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Holiday Nail Art: Round 3 and 4

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Two for one special! Mostly because Round 3 didn’t last too long before it started chipping….sad-face.

Round Two-

X-Mas tree on a blue background with colored tips.

Polish Used:

Green- China Glaze- Holidaze under Sinful Colors Call You Later (Glitter), Blue- Sinful Colors (Gel Tech Shine) in Skinny Dipping, White- Wet n Wild Wild Shine in French White Creme, Gold Star- Sally Hanson Salon Complete in 310- Guilty Pleasure, and last the thin red lines/dots Sinful Colors Nail Art in Pretty Cool.

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Yikes….lots of colors. This was the last manicure I did with my really long nails. After this started chipping, I trimmed them down to a more manageable length, no more hitting two keys at a time while typing! Here’s the finished nail art…

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ROUND 4

Nail art 4, which is on my nails as I type I defiantly love. It’s super sparkly, and I’ve gotten quite a few compliments on it in the short time I’ve had it on…It might have something to do with the fact that my nails are all perfectly the same length right now, having cut them down…but maybe…I’m not sure.

This one is a red and green glitter fade into a nude. I used both polish and cosmetic glitter to obtain this, as strangely enough I’m lacking a red clear base glitter in my collection…no seriously! I was pretty shocked!

Colors Used-

Base-China Glaze- Love letters, Greens- China Glaze- Holidaze and Sinful Colors Call You Later, Red- China Glaze Pointsettia and LA Splash Cosmetics Glitter Splash in Starlight Red (Cosmetic Glitter, not polish)

I painted just the very tip a solid color, then sponged up about a quarter of the way before covering the nail with the glitter to create the ombre glitter effect.

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I really really love how the finished product turned out. One of my favorite things about glitter tips is how long it lasts. I should be able to get a week plus wear out of this mani if I choose to…however there’s so much more to do before the end of the month! Anywho, here’s the finished product.

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Holiday Nail Art: Round 2 Candy Cane Swirls

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I’m not really sure how I feel about this one. When I thought up the idea, I felt it’d be a fun different candy cane design, and I don’t know, in practice I’m not sure I’m digging it. I think it’s the thumb that’s bugging me the most, but I haven’t quite narrowed it down yet. Either way, I figured I’d document this.

Polish Used:

Base- China Glaze: Love Letters

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Design- White- Wet n Wild Wild Shine- French White Creme, Green-China Glaze Holly-Day (From 2012 Holiday Collection I believe), and Red- China Glaze- Pointsettia (2012 Holiday Collection as well).

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Holiday Nails: Frozen

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First holiday nails of December!! I love how this frozen-tipped mani turned out. I really feel like it’s snow-covered. I had a bit of difficulty getting the ombre effect right on this one, mostly because the shift from blue to white needed to be quick. I achieved this by using a solid white base, then at the cuticle placing the blue and blotching it towards the white. About halfway down I used a sheer paler blue, then dabbed in more white. Topped with a multi-sized circle glitter and BAM! I really love this. Not only is it “winter holiday” appropriate, but it’s also Frozen themed appropriate…and it matches the white and blue holiday decore on my desk at work! HA!

My nails are so long right now, I’m not use to them. I’m very torn between cutting them down, and leaving them long. They’re such great canvases right now!! I feel almost bad cutting them with all the adorable holiday inspiration about! It’s getting harder to type though…so they may be getting a trim.

For some reason, this was not the easiest nail art to photograph, and no matter what I tried, it just didn’t take well. That makes me sad, in person this is so so pretty!

Polishes Used:

Wet n Wild- Wild Shine in French White Creme, China Glaze-Make a Spectacle (Glitter), December to Remember (2014 Holiday, Sheer Blue), So Blue Without You (2013 Holiday, brighter blue)

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Ohmergerd! A Nailart Update!! What?

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I know, right? What’s up with this?

It’s been hard for me to get inspired lately when it comes to blogging and nail art. I’m trying to get back into it with product reviews and what not as I find them. What inspired this was actually me coming across a new product…I’m not sure how new it is, as things aren’t usually cutting edge in my little town here. So, it’s new to me, and that’s all that matters, more on it later though.

