Black Dahlia Red Hot Sparks and Rain Daisy NOTD Plus Zoya Livingston

 

Black Dahlia Red Hot Sparks and Rain Daisy Outdoors

Black Dahlia Red Hot Sparks and Rain Daisy Outdoors

This was going to be a long-lived manicure. No chips after 3 days as you can see in the pictures.

I got the Monthly Black Dahlia Lacquer order and wanted to play. As you can see, although Red Hot Sparks is described as a cherry red crelly from their July 4th duo, it’s more of a hot pink. I personally love it. I needed a nice hot pink.

Rain Daisy is a white crelly with a mix of dark yellow, magenta, periwinkle and teal hexes of varying sizes, with a smattering of aqua dots. I wanted a soft line since I was working with a crelly finish, and I like the effect. It’s very frosting-like. Two coats of each color with ORLY In a Snap quick-dry top coat. It’s not nearly as shiny as Julep’s top coat, I noticed, but it dries just as fast.

Black Dahlia Red Hot Sparks and Rain Daisy June 2015

Black Dahlia Red Hot Sparks and Rain Daisy June 2015

 

 

 

Black Dahlia Red Hot Sparks and Rain Daisy June 2015

Black Dahlia Red Hot Sparks and Rain Daisy June 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t try out Gray Anemone, a blue-grey crelly with violet to blue shiting glass flecks and silver, and green to aqua shifting micro glitter. I may next. Also included, a really big roller bottle of cuticle oil! Score!

Black Dahlia Gray Anemone

Black Dahlia Gray Anemone

Black Dahlia Oil

Black Dahlia Oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These pictures were taken 3 days after doing my mani. Love it! However, I got the message that we had to do headshots and morning crew group shots Monday morning, so boo-hoo, I needed a very classic, conservative, and traditional mani look.

Okay, I was sad to take off the fun colors (really sad) but you can’t go far wrong with a classic Zoya red: Livingston.

Zoya Livingston

Zoya Livingston

I should give myself a manicure this week. Plus, I’ve been remiss in a few times daily cuticle oil. Oops. Get back on that, girl!

Much Love,

Gloria

Ipsy June 2015

You know, because I don’t have enough makeup. Nope.

I have to buy a good light to 1. do my makeup with and 2. video tape with. One day, one day!

If you’d like to try Ipsy click here

LaVanila Health Body Butter in Pure vanilla

OFRA Cosmetics Turquoise eyeliner

tre’StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon

FORMULA X Power Source nail color

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer

For my nails I used Pahlish Soft and Sweet, and Lights in the Clouds.

Let me know what you think, and if you want me to demo a product, tell me that, too so I can include that in a video or a blog post!

Much Love,
Gloria

Nail of the Day Zoya Charlott and Ziv

A quick nail look, but be warned…I never do well with tape!

Zoya Charlott and Ziv

Zoya Charlott and Ziv outdoors looking over dirty Hell’s Kitchen concrete

Zoya Charlott and Ziv LED indoor light

Zoya Charlott and Ziv LED indoor light

The color combo is great. Zoya Charlott is a perfect nude with a creamy, very easily applied color. It’s not at all streaky. Ziv is a perfect gold foil that goes on well with one coat. My tape skills…well, those aren’t nearly as perfect. I should probably take the tape off after I paint each nail. I’ll try that next time.

Much Love,

Gloria

June 2015 Birchbox – Central Park Series

Spring weather, Central Park, Rocks, Kids, Makeup…

If you’d like to try Birchbox, I love the points system.

Here’s a list of the products:

If you’d like to check out Mark Aaron James, he’s a gifted songwriter and entertainer…plus he wrote a song about Aquaman. I mean, Aquaman, right?

I hope you get to go out and climb rocks, try on eyeliner and eat blackberries, too!

Much Love,

Gloria

French mani with flower nail design

French with Flower 6/2015

French with Flower 6/2015

I manage to do something to ruin my manicure within 2 days…max. Every time.

This is bad for me, my time and my nails, but good for CheapYummyShiny!

Sadly, I managed to smear the design a bit with the top coat (you really should wait until it’s dry…or be very, very careful).

Flower 3 June 2015

Flower June 2015

Flower 6 June 2015

Flower 5 June 2015

Today I used my nail art tools(again!)

For colors I used Color Club insta-this from the Birchbox collection about 2 years ago and Color Club from the holographic line Over the Moon for the tips, and Julep Nicolette for the design with Julep Sienna for the accents.

The trick to not smearing your design is to one, wait, and two, use a thick glob of top coat and very lightly brush it once on each part of your nail. Not twice, not firmly. In other words, don’t do as I do!

I always oil my cuticles after painting to help protect the polish, and to nourish. Hey, from a distance, those are some sweet Spring nails!

Much Love,
Gloria

MAC (mostly) look of the day plus a cheap tip

When you have that eyeshadow palette in your makeup kit that gets no love…trade it!

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6-15-15My co-worker Lorin and I occasionally trade off makeup. For instance, I had a big nudes/neutrals palette that I couldn’t make work on my complexion no matter what. They were lighter, ashier colors that just didn’t work. I took it out of my case and gave it to her, and she in turn gave me a quad of MAC eyeshadow far too intense for her coloring, plus a single dark purple shadow. Hey! We both win! She loves her palette, I love my new colors, so I thought I’d share my face and look today.

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I have no idea what the eyeshadow colors are, since its a make-your-own quad, but I love them! The shimmer barely shows, and they’re very highly pigmented. The browbone and inner eye color is Strawberry Blonde by Coastal Scents, the blush is Julep Glow Pore Minimizing Blush in Peach Bellini, the mascara is Rimmel by Kate. Foundation is Temptu S/B 4 and 6 with their setting powder, and the lipstick…

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Free MAC lipstick! Plumful

I love this cheap tip: MAC cosmetics want you to return empty makeup containers to recycle, so they will give you a free lipstick with the return of 6 empties to one of their stores.

Free. MAC. Lipstick.

Yep. The sweet guy at the Upper West Side store on Columbus Ave picked Plumful out and it’s a perfect every day look for me. Love it! Eco conscious beauty is gorgeous.

Much Love,

Gloria