Monday, August 18, 2014

Vegan Cuts Beauty Box Review August 2014

Hey, everyone!

Today I've got the August Vegan Cuts Beauty Box to review.  Here's the product description according to the Vegan Cuts website:

The easiest way to discover cruelty-free brands without committing to full-size products or prices. Each month you'll receive a delivery of 4-7 new products to try, ranging from unique cosmetics to luxurious skincare.
The Box in Brief:
  • Free shipping to the US
  • 4-7 products
  • 100% cruelty-free
  • Mostly organic and natural
  • Mix of full and sample size products
  • Cancel anytime, though we doubt you’ll ever want to
Sounds pretty cool, right?  They also offer a snack box which features 7-10 vegan goodies each month.  Each box is $19.95.

And here's the August box:

Vegan Cuts Beauty Box August 2014
Vegan Cuts Beauty Box August 2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure New York Fashion Week (NYFW) 2014

Hey all,

I just picked up four polishes from the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure NYFW at Kmart the other day.  They have three sets of polishes in this collection: Fall Pastels (five pastel cremes), Glam Sequins (five glitters including two shard glitters and a hybrid), and Dark Romance (five deep fall cremes).  I decided not to pick up any of the Fall Pastels because I've had my fill of anything that even smells like a summery shade and am totally ready to dive head first into autumn! I ended up with Rupee Red from Dark Romance and Pink Dream, Golden Rust, and Shattered Stars from Glam Sequins.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure New York Fashion Week NYFW 2014
L-R: Rupee Red, Pink Dream, Golden Rust, Shattered Stars
First up, Rupee Red.  I realized a few months ago that I have very few vampy colors and have been trying to augment my stash; I think this is a pretty good start. Rupee Red is a very pretty burgundy wine color that could almost be a one coater.  I did two because I generally apply polish in thin coats.  Application is nice and easy.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure New York Fashion Week NYFW 2014 Rupee Red
Sally Hansen Rupee Red, overcast outdoor light
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure New York Fashion Week NYFW 2014 Rupee Red
Sally Hansen Rupee Red, indoor natural light
The next polish, Pink Dream, is probably my favorite of the ones I picked up.  It looks very orange in the bottle despite the name. It's a slightly tinted pinky orange base with hexagonal and smaller round glitter pieces.  The glitter reflects orange, gold, green, and yellow... It reminds me a bit of Mardi Gras.  It's shown below in two coats on top of both Rupee Red and Wet'n'Wild Black Creme in overcast outdoor light. I think this looks pretty amazing layered over dark polishes, but I suspect it's equally interesting over lighter shades (perhaps followed by a matte top coat).

And just for fun, DH's description of the polish: "It looks like what a mermaid would have or something."

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure New York Fashion Week NYFW 2014 Pink Dream Rupee Red
Sally Hansen Pink Dream over Rupee Red
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure New York Fashion Week NYFW 2014 Pink Dream Rupee Red
Behold, sparkle!
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure New York Fashion Week NYFW 2014 Pink Dream Wet'n'Wild Black Creme
Sally Hansen Pink Dream over Wet'n'Wild Black Creme
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure New York Fashion Week NYFW 2014 Pink Dream Wet'n'Wild Black Creme
The sun makes a brief appearance.
The third polish I picked up is Golden Rust.  This one looks like fall in a bottle... and/or root beer.  It's a brown jelly with gold hexagonal glitter and smaller round glitter.  I applied three coats to achieve the opacity shown in the photos.  Formula went on with ease.  I'm still not sure how I feel about this against my skin tone, but I think I like it.  (For reference, I'm Illamasqua RLF 115 & SB 2; Nars Siberia.)

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure New York Fashion Week NYFW 2014 Golden Rust
Sally Hansen Golden Rust, overcast outdoor light
Finally, we have Shattered Stars, which is a silver shard glitter.  I was skeptical about this one because the chaos of shard shaped glitter usually unsettles me, but I'm glad I bought this one.  It turned out to be pretty cute!  I layered two coats over China Glaze First Mate.  I think this would look even more amazing over a deep navy polish (I have zero of these for some reason).

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure New York Fashion Week NYFW 2014 Shattered Stars China Glaze First Mate
Sally Hansen Shattered Stars over China Glaze First Mate
Overall, I think this is a really nice collection. I would have bought more, but quite honestly, the eight dollar price tag for a drugstore polish deterred me... especially because I just bought a bunch of Illamasqua polishes of the Illamasqua site for $8.11. If I see a coupon or a sale, though, I may pick up a few more!

What do you think of this collection?  Worth the hefty (relatively speaking) drugstore price tag?

*Sally Hansen is cruelty free, according to its website.  Coty, its parent company, is not.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sally Hansen Color Foil in Cobalt Chrome + Sephora by OPI Meet Me at the Disco

Hey all,

I can't stop playing with these Sally Hansen Color Foils.  I happened to find this one, Cobalt Chrome,on clearance at Target the other week.  I paired it with Sephora by OPI Meet Me at the Disco, a really fun silver holographic glitter. 

