Tuesday, July 26, 2011

NOTD: For Audrey On Crackle

Natural Sunlight (Overcast)
Last weekend I stopped into Sally's because I had a $5 coupon for being a member of the Sally Beauty Club. Initially, I was only going to pick up something that would be covered with the coupon but they are running a promo where you get a free Diamond Dry Air Dry Top Coat when you buy 2 CG polishes. I picked up CG "For Audrey" and CG Crackle Glaze in "Cracked Concrete." With my $5 Sally coupon, I ended up paying $5.98 for all three. Good deal!

Natural Sunlight w/ Flash
China Glaze - For Audrey

Natural Sunlight w/ Flash
China Glaze - For Audrey (2 coats)
For Audrey is a robin's egg blue creme polish that was released as part of their "Something Blue" Collection. As tribute to Audrey Hepburn and Tiffany's, this color resembles the Tiffany "color" very closely but is not a precise hit on it. For my base color I applied 2 coats of "For Audrey."

Natural Sunlight w/ Flash
China Glaze Crackle - Cracked Concrete

Natural Sunlight w/ Flash
China Glaze Crackle - Cracked Concrete (w/o to coat)
Cracked Concrete  is a dark grey creme polish. Here I applied 1 coat over my base color. It dried as a matte instantly and looked cool enough to just leave it the way it was but I didn't want to risk chipping. So I applied a top coat to seal in the polish.

Base: Sally Hansen Hard as Nail Strengthener - Natural
Base Color: China Glaze - For Audrey
Crackle: China Glaze Crackle - Cracked Concrete
Top Coat: Sally Hansen Diamond Strength - Flawless

I really love this crackle polish compared to others, mostly because it takes effect very quickly before your eyes. Meaning no wait time! Hoping I can get the entire collection of crackles + the metallic crackles!

What's your favorite crackle polish?

Friday, July 22, 2011

**CLOSED** Sigma E25 Brush Giveaway!!

Hello my MY LOVELIES! Hope all is well with everyone and you're all keeping cool in this unbearable heat.

As I mentioned in my recent blog review on Sigma's E25 Blending Brush, I will be hosting a giveaway for a chance to win one of your own! If you missed it, check it out here.

*Please read the rules before entering this giveaway..

OPEN TO: Worldwide!!

* You MUST be a public follower of my blog via Google Friend Connect. (If you don't come up under "MY LOVELIES," then there is no way of me knowing that you are a follower.) (MANDATORY)
* Leave a comment in this post with your GFC name and email address. (1 ENTRY)
* This giveaway is open from July 22, 2011 to August 16, 2011.
* All entries must be in by August 16, 2011 @ 11:59 p.m. EST
* Winner will be chosen through random.org.
* Winner will be notified by email and will be announced on my blog. You will have 48 hours to respond before I will draw another name.

1. Follow me on Facebook: ShugaAndSpice (1 ENTRY)
2. Follow @Lidulme on Twitter. (1 ENTRY)

* If you do any of the extra entries please let me know in the mandatory comment. Completing all 3 gives you have a total of 3 entries.*

Good luck MY LOVELIES!

*Disclaimer: This prize is sponsored by Sigma Beauty. Sigma will send you the prize directly. I will use your mailing information ONLY to forward it to Sigma.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Review: Secret Soles Transformed the Soul of My Step! [Pic Heavy]

The lovely Jodi-Kay of Kreations by Kay has recently sent me these fabulous Secret Soles for review. What are Secret Soles? They are UV coated waterproof stickers that you apply to the bottom soles of your heels to add a style of your own. They are available in different styles, from a variety of colors to leopard or polka dot prints. I'm sure all women are aware of the fabulous Christian Louboutin shoes famous for their red-bottom soles and we all lust to own a pair of these. But, let's be real.. they are ridiculously expensive!!

Secret Soles
Available at Kreations by Kay

So why not spruce up your own favorite pumps with a classic red-bottom sole or a sexy pink animal print? Jodi-Kay sent me three different styles to try out: a classic red, a nice deep mustard yellow, and a black/pink/white animal print. The stickers come in a pre-packaged box that is inserted into a slip cover. You will find the package contents on the side of the box and both visual and written instructions on how to apply the stickers (located on the back of the slip cover).

