Monday, January 31, 2011

Random Rambling: When Did Television Go Crazy…?

I’m not a big fan of reality television. I understand the voyeuristic appeal of it to a point (we’re all a bit nosey, aren’t we?); but I’ve never gotten too pulled into most of these sorts of shows. This past Saturday though, I got transfixed by one that I’d never heard of – not because of its quality, but because I absolutely could not believe the premise of the show!

Reader, meet Bridalplasty. (note, this video contains a few small clips of plastic surgery procedures, so please don’t watch it if you’re squeamish).


The idea of the show is that these girls are competing to get their dream wedding; but along the way they also compete to get cosmetic procedures done. At the end, the winner will have been separated from her fiancé for 4 months; and he’ll get to see his ‘new’ (in more than one sense of the word) bride when she’s unveiled during the ceremony! I understand the tradition of not letting the guy see the dress until the big day, but this is a bit much, no?

I’m not normally at a loss for words, but… really? Really???

When did we stop taking cosmetic procedures seriously? Part of me wants to take all of these girls by the shoulders and shake them, yelling Do you not realize what you’re doing? It’s still SURGERY! Bad things can happen on that table, and yet they seem to be going through it multiple times without a second thought.

Beyond the physical risks, you also have to think about the psychological ones. I wonder if these girls get caught up in the show and do start going under the knife without much consideration because that’s what you do on the show. But then what happens when they get home and look in the mirror? What if they can’t see themselves anymore? Too bad. Can’t undo it.

It was the second to last episode that I saw, so obviously a lot has happened that I missed; but when they showed clips from throughout the season, the girls’ faces were always bandaged and bruised. It looked like the elimination room of America’s Next Top Model meets Fight Club - and we all know the first rule of Fight Club (right?); but everyone gets to talk about this since these brides-to-be decided to go through all this in front of a camera.

I can’t really say that I am either pro- or anti-cosmetic surgery, but I definitely don’t think it should be done in this way.

What are your thoughts on this? Are you freaked out by the prospect of this show like I am or is this just how our society approaches cosmetic surgery now?

Wet n Wild Single Series: Sugar

Finally! The last of seven!

Wet n Wild's single shadow in Sugar



*no primer or base used
This is a very interesting shadow that actually, in my opinion, works more like a highlighter. When light isn't directly hitting it, it almost disappears; but when light does, the shadow gives a white, extremely frosty finish like in the swatch photo.

So, if you're looking for an opaque white shadow, you won't be at all happy with this. But, if you're interested in an icy, frosty finish (maybe inner corner for a holiday party?), then this is definitely worth checking out!
*****

And that completes the Wet n Wild single series.

Hope you enjoyed!

WnW Single Series: Kitten

Wet n Wild in Kitten



*no primer or base used
This is one of the few Wet n Wild shadows that I'm not too crazy about. Compared to the other singles, its texture is quite dry, and it required quite a bit of building up to get this swatch. It's certainly no where near the worst shadow I've tried, but I don't feel it lives up to the shadow quality that Wet n Wild is becoming known for.

And though I know this has no influence on the product quality, I just can't seem to get on board with the name. Kitten? How did that come up? I don't get it.

In addition to this, although it is a pretty shade of purple with interesting finely milled shimmer that sometimes looks gold and other times silver, I don't see it as a widely usable shade. For how limited Wet n Wild's single shadow range is, I think they could replace this shade with another, more usable, one. Perhaps a deeper plum?

Still though, if you like the color, it won't cost you much to give it a go.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Face of the Night - Angelina Jolie Inspired

This is the look that I went out with last night. I liked the way that it turned out, so I tried to take a quick photo to share with you all. None of them came out exactly, but this was the one that came closest. In person, the lower liner looked much darker.

It was pseudo-inspired by a look of Angelina Jolie’s that I tore from an issue of InStyle (apparently she wore it to some movie premiere).

