SkinFood Nail Vita

So I bought these guys when I was in Korea December 2010. I used them all once, while I was there, and basically didn’t touch them again.

It would only make sense to swatch them right??

Skinfood Nail Vita BL513 Deep Blue
Skinfood Nail Vita Selection
Skinfood Nail Vita Selection
Skinfood Nail Vita Selection

This reminds me of China Glaze Frostbite. Just a really loud electric blue. Unfortunately this one chips quite quickly one me.
Skinfood Nail Vita VI407 Puppy Purple (I don’t get this name…)
Skinfood Nail Vita Selection
Skinfood Nail Vita Selection
Skinfood Nail Vita Selection

I can’t resist purples, so this was actually the first one I put in my basket. It didn’t quite translate on the nail though…I like it in the bottle more. Maybe add another layer of a super shiny topcoat will do the trick? However this was one of the other ones that just chipped like crazy…
Skinfood Nail Vita VI408 Violet Stone
Skinfood Nail Vita Selection
Skinfood Nail Vita Selection
Skinfood Nail Vita Selection

Violet Stone was a fluke. I didn’t even have it on my list to get, but when I saw it in store, I knew it had to come home with me. I love that there is a mix of glitter colours to really make this a stunner. I can see myself SOG Sandwich Manicuring this, so that it would be super shiny in the end…drool..

Skinfood Nail Vita BR612 Cappuccino
Skinfood Nail Vita Selection
Skinfood Nail Vita Selection

This was bought because I didn’t really have a colour like this in my collection. Even now, I have yet to buy something really similar (maybe a very distant cousin would be the OPI Fozzie one…but not really). In any case, this one wore surprisingly well, considering Deep Blue chipped off in chunks.

Anyway, I don’t remember how much I paid for them, but according to the website it would be ~$1.50CAN. Which might explain why I got such poor wear out of the purple one. I remember half my nail chipping right off the first day of wear -___-

But the colours are quite gorgeous, and they did last longer over my soak off gel (which also explains the weird lines you see on my ring finger in the pictures. Basically I had laid tape as part of decoration for my SOG manicure, but having only used one coat of the topcoat, it started peeling off. So I yanked it off, leaving the nail a little raggedy).

In any case, those are my Skinfood Nail Vita goodies. It isn’t my first dabble in to the Nail Vita line though. I actually have one from…2003(?) in my stash somewhere. A gift I had received from a dongseng friend who had gone to Korea that year. Now that was a jelly polish :) If I find it, I will try and swatch it for the blog.

English Skinfood Site (but no ecommerce)
Korean Skinfood Site

By the way, you might want to check out a post I posted earlier this week :)

Hope everyone is bundled up warm lately! Don’t want to freeze any appendages…

SkinFood Nail Vita

June in Pictures…(the first 7 days…)

So Tamara over at Beauty Thesis, posted a new photo a day for June. Anyway, I wanted to try and participate but decided to lump them…So here are the first 7 days…


1 Summer Inspiration

Photo A Day
My summer inspirations are the fun prints I could wear.
The first two tops from the left are from Stitches, the black and white one is from Mexx, the bue one is from Anne Klein, and the last one is a dress from Express that I picked up at the end of last summer.

2 Coral
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Truthfully I don’t get coral. Orange-y pinks? Hard to pin point in my view. So I went by name lol
We have Benefit Coralista, a LE Marcelle Blush I got from the Lisa’s Sale a few years back, and Loreal Wet Lip Shine in Coral Tattoo (which is more orange)

3 Refreshing
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Evian Mineral Water Spray, Avene Thermal Spring Water spays are a constant stocked product for me. I spay them on my face when it gets really hot, and had a mini spray that I used to keep in my softball bag when I’d play. That way I could refresh my arms and legs as well. I am looking in to trying out the La Roche Posay one, as they mentioned they are having a bonus promotion right now. Something like a 300ml for $17? I believe. Oh, just remembered I forgot about Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief. I use that too depending on my skin.

