Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mani Round Up: October 17, 2017

Guess what I did last week? Broke my middle finger nail on my swatching hand.

Guess who has the new Zoya Party Girl collection headed her way to be swatched? Mmhmm, the same person with the broken middle finger on the swatching hand.

I will be doubling up on my Biotin, and hoping the Zoya shipping takes a while (they don't), but I will tackle that issue when I have to. In the meantime, I've chopped all my nails down and have a week full of shorty pics for you. Sigh. It happens!


Barielle Cherish: You know those people who have shorty nails and rock black or sapphire blue or even a deep purple? And their nails look super edgy, polished, and modern? I don't know who they are either, but I am not one of them. I only like my shorties in neutral, classy, skin-tone like shades. Barielle Cherish it is - the creamiest, pastel-est, lightest pink I own. Two coats and topcoat.


Zoya Dory: Forget what I said about neutrals on shorties. I am having fun with some bright shades, including Zoya Dory. How do you think they came up with the name for this particular blue?! I got a ton of compliments from strangers on this one. This is two perfect coats and Glisten & Glow topcoat, of course.


Ladybug Lacquer Sunset Popsicle: Does this scream FALL or what? This is two coats and topcoat. I am in love with this shade of orange. It was a summer polish (I believe) but I am loving it even more in the (finally) fall.


Orly Prelude to a Kiss: Surprised to see this polish, aren't you? No, I didn't think so. This is my "If I was stranded on a desert island and could only take one polish with me" polish of choice. Two coats, topcoat, done.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Empties Report: September 2017 (169 Empties in 2017) & Tossed Items

Hello there!

So I have this sturdy brown shopping bag (LUSH, of course) where I throw my empties when I am done, but I have also started to throw things out when they just don't work for me. Starting this month, I am going to post my empties but also my tossed items, too, and tell you why I don't want to keep them.

For starters, here are my empties:


Like last month, I won't go through everything. Instead, let me show you what I loved and would re-purchase.


Formula 10.0.06 Wipe Your Face Off Makeup Wipes: No need to rehash my love for these, right? I buy them 2 at a time so I never run out.

LUSH Cosmetics Sleepy Body Lotion: I was just going to type 'it's almost that time of year again' but LUSH recently made this lavender scented lotion a part of their permanent line. It smells amazing, especially right before bedtime, and mimics the Twilight scent, if you're familiar with that.

Caudalie Vino Source Sorbet Moisturizer: I really need to invest in a full size bottle of this when I next need moisturizer. It smells like a sweet candy or sorbet, has a cool consistency, and works well over all of my other products.

Axe Daily Spray Anarchy: I needed a small spray to toss in my bag and this was actually quite good! Somewhere between clean and clean-girls-locker-room scent, this little canister holds quite a bit of product.

Glisten & Glow Topcoat: The best topcoat on the market, hands down. (Hands..topcoat..HAHA, see what I did there?)

Etude House Bubble Tea Sleeping Pack: I purchased a 3-pack of these sleeping packs when Meme box was liquidating it's non brand inventory. I like this for summer because it has a cooling, gel consistency, but I plan to switch to a more lotion-like pack for winter.

LaNeige Lavender Water Sleeping Mask: I saw this posted in my KB skincare group on Facebook and found a sample size for a great price. I love it, but like the Etude House product, it has a lighter weight to it that relegates it to summer use for me.

I also used up some packets:


Next up, here is what I tossed out:


Ulta Beauty Sugar Lip Scrub: Where is the sugar? Where is the scrub? The sugar must've dissolved and now this is a slimy mess. Buh-bye.

Urban Decay Up All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray: It's not that I dislike this product, it just happens that this bottle is about 4,105 years old and I have a matte version from NyX that I like better. See ya.

That's it!!

Now for the totals.

Monthly Totals: 10 empties and 6 sample packets. 

Yearly Totals: 169 empties and 71 sample packets.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Mani Round Up: October 10, 2017

Indie week! If I promise, I will deliver!!


Zoya Chantal and Femme Fatale Lacquer Mirror Mirror: I cannot tell you the last time I actually used a contrasting glitter topper! Fun, right? Mirror squared has a clear base with red, blue, and gold micro glitters. FFL is OOB now, but I still have a few polishes laying around and they all still perform beautifully.


