Sunday, March 27, 2011

I was watching some videos on You Tube lately about facial masks and peels when I saw a few reviews about Cucumber masks. I remember when I was younger that my mom used to put a peel like this on that was clear and when she peeled it off, we always talked about how she was shedding her skin like a snake would. I recently picked this up at Walmart to see how it would work for my super DRY skin. I have really dry patches on my cheeks and hairline, so I was worried about this peel leaving my face drier than it was before.
I have only used it once and I have to say this is my favorite product of the moment. It left my skin feeling so soft and hydrated because of the cucumber. I used this mask a little bit before bed because when you peel it off, it does make your face all red. This peel is a gel that you just spread all over your face and wait for it to dry. When you peel it off, you can see that it has removed some of the gunk from your pores and in my case, some of the dead skin from my dry spots. I can't wait to use this mask again because aside from the redness, my skin looked fantastic. I could not see any areas that were obviously dry with my flaky skin.

I would give this product four out of five sparkles. The price was great too, around 4-5 dollars. You don't need a lot of product to spread all over your face either, so this will last a while.
3/27/2011 02:16:00 PM Danielle
I was watching some videos on You Tube lately about facial masks and peels when I saw a few reviews about Cucumber masks. I remember when I was younger that my mom used to put a peel like this on that was clear and when she peeled it off, we always talked about how she was shedding her skin like a snake would. I recently picked this up at Walmart to see how it would work for my super DRY skin. I have really dry patches on my cheeks and hairline, so I was worried about this peel leaving my face drier than it was before.
I have only used it once and I have to say this is my favorite product of the moment. It left my skin feeling so soft and hydrated because of the cucumber. I used this mask a little bit before bed because when you peel it off, it does make your face all red. This peel is a gel that you just spread all over your face and wait for it to dry. When you peel it off, you can see that it has removed some of the gunk from your pores and in my case, some of the dead skin from my dry spots. I can't wait to use this mask again because aside from the redness, my skin looked fantastic. I could not see any areas that were obviously dry with my flaky skin.

I would give this product four out of five sparkles. The price was great too, around 4-5 dollars. You don't need a lot of product to spread all over your face either, so this will last a while.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I recently went to Walmart and picked up the Hard Candy Sheer Envy Face Primer.

I used this with my Dove moisturizer and my L'Oreal Bare Natural mineral foundation. I love this primer. I feel like it helped smooth out and hydrate my skin some more than just my moisturizer. I also noticed a difference in the staying power of my makeup all day. It also didn't come off my face as easy if I rubbed my face during the day. The best part was that my dry patches did not look as flaky when I wear this.
3/22/2011 08:17:00 PM Danielle
I recently went to Walmart and picked up the Hard Candy Sheer Envy Face Primer.

I used this with my Dove moisturizer and my L'Oreal Bare Natural mineral foundation. I love this primer. I feel like it helped smooth out and hydrate my skin some more than just my moisturizer. I also noticed a difference in the staying power of my makeup all day. It also didn't come off my face as easy if I rubbed my face during the day. The best part was that my dry patches did not look as flaky when I wear this.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Here are some of the new products that I have purchased and will be writing about in the coming weeks. I went to Target, Rite Aid and Sally's
Almay Eye makeup remover rounds
NYC Nail Polish in Central Park
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Hard as Wraps - this to help harden my nails and keep them from breaking
Jesse's Girl Nail Polish in JulieG - inspired my one of my favorite gurus JulieG713
Jesse's Girl Eyeshadow Primer - Julie has been using this lately and I don't have a primer. It was about 6 dollars so we'll see if I like it. I couldn't stand thinking of paying 18-20 for the Urban Decay's Primer Potion
Nail Wheels - I plan to use these to swatch all my nail polishes and do my nail polish collection one color wheel at a time
Plastic Finger - I got some KISS nails from the Dollar General to use with this to do more nail art and test out some design ideas that I have.

If there is something that you would like to see a review on first, please leave a comment and let me know!
3/21/2011 10:20:00 PM Danielle
Here are some of the new products that I have purchased and will be writing about in the coming weeks. I went to Target, Rite Aid and Sally's
Almay Eye makeup remover rounds
NYC Nail Polish in Central Park
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Hard as Wraps - this to help harden my nails and keep them from breaking
Jesse's Girl Nail Polish in JulieG - inspired my one of my favorite gurus JulieG713
Jesse's Girl Eyeshadow Primer - Julie has been using this lately and I don't have a primer. It was about 6 dollars so we'll see if I like it. I couldn't stand thinking of paying 18-20 for the Urban Decay's Primer Potion
Nail Wheels - I plan to use these to swatch all my nail polishes and do my nail polish collection one color wheel at a time
Plastic Finger - I got some KISS nails from the Dollar General to use with this to do more nail art and test out some design ideas that I have.

If there is something that you would like to see a review on first, please leave a comment and let me know!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

For St. Patrick's Day I did my nails green.
I followed a tutorial that I saw on YouTube when creating this look.

I think that the look came out great.

