Lacy Feminine NOTD with Sally Hansen Mauve It and Sinful Colors Snow Me White!

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It, Sinful Colors Snow Me White

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It, Sinful Colors Snow Me White

Dainty, delicate, soft, feminine and lacy isn’t really my thing. But today, here we have just that, in nail art form! I’ve used Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It as the base and Sinful Colors Snow Me White for the lacy overlay stamp. The stamp print I used is shown in the header, but it’s like photographing a mirror and might not be too easy to see.

First, a bit on Mauve It. Sally Hansen’s Insta Dry line has a thick formula and a wide paddle like brush which takes some getting used to, but overall I like it. Mauve It applies with a texture a little like house paint. Streaky with one coat, evens out nicely with two. It’s a warm, beige leaning pink with a bit of micro shimmer in it. This is a rare occurrence of a polish photographing better than it looks to the eye, as the micro shimmer doesn’t show on the nail, but flashes back in pictures. Weird. Anyway, some swatches in varied lighting.

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It

And then some after I stamped a white lacy print over top. There was some slight smudging with the topcoat but its so pale I don’t really mind. End result is cute, feminine and delicate, which although not my favourite, I can handle from time to time ūüôā

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It, Sinful Colors Snow Me White

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It, Sinful Colors Snow Me White

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It, Sinful Colors Snow Me White

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It, Sinful Colors Snow Me White

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Pink Hair!

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While I’m remembering to post, I also dyed my hair pink. Well, half pink. Really liking this. I used a combo of Splat Pink Fetish and Manic Panic Cotton Candy for this result. The Splat stays in a very long time, and had such intensity. The Manic Panic fades much faster, but in a nice way that left my hair with peachy tones blending into the pink.¬†This photo was taken about a month ago, and I’ve redone the cotton candy part since, going much higher up this time, to above boob level (second picture.) For reference, my hair is/was previously dyed from ash blonde to a warmer medium golden honey blonde, and was not lightened additionally for the pinks. It is thin and fine in texture and is to about my belly button. I’ve had compliments on this pink from men and women of all ages – not that I was going out of my seeking them, but it was so nice to see just a bit of colour make people smile!

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Showing the pink fade at mid lengths. Manic Panic Cotton Candy.

Showing the pink fade at mid lengths. Manic Panic Cotton Candy.

 

What’s a pink hair post without a Jem reference?

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FASHION AND FAME!

 

Coral with Gold & White Buttons NOTD!

Hi there! This weekend’s overly rushed manicure is with Essie Sunday Funday, Avon Glimmer, and mystery white polish! How are you guys? I need some sleep. My neighbours are night-owls with iron shoes.

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Enjoy your week!

March Minimalist NOTD!

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Hi! March is here and the days are beautiful here in the Vancouver area in the middle of the day lately, although early mornings and nights are still frozen. Makes it hard to get dressed for the weather in the morning! I have no place complaining knowing what the rest of Canada is like right now, hope you guys are ok over there!

I managed to find a small scrap of time to do my nails this week, and even more astoundingly, find a second scrap of time to post it! These are some very minimalist nails with Cover Girl Constant Candy and one single simple dot of  OPI Black Onyx. It was inspired by a black polka dot ribbon off a perfume bottle, modeled below for extra polka-dotty effect!

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Has spring or better weather hit any of you guys yet?

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Gold and Coral Nails with Essie polishes NOTD

Essie Sunday Funday, As Gold As It Gets

Essie Sunday Funday, As Gold As It Gets

Today’s pretty NOTD uses two Essie nail polishes I like very much, ¬†and have shown before separately, Sunday Funday and As Gold As It Gets! I wanted a bright, summery look with a bit of shimmer and this is the result.

First 2-3 coats of Essie Sunday Funday, then a layer of Essie As Gold As It Gets, which I am liking on top of everything these days. I have already done a separate review on Essie Sunday Funday here along with a test of my new nail dotter!

Essie Sunday Funday, As Gold As It Gets

Essie Sunday Funday, As Gold As It Gets

Essie Sunday Funday, As Gold As It Gets

Essie Sunday Funday, As Gold As It Gets

This held up really well for a couple of days which is impressive for me.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Rouge Dior Nude Lip Blush in 459 Charnelle Swatch & Review!

Dior Charnelle

Dior Charnelle

Good morning! As you might remember, I recently received a lovely gift from my friend over at Polly Fragrant which included a Dior 5 pan eye shadow from their Cherie Bow Edition called Rose Charmeuse (reviewed here with 3 experiment looks) and this pretty little nude lipstick balm called Charnelle.

