Friday, April 29, 2011

Dipped in Champagne.

Models Own in Champagne NP073
I am so excited about this polish color that I had to share :)

So I'm sure you are all aware of how tricky it can be to shop for makeup or polish online.  I don't usually like to order cosmetics online unless I am restocking product I have already owned or sampled.  Obviously I prefer to buy in store but I don't always have that luxury especially when it involves product made and sold over seas.

With that said, I discovered a company called Models Own that is based in London.  Last year, while on the hunt for the perfect minty/jade green I saw a makeup guru with the perfect shade by Models Own in...what else... Jade Stone.  Of course I had to buy it immediately so I wound up buying Jade Stone as well as 4 other colors because if you buy 5 you save something like $10.  Although you wind up spending that money on shipping :(

  If you are anything like me you dislike shipping fees : /  I am usually pretty good at hunting down companies that offer free shipping but I had to get my hands on this polish :)

Anyway, it was worth every penny.  This polish is pretty top notch.  It goes on effortlessly smooth and ONE coat is sufficient!  I always finish with a top coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat which helps speed up drying time as well.  Seriously, if you are in a hurry you can slap this stuff on and be out the door in 5 minutes without worrying about dents or dings.  

Now I usually change my polish every couple of days or so because I like to switch up the colors.  So I have never given it a longevity test but I would be willing to bet it will last you a generous amount of time before chipping or peeling.

The sucky part??? They have sooo many colors that it was difficult to choose the right ones {haha}.  I decided I wanted to get a few metallic colors.  Silver generally looks better on my skin tone than gold but I wanted to try a color that was somewhere in between and Champagne looked to fit the bill.  

When it arrived I took one look at the bottle and was immediately disappointed because it did not look like the same color I ordered.  Boo.  But I tried it anyway... I mean it did travel a long way to get here ;)  Wow! I was pleasantly surprised to see how different it looked on my nails.  I love it YAY :)

Now this brings me full circle.  After many trial and errors with polishes over the past year I have learned that my eye always gravitates towards certain colors as I am sure yours does as well.  So do yourself a favor... next time you go polish shopping, I suggest you take a minute to go back and look at colors you may have overlooked before. You might be pleasantly surprised and score a new polish loverrr :)

Dipped in Champagne,

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Work in Progress

Hello cupcakes. Welcome to the commencement of my official Shinehaus blog.  Let's pop this cherry :)

So, first thing's first...

Right now I'm sure those of you who are already acquainted with me are wondering, "Uh ok SiSi, what is this Shinehaus business all about?"  Well, it's quite simple actually.  As some of you may already know, I have been honing my photography and makeup skills over the past couple of years.  There is a story behind my work and the passion that drives it.  Someday I'm sure to share it here but for the sake of this particular blog post lets stick to the subject {haha}.

So because my skills and services extend farther than one specific area of profession (eg. Sierra Lynn Photography and Makeup by Sierra), I decided perhaps it was time to brand a name that would encompass all I have to offer.  Enter.... drumroll please :).... Shinehaus.  I've toyed with the word 'Shine' for quite some time and for a couple of reasons.  One of those reasons may be quite obvious.  Shine is a term that for me relates to both photography and makeup.  My objective when photographing and applying makeup is to make the person or object in front of me Shine.  So there ya have it folks.  Welcome to my Haus of Shine :)

After months of preparation and many sleepless nights, I finally launched my web site {hooooray}.  It's still a work in progress but I'm excited to finally have it up and running.  Go peep it if you haven't already {prettyplease and thankyouverymuch :)} ~~~~ >

I will continue to work on the page, price points and edit/re-edit photos for my online portfolio as I see fit I am never satisfied {haha} I'm eternally connecting and updating through my personal Facebook via my Droid or laptop however I decided a blog that corresponds with my website would perhaps be a more appropriate place to elaborate on my adventures.

Shinehaus will clearly be dedicated to my makeup and photography work however I'm certain it will also provide an outlet to other relevant interests in my life.  I'm a self proclaimed product whore, so it's safe to assume you will see me post about people, places and things related to all things beauty as well.

Well, I guess this wraps up my first Shinehaus blog.  I hope you enjoyed my cherry popping experience :)

Stay tuuuuned!