May 31, 2014

Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick As You Want Victoria - Swatches & Review

  Press Sample 

Hello my sweets! Today I have a review with swatches of one of Rimmel London's Moisture Renew Lipsticks in the shade 360 'As You Want Victoria'. If you're a fan of moisturizing, glossy, rich color lipsticks at a great drugstore price you should check out these new and improved Moisture Renew lippies :)

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick 360 As You Want Victoria - Swatches & Review | Manicurity.com

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick 360 As You Want Victoria - Swatches & Review | Manicurity.com

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick 360 As You Want Victoria - Swatches & Review | Manicurity.com

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick 360 As You Want Victoria - Swatches & Review | Manicurity.com

Rimmel London is offering vivid color + a moisturizing formula with their newly re-designed Moisture Renew Lipstick! There's updated, modern packaging that I like and some new colors with this re-release. The Moisture Renew Lipstick is an “intensely moisturizing lipstick that doesn’t compromise on color” that will leave “lips drenched in moisture”. Their innovative formula has 3 "super moisturisers" (sic) and contains SPF 20, and Vitamins A, C and E for protecting lips. I tested the shade 360 - As You Want Victoria various times and now I'm ready to share my thoughts with you!

PIGMENTATION & Color

This particular shade - As You Want Victoria- is VERY pigmented i.e. one-swipe opaque! It’s actually so pigmented it’s a little hard to apply easily because the creamy formula can skip and slide all over without a lip brush to perfect the edges. Color seems to be between a red and a fuchsia for me - sometimes As You Want Victoria looks red, sometimes pink.

Finish, TEXTURE & Lasting Power

Very creamy, rich formula with a glossy shine when freshly applied; no shimmer, just glossy. It does seem to wear down to more of a satin as time goes on. This lipstick looks great after 2 hours and stays pretty well up to 4 hours but gets obliterated if I've had anything to eat or drink because the product transfers to everything. As You Want Victoria does stain, which some people find advantageous and others dislike. Sadly it does wear away in the dreaded 'ring of color' because the creamy formula lends itself to transfer. Sometimes when I wear this lipstick I get feathering and sometimes I don't and I'm not sure why (especially weird because this is the only product I can think of that has feathered on me ever).

SCENT & Taste

The Rimmel London Moisture Renew lipstick has a strong powdery floral scent. Not my personal fave as I’m more of a fan of vanilla or fruity scents for lip products. Thankfully I don't notice the scent once it's applied and it doesn't give me a headache at all (as some artificially scented things do). Also important and lovely is that there is NO taste as far as I can tell! Yay! Nothing worse than a bitter tasting lipstick!

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick 360 As You Want Victoria - Swatches & Review | Manicurity.com
Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick 360 As You Want Victoria - Swatches & Review | Manicurity.com

Sometimes this lipstick looks more red on me (above) and sometimes more pink-fuchsia (below). All photos taken in indirect sunlight at different times of the day.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick 360 As You Want Victoria - Swatches & Review | Manicurity.com
^^ iPhone photo, no filter
Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick 360 As You Want Victoria - Swatches & Review | Manicurity.com
freshly applied

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick 360 As You Want Victoria - Swatches & Review | Manicurity.com
feathering and wear after 4 hours (even with lip liner)

PACKAGING

As you can see from the photos the newly released Rimmel London Moisture Renew lipstick has a sheer plastic purple tube and silver bullet. The new packaging for the re-designed Moisture Renew lippies is much more modern and luxe compared to the previous packaging (which was an all plastic case with a metallic finish). Two things that I really like about this packaging are: 1) the lid stays on nice and securely AND 2) that the lipstick retracts all the way down inside the case so that the bullet of the lipstick doesn’t get nicked when you are putting the lid portion back on!!




