Review of the OCC Fall Lip Tar Collection, Alchemically Altered!

OCC Lip Tar, top, left to right:  Blackboard, Alchemy, Dash; bottom, left to right:  Fleshworld, Luxe, Lush.

OCC Lip Tar, top, left to right:  Blackboard, Alchemy, Dash; bottom, left to right:  Fleshworld, Luxe, Lush.

OCC Lip Tar, left to right:  Alchemy, Blackboard, Dash, Fleshworld, Lush, Luxe

OCC Lip Tar, left to right:  Alchemy, Blackboard, Dash, Fleshworld, Lush, Luxe

OCC Lip Tar, left to right:  Alchemy, Blackboard, Dash, Fleshworld, Lush, Luxe

OCC Lip Tar, left to right:  Alchemy, Blackboard, Dash, Fleshworld, Lush, Luxe

As many of you know, I absolutely love OCC Lip Tar.  It's my favorite lipstick ever.  I've been sad ever since they switched from a tube with a brush to a tube with a doe foot applicator, but I still love it.  My dear friend, Emma, was nice enough to buy me the entire Fall 2016 OCC Lip Tar Collection, Alchemically Altered.  Hautelook had a sale on OCC products and had the entire set of six for $48, so it was an amazing deal.  That sale has expired, but Hautelook is currently having another sale on OCC products, so check it out if you're interested!  It says the event ends in four days, so act quickly.  

I've swatched each color on my arm above; below I've taken pictures of myself wearing each of the six colors.  I apologize that the lighting isn't consistent from picture to picture.  I really wish I had gotten the same lighting every time, but I took the pictures whenever I happened to wear the lip tar, so the lighting depended on the weather and the time of day.

If you're not familiar with lip tar, it will feather if you're not careful, so I highly recommend a clear lipliner.  You could use a colored lipliner if you want, but a clear lipliner can be used for any color lip tar and your lips will never look overlined.  I hate overlining, for the record.  My eyesight is horrible and even I notice overlined lips a mile away.  As I mentioned above, about a year ago, OCC went from packaging lip tar in a soft plastic tube and including a little lip brush in the box to packaging it in a hard plastic tube with a doe foot applcator.  While I know the brush made it harder to touch up lips on the run and was a little intimidating to people who weren't familiar with lip brushes, I think the change was a mistake.  Given that it is a liquid lipstick, it can be very difficult to get a perfect line with the big doe foot applicator, but it's very easy to get the line you want with a brush.  With the new packaging, I put some lip tar in the middle of my lips with the doe foot applicator then spread it out and get it looking perfect with a lip brush.  I highly recommend that method.

OCC Lip Tar in Fleshworld

OCC Lip Tar in Fleshworld

My favorite color was Fleshworld, a beautiful brick red.  OCC describes this as a plum-toned rust.  This has become one of my go-to lip colors.  It's very versatile.  If you can buy only one of the six, let it be Fleshworld!  

OCC Lip Tar in Luxe

OCC Lip Tar in Luxe

Next up was Luxe, which OCC says is a deep red-violet with magenta pearl.  This is a beautiful color, but it is quite dramatic, so I haven't had too many chances to use it yet.  It'll be great for a night on the town when I have a chance to dress up.

OCC Lip Tar in Dash

OCC Lip Tar in Dash

Dash is a muted rose-toned beige, according to OCC, and that's a pretty good description of it.  It's definitely the most boring of the colors, but it's good when I need something more conservative or when I have some serious eye makeup on and want my lip color to be a little more subtle. I love a bold, bright lip color, though, so this won't get all that much use.

OCC Lip Tar in Lush

OCC Lip Tar in Lush

Lush is a deep red-violet, and is the non-metallic version of Luxe.  This is a very deep color, so it's not for everyday wear, but it's beautiful and I'll use it occasionally.  It reminds me of a purplier version of OCC's Black Dahlia.  I prefer metallic to matte, so I like Luxe a little more than Lush.

OCC Lip Tar in Alchemy

OCC Lip Tar in Alchemy

Now we're getting to the weirder colors!  OCC is known for having unconventional colors and the Fall 2016 collection has two.  OCC calls Alchemy a true champagne shimmer.  This isn't something I would wear on its own, but OCC has always been about mixing lip tars to get the perfect color you want, so I could see mixing this with a matte color that I wanted to lighten up a bit and make a little more metallic.  I haven't tried doing that yet, but I will at some point.