Though it may be difficult to tell, I used very dark browns for the liner rather than black as she did because that much black on me would look extremely stark, and I didn’t intensify the lower liner as much. I also added some shimmer to the inner corner and brow bone to bring in some light.

The main points of this look were to keep the shadows in the neutral family and not too dark so that the liner could be amped up a bit more without the overall look being too intense. Smoking out the liner with shadow also makes the overall effect a little more carefree than say a defined cat eye would. It almost borders on the 'I slept in my makeup' look without the smudgy undereye.

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Eye products used
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Shadows
Estee Lauder palette – shadows used (from the left) second (from crease almost to brow bone), third (lid and crease), and sixth (used to smoke out liner).

   I’m sorry, I don’t know what the palette is called, but I believe it was a holiday release a few years ago. The individual shades used are called 63 Mocha Cup, 35 Cinnamon, and 45 Mink. Though I don't think you can get this anymore, the shades aren't very unique and could be pretty easily duped (although I did see a lot of these at the CCO in Orlando that I got to visit back in November, so you may be able to find one at a CCO if you're really interested).

ModelCo. shadow in Bahamas –  it’s just a white with lots of subtle shimmer (inner corner and under highest point of brow). And yes, I broke it! But I did manage to save and use all the bits that broke out of the pan.

Liner Products
Milani Retractable Pencil in Espresso – tight line
Studio Gear in Invincible Earth - upper lash line
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Brownish Black

So did I look like Angelina Jolie? Ha! Not even close; but I liked putting the 'smokey' into a smokey eye through the liner rather than the shadow.

Since I hadn't done this much liner in awhile, I tried to say a bit conservative - especially on the lower lashline - since I knew I wouldn't have time to fix it if I messed up. Since I was pretty happy with the effect, I may experiment some with how much lower liner I can really get away with later.

What do you ladies think? Do you bring the smokey with your shadow or your liner?

7 Facts About Me

I was tagged by a fellow blogger called Bonny Binnacle to do the ‘7 Facts’ post and awarded the Stylish Blogger Award. Pretty snazzy, eh? I've not done any tags before on here nor have I talked much about myself outside of my beauty related experiences, so I hope you enjoy this.

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Now let’s see if I can think of that many facts worth knowing!!












1. Possibly the most important thing you should know about me – I am a nerd of sorts. While not a tech or math buff; I like to think I am relatively smart and take great pride in my education, I like video games (though I don’t allow myself much time to play), and I absolutely love books – I possibly buy them more often than I do makeup. If I had to choose one Disney princess to be, I’d be Belle because she got this:

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 Anyone else want to go explore in there?

2. I love scary movies. I’m not sure why as none of my friends ever have, so I usually end up watching them alone (thank goodness they don’t give me nightmares!), but I really do enjoy a good scare. However, I have to say that I much prefer thriller or psychological horror to ones that resort to gore or shock. I feel like those are cheap scare tactics used by lazy directors and writers.

3. I have a terribly dry, sarcastic sense of humor that I have to be very careful with. The only way to know I am being sarcastic is to recognize that what I’m saying is out of character for me. Therefore, if someone doesn’t know my character, they might just think I’m a horrible person. This means that I only bring it out around people who really know me; so if you ever hear me say something terribly mean, you'll know you and I are friends ; )

4. I absolutely love coffee. While I wouldn’t consider myself a true coffee snob, I take mine pretty seriously and won’t really touch the instant stuff. I’ve actually gotten to where I like my own coffee more than Starbucks’ (my wallet appreciates this, too). However, caffeine has absolutely no effect on me; it never has. When I was young, I could drink soda and not get at all hyper; and now, I can drink espresso and go to sleep. I like to think that I am one of the only people in the world who drinks coffee solely for the taste.

5. And speaking of soda, I haven’t had any in 3 years. I used to drink (at least) 3 cans of diet Mt. Dew a day, but decided that I should quit after reading reports that some of the chemicals in soda could potentially be bad for your health. Despite being a heavy soda drinker, I quit cold turkey and had no problems with it. This is possibly due to caffeine not affecting me the way it does most people – it had never helped me with getting energy, so I couldn’t miss it for that, and I also never had any withdrawal headaches.

