Monday, January 30, 2012

Nail of the Day: L'Oreal "Now You Sea Me"

Today's NOTD is a polish from the new L'Oreal spring collection. Now You Sea Me is a light blue cream, and it caught my eye because unlike most lighter blue polishes, it doesn't lean too warm or too cool. I found this at WalMart for just under $5, and was really hoping to love it because the rest of the collection has some fantastic colors I wanted to try as well. However, I felt the formulation on this one was lacking. It was quite watery, not so much that it was impossible to work with, but I did have some streaking issues and the coverage below is three coats.

natural light, 3 coats

Overall, I like the color and the price, but if you decide to try this one keep in mind that it may be thinner than other polishes you are used to!

Would you wear it?
xx, Allison

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Revlon Colorstay 16-Hour Eyeshadow quad in Adventurous: Swatches & Review!

Today's featured product is another one of the new Revlon Colorstay 16-Hour Eyeshadow quads in the color Adventurous. I don't know what it is about olive green eyeshadows, but whenever I see one I feel compelled to try it. I feel like olive green is one of the more wearable "colors" in the eyeshadow world!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Outfit of the Day: Stripes & Bows!

This OOTD involves one of my new favorite sweaters. I'm the kind of person that gravitates toward neutral colored clothing with one focused pop of color, and this outfit is just that!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Nail of the Day: Essie Dive Bar

Today's NOTD is Essie Dive Bar, a dark navy/purple/green color that is quickly becoming one of my favorite polishes. I especially love this shade because it is so un-Essie like. Essie is almost always light, creamy pastels, so something like this is really exciting. I love this for the same reason I love my Chanel Black Pearl: it gives my nails that edgy, chic dark look without being black. (Note: Chanel Black Pearl is much more grey/green than this polish) The consistence was nice on this as well.

natural light, 2 coats

If you like this shade, check out the rest of the Essie Dive Bar collection! It features 6 polishes that are much more "fun" than usual Essie shades.

Would you wear it?
xx, Allison

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

Illamasqua "Rude" Blush: Swatch & Review!

Today I have another Illamasqua blush to share with you, this time in the shade Rude. This is a cream blush that I would describe as a peachy coral. I was a little intimidated by this one when I saw it in store: orange AND a cream formulation sounds like a recipe for clown cheeks, but after I swiped a bit on my skin, I knew it would be perfect for spring and summer.

Don't mind the subtle dots in the above photo... this is just how the cream looked before it was touched!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Nail of the Day: OPI Nicki Minaj "Fly"

Today's NOTD is Fly, my favorite polish from the new OPI Nicki Minaj collection. This is a bright teal creme that lives up to its name. I think it stands out without being too overpowering, and is a great shade for both fingers and toes! This is a nice shade for breaking out of the winter colors and into spring, and I do feel "fly" while wearing it. The formulation was really great too; it went on perfectly and one coat was almost all I needed!

natural light, 2 coats

Would you wear it?
xx, Allison

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Flirt: Swatches & Review!

Today's featured product is a lipstick from the Chanel Spring 2012 collection. The Rouge Coco Shine in "Flirt" is a glossy, semi-sheer peachy shade. The Rouge Coco Shine formulation is described as a "hydrating, sheer lipshine."

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Revlon Colorstay 16-Hour Eyeshadow in Decadent: Swatches & Review!

I'm back today with yet another Revlon Colorstay 16-Hour Eyeshadow quad to share with you, this time in the shade Decadent. I like this quad because it has a very wearable color scheme, but isn't your typical brown/taupe shades!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Illamasqua "Ambition" Blush: Swatch & Review!

Today is the day for a new brand to debut on this blog, Illamasqua! After years of hearing how wonderful Illamasqua blushes are, I decided to see what all of the hype was about and picked a couple up in a recent Sephora trip. The shade in this post is Ambition, a new blush from their Theatre of the Nameless collection.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Nail of the Day: MAC Oriele Orange

Today's NOTD is Oriele Orange, a polish from the new MAC & Iris Apfel collection. This is a coral red creme that reminds me a lot of OPI Cajun Shrimp (one of my favorites). The formulation of this seemed much better than MAC polishes I've used in the past... it was nearly perfect! I used two coats for the photo below, but one coat was almost entirely opaque.

natural light, 2 coats

I love the name of this, as well with the rest of the collection, because it was bird inspired. This will be a great polish to pair with the lipsticks from this collection for spring and summer!

Would you wear it?
xx, Allison

Saturday, January 14, 2012

MAC Naturally Lipsticks: Swatches & Review!

I'm back today with a couple more products to share from the new MAC Naturally collection. This release feature four neutral lipsticks, and two of them really jumped out at me (as much as a nude shade could). Beach Sand is a light, sandy brown that is like a more opaque version of the Revlon Lip Butter in Creme Brulee (one of my FAVORITE lip products recently). Pillow Talk is a medium rosy brown that is unlike anything I have in my collection.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush: Swatches & Review!

