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02 / 07 / 2017

I started playing around with Nail Decals. Etsy has a wide selection of extremely affordable nail decals. My nails are short, and it is difficult to do free hand nail art. The decals make it super easy for me to get my inspired design. I haven’t played with the Winnie the Pooh patterns, but I have the flowers and Minnie.

 

 

 

an easy tutorial

I agree with Phoebe Moon on the decals not being totally smoothed out. As I applied the nail polish to wet nails, I made the mistake of moving them around to get it in place. It is best to let the polish dry for a few minutes, so the decal doesn’t separate the color. The decals came in my size, but I still had to slightly trim them down. My nail size is youth since they are short. The staying power is impressive. Mine lasted a week through cleaning, hand washing, and daily tasks.

Nail decals are the easiest way to cheat with nail art.

Where I purchased mine





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12 / 23 / 2016

There is not alot of blog reviews on the NYX Lip Lingerie. Shade ranges are very 90s. If anyone is into very flat nudes, the Lip Lingerie has a fairly good selection.  I did not find the other shades too appealing, so I chose Embellishment and Satin Ribbon.

 

I am a major fan of the NYX lip products. Satin Ribbon and Embellishment would probably make a very nice ombre if worn together. I watched several swatch/review YT videos. I remember in a couple of the videos the girls said the wand was too large and the lighter shades left behind some cracks and patchiness. Sure enough, I experienced the same thing. I feel I would need a lip liner to even out the color.

Hits

  • Flat Shades. I am getting into very flat shades. Satin Ribbon and Embellishment are very weird colors I can’t describe.
  • They are comfortable even though they dry down matte. After one coat, they felt pretty good.
  • The want picks up a good amount of product.
  • The shades do not look like ‘death.’ The shades looked good with my skin tone and didn’t clash.

 

Misses

  • I had difficulty tracing my lips with the large wand. I used the end tip of the wand to trace my lips. It is too bad they didn’t make the wand smaller.
  • I did notice some cracks and patchiness mainly from Satin Ribbon.

 

The Lip Lingerie are very different to wear than what I’m used to. I’m not quite sure how I feel about these just yet or if I plan to get more colors.

 





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10 / 30 / 2016

NYX came out with new Prismatic Eyeshadows ($5.99- Ulta or $6.00-NYX website). The Prismatic Eyeshadows are a collection of pigmented shimmers. They added new colors this year. I will be swatching and reviewing two new shades Gilded and Bewitched.

Gilded (a bright yellow)

Bewitched (bright keylime)

Review– both shades are not in your face or harsh. Gilded and Bewitched remind me more of spring/summer shades. I find them to be different from other shades I own and look great blended with neutrals or brown shadows. Just like most of the NYX line, the shades look bright in the pan, but swatch lighter on the skin. Just a personal preference, I use my finger to apply Gilded and Bewitched in my crease for easier blending. I swatched the shades once and they were pigmented and not patchy.

I think the new Prismatic shades were released in the summer but not widely reviewed or swatched.





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10 / 29 / 2016

I’ve been missing sparkly liquid eye liners. Doing some online NYX browsing, I found their Liquid Crystal Liners. I chose two shades at Ulta in Crystal Onyx and Crystal Pewter ($4.49).

Crystal Pewter

 

Review– Crystal Pewter has a clear base with multi-facets of blues, silvers, and lavender. I swatched it twice to get it deeper. I think the clear base may make it difficult to wear the liner on its own. I plan on wearing Crystal Pewter over my crease to add a hint of sparkle.

Crystal Onyx

Review– Crystal Onyx is more opaque after two coats. I have one minor concern with Crystal Onyx- it has a tingly feeling when applied but goes away after it dries. I don’t understand why it tingles. Pewter doesn’t tingle. I hope Onyx doesn’t have questionable ingredients causing tingling.

When I was getting into liquid liners, I remember Stila had sparkly liquid liners (I think those were limited edition). I accidentally exchanged my Stila sparkly liner, and I was so sad not realizing I liked using it. Crystal Onyx reminds me of the Stila one.

Brush

I don’t mind the Crystal Liner having a very fine brush. I find it makes the liner easier to apply.

How I Apply it: The formula and brush are different compared to most liquid liners I like using. Instead of sweeping the liner, I get better coverage by gently pressing the brush onto the lid, let it dry, and add another layer. If I keep swiping layers, the color will separate. The formula makes me wonder if multiple layers can be applied without the liner cracking or clumping.

I would like to try more colors and can see myself collecting them.