Friday, November 30, 2012

Black Friday Shopping: Icing & Payless!

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Today I'm going to share some of what I picked up during my Black Friday shopping spree (more will probably be on it's way in future posts).  I visited quite a few stores on Black Friday, but several of those, I just walked around and browsed and then left with no purchase.  But, I did do some major (since I normally only buy 1-2 items at a time in Icing) damage in Icing, as well as Payless (but most of that was a pair of winter snow boots).

Let's see what I got at Payless first:
Top left is Brash polish in Copper Crunch (really pretty mixed shades & sizes of copper glitter in a clear base).  Top right is Brash polish in Toxic Purple.  The polishes were buy one get one 50% off.  And of course, my new boots (on sale, too).  I have been looking for new feminine snow boots for a couple of years, so Yay! the search is over!

Now let's see what I found at Icing!
Icing polishes in Urban Affair (black, charcoal and some scattered holographic little glitters in a gray tinted base), Love Letters (has scattered gold micro glitter) and Industrial Chic (black little glitters and pewter hex glitters in a clear base)
Top row is a spray bottle of Icing's Dance the Night Away Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray
Bottom is 2 pairs of earrings that look like they could have come straight from India

The person working at Icing said/claimed that many people have come back raving about the Dance the Night Away spray & that it really works well so...we'll see.  I hope it does work since none of my current oil-control products seems to work for more than a few hours.  The beauty products and earrings were all on sale for buy one get one 50% off.

Have you tried Icing's spray?  Did you get lots of new goodies for Black Friday (if you went)?

More Black Friday hauls to come (and probably some regular shopping hauls, too)...

**all products purchased by me
**my opinions are my own

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Urban Decay Flash Sale Mini Haul!

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Today I have a little mini-sized haul from when Urban Decay had a flash sale about half way through November.  The deal was to purchase 2 eyeshadow singles and get a free 6-pan build your own palette (which included one shadow already as well as a single-ended brush).  When I was picking my shadow shades and putting them in my cart, I saw that a interesting-looking sample got loaded into the cart too.  Yay!  Shipping was pretty quick (and free) this time.
Everything but the Thank You sticker

Urban Decay single eyeshadows
YDK (cool bronze with a shimmer finish - luminous sheen, no glitter)
ACDC (smoky, greyish purple with a shimmer finish - luminous sheen, no glitter)
~~ the middle picture on the bottom row is the empty casing for a single after I popped it out ~~

Build Your Own eyeshadow palette
Walk of Shame (included with palette)
travel sized Good Karma brush

All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray sample


I'm pretty excited to see how the sample of All-Nighter Works with my oily skin.

Did you take advantage of the Urban Decay Flash Sale?  Or maybe the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales?  What did you get?

**all products purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not affiliated/sponsored

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Revlon Espresso nails with Sequins

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Today I've got one of the more recent nail looks that I wore just before Thanksgiving.  I wanted to get this one up soon since one of the polishes is, as far as I know, limited edition.

I started out with a coat of ridge filling base coat (as usual), but I forget which one I had handy that night.  Then I did 2 coats of Revlon Top Speed in Espresso.  This is such a gorgeous dark brown and I have no idea why I waited so long to use it.
But in sunlight (coming through the window), Espresso revealed a pretty hidden secret!  It has a pretty micro-shimmer of what looks like a little teal and burgundy (shows up the most on my pinkie):

Then to dress it up more, I added a nice coat of Revlon Sequins onto my ring fingers and my thumbs...I was being a little different for me this time, since I normally just accent the ring fingers.  I really liked the double accents, so I'll probably do that more in the future.

Sequins is a lovely gold glitter polish consisting of both micro-glitter and medium sized hex glitters in a clear base.  This left a fairly smooth finish as well, despite all the glitters.  Love this, and I still can't think of another gold glitter quite like it.  I found this shade in a limited edition display, but the bottle says new shade, so I'm not sure where Revlon is going with it.  If you'd like to see what other polishes were in the display with Sequins, check out my Spotted, Hauled & Swatched post on this collection.

Have you picked up Revlon's Sequins?  Know of any dupes for it?

**all products purchased by me
**my opinions are my own

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Where Has the Time Gone?

