Glittery Gradient Nails

What you'll need:
a sheer, fine glitter nail polish
an opaque nail polish (preferably metallic or glittery)
(Both nail polishes should be in the same color family)
I used:
Pure Ice in Beware (sheer silver glitter)
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Celeb City (metallic silver)

+Step 1+
Apply your usual base coat. (I forgot to do this, hence the lack of photo, but it will make it easier to remove the glitter nail polish if you do.)

+Step 2+
Apply the opaque color to the tips of your nails. It does not have to be perfect, by any means.

+Step 3+
Apply a coat of the glitter nail polish starting a few millimeters away from the cuticle and going all the way to the tip.

+Step 4+
Apply a second coat of the glitter nail polish, this time starting halfway down the nail (roughly somewhere in between where the glitter color and the opaque color started) and going all the way to the tip. This will blend the glitter and the silver tips and help create a gradient effect.

+Step 5+
Finish off with a liberal coating of your top coat.

And now you're finished!


Dear Santa...

Here's a little peek at the beauty items that top my Christmas Wish List...

-NARS Melusine Duo Eyeshadow $32-
 Mélusine from NARS

-NARS Douceur Blush $26-
 Douceur from NARS

-Illamasqua Cream Blush in Rude $24-
Cream Blusher

-Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base $48-

-Sleek Sparkle i-Divine Palette $11.75-


-MAC Shell Cream Color Base $16.50-
 Cream Colour Base

-Sigma E45 Tapered Blending Brush $9-

-Sigma F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush $16-

And that's not even everything! I most definitely will not be getting all of these goodies, of course, but a girl can dream :)

Which beauty products are you lusting for this holiday season?


What's in my Travel Makeup Bag.

I am away from home at the moment and won't be back until after Thanksgiving (all of this week's posts included photos I took before I left) and obviously I couldn't take all of my makeup with me while I was away, so I decided to show you what I included in my travel makeup bag. Before I left I made a mental note of products I thought a complete travel makeup kit should include:

1. neutral eyeshadows for most days
2. one or two colored eyeshadows just in case
3. eyeshadow base
4. black eyeliner
5. brown eyeliner
6. mascara

7. natural blush for most days
8. bright blush just in case
9. highlight
10. contour/bronzer

11. natural everyday lipsticks
12. natural everyday lipglosses
13. one or two bright lipglosses just in case

14. foundation
15. concealer
16. setting powder

Neutral eyeshadows = Urban Decay Naked Palette
Colored eyeshadows = NARS Pleasures of Paris Palette

Eyeshadow bases = MAC Paint Pots in Soft Ochre (matte) and Bare Study (shimmer)

Black eyeliner = MAC Blacktrack Fluidline (gel) and UD Zero (pencil)
Brown eyeliner = UD Whiskey
extras = GOSH Bananas (highlight) and MAC Chromagraphic Pencil (waterline)

Mascara = Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume

Natural blush = Korres #15 Natural and MAC My Highland Honey
Bright blush = Barry M Apricot

Highlight = Dior Amber Diamond Shimmerstar

Contour/bronzer = Benefit Hoola
Bronzer = Illamasqua Glint & Burnish Duo

Natural everyday lipsticks = (L to R)
MAC Blankety
MAC Creme Cup
MAC Snob
MAC Lazy Day
17 Mirror Shine in Nudist Peach

Natural everyday lipgloss = Liplicious Whipped Vanilla, Barry M Toffee, Chanel Constellation
Bright lipgloss = NARS Strawberry Fields

Foundation = NARS Sheer Glow
Concealer = MAC Studio Finish SPF35 and Diorskin Sculpt Lifting Smoothing Concealer

Setting Powder = MAC MSF Natural

Multi-purpose products = 
MAC Cream Color Base in Virgin Isle (cheeks and lips)
MAC Pigment in Vanilla (eyes and cheeks)

I'm fully aware that I brought far too many products with me but keep in mind, I'm going to be away for a total of 2 weeks, so I wanted to be sure that I'd have makeup to suit any occasion and mood I may be in :)

In addition to my makeup products, I brought my Sigma Makeup brush roll complete with a variety of my favorite Sigma, MAC, and Sonia Kashuk brushes, tweezers, pencil sharpener, and my trusty Shu Uemura eyelash curler.

