Monday, May 30, 2011

Ravenclaw FOTD

Blue and gold together always remind me of the Ravenclaw house colors, although this wasn't meant that way that's what I'm calling it :P

I really lacked any good photos of this look so today there are only 2 photos...

Products used:
UDPP in Eden
Manly 120 palette (all eyeshadow)
L'oreal Telescopic waterproof liquid liner
Maybelline Great Lash BIG

Tarte Clean Slate primer
Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse in Light 1
MAC sweetness blush

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sally Hansen Crackle in Fuchsia Shock swatches

Here is a nice ghetto picture of my swatches, done on paper because after work I'm just too tired to swatch and remove them from my fingers! If you can read my writing (not at it's finest- written in sharpie):
China Glaze- Lemon Fizz
Revlon- Temptress
Borghese Rapido- Menta
Orly- Thorned Rose
China Glaze Shower Together
Sally Hansen- Lickety Split Lime
Orly- Glitz and Glamour
Essie- Going Incognito
Revlon- Stormy
Petites Color Fever- Daze
OPI- Simmer and Shimmer
Borghese Rapido- Limoncello
China Glaze- Millennium
Revlon- All Fired Up
China Glaze- Solar Power


Do you see what I mean, it seems to shift to red or orange over some colors. Darker shades wipe it out completely. It is too sheer to go over something like Simmer and Shimmer. It also does some super weird stuff over some shades- like Going Incognito. All these swatches were completely dry before I applied the crackle, so I'm not sure what caused this. It worked well over Millennium and Solar Power, but that was it for me.

What do you think?
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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Nice Stems by OPI





Summer Pinks in Bloom!

Nice Stems! by OPI Revamps Nails with Vibrant Pink Hues for Summer 2011

Stop and see the flowers with summer’s Nice Stems! by OPI, a limited edition collection featuring four new nail lacquers in stunning shades of pink. With whimsical names based on their floral inspirations, these vibrant, flirty colors range from pale, frosty pink to rich fuchsia. NiceStems! offers fingers and toes a perfectly pink shade for all of summer’s looks.

“These vibrant, feminine hues complement 60’s ladylike fashions, 70’s glam looks, and bold color-blocking, which are the season’s staples,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “The Nice Stems! collection also offers an interesting contrast and feminine accent to the punk and biker looks on the runways.”

Nice Stems! by OPI shades include:

Play the Peonies

We’d put our money on this lovely soft-pink.

Come to Poppy
Surrender to shine with this shimmering coral-pink.

Be a Dahlia Won’t You?
Give the gift of fabulous fuchsia—to yourself!

I Lily Love You

Fall head over heels with this light pink sparkle.

“Using different micas and glitters can give lacquer a 3-dimensional look,” adds Weiss-Fischmann.I Lily Love You is a glitter coat that can be layered over any of the other three shades to add a bright sparkle; or, it can be worn on its own for a subtle tint of pink with strands of glitter.”

The Nice Stems! Nail Lacquers by OPI contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.

This limited edition Nice Stems! collection will be available beginning June 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

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Since pink dominates my collection I'm pretty excited about this! And the names are too cute :)

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Pink Lemonade FOTD

I'm not in love with this look, but I'm gonna show it to you anyways :)


This is one of those cases where the colors just didn't blend right, I had a feeling it would happen. The pink blended too much into the yellow and became more of a neon orange or even red :( Oh well, another day, another FOTD, right?

Can you tell how in love I am with my Manly palette right now? I've barely touched my other shadows, poor things!

Products used:
MAC Bare Study Paint Pot
Manly 120 palette (all eyeshadow)
L'oreal Telescopic liquid liner
Maybelline Great Lash BIG mascara

Tarte Clean Slate primer
Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse
Mary Kay mineral powder foundation in light
Revlon Photoready concealer in light
MAC Dollymix blush
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mint Chocolate FOTD

Inspired by my recent Sinful Mint Apple nails I decided to do mint and brown together, a combination I've never tried before. I thought they might have trouble coming together or get muddy in the crease but I actually really liked the results! Sorry for my haggard looks, this was while I was super sick :(
Need to get me some eyebrow wax, my brows stick up no matter what I try!


