Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review: Sephora's Formula X "The System"

Hello blog! Long time no see. I am back with a review on Sephora's Formula X "The System," which is a kit with their nail cleanser, base coat, top coat and a free color of your choice. It costs $32. I've been using it for several months and it's been a game changer.

Once upon a time, many years ago, I was an avid nail polish user. I happily changed my nails every 3 days. I really love putting on nail polish, but eventually I got sick of taking it off every couple days. I pretty much stopped wearing nail polish for a few years, except on holidays like Christmas or the 4th of July. Well, earlier this year Sephora came out with their new nail polish line Formula X and I read great things about their base and top coat. So, even though $32 is more than I would normally pay for just four nail polish products, I bought the kit.

This kit is AMAZING! The majority of nail polish lasts a minimum of 6 days with no chips, I usually don't take it off until day 7. I've used at least 10  different colors/brands and the only one that chipped before then was an ELF polish, and honestly their np is pretty lousy in my experience so no surprise there. Right now I'm wearing an OPI color and I'm going on day 9 with only a bit of tip wear. I even broke a nail and had to cut and file it with my np still on and the np is still looking great. Yay!

I took some comparison photos the first time I used the kit. This was day 3 and 4 wearing the base coat on one hand (top) and no base coat on the other (bottom). You can see that even though the nail polish cracks on the side with the base coat it doesn't chip.

Here is my nail polish today, day 9. I'm wearing OPI DS Extravagance. You can see tip wear and a crack on my index finger but it looks really good. I am going to change it tonight because I want something new but I could probably go another day or 2.

There you go, this stuff if amazing and I definitely recommend trying it if your nail polish chips easily. I think the base coat is pretty magical. The top coat is a good quick dry top coat, my only complaint is that it's get thick really fast so I add nail polish thinner about every 3 uses. Most quick dry top coats do that so it's not a big deal.

*This is not a sponsored review, this product was bought and paid for by me.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara Review

Stretch and extend your lashes like wings! Introducing Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, one of our most-exciting mascara innovations, yet. Its revolutionary Butterfly Brush with asymmetrical lash line shape extends and lifts outer corner lashes to give you a winged-out effect, instantly volumizing lashes at the roots and stretching lashes outward. The unique Cocoon Fibers instantly wrap lashes in a soft, delicate veil to create silky, spectacular lashes that flutter.

Quality: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 4 out 5
Price: $8.99
Where To Buy: any drugstore
Would I Buy Again: Yes

The Voluminous Butterfly Mascara is pretty good as mascaras go. It makes my lashes, especially my lower lashes, quite long. It lasts all day without flaking unless I rub my eyes. The brush does get those lashes in the outer corners very well, giving you a winged out effect like it's suppose to. The shorter bristles at the end of the brush is also great at reaching the shorter lashes in the inner corner of your eye without getting mascara all over your skin.

The only thing that I think could be better is the number of bristles on the brush. If there were more I feel like it would separate the lashes better, giving you a fuller effect. I feel like it clumps little groups of lashes together, making you look like you have thick lashes, but less of them if that makes sense. It doesn't give you creepy spider lashes by any means, but if could do better at separating them.

Other than that I really like this mascara and would buy again. It's not a HG or anything, but it's a very good mascara.

No mascara for comparison:

Thursday, June 16, 2011

ELF Haul Pics & Mini Reviews

Lip Sticks

The flash made these all just a tiny bit more vivid than they are, except Nostalgic which is just a little washed out. I don't like Captivating or Charming, but someone with a darker skin tone might. They smell like berries, yum!

Studio Blush - Giddy Gold

This is a gorgeous shimmery gold blush. Its very pigmented and excellent quality. It would look amazing on olive skin tones. I wear it with a matte pink over just to tone down the gold.

Mineral SPF 8 Moisturizing Lip Tint - Blush

Shea butter, Jojoba oil, Coconut Oil and Vitamin E impart serious moisture while SPF 8 protects lips from harmful UVA/UVB rays. This just-bitten tint of color provides immediate soothing relief to irritated chapped lips while also diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the lip area.

Blush is a pretty pigmented pink with a bit of shimmer (its not frosty though). I can't say if this is super moisturizing but it does smell and taste really good.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Favorite Moisturizer!

St Ives Naturally Indulgent Advanced Body Moisturizer

Product Description
Indulge your skin and your senses with St. Ives Naturally Indulgent Body Lotion. Made with coconut milk and 100% natural moisturizers, this non-greasy, luxurious lotion delivers long-lasting moisture to keep your skin touchably soft and hydrated. With all-natural Orchid extracts, this formula leaves a light fragrance while gently absorbing into your skin, leaving you feeling fresh and looking beautiful.

This isn't going to be a proper review, sorry! I just wanted to mention that I LOVE this lotion. I'm not big on lotions, but this is one I actually try to remember to use because it smells so good (like coconut & vanilla), and it feels really great too. I don't feel any lotion residue after its sunk in and my skin feels very smooth.

If you're looking for a new moisturizer try this one. It costs just $4 at Target.

I'll go ahead and mention that I had their Renewing Collagen Elastin Lotion before and I didn't like it as much. I didn't love the smell and it felt more "sticky" to me, like it never totally sank into my skin all the way. I sill used the whole bottle but it took me a long time cause I didn't use it often.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Review: ELF's Everyday Brights 32 Color Collection

Quality: 4 out of 5
Packaging: 4 out 5
Price: $5.00
Where To Buy: Target, eyeslipsface.com
Would I Buy Again: Not Sure

This looks so cute and colorful I couldn't resist buying it when I saw it at Target. There are definitely some pros and cons. About 4 of the colors have large pieces of glitter in them that just don't work. These kinds of shadows always end up on the face and not on the eyes. Some of the colors are a little sheer, which was very disappointing. They could work over a colored or more tack base though, such as the NYX jumbo pencils. In the box I couldn't see that the bottom row is all greys. I don't think I can pull off a grey smoky eye so that is kind of a waste for me. Plus, how many shades of grey do you need for a smoky eye? Not eight.

Other than that I think its a nice palette with a good variety of colors. Is it worth 5 dollars? Yes, I think so. There is a lot to play with and lots of fun summer colors, plus 8 neutrals/browns that can be worn any time and plenty of options for a night time smoky eye.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Revlon Lipstick Haul & Swatches

Revlon's been releasing some gorgeous lip colors lately. I finally gave in and bought some. They cost $8 at the drug store and $6 ish at Target.

Primrose: Beautiful nude pink. The onlip swatch is a bit too light, sorry. Its more like the swatch above, not quite so pale. If you like pink-nudes this one is a must have.

Stormy Pink (might be LE): Part of the matte line, its a sort of sheer bright pink. I've never had a matte lipstick before, I'm not sure I love the formula. I'm going to have to try this out with lipbalm underneath.

Berry Haute: Looks dark purple in the tube, but when you put it on its more of a bright pink. I love this color. Its also very creamy, love the formula. Even though it has a lot of purple, I think its very wearable if you like bright colors.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

My Favorite Spring Eyeshadows

Happy First Day Of Spring 2011 everyone! Here are my top 5 favorite eyeshadows that remind me of spring.

Fyrinnae - Digital Faerie (not crazy about their hella long wait time or the fact that their website is down 99% of the time I go there)

Fryinnae - Rapunzel Had Extentions

NYX Chrome - Sunny Day

tkbtrading.com - Mermaids Gold (I don't have a proper photo of this, sorry! Gotta start working on that...)

NYX - Wildfire