Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy Fourth of July!

Dermelect was kind enough to send me some red, white and blue polish in preparation for the 4th of July!


Dermelect is a skincare line that has released the first anti-aging peptide infused nail laquer! I received  Red-iculous, Opulence and Phenom.


Dermelect is running a giveaway when you upload your patriotic nails with the hashtag #nailMe. You could win the entire 'ME' lacquer collection!


I created my look by layering Opulence on the bottom, splitting the nail in half with straight stripes from Nail Vinyls and painting half the nail blue with Phenom and the other half with red Red-iculous stripes. Finally, I topped them off with silver nail vinyl stars using Julep Empire.

What are you wearing on your nails for America's birthday?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Color Club Poptastic Collection 2014

It's officially summer! You know what that means in polishland, neons! Color Clubs got some great new additions to their Poptastic collection.


This year there are six shade of neons, all in the shimmer family. Three of the shades have a warm golden shimmer while the other three have a cooler purple. Keep in mind that neons are notoriously difficult to photograph. I tried to get the swatches as close to accurate as possible but, they may be a bit off. Each bottle retails for $8.

Kapow!

Kapow! is a neon pink with a purple shimmer that cools the shade down a bit. Formula on this is great! It's a two coater. 

Peace, Love & Polish

Where Kapow! is cooled down somewhat because of it's purple shimmer Peace, Love & Polish warms up with a bright golden shimmer. Another stellar formula and two coater!

Foxy Mama

Foxy Mama is a hot orange full of golden shimmer. I will be wearing this ALL summer!

Not-So-Mellow-Yellow

Not-So-Yellow-Mellow is such a difficult shade to catch. This is a classic highlighter yellow. There are some green shades here but that doesn't translate in real life at all. It's all yellow all the time! The yellow shimmer is a bit harder to pick up than it is in Foxy Mama but it's there. This shade was a bit thinner than the other formulas and took three coats for full coverage.

Bell Bottom Babe

Bell Bottom Babe applied very thinly with one coat and grew to opacity with three. The purple shimmer in this is heavy handed! Even though this one took three coats I really love this shade of blue! 

Right On

Right On is a neon purple with a deeper violet shimmer. This pretty purple was a two coater and I highly recommend!


I wanted to show how amazingly these shades went together so I created a blended six shade gradient! My fingers are radioactively bright! I used a white base to make the neons pop but honestly, most of the shades didn't even need it.

Which is your favorite neon from Color Clubs new Poptastic additions? 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

June Beauty Box 5 2014

Who doesn't need a fifth beauty box subscription each month? This month I"m giving Beauty Box 5 a try! This box is what I've come to expect from subscription services and offers five items a month ranging between foil samples to full size products. Beauty Box 5 is $12 a month or $8.25 a month with a yearly subscription.


I received Nicka K New York Nail Polish, Coconut Water Shampoo and Conditioner, Vitabath Shower Gel, GlamNatural Mascara and Eslor's Introductory Collection.

Vitabath Cupcake Couture Body Was in Dreamy Pink Frosting

This little travel sized body wash smells like I just walked into a bakery. Who doesn't want to smell like a bakery? I'll tell you who, no one. 

GlamNatural Mascara in Black

GlamNatural is not a brand I'm familiar with but, I can always use more mascara.  Did you know that mascara expires after only three months? As the name may have clued you in, GlamNatural is a green cosmetic company that uses all natural ingredients.

Coconut Water Weightless Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner

I really dislike getting little throw away packets in subscription boxes which is probably why Ipsy continues to be my favorite. Beauty Box 5 seems to include at least a couple in each box. I want something I can use more than once. I don't really feel I can get a good idea of a product and what it's all about with only a few uses. 

Eslor Introductory Collection
This little packet contains four separate foils. There is a Soothing Refiner & Cleanser, Soothing Cream, Replenishing Cream and Comforting Mask. Again, I'm a little disappointed in the tiny little samples but, I'll give them a try and see what I think.

Nicka K New York Nail Polish in Lavender

Nicka K New York has some really great polish. I recently received quite a few from them to review from the brand and I've been really impressed! Lavender is a perfect shade for spring.

Overall, I think this will be my only try with Beauty Box 5. Typically I like to give each subscription service a three month try but, after seeing this box I have a feeling it's just not really for me.  I don't feel that I received a great value from this box with the included foil samples. Many of the products were bath items which I'm not interested in. I much prefer makeup products or tools. BeautyBox5 does offers a personalization quiz but, based off of other's boxes I've only seen different shades or scents of the same product and no variation in the products themselves. 

