Wednesday, December 10, 2014

If I Could Bronze My Love...Givenchy 20 Bronze Insense Le Vernis Intense Color Nail Lacquer


When I saw Givenchy's 20 Bronze Insense Le Vernis Intense Color Nail Lacquer sitting on the counter, on display, it was love at first sight.


20 Bronze Insense is a gray-based, metallic, antiqued champagne-pewter, ladened with champagne shimmers; it reminds me of the aged ornate accents of a Venetian mask or antique. If I could describe this vernis with one word, it would be: luxuriant!

In Japan, Givenchy Le Vernis Intense Color Nail Lacquers retail for 3,240 yen ($20 in the states).

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Covered With Violets From Root To Tip...Givenchy 5 Violet Etonnant Noir Couture 4-in-1 Mascara


For the Extravagancia Fall/Winter 2014 Collection, Givenchy released the Noir Couture 4-in-1 Mascara in 5 Violet Etonnant.


The Noir Couture 4-in-1 Mascara (in 5 Violet Etonnant) performs as marvelously as all its other colored variants. If you'd like to read my reviews on the other shades of the  Noir Couture 4-in-1 Mascaras, please read here, here, and for the waterproof version, here.


5 Violet Etonnant is a beautifully, fetching, blackened-eggplant purple. A comely substitute to black mascara this season, 5 Violet Etonnant enhances any eye color, especially brown, hazel and green.

Givenchy's Noir Couture 4-in-1 Mascara in 5 Violet Etonnant retails for 5,076 yen. However, if you live in the states, 5 Violet Etonnant is available on sephora.com for $32.

Have  you tired any shades of the Noir Couture 4-in-1 Mascara?

My THREE Cosmetics giveaway ends tomorrow.

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

MU Delivery Service!


Another beauty package for Jane. Aside from the beauty products she assisted me in procuring (thank you sissy!), I just about keeled over when I saw all the extra glorious goodies she included in the box.


The beauty purchase. 


The opulent amount of extra beauty spoils! But, Jane's generosity doesn't end there...


Look at all these yummy treats that were stuffed in the box. There were two Reese's Peanut Butter Trees, but I ate one as I took the photo ;P It's been over five years since I've had a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup or Ritz Crackers 'N Cheese Dip Handi-Snacks. However, what had me doing a crocodile roll of delight were the Twinkies...TWINKIES, I say! I literally had a panic attack when Twinkies were taken off the shelves. I'm going to have to hoard these edibles like a squirrel hoards their nuts during Winter.

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Warm...Warmer...Disco!


This purchase was entirely enabled by the Wondegondigo herself, Mrs.Bellyhead.

Being a fan of the film, I was excited when I heard Urban Decay was releasing a Pulp Fiction Collection. In high school, the film was a big deal to my best friend, Richard, and I. Minus the bands, my hair was unintentionally cut like hers, Richard dyed his blonde locks black, we would go by the names Mia Wallace and Vincent Vega, quote the movie, and randomly perform the Jack Rabbit Slims Twist Contest throughout our school. However, after seeing it on the brand's website, I decided to pass. During one of my talks with Jane (a.k.a Bellyhead) via the twitter, she asked if I was getting anything from the Pulp Fiction collection. Yup, just that simple innocent question, sparked me to take a second look at the collection that you see before you.

I am so happy with the items I picked up from the collection, especially the eyeshadow palette and lipstick!


In frankness, there is nothing original about the eyeshadow shades, but if you're into makeup, you know that it isn't only the color of the shadows; It's also about their texture, pigmentation, how they blend, finish, etc. At least this is how I justify owning hundreds of the same shade ^-^'

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Eyeshadow Palette swatches. 

The eye shadows in the Pulp Fiction palette are silky, creamy, pigmented, and blend like a dream! I went on urbandecay.com to see if the palette was still available, and found that it was on sale from $34 to $16. The palette is a bargain at $34, but it's a steal at $16. 


I do love the cool-toned, medium-dark red color of the Pulp Fiction 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Mrs. Mia Wallace, but there is something about the 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil formula that I'm not completely sold on. Yes, the Mrs. Mia Wallace lip pencil is pigmented, applies evenly, is long lasting, and almost smudge proof...ALMOST...and that is were my issue lies. When applying darker lip pencils, especially reds, you do have to be a little more careful. But, with the 24/7 Glide-On formula, you have to be a surgeon in your application. At times, the formula tugs on the lips, causing the slightest error that can easily escalate into a red-stained mess. Don't get me wrong, I really like the  Mrs. Mia Wallace lip pencil (I just need to handle with care), even more so when paired with the lipstick in the collection.


