Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Overview: Sinful Nail Colors

"You know that I love you boy, hot like Mexico, rejoice..."
Sorry, listening to Lady Gaga.

Anyway! Today will be a quick overview/review of Sinful's nail colors. I've seen them at Walgreens and Target so far, and they usually retail for $1.99. Also, they go on sale for buy one, get one free quite often. I only have three colors at the moment: Frenzy, Nail Junkie and Show Me the Way. Please excuse the stock photos, my camera is on the fritz at the moment.

Frenzy is a gorgeous color of purple, dark blue, medium blue, and fuschia glitter. It has a clear base and does not really have a jellylike consistency. This is my favorite of the bunch: I did a cute mani the other day with just using this on the tips of my nails. Got a lot of compliments.

Nail Junkie is an absolutely stunning color. It's a teal/aqua jelly base with a load of what appears to be gold glitter, but upon closer inspection, it's actually multi colored (almost rainbow) and varying sizes of chunky glitter. I love this color! (Currently my mani color). It really is one of those statement colors.

Show Me the Way is the last color I have. I got this because I have no other greens like it... it's a semi metallic, glowing "pea soup" green. I didn't know if this would flatter my skin tone, but once I applied it, I loved it and got a lot of compliments. Definitely go for this if you want something different.

Now, to discuss the polishes overall. I love all 3 of these colors. First off, the formula is decent. The brush is a good size and I can coat my small nails in 2-3 slow swipes. I like that they are slightly angled, but I do find that they are sometimes hard to get into the sides of your nails without hitting skin (which is bad when you're doing glitter... it doesn't come off!).

My main issue with these is the dry time. I had no issues with Frenzy, I did my tips and by the time I was done painting all 5 fingers, the first finger was ready for a second coat. However, SMTW and Nail Junkie were AWFUL. I tried doing SMTW in a bit of a hurry and it looked awful. Even with my Seche Vite top coat (which dries super fast), those were still completely jelly and tacky over 5 minutes later. I know I am impatient with my nails, but when you're letting each coat dry for 2-3 minutes and the top layer is complete jelly? Not acceptable. However, for $1.99, they're pretty awesome. Professional? Not so much. Nail Junkie is stunning, but after I spent over 30 minutes last night trying to get my nails right (my left thumb and ring finger just were not drying), I can't see myself reaching for it all the time. Definitely fun to play with though!

Overall grade: B-

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sunset over an ocean?

Lame title. Just an experiment with colors... I sort of like it.

- Mac Studio Finish Concealer in NW20
- Mac Select Moisturecover Concealer in NW20
- Mac Studio Fix powder in NC25
- Mac blush in Prism
- Mac e/s in Folie (brows)

- Too Faced Shadow Insurance
- Mac e/s in Tilt (all over lid and inner bottom lashline)
- Mac e/s in Sushi Flower (upper crease)
- Mac e/s in Cranberry (outer crease)
- Urban Decay e/s in Last Call (used over Cranberry, didn't like the washed out look cranberry was giving... and in middle of lower lashline)
- L'Oreal HIP metallic e/s duo in Magnetic (the dark blue in outer crease, outer edge of lower lash line)
- Urban Decay e/s in Polyester Bride (inner corner)
- Revlon matte e/s in Vintage Lace (brow highlight)
- Merle Norman eyeliner in Night Navy
- Collection 2000 glitter liner in Hustle
- Maybelline Lash Stiletto mascara in Very Black

- Mac dazzleglass in Extra Amps

Monday, December 7, 2009

Monthly Favorites: Volume 1

Every other makeup person is doing it. So. Yeah.

- Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat (it's a base coat). I got this from Sally for $5.99, I believe. It's really good! It definitely prevents staining and I've noticed when combined with my Seche Vite topcoat, the nail polish can be peeled off in one chunk.
- Bath and Body works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin body spray. Yes, I know. I'm a whore for this shit.
- Victoria's Secret shimmer lotion in Love Spell. Oh my god is all that needs to be said.
- E.L.F. professional bronzing brush. I looked on their website for this and it's not the same one I have, mine is from Target and is black. I love this thing, seriously. It's amazing for blush and it was only $1!
- Rimmel blush in Pink Rose. Very pretty and sheer. Perfect for me... too bad it's discontinued.
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara in Black Brown. I'm impressed with this mascara! It gives nice volume and length with minimal clumping on multiple coats.
- CoverGirl TruShine lipstick in Plum Shine. Gorgeous color, especially with Mac's dazzleglass in Funtabulous over top.
- Revlon matte eyeliner in #04, Pure White. Decent for the waterline.
- The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Day/Night Cream. Just switched to this from my clean and clear moisturizer and I love it. It's cleared up the redness in my skin like crazy. My bottle is a bit old so I don't get the soothing effect, but I will definitely rebuy.
- China Glaze nail polish in Harmony. Gorgeous purple/silver metallic. Great staying power as well, think I wore it for 4 days with no chipping.

Taylor Swift: Fifteen MV Look

Copyright stuff: I do not own any of the Taylor Swift photos... I print screened them off of universalmusicgroup's channel from her video.
General Disclaimer: I purchased all of the products mentioned myself and am not being endorsed by any company or corporation
to list said products.

Here is the look I am doing today:


- Mac Studio Fix Powder in NC25
- Mac Select Moisturecover concealer in NW20
- NYX Loose Powder in Translucent
- Mac MSF in Gold Deposit
- Mac blush in Prism
- Mac e/s in Sushi Flower (as blush)

- Mac e/s in Folie (brows)
- Mac shadestick in Beige-ing (above top lash line)
- Mac e/s in Texture (very very very lightly in crease, bottom lash line)
- Mac e/s in White Frost (above top lashes with a tiny brush, inner corner)
- Sephora waterproof liner in Deep Black (smudged on top and bottom)
- Revlon matte e/s in Vintage Lace (brow)
- Little bit of the foundation just under the smudged liner
- Maybelline Lash Stiletto mascara in Very Black

- CoverGirl TruShine lipstick in Fire Shine (blotted afterwards)
- Mac marbelized lipglass in Nice Mix Up (lightly over lips)
- Sephora gloss in Rosy Glow


- I did the best I could with the lipstick. It's more orange at some points in the video and more coral in others. I sort of did in the middle.
- Bring the eyeliner out in a slight wing
- False lashes are preferable to the zillion coats of mascara I used. I just dont have any at the moment.

And here it is! I think it came out pretty well.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Random Survey

Shampoo: Brocato Vibracolor (fade resistant shampoo)
Conditioner: Brocato Vibracolor as well (conditioner, obviously)
Styling Products: Dove Frizz Control serum and Suave volumizing mousse
Shower Gel: Softsoap Honeysuckle and Orange Peel... smells alright, but I'm bored of it.
Body Moisturizer: I rarely need it, but usually the Bath and Body works lotion, I have a few... Black Amethyst, Japanese Cherry Blossom, etc
Secret (lavendar scented)
Fake Tan: Ew, none!
Cleanser: Clean and Clear Deep Action cream cleanser
Toner: Merle Norman Luxiva AHA toner
Exfoliator: St Yves Apricot Scrub or their olive exfoliator
Foundation Brush: I either use my Eco Tools face brush or this little pink brush from Forever 21
Concealer: MAC Select Moisturecover in NW20
Powder: MAC Studio Fix powder in NC25
Blush: Changes... been using Pink Rose from Rimmel lately
Bronzer: MAC MSF in Gold Deposit
Highlighter: None... need one!
Eyeshadow Base: Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Eyeshadows: Changes daily, literally. I use Folie on my brows everyday, and I use White Frost, the Cocomotion pigment, and Hepcat decently often
Eyeliner: Again, changes. I've been using the heck out of my Sephora waterproof in Deep Black, as I've been into smokey eyes lately. I also have been playing with my new Maybelline Ultra Liner (liquid)
Curler: Just a cheapie Revlon one
Mascara: Usually Maybelline Lash Stiletto
I don't wear lipstick often, I've bought a few recently and worn them. I think my favorite is my CoverGirl TruShine in Plum Shine.
Lipgloss: My most used one is either Mac lustreglass in Springbean or Sephora gloss in Pearl 18, gorgeous
Nail Colour: Currently, it's Sinful Colors Show Me the Way... but I've used For Audrey from China Glaze a lot.