Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ever After Polish: October Sub Box "Fall Flavors"

Happy hump day, dear readers! It's been a little slow on the blog front as I've been solo parenting while the hubby is out of town for work. I have so much respect for all the single parents out there! I had hoped to get some things done in the evenings once the boys went to bed, but my oldest has been refusing to go to bed as long as I am awake and have even taken over the husband's side of the bed. I'm hoping this is just a temporary situation and life will go back to normal once the hubby is home later this week. They are thankfully content watching construction songs on youtube right now so I could sneak up a post. I'm not sure how long it will last so let's jump on in!
I knew I needed to pick up the Ever After Fall Flavors themed October subscription box as soon as I say a few sneak peak photos, and I am so glad I got it! While the theme may be "Fall Flavors", the "Trick or Treat" on the enclosed card was all it took to convince me to stage a Halloween themed photograph. Let's check out the contents closer....

Spiced Rum Nail Polish
Two coats plus top coat

Auburn holo with copper sparkle

I don't know if I can find the words that express just how much I love this polish! It's my kind of colour in general anyway, and it is so perfect for this time of year. It is also a great shade for those that aren't 100% confident on wearing an orange polish but is still has that slight burnt orange touch. The formula of the beauty was perfection. While I used two coats here, you might be able to get away with a single coat if you tend to paint with thicker coats.

Cinnamon Sugar Eye Shadow
I am really excited to see Ever After has branched out to add cosmetics to their fabulous line up! Cinnamon Sugar is another gorgeous fall shade, and I love the sparkle! It stayed in place all day long with just my normal primer and setting spray routine, and I had very minimal settling into by creases by the end of the day. This has become my go-to shade for the season!

Each box also comes with a wax melt as shown in the staged photo. Mine barely made it in the staged photo before it got melted, it smelled that good! Shaped as the cutest little leaf, mine was scented as Pumpkin Pie. The other possible scent that was included in this box was cranberry, so I knew I would be happy either way. There was also a caramel apple lollipop, but the poor thing didn't stand a chance as my toddler saw it was I was opening up my mail. I'm sure it was quite delicious given his refusal to share....

The Fall Flavors October Subscription Box is currently available for purchase at the Ever After website located here. You could opt to purchase just this box or sign up for the actual subscription plan and receive an invoice each month. The box retails for $15, and it is well worth it! If you want the October box, you better grab it now before it sells out!

In quasi-related news, if you already picked up this box or just want the wax melts, a little birdie informed me that there will be a limited supply of cranberry and pumpkin wax melts available on their own for purchase!

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

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Press Release: China Glaze Seas and Greetings


China Glaze® Celebrates the Holidays Seaside

‘Tis the sea-sun for holiday cheer!  This year China Glaze® takes you on a tropical escape away from the traditional snowy winter climate and wishes you Seas and Greetings.  The chill vibe of this collection has nothing to do with weather and everything to do with attitude.  Winter gets warmed up as faded ocean blues and weathered seashell pinks capture the relaxed feel of a day at the beach, while sparkling glitters and shimmers add a classic holiday touch.

China Glaze® Seas and Greetings includes:
Snow Way!* – Iridescent white shimmer
Sand in My Mistletoes* – Peachy nude crème
Eat, Pink, Be Merry – Sweet rose pink shimmer

Warm Wishes* – Watermelon crème

Tis the Sea-Sun – Coral crème

The More the Berrier – Metallic magenta

Seas and Greetings – Iridescent amethyst

Let’s Shell-ebrate – Purple and gold confetti glitter

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Starfish* – Holographic gold green glitter

Partridge in a Palm Tree – Aqua green

Joy to the Wave – Shimmering serene blue

Good Tide-ings – Cool blue lavender

(*Also available in Gelaze® Gel-n-Base in One™ formula exclusively at Sally Beauty Supply stores nationwide)

China Glaze® Seas and Greetings also features two holiday gift sets perfect for gifting the manicure addict in your life:

 Seas the Holiday – She won’t miss her suitcase on the carousel again with this blindingly bright China Glaze® luggage tag paired with three hot neon shades – Flip Flop Fantasy, Too Yacht to Handle and That’s Shore Bright.  (MSRP $14.99)

shell-ebration Time! – Micro mini bottles of Eat, Pink and Be Merry, Let’s Shell-ebrate, The More the Berrier, Seas and Greetings, Good Tide-ings, and Partridge in a Palm Tree. (MSRP $13.49)

Have yourself a merry coastal Christmas with the China Glaze® Seas and Greetings collection, available in November 2016 at Sally Beauty Supply and  MSRP $7.50 for individual shades.

For more information, please visit or follow China Glaze on Facebook (@ChinaGlazeOfficial), Instagram (@ChinaGlazeOfficial), Twitter (@ChinaGlaze) and Pinterest (

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Adventures at Cosmoprof North America: Make-up Designory

Press Sample

Greetings, dear readers! The weekend is quickly coming to an end, and we have another week upon us! I feel like fall has been flying by in just the blink of an eye; how is Halloween a week away? I better jump in on today's post while I can!

I wanted to continue on with showcasing some of the brands and products I stumbled across at Cosmoprof North America this year, and this is perfect timing for this post! I had the pleasure of stopping by the Make-Up Designory (MUD) booth and learn what the brand was all about. Tested by makeup professionals, MUD promises quality long-lasting wearability and flawless application. This line includes makeup and precision tools supported by expert tips and tested in real-life situations.

I had the opportunity to test out a few of MUD's eyeshadow products. I received a refillable eye colour compact and eyeshadow refills in Sedona and Pyramid.
The eye palette refills easily pop into the compact and sits securely until you remove it to swap out another colour.
Pyramid: A rich, intense, metallic gold eye color

Sedona: A matte, soft burnt orange

These colours are lovely and play together so perfectly, and let's not forget just how perfect these shades are for the fall season! The velvety consistency of these shadows allows them to glide on smoothly and evenly regardless of whether or not you use them wet or dry. I wanted a more natural look so I opted to wear them dry here. I have yet to test them out wet, but I am eager to play around with Pyramid in particular and use it as an eyeliner!

Here is my final look of the day!

These and other MUD cosmetic items and tools can be purchased from the Make-Up Designatory website located here. I'm eyeing some of their satin lipsticks and several of their other eyeshadow refills. While it may work for others, I prefer to travel with more than a single eyeshadow, so I've added the 8-pan refillable palette to my wishlist. This particular palette holds six different eyeshadows and two cheek colour refills; their Pumpkin refill cheek colour needs to be mine!

Have you used any cosmetic products or tools from Make-Up Designatory? If you, what are your favorites? If not, what sort of products would you want to try? I'd love to hear from you!

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

Saturday, October 22, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Pretty & Polished Winter 2016 Collection

Pretty & Polished Winter 2016 Collection

Our 2016 Winter Collection features 12 brand new and exciting shades!
Collection release date: November 20, 2016
Full Collection Price: $90 (also qualifies for free domestic shipping, Value $101.50)
We will also be starting our Black Friday Sale on the 20th of November so you WILL be able to get the new Collection at a discount if you order that first week it is available. We will be releasing more information about our Black Friday Sale closer to that time. 
We will be sending freebies with every order! Nail art, mani melts, and other cuticle care products!

Throw Some Glitter On It 
A full coverage glitter bomb packed with pinks, purples, blues, oranges, coppers, and a scattering of color shifting flakes.
Sleighing It!
A Red to Orange Multi-chrome polish with a strong linear holo effect.
I Busted My Glass
A glitter topper packed with metallic and holographic glitters in different shapes and sizes. 
Rocks in my Snowballs
A white crelly polish packed with white, gray, and black glitters.
Yule Thank Me Later
A Blue to Green Multi-chrome polish packed with golden shimmer and color shifting flakes.
Obligatory Christmas Polish
A white Crelly Polish packed with red and green metallic glitter and golden holographic glitter.
That's Just Plum Dandy!
A dark plum purple Dusty Creme.

Blue Balls
A light blue crelly packed with round blue glitters in different sizes.
Spike My Cider
A light brown holographic polish packed with brown holographic glitter.
Brisky Business
A dark Blue to Purple Multi-chrome polish with color shifting flakes.
I Need a Taupe-ical Vacation
A soft Taupe Dusty Creme.
Shameless Sugarplum
A light pink crelly with a soft gold and pink shimmer packed with blue, pink, and purple glitters.

This 12 piece Winter Collection is fun and light-hearted. A shade and finish for everyone! We hope that you will enjoy these shades as much as we enjoyed making them.

Friday, October 21, 2016

KBShimmer Winter 2016 Collection

Press Sample

Happy Friday, dear readers! It has been a long week around here with me only getting about four hours of sleep at night, so I'm going to spare you my loopiness and keep the chattiness to a minimum this evening. Besides, I have the new winter collection by KBShimmer to share with you, and that is far more exciting than anything else I could possibly share with you. Buckle down and get those wallets ready because the Winter 2016 Collection has 16 new mouth-watering shades for on those digits! Let's dive on in and check them out!

Yeti Or Not
Three Coats

What the most fashionable Yeti’s are wearing, this pale gray polish is loaded with iridescent and holographic glitters for a manicure that glistens more than fresh fallen snow. Wear alone for a textured feel, or pair with topcoat for a smooth, sparkly look. 2-3 coats recommend recommended.

