Monday, November 25, 2013

Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara Review and Photos

I was lucky enough to receive this mascara compliments of Influenster in their recent Rose Vox Box. I wanted to recap my experiences in it as well as show it off in a few lights while wearing some makeup that nods to the mod feel of this line.

At first glance I was terrified of the huge brush, as I do favor smaller brushes, but I was pleasantly surprised. This still separated quite nicely without clumping or getting mascara all over my eyelids.

It's really simple to pull off the mod winged eyeliner in a very wearable fashion, especially when the rest of your makeup stays neutral.

I ALWAYS curl my eyelashes before applying mascara, it takes hardly any time and it really gives the lashes some extra oomph.

This mascara will be hitting shelves this month, I have already spotted it popping up in stores near me.

I have very short lashes and I absolutely love the length that this gives in just one coat. Yes, I am only wearing one quick coat of mascara in these photos. That's where that large brush pays off!

You absolutely can wear another coat of this, but because it does have such great pay off, I suggest using a lash comb or spare mascara brush (they have them at places like Target for $1!) to comb through before the second coat to ensure no clumps.

Most days I wear glasses instead of contacts and you do not have to worry about losing your eyes behind your frames, the long, thick look that you achieve with this mascara still makes your eyes pop.

My favorite thing about this mascara is how quick it is to get long, full lashes. No need to build it up, just curl, swipe, and go!

Again, I received this product courtesy of Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Jelly Polish and Stamping in Layers Featuring OPI and Bundle Monster

I recently acquired a couple of things that made me have a new nail art love, two new jelly polishes and the new Bundle Monster CYO stamping plate set.

I ordered Zoya Paloma during their Halloween promotion, and man, I love it. I need to get their other two jelly shades, the formula was perfect.

For this mani I used a jelly from OPI, which I think they called sorbet polishes, that I found in the dollar area of Target for $4. The shade name is Y'all Come Back Ya Hear, which is from the 2011 Texas collection. The formula was pretty good, not as good as Zoya's, but good.

These are the products I used today.

Gelous is my favorite base coat, always smooth and really bonds well. OPI Y'all Come Back Ya Hear. Milani 301 White (which I found at Dollar Tree and is great for stamping). Lastly, I've been fond of Color Club's topcoat lately.

This is what three coats of OPI Y'all Come Back Ya Hear looks like alone.

These are the plates I used, the honeycomb design BM-422, and the bee from BM-401.

After applying three coats of color and letting them completely dry, I stamped the honeycomb design on all nails. Now, be careful with the final coat of jelly polishes. Zoya's did not smudge my stamping at all, but the OPI did smudge a bit, so use a light hand and just float the brush just in case. 

After that final coat of color I stamped on the bee on a few nails, creating the extra layering effect. I finished it all off with a layer of top coat.

Here is the finished mani:

Also, here is a shot from my instagram ( of the same technique done with Zoya Paloma:

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation Review

I was recently lucky enough to receive the Rimmel London Stay Matte foundation compliments of Influnster to test and review. Short review: This stuff is awesome, go buy it. If you'd like a little bit more detail, please read on and check out the photos. I also do need to note that this product is not on the market in the US yet, but it will be very soon!


 As you can see this foundation comes in a handy tube, which I really prefer. It's lightweight and easy to squeeze onto my brush. My foundation brush of choice is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. Mixed with this foundation the two create a soft, light coverage that still handles any imperfections beautifully. It feels very breathable and not once has it gotten flaky or chalky on my face. My face stays nice and shine free for about 8 hours before I might get some break through shine, but it's nothing a quick blot with some blotting papers can't fix. In the following photo I have JUST the Rimmel London Stay Matte foundation on half of my face, no concealer, no powder, nothing. It covers the redness and blotchiness of my skin without settling into any lines or pores.


 I'm not sure what the price will be on this foundation when it launches, but I'm sure it will be in the same range as their others, which are very affordable. A little goes a long way with this foundation, especially using the brush. I was concerned about the color of the foundation, especially since Influenster chose it for me, but it blends perfectly. As noted in the photo I am shade 103 Light Ivory. I could probably wear a shade lighter and still have it blend nicely, so there seems to be a lot of wiggle room. Overall, this foundation has great staying power, covers beautifully without feeling heavy, and is definitely something I would purchase again.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

