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Nail Polish Swatch-a-thon, 1.0

18 May

Helllooooo ladies! I am a nail polish addict, and I have no problem admitting that I have a slight problem with getting so many nail polishes, in the belief that each color I see is somehow so unique and so special. Well, obviously that’s not the case, but I do have several newer shades to you. This isn’t so much a review as it is a swatch file. I don’t have time or the energy to swatch my entire nail polish collection, but I am trying to show you some shades I have gotten more recently. Something like a reference page. I am about to show you over 40 polishes, so buckle in! This post is pic heavy! Side Note: In some of these pictures my fingers look a little yellow, that’s thanks to Essie’s Brazilliant, unfortunately 😦 but, no I am not jaundiced and no the lighting wasn’t throwing off yellow tones in case you were curious) Enjoy!

L-R: Sally Hansen Evening Fog, Sephora by OPI Under My Trench Coat, Zoya Harley, Butter London All Hail the Queen

Note:  I believe Evening Fog was a LE shade, but it is a great puddy shade if you can find it! Butter London has gorgeous shimmer in it, and is swiftly rising to the top of my favorites in terms of formula as well as color. I had my eye on Under My Trench Coat for awhile, and I am glad I got it, as it’s a nice greige. Zoya Harley has been compared to a discontinued Sephora by OPI shade I had wanted so I am glad to have the next best thing!

L-R: Rimmel Steel Grey, Sonia Kashuk Tauped, Essie Mink Muffs, Barry M Dusky Mauve

Note: Steel Grey is more purple toned than Sonia Kashuk in real life. Barry M Dusky has gorgeous purple shimmer, and has been touted as a dupe for Chanel Paradoxal. It is extremely pretty! Steel Grey has been a favorite of mine, I wear it often in the fall! Mink Muffs is the most brown of this bunch, but a wearable brown none the less.

L-R: Wet n Wild Club Havana, China Glaze Papaya, Revlon Tangerine, Zoya Sienna

Note: I am sure it’s not a surprise that I like WnW Club Havana. It’s peachy-coral without being in your face. Perfect for summer! China Glaze Papaya Punch is louder and bolder and positively orange. But I like that it’s a bright orange, not traffic cone orange. This is new for summer. Revlon Tangerine has a similar tone to Papaya Punch, but has shimmer and in person is less loud. Thanks to Jessica at Getting Cheeky for tipping me off about how wonderful Tangerine looked on twitter one day. Sienna is a stunning shimmer that’s definitely darker than my other oranges, but the shimmer keeps it from being unflattering.

L-R: Revlon Sunshine Sparkle, Sephora by OPI Color That Can't Be Tamed, Milani Hi-Tech, China Glaze Electric Pineapple

Note: Revlon Sunshine Sparkle is a cute bit of a shade and the glass flecks in it keep it from being just another pastel yellow. The SOPI color is another new shade and is a metallic light green. This is three coats here, and I can see me liking this being layered over Stranger Tides as soon as it gets here 😉 I like it on it’s own as well. Milani Hi-Tech is a holo shade and I adore it! It is so unique to my collection. Electric Pineapple is a bold and loud shade and reminds me me of how Shrek is colored. When I put this on, the bf hated it! lol. Not for the faint of heart! It might be cool under a black crackle if you like crackle polishes.

L-R: Sonia Kashuk Jammin', Milani Parfait, Milani Creamy, Finger Paints Did You Ast-Her Out?

Note: Jammin’ is new for Spring and is a lovely bright shade without being too over the top, Milani Parfait is a favorite color of mine because I don’t have too many shades that are bright pinky purples like this. Milani Creamy is pretty, and is slightly rose toned and not as bright as Jammin’. Did You Ast-Her Out was from Finger Paints spring collection and is my perfect pink.

