Friday Night Beauty

Welcome to the weekend!  After writing about my husband’s shaving habits yesterday with #hydformen and knowing I have a pretty jammed packed Saturday and a probably busy enough Sunday, I figured tonight I would take care of some grooming. I started off with my eyebrows. I do them myself- I hate getting them waxed and I prefer to pluck and trim them on my own. I start by combing them up so the longs ones stand out and then I trim with an eyebrow scissor by Sally Hansen. Once I am trimmed on top, I pluck the ends with my beloved Tweezerman. My eyebrows have a decent shape so a good clean up every week or so is all I need. I don’t have a uni-brow so I don’t have to deal with it. I might test out some eyebrow powder tomorrow to fill in the sparse spots which I think are more evident in photos or it could just be the fact that I just ignore them.

Giving myself a haircut.

Giving myself a haircut.

Once I was done plucking, I washed my face with my favorite Moody Sisters Foaming Wash and then applied NUXE Paris Masque Creme Fraiche de Beaute. (That is missing all sorts of accent marks. Just saying.) It is a 24 hour soothing mask that hydrates skin. Truth is I was afraid to try it. I will now have to buy it. I applied it and left it on for about 40 minutes (The website says ten minutes. Like I ever pay attention. My little sample tube had no instructions.) It smells like oolong tea and jasmine. As it penetrated my face, it got a bit oily so I got a wash cloth and gently removed it. My skin is so soft right now that I might actually have to buy this.

You do want to touch my face. It's a little scary.

You do want to touch my face. It’s a little scary.

My last step was painting my nails. I did go for a manicure and pedicure this week but the polish started to chip and look blah so I took it all off. At least my cuticles look good and my nails kept their shape. I painted on a coat of NailTek Foundation II and then two coats of Revlon Color Stay Longwear Nail Enamel in Trade Winds. On my ring finger, I applied two coats of P2 Sand Style Polish in Strict. (Thanks to Girl in the Glasses!) I love this sand polish because it had a shiny application and I don’t mind it shiny. Then I used Nails Inc. Nail Caviar Topcooat (dries polish in 45 seconds!)  Here is what I got!

Conservative with a little edge.

Conservative with a little edge.

My hubs put on “Battleship.” I figured out the entire plot in the first five minutes (maybe less) and then the whole reason why I would even watch the movie got killed off. Right now, I see water and smoke on my TV screen. And a pretty blonde.

What did you do tonight? I hope you were out and carousing!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

I’m a Model. You know what I mean.

Hey dolls! In my last post, I showed you a bunch of cosmetics that my mom and sister bought me while they were in London. Today I have my first review! After reading a bunch of blogs over the past year, I was especially loving Models Own nail polish and super jealous I can’t find it stateside. One of my requests was a Models Own polish, though I wrote “Models Inc.” and eventually realized that was a bad TV show geared toward tweens and teens in the early 90s. Anyway, my sister picked up  Models Own Artstix Nail Polish Duo in Utopia Ocean. I gave myself a very quick manicure on Wednesday.

Models Own Artstix Nail Polish Duos are dual ended and combine popular colors with popular nail effects. The Paint it! side is the base color and the Cover it! side is the special effects topcoat.

Utopia Ocean- Paint It! in Utopia and Cover It! in Indian Ocean

Utopia Ocean- Paint it! in Utopia and Cover it! in Indian Ocean

I started with a base coat of NailTek Ridge Filling Base Coat Foundation II. My nails are very brittle and can have ridges so this helps smooth them out. I topped off my full manicure with my favorite Nails Inc. London Caviar Topcoat. I put them together in the picture because I have a few photos for you.

From bottom to top.

From bottom to top.

I then did one coat of Utopia on my nails.The color is a light gray but with a bit of lilac so it really doesn’t look like cement- it is softer. It was a little streaky but I was pressed for time and figured the Cover it! side would hide a bit of the streakiness. (Is “streakiness” even a word? It should be!) I gave it a minute or two of dry time and then started to apply the nail effects Cover it! in Indian Ocean. I loved the effect of the topcoat and though it covered a great deal of streaks, I did need to retouch a few nails. Why not do it right the first time, Jessica?!

