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Saturday, April 19, 2014

KAT VON D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

Kat Von D recently released two new eyeshadow palettes. Having heard so much about the Monarch one, I ventured to Sephora last week and swatches and I'm pleased to report that all the rave is worth it. These eyeshadows have amazing pigmentation keen to Inglot, buttery soft easy to blend texture and a verity of cool and warm toned shades, mattes and shimmery. On to the swatches:

1. The first four swatches are of tiny death, bedhead, shadow box and disintegration. 
2. The next four swatches are telepathy, vanish, belaney and killing jar.
3. The last four are entomology, summerfly, pavilion and wrath.


I highly recommend this palette. The texture and pigmentation is amazing and you get a combination of cool and warm tone shades, shimmer and matte. It's not bulky and it's travel friendly. It's all you would need to create any eye look from soft and day time to smoky night time looks.

Hope you all are having an amazing day




Monday, April 14, 2014

OCC Mein Herr Swatch

I absolutely adore a nude polish. It's safe to say nude and reds remain two of my favorite color of polishes. OCC Mein Herr is a beautiful nude. It's a milky white that leans warm tone (peach/golden hint to it). I got so many compliments since wearing this polish. It looks so clean and sophisticated on.


The application of this was wonderful. It went opaque so easily and this is a very hard thing to say for milky polishes and the wear is very nice. It hasn't chipped and it's staying on very nicely. 
Hope you all are having a great day.
Lots of love
Ansa

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Essie Cute As A Button Swatch

You know those polishes that automatically make you think of warm weather, tropical waters and vacations? Essie Cute As A Button is that polish for me. It's a gorgeous hot orange color that's very bright and it automatically warms up the skin. I love this nail polish with a tan because it gives that gorgeous "warm bronzed" look to the hands and toes.

The application can be a bit tricky.  It needs two coats as the first one is streaky but the result are well worth it. The color is a cream and it has no shimmer but it's very glossy. I absolutely adore this shade. 

Hope you all are having a great day
Lots of love
Ansa


Saturday, April 5, 2014

MARC JACOBS FUNNY GIRL NAIL POLISH SWATCHES

Marc Jacobs Funny Girl polish is a gorgeous milky caramel nude shade that looks amazing on the nails.This would be a perfect nude for darker skin tones but on me this packs a bit of color while still look very natural and sophisticated.



The application of this was a bit thick so I had to work with it and be a bit patient but I really do love the end result. There is something really warm about this color. It has a beautiful peach undertone which I really love. These nail polishes are expensive at $18 dollars but I've been very impressed with all the Marc Jacobs products so I'm really glad to add this color to my nail polish collection. I will try to keep my eyes out for a cheaper dupe but I can't think of one at the moment. Overall, if you are looking for a nude that won't leave you with mannequin hands and that is warm and sophisticated, this wold be the perfect color for you. 

Hope you all are having a great day.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Powder in Bronze 02- Swatches and review

I absolutely love this bronzer. Although matte is in the name this bronzer is not exactly matte or shimmery. It's a stunning soft baked bronzer that doesn't have glitter or a ton of shimmer but it has a glowing quality to it. In other words, when wearing this bronzer you look both natural and like you're returning from an amazing vacation in Bora Bora, sunkissed and glowing. That's a ton to say about a bronzer but this baby is a true beauty.

Below are some pictures of the bronzer and me wearing it on the cheeks. I used Bobbi Brown's Bronze brush to apply iy.




Love this bronzer.

Hope you all are having a great day.
Ansa

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Seething swatch

Happy spring! To celebrate the first day of spring I decided to paint my nails a gorgeous pinkish color. The color is by OCC and it's called Seething. This was one of the newest releases of polishes by OCC and it's just in time for spring and summer.
OCC Seething is a soft peachy pink color full of gorgeous soft micro golden glitter that looks so soft and feminine on the nails. This is as girly as a pink would get...think Barbie nails but a little more subtle. LOVE!!! The application is very nice. It took two coats to look opaque and it dried fast. 

Hope you all have had a great first day of spring.



Monday, March 17, 2014

Essie Lapis of Luxury

Essie's Lapis of Luxury is spring in a bottle type of color. It's a light blue cream color with a tinge of lilac undertone so perfect for spring and summer! It makes me think of the beach, it makes me think of warm weather and it's absolutely stunning!


The texture of this was great. It needed two coats to be opaque but after two coats it's shiny, glossy and a beautiful cream. 

Love this color so much. 

Hope you all are having an amazing day.


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spring into health: 5 healthy foods for gorgeous hair and skin

Spring is around the corner which means it's time to put away the wintery clothes and start showing some skin. Bathing suits are not the only reason to get fit and healthy but none the less spring is a great time to create some healthy new habits. 
Here are some of my favorite foods for healthy locks and gorgeous youthful skin:

1. Apples. To say that I love apples is such an understatement. Very rarely a day goes by when I don't eat an apple. What's so great about apples? There are so many health benefits but I'll just mention a few. Apples are low in calories, high in fiber, have no fat or sodium and are loaded with vitamins and minerals. They are loaded with vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant that adds in keeping skin healthy and youthful and it keeps your immune system strong. It also has Vitamin A which aids in having and keeping gorgeous hair. It also has an abundance of iron and folic acid which are both great for your hair and strong bones. 



2. Almonds. I love to eat almonds raw usually, although sometimes I do enjoy the roasted salty almonds especially when I'm craving salt. Almonds make for beautiful hair. They're packed with Biotin which is well known to provide gorgeous locks. Packed with Vitamin E, they're perfect to nourish skin and protect it from the sun. Almonds are high in magnesium which protects your skin from aging and help you maintain long healthy hair. 




3. Quinoa. Quinoa is a superfood. It's highly nutritious and one of my favorite foods to eat. It's gluten free and packed with protein. The vegetable protein in quinoa contains all 9 amino acids making quinoa a natural hair strengthener. It's often used in hair products. Aveda Damage Remedy line, one of the best strengthening hair products I have tried, has quinoa as the star ingredient. It protects and nourishes the hair helping it from breakage which in turn helps to get long healthy hair without split ends. Consuming  quinoa also helps boost collagen which leads to supple healthy skin. 


4. Blackberries. Blackberries are more than 85% water along with an abounded amount of fiber which provide your body with a good amount of hydration to contribute to healthy skin. They're also packed with vitamin C to fight wrinkles and skin damage. They can help detoxify your skin which is great news for those of us who have acne breakouts. 



5. Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes may be one of my all time favorite foods to eat. They are one of the most nutritious foods packed with Omega 3, Vitamin A, B, C, K and E, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and zinc. Sweet potatoes are great for skin as they help keep skin elasticity. They're also great to be used as mask as they help improve skin texture. The vitamins in sweet potatoe help your hair get shiny and glowing. 

Hope you all are having a great day. 


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