Tuesday, March 25, 2014

March Ipsy Glam Bag 2014

Ipsy time!  March's bag is Destination Beauty themed.  This month's bag design is by artist Klari Reis who designed it as the layout of San Francisco.
I received a Be a Bombshell eyeshadow quad, Nicole by OPI polish, Pixi foundation and bareMinerals lipstick.  

Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer: $9 (12ml) travel size

Pixi has been a  product I've received on numerous occasions from Ipsy. 
Flawless is a shimmery primer designed to give you a luminous glow underneath foundation or just to give you a dewy look on it's own.  The formula is anti-aging and fortifies.  

Be a Bombshell - Bora Bora Eyeshadow Quad: $16 full size

Be a Bombshell is a brand who's eyeshadow I haven't tried before.  Initially I was going to throw it into my swap box but then I swatched it.
The shadows are shimmery and pigmented.  I loved the sheen of them and really enjoyed the color palette.  I always love golds and blues!  The texture is very buttery and blendable.  My mind has been changed!

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready: $5 (1.5 g) sample size
I typically think of myself as a gloss girl not a lipstick one.  
Get Ready is gorgeous!  This lipstick is incredibly moisturizing.  The color was not as intimidating as I thought at first but very pigmented.  bareMinerals has given me another pleasant surprise in this glam bag!  Maybe I am a lipstick girl after all.

Nicole by OPI Roughles in On What Grounds?: $10 (.5 fl oz) full size
I have never been into the textured polish trend.  On What Grounds? is a teal sandy textured polish from Nicole by OPIs new Roughles collection.  The polish was full coverage in two coats.  If you like textured polish I suggest it but, I still don't like the trend and will be putting it up for swap on my Edivv swap account.  If you'd like to swap for this make me an offer.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this Ipsy bag.  My favorites are the bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready, Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer and Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad in Bora Bora.  The Nicole by OPI in On What Grounds? was a great polish I just don't like textures.  My total value was $40 in this one little bag!  

Ipsy is only $10 a month.  It's easy to sign up, just take Ipsy's style quiz here and Ipsy will handpick items that are chosen for you each month and send them to your door.  

What did you think of Ipsy's March Glam Bag?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Everyone's a little bit Irish on St. Paddy's Day!

For today's nails I used Pure Ice The Secret is Out! as my green base and used a dotting tool to make individual white shamrocks.  One the ring finger I layered Ruby Wing's Ride 'Em Cowgirl which changes from gold indoors to copper outside.  

Can you find the hidden four leaf clover?

Saturday, March 8, 2014

March Julep Maven 2014

It's Julep time!  I was excited to see some bright spring colors this season.  

This months theme is Riviera.  I stuck with this months Bombshell theme for the gorgeous blue shade Monaco and the nude shimmery gloss as this months beauty product in Awestruck.

For my Bombshell box I received the blue shade in Monoco, the pastel yellow in Lilou, an added extra lipgloss in Graceful, the included lip gloss in Awestruck, another added extra lipgloss in Fearless and a Gilliam Stick Candy in Cotton Candy flavor.

Monaco is a pure winner valued at $14.  The polish was a little bit viscous when wet but dried to an insanely glossy finish.  The color was deep and gave full coverage in two coats.  The shade is a deep blue that you can get lost in!  Five stars for Monaco!

Lilou was a $14 dud for me.  I dislike the color yellow so I wasn't planning on keeping this polish anyway.  The coverage in the first two coats was streaky and sheer.  It took four coats for me to get the coverage shown in my swatch above.  If you're interested in Lilou you can find it in my swap shop on Edivv here.    If you're not familiar with Edivv it is a beauty swap site!  It's totally free to sign up and put your beauty products up that you're not interested in.  Other members can offer you items for your products.  I've swapped many items I haven't been using for products I've really been interested in.  

I am not a lipstick girl.  It just doesn't look that great on me.  Lipgloss however, is my jam.  I have been wanting to try Julep glosses since they released and I was finally able to get my hands on Awestruck since it was included in my box!  Since I wanted more glosses I upgraded and added Graceful and Fearless as well.  The more gloss the better!  These glosses are full size at .25 fl oz.  

Awestruck was included in my box and is described as a sheer nude blush with golden shimmer.  All of these glosses are valued at $20 each. Awestruck is one of Julep's lip glosses enriched with their power cell complex.  This includes rosehip seed oil to reduce aging and helps bond moisture to lips, malvaceae lipid extract that provides long lasting hydration and helps rebuild the skin and green coffee bean oil which is a natural anti-inflammatory.  This glosses color is gorgeous and very natural looking.  The shimmer is actually a bit big and I could feel it when applying but I didn't mind too much.  This is much more of a slippery gloss than a sticky one.  It lasted a few hours which is great for a gloss!

