Thursday, December 9, 2010

Review: ELF Lipsticks, Mineral & Essential

Mineral Lipsticks
Quality: 5 out of 5
Packing: 5 out of 5
Price: $5.00
Where To Buy:
Would I Buy Again: Yes

I really love these lipsticks. They are creamy, pigmented, cheap, etc.

Runway Pink: Cream nude pink, pigmented and so so gorgeous. I don't have to look for a nude pink every again.

Nicely Nude: Light pinky-peach with suble gold shimmer.

Pouty Petal: Midtone pink with a tiny bit of shimmer, another gorgeous color. This shimmer is very subtle.

Cool Coral: The name kind of says it all, its a neutral coral with a noticable shimmer that isn't frosty.

Essential Lipsticks
Quality: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Price: $1
Would I Buy Again: Yes

These are the newer lipsticks from ELF's $1.00 line. These lipsticks smell like berries. The two I have are creams and long lasting. I really love Classy for an everyday color. The packaging is fine but I think the mineral lipstick looks more sleek.

Classy: Cool-neutral pink with blue tones. Creamy, lasts a good 5-6 hours or more.

Gyspy: Cool dark pink cream.

These swatches are pretty accurate, but Gypsy (the last color) is a little more red toned than blue toned and all the colors are just a tiny bit more warm than these photos turned out.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Mini Review: ELF $1 Quad Brownstone

Quality: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Price: $1.00
Where To Buy: Target,
Would I Buy Again: Yes

This is a really great product from ELF. Its a small quad that has 4 great neutral colors that would suit anyone I think, except maybe those with dark skin (it could be too light). All the colors are satiny and quite pigmented (with a primer). You can do a very natural look or a smokey look. I would use it for school, work, night, weddings, traveling, pretty much any occasion.

The packaging is fine, its cute but it could be better. For the price who the heck cares? Its cheap plastic but it doesn't feel flimsy by any means.

In this photo I have the 1st color as a highlight, 2nd on the lid, 3rd in the crease, and 4th under the lower lashes.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Mini Group Review: ELF eye blending & crease brushes

ELF Mineral Blending Eye Brush

Rating: 5 out of 5
Price: $5.00
Would I Buy Again: Yes, I think I bought a back up that should be here today.

The ELF mineral line has a new line of brushes. These differ from the others because they have bamboo handles, recycled material, and they all run for $5.00. I bought the Blending Eye Brush and I absolutely love it.

The bristles are very soft, I think maybe one hair shedded before I washed it the first time (and it dried very quickly). I wouldn't use it strictly as a blending brush, I don't think its dense enough for that. I use it as a crease brush. It is firm enough for precise color placement and not so dense that it leaves obvious lines, it kind of blends as you go.

ELF Crease Brush (regular line)

Rating: 4 out of 5
Price: $1.00
Would I Buy Again: Maybe

This crease brush reminds me of an overweight pencil brush. Its short and comes to an obvious point. I think its too short for a crease brush for most eyes, people with smaller eyes might like it better. Or if want a little bit of a color in a small area it would work for that. I use it for the outer corner and under the lower lashes if I want a smudgy line (I wouldn't use dark colors with this brush there). Its not a bad brush, its just isn't one that everyone needs to have and doesn't function as an all over crease brush. It is very soft with no shedding.

ELF Eye Blending Brush (regular line)

Rating: 5 out of 5
Price: $1.00
Would I Buy Again: Yes, I'm on my second one.

I love this brush. Back when ELF first came around it was an ugly scratchy sparse unless piece of crap but they totally re-did it and now I love it.

It is very soft and dense, really good a blending out those harsh lines on the brow bone. Its also great at applying color to the crease. If you are looking for a great crease/blending brush this is for you. Of all my crease brushes this and the mineral one are my favorites that I use almost daily.

