Wednesday, March 21, 2012

This is my first Elf Studio Blush. I found this one for a dollar at my Dollar Tree. This is a berry shade of blush with lots of gold shimmer. I find that this one is slightly chalky in texture and will crumble easily in the pan. It looks pretty on my cheeks so I can get past the chalky texture.







3/21/2012 04:00:00 AM Danielle
This is my first Elf Studio Blush. I found this one for a dollar at my Dollar Tree. This is a berry shade of blush with lots of gold shimmer. I find that this one is slightly chalky in texture and will crumble easily in the pan. It looks pretty on my cheeks so I can get past the chalky texture.







Tuesday, March 20, 2012

For Christmas my wonderful boyfriend got me two packs of the Sally Hansen Salon Effects. The one I wore first is the glittery one in Blue Ice. When I opened these, I was surprised that they were not gritty like glitter nail polish tends to be on your nails. They were smooth and super easy to apply. I had a hard time getting them to sit straight on my dominant hand but overall I had an easy experience applying them.






Sadly I decided to apply my Poshe fast drying top coat on top of the strips to help them wear longer. I do not recommend adding a fast dry topcoat. The cuticles of the strips started to peel up and were very sharp and rough feeling. They felt annoying if I ran my hand through my hair and looked really bad. I must not have wrapped the tips very well because by the second day, I was missing lots of chips on the tips of my nails. They came off after three days. I don't know if the removal is like this for all of them, but the glitter strips were like glitter polish and did not want to come off. My cotton rounds were tearing when I tried to rub off the now gritty glitter since the smooth surface was removed. I soaked some of my cotton rounds in removed and held them on my finger for a bit. This seemed to loosen the glitter and made the removal easier. I can't wait to try another design now that I know what NOT to do. My boyfriend got me some really cute butterflies that I want to try next.
3/20/2012 04:00:00 AM Danielle
For Christmas my wonderful boyfriend got me two packs of the Sally Hansen Salon Effects. The one I wore first is the glittery one in Blue Ice. When I opened these, I was surprised that they were not gritty like glitter nail polish tends to be on your nails. They were smooth and super easy to apply. I had a hard time getting them to sit straight on my dominant hand but overall I had an easy experience applying them.






Sadly I decided to apply my Poshe fast drying top coat on top of the strips to help them wear longer. I do not recommend adding a fast dry topcoat. The cuticles of the strips started to peel up and were very sharp and rough feeling. They felt annoying if I ran my hand through my hair and looked really bad. I must not have wrapped the tips very well because by the second day, I was missing lots of chips on the tips of my nails. They came off after three days. I don't know if the removal is like this for all of them, but the glitter strips were like glitter polish and did not want to come off. My cotton rounds were tearing when I tried to rub off the now gritty glitter since the smooth surface was removed. I soaked some of my cotton rounds in removed and held them on my finger for a bit. This seemed to loosen the glitter and made the removal easier. I can't wait to try another design now that I know what NOT to do. My boyfriend got me some really cute butterflies that I want to try next.

Monday, March 19, 2012

I decided to try the Epielle Makeup Remove Wipes after seeing Nouveau Cheap's review. I can find these at Big Lots in a pack of 60 for two dollars. I like the green tea ones but they also come in aloe and original. These wipes are soft, moist and take off makeup. This is my second package of these wipes.

3/19/2012 04:00:00 AM Danielle
I decided to try the Epielle Makeup Remove Wipes after seeing Nouveau Cheap's review. I can find these at Big Lots in a pack of 60 for two dollars. I like the green tea ones but they also come in aloe and original. These wipes are soft, moist and take off makeup. This is my second package of these wipes.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

I've been looking though some of my polishes and I wanted to show you my older Sally Hansen Chrome polishes. They don't make these any more but boy are they beautiful! I received one from a friend and the other two I got when I did  Freecycle.

This is Amethyst Chrome. It's a pinkish purple metallic polish.



Opal Chrome is a lighter shade of pink than Amethyst Chrome.


Topaz Chrome is a beautiful golden shade.


