Monday, 26 March 2012

Orly and Drug store Nail Polishes

As much as I love China Glaze nail polishes I do also love drug store brands :) Here are a few Ive picked up recently.

Rage by Orly's a beautiful shimmery sparkly rose gold/champagne colour. I goes on smooth and has great coverage with just one coat. I love this colour! I will say that it only lasts about 3-4 days but its still so beautiful!

Another one from Orly. This nail polish is very creamy and very opaque. Its a little bright for me to wear on every nail but I love it with Wet and Wilds Wet Cement on all my nails and Gum Drop on my accent nails.

This is Revlon's nail polish in Sparkling. Its a clear base with small and large chunks of glitter. The glitter is a beautiful dusty rose colour. Its a little on the thin side so you really have to build it up for the beautiful glitter to really pop!!

This nail polish is AWESOME!! Its super concentrated I swear one coat and its so thick and glittery!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!! I am so picking up a few more of these!

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Another China Glaze Haul

I love China Glaze nail polish! They have such a huge variety of colours to choose from. So as I build up my collection I thought I would share the new colours I add.

Starting with : Stone cold from the Hunger Games collection.

This is Stone Cold from the Hunger Games Collection. Its a beautiful dark ashy grey with dark flecks. I dries to a matte finish. I love matte nail polish!!

This is Luxe And Lush also from the Hunger Games Capital collection. Its a clear base with very large flakes of opalescent glitter. It reminds me of fish scales but I think its beautiful over a light pink. The only downside to this polish is that the flakes of glitter start to peel off and your nails end up looking a little fluffy even with a clear top coat.

This is in the colour Awakening. Its a beautiful duo-chrome polish. Its a berry purple with beautiful burnt orange duo-chrome. Its very opaque and looks great with only one coat!

I LOVE this colour!! Its a deep raspberry colour called Seduce Me. Its such a sophisticated rich colour. Oh I'm in love :)

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Maybelline Eye Studio 24 Hour Eye Tattoo

Maybelline Eye Studio 24 Hour Eye Tattoo

The new Maybelline Eye Tattoos are a cream colour shadow. ( I've heard comparable to MAC paint pots although I done own any paint pots I cant compare them myself). They are creamy and highly pigmented and come in 10 beautiful shades. I own 6. They blend out easily and are easy to apply. You can use them with a brush but I find for a better colour pay off using your finger to pack the colour on works best. They last all day without creasing. They can be worn on their own or layered with shadows.

This is how Maybelline describes the new 24 hour Eye Tattoos:

Why You'll Love It

Dare to wear 24HR shadow.
• Ink technology creates 24HR wear shadow for our most intense, long-lasting colour saturation
• Cream formula glides on without creasing and keeps colour vibrant
• Ophthalmologist-tested.  Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers

The colours I own are:
05 Too Cool, 15 Audacious Asphalt, 25 Bad to the Bronze, 30 Pomegranate Punk, 40 Tenacious Teal, 35 Tough as Taupe.

Too Cool and Tough as Taupe are less creamy than the others and I find Tough as Taupe a little harder to blend as it sets quickly. Bad to the Bronze is one of my favourite colours and is by far the creamiest. I like to wear Tenacious Teal and Pomegranate Punk with a nude eye as winged liner setting the cream base with a matching shadow.

Pomegranate Punk

Tough as Taupe

Too Cool

Tenacious Teal

Bad to the Bronze

Audacious Asphalt

I would love to get the Bold Gold and the Painted Purple but they are sold out everywhere in my town :(

Monday, 27 February 2012

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Urban Decay Naked 2 palette

As my addiction for high end makeup grows so does my collection! (lol funny how that works). My birthday is in mid January and once again my wonderful husband surprised me with the Naked 2 palette. As Sam Scheurman mentions in her review that she like both equally and my hubby just happened to be listening as I watched her review ( also my reaction to the original palette) he again went to Sephora but they didn't have any in stock. Waiting list...when he got the call they had received a new shipment it was a few days after my birthday so I was definitely surprised!! No wrapping paper necessary! Just that beautiful Sephora bag with the red paper sticking out the top!

The Naked 2 palette comes in this metal case where as the Naked palette comes with a soft brown velour case with magnetic closure. I really don't have a preference to which case I like better although the Naked 2 seems that it will be better for travelling.

The palette comes with 12 beautiful, highly pigmented, silky smooth neutral eye shadows. 2 matte and 10 glitter/shimmer shades. It also comes with a double ended shadow brush. Its great quality! On one end you have a smaller flat shader brush and on the other is a fluffy blending brush. I'm not a huge fan of double ended brushes as I like to store the upright in a container with beads but one end will get ruined so I have one lonely brush laying out :( This palette also comes with a sample size Urban Decay Lip Junkie in the colour Naked ( big surprise).

