Recent Nails

I’ve been painting my nails every 2-3 days because I picked up so much nail polish last month that I’ve barely been able to try them all. In fact I think I’ve only tried 10 or so polishes. Here are some looks I tried in May.

I tried Sinful Colors in Cinderella.
This one was very disappointing. It was super streaky and didn’t have very good coverage at all. I think I did 4 coats there and you can still see my nail beneath it. It also seems kind of sticky in texture which made drying a pain. I probably will search for another baby blue and one without glitter.

I also tried Orly Fantasea.
This one is really pretty because of the purple and pink duochrome but it’s also sheer. This is about 2-3 coats. Maybe the polish would look better with a color underneath.

Then I did an opal nail using various polishes.
You can’t really tell in the picture but it looks alright. I sponged on the colors after a white and pearl coat.

And lastly I bought my very first holographic polish from Ulta.
I only did one nail and not a very good job but you can see it’s holographic. I didn’t buff my nails well enough so its uneven and that’s where you can see on the nails that it’s not filled in. I will try harder next time but it’s more time consuming than I’m used to. And it’s quite expensive so I will probably not be using this polish everyday.

Recent Purchases 4/9/2012 Haul-iday Weekend

This is quickly becoming a trend. More hauling coming your way. Like I said in my last haul, this past weekend was crazy chocked full of sales so I had to take advantage. I told you guys about the 20% off Ulta haul but it actually didnt start until Friday which is when I went. We had a whole day of shopping planned and I planned my makeup purchases carefully because of the sale and I’m trying to cut back on buying makeup and buy more clothes.

So first I went to ulta to use my coupon and I got a lot less than I originally planned. I did pick up a lot of polishes though. Here is my entire Ulta Stash for the day.

First, I got something I’ve been wanting for a long time, Essie’s Matte top coat.
It’s so awesome! I totally missed out on the matte collections so I’m glad I found this baby for an instant muted nail look! It’s originally $10 but I got it for $8 with my coupon.

Next I got an OPI polish in Samoan sand which I’ve also been wanting.
It’s a light soft brown nude color that’s lighter than my skin but opaque.

And then I picked up Orly’s Cotton Candy.
It’s a cotton candy pink with a coral undertone, super cute!

I also had a bit of a decision dilemma at the Essie display. I originally intended to go in for Essie’s Van d’go but when I put it up against my nail with the Orly swatch of prelude to a kiss that I bought in my last haul, it looked identical so I ended up not getting it and instead getting Haute as hello which is actually the tone of orange creamsicle that I thought van d’go was going to look like.
I don’t know, I still want to see more Van d’go swatches before I completely let it go as an exact dupe for my orly one.

For my last polish, I picked up a Revlon one for dirt cheap. This is in Sweet Tart.
Revlon was 40% off plus my 20% so The polish was something like $2.30. This is probably my favorite of the bunch because I’ve been wanting a bright Barbie hot pink and this fits the bill.

Since Revlon and Nyx were 40% off as well I picked up a few other things. I picked up a Revlon colorstay foundation in True beige.
I’m trying this color for the first time. I haven’t quite found my perfect shade yet from this line. Currently I have two that are too light and one in natural tan that is too dark. It made my face look muddy rather than a nice tan color. I wore this foundation yesterday and it actually matches me quite well. My cheeks are still lighter than the shade but it evens out my skin tone in such a way that it matches my neck perfectly. I think this might be the closest to my shade I can find.

I also picked up a Revlon concealer stick in light medium.
I’m trying this for the first time as well. I wanted another concealer because I have a makeup bag that I like to keep multiples of and my undereye concealer in there is running low so I wanted another one. On my vanity I use Maybellene’s sponge tip one and I really like it but mine recently cracked at where you turn it to bring up more product so I didn’t want to get another one in case the same thing happens because it is currently a pain to get my concealer out every morning. And of course this one was on sale. This is actually quite nice and creamy. I tend to like stick concealers better than liquid cause they’re just more manageable. And as an undereye concealer, the color’s perfect.

