I picked this up at the Dollar Tree for only $1.00 a while back and I am glad that I did. They had a couple of colors, but the one that I picked was Coral Kiss. I am pretty sure that these are discontinued, but you might be able to find them online on Ebay or other cosmetic outlet websites. Coral Kiss is a sheer golden peach. The Wet Shine Fusion formula is solid and looks like a lipstick but it is suprisingly very moisturizing. It has a golden shimmer to it, so if you don't like shimmer I wouldn't suggest buying this. The shimmer isn't chunky or too noticeable, it's very nice. It is very sheer but still buildable.
Monday, December 17, 2012
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Orly's Pointe Blanche for a french tip manicure retails for $6.99 but at Sally's Beauty Supply if you have the Beauty Club Card it is only $6.49. Pointe Blanche is your standard white creme nail polish but what makes this different is the brush. The brush on this nail polish is a precision brush that is thin and flat which makes it the perfect brush for doing a french tip manicure. I love the formula on this as well because it is very pigmented and will only take you one coat when using it for a french tip. If you are using this to polish your whole nail it will take three coats.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
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I received this candle in the VIP Tote Bag on Black Friday. In order to get the tote for $20 you had to purchase at least $40 worth of stuff. I am glad that I got the tote because I probably wouldn't have tried this scent otherwise. I had picked it up and smelled it but didn't end up purchasing it because it smelled a little too strong for me. Don't judge this candle at first smell! I ended up burning through the mini size in a day and just picked up the 3-wick one the other day. I absolutely love this scent. Bath & Body Works website describes this candle as "a bright blend of sparkling cranberry, sweet pear nectar and luscious blackcurrant. " I would say that is definitely true! You can smell the champagne when you first open it without even burning it and it may seem a little strong, but it smells amazing once you actually burn it. I would highly suggest picking up this scent while you can!
Thursday, November 22, 2012
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The L'Oreal Colour Riche leGloss lip glosses retail for $5.99 for 0.4 oz. and can be found at Target and most other drugstores. When I say the display when they were first released I instantly picked up Baby Blossom. I liked Baby Blossom because it was the lip gloss closest to a nude shade in the collection. There were a lot of interesting colors, but if I had purchased them I probably wouldn't have even used them. The texture of this gloss reminds me a lot of the MAC Lip Gelees. Another plus is that it smells amazing, like a frosted cupcake. leGloss lip glosses are very silky, creamy and super moisturizing. Since it is pretty pale it can tend to go on uneven so it's not something that you can just quickly throw on.
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Sinful Colors retails for $1.99 mostly at Walgreen's but I have seen a few shades at my local Wal-Mart. I have not seen this shade at Wal-Mart though. Queen Of Beauty was the first Sinful Colors nail polish that I ever purchased and the reason I am now addicted. The formula of this nail polish is a little thin, but that's just fine with me since I purchased it with intentions to use it as a top coat and not by itself. If you want to wear this alone without another polish underneath it will take four to five coats to look decent. I usually use this on my accent nail and it turns out great!
MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish (or MSF) in Petticoat was originally released in 2005, then re-released in 2008 and re-released again in 2010 with the In The Groove collection. Petticoat is a pale rose pink with raspberry and gold veining. As you can see in my picture, the one I got has a good amount of raspberry veining which I really like. I bought this to use as a blush and that is what I have been using it as. If you want one that works more as a highlighter then you would want one with less raspberry veining. Petticoat is a discontinued product but I am sure that it will be re-released in the future. If you are lucky enough you might be able to find it on Ebay but you are going to pay a higher price than the original $28.00.
I hate to bring you guys a product shade that is no longer available, but I just had to because there are still other colors that you can purchase. The LA Splash Lip Divinity Lipsticks retail for $7.99 but on Cherry Culture they are only $6.99. Cherry Culture is the only place that I can find them for sale at the moment but I do see them on Ebay every so often. Heavenly Nude is really that, a heavenly nude lipstick! Heavenly Nude is a pink nude shade with a hint of shimmer. Once applied on the lips though you really don't see any shimmer. This lipstick does have a hardness to it where it's almost like the consistency of a lip liner. One thing that is nice about the consistency not being super creamy is that this lip stick lasts longer and doesn't bleed.
