OPI’s Sheer Tint Top Coats

So I picked up all four of OPI’s newest creation – Sheer Tint Top Coats.

They're so cheery!

They’re so cheery!

This new product line are designed to give your nails a sheer wash of color or you can layer over regular polish to transform or enhance the color. Also, since it’s formulated as a top coat, it’s super shiny and glossy. It’s basically lip gloss for your nails, and ya’ll, I love a good lip gloss. Right now, Sheer Tints come in four colors – Don’t Violet Me Down, I’m Never Amberrassed, I Can Teal You Like Me and Be Magentale With Me.

It's just so fun, I can't.

Wearing two coats of Sheer Tint on each nail, glitter is China Glaze Luxe and Lush.

I can’t wait to try these tints on colored polish! I’m thinking using a tint on one nail as a accent or even over glitter polish to transform it. So many possibilities! My only complaint about these is that the yellow/orange shade sort of made my nail look like it was stained yellow, rather than wearing a polish. In sunlight, not so much, but in low light it looked sort of bad. But other than that, I love these!

Getting ELECTRIC with Urban Decay’s Pressed Pigment Palette

Hi ya’ll! I’m so sorry for the long absence, I’ve had a hectic past couple months! But let’s get to it.

ELECTRIFIED!

ELECTRIFIED!

I recently purchased, through Ulta’s new points program (more on that later), Urban Decay’s Electric Pressed Pigment Palette. Now, what makes this palette different from UD’s other eyeshadow palettes? It contains only pressed pigments – it’s highly concentrated, pure color. These colors aren’t just limited to eyeshadow, you can apply it as blush, mix with a balm for lipcolor or even tint your hair, like hair chalking or whatever else you want to experiment with.

Not for the faint of heart.

Not for the faint of heart.

However, because these are pigments rather than blush or eyeshadow, they are formulated a little bit differently. In the U.S. packaging for this palette, the brighter, red-based shades (Slowburn, Savage, Jilted and Urban) are labeled with a warning that they should not be used in the immediate eye area. Apparently, everywhere else  in the world where this palette has been released does not carry the warning. I’ve seen other bloggers use these colors on their eyes so I would suggest doing what you think is best or feel comfortable with. From what I’ve read, bright neon pigments are typically labeled as not safe for eye use in the U.S. because of the ingredients used to create the color, so it’s not unique to just this palette.

Neon on neon on neon

Neon on neon on neon

So much color and shimmer!

So much color and shimmer!

Anyway, back to the fun stuff! As per usual with Urban Decay products, these shadows are soft and buttery with very little fallout. They apply and blend like a dream! I used Savage, the hot pink shade, as a blush and it really just melted into my skin and gave me a natural-looking flush. For my eyes, I used Fringe, Freak, Gonzo and Thrash.

 

Blues and greens

Blues and greens

Black liner and mascara makes the color pop even more.

Black liner and mascara makes the color pop even more.

The possibilities are seriously endless with this palette, since pigments are more flexible. I can’t wait to try some as lip colors and in my hair!

Brights on brights

Brights on brights

Other makeup worn in this look:

Just a quick mention about Ulta’s new rewards program. Before, they would send you a voucher for a free product based on your spending level each quarter. Now, they have switched to converting your dollars spent into points which can then be redeemed AT ANY TIME on WHATEVER YOU WANT. Now, I also get my hair done at Ulta, so I can rack up a lot of points pretty quickly. In fact, I had already hit Platinum status when the new program launched (oops…). Anyway, by the time the Electric palette came  out, I had a little more than $20 in my account. Combining my points with a 20% off coupon that I had just received (because Ulta doesn’t mind letting you combine discounts), I got the Electric palette for like $12 with tax. So worth it and I didn’t feel guilty adding another palette to my collection. Anyway, it looks like Ulta is providing opportunities to earn more points, such as triple and double points days, more points when purchasing certain products, etc. Also, I think Platinum members earn points at a faster rate.

Thanks for reading!

Revlon’s Legacy Collection Lipsticks

Revlon recently allowed their fans to vote on retired lipstick shades to bring back and they have spoken! Revlon released the Legacy Collection of lipsticks, consisting of retired lipstick shades spanning the decades, from the 1940s up till the 1990s. I have been anticipating this collection since forever! A few years ago, I purchased Fire & Ice lipstick in reproduction vintage packaging that Revlon released a few years ago and it has since become one of my favorite shades, so I was very excited about this collection of vintage lippies.

The Legacy Collection consists of five retired Revlon shades: Icy Violet, released in 1946; Snow Peach, released in 1956; Fifth Avenue Red, released in 1958; Jungle Peach, released in 1963; and Sandstorm, released in 1999.

