30 November 2011

Dr's Remedy Instant Cover review!

Hey everyone!

Today I'm going to review a different kind of product for you called Dr's Remedy Instant Cover. It's similar to a very full-coverage foundation, and is intended for use on the body. I received the shade Light for review.

I really like the packaging for this product! It comes in a 3.5 oz tube which is a great value for the $46 Edit: $40 price tag. Here's a picture:

It comes with a sponge applicator attached to the tube so there's no need to dirty your hands with makeup! I first put Instant Cover to the test when I attended a wedding Labor Day weekend and used it to cover up a pretty noticeable scar on my knee from when I ever-so-gracefully tripped on campus last spring. I'm happy to say that it did an awesome job covering! Here are the before and afters:



Since then, I've used it a couple more times and have really liked it! The only small complaint I had was the lack of shades; at the moment the shades offered are Light, Medium, and Dark, and the light is a tad too light for my skin tone, as you can probably tell. All in all, I'd say this product is really good to have if you would like to cover scars, varicose veins, bruises, or any other imperfections on the body. It will last an extremely long time too since the tube is pretty big. Oh, and my favorite part, it dries so quickly and stayed put all day =]

Do you have this product? Also, go like Dr.'s Remedy on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to stay updated on their latest products! It's my first-ever product from this brand, but I'm pretty sure it won't be my last =]

Thanks for reading,


12 November 2011

Revlon Talk Dirty

Hey everyone!

I just did a hugeee chop and I can't find my camera so I don't know when will be the next time I can post, but here's a quick mani for you!

This is Revlon's Talk Dirty from their line of Dark Pleasures. I got this one in a Christmas Tree Store for a couple of dollars. It's one of those deep brown/olives with gold shimmer that are kind of popular at the moment. This is two coats, I believe.

How is everyone doing? Thanks for sticking with me during the hectic school year. I'll be having a tiny giveaway to thank you soon!


11 October 2011

Dr's Remedy Press Release!

Hi everyone! Just stopping in to share this news! Hope all is well<3

Dr.'s REMEDY Enriched Nail Polish in Positive Pink will add a healthy dose of color to your look. 20% of the proceeds from each Positive Pink Enriched Nail Polish purchased at an Everything But Water store or their website will go to Living Beyond Breast Cancer. The polish is a lovely, healthysplash of toxin-free, vitamin-enhanced color for your nails. $17. The nail polish is available ateverythingbutwater.com/in-the-pink.


Dr.'s REMEDY is a line of doctor-inspired cosmetics that is dedicated to using clean, hypo-allergenic ingredients. The birth-child of two New York-based podiatrists, Dr. Adam Cirlincione and Dr. William Spielfogel, Dr.'s REMEDY proves quintessentially-perfect for any person looking to better the condition of her skin and nails; their Enriched Nail Polish is the first-ever nail polish on the market created by doctors and approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association. Dr.'s REMEDY is sold online at www.remedynails.com or by calling 1-877-323-NAIL. 

02 October 2011

Hello! And Chysanthe-mum's the Word

Hi everyone!

The semester is in full swing and I've already had a bunch of exams, all of which have gone well so far! I've barely turned on my computer and my Google reader constantly shows that I have "1000+" new posts to read, but hopefully I'll find the time to get through them and get the energy to write up some posts.

It's October! I'm excited for the cooler weather but not for the extreme cold. How is the weather where you are?

Anyway, here are some quick pictures of Finger Paints Chrysanthe-mum's the Word from the Spring 2011 Collection, the ones with the adorable rings attached! It's a really bright seafoam green, if that makes sense, and I can't really decide what kind of undertones it has. It's lovely! I wore this for longer than I care to admit.

It's a really pretty cream! I can't believe it took me so long to wear it. Do you own it?

Thanks so much for reading and continuing to follow!


27 August 2011

Back-to-School Haulage


The hurricane is coming! I'm in southern New Jersey and it has been raining since about 10 AM. Luckily I still have my power, though!

Sorry I kind of ran out of manicures for a bit so I'm due for a long swatching session. Fortunately I have so many new goodies to play with! Wanna see? Sure you do!

