This is going to be a 2-part review series on French Manicure kits. The first one is Kiss French Manicure Kit with bonus nail art. It comes with the white tip polish, base polish, non-yellowing top coat, french tip nail sticker guides and the bonus nail art stickers. It retails for less than $7 at Walgreens and other retail outlets. The packaging is okay, nothing fancy but it does give you a clear plastic window to all the goodies and colors inside. There are two shades of the base polish to choose from: Sheer Buff and Sheer Pink. The one I used was Sheer Pink.
(Review after the jump)
As I mentioned, there were french tip nail guides that were included in the kit so you can create your tips easily and neatly. I don't like how long it takes to wait for the nail tip color to be completely dry, because if you peel the sticker off before it is thorougly dry, it will mess up the crescent shape or "smile" of your french tip. That said, I used my French Tip brush (see pic above) to create a neat french tip. I take the brush, dip it in 100% pure acetone, and starting from the bottom-left of the nail tip, I slowly work my way toward the bottom right. I didn't make too much of a "smile" in this last work, though, but I couldn't believe how easy it was to clean up the french tip using this brush!! This is much easier and quicker than the french tip sticker guides, so I am definitely going to stick to this brush. It is also easy to clean up any mess on the sides of the nails using this brush as compared to a q-tip. It's like a magic eraser brush for nail polish.
I am now on my fourth day of wearing the french manicure, and I can say that I am really satisfied with it. My french tips are still neat, clean, and not discolored at all. I also don't see any visible tip wear yet, and I just LOVE french tips on natural nails, because acrylic french tips can look very thick and just, well, unnatural. I just did two to three coats of the white tip, let dry, clean the tips using the french tip brush and acetone, and add my colored base, Kiss non-yellowing top coat and Seche Vite quick dry coat. My lines were a bit wonky, but for a first time user of the french-tip brush, I think that's pretty okay. The bonus nail art is also not bad at all. For $6 something, this is good.
I will be coming up with a review of a second brand of french manicure kit, so stay tuned!
Here's a gold-copper-bronze look using Aromaleigh mineral shadows and MAC pigments. I used Gothic Lolita eyeshadow in Satin Laces, which is one of my favorite Aromaleigh eyeshadow collections. I also used Pyro from the Elemental Lustre collection to give a bright copper tone to the look. I used MAC pigment in Chocolate Brown to give the brown-bronze depth I need to finish off the look.
All products Aromaleigh unless otherwise stated.
Apply MAC Bare Canvas paint all over lid and lower lashline. Using a fluffy shader brush, apply MAC Rubenesque paint pot on lid.
Using Loew Cornell Maxine's Mop 3/8" shader brush (or the MAC 239), apply Satin Laces on the lid slightly damp using MAC Charged Water.
Using the same brush, apply Pyro damp on the crease going down to the outer V.
Using the same brush, apply MAC Chocolate Brown pigment on the crease and outer lid.
Blend with the MAC 224 brush.
Apply some more Pyro using the shader brush if necessary.
Add a little Chocolate Brown and blend with the 224.
Using the Stila Brush No 5, apply MAC Sunday Best eyeshadow on the browbone to highlight, and using Coastal Scents mini detail brush on the inner corners.
Blend the colors together using the 224 brush.
Apply MAC Blacktrack fluidline on upper lashline. Apply Urban Decay 24/7 pencil liner in Zero to tightline and on waterline. Apply Satin Laces on inner lower lashline andPyro on outer lower lashline. Apply Red Cherry falsies #15. Apply mascara.
Monistat gel as primer
Earthen Glow Mineral foundation in 50-50 mix of Helena and Yuan Yuan
UD 24/7 pencil concealer on undereye area
Bare Escentuals Well Rested over UD 24/7
Aromleigh ultra resolution finishing powder in Translucent
MAC beauty powder blush in Eversun
MAC Redhead mineralize skinfinish over blush
MAC lipliner in Whirl
MAC lipstick in Brave New Bronze
Milani Lipmixer lipgloss in Lip Mix
I went back to this neighborhood nail supply store that I discovered a few weeks ago. I didn't really buy much nail polishes the last time I went there, because I thought the prices were just going to be just like that of Sally's or ULTA. They have such a wide variety of Essie, China Glaze, OPI, Color Club, and other nail polish brands. I was absolutely blown away when the owner told me that the Essies were only $3.50 and OPI $4.50, and China Glaze $3!!! It's like shopping at those online nail polish supply sites like 8ty8beauty or Head2toe (these polishes are even cheaper than those sold on some of these sites!). Best of all, I don't have to pay for shipping at all. I was so excited that I promised myself that I was going to go back and get some more of my coveted polishes, but for now, I settled with these romantic shades from OPI and Essie.
