Thursday, January 22, 2015

Happy Coral Pink Nails with SpaRitual

I decided I needed a happy, bright-ish nail polish shade on my nails to combat the grey dreariness of the January weather here in Michigan.  So, I went through my polish collection and found "Miss World" by SpaRitual.

Isn't it a happy coral pink?

The sticker says it's a shimmer, but I can only detect the very finest gold shimmer in the bottle.  On the nails it looks like a cream.

I think I bought this last spring (or maybe even the year before).  It seems like a "spring" color, doesn't it?  Although, clearly it works as a winter shade, too.  Which makes me wonder: why do some colors lend themselves to certain seasons?  Or are we just following what designers and cosmetics companies are telling us what to wear?  (Vulcan Butterfly did a post on wearing coral colors in the winter just last week, so I was already thinking about this phenomenon.  I think I may have been subliminally inspired by her to get out a coral shade versus a pink or purple...)

So, what's on your nails right now?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Blush Swatches and Review

I saw some promo images for these a few weeks ago and knew I was going to have to have one of them once I found them in the drugstore.

Beautiful packaging and presentation sells stuff, my friends.

They showed up in my local CVS a couple of weeks ago -- much earlier than I expected them to.  I had only seen the picture of the "Rose" shade, so I thought there was only one blush color, and I had only planned on buying the one blush.  To my surprise, there are two shades, "Rose" and "Natural".  I stood in CVS for I don't know how long trying to decide which one to get, but I seriously couldn't decide.  So I bought them both.  Sheesh.  I had some Extra Bucks, and there was a deal where you get $10 Extra Bucks with the purchase of two Physicians Formula products, so that made it better, but still.

Anyhow, on to the pictures!

I took this photo in different light than the below pictures, which is why they look so different color-wise.
The colors below are more true to real life.  I thought I'd include it just to show you the boxes.

from left: Rose, Natural

They come with a little brush and mirror hidden in the bottom half of the compact.

The brush is pretty crummy, but it doesn't seem as scratchy as some of the little brushes like this in some other blushes.

from left: Rose, Natural



So pretty in the pan!

The gold shimmer is an overspray.  Actually, it's a glittery overspray, even though it looks like shimmer.  The first time I ran my brush over these, a bunch of gold glitter kicked up into the air and flew around the room.  It was kind of like fairy dust in the air!

Once the glitter overspray is removed, the blushes look like this:

The powder is embossed with a cool design, but eventually that will disappear, too.

These have a slightly creamy consistency when you swatch them with your finger.  They are nicely pigmented, but not overly so, so I find I rarely go overboard when using them.  They blend well into the skin, and wear well all day.

They both appear matte in the pan, but when swatched, they have a little sheen, and Rose definitely more so than Natural.  On the cheeks Natural looks basically matte, but Rose gives a satin finish.


from left: the most outside color, the middle color, the center color, all shades together

All shades swirled together.  You can see the sheen.

Wearing Rose -- full look here


from left: outer most color, middle color, center color

Rose is more pigmented and brighter than Natural.  Rose is cool-toned, and Natural is slightly warmer.  On my skin, Natural is quite, well, natural.  On deeper skin tones, this shade might not show up well.

from left: Natural, Rose
natural light

Wearing Natural

Now, here's the thing that might give you pause.

These are VERY heavily fragranced.  Seriously.  And not like a predictable floral perfume fragrance.  They have a heady, spicy scent that is kind of reminiscent of men's cologne, in my opinion.  The scent is noticeable when you open the compact.  It's noticeable when you are applying the blush and the powder is on your brush.  It's noticeable on the skin (like where I swatched it on my hand/arm).  I can even smell it a little on my blush brush the next day.  Eventually, the scent disappears, and I find it awfully hard to smell my own cheeks, so once the blush is on I don't notice it, but it is not a subtle fragrance.  I don't hate it, but if I smell it too much or for too long, I get a slight headache.  I do prefer floral scents and perfumes, though, so if you like spicy fragrances you might love the smell of these!

