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Review: OSLO Cosmetics - Meteoroid, Sextens, Pictor, Milky Way, Lyra, Aquaii, Grus, Pyxis, Andromeda, & Eye Bond Primer Wand

Hello darlings!  Today I have several products from OSLO Cosmetics to share with you, which was received for review purposes.  Awhile ago Joyce, the owner and creator of OSLO Cosmetics, had contacted me asking if I would like to review some of her products.  Of course I said "Yes," and I am glad that I have done so.  Just like me and many others, Joyce is a makeup junkie.  So yay!  She designed the OSLO Cosmetics line simply because she wanted to share quality products with the world.  Her products are 100% Vegan and cruelty free, not to mention handmade.

The Eye Bond Primer Wand: $7 (may be seen in the picture above) comes in a clear tube, that is sort of lipgloss like.  It has a sponge-doe applicator, and a clear base that is sticky to help hold on to the loose eyeshadow a bit more.  What is also nice about the Eye Bond Primer Wand is that it will also condition your skin as you wear it.  All of the swatches for the loose eyeshadows were applied over the Eye Bond Primer Wand.  After playing with OSLO Cosmetics for a few days now and testing the products against my every day errands to just the weather, I discovered the primer really held up the loose eyeshadow I was wearing until it was time to remove it.

I had received two of her blushes: a full size of Pictor, and a sample size of Sextens.  The blushes when purchased come in a 10gram jar and in loose powder form.  Both of the blushes which I have received could be bought as a single for $7 each, or you may purchase it within the Arc Blush Collection (it comes with three other shades: Indi, Gemini, & Equilus).

Pictor:  is a shimmery light pink blush that has gold shimmer within it.  You could either use this as a blush or a highlighter.

Sextens:  is a gorgeous deep matte with a cranberry shade.  You could build up on this product.  I didn't use that much on the swatch so I could show that a little could go a long way.  That goes with a lot of the OSLO Cosmetic products.

Meteoroid:  $4 is one of their Cosmetic Glitters that they carry.  Meteoroid is basically fine gold glitter with holographic tendencies.  For a full size glitter you get it 5 gram jar.  I have something planned for this wonderful glitter later, and will eventually share with you.


Review: Duri Cosmetics - Truth or Dare Collection

Today I have the latest collection, Truth or Dare, that has spawned up at Duri Cosmetics.  This collection is their Fall and Winter set for this year.  These nail polishes were received for review purposes.  Duri Cosmetics is known as a professional line that aims towards high performance for consumers at salons and specialty stores nationwide.  Their nail polish is meant to be long-lasting and chip-resistant with a smooth finish.  Their nail products are 3-Free: DBP, Toluene, and Formaldehyde.  Each bottle holds 0.5 floz./15ml.

Chemist and Founder Faina Ritz of Duri Cosmetics, wanted to stay true to the traditional fall colors, by creating shades that were a much deeper earth tone and berry polishes which were richer and brighter.  These shades were meant to carry from autumn to winter.  The Truth or Dare Collection contains twelves gorgeous shades that I have come to love.


Review: Pure Beauty Shoppe - Honesty, Sunlight, and Endless

As most of you know, I love neons!  So I picked up three of the neon nail polishes that Pure Beauty Shoppe has to offer, during their 50% off state sale.  If I may add, was very neat!  They would announce a random state on their Instagram account, and that state would get a 50% off their purchase.  I was lucky cause I didn't notice that til a few hours before the sale ended for California.

Pure Beauty Shoppe is an Indie nail polish line that was developed by Danielle Lewis.  She created the line to give all woman an opportunity to have fabulous products that are on a budget.  She was inspired by her mom's fight for breast cancer, that left her needing to uplift women everywhere.  After her mom had passed, her passion became more intense.  Pure Beauty Shoppe sells products from nail lacquer to jewelry to even hair extensions.  Danielle is a very kind soul!  She even offered me a discount code to share with my viewers.  So thank you for that Danielle!

Pure Beauty Shoppe Nail Lacquers are 3-FREE, which means:  No Toluene, DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate), and Formaldehyde.

As soon as I got back home, I checked out the shop to see what polishes I wanted.  I remember seeing swatches of Destined and wanted it but it was sold out.  I then saw the neon polishes!  I love neon shades.  Even if it's fall you could catch me wearing some neon shades time to time.  I picked up Honesty, Sunlight, and Endless.  I wanted to grab a few polishes at first to try out her product.

How amazing do those shades look within their bottles?!  Once I received the package I was in total awe with how bright they were.  I was instantly pleased as the sunlight shined down on them.  Some of you may have seen the swatches I instantly posted up on my Instagram.

The pictures of the nail polish swatches were taken outside on my patio in direct sunlight.

Honesty is a bright neon pink!  This was in two coats.  I love how bright this pink is!

