Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sparkly Indie Eye Shadow!! Cosette's Cosmetics Swatches

I will admit that I, like most women, am a magpie.  If something sparkles, it will catch my eye!  Anything shiny, sparkly, or glittery?  Bring it on!

However, as I have mentioned before, I am a teacher in my other life (haha) so I need to mute down the makeup most of the week and look professional.  I tend to use my Urban Decay NAKED palette (and they are remaining cruelty free, holla!!) and then, for just a touch of sparkle, I add a tiny bit of Goomba, by Cosette's Cosmetics right above my iris (the colored part of the eye. I had to ask my boyfriend about that. I don't teach science for a reason, people) to make me look awake.

Cosette's Cosmetics is a indie store owned by someone I am happy to now consider a friend.  She is super talented and the products are all vegan and of course, cruelty free.  Jennifer handmakes her creations and honestly, I haven't seen shadows as uber sparkly as these!  (BTW: in case you've clicked the link, the shop is currently closed but she plans to re-open soon with new colors...I can't wait!!!)

I currently have three Cosette's products:

  • Goomba, full size
  • Tron, full size
  • Moonrocks, sample
Goomba is school approved, LOL, the others I save for non-school days!

First up is Goomba.

I bought a second one because I wear it every day.  I've had it for a couple months though, and I am still on my first tub.  My coloring is medium with dark brown hair and dark eyes.  My Mother recently came to visit and she is fair skinned with blonde hair and green eyes, and she wanted Goomba, too.  (I bought her one but she doesn't know yet!).  This is a sparkly neutral that will look good on every single person.  There is a bit of fallout with the glitter but just do what I do 'cause I'm a rebel - lick your finger first and then dab it on!  Or, use a blush brush to just sweep it off your face.  I am currently digging a shimmery blush anyway, so I am not really concerned with the minimal fallout anyway.

Left, Goomba over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy...Right, Goomba alone
Top, Goomba over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy...Bottom, Goomba alone 
Top, Goomba over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy...Bottom, Goomba alone 
How pretty is Goomba?  I think the name comes from a video game character?  Cute, right?  I love the way this looks.  Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy is a must have for glitter lovers, too.  I will do a Fyrinnae review.  Props to my friend Callie for the Epoxy suggestion and for many other indie suggestions as well.

Next is Tron!  This amazing purple just glistens in the light!

Tron over PE on top, bottom is Tron alone
Tron over PE on the left, right is Tron alone
Lastly: Moonrocks!  I discovered this little beauty when it was sent as a free sample with my first order.  This is quite a generous sample!  Shimmer is one love and baby pink is another, so I was instantly in love with this!

It was perfect timing as well because I wanted a brilliant pink to go with a purple dress I wore to a wedding in Puerto Rico in February.  Moonrocks is a cotton candy meets rock and roll color, with shimmer and amazing staying power!  Jennifer is going to release a new collection soon, so when I place my next order, a full size Moonrocks will be included.
A very generous sample!!
Moonrocks over PE top, bottom is alone
 Aren't these gorgeous?  Here is a look I did with Tron and Goomba.  I don't remember when I took this but  it was certainly a non-school day!
Inside artificial lighting doesn't do these justice!
I decided to post about these products now because Jennifer has announced that her new collection is coming out soon and I am uber excited!  You can sign up to be notified when the shop opens on etsy if you're interested.

Last photo!  Cosette is Jennifer's darling cat, so all of the packaging has kittehs!  Love it.
Kitteh packaging!
Check out Goomba here!
What do you think of these shadows?
LC

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

French Manicure...With Attitude!

This is a simple french manicure with a twist!  I used Milani nail art in silver and gold below the white.  I replaced my white after this because it looks a little lumpy, doesn't it?

No matter what brand of white polish I use, french manis last about 23 hours on me.  Between playing with my dogs, typing, and school work, there really is no point for me to ever do a french mani...but it doesn't stop me from trying!!


