Monday, June 27, 2011

My Current Mani ♥

So the nail polish craze continues....I ended up buying 5 more bottles of nail polish in the past 2 weeks, lol oops!  All these gorgeous summer colors are just so damn tempting! 

This past week I had on Essie Borrowed & Blue, but I forgot to take good pictures so all I have is this quick snap shot from the car....
I was on the fence about this color but once I actually had it on it's a very nice powder blue color, and even though I usually think blue nail polish is a bit too teeny bopper for me, I think this particular shade of baby blue is quite classy, and dare I say sophisticated? Hmm....that may be taking it too far, lol but it is pretty!

Anyways, after that very light colored manicure I decided to go a little funkier tonight.  I used a few colors that I just picked up and they ended up looking SO good all together.  I topped it off with a new Crackle nail polish and I'm loving how they turned out.  

Index & Pinky : China Glaze Electric Pineapple
Middle & Thumb : China Glaze For Audrey
Ring Finger: Zoya Pippa
All topped with China Glaze Crackle in Tarnished Gold

I think this is a really fun, very summery nail look and I'm really loving the gold Crackle on top of ALL the colors I used, especially For Audrey...gorgeous!  I'm liking the metallic Crackle polishes way more than the cream Crackles that came out first, so if you're a fan too then make sure to run out and grab a few before they sell out!  I found mine at Sally's Beauty Supply but they also sell them at Ulta.  Let me know if you like any of the other colors because I only allowed myself ONE for today ;)

Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Innocence, Beware Dupe & Current Favorites

Lately I had been trying to "shop my stash" instead of going out and buying makeup that I doooon't necessarily need.  You feel me?  I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm not on a shopping "ban" or anything (that would be a tragedy) but I'm just trying to be a bit "smarter" with my shopping habits.  Yay me!

The product that I've brought out of my stash and have not stopped using lately is one of the Limited Edition lipsticks from the MAC Venomous Villains collection called Innocence, Beware! 

It's a creamsheen formula so it has nice pigmentation and I haven't found it to be very drying like some nudes can be.  It's nude but still looks natural on the lips so I've loved it now that I have a little more color in my skin.  The only negative thing is that it's limited edition!  So the last time I was in MAC I thought I'd pull it out and try to find something from the permanent line that was comparable.  

After a few swatches I found the color Hue, and as you can see, they're almost exactly the same.  Yay!  
Innocence Beware, Hue

I have heard people mention Hue before as a favorite, but with all the collections that MAC releases I hardly have time to look at the permanent line.  There's some good stuff in there!
The only noticeable difference between the two is that Hue is a glaze formula so it has a little more gloss to it than Innocence, Beware which is a creamsheen.  Other than that they look exactly the same on my lips and I couldn't be happier!  

So even though I did good by shopping my stash and re-discovering one kinda led me to buy a new product.  Funny how that works out, lol.  

Thanks for reading!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Early Summer Lovin

It's still early in the summer months but the heat is already getting uncomfortable here in Texas.  It's like walking out into a wall of humidity...hellooo frizz!  Well it seems like as soon as the heat moved in I have constantly been reaching for these two products so I wanted to show you what I've been loving...

The first product I'm so happy to be using again is my Mac MSF in Gold Deposit.  I picked this up over a year ago from MACs website and at the time I thought this was a Limited Edition MSF, but I have since seen it at my local MAC store and also online so I'm sure you can still find it if you're interested.

 This is a very bronzy, shimmery MSF and it has been too dark to wear it during the winter months but for the summer, I have been LOVING it.  For the past week straight I've been using my Studio Careblend bronzer from the Surf Baby collection first (which I also love btw) and then putting Gold Deposit on top of that and the result is a very defined, bronze goddess look & I am diggin it!  The picture above doesn't quite pick up the intensity of my cheeks but this definitely isn't a "subtle" bronze look, it's more of an obviously bronzed look but that's why I like it!  Since I am taking summer school (boooo) I haven't had much time in the mornings to get ready so throwing on this combo paired with winged black liner has been quick & easy...good to go! :)

The other product I'm going to get good use of this summer is the MAC Supreme Sheen in Gotta Dash. I have only picked up two of the Supreme Sheen's so far but I really love the formula.  They were released to replace the Slimshine lipsticks they recently discontinued and from what I can remember, the formula is pretty much the same.  I feel like the color range for the Supreme Sheen's are much better and I already have a few more on my list!

