got the quality of a lavender flower - where it's clearly purple, but that slight fuzz it has gives it a slightly muted appearance. The holo is super strong in this polish, and it was opaque in 2 coats with the same super awesome formula.
You can purchase these polishes on Llarowe for $10 each. If you live in the UK it may just be easier to purchase straight from the A-England website, where it retails for £9.
Swatch wise - all the swatches has 2 coats, except for Fated Prince which has 3 just so I could get to full opacity and have no visible nail line.
Enjoy!!!

Briar Rose
swatch: with flash

Briar Rose
Outdoors, natural light

Briar Rose
outdoors, natural light

Briarwood
swatch: with flash

Briarwood
outdoors, natural light

Briarwood
top left swatch: with flash
top right, bottom row: outdoors, natural light

Fated Prince
swatch: with flash

Fated Prince
outdoors, natural light

Fated Prince
top right swatch: with swatch
left, bottom right: outdoors, natural light

Rose Bower
swatch: with flash

Rose Bower
outdoors, natural light

Rose Bower
top right swatch: with flash
left, bottom right: outdoors, natural light

Sleeping Palace
swatch: with flash

Sleeping Palace
outdoors, natural light

Sleeping Palace
top left swatch: with flash
top right, bottom row: outdoors, natural light

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

UK Beauty Haul - Sleek & Barry M

Hellloooooooo long awaited swatches. Like... we're talking a few months. I'm sorry lol. I actually totally forgot this was in my blog queue! But they're up now, so we're all good, right? :)
Just to recap, one of my best friends Andrew goes to school in the UK and his girlfriend lives over there as well. On their way back to the states, they brought me lots of goodies from Sleek and Barry M. I made a video of the haul as well! Check it out:
I'm going to format this post a little differently, and go back to how I used to format my blog. I'm going to do the little description underneath each photo because I have a bunch of different types of products. Also, the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine polishes will be in a completely separate post, so keep your eyes peeled for that! One last thing, I don't have any of the prices listed, because I actually didn't get a receipt back. There's the price in pounds on each website but I know they were discounted some at Superdrug because a lot of them were on sale.
Now, let's begin:
Sleek Face Contour Kit, Light 884
This I purchased specifically because Amarixe raved about it forever on YouTube. She had actually constantly used the bronzer side for months and hadn't hit pan on it yet. 
The kit comes with a matte powder bronzer and a shimmery powder highlight to compliment the set. To go into another tangent really quickly, Wayne Goss, or GossMakeupArtist on YouTube once mentioned that he thinks Sleek was made for women of color in mind, and the face contour kit is a perfect representation of that theory.
If you were to purchase a bronzer in the US for "Light" skin tones, the color would be much lighter. This bronzer is similar in color to the NYC Sunny Bronzer. It is on the lighter side, but definitely not what you'd consider "light" here. I think most bronzers that are made here are supposed to be a medium range, so it caters to the "most" people. Like, NYC Sunny Bronzer I think is supposed to be their idea of a neutral bronzer. Same with Nars Laguna. It's not all that dark of a shade.
So, seeing that Sleek labels this shade as light is good news to you deeper skin toned girls, because there is a medium and dark shade in this line of products and they're actually quite deep. The highlighters also come in shades that will compliment those tones of skin, and aren't this light shelly color so it doesn't wash out deeper skin tones.
The formula of the bronzer and highlighter are quite pleasant. The bronzer is pretty pigmented, but not too so if you swirl your brush in it, you don't get major powder on your face. It's not a patchy powder either so it blends onto the skin smoothly and looks quite effortless on the skin. As I said before, the highlighter is a light, shell like color with a definite shimmer to it. It applies quite similarly to Benefit's High Beam, just in powder form.
Both wear beautifully on the skin for a good 6 hours before I notice wear. I have fairly oily skin so products tend to break down much more quickly on me than on other people. I do, however, love my shimmery highlighters, and really quite like the look of the highlighter on the skin. 

Sleek Blush in Flushed 935
Again, going with the theory that Sleek was created to cater to women with deeper skin tones, the blush in Flushed is a bright, plummy red shade with a very subtle gold shimmer to it. The blush is super pigmented, and will show up quite vibrantly and beautifully on deeper skin tones.
I haven't actually worn this blush yet, and am saving it for colder weather, when I tend to go deep with my lip and blush colors. 

Sleek Pout Polish in Peach Perfection 964
Ever since the massive boom of everybody purchasing the Christian Dior lip balm, I've been searching for more affordable but similar products. I haven't actually tried the Dior lip balm, so I can't actually tell you how things compare, but I'm also generally a lover of tinted lip balms so yeah. There's a bad, directionless sentence for you lol.
The Sleek Pout Polish is more like a tinted lip gloss in a pot versus a tinted balm. It's like a solid lip gloss. It doesn't condition all that well, but you do get a really natural looking sheen with a slight tint of color on the lips. It's sort of like those Mac Mineralized Lip Tints that came out this past year. 
Peach Perfection's color is a warm, slightly peachy pink. It's not all that pigmented, so if you were to get this one, or a different shade from this line, I don't know how much you'll actually be able to tell the difference when on your lips.
It wears pretty comfortably though, as long as you're not looking for a super moisturizing balm. It wore on my lips for a good 4 hours before noticeable wear, or having to reapply because it dried out on the lips. 

