Archive for February, 2009

Too Tired To Post, BUT…

February 23, 2009

So it’s late Sunday night and while I have a million product reviews in the works, I’m just not feeling the beauty-blogging magic tonight so you’ll have to wait until Monday night for more reviews! Sorry :).


On the bright side (at least for me), I seem to be undergoing a gadget overhaul as of late. First it was my wonderful new camera, then this weekend I went and got myself a new phone. It’s nothing particularly exciting, but my last phone (scroll down to the bottom HERE to check it out) was having bluetooth issues plus I was pretty sick of it, so I decided that it was time for a change. Check out my new LG Vu–it’s touchscreen which I love!

Unfortunately, it’s also prone to those pesky fingerprint marks and so I decided that I needed a skin for it so as not to drive myself bonkers constantly wiping it off. I took a photo of the pattern on one of my favorite blouses and turned it into a customized skin at Unique Skins.


And just as I was about to place an order for GelaSkin #1 from this post, I realized the girl was topless, and since I’m not all that into having a topless girl on my iPod, I decided to forego the whole GelaSkin thing for now and designed a cover for my iPod on Unique Skins as well.


So if you’ve been wondering why I’m now too tired to blog, now you know! Hope everybody had as fun a weekend as I did!

Join Me On A Stroll Through Midtown!

February 23, 2009

Has anybody else ever noticed the gargantuan Sanrio character statues along 54th Street and Park Avenue? They’re simultaneously adorable and mildly creepy LOL. The focal point of all the statutes is this giant wind-up robo kitty that towers over the plaza.

I started my day off with a quick stop at Henri Bendel, where I checked out these interesting matte polishes by this company called Knock Out (KO)~or “flatte” as they put it. I wasn’t entirely crazy about the formulas or the look, but they were pretty cool nonetheless.

And thanks to my new camera you finally get a clear photo of the Bendel storefront! Then it was off to Louis Vuitton for a quick spin through their purse department. Check out their current window displays–not really my taste but still pretty!

I didn’t actually enter the Prada store but I was just itching to take more photos with my new camera, so here it is.

While walking down Madison I sought refuge from the bitter bitter cold in this atrium that had a fabulous mozzarella bar called Obika. I ordered a prosciutto, mozarella, and basil panini that was to die for–I’m drooling just thinking about it!

I didn’t end up purchasing much that day but I’ll definitely be posting about what little I did end up with at some point!

The Body Shop Roseflower Eyes in Shade 02 Mint Green Review & Swatches Plus Quick EOTD

February 21, 2009
The Body Shop Roseflower Eyes in Shade 02 Mint Green (now $9 from $14)

Another great item from The Body Shop’s Moroccan Rose/Roseflower spring release, this shadow really took me by surprise. I was expecting this to be on the frosty/super sheer side, but it’s actually quite pigmented, not frosty in the least, and quite beautiful for the spring.

I’m a huge sucker for “treatment” makeup, meaning makeup that also doubles as treatment for your skin, so the fact that The Body Shop’s spring shadows contain marula nut oil and shea butter for moisturization and hydration means that I like them all that much more.

Close Up of Mint Green~see the pretty shimmer?

The Rosefloewr Eyes shadow in Mint Green has an embossed pink rose design that makes for an interesting combination little addition to your green should swipe your brush across the two shades together, and also works quite beautifully on its own. This is actually my first (I think–don’t hold me to this though!) mint green shadow and I actually loved the way it looked on!

On the downside, the shadow tended to be a bit crumbly in the pan which can make for some messiness and more importantly, can be rather annoying. Also, if you’re a fan of shimmer and glitter, contrary to its appearance in the pan, this is a rather matte shadow.

Swatch of 02 Mint Green

I threw together a very basic FOTD using Mint Green–I applied it all over my eyelid (no base or anything for once), then very lightly shaded my outer V with my Radiant Graphite mineral shadow (also from The Body Shop), and that was pretty much it! I added some liner later on, which is why the top photo has liner and the bottom photo doesn’t.

All in all though I really do like this product. I never ever go without some kind of base on my eyes because my oily eyelids melt away any and all traces of eye makeup within an hour or two, but I was in a rush this day so applied Mint Green without anything underneath and check out the pigmentation! Plus it lasted amazingly well–I was seriously impressed!