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Remember me?  I'm back with a quick little post.  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend, and if you went shopping found lots of goodies. :-)  I know I did.  I even seemed to have made the holiday weekend much, much longer than just a weekend - more like a week.  Oops.

I have to say that I cannot believe how quickly the time is flying by.  Each day, I'll lay out a mental plan for what I want to accomplish and each time I look at the clock I can't believe how many hours of passed, with little to nothing being accomplished from that list.  I have got to get back on schedule.

Yesterday I made a note on Twitter about how the Mister and I have taken up a new hobby together and it is eating into much of the time I normally take to come up with content for here.  I am definitely enjoying learning and practicing our new hobby, so no regrets there.

I've got loads of pictures taken, but not edited or even organized, I have a couple of craft projects that I've started and haven't had time to finish, and of course the never-ending duties of running a household.  And I've still got that urge to go through and organize/sort/clean out various areas of the house.  But now that it's getting cold, I'm having a hard time resisting the urge to cuddle up with Kitty and/or a blanket so nothing is getting finished.  Can we say, lack of self-discipline?

I'm hoping that tomorrow, I will get my rear in gear and get projects finished and pictures sorted, edited and then posts drafted and start posting regularly again.  I hope...  I've got a couple of fall nail looks that I want to get up soon, and of course I will be posting about what I got for Black Friday (and other shopping trips).  I have some craft projects that are perfect for winter that I want to share.  I've also got a few other ideas in my brain, but we'll see if those work out or not.

Any tips on managing time better for someone that's completely off schedule?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Kiss Ever PRO Lash Starter Kit thoughts

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I've yet another review on an Influenster product I received in my Beauty Blogger VoxBox.  I know it seems like they're all coming in one time period, but I'm most of the way through (and running short on time).
Today's thoughts will be on the Kiss Ever PRO Lash Starter Kit.  I received it in style 05.  You can check out the full line from Kiss at their site.  Now keep in mind that prior to receiving this all-inclusive kit, I have never used false lashes...ever.  I was lucky enough to be born with a pretty nice set so give me a nice mascara and I'm all set.  But I did try this set out a few days ago for a while and have some thoughts to share.

Pros:
  • Everything needed is included in the kit
  • Glue dries clear
  • Thin band
  • Got the lashes applied on the first eye on the 2nd try; second eye on the 1st try
Cons:
  • Felt heavy (but that's probably because I've never had false lashes on)
  • Glue claimed to be scent-free, but I thought it smelled like Elmer's school glue
  • Had a hard time getting the ends to stick - probably operator error
  • Lash bands were slightly different lengths from each other - could have fixed it with scissors
From Influenster's product page:
Ever tried applying eyelashes but became frustrated when they didn’t position correctly? Only to remove them and start over? Kiss Ever PRO Lash Starter Kit provides everything you need for amazing lashes instantly! Each kit includes 1 pair of Eyelashes, 1 3g Adhesive,and 1 PRO Lash Applicator. The new PRO Lash Applicator allows for a flawless application every time! Kiss lashes come in a variety of styles that are perfect for everything from day wear to a formal evening event. 

To Use: Simply apply glue to the lash band and let set for 30-60 seconds for adhesive to become slightly clear and tacky. Using the PRO Lash Applicator, apply lashes along the natural lash line. Hold, allowing adhesive to dry completely. Do the same to the second eyelash. Both lashes have a perfect fit!

Kiss Ever PRO Lash Starter Kit retails for $4.99 and are available at Walgreens stores nationwide. For more information and how-to videos, visit EverEZlashes.com.
And the essential facts (also from Influenster):
Made from highest quality human hair. Use with Kiss adhesive for optimal results. Latex free, odor free, waterproof, flexible formula for 24hr hold, easy applicator.
Since I've nothing to compare these to, I'd have to say that they are pretty good.  Will I repurchase?  Possibly in a different style to see if they feel different than this set.  The price seems to be pretty good, as well - especially since the glue comes with it.


Do you wear false lashes?  Often or just special occassions?  What's your favorite brand/style?  I'm curious so let me know!


**Disclosure:
I was sent these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster in exchange for reviews and the completion of related surveys.

