Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fall Nail Polish Picks

My nail polish collection is a little out of control, so I've tried to keep myself from purchasing any new polishes (unless they are unlike anything that I already own).  So when looking for a fall polish, I discovered that I own quite a few nice shades for the season.

Breaking them into different brands, these are my fall nail polish picks:

Power Clutch
Smokin' Hot
Berry Naughty
Midnight Cami

Butter London: Mariner
Chanel: Black Pearl
Deborah Lippmann: Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Berlin There Done That
Schnapps Out Of It!
Russian Navy
Chick Flick Cherry
Light My Sapphire
Suzi Skies In The Pyrenees
Lincoln Park At Midnight

Most of my fall nail polish picks are from Essie and OPI.  They have an amazing selection of permanent colors in their collection that work so well for the season.  If you'd like to see swatches of of of these polishes just comment below.



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

L'Oreal Paris Power Moisture Hair Products

If you've been following me for a while you may know that I am obsessed with my Kerastase hair products (especially my Nectar Thermique).  However, when I noticed the L'Oreal label on the bottom of my Kerastase products, I couldn't help but wonder if they were all owned by one brand.  Most higher end products have drugstore versions of their products.  So while I was at Ulta a few weeks ago, I decided to give the L'Oreal Paris shampoo/conditioner a try.

They have a few different types of shampoo/conditioners in their range, but I decided to go for the Power Moisture Shampoo/Conditioner since I have normal to dry hair.

This specific set is specifically a hydrating shampoo/conditioner, formulated to leave your hair feeling soft and shiny into the next day.

My hair can be quite picky when it comes to hair products, so I don't find myself liking drugstore shampoo/conditioners that often.  But let me tell you, the L'Oreal Paris Power Moisture products were amazing to my hair.  My hair felt incredibly soft and bouncy the entire day, even while exposing my hair to heating tools.  The products felt incredibly light, so my hair wasn't weighed down and still had that bit of volume that I like.

The products are definitely comparable to my Kerastase products.  And what's even better? They can go for around $4 a bottle! Definitely a steal!



Thursday, October 17, 2013

Target Haul

One of my favorite places to check for beauty products has to be Target.  I can honestly spend hours in there; which is dangerous because that just means I'm going to be spending way too much.

On this day I specifically was searching for a few hair care products.  The first being the It's A 10 Miracle Leave In Plus Keratin.  I absolutely am in love with this leave in conditioner (which also works as a detangler).  I've already been through an entire bottle and you can almost always find these at a reduced price at Target.

The second product is a new one for me.  I've heard so many great reviews about the Macadamia Deep Repair Mask, and because I am almost out of mine I thought I'd give this a try.  I use hair repair masks on my hair about one a week, just to deep condition and really give my hair that salon look and feel.  I am definitely excited to give this a try.  Keep an eye out for my reviews on this product in a week or two.



Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Essie Haul

Fall is all about dark and rich nail polish, and Essie makes one of the best selection of deep nail polish shades.  I usually never buy nail polish for full price because I can find them for cheaper at a professional store.  However, when I saw these two shades at my local Target I just couldn't help myself and had to have them right then and there (talk about self control right?)

The first shade is Midnight Cami, which is a deep navy blue with a bit of a metallic finish to it.  The second shade is Berry Naughty (loving the name!) and it's the perfect berry purple.

I know I am definitely going to be enjoying these two shades over the next month.  Now the hard part is figuring out which one I want to play with first.



3.1 Phillip Lim for Target (continued)

During the release of the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target collection, I vaguely remember waking up in the early hours of the morning and hopping online in hopes of grabbing a few items before heading out to the store.

While I was online, I was surprised to see that the server had not crashed from how popular this collection was going to be.  So I was lucky enough to get my hands on two handbags.

The first being the larger tote bag in a beautiful eggplant color.  After seeing this bag in their ad photos I knew it was going to be the one to have.  The structure and details of the bag, along with the size, makes it the perfect professional work bag for any fashionista.  I decided to gift this specific handbag to a very good friend of mine for her to rock in the work place.

The second bag was definitely one I had not seen in ads before, however thought it was very cute.  It's a medium sized satchel in black.  Like the large tote, it's designed to be a very professional looking bag.  However, it's not quite as large so it also makes a great, chic every day bag.  I definitely decided to keep this one for myself.

That wraps up the last items I picked up from the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target collection.



Friday, October 4, 2013

L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation

It's been a few years since I've tried any of the drugstore foundations.  I've definitely become more comfortable with investing money into higher end foundations since my skin tends to be more prone to break outs.  However, after exploring the drugstore section one day, I decided to pick up the L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation, which is the newest foundation L'Oreal released this past summer.

I definitely thought the more compact packaging was cute and convenient, very reminiscent of the Chanel Aqualumiere packaging.  The formula itself is nothing like any other foundation I've tried.  L'Oreal's Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation was formulated to give you that no-makeup, bare look.

The liquid to powder formulation does take a bit of getting use to.  The foundation goes almost instantly from a liquid to a powder finish once buffed into the skin.  The texture is extremely lightweight, which does make it feel like you've got almost nothing on.

As for the application and wear, I feel like the L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation would suit perfectly for people with combination to oily skin.  The powder finish may look a little too patchy for anyone with drier skin.  And the best way to apply the foundation, in my opinion, is with any oversized, synthetic buffing foundation brush (i.e Sigma F88, F84, F82, F80).  Patting and buffing the foundation into the skin gives that more flawless, natural look.

Overall, I feel like this has been one of the best drugstore foundations I've ever tried.  the lightweight texture along with the light to medium coverage makes it a great everyday (and affordable) foundation option.  I wouldn't reach for this for special events where I'd have to take a lot of photos, however it's a great basic foundation to have on hand.