Monday, February 10, 2014

Some Nars Sex Appeal For Your Valentines

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If red lips are played out, pink isn't your color, and you're not all that innocent, then this is for you!





Sex Appeal 

The inspiration, My perfect Valentines day blush. I wont give it too much credit because it's also the perfect blush for every occasion. Nars says it a "soft peach", and that's all there is to it. It's very soft and pretty but also doesn't call attention to itself. It compliments whatever I got going on, we all need a blush like that in our lives.

And God Created Woman 

And God Created Woman is the perfect day to night palette. It's neutral and has everything you need, mattes and shimmers, a highlight and a black. But It's also a grown woman's neutral palette, do we need glitter-bombs and frosted highlights to feel sexy? Not me...

Pago Pago 

This is my go-to nude lipstick because well it's my only nude lipstick. I only have one criteria for a nude and that is to not make me look dead, and it's apparently too much to ask of most. Pago Pago works because its sheer and not too pale. The only thing that makes it special is the small about of shimmer (NOT frost). Perfect for dining, kissing, or eating a whole tub of ice cream by yourself - and that should cover all the bases!


Happy Valentines day!




Friday, December 13, 2013

My Top 5 Holiday Nail Polishes

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If you are like me and you just cant pass up a glitter nail polish then this is definitely the most wonderful time of the year. 





My #1 this year is Sephora by OPI - Looks Like Rain Deer. Its a combination of gold frost with the classic silver glitter. I also like that its a full-coverage glitter, which im a huge fan of (as you may know). Its very sparkly and festive, but a color I wouldn't wear much outside of December. I bought this last month for only $4 on Sephora.com BUT unfortunately I believe the Sephora by OPI line is now discontinued ='(



I've talked about Deborah Lipmann's Today was a Fairytale last year, and it's still one of my favorites for the holidays. It was my new years NOTD last year, and I think that the blueish silver is a perfect color for that occasion. It's a little on the sheer side it'd be at least a 3 coater to be opaque, Or it also looks really good over black or a silver metallic.



Another old favorite is Essie's Leading Lady, and this is a little unfair because this color was last years christmas collection and probably a limited edition. On the bright-side, red glitters are pretty common this time of year! This one is a deep red base color with lots and lots of red glitter. It's not a full-coverage glitter exactly, but the base red color does build up to full opacity. 



Cleopatra in New York a kind of a classic Deborah Lippmann glitter polish formula: Base color, small glitter, chunky glitter. So it's black with assorted gold glitter but simplicity is not a bad thing. I think this looks really sleek and a lot more grown-up than most glitter polishes do because it's a little more subdued. This was also from last years christmas collection but I believe it's permanent.  



Lastly is MAC Fierce Entrance. Im not really a fan of MAC nail polishes, but I HAD to have this! If you mixed a typical metallic nail polish with a fine glitter, you'd get this. It's kind of a chunky sparkly metallic finish, it's very unique. Plus, it translates exactly from what it looks like in the bottle to the nail, its amazing! Hopefully it wasn't limited edition, but you never know with MAC do you...




Wednesday, November 6, 2013

NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

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There's a special place in my heart for Nars Dragon Girl. My first red lipstick, the one that started a verging on obsessive, craving for red lipstick. To-date I have around a dozen red lipsticks in a variety of brands and finishes but Nars Dragon Girl is my undeniable favorite.






 It's a firey red, almost impossibly bright, and although it has a pink undertone it's reads as definite red on me. Although the brightness and pink-tone might make it seem more summer appropriate, I find the color so flattering, I wear it all the time, all year round. In winter when I look all pale and dead-like, sometimes I think that the brightness is what I need! I mean, I might be totally making this up to appease myself... but what's not to like? Perfect color, perfect formula, and even the name makes me feel a little cooler.




