Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Dakota Vox Lighted Mascara

In addition to being a connoisseur of polish, my makeup collection is definitely not lacking. About a year ago I found myself wanting to try all kinds of new mascara. I'm a darker than Malecifant's soul kind of black. 

I gave this Dakota Vox Lighted Mascara a go. A light, in your eye - yes it sounds a bit intimidating. Honestly, the light (which stays on once clicked) really does illuminate those minuscule lashes without blinding you.  The packaging also includes a mirror on the wand.
Said to be flake free, the silicone brush "coats lashes without clumping." I found this to be the case and it did a decent job of lengthening my lashes. 
Retailing for $12.99, it can be purchased at Beauty9.com.

Do you have a mascara you can't leave home without?

Saturday, April 4, 2015


While this isn't my actually Easter manicure, these certainly feel like little Easter eggs. I picked up a few of I Love Nail Polish's new colors and wanted to play with Fame right away. I used two coats for the base.

I used striping tape and added the ombre with a sponge and China Glaze Tart-y for the Party, Lemon Fizz and Dance Baby.
I reversed the effects on the accent nails. Such a gorgeous holographic gold with some microflakes in there. Have you tried any of the new Spring line?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

London SOHO New York Disney Princess Makeup Tools

I don't think it's a stretch to say that any nail obsessed girl (or guy) also has a draw to makeup and beauty products. When I saw the release about London SOHO New York's new collection for Walgreen's with Disney princess-themed makeup brushes and sponges, I thought they were the cutest things ever.

The charming collection includes face brushes, eye brushes and sponges featuring one of five princesses.

The Aurora sponge collection ($12.99) includes three different color sponges, each with a different goal whether building, blending or detailing. I used the green fair sponge for my foundation and it blended nicely. The sponge was a bit harder than what I'm used to using but didn't affect the results of what I usually see with my foundation.
I used the pink fairy sponge to blend my concealer and bronzer. It was nice to have a really small tip for under the eyes.
The eye brushes are pretty plush and of course adorably adorned. I tried the Belle brushes ($12.99). There's a large and medium smokey fluff brush as well as an angled liner brush (which I rarely use for liner no matter what the brand). They blended really nicely and created my two-tone crease look easily.
Very cute and a must for any Disney collector. If you can't find them in your store, some items are available online here. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Lauren B Beauty Nail Couture

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture is a collection of everything you need for a salon, quality, do-it-yourself manicure. The release touts 2 weeks without chipping or fading (with the brand's gel-like topcoat not provided). I didn't give it the wear test but a few swatches below. Plus aren't those bottles beautiful?
The colors are inspired by the city of Los Angeles. They also only require just one coat. What girl doesn't love a one coat polish? Above is Nude No. 4. As you can see from the first photo there seemed to be some orange pigment in the bottle that wasn't mixing, but it didn't affect the color on the nail.

This is Polo Lounge Punch, a great name and a one coater as well. The formulas were smooth and easy to work with. I think they'd also stamp wonderfully. 

All of the polishes are eco-and vegan-friendly, contain no harsh chemicals and are proudly crafted in the U.S. Each polish retails for $18 and can be purchased on Lauren B Beauty's website. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Cinderelli, Cinderelli

I have not seen the much anticipated remake of Disney's classic, Cinderella. From the previews, it looks like something awesome kids and adults alike will enjoy. My Sugar Bubbles 012 plate has been just sitting and waiting for such an occasion.
The base is Lavish Polish Mr. & Mrs. Berry. A white crelly with large and small blue and pink circle glitter. Inspired and a favorite addition to my collection!
I then stamped the crowns (ahem upside down, oops!) from SB 020 with Color Club Over the Moon. Added a gem to my accent nail and created a Cinderella stamping decal for my middle finger.
I totally swear, I didn't even try to create a Mickey Mouse head on my pointer finger and didn't notice it until this morning. Are you excited for the release of the movie?

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Salon Perfect Plumeria

Finally, that famous Colorado sunshine has found its way back from the pits of the earth. Of course it didn't feel the need to show up when I used Salon Perfect Plumeria, a holo glitter raspberry jelly polish.

I didn't want to scrub the glitter off, I could tell it was a little on the rough side so I decided to use China Glaze Ahoy! as an undie, two coats to be exact. I used two coats of Plumeria and then accented with Sinful Snow Me White roses from MM 07 and used a gradient LeadLight technique with Loreal jelly polishes.
When I did catch this girl in the sun it was swerve the car worthy.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Black & White & Glitter All Over

Whenever I make my standard pilgrimage to Ulta, I always love digging through all of Essence's products. With a low price point, new products and trendy offerings, they are a great buy. Plus the little bottles of polish that usually run anywhere from $1.99-$3.99 don't break the bank either.

One of my most recent additions was Laser Show, part of the effect polka dot offerings. I used two coats and the base had a nice coverage. It appears much more sheer in the bottle.
I then stamped random combinations of Sinful Black on Black and Snow Me White from MoYou Fairytale plate 06.
Do you have any of their polishes in your stash?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Barielle Gentle Breeze Collection for Spring 2015

First off, a Colorado winter disclaimer. I live in an alpine desert. My lips, cuticles and heels fall off of my body about 10 1/2 months of the year. It's ridiculously dry so sorry for oogly cuticles, I do the best I can bathing in lotion and chapstick. Now onto something that will brighten your day - Barielle's 2015 Spring Collection.

Barielle's Gentle Breeze Collection for Spring 2015 reflects the soft, gentle, eclectic hues of this most welcome and delightful season. 

Gray Sky - a rich creamy, glacier gray. It has a hint of shimmer to it but I wasn't able to capture

Heaven Sent - a soft, creamy aquamarine 

Pink Parasol - a creamy strawberry ice

Champagne Bubbles - a creamy tangerine

Under the Sea - a rich, sea scuba blue shimmer

All swatches were two coats with a topcoat. Barielle polishes are 5-free and retail for $8 a bottle or in a 5-pack for $25 and can be purchased on their website. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Sinful Colors Flirt with Hearts Collection

Hard to believe Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Have you ladies spotted any of Sinful Colors Flirt with Hearts polishes in stores? Here are four from the collection.

With a mix of classic reds and pinks, trendy teal, plus a brand-new, exclusive, limited-edition heart-shaped glitter, Love Sprinkles, you're sure to find you nail polish soulmate. 

 Pinky Glitter - Bright Pink with a splash of sparkle. This is very pretty and reminds me a bit of OPI Teeange Dream. Nice and smooth with topcoat.

 Dazzling Red - Clear glitter with red small and large hex glitters

GoGo Girl is a red crelly. I then topped it with one coat of the exclusive Love Sprinkles.

All swatches were no basecoat, two coats with topcoat. Available in Walgreens, Rite Aid and other retailers for $1.99.