Essie Bike Ride is a dreamy cream light strawberry milk color that would look great on the tips especially for summer. Amazing consistency and the color for me is for me is so romantic. It would also make a great base color for Konad stamp art.
Essie Fiesta's name describes how festive this color is. When I say it's a hot pink, it really is an electric, beautiful hot pink that really screams summer. It would look amazing on the toes accompanied by flipflops or strappy sexy heels, and I believe this is such a universal color that it would suit every skintone.
I had tried to stay away from OPI Done Out in Deco because I thought it would be too similar to Parlez-vous OPI?, but with the price so low, how could I resist? I'm glad I got it because it's different enough from Parlez-vous. The latter is darker and Done Out in Deco is a lavender-grey cream that is so pretty because I love grey-based lilacs.
OPI Por Favor is another amazing color, a mauvish-medium pink color with purple undertones with this beautiful subtle sheen that you can see when you wear it on your nails. This is such a feminine, summer color that would also look great worn year-round.
Looking at this haul, you'd notice that I really gravitate towards pinks and purples right now. I am such a girly girl, I know. I also like these shades because they can be worn at work and my nails would still look professional, but with an added oomph to them.
Here's another Konad attempt before I end this post. I am really loving OPI Over the Taupe because it gives such a dark, creamy taupe that is beautiful, neutral enough to be worn at work but eye-catching enough to be noticed. I added some white Konad special polish using m20 image plate.
In fulfillment of a reader request, here are some swatches of the Aromaleigh En Pointe eyeshadow collection. I really love this collection because of the ballet pinks and lilacs. I decided to post these before the collection retires this July.
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I was given samples of these new lipgloss shades from L'oreal to test. I liken it to conjoined squeeze tube twins: think squeeze tubes containing different-colored lipglosses fused together to form one conjoined mass of tubes with two spouts. L'oreal HIP Presso double lipgloss has two different shades of product in two different tubes attached together. When you press either one or both tubes, the product would spurt out, and you can use one or mix both according to your whim.
wearing Swanky over MAC Marquise D' lipstick
(Full review after the jump)
The colors I got were lovely. Swanky contains a milky white pearly gloss and a cotton candy pink one (incidentally, this product smells strongly of cotton candy). Trendy is a pretty mauve with a nice strawberry-milk color shade to go with it. The gloss itself is not sticky at all and leaves a nice pearly sheen on the lips. It would look great on top of my favorite lipsticks, as these lipglosses are not heavily pigmented. In fact, some of the shades are quite sheer.
UPSIDE: Nice, non-sticky consistency, ability to mix the shades, convenient 2-in-1 tube
DOWNSIDE: I am not a fan of the packaging. I hated how it was so hard to take off the cap. I also didn't like the strong cotton candy smell. After a while, I felt like my teeth were gonna ache because of too much sugar on my mouth. It's probably just my imagination, but it still had a too-sweet effect on me. It also doesn't last that long on the lips.
Note: Some say that $12.99 is a bit too much for a drugstore lipgloss, but keep in mind that you are technically getting two lipglosses. Please don't try to compare this to a MAC lipglass. L'oreal HIP Presso is .34 fl. oz, while MAC lipglass has 0.17 fl. oz. of product. Technically, HIP Presso has twice more product than a MAC lipglass.
All in all, if you like a couple of shades of lipglosses that you can mix, match or wear separately, you might like this product. They have pretty colors that go well with the season. Personally, though, I would layer these on top of lipsticks as I don't like very sheer lipglosses. For the price, you also get two different-colored glosses. I am not a fan of the packaging, though, but you might like it if you are into squeeze tubes. I prefer my lipglosses in doe-foot or brush applicators.
SK Sheer Magic Face Powder
Most of you probably know that I love Sonia Kashuk brushes, and that I use them in many, if not all of my looks. This season, Sonia Kashuk not only has new brushes up for grabs, but great new cosmetic products as well, with the same affordable prizes we've grown to love.
Introducing The New 2009 Spring Collection From Sonia Kashuk Beauty at Target
Target® and Sonia Kashuk Celebrate 10 Years of Professional Beauty at Guilt-Free Prices
With the warm season ahead, Sonia Kashuk has created a budget-friendly array of new products, as well as favorites in updated chic designs, to fill your beauty bag without making a dent in your wallet. Sonia is dedicated to bringing affordable beauty to the masses and making quality makeup and tools accessible to women everywhere through her collection at Target.
