Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I Love Your Blog

Last week, ScarsLikeLace over at Nails Like Lace awarded me the I Love Your Blog award. I am very flattered. You should really pop on over to her blog Nails Like Lace. She has some awesome nail art and fantastic pictures. She is also a great contributor to other blogs, always leaving insightful comments. I am lucky to have her as one of my readers. So on to all the fun questions that come with this award.
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Monday, January 30, 2012

Polished and Pretty in L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Color

So before I get to the good stuff, I want you all to know that I am on Bloglovin. Here is the link:  Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Recently, I have been exploring new brands of polish. Drugstore brands have really been putting out great collections lately, and L'Oreal's recently expanded line of their Color Riche Nail Color really caught my eye! They have a great base line of reds and pinks, but it was the blue and purple shades that really got me excited. I picked up two on a great deal at Walgreens last week and was pleasantly surprised by the brand.


**Looking for more L'Oreal Color Riche polishes? Check out my review of VIP Status!**

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Under Eye Darkness Solution: Maybelline Coverstick Corrector Concealer in Yellow

Lately, I have been having some dark circles show up under my eyes. I have simply been not getting enough sleep, nor drinking enough water. When that happens, I look really really tired. My regular concealer wasn't cutting it so I went in search of an affordable color corrector. I saw some fabulous palettes at Sephora, but I wanted to try something a little less expensive to experiment with before taking the plunge into a real color correcting palette. Enter my foray into the Target beauty department and my discovery of Maybelline Coverstick Corrector Concealers. I picked up both the yellow version (for under eye darkness) and the green version (to combat redness). Today, I will be showcasing the yellow stick.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

How To Wear Dark Vampy Lipstick

I'm a fan of bold make-up looks, but one of the hardest looks to pull off for me is a dark vampy lip. Through some trial and error I have developed some "techniques" to help make the look work and not feel dated. There are several key elements to consider including shade, finish, application, and balancing your face-makeup.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Everyday Favorites: Lancome Bi-Facil

A reader recently asked what eye make-up remover I use - the answer is Lancome Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover. This is one of my can't live without products. I have been using it since I started wearing makeup, and no other makeup remover comes close. It is my quintessential everyday favorite product.
source: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P54477


Friday, January 20, 2012

Manicure Fail - Color Club Fame & Fortune

Let me begin by saying that I was incredibly excited to receive the Color Club Backstage Pass collection for Christmas. Once again, Mama Lacquered Lady really knows my taste. I was most looking forward to giving Fame & Fortune a try. Somehow, though, this polish just didn't work for me. I didn't even bother with clean-up since this was a no go, but I wanted to show you the layering even if it was not perfectly painted.

Color Club Backstage Pass


Thursday, January 19, 2012

China Glaze Ahoy! Makes Me Feel Fantastic

I'm sure we all have polishes that we pick up when we just want to feel fantastic and beautiful. For me, that polish is China Glaze Ahoy! I adore the entire Anchors Away collection and it is by far my favorite collection of 2011, but Ahoy! has to be my favorite from the collection. This polish not only makes me feel fabulous but is probably one of the top five polishes in my collection.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Everyday Favorites: The Body Shop Eyebrow Definer

It's time for the next installment in my Everyday Favorites series. Today, I'd like to share with you my favorite and go-to eyebrow pencil - The Body Shop Eyebrow Definer. Seriously, you need to give these a try!
Source: http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/img/packshot/variants/66496_l.jpg

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

OPI Pamplona Purple: Polish Perfection + Fun layering

I think I should unofficially dub this week purple week. It was completely unintentional, but I seem to be in a purple vibe. I'm continuing the trend by showcasing one of my favorite recent polish purchases - OPI Pamplona Purple.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Guest Post by The Unnatural Beauty - Taking Revlon ColorStay Nail Polish for a Trial Run

Before I started blogging, I was an avid reader of nail and beauty blogs. One of my favorite blogs to read is written by The Unnatural Beauty. Her writing is incredibly entertaining, yet sincere and thoughtful. She is also exceptionally knowledgeable about composition of products and how formulation chemistry affects product use. Her posts actually inspired me to take the leap into blogging. I am so excited to present her in my first ever guest post on The Lacquered Lady.  Be sure to check out The Unnatural Beauty's blog: http://makeupsessed.blogspot.com/. Here she is presenting an unbridled review of the brand new Revlon ColorStay nail polish line with her thoughts on Bold Sangria. 
Complements of The Unnatural Beauty

