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Mani Monday!

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Today’s Mani Monday is brought to you by O.P.I in the color “Rising Star”. This is from the Burlesque Collection. Does anyone remember that movie with Christina Aguilera & Cher? I never saw it but I wanted to.

This is the first time I’ve used this color.
As usual with O.P.I. products, I’m not in love with the square brush, but the pigmentation is great. I didn’t use a base coat :/ but two coats of polish and top coat worked just fine.
The quality of this polish is great. One coat was enough to create a base with very little streaks. You could’ve left it alone if you wanted a very sheer shimmery look. The second coat was perfect for filling in spaces and creating a super shiny shimmery look. I feel like my nails look like brand new pennies lol.
For some holiday fun and to add a little color contrast, I glued on some nail gems from the dollar store. We’ll see how long those last lol.

All in all, great color & I’m pleased with the turn out, but I already passed it onto my mom. I’m not a huge sparkle/shimmer person and this color is overloaded! I can tell it looks nice on my nails & I’ve gotten a lot of compliments, but it just doesn’t feel like me. I know, I’m weird.
Does that ever happen to anyone else – a beauty product that just doesn’t feel quite right with your personality? Am I alone in this weirdness? Lol let me know in the comments!

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Mani Monday!

20131209-122909.jpgToday’s Mani Monday is brought to you by Sephora by O.P.I. In the color “Break a Leg-warmer!” I believe this is one of the colors from the NY Ballet inspired line…which would make sense given the name.

Usually I don’t like square shaped brushes. I prefer the rounded brush like the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure. However, I didn’t want to stick to just one brand for the rest of my life so I picked up some Sephora colors during my Sephora haul that I blogged about in November.

This color is super rich and creamy, almost one coat is enough, but by default I did two, along with my normal base/top coat. I worry that this will leave my nails a little grey tinged when I take the polish off but hopefully the base coat stops that from happening.

Let me know your thoughts! Do you like this color? Do you like other Sephora by OPI colors? Other brands?

Sephora Haul! 9/25/13

Last Wednesday I did some Sephora shopping, I was thinking of putting up a YouTube video haul, but I don’t have time to record a video, so I’m just gonna throw a post up here, attach some pictures from Sephora.com and explain why I made the purchases I made. Maybe you’ll see something you want to buy too – enjoy! 🙂

Sephora “Draw the Line” Eyeliner Sampler $30
I desperately needed a new black eyeliner, I used to use pencil eyeliner, but was introduced to Peter Thomas Roth “Lashes to Die For” Liner, which has SymPeptide in it to help enhance lash growth. I was a fan of the PTR Lashes to Die For serum – really saw results with that! Unfortunately I didn’t see the same results with the liner, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve strayed away from a smudgy “punk” look and now I like a more precise thin line, so the felt tip applicator was perfect for me & I wanted something more like that, but wanted to branch out in terms of brands, so this little sampler was perfect!
It contains Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner 1.2g, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil 0.7g, Sephora Collection Long Lasting 12HR Wear Eye Liner 2.324 mL, Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Stingray 0.28g & Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner 0.25 mL, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Double Ended Eye Pencil in Perversion & Demolition, both 0.5g

Packaging

Packaging

Packaging & open box

Packaging & open box

Actual size of products

Actual size of products

Too Faced Beauty Blogger Darlings $20
I was also on the hunt for a matte bronzer and eye-shadow primer. I had been looking at Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, but wasn’t 100% set on it – then I saw this sampler which had the bronzer, a primer, AND Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara – something I’ve been lusting after for months after Sephora promoted it as a VIB gift, so buying this was a no brainer!
It contains Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer .4g, Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer .5g, Better Than Sex Mascara 4.8g, Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer .5g

Packaging and actual size

Packaging and actual size

Mascara & bronzer open

Mascara & bronzer open

Close up of mascara wand and bronzer color

Close up of mascara wand and bronzer color

Sephora by O.P.I nail polish 3 for $10
I don’t need nail polish, I can admit that, but I couldn’t pass up a 3 for $10 deal.
Each color has 15 mL

From left to right Break a Leg-Warmer!, Neutral Beauty, Frankly, I Don't Give A-dam

From left to right
Break a Leg-Warmer!, Neutral Beauty, Frankly, I Don’t Give A-dam

Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer in ATF $19, Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Makeup in #4 $39, Urban Decay Naked Skin Pressed Finishing Powder in Naked Medium Light $34
I was looking for a new foundation routine because right now I’m using drugstore makeup, which is fine, but wasn’t really cutting it because it didn’t cover of all my acne/scars adequately unless I really caked it on. So the whole reason for this Sephora trip was to do the Color IQ and figure out exactly what shade I was and what products would work best for me. The process was really easy, you take all your make up off, put on a moisturizer, and they snap 3 pictures with the Color IQ scanner. The pictures go into the machine and it figures out your combo, I’m 3Y06 – which resulted in the purchase of the Urban Decay Naked line. The girl I worked with was less than enthusiastic about her job, but I got what I came for – new makeup – so I guess it doesn’t matter.
Concealor = 3.5g, Foundation = 30 mL/1 fl OZ, Powder = 7.4 g

Urban Decay Concealer in ATF

Urban Decay Concealer in ATF

Urban Decay Liquid Foundation in #4

Urban Decay Liquid Foundation in #4

Urban Decay Finishing Powder in Medium Light

Urban Decay Finishing Powder in Medium Light

Urban Decay Finishing Powder, Travel Case, & UD Sponge

Urban Decay Finishing Powder, Travel Case, & UD Sponge

So that’s it! That’s all my new stuff, I’m excited to rotate these items into my everyday makeup kit. I also got a Sephora eyeliner for $5 in the little boxes by the checkout, but I didn’t think I needed to put a picture of that up. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products, want to try them, or would be interested in a review!