Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer: My Indecisive Valentine Collection review & swatches

*The following products have been generously provided to me for review: I Still Adore You, Fire in Your Eyes, Newly Impassioned Soul. The following products were purchased by me for review: Flash Forward Fantasy, Idealistic Future, Sordid End.  All opinions are my own.*

Good evening, all! I hope everyone has been doing well. If you're from the South like me, I hope you're keeping safe and warm! Winter Storm Leon (ice & snow storm) that came through yesterday was awful. It took me over 6 hours to get home when it normally takes 1 hour. I've been bumping the heat up steadily throughout the day- I just cannot keep warm.

Speaking of warm, here's something that'll make you start sweating from desire and need: Blue Eyed-Girl Lacquer's new Valentines Day collection titled "My Indecisive Valentine".
"My Indecisive Valentine was created to embrace both the sentimental and independent sides of Valentine’s day.  I didn’t want to leave anyone out of the fun of a new collection, so I tried to make a collection that wasn’t overly lovey dovey."

Whew, these polishes are HOT! I love every single one of them. Julie, the creator and mastermind behind the BEGL brand, really hit it out of the park with this collection!

The collection includes: 

  • I Still Adore: radiant orchid holo with a subtle pink to gold shift.
  • Fire in Your Eyes: red jelly with a blue to pink shift.
  • Sordid End: periwinkle leaning cornflower blue with a blue to teal to pink shift.
  • Newly Impassioned Soul:  hot pink with green flakies.
  • Idealistic Future: clear based glitter topper packed with pink, purple, and red glitters in hexes, squares, dots, diamonds, and hearts.
  • Flash Forward Fantasy:  nude with violet flakies and a strong pink to gold shift that dries matte.

Now, let's get on with the swatches!

First up we have Flash Forward Fantasy. It's a gorgeous color, totally appropriate for the office. It isn't in-your-face, but it does have little flakies & shimmer in it to give your mani an extra bit of pop in the work place. I applied two coats and had no issues. One coat may not be opaque enough for your liking, so try two or three coats when putting this polish on your nails. This particular color dries matte.

*I had the same outcome with each polish in this collection; The application was easy, the polish consistency was perfect, no pulling or balding when applying it. I did not apply a topcoat. I did not detect any smells from these polishes. Yay! (I hate stinky polishes.)*

Click the photos to enlarge them and see the details better!






The next few photos showcase Idealistic Future (glitter topper) on top of Flash Forward Fantasy.




Second on my list is Newly Impassioned Soul. This hot pink is lovely! I love how bright the color is and I love the green flakies in it. This color is gorgeous for Spring and Summer.



Here's Idealistic Future over Newly Impassioned Soul.





Third up is I Still Adore. Holy HOLO! <3 Ahhh, I love holographic nail polishes & this baby does not disappoint. Pantone named Orchid as 2014's color of the year. This is a gorgeous orchid colored linear holo. I apologize in advance for the amount of pictures I took. I can't get enough of this polish!





 

Here's Idealistic Future over I Still Adore.





Fourth is Sordid End. If you know me, you know I am obsessed with blue nail polish. I must own all blue nail polish! I am so excited Julie added a lovely cornflower blue to this collection. I see a good amount of teal shift in this polish, which makes me squeal in delight!






Here's Idealistic Future over Sordid End.





Next up is Fire in Your Eyes. This color is hot, hot, hot! It's a jelly, which I love, AND it's got pretty blue flakies in it. -dies- This is perfect for Valentine's Day!








And again, here's Idealistic Future over Fire in Your Eyes.


 

Idealistic Future is such a pretty glitter topper. I love the different shaped glitter. This topped would be pretty on a variety of finishes; creme, holo, flakie, crelly, jelly, the list goes on and on!



Overall, this collection is amazingly awesome! I love every polish Julie created for Valentines Day. The application was flawless, no pooling, no dragging, no balding, no smells, everything just ROCKS!

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer's My Indecisive Collection is on sale February 2, 2014 at 3pm EST. Check out her Big Cartel site here, her Facebook page here & sign up for her newsletter here to be updated on all BEGL news.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Review & Comparison: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser vs. Benefit The Porefessional

*These following items were purchased by me for review. Maybelline New York did not provide the product for review.*

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season & a good beginning to 2014.

Today I am reviewing a new product from Maybelline New York called Baby Skin instant pore eraser. I am a huge fan of Maybelline's Baby Lips lip balm, so when I seen a new Baby Skin product in my local drugstore I knew I had to purchase it & try it out. Sadly I suffer from having large pores, especially on my cheeks and on my nose. I hate my large pores with a passion. I currently use Benefit's The Porefessional (it's one of my holy grail beauty products) to minimize the appearance of my pores, so I wanted to test out Baby Skin and compare the results to Porefessional.



The back of the packaging describes baby Skin as follows:
Instant Pore Eraser
  • Instantly blurs the look of pores, without clogging them. 
  • Transparent gel formula, smooths on clear
  • Smoothes and refines skin's appearance
  • Non-comedogenic and fragrance-free
 Use alone or under makeup
Use alone for flawless-looking skin, smoothing onto areas with visible pores, OR smooth a thin layer under foundation for a smooth-looking finish.
As advertised, the product is a clear gel and is very easy to blend onto my skin. The gel dries to a matte finish. I did not detect a smell.



The product blends very easily onto my skin, but sadly does not blur the appearance of my pores. My pores look exactly the same as they did before applying the gel onto my problem areas. Huge disappointment. No visible change whatsoever. The only difference I notice is that my skin is smoother wherever I blend the gel.

Baby Skin gel applied on my hand, not blended.

I don't wear foundation, so my only option was trying this product on it's own with no other makeup to cover my pores.

I'm going to now compare Maybelline's Baby Skin to The Porefessional by Benefit.



Now, perhaps if baby Skin had a colored tint in the gel, that may help blur the appearance of pores a bit better. For example, The Porefessional has a tint to it:



 Baby Skin (clear gel) on my hand at the top.
Porefessional (tinted) on my hand at the bottom.

Benefit's Porefessional has a different look and feel to it. For starters, as I stated earlier, the product is tinted. Unlike Baby Skin, Porefessional feels more like a silky, matte balm, not a gel. Once blended, the tint of Porefessional disappeared and left my skin smooth while blurring any signs of pores. It's much better at concealing the look and size of pores. I have sensitive skin and neither product irritated me. The only downside to Porefessional is the cost: $30 for 0.75 oz (which is the size of the product in my photos).

  Both products smoothed onto my hand.

Even factoring in the cost, Benefit's Porefessional is the definite winner of this battle. 
Baby Skin retails for $6.99 and can be found at any drugstore. I happened to have found mine at Walgreens. Benefit's Porefessional can be purchased at Ulta, Sephora or their website located here.

Have you tested out Baby Skin yet? Did you suffer the same fate as I? Happen to love it? Give me your feedback, I'd love to hear your thoughts!