Thursday, July 17, 2014

Rainbow Honey: Summer Mixtape Swatches & Review

(The polishes in the below post were sent for review considerations.)


Hi there, hope you are all well! This week I received a surprise package from Rainbow Honey containing three of the nail lacquers from their upcoming summer collection, Summer Mixtape! I am a fan of the Rainbow Honey summer collections - Equestria and the Summer of 199X. The new collection, Summer Mixtape, launches on Friday, July 18, so let's get to the swatches, shall we?



Rainbow Honey Work It Out is the most perfect pinky coral crelly of all time. What's a crelly? It's the perfect hybrid between the coverage of a creme polish and the squishiness of a jelly polish, of course! This polish applied beautifully in two coats. I actually didn't topcoat it for these photos - look how shiny it is! 
This type of color is perfect for summer pedicures.



Rainbow Honey Best Friend is a glitter topper - something Rainbow Honey knows best. This particular topper includes matte neon glitters in triangles, stars, circles, and hexes. It also includes this beautiful blue/purple glass fleck shimmer that's super gorgeous. If you enlarge the shade picture, you'll see what I'm taking about. I layered one coat over Work It Out, no topcoat. The glitters in this one were a bit sparse and I found myself having to fish for the ones I wanted just a tiny bit. 



The final polish I was sent for review is Rainbow Honey Night Sky Night Sky is a complex and stunning amalgam of glitter - dots, hexes, stars, and moons, all in beautiful aqua, navy, and blue tones. I layered one coat here over OPI Don't Burst My Bubble as well as Rainbow Honey's Nyx, which is the perfect one-coat black, by the way. I absolutely loved the way this glitter looked over the delicate Don't Burst My Bubble, but Nyx really made it pop! One coat shown here, no topcoat. The formula on this was surprisingly workable for how packed with glitter it was. 

Overall, I'm impressed with the sampling of what's going to be offered in the Rainbow Honey Summer Mixtape collection. The collection will go live on Friday, July 18, at 10pm EST on the Rainbow Honey site. And hey - I've got a special treat for you! If you use the code MIXTAPE20, you will receive 20% off your order! I know I'll be using the code to pick up a few favorites from the collection!

Let me know what you think of this new collection from Rainbow Honey!





Saturday, July 12, 2014

Zoya Tickled Collection for Summer 2014

(This collection was provided for review.)

Hi everyone! I know it's been awhile but here I am. Lots has been going on to keep me away from blogging. Some good, some bad. But I've been spending a lot of time on my bike and working out and working on myself. I fell out of love with blogging there for a second. I fell out of love with a lot of things.



But I'm back, and today I have the Zoya Tickled collection for Summer 2014 for you! This is a collection of gorgeous, summery bright cremes with Zoya's cruelty-free, 5-free formula. Without further ado, let's see some swatches.



Zoya Kitridge is a bubblegum pink creme. This one had a thick but workable formula and dried to a smooth, glossy finish. Two coats are shown here without topcoat.



Zoya Ling is a beautiful royal blue creme. It was one of my favorites and it had such a smooth, buttery formula. This was a one-coater for me but I used two coats for the purposes of photographing it. And no topcoat, look how shiny this one is!



Zoya Rocha is a bright orange creme with the most fine silver shimmer. The formula on this one was excellent and it ended up being my surprise favorite of the whole collection as I don't usually gravitate toward orange polishes. Two coats are shown here, no topcoat. Stunner.



Zoya Rooney is a beautiful rose pink creme with an excellent formula. This color isn't exactly unique to my collection, but is a welcome addition. Two coats are shown here, no topcoat.



Zoya Tilda is a bright, summery yellow-green creme that I loved the brightness of! This one had a bit thicker formula and I found it the tiniest bit more tricky to work with. Two coats are shown here, no topcoat.



Last but not least, we have Zoya Wendy, a beautiful bright coral creme. This color to me just screams summer and it is my second favorite of the collection next to Rocha. I don't usually love corals as I pull weird tones out of them, but this color was absolutely gorgeous. Buttery, smooth formula too. Two coats, no top coat. 


Overall I found this to be a beautiful, bright collection perfect for summer. I've been rocking these colors on my toes all spring and summer so far! My picks are Rocha, Wendy, and Ling! The formulas were absolute perfection and the cremes look polished on their own or as a base for some lovely glitter toppers. 

What did you think of the Zoya Tickled Collection for Summer 2014?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Zoya Magical PixieDust - Summer 2014 Swatches & Review

(press samples)


Hello, everyone! 
I hope you are all doing well. I just returned from the most lovely week-long vacation in North Carolina.
My little sister graduated nursing school and accepted a job at a hospital near her home!
I am over-the-moon proud of her and wish her the best as a registered nurse.

