Friday, August 26, 2016

I'm Painting Double...O.P.I My Twin Mimmy Nail Lacquer


Today is so beautiful and sunny, I want to emulate this Summery, sunshiny day with O.P.I's, My Twin Mimmy.


My Twin Mimmy is a bright (yet a smidgen deep) sunshine yellow, with a creme finish. Yellow nail lacquers are a fun way to amp up your manicure. However, as with most of my yellow polishes, My Twin Mimmy's formula is not without its faults. The consistency is thick, goes on streaky and patchy, which then requires three to four coats to correct all blemishes. The last time I wore My Twin Mimmy, I believe I got 3 to 4 days off wear.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Blush, Blush Baby Giveaway Winners!


Sorry I'm a day late, but my internet was down. Well everyone, it's time to announce our winners!

First place:

ALimatola

Second Place:

Monika (Rocaille Writes)

Third Place:

Anna Georgiadi

Ladies, please email me your selections and information.

I want to take everyone who participated in the giveaway, and if you didn't win this time around. Don't worry and stay tuned because my next giveaway will be all about ADDICTION Eyeshadows :) 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

She's Been Living In Her Uptown world...Addiction Lip Crayons


For me, last week was all about "minimal" makeup (sometimes, no makeup) and a bold red lip; and, the lipstick I wore (five out of the seven days) was Addiction's 010 Uptown Lip Crayon.


010 Uptown, along with 009 Desert Rose and 011 Angry Red, were limited edition shades from the spring 2016 Uptown Kisses Collection. Even though I got a lot of mileage out of 009 Desert Rose during spring, I never got around to doing a post on it. I felt 010 Uptown was a color I would enjoy from summer thur winter, and 011 Angry Red was a shade I would specifically wear during fall and winter; therefore, I tucked them away for later use...until now that is.

From left to right: 009 Desert Rose, 010 Uptown, 011 Angry Red. 

009 Desert Rose: a redden-brownish-rose.

010 Uptown: a vivid, true red.

011 Angry Red: a rosy-brick red.

I'm still going through the process of reorganizing all my makeup; so out of partial-laziness and not wanting to pull more makeup out, I've kept my makeup the same and just changed out my lipstick.


Look Breakdown:
Face:
Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer in Blend.
Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Healthy Glow Fluid Foundation in Natural.
ADDICTION Blush in Noah 29.
ADDICTION Sparkling Veil Powder in Sparkling Pink 001.
Eyes:
B & C Browlash EX Water Strong W Eyebrow in Grey Brown.
By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer Brush in 2 Cream.
Le Metier de Beaute Eye Brightening & Setting Powder in Revive. 
MAC Paint Pot in Utterly Becoming (eyeshadow base).
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Banana (all over the lid up to the brow bone).
ADDICTION Eyeshadow in Brown Beach 056 (in the crease and along the lower lashline).
ADDICTION Eyeliner Pencil in 09 Rabbit Hole (used to tightline).
ADDICTION Eyeliner Pencil in 02 Sugar Blond (on the waterline).
Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils' Mascara in 1 High Density Black.
Lips:
Addiction Lip Crayon in 009 Desert Rose.


Look Breakdown:
Face:
Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer in Blend.
Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Healthy Glow Fluid Foundation in Natural.
ADDICTION Blush in Noah 29.
ADDICTION Sparkling Veil Powder in Sparkling Beige 002.
Eyes:
B & C Browlash EX Water Strong W Eyebrow in Grey Brown.
By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer Brush in 2 Cream.
Le Metier de Beaute Eye Brightening & Setting Powder in Revive. 
MAC Paint Pot in Utterly Becoming (eyeshadow base).
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Banana (all over the lid up to the brow bone).
ADDICTION Eyeshadow in Brown Beach 056 (in the crease and along the lower lashline).
ADDICTION Eyeliner Pencil in 09 Rabbit Hole (used to tightline).
ADDICTION Eyeliner Pencil in 02 Sugar Blond (on the waterline).
Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils' Mascara in 1 High Density Black.
Lips:
Addiction Lip Crayon in 010 Uptown.