On thing I want to mention is that with my first (reformulated) brush the handle broke off and after maybe 6 months chunks of bristles started coming out. I don't know if this was a fluke or if I got water inside the brush and it ruined or what. I've never had that with another ELF brush so I an not really upset about it (it was a dollar for 6 months of use, not a bad deal). If it happens again I'll bring the rating down, otherwise I'm passing it off as a fluke and will continue to recommend this brush, it really is amazing.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Review: ELF Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 (regular line)

Quality: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Size: maybe 0.3 oz?
Price: $1.00
Where To Buy:, Target
Would I Buy Again: Yes

Anti-aging formula combats premature aging and protects against sun damage while leaving skin radiant and moisturized. The tinted color evens skin tone for a natural look.

I had this for a long time before trying it out because I always like full coverage makeup everyday but I've been wearing this while I've been sick and I really like it. I wear ELF's Studio Translucent Matifying Powder on top of it and it gives me just enough coverage to keep me from looking like a troll, without me having to try very hard.

half way rubbed in

all the way rubbed in

Coverage & Color: Its what you would expect for a TM, sheer but just enough to slightly even out the complexion. The two shades I have look almost too dark in the tube but lighten up so much when you start rubbing them in. I use Ivory and while it looks quite yellow at first it turns into an actual ivory color once I apply it to my face. Light Beige still looks a bit orange/yellow after being rubbed in, but I think that would be fine for darker skin tones.

Texture & Scent: The texture of this TM is light and smooth. It feels lighter than the other TM I tried, and lighter than other moisturizers and sunscreens. It does have a noticeable sorbet smell when you squeeze it out of the tube but it goes away quickly.

Packaging & Size: For $1.00 who cares what the packaging looks like. Its fully functional and the size is great for the price. I only use a bit more than a pea sized amount for my entire face. I don't have a good complexion at all so for that little bit to be enough is impressive for me.

Longevity: My skin is super oily, I start looking gross within a few hours of putting on foundation unless I use MAC Prep + Prime SPF50 and a good powder. This TM plus the ELF Translucent Powder gives me at least half a day of oil free skin. After that I need to blot and re-powder. That's not bad for a whee little tinted moisturizer.

Ingredients: Benzophenone-3, Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide, Aqua(Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Kaolin, Titanium Dioxide, Talc, Mica, Octyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Synthetic Beeswax, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, DEA-Cetyl, Phosphate, Propylene Glycol, Magnesium Aluminum, Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Fragrance(Aroma), Disodium EDTA, Iron Oxides(CI 77491 , CI 7492 , CI 77499)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Review: Garnier Fructis 3-Minute Undo Dryness Reversal Treatment

Quality: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Size: 8.5 oz (250 ml)
Price: $3 at Target, more at most drugstores
Would I Buy Again: Yes! Yes! Yes!

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition 3-Minute Undo: Dryness Reversal Treatment includes the 3 nutritive fruit oils plus apricot seeds that massage and stimulate hair from the root for the ultimate nourishing experience. In just 3 minutes, it helps reverse the signs of dryness for silky hair that's full of life.

Dry, over-dried or damaged hair feels unhealthy to the touch. It needs nourishment without being weighed down. To transform dry and damaged hair, fruit oils have the power to make hair more beautiful than ever. Olive, avocado and shea oils deeply nourish each layer of hair - weightlessly. Olive oil nourishes the hair's inner core. Avocado oil nourishes and softens the middle layer. Shea oil nourishes and smooths the surface of the hair. Hair is fortified and infused with nutrients for silky hair, full of life.

I've been using this for almost a month, if you click on the photo you can see that I've used up the top 3rd of the bottle. I use it every time I shampoo in place of regular conditioner. During the summer I bleached my hair twice and used a few hair dyes, plus I haven't had a trim for 10 months, so my hair is not in the greatest condition right now.

This deep conditioner has SAVED my hair! It was feeling so dry and gross (I wanted to chop about half of it off) so I just grabbed this on a whim at Target in the hope that it would help a little. My hair still felt dry when it was still wet but in the morning I could feel that my hair was so much softer and not so dry at the ends. It looks like its in much better condition than before.

Consistency & Application: The conditioner is a thick cream with little beads in it that dissolve. I probably use a little over a tablespoon, kind of all over by hair but mostly on the ends. While the cream is really thick its not hard to spread throughout my almost-to-my-elbows-hair. I bought L'Oreal Natures Therapy Mega Moisture Nurturing Creme a few months ago but I had to use so much because it would just disappear instead of coating my hair. I ended up taking that back to Sally's. You are suppose to leave it on for 3 minutes so I just shave or wash my face while it sits for 3 minutes or longer. It does have a slight Shea butter scent but its not strong or super artificial smelling.

