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Saturday, January 17, 2015

CIATE MISTRESS POLISH SWATCHES

I always gravitate towards darker polishes winter time, but we recently went to the beach for a week and in anticipation for warmer weather I took a close look at my nail polish collection to find a bright orange red shade. Ciate Mistress fit the bill. What a gorgeous shade and a must have for spring and summer.  Ciate Mistress is such a cheerful cherry red orange shade and I found myself automatically smiling when I looked at my nails! It's truly a happy color.
For years OPI Cajun Shrimp has been my go to polish for a summer red. What I look for in a summer red polish is an orange red not a wine red or a "Christmas" red. Ciate Mistress is perfect and in a way I even prefer it to OPI's Cajun Shrimp because it has a brighter cherry undertone. The application is pretty good as well. I use two coats and as always Butter London Hardwear top coat (the only top coat I ever use) and it stayed chip free for a week. If you're looking for a bright spring and summer color thats as gorgeous and uplifting as a flower on a spring day, get this polish. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Chanel Vamp Polish

Chanel Vamp is the father of dark vampy polishes. When it first came out, it was one of the first vampy dark sexy polish in the market and it's since been reformulated by Chanel. I have two versions of this and this is the newest version. The older version I own is a cream maroon shade. The newest is a dark purple laced with gold shimmer which is so finely milled you can't see it on the nails but it gives that very shiny glossy look. Beautiful. 
The application is amazing. It goes opaque with two coats and it last for an entire week. Must have!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Lazy Sunday ...Jin Soon Coquette Swatches

I'm having a lazy Sunday today and I'm cuddled by my fireplace reading "The Richest Man in Babylon" enjoying a cup of amazing delicious and super healthy red tea by Allegra. I'm really enjoying reading this book...Its an inspiring book compiled of many tales that provide a journey of personal growth in wealth and happiness. It has well sounded advice and it's probably one of the easiest and pleasant financial growth books to read. Since Saturday is the day I get to run one of my longest runs of the week often 10-15 miles, I take Sunday to relax and since it's cold outside, I'm reading quite a bit. This book has been so inspiring to read and I've already made some mental notes of a few things I want to do to grow further in both career and finances. Yet another pampering part of my day...painting my nails. Aren't reds just perfect for December? Meet Jin Soon - Coquette. Gorgeous shiny cream classic red color. 


This is about wraps up my Sunday. Hope you all are having a relaxing Sunday and are ready for the Holidays. 



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MAC's Red Alert Eyeshadow and INSTAGRAM!

I have decided to get involved with Instagram and start posting some pictures. If you're interested please follow @ANSA_LEATH.
On a different note, Mac just released a new collection called . I think the idea of an entire makeup collection infused with red during the holidays is a brilliant idea. With that being said, I'm quite picky now with makeup as I have tons and tons of it, so I only got one eyeshadow....Red Alert. This is deluxe pearl finish so it has a shimmery pearly finish and the color is a red cranberry shade, more red than MAC's infamous Cranberry. If you do not have Cranberry by MAC or if you want something later, give this a go. This will look beautiful on green eyes but it'll look great on everyone. It's a beautiful warm shade with enough shimmer to make any holiday party makeup gorgeous.



Monday, December 8, 2014

Deborah Lippmann Before He Cheats

Ahhh...the soft cloud pinkish polishes...so feminine and girly on the nails. I love them. I love the soft, natural look they give, classy and polished look. Meet Deborah Lippman "Before He Cheats". It exceeds expectations in the "soft cloud pinkish" shade of polishes in my opinion.


This looks incredibly polished and sophisticated on. I adore this shade. The color itself requires three coats to look fully opaque but with one coat, you get that very soft natural shade as well. Highly recommend this shade if you're looking for something natural but with enough color to stand out against your skin. It's absolutely beautiful.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows in Grandstand and Mesmerized

Makeup Geek just released their new foiled formula which marks my first purchase of a MUG eyeshadow but not the last. I purchased Grandstand and Mesmerized and I'm in love with both of them. Foiled eyeshadows are extremely shimmery and are sort of a hybrid of shimmer and metallic eyeshadows. It gives the same effect some mineral eyeshadows do when applied wet. Swatched below Grandstand is to the right and Mesmerized to the left. Grandstand is a beautiful shimmery rose gold which leans on the pink rose side versus the gold side. There is a slight bronze undertone to this and this will look beautiful on blue eyes.  Mesmerized is very similar to MAC's Satin Taupe. It's a gorgeous shimmery purple taupe shade that makes my green eyes "pop". If you have green eyes, this is a must have.
















They wear really well on the lids. They're very smooth and pigmented, extremely shimmery but not glittery and they are very fun colors. The quality of these is amazing for the price of $9 an eyeshadow. I'm very excited to have these and will pick up a few more from this range.





Saturday, December 6, 2014

Jessica Ruby Red Polish

Ahh...December. The month of holidays which means red polish is a must. Jessica Ruby Red is an amazing glistening ruby shade that is the perfect hue for Christmas. The shimmer on this polish makes it sparkle and the deep berry richness makes it very eye catching. 



I love that this isn't berry or red but somewhere in between. It is reminiscent of OPI's "I Don't Do Dishes" but more berry and less red and way more dazzeling. The formula is beautiful. It goes opaque in two coats and it stays on for a full week. I will be wearing this shade quite a bit for the holidays.




Monday, December 1, 2014

Healthy snacks and teas all your favorite holiday flavors

One of the favorite things about the holidays is all the classic holiday dishes. I'm thinking of pumpkin pie, gingerbread cookies, sugar cookies and hot cocoa or tea to warm up during a cold winter day. However, knowing that several of those dishes can pack up the calories, I found some amazing healthy alternatives that taste delicious but are also nutritious. I'll start with some of my favorite ones...pumpkin pie, gingerbread and sinckerdoodle...sounds amazing right? These flavors are Larabars seasons bars that are so tasty but also nutritious. These bars are nothing but fruits and nuts and a few different spices like dates, raisins, cinnamon, cashews, pumpkin etc...Yummy right? These are so indulgent and delicious that you feel like you're eating the real thing but also helping your body stay super healthy.

A delicious drink is Celestial Holiday Teas like Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride, Cranberry Vanilla Wonderland and Sugar Plum Spice which taste just like the name description ...sweet and indulgent  but all natural and very flavorful.
My favorite is Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride which tastes just like a delidoucs sugar cookie. And don't forget the fruit that's in season right now like applies and pomegranates both packed with vitamins and antioxidants.

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