Look Breakdown:
Face:
Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer in Blend.
Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Healthy Glow Fluid Foundation in Natural.
ADDICTION Blush in Noah 29.
ADDICTION Sparkling Veil Powder in Sparkling Beige 002.
Eyes:
B & C Browlash EX Water Strong W Eyebrow in Grey Brown.
By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer Brush in 2 Cream.
Le Metier de Beaute Eye Brightening & Setting Powder in Revive. 
MAC Paint Pot in Utterly Becoming (eyeshadow base).
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Banana (all over the lid up to the brow bone).
ADDICTION Eyeshadow in Brown Beach 056 (in the crease and along the lower lashline).
ADDICTION Eyeliner Pencil in 09 Rabbit Hole (used to tightline).
ADDICTION Eyeliner Pencil in 02 Sugar Blond (on the waterline).
Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils' Mascara in 1 High Density Black.
Lips:
Addiction Lip Crayon in 011 Angry Red.

Addiction's Lip Crayons have a velvety-silicone texture, with a matte finish. All eleven of the Lip Crayons I own apply evenly, and are opaque. Moisturizing this lip crayon isn't, but they feel comfortable and very light on the lips (but that's subjective), without flaking, crumbling, or peeling. As with any matte lipstick, I would advise exfoliating, wearing a lip balm for few minutes, then wiping off before applying, to ensure an optimal finished result.

I checked online and, to my surprise, both, 010 Uptown and 011 Angry Red, are still available online. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Chinoiserie Chic...Addiction Nail Polish


I love all the various shades of red; red is my favorite color. ADDICTION's Chinoiserie 064 is a gorgeous, vivid, Chinese red. I can't wait to wear this stunner during the Christmas season.


The formula is superb! Chinoiserie's consistency is more than just right, it's perfect! Practically opaque with one coat, it applies like butter, and has an intense, glossy, crelly finish. I almost got a full week of wear, that is, until I got a chip on my left index finger on day 6...pretty impressive.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Off To The Tropics...SABON Tropic Body Scrub


For my summer Sabon body scrub, I chose the scent, Tropic. This is my third time purchasing Tropic, and I recall its fragrance being a medley of pineapple, coconut, mango and vanilla. However, this time around, whenever I get a whiff of the scrub, the first thing that comes to mind is a tropical version of Juicy Fruit gum.

I'm not sure if Sabon has altered any of its ingredients, but perhaps it's my memory deceiving me. Regardless, the Tropic body scrub still smells great, and its fragrance layers harmoniously over my body wash, and under my body cream.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Blush, Blush Baby Giveaway


Happy Saturday evening lovelies!

I just finished watching Warcraft, and I loved it! The film made me feel nostalgic for my World of Warcraft days. I need to ask someone in my family to mail all my role-playing books.

Anyway, the "blush, blush baby" giveaway finally came to an end on the 9th. I was going to announce the winner on the 16th, but I've moved it to the 23rd. Some of my Aussie friends are arriving tomorrow, and they'll be here for a week...and, we know how hosting friends goes. I'm sorry to make you wait a little longer, and I thank you for your patience. I'll make sure to add some extra treats to your boxes :)


You Highlight My Life! Addiction Sparkling Veil Powder

The pale blush-pink colored case is adorable.

Today, as I was rearranging my highlighters, I thought to myself, "woman, you have some nerve purchasing highlighters when you've neglected so many of these powders." What better way to reacquaint myself with my highlighters than to do a series showcasing them?!


First up, two of my newest children (fraternal twins), the Sparkling Veil Powders in Sparkling Pink 001 and Sparkling Beige 002.


The Sparkling Veil powders are finely milled, and have a delicate, silky-airy texture. When you apply the product, it seems to disappear on the skin. You can't tell where the highlight begins and ends, which is a good thing. All you see is a pretty, understated, sheer, natural luminescence.

From left to right: Sparkling Pink 001, Sparkling beige 002. 

Sparkling Pink 001: a pale pink with large, sparse silver glitter.

Sparkling Beige 002: a pale champagne-beige.

When I swatched Sparkling pink, I noticed there was large, sparse, silver glitter (I assume this is where the "sparkling" in the product's name comes from). Thankfully, the glitter disappears when the product is buffed in. The shimmer in Sparkling Beige is gold, and microscopic. Also, Sparkling Beige is a tad more luminescence than Sparkling Pink, as Sparkling Pink's powder has a dryer texture.

I love how low-key these highlighters are; perfect for those days when you're going for a more "natural," soft-focused sheen.