Review: Sephora Formula X Nail Polish


On my recent Ohio trip I bought these two polishes from Sephora.

The holographic effect on this one is subtler than the other holo polishes I've tried. It has to be in direct sunlight for there to be any noticeable effect.

Here is "Surreal"

And OH! Zone:

OH! Zone had a more noticeable effect than Surreal and can be used as a top coat because it's basically clear. But it's an actual glitter polish, which means it's harder to remove than cream polishes. That also means I won't use it often because it shreds my cotton polish remover pads.

At $10.50 a bottle, I'm not sure I'll be buying more of this brand unless there's a decent sale or they come up with something unique.

RoseVoxBox: Dr. Scholl's Cozy Cushions


Dr. Scholl's Cozy Cushions is another Rose Vox Box/ Influenster product.

I tried sticking these babies into my Doc Martins. Unfortunately, they're a bit tall and smooshed my toes up against the top of my boot. So I put them in my Skechers Oxfords where I have more wiggle room.

These are indeed cozy. But their height means you need a roomy shoe to use these with. And since they keep your feet warm, very warm, these are only good for weather below forty degrees or so. The comfort a roomy pretty nice.

So if you like wearing wool socks in your big boots but don't like the itchy part of it, try these!

Huge beauty sample (and some full-size) giveaway! (US only)


w00 h00! It's almost the holiday season and we've just hit TWO HUNDRED POSTS! *dances*

I've got loads of samples I'll never use. So, in honor of the holiday season and our milestone, you can win them!

Check out what's up for grabs:

Here's what's available:

  • Full size - Bath & Body Works Twilight Woods body lotion
  • Full size - Station nail lacquer "Love at first byte" (pinkish)
  • Full size - Sparkling Cream Palette "Volta"
  • Full size - Hollywood Fashion Tape
  • Full size - Kiss Gradation Polishes (used once)
  • Ojon thickening spray (1.8oz)
  • Oscar Blandi Texture & Volume Spray (1oz)
  • Illume scented 1oz mini candle "Desert Tulip"
  • yaby concealer "buff" (no size listed)
  • juice beauty hydrating mist (1oz)
  • Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream (0.1oz)
  • Mica Beauty Shimmer Powder "Earth" (2g)
  • Sample pouches Dial 7-day moisturizing lotion (Skin Therapy and Extra Dry Skin)
  • 1 Kate Somerville Tanning Towelette

The entirety of Ipsy's July bag:

  • Full size - nailtini lacquer in "Mai Tai" (it more of a pink/peachy than the photo above)
  • Big Sexy Hair Weather Proof Humidity Resistant Spray
  • Coola organic mineral sunscreen face 20 SPF
  • bh Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow Sample
  • Pop Beauty pouty pop crayon "Coral Crush"

Enter here through Dec 6th (US Residents Only):

December 2013 Ipsy Sneak Peek / Spoiler

It's only halfway through November, but we already have an Ipsy spoiler. One of the companies posted about it on their Facebook. Please note that Ipsy has not posted a spoiler for this item just yet, so it might or might not be in the bag.

Starrily - Nail Polish - Bzzz Bzzz
We will be in the December Ipsy box! Bzzz Bzzz is the nail polish that will be featured! To celebrate, we are giving away a FREE full size bottle of Bzzz Bzzz to anyone who buys 3 regular priced full bottles! Message us with code "buzz" to get it!

1) Be a Bombshell Cosmetics - The One Stick
 DECEMBER SNEAK PEEK #1: Multiple uses and multiple parties await this holiday!

2. Pop Beauty - Eye Shadow Trio
 DECEMBER SNEAK PEEK #2 We're looking forward to partying with one of these colorful trios!

3. One of these will be in your bag this month!

DECEMBER SNEAK PEEK #3: Kick up the color and kick up your heels with one of many lovely lip shades!

J. Cat Beauty - The Big Lip Pencil
NYX - Extra Creamy Round Lipstick

4. Two of the items below will be in your bag.

DECEMBER SNEAK PEEK #4: We're counting down to December's Glam Bag with two of these celebration-worthy products!

Andrea Lashes - Strip Lashes
Salon Perfect Beauty - False Lashes
Ardell Lashes - Natural Lashes
Jesse's Girl Cosmetics - Nail Polish - Sugar Plum Fairy
Starrily - Nail Polish - Bzzz Bzzz
English Laundry (?) - Perfume Sample
Demeter Roll On - Snow
Mirabella (?) - Eye Blender Brush (?)
Nicka K - Nail Polish

5. The bag
DECEMBER SNEAK PEEK #5: Pop the bubbly and cue the confetti! You're invited to a month-long celebration with us and the December "Celebrate!" Glam Bag! 

Check back soon for more spoilers!

