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Is it Love or the Trash Can?

I have been trying a lot of different beauty products the past month and I thought I would let you know what I think is worth using and what is worth tossing.  Here’s 4 to start out the series!

Tigi Salt SprayFirst off, I won this so I cannot complain too much, but it just did not work.  It is supposed to give you beachy waves, it just gave me a jumbled mess.  I used it when my hair was wet, scrunched it and let it air dry (I also tried blow drying it the next time) and it did not work either way.  It had no hold and just made my ends feel dry.  It did not create any waves, it just looked like I went to bed with my hair wet and forgot to comb it that morning.  Not a good look.  My hair has a natural wave to it, as you can see from my profile photo and other reviews, it does beachy waves fairly well with just a bit of mousse. The spray also had an awful smell that lasted forever, even after I washed my hair. Trash Can!

Garnier Fructis Anti-Humidity Hair SprayI bought this thinking it would be great for the Summer when I straighten my hair.  Since my hair has a natural wave, once the humidity hits my straightened hair, it will start to wave on its own.  Regular hair spray never held and ended up a sticky mess when I walked outside but this hair spray certainly did the trick!  My ends did not wave and the hair spray did not turn sticky.  This also worked great for holding my curls too!  Love it!

St. Ives Oatmeal LotionI have extremely sensitive skin and shaving my legs has always caused irritation no matter what shave gel or razor I use.  I used to use baby lotion because it was the only thing that would not irritate my skin post shaving but I was getting a bit tired of the smell and decided to try something different.  I know St. Ives works well for sensitive skin and when I saw this oatmeal lotion I decided to give it a try.  My legs no longer rash after shaving since I started using this lotion.  It sinks in really well and does not leave a greasy residue.  I was out in the sun too long a few weekends back and I applied this lotion to my shoulders post sun for a  few days and it stopped any peeling/reduced redness without causing me to break out.  Love it!

Pure Ice Crackle Nail PolishI was slightly disappointed to see the crackle nail polish trend return this Summer after spending 12 years dormant but I thought I’d tried it out again.  I did not want to spend the $8 for OPI or China Glaze so I went with Pure Ice at $3.99.  At first I purchased the yellow and tried it over hot pink.  It took a few tries to get it to crackle how I wanted it, but overall it wasn’t bad for the price.  Next, I purchased their hot pink crackle and tried it over white polish.  I was instantly in love.  It’s a great polish for the price and works just as well as the more expensive brands. Went a week before it chipped.  Love it!

Today’s Theme: Sunset in Rio

Used: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cottage Cheese, NYX Loose Pearl Eyeshadows in Fanta Pearl and Yellow Pearl, Urban Decay Peacock Pallet Flash (Purple), Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Vegas Strip (Top Strip-White), e.l.f. waterproof eyeliner pen in Black, Ulta eyeliner in Gold and Mabelline’s The Falsies mascara.  (This was my first time using The Falsies and I was greatly disappointed.  It did not go on well, the brush was a disaster and it dried as hard as plastic.  I will not be using again!)

Yesterday I felt like sporting a tropical eye theme! To achieve my look I first applied a base of e.l.f. Primer with NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cottage Cheese over it.Next I used a small eyeshadow brush (EcoTools are my preference) to apply NYX Loose Pearl Eyeshadow in Pink and Turquoise to my eyelids.  Tip: Pat, don’t spread or smear the eyeshadow like you would with others.  These colors turn out more pigmented when you pat on the power.For the inner part of my eyelid I applied Physicians Formula’s Shimmer Strips in Vegas Strip using the top strip (white).For eyeliner I used e.l.f.’s waterproof eyeliner pen in black.  For mascara I used CoverGirl’s Lashblast in Very Black.  On my bottom lid, under the black eyeliner (it’s hard to see, camera on my phone isn’t 100%) I applied a line of Ulta’s eyeliner pencil in gold for a look of sunkissed sand.(Top photo was taken outside, bottom indoors).-Love, Makeup & Free Spirits-
(Posted on my Blogger yesterday, I forgot to post it here!)

