Thursday, March 5, 2015

♥ Hard Candy Natural Eyes Palette ♥

Hi Dolls! I'm back with another post showing you a new product from Hard Candy! This, and a bunch of new Hard Candy products, were sent to me and I had to share with you guys! I posted a bunch of pictures on my Instagram page when I first got them. Here's a look at one of their three new palettes!

 
Don't these remind you so much of the Too Faced tin palettes? It's so cute! I took the annoying "new" sticker off and had a hard time removing all the glue--in case you are wondering what the stuff is on the top right corner.
 
Let's look inside!
 
 
 
 
Beautiful neutral colors, a black eye liner, a duel sided sponge tip applicator, good sized (and good quality!) mirror, look cards with pictures and a mini eye primer. They sell the eye primer (and I'm guessing the eye liner) separately in larger sizes. The colors do have names, but sadly they aren't printed under the shadows. Inside the pamphlet, you can find picture tutorials and the names of the shadows.
 
 This is great for beginners to give them ideas on how to achieve different looks from this palette.
 
 On the back of the card, they include better pictures of the looks. Again, wonderful for beginners!
 
 
Here's all the shadow names. I think they gave them really cute names! Let's look at the swatches! (My favorite part!)

 
I honestly thought these were going to be chalky and have very little color payoff. I'm so happy to report that they're pretty good! And to my biggest surprise, the all stars in this palette are the matte shadows! Usually it's pretty easy to formulate creamy shimmery shades and harder to get mattes pigmented---at least in the drugstore. But I find that the matte shades are the most buttery smooth shadows in this palette. There are 4 matte shades in this 9 pan palette--pretty awesome!
 
Some colors took a bit more work to get to show up so pigmented, but these swatches are NOT over any primer. The primer is white but doesn't really provide any color correction on the lid. It words fine--much better than nothing, but isn't my favorite primer. I tested it against the new eyelid primer from L'Oreal and it performed almost as well. Let's look at the liner...
 
 
Woah baby! It's so black!!! And it's matte! It glides on extremely smooth but this Take Me Out liner did not last in my water line sadly. It did, however, last all day on my lid! This is for sure a winner! I will definitely purchase this full size if it's available!
 
I still haven't told you the best thing about this Hard Candy palette---it's only $8! You get 9 shadows, an eye primer and liner! Not to mention the super cute packaging! The mirror is large enough to do your eye shadow with and it's not so bulky to travel with.
 
I do have the Sassy Eyes and Smokey Eyes palettes to swatch, so make sure you follow this blog so you don't miss those posts!
 
Do you have any of these palettes? Which one is your favorite?
 
Until next time, Stay NV'ious!
 
xxoo Nicole
 
FTC Disclosure: As mentioned, I did receive this as a press sample. I have never accepted money in exchange for a review/feature. ALL opinions on this blog are my own, honest thoughts. I would never tell you I liked something if I didn't.
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, February 27, 2015

♥Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art ♥

Hi Dolls! I'm back with another post wish a first impression and swatches of the Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art Lid + Line + Lash. I've had these for about a month. I haven't worn all of them but for the ones I have, I'll let you know what I think so far! I have 9 of the 10 colors--I just couldn't fin d the last one. But looking online at it, I'm probably fine without it, though I did want them all swatched here. **If I find it and decide to pick it up, I'll update this post! You can tell me in the comments if you'd really like to see it. **
 
 
As you can see, this packaging looks a lot like Revlon's double ended nail polishes. I've got just one of those, but I love it! I was really hoping these turned out to be as pretty as they look!
 
Let's get to those swatches!!!
 
 
Topaz Twinkle is just amazing! The cream shadow swatches exactly how it looks in the packaging. It's very opaque so it doesn't require you to layer it on your lid for full color. The glitter is amazing! It's has rainbow glitters that are so fine mixed in with a base color similar to the cream shadow. The glitter really makes in impact so you don't have to layer on a lot to get this to show up. I ♥ this one!
 