Nyx was also 40% off so I picked up three things. I got a lipstick in blush.
This is actually a really pretty color and the perfect bright pink shade. It’s sort of like my MAC Nicki Minaj but not so matte and bright. This one is more wearable but still a nice bright pink.

I also picked up another jumbo eye pencil in a grey silver shade called pots and pans which I think is such a cute name.
I haven’t used it yet but I always like this little guys. I just use them as bases for when I need my shadow to pop.

Then finally I picked up a matte lip cream in Tokyo.
I don’t know what’s going on with the bottom sticker, I didn’t even notice when I picked this up. I’ve tried this, it’s lighter than I like but I’ll probably keep it because there will be times when I want a lighter lip color. As far as the feel and texture goes, I’m not completely sold on it. I didn’t love it like I thought I would. I still prefer a lipstick or gloss.

Then Of course when we went to the mall I picked up a few more things. I went to Sephora to use my 15% off coupon and I got the Smashbox brow tech in taupe.
I wanted to get this at Ulta with my 20% but they didn’t have any and I was literately out of my brow pencil on my vanity. I had to use my pencil from my makeup bag everyday and then put it back. Don’t let the name Taupe fool you though it’s not ashy or grey or anything. It just looks brown to me. This is actually my favorite brow product I’ve ever tried because I love the shape of the tip. It works so well to draw and this product is waterproof! I really wanted to try the Tarte waterproof pencil too but it’s one of those with a tiny tip and I don’t literately want to draw my browns in. I want to color them and tint them with a pencil and this Smashbox one is really good for that. I’ve noticed it’s always out at Sephoras and Ulta though so either they’re phasing it out or people just love it as much as I do. It’s originally $26 but I got it for something like $22 which is still pricey for a pencil but I have ridiculously thin light brows naturally so it’s worth it to not look browless.

I also dropped my MAC to pick up some things from the new Tres Cheek and Reel Sexy collection but lo and behold, it was all sold out! This is after one day of the release date! I was only able to pick up one thing from the collections. It was a blush from the Tres Cheek collection in Peony Petal.
Luckily for me it was one of the two that I wanted. The other one was the light orange in Immortal Flower. I’m still on the hunt for it. This color though is so pretty! It’s a light lilac pink shade that I’ve been wanting. I wore it yesterday and it was still on my cheeks after about 11 hours so that’s awesome. I also picked up a lipgloss.

And that is all for makeup. I also picked up a few other things at the mall. First I got some great accessories. My highlight find of the day is this starfish wrap ring from H&M!
It’s a little big but it was such a great last minute find cause I’ve been googling this type of ring and it’s been coming up in the $50 price range which is too much. I’m so glad I found this. It was about $4 I think.

I also picked up a pair of men’s aviators from H&M because I like my shades to be really big.

I picked up some bracelets from F21.
This one is just nice for spring and summer.
And these are going to be for stacking.

I also picked up this pink one for stacking but I didn’t even look at the sizes and now I’m stuck with one that’s too big. I don’t remember F21 having bracelet sizes. Now I need to be more careful.
This one I can only wear at the bottom of the stack or it will fall off my hand.

And then I picked up three little short necklaces. These were super cheap and will be cute for simple outfits.

As far as clothes go, I didn’t find a whole lot but I did get some nice things. I got a pair of magenta pink pants and some neon pink shorts.

Then I picked up two t-shirts in light heathery grey and dark heathery grey.

I also found a thin chiffon type top that will be great over tanks this summer.
It kind of has a blazer feel but it’s not structured and it’s really thin so it won’t be too hot to wear.

I also got a polish from F21 that I forgot to post in my last haul. It’s a neon yellow glow in the dark color.
I tested it out this weekend when we went out for Xti’s birthday and it did sort of glow. Here’s how I wore it.

