Products I Hate: bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Hypnotist

YOU GUYS. See this? This is the Marvelous Moxie lipgloss in Hypnotist from bareMinerals. I love the Marvelous Moxie line – HOWEVER. This shade did not make the cut.


Looks gorgeous and iridescent and incredible, right? I’ve been eyeing it forever, because it’s clearly a tube of pure unicorn magic. And it totally swatches that way too:


But when you put it on your lips?


OMGWTFBBQBACON. I may as well have bought some $2 clear Bonnie Bell lipgloss from the kiddie section of Target’s makeup aisle. It totally loses all of its beautiful unicorn magic and just becomes … normal. Blah. I’m so sad about it, but this one is going back!


A Mini Ulta Haul: Three Basics and a Splurge

I went to Ulta! And just FYI, this may be the smallest amount of things I have ever walked out with. Check it:

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 101: my one, my only. I have tried more foundations than you can shake a stick at, ranging from Marc Jacobs and Chanel to Covergirl and Loreal, and this little $5 bottle of heaven beats them all. I wore it on my wedding day, ya’ll.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Wild: I usually go for Suave or Dove just ’cause they’re cheaper and do the job just as well, but I felt a little splurgy. Plus, OH LORD THE SMELL. This is my favorite Batiste smell. Go huff it someday, you won’t regret it.

Ulta Cotton Pads: because how else will you take off your makeup?

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Hypnotist: I love the Marvelous Moxie line. However, I was not impressed with this particular color. It looks all reflect-y, iridescent and amazing, right? Wrong. See why here.

Products I Hate: Returned Edition

I don’t actually tend to return a lot of products – I am usually the kind of person who will do a lot of research before buying a beauty product because:

a) I don’t want to waste money, especially if it’s high end

b) I’m neurotic like that

c) Sephora employees have a knack for making me feel like a very bad person when I do return stuff

So products that I buy usually work out for me. However, these two definitely did not, and they were both rather expensive, so I couldn’t just turn a blind eye and toss a $5 eyeliner I didn’t like.

If the Sephora employees had actually asked me what was wrong enough with these two products instead of giving me the stink eye, here’s what I would tell them:


This is Gold Mine Shimmering Leave-In Conditioner. Small bottle, big name. It comes from DryBar, which is a place I have been wishing and hoping and praying will come to my hometown. I’m in a big city for Lord’s sake, get on that. But anyway, I’ve seen plenty about how wonderful these slightly sparkly shimmering conditioners and oils can be, especially for blonde hair. So when I saw one, and from DryBar no less, I had to pick it up. Pro? It smelled positively delightful. Con? None of the shimmer actually got in my hair, pretty sure. Instead, my palms and brush were entirely caked in gold glitter herpes. Also, it didn’t leave my hair feeling any softer or shinier than usual. For $29 this wee little bottle had better make my hair look DAMN good, and it didn’t. So bye, Felicia.


Now this is the new YSL Volupte Tint-In-Oil. It looks so pretty. I personally went for #6, Peach Me Love. I loved it in the store when I swatched it on my hand, and I love lip tints in general. They’re my jam. But then I went and put it on in the car as I was pulling out of the mall parking lot. It’s a 15 minute drive home. In the time it took me to get home and look in a mirror, the lovely, glossy tint had turned into a splotchy, dry mess that stained a rather odd purple (decidedly not peach) hue on my lips. I was horrified. I thought perhaps I had a lot of dry skin on my lips and that’s why it dried all weird. So I went and exfoliated the heck out of them, and put this back on. Then, I went outside in normal light to check the color. It wasn’t me – this stuff really did suck. For $32, this went STRAIGHT back. Maybe it’s a different story with other colors; I’d like to know what you think.

Of course, different products work better for different people, but my recommendation? Don’t be dropping your hard earned money on these any time soon.

Get it, Griege

A good 90% of the time, you could probably bet significant amounts of money on my nails being painted some various shade of silver or gray. And you would win. Especially now that I own Essie’s Miss Fancy Pants. 

Now, Miss Fancy Pants came out a while ago in the 2012 Fall Stylenomics collection. I’m not gonna lie, my obsession was just a twinkle in my eye at that point, and it passed unnoticed. This year, I watched a MissGlamorazzi video and she was wearing it – and I wanted it. Lo and behold, a few days later I found it for $4 at TJMaxx, and it was like the nail polish gods had smiled upon me without even making me scour Amazon.

Missy (we’re on a first name basis now) is a classic creme formula, and it’s a lovely griege with what I would say are some purple-y undertones. The formula is wonderful, in case you were doubting Essie for a second. Observe:


































Of course, my ring finger must be bedazzled at all times or I just don’t feel like myself. I’ve actually had someone ask me if I was ill or something one time when I didn’t do it. So I slapped some of Sephora OPI’s Mauvie-Star in the Making on there, along with the staple Orly Bonder base coat and Sally Hansen top coat. 

Look at that griege. YASSS. GET IT GRIEGE, YASSSSS.

Ignite the Night


I love them. Eye makeup, nails, shoes, what have you: everything is better with sparkles.

Cue Essie’s 2013 holiday collection, Encrusted Treasures. I must say, I wasn’t impressed with the other shades that came out (The PolishAholic – love her – has swatches of the others, and after reading her reviews, I didn’t even want to try the others), but I absolutely had to have Ignite the Night.


I got it to go opaque after two coats, which I was pretty impressed with. HOWEVER. I am totally not impressed with the lasting power. I used my usual Orly Bonder and Sally Hanson top coat combo that usually gives me at least a good three days without chips, but I painted my nails in early afternoon and this had flaked off horribly by the end of the night.

Do I love it? Yes. Does it frustrate me? Yes. Hate that.

*Update – I have now also used this as a top coat, and that works much, much better. Use it on top of other polishes, and you can enjoy your bling for more than a few hours.

Who is the Fairest of Them All?

It’s been all about Essie lately – let’s show OPI some love, shall we?

This lovely little shade, called Muir Muir on the Wall from OPI’s 2013 San Francisco collection, is a shimmer, plummy duochrome with hints of brown, gray and gold depending on how the light strikes its fancy. Between the pretty color and obvious Disney princess reference, I simply had to pick this one up.


Muir Muir on the Wall - OPI

Muir Muir on the Wall – OPI

I must say that upon application of the first coat, I was a little horrified and thought I might be returning this one (thank goodness for Ulta’s lovely return policy), since it was a streaky, gray and plum mess. Upon application of the second coat though, I must say this turned out opaque and completely lovely. I paired it with CND’s Stickey as a base coat and Orly’s Top-2-Bottom as a top coat, and  I’m well into my fifth day of wear with only minor chips. 

Orly Top-2-Bottom, CND Stickey and OPI Muir Muir on the Wall

Orly Top-2-Bottom, CND Stickey and OPI Muir Muir on the Wall

The Darling of Fall

I’m pretty sure Bahama Mama by Essie is quite possibly one of the most universally adored fall nail polishes ever, and today we combo’d it with Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear polish in Strobe Flash from their fall 2013 collection:


From left to right: CND Stickey, Orly Top-2-Bottom top and base coat, Essie Bahama Mama, and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Strobe Flash

For this lovely little result:

Sophisticated, yet fun,

Sophisticated, yet fun,

This is actually the first time I have used Strobe Flash since I bought it, and I’m diggin’ it. I’m not usually a fan of bar glitter, but this one works. It’s completely matte, and has a fun polka dot effect. Bahama Mama, of course, is that quintessential lovely, plummy wine color that everyone reaches for in fall. Together, it says “sophisticated fall look, with a splash of awesome.”