I wanted to try a little something different. I’m not sure why exactly I thought about turkey feathers, but I did. Thanksgiving and all coming up, I’m sure it had something to do with it.

Products Used:

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I <3 Nail Art Pen- Sally Hansen in Noir, OOC Cosmetics in Fondue, China Glaze Roughish Red and Sunshine Pop, X-Treme Wear-Sally Hansen in Sun Kissed, and L’Oreal in The Temptress Power (base color). Not sure how I really feel about how they turned out, but people seemed to like them at work. So I’ll roll with it.

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Fashion February! Part 3

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A day late! Oh nose!

I’m a day late for a reason…Today is suppose to be stormy, and crappy, and yesterday was sunny and 80 degrees and wonderful, so I did my running around yesterday. I went to Ulta, and got a new haircut. I’m mostly happy with the results, but this morning I’m in the awkward phase where the left over product is doing strange things to my hair…Actually, yesterday the sylist had some trouble with it. She used a color-stay shampoo to protect the teal ends, and my hair sort of freaked out. She had to rewash it, much to her own shock. I tried warning her…I only use sulfate free products on my hair. Ah well…I’m going to wash it in a bit, so we’ll see what happens.

I was trying to make a video for a Frozen Sing Along Compilation that’s being put together, but my camera is dead…so after it gets some juice, I’ll film it, then shower this product out…I’ve apparently big plans for today, can you tell?

On to the Fashion…

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Saturday’s outfit…This is one of my best finds from Torrid ever. Original price of this floral maxi dress? 69.99! I got it for…wait for it…wait for it… 7 dollars. I’m not even kidding. There is one small problem with this dress, it’s very low cut, and the cups are on the smaller size, it’s a size 1 in Torrid, and I usually wear a size 2. I am making some major life changes very soon, so I’m hoping the boobies will fit better into the top of the dress shortly. until then, I pair this with a grey lace trimmed bandeau that matches the grey background of the dress. It looks like it’s part of the dress, and works just fine. I paired this strapless maxi with a long black jersey knit sweater to make it work appropriate, and my teal sandals.

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Sunday. I bought this white shirt at Its Fashion for 6 dollars because I was freezing a few weeks ago when the temp never reached 75 as promised. I dont know if I’m too fond of it, but since I did buy it I felt I’d take it for a test drive on a laid back Sunday. Paired this with my favorite black lace trimmed tank from Lane Bryant and my dark denim capris from Torrid that I got on clearance last year from a store closing event for 10 bucks. My sandals are by Sketchers (from the Shoe Dept. About 34.00), and I love them. They’re my go-to comfy run around shoes.

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Monday was a flashback to my middle school days…minus the shoes. Grey jersey knit top (which I’m planning to add a lace applique to when I find one I like), in a high low style purchased from It’s Fashion for 15 bucks. It came with a stretchy belt and a gold necklace, both I removed. I turned my old long black sweater into a long flowing vest. The sleeves had holes in them, hence why I had to get a new one (above), but the body is in decent shape, so I up-cycled the old one into this vest.The pants are jean-leggings from Wal-Mart (12 dollars).

My accessories are a mish-mosh of things I’ve had for years, save for the shoes and headband. Shoes are from It’s Fashion for 7.99 and I pretty much love these…the only thing I’m not fond of, is the no-slip bottoms. EVERYTHING sticks to them. Fur, dirt, twigs, leaves, everything. It’s pretty gross. I’m hoping as the soles wear down this will stop. My headband I got at the Beals outlet for 3 dollars. My cuff bracelet was purchased about 10 years ago in Salem, MA at a little gift shop, and the necklace I’ve had since 1995. I honestly can’t remember where it came from, more than likely Claire’s or a like store. I just remember I’ve always loved this piece because it’s a disk of the Zodiac.  I wore this pretty much every single day in 8th grade.

