Showing posts with label review swatches. Show all posts
Showing posts with label review swatches. Show all posts

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Cult Nails I Got Distracted Swatches and Review


Before I finish showing you the Deceptive Collection from Cult Nails, I have to bring you the promised swatches of I Got Distracted. This is a gorgeous blackened green with all kinds of lights shining from within. It's like Maria took a mini strand of Christmas lights and somehow put it inside the polish, giving it a kind of 3D effect. It just glows with color in a scattered holographic pattern.

Cult Nails I Got Distracted

There's a lot of color inside this polish and each completely pops when hit with light. The formula of this polish is impeccable. It applies very smoothly, giving complete coverage in just one coat. It wears very, very well.

In a picture where the focus is on the bottle, making the nails slightly blurred, the color just jumps out at you. This is another Cult Nails lacquer that you need to be careful wearing when you drive if you're easily distracted by sparkly things. :)


Just out of sheer curiosity, I wanted to see what it looked like with a couple of the nail polishes from The Deceptive Collection over it.  I think it turned out pretty cool because you get the tint of color and still can see the light flashing from I Got Distracted.


On the index and ring fingers, I applied one coat of Alter Ego, (also the polish I'm holding in the picture), for that olive bronzey tone. On the middle and pinky fingers, I used Two Timer, giving the nails a deeper emerald look.

I got Distracted contains .5 fl oz of delicious nail lacquer and it's one you will never regret purchasing.  All Cult Nails nail lacquers are Big 3 Free.  Be sure to view the website for more special and unique items.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

My Makeover By Dior National Master Makeup Artist Rita Brown Courtesy of Nordstrom - Face and Lips

If you've read part one of my makeover at Nordstrom with Dior National Artist Rita Brown, you'll see that Rita did an amazing job of prepping my skin, nourishing it, and applying brows, eyeshadow and mascara.  What?  I didn't mention what was used for brows???  Oh Dior has a fabulous pencil that has a brow spoolie on one end and a roll out pencil on the other.  No kidding, Rita wields this like the most fantastic  artistic tool.  Good brows transform and frame a face.  Here's a picture of the spoolie end of this fabulous tool for your makeup arsenal.

Ms. Rita Brown asked me what I liked in a foundation. I had told her that I was a very dry skinned person and mentioned that I rarely ever use powder over foundation. I occasionally might powder my nose, but mostly I just skip that step...that's what I call going rogue. My finish of choice is a natural satin finish. Rita picked Diorskin Eclat Satin Moisture Release Satin makeup in the color 300, a medium beige. This foundation performed quite well throughout the day and it looked as fresh in the evening as it did in the afternoon when applied. Two thumbs up!!

The blush and bronzer was a fabulous all-in-one product called Dior Harmonie de Blush and Rita used the color 002 Coral Riviera. It comes with a nice little brush that I think will be particularly helpful when I want to concentrate on the bronzer in the middle.

The next product was used to highlight the innermost part of my cheeks closest to the nose. It was the Dior 'Diorskin' Ultra Shimmering Allover Face Powder and I'm not sure which color was used. It is a sliding block of shimmer with multiple colors and you can view it here on  (I have no referral agreement with Nordstrom, I just thought you might like to view the product.)

You can kind of see it on my inner cheeks and forehead in the following picture. Looks ok in the photos, but was too shimmery in real life for my husband. And it accentuated my wrinkleage.

Now we move to my favorite part....lips. I love lip products. I don't know why. I think it started by playing with my mom's Avon miniature lipstick testers. At any rate, the finished product:

Rita asked me if I wanted a popping color to make a statement. I told her I was so pleased with the eyes and wanted them to make their own statement and I wanted to go with a softer lip that complimented the tone of the cheeks. Here are hand swatches of the products used. From left to right: Dior Rouge Contour Lip Liner in Natural Beige, Dior Addict Lipstick 530 called Bobo, (ha! what a name! lol), and Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss Glow 247 Pink Flirt.

Dior lipliners come with a soft easily applicable color on one end that wears really well, and a brush for blending on the other.

This lipgloss is fairly sheer when applied and just provides that ooomph of shine. I loved the three combined, so I smiled a lot all day.

This was a really fun experience that I am thankful to Nordstrom, Rita Brown and my local Dior makeup artist Sunny Yu for it. I am such a Dior fan and I learned so much during this makeover. Don't ever pass up an opportunity to learn. Again my kudos and thank yous all around.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mac Fashionflower, Ever Hip, Growing Trend, Summer Shower Lipstick Swatches & Review

Mac released a new color collection called Fashionflower in the end of April 2011. Fashionflower is all one word, which seems unusual to me, but I don't make the rules. :) Today I have for you three of the lipsticks featured in this collection. They are, from left to right, Growing Trend, Ever Hip, and Summer Shower.

I swatched the three lipsticks in the same order in the following picture:

Growing Trend is a slightly cool toned nude in the Amplified Creme formula. I tried it with trepidation as I wasn't sure if it would be too light or too cool for me. Viva Gaga 2 was a bit dark to look like a natural nude on me, but there is mild success with Growing Trend.

I was curious how Growing Trend compared to my new favorite nude Revlon Fashion's Night Pout, and the not-too-wearable-for-me Viva Gaga 2. I swatched them with the Revlon at the left, Growing Trend in the middle and Gaga 2 on the right to give you an idea of the similarities and differences.

Here's a refresher on the Revlon that I posted a week or two ago:

I have reviewed Ever Hip in a post below as I had already purchased it from the Liberty of London collection. Here's a picture to refresh you, if you haven't seen it.

Summer Shower is a glaze formula with silver, blue and teal shimmers. Any lip product with blue or green shimmers is tops on my list. Those colors can plump up the look of a lip like nobody's business. I really love a light green over an orange lipstick. Blue shimmers give quite a glossy wet look.

If you're like me, you tend to get dressed and do your makeup without a care in the world until you look outside and see that the weather didn't cooperate with said outfit or makeup. If it's really windy outside, there's no way I'm wearing a gloss because I have long hair and it's just too messy and frustrating. I can beat the wind with a blue glaze lipstick! It will give a glossy wet look without the goo of being an actual gloss. C'mon, wind! I dare you!

Just for grins, I applied a waterproof lipliner, specifically Makeup Forever Aqua Lip number 10C, a plum color. I put Summer Shower over the top. Look how wet and glossy this looks with just lipstick!!

Summer Shower will save me from windy days. That and a hat or ponytail holder! I am curious to see this on more pigmented lips and see if it will tone the pinks and reds and give a natural glossy look. Don't be scared of light blue, it can really be your friend.

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