Sunday, April 14, 2013
Anyways...at its core, it smells like a nail polish remover yet it leaves behind the intended baby powder scent. The chemical smell is certainly not gone, but I would say significantly diminished. It works really quickly and effectively, and the chemical smell dissipates letting the powder smell take over. The residual powder scent remains in the air and on your fingertips even after you wash your hands which is great because now you're not stinking up the rooms or your hands with chemical fumes. It is an awesome find for me as I am really sensitive to smell! Just don't be stupid like me and take a whiff straight from the bottle. Like I said before, it is still a nail polish remover!
Now, instead of that remnant chemical smell, you get the fresh and light scent of baby powder lingering on your nails! And you are definitely not sacrificing anything in the effectiveness department! It whisked away the chunky glitter bits so easily, I can honestly say I was shocked. But at $8 for a 2 oz. bottle, it better have more than a little elbow grease!
Obviously I am just beyond impressed. Not only that, if you hate baby powder scent, they previously had other seasonal scents too like Beach Bum (piña colada), Nutter (almond), Royal Punch (coconut mango), Sergeant Peppermint (peppermint), Branwen's Berries (cranberry), and Pumpkin Warrior (pumpkin pie)! I loved this so much I immediately ran out and bought the 3 piece set with Beach Bum, Powder Room, and Nutter for my mom who absolutely hates the strong scent of nail polish and nail polish remover. Needless to say, she loved it! And I am definitely "borrowing" them when she isn't looking.
The only problem is that I wish they came in bigger sizes, were more affordable, and that it felt like it sucked all the moisture out of cuticles. My nails feel great though and I usually put lotion on after anyways. Plus, if it means I don't have to put up with that awful acetone scent, I will happily fork over the cash! Wouldn't you rather be left with traces of a baby powder scent than nail polish remover?
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Everyone? Meet the Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner ($23) in Via Venuto.
Yes, it's pricey. Especially considering that the Prestige pencil liner I've been using for the past year has been doing pretty well for me at $3.95. But let's take a closer look shall we?
We'll start off with why I've been looking for these specific qualities and the pros/cons of the different eyeliner types (although I would think they should be obvious to anyone who's ever had to deal with an ultra craptastic eyeliner).
I have small Asian eyes and at the end of a long work day or after an evening of laughing, eye crinkling, and a multitude of other facial expressions, I end up looking like a raccoon. I think it has to do with my upper eyelids stamping themselves onto my bottom eyelids when I wear an eyeliner that won't stay put. I had hoped that the Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners would live up to expectations, but to my disappointment, I found Zero and Perversion stamped on my lower eyelids again when I got home from a party. I'm all for a smoky eye, but this is not what I have in mind. I constantly hear about how tired I look when this happens because people think I have bags under my eyes. I needed a solution!
Why a pencil liner and not a liquid or gel? - Pencil liners are more convenient, quick, forgiving, and softer so that you end up with a more natural looking liner. You can use it on your lash line and your waterline comfortably. And let's face it: I'm lazy. I'm all about quick and convenient. The more time I can shave off my makeup routine, the better. I don't want to have to set it with a powder! Don't get me wrong though, I really do like liquid eyeliner ever since I'd gotten more practice with it. I love how it doesn't smudge once it dries but I feel it should be reserved for more formal or glam, attention-getting, look-at-me looks. Pencil liner, however, is great for everyday and doesn't look as harsh. Since I'm always on the go, I don't want to have to sit there as still as possible lining my eyes, cleaning up any mistakes, and waiting for it to dry. Nor to do I want to have to dig out an eyeliner brush out of my makeup bag to painstakingly paint gel liner on either. With a pencil, I can do it without looking in the mirror and even in a bumpy car ride if need be. Pencils are less likely to dry out as well. But it has to be soft, it has to glide! I made the mistake of using a cheap white and black double ended eyeliner from N.Y.C. and felt like I was giving myself a tattoo. Never. again.
Why a twist up pencil and not a regular pencil? - While it's obvious that pencil eyeliners tend to be more affordable but raise your hand if you feel me on this one: sharpening pencil eyeliner SUCKS. I will always WITHOUT FAIL break off the point I've just nicely sharpened. What a waste! And not to mention it's super messy! That's why I had to have a twist up pencil. And you have to carry a pencil sharpener around with you just in case. That's less room in my makeup bag for other goodies. The problem, however, with a twist up pencil is that after you've worn down the initial point with the first few uses, it's hard to get the pointy tip back for precision lining. That's why this NARS pencil is so awesome. Because even though it's a twist up, it comes with a mini sharpener on the end to make the point good as new again.
