Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Nail Polish Organization

I wanted to make a post about how I organize my nail polishes (since I love getting ideas from others).

This isn't the most original of organization ideas because I'm sure anyone has seen these nail polish racks in salons/on youtube/ on blogs.

I used to keep my nail polish collection in a big box, but that got frustrating because a. I couldn't see everything I had (only the tops of the bottles) and b. I had already filled the box. So once my collection started really growing, I decided to order a rack. I really like this one; the plastic is very sturdy and thick.

I ordered the nail polish rack from for about $50 with shipping, this is the 90 count one. I know this sounds like a lot but for me it's a good investment so I can really see what I have. I have seen some on ebay for about $40 but I'm a little sceptical.

I arrange my polishes based on brand just because that's how I associate them. If you have a question about what a particular color is, feel free to let me know =]


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Essie's Van D'Go vs. Maybelline's Sweetie Pie

To say that I have a lot of nail polish is a bit of an over statement. So yesterday I got home and realized what I thought to be the inevitable: I bought a nail polish almost identical to what I already have. So now you guys get to know a dupe haha (always the optimist)

Here is Essie's Van D'go. It was recently released in the Art of Spring collection. I love this color! It's a peachy melon with some pink to it. Gorgeous for spring! It's a little more peachy than pictured.

Here is Maybelline's Sweetie Pie. This is actually a limited edition polish released in Maybelline's new spring collection.When I saw it I was instantly drawn to its spring-like qualities.

Now, lets compare the dupe-esque qualities. Both were 2 coats by the way.

They are extremely similar. The only SLIGHT difference is that Sweetie Pie has a bit more of a pink tone. Otherwise, they're identical. Essie's is about $8 (in drugstores, prices may vary) and the Maybelline's $4.29 (again, prices may vary). I don't believe that if you have one you need the other.

Hope you enjoyed the post; it's the first one I attempted on nail polish swatches so let me know what you think =]


Saturday, March 13, 2010

TAG: 40 Questions

So there's a tag going around on youtube about 40 beauty questions, to save myself the crazy rambling and editing, I thought I'd do it here =]


-How many times do you wash your face daily?
Twice - Morning and Night

-What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo)

-What is your current facial wash?
Cetaphil- has been that way for over a year and I love it

-Do you exfoliate?
Yes, I try to do it about once a week and if I need it, twice

-What brand do you use?
St. Ives Apricot Scrub

-What moisturizer do you use?
Morning- LUSH's Cosmetic Lad
Night- Nivea Soft

-Do you have freckles?

-Do you use eye cream?
No, I sometimes think I should for preventative measures...blah blah...but i dont

-Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
Yes, I used to have skin that was worse than it is now, but once i got into a cleansing routine and all that it got a lot better. Now I mostly get hormonal acne on my jaw and chin.

-Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?
Yes but I don't remember how it worked for me

-What foundation do you use?
Bare Minerals Matte

-How about concealer?
MAC Studio Sculpt for face
Benefit's Erase Paste for under eye

-Do you know your undertone color?
I think I'm neutral mostly but slightly on the warm side

-What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I love them, I've never worn them but I think when done right, they look great

-Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?
Yes, but I go my changes in texture and possibly smell

-What brand of mascara do you use?
I have been layering my mascaras for a while, Lashblast for separating then Max Factor 2000 Calorie for thickening and lengthening. MF 2000 Calorie will forever be my favorite mascara and I'm so sad it's discontinued. I still have a back up of one tube =\

-Sephora or MAC?
Gotta say MAC. It's actually cheaper for the most part and I love the quality of most of the products. However, I'd take out the annoying frequent collections and add in some Sephora by OPI good quality nail polishes =]

-Do you have a MAC Pro-card?

-What makeup tools do you use in make up application?
Brushes- a mix of MAC, Sonia Kashuk, Sigma, and throw in a doefoot applicator for inner corner highlight

-Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?
Always- I love UDPP, I tried to steer away to TFSI and that didn't work the same at all. I do love bases like UDPP Sin and Shadesticks/Paint Pots as a quick color on the lid

-For the face?
Nope, my moisturizer does a good job as making a nice smooth base

-What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)?
What an unfair question! lol I would have to say light gold toned...perfect inner corner and I sometimes wear it on the lid to brighten my eyes

-Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
Liquid for upper lashliner, pencil for waterline

-How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
Never, its happened a handful of times with mascara though

-What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
I like them because I have some great colors, but I hate the messiness

-Do you use mineral makeup?
I guess Bare Minerals counts

-What is your favorite lipstick?
MAC- Pretty Please, goes with anything

-How about lipgloss?
VS Beauty Rush- Slice of Heaven

-What is your favorite blush to use?
I get some questions for recommendations of blushes and if I like certain ones from collections, truth is I don't wear blush *gasp!*  I actually have rosy cheeks to begin with so the only thing I wear on my cheeks is bronzer (for that I love NARS Laguna)

-Do you buy your makeup on ebay?
Yup, I have bought some items. Never MAC though

-Do you like drugstore makeup?
I love it- I love finding great things that are a few dollars. My favorite blog dedicated to drugstore finds is Nouveau Cheap

-Do you go to CCO's? (cosmetic company outlets)
Yup, I love them and finding some nice MAC that was from previous collections

-Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?
Yes, I'd love to take some techniques and use it to improve my own method

-Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
Not really

-Name a makeup crime that you hate?
Great eyeshadow yet no mascara, unmatched foundation to neck, unblended makeup (even a little)

-Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones?
I love neturals, I feel so much more comfortable in them and that my features are enhanced better using neutrals

-Which celebrity always has great make up?
Kim Kardashian (of course), Eva Mendes, Jennifer Aniston

-If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item,what would you use?
Eyeliner- makes me look more awake and focused

-Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
Yes, I've done it...but I'd rather at least have some concealer, liner, and mascara

-Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
I look ok, I look better with it

-In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?
Overall I would say MAC, the majority of their products are great, but I use all kinds of brands and there are certain brands that have specific items that are the BEST within the overall category

-What do you think of Makeup?
I love it. I love the excitement of buying it, new collections, applying it. I love that it helps enhance features and unite lovers of it =]

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