Revlon Legacy Collection

Revlon Legacy Collection

All of the lippies are in Revlon’s Super Lustrous formulation, which are “sealed in with mega-moisturizers to seal in color and softness.” It’s a very creamy formula that is lightly hydrating and emollient. It’s very comfortable to wear!

First up is Icy Violet, the most vintage color of them all. It was released two years before my dad was even born!

Icy Violet, 1946

Icy Violet, 1946

A somewhat frosty, plummy brown with violet tones, Icy Violet is very wearable and not nearly as lavender on as it appears in the tube.

Icy Violet

Icy Violet

I really liked it more than I thought I would! It’s a great shade for the office, a little different than your typical MLBB (“my lips but better”).

Second up is Snow Peach!

Snow Peach, 1956

Snow Peach, 1956

I LOVE this shade! It’s just the perfect coral pink and it debuted with the most fabulous commercial!

Snow Peach

Snow Peach

The third in the lineup is Fifth Avenue Red, a timeless 50’s red.

Fifth Avenue Red, 1958

Fifth Avenue Red, 1958

You can never go wrong with a red lippie and this is no exception. It’s a tad darker, not quite a true blue-red, but very wearable, especially for daytime.

Fifth Avenue Red

Fifth Avenue Red

The fourth lippie is Jungle Peach, a peachy nude.

Jungle Peach, 1963

Jungle Peach, 1963

This so reminds me of something Twiggy would have modeled! I love this because it’s a nude that still has a bit of pink in it so you don’t end up with corpse lips.

Jungle Peach

Jungle Peach

Finally, Revlon rounded out the collection with Sandstorm, since brown lips were a thing in the 90’s.

Sandstorm, 1999

Sandstorm, 1999

This is nice because it’s a bronze-y brown with a lot of shimmer. Although it’s my least favorite of the five, I could still see myself wearing it this summer, especially sheered out to just a tint. In the picture below, I wore a few layers of it so you could really see the color.

Sandstorm

Sandstorm

I picked up this collection at my local Walgreens, but I’ve also seen it at CVS and I’m sure it’s available anywhere Revlon is sold. But I would suggest to go searching now, because I’m not sure how long this limited edition collection will be in stores!

Swatches!

Swatches!

Other makeup worn in this look:

BzzAgent Campaign Review: Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup

Being a member of BzzAgent, I am sent products from time to time to review for the blog. This month, I got a bottle of Neutrogena’s brand new foundation called Nourishing Long Wear Makeup.

Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup

Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup

The back of the bottle says that it has a 12 hour wear time, can resist heat and humidity, and is clinically proven to make skin tone appear more even in four weeks. It also contains SPF 20, but please remember to always wear a separate sunscreen! Makeup or moisturizers with added sunscreen do not adequately cover your face to prevent UV exposure, so always wear one under your makeup (I like Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunblock).

Swatch of Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup in Nude 40

Swatch of Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup in Nude 40

I was really excited to try this foundation! I use Neutrogena skincare products regularly and have also used their makeup in the past,too. I wore this particular product a couple days to work this past week. It feels really nice, not too heavy and not drying at all. It does set pretty quickly, so I had to work a little faster than normal. I didn’t think it quite lived up to the 12 hour wear time, as it looked quite patchy on my cheeks by the 12th hour. But at 8-9 hours, it still looked pretty good so it’s a good workday choice. I can’t critic on the skin tone claim yet, as I haven’t used it long enough (I’m a bit skeptical on that front), nor can I comment on it’s resistance to heat and humidity as south Texas is going through some pretty crazy Artic weather right now! Maybe I’ll do another review in mid-July when it’s 110 degrees outside!

Wearing Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup in Nude 40

Wearing Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup in Nude 40

I can’t say that I’m willing to switch from my Urban Decay or MAC foundations to this Neutrogena one, but I think it’s a good choice if you’re in a pinch and need to pick up something from the drugstore. I like the buildable medium to full coverage and that it still feels breathable. I wish it came with a pump because it’s a little hard to get it out of the bottle, but otherwise it’s a solid product. You can pick it up at your local drugstore or at Ulta for $14.99.

Other products used in this look:

I guess since the weather has been so gray and cold, I’ve been drawn to my favorite summery, bronzey looks, which is what I did above. It’s so easy and makes your skin look so luminous! Have a great week, ya’ll!

New Year’s Eve Double Feature Smokey Eyes!

New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to bust out your smokiest, glitteriest, most dramatic looks in your arsenal! That’s why I’m providing you with not one, but TWO different looks with step-by-step photos!

I know a dark, dramatic eye look can be intimidating to try but I swear the trick is to blend, blend, blend. If you really think you messed up applying that matte black eyeshadow, just take your fluffiest eyedshadow brush and buff it over the area as much as you can, that will usually hid any imperfections/lighten up if you accidentally over applied/etc.

