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Most Overrated & Underrated Face Primer

Over & Under: Most Overrated & Underrated Face Primer

There are always products that receive endless raves, but they don’t always live up to our expectations or work out as well as they do for others.  Share your picks for most overrated and underrated FACE PRIMERS.  Don’t forget to share your whats and whys as to your choices!

  • Most Overrated: [answer]
  • Most Underrated: [answer]

My Picks

  • Most Overrated: Smashbox Photo Finish, but it kind of broke me out like you wouldn’t believe!
  • Most Underrated: Eve Pearl’s or Hourglass Mineral Veil – both top notch! Eve’s is really great if you have drier skin.
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Sunday Link Love, Volume #106


Happy Sunday!

Yesterday was a lovely day, and I have high hopes that today will be just as nice, maybe even a little nicer 🙂 Hope your weekend has been fantastic!

Dior Shadow Nail Lacquer / Vernis

Dior Shadow Nail Lacquer
Dior Shadow Nail Lacquer

A Deep Purple Emerges from the Shadows

Dior Shadow Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as an “intense, shimmering purple.” It’s a dark eggplant purple with flecks of coppery red shimmer. Cult Nails Spontaneous is lighter. MAC Festive Finery is duller, slightly lighter, and has a cream finish. Cult Nails Enigmatic is browner. China Glaze Urban-Night has a stronger red undertone. You might be remembering Bobbi Brown Twilight from yesterday, but while both are dark, purple-ish shades, Shadow is much more of a purple-eggplant without all of the brown that Twilight had.

This is a Nordstrom-exclusive shade that launched with the retailer’s Anniversary sale, but it’s still available.  Shadow was opaque after two coats, and the formula wasn’t too thick or too thin.  It applied easily and evenly, without pooling along the sides or bubbling up.  Dior has a wider, curved brush, which has made it easier to apply polish for me, but I could see those with narrower nail beds having more difficulty.  I liked that the shimmer in this one was bright enough to actually show up even in low light.  I typically get a week of wear without chipping, just minor tip wear, with Dior’s formula.

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Smashbox Fall 2012 Collection – Image Factory


Now Available: Smashbox Fall 2012 Collection – Image Factory

Straight from modern-day image factory, a seriously cool collection to create your own “it” looks.

Icon Eyeshadow Palette ($39.00)

Inspired by some of the hottest eye looks from the Smashbox studios, the Photo Op Palette features the iconic eyeshadow formula in all the soft, essential shades of the season. Includes a double-ended brush for flawless application. Shades in Icon include: Alabaster, Thunder, Blackout, Roast, Black Currant, Seafoam.

Muse Eyeshadow Palette ($39.00)

Inspired by some of the hottest eye looks from the Smashbox studios, the Photo Op Palette features the iconic eyeshadow formula in all the soft, essential shades of the season. Includes a double-ended brush for flawless application. Shades in Muse include: Russet, Truffle, Bare, Juniper, Sandstorm, Sumatra.

Waterproof Eyeshadow Liner ($22.00)

  • Charcoal Black
  • Metallic Bronze Brown

Airbrush Whipped Cheek Color ($29.00)

  • Dusty Rose Pink
  • Berry Bliss Berry

Lip Enhancing Gloss Duo ($24.00)

  • Fab/Snappy Peach-brown / pink
  • Luxe/Chic Berry / peach

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom

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How-to Apply Swarovski Crystal / Rhinestone onto Shoes (Heels, Wedges)


A Little Weekend DIY:  Bedazzled Shoes

There was such an overwhelmingly positive response and requests for a how-to on my Swarovski-bedazzled wedding wedges–so here you go! This was the first time I’ve ever done something like this, and the more crafting experience you have, the higher quality your work will be, but even as someone who hasn’t done a craft project in years, like myself, the results were surprisingly satisfactory 🙂 There was a learning curve, so I’ve included all the things I’ve learned in this guide.

I’m not at all an expert at this, and this was my first attempt. I was inspired by a pair of Gucci heels that I saw in Vegas last month. They were, quite possibly, the most stunning, jaw-droppingly gorgeous shoes I have ever laid eyes on. I’m definitely going to attempt creating something using the black crystals next. I thought I’d try it first on a pair of satin wedges (BP Fae, $59.95, also available in black) I picked up for my wedding. They weren’t too pricey, and even if they didn’t turn out perfect, you’d never really see them since the gown goes well past the floor.

What You Need

  • Pair of shoes
  • Flatback Crystals/Rhinestones (approximately 15-40 gross, depending on size of crystals/area to cover)
  • Adhesive (I used E6000, GemTac is also a good pick)
  • Tray (to hold the crystals)
  • Tweezers
  • Plastic Stick

I purchased all of my supplies from Dreamtime Creations. I had no problems with the service through them, though there are other crafting websites out there, too. This retailer happened to have a sale at the time, so that’s what made me go with them.

Step-by-step guide/my experience and lessons learned…