Friday, August 30, 2013

FUJIFILM Instax Mini 7S Polaroid Camera Review

FUJIFILM Instax Mini 7S Polaroid Camera
I love my Canon Rebel (and I love it more than words) but they're is something so exciting about having a physical picture moments after you take a picture. I can't remember the last time I printed a picture that I'd taken but it's been even longer since the last time I used a polaroid camera. This past December I received this little guy from my aunt as a Christmas present. And, even though it is a frustrating piece of equipment at times, I really love it. 

FUJIFILM Instax Mini 7S Polaroid Camera
This particular model comes with four settings--super sunny, sunny, cloudy, and indoors. It's really important to pay attention to these settings because otherwise you'll get a lot of pictures that are washed out or too dark. Unfortunately, even if you pay attention to these settings there is still a learning curve. You want to stand close to the camera but not too close (the camera has no way to zoom in or out). In my experience, pictures taken indoors are less likely to have problems with brightness. So I'd recommend starting there. The pictures will come out of the slit on the top of the camera a few seconds after you've taken the picture. 

FUJIFILM Instax Mini 7S Polaroid Camera
The eyesight is located in the upper right corner of the camera but unfortunately (the first picture displays this problem a little better) the button to take a picture is located right below the eye hole. If you're not careful, you'll get a lot of pictures with a finger in the frame. It isn't too much of a hassle but it can be a bit frustrating if you ask someone who isn't familiar with the camera to take a picture. The size of the camera is about the same size of an old school polaroid. It's a little clunky (especially now that most people are used to super small digital cameras) and given the limitations on the types of pictures you can take, I wouldn't recommend bringing it on a trip. It's really nice to have around the house for those impromptu moments when you want to take a picture but the quality isn't really important.  

Here are two pictures I've taken of my cats with this camera. As you can see from the photo on the left, choosing the proper settings is really important. They're fairly small (smaller than the size of a credit card) but they're great for collages or to keep in your wallet. 

FUJIFILM INstax Mini Film
This is what the film looks like. It comes with two packs and each pack contains 10 sheets. 

POSITIVES
-Comes in multiple colors
-Pictures fit in wallets
-Price ($60)

NEGATIVES
-Bulky 
-Film is expensive
-Low quality photos
-Only four settings for lighting
-No way to zoom in or out
-Learning curve
-Not good for action shots

In conclusion, the FUJIFILM Instax Mini Polaroid Camera would make a great camera gift for young kids or people that want to have fun with photography. It's price is pretty comparable to other cameras but there are a lot of limitations on the types of pictures you can take. It isn't good for action shots and it takes a bit of practice to begin producing good pictures. Unfortunately, that practice can be a bit expensive because you have to keep buying film. But I still love it. It's great for family get-togethers or sleep overs or birthday parties. It's nice to give people a physical memento to take home with them. Although, be forewarned that it can become a fight over who gets what picture. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Revlon "Gumdrop" Lip Butter Swatch + Review

Revlon Lip Butter in "Gumdrop"
 My Hawaii time has come to an end. For those of you who didn't know, each year I spend about a month in Hawaii split between my Aunt's house in Honolulu and my Grandma's house on the Big Island. It is one of the highlights of my summer as I get to spend time with my family and work on my tan. To celebrate my time in Hawaii, I thought I would blog about one of my favorite shades to wear while I'm here. I don't know what it is that compels me to reach for "Gumdrop" while I'm here but it's one of those staple summer shades.

Revlon Lip Butter in "Gumdrop"
Unlike many products in my makeup collection, "Gumdrop" is truly unique. I can only think of one product that is anything similar (Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Darling") but of the two I prefer to wear "Gumdrop". Like all the other Lip Butters, this one has an easy and smooth application. It isn't moisturizing but it's ultra creamy formula feels lovely on the lips. The packaging is sleek and modern (a signature of Revlon's packaging) but a youthful twist is added with the colorful quilted caps. The caps are a genius idea--they make searching for the perfect color in your disorganized makeup collection or at the bottom of your handbag a breeze. The only noticeable design flaw I've found in the time I've used the Lip Butters is that product will collect on the sides of the tube. It's a bit messy but nothing to be overly concerned about.