Maybelline has been on a roll with their spring releases this year, and the new Dream Bouncy Blush is one of the most interesting lines yet! This 10-shade collection features a variety of colors in a new "bouncy" formula.

Fresh Pink, Candy Coral, Orchid Hush

Thursday, January 12, 2012

MAC Iris Apfel Lipsticks: Swatches & Review!

MAC has released their highly anticipated Iris Apfel collaboration collection! The launch features limited edition eyeshadows, lipsticks, and nail polish (among other things) all inspired by birds! Five lipsticks are promoted with this collection, but only four are limited edition, so I passed on the permanent one. I must say, I think this is the best lipstick release I have ever seen from MAC. Not only are the shades unbelievably awesome, the pigmentation and formulation is perfect.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

MAC Naturally Collection Blushes: Swatches & Review!

MAC recently released their "Naturally" collection, a set of neutral products perfect for everyday wear. Included in the launch were three new mineralize blushes. I've never owned a MAC mineralize blush before because I usually find the MAC mineralize blushes to be way too shimmery for my taste. However, when I saw that these have a very satin-- almost matte-- finish, I was sold (or rather, they were)!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Revlon Colorstay 16-Hour Eyeshadow in Siren: Swatches & Review!

Today's featured product is another one of the new Revlon Colorstay 16-Hour Eyeshadow quads in the shade Siren. This is a beautiful grey-toned color scheme that is perfect for creating a smoky eye!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Maybelline Baby Lips: Swatches & Review!

It seems that almost every drugstore brand has released a new moisturizing lip product lately, and Maybelline is no exception. The new Baby Lips products are a tinted moisturizing balm in stick form. These have SPF 20 in them so they are great to throw in a beach bag or have on hand during the warmer months!

Peppermint, Peach Kiss, Pink Punch, Cherry Me, Grape Vine

Friday, January 6, 2012

Outfit of the Day: Red, White & Black!

The weather was finally nice enough the other day to do some OOTD photos, so here is an ensemble I've been especially loving lately. I like the simplicity of the colors mixed with the complexity of the sweater design. A bit optical illusion-esque, that sweater is.

Sweater: Asos
Denim: Seven For All Mankind
Boots: Target

Thursday, January 5, 2012

MAC Tour De Fabulous: Haul & Swatches!

I made the mistake of thinking I could just breeze by the MAC counter the other day, and ended up falling in love with the new Tour De Fabulous collection. This collection contains limited edition lipglass and lip pencil shades, and the color selection is gorgeous! I ended up picking up a few things, and thought I would share them!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Nail of the Day: OPI Nicki Minaj "Pink Friday"

I stumbled across the new OPI Nicki Minaj collection the other day. The store was having a 2 for $12 OPI sale, so I decided to pick up a few of the new polishes to NOTD here for you guys! The shade in this post is Pink Friday, a classic Nicki Minaj-esque light candy pink. This is extremely opaque for a light pink polish (similar to OPI Mod About You, and was really thick when applying. I applied two coats, but probably could have gotten away with just one. As you can see on my middle finger, I did have a little bubbling occur because the formulation was so thick. Regardless, I really like the color! I don't usually go for such "plastic-pink" shades, but I'm quite fond of this one.

natural light, 2 coats

Do you plan on getting anything from this collection?
xx, Allison

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Sigma Extravaganza Complete Kit: Review!

A few weeks ago, Sigma released a new 29-piece luxury brush kit with 18k gold ferrules. When I first saw this release, I fell in love. An 18k gold brush set is like a fine piece of jewelry for makeup addicts such as myself. However, the price tag of this kit is very hefty. Thus, I would like to acknowledge that this is supposed to be a luxury brush kit. Sigma didn't create this with the idea of selling millions of sets. I think it would make a wonderful graduation gift, or fancy present that is something different from fine jewelry.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Revlon Colorstay 16-Hour Eyeshadow in Addictive: Review & Swatches!

There must be something special in the air this season, because drugstore brands seem to be nailing their spring collections. A few days ago I spotted another new display from Revlon for new Colorstay eyeshadow quads. This is the product featuring Olivia Wilde in the all of the ads, and the colors were so pretty I couldn't resist picking up some of the quads. After all, Revlon and I have such a great track record together that I'm willing to try pretty much anything from them!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

MyGlam Bag: December 2011

Happy New Year everyone! I wanted to do a quick post about MyGlam, a new beauty subscription service. This launched last month, and I instantly signed up after realizing it was created by YouTube beauty blogger Michelle Phan! I'm always up to try something a fellow YouTuber has created, and at only $10 a month I figured it was worth a shot! As with most beauty subscription services, MyGlam promises deluxe product samples selected based on your beauty interests.