Sunday, February 27, 2011

My Latest Obsession: Nail Polish

I want to try and start a series called my latest obsession. It can feature our latest beauty crazes of the moment. These past few weeks, mine has definitely been nail polish. The China Glaze Crackle Glaze nail polishes made their debut, so of course I had to try it :D and then I went to Ulta and Target, and was able to get a few more nail polishes (and Seche Vite! FINALLY :D) to add to my slowly growing collection.
The Crackle Glazes...

In Cracked Concrete and Broken Hearted. I love these :D Especially the pink one! I want to try to find a color like it in normal nail polish. They work almost instantly, just make sure your base nail polish is dry first. (It looks pretty gross if you don't. :/) And don't forget a topcoat, unless you like the matte finish.

The light colors...

China Glaze White on White and OPI Sweetheart. Both are pretty, they need multiple coats and patience to look good. The bottles are already dirty because I'm sort of a disaster when I paint my nails.

From the OPI Texas Collection...

OPI Don't Mess With OPI. I loved how well this covered, but it does not go well with my skin tone :( and it somehow makes my nails look even smaller, something I'm not crazy about. As far as collections go, I really wanted a few from the Katy Perry collection, but my Ulta was totally out. I had been wanting a green polish though, so it's good that I finally got one.

Drugstore polishes...

NYC Long Wearing Nail Enamel in Big Apple Red Creme, Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Blue It, and Nicole by OPI in Razzle Dazzle. I love the red color, it is easy to apply, fast to dry and looks gorgeous. I haven't tried the blue yet, it's the only one I have yet to. Blue is something I'm a little wary about, cool colors sort of clash with my skin. That's my second bottle of the black one, not because it's great, don't ask why I repurchased it... Either way, Razzle Dazzle is okay. It is shiny and can cover with more than one coat but it chips easily.

Seche Vite...

I love the gel-like consistency of this. I'm happy to have a topcoat that works. It doesn't protect too well from chipping and wear but it makes the colors so shiny.

A little family picture.

Well that's all for now :) I love most of what I got and am excited to get more! Now I just need to work on not picking it off the day after...


Friday, February 11, 2011

face of the day and a product review

I did my makeup a bit differently today. As always, I began by doing my mascara (Covergirl Lashblast Fusion, L'oreal Carbon Black Voluminous, L'oreal Telescopic Explosion [review soon possibly]) and applying Urban Decay Primer Potion as a base. For secondary bases, I used NYX Jumbo Pencils in Purple and Lime. This look was mostly shimmery. I used a lime green from the coastal scents on the inner third, a light purple from the Stila Backstage Palette, Nocturnelle by Mac (a darker purple, nothing special), dark brown and a bit of red in the crease. For eyeliner I used Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in Rockstar, a purple-y brown. I love it :D I also used a gold to line the inner half of my eye, something I almost always do. The shape was dramatic and I'm not sure if I like it or not. It's about time for some new eyeshadow- I have a lot, yeah, but I haven't gotten much new in a LONG time. For lips I used a nude lipliner and then L'oreal lipstick in Fairest Nude. I don't have a ton of options for lip color, but I'm working on it. :) I crimped my hair and twisted both sides. I didn't end up going anywhere, but this is a hairstyle that I'm recreating soon.

And now for the review...

(Image courtesy of Google)

I got this set of Urban Decay eyeliners for Christmas. Prior to getting these, my collection of eyeliners was modest at best. I mostly just had black, but that was okay with me because I wasn't crazy about eyeliner. Once I got these, I started to work with eyeliner more, and now I love it :D I found a way to do it that doesn't make me look insane. (Well..) True to their name, they glide on SO easily. Normally retailing for about $20 for a full-sized pencil, this entire set was $40 from Sephora. Definitely worth it in my opinon. A broad range of colors is given, they're great quality and even a full size of Zero is included. I wish that Perversion had been included too, but oh well. I plan on purchasing Rockstar and Whiskey as soon as I'm able :) I like Urban Decay a lot, and this set didn't disappoint. My only complaint is how small the eyeliners are, and how frequently they need to be sharpened. But I guess for the price and creamy texture, it's a fair trade.
Have a good weekend! :)