Thursday, February 27, 2014

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

I wanted to show you guys this amazing eye shadow that I bought recently. I bought it because I wanted to try it out and because I really like the shade. This is Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo in the shade Pomegranate Punk.
It is a beautiful plum shade that has a nice shimmer to it. It is a cream shadow that comes in a little pot. I applied mine with my finger and found that it worked really well. It blended beautifully and what I really wanted to test out was the 24hr claim.
Here it is when I just applied it, sorry the pic is a little grainy but I'm not sure what happened there with that. I should have gotten a good picture with my eye closed so you could see the entire lid but this is just after application (I was getting ready for work).
This pic above is later in the evening, roughly 14 hours after application. As you can see it is still almost perfectly in place and there is very minimal creasing. I am truly impressed with the staying power of this stuff. Then just to test it out to see if it really does last 24 hours I didn't wash off my eye makeup before going to bed that evening. When I woke in the morning to my surprise, it was STILL there!!!! Not as good as the 14hr pic above but it was about 75% still on my lid.
In my opinion it really does hold up like they say and I was so impressed with it that I went out and picked up another one in a different shade. I am now finding that these are my go-to's when I'm getting ready for work in the morning.
These Color Tattoo eye shadows by Maybelline can be purchased at any store that sells Maybelline cosmetics such as Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Shopko, Ulta, CVS, and etc. I purchased mine at Walmart and paid $5.46 I believe for this pot. It is a 0.14oz pot and because you don't have to use a lot I imagine this will last me quite awhile.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Zoya Livingston

This is Zoya Livingston, it is from the fall 2013 Cashmeres and Satins Collection. Livingston is described as a beautiful autumn red cream. I love it because it is so deep but not dark.

This applied amazingly and it was so smooth. I did not have any issues with it being gloopy or streaky. It applied so nice and evenly that I was really impressed. I found that the dry time was average for Zoya's formula. I know I've said this many times but I really do love Zoya's formula and I love the fact that they are 5 free and cruelty free. My husband loves the fact that Zoya doesn't have that strong odor that some polishes have. He is pretty sensitive to smells and scents so usually I am polishing when he is out of the house working outside but occasionally he has been in the next room or even just a few feet away from me and doesn't complain about the smell. So for me smell is important too because I don't want to be irritating my husband every time I want to polish my nails.

Show in all pictures is 2 thin coats of Livingston and the pictures were taken in natural lighting with no flash. I applied a top coat for protection and added shine but honestly, this one has a nice shine to it all on it's own.

Zoya polishes can be purchased at Ulta stores (in store only), in select salons, and on Zoya's site here. They retail for $9 for a full sized 0.5fl oz bottle.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

2014 Best Of Blog Awards Final 3 Voting-I Made It!!!!

Thank you everyone for voting for me in the first round of voting on My So-Called Chaos Best of Blog Awards! I can't begin to tell everyone how much that means to me. When I started this blog I thought it would be just a nice hobby and great release for me but now it's become so much more! I owe that all you guys, my readers, my followers.

I am still in the running in the "Influential Instagrammer" category and I would really appreciate it if you all could head on over to My So-Called Chaos and vote for me. Also, while you're there make sure you check out all the nominees in the other categories. My gal Jenna at That Gal Jenna is up for awards in a few categories and so is Esther over at Philly Loves Lacquer is up in a couple categories as well. But check out all the categories and vote but don't forget to vote for me in the "Influential Instagrammer" category. I would really appreciate all the votes!!!!

Tomorrow I'll have another post up for you with a cute little chevron mani I recently did so stay tuned!!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Zoya Kelly

Today I have another beauty I picked up on a trip to Ulta. I love my trips to Ulta because 1) I get to look at all the polish and usually come home with at least one, and 2) I love browsing the make-up. I have been picking up eyeshadow pallets. I have to say that after my last trip to Ulta my wallet is going to HATE me this year, I have seen so many gorgeous Urban Decay lipglosses, UD Naked pallets, Benefit mascaras, and OMG, the new polish collections coming out!!! I want them all!! Now to just figure out how to get it all and not make the wallet and hubby cry from all the money spent. Fortunately I've been lucky to purchase and just the right time with coupons and sales and then using reward point to redeem, SCORE!! Anyways....

