Thursday, December 30, 2010

QuaniChic's Top Ten Beauty Finds of 2010

Hello Chicsters,
      Another year of new and exciting products has come to an end and we are about to enter 2011..(according to the Jetsons, weren't we supposed to have flying cars and houses full of Rosies by now??) Anyways, I thought I would share my top ten beauty favorites of 2010 with you all. And you know how we do it here at QuaniChic.....Budget Diva Style...lol!!! Here is QC's list...in no particular order...


10. Wet n Wild Color Icon Palettes ~ once these palettes hit YouTube, and divas figured out that they were dupes for some MAC products....they started FLYING off the shelves!!!  $4.99


09. NYX Jumbo Pencil in MILK ~ I could not have made it through 2010 without this product...great for helping eyeshadows to be more vibrant and last all day.  $2.99 @ B.S.S


08. LA Colors Palettes ~ my favorites were Tease and Wildflowers....very vibrant colors when paired with a primer...and an AWESOME price...$1.25 for five colors!!!


07. E.L.F ~ Most of the E.L.F products were a big hit with QC this year...from the Minty LipGlosses to the infamous 100 color palette (I still didn't find one) ELF was undoubtedly my favorite line of products for the diva on a budget! $1.00-$10.00



06. NYC in a Color Minute Nail Polish ~ SIDEWALKERS...a great sexy gray color...I love, love, LOVE this nail polish. I purchased 3 more bottles since I first blogged about it! $1.72


05. NYC Mascara ~ SHOWTIME...I have been in love with this mascara EVER since it was sent to QC for a product review...I love it so much it replaced my usual mascara which was Rimmel. $3.99



04. Baby Wipes ~ Awesome for taking off your makeup...and they don't irritate my already sensitive skin.


03. HAUTELOOK.COM ~ ok I choose the entire site as a beauty favorite. I was able to purchase URBAN DECAY products for $2.00 each and I just purchased some Crown Brushes, an 88 palette for 40% off the normal price. This site always has different sales EVERYDAY and they definitely get the stamp of approval from QC. Also, you get a chance to earn credits by inviting friends to join the site....with their first purchase you get a $10.00 credit!!!


02. ZOYA nail polish ~ Zoya gets my vote not only because all their FB fans will receive 3 free bottles of polish on Jan 3rd (look out for the promo code..and make sure you are registered on zoya.com to redeem) but for their AWESOME color spoons!!! This is a great way to "sample" the polishes before you buy them. I thought this was especially perfect if you were trying to find a red polish or maybe match a polish to a dress or shoe. You can order the color spoons from Zoya's site for 5 cents each!!!


01. WATER ~ of course water is going to be my beauty staple....whether you are drinking water to help keep you skin hydrated and beautiful from the inside out...or washing your makeup off...water is an essential in any diva's beauty regimen...and its FREE hahahahaha!
So Chicsters....What were your favorite beauty finds of 2010??? Leave a comment below!!
HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

New York Color Cosmetics Review (NYC)


Hello Chicsters,

The people over at New York Color were kind enough to send over a few products for me to review. I received the products on 12/9 and have been wearing them everyday since then so I can give you all an honest review. Check the video below to see what I have to say about NYC.....

DISCLAIMER: QuaniChic is in no way, shape or form affiliated with NYC Cosmetics. I am not being compensated for any reviews on this product...I'm just providing my honest opinion to anyone who may be interested in this line.



LINK TO NYCs website: http://www.newyorkcolor.com/

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Beyonce Inspired Leopard Eyes



Ok...so we all have seen Beyonce's video for "Kitty Kat" where she has this awesome leopard spotted eye look. Well I have been wanting to try this look for a while and after jamming B-Day in the car with my little sister one day I became re-inspired to do it. So here is my interpretation of Beyonce's look....
The original look as seen on Beyonce....



my interpretation of the look






I decided not to post on YouTube because this look has been done over and over again....but here is a quick vid explaining what I used and how I achieved this look. If you would like to see the steps...let me know and I will be glad to do a video for you....enjoy...and have fun with your makeup!!!! What other celebrity look would you like to see????


video

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Lets Pick a New YouTube Intro for 2011!!!

So Im trying to decide between the following intros...I really wanted to use the song in the first intro in the second intro...but windows movie maker was being EXTRA difficult...lol. Let me know what yall think!

INTRO #1:

Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.