Review: Ulta House of Hues pallete


Did I mention Ulta opened a store in my city? No? Well, they did! And omg, it's a beautiful thing!

Guess who went to their grand opening two days in a row? That's right! This girl! Day one I scored a $5 gift card and used it to buy barrettes. Day two I dragged MG with me so we could get two gift cards, we ended up with $10 and $25 *makes a triumphant fist*

So I bought this little "House of Hues" palette I'd been eyeing the day before. It cost me $2.14 using the $10 gift card.

Here's the back. It says there are 9 lip colors, 18 eye shadows, 3 blush shades, 2 bronzers, 1 highlighting powder, 1 eye liner pencil and an applicator.

Loads of sweet colors to try, right? And the palette isn't too big to carry in a purse.

Here they are without the cover:

I tested this out today using shadows: Sage, Rags to Riches, and Glamazon, as well as Glow and Sunkissed (bronzer/blush), and Pink Chocolate/Vintage wine, plus the eye liner.

The shadows and blushes are nicely pigmented. The lip colors weren't but I may have picked colors a little close to my lip's skin tone.

Here's the result (with Urban Decay eye primer):

I'm pretty pleased with this set. It's a good deal for $12. Even better that I paid $2 ;)

Review: nails inc. Leather Effect


This is another Sephora find from when I headed over to Ohio. I tested this nails inc. leather effect polish in the store and fell in love with the effect. I bought it. But when I use it at home, it ends up clumping. I haven't gotten the hang of it.

I tried it again Sunday with a different basecoat and it came out really nicely. Here's the end result:

RoseVoxBox: Rimmel London Scandaleyes retro glam mascara


I got into the beauty box subscription habit because I'd wanted mascara. Now I have oodles of mascara tubes and not enough eyelashes to use them on. But free is always good. This tube of Rimmel's "scandaleyes retro glam mascara" was free from the Rose Vox Box/ Influenster.

Influenster lists retail as $5.99 and it hits shelves this month.

The brush is pretty huge (admittedly I've been using the small Benefit "They're Real" tube for like a year so everything feels huge in comparison) and it has a nifty shape that makes covering the lashes a breeze. And though I didn't try multiple coats, it didn't clump like several mascaras I've tried. Afterward my lashes were nice and black, fairly thick, and the product lasted several hours before I took it off using makeup remover. I didn't try crying (haha) and I didn't get caught in the rain, so I can't speak on how it stands up to a bad day and the elements.

HOWEVER, day two I hadn't showered prior to putting make-up on. The mascara went on my right eye with little trouble however the left eye clumped into five massive spidery legs. I wiped it off and tried again. Same problem. So I wiped it off, found my little lash comb and combed it out. The application after combing wasn't as bad but it wasn't nearly as good as yesterday. What changed? Only the lack of steam on my lashes.

I'm no longer sure what to say about this product.

Yesterday I thought $5.99 was a great deal for a full-sized mascara that could run with the big boys. But after today, I no longer think this can run with the big boys. I won't be using this again, even if my little tube of Benefit "They're Real" runs out. I'd rather pay the $10 for the good stuff than risk spider legs.
Here's a bad-quality picture of it on my eyes from day 1:

Review: Maybelline Brocades


I found this Maybelline Brocades polish at Ulta today. This multi glitter is $3.99 a bottle.

Here's how Crushed Crimson looks:

Review: Maybelline Vintage Leather Polish

Maybelline's Color Show polishes are a bargain (they're usually about $2.99), so when I saw a display for their new "Vintage Leather" line at Target, I literally squealed and promptly Instagramed it. The bottle shown here is actually a green rather than aqua.

The effect is a matte, almost chalk board consistency with a powdery cast as if I'd kept my fingers in hard water for too long. MG thinks it's neat. I think it's meh. Here's how it looked after one day:

And I hadn't even done dishes, laundry, or anything else but standard day-to-day.

So, if you're looking for a neat effect you can apply and then remove the next day, this is a bargain. But if you want long wearing without having to float between top coats? Look elsewhere.

Spotted: Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel


I spotted this Revlon display at Walmart the other day. Because the nail polish had adorable little bottles, I took a second look. This says: Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel. That's right scented.
Needless to say, I was bad and opened a few. They smelled like nail polish. I wasn't bad enough to actually test them there in the store. And since I'd just ordered $30 worth of fancy polish online, I couldn't bring myself to spend another $5 on polish...this month.

Have you tried it? Does it dry with a nice scent?

Overstock find: Yankee Candle at Burlington Coat Factory


I was near my local Burlington Coat Factory tonight so I figured I'd stop in in case they had some nice sweaters. They had absolutely zilch decent stuff in the clothing aisle for big girls like me. But they did have entire display of legitimate Yankee Candle candles. No knock offs here (though on the other side of the display they had some convincing knock offs called Tuscany Candles).

