January 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

January Favorites!

  I cannot believe where the time has gone! I feel like New Year's Eve was just yesterday and now we're already entering February! Crazy. 
Anyways, as you all know, the end of the month brings about a post about the products I've been loving for the past month. I'm really excited about this months favorites because I've discovered some really great products that have made their way into my everyday routine.

Face & Cheeks
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle- I've mentioned this in a favorites before because it's my Go-To highlighting powder. In the winter, my skin tends to look a bit dull. I've been using this to counteract that and it works wonders.

MAC Blush in Blunt- I don't know if you guys know this, but I LOVE contouring. You gotta do whatcha gotta do when you've got chubby cheeks, I suppose :) This shade looks a bit intimidating in the pan, because it's a super dark brown, but with a light hand to cast some really great shadows.

MAC Blush in Melba- I think it's safe to say, this is probably one of my favorite blushes EVER. It's a matte peachy-pink shade that looks great on people with olive tones to their skin. This is actually my second pan of it- I lost it last year, was lost without it, so I had to get it again.

Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles- I won't say much about this, because I will be posting a review on this product sometime this week, but let's just say it's my favorite concealer by FAR. I've never seen my under-eye area so concealed before in my life- until I found this.

(left to right) Soft and Gentle, Melba, Blunt

MAC Crushed Metallic Pigment in Pearl- I got this in a set of 4 pigments in one of the MAC Holiday gift sets and I am IN LOVE with it. I love frosty white shades for the lid and this one is just beyond beautiful. I literally feel like I'm wearing snow on my eyelids every time I wear this and I love it.

MAC Eyeshadow in Quarry- One of my favorite makeup techniques is using a transition color in my crease to recede the hood of my eyelid. My go-to transition shade was Wedge e/s, but I've been using this shade instead lately. It's difficult to explain the shade, but it's like a mauve-y, grey, and brown all in one and I really like the way it looks instead of just plain brown.

MAC Eyeshadow in Brun- Just a basic neutral dark brown. Not much to say, just a great go-to outer-V shade. One of my favorite browns besides Mystery and Embark.

Covergirl Lash Perfection Mascara- Again, I won't say much about this because a review will be posted this week, but I love this mascara. It does a great job at separating and lengthening. Best mascara I've tried in a while! 

(l to r) Pearl Crushed Metallic Pigment, Quarry, Brun
note- Quarry is not this dark on the eyes- it is heavily swatched here! 

Lips/ Misc.
MAC Lipstick in Honeylove- This is one of my favorite lipsticks of life and it's pretty much been my go-to nude shade since the middle of 2011, so this isn't just a monthly favorite. It's a medium-toned nude with a rose-y undertone. I definitely recommend this for anyone who wants a nude lip without it looking too pale.

MAC Lipglass in Frozen Lame`- I also got this lipglass in a holiday set. I've never owned a silver lipgloss before, so I didn't really know how to use this. Turns out, it looks amazing over nude lips and I've been using this over Honeylove everyday. It gives it a little something extra.

Wild N' Wild MegaLast Nail Polish in Sugar Coat- My favorite nail polishes to wear are pastel shades and I absolutely love pale pinks and nudes- they look so simple and sophisticated. I included this because not only do I love wearing it, but I am EXTREMELY impressed with the quality of this nail polish in particular. Almost every time I have tried a nail polish this shade, it streaks and looks awful. This was so creamy and went on completely even. In love!

True Blue Spa Shae Cashmere and Silk Hand Creme- My hands have been so dry because of the cold weather and I don't know about you guys, but I hate that tight, chalky feeling of dry hands, so this has been a life saver. It makes your hands feel like straight up butter and it smells SO good. Does anyone remember those Christmas cookies- the almond crescent ones? Smells EXACTLY like that, yumm :)

honeylove, frozen lame`

Hope you guys enjoyed this! Let me know in the comments what you guys loved for the month of January! :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

NEW! Wet N' Wild MegaLast Nail Polish Review & Swatches

Wet N' Wild has recently released a 2012 collection which consists of everything from liquid liners, lip products, bronzers, and nail polish. The nail polishes stuck out the most to me, since the packaging was different than their usual polishes. I picked up 4 out of 9 of them: 
I Need A Refreshment: an aqua blue
Bite The Bullet: a mauve-y purple
On A Trip: a mid-tone purple
Sugar Coat: a light pink
The other shades consist of a red, hot pink, gray, dark purple, and a dusty pink.

 Packaging: Wet N' Wild has changed the packaging of their Megalast Nail Polishes this time around and I personally prefer them over the previous packaging, which was very cheap looking to me. They are now in a classy looking glass bottle which feel more durable and high-end. The only downfall to the packaging, is the applicator. It is HUGE. To me, the size of it is very intimidating and unnecessary. Yes, it does take less time to paint your nails with them since it covers almost your whole nail in one swipe, but it's wider than my pinky nail, which makes it hard not to get it on your skin while applying.

Consistency: I only own one of their old polishes, but from what I have seen in other reviews is that the formula has improved. It is very creamy and not streaky at all, not even with Sugar Coat (the light pink polish) which is surprising because I always have this problem with light colored polishes. 2 Coats is all you need!

Lasting Power: Wet N' Wild claims that these provide '5 days of long lasting, chip-resistant wear'. I haven't worn these for that long yet, but I wouldn't put them past them. I've worn them for up to two days before taking it off myself and it held up very well.

Price: For the amazing quality of these nail polishes, it's hard to believe that they are only $1.99! It's such a steal. That means you could own the entire collection of all 9 nail polishes for under $20!

 On A Trip (2 coats, with flash)

 Bite The Bullet (2 coats, with flash)

Sugar Coat (3 coats, with flash)

Applicators compared: (left to right) Essie, Wet N' Wild MegaLast, OPI

PROS: Packaging, Formula, Opaque Coverage, Very Affordable
CONS: Huge Applicator

I love these! I think Wet N' Wild did a great job revamping their nail polishes to be more attractive and provide great quality. If you're ever in your local Walgreens or CVS, I definitely recommend giving them a try. If you already picked some up, let me know what you think in the comments below!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

FOTN: Date Night

Physician's Formula Green Concealer
Boots No. 7 Intelligent Balance Mousse Foundation in Blonde
Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in Light
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Silky Beige
Lumiere Cosmetics Mineral Foundation in Medium Neutral (to set undereye concealer- always forget to mention this, but I use it everyday)
MAC Blunt
MAC Azalea Blossom

MAC Painterly Paint Pot
MAC Quarry (crease)
MAC Crushed Metallic Pigment in Pearl (lid, inner corner)
MAC Brun (deepen crease, outer v, lower lashline)
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Liquid Liner
Wet N' Wild Mega Eyes Cream Liner (waterline and tightline)
Covergirl Lash Perfection Mascara
Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes Mascara
NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown (eyebrows)

MAC Creme Cup



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