Autumn Leaves – A Neutral NOTD!

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Hi! Today’s rushed NOTD I went with a neutral palette of beige and bronze for some leaf stamp art. I used Sally Hansen Bare It All, Essie Summit of Style and Avon Glimmer. I had some trouble with Bare It All. The brush held on to a lot of product and the formula was thin, making application a bit tricky. Good thing it’s a forgiving nude. I also had some trouble capturing the leaf stamps in a photograph due to the pale tones. I’d wait for sun for a better shot, but there’s none in the forecast so these will have to do! Overall it’s a bit too subdued for my taste even with the glitter. I’ll mix it up with the occasional neutral like this but I love my darks and brights! Some pics in crappy lighting because that’s all we get here in Vancouver now! On the upside (?) I guess I’ve accidentally found my mannequin hands nude!

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OPI The Glittering Night Swatches

OPI The Glittering Night

OPI The Glittering Night

I found this little surprise at the Dollarama. $3! Dark, glittery, all the way up my alley. A quick search online shows me that this is a dupe/rename for the Nicki Minaj OPI shade Metallic 4 Life. I like it either way. The Glittering Night is a heaping ton of multi-sized silver glitter in a black jelly base. Not completely unique, but not a bad find for $3 either! I wasn’t satisfied just swatching it on it’s own, so here it is over a few different shades.

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From thumb to pinky: one coat OPI TGN over black, one coat over purple, one coat over blue, 2 coats OPI TGN alone, and one coat over a dark red. I don’t see myself having the patience to layer it 3-4 times and then removing that much glitter polish. I like the effect over a coat of black, and the dark red. Or maybe I’d use this over a peel off base coat. It also reminds me of a more subtle version of this nail look I did a few summers ago.

 

Enjoy your day!

Space Matter NOTD – Love & Beauty!

Space Matter Love & Beauty

Space Matter Love & Beauty

Today’s NOTD is so far up my alley that it’s set up a lawn chair, cracked a beer, and has made itself comfy for a good, long stay. Space Matter is from Love & Beauty, Forever 21’s cosmetic line. And it is fantastic! Neutral but shiny with sparkles, edgy yet subtly so, this became an instant favourite.

Space Matter Love & Beauty

Space Matter Love & Beauty

 

Space Matter is a medium/dark grey with silver sparkles. The bottle has a large, square/cube lid and a large, but not flat, brush which made application a little trickier for me but not impossible. The formula dries quickly and was fine in two coats but three was better. I liked it both with and without a topcoat. Interested in seeing what this looks like with a matte topcoat in the future. Shown without, then with a topcoat.

 

Space Matter no topcoat

Space Matter no topcoat

Space Matter with topcoat

Space Matter with topcoat

Space Matter in sunlight

Space Matter in sunlight

Space Matter in sunlight

Space Matter in sunlight

 

Can’t wait to see how this brand wears. The pics above in sunlight are after a day’s wear. Best of all, it’s cheap too! I never thought I’d ever buy anything from Forever 21, let alone love it! I have a purple shimmery one coming up to share as well.

How’s everyone’s week? Survive April Fool’s Day?

NYC Top Coats, A Trio Reviewed

NYC Top Coats in Grand Central Station, Matte Me Crazy & Big City Dazzle

NYC Top Coats in Grand Central Station, Matte Me Crazy & Big City Dazzle

NYC polishes (New York Color – In a New York Color Minute) have been one of my favourites for years, and I was sad to see my local retailers discontinue carrying them. They are still available, just not to me here so I order them online. Today I am presenting three of their topcoats – a regular one (Grand Central Station), a matte coat (Matte Me Crazy), and a sparkle coat (Big City Dazzle).

For the purposes of this post, I am keeping with the NYC nail polish theme and using a nice dark plum for fall, NYC Battery Park Purple. The flash washed it out a bit in this picture, but it does appear opaque to the eye in two fast drying coats. I also discovered this was a decent dupe for Revlon Bold Sangria in this post.

