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Picture Polish Jealousy Nail Lacquer

Picture Polish Jealousy Nail Lacquer
Picture Polish Jealousy Nail Lacquer

Picture Polish Jealousy Nail Lacquer

Picture Polish Jealousy Nail Lacquer ($9.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “glittery green.” It’s a light-medium grassy green base with yellow undertones and chartreuse, emerald green, and medium green glitter and shimmer. I don’t have anything that’s quite like this. Zoya Meg is all light yellow-toned green. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sagreena the Teenage Witch is straight emerald green. Sinful Colors HD Nails is more of a medium green. Zoya Apple is closer, but it’s less of a grassy-green and has less coverage. Nubar Meadow Sparkle is just the lighter green glitter.

It’s fully opaque after two coats, which is fantastic for a shade with this much glitter. It also dries to a nearly perfectly smooth finish–it’s not gritty or bumpy. There’s even a slight sheen at the end, though I’d still recommend a top coat for extra shine. The consistency is very thick, gel-like, and it was nearly impossible to do two thin coats. With the thicker consistency, each coat has a long drying time. I would recommend letting the first coat dry before applying the next, because while it’s very forgiving if you go to apply a second coat too soon, it’s hard to tell when it’s fully dry that way.  I did test the wear of this shade in particular, and it wore for a full seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Picture Polish Jealousy Nail Lacquer

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide and Gift-Giving Tips


Mother’s Day Gift Guide and Gift-Giving Tips

If you haven’t yet finished your Mother’s Day gift shopping, here are some last minute suggestions and tips and tricks (which really apply to any gift giving occasion and recipient).

  • Watch out for hints. They may not even be genuine hints as far as the recipient goes, but they can clue you in on things the person might want but not feel willing to purchase.  My mom mentioned she really wanted more non-stick cooking mats a month or so ago, and I kept an eye out for them (and did manage to find some on sale!).
  • Think about their hobbies.  Often, hobbies are one of the ways we really enjoy ourselves–away from the hum drum of work, daily routine, and errands.  My fiance’s mom loves jewelry; both generally as a gift, but she’s also known for taking apart jewelry and creating a new piece out of it.  I know I can’t go wrong with giving her jewelry or jewelry-making supplies.
  • What’s something they love but feel frivolous buying?  I often think gifts should be a bit of an indulgence; something the person wouldn’t buy for themselves but really wants.  I always toy with the idea of buying my mom La Mer, because she absolutely loves it (go figure, she was never and still isn’t into makeup/beauty but is in love with La Mer), but I keep making her try other supposedly good moisturizers instead.  Shaun’s mom has her favorite perfume, which she wears almost daily, but it’s a little pricey, so her boys always get it for her on Mother’s Day.
  • When in doubt, ask for a list.  Part of me loves to surprise people, but the part that would rather give someone a gift they’d love than one I’d think they love but they don’t end up loving.

My Picks for Gifts

  • Fragrance gift sets.  Lots of brands put together sets of their bestselling fragrances for big gift-giving holidays like Mother’s Day.   Nordstrom has a whole slew of them to choose from.   I like sets that offer more for your money, and it’s even better if they come in a cute box or bag.  Sephora has a few fragrance samplers, which include miniature-sized scents within a family (e.g. florals).
  • Get her hooked on skincare!  (or replenish her favorites) Ole Henriksen has several gift sets available of just-the-right-sized products–enough to try but not so much that they’re still attractively priced for higher-end skincare.  I like their Truth line.
  • Books and more.  I think almost everyone in my life now has a Kindle, and a lot of those were gifted by me. It’s such a useful gift that ends up becoming well-loved, too.  If you have a sibling, you can also work together to accessorize it with a nice case and some books to start off with.  My mom sometimes tells me it’s the most expensive gift I’ve ever given her–because she has bought so many books since owning one!
  • At-home spa days.  If it wasn’t already a fairly obvious choice, gifting a spa day is rarely a bad way to go, but it can be incredibly expensive to send someone on one, but you can bring the spa home, too, for a lot less.  I love philosophy’s gift sets because they come in an array of fun scents and always have cute packaging that’s perfect for gifting.  Sure, I bought myself i love jam (and am in love with the Mixed Berry Jam scent), but it would’ve made a good gift for mom!  You can buy some candles, bath salts, soaks, or even a face mask (if you live near a LUSH store, you can pick up a fresh mask–they’re so cheap, too, like $5).

What are your best tips for gift-giving for Mother’s Day?

 

Illamasqua Burst Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Burst Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Burst Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Burst Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Burst Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “blue-green.” It’s a medium-dark that’s just barely been kissed by tones of teal. It’s more blue than it is teal or green, but it’s not just blue. Tarina Tarantino Ozma is a bit similar in color, but it has a frosted finish, so it ends up looking different. MAC Cool Heat is a little more teal and has a subtle sparkle. Urban Decay Haight is bluer. Inglot #338 is a bit darker.

Another newly released shade, Burst has insane, intense color payoff!  I’m loving how top-notch these new shades from Illamasqua have been.  Not a dud yet!  The texture is soft and smooth, but it never becomes powdery against the skin or during application.  It adhered well to the naked lid; it wore about eight hours without fading or creasing.  What I liked about it was that it was easily blendable over bare lids or over an eyeshadow primer.  I think this is an interesting shade of blue/teal, because it’s not really either of those, but it’s not quite a mix either!  It’s more muted than full-on blue eyeshadow, but there’s not enough green in it to constitute a true teal either.

Burst
Burst
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
97%
Total

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NARS Falbala Lipstick

NARS Falbala Lipstick
NARS Falbala Lipstick

NARS Falbala Lipstick

NARS Falbala Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering rose.” It’s a a berry-rose with gold shimmer. MAC Offshoot is more plum. Chanel Bel Ami is redder. MAC Oh Oh Oh is a little more plum. MAC Fun Bathing is a little darker with a more golden sheen. Clarins Blackberry is more plum. Chanel Impertinente is browner. Bobbi Brown Plumberry is redder. Chanel Etole is a little darker. Guerlain Gracia is a bit lighter.

It’s part of the Sheer lipstick family, so it’s designed to be “sheer, long-lasting” with a “sophisticated shine” and contains hydrating ingredients. It’s more semi-opaque than sheer, but there is a distinguishable translucency where you can see the natural lip color coming through. There’s also a glossy sheen in the finish. Falbala actually reminds me of a sheerer, more muted version of NARS Christina.

I really like NARS’ line of Sheer Lipsticks, though they tend to be more semi-sheer to semi-opaque than sheer.  They have this really great lightweight feel that’s comfortable to wear, and they look almost like a stain–they sit very naturally against the lips.  It’s scent- and taste-free–good news for those more sensitive to scents and tastes!  Falbala wears just over five hours, while the glossy sheen does fade away after three to four hours.  The only downside is that it’s not moisturizing (and it’s supposed to be), though it is not drying.