Monday, March 26, 2012

Sephora VIB and BI sale

I just wanted to make a quick post to let everyone know about an upcoming sale. Starting on March 29th, all Sephora VIBs (those who've spent $350 in a calendar year) will be able to get 15% off purchases in store and online. On March 30th, the sale will open to BIs as well. You can become a BI (beauty insider) by signing up on at any time. The code for VIBs is CHICVIB and CHICBI for BIs online. In-store, you must present a card received in the mail so that the sales associates can scan a barcode. Additionally, VIBs can get a free umbrella on the 29th with purchase while supplies last. The sale ends on April 5th for BIs and April 6th for VIBs. So the only perks for being a VIB are the umbrella and having two extra days of sale. The 15% off remains the same for everyone.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Zoya Nailpolish

Zoya recently had a promo of buy 3 nail colors and get 3 for free. So I decided to indulge because I had heard lots of good things about the longevity of the wear as well as the wide array of colors. I chose mostly warm shades to complement my warm skintone and shades that I thought would be good for spring and summer (except 1 dark, vampy shade that I will save for fall and winter). I just received them this week so I cannot comment on the wear time yet, but I did a quick, sloppy swatch of all 6 shades this morning.

This shade is called Mieko. describes it as: "A rosy pink with a touch of orange and tons of bold metallic gold shimmer. More glamorous than the usual pink!" I find it very similar to China Glaze Strawberry Fields, which I also own.

This is called Rica. Zoya calls it "Warm light coral with pink and orange tones and heavy gold metallic sparkle. An alternative to flat corals for when you want to shine."
This is called Colbie. Zoya describes it as "Blackened warm red with copper-orange undertones with rich metallic shimmer. A vampy red with depth for a dramatic look." Again, only two quick, messy coats.
This is Tiffany. Zoya calls it " Pink, peach and light copper toned foil particles accented by flecks of gold foil. A soft and feminine way to wear the foil finish, especially flattering for warm skin tones."

This is called Gloria. Zoya calls it "Rose, mauve-pink and magenta foil particles with gold and subtle red metallic accents. A delicate winter rose look made unique with a flashy foil finish."

This is called Lisa. Zoya describes it as "An iridescent combination of deep raspberry pink, bright candy apple red and subtle gold tones in a dazzling sparkle finish. A bright, festive red that sparkles so much it's almost jewelry."

Overall, I think they're beautiful. The bottle colors are very pretty and I think these colors will look fantastic once I take the time to do a full manicure and do 2-3 coats depending on the shade. I hear they will wear amazingly well with a base coat and top coat. I typically use Orly Bonder and Seche Vite so I will update once I see how these work.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Face of the (St. Patrick's) Day

It's St. Patrick's Day which means that besides the corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots in my crockpot and the Irish soda bread cooling on my stove, I decided to wear a green eye look today in celebration. As a child, I usually wore a green t-shirt or something more obvious, but as an adult, I'd rather sport something more subtle like green nail polish or green eyeshadow to ensure that I don't get pinched. :-p

Without further ado, here is my look of the day.

I'm trying my new Stila In the Garden palette (review coming soon) which features several fresh, lovely green shades. To balance out the eye, I used peachy pink colors on my cheeks and lips.

Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer in Nude
Benefit Erase Paste in Fair under eyes
MAC Studio Finish in NC20 under eyes and on blemishes
Bare Minerals Summer Bisque to set under eye concealer
MUFE HD powder on face
Benefit Hoola to lightly contour
Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Glisten

NARS smudgefree shadow base
Stila Sage eyeshadow (from In the Garden) on lid
Stila Moss eyeshadow (from In the Garden) in crease
Stila Breeze eyeshadow (from In the Garden) on inner corner and under brow bone
Bobbi Brown Ivy Shimmer gel liner on top lashline
Bobbi Brown Black Ink gel liner on waterline
Stila Moray smudgestick under bottom lashline
Revlon Grow Luscious mascara in black
Anastasia brow wiz in medium ash on brows

Bare Minerals lip gloss in Wild Honey

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!