Thursday, June 7, 2012

Haul + Mail

Loving my mailman right now! I have so many new goodies to share I don't know where to begin!

I got a few polishes from Peace, Love, and Polish's blog sale - including Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure! I know there are a lot of dupes out there, but I felt I NEEDED to own this one, despite having the Essie and Finger Paint's dupes. I have a sickness. Don't judge me. They were all wrapped up safely in little bubble wrap cocoons of love. Check out her blog sale if you haven't and see if you can pick something up!

I also got these pretties from Mahya Cosmetics. I can't wait to dig in and play - base, concealer, blush, foundation, eyeshadows - and they threw in extra including an eye shadow, eye primer, lipgloss. Craziness!! They know how to treat a lady!! =P I'll be sure to do a full review once I've been playing with this stuff for awhile.

And some Suede OPI from Aveyou. I heard about them having the Suede's which are hard to find, but I'm so obsessed with them. OPI's are $8.50/ea and ship internationally. Just saying. No DS though. But plenty of other stuff. And look at all the extra goodies I got! Totally all over the pleasing a customer! They sent a coupon for my next order, which I plan to place as soon as I look through all the stuff they sell (which is a LOT). AND you get a free small eco-friendly tote with every purchase! I just need one more polish to complete my Suede set! Someone let me know where to find You Don't Know Jaques Suede and I'll kiss you on the lips! haha

I also got some goodies from Essence that I'll be sharing with you guys soon, they look awesome! All in good time.

I also got in my HSN order of Deborah Lippmann polishes. I can't wait to play with them though! My first Deborah Lippmann polishes! I'm so excited.

AND My Julep Maven box for June in American Beauty. Weee! I got candy. And extra brushes. How classy is that? 

My first Rescue Beauty Lounge polishes. I'm a ReBeL now! Gorgeous colors. And that's a Scrangie you see in there! I could have sworn that polish was sold out forever, and then I went snooping and found it! So excited!! Look at those beauties.

Got some new Barielle in also!!

These next two I purchased while out of town. We got a little lost and had to stop, and lo and behold, there was a Walgreen's! So I had to check it out since, well, I'm a little crazy. And of course they had the Wet N Wild Chrome Collection stocked, which they don't have stocked at my local Walgreen's, so I had to get all of them. And then a few more ...

I should go out of town more often! =P I think I acquired 40+ polishes.

Any requests on what I play with first?

**Don't forget my giveaway ends tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Beach Vacation Spam

I'm leaving today for home, I have work in the afternoon. Waaah I don't wanna go back home. I want to live here! It's been so nice but it'll be even better to get back to my own bed. I've had so much fun here though.

Anyway, I have a few pictures that I've taken. I'm not a very good photographer, but I picked out a few to share!

I meant to take pictures of my mani I wore here but I didn't have time and now it's destroyed. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you may have seen a quick pic of my nails. A quick camera phone photo below .. Milani Sail Away and Milani Beach Front. My right hand has the colors reversed, and my toes matched my hands! It was quite fun. I'll have to do this again soon.

milani sail away, milani beach front

And some random pictures. And a funny story later in the post.

beach sun

beach waves

Every time I see a pelican I think of Finding Nemo when the pelican says something like "Jump into my mouth if you want to live." Cracks me up every time.

flying pelican

Here's the funny story. My husband and I were fishing one morning and he went back to the car to grab his knife and I stayed on the jetty. I hear someone yelling to my left (towards the beach) and I looked over and my husband is running and shouting and pointing to the water. I can't hear him over the waves until he comes a little closer and he's yelling "Shark! Shark!" I look out into the water and don't see anything. Then I see something dark break the water and he stops and then yells, "Dolphin! Dolphin!"


I was laughing so hard I almost didn't catch them in a picture. He was so frantic yelling shark, then he stopped, looked out into the water, and then changed his mind. It was so hilarious. I keep teasing him about it. "Oh look a shark. No wait, it's a dolphin. Run!"

