Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Mint Sorbet

I recently bought my first Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear nail color at Wal Greens, when I was looking for the perfect mint nail color.
I came across Mint Sorbet.

It was love at first site.
For around $2.50, I would buy this polish over and over again.
It's a perfect mint color.
Not too muted, no shimmer, no weird undertones. Just perfect.
It's a pastel green mint cream.
With one coat, it's pretty darn streaky.
But with the second coat, you get perfect opaqueness.
It looks great with many other colors because it is a pastel without any weird undertones.
It has a "sister" color among the Xtreme Wear line- Lacey Lilac.
That being said, the two colors look great side by side.
This color also makes a great base for glittler.
I've worn it with Wet and Wild Wild Shine Nail Color in Hallucinate.
As the perfect shade for spring, I always reach for this color over others.
Happy polishing, everyone!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter leopard print nails!

So for Easter, I decided to do a leopard print nail design with pastel colors as a background.

Step 1: I used Salon Sciences Instant Artificials ($8) (Purchased at Sally's.) as a base coat.

Step 2: Then I used Sinful Colors Professional Nail Enamel in Tokyo Pearl ($2) (Purchased at Wal Greens for $.99!) as a colored base coat to make the colors pop- this part is optional. You could use any shade of white.

Step 3: I used Sally Hansen Extreme Wear in Lacey Lilac ($2.50) (Purchased at K-Mart)
I painted my nails in thirds, and used this as the third closest to my cuticle, because it was the  darkest of the three colors I chose.

Step 4: I used Sally Hansen Extreme Wear in Mint Sorbet ($2.50) (Purchashed at Wal Greens)
This is seriously one of my absolute favorite nail polishes ever. I always get compliments on this color. This was the second section of my thirds.

Step 5: I used Sinful Colors Professional Nail Enamel in Unicorn ($2) (Purchased at Wal Greens for $.99!)
This color is quite thin and with only one coat, it appears streaky. I had to do two coats of this to achieve a yellow that showed up. This was the third section of my thirds, the one closest to the edge.

Step 6: I used L.A. Colors Topcoat/Basecoat ($1) (Purchased at The Dollar Tree)
I used this while the three colors were still wet, to try to blend the colors a together a little so there wouldn't be a messy line between the colors. Keep in mind, if you do this step, it may make your clear polish milky colored, as wet polish may go back in the bottle.

Step 7: I used L.A. Colors Art Deco in Black ($1) (Purchased at The Dollar Tree)
This line of polishes comes in a small tube with a long striping brush as the applicator. I have a really hard time with striping brushes, because the brush is so long and flimsy, I can't control it very well. (The same concept applies to liquid eyeliner brushes for me.)
I used this to make the outline for my leopard print spots.

Step 8: I used L.A. Colors Color Craze in BCC 571 ($1) (Purchased at The Dollar Tree)
I don't know why these polishes aren't named? For a "cheapy" brand nail polish- this color really delivers! It's a great glitter PACKED metallic silver. Very opaque with one coat.
I used this to dot in between my black leopard print outlines. I just used the brush it came with, but wiped off most of the polish on the lid. Once again, this is a great polish for $1.

Aaaaaaand Step 9: I used Sally Hansen Hard As Wraps Nail Gel Hardener as my Top Coat. (Around $7) (Purchased at Wal Greens)
I know, it's not a top coat. I bought this to use as a base coat, but it made all of my polishes peel right off. It dries to a shiny finish, and you want a tacky finish for base coats, to make sure the "grab on" to the polish. So, I've been using this as a top coat, so it doesn't go to waste.
I will not repurchase this. It's so thick and gloopy, that it dries around the inside of the lid every time I use it, wasting a lot of product.

Well everyone, as I've purchased 10 bottles of nail polish this week alone, more nail tutorials will be coming along the way.
Shout out to my friend Sally who told me that Sinful Colors Professional Nail Enamel is on sale at Wal Greens this week for half off- at $.99 a bottle. AMAZING.

Happy (late) Easter Everyone!
The day after Easter is one of the best days of the year for me- ALL the Easter candy is 50% off everywhere! <3

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation- Best drugstore foundation?!

My favorite liquid foundation is Revlon Colorstay. It costs about $12.
I love this foundation because it goes on very smoothly. It is full coverage. It never looks cakey.
It is nontransferable-how cool is that?
It lasts all day long-until you take it off.
I've tried other liquid foundations, but the main reason I love this one, is because by the end of the day, it doesn't oxidize. The formula doesn't change after it's been exposed to air for a few hours. The color doesn't change, and neither does the way it feels on your skin.
Also, it never cracks or creases in wrinkles.
AND it has an SPF 15.
I have dry, acne prone skin, and this does not make me break out or increase dryness.
I wear 180 Sand Beige.

Ready for the thing I hate about this foundation?
It doesn't come with a pump?!
So you end up loosing a good amount of product that you just can't seem to fish out of the glass jar.
I have about 5 empty bottles of CS that I've been hesitant to throw away because there seems to still be a good about of product left in them!

Rumor on the street has it that Revlon Colorstay foundation is getting a pump! :]
I will certainly be on the lookout for this!
Although I could not find any confirmation on Revlon's website.

