Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sinful Colors: Kissy

A recent sale on Sinful Colors nail polish tempted me into buying three. Kissy is a shade that I've always picked up and put back, until now. This color was quite tricky to photograph since my camera couldn't seem completely pick up the green in this shade. I guess corals and teals are not my camera's forte.

Kissy is a truly teal polish with tiny iridescent flakes. Although I do love the color teal, I don't love it so much on my nails for some reason. However, the iridescent flakes gives this polish more dimension and makes it more appealing to look at. The formula is somewhat goopy, for lack of a better term. The goopiness is most noticeable at the tips since the application was most likely to be uneven at this point as I pull the brush away from my body. The coverage is also surprisingly sheer and I had to apply four coats before my nail line was no longer visible. Overall, this polish wasn't completely painful to use and I quite like the color combined with the flakes.

A much closer representation of what the color really is. ^_^

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Revlon Contour Shadow Brush

I suppose I had Revlon on  the mind last weekend since I had planned to post this then too, but never got around to it. I have to say that I'm pretty adaptable when it comes to eye shadow brushes and I'm not loyal to any one brand. Depending on how I feel while shopping I'll either splurge on a high end brush or look to something more affordable. The one sort of brush I had difficulty with was a contouring eye shadow brush. I felt like Goldilocks with the issues I had. One would be too small, another too big, or it would be too stiff, etc. Since then, I've found the Revlon Contour Shadow Brush.

The packaging says that this is made with "all-natural hair," which is hardly specific and the only thing I can really say is that this is not a synthetic brush. The bristles are formed in a rounded shape with a gently tapered tip. This really helps in getting the color into the crease without creating a very harsh line in the area just above the crease. The brush is soft and flexible and I've had no problems with shedding or bleeding when I've washed it. The color scheme is also quite nice with the red ferrule and logo against the black handle and bristles. The brush is on the short side though, but since I have smaller hands this wasn't much of a problem for me.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Revlon Photo Ready 3D Volume Mascara

I was on the search for this new mascara since I had dropped the wand of my Grow Luscious mascara onto my carpet and it picked up all sorts of lint and unpleasantness. Having heard good things about the new Photo Ready 3D mascara, I was curious about how much volume I would get with the brush it came with.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails: Tough Cookie

This month I decided to start a budget on my beauty shopping. So I set aside $40 and that's all I can spend on anything categorized as cosmetic. The idea is that if I want something more than my budget allows, I'll have save over time for it. So we'll see how that works out. My first purchase for this month is a nail polish in the shade Tough Cookie from the Hard as Nails line by Sally Hansen.

This is warm taupe metallic/foil hybrid. I had wanted to call it bronze, but in natural lighting it looks more like a taupe to me. It is a nice natural understated color, yet it has that extra bit of oomph to make it more special. The formula was really easy to work with although a little thin so I had to use 3 to 4 coats of polish. But I experienced absolutely no streaking or overly long drying times. It was one of the most smoothest nail painting sessions I've had, so I didn't mind the extra coats at all.