Archives: May 2012

NCLA Summer of ’69 Collection Swatches & Review

Have you heard of NCLA yet? If not, here’s a little background.

NCLA Los Angeles is a small company that started with a line of nail wraps, but has now expanded into a line of nail lacquers. The lacquers are five free, meaning no DBP, Toulene, Formaldehyde or Camphor. And cruelty free!

They have a new collection this summer called Summer of ’69 that features three shades and I’ve got ‘em for ya today.

NCLA I m With The Band
I’m With The Band

I’m With The Band is a super bright coral shimmer. This is a really beautiful saturated color. The shimmer is somewhat subtle but makes it a little more interesting than a plain creme, I think. The formula was on the thick side, but not unmanageable. Two coats is all you need.

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A Wearable Look Using Sugarpill Heart Breaker Palette

Yesterday I posted the fabulous new Sugarpill Heart Breaker Eyeshadow Palette. This beauty features four vivid eyeshadow shades.

I think maybe a lot of you feel how I feel sometimes when looking at these bright shades. “How the hell can I wear colors this bright and not look like a clown?” Believe me, I feel the same way a lot of times! Especially as I get older. I want to avoid at all costs looking like one of those women who looks like they are trying to look younger. No thanks!


Acidberry, Velocity, 2am, Mochi

I see Sugarpill re-tweet some seriously amazing looks people do wearing their eyeshadows and pigments, and while I absolutely love them, they just all aren’t for me. I’m not an over-the-top person when it comes to makeup. I love bright colors, but don’t feel like myself when wearing them all at once, or in a really dramatic way.

Just like not all clothing trends are for every person, not all makeup trends are either. But I did a look today using three of the four shadows in this palette and it’s bright, summery and fun, but wearable.

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The Look For Less: Issue 2 – MAC Viva Glam Nicki & Wet n Wild Pinkerbell

One of the hottest looks for spring and summer is a bright pink lip. Something about bright pink just screams WARMER DAYS!

Right now my favorite ways to wear a bright pink lipstick is with hardly any eye makeup. I think it’s going to be my “look” this season. I just love how incredibly simple it is to do. And also, it’s kind of perfect for hot lazy days when you don’t feel like spending an hour working some fancy eyeshadow/eyeliner look in a bathroom with no windows, sweating to death. I can’t be alone in the windowless bathroom can I? ;)

So today I have two bright pink lipsticks that are really popular right now. MAC Viva Glam Nicki and Wet n Wild Pinkerbell. They are incredibly similar, but one is much more expensive than the other.

Wet n Wild Pinkerbell
Wet n Wild Pinkerbell

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Orly Dark Shadows Collection Swatches & Review

As you probably already know by now, Orly partnered with Warner Bros. Pictures for the recently released Dark Shadows Tim Burton movie for a new limited edition nail collection.

This collection features four shades created to convey the dark humor of the film. I have been planning on seeing it because as you know, I am a gigantic Tim Burton fan, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. But I plan to soon!

Orly Decades Of Dysfunction
Decades Of Dysfunction

Decades Of Dysfunction is a very pale pink. The “pink” aspect of this is very faint. It actually looks more like a pale vanilla/taupe kind of shade. Anyway it was a bit streaky and not completely even, even after three coats.

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Sugarpill Heart Breaker Eyeshadow Collection Swatches & Review

Sugarpill Heart Breaker

Sugarpill Heart Breaker Eyeshadow Collection is brand spankin’ new and awesome.

This eyeshadow palette featured four vivid and saturated shades in Acidberry, Velocity, 2am and Mochi.You can buy all these shadows separately as well, but having all four in one palette is much better I think.

I always feel a sense of pride whenever I see Sugarpill products because they are located in my hometown of Berkeley! :)

Sugarpill Heart Breaker Eyeshadow Collection

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