we heart this http://weheartthis.com Los Angeles Lifestyle and Beauty Blog, Makeup Reviews and Swatches, Fashion, DIY Projects and more Sat, 31 Jan 2015 18:18:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 The Lipstick League – week of 1.26.15 http://weheartthis.com/2015/01/31/lipstick-league-week-1-26-15/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/01/31/lipstick-league-week-1-26-15/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:29:53 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=125665

Shown above is a little sneak peek at something the Lipstick League has going on next week. What could we be doing with ALL those bottles of BPAL? Hmmm… Question of the Week: Are there any makeup looks you wish...

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Shown above is a little sneak peek at something the Lipstick League has going on next week. What could we be doing with ALL those bottles of BPAL? Hmmm…

Question of the Week: Are there any makeup looks you wish you could rock, but feel like you can’t?

Answer: I think my full on glitter days are over, so that’s a little sad. But that just leaves more glitter for you youngsters!

Here’s what was up with the League this week…

we heart this – shows you a box of brushes so luxurious, they’re presented in satin! Prepare to “oooh”…

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber is giving 5 winners a $50 Walgreens gift card, and a mini Neutrogena prize pack! You know you want to enter! (ends 2/9/15)

Clumps of Mascara – is a married woman who had never worn a wedding dress before. Until this day.

EauMG – It’s another installment of In the House, a quick brand overview of some of my favorite indie and niche perfumes. This month’s focus is on Neela Vermeire Creations, a line of luxury perfumes inspired by the rich history and culture of India.

Gouldylox Reviews – More men wear makeup than you might think. When Howard Stern’s Sal Governale’s favorite concealer was discontinued, I rushed to find a new, perfect choice. Is his favorite your favorite?

Love for Lacquer – Ross & Rachel or Carrie & Big? The new Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer Duos will make your heart explode!

My Beauty Bunny – Dropped a bundle on new hair color? Find out How To Keep Hail Color From Fading With Paul Mitchell and Quinoa!

My Newest Addiction – Excited about the new NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation? Laura shares her opinions and photos!

Nouveau Cheap – Free, unlimited 2-day shipping at Sephora for just $10 a year? Too good to be true? Check out >my first experience with the Sephora Flash subscription service and you be the judge!

Prime Beauty – gives the new LORAC Unzipped Gold Eye Shadow Palette a test drive. Is it worthy of it’s name? Find out!

Phyrra – Want to know the secret behind the name of Too Faced Better Than Sex? Find out that and much more from my Interview with Jerrod Blandino!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by we heart this – we heart Karen of Makeup and Beauty Blog (I know, who doesn’t?) This blogger babe knows her makeup AND her cats! We love when the two collide; like this post about the palettes from the Paul & Joe Menagerie Collection. Meow.

How about you, we heartsters: Are there any makeup looks you wish you could wear but can’t?

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IT Cosmetics Buki Brush Box Photos and Review http://weheartthis.com/2015/01/29/it-cosmetics-buki-brush-box-photos-review/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/01/29/it-cosmetics-buki-brush-box-photos-review/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:00:02 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=125622

Soft, Yet Strong with a Dramatic Flair When I decided to dedicate my makeup-loving life to the world of mineral foundation, little did I know that I would become an expert on the special brushes I would need to apply...

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When I decided to dedicate my makeup-loving life to the world of mineral foundation, little did I know that I would become an expert on the special brushes I would need to apply it.

Special indeed! These brushes need to be big enough to cover large areas, sturdy enough to buff foundation into the skin for good coverage, and soft enough to be gentle on the skin for everyday use. I expect a lot from my brushes, so I was happy to test the 4-piece It Cosmetics Buki Brush Box ($48). Spoiler: it doesn’t disappoint.

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Can we first talk about presentation? The four silver-toned, short-handled brushes come in a satin-lined, silver-colored box with a magnetic enclosure. The brushes are laid out exquisitely, suggesting a soft and delicate nature. Soft, yes…delicate, no. These brushes are the Honky Tonk Woman of Buki.

