Beauty By Krystal

Thursday, May 19, 2016

NEW Cookie Sticker Sheets | The Act of Craft

I haven't been on top of announcing my shop additions here on my blog - but I spent quite a long time on this latest project, and feel very proud of these new cookie and macaron sticker sheets! This is my first time successfully printing my artwork in true color. A trial and error process that has taken me months to figure out. I hope you all enjoy them, and if you'd like to purchase them, you can find them here:

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

China Glaze Lite Brites | Review & Swatches

I have had so much fun wearing the Spring 2016 House of Colour collection from China Glaze, that I felt it was totally necessary to buy the new Summer 2016 collection Lite Brites! I knew I was craving bright colors, but I didn't realize I needed neons this much in my nail life ;) This collection includes every neon shade of the rainbow, plus a few fun shimmer/glitter formulas that pack a stunning punch. Each shade has a demi matte finish pre-top coat, and they all tend to dry quickly so I recommend taking your time when applying to avoid an uneven finish. Every swatch I photographed is two coats with a glossy top coat. I dimmed my lighting setup to photograph these shades as true to color as I could. These shades look more neony in person, but for the most part, I was able to edit these photos to look *almost* exact.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

ELF Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain | Review & Swatches

ELF released a new collection of Aqua Beauty items for Spring 2016, and among them are these interesting Radiant Gel Lip Stains ($4.00); "A refreshing weightless gel tint that provides radiant sheer color and is enriched with Purified Water that hydrates and feels cool on contact. This long-wear lip color stains the lips for that "just bitten" effect. Infused with nourishing Rosewater and Vitamin E for a splash of hydrating color. The formula is extremely comfortable and great to wear alone or as a base to your favorite e.l.f. gloss for a vibrant effect."

Monday, May 16, 2016

PUR Sun-Kissed Glow Strobe Palette | Review & Swatches

I bought the new PUR Sun-Kissed Glow Strobe/Highlight Palette ($34.00) at The Makeup Show in March and have been obsessively using it nearly every day! This palette features three naturally flattering cream highlight shades, this palette is a deeper tone than their Moonlight Glow, and honestly I should have purchased both of them because I love the formula so much on my skin. I will wear this palette on no makeup days, when I just want to look lively, as well as full makeup days when I want an all over glowy skin look.
"Strobing brings a new dimension to facial contouring for instant luminescence. Highlight and define with three coordinating shades to create a custom, lit-from-within look for any skin tone. The silky cream glides onto skin for buildable, streak-free coverage and transforms quickly to a powdery, transfer-resistant finish. Infused with our proprietary, age-defying Ceretin Complex, a glowing, youthful-looking complexion has never been so easy."

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Nail Art - Crelly Flower Layers

I've been wanting to do this nail art ever since I swatched About Layin' Out from the China Glaze House of Colour collection. This is a bright coral creme jelly, it is super bright but photographs a bit duller because I don't really know how to photograph hella bright colors without them washing out a bit (still learning). So, what I did here, I used a dotting tool and China Glaze Let's Chalk About It to dot some floral designs on my bare nail. Then I applied a layer of About Layin' Out, then another layer of dotted flowers, and a final layer of the coral crelly. It creates this see through creamy jelly effect when the flowers underneath look hidden, and the top layer of flowers lighter. I absolutely LOVE how this turned out!!!