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My prized find! I found this dress at Beal’s Outlet for 7.50. The original designer price? 79.00!!! SCORE! I love this dress, the fabric is flowy, yet very heavy and stretchy. The bottom and top pictures are more true to color than the middle. At the waist, there’s a drawstring with pearl and stone accents at the bottom. I’m still trying to figure out where this drawstring should lay, if it’s under bust or mid-waist. I have a very long torso, so it doesn’t quite sit right when I wear it around the waist. The dress is a drop sleeve, so where as it’s sleeveless, it comes down just passed the shoulders making it appropriate for the office. I paired it with a flow cropped white sweater for work, and my killer nude sandals.

I eyed this dress for about 4 weeks…and kept saying “Ok, if it’s there next payday…” I wasnt sure it was going to be flattering, bit is, and I’m happy with it, and I adore the pleats and the way the fabric moves. It’s great and was worth the 7.50 and the wait!

BONUS DAY! I usually only do 5 days, but since I went out and about yesterday…

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Here’s my dress that I went about in, over a black bandeau. I purchased this dress last year at Gabriel Brother’s for about 13 dollars. This was pre-haircut.

The polish is by Hard Candy. Accent nail is 730 Jaw Breaker and the other fingers are 733 Candy Coated. I think I have 3 or 4 coats. This is going to be a nightmare to remove, but the waretime has been pretty awesome with minimal chipping and no top coat.

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Post-haircut with makeup for the sing-a-long video, inspired of course by Queen Elsa. Shadows are from the Acid Pallet by Sleek cosmetics (got mine on Amazon for around 8 bucks), and the BH Cosmetics 120 palette. bhcosmetics.com. Gloss is from Nyx.

Review Flower Cosmetics

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Alrighty, so I was not so subtly urged to check out Drew Berrymore’s cosmetic’s line by a fellow dance sister (Achem…Celeste.) She was excited about the products, and asked if I had heard about them or seen them yet. I hadn’t, but I did check out the press info she sent me and decided I might as well check out the line. I like Drew Berrymore after all.
Flower is carried exclusively at Wal-Mart, and is promoted as being a high end type of cosmetic for a low end price. It’s also cruelty free, and all the good stuff. All the colors are also named after flowers, or have pun-flower names.
You can check out the Flower line at flowerbeauty.com or walmart.com/flower.
My closest super center carries the line, and it did take me a bit of hunting to find the end cap with the products. I was sort of surprised, as I was expecting more of a permanent area in cosmetics. This leads me to believe it’s a trial run for Flower in Wal-Mart stores since they hadn’t bothered to rearrange their plan-o-grams for Drew.
I was also expecting more products. The press release didn’t go into the individual products, but the line as a whole. I got the impression there would be a full cosmetics line including face powders and shadows….I was wrong, or at least wrong for my local store. Which sort of made me bummed until I checked out walmart.com. Indeed, there is a full line of cosmetics from BB Creams to shadow quads. Most of the colors however are what I like to call “safe bets”. Browns and grey tones, nothing out there or crazy.

Mini Flower Haul

Mini Flower Haul

So I picked up the following products from my local super store…
2 Nail Lacquers, 1 Volumizing Mascara, and one Lip Butter.

First impressions before I started to explore….
I didn’t care for the Nail Lacquer bottles at first. They have those annoying square caps that never line back up right, so I was annoyed at this…until I realized you can actually remove the white cap with ease (it pops right off leaving a little plastic nubby) and line it back up with the bottle!! GOOD MOVE DREW!
I really liked the packaging for the lip butter at first. It’s cute and girly, and very eye catching.
The mascara packaging I don’t have strong feelings for either way. It’s green, and reminds me of a leaf. It’s neither difficult to use, or easy. Feels fairly generic in your hands, that’s not a bad thing.

So lets talk about the polishes first.

Showers and Good Bud-dy

April Showers and Good Bud-dy

I tried the aqua color Good Bud-dy first. It goes on a bit streaky, and for sure you need to use two coats for fullish opaqueness. Even with two coats, it’s more of a jelly finish and you can see your nail line beneath the color. With how the polish went on, I was a little worried the quality and wear of the polish, even more so since I had spent 6.95 on it.
I was pleasantly surprised at the length of wear I got out of this! I tested the polish using a base coat of Sache Vite and no top coat. With just this combo, the manicure lasted a week! No real chips or flakes! I was shocked! How awesome is that?! Now, this isn’t so say the polish remained perfect. The tips did show some wear or “shrinkage” which isn’t noticeable unless you look up close, and most people aren’t checking out your nails that closely. Oddly enough, where it did start to chip was actually by the cuticle as the nail grew.