I'm sure since this post is entitled "What's in my Travel Makeup Bag," you may very well be expecting me to show you my travel makeup bag, right? Well, that's not going to happen, I'm afraid, because the Estee Lauder bag I use (I randomly got it for free when I visited my CCO one time) is close to hideous. Sorry to disappoint!

If and when you travel, what's in your makeup bag?


Not Worth the Hype...

Being a beauty blogger and an avid reader of beauty blogs, it's not uncommon to be bombarded with others' declarations of their love for different beauty products in addition to my own personal beauty obsessions. Alternatively, the least abundant, although sometimes the most useful, type of post is often one focusing on products we don't love or that didn't work for us. This is mine...

Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in Stormy Pink

The formula is dry, it makes your lips feel dry, and it applies sheerly, unevenly, and chalky. Yes, I understand it's a matte formula but this one is just terrible. Lip balm is a necessity under this lipstick to make it more comfortable on the lips and not appear as dry, but it still does not help the chalky application. While Stormy Pink is a pretty pink, it's not a revolutionary or "special" pink shade, and I absolutely think you can find a very similar pink lipstick with much better quality and texture.

Top to bottom:
several swipes
2 swipes
1 swipe

YSL Rouge Volupte Lipsticks

Gasp! No, this is not a mistake. I may be alone in this one, but I'm totally okay with that :) Rouge Voluptes are creamy, ridiculously pigmented lipsticks that smell nice and come in gorgeous packaging. However, they have such a slick consistency that they tend to slip and slide on your lips, making the wear time less than 2 hours. In addition, as a result of the creamy formulation, they tend to settle into fine lines and make your lips appear rather dry. Of course, these issues can be dealt with but for $34 a pop, should you really have to put in that much extra effort?

Revlon Color Stay Foundation Combination/Oily Skin

I liked this at first but my distaste for it developed rather quickly after the initial infatuation wore off. It provides good coverage and really does last a long time but that's really where the good qualities end for me, I'm afraid. It's smells horrific, dries down to feel like a mask on your face, and although the foundation does not smear off as a result of my oily skin, my t-zone still manages to look disgustingly slick within 3 hours of application. No thanks, Color Stay. No thanks.

Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush in Pink Frosting

Not terrible, but definitely not great. The mousse-y texture blends into the skin easily but ends up looking powdery. Most of the powder blushes I use don't even look powdery after I blend them in, so I was definitely not impressed by this at all.

Swiped and blended

Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

I know that this pepperminty balm is a favorite of many, but I wouldn't include myself in that bunch anytime soon. While it does a fine job at moisturizing dry lips, it's drier consistency makes the application take a bit of work and coaxing to not feel uneven on the lips. It's difficult to explain if you've never used it before :-/

L'Oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense Felt Tip Eyeliner

It's easy to apply and is pretty black, although I'd be hesitant to say it's a really intense black. My issue with Lineur Intense is that it does not wear well. If my eye waters a bit and I carefully dab my eye with a tissue, it flakes off. Even if my eye has had a completely uneventful day, I'll find that after a few hours my eyeliner has started to flake off at the ends where I tend to wing it out. It doesn't fade nicely...it flakes off.

Korres Vitamin E Face Primer

Not much to say about this one really. It smells really nice and refreshing but it doesn't do much. I don't expect it to control oil production throughout the day like some other primers because it doesn't claim to do so. However, it does claim to minimize pore size and create a perfect canvas for makeup application, neither of which I can attest to.

Have you tried any of these products? If so, do you agree or disagree? I'd love to hear your thoughts!


My Dry Skin and Lips Saviors.

