Living in Los Angeles, I don’t normally get to see the drastic change from a cold winter to a warm spring. This particular winter has been a bizarre one though (hello, climate change!) with lots and lots of rain in LA resulting in much colder (and wetter) weather than you’d imagine for our usually year-round sunny city. I have noticed a return to warmer – and dryer – weather recently and hopefully it stays that way. LA people are just not cut out for the cold/rain – luckily I grew up in Florida so it doesn’t bother me.
The change in season brought more than just warmer weather and more sun, it also means a change in in our makeup and wardrobe. It’s time to put away those big winter coats and boots and time to start breaking out floral prints and pastels!
Keep reading for my Top 10 Spring Essentials in beauty and fashion!
I FINALLY got off the waiting list for Sephora’s beauty subscription box, PLAY! by Sephora and received my first box this month! The theme was “The Partygoers” and featured products for the perfect night out! Keep reading to see what was inside along with my first impressions!
This isn’t just any Ipsy unboxing post, this will be my FINAL Ipsy unboxing post. That’s right, after 5 years of lovely glam bags filled with various beauty products, I’m taking a break. Read on to find out why and to also see what’s inside this last December Ipsy bag.
Hello, everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing what’s inside my November Ipsy bag! This month’s theme “Rockstarlet” and came with 5 products! Read on to see what they are and my first impressions!
Yay! I’m breaking my string of late Ipsy unboxing posts and posting this just a day after receiving it in the mail – go me! This month’s Halloween “Black Magic” themed bag is too cute! Read on to see what’s inside!
Another late Ipsy post due to personal circumstances – sorry again, guys >.< The theme of this month’s September Ipsy Glam Bag was “Glamazon.” Read on to see what was inside my bag!
Greetings from Seattle! For Fourth of July Weekend, Luke and I flew up to visit his sister and meet up with some friends in The Emerald City. I’ve always wanted to visit but never have so I was super excited about the trip! We’re only here for three days but our schedule is jam packed with plenty of fun activities. I tend to overpack my makeup and toiletries but this time I was determined to keep things to a minimum.
Today I’m reviewing one of my favorite nail polishes – China Glaze’s Stone Cold originally from their Hunger Games collection. I wore it for Christmas and plan on wearing it for New Year’s Eve as well. Even though it’s one of my all-time favorite nail polish colors, this review won’t be all positives as it certainly has its cons.
Stone Cold is a truly beautiful and unique dark gunmetal grey color with slight shimmer that dries with a matte texture. It’s the first matte polish I ever bought and unlike anything else I have. I absolutely love that it actually looks like graphite. It has a very cool neutral look that I find very versatile as it looks both edgy and sophisticated. It’s definitely a go-to for special occasions and events.
Unfortunately, it’s formula leaves much to be desired. It applies well enough and goes on pretty opaque after one coat, but I still recommend using two as I’ve never come across a more chippable nail polish. An hour (sometimes less) after applying two thick coats AND a base and top coat, it’s already chipping if I’m not careful with my hands. The next day, half of the polish on every finger on both hands is pretty much gone. On the upside, like many matte polishes, it dries super fast so re-doing/touching up your nails isn’t so bad.
All in all, this stunning nail polish isn’t without it’s flaws. I wouldn’t recommend it to someone who’s wanting a long-lasting, no-chip polish, but it’s color is just so different and pretty that I still think it’s great for something specific like a party or a night out – just find yourself a reallyyyy good top coat!
It retails for $7.50. I’m not sure what luck you’ll have finding it in stores as it’s from an older collection, but Amazon
(not an affiliate link) has it for $6.95 plus free shipping!
What’s your favorite matte polish?
As far as holiday makeup goes, I kept my Christmas makeup this year rather light. With the outfit I planned to wear, I knew I wanted to bust out a bold red lip. I love smokey eyes and winged eyeliner, but decided to keep my eyes neutral and instead opted for strong brows to balance out the lips. Since there was little eye work, this look took less than 10 minutes to complete.
I first prepped my face all over with Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer and my new Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion. For foundation, I applied Revlon’s Nearly Naked in Fresh Beige with a Beauty Blender. Then I used my Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light to Medium Bisque to cover up my dark eye circles (because boy do I have them). Next, I applied Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer in Brightener along the bridge of my nose, my chin, under my eyes, and the area above the middle of my brows (see photo below) for some highlighting/concealing/contouring. I skipped powder and bronzer and just applied Maybelline’s Master Glaze in Make A Mauve lightly on my upper cheekbones blending it downwards with my fingers. To finish up my face, I used a dense brush to apply the balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer above my cheekbones, along the bridge of my nose, and my cupid’s bow.
As I mentioned, eyes were very simple. I curled the lashes first then applied Maybelline’s Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze with my fingers all over my lid up to the brow bone. Using the Mary-Lou Manizer again, I swept it along the brow bone and the inner corners of the eyes. Finally, I applied my current go-to mascara Covergirl’s The Super Sizer in Black. Moving upwards, I used my trusty Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Brunette to neatly shape and fill in my brows. I mostly use the lighter color, but will use the darker along the outer areas for a sharper line. Once I’m done, I set it with Anastasia’s Clear Brow Gel to keep everything in place.
Bold lips are great during the holidays, but they take a little prep work if you want to make sure they last through all the yummy dinner foods and desserts. I outlined my lips with Urban Decay’s 27/4 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Ozone then filled them in. This stuff is great at preventing feathering and helping your lip color last. Even though it does everything a lip liner does, I still decide to use my NYX Lip Liner Pencil in Cabaret (I just like how it looks with the lipstick) – I once again outline my lips then fill them in completely. Once done, I apply my Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate lipstick in 107 in then finish the look with Nars Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Place Vendome.
There you have it! My “simple” Christmas makeup look this year!