Monday, August 15, 2016

Tarte Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Palette

Heello!

On August 2nd I celebrated my 30th birthday. I'm a bit bummed out about the age but, my birthday was great. Last year I spent my birthday sick, in bed, not able to eat, I had lost 30 lbs in 2 months and in the middle of preparing for a move. This year, we're settled, I'm looking for a job and my husband got me a DQ cake and a huge, adorable Snorlax plushie. We also went out to see Suicide Squad and go out to eat this weekend to celebrate.

So, today I went in to Sephora to collect my birthday gift and to check out some palettes that I had my eye on and treat myself to one for my birthday. I have had my eye on some Tarte palettes for a while and I wanted to go in store to try them out before I bought them because swatches online are very frequently inaccurate for me because I am just sooooo freaking pale. Not only pale, but, I have pink (cool) undertones. I was looking for the Tartelette Matte, Rainforest of the Sea and Swamp Queen palette. I really love to use mattes but my eye is always drawn to the shimmers while buying so, that is why I didn't buy that palette. Sephora did not have the Rainforest of the Sea palette, I was really disappointed with that because that is the one I was leaning towards buying online. I ended up buying the Swamp Queen palette, it's a really unique set of nudes so I could justify buying ANOTHER nude palette.

Full disclosure, I have not watched many of Grav3yardgirl's videos. I have watched a few and I know that she is very pale, so, I figured she would have picked a set of colors that would be flattering on my skin tone given that they are similar. I really wanted to try the Texas Toast liquid matte lipstick but, the sampler was stolen because... Sephora, and of course it's stolen.

I have not used Tarte shadows before, the only Tarte products that I have owned were a Tarte Lipsurgence balm stain in Enchanted and a sample of Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara. I was really impressed with how soft and pigmented all of the colours were. When I first opened it, I immediately noticed that it had a really pleasant scent, I'm not sure exactly what the scent is supposed to be because it is very artificial, chocolate or vanilla would be my guess. The best way I can describe it is, it smells like a Cabbage Patch doll that my older sister had when we were kids.

I am happy that I tried these in store because some of the colors come out very different on the skin than they look in the palette. Haunting, Uncommon and Mancat appear to have a bit of a purple tone to them in the palette but they are very brown on the skin. I swatched the bronzer, blush and highlight to full opacity as if they were eye shadows, so don't be alarmed by how opaque they are, lol.

There was a insert that tells you which shades to use where for a night and day look, but, I don't like being told what to do so I thew it away.

The bronzer was too dark for me which was disappointing considering it's Bunny's palette and I know she is nearly if not as pale as I am but, I was able to make it work by blowing most of the product off the brush and blending for approximately forever minutes. The highlight also wasn't really light enough, it was pretty much the same shade as my skin which was also disappointing but works for a more subtle look. I think it would work better as a shadow anyway because the glitter in it is a bit chunky and doesn't really help in smoothing out your skin, however, it would make an awesome glittery eyeshadow. I will probably use it mostly as an eyshadow and then highlight with my CoverGirl truNaked palettes. The blush was perfect though. I think they appealed to the masses (tan people) when they made the bronzer and highlight.

Overall, I was really happy with this palette despite the bronzer being too dark and highlight not being light enough. I would purchase it again or recommend it to a friend.

L-R: Sweet Tea (Bronzer), Does This Thing Really Work? (Blush), Gator Wings (Highlight), #SFS, Natural Peaches, Dogman
L-R: Big Baby, Sassy Bun, Sippy Sippy, Haunting, Uncommon, Mancat
Top: Look 1, Bottom: Look 2.
Left: Without Flash, Right: With Flash
Swamp Queen Look with Hooded, Deep Set eyes
I have both hooded and deep set eyes so I do makeup a bit differently than most people, I think. I can't put liner on the top on the inner half of my eye or my whole eyelid is consumed with the liner,. As for the outside of my eye, the crease cuts through where you would normally put a winged liner so I just do a winged eyeshadow instead. The liner just gets eaten up in the crease and doesn't look smooth or precise, eyeshadow has a softer look so this is less noticeable.

