Manicure Monday -- Orly Rage

Metallic nail polishes are so wonderful! They pack the same punch as a glitter and are so much easier to remove. It's great if you are like me and cannot commit to a nail polish for the long haul! Today's manicure is one of my most loved metallic colors, Rage by Orly. Rage is a metallic rose gold color that I enjoy quite frequently and wear it when I want some sparkle but cringe at the thought of removing glitter polish. If you want to go completely wild with this color, you could apply a gold or rose gold glitter on top of Rage. I may try such a combo soon!

2 coats in natural light

Although this goes opaque in one coat, I applied two coats out of habit. The brush is smaller than other brands, but I appreciate that. I like being able to get a precise application without making a mess. Rage applies smoothly, does not streak, and is very long lasting. This combination of attributes makes Orly's Rage one of my favorite nail polishes ever.


Tom Ford Holiday 2013

I purchased two items from the Tom Ford Jasmine Rouge Holiday 2013 Collection  and wanted to go ahead and give you my first impressions while these products are still available.

The nail lacquer, 27 Trophy Wife,  is described as a rich cherry. It has a bit of a sheen to it without coming across as shimmer. The sheen really just gives the nail polish extra shine. I like nail polish, but I don't think I've ever had quite the same reaction to a nail polish as I had to this one. It's amazing. The brush is fantastic! The brush evenly disperses the product with ease. I didn't have to go over any thin spots because the brush does such a good job placing the nail color.  The polish itself is thick without being goopy and was opaque in one coat. I never only apply just one coat. Well, not until now! It has been on my nails a few days now and is staying put nicely. I have a bit of minimal tip wear but no chipping. My only complaint is that I wish the bulky lid came off and had a smaller handle for the brush like some other brands do. When you twist the cap back on, it doesn't completely line up with the corners of the bottle.

One coat in natural light
Outside in direct sunlight
I also purchased one of the lipsticks from the collection in the color 29 Vampire Kiss. As it is the corresponding lipstick to the Trophy Wife nail polish, this is also described as a rich cherry. The color is a berry red with a hint of a shimmer sheen running through it. Do no mistake that for meaning glitter because it is not glitter or anything that could feel gritty at all. It's simply a subtle shimmer. The packaging is very substantial and luxurious. The application is very nice, and I enjoy how smoothly the product applies. The lipstick has a thicker and more substantial texture to it without feeling too heavy on the lips. It moisturizes while still staying in place. The staying power is very impressive, especially since this does not claim to be a long wearing lipstick. The first time I wore this lipstick, I was singing in a concert. It lasted through the concert and through dinner afterwords. It didn't even make a mark on my glass of water! The majority of red lipsticks I have tried bleed on me, but Vampire Kiss is the first one that has not. I used this without a liner, and it did not move or bleed. I am very impressed!

Vampire Kiss in sunlight
Vampire Kiss on my lips!

This is my first experience with the Tom Ford nail lacquers and lipsticks, but I do have an eyeshadow quad and a blush. While I do enjoy my older Tom Ford products, these blew me away. The lipsticks and nail lacquers are the products to purchase from this brand. To sum it up, these products are exactly what a luxury cosmetics line should be -- an experience.

Manicure Monday: China Glaze Ring in the Red

As the holiday season is in full swing with all of its many festivities, a sparkly red glitter nail polish isn't out of place or juvenile at all. It is appropriate in even the most conservative of settings. For today's manicure, I have a beautiful holiday red glitter, Ring in the Red from China Glaze.

Ring in the Red is a red glitter in a red base, and the glitters are different sizes. From far away, the color doesn't even look like glitter but more like a shiny red. Ring in the Red was opaque in 2 coats. Like any good glitter polish, this is very long lasting and easily lasts a week plus on me.  It will take you through a marathon of holiday parties and then some!

Ring in the Red is from China Glaze's Holiday 2011 collection (Let it Snow), but through the power of the internet is still available. It's discounted here!

2 coats, natural light


Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious Mascara

Mascara isn't a product that I think about frequently. I am one of those very lucky ladies that has naturally long eyelashes. Because of that, I look for a mascara to provide more volume than length to create an almost false lash look. Revlon's Lash Potion by Grow Luscious mascara claims to provide both volume and length. I purchased this mascara from Target, and I have it in the shade 001 Blackest Black.

