Tuesday, May 24, 2011

OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Nail Polish Collection and Possible Dupe for Mermaid's Tears

I recently visited my local Trade Secret to pick up Mermaid's Tears and the Silver Shatter from the OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Collection. As I browse the store, I noticed they had a mini pack of 4 of the polishes from Pirates of the Caribbean collection. I picked them up along with Mermaid's Tears. the regular size polishes retail for about $8.50 and the mini collection retails for $14.50. I was unable to purchase the Silver Shatter, because according to the sales clerk that it will be shipped to them in a couple of weeks. Hopefully, I will have a chance to swing back and pick it up.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Urban Decay Rollergirl Palette Swatches & FOTD

I am late. I am just getting around to posting about my Urban Decay Rollergirl Palette. I received it a few weeks ago. It has neutral colors with a pop of color. This is my first time using Urban Decay eyeshadows. They apply like a dream. Can I say I LOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEEE this palette!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

MAC's Girl About Town has duped me, :o

I have been duped. Since I missed out on MAC's Candy Yum Yum, I decided I would make it up to myself by buying MAC's Girl About Town. After trying it on at the MAC Counter, I was sold. Quickly, Girl About Town became my new favorite lipstick. I had been wearing it for about three days when I decided to clean up and organize my makeup area. Lo and behold, as I was going through my lipsticks, I pulled out Revlon's Fuchsia lipstick. I decided to swatch it and compare it to my new favorite (Girl About Town). I could not believe what I saw. O_o! Revlon's Fuchsia is a dupe for MAC's Girl About Town. Revlon's Fucshia has been in my collection since last fall. I could not see any major differences in the lipsticks with my eyes. After during some research online, I found out that other's discovered this also. As usual, I am always the last to find out.
Swatches below.

Have you found any other shocking makeup dupes? Please share.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Rock and Republic Luxe Lip Gloss

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UPDATE: Rock & Republic Cosmetics currently on sale at HauteLook. Luxe Lip Gloss currently $7.80.

A few months back, I picked up some Rock & Republic Luxe Lip Glosses from a HauteLook sale. Since I previously purchased a couple of their blushes, I knew I could not go wrong with their Luxe lip gloss. I heard via twitter and other blogs that Rock & Republic is discontinuing their cosmetic line. If you have not had a chance to try any of their products, I suggest you do so soon before their supplies run out. Currently, you may purchase this lip gloss from their website here for 50% off.

*According to their website, the Luxe lip gloss has:
  • Ultra high gloss finish.
  • Vitamin A for skin cell renewal.
  • Vitamin E for conditioning.
  • Perfect consistency and texture.
  • Can be layered to be sheer or bold.
      I picked up six of their Luxe lip glosses.
      • Muse - creamy peach
      • Loudmouth - creamy bubblegum pink
      • Cougar - creamy red
      • Alpha Blonde -golden shimmer
      • Hot Sauce - golden orange with shimmer
      • Sexy Beast - golden rose with shimmer
        Swatches Below.

          My Thoughts: I must say they have a pleasant scent and are non-sticky. I have only worn Alpha Blonde (Sorry, my lip gloss and lipstick collection is becoming substantial and I have not had a chance to rotate the colors into my daily lip wear). I will say that the lip gloss tube appears larger than  MAC, however their is less product in Rock & Republic's Luxe Lip Gloss.
          Rock & Republic Luxe Lip Gloss: 4mL/0.13 oz.    versus   MAC: 4.8mL/0.17 oz.

          Recommend to Buy: Yes! If you desire to have a higher end lip gloss.
          I give them a 4 out of 5 Lips. The only downside is the cost. Originally $26.00, but currently on sale for $13.00. However, you may be able to get it for less than the current sale price on HauteLook.

          The HauteLook link is a referral link. If you decide to join and purchase, I get a small credit to my account. This same opportunity is available to all members.

