China Glaze has released their new Sunsational collection for Summer 2013, featuring 12 neon colors: six jellies and six cremes.  I'm not a big fan of jellies, but love a good creme neon, so I ended up snagging all six!  Today's Nail of the Day is Neon and On and On, a light, bright pink with warm/yellow undertones.

natural light, 3 coats

The formulation of Neon and On and On is sub-par for China Glaze-- not terrible, but not as smooth as the typical formulation.  It is a little sheer, a little patchy, and dries with zero shine (as neon polishes tend to do).  Most nails were opaque in two coats, but I added a third to make sure they were all solid.  I love the color enough that I don't mind working a bit extra with the formulation, and a top coat added all the shine I needed.  


You can find the China Glaze Sunsational collection online at Ulta.  They have all six cremes in a set for only $30!

What is your favorite neon nail polish?
xx, Allison
China Glaze has released their new Sunsational collection for Summer 2013, featuring 12 neon colors: six jellies and six cremes.  I'm not a big fan of jellies, but love a good creme neon, so I ended up snagging all six!  Today's Nail of the Day is Neon and On and On, a light, bright pink with warm/yellow undertones.

natural light, 3 coats

The formulation of Neon and On and On is sub-par for China Glaze-- not terrible, but not as smooth as the typical formulation.  It is a little sheer, a little patchy, and dries with zero shine (as neon polishes tend to do).  Most nails were opaque in two coats, but I added a third to make sure they were all solid.  I love the color enough that I don't mind working a bit extra with the formulation, and a top coat added all the shine I needed.  


You can find the China Glaze Sunsational collection online at Ulta.  They have all six cremes in a set for only $30!

What is your favorite neon nail polish?
xx, Allison
I'm on a total bronzer kick right now, and one of the new bronzers I've been using is the Bobbi Brown Face & Body Bronzing Duo.  This is new in their Nude Beach collection and features two red-toned brown shades.  I've always heard that in order to "fake" your best tan with makeup, you should use the colors you naturally tan to, and I tan a little red.  I wanted to try this duo to see if a bronzer with more red in it would give me a natural sunkissed look when dusted on the high points of my face.  


The two colors in this duo are very similar.  One is a matte brown with red undertones, the other is a copper brown with a slight shimmer to it.


The two shades of this duo vary in formulation.  The left side has decent pigmentation and is a little bit more "dry" feeling, but still workable.  The right shade is very pigmented and smooth.  Between the two, I prefer the color on the right-- I can tell this one will be getting the majority of use in the duo.  I found that with a light hand, it looks quite natural on my complexion!  I still prefer a more true golden bronzer for contouring, but these work really nicely lightly dusted on my cheeks, nose, and forehead for a sun-kissed look.  I found that these colors also work nicely as a bronzy blush.


The Bobbi Brown Face & Body Duo retails for $42 and can be purchased at Bobbi Brown counters as well as online.


Overall, I have somewhat mixed feelings about this powder.  I'm really only in love with half of it (don't you hate when that happens?).  I will get use out of both sides, but part of me wishes I could have bought the right shade individually, as I'll be using that one most.  However, reddish bronzers are a little difficult to find, so if you are in the market for one, you may be really pleased with this one!

What is your favorite summer bronzer?
xx, Allison
I'm on a total bronzer kick right now, and one of the new bronzers I've been using is the Bobbi Brown Face & Body Bronzing Duo.  This is new in their Nude Beach collection and features two red-toned brown shades.  I've always heard that in order to "fake" your best tan with makeup, you should use the colors you naturally tan to, and I tan a little red.  I wanted to try this duo to see if a bronzer with more red in it would give me a natural sunkissed look when dusted on the high points of my face.  


The two colors in this duo are very similar.  One is a matte brown with red undertones, the other is a copper brown with a slight shimmer to it.


The two shades of this duo vary in formulation.  The left side has decent pigmentation and is a little bit more "dry" feeling, but still workable.  The right shade is very pigmented and smooth.  Between the two, I prefer the color on the right-- I can tell this one will be getting the majority of use in the duo.  I found that with a light hand, it looks quite natural on my complexion!  I still prefer a more true golden bronzer for contouring, but these work really nicely lightly dusted on my cheeks, nose, and forehead for a sun-kissed look.  I found that these colors also work nicely as a bronzy blush.


The Bobbi Brown Face & Body Duo retails for $42 and can be purchased at Bobbi Brown counters as well as online.


Overall, I have somewhat mixed feelings about this powder.  I'm really only in love with half of it (don't you hate when that happens?).  I will get use out of both sides, but part of me wishes I could have bought the right shade individually, as I'll be using that one most.  However, reddish bronzers are a little difficult to find, so if you are in the market for one, you may be really pleased with this one!

What is your favorite summer bronzer?
xx, Allison
Every May, MAC launches a big summer themed collection.  This year it is Temperature Rising, full of products with bronze and "hot" summer colors, and complete with special bronze packaging.  It has been a while since anything from a new MAC collection caught my eye, but there were a few products in this one I couldn't pass up!


Being the blush junkie that I am, I had to get Ripe for Love blush.  This is a mid-tone peachy coral with a satin finish.  I am a sucker for these types of colors, and really love this one.  It is the perfect peachy color for my complexion.


I also picked up the Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder in Sun Dipped.  I've heard amazing things about the Pro Longwear Bronzers, but have never tried them.  As far as I know, these are limited edition, but do recur in limited collections from time to time... they were available in last year's summer launch, Hey, Sailor!  Sun Dipped is a really great color for me: not too orange, not too shimmery, and not too dark.


Ripe for Love is really nicely pigmented, and can be worn sheer or built up to a bright peach color.  This is nice because I can find ways to wear it with and without a summer tan (love year-round versatile colors!).

The formulation of Sun Dipped is phenomenal.  I've used the regular MAC Bronzing Powders, and now I see why people go so bananas over the Pro Longwear version.  The powder feels like butter, it is super pigmented, and it blends into the skin seamlessly.  The color is great as well.  I'm halfway tempted to buy a backup of this, and I never buy backups of anything.  Why are these limited edition?!

Ripe for Love, Sun Dipped

I love the bronze packaging of this collection.  It has a rubberized finish (think NARS packaging), and the bronze color is really beautiful.  The MAC special edition packaging is always hit-or-miss for me, and this one is definitely a hit.


The third product I purchased is the Strobe Liquid in Golden Elixir.  I wanted to try this out of curiosity... I've used the regular Strobe Liquid and like it, and wondered if the Golden Elixir would give me that golden goddess summer glow.  It has a bronze tint and a subtle golden shimmer to it.


I've tried this three different ways: applied all over my face by itself, mixed with my foundation, and concentrated on top of my foundation as a highlight.  In all three scenarios, it added a very subtle bronze tint and dewy sheen to the areas in which it was applied.  My favorite method was mixing a pump with my foundation to make it more glowy, but it also looked nice worn alone too.  My least favorite method was concentrating it as a highlighter on top of other face products... it was a little to concentrated for my taste.  I was pleased to find that it didn't make my normal-to-dry skin look like an oily disco ball, but I wouldn't recommend this for people who have oily skin.

Golden Elixir concentrated, Golden Elixir blended out

If you are having any trouble hunting for these products (Ripe for Love sold out almost everywhere very quickly), I have found some sites online that appear to still have these items in stock!

Ripe for Love Blush: Bloomingdales.com lists it as in-stock!!  It is sold out everywhere else that I know of: http://bit.ly/15pwpRS

Sun Dipped Pro Longwear Bronzer:
-MAC Online: sold out
-Nordstrom: http://bit.ly/18PmbPh
-Bloomingdales: http://bit.ly/ZK0OvT

Strobe Liquid Golden Elixir:
-MAC Online: sold out
-Nordstrom: http://bit.ly/18Ky3je
-Bloomingdales: http://bit.ly/11TxaV4
-Macy's: http://bit.ly/17kvCWH

Overall, I am very happy with all three of these products and am sure they will be getting a lot of use this summer!  Did you get anything from Temperature Rising?
xx, Allison