Here are the products that I used:
Base coat - L'Oreal base coat
Background Color - LA Color Craze in Mega Watt
Diagonal French  - Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Emerald City
Clover & Dots - Green Nail Ritz pen
Dots - Wet N Wild's Gold Miner
Top Coat - Revlon Top Coat

I put on my base coat then one layer of Mega Watt. You can't really tell Mega Watt is even there, I just wanted a nude background color. It does have a hint of sparkle as well. I thought it would give the look a little more depth than just a clear background. I used the brush from Emerald City to carefully do the diagonal french. I did the french opposite ways so on my left hand the green is on the upper left part of my nail and the right hand has it on the upper right. For the clover I put some of the Green Nail Ritz pen on a paper plate and drew three dots with a tooth pick then a line for the stem to connect the dots together. I did do a four leaf clover on my two pointer fingers, but that was more because I made the stem on the first one look like a fourth dot so I just went with it. I also took a tooth pick in the green and Gold Miner to create little confetti like dots on my nails. Just the clover alone was boring. If I had a few more minutes to do these, I probably would have use a gold polish to line the green french, but I did this before work so I was a little rushed. I hope you try out this look. You could always replace the colors and the clover for another shape, maybe a flower for spring.
3/19/2011 09:37:00 PM Danielle
For St. Patrick's Day I did my nails green.
I followed a tutorial that I saw on YouTube when creating this look.

I think that the look came out great.

Here are the products that I used:
Base coat - L'Oreal base coat
Background Color - LA Color Craze in Mega Watt
Diagonal French  - Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Emerald City
Clover & Dots - Green Nail Ritz pen
Dots - Wet N Wild's Gold Miner
Top Coat - Revlon Top Coat

I put on my base coat then one layer of Mega Watt. You can't really tell Mega Watt is even there, I just wanted a nude background color. It does have a hint of sparkle as well. I thought it would give the look a little more depth than just a clear background. I used the brush from Emerald City to carefully do the diagonal french. I did the french opposite ways so on my left hand the green is on the upper left part of my nail and the right hand has it on the upper right. For the clover I put some of the Green Nail Ritz pen on a paper plate and drew three dots with a tooth pick then a line for the stem to connect the dots together. I did do a four leaf clover on my two pointer fingers, but that was more because I made the stem on the first one look like a fourth dot so I just went with it. I also took a tooth pick in the green and Gold Miner to create little confetti like dots on my nails. Just the clover alone was boring. If I had a few more minutes to do these, I probably would have use a gold polish to line the green french, but I did this before work so I was a little rushed. I hope you try out this look. You could always replace the colors and the clover for another shape, maybe a flower for spring.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Last night I decided to try my first attempt at water marbling with some of my nail polish. I watched several videos on You Tube before I gave this a try. I used a Styrofoam cup of water for easier cleanup and a tooth pick to create the swirl patterns in the polish. I used some cheap clear tape around the sides of my nails, below my cuticle and at the tips of my finger(the best I could). Here are my results

I did my left hand first. I think I did a better job with the swirling pattern and selecting the location to dip my finger. For this hand I did five different cups with nail polish.

I did my right hand second and was becoming rather tired of all the taping and cleaning of the polish out of the jar. For this hand I only did two cups of polish and probably made poor selections for design areas to place on my nails.

Here are the polishes that I used:

Base coat - L'Oreal base coat
Main polish color - Kiss french manicure set white polish. I picked up a tip that you should a coat of a polish under the polishes that are going to be marbled. If you compare the blue nail polish to how it came out on my nail you can tell that it lost a lot of its dark tones because it thinned out in the water.
Yellow - LA Color Craze in Wave Length
Blue - LA Color Craze in Radiation
Pink - LA Color Craze in Fuel
Top Coat - Revlon Top Coat

Overall I think this turned out as a good first try. The next time I do this I will allow myself more time to complete the design and be more patient. I also discovered that it would be better if I waited longer before I began to clean out the left over nail polish.
3/03/2011 08:15:00 PM Danielle
Last night I decided to try my first attempt at water marbling with some of my nail polish. I watched several videos on You Tube before I gave this a try. I used a Styrofoam cup of water for easier cleanup and a tooth pick to create the swirl patterns in the polish. I used some cheap clear tape around the sides of my nails, below my cuticle and at the tips of my finger(the best I could). Here are my results

I did my left hand first. I think I did a better job with the swirling pattern and selecting the location to dip my finger. For this hand I did five different cups with nail polish.

I did my right hand second and was becoming rather tired of all the taping and cleaning of the polish out of the jar. For this hand I only did two cups of polish and probably made poor selections for design areas to place on my nails.

Here are the polishes that I used:

Base coat - L'Oreal base coat
Main polish color - Kiss french manicure set white polish. I picked up a tip that you should a coat of a polish under the polishes that are going to be marbled. If you compare the blue nail polish to how it came out on my nail you can tell that it lost a lot of its dark tones because it thinned out in the water.
Yellow - LA Color Craze in Wave Length
Blue - LA Color Craze in Radiation
Pink - LA Color Craze in Fuel
Top Coat - Revlon Top Coat

Overall I think this turned out as a good first try. The next time I do this I will allow myself more time to complete the design and be more patient. I also discovered that it would be better if I waited longer before I began to clean out the left over nail polish.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

I wore this look the first day I had my nails done with my OPI Black Shatter and the Gold Miner nail polish (you can see pictures of that nail design here)



Here are the products that I used:
Base - Revlon cream to powder eyeshadow. I used the golden shadow in the lower right corner.
Lid - Almay trio for green eyes - the top shade was used all over the lid
Crease - Middle shadow from that trio
Highlight - Lightest color in the trio
Liner - Avon glimmerstick in black and LA Colors mineral shadow in black to soften/smudge the liner
Mascara - Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara in Black

3/02/2011 08:07:00 PM Danielle
I wore this look the first day I had my nails done with my OPI Black Shatter and the Gold Miner nail polish (you can see pictures of that nail design here)



Here are the products that I used:
Base - Revlon cream to powder eyeshadow. I used the golden shadow in the lower right corner.
Lid - Almay trio for green eyes - the top shade was used all over the lid
Crease - Middle shadow from that trio
Highlight - Lightest color in the trio
Liner - Avon glimmerstick in black and LA Colors mineral shadow in black to soften/smudge the liner
Mascara - Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara in Black