Beauty By Krystal: March 2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Mrs. P's Nail Potions - Green/Gold Shifty

Today I have a mini polish to share swatches of, this is Mrs. P's Nail Potions Green/Gold Shifty. I LOVE this shade I'm not usually one to go for greens, but the popping green tone with that golden shift is so bright and fun and oddly makes me want a margarita ;) I have this as my pedicure right now, so pretty! She has three other shades in the Shifties Collection; pink/blue shifty, green/blue shifty, and blue/purple - which has its own video on her Youtube channel so you can see how amazing this shade it in real life!

There's a new "thank you coupon" through Etsy where everyone who makes a purchase will automatically receive an email with a coupon code for 15% off their next purchase!
Mrs. P's Nail Potions is now on Youtube, so you can see these beautiful creations in action :)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sally Hansen Diamond Strength - Pulled Sugar

On days when I'm not modeling nail polishes and dissecting shade descriptions, I like to wear a clean manicure, something dainty and sheer. This week's polish of choice is one of the newer designed Sally Hansen Diamond Strength polishes in Pulled Sugar. I used to buy these Diamond Strength polishes when I was younger, in fact I still have one that I keep for nostalgic reasons, so I might share that one soon as a memory lane mani :) The formula seems the same, just the bottle looks diamond cut. The wand and brush seem a lot longer than I remember from years ago. Pulled Sugar is a sheer baby pink shimmer, pretty nicely packed for a sheer polish. Photos show just one coat, I'm sure two coats would have been much glitzier!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Color Me Monthly - March - Adorned

Color Me Monthly is a genius nail polish subscription service, $7 a month, FREE shipping, no frills or perks - just one nail polish in your mail each month. They are brand new, and well worth a try. Their packaging is very simple, just a small cardboard box and a card explaining this month's polish. March's nail polish is named Adorned, a shimmer blurple (blue/purple), it's a pretty sheer polish, I needed three coats to feel satisfied.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

*TOP SECRET* My "Perfect Skin" Routine!

Here's my go-to routine when I want my skin to look its best, I can usually get this done in 10 minutes.

If you want to see individual reviews on the products mentioned in this video, please click to my blog posts:
ELF Daily Moisture Stick:
Adovia Mineral Sheer Tint SPF 20:
ELF Tone Correcting Powder:
ELF High Definition Uundereye Setting Powder:
Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix:
Youngblood Eye-lluminating Duo:

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

ELF Studio Daily Moisture Stick

A while back ELF released the Studio Daily Moisture Stick, $6, and ever since I purchased it online I have been using it every day/night. It's a solid stick looking like a Vaseline chapstick, it feels cool and slick but not at all heavy. It's probably the lightest moisturizer I own and the best multi-use one, I have used it mainly on my face, but it's easily usable everywhere else too. I have been using it as a face primer before my makeup and in place of a lotion after removing my makeup at night. I love that this moisture stick is a solid, twist up product because it is clean to use and travel friendly. I also bring it in my purse on days I'll be out-n-about and may need a hydrating boost to my makeup. Last point I want to make it that this formula is very gentle. I have areas on my face that are extra sensitive and this moisture stick never irritates, burns or causes me redness, that's a HUGE plus for a skincare item!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Maybelline Color Show - Spring 2013 - Limited Edition Collection

Maybelline recently released a full collection of limited edition Spring items, Fashion Week Color Goes Electric. They feature color-friendly products from liners and eyeshadows to lippies and polishes. If you follow my Instagram, then you are probably tired of seeing my Maybelline Color Show obsession, I have fallen in love with these polishes and excitedly collect them all, someday I want to own every shade! At about $3 a bottle, that's an achievable dream. I went on the hunt to find all the Spring polishes and after a few trips to Walmart, I finally collected them all! Prepare yourself for this 10 polish collection!

FYI: I have been playing around with a new image editing program, GIMP, and this is my first post featuring images edited with that program. I spent a couple hours learning the program and editing my photos, so I'm very pleased with how the colors came out, and I can confidently say they show very true to color, especially in portraying the vibrancy of these polishes!

DETAILS: all photos show 2 dry coats of polish with no top coat, base coat used was Zoya Anchor Base Coat, cuticle oil is E.L.F. Essential Nourishing Cuticle Pen.

900 Alluring Rose | deep magenta with purple shimmer

905 Precious Plum | rich cobalt blue with royal purple shimmer

910 Orange Extreme | vibrant red tone orange with yellow tone orange shimmer

915 Shock Wave | pure sky blue with light aqua blue shimmer

920 Coral Glow | bright melon coral with secret golden shimmer

925 Lustrous Lime | vibrant chartreuse with subtle yellow shimmer

930 Intense Teal | rich green-tone teal with blue-tone teal shimmer

935 Mesmerizing Magenta | bright magenta with secret shimmer - looks like a creme from afar

940 Flash Of Purple | rich royal purple with pink shimmer

945 Blast Of Blue | deep navy blue with teal blue shimmer

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Looking Luminous with POND'S

What makes you feel luminous?
preface: I'm a stay at home mother of two, I don't dress up cute or accessorize with jewelry, handbags and shoes. I play on the floor, I run around outside in the yard and I clean every spill, dish, pot, pile of clothes, floor and window in our home.
With all my sweaty, dirty chores, I feel luminous every day because of my skincare routines. Last year I fell in love with some high end skincare, but realistically, I can't afford to pay for those products regularly. I set out to try some inexpensive brands to fit my budget and my skin's needs. Then I got this amazing opportunity to try out the new POND'S Luminous skincare line, which in all honesty I never even glanced at in the store. Without this campaign, I would have never found my new and highly loved skincare routine - best part is everything retails for $5-$7 each! Impressive!