**My opinions are entirely my own / not influenced in any way

Bath & Body Works Fall Mini Candle thoughts

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Today I've got my thoughts on another product I received in my Influenster Beauty Blogger VoxBox.  This one is not necessarily a beauty product, but it can make your room more beautiful with a warm candle-lit glow.

I received a mini candle (1.3 oz) from Bath & Body Works, but the label says White Barn.  Must be a sub-line/division...
Black Pepper Bergamot

The description on the bottom of the jar says: "Intricate layers of spicy black pepper combine with uplifting bergamot and lavender in a fragrance inspired by fall's changeable days".

Honestly, I'm not that crazy about the scent while it's sitting on the desk in front of me.  It reminds me of a musky body powder.  Not a fan.  And when I burn it, if I'm sitting near it, I can't smell any scent at all...but out in the hallway, you can smell the musky-powdery-ness.  Neither the Mister nor I are a fan of this scent.

I do like that this is a little "trial" size candle so you can test out a scent to see if it changes once lit or not.

Product info from Influenster's site (including descriptions of all the fall candle line):

Mini but Mighty! Our Mini Candles provide an amazing fragrance experience exclusively developed and tested by our team of Home Fragrance experts, including the world's best master perfumers. Now in an elegant glass container, these are the perfect size for trialing all our fall home fragrances! Mini Candles burn approximately 15 hours.

Mini Candles provided to Influensters:

  • Mahogany Teakwood—The scents of fine woods-mahogany, cedarwood and oak – highlighted by delicate lavender and geranium notes conjure up an escape to a cozy library on a chilly fall day.
  • Pumpkin Cupcake—The perfect pick from the corner bakery this fall – a spiced pumpkin cupcake with rich buttercream and frosted ginger.
  • White Barn Nutmeg & Spice—a warm and cozy fragrance inspired by an elegant mixture of nutmeg and all of autumn’s very best spices.
  • Cider Lane—As sweet as the trip to the local apple orchard each year, a delicious fall blend of mulled cider, warm caramel and sweet cinnamon.
  • Black Pepper Bergamot—Intricate layers of spicy black pepper combine with uplifting bergamot and lavender in a fragrance inspired by fall’s changeable days.
According to Bath & Body Works site, the mini candles are priced individually at $3.50 (but they do go on sale).  Also included in the VoxBox was a coupon for $X amount off a 3-wick candle...I did not end up redeeming the coupon due to the timing (relative passing away and all that goes with that).  If I had been able to redeem the candle, I probably would have preferred either Pumpkin Cupcake or Cider Lane...those have notes that look like they would agree with my nose better.


What's your favorite seasonal scent?  Do you prefer candles or another form of home fragrance - diffusers, plug-ins, etc....?


**Disclosure:
I was sent these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster in exchange for reviews and the completion of related surveys.

**My opinions are entirely my own


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Project "Finish This Stuff," part 13

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Time for another installment of Project "Finish This Stuff"!  This is the items I finished during July and August (I was going to include September as well, but that's too much for 1 post).

As usual, I'll have little mini reviews of each item and whether or not I'll repurchase the item.  I finished quite a lot of products, so I'll try to keep this brief as possible.

