Wednesday, May 27, 2015

OPI: Soft Shades 2015- swatches

Hi Monkeys, we have the new Soft Shades for you today. All swatches were two coats with clear over matte nail envy!  They're really great, here come the swatches!
I wanted to love this pretty pewter. But, unless you love brush strokes, thin formulas, and spending a lot of time perfecting your application skills... this might not be worth it. Even over a matte base, it caught on hidden cuticles and showed the slightest ridges.
Maybe the promo pics in the magazine have it right, using it only as a ruffian base with black covering most of it? 
I thought maybe a topper could rescue it.  It's decent... the glitter is pretty great..this is one coat of Petal Soft
I really wish my camera could have better captured the subtle shimmer of this one. The application is outstanding, and this white confection is really something special. More than just a clean look, it's got a smooth formula that isn't streaky or chalky.  
A milky cream, with hint undertone of pink, that is sheer perfection. I am not usually a sheer fan, but this was smooth and even to apply. 
And, bonus, instant amazing... add a coat of Make light of the situation. Suddenly, you have the epitome of perfect princess nails. LOVE!
If I could use only one word to describe 'put it in neutral' it would be creamy. So creamy. This is also pink leaning, but rich and decadent on the nail. This is my mannequin hand color! I love petal soft over it, but can't wait to wear it topped with Make Light of the situation. 

The formula and application is as perfect as you can get with a semi sheer soft cream.

  • WHERE TO FIND THEM: Discover the collection from May 2015 at ULTA, ULTA.com, and select professional salons.
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Saturday, May 23, 2015

OPI: Brights for 2015- swatches

The New OPI Brights collection for 2015 is here and it's packing a great color punch! All swatches were two coats with clear over matte nail envy! 
 I loved applying this one! With a slightly squishy almost jelly texture, it had pigmentation for days. 
Smooth and easy glass fleck application, two coats and not sheer at all! I love that it leans to the orange coral side in the right light! So much prettier than what I thought it would be based on the bottle alone.  
Another glass fleck confection in the perfect shade of blue-teal! Easy application, smooth finish, and so sparkly! 
 Okay, this was thick. But, it self leveled in two coats, didn't pull or get patchy. It does dry on the satin side, so a top coat is a must to make it shiny. While dark, it's not at all black.  
I loved applying this one! With a slightly squishy almost jelly texture, it had pigmentation for days. Went on smooth like butter. 
On Pinks and Needles (over my car has Navy-gation) Hot pink matte glitter. Need I say more? It is surprisingly amazing, and the payout is perfection. This is ONE coat. So much win!! 

The OPI Brights Collection includes:

  • Brights by OPI Nail Lacquers ($4.75 salon, $9.50 retail): These bold hues are the perfect way to make an impact. To create an even more dramatic pop of color, layer Brights over a solid white base. Available in NEW shimmering metallic pink Can’t Hear Myself Pink!, hot pink glitter On Pinks and Needles, iridescent metallic blue I Sea You WearOPI, scorching hot red I STOP for Red, delectable purple The Berry Thought of You, deep navy blue My Car has Navy-gation, and core essentials like hot pink Hotter than You Pink, brilliant coral Down to the Core-al, and citrusy lemon-lime Life Gave Me Lemons.
     
  • Brights by OPI GelColor ($14.95 salon): Get your favorite Brightsshades in nine durable gel color formulas. Available in the same Brightslacquer colors: On Pinks and Needles, Can’t Hear Myself Pink!, I Sea You Wear OPI, I STOP for Red, The Berry Thought of You, My Car has Navy-gation, Life Gave Me Lemons, Hotter than You Pink, and Down to the Core-al.
     
  • Brights by OPI Mini Pack ($10.95 salon, $21.95 retail): Featuring six mini bottles in new, in-demand shades. This must-have kit lets you explore the full range of dialed up color. Included shadesHotter Than You Pink, Down to the Core-al, Life Gave Me Lemons, Can’t Hear Myself Pink!, I Sea You Wear OPI, and My Car Has Navy-gation.
     
  • Brights by OPI Trio Pack with Swarovski Crystals ($12.50 salon, $24.95 retail): OPI has teamed up with Swarovski to bring the latest in amplified color plus glittering nail art. With real Swarovski crystals, nail glue, and a trio of vivid Brights lacquers, you have the power to make nail art shine brighter than ever. Included shadesHotter than You Pink, Samoan Sand, and The Berry Thought of You.

