SWEEPSTAKES: Nicole by OPI & Dove Chocolate
What’s better than nail polish? Nail polish with chocolates, obviously! ;)
Nicole by OPI and Dove has teamed up together to hold a sweepstakes for 25,000 winners! What are the goods? Let me show you!
Two exclusive NICOLE by OPI nail lacquer shades inspired by DOVE® Dark Chocolate: Better After Dark and Promises in the Dark AND a coupon for a free DOVE® Dark Chocolate Bar.
I have both polishes swatched and ready to show you how they look on the nails, but first let me just say that it took much restraint to photograph the chocolates before nomming away, hehe. I received a bag of the sea salt caramel dark chocolate and a bag of regular dark chocolate. If you haven’t tried the sea salt caramel yet, be sure to run out and grab a bag at the store. The subtle saltiness in the gooey caramel is such a nice complement the slightly sweetened dark chocolate. Yum! The regular dark chocolate is equally delicious - it just melts right in your mouth.
Let me just discretely wipe the drool off my face and move on to show you the polishes now.
Better After Dark is a beautiful brown polish speckled with a copper shimmer. I have the polish magnified in the bottom right corner so you can see the beautiful glow. I have on just two coats for full coverage.
The other exclusive polish inspired by Dove is called Promises in the Dark. This is a simple dark brown creme polish that is heavily pigmented for an intense dark chocolate look. Wearing this shade made me crave chocolate all day!
Want a chance to win these goodies?
Enter the “Discover Your Dark Side in the New Year Sweepstakes”
From now through February 5, 2014, DOVE® Chocolate Facebook fans can enter once per day for a chance to win one (1) of the 25,000 NICOLE by OPI® kits, which include:
To enter, simply “like” the DOVE® Chocolate Facebook page and click on the Sweepstakes tab (click here) to enter your name, email address, shipping address and date of birth. The Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States who are age 13 or older on or before December 27, 2013. All winners will be selected at random by an independent agency in the week following the sweepstakes.
Disclosure: Products provided for an honest review.
REVIEW: NEW Milani Lip Products for 2014
Hello, beautifuls! Today I have four amazing new lippies from Milani to share with you. These are expected to show up in your local drugstores beginning February 2014. Get ready!
Milani Anti-Feathering Lipliner, $4.49
I am so pleased with Milani’s new Anti-feathering Lipliner. In all of the following swatches, I am wearing this lipliner as a primer for my lips. The anti-feathering lipliner glides on easily and smoothly to protect lipstick and lip gloss from feathering out during the day.
Because the product is transparent, there is no need to try and match the appropriate lipliner to the color of your lipstick. Nope! Simply trace and fill in your lips with this creamy liner and then top your lips off with absolutely any color of your choice.
Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss, $5.49
I tend to stray away from lip glosses due to sticky application, but with Milani’s Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss, the sticky feeling actually goes away immediately after applying the product.
The thin, double-sided wand allows for precision to sculpt your lips.
I am presenting the shades Mai-tai, Luminous, Berry Tempting, and Sweet Grapefruit to you today!
Mai-tai is a peachy coral with a golden shimmer. The color itself just screams springtime to me! The shade is very pretty and will look amazing with any complexion.
Luminous is a neutral, light-pink tinted gloss with a frosty finish. Since the color is not very pigmented, Luminous is a great topper for any lipstick color of your choice to add shine to your lips. Or, you can of course wear it alone as I have above. The gloss has a light, sweet scent.
To be completely honest, I was fearful of trying on Berry Tempting because of the deep violet shade it possesses in the bottle, but on the lips, the color has a nice orchid shade. It is very shiny and adds a beautiful pop of color to the face.
Sweet Grapefruit is my favorite of this bunch because it provides a natural pink glow on the lips which does not overwhelm any intense eye makeup. I can see myself using this gloss on a daily basis!
And of course, some arm swatches for you to see a side-by-side comparison of the four colors. You can really see the shimmering finish in Mai-tai and Luminous here.
Milani Power Lip, $6.49
These brand new Milani Power Lip Stains are tiny, but they sure do pack a punch! The lip stains have a light glossy finish and last for several hours before needing a reapplication.
The built-in brush applicator is very stiff to allow for sculpting straight edges around the lips. Simply twist and apply! The first time you use this product, you will need to twist it roughly 15 times before product comes up. After that, 1-2 twists will provide the perfect amount to apply to your lips.
First up is Raspberry Tart, a berry-colored stainer. The formula is nice and thin to allow for you to build up the intensity of the color through layers. I only applied the product to my bottom lips and smacked them together for an even finish.
I had a difficult time loving Strawberry Sugar simply because the shade is much too light against my skin tone. The formula is perfect and can also be layered to build the opacity, but I am not very fond of the pale lips. I would recommend this shade to someone with an olive to darker complexion.
Mango Tango has that pop of color I have been looking for. It brings a look of wakefulness to my face without needing to overload on the makeup. Love!