6. I judge your poor spelling. I see loads of people lashing back at others who correct them, saying things like I don’t care if it’s wrong. What’s it to you? Well… your poor grammar offends me. If you don’t recognize the difference between who’s and whose, to and too, affect and effect, their and they’re, then we absolutely cannot be friends, and I’d prefer you not speak to me (anyone recognize the sarcasm here?) But in all seriousness, if you ever see a mistake that I’ve made, please inform me immediately – I will take personal offense if I find out you didn’t.

7. I am an INFJ. This is one of the 16 personality types in the Myers-Briggs Personality Test. I took the official test when I was in high school, and the description fits me very well. If you want to know more about me, you can go look that up.

The official guidelines of this tag say that you are supposed to tag 15 recently discovered bloggers to continue the post. Unfortunately, I am not lucky enough to have adequate free time to spend on here and discover that many amazing new writers.

Therefore, I will just tag everyone – including you.

If you do the tag, I would love to know about it, so please leave a link to your post so I can read it, and feel free to say I tagged you (I’ll back you up on it). Or, if you know of any bloggers you think I would enjoy, please leave me a link to them so I can check them out.

I hope you feel like you know me a bit better now. It was easier to think of 7 things than I thought, and I actually had to edit some out, so perhaps I’ll do this again some time in the future.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, January 28, 2011

One More Look at Steel Grey

I managed to snag a photo today in natural light where the purple undertone really shows up, so I wanted to share it with you all.

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So pretty!

**Rimmel’s Steel Grey

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Back to My Comfort Zone

So I pushed myself into foreign territory with a pink polish and had a bad experience trying to return to my darker shades. I needed an easy polish that felt like me again. Inspired by Beauty Reductionista’s post on Rimmel’s Steel Grey polish, I pulled mine out (for, I believe, the first time) and gave it a go.

2 coats, fair drying time, perfect, murky purple-taupe. Love.


And now I’m home.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wet n Wild’s 'fastdry' Polish in Gray’s Anatomy

In my last birthday ‘of the days’ post, I mentioned that I had some strong opinions about my polish – Gray’s Anatomy. Well sit back, kids, because here they are in a nutshell -

This is officially the first time that Wet n Wild has truly disappointed me.

Let’s backtrack a bit. At the beginning of the year, Wet n Wild introduced quite a few new items to their line, including new eye shadows and polishes. All new items were supposed to have been reformulated and improved from previous versions. I’ve already tried some of the new shadow trios and been extremely impressed by them (I did a post on the Silent Treatment trio here). With the proven improvement of their shadows, I thought the polishes would also be amazing.

I’d seen a few sneak peek posts showing the new shades and was very drawn to Gray’s Anatomy – a light gray base with a multichrome effect of blue and purple (and sometimes a touch of green). It looked gorgeous!

2Wet n Wild Gray's Anatomy

In this shot of the bottle, you can see that the purple shows more, but the blue and green make an appearance on the left side of the bottle.

If I’m truly honest, my strong distaste for this polish may be rooted in the extreme frustration that it has caused me. Story time! Late on the night before my birthday, I decided that I wanted a fresh coat of polish for my big day. Granted this may not have been the wisest decision to make at 11 at night, but the bottle claims that the polish is ‘fastdry’, so I thought I would be done quickly. Oh, was I wrong…

Firstly, this polish absolutely is not quick drying. I would actually argue that many of my other polishes that don’t claim to dry quickly would be done before this one. To make matters worse, this polish is extremely sheer. I ended up applying four coats of this stuff, and there was still some visible nail line in certain lights. So basically, it took me 45 minutes to finish a manicure that I was ultimately not happy with.