Quick color swatch.

Quick color swatch.

I tested the dark dark blue April Showers next. I’ve mixed feelings about the color in general, I don’t hate it and I don’t love it…I’m in a neutral limbo. The color is one of those dark blues (A couple people have said they see green in it too.) that’s almost black. It has a unique finish on it’s own. It’s not matte, but it’s also not super shiny, and I dig that. I’ve been wearing this color for about five days now, and it’s holding up just as well as Good Bud-dy has! I even broke my tumb nail, and I assumed the polish would start chipping, it hasn’t! Not one bit.
Over all I’m very impressed with the quality of the polish. It’s worth the nearly 7 dollars I paid per polish. The length of wear is amazing, and I would for sure buy more in the future. The colors from the collection are over all nice, ranging from nudes to bold colors with lots of reds and pinks. If I didn’t already have most dupe colors in the collection, I’d jump on this line. The one thing I can say against the polishes  is that they lack unique colors. Also, there’s no shimmers or glitter colors, so if that’s your thing…sorry! I should also mention removal of the polish is a breeze!

Princess and the Paeony

Princess and the Paeony

On to the Lip Service Lip Butter…I got the shade Princess and the Paeony LB4…mostly because the name was adorable. It’s a medium-warm pink-mauve shade with a silver sheen. It has a faint fragrance that reminds me of cosmetics I had in my youth. (It smells like the DiC released Sailor Moon lipstick and compact to be exact! Don’t hate…that pearly lip gloss was amazing!) It’s a very light rose scent with a note of vanilla to dull it down. Honestly, it could have done with out the fragrance  but that’s just me. I’m one of those people that never sees the point to my face smelling like flowers. You can also taste the fragrance  and it’s a bit off putting…much less so than Benefit Cosmetic’s Benetint. The fragrance tastes just like it smells.

Color Swatch

Color Swatch

The wear on the lip butter is about average, there’s nothing that sticks out in greatness about it. The price point is the same as the polishes at just about seven dollars minus a few cents. It does condition the lips as well, so that’s a bonus.

Package Size vs. Actual Product.

Package Size vs. Actual Product.

Now here’s what I dislike greatly about the Lip Butters. Where as the packaging is super cute, I think it’s wasteful for a product that’s cruelty free and seems to be striding for planet goodness. You get very little product for the price. The package is bulky, and then the product is in this teeny little tube inside. It’s pretty damn wasteful and very deceiving  I won’t be buying the lip butter again for that reason, good color pay off or not.
Colors are also pretty generic, but I was impressed with the number of pink shades, but unimpressed with the options of other colors.
On a final note about the lip butters, the top is pretty hard to get off, which is and isn’t a bad thing. It’s nice to know the top won’t come loose in your purse, but if you have trouble opening things you’re going to find this to be a pain.

Mascara

Knockout Volumizing Mascara

Lastly, I picked up the Lash Knockout Volumizing Mascara in Black..which I got by accident. I had wanted the brown one as I am seriously lacking in brown mascara.

Mascara Color Swatch

Mascara Color Swatch

The mascara smells like mascara, which was a relief. The formula is pretty generic, I didn’t notice anything super special about it upon application. It goes on easily and smoothly.
I noticed when it gets on your skin, it’s easily removed by gently brushing it away with your finger tips, and smears very little. This is a bonus. The Lash Knockout does what it claims, it does make your lashes thicker and longer, with a noticeable difference from your bare lashes. It also doesn’t clump your lashes together, so that’s pretty great too.
I didn’t notice any serious flaking through the day! So this is a serious bonus…I really hate when my mascara flakes.
Removal is easy, but please note…I didn’t purchase a waterproof mascara, so keep that in mind.
Prices for the Mascaras run about average or a bit below for most drug-store brands coming in at about 8 dollars.