Ingredients: I'm not about to type up the whole list but it has Olive oil, Shea oil, Avocado oil, and Lemon peels.

All in all I highly recommend this product. Its really made my hair feel great again and I will for sure be rebuying it when I use up this bottle. Like I said it was around $3 at Target and you get a good amount in the bottle. Considering the results its a great deal.

It also makes a great shaving cream, I always use hair conditioner for shaving. Some are better than others (cheap ones like sauve aren't so great). This one is great and doesn't cause any irritation.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Review: Batiste Blush Dry Shampoo

Quality: 3 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Size: 5.05 oz
Price: $7.29 or $6.29 with Beauty Club Card
Where To Buy: Sally Beauty Supply
Would I Buy Again: No

Batiste Blush Dry Shampoo with a beautifully delicate fragrance, revitalizes greasy, dull, and lifeless hair between washes. Instantly leaves your hair feeling clean, full of body, and smelling amazing!

-Beautiful delicate fragrance
-Instantly leaves hair feeling clean
-Quick & convenient to use

I have really oily hair that has to be washed everyday. I bought this in hopes that using it would let me go at least two days without washing my hair. I've used it a couple times now and I think its an ok product, but I don't love it. It does reduce the oil a little bit, but you have to use a lot. My hair just doesn't feel great after using it (not that it does before) and I expected a bit more I guess. Its good if you don't have access to a shower, but I'd prefer to just wash my hair over using this.

Directions: Shake Batiste Blush Dry Shampoo can vigorously before use and in-between sprays. Hold can approximately 12" from hair and spray lightly giving even coverage. Use fingertips to massage dry shampoo through hair and leave for a few moments

Ingredients: Butane, Isobutane, Oryza Sativa (rice) Starch, Propane, Alcohol Denat., Parfum (fragrance), Coumarin Eugenol, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Chloride.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

NOTD: SH Spectrum over dark blue!

Ahhh its been a long time! I'm so busy and tired lately that I hardly ever do my nails, a lot of days they have been *gasp* naked!

Anywhoo, I am wearing one coat of Sally Hansen's Spectrum over a dark blue from Forever 21. It so soooo gorgeous! It shifts from turquoise blue to green to pink to purple depending on the lighting. I could only capture the blue in these photos but you can still see that its amazing!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

NOTD: China Glaze Octa Gone Wild

I think this is the 3rd mani I've done in as many weeks. I've been so busy and tired. I start school again on Monday so I probably won't be posting as much as I usually do. I'm going to try though.

Don't hurt yourself trying to get your hands on Octa, Milani's Hi-Res (on right) is a 98% dupe. Its just a touch warmer and has a bit less holo glitter, and I think it's a bit less sheer.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Franken: Boogie On, Leprechaun!

Hi everyone! Sorry for the lack of post. I was sick for a while and as soon as I got better work became hellish so I've been too tired to even do my nails for two weeks.

I've been looking forward to making this franken for a few weeks. The Joann holo glitter comes in a sample pack like this. I've heard some of these glitters bleed, so I will experiment with the other colors and report back. This green one was perfect though and I am very happy with this color. Its so summery and fun.

I used:
-wnw Kaleidoscope & Hallucinate as a glitter base
-Joann's green holo glitter Golden Fairy Dust Taurus Orion (just a little, I wanted a sheer tint of color) holographic glitter

Friday, July 23, 2010

The easiest way to remove nail polish (especially glitter)

I love changing my nail polish several times a week, but taking it off can be a major pain in the butt. If you're trying to take off a glitter it can be 10x harder than any other finish. I use to avoid glitters because they would take so long to remove & I'd always get bits of cotton stuck to the glitter and end up needing double the amount of remover and cotton. Since I've discovered the Scrubby Tub removing all nail polish has become much faster and far easier.