For the uninitiated, Buki (short for Kabuki) brushes are those with full, dense heads intended to deposit powder makeup onto the skin for full coverage and maximum impact. Derived from the ancient Japanese Theater, Kabuki actors pressed powder into their greased skin for dramatic impact. Today, we swirl, tap and buff mineral makeup, and the Buki brush is perfect for that.

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Usually, Buki brushes have short handles that make it easier to press the powder into the skin and these are no exception. The stubby handles also make for a very compact brush that travels well.

The brushes all are custom cut and cruelty free, of man-made ultra plush fibers. Each brush in the Buki box is made for a particular purpose.

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The Buffing Buki is the traditional blunt Buki designed for buffing powder foundations into the skin in small circular motions.

The Powder Ball Buki is my new favorite brush. A tapered “ball” of compact fibers lushly applies all-over finishing powders.

The Radiance Buki is an angled brush meant for applying bronzers and luminizers with precision.

The Complexion Perfection Buki has a small, firm, tapered head and is meant for applying cream and liquid concealers and highlighters. I love how this swept perfectly beneath my eye, corner to corner.

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These brushes in the Buki Brush Box are tough, too. Just like that well-worn, gin-soaked Honky Tonk Woman, these take a beating and lose none of their appeal – or bristles. Buffing is hard on a brush, and these can stand the fight.

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Cleaning with soap and water, these also retain the plush softness that many brushes seem to lose. All in all, these brushes are exceptional (flawless, even), and quite a value.

Gimme, gimme, gimme the honky tonk blues.

Readers – has mineral makeup made you a brush expert as well? And are you a fan of IT Cosmetics’ brushes?

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Sherri is co-author of What Would You Do With This Room? My 10 Foolproof Commandments to Great Interior Design, and of course, a wht writer!
skin tone: NC 25
skin type: oily/sensitive
favorite beauty product: anti-aging anything

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DIY: Valentine’s Wooden Heart Wreath http://weheartthis.com/2015/01/28/diy-valentines-wooden-heart-wreath/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/01/28/diy-valentines-wooden-heart-wreath/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:00:42 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=125591

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and handmade holiday decorations make my heart go pitter-patter. For less than 10 bucks and 10 minutes of your time, this holiday DIY helps you craft your very own handmade rustic heart wreath. What’s...

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner and handmade holiday decorations make my heart go pitter-patter. For less than 10 bucks and 10 minutes of your time, this holiday DIY helps you craft your very own handmade rustic heart wreath.

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What’s even sweeter is that you can make a few ‘lover’s ornaments’ with any leftover supplies. So let’s get started on this Valentine’s DIY!

Supplies:

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    Heart-shaped Grapevine wreath form
    Hot glue gun and glue sticks
    Wood branch slices
    Newspaper or craft paper to protect work-surface
    Wide red burlap ribbon

Three Tips:

You can purchase the wood branch slices at your local craft store if you don’t have a saw (or a handy friend), but they can be pricey.

When selecting your heart wreath form, you want to choose the flattest one you can find. This will make the gluing process easier. Don’t be afraid to lay several out on the floor in front of you, at the craft store, to assist in picking the best heart shape for your project. (I did!)

Don’t forget to pull up a coupon for your craft store, via your smart-phone. This often saves me 40% off my highest ticket item.

DIY Directions:

1. First protect your work-surface and lay down some paper. Hot glue will definitely seep through the vines of your heart form.

2. Plug in your hot glue gun, give it a few minutes to warm up. Use caution, hot glue burns hurt!

3. Experiment with the placement of your wood slices on your heart form.

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4. Once you found the best fit – start gluing. You will want to squeeze a rather large blob of glue on the form to adhere to the discs.

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Tip: It is helpful if you butt the sides of each disc against one another, and hit with a little glue.

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5. Once you have completed gluing the bottom layer of wood slices onto your wreath form, you are ready to experiment with the placement of your top layer. I find staggering a disc on top of two bottom layer discs to be the most aesthetically pleasing. Again, you are going to squeeze out a large blob of glue to attach each wood slice.

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6. Let your glue dry. Typically, hot glue only takes a few minutes to set. Now hold your wreath upright to be certain that your wreath is sturdy. If not, add more glue to the weak spots.

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7. Tie a big knot or bow through your heart wreath and hang!

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Bonus DIY: If you have any left-over wood slices, you can create these darling ornaments with a wood-burner, a small eye-hook, and a little ribbon!

Readers – What are you DIYing this Valentine’s season?

All photos: Rachel for we heart this

Rachel is a stay-at-home Mom that never seems to be home. She’s a military wife, mother to The Danger Boys and a self-proclaimed craftaholic that enjoys photography, knitting, baking and all things handmade.

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24 hour Instagram Giveaway: Win the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette! http://weheartthis.com/2015/01/27/24-hour-instagram-giveaway-win-urban-decay-vice-3-palette/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/01/27/24-hour-instagram-giveaway-win-urban-decay-vice-3-palette/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:31:54 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=125646

We’ve joined forces with some of the most fab bloggers on the interwebs for a 24-HOUR INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY of an Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette (retail value: $60)! Entering is simple. Follow us, BeautyJunkies and NouveauCheap on Instagram and leave...

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We’ve joined forces with some of the most fab bloggers on the interwebs for a 24-HOUR INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY of an Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette (retail value: $60)!

Entering is simple. Follow us, BeautyJunkies and NouveauCheap on Instagram and leave a comment on all three of our giveaway announcement posts that look just like the image above. That’s it! (This giveaway is for US residents only, and is in no way affiliated with Urban Decay or Instagram.)

This giveaway ends on 1/28/15 at 7PM PST, so act quick. You could be the proud new owner of this gorgeous piece of art in palette form!

Good luck, everyone!

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100% Pure Organic Rose Hydrosol Facial Mist Review http://weheartthis.com/2015/01/27/100-pure-organic-rose-hydrosol-facial-mist-review/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/01/27/100-pure-organic-rose-hydrosol-facial-mist-review/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:00:10 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=125615

Do you ever feel like taking a break from the complications and chaos of modern life? When I feel overwhelmed, I find myself longing for the simple things… and nothing is more beautifully simple than 100% Pure. For those who...

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Do you ever feel like taking a break from the complications and chaos of modern life? When I feel overwhelmed, I find myself longing for the simple things… and nothing is more beautifully simple than 100% Pure.

For those who need a refresher, here are just a few reasons why we heart this loves 100% Pure: their products are all natural, vegan, gluten free and cruelty free. In fact, every ingredient is held up to this level of purity, resulting in a collection of products that the company describes as “health food for your skin.” 100% Pure actually makes their products with ‘food grade’ ingredients!

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And speaking of refreshers… allow me to introduce the ultimate complexion pick-me-up: Organic Rose Hydrosol Facial Mist ($15). This product is 100% Pure at its uncomplicated best. Designed to instantly hydrate, refresh, and soothe skin, the mist is especially effective for sensitive and dehydrated complexions.

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The way hydrosol mist is created might just be the coolest thing ever: essential oil is extracted through a steam distillation process, and hydrosols are the steam! As a natural byproduct, the mist contains exactly the same medicinal properties as pure Organic Rose essential oil. That’s right, you can hydrate, refresh and soothe all skin types with a simple spritz of mist!

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In the interest of testing (and because it smelled so darned good), I misted every way I could imagine: over newly-washed skin, over moisturizer, under and over makeup. I misted at home and away. The bottle is small enough to take with you for touch-up sprays all day long if you want (I’m kind of tempted to do this, honestly.) I’ve concluded that misting is addictive and I’d better buy a backup bottle before I run out.

