Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Girly Things by *e* on Allure Magazine's Daily Beauty Reporter

As the title of this post suggests, I'm featured on Allure's Daily Beauty Report blog! You can see my video here.  Now excuse me while I completely geek out.

If you follow Allure Magazine closely, you may have noticed they were recently holding their Beauty Blogger contest. What you didn't know was that this blog made it into the alternates list and I was asked to participate in the challenges as well. I had to keep it on the lo-lo, which was difficult considering I was pretty much acting like this. 

Basically, everyone who knew me thought I had lost my  mind. The other less logical theory was that I caught a leprechaun and was in possession of a pot of gold -- and I wasn't sharing. Now, I can finally reveal what had me skipping around like a love-struck teenager. And in case we don't fully appreciate how long I had to hold this secret in, notice I'm sporting totally different hair (Spoiler alert: If you don't follow me on IG, I have dark hair again). 

I didn't make it into the final contest (womp, womp!), but they liked my submissions so much, they still wanted to use them (woop woop!)

So, go check out the Revlon makeover I gave my sister and then leave a nice comment or two. In the meantime, I'll be over here, freaking out.

And making exactly that goofy face. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Manicure Monday: Pure Ice It's Complicated

Happy Monday! My birthday is this week, which means this weeks' mani has to be a little festive. Since I received a fun glitter polish in my recent Influenster Viva Voxbox, it all worked out perfectly.

I layered Pure Ice's It's Complicated over Zoya's Jacqueine so the glitter would look like fun confetti over frosting. I don't know, that's just what it makes me think of.

Pure Ice It's Complicated nail polish
Seche Clear base coat, Pure Ice It's Complicated (1 coat), Zoya Jacqueline (2 coats), Seche Vite top coat

Pure Ice polishes are available at Walmart and retail for $1.69. It's Complicated is a multi-color glitter polish with chunky octagonal glitters and smaller micro-glitter. Like many glitter polishes, it can be tricky to work with to get full coverage. However, layered over another color, you can get decent glitter pay off if you follow this chunky glitter application method that I learned from Cristina over at Let Them Have Polish. If you just try to swipe it on like you would regular polish, then the glitter pay off is pretty sparse. 

Pure Ice It's Complicated nail polish

If you love all things glitter, perhaps give this one a go. I wasn't personally blown away, but I'm also not super crazy about glitter polish. I really have to be in the mood for it -- and even then, sometimes my enthusiasm wanes after a few hours.

I was much more impressed by the creme polish (After Hours) I received in my Influenster Voxbox along with this one. Creme finish polishes are my jam.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Review: Julep Ink Gel Eyeliner & Angled Liner Brush

Julep Ink gel eyeliner, Julep angled liner brush, review, @girlythingsby_e

Those Julep Eye Sheen liquid eye shadows weren't the only products Julep wanted me to test out. They also sent over their Ink gel eyeliner and angled liner brush too. In case you didn't know, I have a soft spot for winged eyeliner. I love a good waterproof, ink black eyeliner product. I'm surprised I haven't talked about this more since I'm essentially always rocking a wing. 

Well, now it's out there. And here's a confession, I love a good winged liner more than a smokey eye. I know. Shut the front door. But it's true. Even though I have lots of love for a smoked out eye (me-ow!), there's something about a winged liner that's just perfection to me. And it doesn't hurt that it helps give the eyes a little lift. 

With all that in mind, can we just take a moment of excitement over here? I was practically bouncing off the walls when this little number arrived in my mailbox. I'm always down to try out a new gel or liquid liner. 

Before we delve into how this testing session worked out for me, let's take a look at what Julep says about their product and what we should expect (taken directly from their site):
This creamy jet-black eyeliner is packed with encapsulated pigments that deliver intense lines with a silky-smooth, smudge-proof finish 
A Julep-exclusive blend of age-defying ingredients, Power Cell Complex™ provides rapid hydration without leaving an oily residue on skin. Discover our complete line of Power Cell Complex™ products. 
Key Ingredients:
Rosehip seed oil – delivers essential fatty acids to the skin, locking in moisture
Malvaceae Lipid Extract™ - provides immediate and long-lasting hydration
Green coffee bean oil – invigorates skin and promotes cell turnover
To use:
Create thick or thin lines with Angled Liner Brush. Cap tightly between uses.
Sound promising, right? Let's see how it stacks up.