Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Colors by Llarowe: Twinkle Toes, June 2017 Polish of the Month

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Happy hump day, dear readers! I hope you've been having a wonderful week! This months feel like it has flown by so quickly, and it's almost hard to believe it will be June next week! A new month mean a new Polish of the Month will soon be available from Colors by Llarowe, and you're going to want this stunning shade! Be sure to mark this down on your calendar because you're going to want to grab your own bottle of Twinkle Toes, the June 2017 Polish of the Month!

Describes as a lilac purple linear holo with pink to purple shimmer, Twinkle Toes is a majestic polish that is the perfect purple for the summer. Not too dark and not too light, the holographic rainbow will dazzle and captivate you attention through the long summer days. The formula is thicker than the average mainstream polish, a feature often seen with indie polish brands, but I still found it to be ultra smooth and easy to apply to my nails. I used two coats for opacity and added top coat for extra shine.

Twinkle Toes will available from the Llarowe website when it reopens on June 1st for a limited time. You'll want to keep an eye on the Llarowe social media accounts, linked below, for the exact time of the launch. Please note Colors by Llarowe Polish of the Month shades are available as a preorder only for a very limited time, so you will need to order this upon the shop's reopening so you don't miss out.

What do you think of the Colors by Llarowe Polish of the Month? Will you be ordering one for yourself? Is there a colour you hope to see from CbL in a future collection or Polish of the Month? I'd love to hear from you!

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

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Lyn B Designs: June Polishes of the Month

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Happy Monday, dear readers! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and your week is off to a great start! I am currently in sunny Hawaii enjoying the beautiful Big Island while my husband is here for a conference. Poor me, right? I'm still blogging while here, and I'm keeping my eye out should something fun catch my attention to share with you when I return home. This is first and foremost a beauty blog, but I may write up a lifestyle post about our vacation here should you be interested. Just let me know! Now on to today's blog post!

Jenna of Lyn B Designs is going to be releasing two polishes of the month this Friday, and I have them to share with you today. Let's check them out!


A lavender crelly base with aqua glass fleck and scattered lilac glitters

Retail: $10

I really enjoy a glitter crelly, and this one is beautiful! Lavender and lilac are lovely, but the aqua glass flecks really complete this polish and make the whole look special. As for the application, the formula is thicker than the average main stream polish brand, but it still applied easily for me with minimal effort. The glitters spread nicely over my nails with no clumping, but you do need to take care not to overwork the formula. It dries to a slight texture due to the glitters, but top coat smooths it out nicely. I have it shown here with three coats plus top coat.

All the Whos in Whoville

A glitter topper with white glass flecks, white hexes, hearts and stars

Retail: $10

Initially it seemed a little odd to me to release a Christmasy polish in late spring, but All the Whos in Whoville could be a fun glitter topper for patriotic manicures for the 4th of July. The clear base is on the thick side, and I found it works best by dabbing onto the nails rather than using brush strokes. I didn't have to dig for any glitters, and you may need to work a little to make sure the glitter shapes aren't getting stuck on each other as is typical for unusual shapes and sharper corners. Overall it applied without too much difficulty for me although some users may want to add a couple drops of thinner to make application a little easier. I dabbed on about a coat over China Glaze Rain Dance the Night Away.

The Lyn B Designs Polishes of the Month for June are releasing this Friday, May 26th at 7pm EST. In addition to these two shades, Lyn B Designs is releasing dud polishes; only 10 bottles of each dud shade will be available for purchase. Customers can use discount code MEMORIAL to save 50% off their entire order. Purchase three of more polishes and you get a free mystery Limited Edition shade with your order. This discount code is good though June 3rd. If you have your eye on these of other Lyn B Designs shades, now is a great time to pick some up and save some money!

What do you think of the upcoming Polishes of the Month? Are you more of a crelly fan or a glitter topper fan? I'd love to hear from you!

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

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Summer Accessories from Kohl's with BONUS Giveaway for a Gift Card

Happy Friday, dear readers! I hope you've had a great week and something fun planned for the weekend. I am about to head to the airport for a combination work trip/family vacation. We're going to be visiting the Big Island of Hawaii! To prepare for my trip, I made a quick trip to Kohl's this week to pick up a few last minute accessories to toss in my bag. It's been a while since I've gone a little blog giveaway, and this seems like as good a reason as any! I picked up a gift card for Kohl's for one lucky reader; the rafflecopter entry form will be at the end of the post, but until then, let's check out what I picked up!

