As I’m going over the list of beauty products I tried and reviewed in August, I had to call attention to the lovely KB Shimmer nail polish I received and have been wearing most of this month. On a side note, how is it almost September?!
KB Shimmer is known for a gorgeous selection of nail colors in a variety of textures. From holos, to creams, to mattes, to jellies and more, this nail brand offers over 90 beautiful nail colors with additional seasonal collections. They also offer a variety of nail accessories including soaps, scrubs, decals, cuticle oils, and implements.
My first order consisted of two colors – a duochrome and a holo. I love a good green nail polish and couldn’t resist Urban Camo.
This is the coolest nail polish I own! It looks like many different colors depending on the angle of your nails against the light. Sometimes its green, sometimes its gold, and sometimes it’s purple. I’m going to try this over black polish, per KB Shimmer’s recommendation.
I also love a holo, so I had to have Whole Lava Lovin‘, which is a beautiful cherry red. Oh, how I love a holo! This one is super pretty, offering a fine glitter and tons of shine.
Both nail colors are long wearing and lasted about 4 days before showing signs of wear. I had to apply 3 coats of each polish to get the full coverage I prefer. I’m especially impressed with Whole Lava Lovin, which is not only beautiful, but easy to remove. I’ve waged polish removing battles of epic proportions with holos in the past, but this was easy to remove with Zoya Remove Plus.
My Final Thoughts: My first KB Shimmer order was a big hit! I’m really loving the long wear time of the two colors I picked and will definitely be back for more. I’m currently taking all KM Shimmer color recommendations you have to offer!
So remember when I first reviewed the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Colors? I was really disappointed with the wear time of the colors I purchased. And then I bought ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Avenue. It’s a huge improvement and stays on my lips a bit longer than the lighter colors I own. It might be a pigmentation issue? I’m not sure, but I do know that I’m crazy about this deep burgundy red.
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This is the most intensely black gel liner I’ve ever seen. It’s intense!
The good news is that this liner glides on smoothly, dries quickly, and will not transfer, which is a good thing when you have slightly hooded eyelids like mine. To apply, I like to use a thin and straight liner brush like the e.l.f. Studio Angled Liner Brush ($3). I love using a bent brush that makes it easier to apply gel liner, which can be a scary proposition!
My only concern with Inglot is their lack of communication when it came to my order. I didn’t hear anything after getting my receipt. After an email to customer service I got a quick response, and I ended up receiving my order in a week’s time. This liner is also available via Beautylish and Macy’s.
My Final Thoughts: Inglot Cosmetics AMC Eyeliner Gel 77 is definitely worth picking up, especially if you’re looking for an intense black eyeliner. Need help applying liner? Check out my list of handy eyeliner hacks!
With the Colgate® Optic White® Toothbrush + Whitening Pen, giving your smile a makeover is easier than you’d think. In fact, it just takes two quick steps that get you results in two days. All you do is “BRUSH.WHITEN.GO.®” twice a day. Literally!
Now that Summer is over, I am getting my act together again. Not that anything in my typical routine went wildly awry, but I’m always a little more busy during the Summer months and find some of the self-care things I do get left on the back burner. Fall is the time of the year I spend doing deep conditioning hair treatments, nourishing skin masks, and making sure my smile is in top notch condition is a big part of my Summer beauty recovery list.
This year I’ve just started using the Colgate® Optic White® Toothbrush + Whitening Pen, which is definitely the most convenient tooth whitening system I’ve ever used. Acutally, it’s genius! The team that came up with this product was really smart, because the whitener is designed in a way that it’s automatically part of your daily brushing routine. It fits perfectly into the base of the brush.
The toothbrush itself is sturdy and has lots of useful features, including a thumb grip.
The head of the brush is fitted with a plastic scrub to clean your tongue.
And let’s talk about those bristles! Aren’t they something? They’re designed with polishing bristles and stain removers to thoroughly cleanse your teeth and remove surface stains.
I like the way this brush is gentle, yet effective, and I love that I can whiten my teeth with ease. I just detach the whitening gel, turn the base to get the gel, apply directly to my teeth, and go on my way. That’s it! No need to rinse and the formula does not irritate my teeth.
I’ll be using the Colgate® Optic White® Toothbrush + Whitening Pen faithfully over the next few weeks, then I’m coming back to share my results with you all.
In the meanwhile, I have a giveaway to share! Two readers will have the opportunity to win the entire Colgate® Optic White® Regimen, which includes the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen, Colgate Optic White Express White Toothpaste and Colgate Optic White WhiteSeal Mouthwash. This is open to residents of the USA and will end on 9/15/15 at 11:59 pm. To enter, fill out the Gleam widget below.
Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 Skin is pretty much the coolest makeup brush I have ever used.
These kinds of brushes aren’t new, but when I spotted this brush on Musings of a Muse (bloggers enabling bloggers is a real thing), I knew I had to get my hands on my very own.
You can purchase this brush from Etude directly, or via eBay, where you’ll save a few bucks with free shipping. The brush I purchased was sent from South Korea and took a couple of weeks to arrive.
The Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 Skin has a plastic handle and interchangeable head. The handle feels a bit flimsy, like I’ll possibly snap it in half at some point. Because of the price, I don’t mind so much, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens at some point.
To apply foundation, you use the brush to spread foundation over your skin, and then finish by changing the brush to the sponge and tapping your face with the sponge. The brush is soft and densely packed.
I use the brush by applying foundation on selected areas of my face and then blending out, brushing in one direction.
The brush is really easy to use and I’m really impressed by the finish it lends to my skin. It’s easy to wash the brush and sponge, just use a mild shampoo as you would with your other brushes and let them dry.
To use the sponge, simply dab it over your skin after using the brush to make sure all of your foundation is blended well.
Once all is said and done, you’ll notice a difference, as well.
The foundation is well blended and looks oh, so smooth on my skin. This is from a post earlier this week, but it’s the pinnacle of hair and foundation happiness. After what seems like a super busy, rushed Summer, I am oh, so thankful for those kinds of days!
On a side note, I’ve been using the brand new Too Faced Born This Way foundation and I’m totally head over heels. It’s pretty amazing and I’ll have a full review soon!
My Final Thoughts: Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 Skin is definitely one of the coolest makeup brushes in my makeup arsenal. I’m really impressed with the price and the smooth finish it gives my foundation. I’m officially hooked on these types of brushes and really want to add more to my collection!
When it comes to nail wraps, I am partial to the Garden Party design from Make Me Nails for three simple reasons.
1. It’s super cute. Flowers! Chevrons! Adorable!
2. These wraps are easy to apply.
3. They are easy to remove.
The cuteness factor of this design is off the charts!
Make Me Nails are the creation of television star and social media influencer G Hannelius and content creator Lauren Jones. The two have paired with Minx, the company that got the nail wrap party started several years ago. It was a great collaboration that created not only a line of pre-made nail wraps, but also cutomizeable nail wraps you can great with your own photos by downloading an app to your smart phone. Pretty smart idea!
There are 5 pre-made nail designs that arrive in a compact package with the nail wraps, a fine grit file, and alcohol wipes to prep your nails before application. You can use these nail wraps on your fingers and toes.
To apply the wraps, I make sure to get my scary cuticles out of the way before hand with a manicure. I then line my nails up with the wraps to size them and carefully remove. The rounded side is what you place closest to your cuticles.
Before removing and applying the wraps, you warm up the wrap between your hands or with a hair dryer. Simply place on your nails and remove and adjust as needed. Firmly press the wraps on your nails to get any air bubbles out. Bend the wrap around the edge of your nail and file the excess in a downward motion.
And that’s it! It’s so simple and convenient. Nail wraps are so easy and are a great way to get your need for nail art on without actually doing nail art. To remove simply peel away when you’re done. I’m saving the extra nail wraps for a future project – I’ve seen ideas on how to use extra nail wraps on Pinterest.
