mani monday with crabtree & evelyn

mani monday with crabtree & evelynMy first mani monday of 2016! Honestly I haven’t even painted my nails since before Christmas, so I was excited to receive this adorable little package from Crabtree & Evelyn. They sent over 4 shades of their Neil Lacquers:

Beautyberry: When cheerful pinks mingle with bold reds, the festivities begin. Our brilliantly bright and festive shade is always the life of the party.
Orchid: Vibrant, bold purple hue is as wild and enchanting as the flower that inspired it. This fast-drying polish glides on smoothly.
Cranberry: We’ve added a bit of magic to the classic crimson red, creating a perfectly bold, glamourous and fresh colour for your nails.
Wine: An enchanting blend of opulent, deep reds create an intoxicating balance that pares perfectly with your party dress.

All 4 provided almost full coverage in 1 coat. The brush is small and firm and makes it very easy to apply without making a mess – typically after a long hiatus I feel like I’m starting over and end up spending more time cleaning up than applying nail polish, but I had next to none.

Swatches below are with 1 coat and with the flash on (darn sun setting at 5pm) – so they are a bit darker in person. I wouldn’t be able to choose a favourite of the 4, and they are absolutely perfect for Valentine’s day which is already somehow less than a month away!
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kat von d mi vida loca eyeshadow palette

kat von d mi vida loca eyeshadow paletteI’ve bought a few eyeshadow palettes over the past couple months and with the holiday season being so hectic I just didn’t find the time to post about them… one of those is the absolutely stunning Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca eyeshadow palette. When it was first released I didn’t think to much of it, it was beautiful to look at but I just wasn’t sure how often I would use it… but after seeing a few of Chelle’s looks I had to get my hands on it and thankfully it was still in stock in November when I picked it up.

This beauty has 31 shades: 7 neutral and 24 vibrant in the shape of a colour wheel. To say it’s big would be an understatement… It’s HUGE (see pic below with my hand on it) and is packaged like a record – the palette slips right out of the cover – definitely not great for travel.

I love the mix of mattes and shimmers and the layout is so pleasing to look at – it makes it extremely easy to put a look together. The matte shades definitely need a base like NYX Milk to make them pop but the swatches below are without any primer and a lot of them are still quite bold (for me anyway!).

I tend to shy away from bright colours in the winter but I am looking forward to playing a bit more when the sun comes out and the weather warms up.

The look below is with Legend, Harpsichord and Rewind – currently my go-to ‘I don’t know what makeup to wear today’ look, paired with KVD’s Lolita.
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Have you bought this palette? I love hearing from you, please leave me a comment!

maybelline vivid matte liquid lipsticks

maybelline vivid matte liquid lipsticksI was sent so many AH-MAZING new products from Maybelline on Christmas Eve I didn’t even know where to begin… so I spent most of nap time last week going through and swatching everything, and wanted to share these beauties first: the new Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipsticks.

There are 10 shades total ranging from nude to vampy. The packaging is sleek and the flat sponge applicator is wonderfully soft. They don’t set like some liquid lipsticks, they remained quite creamy and were never fully matte – but I’m totally okay with that. I have been wearing Nude Thrill and Nude Flush constantly, and will definitely be rocking Pink Charge and Electric Pink when the snow melts.

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5 – Nude Thrill
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10 – Nude Flush
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15 – Pink Charge
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20 – Electric Pink
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Which shades are you looking to try? I love hearing from you, please leave me a comment!