Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Tweezerman Sharpening Experience

Happy hump day, dear readers! I hope you've been having a great week! It's been pretty uneventful this far, and I am really looking forward to a me-only staycation later this week! As much as I love being a wife and mom, I am in need of a break away from the chaos. It's still going to be business as usual- go to work and then work on blog content later, but with the bonus of extra quiet and personal space. My kids are the best snugglers, and while I do enjoy it most of the time, I'm feeling more than  little touched out and could use a little reset. It will also help get me in a good mental state to handle solo parenting when the hubby leaves town for a conference next week. I'm hoping to keep up with the posting while he's away, but I'm sure if would help immensely if I could stop yammering away, right? I'm going to follow that advice nice and quit the chatter and jump in on today's post. Let's do this!

I wanted to do something a little different for today's blog post, but since it still falls in the realm of "beauty", I thought it might be helpful for you, dear readers! A necessary beauty item for everyone is a good pair of tweezers, and I've been using the Tweezerman brand for years. The brand is well known for high quality products, particularly when it comes to tweezers. They are a little spendier than some other brands at the drugstore or your local Target stores, but with their unparalleled accuracy and precision, it's no wonder why the brand has so many beauty awards throughout the years. One of the key differences between Tweezerman and other brands is that Tweezerman offers free sharpening on their tweezers, nippers, and scissors. How awesome is that! In truth, I have never used this service before in spite of using Tweezerman tweezers for at least 15 years now. I have always meant to do it, but my tweezers would always end up mangled beyond recognition, and therefore unable to actually be sharpened. I've found numerous tweezers in the garage, and there has been blood a stern talking to on a few occasions. I've had some just disappear into oblivion, never to be seen again. Up until now, I have just sucked it up and gone out and bought yet another pair. It's great for Tweezerman, and since it only happens once a year or so, not that big of an investment on my part. That being said, I was determined that my relationship with my tweezers needed to change. Once I started added in tweezers in vibrant colours and patterns, I knew I had to keep them under lock and key take care of them if I wanted to enjoy them long term. I suppose I can now call myself a grown-up, dear readers, because I have finally done it! Originally I had no plans to write a blog post about the experience, but if you've been thinking about picking up the brand to try yourself or have been toying about sending in a pair of tweezers or other implements to get sharpened yourself, maybe this post will convince you.

The first step to sharpening your Tweezerman devices is to visit the "Free Sharpening"page on their website and filling out the form. You start out with providing your shipping and contact information. Here you can also elect to receive emails and notifications from the brand. This is for all the "other" emails, so if you choose to not sign up for alerts from the brand, they will still send you email updates about the status of your sharpening event.

The form continues as you select the nature of the tools that need sharpening and the quantity. There is also a space to add any special instructions you might have. I'm not really sure what special instructions one might include, but it's nice that there is a space for that should something be needed. My sassy-self had to fight the urge to put in "please don't stab yourself with tweezers", but my sense of humor seems to be going unappreciated lately so I opted to leave it blank. At least I'm pretty sure I did anyway, but since I wasn't planning to write this post, I'm not 100% sure on that. If anyone from Tweezerman happens to be reading this and knows otherwise *waves* Hi, yeah, I'm not that funny, I know. Thankfully I have no plans to make a career in comedy.

There is also an area where you select whether or not you want unsharpenable implements sent back to you or have the device kept by Tweezerman and you would receive a 50% off coupon in return. I did not take a "before" photo of my tweezers, but in my non-sharpening professional opinion, I felt that two of the tweezers could easily be sharpened. The third pair, my straight pointed tweezers, had a slight bend at the tip after use from some unknown nefarious means. While I wasn't sure this particular pair could be sharpened, I figured it was worth a shot to send it out and worst case scenario, I was able to save money on a replacement pair.

Once you have filled in the form, you end up with a generated form like this. The top half is meant to be included in your package while the bottom portion is affixed to your package. This is where I have to briefly halt this dialogue and tell you two little facts about me that you may not know:

                       1. I'm difficult efficient, and
                       2. I loathe going to the post office.

These facts are important here for this post because Tweezerman is not responsible for the loss of any implements not sent in insured packaging. Rather than affixing the shipping label to a package, go into the post office, and purchase shipping to include insurance, I opted to just shove the entire form into a small flat rate box and purchase and print out a USPS label myself with PayPal shipping. I then had my awesome postal delivery guy pick up the box without having to get out of my pajamas step outside the house. The USPS flat rate box automatically comes with up to $50 worth of insurance, which is what I would have purchased anyway with shipping my three pairs of tweezers. While it's a little on the lower side of the value of Tweezerman tweezers, I felt that was a fair value given their age and the less-than-ideal condition of my straight tweezers. I also felt better knowing they were contained in a box and less likely to stab a USPS worker or Tweezerman employee should they pierce through a less secure bubble mailer.