A Girl Obsessed He Loves Pie: Sam, mastermind behind A Girl Obsessed polish, created a couple MBHM themed polishes for a me a few years ago. This one, He Loves Pie, was paired with My Boyfriend Hates Macaroons. Cute, right? Even after a few years, though the pigment looks a bit settled in the bottom of the bottle, it applied like a dream. Two coats and topcoat.


Black Dahlia Lacquer Capital Rose Garden over A Girl Obsessed He Loves Pie: HLP made the perfect base for CRG, although I forgot how opaque and creamy it is - it doesn't really need a base, FYI. I actually did just one coat of CRG over HLP and loved the results.


Bear Pawlish Peek-A-Boo: I forgot about this beauty! I might try to keep going with this all indie mani theme because, wow, there are some beauties sitting in my melmer drawers. This is two coats and Glisten & Glow Topcoat (formerly HK Girl, still same awesome topcoat).

That's it for this week! Did you like indie week?


Thursday, October 5, 2017

September 2017 Favorites!

I am all about skincare over makeup lately and my September favorites reflect my current commitment to good skincare. Let me show you what I favorited last month.

Group shot:


From sort of left to right:
  • Formula 10.0.06 Wipe Your Face Off Makeup Wipes
  • Amore Pacfic Moisture Bound Hydra-Gel
  • Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask
  • Lancome La Base Primer
  • Blistex Lip Serum
  • IT Cosmetics Confidence in Your Glow Nude Glow Palette
  • Ciracle Anti-Redness K Lotion

Here is the consistency for the Blistex Lip Serum, Bite Beauty Lip Mask, Amore Hydra-Gel, and Ciracle Anti-Redness Lotion.  (I hope my hand isn't a trigger or issue to anyone - I HAVE KITTENS!!!!!!)

Here are the kittens, Seth with the black nose and Roman with the pink nose:


The IT Cosmetics palette is much prettier than this picture shows, but here it is:


And swatched, here is the highlighter, blush, and then bronzer (aka contour):


Huge fan of all of the products listed on this post. Would re-purchase all of them!


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Mani Round Up: October 3, 2017

Let me show you what I wore on my nails last week!



China Glaze At Vase Value: For a pastel color, this formula is top notch. I did two coats of AVV and then applied star stickers since I was going apple picking with my girlfriends and their kiddos.


Zoya Cathy and Nailtini Spritzer: Proper for a Monday back to work, I put two coats of Cathy and two coats of Spritzer over my nails. I wish Spritzer wasn't as sheer but it is what it is!


Zoya Kitridge: Darn it, Zoya!  I swear I don't intentionally favor my vast Zoya collection, but the formula is just so dependable and flawless that I keep picking them up. Kitridge is a gorgeous bubblegum pink that really needed a 3rd coat, but here is 2, with topcoat.


Zoya Aster: I love this polish! I guess it isn't very fall like, but it has been in the high 80's in Connecticut, so it matches the temp quite well. This is two coats and topcoat. Should've added a third but apparently I am anti 3rd coat lately. It's still purdy!


China Glaze Sunday Funday: I never wear blue nail polish, LOL. Why did I pick this? I'm not sure, but I am glad I did! This is just two coats. I am sure I won't be thrilled when I get blue all over my cuticles when I remove it, but pretty for now.

That's it for this week! I need to stop grabbing my Zoya and China Glaze! How about a NO mainstream week next week!?


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Zoya Fall 2017 Lipstick Review - 7 New Colors!

Just last Thursday, I shared summer lipsticks from Zoya...and realized what I slacker I had been! I received these Fall lippies just about a week ago, so I wanted to post them ASAP!

Here are the 7 hydrating creme lipsticks that I received. Although it seems helpful to have color-coded stickers on the top, the stickers hardly match the bullet color. Why bother to print anything besides the name if the colors are so off? Shrug.


The Zoya lipstick case is a sleek black with Zoya on it.


