Wednesday, August 31, 2011

NOTD: MAC Deep Sea

MAC Deep Sea & Poshe Top Coat
Hey Guys! This is my new fav color to put on my nails. I recently picked this up from MAC from their new collection "MAC Me Over." I pictured myself wearing this during fall. Ive noticed that a lot of the rich jewel tones are becoming really popular now that all of the fall color pallets are coming out.

I think this color is really trendy and fashion forward. Just a fun way to add a pop of color to your "outfit". I definitely recommend getting a color that's at least similar to this one to add to your nail polish collection. Its a great color to have =)

Review: Poshe Top Coat

I recently ran out of my current top coat (which I hated) and wanted to find a new one. I heard of Seche Vite top coat and saw that it got tons of great reviews from youtube gurus. I decided to drive to my local CVS to see if I could find it. Just my luck they were sold out BUT next to it was this Poshe top coat. I was desperate for a top coat and didnt want to wait till it was back in stock.
I noticed the Poshe box had different rewards that this top coat won like 5 Allure Editors Choice Awards and Top 5 Readers Choice award in 04', 05' and 06'. I figured if It won all those awards then I might as well try it. 

I also noticed that this nail polish claims to be anti-aging, for natural or artificial nails, non-yellowing, no UV lights or heat needed, highest gloss available, chip resistant and has 2 UV inhibitors and dries manicures in 5 minutes. 

Anyway, I bought it and brought it home to try. I noticed the box was incredibly hard to seemed like everything was sticking together. When I finally got it open, I noticed there was NO PRODUCT IN IT! I guess I didnt look hard enough when I bought it bc the bottle was completely empty and the product must of exploded at one point.  I was totally bummed and decided to give it another try and I exchanged it. 

For the 2nd time I brought it home and was anxious to try it. I layered it over my new MAC nail polish to see how it worked. Right away I noticed it looked really glossy (which I like). The brush was nice and long so it was a great shape for application. I also noticed that it reaches the bottom of the bottle so It will be easy to get product when its running low. The polish was thick but easy to control and laid over the nail nicely. I let it dry and after about a minute or 2 i touched my nail to see if it was even dry and it was! I wait a couple more minutes to be sure and my nails were totally dry! I was totally impressed by the end result. The polish did not leave any streaking, no bubbling, etc. After feeling the top coat, it seems like nothing will chip my nails. Seems like a tough top coat. Also, my nails look incredibly shiny!! 

Pros: nice brush applicator, makes my nails look incredibly shiny and feels tough, dried completely in 5 minutes, no streaking or bubbling
Cons: Packaging seems cheap and is tough to get open

I think I paid about 8-10 dollars for this polish but it was well worth it. There is about .5 fl. oz./15 ml.  Can be found at your local drug store. 

I WILL be buying this top coat again and definitely recommend it.

What is your favorite top coat?

Accessories I Need For Fall

 I have been looking for all the new fall trends that are coming up this year and I am lovin all the accessories that are out. I love all the earthy tones and all the BLING!! Cuffs, bangles and over sized rings have to be my favorite accessories to wear.  Here are some of my favs!

1.Cara Accessories Mini Crystal Leather Wrap Bracelet $48
2. Kate Spade New York Emerald Cut Ring $78
3. Cara Accessories Multi Media Bangles $58
4. BeBe Woven Studded & Chained Bangle Set 
5. Michael Kors Leather Wrap Cuff $95
6. Ariella Collection Saddle Ring $42
7. Betsy Johnson Hinged Sparkle Bangle $35
8. BeBe Enamel Chrystal Mesh Bangle Set $44
What are your favorite accessories for fall?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

August Essie Nail Polish Haul

This month I was not as crazy as last month with nail polishes. I did end up buying different colors to go with the fall season thats coming up. I purchased more cool light tones like the pinks and greys and then I also got some dark tones. Enjoy!

licorice, devils advocate, midnight cami

licorice- typical black
devils advocate- almost black but with a hint of purple
midnight cami- deep metallic blue 

ballet slippers, chinchilly, merino cool, power clutch

ballet slippers- very soft pink
chinchilly- soft dove grey
merino cool- cool grey purple
power clutch- dark grey
*all matte finishes, no shimmer/glitter 

What are your favorite colors to wear during fall?