Look 1:  I used Big Baby as a base, I used Haunting all over the crease and a bit outside the crease for coutour and then used Mancat to define the crease. I used Sassy Bun all over the lid and on the lower lash line. I then used Uncommon wet with a liner brush to create an eyeshadow wing. I applied gator wings on the brow bone and in the inner corner of my eye.
Photoshop Disclosure: Skin around the nose and under the eye has been smoothed.

Look 2: I used Big Baby as a base, Natural Peaches all over the crease and a bit outside the crease for countour and then used Dogman to define the crease. I used #SFS all over the lid and on the lower lash line. I then used Dogman wet with a liner brush to creaste an eyeshadow wing. I applied Gator Wings on the brow bone and in the inner corner of my eye.

Friday, July 29, 2016

ILNP - Lulu

Hello!

It has been a while since my last post but, that is nothing unusual. I fell into a bit of a depression and to be honest, I'm still sort of in it. My life has become pretty stressful with family drama, I can't go into too much detail since I use my real name on here. Anyway, I have been looking for a job for about a month now and not having any luck yet.

Game wise, I am also having a bit of trouble moving on from EverQuest, I am still sad about my guild folding and quitting the game but, our bank account is greatly appreciating it. I have been playing games on Steam, I was really addicted to Stardew Valley for a while and now I have been on a Terraria kick. They are really far removed from Everquest but, I did need something more casual.

So, on top of that I am kind of bummed out that I am turning 30 on August 2nd. I know that isn't something I should be bummed about but, it doesn't stop it. It's a scary number for a woman. Annnd... the Instagram changes are really pissing me off. I knew that they would hurt me as a blogger, what I didn't expect was that it made it impossible to go through my feed and I hardly even use it anymore because it's so disorganized.

Anyway, I decided to paint my nails today, they have gotten pretty long and at this point I need to keep them painted at all times or they will break and it will be a nasty one. It's really a gamble at this point, I love the length bu they are so fragile and if I push it much further, I'm going to break them badly enough that I will have to file them down to nubs.

This is ILNP - Lulu. I love the name because my favorite uncle called me Lulu as a kid after the Little Lulu comic/cartoon. I would not have bought the polish just for the name, even though I would have been tempted. It just so happened to be my favorite color, in a beautiful shade and a holo. So, basically... I love this polish. Now, usually ILNP has great formulas, I have to say, this one was a bit thick and a little goopy. I was still able to work with it without much difficulty, it was certainly easier to apply than a lot of mainstream brands. But, the thickness was noted and I will probably add a bit of thinner the next time that I use this, just a couple drops though because it is very close to the ideal consistency.

The holo in this polish is incredible, it probably looks from this photo that I had some great lighting and photoshopped it to enhance it. I swear, I did nothing. I have a carboard box with some white tissue paper on it, and two daylight CFLs pointed at it, I took the picture with a DSLR on manual focus and that is it. The only shopping I did was the crop and took out some cat fur and black fuzzies that always end up on my fingers for some reason. I can't even see them until I load the images on the computer and then they drive me nuts. Those are the dangers of owning a black cat and wearing all black, I guess. :p

I also included a bonus macro from a shot that wasn't in focus on my nails but was perfectly in focus of the bottle. It's really not so much a macro as it is just 100% resolution from the original image, but, who cares, it's a macro. It looks like a really awesome iridescent geode.

ILNP - Lulu: $10 (USD) ILNP.com

Monday, June 6, 2016

Daily Hues - Holly

Greetings!

My nails are starting to grow back in nicely and all except one stubborn one are the shape that I like them to be. I was planning on doing some more OPI Hello Kitty swatches but I was looking through my nail polish rack and this one just really stuck out to me. This is the color that I never knew I wanted. This was a polish that my Nail Polish BFF sent me while I was in the US. It's a rich emerald green and a strong holo. It's so gorgeous. The formula was great, it did not pull away from my cuticles as some holos do. It was a bit sheer with one coat but opaque in two coats.

