Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Just dropping in to share a really good deal with you all. Total Beauty has partnered with ELF cosmetics to bring all us beauty lovers a great deal on their products.
Right now (and for approximately 1 day, 14 hours and some change left), you can purchase a $10 ELF Cosmetics online gift card and receive $25 worth of ELF products. Total savings of $15 which is a great deal! If you are interested and for more details on terms and conditions, please visit: Total Beauty.
Stay tuned for more deals and savings like these!
Hope all is well.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Today I want to give my full review of Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish strips. These strips are very much like celebrity favorite Minx nails. Same idea, same concept...but....cheaper.
I've actually had Minx nails done once and did a full review on those. You can check that HERE to compare and contrast.
Read on to see how these measured up!
Real Nail Polish strips, lasts up to 10 days, No dry time, peel and apply, remove with nail polish remover.
These babies are GREAT!! I've been singing their praises since I applied them (and mind you I've gotten so many compliments from friends and total strangers who love them). They are super easy to apply and easy to remove. The best thing about these though...they are GOOD quality and they last a loooooong time. At the time of this review, I'm on Day 10 of wear and there is only minimal chipping. I can still go a few more days, but I'm ready for a change. Before we get to the pics let's talk application...
- Each package comes with 16 strips. Each box is designed to give you one full application for 10 fingers (or 10 toes). You have 8 different sizes to choose from, which makes it easy for you to find a size that fits each finger on each hand.
- Find your size for each finger (if you find that you can't find a "perfect" match for a nail, go the size larger. Once you apply you can remove the excess strip around your nail to get a perfect fit.
- Important: Clean each nail thoroughly and wipe down with acetone (I used pure acetone to wipe my nails off.). These things don't mix well with oil so you want to make sure you have all oil REMOVED before applying the strips.
- I definitely think you can follow the easy step instructions for applying these and you will be fine. That's basically what I did, however, I added in a step or two because I wanted to get the best application as possible. These are very much like Minx strips (which I've had done) and I know that when they are warmed, they stretch and bend a bit better...almost like they melt onto the nail. So I decided to warm each strip a bit.
- Caution: If you decide to warm them like I did, please be careful not to overheat them. Also, be careful once you stretch and apply them over your nail after warming...they will tear easily if you aren't careful. I actually have a small tear in my pinkie nail from stretching on application (not sure if you can see on the photos below...the girl flower design is very forgiving with mistakes..which is why I opted not to fix the mistake. You can't really tell unless you look closely lol). So just be mindful of that before you follow me on this path (LOL!).
- I used a blow dryer to heat each strip (warm setting on high. or hot setting on low). Once I peeled the strip from the backing, I positioned it a few inches from the blow dryer heat for a few seconds MAX.
- I then applied the strip to my nail starting at the base of my cuticle and stretching it down the entire nail, pressing it firmly as I stretched (this is why you don't want to overheat the strip because it can tear on application if its too soft).
- I wrapped the strip over my nail tip and then used the included filing stick to remove the excess (basically it peels it away).
- Once the strip was on the nail I used my finger to press it down a bit more all over...making sure there were no bubbles or creases.
- I repeated this for each nail.
- Once they were all done, I applied a thin coat of Out the Door quick dry topcoat to each nail. Now, you don't have to do this as the nail strips already have a gloss shine to them. But I wanted a bit more oomph. And I wanted to seal the nails a bit more. Did I mention that I'm sometimes anal? :-)
On Day 10:
As you can see there's a couple chips here and there at the tips of my nails but that's about it. No lifting. And you can see my nail "new growth" near my cuticle (the mini "tear" on my pinkie was there from the beginning. As I mentioned earlier).
- Top pro is definitely the longevity you get with these. If you are a nail fanatic, I think our biggest gripes are polishes that chip too quickly. These last 10+ days like the claim!
- Quick and easy to apply! No drying time
- Cost is great! About $10.99! When you compare that to a Minx application which can run you from $40-$60 (I paid $65 a year ago for my Minx manicure..and it lasted 4 days.)...this is a great deal.
- Lots of styles and designs to choose from.
- Can be used on your fingers or toes
- Easy to remove
- If you're not really into having designs on all your fingers, you can just do one nail which would also give you a lot of options for using one pack over time. ;-)
- The really cute designs are hard to find! Check your local CVS and Walgreens
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I actually had to do a search and see if I had done a post like this before and lo and behold...I hadn't! So without further ado I wanted to introduce you all to my favorite every-day, go-to brushes in my collection. These are the brushes that get the most "action"...the ones I reach for over and over again and out of all the brushes I own...these are the ones I wouldn't be able to live without.
I made sure to get them all cleaned up (I use regular baby shampoo to deep clean them) for company! :-D Check them out...
Now as you can see most of my favorites are MAC brushes. This is not to mean that there aren't any other really good brushes/brush companies out there. When I was building my collection, MAC was my primary resource for brushes and honestly...they make GOOD ones. I think every beauty should eventually invest in really good brushes. They will last you a lifetime (if you take good care of them) and they will help with your overall application skills and "looks". If you are just starting out with makeup...check the post I did HERE on selecting good brushes that won't break the bank. ;)
Okay let's meet each one individually...
