Thursday, September 29, 2011

Saved by the MAGNET-UPDATE

I have seen all of the exciting nail designs that people have been sporting recently and I even got in on the crackle craze. While the crackle polish helped me to achieve a unique look, I found that you had to find the right combination of base coat and crackle to achieve a look that didn't make your nails look like you were wearing 14 day old nail polish. Needless to say, I needed a new look for my nails, but I knew creating cute looks with a nail design pen would be out of the question. So my shaky hands prevented me from showing off my own nail swag.
In a recent video (video part 3), I shared my review of the lackluster holographic polish produced by the company Nails Inc. London, so when I saw their magnetic polish I was beyond skeptical. This magnetic polish is supposed to give you a special effect on your nails by allowing a magnet to do all of the hard work. No need to use a nail design pen or any other tools to create a neat professional looking nail design. Thanks to the $16 magnetic polish all you need is the polish itself and the accompanying magnetic cap.

Check out my magnetic nails-
Available in three colors, purple, silver and gold, I decided to give the purple a shot.
What to do
You simply apply the polish as you normally would- it will look like regular polish initially. Immediately after applying the polish to your nail you will use the special magnetic cap with the cuticle guide to begin creating the design. What I referred to as the cuticle guide is simply a curved raised edge on the top of the nail polish cap which helps you to line the magnet up with your nails. (Click on the pictures for a better view)

The nail polish actually has two caps, one that closes the polish bottle and the outer cap which features the cuticle ridge and magnet. See the complete package below.

If you click on the picture below you will see that the pattern is different on two of my nails:

I was moving the cap a bit while it was over my index finger and the design came out on an angle. I held the cap steady over my thumb and I got this perfectly centered chevron like design. This lets me know that if I want to get really fancy, I may want to try a little wiggly motion over my nails to see if I get a varied look.

Don't put the magnet too close to your nails or you will watch the polish lift up and adhere to the magnet. Even though the polish can be easily cleaned off of the magnet you will undoubtedly smudge your nails in the process. Practice will make perfect until you figure out the perfect magnet to nail distance.
This polish does what it says and after applying a top coat it really did look like a professional job. In the pictures please note that the smudges are due to falling asleep not long after my final application.
Thanks to Nails Inc London I have been able to breathe new life into what was my dying nail swag game.
Additional Info
You may also like to know that some of the Nail Inc polishes are paraben free. It didn't specifically state that about these magnetic polishes but I certainly didn't see any parabens on the list of ingredients.
I just tried this out recently and I wanted to share this new product with you so I can not attest to the longevity of the polish. I will update this post to let you know how many days it remained on my nails. So far so good...I'm two days in and counting....
UPDATE- This polish lasted for 8 days on my nails- I only took it off because I was tired of it looking at

I will likely demonstrate the use of this polish in my next video.
I picked this up from Sephora but you can also purchase it directly from the Nails Inc London site.
Thanks for reading.

Friday, September 16, 2011

What's New This Week and a few Reviews! UPDATED

Hello Everyone
I hope you're doing every well. I recorded a large amount of footage so I am still editing, everything will be uploaded by the end of the day but I can at least start you off with part 1. This video features a little bit of MAKEUP- I know....PJD doing a makeup post instead of Anyway, in the video I show you a few things that I couldn't show you on my text based makeup post on the latest Sephora kit. I also discuss some Makeup Forever products that I picked up.
Yes, hair products will be shown as well. :-) Also this is not just a haul video, I will do two mini reviews (NYC lip stain and the Hair Pomade from Oyin). you will also get some nail polish and makeup swatches!
Thanks for watching.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4- Final Part

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Giveaway and a Discount

I just learned that Kissable Couture is offering their new lip gloss in the shade Glamour for free! You only need to pay the shipping if you are one of the first 100 customers- 1 per household.
Also if you would like to get any of their other glosses for roughly $9.50 use the code September7.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

On the big tube

Tomorrow is the release of the film Contagion, a movie about a disease that rips through the nation. Although she isn't featured in any of the movie trailers I have seen, Sanaa Lathan is in this movie. She apparently has a small role as the wife of Laurence Fishburn's character.
Will you check out Contagion?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

New Sephora Makeup Kit

(Click on any of the pictures for a better look)
Once you look past the bad lighting and dust particles, you will notice the latest Sephora makeup kit in the picture above.