Since these are chrome finish polishes, they can easily streak and cause brush lines in your manicure. My favorite thing to do with these polishes is to wear them with black shatter, which really brings out the chrome polishes. I also like to use them for stamping.
3/18/2012 07:41:00 AM Danielle
I've been looking though some of my polishes and I wanted to show you my older Sally Hansen Chrome polishes. They don't make these any more but boy are they beautiful! I received one from a friend and the other two I got when I did  Freecycle.

This is Amethyst Chrome. It's a pinkish purple metallic polish.



Opal Chrome is a lighter shade of pink than Amethyst Chrome.


Topaz Chrome is a beautiful golden shade.


Since these are chrome finish polishes, they can easily streak and cause brush lines in your manicure. My favorite thing to do with these polishes is to wear them with black shatter, which really brings out the chrome polishes. I also like to use them for stamping.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Golden Sunrise is a more yellowy shade of gold from Cover Girl. I like wearing this shade all over the lid with a matte brown in the crease to complement the shimmer in this shade.




Swatched without primer.

3/17/2012 04:00:00 AM Danielle
Golden Sunrise is a more yellowy shade of gold from Cover Girl. I like wearing this shade all over the lid with a matte brown in the crease to complement the shimmer in this shade.




Swatched without primer.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Now this is a great shadow from Cover Girl. Purple Potion is a dark purple with a metallic finish. The metallic finish looks sort of blue in some lights too. I love this as a crease color or applied lightly all over the lid. If you love purple, this is a great shadow.





Swatched with no primer.

3/16/2012 04:00:00 AM Danielle
Now this is a great shadow from Cover Girl. Purple Potion is a dark purple with a metallic finish. The metallic finish looks sort of blue in some lights too. I love this as a crease color or applied lightly all over the lid. If you love purple, this is a great shadow.





Swatched with no primer.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Cover Girl single eye shadow in Mauve Berry is a light pink color that is great on the brow bone. This shadow isn't really anything spectacular in my collection. I was really hoping that it would be a darker pink than how it comes off in the swatch.




Swatched with no primer.

3/14/2012 04:00:00 AM Danielle
The Cover Girl single eye shadow in Mauve Berry is a light pink color that is great on the brow bone. This shadow isn't really anything spectacular in my collection. I was really hoping that it would be a darker pink than how it comes off in the swatch.




Swatched with no primer.

Monday, March 12, 2012

I'm continuing to blog about the makeup I have in my collection while I take better care of my nails for you. This blush and bronzer duo is something I picked up last January during the CVS Beauty Clearance sale. I got the shade 400 Pink Rose. The bronzer in this is a really light shade and I have fair skin. I wasn't looking for a dark bronzer, just something to help give some more color to my face. The blush in this duo is also on the light side as well.



Overall I like this for a wash of color on my face. I did pick the lightest shade of the colors so I knew what I was getting into.
3/12/2012 04:00:00 AM Danielle
I'm continuing to blog about the makeup I have in my collection while I take better care of my nails for you. This blush and bronzer duo is something I picked up last January during the CVS Beauty Clearance sale. I got the shade 400 Pink Rose. The bronzer in this is a really light shade and I have fair skin. I wasn't looking for a dark bronzer, just something to help give some more color to my face. The blush in this duo is also on the light side as well.



Overall I like this for a wash of color on my face. I did pick the lightest shade of the colors so I knew what I was getting into.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer is my favorite concealer right now. After hearing MakeupByTiffanyD rave about this product for several months, I decided I wanted to try it. It really helps with the dark circles I have under my eyes. It doesn't seem to settle into any lines or melt off my face during the day. I got mine in the shade Fair and it works great!

3/11/2012 04:00:00 AM Danielle
The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer is my favorite concealer right now. After hearing MakeupByTiffanyD rave about this product for several months, I decided I wanted to try it. It really helps with the dark circles I have under my eyes. It doesn't seem to settle into any lines or melt off my face during the day. I got mine in the shade Fair and it works great!

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Almay intense i-color trio number 023 for hazel eyes has some pretty silvery blue colors.


Swatched with no primer.

I love the silvery shade in this pallet. While the shadows look great swatched, I find that my Almay shadows fade and crease if I don't wear them with a primer. Overall I like the shades I have from Almay in my collection. I don't see myself going out to buy any new ones.
3/09/2012 03:00:00 AM Danielle
The Almay intense i-color trio number 023 for hazel eyes has some pretty silvery blue colors.


Swatched with no primer.

I love the silvery shade in this pallet. While the shadows look great swatched, I find that my Almay shadows fade and crease if I don't wear them with a primer. Overall I like the shades I have from Almay in my collection. I don't see myself going out to buy any new ones.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Today's post is a versus between Wet n Wild Cool as Cucumber and Almay intense i-color trio for green eyes. These pallets have very similar colors

Swatched with no primer. The Almay shadows are on the left and the corresponding Wet n Wild shade is on the right.

Both shades of green in these pallets are very similar. What I like most about the Wet n Wild pallet is the purple. It is much more intense and pigmented compared to the Almay one.The reason I bought the Wet n Wild pallet was because I was so disappointed with the performance of the Almay one (with or without a primer). I'd say Wet n Wild wins this battle.
3/08/2012 03:00:00 AM Danielle
Today's post is a versus between Wet n Wild Cool as Cucumber and Almay intense i-color trio for green eyes. These pallets have very similar colors

Swatched with no primer. The Almay shadows are on the left and the corresponding Wet n Wild shade is on the right.

Both shades of green in these pallets are very similar. What I like most about the Wet n Wild pallet is the purple. It is much more intense and pigmented compared to the Almay one.The reason I bought the Wet n Wild pallet was because I was so disappointed with the performance of the Almay one (with or without a primer). I'd say Wet n Wild wins this battle.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

I have two of the Almay intense i-color trios for Blue Eyes in number 102 and 002. These are two different versions of the trios with slightly different shades of blues and brown.



In the pans, these products look pretty similar. The high light shades are very different. The one on the left is more blue while the one on the right is more white/silver. I think you can see the differences more in the swatches. Swatched with no primer.


The brown shade from the 102 pallet on the left is more golden while the shade from 002 on the right is much deeper. I think these two are different enough to have both since the shade of blue in the center isn't very similar either. These shadows need a primer. If I wear them without one, I see major fading after a couple of hours. I also feel that they work better with a sticky colored base under neath them. I usually use my L'Oreal Color Fresco Eyeliner / Shadow Sticks.
3/06/2012 03:00:00 AM Danielle
I have two of the Almay intense i-color trios for Blue Eyes in number 102 and 002. These are two different versions of the trios with slightly different shades of blues and brown.



In the pans, these products look pretty similar. The high light shades are very different. The one on the left is more blue while the one on the right is more white/silver. I think you can see the differences more in the swatches. Swatched with no primer.


The brown shade from the 102 pallet on the left is more golden while the shade from 002 on the right is much deeper. I think these two are different enough to have both since the shade of blue in the center isn't very similar either. These shadows need a primer. If I wear them without one, I see major fading after a couple of hours. I also feel that they work better with a sticky colored base under neath them. I usually use my L'Oreal Color Fresco Eyeliner / Shadow Sticks.

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Almay intense i-color shadow trios come in shades for all different eye colors. This shade is number 034 for green eyes. Can you tell what my favorite shade is in this pallet?




Swatched with no primer.

When I wear this pallet, I typically wear the lightest shade on the brow bone, the gold shade on the lid and the darkest shade in the crease. The packaging on this one is rather odd since the largest shade is the highlight shade. I wish that the golden shade was larger in the pan as I use that one more often.
3/05/2012 03:00:00 AM Danielle
The Almay intense i-color shadow trios come in shades for all different eye colors. This shade is number 034 for green eyes. Can you tell what my favorite shade is in this pallet?




Swatched with no primer.

When I wear this pallet, I typically wear the lightest shade on the brow bone, the gold shade on the lid and the darkest shade in the crease. The packaging on this one is rather odd since the largest shade is the highlight shade. I wish that the golden shade was larger in the pan as I use that one more often.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

When I was shopping at the CVS Clearance Sale I picked up two shades of Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush. The Shades I picked up are Soft Petal and Rose Plum.

Rose Petal is the lighter shade. It is a peach blush with lots of gold shimmer.


Soft Plum is a medium pink shade with gold shimmer.