My only problem with nail wraps n general is that I have a hard time getting the edges to look and feel nice. I’ve gotten better over time, but I’m always feeling a raggedy edge somewhere. Practice makes perfect!
My Final Thoughts: For cute nail wraps that are easy to apply and remove and have cute patterns, check out Make Me Nails. Also, for completely custom nail wraps, download the Make Me Nails app!
I have to say, Makeup Geek Shimmermint just might be my favorite light green eyeshadow at the moment. It’s a beautiful mint with hints of gold. Just beautiful! Yesterday I claimed this lip color is NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Rock Star, but I looked back at my notes and it’s something completely different! Ha ha! I’m glad I take notes while I’m creating FOTDs. You’ll have to read on to find out what it actually is!
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When you curls bring an automatic smile to your face you know you’re on to something good. That’s what’s been happening since I’ve been using I Love Lulu all-natural hair care products.
I Love Lulu hair care products come with the tagline “pure, rich, wholesome” and that they totally are. I’ve never used all-natural hair care and I have to say I’m impressed! I’m using the I Love Lulu Shampoo, Conditioner, and Shelly Jelly and the results are fabulous.
So fabulous I threw my head back.
Happy curls, happy girl!
There’s a bit of red lipstick (my new NYX High Voltage lipstick in Rock Star) on my nose in two of my photos that I noticed when it was too late to go back and fix. It’s the new makeup rage! I’m telling you!
The I Love Lulu products are from a salon in Los Angeles that focuses on all-natural hair care for all types of hair textures. The “haute couture meets herbal” salon is owned by Tallulah “Lulu” Marcelin, who’s been in the beauty industry for 20 years and focuses on promoting hair and scalp health with a 3 step approach of “Ready … Set … Grow!”
In all honesty, it took a total of three washes for my hair too get this kind of curl from I Love Lulu products. The products are truly all natural and feel different than your typical hair care products. They’re not bad at all, just different.
The ingredients in the Shampoo include Tea Tree water, Vitamins E, B3, B5, B6, and gluten free oat protein.
The Conditioner contains Aloe Leaf Juice, Vegetable Glycerine, and Coconut oil.
Shelly Jelly contains flax seed plup. I found that the gel works best when I use a leave-in conditioner first. Use a generous amount of gel and your curls will stay in place all day.
My Final Thoughts: I’m more impressed with the I Love Lulu all-natural hair care I tried than I assumed! My curls are so happy and I recommend using them if you’re looking for all-natural hair alternatives.
Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops are the newest Cover FX skincare product that’s changing the beauty world, one drop at a time. I think these are brilliant, and I’ll show you why!
Cover FX is one of my favorite beauty brands for several reasons, but most of all I appreciate the fact that they are on the cutting edge of makeup technology. They offer products that are innovative, unique and effective.
Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops meld skincare and makeup in a brand new way. These are four fragrance-free, vegan drops that allow you to customize your skincare and makeup as you wish. Formulated with vitamins and essential oils, these drops are lightweight, offer the benefits of a serum, and mix easily into whatever you with to blend them with.
A + Jasmine promotes anti-aging benefits with Vitamin A and Jasmine Oil to hydrate and promote skin cell turnover.
C + Lemongrass promotes radiance with Vitamin C and Lemongrass to brighten dull skin and protect against free radicals in the environment.
E + Chamomile promotes calming with Vitamin E and Chamomile Oil to nourish and soothe.
F + Neroli promotes hydration with Neroli and Vitamin F and improves skin elasticity.
The drops do not effect the texture of my foundation.
Now, let me tell you, the aforementioned combination is my jam these days. Oh, how I adore the finish! If you’re looking for a glow with great coverage, get all of the above. You’ll be thrilled. I promise!
My Final Thoughts: The Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops are an excellent and easy way to customize your makeup and skincare. With four formulas to choose from, you can address skin conditions with ease and give your skin the boost it needs.