A quick mist will set your makeup in the morning and refresh it later in the day. Even if the moisturizing effect is short-lived, the smell of roses makes me feel happy. It’s as if spring is right around the corner no matter what the calendar says.

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Pros:
Made from the steam of organic roses
Refreshes skin
Small enough for on-the-go touchups
The rose scent is mood-lifting
Ingredients are so pure, they’re considered food-grade (and therefore don’t require animal testing)
Vegan and gluten free
Instead of artificial preservatives, 100% Pure preserves products with anti-bacterial herbs and a high concentration of vitamins and antioxidants

Cons:
None

If your skin (or even your mood) feels parched, dull, drab, or generally overwhelmed, a misting of Organic Rose Hydrosol might be all you need to look and feel simply beautiful.

Readers – Are you 100 percent in love with 100% Pure? Share your favorite products in the comments!

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Melissa loves road trips, bargain shopping, drive-in movies, lip gloss and rock ‘n’ roll. She lives in Baltimore with her two precious pups; Zeus and Bellarina.
skin tone: NC25
skin type: dry to normal
favorite beauty product: skincare

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Coffee Cocktail Recipe; starring Wild Turkey American Honey Sting http://weheartthis.com/2015/01/26/wild-turkey-american-honey-sting-cocktail-recipe/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/01/26/wild-turkey-american-honey-sting-cocktail-recipe/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:00:20 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=125580

From Our Easy Recipes File: The Good Day Honeybee Cocktail Recently we spent an evening of adventure with our friends at Wild Turkey. Not only did we escape some zombies, we also tried their new American Honey Sting Bourbon, sweetened...

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From Our Easy Recipes File: The Good Day Honeybee Cocktail

Recently we spent an evening of adventure with our friends at Wild Turkey. Not only did we escape some zombies, we also tried their new American Honey Sting Bourbon, sweetened with their signature honey and citrus flavors, and spiced up thanks to ghost pepper.

Ghost peppers are some of the world’s hottest chiles, falling just below the top of the Scoville Scale, or standard heat index for chile peppers. Think habaneros are hot? They max out at 100,000 units on the Scoville Scale, while ghost peppers can be anywhere from 855,000-2,199,999 Scoville heat units!

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This might sound pretty intimidating, but the sweetness of American Honey’s bourbon strikes an excellent balance with the heat. Even those with low heat tolerance should be able to handle this bourbon, since the honey and citrus are the forward flavors and the kick comes in the finish.

Such an alcohol deserves more than just the usual treatment; it deserves ingredients that can truly match it punch for punch. What packs a bolder punch than coffee? Instead of typically hot, sticky sweet cups of booze-laced comfort, we opt for some cold brew concentrate.

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The sharpness of the coffee is tempered by the bourbon’s sweetness and the mellow, nutty splash of coconut water. To marry everything together, a few dashes of Angostura bitters evens things out. Bartenders don’t think of bitters as spice for cocktails for nothing!

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Makes 1 drink

Ingredients:

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    2 oz cold brew concentrate
    2 oz American Honey Sting
    1.5 oz unflavored, unsweetened coconut water
    3 dashes Angostura bitters

Tip: Click here to get the details on making some cold brew concentrate coffee.

Directions:

1. Pour all ingredients over ice and stir to combine.

2. Enjoy!

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American Honey Sting is limited edition, so go snag a bottle while you still can. American Honey touts itself as being “bad news for boring”, and with this addition to your home bar your cocktails will certainly be anything but boring!

Readers – Are you a Wild Turkey fan? What is your favorite bourbon cocktail?

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Heather is a midwesterner living in Los Angeles and enjoys concocting weird flavor combinations and exploring delicious ethnic foods. She blogs at foodforfunandpleasure and knows her way around the spice cabinet like nobody’s business.