Things I Need For This Fall

Besides the makeup, I'm a sucker for shoes. Lately I have been looking at my favorite websites for all the new fall trends and styles. Shoes has been interesting me the most so I figured I would share a few styles that caught my attention. Let me know which ones are your favs...
1.Bakers "Melinda" Pump in Burgundy $85
2. Jessica Simpson "Cheetah JS" Pump in Grey Suede $99
3. Jessica Simpson "Alster" Boot in Tan $210
4. Jessica Simpson "Cheetah" Pump in Black $99
5. BeBe "Cassidy Leatherette Ankle Wedge" in Black $139
6. Joes Jeans "Peep toe wedge bootie" in Black $295
7. Bakers "Mona 2" Wedge in Tan $90
8. Mojo Moxy "Over the knee slouch boot" in Camel $170

Sunday, August 28, 2011

MAC Me Over

I heard a lot of great things from my friends at MAC about this collection so I was excited to go check it out. I love the colors for a lot of the products but they were products I don't normally use from MAC like the gel liners, or the shade sticks. The colors were great because there was your mix of neutrals and a lot of beautiful colors for fall. The jewel tones were so pretty and got me excited about the fall trends and colors. I think everyone should check it out and there is at least a few great products for everyone in that collection. 

MAC Lipglass Social Light
Pink w/Pearlized Undertones (Limited Edition)

MAC Lipglass Spite
Taupe Brown w/hint of plum (Permanent) 

Carbonized Eyeshadow
Veluxe Pearl 
Frosty Dark Brown
I love this color. This was the only one that caught my eye. Would be perfect for a smokey eye with a dark plum lip or a cherry red lipstick!

MAC Nail Lacquers
Normally I wouldn't even look at the nail polishes at MAC because after I buy them, I am usually disappointed. This time they had more of a matte finish instead of a polish that has a shimmer or a sparkle. After trying Royal Majesty I was definitely surprised and forgot how nice their matte nail polishes are. So I definitely recommend MAC polishes if its more of a matte finish.
 Deep Sea Nail Lacquer

Purple Majesty Nail Lacquer

Purple Majesty and Deep Sea

MAC 226 Brush
I was happy to see that they came out with a brush in this shape. Its very similar to the 224 brush but this one is smaller, not at fluffy and stiffer. This would be great for the crease area for a more defined crease. Have not tried the brush out yet but I am very excited to do so. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

This OR That TAG

blush or bronzer
BRONZER for sure! I feel like my face would be pale without it! Plus it helps shape and frame the face...and who doesnt want extra color right??
Product: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural "Give Me Sun"
lip gloss or lipstick
LIP GLOSS! I cant live with out my gloss! I have drawers and buckets filled with lip glosses! Lipgloss is a girls best friend =)
Product: Buxom "Dolly"
eye liner or mascara
MASCARA. My lashes look non existent without mascara. I dont like to use a lot of liner bc my eyes are small so if I use a thick makes them look smaller. 
Product: Bare Escentuals Flawless Definition Curl & Lengthen Macara
foundation or concealer
FOUNDATION! I use the Bare Escentuals Original Foundation and it gives great coverage. So If I had to pick one...for sure the foundation.
Product: Bare Escentuals Original Foundation Medium Beige
neutral or color eye shadow
NEUTRAL for sure. I have tons of brown colors. Im a sucker for them
Products: MAC Cork Eyeshadow
pressed or loose eye shadows
this one was hard for me but Im going to go with PRESSED. I chose pressed only bc its easy to travel with and your can keep them in palettes. But if I am going for pigmentation then I would do loose.
Product: MAC Fill-able Shadow Palettes 
brushes or sponges
I use BRUSHES for everything. They are the best tools! They are so so so important! They do all the work for you. The only sponge I use is my beauty blender for my concealer. 
Product: Fav Brushes are the BE eye Defining brush and the BE Buff and Go Brush

MAC Colorizations Double Feature 3 & 4

 So @ first I was not too excited about the MAC Colorizations collection and didn't even check them out until they were already out for a couple weeks. I went into my local MAC and just figured I would check them out. I must say I love the packaging of these duos. I wish they would make these palettes permanent so we can put whatever pans of eye shadows we want in there and throw in our purse. I did hear later that they might make this palette permanent. The colors were pretty but the browns in the two palettes caught my eye. Both of them had a turquoise color with them but the browns sold me (Im a sucker for browns). One thing that I really wish they did was make names for each of the shadows that were in the palettes. Anyway, I got double feature 3 & 4 and created a look with DF 3. 

Products (eyes)
Bare Escentuals Prime Time Eyelid Primer
MAC Nylon Eyeshadow (brow highlight)
MAC Cork Eyeshadow (crease/base)
MAC Double Feature 3 (brown/grey color) on lower lid and crease
MAC Double Feature 3 (turquoise color) under lash line and waterline
MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl in Waterline
MAC Black Track Gel Liner (lower lid)
MAC #48 Lashes

Double Feature #3

 Double Feature #4

Products (face)
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Give Me Sun (bronzer)
LORAC Tantalizer spf 15 (cheeks)
MAC Magically Cool Liquid Powder Honey Rose (cheek bones)

Products (lips)
Cremesheen Glass Natural Flare (from Semi Precious Collection)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Bare Escentuals Smokey Eggplant