Let's get started with July:
Pictured from left to right, top to bottom:
Neutrogena UltraSheer Liquid Daily Sun Protection with SPF 55:  This was the last bottle of this that I purchased since it was starting to make my skin burn after applying for a minute or 2 (it hadn't done this before and I'd gone through several bottles of it).  Won't repurchase.
Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Moisturizer with sunscreen broad spectrum 30:  This was a sample from my dermatologist.  Depending on what products/medications I've applied before-hand, this does help to control the oil.  I liked this moisturizer enough to purchase the full size.
DG body revive Eye Serum:  This was a nice, moisturizing eye-cream from Dollar General.  But, I want my undereye cream to help with dark circles (if possible) and this doesn't do that.  Won't repurchase.
Sally Hansen Vitamin E oil:  This was old and needed used up.  I had resorted to using an eye-dropper to get it all out.  I like cuticle creams better so I won't repurchase.
EOS lipbalm in Summer Fruit:  Pretty good lip balm.  This was on my bedside table for a pretty long time.  I have 3 others open right now (all different flavors/purposes).  I like the sweet mint flavor better (not counting the one containing spf or the medicated one), so probably won't repurchase this particular flavor.
L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara:  Definitely liked this mascara.  This one is probably in my top 3 mascaras.  I've got loads of mascaras waiting for me (including a backup of this one), so I'm not positive about a future purchase.
Revlon Colorburst Lipbutter in Peach Parfait:  This little foil packet sample was received in a past Target Beauty Bag.  I liked the sample well enough that I bought my first lipbutter when it was done (just in a different color).
Tresemme FreshStart Dry Shampoo for oily/straight normal hair:  I did like it, but if I wasn't careful, it would make my roots look kind of powdery-looking and when I rubbed it in with my fingertips, my nails would always have buildup on them.  I've since found a couple that I like way better so won't repurchase.
Pantene Color Preserve Shine shampoo:  This was alright, but I was definitely happy to see it gone - almost had to force myself to finish this.  I have finished others that I liked better so I won't repurchase.
Bath & Body Works Antibacterial handsoap in Wildberry Dahlia:  Definitely liked the scent of this, so I will repurchase (if I haven't already).
Secret Scent Expressions antiperspirant/deodorant in so very summer berry:  Only brand of antiperspirant/deodorant I can use.  I usually go more for the shower-fresh type of scent but this one was nice.
Crystal Waters Spa Body Lotion in blueberry:  This little lotion came in a 2-pack with a matching shower gel.  I was definitely happy to finish this up.  Won't repurchase (and wouldn't recommend purchasing stuff like this from the Dollar Store unless you can open the cap and take a sniff first).
Nail polish remover 100% acetone: This was from Big Lots.  When I went to get a new bottle from there, there was no 100% acetone anywhere in the store.  So if it shows up again, I'll probably grab a bottle, otherwise I'll use one from Walmart
Pretty Nails polish remover with moisture guard:  This was old, and I'm not even sure where I got it from.  I'll probably pick up a similar bottle at some point for days when I'm taking off just a creme polish.
Contours mini sized clear coat:  I think this was from Sally Beauty, but probably 15 years or so ago.  It was alright to seal down around chips so the chip didn't spread, but there wasn't anything ground-breaking about it.

That was a lot for July!  Now let's see what got finished in August:
Going from left to right:
(2) Cleansing & Makeup Remover Towelette with Vitamin E:  These 2 little samples were in the hotel room I stayed in at the beginning of August.  Nothing that special about them...wouldn't know where to get them.  Won't repurchase.
Tresemme ColorThrive shampoo for Brunette & Red:  I did like this shampoo, but it didn't completely wow me.  Just another older bottle that needed finished.   Since I used up others that in the past that I liked better, probably won't repurchase
Paul Mitchell ColorCare Color Protecting Daily Conditioner:  This was a whole lot better than it's shampoo counterpart.  This left my hair feeling pretty silky and healthy feeling.  I might even consider repurchasing if I found it for a decent price.
Duac Topical Gel:  Prescription product that my dermatologist has taken me off of.  My skin also wasn't responding much to it anymore.
Vaseline Lip Therapy in Original:  I'll summarize my previous review in one word: YUCK!!  This product actually made my lips chapped instead of keeping them moisturized.  The only way I finished this was by using it on my heels - wasn't too bad for that.  Won't repurchase.
Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes:  Another past Target beauty bag sample.  These were OK, but I really had to scrub to get my mascara off.  Won't repurchase.

If you made it this far, congrats!!  I knew it would be a long post.

Have you finished up anything lately?  Was it a favorite, just OK, or a dud?


**all items purchased by me, received as requested samples, or received as a gift from a relative
**all opinions are my own

Monday, November 19, 2012

NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact Review

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I'm skipping today's Miscellaneous Monday in favor of yet another review of an Influenster Beauty Blogger VoxBox product to share.  :-)  Once again, I've quite a bit to say...

NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact
Dark Shadows

Unfortunately for me, I had purchased when this palette originally came out for Halloween 2011 so now I have 2.  Hmmm....that actually dates how old this product is - at least a year post-production.  So that was a little disappointing that I received something I already had.

Anyway, what did I think about this particular product?  Well, parts are good and others aren't so much.  If you count each pan separately, there's 4 actual eyeshadows, 1 primer and 1 illuminator/transformer.  So 6 products, but I find myself dipping the brush into only 3 pans total.  To go further, let's tackle this in sections.