Anyhow, I'm going to miss being so close to the beach when I move. :*( I'm probably going to have to recreate one of these pictures for beach or favorite vacation during The Summer Challenge starting in July!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer - Swatches & Review

I've been using this for a few days and I've decided to post a review. I recently ran out of my usual primer, and since I got this as a sample from a purchase, it seemed like a great time to try it out!

Korres is a brand known for being a natural, animal and environmentally friendly brand based in Greece. They make the wildly popular lip butters (love these!) along with other skincare and makeup products.

Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer, as described on their website, is a "breathable, water-based primer that minimizes appearance/look of pores and redness, mattifies skin, improves make-up application and extends wear time. It helps reduce visible pores, redness, unwanted shine, and make-up meltdown. Key ingredients (include) Pomegranate Extract, Willow Bark Extract, Witch Hazel floral water, and Rice Starch."

Nice, non-distracting packaging. Straight forward. Me likes. This is the sample size, don't forget!

Ingredient list for those interested.

Extra stuff on the side of the box.

Actual product tube has similar, noncluttered packaging and presentation.

Product on bare hand

Blended on hand, see the pretty shimmer?

I didn't really notice much of a difference with the primer. It does feel nice going on, maybe a bit greasy, but it dries matte. I was surprised to see the shimmer since most people requiring a mattifying product avoid shimmer. 

Me Gusta:
- matte primer to help keep oil at bay, did this for the most part
- tinted so can be used as a solo product (I personally can't, but I can see how some could)
- light, fresh scent - ahhhh heavenly (only noticeable when applying)
- clean packaging, won't clutter your makeup bag/area
- animal, environmental friendly, natural line - LOVE

No Me Gusta:
- shimmery, I avoid shimmer on my face because it makes me look more oily
- didn't help increase foundation wear time
- tint not strong enough to help with coverage

Meh, it's aight. I did finish the sample, but won't purchase full sized product.

Available wherever Korres is sold. I received this as a sample from a Sephora order, but full sized product retails for $33/1.01 ounce.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Week 16: Dotticure Mani

Catch up time!

I know Dotticure isn't for this week, but I left for the beach yesterday morning and don't have stuff with me to do today's challenge. Sowwie! I'm so behind with this challenge it's not funny. But my schedule clears up a LOT this month, so hopefully I will be better about doing things on time and slowly catching up!!

And I will be ready to do the Summer Challenge in July! It's every other day during my month off so it should be a lot of fun! I'm already planning out what I'm going to do for each day! =)

These are some designs are ones that I did for ideas for Week 16 Dotticure Mani in the 52 Week Challenge. I never quite got far enough to actually do them on my nails. So in the spirit of catching up, here we are!

dots, dotticure

Not So Complete List of Polishes Used:
  • China Glaze Foil Me Once (light foil pink)
  • Sally Hansen White On (creme white)
  • China Glaze Revvvolution (black holographic)
  • China Glaze Stella (dark shimmery berry)
  • China Glaze Worth the Risque (silver holographic)
  • China Glaze Fashion Addict (light purple holographic)
  • Dark shimmery purple & medium smokey purple (don't remember the names, nor the names of the base coats, sorry!)

And this is where I am ... Sorta. Same city, but obviously I didn't take this picture.

We're here happily walking, swimming, eating, drinking, and fishing! I'm really bad about taking pictures, but I'm going to try and take some to spam ya'll with! =P

For a list of full challenge themes and previous manicures, please go here.

So here's my question ... What is the difference between a dots manicure and a dotticure manicure? I googled it and saw they were basically interchangeable and neither had a specific design associated with it. If anyone knows or can point me to a good reference, let me know!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Urban Decay NAKED2 - Swatches & Review

Hiya gorgeous!

I'm sure everyone has already heard about the Urban Decay NAKED2 palette, but I just found mine again and fell in love and I had to share it. I bought this right when it came out, and then when I received it, I set it aside to swatch before I used it, and then I forgot about it. =-/ Story of my life.

