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M.A.C. “Quite Cute” Collection Review

What up, folks? I’m back with a review of the newest M.A.C. collection, “Quite Cute”. I was really excited for this to come out after I saw Leesha from Xsparkage’s video, especially the “Candy Yum Yum” lipstick so when I got the email that it had released I BEGGED and PLEADED with my husband to let me get some products ASAP so I could get an early review in. He said yes and I hauled butt to the M.A.C. store in my local mall to check it out. Here are the promotional photos and a photo I took in the store:

And here is my YouTube video:

As you can see the collection is very bright, and bubbly and, well, cute! I love vibrant and funky, cutesty, girlie things so this was right up my alley.

The collection includes:

Zoom Lash Mascara: “Zoomblack”

False Lashes #7

Penultimate Liquid Eyeliner: “Rapidblack”

Cutie Eyeshadow Quad: “Moshi Moshi” (pale white, green gold frost), “Goody Goody Gum Drop” (very pastel pink), “Boy Crazy” (pale lavender with a silver frost), “Azuki Bean” (ashy gray/purple frost)

Nail Laquer: “Mischievous Mint” (opaque mint green-LOVED it), “Little Girl Type” (opaque light lavender-also cute), “Ice Cream Cake” (opaque Barbie pink-bought it)

Lip pencil: “Naked Liner” (light peach), “In Synch” (carnation pink), “Boldly Bare” (light pink/brown)

Quite Cute Mineralize Blush: “Miss Behave” (light beige with a pearly mint green heart), “Giggly” (light pink with a pearly plum heart), “Sakura” (lavender with a pearly magenta heart)

Plushglass: “Bubble Tea” (creamy pale nude). “Fashion Fanatic” (creamy pale pink), “Girl ❤ Boy” (bright light blue pink), “I ❤ You” (creamy midtone purple)

Lipstick: “Playing Koi” (creamy white peach pink, satin), “Quite Cute” (creamy bright whitened lavender), “Saint Germain” (clean pastel pink), “Candy Yum Yum” (matte neon pink-bought this, VERY popular), “Playtime” (creamy intense violet-bought this) 

Whew, what a rundown! Here are some photos of swatches that I took in the store. I couldn’t get every item because I was on a time crunch and some of the artists’ were using them but I got most:

Lipstick: (top to bottom) "Playing Koi", "Quite Cute" & "Candy Yum Yum"

Lipliner: (top to bottom) "Boldly Bare", "Naked Liner" & "In Sync"

Eyeshadow: (clockwise from top left) "Moshi Moshi", "Goody Goody Gum Drop", "Boycrazy", & "Azuki Bean"

Mineralize Blush: (left to right) "Miss Behave", "Giggly" & "Sakura"

Plushglass: (left to right) "Fashion Fanatic", "I ❤ you" & "Bubble Tea"

Nail Lacquer: "Quite Cute" (left) and "Mischievous Mint" (right)

OKAY! So what do I think and what did I get? I liked the marketing and the concept but the actual products themselves were kind of blah, hate to say it. The shadows were not very pigmented or original and, being african-american and of a darker skintone, were way too pastel for me. Pastel colors have a tendency to make me look ashen so I steer away from them. As for the Plushglass’ they were all too light for me and didn’t have much color as you can see from the swatch on my hand. The two on the right almost look exactly the same on me. I really liked the blushes and specifically wanted “Sakura”, the lavender one, but it was just too frosty for me. I am sure it would be gorgeous on a more fairer skintoned person but I don’t fit in that category. The BEST products in the line are the lipsticks and nail polishes. I wanted all of the nail colors, they were so opaque and the colors were so pretty, my two faves being “Mishchievous Mint” and “Ice Cream Cake” (which I bought). As for the lipsticks there were three that I loved even though I only got two. I am FOR SURE going back for “Playing Koi”, it was such a nice color and had a pretty finish.

So here’s what I bought and photos of swatches:

Lipsticks: “Playtime” and “Candy Yum Yum”

"Candy Yum Yum"

"Playtime"

Mineralize Blush in “Giggly”

Blush on the left, little heart color on the right (love that shade)

Nail Lacquer in “Ice Cream Cake”:

Well, that’s my two cents. Definitely grab those lipsticks to be “in” with this season’s BOLD LIPS trend and the polishes are TDF. Let me know what you plan on or have gotten from this collection if there is anyone out there, LOL! And now for a bit of randomness, I saw the most GORGEOUS rainbow on the way home from the mall after I went shopping. I absolutely love rainbow anything and had to take a photo, budding photographer that I am, haha!

