7.07.2014

PopSugar June 2014 Must Have Box Review

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Hello again, readers!

June may be over, but I wanted to share this Must Have Box from PopSugar with you so that you could get an idea of what a box would contain if you decide to subscribe! I have always enjoyed the items I have gotten. They are fun and useful but still have a luxury feel to them.

In most all the boxes I have gotten, there is always a snack item included and it's always the first thing to get used. ;) Hence, the reason why I don't have my own photo of the Hawaiian BBQ chips that came in this box. They were pretty spicy but still addictive and tasty!

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Next up is a beach towel/throw blanket/scarf. This is super lightweight and easy to keep stored in a bag for those times you wish you had a blanket. The size is generous enough to fit multiple people for sitting. I love the turquoise blue stripes. I actually used this at the beach on a day trip with my husband and kids and it worked out perfectly.


This lotion smells so fresh and hydrates nicely. It uses Swedish oats which can help irritated skin.


These wipes come in handy for me when I'm out and about with my 3 year old and 9 month old. haha! Even though that's an obvious use, I still believe that wet wipes should be in everyone's bag because they really are so convenient. The lemon scent these wipes have is pleasant but not over powering.


I haven't had a chance to read this book yet (remember my kids I mentioned? :) but I hope to soon! I've seen it in many magazines and online as a recommendation for summer reading. Any of you read it?


I think these hair ties are super cute! But also functional which is kind of necessary when it comes to hair accessories, in my opinion. These are nice and stretchy and the gold ring adds a nice finishing touch to a ponytail.


And the final item in my Must Have box for June was a voucher to a store called Native Union. They have a lot of nice tech accessories. Still trying to decide what to use mine on but I've been eyeing the cute USB keychains.


You can sign up for the PopSugar Must Have monthly box *here*. I don't think you'll be disappointed!

Do you already subscribe or plan to subscribe to the Must Have box? 



*POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.
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SinfulColors Full Throttle Select Swatches and Review

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Hey everyone!

Hope you had a great weekend. Today I'm showing you 3 of the 5 polishes in the upcoming SinfulColors Full Throttle collection which features a "rubberized texture" finish.

Race Rubber is a dark maroon /purple. I did 2 coats. The texture finish takes a bit to show up but once it's dry it gets a slightly bumpy texture similar to a texture creme only not as textured but also a rubber look to the finish. Kind of hard to describe but hopefully you can see what I mean in my photos!


Red Tired is an orange-y red. It looks more neon here than in person...my camera just didn't want to pick up it's true color. 2 coats.


And finally, Burn Rubber a bright orange. 2 coats.


There is also a blue and pink shade included in this collection. If you like textures, this is a new one to check out! I think this is currently popping up in Walgreens and Rite Aid by now and will retail for $1.99 each.

Keep up with SinfulColors on social media!
 
Twitter: @SinfulColors_NP
Facebook: Sinfulcolors Professional

What do you guys think of these rubberized textures?

*Polish was sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.
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7.02.2014

New SinfulColors Silk+Satin Collection Select Swatches and Review

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Hello polish lovers!
 
 
I've 3 of the 6 polishes from the upcoming SinfulColors Silk+Satin collection for you today! These dry down to a demi-matte texture, think a soft touch/soft focus look.
 
 
Silver Solution is a shimmery, almost metallic silver. As you can see from my swatch, it's very sheer! This is 4 coats and you can still see VNL. I was surprised since most metallics are practically one coaters. This could easily double as a topper over other colors to give them the demi matte finish. 
 

 
Solar Flux is a pale yellow and paired with the demi matte finsh, this reminds me exactly of a banana flavored Laffy Taffy! haha For a yellow especially, this formula was the best of the 3 polishes I tried from this collection.


And finally, we have Real Teal. Another one that was a bit sheer for my liking but it does build up into a pretty color. I love the shimmer paired with the demi matte finish...very pretty.


 
These should be popping up in all the usual places SinfulColors are found. I usually find the LE collections at Walgreens and Rite Aid.
 
Keep up with SinfulColors on social media!
 
Twitter: @SinfulColors_NP
Facebook: Sinfulcolors Professional
 
 
Are any of you going to hunt these down?
 
 
 
 
*Polish was sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.



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6.27.2014

Sally Hansen Color Foil Selected Swatches and Review

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It's Friday, which automatically makes it a good day. ;)
 
I have some of the Color Foil collection from Sally Hansen to show you guys today. I'm sure you've heard the buzz about these by now! They are reminisecent of their Chrome line in the early 2000s. I had a bottle from that line in high school that I was obsessed with so I was super excited to see this finish return!
 
I have 5 of the 9 polishes all cool colors because that's what I gravitate towards usually. I did 2 coats of each polish. One almost covers entirely, the second was mostly to perfect the finsh.
 
 

Cobalt Chrome is a blue with a slight hint of turquoise.
 

