Thursday, January 31, 2013

TJ Maxx Mini Color Club Haul!


I was looking through my computer file folders and found one that actually should have been included with my last haul post.  I hate it when that happens.  So even though it should have been included in the collective haul, it gets its own post.  Maybe I subconsciously neglected it because I had to do research to get the names of the colors first.  Who knows?  Anyway...

I went to TJ Maxx just to look around since I hadn't been for a while.  And I found a couple of things.  Sometimes I can walk out empty handed, but this wasn't one of those days.  So what did I find?  Let's have a look at the 2 things.

First I got this face masque.  I'm still trying to find a cheaper alternative to the Origins one I sampled so I thought I would get this one since it has a couple of different types of clays in it.
Giovanni Eco Chic Skin Care D:tox System Purifying Facial Mask 
with Activated Charcoal, Volcanic Ash and Super-Antioxidants Acai and Goji Berry
I've used this once already, and it is definitely not super similar to the Origins.  It dries down tight like it should tighten pores and suck the crap out (ew), but I don't feel like it did it did that well of a job; and I don't feel like it helped bring emerging acne up to the surface either.  The "activated charcoal" part of the title is actually a little way down the ingredient list, so that could be why it didn't have as good of a result as I was hoping.  It does leave a bit of a tingly feeling that hangs around even after it's been washed off for a while - I'm assuming I'm feeling all those "super-antioxidants" working.  Maybe I'll like this better after I use it more - it does say 2-3 times a week.  Maybe I should stop comparing everything to the Origins sample and evaluate each thing I use for what it claims...

And my other item is what I'll blame for subconsciously not seeing this folder before posting my collective haul since I needed to do some research:
Color Club In True Fashion (Fall 2012) collection mini polishes
By Design, Style Icon, In the Limelight and Muse-ical
~~I hope I got those names right! The worst part about buying sets from TJ Maxx is they rarely have names on the bottles~~
~~the bottom picture is more color accurate; I had a heck of a time getting a decent picture~~

Do you try to look up shade names of polishes when you get them and they aren't labeled?  What's your favorite "detoxifying" facial mask?

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

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Workout Wednesday...Update 2


It's Wednesday again!  Where is the time going?  It's time for a Workout Wednesday Update.
While I haven't been nearly as active as I should have been for the last couple of weeks, I do have a little update to share.

True workouts haven't happened like they should have, but I have been making an effort to stand while watching something on the Mister's computer or while having conversations with others.  I did find out during one of those conversations that since we are renting our house from my parents, we are not allowed to set the pool back up for the summer season - this is the insurance company's rule.  That completely sucks. :-(

I posted on Twitter earlier today that we brought the dreaded treadmill up from the basement - his idea.  I did not enjoy that form of "exercise" at all.  I'm surprised my toes aren't bruised since it did squish them multiple times.  I've just got bruises in other spots.  And I'm sure I'll have a backache the next couple of days.  Now that thing will be right in eye sight, taunting me to use it - maybe that's what I need....

The thing that I'm most excited about for this month is that even though I wasn't as purposely active as I should have been, I did manage to lose 2 pounds!  I'm contributing that to cutting way back on sweets - I've even lost my cravings for sweets (at least temporarily) - and I've barely touched soda/pop this month.

Any tips you'd care to share with me?  I'm having a hard time getting motivated to do true workouts...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mid-January Collective Haul!


I wasn't able to get a post up yesterday since I was gone literally all day long and I didn't have anything ready to go.  Oops.  But no more commitments/appointments for a while.  Anyway...

Today's post is going to be another haul post.  Big surprise, right?  These are what I bought a couple of weeks ago...I seem to have a tradition of going shopping after hair appointments, since that's the date from all the receipts. :-)  So let's see what all I bought!

