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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.


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An Epic Highlighter Post!

17 Apr

Greetings fellow beauty lovers! Today I bring a special post, all about highlighters. I was not able to swatch everything in my collection, but I did try to pick the most popular or most readily available items so that you can see what many of them look like compared to one another. For most of them I am including a flash and a natural light photo. The natural light really washes them out on camera I think, so bear that in mind. The flash versions are more accurate representations of what the colors look like, but I did it for posterity’s sake anyway :). This is going to be a picture heavy post!

Liquid/Cream Highlighters

NARS Gold Member

L-R: Sonia Kashuk Sheer Shimmering Highlight, Stila All Over Shimmer #3, Benefit High Beam, Smashbox Artificial Light in Flash

Natural Light L-R: Sonia Kashuk Sheer Shimmering Highlight, Stila All Over Shimmer #3, Benefit High Beam, Smashbox Artificial Light in Flash

L-R: MAC CCB Pearl, MAC CCB Shell, MAC CCB Hush, Sephora Luminous Glow

Natural Light L-R: MAC CCB Pearl, MAC CCB Shell, MAC CCB Hush, Sephora Luminous Glow

L-R: UD Urbanglow Sin, UD Urbanglow Wicked, MUFE Uplight #32, MUFE Uplight #33

Natural Light L-R: UD Urbanglow Sin, UD Urbanglow Wicked, MUFE Uplight #32, MUFE Uplight #33

ELF All Over Color Sticks L-R: Persimmon, Lilac Petal, Golden Peach, Spotlight

L-R: Precriptives Sheen Cream in Beam, NARS Illuminator in Copacabana, Mark Touch & Glow, NARS Illuminator in Orgasm

The above pictures represent my favorite kind of highlight–liquid/cream. I just think it always look so much more luminous and dewy when you use a liquid. I reach for a liquid or cream highlighter daily, while powder highlighters are much less frequently used, maybe a handful of times a month if that. I am still lusting after a few more of the MUFE Uplights (they are $29 each at Sephora.com) but I am waiting for them to arrive in Sephora (mid-May I have been told) so I can swatch. I am also lemming the infamous Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow in Rose Gold., but haven’t indulged yet because, as you can see, I have enough to deal with at the moment in the way of cream highlighters. A few of these items may be difficult to find, and although I tried not to include such items, I did so so that if you do find them that you snatch them up! Prescriptives Sheen Cream has long been discontinued, but has remained for about 3 years a favorite of mine. If they still sold it, I would buy several. Sonia Kashuk’s liquid highlighter is new for spring this year, but has been notoriously difficult to find. I was told by the company you will see more soon, but they had a problem with the manufacturer. Sephora’s luminous glow is also a cherished favorite of mine, but it has also been discontinued! I wanted to include some pictures of the items that are not as popular so that you know what they look like if you find them:

Sephora Luminous Glow

Mark Touch & Glow Cream

The unique thing about the Mark product is that you can use each of the colors separately and you have 9 colors to use. Or you can swirl them together to get the peachy bronze effect I got in the swatch (it appears darker in the swatch than it is in person). Plus this is more like a cream-to-powder product.

Cream/Liquid Wrap up:

  1. Grab a Prescriptives Sheen Cream or Sephora Luminous Glow if you ever find one
  2. The budget buys are the ELF All Over Color Sticks at just $1 and they are very lovely (I would choose the sticks over the liquids they offer as the liquids get quite frosty)
  3. The MUFE Uplights I have are the sparkling version. If you don’t like glitter, you won’t like this version. I plan to try the pearl versions next.
  4. My newest favorite is NARS Copacabana. I ordered it in stick version as well because I like it so much. Smashbox Artificial Light in Flash is equally gorgeous and ranks quite high for me. It was one of my first highlighters.
  5. MAC Cream Colour Bases are very natural looking and an afforable and easily available option. I use these so much!
  6. I love mixing the Sonia Kashuk one with my foundation, and have been doing this almost daily since receiving it.

