Visited my local Walmart this past weekend and was surprised to see that their beauty department was fully stocked! Whenever I go, there seems to be nothing there so I was extremely happy when I saw this little beauty on the stands! I’ve seen swatches of Fergie’s Wet N’ Wild nail polishes all over the internet and I just needed to get my hands on this one. It’s very rare for me to buy polishes similar to this one mainly because these are used if you want your nails to pop. I always have some sort of design on my nails so it’s not like I have to worry about making them stand out!
After seeing numerous swatches, I realized that this polish doesn’t look as great as it should on a bold base color. So, in order to make Fergie’s polish (in the shade “Tonight’s Gonna be a Good Night”) stand out all I did was pair it with Revlon’s “Touch of Mauve” nail polish.
Today I’m reviewing Lush Cosmetics’ Cupcake face mask.
I went to the local mall last week and popped in to LUSH. I always enjoy going to that store because their products always smell good and they always have cool new items! After my friend totally got sold on their Dark Angels cleanser and purchased it, I was browsing around and their face masks caught my eye. In particular, the cupcake face mask! And no, it wasn’t because there was edible chocolate placed on the scrub on display. I read all the bios for all face masks, and this one just suited me! I asked the sales lady for a sample and she was super kind and filled a mini container up to the top with the face mask!
The Cupcake face mask was made for those who suffer from combination/oily skin who not only want to reduce the amount of oil on their skin, but also tone down breakouts. I have combination skin and can feel the oils on my skin. It’s not very oily, but I hate the feeling of having oily skin, it just grosses me out! In addition to that, I have been breaking out a tiny bit so reading that this face mask could tone down my breakouts definitely made me jump at the chance to try it out!
As for the actual review: I’ve been using it for the past 5 days now, and I have mixed feelings towards this face mask.
After applying it, I leave it on for anywhere between 8-15 minutes. I take it down when it’s really hard (you know, that really good feeling when you scrunch your face together and the mask is stiff). The weird part is, when I wash it off…my face feels so oily. Every time I was washing it off, I was asking myself in my head “Is it supposed to be like this?”. However, right when I dried my face, it was absolutely matte…very toned down, no oils, nothing! And as for my breakouts, I really don’t think this mask does anything for breakouts because I did not see a difference. I feel like it just reduces the amount of oil you have on your skin.
Overall, this mask is only decent if you’d like to tone your face and make it non-oily. I did not like the scent of the mask (it mostly smells like mint and I hate mint) and I don’t think it lives up to its bio. If it says a mask is supposed to reduce oily skin and also calm breakouts, why does only one of the two things work? This is a product that I would not buy in the future. Thank god I asked for a sample. I’ll stick to my old beauty routine for now!
PS: Always remember to ask the sales person for a sample. Your face is a sensitive area so don’t purchase an item without having it on for a few days first! And, if you can’t request a sample, I’m sure you can try it out at the actual store (use a tester) and wear it for the entire day to see how it suits your face.
PPS: Sorry for the super long post! I normally try to keep it short and sweet since I know that’s what most of you love, but I’d rather have you know the truth of the product before you go out and buy it yourself!
I’m back with another nail post, but this time – rather than posting pictures on how to create my design, I decided to create a video. I recorded this some time last week, while I was trying to figure out how to record on my new camera. I wish I could of filmed this tutorial after the weekend since I learned how to film correctly on Friday!
I’ve been seeing the whole Ciate velvet nails look for quite some time now, and I really wanted to create a velvet look but splurging $21 for the kit is just not worth it to me. So, I took it upon myself and recreated this look for less than $5. The nail polish I used (Revlon’s polish in “Garden”) was probably $2 or $3 however, the velvet/flocking powder itself? A marvelous $0.96!! Yes, you read that right, just 96 cents! A huge difference in price compared to Ciate’s $21 kit.
The video is a bit blurry, but nonetheless, it’s very straight forward and has extremely easy steps to follow, so I hope you guys enjoy it!
Velvet/Flocking powder I used (also available in different colours): Ebay Nail Polish used: Revlon in the shade “Garden”
We were recently contacted by Wantable to review their monthly makeup box. Worth about $100, Wantable’s makeup box can be bought for $40 or if subscribed, for $36. Besides the 4-6 full sized items, the best part of the box is to receive products that best suit your style! How fantastic is that?
If you guys are interested in finding out more or would like to sign up to receive your own makeup box then visit Wantable now!
We’ve tried other beauty boxes such as the luxe box, but the only difference is that with luxe box, you will rarely get full sized products. Most of them are sample sized! And although it’s nice to receive brand name products, we might as well go to the Bay or Sephora to receive the same samples. At the end, it just isn’t worth it.
Whereas with Wantable, we received *full* sized products. Yes, we did not hear of a few brands but it’s great to have the opportunity to test out new brands. We genuinely really liked most of the products and cannot complain with the items we have received.
Especially when the overall value of this box is $101.62!