Out of all of the Revlon Lip Butters, Creme Brulee is probably my favorite. Creme Brulee is the nude shade in the line. These retail for around $7-8 for 0.09 oz. You can often find them on sale at local drugstores so you may be able to get them for even less. It doesn't have a ton of pigmentation to it so it won't show up opaque but it does add a nice peachy shimmer. It does look like brown in the tube but don't let that scare you away because it is definitely much more sheer once applied. How it looks once applied will depend on the natural pigmentation of your lips. For most people it will just even out the tone of their natural lip color. It is one of those shades that you can throw on without paying a whole lot of attention. The lip butters are very moisturizing and have a shine to them once applied. Creme Brulee is always in my purse because I wear it almost every day.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
I recently had the opportunity to try out some candles from NorthWood Candles, a company based out of my home state. Not only did they send me some candles, but they also sent some wax tarts. They couldn't have picked better scents to send out to me, because I loved them all.
My favorite item that was in the package had to be the Cracklin' Candle, which is a wood wicked candle and not your normal cotton wick. The nice thing about a wood wicked candle is the fact that they make a crackling noise as they burn so it is almost as if you were having a fire in your fireplace. The crackling isn't too obnoxious or anything, just gives off the perfect amount of sound. I had the scent Monkey Farts in the Cracklin' Candle line. Yes the name sounds funny, but the candle smells AMAZING!! If you like fruity scents then this is the one for you! Their website describes this scent as "top notes of fresh bananas and juicy grapefruit, middle notes of kiwi, juicy bubblegum and strawberries and a hint of vanilla as a base note." The banana and grapefruit stick out to me and sometimes I will get a whiff of vanilla, but still an amazing scent. The Cracklin' Candles retail for $17.95 and have a burn length of 100 hours. I am not sure if they will burn for 100 hours but I have been burning mine everyday for the last couple of weeks and I still have over half left.
Next up they sent me two of their Travel Tins which have a burn length of 45 hours and retail for $8.95. The scents that I received are Island Christmas and Grandma's Kitchen. Grandma's Kitchen is described as "the aroma of rich, creamy vanilla with a touch of fresh ground cinnamon sticks." I would say that that is pretty much spot on and I absolutely loved the scent. It is one of those scents that is perfect for fall with the rich vanilla and spicy cinnamon. The other scent that I received was Island Christmas which is described as " a tropical holiday vacation with guava, strawberry, papaya and mango with a refreshing base of candy canes." When I first saw the description of this candle I didn't think it would be one that I would purchase but I absolutely love it. Normally you would think of burning a fruity candle in the spring or summer but this is a scent that you can get away with burning in the winter months. I live in Minnesota so I have a fairly long winter and normally miss being able to burn my fruity candles.
Next up they sent me a few of the tea lights which retail for $0.99 each or 6 for $4.99 and have a burn length of 4 hours a piece. Out of all of the tea lights that I was sent, Icicles was probably my favorite. Icicles is described as "pomegranate, strawberry and raspberry with a touch of fresh peppermint and vanilla." This candle smelled amazing! It was a berry-vanilla with just the slightest touch of peppermint, not overwhelming at all. I am going to have to buy this one in a full size for sure. The next one that I tried out was Relaxation Aromatherapy. Relaxation is described as "the aroma of fresh picked lavender flowers with a faint background of musk." I burned this one while taking a bath and I was definitely relaxed at the end. Then I received Gingerbread Man and Pumpkin Crunch Cake which are more bakery type scents obviously and are great for the fall season. Gingerbread Man isn't just your typical gingerbread cookie scent. Their website describes it as "ginger, nutmeg, honey, clove, vanilla, cocoa and a touch of lemon and citrus." Pumpkin Crunch Cake is described as "the aroma of creamy pumpkin pie filling with rich eagle brand milk surrounded with freshly baked yellow cake, melted butter, pecans and a hint of spice." And as far as the tea lights go the last one I was sent was Teakwood & Cardamom which is described as "an exotic blend of teakwood surrounded by rich spices of cardamom, cinnamon and clove sitting on base notes of cedar, amber, sandalwood and patchouli." Teakwood & Cardamom is definitely a more earthy and masculine scent but at the same time I still love it because I can burn it around the men in my life without them thinking it smells too girly.
I do have one of those electric wax warmers so they scent me some of their melts as well. I received three of the clam shell packs and one tart. I received The Perfect Man which to me reminded me of an Old Spice deodorant that one of the guys I used to date wore. Not the kind you would think of your grandpa wearing but a good smelling kind. I also received Frosted Pinecones which is described as "an amazingly true Christmas tree scent." I am glad that they picked this one for me because since I live in an apartment I am not allowed to have a real Christmas tree, I can only have an artificial one. With this melt I can burn it and still smell like I have a real Christmas tree set up. I also received Sleigh Ride which is described as "an exciting blend of pine, apple, cinnamon, bayberry and holly." Another great scent to have warming during the holidays. Last but certainly not least the scent I received the tart in was Palm Island. Palm Island is described as "sweet orange blossoms, yuzu and kumquat followed by peppercorn, ginger, jasmine, aquatic marine notes and a hint of peppermint sitting on base notes of natural patchouli, cedar, vetiver, labdanum and frankincense." Palm Island is another masculine scent but still one that I like.
