Product Review: L’Oreal Color Riche Nail Lingerie

Please believe me when I say I had no idea these were called “Nail Lingerie” until I sat down to write this review. The actual design name is no better – “Bling Addict.” Who knew nails could be such tarts?

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Anyway, I’ve never tried nail stickers like these before. I was always afraid they’d either be too difficult to apply or tacky looking. Plus, most of the designs I’ve seen weren’t really my taste. Apparently my nails were feeling saucy last week, however, because I finally decided to pick up a set to test. I went with Bling Addict because the design was fairly subtle, and one that would layer interestingly over colored polish. I ended up going for OPI’s “Moon Over Mumbai,” a soft dove gray that kept the look feminine without being too girly.

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The set comes with 18 stickers, increasing gradually in size so that most people should be able to find the right size sticker for each nail. Application was surprisingly easy, the hardest bit was actually getting the sticker off the plastic in the first place. You simply peel it off, center it over your nail and press down firmly, smoothing it down until you hit the end of your nail. The directions tell you to then fold it down over the tip of your nail and file away the excess. Having tried it, however, I can say that a nail file is a remarkably ineffective tool against a sticker. I found the best thing to do was trim along the edge of the nail using nail clippers or scissors to create a clean line.

I’ll admit that while I did spend an inordinate of time staring at my nails over the next couple days, I ultimately wasn’t a fan. The ends of my nails were slightly sticky and would catch on my hair when I ran my fingers through it. They also got slightly dirty looking and started to peel around the tips. Perhaps using a top coat would help alleviate the issue but it was driving me so crazy that I peeled them off while waiting for the subway after barely two days. I’d potentially use them again for a party or a costume but they’d only be on for one evening. Ain’t nobody got time for sticky nails.

$8.95/18 stickers

Image Credit: Walgreens.com, Full Coverage Beauty

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Monthly Favorites: August/September 2013

As you might have noticed by the gaping holes in my post archive – I’ve not been on the blog much in the past couple months. As a result, instead of giving you two individual monthly favorite posts for August and September, you’re getting a special edition, a two for the price of one August/September faves list. You are welcome.

Cosmetics

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Stila Convertible Color in Petunia – these lip/cheek babies are cult favorites for a reason. The formula is incredibly pigmented, creamy, actually works on both the cheeks and the lips, and comes in ten absolutely gorgeous shades. I have two: Lilium (a neutral brown-toned rose) and Petunia (a super bright coral pink). I use Illium for days when I want a more natural, bronzer-focused cheek look and Petunia for the most beautiful, healthy flush. The color is very buildable but is so pigmented you need only the tiniest amount to begin with. I apply these with a MAC 130 but any flat-topped synthetic brush would work or even your fingers! The packaging is also a win, super pretty, super slim, and colored to match the product inside so there’s no guesswork. $25/.15oz – this is a little pricey but I’ve used Petunia at least three times a week for months and made barely a dent!

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla – Full review to come! But I will say this my current favorite under-eye concealer – super creamy and subtly radiant. $28/.22oz.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze – I know everyone and their mother is in love with these and I’m no exception. These drugstore treasures are super pigmented, super long-lasting, and come in a ton of shades that run the gamut from super wearable to super bold. They work both as a cream shadow and an eyeshadow base. This particular shade, Bad To The Bronze is a gorgeous warm metallic bronze that can be worn in a sheer layer for a day look or layered up for an evening smokey eye that’s a great alternative for girls who struggle to pull off black eyeshadow. An amazing shade for blue eyes! $6.99/.14oz at CVS.

Anastasia Brow Gel in Clear – this is an excellent, clear brow gel that holds hair in place pretty much all day (unless they’re truly feeling mutinous). The brush is fuller than the average brow gel brush which allows you to really comb through and separate the hairs for the most natural look. It also comes in snazzy silver packaging so you’re not forced to watch the gross evolution of your gel from clear to the murky flesh color that always appears after a few weeks of use. $22/.28oz.

Skin Care

Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial – full review here. $48/1.35oz.

Sephora Collection Age Defy Eye Cream – I first got this as a freebie sample and was intrigued, I’d never tried any Sephora brand skin care before. To be honest, I didn’t even know they made any. Well I was impressed! The formula is super creamy and moisturizing and feels lovely as part of my nighttime skin routine. The packaging comes equipped with a pump which is a rarity for eye creams and keeps things nice and hygienic. $25/.5oz.

