Thursday, November 24th, 2011 | Nail Polish, Product Picks, Swatches | Comments Off
Need a fun gift idea – for yourself? While everyone else is out fighting holiday crowds, get yourself to the drugstore and pick up some Sally Hansen nail polish strips!
Sally Hansen Nail Effects nail polish strips come in a fun array of patterns, and the fishnet design in particular is fresh, modern and stylish. These nail polish strips are long-lasting and actually stay nearly perfect for one full week! Best of all, applying the Sally Hansen nail strips is cleaner and less error-prone than bottled nail polish.
More Photos, Swatches & Details of Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips…
My favorite of the nail polish designs, shown here, is called Misbehaved. › Continue reading
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 | Makeup, Photos, Product Launches, Swatches | Comments Off
Bite Beauty is a new Sephora-exclusive product line that immediately turned my head, in part because of the elegant simplicity of the textured grey packaging with glossy red lettering, but also because of the alluring range of shades and textures – all just for lips. Also, the fact that Bite Beauty lip products contain food-grade ingredients and the resveratrol equivalent of five glasses of red wine is kinda cool too.
To try out the Bite Beauty line, I picked up a Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil in Honey Berry, because it looked gorgeously mauve-nude swiped on my hand and because it reminded me of my beloved Nars Velvet Matte Pencil formula. How did it stack up?
More on Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil, Photos & Swatches… › Continue reading
Thursday, June 9th, 2011 | Nail Polish, Photos, Product Testing, Swatches | Comments Off
Wondering how a Shellac gel manicure looks by week 3? Well, so far so good, with one random chip from earlier, some nail growth, and still a whole lot of shine! Check out these photos and swatches from Week 3 of my CND Shellac gel manicure in shade Strawberry Smoothie!
In general, my gel manicure still looks great a full three weeks later – › Continue reading
Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 | Nail Polish, Product Picks, Swatches | 2 Comments
Given how much I “heart” Priti Soy Nail Polish Remover, I’m rather surprised that is has taken me this long to try Priti Nail Polish, a non-toxic, 3 Free nail polish developed to be safe for children and expectant moms.
As part of my very first Priti Nail Polish haul, I picked up an intriguing neutral shade called Sweet Sultan, described as a “matted gray rose” on the Priti website. Sweet Sultan by Priti NYC has since become one of my favorite nail polish shades ever, a really great work-to-play neutral polish. It’s even up there with my favorite Paul & Joe Beaute Nail Enamel in 05 Teacup.
Tons More Photos & Swatches of Priti Nail Polish in Sweet Sultan…
The first photo above shows Sweet Sultan applied in 1-2 coats: › Continue reading
Monday, April 11th, 2011 | Photos, Product Launches, Product Picks, Skincare, Swatches | 1 Comment
Started out a doubter, but now I’m a lover…
When I received a few products from the new Benefit Cosmetics b.Right! skincare line in my mailbox, I didn’t actually expect to be that impressed, since makeup, in my opinion, has always been Benefit’s strongest suit.
Well, I was wrong to doubt Benefit’s ability to bring it with b.Right! I am absolutely loving the two Benefit b.Right! cleansers that I’ve tried, the Refined Finish Facial Polish and the Foamingly Clean Facial Wash. They make me feel more girly and more… clean.
The thing I love the most about the new Benefit b.Right! Radiant Skincare line is the fragrance: a fresh, pretty, and well-groomed bright floral that has just enough sparkle to make it interesting and modern. I want to say the scent is “perky,” › Continue reading
Thursday, March 10th, 2011 | Beauty and Awareness, Makeup, Photos, Swatches | Comments Off
If you’re looking to brighten up your color palette for Spring and you haven’t yet checked out mineral cosmetics brand Alima Pure, I am certain you will enjoy this peek at their new Limited Edition Rainforest Collection set. (For soft romantic shades, be sure to check out the Alima Pure Fairy Tale collection.)
The new Alima Pure Spring 2011 Rainforest Collection includes four finely milled mineral eye shadows inspired by the “jewels of the earth,” the rainforest. (Shown above clockwise from top left: Kapok, Macaw, Bromeliad, Jaguar).
More Photos & Swatches of the Rainforest Collection Mineral Eyeshadows… › Continue reading
Friday, February 18th, 2011 | Nail Polish, Photos, Product Testing, Swatches | 1 Comment
So far so good, with only one chip and a whole lot of shine! Check out these photos and swatches from Day 5 of my CND Shellac gel manicure in shade Strawberry Smoothie!