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The Lipstick League – week of 1.19.15 http://weheartthis.com/2015/01/24/lipstick-league-week-1-19-15/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/01/24/lipstick-league-week-1-19-15/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:26:55 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=125564

Question of the Week: Name a beauty item that was discontinued that you wish would come back, even if it was only for a limited time. Answer: I’m almost out of my MAC Marquise’D lipstick. So I’d love if that...

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Question of the Week: Name a beauty item that was discontinued that you wish would come back, even if it was only for a limited time.

Answer: I’m almost out of my MAC Marquise’D lipstick. So I’d love if that would come back for another spin!

Here’s what happened with the League this week…

Phyrra – Looking for an easy way to fill in your eyebrows? Try my quick and easy tutorial!

we heart this – If you use our $10 off coupon, you can get $384 in products for just $39.99 (including shipping!) Check out the FabFitFun Winter VIP box

Beauty Junkies Unite – Have you tried L’Oréal’s latest mascara yet? It’s called Voluminous Butterfly Intenza mascara, and I’ve got the scoop and before/after photos. What do you think?

Clumps of Mascara – can’t get enough of those gorgeous polishes from Cirque Colors. If you love holographic polishes, you pretty much HAVE to buy these.

Glitter.Gloss.Garbage – A well pigmented, long-lasting blush stick for $2.99? You have to check this out!

Gouldylox Reviews – Try a lob before you go in for the chop! It’s easier than you think (and you could win $100 of styling products!)

Love for Lacquer – Love is in the air! Be prepared to be blown away by the new Valentine’s Day collection from Different Dimension!

Nouveau Cheap – Want a handy list of all the new 2015 products from Wet n Wild with photos, prices and product info? Here you go!

Prime Beauty – shows you the Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Palette which truly takes you from day to night AND can be worn wet or dry!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Phyrra – My friend Eugenia is awesome and I love her blog and videos. I wanted to share her Top 10 Beauty Products of 2014 because I adore many of her choices!

How about you we heartsters, what discontinued item do you wish would come back?

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3 Things: Leaving on a Jet Plane http://weheartthis.com/2015/01/23/3-things-leaving-jet-plane/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/01/23/3-things-leaving-jet-plane/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:00:02 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=123847

Forget New Year’s resolutions, come mid January I normally have grown weary of winter-y weather and am dreaming of a great vacation. And while a white sandy beach and a tropical cocktail sounds great right now, if you recently traveled...

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Forget New Year’s resolutions, come mid January I normally have grown weary of winter-y weather and am dreaming of a great vacation. And while a white sandy beach and a tropical cocktail sounds great right now, if you recently traveled for the holidays you’ll recall that packing and airports can kind of suck. So this week, we’re playing a round of 3 things, all about traveling.

Bags: Carry on or check in? Check in. I like to travel light while traipsing through the airport. Plus, I’m short and always have issues trying to put bags in the overhead bins.
The single item you MUST pack for a flight: If I plan on trying to get some sleep, my neck pillow. I know they look dorky but I love mine.
Share your best traveling or packing tip: Get a large, lightweight duffel to use as your carry-on. My favorite is the weekender from LeSportsac. I can fit my pillow, Kindle, a sweater and my various flight accessories PLUS my chock-full everyday purse inside and carry it cross shoulder around the airport. As a bonus it fits under an airplane seat, so I always have my essentials within easy reach.

Your turn, we heartsters. Cut and paste the following into the comments and tell us these 3 Things!

Bags: Carry on or check in?
The single item you MUST pack for a flight:
Share your best traveling or packing tip:

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Tyna, co-founder and co-editor of wht, worries about becoming a crazy cat lady, reads at least a book a week, checks in at a Flyers fan forum every morning and is forever (some say obsessively) organizing her closets and drawers.
skin tone: NW 20/25
skin type: combination
favorite beauty product: eye shadows and lip balms

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MAC Nail Transformations Swatches and Review http://weheartthis.com/2015/01/22/mac-nail-transformations-swatches-and-review/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/01/22/mac-nail-transformations-swatches-and-review/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:00:42 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=125525

MAC Cosmetics proves change is good! Try googling just about any mainstream brand and “formula change,” and you’ll find throngs of upset makeup addicts gnashing their teeth and crying to the heavens. So it was with excitement and trepidation that...

