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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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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.

NOTD and a Product Rave!

23 Mar

Hellooo ladies! Wednesday again! Time flies…I cannot wait for this weekend. My mom and I are both makeup junkies and we are heading out shopping on Saturday. I hope to find some great items to bring back and share with all you. Share your plans, got anything super fun going on?

When I was in New Orleans …two weeks ago already! 😦 I stopped by a Guerlain Spa they had down there just to check out what they had. I ended up picking up two things that day, one I am about to share with you and the other I returned. If you follow me on twitter, you know that when I brought it (a very pretty blush) back to the hotel and opened it, it was smashed to bits. So I returned it the next day.What I kept though, was the Guerlain Meterorites Perles Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer (a mouthful!).

Guerlain Meteorites Primer (Wet n Wild 222c Orange on nails)

I am so grateful that the woman there showed this to me. It is a phenomenal product. I had totally never heard of this before on any blog I read or any Youtube videos I watch, so I didn’t necessarily have too high of expectations. Afterall, if it was so great, wouldn’t everyone and their mother already be using it and talking about it? Normally, I have combination skin, with my forehead being a great big oil slick before 5pm everyday NO MATTER WHAT I TRIED. I mean it, I have tried (and returned) several items that are supposedly “oil controlling” that never do the job. Or, if they do, they make your skin look all flaky and gross (I’m looking at you Urban Decay De-slick lotion!). This wasn’t even touted to me as an oil-controlling product. Basically the saleswoman said that it makes your foundation apply more smoothly, brightens complexion and makes your face makeup last twice as long. I cannot say that it makes my makeup last twice as long, but I can say this is the only product I have ever used that gives a smoothness to my skin without feeling like silicone AND that really prevents the forehead oilies I am prone to. Double-bang! Plus it really does brighten up my skin. Check out below what it looks like on my skin.

Guerlain Meteorites Perles Primer- 1 pump

See how sparkly and light-catching that is???? This is a pretty generous pump. Normally I don’t use that much for my face. I use about a half a pump. This product is going to last a long time. I paid around $65 for this, but it seems to vary slightly depending on what retailer you buy it from. I didn’t know how much it was, but when I asked for the price I had prepared myself for it to be about $90…so I was pleasantly surprised when I found out the actual price! This is the biggest jar of primer I have and for the cost and the multi-tasking it does it is SO worth it!

I also wanted to quick mention my nails. My boyfriend and I were at a Walgreens not too long back and I was looking at their nail polishes. He was with me (such a good sport) and he pointed to this polish (Wet n Wild 222c Orange) and said, “Get that one it’s really cool!” Now, normally, my boyfriend doesn’t have such strong reactions to makeup, so when he does, I go for it man! And when I finally wore this I got soo many compliments on it. Above I am wearing it with two coats, but it probably could have used a third (I am just too lazy most days to bother with three coats of polish, feel me on this ladies?). But I do really enjoy this fun, summery color.

New Wet N Wild Color Icon Trios!

25 Feb

wet N wild Color Icon Trios I'm Getting Sunburned and Silent Treatment

Hellloooo! How are you all doing on this fine Friday morning? I am doing great. It’s the end of the week and that means it’s time to hop off the office chair and into the bean bag chair! Not really, I haven’t owned one of those since I was 12, but seriously, how wicked were those?! Anywayyyy, today I am bringing you some much talked about palettes and the three shades I decided to indulge in. Let’s take a closer look at the new wet N wild Color Icon Trios shall we?

WnW I'm Getting Sunburned Swatches

WnW Silent Treatment Swatches

WnW I Dream of Greenie Swatches

First, how awesome are the names? I love clever names of makeup pieces. These are no exception. Side note, how boring is it when companies give their colors numbers?! I hate that! But moving on, the colors are fabulous (my fav of these is I’m Getting Sunburned) but I love them all. The formula rivals many of my favorite MAC eyeshadows. They blend easily and I experience little-to-no fallout. I still have my eye on I’m Feeling Retro and Spoiled Brat. I’m going to pass on I Got Good Jeans though I love the name of it (just not a fan of blue eyeshadow, sorry!). Have you picked up any of the new trios? They are an absolute bargain! I got mine at Walgreens.