Monday, October 5, 2015

#ManicureMonday OPI Midnight in Moscow & OPI WIth a Nice Finn-ish

Greetings and salutations good people!

It's another Monday (boooooooo!) but I have another Manicure Monday post (yaaayyyy!) LOL!

Today I am wearing Midnight in Moscow and OPI With a Nice Finn-ish (excuse my cuticles). Midnight in Moscow is described as a charcoal with a hint of maroon glimmer. I'm not sure about the charcoal part. It seems more like a maroon brown shade to me *shrugs*. OPI With a Finn-ish is described as a light, mellowed bronze. Both are very pretty. The application of both polishes was nice and smooth. I think they pair nicely together.

TTFN - ta ta for now!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Product Play October 2015

Happy October!

So my Top 5 for September isn't done. So let's talk about what I'm going to play around with for the month.

Palette Play

I ordered the Carli Bybel palette from BH Cosmetics palette last month. It's currently out of stock. You can enter your email address to be notified when it's back in stock. It sold out super fast. I ended up ordering during the second pre-orders but it didn't take long for me to get it. I'm also going to play around with the Missy Lynn palette again also from BH Cosmetics. I think these two palettes will pair nicely together.

Polish Play

Here is ANOTHER OPI mini set that I got in July...oye! I was going to play around with some Formula X polishes but they weren't speaking to me. I'm in the mood for dark shades. Tis the season lol! Speaking of tis the season, why have I been signing Christmas songs lately? o_O This is the OPI 38th Birthday Mini Lacquers Box Set. OPI did this set for HSN's 38th anniversary and it sold like hot cakes. 38th anniversary and 38 mini polishes!!!! I looked at it during the day and ordered before I left work. By the time I got home, it sold out. I do have some of the shades in full size but not many. The ones I do have are favorites, so it's no biggie for me. This set is super cute. It was at an event price when I ordered and it was an awesome deal.

Out of My Face

I got rid of quite a few nails polishes last month. I gave all the L'Oreal nail polishes I had to my cousin and her little one. I trashed ALL of my Revlon polishes. They probably were still ok or I could have used some nail polish thinner on them but I couldn't be bothered. They were some of the first nail polishes I bought when I really started to get back into nail polish. I have used up some items from my long list last month and a bonus item.

  • Bath & Body Works Oahu Sunset Body Cream
  • Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion
  • Wen Treatment Oil in Summer Coconut Lime Verbena
  • Wen Treatment Oil in Tea Tree
  • My DNA Serum (I'm actually going to pass thing along to a friend.)
  • BONUS: Covergirl Queen All Day Flawless foundation (LOVE this stuff)

Slowly but surely things are getting used up or passed on! Woot!

Short and sweet this month.

Let the play commence!

Monday, September 28, 2015

#ManicureMonday Essie Carry On & Formula X Mischievous

Helllloooooooooo! It's been a while huh?

I have not been successful recently when trying to take a pic of my nails for a #ManicureMonday post! The lighting was off and the colors weren't coming through right. Or my hands just looked awful and I didn't like the picture. One polish I really liked from OPI and wanted to do a post on it. I may wear it again and see if I can take a decent pic. Oye. So those woes had me being a lazy pants and not posting anything.

Anywho...I saw a post on Instragram with Essie's Carry On and I just had to pull it out. Carry On is described as a deep romantic burgundy and it's the PERFECT fall shade. It's one of my favorite Essie nail polishes. It's definitely a polish you have to put on your nails to see its loveliness. I picked Mischievous by Formula X a few days ago. I was in Sephora inside JcPenney and I was looking through the sale section. I always see some Formula X nail polishes on sale. I got this joker and another polish for $2.99 and another one for $1.99!!! On Sephora's website, Mischievous is $12.50. How you like them apples!?!!! It is described as a rose + sage ombre glitter. It's very pretty. It kind of reminds me of the Sally Hansen Gem Crush polishes. They were really pretty but chipped something terrible in a matter of hours. I went through my nail polishes recently and finally trashed the ones I had since I've had them for a long time and hadn't worn them in a while. I think these two pair nicely together.