Primer performance thoughts (in the picture below, it's pink face #5):
Greasy/oily feeling...even little oil spots sitting on the pan's surface.  The best use I got out of the primer was to layer it with concealer and powder over my undereye circles.  In a pinch, it was all right for that, but....not a fan.

Illuminator performance thoughts (in the picture below, it's pink face #6):
As for the illuminator, that wasn't impressive either. It is pretty shimmery so it kind of works for a brow highlight, but it's a bit sparkly for that (for my taste).  I'm also not that big a fan of cream shadows, so....

Let's move on to eyeshadows.  First, a picture of everything swatched. (I'm not very practiced at doing nice eyeshadow swatches, so please try not to mind.)
Here's what I think of each of the 4 eyeshadow shades (numbered faces match the numbers listed below):

  1. Highlight: this works pretty well as an inner-eye highlight and as a browbone highlight.
  2. All Over Lid:  I do like the silver-y gray - in fact, I've used it several times just as a quick 1-color look.  It seems to make my blue eyes look blue-r.
  3. Crease/Contour:  The charcoal color....I've used that the least.  It just blends in with the silver and the darkest shade and gets rid of any contrast that might have been there.  And by itself, it just looks dull.  Maybe someone with more skill might get it to work better but for me, it doesn't play well with others.
  4. Crease/Contour (darkest shade in the palette):  I've reached several times for this to apply with an angled brush as a soft looking upper-lash line liner and bring it down a little under the lower lashes. It works pretty good for that. 

Overall, can I wear these eyeshadows, crease-free for all day, using the included primer?  No, I can't.  I have to jump through hoops to get a crease-free look (2 additional products from other brands - ELF eyelid primer followed by a Maybelline Color Tattoo - & fingers off the included primer).  All of the shadows have the same finish - shimmer (maybe with a touch of sparkle in a couple); it would have been nice to see a matte shade put in.  I also find these to be powdery and the darker 2 shades are kind of prone to fall-out.

From Influenster's product information page:
NYC New York Color's all-in-one compact gives you everything you need for a complete eye look: primer, illuminator, applicator and complementing shadows. With four vibrant colors designed for your eye color, you can create a look as individual as you are!
And some essential facts (also from Influenster's page):
Straight from the city that never sleeps, NYC New York Color offers products with uptown style at down-to-earth prices, from $.99 - $4.99. The energy, style, and color of New York City shines through the wide range of shades, textures and innovative products. NYC always delivers the most on-trend products & shades hot off the runway!
Pricing is somewhere around $4.99, but as always, depends on where you purchase from.  This particular palette, you won't be able to purchase since it's limited edition from 2011.  But there are other options available, several of which are customized for enhancing particular eye color (if you go by that).  You can check out NYC's full line of core products on their website.

Will I be reaching for this palette often?  Probably not (I am right now, but that's mainly because it's sitting on the vanity & not in its little home).  I have to really work with these eyeshadows to get them to last all day and not crease on me.  Of course, your mileage may vary depending on your skin type.

Have you used the NYC IndividualEyes Custom Compact?  What do you think of the various parts?



**Disclosure:
I was sent these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster in exchange for reviews and the completion of related surveys.

**My opinions are entirely my own

Friday, November 16, 2012

Immortal Nails!

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I thought today I would show off a more recent (October) acquisition of mine...China Glaze Immortal and the look I came up with to jazz it up a little.  This came out with the Halloween collection for 2012, and as soon as I saw swatches of it online I knew I wanted it.  I was also going through a gray phase at that time (must buy all the gray polishes!!).  This pretty was kinda hard to track down but I did!

Here is 2 coats of Immortal over my usual Bridge the Ridge base coat.  I don't remember if I used top coat or not....probably did.

You can see some of the pink shimmer on my thumb nail

Immortal is a pretty steel gray with superfine shimmer in pink and teal running through that are almost invisible in most situations - the shimmers just give it some more dimension.

Then I free-handed 2 thin coats of Essie Scarlett O'Hara on the tips (and probably added another layer of quick dry top coat)


Looking back at this, probably a pink or teal would have been a better choice to accent the shimmers in Immortal, but I still like the way that the red wine shimmery-glowy Scarlett O'Hara looks

If I remember correctly, this wore for a few days before I got noticeable chips.

Did you pick up Immortal when it was out?  What do you think of my combo?  Let me know!

**all products purchased by me
**my opinions and combinations are my own

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves Hair Cream Review

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Today I'm going to review a new product!  I received this in my BeautyBlogger VoxBox from Influenster (in exchange for a review).  I've got a fair amount to say, so let's jump in!
Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream infused with grapeseed & jasmine
44 mL (1.5 fl. oz.)

When I first opened my box and saw Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream, I was a little disappointed since I don't have curly hair, and the natural wave has pretty much all either been cut out or relaxed out from coloring and styling out so much.  But then I read on the tube that this product "eliminates frizz and flyaways" so I figured that since I do tend to have frizzy and fly-away prone hair, I would give it a shot...and boy am I glad I did!  

Now, the first time I used it, I just air dried my hair and ended up with a couple of curls, but mostly it was...big (which is usual for when I air-dry), so no big difference with that method.  My hair was fairly damp when I applied this product (I'll talk about that point later).

The second time I used it, I kept getting distracted and had left my hair up in my turbie twist for probably 4-5 hours so my hair was most of the way dry.  Kinky Moves didn't help very much that time, but I figure it was because I applied it on fairly dry hair.  My mistake...

Third time...YAY!!  Worked perfectly!  I took my hair out of the turbie twist and put it on my hair about 1 1/2 to 2 hours after my shower.  That was pretty much the perfect amount of time and leftover dampness/wetness for this to do it's magic.  I blow dried my hair and had no frizzies and minimal fly-aways (just the normal little baby hairs).

Each time I used it, even with less-than-stellar results from my own errors, my hair came out soft and shiny with nice movement to it.

For an idea of how much to use, for my hair (cut to about the hair line at the back of my neck with a little section longer), I used about 2 quarters worth of product - it does say to saturate hair with it.

Love the smell!  If you've ever used the Grape Seed Extract peel off masque by Queen Helene, it smells almost exactly like it!  If you haven't, well...it smells like grapes but with a kick to it due to the jasmine.  One packaging note I have is that I really liked the fact that the trial sized tube came with a little foil seal that had to be removed before anything would come out.  This is definitely a good thing since this product, while not runny, is not super thick either.  While scoping out the Smooth Moves tube in the store, I noticed that it didn't have that.

Here's some info from Influenster's product page:

Don’t let your sad waves & curls get you all in a knot. KINKY MOVES™ helps encourage natural curls by giving them that extra oomph they so desperately need. It eliminates frizz and fly-aways to show your true locks. Infused with natural grapeseed & jasmine this salon formula will add that extra bounce to your step.
PRODUCT FACTS
- De-frizzes and detangles unruly hair
- Defines and enhances natural curly or wavy hair
- Adds shine
- Grapeseed added for UV protection benefits
STYLING TIPS & EFFECTS
Apply Kinky Moves™ to damp hair and saturate locks. Distribute evenly from root to tip. Scrunch curls and style as desired, then blow-dry upside down or air dry to reveal smooth, long-lasting curls!
Price range ranges from $4.74 (at the Walmart I found the line at) up to $6 at CVS (that's out of my way so I didn't go in person to check the price).  Apparently, Not Your Mother's is also being carried at Rickys NYC, Urban Outfitters and (travel sizes at) Five Below (none of those stores are located anywhere near where I'm at that I know of).  If you want to, you can also investigate the line-up & do a little online shopping at Not Your Mothers website.

Final Thoughts:
While I can't attest to the "curl defining" aspect of Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream, I can say that I'm pretty much in love with it for controlling fly-aways and frizzies when I blow dry my hair.  My hair looks and feels so healthy (which is a challenge for colored/highlighted hair).  In fact, I keep petting my head just because I love the way it feels so much. :-)  This product has definitely earned it's spot at the front of the shelf for hair products.  ~~I've already suggested to my mom that she tries this out for herself since she does have natural curls and she's always looking for the perfect curl definer.~~

On a related note, there's a pretty decent selection, too.  Check out the picture I snapped of the Not Your Mother's line-up at Walmart:
I've got my eye on some of these other products...especially Smooth Moves :-)

Have you had any experience with the Not Your Mother's brand?  Any stand-out product(s) for you?  Let me know!


