Getting my nails done with acrylic a few weeks ago has reignited my passion for beautifully painted nails. They’re like candy. When my nails are painted, I enjoy doing things with my hands. For example, typing and hearing my nails tap on the keys. Life is just better when my nails are done.
I used to be able to grow my nails pretty long and strong. Now they break all the time because I do more things with my hands.
I’m really loving the color on my nails this week. It’s called “Below Deck and it’s by China Glaze. It can be purchased from Sally Beauty Supply, Beyond Polish, Sleek Nail, and Sleek Hair.
It’s a purplish gray that’s something new for me. I’m definitely going to purchase this one again.
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CoverGirl’s Divine lipstick is a girl’s lipstick. It’s perfect blend of pink and purple is a match made in heaven that is flattering on most.
I have yet to see it look unflattering on someone.
I think a pinky purple lipstick is an asset to your lipstick collection. It’s perfect, especially if you don’t care for pink lipstick or you think that purple lipstick is
an abomination and should be banned just too much for you.
The first pinky purple lipstick I ever bought was Berry Haute by Revlon. I really wanted Up the Amp by MAC, but I was on a college student budget. (I’m still on a college student budget, but I digress.) Berry Haute is a spot on dupe for Up the Amp, so I got that instead for about half the price.
I couldn’t find Berry Haute in the Bahamas; I could only find Berry Couture. When I went to the U.S. for vacation earlier this year, instead of repurchasing Berry Haute, I decided to get Divine. It’s not a spot on dupe for Up the Amp, but it’s pretty close.
As you can probably tell by now, I’m wearing it in the photo above and below.
I can’t seem to find Divine online at most beauty/drugstores. Divine used to be apart of the Lip Perfection Collection, but it appears as if it has been added to the new Colorlicious Collection, and is now called Divine Wine.
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e.l.f. makeup brushes are some of the best on the market. Not only are they good quality, but they’re only $3. That’s right, $3. The brushes I’m going to talk about in this post are apart of the studio collection. (L-R in the image above):
- e.l.f. Studio Small Angled Brush – This brush is mainly used for applying liquid or gel eyeliner. It helps to create a precise line exactly where you want it. (walgreens.com)
- e.l.f. Studio Eyeshadow C Brush – This brush is mainly used for applying product to the eyelids, however it can also be used for the crease of the eyelid as well as for the brow bone highlight. (walgreens.com)
- e.l.f. Studio Concealer Brush – As the name implies, this brush is mainly used to apply and blend concealer. I prefer to use my fingers to put on concealer because I find that “patting” it on my face creates better coverage and trust me, I need it. After I pat the concealer on my face, I blend it in with a concealer brush (walgreens.com)
- e.l.f. Studio Stipple Brush – This brush is mainly used to apply liquid foundation, however it can be used to apply blush. I wish this brush was bigger and more dense like the e.l.f. studio powder brush (see photo below for side by side comparison), but it’s really soft and my foundation is flawless when I use it. (walgreens.com)
- e.l.f. Studio Angled Blush Brush – This brush is perfect for applying blush to the cheekbones or for applying contour to the hollows of the cheek, jawbone, and around the hairline. (walgreens.com,)
- e.l.f. Studio Complexion Brush – This brush is used mainly to apply face powder to complete your makeup look. (walgreens.com)
Makeup brushes shed very easily if you don’t care for them properly. When washing them, do not soak them in water because this releases the glue used to secure the bristles. I experienced this with my kabuki brush (last photo below).
I’ve always wanted to try China Glaze nail polishes because they’re hyped up and I only hear great things about them.
I purchased Jamaican Out (corally colour) and Heart of Africa (dark wine colour) from cherryculture.com for $3.99. I’m most impressed with the quality of the nail polish. They’re both opaque and it only takes one coat to create a rich vibrant colour.
I love dark colours so naturally I’m more drawn to Heart of Africa. It’s similar too CoverGirl’s wine stain, which is a dupe for Essie’s Wicked. Both of the colours are photoed below and you can barely see a difference.
I have to admit I’m confused about the name “Jamaican Out.” Is is supposed to be a play on “Ya makin’ out?” #idontgetit. Besides that, it’s a beautiful, vibrant color.
You can also purchase these nail polishes at Walgreen’s (0.5 fl oz
Photos were taken with artificial white light (no flash).
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