Next up should be my Top 5 for September.

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Product Play September 2015

Happy September! Fall is almost upon us! *twirls*. Since I was kind of blah and lazy last month, I didn't really reach for the items I pulled out to use last month. So I'm going to continue using them this month and add a couple of items.

Palette Play

I'm adding Morphe's to the mix. This was an impulse buy for sure. I was on their site looking at a different palette and then I saw this palette. Browns and purples are my happy place :D. This is the pictured I posted on Snapchat.

Polish Play

My obsession with OPI mini polish sets continues! I've had my eye on this set for a minute. I picked up the OPI Coca-Cola Nail Lacquer 10-piece Mini Set from HSN. When aLoveTart raved about Coca-Cola Red being her new all time favorite red, I jumped on ordering this set. I have worn Coca-Cola Red already and it is very nice.

Out of My Face

I FINALLY use up philosophy's Senorita Margarita shower gel 16oz and Living Grace Olive Oil Scrub 32oz! Woot! I added them back in March! Lawd! I'm so glad to be done with them. Here's what I'm adding to the list:

  • Wen Treatment Oil in Tea Tree
  • Wen Treatment Oil in Summer Coconut Lime Verbena
  • Wen Remoist in Tea Tree
  • My DNA Serum
  • Bioderma Sensibio H2O
  • Bath & Body Works Vanilla Lemon Shower Gel
  • Bath & Body Work Oahu Sunset Shower Gel
  • Bath & Body Works Oahu Sunset Body Cream
  • Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion
  • Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Body Souffle in Wild Madagascar Vanilla
  • Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter
Here's what's left from the long list that I posted back in June:
  • Christie Brinkley Recapture Day + IR Defense Cream
  • Perlier Hemp Cuticle Oil
  • St. Ives Even & Bright Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub 
  • Bare Minerals Bronzing Mineral Veil
  • MAC Heroine Lipstick
Oye vey *sigh*. Let's see how this goes.

And a quick update to my August 2015 Top 5. I'm still counting it as a surprise item for the month but I ended up returning the Anastasia Beverly Hills World Traveler Shadow Couture Palette. I compared it to some of the shades from the Maya Mia palette. While they are not dupes, to me they are similar. It also reminded me of some shades from the Too Face Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar palette. So back to Ulta it went and I also returned the Artist palette from Anastasia. I am seriously trying to slow down and possibly go on an extended no buy when it comes to eyeshadows and eyeshadow palettes.

Ok enough rambling.

Here we go!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

August 2015 Top 5

Long time no see. August was a blah month. I cannot believe that we are going into September! I mean it was just April! I think my body knows Fall is coming and the days are getting shorter. I've been super tired/can't be bothered to do much lately. Oye vey! I need to get it together. The upside is that FOOTBALL is BACK!!!!! Woohoo!

Here's my top 5 for August and a bonus *shifty eyes*. Also since there are only a few products, I decided to throw in the meh and surprise products in this post. I didn't feel like doing a separate post. See laziness I tell you! I'll try not to be too chatty.

 Let's get to it!

MAC Raizin

I have been reaching for two blushes this month and they both happen to be from MAC. One is Notable which I have talked about before. The other is Raizin which I really hadn't reached for in a while and now I don't want to put it away. It's is a great everyday blush for deeper skin tones. It's described as golden reddish-brown and it's matte.

philosophy The Present

I purchased this when it was in the outlet section (sale section) of the philosophy website after hearing Wayne Goss rave about it. I got it for $15. The original price is $30. I've used it off and on and I liked it but wasn't wowed by it. It reminds me of the Rimmel Matte Primer. Since it's from philosophy, it has some good for you skincare benefits. The more and more I've used it with and without makeup, the more I have enjoyed it. It would repurchase it again, if I can catch it on sale.

