Ruffian - A Nail Polish Record Holder

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I've never been more impressed with the staying power of a nail polish than I am with the Ruffian nail lacquer. This came in a Birchbox ages ago and haven't tried it until now. So let's dive right into the impressive part! I applied the polish a full week ago and it hasn't chipped at all! It's grown out a bit and just worn on the tips from normal wear and tear, but there are seriously no nicks anywhere. (And all of this with one coat!!) This is insanely impressive considering most of my polishes can only make it a few days with losing a chunk. The color is pretty unique too- Hedge Fund is an olive green with some golden, coppery flecks throughout. It's the perfect color for fall and I don't have anything like it!

Have you ever tried any of Ruffian's nail polishes?

Fluffy Sweater Weather

Friday, October 17, 2014

It was a chilly fall day so I decided to break out this fluffy sweater that I picked up recently. It's not bulky, but it was so warm! I'm in love with how fuzzy and soft it is and the little pockets on it! It's definitely going to be a fall and winter staple piece for me. 

Sweater: LC Lauren Conrad
T-Shirt: Target
Jeans: Target (similar)
Boots: Sonoma
Necklace: similar

theBalm: A New Obsession

Saturday, October 11, 2014

theBalm is seriously awesome and I can't believe it's taken me this long to realize it. Aside from the retro and playful packaging, plus hilarious word-play ("DownBoy", "Cindy-Lou Manizer"- genius names), the brand has a large variety of quality products.
I'm slowly building my collection and have a few others on the constant 'to-be-bought list'. So far I've tried Stainiac, Mary-Lou Manizer, Instain - Houndstooth, and Mont Balm. 
Stainiac ($17) is a lip and cheek stain, but I prefer to use it just on my lips. It's looks like an intense burgundy-wine shade in the tube, but it's a very sheer shade once applied. To be perfectly honest, I don't care for this product at all. I think it doesn't add a lot of color, it tends to apply patchy, and feels drying on the lips. So far this is the only miss I've come across in the line.
Mary-Lou Manizer ($24) is a definite favorite (see my last post about my favorite highlighters here). This is a gorgeous honey shade for works great for cheeks and the inner corners of the eye. It's so pretty when it catches the light! A little bit goes a long way and the glow it provides is very buildable.
Instain in Houndstooth ($22) I bought when I was on the hunt for a new blush for autumn the other day. It's a mauve-toned blush with the right mix of pink and purple. It's supposed to be a "staining" powder blush and have long lasting color. The first time I used this I was thoroughly impressed. It's highly pigmented, so you only need a little bit on your brush to get a nice flush of color and the lasting power of the color on my cheeks was incredible- it stayed on without touch-ups longer than any other blush I've ever tried! 
Mont Balm ($15) is a gorgeous, shimmery eye shadow quad that looks like it was inspired by a winter skiing vacation- so cute! I was most drawn in by Aspen, the cranberry shade of the palette, as it screams "Wear me for fall and winter". The colors blend well and I love that it is in slim packaging with a magnetic closure. I'm in love with the cool-toned taupe shimmer that that Whistler gives, too!
I think next I'll be trying the ShadyLady palette, Bahama Mama bronzer, and Frat Boy blush. Please let me know your favorite products from theBalm that I should check out!

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