Friday, September 28, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
two coats, natural light
This summer OPI launched their Dutch Collection and I was a little underwhelmed. The colors were nice but the only shade that really caught my eye was "I Don't Give a Rotterdam"--and not only because of it's cute name. It is the prettiest shade of soft, blue with lots of silver shimmer. The shimmer isn't too much but it is definately noticeable on the nail. So much so that a few of the people thought this color was silver on the nail--even though in the bottle the blue color is a bit more obvious. It goes on lovely and after I picked this color up half-way through the summer is has easily become one of my most worn polishes.
You might be wondering, If this color was one of your most worn colors in the summer why are we only just now seeing a swatch? And that is a valid question. Long story short, I took the pictures before I left for Hawaii but they got lost in my computer and I found them recently--after I'd taken another set of photos. It really is a gorgeous color. I also had my eye on "I Have a Herring Problem" which was a darker, dustier version of this color in the Dutch Collection but I couldn't justify buying both colors. They were way too similar. I'm a bit surprised that OPI put them in the same collection.
In conclusion, if you are thinking about picking up this color--buy it! It reminds me a lot of Essie "Lapis of Luxury" but with shimmer. If you like that color, I think you'll really like this one too!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I have done quite a few Maybelline product reviews, haven't I? But "Fifth Ave. Fuchsia" is a very bright, bold shade. It is so different than any of the other Maybelline lipsticks that I've swatched. I have so many complaints about Maybelline lipsticks. Here's a quick run through [skip if you've already heard this]: the product isn't protected from contamination in the store, it is impossible to distinguish finish unless you open up the lipsticks, and the pakaging is a bit ehh.
But the good things? The pigmentation is great and they smell quite nice too. My sister and I picked out this particular shade because it reminded us of one of the lipsticks Selena Gomez wore in her Love You Like a Love Song video that came out AGES ago. We thought it would be super pretty. It is an exact dupe for a Revlon lipstick in the shade "Fuchsia". I would get the Maybelline lipstick--it is cheaper, I can see no descernable difference in the product when swatched although the Revlon packaging is a bit nicer. It is quite loud and I don't find myself reaching for this product very often. Pity because it is really pretty.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I have finally come to terms with the fact that summer is gone. I know, I know. I wish I could deny it but fall is here and I have accepted that. I'm looking forward to layering and fall colors but I can also look back at the last four months with fond memories. I got a pretty good mix of high-end and drugstore products--although I didn't do a very good job about trying different brands this summer. It's been pretty much all Revlon or MAC. I split them up into high-end and drugstore [and then split the drugstore into lipsticks and stains].
From right to left: YSL Rouge Volupte #12 Forbidden Burgundy ($34), MAC Milan Mode ($15), MAC Viva Glam V ($15), MAC Lustering ($15)
The YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick is so pigmented. It can look a bit intimidating when you swatch it but I hardly ever wear it at full opacity on my lips. Instead I like to dab it gently onto the center of my top and bottom lip before sheering it out with my finger. It gives the most luxurious stained effect to the lips. MAC Lustering (swatch #4) and Milan Mode (#2) give a very similar look to the lips. I don't think you need both. Go for Lustering if you love a creamy, sheer look and go for Milan Mode if you want a bit of sparkle. I love both--it just depends on the mood. And finally MAC Viva Glam V (swatch #3) is the perfect shimmery, your-lips-but-better lipstick. It looks fantastic on everyone that I've seen wear it and it's a nice break from all the bold color I'd seemed to be wearing this summer.
As you can tell, this summer I loved wearing this bright pink shade. Sweet Tart is easy to throw on the lips. It's super moisturizing and I chose to wear it on days wear I was feeling the desire to wear something lighter than a lipstick. But Gumdrop is a very unique shade--it is the only truly lilac color that I feel comfortable reaching for. It gives a beautiful hint of purple to the lips. It's subtle but really unique. I'll admit that I wore this more often in June and July but it is a color that I think belongs in any girl's makeup collection.