Mask Duo

I was watching crystalis007's July favorites video and she mentioned doing a mask duo with two Glam Glow masks (Supermud Clearing Treatment and Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment). She said that it's a great at home spa treatment and using the two masks together had done great things for her skin. She recommended trying it out with similar products and that you didn't necessarily need the Glam Glow masks since they are expensive. I had two masks that were similar to The Supermud Clearing Treatment masks (Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque and Murad Clarifying Mash) but I didn't have a moisture mask. I picked up Queen Helene's Olive Oil Masque from Bed, Bath & Beyond. So I gave it a go alternating with the Queen Helene and Murad masks with the Queen Helene Olive Oil Masque and I LOVE the results. My skin felt super smooth, plump and hydrated. It's like a reset for your skin. The one mask pulls the gunk from your skin and the other soothes and puts moisture back into your skin. If you have some similar masks in your stash, give them both a whirl. This will probably be my Sunday evening treat going forward.

Covergirl Queen All Day Flawless Foundation

I've gushed over this foundation as a surprise product back in February. It was a favorite back March and now it's a favorite again. You can probably already guess that it's going to be my foundation of year when I do my 2015 favorites post. This has been my go to foundation for the month. I took it with me to Philly and I just can't stop using it. My friend says it's magic brown liquid and it really is. The coverage is great, it blends nicely into the skin, it lasts all day and doesn't break me out or irritate any breakouts that I may have. I want to check out the shade before and after Mocha just for giggles. I have two bottles on hand now. When I get to the second bottle, I will order two more. It is that serious and it's not a game. I don't want to be without this foundation. I don't want to get too crazy with backups since it does have an expiration date due the sunscreen being in it. If you have not tried this foundation, grab a bottle and give it a try. You will not be disappointed.

philosophy Summer Grace Whipped Body Creme

This is another philosophy product I scooped from the outlet section of philosophy's website. I had the spray fragrance and when I saw there was a whipped body creme, I wanted that too. Their whipped body cremes are one of my absolute favorite body moisturizers. This one however seems to leave my skin super soft and hydrated all day. The summer grace scent is described as a "warm, bright floral fragrance of sun-kissed bergamont, passion flower and warm coconut musk."

BONUS: Ubiquitous Hair and Health Trade Show

Sneaky sneaky with a bonus favorite lol! I went the Ubiquitous Hair and Health Trade Show last Saturday. I went last year and had a good time. This year it was held at the Convention Center downtown in DC. There was more room which was nice. You could sit down and grab a bite to eat. There seemed to be the same number of vendors but there were some new ones present. The plan was NOT to buy a crap ton of stuff but I ended up buying a crap ton of stuff lol. Below is a pic of the inside of my bag *head palm*. Ledisi was the musical performance and she was fantastic. If you are in the DC area or happen to be in the area when this event is going on I highly recommend checking it out!

Surprise Products of the Month

Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner

I stopped at Bed, Bath & Beyond to purchase another L'Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Serum and Neutrogena Clear Pore toner. At this particular location they have a HUGE skin care section and but they didn't have the Clear Pore toner. So I ended up grabbing their Pore Refining Toner. I was curious about this line since I've heard good things about it. I took it with me to Philly and really enjoyed using it. My skin feels super soft and I do feel it makes my skin feel and appear smoother after using it.

Anastasia Beverly Hills World Traveler Shadow Couture Palette

I'm always leery of hype brands/brands that send a crap of stuff to instafamous beauty folks on Instagram and YouTube. The only palette I have from Anastasia that I do like is the Maya Mia palette. I picked up the Tamanna palette but returned it and I missed out on the Amrezy palette. I picked up this palette with my Ulta $10 off birthday coupon. From pics I saw beforehand, I knew the eye shadow colors were right up my alley. I've used it off and on throughout the month and had to make myself out it away. The shadows are nicely pigmented and blend nicely. This is good everyday palette for any level of  makeup lover.