L-R: China Glaze Senorita Bonita, Finger Paints Heavenly Hydrangeas, Sonia Kashuk Tutti Frutti, Milani Tropical Fiesta

Note: All of these shades are new for spring/summer. Senorita Bonita has an absolutely gorgeous pink-purple-blurple sparkle to it and is the best purple I own in terms of color. Heavenly Hydrangeas is a nice springy purple, and has no shimmer to it. Tutti Frutti is a bright, bright coral while Milani Tropical Fiesta is supposed to be a bright honeysuckle. I would agree that’s it’s a bright pink, but I have seen so many interpretations of honeysuckle, so it’s anyone’s guess what the shade really is. But I rather like the look of it. 🙂

L-R: Zoya Danielle, OPI Mod About You, Zoya Barbie, Essie Haute as Hello

 Note: If you follow me on twitter, you know I got Zoya Danielle because it shares my name. It is a sheer nude with glass flecks (hard to see on camera) it’s quite a lovely “my nails but better” shade. I might be biased by liking it so much because of the name 😉 . Mod About You will look great with a tan, and is notoriously difficult to work with. I find that after two coats it gets better and easier. Barbie is a pretty pink with pink shimmer. Haute as Hello is a bright peachy-coral that leans more peach than most of my other polishes. Is really is a great shade!

L-R: Hard Candy Sky, China Glaze Moody Blue, Barry M Blue Moon, Revlon Blue Lagoon

Note: I have a good laugh when I took this picture. Ahh, so many light blues, so little time. Hard Candy Sky has made the rounds on YT and blogs earlier, and is a lovely shade and the lightest of the ones here. Moody Blue is sadly discontinued and is probably very hard to find. Blue Moon was sent to me by the lovely H over at 25FLondon. In person it is duskier with a bit of grey to it which makes it more wearable as well. Revlon Blue Lagoon is a new favorite because of the glass flecks. I love it!

L-R: LA Splash Aqua Fusion, Essie Smooth Sailing, Zoya Kelly, Milani Blue Flash

Note: LA Splash is a really pretty mid tone blue with blue sparkle. I bought this on a whim actually and I don’t really know when. I just pulled it because I needed another blue. Smooth Sailing is part of Essie’s new collection and is a unique periwinkle sparkle. I am over the moon for this shade, especially because I don’t have a single thing like it! Zoya Kelly had been on my list for awhile and is a deep blue-grey. Very classy, in my opinion. Milani Blue Flash is one of their one coat glitters and I won this in a contest on Twitter. It is pretty, but it took two coats, not one to fully cover my nail. It did, however, cover better than most other glitters out there…but be prepared for top coat because it gets a bit gritty!

L-R: Sally Hansen Silver Lining, Revlon Sheer Pearl, Rimmel Crushed Pearl, Sephora by OPI Traffic Stopper Copper

Note: Sally Hansen Silver Lining is actually quite cool, it flashes blue and silver, this might have been LE, I found it a Walgreens all by it’s onesy in March. Revlon Sheer Pearl is less pink than Crushed Pearl, but both give a similar effect. I ended up with both because Tiffany at Will Work For Makeup did a post about Crushed Pearl and I couldn’t find it, so I settled with the closest I could find. Fast forward a few weeks later, I found it back in stock at my Target. So I have both. Oh well! They are still not really total dupes. Traffic Stopper Copper is new from SOPI and was a total impulse buy because they put that dang nail polish rack by the check out. It is pretty and I don’t have a copper glitter coat, so it was worth the little splurge. 🙂

L-R: Revlon Gold Coin, Sephora by OPI Shiny Dancer, Orly Rage, Revlon Copper Penny

Note: Revlon’s Gold Coin and Copper Penny are newer for this year and are quite lovely as metallics go. They are shiny and very pigmented. Shiny Dancer (part of SOPI’s Urban Ballerina Collection) was bought to complete my need for a metallic grey/slate and it fits the bill nicely. Orly Rage is a gorgeous Rose Gold and a favorite in my collection.

