Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Hi! Here is my final St. Patrick's Day mani right under the wire. Better late than never right? Doing this mani reminded me why I don't do nail art; I suck at it and I don't have the patience for it. First off, here are the polishes I used:

 L-R: OPI Fresh Frog Of Bel Air, OPI Alpine Snow, BB Couture Apollo

L-R: China Glaze Mingle With Kringle, China Glaze Starboard, Spoiled Show Me The Money

And here is the finished look:
On the thumb I did a base of Alpine Snow topped with Fresh Frog Of Bel Air. On the index and pinky fingers I used a base of Starboard topped with Show Me The Money. The middle finger is a base of Alpine Snow taped off with Starboard and Apollo. And the ring finger is Mingle With Kringle. For some reason I decided to do the glitter toppers before the taped off Irish flag finger. When I was cutting the tape I mangled my thumb on one of my hands with the finger holes of the scissors. When I peeled off the tape for flag one of the pieces broke in the middle so I had to use tweezers to try and remove it and totally jacked up the polish in the process. Then on the other hand the polish seeped under the tape and messed up my straight line. It was an aggravating, frustrating mess! I'm surprised they look even half as good as they do. I have to say I absolutely love Mingle With Kringle which I got this weekend at Sally for $1.72 or something ridiculously cheap like it.

So yeah, not my prettiest mani but it'll do. Hope everyone is having a good day! We had a little potluck at work and now I'm sitting at home with my honey; we're too old to go out drinking and carrying on. And that's just how I like that.

'Til We Meet Again...
Rebecca  :)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Feelin' Froggy With Cult Nails

*I purchased this*

Hello again! I'm back with my second St. Patrick's Day mani. This time I used the perfect green for the holiday; Feelin' Froggy by Cult Nails.

This was from the Fairy Tale collection and is a really pretty green with amazing blue shimmer running throughout.

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like this polish is available anymore. But you can get any of the other amazing Cult Nails polishes here.

That's it for today! Short and sweet...

'Til We Meet Again...
Rebecca  :)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Daring Digits St. Patrick's Day Mani

Hi all! I have been so completely exhausted and unmotivated this week but I knew I had to get on it before St. Patrick's Day was over since I have a few things to show you. I won this polish in a giveaway a while back and as soon as March hit and I started thinking about the holiday I knew it was the perfect polish to use. It's called Kelly and it is gorgeous!
I has a light tan crelly base with different sizes of green and white glitter with a scattering of tiny reddish/orange glitter throughout. 

It really feels like St. Patrick's Day in a bottle to me! The colors of the large glitters are perfect and the tiny red glitter makes me think of red haired lads and lasses.  I love that the base isn't clear so you don't have to worry about undies that complement the colors. The glitters all show up amazingly well within the base and it was a breeze to apply. I am absolutely in love with this polish.

I hadn't realized until I went to the Daring Digits Facebook page here that the shop had been closed up for a little while. I don't have the money to buy indie polishes very often and don't often go on their pages to taunt myself with what I can't have. But I do remember drooling over the polishes whenever I would see them. But from the looks of it the shop will be re-opening with a brand new perspective very soon and after trying this amazing polish I will definitely keep an eye out for that.

Have you done any manis for St. Patrick's Day? I would love to see them!

'Til We Meet Again...
Rebecca  :)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color Palette

*I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion*

Hello all! Today I have another fabulous Eddie Funkhouser product to show you; it's the hyperreal eye color palette in the shade Girls On Film. Now, I have to be honest. I love the colors in this palette but I picked it just as much for the name as for the colors. See, I am a lifelong (well at least since early grade school) fan of Duran Duran so I couldn't pass up a palette with the same name of one of their best-known songs. My best friend and I used to sit in her room that was covered in Duran Duran posters from Tiger Beat and and Bop magazines daydreaming about which member of the band we wanted to marry someday. When we were in our 20's the band briefly reunited and all 5 original members were on tour and we were lucky enough to see them at the fairly small Santa Barbara Bowl. I tell you we jumped up and down and squealed like little girls when they came onstage. It was definitely one of my most memorable concerts and I will never forget it. Luckily this palette is pretty darn awesome too. 

Top Row L-R: Screen Test, Video Star
Bottom Row L-R: Freeze Frame, Snap Shop
These are the color descriptions from the website: Screen Test -"pewter with silver shimmer", Video Star - "bright purple", Freeze Frame - "matte marine blue", Snap Shot - "pearlescent cornflower blue".
I swatched these over Urban Decay Primer Potion and they are so pretty! Screen Test and Snap Shot are both shimmery. Freeze Frame is a gorgeous blue matte. And Video Star has a duochrome finish that actually shows up! I was able to slightly catch it in the picture above but it is much prettier in person. I haven't used these in a look yet, and even when I do I can't take eye look pictures to save my life so you probably won't see it, but I'm sure it's going to be gorgeous when I do. I love that there are different finishes in this palette. The pigmentation is really good and they are not too soft and not too hard. You can buy this palette for $14.99 here which is a great deal for 4 high quality eye shadows. I'm drooling over the other palettes also and hopefully I can pick them all up eventually. 

I've got 2 more Eddie Funkhouser products to show you so keep an eye out.

'Til We Meet Again...