NYC Battery Park Purple

NYC Battery Park Purple

Starting with the matte top coat, NYC Matte Me Crazy Mattifying Top Coat 274 (0.33oz/9.7 ml), about $2 Canadian. I don’t have any other matte top coats to compare this to, and I’m not planning on purchasing another one as this seems to do the trick just fine! I find that this matte coat on top of regular polishes lasts longer on my nails than just a matte polish itself, which tends to chip within the first day. I haven’t yet tried the matte coat on top of a matte polish. Seems a bit redundant, but I think I will try some time to see if it helps make it last longer. I will update here with results should I try this. Shown below is one coat of NYC Matte Me Crazy over two coats NYC Battery Park Purple. Looks and feels satiny and soft.

NYC Matte Me Crazy over NYC Battery Park Purple

NYC Matte Me Crazy over NYC Battery Park Purple

Next up is NYC Big City Dazzle (0.33oz/9.7 ml), also about $2 Canadian, a sparkle top coat. The clear, fast drying base is full of mostly purpley fuchsia glitter, then a mattering of red, teal blue, gold and silver glitter is in there as well. It isn’t too flashy but it’s a little something extra. Shown here on my other paw, photo taken with the “wrong” hand so its not entirely as in focus as I would prefer but it’s a decent representation, again over two coats of NYC Battery Park Purple. I also used it in another purple look with an Essence polish here.

NYC Big City Dazzle over NYC Battery Park Purple

NYC Big City Dazzle over NYC Battery Park Purple

I painted the matte on one hand and the sparkle on the other intending just to have it on for the duration of this review writing, but wouldn’t you know it, I liked them both enough to just leave them on! Both were ok until day three when the chips started creeping in.

I have not included any pictures of the NYC clear top coat, Grand Central Station, swatched. It’s a clear coat, we all know what that looks like! Besides, if you would like to see it on, I have used it in just about any nail post I have ever done here, with the exclusion of the Nicole top coat that was awful. I use it with every manicure because it is that good. It’s cheap, it dries quickly, it’s shiny, and it keeps chips at bay an extra day or two. I also like the bottle and brush. I will buy NYC Grand Central Station clear coat until I can’t find it anymore, which might be sooner rather than later as I already have to find it online.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

 

Revlon Scandalous/Facets of Fuchsia & NYX Princess NOTD!

Revlon Scandalous/Facets of Fuchsia & NYX Princess

Revlon Scandalous/Facets of Fuchsia & NYX Princess

Aside from all the extra rain we get here for autumn in the Vancouver area, I like fall. It’s cool enough to wear more scarves (I love me some scarves) and it’s another reason to wear darker shades! I am presenting the Revlon shade on the left as both Facets of Fuchsia and Scandalous because they are the same thing. Facets of Fuchsia was a limited edition from a while ago that was re-released more recently under the name Scandalous as part of the permanent line. If you have one, you have the other.

Revlon Facets of Fuchsia/Scandalous is a black based jelly with large hex glitter and small glitter that looks like a purpley fuchsia in the sheer blackened base. This purple glitter turns silver when you’re removing the polish. It builds up really well, but that many layers of glitter can be hard to remove. I generally use this with a base of black, but this time I wanted to bring out the purple a bit more. I used a layer of NYX Princess first (discontinued I think as they changed the packaging on this line a while back) followed by two of the Revlon. The final look was still deep and dark, but a little brightened with the fuchsia base.

Some pictures in various lights.

Revlon Scandalous/Facets of Fuchsia & NYX Princess

Revlon Scandalous/Facets of Fuchsia & NYX Princess

Revlon Scandalous/Facets of Fuchsia & NYX Princess

Revlon Scandalous/Facets of Fuchsia & NYX Princess

Revlon Scandalous/Facets of Fuchsia & NYX Princess

Revlon Scandalous/Facets of Fuchsia & NYX Princess

This held up surprisingly well, with a topcoat, for a couple of days. The Revlon Facets of Fuchsia/Scandalous is also a pretty good dupe for Deborah Lipmann Bad Romance. Enjoy your week!

Beauty Baseline Hard Candy Prize Opening!

Hard Candy Cosmetics Prize Pack!

Hard Candy Cosmetics Prize Pack!