1 Wet n Wild Gray's Anantomy swatch

In addition, the multichrome effect that makes this interesting in the bottle never seems to show on my nails. Regardless of my attempts in different lights, I was never able to find the blue and green sheens, leaving only the purple. Now don’t get me wrong, I do love my purples, but without those extra colors, this isn’t left being very different from many other polishes (ones that wouldn’t have required four coats!!!)

In the future, I may try to experiment with this over another polish so it’s not completely responsible for coverage, but right now I’m just too frustrated with it.

I feel like Wet n Wild has really failed to live up to its promise. If it hadn’t claimed to be fast drying, I wouldn’t be so upset with it; but why claim that it is when you can’t deliver? Especially since I wouldn't have decided to try it so late if it hadn't claimed this! Grrr.

This definitely does not mean that I am off Wet n Wild, but it does mean that I’ll be a bit more cautious about their polishes. No buying until after I try to search on how well the shades apply!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Some 'Things of the Day' – Birthday Edition

A few random ‘of the days’ – just for fun.

Jewelry of the Day
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Nails of the Day
Gray’s Anatomy from Wet n Wild

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I can’t seem to get accurate color for this one in photos, so I’d suggest searching other blogs for a good swatch. However, I have some strong opinions on this polish, so a review will be done soon.


Perfume of the Day
Rose Barbare by Guerlain

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‘Cake’ of the Day

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Some people want cake on their birthdays, but I wanted this!

I realize that it looks a bit ‘blech’ in photos, but it is delicious.
And if you don’t like it? More for me.


Hope the rest of you had a lovely day as well – even if you’re not another year older.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Birthday Acquisitions from Sephora

I haven’t mentioned this yet, but in case you are interested, my birthday is in 4 days! Yay for being wiser – although I don’t know how I feel about the changing number : / But I digress -
In celebration of me, I put in an order with Sephora, and it finally came. Woohoo! Can you feel the excitement? If not, then you’ve obviously never gotten a box from Sephora!

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Vanilla Birthday Cake Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Bath by Philosophy

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This was my free birthday gift from Sephora for being a Beauty Insider. This is a free program to sign up for, so if you haven’t already, what are you waiting for?

Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb Rollerball perfume

Over the past few months, people seem to have been going mad for this fragrance. Never wanting to feel out of the perfume loop, I searched for it in store just to be able to test it, but I could never find it! After a few months of being on the lookout with no luck, I decided to order the cheapest version of it to see what the fuss was about. The rollerball is only $22 versus the bottled version where the smallest size is $50.

Pacifica Body Butters in Tuscan Blood Orange and Indian Coconut Nectar

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Pacifica is a brand that I’ve often heard raves about the scents of their products but had never had the opportunity to test out. These little tubes were only $5 each, so I thought it would be a nice way to introduce myself to the brand. And, in addition to having loads of rave reviews from other customers, the formulation had a good ‘no list’ -
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

I’m still on the search for good products that are sulfate free (and I don’t mind that parabens and petrochemicals are missing either), so I may also get to find some holy grail items in the process.

Philosophy Sparkle and Joy Set for Beauty Insiders

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Again, for those of you who don’t know about the Beauty Insider program at Sephora, you get points every time you shop there – 1 point per dollar. I feel a little embarrassed to say this, but this set is the current 500 point perk on the website  -_-

It’s a little scary to know I’ve spent that much money with them, but this is the first time I’ve ever redeemed my points in the years I’ve shopped there, so that makes it a little better… a little.

I decided to get this because it has the Christmas themed shower gels from Philosophy, and I love Christmas scents. I’ve never tried any of them because I can never bring myself to spend the money for them, but I know a lot of people love these scents, so I thought this was a nice way to try them!
The four shower gel scents are
  1. Vanilla Birthday Cake (guess I have 2 now)
  2. Candy Cane
  3. Peppermint Bark
  4. the Gingerbread Man
Like I said, I’ve never used or smelled any of these, and they’re all sealed so I’m having a difficult time deciding which to try first since I can’t choose by scent.
Do any of you have a suggestion for which I should try first?