Left is only Utopia and the right is Utopia with Indian Ocean topcoat

Left is only Utopia and the right is Utopia with Indian Ocean topcoat

They were total Monets- looked good from far away but up close…

Anyhoo, take a look at my thumbnail. Half is just Utopia and the other is Utopia with Indian Ocean. Indian Ocean adds some great shimmer and this picture gives it no justice.

I'm all thumbs.

I’m all thumbs.

I topped my nails with Caviar Topcoat because I have no patience and nails that dry in 45 seconds are my style. Here is the final look. Mind you, I did not clean them up.

Flash on top (Get it? Teehee)

Flash on top (Get it? Teehee) Bottom picture is a bit prudish.

Since it is Saturday, I want to tell you that I did notice a few chips yesterday but not really awful. Besides, I need to get over chipped polish. I really do. It’s terrible.

This is my right hand. My left held up a bit better.

This is my right hand. My left held up a bit better.

Okay, I’ll give you my left!

See?

See?

I love the color of this polish. Shazzer, my sister, and I went to see Cyndi Lauper that same Wednesday and I showed her my manicure. She said, “It is so pretty and caught my eye. I should have bought myself one!”

I think Models Own Artstix Nail Polish Duos are really great and offer creative combinations. If you can get ’em, buy ’em!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Watch out, Walgreens! Here I come!

Walgreens

Walgreens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love Walgreens. I have loved it since I was a kid. Going to Walgreens for an errand with my grandparents was always a treat. Sick, I know, but we didn’t have them in NYC 20 years ago. Now, they are everywhere. I managed to catch a few good buys this past week and I want to share them with you.

Drugstore brands can be excellent, too.

Drugstore brands can be excellent, too.

Sinful Colors Professional Nail Colour in Starfish: My initial experience with the Sinful Colors line was not good. The polishes were streaky and they never would dry to a glossy shine. I recently purchased three new colors, Starfish being the most recent, and the formula is way better. Starfish is a cool dusty pink that errs on a light violet. I did my manicure on Tuesday or Wednesday and am just finding some tip-wear now. It is a great $1.99 US bargain. (My accent nail is a the new Julie Gumdrop polish. )

The only sin about this color is it is too pretty.

Maybe it’s purple.

Wet n Wild Color Wave Mini Nail Color Collection: There are six mini Wild Shine Nail Colors that range from pale pink to pink punch and a glittery topcoat. Wild Shine is the .99 cents polish line for WnW. The set is $3.99 US and there was a version with blue shades. I find that Wild Shine can turn up a bit flat but it is nothing a topcoat won’t fix.

Pretty in Pink!

Pretty in Pink!

Keeping with the Wet n Wild Trend…

Wet N Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Perfect Pout Lip Color in Penthouse Sweet: Another pouty pink to add to my collection, the Fergie Collection lipsticks are great. They are way more moisturizing than the MegaLast lipsticks. I do find the colors to be a bit more edgy and the range is a bit small. This does not mean the lipstick isn’t fantastic. Walgreen’s had a display that read the price was $3.49 US a tube. When I got to the register, I was charged $3.99. More on that in a second…

Maybelline Super Stay 10 Stain Gloss in Pleasing Plum & Ruby Indulgence: My sister bought me one of these last year. We really like them- they apply like a gloss and stain the lip. The stain gloss has a bit of shine and is a little sheer.  They are not as drying as a regular stain BUT not as long lasting. I still love the way they look. Unfortunately, these were “Last Chance” and 50% off, which means they are either just changing the colors or getting rid of the entire line. I paid $4.99 US per tube.

I will be sad to see the stains go!

I will be sad to see the stains go!

