REVIEW: Sally Hansen Top Shine Nail Polish

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Tried out some new polish recently and they did not disappoint. Sally Hansen is a solid drugstore brand for nail polish and can be picked up for really good prices when on sale. I bought mine at CVS since they have a Beauty Rewards program. They also had them in a new product display with $2 off coupons attached that made it way too good of a deal to pass up.

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The colors I tried were “Drama Sheen” and “Dive In”. The formulation is thick, as expected from polishes that promise long wear. The purple one is a little thinner and is definitely more of a topcoat with iridescent shine. They aren’t streaky and can be a bit troublesome to apply at first. Both colors have lasted at least a week now on my nails, chip-free. Not bad!

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I love the vibrant colors and long-lasting finish. At a decent price point (especially when on sale), these polishes are a damn good addition to the Sally Hansen line. I want to buy more!

A Few Favorites // FW14

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Hi everyone! These are a couple of my favorites lately that I’ve been reaching for almost nonstop. I’ll go from left to right:

- Physician’s Formula Super CC+ Color-Correction + Care CC+ Powder in “Light/Medium”: Besides the horribly long name, I love everything about this powder. The color is spot on for me. Covers up redness and the tones in my under-eye area fairly well. Love the way my skin looks with this on. Unfortunately, there really isn’t much color selection. I’m pretty sure all I saw was Light and Light/Medium, wtf.

- Almay Oil Free Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads: I love that these come in so many sizes. I have a bunch of the small 15ct ones that are perfect for travel. These are gentle on the eyes but do a great job removing makeup. They are soaked in the makeup remover and I actually have to squeeze some out whenever I use a pad. One pad can usually take care of makeup on both eyes and brows.

- AcneFree Oil-Free Acne Cleanser: This cleanser has always worked for me. I have extremely acne prone skin so I’ve experimented with my fair share of cleansers. This creamy cleanser is oil-free and contains benzoyl peroxide which works better than salicylic acid for my skin. I use this in the morning and night and it’s been keeping new breakouts away.

- psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo: My go-to dry shampoo. It’s simple and relatively inexpensive but gets the job done. I use dry shampoo more so for getting rid of dirt/oil than volumnizing so this is perfect for me.

FREEBIE: “La Confiserie” Desktop Wallpaper

Hi y’all! I’m in the process of overhauling my blog, trying to rebrand the whole shebang. As I go through that tedious journey, here’s a wallpaper created during a little break! It’s cheerful, may have incorrect foreign language text on it, and is free for you to use (personally of course don’t try to sell this or I will eat you). Isn’t that fun?

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Enjoy! Be back soon!

P.S. I’m actually trying to learn French on my own so pardon me if the text makes no sense lol. xo

Happy New Year!

Wow, 2013 is gone already? I swear I was just saying “I can’t wait for Christmas” yesterday!

The last couple of months have been a little crazy and the cause for my disappearance. I also got into a little funk where I just felt so unmotivated to do anything. Sorry about that!

I’ve got some posts planned for this week. Be prepared –cough– I mean, please look forward to them?

Happy New Year! May 2014 be prosperous. Thank you for reading!

REVIEW: L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation

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DSC_2411Why do these new foundations have such long names? I tried the L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation recently.

This liquid foundation claims to dry to a powdery finish. I’ve seen a few people on YouTube try it and it seemed like an interesting concept. Bought it at CVS and gave it a go with just my fingers (which they tell you to do in the directions).

The formula is extremely thin, be careful placing this on a counter-top without screwing the cap back on. You might soon have some abstract art on your carpet if you’re clumsy. It was nice applying such a thin formula for a change, though. This also meant that coverage is light to medium buildable at best. My skin tone was evened out but your stubborn red spots may need some extra concealer.

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I think I still prefer blending it in with a brush as compared to only using my fingers. Using my fingers just felt like it would give me a super streaky finish. It didn’t, if you worked fast enough. Staying power is decent but would do better with a primer underneath especially for those with oily skin. The powdery finish does come through but I would call it more velvety than anything.

Interesting drugstore foundation that is worth a try if you don’t need full coverage.

Bath & Body Works Candles

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Candles give me the same happy, light feeling that fresh flowers do. Not sure if it’s a girl thing or it’s just pleasant having a beautiful scent wafting through your home. Bath & Body Works had a great sale when I visited with friends over the weekend, 2 for $22 for their three wick candles. Coupled with a free item with a $15 purchase coupon gives you three candles total for around $23 after tax!

These candles last long and smell so good when they burn.

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I couldn’t resist. I got three and don’t regret it. One was dropped off at my work since our candles there are completely donezo and the other two went straight home. I got Vanilla Snowflake, Twisted Peppermint, and Black Tie. Black Tie smells so much like men’s cologne, it’s oddly comforting. Maybe it reminds me of my boyfriend?

I’m so excited for this holiday season! More so than previous years. I’m really happy this year and it’s a great feeling.

Eating Vegas

Maguro + Quail Egg
I had the opportunity to go to Las Vegas again this past weekend to visit my boyfriend’s best friend’s family. We didn’t go clubbing or anything crazy like that since it was for family but we did eat out. Yum.

We ate dinner one night at Kobe Sushi for their AYCE sushi menu (that included burgers and ramen too). I stuffed myself with nigiri and tried something new, quail egg + maguro gunkan-maki. Everything was pretty good and the price was perfect for AYCE.

Kobe Sushi Bistro
6375 South Rainbow Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89118

Dimsum!
We also had dimsum with the family for brunch at Ping Pang Pong. The boys were still hungover but stumbled in to the restaurant all thanks to the promise of hot food. One of my favorite things to do for brunch nowadays is dimsum. This place is decent, the carts can take long to go around so it’s easier to just order from the kitchen. It helps when you’re with regulars that know the manager too. Love the hot tea served and I can’t get enough of fresh shumai.

Ping Pang Pong
4000 W Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89103

Secret Pizza
Another highlight was grabbing lunch at a secret pizza hole in The Cosmopolitan. The Pizzeria has no signs, is located at the end of a record-decorated hallway, and has awesome pizza. We got to try both the regular thin-crust and the Sicilian style that they do. Both were crispy, covered with cheese, and loaded with toppings. I counted 6 huge pepperoni slices layered on one corner of our Sicilian slice.

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The Cosmopolitan
3708 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109