Isn't the tube so cute!

The brush has the traditional nylon bristles but the shape is different, in what Revlon calls the "Illusionist Wand." The longer bristles are spaced out into three sections, or as Revlon puts it, it is a triple-groove wand that prevents clumping.

There is a certain amount of thickness that is to be expected with a voluminous mascara, but nobody wants a clumpy, spidery look. I feel that this mascara maintains that balance nicely. The triple-groove wand does apply the product nicely. There's no clumping with the first coat, but there's a little on the second. It's not enough to really bother me, but it does clump a little.


1 Coat

2 Coats
My only gripe with the Revlon Lash Potion mascara is the staying power. This mascara transfers to my undereye area even if I only use it on my top lashes. I'm not sure if it's because it never really sets on the eyelashes or if it is just too wet of a formula. This definitely is not a mascara for long days or late nights.

Because it transfers so easily, removal is a snap. The mascara will begin to break down with just water, so any eye makeup remover will work nicely. Overall, I like this mascara because it provides nice length and volume, but I wish it stayed put on my lashes.

Wet n Wild Fergie Shimmer Palettes

I always get suckered into buying these beautiful highlighters because they are so gorgeous in the pan, and I end up not using them as frequently as I should. As the weather has continued to get colder and colder, my normally oily skin has been more on the dry side. I have been able to become more adventurous with my shimmer and highlight powders. Now is the time to use these wonderful shimmery gems!

The Wet n Wild Fergie Shimmer Palettes are baked shimmery face powders that can be used all over. It says they can be used wet or dry, but I have only tried them dry. I have two of these in the shades Rose Champagne Glow and Rose Golden Goddess. Both are very pigmented and blend very easily. They are a very smooth and creamy type of shimmer with no chunky glitter. Wet n Wild has some amazing products to be as affordable as they are. I purchased these from Walgreens.

I purchased Rose Champagne Glow first and used it as a highlighter. It is a shimmery light peachy pink that is a great highlight color for my fair skin. I really like that it doesn't look too powdery when applied, and I can build this up without over-applying.

Heavy swatch and blended out swatch

Rose Golden Goddess is a shimmery bronze color that I use as an allover bronzer and blush, and I think this would look beautiful as a highlight on darker skin tones. It applies smoothly and isn't patchy.

Heavy swatch and blended out swatch

In the photo above, I am wearing Rose Golden Goddess as an allover bronzer and contoured blush with Rose Champagne Glow used as a highlight on top of the cheekbone. I really like how this looks with a darker smokey eye.

Have you tried anything from the Fergie collection?


November Empties

There's something very satisfying about using up your products when you have a rather large collection. I used up a few of my beauty products during the month of November. Here's what I finished and my thoughts on them.

Let's begin with the bath products. I used the Avon Naturals strawberry and guava refreshing shower gel. This is like any other typical shower gel, but it smells amazing! The hook design of the bottle is very convenient to keep in the shower. It has a nice lather and gets the job done, but it's not very powerful. If you are someone that exercises frequently, then you many need something stronger. There aren't any beneficial ingredients listed, and it has sodium laureth sulfate. It's just average.

The next bath product to go is the Twilight Woods Bubble Bath from Bath and Body Works. In terms of  producing bubbles, this is fantastic. A little goes a long way, and the bubbles will stick around in the tub for those of you like myself who prefer a longer soak. I found the Twilight Woods scent to be very warm and relaxing. A couple of vitamins are listed in the ingredients, but so are parabens. Unfortunately, Bath and Body Works has parabens in many of their products, so I have not been purchasing their products as frequently. This is a nice bubble bath, but I won't repurchase due to controversial ingredients.

I really enjoyed using the Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair moisturizer with sunscreen. It contains SPF 30 and claims to help lighten dark spots and hyperpigmentation. I wear a moisturizer with sunscreen daily even if I don't wear makeup, so I go through them quickly. This one was very moisturizing without making my skin too oily. I didn't notice any significant change in hyperpigmentation, even though this does contain a small amount of vitamin C. Even though I enjoyed using this, I prefer the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair to the Rapid Tone Repair. It seems to be slightly more moisturizing. Both of the Neutrogena moisturizers mentioned are priced at around $20 and come in 1 ounce bottles while similar brands have moisturizers with sunscreen packaged in 2.5 to 4 ounce bottles at a slightly lower cost. It's a good product, but you don't get enough for the cost. I may use this again in the future.