So here we are again! Let's just pretend it's not months later ...

NAKED2 is a much sturdier palette - it's a metal casing (almost like a tin mint box, like Altoids?) and the tray with the shadows is also metal. No cardboard here ladies! It also comes with a double ended Good Karma Shadow/Crease brush that is only available with this palette.

The colors in this palette are gorgeous. There are 12 taupe and greige shades, one of which is a repeat (Half Baked) and five new/exclusive shades (Bootycall, Tease, Snakebite, Pistol, Busted). Again, most are shimmers and there is one heavy glitter, but there are three mattes in the palette making it more user friendly.

I realize I'm no Karla Sugar, but I did my best attempt at arm swatches. Top is fluorescent lighting, bottom is sunlight, swatched on bare skin. If I can figure out a way to make the swatches even, I think my pictures would be better. It's driving me nuts.

The colors in this palette seem to be a bit more on the golden and grey tones, rather than the nice smattering of neutral, gold, pink, and grey in the first palette. To compare, I did a mini swatchfest on my arm with NAKED on top and NAKED2 on bottom, fluorescent lighting on top, sunlight on bottom.

Pigmentation on these is great, as it usually is with Urban Decay eye shadows. Good lasting power, even without primer, and color stays true all day. I personally ADORE UD eye shadows, so I was all over this new palette. The design itself is sleek and pleasing to the eye, and this palette is super travel friendly since it's sturdier than the original NAKED palette. If you're wondering if you should bother with NAKED2, especially if you have NAKED already, Pretty Gossip did a great review on the NAKED2 along with comparisons and swatches of similar colors side by side. All I can say is, I bought both didn't I? =) But I'm a hoarder lover of UD and palettes, so it was a no brainer for me.

Available where Urban Decay is sold. I purchased mine from Urban Decay directly, where it retails for $50 for the palette, brush, and a mini Lip Junkie in Naked.

And this is what I've been up to recently... I broke down all my Urban Decay palettes and put them into Z palettes and Unii Palettes! I couldn't decide which to get, so I purchased one of each, and now I plan to get more. Of which you ask? Stay tuned, I'll be doing a comparison soon! =P

And just to leave you with a pretty picture, this is my new orchid baby! My husband found this plant in the dumpster at work. Someone threw it out after Valentine's Day (after all the flowers dropped, I guess?). Anyway, he brought it home and declared himself "The Great Orchid Rescuer" and took care of it, and now it's blooming. It's been like our kid, wondering if it's a boy or a girl as we keep guessing what color the flowers will be. We already have a medium purple one and a white one with purple specks. This one seems to have some yellow in it, along with a strong dark pink/purple and white, which we're excited about!

My orchid baby!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Smashbox Shades of Fame Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss Set - Swatches & Review

Who loves lip gloss? I do!

And who loves mini lip glosses? I do!

I love anything mini sized, mainly because I haven't found a product that I love enough to finish a full size of and I'd rather have more options and smaller sizes. So when I see sets of mini lip glosses (or anything really, let's be honest) I have a compulsion to buy it. This was no exception!

Smashbox Shades of Fame Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss Set is a limited edition set of five mini lip glosses that contain vitamins and hyaluronic acid to help plump and soften lips. 

Candy, Buff, Hibiscus, Papaya, Star

Candy, Buff, Hibiscus

Hibiscus, Papaya, Star

Candy, Buff, Hibiscus, Papaya, Star (blended out)

Candy is a bubble gum pink gloss with light pink shimmer. Very pretty, very girly.

Buff is a nude lip gloss with pink and green shimmer. The shimmer doesn't translate on to the lips as well as the other glosses, and this one doesn't seem as glossy. Tones down any natural pigment to the lips.

Hibiscus is a fuchsia lip gloss with pink shimmer. Gorgeous and juicy. More pigmented than the other glosses.

Papaya is a peach lip gloss with pink and orange shimmer. The shimmer in this one is less noticeable, but it's a very beautiful natural color.

