Thursday, August 21, 2014
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
|Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick "Rose" 17 -- I love these lippies and I recently picked-up the shade "Rose" #17 and absolutely love it. The color reminds me of a Pink Peony (my favorite flower). Elizabeth Arden's Ceramide Ultra Lipsticks are so creamy, hydrating and long-wearing and the color wears off beautifully.|
|Estee Lauder Pure Color Vivid Shine Lipstick "Spiked Toffee" -- I love EL Pure Color Lipsticks, but I never tried the "Vivid Shine" formula, which is a more sheer lipstick with high shine, but not as sheer and glossy as the Pure Color Crystal Lipsticks. |
I chose the shade "Spiked Toffee", which is a gorgeous warm-caramel color that is great for when you want to do a nude lip. This is a great nude lip color for women with medium-to-dark skintones.
The packaging is identical to the Pure Color Lipsticks, so be aware of the different formulas on the labels. The Vivid Shine Lipstick has good pigment, for a sheer lipstick and give a beautiful shine. After 2-4 hours of wear, I still had color on my lips, but the shine faded; however, my lips still felt moisturized even hours later.
This is a nice lipstick; however, I still love the original formula better.
Friday, August 1, 2014
|NexGen Nails -- Color pictured here is "110" -- A soft, pale pink.|
My Nail Tech has been trying to sell me on this new nail application. I have been getting UV Liquid Gel Nails (overlay on natural nails) for over a year and have been very happy with them; however, my Nail Tech was telling me how great the NexGen Nails are.
What it is and how it works: The Nail Tech applies a bonding liquid over your natural nails, then dips your nails into a colored powder of your choice, usually 2 or 3 dips, then buffs and files the nails, then applies a finishing top coat, and your done! The dry time is very short and you don't have to worry about messing up your nail polish. I have had mine for 2-weeks now, and so far they are holding up very well -- no chips.
I was skeptical at first because I love how the UV Liquid Gel overlay is so natural looking -- I didn't want my nails to look fake. The only thing I don't like about NexGen, is that if you want to change your color on your next nail appointment, they have to soak your nail and remove the layer of NexGen color. With acrylic or UV Liquid Gel, you don't need to do that. So, it's an extra step. Another thing that kinda annoyed me was the price.
NexGen nails are slightly higher than UV Liquid Gel, which I don't understand why, because the Nail Tech is actually doing "less" work (less labor-intensive). The other thing that bothered me was on my right hand, the finish didn't look as good and I'm not sure if the Nail Tech did a "rush job", or did not finish or apply the final coat well enough, because there were some tiny "bumps" after he applied the top coat. I pointed this out to him, and he didn't seem to think it was a big deal. Well, "I" am the one paying for the service!
I dunno if I'm going to stay with NexGen nails.....I'm still on the fence about it
|Nex Gen Nails -- in sunlight|