Endless is a super bright neon green.  This took about three to gain opacity.  I have several other neon green polishes, but they weren't even close to this shade.  I think this is the perfect neon green polish I have been looking for.

I left the best for last.  Am I the only one who usually finds it difficult to apply neon yellow polishes?  I think I have about 5 neon yellow polishes, and with all of them it takes at least four coats just to gain opacity.  They were either too streaky or way too sheer.

Sunlight is such a vibrant neon yellow.  This was only two coats!  I was super amazed by it that it instantly hit the top of my must have for neon polishes.

Not were these just perfectly bright but the formula was just wonderful.  It glided on smoothly and it didn't take very long for it to dry.  The swatches do not have a top coat on it at all.

Here is a nail look I currently have on right now using these neon polishes:

I first placed Duri Cosmetic's Lady in White over my base coat.  That way I would have an easier time when applying the nail polishes with a sponge.  For my ring finger I just did a simple color blocking sort of gradient with Honesty, Sunlight, and Endless.  I did a simple jaguar print over it using a black acrylic paint.  For the rest of the fingers I did the watercolor sponge marble.  I placed a top coat over it, so that way to protect it before I do my acid wash.  I placed a coat of Duri Cosmetic's Murky Answer over the sponged neon polishes.  I allowed it to dry for about 10 minutes before I took a cotton swab dabbed it in nail polish remover and swiped it over my nails a few times.

If you are interested in purchasing some of Danielle's Pure Beauty Shoppe Nail Lacquers feel free to use my 10% off code:

Here are other ways you could keep in touch with Pure Beauty Shoppe:

What do you think of these nail polishes?  Do you love neon polishes as well?

Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope you have a wonderful day!


Review: Blinc - Eyeliner Pencil in Black

Today I have one of Blinc's Eyeliner Pencils to share with you, in the shade Black.  This product was received for review purposes.  Blinc was founded back in 1999 and had a mission of solving beauty problems and perfecting beauty products.  I only discovered the company earlier this year when I was given a Blinc Mascara, which has become one of my favorite mascaras!  You could spot my review for that HERE.

What I love with Blinc is that it comes in a metal tube packaging, just like the mascara had.  I think its super cute, and a wonderful way to hold products even after you have used your Blinc Product up.  I love that it comes with a piece of paper for instructions rolled up inside.  haha my son pretends its a scroll.  I actually gave him this packaging since he wanted it.  What he placed inside it...I have no idea!

The eyeliner pencil has a stylish black and silver covering.  I like how the name stands out upon it.  There is no smudge sponge on it.  It is basically just one sided: cream stick.  Which is fine with me due to the fact I use a smudge brush/sponge stick separately.

The Blinc's eyeliner pencil's formula contains antioxidants and vitamins which help firm and condition our skin as we wear it.
The following powerful ingredients make this a truly unique product: PHYTOSTERYL CANOLA GLYCERIDES: bioactive ingredient based on pure vegetable lipids that maximizes firmness and elasticity for younger looking skin; TOCOPHEROL: vitamin that acts as a natural antioxidant to promote anti-aging and cellular renewal; TOCOPHERYL ACETATE: high potency vitamin that acts as a skin conditioning agent for photo anti-aging. - Blinc

The eyeliner is very creamy that glided on smoothly for me.  If you plan on smudging or blending it out for a softer look, I suggest doing so as quickly as you are finished applying it.  I found it to be a nice shade of black eyeliner, which are my fave to wear.

I attempted to remove it with a facial wipe, and actually had to scrub the swatch off of my hand.  Even with that there was still a trace of the swatch mark.  I had to actually grab my eye makeup remover to get it off my skin.  Super happy with that!

Here is an eyelook I did wearing the Blinc eyeliner pencil.  On my lid I have J.Cat Beauty's Shimmery Eyeshadow Loose Powder in SP122 Selective Yellow.  It actually is more of a gold shade to me.  In the crease I have my friend Edie's (StarCrushed Mineral) Orbit and Meteorite on the inner corner.  The eyeliner is of course Blinc's eyeliner pencil in black.  The mascara is Blinc's tubing mascara in black.

I wore this for 5 hours out in the Cali heat, and I didn't have to do any touch up at all with the eyeliner.  Which is always a win.  I started to do a fake cry to see if tears would cause it to come off, and nothing happened.  I never rubbed my eyes, I didn't want to ruin my eyelook!!

The Blinc eyeliner pencil cost $20 and if you order from Blinc it's free shipping in the US only!  I haven't spotted this in Sephora yet.  So hopefully soon!  You could pick up their mascara from there though.

Have you tried out Blinc products yet?  What do you think of eyeliner pencils?

Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope you have a wonderful day.