Fearless is a sheer silvery pink shimmer.  This gloss also includes Julep's power cell complex.  The color is a bit more rosy and gives your lips a healthy flush.  The silver flakes give you a more icy look than Awestruck.  Like Awestruck the gloss is slippery and lasted quite a few hours.  

Graceful is a sheer pale pink with power cell complex.  This is the only one of the trio that wasn't full of shimmer and is just a base color.  I was worried I wouldn't be able to pull this one off since it was much lighter and brighter than the other two but, it applied sheer enough to where I felt comfortable in it.  I loved all three of these glosses and hope that Julep let's us do some more lipgloss add ons in the future.  I'd definitely invest in more of these glosses.  

Overall I loved everything included in my box besides the yellow shade Lilou.  My value this month was $48 for everything included in the box, $88 if you include my extra two lipgloss add ons.  For $19.99 a month it's a great value!  If you're interested in trying out Julep for yourself you can get a free Julep Maven box by going here and filling out Julep's style quiz.  They will match you with a style you'll love.  If you don't, you can always switch to another style. Use the code FREEBOX at checkout to get two free polishes and a beauty product!  After you free box is done you can cancel at no penalty or continue to get boxes after that for $19.99 each month.

Did you get Julep's March box?  What did you think of your products?

Friday, March 7, 2014

Oscars Inspired Nail Art Tutorials

The Oscars are fantastically elegant, regal and exciting!  Watching the red carpet this year I saw lots of sleek and chic looks.  Of course I had to turn it into some nail art!

I was inspired by Julia Robert's dress, Maria Menounos' nail art on the red carpet and Angelina Jolie's dress.

Julia Robert's Oscars Dress Tutorial
To get this look:
1.) Paint your nails nude and let dry.  
2.) Using striping tape create a V.  
3.) Use black polish to paint outside of the V.
4.) Remove the striping tape for a clean outline.
5.) Using a striping brush or a toothpick add a lace design using black polish.  Top with a glossy top coat to lock the design in and you're good to go!

Maria Menounos' Red Carpet Nail Art Tutorial
To get this look:
1.) Paint your nail solid silver or grey and let dry.
2.) Using striping tape create a large X on your nails.  Fill in the lower section of the X with black polish.
3.) Remove the striping tape to show a sharp triangle shape.  Let this dry completely.
4.) Place striping tape in a triangle formation just inside the previous black triangle.
5.) Fill this new triangle in with a silver glitter.  Remove the striping tape.  Top with a glossy top coat!

Angelina Jolie's Oscars Dress Tutorial 
To get this look:
1.) Paint your nail nude and let dry.
2.) using a striping brush or a toothpick paint frilly lines up and down the nail with copper leaving a nude M shape visible. Let dry.  
3.) Using a striping brush or toothpick paint frilly gold lines on the very edge of the top and bottom of the nail.  Top with a top coat to lock the design in!

What did you think of the Oscars?  Were there any styles you absolutely loved that you'd like a tutorial for?

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Ruby Wing Sweet Fantasy Collection

Spring is here bringing all the pretty polish with it!  Ruby Wing has released their newest color changing collection for spring with the Sweet Fantasy collection.  This collection has an equal split between some big chunky glitters, cremes and shimmer polishes.  
In Your Dreams is a baby blue creme indoors.  The application was great and gave full coverage in two coats.  In direct sunlight the baby blue darkens to bluish-greige.  This shade is great for business or work since it has nice neutral shades and a gorgeous pastel shade indoors perfect for the coming season.
Here is where I started having some issues.  Centerfold is a pink jelly base with large silver hex glitters, small silver glitters and huge black hex glitters.  I don't think I've ever seen such large hexs before.  The jelly base was nice and intensified in color as you layer.  The problem I had with this polish was the glitters.  There was some pretty bad curling with the silver glitters.  You can actually see the it in the light reflecting off of the silver glitters in both the outdoor and indoor shot.  Another problem I had was the glitters clinging to one another.  When you are trying to spread thin layers of polish it is difficult when you have a stack of three glitters clinging together that won't separate!  Outdoors Centerfold changes to a deep purple.  While I love the color change, I just can't get past the curling difficult glitters and because of that, wouldn't recommend this shade.
Silk Sheets is a peachy shimmer full of gold!  This shade is one of the gentlest color shifts of the season.  In sunlight the peach turns to a yellow-orange.  The coverage was great and the golden shimmer is really beautiful in the sunlight!
Dolled Up is a sheer nude base with all the primary colors in glitter.  There are medium blue, yellow and red hexs with small red glitters throughout.  In the sun the base turns a muted red.  and hides the red glitters so the blue and yellow ones really pop out.  Unfortunately, like Centerfold, these glitters curl like crazy!  You can easily see the curled bowl shape of the glitters in both images.  The corner of the glitter caught on things and refused to lay flat.  Happily, this completes the glitter shades in this collection.
Kitten Heels is a fuchsia creme with great coverage at two coats.  This shade is super bright and hot!  In sunlight it becomes a coral red/pink.  
My all time favorite from this collection has to be Deepest Desire!  This metallic mossy green is a tiny bit streaky but that is where the complaints end!  The gold metallic in this shade is bright and reflective.  I'm not much of a green girl but that's okay because in sunlight this shade has a drastic change to a golden chocolate.  I want to wear this around Easter.  For some reason it reminds me of Easter Baskets.  

