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American Apparel Sheer Polishes Swatches and Review

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Hello gentle readers. Today I have three new polishes from American Apparel to share with you. These are from their new Sheer  line. This six polish collection are all named after famous beaches and the colours all evoke Summer. These polishes are sheer jelly polishes created to do syrup gradient layered manicures. They are also great for jelly sandwiches and two of the three that I have will build to a perfect, opaque finish in three coats, making some of them very wearable as just plain old polish, as well. These polishes are three free and cruelty free. Promotional image supplied by American Apparel and used with permission. The first colour I have is Summerland Beach, a soft, sweet beachy-peachy coral. I applied all three polishes the same way for each swatch: Gradient syrup on my pinkie and ring, three coats on my middle and a jelly sandwich on my index finger nails. All are three coats topped with top coat. These are all so shiny, squishy and just yummy. Please forgive

OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

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Hello gentle readers. A week or so ago, I had to file my nails down. They had gotten nice and long but fragile and I had a couple of spots that kept giving me trouble so out came the file. Since I was sporting new shorties, I figured that it was the perfect time to take a little break from all of the brights, pastels and neons and get vampy. And what vampy polish is the perfect vampy polish? Why, OPI Lincoln Park After Dark, of course. Deep, dark, rich purple jelly. So sexy, sophisticated and chic. I felt like a million, wearing it. This polish is insanely popular and I fully understand why. It is fabulous. This is the first time I wore this beauty. It won't be my last, that is for sure. This was two coats and Seche Vite. These photos were shot outdoors and one in the shade. Holy cats, that stuff is gorgeous. And the formula is just about as flawless as it gets. Thick but not goopy, this jelly is beautifully fluid and smooth. Application is a breeze. A dream. This

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Swatches and Review

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Hello gentle readers. I have another drugstore BB cream review to share with you, today.  Introducing  Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector. This product claims, among eight benefits, Titanium Dioxide Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Happiness. A face product not stuffed full of chemical sunscreen. Of course, we all know that we don't use enough foundation, tinted moisturizer or BB cream to truly reap the SPF benefits but I suppose that combined with a broad spectrum sunscreen it helps to provide some protection. This Beauty Balm is not a true BB cream, as I understand BB creams. This is is an truth, like most American made drugstore BB creams, a tinted moisturizer. The label claims are that it has eight benefits: Blurs Imperfections Enhances Brightens Adjusts to Skin Tone Smooths Hydrates SPF 30 Protection 0% Oils and Other Heavy Ingredients This Beauty Balm comes packaged in a one ounce tube (well sealed, there is an adhesive seal

Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream Swatches and Review

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Hello gentle readers. Today I have my review of a new product that recently hit drugstore shelves. This is Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream. I have the shades Fair and Light. I purchased both, as the tester I tried was just the Light and it looked too dark, I decided to get the fair (for which there was no tester) and mix the two hoping to get my perfect shade. I often have to mix face products to match me, so having to mix these was no surprise to me. This product is packaged in one ounce quantity in a plastic squeeze tube. This product is not sealed (shame on you, Loreal!) so if you are looking at this, be sure to open it to check that someone hasn't swatched it in store. I paid $10.99 per tube plus tax. The price can vary a bit, depending on where you call home. Prices tend to run a little high in my area. This product claims to provide four beautifying actions in one product: Prime, perfect, hydrate and correct and provide flawless bare skin beauty. Loreal M

Bundle Monster Stamping Plates for 2012: Photographs and Review

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Hello gentle readers. I am finally getting this review up. I put it off a bit because I couldn't decide how I was going to show stamped images. On my nails? On paper? Uh... Erika? You have nail wheels, you know. Use one to demonstrate some of the images. Brilliant. Absofrakkinglutely brilliant. If I do say so, myself. :P The Bundle Monster stamping plates for 2012 collection contains twenty-five high polish stainless steel round stamping plates with a paper backing, like the 2011 collection and like Konad brand stamping plates. There are six images per plate and 150 all brand new image designs from which to choose. I really like a lot of the new designs. Some are just meh and a few I most likely won't bother with but overall, it is a really great pile of plates. The new packaging. I am happy to see Bundle Monster stepping up and improving their packaging. My first set came all scattered in a much too large box, the second in a plastic bag in a bubble mailer, this

Orly Rage: Swatch and Review

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Hello gentle readers. Hot enough for you? Woof! Talk about the Dog Days! Today I have a pretty polish to show you that should take your mind off of the sweltering temps for a moment. Orly Rage. Rage is the rose gold sister in the Triplet collection of Rage, Luxe, a seriously fab yellow gold foil and Shine, a pure silver foil. I love rose gold and I lemming'd this polish pretty hard for quite a while. I finally picked it up in a sale at my Local Sally's a while back, and I am so glad that I did. If you like metallics and foils, this polish is probably going to be right up your alley. Orly Rage is a smooth, clean, rose gold foil with a touch of sparkle and warmth. The rose tone makes this very flattering to many skin tones; I can see this looking fabulous on the palest fair to the deepest ebony hands. I want to try it as a stamping polish, too. I have a feeling it would stamp beautifully, giving a vintage effect to stamped designs. I applied two coats of Orly Rage and top