Nail Polish of the Week #11 – Formula X for Sephora Transformers Top Coat in Kaleidoscope

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This week’s nail polish is  Formula X for Sephora Transformers Top Coat in the color Kaleidoscope. It is described as violet iridescence and it is a glittery shiny blue and purple duochrome, and we know how much I love duochromes!

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I layered two coats over a black base and it really made the color pop!

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It’s such a beautiful glittery nail polish, I definitely recommend it!

I loved the color so much I actually made a couple pairs of post earrings using this nail polish! You can find them here and here if you are interested!

What nail polish are you wearing this week? Do you like duochromes as much as I do?!

 

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Favorite Nail Polish Remover – Sephora’s Instant Nail Polish Remover

Sephora Nail Polish Remover

I picked up a new bottle of my favorite nail polish remover, Sephora’s Instant Nail Polish Remover, in my last haul. This is the third time I’ve repurchased this remover. The bottle says “It’s magic!” and I would have to agree, especially if you’ve tried removing glitter polish with it. Removing glitter polish is not fun, but this remover makes it about as quick and painless as it’s going to get.

This remover is the type that has a sponge inside that you put your finger in to remove the polish. That is probably why it works so well, but it is also the reason for the few drawbacks of this remover.

One is that after you’ve used it for a while the remover starts to get yucky and murky and then needs to be replaced because all of the removed nail polish stays in there. I haven’t timed it, but I think I replace it about as often as I would need to replace my normal nail polish remover when it would run out. Also, because of the sponge, this can’t be used on your toes, so I do end up buying a regular bottle of nail polish anyway.

My main issue with the sponge is that little black pieces from the sponge will start getting stuck to my fingers. The pieces wash off easily, but I don’t love that the sponge starts to break apart and get stuck to my fingers when I use it. Considering this nail polish costs $9.50, which is considerably more than a drugstore remover, and that it needs to be replaced fairly often and can only be used on the hands, I do wish that it didn’t have the issue with the sponge “shedding”. This has happened with all three bottles I have tried, usually after just a few uses of the polish, with it then getting worse the more times it is used.

Even though the polish remover does have some drawbacks, I’ve never tried a remover that took off polish so quickly and easily and could cut through glitter polish so well. I would highly recommend it, especially if you like to use a lot of glitter polish.

What type of polish do you struggle with most to remove? Do you have any tips that make removing nail polish easier? Leave a comment and let me know!

Haul! Space NK, Sephora, and Drugstore products!

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I’ve bought a few things over the past few days so I thought I would do a haul post!

I ordered two items from Space NK. I’ve been wanting to try them out for a while, but they are a little pricey so I held off on buying them. Then a few days ago I saw a $20 off coupon for Space NK that’s good until August 18th on Elle Fowler’s Blog, and decided to go ahead and buy them.

Darphin Aromatic Purifying Balm        Rodial dragon's blood hyaluronic moisturiser

The first item is Darphin’s Aromatic Purifying Balm. The Second is Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Moisturizer. I’m really excited to start using both of these, I’ll do a review after I’ve used them for a while.

Next up is Sephora. I went to Sephora to buy a new bottle of this nail polish remover.

Sephora Nail Polish Remover

This is Sephora’s Instant nail polish remover and it is my all time favorite nail polish remover. It’s the kind that has the foam that you put your finger in to remove the polish. This is the third time I’ve repurchased it. It says on the bottle that this nail polish remover “is magic!” and I couldn’t agree more. I’ll post a review on it in the next few days.

Next, I picked up two of Urban Decay’s new Lipsticks, the Revolution Lipstick. I got the colors Fiend and Naked.

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After I use them I’ll post a review with some pictures and swatches. I’ve read some great reviews about these lipsticks and I really hope they live up to the hype! Urban Decay is actually having a contest on instagram right now. If you post a picture showing off one of these new lipsticks you can win all 22! Are you going to enter the contest? I think I might enter!

The last item I picked up is a drugstore item. It’s Covergirl’s clean glow blush in #100 Roses. It looks like it will be a really pretty natural looking blush. I can’t wait to use it.

Coverglow Clean Glow Blush Roses

Have you bought anything recently that you’re loving? Let me know in the comments!

Badger Pride: Hufflepuff eye makeup look

Leakycon 2013 in Portland was a few weeks ago and now that I’ve finally recovered from the lack of sleep and post con cold (we Leakycon attendees affectionately refer to it as the LeakyFlu), I thought I would make a tutorial with the Hufflepuff themed eye look I wore at the con.

Every year I’ve been to Leakycon (which is every year that there has been one) I’ve wanted to wear Hufflepuff themed eye makeup, but I never wanted to invest in bright yellow eyeshadow. This year I finally decided to go for it and bought a product I’ve been eyeing for at least a year.

For my bright yellow base I went with MUFE Aqua Cream in #24.

MUFE Aqua Cream #24

I’ve always wanted to try out the MUFE Aqua Creams, I’ve read a lot of great reviews about them, and this one lived up to the hype. It has good pigmentation, applies easily, and lasts all day without creasing or fading on me.

I started off by applying the Aqua Cream as a base all over the lid. Next, I added a yellow powder eyeshadow on top of the base. The one I used was Sephora brand in the color Banana Split.

Aqua Cream with Yellow Powder Shadow

Next, I added a black shadow to the outer corner and then blended it about halfway into the crease. I used the color Black Magique, which I have in a MAC quad that was limited edition. You can use any yellow and black eyeshadows for this look. L’Oreal HiP actually makes an eyeshadow duo that is yellow and black called Striking #907 that would be perfect for this. You should be able to find it in most drugstores.

Black Eyeshadow in the crease

After that, I applied liquid eyeliner in a thin line, and then mascara. I used Sephora’s black liquid eyeliner and Maybelline Mega Plush Volume Express Waterproof Mascara in Very Black.

Hufflepuff Pride!

Hufflepuff Pride!

Finished Look

And that’s it! it was really simple to do and quick enough that I could apply it in the morning before rushing over to the convention center. The only difficult part was finding a great yellow shadow that was pigmented and wouldn’t fade throughout the day.

Now that you’ve seen how I showed off my badger pride at Leakycon, what house are you in and how do you show off your house pride?

Have you ever been to a fan convention? Did you do anything fun with your makeup for the occasion? Comment below and let me know!