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Blue Eyes

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I’d been feeling very blah about my nails the past month or so. I’d let them chip and fall into disrepair, go days and days with naked nails where before I was switching colors every few days and just generally didn’t care, but then I remembered this slideshow on Refinery29 awhile back and I suddenly needed to not just paint them, but freehand little circles and dots as well. This was my end result.

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Zoya in Kristen // Chanel in Quartz // Zoya in Raven

I don’t know what colors they used for the mood ring spread, so I used what I had that was similar.

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blueeyesnails3I didn’t photography my right hand because it didn’t turn out as nice and because I had to hold the camera, but it actually didn’t come out half bad. They just look like little spooky blue irises to me. From a distance Mark thinks it looks like I have little holes in my fingernails which is terrifying to imagine, but I like creepy stuff so I’m also kind of okay with it.

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L’Oréal Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Color in Coral Encore

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L’Oréal Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Color in Coral Encore

I was lucky enough to be chosen for an Allure survey to try out L’Oréal Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Color (what a mouthful). They sent me a tube in Coral Encore, and I’m really pleased with it. The packaging is really nice and makes me feel a bit fancier than I really am. The doefoot applicator makes putting it on easy, and the formula is opaque and glossy without being sticky and gloopy. It also has a faint fruity smell, no if you don’t have an aversion/sensitivity to scents it’s a plus!

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The pros are that the color selection is very broad, the formula is saturated so it only takes a swipe or so, and it lasts a couple of hours (if you don’t eat a lot with it on – that’s a downside). The cons are that it does have very fine bits of glitter that are more apparent once it’s worn off and it doesn’t leave much of a stain. There’s no dreaded ring of color around the lip line, but if you don’t have a chance to reapply you’ll be without gloss after an hour or two.

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I got so tired of trying to take serious photos of the color, so have a smoldering outtake with my unfilled brows for your trouble.

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Black Dahlia OCC Lip Tar Swatch & Review

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blackdahlialip4OCC Lip Tar in Black Dahlia // Silk Blouse – Everlane

This was part of a set with the lip tar and the matching nail polish (an early birthday gift from my sweet Becca), and I love it. These lip tars aren’t everyone’s favorite because they aren’t the most convenient form of lip color. Carrying the little brush and tube in your purse isn’t as easy as just touching up with a swipe of lipstick. Luckily the staying power of this lipcolor makes it easy to forgo touch-ups.

I’ve worn this to work without bringing it with me and by the end of the day I had a nice, even (albeit lighter) stain. It started as this dark berry color and finished as a reddish pink. After drinking coffee, eating breakfast, and having lunch, I’d say that is pretty impressive.

I’d recommend exfoliating and priming lips beforehand because if you have dry patches sometimes the darker pigments can settle or fade unevenly, but it wasn’t hugely noticable. If you can’t or don’t want to bring the little plastic case with the tube and lip brush, I think Revlon’s Black Cherry is close enough to use for touch-ups.

Bottom line: It’s everything I hoped for and I’m so happy it’s finally mine. Thanks again Becca! I’ll try to do a swatch and review of the matching nail polish soon.

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MOR Hand Cream in Lychee Flower

mor-lycheeflowerMOR Cosmetics Hand Cream in Lychee Flower

This is probably not a good time for this review since they’re apparently not carrying it anywhere other than random TJ Maxx’s and a few clearance sections of Ulta. I’m hoping that it’s just a momentary thing and it’ll be back. If not, I’m gonna be sad.

This brand has the most beautiful packaging, and the product is excellent too. They have it in several scents, but I had my heart set on this or the Honey Nectar one. Luckily my sweet Becca found this one at an Ulta by her for an awesome $9 instead of $20, but that’s probably the only good part of it being discontinued for whatever reason. You can still find them on amazon for the time being, so there’s that.

On the MOR website they say:

  • Contains Shea & Cocoa Butters for superior moisture
  • Glycerin helps improve & hydrate dry skin
  • Infused with Sesame Seed Oil & Allantoin for soft skin
  • Irish Moss to keep the skin hydrated
  • Carries Vitamins A & E to moisturise the skin
  • Free of Parabens, Mineral Oil & Synthetic Dyes
  • This hand cream product is not tested on animals

One big note for this is that a little goes a long way. The Lychee Flower scent is very strong, and that’s good for me but it might be too much for someone who’s sensitive to strong fragrances. Another thing I like about it is that it absorbs fast and doesn’t leave your hands greasy. Nothing fun about slimy hands when all you want is to hydrate those dry digits.

I feel so fancy when I pull this out of my purse because of the beautiful black and gold, and I wish they weren’t being discontinued because I wanted to give them as gifts to some of the fancy ladies in my life. Hopefully it’s just temporary and I’ll get a chance to try the Honey Nectar and some of the other scents too!

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Revlon Stormy Pink Swatch & Review

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revlonstormypink3Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Stormy Pink // J. Crew Knit Sweater – Thrifted // Adjustable Gold Collar Necklace – DIY

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Fall and winter is when I put my burgundy, purple and deep red lipsticks into heavy rotation, but something got into me to buy this pink lipstick. Awhile back my friend Becca let me try her Nars Roman Holiday lipstick, and she said that Stormy Pink was a matter, more opaque dupe. It’s a great versatile shade that actually goes with my skin tone.

Lighter pinks look goofy on me most of the time, but since it’s cooler it works for me. I’ve been working it into my regular lipstick routine because it’s so much fun to have a pink that actually looks good. Even though it’s matte, the formula’s not very drying, and it goes smooth on my lips with minimal prep. If they’re chapped pretty bad, I have to exfoliate a bit, but usually a little lip balm or MAC Prep + Prime is enough.

For a matte shade, it doesn’t last as long as I’m used to. It doesn’t transfer much when I’m drinking out of cups and stuff, so I don’t know where it goes, but at least it fades even. It’s my first lighter matte shade, so that might attribute to it’s shorter wear time. Definitely bring it with you to reapply during the day.

I’m still getting used to the lighting in the new apartment, so sorry if I look a little blown out. I love the new place but I did not take into account that a tree would be blocking the window that I thought would get the best light. Oops! It’s a beautiful tree but it’s made taking non-grainy photos a challenge.

I’ve got a lot of posts lined up finally so I’ll be posting regularly for awhile. Hurray! Feels good to be back in blogging schedule.

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