OCC Lip Tar in Blackboard

OCC Lip Tar in Blackboard

The final color was the weirdest.  Blackboard is a "dark, dusty blackened green," OCC says, and that's a good description of it.  OCC wanted this color to match dark green chalkboards.  This isn't a color you could really mix with anything, so I'm not sure what to do with it.  I wore it on Halloween just because I figured it would be my only chance to wear it without looking weird.  I looked surprisingly good in it, I thought, so I posted a picture of me wearing it on Halloween below.

Me wearing OCC Lip Tar in Blackboard on Halloween.  I didn't dress up but I still had fun with my makeup.

Me wearing OCC Lip Tar in Blackboard on Halloween.  I didn't dress up but I still had fun with my makeup.

I loved the Alchemically Altered collection.  Luxe, Lush, Fleshworld, and Dash are all very beautiful, wearable colors.  Alchemy and Blackboard are a little more out there, but they're a lot of fun.  Did anyone else get this collection?  Which color(s) worked best for you?  Any ideas on what to do with Alchemy and Blackboard?

eb5 Review

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The twins are hanging out in the eb5 box!

As you might remember from my September Glossybox review, the eb5 Skincare Daily Repairing Eye Cream wasn't for me as it was a little too thick.  It would probably work better for people with dry skin, but it didn't work so well for my greasy skin.  eb5 reached out to me and asked if I would be willing to try their other eye cream, the eb5 Eye Treatment Classic, which they said wasn't quite as heavy.  I'm always up for trying something new, so I said I'd be happy to test it out.  They sent me a full size of the Eye Treatment Classic, plus a selection of sample size versions of some of their other products.

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I definitely like the Eye Treatment Classic a lot more than the Daily Repair Eye Treatment!  The formula is somewhere between a cream and a gel and it's a lot more lightweight.  It absorbs quickly into my skin and makes the skin around my eyes feel moisturized but not greasy or waxy.  If you have dry skin, the Daily Repair Eye Treatment is probably the best choice for you, but, if you're like me and have oily or combination skin, the Eye Treatment Classic is the better choice.  This is fragrance-free, so, if you're sensitive to scent, this is a product you'll want to try.

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If you want to exfoliate, but you don't like the gritty texture of most exfoliating products, an exfoliating cleanser that uses AHA (lactic acid) is your best bet.  The eb5 Exfoliating AHA Cleansing Lotion is a smooth, lightweight cream cleanser that gently exfoliates with AHA.  It left my skin feeling soft and smooth.  Like all eb5 products, it is fragrance-free.

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The Anti-Aging Toner doesn't contain alcohol.  Alcohol can be very drying, which you might think would be good for someone like me, but it's drying in a bad way.  The eb5 Anti-Aging Toner uses algae and sage extracts to help rein in the oil.  It didn't make my skin flaky, but it did help keep it from being quite as greasy feeling.  This product is supposed to firm skin and tighten up the pores and moisturize with cucumber and vitamin E.  

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As far as I can tell, these products aren't sold or made by eb5.  The nail file was gentle but effective.  The fruit design on the foot scrubber is very cute.  

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eb5 also threw in a few foil packets of some of their products.  The Daily Repairing Eye Cream and the Exfoliating AHA Cleansing Lotion are the same products I wrote about above.  The Original 5-in-1 Facial Treatment is eb5's signature moisturizer that has been around for over sixty years.  It was lightweight, which surprised me, but I liked that about it.  It absorbed quickly and made my skin feel soft.  I haven't had a chance to try the Anti-Aging Vitamin C Serum Concentrate or the Anti-Aging Collagen Treatment Serum yet.  

I'm happy I gave eb5 another chance!  While the first product I tried from them, the Daily Repairing Eye Cream from my Glossybox, wasn't for me, some of their other products are perfect for my skin.  I like that they have two different eye cream formulas because different skin types sometimes need different products.  If you're looking for a high quality but relatively affordable skincare line, eb5 is worth checking out.

I'm in Love with Urban Decay's New Moondust Palette!