Nails

“Read My Palm” by Sephora OPI – I’d be lying if I said I didn’t buy this color because it matched one of my favorite cardigans. It’s  a gorgeous bright sage green color that manages to walk the line between colorful and classy. What impressed me most, however, was the formula. I’ve never had a polish last so long on my nails! I’m an absolute convert. I paired this with OPI shatter polish in Gold Shatter and got compliments on my nails from what seemed like everyone. I couldn’t find the exact color online for some reason but I still see it in the stores. Well worth checking out! $9.50/.5oz regular price, currently on sale for $4.50!

Seche Vite Top Coat – while this seems to be the king of topcoats in the UK, I’d never really heard much about it in the US. With the ongoing influx of European beauty standards flooding our shops and drugstores, however, I knew I’d find it eventually. And I did – tucked innocently away in my local CVS one morning (I believe Ulta carries it too). I snatched it up and whisked it home to see whether or not it lived up to the hype. It so did, people. It’s a lovely thick, shiny topcoat that dries almost instantly. What more could you possibly ask for? $9.49/.5oz.

Fragrance

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Versace Bright Crystal – since describing fragrances is ridiculously hard, I’ll let Sephora do it for me:

Inspired by a mixture of Donatella Versace’s favorite floral fragrances, Bright Crystal is a fresh, sensual blend of refreshing chilled yuzu and pomegranate mingled with soothing blossoms of peony, magnolia, and lotus flower, warmed with notes of musk and amber.

I really love this fragrance. In fact, when I was picking out my new “signature” scent before I started college, (I was a weird teenager) I ended up torn between this and Miss Dior Cherie (now called Miss Dior).  Miss Dior won but Bright Crystal stayed in the back of my mind and so I jumped for it when I saw the rollerball size. I love how feminine this perfume is. It’s a perfect balance of floral and fresh and makes me feel simultaneously girly and sophisticated. I also really love this layered with Chloe Eau de Parfum. $20/.3oz (rollerball size).

Books

Goodreads.com – when I don’t have my nose buried in beauty blogs then it’s most likely buried in a book. I’ve been absolutely addicted to reading since before I can remember. When my brother and sister and I would misbehave we’d have our books taken away instead of TV or videogames. As anyone who has ever lost a book halfway through reading it knows, this should be illegal. It’s just cruel. Anyway, In the last several months I’ve gotten really into a site called Goodreads.com. Its a site for bookworms everywhere to rate books, read reviews, talk to each other, mark books to read, and follow their favorite authors. I got really into this site after getting a kindle last christmas. As much as I love the convenience of an eReader, it falls totally short when it comes to browsing for a new read. Goodreads allows me to see what my favorite authors are loving, what friends (with accounts) are reading, and creates personal recommendations based on what I’ve already rated. I’ve found some unbelievable reads on here and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a new book!

cheryl Strayed, books, review, advice, amazon, readingTiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed – I’ve had friends describe this book as their bible, that’s how amazing it is. I’ve never been one for self help books or advice columns or that type of thing but I will undoubtedly page through this book until it falls apart in my hands. Tiny Beautiful Things is a collection of letters and responses from a formerly anonymous advice column called Dear Sugar. These letters are in turns hilarious, heartbreaking, shocking, profound, life changing, and thought provoking. I’ve given this book to so many women in my life and will continue to do so as long as I can find people who don’t own a copy (it also works for boys!). Cheryl Strayed is simultaneously a beautifully gifted writer and a perceptive, sympathetic, kickass, mindblowing advice giver. She shares as much of hersef in her answers as her writers have shared of themselves in their letters. Still doubtful? Stop by a bookstore and read just one letter and you’ll see what I mean. $8-$15/353 pages depending book format.

Random Bits & Pieces

Allen Stone – this self described “hippie with soul” has the smokiest, smoothest voice I’ve heard in ages and his album “Allen Stone” is a win from start to finish. Anyone who has a soft spot for soul music and brilliant lyrics should check this dude out. Two of my favorites are “Unaware” and “Celebrate Tonight.”