It also comes with a gloss in Peppermint Bark. I've never heard anything about Philosophy's glosses, so it will be interesting to try.

So those are my new, fun things! I hope you enjoyed :)
Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

WnW Single Series: Penny

Awhile ago, I began working my way through Wet n Wild's single shadows, but managed to get myself distracted by other posts before finishing! So, with only a few left to go, let's get back to it!

Wet n Wild single shadow in Penny




*no primer or base used

This is easily the most unique of the Wet N Wild singles. It's a coraly base with a strong golden sheen. It really is reminiscent of a new penny. It's quite different, and I think it would make an excellent shade for some one who wants to play with a bit of color while maintaining an overall neutral tone to their look.

It feels very similar to Nutty - extremely smooth and creamy with excellent pigmentation. The swatch only required one swipe (have you noticed this is true for a lot of these WnW singles?)

This is a fun color, and definitely worth the $1.99 price tag - even if just to play with.

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Pink Polish for Girls Who Don't Like Pink

I seem to be one of only a small handful of girls who doesn't really love pink, but I think I've found a pink polish that I can live with.


This is Raisin the Bar, one of the Complete Salon Manicure polishes from Sally Hansen. I actually picked this up thinking it wasn't really a pink, but more of a dusty mid toned rose. Yea... in certain lights, it's pink.


In very intense light, it does read as pink, but it's a very soft shade of it - not one that would compete with the rest of my everyday color scheme.

However, in less intense light it goes back to that muted color that I was first expecting.


In the first photo, you may notice that this polish has loads of silver micro-glitter, but it doesn't really transfer over on application; it's only noticeable if you look extremely closely. The overall effect looks more like a pearlized finish than a glittery one.

I used three coats on this, but I purposefully made each coat extremely thin. The polish seemed very thick, and I was afraid that if I didn't apply it this way, the drying time would be unbearable for each coat.

Overall, I'm quite happy with it. If I am to have a pink polish in my collection, I'm glad it's this one.

What do you think of this shade?
Is anyone else less than enthusiastic about pink?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Claire's Makeup - Giving a Whole New Meaning to Chalky Shadows...

Claire's -

You know Claire's, right? If not, it's a small store in the mall that sells very inexpensive accessories, mostly aimed at girls 12ish years old and younger. It's a store that you really have to have a child with you to walk into without looking a bit odd. You with me? Good, we're on the same page.

Well it also sells a bit of makeup. Who knew? Not me until a few months ago.

Somehow I had stumbled onto a couple of reviewers saying that their little shadow palettes were very good quality - obviously not comparable to high end products, but a good little trinket to have some fun with. So I decided that I would have to walk into that store with as much dignity as possible (no, I didn't have a child decoy to go in with me) and see if the fuss was worth it.

I believe they were only around $5 each, so I got two that looked like they might be fun.


Not amazing, but they look like they have some pretty shades, right?

I brought them home, played with them a few times; and yes, the quality was actually pretty impressive for something so inexpensive. They were all pretty smooth and quite pigmented. However, after a few days of playing with them, they got pushed into some drawer and my 'real' makeup was pulled back into use.

Fast forward to now and, after a few sessions of collection reorganization, I've become more interested in rediscovering lost bits of makeup, and these were dug up.

Hmmm, I thought, let's reswatch these and find out which were the really good shades.

And.....

They smell of CHALK!

I have never encountered any shadows that had this smell. Occasionally, cheaper shadows will smell like baby powder, but never chalk! And this scent was not there when I purchased them, so something has happened over time to create this. The scent was equally bad in both, but I'm not sure whether or not these were made at the same time. Obviously the packaging is different, which would make me think they were created separately, but the 'Batch Code' is the same for both. So... I don't know.

I tried to take a photo of the ingredient list, but the printing shade they used is extremely metallic, so this is the best that my camera could focus on it. (You can click on the image to enlarge it for better legibility). Both ingredient lists were the same in case you were wondering, so this covers both.