    WHERE TO FIND THEM: Discover the collection from May 2015 at ULTA, ULTA.com, and select professional salons.
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Monday, March 30, 2015

Jordana- Color Tint Blush Stick

Jordana's Color Tint Blush Sticks are a new concept to me, so I am happy I got to test them out! First of all, these little gems retail for $2.99 and are easily found in drug stores and online. They are creamy yet pigmented and you can and will need to blend the color out once on your skin. I heavily applied for the swatches on my arm so you could see the true colors, but blending should occur for a more natural look. The packaging is really easy to hold and not messy at all. These would be great for traveling because you wouldn't have to worry about dropping them and the powder shattering into a million little dusty pieces all over in your purse or suitcase. They're smooth but creamy and even feathering it out with your fingers would be fine, no need to make it complicated. They are great for $2.99 and come in lots of colors to coordinate with your look!

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Jordana- Modern Matte Lipstick, Moisturizing Balm Stain and Shiny Gloss

Matte lipsticks are back in a major way and Jordana has some fantastic ones as well. They're similar to Milani but at a lower price point and you can find them HERE. They're are 18 new colors, here are 12 of them for you to check out...
The colors range from a very light pale nude to barbie pink, coral and bright red; there really is something for everyone in this collection. They retail for $2.99, are paraben and talc free, don't crack, apply smoothly and are super pigmented! These would be great for someone who is just starting out wearing make up or has a tight budget but still wants to be on trend.
Jordana also has out moisturizing lip balm stains that look like a fat pencil. I really love the Fresh Fig color; it's natural looking but soft and bright. Gorgeous Peoney is a more neutral tone you could wear with a dramatic eye. The super Shiny Gloss is somewhat champagne tinted and is indeed super shiny. I layered it over the Lip Balm Stains and you can see how it adds a sparkle to it. The Gloss comes in a wand applicator, is also not sticky and applies great, as does the stains. The Lip Out Loud Gloss comes in many colors as do the stains and can be found HERE for $1.99 and $2.99 respectively.


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Milani- Color Statement Matte Lipstick and Powder Blushes



Milani has done matte lipsticks well, they are creamy, pigmented and comfortable to wear. There is also a dupe to MAC Heroine (#65). I love that there is a color shade for everyone and every occasion in this collection; surely you can find something! They retail for $5.99 HERE and are well worth it!
Milani also has beautiful powder blushes out in super cute rose shapes. These retail for $7.99 and aren't streaky, cakey or obnoxious. They apply very smooth and subtle, you can easily build color and they're powdery soft.
The powder blushes and Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipsticks are fantastic for the Spring 2015 collections!

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Milani- Fierce Foil Eyeliner and Kohl liner

 Love these liners so much! Milani has come out with Fierce Foil Eyeliners and they apply with a brush and are super pigmented, stay in place and the colors are fantastic! These retail for $6.99 and the Kohl pencil liner (twist it to advance) is $7.99.

The Kohl pencil is on top and as you can see, it's a thinner line than the potted liners applied with a brush. I like the pots because I feel like I have more pressure control over a brush than a pencil. None of them seemed to easily smear and the pigment was strong with these.
These are really great for the price point and should be easy to find as well so try them out if you've never tested a potted liner!

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Milani: Spring 2015 releases- make up madness!

Milani Cosmetics has a ton of new products out for Spring 2015; so many that I've had to break it down into multiple posts to give you a thorough tour of the goods!

Milani's fierce foil eyeshadows are a whole new thing I have never seen! They are creamy and apply with a rubber applicator and are super duper shiny. The application takes getting used to because it is slippery.... yes, slippery and creases on the eye like instantly. If you could layer it over a similar powder shade, it would probably be best because the effect is awesome.
These come in 4 palettes: Milan (neutrals), Rome (purples), Florence (bronzes), Venice (blues) and retail for $9.99 and are available at drug stores or HERE online.
Rome
Top: Milan
Bottom: Florence
Venice
They retail for $9.99 and if they appeal to you, I'd try out one first to see if you can handle the application. I really wanted to love the Venice set but realistically, it creased the most and was most noticeable so the Florence tones would be more my speed. 

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