Shimmering Loose Mineral Blush – This new loose powder blush will give you a luminescent finish. Use the super sheer powder as a blush alone or as a highlighter over the blush of your choice. Shimmering Loose Mineral Blush is available in two shades: Angelica, a beautiful pale baby pink and Fairy, a warm peachy pink. Price: $ 8.99
Super Sheer Liquid Tint – Achieving that instant, pretty, flush look is easy with this new liquid blush. This incredibly sheer formula gives your cheeks the perfect amount of color. Incredibly natural and easy to apply, this tint can be worn alone on bare skin or over foundation. Super Sheer Liquid Tint is available in three beautiful shades of pink: Peony, Rose and Poppy.
Beautifying Blush – Freshen-up this spring with easy-to-apply powder blush. This blush will give you a natural, luminous flush and a radiant appearance during the warm weather season. Price: $8.99
Crème Blush – This crème formula easily blends into cheeks for a beautiful finish that lasts all day. Whether you’re looking for a natural glow or a dramatic flush, this crème blush leaves skin looking radiant and fresh. Crème Blush is now available in a new shade: Blossom.
SK Velvety Shine Lip Crayon
Velvety Shine Lip Crayon – Now you can achieve the lustrous shine of a gloss with Sonia Kashuk’s new Velvety Shine Lip Crayon. This crayon is formulated to keep lips satiny smooth and moisture-filled, for a long lasting smile that shines. Velvety Shine Lip Crayon is available in three wearable shades: Hot Pink, Pale Pink and Luscious Pink. Price: $7.99
Ultra Shine Sheer Lip Gloss – Give your lips a glistening shine for a polished finish with Sonia Kashuk’s sheer lip gloss. This gorgeous gloss is housed in a sleek tube to take up less space in your makeup bag. Sheer Lip Glossing is available in new shades: Beauty and Flawless. Price: $8.99
SK Dramatically Defining Gel Liner
Dramatically Defining Long Wear Gel Eye Liner – Your eyes will demand all the attention with these stunning gel eye liners. Apply the gel formula with an angled brush to draw attention to your most captivating feature. Choose from shades to enhance your eye color and help you achieve a show stopping look. These defining eye liners are available in: Indigo, Cocoa and Ebony.
KASHUK TOOLS – Sonia Kashuk’s sophisticated, signature collection has four new additions! Strokes of genius, new brushes are the ultimate splurge for the makeup enthusiast. These elegant brushes are made with the finest quality hairs and feature a comfortable, ergonomic design for flawless application every time. Also, a new shade of the Blending Sponge is perfect for the freshness of spring.
Flat Top Blending Brush – Use this flat top brush to contour or blend eye shadow for beautiful results. Price: $9.99
Synthetic Precision Eye Liner – This brush’s flat edge provides a straight line every time, it’s mistake proof! It can be used when wet or dry. Price: $9.99
Angled Contour Blusher – This new angled brush fits perfectly into the contour of your cheeks for flawless definition. Price: $15.99
Purple Blending Sponge – Every season, Sonia Kashuk allows you to update your blending sponge in style. For spring, enjoy a vivid purple blending sponge, perfect to access hard-to-reach areas – apply, blend, smudge and pat your way to perfection. Price: $9.99
CORE TOOLS – Sonia Kashuk Beauty at Target sets the standard for prestige quality at affordable prices. This spring, Sonia Kashuk adds new accessories to her core collection:
Retractable Foundation Brush – This new foundation brush will give you an even and flawless application on-the-go. Price: $9.99
Super Luxurious Angled Eye Shadow Brush – This new brush is ideal for a soft sweep of color of the entire lid. Price: $5.99
Double Duty Brush Set – Four handles are double-ended to give you all the essential brushes you need to create a flawless look. This set comes in a convenient case and contains: foundation and concealer brushes, blush and contour brushes, deluxe lash comb and smudging brush and eye shadow and angled eye shadow brushes. Price: $21.99
Diamond Tip Tweezers – Groom your eyebrows in style with these chic new tweezers.
