Friday, March 8, 2013

LTHP Quickies! Milani Grandissimo Lashes Mascara

Friday- Fryday!! 

  Do any of you guys  any exciting plans for the weekend? I don't just yet, but I'm still excited for the weekend! I've been feeling better this past week and I really wanna take advantage and go have some FUN!! 
  Onto the reason you're here ;)!! OMG MASCARA!!! SO Milani released a brand new mascara this year. This is the very first Milani mascara I've ever tried, and let me tell you, I am BLOWN away! I'm HUGE into mascara. I just love when you add mascara to an eye look and it brings it to life. I love when I'm having a lazy day and wearing a good mascara makes me feel that much more confident. Milani hit it out of the park with their new Grandissimo Lashes extreme volume mascara
 You know how they say a picture is worth 1,000 words? Even my husband could not believe the difference! Mascara is a wonderful thing, isn't it?
 I think it's pretty clear which is before and which is after right? On the left are my totally nakey lashes and the right is Two coats of mascara. I use the "wiggle" method to apply my mascara. They practically looked fake! On a random note, for these mascara swatches(?? lol) I prepped my lid with the new Milani Eyeshadow primer (which I will be covering soon) and Milani pressed powder shadows in French Vanilla, Pearl and Gold Dust.
 The brush on this mascara is really big. I honestly had never seen, or used a mascara with such a big applicator. The second I started applying the mascara it was like a revelation! OH MY WOW, it made application effortless, and look.. I didn't get ANY mascara on my lids!!! It also left no clumps at all! No matter how much I kept going over the lashes they always stayed fluffy and separated, not clumpy at all! I am so impressed with the volume and length this mascara added to my lashes.
 The final test for this mascara for me will be an actual wear test. My eyes can be so sensitive to mascaras, it's a little frustrating. Especially when I find a product I really LOVE, like this mascara. So I'm hoping it agrees with me when extended wear happens.

 Milani is making a beauty blogger out of me yet ;D! I've been SO impressed with every single product they ave released this year and the Grandissimo Mascara ($5.49 online) is no exception. I have a few more new releases from Milani to share with you guys that I am SOO excited about!!

 Are you a "lash gal"? What is your Holy Grail mascara? I think this might just be mine (I really hope it agrees with my eyeballs)!!

(**Miani product provided for review**)

Cult Nails Tempest, Fetish & Blaze -Nail Art Look

Happy Friday!!! 

  Today I have a really cool look featuring Cult Nails' Second Year Anniversary Collection. A few days ago I showed you guys Fetish all on it's own, but I thought it would be cool to do a look that featured different finishes. It seemed only fitting that I found a way to combine all Three shades in the collection into a cool look! 
 This look started with Two effortless coats of Tempest. I topped my base off with some Seche Vite and waited for it to dry. Then using some wavy scrapbook scissors I cut some strips of scotch tape to create the wavy side panels using Fetish. To clean up the seam between Fetish and Tempest I used a short striping brush dipped in Blaze. Then I went back with a really small dotting tool and added some Fetish dots along the wavy line. I did not top coat the finalized look to keep the cool contrast between wax and shiny finishes. Plain and simple, I ADORE this look!! And best of all, it was SO easy and fast to do!! 

 Here is a swatch of Tempest. The most flawless, creamiest shade of White I own. Two easy coats and an amazing self-leveling formula make this polish an absolute must have in my book!
 I said it before and I will say it again... I NEED more polishes in that wax finish!! There is something about it that I am absolutely LOVING!! I am also loving Blaze. When I first saw it I thought I would be indifferent towards it and then I actually wore it and I could not stop staring at my nails! It is a beautiful, blingy, yet classy glitter! My thoughts on Tempest? FINALLY, the perfect white creme haha!!! And Fetish? ... Yeah... you need it!

 I'm so ready for the weekend, I'm sure you guys are too :D!  

(**CN products provided for review**)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Pink Wednesday! Milani Color Statement Lipsticks- Pink & Coral Lip Swatches

Hello lovelies and happy Pink Wednesday!! 

