Erica is one of my best friends from college. She is as make-up obsessed as I am, and always knows which products are receiving rave reviews. We had many lovely Sephora/coffee dates when we both lived in New York, and even though we’re in different countries now – she’s still sharing the make-up love. She sent me the cutest little package in the mail the other day:
There was one casualty of the mailing system – the wet n wild eyeshadow trio shattered into a fine powder (spreading over the other products and making them look dusty)…all while managing to remain tightly sealed with tape! In case you’re wondering, it was meant to look like this:
Maybe the shattered eyeshadow was a message from the universe telling me that I already have MORE eyeshadow than I could ever use up! I’m very excited to experiment with the JANE blushes (in Blushing Blossom and Blushing Petal) and have already worn the 2 nail polishes (reviews below). Since I’ve limited my make-up purchases this year, it’s fun to have something new to play with. Thank you SO much to Erica (who occasionally reads this blog). Your package was so sweet and thoughtful…now come and visit me already!
The Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in “Naked Ambition” is a gorgeous peachy-pink with microshimmer. I like the way this colour works with my skintone – however, the formula is quite thick and streaky. I had to apply 4 (!!!) coats to achieve an opaque finish. I’ve reviewed Complete Salon Manicure polishes here and here – and have also encountered the streakiness problem with the other pink polish I tried (although “Plum’s the Word” applies like a dream). Since this is a thick polish that requires several coats, you have to allow a LOT of drying time in between to reduce the risk of imprints and smudges.
The Revlon Polish in “Perplex” is a dupe for Chanel’s Paradoxal. I now own 2 Paradoxal dupes – this one and the Barry M “Dusky Mauve” that was sent to me last year. I don’t own the Chanel original – so I can’t compare them to it…but I did compare them to each other. The Barry M one has a slightly greyer undertone, while the Revlon formula is creamier and more pigmented – it only requires 2 coats. However, the Barry M lasts longer and shows less tip wear. I couldn’t really choose one formula over the other – but you probably don’t need to buy both! Still, I’m grateful for my 2 bottles since I’m in love with this colour, it looks very dark and sophisticated on my nails.
As you can see, my toddler shoe box container has reached maximum capacity! I can’t accumulate any new polishes before using up or giving away some of my existing stash.
Finally, here’s what we had for dinner last night: Pioneer Woman’s “Penne a la Betsy“. I made this before here, this time I used fibre-rich fusilli instead of penne. For some reason my tomato paste and cream sauce always comes out looking neon!
Disclaimer: I was sent the Barry M nail polish, but was not paid to review it. All thoughts shared on it are my honest opinions – and are not affected by the fact that the item was given to me.