Sunday, November 21, 2010

NOTD: French Manicure with Ribbons & Gold



NOTD ribbon and gold
Please s'cuse my big hands.

Picked up a few little nail decorations at Daiso earlier in the day, yesterday, and did this manicure in the evening. The beads are a little off now since I fell asleep while the nails were still drying (I had applied mass amounts of top coat). Also, I only finished my left hand. Haha~ Still have to do the right... but this is usually where I get kind of lazy if it's not just a simple one color manicure.

NOTD ribbon and gold

NOTD ribbon and gold

Does anyone have tips on how to shape your nails? If you couldn't tell, this was my first attempt at shaping my nails and oh boy, I have no idea how. :)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Smashbox: The Gold List Review


Smashbox The Gold List

Sephora recently had a 20% off promotion going on so I decided to take this chance and purchase a few things I've been wanting to try. One of them was Smashbox's The Gold List. It's a five-piece, travel-ready set that's supposed to add "instant glamour to your everyday look."

Smashbox The Gold List

It includes:
- 0.27 oz Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starburst
- 0.5 oz Photo Finish Luminzing Foundation Primer
- 0.34 oz O-Gloss Gold
- 0.24 oz Photo Op Under Eye Brightener
- Gold metallic cosmetic case

Smashbox The Gold List

O-Gloss Gold The gold eventually turns into a nice sheer peach on your lips. The effects are neat but are they really necessary? Still, I like it haha. The fine gold particles are a nice touch. Nothing overly glittery that would make me look like an adolescent attempting makeup gone wrong. The lip gloss is not scented.

Smashbox The Gold List
O-Gloss Gold

Smashbox The Gold List
O-Gloss Gold

Smashbox The Gold List
O-Gloss Gold

Left: On lips with flash. Right: On lips in natural light.

Photo Op Under Eye Brightener There was no change in the darkness of my under eye circles so I probably won't be using this. It did nothing for me.

Smashbox The Gold List
Photo Op Under Eye Brightener

Smashbox The Gold List
Photo Op Under Eye Brightener

Smashbox The Gold List
Photo Op Under Eye Brightener

Photo Finish Luminizing Primer Smooth as silk!!! This primer applies very easily and is so smooth; goodness, I love it. I liked that it didn't change the color of my skin on my face and left a nice luminous glow on my light-medium skin. Ah~ I'd be all over the full sized version if I could. I should probably mention though that lot of the product did end up on my fingertips which I had used for application so make sure to wipe your hands after using this product.

Smashbox The Gold List
Photo Finish Luminizing Primer

Smashbox The Gold List
Photo Finish Luminizing Primer (Sorry about the blurry photo!)

Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starburst I was most excited for this product but was surprisingly let down because of the mass amounts of shimmer in the product. I'm sure shimmer preference differs from person to person but this makes me look like... the female version of Edward Cullen in the sunlight. Shimmery shimmer shimmer. Definitely not what I'm striving for. I used it quite sparingly too.

Smashbox The Gold List
Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starburst

Smashbox The Gold List
Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starburst

Smashbox The Gold List
Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starburst

Verdict? The kit is alright. Since I'm not a fan of all the products, I can't justify the purchasing of this set. I'd purchase the Photo Finish Luminizing Primer if I could (I don't imagine this trial size is going to last me long) cause I love how soft, silky, and subtly luminizing it makes my skin. I'd also purchase the O-Gloss Gold for fun times but besides that, I wasn't won over with the Photo Op Under Eye Brightener or the Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starburst.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Kose Seikisho Clear Cotton



Kose Seikisho Clear Cotton I woke up the other morning with my face makeup still on. Ah~ guilty of sleeping with makeup on. I also felt like doing a review since I recently did some major haulage and found this to be the perfect time to review my new Seikisho Clear Cotton squares!

Read more after the jump!