Powders:

L-R: ELF Golden Bronzer, Too Faced Peach Leopard, Anastasia Brow Highlight (mixed), Benefit Georgia

L-R: Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Pure, The Body Shop Brush on Radiance Beads, Guerlain Meteorites Beige Chic

Clockwise from Top: Guerlain Meteorites Beige Chic, Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Pure, The Body Shop Brush on Radiance Beads

L-R: TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer, Lorac Perfectly Lit in Spotlight, MAC MSF Refined

Natural Light L-R: TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer, Lorac Perfectly Lit in Spotlight, MAC MSF Refined

The Body Shop Shimmer Waves in Peach

The Body Shop Shimmer Waves in Peach

L-R: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Vegas Strip & Miami Strip, Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick Platinum Pink, Dior Amber Diamond

Natural Light L-R: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Vegas Strip & Miami Strip, Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick Platinum Pink, Dior Amber Diamond

Powder Wrap up:

  1. Guerlain Meteorites are a waste of money–at least the shade I got. It barely shows up on my skin and has that old lady smell that some Guerlain products have (I don’t enjoy it-the primer smells better than this). I don’t think I would ever buy another one. Mine was a smaller size that came in a set. Thank goodness, because in the 2 years I have owned I have used it MAYBE once. Yeah, I give it a big F-.  Sorry if you like them, it just didn’t highlight AT ALL for me.
  2. The two Body Shop products are great. I love the Peach Shimmer Waves so much. I believe it was LE for last year, but if you can find it..grab it up!
  3. Lorac Perfectly Lit and Mary-Lou Manizer are wonderful highlighters, and are so natural looking for being powders. Lorac just gives me this ethereal glow that I love so much, it is in my top 5 for sure!
  4. Benefit Georgia is nice, but very very subtle on my skintone. On the other hand, Tarina Tarantino is super sparkly. You must use it with a light hand but for special events or nights out it is gorgeous!
  5. In person, Vegas Strip and Dior Amber Diamond are almost dupes. The texture is different, but I am not sold on the hype of Amber Diamond yet. It may be going back to Sephora! For the price, it just isn’t that different or special to me. 😦  I am, however still interested in trying Rose Diamond and the other limited edition shade if I can track it down.
  6. Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick is also nothing to write home about. Platinum Pink is a LE shade, but I would be interested in trying another. I will probably pick one up the next time I am at my CCO (much cheaper that way). They are worth the CCO price, but I don’t think I would ever pay full price for one.

Well, that is probably my biggest and longest post ever! I am a total highlighter addict and I am always searching for more! What are your thoughts? Are you a cream/liquid fan or do you prefer powders? What highlighters do you own that are your favorite?

Recent Drugstore Finds

6 Apr

Good Afternoon/Evening (I guess it could even be morning for some of you 😉 )  It’s the middle of the week again! We made it halfway through, so congrats to us! The weekend will be here and gone again in no time, lovely thought isn’t it? LOL.

The other day I was running around getting some errands done, and wherever I go I somehow always end up in the makeup aisle. I could be going for something innocent like toilet paper (true story) and end up spending 20 minutes staring at makeup. It is madness! I don’t even know how it happens sometimes. There must be a hidden magnetic field that pulls me in. It is a conspiracy!

The results of the above madness:

Recent Drugstore Finds

Shown above:

  • Maybelline Eye Studio Quad in Mythical Mermaid (New and LE- approx $8)
  • Garnier Nutritioniste Anti Dark Circle Roller (approx. $12)
  • Wet n Wild Mega Last Nail Polish in Club Havana ($1.49)
  • Wet n Wild Mega Last lipstick in Cora-line 909D ($2.49)
  • Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Shimmering Highlighter ($9.99)
  • Wet n Wild Color Icon Brow & Eye Liner Taupe ($.69) (not swatched)

L-R: Maybelline Quad, Sonia Kashuk Highlighter, Wet n Wild Cora-line, Wet n Wild Club Havana, Garnier Eye Roller

The Garnier Eye Roller has been in my regular line up for well over a month now, probably since January actually. I love this because it can moisturize under my eyes, makes them feel soft, de-puffs and conceal circles. On days when I do not want or do not need that much coverage, I just use this without any other concealer.

Continuing with my coral craze, I picked up Club Havana and Cora-line (909D) from Wet n Wild. The lipstick is a somewhat matte formula, but doesn’t seem too drying. It lasts a nice long time on my lips. I have not yet tested the nail polish because I had just done my nails when I picked this up. Wasn’t about to ruin a perfectly good mani 😉 Both colors are gorgeous and I will definitely be sporting them a lot in the coming months. For less than $4 for both of them, you can’t really go wrong! I also picked up their eyebrow pencil in Taupe for $.69!! How can you go wrong?! Anyway, I found it’s a perfect shade for my brows now that I have gone a bit lighter with the highlights in my hair.