The lovely folks at Zoya sent me the newest PixieDust collection for review, the Summer 2014 Magical PixieDust collection. The collection includes three "holographic textured matte" polishes. Normally I would scoff at such a description, but these really are all of those things at the same time. They've got gorgeous holographic glitter, they've got that great "sandy" texture that's very in right now, and they dry a bit matte. The Magical PixieDust formula is a bit different than the original PixieDust formula, containing larger chunky glitter. The overall effect is something like buried treasure, glinting brightly here and there but not giving away all of its secrets. 

L-R: Bar, Arlo, Ginni

In these photos, you can see how multi-dimensional the glitter is. It's really quite pretty!


Let's get right into the swatches and review!



First up is Zoya Bar. Bar is a sandy nude shade full of iridescent and holographic glitters. It reminded me of sand glistening brightly at the beach. This color was very summery and subtle! The Magical PixieDust formula is a bit less opaque than the normal formula, so you may see some visible nail line. These swatches are two coats with no base or topcoat. Please forgive the state of my nails, the beach did a number on them! 



Next up is Zoya Ginni. Ginni is a slightly dusty rose color with the same iridescent and holographic glitters that were featured in Bar. This one, formula-wise, was my least favorite of the three. It seemed a bit thicker and less workable than the other two, and dried a bit bumpier than I like my textured polishes. The shade photo is really gorgeous, though. Ginni is a beautiful color! Two coats, no topcoat.



Last but not least, we have Zoya Arlo. Arlo was my absolute favorite of the entire collection. Arlo is a beautiful fuchsia/berry color packed with the same iridescent/holographic glitters as Bar and Ginni. This one is a stunner - look at that shade photo! I've been staring at this on my nails all day and I think it would be a beautiful summer pedicure color. Imagine all of that glitter shining in the summer sun! Arlo is a bit darker and more opaque than Bar and Ginni. This is two coats without topcoat.

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The formulas of the Magical PixieDusts were thick, but for the most part workable. The one tip I have with these is to make sure the nail plate is clean and dry before applying, and don't use base or top coat. Also, give yourself a bit more drying time than you think you'll need. These dry within a reasonable amount of time, but I find they like to stay soft and prone to "dings" for a little while after application. Other than that, I absolutely loved this collection and thought it was beautiful for summer. The glitter is so SO pretty in the sun! I thought it would be a chunky mess, but they're actually quite gorgeous.

The Magical PixieDusts can be purchased from zoya.com

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Sally Hansen The Sky's The Limit

Hi there, everyone. Happy May Day! I hope you are all well.
I painted my nails last night with this lovely limited-edition Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polish from last year's spring or summer collection. I can't believe it's sat untried until now. I'm completely in love with it. 


This is two absolutely effortless coats. It was good enough to be a one-coater, but I figured I'd take photos of the gorgeousness and added another coat. It wasn't hard to clean up at all, either. It was really shiny even before topcoat. I love when polishes apply themselves like this. 
This polish kind of made me love polishing my nails again. Now I want to do it 2398473 more times.


This one has me in the mood for summer. 
For the breeze through my hair and sunglasses. For the smell of the beach. For spending evenings outside. Citronella candles and a fire pit. Late nights with my friends and family, looking at the stars and laughing about just about everything. If only the weather here in Ohio were something more like May, I'd be a lot happier! 

But only 12 days until I'm headed to NC on vacation! I can't wait! 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Makeup Monday

Hello everyone! Long time no post, I know. Things have been super crazy for me lately. Lots has changed! I don't even know where to begin telling you what's up, but I decided to post my face of the day for Makeup Monday!


Today I went with a VERY simple no-makeup makeup look using all Tarte products (except for my Urban Decay lipstick). 

I used the Tarte Discover Colored Clay set from QVC earlier this year. I've been using it pretty exclusively for my makeup lately and I've been absolutely loving it. It is easy to achieve a simple everyday look like this!


Here's a breakdown of my products used:

Eyes:
Tarte Colored Clay eyeliner in black
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara in black
Tarte dream in chocolate eyeshadow on brows

Face:
Tarte colored clay cc primer in fair
Tarte colored clay liquid foundation in fair
Tarte amazonian clay bronzer blush in pink bronze

Lips:
Urban Decay Naked lipstick

See, super easy, right? So what's been going on with me? Well, my engagement ended amicably at the beginning of the year. We had grown apart and it was pretty apparent we have different goals in life. We are still relatively good friends so that's always good. :) 
Work has been absolute madness. I feel like I'm always going in 83 different directions with that. 
I didn't expect to, but I met someone new! I've been dating a wonderful man for the past month or so. I'm outrageously happy and may post more about it later. I want to spill all of the beans, but I have someone else's privacy to worry about for once. :) Suffice to say I'm a happy, happy girl. 

I've also been on a new weight-loss journey and I've lost about 15 pounds since the beginning of March. I'm feeling great and can't wait to see where I end up! I have so much more energy now, haha. 
I've missed all of you! What's been going on lately?

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Urban Decay Friends & Fanatics Sale!


