Sunday, 29 January 2012

revlon facets of fuchsia

It's finally here. The completion of the trio. The team together at last. One polish to rule them all. I have no shortage of dramatic statements.
Acclaimed for its striking likeness to Deborah Lippmann's Bad Romance, admired for its affordable price, treasured on the shelf in my bathroom. It's Facets of Fuchsia, and the last polish in the Gucci Westman collection that I own.
Facets of Fuchsia has a black base which I originally thought would be tough to get opaque but it's actually solid black in three coats! It's swimming with bright purple glitter,and larger pieces of hex glitter.
I think it's a girly way to wear a darker nail polish. From far way it looks like it's just a simple black, but up close it's like an explosion of sparkle. Like a night sky in a parallel universe! Deeeeeepppp.
I love how each of these polishes are so very different, yet they remain cohesive enough to belong in the same collection. That's how ya do it! I also have them to thank for my nail polish addiction.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

essie shine of the times

Someone call Jack Frost and tell him to retire because I just found winter in a bottle. Har har har! Beat it old man.
Well, well, look what we have here. Our first Essie polish on this blog! And ain't she a beaut! Shine of the Times is full of dazzling holographic flakes, and it made its debut in Essie's Luxeeffects Holiday 2011 collection.

You: "Omgz that's so last year."

Calm yourself, because I think this is one of those special nail polishes that will look fantastic all year round. The Luxeeffects line is advertised as a decorative top coat, although it can obviously be worn solo as I've done below. The possibilities are never ending! In the spring you could layer it over a mint green or pale peach. In the summer, throw it on over a hot fuchsia. Oh now it's autumn? Why not toss a quick coat of this over a deep shade of purple. Winter? How about over a soft grey or icy blue? See, I didn't spend my money on another nail polish I can't afford! I made an investment. I'm like Donald Trump without the impossible hair and sassy attitude.
Wow! There's sure nothing "hollow" about this "graphic" now is there? Hah, get it! Because the nail polish is holographic? ...
Well screw you guys!
As you can see, the flecks floating around in the clear base showcase almost every color from red to purple and everything in between. Not too bad Essie, not too bad at all.
When in doubt: Keep calm and put a holographic polish on.

Monday, 9 January 2012

e.l.f. blushes

These blushes were the first makeup items I ever bought off the internet! Woah, I paid money for something I never even saw in person? Ludicrous! Someone send me off to the crazy ward! (Calm yourself down me, people do that all the time.) And with the affordability of e.l.f. cosmetics, it's definitely not the high stakes gamble I'm making it out to be.
So, e.l.f. stands for eyes, lips, face, and today it's all about the face. I wanted these blushes not only for their super low cost, (three dollars!) but for one of their finest most celebrated abilities.

I'm talking about their ability to DUPE!

And not just dupe any old makeup product, I'm talking NARS. Oh yeah, bringing out the big guns. Well the very expensive guns anyway. So I'll show you photos and swatches of the three I ordered (I should have got more!) and then you can google their NARS almost-equivalents and compare! Well if you're interested enough that is.
C'mon. Be interested.
You: "Dammnnn, dat's alotta pink gurrrlfriend!" Me: "I know. And I love it."
With what is possibly my favorite of the trio, Pink Passion seduces us with its Barbie-inspired radiance. This near neon pink color encourages us to put our pinkest face forward. And so we shall. Also it is insanely similar to NARS Desire. Like really similar.

Tickled pink is obviously the most natural and subtle shade here. Go natural ya'll! It's great for those days when you don't want to look too overdone. It reminds me of NARS Deep Throat maybe? I can see it a little!

OOHHH. I love Fuchsia Fusion! It's so pretty, I could look at it all day. (Be back in 24hrs.) I'm talking pink, with blue undertones, with tons of glitter, and a whole lot of sass. Fan. Tas. Tic. Oh yeah, and it's a dead ringer for NARS Angelika!