These Ruby Wings are available for $10 a bottle.  My favorites are Deepest Desire, Kitten Heels, Silk Sheets and In Your Dreams.  I'd skip the glitters shades, Dolled Up and Centerfold because of the curling glitter.  If Ruby Wing reformulates the glitter shades I'd love to try them again.  What do you think of Ruby Wings Sweet Fantasy Collection?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


So I was having a sugar craving.  They come on suddenly, I can't help it.
I decided to get creative and healthy by painting some cookies instead of eating them!
For this look I used Color Club Look, Don't Tusk from the new Safari Garden spring collection.  The cookies are hand painted and they're topped off with Butter London's Matte Finish Top Coat.
Of course, my cookie nails just made me more hungry and I ended up baking a whole batch from scratch with dark chocolate chips so I could "do a photo shoot with my nails".....and eat a bunch.  Oops!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

LVX: Cliquot, Azzurrum and Avalon

Fashion week was a whirlwind!  Branka, one of the founders of LVX, was also in attendance and we were trying to plan a meet up.  Unfortunately everyone was so busy it never happened.  But, the amazing LVX representatives were kind enough to send me a few of their polishes to try out.
I have heard of LVX before but never tried it.  I knew LVX was a high quality brand but it wasn't available anywhere around me.  I was so happy to see Cliquot, Azzurrum and Avalon when I opened up the mail.
Cliquot is a neutral peach cream.  I used three coats for a nice even coverage.  I'm so into nudes right now!  It's a perfect finished look that's classy, elongates the fingers and works for any look.
Azzurrum is a deep navy blue.  This one was a one coater!  The formula was great.  This shade actually looked almost black in low lighting.  
Avalon is a rose gold bronze.  The shimmer is great!  I don't think I've ever seen rose gold in a polish before.  This is great for more options and matching to your rose gold accessories.

The LVX polishes I tried all had beautiful finishes and are on point, trendy colors.  I love their website where they match each shade to runway looks.  LVX polishes are 5 free, vegan and cruelty free!

Thanks so much for the beauties, Branka.  Hopefully we'll get to meet up in September for the next fashion week!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

February Ipsy Glam Bag 2014

Aww, how sweet!  My February Ipsy Glam Bag arrived right on Valentine's Day.  Ipsy must love me. :)
This month included an eye shadow palette from Jesse's Girl, Benefit High Beam highlighter, a Zoya polish, Mally Waterproof Eye Liner, Uberliss Straight Hair Oil and Pop Beauty Lip Gloss.
This months bag is pink on the outside with a white zipper.  The inside is a pink leopard print!

Mally Beauty-Evercolor Waterproof Eyeliner in Starshine: $15 (.04oz full size)

Mally Beauty has a line of waterproof eyeliners in multiple colors.  This month I received a metallic silver in Starshine.  
The liner is very metallic and applied wonderfully.  However, I just don't see myself using a silver eyeliner anytime soon.  I received a silver eyeliner from Ipsy a few months ago that I've only used once or twice. I think I'll be putting this up for swap on my Edivv shop.

POP Beauty-Plump Pout Mini in Peony Petal: $7.47 (4g travel size)
POP Beauty's Plump Pout Mini glosses are full of lip plumping peptides, avocado and jojoba oils and very intense! 
Look at that color payoff!  Application was very smooth and not too sticky.  While I love the color I did not notice as much of a plumping effect as with other brands I have tried.  My only real complaint with this Plump Pout Mini gloss is the smell of the rubber cap!  It was funky.

Uberliss-Rituoil: $3.50 (10 ml sample size)
I had never tried hair oils before I started using Ipsy.  Now they are one of my favorite products!  Uberliss Rituoil smells like heaven, delectable orchid!  A little bit of this product smoothed into the hair will preserve moisture, safeguard hair from damage using blowdriers, curling irons or straighteners and leave your hair soft, shiny and frizz free.  I apply hair oil after showering when my hair has dried a bit but is still damp.  It makes my hair smell fantastic, smooths and protects.  I heard some complaints this month that many of the Uberliss bottles leaked during shipping.  If you had this issue contact Ipsy's customer service.  They're great at fixing issues.

