Thursday, June 22, 2017

FaceTory! June 2017 Review

Every month I love my FaceTory sub more!

I am accumulating an awesome arsenal of masks to help any and all skin issues. Let me show you what I was sent this month.


Group shot:


As usual, everything came in a flat envelope with the FaceTory logo.

This month's theme is Say Yes To New Adventures, which is perfect as I am headed on vacation this month.


The masks and info:





I am most looking forward to the Dr. Young Bamboo mask, but as usual, they all look helpful!


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mani Round Up: June 20, 2017

This is my last mani round up until July 11th! I am headed on a couple trips out of town, so I won't be posting as usual. More details coming soon!

On Sunday night, I decided to take some time with my nails. I knew I was going to be busy Monday and Tuesday, so I wanted to do something fun, pretty, and worthwhile!


Wet & Wild A Blank Canvas: I started with two coats of A Blank Canvas. I switch between this and Salon Perfect Sugar Cube as my favorite mainstream white creme polishes. This is two coats and topcoat.


La Vite e Bella 1986 Vintage Water Nail Decals over Wet&Wild A Blank Canvas: I love toile anything!!!!! These decals are amazing quality and actually easy to use. Cut the design to fit the nail, dip in water until backing slides off, apply to nail and dab dry with a papertowel. Apply NON quick dry top coat so you don't smear the design, then apply your regular topcoat after that. Viola!


China Glaze Petal to the Metal: I forget when this polish arrived, but I am sorry I haven't used it more often. I wanted something neon without being neon. Totally makes sense in the polish world, right? This is two coats with topcoat. This is the exact color I wanted at the time, love when that happens.


Orly Prelude to a Kiss: Pretty sure this was on the blog last week...and probably next week, too. Legit LOVE for this polish. Two coats, topcoat, perfect. I honestly think this is the most flattering shade for my skintone. It's peachy and healthy and vibrant and work appropo - love.this.polish.


Orly Glowstick over Orly Prelude to a Kiss: Here I am again, wanting my nails to look different without doing anything - or much - to them. What to do? Slap on a neon that needs a base anyway! This is two coats of Glowstick over Prelude. I think the beige-peach in Prelude brings the POP in Glowstick down a notch, but I don't mind!


Zoya Byrdie: One coat, done. Zoya is the OG of one coat cremes. Byrdie is from the 2017 Summer Wanderlust collection, but it is such a berry wearable (haha) shade that I will grab for this year round.

It turned out to be a good week, with a mix of brights, neutrals, and nail art! Go me!

What was your favorite look from this week?


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Mask of the Week: Shinetree Caviar Essence Mask Pack

Hello there!

Today I have a review of a Shinetree brand mask made with...caviar?! This is definitely the first time I have seen "caviar essence" as a product. Have you seen that before?!


There isn't much info (in English) on the back of the package, so I found the write-up sent in My FaceTory monthly package to learn more about the benefits.


The back, just an FYI:


Typical instructions:


And my goofy face!


See my shirt? Shout-out to my buddy number 07!

Ok, so, the mask. I have no idea what caviar smells like, but it is fish eggs, so I can safely say that this doesn't smell fishy or anything like I would assume caviar would smell like. Phew! The mask was positively dripping with essence, so much so that I had a few rounds of excess for my arms, legs, neck, and shoulders.

The mask was a thicker cotton or fabric sheet, so it adhered quite well to my face. I read a few reviews that say to apply your mask on your nose area and then sort of form it and smooth it out that way, which has worked well for me. I also read to do the same with your foundation!

As far as instant results, I didn't see anything world changing. It dried pretty quickly, so I only made it to about the 15 minute mark. It smells fresh, fit well, and made my skin soft after. Did I like this? Yes! Would I use it again? Sure. Am I going to buy it again rightmeow because I can't live without it? Nope.

Have you tried this brand?