Crown Brush Italian Badger Chisel Deluxe Powder
This brush is pure love. Its so big and fluffy and EXTRA soft. I use this to apply my finishing/translucent powder all over my face. It picks up just enough product and distributes it evenly all over.
Sephora Professional Platinum Stippling Brush
I use this mainly to apply my blush to the apples of my cheeks. It also works great with liquid foundation but I haven't used it much for that since I got my beauty blender sponge.
MAC #109 Small Contour Brush
I love this brush! Its just so freakin cute to me! LOL...I use this whenever I'm contouring my cheeks (which I actually don't do often) AND I use this to sweep and swirl highlight powder in select areas of my face (which is why its a part of this group...cuz I do that often lol). Its compact enough to concentrate on specific areas of the face.
MAC #227 Large Fluff Brush
I love this jumbo sized fluff brush. Its super dense and I use it mainly to apply loose powder in specific areas of my face (for example after I've dabbed on concealer in an area...I will dip this brush in loose powder and blend the concealer).
MAC #224 Tapered Blending Brush
Every beauty needs a really good all over eye blending brush. This would be it for me. Blending is key ladies! Learn it, live it, love it. :=D
MAC #226 Small Tapered Blending Brush
I actually couldn't find this one on the MAC website and then it dawned on me that this was probably a limited edition launched brush. I'm sure they will re-launch it at some point but I'm still gonna share it with you just in case you want to add this to your "wish list" or if you want to keep your eye out for something similar from another company. Its a tightly tapered blending brush. Like the baby to the #224 above. I LOVE this for applying and blending color into my outer-v. Its very small so it helps me get precision in that area.
MAC #222 Tapered Blending Brush
Have you seen a pattern here yet? LOL. Blending brushes are MUY IMPORTANTE! So much so that whenever I do an eye look I use about 3-4 blending brushes. They have varying levels of precision which I love. This one is a longer narrow blending brush. This is the ONE brush I always use to apply and blend color into my crease.
MAC #217 Blending Brush
This blending brush is a lot more fluffy than the others. I use this one to "complete" my look. I'll do an all over "sweep and swirl" with this brush to make sure i've blended all areas well. Its light and does the job without "mussing" things up. :-D
MAC #239 Eye Shader Brush
I'd say this brush is definitely the leader of the "pack". I use this one to pack color onto my lid. I actually need to go purchase another so I can have 2 when doing an eye with more than two colors. Its soft yet dense and firm...it picks up color VERY WELL. Me loves!
MAC #242 Shader Brush
This brush can be used to apply powders, paint pots (cream products), concealer, etc. I use it mainly to spot apply concealer on my face and sometimes I use it to apply cream eyeshadow base when my finger won't do ;)
MAC #266 Small Angle Brush
I use this angle brush to apply my upper lid liner using a gel or cream. ;)
EcoTools Eye Shading Brush
I got this for like 4-5 bucks at CVS. I use this brush to apply my brow highlight color. Its really good for both powder and cream or emollient products. I like that its VERY firm which helps me "dab" and blend color precisely under my eyebrows.
TIP! Many times, brushes will have more than one function/purpose. It's always a good idea to play around with them to discover how they work best. If you have a brush that is "supposed" to be for your eyes but it looks like it would work GREAT for adding a dab of concealer here or a dust of powder there on your face...do it! If it turns out well...you've discovered a new use for that brush. ;-)
Alright beauties, that's it! If you're currently building your brush collection, I hope this helps you. If you're a veteran at this...let me know what some of your favorites are! :-)
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Today I want to review a lip primer I've been trying out lately...Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer. I am a certified fan of the Too Faced Shadow Insurance and I use it to prime my lids whenever I wear shadow or liner. I've never tried a lip primer before so read on to see if I think this item is a beauty routine essential!
- Smooth, matte-nude finish
- Helps keep gloss from running
- Easy to apply with "lipgloss"-like applicator
- Dries down quickly
- Helps "prep" lips for liner/lipstick/gloss application
- Helps keep lip products from creasing into natural lip folds
- Pricey (about $19)
- Once the product dries...its VERY dry...almost TOO dry.
- Doesn't necessarily prolong the staying power of lip products
- Because it is drying, it tends to "crumble" your lip liner a bit upon application and it can "tug" your lips when you apply liner as well.
If you would like to purchase, check out apothica.com! They have a wide range of beauty products from various companies (Too Faced Cosmetics included) and you can get it for about .20cents cheaper. ;-)
Have you tried this? Let me know what you think!
Monday, February 7, 2011
So I've been meaning to play with some Mary Kay goodies for some time now and I finally got around to it. Just wanted to stop in and share my latest face of the day.
By now you probably all know that I love purple. Its my absolute favorite color and I can honestly say I have MANY purple shadows in my makeup stash. BUT, oddly enough...most of my favorites are matte in color (I really dig a good matte shadow)....I have VERY few shimmer purple shadows and I certainly didn't have a favorite purple shimmer until now.