I have no idea which ingredient or combination thereof would cause this, but honestly, I find it extremely disturbing. For all I know, it could be completely harmless, but I have on intention of putting this anywhere near my eye or of purchasing any more 'makeup' from Claire's again - even if I do see a positive review for something.

I hope this helps someone avoid this.

If you've gotten any 'makeup' from Claire's, did you have any negative experiences with it?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Make It Work!

This could also be referred to as Copper Penny - Take Two

If you read my previous post on Revlon's Copper Penny polish, you'll know that I was less than thrilled with it. While it looks beautiful in the bottle, it just didn't work against my skin color (at least in my opinion).

In an effort to find a way to use this polish so that it does not become a forsaken and forgotten bit in my collection, I tried it out with stamping and this is what I got.

Ta da!


Ok, so it's not brilliant, but the main point is that I think it looks much better on me when it's not the sole or primary shade. So mission accomplished; it is usable! Thank goodness it stamps well.

The shade beneath it is Get Me to the Taj on Time from OPI which I believe was part of an LE collection; but don't fret over it - I wouldn' recommend it. While it is pretty, it required 4 coats for opaque coverage. Four! I begin to balk at anything beyond two. In hindsight, perhaps I should have put down a white base polish and built this one over it? Oh well.

With this little experiment, Mr. Tim Gunn comes to mind for me -

Make it work!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

New Wet n Wild Trio: Silent Treatment

In my last acquisitions post, I mentioned getting two of Wet n Wild's new shadow trios, and I'm starting with this one because - well you'll see. 


First, I have to say that these shadows feel amazing. I'd read that WnW had reformulated their shadows to make them smoother and creamier; and, while I already thought their shadow quality was pretty spectacular, they really did manage to make them even better.




swatches done without primer or base
 
Shadow breakdown
 - The brow bone shade is an extremely light pink that I find to be more about the sheen rather than the color itself. The pink does show up a bit in certain lighting, but it acts similarly to the way a cheek highlighter would. My camera couldn't manage to pick up this color the way it deserves. Sorry! Camera fail.

 - The crease shade is the only one that needed to be built up at all. It feels just as smooth as the others, but I had to swipe it twice to get this intensity. However, I don't think this would cause any trouble for most because this is a shade more likely to be smoked out than applied opaquely.

 - The lid shade is just a gorgeous taupe. Texture and pigmentation are perfect - I'd rank the quality and color up there with my Urban Decay shadows. This would have fit perfectly into the NAKED palette (which I love!).

So why start with this trio?

Let's talk more about that taupe shade (yea, I'm going to make you sick of reading about it).

I don't care too much about my blush or lip color; I'll just slap them on and go. But my eyeshadow is where I really pay attention. In addition to my highlight shades which don't really change, it wouldn't be unreasonable to say that I'm wearing 2 or 3 more shadows on any given day. So, one that will make me happy by itself is pretty rare of for me. This is now one of those shadows.

I was in a big hurry yesterday morning, so I just grabbed this one because it looked good, slapped it on, and ran out the door. It wasn't until later that I realized I was actually happy with it.


Depending on how the light hits it, it can look both very light and more like a midtone shade, so it creates its own dimension. I have to use a relatively bright light for color to capture accurately on my camera, so the 'false' dimension is actually getting dampened a bit in the photo, but you can still see that it looks lighter on the lid and darker in the crease and outer corner.

So, if you haven't gathered yet, I really love this little palette. I know I've said it in many of my Wet n Wild posts; but at $2.99, you can't go wrong with this. I'd pay that just for the lid shade. Love it! Recommend it! Done.

What do you think? Good or no?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

More Metallics - Revlon's Copper Penny Polish

This is Copper Penny - another polish from Revlon's Heavenly Metal line.


I don't have much to say about it because, well, I don't really love it. Although it's a very pretty color and only took two coats for perfect coverage, it's just not a good color for me. I think there's just too much orange in it to really mesh with my skin.

But I think that for someone with deeper coloring and warm undertones - hello, gorgeous!


