Saturday, April 30, 2011

Top 10: Spring Nail Polishes

China Glaze - Lemon Fizz

China Glaze - Re-Fresh Mint

China Glaze - Something Sweet

China Glaze - Spontaneous

Essence - The World's Coolest

Finger Paints - Vermillion $ Painting

Revlon - Tropical Tempation

Revlon - Candy

Sephora by OPI - Caribbean Cocktail

Zoya - Dannii

Friday, April 29, 2011

Top 10: Lipsticks

L-R: MAC - Candy Yum Yum, NYX - Louisiana, NYX - Femme, Covergirl Lip Perfection - Fairytale, Covergirl Lip Perfection - Temptress
L-R: Revlon Matte - Pink Pout, Wet n Wild Matte - 905D, Wet n Wild Matte - 911D, L'Oreal Endless Platinum - Mauve Crystal, L'Oreal Endless - Pink Power
My bare lips, for reference.

MAC - Candy Yum Yum

NYX - Louisiana

NYX - Femme

Covergirl Lip Perfection - Fairytale
Covergirl Lip Perfection - Temptress

Revlon Matte - Pink Pout

Wet n Wild Matte - 905D

Wet n Wild Matte - 911D

L'Oreal Endless Platinum - Mauve Crystal

L'Oreal Endless - Pink Power

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Nails of the Day: Silver and Pink

Silver: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - Celeb City
Crackle: China Glaze - Broken Hearted

Very simple but I really love the way this manicure turned out! The silver is great because it's pretty much opaque in one coat. The crackle seemed to work especially well over this polish, too. It's glittery but still smooth.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Physician's Formula Haul and Review

Baked Collection - Baked Smokes

Top: dry, Bottom: wet.
Without flash.
Top: dry, Bottom: wet.
With flash.
 I was really not impressed with these. They wiped off my hand right away without leaving any color behind, the color payoff wasn't great even when wet, and the colors weren't anything unique for my collection. I ended up returning it since I knew I would never use it.
Looks crazy but it's basically just a shimmery highlight shade for the browbone or inner corner. It works well for that. The packaging is ridiculously large; I depotted it immediately.
Healthy Wear Powder Foundations
Left: Translucent Light
Right: Translucent Medium
I had originally bought the Medium of the foundation because it was the lightest one my CVS ever had in stock so I thought it was the lightest...then I saw the light one! I took a photo comparing them before returning the medium one, which is obviously too dark for me! The light matches perfectly, though. I don't think these have any coverage, really, but with SPF 50 I use it as a powder on top of my foundation on days I plan to spend more time outside.

Physician's Formula Gel Creamliner Glam Brown Eyes Swatches and Review

I couldn't resist the 40% off sale at CVS and decided to get another one of the Gel Creamliner Trios, this time in Glam Brown Eyes. I don't usually do much with gold but I actually really love this trio. I think it made my green eyes pop more than the set for green eyes! I actually did a look using only these as my eye products, using the gold on the lid, the copper on the outer 1/3, and the black as liner. I was blown away at how well they lasted! I used a primer but did not top them with any powder eyeshadow and they looked the same at the end of the day! Unfortunately I didn't take any photos of that look, but I liked it enough that I'll probably do it again and photography it then!

With Flash

Without Flash

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Nails of the Day: Spring Flowers

This is the manicure I had for Easter weekend. I used China Glaze Lemon Fizz as the base, then used one of the flower patterns from the Essence Nail Art Stampy Set. I used Milani Nail Art Polish in Draw in Pink for the stamps. Instead of just doing one stamp per nail, I thought it would be cuter to cover more of the nail. Unfortunately I'm not very good at positioning the stamp yet and some of them overlapped. Despite that, and that some of the flowers got smeared by my topcoat, I like how it turned out! Hopefully I'll get better at stamping eventually!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Look of the Day: Silver & Red

