Wednesday, May 29, 2013

OPI: Moon Over Mumbai - nail polish swatch

OPI the most popular nail polish line, I think. It's just such a familiar bottle and brush; and every time I check they have a new set of themed colors out. I can't keep up with OPI :) But every now and then I visit a beauty store nearby, look at the rainbow lineup, and if there is something that catches my eye... well it's hard to resist... at approximately $10 a pop, this polish doesn't hurt my bank account that much :)

What I chose to wear on my nails one day:
Essie First Base - base coat
OPI Moon Over Mumbai - color, two coats
Lancôme Disco Silver - accent on my ring finder
Deborah Lippmann On a Clear Day - top coat

This time around I did not use my Zoya drying drops, just to see if they make a difference... and they do, they sure do... I love those drying drops... my mani will never be complete without them.
I have a weakness for gray polishes... and this one is just so gorgeous. I could possibly have used three coats, but I always feel as if that's too thick... I rather have my nail line showing. Especially when the nail polish spreads evenly.
With its delicate shimmer, Moon Over Mumbai is simply dreamy...
Now I want to visit Mumbai, and look at the moon :)

Monday, May 27, 2013

La Prairie Advanced Marine Biology Foaming Mousse Cleanser

To date this is the most expensive cleanser I have ever bought. Curiosity over this line just got the better of me and I could resist no longer. It might be the most expensive cleanser for me, but it is one of the cheapest items this line has to offer :) The packaging is a bit excessive, which I shared in my youtube video here, but maybe the unwrapping process is part of the experience :)

So, I've had this cleanser since January, and I think enough time has passed that it is time to share what I think of it. First the packaging... one of my fave forms... an upside-down squeeze tube. It just gives me that reassurance that the product keeps shifting all the time towards the opening and none will remain clinging to the sides...

I've had this cleanser for quite some time, but I still have plenty left. So maybe the price isn't so ridiculous once that is factored in. I use this once a day, in the evening with my Clarisonic, after I have pre-cleansed my face with my fave oil cleanser.

Since I wear a full face of makeup everyday and I am severely prone to acne breakouts, I want a rich effective yet gentle cleanser at the end of my day to help sanitize and clean my skin without any irritation.  Simply because while my skintone continues to be uneven I will continue to wear foundation + bronzer + blush + eyeshadow + mascara + + +.... :)... even if it wasn't I'd still wear it... I love makeup

The consistency of this cleaner is rich and creamy. A luxuriously pearly smooth consistency that foams up to a rich lather. It has a scent that at first I found unexpected... strong and perfumey... nothing marine like about it.  After 60 seconds with my Clarisonic and this, my face is left feeling so clean. At first I though "ooops stripped" but no, not that extreme... it never became dehydrated, or sensitive... but it does have that bright, clean feeling to it.
Overall no regrets with the purchase, quite happy with it actually. But I don't want to repeat it yet. While this delivered on all my expectations, there is just too much temptation out there :)

Saturday, May 25, 2013

CHANEL: May - nail polish swatch

I've decided to wear CHANEL May while it was still May :) I bought it with this intention when it first came out... what that a year ago? or two years ago? hmmmm I no longer remember, but couple of weeks ago was the first time it was pulled out of its box.

My mani products in order of application:
Essie First Base - base coat
Chanel May - color, two coats
Deborah Lippmann Some Enchanted Evening - accent on my ring finger
Deborah Lippmann On a Clear Day - top coat
Zoya Hurry Up - drying drops
This is a lovely, lovely shade of pink and I'm glad to own it... glad to be able to wear it at last as well :)
no sparkle in this shade... it's simply pink creme... but I do need to figure out why my fingers look so aggravated.... like I'm cutting off circulation... strange... anyways disregard them, it's all about the color :)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

CHANEL Stylo Eyeshadow in Moon River #07

L'Ete Papillon de Chanel collection for summer 2013 is quite beautiful. I really wanted a yellow mascara, but I know I'd never use it, it would just sit in my drawer drying up... so I let that one go. Being mindful of my spending I limited myself to only one polish and one eyeshadow pen from the collection... then two more nail polishes, because it's been a while.

Presenting below my stylo eyeshadow choice, Moon River. I swatched all at the counter, was tempted by the blue as well, but then decided on #07 as the one I will get the most wear out of.
The shadow is absolutely gorgeous, and at $36 CAD a pop, I'd expect nothing less. It is extremely smooth and buttery in consistency, and weightless when applied on the lid.  I apply this directly to my lid, there is no pulling or tugging, the color just glides on.
and the color is rather gorgeous... a taupe-bronze-grey neutral platinum shade
a metallic shade that is perfect just by itself all over the lid or as an accent...
gorgeous in any light...
and it holds up well throughout the day as well...
It is water based, which has me worried that it might dry out pretty quickly. However since I only have one, I plan on using it up before that ever happens :)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Deborah Lippmann - Wicked Game - nail polish swatch

Deborah Lippmann has a winning polish formulation, and a great color selection. I have a few of her shades, and constantly dreaming of owning more.

One shade that I own, that is a dream to apply... extremely smooth flow and even coverage is Wicked Game... a duo-chrome purple metallic.