Animal Print Secret Soles

The stickers are placed into a cute decorative box secured with a cotton bottom and covered by tissue paper. Priced at $20, an order like this comes with 3 pairs of stickers , a box cutter and antibacterial wipes. The one minor thing I disliked about the packaging is that the box was a bit short for the stickers so they bent on one side but it didn't affect the sticker at all. (Just an annoyance to me because I'm so anal about things like that, lol)

Side: Color contents
Slip cover + Box
Back: Visual/Written Application Instructions
Tissue Paper 
Red Stickers
Black/Pink/White Animal Print Stickers
Mustard Yellow Stickers 
Box cutter + Antibacterial wipe
Red Stickers (1 pair)

I decided to use the animal print on my taupe Steve Madden Kattrina Pumps. Since they are very neutral, I thought the print would give them a unique sexy pop of color.
SM Kattrina Pumps w/o Secret Soles
SM Kattrina w/ Animal Print Secret Soles 
SM Kattrina w/ Animal print Secret Soles
SM Kattrina w/ Animal Print Secret Soles
SM Kattrina w/ Animal Print Secret Soles
SM Kattrina w/ Animal Print Secret Soles

I applied the red stickers to a pair of Gold Glitter Steve Madden pumps. These are my cousin's shoes. Hope she likes them!
Applying red sticker to SM Caryssa Pumps
SM Caryssa w/ Red Secret Soles
SM Caryssa w/ Red Secret Soles
SM Caryssa w/ Red Secret Soles

1. Clean the bottom soles of the shoes with antibacterial wipes provided in package.

2. Peel designer sticker off of backing paper.

3. Apply to the sole of your shoe. Rub well with thumb working from the middle outwards. Trim excess off with the provided safety knife.

4. Keep excess sticker and apply to the heel if desired. Trim it the same way as in step 3.

5. Repeat application to other shoe.

6. Enjoy your revamped sexy heels!

Overall Opinion:
The stickers are very easy to apply but the task of trimming them is a bit difficult. I found myself trimming off more than I should have. So I had to take off the sticker and move it over to trim it again. The safety knife is very sharp and easily cuts the stickers, so if you are not careful you might cut too much off. I found the best way to trim the stickers is to start with the front end of the sole and trim down the shoe by placing the knife on an angle resting it on the edge of the sole. I then stopped midway and repeated the process on the other side. After, I then trimmed the bottom end of the soles, using the knife in the same manner.

I was a bit skeptical on using the red stickers since they are too reminiscent of the red-bottom Louboutins, but as far as application goes I preferred applying those better. They were easier to apply than the animal print stickers because they were more like a film and a bit transparent. This made it easier to actually see the edges of my soles, serving as a guideline on where to trim off the excess sticker without trimming off too much of it. The animal print stickers feel thicker and are opaque, making it difficult to see the edges of the soles.

As for the final outcome, I think I like the animal print better because they add a unique sexy look to my heels. Don't get me wrong, the red is lovely too but the print is pretty cute! I would apply these stickers to shoes with a straight edge heel (like my SM Kattrina) because it is pretty difficult to cut an extra piece that fits perfectly into a round edge heel. *Please see SM Caryssa pictures*

I recommend applying Secret Soles on a table with lots of room and to do it when you have time and patience where no one will be bothering you. Be careful not to cut yourself with the knife, it is very sharp. Don't leave it out if you have kids around.

I haven't worn my shoes out yet but look forward to seeing how the Secret Soles hold up. They should last up to 4 years. I will post an update on my blog as time goes on. But so far, I LOVEEE looking at my heels!! haha

Kreations by Kay:
Kreations by Kay, founded by Jodi-Kay Reece, is an online store based in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She specializes in hand-made products made for women. Other than being an authorized distributor of Secret Soles, she sells satin headwraps (used to protect your hair and retain moisture at night) and satin lap scarves. At the moment, Kreations by Kay is working on 2 new products to add to the collection. Jodi-Kay has been very lovely and attentive in responding to my emails in a timely manner. If you have any questions, you can contact her at kreationsbykayinc@gmail.com.

If you are interested in purchasing Secret Soles for yourself or as a gift, you can buy them at http://kreationsbykay.weebly.com/. Or you can order them and share them with your friends, splitting the cost. Payment is securely done through Paypal. If you don't have an account sign up for one; it's free! 

Also, find Kreations by Kay on Facebook here: Kreations by Kay FB Page.

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for consideration by Kreations by Kay. I have not received monetary compensation for reviewing this product. This review only reflects my honest opinions and experiences with the product.

Will you try out Secret Soles? What style would you add to your soles?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sigma E25 Travel-Size Blending Brush

As an affiliate for Sigma Beauty, I was sent the travel-sized E25 blending brush to review. It is the perfect size to carry around in your purse for on-the-go touch ups but can also be added to your collection of makeup brushes because of the high-quality hairs.

Oval-shaped bristles
The hairs are very soft and have not shed at all (I've been using it since I got it and have already cleaned it twice). So soft, it feels very gentle on the eyelid.

Sigma Description:
Oval-shaped brush with gently chiseled sides. Blends and softens the look of powder or cream shadows. Ideal to apply eye shadow primer, base eye shadow colors, and blend harsh lines.

       (Left) Unblended shadows             (Right) Blended shadows w/ E25

The E25 brush blends eyeshadows very well, better than the e.l.f. blending brush I own. Refer to pics above to see how well it blends eyeshadow. Overall, I am really impressed with all aspects of this brush. You can get it at sigmabeauty.com or WIN one through my giveaway this upcoming week. And make sure you check back the first week of August for my Birthday Giveaway!!