Gotta Dash is a beautiful peach color that has a lovely moisturizing, glossy look and feel.  Perfect for a fresh, summer look.

Mac Ever Hip, Gotta Dash, YSL Rouge Volupte #30

Oh and btw - I'm super excited for MACs next collection "Semi Precious" and after I get a better look at the swatches I will make a post of my *wish list* :))


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

My Current Mani ♥

Ever since I stopped getting acrylic nails I have been going a liiiittle crazy buying nail polish, and it has made me want to change my nail color every week!

There are too many polishes that I've been loving lately to do a whole post on them so I thought I would start showing y'all whatever I happen to be loving on my nails this week :)

Today I have on a polish by Sinful Colors called "Easy Going" (#700) and it is such a nice cream color with slight baby pink undertones. 

About 2 weeks ago I picked up a similar color called "Pure Porcelain" from a recent Orly limited edition collection that I absolutely loved, but I have only ever seen ONE other bottle in stores so after I heard about this color I had to pick it up and it turned out to be just as pretty.  I figured I would much rather show you this color since it's easier to find, and way more affordable!

I have been really loving these kinds of colors lately.  Very opaque, cream shades look so "clean" and fresh on your nails!  This particular brand can be found at Walgreens or Target and they are only $1.99 which is such a deal!  I applied only two coats in the picture above.  After seeing how nice and opaque this drugstore polish looks I'll definitely be taking a better look at the Sinful Colors selection next time I'm in Walgreens.

If you know of any more great "off white" colors like this please leave me a comment and let me know!


Friday, June 3, 2011

Surf Baby Goodies!

So here's a few goodies I picked up from the recent MAC Surf Baby collection.  I was actually not as excited for this collection as I was with last years summer collection  (To The Beach), but obviously that didn't stop me from picking up 3 items, right?

The first thing I was quick to snatch up was the lipstick in Hibiscus, and it's beautiful! It's a creamsheen formula so it feels really nice on my lips and has amazing pigmentation.  I wore it today and it did last at least 3-4 hrs on my lips (I ate lunch a few hours after I applied it so I can't say how long it could have lasted) but when it did wear off, it faded nicely and not all blotchy like some bright lipsticks do.  I really like that it's a coral-red because I do love a red lip, so with the coral undertones it's a perfect version of the red lip for summer.  

My MAC girl told me that when they decided to discontinue the Viva Glam Cyndi, they had sooo many people asking for it that she thinks Hibiscus may have been the "replacement".  Since she mentioned that I decided to swatch Hibiscus next to Viva Glam Cyndi, and then also next to MAC Vegas Volt lipstick because I thought it also looked very similar. 
Vegas Volt, Hibiscus, Viva Glam Cyndi
As you can see, Vegas Volt and Hibiscus look extremely similar when swatched on my hand, and they make Viva Glam Cyndi look like a raspberry pink.  But!  On my lips, Hibiscus does actually look similar to Cyndi, it's just a little brighter, and then Vegas Volt looks much more orange/coral.  Either way, I really love Hibiscus and you should go check it out if you like bold lips!

Next up is the Studio Careblend powder bronzer in Lush, Light Bronze.  After hearing Christine from raving about how amazing this powder felt and looked on the skin, for someone who uses bronzer pretty much every day, I knew I needed one.  This is a great color for my skin tone that blends AMAZINGLY into my skin and gives me such a natural glow.  I'm in love with it and it has quickly replaced my Tarte Park Ave Princess bronzer....for now.

Last thing I picked up was something I had not planned on getting at all....until my MAC girl suggested that I swatch them.  The Crushed Metallic Pigments are too gorgeous & shimmery not to love.  I went with the Surf The Ocean set mainly because they were colors I didn't really have in my collection, and also because I LOVE the mint green color that is in the set (second from the right in the swatch)

So that's all my goodies.  I hope you guys had a chance to check out this collection and I'd love to hear what you picked up!

Thanks for checking me out & keep a look out for more posts to come!


Thursday, June 2, 2011


Hey y'all!

So I was about to start off this blog with a small makeup haul, but I figured I better introduce myself a little first.
My name is Marissa.....and I'm a makeup addict.  Yeah, that pretty much covers it, lol ;)  Well, obviously there's much more to me but for now I'd just like to introduce you to my blog... I'm going to be posting all kinds of things from hauls, favorite beauty products, reviews and maybe some random fashion posts.  Just a way for a girly girl like me to express my love for all things fabulous! :)

So I hope you enjoy my little ramblings & keep coming back for more!