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MAC Cosmetics proves change is good!

Try googling just about any mainstream brand and “formula change,” and you’ll find throngs of upset makeup addicts gnashing their teeth and crying to the heavens. So it was with excitement and trepidation that I opened my review box and saw that I received nearly the entire MAC Nail Transformations collection as well a few MAC Studio Nail Lacquers, all of which boasted a new formula.

I really liked MAC’s previous formula, but I had a lot of issues with its brush. I received a base coat, top coat, four cremes and the Transformations Collection – three pearl transformers, three top coat effects and one glitter – all reformulated and a with newly designed brush. Wait…a new brush?! Hallelujah and pass the cuticle oil!

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In order to test the line, I tried them over the creme MAC Studio Nail Lacquers ($12 each); above you can see two base coats of Rebel, Coffee Break, Girl about Town and Saint Germain (my thumb has a basic black in all pictures).

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The Transformations line consists of ‘transforming’ liquid pigments – think top coats – that create subtle to dramatic changes in the color and/or finish of any nail polish. I think all of them are a great way to change up a color that you no longer love, or a nice boost to make your favorite shade just a bit more fancy.

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MAC-Studio-Nail-Lacquer-Pink-Pearl-6Pink Pearl Sheer over Rebel, Coffee Break, Girl about Town, Saint Germain and a black base on the thumb

A very pretty duochrome, Pink Pearl Sheer gave a nice warmth to all of the creme shades, with a shimmer that flashed from deep pink to a golden orange.

MAC-Studio-Nail-Lacquer-Highlight-7Highlight over Rebel, Coffee Break, Girl about Town, Saint Germain and a black base on the thumb

I’m not sure why Highlight was not named Blue Pearl, but it gave an icy blue shine that worked best on the darker colors.

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MAC-Studio-Nail-Lacquer-Green-Pearl-9Green Pearl over Rebel, Coffee Break, Girl about Town and Saint Germain

Green Pearl had the biggest shift of the bunch, from deep green to gold with almost a purple in certain light. I really only liked it over the black creme, but I’m sure others will enjoy playing with this one.

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MAC-Studio-Nail-Lacquer-Gold-Pearl-11Gold Pearl over Rebel, Coffee Break, Girl about Town, Saint Germain and a black base on the thumb

Gold Pearl was my favorite, but it was also the hardest to apply without overdoing it or getting streaks.

MAC-Studio-nail-lacquer-toppers-12Matte Overlacquer, Silver Dew, Shadow and Texturize

The special effects are not limited to just pearly finishes! The matte look, lots of glitter, a little texture – MAC has something for you.

MAC-Studio-nail-lacquer-matte-topper-13Matte Overlacquer over Rebel, Coffee Break, Girl about Town, Saint Germain and a black base on the thumb

For me Matte Overlacquer was the least exciting of the bunch; though a great matte topcoat, it wasn’t that different from any of the other mattes on the market.

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MAC-Studio-nail-lacquer-texturize-topper-15Texturize over Rebel, Coffee Break, Girl about Town, Saint Germain and a black base on the thumb

I’ve never hid my distaste for texture polishes (so weird and bumpy!) but the slight sugaring in Texturize was very subtle, though I’m not too sure I’d call this a “leather effect.”

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Silver Dew from the Studio Nail Lacquer line is a gold based, glitter bomb that’s packed with multi colored sparkles. While I used it as a topcoat, it could be worn alone as well.

MAC-Studio-nail-lacquer-shadow-topper-18Shadow over Rebel, Coffee Break, Girl about Town and Saint Germain

I really thought I’d adore Shadow, a top coat designed to blacken the basecoat and give a deeper color. The blackening effect works well on darker colors, but made light colors look dirty. It took two coats to get a noticeable difference, but any more than that built the color up too much and gave a thick jelly look.

