Saturday, March 31, 2012

Dior 'Vernis Croisette Collection' Nail Lacquer in Saint Tropez


I finally got my hands on a Dior Saint Tropez nail lacquer from the Nordstrom website.  It was released in the past but sold out quickly.  It has been rereleased with their Summer 2012 Croisette Collection.  This is such a beautiful shade and probably my favorite of all the blue/greens I've tried.  To me it's not quite aqua and not quite turquoise so it's like aqua and turquoise got together, had a baby and named it Saint Tropez.  This color makes me wish I was at a beach sipping on a frozen Mango Margarita.  It really compliments the bracelet I bought on trip I took to Playa Del Carmen in 2009.  That's the bracelet on the picture to the left.  I really love the quality brush, it makes applying the polish easy.  The color is opaque in two coats.  If you want a blue/green shade for the upcoming Summer season Saint Tropez is the one to have. I have dozens of blue/green shades but nothing close to this.  It sells for $23 dollars and I think it is limited edition so I'd snag one up quick as Dior's Summer Collection is all the buzz right now.  I've never been disappointed with any of my Dior Nail Lacquer purchases.  








I thought Saint Tropez would be twin of  Estee Lauder's Teal Topaz but I was wrong.  Teal Topaz is more green.

 As you can see in the picture above Saint Tropez is not a true blue shade, but a good mix of both blue and green.  

xoxo,
Adriana















Too Faced Summer Eye Collection: Photos, Swatches and Review

I am a huge fan of Too Faced Cosmetics and I own all of their eyeshadow palettes.  So, naturally when they came out with a Summer Eye palette I bought it without hesitation.  I purchased this for $36 (a great value) on toofaced.com.  The packaging is beautiful and sturdy for travel.   The colors  are so different from all the other palette's.  They are  gorgeous and perfect for summer.  This palette comes with three custom how to cards for a classic, day and fashion look.  I tried all the looks my self and photographed them for you to see.  To me the "fashion" look is great for a summer night out.  "Day," is perfect, well, for the day just as is stated on the card.  "Classic,"  would be great for a day outdoors or a smokey coral look for night time.   This palette has enough neutral colors so you could create looks for the office and for play.  There are no matte shades, but the glitter isn't so obvious that you couldn't get away with wearing some of the shades to work.   I appreciate the how-to cards because they really help when you don't have a clue what to do.  I also like that they are housed in the palette.  Usually when other brands offer you looks they put them on thin paper that's really large and you need a magnifying glass to see the print.  And you don't even have a place to put them.  It's those little details that makes Too Faced a stand out cosmetic company in my opinion.

*you can click on the pictures to see them enlarged.


Here is what the Too Faced website say's about the palette:

What It Is:
This fabulous collection includes fun pops of summer color in coral, pink and aqua complimented with beachy neutrals and seductive shimmery browns. With this wide shade range, you can easily shift from a playful beach day babe into a sultry seductive summertime smoky look for cozy bonfires and moonlit dinners with your summer fling.
More To Love:
Fabulous Formulas: Nine, pigment-rich shadows offer a range of shimmering textures from sheer pops of juicy color to golden neutrals, to sparkling stylish browns.
How-To Cards: Three How-To-Cards show you how to create Day, Fashion and Classic eye looks for any summer occasion. Each look is simplified into 3 easy steps shown on each How-To-Card so you have all you need to feel confident and flirtatious all summer long.
Travel-friendly: This collection is a must-have for summer sleepovers, weekends away and touch-ups at the pool.










 This is a white balanced indoor photo, without flash.  Sugar Sand is a frosty pale pink but don't worry it's very subtle.  Peach Fuzz is a pale pinky beige with gold micro shimmer.  Sunbeam is a sand color with gold micro shimmer.  Plumeria is a bright frosty pink.  Cocoa Beach is a chocolate brown with gold micro shimmer.  Coral Crush is a deep peach with gold micro shimmer.  Chocolate Sun is a dark brown with gold micro shimmer.  Mermaid is dark frosty teal.  Toasted Coconut is an earthy brown, it looks matte but there are very subtle shimmers you can't really detect once it's on.




 This photo was taken outdoors in sunlight, without flash.





 The look above is called "Fashion," on the how to card.  This is my favorite of the three looks provided on the cards.  I got so many compliments on this look, even from my family when we were on Skype.  I used Sunbeam on the entire lid from lashes to brow bone.  Then, I applied Mermaid on the lid and lower lash line.  I initially put this color on dry and found it not too exciting so I wet my brush and got a lot more dimension this way.  After that, I blended Toasted coconut into my crease and outer V.  On the rest of my face I used Too Faced Natural Face Palette and Natural Kiss Palette.  