Yes, perfect formula! The Nars Velvet Matte pencils are the best matte lipstick formula I have tried. Despite being a 100% matte finish they're creamy, soft, and lightweight. They glide on with a perfectly even finish, dont stick to dry patches, and wear for hours and hours. Honestly, even if you aren't a fan of mattes, it's impossible to find fault in this formula.
Not to mention they're a good value. I've had this pencil for two years and have only had to sharpen it a handful of times. I mean it's not an everyday color, but considering it's my most used red I think that's pretty impressive.

I've tried many times to do this post, but I've never been satisfied with how it's turned out ('til this time). It's so difficult to accurately capture this lipstick, from the brightness, the slight pink-tone to the velvety finish. It's something that has to be experienced in person, but it's worth the trip! 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener Review

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I was really excited about this and I promised a review asap, that was a whole season ago (Happy Fall!!). But I calmed myself down and I thought it'd be better to test this one out for a few weeks before I threw up a review. Im happy to report that I love it just as much as the day I bought it!





This is very different from most concealers, it's very lightweight and almost watery. Surprisingly, it also doesn't have a lot of coverage, not even enough to cover the freckles that I have under my eyes. Because it's not really a 'concealer' at all! It's a color correcting and light reflective product, a true 'brightener'. 

I have the shade Bisque which is very pink, and the pink completely neutralizes the blueness under my eyes but doesn't leave a pink or weird gray cast under my eyes at all (which has happened with other color correctors). Under my eyes I can get kinda sunken so it catches dark shadows, the subtle light reflection in the product just seems to bounce the light right out of there. It completely brightens up my whole under eye area, but very subtly. It's not beaming in daylight or flash photography like many light reflective concealers do. 

I think the best part about this is that its practically invisible. It does so much and is completely natural looking, even in daylight, in fact I think it looks its best in daylight! The light weight and blendable texture means a little goes a long way. It's in no way not heavy or cakey. It doesn't settle into fine lines, and it sets completely and doesn't smear throughout the day. 




Long story short, it's a miracle worker! I like more natural looking products and I don't have too much to cover under my eyes, so the consistency is perfect for me. But if you need more coverage, this might not work for you. Although I think it's still worth testing out at the counter, you might be pleasantly surprised! 



Wednesday, September 4, 2013

5 - Favorite Coral Nail Polishes

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Happy September! Im so happy that we're one month closer to fall! Because im seriously sick of the nasty weather, triple digits and humidity is not for me! Summer in Southern California starts off fantastic with pool parties and day trips to the beach, and then it turns into a nightmare with thunder storms, flashfloods, and wildfires. We've got it rougher than you think!

Anyways, I thought giving a nod to my favorite summer nail colors would be a nice way to say good-bye to the season. 





Essie - Enuf is Enuf

'Enuf is Enuf' is my idea of the perfect summer red. Sometimes it's kind of pink and sometimes it's kind of orange, so I say it's a corally red. It's very bright and poppy and a little more interesting than classic red, but it's still just as versatile! 




OPI - Bright Lights Big Color

This is one of those polishes you (or maybe just me?) buy  for the "bottle appeal". In the bottle it has that 'is it pink or is it orange' kinda thing going on and then there's a gold frost shot through it. Unfortunately not as mesmerizing on the nails but it's still super fun and neon.




Essie - Cute as a Button

This one really is a 'cute' type of color. Im not usually into pink but for me the slight corally-ness saves this one. It's still cute and girly but it's not like Barbie pink. Im still on the fence, but it's warm under-tone is definitely more flattering on my skin.  



L'Oreal Tangerine Crush

This one is my current favorite, It's my perfect coral. It's a true coral I think, everything I tried before this was too orange or too pink and I think this one is just right. Judging by the bottle I thought it'd be a neon color, it looks very loud and vibrant. But on the nails it's calmer and I like that. You could say it's a more orange version of Essie 'Cute as a Button'. 



Essie - Shine of the Times

* Sorry for the bad photo quality of this one, it's a difficult glitter to photograph especially on a cloudy day. Better photo here. The swatch below is Essie 'Shine of the Times' over Essie 'Cute as a Button'.