"Say hello to bright, radiant skin with new award-winning POND’S® Luminous Clean™ facial cleansers. They are enriched with kaolin clay, a mineral known to act like a magnet to gently draw out impurities. So, your skin can look luminous again!"

My boyfriend, Michael, and I usually use the same skincare products, luckily he has perfect skin so his reviews are always positive. This time, I didn't tell him we had new products, I planned on trying them out myself. This weekend I noticed his skin was looking rather amazing and after asking if he's been doing something different, he confessed to using the POND'S Luminous products that I added to our shower and bathroom counter. I couldn't believe his skin could look even more perfect than before; it looked healthy, glowy and it felt so smooth. As for me, I have fallen in love with all the products! To find drugstore skincare items that don't irritate my sensitive chin and cheeks while still cleansing and hydrating is a huge deal. I'm so happy to see my skin looking glowy, even toned, smooth and hydrated. These have all made their way into my regular skincare routine.

Luminous Clean Wet Cleansing Towelettes
For Beautiful, Luminous Skin! Get luminous anytime, anywhere! These soft, textured cleansing cloths gently draw out trapped makeup and impurities to instantly revive dull skin. Keep a pack at home and one in your purse for on-the-go convenience!
Essential Features: Soft, textured cloths work gently without drying skin, Dermatologist tested, Hypoallergenic, Safe for contact lens wearers
Key Ingredients: Soft white Kaolin clay - a natural mineral known to act like a magnet to gently draw out deep-dwelling impurities. Moisturizing Ingredients - effective emollients such as Glycerin which draws moisture from the environment, leaving skin feeling soft and smooth.

Luminous Clean Cream Cleanser
For Bright, Luminous Skin! Get luminous! Gently draw out trapped impurities & makeup to brighten dull skin. Best if used in the morning before applying your favorite POND’S® facial moisturizer and in the evening to remove dirt, oil, and makeup.
Essential Features: Hypoallergenic, Non-comedogenic, Dermatologist tested
Key Ingredients: Soft white Kaolin clay – a natural mineral known to act like a magnet to gently draw out deep-dwelling impurities. Moisturizing Ingredients - effective emollients such as Glycerin which draws moisture from the environment, leaving skin feeling soft and smooth.

Luminous Clean Daily Exfoliating Cleanser
For Renewed, Luminous Skin! Get luminous! Use every day to deeply clean and gently exfoliate dull skin. So, skin looks renewed and luminous again! Find out why Allure magazine named Luminous Clean™ Daily Exfoliating Cleanser a Best of Beauty award winner.
Essential Features: Hypoallergenic, Non-comedogenic, Dermatologist tested
Key Ingredients: Soft white Kaolin clay - a natural mineral known to act like a magnet to gently draw out deep-dwelling impurities. Gentle Microbeads - help removing dull, lifeless skin.

NEW! Luminous Moisture
For Bright, Luminous Skin All Day! Enhance skin’s luminosity instantly with our vital moisturizing formula made with illuminating minerals known to improve skin’s natural radiance. Plus, protect your skin against damaging sun rays with broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen.
For even brighter, more visibly luminous skin, use after cleansing with one of the POND'S® Luminous Clean™ Cleansers. These cleansers are enriched with kaolin clay, a mineral known to act like a magnet to gently draw out deep-dwelling impurities.
Essential Features: SPF 15 with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, Light, non-greasy daily lotion, Non-comedogenic – won’t clog pores, Dermatologist tested, Hypoallergenic
Key Ingredients: UVA/UVB sun blockers - to help protect against skin-damaging sun rays
Illuminating minerals - known to enhance skin’s natural radiance.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Flower Beauty Nail'd It, Lip Services, Shine On

After reviewing my first batch of Flower Beauty products last month, I went and bought more products to try, this time I had a lot more to choose from, but unfortunately my Walmart's display did not have any eye makeup (I've checked recently and they still don't) so I just picked up some different shades of the polishes and lip butter and I decided to try the lip gloss (even though I don't really like glosses, lol). So far, I LOVE the items I bought, especially the lipgloss, it's non-sticky and it is decently pigmented. I'm planning on hunting down some eye makeup and face makeup products because I REALLY want to try them already! Feel free to leave me your recommendations :)

Here's what I bought:
Nail'd It Nail Lacquer - Precious Poppy | $4.98
Nail'd It Nail Lacquer - Good Bud-Dy | $4.98
Lip Service Lip Butter - Rose-y Future | $6.98
Shine On Lip Gloss - Hibis-Kiss | $6.98