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Milani Ultrafine Liquid Eye Liner Black Vinyl Swatches & Review

Milani Ultrafine Liquid Eye Liner Black Vinyl Swatches & ReviewOn a daily basis, I wear eye liner, but usually I use either a gel liner or a pencil eye liner.

But I’ve been curious about trying out a liquid eye liner because unlike gel liner, I don’t need to use a separate brush. And, unlike a pencil eye liner, liquid eye liner is supposed to be more long-lasting and smudge-proof.

The new Milani Ultrafine Liquid Eye Liner in Black Vinyl was the first liquid eye liner I’ve ever tried, and I was excited to put it to the test!

I was concerned about not being able to draw a straight line. Gel and pencil liners are more forgiving because you can go over the same area and fill in parts you missed. But, going into this, I thought that liquid liner was trickier. More on my surprising experience with that in this post!

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Milani Cherry Crave Color Statement Lipstick Swatches & Review

Milani Cherry Crave Color Statement Lipstick Swatches & ReviewYou’ll remember how recently, I fell in love and lust with MAC Ronnie Red from the Archie’s Girls Collection. (It was my first real red lipstick.)

Since then, I’ve been itching to try out more red lipsticks because I love how they ‘wake up’ your complexion and can look classy.

Well, Milani came to the rescue like a beauty caped crusader!

I’ve been test-driving one of the new Color Statement Lipsticks by Milani – the Milani Cherry Crave Color Statement Lipstick to be exact!

It’s very different from MAC Ronnie Red in terms of colour and finish, but I’ve found this to be an easy-to-wear red lipstick for my skin tone as well! YAY!

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Nail Art: What I Wore on My Nails for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day Nails Nail Art SwatchValentine’s Day may be over, but I still wanted to show you what was on my fingertips.

My Valentine’s Day Nails included the traditional pink, red, and white, but I threw some black into the mix because I wanted it to have a bit of an anti-Valentine’s Day edge, too.

Initially, I was going to put hearts all over, but then opted for stripes for a different effect that was more sporty and unconventional for February 14. (Hehe, you know how I’m a little obsessed with vertical stripes on nails, right?)

This manicure is also symbolic because I believe everyone should ‘show their stripes’.

Although this striped skittle design is extremely simple, I ended up falling in love with it more than I thought I would. (I wore this manicure for 5 days!)

So, I’m single, and even though I didn’t get any flowers, chocolates, or stuffed toys, I still very much enjoy Valentine’s Day.

Last year, I went through an emotional split from a boyfriend a little before Valentine’s Day. From that horrible experience, a profound revelation arose. I realized that I had been in love with the man I thought he was, not the man he actually was. Huge difference!

This year, on February 14th, a guy who I just met recently professed his feelings for me! It was very sweet and genuine, so it made me feel like a million bucks! It also took me off-guard, which is a hard thing to do, because I’m pretty good at sensing these kind of things.

In a way, I considered this my Valentine’s Day gift because it put a huge smile on my face. (I know a lot of players who’ve just fed me lines that I can see through, but I think this guy is the real deal, so I took his words to heart.)

I’m still single, however. After having my heart stomped on in the past, I’m trying to be more discerning before going steady with anyone. For this reason, I’m casually dating some guys, and I’m honest about it.

Then, if I feel a spark with someone who I think is more long-lasting, I will go steady with one. If not, at least I’ve made new friends. In this way, I feel like I can keep my options open and avoid unnecessary heartbreaks from jumping in too soon and too fast. I believe that guys have to earn exclusivity by proving they’re in it for the long haul. Also, time is a great test because it lets you see how they’ll deal with problems that will eventually arise.

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Reader Requested Nail Art Tutorial: Violet Beauregarde Nails

Violet Beauregard Nails Nail Art Tutorial & PhotosOne of my readers, Annika, e-mailed me her ideas for a Violet Beauregarde nail design and asked if I could do a nail tutorial based on the character from the original 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory character.

Since I haven’t done freehand nail art in some time, I thought I’d give it a go.