Now, onto the Walgreens debacle…

I recently had a problem in two local Walgreens. Both had to do with Wet n Wild cosmetics. Basically, a store display had one price (which was cheaper) but when the product was scanned, it came up as 50 cents more. 50 cents isn’t a lot of money and I let the cashier know and she easily fixed it. The second time it happened, I didn’t bother and took pictures of the price display.

I see $3.49. I was charged $3.99. There was no Walgreens' sticker with the new price.

I see $3.49. I was charged $3.99. There was no Walgreens’ sticker with the new price.

And then I called the customer service number on the website. Actually, I emailed them first and never heard back. I spoke with a very nice woman that did look up my email and she had to “escalate” the message since no one got back to me in two days.

I did get $1 US off. The lipstick cost $2.99 US with the discount.

I did get $1 US off. The lipstick cost $2.99 US with the discount.

About 30 minutes later, I got a call from the first store with an apology but I never heard from the second store. I am sure I won’t but I am happy that one store realized their mistake. I just don’t want anyone to purchase a product and over-pay. So buyer beware! Keep a mindful eye on the cash register and what you pay for the items you purchase. We already spend too much for products!

Keep Calm and Primp On! XOXO

Easter Egg Hunt!

Easter eggs // Ostereier

Easter eggs // Ostereier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a kid, I never actually got to do an Easter egg hunt. Living in Brooklyn, I guess there wasn’t necessarily a place to have one. I am surprised that my Grandma Helen never hid eggs around her house- maybe she did once or twice- but I’m not bitter. <<Grumbles>> One thing that my Grandma Helen did do was make the most vibrant Easter eggs one would ever see. She had egg dying down to an art form. She used deep cups and food coloring- none of those Easter egg kits. My sister and I never dyed eggs with her. It was an unspoken rule that she did that and my mom always made sure that we dyed eggs at our house. And her Easter eggs were beautiful. From robin’s egg blue to Persian green to hot pink, Grandma Helen would carefully watch the eggs as the color developed and removed them as soon as they were bright and the colors were deep. She once even made a neon yellow egg. Don’t ask me how but it seemed to be a color  ahead of its time.

Easter eggs

Easter eggs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t do Easter eggs. I tried last year and managed to crack more hard boiled eggs than dye them. I did create a springy Easter egg nail. I used a similar method to that of the Irish flag I painted two weeks ago. I started with Duri Cosmetics Rejuvacote. I have very weak and brittle nails and though this is not 3-free, it seems  to be the only nail product that works for me. I then applied Wet n Wild Megalast Salon Nail color in On a Trip, an amethyst. I like the Megalast polishes. The brushes are weird but I find the nail polishes to go on nice and easy. I painted on two coats and then added a third a day later, as it looked a little streaky. I just left my ring fingers alone. Now the fun begins…

The Base!

The Base!

Purple & Blue!

Purple & Blue!

Using Scotch tape, I taped 1/3 of my ring fingernails. I applied Julep Nail Vernis in Blake, a pale yellow to the bottom portion of my ring fingernails. Then I waited and applied a second coat of Blake. Once I felt it was dry (always dangerous), I taped the upper portion of the nails and applied two coats of Sephora by OPI Nail Color in Slushied (see above). It is a deeper sky blue and from  the Glee collection. It probably is no longer available. I finally was able to do the nail tips in Sweet by Zoya Professional Lacquer, a creamy, “Pepto” pink. To cover the spaces between the colors, I carefully painted two strips of silver micro-glitter with Hurricane Paint, a thin brush nail art polish. I let the nails air dry for a bit and applied Nails Inc. London Kensington Caviar Gel Effect Plumping Top Coat. My usual Kensingon Caviar Top Coat is really almost gone and I picked up the new version. It is not as good as the original. I am on the hunt!

Pink, Yellow, and Caviar?!

Pink, Yellow, Glitter,  and Caviar?!

The final look…

Just so you know, this was posted on Instagram with a filter.

Just so you know, this was posted on Instagram with a filter.

I am not a nail artist by any means and I am happy that I can be a little creative. I also want to tell you  that I did my manicure on Wednesday and this is how it looks today…

My nails today

My nails today with a  little tip wear.

