Thursday, March 24, 2011

SUGARPILL DESIGNS!

Hello ! I just wanted to post a few looks from Sugarpill that I have tried out this week! Can't wait until the weekend when I can really go CRAZY with it! With an eyeshadow primer these looks have lasted ALL DAY! It's wonderful! I have more of an oily skin type and makeup usually smudges and runs, but these babies are bright, beautiful, and bonding!!
 For this look I first used Sephoria eyeshadow primer. After that dried I did a light layer of Pearly White, which you can find in Shimmer Cubes palette 18 from The Body Shop. I LOVE these cubes. Great colors that last. I almost always use these as a base color/ highlight. After that I used a small (almost lip brush sized) brush and patted Goldilux by Sugarpill along my lid and a little on the crease. For the darker accent I used a dash of pitch black from the Two Faced smokey eye pallet, and blended with Lumi by Sugarpill.  Then lined with liquid liner by Revlon! TADA! I love this look because I can wear it to the office, it is bold but not so bold that it isn't work appropriate! AND it looks like I spent hours on it, yet another reason why I LOVE Sugarpill products!
















After loving the Goldilux look I knew that Sugarpill wasn't going to disappoint with the long lasting wear-factor.is was a quickie, but I like the funky angle and the way the colors worked off of each other.

Before receiving my Sugarpill package I decided I would do some experimenting with other bold colors I had. This is a mixture of two of my favorite play colors : Turquoise Tempest by CoverGirl, and again the Pearly white from the Body Shop Shimmer Cubes! I had never done the angled liner like this before but I am now addicted to it and love the frame it gives my eyes!

Holler if you have questions or advice for future posts!

Until tomorrow!
- Steffani

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

KONAD

In my newly developed love for nail polish I have come across many new nail design products. The one I am reviewing today is KONAD! The idea behind this brand is brilliant. The 3 step * paint, scrape, stamp *  system (as I like to call it ) is easy to follow, fairly clean, and produces a great finished product.

Konad makes it's own "Special Polishes" in an array of colors. I purchased hot pink, black, and white just to try out some of the basic designs. After selecting colors, you select a pallet. There are HUNDREDS of these pallets people! The pallets are usually small circles with nail sized designs printed in them ( usually 4-5 designs per pallet). Some of the designs as I said were nail sized, others are small designs such as a flower for a small decoration, or a design that fits along the tip of the nail like a french manicure.

These are the three products I worked with today. I use a blade instead of the scraper that comes in the beginner set because I find that it makes a cleaner scrape. The plate I have has cheetah print, zebra print, a fishnet design, two floral manicure tip designs, and of course the flowers that you can do as a bunch, or individually for smaller nails. I use the flowers on my toes! The stamper comes in two designs that I know of, the other option being a double sided stamp which has a large end, and a smaller stamp end for toes and small designs. This one works fine for me.


This plate is called M57. I will be doing my review for the zebra design since that one seems pretty popular these days! I love to do this design with bold colors so I chose to use a bright pink and went with La Paz-itively Hot by OPI. This color is a MUST HAVE if you love pinks!




First step is painting your nails with a base color. DO NOT USE ANY DRYING AGENT SUCH AS DRIP DRY BY OPI. The oils in products like drip dry will not allow the Konad special polish to stick to the base. It will instead create an oily layer that will drive you crazy!! This type of designing takes a bit of time, but it is totally worth it in the end.



Next you paint a coat on top of the design you chose.
As you can see, the zebra design I chose, is painted over with the black Konad special polish. You have GOT to be speedy with this step. The special polish is probably best described as a plastic like super drying liquid (sounds crazy I know, but once you use it you will understand!) It is goopy like wood glue and very sticky.
Next you scrape the extra paint with the razor, or scraper, whichever you prefer. Once you have a clean design you push the stamper on top of the polish in order to pick it up! DO THIS QUICKLY!

 This is what the stamp should look like after picking up the polish. The entire design should be ON the stamp. Once you have your design transferred onto the stamp, just roll the stamp from one side of your nail to the other! NOTE: Do not press the stamp directly down on your nail like you would on a stamp on paper. It will NOT work and you will most likely have to clean your entire nail and start from scratch. ROLL it with pressure from one side to the other and your results will be flawless!


After each stamp I use a cotton swab and polish remover to clean the plate. Then I paint the design, scrape, and stamp again and continue for each finger! This design looks great with all colors! I also enjoy a black base with white stripes for a more classic Zebra print! Hope this helped.
Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions! 

Until Tomorrow

- Steffani

Monday, March 21, 2011

SUGARPILL

Today I received my first package from Sugarpill cosmetics, a line I have heard nothing but GOOD things about. I've been purchasing and reviewing makeup for years with my girlfriends and there has always been something everyone wishes they could change about their most recent purchase. Usually its the price to portion argument, but the portion Sugarpill delivers is unbelievable for the price. As I was told, I haven't found anything to complain about with this product! $12 gets you 5 grams and that my friends... is A LOT! 

So on Friday night I made the decision to order my Sugarpill. On MONDAY it arrived at my office... I live in Maryland people... fastest shipping I have EVER seen!

It all starts out with the package. First of all the box is adorable and is stamped with the Sugarpill logo (BTW, she only charges $5 to ship which made this even more fantastic!) Then inside, my goodies were covered by the infamous PINK paper and of course a hand written thank you note from Amy was on top! - This is where I would like to say THANK YOU to Amy for having some customer service skills, I couldn't be happier. Package came right away, and she thanked ME... that is some service!!


My first purchase was for Goldilux, Lumi, and Birthday Girl all of which are from the Chroma lust collection. Goldilux ( if you couldn't tell) is a Gold loose, very fine, chroma lust powder. When you open it you can see how rich and vibrant the color is, whereas golds from other brands I have tried, only become vibrant if wet. Don't get me wrong, Goldilux looks amazing wet as well, but that wet POP you get can be seen by looking at the dry product. Check it out >>>






 Photo By : Linda B





While I was ripping through my adorable package, my co-worker (who is a Sugarpill freak and turned me on to this wonderful line) was kind enough to take some pictures of my products! As I said, you can see the depth of this color. I am so anxious to play more with this, I'm positive it will mix well with any shades from the line!

Birthday Girl and Lumi both look just as promising! I can't wait to get a few more pictures and post about how great they are! Sugarpill... I'll be back for more!

Until tomorrow -

Steffani