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NYX Seafoam Green Eyeshadow

NYX Seafoam Green Eyeshadow
NYX Seafoam Green Eyeshadow

NYX Seafoam Green Eyeshadow

NYX Seafoam Green Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a green-teal with a white frosted sheen and chunkier silver sparkle. It’s a bit like MAC Aquadisiac, which also has a similar grit. Urban Decay Minx has a darker appearance, almost leans less green. Make Up For Ever #168 is much more intense and smoother. It’s lighter and more teal compared to MAC Jealousy Wakes.

It looks similar to how it does in the pan, actually–you can see a fair amount of white pearl in the eyeshadow from the get-go, which is what gives it that softer, light color. I like the muted quality of the shade, and it would work for someone who’s a little less fearless when it comes to color! What I didn’t like was the sparkly grit to it, which made it less lovely to use, as it tended to fall out underneath the eye. It could be more pigmented, too — you can see it’s not fully opaque and even in the swatch. When I tested Seafoam Green, it wore for six hours before it started to fade somewhat without a base, but it seemed fine after eight hours when applied over an eyeshadow base.

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
80%
Total

5 Bright Red Creme Nail Polishes

5 Bright Red Creme Nail Polishes

There are so many nuances to red creams, but I love a really good bright red cream!

  1. Essie Too Too Hot
  2. Zoya Sooki
  3. Butter London Pillar Box Red
  4. China Glaze Hey Sailor
  5. Rescue Beauty Lounge Chinoise

What’s your favorite red creme nail polish?

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I would not call myself a collector, as I intend to use makeup and am not trying to save it or preserve it. I don’t regularly pull out pieces to admire or look at them in any way. There are times where I want to own all of a certain formula, if it’s exceptionally good, more because they’re all so good and want to have them all to use.

— Christine

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Happy New Year – 2012 Edition


My New Year’s Eve Manicure!

Happy New Year!

Happy new year!! I hope your 2012 is already off to a great start 🙂 I had a lot of readers ask me for photos of my ring, which you’ll notice above in my New Year’s Eve manicure photo (which is one coat of NYX Be Jeweled with one coat each of Zoya Opal and Zoya Maisie).

The ring was designed by jeweler L T Denny in Seattle, who came as a very high recommendation from a good friend of mine.  It was the perfect ring for me:  simple, elegant, timeless, with a subtle tapered band with a round solitaire.  I had always envisioned white gold, but we went with platinum, because white gold is rhodium-plated and requires re-dipping over time to maintain that “white” look (you can also consider palladium as a platinum alternative).  A good jeweler will spend a lot of time educating you before trying to sell you on something–Yelp! is a great place to start looking for a reputable jeweler!  If you missed it, Shaun (who is also know as “tech guy”) proposed to me here on Christmas Eve. 🙂

For those interested in the ring, a few more photos 🙂