Friday, March 24, 2017

Martinni Beauty Chocolate Rejuvenating Collagen Mask

Happy Friday, dear readers! I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to a little rest and relaxation this weekend! It's been a busy week here with two sick kids including multiple doctor visits. After the week I've had, I figured what could be better to share than the Chocolate Rejuvenating Collagen Mask by Martinni Beauty! I picked this up when I attended the International Salon & Spa Expo at the end of January, and I only tried it out recently. Let's check it out!

This mask revitalizes pallid, dull complexions while reducing the appearance of large pores; smoothes roughness and infuses skin with moisture; and compacts the skin and promotes circulation, removing aged epidermic cells helping skin maintain flexibility and vitality. It also removes any accumulated debris from hair follicles while the antioxidant-rich formula rejuvenates skin while normalizing skin functions to revive and invigorate the skin.

The mask comes in two parts inside a foil package. Once each section of packaging is opened, the mask is unfolded and then placed on the face.The first thing I noticed was the amount of fluid inside this package! Even being careful, I still ended up with a small mess in my bathroom. The mask has the texture of jello, and each piece was very difficult to unfold. Applying this mask was no quick process- it took several minutes for me to locate anything resembling a seam and then trying to unfold it gently without tearing the pieces. It's manageable, but I was surprised at how long it look me to get these masks ready for use! Once I had each piece unfolded, I placed the mask on my face. Check me out!

This mask is interesting. Both pieces are quite heavy, and while you only wear this mask for 15 to 20 minutes, you really can't do it standing up. I managed to snap a quick photo of me wearing the treatment before I had to lay down and readjust the mask as it was already starting to fall downwards off my face. After my 20 minutes were up, I removed the mask and discarded the pieces. I then massaged a portion of the remaining essence into my skin as directed. My face was wet and just not absorbing much up the fluid after several minutes of rubbing, so I then followed up with toner and moisturizer, also as directed on the packaging.

I naturally had to take a model pose while wearing this mask!

After using this mask, I didn't notice any difference in my skin. It didn't seem any less dull nor do I feel like it lived up to any of the hype. My skin felt the same as it does with my normal skincare routine, and to be honest, I wish I had my half hour or so I spent using this back. While it is called a "chocolate" mask, the chocolate aspect is misleading. This mask contains cocoa butter, and while that is part of the cocoa bean and chocolate, the delicious aspect of chocolate comes from cocoa powder which was not part of this mask. The smell of this mask is a little odd, and while not entirely unpleasant, I really wanted this mask to smell like chocolate. As a busy mom, I also would have liked this mask more if it could have stayed on my face while standing and doing chores around the house. I didn't expect it to be ultra light given that it is a gel-type mask, but I had hoped it could adhere better to my skin on its own. I don't have the luxury of lounging on the couch often, and while the pampering is nice, having to lay down means I wouldn't be able to use a mask like this again for a long time. Add to that the mess it made in my bathroom after opening it and the time it took me to actually get the darn thing on my face, I'm going to have to give this mask and similar ones from the brand a hard pass in the future.

Have you tried this or any of the other Martinni Beauty masks? How was your experience with it? What is your favorite go-to mask? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a great day!

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Ellagee for Polish Pickup: Dancing With the Wind

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Greetings, dear readers! I hope you are having a wonderful week! It's been a little crazy here, but it looks like things are thankfully slowing down. I'd eager to get to today's post, so I'm going to keep the chit chat short and jump on in.

For today's post, I have Ellagee's polish, Dancing With the Wind, created for the April Polish Pickup to share with you. Before I show you photos, let me fill you in about Polish Pickup!

Polish Pickup starts with a fun and interactive group on Facebook. Each month, members submit theme suggestions, and the organizers chose the top 10 submissions. From there, these theme suggestions are presented to the group and the theme selected by popular vote. Makers then design their polishes to fit the chosen theme and are then sold at Polish Pickup during a designated time frame. While all polishes are based upon the theme, there is no box commitment with these beauties. You can buy as many or as few as you wish! No more having to decide if you should or should not buy a box of four polishes when you only want two shades! Now that I've filled you in on how Polish Pickup works, let's check out Ellagee's contribution!

The theme for April's Polish Pickup is Famous Works of Art. Laura, the creative mastermind behind Ellagee, selected Vincent van Gogh's Wheat Field With Cypresses as her inspiration.

Dancing With the Wind
Two coats plus top coat

Dancing With the Wind is a lavender scattered holographic polish with chameleon shimmer and flakes. While formula preference is very personal, I love this formula! It isn't too thick or thin for taste taste and applies flawlessly with minimal effort required. The flakes sit nicely on the nails, and the only issue I encountered was the occasional flake hanging off the nail. The overhanging flakes easily push back onto the nail or can be pulled off as you prefer. Dancing With the Wind is densely pigmented, and while I needed two coats for opacity, it was almost a one coater for me. Those that paint with thicker coats may find they only need a single coat to cover visible nail line.