Box the Moondust Palette comes in

Box the Moondust Palette comes in

Cover of the Moondust Palette

Cover of the Moondust Palette

I can never get enough sparkle, so Urban Decay's Moondust eyeshadows have always been a favorite of mine!  Moondust has a crazy amount of pigment and sparkle, especially if you use it wet.  It's perfect for a night on the town.  I love that the sparkle has a lot of depth to it and sometimes even looks 3D.  Some Moondusts have sparkle that is the same color as the powder, while others have sparkle that contrasts with the powder color.  Personally, I like the ones with a contrasting color the most as it really adds something special to your look.  Oftentimes, when Urban Decay puts out a new palette, most of the colors are new but there are a few classics thrown in.  With the new Moondust Eyeshadow Palette, though, every color is new and exclusive to the palette.

Previously, Moondust came only in individual pans and sold for $21 each.  They're a little on the expensive side, but they're totally worth it.  Sometimes, you can catch them on sale, so hold out for their next sale if you can.  The new Moondust palette is $49 for eight eyeshadows, but the eyeshadow pans in the palette are smaller than the pans sold separately.  The amount of eyeshadow in the palette is equivalent to the amount in 3.2 individual pans.  3.2 pans of the eyeshadow would cost $67.20, so, while $49 is a good price, it's not quite the discount you might think you were getting by buying the palette.  Moondust eyeshadow is one of the few eyeshadows I actually hit pan on, so the fact that the each pan is only 40% of the size of a full pan makes me a little sad.  I'll have to buy an entire new palette if I run out of a color that I fell in love with!

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Here's what the entire palette looks like before it's been used.

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Here's a closeup of Specter, Element, Magnetics, and Lightyear.  I've swatched all the colors below.  I've also included videos of the eyeshadow in action.  Because of the intense sparkle of these eyeshadows, you can't really capture what they look like in a picture, so I made videos of what the eyeshadows look like in the light and in motion.

Specter is one of my favorites in the palette.  It is a very light pink with sparkle that matches the powder.  Normally, I like some contrast in the sparkle, but this color is easy to use for subtly highlighting under the brow and the inner corners of the eyes.  With the individual pans of Moondust, I always used Cosmic for that purpose.  While I like Cosmic, which UD describes as "metallic white with iridescent 3-D sparkle and shift," more than I like Specter, I still find Specter to be versatile and pretty.  I haven't tried using it as the main lid color in a look, but I might try it at some point.  

Element is another one of my favorites in the palette.  Urban Decay describes Element as "peach with pink shift and sparkle."  It ends up looking more like a reddish-orange than a peach to me.  While most of the other colors in this palette have other Moondust colors they're kind of similar to, Element is unlike any of the other colors.  I like to use Element as the lid color, Lithium as the crease color, and Specter as the browbone color.  It's a different look, but it's gorgeous and makes my green eyes pop.

Purple has always been one of my go-to eyeshadow colors, so I'm always up for trying a new one.  Magnetic is described as being purple with blue sparkle.  It's slightly darker than Ether, which UD says is a "light purple with pink-blue 3-D sparkle and shift"  Magnetic is a pretty color, but it is a little too similar to the old Moondust color Ether, in my opinion.

Lightyear isn't similar to any of the old Moondust colors, which is a plus, but the color isn't for me.  This is the only color I haven't worn yet.  It is a very bright green with green sparkles in it.  I'm sure I'll eventually find a way to wear this color, but this is not a color I will be using often.  If it were slightly more muted, I would like it a lot more.  As I have green eyes, I don't wear green makeup all that often.  This would probably be a really pretty color on someone with brown eyes.  

Left to right: Specter (dry application), Specter (wet application), Element (dry), Element (wet), Magnetic (dry), Magnetic (wet), Lightyear (dry), Lightyear (wet).

Left to right: Specter (dry application), Specter (wet application), Element (dry), Element (wet), Magnetic (dry), Magnetic (wet), Lightyear (dry), Lightyear (wet).

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Now on to the bottom row of the Moondust palette!  While the top colors are kind of out there and uncoventional, the bottom row colors are slightly more conservative and versatile.  

The first color in the bottom row is Granite, described as being "black with multicolor sparkles."  I would call this more of a charcoal color than a black, especially when compared to Scorpio, the "black matte with 3-D gold sparkle" Moondust color.  Scorpio is a true black.  I love that the sparkles are multicolored; it really makes this color special.  This was one of the most versatile and easy to use shades in the palette for me.  If you put it on dry, it's much less intense, but, if you want it deep and dramatic, a wet application is the way to go.

