5 Things: Nail Polish

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Despite my best attempts to own every bottle of nail polish ever made, I barely wear any of it. At least not lately. I went through my stash and picked out five of my favorites just so I could see them again, and maybe–maybe–put one on. There’s a pretty good mix of price points and finishes here; those Wet n Wild polishes are fantastic. My absolute favorite will always be Lincoln Park After Dark, though. Makes me feel all vampy and cool.

What’s your favorite polish?

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From left to right:

Wet n Wild Megalast | Haze of Love

Essie | Nude Beach

Butter London | Wallis

Wet n Wild Megalast | Private Viewing

OPI | Lincoln Park After Dark

 

New Product Swatches- MUA Lipstick and Gloss

Sometimes the only way to get through a Monday is to play with new lip products. (And coffee. Lots of coffee.) I picked up four new items from a company called MUA over the weekend, and I have some quick swatches and first impressions for you.

MUA is a British brand that’s probably most similar to Wet ‘N Wild, offering solid products for not a lot of money. Now, CVS is offering an offshoot of the brand that focuses on lip products, makeup brushes, and false lashes. Naturally, I did not contain myself when I saw the display the other day. (They were Buy One, Get One 50% Off!)

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Lip products, from top to bottom:

Liquid Lipstick in #201 Magenta

High Shine Lipstick in #220 Flesh

Color Intense Lipstick in #259 Raspberry

Luminizing Lip Gloss in #110 Bare

Before we get to the swatches, I want to point out a couple of things about these four products:

  • I’m thoroughly surprised by the formulas. They’re all priced for $8-10 and I was nervous about how they might perform for the money. But I can honestly say that these are worth it, for now.
  • The colors are beautiful and pigmented.
  • These smell. Janky skanky. And each one smells differently, with the gloss being the absolute worst. Fortunately, the odors don’t last after application, but still.
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MUA Liquid Lipstick in #201 Magenta, High Shine Lipstick in #220 Flesh, Color Intense Lipstick in #259 Raspberry, and Luminizing Lip Gloss in #110 Bare

UGH. That High Shine Lipstick in Flesh has my heart. Such a beautiful nude!

So far, I have no complaints about the formulas- any of them. They’re smooth, pigmented, and comfortable. My issues are with the smells. The Color Intense lipstick smells like vanilla tobacco and the lipgloss smells strongly like plastic (the other two don’t smell as bad).

Smells aside, the formulas of the product themselves are really nice and worth checking out. I’ll keep you posted as I wear these and test them further. Let me know if you check these out!

Missing In Action

You may have noticed (hopefully) some radio silence from me for the past week or two, and that’s been due to craziness going on at work. We have a new service in development and that takes a lot of time, ya know?

I’m slowly getting back to Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and of course, the blog. I filmed July Favorites and I plan to have them up by this weekend. In the meantime, if you’ve been considering buying this little beauty, DO IT! I’ll have a review up soon, but if you want it, grab it while it’s still available.

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Tarte Amazon After Dark palette, $38

5 Things

I found a tag going around YouTube a while back that had the person filming describe/discuss the products that made them feel pretty. I don’t usually get into things like this, but for some reason, I liked the idea of examining my products in that manner. Out of the hundreds of items that I possess, which ones actually make me feel pretty and witty and light? Well, I’ll tell you.

Pretty Things

  • Warm brown eye liner. I feel like a deep, chocolate brown liner makes my eyes stand out in the best way. I have dark brown eyes, and when the combination of dark brown liner and deep black mascara come together, my eyes are the focus. My husband likes them especially well, so that doesn’t hurt.
  • A perfect nude lipgloss. No matter how much I try to branch out, a perfect-for-me nude gloss that I can throw on with any makeup look and carry in my pocket like Chapstick makes me the happiest. The right one make my lips look luscious without being obnoxious, and further compliments my eyes by not competing for focus.
  • A fresh haircut. Is there anything more uplifting for our self-image than gettin’ our hair did?!
  • Nude blush. A blush that delicately walks the line between being rosy with a brown undertone and without being too red? YES. PLEASE. Really, all of the makeup products I’m pointing out are ones that work together to create a look that I feel is the most flattering for me. I feel the prettiest, most capable, and most ready for anything when I’m wearing a neutral, nude blush.
  • Michael Kors fragrance. No matter how many times I stray, no matter how many new perfumes I try, this scent still does it for me. I can go a while without smelling it, then wear it one day and just think this is me.