Revlon Lip Butter in "Gumdrop" Swatch
Revlon Lip Butter in "Gumdrop" swatched on lips
"Gumdrop" is one of those colors that is hard to appreciate the true beauty until you've seen it swatched on the lips. It gives the subtlest hint of lilac to the lips. Sometimes I wear it on its own but it also looks lovely when applied over other lipsticks to give it a little something extra. "Gumdrop", like "Lollipop", has silver glitter in it but once the product is applied to the lips it is almost near impossible to detect. "Gumdrop" would make a great addiction to any collection.

Positives
-Smooth application
-Subtle lilac color that works on wide range of skin tones
-Sleek, modern, and young packaging
-Moderate Price (around $6.00)
-Easily available at most drugstores

Negatives
-Not long lasting (needs re-application after about an hour or two)

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Monday, August 26, 2013

OPI "Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window" Swatch + Review

OPI "Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window" 
 Summer is all about bright, flashy, look-at-me nail polish but sometimes a girl needs a break. As we get closer and closer to fall, I'm starting to long for the darker nail polishes of the colder months. It's still August and I'm not quite ready for shades like OPI "Here Today...Aragon Tomorrow" or OPI "Lincoln Park After Dark" so I picked a nice transition color. "Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window" is a lovely medium jade green. 

OPI "Uh-Oh Roll Down the WIndow" 
The application, like every OPI nail polish I've ever used, is a dream. The formulation is thick (but not too thick), opaque in two or three coats, and it is almost guaranteed to last for at least a week when worn with a top coat. This shade was a color that I wore a lot during my freshmen year of college. When I wore it I felt sophisticated and modern--except when anyone asked what color I was wearing, then I conveniently "forgot" the name. I think we can all agree that "Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window" is probably one of the worst nail polish names in existence. I understand that the theme of the collection was a road trip around America but I don't want my nail polish to be inspired by flatulence. I'm not sure what OPI officials were thinking when they decided on this name. There must have been better options. Right?

But despite the horrible name (and the name is truly horrible), "Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window" has a special place in my heart and in my nail polish collection. It reminds me of my first year in college when I thought that I knew everything. 


FTC: This polish was sent to me for review. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm Swatches, Photos, + Review

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm: Quenched, Pink Wink, Grape Vine, and Pink Punch
I think I went a little overboard. After I bought (and became obsessed) with the Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in "Quenched", I knew I wanted more colors. I've done reviews for "Pink Wink" and "Pink Punch" (go check them out) and my review for "Grape Vine" will be up soon but I really wanted to talk about the Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm line as a whole. 

Maybelline Baby Lips: Quenched, Pink Wink, Grape Vine, and Pink Punch
Maybelline Baby Lips
As I have mentioned in all of my past reviews, I think the packaging of the Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balms is fantastic! It's eye-catching, young, bright, playful, and (probably the most significant) it's like nothing else on the market. Each flavor has a different color and they're all so bright (perfect to bright a little light into the upcoming gloomy months as we begin to transition in fall). But my love for the Maybelline Baby Lips isn't pure superficial, I also am in love with the product's formula. Unlike the eos lip balms (which I still use and love), the Baby Lips have a silkier and less waxy consistency. "Quenched", especially, is a chapped lips savior. I need it with me at all times. 

Maybelline Baby Lips: Quenched, Pink Wink, Grape Vine, and Pink Punch
But the Baby Lips aren't just a fantastic lip balm. As you can see from the swatches on my arm, a lot of the flavors are pretty pigmented for a tinted lip balm. "Pink Punch" especially is impressive. It is easily the most pigmented shade I own but "Grape Vine" gives the lips a beautiful, but subtle, purple sheen. "Grape Vine" would easily be my favorite if it didn't have a horrible, horrible medicine grape smell (Maybelline what were you thinking?). It looks gorgeous on the lips and if you can get past the scent, I think it is well worth your money. "Quenched" is another favorite. It doesn't give the lips any color but it is uber moisturizing. If you are looking for a powerful lip balm, pick it up.