L-R: Milani Hi-Res, Hard Candy Lava, Sephora by OPI Go With the Flow-er, Sally Hansen Black Platinum

Note: I can’t take credit for finding Milani Hi-Res on my own. After seeing it in a post by Kizzy, I knew it had to be mine. I really love the Milani Holos and Digital is on it’s way to me now! Hard Candy Lava is such an amazing shade, and it really reminds me of lava! I get the most compliments and questions on this color when I wear it. SOPI Go With the Flow-er is my favorite coral. It is glass-flecked and perfect. A must have for all collections; I have bought some already for friends of mine I like it that much! Sally Hansen Black Platinum is quite dark, a pearly black and has been compared to Chanel Black Pearl. I don’t really know how similar it is, so I won’t speculate it’s dupe-dom since I don’t own it. But, this shade is quite sassy none the less.

L-R: China Glaze For Audrey, OPI Mermaid's Tears, For Audrey+Silver Shatter, Mermaid's Tears+Silver Shatter

Note: For Audrey isn’t new for me, but I showed it just so you could see the difference between it and Mermaid’s Tears from the new Pirates Collection. Stranger Tides and Skull & Glossbones are still on the way and I will swatch upon arrival 🙂 Mermaid’s Tears is my favorite type of this shade that I own, because of the slight murkiness to it. The Silver Shatter is the first shatter I have had interest in and actually really enjoy it! I ended up picking up a gold shatter today from Sally Hansen that I will review soon as well! If you haven’t liked the shatters before, check this one out because it is such a different look!

L-R: For Audrey+China Glaze Concrete Crackle, Mermaid's Tears+China Glaze Lightning Bolt Crackle, Same+Silver Shatter

Note: Again, I have to stress that I am not a huge fan of the crackle look. I prefer Concrete over Lightning Bolt here, but I imagine with the right color the white shatter would look nice. Still, the Silver Shatter is my favorite!

Well I hope that gives you an idea of some of the new stuff out here this Spring. Don’t forget to check out my other Zoya (here ) and China Glaze (here and here)  posts for other polishes they have released recently.


A little bit of “Eye Candy”

12 May

Hello ladies! Almost Friday! You know, every time I say ‘Friday’ now, I think of that horrible awful song. Yes, it really was traumatic and I really wish I could un-listen to that song. If you haven’t heard it, you are lucky!

Anyway, I have some new products to share with you *ahem* for the eyes if you’ll pardon the pun in my title. Just a few things that have come to me lately that I may not have swatched for you guys yet.

New Eye Candy

L-R: Milani Infinite Liquid Liner in #01, Stila 24kt, MAC Groundcover, Stila Kitten Glitter Liner

  •  Milani Inifinte Liquid Liner in 01 Infinite: A glowing bright blue! These babies really are long wearing. It says up to 24 hour wear! Although, I don’t have any intention of wearing it that long, I wore it on my eyes for a whole day and it didn’t budge. I also had a swatch on my arm and tried washing it off with soap and water–trust me when i say you will need more than that to remove this! lol.  I plan on getting more for the summer. They are waterproof, perfect for a quick swipe before the beach or swimming!
  • Stila 24kt Shadow: Received in this month’s BirchboxIt is the shade of gold I have always wanted from an eyeshadow but have never quite found. This pairs a great, blendable formula with the yellow gold color I love. It remind me of a more pigmented version of Greed, which you will see below. If you love golds, this color will be right up your alley.
  • MAC Groundcover (LE) : From Fashion Flower. While it does go on more pigmented on the eyes, I am not impressed with this shadow at all. I have been craving greys like no one’s business and this just did not really fit the bill for me. That swatch (albeit without primer) is like 15 swipes, I am not kidding. I wore a lot of the flower imprint away getting it to show up on my skin. The formula isn’t that great either. If you didn’t get this in Fashion Flower, don’t feel bad. You aren’t missing some super-pigmented great grey shadow here. I will work with it, and it does go nicely on the eyes, just not exactly what I hoped for.   😦
  • Stila Glitter Liner in Kitten: Finally a glitter liner with color and LOTS of tightly packed glitter. It doesn’t flake off on me and really adds nice sparkle to my eyes for something a little special. I like the shade because it’s so much more natural and wearable for the daytime, unlike many other glitter liners. Lasts all day on me!

