• Beauty,  color,  lip color,  product review

    Product review + swatches: Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Perfect Pout lipsticks (plus one Mega Last matte lipstick!)

    You guys might remember I recently brought home quite the haul of Wet n Wild products! Among everything else, I picked up two new lipsticks from the Fergie Centerstage collection and a new matte lipstick from the Mega Last line. I know you’ve all been waiting for swatches and a full review, so here it is!

    The product: Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Perfect Pout Lipstick; $3.49, drugstores

    The claim: Longwearing and yet not drying, in 10 highly pigmented shades.

    I tried it: I picked up just two shades from this lipstick line, but–spoiler alert–I think I need to go  back for more! I was really impressed with how creamy these lipsticks felt on application. Most long-wearing lipsticks are incredibly drying and leave me lips feeling shriveled, to put it mildly. I think you might still want a lip balm over the top of these, but altogether, they have a pleasant feeling and apply very easily. I would recommend using a lip brush for the most precise application.

    Here is a swatch of Fergie Daily. I bought this with some reservations; it’s the color Fergie is wearing on the display, but I really didn’t expect to like it, since I have a lot of trouble with nudes. However, as I discovered, it actually has enough pink in it to be just right for my skin tone. Fergie and Wet n Wild both just shot way up in my personal estimation for crafting this shade. I think I’ll try to pick up a second tube of this, because I’m going to be wearing the heck out of it and I don’t want to run out!

    The second lipstick is Old School Glam, which is a very bright red with just enough coral undertones to feel different. It’s a really fresh color for spring and I’m super-pleased with it. This is a super-saturated color with a very silky finish, and I see it finding a heavy rotation in my spring beauty wardrobe. It doesn’t look nearly as bright in these pictures as it does straight out of the tube; you can blot it down a bit for a calmer poppy color or make it more intense as you like.

    The verdict: I love this new collection! I can’t recall ever finding another lipstick at this price that I enjoyed so much. I’ll definitely be running back to Walgreens to try to pick up more shades soon.

    I also picked up another Mega Last shade ($1.99) and wanted to swatch it for you guys so you could see how it looked. I have a few of the Mega Last lipsticks and I feel that they’re hit and miss. They’re matte, which is good or bad depending on how you feel about matte lipsticks. I think they’re okay with a bit of balm, but without, they can be really drying.

    This shade is Think Pink, and I thought it would be a softer pink. Wrong! It’s just not the right shade of pink for me. I should also note here, I feel that I have rather puffy lips and some lip colors seem to exaggerate this fact. I am not a fan of how this lipstick looks on my lips! Color aside, this seems to be giving me Nicki Minaj duck lips. You can see that it’s also highlighting my chapped lips–always a problem with mattes, but this shade seems worse than some others.

    So, what do you guys think? Are you excited about the Centerstage Perfect Pout lipsticks? I can’t remember the last time I found a budget lipstick that was quite this wonderful. I just hope the display hasn’t emptied out by the time I get back to Walgreens!

  • Fashion,  movies

    Golden Globes fashion 2013: the best dresses of the night!

    Did you get to watch the Golden Globes last night? I love movies, obviously, but I also love these awards shows for the amazing fashion that’s on display!

    Last night was really hit and miss for me. On the one hand, there were some drop dead gorgeous gowns on the red carpet…but there were also some really awful numbers that made me wonder if there was an absence of mirrors in Hollywood all day long! I decided to round up my favorite gowns for the night across several different categories, and break down why each look was the winner of the night.

    Best Nude

    Nude and white dresses were a huge trend last night, with a dozen or so different ladies sporting some variation on this trend. But my pick for the best of the best goes to Megan Fox, who nailed that perfect line between “nude” and “washed out” in her Dolce and Gabanna dress. I also love that her dress fits perfectly–not too loose, but not, ahem, choking her bust–and that it’s neither too plain nor too ornate. She finished her look with polished waves to enhance the glamorous vibe.

    Best Black

    Black is always big on the red carpet, and I’m usually a fan. But this year, most of the black dresses were either yawn-worthy or really strange-looking (Eva Longoria, anyone?). My pick goes to Kate Hudson, who wore a slightly embellished Alexander McQueen creation.

    Best Bright

    Claire Danes showed off a sleek coral red Versace dress that was everything a bright gown should be: simply cut, well draped, and not made of shiny material!

    Best Embellishment

    Ornamental dresses are tricky, but I think Michelle Dockery got it right in her white and gold Alexandre Vauthier gown. She was smart to pair her dress with simple (but not undone) hair and makeup and simple accessories, so the embellishment really remained the focus of her look!

    Best Covered Up

    Naomi Watts was stunning in a deep red Zac Posen gown with a keyhole neck and cutout back. The cutouts balanced the long sleeves and high neckline and made for the perfect blend of covered up and sexy. Considering the cool temps, she was probably a lot warmer than some other stars, too!