And we totally forgot to mention that they not only have a monthly beauty box, but also a jewelry box! The process is similar if you prefer to receive 4-6 jewelry pieces, all you have to do is sign up, fill out a little questionnaire and you will receive jewelry that was picked out just for you within the next month!
Natasha & Neha
Disclaimer: We Were Approached By The Company For Review Purposes. All Opinions Stated In This Blog Post Are Honest And Of Our Own.
Recently, La Lobana and wantable.co teamed up! We were sent one of their beauty boxes of the month – and may I add that we were impressed with the items we received! The box contained a few full sized beauty products, and one of the items was this gorgeous polish!
If you’re a nail polish addict, be sure to look forward to a nail polish in each beauty box from wantable.co. From the looks of it, they always include a Color Club polish in all of their boxes – which if you ask me, is awesome.
The thing is, right when I saw this polish…I just had to wear it. Yes, I know, I’m addicted to changing my nail polish but can you blame me? There are just too many colours out there for me to try! Anyhow, here’s how it looks:
The color we received was Wild Cactus by the Color Club. What I decided to do was add a bit of white polish to each nail, kind of like an ombre affect. I’ve never tried any of the Color Club’s polishes before, but I can’t complain. I have nothing bad to say about this brand. My polish has not chipped yet and it’s been four days – which really surprises me, because usually, nail polish doesn’t last too long on my nails. In fact, I can see myself purchasing some polishes from the Color Club….especially if they have more gorgeous colours!
Be sure to keep a look out over the next few days for our full review on Wantable.co’s beauty box - you will not want to miss it!
Recently, on Instagram I saw youtuber Hollyannaeree take a picture of four polishes she received from Etude House. They were so cute that I instantly jumped onto ebay and started searching for one of the polishes. Originally, I wanted the blue one called “Mintchoco Chip” but it was out of stock. So, I went with the next best colour, Strawberry Stars!
Isn’t the bottle adorable?! I love how it looks like an ice cream cone!
Here’s the final swatch! I am in love with this polish. I’ve been looking for a really good confetti type polish for the longest time and I have to say, Etude House has some really good quality ones! The only thing that sucks is that you can only purchase them on Ebay but they’re hard to find. Some of the sellers sell these for $7.99 per bottle – which if you ask me, is way too much for this small bottle. I’d rather spend that much on an Essie polish. However, I was lucky enough to find one seller selling these polishes for $4.49! The only colours they have available at the moment are Strawberry Stars, Apricot Candy and Lemon Sherbert … seems like everyone is out of the Mintchoco chip colour!
If you’re interested in trying out one of the Etude House ice cream polishes, then here is the link to the seller I bought mine from since that’s a pretty reasonable price they’re selling it for: You can view it here
It’s that time again! Annabelle and Marcelle cosmetics have launched another collection! We were very pleased with the products we received this time around, so let’s get to it and review the products!
Biggy Bronzer in Haute Gold: I am in LOVE with this bronzer! It is absolutely gorgeous! I use it as a blush and it is just so perfect that it has become my “go-to” blush. As you can see, this is a shimmery bronzer with a slight orange undertone. I know the swatch gives away a dirty orange colour, but mind you, this bronzer will not make your face look orange (which by the way is something I tend to avoid). When applied to my cheeks, the bronzer gave me a beautiful peachy, summer-ready glow!
Colour Control Pressed Powder in Medium/Dark: A very fine and silky powder which can be used to set your foundation or to control any shine on your face. I personally haven’t used this product as much to know whether it’s a hit or miss. I will say though, since the powder is very fine, it does a great job to give you a nice smooth finish. In addition, this powder is great to have on the go as it also includes a brush and mirror which I failed to take pictures of.
Velvety Eye Shadow + Primer in Rose: The product claims that it is antioxidant, waterproof, has a 12 hours hold and is crease proof. Honestly, I think its genius to have a your eye primer already placed in an eye shadow since it saves us girls the extra step! In this case though, I would probably use this product more as a primer alone than an eye shadow. I feel that this product or moreover the shade that was sent to me wasn’t too pigmented which is why it served more as a light base colour for my lids.
Colour Control Natural Finish Instant Perfecting Base: Amazing product! This primer will diminish the look of fine lines, giving you a flawless finish under your foundation. In fact, I have used this product alone with just a setting powder and it works just as great as a BB cream!
Colour Control Luminous Finish Instant Perfecting Base: Another amazing product! This product reminds me a bit of MACs Lustre Drops. You can apply this product as a base or you can mix it in your foundation before your application. Either way if you’ve always wanted to create that dewy, healthy, Kim Kardashian glowing skin, you sure as heck can with this! I also find that this product works gorgeous as a highlighter as well.
Expandable Mascara: This mascara is quite average. I’m not a big fan of Annabelle’s mascaras, I’m not too fond of their wands/bristles.
Roll-On Eyeshadow + Liner in Brown: Another 2 in 1 product very conveniently made. The roll-on eyeshadow is a really pretty shimmery brown colour. I really enjoy using this shadow on a daily basis as it gives me a really natural wash of colour over my lids. On the other hand, I wasn’t too amazed with the eye liner. Even though it looks pigment in the swatches above, it was really hard for me to get an even liner application. If you’re going to use this liner, you’re definitely going to need some re-applying.