My budget is really tight as I'm staring at hefty medical expenses, and that means no new clothes for me this summer season. I tend to stick with solid colours and classic styles so that's not really an issue for me; I actually like not needing to buy clothing and just pick up a few new accessories to add to my wardrobe each season. I love to pick up a new scarf and/or a chunky necklace, but I went a little more practical this trip and got things I actually needed.

I love the colours in this Relic wristlet, and I took advantage of the sale price plus by bonus 30% off coupon to pick up this baby. With hauling extra stuff for the littles for the vacation part of the trip, I am so thankful to now have a thinner wallet to save space in my carryon bag, and if I ever get the chance to get out on my own without kids, I can just use it as a wristlet. The center area is open to accommodate a cell phone, so add my driver's license, a card, and some cash and I am all set to go on a nice jaunt in peace!

Regardless of whether you're in Hawaii or just staying at home, sunglasses are essential for protecting your eyes! I seem to always have the worst luck with losing my sunglasses, and I actually needed to pick up a pair for myself. This pair by Apt.9 has a cute locked loop pattern on the side, and the hidden neon purple inside screamed "Choose me!" as I was making my selection. They were also super affordable, a feature I definitely can appreciate since they may not make it back home with me knowing my luck with sunglasses!

It may seem strange to you that I am now in California after living in Arizona for several years and I really don't like flip flops. I keep seeing everyone wear them everywhere they go, especially when the days are warm, but I tend to avoid them. With my high arches, flip flops just don't offer the support I need so I rarely buy them. That said, I just had to have this pineapple-patterned pair by SO! I certainly won't be doing any hiking or exploring in these, but they're perfect for slipping on at the resort to head to the pool or nearby beachfront. They were marked down to only $3.99, so if when they fall apart by the end of the summer, I'll still feel like I got enough use out of them.

Notice a theme here? I generally don't wear yellow metals but these pineapples were so sticking adorable I couldn't say no. My 4 year old was actually the one that saw them first and said we had to get them, and what kind of mom would I be if I broke his poor little heart when he so desperately wanted his momma to have pineapples for her ears? I know, I know, that's certainly a stretch for a reason, but I will happily sport these with my pineapple flip flops and the pineapple shirt I packed.

Today is going to be a long day with a long drive to the airport, time spent in the airport, and then a super long flight squished like a sardine. A face mask after a travel day is always appreciated by your skin. I picked up the BioBelle #beautyscoop facial mask for some extra pampering either later today or tomorrow morning before I set out on some kind of adventure.

Other than the facial mask, everything I picked up at Kohl's was marked down, and with my additional 30% off discount, I ended up spending less than $30. I love that I have some fun pieces, including those that I actually needed, for such a great price! 

I wanted to do something nice for you for being such great supporters of my blog, and I picked up a $25 gift card for one lucky reader! Hopefully you can pick up something nice for yourself for the summer! Please enter the giveaway in the rafflecopter widget below!

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This conclude's today's post! Even though I'm out of town, I still will be posting while I'm away. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to actually take a vacation away from the blog just yet, but I'll keep you posted if I do end up taking a break.

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

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ever After Polish: Beatles Love, Part 1

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Good morning, dear readers! I hope you've been having a wonderful so far! In my previous post, I shared the new Ever After Polish stamping polishes launching on the BRAND NEW website this Friday, and for today's blog post, I have another trio launching on the site for your viewing pleasure. I grew up listening to The Beatles as that was what my father always played in the car for road trips, and I am so excited to be sharing the Beatles Love, Part 1 Collection with you! I may burst from excitement if I don't show you these polishes *rightnow* so let's jump in and check them out!

Across The Universe
Three coat plus top coat

Across The Universe has an amazing formula! It applies smoothly and with minimal effort, and I had no issues with the flakes clumping or sticking up awkwardly on my nails. Occasionally a flake would be overhanging off a nail while applying this polish, but they are easy to gently push back up onto the nail or pull off, which ever you prefer. Some flake-filled polishes can be a bit too thick and tricky to work with, but this beauty practically applies itself!

Yellow Submarine
Two coats plus top coat

If Yellow Submarine won't convince you to give yellow nail polish a chance, I don't know if any yellow could. While I'm not a die hard yellow polish fan, I can appreciate the colour, and it says a lot that Yellow Submarine is my favorite of this trio. The formula is a touch thicker than Across The Universe but still oh-so-easy to work with to get a flawless look on your nails. This polish is amazingly beautiful, so if you've been thinking of maybe giving yellow a chance or if you're already a fan, you'll want to pick up this one!