Overall, I'm quite impressed with these e.l.f. blushes. (Even more so when the price is factored in.) They go above and beyond the standards of a typical drugstore blush. And although the quality is obviously not totally on par with the high end products, these blushes make it easy and fun to play around with different colors. And who knows, maybe if you like one of the e.l.f blushes enough, you might be willing to splurge on a NARS one! See, it's all part of a learning experience. We're learning and we're growing.
That'll do blush, that'll do.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

china glaze secret peri-wink-le

Wow. It's only been a month and this has already turned into I'll-do-a-nail-post-whenever-the-hell-I-feel-like-it. But I'm committed to this so here we go!

Give it up for Secret Peri-wink-le! A delightfully blueish shade that also seems a bit purple. It's been a very long time since I've seen such an original color of nail polish. (OPI Fiercely Fiona, I'm coming for you.) Most blue nail polishes seem to be cast in the baby boy blue part of the color family, but this one is almost like, so totally girly, like.
I spotted this color from across the store and was basically pulled toward it by gravity. Gravity I tell you! (This is definitely not a science blog.) What I didn't know at the time was the store that I was in only sold their products to licensed beauty professionals. Which was embarrassing for me when I went up to the cashier and she asked me for a membership card, to which I quietly replied, "What's that? Oh I don't have one." The awkward silence that followed lasted 6 seconds.

Then she took pity on me. A youngish twenty-something girl, standing in front of her both confused and embarrassed. Clutching a single bottle of nail polish in my closed, now sweaty, hand. And she let me buy it "just this once." Yeah, like socially anxious me would go back in there after that.

So would I say this story has a happy ending? Yes. I still got a China Glaze nail polish for just 4 dollars!
Well played sweaty and nervous me, well played.

Oh! And while we're on the subject of China Glaze, who's excited for the Hunger Games Capitol Colors nail polish line? This girl is! :D
Does this make me just as shallow as the Capitol itself? Damn it! :,(

Monday, 2 January 2012

revlon starry pink

Welcome to my first ever nail post and the start of this blog! I'd like to formally congratulate my first featured polish: Starry Pink! (AKA: The closest thing to magic you will find in the realm of drugstore nail polish.)
Long story short: it’s a captivating polish that a fairy princess would wear to her whimsical prom on the moon.

Long story long: This is a glitter nail polish from the Fall 2011 Gucci Westman for Revlon Expressionists collection and I must admit that I am completely in love with it. It is filled to the brim with a fantastical concoction of big silver hex glitter and more finely milled delicate glitter. It has a creamy pinky, almost mauve, base that actually turned out to be more opaque than I originally expected! *claps like an obnoxiously proud parent*
(I mean like OH. MA. GAWD. Don’t you just want to jump into a pool of that and start doing the freakin’ backstroke?)
After reading a few reviews on Starry Pink, I was disheartened to find that most people were not that impressed and seemed to overlook it as the ugly middle sister of the Gucci glitter polish trio (with Blue Mosaic being the fun party-going youngest child, and Facets of Fuchsia the successful, sophisticated, much-too-mature-and-classy-for-her-own-good oldest sibling.) PS. I still love them anyway and will talk about them in another post soon :)

There is also a fourth nail polish in the Expressionist collection that I didn’t buy, and that’s Smoky Canvas. (Oh and my metaphoric persona for that one is that Smoky Canvas is the weird cousin you only see at Christmas time who gives you some odd gift that your aunt and uncle probably picked out which ends up proving how much she really doesn’t know you, like a snow globe or a gift card to Applebees.)

But don’t let that harsh mildly funny comparison throw you off! I do like Smoky Canvas, but it just seems like it never got the glitter memo that the other three did. I also couldn’t find it in any drugstore around town. CURSES! That’s probably why I took all my anger out on it. Maybe I’m the weird Christmas cousin instead :’(
Ta da! I put on three coats of Starry Pink for two reasons: to make it opaque and because I love the layered look of all that glitter.

Bottom line: if you find this in a store, pick it up and RUN.

Well pay first, then RUN!

Well that’s about it. Soooooooooo. Who’s excited for Christmas? Well I sure am. It’s just that time of year and I can feel the holiday spirit creeping up on me. (Aweee.)

Yes. Yes indeed. Creeping up on me like a killer in a dark alleyway, a bum jingling the change in his outstretched hat, or those activist people handing out pamphlets on the street which I guilty refuse by avoiding eyencontact and/or pretending to talk on my phone.
Sigh. At least my nails will look nice while I am running away from all of those things.