4 Favourites from May
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Photo A Day
Annabelle Smoothie in Down 2 Earth (LE from last year, but I got at Lisa’s Cosmetic Sale)
Annabelle CC Compact *, easy to tote for day touch ups. Not a fan of the brush, as it is rough, but there is also a mirror in the bottom compartment. The YSL gel blush was a product that was handed down to me by Meredith of Etu and You. It is VERY light in terms of colour for me, but it gave me a hint of colour that didn’t make me look too made up. The Innisfree Vivid Tint Rouge in #10 has been a staple for me. Just a lovely colour. The Tokidoki Roller Ball Perfume is Adios (the black skull one), that I picked up on clearance at Sephora. For some reason this scent had been my go to for May. Plus it was easy to tote. On the days I didn’t want to use too much colour, I used Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil in Sin. It helped neutralize my lids, and give it a slight pop of colour. The two go to lipsticks were Marcelle’s Rouge Expression in Attitude *, and Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Soft Rose (my default lipstick).

Photo A Day
I forgot to add this in the picture, but I bought the Marcelle Soothing Cleansing Water when I found it on sale. I had been hearing about this A LOT as it seems to be a staple for many on twitter. I can TOTALLY understand the hype. Basically it does melt products quite decently, but what I like about it more is for another reason. I actually won a giveaway that was hosted by MACnunu for Shu Uemura. Anyway I had mentioned I might get one of the Cleansing Oils, but Christine mentioned that it wasn’t a wash off, so to keep that in mind. Most of my oils are not wash offs, so I hadn’t thought about that. When it gets warmer, you do want to just come home and remove your face makeup. Usually I just use a baby wipe to remove it, and then wash my face later on when I am about to get to bed. Washing my face twice, when my face is always on the oily side, would aggravate it more. That is when the Cleansing water comes in handy. It does say to put it on a cotton pad, but I have squirted a pump in to my cupped hand, and then applied to one side of my face. Repeat on the other side. Then I massage my face for a minute, and rise off.

5 Summer Time Skin Care
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Sometimes it gets too warm, and I can’t fall asleep. So I usually stash a few sheet face masques in the fridge. That way I can cool my face and then fall asleep a little better. The sheet masques that I use are the My Beauty Diary ones, which can be found at T&T (that is the black and white on, bottom). The Innisfree ones are new that my friend brought back from Korea with my haul. The other one is The Face Shop Pearl masque. The Hello Kitty one was so cute I needed to add it. I received two of these from Watercoloursky to try out.

Other things I find important for myself is clay masques. I usually use the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque, but I hate the removal. Luckily Montagne Jeunesse has come out with their clay infused sheet masques *. I wrote about the event I went to HERE.

Finally, when it warms up, I use Clinique Moisture Surge. I find that this isn’t very helpful for me during the winter, but it is light enough to use in the summer. Then there is eyecream, in this case I am still using the Vasanti Eyewonder. I find that it moisturizes my eyes, helps to minimize the look of my dark circles, and generally just helps with a smoother application of makeup in the morning.

6 Makeup Tip
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When the weather starts getting warmer (or I need them to last), I apply Urban Decay Primer Potion on my eyebrows (sometimes on the lips depending on the product). I rub in a little, wait for it to dry a bit, then apply the brow powder. It will make it harder to blend, so take your time when shaping your brow.

On a side note, my UDPP is taped up because it basically split around the neck of the product. Was SUPER annoying. Should have got it exchanged, but I only started using it nearly a year after I bought it, so didn’t think I could return it to Sephora anymore. Anyway I depot it, and then tape it up so that it doesn’t dry out too quickly.


7 Look- Day Time Fabulous

When it get warmer, I get lazier. Bad, I know. Anyway I like to keep things simple, so I go for a soft wash of colour, slightly winged liner, and then kick it up with a brighter lip.
Photo A Day
Photo A Day
Photo A Day
Here I used for my eye…
MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study
MAC
Benefit Erase Paste
Make Up For Ever Eye Seal
Annabelle Liquid Eyeliner *
Annabelle Expandable Mascara *
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable in Sweet Tart

*Products marked with an “*” have been provided by the company, otherwise the rest of the other products have been bought with my own funds*

On a side note, if you are in Mississauga, check out the Ardene Outlet located just west of Dundas and Dixie.