If you're a french manicure fan, what brand do you use for the white tips?  Does it have good staying power?
xoxo,
Lacey

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

What The Heck Is On My Nails??

Maybe we should turn this into a game?  Does anyone want to guess what colors are here???

Hint: There are at least 5-8 separate polishes here, LOL.


I found this in my archives of photos that I took in preparation for starting this blog.  I have no idea what colors these are!  I see Milani Jewel FX in here.  I think the base is a magenta of some kind.  I know it is not a red although it looks red because I never, ever wear red (exception: holiday themes), so that means the lighting is distorted somehow, too.

Any guesses??  Leave them in the comments if you spy a polish here!
xoxo,
Lacey

Thursday, July 12, 2012

NYC City Sweets Summer 2012 Collection

Thanks to a swapper friend (shout out to Karen!) I was able to acquire the entire City Sweets collection.  For some reason, my local CVS, Walmarts, and Dollar Stores did not have any of these little beauties.  They each take three thin coats or two thick coats for full coverage, but the color play off is worth it.  Being Quick Dry polishes certainly helps plead their case as well.

The names are, from left to right, Mint Macaroon, Lavender Cupcake, City Sweets Pink and Peaches N'Cream.  They are all lovely!

City Sweets Collection 2012

Lavender Cupcake
City Sweets Pink with Revlon Lights topcoat
Do you own any NYC polishes? What do you think of them??
xoxo,
LC

Monday, July 9, 2012

MaoNicure Monday: NYC City Sweets Lavender Cupcake

It's Monday...again.  Let's start our week with a cute picture of my kitteh, Mao!

She is helping me show off NYC's Lavender Cupcake, one of the four City Sweets Summer 2012 collection.  I originally wanted the Peach from this collection and a lovely woman I met swapping (thanks Karen!) found the elusive peach for me.  She also sent me the others in the collection, which was as sweet as the colors in this collection.  :)

The formula of NYC polish is streaky and requires three coats to even out the formula.  I love it with a matte because I feel like the matte helps to seal the color.  Considering the $2 or so price point, it is a decent brand with some fairly unique colors.  I wish I could find it in stores near me, but alas, I have luckily been able to rely on the kindness of strangers (fans myself, Scarlett-style) to get these.  I will do a post showing all 4 soon!

Her blue eyes look nice with my lilac polish!
Milani Gold Nail Art for the reverse french manicure
Have you tried NYC polishes?  I forgot to mention they are quick dry!  This is a huge plus for a girl who cannot sit still for long, like meeeee!!!!
LC

Friday, July 6, 2012

I Love Beauty Army!! Review of January Through June Boxes

I have been meaning to do this review since I started this blog.  Thanks to Beauty Army, I have been exposed to many new product lines and I have plenty to review!

Beauty Army is a monthly subscription sample service.  It is $12 per month and they send 6 deluxe sized samples.  It is similar to BirchBox and the like, but you get to take a Beauty Profile quiz when you sign up and you can re-take the quiz as often as you like.  The quiz asks questions like your favorite makeup style for going out, your type of hair, what nail polish looks you prefer, and ends with a grid of choices, ranging from Anti-Aging, Brightening, Hair, Nails, All Natural, Anti-Redness, etc, and you can select a few options to help personalize your results.

The results are generated and 9 samples are shown.  You select 6 or you can let them choose the 6 for you. Being the control freak that I am, I have always selected each sample myself!!!!!!

January 2012
April 2012
June 2012: Mystery Sample..oooooh!
I joined in January when the company started and I have yet to skip a month.  You can do that easily, if you wish, but I have always found 6 things I've wanted to try.  In April, I received a full size product, a Joico K-Pak treatment that was over 5 ounces!  I have also received a full size shadow, which I'll review separately later - it's fab!

