Thursday, November 7, 2013

Rimmel Stay Glossy 3D: Love At The Movies

Is it wrong that I don't love lip gloss? I feel like so many makeup lovers have a soft spot for lip gloss, and yet I usually can't be bothered with it; I prefer lipsticks for a bold look or balms for a sheer wash of color. Hear me out. I am more aware of the sensation of lip gloss on my lips (whether it's sticky or not it still feels wet) and there's so much more that can go wrong with it; you can get fuzz or hair stuck on your lips, you can get one of those weird lines when you press your lips together, it can settle into fine lines on your lips, etc... Sometimes the scent is distracting; sometimes it affects the taste of food or drink. All in all, it just seems like a lot of trouble for such a subtle effect.

That being said, lip gloss does have a time and a place, and lately I'm beginning to see the light. It's a lot more polished (get it?) than a bare lip, has a little more sex appeal than a tinted balm, and I like that I can apply a subtle wash of color easily and quickly before dashing out. I don't have to spend as long coordinating the color to the rest of my makeup, the occasion, and what I'm wearing like I tend to do with lipstick. Finally, I can't deny that it's so much easier to reapply quickly than a full coverage lipstick is. Going into the colder months, I can tell that my lips are getting drier faster, and a layer of gloss provides a bit more moisture than most lipsticks.

I've used Rimmel's lip glosses before and I like them; the shape of the applicator is easy to use and it's a doe-foot, my favorite type (I hate tiny brushes). When I saw Love At The Movies, I knew I had to give it a shot; it's a sheer pink-coral shade with really fun microglitter that reflects bright fuchsia and coral. I like that it brightens up my look without being a really noticeable pop of color, and the microglitter adds some fun to what would otherwise be pretty staid, neutral looks. The texture is creamy and soft without being sticky, and it provides a bit of moisture for as long as it lasts.

Do you guys prefer gloss, balm or lipstick? Have you tried the Rimmel Stay Glossy line? I like the 3D collection, I think some of the shades are a lot of fun. I may try to get a few more!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

NOTD: OPI I Knead Sour-Dough- and some news!

Hi guys, I'm showing off OPI I Knead Sour-Dough today, a polish that was underwhelming the first couple of times I wore it, but quickly earned a special place in my heart. Let me explain.

First, my complaints. You may notice in some of the pictures this gorgeous rose gold shimmer that flashes in the bottle at some angles- this is not visible on the nail. My second complaint is that it chips like crazy. I'm lucky if I get a full day with no tip wear. You'll notice that in the pictures, too; I took photos the morning after I painted my nails and I already have a couple of small chips.

Now, the neutral points: the color itself is beautiful, just lacking that nice shimmer I noticed in the bottle. I Knead Sour-Dough today is a slightly frosted muted burgundy. In low light it takes on a brown tone, and in bright light it looks a bit rosier. It's a chameleon, so I've shown you in shade, in indirect light, and then in direct light. The formula is really nice, it's easy to put on the nail; I like OPI's formula and brush, their colors just chip on me very quickly, with this being an especially bad culprit.

In Shadow

Brighter light...

In direct light

Finally, the reason this nail color has become extremely special to me; it was the color I happened to be wearing when I got engaged!

John proposed with my mother's ring, which is still soldered to her band. It is incredibly special to me to have her ring, and it was really neat knowing I got engaged with the same ring she did.

But he also gave me his great aunt's ring from about 1930 that I have been wearing more often; it sits lower and doesn't have prongs, so even though I'm a klutz I haven't been banging it on anything.

So there you have it! That's my big news, and I was also able to show off I Knead Sour-Dough to my nearest and dearest. It's a beautiful nail color, but I can only plan on wearing it for a day or two until it begins chipping.

To those of you who are engaged, do you remember what you had on your nails when you got engaged? Do you wear it for special occasions?