The Body Shop Roseflower Lips Review & Swatches

February 21, 2009
The Body Shop Roseflower Lips (now $11 from $16)

This is going to be a short review since I don’t have too too much to say about this product other than that I absolutely LOVE it!

These Roseflower lipsticks from The Body Shop’s spring Moroccan Rose collection are delicately imbued with a light rose fragrance and contain moisturizing Community Trade organic beeswax and marula oil from Namibia helps to repair your skin’s moisture barriers.

Roseflower Lips in True Pink (front) and Deep Pink (back)

True Pink is a bright, almost reddish/fuchsia shade, and deep pink is a deeper mauvey pink. While I do wish that these were available in a wider range of shades, I really can’t complain because the formula is that fabulous. These are uber hydrating and just glide on like liquid silk! They have a high shine finish that obviates the need for any gloss on top and shimmer and shine beautifully on the lips.

Swatches: Deep Pink, True Pink

I thought they were rather decently priced at $16, but for $11 these are a steal! I’ll be reviewing a bunch of other products from The Body Shop’s Moroccan Rose/Roseflower spring release (which are currently all $5 off) so stay tuned!

Say Hello To My New Blogging Buddy!

February 20, 2009
My brand new Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H50!
(photo taken with my crappy Olympus)

I’ve been using an Olympus FE-230 for the longest time, and it’s served me well over the years but it was a camera that I’d purchased because it was “cheap” and because I’d decided that I needed a camera at the last minute before leaving on a trip to Jamaica, so it was by no means a well thought out purchase. Since I started blogging I’ve been taking a million photos, and figured it was time for an upgrade. So I’m happy to introduce my new baby~~the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H50!

She’s a vast improvement over her predecessor, and hopefully you’ll come to grow as fond of her as I have! Being the obdurate, stubborn, change-resistant mule that I am I didn’t love her at first, but I’ve grown to appreciate her many many features during the few days that I’ve been using her.

You’ll actually be seeing a mix of new and old photos since I have a ton of photos that I’ve already taken with the Olympus that are waiting to be posted, but hopefully by mid-May or so we’ll be completely switched over to all-Sony photos.

Check out the difference between the two cameras:

Photo of LashFood tube taken using my old Olympus.

Photo of the same tube taken using my Sony. Beautiful, no?

So the lovely SO felt the need to point out that the above two photos aren’t the best photos for comparison since they’re taken from different angles, but I’d still say there’s a very noticeable difference between the two!

ABS’ LashFood Chronicles Part I

February 20, 2009
LashFood Eyelash Conditioner ($129)

I’ve decided to chronicle my LashFood experiences here on the blog with weekly photo updates (hopefully) and comments on my experiences throughout the process so that you can all stay updated on my progress or lack thereof with this product. Of course I’m highly skeptical, but optimistic nonetheless!

By the way, has anybody else ever noticed how disgusting it is to view your skin up close? It wasn’t nearly as traumatizing with my older camera since the photos weren’t nearly as clear and therefore much more forgiving, but it really isn’t a pretty sight with my new Sony.

But back on topic, I’ve used LashFood two or three times so far, so this is pretty much a “before” photo of my lashes. I’ll probably update with new photos next Saturday or so stay tuned! The people at LashFood state that results can start to appear at anywhere from 2-4 weeks, so hopefully I’ll be able to stick with this that long. I’m also using this on my ridiculously sparse eyebrows so will post eyebrows photos next week as well (if they’re in any shape to be photographed). Wish me luck!

Drugstore Discoveries: L’Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Compact Makeup Review & Swatch

February 20, 2009
L’oreal True Match Super-Blendable Compact Makeup ($12.99)

I promised a reader I’d review this for her forever ago and unfortunately forgot all about it–sorry about that! But that tends to happen to me when I try a product, don’t really like it and shove it into a back drawer. So why doesn’t this product work for me? Let me enumerate the ways!

#1 The compact color is waaaaay off. So you’d think that if the color in the pan looks to be about your shade, it would actually be at least somewhat close to your skintone, right? WRONG! The shade is actually a good 2-3 shades lighter once applied, which I really don’t understand. I picked a shade that looked darker than my natural skintone, but it still ended up being much too light. Booo!

#2 This makes me dry and oily at the same time. Yes this product has a wonderfully creamy consistency that applies rather nicely, but it also emphasizes every pore, fine line, and dry flake, which doesn’t make for the prettiest finish. My face feels a little dry upon the initial application, but give it a little time and you’ll be an oilslick!