What makes you feel gorgeous?

Masked

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I decided to buy the Colleen Rothschild Intense Hydrating Mask after seeing video after video of beauty bloggers raving about her skin care line. I mean, when people like LisaSZ09 tell you she’s abandoned her tried and true favorite products for this line, that’s saying something.

This mask is gorgeous! It has a light, spa-like scent, almost herbal. I don’t usually care for herbal scents, but this one is very pleasant. I really appreciate the packaging, as I’m not crazy about scooping products out of a tub/jar, so the metal squeeze tube is perfect.

The product itself is very lightweight and smooths on like a moisturizer. I put it on after I cleanse, and my dehydrated, dry skin just drinks it up. After using the mask, my skin is smoother, more supple, and feels fantastic. The suppleness is noticeable for up to 48 hours on me and even causes my foundation to apply more smoothly.  I use it in the morning or in the evening and keep it on for 15 to 20 minutes, then wipe the mask off with a damp cloth or face wipes and continue with the rest of my skin care routine.

My skin is so happy I bought this! You can buy the Intense Hydrating Mask here for $45. (Many vloggers are equipped with discount codes, so keep your eyes peeled.)

Nude lips much?

Over the course of the past few weeks, I’ve somehow collected several new lip products. I’m not sure how that happened? ::wink wink::

I’m not ready to do full reviews yet, but I do have some initial thoughts ready for public consumption. I will warn you though- there is definitely a pattern with my shopping choices (with one glaring exception).

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The gang’s all here:
Dior Addict lipstick in Beige Casual
L’Oreal Glossy Balm in 200 Lovely Mocha
Femme Couture Ultra Hydrating Lip Color in Nude Kiss
Ulta Butter Balm in Luna
Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy in 105 Ambiguous Beige
Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Musk
Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Flirtatious

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Swatches, left to right:
Dior, L’Oreal, Femme Couture, Ulta Butter Gloss

The Dior Beige Casual is a lot more sheer than I realized, even after swatching it in Sephora. I think the Glossy Balm feels great, but the color’s a little more pink than I prefer.
I bought the Femme Couture from Sally’s Beauty and I’ve never heard of the brand before. So far I’m in love with the color and the texture!
The Ulta gloss is nice, but not all that remarkable.

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Swatches, left to right:
Armani, Bite Beauty, Revlon

The Armani Ambiguous Beige may be the best nude shade I’ve ever found, but it’s so heavily fragranced. I love the Bite lipstick, but I’m afraid it’s going to melt if I leave it in my car; they’re incredibly soft.

This isn’t the first Revlon Lacquer Balm I’ve owned, and yet again, I’m thoroughly impressed. Such amazing texture and pigment!

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I’m really getting into luxury beauty products (gulp!), which is starting to show in my posts and Instagram photos. Time to send my husband golfing.

June 2014 Favorites and #savePacificBlue

These videos are some of my most loved videos to watch and, therefore, are some of my favorites to film. The month of June was simultaneously hectic and awesome, and I welcomed summer with open arms, possibly for the first time in my adult life.

My skin wasn’t cooperating, though, but I talk about a product that really made a difference. I also go on about a nail polish you probably need. (You’ll have to hunt for it, but I promise, it’s worth it.) And Makeup Geek? Makeup Geek KILLED the month of June, as evidenced by the new products they’re offering and the ones that made it into my June Favorites.

Grab a cup of coffee and find a comfy chair while we talk about June’s best in beauty.