LIKES

- HOLY CRAP COLORFUL! This is a super opaque, vivid color
- Finish stays glossy after 2 hours
- LOVE that the bullet retracts into the packaging! Especially important to me with such a creamy, colorful product that would be messy if the lid nicked the bullet
- You can wear this color as a light stain or full on as a glossy lipstick

DISLIKES

- Scent is not my favorite (but luckily it doesn't last long)
- Challenge to apply since the formula can slip if applied straight from the tube
- Glossy formula is not super long lasting
- Transfers, and wears away in a 'ring of color' if I want to stay hydrated
- Feathers on me occasionally

OVERALL (TL;DR)

I like the rich, glossy finish of Rimmel London's new and improved Moisture Renew Lipstick because of its sheen. And I like the color of As You Want Victoria because it is unique to my current collection of lip colors since it's a red-pink instead of a blue-based hot pink. However I don't really love this bright color + this formula (I like it but I don't love it). For me personally I prefer my super vibrant lipsticks to be in a formula that doesn't require as much attention or touch ups through out the day. I think I would love this formula in a less dramatic shade, though, because I do love how glossy the finish looks when I first put it on. A MLBB shade in this formula that I could just throw on and not worry about staining or wearing away in a circle would be amazeballs!!

BEST FOR: Beauties that prefer a glossier lip color (that lasts longer than a gloss)
TRY IF: You’re looking for a new drugstore lipstick that has a glossy finish and a nice price point!
SKIP IF: You only wear long-lasting lipsticks that don’t require touch ups through out the day.

Pricing & Availability

I received this as a press sample. Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick seems to retail between $3.49 and $7.00 for .14oz (4g) of product. Available wherever Rimmel is sold in your area at retailers like Ulta, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Target, Rite-Aid, Meijer, Kmart, etc.

Would I repurchase?

YES - in a different color! But no, I probably wouldn't repurchase As You Want Victoria.


Have you tried any of the new and improved Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipsticks? I’m planning to pick up a different shade to try soon!


Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes; all opinions are 100% my own! If you'd like to know more about my policies, please see my disclosure page.

May 30, 2014

Friday Five | 5 Colorful Things I'm Currently Craving

I've been internet window shopping and these are a few of the colorful items that are at the top of my OMG Lust List right meow. I'm a sucker for rainbow-y things so I desperately want all of these things and need approximately none of them >.< Plus I keep seeing people rave about these on blogs and ugh, want so hard. 

Friday Five | 5 Colorful Things I'm Currently Craving = Deborah Lippmann 80s Rewind, Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette, Lumina Lacquer Prism, Marc Jacobs The Siren, Nyx Macaron Lipsticks | Manicurity.com


  1. Deborah Lippmann 80s Rewind Polishes ($18) - I don't need these but I want these so hard! I love love love my DL Lara's Theme which is an almost-one-coater orange creme polish and I am pretty constantly telling people that it's worth the $18 price tag for a formula so nice. So obviously I am desperately tempted to get a few of these even though they aren't remarkably 'special' colors. See All Lacquered Up's swatches here.
  2. Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette ($49) - I already own too much eyeshadow and only two eyes (the shame)! Plus I own a lot of bright neon-ish colors with Sugar Pill palettes and some other indie items, but the things I own are MATTE brights and this palette is shimmery brights so that's different enough to need both, right? RIGHT? See a great review from one of my fave keeping-it-real beauty blogs Brightest Bulb in The Box here - she does some amazing looks with this palette!
  3. Lumina Lacquer Prismatic ($10) - Literally every glitter in this is holographic. It's a rainbow of rainbows. And there are GLITTER TRIANGLES. *grabby hands* 
  4. Marc Jacobs Style-Con No.7 Plus Shadow The Siren ($59) - IT IS A RAINBOW. I love this palette because I would actually use every shadow, not like when I get a palette with 20 shadows and think "Oh well I like 4 of them and so that's a good deal". If you break down the cost per shadow at $8.40 per color mayhaps this Marc Jacobs palette seems a little bit more reasonable? Maybe? I wish it wasn't limited edition! Anyhoo, it scores well enough to be a 'Temptalia Recommends' product over at Temptalia (obvs) so I want it extra much.
  5. Nyx Cosmetics Macaron Lippies ($5.99) - Ridiculous shades of lipstick at a cost that's like a third the price of Lime Crime? Yes. Yes please. I know eventually I will buy almost all of these - which is great because they're permanent! Yay! See swatches of all of them at Vampy Varnish here and see how useful they are for layering over at Nouveau Cheap here.

 Are any of these on your want list right now, too? Let me know in the comments below!


Disclosure: No affiliate links in my post, but there *might* be affiliate links in the blog posts I linked to which review each product. 

May 28, 2014

The Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty - Gluttony

The Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag - Gluttony = MAC lipsticks and dotticures | Manicurity.com

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Hola my beautiful friends! Today I'm talking about GLUTTONY in my Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag series. Each Wednesday - except during the Digit-al Dozen week - I've been answering the different questions for each sin from The Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag. Originally I believe this was a YouTube beauty guru tag but I like words and pictures so I've adapted it for this lil blog series :) I've also been adding some original questions that relate specifically to nails, too! Check out this week's topic - gluttony. 