Colour Pop Lip Liners

I've had Pitch (blackened chocolate brown) for a while. I used a couple of times when I first got it but put it away to use up the NYX liner I had in Espresso. The NYX liner has been my go to due to price and availability. I finally used it up and reached for Pitch. One thing I will say about NYX liners, they are hard and you have to do a few swipes to build up the color. Colour Pop liners are SUPER SMOOTH and PIGMENTED! The first time I used Pitch I was like WHOA! It took some getting used to to since I was used to the NYX liners. Now I really like it. This month I ordered BFF 3 (deep peachy brown), Ellarie (blackened violet) and Leather (Deep blackened violet). BFF 3 is lighter and warmer that Pitch. It's ok but it won't be my everyday liner. Ellarie is gorgeous! I wore it it a matte read lip pencil and I love it. I wore Leather with MAC's Heroine lipstick and the two together are perfection! I'm excited to have darker liners that I can wear with various red, berry and purple lippes. I will definitely repurchase Pitch which I could use on its own with other lippies since I can make a dark brown liner work with just about any lippie color. It may be outdated but it's what I like and am comfortable wearing. If you're looking for some new lip liners, check out Colour Pop.

Meh Products of the Month

Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser

Since I had been enjoying the Pore Refining Toner so much, I decided to pick up the cleanser when I was in Walgreens. I like how my skin feels after I use it. However, I cannot get over the smell and it irritates my eyes something terrible. I can't open my eyes at all when I use it and I don't have it that close to my eye area! The fumes or whatever from the fragrance of the cleanser are very strong. I read reviews on Ulta about it irritating people's eyes. I'm so bummed. I may try to finish using it or I may just toss it. I'm using the Ambi Even & Clear Foaming Cleanser that I picked up from the Ubiquitous Hair and Health Trade Show and so far I'm enjoying it.

Nivea A Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon

This was a YouTube made me do it product. MakeupbyTiffanyD has raved about this product for a long time. When I've been out and about, I've searched for it with no luck. I finally saw it at Ulta and picked up it. I used it at night. I didn't find it all that moisturizing for my lips and I can't get past the taste. So in the trash it goes and I'll stick with Carmex for my lips at night.

And there you have it!

On to September!

Monday, August 17, 2015

#ManicureMonday OPI Life Gave Me Lemons & Formula X Bionic

Greetings and salutations!

It's been a minute. When I got back from Philly I was super tired. Shoot I'm still tired. Also my nails were a hot mess. So I wasn't in the mood to do a nail post. I trimmed them down quite a bit and I did throw a nail polish on, but it wasn't really anything to post about.

So here we are today with OPI's Life Gave Me Lemons from the Brights collection. It's described as citrusy lemon-lime shade. It was kind of hard to work with. The first coat was terrible. It came together with a second coat and I did do a third coat of a few fingers. I pulled out Bionic by Formula X mainly for two accent nails. I ended up liking the look and used it on the rest of my nails. Bionic is described as a pastel lime green glitter and black glitter. I think the two pair nicely together.

See you next Monday!

Monday, August 3, 2015

#ManicureMonday OPI Miss Piggy's Big Number

Greetings from the city of Brotherly Love!

I'm still in a blue mood. This is one of the two blue polishes that I brought with me to Philly. It came out in the Muppets Most Wanted collection last year. It's a bright metallic blue. I digs it.

A random thought came to me on purging some more nail polishes from my stash. I was thinking in terms of which brands to keep. OPI is definitely at the top of the list. I picked up an anniversary set that they did for HSN's birthday celebration. It was the CUTEST set of minis. There's also a Coca-Cola minis set they did for their 100th anniversary that's up on HSN too that I'm eyeing. Gah! So yea, some of the polishes I have need to find new homes or be tossed all together. Stay tuned for that.

See you next Monday! Hopefully. I'm going to be so wiped after this trip, I might not even paint my nails. We shall see.

Here's the view from my room!