Saturday, August 31, 2013

Baby Pink Nails with Gold Glitter Tips

This is another attempt of mine at doing something more interesting on my nails besides one color by itself.  I'm not sure it really could be considered nail art...

I used CoverGirl Outlast Nail Gloss in Pink-finity all over my nails, and then added O.P.I. for Sephora Nail Color in Looks Like Rain, Dear on just the tips of the nails.

Pink-finity is an opaque, cool, light pink.

Looks Like Rain, Dear is a glitter gold that has large holographic glitter pieces as well as small gold glitter.  It is surprisingly un-sheer for a glitter polish.  It seems to have a gold metallic base that gives good color coverage.

Have a gorgeous saturday!!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Josie Maran Coconut Water Cheek Gelée in Poppy Paradise

This blush is gorgeous.  It gives the most perfect, natural flush.  It use my fingers to apply it, and just tap it onto the apples of my cheeks.

You can apply this really sheer, or build it for more color.

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I'm also wearing Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Lovelight
Love this cheek color!

Monday, August 26, 2013

My 6th Wedding Anniversary!

My husband and I were married at the Detroit Zoo (the ceremony took place in the Butterfly House) on August 25th, 2007.  We visited the zoo on sunday to celebrate our anniversary!

In the Butterfly House

Rackham Fountain

The tiger was my favorite (of course)!

Reticulated Giraffe

The giraffe area has cool Egyptian statues and pantings

Stripey Grevy's zebra

Here we are in the Polar Passage (a tunnel that runs under the polar bear habitat).  The habitat is called the Arctic Ring of Life, and it also houses seals and arctic foxes.  It is North America's largest polar bear exhibit.
We had an absolutely wonderful day!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Sonia Kashuk Wishlist

I have quite a list of items from Sonia Kashuk (available at Target) that I want to try.

Sonia Kashuk® Undetectable Creme Bronzer in Warm Tan ($10.99) -- I've never tried a cream bronzer, and the lack of shimmer and a subtle bronzer color this has is seems like the perfect way to add a hint of color to the face when we start seeing the sun a little less.

Sonia Kashuk® Satin Luxe Lip Color SPF 16 in Blushing ($9.99) -- This looks like an easy to wear rosy pink (with sunscreen!). 

Sonia Kashuk® Chic Luminosity Bronzer/Blush Duo in Glisten ($12.99) -- Alligator embossing on shimmery blush and bronzer!

Sonia Kashuk® Limited Edition "Jewel of an Eye" Eye Couture ($19.99) -- These jewel toned eyeshadows look like perfect autumn colors to me.

Sonia Kashuk® Core Tools Synthetic Buffing Brush - No 130 ($12.99) -- Looks like this brush would go beautifully with that cream bronzer...

Sonia Kashuk® Limited Edition "Jewel of an Eye" Eye Couture Product View zoom in.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

What's on my nails today?

I thought it would be fun to show you what I've got on my tips and toes today.

This is SpaRitual Nail Lacquer in Gilded Age.  I'm not sure if this color is available anymore.  I bought this from HauteLook a few months ago.


On my toes I have OPI for Sephora in Once a Cheetah, Always a Cheetah.


Once a Cheetah, Always a Cheetah is available at Sephora and is on sale for $4.50 (down from $9.50).

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Burt's Bee Tinted Lip Balm in Pink Blossom Swatches and Review

Burt's Bees is one of the truly "natural" and eco-friendly cosmetic companies on the market.  I find much of their skincare to bee a little too "plant-based" for my skin (it contains naturally fragrant and potentially irritating ingredients), but this tinted lip balm doesn't have any those problems.

This is very smooth, emollient and fairly lightweight for a balm.  It feels nice and moisturizing, but it isn't very long-lasting because it is lightweight.  It is also on the glossy side for a lip balm.  It has a very (very) slight light floral scent (flower-derived) that disappears immediately on application (you really have to sniff the stick of the balm to smell it).

Pink Blossom is a light pink with a very tiny amount of shimmer that just makes the balm look more shiny.

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I'm wearing MAC Woodwinked eyeshadow, Josie Maran Coconut Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise, and Maybelline Mega-Plush mascara in Black

Burt's Bee Tinted Lip Balm in Pink Blossom is a winner in my book.  The color is perfect for a natural look, and is a wonderful earth-friendly product.

This retails for $7.00 and comes in 9 shades.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Lavender Eyes with NYX and Urban Decay

I seem to be in the mood for colorful eye looks lately.

    NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Oyster
    Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Asphyxia
    NYX Love in Florence palette in Ciao Bella (matte black)
    L'Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner in Black
    Maybelline Grat Lash Mascara in Vision in Violet

From left:  NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Oyster, Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Asphyxia, NYX Ciao Bella palette matte black color, L'Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner in Black, Maybelline Great Lash mascara in Vision in Violet

Have a gorgeous day!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Vision in Violet

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara has been around since the 1970's.  It is one of the best (if not the best) selling mascaras and supposedly one is sold every 1.7 seconds. They just released their limited edition collection of colored Great Lash mascaras. I've been wanting to try a purple mascara for ages now, so when I heard this collection was coming out I thought I would try to find the Vision in Violet color.  I was able to find the last one at my local CVS.

This is my first experience with Great Lash.  It seems to give okay length with no real volume and a fairly natural look to the lashes.  It doesn't clump too much and feels only slightly "crunchy" on the lashes.  It removes easily with makeup remover or soap and water.  (I think there are far more impressive mascaras on the market and I think it remains a best seller simply because it has been around forever and people have just stuck with what they know.  Formulas and brushes have improved so much since the 70's.)

Vision in Violet just gives a little bit of purple color to the lashes.  I haven't tried this over a white lash primer (because I don't own one), so it may show up with much more color over one.

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You can see a little hint of purple on the lashes.  I was hoping this would be slightly more vibrant, but I kind of like that it adds a little bit of of color without being over the top.  I'm pretty "meh" on the formula though.

I think if I want a more vibrant purple I might need to try the new Butter London Wink mascara in Indigo Punk or a LASplash Lash Splash colored mascara.

This collection contains 6 colors and is limited edition.