Products used:
UDPP in Eden
Manly 120 palette (all shadow!)
L'oreal Telescopic liquid liner
Maybelline Great Lash BIG

Tarte Clean Slate primer
Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse
MAC Peaches blush


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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Blue & Purple EOTD

I seriously could not think of a name for this post! So this plain and boring title is what you get!




I've said it many times before, purple is my makeup enemy! But I think I got the purple to actually work for me this time. I often find Parental Advisory will lean super blue on me :(

Products used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
Manly 120 palette (blue and highlight)
Urban Decay Polyester Bride (right under brow and inner corner)
Fyrinnae Parental Advisory
L'oreal Telescopic liquid liner
Urban Decay Heavy Metal glitter liner in Metal Head
Maybelline Great Lash BIG

Tarte Clean Slate primer
Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse (lately I've been mixing shades)
Mary Kay mineral powder foundation in Light
MAC Sweetness blush
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Monday, May 23, 2011

Rediscovering my Deluxe palette FOTD take 2!




Here is the FOTD I was complaining about in my last post about the UD Deluxe palette. See what I mean about Peace and Graffiti kinda becoming the same color? They are both PACKED ON like crazy to get them to be that far apart. I am disappoint!

Products used:
UDPP in Eden
UD Sellout (highlight)
UD Honey (inner lid)
UD Peace (outer lid)
UD Grafitti (above crease)
L'oreal Telescopic liquid line

Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse in shade 1
MAC Dollymix blush

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sinful Mint Apple + pathetic attempt at stamping

How did I not own Mint Apple before? What the heck is a mint apple for that matter?
Anyways, this is 3 coats of Sinful Mint Apple stamped with Sally Hansen Forbidden Fudge. The stamp is from the first Bundle Monster sets. I just can't seem to get the hang on stamping, I always aim a little too far down my nail or end up warping the image. Practice makes perfect, right?


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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Rediscovering my Deluxe palette FOTD

I remember when I first picked up the Urban Decay Deluxe palette. I must have used it everyday for months. It is a fantastic palette, the one I own that has gotten the most use for sure. But as you collect, even favorites get forgotten. So last week when I couldn't find my hand-mirror (my preference) I decided this palette's mirror would have to do. And upon opening it I decided to also use it for my EOTD.

This EOTD was way bigger a pain in the butt than I expected. Ransom, the purple crease color, is one I've always had a little trouble getting to show up right. The color isn't a bright purple, it's very easy to wash the purple straight out of the color and I kept having that problem. I had to super pack it in there to get it true to pan.

And actually, now that I've gotten back into using this palette I've realized that quite a few shades are a bit of a pain to work with, kinda washed out and a little sheer (like the upcoming FOTD using Graffiti and Peace where you can barely even see the difference between them). Has anyone else ever thought this or am I solely alone and just being a brat?
Looking back though, I realize why I was so in love with this palette. Because it came with a small vial of Primer Potion. The first primer I ever used, and it completely changed things. Maybe my original love of this palette was one clouded by the power of primer.

Oh, and do you like my stubborn eyelashes? This is the clump on my left eye that naturally doesn't want to separate- lash brush be damned!
Products used:
UDPP
UD Sellout (highlight)
UD Ransom (crease)
UD Honey
L'oreal Telescopic liquid liner
Tarte Clean Slate face primer
Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse in shade 1
MAC Sweetness blush

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Franken Chaos + SH Crackle Fuchsia Shock review

You may remember a little while back I showed you a little bit of a franken I made- Chaos. I finally made myself a big bottle of this and wore it as a full mani. And then I went to work and saw we had gotten in the SH crackle polishes and I snapped up Fuchsia Shock.
Before I go any further in this review, I want to show you something weird. When I franken I clean out near empty bottles I have around to mix in. I've done this plenty of times, but the last two bottles I used I had this happen with...
...it's like a gluey consistency and won't seem to break down even with pure acetone. It happened to 2 Seche bottles, I've used them before with no issue so I thought this was weird! Any guesses?

