Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Now you Slither me (L'Oreal Sally Mani)

Story: Now you Slither me ( A L'oreal Sally Miss matched mani)

This is a rather interesting and fun miss matched mani, if your into snake skin print or want to try it out. Why not on your nails? I really like how this combo came out and even just made my summer trendy and cheeky. So with out further adieu... Now you Slither me now you don't. ;). 

List of products:
1. Sally Hansen - Complete treatment continuous treatment growth nail polish (Base coat)
2. L'Oreal Color riche - Now you sea me.
3. Sally Hansen Salon effects - BrattleSnake
4. Sally Hansen - Triple strong advanced gel nail fortifier (Top coat)

Product photo:
L'Oreal color riche - Now you sea me & Sally Hansen Salon effects - Brattlesnake

L'Oreal Color riche - Now you sea me & Sally Hansen Salon effects - Brattlesnake.

 So whether you late in the game or a head of the trend, do it because it make you happy.

Monday, June 25, 2012

A L'Oreal's 2012 Summer (New 24 hour infallible eyeshadow)

Story: L'Oreal Summer of 2012

Lucky me to be in the right place at the right time. There I was at Walgreens hoping to catch the last L'oreal Summer Golden line and here I find even newer 24 infallible eyeshadow. So naturally I bought all the colors at once, it was in my budget for cosmetics plus Walgreens was having a sale on L'oreal products buy 1 get 1 1/2off.  Sadly here in Hawaii sometimes once it's gone... it never comes back, unless you shop e-bay. Even soo, I have to accept that I will never have a Pink Sapphire (The 24 hour shadow kind). But I don't think I could learn to accept the lost of these delights. These are rather interesting and couldn't come at a better time. So here are swatches and reviews.

List of Products:

L'Oreal 24HR infallible eye shadows in...

- Bottomless Java
- Liquid Diamond
- Smoldering Plum
- Glistening Garnet
- Endless Sea
- Golden Emerald

L'Oreal 24 hour infallible eye shadows of Summer 2012:
T-B L-R: Bottomless Java, Liquid Diamond, Smoldering Plum, Glistening Garnet, Endless Sea, & Golden Emerald.

Liquid Diamond: A very nice light sliver base with some glitter like flecks. I always loved sliver shadows and it's nice in a while to go back to what makes you comfortable. That being said if you already have a nice silver shadow like this one there is no point to invest.

Bottomless Java: Oh I really love this one, it's the perfect brown for lining the eyes. It's a warm java bean base with a fascinating golden shine that makes it look like a chocolate orange color. I am so glad about this one it's nothing that I have ever owned before. The photos just don't do it justice.

Smoldering Plum: What are the odds to look for a plum shadow and then suddenly poof, it appears right in front of you. Not high I'll tell yea. A dark plum purple with a violet pink shimmer. I can't wait for the fall to come around with this smoldering smokey eye.

Glistening Garnet: This color is rather interesting, because I would think that this could be a close call to Urban Decay's Woodstock but a L'Oreal touch to it. For this magenta color comes alive when the light touches it, it just springs to life.

Endless Sea: Hmm I kinda wasn't expecting something that looks like a aqua version of teal. Since most of the 24 hour shadows are rather dark or too light. This shadow definitely can surprise you, no matter what light it's in it just seems to pop. I'm interested to see what looks come out with this shade.

Golden Emerald: Yay Emeralds! I was hoping they would make a nice green gold shadow glad they named it Golden emerald - Cuz it is. Darker then Golden sage it has a much more contrast to the golden shimmer making it just complement the entire shadow. This is a color I would enjoy seeing everyday not because green is a favorite color but because it would even be perfect for Christmas season.


So whether your late in the game or a head of the trend do it because it make you happy - Val

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A ME day (Mineral Essence Haul/Review)

A ME day - Mineral Essence Haul/Review:

Now I can honestly say I have never really owned a mineral anything for cosmetics. In fact I wasn't even sure I ever wanted to try. I've always thought mineral foundation/shadows/ just cosmetics in general were dully colored and or boring. I felt that if it was good for you it must taste (look) yucky - It's a childish concept I KNOW. Haha but if your not familiar with it, it can be hard to muster up the courage to try something. I was on the prowl as usual looking for a wine colored eye shadow, see I saw Tokidoki's Romeo and wanted that shadow soooo bad but just didn't want to pay 15 bucks for a pretty case and only just one color. Walking into Sears just to look around at the sales I see this sale going on in the ME cosmetic stance. Online they are $16.00 + shipping shadows doesn't muster enough courage to buy. But in Sears, they went from $16.00 to $8.50. Now I've always over looked this because it said MINERAL COSMETICS.I figured to swatch a few of their eye shadows to see if any of them were worth getting. I did a few on my hand and my eyes went  O,O >Boing! One of the colors looked like a dupe for MAC's - Old Gold. I kept going with the swatches and ended up buying six of the shimmer shadows and two of the lipsticks. I am not a make-up artist, but I would like to be some day, please forgive my minor concussion to Mineral Cosmetics.

Here are my swatches and further reviews....