On these arm swatches, I have on thick layers of the Power Lips to show you how vivid the color can be, but if you’re like me and prefer a more natural look, a thin layer will go a long way.
Milani Lip Intense, $6.49
The packaging of the new Milani Lip Intense definitely caught my eyes. I wasn’t sure what these were or how to use them until I opened them up.
You can see that the Lip Intense products are very much like lip glosses with the wand, but upon application, these feel as though I am applying liquid lipstick. The colors are definitely intense.
Pink Rave is a fierce magenta, matte cream. This is a flattering color for any skin tone! The formula itself is enough for me to run out and buy every shade of this line. It applies so smoothly on the lips. You really need to try this for yourself to understand what I mean. It also has pleasant coconut scent which is not overpowering.
Fiery Coral is a bright, coral shade. Unfortunately I could not photograph the color very well on my lips since the sun was setting by the time I took this photo. It is much more peachy than pink in person. The arm swatches will be more color-accurate:
Look at how intense and opaque one swipe of the product is on my arm!
To all the lippy hoarders out there, you must get your hands on these new beauties when they hit the shelves this February 2014! I am loving these high-quality products.
Until next time! Toodles!
Disclosure: Products provided for an honest review.
HAPPY HAUL-IDAYS GIVEAWAY!
Hello beautiful! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday and a successful Black Friday this morning (and if you’re still shopping, you’re a champ). To make your holidays even merrier, 20 bloggers/shops including myself are collaborating in this HAUL-days giveaway to give one lucky winner a $100 gift card to either Ulta or Sephora (winner’s choice)!
The giveaway begins NOW until December 14 at 12:01AM EST. How do you get your entries in? Simple! I will put the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post.
But first, take some time to check out these blogger’s sites!
I hope you will stumble across some new blogs that you love during this giveaway. Now get your entries in!
Good luck! :)
REVIEW: Serum No. 5 Holiday 2013
Last week I received a sweet, unexpected package from Serum No. 5 containing her new polish releases for the holidays. I have already posted up some swatches on my Instagram, but you can read on in this post for a more thorough review of my thoughts! :)
These polishes will be available on Black Friday (this Friday, 11/29!) at 9:00AM PST. Get ready to shop after your big Thanksgiving feast! ;)
Friendly Tiffs is a beautiful robin blue creme with speckles of an icy blue shimmer. The formula is spot-on to produce a flawless, smooth surface. I used two coats here, plus top coat. I can never get enough of minty pastels!
Girl’s Gotta Eat is a clear-based polish with plenty (and I mean PLENTY!) of gold glitter. While the base is clear, there is a heavy amount of micro glitter so you can see that it also tints the bottom layer with gold. Here I have one coat layered over Friendly Tiffs. I really love the combination of this Tiffany’s color with gold!
Girl’s BFF is the silver sister of Girl’s Gotta Eat. To show you the amazing silver tint in this polish, I have layered Girl’s BFF over a black creme for a nice contrast. Look at how it brings a completely new dimension to a simple black polish! Mesmerizing, yes? This polish is instant-galaxy-nails in a bottle! ;)
Oh, my, gosh. Let me just start out by telling you that I have never been able to successfully photograph the holo effect of any of my holographic polishes until now. Of course, the holo is much stronger in person, but LOOK AT MY PINKY! Yes! That is a rainbow. Good job, camera! Luxe So Good is a strong (and I am saying strong because my camera can finally pick up the holo), silver holographic polish. The formula is absolutely amazing and smooth. Perfect in two coats! <3
Holly Dazed is a festive mix of red, green, and gold glitter. This is the perfect topper for your holiday manicure. Here I have two coats layered over Luxe So Good. My favorite part of this polish? Those big, chunky green hexes! Pretty. :)
Gild Free is a delicate ivory base with gold hexes. The gold glitter is very subtle in the crelly base, which makes for such an elegant manicure. This is just two coats with top coat. Definitely a must-have if you love squishy, glitter-filled polishes in a white base!
Would it be punny if I tell you that I am so in love with Snow in Love? ;) This polish reminds me of snowflakes and the snow on Christmas day (I have yet to see snow in real life, so let’s pretend snowflakes are really blue to make me happy). The combination of the two shades of blue matte glitter really makes this polish stand out! There’s also another surprise ..
And Victoria has done it again! Yes, it glows in the dark! Look at how bright the glow is! This is just too awesome. Everyone must own this polish. Shown is two coats + top coat.
Final Countdown is a charcoal jelly base with an assortment of glitter! There are larger hex glitter among the rainbow of smaller glitter. Love the squishy look! I have on two coats here.
And there you have it, folks! Did you see anything you like? If so, be sure to be near your computer on Friday morning 11/29 at 9AM PST to get your order in. You definitely don’t want to miss out.
My top picks (aka must-haves) from this set are Snow in Love, Holly Dazed, Friendly Tiffs, and Luxe So Good.
Disclosure: Products provided for an honest review.