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Zoya Wanderlust Summer 2017

In the summer, don't we all have wanderlust?! I am going on vacation SO soon I can't believe it! I hope you all have some kind of travel plans this summer, even if it is somewhere in your own hometown new to you.

If you're in the mood for vibrant, gorgeous polishes for the summer, let me tell you, this collection has you covered. It is a 12 piece collection with 4 "shimmering" polishes and 8 cremes.

Let me start with my absolute favorite of the 12!

Cora: Zoya called this a muted orange cream. Muted, my foot! This is such a vibrant, eye-catching color. Opaque in 2 perfect coats.


Esty: Yes, I have way too many pink Zoya. Do I love them all? Yes, yes I do. This beauty is a ONE coater.


Sonja: Zoya called this a "summery crimson" - I like that description. Perfect in two coats.


Sawyer: The perfect peaches and cream color for a tan! This is perfect in just two coats.


Arbor: I thought China Glaze's Metro Pollen-tin was my favorite ugly/pretty color, but Arbor has claimed that spot. I love this color!! What do you think? Two perfect coats are all you need.

PS: If you think this is the ugliest color I could show you...keep scrollin, sunshine.


Winnie: Yes, Winnie, Esty, and Byrdie (below) are very similar. Not the same, but similar. Winnie is a lovely Barbie pink (my description, not Zoya's) that is perfect in one coat.


Byrdie: My other favorite! I love this shade! It's neon but not. Excuse my unpolished thumb, too. That's how bloggers roll! This is ONE coat. P-e-r-f-e-c-t!


Lois: The last creme is a standard purple. Pretty, flawless formula. You might already have something similar. If not, the formula makes it totally worth it.


Now the "shimmering" polishes!

Journey: Shimmery means metallic to me...which means I don't really care for any of them, LOL. This is opaque in two coats. Go slow with your coats or you'll see some visible brush strokes.


Mandy: I swear Zoya did a super similar polish to this...can anyone think of it? Same thing as Journey - go slow!


River: This is a pretty mermaid blue shimmering polish. The shade really meshes well with the shimmering effect. This is also my boyfriend's last name, so I guess I like this one. :)


Scout: U-g-l-y, you ain't got no alibi, you're ugly, ya ya, you're ugly. See!? Is this the ugliest one or what?! This is a sheer polish that needs three coats for opacity. Do you like it? I kinda do!


There you have it!

My favorites are Arbor, Byrdie, and Cora. They all have great formulas, too, so you can't go wrong picking any of these beauties. Do you plan to snag any of them?


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Mani Round Up: June 13, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

It was a busy week last week so I have pretty meager offerings for you to round up!


China Glaze Wanderlust: Oh, my goodness. Do I love this color! It is hard to see, but this otherwise basic pale pink has an orangey shimmer throughout. You can see the shift in the bottle near the "glaze" word in the label. SO pretty! This is two coats and HK Girl topcoat.

PS: What do you think of the new nail shape? I love my squares but the second one corner breaks, the whole thing looks haggard, so they had to go!


China Glaze Wanderlust with floral waterslide decals: Do you ever want your nails to look different without doing anything to them? LOL. Laziness at it's finest. I saw my boyfriend a few times last week, more than usual, so I didn't have time for brand new manis. I added these rando waterslide decals for a quick change.


Color Club Birthday Suit: Sigh! Super fail this week. I had to squeeze in a mani before work last week, so I grabbed a consistently flawless neutral polish. As you can see, I forgot to take pics until I was doing my drive by beach detour before work (daily necessity) and realized I needed a shot. I figured anything with a beach in it was forgivable. This is Westbrook Beach in Westbrook, CT, and the mani has two coats with HK Girl topcoat.


Zoya Chantal: Ooh, do I love this color. No matter the season or occasion, Chantal is the perfect neutral! This and Taylor, which I like a smidge more since it is slightly pinkier where Chantal is a little yellower, are two polishes in constant rotation. Two perfect coats and topcoat.

Sad week! LOL. I will try to make up for it next week!