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Nina Ultra Pro Last Call - A Perfect Purple

This is the first Nina Ultra Pro I purchased, yet has been the last for me to try. Last Call is a dusty purple mauve. So yummy! 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Avon ExtraLasting Lipstick in Sunkissed Ginger

I have a love-hate relationship with supposedly long lasting lipsticks. I love to buy them and get my hopes up, but I always end up hating the product. This cycle has finally been broken! At last, I have found a long lasting lipstick that actually works for me in Avon's ExtraLasting Lipstick!


**Be sure to check out my review of Avon's Smooth Mineral Lip Gloss! It's one of my favorites!**

Friday, January 13, 2012

What's on My Toes? Duri Fallen Angel

It's time for another installment of "What's on My Toes?". This time I'm wearing a brand new polish I ordered online - Duri Fallen Angel. This has recently been re-released as part of their The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo collection. I saw swatches of this on a few blogs and immediately snatched it up!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

How To Soften Bold Eyeliner

I love bold eyeliner, but sometimes it is just too much. So what do you do when you find that you have applied your eyeliner with a bit of a heavy hand? How can you use those bold liquid and cream liners on days when you want a more subtle look? You soften it with this simple solution.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Polish Perfection - OPI Absolutely Alice

You aren't going to believe this, but I picked up this up on clearance at my local ULTA a couple months ago. It was like winning the polish jackpot as I have been lemming this for quite some time. This is easily one of my top five polishes of all time. Without further delay, I bring you a polish that needs no introduction: OPI Absolutely Alice.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

L'Oreal HIP Color Truth Cream Eyeliner in Eggplant

I picked up this L'Oreal High Intensity Pigments Color Truth Cream Eyeliner in Eggplant on clearance at Walgreens, though this product is still available at other retailers. I am a big fan of cream or gel liners - which essentially serve the same purpose - as I am horrible at applying liquid liners. Having green eyes, I wear a lot of plum colors and was very pleased to find this in the Eggplant shade.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Just in the Nick of Time - Orly Night Owl

I had the opportunity to purchase Orly Night Owl from this past fall's Birds of a Feather collection several times. Each time I would pick up the bottle, think "meh," and put it back. I think I had a thing against neutrals. I was really into glitter and bright colors (I'm looking at you green and blue). As soon as the collection was no longer available, this baby popped up all over the blog-o-sphere, and I was kicking myself for not purchasing it when I had the chance. Just when I was about to look for it on Amazon, I stumbled across a lonely bottle in ULTA. Mind you this little darling was hanging out with the Revlon lipsticks and certainly looked forlorn and lost - so I rescued it. In all seriousness, I completely lucked out in finding this polish and just in the nick of time. I haven't seen it anywhere since October. I'm sure you are already aware of this fact, but this polish is a beauty.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Sephora Retractable Lipliner in Raspberry

Wandering around Sephora last week, I came across these Sephora brand retractable lipliners. To be honest, I haven't tried many Sephora brand products, but these lipliners looked very promising. They are retractable and come with both a blending brush and a sharpener. They also claim to be waterproof. I picked up several colors, but I thought I would showcase the one I liked best - Raspberry.

Monday, January 2, 2012

What's on My Toes? OPI Wocka Wocka

It's time again for another installment of What's on My Toes?! Today I am sporting a polish I borrowed from Mama Lacquered Lady - OPI Wocka Wocka. Wocka Wocka hails from The Muppets Collection and is a very pretty blue toned red with a hint of shimmer. This is a bold fun polish, which is the perfect recipe for a fabulous pedicure.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Avon Ergonomic Eyeliner Brush - A Thoughtful Review

Happy New Year! I've resolved this year to get rid of some of my beauty products that have seen better days or that I simply don't like/use. My most recent eyeliner brush finally gave out on me, so I picked up this Avon Ergonomic Eyeliner Brush to replace it. It has an ergonomically designed handle which caught my eye. It is also designed with a straight end as opposed to a slanted end, which is what I normally find. Let's see how it worked out.

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