I do like these and have been using them frequently.  Even with the crazy fragrance.  They are awfully pretty in the pan and on the skin.

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Blush retail for around $12-$13 USD.

Note:  I'd seen a few reviews of these after I had already bought and used mine, and most of them said little about the scent.  Maybe I'm sensitive to it?  In any case, you might want to give the box a good sniff (I think you might be able to detect the scent of the blush through the box and compact) before you purchase.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Detroit Lions Face of the Day

So, I created this look of the day last week when the Detroit Lions (Detroit's NFL team) were playing in the wild card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys.  I was hoping wearing some fun, Detroit Lions colors-inspired makeup would help them win.  Unfortunately, the referees had a different plan.  Even President Obama weighed in on the controversy.  Anyhow, I had fun with this look.

Detroit Lions colors are blue and white.

Eyes: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk (matte white) all over the lid as a base
          Darling Girl Cosmetics loose powder pigment in Blue Blond (shimmery medium blue) in the                                            outer corner, a little in the crease, and on the lower lashline
          Darling Girl Cosmetics loose powder pigment in Camp Blood (shimmery white) on the inner                                             half of lid and inner corner
          Urban Decay eyeshadow in Naked (matte tan) in the crease and up towards the brow
          Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon eyeliner in Th(Ink) (navy blue) on the upper lashline                                             and lower waterline
          Too Faced Better Then Sex Mascara

Cheeks: Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Blush in Rose

Lips: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Turn On

Then, I added a little of ColourPop's Etiquette eyeshadow in the outer corner to darken it up.


from left: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow, Darling Girl pigments in Camp Blood and Blue Blond (swatched dry), ColourPop eyeshadow in Etiquette, Marc Jacobs eyeliner in Th(Ink)

I thought I'd show you the sparkliness of Camp Blood and Blue Blond.

Camp Blood and Blue Blond swatched over NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk

from left: Urban Decay lip pencil in Turn On, Physicians Formula blush in Rose

I meant to use Fyrinnae's Pixie Epoxy on my lids to really make the glitter in the shadows show up, but I forgot to use it.  :P

I'm not sure how "wearable" the eyes are in this look, but I often think themed makeup is supposed to be over the top.

I guess there is always next year for the Lions to go all the way to the Super Bowl.  Stupid refs.

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Darkside Face of the Day

Uh oh.  Another attempt at a creative blog post title.  This one is based on the shade "Darkside" in the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette that I used.  This isn't a dark look, so the name doesn't really fit, does it?

Eyes: from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
                    --- Limit (matte light mauve) in and above the crease to blend out Nooner
                    --- Nooner (matte dark mauve) in the crease to blend with Darkside
                    --- Darkside (shimmery dark grey) all over the moving lid
                    --- Blackheart (sparkling black) as liner on the upper lashes
                    --- Strange (matte cream) under the brow to blend out Limit

from left: Strange, Limit, Nooner, Darkside, Blackheart

    Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Pistol (shimmery cool tan) on the lower lashline
    Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Perversion (black) on the waterlines
    Mally Volumizing Mascara

Cheeks: from the Sephora + Pantone Universe Rush Luster Cheek Sweep palette
                    --- Radiant Orchid
                    --- Spanish Villa (as highlighter)

Lips: Lipstick Queen Let Them Eat Cake lipstick

from left: Radiant Orchid blush, Spanish Villa highlighter, Lipstick Queen Let Them Eat Cake lipstick

Can we just bask in the glory that is the sparkly goodness of Lipstick Queen's Let Them Eat Cake lipstick for a moment?

Ahhh so sparkly!!

I pretty much love the way this look turned out, which is why so many photos were necessary.  :P

I hope you are having a gorgeous day!

P.S.  What do you think of the blog's new look?  No more Pepto Bismol pink (I was sick of it).