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March Must-Haves

Hey, y’all! I just wanted to do a follow-up blog post (with photos of swatches) to my YouTube video highlighting my absolute FAVE products for the month of March.

Here is a link to the video:

And here are the swatches:

Sephora Rouge Creme Lipstick R06 “It Girl” and Sephora Ultrashine Lipgloss “Shimmery Orange Juice”

Before Lip Color:

After Lipstick and Gloss:

Swatch:

Revlon Colorstay Foundation in “Mocha”:

Love this stuff! I bought it because I was running out of my M.A.C. Studio Sculpt Foundation and I haven’t even replaced it because I love this foundation so much!

Here is a photo of me fresh faced (YIKES!):

And after applying the Revlon foundation:

*I set this with Makeup Forever HD translucent powder since it is colorless and won’t interfere with the color of the foundation.

I was going to put the pictures for the Urban Decay Naked Palette Swatches here but I have a separate post showcasing just that palette so it seems more appropriate to put the photos in that one since previously I had no photo swatches. You can view that here.

I also have a swatch of the “Midnight Affair” polish on a polish review post located here.

Can’t really swatch the fix plus, LOL! Anyhoo, these were the products I loved for the month of March. I hope you liked it and let me know if you have used or are using any of these and you love them too. I have a few more reviews coming up soon and also a tutorial and a new edition of “The Bargain Basement”. Stick around and stay FABULOUS!!!!!!

Nail Polish Review and an Update……

Hey Everyone…..or anyone…..I am still here. I know that my blog has been collecting dust for the past few days but there is good reason. I have been really busy and just trying to sort out this whole blogging, youtube video, mom, wife, friend thing and plus I was kind of discouraged because my cameras really sucked and I just couldn’t get good photos of my work or swatches, it was a bummer. But all that has changed now because now I have a better camera courtesy of my main squeeze. So I will DEFINITELY be more vocal with reviews and hauls and tutorials. I am SUPER excited to dive right in!

Anyway, I have been on a nail polish tangent lately. I literally owned TWO before I started this blog and now I have almost 20! I have taken a few that I have picked up and swatched them on my nails as well as photographed the actual polishes themselves and I just wanted to take the time to talk about them and voice my opinion on them. There are eight shadows that I am going to be discussing and they are a follows:

Sinful Colors Professionall Nail Polish: “Let’s Meet” & “Oasis”

Let’s Meet:

This is one of those that looked pretty in the bottle but not on my finger kind of polishes. I bought these from Walgreens, they were on sale 2/$3. It is a shimmery primary yellow but it is just too sheer as you can see by how it looks on my fingernail. That was too coats and you can still see through it. It’s ok but I wasn’t impressed.

Oasis:

I LOVE this color! It a cool hot pink with a pretty pink shimmer. I have it on my toes right now but you really don’t want to see that because I am in NEED of a manicure. This is a pretty color for spring or summer, reminds of pink Easter eggs.

Revlon Nail Enamel: “Craving Coral”, “Perplex” & “Midnight Affair”

Midnight Affair:

I cannot get ENOUGH of this polish. I actually reviewed it in my March Must-Haves video on my YouTube Channel. It is such a gorgeous ink blue and it was VERY durable. You also can’t beat that I got it for $1 at Big Lots!

Perplex:

This is such a pretty dark smoky purple with a fuschia shimmer to it. The photo doesn’t really capture how pretty this is. When I tried this for the first time I was instantly hooked. And, as you can see from the sticker I so blatantly left on it, it was ONE buck! I really like this too because it is really opaque. You could technically get away with one coat although I used two.

Craving Coral:

Ok, so this is also one of those that, to me, just didn’t look as pretty on as it did in the bottle. I thought it would look more orange but it has more of a red-pink undertone and it was kind of sheer. I also purchased this one at Big Lots and when I first painted it on myself I was like “YUCK!” and just tossed it in my polish bag. For this particular photo, however, it kind of grew on me and I said to myself, “It doesn’t look as bad as I thought. I might actually like this color.” Well, no sooner had I said that to myself than me and my clumsy self DROPPED THE BOTTLE ON THE CARPET! I don’t know if you can tell from the picture but that was a full bottle of polish before I took the picture and now it is less than HALF full! Here is a picture of the damage.

