Thursday, May 31, 2012

May Collab - House M.D.-Inspired Manicure

When I saw that it had been determined that May's theme for the Glamazon collaboration would be inspired by a TV show or character, I figured I'd try to do something from one of my all-time favorite shows - House! It's the only show I own on DVD, even though I got into it pretty late in the game, and I'm disappointed it was cancelled, although glad it ended while it was still a good show. (I haven't seen the last half of the season so don't spoil it for me!)

I pulled the colors and design ideas mostly just from the title sequence. In case you haven't seen it before, here is the version from the seventh season:

To start off, I put a base coat of the colors I chose from the title sequence.
L-R: China Glaze - Stone Cold, Zoya - Stella, Zoya - Minka, Revlon - Gold Coin, Zoya - Minka with Wet n Wild - Club Havana sponged lightly over it. I wanted to incorporate an orange, but it was too vibrant on its own. In order to achieve a more toned-down look, I brushed the polish onto a torn cosmetic sponge and applied it that way over the nude color.


For the designs, I used two polishes from Claire's that have both a striping brush and a pen-like applicator option. For the veins though, I used a Sephora by OPI nail design pen since it gave a less opaque effect that seemed more appropriate. 

Here's a more detailed look at the designs - with and without the additional letters.

This was such a fun manicure to do! While I do my nails very often, I don't do much in the way of nail art or themed manicures, so this was a fun way to try something I haven't done before.


Don't forget to check out the other participants' contributions as well!

Emily at Southern Gorgeous - Irene Adler makeup look
Keri at Beauty is My Crush - Sookie Stackhouse makeup look
Laurie Ann at BeautyMakeupAndMore - Nina Dobrev makeup look


Friday, May 25, 2012

Revlon Kissable Balm Stains

I had a few coupons to use for these so I picked up the two colors that interested me the most from Target last week. I like how they apply and the way they feel on the lips. They stay glossy for a pretty long time before that goes away and leaves the slightly lighter stain. They really do last a long time. I like them a lot. These are basically the only colors that interested me so I probably won't get more, but I'm pleased with these!
Rendezvous
Smitten


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Temporary Makeup Storage/Vanity

I'm staying at my parents' house for the summer, so I left the products I never use or were really similar to some of these at my apartment and cut down my storage because I have a smaller vanity table at this house. Since it's slightly different than my regular setup, I figured I'd show how I'm storing my products and an overview of most of my collection.
Here's everything that sits on the vanity table. These drawers cover the entire width of the table top.
Top drawer - the eyeshadow palettes that aren't next to the mirror
Middle drawer - powders, foundation samples, concealers, and brow products.
Bottom drawer - cream eyeliners and shadows, loose powder shadows,  the smaller Wet n Wild palettes.
Although I had initially narrowed down my eyeshadows to the top drawer and what's in the large palette next to the mirror, I decided to include these in case I got around to doing some more swatch or dupe photos while I'm here.
After I eliminated things I figured I wouldn't use over the summer, there's a lot of  kind of unused space in this drawer. The back left is empty, right has some brush cleaning supplies. Middle left are hair things and right are earrings.
The bottom has lipglosses on the left and foundations, primers, and setting sprays are on the right.
The other drawer is all lipsticks and a few balms and other miscellaneous lip products.
The top of the drawer set has the top level of a little turntable sitting on a tray. This side has brushes and eyeliners, and you can see the perfumes I brought with me on the tray as well.
From this side are all my various jumbo eye pencils and mascaras.
That's basically it for my storage here! If you have any questions about the storage or the actual products, let me know! I can always take more pictures if something isn't as clear as you hoped.

Nail Polish Swatches

These are most, if not all, of the nail polishes I've added to my collection over the last two months. 
China Glaze - Stone Cold
Essie - Navigate Her
Essie - Tart Deco
Essie - Turquoise & Caicos 
Revlon - Posh 
Pixi - Paradise Pink 
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - Pacific Blue 
Illamasqua - Nomad
Brash (Payless) - Turquoise Twist 
L-R: Revlon - Impulse, Revlon - Flirt, SXY (Payless) - Pink Prestige, Essie - Lights
L-R: Wet n Wild megalast - Tropicalia, Club Havana, Through the Grapevine, Pixi -  Coral Cabana

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Recent Manicures!

For this manicure, I did the pink stripes first and went back with the yellow after. They were pretty much randomly placed.  Yellow: Zoya - Pippa
Pink: Essie - Lights
Main base: Wet n Wild - Tropicalia
Main dots: Essie - e-nuf is e-nuf
Accent base: Essie - Tart Deco
Accent dots: Wet n Wild - Club Havana
Base: China Glaze - Stone Cold
Tips: Milani Nail Art striping polishes

Friday, May 18, 2012

May 18 FOTD - Wet n Wild Fauna eyeshadows, new Maybelline mascara

Face:
Urban Decay De Slick spray
Revlon Colorstay Combo/Oily
Revlon Photoready concealer
L'Oreal True Match powder
Milani Minerals blush - Luminous

Eyes:
MAC paint pot - Painterly
Milani Shadow Eyez - Royal Purple
Urban Decay - Ransom eyeshadow
Wet n Wild - Fauna eyeshadow trio
Physician's Formula Nude Eyes liner trio - black
Maybelline Mega Plush waterproof mascara
Wet n Wild I <3 Matte palette (black over liner, dark brown for brows)
Maybelline Great Lash clear mascara for brows

Lips:
NYX lipstick - Femme

May 15th FOTD - L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows

Face: 
Revlon Colorstay Combo/Oily
NYX Concealer jar
L'Oreal True Match powder
Milani Minerals blush - Mai Tai

Eyes:
MAC Painterly paint pot
L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow - Gold Imperial, Golden Sage
Revlon Grow Luscious eyeliner - Espresso
Maybelline The Colossal mascara

Lips:
Wet n Wild 903C
Revlon Colorstay Mineral Lipglaze - Continuous Coral

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bright Pink! FOTD - May 17

Face:
Urban Decay De Slick Spray
Revlon Colorstay foundation
Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer
L'Oreal True Match powder
Physicians Formula Happy Booster - Rose

Eyes:
MAC Painterly paint pot
Urban Decay - Scratch
MUFE - 75
L'Oreal Voluminous mascara - Carbon Black

Brows: 
Wet n Wild Vanity Palette - Matte Dark Brown
Maybelline Great Lash clear mascara

Lips:
MAC Candy Yum Yum lipstick (a thin layer)
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