I was recently the lucky winner of this Hard Candy Prize Pack from Tara over at BeautyBaseline! This was especially fun for me as Hard Candy cosmetics aren’t available to me in my area. Included in the pack is a Glossaholic lip gloss in Icing,  two Shadowholic 12 hour Waterproof Eye Crayons, in Blondie and Camel Back, a nail polish in Bite of Black and a hand written card! Tara has stationery to match her blog theme, how cute is that?

Hard Candy 12 Hour Waterproof Eye Crayon (7.2g/0.25oz) in Blondie is a pale, warm golden champagne beige with a slight shimmery satin finish.

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hour Waterproof Eye Crayon in Blondie

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hour Waterproof Eye Crayon in Blondie

Hard Candy 12 Hour Waterproof Eye Crayon in Camel Back (2.6g/0.09oz – I don’t know why their weight is different but I love these names) is a fawny light brown taupe, also with a slightly shimmery satin finish.

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hour Waterproof Eye Crayon in Camel Back

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hour Waterproof Eye Crayon in Camel Back

These do have a drier texture, but after a quick sharpen with the handy included sharpener I had no issue with application. I tested these on the back of my hand as soon as I got them, and noticed when they set, they are SET. Through several hand washings and even a lotion application, the little test swatches held up, so the waterproof claim is accurate! If you want to do any blending once it’s on your eye, do it fast! I’m still wear testing these on eye but it’s been hours and no signs of budging yet. What I think these will be particularly good for is for lining under my eye as I seem to have issues with things sliding around, smudging and wearing off in that area. Some swatches with a flash and in sun. The Glossaholic in Icing is on top, followed by Camel Back then Blondie.

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Hard Candy Glossoholic in Icing (10.8g/0.38oz) is a sheer peachy nude with multi-coloured micro glitter. It has a toasted sugary vanilla scent which is potent enough to kill a sugar craving (but I like that!) This stayed on my lips for hours, was moisturizing and non sticky and will be great for everyday use. The brush is a HUGE doe foot applicator, almost the size of my thumbnail. You would be able to easily cover even larger lips with one dip of this.

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Hard Candy nail polish in Bite of Black (7.8ml/0.26oz) is a sheer black base full to the brim with silver, fuchsia and teal micro glitter. It layered up beautifully in 3 thin coats, as shown in the pictures below. This kind of dark and sparkly nail shade is exactly my type! This is stunning and I love it. In the future I will preserve the sparkly goodness by painting it on over a base of plain black. First pic below is 3 thin coats no top coat indoors, second pic is a day later, with topcoat, in sun. This is wearing really well, no chips so far!

Hard Candy Bite of Black

Hard Candy Bite of Black

Hard Candy Bite of Black

Hard Candy Bite of Black

Hard Candy doesn’t test their finished products on animals and are made in the US. Thank you again to Tara at BeautyBaseline for this fun prize pack! She has a huge giveaway going on as well now, only to residents of the US if you want to check it out.

Enjoy your weekend!

Nicole by OPI Spring Set Find!

Nicole by OPI Spring Set

Nicole by OPI Spring Set

Hi! I found this cute little set on clearance at the local drugstore recently, presumably as it is no longer spring, for all of $7.99! Considering Nicole polishes run $11 each here (the little $19.99 tag does say a $33 value for the three) I thought it was a pretty good deal to get the three for $7.99. I was also in the market for a quality top coat, and one was included so I will give that a go. I’ve seen mixed reviews on it, mostly negative, but I will review it honestly at some point.

The set included a Nicole by OPI Top Coat Plus, a beautiful oceany blue green full of golden micro shimmer called Sea-ing Is Believing, and Don’t Say It, Spout It, which is just crammed full of multi-coloured, different sized hexagonal sparkle glitter, very fun looking!

Nicole by OPI Spring Set

Nicole by OPI Spring Set

Nicole by OPI Spring Set, Labels

Nicole by OPI Spring Set, Labels

A close up of Sea-ing Is Believing, trying to show the pretty golden shimmer swirled through it here. This one looks like a close dupe of a couple other Nicole by OPI shades which I will get into when I swatch it in an upcoming post.

