Photo Source: A Bowl Full of Lemons Don’t let the name confuse you! This tool box is transformed into a portable supplies box for manicures and pedicures. What makes this box super practical is the handle and pull out divided tray for smaller items…
I think the last time I wrote about eyebrow pencils was when I was using Anastasia brow wiz. Don’t get me wrong, I still really like Anastasia BUT I have found a cheaper version that I thought I would share with you guys.
It’s no surprise how much I like using Maybelline products so when I ran out of Anastasia (quickly too might I add) I had to seek an alternative. There was no way I had another $20 to spend on just my eyebrows. So while shopping in CVS one day I decided to check out Maybelline, my favorite non-expensive makeup brand. Of course they had an eyebrow pencil but would it be any good?
It’s safe to say it was better than good and down right great for the price ($5). It comes in many shades which is a huge bonus. My eyebrows are a lot darker than my actual hair so it’s helpful to find a shade that is actually called “dark blonde”.
So basically I am pretty happy with this purchase, considering I’ve been using it for the past couple of months. It get’s the job done without spending a lot. I haven’t tried many other eyebrow pencil brands, but if you have, please leave us a comment below with your suggestions.
New York Color or better known as NYC at CVS or your local drugstore is often overlooked. You will find it on an end-cap in the makeup section but if you look closely you will find some great products. It’s known for being very inexpensive but that shouldn’t stop you from taking a look.
It’s no secret that I love brands such as Benefit and Anastasia but as of lately this girl is on a serious budget. The other day I was in my local CVS trying to find a cheapish nail polish. I of course went right over to OPI and Essie but I just couldn’t justify spending $8 on nail polish especially since it seems to chip 2 days later anyways. I stumbled upon a great shade from Maybelline and as I was making my way to the top-coats I saw NYC. Again, I could spend more money on a top-coat polish from Sally Hansen or I could spend .99 on one from NYC.
The choice was pretty easy. While I was picking up the top-coat polish I really started to give the rest of their products a closer look. I noticed that they had made a lip color that was identical to Clinque’s Chubby Stick and I believe a few other makeup brands sell a similar one. I had been interested in trying out a new shade, lately I’m obsessed with “nude” colors. I decided to try it. As some one that never lived without their Clinque Chubby Stick, I honestly couldn’t tell the difference.
I walked out of CVS with 3 items and spending $10. Two of which were from NYC. I’ve used both the top-coat polish that is RIDICULOUSLY shiny and the lip color and I’m really happy with both. I’m going back today to scope out a new foundation and eyebrow pencil. It’s really refreshing to find new brands to use that don’t cost a lot. If your on a budget like me I would really recommend NYC. Tell us what bargain brands you use in the comments below!
Thanks for reading! XOXO *Lindsay*
Eyebrows, the topic of conversation one day at Sephora. Some of you might remember that I “over-plucked” my brows last year and if you were curious, yes they are STILL growing back in!
While I’ve been tending to my brows, I’ve noticed that they are rather bushy and dull looking. I’ve been trying to shape them but it seemed they needed more while the rest of them grew in. It’s kinda like when your going through puberty and parts of you are changing but the rest hasn’t caught up. That was the dilemma I was facing and decided to seek help.
So on that faithful day in Sephora I asked my friend who is quite the makeup-whore what on earth I should do for my brows. She suggested Anastasia (apparently all the blogs were loving this line).
Twist my arm a little bit and I walked out of Sephora with this brow wiz I knew nothing about. I did my research and figured out how I was supposed to make this work and gave it my best shot.
To say I loved the results would be an understatement. I physically can not leave the house without using this product. It’s no natural looking it’s not even funny but yet leaves my brows looking quite polished.
A $21 dollar purchase was quite worth it to be honest. I opted for the Ash Blonde pencil and I think it looks fantastic. I’m not sure when I became so obsessed with my eyebrows but like I always say, there are worse obsessions.
Take a look at my before and after photos:
Like I said, I love the results! Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Thanks for reading! XOXO *Lindsay*
OPI joins celebrity partner Gwen Stefani in announcing seven new limited edition nail lacquers for 2014, featuring standout color in breakthrough finishes. Highlights from the collection include a bold red lacquer that pays homage to Gwen’s signature lipstick, a new semi-matte satin finish in shades of gold and black, and a mirrored chrome paired with a special base coat.
Inspired by the 2013 Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala that featured the theme “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” OPI Executive VP and Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann decided to create a collection of lacquer celebrating the role of music as a major influence in fashion. “With her expertise as a singer, songwriter and designer, who better to collaborate with than Gwen Stefani?” asks Weiss-Fischmann. “Known for her trademark red lips, bold eye makeup and nail art, Gwen uses beauty to accessorize her style.”
Gwen’s signature red OPI hue – Over & Over A-Gwen – is available in a boxed set, which includes Swarovski black crystals and silver, gold and pewter studs in bar, square, diamond and circle shapes for creating unique nail designs, as well as nail glue for easy application. Love.Angel.Music.Baby. and 4 in the Morning feature a new, semi-matte satin finish designed to be worn without top coat. Push and Shove, a bold chrome hue, is also worn without top coat but requires a special complimentary base coat – Lay Down that Base. One thin coat of Lay Down that Base topped with two thin coats of Push and Shove yields an intense, mirrored finish. The collection is rounded out with two glossy crème lacquers and one sparkly glitter shade: Hey Baby, I Sing in Color, and In True Stefani Fashion.
“OPI wanted to create a collection as dramatic, diverse and glamorous as its namesake,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “With crème and glitter hues, new satin matte texture, a mirrored chrome and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, Gwen Stefani by OPI presents the latest in pigments and finishes, while combining elements of haute couture and street fashion.”
Gwen Stefani by OPI includes the following seven limited edition nail lacquers: Hey Baby, I Sing in Color, Love.Angel.Music.Baby., 4 in the Morning, In True Stefani Fashion, Push and Shove* and Over & Over A-Gwen**.
Gwen Stefani by OPI nail lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. This promotion will be available beginning January 2014 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer. The boxed set including Over & Over A-Gwen and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS will retail for $14.95 ($18.95 CAN).
*Must be worn with Lay Down that Base, which is complimentary when purchasing Push and Shove **Sold only in a boxed set including SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS