Sunday, March 31, 2013

L'Oreal- Not A Cloud In Sight

Hi dolls.  I picked up a new polish for myself over the weekend.  This is from L'Oreal, a pretty little polish aptly named Not a Cloud in Sight.  
The formula on this polish was excellent.  I applied two thin coats and topped it off with my favorite top coat, Seche Vite.

I also broke the nail on my middle finger, and had to patch it up, which explains the little lump on the side of that nail.  :(  I tore it near the skin, and it's pretty bad.  But a little surgery, and it's mostly better.  Let me know if you want to know how I repair my broken nails, and I will show you the products and techniques I use...
Have a Happy Easter (if you celebrate!) and take care.  I can't believe March is already coming to a close!  :)


March-Running on Empty

Hi dolls.  Here is this month's edition of Running on Empty:
10 products this month, but one sample thrown in there.  First up, skin care:
Shiseido Vital Perfection Peel off Mask
I mentioned before that my skin has been driving me crazy, so I pulled out some of my masks this month to help me get it under control.  Already reviewed this product here, so read more about it if you want to learn more.

Purchase?  Maybe.  I like it enough but I just bought a Freeman's Cucumber peel off mask too, and that is more easily accessible than this brand.

Clarins Capital Lumiere Vital Light Serum
This was a sample I got from Sephora a while ago.  I wanted something to fade my acne scars and this fit the bill.  Unfortunately, I didn't use it consistently enough to be able to tell if there were any immediate results.  Not from what I can judge though, so I don't think that I will be purchasing this anytime soon.

Purchase?  No.

 Epielle Wipes

 Pure Source Tea Tree Sheet Mask
I got this from one of my long time fellow makeup junkie friends.  She dropped off this, along with some more goodies for me earlier this month.  I am not really a fan of these sheet masks, but I somehow have amassed quite the collection, so I better start using them.

This was very saturated with the liquid and so I used it twice-I just folded it back up and stored in the packaging for another use.  After two uses, I just throw away.  I use these right before bed, peel off, and then just let it evaporate on my face before going to sleep. 

Repurchase?  No, there are so many brands out there that I don't think I would seek out just this one.


Mac Blush in Gingerly
I kind of 'inherited' this blush and I have loved it ever since.  It is a matte peachy blush and I absolutely love it.  It's really what spawned my love for 'peachy' toned blushes this year.  I did end up repurchasing this and have swatches ready to go to show you guys.  Look for that soon!

Repurchase?  Yes!

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze
I have touted my love for this shadow over and over again, and I have finally used up my first jar of it.  I love this all over the lid with some liner and a matte cream highlight color under the brow.  It's my go-to, everyday look.  

Repurchase?  Yes, I already have a backup of this color in my stash, but I haven't whipped it out yet.  I took out my L'Oreal pressed pigment in Bronzed Taupe to replace this in my daily makeup bag.

Elf Gel Liner in Black
I purchased this a while ago, and when I was cleaning out my stash, I noticed that it had dried completely up.  :(  

Repurchase?  No. I like my L'Oreal one better. 

Wet n Wild Megaliner in #864
This is the purple Megaliner from Wet 'n Wild, and I noticed that this too had also dried up.  I like colored liquid liners from this line, but I don't use them as often so I don't think this warrants a repurchase.

Repurchase?  No.

Clear Scalp and Hair Beauty Therapy
I don't have any of the bottles to show you because I used them all up, but I did save the box for this post.  I reviewed this product here, so please check it out if you want to know how I feel about it!  

Repurchase?  Yes.  I liked it enough that I will repurchase, but I am also interested in other drugstore products like it.  Will let you know if I do end up repurchasing.  

Pure Silk Shave Cream
Cheap and effective without drying out my skin.

Repurchase?  Yes.  I also like how this has a rust-proof bottom!  

What did you run out of this month?


Saturday, March 30, 2013

Hair Chalking with Anastasia Beverly Hills & Splat-Review

Hello dolls.  I posted this picture on Instagram earlier this month:
I tried hair chalking for the first time!  I loved the immediate results, but it's definitely not for everyday wear.  Keep reading to find out my thoughts!

Hair chalking is temporary and is really just pigment for your hair.  It washes out easily and looks great, especially for those of us who want to experiment with color but may be a little color shy or who don't want to commit to color.

The first product that I picked up was from Anastasia Beverly Hills, the Hypercolor Brow and Hair Powder.  I got the purple color, aptly named Ultra-Violet.  This product retails for around $12 at Ulta.

There are other colors available too, a pink, blue, a teal/turquoise and neon green.  

The kit comes with complete instructions and pictures of how to use the product:

I would say that it is easy to use, but very messy.  I would recommend working over a garbage can, or spreading newspaper on the ground, and wearing an old t-shirt.  The fall out is ridiculous.  

To prep your hair, they recommend working a product into the hair first, so that the powder has something to grab onto.  I used leave in conditioner and just massaged that into the ends of my hair.  Then, you are to sandwich the product between your fingers and run it through your hair.  You can repeat the process for a more saturated color.  After you do that, they recommend that you add a hairspray to lock in the color.