First, the two most recent Serena sets. I bought the red and gold one first, since the purple was sold out at my Ulta and I couldn't NOT buy a Serena set since I play tennis, but I went back to make my last Ulta trip yesterday and they restocked Grape...Set...Match! My lucky day =]

L to R from top: Pros & Bronze, Love is a Racket, Grape...Set...Match and Servin' Up Sparkle.

Here are my two picks from the Miss Universe collection, which also randomly showed up at my Ulta yesterday. I was just there two days before but yesterday there were SO many new things and everything was restocked. I chose It's MY Year, because it was so much prettier in person than I expected, and Swimsuit...Nailed It! Fun fact: my boyfriend actually LOVED that blue.

Oh, and has anyone else seen OPI caps stamped with numbers? This is the first time I have.

Next are my Orly Birds of a Feather picks. I went out originally just wanting Fowl Play, like the rest of the world, but Sea Gurl stuck out to me for some reason as well, so I also got that one. I loved Peachy Parrot too, and actually the whole collection =P Maybe someday I'll get the rest.

Here's what I've recently grabbed from Sally's: China Glaze Trendsetter (I'll probably get more Metros in the future) and Finger Paints Cordur-Orange. I also got a One 'n' Only Argan 1.25" Curling Iron. I mentioned this on Twitter, but when I asked the woman working at Sally's if the Metros were in, she said they were in the back, but she wasn't allowed to put them out until September for some sort of promotion? But she asked if I wanted to see them and told me I could buy the ones I wanted...weird! The saleswoman got to Midtown Magic before I could, though!

This picture shows both polishes much more color-accurately.

Now I can show you these glitters I got in Spain! These are all chunky glitters that I got from an Asian Bazaar for 1 euro each. They are full of chemical goodness. They don't have names, but from left to right, it's a lilac circular glitter, a white/iridescent circular glitter, and a BLACK! circular glitter. Besides the large circular glitter, each polish has tiny glitter of the same color. I wore the black one in Spain, and application was typical for a chunky glitter: annoying and all of the glitter came to my nail tip. But they're pretty cool nonetheless.

And last but not least, MY GLITTER GAL HOLOS! These just came today and I'm already in love. I ordered them from llarowe and shipping was only $2.22. It's great that when polishes are already so much, you don't have to pay an arm and a leg for shipping as well. Super fast shipping and I highly recommend her site! I got Red, Marine Blue, and Dark Purple.


So, yeah....my stash has absolutely doubled this summer. At least. Sigh. I hate it, but I love it. This isn't even close to all that I've bought.

Oh, yeah, when my Ulta restocked, I noticed a brand new display with a white shimmery polish, a red (typical), and base and top coat. The tag on the bottles noted that some of the proceeds from sales go to a charity. The name of the white I can't remember but it had "man-i" in it, and the red was "Red-y to Help." Has anyone else seen it? I took a cell phone pic but it will not send to my email.

Did you grab any of the polishes I did? I love fall collections. And now I'm definitely all set for school! Thank you so much for reading =]


22 August 2011

How I Got Over Polish Withdrawl


How are all of you today? Feel free to leave a comment letting me know! I'd love to talk to you guys more =]

So today I have one of my favorite manicures of late. I brought like 6 polishes with me to Spain, and I was getting plain SICK of them and couldn't wait to get home just to get back to my full stash. So as soon as I got home, I put on this one =]

First we have two coats of Orly It's Up to Blue. I really like this polish and it had awesome opacity. It even matches my cell phone! =]

And since I was craving some sort of nail art, I pulled out my brand new China Glaze Cracked Medallion. It cracked really really well! For those of you who are interested, I painted it on very thick and made a ton of brushstrokes to get this pattern. Check out the awesome color combination!

So what do you think? I needed this mani to get over my polish slump! =P

Thanks so much for reading,


20 August 2011

A Bit of Polish and a Bit of Spain

Hello again! Third day in a row =]

Today I have a picture of the polish I was wearing when I left, China Glaze 2NITE<3. I also have a feet picture, so you have been warned. BUT I was wearing Barefoot in Barcelona on my toes, and I was at a beach in Barcelona....so I couldn't NOT take a picture!