I'm not a big lipstick wearer. I may pick up a few and give them another try but I have 2 fairly dark freckles on my bottom lip that always seem to peek through my lipstick so I tend to use glosses so it doesn't look like I'm trying to hide anything....OK back to the Lip Junky...Its a beautiful sheer pinky brown and its somewhat minty. I do find its a little sticky for my liking.

On to the main event...The Shadows!!

From left to right they are:
Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout.
|(Half Baked is the only repeat from the original palette).

Should have cleaned the mirror first :)

I have to say I love this palette! (as much as the original Naked palette) Half Baked and YDK do come off a little chunky so a light hand works best for those two shades. I also find the glitter in Chopper is a little big but still beautiful! I have nothing bad to say about either palette. Well worth the money for anyone who likes a neutral eye. 

Sunday, 26 February 2012

One'n Only Argan Oil

Argan oil

I have very fine curly hair. Its colour treated and I do have some grey hair. Its damaged from heat styling and dry well from being curly...As with my skin on my face I have an oily scalp which in turn makes my roots oily. I wear my hair straight about 98% of the time.

I heard alot of woman talk about how much argan oils helped their hair so...why not! Ill give it a try. I purchased a 3.4fl.oz. bottle at Sallys for $13.79. (kinda pricey) The bottle says: Oil treatment, instant shine, smoothness, frizz control colour protection and alcohol-free. It says its non greasy and absorbs into hair instantly.

Yep it does...

I put a pea sized drop and work it into the ends of my towel dried hair. Then blow dry and style as usual. Its made a HUGE improvement in the dryness and damage of me ends. LOVE IT!! The bottle says you can also add it to dry hair but for me it just make it greasy looking. I think this is a must have product and will definitely be repurchasing it. Well worth the money!

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush

Maybellines new Dream Bouncy Blush

I watched some reviews on these "cream" blushes. The ones I watched before I purchased any myself loved them so I though OK I have to try these.

 I went out and bought 05 Fresh Pink. The texture is like nothing I have ever tried before. Its firm but yes its bouncy. Ive heard them described as "memory ball" ish feeling but to me a memory ball is a foam that retains its original shape which this blush does not. You can push the product down and it will compress but does not come back to its original shape.

Colour 05 Fresh Pink

I have fair skin and whilst this colour 05 Fresh Pink is beautiful and thinking it would be perfect on fairer skin tones it just had no colour pay off. even with a generous application it simply was just not showing up :(

I watched a few haul videos and a few more reviews on this product and found a lot of people had the same issues as me. NO colour payoff. I decided to give it another chance and bought yet another one in hopes of some high pigments! ( also there were no testers where I bought them:(

Lets try again and this time with a darker shade! I bought 50 Plum Wine. The darkest I could fine. Its a beautiful dark rosy colour.

There!! That's a swatch with finger application but I prefer to use a medium stippling brush and I get this beautiful rosy glow. Sometimes I use a powder blush layered on top if I know I wont have a chance to touch up my makeup.

To the point...They have very beautiful shades but for me unless its super dark I just don't have use for it because its so sheer and you really cant see it on anyways. Will I buy any of the other shades...No. Plum wine was the darkest I found and even then its not that intense :(

China Glaze Nail Polish

China Glaze nail polish...WOW. Ive only ever used the less expensive nail polish from the drugstores. Which most have a good colour pay off but the chipping...oh the chipping! They would last me at most 3 days. Some brands/colours even less. Then I tried China Glaze.

Most are a very rich highly pigmented polish that will last me (with a base and top coat) a week or more. They have soooo many colours to choose from. Well I guess its time to build up my collection. Ill start with what I have thus far. (when my swatch wheels come in from eBay ill post swatches of all the colours but for now its just the bottles)

To start with is INNOCENCE this milky light pink shad. Its very pigmented and very glossy. I did have to apply 2 coats but well worth it!

Next up is Lubu Heels. Its more of a sheer black with deep fine red glitter. This polish will take 2-3 coats but the colour is bautiful!! 

Next is Limbo Bimbo. This to me is the mother of all hot pinks!! Its super shiny and frosted. Highly pigmented and just a fantastic stand out colour!

And last is Chiaroscuro. I love love love this colour!! Its a very shimmery pinky coral champainge colour. Did I mention I love this colour? You can get away with one coat but with 2 its just heaven....

I dont know what else to say about these nail polishes or as the bottle says nail lacquers. They have beautiful shades, a huge seletion of colour choices,they are glossy, they wear so well lasting a full week if not more!

More China Glaze in my future? I think YES!!

(colour on my thumb in these pics is Wet n Wild megalast in Wet Cement:)