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They are having various promotions, and I was able to snag tights for their 10/$10 deal. There weren’t many sizes, but they had a lot of colours. They aren’t too bad for $1, especially if you can find the fleece lined ones! I LOVE them in the winter, the only way I can wear skirts in the winter really. Fell in love with them back in the winter of 2010, and have been using them ever since.

Dundas
1225 Dundas Street East
Mississauga Ontario Canada L4Y-2C5

June in Pictures…(the first 7 days…)

Goodies from Korea~

I just wanted to share what were essential items to get from Korea for my haul.

Goodies From Korea

The non-beauty items…

Goodies From Korea

I love the Daiso Gift Baggies. I use them for all gifts that I give. I find that they are more expensive here. The blue and pink one is only ~$1CAN for 24, and the clear white one is ~$1CAN for 40. Steal!

I also needed new pens. I usually use 0.34 pens, and these ones are actually 0.3, just a tad thicker than what I usually use. Really don’t notice it. I can’t remember how much these guys were.

These are the beauty things I got my friend to pick up for me…

Goodies From Korea
Goodies From Korea

Innisfree Creamy Tint Lipstick ~10,000won
Innisfree Vivd Tint Rouge x2 ~10,000won
Etude House Soft Touch Auto Lipliner 1,000won
Skinfood Eyebrow Brush x3 2,500won
Skinfood Eyeliner Brush 3,000w

With those goodies, came samples of course…

Goodies From Korea

Will look in to using them, and see. I’m excited to see how the Green Tea Cleansing Oil will work (I’m a cleansing oil nut).

Anyway, I will be posting pictures of the tints this upcoming week (I Hope! :D)

Goodies from Korea~

Day 04 Multipurpose…

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I actually hadn’t thought of using my MAC Pigments as my multipurpose product! I only realized when I saw Beautythesis’ post on Instagram haha…fail on my part.

Usually when I think of multipurpose, I think of my cream lip and cheek stuff.

They are love for me.

I should have posted about my Bobbi Brown, but I cannot for the life of me remember where I put it…so instead I have this to pop up on my page yet again

I really do like them, so why not :)

Check out the “yet again” link to see swatches and a review^^

Day 04 Multipurpose…

Korean Product Lemmings…

UPDATE Mar2413: Fellow Blogger has bought the Innis Free Tints and wrote about them HERE, check it out~

So in a little while, one of my friends will be traveling to Korea to attend her brothers wedding. Totally jealous she gets to go back to Korea, even if it is mostly for a family function. Anyway, having someone you know go back means…you can bug them with requests! And bug her I shall! (Sorry H lol)

I have a rough wishlist, but nothing was more exciting to me than the new tints released by a few of the Korean brands…

Innisfree recently released a bunch of new products. Amongst them I have my eye on two lip products…I hope you can see why…

(btw the links I will provide are in Korea, but pictures are worth more than words some times…sooo…hopefully with my little steps you can find the reviews that I am talking about and squeal with me when you see the pictures :))

Innisfree Vivid Tint Rouge
Innisfree Vivid Tint Rouge2
First is the Vivid Tint Rouge. Basically their version of YSL or even Loreal Wet Lip Shine Tints.
About ~$10CAN for 5mL, they look…pretty freaking good. The reviews seem pretty decent for it as well.

THIS
Korean blogger has swatches of 3 of them, two of which are quite popular, another Korean blogger has her swatches HERE. You can see a few more pictures and products swatches by customers on the Innisfree Korea website HERE

Innisfree Creamy Tint Lipstick
Creamy Tint LipstickInnisfree
Second is the Creamy Tint Lipstick. Just…I have no words. Again the swatches are so vivid…but can be sheered out if necessary. Just…<3
You can see more pictures (a tad overly contrasted) but still pretty pictures of a Korean blogger HERE, another HERE, and another blogger HERE. You can see a few more pictures and product swatches by customers on the Innisfree Korea website HERE

I found THIS Korean blogger who swatched them all! Yay!

