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Priceline Cosmetics Haul

Don’t know whether it was luck or the world trying to give me some silver lining, but this week the bi-annual Priceline 40% Cosmetics sale fell on my pay day!

Now as you may now, I just bought a house so I didn’t go crazy but this was a good excuse to try out new products and have more of the essentials in my collection. e.g. foundation, because I was literally scrapping the bottle to get ready for work.

So here’s what I bought (left to right):

  1. L’Oreal Color Riche Lipstick in Naomi’s Delicate Rose
  2. Australis Don’t Sweat it Water Resistant Foundation in Beige
  3. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation in 115 Ivory
  4. NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick in Tea & Cookies
  5. NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Fair
  6. NYX Wonder Pencil in Light
    (left to right) NYX Wonder Pencil in Light – L’Oreal Color Riche Lipstick in Naomi’s Delicate Rose – NYX Liquid Suede in Tea & Cookies

I’ve only had these products for a few days, but I have tried them all out at least once so I can note some first impressions, however, I have a feeling my thoughts on these products may change the more that I use them.

With regards to the Fit Me foundation, even though I got it in the Matte + Poreless formula, I still found myself pouring out the oil by midday, which was way more than normal and I even used a primer and set with translucent powder. I’m going to keep trying this one out and find if there’s a way for it to work for me.

Thus far, I’m blown away with the Australis Don’t Sweat It foundation since I didn’t expect it to actually last all day and stay matte (for the most part!) and the coverage is also quite impressive.

Not much to say about the NYX products other than I’ve had my eye on the Tea & Cookies cream lipstick for a while now and I’m really glad that it’s part of my collection. The color is gorgeous and it lasts well but not as long as I would expect for a liquid lipstick. The wonder pencil has heaps of uses but I’ve only used it for a waterline highlight and it sure does brighten up your eyes and make you look more awake which is a flippin’ blessing for someone like me. Unfortunately, there were no testers for the NYX concealer so I just picked the second lightest shade out of habit with other brands and foundation shades but it ended up being too light. However, there are still heaps of uses for a concealer that’s too light, like carving out eyebrows and fixing eyeliner & lipstick mistakes.

I’m really liking the L’Oreal lipstick because I don’t actually own a sheer lipstick and I think the color of this one is stunning and simply perfect for work.

Overall I’m pretty happy with the products I got and will endeavor to do a more in-depth review on these once I’ve taken them all for a ride.

What do you get in this week’s sale?

Until next time,

 

First Impressions & Review: Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel Polish – Mauve-olous – 244

For all the ladies (and gents) out there who love having their nails painted but hate smudges, chipping, that dreaded cleanup and the time it normally takes for the polish and top coat to dry, I’m sure you get how frustrating it can be if your beautifully painted nails only last a day or two. This always seems to be the case with me, so I endeavour to find methods that won’t kill my nails and will also ensure that the polish stays put for a decent amount of time.

Now, I’ve tried nearly every type of salon nails; polish, acrylic, gel & SNS, and I absolutely love SNS the most by far. I’ll do a review on why I prefer this salon method the most, but the general gist is that it lasts forever!!!

So Kaitlyn, why aren’t you just sticking to SNS?

Well, if you read my last post, you’ll know I just bought my first home! Yay! Woot Woot!

The biggest let down to this huge life milestone is having to cut a lot of luxury services and products off my budget, so getting my nails done once a fortnight (or even every three weeks) just won’t work right now. Maybe later down the track when my life and finances are all sorted and organized, I can get back into the habit. (jk, that’ll never happen, right?)

So I’m back to painting and maintaining my own nails. Sigh.

I’ve tried the Sally Hansen miracle gel polishes before and remember liking it and since I had a gift card that was set to expire for Priceline, I decided that today was better a day than any to feel like a put together millennial woman and have painted nails. I love soft pink polishes, they tend to be my go-to colour, alongside violets and other light purples so naturally, this shade jumped off the shelf and into my basket.

I’m going to detail my first impression as well as a review after a few days of wearĀ so that you have a decent understanding of how lasting this polish is.

First Impression:

To be honest, I haven’t painted my own nails in what seems like forever, what with buying a house, Christmas, changing jobs and also travelling overseas, who has time to paint their nails?!? In the time between the last time I painted my nails and today (Sunday 26th Feb) my only bottle of base coat had gone bad šŸ™ So luckily the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel claims to work without one. Yay! For the top coat, I used Seche Vite and although this stuff smells like you’re dying your hair in the 00’s while freshly painting an unventilated room, it does the jobs and dries super quickly.

I’m a big fan of Sally Hansen’s wide brush, it normally means I can paint a coat of nail polish with one movement, even on my thumbnail.

The colour looked good even with just one coatĀ but needed two to deepen and intensify the shade. Now there is a Sally Hansen Miracle Gel top coat that compliments the range and gives that gel gloss, but because I’m impatient, I used the Seche Vite which does give a shine but I doubt is as glossy as the Sally Hansen one, which I haven’t tried.

For both hands including drying time, theĀ application took me approximately 30 mins. I could have been a little quicker but I was watching This is Us while doing them and started tearing up, which may have resulted in the process taking a little longer.

Now a couple hours later, I have no smudges or chips, but I’ll follow this up in a couple of days and see how it wears.

…A couple days later (Thursday 2nd March)

Woah, time flies. Well, I have to say I’m impressed but not swept off my feet. The polish has lasted really well considering my usual track record and I didn’t see the first chip until Tuesday, which is a record for myself.

As you can see in the pics, the chips are only on my right hand (the dominant one) and my left hand (the lazy one) is still in pretty good nick.

With such good colour payoff and an impressive lasting power, I can definitely say I will purchase more colours in the line and will endeavour to keep my nails painted for the foreseeable future, but we’ll see how long that will last.

Would love to hear some feedback! Comment below with your nail hacks for making them last longer, or let me know if you’ve tried these polishes before and can recommend a new shade.

Until next time,