On a final note, I would highly suggest checking this candle company out and I am sure that you will be able to find scent that you like in a wide variety of sizes to fit your needs. Their candles are 100% soy and they do not use any dyes. They do offer a fundraising program as well. For more info visit their website and request it. Pay attention to future posts because I will have a giveaway for a $25 gift card to their website. Check out their website at www.northwoodcandlecompany.com.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
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Revlon's nail polish in Galaxy was released with their Just Add Sparkle collection. This line of nail polish was intended to be sold as a duo with a cream color as the base color, but I only picked up the glitter top coat. The accompanying color for Galaxy was Lunar which is a black creme nail polish which I already had from another brand. Galaxy is a clear base with blue and silver specks of glitter and larger holographic pieces. I do like the glitter combination of this nail polish, but it isn't very dense. Galaxy is definitely a polish that you will want to wear as a top coat and definitely not alone.
Victoria's Secret Silky Eye Shadow in Provocateur retails for $12.00 for 3.5 grams or .12 oz. I know it is almost the price of a MAC eye shadow but you get so much more for your money so when you figure that in, it's not so bad at all. Provocateur is a peachy champagne with a touch of gold. It is one of their Sparkle finish eye shadows and it definitely has a ton of sparkle. If you apply this with a brush dry, you will mostly get all sparkle but no color. If you want to get the creamy color I suggest using it wet. This is still one of the shades they have available, so I highly suggest picking it up.
I picked this palette up at Wal-Mart for only $6.00 which is a great deal for ten eye shadows. As I am sure you all know it is sold exclusively at Wal-Mart. I absolutely love the packaging on these palettes with the touch of lace on the front. Hard Candy has always had fun packaging as far as drugstore products go. Not only do they have fun and unique packaging but they have amazing prices for the products they are offering. I am addicted to neutral eye shadows so this was a must have for me as soon as I heard about it. I love all of the different neutral shades in this palette I just wish they weren't all so shimmery. This palette will definitely be a well used item in my collection. I am not sure if it is limited edition or not, but I sure hope it isn't.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
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Wet N Wild's Gray's Anatomy is a duo chrome polish that is purple and green with gray undertones. This nail polish is extremely sheer because even with three coats it was nowhere near opaque. Gray's Anatomy is one of those nail polishes that will be better off used as a layering polish on top of a gray or dark purple. As far as Wet N Wild's claim of these nail polishes being fast drying I would have to say that it isn't true. Wet N Wild claims that their Fast Dry nail polishes dry in 60 seconds but they still took a minute or two for me. Even though it wasn't fast drying or very pigmented I would still recommend picking this nail polish up because at only $1.99 it is still a gorgeous color when layered.
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I was so disappointed when I missed out on Revlon's Perplex because it is a close dupe of Chanel's Paradoxal. Naughty is a cheaper alternative to have the same look of Paradoxal. Revlon's Naughty is a grayish purple with a lavender shimmer to it. This nail polish has a good formula and only took me two coats for it to become completely opaque. I still did three though just to be safe. When I used Naughty I also used the Revlon ColorStay base coat and top coat so it lasted over a week without any chipping. It started to fade on the very tips of my nails but that was about it.
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Julep's nail polish in Renee is a gorgeous lilac polish with a cream finish. At first glance it does look very similar to Sally Hansen's Lacey Lilac but it is completely different. Renee is a more toned down lilac with gray undertones. This is another polish that I received in my Golden Ticket box last spring. Renee is one of my favorite Julep polishes because it only takes one coat. I still did two just to be safe though. I like the formula because it is on the thicker side but not too thick where it becomes goopy and hard to work with. Julep nail polishes retail for $14.00 or if you are a Julep Maven you get them for $11.20.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
mark.'s I-Mark eye shadows are .08 ounces and retail for $7.00 a piece. But if you are a mark. Representative like I am you can get them for 30% off and they will only cost you $4.90. The way the mark. eye shadow and blushes work is very similar to the Inglot system where you can create your own palette of eye shadows and or blushes. Like Inglot, with mark. you have to buy the palette separately and there are several different sizes. Basically the size of two eye shadows is the same as one blush. Fairy Dust is a neutral pink champagne color with a silver shimmer. It is a great all over the lid color or highlight color.
