Mani Monday | NEW OPI + Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Topcoat

I’ve been dying to try OPI’s latest New Orleans Collection for Spring/Summer 2016! 

 

There are so many beautiful colors in this collection and I always love the formula of OPI’s polishes.

I chose the color Show Us Your Tips! , a periwinkle (but more purple) color with holographic shimmer.  This color is gorgeous!  It is very sheer, so I did need to do three coats.  

I chose this color because I don’t have anything in my collection like it!  It really is chock full of sparkle.

  
First I used my favorite, OPI Natural Nail Basecoat, which preps my nails and makes the polish glide on so smoothly.  This basecoat really helps to extend the wear time of my nail polish.

To finish, I used the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat.  I’ve heard mixed reviews about this product, but I think I love it!  It’s got a big flat brush that makes it so easy to apply, and despite drying time, it really does make my nails look shiny and thick like gel nails.  

  
I do my nails at night after my girls go to sleep, so letting my nails dry for an hour or so isn’t a big deal to me.  I probably wouldn’t use this if I was in a hurry to go somewhere, though!

What’s on your nails?

EAT | Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Today we are making the easiest cookies ever!  These are chocolate cookies made with cake mix that come out so chewy and delicious!  The best part about these cookies is that you can add anything to them – nuts, m&m’s, chocolate chips…whatever you like!  I will be using mini semi-sweet chips, because those are my favorite.  Let’s get started!

 What you need:

  • 1 box Devil’s Food cake
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 c vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)

Combine eggs and oil in a mixing bowl.   

Add Devil’s Food cake mix.   

  

Add in your chocolate chips. 

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop cookies onto pan about 3 inches apart.  Flatten down with fingers.

  
Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.

 Enjoy! This makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Products I Regret Buying

Sometimes products just aren’t as great as you think they’re going to be.  You do your research, but you still end up disappointed.  Most of the products I’ll be talking about are my own fault (like I picked the wrong color), but there are some products here that are just junk.  Different products work for different people, and these particular ones just didn’t work out for me.

 
  

Pureology Colour Fanatic with 21 Essential Benefits – ok, we all know this brand is pricey, so I was expecting this product to be awesome!  I love the It’s A 10 Miracle Leave In Product (LOVE), so I thought this would be even better.  It has 21 benefits for your hair, like heat protecting, adding shine, etc., but it just didn’t wow me at all.  It smells nice, but I didn’t notice any difference in my hair after using it.  I much prefer the It’s a 10, it leaves my hair so soft and shiny.  This isn’t necessarily a BAD product, it just didn’t wow me for the price.

Macadamia Control Hair Spray  – Yeah, this did nothing.  It didn’t smell very good, and it left my hair crunchy where I sprayed it.  It also  didn’t hold my curls at all.  Fail.

ELF Makeup Mist and Set – Sorry ELF, I love you, but this stuff stinks.  Literally.  It smells so bad.   Also, when you spray it on your face, the pump shoots out big streams of product instead of a fine mist. Wth?  No.  Did I get a bad one or what?

 

MAC Lip Liner in Hip N’ Happy– ok, this one is my fault.  I chose a horrible color, lol.  Do not buy this lip liner if you are my skintone cause it will make you look like a weirdo.  It is such a light, pale, but bright (?) pink…and I’m not really sure who it would work on!  It just exaggerates the lines in my lips and makes me look like a dead Barbie.  Skip this.  It doesn’t make you hip or happy. 🙂

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer–  I know, I know.  Everyone and their mom LOVES this.  Not sure what I’m doing wrong, but I do not like this concealer.  The color is good, so I chose right, but I just don’t like the consistency at all!  First off, it’s too sheer for my undereye circles, which are dark, but not THAT dark.  I find that it dries so quickly that I barely have enough time to blend it!  I just don’t like this, but I’m making myself use it up.  Team NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Loreal Colour Riche Monos Eyshadow – these are fairly new at the drugstore, and since I love the Infallible Shadows (go get you some Amber Rush), I thought I would love these too.  Now, when you dip your finger in, they seem to be the same consistency as the Infallible ones, and they even look the same in the pan.  But when you apply them to your lid (or your arm to swatch), no product comes off!  Like NONE.  I tried applying these wet, dry, with my finger, but they just don’t come off the brush or my finger.  It’s weird.  You shouldn’t have to work this hard for decent color payoff.

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette–  this one is probably my fault, too.  I just don’t ever use this and I regret buying it!  It is a palette of 6 shadows, and three of them are highlights!  Why?!  Who needs three highlight shades in a tiny palette like this?  Also, there is only one shimmer shade (one of the MANY highlights), and the rest are mattes.  There are two taupey-browns, and a black.  YAWN.  Could this palette get any more boring?  Throw in a shimmer shade to liven’ up the joint UD!