Overall, the collection is stellar. The new formula makes the polishes apply buttery smooth and dry in just a few minutes. The Underlacquer and Overlacquer are worth getting on their own, my chipping was minimal and I had a mirror shine on every manicure I used it on. The pearls can be a bit streaky, but that’s expected with something so sheer and can be avoided with light touch. But the pearls can also bring new life to your polish collection, which make them definitely worth trying!

Readers – What do you think? Would you let MAC Transformations transform your old polishes?

photos: Alyssa for we heart this

Alyssa is kinda geeky, kinda girly and all the way in love with her cowboy husband who can say words like, “ornery” with a straight face. She live in Texas and is working on her Masters, being a good cook and the art of looking cute in the morning AND being on time for work. Visit her blog Kind of a Mess.
skin tone: NC42
skin type: oily to normal
favorite beauty product: nail polish and mascara

Underlacquer – Basecoat
Overlacquer – Topcoat

Highlight – Sheer blue pearl transformer
Pink Pearl Sheer – Pink pearl transformer (Liquid Pigment)
Green Pearl – Sheer green pearl transformer (Liquid Pigment)
Gold Pearl – Sheer gold pearl transformer (Liquid Pigment)
Matte Overlacquer – Matte top coat
Texturize – Clear leather effect top coat
Shadow – Sheer blackening top coat
Silver Dew – Gold glitter base with multi-colored large glitter

Saint Germain – Light cool pink
Girl about Town – Bright blue fuchsia
Coffee Break – Midtonal cool taupe
Rebel – Midtonal cream plum (Creme)

MAC Nail Transformations Swatches and Review

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Easy Recipe: Hummus Chicken Salad http://weheartthis.com/2015/01/21/easy-recipe-hummus-chicken-salad/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/01/21/easy-recipe-hummus-chicken-salad/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:00:11 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=125488

The deli in my local supermarket sells a delicious chicken salad, laden with so much mayo that I can almost feel my arteries clogging as I chew. But what I really love about it is the combo of dill and...

Easy Recipe: Hummus Chicken Salad

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The deli in my local supermarket sells a delicious chicken salad, laden with so much mayo that I can almost feel my arteries clogging as I chew. But what I really love about it is the combo of dill and olives, which gives a herbal brightness matched with the umami of black olives. So I decided to make my own chicken salad recipe, substituting hummus for mayo for a healthier, and dare I say yummier, version!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup hummus*
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped celery
  • 2 cups diced chicken
  • 2 tsp chopped dill
  • 2-3 tbsp water
  • 3 tsp plain Greek yogurt

*I used Sabra Olive Tapenade Hummus, which is delicious (my favorite variety!) and saved having to buy and add olives.

Directions:

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1. Dice the chicken. As much as I love roasting a chicken, if you’re just planning to chop it up for a recipe, a store-bought rotisserie chicken will save you a ton of time. Remove the skin (feed to dogs, husband or yourself, no one is looking), quarter the chicken, then chop it into about 1/2 inch pieces. I like a mix of light and dark meat, but that’s up to you.

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2. Chop the celery into as large of pieces as you’d like. I go very fine with my celery because I like the crunch, but not necessarily the taste.

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3. Chop the dill. If you chop too much, throw some in your scrambled eggs the next day; it’s delicious!

Easy-recipe-hummus-chicken-salad-7Sabra Olive Tapenade Hummus, doesn’t that look delish?

4. Measure 1/2 cup of hummus and 3 tbsp of yogurt.

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5. Mix all ingredients, adding the water 1 tbsp at a time until you reach the desired consistency.

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Serve on lettuce, in a pita, or just eat it by the spoon standing at the counter, we won’t judge you!

we heartsters, are you a chicken salad fiend like me?

Easy Recipe: Hummus Chicken Salad

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