Monday, October 29, 2012

October Ipsy (MyGlam) Bag

Hey guys, tonight I'm going to show y'all what I got in my first Glam bag!!!  I've wanted to try a beauty subscription for a while and decided to try out BirchBox and Ipsy, formerly known as MyGlam, for a few months.  I'll share what I got in my October BirchBox in a future post.

Let's get on to the goodness, that is my Ipsy Glam bag!!!

October Glam Bag
You can check out my video HERE.
Click "Read More" for pictures and a mini review of the products that I got.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tutorial: Rebecca Minkoff Inspired Nail Art

Hey guys I today I'm going to show y'all a nail design that I did a while ago that was inspired by a Rebecca Minkoff handbag that I saw on Hautelook a few months ago.

 Rebecca Minkoff inspired nails
Here is the purse that inspired the nail design
(Source: Hautelook)
Click "Read More" to see the tutorial

Friday, October 19, 2012

Nail Polish Spotlight: Essie Braziliant

Hey guys!  Today the Nail Polish Spotlight is going to shine over the beautiful Essie Braziliant!

Braziliant, from 2011 summer collection, is a bright medium orange with subtle pink and gold shimmer.

 This has to be one of my favorite polishes in my entire collection.  It's very opaque and I only used two coats for my mani.  For some reason my camera hates orange and made the color darker than it is in real life.

There you have it!  What are some of your favorite polishes?

Thanks for reading.  Follow and share if you like!
Crystal <3

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Lacquer Convention Swatches!!!

Hey guys! You might remember that I was on an indie polish buying kick a couple of months ago...well today I have the first of many swatch post of some indie polishes that I've added to my growing addiction collection.

To be honest, I really don't remember where I first saw Lacquer Convention polishes, but I can say that they have awesome shipping!  I bought my polishes on a Saturday and got them on a Monday, they are located in California and I'm in Texas!!!

So here are the swatches!

The first color that I picked up is Pop Tart, a white jelly base filled with multi color/sized glitters.
For the swatch I applied two coats over a white base on my ring finger and three coats alone on my pinkie.
 The next color that I picked up is Sparkle Berry Cobbler, a glitter top coat filled with small gold round glitter, gold bar glitter, and a mixed of medium sized purple, blue, and pink glitters.
For the swatch I applied two coats of SBC over two coats of China Glaze Urban-night.
(Can we applaud my sister for letting me use her nails for the swatch *applause* lol)
 The last polish that I bought is Galinda, a sheer pink base with medium blue and holo purple glitter and small pink glitter.
For the swatch I applied two coats over OPI Lucky, lucky, lavender on my left thumb and three coats alone on my right thumb.
These polishes are super fun and I already have a list of some others that I want to buy from Lacquer Convention!  Do you own any LC polishes?  Tell me in the comments below.  You an also post pictures on our Facebook wall!
You can follow Lacquer Convention on Facebook HERE and shop their Etsy store HERE.
Thanks for reading.  Follow and share if you like!
Crystal <3

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

September 2012 Birchbox Review

Hey guys!!!  Long time no talk!  I know that I'm probably the worse with keeping up with my blog, but life and I have been playing a huge game of dodge ball and life had the upper hand for a while.  I have so many things in store for you guys and hopefully it will make up for my absence!

Today I'm going to review my first Birchbox!!!!

September 2012 Birchbox
(you can watch me open my box HERE)
I've been wanting to try a beauty subscription for a while now and decided to try out Birchbox and Ipsy (formally known as MyGlam) for a few months.  I got my Birchbox first and I was excited to see what I would get, but once I got my box I was less than impressed...
Let's get a close up of the things that I got in my box:
 21 Drops Focus Aromatherapy Blend:  This was an interesting product to say the least.  It claims that the oils in the product are suppose to help you focus.  The only thing that I think it did for me was alert my senses.  It has a nice minty smell that isn't too overwhelming and it comes with a roller ball applicator.  I wouldn't repurchase this, but I think it was something fun to try out.
 Mighty Leaf Tea:  I got three tea samples, Chamomile Citrus, Vanilla Bean, and Green Tea Tropical.  I'm not a big hot tea drinker so I wasn't too happy about this product.  I did try the Chamomile Citrus and almost got sick.  I'll try the other two eventually, but I'll stick to my southern sweet tea for now.

Vasanti Brighten Up!  Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator:  This exfoliate was the product that I was most excited to try and it did not disappoint.  The exfoliate is fairly gentle on the skin and does give it a nice glow.  This is probably the only product that I would possibly repurchase, but the $34 price tag makes me cling to my $3 St.Ives Apricot scrub.  Maybe I'll repurchase this when I have some extra money. Lol
 Nexxus Pro-Mend Split End Treatment System:  Okay this is where Birchbox lost me.  Birchbox is a program that gives you DELUXE size samples to try out every month.  Since when were one time use packets that you can get for free a deluxe sample?  There isn't even enough product for me to use one time.  I'm not too keen on trying hair products, my head is very "special" lol, so I won't be trying this product.
 Twistband hair tie:  At first I wasn't too excited about this product, but I have to say it ended up being of my favorite things that I got in my box.  The band did get a bit stretched out but it still holds my hair very well without slipping off.
Madewell gift certificate:  I've never heard of this company before and I never got a chance to check it out before the certificate expired.  From the card it looks like your average clothing store and the certificate was for $25 off your purchase of $75 or more. It would've been a great deal for someone that loves to shop there, but not for me.
 Color Club Nail Polish:  Of course I was the most excited about this product, but I got the one color that I didn't want.
 The name of this color is "Status Update."  As you can see Birchbox did have a typo on the label, but as long as the product is good then I'm good. : )
Status Update is a dark charcoal grey with a slight green under tone to it.  This polish surprised me with the formula.  All you need is one to to get full opacity but I used two coats for the swatch above out of habit.
So that is all that I got in my September Birchbox!  I wasn't too happy with it at first, but I definitely grew to like some of the products after using them a few times.  What products did you get in your Birchbox?  Are you happy with the program?  Tell me in the comments below!
I haven't gotten October Birchbox yet but I'll be sure share what I got with you guys when I do get it! : )
Thanks for reading.  Follow and share if you like!
Crystal <3

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