That’s it for my haul. I’m certain I’ll be hauling more. I just haven’t finished my spring shopping yet.

Recent Purchases – A Little Bit Free

Not too much this week, just bits here and there. I reached level 5 in Ulta rewards points so I stopped by ulta to pick up my free reward. I didn’t like anything on the list except for the free hairdryer and some hair products but I decided to pick up this Big Sexy Hair teasing spray with my points.

I actually chose this one because I feel like my other hair spray that I use to back comb is ruining my hair so I don’t use it anymore but sometimes my hair still needs a little extra lift. I haven’t tried this yet because I haven’t gone out since I bought it but I will probably be trying it next weekend.

I also picked up my second color tattoo with a coupon from Target. I chose Pomegranate punch.
I’ve used this under a stila cranberry shade in Jezebel and it’s great. It really makes the color pop and stay on the lid. I still want to pick up a few more, probably in the white and bronze colors.

And then I got a few things from H&M. First I got this great set of rings because I’ve been wanting small thin silver rings.
I probably will not be wearing them all together but mix them in with other rings. H&M jewelry has really been impressing me lately.

From H&M I also picked up an orange top for summer and a pair of beige work pants.
I’m really excited to wear that top with some white shorts and tons of gold jewelry!

And that’s it for my haul. I have my eye on a few more H&M jewelry pieces that you’ll be seeing soon!

[ ♡ ] Sephora VIB & F&F sale 2011

This post is long overdue but I’ve been running around with multiple memory cards and lost these pictures so I just found them. You’ll be glad to know I’ve upgraded my 2 & 4 gigs to an 8 gig now so I can run around with just one card and not get confused 🙂 .

The Friends and family sale was I think the last weekend of October and anyone who entered an email address got 20% off their entire purchase for about a week. I was actually stressing out after my first order because I was wondering if I bought everything I wanted. I didn’t want to forget something and pay full price later. And then in the middle of the sale week I got a little card from sephora about the VIB sale in the following 2 weeks that also gave me 20% so I was so relieved!

Anyways here is what I got total. I am missing one thing though which was actually my first and most important buy. For some reason I didn’t take pictures of it. It was the NARs Danmari cheek palette with the 6 pans. I’ll post that up later when I get a chance but here’s the rest.

First a group shot:

I got a shiseido eyecream. I was on beautypedia 24 hours straight before finally deciding on an eyecream. Apparently Jar style packaging is not ideal for keeping the chemical balance of products.

It’s the Bio-performance eye contour cream and it’s super concentrated. I’ve been using it for over a month now and I had to take a 2 week break because it was irritating my eye so much. I started out using it every night and then I read the ingredient list and saw retinol and realized I should’ve eased myself in. So then I took the break and then started up again with twice a week for a week and then every other day for another week and now I use it every night and it doesn’t irritated my eyes or make them watery at night anymore. The problem is it seems to not sink in really well because some days I’ll wake up to wash my face and my eyes will burn a little and I don’t even use that much. I literally use like half a pump for both eyes because my eyes are sensitive to developing milia so I try not to put too much on them. I don’t know, I guess I’m still trying to figure out the best way to use this but one thing is for sure, I’m not stopping my eye cream usage. And I like the packaging of this product because the dispenser hole has a little cover too so it seems extra clean.

Next, more skin care. I’m trying to up my skincare game and find the perfect combination of things to fit me. I got a new moisturizer, the Kate Sommerville spf 55 sunscreen. Previously I was using Neutrogena oil free moisturizer spf 30 but that’s running out so I decided to try something new and with higher spf. I was deciding between this one and the philosophy one that’s also spf 55. I almost went with that one because its supposed to also have anti aging properties but in the end I decided to let my night routine cover my antiaging needs for now and go with this one.

I actually really like it so far. The packaging is a nice pump and it comes out like a white liquid but it applies smoothly and not greasy. It’s not thick either. The only thing I don’t like is that it has a problem standing up probably because the weight of the product is at the top and not the bottom.

Next I got the Laura Mercier Face Polish (which I’ve just returned two days ago and exchanged it for something else.)

At first I liked it because it’s very grainy and super abrasive. I liked that it felt like I was really scrubbing my face but after using it once a week for over a month I realized that’s all I liked about it. It didn’t feel like it was doing anything other than scrubbing. I want to have a product that I like because of the chemical properties, not the added bead particles. So I exchanged it for a different exfoliater that you’ll see in a few posts.

Next and Last from the friends and family sale I got the Laura Mercier silk crème foundation. I am in Bamboo Beige.

I like it. It’s a medium to full coverage but it’s a very thick consistency when it comes out. I was shocked at how small the bottle was a first because it’s around $40 but I’m used to the size now and I’ve barely made a dent in it so its ok. I like it well enough but I feel like it doesn’t set well even with powders and spray setters like it doesn’t quite sink into the skin enough to not come off with a tissue. I also feel like it doesn’t help stop the oils on my face but I like it well enough to keep.

Next are things I got from the VIB sale. I got the perfume I’ve been wanting forever, Gucci Guilty intense and it every bit as delicious as I remembered! The intense version is super concentrated though so I just do one spray on my left wrist, rub in my right wrist and then rub both on the sides of my neck and I’m good to go.

It’s sort of a nice sexy scent without the dark florals, citrus and oriental type smells. I already have two new perfumes in the line up to buy. I’m now eyeing Armani Aqua di goa and the Chloe perfume.

Next I got a Nar’s lipstick that I’ve been wanting forever. It’s a bright hot pink in Schiap.

I didn’t use if until just this past week because I was a little disappointed in it when I first got it home and tried it on. It turned out to be much more on the magenta side and less true hot pink but last week when I used it finally started falling in love with it and appreciating the color. It’s quite pretty!

And then you know I can’t resist a good holiday value set so I got two, both from MUFE. First is the aqua liners set.

I’ve never before tried the aqua liners so I thought this would be a great way to try them. I’ve only used the large black one so far and I like it. It’s quick drying though so you can’t really smudge it. I mostly use pencil liners for the waterline though because I prefer liquid and gel liner for over the lid. As far as its waterline performance goes I’d say it’s alright. I do find that If I put it on my top waterline, I’ll get black smudges on the bottom of my eyes after a few hours so that’s a little disappointing but so far I still having found the perfect waterline pencil that will not transfer at all during the day.

Then I got the best of MUFE set.

It comes with three full sized products and three samples. The full sizes were the lipgloss, mascara and aqua cream. I mostly bought this because I wanted a new smokely lash mascara and I wanted to give the HD powder another shot. Out of this group I really only love the mascara. I liked the aqua cream because it works nice as a base but it’s a champagne shimmery color which I already have in a mac paint pot so not super exciting. I hated the lipgloss because it’s super sticky and shimmery, like middle school shimmery. I like the little pencil but I already have one from the other set so again not super exciting. And then I just don’t like the primer that much. It goes on as a sort of thin lotion and I don’t feel like it does much for keeping my makeup nice and intact. It feels like just putting on another moisturizer. To be fair I do only have my Smashbox primer and a Bare minerals primer to compare it to so I’m not a primer expert or anything. I just find that I like how the smashbox one performs better in terms of smoothing my face for foundation and locking in oils. The HD powder I know is a cult favorite but I just don’t love it still. I’ve tried it once before and wasn’t impressed with it and this time is sort of the same. It’s very fine and ok on the face but it gives your face a shiny layer of sheen. I don’t know how to describe it. It’s sort of like putting Bare essentials mineral veil on your face and it gives you sort of that angelic glow like a soft line is shining on the side of your face but instead this one looks like a white cast, not an angelic glow. I don’t know, I’ll still try to use it and see if I can find some way to like it. I have to play around with it first.

