Friday, August 23, 2019

Simple Nail Stamping for those Hot Summer Nights with Born Pretty Store Stamping Polish

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Like it or not, summer is quickly coming to an end. For some of us, summer is over when the new school year begins, while others still remain in summer mode until the nights are cold once again. No matter where you fall on this debate, there is no question that the days and nights are still toasty, and I wanted to create a simple look to match. I had received this beautiful blue stamping polish from Born Pretty Store, and I just had to give it some love before the season changes over!

As you are already aware, I live in Arizona, and does it get hot here over the summer! We had been hanging close to 115 degrees although today is a balmy 105. I have a pool, but with temperatures this hot, I actually do most of my swimming at night. Between the dark skies and the blue pool, thanks to the tile and the lights, this manicure actually matches my nights by the pool perfectly!

To create this look, I started off with Rogue Lacquer It's Little And Broken But Still Good (ocean blue polish with flakes) and Indigo Bananas When Are We? (black with multicolour shimmer). I then paired Born Pretty Store stamping polish in Summer Mints, found here, with a dotted pattern from What's Up Nails B011 Intergalactic Encounters stamping plate.

I used the same image for this stamped design, and I noticed something odd. While one design transferred nicely onto the nail, the other left a pock-marked look. I wasn't rushing while stamping, so I'm not sure if it was an issue with this polish or just the combination with the stamping plate and my stamper that was the problem. I may have been my technique and I just applied with too much pressure. Either way, I still wanted to note this experience. Overall, I've had great experiences with the Born Pretty Store line of stamping polishes, and I do think this is a good one to pick up and perfect application if needed.

This stamping polish is currently marked down to $2.99 per bottle. While you are there, be sure to shop around to pick up all the supplies you need for your nail art needs. You can save 10% off full priced items with discount code QWL91. This is not an affiliate code so I don't get anything if you use it, but it is a way for Born Pretty Store to pass along some savings your way.

How are you enjoying the last few weeks of summer? Are you taking any last minute vacations? Are you in count down mode to Halloween? Only 69 days to go!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Mesauda Milano: Testing out an Italian Cosmetic Brand

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Happy hump day, dear readers! As you all know by now, I had the pleasure of attending Cosmoprof North America this summer. One of my stops included a visit with Italian cosmetic company, Mesauda Milano. Not yet seen in the US, I had already been following the company on social media and was already familiar with some of their products. I had the opportunity to try out a few things, and I am all too eager to share them with you. Let's check it all out!

Diamond Baked Blush
Shade: Christina

Mesauda Milano has three different blush formulas, including beautiful baked blushes like the one shown above. There are currently six shades in this formula, and Christina is such a nice rose-pink shade. The pigment of this one is lovely, and the colour lasts on my cheeks all day!

Retail: €16.10

Light'N Bronze Highlighting Powder
Shade: Rose Gold

I am obsessed with highlighters, and I am happy to report that Mesauda Milano offers them in three different formulas: a creamy stick, a lightweight liquid, and this powder formula. Available in three different shades, this highlighter is velvety smooth and can be applied with a light hand for a natural glow or built up for a dazzling glow that can be seen from space. Ok, so that might be a slight exaggeration, but I do like that you can wear this to your preferred intensity.

Retail: €17.80

Luxury Baked Eyeshadow
Shade: Smoky Quartz

In a world full of eyeshadow palettes, I have really developed a newfound appreciation of singles! I love the ease of applying a single wash of colour some days, while other times I want to supplement with a shade without having to commit to purchasing a whole other palette. Mesauda Milano offers singles as matte compact singles, eyeshadow pencils, and these luxury eyeshadows in a shimmery finish. The formula is incredibly smooth, and I get full day wear with this when I'm using my normal primer and setting spray routine.

Top to bottom: Smoky Quartz Luxury Eyeshadow, Rose Gold Light'n Bronze Highlighter, Christina Diamond Blush

Extreme Matte Longlasting Liquid Lipstick
Shade: Marshmallow

I don't wear a lot of liquid lipsticks, and with matte shades being notorious for drying out your lips, I was a little unsure about this one at first. This matte lipstick applies with a doe foot applicator, and it dries down on the lips in about thirty seconds.

You guys! This is possibly the most comfortable matte lipstick I have ever used! I can still feel it on my lips, but it doesn't feel drying. I've also been impressed with how well it holds up while eating and drinking during the day and still looks good hours later. While I don't see myself jumping over to this matte formula exclusively, I do like having the option!

Retail: €15.70

Dip Liner Matte Professional Matte Eyeliner

With my combination of hooded and oily eyelids, I don't wear liquid eyeliners often. With such valuable eyelid real estate and the inability of liquid eyeliners to stay put, I admittedly don't have high expectations of liquid eyeliners.

When applied with the tip, I got nice fine lines, and holding at a slight angle allows for a thicker line. I've used a few other liners that promise to work for me (they don't), but this one is the real deal! I have been amazed that this stays put all day long on me. It's the first eyeliner I had used that has been able to do that! I'm really excited to be able to wear eyeliner now, although I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to be getting a replacement here in the US. Here's hoping a distributor picks up this company pronto, or I'll be back to coordinating with European acquaintances for swap packages!