GLUTTONY

1. What is your most delicious beauty product?

I don't really eat my beauty products - unless it's my edible sugar lip scrub! To me the most delicious products I own are probably my MAC lippies; I am so obsessed with how yummy their vanilla scent is!! 

The Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag - Gluttony = MAC lipsticks and dotticures | Manicurity.com

The Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag - Gluttony = MAC lipsticks and dotticures | Manicurity.com

Bonus Question

What nail art technique do you over-indulge in?

DOTS! I have a hard time resisting adding dots to basically everything. I love all the different designs you can do with dots - regular polka dots, flowers, dotticures, gradients, garlands, rings, etc. Dots dots dots! Click here to see all of my dot-tastic nail art.

The Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag - Gluttony = MAC lipsticks and dotticures | Manicurity.com


YOUR turn! Feel free to answer these questions in the comments :) And don't forget to read up on my other beauty sins - greed and wrath


Disclosure: I bought all the things mentioned! If you'd like to know more about my policies, please see my disclosure page.

May 23, 2014

Friday Five | 5 Perfect Pastel Polishes to Play With Before We Say Goodbye to Spring!


Since we're quickly headed towards summer I thought we could take one last moment to cling to spring and discuss pastel polishes. I have a select few favorite pastels that I use again and again and again because the formula on them far surpasses my other pastel shades. In fact, four of these five shades could probably be given the official titles of Some Of My Favorite Polishes which is quite a feat when they're competing against so many other polishes in my stash.

Friday Five | 5 Perfect Pastel Polishes to Play With Before We Say Goodbye to Spring! Barry M Peach Melba, Revlon Top Speed Electric, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mint Sorbet, China Glaze Bahamian Blue, Butter London Muggins | Manicurity.com


I'll chat about each one in pastel-rainbow order :)

1. Peach - Barry M Peach Melba

I feel really bad about raving about this polish since fellow USA-ers can't get their grubby polish paws on Barry M easily anymore... but Barry M Peach Melba is a pretty fan-freaking-tastic pastel peachy shade!! The formula is easy to work with and isn't streaky and meh the way creamy, pastel pinky-peachy shades can be.

Friday Five | 5 Perfect Pastel Polishes to Play With Before We Say Goodbye to Spring! Barry M Peach Melba, Revlon Top Speed Electric, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mint Sorbet, China Glaze Bahamian Blue, Butter London Muggins | Manicurity.com

2. Yellow - Revlon Top Speed Electric

Is the Top Speed line discontinued?! I feel like yes because I can't find it on the internet, but I haven't noticed anyone posting about it disappearing so I'm confused [or maybe no one cares about this sub-brand leaving store shelves?]. Personally I am loyal as hell to the Top Speed line because the formula works for me and I actually LIKE the 'retro' Revlon polish bottles. Anyhoo enough about all o' that and on to this specific polish! Revlon Top Speed Electric is my hands-down very favorite yellow polish ever ever ever. I only need two coats, it's not streaky, it dries quickly (like at top speed lololol), and it has really pretty shimmer to boot. Clean up is rough because of the shimmer but I don't care because two coats for a yellow is everything!

Friday Five | 5 Perfect Pastel Polishes to Play With Before We Say Goodbye to Spring! Barry M Peach Melba, Revlon Top Speed Electric, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mint Sorbet, China Glaze Bahamian Blue, Butter London Muggins | Manicurity.com

3. Mint Green - Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mint Sorbet

Mkay so I talk about Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mint Sorbet all of the time. A lot of brands have nice quality mint polishes in their line up (like Revlon Minted, China Glaze Refresh-Mint, etc.) BUT what's great about this polish is that it's an absolute gem of a price ($2!) and found in pretty much every retailer that has a beauty section (including some grocery stores). I love this classic mint creme with great coverage and an easy-to-work-with formula for ONLY TWO DOLLARS. Two dollars! I also like the brush a lot on this polish - like a smaller, more manageable Pro-Wide because it is a flat and slightly flared rectangle shape.

