L’Oreal Gold Dust textured polish - Sexy in Sequins

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L’Oreal’s new Gold Dust textured nail polish has arrived! I don’t have a picture of the display, but you can find more pictures on Nouveau Cheap. I have one polish from the collection. Sexy In Sequins is a deep purple polish with lighter large purple hex glitter and gold, pink and blue shimmer.


It’s a gorgeous polish and I loved the textured finish. I’ve used a top coat in the pictures that follow. My one complaint, is that it chips so quickly. As in overnight quickly. I find that to be the case with most textured polishes. A few of the OPI Liquid Sand polishes hold up well.

Have you seen the new L’Oreal Gold Dust textured polish collection? I’d love to hear if you’ve picked anything up from this collection!
Looking for more textured polishes? I have some of my favorites swatched! My all time favorite Alcatraz Rocks, as well as Get Your Number and Pussy Galore.

I hope you’re having a great weekend!
xo Amber

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January Misses: Miracle Blur & Lumene BB cream

I hate to have anything negative to say, but at the same time I want to give honest reviews about the products I’ve tried! Obviously, these items didn’t work for me, but they may work for you!

First up is a drugstore brand that I typically find works well with my sensitive skin. I tried the Lumene Vitamin C+ Illuminating Anti-Age BB Cream. I’m hard to match color wise in the winter, due to my pale skin that has so much redness. I tried the lightest color but it was an odd peachy tone on me. As far as the “illuminating” claim, I didn’t notice any sparkles or shimmer. It has the dewey look that most non Asain BB creams have, that I have tried anyways.

I tried it alone, with powder on top. This wasn’t enough coverage for my liking. It only lasted 4 hours before it faded away, and looked patchy. I also tried it as a makeup primer, with foundation over. I didn’t care for this either, as it felt too heavy. In both cases I found it faded away and looked patchy, and clung to my dry spots. I can’t say anything about the skin care benefits, as I didn’t test it long enough.

This might work for you if you are N20 or darker skintone, want a light coverage, and don’t need to cover up much. I think this would work best for normal skin types.

Next up we have L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur. On a side note, I keep seeing the commercial for this and it makes me grumpy! I hate it when companies make claims for “Miracles” and the product is not up to par. I know I am not the only reviewer to be dissapointed in Miracle Blur.

I guess I will tell you the good things about this product first. The squeeze tube isn’t terrible, but the primer is SO thick it’s fairly hard to get out. The only other good thing I could find was the fact that this didn’t make the flaky (Retin A treated) areas of my skin look worse. I guess it sort of glued them down??

My first thought was that this was going to compare to Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch. That, by the way, is a great primer! The Miracle Blur is thicker like the Clarins, but its a much drier texture, and a little thicker.
It felt heavy on my face from the moment it was on, to the time I took it off. It didn’t do miracles. It performed like a standard primer, and not a good one.

Now, my face doesn’t mind silicones at all. I actually like most silicone based primers. However, this gave me horrible clogged pores and several deep cycstic pimples. I’m not sure what ingredient my skin didn’t like, but I’m still dealing with the aftermath.

I’m back to my Revlon Photo Ready primer, which is my all time favorite!!

Have you tried either of these? What are your thoughts?

xo Amber

FOTD Urban Decay Vice Pallette & L’Oreal Caresse Stain

Here’s a recent FOTD. I was testing out L’Oreal’s Colour Caresse shine stain in Lilac Ever After and playing with Urban Decay’s Vice palette.

I used Provocateur with MAC Fix+ on my lid, Rapture in my crease and Vice on my outer v. I used Tease from the Naked 2 palette to blend just above my crease and Anonymous on my brow bone. I used MAC Prunella to line my eyes, and layered Mally Voluminous mascara over Cover Girl clump crusher.
Foundation was a mix if Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation in shade 2.0 and a dab of Revlon Color Stay in Buff. I used Benefit Hoola bronzer and Tarina Tarantino blush in Neopolitan Lane.

New Drugstore makeup sightings!

I spotted lots of new drugstore makeup last week. These pics are from CVS and WalMart.
I’m still searching for the new physicians formula BB line. I can’t wait to try it!!
What new drugstore makeup are you looking forward to trying?


L’Oreal telescopic shocking extensions mascara $10.49 @ CVS

New L’Oreal display with shadow palettes, ceaseless eyeshadow primer, nail polish and shine caresse lip stains (YSL dupes!)

NYC Applelicious Glossy lip balm and big bold plumping lip gloss

Rimmel scandaleyes show off mascara

NYC eyes wide open HD shadow trios, HD felt tip liner, sparkle dust and big bold curl mascara

L’Oreal visible lift blush (I’m curious about this, I couldn’t tell if it was a cream or a powder! Ether way, there are some gorgeous colors!)

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried something new from the drugstore, wether you like it or not!