Jesse's Girl-Eye Shadow Compact in Behind Blue Eyes: $3.99 (full size)
I"m kind of an eye shadow snob.  My go to is Urban Decay and I don't use much else.  I do like some of the blues included in this palette but, I always worry about cheap eye shadow.  I know that nasty fillers that can be dangerous to your eyes can sometimes be included in cheap shadows.  I opted not to swatch this palette since I'll probably just put it up for trade.

Zoya Nail Polish in Odette: $9 (.05oz full size)
Odette is from Zoya's Natural Collection that just released this past January.  Odette is a dusty purple/maroon cream.  This is typical Zoya formula which is great!  I'm looking forward to using this shade this coming spring. 

Benefit-High Beam: $26 (13ml full size)
I have always heard amazing things about High Beam from Benefit.  When it was available as a bonus item if you had Ipsy points I grabbed it right away!  I thought it was a travel or sample size and I was very excited to open open my Ipsy bag and find a full size box!
This luminescent complexion enhancer is a shimmery pink in the bottle.  When smoothed out the shimmer gives a dewy, radiant glow.  I have used NARS Albatross as my highlighter previously but I am really loving the complexity and sheen of High Beam.  I could be a convert to Benefit!

Overall, I received a $38 value for this $10 bag. :) $64 when you include the Benefit High Beam! To sign up for your own Ipsy subscription simply click here and take their beauty quiz.  The quiz will match you with products tailored to your tastes and color preferences.  You can cancel at anytime.  For a measly $10, I've always found it worth it! 

Color Club Safari Garden Spring 2014 Collection

Color Club has sent me their newest collection to swatch for their Spring 2014 collection!  I have been a busy bee swatching through this nor'easter that's hit New York.
The collection is a bit unexpected for Spring with mostly deep hues and shimmery metallics.  The only pastel "spring" shade is a very light blue.  I like the change up here since we're bound to see lots of light floral shades this season.
Color Club has overhauled their bottles!  The old bottles are on the left and the new is on the right.  The shape is still square but the lids and logo has changed!  The bottle lids are now a white, rubbery, easy grip top.  The logo is a smaller white 'Color' encapsulated in a large black 'Club'.  The top of the brush handle has two C's spooning each other.  The old bottles did have a more juvenile feel to them so I am enjoying this sophisticated new look.
In De-Nile is an opaque creamy baby blue.  I used three coats for full coverage.  The formula is very glossy when dried.  I'm loving this shade for spring.  Aside from this pastel blue the rest of the collection is very striking and varies from the typical light colors you'd expect to see.
Safari Sunset is a metallic?  Or maybe just full of shimmer?  It's hard for me to tell!  I'm going to go with metallic.  Unlike many metallics that streak this does not! The gold hues pick up on any light that may scamper across the nail.  This is one of my favorite shades from the collection!
I've never really been positive on what the actual color of eggshell white is.  When I saw Look, Don't Tusk for the first time a light bulb went off, this is it!  This off white, like many whites, needed three coats for full coverage.
Since today is Valentine's Day I decided to cover Look, Don't Tusk with some stamping.  This design is from Bundle Monsters H16 plate and features a full nail rose design.  The Bundle Monster plate was sent courtesy of Nail Polish Canada.  If you're lucky enough to be Canadian shipping is free!  I topped the design off with a matte topper to give the roses a softer look.  
Nail-Robi is an inky indigo cream.  In light this shade seems more of a violet hue and in dark it becomes a brooding navy.  Typically, darker blues like this are a popular winter color but here it is for spring.  I love dark blues so I am looking forward to incorporating this into matching looks this season.
Lion's Den is an impossible to capture glittery shade.  Upon first look it is a strong gold.  I caught some greenish hues at angles.  Even with three coats Lion's Den is a bit sheer.  One coat is very light so this could be very fun to pair over solid creme colors for enhancement.
Although crelly sounds like some kind of bad hip hop term it's really just nail speech for a cream/jelly hybrid.  Tribe and Tribute is a sheer green shade in one coat.  Layer it to two or three and you'll start to build opacity until, ta da!  Full coverage.  Shown here are three coats.  Now, I traditionally don't like green.   Yellow and green are my no-no shades.  They make me look ill when I've got them on.  If you can pull off this avocado green go for it!  I'm actually hoping Color Club will release some other shades in this crelly finish.

I am excited to see Color Club's new bottles.  I feel that they'll be stepping their polish up to a more sophisticated realm.  I am liking this collection since we're bound to see an influx of pastels this season and it's nice to have some options.  What do you think of Color Clubs Safari Garden collection?