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! 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-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?