Lithium has also gotten a lot of use from me!  Lithium is "brown with 3-D iridescent sparkle."  If the old Moondust colors Diamond Dog (brown with white-gold sparkles) and Dark Force (taupe with gold and iridescent sparkles) had a baby, it would be Lithium.  I've used this as both a lid and crease color.  Brown is generally boring when it comes to eyeshadow, but the iridescent sparkle in this makes Lithium anything but boring.

Vega is bright blue with blue sparkle, so it isn't quite as conservative as the other colors in the bottom row.  It's similar to Gamma Ray, which is bright blue with iridescent sparkle.  This isn't the easiest color to work with as it is very bright, but I've used it in several looks and have liked how it came out.  If you use it dry, it isn't quite as dramatic as it is when applied wet, which makes it easier to use.  

The final color is Galaxy, described as "smoky blue-gray with iridescent 3-D sparkle."  This reminded me a little of Zodiac, a "smoky black with blue-green shift and blue-green 3-D sparkle," but I like Galaxy a lot more.  This shade is surprisingly wearable and versatile.  It's one of my favorite colors in this palette.  

Left to right:  Granite (dry application), Granite (wet application), Lithium (dry), Lithium (wet), Vega (dry), Vega (wet), Galaxy (dry), Galaxy (wet).

Left to right:  Granite (dry application), Granite (wet application), Lithium (dry), Lithium (wet), Vega (dry), Vega (wet), Galaxy (dry), Galaxy (wet).

I'm happy with the Moondust palette, but I wish that some of the colors had been less similar to the old Moondust colors available for individual sale.  My favorite colors in the palette are Specter, Element, and Galaxy.  My all-time favorite Moondust colors are Solstice (a "metallic pink-red with green 3-D sparkle and shift") and Cosmic, but Specter, Element, and Galaxy round out my top five.  I know the description of Solstic makes it sound hideous, but it is absolutely gorgeous in real life and you need to try it.  Go to ULTA or Sephora and swatch it.  I've never gotten more compliments on my eyeshadow than I have when I've worn Solstice.  If you're looking for a great palette that can give you both fun and sexy looks,  I recommend giving the Moondust Palette a try.  

Has anyone else tried the Moondust Palette?  What do you think?  Do you like the colors more or less than the old Moondust colors?  Do you have an all-time favorite Moondust color?  Have you tried Solstice and, if so, do you love it as much as I do?  I'd love to hear your thoughts below!

Favorite Beauty Apps!

I'm not a big beauty app user, so my favorite beauty app list is very small.  I'd love to hear what your favorite beauty apps are.  The app store is so flooded with apps, it can be very hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.  Help me find the ones that worth my time!  Here are the two I love:

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Sephora

Most apps that stores put out aren't that interesting.  I didn't even bother looking at the Sephora app until I found out about the one very special feature on it!  You can "try on" any of the lipstick colors from any of the brands Sephora carries in the Virtual Artist section of the app.  I've tried it with lipstick colors I own, and I've found the app colors to be pretty true to life.  You can also use a comparison feature to see four different lipsticks side by side.  There are other features on this app, but, I admit, I haven't really checked them out because they don't seem to be as fun as the lipstick .  I would love if they would expand this to other types of makeup, but I understand why they started with lipstick.  No one wants to put those gross testers directly on their mouths, so I imagine they are hoping that the Virtual Artist will help consumers make informed decisions about lipstick purchases and cut down on returns of lipstick.

Because they have so many types of lipsticks, you can narrow your options down.  You can choose lipstick or lip gloss, color family, or brand.  I've shown the stick/gloss and color family selection area below.  The brand section is in a separate part of the app.  There is also a "suprise me" button that will give you a random lipstick to try on.  If you don't want to filter, you can scroll through and try on every shade.  If you are just trying colors on, your phone's camera is on you and it's like a video feed.  The lipstick does a surprisingly good job at staying on your lips even when you are moving around.  If you want to compare, you can either snap a photo of yourself at that moment or upload your favorite selfie so you can see side by side comparisons of up to four colors.  

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Here's an unflattering picture of me using the compare feature while holding one of my bunnies.  I couldn't use an old selfie because you need a picture of yourself without lipstick in order to see how the color works on you.  

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Cocoa Swatches

Cocoa Swatches started out as an Instagram account.  They've now started their own app!  Cocoa Swatches allows users to see how makeup looks on women of color.  All too often, makeup swatches are shown on light skin, making it very difficult for women of color to determine if a particular beauty product would be a flattering choice for them.  Some makeup that looks horrible on lighter shades can look amazing on darker skin colors and vice versa.  Cocoa Swatches aims to take the guesswork out of the equation and make shopping for cosmetics easier for women who are often overlooked by the beauty industry.  It's a newer app and they don't have tons of different makeup brands and colors yet, but they are getting there.  I highly recommend following Cocoa Swatches on Instagram and downloading this free app.  

