Review: Sephora Formula X ASAP Nail Appliqués

On Black Friday, I was able to pick up some things from Sephora (which can be seen here). One thing that I got was the Sephora Formula X ASAP Nail Appliqués, and I’m so glad that I did! Currently I am wearing the sweater/fair isle looking print.

Overview:

The price seems a bit expensive, but I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase these again!

Price:

A pack of two different nail design sheets cost $12 CAD on Black Friday.

Rating:

9 / 10

Would I Buy Again?

Yes, 100%

Rambling Review

From my most recent experience with nail wraps/stickers/appliqués (which can be read here), I was hesitant to purchase these. The pack of two sheets (candy cane design and fair isle design) were available as a limited edition for the Sephora Black Friday sale. I decided to pick them up just cause I loved the designs.

My nail wrap carnage. 🙂

I honestly can’t say enough good things about these nail wraps. They are real nail polish, so they have a bit of nail polish-y smell, but nothing too overpowering. They were also really easy to apply. They didn’t come with a nail file, but I think it can be assumed that most people have an emery board or two somewhere in the house. The nail file I used was actually the one that came with my Revlon by Marchesa.

Something that I really loved was that the sizing of the wraps were more exact compared to others that I’ve used. I have a pretty small pinky finger, so I was surprised that this pack had a perfect fit for it.

The wraps were super easy to file down, and I think they turned out perfectly. The reason I didn’t give it a 10/10 was the price ($6 is a bit much for one application compared to a bottle of nail polish for $8-$10). If I were to buy nail wraps again, I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase these because I had such a good experience with them.

I hope for Boxing Day, Sephora has a similar sale on these nail wraps! If so, I will be definitely be getting more. 🙂

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Haul: Sephora Black Friday

So last Friday, I was one of the suckers who woke up early to head straight to the mall. I can’t say I really regret it though!

I thought I would share the $12 deals I got from Sephora! (In the US it’s $10 deals I believe, but since I’m in Canada, we always get ripped off, haha).

1. OLE HENRIKSEN – Clean Sweep

This one I wasn’t sure about, but I ended up going for it. I’ve heard good things about the OLE HENRIKSEN brand and since the set was only $12, it seemed like a good deal.

The set comes with:
-Truth to Go Wipes
-African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser

2. Josie Maran Argan Hand Healers

 Josie Maran is another brand I had heard of, but not actually tried anything from. The packaging was just so so cute. 
Set comes with:
– Josie Maran Hand Cream in Vanilla Apricot
– Josie Maran BearNaked Nail Wipes

3. Stila Artful Eye Volume 1 Eyeshadow Palette

This was one thing I knew I was gonna get that day. The colours are so pretty! My Nexus 5 camera sort of washed out the colours, but you get the idea. All of them are a frost finish, no mattes.

4. Philosophy Purity Facial Cleanser

I’ve heard good things from this product, and brand, so another thing I thought I would pick up. This one is full size too, so I can’t wait to see how it cleanses.

5. Formula X Asap Real Nail Lacquer Duo Pack

These limited edition nail stickers were just too adorable to pass up. Even though my last nail sticker experience wasn’t perfect (read about it here), I just thought the designs were too nice!
Maybe I can try and get up a few reviews on some of these products. 
All in all, Black Friday was a success for me! Got exactly what I wanted!
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Journey to the Perfect Foundation

Literally for the past six months I’ve been sampling foundations from Sephora to try and find the perfect one for my skin.

I would say I have oily-combination skin with an oily nose. I’m not sure if this is the same with others who have oily-combination skin, but I’ve been having a really hard time finding a foundation (hence me trying samples for literally half a year…).

I thought I would share my journey (so far) on the different foundations I have tried.

1. NARS Sheer Matte in Ceylan

NARS - Sheer Matte Foundation
Image from the Sephora website

This is the first high end foundation I had ever tried. I went to Sephora to get shade matched and there were only a few that came up. This foundation was one of them, but in the colour Fiji. After the sales associate at Sephora tried it on, we decided that Ceylan was a better fit.

This foundation was a bit too matte for me. I felt it gather around patches of my skin, even though my skin was not dry those days. I also noticed that it actually started to dry up in the little sample container. :/ Seemed like a bad sign.

2. Sephora Collection Skin Perfect CC Cream in Light

SEPHORA COLLECTION - Skin Perfect CC Cream SPF 20
Image from the Sephora website

I really wanted to like this CC cream, but I couldn’t and that’s because of the smell. The coverage was good, and it actually wore well on my face throughout the day. I noticed my nose would get shiny, but that’s to be expected.

The thing that really turned me off this product was the smell. Oh god the smell. No word of a lie, I thought it smelt like vomit when I was first putting it on. After it set the smell was fine, but it was putrid. I only tried this sample once, and had to dispose…

3. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup in 3 

Urban Decay - Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup
Image from the Sephora website.

I didn’t have a good experience with this foundation either. My skin became very very oily when I wore this. I set my foundation every time with powder, so I know it wasn’t that. Even my cheeks, which usually don’t get oily, looked very slick. The coverage was nice, and it felt light on the skin, but I had to pass on this one as well.

4. NARS Sheer Glow in Ceylan

NARS - Sheer Glow Foundation
Image from the Sephora website.

