Nail Art Inspiration & Review: Depend Cosmetic 7 Day Polish

Hey Guys :)

So today’s post will focus on the relatively new 7 Day Hybrid Polish from Depend Cosmetic.

Depend Cosmetic 7 day Hybrid Nail Polish

depend cosmetic 7 day polish So what exactly is a Hybrid 7 Day Polish?  Well its a 3 step polish system (a little like gel) which gives a glossy, long lasting finish without having to cure in a led/uv lamp. It lasts up to 7 days and can be removed using plain old nail polish remover.

You can purchase it in Denmark at most Matas stores and Magasin and costs 100 dkr for the starter kit which includes a cleanser, top coat and base coat. Each individual polish costs 49 dkr. You can check out their full color selection here and stock lists for your country.

How to Apply

Step 1: Cleanse the nail thoroughly to remove any dirt or oils (comes in the starter kit). This step is sooooo important if you want the polish to adhere properly on the nail for maximum longevity.

Step 2: Apply 7 Day Base Coat (comes in starter set). Apply a thin layer and let dry before continuing to next step. Again it is important that the layer is thin so it can dry properly and so the “colored” polish can adhere.

Step 3: Add a coat of your chosen shade. Let dry completely before applying a second layer. Repeat this step until you have reached the opacity you desire. I find with most shades 2 coats is enough to get full opacity.

Step 4: Apply Top Coat (comes in starter set). Let dry and wait for about 5-10 minutes. Then apply a second coat of the Top Coat. And voila lovely shiny nails.

Here’s a few fun looks I created with the 7 Day System.

Depedn Cosmetic 7 Day Polish & Nail Art Here I used shades Goth Black on my thumb and ring finger and Mixed Berries on the rest. For a little glitz I added Flickering Star glitter to the tips and added some cute Hello Kitty Nail Decals I got from Sephora years ago.

bornprettystore Audrey Hepburn nail decalsI used Blueberry Smoothie for this mani and tipped it off with Flickering Star glitter and these amazing Born Pretty Store Audrey Hepburn Nail Decals which you can get here.

The Verdict:

Pros:

  • The nail polish is so easy to apply. The tip of the brush is rounded and the width of the brush is rather large making an easy and clean application especially near the cuticle.
  • No streaking for a beautiful smooth application and finish.
  • The top coat gives an ultra glossy finish mimicking that of gels without the curing or daunting task of removing them.
  • Great color selection with a variety of different finishes from creams and glitters to sheer nudes and mother of pearl finishes.
  • I also love the fact that the polish bottles are small. It takes up less space and makes it easier to finish them so I can buy new shades to try ;)
  • Does not stain or damage nail bed.

Cons:

  • Does not last a full 7 days (though they do claim on their website that it is UP TO 7 days of wear). But I can get 7 days of wear if I reapply the top coat every day or every other day…
  • It is only completely chip resistant if you reapply the Top Coat on an every other day basis. Otherwise it is susceptible to chips. Though I have to say that the type of job I have doesn’t help in the least bit.  Because I work with my hands 24/7 they are highly susceptible to chipping and damage. Keep your nails short and you’ll gain more wear out of the polish.

So I’ve decided to give this nail polish system a 5/5. You get a glossy, long lasting, and relatively chip free wear for a great price. Plus there is zero damage to your nails and a super easy removal process ( in comparison to gels). I just cant wait to get my hands on the spring collection which will be out soon.

Have any of you tried the Depend Cosmetic 7 Day Hybrid Polish System? If so what do you think and what are some of your favorite shades?

Hugs from Beauty Land

Review & Swatches: Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primers

I have to say I’m a firm and strong believer in makeup primers,  they are the start to any great makeup and the key for a long lasting one too. Sure there’s nothing new about primers and color correctors but The New Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primers are some next level S**t!!!!! These bad boys are more then just plain old primers but skin equalizers that smooth and refine the skin. They also enhance your final make up for a seamless and long lasting wear.

MakeUpForEver_Step1_SkinEqualizerPrimersThere are 11 different primers in the range. Here’s a little break down of each one:

MATTIFYING PRIMER: Mattefies and oil controls while reducing pore size for a long lasting makeup.

SMOOTHING PRIMER: Fills in and blurs imperfections. Its great for minimizing the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles for a flawless and resurfaced texture. Enhances longevity of makeup wear too.

HYDRATING PRIMER: Formulated with specific H₂O Complex, it provides moisture which transforms dehydrated skin into a supple, healthy, plump surface for a flawless makeup all day long.

