Archive | September, 2011

It’s My Birthday, So I’m Going To Rock It – Orly Rock-It

30 Sep

Hey everyone! I know I’ve been a little MIA as of late. I’ve been dealing with some personal issues that I have been trying not to let affect the blog…oh well.

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY TODAY. I actually don’t like birthdays that much, but I do have a pantload of new things to review for you/show you guys coming up as a result, including new MAC Mattene lipsticks and Matchmaster foundation.

So I had actually planned out my birthday manicure months ago. Clearly I changed my mind, because this bad boy made its timely appearance instead. Everyone, meet Orly Rock-it from the Fall 2011 Mineral FX Collection!

Orly Rock It

Orly Rock-It

How FIERCE is this polish?! I saw it on Scrangie‘s blog a few weeks ago and I knew I had to have it, so I RAN to my local Sally Beauty. I immediately spazzed – they were sold out of the three best colors from the collection. I put my aunt on the case and she found it, along with another color from the collection, Rock Solid (two-fold fabulous, a great color and reminds me of Arrested Development).

This is so much more than a deep pink glitter – it’s a glass fleck, people! Hard to explain, but in my mind, it’s when the glitter seems to sparkle from under a plate of glass. It’s super cool. It’s also got a slight bronze duochrome. Basically, you need this.

Pros: Glass fleck, duochrome, only needed two coats, dried really fast for me (Orly always seems to dry quickly). Unique!

Cons: If you have strong feelings against dark pink on your fingers, you might not like this. I will not judge you for this, as I often prefer unusual base color polishes on my fingers – odd for the gal who counts NARS Schiap in her top five sassy lipsticks.

Orly Rock-It

Orly Rock-It, slightly closer

It’s the hotness, am I right? (You can’t disagree with me today, it’s my birthday.) Mine were found at Sally Hansen, but also look in CVS.

I’ve missed you guys. Sorry I’ve been so absent, I’ll try harder.

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Product Spotlight: MAC Kohl Power Feline Eyeliner

27 Sep

It should be fairly evident to you all by now that I buy a lot of makeup. Surprisingly, however, I nearly never purchase backups. There are a few discontinued items that I am kicking myself for not doing this with, but generally, I find that I have enough products to keep me going – besides, there are always new things coming out!

Today, I’d like you to meet MAC Feline eyeliner. I have two – one’s a backup! Let me state here and now that you need this, and though it is limited edition, it is a current (September/October 2011) rerelease on MAC’s site. You can find it HERE!

Okay – so now that you have it in your shopping cart, let me tell you why you need to check out the goods.

This sucker is the blackest freaking eyeliner I have ever used in my life. I can’t wait to get my claws into Urban Decay‘s 24/7 in Perversion to do a comparison (it is KILLING me that they haven’t released the full size for individual sale, but this set has the mini for those, like me, who are interested), but they might as well have called this eyeliner Black Hole. I have brown eyes, and this eyeliner makes an impressively stark contrast. The pencil is also exceptionally creamy and smoothno tugging, not ever, and it lines the waterline like a dream.

If you are into a more grungy/punky/laissez-faire eyeliner look, then you will absolutely love this liner. It is extremely blendable. Admittedly, I’m not into smudging. This liner smudges very, very easily, which takes major points off in my book, and even more of a pet peeve, prints onto my upper lid almost immediately after application. If that’s not your bag, keeping MAC Feline from moving around is a simple fix – just pat MAC Carbon eyeshadow on top with a liner brush. However, while I don’t like that I have to add another step to my routine when one beauty product should get the job done, I understand that it is kohl, which is much smoother than your standard eye pencil and therefore transfers more easily.

So why then, if the liner moves around so much and makes me use extra steps, do I like MAC Feline so much?

I typically don’t line the waterline. I think it looks great on most people when they do it, but I feel like on me…well, I think it makes me look like a bit of a putana, which is generally not the look I go for in my day-to-day.

But sometimes, a gal just wants to bring sexy back.

MAC Power Khol Feline Eyeliner

Me wearing MAC Power Khol Feline Eyeliner

Buy MAC Feline for a limited time here. Though it’s limited edition, it’s repromoted once or twice a year on average, so you won’t permanently miss out.

What do you think of MAC Feline? Are you a proud owner? Do you have a beauty product that makes you feel like you could take over the world with a good LBD and five inch heels? I have a handful…would you like to see a series on this?

Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want to Have Fun

26 Sep

Happy Monday, readers! I’ve made it pretty clear that I am super gung ho about fall, but I wanted to slap on one of my favorite summer 2011 polishes before it was too chilly to wear it!

Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want to Have Fun is a cheery coral that absolutely pops off the nail, especially with my skintone (NC15, in case you’ve forgotten). However, due to its finish, which I like to call a creamy jelly, I see this polish shade working well for ladies of all complexions. I like to use it for a modern pinup look, but it works just as well paired with a J.Crew twinset or a Lilly Pulitzer party dress.

Pros: Great application and dry time, as I’ve found to be the case with most Lippmann polishes. And the bottle – I love the bottle. If I were capable of having a vanity that would be free of clutter, this would be on it.

Cons: There’s no shortage of corals out there, but there was in my stash – so I’m glad I got this one. Needs three coats (this is two, but I was running late and had no time to do a third), but that’s me being picky. I also really don’t like the name of the polish. I might be the only girl in the world that doesn’t like that song…sorry, Cyndi Lauper.

This polish came out over the summer, but you can still find it here at Deborah Lippmann‘s site or here from Nordstrom.

How are you guys handling this summer weather in fall? Loving it or over it? What about this shade? Love it or over it?

(Drop Dead) Beautiful – Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Amethyst

21 Sep

Call me shallow, but I’m a sucker for looks.

Isn’t that how human beings work? Isn’t natural selection based on seeking out desirable traits?

Honestly, though, I don’t think Darwin had me and Dolce and Gabbana in mind…

Dolce and Gabbana lipstick tube

Dolce and Gabbana lipstick tube

Dolce & Gabbana has some seriously hot packaging going on. There’s a nice amount of weight to the shiny gold tube, giving the product the luxurious feel it should have for a $30 lipstick. The metal is engraved, but it doesn’t stop there…

Dolce and Gabbana Amethyst lipstick

Dolce and Gabbana Amethyst lipstick

Stamping the lipstick bullet with the brand logo has become almost commonplace among prestige brands – I believe Chanel was the first to do it, and then Urban Decay, Dolce and Gabbana, Burberry and other companies started following them like trendy little sheep. Even though it’s nothing too special, I still value it.

It may be clear to you by now that I’m a sucker for packaging – a majorly minor detail that I absolutely love is the box. These are the little things that I look for and cherish. Check it out:

Dolce and Gabbana lipstick box

Dolce and Gabbana lipstick box

The exterior of the box has a glossy black finish with gold writing – the interior of the box has a glossy gold finish. You have no idea – these are the things I live for. When I bought this product, I actually said out loud, “please have a contrasting interior!” as I opened it (I am sick). MAC will do this kind of thing once in a while with limited edition releases. My personal favorite was the Heatherette collection – hot pink boxes, matte black interior! Argh!

Moving along…

So I may have started this post out in a rather vain fashion, but I’m not all about appearances…it’s really what’s on the inside that counts. This is true of men and makeup, okay? We all forget this from time to time…it can’t be helped.

Luckily Dolce and Gabbana Cream Lipstick in Amethyst is Patrick Dempsey in the movie Enchanted (yeah, I know) – dark and brooding, but really pretty wonderful when it comes down to it. And absolutely PERFECT for fall (though I imagine Patrick – Patrick, can I call you that? – would be perfect all year round).

Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Amethyst

Me wearing Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Amethyst

The deep burgundy/bordeaux color is strikingly similar to Essie Wicked nail polish, which you already know I like. Since it’s a cream lipstick, Amethyst is not as drying as I thought it would be, but it’s not particularly moisturizing either. As a result, it lasts for at least six hours and wears incredibly evenly. It also leaves a stark line of lipstick on your inner lip – hard to explain, but not the biggest deal.

Clearly I’m wearing next to no makeup in this picture (stressful moment for me), so you can see how truly pale I am – but I think this lipstick is pretty flattering! My teeth look particularly great (though I did get a cleaning recently – thanks, Dr. G!). I think it would look wonderful on medium and darker skin tones as well. You can find Dolce and Gabbana beauty products, including Classic Cream Lipstick in Amethyst, exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked – Essie Wicked

20 Sep

Hey, gang. I’ve been in an interesting mood lately. I’ve been feeling a strong sense of restlessness. I’m blaming the change of season and maybe some questionable advice that I chose to take recently (but we all live and learn, right?).

On a related note, I’ve been feeling pretty, well, wicked lately. The Sopranos aren’t really helping my case too much (but damn, I love them)! Luckily for me, my Cruella DeVil side really gets a chance to sparkle this time of year – capes, decadent accessories, the occasional heirloom fur, and (of course!) dark, vampy beauty products.

Essie Wicked is a deep bordeaux shade. It’s based off of the original Chanel Vamp, which was created in the mid ’90s to look like dried blood, but is no longer in production. Wicked is super sassy and ultra sexy, especially on short nails. It’s hard for me to get my nails very short – something to do with my nail bed – but I kind of like how my nails turned out…

Essie Wicked nail polish

Essie Wicked nail polish

Pros: I kid you not, even if you are shopping at a Duane Reade that has only maybe fifteen Essie options, this will be one of the colors they have. It’s a very popular shade and it’s always in stock. I found it very easy to apply. It’s a great way to get a cult color that’s no longer available (it was what Uma Thurman wore in Pulp Fiction!) if you’re into that – I am! Looks great on all skin tones with all outfits. It’s also great on toes!