Friday Five | 5 Perfect Pastel Polishes to Play With Before We Say Goodbye to Spring! Barry M Peach Melba, Revlon Top Speed Electric, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mint Sorbet, China Glaze Bahamian Blue, Butter London Muggins | Manicurity.com


4. Blue - China Glaze Bahamian Escape

Is this really pastel blue? No...? But China Glaze Bahamian Escape has a certain creamy, white-ness to the color that lends itself towards being pastel (at least in the bottle). It is a fairly bright sky blue color but let's pretend it's a neon pastel? ANYWAY I love this polish something fierce and already have at least one back up bottle. I love the color and the formula is great for me because I paint thick coats and can get away with just one coat for this polish!! Hands down fave light blue polish in my stash.

Friday Five | 5 Perfect Pastel Polishes to Play With Before We Say Goodbye to Spring! Barry M Peach Melba, Revlon Top Speed Electric, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mint Sorbet, China Glaze Bahamian Blue, Butter London Muggins | Manicurity.com

PS. I get my bottles of Bahamian Escape at TransDesign since the collection is too old (Winter 2008) to be found at Sally Beauty (to my knowledge, I doubt they added it to their core collection BUT THEY SHOULD). Lots of online beauty stores still have it in stock like Victoria Nail Supply, 8ty8 Beauty, and Head2Toe Beauty. If you're lucky enough to have a beauty supply store near you that will let you in, they might have some stock of it too!

Alternative Blue - Zoya Kristen

So this is more of an actual pastel blue color! Zoya Kristen tiptoes a fine line between grey and blue depending on your coloring and your eyes (some people are more sensitive to color than others). On me this is definitely bluer than grey, but the Zoya website lists it as grey (with many people commenting along the lines of "what a pretty blue"). Anyhoo, the formula is not the best ever for me with this polish [I have a lot of issues with control of the formula because it likes to just gush down the top of the brush unexpectedly after wiping it on the rim to paint - whyyyy?] but the shade is gorgeous and very unique to my collection.
Friday Five | 5 Perfect Pastel Polishes to Play With Before We Say Goodbye to Spring! Barry M Peach Melba, Revlon Top Speed Electric, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mint Sorbet, China Glaze Bahamian Blue, Zoya Kristen, Butter London Muggins | Manicurity.com

I think another great pastel blue would be Zoya's Blu but I haven't personally tried it so I can't really recommend it one way or the other!

5. Lavender - butterLondon Muggins

I adore this shade of lilac-lavender (idk, I'm not a purple expert like Crumpet okay?)! Butter London Muggins is a really nice shade of light, pastel purpley because it's a little dusty or something magical - it's a nice girly pastel shade without being overly saccharine. And of course, as with all of the polishes in today' post [minus Kristen, but she's our second string blue polish] the formula for Muggins is excellent despite being a pastel-esque polish. Thumbs up.

Friday Five | 5 Perfect Pastel Polishes to Play With Before We Say Goodbye to Spring! Barry M Peach Melba, Revlon Top Speed Electric, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mint Sorbet, China Glaze Bahamian Blue, Butter London Muggins | Manicurity.com

Do you have a favorite pastel polish? Or are you already ready for summer and totally over pastels? Share with me in the comments!


Disclosure: I've purchased all of the products mentioned in this post with my own money and I LOVE them; I only recommend things I truly like, pinky promise! If you'd like to know more about my policies, please see my disclosure page.

May 21, 2014

The Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty - Wrath

The Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag - Talking about Wrath i.e. all those products we love/hate with Manicurity.com

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Hello hello my sweet peaches! Working right along with my weekly Wednesday posts from the 7 Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag this week I'm tackling WRATHHHHH. [When I type that/read that I imagine it being said really loudly and then trailing off hilariously long at the end]. When I wrote my post all about Greed I might have forgot to mention that I don't plan on posting these 7 Deadly Sins of Beauty posts during the same week that the Digit-al Dozen is scheduled (i.e. the second full week of the month). So what is The Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag? It's a fun set of questions that relate the seven deadly sins (of course!) to different aspects of beauty and makeup - PLUS I'll be adding some original questions that relate directly to nails, too! Let's get into WRATH!