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Three coats plus top coat

So much sparkled goodness and sadly these photos don't come close to doing this beauty justice! Densely packed with glitters, LITSWD applied nicely for me with three coats to achieve opacity. I can see a hint of bare nail in these photos, but it is so blingy on the nail I couldn't see any visible spots with the naked eye. You could easily apply this polish by soaking up some of the base with a cosmetic sponge before dabbing on the nail, but it's so easy to apply three coats and probably not worth the extra effort and supplies. If you prefer a slightly less blinged out look, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds can be applied with one coat for a dense glitter topper.

I am loving how Ever After has interpreted these iconic Beatles songs, and if this is a representation of what we can expect to see, I can't wait to see future Beatles Love polishes! Even though there are only three shades in the first part, I love the variety of finishes across this trio!

The Beatles Love, Part 1 Collection will be launching on the new Ever After website located here this Friday, May 19th at 8pm EST. While they will not be stocked, the new website will be opening for public viewing at 8am EST on Friday as well so you can check out the new site then prior to the launch in the evening. Until then, you can visit the old website located here and pick up Dragon Eggs, Mother of Dragons, and over pours of the Indie Shop Limited Edition shade from this past weekend.

Is there a particular shade from this trio that has caught your attention? What Beatles songs do you hope to see inspire shades from future parts? I'd love to hear from you!

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

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Ever After Polish: Introducing the new Stamping Polishes!

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Greetings, dear readers! It's been a little quieter than normal on the blog the past week, but I ended up needing to take it a little easy after my trip to New York and spend some quality time with the family. I tried to push through the exhaustion after my trip and keep up with my posts, but I mentally and physically hit a dead end and had to step back for a day or two to actually recharge my batteries instead of living in survival mode. I'm definitely feeling much more like myself now and may be kicking myself for not doing it a little sooner. Better a little late than never though, right? Now on to today's post before I ramble the day away!

If you attended Polish Con New York in April, you had the opportunity to pick up the new Ever After Polish stamping polishes before their release online! For today's blog post, I have the pleasure of sharing these shades with you. The introductory Ever After Polish stamping line consists of a basic black and two colourful hues for your stamping needs. Since a popular question when it comes to stamping polishes is how does it stamp over black and/or white, I chose to stick to the basics for this post, but you best believe I have some nail art I intend to create with these babies! Let's check them out!

Black Magic

Used with image from Color Club Stamping Plate "Abstract"

When I originally planned to use this design, I intended to add colour to the final look, but I loved the simplicity of the black and white so much I opted to enjoy this nail art look like this. Black Magic has a great consistency- thin enough to get the polish in the grooves of my stamping plate but still thick enough that it yields dark marks when stamped. This polish worked really nicely when I tested with a few random images on single nails, but this particular stamping plate isn't etched particularly deeply so it took several tries to get this to stamp properly. The stamping plate is entirely at fault for some of the thinner stamped spots on my nails, but I did want to address the situation briefly here. My black stamping polishes are the most frequently used, and Black Magic will be getting a lot of love across a range of stamping plate brands! My first impression is that it's a great stamping polish!

Tealing Up My Heart

Used with image from MoYou London Stamping Plate "Sailor Collection 06"

I am so excited to see this shade as part of the inaugural stamping line! It's so perfect for spring and summer designs! The formula is impeccable and I had this stamped on my nails in just a few seconds! It shows nicely against both white and black bases as well, and you can bet this polish is going to be a work horse in my future stamping nail art designs!

I Ain't Saying She A Gold Digger

Used with image from Girly Bits Cosmetics Stamping Plate "GBC 1-01"

While I Ain't Saying She A Gold Digger is gorgeous against a white base, it is swoon worthy over black! I was a little taken back by how different this stamping polish looked against the two backgrounds but I love how it looks both ways. I was also pleasantly surprised at how easily this stamped for me. I've not always had a lot of success with stamping polishes that contain shimmers, but I Ain't Saying She A Gold Digger stamped easily with each attempt. This is another must have polish for your stamping collection!

I really enjoyed trying out the new Ever After Polish stamping polishes, and I am so eager to see the nail art designs everyone comes up with using these beauties! I know I certainly have a lot of ideas myself and look forward to implementing them soon!

These stamping polishes will be launching on Friday at 8pm EST on the BRAND NEW Ever After Polish website located here. Please note that the new website will not open for public viewing until Friday morning (8am EST) so you'll have to wait a few more days to check it out. Even though the new site won't be available until Friday, the old Ever After website (located here) will be reopening TODAY at 5pm EST and be stocked with Dragon Eggs, Mother of Dragons, and remaining Limited Edition Indie Shop overpours. These polishes are exquisite so if you don't have them, today is a good day to pick them up!

What do you think of the new Ever After stamping polishes? Do you have a favorite shade you want to pick up with the launch on Friday? I'd love to hear what you think!