From right to left: Revlon Balm Stain Romantic ($7.48), Revlon Balm Stain Lovesick ($7.48), Revlon Lipstain Forbidden ($7.98), Maybelline Stain Gloss Pink Plush ($6.94)
The Revlon Balm Stain in Romantic was the only red lip that I needed this summer. It was light but pigmented and it looked easy and effortless. It last well and it is super moisturizing. I'm obsessed with these balm stains which is why I had to include another one of my favorite shades from this line--Lovesick. It is a bright, bold pink color. It was the color that Emma Stone wore in all the advertisements and she looked so pretty that I had to pick it up. It was brighter than I'd been expecting but it was still gorgeous.
The Revlon lipstain in Forbidden is easily the darkest color in the group. It can look brown and unappealing but with my slightly tanner complexion towards the end of the summer, it looks stunning. It has this vampy-esque vibe to it that still manages to look summery. If that makes any sense. I loved this color if I was wearing bright colors to act as a bit of a contrast. And finally, my only Maybelline product. I recently got to try out these stain glosses that are a semi-new release. It last really well but I prefer to use them the same way I use my YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick. I dab a bit on my upper and lower lips and blend it in using my finger. It gives a subtle but gorgeous stain. Also, it's mom and grandma approved. What's not to love?
From right to left: YSL Rouge Volupte #12 Forbidden Burgundy, MAC Milan Mode, MAC Viva Glam V, MAC Lustering, Revlon Lip Butter "Gumdrop", Revelon Lip Butter "Sweet Tart", Revlon Balm Stain "Romantic", Revlon Balm Stain "Lovesick", Revlon Lipstain "Forbidden", Maybelline Gloss Stain "Pink Plush"
Here are all the colors swatched together. The YSL lipstick, Revlon Lip Butter "Sweet Tart", and MAC Milan Mode were the colors that I wore the most. I have done reviews for most of the lip products mentioned above, if you want full reviews and more pictures click on the links above. This past summer was one of the best of my life and I can't wait until next year. I've already started classes for the new year and I figured that now would be my last chance to do this post. I hope you enjoyed this post. Tell me in the comments below what some of your most worn summer lip products were! Don't forget to chat with me on twitter! And check out my second blog!
Friday, September 21, 2012
two coats, nautral light
Summer is coming to an end but I'm not quite ready to switch to the darker nail polishes I tend to associate with the fall months. Here is a gorgeous color that I recently re-found in my collection. It was released with the Pirates of the Caribbean collection that was released AGES ago. At the time I liked the color but I was more obsessed with "Sparrow Me the Drama". You can take a peak at the swatches I posted when they were first released. Warning. They were horrible. I was still learning how to swatch.
"Mermaid Tears" is a beautiful dusty blue-green color. And know that I've seen the movie, I think the name is so cute. Ever since I first saw The Little Mermaid, I've been a little been a little obsessed with mermaids. This color isn't available anymore--it was limited edition--but Chine Glaze "For Audrey" is a surprisingly close dupe. "For Audrey" isn't as dusty and it is certainly more blue but it is very close.
Another, up close shot. It really is a gorgeous color. I don't understand why I haven't been wearing this color all summer. I just went back-to-school shopping this past weekend and I saw this color EVERYWHERE. Forever 21. American Eagle. H&M. Minty-blue-green shirts/pants/sweaters were at all those stores. Even though I didn't get to wear it that much during the summer, I do think I'll be able to rock into in the fall months.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Ah, nude lipsticks. I have a love-hate relationship with nude lipsticks. I bought my first nude lipstick--well, technically I didn't buy it but I'll talk about that later--and it was "Myth" from MAC. I heard so many beauty bloggers raving about nude lips and I thought I would give it a go. But I didn't really know how to wear it and I quickly disregarded it as something that I simple couldn't wear.
But then I started watching ThePersianbabe on Youtube. And she would always RAVE about nude lips and Revlon "Nude Attitude" was one of her favorites. So I thought that I'd simply gotten the wrong nude for my skin tone. I bought "Nude Attitude" and wore it with a bit of lip gloss and I loved it. I tried "Myth" and I loved that one as well. It's weird to see how your taste changes as you get older. Right now, I'm in a phase where I like a nude lip but I don't wear it as often as I used to.