The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter
Rosebud Perfume Co. Brambleberry Rose Lip Balm
Aquaphor Healing Ointment

For dry skin...
I had been primarily using Burt's Bees Milk and Honey Body Lotion in the Summer but once the weather started to cool down, I noticed my skin started to get really dry and scaley (eww!) and was in need of a more intensive moisturizer.

I noticed that I had a Boots Amazon Forest Mango and Babassu Body Butter lying around and decided to give it another whirl. Within a few hours I was reminded of why I had stopped using it in the first place. While it smells delicious, it provides subpar moisturization for a body butter and my skin felt dry again within a few hours.

I then purchased a Bath & Body Works Sea Island Cotton Body Butter despite reading less than enthusiastic reviews...I like to be able to judge for myself, ok? ;) It smells like fresh laundry and the smell lingers for hours. How's the moisturization, you ask? Terrible. Okay, not terrible terrible, but it's a body lotion at best. One day when my skin was particularly dry, I slathered this all over only to find my skin parched and itchy from dryness within the hour. When I touched my skin, there wasn't any detectable trace of body butter or moisturization left. I was disappointed to say the least :(

Finally, I decided to stop wasting my money on trying out new products and just buy the product that keeps the beauty blogging community raving time and time again - The Body Shop Body Butters. I chose Coconut and honestly, I could not be more impressed. I love most all coconut scented things but this one is different, although equally wonderful. It smells natural - like you just split open a coconut and smashed your face into it. (What? That seems like a perfectly normal scenario to me :D ) The moisture it provides my skin is impeccable and I can definitely see myself purchasing more when mine runs out.

For dry lips...
I recently featured Rosebud Perfume Co. Brambleberry Rose in My Top 5 Lip Balms post and I love it so much that I think it deserves another mention! It's the perfect texture, in my opinion - not too sticky or slippery. It's incredibly moisturizing, although not the longest lasting on the lips. This particular scent was limited edition, but the Strawberry variety (which I also love as I've already finished up a tin) will set you back a mere $7 but will last you forever!

For the driest of the dry...
I count on Aquaphor Healing Ointment. It's a million times better than traditional petroleum jelly (Vaseline) as it's thicker and much less slippery and oily, and I most enjoy using it on my lips before bedtime. Depending on the weather, if my lips are exceptionally dry, I'll also use this as a lip balm throughout the day, although it's a bit too slippery to use as a base for lipstick. On skin, it's best used as a spot treatment. My hands and knuckles are usually where I suffer from the driest skin (sometimes to the extent of cracking and bleeding) and I'll just liberally dab this all over those problem areas, wait 15-30 minutes for it to absorb into the skin, then rub in the excess and move on with my day.

How do you remedy dry skin and lips?


What is wrong with my face?!

Yup, it was one of those days. My face decided to be a diva and did not want to have its picture taken under any circumstances. No matter how many photos I took, I couldn't manage to wipe the unphotogenic-ness off my face. I took 10+ full face shots and this is all I managed to salvage from the lot:

That's right. I even had to crop out 80% of the photo...believe me, the photos really were that bad. It was probably a mixture of my face's diva antics and the fact that I'm not used to taking FOTD shots with flash so all the photos turned out utterly horrendous. I quite like how I did my eye makeup, though, which is why I still wanted to do this post.

Tarte Femme Fatale palette (peachy nude, bronzey gold, burgundy, and black shades)
MAC pigment in Vanilla
Milani Liquif'eye pencil in Black
GOSH Velvet Touch pencil in Bananas
Cover Girl Lash Blast mascara

Does anyone else ever experience any difficulties with taking FOTD photos? Please tell me I'm not the only one!

♥ My Top 5: Tinted Lip Balms ♥

Although I absolutely adore lipstick and lipgloss, sometimes in the winter I'll find that my lips are far too dry for either of those products and lip balm is what my lips really need. I tend to stick to tinted lip balms so that I can have color and moisturization - the best of both worlds :)

Clockwise from top:
Carmex Moisture Plus in Peach Tint
Rosebud Perfume Co. Brambleberry Rose (LE)
N.Y.C. Lip Sliders in Sugar Coated
Korres Lip Butter in Mango
Sleek Pout Polish in Pink Cadillac

L to R: Carmex - Sleek - Korres - N.Y.C. - Rosebud Perfume Co.