*Ignore my dirty carpet, LOL!

Sephora by O.P.I. Glee Collection Nail Color: “Mash-Up”

This color is so gorgeous and unique that the photo really doesn’t do it justice. It’s even hard to describe. It’s like a silver chrome color with a purple and green kind of duo-chrome. It totally jumped out at me and I love it. It was $9 bucks but I really, still, haven’t run across a color like this. Definitely a keeper.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color: “Ivy League”

I like this shade. It’s not the BEST green I’ve ever seen but it’s cute. It reminds me of MAC’s “Lucky Green” eyeshadow. I think that calling it “Xtreme Wear” is a bit “Xtreme” because by the end of the day it chipped. But it’s ok, not great, but ok.

Well, anyhoo, that is all for now. I have about six other polishes to review but I will get to those some other time. I hope this is something you can take with you to the store and if you purchase any of these or have any of them let me now. I will be posting a tutorial soon and a March Must-Haves post with swatches of the products that I reviewed. I am supposed to be playing a friendly game of hoops with my friends for some exercise and I am late. Talk to you laters……

Target Haul

So in order to be beauty blogger you have to have products to blog about, right? On limited funds? Problem.

I went to target to score some low-cost goods to try out. Since I really would like to strike a chord with the stay-at-home-mom types, I needed to find some good buys in places that us mom-types frequent. Like Target (pronounced Tar-jay) and Wal-Mart (ain’t no way to make Wal-Mart sound fancy).

I got a few items. Some Sally Hansen nail polishes, a Revlon Colorstay Foundation, an IMAN eyeshadow (when did her line get to Target? Hello! Where have I been?), and an E.L.F. Eyebrow kit.

So here are my thoughts on all.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in “Grape going

It’s a pretty  color. Sort of an iridescent bluish purple. I liked it in the bottle but when I painted on my nails it didn’t really look good on me. But it did dry FAST and two days later it has not chipped AT ALL. I LOVE this product! I will definitely be buying more of these polishes.

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in “Rockstar Pink”

This is a really pretty glitter polish. The primary glitter color is pink but there are also some other colors mixed in (blue, silver, gold). I was very impressed with this as well because most glitter polishes that I have seen and purchased over the years don’t really have a lot of glitter in the product. I usually have to layer it over a similar color to get it to standout. This one is FULL of glitter! You can wear it alone and your nails will be filled with glitter. Actually, I layered it over another polish just to see what it looked like and you couldn’t even see the other polish underneath. And it also hasn’t chipped in two days, well, the nail that I painted with just that polish. The ones that I layered with the polish chipped within 24 hours but I think that was from too many layers of polish. So I would DEFINITELY buy this again.

Sally Hansen “Diamond Shine” Base and Top Coat

This was not as fabulous as the other polishes. It works pretty good as a base coat. It added a noticeable durability to my nail polish. However I think the term “Diamond Shine” is a bit of a stretch since it really isn’t that shiny……. I will be in the marker for a more luminescent top coat.

IMAN Luxury Eyeshadow in “African Violet”

This is an absolutely GORGEOUS purple and such a bargain at 8 bucks! The color is like a dusty gray/purple with a blue iridescence. Perfect for the crease or a really pretty purple smoky eye that’s not too dark. And it’s pretty big too,  1.42g to be exact. The only drawback is that it’s kind of soft so you definitely don’t want to drop it. The container is nice and has a screw top. I will definitely be playing around with this soon and will post a tutorial as soon as I get a good look nailed down.

Revlon Colorstay Foundation in “Mocha”

This was a surprise to me. I am kind of a foundation powder snob. I scoff at drugstore brands usually. I always say “If you are to splurge on makeup, do it on your foundation and powder because your skin is the cavas for the rest of the artwork and if your skin looks crappy, it won’t matter how good the rest of your makeup is.” But I watched a review of this foundation on YouTube by Makeupgeek.com’s Marlena and it got her stamp of approval.

 I normally use M.A.C.’s Studio Sculpt foundation in NW55 and I’m pretty happy with it but I am running out and figured this would be the perfect time to give this a whirl. It is a steal at 9.99 and it comes in a wide range of colors. I got the darkest shade because I am usually the darkest shade in most brands. You can’t really test it in the store but I’m a rebel, right?, so I opened the top just to take a peek and make sure the color would suit me.