I also picked up some other colors while I was at Ulta, but from a different brand to compare.  These two are from the brand Splat, and cost only $6 each.  I picked up the blue one and the pink one.

These two products work in pretty much the same way, except they came with a little round spongeUsing the sponge while using the sandwich method before makes for a little less fall out and keeps your fingers clean.  This product also came with instructions, very similar to the Anastasia one.

I did find that the pink one from this brand wasn't as pigmented and as striking as I would have liked on my dark hair.  I had to run it through a couple of times to get it to show up.  This might have something to do with the shimmer in the pink one too, the blue one is more matte.

Below is a picture of my hair with all three of the colors:  

As you can see, there is a lot of extra 'chalkiness' going on.  I wore this to school for 'crazy hair' day and it noticeably faded away as the day wore on, even with hairspray. 

I used the Anastasia one twice so far, and I have already hit pan.  Kind of disappointing for $12.  I do have longer hair though, so I did have to use more product.  

I also hit pan with the other two products, but again, I have longer hair.  I would not recommend the pink one from Splat for darker hair, as it took so much to show up on my hair.  The blue one is decently pigmented though and vibrant on dark hair.  

Both of these products washed out easily with some shampoo and didn't stain my hair. 

If you have lighter colored hair and have tried hair chalking, I would love to hear your thoughts!  I think that this would be fun for a night out on the town, or a photo shoot.  


Friday, March 29, 2013

March-Currently Obsessed With...

Hello dolls!  Welcome to this month's edition of Currently Obsessed With...

This month I do have quite a bit that I have been 'favoriting', if that is even a word. Let's get started!

L'Oreal Magic Perfecting Base Face Primer
I have been using this nonstop since I got it, and I do really like it.  It leaves my face super soft and silky and does it's job.  It is rather pricey though, for a drugstore primer.  I already reviewed it here, so please check out that link if you want to know more.  

CoverGirl 3 in 1 Outlast Stay Foundation
Elf flat top face powder brush
This has been my favorite combo this month, and it hasn't failed me yet.  Before, I only used this Elf brush for powder, but it does such a nice job with liquid foundations too!  And for just $3, you can't go wrong.  

The foundation I already reviewed earlier this month as well, so I won't say too much about it here.  I really do like this formula though and CoverGirl did such a great job with it.  A def. recommendation if you are looking for a full coverage foundation.

NYC Bronzer in Sunny
So I have heard a lot about this drugstore bronzer, but each time I check out NYC's display this bronzer was gone.  I finally lucked out at Walmart in February.  It is a matte bronzer, which is what I like.  When I say that I don't do much bronzing-I mean I don't do a lot of the shimmery bronzing...and I do collect quite a few of those.  

This bronzer can pull a bit orangy if you apply too much though, so a light hand is necessary.  I do like it for the price, and even picked up a back up of this just in case it does get discontinued.  

L'Oreal Infallible Shadow in Iced Latte 
Mac shadow single in Show-Stopper
This is my new favorite eye color combination.  I put Iced Latte all over the lid and then buff in Show Stopper into the outer-v and crease, like below:
I then put a matte white up under my brows, and add black liner and falsies.  Super simple and great to rock with a bright lip color.

L'Oreal 24hr Infallible Blackest Black Gel Liner 
Elf Angled Brush Liner
Another great combo that I have been loving this month.  I already reviewed this product here too, so I won't go too much into it.  It is super black and it stays put.  What more could a girl ask for?

SOHO Crease Brush
I know, I know, I know.  These are kind of hard to find right now, but that doesn't mean I love it any less!  These were all clearanced out of Walgreens a while ago, and I picked up one during that time. I have been in love with it ever since!  It's more tapered at the top which gives me more control over where I place color.  This is the brush that I use when I want to place a darker color in the outer v (see Show-Stopper up above).  I.LOVE.IT.

Then, when I was at Big Lots in February, I noticed that they had a stock of these in store!  They were $2 each, so I grabbed two more brushes as well as a couple of other ones from SOHO.  

The brushes themselves feel pretty cheap-they are made of plastic with a thin metal ferrule.  This means they are very light when you hold them in your hand.  I don't mind the cheap look or feel, what it gives me and how it delivers is what I like! 

Maybelline Vivid Lipsticks
The trend this spring is bright lips, and if you haven't heard about the new Maybelline Vivids, you've been living under a makeup rock.  I picked two of my favorites to show you today.  The pink one is Electric Fuchsia and the brighter pink-red is Vivid Rose.  Love them!

That's pretty much it for this month's favorites!  What have you been loving this month?


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Pieces of Me

Pieces of Me:
1.  Maybelline Vivid Rose
2. & 3.  Fresh Paint
4.  Stuffed Chix Marsala
5.  Nars-Deep Throat
6.  Starburst Jelly Beans
7.  One stroke nail art
8.  New Shoes  9.  Pho
10.  Pink & White
11.  Moscato  12.  Starbucks Iced Coffee
13.  PixieDust