First, I had to go to the mall because the Mister needed some new collar extender thingies, which he said were available at Macy's - he actually bought his first one from a tux rental place in another city and has worn it out.  Macy's was out of them, but I found a 3-pack at Dillards.  I also got him a few more ties from Express since it was like an additional 30 or 40%...maybe even 50% off clearance prices.  So after my mission for him was complete, I looked around in the mall a tiny little bit for me.  I think I exercised some pretty good restraint since this is all I left the mall with for me:
Love & Beauty (Forever 21) polishes in Lavender/Multi and Pink Icing
The lavender/multi is more sheer than I thought it would be, but it will look nice layered over something.
Pink Icing can be built up to be pretty much opaque with 3 coats (at least on my nail wheel...not sure about the nails)

From the mall, I went to the beauty supply store since I needed more nail wheels - but that store unfortunately only sells them individually...I did get a couple other things, though:
I finally got a set of 3 dotting tools (6 sizes) - less than $3!
Can't wait to start playing around with these.
 OPI DS Temptation (from the 2011 release)

So since that store didn't have a whole pack of nail wheels, I ended up at Sally's Beauty Supply:
I use these primarily to swatch my enormous collection and I had pretty much used up all my others.  This will probably make my 6th pack (not all of the others are full yet since I swatch brand by brand so some only have a couple used).  I've already taken these out of the package and numbered the backs of all them to get them ready for swatching.  I also keep an unlabeled wheel available to try out polish combinations.

And that wraps up what all I bought during the 3rd week of January.  Not a ton of stuff, but I think I really do need to cut back.  Since it's almost the start of February, I'm going to be attempting, once again, to do a restricted buy.  As of right now, the only thing that I might buy (if I see it at Walmart for cheaper than the Rite Aid price) is the new sunscreen that CeraVe is slowly releasing.  I'll probably be ok as long as brands don't start coming out with limited edition stuff - that's my weakness.

I will have one more haul post coming up soon with the last of what I bought this month.

See anything you like?  Do you swatch your collection on wheels to see how sheer or opaque the polishes are (or if something needs thinned prior to using on the nail)?

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

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday Stash Sharing - L'Oreal Polishes


I got a request a couple of days ago in a blog comment to share all of my stash and even last year, I was thinking about doing that (but never thought of a way to do it).  So thanks to the request, I sat down and thought about a plan.  I've got so many pretties...but how to share?

I've decided to start another series on the blog to answer that question.  Sunday Stash Sharing will be where I go through my collection and share.  This project definitely has to be broken into chunks so some Sundays it will be everything from one particular brand, other Sundays it will be a particular formula from a brand (think Sally Hansen and Wet 'n Wild in all their forms), and other Sundays it will probably be a color family (Sinful Colors) or collection.  When I can/if applicable, I'll try to include what collection each polish came out with.

The first brand that I've decided to tackle...I mean show L'Oreal.

 Raven's Dream 790, Park Ave Luncheon 201, Rainy Piccadilly 114 and VIP Status 106
What collection?
  • Raven's Dream is from 2011 Project Runway Colors Take Flight collection (bought on clearance)
  • Park Ave Luncheon is from the 2012 New York Nudes collection (bought on clearance)
  • Rainy Piccadilly is from the 2012 London Fall collection
  • VIP Status is from the 2012 LA Entourage collection (bought on clearance)

 Pink Carat 160 and Silver Sparkle 162
What collection?
  • both from the Summer 2012 It's Gold or Nothing At All collection

 Sand Castle 510 and French Tip White 130
What collection?
  • I believe these came in a duo pack a couple years ago from Walmart (bought on clearance)
Do you like the way that this is being presented?  Also, let me know if there is any particular polish that you would like to see on my nails...

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

Saturday, January 26, 2013

My Version of... NYC v. Sally Hansen


More sorting/reorganizing/swatching of the polish stash has resulted in finding another pair of polishes in my stash that look pretty much identical in the bottles.  Are they dupes on the nail?  Let's see!

Today's post will be comparing Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in 140 Rockstar Pink with NYC In A New York Color Minute "Sparkle Top Coat" in 276 Big City Dazzle.  Let's start with looking at the bottles.  As you can see, Sally Hansen Rockstar Pink doesn't seem to stay as well suspended in its clear base as NYC Big City Dazzle.  But the color looks about right.
All my nails have 3 coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in 130 Beige Blast for a base color.
index is 1 coat of Rockstar Pink
middle is 2 coats of Big City Dazzle
ring is 1 coat of Rockstar Pink
pinky is 2 coats of Big City Dazzle
index is 1 coat of Rockstar Pink
middle is 5 coats of Big City Dazzle - yes five - 
it's super thick looking so I do not recommend building this up. 
Since I'm taking this right off, I didn't do any clean-up. Sorry about that.
ring is 1 coat of Rockstar Pink
pinky is 2 coats of Big City Dazzle