Review: BA Star - Chocolate Stardust Mineral Eyeshadow


Today I have another product from BA Star to share with you.  It is their latest edition Stardust Mineral Eyeshadow in Chocolate.  This product was received for review purposes from BA Star and BrandBacker.  BA Star is a company that focuses on cheerleaders, competitors, dancers, and such.  BA Star supplies a wide range of items from glitter stickers to eyeshadow to blush to headbands to duffles.  So perfect for those who are into cheerleading, dancing, and such. 

Chocolate Stardust is a lovely chocolate caramel, golden brown, shade that is packed with metallic shimmer.  On the left side, I used it over NYX Eyeshadow Base White.  While on the right, I used it over BA Star's Glitter Base.  The glue liquid base comes in a lipgloss like tube and the applicator has a doe sponged.  The glue reminds me of Elmers glue.  It holds up against sweat and holds on to the glitter and eyeshadow well.  

The difference of it being applied over their Glitter Base is that instead of swiping on the eyeshadow you are basically patting it down gently.  You receive less fallout and it holds up very well.  This eyeshadow glitter base works well with other loose pigments as well.  Of course it should hold up, cause who would hate to be performing and having their makeup coming off from sweat?

I decided to do a very neutral look with the eyeshadow.  I applied it all over my lid and took a dark brown eyeshadow for the crease.  To blend it out more, I just used my facial powder.  A liquid eyeliner and kohl smoky liner were used.  My mascara of choice was Benefit's.  

The Stardust Collection comes in eight other shades.  They all cost $8.75 a piece but right now with the code BBDUST you could get 50% off for it.

So make sure to check out BA Star when you grab a chance!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope you have a wonderful day!


Review: Tribal Colour - Candy Matte Shade 05

Today I get to share with you one of the Tribal Colour's Candy Matte Nail Polishes, Shade 05, which you could find on BornPrettyStore.  This product was received for review purposes.  In the Tribal Colour's Candy Matte Collection there are 19 other shades, and I am eyeing a few of them right now!  Which I will end up grabbing later on haha.

Each bottle comes in a 12ml oz., and has an adorable shape to it.  The Shade 05 is a red-orange sort of shade but in some lighting it looks actually red.  You could gain opacity in two to three coats.  It glided on very smoothly and dried at a decent rate.  It would depend how thick you do your coatings.

It lasted for about four days before I ended up removing it for another polish.  It has a matte with a slight gloss to it.  Not a strong glossy look, still matte none-the-less.

The Tribal Colour Candy Matte Collection is originally $4.36 a piece but is currently on sale for $2.99!

Check out the other shades and products that BornPrettyStore has to offer!

What do you think of this nail polish?  Do you have a favorite matte top coat or nail polish shade?

Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope you have a wonderful day!


Review: Super Black Lacquers - Dusted

I am super excited to share with you another one of Super Black Lacquer's latest nail polishes, Dusted.  This nail polish was received for review purposes.  Each Super Black Lacquer bottles are 18ml/.61 fl oz, and cost $12 a piece.  They are the Big 4-FREE, which means no Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, or Formaldehyde resin.  Not to mention ND is a super sweetie!

The Super Black Lacquers bottle shapes are one of my faves, most of you have seen me talking about this before.  It just makes it so much easier to store and fit them inside a drawer.  Just has a lot more space. 

You could get Dusted by itself for $12 or inside the Summer Box Set 2013 for $55.  The box set has 4 other nail polishes: Blitz, Cannibal, Plip, and Weird Girl.

Dusted has to be one of my favorites from the Summer Box Set!  It is a blueish-purple base color that shines out a sea-green shimmer.  It has a semi-matte finish to it, and if you wanted all the extra shimmer to shine through toss on a top coat.  It is a tad sheer: opacity within three coats.  It applied very smoothly for me and had a decent dry time.  In the picture I used a top coat to show the shimmer more but this looks gorgeous without a top coat as well in its semi-matte finish!

Here are some ways to stay in touch with SBL:

What do you think of Dusted?  Have you picked up an SBL polish yet?

Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope you all have a wonderful stress-free day!!


Review: Duri Cosmetics - Insidious: Chapter 2 Collection

Today I am so thrilled to share with you Duri Cosmetic's latest collection that is in collaboration with the release of Insidious: Chapter 2, which is a sequel to the cult horror film Insidious that came out back in 2010.  Insidious: Chapter 2 will be premiering on Friday the 13th of September.  But you can already find this collection on Duri Cosmetic's website!

**The Duri Cosmetics' Insidious: Chapter 2 Collection was received for review purposes.

Duri Cosmetics is known as a professional line that aims towards high performance for consumers at salons and specialty stores nationwide.  Their nail polish is meant to be long-lasting and chip-resistant with a smooth finish.  Their nail products are 3-Free: DBP, Toluene, and Formaldehyde.  Each bottle holds 0.5 floz./15ml.