Overall, I really loved Annabelle and Marcelle’s collection. This batch is definitely one of my favourites!
Disclaimer: We Were Approached By The Company For Review Purposes. All Opinions Stated In This Blog Post Are Honest And Of Our Own.
We are ecstatic to share with you all our latest interview with Vogue Spain’s very own, Flora González! She is one of the main writers behind vogue.es and we were honoured to have the opportunity to interview her and get some inside scoop on how she landed her position at Vogue.
Q: What career choice did you have in mind when you were younger?
A: Apart from being an astronaut (just kidding, but every kid want to at least once during their childhood), I have always wanted to be a journalist. I remember me playing with my neighbour recording our radio shows, I also used to wrote in the school newspaper and when I was 14, I went to the local radio and asked for a job, at first they laughed out loud but then they understood that I was completely serious and they taught me how a radio works. I was there for four more years every day after school and during the summer holidays. So I usually say that I was born as a journalist. No one in my family is dedicated to journalism but my mother is a seamstress and my father worked as model when he was young, so fashion has always been part of my life
Q: Did you always know you’d end up working in the fashion industry?
A: Not really, when I began at University (in Seville) I had a lot of options, I wanted to be a TV presenter, a travel reporter, investigator… When I finished my studies I worked in the communication department of a political party, but this wasn’t my true vocation, so I decided to focus into fashion.
Q: How did you get your foot in the industry – in terms of your previous employment at GQ and Yo Dona?
A: It was hard at first… I moved to Madrid to study a Degree in Fashion Communication. Because of that I had to work as an intern in a magazine as part of the practise program, this is how I arrived to Yo Dona. I learnt a lot there but I was truly intrigued about men’s fashion, so I made an appointment with the editor in chief of GQ and I convinced him to try my work, I was at GQ for 9 marvelous months. One day they called me because they needed a writer in Vogue, so my dream came true.
Q: In this fast paced, competitive industry it’s hard for individuals to get an internship or even a job at a company. How were you given the opportunity so fast?
A: Here in Spain things are really complicated because our weak economy situation, but I was so enthusiastic and I didn’t mind to work hard in order to give my best. This is the secret: being self-confident, constant and try to learn something new everyday, with the right attitude you will get wherever you want. We are a closed team, we try to be good partners and help each others as friends.
Q: In your experience, do you think it’s necessary to have a degree in journalism in order to pursue a career at VOGUE?
A: It’s very important to have a degree in journalism to purse a career at any social-media. When you have to talk or write and a lot of people attend your work you have to manage the best way to communicate the reality and you learn this at university.
Q: How did you find your way to becoming an editor at VOGUE Spain? A: One day, the editor of GQ called me and said “brush your hair because Yolanda Sacristán (the editor of Vogue) wants to know you”, I was very nervous but she was charming, she told me that she was looking for an eclectic person to write in the specials of Vogue (jewels, kids, brides, collections, gourmet, beauty…), with total availability to travel and knowledge of languages, so I told her that I was her new girl (this weekend was the most intense in my life because I spent hours and hours reading as much as I could about these themes). In January this year I change my position and I was incorporated in Vogue.es (the website). It is even more faster, complete and dynamic than being a ‘paper editor’, you have to see the catwalks in streaming, you stay awake in special nights like the Oscar Awards… It is fashion in pure!
Definitely this is an intense way that includes lots of hours of magazines reading and studying fashion’s history, but every night researching, every day out of home, every stressful moment it’s worth-full when someone like you is interested about my little life (and when my mother shows my grandma proudly the magazine haha)
Q: And before we wrap up this interview, we just had to ask what are your must have key pieces for spring 2013?
A: Mmmmm this is a difficult one… haha. Let me think… I am in love with rings (http://www.vogue.es/articulos/manual-de-uso-anillos/17388).http://www.vogue.es/articulos/manual-de-uso-anillos/17388). I am also obsessed with high heels, my favourite one because it’s a classic it’s the Tribute sandal of YSL, I also have full my closet with kaleidoscopic-print pants and jackets, and I always wear my neon satchel bag and my parka. Now I am looking for a perfect jeweled-skirt and a jumper with ‘luxe broderie‘.
Having heard the many raves about Wet N’ Wild’s Mega Last Matte lipsticks I decided to purchase a few to try out myself. I purchased 4 of their lipsticks: Dollhouse Pink, Pinkerbell, Purty Persimmon and Mauve Outta Here. These colours are absolutely gorgeous! I am actually quite in love! The lipsticks have a great texture, pigment and have an amazing lasting power. Oh and did I mention that they retail for $2.70?! That’s right they’re inexpensive and of good quality … what more could a girl ask for?
DUPES! Dollhouse Pink for MAC Pink Nouveau
Pinkerbell for MAC Viva Glam Nicki Minaj
Purty Persimmon for MAC Morange