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The New Black Runway Colors – Midnight Blue and Yellow (Electrical Banana) July 8, 2012

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Today I bring you “The New Black” nail polishes that I received in my May Look Bag.  The New Black is a relatively new-ish brand that brings runway fashion to you at an accessible cost. The two I was sent (Midnight Blue and Electrical Banana) were from the “Color Barometer” set which contains 8 primary colors (one is more a nude) each at 0.125 oz. They also have glitter, ombre, and newspaper print sets.

I decided to try a manicure I had completely failed at in the past, the half moon.  As you can see I still basically failed – but it is better than before and gives you a good idea of the colors of the polish.  The blue is NEARLY opaque in 1 coat and the yellow takes two coats. This lasted my normal 2 days (always remember I am SUPER rough on my nails) which puts it up there with Zoya, Opi, and Butter London.

Would I buy this product again? Yes, I am really considering getting the newsprint set so I can learn how to do that manicure with products specifically made for it before I go experimenting and getting annoyed at bad results.

Will I finish the sample? Yes, the colors are fun and very on trend right now.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size: 0.25 oz (2 x 0.125)
Full Size: 1.0 oz (8 x 0.125)
Full Size Price:  $35.00
Sample Value: $8.75

FTC  Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by The Look Bag or any of the brands included in the bag. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.


Pencil Me In Healthy Eyeliner Pencils – Denim – Review April 25, 2012

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Today I bring you Pencil Me In Healthy Eyeliner Pencils in Denim which is a blue eyeliner between the color of sky blue and the Microsoft Blue Screen of Death. I received this as part of my April Sindulge Box. I was super excited to receive some makeup – I like makeup and I’d seen some other’s boxes that were not really makeup oriented – though that is probably what they discussed with their consultant. 

So how did this perform?



MyFace Cosmetics Blingtone Eyeshadow in “Bellbottom Blues” Review February 23, 2012

Filed under: Makup,Review — slagoon @ 9:00 am
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This is the conclusion of my second 6 part series of my new Beauty Army Kit* where I review each of my new samples and their relative value.

Today I’m going to share my opinion of the MyFace Cosmetics Blingtone Eyeshadow in Bellbottom Blues. I picked this as one of my 6 samples (out of my nine options) from the new Beauty Sample Kit, Beauty Army. Since I had gotten one in the last kit SP”ICE”Y I basically knew what I was in for but I was still excited – even though this was a color I didn’t expect to be able to use very much.

Lets start with the packaging. it was a clear plastic case. The packaging is not all that amazing, but it is good enough for its purpose. Now lets compare similar priced product’s packaging, Urban decay has the cute Subway Token, Too Faced has the cute flowers, The Balm has cute tins, and Lancome has the slider tops, this product’s packaging is ok, but not up to those standards.

What about the important part, the product?



Feeling Blue October 26, 2011

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Well, I’m not feeling Sad (blue), I’m feeling the color blue – and white. After my horrific broken nail I wanted to cheer myself up – how did I do that? Eat a dozen chocolate chip cookies? no. Watch a corny movie? no. Go buy nail polish? yep! I really had been looking for an excuse to go buy a white crackle – so I used my misery. Please excuse the stubby nails, as I said this was the result of a tragedy. Please be kind I am not the normal “boo hoo I broke my nail” person – this one ripped into the nail plate and started bleeding. It looked horrible so I had to cover it up.  I decided on blue to go with my new white crackle polish. I had some Mezmerised by Essie that looked to be a good base for Jessie’s Girl Confetti (which shows up better in the second photo). Then I applied the SallyHansen white crackle overcoat. It made for a cute manicure.


FTC Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Essie, Jessie’s Girl or Sally Hansen. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.


Opi Crackle – Blasted Electric Blue Discussion September 12, 2011

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Today we’ll take a quick break from the Lancôme gift with purchase reviews and discuss polish.

Opi Crackle is one of the most common shattering polishes out there and there are tons of opinions on them. I bought a few of the collection before I read many of the opinions which is somewhat unfortunate.  I love my back and red and silver. There is nothing more to desire from these colors. The navy is okay, but like many other bloggers I am having a heck of a time with the Electric Blue and getting it to work right.

Instead of killing lots of perfectly good manicures attempting to get this right I chose to turn to the sample wheel.

• From left to right the electric blue is placed over:

• Seche Vite

• Sally Hansen 4 in 1

• Essie good to go

• Wet and Wild fast dry top coat

• Borghese top coat

• No  top coat heavy application

• No Top Coat medium application

• No top coat light application

• Another attempt at No Top Coat Medium

• Two coats of it over no top coat

• Opi nail color

• Sally Hansen 4 in 1 with a second layer of the crackle

If you expand the picture you will see that the crackle performed best over other Opi products. I suppose that is to be expected, however it works OK over both the Seche Vite and Sally Hansen 4 in 1.

In the future I’ll pick up some OPI top coat and see if that makes a difference and if it does I’ll update this post.  Opi Crackle coat works just as good over OPI top coats as it does over just plain OPI polishes.

In the meantime I plan to only use this particular shatter with my Opi polishes.

Do you have any tips/tricks with your shatter polishes?

FTC Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Opi. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.


Lancôme free gift with purchase share and review of “Blues” palette September 9, 2011

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A few days I promised to start sharing and reviewing my 7 piece Lancôme free gift with purchase that I received the other day. So let’s get started.  I was able to pick 6 items and a bag when I purchased my Lancome Color Design Palette in Mauve Cherie.  There were a few different options – many of which were skin care, which is important, but how often can you get super sized samples of cosmetics?? So, what did I pick? I chose the:

• Black Bag with red rose
• Lancôme Renergie Lift Volumetry cream
• Lipstick
• Foundation Brush
• “Blues” palette
• “Pinks” palette
• Hypnôse Drama Mascara

Today I will talk about the “Blues” palette.