Grey & Black Circuit Board Stamp Nails – NOTD

A change-up from the lights and brights of summer, today’s NOTD are a grey and black stamp art, using L’oreal Greycian Goddess and Wet & Wild Black Creme. Also use a nail dotter and a plate from Nailpolishcanada.com, who I support as they are a business local to me (Vancouver area) and have fantastic service.

And the other paw!

I’ve used this nail stamp plate before and i was certain I had done posts for it, but I can’t find them. Here are some pics of previous incarnations of the circuit board stamp!

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Halloween Nails!

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Happy Halloween! This years Halloween nails will be stamped, as I found a cute plate with some spooooooky images. I used Wet n’ Wild Black Creme, Sinful Colors Snow Me White and Sally Hansen Hot Tamale as it’s the closest thing I have to a true orange. Stamping plate was found on ebay.

The left paw from thumb to pinky: Trick or Treat with bat, furry spider, jack-o-lantern, cutest ghosts ever, and my favourite, a haunted house!

Halloween Nails

Halloween Nails

The right paw from thumb to pinky (a little sloppier): spider web, witch on a broom, jack-o-lantern, bats, spooky spider!

Halloween Nails!

Halloween Nails!

Some Halloween Wine for the occasion!

Take it to the Grave!

Take it to the Grave!

 

And ending the post with a little topical dark humour!

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Wet n Wild Be More Pacific NOTD!

Wet N Wild Be More Pacific

Wet N Wild Be More Pacific

Pushing spring a little, today’s NOTD is Wet n Wild Be More Pacific from their Wildshine line. I think this is the only one I have from that line, but now that I’m thinking about it I may have a shimmery gold as well.

Formula was pretty good, thick but spread evenly, covered in one coat! Dry time was good, finish was shiny. Colour is a really nice balance between blue and green, a lovely teal. Swatches, one with flash, one without.

Wet N Wild Be More Pacific

Wet N Wild Be More Pacific

Wet N Wild Be More Pacific

Wet N Wild Be More Pacific

If I ever find more of these around, I won’t feel bad about snapping up more, I think this was about $1.79!

Reminds me a darker version of this teal and gold NOTD I did, I now want to recreate it with this one!

Brown & Blue Eye Look with Almay Smoky for Blues, Swatch & Review!

Almay Smoky Eye for Blues

Almay Smoky Eye for Blues

Almay has had this particular palette in various incarnations for years. I had one some time around the early 00’s in a different layout, it was 3 equal sized rectangular pots. It was so long ago I can’t even remember how I used to apply it, but when I was given one of it’s latest incarnations I thought I’d give it a go again.

Almay intense i-color smoky-i for blues is still a 3 pan palette, only now the darkest blue is a large pan at the bottom. In a previous version it was laid out differently with the dark blue in the middle. Current palette, from top to bottom

-a pale, frosty, silvery, icy blue

-a warm medium brown with golden and copper shimmery flecks

-a metallic navy blue with matching blue shimmer inside

Almay Smoky Eye for Blues

Almay Smoky Eye for Blues Swatch

The back of the package advises you to apply the dark blue all over lid, the brown in crease, and to use the pale blue as brow and inner corner highlight. Admittedly I did try that out first on a trial run just to see how it would look on me, but I can’t say it worked out well, it was just way too much blue on my large lid. Click pics for a larger size!

Almay Smoky Eye for Blues Back

Almay Smoky Eye for Blues Back

 

I wanted to work out a more wearable daytime look and improvised. Included in the look I tried today is the Almay palette, Wet n Wild Brulee, the discontinued and unwieldy to use but unique L’Oreal HIP Kohl Eyeliner in Navy and my impossible to find likely discontinued Maybelline Full n Soft in Black.

Stuff.

Stuff.

I used the brown shade on my lid, the pearly pale blue on my inner corner, and the darker blue in my crease and outer corner. Brulee is on my brow bone as I don’t like putting frosty shades there. The HIP liner is in my waterline and on top lid. The shadows textures were smooth, easy to apply and blend and wore comfortably. Shortly after application however, I noticed the same issue I’ve had with my other Almay palettes in that the pigments fade drastically, and fast. In the pictures below, a lot of shadow is applied yet the end result is more subtle than you would expect. The darker blue in particular applied with a far more matte finish than as shown in swatch and in pan.