 Products (eyes)
Bare Escentuals Prime Time Eyelid Primer
Bare Escentuals Creme Soda Eyeshadow (brow highlight)
Bare Escentuals Coco Eyeshadow (crease)
Bare Escentuals Magnifique Eyeshadow (lower lid/crease/lower lashes)
Bare Escentuals Luxe (soft black or onyx will work) Eyeshadow (crease)
Bare Escentuals Cultured Pearl Eyeshadow (center of lower lid)
Bare Escentuals Big & Bright Eyeliner Pencil in Black Coffee
Bare Escentuals Flawless Definition Curl & Lengthen Mascara

Products (face)
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Give Me Sun(bronzer)
LORAC Tantalizer SPF15 Bronzer (cheeks)
Bare Escentuals First Class Blush (cheeks)
MAC Magically Cool Liquid Powder Honey Rose (cheek highlight)

Products (lips)
Buxom Lipgloss Leslie

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Blue Steel Smokey Eyes (LORAC Palette)

LORAC Oh La Lace Palette
 Products (eyes)
Bare Escentuals Prime Time for eyes
LORAC shadow (shimmery white)- brow highlight and inner corner
MAC shadow Groundcover- crease
LORAC shadow (steel blue)- lower lid, lower lash line
LORAC shadow (matte black)- outer corner, crease
MAC 48 lashes
Bare Escentuals big and bright liner Intense Black- lower lashline

Produducts (face)
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Give Me Sun
Bare Escentuals Faux Tan Matte- cheek contour
LORAC shadow (shimmery white)- cheek highlight

Products (lips)
MAC lip Gelee Sapilicious
MAC Lipgloss Lustre White- center of lip

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I was in a bright mood today and the first color that popped in my mind was Teal/Turquoise. This is one of my favorite nail polishes from Essie. I got this at Target last month for about $8. 

I have two nail polishes which are almost the same color and it took me a sec to figure out which one I liked better. Trophy Wife won. If your looking for a dupe of this color or something similar try "Who Let the Dorks Out?" by O.P.I @ Sephora. Here is a comparison:
"Trophy Wife" & "Who Let the Dorks Out?"
Trophy Wife is more metallic and has more blue in it and Who Let the Dorks Out has more of a green undertone and some shimmer in it. When you hold them side by side, they are very close. 


Soft Shimmery Look (LORAC Palette & Bronzer)

LORAC Ooh La Lace Palette
Products (eyes)
Bare Escentuals Eye Primer
LORAC shadow (shimmery white)- brow highlight/ inner corners
MAC Cork Eyeshadow- crease/base
LORAC shadow (shimmery pink)- lower lid/ under lash line
LORAC shadow (dark matte brown)- crease/outer corner/ lower lash line 
Bare Escentuals Cultured Pearl Shadow- center of lower lid
Bare Escentuals Granite Eye Pencil- lower lash line
MAC Blacktrack Liner- lash line
MAC #48 Lashes

Products (face)
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Bronzer Give Me Sun
LORAC Tantalizing Matte Satin Bronzer SPF15- cheeks
LORAC shadow (shimmery white)- cheek highlighter

Products (lips)
First Look: 
MAC Wonder Woman Lipstick- Marquise D'
MAC Wonder Woman Lipgloss- Emancipation
Second Look:
NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss Smokey Look

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


 Why are brows important?
Brows are a very important feature on your face. The brows help change the shape of your face and also frame your face. Brows always complete the look so taking care of them an getting the right shape down for your face is important. Brow either make the look...or break the look!!


1. Where your brows should start: 
Draw an imaginary line from the outer balls of your nose straight up to your brows. This is where your brow should start. 
2. Placement of your arch:
Place a ruler, or something straight at the tip of your nose. Lean the ruler so it lays directly across your pupil. This will give you a medium arch to your brow. If you lean the ruler so it hits the outside edge of your pupil, this will give you a large arch. (I prefer a large arch!)
3. Where should your brow end?
Place the end of your ruler at the edge of your nostril and point it to the corner of your eye. This is where your brow should end. 

.fill in.
start from the center of your brow and move outward to the end of your brow. This area should be the darkest part. Now with the left over brow powder on your brush, start filling in the inner corner or the starting point of your brow. You want to keep this part soft or else it will be too harsh for your face and give you a "mean" or "angry" expression.
Products & Tools:
MAC 266 Brush and MAC Brow Shader Walnut/Ivoire (no longer available)

.Conceal & Define.
With any cream concealer and a small synthetic concealer brush, start at the beginning of your brow and start outlining around your brow. This will clean up the edges and give shape and definition to your brow. Get as close to your hair as you can. 
Products & Tools
MAC 242 Brush & MAC NC20 Studio Finish Concealer

With any makeup sponge, start blending out the edges of your cream concealer. This is buff out the edges so it looks nice and clean.
Beauty Blender
This step is optional. I used a brow gel to comb over my hair to keep it in place and lock in my color. This is just a clear brow gel with a mascara wand to apply.
Bare Escentuals Brow Gel

.Final Look.
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