DIY Glitter Eyelashes

I love false eyelashes. I don't wear them regularly or for long periods of time, but I love them. I enjoy taking photos and having a fun pair of lashes can really pull together a look. Glitter eyelashes are everywhere, and super pretty, but can also get pricy at anywhere from $5 to $25 on up. I'm cheap and I'm crafty, so I decided to find a way to have glitter eyelashes and also have the option to remove the glitter and try another look. For this brief how to I'm using elf lashes (that come with glue, bonus) that are only $1 and some craft glitter. A note on the craft glitter, if you plan on wearing these for an extended period of time, it is probably best to use makeup safe glitter, should some get in your eye.
For those familiar with false eyelashes and the glue you know that you can wash it off, well that concept comes in handy when using the lash glue itself to adhere the glitter to the tips. I decided to use this teal-ish color for an upcoming mermaid look I'm going to do. This method can be used with glitter, rhinestones, glimmer powders, and even larger glitter accents. First, I removed the lashes and used the side of the plastic to stick them to so that the tips would be free.
This makes it simple to do them both at once. I simply ran the lash glue across the tips of both lashes and then immediately sprinkled glitter over them and shook it off.
It's really that simple. I let mine dry for a while before I use them. Want to wash them for another look? Just use some gentle soap or shampoo and water and gently scrub them and let them sit out on a wash cloth or paper towel to dry and then start all over again. I've done this with these pairs four or five times and there is no breakdown. Look for the mermaid look with these lashes later this evening or tomorrow.

Friday, October 25, 2013

A quick post on nail art supplies.

Everyone has their little tips and tricks when it comes to nail art and I wanted to share one of mine.

I use a LOT of acetone and I hate having open bottles around thanks to my clumsiness. Enter a cheap glass ashtray.

I snagged this one at Dollar Tree. It not only safely holds acetone but it's also great for holding polish to mix or for dotting and such.

As you can see the notches where cigarettes (yuck) would go make fantastic brush holders.

If you do a lot of stamping, dotting, or brush based art this will probably be the best dollar you will spend.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Fantasy Makers Bewitching Eyes False Eyelashes + Deer Makeup

I have been obsessed with these lashes, they are just so pretty, but I have been unsure of what kind of makeup to pair with them. Until I saw a picture of some lovely deer makeup, and it just seemed perfect.
They are pretty secure, especially considering that they are self adhesive. For those that aren't aware, these are an EXACT replica of the Paperself Deer & Butterfly lashes found here. At $3.99 at my local Walgreens versus nearly $20 to order from Paperself, I'd say these are a great bargain.
In order to do the makeup I used mostly just general cosmetics, with the exception of white cream makeup for the dots and around the nose and eyes. Nothing beats the coverage of cream makeup when it comes to white.
This makeup was pretty quick and easy, something I'd definitely consider doing again. These paper lashes do come in at least one other design, a spiderweb and spider design. I'm really hoping to see more of these in the budget market soon.

Friday, October 11, 2013

A couple of Halloween nail art contest entries.

I came across a couple of fun Halloween nail art contests online recently and decided to give them a try. Both looks were done with 100% nail polish, no acrylic paints. Honestly, I loathe paints/sharpies being used in manicures. Look #1: For Ms. Lizard's contest found here.
Look #2: For Short & Sweet in Texas' contest found here.
Both contests are still open and both blogs are lovely, give them a look.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Mish Mash Mani

This is one of those manicures that happens when I buy a few new things and I don't have the patience to wait to try them out and I just squeeze them all into one mani. The new polishes that I picked up today were Take a Trek from the newest holo line from China Glaze, I snatched that up for $2.50 at Sally's Beauty Supply. I also grabbed Hard Candy's Jaw Breaker at Walmart. I love love love the new Hard Candy polishes, especially this little group. Jaw Breaker has black and white hex and round glitter as well as some lime green bar glitter. Sadly the green doesn't show up as much as I had hoped, but I'm thinking my navy base may have something to do with that. It's still great though. I knew going into the China Glaze holo that these were fairly weak, and they are, so with the nearly gone sun and my aversion to artificial light I couldn't grab a picture of the holo flash. I stamped on the skull using a plate from Mash, plate 29 to be exact.
I snapped a photo of everything that I used, and I'll list all colors below.
Base coat: Seche Clear. Colors: Sinful Colors in some navy blue that doesn't have a tag on it (sorry!), China Glaze in Take a Trek, Hard Candy in Jaw Breaker, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Green With Envy (not pictured, oops), Nail Art polish from Dollar Tree in gold, and my top coat is NYC In a New York Minute. One more look at the Hard Candy glitter:
Until next time, thanks for reading! Note: All items used in this post were purchased by myself.
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Thursday, October 3, 2013


No one should be reading this yet, but I have been intending to start a beauty blog for quite some time and have finally made the step of creating it.

I will post various things, just whatever I feel like sharing. Expect mostly makeup and nails, but I'm sure hair and clothing will make an appearance. There will be reviews from time to time. Lots of nail art, including tutorials, will be featured.

This will likely not be properly set up until this weekend, and that is when the first proper posts will come along as well.