Saturday, April 30, 2011

Spring Favorites

Hey Everyone! Sorry for the delay in posts lately, I promise more will be coming soon! And now, on to the fun stuff!

Today I'm in the spring mood so I decided to surf the net and create a collection of my favorite spring must haves for this season! Hope You Enjoy!


Jewelry
*Short and long necklaces to bangles and braceletes*





Pearlescent Bow Necklace Forever 21 $6.80


Floral Statement Necklace Wet Seal $9.00
Debutante Necklace Forever21 $7.80


Graham Leather Studded Wrap Bracelet (green Bracelet) Gorjana $48.00
OR 
Leather Wrap Bracelet (brown bracelet) American Eagle Outfitters $15.50
{Note: I gave both of these because so many celebs and models have been wearing the Gorjana one, but I wanted to show a more affordable option as well}


Rhinestone Bunny Ring Forever21 $4.80 (perfect for Easter!)


XB-Glam Silver Steve Madden $28.00


Floral Knuckle Ring Forever21 $3.80


Miscellaneous Accesories
*hats, belts, wallets, socks, and bags*


Belt Longy C Mango $21.30


S-Button Beige Multi Steve Madden $14.00


Sweet Dot Coin Purse Forever21 $3.80


Ivory Pearl Beanie with Bow Torrid $16.00


Pasque Flower Socks in Teal TabbiSocks $14.99


Brown and Cream Crochet Stretch Belt Torrid $22.50


Basic Straw Fedora Wet Seal $10.80


Sierra Leatherette Bag Forever21 $24.80


Clothing
*shirts, skirts and everywhere in between*
{P.S. I tried to pick stores and clothing items that come in a large selection of color and sizes, or basics that can be found in almost every size and color at other stores}


Lace Open Blazer Forever21+  $27.80


Front-Ruffle Strap Shoulder Dressy Top Papaya $16.99


High-Waisted Dark Denim Shortie American Eagle $24.95


Pleated Carnations Skirt in Coral/Cream Forever 21 $16.90 


Lace Banded Dolman Top Wet Seal $21.80


Floral Brushed Woven Tunic Forever21+ $19.80


Belted Rayon Black Short Torrid $38.00



Basic Knit Skirt in Navy Forever 21 $6.80


Ava Hanky Hem Tank Delia's $19.50


Square Pattern Short-Sleeve Casual Blouse Papaya $17.99


Shoes
*Boots to Heels find it all here*


Faux Patent Leather Slingback Flat (in yellow) Charlotte Russe $10.00 


Storm Crinkle Perforated Western Ankle Boots (Wide Width) Torrid $48.50


Twisted Satin Raffia Wedge (in fascia) Charlotte Russe $30.00



Piper Ruffle Flip Flop (in turquoise) by Montego Bay Club Payless $24.99


Sweetpea Canvas Wedge (in white) by American Eagle Payless $24.99


Spring Fling Heels Forever21 $22.80


Patent Color Block Heel (in taupe/black) Charlotte Russe $28.00


Hope you enjoyed my picks!

(Note: Not all items may be available/in stock at the current time of posting or anytime afterwards and prices may change at any date and time without notice)


So did you find any of these items sparking your fancy? 
Tell me in the comments below about your spring picks!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Nail Polish Review: China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise

Surprise! Bet you weren't expecting another nail polish review for a while since it seems I have just done my O.P.I haul, but I couldn't resist reviewing this pretty polish!  

China Glaze Nail Lacquer With Hardeners in Turned Up Turquoise 

After my O.P.I Haul I told myself, "Now I have splurged on nail products and DO NOT need any more right now". Well.... funny thing is... my sister bought me this as a gift for doing her a favor and if she hadn't of bought it for me, I would have cracked and bought it myself! I just couldn't resist this pretty blue-green color!





