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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.


Benefit Bella Bamba Reads Me Like A Book

23 Dec

This will not be the first time you hear me declare my love for Benefit’s boxed powders, or Benefit in general for that matter. Behold! The new Bella Bamba 3D powder for Spring. She retails for $28 from Sephora.com or Benefitcosmetics.com. As already discussed by several other reviewers, the packaging has changed. I prefer the old removable top box because the lid on mine doesn’t stay open all the way when I am using it. The brush has improved and is actually usable.

Benefit Bella Bamba Boxed Powder

I did some comparison swatches so you could see what Bella Bamba looked like next to other products you may already own:

Benefit Boxed Powders L-R: Dallas, Georgia, Bella Bamba, Coralista

MAC Stereo Rose (L) vs. Benefit Bella Bamba (R)

Bella Bamba is a bright watermelon pink with golden shimmer laced throughout. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s buildable coverage so you can apply with a light or heavy hand depending on what look you are going for. Just a touch woke up my cheeks today! Love this!

What say you about the new box design? Interested in picking up Bella Bamba?

 

Too Faced Romantic Eye Palette knows how to romance me for Spring…

23 Dec

So, have I ever discussed my love for the Too Faced eye palettes? I have the Natural Eye one and use it so much! It is great for everyday. Too Faced has come out with different spins on their palettes including a Neutral Eye, which is similar but darker in my opinion to the Natural Eye. Now, for Spring 2011, they have launched the Romantic Eye palette. I got mine from Sephora.com, but you will be able to find it on TooFaced.com in January as well. It retails for $35 and you get 9 eyeshadows paired in 3s for different types of looks and cards included to help you create the looks. Let’s look at the swatches, baby!

The new Too Faced Romantic Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Romantic Eye, T-B, L-R: Soulmates, Kiss the Bride, Bouquet Toss, I Do, Cut the Cake, Honeymoon, Un-veil, First Dance, Ever After

This isn’t a review of the palette as much as it is swatches and a first look. I haven’t had much time to play with this, but if it’s anything like my Natural Eye palette, I know I will love it. I swatched these over Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I have heard some murmurings about comparing some of the shadows in the Natural Eye and Romantic Eye and to put any “dupe” theories to rest here are swatches of 4 of the shadows that look a little similar in the box, but different on the skin:

Too Faced Natural Eye vs. Romantic Eye Swatches

Starting from the right side, top is Natural Eye and bottom is Romantic Eye.

-Heaven vs. Bouquet Toss: Bouquet Toss is more pigmented, slightly pinker. Both are matte.

-Velvet Revolver vs. I Do: I Do is more purple-gray while Revolver is more beige gray. Both are matte.

Sexspresso vs. Un-veil: Un-veil is definitely darker and cooler than Sexspresso.

Erotica vs. Ever After: Erotica pulls more purple and Ever After pulls toward bronze. Both have a deepened effect and are shimmery.

For good measure, here are the palettes side by side:

Too Faced Natural Eye Palette and Romantic Eye Palette

One thing worth noting between the two palettes is design. My Natural Eye palette is thicker and houses a small drawer that pulls out to reveal a dual ended applicator. They have done away with this feature for the Romantic Eye palette, which doesn’t bother me since I have never used the one I had to begin with.

Have you tried the Too Faced Palettes? Doesn’t Romantic look lovely for Spring? I cannot wait to start creating looks with this palette.

NEW E.L.F. Studio Cream Blushes! Review and Swatches!

13 Dec

Hello lovelies! Today I present you the new E.L.F. (that’s EyesLipsFace for the un-initiated) Studio Cream Blushes. I purchased 3 of the six shades in my recent haul, and I gotta say, I kind of want them all! I am usually skeptical about cheaper items because really, sometimes you do get what you pay for. But ELF has come out with some great (and by that I mean GREAT) budget beauty products. Admittedly, it can be hit or miss, but that’s why you need a review like this. The jury is in on this product, and it’s the bomb dot com.

ELF Studio Cream Blushes L-R: Heartbreaker, Tease, Temptress

These aren’t cream blushes in the most traditional sense. They are more, cream-to-powder. The consistency…is almost doughy. But I rather like it. For my oily skin, it actually stays put and DOESN’T make my pores look like gaping black holes ready for scientific exploration. I jest, but I do love the consistency once on my face. It stays put all day, another bonus for my oily skin. The only downside of this $6 wonder? The rather clunky container. The other thing worth mentioning with these bad boys is that the coverage is wonderfully buildable, so no clown faces here.

ELF Studio Cream Blush Swatches Top-Bottom: Heartbreaker, Tease, Temptress

Heartbreaker is a definite peachy-coral, no shimmer. Tease is the most natural color, not quite rosy not quite pink–a marriage of the two, no shimmer. Temptress is brown, but not muddy. It is actually quite nice on my NC37 skin and is also sans shimmer.

I would be happy to haul the rest of the collection. They retail for $6 (a bit pricey for ELF, but you get a large amount of product at .53oz), but they frequently have sales. I purchased mine for 55% off recently…ummm, yay!

Will you be snagging any of these blushes? Available at eyeslipsface.com