 So what do I think of it? Pretty damn good stuff. The color was perfect, a little more yellow undertone than my M.A.C. foundation which is a little redder but i like that. It’s thinner than my other foundation so I have to use a little more and it’s lighter (weight-wise). It smells good but there is less in the bottle. 1.0 fl ounces vice M.A.C.’s 1.3 fl ounces. It lasted all day and performed about on par with the M.A.C. one. If you are looking for a good drugstore foundation this one is the one to get. They also have another line of photo-ready foundations that I am going to pick up and try as well. I also want to buy these in other shades to build my foundation collection for clients.

As for the E.L.F. eyebrow kit, I couldn’t find a photo of it. None of these photos are mine. Just random ones I find on google images and my camera sucks. I am hoping to get a new one for my birthday coming up. Anyhoo, I was looking for a clear mascara for my brows and couldn’t find one and this kit had one. It also had a set of tweezers, brow stencils, a concealer brush, and a combination brow wax/brow powder compact. It was only five bucks so it was definitly worth the money just with the mascara alone. I like the gel it’s sort of a translucent dark brown but not too dark. The powder doesn’t leave any color, it’s translucent as well. I already have a touch-them-and-you-die set of tweezers that I use for everything but an extra pair doesn’t hurt. And the little brush is handy too. As for the macara , it’s pretty standard (I mean how special can a clear mascara be?) but it needs a better wiper. It comes out of the tube with TONS of product on it, boo. But for five bucks who’s complainin’? Not me.

Well, that concludes my haul. Won’t be buying makeup for a little bit (yeah, right). I spent a little too much what with an online M.A.C. purchase (Plum Noir eyeshadow, Fix Plus), Target, and a covert trip to Sephora (STUNNING orange lipstick and gloss, will be reviewing that soon). I hope you liked and you were able to make some cosmetic purchase decisions with it. Here’s a link to my video on it which has some examples of the products in real life. Talk to you later lovelies.

First Post and an O.P.I. Review

Let’s just get this thing CRACKIN’!

So I was in some random beauty supply store and I saw the O.P.I. nail display. I literally own maybe two nail polishes at this point and all the pretty colors just dazzle me. I am a stay-at-home-mom and I rarely paint my nails because, let’s be honest, being a mom is murder on the manicure. Still, some of the colors were SOOOO gorgeous and I know that O.P.I. polish is supposed to be “da business” so I figured, “What the heck! Live a little!”, and decided to purchase some.

It was very hard to narrow my selections down and at $7 a bottle (that’s US legal tender) I had to narrow my selection WAAAYY down so I chose the two colors that I liked best. “O.P.I. Ink” and, from the Texas collection, “So Austin-tatious”.

O.P.I. Ink:

Very pretty eggplant-purple with pink shimmer flecks in it. Very dark and mysterious and sex-say!

So Austin-tatious:

Bluish-Green color with lavender shimmer. Makes me think of mermaids when I look at it.

So what are my opinons on the actual polishes themselves? Not really all that impressed.

 I used the dark purple first and by the end of the day it was chipping. Now I am willing to concede that it might be my application technique. I buffed my nails first and then applied two coats and this cheap clear polish over it but still, it didn’t even last 24hrs. Bummer. It did better on my toes but toenails don’t take the beating that fingernails do, especially MY fingernails, clumsy as I am.

As for the blue color, that one was more disappointing than the other polish. It just didn’t show up the way it did in the bottle. I had to use at least 3 coats to get an opaque finish. And if I didn’t, I would end up with “bald spots” on my nails where the color didn’t go on thick enough. It is much prettier in the bottle than it is actually painted on. It did, however, fare better on the endurance test. It didn’t chip as fast as the purple polish did and I used the same technique for both.

So I am going to have to say that my first experience with O.P.I. nail polishes was not a very successful one. I probably won’t be looking to buy more unless they just have a color that jumps out at me. I am going to try the polishes again, this time with a better base and top coat, before I completely write them off but I must say the quest is ON for a pretty, durable nail polish that can withstand dishes, diapers and plain ol’ ME!

Come with me as my search continues………

Here is my YouTube video on the subject: