Top 10 Nail Care Products

Nail Care products are available by the thousands.. maybe even more.  For this Top 10 Tuesday I’m narrowing down my top nail care products to just ten.  Oddly, I didn’t have 10 of any one item (such as cuticle oil or base coats, etc) to narrow this down with.  It seems when I find a nail care item I love I stick with it, which is good news because you’ll know these items are HG for me and not just a passing fancy!

Top 10 Nail Care ProductsIn no particular order:

  1. Cult Nails Glass Nail File.  I’ve had this for at least a year, maybe two?  I think I paid $10 way back but now they’re $15 and come with a case.  But that’s how long this lasts!  Well worth the investment!
  2. I am loving Revlon ColorStay Gel-Shine Top Coat for an incredibly glossy finish….
  3. ….but if I need my polish to dry super fast and still be glossy I go for Seche Vite.
  4. Sally Hansen Insta-Grip Fast Dry Base Coat.  I love this so much!  It dries like the wind.  I started using it after I ran out of another fave – Butter London Nail Foundation (not pictured).
  5. Julep Essential Cuticle Oil.  This has a roller ball, which excites me way more than it should.  It’s also a great oil.
  6. Butter London Handbag Holiday Cuticle Oil.  This is just a go-to of mine for the last year, fabulous moisture!
  7. Nicole by OPI Oil to Go.  This just recently released, but it’s perfect for keeping in your purse.  I’m always running out the door and I look at my nails and I’m all… ew.  Especially in the winter, moisturize those cutes!
  8. LUSH Lemony Flutter.  Is there anyone out there who doesn’t use this?!  I smear it all over my hands, pop on some gloves and hang out.  It’s a savior.
  9. Gloves.  Seriously.  Get yourself manicure gloves and soak that cream and oil in.  Remember SOAK and LOCK!
  10. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream.  I got to try this through BzzAgent and I’ve been rebuying ever since!  It’s coating, but sinks in.  Fabulous!

What are some of your favorite items for nail care?  Find out what the other bloggers are into by clicking the links below!

My Top 10 (or more) Favorite Eyeliners

IMG_6838Maybe you’re looking at that first pic and you’re thinking… “Brooke, that is way more than 10 eyeliners” – I know.  But I promise my list numbering will not go past 10 ;)

Not all eyeliners are created equal.  We have gels and pencils and liquid … oh my!  It’s impossible for me to choose just 10, so, to make up my Top 10 Eyeliners, I grabbed up everything I loved and separated into brand/category… and I totally could have chosen more.

IMG_68491. NARS Eye Paints – New.  But totally a given.  They stay all day (even when worn alone) and are blendable!  Shown are the three currently in my stash – Iskandar, Mozambique, Snake Eyes.  Though I will be purchasing at least 5 more.

2. NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner – Glides on, stays on.  Above I’ve shown my #1 fave in Barrow Street.

3. NARS Eyeliner Stylo – Easy for even a novice to apply and they wear like iron.  Shown are my faves in Koala, Atlantic and Carpates.

IMG_68524. Le Metier de Beaute Liquid Eyeliner – Shown above in Artemis, this is my fave because it’s just so beautiful.  Though it takes awhile to dry, the end result is worth it and it will last.

5. Marc Jacobs Highliner – Gel Crayon – I am in complete love with these.  Literally the perfect eye pencils and in beautiful shades.  They’re super soft so you have to sharpen them a lot, but that’s a small price to pay for what is otherwise perfection.  Shown are my faves Ro(cocoa) and Intro(vert).

6. Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes – All of which are amazing, but 24L has been my favorite from way back.  When I’m feeling sick or just eye droopy in general this liner totally opens up my eyes and makes me look awake and alert.

7. NYX Kohl Kajal Brown Liner – In terms of ease of use and affordability, this is quite possibly the best brown liner out there for every day use.

8. Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Liner – They’re all rather nice, but none can hold a candle to Brushed Pewter.  It’s grey with that slight hint of blue.  Perfect when you want a little drama on your eye during the day and just can’t deal with doing a full on black type of shade.

IMG_68419. MAC Kohls – Which include their regular Eye Kohl and Kohl Power liners.  They’re soft, smudgeable and for the most part last.  Even if they migrate a bit, it somehow looks like it works.  I grabbed my faves to show above in Teddy, Powersurge, Orpheus, Mystery and Black Karat.

10. Urban Decay – Of course I’m including the UD 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencils!  Are you crazy?!  These are as soft as MAC Kohls but have better staying power.  My faves are Covet, Hustle, Stray Dog and Muse.

I hope you enjoyed my Top 10 (or more) Eyeliners!  Check out what the other bloggers love and be sure to tell us what your faves are!

Top 10 Beauty Items Under $10

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You’ll see me post a lot of high end and expensive items here (i.e. on this blog).  I just can’t stay away from pretty and shiny.  Beauty Bloggers in general (not all, but most!) have the same problem.  That’s why, for this Top 10 Tuesday, we’re bringing you our Top 10 Beauty Items Under $10!

10In no particular order:

  1. TRESemmé Smooth & Silky Collection.  I love to use the shampoo and conditioner for daily hair washing.  When I’m not testing something this is generally what I’ll go back to for healthy hair ($3.99 each).
  2. CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara.  If you’re going to go drugstore for mascara, this is the one to do it with.  This one retails for only $8.99!
  3. Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Liner.  Brushed Pewter is a fave shade of mine.  It goes on SO well and is that perfect color of being blue-ish grey without the harsh intensity.  A lovely every day shade for when you’re sick of black or brown.  This liners will only run you $7.49 each!
  4. OPI Nail Lacquer.  These are beautiful and long-lasting nail polishes in every color you can imagine for only $9.00 each!  In the latest collection OPI takes us to San Francisco!
  5. Zoya Nail Polish.  Beautiful shades named after beautiful ladies!  The colors are innovative, safe and they last.  The retail is $8.00 each, but Zoya is always offering deals and discounts!  One of the latest collections is Zoya Cashmeres, but they’re also gaining a lot of buzz from PixieDust!
  6. L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss.  These glosses ($7.99 each) are an easy and inexpensive way to shine up your pucker without it feeling sticky or goopy.
  7. L’Oreal 24hr Infallible Eye Shadows.  It’s likely I own 85% of these.  I just love to use them for eyeshadow bases and they are so silky to touch.  They feel luxurious but will only run you $7.99 each.
  8. Wet n Wild Beauty Eyeshadow Palettes.  This brand has really upped their game since I was in high school, even launching a collection with Fergie!  My faves are the Trio Eyeshadows ($2.99 each) and the 8 pan Collection Eyeshadows ($4.99 each).  Also be sure to check out their Mega Last Lip Color ($2.99 each)!
  9. Aveeno Skin Relief Fragrance Free Moisturizing Lotion.  The retail on this is $9.99 and it’s gotten me through some rough times.  No pun intended.  For awhile, I couldn’t put anything with fragrance on my skin.  I would get horrible rashes and have to go to the doctor to get meds.  This lotion (before blogging and learning about some other brands that also work for me) was the only thing I could use to moisturize.  It’s still also the least expensive solution.
  10. Subscription Boxes.  Yes, I’m serious.  $10 can get you a whole SLEW of items to play with and try out.  Subscription Boxes can be a gamble, but I’ve found that the ipsy Glam Bag has the best items and value, while Birchbox has the best referral/rewards system.

I hope you enjoyed my Top 10 Beauty Items Under $10!  Check out what the other bloggers love and be sure to tell us what your faves are!


Neutrogena Twilight Blue, Spiced Chocolate Nourishing Eye Liner Swatches & Review

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I am such a fan of the Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Liner in Brushed Pewter that I had to go out and buy two more shades!  This time in Twilight Blue and Spiced Chocolate.

IMG_8896What the Ulta website says about Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Liner:


Neutrogena Nourishing Eyeliner defines and brightens eyes with luminous color. Subtle light diffusers make the whites of eyes appear whiter, while rich color nourishes skin with Olive Oil and Rainforest Shea Butter. The built-in sharpener gives precise definition and the contoured smudger softens and blends for a variety of looks. Infused with olive oil and rainforest shea butter to condition the delicate skin around your lashes. Creamy automatic pencil glides on smoothly, then transforms into long-lasting finish that won’t budge.

Built-in sharpener and smudger allow to create the perfect look. Available in 5 shades. Infused with olive oil and rainforest shea butter to condition the delicate skin around your lashes. Creamy automatic pencil glides on smoothly. Long-lasting finish that won’t budge.


For a casual look, glide eyeliner along upper lash line. Gently increase thickness toward outer corner. For a more dramatic look, apply a thicker line along upper and lower lash lines. Use smudger to softly blend away from lash line for a beautiful, smoky look!

IMG_8894 IMG_8897These liners are just amazing.  They glide on smoothly, though with Twilight Blue I did have to make two passes for even pigment.  I don’t experience any migration issues with this brand of liner throughout regular day wear.  One side has a great smudger as well as a small sharpener to keep the tip at a nice and precise point.

The Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Liner retails for $7.99 and as of this blog post they are buy one get one half off at Ulta.  You can also look for this at your local drugstore.


Makeup Wars: Beauty Blogger Travel

Beauty Blogger Packing

Oh, you over-pack shoes?  As a Beauty Blogger I over-pack makeup.  When it comes to being sensible for travel in terms of fashion, I have it down.  I actually lay out all of my outfits ahead of time so that I have only what I need.  Everything I want to take is removed from my closet and throughout the 48 hours before my trip I remove things that aren’t must-haves.  So, why can’t I do this with beauty?

I will tell you why.  Because all beauty is a must-have to me!  What if I NEED it?!  Of course, my HG’s come along always, but depending on what you are traveling to and what events are taking place, you may need some other special items.

For this Makeup Wars, we’re taking you into our travel beauty bags to show you what we like to bring with us when we go out of town, on vacation or on any sort of trip (business or pleasure!).

IMG_6314So, this is probably a little bit more than what I’d actually end up taking, but I didn’t really choose an event to base this off of.  I grabbed up my must haves.  My absolute I’m-not-leaving-my-life-behind-for-an-airplane-without-you.

For the face, I absolutely bring the Miracle Skin Transformer Skin and Treat & Conceal, as well as Make Up For Ever Pro Finish (because it’s like a powder and foundation in one), Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Correcteur Concealer, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector and finally the Le Metier de Beaute Blush Kaleidoscope because it’s everything cheeky in one!

IMG_6339The eye makeup is where I can tend to go really overboard.  Luckily items like the Urban Decay Naked Palette (versions one and two) make for excellent travel companions!  Another palette that is a must have and can be worn for multiple types of events is the Le Metier de Beaute Penelope Kaleidoscope.  The liners you see below are the Le Metier de Beaute Dualistic Eye Pencil in Champagne (an excellent base for all shadows!), MAC Orpheus & Mystery Kohl Power, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in 23L to wake up (I also like 24L when I’m going for a natural look) and for a more dramatic look I’ll use NARS Carpates on the top lid.  For mascara I would grab the Neutrogena Healthy Volume (because it’s currently the mascara I’m cheating on MAC Plushlash with), and to cap it off the MAC Clear Brow Set for eyes and Dior DiorShow Brow Styler.  Of course, we can’t forget the eye primer – I tend to reach for Urban Decay Primer Potion the most.

IMG_6342For lips, I like to use Le Metier de Beaute because the brand is known for how well the products layer and wear.  San Tropez Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick makes for the perfect base to layer on a shade to match any outfit.  Three glosses from the same line that I would take along with me are Two Lips Lip Creme, Mums the Word Lip Creme and Red Velvet Lip Creme.  For those times that you don’t want to worry about reapplication of ANY kind, Make Up For Ever #8 Aqua Rouge is a must have.  My lip liner of choice is always MAC Subculture, because it’s the closest to my lip pigment.  Urban Decay Ozone is also a great choice when you’re wearing deep colors that might bleed.

IMG_6350As for brushes, it’s easy to stay minimal because you can take brush cleanser in a travel bottle and wash them every night.  The brushes that I have to have with me are always the Sigma F80, and MAC Brushes 168, 239, 219, 272 and 226.

IMG_6322There you have it!  I stuck with just makeup for this post, but in terms of skin care I learned my lesson the hard way when I went to Disney World in April, so now I stick with my usual skin care from Murad as well as my frizz-free hair care from Living Proof.  My fragrance of choice is Chanel Chance and I tend to try and get sample vials of that, especially if I’m on an airplane.  I’ll also take whatever nail polish I’m wearing on my tips and toes as well as a top coat just in case.  To see some of these things, check out a previous Makeup Wars that we did based off of our HG’s!

What are your must have travel items, beauty or otherwise?

See what the other participants in this installment of Makeup Wars came up with!  I’m really excited to see what the other bloggers take with them when they travel!  What WILL we think of next?!

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