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5 Shimmery Red Nail Polishes

5 Shimmery Red Nail Polishes

Red nail polish may be the most popular shade–it seems like every collection that launches, no matter the season, has to have some sort of red-hued shade.  There are all sorts of reds, to be sure, but these are five of my current favorite shimmery (true) reds! 🙂

What’s your favorite shimmery red nail polish?

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NYX Hot Yellow Eyeshadow

NYX Hot Yellow Eyeshadow
NYX Hot Yellow Eyeshadow

NYX Hot Yellow Eyeshadow

NYX Hot Yellow Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a pale, pastel-like yellow with a frosted sheen. It has decent color payoff, but it’s not as dense as some other NYX eyeshadows. It also felt powderier and was less true-to-pan in terms of color; it looks much lighter, which could be a result of the higher pearl/frost content. Make Up For Ever #102 is a bit more pastel and has a matte finish. MAC Gorgeous Gold is a little yellower and has more iridescence.

While the texture was undeniably soft, it had a definite powdery feel that wasn’t easy to mitigate, even knowing that NYX’s eyeshadows are softer (compared to say MAC eyeshadows, which tend to be harder–not necessarily a bad thing!), so there was some fall out.  The color payoff could have been better, too, because it had an underlying sheerness and the softness of the shade, while providing for a smooth look, made it just as easy to blend out the color so it looked almost faded.  Without a base, this shade lasts four to five hours and then begins to look noticeably faded.  With a base, I had better results, though after nine hours, it did seem a bit faded.

NYX Eyeshadow Hot Yellow
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
3.5
Application
77%
Total

Right now, MAC and Freakonomics authors Levitt and Dubner, just because I would love to see them apply their technique to MAC and the brand’s books. I think that would be very interesting! Or World of Warcraft and Illamasqua, because I think that would be beyond awesome. I vote for the second one, now that I think about it!

— Christine

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Guerlain Jicky (104) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Jicky (104) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Jicky (104) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Jicky (104) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Jicky (104) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is soft coral-brown with a very faint beige micro-shimmer. The color coverage is semi-opaque; it gave my natural lip colors a fair amount of color but did not cover my lip freckle entirely. It’s a bit darker, less beige and more coral, than Guerlain Voilette de Madame, but I don’t think you need to have both–they’re different enough, but having both makes sense only if you tend to wear these types of colors regularly and can spot those nuances. MAC Viva Glam VI is a little darker, redder. Guerlain Galante is more opaque and rosier. MAC For Keeps is similar but pinker and more opaque. MAC Mellowarm is a bit darker and frostier. Chanel Plumetis is lighter. Chanel Liberte is fairly close. Korres #45 Coral is more orange.

Rouge Automatique is very comparable to the Rouge G formula, and the differences are minute, though they are there. This is an excellent formula regardless of that comparison, though, because it’s creamy enough to glide on but not so creamy that the color slips around, comfortable to wear, and keeps lips feeling hydrated, too. For more packaging photos, please see this post.  This shade only wore four and a half hours when I tested out the wear, which is shorter than expected for this particular range (and not as long as the brand claims).

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lip Color Jicky
Jicky
Jicky
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Sunday Link Love, Volume #078


I know this is kind of… after-the-fact, but this is SUCH an awesome idea for beauty enthusiasts!!

Happy Sunday!

To those who celebrate, Merry Christmas! We don’t celebrate religiously, but we do celebrate it as a family holiday–a time to come together, enjoy each other’s companies, and exchange gifts. The older I get, the more practical (and domestic) my wish list becomes! I ended up with a few coveted items from Le Creuset (thank goodness for outlets!) in my favorite shade, Caribbean Blue. I’ve always watched and re-watched one of my favorite holiday movies, which is aptly named The Holiday; Kate Winslet and Jack Black make my heart melt in it. Not really a Christmas classic but one I always return to. With my family, we always watch Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story 🙂 I hope you’re all having a fabulous weekend and sharing it with loved ones!

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