Dior Charnelle, Dior Rose Charmeuse

Dior Charnelle, Dior Rose Charmeuse

The packaging is sturdy, attractive and classy. The tube is an elegant navy with silver trim with a modern line pattern cut in. The top of the lid has silver “CD” initials underneath a layer of transparent navy plastic. Fancy!

Dior Charnelle Cap

Dior Charnelle Cap

Dior markets this luxury lipstick line as a “Nude Lip Blush” balm. The finish is sheer, smooth and hydrating. I would describe it to be something between a lip butter and a gloss. It definitely doesn’t set like a lipstick would, it stays slick like a balm or gloss, but it doesn’t feel like it’s going to slide around everywhere like the Givenchy I reviewed recently. This shade looks browner in the tube than it does on my lips. On my lips it’s more of a super subtle, sheer pinkish nude. A lovely “my lips but better” shade. By far my best nude shade. Perfect for a hydrating daytime subtle lip look. Great for interviews/workplace, would also be perfect with a strong smoky eye. Shiny, no shimmer. Swatches below!

Dior Charnelle Swatch

Dior Charnelle Swatch

Dior Charnelle on lips

Dior Charnelle on lips

 

Worth mentioning, this lippie does have a fragrance and taste. It’s something like a sweetened powdery rose. It’s the kind of thing you would immediately associate with a higher end lipstick. I don’t mind it, in fact I actually like it, but if you are very sensitive to fragrance it’s worth keeping in mind.

I will enjoy using this lipstick til it’s gone but I can’t see myself ever shelling out that much for a lipstick!

Post script! Usually my French is pretty good (side effect of being Canadian) but I didn’t know what “Charnelle” meant… and apparently it’s “Carnal”. Suddenly this innocent little lipstick balm isn’t so chaste!

Dior Charnelle

Dior Charnelle

Dior Cherie Bow Edition Rose Charmeuse Eyeshadow!

Dior Rose Charmeuse & Charnelle

Dior Rose Charmeuse & Charnelle

I received these Dior beauties from the thoughtful and generous Polly Fragrant, whose name you might recognize from my recent reblog of her recent post about her adventurous foray into the cosmetics world. A few months ago, my high end makeup collection consisted of gift with purchases (from other peoples purchases). Although I did enjoy using them, ¬†I could never really rationalize the cost, considering how industriously I try seek out the best of the drugstore low end products, often with some success. But now, between¬†Polly’s¬†lovely gift, and the¬†sephora¬†gift card won from Lastcontrast‘s giveaway in May (used on a long wanted Urban Decay palette) I have what feels like a luxurious amount of fancy pretty things to play with! I never really thought I’d have anything like these! The sephora order from that prize¬†be seen here, if you’re curious.

Dior Rose Charmeuse

Dior Rose Charmeuse

Included in Polly Fragrant’s mailing was a 5 pan Dior eye shadow palette from their Cherie Bow collection, named Rose Charmeuse 854, and a Rouge Dior Nude lipstick in Charnelle 459. Today’s post will be just the¬†eye shadow as it is fairly lengthy, and the lipstick will be presented with swatches on separate¬†post that can now be found here.

Dior Rose Charmeuse Back

Dior Rose Charmeuse Back

Dior Couture Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Rose Charmeuse is a 5 pan palette with a range of shades I’ve never seen together in a palette before! Swatched on my arm below, from top to bottom are:

-A peachy shade, a matte base which is then full of glitter (thankfully not much sticks to the final result, so you don’t end up glittery, hard to see this on my arm.)

-A satiny, shimmery palest pink ivory tone, almost an ivory with a pale pink duo-chrome flash effect. Blends out as sheerly as you like, so you don’t look frosty.

-A satiny, shimmery pale ballerina pink with matching micro shimmer inside that give it a pretty luminosity.

-A smooth, intensely bright pink with a paler pink flash, leans warm.

-A deep, matte, pigmented, perfect charcoal black that actually reminds me of artist’s¬†charcoal. Soft, little to no fallout, I wish I had something like this back in my dimly lit bartending days when I always¬†wore black eyeshadow (my deep set eyes could pull it off without looking gothy.)

Dior Rose Charmeuse Swatched

Dior Rose Charmeuse Swatched

As this palette has not individually named the shades, for the experimental eye looks I’ve tried below I will be listing them as 1 through 5 as shown below! This is the same order they have been described above, as well.