WRATH

1. What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with?

FOUNDATION! Or I guess face products in general - like HACing, too. Now that I live in Miami I have to put sunblock on my face every two hours (seriously I have phone alarms for it, it's srs business) otherwise I can feel the burrrrrrn at the end of the day. Sunblock being slathered on top of foundation (and blush and highlighter) every two hours just doesn't work out IMO - it reminds me of how writing over something you've already written on a white board just erases it. Plus I'm sort of oily so before I had to put sunblock on all the time I had to hope that my foundation would stay on my face and not just melt away >.<

But obvs I love a good foundation + HAC job because then I feel like an awesome supermodel fairy princess ;)

The Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag - Talking about Wrath i.e. all those products we love/hate with Manicurity.com

2. What product(s) have been the hardest to get?

It used to be sheer online insanity for indie polishes (and still probably is for some brands) but now I've fallen prey to the mad internet dash that is a limited edition MAC collection launch!! In particular the RiRi matte lipsticks were very challenging to order when they launched Heaux and RiRi Woo. I also went scouring the internetz for Sounds Like Noise welllll after it was released (but thankfully it wasn't too out of budget). Most recently the MAC Alluring Aquatic collection was pretty nuts, but I found the two lipsticks I wanted really easily at Nordstrom's online launch and am hoping to grab an eyeshadow or two in-store today :D

The Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag - Talking about Wrath i.e. all those products we love/hate with Manicurity.com

BONUS QUESTION!

What nail polish finish drives you crazy - in a bad way?

I have a definite love/hate relationship with JELLY polishes! I love the way they look on other people in photos, but I am SOoOoo impatient when applying them. This purple flower 'pond manicure' from right here on the blog is super pretty, but ugh it took forever!

The Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag - Talking about Wrath i.e. all those products we love/hate with Manicurity.com


Don't forget to check out my post about GREED where I talk about my favorite high end and low end products, plus my priciest HTF polish! Read it here.

Now it's your turn! Feel free to answer the questions from this post in the comments, I'd love to know what products you love/hate :)


Disclosure: I bought all the things mentioned! If you'd like to know more about my policies, please see my disclosure page.

May 16, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen: Twenty-Teens Colorblocked Tape Mani + Candy Lacquer Misfit Toys accents


Finally we've arrived at the end of the Digit-al Dozen week for May! This month we tackled the theme of 'decades' and I am so happy to say that I LOVED this week!! I thought it was going to be really hard and uninspiring, but I've enjoyed it immensely. I started the week back in 1930s with an art deco tape mani (see it here), then time-traveled to 1950s (see it here), then on to the 1970s (see it here), stopped in the 1990s to revisit my childhood yesterday (see it here), and am rounding the week out with the modern decade - the twenty-teens? Anyhoo, check out my modern color blocking tape mani + indie glitter accented nails below!

The Digit-al Dozen: Twenty-Teens Colorblocked Tape Mani + Candy Lacquer Misfit Toys accents | Manicurity.com

The Digit-al Dozen: Twenty-Teens Colorblocked Tape Mani + Candy Lacquer Misfit Toys accents | Manicurity.com

May 15, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen: Whatever! This 90s Skittle Set is DA BOMB!

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Whoop here it is! Today is 90s day on the blog since we're doing the theme of 'decades' for the Digit-al Dozen this week. I started the week out with some art deco nails inspired by the 1930s (see them here), then took you back to the 1950s on Tuesday when red nail polish was all the rage (see them here), and yesterday we got groovy with some freehand flower power nails (see them here). I was a little kid in the 90s and I definitely grew up with a massive collection of Beanie Babies, Spice Girls, Dunk-a-Roos, Goosebumps choose your own adventure stories, etc. Check out my 90s nails!

The Digit-al Dozen: Whatever! This 90s Freehand Nail Art Skittle Set is DA BOMB! featuring yin-yang, Tamagotchi, Nirvana, Clueless, and Ty Beanie Babies | Manicurity.com

The Digit-al Dozen: Whatever! This 90s Freehand Nail Art Skittle Set is DA BOMB! featuring yin-yang, Tamagotchi, Nirvana, Clueless, and Ty Beanie Babies | Manicurity.com

May 14, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen: Can You Dig This Freehand Seventies Skittle Set of Nail Art?

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This month the Digit-al Dozen theme is 'decades' and I've been taking you back in time this week to the 1930s (see my art deco nails here) and the 1950s (see my abstract red brushstroke nail art that looks like a Shirley Temple here). Today I'm moving on to the 1970s with some fun freehand floral-y nails. Check 'em out!