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for consideration by Sigma Beauty. I have not received monetary compensation for reviewing this product. This review only reflects my honest opinions and experiences with the product.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sally Hansen Blue Me Away French Mani

I haven't been up to blogging, much less doing anything because I've been sick.. wahhh.. who gets sick in summer?!?! But I must get myself out of bed and bring to you one of my recent nail looks for the summer. Everyone loves a classic french white manicure, but why not kick it up a notch this summer and throw in a bright pop of color to your frenchies!

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - Blue Me Away
For this look, I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in "Blue Me Away" for my french tips. "Blue Me Away" is a bright pool blue creme. It is opaque, therefore I only used one coat here. A perfect color for this summer heat! You can get this color @ your local drugstore or Ulta store. It retails @ Target for $2.49.

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Strengthener - Natural

2 coats of Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Strengthener
I recently got this Sally Hansen Nail Strengthener during my mini Target haul and decided to try it out instead of applying a clear base coat. Here I applied 2 coast of the nylon + retinol strengthener to my nails. It goes on just like a polish but dries instantly. I already feel a difference in the strength of my nails over the week and I like the shine it adds to them.  I definitely recommend picking this up. It retails for $3.24 at Target.

What Is It:
An extra strength nail hardening treatment that protects & strengthens soft, fragile nails.

How It Works:
Nylon formula fortifies nails & helps prevent chipping, splitting & peeling; Retinol & copper Peptide formula hydrates parched nails' Omega 3 & Soy formula helps diminish the look of ridges.

The Results:
Hard, healthy looking, shiny nails that lasts.

How To Use:
Apply 2-3 coats on bare nails. Let dry.

Natural Light - In car

Natural Sunlight
I went a bit thicker with the tips than I usually would because I decided to leave my base clear and didn't want the curves of my nails showing. Free-handing a french mani is a bit hard to do on yourself so I used my trusty Scotch tape to make the lines really crisp. And this way, you can control the thickness of the line beforehand. Just make sure to let whatever base coat you're using dry completely before applying the Scotch tape, ladies! Then, simply used your desired polish from the tape down and remove once you're done. It's that easy! No more ending up unhappy with crooked and uneven lines.

What are your thoughts on using bright colors for french manicures in summer?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Pink Wednesday: Essie- Long Stem Roses

Essie - Long Stem Roses
Depending on who you ask.. Essie has been put into the red nail polish category. But if you really look at it, you'll see there is no way this polish looks anything close to being a red. It is in fact a very pretty bright pink. I must have worn this color all sumer last year, that's how fond I am of it!

Here, I applied 2 coats of Long Stem Roses and topped them off with my favorite: Sally Hansen Diamond Strength in Flawless to seal this lovely color in!

What are you wearing for Pink Wednesday?

Review: NYC Liquid Lipshine + Photos

(Left to Right) NYC Liquid Lipshine - Midtown Mulberry - Prospect Pink - Win n Dine
Hello all, I haven't been blogging like I should be but I promise I will try doing my best to blog daily from now on. I hope you all had a great fourth of July!! I just stayed home and hung out with my sisters, which was nice because I don't get to see them on a daily basis since they don't live with me. The lovely and generous people at New York Color sent me great products to review for MY LOVELIES. Among these products, I received the Liquid Lipshine Glosses in Midtown Mulberry, Prospect Pink, and Wine n Dine

These lipshines come in 10 different shades ranging from light sheer colors to pigmented deep colors. They go on smooth with a creamy soft texture that is not too sticky. Wear these colors alone or pair them over a lip color. Applicator tips are long pointed sponge tips which are not my favorite but I don't seem to mind using them. The one thing I wish these lipshines offered were a swiping system inside the containers to control the amount of product that comes out on the applicator. They have a light vanilla cream scent that I actually like, it's not overpowering at all.

Prospect Pink Applicator Tip
Midtown Mulberry Applicator Tip

Natural Sunlight
Prospect Pink - Midtown Mulberry - Wine n Dine
Prospect Pink - Midtown Mulberry - Wine n Dine

Natural Sunlight
Prospect Pink
Prospect Pink is light frosty barbie pink. At first I was not too fond of the color because I'm not used to wearing these pinks but it grew on me and has become a nice addition to my lipgloss collection.

Natural Sunlight
Midtown Mulberry
Midtown Mulberry is a deep berry gloss with a creme finish. The color is a bit darker on my lips than in the pictures.

Natural Sunlight
Wine n Dine
Wine n Dine is deep red wine color with purple undertones. It is a creme finish as well.

Overall, I like the new lipshines and I think price is good for a gloss in comparison to others that set you back at $9 a pop. Suggested retail is $2.49 for these 0.24fl oz. tubes and you can find them at your local drugstore, one that carries NYC Cosmetics of course! Stay tuned for reviews on the other great products I received from NYC!

Disclaimer: These lipshines were complimentary products sent to me by New York Color Cosmetics. I have not received monetary compensation for reviewing these items.

What do you think of these lipshines? What colors do you own?