Monthly Archives: February 2011

MAC Cosmetics: Dazzleglass Lip Gloss

Although I have a few lipsticks that I wear and love, I could never complete my look without lip gloss. My favorite go-to gloss right now is the Dazzleglass and Dazzleglass Creme lip gloss from MAC Cosmetics. This gloss has a sparkle unlike any other gloss I’ve ever seen. When the light hits the small crystals in the gloss, the shine of the lip color really brightens up your face. Last month I purchased Hi Falutin’, Fabulous Fun, and Phiff! from Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th for $12.50 each. Just the other day I purchased Date Night and Like Venus from the MAC counter at Nordies (i.e. Nordstrom) for $18.50 each. I love each and every one of these colors and you may love them too, so be sure to check them out! Listed below are some other colors I’ve tried and would recommend:

  • Extra Amps
  • Love Alert
  • Moth to Flame
  • Money, Honey
  • Sugarrimmed

These glosses can be worn alone or in combination with your favorite lipstick or lip gloss for a more dramatic effect. They go on smoothly and aren’t as thick or as sticky as MAC’s Clear Lipglass or Lipgelee Gloss. If you aren’t wild about Dazzleglass, there are some other glosses that are comparable such as Lancome’s Juicy Tubes and Color Fever Gloss, Victoria’s Secret’s Beauty Rush Lipgloss,  Make Up Forever’s Lab Shine Lip Gloss and Givenchy’s Pop Gloss Crystal. The price points on these glosses range from $7.50 to $26.00 so it’s up to you how much you want to spend.

Trend Alert:

Though I love my lip gloss, I hear that matte lips are in for Spring! I’ve seen some really nice ones by MAC, Nars, Revlon and Shiseido that I plan to try when the weather breaks.

*Click on the following link to see Sephora’s Spring 2011 Make-Up Trends Video: Sephora: Spring 2011 Make-Up Trends

First image provided by flomo 7721 (photo bucket). Second image from NARS press release.

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New Year, New Nail Polish!

Let me begin by saying Happy New Year to everyone!! 2011 has had some minor twists and turns, but according to Mark Nepo, author of The Book of Awakening, there are no wrong turns, only unexpected paths. I didn’t actively make any resolutions this year because I don’t believe in them anymore. If you want to do something, then just do it!!

I have, however, vowed to keep my shopping to a minimum. I’ve also vowed to keep my face beat and my nails painted at all times. Since I am on the verge of moving out on my own I have to find ways to look fashionable and fabulous on a budget! Your face and your nails are the first things people notice outside of your personal style. Nail polish especially can be used as another accessory that adds a little something to your outfit every day.

After getting rid of my acrylic tips and growing my nails naturally, I’ve found that keeping your nails painted helps them grow and prevents excessive breakage. Nail Tek has proven to be a great product to use when nursing your nails back to health. I use both the Nail Tek Protection Plus III and the Nail Tek Foundation II, which is a great base coat. Pictured below is Frostbite from the China Glaze Ski Collection. I don’t think it’s a new color, but this is one of my new favorite polishes that I rock on a regular basis. For some reason I am currently addicted to various shades of blue (and pink when I am feeling really girly). I love this color because it looks very pretty on both light and dark skin tones. Be sure to check it out…So fab!

For a top coat I’ve been using Seche Vite’s Dry Fast Top Coat. It makes my polish look ultra shiney and it dries really quickly. However, my polish does not last for more than two days at a time. I tried the Seche Vite with both expensive (i.e. OPI and OPI for Sephora) and inexpensive polishes(i.e. Color Club and China Glaze) and I simply can never make it pass two days without my polish chipping. I don’t know if I can totally blame this on Seche Vite but until I find a better top coat, Seche Vite it is!!

TREND ALERT:

Be sure to check out China Glaze’s new Crackle Collection at: http://www.chinaglaze.com/products/index.php?coll=50. The Crackle nail polishes are used to create a “crackle” design on your nails and must be used on top of a base color (any nail color you choose). If you normally go to the nail salon and spend tons of money on nail art, this would be a great investment for you. This collection consists of 6 awesome colors: Lightening Bolt (White), Crackled Concrete (Grey), Black Mesh (Black), Crushed Candy (Pink), Broken Hearted (Light Blue), and Fault Line (Purple). The Crackle line is comparable to OPI’s Shatter nail polish, which is sold out everywhere. I am a big China Glaze fan so I ordered a few of the colors today on http://www.head2toebeauty.com/…I will keep you all posted as to how these polishes turn out!