Today I wanted to talk about a few of the nail polishes that I’ve been reaching for lately. In winter, I definitely gravitate towards darker, moody colors. Every once in a while, I’ll break up my dark streak with a lighter color and during the festivities last month I was all about that sparkle.
Essie Barefoot in Blue (similar)- This is a nail polish that I won (I think?). It was created in a collaboration between Essie and TOMS. It’s a dusty cornflower blue and I think it’s a color that looks great in spring or winter.
Julep Quinn- When I find a color that’s different from everything else in my collection, I get pretty excited. This is a muted purple-grey nail polish with a satin finish. I don’t think I’ve ever really seen a color like this, so I think this nail polish is very interesting.
Joe Fresh Navy (similar)- When I first discovered Joe Fresh a couple of years ago, I was surprised to find out that they also carry some beauty products. Their nail polishes were 3/$10, so of course I had to buy a few and try them out. I think the quality of these is good and I love a good navy blue.
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Wedding Glitters- During the month of December, I pretty much only wore glitter polishes on my nails. For two weeks I used Formula X Wham!, but when I traveled home for Christmas I didn’t take any nail polish with me. I was browsing Walgreens for a hair dryer and I spotted this pretty gold shimmer (Typical. I basically can’t go into the drugstore without buying a nail polish.). It’s eye-catching and also great because it’s contains fine glitter, instead of chunky glitter that’s a pain to remove.
As soon as winter comes around, I feel like it’s a constant battle to keep my lips from getting dry and chapped. Generally, I have dry skin, and that’s only exacerbated during the wintertime. I’ve been using Vaseline on my lips for ages, ever since I was a little kid. Vaseline definitely provides some relief, but I was wondering if you guys had any tips to help with dry winter lips? I’ve heard good things about the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, but do let me know if there are any really great balms you use to keep your lips from getting dry. I’d also love to hear about any lip products that you find particularly moisturizing. Sound off in the comments below!
I’ve mentioned it in this post and this one, but it’s time I dedicated a whole post to my current favorite lipstick. This is my first NARS purchase. When these lipsticks came out last fall, I was hearing a lot of buzz on beauty blogs and from beauty youtubers. I was curious, but I wasn’t really planning to buy one because at $32 a pop, they’re a bit pricy.
When my sister came to visit a few months ago, we were at Sephora and I was searching for a new fall lip color. I was swatching a bunch of colors and on a whim I decided to try one of the NARS Audacious lipsticks. Big mistake. Suddenly all of the other lip products I’d tried that day paled in comparison. I was immediately drawn to this darker shade and when I actually tested it on my lips, I was hooked. I hesitated for a bit, but in the end I knew I couldn’t leave the store without it.
If you’ve heard anything about these lipsticks, you’ve probably heard that they’re so creamy and so pigmented, and it’s true. They’re easy to apply, feel great on the lips, and have a very smooth, satin finish. If I want more of a stain on my lips, then I’ll just dab a bit of the lipstick on and rub my lips together, or I’ll go for the full color and use it straight from the tube. I’ve found that it wears really nicely too- no awkward lipstick ring around the edges of your mouth.
There are so many gorgeous colors (in total, there are 40 different shades) and if I wasn’t working on my resolution of spending less, I’d snatch up another one of these lipsticks right away. For now they’ll just have to remain at the top of my wish list and in particular I’m eyeing the colors Vera and Carmen.
Tell me: Have you tried these lipsticks?
(NARS Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte)
Few things make a nail polish addict more excited than adding a completely new polish to her collection. The lovely Alex gave me this nail polish for my birthday and my first thought was that I didn’t own any other polish like it. Then I used it for the first time and it was true love.
This is such an interesting glitter polish. There are tiny specks of glitter, larger hexagonal bits, and strips of glitter. The combination of all these different shapes and sizes makes it so eye-catching. I knew that I had to write about this nail polish because I’ve used it the last three times I painted my nails. I’ve layered it over a navy polish, then on top of gold, and finally on top of this red. This last combination was for a holiday party that I went to on Saturday and I thought it was very festive indeed. I love this nail polish so much that I’m even going to take it with me when I fly home! I can’t wait to try it with even more different color combinations.
Tell me: How do you feel about glitter polish? Yay? Nay?
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