Don’t Mess With Me!

Clearly disgusted.

Clearly disgusted.

I apologize for my absence! We are moving, and though our new place isn’t particularly far, we still have a few years of crapola that accumulated. I actually went out today with my sister. We had a lovely day of shopping in NYC. Our last stop on our outing was Sephora.
A visit to Sephora is not out of the ordinary for us. My sister and I love Sephora. It’s a little scary. We also had our VIB 20% off coupons, and armed with a rare and decent discount, we knew a trip was in order.
Needless to say, Sephora was a hot mess. It was jammed and filled with rude people. Knowing what we wanted, we picked it up and went to pay. I went to one register, my sister to another. After we were checked out, my sister said she didn’t receive a tote. I thought that was weird and I asked her, “Did you use your coupon?” She hadn’t. I made her walk over to the register and the salesperson kindly did the return and applied the discount. She then explained to my sister that EMPLOYEES OF SEPHORA WERE TOLD NOT TO REMIND CUSTOMERS TO USE THE DISCOUNT.
I won’t get into numbers but I will tell you this- I am a VIB Rouge member. That means I spent at least $1000 this year at Sephora. I have two friends that also are Rouge members. My sister is a VIB- she spent at least $500 this year. Actually her account states she still needs to spend more money to keep her status BUT after we looked at her account history, we discovered that none of her purchases from December to April were credited. Is it possible? Maybe-but it is highly
unlikely.
After the Friends and Family debacle,one would think Sephora would encourage people that spend A LOT of money in their stores to use a discount. It is probably naive of me but it really gets me angry!

A few other tidbits:
If you have enough points for a 500 point perk, you can redeem the points without a purchase.
Some special free gifts can also be picked up without a purchase if you’re a VIB. Read the fine print.

I am sorry to come back spitfire and I will be back in the coming weeks once we are settled.
And remember: USE THAT CODE OR COUPON! The current code for the VIB Shopping Event is VIBTOPIA 

 

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

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Princess Tag!

The gorgeous Melissa over at Pink Lady Beauty tagged me in the Princess Tag! I love, love, love high-end products so this tag is totally for me!

FOUNDATION: I’m not crazy for foundation but I do use Bare Minerals Original SPF Foundation. I think it tends to control the oil on my face the best.

CONCEALER: Honestly, I don’t use much concealer either. I currently have been giving Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil a go around my eyes. I find that it really lightens up the area nicely.

Lighten up.

Lighten up.

POWDER: Back to Bare Minerals. Their READY Touch Up Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 15 helps sop up the grease that accumulates on my face. (I sound just like a princess, don’t I?)

BRONZER: Too Faced’s Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer is my favorite hands down. It smells all cocoa-y AND is matte so my sun-kissed glow doesn’t also channel a disco ball.

The top right picture is with flash and bottom without.

The top right picture is with flash and bottom without.

BLUSH: Currently it is Benefit’s Hervana. There is something about that pink and purple swirl that makes me happy!

It's a pinwheel!

It’s a pinwheel!

HIGHLIGHTER: The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer is seriously pigmented but when used correctly leaves skin with a beautiful shimmery sheen.

Get detained for being cute. Bottom picture is no flash.

Get detained for being cute. Bottom picture is no flash.

EYESHADOW: I love eye shadow. I love my Urban Decay Naked II palette– their eye shadows are smooth like buttah! Bobbi Brown eye shadows come in a close second. They blend beautifully.

In the nude.

In the nude.

EYELINER: Tarina Tarantino’s Eye Dream Hyperline goes on smooth and is super pigmented. Even on the most humid day, it does not slide off. And the colors are gorgeous! For a cheaper ($9!!!) yet high end version, Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof stays put all day with color vibrancy that puts any other HD eye product to shame.

Draw the line.

Draw the line.

Mascara: Benefit They’re Real Mascara pumps lashes up to 40s starlet status.

Lash out!

Lash out!

Lip Pencil: I rarely use a lip pencil so I keep Too Faced’s Borderline Anti-feathering Lip Pencil on hand. It is a clear wax pencil that keeps borders clean and it won’t alter your lip color.

LIPSTICK I have way too many to list BUT my one high-end favorite brand is Lipstick Queen. Sinners are 90% pigment and they are loaded with shea butter making for super moisturizing, super saturated color.

Love the bag, the tube, the box!

Love the bag, the tube, the box!

LIP GLOSS: Ummm…. I have been on a lipstick kick but Clinique Chubby Sticks offer up good glossy color.

BROW PRODUCT: Benefit’s Gimme Brow is a gel base formula that goes on with a short mascara brush. I received testers when I had the Lash Bash a few weeks ago and kept the lighter color for myself. It is a little light but if I work it right, it’s great!

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MISCELLANEOUS PRODUCT: This is not high end but I will pretend (just like a good princess) and sing the praises of NYX HD Eye Shadow Base. No one needs to know it is budget!

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NAIL POLISH: Sorry, guys, but I refuse to buy any more nail polish over $10 a bottle. I find the quality to be worse than the cheaper drugstore brands. I have to save my money somewhere.

The Pretty (Pretty) Princesses I Tag Are:

Girl in the Glasses

Short and Sweet In Texas

And please do the tag! We share the crown. It is only good manners!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Blue, Blackberry, Be Violet (Blah, blah, blah)

Hey PHs!  Thanks for all the feedback yesterday. I was surprised so many of you responded and am more than happy that you did!   As promised, I am reviewing Lipstick Queen’s Hello Sailor AND Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Vivid Violet. I decided that I would do both in one post because they are in the same color family. Let’s go!

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First up is Lipstick Queen’s Hello Sailor. In honor of sailors, I wore this shirt today. Isn’t she cute?

Sailing away!

Sailing away!

Here is the uber-cute box!

Sailor, why'd you do it?

Oh! Sailor, why’d you do it?

LQ’s Hello Sailor is blue. Very blue. It reminds me of the blue mood lipsticks of the 1980s. This lipstick is more of a blackberry stain. At first I thought it would be more like LQ’s Medieval, a sheer, red lip treatment but it isn’t. Hello Sailor is more of a stain.

I've got the blues.

I’ve got the blues.

Application is smooth. Lipstick Queen lipsticks always feel good and this feels very light. At first the color is very light but eventually does begin to darken.

Applied lightly!

Applied lightly!

As it sat on my lips, it did darken. I was really surprised! I didn’t expect it to get as dark as it did, though it was totally wearable and didn’t have the winter lip look! In my (humble) opinion, this is a great sheer, “better than your natural lip” color and would be excellent for daily wear. Speaking of wear, this did not last as long as a stain but it did last longer than I expected. I also drink coffee in the morning, so time wise I am not sure, but I think this may need to be applied more frequently than a traditional stain.

Moi a few seconds after application.

Moi a few seconds after application. On my eyes are Sephora’s Le Waterproof Mascara and their Purple Stilettos Contour  12 Hour Waterproof Pencil

Now, for the more dramatic. A few months ago during a Brooklyn Make-Up Studio event, I noticed Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Vivid Violet ($20 US). They were sold out so I waited (and waited). I paid them a visit this week and it was back in stock. I spoke with Christina, one of their in-house MUAs, and she said this lipstick was more versatile than I thought.  She mentioned that it can be used as a lighter stain.  A multi-tasker?! Sold!

Top without flash.

Top without flash.

The color is bright but not obnoxious (!) and I think more plum than a violet, though it does have blue undertones. Be Legendary Lipsticks are a favorite of mine and application was fabulous. It went on smooth and dreamy.  I found this to be long lasting, even after eating and drinking, though reapplying wouldn’t hurt.

Lips don't flash!

Lips don’t flash!

Vivid Violet is another color that can be day or night friendly. It is pigmented and has a light sheen. You can build it up to vixen like proportions, too.

This is my diva face.

This is my diva face.

Since I am wearing the same make-up (except on my lips!) you can see how Vivid Violet changes the whole look. It totally looks more dressy and polished. I think Hello Sailor and Vivid Violet are excellent buys but for different reasons. If you want a more natural look and you want people to think you wear blue lipstick, Hello Sailor is for you. Vivid Violet is helping me gear up for fall and back to school. (Help me. Please.)

Here is are some swatches on my hand.  The top swatch is Hello Sailor and the bottom Vivid Violet. They are very different and with flash you can see the blue in both of them.

Left without flash.

Left without flash.

What do you think? Would you try either one?

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Trying to Hide (Dark Circles)

The horror!

The horror!

I don’t know what is wrong with me. Wait. Let  me rephrase that. I don’t know what is up with my eyes. I have now started to get dark circles. I think I kind of always had them. Ignorance is bliss and though I won’t blame the circles entirely on genetics (they get some blame), I know part of the reason is my lack of sleep. I think I get more sleep during the school year. Seriously. I want to be awake because I can be awake and I want to do a million things. Now, I have half moons hanging out on each side of my face. I started using concealer (put that off as long as possible) and just got my new one from Drugstore.com today. I’m talking about Boots No. 7 Radiant Glow Concealer in 02.

Not so fancy.

Not so fancy.

I bought the Radiant Glow Concealer for two reasons:

1) I was buying some stuff at Drugstore.com and had a coupon. What the heck? and 2) I have always wanted to try YSL Touche Eclat in its fancy gold tube but won’t spend $40. (I learned that with Armani’s Eyes to Kill Mascara. I will tear through it too quickly.)

Seeing that my eyes were soon to be transported by bags, I had to intervene. At $12.99 US, No. 7 Radiant Glow Concealer seemed a smarter bet. I ordered it in shade 02, which is really light as it is. If I got shade 01, I could have used it as make-up for my raccoon Halloween costume. Moving along…

Erase imperfections with the click of a button.

Erase imperfections with the click of a button.

The tube is a click tube and is sleek black with shiny gold letters. It took a few clicks to get the product onto the application brush. Application was really smooth and a little goes a long way. I think I stopped clicking as soon as I saw some product and was able to use it on both eyes.

This little bit did the trick.

This little bit did the trick.

I painted my stripes and blended with my finger. I have to say that the area looked much better! It wasn’t just WHITE but my circles lightened up (they can be so serious) and didn’t look like I had anything on. I guess those light reflecting particles do the trick! Now, at least I don’t look tired with concealer to make it better. I actually look aware. That’s better than alert. Trust me.

Drawing lines.

Drawing lines.

I went outside like this.

I went outside like this.

I then applied Bare Minerals READY Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 in Medium Beige all over my face. I even patted some over the concealer to make it a little more friendly with my skin tone. (The jury is still out on this foundation. I think it sinks a little too much into my forehead pores.)

I'm kidding. I didn't go outside.

I’m kidding. I didn’t go outside.

Then I applied Urban Decay Glide On 24/7 Eye Pencil in Ether and coated my lashes with Sephora Collection Le Waterproof Extreme Resistance Mascara. (More on that in another post.)  On my lips, I used Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm in Rosy Lipped. Nice and easy for a summer afternoon.

Camera one, camera two.

Camera one, camera two. (This is in natural light. Outside, In Public.)

So this light makes me look all glowy and stuff.

So this light makes me look all glowy and stuff.

What concealer do you use? What are you trying to hide (cosmetically speaking!)?

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Stuff I Tried This Week

I have been cleaning out my beauty stash. A few weeks ago, we learned that we would have to move by the end of the year and so I decided that I would start by purging clothes and beauty items. With that said, I figured I would try out a few things that I probably would have given away without using. Let’s get started.

I am still pasty, despite it being almost the end of July. Over the past few weeks, I received a bunch of self-tanners. My experience with self tanner is the one by Jergen’s, which works just fine on my legs and arms but I haven’t been using it. I was heading out and decided I needed a quick tan so I pulled out Infinity Sun Glow on the Go. I received the can in my FabFitFun delivery and it seemed easy enough.

Spray on. Glow on.

Spray on. Glow on.

I made sure that I used a body scrub in the shower and shaved, since I was wearing shorts. Once I was dry, I started to apply. It was easy enough- hold the can 4-6 inches away from the skin and spray in long, even mists. I did my right leg and then my left. Then a little water dripped from my semi-wet head, so I just rubbed it evenly over the spot. Then I sprayed each leg again. The verdict: my right leg looks good. My left leg is a little splotchy but not enough that I think people would notice. I will be using this product again because it literally took no effort and dried really fast. (I wore a junky night shirt while applying and waited about 15-20 minutes before I got dressed, just in case. The can does not say anything about drying time but you never know.

That is kind of a big splotch. And I don't have chicken legs.

That is kind of a big splotch. And I don’t have chicken legs.

Along with a million self tanners, I have beach hair spray coming out of the wazoo. The other morning I sprayed Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray. I received a small spray bottle in July’s ipsy bag (which I really need to look at.) After washing and then using my usual hair oil, I sprayed some on my hair while it was still damp. I didn’t scrunch as usual and just let my hair air-dry. Yeah. I was hoping for looser curls. I knew I would not get beach waves but a looser curl would be pretty. Well, that did not happen. My hair looked pretty much the same and then just felt like I washed it with salt water. I had another bottle that was in my FabFitFun box and I gave it to my aunt. Since she is a hair stylist, I am sure she will find some use for it on someone. Beach Spray + Curly Hair= Don’t do it

Not for me.

Not for me.

Lindz, my favorite Girl in the Glasses, sent me a bunch of goodies from Germany. She had been singing the praises of Bioderma Solution Micellaire. Micellaire water basically takes all the make-up off of your face- it is a jack of all trades in make-up removal. Since I use waterproof eyeliner and mascara in the summer, I was excited to try this. I have to say that it works really well, even on some of the stubborn eye make-up. I put some on a cotton pad and then hold it over my eye for a few seconds, then wipe. It cleaned up the eye area quite nicely and  did not sting or burn my peepers. I then wiped by entire face and it cleaned off my foundation. Being of oily skin, I still washed my face afterwards but you really don’t have to.

It cleans up everything!

It cleans up everything!

In the warmer months, I like to use colorful eyeliner as opposed to full on eye shadow, liner, mascara, primer, etc. On a recent trip to Sephora, I almost picked up an Urban Decay 24/7  Glide-On Eye Pencil in Chaos ($19 US), a cobalt blue matte with a bit of pearl. I then walked over to the Sephora Collection display and one of the salespeople pointed out the Sephora Collection 12 Hour Wear & Waterproof Contour Eye Pencil in No. 29 My Boyfriend’s Jeans (electric blue).

My Boyfriend's Jeans

My Boyfriend’s Jeans- can you see how vibrant the color is?

I tested the pencil on my hand and was pleasantly surprised. It was just as pigmented as the UD pencil that I had swatched on my hand AND when I was wiping both swatches off, I found the Sephora pencil was a bit harder to remove. Now, you may not like that, but if you know NYC humidity, you know that this is good for eye liner. At $9 US, I could have bought two colors for the price of one UD pencil but I did not. I tried it out Saturday night. It lasted all night!

On my way to the city for a birthday party...

On my way to the city for a birthday party…

My next picture is with an Instgram filter.

My eyes look really prominent.

My eyes look really prominent.

I am really happy with the eye liner. I may have a hard time not using it everyday.

What are some of your summer picks? Have you tried any of these products?

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

ipsy-licious!

Hi Lovlies! I am home today with a nasty cold. I can’t hear out of my ears and my head is pounding. Great fun for a Friday. To ease my feeling yucky, I figured I would write about my ipsy delivery. I read about the June bag over at Pink Lady Beauty. Melissa got a slightly different bag but I am happy with the contents.

The theme of this month’s bag is “On the Wild Side.” I think the products I received actually fit into this idea quite nicely!

For the birds!

For the birds!

J. Cat Beauty Sparkling Cream Palette ($4.49 US) : These glitter creams are neutral and that is better for me. If they were colorful I might have more trouble using them than I already will. I am not big on glitter and though these are really pretty, I probably won’t have much use for them. On the description of ipsy’s website, it says to NOT use them on the eyes, which makes it more problematic.

Lots of lights in this bag.

Lots of lights in this bag.

Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil($18 US) :  This pencil will get some serious use. I usually use the beige NANO pencil from Sephora and this one is a chubby pencil that I can use in the corners of my eyes or under my brow bones. This pencil can also help conceal redness and blemishes. This type of pencil is great for people that wear glasses. I do and I swear by some highlighting to help enhance the area that is hidden by my specs.

Starlooks Lips Pencil in Tickle Me Pink ($12 US): I have read a few reviews on Starlooks boxes and am intrigued. If I didn’t already get ipsy, GlossyBox, and Birchbox, I might have taken the plunge. The Starlooks line claims to have quality make-up at pro-prices (I guess they mean a discount.) The color seems to be very vibrant and I will probably use it this summer with a nice gloss over it.

Putting the pieces together.

Putting the pieces together.

NYX Mosaic Powder in Dare ($7 US): I love my NYX cosmetics! This powder has shimmer and matte colors. This is more of a rosy gold and I think will make it easy to use, as it can almost double as a light bronzer.

And I hope this next one gives you a giggle. I have now received my fourth bottle of… DRY SHAMPOO. I. CAN’T. EVEN.

My best secret?

My best secret?

Psssst! The TRUE Original Dry Shampoo (Travel Size $2.99 US): Great for sopping up oily roots and adding volume, Psssst! is the matriarch of dry shampoos. Basically, you spray in and brush out- which I why I probably can’t use it. If I put a brush to this head, you’d be looking at Frankenstein’s Bride.

Wild Things!

Wild Things!

I am pretty pleased with the month’s bag. It far exceeded the $12 monthly charge.

You still have a few days to enter my giveaway. Click  here for a chance to win!

Until next time…

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Would You Rather…

Would You Rather ...

(Photo credit: Enokson)

Hey Pretties! It has been a long while since I have done a tag post but I caught this one over at Deb’s blog and I wanted to share!

Tag–Would You Rather: Beauty Edition

1. Would you rather lose all of your mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks, and lip glosses or lose all of your palettes and eye shadows?

This is a killer. If I had to choose, I would say I’d lose the eye stuff. I can’t live without lipstick or gloss (they can double as eye shadow or highlighter) and if I had some Vaseline, I could gloss up my lashes!

2. Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?

The beauty of hair- it grows back. I have always said I wanted to shave my head. I really want to see my scalp! (I am so serious.) Since my hair is curly, it is difficult to keep it too short but a chopping might be good.

3. Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?

I think pink is more flattering on me. I have natural rosiness anyway.

4. If you had $1000 to spend, would you rather buy clothes or makeup?

Make-up. Hands down. I have too much of both but Brooklyn apartments don’t have enough closet space.

Sephora Store, Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan

Sephora Store, Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

5. Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner, or eyeliner as lipstick?

Eyeliner as lipstick. Doesn’t anyone remember when dark liner went along with a pale lip? No? You’re lucky.

6. Would you rather only shop at MAC or Sephora?

Sephora- there are way more options.

Lipstick

Lipstick (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

7. Would you rather only use one eye shadow color or one lip color for the rest of your life?

I would say eye color. The lip really can change a face- the rest of the face doesn’t necessarily need a lot of color.

8. Would you rather wear winter clothes in summer or summer clothes in winter?

Summer clothes in winter. Just layer it up!

9. Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year round?

Bright! I veer towards bright red as opposed to dark.

10. Would you rather give up your favorite lip product or your favorite eye product?

I don’t have a favorite but I find lip products to be more interchangeable and easier to buy. Lippies it is!

11. Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a ponytail or a messy bun?

Messy bun- it still looks better.

12. Would your rather never be able to paint your nails again or never use lipgloss?

Paint my nails. They chip anyway.

13. Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all or sharpie them in everyday?

I would rather Sharpie on a mustache.

Sharpie (marker)

Sharpie (marker) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

14. Would you rather live without makeup or nail polish?

Nail polish- too much work.

I tag you- yes, you! Have fun! Don’t forget to enter my giveaway! You still have a few days. Click right here to enter!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

What I Like About June

Hey all! It has been a week since I have posted and I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. For one, I have a lot of stuff to give a try, photograph, and take notes on. I also have a bunch of events coming up so I know I will fall behind again. Apologies for my absence! I have a few products and accessories I have to share with you.  I won’t be giving you elaborate reviews.. yet, but I have already formed some serious opinions. (Big surprise.)

NYX Butter Gloss in Peaches & Cream and Maple Blondie

Smooth and creamy!

Peaches & Cream and Maple Blondie

These glosses are seriously shiny but are not sticky or goopy. They are so smooth and the colors are soft and pretty. The only downside is that you need to apply pretty frequently.

Everything is peaches and cream.

Everything is peaches and cream.

Performance Colors Semi-Matte Cream Lipstick in Neon Flamingo

Glow in the dark.

Glow in the dark.

I first read about this brand on Portrait of Mai and was very excited to try it. I went to the Etsy shop and started to shop. I spent $25.25 US and got a three lipsticks, an eyeshadow, an eye primer, and a number of samples to try. I wore this color Friday night and went into Sephora in Times Square. The cashier complimented my lipstick and when I told her the price I paid and the fact that it didn’t disappear during the torrential rain, she was impressed. This color is slightly shiny but the staying power is amazing!

Flamingos are pick because they eat shrimp.

Flamingos are pink because they eat shrimp.

Prada Candy L’Eau

I have worn the original Prada Candy since its release. It is one of my favorites, especially during cooler months. I was very happy to see that Prada finally created a lighter version. Prada Candy L’Eau is very light and though reminiscent of its older sister, the fragrance stands out on its own. The base is musky with caramel like the original but the top notes are more citrus and light floral. Unfortunately, L’Eau does not have the staying like the original. I still plan on wearing it all summer.

I want candy.

I want candy. Especially if it is from Prada and calorie free.

Necklaces from ForeverXXI

I picked up these adorable necklaces in the Times Square store. The heart reads “My Darling.” Each was $1.80 US. They are light-weight and won’t make me want to rip them off during the warm weather.

More neck candy.

More neck candy.

Thank you for popping by! Be sure to enter my giveaway here. Remember- you have to be in it  to win it!

Keep Calm & 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

Scentual Obsession

English: Tom Ford at 2009 Venice Film Festival...

English: Tom Ford at 2009 Venice Film Festival Italiano: Tom Ford alla 66° Mostra internazionale del cinema di Venezia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ah, me. I welcomed myself back to Brooklyn last night after a four day trip to see my grandparents. It never gets easier leaving them, even though almost 23 years have passed since they moved to the Sunshine State. I think it is especially difficult knowing their age. I have to remind myself to enjoy their company while realizing time ticks on. When I got back to my apartment last night, I jumped in the shower. I decided I needed a little bit of pampering after a trying day (leaving grandparents, airport ride in a shuttle, delayed flight, getting felt up in security- you get the picture).

I have to preface the products I am about to discuss with a little info (obviously, the picture above is a hint):

1. I have a problem with this line. Specifically the second saleswoman.

2. I think the prices are way too high for the products.

3. I got one of the two as a gift. I hoarded one of them because well, I’m a product hoarder.

Drum roll…. Today is the day I am going to reveal my affair with Tom Ford. It is torrid, tawdry, and fast. But I might want this relationship to go on for a long time.

It all started last year when my college roommate, Debbie, sent me a box of goodies. She works for a cosmetics company and among the Bobbi Brown eye shadow (why did they stop making the nude palette? Why?), blush and bronzer, to the jar of La Mer that my husband can’t believe costs as much as it does, to Tom Ford body scrub and body moisturizer in Neroli Portofino. Debbie credits me with her own cosmetics obsession and Sephora soirees-she told me so. When I received the package on a Sunday December morning, you would think I hit the lottery. I started using them right away- except for Tom Ford.

It was nothing personal. The truth was I was DYING to try ANYTHING by Tom Ford. The $200+ price tag for a bottle of eau de parfum made it a mere fantasy. I was lucky enough a few weeks later to have a gift certificate to Bloomingdale’s and I purchased a Tom Ford lipstick in Violet Fatale. The case weighs about five tons and though it is rich, thick, faintly scented, and long lasting, I just can’t justify spending $48 US on another tube. But damn does it look classy. The saleswoman, who was young, also gave me a mini-bottle of Violet Blonde, which did not catch my attention. After this, I kind of forgot about the Neroli Portofino moisturizer and scrub and used other neroli perfumes. Tom was always in the back of my mind but never obvious. A few months back I went to Bloomindale’s to smell Cafe Rose. The saleswoman at the counter (again very young) was a snotty know-it-all. I’m the only (perfume) know-it-all I need to know. I spritzed Cafe Rose on a test strip and let it sit. I smelled it about 30 minutes later. It smelled like car air-freshener. I think it was Tom Ford’s saleswoman that tried to break us up but Tom would soon teach me that he never failed me.

The scent that started it all.

The scent that started it all.

You see, about two weeks ago, I discovered that I never used the Neroli Portofino body moisturizer. It was after the Nemo storm and Brooklyn wasn’t hit terribly hard. I was going to go out so after I showered, I squirted some of the lotion into my palm. Already I could smell the beach. Neroli is the essence of the bitter orange tree. (It’s kind of funny since I wore orange blossom water as a kid. I would buy little bottles in Tarpon Springs and pretty much pour it on myself.) But neroli is different. It is sophisticated and fun. It smells familiar yet foreign. I only needed a little lotion to cover my legs, arms, and anywhere else I deemed necessary. The scent lasted all day. All day. I got home and I could still smell Tom Ford on me. He left a lasting impression.

Last Friday was my birthday and Barneys must have known because they had the “Love Yourself” promotion. I was going to buy myself Neroli Portofino with the Bloomingdale’s gift cards I got but wanted the gift bag (wait for the post- it is gooood) so I bought the $205 50 ML of eau de parfum. The bottle looks like the sea, turquoise and glittering with gold. I sprayed it on this morning and was instantly happy. (Sadly, I didn’t find the parfum to last as long as I had hoped, so when I wear it tomorrow, I will dab a bit of the lotion on my wrists.) And that is my story about Tom Ford, Neroli Portofino, and the bottle of lotion that started it all.

I am relieved that scentual obsession is not grounds for divorce.

I am relieved that scentual obsession is not grounds for a divorce.

I did not match my nails to the bottle. I swear.

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Body Moisturizer, Scrub, and Eau de Parfum are $65 US, $80 US, and $205 US for 1.7 FL. OZ./50 ML respectively.