*above picture without a topcoat*

China Glaze Nail Lacquer With Hardeners in Turned Up Turquoise

Though, there are a few minor MAJOR drawbacks to this nail polish. :(
 - It dries to a matte finish that personally I don't like much
 - This polish is very sheer and I had to put 3 coats on almost all of my nails
 - It chips soooooo easily even with my regular topcoat; probably because I had to put so many coats of polish on in the first place


Chips on my nails after 3 days of wear with my usual Savina Fast Drying Topcoat

I will admit, I was very disappointed with this polish even though this isn't my first China Glaze nail polish I have gotten, it is the first I have actually tried to wear (my other ones I haven't worn much because they are just glitters that I got as gifts).


The Stats:
 - China Glaze polishes have hardeners in the polish 
 - This color requires 2 or three coats to get to full opacity
 - There is a shimmer to this polish color, but it doesn't show up as much on the nail as in the bottle
 - China Glaze nail polish formulas seem to not go on as smoothly as other brands do
 - This polish dries to a matte finish 
 - This polish tends to chip very easily 


So have you had a good or bad experience with China Glaze Nail Lacquer?
Share in the comments!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Updates!

Sorry for the delay in updates the past few days its been busy, but a whole new load of posts is coming soon! And here's a hint: a few are spring inspired! So expect quite a few posts coming up soon within the next few days.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Skincare Review: AcneFree Severe Scar Fade & Erase Intensive Scar Treatment Lotion


So actually I have had this product sitting around in the bathroom drawer for quite a while and have sort of been using on and off for quite a while up until recently I have started using it regularly.

This product is promoted as an acne scar fader and eraser with the help of the magic ingredient Hydroquinone.

Upon using his treatment lotion it does seem to have a few drawbacks to it though: 
 * It tends to leave my skin looking oily after immediate use, so I use this only at night
 * The SMELL of it is absolutely horrendous!
 * This product can be very over-drying and irritating, even to my normal/oily combo skin, so I advise just starting off with 2 applications a week which may not seem like much, but my own limit is 4 applications per week.

Although, one hidden magical thing about this treatment lotion is that, for me, it actually helps to get rid of my active acne and prevent new acne from forming. I'm not sure how this happens, but it seems to be a hidden talent worthy of telling about. However, it probably does NOT prevent and reduce active acne for all people.





The Stats:
 - Helps to fade and erase post-acne marks
 - May help reduce and prevent active acne
 - Dry skin may be a possible side effect
 - Girlies with sensitive noses should beware of this product {read: over-powering odor}

Have you ever tried a similar product?
Comment on it!


{Sorry this is a little short compared to my other reviews, but I feel I got my point across quickly}

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Makeup Review: Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Foundation

Since what seems like forever I have been on the hunt for THE liquid foundation. I mean the liquid foundation that will make your skin look and feel perfect. Unfortunately for me, I'm still on the quest for the perfect one.

So recently in the beauty isles of my local drugstore I picked up this little squeezable tube of foundation.


Hoping this would be The One, I raced home to experiment with this handy-dandy tube of foundation.

After getting home and initially squeezing a small amount on the back of my hand I realized that the foundation was about 1-2 shades off from my natural fair skin color even though I picked the lightest shade they carry (100 ivory). But I still thought I would be able to work with it because I have done so before with other too-dark-for-me foundations by blending really well into the skin and using a lighter setting powder.

When I went to apply this foundation to my face, first I tried squeezing a very small amount onto a foundation brush and applying directly to my face, but found my foundation looked streaky and completely uneven. So then I tried applying with a sponge (which I prefer anyways) and still found it very hard to blend. After using this for over three weeks, I still can't find it's sweet spot. I even tried using a primer with it, using a moisturizer before it, and mixing it into moisturizer.... it just refuses to blend!

So unfortunately I haven't REALLY been able to use it! But when I have, I've found that it does, sort of matte my face, but by 7 hours of wear my forehead is an oil slick! Although I don't have the coordinating matte powder for it so maybe it has to have that specific powder overtop to truly mattify the skin? I'm not sure, but the claim on the packaging definitely is NOT true for me!



