Sunday, March 16, 2014

A disaster of a manicure


So, I got married. And got a second job. And a cat. 

Blogging didn't happen for several months. 

I'm back now, with a disaster of a manicure to show you. 

Shrinkage. Bubbling. Hair marks. 
This manicure has it all. 

It's Deception from the new Wet n Wild Wild Shine collection, with Too Hot for You on the ring finger. Those polishes are fine. 

The problems happened when I tried to use these little flower thingies as decoration. I got them at Walgreens for 49 cents, and they turned out to be way too thick and not bendy enough. Three coats of Poshe top coat later, and I finally got a somewhat smooth surface, and a ton of bubbles and shrinkage. 

This will be coming off shortly. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Nails of the moment: contrast

Now that fall is coming, I wanted to do something resembling the striking contrast between bright fall leaves and dark clouds. I found a bright gold and a matte gray by SpaRitual at Marshall's, and this is what I came up with:

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I've been swatching since middle school!

Found the inside of this box lid while cleaning. Apparently, I've been swatching nail polish since middle school. I like how I was trying out all the mixtures I could.

Did your cosmetics love start so early?

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Blog sale!

Hi! I am finding myself in need of cash and extra space, so I'm selling all this good stuff! I hope it goes to someone who loves it better than I do! As always, make me an offer. Shipping is actual cost.

Physicians Formula stuff:
1. seasons bronzer - light. Used twice. $5
2. youthful wear powder - light. Used twice. $5
3. cashmere wear blush - natural. very light use. $4
4. mineral wear blush - natural. very light use. $4
5. mineral wear airbrushing powder - translucent light. use as shown. $3

Revlon stuff
1. colorstay foundation. ivory. used up to the top of the word Revlon. $4
2. colorstay whipped foundation

Stila Daydream palette. Extremely light use. Some scratches on case. $7

Urban Decay stuff:
1. Greed UDPP - 85% $9
2. Sin UDPP - 85% $9
3. Shadow pencils - use as shown. $3/each
4. liners - flipside $5; lust $8
Korres gold liner - $6

Pixi illuminator - $7
ELF studio blush and bronzer - $1.50
theBalm Bahama Mama bronzer - $7
Revlon Photoready palette - $3

Benefit they're real mini mascara; tarte lash primer mini; lancome hypnose mascara mini - all new and untouched. $3/each

theBalm tutti frutti plump my pucker - new, sealed - $7
sally hansen gloss, nectar, new, sealed - $4
juelp daylight defense lip balm. new. $2
yes to carrots lip butter, new. $2
shea moisture vanilla hibiscus lip balm, new, sealed, $2
revlon just biten kissable stains in rendevous, romantic. never twisted up. $3/each
milani lip flash. use as shown. $2
elf cream eyeshadow, $1.50
new and unused fantasy makers red lipstick mini. 50 cents.
elf ripe raisin mineral lipstick. 80%. $1

all Essie polishes $4 each.

opi tangerine - $4
china glaze holo - $4
china glaze glitter from halloween collection - $4
china glaze blue neon - $4
zoya manhattan mixer - $4
zoya dierdre - $4

all these polishes (madison nail company top and base coats, neon green and citrine sinful colors polishes, sally hansen HD polish, matte purple one), dollar each.

lot of brushes - $11 - PENDING

Maybelline Color Tattoo - too cool - claimed
Maybelline Color Tattoo - bronze color. Est. 95% left. $4.50
Physicians Formula felt tip brown eyeliner. New in box. $6

 fragrance samples and 1 oz philosphy amazing grace body wash and lotion. whole lot $8.

Everything in this last picture is free with purchase.

Friday, April 26, 2013

New makeup brush setup

Organized eye brushes!!!!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Retro daytime look

I forget exactly what I used for this - but I know that Makeup Geek eyeshadows were involved, Urban Decay Mildew liner, and Morgana Cryptoria Wild Strawberry lipstick over a red Milani lipliner.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sephora + Pantone Universe first impressions

I went to Sephora today to get an in-person look at the new(ish) Color of the Year collection from Sephora + Pantone Universe. This year's color is Emerald, or, green. I love green! Here's a photo of the swatches I took in the best light I could find - the sun filtering through clouds in the parking lot:

Let's look at the left: from my pinkie knuckle down to the green lines is one of the shadow trios. I like the green, and the white is ok. I think the blurple would make me look like I'd gotten in real good with some fists. If the blurple took up the tiny corner and the matte green took up all the space that the blurple does, then I would buy this. Because the biggest color is make-me-look-like-I-like-barfights-blurple, I will probably pass.

Next to that is the most neutral of the three trios. There's a shimmery beige, a matte tan, and a shimmery green. I like this one. It's basic with a pop of color. It's my second favorite. 

The third trio is the one I like the most: it's got an antiqued gold, a forest green shimmer, and another emerald color. This is a green smoky eye in a box. I am a sucker for those dark greens, and I love it. This is the one I'm most likely to buy. 

The green lines are a collection of liquid liners that are all somewhat different from each other. I like two of them (the ones on the right), but a **** ton of one color liner isn't my cup of tea. I would have rather they concentrated on one or two really good colors and sold them individually. 

The large green splotches are two of their cream products. The lid stain (in the little pot) has beeswax, so I'm not even swatching that. The larger green swatch is a cream shadow that comes in a small compact. I like this. It has really nice pigmentation and some subtle shimmer. To the right of that swatch, I tried out the glitter. The glitter has no base to it, so you need to use it on top of a cream shadow. Even then, it fades. The smaller green dot is the jumbo waterproof pencil. Also quite nice. 

There are a lot of other things with this collection that look pretty interesting, too. They have a blush that looks pretty idiot-proof and is nice and neutral. There's a brush set in a fancy case. The brushes themselves are really nice, but the case (except for the decorative panel on the front) is cheap cardboard. I also like the large makeup case.

What do you think about Emerald?