Beauty By Krystal

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Seven Cosmetics Nail Polish | Review & Swatches

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Seven Cosmetics is an indie nail polish brand handcrafted by two nail obsessed sisters. They have recently launched this year, with two beautiful collections and a new limited edition shade. Their polishes are inexpensively priced at $7.00 each, and the bottles alone screamed to be collected. Today I have four shades to share; all but one (HBIC) required three coats for a full coverage finish. HBIC though, this one teeters as a one to two coater, and easily my favorite of the four shades I selected. All the polishes applied smoothly, however, since they require multiple coats, I found it best to let each coat dry a bit before applying the next coat on top - this avoids pulling at the prior coat, and ensures a leveled and even finish. Wear time was great, with a good base and top coat*, I can get a full week's wear without chipping off.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Gifting a Pamper Pack ft. Beyonce Heat Gift Set

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When the holiday gift giving season comes around, the best gifts are thoughtful and memorable. This year I wanted to do something very special for my best friend. She has had one of the toughest years, a "reset year" as I like to refer to it. So, in hopes of brightening her holiday season, I thought it would be nice to spoil her with a pampering pack. My gift is themed around the Beyonce Heat Gift Set found at Walmart, which includes three variations of the alluring perfume; Heat, Heat Rush, and Midnight Heat. The fragrance gift set is the easy part, but to make it a little more personable, I shopped around for a few more items to complete my pamper pack.

Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune Shampoo & Protective Oil | Review

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The Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune holiday 2015 collaboration is a "contemporary vision of fashion influenced by Paris and Tokyo and is known for reinventing the "classics" while mixing them with a daring range of colors, prints and materials". Attractively designed, this collection includes something for everyone from eyeshadow palettes, false lashes, lip colors, pencils, polishes, tools, cleansing oils, and hair care.

Today I have a review on the Cleansing Oil Shampoo Gentle Radiance Cleanser (400ml $57) "delicate formula that transforms quickly into a rich foam that effectively draws out the impurities and build-up on the scalp without stripping the natural oils." and the Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil (150ml $69) "rapidly absorbed into hair fiber, it rebalances the moisture level of dry hair. The soft-sleek velvety oil creates a supple touch with high shine and provides UV protection.".

Monday, November 23, 2015

ELF Lock On Liner and Brow Cream | Review & Swatches

Preface: I have never used creams in my brows prior to this review, so I won't be comparing these to any other brand, maybe I will in the future if that would be more helpful.

ELF has launched a brand new [amazing] product and concept to their line, the Lock On Liner and Brow Creams ($4 each), available in four shades; Taupe Blonde, Light Brown, Medium Brown, Espresso.
"This cream glides on smoothly to sculpt, shade, and define brows. It can also be used as eyeshadow or eyeliner for gorgeous, long-lasting color."

Friday, November 20, 2015

ELF Illuminating Palette | Review & Swatches

Every time I sit down to plan out a full face ELF makeup look, I'm always looking at my extensive collection wishing they would give us a true highlighter line, and now my wishes have been granted! The Illuminating Palette (aka the Ambient Palette that launched and sold out in minutes this Summer) is finally here and widely available for us all to grab one (or two) for ourselves!
"This beautiful illuminating palette holds 4 gorgeous complementary shades to mix and match for a custom blended radiance that captures, diffuses, and softens the way light reflects on the skin. The soft-focus powders are great for highlighting around the eyes and on cheekbones to enhance the skin with a luminous effect. Perfect for all skin tones."