Positives
-Bright and youthful packaging
-Price (under $3.00)
-Less waxy than other lip balms
-Wide range of colors

Negatives
-Inversely proportionate relationship between pigmentation and moisturizing power

In conclusion, I think the Baby Lips live up the hype. They're a great tinted lip balm but be aware that the product's pigmentation and moisturizing power are inversely proportionate. If a shade is more pigmented, then they tend to be a little waxier and less moisturizing. The reverse is also true. But, as whole, I was not disappointed with these products. They're a great alternative to eos lip balms (waxier and heavier formulation), softlips (all smell like mint and have tingling sensation), and Burt's Bees (waxier and heavier formulation) with the added bonus of a light wash of color--depending on which flavor you choose.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

My Butter London Nail Polish Collection: Photos + Reviews

My Butter London Nail Polish Collection
 I have done my Essie nail polish collection and my Julep nail polish collection. I thought it was about time I did my Butter London nail polish collection--even if it is terribly tiny. I only own five colors but I figured that five was enough to warrant a blog post. Butter London is a high end brand that can be found at Ulta or Macy's or online at Sephora.com. The glitter polishes are fantastic (the application is opaque and the polishes doesn't try out in the bottle) but I haven't noticed that Butter London polishes last longer or apply easier than nail polishes that are half the price. The only time I buy Butter London polishes is when they go on sale at Ulta. 

My Butter London Collection: "Trout Pout" and "Fruit Machine"
 "Trout Pout" was a recent purchase. It has received quite a bit of hype in the beauty community and I was hoping that it would convert me into a die hard Butter London fan. Unfortunately, I was doomed to be disappointed. "Trout Pout" is a lovely color (but easily dupe-able) and not worth the $15.00 price tag. Application was nice but comparable to OPI or Revlon or Essie. If you can only buy one Butter London polish, I wouldn't recommend that you choose this one. "Fruit Machine" was part of the recent Butter London Sweetie Shop Collection. All of the colors in that collection were drool-worthy but I finally decided on "Fruit Machine" because it was the perfect color for spring/summer. It is a blue-toned pink polish that is lovely but again, like I said with "Trout Pout", it isn't worth the full price. 

My Butter London Collection: "The Black Knight", "Henley Regatta", and "Wallis" 
 I'm not a huge fan of the cream finish polishes, but it seems that I am a bit obsessed with Butter London's glitter and foil finish polishes. "The Black Knight" was the first Butter London polish I ever bought and I was thrilled with the product. It's a semi sheer glitter (you could use it as a top coat) but it's completely opaque in three or four coats. Want easy to achieve galazy nails? Layer "The Black Knight" over OPI "My Private Jet". It looks flawless whether layered or on its own. While "The Black Knight" was my first Butter London polish, "Henley Regatta" is my most used polish. It is a beautiful  teal blue glitter polish. It's a bit hard to capture on camera but if you get the chance to see it in person, I would highly recommend it. This one is a bit harder to work with than "The Black Knight". It normally takes about five coats until I'm happy with the opacity. And finally, "Wallis". It is by far the most unique Butter London polish. It's an olive green/ golden foil polish. It is one of my most recent purchases and I don't regret buying it for a second. This is another polish that I bought on the recommendation of Allison from amarixe.com and youtube.com/amarixe. Like I've said before, she has excellent taste in nail polish and this time is no different. "Wallis" does have a problem with chipping but add a coat of your favorite top coat and that problem should be solved. 

Butter London  polishes are known for their sleek rectangular packaging but some people don't know that the black rectangle lid is only a cap. Underneath is the regular cap with the Butter London mascot printed on the top. Although I will admit that the additional rectangle lid is a bit of a nuisance, I love the little details that Butter London puts into the packaging. 

Positives
-Glitter polishes are semi-opaque (can be top coats or applied on their own)
-Glitter polishes don't dry out easily
-Cream formula is opaque and easy to apply
-Packaging is luxurious, sleek, and elegant

Negatives
-Expensive ($15.00)

In the end, I don't think that most Butter London polishes are worth the money. The cream finishes are nice but nothing special and most are colors that can be found for a cheaper price from other brands. The glitter polishes, on the other hand, are another story. They don't dry out quickly (unlike many of my chunky OPI glitter polishes) and I love how they're sheer enough to use as a top coat but opaque enough to be worn on their own. If you want to buy a Butter London polish, I would recommend checking out the glitter polishes or "Wallis". They're totally unique and worth the higher price tag. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Victoria's Secret "Pure Daydream" Fragrance, Lotion, + Shower Gel Review

Victoria's Secret "Pure Daydream" Fragrance
A few months ago I was in Victoria's Secret with my sister shopping for a bathing suit when I wandered into the beauty section.*Danger. Danger. Danger.* I started smelling all of Victoria Secret's new fragrances (again danger) when I stumbled across this one--"Pure Daydream". It was love at first smell. I needed a new makeup bag for my trip to Hawaii and when I saw that an adorable naval seafoam makeup bag came with the "Pure Daydream" fragrance, lotion, and shower gel, I knew tat it was fate. I haven't been this obsessed with a Victoria's Secret fragrance since I discovered "Pure Seduction" in high school. 