Leaden Lilac is a blue-violet color. Very unique!


Titanium Flush is a rosy pink shade. Pretty sure I had this exact color from the Chrome line back in the day!


Purple Alloy is a medium purple. Also part of my current mani!


And finally, Minted Metal is a lovely light green.


Chrome finish polishes do best without a base coat to get the smoothest application, however they do show imperfections on the nail, so buff beforehand to get the smoothest finish. These do have a very mirror like finish and dry almost instantly! Which is great for a quick mani when your short on time.

Who else is loving this new collection from Sally Hasnsen?
 
*Polish sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.
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6.23.2014

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Liquid Mani-a Matte Collection 2014 Swatches and Review

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Hello and happy Monday!

I've got swatches of Sally Hansen's latest Insta-Dri collection and this time it's MATTE! This finish has been popping up more frequently (at least to me) and it's a welcome change for another option to mix up your typical manicure. I received half of this collection for review but because the Insta-Dri line is my fave from Sally Hansen, I had to get the rest when I came across them in Walgreens!

If you are familiar with matte polishes, you know they dry very quickly, take more effort to apply, and don't typically last as long as a glossy finish polish. But don't let this deter you! I'll give you some tips and tricks at the end of this post! Let's take a look at these beauties first. I did 2 coats of each.


White Pick It Fence. A white creme. White is notoriously a difficult shade to apply so this was the most finicky being a white and matte but it's nothing that can't be handled!


My personal fave is Coastin' By. Because who can say no to a perfect mint creme?!


Mauve Matter is a nude with pink undertones. This is great for a natural look with the matte finish giving it a little twist.


Mattitude in Motion. A bright pink. This one almost has a rubber finish to it...can you tell?


High 'n Dry is a true blue. It's very pigmented and I only needed a 2nd coat to help even out the coverage of the matte formula.


And finally, In a Haze. A gorgeous purple.


I honestly think the Insta-Dri signature flat and wide brush is a match made in heaven for applying a matte polish. Since mattes dry quickly, you have to work fast to get an even layer on the nail and this brush spreads to cover the majority of the nail in one swipe! Love it.

A few tips for applying matte polish:

* Skip base coat. Matte polishes will apply more smoothly instead of dragging and skipping over the smooth base.

* Buff your nails. Matte polishes tend to show ridges on the nail once dry and buffing will provide an even surface for a more flawless application.

* Hurry up and wait. Matte formulas dry much faster than a glossy finish, so to get a flawless application work quickly on each coat. But once you've completed a coat, wait for that to dry for a few seconds before doing a second coat, otherwise the polish will drag and create uneven patches.

*Make a sandwich. To help extend the wear of a matte polish, apply a coat or two of your matte polish and once that's dry, top it off with a glossy top coat making sure to wrap the tips (very important!). Once your top coat is dry, apply another coat of your matte shade. This really helps! I wore Coastin By as a full mani using this technique and after 48 hours there were only minor chips at the tips of my nails which is pretty good for a matte!

Are you loving these matte Insta Dri shades as much as I am?


*Product was sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.
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5.30.2014

Zoya Magical Pixie Dust Summer 2014 Swatches and Review

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Happy Friday!

I've got swatches of Zoya's new Magical Pixie Dusts for Summer 2014 for you today! I seriously love the Magical Pixie Dust line. It's so freakin' blinged out thanks to the holo glitters and with no base or topcoat required....Yes, please!

As a note on the formula of these: Not sure if it's just me, but I felt that this summer collection applied a lot more evenly and easier than the original Magical Pixies. I think that this is because these newer ones have a more obvious tint to the base which helps even things out and cover better. All of my swatches are 2 coats.

Bar is a nude glitter. I love this. I feel like it matches my skin perfectly which makes my nails look like they are naturally blinged out. You get the best of both worlds: no in-your-face colors but a fabulous shine!


Ginni is an almost bubblegum pink shade. I love anything pink, so of course this is a fave for me as well.


And finally, Arlo. This magenta shade reminds me of grape popsicle juice. Hello, summer!


I obviously love these and recommend them to anyone. I know not everyone is on the texture train though. I honestly wasn't sure about the Magical Pixie Dusts until I got some of the spring ones in the Earth Day promotion. I quickly changed my mind after trying this new finish out in person!

The Summer Magical Pixie Dusts are available for purchase now at zoya.com.

Are you guys loving these new Zoyas?

*Product sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.
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5.22.2014

Candy Stripe Nail Art with Zoya's Bubbly Collection

I wanted to share with you some fun summery nail art I did with the shades from Zoya's new Bubbly collection! This was quite simple to achieve and I believe anyone can do it.


I started with a white base and placed striping tape diagonally across the nail. I used all 6 Bubbly shades and painted in 1 coat in each section rotating the colors.


This reminded me of one of those huge lollipops with the rainbow swirled in it!




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