Trend Report: Emerald | Smashbox Limitless

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One of this year’s colors is EMERALD. I have a couple products that are excellent examples of the gorgeous trend.

First up is Smashbox’s Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Neptune.

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I didn’t try this for a whole 15 hours, but I think it’d stay with only minimal fading. I didn’t have any issues with creasing, but I don’t usually have that issue and I set it with an emerald shadow.

I’ve never tried anything from Smashbox, but I think I’ll check out some of these other cream shadows. They don’t budge and they’d be great as liners or as a boost of color to your shadows.

Available: $19 at Sephora

xoxo
Britni Rose

Disclaimer: Products featured in this post were provided for review. All reviews are honest and in no way influenced by anything other than my experience. Go here to view my full official Disclosure Policy.

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Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Heftiest Hibiscus and Roomiest Rose | Swatches, Photos, and Review

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Heftiest Hibiscus is an orange-coral, sometimes pure orange in some lighting. It’s super soft and moisturizing, and it really stands out.

Roomiest Rose is a deep, plummy, shimmery rose color. Not as much of a standout as Heftiest Hibiscus. but still super pretty.

These are creamy, opaque, moisturizing, and they last quite a while. There are quite a few more I want, but my wallet won’t let me right now. These are super convenient, portable, and they’ll last quite a while. Clinique has a winner with these Intense Chubby Sticks.

$16 USD at Clinique counters.

xoxo
Britni Rose

 

Zoya Swatches: Aurora, Song, and Wednesday | Swatches, Review, and Photos

Hey guys! A few Zoya’s I’ve gotten recently. Part of their three-free deal where you just pay shipping? Yeah, that one.

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Aurora is a red violet jelly with lots of holographic glitter. It’s so sparkly, and even when the holographic properties are hidden, the silver glitter that’s left is super noticable and pretty. It’s a cool polish, no matter what light you’re in. This is just a really, really nice polish. Also,  the last two pictures are after four days wear and just one coat of China Glaze Fast Forward top coat.

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Song is a dark cobalt blue to the naked eye, but when light hits that shimmer? OH MY GOD. This is the best nail polish of all time, ever. The application was better than butter, I had literally no cleanup, it was so creamy and gorgeous. It only gets better as it lights up on camera. Seriously, guys, just go buy this. NOW. ASAP. Ugh. So pretty.IMG_7316Wednesday is a green turquoise, not too unlike Mermaid Tears from OPI, but Mermaid Tears is dustier. There’s a bit of fan issue with the formula, in case you didn’t notice. It’s too thick, but it’s also watery at the same time. It’s thick, but not creamy, I guess is what I’m trying to say. It’s hard to keep it off your cuticles, and it’s so, so uneven. You’d have to do like five of the worlds thinest coats to have this behave. I also have it’s sister in the collection, Zuza. Which I haven’t tried yet, I don’t think.

Alright guys. Go buy Song and maybe even Aurora, stat. You can skip Wednesday, though. I also bought Logan from the Ornate collection (I think that’s what Aurora is from?), but I still need to get Storm, Blaze, and Ziv.

xoxo
Britni Rose

 

Clinique Eyeshadow Duo from their December(?) Gift

Hi guys! Found these pictures hiding, decided to make a quick post out of them while my family sets the table for dinner.

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The shadows are soft and have okay pigmentation. Not the highest quality, and there are many drugstore shadows that are cheaper and better quality. The pink is way too pink for me, and looks too preppy bubblegum deluxe. Though it’s not too far off from some of my favorite Urban Decay and Lancôme shadows, Sin and Kitten Heel, respectively. So… I guess I don’t understand… maybe the amount of pearl is a little too high. The brown isn’t even worth mentioning. These were swatched twice for both of them.

Have a nice night!

xoxo
Britni Rose

China Glaze Avant Garden | Swatches, Photos, and Review

Hey guys! Another quick post! I got ahold of the Avant Garden collection- FINALLY. I feel like I’m so behind on getting these polishes! I haven’t even had time to shop. There must be something wrong with me! Anyway, I finally just gave up and ordered them on TransDesign. I only wanted seven of the collection, so I just got all seven at once.

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Budding Romance is a dirty, dark spring green. A little more dirty/olive than grass green. I’d be willing to say Army Olive Drab? It seems to have an almost jelly finish in photos, but it looks like an opaque creamy shiny goodness.

IMG_8330 IMG_8331Dandy Lyin’ Around is a bright, true, shimmery white. This and Keep Calm, Paint On were the two in this collection I needed right off the bat, before even seeing swatches online. And I was not disappointed. The formula on this is great. Not even for a white or a pastel, but a good formula in general. Only the absolute slightest of streaking. So shimmery and pretty and *sigh* perfect.

IMG_8337 IMG_8338Fancy Pants is a indigo purple creme with tons and tons of pink, light blue, and gold(?) shimmer. So freaking gorgeous. Perfect formula. One coat.

GUYS. GUYS. I bought a purple. I. Bought. A. Purple. It’s just too pretty. I don’t even have words.

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Keep Calm, Paint On is a pastel sage/mint color with near-white light blue-green shimmer. So pretty. Again, no words. Much more flattering on my skin in person, vs. flash. The formula was just okay. I mean, better than their other spring mint, Re-Fresh Mint by far. But still iffy. The shimmer helped, I think. Still, it was worth it. Two coats. Also, great (historical) name!

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Mimosas Before Manis is my favorite of the collection. It’s a perfect coral/melon with tangerine shimmer. Just look at that perfection. The formula was flawless. In love.

