Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sephora PLAY! July 2016

Oops! It's almost the end of July and I didn't show you my Sephora PLAY! box yet!

Let's get right to it!


This month's theme was "effortless," which I don't necessarily get behind, LOL. I know a lot of people tone down their beauty routine in the summer...but I don't! I am glam no matter what! Clearly, I ditch the makeup when I hit the beach, but still.


This bag is silly. I really wish it came in boxes, like my first month did. Boxes are much more useful. That's just my two cents.


Sweeeeet! What bronzer lovah doesn't love the Chocolate Soleil line from Too Faced? I was a little surprised they sent medium/deep instead of a more universal shade, but it is still an quality product. I have one already, however, and it's way too deep for me to use as anything but an eyeshadow, so I did swap this one.


I know a lot of people are disappointed with perfume samples but it was the 6th item included, so maybe Sephora is hearing the criticism and improving on it. I don't get to the store often at all, so I don't mind the samples, personally. This smelled lemony and fresh!


Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer is another welcome addition! I love primers and try a variety of brands. Smashbox is one of the best! I've been having big pore issues this summer so I've been using this since I received it. I do want to purchase a full size (when I run out of the billions of primers I have...).


First Aid Beauty is another brand that I have had some luck with in the past, so I was excited to see this cleanser. I have used it a few times and although I do enjoy it, I am really loving my LUSH Ultrabland still and will probably stay with that - it's just so moisturizing!


This wave spray by Ouai is a generous sample! It isn't something I'll use (for my stick straight, wont curl or wave EVER), so I will swap this away.


Last but not least, Sephora included the blotterazzi blotting cushion by Beauty Blender. WTF is a blotting cushion? When I posed this question on social media, a few of you responded and said it's like a blotting linen for your purse and the full size comes with a holder. AHHHH.


So, here...there is no holder or case. What to do with it? Also, the thought of re-using a blotting "cushion" seems kinda yucky to me. Furthermore, Sarah Jessica Parker once said to use a coffee filter for the same reason, but much cheaper. Even furthermore, I use setting powder. This will get swapped, too.


So, there you have it. I am loving the Smashbox primer and I like the cleanser. Beyond that, these products are not really for me and I plan to swap 50% of the content. Womp, womp. I am still a huge fan of the PLAY! box though, and am looking forward to next month.


Monday, July 25, 2016

Zoya Neutrals: Dot & Chantal

There is nothing better, when you need a quick and neutral manicure, than a Zoya creme polish. My foolproof, manicure before work, recipe is:
Nail Envy, 1 coat
Zoya creme polish, 2 coats
HK Girl topcoat, 1 coat.
Seriously, I am out the door in about 12 minutes, LOL. I will time it next time, I promise.

Today I have two quick manis of a couple of my favorite neutral Zoya polishes, Dot and Chantal.

Dot is a gorgeous pastel pink (that actually needs 3 coats, so up that to 14 minutes) that looks good no matter where you're going, what you're doing, or what time of the year you decide to use it.



Chantal is one of my top 3 Zoya polishes EVER. I reach for this one (and Melanie) more than anything else. Chantal is def two coats only - the coverage is perfect and the polish just flows on the nail. I may actually need a backup bottle of this beauty!



What are your go-to Zoya polishes?


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Mask of the Week: TonyMoly I'm Real Avocado Mask Sheet Nutrition

I love my TonyMoly bundle of masks because there is always a mask to fit my skin's needs! After a weekend of fun with friends, I picked up the I'm Real Avocado Nutrition sheet mask just to refresh my skin and perk it up a bit.


Back of package with normal mask sheet instructions:


Goofy face time!


TonyMoly masks are so gentle and effective. I felt like, as you can see above, the mask didn't fit my face as well as others. See all of the gaping? It smelled amazing, as all of the masks I have tried smell, and my skin felt soft after. I am guessing since this is a general "nutrition" mask that it didn't target anything specific - it was just nice, soothing, and moisturizing. I am a fan and will continue to use my TonyMoly masks, although I am not sure I would seek this one out to buy it solo.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Nail Art! Tone On Tone Florals Featuring Orly Flawless Flush!

Again, I must ask the question. Do decals count as nail art? If not, I fail. If so, I win!


I wasn't sure about this tone-on-tone floral mani but once it was finished, I must say, I liked it! I began with two coats of Flawless Flush by Orly, a lovely muted lavender with a subtle shimmer.



Then I used tweezers to apply these floral stickers from I purchased them a few months ago and if you can't find them on the site, you'll find plenty of other similar stickers. The pink shade of the sticker and the lavender shade of the polish made this very girly and subtle.



These decals are good quality and easy to use. I do recommend tweezers to help with placement as you cannot really change your mind (like you can with a waterslide decal) or you risk pulling up your polish.



You can find these decals, and a million similar choices, at bornprettystore. Use MBHMK31 for 10% off and you'll always get free worldwide shipping.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Second Look Post: Color Club Over The Moon

I am going to say it: Color Club makes the best mainstream holo polishes. Seriously. Look:




This is a Second Look Post, which means I have featured this polish on the blog before, but because it is SO beautiful, it deserves a second look.



This is Over The Moon, from the original Color Club Halo Hues collection. This is TWO - yes, two - coats of polish and topcoat.



The formula is PERFECT. Sorry for so many caps in this post, but I think they are well deserved!! I don't reach for this polish nearly enough, but I really should. These photos were all taken outside, in full sun, with (obviously) no need for flash from the camera. SO pretty!



You can find Color Club polishes online, so get to hunting!