Blog sale:Revlon, Too Faced BB,Clinique,theBalm,NYX, Pixi

NYX Lot $15(includes shipping within US, more for international)

NYX Nude on Nude eye/lip palette (used a couple times)
NEW Nude Peach Mega Shine Lip Gloss
swatched 1x Mega shine lip gloss in Tea Rose (not pictured) and frosted beige
swatched slide on glide on eye pencil in Jewel
NYX eye shadow trio swatched 1x Golden/Rust/Walnut Bronze

L’Oreal Lot $15 (includes shipping within US, more for international)

Sublime Sun spf 50+ for face (tested several times)
Project Runway Blush “Charming Cockatoo’s Blush” swatched
Infallible eyeshadow in Smoldering Plum (1x) and NEW Botomless Java
Color Riche Caress lipcolor in Pink Vinyl 1x and Violet Chiffon 1x

Too Faced Beauty Balm (approx 60%+ left) $6 Vanilla Glow

theBalm Frat Boy blush used 2x $5

Nail polish blog sale

Details: I would prefer to ship within the US at this time. I will post prices, but feel free to make an offer if you are purchasing more than one bottle. I would love to have these gone! Some bottles are new, some have been used between 1-3 manis.
Any questions, send me a note or leave a comment please. Thanks!

Zoya Erika and Adina$4 each, butter London Toff $12, Nicole by OPI drying drops $2 or free with purchase of both Zoyas and the BL.

Red Carpet Manicure LED cured gel polish from ULTA
Drop Dead Gorgeous, Camera Flash, After party playful and Thank you, thank you.
$14 for all 4 bottles

Finger Paints Motley (flakie)
Sephora by OPI Dark Room
Essie Wicked and a cut above
$10 for 4 bottles

Nailtiques Formula 2, 15ml 50% remaining
Orly Beverly Hills manicure - Beverly Hills plum and White Tips
Barielle Pro Advanced rebuilding protein 75% remaining
$12 for 4 bottles.

OPI tutti frutti tonga, boris and natasha, BN simply smashing, suzi sells sushi by the seashore, puerto vallarta violetta, BN Black shatter
$10 for 6 bottles.

Sally Hansen Extreme wear bubblegum pink, WnW Lavender creme, SH Peachy Keen,
BN L’Oreal Ravens strength, US Maxim #93 oscar night
$5 for 5 bottles

China Glaze VII, Spontaneous, Good witch?, in awe of amber
$5 for 4 bottles

Sinful Colors Let’s talk
China Glaze Shy Blush (no label)
Finger paints Leonardo Da-vin-pink
Sephora by OPI Casting Call
$5 for 4 bottles

Revlon Gumdrop, Pink Chiffon, Vixen
$3 for 3 bottles.

Rimmel Steel Gray, BN WnW Champagne, Rimmel Hypnotise, BN Maybelline express finish autumn leaves, BN pure ice cheatin.
$4 total for 5 bottles.

Salon Express Nail stamping kit (I tried this twice, but it requires WAY more dexterity than I have!!)
BN SH salon effects polish strips in laced up
BN Kiss nail dress polish strips in bodysuit

$10 for these 3 items, or get one free with a $20 purchase.

Blog sale

All sales are final. Shipping starts at $3 within the US. I am happy to ship worldwide on request.Most items have been swatched OR used several times. Please ask if you have specific usage questions. I will leave the sanitizing up to you. I pack carefully with lots of bubble wrap. However, I can’t guarantee the post office is as gentle as I would like!

The less trips to the post office, the better! If you want to buy a lot of items, I would make it worth your while! ;)

Any questions, please email me at

Thanks for looking and have a happy day!
xo Amber

Too Face Beauty Balm in Vanilla Glow approx 75% left $12
the Balm Frat Boy blush $9
the Balm Betty-Lou Manizer $8(used 2x, the bronzer pan was unglued from the bottom of the compact when I purchased. It could be easily glued.)

MAC Blush Instant Chic LE (marked sample) $15
Sunbasque $13
MAC Glam Glass check this out LE (swatched, comes with box) $12

MAC eyeshadow pots $12 each Contrast, Wedge and Espresso
MAC Naked Pigment $15

MAC Select Cover Up NW15 used several times $12
MAC Engraved powerpoint about 1/2 left $4
MAC ProLongwear Lipcolor Jazz-y-Razz (2x) $5 and Cling Peach (4x) $4

Clinique LOT some full size, some GWP, some are new, eyeshadows and eyeliners have been used. Anti Redness primer has been used several times, full size. $20 for ALL!!

NYX Nude on Nude eye and lip palette. Used several times, some shades untouched.
Slide on Glide on waterproof eyeliner in Jewel, swatched only. $15 for both.

L’Oreal Project Runway fall ’11 blush in Charming Cockatoo’s blush 1x $4
Color Riche Balm in Violet Chiffon and Pink Vinyl swatched 1x each $5 each
NEW Infallible eyeshadow in Bottomless Java $5
Sublime sun spf50+ face milk 2x $4

Pixi Wakeup Kit useage shown, it’s been barely touched! (one lipgloss was used about half) Palette includes eyeshadows, bronzer/highlighter, blush/highlighter, and lip gloss palette. $8

Estee Lauder lot $25 Includes new and swatched/tested items. The eyeshadow palette is untouched.