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Party Hearty by China Glaze was released with their 2010 Holiday Collection. It is a mix of large red hexagonal glitter, medium green hexagonal glitter and small gold and silver glitter with a clear base. Party Hearty has been my go to holiday manicure ever since I purchased it. I have never worn it alone. I typically wear it on top of a gold or green shade but it would even look great on top of a white or red. This was a limited edition nail polish so you won't be able to find it in stores but you might be able to find it at Ebay or at other online stores.
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I originally bought Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear Nail Polish in White Out as a base coat for my sheer and neon polishes. White On is your basic white nail polish with a cream finish. This nail polish will take two to three coats because on me it is somewhat streaky at first. If you are looking for a white creme nail polish to use as a base I would highly suggest this one. The Xtreme Wear nail polishes retail for $2-3 at most drugstores. As far as the wear of this nail polish, I can't really say because it's usually underneath another polish.
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Wet N Wild released Party of Five Glitters when the rainbow glitter nail polishes were all the rage. This was the first rainbow glitter nail polish that I picked up and I like it, but its not my favorite. Party of Five Glitters is a mix of baby blue, green, turquoise, fuchsia, red and silver in different sized hexagonal shaped glitter. Some people said that this could be a dupe to Deborah Lippman's Happy Birthday but it's definitely not. This glitter is one that is more of a top coat, not a stand alone polish. If you love nail polish like I do, I would suggest picking this up since it's still a pretty glitter for only $1.99.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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When L'Oreal released their Project Runway collection last year it sold out very quickly so the only item that wasn't sold out when I finally found it was the Sultry Raven's Pout lipstick. I quickly grabbed this lipstick because it looked like the perfect my lips but better shade for me, and it definitely is. When I got home and was going through my lipstick collection I noticed how similar it is to Fairest Nude which is also by L'Oreal. They are very similar but not exactly the same. Not different enough where if you were unable to get Sultry Raven's Pout that you have to worry. Sultry Raven's Pout is a flesh toned nude with pink undertones and like Fairest Nude I absolutely love it!
Monday, October 22, 2012
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OPI's My Daddy's The King was originally released with their Princess Charming collection. It is a limited edition nail polish so it is no longer in stores. I tried to see if it might be available on Ebay or Amazon but I have yet to have any lucky finding one for sale. I received this in a swap and consider myself very lucky. OPI's My Daddy's The King is a very pale peachy pink with a slight shimmer. Don't fret, its not noticeable once your nails actually dry. The formula of this polish is somewhat sheer so you will need three coats. My Daddy's The King is one of those nail polishes that you could wear to an interview or work since it is more toned down.
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Essie Soiree Mauve is a mauve as the name applies. Essie describes Soiree Mauve as "a creamy plum mauve." This is another shade that is perfect for the fall season as it is on the smokier toned side. The formula of this nail polish is great and applies smoothly. You could get away with only two coats but I still used three just to be safe. I picked up Soiree Mauve when it was on clearance at Target, but I do believe you can still find it in stores. If not, it is sold online at stores like Ebay or Amazon. This is another nail polish that will be a staple in my fall products.
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Julep classifies this nail polish as "a classic red creme." This is definitely a classic red, but it has orange undertones. I got this nail polish in the Golden Ticket box that I received last spring, but I probably wouldn't have purchased it on its own. As with most Julep creme polishes, the formula is amazing and super smooth. Molly became opaque in one coat, but I still did two just to be safe. It dries glossy so you could get away without a top coat for the shine purpose. You can purchase this and other Julep nail polishes at www.Julep.com for $14.00 or if you are a Maven they are only $11.20.
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MAC's Politely Pink is one of the two frosty pink lipsticks in my collection. The only other one I own is Angel. Politely Pink is a Lustre finish so it is somewhat frosty but not as much as a Frost finish would be. It has more of a glossy finish than the Frost lipsticks would. It is a more cool toned pink and it would suit pretty much any skin tone. Since it is more sheer you could use this on top of another lipstick that doesn't have shimmer to add to it.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
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Peachy from Revlon's Top Speed line is just like the name says, a peachy orange. Peachy has a cream finish, with no sort of glitter or shimmer at all. I have heard that this is a possible dupe for Essie's Tarte Deco. You could almost get away with only one coat of Peachy but I used two just to be safe. I can say that this line of nail polishes does dry quickly just like the name says. You wouldn't technically need a top coat with this shade but I still use one anyways just because it will make my manicure last a little longer.
