Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Current Obsession - The Nudes MATTE Palette

Friends, if you've been reading this blog for a while you know that I'm a hardcore beauty junkie!

Today I want to share with you a product that I've absolutely fallen in love with - The Nudes Matte eye
shadow Paula's Choice. Originally I was going to post about it in a Three Things post, but love it so much that I wanted to dedicate an entire post to it.

You might recognize the name Paula's Choice from THIS post, where I talk about the item that I absolutely cannot live without (seriously, I feel the need to have this lip balm with me at ALL times!) I also use Paula's Choice skin care, and can honestly say that it's completely transformed my skin in just a few short months. (Perhaps that's worthy of it's own post?)

So, here's what the palette looks like on the outside:

 ...but more excitingly, here is what it looks like on the inside:

 This palette contains 12 colors - 11 matte, and 1 with a slight, very wearable for all ages shimmer (pink sugar).

The names are (1) Cream, (2) Beige, (3) Pink Sugar, (4) CafĂ© au Lait, (5) Tan, (6) Chestnut, (7) Clay, (8) Plum Taupe, (9) Gunmetal Grey, (10) Chocolate Truffle, (11) Coffee (12) Onyx.

The colors are all on the warm side, and have a slightly creamy texture when you put them on. They blend flawlessly, and make a fantastic addition to your makeup collection!

Here they are swatched on my arm (the first two are hard to see, but cream - the very first one that you really can't see - is the perfect, matte vanilla shade!)

My favorites of the group are cream, as a beautiful brow bone color, tan all over and chocolate truffle as a liner. I also really adore pink sugar, the slightly shimmery one. I love it all over the lid, with a quick swipe of mascara for an everyday, super easy look. I'm thinking I need to pick up the Paula's Choice mascara next to see if it's amazing as this palette! If you're interested in getting this palette, or anything by Paula's Choice click THIS LINK to get $10 off your first purchase!

What is one of your favorite beauty products??! Please let me know in the comments section!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mani Monday with Tiffany

Happy Easter to all the Glitter and Gloss readers!  Hope ya'll had a fantastic Sunday with your loved ones.

I'm going to be up front about today's mani.  I wasn't loving it.  I wore it for maybe 24 hours and took it off.    My plan A was a bust.  So this was plan B.  My stamping skills have clearly digressed since I have had no practice in a while.  However, I did get a few compliments so maybe one or two of you will like it too!

For this mani you will need a white base polish, five color polishes of your choice, plastic wrap, black stamping polish and all the other usual suspects (like acetone, cleanup brush, etc.)

As I did not get nearly enough pictures for a good tutorial, there is going to be a lot of explanation.  I apologize.  I forget to take pics!  Before you start, cut up the plastic wrap into strips or squares, just big enough to ball up and cover one nail.  Do 10 (duh).

1. Paint a base coat of your choice on your nails.  I used Nail Envy Matte.
2. Paint 1 or 2 coats (depending on coverage) of your favorite white polish.  You don't need the white base to be perfect since you will be mostly covering it up.  I used 2 coats of my favorite, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.
3. Here you have a couple of choices, wait a while for the base to be completely dry and continue with step 4, or use a fast-dry top coat (I used Seche Vite) to speed up drying time and continue with step 4.
4.This is where I should've gotten more pictures  You will want to do this part one nail at a time.  Choose one of your color polishes and paint one coat over the nail.
5. Immediately after, while the polish is still wet, take a piece of the balled up plastic wrap and press it on the nail and lift it off.  The plastic wrap will lift off some of the wet polish.  I generally just have to press it to the nail one time, but if it leaves too much polish you could dab it one more time with the plastic wrap.
6. Repeat step 5 on the other 9 nails, using a different color polish for each nail.  (I used the same 5 colors for left hand and right hand).
7. Use a fast-dry top coat to smooth out the surface and dry fast for stamping.
8. Use your black stamping polish and BM315 to stamp the image on all nails.  Try to get it horizontal - I clearly failed at that.  I think I got 1 nail (on the other hand) horizontal.
9. Use a fast-dry top coat AGAIN to seal the design and ...dry fast.  And you're done!

It sounds a little complicated it but it's not so much.  Especially if you don't do the final stamping step.  I really do love a plastic wrap mani but something about the colors in this one didn't exactly appeal to me during wear.  You could use any combination of base colors and top colors.  The top colors that I used are from thumb to pinky: Zoya Shelby (not pictured), Essie Playdate, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Buttercup, Color Club Evolution, Butter London Trout Pout.   

See you next month!

LOVE these, Tiffany!!

So, what are YOU guys rocking on your nails? Link up below, and I'll pin my favorites!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Three Things

1. Cute pink gingham parchment paper. If you're going to use it anyways, why not go for the cute stuff?

2. My cute matching girls. They love to match (and I'm going to embrace it for as long as possible!) and whenever they're matching they sing "The Matching Girls" song, which they made up long ago. I happened to catch it on video yesterday. (Dresses from Target. They're currently sold out at my store, but still available online, and they're super cute in person!)

3. My charge key! This little bad boy hangs on my key chain, so it's with me wherever I go, and I now always have an iPhone charger with me. It came in perfectly handy the other day when I was at my parent's house and my phone was dead. Plugged it into their computer, and charged up my phone. Pretty cool! It comes in key-shaped too.

What are YOUR three things this week?? And what are your Easter plans? Be sure to let me know in the comments section :)
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