In January, each item was wrapped individually.  For the past few months, they've been encased within the tissue.  Not a huge difference, but this box is from January or February.  I love the boxes as well.  They are sturdy enough to re-use, as is the tissue.  Yay for up-cycling!
My January Box!
Cellceuticals Neocell Treatment,
Control Corrective Moisturizer,
Shea Terra Organics Black Soap Cleanser (amaaaaaazing),
Strivectin Brightening Serum (also super amazing. I'd buy it except a full size is $89 for an ounce),
LaRocca pumpkin body scrub,
Bling Tone eyeshadow (full size!)
My April box contained:
 MAD Skincare Redness Rescue,
Indie Lee lotion (I love ANYTHING Indie Lee that I've been sent so far),
BooBoo Cover Up,
Karuna Brightening Treatment Mask,
Kellet Hydrant Gel,
Pur-lisse Brightening Serum (love this, too)
June 2012
June contents:
Eyecandy Coolers (re-usable),
Fiafini Divine Hydration Moisturizer,
Atopalm Moisturizing cream (for the body)
June continued:
Korres Guava Gel (was supposed to be lotion...)
Youngblood Mineral Primer (amaaazing. I plan to purchase the full-size of this.  I am a primer JUNKY.  If you have a favorite primer that I need to try, please leave suggestions on my Facebook wall or here!!)
June's "Mystery Sample" turned out to be the best product I've tried from Beauty Army!  Details below!
I wish this had smell-o-vision.  This is Heaven in a jar!!
In June, for the first time, there was a mystery sample option.  That is what the question mark above is for, in the grid photos.  I was hesitant to order it (since I am a control freak, as I mentioned) but I decided to go for it.  Woooooo hooo! Thank goodness I did!  I was sent a sample of Indie Lee's coconut citrus body scrub!  I received this in my February kit and coveted every last drop.  It smells like heaven and exfoliates gently yet briskly, leaving a super soft finish.  I think it smells like buttered popcorn, lol, but it's better than that.  I was SO excited to receive this as my mystery sample and will hoard this one just like I did with the last one.  I am contemplating a full size because it's fairly expensive, but I waaant it!! My birthday is in a month, maybe I shall treat myself ;)  If you're a scrub fan, this is worth the splurge, it really is.

Anyway, I hope you can tell from this picture heavy post that I am a huge fan.  I also love the company's customer service.  As a CS Rep (second job) myself, I appreciate the attentiveness and personalization of the service itself and the staff's attitudes.

If you're interested in Beauty Army, I strongly suggest checking it out for at least a month, you will not regret it!
xoxo,
Lacey C.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Fourth Of July: The Mani I Really Did Not Want To Do

Happy 4th of July!

I have begun to think that the national holiday should actually extend from the 2nd through the 4th.  The Declaration of Independence was signed on the 2nd and accepted on the 4th.  I think the best way to honor our country and our freedoms is to celebrate for three full days.  Don't you agree?

Anyway, originally I did not want to do a July 4 manicure because I really dislike blues and reds on my nails, lol.  They are among my least favorite, in fact, right up there with orange!!

The more I thought about it, though, the more I decided to do something patriotic.  If nothing else, I figured that it gives me a good excuse to paint my nails tomorrow if I disliked it.  However, I actually like how they came out.  I think they MAY stay through the weekend, but it is only Wednesday!!

Check it out!  What do you think?

I will update with exact colors later, but the red is Milani, the blue is Sally Hansen, the white is Confetti and white striper by Kiss, the light blue is Sephora/OPI.

The stars are the new Fergie for Wet & Wild - which, in my opinion, is a gloppy, thick formula not even worth the $4 from Walgreens.  I am going to pick the stars out and try to strain the nasty clear base, but I might end up tossing it out.  I have no patience for glitters that I have to hunt and peck for within the bottle!  This is actually why I hesitate to try new indie brands until I hear rave reviews from others.

Happy 4th of July!
Lacey


Right hand

Left hand