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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Essence Metal Glam Coffee To Glow - Swatch and Review

Yay to a long weekend!  I'm stressing just thinking about the amount of work I have left waiting on me when the weekend is over.
I picked up this Essence eyeshadow from Ulta a little while back and here's the overdue review for you...

  • Nothing fancy but functional and not too bulky. 
  • The top layer is an overspray. Once you scratch through that layer, the shimmers underneath aren't that sparkly. 
  • .09 oz / 2.7 g

  • Coffee to Glow is a medium shimmery light cool toned brown with gold shimmers.
  • Formula has a bit of a weird and slightly creamy feel. Pigmentation not so great. I find that it adheres better on the skin with a glitter primer and by patting it on with your finger instead of a brush.
  • Needs a primer for better color payoff, application, and longevity.
  • Last about 5 hours before showing signs of fading.

Final Thought

It's a shame the formula is not that great but with the right tools and application, you can make it work eventually.

Rating: 7/10

Price: $2.99
Availability: Ulta

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Rainbow Jelly Nail Look

In all my years as a team lead and trainer, I still can't comprehend why people don't ask questions when they have no clue of what you are asking them to do and to make matters worst, they act like they know it. Yeah!! I don't know what they don't know until I start to sound like a broken record and the job doesn't get done properly, it makes me wanna penguin slap sometimes. Wooo Sahhh! Thank goodness mama taught me better but I guess it doesn't hurt to have a bit of imagination.

Anyways, my nails were bare, I'm annoyed, so I decided to distract myself and have a rainbow party on my nails to make things better. Ain't it pretty!? I love how it turned out.Truth be told, I didn't come up with the idea. I saw this nail look on Pinterest and I knew that I have to try it! It's actually really easy to do.

First, I painted my nail with a dark base. Here I used L'Oreal Extraordinaire Gel Lacque in All Shine on Me. Secondly, I apply a couple layers of Finger Paints Santa's Magic, which is a silver holo glitter.
Next, I dabbed a 2 or 3 different Jelly colors on each nails. I used L'Oreal Miss Pixie, Berry Nice, Jolly Lolly, Mango Mama, and Zoya Frida.
And to complete the look, I sealed the mani with Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top Coat.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Grey/Burgundy/Purple Makeup Look

Finally got around to doing a makeup look. I say it looks fall-ish. I like how the eye makeup isn't just plain grey but got a bit of burgundy and a little pop of shimmery violet on the lower lash line to brighten up the look a bit and make it a little more interesting. Oh and I also concocted this beautiful purple lip color with the new OCC lip tars that I got from my recent haul.

Product Used



  • Mixed OCC Pagan, OCC Feathered, and OCC NSFW lip tars to obtain this gorgeous plummy purple shade. I like how it makes my teeth look whiter. 

Whatchu think? What would you pair a purple lipstick with? What is your favorite shade of purple?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sephora Haul and Swatches - OCC Lip Tars Unknown Pleasures

Yes! I am back again with unconventional lip colors. What can I say? I think they look cool and I'm having fun with them.

I had my eyes on a couple of the new OCC lip tars Unknown Pleasures collection and as soon as they became available on Sephora's website, I placed my order. The two that I got from the collection are Pagan and Technopagan. I decided to get Feathered as well but for mixing and lightening colors. Each tube runs for $18.00 and contains .33 oz / 10 ml. Currently, they are all sold out at

If you are not familiar with OCC lip tars, they are highly pigmented liquid lipsticks that come in a squeezable tube. They are cruelty-free, vegan, and have a minty scent.

I used my Beauty Insider points to obtain this Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing oil gel and Sephora Rouge Infusion lip stain. The shade I received is Red Essence. Will do a separate review when I get a chance.

And I got a few samples, which is one of the nice things I like about ordering online from Sephora.

At last, here are the swatches of the lip tars I picked up...

OCC Pagan

Pagan is a very deep, dark, eggplant purple. It looks almost black. I think it is a bit too dark for my liking since it's leaning toward black which is why I am so glad I got Feathered. It's easy to apply. A little goes a long way because the pigmentation is quite intense. It feels smooth and comfortable on the lips but it will bleed within a few minutes so I highly recommend using a lip liner underneath. It may look a little uneven up close but if you press your lips together, that will help even it out. It has a shiny finish at first but as you wear it, it goes away and becomes more satin matte. Beware, it will stain your lips and fade to a bruise like color.