Retail: €12.10

Lash Infinity Lash Multiplying Effect Mascara

Have you been trying to find your perfect mascara? Mesauda Milano has 8 different formula and brush combinations to get you the lashes you've always wanted. The Lash Infinity uses a wide brush with short bristles to really give your lashes some oomph. If you are looking to add length with curling action to your lashes, this is definitely one you'll want to try! It does add some volume, but if you want volume specifically, this one may not be a good match for you. The formula is not waterproof, and I had no issues with smudging or flaking.

Retail: €14.00

I've used all the products from this post to create this particular look.

I'm going to have to get a little more practice with the eyeliner, particularly when using the actual applicator. I've tended to stick with my makeup brushes and am more comfortable with the longer handles. That said, the applicator is pretty easy to work with! I also went with an ultra simple eye look, pairing the eyeshadow with a nude brown for a natural look.

Here is another look at the Smoky Quartz eyeshadow with some purple hues.

I have really enjoyed trying out these products from Mesauda Milano! All the products I have used have been nicely pigmented, easy to work with, and have stayed exactly where I want them all day long. What a great introduction to the brand!

At this time, Mesauda Milano ships throughout Italy and other European countries. There are also authorized dealers in Italy if you are interested in picking up items in person. With all the connections that took place at Cosmoprof North America, I am hoping to see more of this fabulous brand on this side of the ocean soon! Only time will tell, but I just had to share this great find with you!

For those of you that wear cosmetics, do you pick up items that are harder to find in your country while traveling? Would you be interested in hearing about more international brands? Chime in below and let me know what you think!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful evening!

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Peridot Love with The Sage Lifestyle Roll-On Perfume Oil

Greetings, dear readers! I hope your week has been off to a great start! I'm coming at you later in the day the usual as it has been a busy few days. After coming off of the work stages of being sick, my family found ourselves at one of our local shelters this weekend adopting a few canine friend for our Rottweiler. It's been fun, but she has kept me on my toes as we've introduced her to our dog and cat, in addition to working on house training her. She's a great addition to the family and we're happy to have her join us. Now on to today's blog post!

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For quite awhile, I used to think I didn't like perfumes. I would go to Sephora and check out the "popular" brands my friends were enjoying, and nothing was quite right for me. I rarely have brand loyalty when it comes to the products I love and use the most, so that certainly didn't help in my hunt for perfumes that suited me. That is, until two years ago, when I discovered The Sage Lifestyle.

Inspired by gemstones, The Sage Lifestyle offers assorted perfume oils and eau de toilettes to suit your fancy, whether you prefer light florals or rich earthy scents. I don't exactly have a specific fragrance type I like, and for me, fragrances are either "the one" of they are not. What took me by surprise, when it came to smelling the 21 options by The Sage Lifestyle, is just how much I love so many of them! In honor of August and the corresponding gemstone peridot, let's look at some details about the perfume roll-on of the same name!

This exotic, sexy Fig fragrance starts with a classic, grassy fig note set like a jewel amongst notes of warmth and depth. The slightest hint of sparkling Blood Orange plays off the fruity qualities of the fig, and draws deeper into the richness of the base note accord on which this fragrance lives. Deep Ambers mingle with variety of Fresh Musk notes to create a scent that wears close to the body, becoming part of you. A subtle touch of Oak Moss and Essential Vanilla anchor Peridot to the skin, and to the memory of the one who wears it.

Maybe it's because I can feel the days slowly getting shorter, or maybe it is still the heat that lingers on my skin as the summer is winding down, but I cannot seem to get enough of this sumptuous fragrance. I can be dressed to the nines for a date with the hubby or casual in my capris and a T-shirt, and I feel positively resplendent whenever I wear this fragrance. I dab a little on my wrists, behind my ears, and at my cleavage for a sexy experience that keeps with me all day.

Something I find interesting about this particular fragrance is I'm not crazy about the scent in the bottle, nor am I fond of the first 10 to 15 minutes of dry down. I don't care for grassy scents, and this one is very much grassy during these times. I decided I still needed to try this on me as body chemistry matters so much when it comes to perfumes, and does this one join mine for a perfectly harmonious duet!

Shown above is the 1/8 oz size. Small and compact, it is contained within a beautiful washi paper tube that helps to protect the contents from light as well as offer protection for traveling.

Retail: $45 for 1/8 oz
            $85 for 1/4 oz

If you are in the market for a new favorite perfume, I wholeheartedly recommend checking out the options offered by The Sage Lifestyle! There is a handy fragrance guide on the website to help you narrow down which scents would be best for you. If you are still undecided, you can purchase small sample vials that will allow for several days of wear to determine if a fragrance is right for you. I really love that this is an option offered by The Sage Lifestyle, and this is actually how I discovered I am highly sensitive, if not allergic, to true Gardenia. I'm a little bummed about that as theMoonstone and Garnet perfumes both utilize gardenia and smell heavenly!

Peridot is one of those gemstones that never seems to get a lot of love in general, and wearing this perfume roll-on allows for a whole new peridot experience. If you or someone you know is an August baby, or if you are looking for a scent that is the perfect blend of green and warm sensuality, the Peridot Perfume Roll-On is for you! This scent is going to pair perfectly with your scarves and boots this upcoming fall season!

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