Here we go:

The lovely 2NITE. This was 3 coats I think because I had a heck of a time with application. Any hints for applying this better? I only have this picture, but I thought I had taken more. 

SANGRIA at a lovely restaurant on the waterfront in Barcelona. It was delicious..and 15 euros for the pitcher. I also had a ton of mussels at that restaurant and my friend had shrimp. Yes, we split that between two people.

My Barefoot in Barcelona pedi. I left the image small on purpose =P I just can't get over how appropriate the polish was for the occasion! Oh, and I don't think the whole "nude pedi" thing works for me....or maybe I need a more warm-toned nude. I don't even care that BiB isn't good for my skintone....I love it!

And finally, La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Oh. My. Gosh. Even looking at the pictures leaves me breathless. For some reason, I am in love with this building. I only vaguely knew of it before my trip. It is spectacular in person, and I was so happy that going to visit was on the itinerary! Here's a little bit about the building (I used Wikipedia to check my facts and for the years): So, this building is a Roman Catholic Church that was actually declared a minor basilica in 2010. The construction of the Sagrada Família began in 1882, and an architect by the name of Gaudí took over the project in 1883. When he died in 1926, less than 1/4 of the project was done. As you can kind of see in my picture, there are cranes around it, because it is still under construction today, and the project will hopefully be completely in 2026, which would be the 100 year anniversary of Gaudí's death. Also, there's some really interesting symbolism to represent the apostles and some of the saints, some of which isn't completed yet, but I'll stop boring you here. Isn't it incredible? I urge you to Google Image Search it; it's absolutely gorgeous. (Oh, here, just click!)

So that's it for now! I hope I didn't bore you =P I'll add more pictures in my next couple of posts. These are what I consider the highlights of Barcelona, since I was only there for 3 days. Look forward to some sights from Madrid and Santiago de Compostela!

As always, thanks for reading.


19 August 2011

China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy


What's going on today? I haven't done anything....except eat some really delicious hoagies for dinner (that's subs or sandwiches for all of you non-South Jersey folk). Today I have another manicure from before my trip: China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy. This was the one I wanted most from the Poolside Collection because a neon coral just sounds so awesome, and lucky for me this one was added to the permanent section of my Sally Beauty Supply so I snatched it up =]

Here are some color-inaccurate photos. This was an awful time to capture; I even tried to take a photo underwater and it came out even LESS color accurate. =P

Only two photos this time because I really didn't get any pictures that I was happy with. Do you own this color? What do you think?

Thanks for reading!


I'm Finally Back! With China Glaze Electric Pineapple

Well hello there! Long time no see!

I had an absolutely fabulous time in Spain so I hope you can forgive the lack of posts over the last five weeks. I will try and make up for it! I will also post some pictures from my trip =] Thanks to all of you for sticking with me over the past couple of weeks! I noticed that someone unfollowed my blog, and while I suppose I understand why, it still hurts a tiny bit! Thanks for being so understanding as always!

But here are some nail pictures, because I know that's why you are all here. I love this color. It's creamy, it's bright, it's awesome for summer. This was three coats I believe, and I didn't have any problems with the application. Here is China Glaze Electric Pineapple:

As you can see, it's about a 60:40 mix of green to yellow. I realized that I bought this, OPI Who the Shrek Are You? and OPI Fiercely Fiona all within a week or so of each other. I think those shades will make a pretty crazy ombre manicure in the future. Oh, and look how long my nails are! My nails are seriously recovering from vacation so I've chopped them down a bit, and I miss them being this long!

That's it for now I suppose! Expect to be hearing a bit more from me over the next couple of weeks. I've missed you!

Thanks for reading!

22 July 2011

One Year Blogiversary Guest Post!

(Hi everyone! Today we have another guest post from Amanda of the Nail Polish Enthusiast blog. It's a special one as today is my one year blogiversary and also her birthday! Thank you all for your support over the last year! Enjoy!)

Hello again, Janna's readers!