          Wednesday, May 11, 2011

          GlossandSticks' Prom Wars

          Prom Wars! Yeah right. LOL! No seriously, it is prom season in my neck of the woods. Last Saturday my old high school hosted their annual prom. I had 2 neices and 2 nephews who attended. I went to their homes to assist them all in getting dressed. I was not spread too thin because they all live next door to each other in the same subdivision. The hype of preparing for the prom and getting dress brought back so many memories for me.
          First up are two of my nieces. Their older sister summoned me to do their makeup. I was so excited! However, we all decided to keep their makeup at a minimal. I actually had trouble getting “B”, the one in the top right of the picture to wear any makeup. She just wanted powder and some clear gloss. “B” has skin you would die for. She compromised with me and decided to get some eye shadow and mascara along with Avon Glazewear Lipgloss. My other niece in top left picture, wanted her face done. She had no problems with getting her makeup. We also put a little blush on her cheeks (I don’t know if you can tell in the pictures, lol!). I am really please with how their makeup came out and feel that they were not overly done. They looked youthful and vibrant. Anyway, enough of my babbling.

          Below you will find pictures of my nieces and nephews with their dates.

          Did any of you assist family members or friends with preparing for their proms? If so, please share.

          Nail Files: Orly, China Glaze, Revlon

          China Glaze Crackle in Black Mesh over Orly's Luxe. I picked these both up at my local Sally's back in March. I paid $3.00 for the Crackle and $2.00 for the Orly. I also picked up the China Glaze Crackle in Crushed Candy, Fault Line, and Broken Hearted.

          Revlon's Cotton Candy with Savvy Femme Couture Nail Polish on the Tips.

          By the way, please excuse the cuticles. I have the dryest cuticles on earth, Ugh! LOL!

          Tuesday, May 10, 2011

          Lipstick Tag

          Tamara of Beauty Thesis tagged me with a lipstick tag. I have not participated in a tag since last year, so I was amped to share my answers. Thanks Tamara for tagging me.
          Please check out Tamara over at Beauty Thesis. She has an excellent blog with a beautiful modern layout and it is also very informative.

          1. When you were a child, did you use your mother’s lipsticks?
          Yes, it was not my mom’s, but my Aunt Ann’s red lipstick. I couldn't wait for the chance to sneak and play with her red lipstick. Of course, I got caught and was told I was too young to wear lipstick. In my family if you were under the age of 13, makeup was off limits to you. I will never forget when I was in the 4th grade and one of my friends brought a tube of red lipstick to school. I could not wait to go to the restroom and try it own. Just for a quick moment, I thought I was just as glamorous as Diana Ross. As soon as I returned to class, my teacher called me to her desk and made me wipe it off.  I was so upset, but for about 5 minutes I knew I was cute! LOL!
          2. How old were you when you bought your first lipstick?
          By the time I was in junior high, I was allowed to wear lipstick. My favorite was Wet N Wild's fuchsia lipstick with blue pearl.
          3. Pink or red lipstick?
          Do I have to choose? If so, I will have to say red lipstick. There is nothing like a serious “Red” Lip.
          4. The most expensive lipstick you have ever bought?
          I will have to say Makeup Forever Rouge Intense Artist #15 and #43 for $19.00 each (USD).
          5. And the cheapest?
          The most inexpensive lipstick that I have purchased would be Wet N Wild for 99¢ each (USD).
          6. What’s the most bizarre thing you have ever done with a lipstick?
          Wrote a note to one of my exes in red lipstick and of course with a red lip print. ;) I know corny, right? LOL, but he loved it!
          7. If you had to recommend a lipstick, which brand would you recommend and why?
          I would most definitely recommend, MAC, MUFE, the new CoverGirl LipPerfection, and Wet N Wild’s Mega Last Lip Color. All of my recommendations are long wearing and non-drying.

          Now, I would like to tag Tia of K&T Makeup Artistry, Jamie of Rural Glamour Beauty + Lifestyle, and Ms. Viva Glam of Touching Faces with Beauty & Glamour.