Sally Hansen Color Foil Cobalt Chrome Sephora by OPI Meet Me at the Disco

As per usual, I adore this Color Foil polish.  It's so beautifully metallic and shiny, and it happens to remind me of a pair of heels one of my Barbie dolls used to own (you know, the ones they used to make that never quite fit their feet and just immediately flopped off at the heel the instant you put them on).  Meet Me at the Disco was also amazing.  I layered on three coats, and it was completely opaque.  It was a rainy, overcast day when I took this picture.  You can see the holographic magic in the bottle despite the cloudy skies.  I'm really disappointed I didn't get a sun shot.  I know it would just rainbow glow like crazy!

Thanks for reading!

*Sally Hansen and OPI are cruelty free, but Coty, their parent company, is not.

China Glaze All Aboard Fall 2014

Hey all,

I've got some swatches from the China Glaze All Aboard Collection to show you today.  I picked up Lug Your Designer Baggage, Mind the Gap, Loco-motive, and Choo-Choo Choose You.  I have to admit that just based on the pictures of the bottles that I found on the internet, I was a bit underwhelmed.  I am happy to say that, despite my initial impressions, this collection has some really awesome polishes!

China Glaze All Aboard (L-R): Mind the Gap, Lug Your Designer Baggage, Loco-motive, Choo-Choo Choose You
China Glaze All Aboard (L-R): Mind the Gap, Lug Your Designer Baggage, Loco-motive, and Choo-Choo Choose You
Mind the Gap is a mid-tone taupe with green gold shimmer.  It went on easily in two coats for the opacity pictured below.  To me, it looks like Mac Old Gold Pigment had a lovechild with some clear polish.  Beautiful!

China Glaze All Aboard Mind the Gap
Mind the Gap (Sun)
China Glaze All Aboard Mind the Gap
Mind the Gap (Shade)

Lug Your Designer Baggage is a chocolate brown with lighter beige flakies and a copper microshimmer.  I'm a little wary of brown on my nails against my very fair skin (Illamasqua SB 2 for reference), but it was so pretty in the bottle that I had to take a chance.  The formula went on with no problems in two coats.  I was pleasantly surprised with this brown.  I think it will be a great fall color, and I suspect it would look even better on darker skin tones.  (Sorry, the shade picture went insane with shiny top coat.)

China Glaze All Aboard Lug Your Designer Baggage
Lug Your Designer Baggage (Sun)

China Glaze All Aboard Lug Your Designer Baggage
Lug Your Designer Baggage (Shade)



Loco-motive is a moderately dense steel grey glitter with larger round pieces of red and copper glitter.  I really thought this one would be a stand-alone polish based on the bottle.  That said, I had to pile on five coats for the opacity in the photo, and my nail lines still show through.  It's still pretty, but it takes some work.  I also applied one thick coat over Canmake #59 to show what it looks like as a topper.

China Glaze All Aboard Loco-motive Locomotive
Loco-motive, by itself (sun)
China Glaze All Aboard Loco-motive Locomotive
Loco-motive, by itself (shade)

China Glaze All Aboard Loco-motive Locomotive Canmake 59
Loco-motive over Canmake 59 (sun)
China Glaze All Aboard Loco-motive Locomotive Canmake 59
Loco-motive over Canmake 59 (shade)

 Choo-Choo Choose You is plummy purple base with holographic shimmer that reflects orange and green.  This one, in my opinion, is the star of this collection.  I usually hate purple on my nails, but I am so glad I took a chance on this one.  It is absolutely beautiful!  It's quite the shape shifter and seems like it has its own coat of unicorn pee built right in.  Yessss!!!!  Amazing.

China Glaze All Aboard Choo-Choo Choose You
Choo-Choo Choose You (sun)
China Glaze All Aboard Choo-Choo Choose You
Choo-Choo Choose You (shade)
China Glaze All Aboard Choo-Choo Choose You
Choo-Choo Choose You (shade, close up)
So, will you guys be picking up any of the All Aboard polishes?  What are your favorites from the collection?

*China Glaze is cruelty free.  Canmake is cruelty free (more info).  Canmake's official site can be found here.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Illamasqua Bacterium

Hey, everyone,

Last night, I was scouring my stash for a kind-of-neutral yet interesting nail polish.  I let DH choose (risky business, so I retain veto power), and he decided on Illamasqua Bacterium.  Illamasqua describes this shade as "pearlescent ash ochre."  I'd say that's pretty apt.  While the formula went on slightly brushstrokey, it otherwise applied very, very nicely.  The brushstrokes aren't noticeable when it dries, in my opinion. 

Illamasqua Bacterium

Unfortunately, the weather has been extremely rainy lately, so I wasn't able to catch this one in sunlight.  This one can deepen in color when the light hits it just right.  I've always been a fan of Illamasqua polishes, some of which happen to be discounted almost 50% right now at their website

What are your favorite neutral-with-a-twist polishes?