This is Zoya Kelly. I saw this one sitting on the shelf in the polish section and it screamed to me. I thought, hmmm... I don't have any greys in my collection, I must rectify this now! So I snatched it up along with another beauty that I will show you at a later time and headed to the check out with my hands full of stuff. I was even lucky enough to score the cute little free gift with purchase Ulta had going on (with purchase of 2 Zoya polishes, while supplies lasted). The free gift with purchase included a mini Zoya matte topcoat, mini Zoya Anchor base coat, a mini Zoya Remove+, and a Hot Lips glossy lip balm in Flirt. LOVE IT!!!

Now to me the color in the bottle looked more like a medium gray with a slight blue undertone but once I put it on it looked like a dark gray with blue undertone. As you can see in the picture above I was able to really capture that blue undertone with the lighting. The formula was great just like all of their polishes are. It went on pretty smooth and was a beautiful cream. It dried in an average amount of time and had a nice glossy finish to it. I added a topcoat to seal and protect (and quick dry, lol).

Zoya polishes can be purchased at Ulta stores, in select salons, or on Zoya's website here. They retail for $9 for a full sized 0.5fl oz bottle, although I think my Ulta has them for $8 but on the site they are $9.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

2014 Best of Blog Awards-I Was Nominated!!!

I am so exctied to find out that I was nominated in a few categories in the 2014 Best Of Blog Awards that My So-Called Chaos is having on her blog. I am nominated in The Nororious Nails category, Best New Blog category, and Most Inspirational Post category for my "Collaboration with Philly Loves Lacquer & Fighting Ataxia" post. Please run on over and vote for me. While you are there check out all the other wonderful blogs up for nominations in all the other categories.

I can't tell you how honored I feel to be nominated in this and I am so excited! So please head on over to My So-Called Chaos and vote!!!

A Navy & Silver mani

Ok, so I haven't posted a NOTD that I did for my Mom in a while because I always forget to take pics or it gets too late to take pics. Well this time I remembered!

Here is a cute mani I did for my Mom recently inspired by one I seen online somewhere (sorry I can't remember where I seen it) but this one is slightly different than the original online.

We started out with a base of Zoya Sailor, which btw I had just gotten and haven't even had a chance to try it myself but she wanted to use it, what am I supposed to say...she's Mom so I couldn't say no, lol! Once the 2 coats of Sailor were dry I applied some silver striping tape to the lower portion of the nail to create a divide. Then I applied 2 coats of OPI Pirouette My Whistle for the glitter. Then added a topcoat of Out The Door to seal and quick dry (it was getting late at night so we wanted quick dry).

Zoya Sailor is a gorgeous navy blue cream and it applied so smoothly. I was not surprised by this because Zoya's formula is amazing and Zoya is one of my favorite brands of all time! I have never really had any problems with any Zoya polish that I've tried or owned. I can even say that even the ones I've owned for awhile and have sat still have great application and formula. Just roll it gently in the palm of your hands to mix and voila! I can't wait to try this one out on myself and see how it looks on me.

OPI Pirouette My Whistle is a gorgeous glitter topper that has silver micro glitter in a clear almost clear with shimmer base and white hex glitters. The only complaint I have about this one is that the white hex glitters are heavier so they always sink to the bottom of the bottle and I have to shake it good and leave it turned upside down so that they can mix with the rest again. Also you have to fish to get them out so you usually don't get many of the white hex glitters on your nail (at least in my experience anyway).

Overall I think this mani turned out pretty good and for doing this later at night I'm impressed. Looking at it again the next day I totally fell in love with it and may have to do something like this on myself one day...

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Zoya Mason

Here is another Zoya I picked up from my last Ulta trip. This is Zoya Mason. I just love Zoya's colors and always look forward to their new collections because I love seeing what they came up with next. Zoya has an amazing formula that I just love working with. I've never had a problem with any of my bottles of Zoya and I own a lot of them (well, not as many as they have but for me it's a lot). How fun would that be to own every color Zoya makes! Wow, and I think now it's hard deciding what to do on my nails, just think if I owned them all!

Zoya Mason is a beautiful pink/berry metallic that is opaque in 2 coats (2 coats are shown in all pictures here). It applied smoothly and dried actually pretty quickly.