Carmex Moisture Plus in Peach Tint actually provides more pigmentation to your lips than it you'd think from looking at the swatch above. You can read my original review here.

I've heard about the Sleek Pout Polishes being compared to MAC Tinted Lip Conditioners and while I cannot compare them myself since I don't own any TLCs, I can say that I'm very impressed with the Pout Polishes. They are relatively moisturizing and have excellent pigmentation. The only downside (for me, anyway) is that the smell gives me a little bit of a headache :-/

Korres Lip Butters have been a favorite amongst the beauty blogging community for quite some time now and I'm afraid I don't have anything new or revolutionary to add. It's moisturizing, makes my lips super soft, and Mango adds a pretty coral color to my lips.

N.Y.C. Sugar Coated Lip Slider is probably the least moisturizing of the bunch, if I'm being honest, but I still enjoy using it regardless. It's a tiny bit sticky (which makes it last longer so I don't mind) and manages to nude out my lips a bit while adding a pretty milky pink sheen.

Rosebud Perfume Co. Brambleberry Rose is one of my favorite lip balms of all time. It's the sheerest lip balm of the 5 and appears mostly clear on my overly pigmented lips but I just had to include it anyways :) It's super moisturizing and I can never be without it. It also feels light on the lips, making it a great lip balm option to wear under drier lipsticks.

What's your favorite tinted lip balm?


Festive Nails

I've been searching for the perfect gold nail polish to decorate my nails for the holidays and I think I've finally found the one...

Sephora by OPI Looks Like Rain Dear

Looks Like Rain Dear is a limited edition shade that retails for $9 and is described by Sephora as an "opaque gold with fine and chunky iridescent glitter."

Seriously, how gorgeous is this?! I have it on my fingernails and toes right now, something I rarely do since I hate being matchy matchy but I just couldn't resist. I cannot stop looking at my nails! This is the exact gold polish I wanted and the over the top sparkley-ness makes it perfect for the holiday season...but I can't promise you won't find me wearing it afterwards too ;)

What's your go-to holiday nail polish?


Thanks for your comment, Anonymous :)

To the anonymous commenter on my last FOTD post who so kindly asked me what happened to my eyebrows, thank you for motivating me to finally learn how to fill them in! I actually love how they look now!

I decided to stop showcasing my ginormous forehead and revert back to my tried and true side-part and side-swept bangs hairstyle. I feel much more myself this way :)

NARS Sheer Glow in Punjab
Dior Sculpt Lifting Smoothing Concealer in Beige 002
MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF35 in NC30
MAC MSFN in Medium Plus
MAC blush in On a Mission
Dior Amber Diamond Shimmerstar

MAC GPS in Greengrease (base)
MAC e/s in Club** (lid and lower lash line)
MAC e/s in Mystery
MAC e/s in Wedge (mixed with Mystery, applied to crease)
MAC Pigment in Vanilla (highlight)
Milani Liquif'eye pencil in Black
Cover Girl Lash Blast mascara

Liplicious l/g in Whipped Vanilla

**A tip when using a duochrome shadow like MAC Club (green/brown duochrome), if you want the shadow to lean more to one color, use a base that is that color. For example, I used a green base to make Club appear more green than brown.

When I was going through the photos I took, I was pretty amazed at how much your eye color can stand out when you use the right eyeshadow colors.
Neutral, pearly white does nothing to enhance my brown eyes.

Green, on the other hand, makes them POP!

And, of course, my outfit of the day:

It has pockets!

Tunic: Macy's
Leggings: Macy's 
Silver flats: Steve Madden
"T" necklace: Etsy
Watch: Target

This tunic is more or less like a tent on me, but I avoid looking like a 500 pound woman but pairing it with tighter bottoms like leggings.

That's it! Now tell me about your day...I don't care how random it is!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...