Win a $50 Gift Card to Shabby Apple!

For today’s Fashion Friday, I’m teaming up with Shabby Apple for my next giveaway! Shabby Apple is an online boutique that specializes in vintage-style dresses, accessories, and more. They are offering a $50 gift card to one of my lucky readers!

One of my favorite picks (and there are many, such as the bow necklace, gingham skirt, and pillow cover shown above!) is “Casablanca” — a statement dress with a beautiful wrap-around collar and large bow that drapes down the front:

This dress is currently on sale for $53.00 (regularly $86.00) — such an awesome deal! But what would make it even awesome-r is to win a $50 gift card! :) Here’s how to enter:


  1. Must have a US shipping address
  2. “Like” Nerdy Girl Makeup on Facebook
  3. “Like” Shabby Apple on Facebook
  4. Leave a comment below with your favorite item from Shabby Apple. Be sure to “Like” Nerdy Girl Makeup and Shabby Apple on Facebook before leaving a comment!

Bonus Entries:

  • Leave an additional comment on the link to this giveaway on Nerdy Girl Makeup’s Facebook page (+1 entry).
  • Tell your Facebook friends about this giveaway by clicking “Share” on the link to the giveaway on Nerdy Girl Makeup’s Facebook page (+1 entry).
  • Tweet about this giveaway and include a link to this post. Then leave another comment below with a link to your tweet (+1 entry).
  • Blog about this giveaway and include a link to this post. Then leave another comment below with a link to your blog post (+2 entries).

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm PST on Friday, March 8, 2013. I’ll update this post once I’ve randomly selected a winner. Good luck! :)

P.S. Use coupon code nerdygirlmakeup10off to get 10% off your order at Shabby Apple! This coupon is valid through March 29, 2013, and it works for those who live abroad as well!

The winner is Whitney from Oregon! Thanks to everyone for participating!

Pink Polka Dot Nails

I’ve been saving this box of Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in “Pink-a-dot” for almost a year now. This design was one of five limited edition nail strips for Spring 2012, but you can still find them on Amazon! I actually wrote about buying these nail strips last April, and I considered applying them pretty much every time I did my nails since then. I guess I was saving these cute pink polka dots to wear for Valentine’s Day all along. :)

When I use Sally Hansen nail strips, I always like to put a top coat even though it’s not necessary. The top coat just helps the nail strips last longer. I also applied these on my toes — check out my technique for getting the most of these nail polish strips if you haven’t already! Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

Lucky Star Makeup Look

I’ve been incorporating stars in some of my nighttime makeup looks ever since I got my hands on “Good Luck Star” stencils from the MAC & Carine Roitfeld Collection. They’re really easy to apply and a lot of fun to wear! I like to change up the quantity, placement, and colors of the stars, but for this look I just stuck to the 2 different-sized stars that come in one stencil, only applied it next to my left eye, and used black for both stars.

These stencils are fairly pricey at $18.00 for two sheets of 10 press-on, peel-off stencils (that’s $0.90 each), so I’m determined to make my own using tape and a star hole punch. I’ll report back once I find a hole punch with a small enough star size (I’ve only found really big star punches so far at my local craft store). I like the perfect star shape the stencil provides, but I think it would be just as cute to freehand it if you don’t have a stencil or a star punch!

– Laura Mercier Eye Basics in “Wheat” (prime entire lid)
– Make Up For Ever E/S in “35″ — Buff; barely there pink (highlight)
– Dior 1-Colour Ultra-Smoothing High Impact Eyeshadow in “026 Chrome” (center lid to inner corner; also apply on tear duct)
– Dior 1-Colour Ultra-Smoothing High Impact Eyeshadow in “056 Argentic” (outer V; blend along outer half of crease)
– Make Up For Ever E/S in “4” — Black; matte black (outer V, on top of Argentic to create some depth)
– L’Oreal HiP Color Chrome Eyeliner in “920 Gold Charge” (lower lash line)
– MAC E/S in “Gorgeous Gold” (lower lash line, on top of Gold Charge)
Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in “77″ (upper lash line and stars)
– Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash Waterproof Extra Black Mascara (two coats on top and one coat on bottom lashes)

– Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base (contour)
– Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in “68 Rose Écrin” (on apples)

– Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres Precision Lip Definer in “47 Rose Cuivre”
– Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in “36 La Câline”

The colors I used in this makeup look were inspired by the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in “470 Lust-rous” that I wore for New Year’s Eve. :) Premium Makeup Box is a new makeup experience that allows you to create a customized box filled with full-sized products selected by pro makeup artists. Their system enables you to select and receive makeup that you are interested in by answering a short questionnaire when you sign up. I was contacted by Jaclyn from to try out a box and share my experience with you all! This is a picture heavy and fairly long post, since I want to give a detailed review of everything I received as well (not just list the products I received). :) What makes Wantable different from similar companies like Birchbox is that they give you the ability to select the type of makeup you want (ex. waterproof mascara, bright eye shadow, pink lipstick, neutral nail polish, etc.), you receive full-size products instead of samples, and you are not required to subscribe. You can purchase a single box for $40 or sign up for a monthly subscription (that can be paused or canceled at anytime) for $36. Now let’s see what’s inside my box!