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MAC's Creme d' Nude is one of their top-selling lipsticks. In fact, it was the first MAC lipstick that I ever purchased. Creme d' Nude is a Cremesheen finish lipstick and one of my favorite formulas by MAC. Since it is somewhat sheer you can either wear it sheer or build it up for a more pigmented finish. MAC lipsticks have a great vanilla scent to them which I really love. I hate how drugstore lipsticks often smell almost like a chemical or an old lady. Creme d' Nude is a light nude with peachy undertones. This is my go to lipstick when I want to wear a nude lipstick.
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OPI's Melon of Troy was released with the Greek Isles collection so it is limited edition. Melon of Troy is a peachy color that leans more towards the orange side. I guess you could say it almost looks like the color of a ripe cantaloupe. It does have a pearly frost finish so it may come out a little streaky if you aren't careful when applying it. It only took two good coats to become fairly opaque but I applied a third just to be safe. Even though this was limited edition you can still find it at a lot of online stores like Ebay and Amazon.
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GOSH is a cosmetics brand that is not easily accessible in the United States. It is primarily sold in Canada and the UK. I found out about GOSH Darling lipstick and how it was the must have nude lipstick through YouTube. I was bound and determined to get my hands on this lipstick and eventually I was able to swap for it. GOSH Velvet Touch lipsticks are packaged in a sleek matte black tube and a shiny band where the brand name is imprinted. The formula of these lipsticks is very creamy. Darling is a light beige color and I have fairly pigmented lips so it almost sinks into any creases and dry spots. If you have pigmented lips I would suggest using a lib scrub or some sort of lip exfoliating product first.
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Essie describes Demure Vix as "an iridescent cocoa mauve." Before I actually picked this nail polish up I passed it up several times. It didn't look that exciting and special to me, but boy oh boy was I wrong. It is a dirty or dusty mauve with a blue purple iridescence to it. Pictures do not do Demure Vix any justice what so ever! This polish is so much prettier in person. Demure Vix is a must have polish and I highly suggest picking it up the next time you see it!
Thursday, October 18, 2012
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In my eyes, Revlon is known for their ColorStay line. They have everything from foundations to eye liners and even nail polishes. These can be found in most drugstores and retail for around $7-8. Coastal Surf is a medium sky blue with a cream finish. I picked this up with the intention of wearing it for work as our uniforms are blue shirts with black pants. Needless to say this wasn't the right shade of blue but still a gorgeous color. Coastal Surf was perfectly opaque in two coats. You could almost get away with just one coat if you wanted to. As far as the longwearing claim, I can't say much because I switch out my nail polish so often.
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Icy Nude is one of the newer ColorBurst shades that Revlon has released. It is a warm caramel nude with a subtle silver shimmer. I love the ColorBurst lipsticks and nude lipsticks so I definitely couldn't resist picking this one up. I do have to say that Revlon has definitely stepped up their game with the packaging of this line of lipsticks. On one side its a matte diamond pattern and the other is just a plain shiny plastic. I do like that they have the Revlon name brand imprinted into the lipstick as well, which you normally only see in the higher end lipsticks. I believe that the only actual store you can still get this at is Kmart but you should be able to easily find it online.
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I love the Xtreme Wear line by Sally Hansen because not only do they have a great color selection and high quality product, but a purse friendly price. You can usually find the Xtreme Wear nail polishes for under $3.00 at your local drugstore. Lacey Lilac is a pale lilac creme. Being this is a pastel nail polish I was expecting to have to use quite a few coats but surprisingly I only had to use two coats. I don't normally wear my nail polish for more than three or four days but when I did wear this it definitely lasted without chipping. I really enjoy the Xtreme Wear line by Sally Hansen and will definitely be picking up more in the future.
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Beatnik by China Glaze was originally released in 2003 with their Hippie Chic collection. This nail polish is absolutely gorgeous. Beatnik is a taupe with silver undertones. Almost reminds me as if Wet N Wild's Nutty Eye Shadow in nail polish form. Beatnik has a smooth application which I wasn't expecting since it was a frosty, metallic nail polish. This nail polish will become opaque in about two coats, but I did three just to be safe. I almost always do three coats of nail polish anyways, unless I am using a glitter or crackle top coat. This is a limited edition nail polish so you won't find it in stores but you should be able to find it on Ebay or other online retailers.