Monday, August 22, 2016

Nail Tattoo and Sailor Stripes


Cute summer sailor style manicure! I got a small sheet of metallic nail tattoos from one of my Julep boxes and wanted to try them out. Here we go!


The base colors were dark blue, white, and glitter red polishes.


On the white nail, I put on some tape horizontally and painted the dark blue polish on to make the stripes. They didn't turn out perfectly as some blue polish sipped under the tape and didn't give me a sharp edge. So I had to use the white polish to clean it up a bit.


Then I cut out the silver chevron nail tattoo and pressed it onto the index finger nail with a bit of water for a few seconds. The tattoo almost came out immediately and I could remove the back paper. The silver nail decal stayed on nicely and I just used a clear top coat to seal everything to finish it off!



Products Used:
Nail Tattoo - Julep
Dark Blue, Glittery Red - Butter London
White - OPI

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Ipsy August 2016 Unboxing and First Impression

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Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service that comes with a new makeup bag and 5 beauty sample products for the price of $10 USD/month.

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This month's makeup bag was illustrated by Ipsy's found Michelle Phan and I received the purple hair girl dreaming of makeup. It is quite different than the usual Ipsy bag and I think it is pretty nice!

What I received in this month's bag:



NYX - Liquid Illuminator in Gleam - 13 ml
I am excited for this liquid highlighter from NYX since dewy/glowy face is all the rage right now. This color is a rose gold tone highlighter and it seems very pigmented. I can't wait to try this on my face!



Sally's Box - Secret Garden Sheet Masks x 2
How cute is the packaging for these masks? I am happy I got 2 of these! I have the camellia oil which is moisturizing and lifting, and the olive oil one which is moisturizing, soothing, and lifting. These are a 2-step system which contains a serum you put on before using the sheet mask. Very interesting!



Rodial - Smokey Eye Pen in Black - 1.2 g
I know this brand is a more high end brand and I am excited to see this for the first time in an Ipsy bag. This gel eyeliner is very creamy and it slides on with intense pigment so easily! I am impressed! Now we need to test out the staying power which is so important for a good eyeliner.




Organic Surge - Perfecting Face Polish - 30 ml
Organic skincare? Yes please! This face scrub contains rosemary and lemon oils which purify the complexion, chamomile and ginkgo biloba which sooth and soften, and almond oil which adds extra hydration.




Lord&Berry - Lip Pencil in Intimacy - 1.8 g
This lip pencil is in a very wearable pink which I think can be so flattening on most skin tones. I was surprised when swatching it because it was super creamy and smooth. I am impressed and can't wait to wear this!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Double Stamping with Green

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Here's a simple stamping manicure where I tried out 2-tone double stamping!


For the base, I used a metallic deep green and a cream white on the 3rd and 4th finger nails. 



On the white nails, I stamped on the tree pattern using a light green polish. Then I used a darker green polish and stamped on the same pattern but with a little offset. I like how it turned out and I will test out more double stamping for sure!


Products Used:
White - OPI
Light Green - Mineral Fusion
Dark Green and Metallic Green - Julep
Stamping Set

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Glossybox July 2016 Unboxing & First Impression

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Glossybox is a monthly beauty subscription with 5 luxury products which costs $21 USD per month. There is also a little discount if you subscribe to a longer period of time.

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I didn't see the normal card with products' description in this box and I know I am not getting all the same products as with other subscribers. I think my box has different picks and therefore they didn't have the card made for these specific items.

What's in this box:


Glov - Makeup Remover Cloth
This is an interesting product! It says it can remove makeup with only water and it is reusable for up to 3 months. This concept is very similar to the Makeup Eraser which I haven't tried. Very cool and I can't wait to use this!



Fango Essenziali - Sheet Mask - 25 ml
First thing I saw when I opened the box was this huge bright purple sheet mask. I love masks and I will sure put this to good use. This one was made in Korea and it claims it "cleanses, purifies and helps minimize pores". 



Eyeko - Fat Eye Stick - 4 g
This is an eyeshadow stick in sparkly taupe color. It goes on quite sheer and I had to swatch it back and forth a few times to get the color in the picture. It says "intense colour and glossy finish" which I do not agree with the intense colour part. However, I still think this is a very pretty eyeshadow and I like the convenience of the stick form.



Glow for a Cause - Solid Perfume in Dream - 11 g
I haven't had a solid perfume in a long while. On their website, the description of the scent is "A modern and urban feel to an exuberant bouquet of flowers with a warm woody base.  Soft and romantic with a chic edge." I also learned that this company gives back a little portion of the profit to charity. Not bad! I quite like the scent which is a warmer floral scent.