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Snap My Dragon is a neutral red with hot pink crazy shimmer. SO glowy and soft and pretty. Again, let the pictures talk.

GUYS. GUYS. I bought a red. I. Bought. A. Red.

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Sunday Funday is a color I wish I had liked more. It’s a sky blue with a sheer-ish, streaky formula. It runs straight to your cuticles. It’s darker in person, it looks neon here. It’s like the color in the bottle near the sticker tag. I wish it were neon. It just doesn’t stand up compared to the previous ones.

Overall, great collection. Sunday Funday wasn’t up to par with the others, but is still a good polish in the end. Have you gotten any of this collection?

xoxo
Britni Rose

SquareHue: March 2013 O’Hue Collection | Swatches, Photo, and Review

 

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Blond Ale is a gold champagne shimmer. Prettier in person, looks a little “cigarette smoker” in pictures. Which is a shame. It has a wonderful natural sparkle to it, but comes off a little frosty in the picture. But either way, great formula and no visible brush strokes.

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Amber Lager is a gorgeous copper/bronze/rust color, just the perfect color for a lager as well. A pretty metallic, no brush strokes or anything. Just a super pretty color. Looks gorgeous in the bottle, too. The shimmer reflects off the bottle and looks almost gold, which you can see a little bit. No duochrome or anything though.

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Patty’s Pint is a stunning, absolutely perfect in every way, shimmery yummy goodness of an emerald. This is what they mean by “color of the year.” Truly deep and just… stunning.

Now, I know this is an Irish-St. Patty’s themed box, so I do wish there were a kelly green, maybe instead of Amber Lager, as this is almost spring, and bronzes are kind of… meh to me right now. However, I’ve mentally pictured a thousand different combinations of these three polishes, and they all go perfectly together. SquareHue knows what it’s doing.

I’ll state it again. This is an amazing service, the best I’ve experienced yet. Totally worth the full price of $21 a month. You get three on/ahead-of-trend polishes with beyond superb formulas in the most simple packaging. And the square bottle is to die for. It’s so clear and pretty. No need to distract from the polishes. Definitely try these guys out.

As a mini-update on my Battle of the Boxes (so many people are using that term, we need a new one…), I signed up for the Ipsy GlamBag, but I can’t stand a company that has a wait list after being on the market for so long. If I want it, I want it now. So I removed myself from the wait list, and will be signing up for another monthly nail polish service, the well known Julep Maven program. I really like their setup and perks of joining. More on that when I actually get it and try the service out.

xoxo
Britni Rose

Introducing SquareHue! February 2013 Box: The Vintage Love Collection | Swatches, Photos, and Review

Hi guys! So I’ve decided to try a bunch of different subscription services for at least three months each. A pilgrimage of sorts. I’m seriously debating leaving Birchbox, I’m just waiting for the eco-friendly April box, which if I’m not mistaken, will be the third anniversary of my Birchbox subscription. As my regular readers will know, I’ve reviewed Beauty Box Five as well, and even signed up. Well, I cancelled that one. It just wasn’t the style and type of box I’m looking for. Then I saw someone post a SquareHue review, the first and only that I could find. It’s $21 a month, but I used a promo code that I got on the blog so my subscription to SH is $14/mo instead. Also, a portion of the monthly fee goes towards charities helping women! Yay!

Each month, you receive three nail polishes that are excellent quality and very on-trend. So here’s February’s box, I’ll continue the review below.

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The box they send it just large enough to fit three polishes, some easter grass, and a card stating the month and collection name. That’s it. No wasted space, no non-recycleable materials, nothing. Simple and sophisticated. SquareHue doesn’t have to throw girly colors at you. The company has a “grown up” look to it.
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Underneath the easter grass is three gorgeous square bottles with simple white cap handles, a square “hue” logo (get it? SquareHue? get it? Yeah, you get it.) IMG_7771 IMG_7773

I absolutely love the stickers on the bottom. Clean and large, easy to read. Brand, polish name, collection/month. That’s it. So easy to organize that way.IMG_7811 IMG_7818IMG_7774 IMG_7776One coat. A little streaky, not bad for a pastel.

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High School Crush is an opaque pink pastel. If I had been more patient, the third coat shown in the last two pictures would have been flawless. But I was rushing. It’s a gorgeous pink too, not too girly. I’d actually wear this! It just looks so soft, innocent, and gentle. The formula really wasn’t bad for an opaque pastel color. Shiny too!

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Wartime Romance (how awesome is that name?!) is a medium berry creme. The formula on this one wasn’t the best, but it wasn’t completely horrible either. An okay color. I like it, but it’s a common color. Super shiny though, no topcoat in any of these pictures.

IMG_7794 IMG_7795 IMG_7798 IMG_7809 Dear John is a blackened crimson shimmer. Oh my gorgeous. Formula was spot on perfect, the color is so deep and glowy. I absolutely love this. It does look black in some lighting, but bursts into life when light is introduced. So smooth and shiny, just like the others.

I love the packaging. The square bottles are super easy to store, they look professional and sleek, and it’s still easy to see the color from above, so no pulling out bottle after bottle looking for that exact pink you’re looking for.

Overall, I’m extremely impressed by my first SquareHue box. I love how the company presents itself, I love their customer service and social media presence, and most importantly I like their product. These polishes are gorgeous.

At the time of publishing this article, I have received my second box from them, with the review being posted tomorrow, I can say I’m probably going to stay with SquareHue for a while. You’ll see why.

What do you guys think? Will you check out SquareHue? Let me know in the comments any other subscription services you’d like to see reviewed! I have a list, which I will post to help ladies realize there are other things than Birchbox!

xoxo
Britni Rose