Barry M Dazzle Dust 66
The rest of the products in this post are little potted pigments and glitters from Barry M. I sort of browsed Barry M's website and looked through their products and randomly picked their Dazzle Dusts and Glitter Dusts by the site information.
This one is a deep dark mahogany brown, that looks pretty much black. There's a slight shimmer running through it, but it really just applies like a black pigment. It's fairly pigmented and doesn't apply patchy so that's a plus. The pigment itself is pretty finely milled as well, so there's not too much chunky fall out when you use it.
I'm probably going to end up using this as a liner, along the upper and lower lash lines, because it's so dark. 

Barry M Dazzle Dust 27
This is a white gold, super shimmery pigment. It's got a nice fine mill to it, so it applies really smoothly. There's a little bit of fall out, which is what you'd expect from a more glitter like pigment.
I'm a huge fan of these frosty white, but also colored pigments, especially for highlighting the tear duct area. I've already used this a few times and it brightens wonderfully in the inner corner and there isn't too much fall out during the day.

Barry M Fine Glitter Dust in 15
This one, and the next, are two more chunky glitter pigments that are basically the pigment you see in the Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre products. This one is a white gold and is color wise, very similar to the previous product, just more chunky.
I'll use this more as an overlay on top of other shadows versus on it's own. 

Barry M Fine Glitter Dust in 10
This one is more of a true yellow gold and looks very fairy like and riche on the lid. Again, this is similar to the gold chunky glitter in the gold Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre. 

If you guys have any questions about these products, please let me know in the comments down below. Also if you have any suggestions for what I should get next, let me know as well :D

I♥NP Ultra Chromes - Swatches and Review!

Llarowe not only makes amazing nail polishes, she is a nail polish connoisseur as well. About a month ago she posted some swatches she had found of these polishes and I immediately went out and found the link for the Pre-Order.
I Love Nail Polish makes a ton of other colors: holos, cremes and shimmers. I had heard of their polishes previously through Instagram, but didn't end up purchasing anything from them until the Pre-Order for the Ultra Chromes.
The Ultra Chromes are a set of four polishes that are super super multichromatic. Other duochromes in the past were pretty awesome but these just knock them out of the park. At certain points, you'll see the entire spectrum of color shift on your nails and it looks incredible.
Here are the four colors, with very basic descriptions because the pictures are the best way to see how they actually look:

  • Birefringence - metallic turquoise that shifts to a magenta, purple, dark blue, bronze, and golden orange.
  • Cygnus Loop - metallic bluish purple that shifts to a magenta, purple, dark blue, orange, and lighter golden orange. This one is much more purple to orange than Birefringence, which was a little bit more rainbow.
  • Mutagen - metallic grass green that shifts to a steel pink like shimmer, as well as deeper shades of green. At extreme angles the polish also goes turquoise and a deep magenta as well.
  • My Little Glacier - metallic icy blue with a slightly deeper blue shift as well as a slight pink shimmer. 
Formula-wise, it was pretty great across the board. The polishes are opaque in two coats with the full multichrome. If you want to use less, then you can always just use one coat of each polish over a black base to get the full effect of the multichrome. They don't get sticky or thick or anything so that's a super plus for me. They also dry fairly quickly so another thumbs up for me. 
Each polish is available on I Love Nail Polish's website and retails for $12.50 each. For me, the shipping was pretty great. I got the email that the polishes were going to ship and within 2 business days they were on my doorstep. 
The Ultra Chromes definitely piqued my interest so I am excited to start exploring the brand further. What do you think? Do you guys like duochromes? And have you tried any of the polishes I Love Nail Polish has to offer?


SWATCHES:
Each color is swatched over black as well as on it's own. On my Index and Ring finger, there are two coats of the polish on it's own. On my middle and pinkie finger, there is one swatch over a black base.

Birefringence
with flash

Birefringence
with flash as well as with two indoor lights to show full effect

Birefringence
outside in natural lighting at different angles

Birefringence
outside in natural lighting at different angles

Birefringence
indoors, with fluorescent lighting at different angles


Cygnus Loop
with flash

Cygnus Loop
with flash as well as with two indoor lights to show full effect

Cygnus Loop
outside in natural lighting at different angles

Cygnus Loop
indoors, with fluorescent lighting at different angles

Mutagen
with flash

Mutagen
with flash as well as with two indoor lights to show full effect

Mutagen
outside in natural lighting at different angles

Mutagen
top: indoors, with fluorescent lighting at different angles
bottom: outside in natural lighting in shade

My Little Glacier
with flash

My Little Glacier
with flash as well as with two indoor lights to show full effect

My Little Glacier
outside in natural lighting at different angles

My Little Glacier
with flash as well as with two indoor lights to show full effect