Color Club Harp On It: Swatch and Review

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Hi everyone! I want to get back into the game of swatching nail polishes now that my nails are nice and long so I thought I'd go through my stash of well-loved polishes. Today's pick is Color Club Harp on It from their Halo Hues collection. Harp On It is a silver linear holographic polish. 

The formula is fantastic for me. I don't have any issues with balding and can get opaque coverage in two coats. It's utterly fabulous in the sunlight. Polish tends to wear forever on my stiletto nails so I can't comment reliably on wear time.

The swatches were taken in direct sunlight with no flash.
color club harp on it swatch (2 of 2)

color club harp on it swatch (1 of 2)
In natural light, the holographicness is more muted and it's more like a silver polish. Be sure to wear this out in the sun!

Harp on It/the Halo Hues collection can be difficult to find in stores. You can get it on Amazon (affiliate) or on Color Club.

Are you a fan of holographic nail polishes?

NARS Audacious Lipsticks in Anita and Anna: Swatch, Review, and Photos

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When I went to The Makeup Show, I already had it in my mind to get ahold of some NARS Audacious Lipsticks. Considering the hype surrounding the formula, I needed to get the lipstick for "research purposes". I purchased the shade Anita and received the shade Anna courtesy of The Makeup Show.

Click thru to read my thoughts on the formula and see my swatches of the lipsticks! Are they worth the price tag?

Makeup Wishlist Item of the Week Vol. 4: Canmake Cream Cheek

This week's Makeup Wishlist Item of the Week is from the Japanese brand Canmake. Their Cream Cheek is an extremely popular blush. The name "Cream Cheek" is somewhat misleading since these are actually a gel/cream to powder blush. Unlike most cream blushes, these get great reviews for being fairly long-lasting on even oilylish skin types. These blushes also have great pigmentation but blend out quite sheerly on the skin.
canmake cream cheek
Canmake Cream Cheek (affiliate link)

What's your current makeup wishlist item?

Darling Girl Santy's Sneaky Sleigh Liquid Stardust - Swatch and Review

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I'm very excited to post this review on Darling Girl's Liquid Stardusts. I purchased this during their Black Friday sale after waiting patiently for it to go on sale. The Liquid Stardusts are Darling Girl's take on the LORAC Liquid Lustres. In essence, these are glitter topcoats that you apply over your cream or powder eyeshadows.

I purchased the shade Santy's Sneaky Sleigh, a milky white base with a pink duo chrome glitter suspended in a slightly pink tinted liquid. You may also notice a slight green duo chrome but it's not apparent when you're wearing it. Since the liquid is only mildly tinted, it shouldn't really change the eyeshadow you're wearing with it. However I did notice that over time, the pink tinge went away in the liquid.

Just an FYI: I have the previous packaging for the Liquid Stardusts, they have new packaging.
darling girl santys sneaky sleigh liquid stardust (1 of 2)

Where to Purchase: 
Price: $7.50 for 4mL of product
Do they test on animals?: The company does not test on animals.

Click thru to read the rest of my review and see swatches!

The $1.50 Item that Will Change How You Use Sheet Masks

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My name is Mai and I am a self-profressed sheet mask-aholic. The one-time use cotton masks are a nice treat and great for when I need to take a bit of me time. They're fabulous but not always the easiest to handle (since you have to deal with keeping a serum soaked mask on your face without it peeling off). 

Enter this nifty silicone shield that I got from Daiso. Granted, it looks like it's something that would fit right in with a horror film but it's truly ingenious. You put your sheet mask on as usual then add this silicone mask cover on top. 
This way your sheet mask will stay put on your face and you can walk around without worrying that it'll slip. It's made out of flexible silicone so it'll probably fit around most of your facial contours. If you're worried about it not fitting, you can trim the mask if need be. 
daiso silicone mask (1 of 1)

When it comes to fit, I do find that it doesn't cover all of my face but it fits well enough to make sure my sheet mask doesn't slip. You can get it at Daiso stores for $1.50 but if you don't have a Daiso store nearby, Amazon also sells it (albeit at a price hike).

Do you like using sheet masks or are you a fan of other types of masks?