For those of you that celebrate Easter, have a wonderful day!

Choco-Bunny made a friend- meet Sir Sheepie!

Choco-Bunny made a friend- meet Sir Sheepie!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Too Many Beauty Boxes!

I bet you thought I would never say that, huh? I think I am at the point where I am getting too much stuff. I already have too much stuff, so to add on more is just a nightmare. I just might have to do another beauty giveaway- le sigh. Scuttling along, I received two beauty boxes this week- one from GlossyBox and the other from FabFitFun or fff by Giuliana Rancic. I know she has really overcome some obstacles but I have a hard time buying products endorsed by “celebrities.” She has plenty of dough and when I tell you the price of the box, you will understand why.

It's in the box(es)!

It’s in the box(es)!

I will start with the ever familiar GlossyBox. I waited FOREVER to get the March box. Ridiculous. After the January Man-Repeller box, they have started to go downhill. I think people in Europe would not take this crap- neither did this New Yorker, but more on that later. I love the way GlossyBox packages the items. It is always pretty and tied up neatly with a bow. Too bad I tear into it, practically with my teeth. This month’s theme is “Spring Fling” which would be fabulous if spring would hurry up and get here already.

Thinned out box!

Thinned out box!

Elite Models Liner in Matt Brown: A liquid eyeliner from France (ooh-la-la), touts to be waterproof and long lasting. It has a brush applicator and you can draw on thin or thick lines depending on your preference. ($15 US)

ModelCo Cheek + Lip Tint in Rosy Red: This looks like a little paint tube. Adorable! Dab the product on cheeks or lips and tap with fingertips. You can do a sheer wash of color or layer it for more impact. ( $24 US)

PIXI Lid Last Shadow Pen in Mocha Mauve: I thought mine was missing. I called GlossyBox. They are sending me a new one. I found the one that I thought was missing. I also mentioned how disappointed I was about the shipping. I got “we are so inundated…” I just said, “Maybe you should have started smaller…” Anyhoo,  I hope I get another color… Looks like a chubby pencil (these seem to be all the rage now) and can be used as a shadow, liner, or highlighter depending  on the shade. ($18 US)

I once was lost. But now I'm found.

I once was lost. But now I’m found.

Prestiche Essential Oil Bar Soap in Lathernder (get it? lather?): Lavender scented soap that is supposed to be good even for the most sensitive skin. That seems to be me at the moment. The scent was very strong initially but has seemed to calm down. ($16.99 US)

Sebastian Professional Shaper Fierce Finishing Hairspray: Great. Another hairspray that I won’t use ever. I have to give all of these samples to my aunt so she can use them at work. ($17 US)

I received three out the five products in full size- the eyeliner, the tint, and the PIXI stick. The rest are all “deluxe.” Prices indicate a full size product.

Now, onto FabFitFun. I bought the VIP box (and you know I wouldn’t win one of the possible extra prizes, right?) and it was about $35 US. fff boxes come quarterly and cost about $50 US a box. I happened to catch the first box on a coupon code and knew that there would be a product in there retailed at about $40. 35 bucks was a steal, no?

Giuliana Rancic at the 81st Academy Awards

Giuliana Rancic at the 81st Academy Awards (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Hi, my fellow Product Hoochies!

I got a note from Giuliana Rancic, telling about the inaugural box and the ideals behind fff– beauty, fashion, fitness, wellness, and health. So lets see what I got, shall we?

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I love the compartments. My OCD is singing!

Starting with the obvious…

MoroccanOil: This oil is NOT organic and has some argan oil in it, but not  a whole bunch. I used this as my first foray into hair oils. I am currently running low on my bottle of pure stuff- I will get to this next. ($43 US/ 3.4 oz bottle)

Go Smile On the Go Whitening Pen:  My first “exclusive bonus gift” for being an fff VIP-Twist and apply anywhere for whiter teeth. I wonder if using this in public is more attractive than applying lipstick. Hmmm… ($22 US)

Zoya Nail Polish by FabFitFun: I like Zoya polish, particularly metallics or glitter. fff sent us their signature color- a lovely metallic fuschia. Maybe it is more magenta- it’s pretty whatever it is! ($8 US)

Tips and lips!