Victoria's Secret Fragrance, Lotion, + Shower Gel in "Pure Daydream"
To me, "Pure Daydream" is a young, sweet floral and citrus smell. Which is a semi-accurate description because according to Victoria's Secret, "Pure Daydream" is smells like pearl orchid and pink currant. "Pure Daydream" is not going to be the perfect scent for everyone. Like most Victoria's Secret fragrances, it extremely sweet and potent when first sprayed (but the scent will fade quickly). For the past month or two, I've been wearing nothing but Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh and this fragrance. Daisy Eau So Fresh is light and clean which is the opposite of "Pure Daydream".

 The "Pure Daydream" lotion does a decent job of moisturizing but there are tons of other lotions that do a much better job. It isn't designed for the face and can leave a lightly greasy film on the skin if applied to thickly. However, the lotion outperforms both the fragrance and the shower gel in terms of the lasting power of the scent on your skin. If you want a more potent scent try layering the lotion and the fragrance (although I found that the combo is a bit too strong for me and I prefer to layer the shower gel with the fragrance). I doubt that I'll be repurchasing the lotion in the future but it's something that would be nice to give or receive as a gift.

And finally, the shower gel. I love the Victoria's Secrets shower gels. They're a luxury--they lather extremely well and is a cool and soothing when applied to the skin. I have the shower gel in "Endless Love" and I love it! Like the lotion, I doubt that I would repurchase the shower gel anytime soon. It only takes a month or two to use up the entire bottle (there is a reason why everyone seems to have a shower gel in their empty products videos) and I can't justify buying a new bottle at $10 each month. It's a luxury but not a necessity. But it's a very, very good smelling luxury.

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Friday, August 16, 2013

OPI "My Private Jet" Swatch + Review

OPI "My Private Jet"
 I hope everyone is enjoying this week's nail polish theme! On Monday I published my long anticipated Top Ten Purple Nail Polish List. On Wednesday I published my Butter London Nail Polish Collection and I talked about how I liked to layer Butter London "The Black Knight" under OPI "My Private Jet". After I realized I'd never done a swatch and review for "My Private Jet" on the blog, I didn't have to think about what my Friday blog post would be about.

OPI "My Private Jet"
"My Private Jet" received a lot of attention a few years ago because it was said to be Kim Kardashian's favorite nail polish. I don't know if that's true or not but "My Private Jet" is one of my favorite nail polishes. At first glance it looks sort of like black marble but when you look at it under sunlight it glistens and shimmers--looking almost like a galaxy. To take it to another level try adding a coat of Butter London "The Black Knight" on top. It's a lovely color but it isn't something that will give you lots of compliments. It's a great color for fall/winter--with a subtle twist.

I hope that you guys liked this week's nail polish posts. I promise that next week I'll be publishing posts on a wider variety of topics. If there's anything specifically you'd like to see, please leave a your suggestions in the comments below!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Revlon "Honey" Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Swatch + Review

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Honey"
 I've been a huge fan of the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains (aka the longest named product at the drugstore) for a while now. I love the shades "Smitten" and "Romantic" but "Honey" is the one that I wear the most. Although it looks a bit purple in the tube it appears on the lips as a medium mauve color. It is the most natural color from the line but it is also the one that has the weakest staying power.  Click here if you want to see what I had to say about the other colors from this range.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Honey"
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Honey"
Since their release the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains have received a lot of hype because of their lasting power (spoiler alert: they deserve the hype). In my experience, the range well exceeded my expectations. Some of the darker colors can last up to twelve or fourteen hours however "Honey" is not one of those shades. The balm stains work very similarly to a marker on the back of your hand--darker colors like black and blue are easier to see and last longer than lighter colors like yellow. "Honey" is the lightest color in the range and, as a result, is the one that seems to fade the quickest. It will last for about three hours but that's nothing compared to some of the other shades.

