Monthly Archives: August 2012

TAG: Most Worn Things Summer 2012

This tag is going around on YouTube, in fact I first saw this featured on LeighAnnSays channel.  Even though I don’t have a YouTube channel, I thought it would be fun to take part via my blog.  So if you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged!

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  1. Most worn nail polish:  I honestly haven’t worn any more than once, but the brand I’ve worn most is Essie.
  2. Most worn hair product:  L’oréal Mythic Colour Glow Oil
  3. Most worn bag:  Relic – Organizer Cross Body Handbag
  4. Most worn shoes:  Since my feet have been so bad all summer I’ve been sentenced to wearing my ugly old New Balance  882’s, which you really don’t want to see…trust me.
  5. Most worn accessories:  My captive bead earrings.
  6. Most worn clothing item:  My Kool-Aid t-shirt
  7. Most worn foundation:  L’oréal Lumi Magique K2 Rose Porcelain
  8. Most worn blush and/or bronzer:  MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle and Catrice Defining Duo Blush in Apricot Smoothie
  9. Most worn lip product:  MAC Russian Red & Labello Cherry Shine (Nivea in the US)
  10. Most worn mascara:  Maybelline Falsch Wimpern Feder Look Volum Express
  11. Most worn eyeshadow:  Maybelline 24Hr Color Tattoo’s in Pomegranate Punk & Bad to the Bronze (On and On Bronze in Germany)
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M.A.C. Russian Red Lipstick

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Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  M.A.C.

Product Name:  Russian Red Lipstick

Finish:  Matte

Formula:  Excellent

Pigmentation:  Excellent  

Wear Time:  Excellent

Amount of Product:  3 g / 0.1 us oz

Price:  $15.00 USD, €18,50 Germany, £14.00 UK

Availability:  MAC products are available at MAC stores and counters worldwide as well as on the MAC website (which may differ depending on your country).  I purchased this particular lipstick which is part of their permanent line, while in Munich from the MAC counter in Karstadt.  To find your nearest retailer it’s best to go directly to your countries MAC website.

What I liked:  Oh my, where shall I start?  First of all, the packaging is sturdy, functional, not bulky and looks amazing.  I personally think that the classic MAC lipstick bullet is not only simple but also timeless.  The formula is wonderful.  It glides on smoothly and doesn’t feel dry or sticky at all, it almost has a buttery consistency, which I think is particularly impressive considering this is one of their matte shades.  It has a pleasant subtle vanilla scent which I really like.  Russian Red is super pigmented, which is something I have heard is standard for all MAC products.  I found this lipstick to be pretty long-lasting as well.

What I didn’t like:  …crickets chirping…  

My two cents:  Russian Red is bloody gorgeous and I love, love, love it!  Since acquiring it, it has become my go to lipstick not to mention one of my holy grail products.  The blue undertones complement my complexion and blue eyes, not to mention the fact that blue toned shades make your teeth look nice and white.  I was a little worried about how it would look with my current bright violet hair but somehow, it works.  Then again, I have always been a fan of Rainbow Bright so I am admittedly a little bias.  I have another red MAC lipstick, which I also love but Russian Red is sure to be my signature color for years to come, just so long as MAC doesn’t go and do something insane like discontinue it.   

I know that MAC products are pricey, but as far as higher end cosmetics go, I feel that they are the most affordable or at the very least, among the most affordable.  I also know that not everyone cares to part with so much of their hard earned cash for one lipstick when you could potentially get up to three drugstore brand lipsticks for the price of one MAC lipstick.  With that said though, I for one feel that you are getting a bit more bang for your buck simply because of the quality of the product.  The MAC lipsticks I have are so much more pigmented and last so much longer than any of my favorite drugstore brands.  So if you’re looking to invest in a higher end lipstick or you just want to treat yourself, then I say go for something like Russian Red which is such a classic color.  I wear it everywhere, even to the grocery store!

Tips:  The sales girl advised me (well actually Captain Canada, because he picked this up for me, I know he’s a total keeper right ladies), to use a lip liner with Russian Red and although I do wear it without one sometimes, I think it’s definitely best with a liner.  Also, be careful when wearing and removing this, because it is so incredibly pigmented, it will stain your clothing and can slightly stain your skin as well.