  For this edition of Pink Wednesday I have lip swatches of the beautiful, new Color Statement Lipsticks by Milani. These lippy swatches are of the Pink and Coral family, which I covered in a quickie post a few weeks back. I knew I really wanted to show you guys lip swatches of this color family because they were/are just SO beautiful and perfect for Spring. 
  There is a funny "story" behind these swatches. It took me a while to get them up because I was actually going through and wearing these. Every time I tried a new color in this family I was like "ooh ooh THIS one is my favorite"... Long story short, they are all my favorites hahaha!
 I won't be going into huge detail about these since I covered the bulk of the review in [THIS POST].

 I used Haute Pink lip liner for all of these swatches. Well, all but Flamingo Pose for which I used All Natural. The liners are fabulous, I had no feathering at all!

Milani Flamingo Pose 
This beautiful shade of creamy Pinky- Coral applies like butter and wore beautifully! 

Milani Flirty Fuchsia
This shade was a definite WIN for me. This is a very vivid shade of Fuchsia, with just the slightest shimmer. This color has a very intense shine as it is a vinyl finish. 

Milani Rose Hip
This is a wonderful shade of light Blue-toned creamy Bubblegum Pink. Out of the "lighter Pinks" this one is the more vivid shade. 

Milani Rose Amour
This shade is a nice, classic shade of Rose Pink. It is light, but it has just the right amount of pigmentation. 

Milani Hot Pink Rage
This one is a fantastic shade of HOT Magenta Pink and it has a sultry matte finish. BIG fan of this shade as well. 

Milani Fruit Punch
This is a light shade of Pink, slight Coral undertones. I fell in love with this color from the second I did my arm swatch. This is a perfect, every-day shade and SO flattering. 
 The only one I could not bring myself to try was Pink Frost. I really don't see how I can make that shade work for me, maybe if I use it as a highlight shade? Anywho, these colors are all made of EPIC win. I ran into absolutely ZERO issues with application on these shades. They all had amazing coverage and felt so nice on the lips. Hot Pink Rage is a little drying, I'm guessing due to the matte finish. All the other shades were fabulous in terms of moisture. 

 Coming very soon are swatches of the Plums and Berries as well as Browns and Neutrals. So far though, this is my very favorite color family (but I love Pink so I'm biased). I just love how Pink looks with my hair colors ;). I can't say enough good things about Milani and all the amazing new products they have been putting out this year! 

I think my very faves here are Flamingo Pose, Flirty Fuchsia, Fruit Punch and Hot Pink Rage. Do you have any picks from this color family? 

(**Milani products provided for my consideration**)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

"Truffin" Tuesday!! Barielle Green Apple and O.P.I My Paprika is Hotter than Yours!

Hello and happy Tuesday! 

  SO sorry this post is running late. I got distracted yesterday while working on my hair. I got into one of my cray cray funks and decided I wanted to re-do my hair colors. I've been taking Folic Acid supplements (per my doctor) and my hair, and nails have been growing SO fast!! But, anywho... My roots were KILLING me, so I got wrapped up in that project and completely forgot to post this awesome mani I did with Truffle's pick(s).  
 Muffin is still refusing to pick lol. She will just sit there looking pretty like "What, what do you want human?". This week though, Truffle decided to join in the fun and picked me some shades to play with.
 I don't know what it is about this look but I LOVE how it turned out. The color combination is weird and yet it works so well. Truffle picked for me Barielle's Green Apple and O.P.I My Paprika is Hotter than Yours. These are both phenomenal, vibrant shades!! They both have amazing formulas, incredibly saturated and creamy! I used Two coats of each shade. For the triangle Purple accents I used Zoya Pinta. I finished the look off by adding some contrasting "glequins" and topping the whole look off with Twee & Honey's This is Matteness- matte top coat.

 And here are the kitties doing their thing.

 And because I loved these shades together before I even added accents. Here are my base colors. I am smitten with O.P.I MPIHTY!! That said, my camera was not a fan lol. It is an AMAZING Summer/ Spring shade and if you even remotely like Oranges, you will want this baby. Green Apple by Barielle is a really fun and unique shade and you can't beat that Barielle formula!
 I'm loving all these fun and quirky shades for Spring and Summer. I think those are my favorite seasons for nail polish. I had so much fun working with these colors and I can see why Truffle has trouble deciding ;).

  Time to go finish working on my hair!! I will have pics for you guys as soon as it is done ♥.

(**OPI and Barielle products provided for my consideration**)