Once my tweezers were out of my hands and on the way to Tweezerman sharpening headquarters, I had nothing left to do but wait the four-to-six week lead time noted on all sharpening orders. Naturally, I ended up at Target to pick up another pair of Tweezerman tweezers I could use while I waited. My eyebrows get scary when left to their own devices, and I did not want to impart that sight onto the world!

Three business days after USPS picked up my package for shipment, I received an email from Tweezerman verifying they had received my implements.

I was starting to get a little antsy when the six week lead time had past without word, but one day shy of seven weeks I received another email from Tweezerman stating that my implements where ready to be shipped back to me. There was no additional information included with this email, and since it was a generic email, I wasn't sure if I would be receiving one, two, three, or even any of my implements back in the mail. As I mentioned previously, I was reasonably sure I would be getting two of them back with my straight tweezers being the wild card. I didn't have to wait long to find out as four days later, my package arrived in the mail containing all three of the tweezers I had sent out.

Tweezerman returned my tweezers to me in a padded mailer with a note card stating that my tweezers were sharpened by Fausto Perez.

While I had wrapped them in bubble wrap and tossed them in a box (the paranoia of someone stabbing themselves with the straight ones in particular was very high), they were returned to me in their own little plastic blue sleeves.

Each of my tweezers also had a little plastic tip placed on them. These little plugs did make retrieving them out of the sleeves a little difficult, so you'll either have to cut open the sleeves or use another pair of tweezers to pull them out if you plan to use the sleeves for storage in the future. It is far from a deal-breaker for me, but I still wanted to mention it should someone be interested in this little tidbit.

At the end of the day, I had a great experience with getting my tweezers sharpened by Tweezerman. They made the process easy and straightforward, and I really appreciated getting email confirmation that they had received them from me and again to let me know they were on the way. It may have taken me fifteen years to actually get to this point, and I am happy to report it was overall a great experience.  My tweezers were returned to me sharp and ready for precise plucking action. Thank you to Fausto Perez and Tweezerman for taking such great care of my essential beauty tools!

If you have your own tweezers or other Tweezerman implements sitting around needing a little tlc, I wouldn't hesitate to ship them off to get them sharpened. Just remember to have a backup pair on hand while you wait!

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

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

52 Week Nail Art Challenge: Glitter

Greetings, dear readers! For today's blog post, I have the nail art I created for the 52 Week Nail Art Challenge. The prompt for this week is "glitter". I toyed with a few different ideas, but I knew I wanted something other than just layering a coat of glitter topper on my nails. That being said, I knew my design needed to be pretty simple so the glitter would still be the primary focus of the design.

In the end, I opted to create the angled glitter manicure design as shown here in this post. I started off with China Glaze Liquid Leather as my base. I then applied Different Dimension Orbital at an angle across my nails. To complete the look, I added striping tape from Born Pretty Store. I smoothed the final design out by adding a couple coats of Glass top coat by Ellagee.

While I was admittedly less than thrilled with the glitter prompt, I really did enjoy creating this design. Next week's prompt is "Garnet". At the moment, I have no idea what I want to create, but I'm looking forward to playing around with a few ideas.

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

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Monday, January 15, 2018

LynBDesigns: You Are Awesome Collection

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Greetings, dear readers, and happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and the week is off to a fantastic start for you! I've got a long post filled with lots of photos to share with you, so I'm going to keep the chit chat short and just jump right on in! Let's do this!

It is always so fun and exciting to see independent nail polish brands hit milestones, and the focus of today's post is just that! The brand LynBDesigns is turning seven years old! Naturally, Jennalyn, the creative mastermind behind the brand, decided to launch a collection in honor of this achievement. Called the You Are Awesome Collection, each of the nine shades in the collection is named with a positive affirmation that is sure to enliven your spirits in addition to decorating your digits. Let's check them out!

Be Kind to Yourself

A jungle green jelly base with subtle green to blue to purple shimmer and greeny gold glass fleck.