Cons: I only did two coats because I was afraid that three coats would hide the beauty of the color. As a result, I’m afraid it looks a little patchy. This is also not the most unique color in the world – Revlon makes a Vamp knockoff called Vixen. I haven’t tried it, but Revlon is so hit-or-miss. Anyway, no complaints otherwise.

Sexy, right? I feel so powerful in shades like this. You can find Essie Wicked pretty much anywhere that sells Essie polishes, like I said, but drugstore.com has it here.

Do you have this one? It’s definitely a staple in the nail polish wardrobe, in my opinion. What do you think?

A Plea for (Hair) Help and Advice

19 Sep

I’ve never claimed to know everything about beauty. I love you guys too much to not be honest with you. For heaven’s sake, I told you that I’ve attempted to give myself a Brazilian (and I don’t learn from my mistakes sometimes because I tried that two more times…)! My greatest weakness in the industry, friends, is hair. I have an embarrassing gaping hole in my knowledge about haircare, styling, products, you name it. I do have some limited knowledge! – but it’s not much. I can take care of my own, and I’m pretty lucky that I’m even capable of doing so. But I come to you now seeking advice.

A few months ago, a friend of mine casually dropped a bombshell that one’s hair texture changes every decade or so and that this is totally natural. She said hers was now super curly. I kind of scoffed at her. “There’s NO way,” I said. “My hair’s been like this since I was born. My mom’s hair has always been the same.” My mom has always had straight hair and I got that gene. My hair kind of does what it wants (which is do nothing but lie there), but that’s fine, because I don’t know how to do anything with it anyway.

About two years ago I went through some severe stress, which I don’t think has really stopped since that point. A LOT of my hair fell out, but I’m pleased (and grateful) to report that by now, most of it has grown back, though I didn’t think it ever would. HOWEVER – it seems to have grown back in a different texture.

Guys, what the hell? A lot of my hair is coarser and kind of wavy. How do I deal with this? Do I style the same way (which is not at all)? Is my hair going to be like Kim Kardashian’s (someone say yes)? Is it eventually going to grow in crazy curly like a poodle? What am I supposed to do here? I haven’t been handling this all that well. I’d just been pulling out some of the weird, abnormal hair, but I realized that at least 45% of my hair is like that now so I can’t really get away with that. Please help!

I appreciate any and all advice that you guys can give, and am anxiously awaiting your comments. Thank you.

Reader Request: Can You Thin Nail Polish?

19 Sep

Happy Monday, friends! Fall has fallen upon us, meaning I’ve really started to bust out the dark nail polishes – and so have my friends! That means a pertinent nail polish question for the ages comes into play.

Sara asked: Can you thin nail polish? My nice dark colors from last year are all goopy and sticky. So’s my Seche Vite.

You certainly can! Here’s my advice to making sure your polish stays as spreadable as the day you bought it.

  1. Store your nail polish in a cool, dark place. I recommend keeping it in a Tupperware in your closet – out of direct sunlight and away from radiators or anything of the sort is the key!
  2. Make sure the cap is screwed on tightly. This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how often I find that an occasional bottle is slightly open – this makes the polish thick and gunky.
  3. Are the contents separated? This doesn’t mean the polish is no good – roll the bottle between your palms until the colors are blended. Don’t shake! This will cause bubbles in the bottle that will show up on your nails.

If you’re having difficulty doing your manicure because your lacquer has already reached that level of maple syrup thickness on your nails, here’s how you can thin out the texture of your nail polish:

Orly Nail Polish Thinner

Orly Nail Polish Thinner (sallybeauty.com)

DON’T add nail polish remover, though you may have heard this is how to fix your old nail polish. It’s not – it’ll destroy your nail polish, which is bad news for that limited edition color that was so hard to come by. DO, however, add a nail polish thinner, which is specially made for this. Add one drop at a time and then check your progress, because you can always add more – you can never go back! Try this one by Orly – remember, a little goes a long way!

Ahh, the Achilles heel of Seche Viteit gets super thick and very difficult to apply after a few months. I usually just bite the bullet and buy a new bottle after a while, even though it’ll set me back about $7. However, the makers of Seche also have a product called Restore, which does exactly what it says – restores the topcoat. I’m not totally convinced that it brings Seche back to its original greatness, however, which is why I usually just end up purchasing a new bottle. You can check out Restore here on drugstore.com.

Happy painting! Thank you, Sara, for the great question!

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