I incessantly wore the Revolution Lipstick in Mrs. Mia Wallace last week, and what a stunner it is! The Revolution Lipstick in Mrs. Mia Wallace is a voluptuous, juicy, gorgeous, deep-blood red. This is my first time trying a Revolution lipstick, and if their formula is as rich, solidly-pigmented, long-wearing, I definitely want to buy more. Mrs. Mia Wallace is a gorgeous red that will look stunning on any skin tone, I heart this lippy.

From left to right: Mrs. Mia Wallace 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil, Mrs. Mia Wallace Revolution Lipstick.


Look Breakdown:
Face:
Too Faced Primed & Poreless Primer.
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Santa Fe (medium 2).
Urban Decay Baked Face And Body Bronzer in Baked.
Eyes:
Browlash EX Water Strong W Eyebrow in Grey Brown.
Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener.
Mac Mineralize Concealer in NW20 (used under the eyes and on the lids).
Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Eyeshadow Palette: 
Apply Tranny in the crease, lower lashline and dusted lightly in the inner corner.
Blend Vengeance all over the lid and lower lashline.
Apply Righteous on the brow bone and over Tranny in the inner corner. 
Used Furious on the upper lashline. 
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero(used on the upper and lower lashline, to tightline, and on the waterline).
Smashbox Hyperlash Mascara in Blackout.
Lips:
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Mrs. Mia Wallace.
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Mrs. Mia Wallace.



Look Breakdown:
Face:
Too Faced Primed & Poreless Primer.
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Santa Fe (medium 2).
Urban Decay Baked Face And Body Bronzer in Baked.
Eyes:
Mac Fluidline in Dipdown.
Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener.
MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW20 (used under the eyes and on the lids).
Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Eyeshadow Palette: 
Apply Righteous all over the lid.
Apply two layers of Tranny in the crease and lower lashline.
Blend Vengeance in the outer v and outer corner of the lower lashline.
Tap Furious in the outer corner and along the upper lashline.
Anger in the inner corner and brow bone.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero(to tightline).
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack (on the upper lashline).
MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in NC15/NW20 (on the waterline).
Smashbox Hyperlash Mascara in Blackout.
Lips:
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Mrs. Mia Wallace.
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Mrs. Mia Wallace.


Did you get anything from the Pulp Fiction Collection?

Don't forget my THREE Cosmetics giveaway ends on December 9th!

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Deep Red...Hollywood 825 Artic Red Nail Polish


I'm 99.999% sure that I purchased this nail polish from my nail salon in Miami. I know nothing of this brand named Hollywood, nor have I seen the brand outside of my nail salon, or heard of it since. With that being written, this unsuspecting, unknown little bottle of polish surely is a dark horse among all of my polishes.


Oddly, the first coat of Hollywood's nail lacquer in 825 Artic Red is a beautiful dark, pink-red, but after a second and third coat (third coat not needed, I was just overzealous with the polish's application, color, and high shine), Artic Red turns into this dark, seductive, virile brown-blood red with a new sports car shine jelly finish; I live for these shades of red.

What's even more impressive about Hollywood 825 Artic Red is how well it performs. With its effortless application, opacity, glossiness, and seven-day-wear time, Artic Red checks off all the "what I love in a lacquer" boxes.

If you are into dark, blood-red polishes, I would definitely recommend trying to get your hands on Hollywood 825 Artic Red.

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Out Of The Ashes...Salon de Pro 5A Hair Dye


Last week, I was out of the country for a friend's wedding and, as soon as I returned, I had loads of work awaiting me. Also, on Friday my friend, Koen, arrived from the Netherlands; so, I've been showing him around town. Today is a national holiday, so, finally, I have a day to myself, and I have many things to post.

First up: I dyed my hair. I'm very much inspired/influenced by the seasons, as I like to change my perfume, makeup color scheme, and hair-color based on the time of year.


Salon de Pro is a foam-type dye that doesn't require any mixing. Just shake the metal bottle thoroughly, connect the plastic nozzle to the bottle, and squeeze.


Hassle-free dispenser. 


Due to my lighting, the color looks warm. In person, the color is a lot darker, and the grayish-green tinge is more prominent. 

This Fall, I wanted to go darker, so I chose Salon de Pro hair dye in 5A dark ash brown. I am infatuated with the rich, grayish-green tinge of this dark ash color. I've received many compliments since I've dyed it...and that never hurts.  

Do you seasonally change your hair color?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.