Then I got a sample bag of tons of fragrances that I have not tried.

And then some random bonus items I got around the same time. My aunt gave me this lash growing serum from Walgreens.

I’ve used a bit of it so far but not on my lash line, just my brows. I’m too paranoid to use it on my lash line because again I’m prone to milia and because I wear contacts and have a special fear of things getting in my eye so I figured I’ll test it out on brows first. I haven’t used it religiously so nothing’s changed yet but I’m working on putting it into my skincare night routine so I can get a better feel for how it works. Its just like a clear gel, no smell or anything.

And then with ulta’s 20% off sale + buy one get one 50% off I got some real techniques brushes for a really good deal. I got these two sets.

I will probably do a separate post about these later but for now I like some and dislike some so it’s still up in t he air.

And that’s it for my earlier haul that’s being posted out of order.

♡ PaNhia

[ ♡ ] Recent Purchaes – 5/20/11 The Deals Keep coming – Ulta, Books & Target

After my PF coupon run, I decided to take advantage of some more sales on Friday so I went to my closest ulta with the intent to buy three Revlon lipsticks because they had a buy 2 get one free sale. I also knew that this week Walgreens would be having Revlon on sale for 40% off but I did some calculations and found that it would be cheaper to do this deal at Ulta because I also had $5 to exchange back in.

So first, I got three lipsticks in Nude attitude, Stormy pink and sky pink, all mattes. I also have been wanting to get a new colorstay foundation in a lighter shade because natural tan is too dark so I calculated the price per foundation using three stores. At Target they were $10 on sale for $9 each. At Walgreens they were $13 on sale for $7.80 a piece with the 40% off. At Ulta they were $12 a piece but with the buy 2 get one free deal it would be $24 dividde by 3 = $8. So I thought I’d just wait for the Walgreens sale and buy it from there because it was cheapest at $7.80 but then I walked around Ulta and found a little display with this same foundation and each foundation had an instant save $3 off coupon on it! Which means that If I bought three, it would take each foundation from $12 to $9 and then using the buy 2 get one free, I’d end up paying around $6 per item instead! I was so excited until I saw that they didn’t have the shades I wanted to try on the display because they were out.

So what did I do? Drive across town to the other Ulta of course! I also tried the three lipsticks in the car and was not feeling stormy pink and nude attitude so I exchanged them again for two other colors in siren and primrose pink.

L to R: Siren (creme,) sky pink (matte,) and primrose pink (crème)

I got siren for my sister because we were looking for a morange dupe. It actually comes pretty close except for its not as pigmented in one swipe. Sky pink is a nice light pink. For a matte, it comes on quite sheer. Primrose is my favorite, a light purply pink that comes on nicely.

Then of course I found the foundations at the 2nd Ulta in my color and bought three, two in medium beige and one in natural beige which is lighter. I figure medium beige would match more so I got two of those. Also if they didn’t match, I can always return them for darker colors later. I also ended up paying only $5 per bottle because when Ulta took the 3rd product off, they took off the orginal price of $11.99 instead of the price I paid with the coupon.

The odd thing about these is that they come in two versions, dry and normal & combo and oily. The colors in the combo and oily version all seem lighter than the same colors in the dry version which I found weird but after trying medium beige on my skin I found it wasn’t as light as I thought it would be and it matched perfectly.

I also stopped by half priced books to pick up some reads for my plane ride and I found 8 in the clearance section for $1 each!

And then I had two coupons for $2 off Revlon top speed nail polish from Target so I stopped by Target to get two. I got an orangey one and a purply pink one. I got them each for $3 a piece.

The colors are the last two on the right but I took a shot of the other two because I wanted to show you guys the similarity between the Revlon cupid and the elf one I got last time. They look almost the same right? It’s sort of a bummer, I really thought the Revlon one would be more purply and less pink.

Well that’s it for my deals in makeup over the weekend!