Nicole by OPI Sea-ing Is Believing

Nicole by OPI Sea-ing Is Believing

And a close up of Don’t Say It, Sprout It to show the multi-coloured hexagonal glitter. This one reminds me of a few others as well, which I will also get into in an upcoming swatch post.

Nicole by OPI Don't Say It, Sprout It!

Nicole by OPI Don’t Say It, Sprout It!

Didn’t bother with a close up of the clear coat. Looking forward to playing with these, the sparkle in particular looks very fun!

Enjoy your week!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer & Pure Color Gloss Duo Swatch & Review!

Estee Lauder Concealer and Lip Gloss Duo

Estee Lauder Concealer and Lip Gloss Duo

A 2 for 1 swatch and review for you today! This little duo has a concealer from Estee Lauder’s famous Double Wear line and a shimmery neutral lip gloss. Perfect for travel, and as you can see I like it so much that it’s already well worn from living inside the small makeup bag in my purse! This item was a gift with purchase (with someone else’s purchase) that was passed along to me as the original recipient couldn’t wear these shades as they were too light for her. I can’t find this item as something that can be purchased as the duo, which is too bad, I’d recommend it if it existed. You can buy them separately, however.

Starting with the concealer. This duo includes Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Flawless Wear Concealer in Light/Medium. The full size of this in Canada sells for $24-28 depending on your source. This travel size includes a decent amount of product at 4.7ml. The full size has about 7.4ml, from the limited info I can find. The website says the formula contains emollients and minerals (I think they all contain minerals of some sort as they are pigments but that’s neither here nor there). I wish I could find an ingredient listing somewhere – anywhere – so that I am better able to assess this product for you, but they seem to have kept that information hidden from the public. I have emailed them for a full listing and will update if I receive a reply (not counting on it).  Update: 2 weeks later I got a response with an ingredient list, I will post it at the bottom of this entry.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Concealer

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Concealer

There is another reason I was really interested in reviewing the full ingredient listing. This concealer smells like the old formula of the Revlon ColorStay foundation before they screwed up a great thing some time over a year ago. If you didn’t know, Revlon changed the formula and didn’t mention anything about it, not in press nor on the label. They removed the SPF (why?! senseless!) and made a transfer resistant formula one that slips around and gets all over the place while providing sub par coverage with a crappy finish. But that’s for another post. The point is I really liked that old formula, and I really like this formula in the concealer, and they have a very unique and similar smell. I’d also like to review the ingredients because I can catch the slightest whiff of alcohol in this, and that would change my opinion. I don’t want to put products containing alcohol around my eye.

That being said, the formula for this concealer is one of the best I’ve tried in a long time. It is just the right amount of coverage in a light, blendable formula. It sets very quickly to a realistic, skin like, matte but not too matte finish. This particular shade is perfect for my dark under eye circles, which are pretty tough to cover for any length of time. This one holds up well for several hours, doesn’t crease, and performs better than anything else I have right now. If it weren’t so pricey, I would definitely buy this. Some swatches showing the consistency and then the level of coverage even after being blended out.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Concealer in Light/Medium

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Concealer in Light/Medium

Next up, the lip gloss! This duo includes Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss in Magnificent Mauve 06. This travel size is 4.5ml, can’t find info on the full size, which goes for $26 (yikes). Apparently this gloss has won a couple of awards including Allure’s Best of Beauty Awards for the lip gloss category in 2010, and Best Lip Product Finalist for the 2011 CEW Awards. I can see why. The formula manages to stay on my lips far longer than any other gloss I own, without actually feeling sticky, and is still moisturizing. I have no idea how they made that magically happen, but I’m glad they did.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lip Gloss in Magnificent Mauve

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lip Gloss in Magnificent Mauve

This particular shade is a shimmer, and is full of silver, pink and gold micro glitter in a sheer pale mauvey pink base. It’s pretty, but if you really hate glitter this might not be for you. This also has a faint fruity sweet smell which fades quickly. I will gladly use it until it’s gone, but I wouldn’t buy this. If you can rationalize spending $26 on a lip gloss, this one would be a good choice. Perhaps as a gift with purchase! The swatches below show it before and after sheering it out. It looks more like the lower swatch on lips as it is very sheer and subtle once on. Swatches are on NC20/25 skin.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lip Gloss in Magnificent Mauve Swatch

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lip Gloss in Magnificent Mauve Swatch

 

Glad to have this super handy little duo to carry in my purse! I sure will miss it when it’s gone, the concealer especially!