You’ll remember that Violet was the one who chewed the same piece of gum for a long time. And when at the factory, she can’t resist trying the new chewing gum that Willy Wonka has come up with that includes flavours such as appetizers, main courses, and even desserts!

Haha, she grows bigger and bigger, turning blue/violet as the seconds pass! Finally, the Oompa Loompas have to take her to the Juicing Room to squeeze it all out.

Here is my version of Violet Beauregarde Nails.

Instead of making the buckle sideways on the red belt, I wanted to give it a twist, so I painted them very similar to the buckles in the Santa Nails I did before on here.

If you want to take a completely literal and accurate approach, paint the red belt and buckles horizontally.

In this post, I’ll show you more photos of this quick design as well as step-by-step instructions with photos for how to recreate it.

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Milani New 2013 Launch: Color Statement Lipstick & Color Statement Lipliner Press Release & Promo Pictures

Milani-Color-Statement-Lipstick-Lipliner-Press-Release-Promo-Pictures smallerMilani is a brand that creates a lot of trendy and affordable cosmetics.

I’ve had the pleasure of trying their fun nail polishes. I use their black striper polish in a lot of my nail art, but you’ve also seen me sport their coloured polishes in my posts about Chicken Drumstick Nails and Cookie Monster Nails.

But I’ve never tried any of their lip products. So when Milani’s PR sent me information about their new 2013 promotion, I became as curious as a cat.

For 2013, they’ve launched 2 new products in many shades:

  • Milani Color Statement Lipstick
  • Milani Color Statement Lipliner

I’m eager to see these in person because I’d like to experiment with bolder lip colours.

From the promo pictures, I’m especially curious about the pinks (because I’ll bet they’ll be fun for the spring) and the purples (because they’re so dramatic).

The lipsticks are advertised as being highly pigmented and lightweight, which sound appealing to me. And for those who pay close attention to the ingredients, you’ll notice that they’re also paraben-free.

Check out the rest of this post. I’ll share promo photos where you can see each product and the specific colours in greater detail.

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Holiday & Winter Nail Art Ideas

Winter & Holiday Nail Art Ideas & TutorialsThis year I haven’t had time to do Christmas nail-art tutorials prior to the big day.

But, since I know that a lot of nailphiles will be busting out the lacquer, I’ve put together this post on Holiday & Winter Nail Art Ideas featuring some looks I’ve done in the past.

In this post, I’ve also linked each manicure to its corresponding nail-art tutorial, which features step-by-step written instructions and photos. All, except for one, have tutorials. Plus within some of the posts are links to reviews of the individual nail polishes.

Hope that you’ll come up with something great for your holiday manicure! (I actually have been juggling a few designs in my head, but I still haven’t decided which to paint. I’ll be sure to share my Christmas manicure sometime after December 25th.)

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Nail Art: Red Fiend Nails

Red Fiend Nails Nail Art SwatchesToday’s Red Fiend Nails feature China Glaze Bend Over Backwards (red), Whirled Away (black and white), and Get Carried Away (black, silver, and red), all of which are from the incredible new Cirque du Soleil Collection.

You may know that red isn’t my favourite nail colour (although I sometimes crave it), but when it’s combined with black and white, I’m crazy about it!

I was inspired by the artistry, fun costumes, and unpredictability of the Cirque du Soleil shows when I designed this simple look. (I’ve never been to their live show, but I’ve seen some of their specials on TV. Brilliance can’t even begin to describe the talent in that production!)

The Cirque du Soleil polishes in this post were lent to me by the same friend I mentioned in the previous two posts. (She’s saving me a lot of money right now, haha, but I do plan on buying a few bottles to add to my collection! Can’t be a complete polish mooch, right?) 😉

This design includes Bend Over Backwards (red), Whirled Away (black and white), and Get Carried Away (black, silver, and red).

Out of the nail-art designs I’ve done so far with the Cirque du Soleil shades, I think this is my favourite because it’s the most cohesive.

Also, a lot of people accent the ring finger, but I chose to accent the middle finger with black. Thought it was appropriate. 😉

P.S. At the end of this post, I’ll provide mini reviews for each Cirque du Soleil polish.

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