Monday, January 13, 2014

Mani Monday #2


Today's shade also comes from the Modern Family collection within the Nicole by OPI nail polishes, this one is called Candid Cameron.


The shade is a beautiful iridescent teal color.  I only had to apply two coats to get this pigmentation.  To create my accent nail I applied a nail dress from KISS that I had leftover from my Influenster box.
Honestly, if I could do this over again I would leave off the accent nail.  The first time I used the nail dress it lasted a pretty good amount of time, but this time it just was a disaster trying to apply it! >:(


Wonderful formula and beautiful color, I'm personally a sucker for teal nail polishes.

I might have forgotten to mention that these nail polishes (and a bunch of other makeup) is on SUPER sale at CVS.  I'm talking about 75% off, definitely worth checking out if there's around you.

Thanks so much for reading!

Friday, January 10, 2014

First Impression: L'oreal Voluminous Million Lashes



I finally started to go through my collection and throw out old products, which for me is so difficult! I have no idea why, I just like to keep things for far too long! But I finally put my big girl pants on and threw out some stuff.  After throwing out my old mascara *pause for moment of silence* I gleefully opened up the L'oreal Voluminous Million lashes.  I actually won this in a giveaway a while ago, but decided to wait to open it until I finished my other mascara.  I'm the kind of person who doesn't like to have too many of the same type of product open at the same time.  Anyway, this mascara claims to separate lashes, be flake and smudge free, as well as free of clumping and of course give your lashes volume (I mean it's in the name!!).

The wand is a plastic applicator, and I have to say I prefer plastic applicators to the more traditional kind (that's the technical term right there).  The applicator did a great job of separating my lashes and I could definitely see they were being lengthened but not really a more fuller look.  Additionally, I was immediately able to tell that if I was to continue adding layers it was going to give me the spidery lash look.  While that may be some people's preference I don't like it at all, I'm scared of spiders as it is and I don't want my eyes too look like their little scary legs O_O.
The formula was definitely very wet and not quick drying so it gave me a chance to go back and tweak my lashes at a slower pace.  However, once it dried it did leave them feeling 'crispy'(side note that is the worst word to describe lashes ever, seriously it gave me shivers, it should only ever be used to describe bacon).  That being said, this formula held a curl wonderfully and the lashes didn't smudge or flake off! WOOHOO That is the worst when I find mascara droppings on my cheek, that is NOT where it belongs! *storms off*

Ahem.  I can't help but think that this mascara might just get better with age, almost like cheese or wine...., for me personally it's never love at first use with a mascara.  I have to "break it in" does that make sense?? It makes sense in my head, which may not be a good sign.

           

Final thoughts on this mascara was that it was pretty good, not obsessed with it but as I mentioned I never am when I first try a mascara out.  It did almost all that it claimed to do expect for the volume part, but it didn't smudge or flake.  In my opinion it was more of a lengthening mascara, but either way I still like it!  I would have to give this mascara an A-

Monday, January 6, 2014

Mani Monday #1


Mani Monday #1

Seeing as I love nail polish I thought it would be fun to add a nail polish related blog post.  So from now on I'll be posting manicure related post on Mondays, (don't kill me if I'm inconsistent). 

This first post is inspired by the 2014 color of the year "Radiant Orchid"; keeping with that theme I choose Nicole by OPI in the color "Back in my Gloria days" from the Modern Family collection.  It's such a beautiful deep purple color with shimmer, it is not chunky glitter but rather very fine shimmer specks.  It took two coats to get it to that level of opacity.  

The formula itself was really easy to work with and not streaky at all. Definitely one of my favorite nail polish brands! 

I'll update later to see how long this polish last!! 

And thanks so much for reading! 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Love it or Leave it? Revlon Colorburst matte balm



I was browsing through my CVS and finally was able to find these matte balms by Revlon! I decided to pick one up and give it a try.  I chose the color striking, a beautiful red color.  When I first applied this color the first thing I noticed was how smoothly it glided on my lips and the second thing was the smell.  It seriously smells like thin mints, yes the girl scout cookies! I actually quite like the smell, but it is very strong and does linger for a bit.  The balm itself is very smooth and moisturizing.  My lips have been quite dry thanks to this cold weather but this balm didn't accentuate my dry patches.  It was very moisturizing and never made my lips feel dry during the whole time wearing it.  Also I found that this matte balm lasted a lot longer than the regular formula.  Even after drinking the balm was still pretty pigmented.  Overall, I would definitely say this is a love it product! I really enjoyed it and the other colors seem really fun!

