Friday, January 27, 2012

Kiss Nail Artist 3D Charms

I want to state that not all items used on my nails is from these kits!

Click link for review and more photos!
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sinful Cinderella swatches

 I know I've said it so many times before but...I'm in love!
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hard Candy Glossaholic review and swatches

Today I have a quick review and swatches of Hard Candy Glossaholic lipglosses. Keep reading to see more...

If you've seen the beauty of a flakie filled polish then you can understand my excitement when I spotted these in the store. This isn't the first time I've seen this kind of thing, Cover Girl attempted it and it turned out an epic disappointment. I first picked up Coffee. Coffee is named for it's scent, not it's shade. It is a milky clear absolutely loaded with iridescent warm gold/yellow flakies. There is the main color line of Glossaholics and then two "mood" glosses. Coffee is obviously scented with coffee but also something like ginger. The scent of it is kind of gross in my opinion but it fades quickly. I don't notice any taste.
The texture is exactly what I like in a gloss, not sticky or too slick. For a gloss it lasts pretty decently but still needs touch ups quite often, like every hour (but I lick/bite my lips A LOT).
After trying Coffee I purchased Fairy, a milky pink with iridescent purple/pink flakies. I like this one even better than Coffee. And I wish I could capture these in the sunlight, they flash so beautifully and the flakies really pop.

Last but not least, the brush. I was surprised when I pulled out this sucker:
This is compared to a normal doe foot applicator. I personally like the oversized one but I can see how many people wouldn't. It holds plenty of product so I don't have to dip the wand over and over and over.

Have you tried these? What do you think of the giant applicator?
Monday, January 23, 2012

Recent purchases and upcoming swatches/reviews!

This is my list of recent purchases/things I've acquired. I don't really wanna call this a haul because it's purchased over a couple of weeks and the point of this post is more for you to see some new product. If there is anything I post you would specifically like to see swatches/reviews on sooner than others please drop me a comment. It helps motivate my butt into gear!

First up are a few gifts from one of my lovely friends...
MAC Forest eyeshadow duo. I'm not usually a huge fan of MAC eyeshadows but these seem pretty decent.
MAC Pink Shock cream color base. This is my first ccb, see how it goes! She also gifted me some pigment in Reflects Copper and Fuchsia glitter but I forgot to grab pictures.

Illamasqua blush in Lover. I have heard so many good things about this line and I fell in love with this color.
Make Up For Ever aqua liner in 1. Remember I am obsessed! This one was out of stock since before the holidays.
Hard Candy Glossaholic in Coffee and Fairy. I also picked up a tube of their Plumping Serum in It Girl (clear) but I couldn't get it to photograph at all.
Kleancolor polish in Blue Satin, Salsa, Starry Night...
...Sparkle Emerald, Melon Green, Mango
Sinful Colors in Cinderella and Blue By You. These are 2 of the new core shades coming to Sinful. I know there are two others, Bikini (hot hot pink) and Amethyst (medium purple cream). The other is Finger Paint Catwalk Queen, which I can't get to mix up right and I need to get some BB's to add! I want to try to white it out and match my skin tone for nude nails.
Orly polish in Twilight, Shining Star, Fowl Play
L'oreal has a whole new line of polish out and honestly the majority are super duper boring buttt I had coupons and so I found some shades to try. Versailles Romance, Jet Set to Paris, Safari Chic.
Sally Hansen has sooooo many new products it's ridiculous. I picked up Coral Reef from the new Xtreme Wears, Black Tie from the new Diamond Strength (along with Something Blue, which I already swatched) and Lady Luck from the Gem Crush collection. I also picked up Be-jeweled but it's put away already and I don't feel like digging. There are also a ton of new Salon Effects out, I got Tattoo Much and have already worn them (photos/review coming soon).

 New Kiss 3D charms. I bought the two packages I found of these, they have a bunch of little nail art things and look awesome! Can't wait to try them.
Sunday, January 22, 2012

Maybelline Color Tattoo Ad FOTD

 Seeing as the look in the ad is what sold me on this product, I decided to do a quick take on it. It's also a very quick FOTD for when I'm lazy :P
Saturday, January 21, 2012

Maybelline Color Tattoo- 4 more shade swatches!

 I was so impressed with the performance of Tenacious Teal that I picked up four more shades! Keep reading for my review and swatches of them!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Maybelline Superstay 14 Hour lipstick review

I hate long wearing lipsticks. They are always super drying and uncomfortable, never do they wear as long as they claim and normally they are a pain to remove. But...I lost my beloved MAC Candy Yum Yum somewhere (this brings me so much sadness I can't even explain, if anyone has a tube they are looking to sell or swap, hit me up) I have been looking for an even close replacement. The image they are using to advertise this product (you can see it here, although on the display it looks much brighter and doesn't have that sheen to it) looked like such a gorgeous hot pink. This is one of those products that they package so you can't really see or tell what the real color is. So I grabbed the shade she is wearing in the ad "Eternal Rose"...