In the swatch above, rose petal is on the bottom and soft plum is on the top. Both of these blushes are pigmented and pretty shimmery. If you are not a fan of shimmer, I would suggested you look for different cream blushes. These were on clearance for around four dollars and are being discontinued for the new Dream Mouse Bouncy blushes. If you haven't tried one of these, head out to your drugstore, Walmart or Target to see if you can find them on sale too!
3/03/2012 03:00:00 AM Danielle
When I was shopping at the CVS Clearance Sale I picked up two shades of Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush. The Shades I picked up are Soft Petal and Rose Plum.

Rose Petal is the lighter shade. It is a peach blush with lots of gold shimmer.


Soft Plum is a medium pink shade with gold shimmer.







In the swatch above, rose petal is on the bottom and soft plum is on the top. Both of these blushes are pigmented and pretty shimmery. If you are not a fan of shimmer, I would suggested you look for different cream blushes. These were on clearance for around four dollars and are being discontinued for the new Dream Mouse Bouncy blushes. If you haven't tried one of these, head out to your drugstore, Walmart or Target to see if you can find them on sale too!

Friday, March 2, 2012

In a recent Haul, I picked up some more of the Sally Hansen Color Quick Pens. Today I have some swatches for you.

The first one is Green Chrome. If you look at the green on the packaging,the green that comes off on your nails is not really a similar color. All of these polish have a super metallic finish (hence the Chrome in all of their names)

This next polish is Gold Chrome. I did not purchase this polish in my recent haul. I've had this color for several months now and I love to use it for stamping. You can see the application on this was a bit streaky.




This is the Silver Chrome. I think this one would work great for stamping on dark colored nails.


Believe it or not, this is the Red Chrome polish. Now If you look at the packaging on this one, the red that appears on my nails is not even close to the color on the package. This polish looks more pink in my opinion.



Here it is with the flash, still looking pink and not really very red.


This next polish is my favorite color of the ones I have right now. This is the Fuchsia Chrome.


Here it is with flash

Pink Chrome is the next Color Quick Pen I have in the pink family. This one did not look very pink but more a lavender.


Here is a comparison with Red, Fuchsia and Pink Chrome




Here they are again with the flash.


The last color I have is Turquoise Chrome. This polish leans more on the blue side of teal than it does green.



Overall I do like these polishes. They are fast drying and easy to apply with the polish and brush all in this pen. Since they are a chrome finish, there is the chance that you will end up with streaking. I don't typically wear these as polish because I found they work great for stamping. My only other complaint about these is that the color on the packaging does not match the color that comes out of the bottle. I found most of these at my Dollar Tree so for a dollar, I appreciate that I can use them for stamping.
3/02/2012 03:00:00 AM Danielle
In a recent Haul, I picked up some more of the Sally Hansen Color Quick Pens. Today I have some swatches for you.

The first one is Green Chrome. If you look at the green on the packaging,the green that comes off on your nails is not really a similar color. All of these polish have a super metallic finish (hence the Chrome in all of their names)

This next polish is Gold Chrome. I did not purchase this polish in my recent haul. I've had this color for several months now and I love to use it for stamping. You can see the application on this was a bit streaky.




This is the Silver Chrome. I think this one would work great for stamping on dark colored nails.


Believe it or not, this is the Red Chrome polish. Now If you look at the packaging on this one, the red that appears on my nails is not even close to the color on the package. This polish looks more pink in my opinion.



Here it is with the flash, still looking pink and not really very red.


This next polish is my favorite color of the ones I have right now. This is the Fuchsia Chrome.


Here it is with flash

Pink Chrome is the next Color Quick Pen I have in the pink family. This one did not look very pink but more a lavender.


Here is a comparison with Red, Fuchsia and Pink Chrome




Here they are again with the flash.


The last color I have is Turquoise Chrome. This polish leans more on the blue side of teal than it does green.



Overall I do like these polishes. They are fast drying and easy to apply with the polish and brush all in this pen. Since they are a chrome finish, there is the chance that you will end up with streaking. I don't typically wear these as polish because I found they work great for stamping. My only other complaint about these is that the color on the packaging does not match the color that comes out of the bottle. I found most of these at my Dollar Tree so for a dollar, I appreciate that I can use them for stamping.