Hi everyone! You may or may not already know, but Urban Decay is having a Friends & Fanatics 20% off sale! If you're anything like me, you're into saving a little bit of dough here and there. This is a great way to try new Urban Decay products you've been wanting to try -20% off! The sale excludes the Naked3 palette, but there are lots of other great products in their line. Just put the products in your cart and be sure to enter code "FFSPRING14" at checkout.

My recommendations include the original Naked palette, 24/7 eyeliner in Perversion, and the Naked Skin foundation. Definitely some favorites of mine!

Will you be grabbing anything from the Urban Decay sale?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Beauty Bar Sample Society: January 2014


Hi everyone! I hope you are all staying warm and cozy!
Another Arctic cold front is moving through Ohio and it is just bitterly cold today. I only have one day off this week so if these pictures seem a bit hurried, that's why! I wanted to show you the awesomeness that is the January 2014 Beauty Bar Sample Society box.

If you're new to my blog or just want a refresher, Sample Society is a beauty subscription sampling service offered by BeautyBar.com. They've teamed up with the folks at Allure to deliver five beauty samples to your door for $15 a month. The samples are generally deluxe size - meaning you can get more than one use out of them! The best part? Each month, you get a coupon code for $15 off a $50 purchase - as long as a brand from that month's box is in your order. Each box also comes with a mini-magazine from Allure, with helpful tips and tricks (often related to the products in that month's box). I've been subscribing since their first month - March 2012. I have been impressed with every single box. If you want to check out what I've gotten in other Sample Society boxes, feel free to click here!

This month's box was all about Taking Care. "The New Year is here! If you're anything like us, you're probably in need of a little post-holiday TLC. Pamper yourself with nourishing nail and lip treatments, and boost your mood (partied out?) with a new uplifting fragrance. All our best for a beautiful '14. 

Here's what was inside that lovely black box:



1. StriVectin Present Perfect: Packed with protective antioxidants, this ultra-light cream helps skin look younger, firmer, and vibrantly healthy. I have been using this under my foundation lately to give me a great base. It's creamy and sinks into the skin well without any greasy residue. I'm always thankful for StriVectin samples as the brand is a bit pricey for me! (Full Size: $59.00 for 1.7oz | Sample Value: .25oz, valued at $8.68)

2. Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Eau de Toilette: Famously inspired by the scent of water on a woman's skin, Issey Miyake's signature fragrance is fresh, sophisticated and sensual - the epitome of feminine. This fragrance is light and airy and quite pretty. If this is what I smell like with water on my skin, I'm all about it. It's a very white, aquatic floral, with hints of rose and lotus. I don't love it as much as I loved Harvey Prince's Journey, but it's a nice everyday fragrance. Light and work-appropriate. (Full Size: $72.00 for 1.7oz | Sample Value: .02oz, valued at $0.85)

3. butterLONDON Handbag Holiday Cuticle Oil: Dry, chapped cuticles have finally met their match in this vitamin-rich formula, free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP. I'm hoping a cuticle moisturizer would be free of Formaldehyde. Apparently some are not. All joking aside, this is an absolutely lovely cuticle oil and I was so excited to see Sample Society had sent the full size. (Hint: it's as expensive by itself as the entire Sample Society monthly box is.) This smells..tropical, maybe. Kind of coconutty but it's a little fruity, too. I found that just a dot of it on each cuticle moisturizes for hours and makes my cuticles look much less beaten up. Lovely stuff. (Full Size: .6oz for $15.00 | Sample Value: FULL SIZE! $15)

4. Orlane Paris Extreme Line Reducing Lip Care: Pucker up: this intensely hydrating treatment fights lines and wrinkles while also plumping your pout. This stuff is interesting. I've never really seen any kind of anti-aging product for the lips in these sample boxes. Which really is quite funny as the lips are some of the first places you show signs of aging. This is a light balm you rub on your lips and it helps prevent lines. I did feel and notice a bit of a plumping effect. It tingled, but it wasn't over the top. My lips did look a bit fuller due to the plumping. (Full Size: $75 for 0.5oz | Sample Value: .1oz, valued at $7.50)

5. Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso: Looking for a long-wearing lip color that doesn't disappoint? This full-coverage matte formula combines enduring color payoff with a light-as-air feel. Okay Stila, I see you. I absolutely love reds, especially reds that I don't have to do much with. This formula applied like a lipgloss, but then dried down to a beautiful, retro matte finish. It felt light as air, for real. I didn't experience any drying until about ten hours in when I re-prepped and reapplied. This stayed put through a day of coffee, breakfast, lunch, coffee, and dinner. AMAZING. I even included a picture of an example FOTD below. Definitely buying this in full size! (Full Size: 3ml for $22.00 | Sample value: 1ml, valued at $7.33)

Stila Stay All Day in Beso. This was at the end of the day. You could see my foundation has faded in places but the Stila stays strong!
There you have it! My January Sample Society box was worth $39.36!
Considering I only paid $15 for it, I'd say it was a good deal!