The Insidious: Chapter 2 Collection includes six shades which are named and designed after a significant color within the film.  When I received this collection I was excited that they had teamed up with a film.


Review: Konad Nail Art - Stamp Image Plate #M93

Today I would like to share with you one of the latest Konad Stamp Image Plates to hit the Nail Polish Canada shop.  I decided to pick Image Plate #M93, which was received for review purposes.  Nail Polish Canada is an online store based in Canada, who focuses on helping one find some of the best nail polish and beauty products out there.  They carry brands from Lime Crime, Misa, Nubar, Kryolan, and Glitter Gal just to name a few.

Before I continue, I wanted to let you know that Nail Polish Canada is currently having a contest/giveaway for the 5 latest Konad Image Plates.  So make sure to check it out on their website as well as their Facebook for more details.  Sadly it does state Canada only, but if you live there and love image plates ENTER!

Konad Image Plate #M93 contains a total of five images:  a leopard sort of print, checkers, cubes, and hearts.  There are four full size nail stamps.  Each image is embedded into a metal plate.


Review: Tip Top Nails - Triple Putty

Hi Darlings!  Today I am lucky enough to share with you a product that comes all the way from South Africa, from the company called Tip Top Nails.  It's one of their Nail Chic nail polishes in the shade Triple Putty.  This product was received for review purposes.

Tip Top was established back in 1981.  They were one of the first companies in South Africa which recognized and addressed the needs of a professional nail salon. Their philosophy was to develop a brand of nail color and treatments which had the following characteristics:  Durability, Innovation, Toxin & Cruelty Free.  They utilize only the finest raw materials available.  Their products are Vegan, and are BIG 4-FREE: No Toluene, Dibuthyl Phthalate, Formaldehyde, and Camphor.

Tip Top's Nail Chic Key Characteristics are:
• Finest Quality
• Durable
• Quick Drying
• Highly pigmented
• Patented “Pro-Glide”” Flat Brush for maximum coverage with each application
• Vast range of carefully selected shades from which to choose
• Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP (Dibuthyl Phthalate) & Camphor free
• Not tested on animals


Review: Super Black Lacquers - Weird Girl

Awhile ago Natalie Dee, the owner of Super Black Lacquers, released the Summer shades in a box set.  She was kind enough to send me it for review purposes.  I thought it would be best to show one nail polish at a time.  Sort of like a tease!  I will show you a picture of the box set later on in this post.

So today I decided to show you an odd one of the bunch, called Weird Girl.

Each Super Black Lacquer bottles are 18ml/.61 fl oz, and cost $12 a piece.  They are the Big 4-FREE, which means no Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, or Formaldehyde resin.  Not to mention ND is a super sweetie!


Review: Alessandro International - Blue Nuit

Today I have a wonderful nail polish from Alessandro International, called Blue Nuit.  This product was received for review purposes. Alessandro has been around since 1989 and has focused by unrivaled quality, exclusivity and innovation.  Their motto is "We are never satisfied with 'good' - we want to be, 'better'," which fills them up with pride.  They are proud of many exclusive patents and the "world's firsts" that reaffirm the company's leading role within nail designs.  Designing high quality products, tools and seasonal collections which are inspired by international fashion trends.  Their heart is in the right place as they focus on what women around the world need what is best for their hands, feet and nails.  Alessandro designed 99 top fashion colors that are meant to make the heart of any nail polishaholic's heart skip a beat.

Alessandro's nail polish are BIG 3-Free.  They do not contain harmful ingredients: Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Toulene, and Formaldehyde.  They last long on the nails and there are no chipping.  The high color intensifies due to UV absorber, which helps protect the nails.  Not to mention they have a high gloss shine!


Review: Maquillage Blvd. - Vibrant Thang

Today on my blog I have one of Maquillage Blvd. nail polishes to show you, called Vibrant Thang.  Maquillage Blvd. debuted on March 1, 2013 with 16 wonderful 3-free shades of nail polish.  Maquillage [MAC-kee-YAHJ] Blvd. was named for an American cosmetic brand that was best noted for it's French origin and style.

Vibrant Thang is maroon with small pink particles in it for shimmer.

When I applied the nail polish I didn't really notice that pink shimmer.  It looked more creamy in person.  But at certain angles, as you can see, you can catch a glimpse of it sneaking through.

I was simply amazed by how the nail polish glided on smoothly, and it didn't take really long for it to dry.  The swatch pictures were two coats.

Each of Maquillage Blvd polishes are $10 a piece for .5 fl oz bottle.  To keep in touch with them:

Twitter: @Maquillage_Blvd
Instagram: Maquillage_Blvd

So make sure you take the time to check out their shop and see what other shades they have to offer!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and I hope you have a wonderful day!