This color is just absolutely gorgeous! It's so gorgeous that I put it on my toes too. I don't usually sport the same color on my toes as I do my nails at the same time (I usually go in the same color family but they are usually different) but I couldn't help it with this one. I've noticed that when I'm at work and under the fluorescent lighting this leans a little more purple/berry so I think it's neat how it changes slightly in different lighting (as you can see in all the pics, the lighting is slightly different which is giving a slightly different shade of color).

Then just because I haven't worn it in so long I pulled out my bottle of Zoya's Gilty, their 18kt gold flake topcoat and added a coat to each nail. I don't use this one often because well, it was limited edition and I don't want to use it all up, who knows where I would get another bottle if this one was gone! Oh the horror!! I can't even imagine it!! LOL!

Zoya polishes can be purchased at Ulta stores (not online, in store only), on Zoya's site here, or select salons. They retail for $9 for a full sized 0.5fl oz bottle. Zoya Gilty is no longer available for sale from Zoya as it was part of a limited edition collection but if you search ebay you might find someone selling it.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Jane Cosmetics Eyeshadows

I picked these up on one of my trips to Ulta. I love that Jane Cosmetics has come back. I used to wear their makeup all the time, I loved it. So when I seen they were back I had to grab a couple things to try them out and see if they were just like they used to be.

I just grabbed a couple eye shadows because I just couldn't decide what to all get and I couldn't afford to get everything I wanted. So I guess I will have to just aquire everything I want in multiple shopping trips, lol.

These shadows are Rosy Posy and Passionflower. I will describe Rosy Posy the best I can, it's just like the name says, rosy. I think this is a beautiful dusty rose pink. Passionflower I can describe as kind of a beautiful eggplant color.

As you can see in the swatches on the back of my hand that Rosy Posy is a nice lighter shade of rosy pink and the Passionflower is a deeper eggplant leaning towards brown. They both have a shimmer to them but they are nicely pigmented so you get great coverage when applying. They are smooth and velvety so there's no dragging when you are applying. There also isn't much fall-out (you know, when your shadow dust falls on your cheekbones and such so you have to clean that up) so you don't really have much cleanup at all.

When I wear these, I wear them together. I put Rosy Posy on the lid all the way up to the crease. Then I apply Passionflower in the crease for depth. Then I blend lightly up to the brow. I suppose I could add a highlight shade to the brow bone but I don't ever feel that it's necessary with these. I'm always happy with these two together. I wear these quite often and I even feel that their staying power is pretty good. There is some fading into the crease but that is usually noticed after I've gotten home from work. I've even gone out in the evening after having these on all day and didn't feel the need to do a touch-up.

Overall I'm really pleased with these and I'm looking forward to trying out more of the Jane Cosmetics products!

Jane Cosmetics are available at Ulta or you can check out their site here. These Shimmer Eye Shadows retail for $6 at Ulta, which is where I picked mine up from.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Zoya Payton

I have another beauty I picked up on one of my trips to Ulta. This is Zoya's Payton from their Winter Zenith Collection. I remember when Zoya came out with the first holographic polishes, Aurora, Blaze, and Storm and they were gorgeous so I was excited when they released 2 more.

Payton is described as a full coverage cranberry with scattered holographic glitter but I describe it as a beautiful deep plum with scattered holographic glitter. The base is a bit like a jelly so it's a little sheer on the first coat. The formula on this one was the same as the other holographic polishes, a little thicker than their usual formula but it's still workable. If you feel it's too thick for you, you can always add a drop of polish thinner to thin it out.

Shown in the pics I have applied 2 coats of Payton and added my topcoat for protection and shine. The only thing I've noticed with this one that I haven't experienced with any other Zoya polish is that after 2 days of wear I've already got tip wear on most of my nails and a very small chip on the tip of one of my nails. I am not sure if this is because of the polish or if I've been just extra hard on my nails this week with typing and work. I don't care though because I love this polish!! Dry time was about average.

I loved this one and had a hard time not staring at my nails all day long. You just have to see this in person because the pictures just do not do this holographic beauty justice!

Zoya polishes can be purchased at Ulta stores, on Zoya's site here, or in select salons. They retail for $9 for a full sized 0.5fl oz bottle