Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Peppermint Nails

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First Christmas nails of the season! 

It's my favorite time of year and im not happy with just decorating my tree. I need to feel the Christmas spirit everywhere! These were Inspired by one of my favorite Christmas scents, peppermint. 




I the colors I used were OPI Alpine Snow and OPI Malaga Wine. Malaga Wine is a deeper shade of red but I feel like the contrast looks better and also it has less chance of turning pink when mixed with the white. 
I used a technique called water marbling, which is great for those who are unskilled in nail art. Easy yet messy! 




More Christmas nails comming soon, See you then! 



Thursday, December 13, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven Swatch

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-Slash- Christmas Nails Fail


Bringing you a swatch of Debrora Lippmann's Stairway to Heaven nail polish today. In all honesty, these were supposed to be snowy Christmas nails but turned out not Christmasy at all. It's back to the drawing board for Christmas nails, but in the meantime...




In the bottle this appears as a milky white base with blue and yellow glitter, it's very reminiscent of a snow globe. In reality the base is completely clear and the glitter is multi-colored multi-shaped (mostly squares and hexagons) transparent flecks. It's a very subtle shimmer, only being really noticeable in light, however in light the glitter is very pastel colored, which is a little deceiving.




The good news is the glitter is rather flat and relatively non-gritty so it doesnt catch and snag on things constantly. This is two coats of glitter over a white base coat (OPI Alpine Snow). The thing about this glitter is it's very sparse and really needs to be 'packed' on to get a good coating. 
This polish has incredible lasting power, picture was taken after a week of wear and there is barely any noticeable chipping. The downside is it was one of the most difficult to remove polishes I've ever dealt with! I used the foil technique and still had to scrub glitter off, my nails really took a beating. This isn't a nail polish for those with commitment issues, like me. 

Returning with some real Christmas nails soon. Until then, Happy Holidays! 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

L'oreal Magic Lumi Concealer/ Corrector Review

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Yes MORE Magic! I haven't been impressed with the Magic Collection thus far, I started out eager and optimistic with a review of the Magic Perfecting base, and I was indifferent, not overly satisfied and same story with the recent Magic BB Cream results; so it would be safe to assume that I'd thrown in the towel on this collection. But apparently I just can't stay away. 





Coverage: 
The term 'concealer' is deceiving and even on some packaging this product goes by it's alter-ego identity the "Magic Lumi Highlighter pen". Probably because this doesn't really conceal anything... uuhh dont wanna give away the ending but, the coverage is a bit shady. It's a thin liquid consistency and not very pigmented. Probably great for people who dont have a under-eye circle problem but like a little extra brightening. Definitely doesn't cut it for me though.

Highlight?:
Egghhh it does something, I just can't quite determine if it's actually beneficial. It gives a very light coverage (as stated, not enough to conceal) but I don't think it's brightening or highlighting. I think it might highlight very subtly if you get a shade lighter.

Price: 
This has such a meager amount of product in it, that I am actually angry. 0.05oz to be specific (Note all those zeros!) making it probably the most over-priced product of the year... or ever. This isn't a comparison post but, take the Maybelline Instant Age-rewind under-eye concealer for example, it has 0.2oz of product, that's 4X more, ALSO it runs about $5 less than it's Magic counterpart.

* 0.2oz of this product would cost around $48 (Seriously! magic ain't cheap). 
** By this logic the Magic Lumi foundation should cost around $200. Com'on!

Conclusion: 
I really wanted to like this! But, Sadly, this falls into the same meager categories as the other Magic Products. It's a dull product in pretty packaging. There are MUCH better concealers out there. Also, I wouldn't buy it just based on the shear audacity of the pricing!