So, here she, is, this is Holly by Daily Hues. Good news is, they do ship internationally and for a very fair price.

Daily Hues - Holly: $9.75 (CAD) Daily Hues

Friday, May 27, 2016

OPI - My Pal Joey

Hello!

I have been back from vacation for over a week now. I was finally able to go home and visit my family and move a majority of my belongings up here to Canada. I couldn't bring back all of my nail polish due to weight restrictions on the luggage but, I brought back the ones that I liked the most and left the rest with my niece, she was a very happy girl, she also got most of my makeup that I had left there..

As great as the vacation was, I was REALLY in vacation mode and I did not take care of my nails at all. I was gone for 10 days, I didn't use cuticle oil or do any manicures the whole time I was there. I washed the dishes without gloves and I helped my mom move and I broke pretty much every single nail other than my pinkies and ring fingers. So, I am going to hold off on doing nail art and the indie swatches until I can get my nails back into blogging form.

While I was on vacation, I  got some nail mail from my Nail Polish BFF (NPBFF) Carina from Carinae L'etoile's Polish Stash. She was very generous and gifted me the OPI Hello Kitty collection as well a some gorgeous indies. I will share the Hello Kitty collection now and the indies later (they are really awesome). I also got an über mat which I have been wanting for such a long time (I have been using parchment paper for decals). She is a great NPBFF, I met her on EverQuest and I only owned 3 nail polishes when I met her and she showed me her blog. I was interested in getting more into nail polish but I couldn't afford it and she showed me some great online sites to get nail polish cheap (http://www.nailsupplies.us/, 8ty8beauty.com, http://victoriasnailsupply.com/) and she also sent me a bunch of polishes. That is where my addiction started, I'm not even sure how long ago this was, probably about 8 years ago.

If anyone knows where to get nail polish with a professional discount without needing a license in the Toronto/Scarborough area, please let me know.

Here is My Pal Joey from the OPI Hello Kitty collection, I'm not sure if you can find this collection in stores anymore but, you can for sure find it online. This is a gorgeous blue creme one coater. I used two because I just can't do one coat for some reason. I don't own very many blues, I own a ton of purples, teals and pinks. I'm pretty picky about blues and this is my ideal blue shade. It's vibrant and not washed out. The formula was great.

OPI - My Pal Joey: $3.27 (USD) Amazon.com, $10.25 Nail Polish Canada

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Born Pretty Store - Rhinestones, Nail Foil Glue & Shiny Laser Nail Foils

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Hello!

I'm here today with yet another Born Pretty Store review.This mani was very tedious, it took me forever. I do like the results except for my pointer finger which is pretty sloppy.

I tried using these as regular nail foils since they are called nail foils. They are not made of foil, they are colored iridescent cellophane (like fancy wrap for gift baskets). They don't tear away like nail foils do so you have to cut them. Rather than cut them to the shape of my nail, which probably wouldn't turn out well, I decided to do a shatter mani which seems to be the best use for these. I cut a ton of different triangular shapes.

I painted my nails with Zoya - Happi because the foil was pink with a green/gold sheen to it and Happi is very similar. I then put down a coat of nail foil glue which is well worth it if you're doing nail foils. It dries tacky and stays tacky for a very long time so it gave me a long time to position the pieces. I finished with a top coat and then placed the rhinestones with a tweezers before the top coat was dry. The rhinestones were sent for review but I bought the glue and cellophane on my own.

I couldn't choose which picture I liked better so I used both. :p

Cellophane: Born Pretty Store - 10Pcs Mini Rhinestone Size 1.8mm: $2.95 BornPrettyStore

Rhinestones: Born Pretty Store - Shiny Laser Nail Foils Color #1: $1.95 BornPrettyStore
Glue: Born Pretty Store - 8ml Bottle Nail Foil Glue: $3.12 BornPrettyStore
Base Color: Zoya - Happi: $10 Zoya, $10.99 Nail Polish Canada, $7.95 8ty8beauty
Born Pretty Store - Rhinestones, Nail Foil Glue & Shiny Laser Nail Foils
Born Pretty Store - Rhinestones, Nail Foil Glue & Shiny Laser Nail Foils
 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Born Pretty Store - Fish Scale Nail Vinyls

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Heyy!