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Double Wear Stay In Place Flawless Wear Concealer

INGREDIENTS: WATER\AQUA\EAU [] CYCLOPENTASILOXANE [] TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE [] PHENYL TRIMETHICONE [] BUTYLENE GLYCOL [] BORON NITRIDE [] SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE [] PEG/PPG-18/18 DIMETHICONE [] TRIBEHENIN [] MAGNESIUM SULFATE [] TOCOPHERYL ACETATE [] SODIUM HYALURONATE [] ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN [] DIMETHICONE [] METHICONE [] LAURETH-7 [] GLYCERIN [] CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE [] PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE [] XANTHAN GUM [] ALUMINA [] TRISILOXANE [] DIMETHICONE SILYLATE [] SORBIC ACID [] PHENOXYETHANOL [] CHLORPHENESIN [] [+/- IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) [] TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) [] MICA] <ILN38896>

Vampy Black Cherry NOTD with Sally Hansen Black out & Red Carpet!

Sally Hansen Red Carpet & Black Out

Sally Hansen Red Carpet & Black Out

Time for a darker, vampy NOTD. I found both these Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes for $1.96! Sally Hansen Red Carpet is a jelly-like red packed with glitter. I thought the glitter was also red, until when I was in the process of removing it off a test nail I noticed it was silver, which was exposed after the jelly red portion came off (you know how glitters can be tenacious). This polish is stunning. Sally Hansen Black Out is a creme black. My old beloved OPI Black Onyx is about gone so I needed a replacement. Black Out isn’t as opaque in 1 coat but it gets the job done.

For this NOTD I painted on one coat of Black Out and let it dry. It didn’t matter if it was completely opaque as I was painting over it anyway. I then added just one coat of Red Carpet, and this is the look that resulted. I love it!

Sally Hansen Black Out & Red Carpet Layered

Sally Hansen Black Out & Red Carpet Layered

Sally Hansen Black Out & Red Carpet Layered

Sally Hansen Black Out & Red Carpet Layered

Looked even nicer and sparkly in person! Above pictures have no top coat. Dry time was fast as there was only two coats combined. I’m pretty impressed with just one coat of each of these!

Enjoy your day!

Revlon Colorstay Provence NOTD Swatch & Review!

Revlon Provence

Revlon Provence

I used the sky as my backdrop for this bottle of polish, what an amazing colour! Was a gorgeous day so I had to take advantage of it. It did make the shade in the bottle look greyer than it actually is, however.

The first of the newer incarnation of Revlon Colorstay nail enamels (my favourite) that I purchased was this one, Provence. It wasn’t recently, it was some time ago as it is sadly now discontinued. Thankfully it is still usable. Now that I think of it, I still have some of the first versions of the Revlon Colorstay polishes that are still usable, remember when they came in a duo pack with a topcoat? Those. I have a bunch of those still. How long have I had these, 10 years? 15?

Revlon Provence is a pale, greyed out lavender shade. It has just enough purple in it to see that there’s a colour there, but still subtle and neutral enough for even the most conservative of venues. It is sheer and streaky in one coat, but evens out nicely with two coats. Dry time is a little longer with this one as it stays tacky for a while. Swatches below are with no topcoat. Still pretty shiny without it, I think.

Revlon Provence Shade

Revlon Provence in shade

Revlon Provence Sun

Revlon Provence with Flash

And I can’t help myself with topcoats, I added a layer of Essie As Gold As It Gets and then another of Revlon Colorstay Calla Lily for a bit of faint shimmer to add some depth and interest.

Revlon Provence with topcoats

Revlon Provence with gold topcoats

 

It’s more of a spring shade rather than summer, but I think it’s something nice and light for the super hot days we’ve been having here lately!

Enjoy your week!

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