I'm here with a very special post for you: Janna's 1 year blogiversary post! (It also happens to be my birthday, but let's focus on the important stuff here.) Janna is in Spain and has given me the honor of her one year post, so we decided on a celebration theme. Instantly, Janna and I both thought of Milani Gems, a dupe for Deborah Lippmann's Happy Birthday. It's a sparse glitter with a variety of colors in it, but we'll get to that soon.
Step one was figuring out what color to layer it over. I couldn't figure out what color scheme I wanted to do, since Gems has so many colors and I wanted all the glitter to stand out. I swatched it over Zoya Phoebe, Misa The Grass is Greener on My Side, OPI Chapel of Love, and Color Club Pucci-licious (I still don't understand that name, by the way).

For some reason, Zoya Phoebe stuck out to me as the most celebration-y of the bunch. The blue and glitter just seemed to scream cupcakes and celebrating and fun drinks (okay, maybe the last one is more of an adult celebration technique...). Here's Phoebe on her own:
Phoebe is a matte polish from one of Zoya's summer 2011 lines, Mod Mattes. This is shown with 2-3 coats and no topcoat. It dries with a shimmery finish, something unusual for a matte but somehow very appealing. (Ignore the poor cleanup, I wanted to wait until I put Gems on to clean up completely.)
Finally, I added Gems to my index and thumb, two coats each. I thought I would add it to all my fingers but I thought it stood out more as an accent than on every finger. Then I just added topcoat to all my nails. (I now see that my cleanup on my middle finger wasn't as good as I thought in person. Hmph. That's the trouble with up close pictures, I guess!)

Blurry to show the sparkliness and shininess with topcoat, mmmm:

What do you ladies think? Would you have chosen Phoebe, TGIGOMS (what a long name, Misa!), Chapel of Love, or Pucci-licious? Would you have done all nails with Gems?

(Thanks again, Amanda! I love the accent nail and removal was probably much easier =] But Gems looks great over all of the colors! And Happy Birthday! Thanks for reading everyone! -Janna)

18 July 2011

Guest Post! Nina Ultra Pro Purple X-ing

(Hi everyone! I've finally arrived at the University of Santiago de Compostela! Time to get to work =] Today I have for you a guest post from Amanda of the Nail Polish Enthusiast blog. Definitely go check her out!)

Hi ladies! Today I'm posting for Janna while she's in Spain (hola querida! estas usando tu espanol? espero que si!). This is quite an honor, so I picked a polish I thought both Janna and I would adore, and I think I found it. It hits all the things I love about polish: cheap ($2.99!), easily accessible, beautiful, and a one-coat dream.

Here's Nina Ultra Pro, which is available at Sally's. The polish is called Purple X-ing, which I mistakenly called Purplexing for about a week until my friend pointed it out. This is a deep, almost royal purple with silver and purple glitter and slightly larger holo glitter in it. The picture below shows the texture (slightly gritty) and the sparkle pretty well, although it isn't so color accurate (the bottle is).



And finally, a macro shot of the bottle. Look at that sparkle!


Applying this polish was heavenly. Did I mention that is only one coat on my nails?! I loved this color, although I only wore it for one day since it started to chip and I was getting behind on manis to post on my blog and Janna's.
I hope you enjoyed this guest post! Nice meeting all of you ;)

(Gracias Amanda! I hope you all enjoyed this guest post and expect to be hearing from Amanda again really soon ;])

12 July 2011


Hi everyone!

This is a quick post to say that I'm alive and very well. Barcelona is beautiful and I'm going to enjoy my last 2 days here for sure.

I've decided that I'm going to do my next post once I get to a place where I have more time, which will be starting the 18th when I'm in Santiago. I'm really sorry, but I don't think I have enough time to do a post until then. There's too much to see!

That being said, I hope all is well. If you'd like, leave a comment telling me if you've ever been to Spain. If so, where? Would you like to see pictures from my trip?

Thanks for reading!


08 July 2011

Face Paint Friday - Have Makeup, Will Travel


Two days til my Spanish adventure! I still really need guest bloggers, so email me at paradise423@gmail.com or tweet me at @cleverncolorful to let me know if you're interested! Nail, makeup, hair, skincare...any beauty related things are encouraged!