So my final thoughts…
Over all the price is good for the product, except for the Lip Butters. I really wish there was more product to be had for your dollar.
Packaging is adorable.
The quality of the line is very good, I was super impressed with it.
I was floored by the quality of the nail polish! Worth every damn penny!
So, buy the polish, pass on the lip butter, and if you need a new mascara and are looking for a cruelty free product, this is a great option but only buy if you’re needing a new mascara…
But seriously…A+++ on the polishes! Did I mention that yet??

Back! With a Review! SauceBox Cosmetics

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Hey there world!! So yea, I uh…yea. I’ve been pretty damn busy. October is usually one of those crazy months for a dancer around here, and then there was an awesome vacation, and a bunch of other stuff.

One of the reasons I haven’t updated with nail arts of the month is because I’ve felt pretty damn uninspired by the polish collections that have come out lately. I don’t know, just…bleh. I feel like everything’s been done before and I’m rather disenchanted. I did pick up some new polishes while on vacation from the Fergie Wet n Wild collection, but I didn’t do much with them and was a bit disappointed with the Dutchess color….aaaaanywho…

I finally feel inspired enough to do a blog post! I had a blast this Black Friday, celebrating from my couch and only fighting internet traffic. Although, I did learn a lesson…don’t shop online exhausted! I could barely remember everything I ordered!!

Shadow SwatchesCaramella, Russian Rouge, and Neon Yellow. No base.

Shadow Swatches
Caramella, Russian Rouge, and Neon Yellow. No base.

Anywho, I’ve been eyeing Sauce Box Cosmetics for some time, and following them on Facebook. When I saw they were having a Black Friday sale and many of their products were 50% off plus free shipping…? Hello! I decided it was time to give them a try!!

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I’m SOOOO glad I did!!! I’m not glad I didn’t order more!! Ug! Sometimes I hate being cautious. I won’t buy full sized things until I get to try a brand…Hell, I wouldn’t even buy an Urban Decay liner set before I tried a sample pencil for myself…much to the chagrin of the sales man. (Sorry, I’ll pay 12 bucks for a duel ended black and brow, not 38 for a full set of colors I may never use or like!)

What caught my attention was that SauceBox offers a matte red. Like a REAL red. Not a burgundy, or a pink-rose. Red. Red shadows are so flippin hard to find, even more so when they’re matte. All swatches are on bare skin, no base.

Russian Rouge

Russian Rogue is a smooth matte finished red. On the site, it looks just plain red, but in person there are very VERY sparse flecks of gold glitter in it. They’re barely noticeable and down show up in swatches at all, you really have to squint and move it around in the light to see it. The staying power of Russian Rogue is INCREDIBLE! I tested this by swatching it on my wrist and going to dance class.

Over 12 hours later!

Over 12 hours later!

Not only did it stay through class and on the way there and back (With a hoodie cuff rubbing on it for 90min) but it stayed on ALL NIGHT. I LOVE THIS SHADOW!!!

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Caramella was the second shadow I nabbed. I’ve been in the market for a bold matte brown, and this little baby didn’t disappoint! Similar to the Russian Rogue, it had really amazing staying power. It too lasted through the night, but not quite as boldly as the red. I was still very VERY impressed with this shadow!

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The last of my picks was Neon Yellow. Like most neon colors, this formula is a little chalky but over all not bad at all. It could benefit from a base like NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. Not only will this help smooth the shadow, but it will also make the color show more true (which is true with all neon colors!). This had the least sticking power, which didn’t surprise me, being a neon pigment and all.

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They were super nice, and included a mascara in the box! I love the formula  doesn’t clump and doesn’t bother my eyes OR flake!! I have a lot of problems wearing mascaras to be honest, and I’m very picky about them. Most give me a headache, so I love when I can find one that not only is pain free for me, but doesn’t flake at all. So happy about this, at the end of the day I didn’t look like a raccoon at all! The applicator was super…well…sproingy! I just a huge kick out of it. It’s sort of awesome!

Sproingy!!!

Sproingy!!!

The packaging is super adorable, and it arrived in a neon pink box which just made me grin.

Shipping is reasonable, and fast too! I’ll totally be reordering from them in the future!

Check them out at http://www.sauceboxcosmetics.com!