Here are all 7 swatched on my arm in alpha order, same as the boxes above. The colors, from top to bottom, are:

  • Addie
  • Bristol
  • Izzy
  • Layne
  • Lucky
  • Maggie
  • Tommy


Close ups! This is Addie, Bristol, and Izzy:


Here are Izzy, Layne, Lucky, Maggie, and Tommy:


There is no reason for me to keep 7 lippies and not share with family and friends, so I picked 4 to keep that I think I will actually reach for. Addie is creamier than Layne, but they do look quite similar on my lips. Izzy is an almost metallicy red, so I may end up passing her along, too. Tommy is NOT my normal, at all, but I have secretly wanted an outrageous color lippie but never wanted to actually purchase it. Thank you, Zoya!


Are you picking up any of these lippies? What do you think of Zoya's Hydrating Creme formula?


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Mani Round Up: September 26, 2017

Last Tuesday in September! Crazy! I have some gorgeous polishes from last week to show you, so let's jump right in.


OPI DS Extravagance: Sigh. Angels sang when I put this color on my nails. This is three thin coats to build up the depth and sparkle. Love!


Julie G Birthday Suit: I love the peachy pink tone to this neutral polish. It is the perfect french manicure color...


Julie B Birthday Suit & Wet & Wild Blank Canvas: I keep reading that french manicures are out...lemme tell ya what I think about that...


That's what I think about that! I love me a good french!


SuperChic Lacquer Fuchsure Drive Me Insane: I was in the mood for this polish! Out of all 52,428 (slight exaggeration) polishes that I own, I went melmer hunting just for this one. I love the icy blue shimmer mixed with the rich purple base. This is two coats and holo bows because I realized I was OUT of black bows (gasp!).


Rescue Beauty Lounge Sunny Skies: Can we pour out a lil' sip of somethin' for the departed RBL brand?! Such a good polish line, great colors, wonderful formula. This is my one and only RBL that was gifted by my pal Vienna and I love it! This is just two coats and G&G topcoat.


SinfulColors Black on Black: I needed a quality, opaque, single coat needed base coat for a more fun polish. This is your basic black creme, it is perfectly fine, so if you need a budget black creme just to HAVE it, this is a good one to pick up at your local drugstore.


Sinful Colors Black on Black and Ludurana Aurora Boreal: I totally forgot about this gorgeous polish! It was hiding in the back of my melmer, which I was cleaning out and de-stashing so I could bring polishes to my besties' kiddos (thank you for having 3 girls amongst you!). AB is staying with me, at least for a little longer. And yes, I promise, this whole grid of photos is the same polish in different lights!!

I started with a quick coat of Sinful Colors Black on Black, two coats of AB. It is a metallic and yes, there are serious polish stroke lines but who cares when the polish is this pretty?


Sinful Colors Black on Black and Ludurana Aurora Boreal and OPI Spotted: Well, adding the Spotted wasn't a good idea now, was it? It covered up the chromey color changing special-ness of the Ludurana. Ah well, that is the fun of polish - I am just going to change it in 24 hours.

That is it for this week! I consider this a successful week of polishes, with a couple of indies, a sprinkle of nail art, and not only using my Zoya cremes. Can you tell I am super single at the moment and have a lot more ME time!? Womp, womp.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Zoya Lipstick Review - 3 New Hydrating Creme Colors

In addition to the new Wanderlust collection, Zoya has released 3 new hydrating creme lipsticks! With all of the liquid lippies, mattes, and metallics on the market, Zoya decided it is time to get back to basics!

Info: "Back to basics but even better; Zoya perfects the classic lipstick cream formula to allow lips to stay moist for hours without the mess. The medium wear formula is specifically designed to last 4 to 6 hours without cracking or drying. All this in a light weight yet well pigmented unflavored formula that you're going to love. Trust us!"

Let's take a look!


Quick FYI: The boxes do not, not, NOT match the bullets! You're ordering online, so trust swatches more than the boxes, which you don't see until they arrive, but still.

The new shades are, from L to R, Kay, Kirby, Kitty:


Kay: "Kay by Zoya is a creamy sheer red."


Kitty: "Kitty by Zoya is a neutral shimmering pink in a hydrating cream formula."


Kirby: "Kirby by Zoya is a bright sheer watermelon pink in a hydrating cream formula."