Skinfood released their Spring Collection recently…and the lip products caught my eye again. So BRIGHT!
Check out the Korean bloggers pictures HERE

Apieu Tint
Apieu tint2
Apieu had a bunch of tints already, but they recently added the Cream Tint to their lineup. A few of them are a bit of a let down, according to some of the reviews, but a few are raved about.Check out the Korean blogger’s swatches HERE. You can find them on the Apieu Korea website HERE, and if you scroll to the bottom, there are comments. If you click on the links with picture icons next to them, you will be able to see swatches posted by customers (like THIS, and THIS).

I also kind of want to try their Painting Tint. Blogger swatches HERE

Basically it will be tough to decide. Got to make sure I can keep myself under control with all the great goodies that have been released in Korea xD But whatever I get, I will share…then cry cause they aren’t readily available here lol

Korean Product Lemmings…

Skinfood Fresh Fruit Lip & Cheek…

I wrote about my first one HERE, but since I recently got another I thought I would tackle the task of swatching the ones I currently.

So, I loved Berry sooooo much, that I got a few more when I was in Korea, and when a friend of mine went to Korea.

Apricot is my newest acquisition.

I had completely forgotten that I had it, so…only started using it this past summer.

Skinfood Fresh Fruit Lip & Cheek

Skinfood Fresh Fruit Lip & Cheek

Skinfood Fresh Fruit Lip & Cheek

Skinfood Fresh Fruit Lip & Cheek
Just to show you how it looks without the lid. I start with small sections, and work my way across. Then if I need to I can also scrape it out.

I’m trying out a new way to apply creamy products for swatches, so they are applied rather thickly here.
Skinfood Fresh Fruit Lip & Cheek

Skinfood Fresh Fruit Lip & Cheek
Skinfood Fresh Fruit Lip & Cheek
These were taken indoors…
I blended out the bottom of them to show you how it sheers out a bit.

Skinfood Fresh Fruit Lip & Cheek
Skinfood Fresh Fruit Lip & Cheek
These were taken natural light on the cool side…dang winters.

Skinfood Fresh Fruit Lip & Cheek
Berry looks a little deceiving here. It isn’t as vivid as this, but enough colour for me to notice that it covers enough. This was the first colour I had originally tried from the line…and got hooked by. It opened the doors to…

Skinfood Fresh Fruit Lip & Cheek
Pomegranate. This one is a beauty. I love the look of it. Not too overpowering on my lips, but not subtle either.

Skinfood Fresh Fruit Lip & Cheek
I didn’t capture Apricot well enough. It actually is lighter than the picture on me. I find that it was too light and made me look a little awkward, like a nude lip that didn’t suit me at all. Which is why this stays pretty neglected.

I prefer to use these guys as lip products, however, I tote them around in the summer as they do double duty. I apply a bit to the cheeks, and also to the lips. A little tin that can be toted around for double duty is a way to decrease the weight in the makeup bag.

The negative is that it is a tin, and so if you leave it in the car…well…you just might want to avoid that. It was one of the reasons I lost my poor first tin.

I do find that they are slightly drying on the lips. You can kind of tell that my swatches get messier by the time I got to Apricot. I would balm up before application, but that also means that you are giving it more slip, and make the product sheerer. Otherwise wipe it off and then apply the product.

On my cheeks, I find it a little too oily. That isn’t to say that it is oily, but rather looks oily. So when I do use it, I blot it down, then apply a power to set it. Generally I try and avoid using it on the cheeks, just cause I don’t want to layer too much on the face.

In general…
I want more. Luckily my friend is going to Korea in the Spring, and I can bug her to haul the life out of a bunch of stores for me. They are 6000won in Korea, and that is roughly less than $6CAN (actually not sure of the rate right now…). They contain 6g of product, and like I said, a bit fun to use, even if they are in tins.

If you would like to see more pictures, I suggest this link HERE. It is in Korean, but pictures are wordless, and I think she did a great job capturing the colouring for blush as well.

Skinfood Fresh Fruit Lip & Cheek…