Dior Rose Charmeuse, Numbered

Dior Rose Charmeuse, Numbered

With a shade selection this varied, a multitude of looks can be achieved! I wanted to start off with three different looks to get a feel for how this product performs. I tried out a feminine smoky look, a more wearable simple every day look (although this might be still too much for some), and a deep, dark dramatic look. Here we go!

Look#1, a pretty pink and grey smoky eye:

I applied a light base of 1, used 2 on my brow bone and inner corner, used 3 all over my lid, and 5 lightly buffed through my crease, as well as applied to darken the outer V corner. Numbers 3 and 5 were applied and blended on my lower lash line.

Dior Rose Charmeuse

Dior Rose Charmeuse

 

Look #2 a pale grey basic daytime smoky eye:

I applied another light base of 1, then placed 2 all over my lid. I added 3 sheerly, on my brow bone and a bit in the inner corner. I then layered a light touch of 5 over my lid base of 1, blending to make it grey. Added a bit more 5 in the crease to darken, and lined under eye with it as well.

Dior Rose Charmeuse

Dior Rose Charmeuse

 

Look #3, a dark and dramatic eye:

Added a small amount of 1 in the crease to make future blending easier. I blended together 2 and 3 for light application to highlight the brow bone. I liberally applied 5 to my lid (although it didn’t take much) and blended out any harsh lines heading into the crease area, to leave a nice blank area to add a bright pop of 4 blended through the crease. After more blending, I added a mixture of 4 and 5 to line my lower lash line.

Dior Rose Charmeuse

Dior Rose Charmeuse

 

Each shadow was pigmented and mercifully blendable, which is hard to come by in shadows as pigmented as 4 and 5. I haven’t yet picked a favourite! But then of course I haven’t yet tried all my options! This was so much fun to play with. Many thanks again to Polly Fragrant.

Rouge Dior Nude Charnelle lipstick post coming soon!

Enjoy your weekend!

Essie Sunday Funday NOTD Swatch & Review, Dotting Experiment!

Essie Sunday Funday

Essie Sunday Funday

Today’s nails of the day is Essie Sunday Funday! It’s a bright, pretty, orange leaning coral with a light amount of white shimmery flecks throughout. Perfect for a glisteny, juicy, summery look! It’s gorgeous, I have no idea how it stayed on the shelves long enough to make it to the discounter I found¬†it at. It applied beautifully and drying time seemed pretty good! I wanted to try out my new dotting tool on top of this shade, and here is 2 coats swatched, no topcoat!

Essie Sunday Funday

Essie Sunday Funday

For the dotting, I used NYC Park Ave, Nicole by OPI It’s All About the Glam, NYC Water Street Blue (stunning on it’s own as well, but stains) and of course that’s Sunday Funday on the far right.

NYC Park Ave, Nicole It's All About the Glam, NYC Water Street Blue, Essie Sunday Funday

NYC Park Ave, Nicole It’s All About the Glam, NYC Water Street Blue, Essie Sunday Funday

Final result close up on thumb. I also did my ring finger, I think more might have been overkill. I think I might need a more opaque white, or a bigger dotter as I had some issues making the white dot even but overall I do like the look! I’m really enjoying this little tool ūüôā

More Dots!

More Dots!

Have a great weekend!

Givenchy Lipstick Sample & Continuing Sephora Snafu Updates!

Givenchy Rose Dressing 202

Givenchy Rose Dressing 202

I was near a Sephora this weekend to return the Tocca Florence¬†minis which was just a bit too potent for me, and I’m surprised I was refunded without a hitch. I wish I could say that about the gift card refund I was supposed to have received recently, I will get into more detail a bit later. First, this adorable little sample!

I was hovering around the fragrances hoping to find someone to help me with a sample decant, but there was no help despite the staff to customer ratio being staff heavy at the time. I couldn’t seem to get anyone’s attention even though a few bypassed me to disappear into the stock room. After several minutes, I eventually gave up and went to stand with my mother at the cash, where she was paying for items and choosing this Givenchy¬†lipstick sample to redeem points on. Apparently they had just got it in that day! Interested, I asked if I needed to purchase an item in order to cash in some of the points I had accumulated (given by Sephora due to the huge amount of trouble they have given me, their idea) and it turns out I could just redeem! Finally some good news out of this company, especially good as I am now more than reluctant to ever buy anything from them again.

