Tag taken from Kellie Gonzo

Hi everyone!  Kellie Gonzo just did this tag and it looked like fun; she tagged everyone so here’s mine!  I use a lot of drugstore products.  I tend to use the same things for years, and hardly ever change unless something becomes discontinued; my skin is very sensitive to many chemicals and fragrances, so it’s difficult to find something that doesn’t cause an allergic reaction.  It’s a “What you’re using right now” tag, although I’m scrubbed clean for bedtime, so I’m going to fill it in with my everyday products!

Shampoo: John Frieda Root Awakening

Conditioner: John Frieda Root Awakening

Styling products: Rusk Being Rubber

Shower Gel: St. Ives Oatmeal and Shea Butter Body Wash

Body moisturizer: Curel Continuous Comfort Fragrance Free Moisturizer

Deodorant: Degree for Women

Perfume: DKNY Be Delicious

Fake Tan: None.

Cleanser: pHisoderm Deep Cleaning Cream Cleanser

Exfoliator: St. Ives Apricot Scrub

Peeling: None

Facial Moisturizer: Oil of Olay Sensitive Skin

Sunscreen: Burt’s Bees Chemical-Free SPF 30.

Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Correcting Primer

Foundation & brush: Almay Nearly Naked Liquid Foundation and Essence of Beauty Foundation Brush.

Concealer: Almay Nearly Naked Cover-Up Stick.

Powder: Physician’s Formula Mineral Face Powder in Translucent.

Blusher: None, I’m naturally very pink in the cheeks.

Bronzer: None.

Highlighter: None.

Eyeshadow base: Urban Decay Primer Potion.

Eyeshadow: Milani Runway Eyes in Designer Browns.

Eyeliner: Cover Girl Outlast Smoothwear Eyeliner.

Curler: Maybelline eyelash curler.

Mascara: Cover Girl Lash Blast in Black.

Lipstick: Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Yummy Plummy

Lip gloss: Carmex.

Nail color: Moxie by Zoya.

xoxo

Valerie

Makeup Monday – Green and Yellow Eyeshadow

I know this isn’t nail polish related, but I’ve done a makeup look that I wanted to share!  Recently, I’ve been experimenting with new looks and bolder colors.  I purchased the Pixi Lumi Lux Eyeshadow Palette from Target; it has 20 different eyeshadows, several of which I wouldn’t have purchased individually.  I was playing around with the green and yellow shades tonight and I think this look came out really wearable and pretty.  I know these pictures aren’t the greatest.  I did this at 11:30 pm, so I have no natural lighting and the flash washed out the colors a bit.  What do you guys think?

xoxo

Valerie

Products used:

On my eyes:  Urban Decay Primer Potion; Pixi Eyeshadows in white gold, fresh green, emerald green, and olive gold; Botanics Eye Definer in Liquorice; L’Oreal Voluminous mascara in Black.  On my lips:  Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in Plaza Pink, and Maybelline Color Sensational lipgloss in Sugared Honey.

Loretta by Zoya

This nail polish is called Loretta by Zoya.  I purchased this shade simply because my mom is named Loretta.  I didn’t really examine the color or finish when ordering, and I haven’t come across swatches anywhere online.  It is a very sheer, milky, soft pink; it really looks natural and would be great for a French Manicure.  It seems like this color would be overlooked because it is so tame, but I like the way it lets the moons and tips of my nails become the focus.  This is such a change for me since I’ve been wearing outrageous glitter for the past two weeks.  I have three coats of Loretta in this picture; I didn’t paint my tips white, that is just how they are.

This is the very first time I’ve used a Zoya polish and I already love them!  The formula is superb!  I love the bottles, they’re so chic!  The brushes are good quality!  Exclamation points!  There are so many beautiful colors from this company, I feel another Zoya order coming on very soon!

xoxo

Valerie

P.S. I find it mildly amusing that Zoya’s Loretta nail polish is the exact shade my mom Loretta hates with a passion.  She would never be caught wearing light pink.

Zoya – Mini Haul

I got my package from Zoya, and immediately ripped it open!  I recieved: Roxy, a purple glitter; Moxie, a cool-tone deep hot pink creme; Blair, a blackened deep red shimmer; Loretta, a sheer milky pink; and Celine (not pictured), a warm-toned hot pink creme.  I’m upset: I didn’t order Celine, I ordered Drew!  Moxie and Celine are practically duplicates of eachother!  The number on my invoice matches the color Celine, so the mix-up is likely user-error; Valerie should not be ordering online so late at night with so many colors to choose from.  Oh well, I’ll just have to place another order to get Drew, and a couple others I’ve had my eye on.  I will be wearing these very soon and posting some pictures of them!  Take a look at some bottle shots in the meantime!

xoxo

Valerie

P.S. I apologize in advance, but won’t be showing photos of Celine because it does not look good on me.  I have already given it to my warm-complexioned mother, Loretta.

Zoya Polishes!

I’m SO excited!  When Zoya had the Twitter 5000 followers promotion, I jumped on the chance to own my very own Zoyas!  I have never tried this brand before, but I’ve seen the lovely swatches on other’s blogs.  I only picked out five which was very hard, and at the time I didn’t want to get (too) crazy.  Ever since August 5th I’ve been waiting for my goodies, checking it’s progress across the USA on UPS.com.  Every day, kicking myself for not ordering more, and paying extra for the 2 day express shipping.  My Zoya package finally arrived today, two weeks after ordering.  However, since I live in an apartment complex, I have things shipped to my Dad’s house the next town over…. I think I might burst!  I can’t wait until my husband picks it up on his way home!

xoxo

Valerie

Mind’s Eye by Orly

I got Mind’s Eye by Orly quite a while ago, and was never really impressed with the color.  It is a deep burgundy (red-brown toned) creme polish.  I decided to wear it and see how I liked it, and I got so many compliments at work.  I was surprised at how many people just LOVE this color!  I’m still not loving it, but I’ll keep it as it’s a nice safe shade that will work well in the fall.

xoxo

Valerie