Friday, 15 February 2013

Nail Polish Review: Nailtini Nail Lacquer in Millionaire

I was happy when I opened my November Ipsy Glam Bag and saw this nail polish.  This was my first nail polish from Nailtini and I have never heard about it before, so I decided to understand them by checking out their website

Nailtini is the only line of nail lacquer developed to maximize the creativity of the user by "cocktailing: different shades of nail polish. This to me was a very innovative idea, made me see that the word "cocktail" does not always mean the drink. So of course I was more than happy to have acquired this nail polish and now I can boast of how it has worked for me.


Nailtini Millionaire is a really glammed up glitter nail polish from their Limited Edition Speakeasy Lacquer Collection.  The packaging is really nice.  It came in a black box and it had the full description on it.  The bottle resembles a liquor bottle which represents the brand well, it also features a martini glass on the bottle along with the brand name. The bottle is tall and has a black tall cap and I love the brush - it's long, flat and flexible.


On their site they describe Millionaire as a "teal & gold tinsels awash in rose-gold microglitter".  Personally when I saw it I was like "WOW!!!" It's not really the normal glitter, but it's like bar glitter. It reminds me of what you would throw up in the air in celebration of something - birthday, winning the lotto, lol. I guess that's why they call it "Millionaire"


I'm not too fond how this looks on its own, I prefer to layer it over nail polish, which by the way looked SUPERB!!! The effect is really beautiful and eye-catching.  Over nail polish you would probably have to layer it with 2 coats and trust me, it looks divine, however on it's own for the effect to be noticeable you would need to probably layer with 3-4 coats.  It doesn't get thick and gooey when layered which is a plus for me. However as with all glitter nail polishes, Millionaire is a bit of a pain to remove.


I am really glad I got the opportunity to experience this indie polish, thanks to Ipsy.  On Tini Beauty's website Millionaire goes for $13 USD which is alot for a brand of nail polish I never really heard of, but who knows they may become a high-end brand in the future and I already got one YAY ME!!!!
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I have to say again Nailtini is a really innovative idea founded by Michelle Toma Olson and it may be the next big thing in nail polish - Cocktailing Nail Polish to suit your likeness.

I give this product


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Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Eye Primer Review: Benefit Stay Don't Stray Eye

If you have been watching my YouTube vids you would have seen me raving like hell about this eye primer.  The Makeup Cupid has absolutely struck me when it comes to this product.  Unfortunately I have only been able to get the sample size bottles, but I have been making pretty good use of them.  Trust me when I say this product lasts LOOOOONNNNNGGGGG, as a little goes a long way.

Benefit's Stay Don't Stray states that it is a "dual action power primer that works 360 degrees around the eyes to make concealers AND eyeshadows STAY PUT" which I endorse 100%.  This over eye primer comes in 2 neutral shades - Light/Medium & Medium/Deep.


My sample packaging is like a little cutie pie, and it's only while I was doing this review, while examining the bottle to give my review on how the packaging is I saw that the word stay is transparently printed all over it, lol.  On the front of the bottle it's hard to believe that they actually got the phrase "Stay Don't Stray" written in black on it as this sample is really small. It has a little black cap on it as well which reveals the tiny doe foot applicator.


Left Swatch - Unblended
Right Swatch - Blended

This primer has a light, neutral beige color.  It blends out so easily leaving an opaque yet colorless finish on some complexions, however on a woman of color like myself, it leaves a slightly whitish appearance. You get full coverage so if there are any blemishes or veins on your eyes, it vanishes when this primer is applied.  I have never used this as a concealer so I am unable to confirm if it gives as good coverage as it does on the eyelid.  The product has a thick viscosity therefore not much is needed to prime the eyes, as mentioned before a little goes a long way.  This keeps my eyeshadow in place like never before, it don't crease and it lasts me all day and I have alot of 12 hour days inclusive of working out at the gym and my eyeshadow be popping!!!! It gives my eyeshadow that boost of intensity I love and that is a + in my book.


Left Swatch - No Primer
Right Swatch - Benefit Primer

According to Benefit, they suggest that you apply 6 dots of the product - 3 on the eyelid and 3 under the eye, however as I mentioned earlier, I have never used this for concealing and to be honest 3 dots on the eyelid is too much for me, the most I use is 2 dots and that covers all up to my brow bone.  I blend it in and it becomes colorless.  I then either apply my eyeshadow or sometimes I apply a base on top of the primer.  My eyeshadow goes on smoothly and it enhances the color by 100 times.


I recommend this primer and even though there are many more affordable primers out there that may do the same, I personally trust in Benefit hence why I am a bit biased towards it.  I love this primer and I give it


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Sunday, 3 February 2013

Brush Review: e.l.f. Essential/Professional Total Face Brush

e.l.f. Cosmetics is one of the most affordable beauty product providers ever, in my opinion that is.  I have been using e.l.f. products for sometime now and I have little or no complaints with their products.  One of their products I have used, is their Total Face Brush from their Essential Line.  I use this to apply my face powder sometimes, and if you continue reading you will understand why I say "sometimes".
e.l.f. states that this brush has "soft caressing bristles that allows for soothing application for facial and bronzing powders" which I don't totally agree with.


The brush came in a clear pouch with a plastic brush guard, which I threw out.  The cardboard insert gives the customer a comprehensive explanation about the brush and the company.  The brush is very large, with a wooden handle that's white and it has the brush name written on it.  It feels pretty sturdy and the ferrule seems to be well attached, which is a positive for e.l.f. as the Essential/Professional line is known for their poor quality and instability   The bristles are a reddish-brownish color and mine was dense.  However I have heard persons complain that it isn't as dense as it looks.  But again another thing e.l.f. is known for, is their inconsistent production of the products.  I will explain later down in my review. The shape is ok and standard for a powder brush.with a slight dome to the top.  The bristles are synthetic and as with all e.l.f. products they are vegan friendly and cruelty free.


Now my personal opinion on this brush is that it scratches my face whenever I apply my face powder, it isn't close to the statement that e.l.f. made about it being "soft caressing bristles...." The quality for me is actually worth the cost $1 USD or as in our country it retails at $12 TTD.  It is irritating for me to use and I only use this when I don't have a choice (when I can't find my other face brushes on hand). And whenever I apply my powder alot of the bristles fall out on my face which I absolutely hate.


This brush only can be used for lightly dusting on powder as it isn't stiff enough to apply colored product and please I advise you DO NOT use this to apply any liquid product, it will FAIL MISERABLY, trust me I tried (unfortunately).  This isn't a versatile product but as I mentioned before it's only worth $1 USD, which is extremely cheap. However I must admit that I have washed mine 3 times and it stood the wash test well and funny enough it didn't shed as much as it did on my face when I applied the powder - weird but true.  I actually only would recommend this if you can't afford a better brush.  I think the  problem lies with the fact that the bristles quality.  e.l.f. isn't consistent with the manufacturing of their products, one time it comes one way, then another time the same exact product comes another way.

I give this product


I will not repurchase, it does not bring any comfort to my face when I apply my powder and I hate a product that brings more pain than pleasure to me. So I suggest that you don't get this, unless you really want to experience it for yourself.

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