Almay Smoky Eye for Blues on eye

Almay Smoky Eye for Blues on eye

Almay Smoky Eye for Blues on eye

Almay Smoky Eye for Blues on eye

Overall I could still make this work for day as it fades to a less dramatic hue, and it still blends well and adds dimension.  This would probably look nice on a day I was wearing a dark brown or navy top.

I can’t apply blue eyeshadow without thinking of this iconic example! No one could wear it better than Elizabeth Taylor!

 

Enjoy your day!

 

Elf Liquid Eyeliner Swatch & Review!

elf liquid eyeliner

elf liquid eyeliner

I found this unassuming little treat at a new local dollar store for all of $1.50. It was hidden way up high in a wall crammed full of miscellaneous beauty accoutrements, trying hard not to be seen. Elf (eyes lips face) cosmetics are another one of those things that I have a hard time obtaining locally, so I was pretty eager to try this out, especially at that price. I tried it out today with a very simple eye look for a test run to see how it would hold up, as I’ve found mixed reviews online.

The bottle itself is a pretty standard liquid eyeliner container in that it has a tapered wand with a wider base. The brush is thin with fine hairs, and is not a felt tip. This might prove a little more tricky to handle for someone new to liquid eyeliner but others should have little trouble with it.

elf liquid eyeliner brush

elf liquid eyeliner brush

I noticed the back of the package carding noted “smudge-proof liquid liner” twice. Perhaps a printing error is what landed this batch in the dollar store as liquidated salvage stock? It also noted on the card that elf is a charity supporter (didn’t mention which) and that they do not test on animals.

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The product applied smoothly, was fluid enough to spread easily but not so liquid as it got everywhere. It dried reasonably quickly for me but I only used a thin coat. The colour was a deep black and dried to a semi matte finish. Just barely shiny enough to not look flat. Definitely not glossy. Below are single swipes on my arm, one with a light hand, one heavier.

elf liquid eyeliner swatch, wet

elf liquid eyeliner swatch, wet

elf liquid eyeliner swatch, dry

elf liquid eyeliner swatch, dry

I applied this product with a simple eye look for a trial run for the purpose of this review. I made sure to pick a few favourites that I already knew would perform well so I could give the elf eyeliner a fair shake. Products used:

-Wet n Wild eyeshadow single in Brulee on browbone

-Maybelline  Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe in crease

-NYC City Curls mascara in Extreme Black (a lovely, velvety plush finish that wears well, all for less than $3 so of course it’s suddenly not available here anymore >.<)

-Revlon Satin eyeshadow in Nude Slip on lid (a beautiful shimmery peachy neutral with a gorgeous, buttery texture, so of course it’s discontinued and in my Holy Grail Graveyard)

-Rimmel Stay Matte foundation in a small foil sample pack I received in a magazine. I’m a little on the fence with this one. I like the texture but I am unsure about the finish, coverage, and wear time.

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Other products used

I’ve been wearing this a few hours now, no smears, smudges or flakes. I have oily eyelids and wasn’t expecting it to perform this well! After it was well set, I ran the swatches on my arm under water, and it didn’t move. There was still residue after using soap, but it removed easily with a makeup remover wipe. I will update if things go south with this eyeliner before the end of the day! EDIT: My Color Tattoo eyeshadow faded before this eyeliner, which was still going strong somewhere past the 12 hour mark. I am pretty damn impressed!

elf liquid eyeliner

elf liquid eyeliner

elf liquid eyeliner

elf liquid eyeliner

elf liquid eyeliner

elf liquid eyeliner

Final verdict? LOVE IT. It is well worth the crazy low buck fifty. I plan on buying the rest of the stock – if there’s any left – as it seems everything I like is discontinued or impossible to find immediately after I declare my undying love. Why do I keep scaring these great products away! *dramatic sigh*

I also wanted to share this card that came in a recent ebay purchase with you 🙂

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Wet n Wild Silent Treatment and Brulee, Swatch and Review!