Sinful Colors - Nail Polish Top Coat - 15 ml
I received a Sinful Colors polish from last month's Glossybox and here's another one. Again, I am not too happy to see this brand since I know Sinful Colors polishes are only $2-3 and I expect more high end products from this subscription box.

Leighton Denny - Nail Polish Drying Spray - 75 ml
Believe it or not, this would be my first nail polish drying spray! I usually do not find these sprays useful because my top coats are usually quite fast drying. However, it is nice to have one to try out now. This product is flammable though so beware when using it near flames!


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Friday, August 05, 2016

Love Birds on Blue

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For this manicure, I was testing out my nailart drawing skills and it turned out not bad!


The base color is a gorgeous mid-tone cream blue by Julep and it is called Isabela.


On the middle finger, I used a black nail striper to start by drawing on a line across as the tree branch.



Then I continued with the birds. I figured if I only use 1 color it would be easier. So it came out like the shadows or outline of the love birds sitting on the branch.


On the other nails, I finished the manicure with some black jewels and applied a top coat over everything.


Products Used:
Blue - Julep Isabela
Black Striper - Color Club
Nail Jewels


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Friday, July 29, 2016

Red and Gold Flowers

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This flower and tree nailart looks impressive but it was actually very easy to do with dots and squiggly lines!


For the base, I used a nice solid red and a gold polish on the 4th finger.


On the red nails, I dotted the flower petals with the same gold polish. Each flower has 5 dots for the petals.


On the gold nail, I used a black nail striper and drew the tree and branches. This does not have to be neat at all!


On the tree, I added some red and white tiny dots for the flowers and I also added the center of the other gold flowers with some white dots. We are done, I told you it was easy!


Products Used:
Red - Julep
Gold - Sally Hansen
Black Striper - Color Club
White - OPI
Dotting Tool

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Pink Heart Dotticure

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Another romantic pink dotticure that will sure impress!


For the base, I used a fuchsia pink and a white on the thumb and middle finger.


Then I took the same pink polish and dotted the outline of the heart on the middle finger.


I used a lighter pink shade to dot the middle layer inside the heart.


And then I used another even lighter pink polish to dot the most inner part of the heart, making an ombre effect.


On the thumb I only dotted the outline of the heart and left it like that. Quick, easy and cute right?


Products Used: 
Fuchsia Pink - Julep
Medium Pink - Clinique
Light Pink - China Glaze
White - OPI
Dotting Tool

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ipsy July 2016 Unboxing and First Impression

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Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service that comes with a new makeup bag and 5 beauty sample products for the price of $10 USD/month.

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This month's makeup bag comes in a silver holographic color with beach umbrellas on the front. I love holos and this is so cute!



What I got this month:




Too Faced - Hangover Replenishing Face Primer - 5 ml

Believe it or not, I have never tried this primer before even though I have heard so much good things about it! I am most excited for this product in this month's bag. It feels light on the back of my hand and it has a coconut scent which is delightful! I am intrigued to see if this primer is really hydrating and provides the full night's rest look that it claims!




BellaPierre Cosmetics - Banana Setting Powder - 4 g

This is a yellow toned loose powder which comes in a generous size. The powder feels really soft and I like the simple list of ingredients. I will sure put this to use!



theBalm Cosmetics - Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow in Matte Kumar - 0.5 g

I like theBalm as a brand because they make great powder products. I got the matte cranberry color and the texture seems quite soft which should be blendable. It will be a nice crease color if I sheer it out or it can also be a smoky eye color!



Embryolisse - Lait-Creme Concentre - 7.5 ml

You know it's fancy when there is a paper slip inside the box! Haha. This is a multi-function cream that claims to be "an all-in-one 24H moisturizer, primer and makeup remover". What? And makeup remover too? Now this is new. Interesting claims that this can work as both primer and makeup remover. I know french skincare is very good and this brand existed since 1950! I will probably use this as a moisturizer/primer since this looks like an pricey product.



Vasanti Cosmetics - Contour Eyeshadow Brush
I didn't know Vasanti makes makeup brushes! I can always have another crease brush. The hair of this brush seems a little long and it bends more when you blend. The packaging and mailing kind of deformed the brush, I hope it will straighten back after I washed it. I will use this for sure!




Points Item:
Juice Beauty - Sheer Lip Gloss in 05 Bikini - 2.2 ml
I redeemed some points for this lip gloss since I am into organic/natural makeup ingredients lately. This is a nude mauve sheer lip gloss with a little sparkles. On the lips this is VERY SHEER that I can't even see that I am wearing anything. It is quite watery too and it slipped outside my lip line when I was applying it. The biggest problem is the smell! It smells like pencils... wooden pencils! I am not very happy with this lip gloss. 


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