NYX Cosmetics Ultra Pearl Mania Review

(Yellow, Ocean Blue, Pearl and Very Pink)

Last week I was looking for an eyeshadow that was extremely pigmented and came in a variety of bright colors.  I checked out a few reviews from fellow Beauties and most claimed the higher end brands work the best but I was looking for something cheaper.  I use NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Crayons on a daily basis so I decided to check out their options.  During my trip to Ulta, I picked up NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Yellow, Ocean Blue, Pearl and Very Pink.  I rushed home to try them out and I was certainly impressed.  These eyeshadows were extremely pigmented, easy to apply and BRIGHT!  I was in love!  

Pros: Inexpensive, Bright, Highly Pigmented, Variety of Colors, Loose Powder, Does Not Crease, Excellent Staying Power

Cons: None

Tips:  I always lay down a coat of NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Cottage Cheese before applying these.  It helps to hold the color.  I also do not stroke on the color with my eyeshadow brush, instead I pat it on which allows for easier application and a bright pigment.  Just make sure to tap off your brush before you apply to your eyelid otherwise you’ll have shadow in your eyes, creating a mess. 

 Enjoy dolls!

 -Love, Makeup and Free Spirits-

Strawberries & Cream Eyeshadow Tutorial

Summer is all about gold tones and sparkle!  I decided to combine my love for pink and the bronze of summer to create a look I like to call Strawberries & Cream.

I started by applying a base of e.l.f Cosmetics. primer to both eyelids.  Next I used NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Cottage Cheese and applied a thick line along my upper lashes and my lower lashes.

Using an EcoTools eyeshadow brush, I applied Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enchancing Shadow & Liner - Eye Candy Collection in Brown Eye Candy (using only the pink shade) starting mid point on my eyelid and worked my way to the outer corner.  I then repeated on my lower lid.

After cleaning off my brush, I applied Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Bronzer & Eye Shadow in Vegas Strip (using the top shade - white)  to the remainder of my upper and lower lid lines.

Next I applied Ulta eyeshadow in Love, using a medium sized EcoTools brush, starting at the crease and working my way down to the line that I previously created.  Using the same brush, I used Ulta eyeshadow in Calla Lilly to finish off the brow bone.  (The key here is not to apply the eyeshadow too thick, it should look transparent.)

To create the highlight under my eyebrow, I applied a quick stroke of NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Cottage Cheese, then blended over it again with Ulta eyeshadow in Calla Lilly.

Next I used Maybelline Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in black to line my upper lid, creating a small wing.

To line my lower lid I used Physicians Formula Eye Definer Felt Tip Marker in Black.

For mascara I used CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara in Very Black (2 coats).

Top top off the look, I applied a quick stroke of NYX Liquid Crystal Liner in the outer corner of my eyes.  On the inner corner I rounded out with Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Bronzer & Eye Shadow in Vegas Strip (using the top shade - white).

 Happy Summer! 

I remember the day when crackle was introduced by CoverGirl (about 12 years ago, middle school days) and it was a major disappointment.  It certainly didn’t “crackle” and resulted in an ooey-gooey mess on your nails.  Seeing OPI reintroduce it into the beauty scene this year left me skeptical.  It didn’t work then, why would it work now?  Especially at five more dollars a bottle than its predecessor.  After seeing reviews and tutorials on Beautylish of OPI’s Crackle, it appeared to be working, so I thought I’d give it another shot.  I tried Pure Ice’s Crackle though instead, it’s only $3.99 a bottle at Walgreens and I truthfully did not want to spend eight dollars if it was not going to work.  Pure Ice did the trick and actually provided a nice crackle effect.  Below is a little step by step walkthrough for applying, as it can be tricky! 

I started out by applying one coat of Sinful Color’s Cream Pink (my new favorite color).  After the paint dried, it only takes a minute or two, I applied one coat of Pure Ice’s Crackle in Catwalk.  When you apply, you need to make two extremely quick strokes on your nail.  Do not go back over what you have already applied and only apply one coat.  Don’t worry if it looks a little messy, once it cracks you won’t notice.  Also, I did not go all the way to the corners/sides of my nails.  I found out upon testing that this creates a mess when it cracks there and does not look good.  Allow for you base color to create a side border.  Let the crackle dry for at least 10 minutes.  It’s tacky for awhile and takes some time to harden.  After it has hardened a good amount, I applied Revlon’s Glimmer Gloss in Grapefruit Glimmer as a top coat.  This works well because it is clear, but has a hint of pink glitter.  The crackle effect tends to result in a dull color and the Glimmer Gloss brightens it up!  The Glimmer does not take long to dry.  Good luck dolls and Happy Crackling!

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