Makeup Wishlist Item of the Week Vol. 3: Life's Entropy Galaxy Glow Illuminators

This week's Makeup Wishlist Item of the Week are the Life's Entropy Galaxy Glow Illuminators. Normally with my oily skin, I'd stay away from illuminators but dang it I'm tired of using my skin as an excuse for not looking luminous. These look fabulous and don't seem overly shimmery or glittery.

I'm particularly interested in the shades Constellation and Comet but all the shades look fabulous (especially the color shifting shades!). The full sizes are $12.00 but you can get samples for $1.50.

What's your current makeup wishlist item?

RCMA Highlight and Contour Palette: Swatch, Review, and Photos

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Highlighting and contouring has been the new trend recently with the makeup world but it's not new for anyone on stage or on photoshoots. Under the hot and bright lights, highlighting and contouring would have been essential to emphasize features that would normally be washed out. Though there have been tons and tons of new highlight and contouring products released lately, there's been one product waiting patiently in the wings for its moment to shine. Meet the RCMA's Highlight and Contour Palette.

My 5 Essential Nail Care Products

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Whenever anyone takes a look at my nails, they usually ask one of two things: "Are those your real nails?" and "Did you do them yourself?". They're long enough to make people wonder if they're fake but they're not thick (like they would be if they were acrylic) it makes people question if they're fake. I thought I'd share a few of the items I use to keep my nails in shape.

5 essential nail care products (2 of 2)

Crystal Nail File. Once you go crystal, you'll stop using those metal or paper nail files. They always stay sharp and file nails cleanly and quickly. I am currently using a La Vaque Crystal Nail File but I also recommend the Mont Bleu Crystal Nail Files, which get a ton of great reviews in the nail community. 

Farmhouse Fresh Whipped Honey Salt Scrub. Each week (or every manicure change), I always prep both my hands and nails with a scrub. I'm currently enjoying the Farmhouse Fresh Scrub since it doesn't leave any residue behind after I use it. It just does what it says it does and exfoliates both my hands and nails for my manicure. It comes with a wooden spoon (not pictured) so you can scoop out as much as you need. It's also vegan! You can get this at Beauty Collection online or in stores.

Farmhouse Fresh Whoopie Cream Shea Butter. Working as both a hand and body lotion, the Whoopie! Cream Shea Butter is light but moisturizing enough to work wonders. It's not too heavy and has a fabulous sweet scent. The scent reminds me of the filling of a whoopee pie. It's also packaged in a glass pump bottle so it looks fabulous on your bedside table or in your bathroom. You can get this at Beauty Collection stores.

Sunny's Body Products Intensive Cuticle Therapy. I've mentioned the wonders of this cuticle oil before I'm sure. The line comes in an incredible amount of scents so you're sure to find a scent that will suit you. It doesn't absorb too quickly so it helps keep your cuticles moisturized. I've been really happy with this and another DIY Cuticle Oil I've made (which I'll post about soon!

Sunny's Body Products Miracle Balm. Although I love cuticle oils, I'm sure there are people out there who can't stand dealing with oils. Have no fear because the Miracle Balm is here. This cuticle balm lives up to its name; it's an absolute miracle for moisturizing your cuticles and nail without dealing with the feeling of oil. Like all the other Sunny's Body Products, you can get this in the scent of your choice. I usually scrape a bit off with each nail, then rub it into my nail and cuticle.

What are your nail care essentials?

Disclosure: I purchased the Intensive Cuticle Therapy and Miracle Balm. I won the Crystal Nail File. The Salt Scrub and Whoopie Cream were sent for consideration. There are affiliate links in this post.

Makeup Wishlist Item of the Week Vol. 2: Darling Girl Cosmetics She's So Violet Wonder Wand

This week's Makeup Wishlist Item of the Week is an indie pick by Darling Girl Cosmetics. I decided on their She's So Violet Wonder Wand. The Wonder Wands are a cream eyeshadow that are supposed to be fairly crease-resistant and budge-proof. There are a few shades available but I picked She's So Violet because it's such a gorgeous color.

she's so violet wonder wand

What's your current makeup wishlist item?