Monday, February 28, 2011

Purple Nouveau Monde FOTD

It has been very spring-like here, so I have been inspired to pull out some brighter colors. I used the lavender side of NARS Nouveau Monde with some deeper purples for this look.







FACE
Nars Sheer Glow Mont Blanc + aloe vera gel
Clinique Gentle Light Powder #2
Clinique Airbrush Concealer Fair
Benefit Powderflage to set concealer
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo Medium Ash

EYES
UDPP
UD Psychedelic Sister on lid
UD Perversion in outer V
NARS Nouveau Monde lavender side on inner corners and center of lid
MAC Blacktrack
UD Rockstar shadow on lower lash line
L'Oreal Lash Out WP Black

CHEEKS
MAC Azalea Blossom

LIPS
MAC Viva Glam Gaga I
MAC Partial to Pink

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips Review and Pictures

I must say, I am quite impressed with Ms. Sally Hansen, if that is her real name.


These are thin polish strips that stick onto your nails and are supposed to last over a week.


What do you get in your tiny $8 box?

A bag with instructions, a nail file/buffer, orange wood stick, and two sealed packs of nail strips.

How cute is the file? That was rhetorical.

There are 8 strips of varying size in each pack.

Notice how long these are. I was able to cut each strip in half for my short nails.

They are covered by a thin clear film on top, and have a thicker white backing that peels off also.


I used Misbehaved for my first strips mani. On a side note, I hate the word mani. Pedi is even worse. Use a full word people! Is it so hard to not abbrev. everything?

Here is what I ended up with after about 20 minutes. This was seriously uncomplicated.

Jump to Day 4:

A tiny bit of tip wear and some wrinkling at the cuticle. They are still shiny and awesome overall. I didn't do as hot of a job lining up my thumb nail:

On to Day 6:

Will these things ever chip? I really want to change my polish.

You must know that I am hard on my hands- bathing small children, making dinner, and other general housewife slavery. I have never had a manicure last over 3-4 days. Ever.



In short, Sally Hansen has preformed a small miracle with strips. I used no base or top coat, and finally decided to remove these after Day 6 because I was bored. I think they would have grown out before I removed them.

At $8-10 a piece, these can seem steep, but I managed to use coupons and BOGO to get 2 boxes for $8 recently. Keep an eye out for sales. I would also like to point out that I used 5 strips total for this manicure since I cut them in half. Each box has 16 strips, leaving me with 2 more full manicures and possibly an accent nail or two.

Sally Hansen, thank you!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Morphorium Blue FOTD

Wow, check out Shu Uemura for Spring!


They have a couple of beautiful palettes out, and Morphorium Blue caught my eye.

Before I lost my good sense and bought it immediately, I decided to dig into my large stash of eyeshadow colors. This is what I came up with:



Close enough for now, right? For a great review on the Morphorium Blue palette, check out *The Non-Blonde* and *Photographs and Gasoline*.

I didn't try to copy the look in the ad exactly, but I was inspired my the color combination.






FACE
Nars Sheer Glow Mont Blanc + aloe vera gel
Clinique Gentle Light Powder #2
Clinique Airbrush Concealer Fair
Benefit Powderflage to set concealer
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo Medium Ash

EYES
UDPP
UD Radium on entire lid
UD Haight in center of lid
NARS Belly Dance (purple only) in outer V
KVD Sugar Skull on inner corners
BB Chocolate Shimmer Ink on lower lash line
UD Bourbon over BB liner
MAC Blacktrack on top lash line
L'Oreal Lash Out WP Black

CHEEKS
R&R Spank
Clinique Fresh Bloom in Bamboo Pink

LIPS
Korres Cherry Oil Gloss in Light Purple

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Nouveau Monde FOTD

These colors feel perfect for the transition from Winter to Spring.





FACE
Nars Sheer Glow Mont Blanc + aloe vera gel
Clinique Gentle Light Powder #2
Clinique Airbrush Concealer Fair
Benefit Powderflage to set concealer
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo Medium Ash

EYES
UDPP
NARS Nouveau Monde
-lavender on inner lid
-green in crease and on outer lid
MAC Blacktrack on top lash line
Clinique Egyptian on lower lash line- topped with the green shadow
L'Oreal Lash Out WP Black

CHEEKS
LM Rose Petal

LIPS
MAC Boy Bait

Thursday, February 17, 2011

NARS Nouveau Monde Swatches and Review

NARS has a new eyeshadow duo out for Spring called Nouveau Monde. It has a light greyed lavender and a golden khaki green. This duo is NARS at his best- smooth, pigmented, and gorgeous!


The lavender has an almost iridescent glow about it, and does not look overly pastel when applied. The green has a subtle golden shimmer.


I think this duo would work on a wide range of skin tones. It is definitely unique in my range of eye shadow colors.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

OPI Texas..... Anyone Hungry for Some Sorbet?


Yum!

With its Texas collection, OPI has a new finish they call "Sorbet". It is basically a sheer finish that can be layered for more color, usually called a "Jelly". Jellies or Sorbets offer maximum shine and can be layered over an opaque color for those who prefer no nail showing through.


I love the bright colors- they do remind me of sorbet.


Ya'll Come Back Ya Hear?, Guy Meets Gal-veston, Do You Think I'm Tex-y


Yes, it appears OPI will never run out of cheesy puns.....




3 coats of Ya'll Come Back Ya Hear? This is a glossy bright orange.



3 coats of Guy Meets Gal-veston, a juicy reddish coral.



3 coats of Do You Think I'm Tex-y. This is a pinkish berry.

All colors were swatched with no base or top coat, and you can see how shiny they are. I am loving these bright sheer colors for this summer!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

UD Naked Palette Looks

I don't have anything else to post as far as looks from this palette. If you want to see more, click on the "Urban Decay Naked Palette" label over to the right for more looks and swatches!

Friday, February 11, 2011

UD Naked FOTD: Gunmetal Creep

This color combination is the easiest smoky eye on my light skin tone. I used only Gunmetal, Creep, and Virgin for this look (and some colored eyeliner of course).




FACE
Nars Sheer Glow Mont Blanc + aloe vera gel
Clinique Gentle Light Powder #2
Clinique Airbrush Concealer Fair
Benefit Powderflage to set concealer
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo Medium Ash

EYES
UDPP
UD Naked Palette
-Gunmetal all over
-Creep in outer V
-Virgin on inner lid
MAC Blacktrack on top
Stila Purple Pumps Smudgepot on lower lash line
L'Oreal Lash Out WP Black

CHEEKS
MAC Azalea Blossom

LIPS
Lancome Autumn Jasmine Juicy Tube