Friday, December 21, 2012

NOTW: Sally Hansen Pacific Blue + Maybelline Blue Freeze

School has kept me from blogging as much as I wanted to this month, especially with finals. I am glad to be back though because winter break has started for me!

About five days ago I bought the Sally Hansen Pacific Blue nail polish, and I was excited to try it because I have heard so many good things about it.
I really like this nail polish because it lasts a very long time without chipping, especially with the Revlon Colorstay top coat.

Then after a few days I got bored and decided to change up my nails by adding stripes with tape.

This is pretty easy to do. First I cut thin pieces of tape and placed them firmly on my nails. Then I painted over my nails with Maybelline Blue Freeze. And after that I gently pulled off the tape and painted on a top coat.

This manicure reminds me of the summer time but I was really excited to try that Sally Hansen Nail Polish. But this can be used to make candy cane nails too! I hope you enjoyed. And what do you think of the stripes? Do you ever wear stripes on your nails?

Friday, December 7, 2012

Stila Shine So Bright Holiday Palette 2012

Stila came out with some small collectible palettes for Holiday 2012. I think these are a good gift idea or stocking stuffer idea, so I decided to do a quick review on it.

This palette is the Stila Shine So Bright Palette, and it comes with 6 eyeshadows and a cream blush/lipstick. It cost about $16 ({12/7/12} Right now it is on sale on Stila's website for $9!!). This product and a few other varieties can be found at Ulta and on Stila's website.

Three of the eyeshadows are matte and the other three are shimmer. I really enjoy that their is a little bit of variety with finishes even though the palette is pretty small!

There is also a nice deep red color for lips/blush. I prefer to use this on the lips because I am a little scared to use a color this dark as a cheek color! The other collectible palettes in this collection have different shades though, so you can find one that will suit your blush or lip color needs!

I think these palettes are a great idea, and it would be a great think to give during the holiday season. All of the eyeshadow shades are nice and have good color payoff. There are also a variety of finishes. And it is nice that a cream lip/cheek color is included. It is pretty small, but it is three products in one! I feel like anyone from a beginner to advanced makeup lover would appreciate this as a gift!

What new holiday sets do you want to try this season? Have you bought any holiday makeup sets as gifts?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Review: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Flushed

A couple weeks ago during Black Friday I got this Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Flushed in a set with a brush and an emphasEYES cream eyeshadow for only $22. I haven't been using this for a really long time, but I can already tell that it is going to be a favorite. 

This blush is a berry color and it is very bright. It has a matte finish, comes with 5.6 grams of product, and cost around $25.

This product also has a nice mirror which definitely comes in handy when you bring this with you on-the-go.

Here is a swatch of the blush. On the right I just used a brush and applied it to my skin. It looks a little too bright but you can see in the blended swatch on the left that this is very wearable. It is also easy to blend.
I know this is called a 12 hour blush, but I really didn't think it would last that long, so I put it to the test. I put it on at 6am one morning, and when I checked again at 6pm you could barley see the blush. I guess that is better than most of the blushes that I've tried, but I think it should be called an 8 hour blush instead because it looked much better earlier in the day. It could be because I have oily skin though. Maybe on a person with normal or dry skin it last 12 hours. 

Also The blush has good color payoff, which you can see from the swatch above. It is also smooth and blends easily on the skin. The only negative thing I could really say about this blush is that it isn't exactly twelve hours on me (it is close though!) and the price is a little expensive. I really like this though, so I believe it is worth the price.

I really like that these come in twelve different colors. I am definitely going to try more colors out because I am happy with this one. If you are looking for a high-end blush to try I would recommend this one, because you don't really need to worry about it disappearing on you in a few hours.

Have you tried any Tarte blushes before? What brand do you like the most for blushes?