Do you like nailpolish? yes.
Do you like vibrant colors? yes.
Do you like a variety of finishes? yes.
Illamasqua is pretty well known in the makeup community for having some of the most versatile and pigmented makeup on the market today. It *is* makeup for your alter ego after all and it holds true straight through to their nail varnishes.
They are long wearing and chip resistant (although admittedly I've yet to find a chip-resistant nail formula working 2 hardcore retail jobs...) and come in a huge range of colors from white all the way through to electric purple and blood red to black.
Phallic is definitely one of my favorite nail polishes in my collection - it's pretty unique to my collection, though I'm sure you can find something similar in other brands. It's a deep midnight blue with blue and purple shimmer shot through it -- one color I did recently purchase is Sephora by OPI's "Countdown to the Kiss" which is an opaque royal blue with shimmer shot through. Close, but not a perfect dupe.
Head past the jump for the photos and more information!
The very first thing I have to say about this product is that the name is SO DARN LONG and I never remember what it actually is. Haha. Bad me.
The Sephora Jumbo Liners are akin to many jumbo shadow pencils (Tarte has some, MAC at one point had a lovely range shadesticks, and we can't forget the ever infamous NYX Jumbo Pencils). Akin to the Tarte pencils, and differing from the MAC and NYX ones - these ones really do live up to their claims of 12-hour wear, and they're waterproof. Did I mention they're waterproof? Because they really are - I can't get them off without a dual-phase remover (think Lancome Bi-Facils or Clinique's Take the Day Off)
I have a handful of these - not only the three pictured after the jump but also a grey and a deep purple as well (I took these photos before the tragic loss of the original blog posts *tear*)
They are creamy and easy to apply, but don't fall apart when you try to sharpen them - at least - not in my experiences. You do need a larger sharpener (and I'd like to interject here with a tip that the best pencil sharpener I have is a NARS one - best $6 I've ever spent in my life!) but they don't mush into the chamber as you turn the pencil against the blade!
I still like to use mine over a primer (and I've got an upcoming blogpost about favorite primers!) but they wear anywhere between 12 and 15 hours on me without one (please note that I have a fairly normal eyelid...I don't have oily lids at all...oilier lid types may still want their primer of choice underneath as oil melts makeup)
They're super affordable at $10 a liner and come in a bunch of amazing shades ranging from a shimmery white to the blackest black I've ever seen!
Hey guys! Time for another vintage FOTD - this one was from late spring/early summer 2011.
Tokidoki (or "sometimes" in Japanese) is a lifestyle brand created by Italian artist Simone Legno back in 2005.
The line includes apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, toys, and makeup among other things!
You may have noticed the cute characters or the trademark heart-and-crossbones logo of the brand (which, by the way, I think is super cute! I'll have to pull out my Smashbox Fusion Lights that Em Wyllie (youtube) gave me that has the logo on it sometime!)
I think that the characters are adorable and they're fantastic for makeup inspiration -- head past the jump to see my interpretation of the character Mozzarella. (photo for reference if you don't know who he is)
The internet has been abuzz for many many months now with a company that I'm sure you've all heard of by now - INGLOT Cosmetics. (the website in that link is Inglot's USA site!)
They've been promoted heavily by gurus on youtube as well as being present at the many variations of highly anticipated makeup shows that go on throughout the year (i.e.: IMATS, The Makeup Show...)
If I'm correct in recalling my information, it's is a Polish brand and something like 95% of their products are produced in the European Union - which I think is amazing - I'm not going to get started on debates about where makeup is made and why [insert country of origin here] is good/bad....but I just think it's awesome when a company has a direct handle in the products they manufacture.
For us in the USA it's also awesome as there is now a flagship store in Chelsea, NYC and plenty of other locations to find their amazing products (Vegas, Jersey, Costa Mesa, Chi-town, SanFran just to name a few)!
I finally broke down when I realized that my beloved MAC Chromaline is drying out (I mean, I've had it FOREVER and it's just now starting to get to the point where it's a pain to work with) and I wanted to try something new...
Head past the jump to see my purchase and my thoughts on the products I received!
So if you do read my blog, you'll have no doubtedly noticed the teaser post for Halloween 2011. Originally I was going to blog each look each day (basically, I like to do Halloween for a week at my jobs and since they're so awesome they both let me!) but a power outage in the middle of it kind of ruined things.
If you head past the jump, you'll be privy to all of the 2011 Halloween looks (and the youtube video I slapped together of them!)
This is a look I've done 2 other times - the first in 2007 when MAC first released the facechart (which we do not talk about anymore...I painted the zipper on my face...and it was atrocious) and then 2010 (wherein I glued a zipper to muh face!) and then finally, NOW!
Head past the jump for more photos and a list of products I used to create this creepy look!
I will admit. I did read Twilight when I was living in Florida (I mean, I literally had nothing better to do with my time) and despite it's angsty teenage terribleness...it threw me back into the VampHype that was going on at the time -- and is still going on...
Which leads me to True Blood. I started watching the show before I'd ever read any of the books and I adored it! I literally craved the next episode when the first one was over. True Blood was also something Florida offered me that Maine wouldn't have (we don't get HBO in our cable package here - but when I lived down there my roommate was a TV-holic and so we had super premium cable). Then I read the books...and goodbye tv show (I think I made it through all of season one and part of season two and I haven't watched it since). The books far outshine the show. But that's not what this review is about is it?
Head past the jump for thoughts, photos, and my ever helpful rambles about the TARTE FOR TRUE BLOOD palette!
*I feel it necessary to begin this post with a disclaimer of sorts...because of all the past blog posts that were deleted not to long ago (of which I am still seething about mind you...) I may not remember the exact products that I used. Some of these photos are almost a year old! However, I do promise to give you as much information as I can remember...so if you don't see something listed in the VINTAGE FOTD posts, please know it's not that I'm not listing it, I just may not remember...*
Head past the jump for the FOTDs and a list of products!
I came to be in possession of a bottle of polish from the FABULOUS upcoming Holiday collection from Sephora By OPI (aka, I spent my last $ on it! No guys, really...I paid in quarters...haha)!
Stop Stocking Me is a gorgeous metallic golden plum color, perfect for the upcoming holiday season as it's neither too vampy nor too pastel (think Sin-Cerely Violet from this past fall collection from the brand...it was so out of place amongst all the deep vampy colors). On my nails it hovers somewhere between a more grayed-blue-toned plum and a more royal-blue purple...and being that I'm a HUGE purple lover, I fell in love with it just from seeing it in the bottle!