What do you think? Would you be interested in trying Beauty Box 5?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

June Wantable Beauty Box 2014

Wantable is a high end subscription box with three options to choose from monthly: intimates, beauty or accessories. Wantable was kind enough to provide me a beauty box to review here!


Wantables beauty box is $36 a month with a subscription or $40 for a one time order. Wantable has a pretty varied quiz to provide you with the items that they know you'll want. You can even exclude options that you know you won't use. 

This month I received  a Liberty Republic Spellbound Nail Lacquer, Gleam by Melanie Mills Body Highlighter, Mirabella Eye Definer, a 'Tini Beauty Lipstick and an Ofra  Brow Pencil. 

Gleam by Melanie Mills Body Highlighter: $30 
As much as I don't want it to be, it's practically summer. Autumn is my kind of season so I suppose I'm looking forward to summer so it can be over already. Gleam Body Radiance Highlighter has potent anti-aging ingredients, hydrating ingredients and skin perfecting ingredients. This little lotion will give your skin the appearance of a healthy glow. It is a pigmented makeup that helps diminish the appearance of small stretchmarks and varicose veins leaving you looking like smooth velvet perfection.  Maybe summer won't be so bad this season. ;)

'Tini Beauty Straight Up Color Lipstick in Pink Champagne: $18

I've tried 'Tini Beauty's nail lacquers but, this is the first experience I've had with their other products. Pink Champagne is a peachy pink brimming with gold shimmer. Application was fine but, I feel Pink Champagne is a little juvenile for me. The shade is intensely glittery. Before heading to work I decided it was just a little too much and wiped it away...and wiped it away....and wiped it away. I don't know what they use in this stuff to bond it together but, I"m starting to think that it's superglue. This glitter will not come off! It actually ended up spreading all around my mouth and now I look like I've been dining on unicorn meat. I think I'll be skipping this one.

Ofra Universal Eyebrow Eyeliner: $10

I've been very into taking care of my brows lately. It really changes your whole face for a more intense focal point on your face.  I've been testing different products to see what kind of mediums and brands I like. So far I've been using Whitening Lightnings Brow Bar in light which includes two powder shades and a tinted wax. Ofra's Eyebrow Eyeliner is a waxy brunette shade that is perfect for me. If you only need a pencil to fill in this is a great option. However, I need some kind of finishing wax or gel to hold my brows in place as well. 

Mirabella Eye Definer above, Ofra Universal Eyebrow Pencil Below
Mirabella Eye Definer in Bronze: $19

This little eye definer can be used on your lid as a shadow or as a metallic liner (metallic's are in this summer). The metallic sheen is gentle enough on this that I'd feel comfortable wearing it to work. Added bonus, this shade is absolutely amazing to make blue eyes like mine pop!

Liberty Republic Spellbound Nail in Talisman: $14

I haven't had the privileged of trying Spellbound Nail Lacquer before but, I am so glad I did! This metallic gold formula was perfection! I want more!

Overall, I got an amazing value of just over $90 and I loved almost everything in my box! You can check out a Wantable box for yourself here. What was your favorite item from the June Wantable Beauty Box?

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Summer Down the Shore Collection by Philly Loves Lacquer

Philly Loves Lacquer's new collection is a gorgeous, summery blend inspired by growing up on the East Coast! Each polish is named after summer hot spots found on the Jersey Shore. This collection consists of eight polishes including Love Those Wildwood Days, Absecon, On the Way to Cape May, Watch the Tram Car Please, Under the Boardwalk, Wildwoods by the Sea, Island Beach and Meet Me at Morey's. I have six of the eight here to show you today!


Meet me at Morey's is a clear glitter topper filled with over 100 different glitters! You can pull the brush right out of the bottle for a collection of smaller glitters or you can fish around for some of the big chunky surprises inside. I found some larger stars, circles and rings!


Watch the Tram Car Please is a crelly, highlighter yellow base full of matte blue glitters. This shade screams summer to me! 


This strawberry red jelly has blue and silver shimmer inside that will give your nails that extra added pop when they catch the sun. Summer must have! 


This grey creme is similar to On the Way to Cape May. The violet purple shimmer is very pronounced! 


Wildwoods by the Sea is a creamy seafoam holo! This is such a beautiful shade, add the holo to it and you've got yourself a perfect polish! I received a mini bottle to review but, I may need a full size!

Island Beach

Another lovely holo! Island Beach is a sandy nude with a gorgeous holo effect. Having a rainbow on your nails is the best!

You can check out the other two shades from this collection, Love Those Wildwood Days and Absecon, by heading over to the Philly Loves Lacquer site. Which is your favorite from the Summer Down the Shore collection?

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Stitch Fix May 2014

You may have noticed some fashion posts on my blog more and more. Well, I'm officially labeling myself a nail art, fashion and beauty blogger now. :)

This month marks my first fashion subscription! Through a discount on Klout I signed up for my first month on Stitch Fix to see what I thought.
Stitch Fix works by sending you a monthly box specially picked for you by Stitch Fix stylists. The stylists are actual people! Not a computer system or algorithm, an actual person. You can tell your friends that you have your own personal stylist now. 

Each box contains five items. Unlike other subscription services you do not need to keep everything. You can try everything on then pick and choose what you would like to keep or what you would like to send back. Included in your order is a return baggie already pre-addressed with a return label. When you sign up you will pay a $20 styling fee which goes towards your purchase that month. You can choose to get one box as a one time thing or sign up for a subscription service where you will receive a Stitch Fix every four weeks. Since May is a long month there will actually be two Fixes this month. 

Going to a special event this Summer? Let Stitch Fix know and they will put your box together focused on special occasions! Looking for work wear? They'll focus on sending you office savvy outfits. As you take on more and more boxes your stylist will get a better feeling for what kind of fashion is a do and don't for you. Your boxes will only get better!

I found that the styling quiz was insanely detailed but, once I got my box I found that it really paid off! I really liked the majority of my items. Let see what I got:

Pixley Necklace:
This necklace is a gold toned (I requested gold!), collar necklace that has a scale print on the tri-panels. Typically I hate anything animal print, including scales. However, when I put this one I really loved it! This necklace seemed to be made out of a coated resin or possibly plastic and was definitely not real metal. If this was anywhere under $20 I would have kept it but for $48 I had to pass due to the quality.

Status: Returned

41Hawthorn Sugar Dot PrintFit & Flare Dress:
I am a dress fiend. Even in this past cold, snowy winter I was whipping out the dresses and skirts left and right. If I had the money and choice I would wear dresses every day. This dress is a smooth, silky navy material with small white polka dots on a fit and flare skirt. The top has two pleats at the neckline. They actually reach all the way down the top but because I'm quite busty I stretched them out a bit. The back has a small zipper that ends at a cut out. The top fastens with a cute little polka dot button. This is exactly my dream style. Classic and glamorous, I feel like Audrey Hepburn's bigger chested cousin. It's long enough to wear out on a date or to work hitting me right at the top of the knee.

Status: Kept! 

41Hawthorn Sleeveless Blouse: 
Most of my items in this box were grey or black. This is perfect for me since I tend not to dress too colorfully. It's the New Yorker in me :P. I did request blues, reds and teals as my favorite shades. This teal sleeveless blouse has a deep plunge in the front with two pockets on each breast. The buttons are rimmed in gold! I requested work garments and I got it! This blouse will be great to wear loose over a pair of jean shorts with flats or It's great to wear tucked into a high waisted work skirt. 

Status: Kept!

41Hawthorne Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse:  
I am actually wearing this blouse right now. This blouse is a sheer black material with a half button down front and a functional pocket on each breast. The shoulders have epaulets and a slight puffed sleeve. I love this style.

Status: Kept!

Asymmetrical Sweatshirt:

My last item was this asymmetrical sweatshirt. I loved the soft material but that was where this sweatshirt ended with me. I am a sucker for a good sweatshirt but the fit was strange with the cowl neck making me look like an old wrinkly turtle. The base of the sweatshirt is meant to be asymmetrical but it ends up just looking poorly made. The fit just looked strange on my body as well.  I'm hoping for some more sweatshirts in the future from Stitch Fix that I'll keep...but, I won't be keeping this one.

Status: returned

I had three really good finds this month! I kept both the sleeveless teal blouse and the black blouse as well as the polka dot dress. My returns were the cheaply made necklace and the asymmetrical sweatshirt.  Since I only paid for what I kept and I returned two items this box ran me $170. Should you love everything in the box Stitch Fix will give you a 25% discount and charge you a reduced price for all 5 items. 

I really love having my own stylist and I can't wait to see what my next box brings. I really hate shopping. It's such a long arduous process. Why shop when you can have someone shop for you?

