Sunday, July 31, 2016

Mask of the Week: TonyMoly I'm Real Broccoli Mask Sheet Vitality

Happy Sunday! I am still working my way through my TonyMoly mask bundle that I grabbed for a steal on Amazon. There are times when I am looking for specific solutions to skin issues and other times when I just want something nice, soothing, and moisturizing.

With that in mind, I reached for my Vitality mask:


Per the back, this mask promises to provide "vitalizing energy to tired skin." Sounds good to me.


And here, as usual, is my goofy face with the mask on:


The formula felt nice and my skin felt refreshed and "vitalized" afterwards, but this mask itself was a little odd.  See all the gaping? I couldn't get this one to lay flat against my skin at all. I am betting this was a fluke mask because I haven't had this problem from TonyMoly before now and I hope I won't have it again! I hate when the mask is all gape-y, I spend the whole time attempting to smooth it out instead of relaxing and enjoying the experience.

For that reason alone, I give this particular mask a thumbs down. Womp, womp. There's always next week!


You can find TonyMoly on Sephora - or try an awesome bundle pack from Amazon!


Friday, July 29, 2016

NYX Ombre Blush: Code Breaker

I know this is usually a polish blog...but you guys don't mind a makeup post, do you? I heard of the NYX Ombre blush and was very intrigued. I have become a blush fan (addict) in the past few months and find myself looking at them more and more often.

Luckily, I found the new Ombre blush at CVS and the little coupon machine there had just printed me a $3 off $15 cosmetics purchase. ENABLER!


How pretty is Code Breaker? There were a few other options but they looked a bit orangey to me. I figured Code Breaker was safer, more all year round friendly, since it is pink. And, you know, I do love pink.

Let's look inside!




Want to see it on? Taking pics of myself (for someone other than my boyfriend) is not really my forte but I think you can see how pretty it is...I def picked the right color for my skin tone!


Ignore my (stupid) eyebrow ring scar, please! #quasimodoeyebrows

The blush is very pigmented. I tapped my brush to get off excess before I applied. It is soft and beautiful with just a touch of pigment but could clearly be built up easier if you wanted that look.

What do you think? Do you want to see more makeup posts on the blog? Please let me know!


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sephora PLAY! July 2016

Oops! It's almost the end of July and I didn't show you my Sephora PLAY! box yet!

Let's get right to it!


This month's theme was "effortless," which I don't necessarily get behind, LOL. I know a lot of people tone down their beauty routine in the summer...but I don't! I am glam no matter what! Clearly, I ditch the makeup when I hit the beach, but still.


This bag is silly. I really wish it came in boxes, like my first month did. Boxes are much more useful. That's just my two cents.


Sweeeeet! What bronzer lovah doesn't love the Chocolate Soleil line from Too Faced? I was a little surprised they sent medium/deep instead of a more universal shade, but it is still an quality product. I have one already, however, and it's way too deep for me to use as anything but an eyeshadow, so I did swap this one.


I know a lot of people are disappointed with perfume samples but it was the 6th item included, so maybe Sephora is hearing the criticism and improving on it. I don't get to the store often at all, so I don't mind the samples, personally. This smelled lemony and fresh!


Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer is another welcome addition! I love primers and try a variety of brands. Smashbox is one of the best! I've been having big pore issues this summer so I've been using this since I received it. I do want to purchase a full size (when I run out of the billions of primers I have...).


First Aid Beauty is another brand that I have had some luck with in the past, so I was excited to see this cleanser. I have used it a few times and although I do enjoy it, I am really loving my LUSH Ultrabland still and will probably stay with that - it's just so moisturizing!


This wave spray by Ouai is a generous sample! It isn't something I'll use (for my stick straight, wont curl or wave EVER), so I will swap this away.


Last but not least, Sephora included the blotterazzi blotting cushion by Beauty Blender. WTF is a blotting cushion? When I posed this question on social media, a few of you responded and said it's like a blotting linen for your purse and the full size comes with a holder. AHHHH.