Anyways, back on topic...

I quickly applied a coat of Fuchsia Shock over the polish I already had and was kind of disappointed. When I picked this up I have grand visions of it over so many colors- in my opinion pink goes with nearly any color. So when I brushed it on and the pink barely had enough coverage to go over pale blue, I was a little disappointed. I mean, you can see the glitter in my base polish THROUGH the pink. No Bueno!


So on my other hand I decided to try a thicker coat. Now, I want to say that this is not easy. The brush this polish comes with is small (think Essie) and I can only coat half my nail before this stuff starts to dry. Sometimes if you take too long to apply it it gets mad or something and doesn't quite work right- so you have to move fast. The small brush makes this really annoying and I think that OPI has it right (can't comment on others) with the mop like brush that covers (albeit somewhat messy) in one quick coat.

Just to be sure, I did a bunch of swatches on paper. Which, I have photos of but they are kinda on my dead camera at the moment so I will upload them tomorrow and link later. Among them I tried both dark and light colors and decided that this was one polish I would be returning- which I have never done before. Over dark colors it was pretty much useless. You can't tell that it is pink because it takes on the color beneath it. Even over lighter colors (think pink would look awesome over yellow? SO DID I) it takes on the tone of the base (over yellow it appears orange). If you apply it thick enough this isn't so much of a problem- but I had issues getting it to be consistently thick on each finger.

While I haven't tried the other colors, I have discussed the silver one and have seen it used and it also seems to be more on the sheer side (on her nails it went on more like a metallic top coat and had minimal crackles).

As for how it crackles, I can't put my finger on it but I just don't care for the way it does- both thick and thin. I was over all unimpressed. These retail for $6.99 and can be found in most drug stores.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Anemone EOTD

5 minutes to create an EOTD? Here's one of my favorite quick looks and way to wear sheerer shades.

Products used:
UDPP
MAC Blacktrack paint pot on lid, blended out
Fyrinnae Anemone over blacktrack
Wet n Wild Brulee for highlight
L'oreal Telescopic liquid liner
L'oreal One Million Lashes mascara

Anemone is an absolutely freaking gorgeous color but for me it's a little sheer and hard for me to work into a FOTD, but over black it brings out all those gorgeous shifts in the color (Rapunzel Had Extensions is another favorite for this). The reason I really love to do this kind of look is it's not neutral, it works for day or night, you can drop the liner and even the highlight if you must.

What is your go to quick FOTD?

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Maybelline Eyestudio quad in Give Me Gold

I've had this quad for awhile, and never tried it until now. Maybelline in my book is usually a big floppy fail for eyeshadows. How about the Eye Studio quad line though?
One thing I really like about these quads (I think I have 4 of them) is that they are pretty good about all the colors complimenting each other and including a shade light enough to use as a highlight and dark enough for the crease. I absolutely hate using a palette and having to go somewhere else to find a shade to round it out! A palette in my opinion should be "freestanding".
If you've used Maybelline shadows before then you have probably experienced the disappointment of sheer, powdery colors that won't even show up on your lid. So of course, you would probably expect the same from these. Right?
WRONG! While these aren't the most amazing thing I've ever used, they do what I expect. The colors are all very glowy and shimmery (I'm pretty sure NONE of the quads have matte shades) and are easy to blend and also show up how I would expect them too. These aren't going to be super bright colors, keep in mind. The shades in Give Me Gold should work for most colorings, and is a great quad for when I don't have a lot of time to do my eyes. They also looked just as good at the end of the night as when I put them on.
See that black and white spot under that pillow? That's Apollo, she loves burrowing!

Bonus awesome ebay earrings!

Have you tried the Eye Studio Quads? What did you think?


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