Full Glam Eyelashes – These new eyelashes give you a glamorous look, transforming your everyday look to dramatically stunning. The set comes with a pair of eyelashes and one tube of eyelash glue. Price: $4.99
Beauty Magnet Travel Brush Set – This new set contains one handle with seven full-size interchangeable magnetic brush heads, including: the multipurpose nylon brush, crease, small and angled eye shadow brushes, smudge brush, lip brush and deluxe lash/brow groomer. The set is housed in a chic travel sized silver case and is designed to fit in your purse without sacrificing brush head size or quality. Price: $16.99
Slim Dual Sided Compact Mirror – This dual sided travel mirror is perfect for keeping in your purse for those emergency touch-ups. With a 10x magnification mirror on one side and a regular mirror on the other, this travel mirror is ideal for the girl on-the-go. Price: $12.99
Grooming Galore – Sonia Kashuk Beauty makes it easy to create the perfect brow with this kit containing spoolie and brow scissors. Price: $11.99
Wash Makeup Remover Wipes – These fresh-as-water wipes gently whisks away waterproof eye makeup, while conditioning and refreshing the skin. No stinging and is ideal for sensitive skin. Price: $6.99
Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette – This newly packaged palette offers a larger presence of the quartet of concealers that will continue to keep your face nearly flawless. Includes two shades of concealer, along with a neutralizer and translucent powder. Apply with Sonia Kashuk concealer brush to achieve ideal coverage. Price: $9.99
Eye Shadow Quads – A new design reveals a more predominant addition of color and a new set of shades will have you runway ready in no time. Apply these metallic shades with Sonia Kashuk eye shadow brushes to amplify your eyes and transform your look from day-to-night. Now available in a new color palette: Showstoppers. Price: $10.99
Arch Alert Brow Kit – Frame your face with perfectly groomed arches with this newly packaged quartet, designed with an enhanced display of brow shades. Price: $9.99
Lashify Mascara – This chic new silver packaging, containing regular formula mascara, holds a 2-in-1 tool that will lush-up lashes and give eyes dimension without the clumps. Choose from a liner/mascara or a lash comb/mascara. The mascara provides see-it-to-believe-it length and color, while on the other end, you can either line or separate. Lashify Mascara is available in Black, Brown and Black/Brown. Lashify Mascara is also available in a Waterproof formula, which is housed in white packaging to provide distinction between the classic formula, now in silver. Price: $6.99
Sheer Magic Face Palette – This three-in-one component perfectly combines sheer mineral blush, mineral foundation and mineral concealer all in one. Now available in new shades: Golden Honey and Pale Ivory. Price: $14.99
Eye Shadow Duos – Three new combinations of the signature duos keep eyes looking alluring and on-trend for the new season while complimenting all skin tones. Blend combinations together with Sonia Kashuk eye shadow brushes for beautifully contoured and captivating lids. Now available in new shades: Royal Flush, Leading Lady and Nudenick.
Eye Definer – Create a chic eye with this beautifying eye enhancer. Available in new shades: Sapphire, a bright blue and Plummy Bronze, gorgeous bronzy brown with a hint of plum.
Luxury Lip Color – A full coverage lipstick with a creamy texture, Luxury Lip Color is formulated to prevent bleeding and keep color pure. These indulgent lip colors provide the ultimate in coverage with an optical plumping active ingredient that adds volume by reducing signs of aging and depth of wrinkles. These dewy lipsticks are available in three new shades: Nectar, Azalea and Truffle. Price: $8.99
Lip Definer – Color your lips with this moisture-filled lip definer to achieve a stunning smile. This defining pencil will take you from day to night with three new wearable shades that compliment every skin tone. New shades include: Nude, Pink Whisper and Sunrise. Price: $5.99
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Yesterday in Paris, the Lancôme makeup team unveiled their Fall 2009 color collection, Declaring Indigo. Created by Lancôme artistic director for makeup Aaron De Mey, this collection celebrates Paris in all its vibrancy. Aaron chose shades that represent the glamour, the energy and the passion of Paris — indigo blue, bright red and luxurious gold.
Lancôme debuted a few key shades during Fashion Week. At Chris Benz, all three Le Vernis nail colors were showcased: Golden Audacity, Indigo Paris and Rouge Liberty. Lancôme spokesmodel Daria Werbowy is the face of the collection. She was photographed by Mario Sorrenti for the ad. Below are some product shots and a behind-the-scenes photo of Daria.
We’ll be telling you more about these products in the weeks ahead. Declaring Indigo will be available for sale starting in August, but Nordstrom has a limited-edition Declaring Indigo brush-and-makeup bag set available for pre-order now.
That nail polish looks absolutely stunning! I can't wait to see the other items from this collection.