#3 It just doesn’t feel that great on. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is, but I just don’t like the way that this feels on my skin~and the fact that I can feel it sitting there on my face post-application. The feel of a foundation is key for me because I really dislike being able to feel my makeup on my face.

Bare skin.

With foundation.

Verdict: I’m tempted to try this in a darker shade just to see how it blends with my skintone since I do think the packaging is rather cute, but I don’t want to risk ending up with the wrong shade yet again (my one major gripe with drugstore cosmetics is that there are usually no testers, meaning you’re pretty much taking a shot in the dark in terms of shade choice) and I’m also not all that crazy about the formulation so I’m thinking I’ll just put that urge to rest. Definitely won’t be repurchasing!

Drugstore Discoveries: Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen Review & Polka Dot Manicure

February 20, 2009

So while I was waiting for my Konad order to arrive a week or so ago I felt this major compulsion to do at least a little something fun with my nails, so on a mid=afternoon run to Duane Reade (hey other people take cigarette breaks, I take Duane Reader breaks!) I picked up a Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in Hot Pink to mess around with.

This product is essentially a fine-tipped pen that you can use to draw designs onto your nails–great in theory and pretty decent in practice!

So what did I love? Well the color for one–the hot pink popped beautifully against my Chanel Black Satin. I also really appreciated that the fine tip was actually fine, meaning that I could get a decent amount of detail onto my nails with relative ease.

Not so much? Unless you’re ambidextrous, one hand is going to look fabulous while the other hand will look like a toddler scribbled all over it. Also, since this is a glorified pen you’re options as to what you can create on your nails is somewhat limited.

Verdict? I actually had a ton of fun with this pen and fully instead to get quite a bit of use out of it, but now that I have my Konad I’ll be relying on that for anything more complex than basic stripes or polka dots. I’m thinking that my Konad and the Sally Hansen pen may get along quite well, however, since I can use the pen to color in some details on my Konadicures. I foresee a long and happy marriage between these two products!

Castledew Diacut Eyes (9 Colors) Palette in #902 Planet Shine Star Review & Swatches

February 20, 2009
Castledew Diacut Eyes (9 Colors) Palette in #902 Planet Shine Star

As I’m sure some of you remember, this beauty of a palette was a gift from the always-sweet Digital Angel, who managed to catch me by surprise with this package–a pretty rare occurrence I assure you!

The outer encasement of the palette is like a large glittering jewel and just so much fun. I love having this sitting on my vanity so that I can admire it each morning as I’m doing my makeup, whether I’m using it or not.

Top Row: Crystal Yellow, Miracle Violet, Crystal Pink
Middle Row: Crystal Peach, Miracle Pink, Miracle Khaki (which according to Castledew is spelled Kaki–who knew I was misspelling it all these years?)
Bottom Row: Planet Grey, Planet Deep Brown, Planet Black

Having found Castledew’s Pearl Up Eyeshadows (also gifts from Digital Angel!) to be very pigmented, I was expecting more of the same from this Diacut Eyes Palette, so I was a little disappointed on that front. That’s not to say that this palette is a dud by any means–it’s just that the shadows tend to be on the sheer side.

Swatches in the same order as above.

The palette sports a gorgeous array of shades including pink, purple, brown, gray, black, green, and cream and is glitter central, just the way I like it! The palette’s downfall is that due to the relative sheerness of the shadows, the glitteriness tends to overpower whatever look you’re attempting to great and so you see more shimmer than any actual color.

However if you do have the patience to layer the color on you can get a pretty nice wash of color! I created the look below using 2-3 layers of the purple shade. While the pigmentation could be a little better, I really love the packaging of this product and was so excited to have the opportunity to play around with this palette. Thank you so much Digital Angel for being so thougthful and sending this to me!

My Very Own Triple Awards Award!

February 20, 2009

I was so flattered to learn that Birkin Bag Beauty and The Makeup Fairy had both nominated me on their blogs for the Triple Awards!! I tend to keep to myself in the blogging world, so I’m perpetually amazed that there are people who come to visit little ol’ me over here on A Beautyful Sentiment. Thanks for the nominations ladies! ❤

As for my nominees, well I happen to love each and every blogger listed under my “Beautyful Blogs” tab up above so should you have some time to kill, do check them out!