    Best Leg-Baring Slit

    Another huge trend last night? Slits up to there. But be warned, ladies: there’s a fine line between “thigh” and “crotch”, and I felt like stars like Heidi Klum and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley just went too far. Miranda Kerr nailed it in her burgundy Zuhair Murad gown. The slit is high but not exposing too much. While we’re at it, Miranda also gets my vote for best plunging neckline: it’s not so low and wide that it looks indecent, the panels aren’t saggy, and there isn’t any side boob (cough, Rosie, cough, and Taylor Swift, cough).

    Best Daring

    There are daring looks that work, and daring looks that crash and burn. Marion Cotillard–whom I’m used to seeing in more classic looks–took the cake with her Dior Haute Couture dress. There’s a lot going on here: it’s orange, it’s got a half-hidden belt, it has an asymmetrical hemline. She’s also wearing matchy pointy-toed orange pumps, super-sleek hair, and odd nail polish (it looks green or grey to me). And yet, she pulls it all together and makes it work.

    What do you think? Agree or disagree with any of my picks? What were your favorite red carpet looks of the night? Tell me in the comments!

  • color,  nail art,  nail polish

    Nail art idea: gradient glitter with Zoya Feifei and Wet n Wild Fergie Mermaid Curves

    I’m really into teal glitter and shimmer right now, though I don’t know why. I was playing around with some polish combos and created this gradient glitter manicure using Zoya Feifei for the base and Wet n Wild Fergie Mermaid Curves for the glitter topper.

    It’s really hard to capture Feifei on camera. In the bottle it’s a steel blue with gold microglitter. On the nails, it can look icy blue or it can almost take on a mermaid-esque quality, with the microglitter giving it a blue-green holographic look. It just depends on what light you’re in at the moment! It’s intriguing, that’s for sure, even though I’m not normally a “blue” person.

  • Beauty,  eye makeup,  lip color

    Wet N Wild drugstore haul! (Including new Fergie items!)

    I finally spotted the new Wet n Wild Fergie display at my local Walgreens! I’ve only been waiting for these new products to launch for, um, forever–so I was pretty excited about finally getting to scoop up some new products!

    I also found a sidekick display of new Wet n Wild products, so I picked up some new lippies for spring. Okay, enough jibber jabber, on to the photos!

    First is this pan of highlighter, To Reflect Shimmer Palette ($5.99) in Rose Champagne Glow. I particularly love marbled highlighters and blushes because I feel like the color is more natural than solid, one-tone pan color. The huge pan and the cheetah-print marbling is so luxe and this looks much more expensive than a mere $6!

    Next we have three lipsticks, two from the new Fergie line and one from the regular Wet n Wild line.The Perfect Pout Lip Color lipsticks ($3.49) are supposed to be long-wearing, so we’ll see about that. I wavered around and finally bought Fergie Daily, which is the nude shade she’s wearing in the display photo, and Old School Glam, which looks like a tomato/poppy red. The third lip color is one of the matte long-wearing lipsticks, which I really like; they retail for about $1.99, so they’re very affordable. This one is Think Pink, and I’m really hoping it fulfills my need for a pale pinky nude matte lipstick.

    I mentioned new lipglosses, and here we go: a new line of Megalast Lip Glosses. There are several new shades but I splurged on these four to replace my old Revlon Mineral Lip Glazes. From top to bottom we have Coral Me Bad, Do I Make You Blush?, Raisin’ The Roof, and I Can Bare It. My biggest gripe with glosses is their lack of staying power, so I’m really eager to try these and see how they perform. These retail for $2.99 apiece but all had $1 off coupons attached, so I really got a good deal on these!

    Finally, mascara. It’s hard to find a good waterproof mascara as is, and with switching to cruelty-free brands I find it difficult to find one that isn’t too expensive. This appears to be a new product: MegaPlump Waterproof Mascara ($3.99). We’ll see how “plumping” it is later in the week.

    So there we are! Have you picked up any new Wet n Wild products? Anything here that catches your eye?

  • Beauty,  color,  Julep,  nail polish

    Nail Polish of the Month: January 2013

    Ah, my first monthly polish pick for 2013! Julep Lauren ($14) is an electric highlighter pink, perfectly in keeping with my sudden love of everything eye-poppingly bright. I got this shade as part of my New Year’s Mystery Box from Julep–how ever did they know that I needed it?!

    Julep calls this a “creme”, but it almost has a jelly consistency. I used four coats and still had some tip show-through on some fingers. I usually keep my nails very short, and the polish dried super-quick, so it wasn’t a huge issue for me. But if you prefer to stop at two coats, or have very long nails with very white tips, you might not like this polish.

    Lauren dries with an eggshell or satin finish but I use a super-glossy topcoat over all of my polishes, so the finish didn’t really matter.

    This is one of those polishes that definitely has to be worn to be believed, because the bottle doesn’t do her justice. I love this polish and it’s definitely going to be in heavy rotation in my “nail wardrobe” this year!