Thanks so much for reading!! :)


Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Glimpse Inside my Jolly Vox Box








I was actually really pleased with everything in my box!! If I was to grade this vox box I would give it a A.  The chocolates were delicious but the filling was a little too salty for me, but still enjoyable. I have had other things from the brand, everything else I have had from them is really yummy and I would definitely recommend!  The duck tape was super cute and I actually made use of it by making small bows for my Christmas gifts this year! I think it added something to the gift! The Puffs to go tissue pack actually came in really handy!! I had been getting the sniffles lately thanks to the horrible dry/cold weather, so these tissues could not have come at a more perfect time.  They are so soft and feel really sturdy, they don't irritate my nose or make it red afterword.  AND they are perfect for throwing in your purse or car, great little emergency pack! The two products I was immediately drawn too were the NYC HD shadow trio and the Rimmel London lip lacquer.  The NYC shadows are super velvety and very easy to blend out they are pigmented and don't have any fall out. The colors are perfect everyday colors but I like how they have a pearl finish instead of matte because it draws more attention to your eyes.  I have loved playing around with this trio and definitely see this becoming some of my every day colors! I would definitely say wear a primer to really make this shadows pop! Overall really great product and great value!  The Rimmel London lip lacquer was something I was really excited to see, I had heard about these glosses for a LONG time! They are called Apocalips in the U.K and have been praised by many bloggers.  For good reason these glosses are more like a melted down lipstick.  Super creamy and ultra pigmented.  The color I got is a creamsicle orange color, perfect for the summer.  I'm actually going to be keeping my eyes peeled for this because I think they are brilliant for layering over colors or wearing them alone!! Definitely pick these up if you see them in stores, actually you would be better getting all of the things I mentioned! They are all really great quality and have made my favorites! :) 
LINKS FOR ALL BRANDS 
@Puffs
facebook.com/Puffs
@theSkinnyCow
facebook.com/TheSkinnyCowUS
@nycnewyorkcolor
facebook.com/newyorkcolorcosmetics
@theduckbrand
facebook.com/ducktape
facebook.com/RimmelLondonUS
@rimmellondonus
@Influenster
influenster home page

Thanks to Influenster for sending me this box for consideration purposes! As always opinions are my own! 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Naked 3 Palette: Swatches and Quick Review



When I first heard that there was going to be a Naked 3 palette I really wasn't phased. I never had a desire to own any of the other Naked palettes as they weren't really colors I thought were unique.  But then I saw the swatches of this palette and I have to say all the colors looked beautiful and not similar to anything I owned already.  I was sure I wasn't going to buy this though, but I was up late one night and saw that it was in stock on the Sephora website.  I decided to bite the bullet and order it for myself (early Christmas present?).  I have to admit the first time I tried the palette out (I didn't take any pictures because I was so excited!!) I was really disappointed.  The colors were hard to blend and not pigmented at all.  I had used the brush that was included in the palette because all of mine were dirty at the time. The next day I decided to try it out one more time before I returned it this time I used my newly cleaned brushes and was blown away! I'm not sure why the brush included didn't work, it just did not pick up the pigmentation at all nor was it able to blend out the shadows.  But needless to say I am in love with the colors and the quality of the shadows.  Some of the shadows are a bit hard to work with, I'm looking at you Dust.  But with the help of a mixing medium the shadow goes on super pigmented and makes a beautiful inner corner highlighter.  The colors are gorgeous and are super easy to use! I have been loving creating new looks and experimenting with the colors.  My favorites have to be Buzz, Limit, Nooner and yes Dust.
Also I love the packaging: it feels very sturdy and has a nice big mirror.  The only cons I can see this having is that some of the colors have quite a bit of fall out and some do require a mixing medium to have the full effect OH and of course the brush is a big no go for me personally (but great for concealer!).  But to me that isn't a big deal.

PROS:

  • 12 unique shades that are beautiful
  • Colors are pigmented and easy to blend
  • Great packaging 
  • Perfect for traveling
  • Matte and shimmery colors included
  • I can see this working on all skin tones


CONS:

  • Brush isn't great for applying these colors
  • 1 or 2 of the colors are difficult to work with (must use mixing medium)
  • Some fall out 



Do I recommend this? Yes absolutely, the colors are beautiful and I can see this working on all skin tones.  

FORGOT TO SWATCH DARKSIDE in this picture :'((( 

Thanks for reading!
-S.C

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Quick Thoughts: Covergirl Lipperfection Jumbo Gloss Balm




















I was originally going to get the Revlon lip crayons, but this color from Covergirl really popped out at me! This is in the shade "Jam Twist"; personally I've really been drawn to the deeper berry toned colors this season. This color isn't as pigmented as I originally thought, however, it is perfect for when you don't have a mirror and can't be bothered with precise application. The color isn't too bold, but it still adds a pretty color to the lips and I have found that it can be built up to a deeper color. This is a glossy finish, but it's not sticky like a gloss at all.  Definitely would categorize this as a balm (hence the name!).




PROS:

  • Color is great for everyday wear
  • Easy application 
  • Price 
  • Moisturizing 
  • Non-sticky 

CONS

  • Has that old school lipstick scent
  • Loses its shape after a couple of uses 
OVERALL: Great product if you're on the go and want something to throw in your purse.  Also really wonderful if you want to try deeper toned colors, but are scared to go too dark.  I would recommend this product! 
4.5/5 Stars