Here's the front page of the app with some of the options:

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They also have a list of recommendations of beauty bloggers who are women of color so that you can follow them on social media.  Below, one blogger,Danielle, recommends some of her favorite products and shows how the colors work on her complexion.

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They are adding side-by-side comparisons of similar colors of makeup products, too.  Below is a red lipstick comparison.  

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Cocoa Swatches allows you to search for particular companies, products, and general product categories to see how the cosmetics work on different complexions.  I can't wait to see them expand their offerings.

That's my (very small) apps list.  What do you think?  Do you have any beauty apps you can't live without?  

Brandi's Holy Grail Products: Makeup, Hair Care, Perfume, and Nail Polish Edition

I've had lots of requests for my makeup Holy Grail products, so here they are!  I had planned to do this article about a month ago, soon after I did the skincare Holy Grail article.  With the tons of boxes I got in December, though, I got a little behind and never did find time to write this up.  I finally got it done!

Brandi's Makeup, Hair Care, Perfume, and Nail Polish Holy Grail Products!  

Brandi's Makeup, Hair Care, Perfume, and Nail Polish Holy Grail Products!  

Pictured above are all of my Holy Grail products.  I've broken them up into categories below.

Brandi's Eye Makeup Holy Grail Products

Brandi's Eye Makeup Holy Grail Products

Eye Makeup

Here are my Holy Grail eye makeup products:

Obviously, for eyeshadow and eyeshadow primer, I'm all about Urban Decay.  I love their colors, their pigment, and their staying power.  Vice4 has lots of fun colors that can really get you out of your comfort zone, along with a few neutrals to complement them.  UD's Moondust shadows are the sparkliest shadows ever.  I love, love, love sparkles, so these eyeshadows were meant for me.  My favorite Moondusts are Solstice, Scorpio (pictured), Cosmic.  Use a little water when you apply Moondust to really make the color pop. There is a drawback to UD eyeshadow, however:  Fall out.  Whenever I apply their eyeshadow, I have to have a makeup remover cloth ready to get rid of the eyeshadow that falls onto my undereye area and upper cheeks.  UD eyeshadow primer keeps your eyeshadow looking good all day long.  I like Sin, which seems to have been discontinued and replaced with Minor Sin, but they are all good.

Good eyeliners are hard to find, in my opinion.  FiOR Minerals Black Betty is my go-to black eyeliner.  It goes on smoothly and evenly, has good pigment, and lasts most of the day.  I haven't tried their other colors, but I imagine they are equally good.  As an added bonus, FiOR is a vegan, organic, cruelty-free company.

I've also recently become a big Julep gel eyeliner fan.  I've gotten some in a few in beauty boxes over the last several months and they are simply amazing.  The gel pencil goes on way easier than regular pencils and the colors are great.  My current favorite color is Smoky Taupe Shimmer.

Brandi's Blush and Contour Holy Grail Products

Brandi's Blush and Contour Holy Grail Products

Blush and Contour

My Holy Grail blush and contour:

For blush, my favorite is NARS in Orgasm.  A lot of people try to say Orgasm is a color that works well for all skin tones, but that isn't true for any color.  It works well for my skin tone.  NARS has tons of blush colors, so swatch them at Sephora and see what works best for your complexion before spending $30 on a blush.  It has great staying power and is buildable, so you can have the slightest hint of color or a bold splash.

I'm not the type of person to contour every day.  It is a special occasion thing for me.  When I do need to get a contour stick out, I always reach for Tarte's The Sculptor in Park Avenue Princess 1.  I like my contouring very subtle and this works perfectly to make sure I don't have those telltale brown streaks on my face.  It is easy to blend this out so you can make it as subtle as you need it to be.

Brandi's Holy Grail Lip Products

Brandi's Holy Grail Lip Products

Lips

Now for the lips:

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is my favorite makeup company.  I absolutely love their lip tar.  They have recently made a switch to a hard plastic tube with a doefoot applicator, which has upset me.  I much prefer their old soft plastic tube with a brush.  They are offering all of the old style lip tars for $6 a piece now, so grab them while you can.  While the doefoot applicator makes applying the lip tar a little easier, I find that the lip brush is necessary to get the best line.  The lip brush is way more precise, in my opinion.  My favorite color, Manhunter (pictured above), an orange-based red with gold shimmer, has been discontinued, but they have tons of beautiful colors, so check them out.