Dancing With the Wind and other polishes created for the Famous Works of Art theme from the Polish Pickup website located hereShop is live Friday, April 7th 11 AM EST through the following Monday, April 11th at Midnight EST. This is the ONLY time frame in which the monthly polishes will be available for purchase, so if you want this or any of the other polishes, be sure to mark the dates on the calendar! Please note that this is a preorder and shipping will commence approximately two to three weeks after the end of the store opening. At this time, Polish Pickup has made the decision to ship only within the US and Canada; however, special arrangements can be made for international group orders.

List of makers participating in April's Famous Works of Art Polish Pickup: 

Alter Ego Body Care Products
Anchor & Heart Lacquer
Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer
Darling Diva Polish
Fair Maiden
Girly Bits Cosmetics
Leesha's Lacquer
le polish
Lollipop Posse Lacquer
Northern Star
Sassy Pants Polish
Seventy Seven Nail Lacquer
Smokey Mountain Lacquers
Turtle Tootsie Polishes

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dotticure Featuring Zoya Charming Collection

Good evening, dear readers! I hope your week has been off to a wonderful start! I've been missing doing nail art lately, so when I finally had a little extra time, I had to take advantage of it! Using the new Zoya Charming Collection, I created a simple, but cute, dotticure. Check it out!

I used Tina for my base and then dotted on Abby and Jordan. On my larger (Jordan) dots, I then dotted on the micro-sparkles: Lacey, Millie, and Amira. I then topped my nail art design with Clearly on Top top coat by KBShimmer.

I'm pretty happy with the final result. Dotticures have become my go-to look when I want a nail art design that I know I can create quickly, and they just make me happy overall.

Do you have a favorite easy go-to nail art design? I'd love to hear what you like to do!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful night!

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

KBShimmer: Nauti By Nature for Spring 2017

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Happy Saturday, dear readers! It's been a rough week around here with a sick and super crabby toddler. We were planning a fun zoo trip for my oldest child to celebrate his birthday, but with the youngest being sick and the weather taking yet another turn to rain, we opted to take a quick trip to the beach instead. Both boys enjoyed playing in the sand and dipping toes in the water, so it was the perfect short outing for us- it got us out of the house and wasn't too stressful for my little sick man. Naturally, as luck would have it, I started to feel a little under the weather on the drive home, and in spite of me hoping it was weather/allergy issues, I am sick once again. At least it is the weekend and my husband is home to take care of the boys while I hopefully recover quickly. I did not sign up for another long-lasting illness so if you can please send all the get healthy vibes my way, I would certainly appreciate it! Now that I've rambled far more than I intended, let's dive in on today's post!

I had the pleasure of swatching the new Nauti By Nature Collection by KBShimmer! This collection is inspired by spring break and takes you on a trip to the islands where life is slower, the days are warmer, and flip flops are the norm. This 12 piece collection embraces different aspects of a tropical vacation: the oft-seen pastel homes of the Bahamas, vibrantly hued ropes on fisherman's ships, and the iconic fronds of the palm trees. The Nauti By Nature Collection takes you away your own nautical adventures inspired by the shimmer shades of sea life and the bold colours of the Macaw. Consisting of six holographic colours and addition shades in shimmery, crelly, or glitter finishes, prepare to decorate your digits with a truly tropical collection! Let's get a closer look at each of the colours, shall we?

Starfishing For Compliments
Three Coats plus KBShimmer Clearly on Top (top coat)

This soft taupe crelly is filled with hex glitters in white, black, coral and aqua with a scattering of black and aqua stars. Two - three coats recommended.

You won't be needing to fish for compliments with this beauty on your nails: they'll come pouring in anyway! With an easy to apply formula, the assorted glitters in the base offer incredible depth with each additional layer. I'm generally not a fan of shaped glitters, but the small smattering of stars adds a beautiful touch I can stand behind!

Show Me The Mahi
Two Coats plus KBShimmer Clearly on Top (top coat)

A jelly polish is loaded with scale inspired holo glitters in lime and teal, and color shifting iridescent glitters that morph from golden greens to vibrant red orange colors. Two - three coats recommended.

Show Me The Mahi is definitely one of my favorite shades from this collection as these colour shifting iridescent glitters just slay me. It is a jelly so it is a little on the sheer side. I personally prefer my jellies showcasing the sheerness and stopped with two coats here, but you can easily add more for more opacity. Alternately, you can layer this over a cream if multiple coats aren't your jam. Fabulous formula!

The Girl Is Tiki
Two Coats plus KBShimmer Clearly on Top (top coat)

This rusty coral linear holographic shade pays homage to those tourist trap tiki bars. Two coats recommended.

The Girl Is Tiki is an unusual but still spectacular shade! It's easy to get lost staring at your nails and questioning is it rust? Is it coral? This is definitely unique to my collection, and I adore this colour! The formula is on point as well so you just can't go wrong with this beauty!

Latitude Adjustment
Two Coats plus KBShimmer Clearly on Top (top coat)

This holographic periwinkle polish was inspired by quiet morning sunrises on the beach. This lavender leaning blue shade is best in two coats.

I don't have a lot of periwinkle polishes in my stash, but I am certainly happy this one came to live with me! This is one of those shades that will make you question whether it is more blue or more purple, and it's really going to depend on your skin tone and still vary with different light sources. This applies easily as well, but that should come as no surprise to any KBShimmer fan!