This is lumped together with my favorite corals because the glitter reflects very orangey. Making it my top choice of glitter to put over coral polish. I just haven't found any other color I like this over (I'll admit to not trying that hard). Shine of the times is holographic glitter flakes in a clear top coat,  for the most part it just gives nails a golden sheen.




Love coral but im ready to move on. Sick of these bright colors! I've already starting my list of colors to buy for fall. Good-bye summer!! 







Sunday, September 1, 2013

New Stuff!!

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I just went for an eyebrow pencil... but you know, how can you just get one thing when there's makeup counters as far as the eye can see?



MAC Veluxe Brow Liner - Redhead
I recently lightened my hair and brows and I was in desperate need of a new brow product. I read such fabulous things about these new MAC brow pencils when they launched a few months ago, that I didnt even consider buying anything else. My hair is Auburn now and I found that redhead is actually my perfect shade, it's hard to find brow products for red hair that dont look too artificial. Redhead is the perfect warm brown shade that blends well, but is still natural looking. The consistency of the pencil did not let me down, it's precise like a pencil and blends like a powder, it's perfect! 

MAC Eyeshadow Quad
Probably like most of you, I have a mental list of all these MAC eyeshadows that im gonna pick up one day. I was just browsing when the sales lady mentioned that MAC had reduced the prices on the pan shadows. Before she could finish her sentence I was rambling off shadows that I wanted to see! 
I ended up picking three very warm shades, I usually love my cool-tones but recently I've found that they dont really suit my new hair color. So I picked up All That Glitters which has been on my list for ages, Antiqued which I had never seen before but I just gravitated towards it and It's like the prettiest thing I've ever seen! Lastly, I got Soft Brown a much needed light warm brown, just for a staple blending color, but I've already bonded with it and actually love it more than I expected! 


Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener - Bisque 3
I've been wanting, and needing!, a good under-eye concealer for a while. But my problem is I always shove aside the practical things, how can I concentrate on concealer with all these shiny lipsticks around??? But I finally did it! 
This is the Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener. It's a lovely lightweight concealer that comes in this awesome peachy color which works wonders for the blue tinted darkness under my eyes. It's also slightly light reflective so it very lifting! But not in that over the top reverse panda eyes kinda way...
Although, my experience at the Bobbi Brown counter was so disastrous that a makeup artist from the MAC counter actually came over and offered to help lol. Some people might have been turned off by the experience, but im very thankful that the MAC artist cared enough to help, I got the perfect color to correct my dark circles and he did lead me to a great product!

Im super over-the-moon happy with my new stuff. Although I was reading my horoscope out of a magazine at breakfast this morning and it was like "beware of extravagant spending" So that's a downer! *sigh* I never get to have any fun... 
But I will be reviewing the Brow pencil and Eye Brightener soon!
  See you then! 





Monday, August 19, 2013

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eyeliners Review

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Never thought I'd be into high-end eyeliners. Until I got a taste of these in the 'Smoked' set, I just assumed an eyeliner is an eyeliner, and there's no point in spending money on something so basic.....


Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencils



Here's why I changed my mind!

First thing I noticed was they do really "glide on", you dont have to apply much pressure to get the full pigmentation. And I just really appreciate soft liners that actually last! My first experience with soft creamy eyeliner - MAC Smolder, and I threw that **** out! Because all it did was smear and smudge everywhere and it didn't even last in my waterline. See these are soft, creamy, smudgable, BUT they set and last all day, even preform well in my waterline. 

So many colors, so little moneys... These eyeliners are my favorite part of the UD stand at Sephora, I just get sucked in.  Im a big fan of colors that look like neutrals (and plain neutrals of course), like the shade '1999'. It's purple but I find it easier to wear than something like 'Empire'. It's awesome that I can find colors like that in eyeliner form because I also use them as cream eyeshadow.




In short I like these because they're just a sold product; Whether the color is matte, frosted, or glittery they all have the same formula, pigmentation, and performance. Even though they're a little pricey, I think its worth having a few. I'd definitely recommend buying the minis or a set if you can find them, it's better value and a good starting point =).