Even though it is described as a jungle green, I personally find this shade to be more of a grass green. The shimmers add a lovely sparkle against this green base, making this is lovely polish for those eagerly anticipating the return of spring. The formula was fantastic- not too thick or thin for my liking and applied easily to opacity with two coats. I also added a layer of top coat for these photos.

Happiness is an Inside Job

A blue grey toned base with gold shimmer, gold glass flecks, and blue to violet to read shifting shimmer.

Happiness is an Inside Job is an unusual but pretty polish. With the addition of so much gold, the blue grey base ends up looking like the subtle pop of colour when painted to opacity. The formula of this beauty is a little thinner, although not too thin and therefore not difficult to paint with, so this could easily be used as a topper over a blue grey if you wanted to enjoy more of that aspect. I used three coats to opacity plus top coat for these photos.

You Already Are the Light

A blue grey jelly base with red to pink to orange shimmer and copper micro holo sparkle.

This isn't generally a colour I normally gravitate towards, but I am loving You Already Are the Light! The shimmer really makes this polish glow beautifully! The formula is fantastic and applies easily to the nails. I have it shown here with two coats to opacity plus top coat.

It's Not What You Have, But Who You Have

A turquoise jelly base with red to violet to blue shit with a scattering of pink glass fleck.

It's Not What You Have, But Who You Have is definitely more complex than these pictures show. The shift is more obvious as you angle your nails, of course, and the glass flecks look more pink than captured by my camera. As expected from a jelly, this polish is on the sheerer side but builds up to opacity with three coats. I've also added a layer of top coat in these photos.

I'm Choosing Happiness

A bright red jelly base loaded with pink to orange to yellow shimmer and a rainbow of micro flakes.

I find I'm Choosing Happiness to be more of a darker pink shade than a bright red, but no matter how you describe it, there is no doubt this is a gorgeous polish! I'm Choosing Happiness is sure to cheer you up while we wait for the return of sunny, warm days, at least those of us in this hemisphere! The formula was easy to work with as this polish applies like a dream. I have it shown here with two coats to opacity plus top coat for these photos.

Have the Power to Create Change

A red purple jelly base with orange shimmer, blue green iridescent micro glitters, and indigo to purple to red to orange shifting shimmer.

If you're looking for a more red shade, Have the Power to Create Change may be what you're looking for. As much as I love the orange shimmer, it's the colour shifting shimmers that really make this polish special. Because it is a jelly polish, it is on the sheer side and required three coats to cover my visible nail line. Alternately, this polish would be a fun topper to add some pizzazz to a base mani colour. The photos are shown here with three coats plus top coat.

Better Than Unicorns and Sparkles Combined

A blurple jelly base loaded with linear holo and shifting iridescent glitters.

While there are so many lovely shades in this collection, I suspect Better Than Unicorns and Sparkles Combined will be the most-wanted shade from this collection. The shifting iridescent glitters are the perfect accompaniment to this polish and really sets it apart. The formula is also easy to work with; I applied two easy coats plus top coat for these photos.

My Best is Always Enough

A pale sandy crelly base with turquoise shimmer throughout, a hint of scattered holo and green blue glass fleck.

I am loving this polish! The turquoise shimmer is more obvious than my camera could capture. The formula was a little trickier to work with, although with a little patience, it still applies nicely to the nails. The first two coats were a little uneven for me, something I expect from a littler shade like this, but the third coat evened it out beautifully. I've also added a layer of top coat for these photos.

I Can and I Will

A medium grey crelly base with intense gold to orange to red shimmer and micro holo shreds.

I Can and I Will is such a unique colour, and I am loving it! The holo shreds add a fun twist to the polish, and I love how the light flashes off them! I'm happy to report that this polish is easy to apply to the nails, even with the shreds. I used two coats to opacity and added top coat for these photos.

The You Are Amazing Collection will be launching on the LynBDesigns website this Friday, January 19th. The polishes in this collection will retail for $10 each. To celebrate the launch, you can save 50% off the collection from January 19th through January 26th by using the code 7YEARS. The code can also be used to pick up the entire collection for only $45, including free shipping within the US.

There are several fantastic shades in this collection, and I cannot pick a single favorite! My top picks are Better Than Unicorns and Sparkles Combined, Be Kind to Yourself, and You Already Are the Light. I really like the colour variety and mix of finishes offered with this collection, and you really can't go wrong with any of them!

Do you have any favorite shades from the You Are Awesome Collection? I'd love to hear about your top picks and what you're thinking of picking up with the launch!

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

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