The scrubby tub is basically a plastic tub full of remover. It's lined with rubber and in the middle there is a hole with rubber bristles or a sponge that help to scrub all the polish off your nails. I typically let my nail soak for a few seconds before I begin scrubbing, especially if I'm wearing glitter. It doesn't take too long, maybe 5 minutes for a non-glitter and 10 for the most stubborn glitter. The best part is that I don't ever have a fresh mani ruined by bits of cotton that get left over from cotton balls.

There are a few brands that have these tubs. I have one by Studio Tools from Target. Sally Hansen and a couple other brands have these too, right next to the regular remover at any store. The SH one above has 3 holes. Mine only lets you do one nail at a time. After a lot of uses the remover will get dirty, mine always turns a dark purple color. You just have to dump out the dirty remover and fill it back up with fresh acetone. I know its time to change it when the bottom of my nails start to get a red tint. I haven't counted but I'm guessing I get 30-50 mani's out of it before it needs changed. I just pour the dirty remover in a glass jar and leave it open so it can evaporate. Then you'll see a big blob of nail polish at the bottom, just let it dry out and throw it in the trash. DO NOT pour it down the drain! You don't want those chemicals getting into any ones water supply. These typically run at $4-$5. Get one noooooooooooow!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Franken: Siren's Tears

I know, ANOTHER franken. Sorry if anyone is getting tired of these, I just haven't been buying a lot of np recently because nothing has interested me lately. Plus making custom colors is more fun. Anyhow, I've been on a glitter kick lately so here is the latest. Its mostly royal blue with some purple (which didn't show up in these photos but does in person) and a tiny bit of green shimmer. There also seems to be some aqua glitter but I didn't put any in there lol.

What I used (pic at end of post):

WnW's Kaleidoscope
blue glitter tkbtrading (Her Majesty)
silver holo glitter tkbtrading
purple glitter
blue (in jar) glitter nail supply store

sunlight (click to enlarge photos)





Monday, July 19, 2010

Franken: Unicorn Vomit

The name just really seemed to fit :) Made with wnw's Kaleidoscope glitter as a base & some purple glitter I have from a local nail supply store. In real life the holo glitter is crazy blingy, the blue and green really POPS! I was swimming today and I kept on staring at it. Its quite sheer at 3 coats but to be honest its awesome enough to stand alone. I think I'll make another for a give away sometime in the near future.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Franken: Shimmer Plums

I made this with China Glaze Strawberry Fields + Sinful Colors Daddy's Girl. I want to say it was 3/4 SF & 1/4 DG but it might have been more DG than that.

These pics are with flash/sunlight, in normal lighting its a bit darker and more subtle. Its a gorgeous reddish purple with gold shimmer, and a tiny bit of pink and green shimmer in some lighting.

Friday, July 9, 2010

NOTD: Sinful Colors Forget Now

I went to 3 walgreens to find this. This color is so amazing, I love it. Its a bright cool pink with sparkles that move between purple and gold, and its more vivid than these photos show. It took 3 coats.

edit: this mani lasted 4 days with a bit of tip wear but no chips before I took it off

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Red Creme/Jelly Swatches

I finally had some time this morning to do some swatching so I finished up my reds. All of these colors are good quality and all but one are easily found at the drugstore. Kleancolor's Neon Fuschia I've found at just about all the dollar stores around me. The one bad thing about this brand is that it smells strongly of burnt plastic, I don't know why but make sure you wear a base coat incase there is something funky in it (its made in China, idk). None of these swatches have a top coat over them.

Milani Neon Red. Not neon, not red. Its a milky coral/peach jelly. Dries to a satin finish. 3 coats, applies pretty evenly.

Kleancolor Neon Fuschia. Obviously this is not fuschia at all, its bright neon red jelly. It has a bit of orange to it but is still red. Out of these 5 colors this is my favorite because I've been wanting a neon red for a while. 3 coats, no application problems.

Wet N Wild Red Red. This is a nice bright cool red. 3 coats, good quality for just $1.

Rimmel Stiletto Red. Medium red that leans towards warm. The Rimmel brush is huge, I though I would have a hard time doing my pinky nail because its so small but it was fine. 3 coats.

Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby. Looks like a dirty red in the bottle but applies much brighter on the nail. 3 coats, nice red jelly.