List of Products:
me Shimmer eye shadows in ($16.00 online - $8.50 sears sale)
White Zin
Fiji Blue
Jamaican Sunrise
Hawaiian Mai Tai

me Liner eye shadows in  ( $12.00 online - $6.50 sears sale)
Deep Space

me Sheer lipsticks in ($16.00 online - $8.50
Peach Fizz
Popsicle Kiss

Eye shadow swatches:

Deep Space: Deep space was a random buy I'll admit, but I never owned a semi matte black shadow for liner purposes only. These are loose pigments so expect some mess involved. This black lightly shimmered shadow just looks like charcoal that is nice charcoal.

Merlot: Is a cool purple shade that has a sliver-ish simmer to it, It's a nice dark wine color unfortunately I was looking for a wine color more on the warmer side. But this is just stunning! Could you imagine the nice smokey eye with this wine? I'd call it the sultry wine goggles look.

White Zin: I loved this only because it was a pink shadow with gold shimmer, and you know I have a weakness for gold shimmer colors.  After swatching it over and over in the store I had to get it. It's a nice warm golden shimmer color that pops cutie. I love how I have a Merlot & a White Zin, oh how my eye were getting drunk on these colors.

Fiji Blue: I had actually fought on myself for getting this color because I felt I already had a shadow like this. A gray-ish blue hue underneath with a mix of gold/olive shimmer. I couldn't resist after a while because the color felt like it came in a set for the last two colors after this.

Jamaican Sunrise: When I saw this my heart did a flip and my mind did a WTF? I had recently bought a MAC loose pigment in Old gold and yet here for half off was a semi dupe for it. (Kicking myself). This lightly bronzed gold with a green shimmer was a complete stunner for me. I fell in love with Old gold and right here is it's younger version New gold. It was Jamaican me in love. (Corny blah blah.)

Hawaiian Mai Tai: Lastly was the first shadow I bought this one. I put this last because I knew I would just gush about it sooooo much<3 I love this shadow, it is almost another dupe for a MAC pigment I just can't remember what the name was. Mai Tai is just a pretty orange color with a pink shimmer. I don't own anything like this soo it was a definite must have for me. This warm orange color is perfect for summer hues and the shimmer just makes it feel like a vacation on your eyes.

Lipstick swatches:

Peach Fizz:
It was a great color I'll admit, but I felt bad getting it only because I have so many just like it. More of a light mixture of a sheer cream with shimmer it is an everyday color you could wear anywhere. Smooth application all the way, but is smell throws me off a little. Almost like I'm putting sunscreen or mud on my lips. It's not flavored so like a all natural lipstick made of all natural ingredients.

Popsicle Kiss:
I love this color, it's exactly what it is called. This summer for me is about the sheer tint lip colors. I use this more then the Peach fizz because I can do the popsicle lips a lot better with this lipstick. I just put in on the center of my lips to make it look like I've been eating a Popsicle. Even though I sometime wish that was the case. If your into the Asian trend of making your lips look like the popsicle kiss this is the lipstick for you. Same scent though, but a nice smooth application.

You can see here that MAC's Old Gold is darker than ME's Jamacian Sunrise.
(Not an exact Dupe: Swatch on the Left is ME - Jamacian Sunrise Right is MAC - Old Gold)

So whether your late in the game or ahead of the trend do it because it makes you happy. - Val

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A gray tokidoki nail day.

Story: A gray tokidoki nail art day.

I was waiting for a while, for Sephora to finally get the Tokidoki nail polish + nail art stickers. Months went by and nothing so I forgot about it. Till last month I received a call that they were finally getting them in and out on the floor by the 23(May). I put the wrong nail polish on hold though, it wasn't a problem because they didn't run out when I got there so I did get the color I really wanted was Sandy but Latte the color I put on hold was nice too. I only bought one but to my surprise they even had the nail art stickers on sail. So I was pretty cool with that, thinking maybe when I visit my sister I'll paint her nails with these. What made me sad was that there was only one Mozzarella. (The only character I like, probably because I'm a Taurus.) Go fig? Any way, I wanted to try them out little by little to get a feel for the stickers. So here it goes, Tokidoki nail art no.1

List of products:
1. Sally Hansen - Complete treatment continuous treatment growth nail polish (Base coat)
2. OPI - My pointe exactly.
3. Nicole by OPI - Kardashian color in Here Kim's the sun.
4. Tokidoki - Nail art stickers
5. Sally Hansen - Triple strong advanced gel nail fortifier (Top coat)

L-R: Nicole by OPI/ Kim Kardashian - Here Kim's the sun, Tokidoki - Nail art stickers, & OPI- My pointe exactly.

Here is a tip about the stickers:
They are delicate so when you figure out where you want them - make sure. Because sometimes when you set them but notice they're off you could rip them apart trying to re-set them. The backs not clear either to you usually have to eye ball it. What I did was carefully take them off, then used the tip of a toothpick to set them.

Swatches <3 :

Tokidoki - Nail art, Nicole - Here Kim's the sun, OPI - My pointe exactly.

Stay posted for my next blog about Mineral Essence. I recently came across them and fell in love with the colors. Plus a dupe for Mac's Old Gold.

So whether your late in the game, or ahead of the trend. Do it because it makes you happy.