If you're just looking at the color (without examining it 3 inches from your nose), these are dupes.  Both are clear bases with predominantly magenta/hot pink glitter with blue and gold glitter.  Both have itty-bitty micro glitter with small glitter.  However, the Sally Hansen has the magenta/hot pink glitter in both the itty-bitty and the small sizes in addition to the itty-bitty micro gold glitter while the NYC only has a small amount of the gold itty-bitty micro glitter mixed in with the rest of the glitter.  This means the glitter density is completely different - the Sally Hansen would probably be opaque with 2 coats while the NYC would take many, many coats to be opaque (I put 5 coats and it still wasn't as dense as 1 of the Sally Hansen) - which makes them not dupes.  The NYC is most definitely a "sparkle top coat," as the label states.

If you missed my previous comparison (that is actually a dupe) between a NYC and Sally Hansen polish, click here.  I think that before I buy any more Sally Hansen or NYC polishes, I'll check the stock of each line to see if I already have it or not...and if one does look like another I have, then I'll have to consider opening the bottle in the store just to peak - not apply - to see how they compare on the brushes.

If you had to pick one to keep, which would you pick?  As of right now, for me they both will be staying.

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

Friday, January 25, 2013

Early January Collective Haul!


I was going through my folders and saw that I'm already behind on sharing hauls...which means I've probably been shopping too, too much... So today I'm going to do a bit of catching up.  So let's journey back a couple weeks ago and see what I bought.

At CVS, Revlon foundations were on sale that week, so I decided to get this one that I had been debating on:
Revlon Nearly Naked foundation in 110 Ivory 
essence of Beauty Acai Infused teardrop sponges

I also thought that I would revisit the technique of using a sponge to apply foundation to get it to look more natural.  I've been using the Nearly Naked foundation off and on since I got it, and so far I am really loving it.  I've been applying it with a slightly damp sponge over the Neutrogena Shine Control primer  then setting it with a powder of some sort and that method is leaving me with a pretty nice result that lasts quite a while.  Lately I've been more into getting even-looking skin and not obsessing over covering blemishes with tons of heavy product.

On the same day, I went to Walmart, hoping to find a full display of the Selena Gomez collection from Nicole by OPI.  At first, all I found was 1 bottle of a non-glitter from the collection, but then I wondered through the aisles more and found the collection.  A full end-cap dedicated to this collection!  I had to get the ones that were on my list:
Selena Gomez collection from Nicole by OPI
Mi Fantasia, Kissed at Midnight and Sweet Dreams
~~All 3 pictures in the bottom row are with flash~~

and I got a couple other things from the beauty section, too:
Hard Candy Glitteratzi eye glitter gel in 351 Frosting (being discontinued) 
and another foundation sponge
And a cute Mickey necklace and earring set with pink stones

Then a few days later, I was out again.  I went back to CVS hoping some new things had been added to the clearance sale (didn't see anything new) and I was also looking for the Modern Family collection from Nicole by OPI, which I did see part of.  Would you believe I didn't get any?!  Seeing them in person I decided that I either didn't like it or had something that was pretty much the same already.  But, I did come home with some things.  I did have quite a few coupons that I redeemed for what I did purchase - 3 CVS coupons and 2 manufacturer coupons.
Revlon Grow Luscious Lash Liner in 003 Graphite
Revlon Lip Butters in 050 Berry Smoothie and 040 Red Velvet

Hmmm...maybe the key to buying less is to stay home?? If I don't see it in the store, I can't buy it...but then there's online shopping...but I do prefer getting things in person...  Anyway...I can't wait to come up with layering combinations for my new glitter polishes!  Any suggestions?

Do you see anything you have and love?  Did you/do you want to purchase anything from either the Selena Gomez or Modern Family collections?

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

Thursday, January 24, 2013

OPI DS Classic Mani


I've got a nail post today!  It seems like I haven't done one for a while so I thought I would fix that today.  The featured polish is OPI DS Classic, a pretty neutral but still interesting color.  I saw this on a blog (I can't remember for the life of me which one though) and knew that if I was able to find it I was going to get it.  And I found it!  This is part of the designer series, which costs a bit more than the regular line, but it's worth it I think.

