Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review: Sephora's Formula X "The System"

Hello blog! Long time no see. I am back with a review on Sephora's Formula X "The System," which is a kit with their nail cleanser, base coat, top coat and a free color of your choice. It costs $32. I've been using it for several months and it's been a game changer.

Once upon a time, many years ago, I was an avid nail polish user. I happily changed my nails every 3 days. I really love putting on nail polish, but eventually I got sick of taking it off every couple days. I pretty much stopped wearing nail polish for a few years, except on holidays like Christmas or the 4th of July. Well, earlier this year Sephora came out with their new nail polish line Formula X and I read great things about their base and top coat. So, even though $32 is more than I would normally pay for just four nail polish products, I bought the kit.

This kit is AMAZING! The majority of nail polish lasts a minimum of 6 days with no chips, I usually don't take it off until day 7. I've used at least 10  different colors/brands and the only one that chipped before then was an ELF polish, and honestly their np is pretty lousy in my experience so no surprise there. Right now I'm wearing an OPI color and I'm going on day 9 with only a bit of tip wear. I even broke a nail and had to cut and file it with my np still on and the np is still looking great. Yay!

I took some comparison photos the first time I used the kit. This was day 3 and 4 wearing the base coat on one hand (top) and no base coat on the other (bottom). You can see that even though the nail polish cracks on the side with the base coat it doesn't chip.

Here is my nail polish today, day 9. I'm wearing OPI DS Extravagance. You can see tip wear and a crack on my index finger but it looks really good. I am going to change it tonight because I want something new but I could probably go another day or 2.

There you go, this stuff if amazing and I definitely recommend trying it if your nail polish chips easily. I think the base coat is pretty magical. The top coat is a good quick dry top coat, my only complaint is that it's get thick really fast so I add nail polish thinner about every 3 uses. Most quick dry top coats do that so it's not a big deal.

*This is not a sponsored review, this product was bought and paid for by me.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara Review

Stretch and extend your lashes like wings! Introducing Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, one of our most-exciting mascara innovations, yet. Its revolutionary Butterfly Brush with asymmetrical lash line shape extends and lifts outer corner lashes to give you a winged-out effect, instantly volumizing lashes at the roots and stretching lashes outward. The unique Cocoon Fibers instantly wrap lashes in a soft, delicate veil to create silky, spectacular lashes that flutter.

Quality: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 4 out 5
Price: $8.99
Where To Buy: any drugstore
Would I Buy Again: Yes

The Voluminous Butterfly Mascara is pretty good as mascaras go. It makes my lashes, especially my lower lashes, quite long. It lasts all day without flaking unless I rub my eyes. The brush does get those lashes in the outer corners very well, giving you a winged out effect like it's suppose to. The shorter bristles at the end of the brush is also great at reaching the shorter lashes in the inner corner of your eye without getting mascara all over your skin.

The only thing that I think could be better is the number of bristles on the brush. If there were more I feel like it would separate the lashes better, giving you a fuller effect. I feel like it clumps little groups of lashes together, making you look like you have thick lashes, but less of them if that makes sense. It doesn't give you creepy spider lashes by any means, but if could do better at separating them.

Other than that I really like this mascara and would buy again. It's not a HG or anything, but it's a very good mascara.

No mascara for comparison:

Monday, May 27, 2013

Sinful Colors Endless Blue & Nicole Mi Fantasia

I haven't bought nail polish in a looooong time but I saw Mi Fantasia on clearance at Target and I noticed Endless Blue from Sinful Colors which I haven't seen before so I grabbed these and did a little gradient effect with them. Endless Blue is very bright, I love it! Mi Fantasia is a little disappointing just because it looks so colorful in the bottle but the glitter is mostly silver with a little bit of color shift in the light, I just wanted it to be more colorful.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Color Club, Beyond The Mistletoe - Full Collection Swatches

All are 3 coats except Jingle Jangle. Over all this is a great collection, many of the colors were prettier on the nail than I thought they would be based on how they looked in the bottles. My only complaint is that besides Holiday Splendor, the glitters should have had a tinted base. I think the ones with clear bases need underpants. Holiday Splendor is awesome though. With a thick top coat these are pretty smooth but not totally. Holiday Splendor is though because it has less glitter than the others.

By the way, you can find the whole collection from Ross or DD's for $8.

Candy Cane - light rose pink with some other pink glitters, no holo

Sugarplum Fairy - very light purple with holo glitters, very pretty, reminds me of a franken I made called Unicorn Vomit

Jingle Jangle - this is 4 coats. It has periwinkle glitter, soft purple glitter, and aqua glitter that looks green under artificial light.

Gingerbread - light gold with some green and holo glitters

Beyond The Mistletoe - light green glitter with holo glitter, this is the only one I'm slightly bored by, it's not very exciting but it's still very pretty

Holiday Splenor - I saved the best for last, this is a very bright kelly/grass green with lots of delicious holo glitter, my camera could not properly capture the amazingness of this color

Friday, October 21, 2011

NOTD: Orly Hally's Comet

This has been my top lemming for ages and now it's miiiiiiine!!!! Allyson from Ali's Nail News sent it to me. (thanks secret pumpkin goddess!!!)

Putting this on was like a spiritual experience. It's even more beautiful than I imagined!

Here it is with 3 coats. The formula was great, no application problems at all. It really glows!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

ELF Desert Haze, Pure Ice Oh Baby

I'm not into neutral polishes at all but I loved this color! ELF's Desert Haze is a lovely cream light taupe. The formula is good, I didn't have any problems with application. I topped it with Pure Ice's Oh Baby for a little extra sparkle.

Here it is with Oh Baby over it.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Oh Sally.

This page is on the Sally Hansen website. They are giving tips for "Rescuing old polish" by putting nail polish remover in bottles that have gotten thick. This is a BAD, BAD IDEA! Putting acetone in nail polish permanently ruins it. That's why we use it to take nail polish off. That's why they make nail polish thinner, which is like $4 at Sally's Beauty Supply (not related to SH).

Is this a ploy to make you buy more Sally Hansen nail polish? Is it like magazines telling you that nail polish expires after a year? *ahem* Nail polish does not expire, like ever... true story! Or is Sally Hansen, and company that's been around for 60 years, really that ignorant? What do you think?