MAC Studio Finish Concealer – this concealer is extremely drying and hard to blend out.  I do like cream concealers like this, but not this one.  I feel like it is very thick and mask like.  It doesn’t look like skin when applied.

Ok, so I hope that wasn’t too negative!  Why are your thoughts on these products?

PLAY! By Sephora | February 2016

 Hey guys!  I’m back today with a Play By Sephora unboxing.  This month’s box was full of makeup, which I was so excited about!  Let’s get into February’s box.

In case you don’t know, this box is $10 a month, and they will send you 6 deluxe size samples from prestige brands. You don’t take a quiz or anything, and you can’t select what products to receive. There is currently a wait list for this box, so sign up here to get on the list ASAP!

You’ll get the same lipstick printed box each time, and inside is a neat little book that tells you all about the products. It also gives tips and tricks for using each thing, which I love!

 
  

Bumble and Bumble Pret A Powder – this teeny size is adorable!  I actually really love this stuff- it’s a dry shampoo/texturizer that you use to soak up oil and add volume to the hair.  I actually have this in full size, and featured it in my 2015 Best Of Beauty!  PLUS, this same size (0.5 oz) is sold at Sephora for $12.  So BAM, the box has already paid for itself 🙂

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N9 Copper Pink – this lipstick is a beautiful color and is super creamy. It is said to be  a great color for any skintone and a universally flattering shade, so  I’m excited to try it out.  I really like getting these mini lipsticks- they’re great to keep in my purse.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-In-1 Mascara – this is a mascara that is supposed to lengthen, curl, volumize, and condition lashes.  I may have tried this once before, but I don’t remember.  I am very picky about mascara, but this one has great reviews, so maybe I’ll like it 🙂  I love Tarte.
  

Tom Ford Black Orchid EDP – I already know that this is not for me!  I have smelled this before, and I will be passing this one along.  It is very strong, dark and pretty musky.  I just prefer lighter floral scents.  Perfume is a very personal thing for a person to pick out, and it’s hard to find the right scents sometimes.  I do love getting these samples every month though. I keep these in my car for a quick touch up.

Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longwear Eyeliner in Noir Intense – I already have this pencil in full-size, but I have yet to try it (makeup hoarder probs), but I am still glad to see this mini size in here!  You can never have too many black eyeliners, and just by swatching this, I can tell that it is super creamy and pigmented. 🙂

Bare Minerals Pop Of Passion Lip Oil-Balm in Plumberry Pop – This is a new product that just came out from Bare Minerals – supposed to be really pigmented and moisturizing.  It contains Maracuja Oil and is a beautiful berry color.

I am so happy with this month’s box!  I love how it had a lot of makeup, and even though I already own a few of the products, I can always use these for travel or backups.  

I also like how they send fairly new products that have recently come out, like the Lancome pencil and the BM lipstick.  I will definitely use everything in this box except for that perfume, which I’ll pass along.

Did you like this month’s box?

A Dupe For The Brow Wiz?  NEW Loreal Brow Stylist Definer Pencil

So, I’m sure you’ve heard of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, which is a verrrry popular eyebrow pencil that people (including myself) swear by.  Anastasia is the queen of brows, and every other pencil I’ve tried just doesn’t measure up.  Nothing from the drugstore even comes close.  UNTIL NOW.

  
What makes the Brow Wiz so amazing is the super fine (0.5 mm) tip and the waxy consistency of the pencil.  This waxy consistency helps the product to adhere (and stay) on the brows, unlike an eyeliner consistency like most other brow pencils have.  This pencil is not very pigmented when applied, and that’s why I like it.  When doing natural looking eyebrows, you want to do short strokes to make the lines look more like hair, and when it’s too pigmented, well…you just end up with drawn on sharpie brows.  Not a good look.  You want to be able to build up your brows and be in control of how bold you want them.  

Another great thing about this pencil is that it has a little spoolie brush on the end, that way you can comb through the brows and make them look natural by spreading the product around.  

   
So, the Brow Wiz retails for $21, and comes in 9 shades.  You will definitely find the right shade for you.  I wear the color Dark Brown.   To me, nothing comes close to this pencil…it’s pretty perfect.  

I was recently at the drugstore, and I saw something that caught my eye.  The Loreal Brow Stylist Definer Pencil.  This is the exact same thing as the Brow Wiz.  The packaging is the same (pencil on one end, spoolie on the other) and the consistency (same waxy texture), wearability (stays all day), and color of this product is the same as the Brow Wiz.  Even the tip is the same size!  This product comes in only three shades, Blonde, Brunette, and Dark Brunette.  I bought Brunette and it matches the Brow Wiz I have exactly.  This pencil retails for about $8, depending on which drugstore you go to.     

 
I think these products are EXACT dupes, and I can’t believe how they are so similar!  I will definitely be purchasing the Loreal pencil from now on to save some money.  It’s about time the drugstore put out a great eyebrow pencil!

Have you tried either of these?