Top to Bottom, Kay, Kirby, Kitty: 


Hmm.. well. These are just preliminary swatches, after all.

They are beyond sheer, almost a balm like consistency. I tried Kay at work (no pics, sorry!) and it disappeared off my lips in moments...it felt like it sunk in, again like a balm. It was soft on the lips, almost gel-like, and kept a balm like shiney finish.

Bottom line, in my opinion, if you like the loud, matte, vibrant lipsticks, you won't like these. If you like soft, gel-like, semi-shiny lipstick that feels very light on the lips and are hydrating instead of a BAM impact on the mouth, I suggest trying these! Good for summer!


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Mani Round Up: September 19, 2017

Tuesday - Aaah!! Is September racing by or what?


NARS Ratin Jot: I believe this was my first higher end polish? I love this one, even 5 years later. The formula is still perfect, too. Two coats and done!


Smith & Cult She Said Yeah: My Gogo (Grandmother) gifted me this a few weeks ago when my Shelby (dog) wasn't feeling well. :) This is my first S&C polish and it is flawless in formula and shiny in finish. I did two thin coats of this buttery creme.


Literary Lacquers This is Your Treasure over Smith&Cult She Said Yeah:  Welcome to another addition of 'I wanted my nails to look different but I didn't want to do my nails.' TiYT matches perfectly with the SSY base. Lit Lac polishes never NEED base colors, as they are flawless and opaque on their own, but I had a headache and didn't want to break out the acetone. How pretty is this?

Answer: SO pretty that you also need to see a sparkly macro!



Zoya Hannah: Hands down, Zoya Hannah is my favorite red polish. I love the color with my skin tone. I love that it is a candy paint color, so glossy, too. It is a thinner formula, but doesn't pool in your cutes at all. It does need 3 coats so you see no VNL, but I used two here. LOVE this polish.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

June, July, and August Favorites!

I have been trying to stream line my beauty products lately, and even more so after hearing about Hurricane Harvey. I need to really ease up on material possessions and focus on family, love, safety, and preparedness.

That is a story in the works. You will see an upcoming purge post and throwaway post coming soon.

For now, let me show you what I have been loving for the past few months.


Gold Bond Ultimate Eczema Relief: I admit, I bought this from a Shaq commercial. I get light bumps up and down my upper arms, so I figured this was worth a shot to combat them. This really helps! It is a thick but easy to spread formula, has no smell at all, and leaves my arms feeling instantly soothed.

LUSH Cosmetics Ultrabland Cleanser: I possibly talk about this rich balm cleanser too often on the blog. It removes everything, from waterproof mascara to a long lasting liquid lip. It smells great, too.

Murad Hydrating Toner: This is fairly new to be, but I've been using it daily since I picked it up at Ulta. It has a light fresh scent, and the spray bottle is super convenient for toner application.

Neulii Greentea BHA Pore Tightening Serum: I bought this on a whim from RoseRoseShop, and I am very happy with my purchase. It has a typical tea tree string to it, but my pores do look better now that I've been using this for a few weeks.

Cover Girl The Super Lengths Mascara: I may have finally found a mascara to replace my beloved Miss Manga (pours out a lil liquor for Miss M). The brush is tiny, practically has no bristles, and catches every lash. This is a very recent purchase but so far, so good.

It Cosmetics Anti-Redness Creme: Hand's down, this is my favorite product find in the past few months...in fact, probably all of 2017 so far. A thick, tinted creme, this goes onto the skin to mask redness and even out skintone. It is ridiculously expensive for the amount you receive, but it is amazing. Worth it 100%.

Boscia BB Cream: I discovered this when I went to Arizona in late June. This cream melted into my skin as it is very creamy, but covered my imperfections very well. It stayed on and looked good through 110 plus degree heat. The little sample last 10 days for me, through plane rides, swimming, and wandering around. I immediately purchased a full size when I got back to the east coast.

Boscia Hydrating Essence: When I HAD to run to Sephora for a full size BB cream, I also picked up this hydrating essence in a gorgeous bottle. I use this after the toner step in my regimen. It is so incredibly silky to the touch and simply melts into the skin.

Ok! So those were my favorites from the past few months. What have you been loving?? Let me know in the comments!