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March 10, 2012

Sally Hansen Gem Crush Nail Polish Review- Razzle Dazzler swatch and Revlon Stormy Night

I spotted the new Sally Hansen Gem Crush nail polishes at my local Walgreens this week, and since I haven't tried a glitter nail polish in a while, I thought I'd pick one up, especially since they're supposed to be full coverage. 
I chose the shade Razzle Dazzler, which is a fine pink glitter with chunkier silver glitter mixed in.  

The brush is wide and flat, which I love- it makes application really easy and quick.

Here's a swatch on paper: 

This is with 2 coats, and it's pretty well covered already.  A third coat would make this totally opaque.  
My only complaint is that this came off within a day without a topcoat, so I definitely recommend using one.  I did my nails a few nights ago, and by midday the following day, the color had almost completely chipped off three of my nails!  So I re-did them with a base and topcoat, and they're still going strong!

I also wanted to show you what this polish looks like layered over another color.  I used 2 coats of Revlon's Colorstay Longwear nail polish in Stormy Night (a dark gray) as a base, and then layered one coat of Sally's Razzle Dazzler, and it came out like this: 

I feel like the possibilities are endless with these!  I can't wait to try Razzle Dazzler layered over a pink shade, I think it would be really pretty.  

Here's the two together- Razzle Dazzler layered over Stormy Night on the left, and Razzle Dazzler by itself on the right: 
What are your thoughts on these?  Do you love them as much as I do?





March 8, 2012

Jordana EasyShine Glossy Lip Color Review and Watermelon & Raspberry Swatches

I keep passing by the new Jordana section at my local Walgreens and glancing at the products but today I finally stopped and took a closer look.  These Easyshine Glossy lip colors totally intrigued me.  They seemed to be a cross between a tinted balm and a lip gloss, and they were only $1.99 each!  So I got 2 of them- Watermelon (left) and Raspberry (right).

The first thing I noticed about these was that they smell exactly like their names.  The packaging is decent, but I don't expect too much for $1.99 anyway.  My one complaint is that the product doesn't wind down past where they are in my photo above, so when I go to put the cap back on, I have to be careful not to take a chunk out of the lip color- I can't just stick it back on in a hurry like I usually do.  
That said, these are surprisingly pigmented for such an inexpensive product, and they are really shiny as well! 
Here's what the colors look like in sunlight- Raspberry on the left, Watermelon on the right.

Here's what they look like in indoor light- raspberry on left, watermelon on right:

Here are the swatches on my lips: From top to bottom- Bare Lips, Watermelon, Raspberry.



I'm liking these a lot- they're an absolute steal at $1.99, and are the perfect mix of subtle color, lip balm and gloss.  
Have you tried Jordana Easyshine yet?







March 7, 2012

Milani Illuminating Face Powder Review- Amber Nectar

Last month, I posted about spotting the new Milani Illuminating Face Powders at CVS and I ended up going back to get one.  I chose Amber Nectar, because I thought the peachy tones would wake up my pale skin without overdoing it on the bronze.  
Since I have pale skin, I have to be careful when I choose a bronzer, especially in the wintertime.  A too-dark bronzer tends to look muddy on my skin, not to mention really obvious.  So, when I saw this powder, I was excited to see all the peachy pink tones mixed in with  the bronze. Normally when I get color from the sun, I will always get a little pink, so it's important for me to incorporate the pink in with the bronze to get the most natural sunkissed look.  I love the little rosette pattern too- it's so pretty!

I wanted to get a picture of this buffed onto my skin, but it really wasn't noticeable on camera.  So this is a swatch on my arm- I put it on thick so that you can see the color better.  I swirled all the colors together and this is the color it comes out: 
Once it's blended into the skin, it's the perfect bronze for my pale skin with a hint of peachy pink. It has really minimal shimmer too- just barely enough to kind of create a diffused airbrushed glow, but not so much that I look like a disco ball. 
The other colors are:

I'm really loving this powder!  Have you tried any of the shades yet?  What did you think?

Is the new ELF Essential Cover Everything Concealer a dupe for Benefit's Lemon Aid?

While checking out the ELF website, Eyeslipsface.com, I found this new concealer that comes in a corrective yellow shade, as well as regular skintone shades.  It reminded me of Benefit's Lemon Aid.  I know that Lemon Aid is an eyelid primer, but I'm thinking that this ELF one could be used on the eyelid as well.  I use concealer on my eyelids all the time.  
Yellow will get rid of redness and discoloration and create a perfect neutral canvas for applying eyeshadow.  I love Lemon Aid, but if this ELF one is even almost as good, I'll be psyched- it's only $2!


Elf's Version:
Benefit's Version:


Just wondering if anyone has tried this, and what your thoughts are on it?  

If you find any great dupes, be sure to share them on our Forum! 

March 6, 2012

Choose Your Prize Contest

This month, on our forum, we're giving away a Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadow in Your Choice of shades!  This means if you're the winner, you can try any one of the amazing shades in this line- it's totally up to you!  For the contest rules, head on over to our Forum.  


To find out more about these shadows, and to see the entire color range, please visit Maybelline's Website.  You can also see my reviews of three of the colors:  Bad to the Bronze and Audacious Asphalt, and Tough as Taupe.  

March 5, 2012

Mark All the Highlights Soft Glow Illuminator

I spotted this new gorgeous new illuminating powder on mark's website, and couldn't resist checking out this powder with the bright pink butterfly.  
According to mark's website,

 "Our prettiest palette ever is also gorgeous on all skintones! With a swirl of your brush, shades combine for a soft luminescence sure to send your eyes, face-and spirits-aflutter!"

The reviews on mark's site look great, so I'm really wanting to try this. With the combo of pink and purple, I'm thinking this would be best on cheeks, rather than the whole face, but I'm not sure...
 What do you think?  Have you tried this yet?

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