So, here...there is no holder or case. What to do with it? Also, the thought of re-using a blotting "cushion" seems kinda yucky to me. Furthermore, Sarah Jessica Parker once said to use a coffee filter for the same reason, but much cheaper. Even furthermore, I use setting powder. This will get swapped, too.


So, there you have it. I am loving the Smashbox primer and I like the cleanser. Beyond that, these products are not really for me and I plan to swap 50% of the content. Womp, womp. I am still a huge fan of the PLAY! box though, and am looking forward to next month.


Monday, July 25, 2016

Zoya Neutrals: Dot & Chantal

There is nothing better, when you need a quick and neutral manicure, than a Zoya creme polish. My foolproof, manicure before work, recipe is:
Nail Envy, 1 coat
Zoya creme polish, 2 coats
HK Girl topcoat, 1 coat.
Seriously, I am out the door in about 12 minutes, LOL. I will time it next time, I promise.

Today I have two quick manis of a couple of my favorite neutral Zoya polishes, Dot and Chantal.

Dot is a gorgeous pastel pink (that actually needs 3 coats, so up that to 14 minutes) that looks good no matter where you're going, what you're doing, or what time of the year you decide to use it.



Chantal is one of my top 3 Zoya polishes EVER. I reach for this one (and Melanie) more than anything else. Chantal is def two coats only - the coverage is perfect and the polish just flows on the nail. I may actually need a backup bottle of this beauty!



What are your go-to Zoya polishes?


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Mask of the Week: TonyMoly I'm Real Avocado Mask Sheet Nutrition

I love my TonyMoly bundle of masks because there is always a mask to fit my skin's needs! After a weekend of fun with friends, I picked up the I'm Real Avocado Nutrition sheet mask just to refresh my skin and perk it up a bit.


Back of package with normal mask sheet instructions:


Goofy face time!


TonyMoly masks are so gentle and effective. I felt like, as you can see above, the mask didn't fit my face as well as others. See all of the gaping? It smelled amazing, as all of the masks I have tried smell, and my skin felt soft after. I am guessing since this is a general "nutrition" mask that it didn't target anything specific - it was just nice, soothing, and moisturizing. I am a fan and will continue to use my TonyMoly masks, although I am not sure I would seek this one out to buy it solo.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Nail Art! Tone On Tone Florals Featuring Orly Flawless Flush!

Again, I must ask the question. Do decals count as nail art? If not, I fail. If so, I win!


I wasn't sure about this tone-on-tone floral mani but once it was finished, I must say, I liked it! I began with two coats of Flawless Flush by Orly, a lovely muted lavender with a subtle shimmer.



Then I used tweezers to apply these floral stickers from I purchased them a few months ago and if you can't find them on the site, you'll find plenty of other similar stickers. The pink shade of the sticker and the lavender shade of the polish made this very girly and subtle.



These decals are good quality and easy to use. I do recommend tweezers to help with placement as you cannot really change your mind (like you can with a waterslide decal) or you risk pulling up your polish.



You can find these decals, and a million similar choices, at bornprettystore. Use MBHMK31 for 10% off and you'll always get free worldwide shipping.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Second Look Post: Color Club Over The Moon

I am going to say it: Color Club makes the best mainstream holo polishes. Seriously. Look:




This is a Second Look Post, which means I have featured this polish on the blog before, but because it is SO beautiful, it deserves a second look.



This is Over The Moon, from the original Color Club Halo Hues collection. This is TWO - yes, two - coats of polish and topcoat.



The formula is PERFECT. Sorry for so many caps in this post, but I think they are well deserved!! I don't reach for this polish nearly enough, but I really should. These photos were all taken outside, in full sun, with (obviously) no need for flash from the camera. SO pretty!



You can find Color Club polishes online, so get to hunting!


Monday, July 18, 2016

Mrs. P's Nail Potions: Searching For Mr. Right

Today's polish hits pretty close to home as this girl is currently single and looking for Mr. Right!! LOL, it's true, but I am certainly not looking any time soon. I'd prefer Mr. Right NOT Mr. RightNow - amIRite!?