Tempting FĂȘte
Three Coats plus KBShimmer Clearly on Top (top coat)

This shade is inspired by bold and colorful Junkanoo costumes, with glitters in gold, grape, pink, green and orange. Two - three coats recommended.

I admit it, I had to look up Junkanoo when I saw the description of this polish. I couldn't help but think of Carnaval and Mardi Gras when I saw this crelly. While the street parade of the Bahamas has a different inspiration and date, it is still filled with music, dance, and costumes. This polish is a lot of fun, and it's made me want to plan a trip to the Bahamas so I can enjoy Junkanoo myself! As for the formula, it applies really easily with no issues with glitter clumping on the nails. While I'm not a fan of long bar glitters, I do like these brightly-hued shorties. They round out this polish perfectly!

Keep Palm And Carry On
Two Coats plus KBShimmer Clearly on Top (top coat)

A rich yellow leaning green, this palm inspired linear holographic shade brings to mind the lush greenery of the islands. Two coats recommended.

I love green polishes, and they never seem to get enough love! Keep Palm And Carry On is a beautiful shade that really does remind me of palm trees! The formula is fantastic, as it practically applies itself to your nails. Because it has such a yellow-lean, it may not suit cooler skin tones well, but those with warm tones can certainly rock this beauty!

Saved By The Shell
Two Coats plus KBShimmer Clearly on Top (top coat)

This sandy peach color is accented by a coppery pink shimmer that pops in the light. Two - three coats recommended.

All I could say when I had this beauty in my hot hands was "WOW!" I know that a lot of people love the look of blingy holos, but I am taken by the subtle beauty of Saved By The Shell. It's always nice to see something more neutral in collections filled with vibrant hues, and this one is certainly capable of standing on it's own. Another star in the collection, this applied really nicely for me with two coats although those with longer nails likely will need a third.

Macaw Me Maybe
Two Coats plus KBShimmer Clearly on Top (top coat)

A bold red linear holographic shade inspired by the bright red tone of the macaw. Two coats recommended.

Can you read the name of this polish without the song "Call Me Maybe" running through your mind? I know I sure can't! This polish is a beautiful tribute to the Macaw and sure to win over the heart of any red lover! This is such a sexy shade of red, and I'll definitely be sporting this a lot on my toes! The formula is fantastic and applies easily as well!

Tropic Like It's Hot
Two Coats plus KBShimmer Clearly on Top (top coat)

This aqua linear holographic Caribbean sea inspired color is alive with the rich blue-green color found in tropical waters. Best in two coats.

Oh. My God. The name of Tropic Like It's Hot has me giggling like a crazy person! I love Snoop Dogg, and this polish makes me so happy! The formula is fabulous as well, and the only drawback is my camera just could not capture this polish for anything! It's looking more blue in these photos, but it is more aqua with the hint of green in real life. If this polish doesn't make you feel like you are enjoying time on tropical waters, nothing can!

Salt Water Sassy
Three Coats plus KBShimmer Clearly on Top (top coat)

Caribbean color hex glitters swim among a pale, minty aqua base, where the punch of color makes one wish for salt water and sand. Two - three coats recommended

This polish makes me crave salt water taffy! I really love the assorted glitters against this base shade, and it will likely be my go-to crelly for the time being! There is just so much depth as you add layer upon layer of this shade to your nails, and the formula truly is fabulous!

Two Coats plus KBShimmer Clearly on Top (top coat)

This golden toned yellow is a super sunny shade, complementing any swimsuit you wear. Perfect in two - three coats.

While very yellowed golds aren't usually my favorite, I have found myself staring at the beauty of Copa-Banana for long stretches of time. It is exquisite and can make you feel like royalty! The formula is a little on the sheer side, but it does apply flawlessly. While I only needed two coats for opacity, I definitely would recommend adding a third coat if your nails are longer. I just barely squeaked by with two coat opacity for these photos.

Got It Sandaled
Two Coats plus KBShimmer Clearly on Top (top coat)

A deepened lavender toned cream is accented by pinky violet shimmer. Best in two coats.

What a beauty! While the holographic finish dominates this collection, I am excited to see another stunning shimmer in this collection! I adore the flashes of sparkle as I wiggle my fingers around! In true KBShimmer fashion, the formula is perfection and applies like a dream.

In addition to the 12 stunning Nauti By Nature polishes, KBShimmer also is offering a new seasonal scent for their cuticle care and bath and body products! Shown in the Mani Shot here, Knotty Girl is a Caribbean-inspired scent. Knotty Girl is an alluring blend of sweet melon, raspberry nectar, Italian lemon, creamy coconut and raw sugarcane with a hint of banana. Even though this is called a "mani shot", I tend to use mine in my foot bath to pamper my feet and toes. Alternately, you can toss two or three in your tub for a luxurious bath bomb treat! The Unicorn Sugar Scrubs, lotion, and Picture Perfect Matte Cuticle Cream are also offered in this scent.

The Nauti By Nature Collection is available NOW at and from other online retailers.

Do you have a favorite shade from this collection? I'd love to hear your top picks!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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