Monday, April 14, 2014

Manicure Monday: Wet n' Wild On a Trip

I've been particularly drawn to all things orchid/radiant orchid lately and I find that I'm mostly taking the trend to my nails.  There are just so many options out there and I feel the need to share as many of them as I can (or can keep going out to purchase) with you.

Today's manicure brings you a super affordable drugstore option from Wet n' Wild called On a Trip. This shade isn't exactly a true radiant orchid hue, since that's much more fuchsia. But it definitely falls in the orchid shade family along the violet/lilac (haha! All shades named after flowers) side of the spectrum.

Bloggers have been going on and on about Wet n' Wild polishes and I just hadn't gotten around to purchasing one. I'm a little late to the party, but I can see what all the fuss is about now.

I'm rather fond of this polish and have been wearing pretty regularly since I purchased it. Look at how pretty it is. (Pardon the bubbles on my index fingers, I think I applied too thick of a top coat.)

Wet n' Wild On a Trip, nail polish swatch, #radiantorchid, @girlythingsby_e
Seche Clear base coat, On a Trip (2 coats), Seche Vite top coat

The formula for On a Trip is quite nice. Thin but not sheer and easy to work with -- no streaking at all. You get a nice opaque color with the first coat, but it looks like only once coat, so you'll definitely need to layer on the second coat so it doesn't look so thin. Not a problem for me since I'm a bit of a neurotic two-coat type of gal. I get a lot of compliments when I wear this color and people are usually pretty surprised to find out it's a drugstore cheapie (only $1.99, but I paid 99¢ during a sale). I can't say why anyone is so surprised by good quality polish at the drugstore anymore since there are so many great options. Nonetheless, it still happens. 

I get pretty decent wear out of it too. I can go four to five days sans chips on days when I'm gentle on my nails. But on regular weeks, when I'm not so gentle (read: dishes, prying open makeup packaging, heavy typing, workouts, etc), I get pretty average wear - usually about three days. 

The only thing I don't like is the wide brush, which I decided to overlook in favor of the gorgeous color. I know a lot of you out there love those wide brushes, but I'm not a fan. I find I need to do more clean up and have less control over color placement. I just prefer a thinner brush. But clearly, a wide brush isn't a total deal breaker for me, as long as the color and polish formula are good. 

Are you a Wet n' Wild nail polish fan? What do you think of On a Trip? Any other colors you like from this line? 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Best of Sephora Collection Products

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I feel like Sephora Collection products don't get the credit they deserve. There are some fantastic products available to us that are a bit less costly and often just as good as the higher-end brands they've set out to replicate.

These are just some of my favorites - and ones I've gone out and repurchased.

Sephora Collection Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation 

I love this stuff. It's amazingly light weight and feels like you have nothing on. It's easy to work with and withstands some fierce humidity. Not to mention you get a beautiful satin finish that makes your skin look like porcelain, while still actually looking like skin. I haven't even run out of my first bottle and already purchased a back up. I don't want to be without it. 

Application tip: Spray onto a makeup sponge or brush and stipple on to skin for better control over product placement (spraying it on tends to get it everywhere, including your hair). Plus, this helps you make the bottle last much longer. 

Sephora Supreme Cleansing Oil

I've reviewed this product already and am still totally head over heels. It was the first cleansing oil I discovered that cost less than $25 and worked just as well. Check out my review here

Sephora Collection Microsmooth Foundation Powder

If you like MAC MSF powders, do yourself  (and your wallet) a favor and check this product out. I'm on my forth one. I can't get enough of the beautiful finish that looks and feels great on my skin. Love this especially for warmer months when I don't want to pack on too much liquid foundation. 

Sephora Collection Classic Brow Filler Brush (#100)

This was the first brow brush I ever purchased and I've never looked back. The bristles are stiff enough to define and have just enough give to blend. No other angled brush I've used on my brows has compared. I keep reaching for this one instead. 

Sephora Collection Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof

Formerly known as their flashy liners, these rival my UD 24/7 pencils and cost less. They're super creamy, glide on easily, and stay put. Why not give them a try for yourself? 

Sephora Collection Jumbo Liner 12hr Wear Waterproof

If you wanna save a little dough and you're eyeing those awesome Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow pencils, saunter on over to the Sephora section and check out this line. There are a few colors that are exact dupes for the MUFE versions. They're creamier too, so they glide on easier and have awesome staying power.  My favorite is Taupe. Check out my review here

Do you see any of your favorites on the list?  Tell me more, they might just appear in future best-of posts.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Autism Awareness with Sally Hansen Pacific Blue

Since April is Autism Awareness Month, my fellow Central Florida Beauty Bloggers have decided to dedicate this month's beauty link up to something blue (hmmm, could be a great theme if we ever do a wedding beauty link up, no?)

I've defaulted to nails again because, I've got a lot of blue nail polish and not a lot of blue makeup. It was a toss up, my go-to blue eyeliner bit or some fun polish. I thought this design was a bit more fun.

To show some support for autism awareness, I chose one of my favorite drugstore blue hues: Sally Hansen Pacific Blue. Just look at it, does it need much justification? I love a pretty cobalt blue. I've actually read somewhere that cobalt blue actually helps lift your mood. I don't know if it's true. I mean, I probably read it on the Internet somewhere. And who knows if it was scientific or how reliable the source was? But I liked it. So I'm repeating it (try not to come after me with pitchforks for that one). Plus, cobalt blue makes me happy, so there's that.

Sally Hansen Pacific Blue, marble nails, swatch, nail polish, @girlythingsby_e
Seche Clear base coat, Sally Hansen Pacific Blue (2 coats), Seche Vite top coat

Aside from it's questionable ability to enhance your mood (OK, now it sounds like a drug -- do not ingest your nail polish, please), this polish is absolutely fantastic. First of all, it's less than $3. In fact, I'm pretty sure I paid less than $3 with tax included back in the day when I got it (about 3 years ago). 

Second, the formula is amazing. Completely opaque after one coat. Not too watery or too thick (Goldilocks' favorite porridge). And super easy to work with. No streaks. No globs or goop (and this is a 3 year old bottle might I remind you). If you didn't know it was a drugstore cheapie, you'd never guess it on your own. 

Sally Hansen Pacific Blue, swatch, nail polish, marble nails
Accent nail: Zoya Blu (base color), Sally Hansen Pacific Blue + OPI Don't Know Beets Me as the marble colors

If you'd like to learn how to recreate your own marble nail art, check out this video from Young, Wild & Polished. It's the one I used to create this look.