Here is another picture of the case with the legs of the case collapsed.

The latest kit will be released in October but Sephora provided Sephora VIB members with exclusive access to tihs kit about two- three weeks ago for a limited time. I hope this review will help you to decide if this kit will be worth your $49 in October.

Since I am starting to think about wearing eyeshadows on occasion, I thought it would be worth it to get this kit which features the following:

96 eye shadows
84 lip glosses
3 blushes
1 bronzer
6 cream eyeliners
1 mascara
2 pencil eyeliners (brown &black)
4 different application brushes and a full length mirror

Take a closer look at the eyeshadows, blushes, and bronzer. The eyeshadow trays slide out to reveal 84 lip glosses as shown in the picture above.

(click the pictures for a better view)
Take a look as I swatch the blue and a yellow eyeshadow.

When I tried to transfer the color from my finger to my hand, it just didn't look as bright(especially the blue):

Some of the eyeshadows are really pigmented while others well- not so much. I think some of the colors, like the yellow, look really bright in the palette but then once it's on your face it rubs of way too easily and it's too light. Here is a yellow/ green / blue look that I tried on my eye. Notice how you barely see the other colors, and I put on a good amount of yellow to get it to even show up as much as it did on my eye. You barely even see the other colors on my eye so that was a bit frustrating. I didn't have on a base because I wanted to see what the colors would look like alone. You can ignore the light blue liquid liner on my eye, it is also a Sephora product but it didn't come with the kit so I will discuss that in another post.

Yes, I know the application isn't great, but I'm new at this lol #DontJudgeMe
Regarding the lip glosses, about 16 of the 84 are very sheer but the rest are pretty well pigmented. Here is an example- if you look at the purple lip gloss that is in the picture below,
(the one that has some purple drippings outside of the circle) then look at my lips you will see how well it applies.

This lip gloss formula is not sticky so that's an added bonus. On a sticky scale of 1-10 (10 being the stickiest), this lip gloss weighs in at about a 2.

Take a look at the mini brushes that come with the kit


The mascara seems a bit dry, the cream liners seem to apply better on my fingers than my eyes. The pencil liners are basic, they get the job done but not in a smooth way. Overall you get enough lip gloss colors to keep yourself busy for a while. If you are interested more in the eyeshadows I say try another kit. However, if you are just getting your feet wet and you want many different colors without investing in expensive palettes then feel free to pick this one up.

Since I only paid $49 I won't cry about it too much especially because I snagged so many glosses out of this deal, but the eyeshadow are simply weak- they look better in the palette than on my lids.
Were you one of the early birds who picked up this Sephora kit? What is your favorite eyeshadow brand?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Labor Day Sales-UPDATE

For now, the title of this post may be a bit misleading because only one sale is listed below. However, as I am made aware of labor day specials, I will post them below! Please feel free to post sales that you are aware of in the comment section.

I will not do any major shopping until Black Friday but for all of you ready to spend a little cash Happy Shopping!!!!
All sales end on Monday unless otherwise stated.

1) Komaza Care will give you 15% off your entire order if you use the code LABOR.
You have until Friday to take advantage of this office.
2) Aerosoles 15% off everything now through 9/5/11 no code needed for online purchases.
3) Dooney & Bourke an additional 30% off sale merchandise now through 9/5/11 select stores only. (you will have to check your local D&B store).
4) Eddie Bauer 20% now 25% off (excluding items already on sale). IN STORES ONLY
5) J Jill will give you 30% off sale and outlet items. End 9/5/11.
6) 20% off all purchases and $5 flat rate shipping! Use the code LABORDAY11
7)OCC Makeup 20% off all cosmetics including items already on sale!!!! Use the username guest and password laborday
8) The Limited- save 40% off (excluding already discounted items)