These were Christmas and Autumn Yankee scents like Falling Leaves, Pumpkin, Cookie Swap, Christmas Candy, and a bunch of others. They had several different sizes (not shown), styles (the candles with the metal lids?), and scents. Most were at least 50% off retail prices.

$28 is super expensive for a candle, even a large one...but that's about what retail is for these babies. $13 is a bit more doable. These days we're more into burning oils and wax tarts than we are on the candles. I didn't end up buying any of those. 

But I did buy this three pack of Car Jars for $4.99. That's a sweet deal. Those things are something like $3 a piece retail.

So if you've got a Burlington Coat Factory nearby, and if you love Yankee Candle as much as I do, head over there!

RoseVoxBox: belVita crunchy biscuits


I received this belVita Cinnamon Brown Sugar biscuit pack in the Influenster Rose Vox Box.

I'd compare these breakfast biscuits to graham crackers in terms of flavor and consistency...only they're firmer. And not as tasty, lol. My first impression was "wow, slightly flavored cardboard". But then, that's kind of my impression of plain graham crackers. So you should take my opinion with a grain of salt.

In any case, even if these filled me up and kept me energized all day long, I likely wouldn't pay the three some odd dollars for a box of them.

RoseVoxBox: Kiss Nail Art


I received this Kiss Gradation Polish Kit in the Influenster Rose Vox Box and was thrilled. 
I'd considered buying this package for $6.99 at Walmart but decided to read the back and try to duplicate the effect on my own with polishes I already had. That...didn't work out so well.

Read on to see how the kit worked out for me.

This includes three polishes, a silver metallic, a darker gray metallic, and a dark grey glitter.
The instructions say to do two coats with the silver and let it dry.

So here is the first coat:

The directions say to put the darker gray on the top 1/3 of your nails and then, while that is wet, apply the glitter polish to the top half of the nail. So I didn't get a chance to take a picture between the second and third coats. Here's the end result:

The effect is pretty cool, and easier than ombre using sponges. Not to mention I used less polish and didn't need a sponge for this. Clean up is easier as well because I wasn't sponging all over my fingers. 

So in conclusion, this is a great buy :)

Zoya Deal - Cancelled

So I hopped on Facebook today and my buddy told me that the awesome Zoya Trick or Treat deal was cancelled if you only ordered a color spoon. Sorry guys, if you want to fight it with their customer service you can. The link below is a cached Zoya page on October 29th, it does NOT state that color spoons are restricted on promotions. They have since changed it.

Furthermore, if you tried to click on the promo details (rules) when clicking the Trick or Treat haunted house, you were not able to click and read anything. Anyway, Zoya is honoring any non color spoon orders. They will not be emailing the cancelled orders people. If you want to get another code so you can make a new order, you can contact them via their website, call, or live chat.

Read all the hubbub on their facebook page HERE.

Lush - Aqua Marina Cleanser

I've always been on the search for a good facial cleanser that works well with my sensitive skin. I've tried this out in the past and loved it but forgot to purchase a new one. I went to Lush this past weekend and snagged a sample of it.

Though the sample looks small, this will last probably a week to two weeks due to only having to use a tiny amount every usage.

Ingredients (from the website):
Glycerine , Calamine Powder , Kaolin , Irish Moss Infusion (Chondrus crispus) , Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis) , Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride) , Nori Seaweed (Fucus vesiculosus) , Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus dulcis) , Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin) , Carrageenan , Perfume

What the product states (from the website):
Do you remember putting calamine lotion on bug bites as a child? Aqua Marina was made with the same principle in mind; using the soothing pink extract to reduce redness and inflammation in sensitive skin. Those who have a tendency to react to citrus or strong herbal oils will find salvation in Aqua Marina’s gentle aloe vera and moisturizing nori seaweed. Especially cooling on sun burnt faces, Aqua Marina is perfect for normal to dry skin types. Your cleanser will remain fresh for up to three months. Always check the expiration date on your product.

My review:
Due to the nature of Lush products, these do have a relatively short shelf life of normally a year. Every product comes with a sticker saying when it is made, and when it will expire. In most cases if you use the product at least a few times a week, you'll be fine and won't be throwing away a product when it's due to expire. 

Aqua Marina is a thick pink creamy texture with bits of seaweed wrapped around/mixed in. I love using this because it makes my skin super soft, and gives it moisture all while soothing it. In most cases my skin becomes super dry when using a normal facial wash/cleanser, this product is perfect for me though! 

3.5 oz - $13.95
8.8 oz - $28.95 

Would I recommend this product to others? Yes! If you have sensitive skin, and want to try a more natural product, give this a shot. You can always pop into a local Lush store and get a demo of it, or even ask for a sample.

Julep Friends & Family 50% Sale


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