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

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

That's a Wrap: April 2017 Empties

Greetings, dear readers, and happy hump day! I hope you've been having a wonderful week and have something fun planned for the weekend! It has been a busy one for me with so many insignificant tasks that at the end of the day, it seems as though I have nothing to show for it. At least my to-do list is filled with lots of red lines as I've crossed things off! Now on to today's post! I wanted to share my product empties for this past month with you. Let's check it out!

Cuticle Crelly and Hand Crelly, Ever After
I LOVE the cuticle and hand crellies from Ever After, and I'm a little surprised it's taken me this long to empty any to put in my monthly empties posts. Actually, no, it's not that surprising: I have a large selection of scents that I constantly rotate though so I don't have to say farewell to some amazing scents! If you've not yet tried the Ever After crellies yet, I strongly encourage you checking them out! I've always found them to be very hydrating and Ever After offers a great selection of scents that vary throughout the year. The downside is not all scents come back, but in my personal experience, there are so many good ones that you just find a new scent to love! I finished up my Cuticle Crelly in the scent Twigs and Berries and my Hand Crelly is English Bath House from the February Pandora's Box.

Frazzle Fixer Cuticle Oil, Girly Bits Cosmetics
I loved this cuticle oil, and the Cappuccino Cookie Crunch scent was scrumptious! This was a mini bottle that I received a while ago, and I don't recall exactly if it was part of a gift with purchase or in a VIP bag from a previous indie shopping event. It's sadly not a scent offered in the Girly Bits, but there are so many other great scents in the shop to choose from! As for the cuticle oil, I found it nicely hydrating and it kept my cuticles and nails in good shape after several large swatch sessions last month!

Cuticle Whip, Joy Lacquer
Apparently last month I was all about cuticle creams! This was a sample jar I received at an Indie Shop event, and I finally got around to trying it out. This cuticle whip is so creamy and moisturizing! This did not have a label on it regarding the scent, but I believe is was some sort of coffee scent. I really liked this product and picked up a full-sized version already!

Cotton Rounds, Swisspers
I love these cotton pads for nail polish removal! I One side has a quilted pattern while the other is smooth and perfect for easy polish removal with no cottony residue left of my nails. This was part of a large package I bought at Costco, and there were no longer stocked at my Costco as of this past weekend. The horror! I really hope these come back soon as I need more cotton rounds and I prefer these so much more than others I have tried! I have actually emptied another package of these this month so you'll see this from this month's empties post!

Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover, Zoya
Most of the time I just use acetone and add my own additive to make it more gentle for swatching, but if I'm using an unaltered store bought product, I'm going to be using Remove Plus! The formula is gentle but still highly effective, and I love the flipper style container! All you need is one flipper container, and once it is empty, top it off from the larger refill bottle!

POWER Advanced Wrinkle Fighter Serum, Algenist
This was a sample sized product that came from Sephora, and due to it's size, I only used this for about a week and cannot really attest to its effectiveness. I can say I didn't have any issues with it when it come to my skin sensitivities though, and I am looking forward to trying more from this Bay area based brand! 

#BeautySecret Facial Mask, Biobelle Cosmetics
I've used a variety of facial masks from Biobelle, and I think #BeautySecret is my personal favorite. This mask keeps my face looking bright and adds a great moisture boost! I have their new #Primer mask on my must-try list once I work my way through some of my primers I already have on hand.

Daily Facial Towelettes, Kirkland
I've been slowly working my way through these since I bought a box at Costco on a whim. Now that I am close to being done with all these wipes, I can say I'm not really a fan and will not be repurchasing once they are all gone. They work well enough to remove makeup, but I cannot recommend them for daily use. The formula feels a little drying, especially with continued use, and they make the skin on my face hurt if I use these too frequently.

Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner, Luseta Beauty

I'll be honest and admit that hair care products like shampoo and conditioner rarely catch my attention (but I LOVE styling products!), but I couldn't resist picking up these small bottles by Luseta Beauty to try out! Coconut is one of my favorite scents, and I adore the smell of these products. Unfortunately, I didn't get enough uses from these bottles to give a thorough assessment of these, especially since the hubby apparently decided to use them as well! What little I did get to use these, I found my hair clean and incredibly soft after use. My hair is more normal/oily rather than normal/dry, the hair type this set is most geared towards, so while I'm interested in these, I'll likely pick up a different formulation from Luseta Beauty.

This concludes my monthly empties post for last month! Some products I loved, some I disliked, and some I want to spend more time testing in the future. Have you tried any of the products from this post? What have you tried this month that you've enjoyed? I'd love to hear from you: I love trying out new and new-to-me products!

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

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