At the moment I own four MAC products, three of which are lipsticks and I have been so  impressed by and happy with everything.  In fact, that initial purchase at the beginning of July was the beginning of what I predict will be beautiful relationship that will stand the test of time.  I’m officially smitten.

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Royal & Langnickel Brushes

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This is my first attempt at reviewing brushes or any beauty tools for that matter, so I was pretty clueless as to how to go about it.  I tried my best, but please feel free to make any suggestions by commenting below.  I’d really appreciate your feedback.

 

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  Royal & Langnickel

Collection:  S.I.L.K

 

Brush:  C500 Angled Shader

Price:  $5.39 – $5.99  USD, €6,20 Germany, £5.10 UK

Bristles:  Natural Hair

Description:  “Use to apply and blend eye shadow.  Soft natural hairs make this brush ideal for powder shadows.  The angled cut allows for maximum control.”

Overall Rating:  Good

My Two Cents:  This is one of two angled eye brushes that I own and this is definitely the nicer of the two (the other is an Eco Tools brush).   It’s fluffy and very soft.  I use this brush many different ways depending on what products I’m using and what effect I’m trying to achieve.  I have used it for applying shadow to the lid and the crease, for blending, as well as for applying a highlight to the brow bone.  I’ve not experienced any shedding and so far it has retained it’s shape after washing.

 

Brush:  BC420 Smudger

Price:  $7.19 – $7.99  USD, €8,68 Germany, £6.38 – £7.14 UK

Bristles:  Natural Hair

Description:   “Firm, gently pointed natural hair makes this brush ideal for creating the perfect smokey eye.”

Overall Rating:  Excellent

My Two Cents:  It’s super soft and gentle, not to mention that it always retains it’s shape after being washed.  The size and shape makes this perfect for use in the crease, but I also like to use it for blending.  This brush is just amazing.  In fact I love it so much that it has quickly become my favorite eye brush and I am seriously considering picking up one or two more.

 

Brush:  C440 Pointed Liner

Price:  $7.99  USD, £7.14 UK

Bristles:  Natural Hair

Description:   “This natural hair brush is ideal for both lining and filling lips or creating a full line at the base of the lash.”

Overall Rating:  Excellent

My Two Cents:  In all honesty, I don’t use this brush for either of it’s intended purposes.  Although I could see it being great for applying lip products, I feel as though it is much too thick to be of much use for applying eye liner.  This bristles of this brush are very soft and it also retained it’s shape after washing.  I  have used this for smudging color under the eye, for more precise placement of color in the crease and for adding a highlight to the inner corners of the eye.

 

Brush:  BC480 Detail Liner

Price:  $3.59 – $3.99  USD, €4,33 Germany, £3.56 UK

Bristles:  Natural Hair

Description:  “A pointed tip is perfect to create a precision line at the base of lashes.”

Overall Rating:  Okay

My Two Cents:  I think the only positive thing I can say about this brush is that the bristles of this, just like the others, are very soft.  I had high hopes for this and thought it would be great for applying gel eye liner.  Unfortunately I was very disappointed because once I washed this (which you should always do before using) it completely lost the precision pointed shape which would have made it useful.  Nothing I have tried has helped re-shape it either.  Since I have it I do try to make it work by using it to line the bottom of my eye with powder shadow.  For lack of a better word, it just kind of sucks.  So I say save your money where this one is concerned.        

 

Manufacturer Care Instructions:  Use gentle shampoo and luke warm water.  Reshape and lie flat to dry completely for best results.

 

Tips:  I have been using baby shampoo to give my brushes a good deep clean and I find that it works great.  However, I have heard that it’s best to use an actual brush cleaner to spot clean them in between deep cleaning them as well.  I plan to purchase the  MAC Brush Cleaner for this purpose but there are many other options available from higher end companies to more affordable brands.  For instance, E.L.F., Sonia Kashuk, Sally Beauty Supply, Crown Brush, Clinique and Estee Lauder all have brush cleaners available.

 

Availability:  You can purchase directly from Royal & Langnickel (they also make art brushes), as well as Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de.