Anyway, today's polish is Searching For Mr. Right by Mrs. P's Nail Potions. I just checked the site and apparently there is some kerfuffle with Canada's mail system, so Mrs. P is currently holding US orders until suitable shipping options are back out there. So, in the meantime, enjoy this beauty!


Searching For Mr. Right (SFM.R) is a white crelly that is the epitome of girly. It has tiny pink and silver glitters in a variety of shades scattered throughout. I wish I had used a white base for this mani, because even with four coats, you can still see some visible nail line, which I don't like at all.



The formula itself is decent - the glitters come out easily, which I do expect with uniform glitter sizes.


This is not the most special polish that I have, but it's fun and girly! I would use this again only if I remembered to put a white base below the polish. What do you think? Have you tried Mrs. P's Nail Potions?


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Mask of the Week: Sephora Shea Lip Mask

This week I have something a little different - a lip mask!

I spotted these on my last Sephora mask run and I knew I had to try one. I believe this was $4. My lips are always, always, alwaaaaaays dry, so I will pretty much try anything once.

This is the package:


This is the back with the instructions. It's basically a sheet mask for your lips, same directions.


It looks like this:


And goes on like this:


Oh, am I in love with this. My lips felt like a million bucks after I removed this and stayed that was for days! Pillowy, kissable softness, I swear. Love, love. I want to stock up on these and do the treatment at least once per month!

Have you tried a lip mask? What do you think?


Friday, July 15, 2016

Bitzy Nail Polish Remover Pads Review

Today I have something a little different for you. Instead of a polish to put on your nails, I am going to review a product to take the polish off your nails!


During my last Sally Beauty Supply run, I picked up the Bitzy Nail Polish Remover pads. The watermelon scent called out to me because I figured I could use these when I was hanging out with my very scent sensitive boyfriend and maybe they wouldn't bother him as much as strong acetone. I love anything watermelon scented anyway, and I believe these were about $2. I didn't set the bar too high in my hopes for these but I figured it was worth a shot!


The package is a snap on cap and inside there is are a bunch of pre-soaked "petals" that contain nail polish remover. The first thing that I noticed was the smell. Amaaazing! You can smell the acetone smell only faintly and the watermelon scent is fresh, not overpowering, and not artificial smelling at all. Good start!


One thing I did do, and wanted to share with you, is that I did NOT take off the whole safety seal. I made it into a kleenex type pull system by poking a hole in the top. This serves quite a few purposes. One, it is less likely to spill. Two, it is less likely to dry up quicker. Three, it smells less strong and contains the scent in the container, too. I def recommend this method.


After using these a few times, I do have some thoughts...rather, some PROs and CONs of using this versus my traditional acetone/felt combo.

  • PRO: Smells so goooood!
  • PRO: Very moisturizing! These pads are quite oily (?) and did not give me that dry acetone hand nastiness that I usually get. I did not need to follow up removal with cuticle oil and hand lotion because my hands felt amazing!
  • PRO: Convenient! I have these stashed on the coffee table in the living room and they take up no space at all. I also don't have to worry about spillage like I do with a big bottle of acetone.
  • CON: Over Saturation? I am not really sure if this is a pro or con but it is definitely an issue. I tried these out on my toes first and luckily, my finger nails were already naked. Because the product is very saturated with product and very oily, the liquid spreads all over your hands. If my nails had been painted, using these on my toes would've totally destroyed my nails. This is not at all a reason not to use them, but just make sure you do toes then nails if you use them on both.
  • CON: Lots of waste! It took about 5 of these little sheets to take off a neutral color on my toes. It took about 7 sheets to remove Zoya Payton from my nails. I usually use felt and acetone and get to remove dozens of manis with the same piece of felt. Having a paper product to throw out every time I do my nails feels slightly wasteful to me.

I really like the convenience and scent of the Bitzy Nail Polish remover pads. For the price and effectiveness, I would totally repurchase this product. What do you think of remover pads? Have you tried this brand or others?


March 2019: Empties & Tossed Report

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