It's not that common to see textured polishes by an indie polish brand, and I just had to leave this in it's textured glory to share with you. It is such a fun polish! I did need to use three coats for opacity, and while it applied easily enough, it does have a bit of a thick appearance on the nails due to texturizing ingredients. I really love this combination, so I think it may be best layered over a white cream so as to not seem so thick on the nails.

Ink Again
Two coats

This vibrant holographic ink blue shade looks like it just spilled out of your favorite Bic. But don’t worry, this inky blue shade is one you will want to wear, on your nails! This doodle worth color covers in just 2, for a bright colbalt linear holographic shade.

I am really digging the brightness of this beautiful blue! It dries to a beautiful shiny finish, and I just had to show that off by sharing swatch photos without top coat. The formula was a little on the thinner side, although it could just seem that way to me since I've been swatching thicker polishes lately. I had to work a little more slowly to prevent cuticle flooding, but it still went on nicely for me with just a little extra patience.

A Walk In The Park-A
One coat plus top coat

This lush orchid colored cream is the ideal winter purple.  With almost 1 coat coverage, this warm red toned shade is a cozy as a parka!  1-2 coats recommended

This name is so cute! A Walk In The Park-A is quite densely pigmented, and I found it to easily be a one coater with a coat just a touch thicker than I normally apply. KBShimmer creams are so deliciously smooth, and this shade is gorgeous! 

Whiskey Business
Two coats plus top coat

This warm, golden yellow is ideal for those that love warmer, metallic polish shades, or whiskey, pick your poison.  Loaded with metallic flakes and a scattering of micro holo glitter, this tawny shade will make you thirsty for more.  2 coats recommended

I'm not a whiskey fan in general, but this polish is fabulous! I was a little unsure of it in the bottle, but I was swooning with the first stoke across my nails. The formula was also fantastic, and this stunning yellow gold polish is one of my top picks from this collection!

Spruce Things Up
Three coats plus top coat

On a cold winter’s morning, looking outside, the branches of evergreens seem to sparkle and glisten from frozen bites of ice and snow catching the light.  This Christmas green jelly polish emulates that sparkling snow, with millions of micro holo and sliver glitters to catch the light. 2-3 coats recommended

One of my favorite things about the holidays is the tree, and just the name alone triggers that cozy smell to memory. Green and a jelly? Sign me up! Spruce Things Up applied really nicely to my nails, and I had no visible nail line with three coats.

Soot And Ladders
Three coats plus top coat

Well past bedtime, nothing lighting the room but the twinkle of colored lights on the tree, the fireplace cool and nothing but soot to greet St. Nick.  This soot black, Christmas light inspired, jelly is filled with micro flakes in a rainbow of colors, which pop in the light.  2-3 coats recommended

Oh man, I am so upset with how this photographed! Soot And Ladders is divine, and not only is it my top pick from this collection, it is actually vying for position of top KBShimmer of all time. It is so pretty in person and it certainly reminds me of walking around at night to admire the beautiful lights. The formula was on point and gave me no troubles whatsoever.

Take Me For Granite
Three coats plus top coat

This soft, pale gray crelly is accented by bits of black, sliver, and gray glitters.  This nature inspired polish will make your nails look stone cold awesome. 3 coats recommended

I may be slightly biased in my love for this polish as a rockhound, but this pale grey crelly is beautiful! Even though it doesn't contain a wide range of colours, it is so well thought out and still complex. I'm happy to report it applied beautifully on my nails without any issue.

Get To The Pointsettia
Two coats plus top coat

This linear holographic red polish just screams holiday!  As red as Santa suit, a candy cane stripe, or the perfect poinsettia, this red holo polish deepens with every coat.  2 coats recommended

I don't think a winter collection can be complete without a red polish, and I must say, Get To The Pointsettia is stunning! Some red holo polishes lean a little pink or orange, so if you want a true red, this beauty is for you! The application was smooth as well!

Haute Mess
Applied with sponge plus top coat

You can’t walk through a Vegas casino without seeing glittery stilettos on the feet of women.  This polish is loaded with silver, copper, rose gold, and holographic glitters reminiscent of those sparkly heels.  Wear over your favorite cream, or layer for the ultimate full coverage sparkle.  2-3 coats recommended

I definitely had a giggle at the name of this polish, and I had to make it live up to its name by wearing it solo. I applied it to my nails by dabbing with a sponge, and my nails were so blingy, I couldn't see any bare nail. Of course, my camera found a few thin spots, but I don't think anyone else would know! Because it is a dense glitter, you will need a few coats of top coat and/or Gelous to get a smooth look, especially if you go in full-on bling mode.