So for this week's Face Paint Friday, I'm going to show you the makeup I'm bringing on my adventure. My trip is 3 days in Barcelona, then 3 days in Madrid, then 4 weeks at the university at which I'll be studying, so there's a lot of moving around. I actually think while I'm at the university I have to change dorms halfway through as well. My favorite makeup product is eyeshadow, and at home I use many different palettes when doing a look, but it seemed impractical to bring a lot of small palettes with me across the world, and I didn't seem to have a bigger palette that included all the colors I use (pinks, greens, purples, browns...occasionally blues and smokey colors). I also couldn't bear to think of what would happen if I brought one of my favorite palettes and it BROKE in transport. **shudders**...the horror.

I went to CVS to try and find a big palette with enough shadows in it to keep me from wearing the same eyeshadow shades for 5 weeks (can you imagine?). I almost bought a Maybelline 10-shade palette, about the size of a playing card, until I found this:

This is a beauty pack from The Color Workshop. It includes 3 eyeshadow palettes in compacts, 4 eyeliner pencils, 4 nail polishes, two lipglosses, and 3 palettes that have 1 blush and 8 lipgloss shades. It cost me a whopping $10.

Here are some closer pictures!

The eyeliners. Black, Brown, Gray, and another Black. They're not crazy pigmented but they'll work. They're also really smooth and creamy, no pulling or tugging. I also love how big they are!

The eyeshadows, which were the reason I even looked twice this package. I did very quick finger swatches that I don't have a picture of, but I can tell you these aren't terribly pigmented. But, my Sephora eyeshadow primer will be with me to solve those problems. My favorite thing about these three palettes is the packaging. They each ave a mirror, they close very tightly and take some force to open....I found this really surprising for the price. They'll be great for travel! Also, imagine these much brighter, and anything that looks blue is actually purple.

Here are the lipsticks. They're really pigmented and creamy. The pink is a true fuschia I'd say, and the other one is a weird mauve/champagne frost. I like these (well, the pink)!

The blush/lipgloss palettes. I wasn't crazy about the possibility of getting powder blush all over the lipglosses, but I'll deal. I really like the color selection in these as well. I wore a blush yesterday and it was 75% missing after three hours, but I didn't set it so that might be why. I'm not crazy about blush anyway so it's not a big deal to me. I do have to admit I'll miss my dear Benefit Sugarbomb, but I'm so afraid to ruin it. Also, all of these are much brighter in real life. Those purple and pink glosses in the top picture are almost neon! I didn't have time to edit these because it's almost not Friday anymore!

I didn't photograph the nail polish, but they're a standard red, fuschia, dusty pink cream, and pink shimmer. If anyone wants pictures I can do that.

So this is most of the makeup I'll be traveling with. For $10, I won't care if it gets broken or cracked. I won't mind if I accidentally leave it in a hotel or lose it in transit. I'll also be able to buy makeup there if this stuff isn't doing it for me, so I'm not too worried. It is completely worth the price.

The other makeup I'm bringing is my Ulta Extreme Wear Mousse Foundation in Pure Beige (love this stuff), a tinted moisturizer (Ulta brand unless I find another one somewhere), Ulta Amped Lashes Mascara (again, unless I find another), my setting powder, colored liners, and concealer (also Ulta brand....see a pattern?), and a bunch of lip products including Wet n Wild tinted lipbalm and lipstick, Ulta brand gloss, my MAC Sonoran Rain and Caqui, and probably some others. Wow, that sounds like a lot....maybe I'll cut down =P

I will mention that CVS carried another kit like this from The Color Workshop. It had the same eyeshadow colors in the same arrangements (only in my kit, the shadows have circle stamps on them and in the other kit the shadows had no print on them), but it had 2 palettes with 2 blushes each, 4 lipsticks instead of 2, and the eyeliners were actual pencils (is that called kohl liners?) instead of the creamy pencils. Oh, and the nail polishes in the other kit were stout and round and the ones in mine had flat, squoval-shaped bottles.

So what makeup do you bring when you travel? Five weeks is a long trip, so I think I'm bringing more variety than I would on vacation. Also, I'm blanking on what nail polishes to bring. I seriously might go grab a bunch of Wet n Wilds and NYC polishes in case they break. =P

Would you buy this kit? Have you already? Let me know! Thanks for reading!