Saturday, April 7, 2012

Coral Ombre Nails for Spring

I am loving the new Ombre Nail trend for spring. I did a warm chocolate ombre nail for this past fall where each nail had a gradient effect. Each individual nail faded out from a deep chocolate, through a bronze shade, and ended with a beautiful gold shad at the tips. This spring it appears that the trend is to have your whole nail be one single color, with each individual nail representing a gradual fade of color from the thumb out to the pinky fingers.
Below are the images and information for the products that I used in this manicure.
I always start any manicure with my base coat.  Last summer I was the unfortunate victim of badly stained nails, and I have since started using a base coat to protect my nails.  Essie Rock Solid has provided a great barrier for preventing stains, and acts as a nail strengthener as well.  

I painted my thumb and pointer finger on each hand.  I used this Wet N Wild shad called Red Tape. It is a very orangey based vibrant red.  I had to use two coats to achieve the shade in the video.
For my middle finger on both hands I used this BEAUTIFUL coral shade by Rimmel Lasting Pro called Sunset Orange.  This color was in my March 2012 Favorites video.  It has a very unique brush, if you would like to see that go ahead and click for the video.  I had to use three coats of this shade to achieve the look used this tutorial. 

On my ring finger for both hands, I used this Wet n Wild Mega Shine in Blazed.  It is a wonderful coral in a slightly less vibrant shade than Rimmels sunset orange.  I used two coats of this shade.

For each of my little pinky nails I used the Wet N Wild Mega Last polish in Sugar Coated.  These polishes have the same type brush as the rimmel lasting pro polishes.  I used two coats of this polish in the tutorial.
Last but NEVER least, is my Seche Vite Fast Dry Top coat. What is a manicure without a super shiny, ultra fast dry top coat?  :-)  
Thank you so much for watching, rating, and subscribing.  I hope that you have a wonderful easter with family and friends this weekend .

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

March 2012 Monthly Favorites

It seems like the month of march just FLEW by, and now we are truly in the midst of spring time. I wanted to share some close up shots of all of my favorite for the month of March.  I hope that you all have a wonderful month of April and keep your eyes peeled for many new videos on my channel.
My first favorite was the L'oreal Color Riche Balm in Rose Elixer 218
I am in love with how moisturizing these balms are, and i really enjoy the hint of color that they add to the lips.

The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Far is AMAZING!  It goes on smooth and blends out seamlessly. The only major fault that I have with the product is the twist up packaging.  It cracked and broke within 10-14 days after purchase and I had to tape the twist top in place to salvage the product.  I wish this had a stronger plastic twist up top!!  I actually really like the texture and delivery of the product up through the domed felt tipped applicator. It is much more soft than I expected.
 Ahhh my ELF Flawless eyeshadow quad in Tantalizing Taupe.  This quad has won my heart. I posted a tutorial for this quad if you are interested in seeing how I apply this set of colors.  I feel like it is very complimentary to my skin tone and eye color(greenish blue-ish)

 I ordered a trio of blushes from the Hautelook website and this has been my favorite!  I love the color for spring.  It goes on well and blends out flawlessly.  I am really impressed with this NYX Blush

 This has been the perfect Coral for spring!  Love the brush on the Rimmel Lasting Pro Nail polishes.  This one is in the color Sunset Coral.
 My beauty blender is my new BFF.  This sponge gets moistened, then squeezed out, then I dot the foundation on my face and litereally stamp out the makeup on my face.  I use the larger round end for the majority of my foundation, and the smaller pointed tip to blend out around my eyes and nose.  I will absolutely be purchasing a new one once this one bites the dust. I received this beauty blender in my February 2012 Birchbox.  If you are interested in joining here is the link. Birchbox
 Lastly I have been trying out and loving the KMS California Freeshape Quick Blowdry spray.  I feel like this helps me dry my hair more quickly, without causing brittle yucky feeling strands.  I will be buying the full size once this sample runs out.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Mascara Monday- Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes!

I first heard about the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara from Emilynoel83 of Beauty Broadcast on youtube. She made me think WOW this mascara must be fantastic, so during the 21 ULTA days of beauty this mascara went on special for one day for $10 (instead of the $19 normal price). I was at ULTA the second that the doors opened(thanks to a random power outtage at work we were let go for the day), I dashed into the store and made a bee line for the Tarte Mascara. I grabbed the tube like I had joyfully accomplished something brag-worthy and marched up to the register to pay. I could not wait to try it out, so I wiped off the eye makeup that I was already wearing, and applied the mascara shortly after I got home. I must say... I was impressed. I almost wanted to get the product and prove everyone wrong by saying LOOK THIS PRODUCT IS ALL HYPE, but to my surprise it was better... Much much better than I had anticipated.

The brush is made of fiber bristles, and the formula is a bit wet, but not overly wet.  I feel like the tube does a decent job of leaving just the right amount of product on the brush for a great application.

I love the BLACK color of the mascara.  It is a DEEP TRUE BLACK!
I have not had any problems with the mascara being flakey, traveling, or being difficult to remove.
I felt like I got a better application when I curled my lashes before applying.  As for the product claims... I would agree that it lengthens(great for shorter lashes), adds volume, and holds a curl.

You can purchase this mascara for $19 at:
Sephora-Lights, Camera, Lashes
Ulta- Lights, Camera, Lashes