*If you missed it, you can view photos and swatches from Day 1 of my Shellac manicure here, with details on the gel manicure process and where to get it done! As you may have heard, gel nail polish is supposed to last without chipping between two to three weeks if done right. Is that true? Find out here!
Day 5 Shellac Manicure Results & Photos…
I was still very happy with my gel manicure, even on Day 5! The shine and gloss lasted impeccably without any dulling, and my nails looked freshly manicured. Amazing! The only chip to report by Day 5 actually happened on Day 2 of this gel manicure- How embarrassing!
I swear my Day 2 chip resulted from a fluke nail-caught-in-teeth accident that I cannot explain. › Continue reading
Thursday, January 20th, 2011 | Nail Polish, Photos, Product Testing, Swatches | 5 Comments
Meilily Product Pick, Photos & Swatches: Long-lasting CND Shellac Gel Nail Polish Manicure!
If you’re like me and can’t help but mess up a manicure before even leaving the salon chair – painted nails a scraggly mess by day two – then you’re in luck! There is a revolutionary new nail polish, gel nail polish, that is rapidly rising in popularity. It is a cross between a regular polish and gel nails set with UV light. This gel polish is painted onto natural nails just like regular polish, but cured under UV light layer by layer.
I recently tested out this new gel manicure and came away with my fingernails transformed into glossy, shiny gems of polished goodness, an effect that lasted two whole weeks!
Monday, November 1st, 2010 | Beauty Tips, Makeup, Photos, Swatches | 4 Comments
Meilily Product Swatches: Comparing Three Benefit Cosmetics Highlighters!
As requested, here are some swatches that will help you compare the three Benefit Cosmetics highlighters: Girl Meets Pearl, High Beam, and Moon Beam.
Benefit Cosmetics‘ first pink liquid highlighter, High Beam, quickly became a popular beauty staple, and more recently Benefit created Moon Beam, the next addition to their liquid highlighter family. Now, with the launch of the new Girl Meets Pearl luminizer, it has gotten pretty hard to tell all these Benefit liquid highlighters apart.
Meilily to the rescue! Believe me, after you see these highlighters swatched side by side, you will see a difference… Check out Meilily’s Benefit highlighter comparison swatches: › Continue reading
Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 | Makeup, Photos, Swatches | 3 Comments
Meilily Product Photos & Swatches: Benefit Cosmetics Moon Beam Iridescent Complexion Enhancer!
Following on the success of their popular High Beam pink highlighting liquid, Benefit Cosmetics has created a new sister-product called Moon Beam. Moon Beam is a “golden apricot” illuminating liquid that is similar to High Beam but with pinkish iridescent shimmer instead of silver-pink iridescence.
Moon Beam comes in a glass bottle with a built-in nail polish brush cap. Since it is not a very runny formula, it is probably best blended with fingers or a sponge.
Check out these Benefit Moon Beam Swatches… › Continue reading
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 | Nail Polish, Photos, Product Picks, Sales, Swatches | Comments Off
Meilily Product Pick, Photos & Swatches! Paul & Joe Nail Enamel!
Ever since Meilily was introduced to the wide world of Paul & Joe Beaute, a Parisian cosmetics and skincare line created by Sophie Albou that is much loved throughout the globe, an intense Paul & Joe beauty addiction began to smolder. After receiving a Paul & Joe Beaute product from one of the ladies at eMakeMeUp.com, this addiction was set ablaze, and… hauling commenced immediately.
Paul & Joe Nail Enamel: Scented & So Feminine!
One of the most interesting products from Paul & Joe Beaute, and one of the products I first hauled, is actually the Paul & Joe Nail Enamel, not just because of its unique floral glass bottle but also because it is a scented nail polish! It applies just like any good nail polish, but then it also smells quite nice when dry – like soft fruity flowers – with no yucky chemical smell! Amazing!
Swatches & More Photos of Paul & Joe Nail Enamel › Continue reading
Previously featured as a Meilily Product Pick, the Intense Lipgloss from UK beauty brand Illamasqua definitely requires some good swatches. All the shades of Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss are pretty unique and unconventional, and often look quite different from their color in the tube when applied to the skin.
So, here are several swatches of Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Move, a dusty mauve shade with hints of violet, swatched in different lighting.
Meilily Swatch (above top) with natural shadow and light (left:thick, right:sheer)- shows how Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Move › Continue reading
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