NOURISHING PRIMER: Instantly replenishes dry and dehydrated skin. Made with Vegetal Complex that hydrates and revives skin while antioxidants protect from the elements. It also helps to restores elasticity and ensures a more uniform texture for a flawless makeup all day long.

REDNESS CORRECTING PRIMER: Instantly neutralizes and evens out red tones with the use of Green Spectraflex® pigments.

RADIANT PRIMERS:  Instantly color corrects according to skin tone, helps boost radiance levels, and hydrates the skin. Formulated with Spectraflex® pigments to neutralize imperfections and banish dullness, and even skin tone for a flawless makeup all day long.

The radiance primers come in 6 different types:

Nr. 6: Cool Pink is for yellow fair skin
Nr. 7: Blue is for yellow/red fair skin
Nr. 8: Peach is for fair skin
Nr. 9: Yellow is for tanned skin
Nr. 10. Caramel is for dark skin
Nr. 11. Mauve is for yellow dark skin

Review & Swatches:

I was lucky enough to get gifted the Nourishing and Hydrating Primer and decided to also invest in the Redness Corrector and the Smoothing Primer. I thought I’d put them to the test and give you guys a little review of the ones I’ve tried.

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makeupforever_step1_equalizer_swatches(from left to right: Nourishing Primer, Hydrating Primer, Smoothing Primer, Redness Correcting Primer)

Nourishing Primer: The texture of this primer is rather like a moisturizer. Yet it feels more light weight and sinks into the skin quickly. I noticed that the fine lines around my eyes were less apparent when using this. It definitely nourished the areas where I have dry patches in between my eyebrows and on my chin where I suffer from a little eczema. The result was a flawless foundation application and wear.

Hydrating Primer: The texture of this one is lighter than the Nourishing Primer but still delivers on the hydrating properties. Its very smooth and soft and left my skin feeling supple. It doesn’t feel greasy in the slightest and is rather light weight. I really like to wear this one my normal/dry days but I especially like to mix it in with some of the more drying foundation formulas for a more lit from within finish.

Smoothing Primer: I’m really in love with this. Its smoothed out every fine line and pore on my face. Its reminds me a bit of the Benefit Porefessional but I find it more smoothing and less drying. My foundation has never looked so amazing and it really is tripling the wear of it too.

Redness Corrector: The pigment level is so strong, I need the tiniest bit on my bare flushed cheeks and bye bye redness.

The Verdict:

Recently I’ve been experimenting with a little Primer Cocktail-ing haha. I begin with the Nourishing Primer if my dry patches are flaring up otherwise the Hydrating Primer on my good days. I then use the Redness Corrector on my cheeks and chin and then I top it all off with the Smoothing Primer for that ultimately smooth texture. My makeup not only lasts 3 times longer but it looks beautiful and radiant all day long without needing touch-ups!! These guys deserve a 5/5 for sure!!!

Have any of your tried the new primers, what are your thoughts?

Hugs from Beauty Land

2014 Beauty Favorites + Mini Reviews

One of my favorite things about entering a New Year is reflecting back on all my most used and loved products from the previous year. So without further a do, here are my favorite beauty items from 2014.

1. Primers

Make Up For Ever HD Elixer and Eye PrimeMake Up For Ever HD Elixer: Its a beautiful serum that not only hydrtaes the skin before foundation application but also helps to smooth out texture and help with the longevity of my makeup.

Make Up For Ever Eye Prime: The best eyeshadow primer I’ve ever used. It does a fabulous job at helping longevity and eliminating creasing without drying out the eye lids. This guys also helps to even out the skin tone on the eye lid. Im also a fan of using this under my eyes to stop my concealer from creasing.

2. Foundations

make Up For Ever HD Foundation + Nars Tinted MoisturizerNars Tinted Moisturizer: This is definitely my HG, I love to use this on my natural days. Not only does it keep my skin looking healthy but the coverage on this stuff is fabulous especially for a sheer type of product.

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation: I love this stuff, it looks so natural and provides a great coverage that’s definitely build-able. The semi liquidy consistency of this product allows for a super easy blend and feels so light on the skin.

3. Concealers

Make Up For Ever HD Concealer + Full Cover Make Up For Ever HD Concealer: This is my HG for highlighting the face be it under the eyes, bridge of the nose or cupids bow. Super pigmented yet creamy for easy blending.

Make Up For Ever Full Cover: For those more stubborn areas and problems like dark circles, pigmentation spots or blemishes this stuff will cover almost everything, even tattoos. It has a more dry texture than the HD concealer and the pigmentation is super strong so err on the side of caution when applying this, less is more.