OCC Pagan

OCC Pagan

OCC Technopagan

Technopagan is, I think, the star of this collection. If you're only going to get one thing from the collection, this would be it. It is a deep blurple with a blue shimmer and metallic finish. I find this shade or finish, a bit thicker than the OCC matte finish so you would need a bit more to be able to spread it across the lips as it will tug a bit if you don't use enough product. It does feel a little drier and stickier...However the end result is pretty bad ass. Looks futuristic. You will get a pinkish purple stain left behind with this shade. 

OCC Technopagan

OCC Technopagan

MBA Indigo is similar but brighter and bluer, not as thick or metallic as Technopagan.

OCC Feathered

Feathered is a plain white lip color. It is fairly pigmented and I was surprised that the application was as even as it looked. I personally wouldn't wear it on its own. I look pretty freaky with white lips, especially when I smile lol, so yeah I decided not to smile. The texture is smooth and applies easily. Doesn't look shiny like the other matte lip tar. This is perfect for mixing and lightening any lipsticks that you have. Giving you more versatility and option to create different shades. You control how light you wanna go. Isn't that awesome?

OCC Feathered

OCC Feathered

Here's is a combination of lip color mixture I came up with. I have been looking for a shade like #3 for the longest time and I'm so happy I can just mix up a few colors to get it. I love the medium dark grey #4 I was able to obtain by mixing Feathered with MBA Khol. I have been lemming about getting Space Cake from Melt Cosmetics (but didn't want to pay $19 plus shipping) and this looks pretty similar to it...YESSS!!! Now if I can only get my hands on or mix something similar to Blow, I will feel complete!

There is a total of 6 new shades from the OCC Unknown Pleasures collection. Did you find any that appeals to you? Do you mix lipsticks to get the shade you want? If yes, what is your favorite combo?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Maybelline Master Duo Glossy Liquid Liner Glossy Teal - Swatch and Review

TGIF!!! It was another hard-working week for me and I cannot wait until things start run a little more smoothly but from what I already know, I doubt this will happen soon if ever. Ughhhhh! I need to take a day or two off.

  • It has a shape similar to a cone, which I'm not too crazy about but the handle is long enough and makes it easy to hold for application. 
  • It comes with a unique felt tip applicator which has a round tip and flat end. I find it easy to use and it can create medium to thick lines. 
  • .06 oz or 1.6 ml

  • I picked up the shade Glossy Teal. It's a medium dark teal with a grey undertone and glossy finish. 
  • The formula is very runny and thin and the pigmentation is average. You will need a second pass in order to get an opaque and even line. 
  • As far as longevity, it stayed put through 7 hours with no smudging, fading, or smearing. By the 8th hour, I notice a bit of flaking and fading on the winged end of it. 

Final Thought

I guess my main complaint would be the runny formula and lack of pigmentation but otherwise, I like the color and fact that it wears almost the whole day without any problem.

Rating: 8/10

Price: $6-8
Availability: Ulta, CVS, Target

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Finger Paints Enchanted Mermaid Collection - Underwater Enchantress, Sailor's Lure, Sea Temptress

Hey everyone,

I spotted this new collection at Sally Beauty a couple weeks ago and I liked what I saw in the bottle but oh boy! I wished I had looked up some swatches and reviews before getting them. They are textured nail polishes but they have an odd texture, one I don't like. They have the texture similar to corroded metal like that of an underwater shipwreck. The formula is thick and goopy. Hard to work with and hard to get even application. I did two coats on all the swatches. I also notice that the formula dries very slowly, which drove me nuts.

Underwater Enchantress is a medium green/teal metallic shimmer textured polish.

Sailor's Lure has a soft but noticeable blue and purple duochrome with a textured  metallic shimmer finish.

Sea Temptress is a pearly white shimmer with a flash of green shimmers.

Overall, this type of texture turned me off. These colors had the potential to look super pretty if there didn't come with the weird texture. I'm so disappointed.

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