The Digit-al Dozen: Can You Dig This Freehand Seventies Skittle Set of Nail Art? Totally Groovy! Featuring a pastel floral french nail design and funky dot accent nail | Manicurity.com

The Digit-al Dozen: Can You Dig This Freehand Seventies Skittle Set of Nail Art? Totally Groovy! Featuring a pastel floral french nail design and funky dot accent nail | Manicurity.com

May 13, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen: Cast an Eyeball on These Nifty Fifties-inspired Abstract Brush Stroke Nails

 Press Sample 

Hey Daddy-O! This week The Digit-al Dozen is doing nail art inspired by the theme of 'decades'. Yesterday I did some 1930s art deco nails (see them here!). Moving right along to the 1950s for today's nail post I thought I would use the popular nail polish shade at the time - red - and do a 'modern' nail art technique of random brushstrokes with a variety of polish finishes that weren't available in the past!!

The Digit-al Dozen: Cast an Eyeball on These Nifty Fifties-inspired Abstract Brush Stroke Nails | Manicurity.com

The Digit-al Dozen: Cast an Eyeball on These Nifty Fifties-inspired Abstract Brush Stroke Nails | Manicurity.com

May 12, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen does Decades: Art Deco Striping Tape + Half Moon Mani

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Another month means another Digit-al Dozen week of creative, challenging manicures based on a broad theme! This month we're tackling manicures that match the theme of 'decades'. I, as usual, like to do sort of a theme-within-a-theme because I work better under stricter guidelines (it's the design education that makes me flourish under hella strict themes vs. general themes). For my decades manis we'll be starting in the 1930s today and jumping 20 years each day until we hit the 20-teens on Friday.  

The Digit-al Dozen does Decades: Art Deco Striping Tape + Half Moon Mani with Zoya Raven and Julep Love | Manicurity.com

The Digit-al Dozen does Decades: Art Deco Striping Tape + Half Moon Mani with Zoya Raven and Julep Love | Manicurity.com

May 10, 2014

Stanley Cup Playoff Canadiens vs. Bruins Watermarble Nail Art!

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Hello and happy weekend my lovely turtledoves! Today I have another recent water marble experiment to share with you - this time inspired by two teams currently playing each other in the Stanley Cup playoffs - The Canadiens vs. The Bruins. My boyfriend is a huge hockey fan and I've been converted into one recently, too! 

Stanley Cup Playoff 2014 Nails - Canadiens vs. Bruins Watermarble Nail Art | Manicurity.com

Stanley Cup Playoff 2014 Nails - Canadiens vs. Bruins Watermarble Nail Art | Manicurity.com

First I painted a nice, white base with two coats of Zoya Purity. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the formula and coverage was with this white polish since sometimes they can be so streaky and tricky. After topping it with quick dry I went to town marbling a color palette that matched each time on opposing colors - The Canadiens on my left and The Bruins on my right.

The Canadiens Watermarble 

Go Habs go! The Canadiens team colors are red, white, and blue. I took a chance and water marbled with a glittery polish and it worked really well!

Stanley Cup Playoff 2014 Nails - Canadiens vs. Bruins Watermarble Nail Art | Manicurity.com

Stanley Cup Playoff 2014 Nails - Canadiens vs. Bruins Watermarble Nail Art | Manicurity.com

Stanley Cup Playoff 2014 Nails - Canadiens vs. Bruins Watermarble Nail Art | Manicurity.com

Stanley Cup Playoff 2014 Nails - Canadiens vs. Bruins Watermarble Nail Art | Manicurity.com

The Bruins Watermarble

I had a little bit of a tougher time with this palette of polishes for some reason - not sure if it was because I was tired after doing the first hand or if the slightly shimmery formula of these polishes wanted to dry out faster.

Stanley Cup Playoff 2014 Nails - Canadiens vs. Bruins Watermarble Nail Art | Manicurity.com

Stanley Cup Playoff 2014 Nails - Canadiens vs. Bruins Watermarble Nail Art | Manicurity.com

Stanley Cup Playoff 2014 Nails - Canadiens vs. Bruins Watermarble Nail Art | Manicurity.com

Stanley Cup Playoff 2014 Nails - Canadiens vs. Bruins Watermarble Nail Art | Manicurity.com

I think now that I've mastered the smaller cup watermable situation (read about that in my last water marble nail art post here!), I'm hoping with enough attempts/practice I can successfully do more recognizable patterns on more than one nail. I do enjoy the unpredictable, abstract-ness of my current water marble abilities 

Are you a hockey fan? And/Or do you have any tips for me about water marbles?!