L-R: Lorac 3d Liquid Lustre, blended, under Stila 24kt, Stila 24kt alone

Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre was a bit of an impulse purchase at Ulta (shocker, I know) sometime in early April. It kind of stood out to me as a unique product and idea, plus the price tag was right (around $15 I think). It really adds a shimmer lustre to any shadow. I will do more swatches with shadows under them in a seperate post so you can see how this really transforms them. Is it 3D? I don’t know about that, but it certainly punches up my shadows, can make matte shadows shimmery and definitely gives them new dimension. A caution here–use primer underneath this on your eyes, if you don’t it may crease on you depending on the type of shadow you are using. You can see a clear difference between the Stila shadow with and without the lustre. Isn’t it pretty?

L-R: Mally Evercolor Stick Champagne, UD 24-7 Shadow Stick Midnight Cowboy, UD 24-7 Shadow Stick Rehab, UD Greed Primer Potion

I have a confession. I have been getting SUPER lazy with my eye looks and want something that is literally “swipe, swipe, go” and these next products give me that for sure.

  • Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick: I saw this in a YT video from Emily Noel (Beauty Broadcast, link in sidebar) and loved the way it looked. I got this from QVC. I really want more of these because is one lasts all day, is easy to blend out and doesn’t drag on my eyes. It was a little pricier, I think in the mid $20 range, so the UD pencils are a bit better of a deal.
  • UD 24-7 Shadow Pencils in Midnight Cowboy and Rehab: I am absolutely over the moon for these. I have my eye on Clinic and Wasteland next. I love the colors, formula and the fact that I can literally swipe, swipe and go with these. You can sheer them out or build them up to whatever your desired shade is. Definitely check these out at Sephora or Ulta if you haven’t already. They stay put without primer and dry fast.I wouldn’t mind owning them all.
  • UD Primer Potion in Greed: Of course I would want the yellow gold primer because I love yellow gold on my eyes. Although it is more sheer in color than I would care for, it gives a nice gold wash to my eyes  when I’m in a hurry, and is great for underneath gold, brown and green shadows especially. I have had Greed since it first came out a few months ago, but have just now started using it again. If you like Sin, you will like Greed. Just be aware that it is not going to be as pigmented as Sin is.

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense L-R: #8 lightly, regular; #4 regular, lightly

Ahh, the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense shadows. You gals have seen these before, so I don’t need to go there about how wonderfully awesome and amazing these are. Yes I love them, yes they are worth it, and yes I am getting more. I mean, that “regular” swatch is literally one swipe, no primer, not wet, nothing. They are stunning! They have a similar feel to the Lancome Ombre Magnetiques if you own any of those. These just pack more punch 🙂

Laura Mercier Black Karat: Dry (L) Wet (R)

And the last and latest edition. The new Laura Mercier Baked Shadow in Black Karat. I was looking at a new Stila liquid liner in a khaki color at Sephora a week ago and the SA asked if she could help. Of course! I wanted a color that looked like the liner but that was actually an eyeshadow. Ever the helpful staff at my Sephora, she led me to the new Laura Mercier baked shadows and plucked up Black Karat. She swatched it dry, and I swooned. She then took a bottle of water and sprayed it directly onto the shadow, and swatched it wet. Then it was over. I knew she was going home with me. I wanted the perfect “not quite khaki, not quite bronze, not quite gold” color and this is IT. It stays put all freakin’ day! I used this as liner the other day and loved it. I have used it as shadow as well, both wet and dry. It is lovely, and I can see myself wearing this all summer long with a tan!

Well, thanks for playing along ladies. What are some of your recent finds for eyes? Do you have a favorite of the ones above?

Collection Complete + My First Giveaway!

19 Apr

Hello ladies! Glad to be safe in the house, we are having absolutely terrible weather right now! Snow, ice, thunder and lightning all at once…yikes! But safe and warm I can finally bring you the last Milani Baked Blush….Terra Sole! You can see my other reviews and swatches for the rest of the collection here and here.

Milani Baked Blush Terra Sole

L-R: Milani Bellissimo Bronze, Milani Terra Sole, MAC Give Me Sun!