 

Before deciding on Royal & Langnickel’s S.I.L.K brushes I read a lot of reviews on different brands of brushes and not once did I come across a bad review on this brand.  I have even heard that these are comparable to MAC & Sigma brushes.  As far as I’m concerned R & L make a great product and I would definitely recommend them.  Overall I have been very happy with my brushes and pleasantly surprised by the high quality of them.  So if you’re looking for good, high quality brushes that won’t break the bank then definitely give the Royal & Langnickel S.I.L.K brushes a try.  If the S.I.L.K line doesn’t appeal to you or if you’re looking for a a different type of brush be sure to check the R&L site because they have numerous brush collections ranging in price from natural to different synthetic bristles to suit your needs.  Be sure to “Like” Royal & Langnickel on Facebook to stay up to date on what’s going on and as always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

 

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Zoya: Cynthia

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Since this is a Zoya review, I thought that before I got down business that I should mention the fact that Zoya is having an amazing promo right now.  It’s a BOGO promo for up to 8 bottles (buy 4, get 4 free).  Sadly though, customers who had previously set up an account on their site as of August 22, 2012 have access to this.  If you would like to see the full terms and conditions of this promotion and exactly how it works, please click here.  Now back to the business at hand!

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand: Zoya

Collection:  Smoke (& Mirrors) Fall 2011

Finish:  Cream

Amount of Product:  14ml / 0.5 fl oz.

Formula:  Average

Application:  Average

Durability:  Good

Coats:  2

Base Coat:  Essie Sensitivity Base Coat

Top Coat:  Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat

Price:  $4.09 – $8 USD, $8.75 – $9.00 Canada, €12,95 Germany, £8.99 – £11.00 UK,

Availability:  In the United States you can purchase directly from Zoya, Birchbox and Amazon.com as well in some Ulta stores (it is not available for order via the Ulta website though).  Canadians can find Zoya products at Spa Boutique and Nail Polish Canada. The only place I know where Zoya is available in Germany is Amazon.de at the moment.  In the UK you can find Zoya at the following sites: Nail Care Club, Amarya, Health Store and the Amazon.co.uk as well.

My Two Cents:   I was super surprised by how easy this was to remove considering the fact that it is such a dark heavily pigmented color.  I do always use a base coat but sometimes still end up with a bit of staining with dark colors and reds but that was definitely not the case with Cynthia.  With that said though, I just do not seem to have the best luck with Zoya’s cream polish.  I only own two of their cream polishes to be honest but both of them seem super thick.  So the formula of this one was a little tricky to work with, especially in comparison to other Zoya polishes I have that have different finishes.  Cynthia is a gorgeous color though so I will just suck it up and make it work.

Tips:  Use a good base & top coat.

Something Similar:  L’oréal Paris 335 “Mystery,” and Jessica “Frost At All Cost”

If you have a previously set up Zoya account be sure to check out the BOGO promo.  If you don’t already have an account, set one up and be sure to like their Facebook page as well in order to be notified of future promo’s.  Zoya is really a terrific brand and company.  I was introduced to their products by a good friend of mine just over a year ago to be honest and I was sold upon applying that first bottle of Jules.  The fact that they have gone the extra mile to make their nail polish free of harmful products so that they are even safe enough for all you pregnant yummy mummies impresses me so much.  I can also attest to the amazing customer service that they provide as I’ve experienced it myself and heard other’s sing their praises as well.  So please don’t let my little gripes deter you from giving them a try because it certainly hasn’t deterred me.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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OMG…Those Glasses Were Free!?!?

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A few months ago I came across a post on Luuux about this website, Coastal.com that was offering a free pair of frames complete basic prescription lenses for free.  I being the skeptic that I am thought it sounded too good to be true.  However, my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to investigate.  I dug around on the Coastal site and even chatted with a customer service representative to answer some questions I had because I thought there was surely a catch.  Well lo and behold it was not in fact too good to be true and there wasn’t a catch.  Just please be aware of the following terms and conditions that apply, which I have listed at the bottom of this post for your convenience.