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Nourishing Lip Color

*I received this product in exchange for my honest review*
Hello again! I'm back with another fabulous product from Eddie Funkhouser. I am a total lip product junkie. I used to be all about the lipgloss but in the past year I've become just as addicted to lipstick; which unfortunately just opens up a whole other category of products to lust over. I was super excited when I got to try the Hyperreal Nourish Lip Color in the shade Quiet Riot.
Now of course, being that I am a child of the 80's, the name brought to mind over the top, cheesy hair bands with bad hair and even worse makeup. I'm not saying that is necessarily a bad thing; I do love me some cheesy 80's music. But this Quiet Riot is housed in the usual black packaging with white lettering. It's not too heavy but not so lightweight that it feels cheap; it's just right. The lipstick is described as "intense pigments, a boost of hydration, and a lightweight yet luxurious finish"  and I would say that is pretty spot-on. It goes on the teensiest bit sheer but is very easy to build up so you have options on the finish that you want. It has good slip but isn't too slippery and feels really nice on the lips. It is a gorgeous raspberry color that almost borders on fuchsia but stops just short of that line. I used to be afraid of bold lip colors like this but now I can't get enough of them.

There is absolutely no sun out here today but these were taken in natural lighting. The shading in the face pic is a bit weird but that one shows the color of the lipstick the most accurately. I really love it and want to try more colors! And one thing I forgot to mention on my last post about these pretties is that Eddie Funkhouser is cruelty free! So no sweet little animals were harmed so I can feel pretty which makes me feel even better.

You can find Eddie Funkhouser products at select Rite Aid stores or here. The lipstick sells for $11.99 and in my opinion is an excellent deal. 

'Til We Meet Again...
Rebecca  :)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

A Quick Winter Manicure With The Hungry Asian

*I won this polish in a giveaway*

So, a few months ago I won a giveaway from The Hungry Asian blog. I was super stoked because I have always drooled over her polishes on other blogs and her website but had only ever ordered a mini for one or another reason. I got to choose 5 full size polishes and a set of nails in whatever polish I wanted. She has so many awesome polishes that it was difficult to choose but somehow I managed. :) Here's a pic of my prize:
We've had snow the past few days (which being a lifelong coastal California native I've been super stoked about, even had my first snow day!) I decided that Snow Sprinkles would be the perfect polish to use.
 How cute is that label?
Snow Sprinkles is a white crelly base packed with blue and pink glitter with some pink star glitters mixed in. I absolutely love crelly based glitters and this one is no exception. I used 3 thin coats but you could use a white base if you wanted to use less coats with no VNL. It applied really easily and there was no fishing for the star glitter at all. I probably should have used a coat of Gelous to make it a bit smoother but I was a bit impatient; as it was I managed to totally screw up one of the nails on my other hand because I didn't wait long enough to start doing things.

I would highly recommend her polishes; great colors, great application, cute packaging. You can purchase from her shop here. I'll post pics of the other polishes as I use them.

'Til We Meet Again...
Rebecca  :)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Eddie Funkhouser Oil Free Creme Foundation and Perfecting Powder

*Product provided by company for honest review*

Hi guys! It's been a long time! What can I say? I've been lazy and apathetic. But I've never been know for my regular posting schedule anyway right?

Anyway, today I have a little story for you. Once upon a time there was a boy and a girl. They met each other while dancing at a community college in a small town in California. They ended up getting paired up for partnering a lot because they worked really well together (and she was much skinnier and easier to lift back in those days). They danced together for a few years; taking classes together, performing, traveling to a few college dance festivals... She was extremely shy and introverted and some people didn't understand people like that. But the boy did. He was so nice to her and understood that just because she was quiet didn't mean that she wasn't worth getting to know. They shared many a conversation backstage and during long rehearsals and he tried his best to help her break out of her shell. She appreciated that so much and never forgot him and how sweet he was. They lost touch after she moved away but she was always hearing bits and pieces about what he was doing. A friend would say the boy was on MTV doing makeup for someone, then she saw that he was working with Amway and had a makeup line, then she saw that he had a different makeup line and it was actually available to buy online and in some Rite Aids. Hoping that he wouldn't think she was getting in touch with him just because he was doing so well, she wrote to him on Facebook and a few weeks later received a reply and from that time on a friendship was reborn.

As you may have guessed; the girl is me and the boy is Eddie Funkhouser and I couldn't be happier for him. Success seriously couldn't have happened to a nicer person. And today I have the first of a few posts about some of the products from the Eddie Funkhouser line.

First up is the Oil Free Creme Foundation in Light. The website describes it as "a featherweight oil-free formula, designed to blend effortlessly into skin for a flawless satin finish that wears all day long".  

I have been looking for ages for a cream foundation in a compact that would work for my skin and I may have finally found it. It comes with a round sponge for application but you could blend with your fingers or a beauty blender (which I plan on trying). It applies really well and makes my skin look smooth and semi-flawless. It's very good at toning down the redness in my cheeks that has developed in this damn cold weather. It is scented but not overly so.

The second product is the Ultra Definition Perfecting Powder in Gossamer. This is a "translucent powder...designed to cancel out redness, brighten complexion and even skin tone".   

This also comes with a round sponge for application but I use a brush to apply it. I really love how it smooths everything out and gives a flawless finish.

I wore the combination of these two products all week and I have to say I really love them! My face is so oily that it gets through anything by noontime but I just use some blotting papers and I'm good to go. I love that these don't feel heavy on the skin or feel like they are clogging everything up.

So there you have it...Sorry about the crappy photos. I never take the best pictures to begin with but we have the room with my Ottlight bulb closed off from the rest of the house to conserve heat and it is freezing in there! So yellow lighting it is.

If you are interested in purchasing these or other products, you can do so here. The perfecting powder is $12.49 and the creme foundation is $14.49. You can also get Eddie Funkhouser products at select Rite Aid stores. He has some other awesome products which I will be writing about soon. I hope you all are staying warm wherever you are!

'Til We Meet Again...
Rebecca  :)