Simple Shimmer

Greetings, everyone!

We are now halfway through the week! Tuesday is my hardest day of the week, but after that, it’s smooth sailing. Wednesdays are not as bad, thankfully. Today has been a slightly longer than normal day, but I think it’s because I’m still assimilating to having more time before, after, and between my classes. Today I have a makeup look to share with you!

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This look was fast and simple, but it still looked very polished.

Simple Shimmer 2

Face

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refining Primer
Supergoop! CC Cream – Light/Medium
Bare Minerals Powder Foundation – Fairly Medium (concealer)
e.l.f. Translucent Mattifying Powder
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
Bare Minerals Warmth (contour)
Lancome Blush Subtil – Aplum
theBalm Mary Lou-Manizer

Eyes
Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil – Sin
Urban Decay Naked Palette
  Sin on lid
  Smog in crease
  Darkhorse on lower lashine
Maybelline Line Stiletto – Blackest Black
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Lips
Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss – Hypnotist

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What do you think?

Purchased.

 

 

OPI | A-Piers to be Tan

Hi everyone!

I successfully survived my first week of college! Obviously, I have been very busy over the past few days, but hopefully I will be able to settle into a regular blogging schedule soon. Though it’s technically still summer, the weather in Wisconsin is getting a little chillier, making me want to pull out my darker polishes. Today I have a new favorite to share with you, OPI’s A-Piers to be Tan.

OPI A-Piers to be Tan swatch 1

A-Piers to be Tan is a caramel brown creme. I applied two coats with topcoat.

OPI A-Piers to be Tan swatch 2

The color looks much more orange-toned in the bottle, but on my nails it reads more like a mahogany brown shade. The formula was creamy and opaque. With careful application, it could be a one-coater.

OPI A-Piers to be Tan swatch 3

What do you think?

Purchased.

OPI | Bronzed to Perfection

Hi everyone!

Happy Labor Day! Today is my last day of summer, and honestly, I’m looking forward to class starting. Today I have OPI’s Bronzed to Perfection to share with you all.

OPI Bronzed to Perfection swatch 1

Bronzed to Perfection is an orangey bronze with silver shimmer. I applied two coats without topcoat.

OPI Bronzed to Perfection swatch 2

The formula was pigmented but very thick. The polish originally came out in Summer of 2009, so no amount of thinner could really restore this for me. The shimmer made removal a lot more difficult than I expected.

OPI Bronzed to Perfection swatch 3

What do you think?

Purchased.

Nicole by OPI | Blueberry Sweet on You

Hi everyone!

Today I have Nicole by OPI’s Blueberry Sweet on You to share with you!

NOPI Blueberry Sweet on You swatch 1
 

Blueberry Sweet on You is a light blue that dries to a matte, textured finish. I applied two coats with topcoat.

NOPI Blueberry Sweet on You swatch 2
 

The formula was on the sheerer side. I had some trouble building coverage because the polish pulled and left quite a few bald spots. The dry time was also ridiculously long.

I am pretty patient when it comes to finicky polsihes, but this one drove me crazy. I don’t think the final result is worth the added effort.

NOPI Blueberry Sweet on You swatch 3
 

What do you think?

Purchased.

Fall Smoke

Hi everyone!

Greetings from college! In about a half hour, I will be heading over to the University’s Convocation, but I had a little free time, so I decided to show you a makeup look I did recently!

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Though it is technically still summer, I’ve been really getting into the fall mood. I’ve started wearing my darker nail polishes, I burned a pumpkin scented candle, and I’m desperately hoping to wear boots very soon. I recently picked up Wet n Wild’s The Comfort Zone palette, and I fell in love with the texture and pigmentation of the shadows.

Fall Smoke 1
 

Face
Lancome La Base Pro
Supergoop! CC Cream – Light/Medium
Bare Minerals Powder Foundation – Fairly Medium (concealer)
e.l.f. Translucent Mattifying Powder
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
Bare Minerals Warmth (contour)
theBalm Mary Lou-manizer
Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Blush – Rose

Eyes

Milani Shadow Eyez Almond Cream (base)
Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette
Blue-Brown Definer on lid
Brown Crease in crease
Maroon-brown Definer on outer V
Yellow Browbone as highlight
Urban Decay Naked Palette
Darkhorse as liner
Maybelline Line Stiletto – Blackest Black
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Lips
Urban Decay Pocket Rocket – Doug

Fall Smoke 3
 

What do you think?

Purchased.

Dragon Fruit

Hi everyone!

Currently I am en route to Wisconsin, and will be moving into my dorm later today! I’ve seen a lot of dragon fruit nail art lately, so I wanted to do it myself!

Dragon Fruit 1
 

I started with a base of Love & Beauty Light Blue/Black Glitter and used a striping brush to outline the nail with butter LONDON Primrose Hill Picnic.

Dragon Fruit 2
 

I wasn’t thrilled with how these turned out – my lines are too thick for my liking. This is my second time attempting a bordered look, and I can definitely tell that I need more practice. Oh well, can’t love every look you do!

Dragon Fruit 3
 

What do you think?

Purchased.

Get The 2014 Emmys Trends With Mary Kay!

The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards had a number of memorable beauty looks! “Modern Family” actress Sarah Hyland sported thick bold brows complemented with creamy berry stained lips while “Mad Men” star January Jones rocked ruby lips and silver smoky eyes. The brilliant 14-year-old “Mad Men” star Kiernan Shipka exhibited a youthful, natural glow. Recreate these stunning looks at home with the below Mary Kay tips!

Brilliantly Bold Look:

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Start by defining brows with Mary Kay Brow Definer Pencil in Brunette and shape brows with Mary Kay Brow Gel to keep brows in place.

Line lips with Mary Kay Lip Liner in Neutral and apply Mary Kay Creme Lipstick in Whipped Berries to lips straight from the tube.

Create glamourous lashes with Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara in Black applying several coats.

Complete the look with a berry kissed cheek (try Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Bold Berry)

Radiantly Red Look:

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Glaze lips with Limited-Edition Midnight Jewels Mary Kay Semi-Matte Lipstick in Ruby Night.

Cover lids with Mary Kay Cream Eye Color in Glacier Gray then dab Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Sterling to the inner thirds of lids.

Lightly brush Mary Kay Gel Eyeliner with included brush on the upper lash line to create a smooth line.

Apply two coats of Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara to complete the look.

Naturally Youthful Look:

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Spread Mary Kay At Play Jelly Lip Gloss in Poppy Love across lips.

For natural eyes, use Mary Kay At Play Baked Eye Trio in Earth Bound using the chocolate shade on the lids and the metallic taupe color on the brow bone area.

Apply Mary Kay Eyeliner in Deep Brown to lower lash lines.

Brush on Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush to the apples of cheeks for a natural glow.

CoverGirl | Pina Colada

Hi everyone!

Today is my last day at home! I can’t believe that tomorrow is move-in day! Today I’d like to show you Pina Colada from CoverGirl!

Covergirl Pina Colada swatch 1
 

Pina Colada is a pastel yellow creme. I applied two coats with topcoat.

Covergirl Pina Colada swatch 2
 

The formula was easy to apply, especially for a yellow. I found that slightly thicker-than-normal coats yielded streak-free coverage in two coats. I did get a little bit of bubbling, but I’m not sure if it was due to the thick coats or just no waiting long enough between the first and second coats.

Covergirl Pina Colada swatch 3
 

What do you think?

Purchased.

Trend Alert: Get The VMA Look With Mary Kay!

Last night’s MTV VMAs had stars gracing the red carpet with different color trends, including matching their lips to their outfits. Two trendsetters at the awards showcased their look – Gwen Stefani rocked her own LAMB Couture line with bold eyes and pretty pink lips and Demi Lovato wore a lively red Lavin dress with identical red lips and a natural glow. Recreate these gorgeous looks at home with these Mary Kay tips and tricks!

Pretty in Pink

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· Coat lips with Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick in Pink Cherie.

· For Shine, add Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Pink Parfait to the center of lips.

· Apply a thin line of Mary Kay Gel Eyeliner in Black on the upper lash line and Mary Kay Eyeliner in Black to the waterline.

· Put on two coats of Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara in Black to the upper and lower lashes.

· Brush on Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Sparkling Cider to the apples of cheeks.

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Red Hot

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· Line lips with Mary Kay Lip Liner in Clear and apply Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick in Firecracker straight from the tube.

· Sweep Mary Kay Bronzing Powder in Light to Medium along the hairline and cheeks for a perfect glow.

· Apply Mary Kay Eyeliner in Black and lengthen lashes with Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara in Black.

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Essie | Ruffles and Feathers

Hi everyone!

Happy Monday to you! Thank you all so much for you support regarding the upcoming changes on the blog :) Today I have Ruffles and Feathers from Essie to share with you!

Essie Ruffles and Feathers swatch 1
 

Ruffles and Feathers is a green creme with teal undertones. I applied one coat with topcoat.

Essie Ruffles and Feathers swatch 2
 

The formula was really easy to work with, and I got complete, even coverage in one coat! My only complaint is that this stained my fingers pretty badly upon removal.

Essie Ruffles and Feathers swatch 3
 

What do you think?

Purchased.