**Disclosure:
I was sent these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster in exchange for reviews and the completion of related surveys.

**My opinions are entirely my own / not influenced in any way

Monday, November 12, 2012

Miscellaneous Monday...DIY Princess Ornaments

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Time for another Miscellaneous Monday post and I wanted to do another holiday inspired one!  It took a while to find what I wanted to share today (had to go through storage) and then it took a while to get the pictures to come out (darn flash!).

So today, I'm showing some of the ornaments that I decorated years ago.  Before I was so in to Minnie Mouse, I was all about Cinderella.

Let's see what all I created however many years ago this was (I know that it's probably been at least 6 years...wow has time flown...)

The common supplies are clear glass bulbs and stickers of some sort.  Extra supplies are below each picture.
 
 Besides the stickers, I also dumped glitter inside the bulb & tried to seal the top so it wouldn't come back out
I also stuffed some cotton under the dress part of the sticker since it wouldn't lay down
I put some silver Scribbles paint on the topper part, and I'm pretty sure that I covered the stickers in mod-podge or thinned tacky glue
Her elbow is purposely sticking off the bulb (it just would not stick down) so it was stiffened with glue/mod-podge
Some crystal glitter paint was put around the stickers after they were sealed down with glue/mod-podge
Inside the bulb I stuck a few little craft ribbon rosettes that I cut the wire stem off 
Holographic-looking stickers
Rose petals cut off another small fake flower stuck inside
Wire-edged skinny ribbon for the bow
Gold Scribbles paint around each "sticker" and a star on the bottom
The "stickers" are actually pieces of tape that they used to sell that had designs on them

I recall having some frustrations making these as the stickers didn't like to really stick to the bulb, so some extra "encouragement" was needed through mod-podge &/or thinned out glue.

What do you think of these Disney Princess ornaments?  Do they inspire you?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**designed by me - no inspirational pictures/models

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Fall Target Beauty Bag Contents!

Hi!

Today I'm showing what I received in the Fall edition of Target's Beauty Bag.  Unfortunately, this was the last time that Target is doing this promotion, and the time to request it is definitely passed.  My pictures are dated October 30 (I took them a few days after it came in the mail), so the actual promotion was sometime in September.

There's quite a few pictures so let's get started and see the whole lot all together first:

  Love that leopard print makeup bag!!

  Jergens Daily Moisture 24 Hour Hydration for noticeably Smoother Skin
~~ I used this up already...not too bad, but I like other brands better ~~
  Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Total Care Shampoo & Conditioner foil packets
 Fekkai Glossing Shampoo & Conditioner foil packets

 L'Oreal EverCreme Sulfate Free Nourishing Shampoo, conditioner and Deep Nourishing Masque foil packets

Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer

There was also the usual little booklet of coupons, which are good for a while.  I need to read the shampoo and conditioner packets from Clear and Fekkai again to see if they are good for colored hair or not...I'm not too worried about the L'Oreal since it is sulfate-free.  I hadn't heard about the Pixi primer, so I am curious about how well it will work.

**all items received as a free sample request
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Purple Polish for No H8

Hi!

Today, in support of the November 8 for No H8 in the Nail Polish Blogger Community, I put on a pretty purple polish.  I read about this cause on Imperfectly Painted's post, which you can check out here.  I wanted to support this cause because I hate to see/read about bullying in any form, whether online or in real life.  It always saddens me when I hear about people's negativity toward another.  Whatever happened to, "If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all."?

This is 2 coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Purple Haste (limited edition).
 Pretty royal purple with a small amount of tiny blue sparkle...so pretty



From the Eradicate Hate in the Nail Polish Community page:
"Bullying is not funny. It is not cool. It is not right. And more importantly, it is not okay.
Most of us are, thankfully, residents of countries that support tolerance and many of our families have settled in these places simply for that reason. Generations later, it is our responsibility to perpetuate that message of tolerance across our new social platforms, including the internet.
As members of the nail polish blogging community, we all share a love of beauty, color, and lacquer. Other than that, we are remarkably different: from our race to our religion to our hair color...even to our polish application techniques. To marginalize anyone because of those differences is completely unacceptable and today I take a stand against that. I refuse to allow other people's view of "normal" dictate how I behave, believe, and blog.  
In solidarity with a multitude of bloggers linked below, my purple manicure represents my proud commitment to the No H8 movement. Today, November 8, I dedicate my post to ending bullying of any kind and to encouraging diversity and imperfection among our colorful community."