Bath & Body Works candles – anyone who loves candles loves Bath & Body Works. They’re just so darn good. Their three wick candles especially (which always seem to be on sale) are incredible and fill an entire room with fragrance. My current favorite is Cider Donut which is RIDICULOUS. I honestly drool a tiny bit when I go to light it. You get the sweetness of the sugar and cinnamon but the undercurrent of apple keeps it from getting too sickly on you. There hasn’t been a single person who hasn’t commented on how awesome my rooms smells if they walk in while I’m burning it. Also worth mentioning are what my cousin and I call their “sexy man candles.” This might sound a bit strange but once you’ve smelled one you’ll understand. Sexy man scents include but are not limited to: Mahogany Teakwood, Sandalwood Citrus, and Black Pepper Bergamot. Perfect for anyone wanting to pretend a sexy man just left their…um…kitchen. My favorite is the sandalwood citrus. It’s like an Abercrombie model in a little candle. 

On that vaguely creepy note, I end my August/September favorites. Hope you enjoyed them! Anyone else loving similar things this month?

Image Credits: Sephora.com, Amazon.com

Product Review: Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer

Damn you Marc Jacobs for being such an overachiever. As if being one of the most celebrated minds in fashion wasn’t enough, now you’ve gone and invaded the beauty scene.

He’s launched a huge line of products in drool-worthy packaging that makes even the most focused of shoppers just have to investigate. The combination of trendy colors, sleek package design, and rave reviews gets right past a girl’s financial firewalls. I’ve never been one to pay for high end nail polish, the fanciest I usually get is Essie. When you can buy perfectly good nail polish in the drugstore, I’ve never been tempted to load up on bottles of high end stuff. But I broke my rule and splurged on a new varnish from Marc Jacobs. To justify the $18 I knew I had to pick a color I hadn’t seen before and ended up torn between Petra (a bronzey, chocolatey brown with gold and silver shimmer) and Gatsby (a metallic champagne pink with a kick-ass name). My decision was made for me when I saw Gatsby was totally sold out. Petra it is!

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First impressions? Holy pigmentation, Batman. This is a seriously one coat polish. It was the same with Gatsby. Two coats honestly isn’t necessary, it’s the perfect polish for days when you have about 3 mins to get your nails painted and be out the door. The formula is smooth, easy to work with, and dries quickly. The staying power is decent, it lasted 3/4 days with a top coat before it started to show wear around the tips of my nails. As promised, it packs a great shine even without a top coat and about three different people have already asked what nail color I was wearing – Petra for the win. The color range is awesome (24 shades already!) It’s an amazing mix of classic, super trendy, and totally unique.

Bravo, Marc. Something tells me I’ll be sneaking a couple more of these beauties into my collection in the near future.

If you’re in the mood for a bit of a treat, definitely check these out! Or if you find yourself in need of a sneaky manicure and are close to a Sephora…one coat polish is all I’m sayin’.

$18 at Sephora

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Sephora Haul

We all have happy places. Places that make you feel happier and calmer just for walking in. For most people, I would imagine that would be their bed, Hawaii,…or anywhere coffee is served. I have several happy places and one of them is most definitely Sephora. There’s something about the moment when I first pass through those doors: the waft of perfume, the beautifully arranged aisles, the bustle of other happy customers. It’s a moment of simultaneous calm and excitement with just the slightest hint of guilt over my impending destitution. No matter what mood I’m in when I first enter that mecca of beauty aficionados, I always leave in a better one. Does anyone else feel this way about Sephora?… Just me? Moving on.

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Well, as you might have guessed by the title, I took a trip to my happy place yesterday with three products on my wish list: Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-charged foundation, and Bumble & Bumble Dryspun Finish. I’ve heard amazing things about all three and thought it high time to give them a whirl. To say I was successful in my quest would be an understatement. I was doomed the moment I decided to stop for some quick sniffs in the fragrance department. Here’s a quick rundown of the products that sneakily made it home with me and will be appearing in reviews in the near future!

In unrelated news, I’m off to sell a kidney to support my beauty habit…

Chloe Eau de Parfum – made my 2013 favorites

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter  – in the 2013 favorites as well.

Soapy & Glory Hand Food

Soap & Glory Super Colour Sexy Motherpucker (Babydoll) – review here.

Bumble & Bumble Dryspun Finish – also made the 2013 beauty faves.

Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector

Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Laquer in Petra – full review here.

Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super Charged Foundation (sample) in Medium Ivory

Marc Jacobs Lash Lifter Gel Volume Mascara (freebie)

Nars Duo Eyeshadow in Isolde

Nars The Multiple in Portofino

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