Too Faced Melted Lipstick is also fabulous.  I find it doesn't last quite as long as lip tar, but it stays on longer than most other lipstick.  They have some really pretty colors that you can have lots of fun with.  Melted Metal Jelly, a medium purple with a slight pink tint to it, pictured above, is my favorite color.

If you're looking for a lip treatment, Teadora's Nourishing Exfoliating Lip Butter is the way to go.  It comes in two scents, Rainforest at Dawn (orange scented, pictured above) and Rainforest at Dusk (chocolate and berry scented).  The exfoliation is very gentle and the butter is extremely moisturizing.  I think Rainforest at Dawn is the most beautiful scent, but Emily prefers the Dusk.  

Brandi's Holy Grail Perfumes

Brandi's Holy Grail Perfumes

My Holy Grail perfumes:

Perfume is a very personal thing, so I wasn't sure I should even include it.  Why not, though?  My two favorite perfumes are Elizabeth and James Nirvana White and CLEAN Skin.  Nirvana White is a sexy floral.  I get tons of compliments when I wear it.  CLEAN Skin is, as you might have guessed, a very clean smelling perfume.  Nirvana White might be a little more elegant, but Skin is a great scent for daytime.

Brandi's Holy Grail Hair Products

Brandi's Holy Grail Hair Products

For my hair:

Zabana makes my absolute favorite dry shampoo.  Beauty boxes love sending out dry shampoo, so I can't even begin to tell you how many dry shampoos I have tried.  Zabana is the only standout dry shampoo I've found.  It has a light scent that quickly goes away, doesn't leave that horrible white dust behind, sops up all the grease, and adds the most subtle bit of shimmer.  I just love it.  Best of all, it's $10.

Obliphica Seaberry Serum and Alterna Caviar CC Cream are leave-in hair treatments that I put in my hair after a shower.  I use only one at a time -- I don't recommend mixing hair treatments.  They both leave my hair so silky, shiny, and healthy looking.  I am usually not one for hair treatments, but these are so good I actually use them.

Brandi's Holy Grail Nail Polish

Brandi's Holy Grail Nail Polish

My Holy Grail nail polish:

  • Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish, $15

I got my first Trust Fund Beauty polish in an ipsy bag a few months back.  Since then, I've gotten three more in beauty boxes.  I love them all so much.  They have fantastic coverage (you can get by with one coat, though I generally recommend two), they dry quickly, and they stay on my nails for a few days without chipping.  The glittery polishes they make have so much glitter packed in the bottle and the glitter goes on evenly!  Do you know how hard it is to find a glitter polish that has glitter evenly distributed that doesn't all end up in one little part of the nail?  Trust Fund Beauty is also vegan and 5-free!  The color above, Champagne Socialite, is a gorgeous rose gold.  I also love their silver topcoat, Boy Tears. 

Those are my Holy Grail products!  What do you think?  Have you tried most of them?  What are your Holy Grail products?

Other Beauty Stuff

Besides beauty box reviews, I'd like to branch out into other beauty stuff.  What that stuff might be is a little up in the air still, but I have a few ideas and I am very open to suggestions.  

Things I am considering:

  • Open threads (perhaps with a general topic like "hair care" or "foundation," or perhaps completely open)
  • Holy grail stuff -- my holy grail of a particular beauty category with the opportunity for readers to share their holy grails for that category
  • Posts about really good sales by cosmetics companies, beauty stores and websites, beauty box companies
  • Tutorials on a particular beauty skill
  • Guest posts
  • Something similar to the mall makeover posts that Millihelen had (I had a request from someone to do these)
  • Discussions about beauty topics of interest to women of color, disabled women, lesbians, trans people, gender queer people, gay men, older women, women with textured hair, fat women, or any other group that is often ignored by mainstream beauty blogs.  Ideally, I would get a person who identifies as a member of the group to lead the discussion.
  • Gift guides
  • Reviews of products that aren't in beauty boxes

Anyone else have any other ideas?  If so, I'd love to hear about it in the comments.  I want to make this a fun place for everyone, so tell me what you want to see here.  Thanks so much!