**all products purchased by me
**my opinions are my own

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Spotted, Hauled & Swatched...Revlon Just Add Sparkle collection!

Hi!

I thought that today I would post a little, tiny polish haul featuring Revlon.  It's been a while since I bought any polishes from this brand, but this month I fixed that.  I also wanted to get this up sooner as this is a new holiday collection that is currently appearing at the drugstores, so if you like the looks of them, then I suggest running out to the store.  I bought the first 3 at Bed, Bath & Beyond about a week ago, but have since seen this collection at Rite Aid (where I got the 4th sparkly shade).
So, let's see the first 3 shades from Revlon's Just Add Sparkle Holiday 2012 collection.

Top is Brilliant Bordeaux - sheer gray/black base with tiny micro round black glitters, tiny magenta fine bar/hair glitters and holo bar glitters
Bottom is Sequins - clear base with gold micro-micro glitters and medium gold hex glitters
~~ swatches are one coat ~~
Midnight Sparkle - navy blue jelly(?) base with micro glitters and hex glitters
not sure of the color of the glitters since the base is so pigmented - maybe silver?
~~ swatch is one(!!) coat ~~

And, just to show all the collection at once, the 4th color which I picked up at Rite Aid
Ruby Ribbon - clear base packed with teeny tiny ruby micro glitters (I'm talking grains of table salt size), lots of tiny fine ruby bar/hair glitters and holo bar glitters
~~ swatch is one coat ~~

Swatches of all 4 together, one(!) coat each
Brilliant Bordeaux, Ruby Ribbon, Sequins, Midnight Sparkle

Out of the 4, Sequins seems to be the most un-unique/could have a dupe from another brand, but I do like that it has the 2 sizes of glitter - at the moment, I can't recall if other gold glitters have that or not.  If you're looking for a simple, one step jelly sandwich look, I'd recommend Midnight Sparkle.  I like that the other 2 contain hairy-bar glitters that are so fine, it doesn't really look like bar glitters...until you see the holo flash of the larger bars

Do you seen any you want to pick up?  Let me know which ones are your favorites.  :-)

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not affiliated/sponsored

Monday, November 5, 2012

Miscellaneous Monday...DIY Mickey & Minnie Ornaments!

Hi!
Today I've got a Miscellaneous Monday post to share...and it has a couple of really cute ornaments for the holiday season!  These are really easy ornaments to make, with just a few supplies.  Best of all?  Mickey and Minnie!! as snowmen!!...ummm...maybe snowmice? lol

These were inspired by ornaments I saw on disneystore.com last winter, so I can't take credit for the actual idea.  But I turned it into my own using supplies that I had on hand.
Aren't they cute?!?!

Want to know what I used to make these little cuties?
  • gold wire (probably around 4" each)
  • pearl beads - 2 sizes
  • black seed beads - 2 sizes
  • black faceted round beads
  • black Scribbles paint
  • tiny piece of ribbon for the bow
  • red yarn
  • hot glue gun
The pearls are strung onto the wire, which has a little flattened curl at one end (after the bottom pearl is on, blob on a little hot glue to hold it in place; also glue between the pearls).  Make a loop and lock it in place however you feel like.  From there, it's just gluing on the seed beads for buttons and a nose (the larger size), and the faceted beads for ears.  Painting was next...eyes (& lashes on her), a bunch of dots for the smiles and then free-hand on a black ear hat shape and cover the glue holding the "ears" on.  I also ended up filling in the holes on all the seed beads with paint. The bow was made by taking a short piece of ribbon and folding it to look like a little bow (I think I used a couple of stitches to hold it) and glue it on.  Last step is to wrap a little piece of yarn for the scarves (knot a few times ~4?) then fringe/untwist the ends a little.

Pretty simple, huh?  Here's a little photo collage so you can see where I drew my inspiration from:

What do you think of my little ornaments?  

**all products purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**inspired