No sharper is needed because the balm stains are twist-up pencils. Which, in my humble opinion, was a stroke of sheer genius. They're super low maintenance and, if I'm in a rush, I can apply "Honey" without a mirror. The product is infused with a fresh mint scent which I absolutely love (although if you're no the biggest fan of mint, know that it fades quickly after application). The balm stains retail for anywhere from around seven to ten dollars which puts them on the more expensive end of drugstore products. Revlon was a bit deceiving when they designed their packaging because at first glance it looks like you get a lot of product but in actuality you get about the same product as with a traditional lipstick. If you look really closely at the second picture you can see where the product ends half-way down the tube. A bit of a waste if you ask me.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Honey" Swatch
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Honey" Swatched on Lips
 The product in the tube is significantly darker than the color of the packaging. This is unfortunate because when shopping in at the drugstore (due to the safety packaging) you have to rely soley on the color of the packaging to choose which shades you want. I have found this to be a common trend with  the Revlon balm stains which is why I highly recommend doing your research before buying one (they're kind of expensive for a drugstore product). The shades in the range can be very hit or miss but "Honey" is a really lovely shade. I wasn't the biggest fan when I first bought it but over time I've fallen in love. But I'm not the only one. At the beginning of the summer Estee from Essie Button listed "Honey" as one of her Top Ten Lipsticks--click here to see that post.

 Positives
-No sharpener need (product is twist up)
-Fresh mint smell
-Fun and modern packaging


Negatives
-Not as long lasting as some of the other shades
-Price (around $8.99)

In conclusion, "Honey" is a lovely and effortless shade to wear (winter or summer). I don't know how visible it would be on significantly darker skin tones but I know that it would look lovely on very light to medium skin tones. Even though the Revlon balm stains have a reputation for being ultra long lasting, "Honey"'s lasting power isn't as impressive (comparable to a long lasting lipstick rather than a stain). There are many (many, many, many) similarly packaged products on the market but the Revlon balm stains are my favorite. It easily blows the Clinique Chubby Sticks and the CoverGirl Jumbo Gloss Balms out of the water in lasting power and pigmentation.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Top Ten Purple Nail Polishes

Best of Beauty: Top Ten Purple Nail Polishes
I am so sorry that it took me so long to get around to finally publishing this post. Back in July when I posted my Top Ten Blue Nail Polishes I said that my Top Ten Purple Nail Polish list would be up shortly (which apparently means a month in my definition). But better late than never, right? Beware that there is a lot of OPI on this list. It wasn't intentional, I promise.

As I stated in my previous blog post, there are three things I take into account when choosing the polishes for this list. One) How often do I wear it? A lot of times I love a color but I find that it isn't something that I reach for a lot. Two) What do others think? A lot of my friends and family are nail polish junkies as well. I love having people over the house to have manicures and I tend to notice which colors are popular picks. I also took into account which polishes receive the most compliments when I wear them out and what other beauty bloggers think of the color. Three) Uniqueness and quality. Is this a unique shade? Is a color that you can't find in another brand's line up. If not, what makes this particular color from this particular brand the best (formulation, price, packaging, brush, lasting power, etc.)? 

Essie "Lilacism" + OPI "You're Such A Buda-Pest", "Do You Lilac It?", "Ate Berries in the Canaries", "Polka.Com"
 What top ten purple nail polish list would be complete without Essie "Lilacism"? It is the original soft lilac color that everyone knows and loves. In the past couple years almost every single brand has come out with a similar color (I know that Sally Hansen and CoverGirl sell excellent dupes) but I had to put this on the list. It is such an iconic color and it's one that I go back to time and time again. OPI "You're Such A Buda-Pest" is a relatively new addition to my collection but I choose it because it's a nice alternative to "Lilacism". It looks extremely blue in this picture and more than a few of you are wondering why it's not on my blue list (but I promise it looks blue next to purples and purple next to blue). It's a lovely opaque periwinkle color that OPI recently released in their Euro Centrale Collection.

OPI "Do You Lilac It?" is the darker version of "Lilacism". It is another one of those iconic purple shades. It has received so much praise in the beauty community and all of it is deserved. The formula is flawless--it only takes two coats and the lasting power is quite impressive if combined with a good top coat. OPI "Ate Berries in the Canaries" is another winner from OPI. This shade has been around for years but it's a color that wins new fans everyday. Unlike the other three colors I've mentioned, "Ate Berries in the Canaries" is a bright plum color. It doesn't have any shimmer or glitter but the color is beautiful that it can stand on its own. OPI "Polka.Com" is not a purple nail polish in the strictest sense but I felt that I had to include it. "Polka.Com" is a chunky (purple, pink, teal, and blue) glitter top coat. I wouldn't recommend wearing this polish on its own if you want an opaque finish but it would look lovely as an accent for any of the polishes I've mentioned on this list. 

Revlon "Facets of Fuchsia" + OPI "Pamplona Purple", "Mrs. O'Leary's BBQ", "Brake For OPI" + Essie "Sexy Divide"
A few years ago I had a bit of an obsession with the Deborah Lippman polish, "Bad Romance". Imagine my surprise and excitement when I learned that Revlon had a very similar drugstore dupe--Revlon "Facets of Fuchsia". It is a black nail polish with chunky purple glitter. It isn't a color for everyone but it's a color for people wanting a bold and vampy manicure. OPI "Pamplona Purple" is a color that I recently reviewed. In that post I mentioned that I didn't wear this color as often but I included it on this list because it was one of my favorite colors growing up. This is a wonderful color for any little girls out there who love purple as much as I did.

OPI "Mrs. O'Leary's BBQ" is an underground favorite. I don't hear a lot about this color on beauty blogs. That's probably because in the bottle it doesn't look like anything special--just a dark muddy red-purple. But it looks completely different when applied to the nails. And I'm not alone in my thinking--whenever I wear this I get so many compliments. OPI "Brake For OPI" is a close relative to OPI "Lincoln Park After Dark". A lighter and less famous relative but it's still worth checking out. Unlike "Lincoln Park After Dark" which looks essentially black when applied to the nails, "Brake For OPI" actually looks like a dark purple. And finally, Essie "Sexy Divide" is dark-medium purple color with blue and pink duo-chrome. I don't know if it's a necessarily sexy color but I wear this color when I want to take a break from cream polishes. It is a fun and young shade--and unlike many of the purple nail polishes in my collection. 

What are your favorite purple nail polishes? Did I leave any out? Tell me in the comments below! I'm always looking for new suggestions. If you want more in depth reviews and swatches, check out of the blog posts I linked above. My Top Ten Green Nail Polishes list will be released shortly (and I mean it this time). 

Friday, August 9, 2013

OPI "Princesses Rule!" Swatch + Review

OPI "Princesses Rule!" 
 I thought it fitting that since I talked about the first OPI nail polish yesterday (click here to see it) that I would talk about my second OPI nail polish today. I was young and there was nothing that I loved more than a bit of shimmer. For months, I wore nothing but OPI "Got a Date To-Knight" paired with "Princesses Rule!". It was my favorite nail polish combo and I thought I looked so cool. 

OPI "Princesses Rule!"
"Princesses Rule" is a unique polish. With three coats it is opaque enough to be worn on its own (that's how I'm wearing it in this post) but it also makes an excellent top coat. As I mentioned above, I love wearing it with OPI "Got a Date To-Knight" but I also love wearing it with Essie "Lady Like" (this is the combo I wore to my cousin's wedding last summer), Essie "Sand Tropez" and Julep "Jennifer". It's the perfect thing to add a little drama to an otherwise subtle manicure. I loved this color as a girl and I think that there are a lot of little girls (and their mothers) out there that would love it too. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

OPI "Got a Date To-Knight" Swatch + Review

OPI "Got a Date To-Knight"
On Monday I talked about one of my new favorite pink products (the Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in "Pink Wink") but for the rest of week I'm going to take a walk down memory lane. As most of you know OPI is my favorite nail polish brand. I have a rather large collection but it all started with this one polish--"Got a Date To-Knight". My mom thought I was insane to spend over eight dollars on a nail polish but she insisted that if I was going to get one I needed to buy a color that I could wear with anything. Although, at the time, I wanted something a bit brighter, I have to thank her for being so practical. 

OPI "Got a Date To-Knight"
The polish, when applied to the nails, looks very similar to the color in the bottle. It doesn't seem that way in the swatch above but that's only because the bottle is practically empty. I only have a few more manicures before it's time for the bottle to go to nail polish heaven. "Got a Date To-Knight" is cream finish polish with a semi-opaque formula. It took about four coats to get the look featured above but (maybe) because I have so many found memories of this color that I don't mind painting on an extra coat or two. "Got a Date To-Knight" is my favorite pink OPI polish. It's subtle but not too subtle. It's not too-blue or too-red. It looks young and playful and sophisticated and classic. I'm also a big fan of OPI "Strawberry Margarita" (a darker, brighter pink) and OPI "Princesses Rule!" (a shimmery pink top coat). My review for "Princesses Rule!" will go up on Friday--so keep your eyes peeled! 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Maybelline "Pink Wink" Baby Lips Lip Balm Swatch + Review