How long lasting is it? - This is the story of how I was so utterly convinced that at long last, my search for the perfect eyeliner was over. It happened when I walked up to the NARS counter to play with their nail polishes (of course). The girl at the sales counter was digging around the drawers for me to see if they had the Adelita nail polish in stock. While waiting, I swatched the Larger Than Life eyeliner sample on my hand out of boredom and rubbed it to test its staying power before letting it dry. I was expecting it to smear instantly. To my shock and awe, it did not budge. It didn't even smear. I had to rub the swatch a few more times just to be sure because I could not believe my eyes. The other eyeliner that I had swatched next to it earlier was completely smudged but the NARS swatch remained like a I had written on my hand with a Sharpie. Even when I used a makeup remover towelette from the MAC counter to remove all the other lipstick and eyeliner swatches from my hand, it took some pretty vigorous rubbing before it even started to budge. Super scientific, right? That was it, I was sold. I didn't even know how much it was. I asked if it was water-proof. Yes? Fantastic! I have to have it, no matter what the price. Gimme!
As it turns out, I'm not the first one onto the trail of this bad boy and the black color (Via Venuto) was sold out in store as of late. But Nordstrom's is awesome like always and I had it ordered and shipped to my house.
Conclusion: So voila, long story short, no more raccoon eyes! Whoo hoo! Case solved. I'm keeping the Prestige eyeliner I have around for a backup, and the Milani one as a backup to the backup but the likelihood the Milani one being used ever again is slim to none. I bought it on the recommendation of YouTuber hollyannaeree. Yes it's smooth, it glides, it's super black, but it also smears a LOT. I would trash it but I know I'll need it in case of emergency someday.
Next review: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil vs. E.L.F. Matte Lip Color
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The following jacket by Balmain is acceptable but wearing just a bra covered with studs peeking out oh-so-not-so-innocently out of your sweater or dress? Not okay!
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Although....5inchandup is making a really strong case....
via what-do-i-wear PETER PILOTTO top H&M leather skirt TOPSHOP wedge sneakers RAY-BAN sunnies MICHAEL KORS watch KAREN LONDON rings (image: 5inchandup)
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Basically sums up my ideal nail colors for summer, regardless of trends! Just begs to be worn to the beach with a floppy straw hat and flip flops as a mani/pedi combo.
Dior Vernis Electric Tropics Nail Duos in Aloha (orange) and Paradise (pink), $26.
Friday, April 29, 2011
These pictures are about 2 weeks old from when I was at Nordstrom’s trying on some pretty polishes that had caught my eye. I am always drawn to the Chanel counter without even trying which also happened to be next to a Butter London display! I decided to do something a little bit different than painting each nail a different color. I quite like it!
Chanel Rose Confidential – very pretty & soft dusty rose color that is demure and looks good with just about any outfit but it reminds me of my grandma’s nail polishes so I hesitated to pick it up.
Butter London Jaffa – gorgeous color that sometimes leans coral or orange depending on the light. It has a bad habit of looking carrot orange indoors though. In my everlasting quest for the perfect shade of coral/orange, this is one I’d add to my stash.
Chanel Gold Lamé – much too sheer for my taste. I was not a fan. I definitely needed more coats.
Chanel Black Pearl – OOoh loved how edgy and sophisticated it looked on my nails and it didn’t clash with my skin tone. It has that pearlescent green-black sheen that captures the essence of a true black pearl although in this picture it looks more like graphite.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Do you have other violets in mind? What color will you be wearing?
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
This incredible spring weather is making a huge impact on my mood today! I told my friend how happy I was and he thought I was on ecstasy haha. But I can’t help it! It’s sunny but not too hot, the birds are chirping, and the flowers on campus are in full bloom with a slight breeze to toss around their heady perfumes. Not to mention that my class got canceled!
Anyway, because the weather here has constantly been fluctuating between hot and cold, I haven’t been able to settle on a nail polish color for a few weeks now and have been sporting naked nails for some time now (*gasp!). On the bright side, my nails are the longest they’ve been in a long time, kept even longer with one coat of Top 2 Bottom from Orly wrapping the tips. I had to get myself a bottle of this when I found myself constantly borrowing it from my freshmen year roommate. The formula is a bit watery but I love it nonetheless because it makes the application of a basecoat so quick and easy. Now I don’t have an excuse to skip a base coat! Bonus: It dries quickly!
As for my indecisiveness, I can’t decide whether or not I want to go with my new Havana Dreams by Sephora for OPI nail polish (because I feel that I don’t have enough white in my wardrobe to pull together an outfit and that it might be better saved for summer), with a pale peachy color like Inattendu from Chanel, or going with tried-and-true spring favs like light lavender (Light As Air by China Glaze) or baby pink (OPI’s Pandamonium Pink).
