Dior Nail Glow Review, Photos, Swatches

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Believe it or not, for being a beauty junkie and a nail polish lover—I’m actually quite a minimalist when it comes to my fingernails. Occasionally, I’ll wear a nail color, but I swatch and test so much that it often makes it impossible to stick with any one color for very long. I usually leave the nail salon with clear on my nails after my manicures because I do like the shine. (I should probably just get them buffed!) Inevitably, I chip that clear the very next day. I get frustrated, take it off, and wind up with bare nails anyway.

Dior recently released a new nail enhancer—Dior Nail Glow. I had a few reservations about this product, because it seems like people really love it, or they really dislike it. I figured I was never going to know unless I tried it out, so I plunked down the $24 to find out myself! I’m not going to lie—it took a lot for me to part with that much cash for a tinted nail enhancer! I’m also a big believer though in letting people spend their own wallets, so I hope this helps you.

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note the brush shape

Nail Glow is available in one universal shade, a glossy clear with a bright pink tint. The purpose is to make the pink of your nail pinker, while adding contrast to your natural tips. I’ve had people say that this makes the whites of their nails whiter, but to be honest—I think if anything it’s just a contrast trick with the color, and I don’t think it adds a french manicure effect. I’m pretty happy about that, though! I really did just want something to make my natural nails look healthier, and I think I get that with Nail Glow. [Read more…]

Beauty Quickies: tarte Golden Opportunity tarte To-Go Kit

tarte golden opportunity kit

Perfect for summer getaways, the new tarte Golden Opportunity Kit is home to travel sizes of two of their best-selling products—Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Ave Princess, and Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanner. Both products are tried and true beauty junkie favorites!

tarte golden opportunity

With both products, you can get a healthy dose of summer color that’s believable and gorgeous. The Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanner made our best of summer self-tanners list (coming soon), and here’s why: it’s loaded with hydrators, Vitamin C, and essential fatty acids for healthy skin. It’s really helpful that the self-tanner is tinted, so you can see exactly where you’ve applied, making tanning accidents less likely. [Read more…]

IT Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Radiance Creme Illuminator Review, Photos, Swatches

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Hello light!

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of luminizers, I almost don’t feel like my makeup is complete if I’m not wearing something that adds points of light to my face. I’m lucky enough to be able to use both powders and creams, and I’ve stumbled across the latest one from IT Cosmetics—their Hello Light Anti-Aging Radiance Creme Illuminator.

it cosmetics hello light illuminator

Hello Light is an antioxidant-rich creme luminzer that promises anti-aging benefits. It’s blush colored, and shimmers slightly when blended in. Hello Light is paraben free, and contains a hydrating blend of waxes, collagen amino acids, and hyaluronic acid spheres. It also contains aloe, silk, green tea, grapeseed, and Vitamins A, C, and E. It’s pretty loaded for a highlighter/luminizer! [Read more…]

Sneak Peek Review: Urban Decay Limited Edition Nail Color in Vice & Addiction

Urban Decay Nail Polish Color Vice Addiction

It’s about time! I’m so happy about the upcoming fall releases, and I’m testing out some exciting new products from Urban Decay which I’ll be bringing to you soon. But one thing I couldn’t wait on, was the new limited edition nail colors. These will be extremely limited I’m told, so I wanted to make sure you saw them in case they were all scooped up quickly!

Way back in 1996 when Urban Decay launched, the line debuted with just 12 nail polishes and 10 lipsticks. I totally remember the nail polishes, and I purchased several of them. I remember at the time, the polish colors were sort of out there, and they were some of the first shades I ever owned that were truly “outside the box”. These days, the sky’s the limit with nail polish shades, so they’re not so shocking anymore! But back in those days, they were very, very cutting edge.

Urban Decay Vice Addiction Nail Color Polish

Addiction, Vice

Since then, Urban Decay went the way of releasing mini sets of nail polishes here and there, but the demand has been high for new full size shades. Happy to indulge us in our desires, they’re going to bring us two full size, limited edition shades every season, hand-picked by Wende herself! [Read more…]

MAC Favorites: Tropical Taboo Collection

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection

Now that we’re in the swing of things for summer, it’s the perfect time to share some of my favorites from the MAC Tropical Taboo Collection. This collection boasts some gorgeous shades, but these were the ones I gravitated towards the most. Let’s check them out!

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MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle, Lust

In the past, I haven’t had much luck with the Mineralize Eyeshadows, so I was a little concerned with being let down with them this time around. Luckily these two worked really well for me! These baked eyeshadows were generously pigmented and easy to blend. [Read more…]

Nicole by OPI Tink Collection Inspired by Tinker Bell Review, Photos, Swatches

Nicole by OPI Tink Collection

Inspired by Disney’s Tinker Bell

This is a new collection from Nicole by OPI, inspired by one of my favorite childhood characters, Tinker Bell. The Tink Collection features six new limited edition shades, and I’m so sad I only have four of them to share—because I feel that the two I’m missing are what pull this collection together and really make it “Tink”!

The shade breakdown from Nicole by OPI:

  • Pixie Glitter* — This clear gloss is sprinkled with tiny rainbows.
  • How Fairy Nice of You!* — This sweet pixie pink gives me wings.
  • Tink’s in the Pink — This happy fuchsia makes me, well…happy!
  • Sweet on Pete — This lime green is the “key” to Pete’s heart!
  • Fairy Fairy Quite Contrary — Not, it’s NOT orange…it’s tangerine. So there!
  • Half Charming / Half Alarming — This coral is perfect when you’re feeling unpredictable.

* not pictured

 A few things I noticed…

  • Sweet on Pete is definitely a three-coater. After two, it was just okay, but needed a thin third to compensate for its thinner formula. This shade also stained my nails slightly, so I gently buffed it off.
  • Fairy Fairy Quite Contrary had a nice flow and consistency, and leveled easily. The first coat had me worried, but after the second and top coat, all was fine.
  • Half Charming/Half Alarming is kind of a chameleon. It’s like it wants to be a creme, but it’s not in my opinion. Not quite a jelly, not quite a creme, I’m dubbing this one a gloss. It has a thinner formula, but looks great after two coats.
  • Tink’s in the Pink is your typical creme formula, two coats for me, and all was fine.

(All swatches shown with Seche Vite top coat.)


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Sweet on Pete — bright lime green creme [Read more…]

First Impressions: MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Summer Collection Photos, Swatches

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It’s here! Well, I should say, it was here. The RiRi Hearts MAC Summer Collection was released exclusively online on June 18th, to crazy fanfare as usual. At this time, according to the MAC website, everything is sold out except the lipsticks. So if you want a lippie, you may just be in luck!

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RiRi Hearts MAC Summer Collection

Sorry for the delay and that this wasn’t up prior to the 18th, but I just received this on the 19th, and I’ve needed a good two days to tinker with it. Since I haven’t had it that long, please let this serve as less of a “review”, and more of a “first impressions” post.  [Read more…]

Nicole by OPI Gumdrops Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

nicole by opi gumdrops collection

This sugared-textured trend is going CRAZY right now! Do you own any of these types of polish? Typically, you don’t use any base coat (and noooo top coat or it will ruin the effect), and you get a sugary, matte-texture finish with a ton of twinkle. For summer, Nicole by OPI is staggering their release of the new Gumdrops Collection to certain retailers over the next few months. So let’s check ‘em out!

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Candy is Dandy, I Lilac Gumdrops, Blue-Berry Sweet on You

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Cinna-Man of My Dreams, My Cherry Amour, A-Nise Treat

These shades are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth, explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Co-Founder & Artistic Director.  By combining groundbreaking texture technology with some of the hottest trends including matte and shimmer finishes, Nicole by OPI has created a new line of lacquers for cutting-edge manicures.  Worn without top coat, Gumdrops lacquers dry to a textured matte finish to give nails a “sugar” coated appearance.

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Jouer Cosmetics Summer Escapes Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

jouer cosmetics summer 2013 Collection

Summer Escapes Collection 2013

My love affair with Jouer didn’t take long to develop. From the very first time I was introduced to the line, my immediate thoughts were—elegant, timeless, and affordable. I haven’t been let down since! Each collection that has launched since my first impressions have incredibly remained all of the above. I kind of think of Jouer Cosmetics as an unsung hero, too. You may not hear about them as much as other prestige brands, often Jouer remains in a league of its own.

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Many of Jouer’s products connect for easy portability.

The founder and creator, Christina Zilber is totally hands-on with Jouer. After meeting her in-person, I can see her chic and classic touches all over this line! Aside from being a feminine and undeniably pretty collection, it’s also very practical. You don’t need to have pro makeup artist skills to blend her products’ pigments to perfection. Plus—most of the components connect so you can take your favorite Jouer pieces with you, and you don’t have to dig in your bag for them one by one. Can you tell I’m a Jouer Girl by now? Let’s check out the new collection!  [Read more…]