Origins Youthtopia Skin Firming Cream with Rhodiola is a rich moisturizer that I used at night. It is very emollient and too rich for my T-zone. This has an unpleasant smell, so I found myself not wanting to use this product. When I did use it, I also applied it to my hands. It made an excellent hand cream! I don't think I will try this again any time soon; it wasn't the right product for me.

I used up a trial size of the Murad Clarifying Mask for acne prone skin. It has a clay consistency, and it really made my skin feel clarified and refreshed. I even used it as an overnight spot treatment. I would purchase a full size in the future.

The one makeup item is Revlon Colorstay lipliner in Red. It was very pigmented and longwearing. I really liked this lipliner, but it did get dried out about halfway through using this up. There are other brands of lipliners that I am exploring right now, so I probably won't repurchase this soon.

Those are my empties! What goodies have you used up lately?

November favorites

I love reading monthly favorites posts, so I thought it was time to start doing them! It has been such a busy month, so many of these products are going to be what I have used on the go and during my travels. These are products I have been using consistently and liking throughout the month of November.

Because it has been so cold, I have been using oils to moisturize at night. I have been using Aura Cacia Rosehip Oil with Vitamin E all over my face and Sibu sea buckthorn seed oil on blemishes. Rosehip oil is very gentle and absorbs quickly, so people with sensitive or oily skin can use this without worrying. Sea buckthorn seed oil is a healing oil and is great for any kind of skin condition. I use this on blemishes or on places that start to peel because of the elements.

My nails are prone to peeling, so Nail Envy from OPI has saved my nails. I was able to grow them out a bit during the month of November. They became uncomfortably long, and I had to clip them! I use this a bit differently from the directions and use it in place of a base coat with every new manicure. I paint my nails often, so it works for me.

Every time I wore liquid foundation I mixed in Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox Beauty Balm. This product is great on its own, but I really like the color and finish that it gives mixed in with my long wearing foundations. 
MAC Well Dressed Blush, Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder 01, Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Blush Natural
Guerlain bronzer
Top to Bottom: PP Sexy Booster Blush in Natural, MAC Well Dressed, Guerlain Bronzer
I have two blush favorites for the month of November. Both of these are quick and easy to apply and blend. I took MAC Well Dressed blush with me when I was doing a bit of traveling because it is a light blush that is easy to build up and looks good on my fair skin in any kind of lighting situation.  The Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush in Natural is an easy to wear shimmery peachy pink blush. This blush works with a warm or cool look and blends out nicely. It's so quick and easy to apply. I had to do my makeup on the go frequently, so this got a lot of wear.

The Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder in shade 01 has been my favorite because it is my lightest bronzer. My skin is lighter, and I'm not wanting an overly bronzed look right now. This is a great shade for fair skin, and it blends easily. Guerlain does amazing bronzers in a wide range of shades. If you can only purchase one thing from Guerlain, I recommend one of their bronzers. 

My final favorite from the month of November is the Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Provocateur (the red color above).  As you can probably tell from my previous posts, I am all about a red lip right now. Provocateur is the perfect shade and formula for a red lip on the go. It is easy to apply, and I don't have to use a lip liner with it. This lipstick went everywhere with me this past month.

Those were my favorites for November! I am on the hunt for a new favorite undereye concealer and a new favorite hand cream. I've been trying some new ones for both of these categories, but I haven't found a favorite yet. Please let me know if you have any recommendations!


Manicure Monday: Butter London Knackered

For today's manicure, I did something I don't usually do and layered two nail polishes. I am very pleased with the results, so I may do more of this soon.

I purchased Butter London's Knackered quite some time ago because I absolutely love how the color looks in the bottle. It's a shimmery steel gray base with holographic micro glitter. Unfortunately, this does not become opaque in two or even three coats, but it looks beautiful layered over another color. I wanted a color close to what is in the bottle, so today I have layered one coat of this over one coat of Chanel's Black Pearl. I am very pleased with how this pair turned out!

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