Tips and lips!

Butter London Nail Lacquer in Wallis: I almost bought this myself a few weeks ago. Phew! My sister misses out though, since she gets my extras. The color is “tarnished, metallic olive gold,” according to Butter London’s website. This also was my second “exclusive bonus” item for being a VIP. Not too bad! ($15 US)

Jouer Lip Gloss in Glisten: I happen to love Jouer gloss. They are so soft and pretty and feel so good on the lips. The only bad thing is their staying power. They don’t take a licking and keep on ticking. I received a mini which is fine since I might already have this color. ($20/Full Size Tube)

JewelMint Jewels: I received earrings and a ring. The ring is nice and heavy. It fits my pinkie and though it is quite large, looks pretty cool. The earrings feel really light but I like the color scheme- greens and blues. My only gripe- the ring is gold tone and the earrings are silver tone. I know some people don’t care but I can’t wear them together. I just won’t. (I refuse to sign up for an account but there is a code for two pieces at $29.99 US.)

I love the compartments. No muss, no fuss.

Rings on her fingers and bells… on her ears?

Think Thin Bar in Creamy Peanut Butter: The story of my life. ($1.99 US/ one bar)

Peanut Butter!

Peanut Butter!

Doing the math (or barely doing the math), the MoroccanOil alone covers the price that I paid for the fff box. I am pretty impressed with the contents. I might give away the Go Smile stuff because my teeth are sensitive but the rest will get used up in no time.

Now the big question: Should I cancel GlossyBox, let my Birch Box subscription die, wear out ipsy, and just do FabFitFun four times a year? Thoughts? I might do one more fff box just to make sure. I need opinions!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Some Saint Pat’s Pride!

Tomorrow is Saint Patrick’s Day. I have a bit of Irish heritage from my paternal grandmother and my husband is roughly a third Irish. I am now lucky enough to have an O’ in front of my name! I have also been fortunate enough to visit Ireland twice. This week I had a few things to prep for Saint Pat’s. So far, I have baked six loaves of Irish Soda Bread (thanks to my friend, Lydia, for the BEST. RECIPE. EVER.)

The first two loaves!

The first two loaves!

I also reminisced about my trips to The Emerald Isle!

A staircase inside St. Patrick's in Dublin.

A staircase inside St. Patrick’s in Dublin.

These are the friends I made on the Hills of Tara.

Sheep!!!

Sheep!!!

Visited Shannon (not my baby sister.)

There once was a man from...

There once was a man from…

And drank the truth…

Sheer poetry.

of Sheer poetry.

In honor of Saint Patrick, I decided that I would need to wear something beyond green or my Temple Bar sweatshirt. I started by painting my nails with Lucky Duck by Orly. It seems to be an emerald green- or emerald enough for me. It was very streaky and took three coats. Once dry, I applied good old Scotch tape on the bias and painted a stripe of Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Scorch. It is a white polish and I am not a particular fan of the coverage but for an accent it worked. I really dabbed it on carefully. Once that dried, I taped my nail again and applied Wet n Wild Wild Shine Nail Color in Sunny Side Up on the tip. This color was also very streaky so I really had to apply a few thin coats to get good coverage. I let it dry and using Hurricane Nail Art Thin Brush Paint in Gold Glitter, carefully applied a thin line above and below the white stripe. It took a few thin coats but it was easy enough. The result…

When Irish eyes are smiling!

When Irish eyes are smiling!

An Irish flag! I actually don’t think I did too bad with this!

A closer picture with my new friend...

A closer picture with my new friend…

This is my Choco-Bunny. He is calorie free and sooooo cute! The hubs bought him for me last week!

Choco-Bunny just hopped his way into my heart!

Choco-Bunny just hopped his way into my heart!

And for tomorrow…

As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction.

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO