Holy Grail Eyeshadow Primer

I’d like to introduce you to my new best friend – the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Let me fill you in a little bit on my experience with eyeshadow primers…

It all started when I was on my makeup obsession journey – I purchased the Urban Decay Primer Potion because that was the holy grail of the internet. I assumed it would work for me too, but apparently not. I think it actually made my staying power WORSE than when I used nothing. That’s not to say that it was a bad product, it just didn’t work for me.

Then, I decided to try the Benefit Lemon Aid because even though I wanted a primer, I always wanted something to even out the redness of my skin. This worked better than the Urban Decay, but still not all day lasting.

I also gave the Maybelline Colour Tattoo a try, with and without both of these products. Still nothing.

Then I walked into Sephora one day and asked one of the girls to reccomend a new eyeshadow primer. When I told her that the Urban Decay wasn’t working at all for me, she actually looked at me like I had three heads. She told me to give the NARS one a try (the reason I love Sephora is that I can try stuff and return it if it sucks).

This is now my holy grail eyeshadow primer. I use it every day and it is so so so amazing.

If you’re having troubles with the Urban Decay primer, check this one out! I’ve used it with cream shadows, and regular shadows, and both mixed together and I can put it on before going to work, go out AFTER work, and come home with my shadow looking the same as it did that morning. It’s incredible.

Summertime Leopard Print Nail Art

Summer Leopard Print Manicure
I haven’t posted some fun nail art since Easter! Which is a tad crazy, but let me fill you in on WHY before I get into how to do this wonderful summertime nail art.

For the past little bit, my nails have been awful. Peeling, brittle, and just not growing. Even if they did grow, they broke very easily. It was quite awful, especially considering how much I love nail art. The good news is that my nails are back on track! I essentially just stopped painting them 3 times a week, and I’ve been using the Sally Hansen Diamond Strength as a base. That stuff is seriously amazing. Makes my nails SO strong. I’m very excited that my nails are back to normal, and that I can now start posting more nail art (just less frequently so I don’t destroy them again haha).

Back to this manicure…

If you read my blog at all, you know that my favourite Konad plate is m57. Between the leopard print and the lace, this plate gets used probably 80% of the time I do my nails. Of course, this means that my nail art gets a little boring so I try to find new ways to use this plate. I decided to only do two accent nails with the leopard print, and make it a little summer-y.

The pink polish is Butter London Primrose Hill Picnic, and the mint is Essie Mint Candy Apple. Once completely dry I applied the leopard print stamp using Konad black stamping polish. Then I filled in a few of the spots with a white and pink striper.

It’s that easy folks.

 

 

May 2012 Glossybox

I know it’s the middle of June, and I’m JUST getting around to posting my June Glossybox…but whatever! To be fair, it didn’t show up until the 1st of June anyway.

This was my last month of the Glossybox – the fact that it never showed up on time really bothered me. Here’s what I got:

May 2012 Glossybox

I was happy to see two products from Simple – there has been a huge hype around this line and I was glad I got a chance to check it out.

There was nothing super exciting about this box…Everything was just meh. My mom uses the Sebastian shampoo so I gave her the bottle. The Boxx product was a lipstick brush (who actually uses these? I’m far too lazy to bust out a brush to put on my lipstick).

The Simple products were nothing special either – I use the eye makeup remover on a daily basis to clean up the mess I make while putting on Mascara. I love Kiehl’s too much to switch to the face wash, but this one did the trick. The good thing about the products is that they don’t contain any crazy chemicals. My face hates everything that isn’t natural (and therefore expensive), so the face wash is great as something to throw in my travel bag.

I haven’t used the foot cream, so I can’t report on that. I will try it out, chances are it won’t replace my favourite Avon one!