Monday, August 29, 2016

Sephora PLAY! August 2016


No month is complete without a Sephora PLAY! unboxing post!

Check out what I received this month:


The theme for this month's box is The Eye Openers. As usual, the bag coordinated quite well!


Personally, I miss the boxes as I found a lot more uses for them than the bag.


As usual, the package came with a card that explains each product and how to use them:


Group shot:


Let me show you each item in detail.

First, Urban Decay Perversion mascara is a new to me mascara. Has anyone tried it? I have an awesome mascara system going with Too Faced Roller Ball and L'Oreal Miss Manga, so this may get swapped or given to my Mom.


Next, Lancome's Energie De Vie, The Smoothing and Glow Boosting Liquid Care.

If you saw this package, what would you think this was? I had NO idea. None.

Google to the rescue! Apparently it is a moisturizer! Whodathunkit?

Per the Sephora website:

"Wake up your skin with a burst of anti-fatigue hydration. This liquid moisturizer fuels your skin for a refined texture, renewed bounce, and gorgeous glow. Its unique formula is hydrating like a cream, concentrated like serums, and light like essences. It’s formulated with goji berry, lemon balm, and vitamin E to provide antioxidant protection against free radicals. Inspired by Korean skin care routines, this water-infused fresh moisturizer works to address the first visible signs of aging for radiant, refreshed, and healthy-looking skin."


The texture is a gel and feels nice on my hand. I enjoy Lancome, so I look forward to trying this out.


Sephora PLAY! also included Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm. This is quite the deluxe sample, my container was filled to the brim. As this is a pricey item, I was impressed with what I received!


It has a nice, thick texture. There is no scent, but once I applied it, I felt a slightly cooling feeling. It was definitely not a tingle, definitely not harsh or bothersome to the eye area, but just cooling. Very nice!


Next up, I received MakeupForever eye shadow in some random number I didn't write down. I wish they named their shades!


I wasn't expecting to like this color, but I really do! It's a grey, mauve, purple color with a touch of shimmer. It feels like velvet and I experienced zero fallout when I applied it this morning.


Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12HR Wear in #33, Plum shimmer, was also included. I usually wear black liner all the time, so this is actually a nice, light change for fall.


I am sorry that this is slightly blurry.


I haven't used a pencil liner in what feels like forever. I am quite loyal to my L'Oreal Gel Lacquer liner that comes in a pot and is applied with a brush. I forget how nice pencils can be! I love that it coordinates with the shadow, too. It swatched smoothly on my hand but this morning, when I applied it to my eyelid, the color didn't apply nearly as smoothly. I will try it again, though. Might be user error!


The last item, included as the 6th instead of a 5th item (which should make some people much happier), is Clean Reserve perfume in Warm Cotton.  Normally, I like cotton and linen scents. They usually have a light air of laundry but smell mostly like warmth and sun. Not this one. This has a 'bury your face in the towel after it is out of the dryer' scent. It is STRONG. Way, way too strong for me, personally. I actually sprinted it on my bed before I hopped it last night. I will not be using this as perfume.


In sum, this is another awesome box. I am already looking forward to next month!


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Mask of the Week: Lanocreme Manuka Honey Face Mask

Hello and Happy Sunday!

This week I tried the Lanocreme Manuka Honey sheet mask. This is for moisture replenishment and is supposed to be nourishing and revitalizing. I used this at a time where I didn't have too many specific concerns, I just wanted something nice and moisturizing.



Goofy face time:


Sigh. It's really a pain when the sheet mask doesn't fit well. Who the heck do some of these companies use as a face shape model? Certainly isn't ME. Ughgggghhh.

Anyway, besides the horrible fit and slippage of the mask, the end results were nice. Honey is quite moisturizing, as we know, but schmeearring honey all over your face does not sound like a good time. A mask infused with honey, on the other hand, is much less messy...and sticky!

I would not use this mask again because of the ill fit. There are just too many other good masks to deal with mediocrity, LOL.


Friday, August 26, 2016

Nail Art: O My Jewels - Pink Champagne and Pretty In Pink

Hello and Happy Friday!

Today I have a lil' bit o'nail art for you!

On Wednesday, I showed you the two gorgeous polishes I received for review from O My Jewels, an awesome new indie company.  I've used them both in some fun nail art that I am excited to show you today.

Follow O My Jewels on Facebook HERE!

First, to refresh your memory, here is Pretty In Pink:


I used random chevron decals that I found in my stash and turned them vertical. I applied a coat of Pink Champagne, also by O My Jewels, and then removed the decals. Easy and really pretty! The colors look great together.






The second polish that I was sent is Pink Champagne, a lovely shimmery magenta.


I added my favorite bornprettystore decals and topcoated:







How do you like these looks?

Check out O My Jewels HERE!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New To Me Indie: O My Jewels - Pink Champagne and Pretty In Pink

Hello there!

Today I have two gorgeous polishes from a new-to-me indie company called O My Jewels! I am impressed with the variety of colors and finishes already offered by this brand. I have a sparkly polish and a creme polish to show you today...(and some nail art on Friday!).

Check them out on Facebook HERE!

Bottle shot!


Gorgeous, right? Let's see them on the nails!

Here is Pink Champagne:

I did two easy coats of Pink Champagne. I am not the biggest fan of this brush, as it seems slightly fluffy and holds a lot of polish. Make sure to wipe it off well before application!





Next up, Pretty In Pink is a gorgeous pastel pink creme. I was not expecting this amaaaazing formula! Pastels are notorious for being streaky - not this one! This is two coats, but it pretty much only needed one. What an awesome creme polish!





Both of these are beauties that I am happy to have!

Go to O My Jewels to check out the other awesome polishes available, and come back here on Friday for some fun nail art using these polishes. Follow on Facebook HERE!


Monday, August 22, 2016

China Glaze: Thistle Do Nicely - NEON!!

Nothing says Summer Nails like a neon!

Today's post is short, sweet, and BRIGHT!


Say hello to one of my favorite China Glaze polishes of all time - Thistle Do Nicely.

Honestly, it's brighter in person!  Much more neon, too. I get so many compliments when I wear this!  Pictures show 3 coats and I do suggest 3 coats are needed.

  • First coat was so patchy that I re-closed my bottle and shook it, thinking perhaps it was getting old or wasn't mixed (polish is from 2013 Avant Garden collection)...nope.  
  • Second coat covered well but was slightly streaky...not good enough.  
  • Third coat was definitely needed to even it out, cover pulled spots, and create the overall creme cream looking texture we expect.


This close up is perhaps most color accurate. Love it!


Last look:


Do you do seasonally appropriate nails? Or whatever, whenever?