Monday, April 29, 2013

Nail of the Day: Essie First Timer

Essie never fails to impress me with their annual Resort collections, and this year I have set my heart on First Timer, a bright turquoise tinted green cream.  I would describe this polish as a perfect mix between Essie Turquoise & Caicos and a true bright green.  There is definitely a turquoise tinge to this one and it isn't quite a true green.  I love it!

natural light, 2 coats

The consistency of First Timer is a little thicker than other Essie polishes.  I found one coat to be almost entirely opaque.  This wore exceptionally well on me too, which I was happy about.  

Overall, I'm very pleased with this shade, especially because I have a love/hate relationship with green nail polishes and rarely find ones I like.  I tend to prefer greens with a minty, blue tint to them, or dark greens, and avoid bright, grassy greens.

The Essie Resort collection is available now at Ulta in stores and online!

Do you like green nail polish?
xx, Allison

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

COVERGIRL Penelope Pink Lipstick: Review + Swatches!

You can never have too many great everyday lipsticks, so when I recently stumbled across COVERGIRL's Penelope Pink lipstick, I couldn't resist.  Penelope Pink is a light nude-pink from the Queen collection, and the packaging is the same as the regular line except the casing is bronze instead of grey.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Nail of the Day: L'Oreal The Palace Life

Today's nail shade is The Palace Life from L'Oreal's Versailles Romance collection for Spring 2013.  This is a warm, pastel pink cream that is really great for an everyday pink.  

I've found that the newer polishes have a redesigned brush that isn't in any of my L'Oreal polishes from their permanent collection.  The brush is long, flat, and wide, but it has slightly rounded edges, making it perfect for painting next to the cuticles.  This is the best brush I have ever used, and no other brand that I've found has one like it.  I wish every single one of my polishes could have a brush like this one... easiest painting ever!

The Palace Life has a really nice consistency and only takes 2 coats for full opacity.  I initially assumed I had to have something else already like it in my collection, but after searching my inventory realized I didn't!  For that reason, I don't know any exact dupes, but there are definitely a thousand other pastel pinks on the market that are similar.

The L'Oreal Versailles Romance collection can be found in drugstores!

What is on your nails today?
xx, Allison

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

LUSH Happy Happy Joy Joy Hair Conditioner: Review

Last week I did a post on LUSH Blousey shampoo that I've been using recently, and today I'm back to review another product I've been trying, their Happy Happy Joy Joy conditioner.  In general, LUSH makes pretty great deep conditioning hair treatments, so I had hopes I would love this daily conditioner as well.

"So good, we named it twice.  A light and creamy vegan conditioner for beautifully perfumed hair that turns heads."

Monday, April 15, 2013

Maybelline Vivids Lipsticks: Review + Swatches!

I've been eyeing the new Maybelline Vivids lipsticks for a while now, and I've finally cracked and grabbed a couple.  The Vivids line features 10 super bright, pigmented colors that are perfect for spring and summer.

Friday, April 12, 2013

LUSH Blousey Shampoo: Review + Photos

I haven't tried many hair products from LUSH, but recently I have started using their Blousey shampoo.      This is a gentle moisturizing shampoo that is meant for a variety of hair types.

"A gentle, non-stripping shampoo for bottle blonds, afro queens, natural hair, damaged and all that's in between.  Preservative-free and chock-full of moisturizing bananas and butters." 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

NEW Maybelline Color Tattoos for Summer 2013: Review + Swatches!

Summer collections are starting to hit drugstores, and among them are some new Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadows.  The majority of the new shades are beautiful, unique duochromes, which leads me to believe that this line will be a huge hit.

Monday, April 8, 2013

New Revlon Lip Butters for Spring 2013: Review + Swatches!

Revlon released four new shades in their Lip Butter collection this Spring, and while they have been tricky to track down, I found that Target is now carrying them in their permanent display along with the rest of the line.  I snagged three of the new shades and wanted to share them with you!

Friday, April 5, 2013

NEW! Sigma Brow Powders: Review + Swatches!

One of the many product launches from Sigma Beauty this season are their new Brow Powders.  Available in four colors, each powder features two shades and comes in a black plastic compact.  I'm happy to see these released, because until now Sigma only offered their Brow Kit, which contained more colors than I could need (or wear).

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Nail of the Day: OPI You're Such A Budapest

Happy Wednesday!  Today I'm sharing one of my favorite nail polishes for this Spring, OPI You're Such A Budapest.  This light periwinkle cream was released in their recent Euro Centrale collection, and I'm in love!  

The formulation of this is great: really easy to work with and full coverage in two coats.  As for dupes, the closest I have in my collection is Essie Bikini So Teeny, which is a little more blue.

Did you hear that OPI is now being sold online through Ulta?  Until this last month, OPI has never had an official online retailer.  This is pretty exciting because sometimes you just can't track down a color in stores!

What are some of your favorite polishes for Spring?
xx, Allison

Monday, April 1, 2013

My Makeup Box: April 1st, 2013

Happy Monday, everyone!  Thank you for all of the positive feedback on my first "My Makeup Box" post!  I'm glad you guys liked it, and I'm back today to share another overview because I've switched up my products quite a bit.  New month = new routine!