This Givenchy¬†Le Rouge lipstick in Rose Dressing 202 is a brand new 100 point redemption deluxe sample. I’m not sure about availability, it was at the Guilford (In B.C., Canada) location but I can’t find it on their website. I’ve included a lot of pictures as the presentation is lovely.

Givenchy Rose Dressing Box

Givenchy Rose Dressing Box

The lipstick is packaged in a very cute velvety cardboard box with a slide out compartment, carefully wrapped in branded “Le Rouge” tissue paper.

Givenchy Rose Dressing

Givenchy Rose Dressing

Once unwrapped, you can see even the sample tube itself is fairly luxurious, with the Givenchy name printed in the chrome detailing. The full size tube has similar chrome detailing, but the tube itself is leather!

Givenchy Rose Dressing

Givenchy Rose Dressing

Givenchy Rose Dressing

Givenchy Rose Dressing

The product itself is an intense coral pink. It is lightly rose scented as prestige cosmetics often are, but the scent fades almost immediately once on the lips. The taste of the fragrance, however, lingers. The formula itself is lightweight and smooth, and applies evenly. The pigment builds well. It held up with through a cup of tea, and wore off evenly with no patchiness. It did feel moisturizing, which leads me to the downside of this lipstick formula – it doesn’t “set”. Most lipsticks, even the moisturizing ones set up a bit, not to say that they get dry but they at least seem like they won’t transfer at the slightest touch. This lipstick felt so slippery the whole time I was wearing it. It felt like it would slide outside of my lip line. I kept checking it, and it didn’t seem like it was sliding away but I still didn’t like the feeling. I don’t want to have to feel like I need to continually check my make up to make sure I wasn’t doing any accidental clown impersonations.

Givenchy Rose Dressing Swatch

Givenchy Rose Dressing Swatch

Givenchy Rose Dressing Swatch on Lips

Givenchy Rose Dressing Swatch on Lips

The colour itself is nice, bright for summer. I will use it until it’s gone, but I don’t seem myself buying this slippery formulation. The shade seemed familiar. I though it looked a little like the Sephora brand lipstick I have in 1st Night so I did a side by side swatch shown here. 1st Night is a more intense pink, and Rose Dressing is oranger, but they are both vibrant corals.

Givenchy Rose Dressing, Sephora 1st Night Swatches

Givenchy Rose Dressing, Sephora 1st Night Swatches

Now for my update on the ongoing Sephora disaster that they are presenting as customer service. About 3 weeks ago, I called, as per their instruction, to get a refund on my order in lieu of them honoring my gift certificate. Full details can be found here on my post about that order. I called, provided my order number, the gift card number, it’s pin number¬†all as requested.¬†The girl on the phone assured me everything was processed and I’d be refunded. I waited, got worried when I didn’t see the refund, and sent them an email to inquire. They told me to wait. So I waited. No refund. I sent another email, this time asking for a confirmation number for my refund. Days passed. I finally got a response. You will not believe it, but they had the nerve to say that “I had never provided the gift card number”. Yes, they claimed this, despite that I personally called myself to provide it and was assured it was processed. Yes, even though they had other emails from me asking about why the refund wasn’t processed. No one actually bothered to check my refund until I had to follow up asking for the confirmation number for proof. They just sent the canned answer telling me to wait, wait, it’s just me not being patient, not their failure to do their jobs, and wait! Unbelievable. This wasn’t the first time they didn’t actually bother checking what was going on and placed the blame on me (a¬†previous time was when I asked them why they didn’t bother sending the gift box as it was on my order form, same line as my phone number, and they said it wasn’t there. Yes, even though it was right there in front of them, hilarious.) So I did call again, and made sure they processed it right there and then on the phone, which I thought I had already done the first time. I did get an email saying that it was intended to go through within another weeks worth of business days, but at this point I will believe it when I see it. I asked the woman why it wasn’t processed the first time, and why no one bothered to tell me what was going on despite several emails on my part. Her answer? “I don’t have access to any of that information”. To me, that translates as no explanation. And that is not acceptable.

The only positive experience I have had with Sephora was the girl who took my return and gave me this lipstick sample. Each and every other experience has been horrendous. Beyond that, actually. It takes at least 5 points of contact to get any one of them to do their jobs, and even then your odds of getting proper service are abysmally low. I have never had such consistently bad¬†experiences as a customer, ever, anywhere. They, as a company, are not concerned about doing things the right way the first time, or any time after that for that matter. Even when you do all the hard work for them, they respond with complacency at best and gross incompetence at worst. I’m truly hoping there won’t be further negative follow ups to this one. I don’t like writing them, but people deserve to know where their money is going. Those high end prices sure aren’t going to proper customer service training.

