Monday, September 1, 2014

Sephora Formula X The System - Nail Cleanser, Top Coat, Base Coat & Nail Polish

Formula X ' The System' ($32; is a four-piece customizable manicure kit that includes a nail cleanser, base, top coat and a free nail polish to complete your manicure. I was sent a sample of the Formula X System a while back including a nail polish in Pyrotechnic a bright orange-y red, so here are my quick thoughts on the kit. *Press Sample

The System has everything you need for a quick manicure - a nail cleanser that helps get off any residue, leaving nails squeaky clean for the next step, a top and base coat and a nail polish from the re-formulated Formula X Line. The Nail Cleanser is a clear, light liquid that is supposed to be brushed onto the nails. It instantly leaves a matte finish and cleans up any residue or oils that might not help color adhere better. It has a light, cucumber mixed with alcohol scent that dissipates almost instantly. I don't use this every time I do my nails, just when I feel like I have too much of cuticle oil or cream that feels impossible to get off the nail surface. It doesn't feel drying, but if your nails are quite brittle, I would recommend using it only when needed.

L-R : Base Coat, Top Coat, Nail Cleanser

The Base Coat is a slightly sticky clear coat that evens out nail surface and preps for polish. Its quite thin and doesn't cause any bumps or bubbles when polish is applied over. The Top Coat is slightly thick, but dries quick and adds a lot of shine. It could be just a tad more self leveling, but its not too gloppy and hasn't thickened up too much with use, so I really like it so far. Pyrotechnic is a rich orangey red with a creme finish that is very opaque in two coats. The brush is on the thinner side, but very nice for small-ish nails like mine. I found that 'The System' works best with the Formula X Polish, but the Top Coat is great to use with any polish. If there's one thing you'd want to get, its the Top Coat - definitely prolongs wear and adds quite a bit of shine. The Base Coat is nice too, but works best with Formula X Polishes. My manicure with the Formula X Nail Cleanser, Top Coat, Base Coat and Nail Polish wore about 3 days on me before chipping and some minor tip wear which is quite good. Overall, its a nice system worth trying out and the Top Coat in particular is definitely worth picking up a bottle of!

Formula X The System Manicure with Nail Cleanser, Nail Polish in Pyrotechnic, Top & Base Coats

Have you tried Formula X 'The System' by Sephora?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Burberry Bloomsbury Girls A/W' 14 Makeup Collection | Nail Polish in Antique Gold No. 445

Burberry's new Autumn Winter 2014 Bloomsbury Girls Makeup Collection features five new nail polishes, Antique Gold No.445 ($22; being one of them that is now part of the permanent line. Antique Gold is a shimmery, olive/gold duo chrome that is quite similar to Metallic Khaki by Burberry.

From the stock photos, I was expecting Antique Gold to be a little more gold and bronze and a lot less green/olive. The color is beautiful and quite unique too, but if you own Metallic Khaki, its not a must have, unless the subtle differences are something you don't mind and find both colors really flattering. While not the most flattering for my skintone, it still is a rich, gorgeous metallic with a formula that is completely opaque in two coats. Antique Gold looks a lot more green under natural lighting and the gold tones come out only in artificial lighting - the shift is quite difficult to capture in photos. The consistency was good too and like all Burberry polishes, this one too dries really fast. I did have to clean up around the cuticle area just a tad since the brush is a little too wide for my linking, but overall, the formula was quite good with minimal brush strokes. I din't use a top coat and finish was quite glossy by itself. If you own Metallic Khaki, I won't say Antique Gold is a must have - both are quite similar, although not dupes, but definitely one of the nicer shades from the Burberry Nail Polish line.

What are your thoughts on Antique Gold by Burberry?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NARS Audacious Lipsticks | Anita and Brigitte

NARS' Audacious Lipsticks ($32; are their newest launch for fall - its a rich, creamy, full coverage lipstick with a moisturizing formula that comes in 40 shades. The range in general has amazing color payoff and some fabulous colors ranging from neutrals to bright pinks, deep plums and reds. *Press Sample

I tried out two shades, both very wearable rosy pinks - Anita and Brigitte. Anita is a dusky, rosy nude while Brigitte is more of a light pinky neutral. They are both neutrals for my skintone, but can look more pink if your lips aren't as pigmented. Both colors go on true to how they look in the tube and have great pigmentation in just one single swipe. They have a slight sheen, but the overall finish is a satin matte. Anita is a beautiful pink that covers my pigmented lips well and doesn't wash me out. Brigitte is more of lighter pink that can wash me out if worn alone, so I prefer it with a smokey eye or under a gloss.  The packaging of the Audacious lipsticks are really nice - they come packaged in sleek, matte black magnetic cases. They wear well too - I get about 5-6 hours from these. Overall, amazing formula that feels super creamy and very comfortable to wear even though my lips are on the drier side. I like how these can be sheered out as well since they have enough color to be worn as a stain or under a gloss. Anita has got to be my favorite of the two!

L-R : Anita, Brigitte

Wearing the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anita

Have you checked out the new Audacious Lipsticks by NARS yet?