♡ PaNhia

[ ♡ ] Goodies Some More – Ulta Exchange

I did a little ulta exchanging today because I decided not to try the bio oil after reading more reviews for oily skinned folks like myself. I also had to exchange my other Revlon colorstay foundation because I held my first bottle up next to my Revlon photoready and they were completely different, the colorstay was much too light so I brought it back in to find a darker match especially since summer is fast on the way.

I got a darker shade of the foundation and exchanged the bio oil for more nyx lipsticks.

I got the colorstay foundation in natural tan. I think its like the third darkest color they had.

I got four lipsticks from Nyx:

L to R: Orange Soda, Pumpkin Pie, Electra, Tea

As you can see, I’m into nudes and browns and orange nudes lately. I’ll do lips watches in another post. Orange soda is very pale orange on my lips and does not look good at all. I’ll probably return it. Pumpkin pie is cuter and more true to the color. It’s a nudey orange but doesn’t appear nearly white on your lips like orange soda does. Electra is a darker matte red but I haven’t tried it on my lips yet. Tea is a brown that actually is quite cute and wearable.

So far of all my NYX lipsticks I’m really digging Frappucino, Power, Thalia, Tea, and Tea Rose. I plan to get femme next, it’s a bright orange sort of like MAC’s Morange but neither of my two regular Ulta’s have it so I’ll probably have to go out to a further location to look for it.

♡ PaNhia

[ ♡ ] Recent Purchases – Ulta & MAC quite cute!

Besides eating, I did a lot of shopping. I bought some jeans and a little tank top but the majority of my money went to a weeks worth of makeup shopping.

This is the collection over two trips to Ulta:

Ulta had a sale last week for 40% off of Revlon, Maybellene & NYX so I bought a few things. The only foundation I currently use is Revlon’s Photoready so I bought two, one for my bag and one for my vanity.

They’re originally 12.99 but I got both for about $15 so it was a good deal!

I bought 5 NYX lipsticks in Power, Thalia, B52, Fig & Frappacino. Here is Power first, I forgot to put it in the group shot:

It’s a light muavey purple with brownish tones.

Here are the rest:

B52 and Frappucino are quite similar. They’re brownish nudes that are just slightly darker than my lip color and they’re good for daily wear. Thalia is a light nude that’s got mauve tones to it. Fig is a really cute everyday pink that’s on the brighter side. So far I’m loving thalia and fig. I haven’t really explored the two brown nudes yet.

I also bought a lip pencil in iced coffee and an eye pencil in rocky mountain green.

The lip pencil is a really nice nudey orange color that I plan to use for smokey eyes. The green eye pencil I just bought to go under green shadow.

I also got a dual ended pencil from NYX that has a brown for filling in brows and a pink for highlighting. I know this is a dupe for the Anastasia one but it works really well. I really love the pink side.

Then I got three lip pencils in rose, hot red, and pale pink

The rose is a daily liner good under most lipsticks and the pale pink is really pale so its good for my baby pink looks and then I just got a red because I don’t have one.

I also wanted to try a different foundation so I got Revlon colorstay in warm golden.

Then I got a bio oil to try and a replacement hairspray for poufing.

I also dropped by target to get a replacement lock for the gym (long story) and got some new 136s.

Last week I also got two things from a MAC counter at Macys. I got a blush from the new cute collection and fix + to try.

I got the purple blush in Sakura because I’ve been looking for a really light purple blush that wasn’t so light it would look like a highlighter and this one works really well!

And last but not least, I used a 40% of coupon from borders and got “A Game of Thrones.” I just kept seeing it everywhere because HBO is making a series of the story so I decided I read it and see what the hypes all about.

I’m about four chapters in. It’s all about kings and queens and mystical things so right up my alley!

Overall I would say I’m set makeup wise for a long time. I do want to try the other blushes from the MAC collection thought. We’ll see how long I can contain myself 🙂

♡ PaNhia