This is 2 coats of DS Classic over a ridge filling base coat.  In certain lighting, there's a bit of visible nail line, but it didn't bother me.  I did not use any top coat since the last time I put topcoat over a scattered holo polish, it dulled the effect quite a lot.  This lasted a couple days without topcoat and when the inevitable chips started to show, I just dabbed a little more polish on them.  Since it's such a light color, that worked pretty well to get another day or two of wear.
 Funny lighting, but it shows a bit more of the holo effect

I found this pretty at North Coast Beauty Supply, which is a local business, in October.  I'm not sure where else this might be available, but you can always do a internet search.

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

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Zoya Nail Mail Haul!


I wasn't sure what I was going to post today...until I checked the mailbox.  My order from the Zoya promotion finally arrived!  I'm definitely happy I pulled them from the mailbox probably within an hour of their arrival since it's been so cold here lately and I didn't want that cold to affect their formula.

The promotion was to get 3 polishes for free and just pay $10 for shipping.  $24 worth of polish for $10?  Yes, please.  I had a heck of a time picking out the three that I wanted.  It took my order exactly 2 weeks to get here (on the promo information, it stated it could take up to 4 weeks to receive).

I'm so pleased with the colors that I got, so let's see which ones I picked:
Zuza, Neeka and Yara

Zuza is a pretty turquoise blue-green with silver shimmer running through it.
I couldn't get a picture of Neeka's label, so that's why there's no picture of it.  Anyway, Neeka is a pretty medium purple with gold and purple shimmer.
Yara was featured in Lucky Magazine and is a gorgeous olive green with gold shimmer running through it.

I'm so happy with all 3 of my choices.  Now to choose which one to wear first.

Did you take advantage of the Zoya promotion?  What colors did you get if you did?

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

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

My First MAC Experience!


I'm just going to do a super quick post (with regards to photo-editing) today since all of a sudden, I'm not feeling too good.  Hope I'm not coming down with something.

So today's post will be about my first experience at the Mac counter inside Macy's.  The Mac counter inside the Macy's I go to is relatively new - last year was when it appeared.  Whenever I would go to the mall, I would walk by it on my way to other stores since it was always pretty busy, but at the start of January, it was almost deserted so I stopped.

The lady that was working there was super nice, and she got my super-fair skin matched on the second try.  After she tried the first shade, which was too neutral, she remembered that a new shade (at least new to that particular counter) had just come in so I was the first to try it and that one was right on.  My wishlist was: covers the redness, holds up to oily skin, and doesn't look like "paint" (the Mister's term for unnatural looking foundation).

What did she match me up with? Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NW 10.  Pretty pale, right?  I just checked on Mac's website - that's the palest in the "NW" category, which has more of a pink undertone.
I came home with a sample of the foundation, as well as a sample of the Prep & Prime Natural Radiance

What all did she use on me?  First off, she had me use a Mac makeup remover wipe - wow was that thing saturated.  I thought it was nice that she just had me take off what I had on from just one cheek at first so I wouldn't have to be sitting there looking completely undone.  I very much appreciated that since my skin was pretty red that day.

After matching me, she had me take the foundation off again and then she started over with the Prep & Prime Natural Radiance primer.  Then since the foundation didn't cover the most intense redness, she used Studio Finish Concealer in NW 15 underneath the foundation since it's a bit darker than the foundation, then the foundation, then lightly dabbed the concealer on top of the worst spot and my undereye circles.  The brush she picked was (I think) the 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush - I didn't care for it as the white fibers seemed too long and when I was trying to use it, I had a hard time getting the streakiness blended out.  It also seemed too small to be using as a foundation brush.  If I remember correctly, the concealer went into my under-eye lines pretty quickly so I'm pretty sure I won't be getting it.  I'm not sure about the foundation and primer - that's what samples are for.

She also set the foundation and concealer in Blot Powder in Medium - according to her the Blot Powder in Light can leave a bit of a white cast - and I did like the way it looked on.  She finished everything off using the Sheertone Blush in Tenderling to bring some life back to my face.  I really liked the way that the blush looked...if I ever decide that I want a quick makeup pick-me-up purchase that is fancier/pricier than drugstore, this might be the item - especially since I don't have to travel very far at all...15 minutes tops.

I still need to play around more with the foundation and primer samples since I wasn't crazy about the way that the brush she was using applied it.  The Mister said you could tell that I had foundation on, so it wasn't as well blended in as I would have liked.  I'll have to see how it looks using the Real Techniques duo fiber brush that I have, as well as try a couple other methods.  My first thoughts after wearing that foundation for a few hours, besides it not covering the really red spots on its own, was it didn't last as long as I thought it should before getting shiny.  I looked about 3-4 hours after application and my T-zone was shiny - the foundation claims 8 hours.