Wet n WIld Silent Treatment & Brulee

Wet n Wild Silent Treatment & Brulee

I feel so late to the Wet n Wild bandwagon! It’s not available at any stores in my area. I am lucky that my Superstore is now stocking more of these products, and snapped up Wet n Wild Brulee and Silent Treatment eye shadows at all of $1.47 and $2.67 respectively! I also grabbed a Night Prowl nail polish at $1.47 which will be swatched at a later date, I’m still enjoying my black and white speckles over red from yesterday’s manicure!

First up, Wet n Wild Brulee. This is a smooth as silk, nicely pigmented, creamy matte nude shade. It is lovely. I can easily see myself using this daily as a brow or blending shade. It matches my skin nicely (NC20/25). Wet n Wild Brulee is also not a bad dupe for MAC Brule, either. Packaging is pretty basic. It’s compact, relatively sturdy, easy to open, provides a clear view of the product and contains 0.06oz/1.7g of shadow. Not too shabby for $1.47!

Wet n Wild Brulee

Wet n Wild Brulee

Wet n Wild Brulee, Back

Wet n Wild Brulee, Back

Next up, Wet n Wild Silent Treatment Coloricon trio. Same basic packaging, only this one is tougher to open. At least I’m assured it won’t be pigmenting the inside of my purse!

Wet n Wild Silent Treatment

Wet n Wild Silent Treatment

Wet n Wild Silent Treatment

Wet n Wild Silent Treatment, in Bright Sunlight

 

The browbone shade is a creamy, peachy pink leaning highlighter. I’d more likely use this on my lid for a lighter eyelook, as I don’t like frost on my browbone. This would still work well in the inner corner, however. This shade isn’t too far off from being a dupe for MAC Jest, seems it might be just a bit pinker.

The crease shade is a deep dark cooler tone brown, fairly strongly pigmented. It also contains beautiful copper micro glitter which you can see in the sun. It reminds me a bit of the crease shade on the right side of the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette, perhaps a bit warmer brown and slightly better pigment.

The eyelid shade is a pewtery taupe with a hint of brown. It is beautiful. I just tried this against all other similar taupes in my collection and none are as smooth, pigmented, and glowy as this. Cover Girl’s Tapestry Taupe comes close but doesn’t wear as well. Some taupey shades from the Physician’s Formula Nude palette weren’t bad on texture but not as pigmented. The Wet n Wild wins hands down. This eyelid shade may also be a dupe for MAC Satin Taupe, but it seems a bit cooler to me.

Each of these shades were smooth, creamy, buttery, super soft silky-satiny feeling and blended well. They wore comfortably for the day on my eye. Below are the shadows swatched, from top to bottom Wet n Wild Brulee, Wet n Wild Silent Treatment Browbone, Crease and Eyelid shades.

Wet n Wild Silent Treatment, Brulee, Flash

Wet n Wild Silent Treatment, Brulee, Flash

Wet n Wild Silent Treatment, Brulee, No Flash

Wet n Wild Silent Treatment, Brulee, No Flash

Wet n Wild Silent Treatment, Brulee, Sunlight

Wet n Wild Silent Treatment, Brulee, Sunlight

These were hard to capture properly in the sun but I wanted to show this one anyway as you’re able to see the lovely coppery micro glitter in the crease shade!

Below are the products on my eye. I did not use the browbone shade on my browbone as I can’t stand that area being frosty (and I have a lotta browbone – it’s just too much with frost!) I did however use the browbone shade on the inner coner, and would probably use it alone on the lid as well. I used Brulee on my browbone and the crease and lid shades as they were labeled. I also used a bit of the crease shade wet as a bit of eyeliner.

Wet n Wild Brulee and Silent Treatment

Wet n Wild Brulee and Silent Treatment

Wet n Wild Brulee and Silent Treatment

Wet n Wild Brulee and Silent Treatment

Four beautifully pigmented, easily blendable, highly wearable shades for less than $4.25 in total? Incredible! I wish these were available to me sooner!

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With formulations this good at a cost so low, it makes me wonder what other, more well known, more widely available, higher priced brands have been doing with their time in the formulation lab. Perhaps all that extra cost to the consumer is mainly spent on advertising their sub par products, because they don’t sell themselves.

Wet n Wild isn’t advertised here from what I can tell, making it depend on word of mouth and blog posts like these. Well done, Wet n Wild. These eye shadows are fantastic, and they do sell themselves, please keep it up!