Wednesday, July 23, 2014

MAC Cosmetics Review and Swatches - Retro Matte - All Fired Up

Okie dokie I'm back this week with a lipstick review!

I took these photos a couple of weeks ago and the lighting wasn't the best but you will still get the idea.

My mom took me out for dinner and a little shopping session before my husband and I made our move and I snagged this new lipstick while we were out! 

The retro matte lipsticks from MAC intrigue me and even though I have a lot of MAC lipsticks this is my first of the retro mattes. 

Let's take a look!

(bright fuchsia matte) 


I look super bummed in this photo but I swear I'm not!


**after 4 hours of wear**
**at the 4 hour point I added a swipe of EOS balm rather than reapplying the lipstick**
**another 4 hours later after applying the EOS balm**
Primer -
A thin coat of MAC's Prep & Prime primer
Coats -
Three swipes
Staying Power -
9/10
Yep this baby stays around for the long haul. Though with all of the retro matte lippies from MAC they can be very drying. Hydrating, exfoliating, and priming the lips will give you the best long term results. Less drying and less build up. As you can see at hour 4 of wearing the color was still there but my lips dried out a good bit. Instead of removing the lipstick or adding a new coat I decided to pop on a coat of EOS balm and it revived the lipstick and didn't take away any of the color. It got me a few more hours of wear!
Color Feathering/Bleeding/Build Up/Caking -
Yes to buikld up and caking. No to color feathering/bleeding. The beauty of mattes is they really don't bleed into lip lines very much. BUT even with the primer there was some build up the longer it's worn. It's nothing that's unbearable though because the color really holds for a long time before caking is an issue. But if you're able to pop on some balm when it starts to dry out it will help lessen the build up.

Must get more of the retro mattes!

Are you a matte fan? What is your favorite lipstick finish?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Julep Review and Swatches - Lizanne

Helllllooooo everyone!

This is my first post that I've typed in "real time" in a week and a half or so!

I know my posts have been going up and my blog hasn't went on vacation mode for this entire move but I've felt so strange not typing up posts daily. I hope the crazy busy that's been happening due to the move and all that has been involved in it slows down so I can keep up with posts daily rather than schedule them out!

So as of right now. I reside in Gainesville, FL and I am without a job! I will start looking for work in the next week or so...so please send me some good vibes because I will need them!

Also my house in Jacksonville is officially on the market and boy do I need THAT to sell very very quickly. Ya know since I don't have a job and all. Yikes!

I will keep you updated on life and all the good, bad, and the ugly that is coming along with the move but for now...NAILS!

I have one of my absolute favorite Julep polishes to share with you today.

(sea green shimmer)


Here are two "panoramic" shots so you can see the polish shimmers in different shifts.
indoor**two outdoors because it's too pretty not to
Coats -
Two coats. No issue with formula. Easy application.
Color Intensity -
Hands down one of my fave blue/green polishes. It's such a hard color to describe. Julep's description really was spot on - sea green - sea green perfection. The gold-ish shimmer kicks this up a notch and makes it off the charts. It's an easy shimmer to find also. Sometimes shimmers can be a little to faint to really see but not this one! It's been said that Lizanne stains but I had no issue with staining. I'm sure the base coat makes a big difference in this. I used two coats of the new base coat from Pretty Serious (link below) and there was so residual green left on me. 
Top Coat - HK Girl
Base Coat - Pretty Serious

Are you a Julep Maven? Did you snag this one when it first came out?

Where to find Julep -
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See ya tomorrow!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Elevation Polish Review and Swatches - Elbrus 2

Well well well. It looks like Monday has rolled around yet again!

To help lessen the monotony of Monday I want to share a knock your socks off shifter with ya today. "Shifter" is totally a thing. Though it sounds like a term you would hear on Supernatural...it's all about polish today.

Take a look for yourself! 

(plum purple with shifting shimmer)
 
 
Indoor in dim light ** outdoor morning light
Coats -
Two coats. I didn't love the formula on this one. It was too much on the thick side for me and even with two coats of HK Girl it still didn't feel as smooth as I would like. Honestly I think my polish may not be exactly what was on the site. 
The description doesn't seem to mention how heavy of a blue shift this has. Hmmmm! Does anyone else have this polish and can compare?
Color Intensity -
All things considered...even though I didn't love the formula...I can't ignore how pretty the polish is. The shift from purple to pink to blue is just beautiful and it has so much oomph!
Top Coat - HK Girl
Base Coat - Liquid Lacquer base coat

Elevation restocks on the 7th (9 pm central) and 22nd (9 am central) of each month.
To get all the details about restocks go here.

Along with new collections and restocks of previous colors each month there are SBP (small batch prototypes) releases and samples. I've tried almost every time and even enlisted the assistance from my husband a few times and have never been able to snag any of those. Some people manage. I have no idea how but they do! I'm thinking some type of polish sorcery.

Find Elevation Polish here and here

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Smitten Polish Review and Swatches - Himalayan Blue Poppy

Are you guys ready for it?

Yep...it's Smitten time.

The last time Smitten was around these parts was when I reviewed this gorgeous shade. Seriously just finding that link to include here made me want to have it on my nails again. 

So it almost goes without saying that I've never seen a Smitten that wasn't stunning. Noelle, the Smitten mastermind, knows what's up when it comes to making gorgeous polish.

When I find a job here in Gainesville and get some money coming in...Smitten will be the first polish I buy because there are so many new ones that I neeeeeed! Mmhmm.

Here we go...let's get to it.

(bright turquoise-blue creamy holographic polish)

 
Direct setting sun ** Indoor dim light
Coats -
Two easy breezy coats. Perfectly opaque and perfect application.
Color Intensity -
I can't get enough of how dainty and lovely this blue is but it's bright and fun all at the same time. The holo is so soft and gorgeous. The holo doesn't fight against the blue and vice versa. It's a perfect pairing. You gotta love a polish that is equally amazing indoors and outdoors.
Top Coat - HK Girl
Base Coat - Liquid Lacquer base coat

Ugh. So pretty.

Where to find Smitten Polish -

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Please tell me you've tried Smitten! If you haven't do you think you will take the plunge to try the brand?

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