Saturday, July 20, 2013

Milani Hi-Tech (Holographic)

Without Flash                                                  With Flash

This is Milani's Hi-Tech from the 3D Holographic collection.  Hi-Tech is a yellow/green/chartreuse scattered holo packed with lots of shimmer particles.  Also, an extra bonus bc the finish is not gritty whatsoever!  It's beautiful!  The "With Flash" picture is very true to color.  I found this on clearance during CVS' 50-75% off end of the year sale.

Have you tried any of Milani's 3D Holographic polishes?

Friday, July 19, 2013

New Inglot Freedom palette

This is my 2nd Inglot palette.  My first was a 10 pan freedom palette (sold off in a blog sale though).  
Wow!  First and foremost, Inglot's prices has increased.  Before, each shadow was $5/each and you got the palette for free (if you filled it up).  For example, my first freedom palette, I purchased 10 shadows for $5/each and got the 10 pan palette for free so my total was $50. shadows are $6/each and you have to purchase the freedom palette separately.  So, it cost $76 for a 10 pan palette now!  SMH No bueno!  
With that being said, I remembered why I sold my first freedom palette (rarely used), so I opted to get a more basic palette.  I got the 3 eyeshadow + 1 blush freedom palette for $39.  
I've owned the 2 matte shades (337 & 329) before.

CUA aka SMILEYPearl 393 - peachy/golden with a pearl finish.  I love this finish because it gives you just the right amount of sheen.  This shade reminds me of MAC's Ricepaper and somewhat of theBalm's Mary Loumanizer.  Beautiful!

Matte 337 - matte medium brown.  I've owned this before and I mainly use it for blending and for my brows :)

Matte 329 - matte deep chocolate brown.  This is also another shade I've owned before and it's main purpose was for crease work and smoking out the bottom lash line.  For some reason, the formula on this one is a bit chalky.

CUA aka SMILEYBlush #28 - muted/mauvy pink.  I think this is perfect for everyday wear.  It's super silky smooth and blends great.

Although Inglot's prices has increased due to the popularity of their line, I don't mind the extra few dollars at all.  

Have you tried Inglot line?  What are your favorites?

Monday, July 15, 2013

New Hair + Color

Morgan Taylor Nail Polish Swatch + Mini Review

During my stop at the nail supply store 2 weeks ago, these were some of the polishes I picked up.  They were sitting on display at the checkout counter and the colors really caught my eyes.

Morgan Taylor.
I've never heard of the brand before so I asked the cashier how they were in comparison to OPI.  He said they're to be better than OPI.  Now you know I gotta try it out now with that said!  There was about 10 shades the store currently carries and I picked up 5.

After further research, I learned that MT is owned by the same company that owns Gelish; a well known gel polish brand.

Birthday Suit.  I would describe this as "bone beige" lol.  It looks greige in the picture though, don't it?  The formula was thick/goopy and application was streaky...this one is a hot mess!   It took me about 4 coats to even everything out.  However, I do like the glossy finish of a top coat without a top coat.  You get it??  LOL

Mint Chocolate Chip.  
This is your typical mint creme shade.  Again, the formula was thick and application was streaky.  Swatch below is of 3 coats.

Lost in Paradise.  
This is a blue/green/teal creme.  This formula was thin unlike the first 2 polishes.  It was streaky upon initial application but once you layer on the 2nd's even and opaque.   

West Coast Cool.  
This is a vibrant blue cream.  Formula and application is same as the previous shade.

It's My Party.  
This is a multi-colored glitter polish.  The glitters are not too big or too small.  They seem to be the same size for the most part.  I did wear this shade over Lost in Paradise and West Coast Cool but I forgot to take a picture.  I can say that this glitter polish is very easy to take off with polish remover :)  and the glitters are not that chunky at all but will require at least 1 good coat of top coat.

Overall, I'm not impressed.  The colors are beautiful but formula and application can be improved; especially, the quality of the brush.  I do like the fact that the polish dries quickly and the finish is nice enough to where you can skip putting on a top coat, if you didn't have the time.  Now I will have to wear it more to test the longevity of each shade.  

Disclosure:  Products purchased by yours truly.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Essie Naughty Nautical Summer 2013 Collection Swatch + Review + GIVEAWAY!!

Happy J4!

Today, I have Essie's Naughty Nautical Summer 2013 collection to share with you guys.  This collection consist of 2 soft shades and 4 bright shades.  

Naughty Nautical.  Described as a "marine blue-green shimmer".  
The formula is easy to work with.  Shimmers are not gritty/chunky.  Opaque in 2-3 coats.    

Sunday Funday.  Described as a "tangerine coral crush shimmer".  
I love corals!  And I love Sunday Funday!  The formula is easy to work with and color payoff is great with 2 coats.  Shimmers are quite beautifully sparkly!

The More The Merrier.  Described as a "juicy lime green".
This is the creme of the bunch and the hardest to work with.  The formula was thick and streaky.  It takes 3-4 coats for a even application.  This shade reminds me of OPI Did it on 'em but brighter.

The Girls Are Out.  Described as a "fuchsia peony sparkle".
Again, formula was good and application was easy.  Good to go with 2 coats.

Full Steam Ahead.  Described as a "pearlescent punch lilac".
This is one of the soft shades, a lilac/lavendar shade.  Formula is easy to work with and can get away with 2 coats.  The shimmer is quite fine in this one too so it's very sparkly up close but can pass for a creme from a distance.

Rock The Boat.  Described as a "shimmering french blue".  
The other soft shade of the collection.  Once again, the shimmers in this one is beautiful.  The formula is good but application is somewhat streaky.  Will take at least 3 coats for a even application.  The picture below was with 2 coats.  This shade reminds me of Essie Bikini So Teeny without the purple hue.

Overall, I really like this collection.  There's nothing special about the shades(because we've seen similar colors before)but the formula is great.  And the shimmer particles/amount in these are just perf!


I'm giving away a complete set of Essie Naughty Nautical Summer 2013 collection to one lucky winner.
Here are the RULEs:
1.  Must follow my blog
2.  Must follow my Twitter 
3.  Must subscribe to my YouTube
4.  Leave a comment on the Giveaway video with your usernames for 1 & 2.
5.  Must like (thumb up) the video
5.  Must be at least 18 years old to enter or have prior parents' permission.

This giveaway will end July 31st.  The winner will be selected on August 1st from the comment entries on YouTube and be announced on my blog and twitter.

Thank you and good luck!

Disclosure:  Products purchased by yours truly.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Color Club Halo Hues Spring 2013 Swatches

I bring you today, swatches of Color Club's Halo Hues Spring 2013 collection!
This collection consist of 6 linear halographic polishes!  This collection is more vibrant than the first Halo Hues collection released in 2012.  

Beyond.  A black based halo.  

Cosmic Fate.  A orange/copper/beige/nude halo.   

Eternal Beauty.  A bright purple halo.

Kismet.  A gold/green/chartreuse halo.

Miss Bliss.  A pink halo.

Over the Moon.  A bright cyan/blue halo.

Overall, this is a must have collection for me and I'm super duper happy I got it.  These are great halos for the price.  The formula is also great.  You can definitely wear it sheer with only one layer or put on 2 for full opacity.  The only shade I had to put on 3 layers was Kismet but that color is so beautiful and the formula is so easy to work with that I do not mind a 3 layer at all!  My favorite shades will have to be Over the moon; it's so vibrant and beautiful!!  These pictures did not do these polishes enough justice.  As you all know, it's very hard to capture the halo goodness and effect of halo polishes. 

Have you tried this collection?  Which shade is your fave?

Disclosure:  Products purchased by yours truly.