Now onto the review! Sorry for that long and entirely unnecessary narrative. It has a matte finish--love that Revlon puts the finish on the bottom of the tube. It is very creamy and smooth on the lips, although be sure exfoliate your lips beforehand. The packaging is clean and attractive. I find that it looks a little odd when I wear it alone so I wear a lip gloss over it. Helps me look a little less dead--which is almost always good in my opinion. It is one of my favorite Revlon lipsticks. Also, don't be intimidated by how brown it looks in the tube. The actual color of the product is much lighter, trust me.
Here's a quick comparison for you. Revlon "Nude Attitude" is on the left and MAC "Myth" on the right. As you can see, "Myth" is certainly more pink based and it is more opaque and has a creamier/glossier consistency. But they both work equally as well. I have a soft spot in my heart for "Myth" because it was my first ever lipstick that I got from the back to Mac program. It even has an ugly BM at the bottom to prove it. But I truly think that "Nude Attitude" is the one I would repurchase.
It is cheaper and once I put them on the lips it's a bit hard to distinguish between the two but I'm not really a nude lipstick connoisseur. These are the only ones I own. I find that the lasting power is about the same with both products and although the MAC one is a bit glossier, I hardly ever wear a nude lip without a lip gloss on top so it's not really an issue. I say save some money and buy the Revlon! Plus, I think the name is so much more cooler. After watching Barbara's videos I can't say it without a British accent. Nude Attitude!
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux out in London for dinner. Jennife is weaing bold statement earrings, a nude clutch, Alexander McQueen belted dress, and Gucci spiked heels. Justin is wearing a white button-up shirt, skinny black tie, a black tailored jacket, wide belt, and black pants [left].
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux out to dinner in New York City. Jennifer is wearing a long black coat, knitted grey scarf, simple white top, wide brown belt, army green pants, Tom Ford handbag, and Alexander Wang booties. Justin is wearing a black fedora, a tailored leather jacket, simple black zip-up hoodies, black skinny jeans,and lace-up boots [right].
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Photos courtesy of starstyleinc.com
Monday, September 10, 2012
I am slowly working my way through all the Kardashian Kolors Nail Polish Collection. I didn't think I was going to like this polish--and it had nothing to do with the fact that Kim is my least favorite Kardashian sister. Okay, maybe it did. But once I put it on I saw how pretty it is. It is a beautiful baby pink shade. So natural. But not easy. This polish took SO many coats. I wrote about that it took five coats but I honestly don't know. I lost count after four and I'm just guessimating. It was a challenge.
I don't think that that was a problem with a formulation, I just know from experience that many light pink nail polishes are extremely sheer and require a ton of coats. I just would recommend using a product like OPI's Drip Dry or make sure that each coat is dry before applying the next one. Nicole by OPI polishes retail for around $7 at Wal-Mart or which makes them a cheaper option than many other shades that are very similar from Essie or OPI. It is a beautiful and more affordable option. Just be careful during application.
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FTC: This polish was sent to me for review.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Another MAC lipstick review?! I'm sure no one saw that coming. I am slowly making my way through all of my MAC lipsticks. This is the newest addition to my collection. And I am in L-O-V-E. I don't care who knows. I was eyeing "Milan Mode" for about three weeks before I finally caved and bought it. I'm really into bright lipsticks lately. It is a lustre--which is my favorite MAC lipstick formulation. No suprise there.
What is surprising is that I chose a lipstick with glitter. The glitter isn't too noticable from a distance--sawy a foot or two--but up close it is. Which normally I would hate...but I kind of like it. You can see it sort of in the picture above.
It is a very pretty blue-based purple/pink shade. Actually, it is very similar to another MAC lipstick that I recently reviewed, "Lustering". Of course "Lustering" doesn't have the shimmer but it is also a bit more peachy. I think that shade would be falttering for more people but I really was drawn to the glitter in "Milan Mode". I honestly don't think you need both but I...I don't have an excuse. I should have gotten something else but I can't seem to make myself regret the purchase.