And on to the Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Shimmering Highlighter* new from her Spring collection available only at Target. I love Sonia Kashuk’s products, always have. While they are pricier than the Covergirl and Maybelline drugstore products, they also have a step up in formula and color, and cuteness that those other brands just don’t have.  This highlighter is phenomenal! I love mixing it with my foundation, moisturizer, tinted moisturizer for an all over dewy glow. Be careful of it’s hair trigger though, you can quickly end up with too much out of the pump! But if you use a light touch, you can get the perfect amount of sheer bronzey glow. Love this stuff! It isn’t sticky, and it feels very lightweight going on the skin!

Maybelline Mythical Mermaid Quad Swatches

I wasn’t looking for this, but it caught my eye and I knew (the name helped) it had to be mine. This will be great for the summer. If you have ever tried these quads you know they are smooth and buttery, and quite shimmery. My favorite shade is the deep emerald, which will be great to use wet as a liner! I used this on Monday to create a light spring green eye for work, and I loved it! It is limited edition, so if you think you might like this palette, I would go check it out soon!

Anything catch your eye? Already have some of the products I mentioned? Do share!

* This is item was provided to me by PR for review. I do not do paid reviews nor do I use affiliate links. My commitment is to you, in writing my honest and unbiased opinion at all times.

March Favorites!

5 Apr

It’s that time again ladies! The time where we showcase the products we have been loving for the past month. I’m not going to sit and introduce this because the title really is quite self-explanatory! Let’s get to it.

March Favorites!

Shown Above:

  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation- Medium
  • MAC Bare Study Paint Pot
  • Bare Minerals Nude Beach e/s
  • Physicians Formula Happy Booster Translucent Powder
  • MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20
  • Tarte Foundation Brush
  • Sonia Kashuk Cheerful lipgloss
  • MAC Oak Lipliner
  • MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick Gotta Dash!
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Tipsy

Swatches L-R (w/flash) Happy Booster Powder, Oak lipliner, Gotta Dash, Cheerful, Tipsy, Nude Beach, Bare Study, Nude Beach over Bare Study, Pro Longwear Concealer

I have been using the Happy Booster Translucent Powder for over a month now. I love the smell, the feel, and slight glow it gives my skin. Oak lipliner is a great liner that I have been under my brights to tone them down a notch for day time or office wear. Gotta Dash is one shade from the new formula launched by MAC in February (I think that’s when it came out). It is such a pretty peachy coral that goes with everything. I have been wearing it over Oak lipliner as well to extend wear time. Cheerful gloss is in the same color family as Gotta Dash, and I LOVE the formula of this gloss. It is not sticky at all, very different formula than I have ever tried. I am not sure what more I can say about Tarte Tipsy than I have already said. You can see my original review here and my follow up dupe comparison here. It is a very lovely blush to have for any skin tone really. Bare Minerals Nude Beach eyeshadow was something I first heard about from Tiffany @ Will Work For Makeup on twitter. Once she tweeted about it, I had to investigate! Then I believe it was a few days later Jessica from Getting Cheeky did a FOTD with it, you can see her post here. It was all downhill after that, as they say. I picked it up right away and fell in love with it. I wore it layered over Bare Study Paint Pot from MAC most often. While in New Orleans, I had my makeup done (not a full face) at a MAC counter and adored the concealer the wonderful MUA used and purchased it on the spot. The Pro Longwear Concealer is perfect for under the eye. NW20 is lighter than my normal concealer shade, so I wouldn’t use this on my face. It is specifically for my under eye area. I typically like a lighter shade of concealer under my eyes, and the MUA there actually recommended going for a lighter than my skin tone color to use under the eyes. This is the first concealer I have used under my eyes THAT DOES NOT CREASE EVER! I don’t even need to set it, and frequently I don’t. It blends well and it my HG under eye concealer.

Swatches without the flash

Tarte Foundation Brush

Lastly, I had to mention this brush. By far, hands down the best brush for foundation it has been my pleasure to try! This came with a QVC set called Tarte 8th World Wonder and is meant to be used with the clay foundation (also shown above) The foundation and the brush are worth the price of the QVC set alone. The clay foundation is perfect for my oily skin. It contains SPF 15 and blends like a dream. I am not going to go too much into detail on this because I have a full review of the set coming up. But I have used this brush and the foundation almost every single day since getting it a month ago. It is so incredibly soft and dense!

That about wraps up my favorites for last month. Feel free to share your favorites below, or your thoughts on the products I mentioned above. Have you tried any of them?