First off, I received two nail polishes by MyFace Cosmetics — Lil’ Bling Chrome Nail Polish in “Raspberry Beret” (raspberry pink) and “Limelight” (electric green and yellow). I decided to use both of these for Christmas as a twist to the traditional red and green. The formula is fairly thick, so you have be careful applying the layers as thin as possible and let each layer dry completely before applying the next/top coat (otherwise you’ll end up with air bubbles). These retail for $12.00 each, but I wouldn’t pay that much for these if I had bought them separately. I recently purchased an Essie nail polish called “No Place Like Chrome” for $8.00 that I would prefer in terms of color and quality.

The eyeshadow that came in my box is SILKSCREEN Eye Art Eyeshadow Due in “#61 Siren”. This product is also by MyFace Cosmetics, and it retails for $22.00. I was actually sent this eyeshadow by mistake, since I had written to Wantable prior to ordering the box about not wanting any eye shadows containing red pigment (I’m allergic to it). When I informed them about it, they sent me a different eyeshadow right away (that I’ve also reviewed further down). I just swatched both colors (see picture on the left), and I didn’t end up using this duo at all. I also got MiA BelleZZa Luxe Creme Gel Liner in “Marrone”, shown on the right. This is a brown color that can be applied lightly for a natural look or can be built up for a more dramatic look. This retails for $16.50. The only issue I have with this gel liner is that it dries a little too quickly, so I can’t fade the end of the wing as easily as I can with other gel liner brands.

The fifth and final full-sized product that came in my (original) box is MyFace Cosmetics High Def Lip Pencil in “Rosebud”. This matte pencil retails for $16.00. The pencils in this line are categorized by skin tones, and this particular color is supposed to be flattering for medium skin tones. When I applied this, the color turned out to be very close to my natural lip color. If you fill your lips in with it (like I did in the picture below), the matte formula can really dry out your lips. I ended up applying some clear lip balm on top of it to help with the dryness.

There was also a bonus sample Kai Fragrance Oil perfume was included in my box, but I found the scent to be a little too strong for my taste.

When I was initially contacted by Wantable, they used to have “style profiles” that had complete looks based on a style that matches you most (for example, “Classic Chic” for neutral eyes and red lips, “Glamour Girl” for smokey eyes and neutral lips, “Rock Rebel” for an edgy look with bold liner, etc.). I actually prefer these style profiles more than the new system of just saying which products you like/dislike, because the styles were creative and fun (and there used to be pictures of what products came with each style). I saw the eyeshadow pictured below in the “Classic Chic” box that I wanted to try, so I specifically requested for this eyeshadow for the replacement I mentioned earlier. This one is called MyFace Cosmetics Blingtone Eyeshadow in “Sp’ice’y”. Check out the gorgeous shimmer in the swatch below! I also applied it lightly on the center of my lid in the picture on the right (the eye liner I used is the MiA BelleZZa in “Marrone” that I mentioned above, and the other eye shadows I used are from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette). This eyeshadow sells for $20.00, and it is my favorite item that I received from Wantable.

I do want to commend Wantable’s customer service — not only were they quick to respond, they were quick to ship me my replacement eyeshadow. They also sent me a bracelet, shown on the right. The bracelet is a sneak peak of their Fashion Jewelry Box collection for the month of January.

Taking into consideration what I received in my initial makeup box, the value of the products is $12.00 + $12.00 + $22.00 + $16.50 + $16.00 = $78.50. Each box is $40.00 ($36.00 if you subscribe). Although you get almost twice as much for what you would pay, $40 is still a lot for a mystery box albeit of full-sized products that fall into (still fairly broad) categories you select (ex. clear brow gel, matte eye shadow, powder blush, red lipstick, etc. — you still won’t know what combination of these you’ll get; for example, you could end up with no lipstick but with 2 nail polishes like in my case). I also found that my particular box was dominated by MyFace Cosmetics items. I don’t mind this since I haven’t tried any products from this company before, but it would have been nice to get more of a variety of brands. This is a big reason why I liked their previous makeup boxes based on “style profiles” more, since you get to see what’s in the boxes, more brands are represented in each box, and each box contains products that you can use for a complete look.

If you enjoy surprises and trying out new beauty products (and are willing to spend the money), then Wantable is something to look into. This would definitely be a great gift to send to that makeup addict family member/friend — they may be surprised to see new products they haven’t tried or heard of before! If Wantable brings back their style profiles, I would be more interested in trying more boxes — I like surprises, but for $40.00, I like seeing what I’d be getting, which the style profiles provided. Wantable also has a monthly Fashion Jewelry Box that I’d be interested in trying sometime as well. :)

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Sparkly New Year Nails

I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year! Now that the holidays are over, I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things. Here’s how I did my nails for New Year’s Eve — I used Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in “470 Lust-rous”:

I really love how these came out! The black base makes the different sized silver and gold glitter so eye-catching. I followed my technique that I wrote about here to get both a manicure and pedicure out of one box of strips!

I take my time applying these (meaning I don’t skip any of the steps to prep my nails before applying them), so I get a good amount of wear time with these Sally Hansen nail strips (about 2 weeks). Here’s how they look like today on Day 5:

Inspired by these nail strips, I came up with a matching black, silver, and gold makeup look that I wore on New Year’s Eve that I’ll post soon. Here’s to a sparkly 2013! :)