Monday, September 29, 2014

Misfits on Monday. After Hours Nail Polish Review.

I love this slate gray. Riddled with holographic shimmer, After Hours by +Misfits on 8th is a perfect Fall/Winter shade. A neutral in it's own right, I applied 3 coats of After Hours for full opacity and I do recommend a high shine top coat to keep it from dulling or edging. Given to me at a Las Vegas press party, Misfits on 8th is known for their DIY personalized and customized kits. Head over to their site now and discover how easy it is to make that perfect shade. xoxo •Nancy-Lee

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Foot Therapy ; an Exfoliation Experience by Skinall

From +Cosmoprof North America comes KocoStar/Skinall, a Brand whose product line is centered around the benefits of paper masks, expanding to the market with Nail tip Therapy, Hair Therapy, and of course, Foot Therapy. This is the first in a trio that I am putting to the test. I open the package and discover a sealed, plastic, butterfly-shaped bag... it takes me a while to realize I need to cut the seam so I can separate the halves and put my feet in the wings, which are really booties.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Cherry Lip + Cheek Stain : A vegan alternative to Benetint.

If you are looking for a vegan version, or 1 half the cost of +Benefit Cosmetics BeneTint, let me introduce you to Cherry Lip & Cheek Stain by 100% Pure.  Housed in a lipgloss-style tube with a doe-foot applicator, this stain is very easy to apply to the lips. The thin formula glides on easily, drenching my pout in a vivid cherry hue. While I like the colour, I find it stays tacky and doesn't quite stain, it gives you more of that pinched-cheek no makeup look. I have to reapply nearly as often as lipstick, especially if I eat or drink, so understand that stain does not mean indelible, it means no lipstick. Let's real talk for a minute, it's formulated with a blend of turmeric and aloe juice so Cherry Lip & Cheek Stain tastes quite bitter. I love the hue but I won't purchase this because of the formula, as I like a creamy lipstick, and the bitter taste. If you're going to suggest that I top it with gloss, I tried and truth be told, I am not a topper. I am a one-and-done kind of girl when it comes to reapplication, so why bother jazzing something up if you're not going keep it up? Bottom line: Retailing for $18, I won't purchase this for myself but I will make the recommendation. xoxo •Nancy-Lee

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New product: 100% Pure Cream Foundation Review.

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Pretty sure you've figured out my obsession with 100% Pure. Since I switched to a vegan diet, it only makes sense that I switch what I put on the outside of my body, too. Even though I am obsessed with their Water Foundation formula, there are times when I want a little more coverage than it provides.

Introducing Cream Foundation. Housed in the same metal compact as the powder foundation and blush, Cream Foundation is gluten free, soy free and 100% vegan. Formulated with avocado butter, it will not cake or settle in to dry patches or the broken skin around blemishes. I start with 1 pump of Luminous Primer on my +BECCA Cosmetics One Perfecting Brush and after it's application I tried to load up 1/3 of the bristles on the end with Cream Foundation but this brush is not the right tool for this product. Not to mention the shedding. I am going to use a damp beauty blender next.

Anyhoo, it goes on so smooth and yummy. The coverage is moderate, buildable and completely forgiving. I easily blended in my Cheek Tint and Diamond Perfect Finish Powder without any drag or pull; the foundation does not stay damp or dewy. it naturally dries to a velvety matte finish without any visible foundation lines. I wear Creme. It lasted all day without need for touch up and I had very limited transfer.

Retailing for $36, I rate 100% Pure's brand new Cream Foundation a coveted 5 out of 5 stars. It is also worth noting that this collection has a new shade, Alpine Rose, which is lighter than Creme for those of you that are truly porcelain. xoxo •Nancy-Lee

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Partying at the Palais Royal with NARS

From the very first swipe, I know it had to be mine. Described as sangria, Palais Royal by +NARS Cosmetics is the prefect glass of red wine. Purchased from +Nordstrom, it features a creamy, saturated satin finish. And I mean creamy. It is wonderfully lightweight but oh so creamy. This Lip Pencil is destined to be my Fall go-to lip shade, it is so flattering without competing for attention against my hair. Easy to apply and simple to sharpen, Palais Royal, named after a palace located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, will work beautifully on all skin tones. xoxo •Nancy-Lee

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Monday, September 22, 2014

I Love You to the Blue and Back.

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Stop Drooling.
I know, it really is that amazing.

I Love You to the Blue and Back, by Glisten and Glow is divine. Thick like gel lacquer, it features a blue holographic base with a variety of glitter shapes, sizes and hues.

Starting with a clean nail, it took a quick leveling 2 coats to achieve the opacity I prefer. I felt 3 would be overkill and actually take away from the beauty of this lacquer.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Santana Row, where Fashion Rocks

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I was the lucky +1 to +the Fashion Palate's VIP invite at Fashion Rocks, hosted by +Santana Row. We started with a cocktail at Straits and then we were treated to addition cocktails and hor dourves once inside the event space. Fashion and food... Yum! We sat at the end of the runway, giving our Instagram followers a chance to join in on the action. #SorryNotSorry for blowing up your feed! The show was beautifully presented and the clothing plus accessories were perfectly picked. After the 90 minute catwalk, many of the participating boutiques were offering after parties; Cocktails, cupcakes and discounts.

Yours truly, +Franci , and +Hasti.

We headed to +TED BAKER first, followed by a mini shopping spree inside 100% Pure and a jaunt to +kate spade new york, where I scored the cutest pair of footie socks. Stay tuned for swatches and reviews... They're coming up later on in the week. And head over to The Fashion Palate to see Franci's haul... We spent a collective $200 in 100% pure. ;) xoxo •Nancy-Lee

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Victoria's Secret is having a $5 Very Sexy Panty Party!!

Did you attend the +Victoria's Secret panty party? This weekend only, score 3 stringy thingies from the Very Sexy collection, regularly priced at $16.50 for only $6 each and if you're an #AngelCard holder, you pay only $5 per panty! I was holding on to a $15 #AngelReward card so my haul was free! Holla!! xoxo •Nancy-Lee


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