This is the "Classic" look.  I took Peach Fuzz and applied it to my entire lid from lashes to brow bone.  Then, I applied Coral Crush to the lid.  then I used Chocolate Sun on my crease, outer V and both upper and lower lash lines.  I  am also using the Too Faced Natural Face Palette on my face.


 This is the "Day" look.  It's very feminine and romantic in my opinion.  I took Sugar Sand and applied it from lid to crease and then blended up to brow bone what was left on my brush.  Then I took Plumeria and applied that on the lid and lower lash line and inner corner.  Finally, I blended Cocoa Beach into the crease and outer V.  I also used the Too Faced Natural Face Palette and Natural Kiss Palette for this look.

I really had fun playing with this palette and trying all the looks suggested.  I have so many more combinations I want to try and will post those as EOTD (eye of the day) soon.  I do recommend doing your eye makeup before your face as there was a bit fall-out with most of the dark colors, and since there is micro shimmer you don't want your cheeks to look like a disco ball.  I used primer with all the looks and had no problem with fall out once I finished blending and had the look I wanted.  The shadows lasted all day for me even though I do have slightly oily lids.  Most of the colors are soft and smooth, Chocolate Sun was a little patchy on the swatch but once you blend, it looks just fine.  This palette is a summer must have and one that is definitely worth the money.  Palette's are so expensive right now and this one offers you nine shades that can create all sorts of beautiful looks and it won't break the bank.  Too Faced continues to make me so happy by offering such gorgeous packaging and products at such an affordable price.  Another beautiful creation by Jerrod Blandino (Too Faced's founder).

xoxo,
Adriana 



















Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Deborah Lippmann On The Beach and Sweet Dreams Nail Lacquer: Haul, Photos and Swatches.


I am sharing my very first Deborah Lippmann purchase with you today.  I bought On The Beach nail lacquer which is a new creme color and Sweet Dreams which I believe has been out for a while.  I also got the Rehydrating Base coat because of a rave review from The Beauty Look Book blog.  You can read Sabrina's review here.  I've been having issues with my nails peeling and nothing has been working so I decided to give this a try and I'll review it later once I see some results or not.  I received Smooth Operator  4-way nail buffer and a sample of the Stripper to go nail polish remover nail mitt as a gift with purchase.  I am very happy with all of the products and I loved all the little extra surprises that came in my package.  Nothing makes me happier than surprise samples!




On The Beach is a gorgeous shade of turquoise and I was impressed that it listed Green Tea as one of the ingredients.  It's also three free and the company does not test on animals.  The swatch on the right was taken outdoors, without flash.  I am wearing two coats of polish in this picture.  You can see a little of my nail bed showing through so I added another coat for the rest of the pictures.

 The swatch on the left is an indoor white balanced swatch, with no flash.  I am wearing three coats of polish in this picture.

The swatch on the left is a comparison of On The Beach and Bon Voyage by Le Métier De Beauté for John Barrett salon.  You can see a review of that shade here.  On The Beach is the swatch on the left plastic nail and Bon Voyage on the plastic nail to the right.  On The Beach is a little brighter but they are still very similar.


  Sweet Dreams is a beautiful 3D Holographic candy pink.  The base color is a sheer candy pink with golden holographic speckles in it.  It's not sheer after two coats of polish.  I've never owned a holographic polish because I'm not a fan of having chunky pieces of glitter on my nails but this product is wonderful.  The holographic speckles are more like thin shavings and they don't feel rough like glitter does.  

 The photo on the left is an indoor white balanced swatch, without flash.  The swatch on the right is an outdoor swatch, without flash.  

I took so many pictures of this shade but nothing quite captures it true beauty.

  I will be reviewing this Rehydrating Base coat after about six weeks of use to give it a fair review, so be on the lookout for that soon.  My nails are in really bad shape so I'm crossing my fingers it works.


I really liked the Smooth Operator 4-way nail buffer.  I usually buy a rectangular one from Sally's but I like this one better so I'm switching. 

 I am so glad I got a sample of this product.  It's a nail polish remover in this handy little finger mitt, packaged to go.  You don't have to worry about taking out your cotton balls and nail polish remover bottle.  Everything you need is in this little packet.   These would be great to travel with, you would never have to worry about your polish spilling or leaking onto your clothes in your luggage.  One mitt really does take all the polish off both hands you don't need a second one.  I probably could have squeezed polish remover onto a cotton ball from what was left.  I also like the material, it makes removal of polish a lot easier without leaving cotton fibers all over your nail tips.   


I have my eye on several other Deborah Lippmann products and since this first purchase impressed me so much I will be picking up some more items.  You can find all of the items shown here on http://lippmanncollection.stores.yahoo.net/index.html.

xoxo,
Adriana