 After trying out the CC cream and Urban Decay Naked, I decided to try out the NARS Sheer Glow. One of the reasons I stayed away from this one is because I thought I would look really really oily after using it.

Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised. It applied a lot better than the sheer matte, and I really like how my skin looked right after the application. This was one foundation that I was really close to buying full size, but I was turned off by a couple of things. I noticed my nose would get very oily throughout the day. Not even just a little shine, but sun-reflecting-burn-your-eyes shine. But the rest of my face looked great, which made it a toss up… Also the price made me unsure at $44. For a foundation that wasn’t perfect, I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend that much.

5. Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 120 Sand

MAKE UP FOR EVER - HD Invisible Cover Foundation
Image from the Sephora website.

So this is a foundation that I was this close to buying. I loved the way it made my skin look. I noticed I was still looking a little slick, but no where close to how the NARS Sheer Glow made me…glow. The coverage is great. The only thing is that I don’t think 120 is the perfect shade for me. It seemed a tad light on my skin, but the sales associate in Sephora said that I could warm it up with a darker powder.

This was the foundation I tested the longest. One reason why I didn’t make the plunge was the price at $42. If I do end up buying a high end foundation, I think this one would be the one I would get. The only thing is that I don’t really know how it would wear in the summer because I tested it in the Fall.

5. Revlon PhotoReady Makeup in 004 Nude


Image from the Revlon website.

 So this is the foundation I ended up buying. I sort of purchased it on a whim, but when it first came out years ago I remember looking at it. The reviews I’ve read since purchasing say that it’s supposed to be a dupe for MUFE Invisible HD.

So far I like it. I think I might write up a full review after I’m able to test it out a bit more. When I first tried it on in my room, my face was a glitter mess. I could clearly see the sparkle which really annoyed me. But after wearing it throughout the day, it’s looked okay. I’ve only had it for a week though, so we’ll see how that goes.

And there has been my foundation journey as of now!
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Review: Revlon by Marchesa 3D Jewel Appliqués

Overview:

They look absolutely stunning, but I found my nails didn’t file down well after applying which lead to my nails being extremely sharp and ‘scratchy’ due to the gold decals.

Price:

I believe they are around $10 CAN. I received my pair for free (see below).

 

 

Rating:

7 / 10

Would I Buy Again?

Maybe, only for a special occasion.

Rambling Review

Recently I got sent a free set of nail stickers (oh excuse me, appliqués) from Revlon because apparently I am apart of the Revlon Selects. I remember during the summer I filled out a survey to attempt to join the Revlon Selects which is a sampling club full of makeup freebies. I don’t know if it was ongoing or if people just got one box, but it looked quite nice! I assumed I wasn’t chosen though, cause I was seeing a lot of blog posts about the nice makeup stash that some people got! You could probably just Google Revlon Selects and see some of the stuff that others received.

Randomly, I received an email mentioned since I was part of the Revlon Selects (*cough* fake it ’till you make it), I would be receiving a free set of the Revlon by Marchesa appliqués. Well I’m definitely not complaining!

They arrived a couple of weeks later, and boy was I impressed. They look absolutely stunning. The colour I got was 24K Brocade.


Image from the Revlon website

Application wise, they were okay. I’ve only used 2 different brands of  nail stickers (Sally Hansen, and an indie brand SCRATCH) so I don’t have much to compare to. They are thick, which I like because it makes it easier to remove from the paper. They were easy to place on the nail and stayed put when placed.

I noticed though that when I filed off the excess sticker, because it was not 2D I ran into some troubles. The gold detailing is actually a sticker on the base colour. It creates a nice look, but I had a really tough time filing it down to make the tips smooth. I’m not sure if I was just doing it wrong, but my nails ended up being talons.

After a few days of wear, the tips weren’t as sharp, but this is definitely something that irritated me. As gorgeous as they look, I think I would only purchase these again for a special occasion.

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Beginnings

Some people say that the best ideas happen in the shower.
I would happen to agree.

Well here it is. My first blog post. I’m not even sure what to say.
I guess I could start out with what this blog will be about.

If you couldn’t tell from the title this will be a beauty blog. I’m a huge YouTube beauty guru fan. I’ve been watching Ingrid, Fleur, Tanya Burr and many more since getting into makeup a couple of years ago. Also insinuated in the title is my lack of skills in the makeup department. Don’t get me wrong. I really enjoy playing around with makeup and trying out new looks. But I honestly don’t know very much at all. In the past couple of years I have gone from bare faced every day to attempting to flick the perfect cat eye.

So I thought I would create this blog as a personal beauty diary. I plan to use it to keep track of products that I like, products I dislike, tips that I pick up around the internet and anything else that I feel like smashing in here. One of the major reasons I decided to start this blog was to actually keep track of things that I’ve tried and my opinion on it. I’ve done this quite a bit, where I pick up a product in the store, and I wonder if I liked it…d’oh.

I come from the world of Tumblr, so I’m unaware completely of any unwritten rules and such. I hope I will be able to post YouTube videos from gurus that I find helpful on here without facing a lawsuit or anything, haha. I guess I’ll find that out soon enough.

Anyways here it is! The beginning. Who knows how long this blog will last. Who knows how often I’ll post. As mentioned before, this blog is mostly for my sake, to keep together all the bits and bobs that I happen to pick up about makeup. But hey, if you wanna join me for the ride, you’re more than welcome!

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