Although it doesn't work well as an all over shade for me, I think I'll eventually try it out with stamping. Perhaps it will work better for me as an accent shade.

And as an update to the Gold Coin polish (shown at the end of this post); it acted just as a true glitter polish would as far as removal goes. It was a big pain in the butt, and I ended up going at it with pure acetone because I knew my regular remover would take forever and a day to finish. That's definitely not a deal breaker in my opinion, but something to be aware of before using it.

What do you ladies think of it? Love it or no?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Aquisitions of the Day

It seemed like it worked pretty well last time, so let's keep testing out 'acquisitions'. ; )

A bit of shopping was done this evening at the bookstore and Walgreens, so I thought I'd share the few things that I got.


1. a page-a-day calendar for 2011

I've had these in years past, but decided against getting one in 2010 because I thought Who really needs one of those? The answer? ME! I realized that I actually find them quite fun and look forward to seeing what the new page will be in the morning (no peeking allowed!).

I decided to wait until after New Years to get it when calendars go half off because I'm much happier to pay $7 for one of these than I am $14. Granted the selection was more limited, but I'm happy with the one I got.

This quote on the back of the calendar box is what got me.



2. Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Rose and Hibiscus


I'd seen a stand for these in Wal Mart a few days ago, but they were sold out of these two colors - the ones I was really interested in. Doesn't that always happen? So when I saw that Walgreens had both of them, I decided to give them a go. Lip moisturization and some color using natural ingredients? Yes, please. The lighting washed out the color strip on the bottom of the packaging in the photo, but they both look really pretty, so I'm excited to try them out.

They were $6.99 each, but the display had $1 off coupons that don't expire until 2012! Not going to lie - I grabbed a couple extra.

And now the most exciting things...

4. Wet n Wild eyeshadow trios in I'm Getting Sunburned and Silent Treatment
  

Do they not look familiar? That's because they're new!!! Yes, I finally saw some of Wet n Wild's new releases for 2011.

I believe there were 4 other trios in addition to these two, but they were mostly bright colors that I don't think I'd use, so they didn't get to come home with me. Now I just need the new 8 pan palettes to show up, and I'll be set!

Side note: Honestly, I don't think there's another drugstore brand that I get as excited for as I do for WnW at this point. They weren't even on my radar in 2009, but really stepped up their game in 2010.

And that's it!

Have you gotten anything good lately, makeup or otherwise?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Revlon Heavenly Metal Polishes

I'm not sure what it is, but I seem to be on a bit of a nail polish kick lately. Probably best that we just go along with it, eh?

A few days ago, I went into the drugstore to look for a particular polish and came out with three from Revlon. I wanted to find the blue Holographic polish from Milani, but they were all sold out (oh well). Apparently unable to leave empty handed (I am convinced that my subconscious is set against it), my eyes caught sight of something else shiny in one of the special displays.

Revlon has a new little release called Heavenly Metal which has a few different products (shadows, mascara, and shadow sticks I believe), but what caught my eye were the metallic polishes.

Silver Dollar, Gold Coin, Copper Penny
Although I already own too many polishes, I don't have many with this sort of finish - so of course I got all three -_- Don't judge me.
Here are the swatches that I did on my nail wheels. I swear these things make it so much easier to keep track of what polishes I have.


Each one of these took two coats to get good coverage. The camera didn't catch the finish very well, but it looks a bit like there are flakes in the polish rather than just tiny glitters. It's almost like a crinkled foil.


The only one I've tried on my nails so far is Gold Coin, and the first thing I thought with it was I wish I'd had this at Christmas!!! This so reminds me of Christmas tinsel and would have been perfect for the holiday (is anyone else sad that it's already over?) And can I just say that I'm so bummed about this photo because my middle nail broke right before I painted my nails, which is why it's so much shorter than the others. Nail fail.

Overall, I'm pretty excited to play with these polishes. They look gorgeous but are very showy, so they must be used accordingly.

What do you think of them? Good? Bad? Missing Christmas???
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