Products used:
Palladio Primer
L'Oreal True Match Foundation - C1 
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - Translucent
ELF Mist & Set
ELF Studio Blush - Pink Passion
Palladio Eye Primer
Physician's Formula Glam Blue Eyes Gel Creamliner - Silver (as a base on the whole lid)
Wet n Wild Spoiled Brat Palette - Silver (on top of the cream base)
ELF Studio Eyeshadow Single - Charcoal (outer 1/3 and crease)
Sonia Kashuk Gel Liner - Ebony
Maybelline XXL Pro 24hr Bold Mascara
NYX lipliner pencil- Hot Red
MAC Lipglass - Russian Red

 To show how longwearing the eye products are, the following photos were taken about 9 hours after the first set. The only product that really changed was the ELF Studio eyeshadow in Charcoal - the crease is hardly evident in the later pictures. Unfortunately the lighting is different on these so similarities and differences may not be that clear.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Look of the Day: Sherbet

 After I did this look it reminded me of the sherbet that's pink, orange, and yellow (I think cherry, orange and lemon flavored)
Products used:

Palladio Herbal Primer
L'Oreal True Match Compact Makeup
NYX Concealer
ELF Complexion Perfection
ELF Mist & Set
Milani Mai Tai

Palladio Eye Primer
NYX Jumbo Pencil - Orange
Covergirl Tropical Fusion quad - Orange only - lid color
NYX - Yellow Funk - inner corner, inner half of crease
ELF - Golden Glow - outer half of crease
Shimmer hot pink shadow from Wet Seal - outer 1/3 of lid
Physician's Formula Glam Brown Eyes Gel Creamliners - gold - under bottom lashes
Tarte Treasure Chest - gold - on top of liner for bottom lashes
Sonia Kashuk - Cream liner - black - upper lashline
Maybelline One by One Mascara - blackest black
Ardell lashes - Luckies

ELF Luscious Liquid Lipstick - Pink Lemonade

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Physician's Formula Custom Eye Enhancing Liner Swatches

Gel Cream Liners - Glam Collection for Blue Eyes
Gel Cream Liners - Glam Collection for Hazel Eyes
Eyeliner Trio for Blue Eyes
Gel Cream Liners - for Green Eyes
The Gel Creamliners come in a stack that you can take apart into the individual containers if you want. The eyeliner pencils twist up and come with a tiny sharpener on the bottom, so you can maintain the sharpened point they come with. These last FOREVER on! I had them on my had probably 5-10 minutes and struggled to remove them with a regular makeup wipe. They last all day if you're wearing them and go on really creamy. I really recommend these.

NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil Swatches

Without flash
Top row, L-R: Black Bean, Milk, French Fries
Middle row, L-R: Lemon, Slate, Pacific, Purple
Bottom row, L-R: Hot Pink, Yellow, Orange, Cherry
With Flash
I really like these, and they'll last forever since such a small amount is used each time. The only one I'm disappointed in is Purple - it's really not very pigmented compared to the others and goes on pretty sheer. I wish it wasn't shimmery so it would be more like those in the bottom row. I wish there was a shimmer-less true blue as well. But in general, they're awesome as bases or as eyeliners and the color range is pretty fantastic.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Look of the Day: 4/16/11

Face Products:
Palladio Herbal Primer
Revlon Colorstay Foundation
NYX Concealer in a jar
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder - Translucent
Milani Mai Tai Blush

Eye Products:
Palladio Herbal Eyeshadow Primer
NYX Jumbo Pencil - French Fries
Tarte Treasure Chest - Dark brown with glitter
L'Oreal HIP Duo - Sassy (the neutral not the teal)
Covergirl Trio - Shimmering Sands (lightest shade)
Sonia Kashuk - Black Gel Liner
L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara - Carbon Black

Palladio Tinted Lip Balm - Rosey

The Sonia Kashuk gel liner and L'Oreal Telescopic mascara are two of my favorite eye products, and I really feel like they don't get the love they deserve! I've had both of them for a really long time and they are still going strong and they refuse to dry up and quit performing awesomely. Highly recommend both. :)
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