As you can see above, this one is the only Milani Baked Blush without shimmer. It isn’t bronzey, nor is it tan. Terracotta is more appropriate, hence the ‘Terra’ in the name. But is is more brown than most terracotta blushes/bronzers I have seen which, for my skintone, makes it supremely more wearable. It is a lovely shade and worth looking into. I have heard this can only be ordered online, and I purchased mine through Cherry Culture. I am glad to finally have the full collection!

Annnnnnddddd. Because I recently had my 1000th tweet on twitter, and because I just love those of you who belong to our little community, I wanted to do my first giveaway.

China Glaze Crackle in Faultline, Milani Baked Blush Coralina, MAC Phloof! eyeshadow pro pan

The Prize (1 winner):

  1. Milani Baked Blush in Coralina
  2. China Glaze Crackle Polish in Faultline
  3. MAC Phloof! eyeshadow pro pan

I wanted to give one of you the most summer-y blush from the Milani Baked Blush line- Coralina. MAC Phloof! is because that was the very first MAC shadow I ever bought for myself and remains a favorite of mine for brightening the inner corner! This giveaway is not sponsored by anyone, but I did want to mention that I received some of the crackle polishes from China Glaze to try out. You know I am not a crackle fan per say, so I wanted to share this with one of you (never tested it)!

The Rules:

  1. You must be a follower of mine on twitter @bloominbeauty5
  2. You need to leave a comment below (1 entry per person) telling me what your favorite shade for summer is this year, or what summer trend you are liking the most.
  3. One extra entry for being a subscriber to my blog (upper left hand corner, enter your email, click subscribe!) (Blogger RSS feed is fine too, just let me know that you do)
  4. One extra entry per person for putting this giveaway in your sidebar of your blog (make sure you leave the link below so I can see it)

The giveaway ends Saturday April 30th, 2011 at 11:59 PM. One winner will be chosen at random and announced the week of May 2, 2011. This contest is open internationally.

Good luck ladies! And thanks for making this so much fun 😉

Mix ‘n’ Match

11 Apr

Good Afternoon ladies! I hope all of your Mondays have been treating you well. I am so geared up for spring and summer after this bought of super warm weather this weekend, I just want to live outside! I cannot wait to start buying flowers and plants again!

In the mean time, I can still have lots of fun with makeup! About two weeks ago I posted a twitpic of a mixed blush (a cream base and a powder over the top) to show how you have so many more blushes than you think you own if you have a few of each! I love to create my own custom colors when I have the time, so I thought I would share with you guys a few ideas of mixing up your own colors.

L-R: NARS Cactus Flower, Milani Luminoso, Mixed Together

Above, you can see that both of these blushes are beautiful in their own right. But just look what a gorgeous color it makes when you blend them together? A stunning bright peachy-coral. I shade that I would love to purchase all by itself!

L-R: MAC Cream Color Base Madly Magenta, Tarte Adored, Mixed Together

Here I wanted to really bring out the color in Tarte’s Adored Amazonian Clay Blush. It is pretty and slightly more subtle on it’s own, but when added to Madly Magenta you really take it up a notch (or 5, lol).  But I absolutely love the way this blush came out! It reminds me of how MAC Sakura blush out to have been, by looking at the pan and having swatched it. This combo is much, much better!

L-R: MAC Cream Color Base Tickle Me Pink, NARS Taj Mahal, Mixed Together

This is the picture that inspired this post, as well as a friendly suggestion from the very talented 25FLondon. I was trying to create a tangerine shade of blush, and I think I pulled it off quite well. I will definitely be using this combo in the summer, as my skin gets a bit more color to it.

Whether you like the color of the blush as it is (I like every one of these very much on their own) or if you aren’t quite happy with it, it is rather fun to play around and make new colors from the ones you already have. I think that’s part of the “art” of makeup and bringing out your creative side. I do this with eyeshadows and bases, and lipsticks and lipliners all the time, as I am sure most of you do as well. I would love to see some of the other things you ladies come up with, so I “tag” you all to do a post like this.