The Stats:
 - 1 oz. Tube of Foundation (with convenient squeeze applicator)
 - Small Shade Range (about 5 shades and they all fit light-medium to medium-dark tones)
 - Convenient Packaging (portable, slim)
 - Mattifying (well, at least it says on the package that it is)

Overall I didn't like this foundation... at all. I tried REALLY hard to like it, but I just couldn't because it didn't come in my shade, it didn't blend well and it didn't mattify my face for even a whole 8 hours.

So have you tried this foundation before? 
If you have did it work for you? 
Comment on it!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

O.P.I Nail Polish Haul!

Here's the haul I promised!
(Warning: Picture Overload Ahead)

O.P.I Nail Lacquer (Left to Right): William Tell Me About OPI, I'm Indi-a Mood For Love, Ogre The Top Blue, Cajun Shrimp

So actually these nail polishes are the FIRST O.P.I polishes I have ever tried.... And honestly now I don't know why I hadn't tried them before! Welllll... actually before I had tried these polishes I just thought they would be like any other nail polish I've tried from the drugstore and that they weren't worth all the hype. I mean $8.50 a bottle? "No thanks", I thought, "I can do without". In reality, now I don't know what I would do if I hadn't of picked these up. 

So it was just like any other day running to Ulta to see if they had the Urban Decay Naked Palette back in stock yet (I really want one and unfortunately haven't been able to get my paws on it!). To my disappointment they didn't have any left (insert frowny face here). So intsead I went to look around the store at some other cosmetics and skincare items. Then I started to stray into the nail polish setion since it is right next to all the headbands and hair accessories (well thats how it is set up in the Ulta I go to). 

Soon enough I found myself fascinated by the vast color selection of this nail polish brand. From pale pinks to deep burgundy and everywhere in between! 


So I decided, "What the hay, it's about time I spoil myself with some higher-end nail polishes", and took the plunge. So in the end I decided to get three super bright polishes since it is going into spring/summer and one darker color to look forward to using next fall/winter or whenever I'm feeling a lil vampy.

O.P.I Nail Lacquer (Left to Right): William Tell Me About OPI, I'm Indi-a Mood For Love, Ogre The Top Blue, Cajun Shrimp

So first I decided to try out I'm Indi-a Mood For Love naturally because it's pink! But as of right now I'm actually wearing Cajun Shrimp. However, neither are my favorite, I haven't decided yet because I haven't used the blue yet but as soon as I know, I'll be sure to tell you all right away!

So I wore I'm Indi-a Mood For Love for 5 days straight with my favorite top coat, Savina Fast Drying Topcoat, and had minimal chips in my polish by the end of the fifth day. Now I'm wearing Cajun Shrimp without a top coat to see how the polish wears on it's own without the help of a top coat and 2 days in, it's going strong! Oh and the fact that the polish is naturally super shiny without a topcoat is what really made me do this to see if when I wear these polishes I can skip a step and get done faster with my nails if need be. 

On To The Swatches!

Above: Cajun Shrimp (Bright Red-Orange)

Above: I'm Indi-a Mood For Pink (Midtone Pink)

Above: Ogre The Top Blue (Bright Midtone Blue) [I got kinda messy with this nail!]

Above: William Tell Me About OPI (Dark almost black Purple-Burgundy)


The Stats:
 - The polishes are 0.5 oz.
 - They are about $8.50 {Price varies by store or by location}                      
 - They have HUGE brushes!  ---> Left: Normal-Sized NYC Nail Enamel Brush/Right: Huge OPI Nail Lacquer Brush


Overall, I really like the formulation of these polishes and their long-wear, but hate the price. As well, another downfall of the polish for me is the large brush just because I have rather petite nails and one stroke of the brush coats my whole nail and I prefer more control with a smaller brush.




So, have you tried O.P.I Nail Polishes yet?