INTRO #2:


I really like the fact that intro#2 has some video clips in it...now I can only transfer that song to WMM....GRRRRRRRRRRR!!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sensationnel Lace Front Wig: SHANNA

Sensationnel LF: SHANNA Color 1B/30
Well..I have found my protective style for the winter months. I went to the beauty supply store with the high hopes of finding the FreeTress LF Wig Megan....and was out of luck. Well someone must have been smiling down on me because I ended up finding Sensationnel Brand's SHANNA LF wig....normally $59.99...I got it on sale for $29.99 (thats less than I was expecting to pay for Megan!!!) I got SHANNA in the color 1B/30 and I absolutely LOVE it!!!!! Im going to have to go back and get another one cause Im about to ROCK this one ALL THE WAY OUT!!!! lol! Check out the youtube vid I posted for SHANNA and I will keep you guys posted about the wig...if it tangles, gets matted, and so on. Let me know what you think about SHANNA!!!










Monday, December 6, 2010

Get Three FREE Zoya Nail Polishes....

from Zoya's FB page

IMPORTANT INFO AS OF 12/7/2010: you will need to be registered on http://www.zoya.com/content/38/category/Zoya.html?brndid=38 as well as like the FB fan page to be eligible for the free nail polish THE FREEBIE CODE WILL BE RELEASED THROUGH YOUR ZOYA ACCOUNT!!!!!.....it just takes a few seconds to sign up! Also be advised that on the polish giveaway you will be responsible for shipping costs.

Zoya Nail Polish is giving away 3 nail polishes for FREE!!!!
All you have to do is go on over to their facebook page and click LIKE....
If ZOYA reaches 20,000 fans on or before January 3, 2011 they will give away 3 free bottles of nail polish to all of their FB fans....and you can choose your own colors!!!!  So go on over to ZOYAs FB fan page...click like...suggest to a many friends as possible and lets help them reach 20,000 fans!!!




Zoya's FB add.....Click link below to be directed to their FB page
ZOYAS FACEBOOK PAGE:
http://www.facebook.com/ZoyaNailPolish?ref=ts&v=app_6009294086#!/ZoyaNailPolish?v=app_6009294086

LINK TO ZOYAs WEBSITE: (check out the varitey of colors)
http://www.zoya.com/content/38/category/

*Restrictions apply. See facebook page for complete details. Online offer only. Offer valid in continental US only. Consumer orders only. Offer not valid in conjunction with other offers, discounts or specials. Code is dependent on 20,000 likes. To get the code, www.facebook.com/zoyanailpolish MUST have 20,000 likes by 11:59 PM EST on January 3, 2011 (or before that date if 20,000 is reached). Code valid January 4 - 7 2011 only. The offer is void if 20,000 "Likes" is not reached by January 3, 2011 at 11:59PM. Offer good for 3 free bottles of nail polish per order. S/H charges apply.

from Zoya's FB page

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Ask QuaniChic: When Do I Throw Away My Makeup???


Hello Chicsters,

Today's post is going to be about how to tell if your makeup has gone bad and when you need to THROW IT OUT. Yes..I know we all like to hold on to makeup, myself included, or we buy so much makeup that we may only use it a few times and think that it is still good. Well here are a few general guidelines for your makeup....

MASCARA:  3-6 months, once you use the wand and put it back into the tube....your mascara
                          becomes a breeding ground for germs

FOUNDATION:  dry foundation 18 months, liquid 12 months....if u notice any separation in your
                               liquid foundation before 12 months....THROW IT OUT

EYE SHADOW:   cream 12 months, dry 24 months

LIPSTICK: 1 year

BLUSH: dry 2 years, cream 6 months

EYELINERS:  pencil 2 years, wet 6 months

NAIL POLISH: 1 year, or as soon as you see separation in the bottle

MAKEUP SPONGES: ONE MONTH....sponges are bacteria breeding grounds....NO EXCEPTIONS!

MAKEUP BRUSHES: two years. Now keep in mind the maintenance and quality of your brushes
                                        can GREATLY effect this time line. This is just a general time period.

ANYTIME you notice a change in texture or smell in your cosmetics...I recommend that they be thrown out.

MEDICAL RISKS:
It is rare, but medical cases have been reported for cosmetic contamination causing irritations, infections, and in extreme cases, blindness (conjunctivitis, eye infection). If you suspect an eye infection, throw out the eye makeup that you’ve been using. Avoid eye makeup altogether for a week or two. If you noticed any change in eye vision, especially blurred vision, pain, or unusual discharge in the eye, consult a physician.


Here is a helpful tip to help keep track of you makeup expiration dates....

You can buy the little white labels (stickers used for pricing) at any local store in the stationary department....put the label on your cosmetics and mark the date when opened...and using the chart above mark the date when it needs to be thrown away.

Be sure to store your cosmetics in a cool, dry place outside the bathroom to extend their shelf life.