4. Powders

Laura Mercier Secter Camouflage Powder + Make Up For Ever HD Pressed powder and Pro Finsih Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder: The best thing for setting and brightening the under eye area after you’ve applied your concealer and/or highlighter. Its finely milled so it doesn’t get cakey or drying in the slightest.

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish: Ive never really been a powder foundation type of girl because I find they dry out my skin but not this stuff. The formula is so finely milled it feels like silk and butter had a baby. I love the way it really sinks into the skin rather than sitting on top of the skin. It looks so natural with a medium to build-able coverage that never gets cakey. Its basically invisible to the naked eye!!

Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder: Best translucent powder ever. Super finely milled, leaves a beautiful airbrushed finish on the skin and helps makeup last all day.

5. Cheeks

benefit rockateur box blushBenefit Rockateur Box Blush: Ugh this stuff is just sooo fricking pretty. It looks good with everything and on everyone. It gives a hint of color and provides a beautiful subtle glow too.

theBalm Mary Lou-ManizerTheBalm Mary Lou-Manizer: This will forever be one of my favorite highlights. Its so darn pigmented so a light hand is suggested. It gives the most gorgeous glow on the cheekbones and is fab as an inner corner highlight to really open up the eyes.

6. Eyes

make Up For Ever Atrist ShadowsMake Up For Ever Artist Shadows: 88% pigment, awesome color selection and finishes, easy blend-ability and the softest smoothest eye shadows you’ll ever encounter point blank.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic + Laura Mercier Caviar StickMakeup For Ever Aqua Matic and Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks: I love this type of product; cream shadows in stick form. They are ultra long wearing, super pigmented, easy to use and double as great eyeliners especially for the waterline.

Make Up For Ever Ink LinerMake Up For Ever Ink Liner: The blackest most matte liquid eyeliner on the market. The tip is perfect for creating a super slim winged liner or something more graphic and bold. The long wearing formula is great for girls who don’t want to go through the hassle of removing a waterproof formula.

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter LinersUrban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liners: Ive been a fan of these for years and I’m still in love with them. These are so great for adding a bit of glam to any look. they are packed with glittery goodness and last all day without any fall out, Score!!!

Trate Lights Camera Lashes Mascara Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara: Super black formula that provides the most lushes lashes with volume, length and curling. I love the very traditional wand as it really separates and doesn’t give me spidery or clumpy lashes. Another bonus- it never flakes or transfers to my skin.

7. Brows

Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow + Brow SealMake Up For Ever Aqua Brow and Brow Seal: The aqua brow is the best eyebrow product I’ve ever tried. Its great for a really defined brow but also something super natural and soft. Its super waterproof, easy to apply, the littlest goes a long way, and I love the tube style packaging which keeps the product from drying out. I like to use the Brow Seal just to keep my hairs in place because they have a tendency to be unruly.

8. Lips

Nars Satin Lip Pencil + Benefit Loli Balm, + Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense 52Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Descano: I love the whole Satin Lip Pencil line. This is my favorite type of formula for sure. Its soft and creamy yet pigmented.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense shade 52: Again another line I’m really loving. Super pigmented lipsticks with a semi matte finish yet still creamy and smooth on the lips. Love it.

Benefit Lolli Balm: These Balms from benefit or so beautiful. I love how they give a sheer, hydrating, wash of color and the rose scent is absolutely delicious.

Nars Larger Than Life lipgloss, Nyx Butter gloss + Make Up For Ever Lab Shine Nars Larger Than Life Lipgloss in Angelica: Love the who line, but one of my faves is this one. Perfect pink that looks great alone or over lipstick. Great pigmentation and nice smooth formula that doesn’t settle in the lip lines.

NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair: I will forever love these. They taste and smell like vanilla, the pigmentation is insane and they feel sooooo good one the lips. I have a review and swatches of some of the shades here if your interested.

Make Up For Ever Lab Shine in 0s: These glosses aren’t given enough love in my opinion. They have a great color selection, and I love the variety of finishes. These or really glossy and make the lips look wet (which I like).

9. Finishing and Setting Sprays

Urban Decay All Night Setting Spray + Make Up For Ever Mist and Fix Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray: Wow this stuff is robust. Its the best setting spray for long lasting makeup without drying out the skin.

Make Up For Ever Mist and Fix: I love to use this for re-hydrating and touching up throughout the day. This is also great  if you went a little over board with the powder and want to make everything look seamless.

What were some of your favorite beauty items for 2014, any of the ones I’ve mentioned?

Hugs from Beauty Land