Sample Sunday – Covergirl Outlast and Zoya Nail Laquer Beauty Review

I think I ‘nailed’ this weeks Sample Sunday.  Since I paint my nails regularly (they are rarely naked) this weeks sample was a no brainer and part of my regular routine.  I had received two nail polish samples – one a drug store brand and one a specialty brand.  Which one will last the longest without chipping?  I will have to wait and see…

Covergirl and Zoya Polish 1My two sample subjects were: Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss (Grapevine) and Zoya Professional Laquer (Giovanna).  I tested both out together – thankfully anything goes with our nails – and both nail colors were stunning together.

Over the week of my various activities both nail polishes were worth my time and effort. After all the house chores, office work, and play with the Minis,  my nails were still looking good after a week.

Both colors lasted a full 7 days without showing any signs of significant wear and tear. The first sign of chipping occurred after the 7th day (Covergirl Outlast was the first to chip) so I cannot complain… even a little.  If I wanted to get picky I could nitpick about the application of each polish, but even that isn’t worth too much.  The Zoya polish’s brush is slimmer and allows for more precise application while the Covergirl’s brush is wider and I found the tip of the brush bulky so the application was a little less precise.  Coverage of both the polishes was equal – both could have worked on one coat alone but the second coat really made both pop off the nail.

Covergirl and Zoya Polish collage

I ♥ both of the polishes.  The colors are bright and beautiful and I know I can count on both to carry me through of week of fuss free nails.

Tender Loving Care for our Make-Up Brushes

The other morning as I was applying a pretty pink shadow to my lids I found myself doing a double take when I looked in the mirror at the not so pink results.  The color of the shadow on my eye lid was not one of a pink peony but instead the color looked more like a muddy mess.  I looked at my brush and saw my problem immediately…

Turns out the previous week’s cocoa color eye shadow obsession was still on my brush and was not allowing me to indulge in my newest pink shadow obsession to it’s fullest potential!  So I had to add make-up brush cleaning to my to do list.  Thankfully this little task doesn’t take a lot of time and the payoff of clean brushes is definitely worth the 10 minutes.

As I was cleaning my brushes I thought I would share my 10 minute brush cleaning routine.  It’s not rocket science but I think it’s something to share and if you don’t clean your brushes already then this may inspire you to clean up your brushes and enjoy the ‘clean’ results.  Having clean brushes makes make-up application so much smoother and allows your eye shadow, blush, foundation to be applied quickly and flawlessly.  Plus our brushes can harbor bacteria so if you notice a lot of break-outs that are unusual then your dirty make-up brushes may be the culprit.

• Find yourself a make-up brush cleanser.  I use Sephora’s Professionnel Purifying Brush Shampoo.  It is easy to use and can be used on weekly basis…if you love your brushes more than I do and wash them weekly.  The cleanser is a clear gel liquid and I use 2-3 pumps per brush depending on the size of the brush I am cleaning.

•  Add a little water to the brush you are cleaning and gently swirl the brush in the cleanser in your palm.  The swirling action in you hand disburses the cleanser onto the brush.

•  After a few swirls (the color of the cleanser in your palm usually turns the color of whatever make-up you had on the brush) rinse your hand and the brush under the tap.  Depending on length of time between cleanings you may need to repeat the 1st and 2nd step as sometimes the build-up on the brush needs a second cleansing.

• After you have rinsed the brush and it looks clean (to your satisfaction) I squeeze out the excess water making sure that while I am squeezing out the water that all the bristles are pointing the right way and uniform so when they dry the bristles aren’t drying in crazy directions.

•  I put my brushes on a clean towel to dry over night.  In the morning I give them a ‘re-fluff’ to help them regain their original fluffy shape and my brushes are ready to perform to their fullest potential.

How often do you clean your make-up brushes?  Are you like me and only clean them when a make-up mess happens(as you are cursing yourself when you have to re-do your make-up) due to the make-up buildup on your brushes or are you a religious make-up brush cleaner on a strict cleaning routine?

Make-Up Brush Cleaning Step1-4 collage Make-Up Brush Cleaning Step 4-8 collage