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in "Pink Wink"
Happy August everyone! I can't believe that it's already August. It's crazy. But to start off the new month, I thought I would blog about a product that I absolutely loved in July. I'm sure since I've talked about how much I love the Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in the flavors "Quenched" and "Pink Punch",  that it should come as no surprise that I'm also a big fan of the flavor "Pink Wink". I accidentally left "Quenched" in the car on the way to the airport so I've had to rely on "Pink Wink" to keep my lips moisturized. 

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in "Pink Wink"
"Pink Wink" is the middle ground between "Quenched" and "Pink Punch" in terms of formulation and pigmentation. "Quenched" is super moisturizing due to its very light formulation. "Pink Punch" will keep your lips moisturized but it has a heavier formulation and in my experience I've found that it isn't as effective. "Pink Wink" is somewhere in the middle. "Pink Punch" is a true tinted lip balm, "Quenched" gives the lips no extra color, and "Pink Wink" is somewhere in between. 

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in "Pink Wink"
Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in "Pink Wink"

Positives
-Fun and youthful packaging
-Fruity smell
-Fantastic price ($3.99)

Negatives 
-Not very pigmented (can look washed out)

As you can see, "Pink Wink" is not very pigmented. It gives a subtle wash of color to the lips but not much else. I am hesitant to call this product a tinted lip balm because the color is so hard to see. Out of the four Baby Lips that I own, "Pink Wink" is easily my least favorite when it comes to color. In certain lighting the color can make me look a little washed out. I don't know if I would recommend it to people with medium or olive skin tones based solely on the color of the product. But while it may not pack a huge punch in the pigmentation department, this stuff does a really great job of keeping your lips soft and smooth. It's a nice alternative to "Quenched" which is my favorite flavor. Plus, this stuff smells amazing. I can't get enough of the fruity smell. Yum!

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Revlon "It Girl" CoverStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick Swatch + Review

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in "It Girl"
 So far I have heard pretty much nothing about the Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipsticks on YouTube or from other beauty bloggers. So when I finally got my hands on two shades from the range, I didn't know what to expect. A part of me had high hopes...but I've learned over the years that sometimes no good news on the beauty blog-o-sphere is bad news. But after testing them out for the past two weeks, I found that I was pleasantly surprised. 

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in "It Girl"
Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in "It Girl"
"It Girl" is a light coral shade with a subtle hint of glitter. I probably never would've picked out for myself and that is a shame because it is a stunning and effortless color. The name of the range might be pretentious and much too long but Ultimate Suede is an accurate description of the formula. It glides onto the lips (silky and smooth) and the lasting power is superb (equal to, if not greater than, the Revlon Kissable Just Bitten Lip Stains). The darker shades of the Revlon Kissable Just Bitten Lip Stains can last up to twelve hours on the lips once the product has been allowed to set but the lasting power of the lighter shades is not as impressive. However, I found over the coarse of the last two weeks that this is not a problem for the Ultimate Suede Lipsticks. Even thought "It Girl" is a light coral color, it lasts all day (although I must warn you that the glitter outlasts the actual color). 

But while I was impressed with the lasting power, the stickiness of the formula was a little annoying. I had hoped that it would disappear after the lipstick dried but that was not the case. I also found that while it takes hours for the color to fade, when it finally started to fade, it did so unevenly. 

Positives
-Long lasting
-Gorgeous subtle coral color
-Sleek and modern packaging
-Range of 20 colors
Price ($7.99)

Negatives
-Sheer (but buildable) formula
-Sticky consistency that does not disappear as product dries
-Glitter stays after color has faded
-Product doesn't fade evenly

In conclusion, this is not a holy grail item by any stretch of the imagination but I am in love with this color. It is perfect for summer and I have to thank my sister for choosing this color for me (because she knows what will look good on me better than I know myself). If Revlon would remove the glitter, this would've probably been a must-have drugstore product for me. Unfortunately, the glitter is a large part of why the product fades so unevenly. Why do companies think that we want glittery lipsticks? Isn't that why we have lipgloss? So that we can choose which days we want disco lips and which days we don't? Eh, but what do I know. 

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