Anyway, the first look I did was a sort of gunmetal, silver, and black smokey eye, that is actually pretty easy and fool-proof. I used Urban Decay eyeshadows from the first Vice palette, but please use whatever colors you feel are a good dupe.

Silver and smoke!

Silver and smoke!

Ta-da! I also added a little bit of bright silver eyeliner to the inner corners of my eyes.

Ta-da! I also added a little bit of bright silver eyeliner to the inner corners of my eyes.

Lastly, I used a smudgy black eyeliner to do my lower lashline and waterlines for some extra drama. Don't forget lots of mascara or even falsies!

Lastly, I used a smudgy black eyeliner to do my lower lashline and waterlines for some extra drama. Don’t forget lots of mascara or even falsies!

For the rest of my face, I used a light peachy sheer blush for my cheeks and a little bit of bronzer. On my lips, I picked out a semi-sheer sparkly bronze-pink lip gloss. Because my eyes are so dramatic, I kept the rest of the look fairly simple and sheer.

Here is a list of the specific products used:

  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Makeup in 3.5
  • Hard Candy Glamoflage concealer in Medium
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder in Medium Light
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
  • Korres Magic Light Face Contouring Powder Trio in Mykonos
  • LORAC Bronzer
  • Benefit Watt’s Up highlighter
  • Urban Decay eyeshadows in Armor, Desperation, Black Market, and Virgin (not sure if all of these are available individually)
  • Makeup Forever Aqua Liner in #13 (Black)
  • Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Glam Rock
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner in Black
  • Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express mascara
  • Maybelline Duo Brow Pencils
  • Nyx Mega Shine Lipgloss in Cosmo

Onto Look #2!

Super drama!

Super drama!

I added a shimmery highlighter shade to in my inner corners and just under the arch.

I added a shimmery highlighter shade to in my inner corners and just under the arch.

What I like about the glitter liner that doesn't quit show in the photos is that it's a really pretty blue/green color.

What I like about the glitter liner that doesn’t quit show in the photos is that it’s a really pretty blue/green color.

As in the first look, I kept the rest of my makeup fairly simple and sheer, since I am wearing so much black on my eyes. Here’s a list of the products I used:

  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Makeup in 3.5
  • Hard Candy Glamoflage concealer in Medium
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder in Medium Light
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
  • Urban Decay Naked Flushed blush, highlighter, and bronzer
  • Urban Decay the Black Palette (limited edition, discontinued)
  • Urban Decay Naked2 Palette
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Liner in Perversion
  • Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eye Liner in Distortion
  • Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express mascara in Blackest Black
  • Maybelline Duo Brow Pencils
  • Benefit Ultra Plush lip gloss in Sugarbomb

I didn’t provide any shopping links this time around, but almost everything can be purchased at Ulta, with the exception of Hard Candy which is only available at Walmart and Makeup Forever and Korres are only available at Sephora.

I hope ya’ll get some fun ideas for tomorrow night! I know I’m ready to head up to Austin to see Bob Schneider and I’ve got my look all planned out!

Happy New Year!

Naked3! A fresh daytime look

I originally wasn’t going to get the new Naked3 palette. I wasn’t sure how the rose-gold tones were going to work with my skin tone and I really didn’t think I needed another palette. After swatching the colors at Sephora, I could tell the shadows were showing much more purple-y on my skin rather than rose or mauve. Also, I had a $20 off coupon for Sephora, plus a $25 Visa gift card so I got Naked3 for less than $10! I thought that was a pretty good deal.

Anyway, Temptalia has a really good comparison of Naked3 with the other Naked palettes, as well as swatches.

Here is a look I did the other day, using the palette!

A fresh faced look for day

A fresh faced look for day

Close up

Close up

Another close up

Another close up

Products used:

As I get more time to play with the palette, I’ll post some different looks. I’m really pleased with Naked3 as a whole, the colors are completely different than anything else I have in my arsenal and I love the purple tones that come through.

Grown-Up Glitter Cat Eye

The holiday season is the perfect time to bust out every piece of glittery, shimmery makeup you own. If you’re me, then that’s quite a bit. But glitter can be really tough to work with, especially if you’re older than 14.

A quick and easy way to get a glittery eye is with a glitter liquid liner. I really love Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal liners and NYX Liquid Crystal liner. Gold is a great color to start with, as it goes with everything and looks a little more classy.

What I did was a neutral, matte eyeshadow with a black cat eye liner. Then, I take my favorite gold glitter liner and simply traced a line on top of the black. Add a bright lipstick in your favorite color, and you’ve got an easy holiday look!

Bright and sparkly!

Bright and sparkly!

Close up

Close up

Another close up

Another close up

Products used:

There you have it! So easy!