A company that doesn’t acknowledge and respect the reason why it is even in business, the customer (especially one who sought their assistance as fastidiously as I did), doesn’t deserve to be in business. And people deserve to know. I tried for many weeks with great time and effort spent on my part to make my business with Sephora work, and they failed on every account to provide. I will redeem the last of my points there, in store only, with no purchase made, some time in the future. I will not, however, ever purchase with them again. I will seek any other source. A beauty blogger with all the time in the world to follow up and inform the public of deplorably¬†bad service is not a bridge you want to burn. It does make me sad, but they went out of their way to be awful, both in store and online. I do make exception for the one girl who processed my refund and gave me the lipstick sample, she was great!

Any Canadians have any other beauty supply suggestions for me? I’d love to hear!

Revlon Cherries in the Snow Swatch & Review!

Revlon_Cherries_In_The_Snow_rosesHi! This past weekend I assisted catering a function to help out a family member. One of the perks of this type of work is that I get to go home with some sort of goodies when it’s all over, and in this case I got to take home these gorgeous roses! It’s not often I have flowers or even much plant life in my home as I’m always worried the kitty will nibble them but she’s ignored these ones so far. They still look great actually even after 5 days, they are on my desk just starting to open! Funny how the vase dwarfs the lipstick in that header photo!

I was especially glad to have got to take these home as I spent the whole event looking at them, thinking the colour reminded me of something. A very particular lipstick, and old favourite, and I just had to know if I was imagining it, or if I was in fact thinking of the right thing. Take a look for yourself!

Revlon Cherries in the Snow, Roses

Revlon Cherries in the Snow, Roses

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Pretty spot on right? Revlon Cherries in the Snow Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick has been around at least since the 50’s, from what I can find, which tells you something about it’s popularity and lasting power as an iconic lip shade. The formula is even and smooth, and it lasts on my lips reasonably well providing I don’t eat anything. The shade brightens up my pale skin making everything looks more vibrant, but I can see this looking equally as striking on a darker skin tone as well. Cherries in the Snow is a clearly blue/cool based raspberry pink-red with no hint of shimmer. You can dab on a bit for a fuchsia stain, or apply full on for a look with the impact of a red but the flattering femininity of a pink! I’m often too scared to wear a full on red lipstick (although I can recommend several red lip butters also from Revlon here for a softer look) but this one seems more manageable. It somehow makes my eyes look bluer, and my skin look clearer. I must have a few dozen lipsticks but this is by far my favourite. Maybe not the most wearable, definitely not an every day thing, but still a clear favourite. No wonder it’s persisted since the 50’s! I’d imagine it would have had a resurgence of popularity in the 80’s as well. I hope they never discontinue this “vintage” shade!

Here are some swatches in sun and with flash.

Revlon Cherries in the Snow Swatch in Sun

Revlon Cherries in the Snow Swatch in Sun

Revlon Cherries in the Snow swatch with flash

Revlon Cherries in the Snow swatch with flash

It’s worth noting that this lip shade isn’t actually available in Canada. I had to order mine from what I though was a US eBay vendor, which then in turn shipped from Germany! I’m not sure why, but I don’t mind, the product was perfect. Glad I ordered 2 with all that trouble. I did try sending Revlon a letter to inquire as to why we don’t have it in Canada, and they sent me a form letter about how products get discontinued (which it isn’t, it’s been in constant production in the US, so I guess no one really read my question.)

Revlon Cherries in the Snow on lips NC20/25

Revlon Cherries in the Snow on lips NC20/25

Also worth noting is that the nail shade incarnation of Revlon Cherries in the Snow IS available in Canada. I’ve seen it, although not recently, and if I see it again I will snap it up as the colour does match the lip shade perfectly. I hope they didn’t discontinue that!

Incidentally, I couldn’t find out the name of the shade of the roses themselves. I was told it’s usually on the label that come with them, but we looked, and nothing. If anyone knows, please share as I would love to know!

I want to round this post out with a couple of old ads for this same lipstick!

Revlon Cherries in the Snow vintage ad

Revlon Cherries in the Snow vintage ad

Revlon Cherries in the Snow vintage ad

Revlon Cherries in the Snow vintage ad

Enjoy the rest of your week!