Want to sign up for your own Stitch Fix? Simply click here and take the Stitch Fix styling quiz. You'll get your very own box of five items to keep or return.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Essie Hide and Go Chic Collection

Essie's new spring collection is a stunner! This season's collection name is Hide and Go Chic. It's full of beautifully unique shades for spring. Essie sent this collection to me for review.

Style Hunter
Style Hunter is a beautiful, bright crimson with a slight sheerness to it. The formula was absolutely amazing! It applied like silk and had a colorful pigment throughout. One coat was sheer and three built up to the swatch above.

Romper Room
Romper Room is a pale, tea rose pink. This shade is very gentle. The formula was a bit thinner than Style Hunter and took a few coats until I got a nice full coverage.

Spin the Bottle
Spin the Bottle is a semi sheer nude. This formula was also a little bit thin and took a few coats for a nice robust color.  I love this nude with my skin tone! Nude is always the perfect color for a finished look that elongates the fingers.

Fashion Playground
Fashion Playground is a minty, pistachio green with a very delicate silver shimmer. If you are a fan of Essie's cult favorite Mint Candy Apple you'll love Fashion Playground. The color is similar but adds the fine silvery mist that makes a polish a bit more dimensional.  The formula was amazing on this one!


Truth or Flare
Truth or Flare was not a shade I was initially all that excited for this spring. The color is a little grayer than I like. After applying Truth or Flare my mind is totally changed! The formula on this denim blue is pure perfection.  The polish is jelly like and slightly transparent. When built up to three coats it gives a super glossy color that has a real depth to it. 

Hide and Go Chic
Hide and Go Chic is the namesake polish from this collection.  I found this polish to be a beautiful shade and a great creme formula. Azure blue is always a staple in my wardrobe. It's great to have a creamy shade to match.

To see how all of these polishes looked together I decided to do some color blocking! I started with a base of Spin the Bottle.  After some well placed striping tape I used Hide and Go Chic, Truth or Flare, Fashion Playground, Romper Room and Style Playground to fill in the blocks. This polish surprised me incredibly in that it lasted over a week before it chipped or really showed any sign of wear. 

Overall, this collection is very well done. I found Spin the Bottle and Romper Room to be a little thin but, every other color was perfect. My favorite are Truth or Flare, Fashion Playground and Style Hunter.

Have you been able to get your hands on any of Essie's Hide and Go Chic polishes yet? What's your favorite color?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

March Ipsy Glam Bag 2014

Ipsy time!  March's bag is Destination Beauty themed.  This month's bag design is by artist Klari Reis who designed it as the layout of San Francisco.
I received a Be a Bombshell eyeshadow quad, Nicole by OPI polish, Pixi foundation and bareMinerals lipstick.  

Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer: $9 (12ml) travel size

Pixi has been a  product I've received on numerous occasions from Ipsy. 
Flawless is a shimmery primer designed to give you a luminous glow underneath foundation or just to give you a dewy look on it's own.  The formula is anti-aging and fortifies.  

Be a Bombshell - Bora Bora Eyeshadow Quad: $16 full size


Be a Bombshell is a brand who's eyeshadow I haven't tried before.  Initially I was going to throw it into my swap box but then I swatched it.
The shadows are shimmery and pigmented.  I loved the sheen of them and really enjoyed the color palette.  I always love golds and blues!  The texture is very buttery and blendable.  My mind has been changed!

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready: $5 (1.5 g) sample size
I typically think of myself as a gloss girl not a lipstick one.  
Get Ready is gorgeous!  This lipstick is incredibly moisturizing.  The color was not as intimidating as I thought at first but very pigmented.  bareMinerals has given me another pleasant surprise in this glam bag!  Maybe I am a lipstick girl after all.

Nicole by OPI Roughles in On What Grounds?: $10 (.5 fl oz) full size
I have never been into the textured polish trend.  On What Grounds? is a teal sandy textured polish from Nicole by OPIs new Roughles collection.  The polish was full coverage in two coats.  If you like textured polish I suggest it but, I still don't like the trend and will be putting it up for swap on my Edivv swap account.  If you'd like to swap for this make me an offer.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this Ipsy bag.  My favorites are the bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready, Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer and Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad in Bora Bora.  The Nicole by OPI in On What Grounds? was a great polish I just don't like textures.  My total value was $40 in this one little bag!  

Ipsy is only $10 a month.  It's easy to sign up, just take Ipsy's style quiz here and Ipsy will handpick items that are chosen for you each month and send them to your door.  

What did you think of Ipsy's March Glam Bag?