Products I used for my mani:
Essie First Base - base coat
Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game - color, 3 coats
Nicole by OPI Step to the Beat of my Heart - accent on my ring finger
Deborah Lippmann On a Clear Day - top coat
Zoya Hurry Up - drying drops
Below, first shot using flash... fingers looking a bit greasy due to drying drops. But that product really makes a difference in how quickly my polish dries, and I love it.
Next day... natural light, slightly overcast... cuticles looking a bit dry without the drying drops :)

Monday, May 13, 2013

By Terry Terrybly Fire Game - nail polish swatch

I picked this little treat up at Barney's in Las Vegas. It was pricey, over $30 USD... and therefore I came back home with only one. My husband picked this shade... it was the color that drew me most as well, plus I loved the name.

One day my mani consisted of:
Essie First Base - base coat
Fire Game - two coats
China Glaze Fairy Dust - ring finger
Deborah Lippmann On a Clear Day - top coat
Zoya Hurry Up - drying drops
I was never really good at nail polish application... but I'm even worse than I was after my two year hiatus... so try to get past the messy cuticles, and look at that pretty, a bit rusty red, ...
I could have used three coats, but that would have equaled three times as messy cuticles :)
The polish had perfect flow, and nice consistency...  only my hand lacked steadiness.

Friday, May 10, 2013

CHANEL Eastern Light and Illusion D'Or - nail polish swatch

I bought Eastern Light in March while we were in Vegas. I didn't find the color especially unique or interesting, but I do love the Chanel logo and the limited aspect of this polish. Eastern Light (and Western Light which I also purchased) were released as part of the HONG KONG DE CHANEL Collection. A collection to celebrate the opening of a Chanel boutique in Hong Kong. 

While it all sounds nice, I feel I should have just let this one go. I don't know how often I will reach for it. Maybe when I feel like sporting crackle on my nails this will be a good base.
But that day I went all Chanel on my nails in the order pictured.
Eastern Light is a bright white shade. It's that "you have whiteout on your nails" look. But it's not the color that bothers me, as much as the consistency of it. It felt thick and gloppy. It did not apply evenly, and it streaked. A little voice in my head told me I needed 3 coats, but I just settled for 2. It wasn't a joy to apply. Once I sort of managed it, I hated the look. I don't know why I thought this would be a good spring color, really it brings snowy winter days to mind.  

To dilute the ugliness on my nails I put a coat of Chanel Illusion D'Or (this I got via e-bay a long time ago). I think I managed to achieve an even more christmasy feel :). 

As this became a "lost cause" manicure, I slapped on some OPI Navy Crackle on my ring finger… and viola… good thing this mani was mainly seen in a very poorly lit restaurant. It was rather hideous.
Also even-though I used drying drops to speed up the drying process. This polish never really cured. I took this picture the next day, after I've reached into my jean pocket for something. I pull out my hand and I was left with a fabric imprint on my nail. 
So Eastern Light, is in the corner of the nail polish drawer… with very slim chances of seeing daylight anytime soon.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Living Proof Amp² Instant Texture Volumizer

I keep my hair very short. I almost never blow dry it, and it requires minimal styling. But I do like to texturize it with something each morning, to add some definition and ooomph. On one of my visits to Sephora I traded in 100 points for a tiny pot of living proof amp². It was a "YES, YES, YES!!!" on first try... this product is soooo good. When the 15% off sale came around, I purchased myself a full sized version.
Instructions on the back, explain it all. Simple, straightforward and to the point.
The texture of this stuff isn't waxy, as I expected from a texturizer, it's creamy. Like something you'd slap on your face not your hair.  I also adore the scent, it has that delicious Bergamont fragrance.

It also does not contain any silicones, oils, parabens, sulfates, or phthalates... which I suppose is a good thing, although I really don't know what kind of detrimental effect it would have made to my hair, if it did contain some or all of them.
The short instructional pamphlet contained inside, is informative as well entertaining.
I learned that this is suitable for short hair...
as well as long tresses...
and it's even suitable for men!!!!... that's the funny part, why wouldn't it be?
Now the way I use this, is I grab a small dollop and emulsify between my hands, then I muss through my hair, until it stands in every direction possible, then I style it into something more acceptable.

My hair is short and fine, and this does not weigh it down at all. It actually helps to keep the volume. My style lasts a whole day, and it's easily reformed/ restyled anytime. Now the product claims to keep your hair pliable for 48 hours, but I wash my hair daily. It's just a compulsion I can't break, so I can't confirm or deny.

This stuff does not give your hair that wet look when applied (I think in my video I said "shiny").. but I meant wet. It's just really, really wonderful.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Givenchy Le Rouge in Rose Dressing #202

I was at Sephora during one of the 15% off sale days. I purchased a couple of times, and browsed quite a bit. I spent a chunk of my time at the new Givenchy display where all their new lip shades were displayed. It was instant love for me with one of the colors... but I couldn't bring myself to buy it.. One it retails for $38 CAD... and two the case is leather... yup real genuine leather; and I just can't stand it. 

I don't like the way it looks, I don't like the fact that it's most likely a major factor in price. I don't need or want my lipstick to have a leather case... I did not and will not pay for it... no matter how much I adore that shade.

At the checkout, I received this Givenchy envelope.
 Inside it, a sample of one of the new lipstick colors. You can see the leather packaging in the image.
 I flip it over to find that it's a sample of the color I fell in love with.
 Peel back the sticker to reveal this gorgeous shade. Not a lot of it...
 I just can't get over how gorgeous it is...
 I like the creamy texture of this lipstick...
 It has no taste or smell that I detect; and feels very light on the lips. It also has a matte finish. I know in my photos the color appears a bit shiny... but I think this maybe because I photographed shortly after application. Because this is beautifully, comfortably matte.
I love this color... and can only hope that maybe Givenchy will re-release it in different packaging... slim chance :)