Which photographed in the tube much brighter than it is, because here it is on the lips:

Which leads me to say this: I am sick and freaking tired of false advertisement! I know that companies make loads of false claims, that doesn't even really bother me. I like to test products for a reason. But when they are using this hot ridiculous neon pink to ADVERTISE AS THE FACE OF YOUR PRODUCT and then said product is NOTHING LIKE THAT then please explain WTF are they thinking? They are advertising that shade why? Because they want people to buy the product, which in my opinion means they expect people to want and purchase this hot freaking pink. So why does it not exist in the line at all? Why is the color instead just another boring old rose? Why do we have to lie and over saturate the colors in our ads when we could just be making the product to being with?

And I am simply SICK of the same old shades being released in every drugstore collection. It's boring! Throw a fun shade in once and a while!

Alright, back to the actual product. Obviously I am completely and totally disappointed in the color. I own so many colors that are exactly like this. As for feel, it goes on pretty easy and not dry at all but after about an hour of wear it does seem a little drying. It starts off pretty shiny but that dulls down pretty quickly. I tested this by eating a snack and drinking through a straw while working a 9 hour shift lasted about 5? Kinda? The inner rim of my lip was worn off pretty badly and the color was a lot less visible at all. This is also disappointing, I get 9 hour wear out of some MAC lipsticks that aren't long wear, are less drying and I can eat a full lunch with it on and not worry.

So, I have to say this is a pass. There is nothing really special about this line, the colors or the wear and for $8.99 there are surely better products.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Maybelline Color Tattoo review

I am a sucker. I have to try everything, even if I expect it to be horrible, I just have to try it. This season the drugstore brands are all coming out with supposed long lasting cream eyeshadows. Now, I don't know about you but I have never found a cream eyeshadow from the drugstore that wasn't complete and total crap. They always end up a sloppy mess in my crease 5 minutes after applying, primer or no primer. Even high end cream shadows usually turn out to be horrible. So when Maybelline came out with supposed 24 hour cream eyeshadow you know I was allll over that.

I picked up the color Tenacious Teal, it just looked so awesome on the model. Here is one swipe and two swipes swatched on my wrist...

And a very quick swatch on the eye...

Maybelline Color Tattoo comes in a little glass jar similar to MAC Paint Pots and almost exactly like Benefit's Creaseless Cream (which are totally not creaseless). On first swipe it feels similar to a Paint Pot, silky and not greasy. Color payoff is pretty good although I did need more than one swipe to get the look I desired. I will say it is not as pretty as the advertising makes it, but how often is it?

The first application I only wore a couple of hours, but the next time I wore it was for a nine hour work shift. I was surprised to find that it held up perfectly all day! Not even a hint of creasing and the color was still vivid.

My one complaint is about creams in general, I find them a little difficult to blend with regular eyeshadow which limits the use. I find them much easier to use as an all over lid color but I did wear it blended with MAC Bright Fuchsia pigment. This photo is after about 5 hours of wear...

Based on this color I will most likely be trying a couple others! They have a gorgeous purple and a rich gold I may have to pick up. They sell for $6.99 and can be found at most drugstores including Walgreens & CVS.
Friday, January 13, 2012

Wet n Wild's I Love Matte palette review & FOTD

 Wet n Wild came out with a palette during the holidays called I <3 Matte. I picked this palette up solely in hope that the purple in it would be decent. I could almost see the disappointment but in search of the perfect purple, I just had to try. This is the first of the new 8 style palettes that I picked up. The 8 pan palettes sell for $4.99, which makes them a pretty great value. However, half of the I <3 Matte palette is basic brown matte shades that I have from a previous Wet n Wild palette. I would have liked to see more brights instead.
My anticipation of disappointment was correct. Upon swatching I found all the colors to be creamy and pigmented except for the purple! The color I purchased it for :( It went on patchy and chalky. Trying to use it on the lid just did not work. Some of the colors I would almost call too creamy, they easily break in the pan if you aren't careful.

Because I've done so many FOTD's with neutrals I used the white, blue and green for this FOTD.
Products used:
Wet N Wild I <3 Matte palette
MUFE Aqua Liner liquid in 8
L'oreal False Fiber Lashes
Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sally Hansen Diamond Strength in Something Blue

 One of the new Diamond Strength polishes, I'm not sure if it is LE. It is from a different display than the new core shades of Diamond Strength but this display also features new Salon Effects which I thought weren't LE. Anyway, Something Blue isn't really blue at all. It's more of a silver-white with blue iridescence and teeny iridescent glitter. This is 3 coats and there is still some VNL showing through, pretty strong in some light. It's a pretty color but I felt kinda meh with it on. The formula is alright, not too thin or thick. The brush is a little cheap feeling in my opinion and the other bottle from this line I bought had a very bent/curved brush.

The wear is actually pretty good, I use my Nailtek Foundation II as a base and usually Poshe as my top coat and even with working everyday I can get a good 5 days with no chipping at all.

There are a few other shades in the new line that I would like to try, although I was disappointed that they brought back majority of the shades in the new bottles with only a few new ones. A lot of those colors are just so common that I would have liked to see them replaced with something with a little more oomph. If we're gonna redesign and reformulate then why not?

I picked my bottle up at Walgreens for $5.99 and a BOGO50% sale. Have you tried the new formula yet?

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