I got a chance to try some innovative nail products courtesy of Fing'rs, and here is the first of a series of reviews on this brand. This product dropped on my lap at the most opportune time -just when I was getting interested in nail art. I really wouldn't touch nail and body jewels if I didn't even think of applying them. Now that I am dabbling in nail art, it's just fun to think of ways to incorporate nail jewels into my designs.
The Fing'rs Bling! Nail & Body Jewels set doesn't just come with the rhinestones, it also comes with all the necessary accessories to attach and set the jewel in place. It comes with over 160 gorgeous gems with amazing variety and intricate designs, 1 manicure stick, 1 ml. body glue and 5 ml. top coat. I like that this set is well thought-of and ready to use anytime, anywhere.
See how beautiful the jewels are? I love the variety, and the fact that there are actually some stones that are not that commonly found in other gem kits. I also like that the gems are small, because a little bigger would look too tacky. The fact that they are small doesn't scream too much attention.
Nail Jewel Application:
1. Wet the tip of the manicure stick and use it to pick up a jewel. Apply jewels to nail while polish or top coat is still tacky. Gently press with manicure stick.
2. Apply one or two coats of top coat to secure the jewels in place. Let dry completely.
Body Jewel Application:
1. Apply a drop of Fing'rs Body Glue where gems are to be placed. Apply while glue is still tacky. Press gently to secure. Allow to dry completely.
My Take: It was pretty easy to apply the gems, because I followed the instructions to the letter. I also used a top coat over the polish that is specifically for gems/rhinestones, so that the jewels would adhere to the nail better. The top coat was especially tacky, so it really glued the jewel in place. Adding the Fing'rs top coat on top really sealed the entire thing.
UPSIDE: I love the beautiful variety of jewels, the ease in application, the convenience of having the necessary tools to apply the jewels in the kit, the easy to follow instructions.
DOWNSIDE: I didn't like the jewel casing. The little clear box that held the jewels broke its hinges the very first time I handled it, so I couldn't close it, spilling the stones all over my table and carpet. Moreover, the little gems tend to stick to the lid of the box, so it was difficult to put the gems back in their proper receptacles.
All in all, this is a good product, because it is basically a complete kit for applying nail and body jewels. I liked everything except for the jewel case. If you are into nail art, this would be a good product to try, especially if you are scouting for a convenient kit that has everything you need for applying nail gems and rhinestones.
Here's a look featuring my favorite green mineral eyeshadow from MAC, Fresh Green Mix from the Electroflash collection. I loved each and every look I come up with using this.
I also used Henna, Greensmoke, and Humid for this look.
I used DreamWorld Mineral foundation for this look. I love this brand of mineral makeup. As I stated in my Comprehensive Review of Mineral Foundations I've Tried, it gives a radiant complexion because it is not entirely matte, but not shimmery either. It de-flats one's skintone and makes it look bright, and DreamWorld has awesome finishing powders (creme toppings and whipped cocoons) that will suit every skin type. As you can see in my looks, I use DreamWorld's finishing powders quite often.
Here's a step-by-step. All products MAC unless otherwise provided.
Apply Bare Canvas paint all over lid, brows, and lower lashline. Smooth product on the lid with finger. Using a fluffy shader brush, apply Greenstroke paint pot on lid. Using Loew Cornell Maxine's Mop 3/8" or the 239 brush (stiff shader brush), apply solid side of Fresh Green Mix foiled (using Charged Water) on lid.
Using another stiff shader brush (I used Sonia Kashuk's small eyeshadow brush), apply the melange side of Fresh Green Mix on the crease, going down to the outer lid.
Using the 224 brush, apply Henna on the lid.
Using the Sonia Kashuk blender brush, apply Greensmoke on outer V and crease. Blend with the 224.
Using the Sonia Kashuk blender brush, apply Humid on the crease, then blend again using the 224.
Using the 227 brush, apply Vanilla pigment on the crease, and use Coastal Scents mini detail brush to apply Vanilla pigment on inner corners.
Using the Sonia Kashuk mini-detail brush, apply the solid side of Fresh Green Mix on inner to mid lower lashline, and Humid on outer lower lashline. Use Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero to tightline and on waterline. Apply Almay liquid liner in Black. Apply mascara.
Monistat gel as primer
DreamWorld mineral foundation in 50-50 mix of Theia and Amenti (Luna formula)
Urban Decay 24/7 pencil concealer
Dayna's Rested mineral undereye concealer
DreamWorld Creme Topping(finishing powder) in Peach Creme (clay and silica formula)
MAC duo blush in Tigerlily/Bloomsberry
MAC lipliner in Whirl
MAC lipstick in Brave
MAC lipglass in Trifle