So here is the deal, you head on over to Coastal.com and click the banner near the bottom of the homepage that reads “GET YOUR FIRST PAIR OF GLASSES FREE.”  From there you will be taken to the page displaying the frames they have on offer for this particular promotion.  You might be thinking, as I was initially, that there won’t be much to choose from and that what they do have won’t be very nice or cute, and you much like myself would be proven wrong.  They had and still have plenty of great frames to choose from for men, women and children.  Okay, so once you choose your frames you will be prompted to tell them how you will be using your glasses and enter your prescription information.  Please be aware that you will need your pupillary distance measurement as well, but if you don’t have it there are excellent instructions on how you can take this measurement yourself.  Once you’ve entered your prescription information then you will be prompted to make your lens selection.  As I mentioned above, Coastal throws in the standard lenses for free, although at this point it says that they are $9.95.  Rest assured though, that upon checkout that charge will disappear.  Just be sure to choose the “Standard Lens” option if you do not want incur any additional fees.  However, if you would like to you can upgrade to a higher quality lens, a sunglass lens or add one or all of the three available protective coating options at this point at an additional charge.   Perhaps you’re still skeptical, I admit I still was at this point, but once you proceed to the checkout you can finally enter the discount code FIRSTPAIRFREE and see the charge for the frame and standard lens magically disappear.  This is where you will find out the exact amount you will be charged for your insurance  fee which is based on the value of the frames you have selected and shipping fees depending on which option you chose.  Along with your glasses, you will also receive a hard case, a double ended screwdriver on a key chain for your glasses and a microfiber cleaning cloth.

I received my glasses from Coastal nearly a month ago and have been wearing and loving them ever since.  Since I had intended this pair of glasses to serve as a backup pair to my very fashion forward, pricey, carbon and lime green Etnia Barcelona frames, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the frames and even the basic lenses which I opted for.  In all honesty I wasn’t quite expecting to love these glasses anywhere near as much as I do.  In fact I have worn these more than my Etnia’s since I decided to dye my hair bright purple because the bottom half of my Etnia’s are transparent lime green and I feared my crazy hair color would transfer.  So the basic black Derek Cardigan frames I got have been a perfect solution for that.  Not to mention the fact that the particular wayfarer style  frames I chose (Derek Cardigan 7003 in black) are right on trend, so incredibly cute and comfortable, more so after I had them adjusted properly.

I also thought it was worth mentioning that my mom also took advantage of this great deal (her frames are the pretty one’s with rhinestones on the arms).  For those of you who don’t know my dear mommy, she can be rather particular about things.  That is perhaps why I remember her calling me the day her glasses arrived so well, because she too was very happy with her frames and could not believe just how nice they were.  I was astonished because I had not yet received mine at that point.  So if my mom and I were both happy with Coastal, I can’t imagine that anyone else wouldn’t be.

Last week I had read somewhere, I can’t recall where exactly, that the “First Pair Free” promo ended on August 22nd, which I was glad to find out is NOT the case.  I chatted with another one of Coastal’s customer service reps today via the live chat feature on their site and asked her when the promotion ended and her exact words were, “the First Pair Free promo is here to stay.”  Woo Hoo!  If you, or anyone you know is currently shopping around for glasses then I say head on over to Coastal and jump on this and spread the word.  You will receive a quality product, great service and super quick shipping, or at least that was my experience.  By the way, they also have an a “Back To School” promo on right now as well where you can get two frames (luxury frames excluded) for $75 which free shipping.

Although I was jazzed to get a free pair of glasses, I couldn’t help but think just how amazing this would be for anyone in serious need of new glasses that perhaps could not otherwise afford them.  Glasses are expensive at the best of times, but particularly so during this horrible economic downturn that has hit everyone so hard.  So if you’ve seen me tweet about this promo or if you’ve seen it on the Girl In The Glasses Facebook page it’s truly because I am so impressed with this company and I simply want to get the word out to those who will benefit most from this amazing offer.  Also, just for the record, I have no affiliation with Coastal, nor was I approached by them to feature their services.  All opinions expressed in this post are truly my own.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

Coastal First Pair Free Promo Terms & Conditions:

  • One free pair of glasses per customer per prescription.
  • We reserve the right to verify all prescriptions.
  • Valid for coupon eligible frames only.
  • To get your free pair apply the coupon code FIRSTPAIRFREE at the checkout.
  • 1.5 index lenses included for free.
  • Lens upgrades including: higher index lenses, progressives, Transitions, polarized and all lens coatings are available at additional cost.
  • Shipping costs may apply, which is typically $5 to $15
  • Cannot be combined with any other offers
  • Valid for residents of the United States only.
  • Coastal.com reserves the right to cancel orders that appear to be in violation of this promotion.

 

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