PS. Check out my blog sale conveniently located at Storenvy so you can check out at your leisure without having to send 239903482 messages back and forth!!


Disclosure: I bought all the things mentioned! If you'd like to know more about my policies, please see my disclosure page.

May 9, 2014

Friday Five | 5 Great Products that Keep Your Makeup ON Longer!


5 Great TOTALLY BUDGET FRIENDLY Products that Keep Your Makeup ON Longer! 3 products are under $10 and the other two are under $15! Budget friendly, drugstore primers | Manicurity.com

Makeup is such a fun thing to experiment with because you can wash it off if you don't like how it looks (compared to say, a hair disaster that is much more semi-permanent!). But what about when you want your makeup to truly last 9-5 and maybe until dinner, too? Today I'm sharing my top five favorite beauty products that help me get some extra wear time out of my makeup! Not only will these products make your other makeup items last longer, they also won't break the bank -  3 of the five are under $10 and the other two are under $15. Rad!

5 Great TOTALLY BUDGET FRIENDLY Products that Keep Your Makeup ON Longer! 3 products are under $10 and the other two are under $15! Budget friendly, drugstore primers | L'Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base face primer, Nyx Cosmetics cream blush - Manicurity.com

Face Primers

  1. L'Oreal Magic Perfecting Base ($12.99) is my favorite face primer so far! I've tested a few of the more blog-famous face primers like the Smashbox one, but this L'Oreal one remains my favorite. It is a little thicker than other all-over primers and acts more like a spackle to really fill in pores. My first step in my makeup routine, I primarily (ha ha) apply it mainly to my inner cheek area (that part below your under eye between where you apply blush and your nose) since that's where I smooth out my concealer for HACing. 

  2. Nyx Cosmetics Cream Blush ($5.99) is a great way to make your powder blush last a little longer!! I have oily-combo skin and I feel like my face just eats powder products like it's starving. BUT because I have oily-combo skin I was nervous about trying a creamy product because I don't need to look even more "dewy". Don't be afraid to try cream blush! I love this product because it doesn't stay sticky, it is easy to blend, comes in a variety of shades, and is at the perfect price point for my Pokemon symptoms to set in - i.e. gotta catch 'em all!

5 Great TOTALLY BUDGET FRIENDLY Products that Keep Your Makeup ON Longer! 3 products are under $10 and the other two are under $15! Budget friendly, drugstore primers | Milani Eyeshadow Primer in 01 Nude, LASplash Eyeshadow sealer base adhesive - Manicurity.com

Eye Primers

  1. Milani Eyeshadow Primer in 01 Nude ($6.49) is a lifesaver! I have oily lids - so slick that they cause even Maybelline Color Tattoos to crease by the end of the day. Urban Decay's Primer Potion used to be my hands-down favorite eyeshadow primer to combat creasing until they switched the packaging, and now the squeeze tube version doesn't work at all for me >.< Enter this Milani primer, and all of the baby angels singing for my personal rebirth of wearing eyeshadow again! Are there better eyeshadow primers in the beauty world? Possibly. But this primer works incredibly well to keep my eyeshadow from creasing, not to mention it's decently priced and easily found at drugstores. Hallelujah indeed!

  2. LASplash Eyeshadow Base ($8.98) is sort of a cross between a sealant and an eyeshadow adhesive - perfect for loose shadows, glitter, or glittery shadows prone to fallout. I think of it as the commercially available alternative to Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxie! I usually put down a layer of normal eyeshadow primer, than dab some of this where I plan to apply whichever shade needs a little extra sticky-oomph, wait a few seconds until tacky, then pat my shadow or glitter on. Glitter stays on my lids, and out of my eyes (and off my cheeks). Yay!

5 Great TOTALLY BUDGET FRIENDLY Products that Keep Your Makeup ON Longer! 3 products are under $10 and the other two are under $15! Budget friendly, drugstore primers | Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray - Manicurity.com

 Setting Spray

  1. Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray ($14) is my secret weapon for stressful situations and keeping my whole 'face' on! If I'm doing the whole shebang - i.e. full-on makeup including foundation + serious HACing - I want to keep all of that hard work and time spent applying my makeup on my face. This spray keeps my makeup from breaking down while looking natural - no awkward cake face here!

Do you have a favorite primer or makeup-extending product? Share your fave with me in the comments!!


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