Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Essie Shop Til I Drop--The Name is Very Fitting


Anyone that knows me personally knows that I am a shopper, no surprise there, so it is only appropriate that Essie provide a nail color for us to commemorate this pastime.  Insert a beautiful peach color here:

This is the type of peach color I've been on the hunt for a while now and I am finally glad that I've found it!  It is quite sheer so it does take three coats to get it to this color shown, not a huge deal since Essie polishes dry relatively quickly which minimizes the overall drying time. 

I think it's safe to say that this is more of a spring/summer color but YOLO!  So go for it, it's good to break up the monotony of dark fall/winter colors, I won't tell.

What do you think?  Tell me in the comments!

Friday, December 14, 2012

My November 2012 Hit List (Favorites)


I know it's been a while since I last posted a monthly favorites but charge it to my head and not my heart, lol.  This month I bring to you products that I just couldn't get enough of, allow me to introduce you.

This picture was taken with my phone
Pond's Cold Cream- My favorite makeup remover...EVER.  It provides a very cooling feeling once applied to the face, for some it may feel "clammy" but I think it's just it's cooling properties that are at work.  I think this can also be used a moisturizer for those with dry skin.  I personally have never used it this way but I wouldn't recommend it for those of us with oily skin.  This is also considered a very good anti-aging cream from some of my older aunties......take it from me they look YOUNG for their ages.

Inglot Face Primer- This primer allows me to use less foundation and to a degree less oily, it does not claim to be matte face primer but I do find that I get oilier later in the day when I wear this.  It is a silicone based primer.  You have to make sure that you use a tiny bit as using too much will make you feel greasier and it will translate into your makeup.

Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer- This does what it says even on days I don't wear makeup I find my face to be more matte even on a hot 90 degree day!  It doesn't leave a greasy residue and this is much appreciated, thank you Cetaphil.

NYX Eyebrow Shaper- This is basically a wax pencil that makes sure your eyebrows stay in place throughout the door.  Make sure you don't apply too heavily as it will give you that dreaded shiny eyebrow look!    I prefer this on over MAC's eyebrow shaper and you get more bang for your buck at more than half the price.

EOS lip balm- Don't be surprised that this is included in this month's favorites, I love this stuff! 

What were your favorites this past month?  Let me know in the comments! :)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Jessica White Made Me Do It!


I'm an avid magazine reader from Essence to Harper's Bazaar so it is only natural for me to admire the images in the beauty ads that are meant to dig deep in my pockets to purchase the next big item.  This is where Jessica White comes in.  For months I would gawk at the lip color that Jessica White wore in the Maybelline Cosmetics brand for their Color Sensational lipstick line.  I am a huge fan of these lipsticks because not only are they moisturizing they are budget friendly and the colors are plentiful for those of us who appreciate color.

Usually the ads in these magazines will tell you what color the model is wearing and in this case Jessica was wearing Mauve It Up, from there I knew I had to have it.  Three months go buy and I still couldn't find this shade, I figured it would be popular since everyone is on the purple lip trip train nowadays, I get it.  I gave up and figured if I found it, I found it and if I did, I did.  One day strolling along the beauty aisles of Target I found this beauty, almost like a prize won, yeah, I know, it gets like that sometimes.  For reference here's the ad I'm speaking of:

Isn't Jessica White gorgeous!?  Love her!

Now look at the lip color.............

No Flash

With Flash

 I am very aware that cosmetic companies will enhance images for the sake of selling product but I must say that I am a bit disappointed in this shade.  It definitely isn't as opaque as I thought it would be considering the pout I see on Jessica's lip is more of a concentrated color and the actual shade looks to be more sheer in color and this is after heavy and multiple swipes of the lipstick.  It is a beautiful shade but I must say that I was expecting more va-voom!  Overall, I'd recommend this color for a sheer wash of color on the lips but don't expect to have the same pout as Ms.White.

What do you think?  Have you been duped by a cosmetic company before?  Tell me in the comments.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

OPI You Don't Know Jacques!


I love it when nail polish companies come up with clever names for their shades, I'm easily amused by this.  I see what you nail companies did there.  Since you all know that I've been wearing lots of dark colors on my nails lately this time it is no different, enter OPI.  This particular shade is matte, however, I chose to apply a top coat because I find that the matte formulas don't last and chip a day into wear but last so much longer when a top coat is applied.  This shade lasted a while on me, two weeks to be exact, now I normally don't let a color sit on my nails for longer than a week but because of the durability of this one I went for it, I was pleasantly surprised.

This color is pretty difficult to describe for me as it seems to take on a different shade in different angles so I made sure to capture that in the following images.  If we're looking at it in the packaging I'd say that it is a flat taupe color, but with flash indoors it looks like a flat grey almost wet cement color, and outdoors it takes on a very dark almost purple grey.  So take what you will with that information, lol.  Overall, the color is lovely and I would totally recommend it with short nails as darker colors always look more chic with short nails.   

Here it is....

So what do you think?  Is this a nail color that's on your radar for the colder months?  Tell me in the comments!

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