 
This is Desert Dazzle. I have not used this one yet but I just ♥ it from the swatches! Again, this one was very pigmented and doesn't seem like it will need to be layered to get full color from the cream shadow or the glitter.
 
This is Peach Prism. I'm officially obsessed with this color! ♥♥♥ It's a softer color so it's perfect to wear anytime, anyplace! I have worn this many times! I've worn the glitter all over my lid as well. It's more subtle than some of the others, but I think that works with this color. You can layer this one to make it more intense if you like.
 
This is Burnish Bling. In this swatch, I found that the cream was extremely pigmented, but the glitter--not so much. I really layered a lot in this swatch and you can still barely see it. It seems to be more clear with a very subtle glitter. But, that might be what someone is going for---if you want a super subtle glitter look, this might be for you.
 
 
Here's the first four colors together so you can see how they compare a bit better!
 
On to the next group....
 
 
This is Green Glimmer. Again, the cream shadow was insanely pigmented and the glitter just really fell short. If this appeals to you though, right on sister/brother! I did use this on my 7 year old playing making and she really enjoyed it.
 
This is Lilac Luster and this was by far the least impressive. Both the cream and the glitter are very transparent. This is several layers of each. Pretty disappointing. Two thumbs down.
 
 
This is Fuchsia Flash. The pink comes off a bit paler than what is in the tube (which is really the only one I felt did that). The glitter on this one is also a bit lack luster. *Merp*
 
 
This is Black Brilliance. The cream shadow on this one is crazy insane! It's so black!!! I haven't use this one yet but would make for a killer night out look! The white glitter is really layered here so you can see it. I wish they had more it more pigmented, but perhaps it looks stunning over the black--if I get around to trying that, I'll post that on my Instagram. **I'll post all my looks with these over there, so make sure you follow me there! If you have a beauty page, I'll follow you back.**
 
And here are those four together so you can compare. Just look how amazing the cream shadows are in Green Glimmer and Black Brilliance---they leave Lilac Luster (especially!) and Fuchsia Flash in the dirt!! But unfortunately, all the glitters aren't stellar.
 
 
I have one more but due to the small size of the back of my hand, this is the lone ranger...
 
 
This beauty is Gold Glitz and might be the most opaque of the bunch! The gold is definitely brighter and more yellow than I would have preferred but at least the pigmentation is on fleek! The gunmetal glitter is just to die for! That is one layer! Can you believe it?
 
And just for fun, here are ALL the swatches together!
 
 
 
I forgot to take pictures when I was wearing this, but I'm inserting some pictures from the Revlon website to show you some ways you can use these:
 
 
 
 
These are all using Desert Dazzle. And YES you can use the glitter on your lashes, supposedly, though I wouldn't if you have sensitive eyes like I can sometimes. You can do an intense look with these, like shown here, or something more wearable for every day, like what you are likely to see on my Instagram. I hope you found this post helpful!
 
 
♥My Personal Favorites♥
Peach Prism
Topaz Twinkle
Burnished Bling
Desert Dazzle
 
In the comments, tell me your favorite color! And also, don't forget to follow me on
 
The reason I started this blog SO many years ago was the connect with other beauty junkies! I love talking to you all! So please join me!
 
♥Stay NVious♥
 
Nicole xxoo
 
 
FTC Disclosure: This product was sent to me as a press sample. I have never accepted money in exchange for a review/feature. All opinions on this blog are my honest thoughts.
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Glitter Nail Polish Remover?

I was SO excited when I found this little puppy at Walmart!  I love glitter nail polish but rarely do I ever use it as it's such a pain in the neck to remove it. Can I get an Amen?
 
 
 You get 4 fl oz or 118 ml for just $3.00. The packaging is a pretty heavy plastic that you squeeze to get the product out. When I first opened it a bit shot out at me! The consistency is similar to a thick hand sanitizer.  This product claims to remove glitter nail polish in two minutes with just one swipe of a cotton ball. Let's put it to the test...
 