Introducing Mary Kay Mineral eyeshadow in Sweet Plum. Check it out!
It's a very pretty deep plum color with shimmer. Color payoff is great, application is very smooth.
I've also been loving this Mary Kay Nourishine Lip Gloss in Pink Diamonds....
Its been my go-to Pink gloss for a few months now. Its light, smooth and flattering on brown beauties. Also has subtle shimmer.
Alright so now that you've met the major players...check out the look I did
Product Rundown -MAC unless otherwise stated. (Eyes, Lips and Cheeks...the Face is my usual stuff):
-MK Mineral e/s in Sweet Plum (lid)
-Brown Down e/s (crease)
-Quarry e/s (brow highlight)
-Wet n Wild Color icon palette (2 dark purple shades on left in outer v...see pic below...grab this palette if you see it at the drugstore! I was so impressed with the color payoff!)
-Feline kohl power (lower lid liner)
-Blacktrack (upper lid liner)
-Voluminous Million Lashes mascara
-Too Faced Lip Insurance (review of this later this week!)
-NYX l/l in Deep Purple
-MK Nourishine Lip Gloss in Pink Diamonds
-Mehron Cheek Cream (Berry...I think...the name rubbed off lol)
-Vintage Grape Blush Ombre
That's it! I'm a huge fan of this MK mineral shadow and Nourishine gloss. These are definitely up for "repurchase" and I'll be checking the other colors out as well. The prices are great too! The e/s will run you about $6.50 and the gloss is $13. My sister Ms. Danielle Love is my go-to Mary Kay consultant and she has been great with introducing me to certain products she knows I'll love. I definitely don't discriminate. I'm a fan of good products! ;-)
If you would like to purchase I highly suggest hitting her MK site HERE. She also has a blog Pink With Love. Check it out!
Let me know what you think!
As you can already see from the pics above, I went back to my jet black hair. Being a brownish/reddish babe was fun for a while but I just...feel best with black. LOL. Check some updated hair pics below....
Also, just a quick note of my blog domain change. www.milanrouge.blogspot.com is now www.milanrougebeauty.com ! Please note the change. You will automatically be redirected from the blogspot address to this new one but just in case you wanted to update your own links. ;)
Monday, January 3, 2011
I recently learned that Model Keyshia Dior will be launching a line of colorful lipsticks called Secret Kisses. Some of you ladies may be familiar with Keyshia, some of you may not. She's done several magazine spreads, however, I was first "introduced" to her in the Timbaland/Drake video 'Say Something'...she was Timbaland's love interest/girl. If you're not familiar you can check the video here:
Very pretty girl. Digging her whole look and makeup game is on point including the lipsticks. So I'm actually not super surprised she's launching her own line of colorful lippies. Keyshia Dior has been known to rock what some would deem "unusual" lipstick colors...green, white, electric blue. The crazy thing is that she rocks them WELL. Check the pics:
Some of these lip looks I would definitely consider editorial/photo shoot makeup appropriate only. However, I have a HIGH level of respect for any woman who can rock the "unusual" with style and confidence. It definitely works for her whether its on a photo shoot or at a regular industry party.
Secret Kisses lipsticks are currently available for Pre-Order HERE. They will run you about $14.99 each but you can get 3 for $40. The electric blue color (Electricity) will run you about $3 extra. The lipsticks are set to arrive around mid-February (Valentine's Day weekend). She definitely has some interesting colors as well as some pretty wearable shades. Check them out!
Would you beauties rock any of these colors? Let me know!
Take care and Happy New Year!!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
I'd be a bad Beauty Blogging Buddy if I failed to let you know that MAC Feline (limited edition) kohl power pencil has once again relaunched and is currently on sale at MAC right now!
I've had several people comment, email, text/bbm or @ me on Twitter over time asking for recommendations on black pencil eyeliner. I always tell them my hands down favorite pencil for my lower lash line/water line is MAC Feline but I often have to recommend a back up because Feline is a limited edition pencil and is often not available during the time of the year when I'm asked for recs. So beauties...go get it NOW.
If you're a fan of MAC Smolder pencil or the Stila kajal liner in black...you will LOVE this. It tops both, in my opinion. It is THEE blackest black pencil I've seen. Its very soft without being messy or too smudgy. The staying power is great. Very intense. LOVE!
Almost all of the Face of the Days (FOTD) that I've ever done on this site include MAC Feline. So. Run...don't walk...don't pass Go...to your nearest MAC store/counter/online and grab this. I'd actually suggest getting a back-up if you're able because once that pencil is gone you're gonna be sad when it's not immediately available for repurchase (trust me, I KNOW). ;)
I gotta give it to MAC, they do a good job of relaunching this pencil at least once or twice a year, yet they haven't made it a part of their permanent collection. SMH. Gotta love this whole marketing strategy thing.
This pencil relaunched on Dec. 26th as a part of MAC's Cham Pale collection and is $14.50.