Just Duvet It
Three coats plus top coat

Admit it, some winter days, calling in sick, snuggling up with your favorite blanket, and watching reality TV is all the adulting we can handle.  This rich grape shade is a throwback to my favorite duvet, a bit of sparkle, and a hint of pink shimmer y flakes, this is one color you will want to snuggle with all winter long.  2-3 coats recommended

Just Duvet It is a sneaky bugger! The flashes of sparkle are very subtle but still beautiful, so if you want something with a hint of sparkle, this shade is for you. Part of me wanted this polish to be more sparkled, but with so many others that do just that in the collection, it's really nice to have a muted option. Fantastic colour with equally fantastic formula!

Have A Look-Ski
Two coats plus top coat

Like a good 80’s or 90’s child, I had the post epic ski jacket, with the most awesome shades of teal and neon.  This deepened teal shade is a throwback to my youth.  We amped up this shade with linear holo pigment for the most bodacious shade ever. 2 coats recommended

These photos aren't the most accurate as Have A Look-Ski is a little more green in person. No matter how I changed my camera settings, I just could not capture the shade accurately. Photoshop left my hands green but the polish still as blue as ever..... It is a gorgeous shade though and another favorite from this collection. And to keep sounding like a broken record- the formula was perfect!

The Holy Kale
Three coats plus top coat

You cannot go to most eateries without seeing kale on the menu.  This leafy green has been hailed as the new miracle food.  Inspired by this green wonder, The Holy Kale is a green linear holo polish with micro glass flakes that shift between blue and pink for a fun shimmer shade. 2-3 coats recommended

Eek! I don't know if I can find the words to describe just how much I love this polish! Kale is not food (I just have to throw that out there), but this polish is everything! I am crazy about the blue to pink glass flakes against this green; The Holy Kale is definitely a top shade from this collection! The formula was perfect as well, so what more could you possibly want, besides real food, that is. ;)

Two coats plus top coat

On a colds winter’s evening, nothing is better than snuggling up with a warm cup of chai, and your favorite Chihuahua.  This polish was inspired by the spices that make chai such a winter drink, cinnamon, cloves and anise.  This warm brick red covers perfect in 2 coats

This brick red shade is beautiful, and I don't think there is a more perfect name for it! I'm a fan of chai tea, and I will certainly be sporting this shade while sipping my cup! Chai-huahua is another favorite from this collection and the formula was divine!

Bling In The New Year
Three coats plus top coat

Shiny silver hats, half glasses of gold champagne,  noise makers long forgotten, all covered with a dusting of confetti  are a signature of New Year’s Eve parties.  Inspired by that aftermath, this polish features colorful flakes in pinks, greens, gold and blues dancing among silver holo glitter and metallic flakes. 2-3 coats recommended

Can I say how much I love all the blingy shades in this collection? I don't wear bling on my nails often, but this is the perfect time of year to do so! KBShimmer certainly captured the celebrations of the season spectacularly with this shade and the formula is perfect to boot!

Royal To A Fault
Three coats plus top coat

Our favorite shows and books are often filled with one thing, two faced drama queens. This royal purple shade is filled with micro glass flakes that shift from blue to violet at different angles.  With this polish, like our favorite drama queens, you will never know which type of shade you will get shown.  2-3 coats recommended

Those glass flakes! I love glass flakes in general, but the blue to purple shift is drool worthy and makes this polish something special. Hopefully this is the only drama you have to deal with this holiday season, but it not, I'm sure you can distract your favorite drama queens by waving your fingertips in front of them! Another fantastic formula and colour!

Ornamentally Flawless
over Such A Vlad-Ass
One coat plus top coat

Like the jewel toned ornaments that decorated the trees of many a home, this jewel toned glitter polish sparkles in shades of turquoise, fuchsia, gold, green and sliver.  This polish is perfect worn over your favorite cream, but is loaded with glitter for full coverage. 1-2 coats recommended

I had the hardest time deciding what colour to swatch this glitter over, and in the end, I decided I really liked how it looked layered over last fall's KBShimmer shade, Such a Vlad-Ass. It is densely packed so you could use a few layers on its own rather than layering it, although I do like seeing the base shade around the glitters. This applied easily my dabbing on the nails rather than stroking down the nail bed, and you will need a couple coats of top coat for a smooth finish on your nails.

Phew! We did it, dear readers! This gorgeous 16 piece collection is set to launch on the KBShimmer website located here on November 1st. With a range of colours and finishes, there certainly is something for everyone! My top picks from this collection are Soot And Ladders, The Holy Kale, Whiskey Business, and Royal To A Fault, but they are all so gorgeous that you can't go wrong with any of them!

Not only will these 16 shades launch on November 1st, KBShimmer is also going to be relaunching older holiday favorites including Holly Back Girl and sELFie.

What polishes are you most excited about from this collection? Are you preferring the blinged-out look or something a little more subtle? I'd love to hear from you!

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