I'm here today with another review. For this mani I used the Born Pretty Store Fish Scale Nail Vinyls. Now, I have to say, these are definitely not nail vinyls as I probably should have guessed since they were holographic. They are stickers, I had so many problems with trying to get these to work on my nails, I couldn't get them to stick down properly and I burned through 5 of them and every single attempt looked terrible. I think my nails might be a bit too curvy for a flimsy sticker sheet. I realized after using half of them (no longer having enough for a complete manicure) and a 0% success rate that I had to switch strategies. So, I decided to make decals with them instead.

This worked out much better, it was a bit of a hassle but I was able to use 1 single sticker to create 8 decals before it wouldn't stick to the parchment paper anymore.

I laid down my base color and after that dried I got to work on the decals. I took out some parchment paper and stuck the sticker straight on the parchment paper. Then, I used the Born Pretty Store Mini Round Sponge to pick up Up Colors - Verde 360 and sponged a sheer layer down, then I repeated that with Joe Fresh - Ultra violet and did the same thing with both colors once more. That is how I got a speckled look. I pulled up the sticker and then set it in another spot of the parchment paper and gently wiped it with a cotton pad with acetone on it so that I could reuse it. I stuck it down on another spot and did the same thing. By the 8th decal it was barely sticking but it lasted a lot longer than I thought it would. Once they were mostly dry, I put down a top coat and let that dry and pulled them off with a tweezers

Once I completed my decals, I laid down a top coat (you can use a clear coat, I don't have one) and placed the decal on the nail and gently pressed it into place, pressing down a bit harder near the cuticle. Then I used a manicure scissors to snip away the extra and finished with a top coat. I used a brush dipped in acetone to clean up the edges.

So, my advice for these stickers would be to not even bother putting them on your nail (unless you plan on just using them as a sticker), just make decals. Also, I really love the mini round sponges. They provide a nice texture and it comes with a handle to place it in for easy stamping. The best part about it was that I was able to clean them out with acetone afterwards and they are good as new. 

If you place an order with Born Pretty Store, you can use Code: UYG10 to get 10% off.

Nail Stickers: Born Pretty Store - Fish Scale Nail Vinyls: $1.59 BornPrettyStore
Sponges: Born Pretty Store - Mini Round Sponge: $1.99 BornPrettyStore
Base Color: Femme Fatale - Apothecary: $14.30 Color4Nails
Scale Colors: 
Up Colors - Verde 360: $7 Ninja Polish
Joe Fresh - Ultra Violet: $4 Real Canadian Superstore, Loblaws, Joe Fresh
 
 

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Born Pretty Store - Starfish & Shell Theme Stamping Plate BP10

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Hello!

I'm back again with another Born Pretty stamping plate review. Today, I tried gradient stamping. It took some practice but, I think I got it down. I used 3 colors for this, Mundo de Uñas:Spring Green, Aqua (pictured) & Fiji. It took a lot of testing because I was originally trying blending the gradient through scraping but, the lines were too harsh. I starting using a nail art brush to apply the colors to the plate and mix them a bit. I think I might have mixed them a bit too much on some nails but, I was happy with the results. I will do a Mundo de Uñas review soon.

So, for the plate, like the last plate I reviewed, it was etched very well and performed beautifully, I have no complaints. I can't really say much more than that.

As always, if you're planning to place an order with Born Pretty Store, remember you can get 10% off with code: UYG10.

Stamping Plate: Starfish & Shell Theme Stamping Plate BP10: $2.09 BornPrettyStore
Base Color: Quo - Beyond the Sea: $?? Shopper's Drug Mart
Stamping Color: Mundo de Uñas - Spring Green, Aqua & Fiji: $3.50 MundodeUnas.com
BPS Clear Jelly Stamper: $2.99 BornPrettyStore


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