Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sephora Formula X The System for Amazing Nails

I have been wearing nail polish since I was old enough to talk, which equals to many, many , many years. I have never been able to make a manicure last for than one evening even under the best conditions and even getting them professionally manicured. By this, I mean a manicure to my natural nails. That was until I purchased Sephora Formula X the system. Three weeks ago, I was out shopping at my own personal Disneyland, Sephora. I had seen the Formula X The system since it was launched. I have watched reviews on YouTube, read blogs and also reviews. I like every other makeup and nail junkie always wants the product that are the latest and greatest new products that hits the shelves. These products were no different. So this was the the day I bit the bullet and purchased the Formula X The system. The Set includes the This set contains: - 0.4 oz Nail Cleanser, - 0.4 oz Base Coat, - 0.4 oz Top Coat, - 0.4 oz Nail Color of your choice ( I chose the color Intensty). Sephora website describes it as Powder Pink. The price retails for 32.00. This is a great price considering you receive 4 full size bottles of polish. Formula X Nail Cleanser is described by the Sephora Website as: A gentle, non-drying cleanser that preps your nails for optimal base coat and color application. What it does: An essential step in extending the life of your manicure, cleansing your nails removes invisible impurities, leaving them perfectly primed for base coat and lacquer. Cleanse is infused with witch hazel extract (a naturally effective ingredient that purifies the surface of the nail), Vitamin E (to condition nails), and invigorating cucumber extract. Formula X PRIME Base Coat is described by the Sephora Website as: A binding, ultrasticky base coat that primes nails for a flawless, long-lasting application. What it does: The combination of an advanced adhesive primer and essential bonding agents forms a sticky layer that fuses with your lacquer and prolongs polish performance. Formula X SHINE Top Coat is described by the Sephora Website as: An ultraglossy and quick-dry, high-performance top coat top that amplifies your lacquer’s shine and lasts. What it does: Infused with the ultimate in long-wear technology, this high-performance top coat extends the wear time of your lacquer while amplifying your lacquer’s shine. Sephora’s patented formulation delivers invisible anti-chip technology and resistance to water and detergents. None of these products contains Parabens To be honest, I wasn't expecting the type results that I so please to have obtained..... My first manicure lasted the entire week with no chipping or even wearing at the tips. I am hard on my nails, so I thought it was just a fluke. So the next week I tried it the system with an inexpensive color from Wet n Wild, again the manicure lasted a week. I just complete another week with Formula X The System and a gorgeous bright orange. I will never again be without Formula X The System. I looking foward to purchasing additonal products from the nail care line as well as all of the beautiful nail colors. The selection has colors and formulas that has something to suit every nail junkies needs. The Formula X The System can be purchased at Sephora, Sephora in JC Penney, and at www.sephora.com. Try It! The out come for beautiful long lasting manicures will amaze you! The image used for this blog was taken from Sephora.com website. Because I am a bad blogger and forgot to take pictures prior to using the system.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Frugal Friday- The first step to flawless makeup application- Makeup brushes

When I started out in the mid 80's doing makeup as a professionally a lot of us used the little sponge applicator that came with the products or sponge wedges and cotton buds. There were brushes sold in higher end companies but it was really hard to change the way that I had applied makeup for years. I call my new Friday Blog post Frugal Fridays because everyone has a different definition for Frugal. I am middle class, makeup is my passion and I am willing to save and pay for higher priced one if a certain brush I can't live without. But never have I forgotten where I came from, so I shop for brushes anywhere from the dollar store to high end that I have to get from other countries. So,only you know what you can afford. These are recommendation for super affordable brushes that every artist needs in their collection. 1. The first company is E.L.F. , It stand for eyes,lips, face. There web address is : http://www.eyeslipsface.com/. The company has two lines of brushes. The essential collection, that start at $1.00. Their next range is the Studio Collection and they start at $3.00. I have many of these in my collection because when you are doing a Photoshoot sometime I don't have time to clean my brushes so I just have tons of those so that I can put them in a bin to clean at a later time. This is the essential collection the cost is 12.00 for the entire set.
and this is the studio set that retails for 30.00. http://www.eyeslipsface.com/studio/brushes/brush-sets/11_piece_brush_collection. If you are not looking for a set you can purchase the brushes individually. E.L.F is always running special. I usually pick up a set or two when they are half off. Great bargain and quality. The bonus is the line is cruelty free. They can also be purchased at Target, but the best selection is on there website. 2.My second recommendation is the brush by Royal Care Cosmetics. When you first see them they remind you of the the Sigma brushes. The quality is just as amazing but half the price. There sets are synthetic which is great for the application of cream makeup products. The prices range from $9.65 a set to $29.95. As a bonus they have the hard container that are only $10.95 You can find them at http://www.rc-cosmetics.com/accessories 3. The next set of brushes that are of amazing quality is the Sigma Beauty brushes. Over the years the quality has vastly improved and also they are more expensive. But you can start slow and buy individual brushes and and build your collection, or you can purchase these in sets. This depends what your budget allows. These brushes are most like the MAC brushes. They are beautiful. They range from $12.00 to $490.00 (Professional Set). You can purchase them from their website: http://www.sigmabeauty.com/Brushes_s/47.htm?searching=Y&sort=7&cat=47&show=150&page=1 4. And last but not least are the Real Technique brushes by the Sam and Nic Chapman. The PixiWoo sisters on YouTube. They are amazing makeup artist. So who better to know what a person needs in a makeup brush but an artist. They are truly amazing brushes. The price point is fantastic.They by far the softest synthetic brushes on the market. They range from $6.00 for a single brush -$18.00 for a set. They can be purchased at http://realtechniques.com/ and Ulta. I hope this helps everyone from the novice to the professional. I will be adding a 10% of coupon code for Sigma. So check back so that you can receive the discount. I have all of these brushes in my personal collection. This is not a sponsored blog. All of these brushes were purchased and these are my honest opinion. laissez bon temps rouler (" Let the good times roll) Have an amazing weekend!