There are two formulas! One for Dry/Normal skin, and one for Combination/oily skin.
The Dry/Normal has an SPF of 15, while the Combination/oily only has an SPF of 6.
Also, if one shade matches your skin in Dry/Normal, it will most likely not match your skin in combination/oily, and vice versa. The shades tend to run slightly different in the two different formulas.

I really love this foundation and swear by it.
Any questions? Feel free to ask! Have a great makeup day! :D

Thursday, April 14, 2011

ELF Hall: Eyes

The essentials line is the $1 line from ELF. The minerals line is sort of the "medium" line, and the studio line is the highest in price.
All items can be purchased at eyeslipsface.com

Essentials Brightening Eye Color- $1/each
Rocker, Drama, Teal Dream (purchased by myself)
Butternut (was a free gift from ELF for providing 3 email addresses with an order)

These are great for $1! I actually purchased "Drama" at my local K-Mart.
These products are very pigmented and last all day without creasing.
The downside to these are the packaging is sort of messy. However, there is a small mirror in each eye shadow quad! They each come with a basic eyeshadow applicator, which I find actually blends quite well.

Rocker has a glittery white, a shimmer taupe, a matte purple, and and a chunky glittery black.

Drama (my favorite!) has a shimmer white, a thick chunky 
glitter dark gray (my favorite shade), a glittery black, and a chunky glitter silver.

Teal Dream has a fine glittery white, a shimmer smokey taupe, a metallic light denim blue, and a metallic jade-emerald green.

Butternut- all shimmer shades: light beige, peachy beige, dark brown and a great metallic bronzy brown

Essentials Duo Eyeshadow Cream-$1/each
I've seen many YouTube videos where people used this as a base for a smokey eye to make the colors pop more.  I usually don't use cream eyeshadow, but I purchased it for this reason.
I hate to say this, but it creased. Which reminds me why I never use cream eyeshadow in the first place. I do have to say that it was gorgeous before I put powder eyeshadow on top. The colors blended very well and are very pigmented. So, I probably won't use this on days I need my eyeshadow to stay in place for a very long time.
Black Licorice- The colors are a creamy black and a creamy dark silver.

Essentials Waterproof Eyeliner Pen-$1/each
I prefer eyeliner pens over any other type of liquid eyeliner, so I was excited that these were only $1/each. I purchased 3, and all 3 had a different type of applicator tip, as in they weren't all the same- still effective though. In order to get the darkness you may want, you may have to go over your lines twice though.
Black- this wasn't anything amazing, it was exactly what I expected- a black, felt tip eyeliner pen. I haven't tested the "waterproof" aspect of any of these yet.

Coffee- a dark brown felt tip eyeliner pen.

Plum- a dark purple felt tip eyeliner pen. I wish this one was a little bit lighter purple.

Essentials Liquid Eyeliner-$1/each
I usually prefer felt tip eyeliner, but I have a friend who swears this liquid eyeliner in black is the best liquid eyeliner she's ever used.
Copper- This is a clear base with chunky copper glitter. I was expecting the base to have color, but it doesn't. I layer this over a colored eyeliner. It's a nice way to add chunky glitter to your eyes without over doing it.

Silver- This isn't a clear base-it is actually silver. I have not tried this on my top lids yet, but it was a disaster on the bottom lids. However, it looked great on my hand, so I'm sure it will do well on my top lids. There isn't glitter in this one, it's more like a metallic shimmer.

Studio Eyebrow Kit-$3
(I paid $1.50 for this with a studio coupon online)
HOLY GRAIL for my eyebrows. How did I not live with this before? I went through a stage where I plucked off a lot of my eyebrows because I wanted this brows. I didn't know they were going to be so sparse all the time. I used to use black eyeshadow to fill in my brows-I have black eyebrows- but, it looked way too harsh, as well as pencil. 
Dark- I was scared this wasn't going to be dark enough, but although it looks brown, it works for my black eyebrows. The gel side goes on very smoothly to darken your brows, while the powder side sets them so it last all day long. This may be my favorite ELF product.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

ELF Hall

The first few posts I am going to do will be a series of EyesLipsFace products, because I recently purchased many products from them in multiple orders.  I will breaking them down into categories.
If you have never heard of Eyes Lips Face, you can check them out at EyesLipsFace.com
Limited merchandise is sold is select Target and K-Mart stores.
I have even seen a few products in my local Dollar Tree.
Talk to you soon,
Posh<3 xoxo

Welcome to cosmetics reviews by Posh!

Hello everyone!
        I've been asked a few times to do makeup tutorials for youtube, but I'm so busy! I never have time to actually make videos. Instead, I figured contributing through a blog could take less time but be just as effective.
I plan to do cosmetic reviews, as my title suggests. This includes makeup, nail polish, hair products and any other beauty products I may buy.
I am purchasing these with my own money. I am not getting any compensation for my reviews.
I have spent money on products that did not live up to my expectations.
Before you purchase items I review, I hope you take my opinion, whether good or bad, into consideration.
Go have a good makeup day!
Reviews coming soon.
Love, Posh