So here's the glitter nails I was attempting to remove:
 
This manicure includes Essie's Penny Talk and Summit of Style. It was gorgeous while it lasted but I'm not all about rockin' a chipped mani so it's time to go!
 
The directions say to apply a generous amount, so I squeezed some out then spread it all over the nail.
 
 
I waited two minutes then swiped with the cotton ball and here's the results:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wait for it.....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FAIL!
I was literally heartbroken! I wanted this to work so badly! You can see it took off a bit, but the claim was to remove the glitter polish completely in one swipe. I even tried rubbing my nail with the cotton ball that was covered in the gel. *Sigh* Maybe I did something wrong. Maybe I wasn't liberal enough! Let's try it again!
 
 
I laid it on super thick, set my timer for 2 minutes and anxiously waited for the magic to happen.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Are you are anxious as I was?
 
 
 
 
 
Did it work?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Let's find out
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EPIC FAIL!
As you can see even putting on a copious amount of product didn't do the trick. =(
Wah, wah, waaaaaaaaah.
 
 
So now the only thing left to do was to bust out regular old nail polish remover and OF COURSE I only had acetone free. This is going to take a while....
 
 
 
So after almost an entire bottle (I hadn't used any of this bottle yet) and an entire bag of (admittedly cheap) of cotton balls AND about 20 minutes............
 
 
Finally, cleaned off nails. Phew!
 
Needless to say, I cannot recommend that you try this product. Save yours $3 bucks and put it towards good old fashioned acetone to remove your stubborn glitter. I am, however, tempted to try this again (though only on an accent nail) to see if I use a finer glitter polish if this will work. Essie's Summit of Style is a very chunky glitter and I had on two generous coats. Stay tuned for part two of this review! Make sure you are following this blog so you don't miss it! Also, follow me on my other social media! I love hearing from you!
 
 
 Until next time, Stay NVious!
 
 
FTC Disclosure: I purchased this with my own money. I have never accepted money in exchange for a review/feature. All opinions are my own honest thoughts.
 
 
 
 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

♥Cover Girl Colorlicious Lipsticks!♥

Hi dolls! I'm excited to bring you another swatch & review post on my blog today! I received this cute lippies a bit ago and have been playing with them! Cover Girl has come out with these Colorlicious Lipstsicks!
 
 
 
Claims this lipstick makes:
1. Rich moisturizing formula
2. Full coverage color; high shine intensity
3. Natural butters help keep lips soft
4. In Four delectable shade families-plums, reds, nudes, and pinks
 
I certainly agree that they are a moisturizing formula. You can see from the pictures that they are quite pigmented--though some I had to swipe several times to get full color. That's actually something that I like in a lipstick though. I find it makes it more versatile in that I can apply it lightly for a bit of color or layer it on for a more intense look. As far as the natural butters  (shea butter) helping keep lips soft, I think the first claim really encompasses that--so I think they should have been combined. And lastly, the shade families---there are SO many colors in each family everyone is sure to find a shade they like!
 
 
This is color 265 Romantic Mauve from the Plum family. While I think in the picture this comes off really nice, in person it's got such a frosty finish. I'm not a huge fan of frost finish lipsticks, but if you are, you will love this color!
 
 
This is color 265 Champaigne from the Nude family. This is a wonderful creamy lipstick! No shimmer, no frost--just smooth color! xxoo
 
 
This is color 390 Sweetheart Blush from the Pink family. And holy cow! This is a SUPER frosty finish!! So frosty, you can use it in the center of your lips over another lipstick for a highlight. I don't think this is a wearable color on it's own--but perhaps there is a super frosty finish lover that will find this to be their HG lipstick! (It takes all kinds, my mama said!)
 