Help me decide! What color should I wear next?
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
So since I’m taking ballet for the first time in my life, I spent a few hours on Sunday venturing into the world of tutus to pick up a leotard, tights, and ballet shoes. Afterward, at my trip to Sephora for some new nail polish, some new colors caught my eye. Of course they would be from the newest Sephora by OPI Urban Ballerina Collection, most likely inspired by the latest ballet trend since the release of Black Swan. They had the usual cheesy nail polish names with some really gorgeous soft pinks and grays, with a purple thrown in. I love me some soft colors that are NOT opaque and thankfully, there isn’t a single sheer in sight! It also comes in a mini set of four as pictured below:
Leotard Optional – A fantastic nude color that borders on taupe.
Let’s Plié – For the girls that love the shimmer and glam of the stage.
Shiny Dancer – For the dark ballerina à la Mila Kunis as Lily, the Black Swan
The Way Tutu His Heart - For the prim ballerina à la Natalie Portman as Nina, the White Swan
Who’s Spinning Tonight? – For the badass rebel ballerina.
What do you think? Love it? Or sick of the ballet trend already?
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
STILA. IS. HAVING. A. MAKEUP. SALE. ON HAUTELOOK!
If you aren't a member already of Hautelook.com, I suggest you get that handled immediately because they are having an amazing sale on Stila Illuminated Tinted Moisturizers, bronzers, and eyeshadows! I'm bummed that the Large Color Palette Wheel is already sold out, as are the lipglosses. The 24K Gloss Golden Charm looks fabulous though!
The prices are outrageous at almost 50% off or more!
Scurry on over before the limited time sale ends Thursday, March 10, 2011 @8am PST!
Sunday, February 27, 2011
As for red carpet coverage, I'm pretty sure everyone can agree that the "coverage" was pretty paltry and awkward for the most part, leaving the celebs hanging when the interviewers had enough of sharing screen time and there were barely any good shots of the beautiful celebs and gowns.
No green in sight this time, but red and nude/blush gowns are everywhere!
I’m eagerly anticipating Anne Hathaway’s many costume changes for the night and to see how she fares hosting with James Franco tonight. Florence Welch performing live “If I Rise” should be interesting as well!
What a beautiful stage I might add!
Wowed by Anne Hathaway’s rendition of “On My Own” from Les Miserables.
My favorite gowns so far:
Mila Kunis (Elie Saab): In one of my favorite designers, she looks so. BEAUTIFUL! I can NOT get over how beautiful the delicate lace is around the neckline and the soft lavender color!
Hailee Steinfeld (Marchesa): Another celeb in one of my favorite designers ever, she just looks so insanely sweet and adorable, yet mature and sophisticated. Such a romantic style, this dress is completely spot on!
Mandy Moore (Monique L’huillier): looks ethereal and glittery all over.
Cate Blanchett (Givenchy Couture): This such a STUNNING and gorgeous, risk taking gown! So beautiful! Loving the yellow beading on around the neckline for just a tiny pop of color with an interestingly strong shoulder that crisscrosses and exposes the back.
ABC Host Rachel Smith also looked fabulous in blue as well!
Definitely not a fan of these looks worn by:
Scarlett Johanssen (Dolce and Gabanna): What a travesty of lace! And the makeup+hair! Not even a good color on you!
Annette Bening (Naeem Khan): I severely dislike the lines and sleeves on this dress.
Sharon Stone (Christian Dior): She found a way to make Christian Dior and classic black look awful. What a sad, goth dress with dark, ugly lipstick and terrible hair.
Florence Welch (Valentino): I read that she described her everyday style to be prim and this is certainly prim but overly covered up, like she took the table cloth from the tea party and wore it to the Oscars.
Gwenyth Paltrow (Calvin Klein Collection): Never thought I’d have to add a CK collection dress to my least favorites category but I can’t bring myself to like this dress in any color, neckline, or form.
Mellissa Leo (Marc Bouwer): Much too busy and heavy around the collar and shoulders, like a big fat doily.
Helena Bonham Carter (Colleen Atwood): An improvement from the Golden Globes, but not by much. Especially with a British flag garter around your leg. Have to say that it looks much better than Maria Menouous’ gown though.
Maria Menouous (Johanna Johnson): What. utter. heavy black velvet hideousness. Just because it is one shouldered does not mean you can stop there! Although I’m sure she was pretty warm (except for her left side of course). And the hair just looks like a fugly Jersey Shore-esque mess.
Photos from InStyle , Yahoo! Movies, FabSugar, and Just Jared.
Who do you think knocked it out of the park?