Star is a clear gloss with pearlescent shine. In the swatches you can see gold and pink shimmer. It lights lips a bit, so it can lighten lipstick also, or it's great on it's own.

Shades of Fame is a collection that also includes this lip gloss set and an eye shadow palettte. You can purchase this set anywhere Smashbox is sold. I bought mine at Sephora for $29. Totally worth it!

Monday, May 28, 2012

e.l.f. Haul and Swatches

Hey beautiful! I recently purchased a few items from e.l.f. and I got some extra goodies! This is a PIC HEAVY post. Just warnin' ya!

This is what I purchased....

And this is what I ended up with ....

They had a special going on and I received a $20 goodie bag. Wee! I love getting things for free, it's like Christmas in May!

First the things I purchased....

e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder in Corrective Yellow. I used to use a Benefit yellow powder that I can't seem to find anymore, so I was excited to see this one on sale. I've been using it and I love it. I use it as a finishing powder as my last step and it keeps the red out of my skin. $6.00 for 0.28oz.

 Tapped in lid, swatched on skin, blending on skin

e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder in Translucent. I love MUFE HD setting powder but I've heard this is a close dupe, and a lot more affordable. I've also been using this one and I love it! $6.00 for 0.28oz.

Tapped in lid, swatched on skin, blended on skin

e.l.f. Studio SPF 45 Sunscreen UVA/UVB Protection. I haven't actually used this yet but I purchased it because of the review done my Scrangie (that I can't find for the life of me) but she raved about it. I remember something about sweating through the powder, and it didn't budge. It seemed to lean pink and applied darker when blended. Strange. $6.00 for 3.5oz.

Tapped in lid, swatched on skin, blended on skin

e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer. Again, I haven't used it yet as I have a few samples of primers that I'm trying to use up. When I swatched this on my hand, it seemed greasy, so I'm not too optimistic. $6.00 for 0.49oz.

Swatched on skin, blended out on skin

e.l.f. Essential Eyelid Primer in Sheer. This is the one I truly wanted to try! I've heard such good things about it, and as much as I love Urban Decay Primer Potion, it is expensive. I've used it a few times, and so far so good! $1.00 for 0.17oz.

Swatched on skin, blended out on skin

e.l.f. Essential 4-Piece Nail Polish Set. Set of four great nail polishes in coral/pink/orange that are hot this season! These get a post of their own! $5.00 for 4 x 0.34oz.

Coral Dream, Flirty Fuchsia, Party Peach, and Smokin' Hot

And now for my free goodies!

e.l.f. Studio Glitter Gloss in Golden Glitz. Pretty, sheer, golden lipgloss. Mine had a bit of stray hairs in the brush, but nothing scissors couldn't fix. Slightly sticky, smelled like sweet vanilla, and didn't have much of a taste. $3.00 for .24oz.

e.l.f. Essential Hypershine Gloss in Sugar Plum. Really pretty lipgloss, same sweet vanilla smell and light taste. Really sticky, but lasted a good amount of time. $1.00 for 0.05oz.

e.l.f. Studio Single Eyeshadow in Totally Teal. Brightly colored, silky eyeshadow. Seemed lighter over primer. Haven't worn it yet, but it looks like it'll be fun to use! $3.00 for 0.097oz.

e.l.f. Studio 32-Piece Eyeshadow Palette in Cool. Awesome 4 x 8 eyeshadow palette containing cool eye shadows (glad I got this one and not the warm one!). The shadows seem to be hit or miss on pigmentation and smoothness, but overall, nice deal for a few bucks. $5.00 for 1.01oz.

Swatched on bare skin

e.l.f. Essential 3-Piece Liquid Eyeliner Set in Black, Brown, and Silver. Set of liquid liners with good pigmentation. I haven't tried these yet either. Sorry!! $3.00 for 0.51oz.

Serious haul, eh? Any recommendations from e.l.f. products? I'm seriously enjoying the HD powders and will likely be buying them again once I'm out. They're on par with higher end brands but cost a lot less!

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