 
This is color 405 Temptress Rose from the Pink family. This is such a beautiful bright pink! This one is also so creamy and full color. (Pardon my messy swatch. I'm too lazy to re-take the picture. My bad,)
 
 
This is color 330 Ravish Raspberry from the Plum family. This one is BY FAR my favorite of the bunch!! It is also a creamy lipstick.
 
 
And lastly, this is color 280 Decadent Peach from the Reds family. Is it strange to anyone else this is in the Red family and not Nudes or Pinks? This one needed a few swipes to get full opacity.
 
So overall, I love the packaging of these lipsticks. From the 6 I have, I see myself really wearing only 2 consistently; 330 Ravishing Raspberry and 280 Decadent Peach. I think if Cover Girl had labled each color with the type of finish it would be much easier to select lipsticks you will love. Or even if drugstores would have samples that could be swatched--that would be a huge help! *sigh* I hope that this blog post was helpful to you and you are able to find one that you love! You can find these pretty much everywhere and they will retail for about $6.99.
 
Which one is your favorite? Please comment below and let me know! Until next time...
 
Stay NVious! xxoo
 
FTC Disclosure: These were sent to me as a PR sample. I am not required to review or feature these. I have never accepted money in exchange for a review. All opinions on this blog are my honest opinions.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Late Mani Monday


I'm dying for this Mani Monday look I came up with yesterday! The picture just doesn't even do it justice! It's so pretty! 

What are you wearing on your nails right now? Post it in the comments below!

Stay NVious!

FTC Diclosure: I purchased both polishes mentioned in this post with my own money. I am not an affiliate of Essie's. I have never accept money in exchange for a review/feature. All opinions on this blog are my own. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

L'Oreal Infalliable Gloss Swatches

Hey dolls! I've been playing with these babies and wanted to share swatches with you here on the bloggie. =) I have a ton of posts planned and you don't want to miss out, so please follow this blog if you aren't already!

Today's swatches are of a few L'Oreal Infallible glosses. I tried finding all these glosses on L'Oreal's web page but couldn't find the one with the black cap. Not sure if they are just new or being discontinued already. If you have any info on that, go ahead and leave that in the comments so we will all know. 


From left to right: 415 Sunset, 320 Red Fatale, 125 Bloom, 
806 Plumped Tawny, and 306 Plumped Red.

Sun Set and Red Fatale are Infallible Le Gloss. Plumped Tawny and Plumped Red are also Le Gloss but are supposed to be plumping lip glosses. Bloom is marked Infallible but says it's a Pro Gloss. Again, not sure the difference. Let's peek at the applicator:


It's very similar to a doe foot applicator but it has a point and is a bit hollowed out in the center. I love the point! It makes it really easy to get the edges of your lips, especially great for the Cupid's bow area. The little hollowed part scoops out more product so you don't have to go into the tube more often--more on this later. It's also pretty flexible. 



You'll see that Red Fatale is the most pigmented of the bunch. The other colors are very similar to each other in color and opacity. On to the lip swatches!


As you can see, most of these colors are still pretty sheer on my lips-even with several coats. The only one that is super pigmented is Red Fatale. These glosses aren't sticky but they do feel a bit thick and don't seem to be scented. The plumping glosses did not seem to plump my lips at all. After you apply these, in about 1 minute you start to feel something--not a burning like with some other lip plumping glosses. I don't really know how to describe it. I was really hoping they would plump just enough to close that little gap in my lips when I smile. Oh well... As far as my final thoughts, I haven't worn them all day yet, so I can't speak to the claim that these last 8 hours, but I can tell that these are a nice gloss. I'm guessing they won't last 8 hours if you will be eating/drinking/kissing. They feel just like any other gloss. If I was to go purchase these, I'd get Red Fatale and any one of the others--they aren't different enough to pay $9.99 each.

Have you tired these? What did you think? Which one is your favorite? 

Stay NV'ious!

FTC Disclosure: I did receive these as a press sample. I am under no obligation to review these. I have never accepted money in exchange for a review. All opinions on this blog are my own honest thoughts.