My overall goal was just to see what color I would actually be in Mac since so many bloggers and YouTubers talk about their skincolor in terms of Mac foundation shades.  I'm part of the group now.  lol  I'll also be able to use Temptalia's foundation matrix to see what I'd probably be in various brands and formulas.    While I'm not sure how many Mac products I'll purchase (other than that blush I may get at some point), I am happy that I stopped and had a nice experience.

Do you use Mac products?  What shade are you?  What's your favorite product?

**products received as samples
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Monday, January 21, 2013

Miscellaneous Monday...DIY Jewelry


Another Monday has made its way again, so its time for a "miscellaneous" post.  While I attempt to regain my creative inspiration, I'll share a couple more pieces of jewelry I've made.
This pair of earrings is made with 3 types of beads, with the larger pair being ones that I found at some point.  Then I used a few seed beads and a couple bi-cone beads and copper findings.
I made this bracelet out of a gold button (cut the shank off), coral colored pearls and a different type of off-white seed bead, all put together on an elastic cord.  This bracelet coordinates with a necklace that I made quite a while ago.
This necklace is made from an earring that long-ago lost its mate.  The earring was originally a post-style, so I cut the post off.  Then I separated that piece from the dangling part.  I used the part that was originally attached to the post as the end-of-the-chain piece and used the dangling part as the pendant.  I put everything together using copper findings and chain since that's the color of the earring's metal.

What do you do with earrings that you have lost the match to?

**all products purchased or found by me
**my designs are my own - no inspiration for these
**not sponsored / affiliated

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Rite Aid Polish Haul!


This post has been on my list for quite a while and I am finally getting to it.  In two different December visits to Rite Aid, I managed to pick up quite a few polishes.  I've got both regular priced polishes from collections that came out around holiday time, as well as polishes that got marked down on clearance.

Let's start with the regularly priced polishes.  I finished "collecting" the Maybelline glitter collection and got a couple others:
top row is Maybelline Color Show Sequins in Gold's Night Out
second row is a seasonal polish, no name - it's multiple colors of glitter in a milky blue base and then 
NYC Rock Muse top coat
bottom row is Maybelline Color Show Sequins in Sea-Quins

Now for the clearance polishes.  These were in a mental list of ones I wanted to get, so I decided I had to take advantage.  So let's see what I got:

 Chameleon polishes in C32 Hula, C36 Fandango, C35 Cyclone
 Chameleon polishes in C22 Blue Sky, C33 Mist and Petites Color Fever in Potion
 Revlon polish in 360 Mischievous 

And I got one for full price:
Revlon polish in 261 Sparkling

I think this wraps up all my December purchases - finally.  Clearly I need to cut back.  I suppose that should be another goal of this year.

Do you go a little "clearance crazy" and buy way too much?  Have you used the Chameleon brand polishes before?

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

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Return of "My Version of..." with a little clean-out


In an on-going effort to pare down some, I was going through my polish stash and found two different sets of I thought I would de-stash by doing an installment of the "my version of..."

First comparison is between Nicole by OPI One Big Happy Fame-ily (please don't mind that it's from the Kardashian line - it's just so pretty I had to have it).  The polish that's getting compared to it is from Forever 21 (Love & Beauty) Lavender.
Each nail has the same number of coats - 3 - and both needed all 3, no top coat
ring is Nicole by OPI One Big Happy Fame-ily
pinky is Forever 21 (Love & Beauty) Lavender

Both have the same noticeable shimmer that looks like it's silver, pink, and sky blue going through the pretty lilac color.  They both dry to a nice shine fairly quickly.  As much as I love this color, I don't need both so one of these bottles will be leaving my stash.  I like the brush on the Nicole by OPI better, so the Forever 21 will be leaving.

The second comparison is between Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Ice Queen # 840.  It's counterpart is NYC Long Wearing Nail Enamel in 105 Starry Silver Glitter.
Each nail has one coat, plus a little extra hex glitters dabbed on - both brands applied the same
pinky is Lavender with 1 "coat" of NYC Starry Silver Glitter
ring is One big Happy Fame-ily with 1 "coat" of Sally Hansen Ice Queen
middle is one coat of Wet 'n Wild Craze in Nocturnal with 1 "coat" of Starry Silver Glitter
index is also Nocturnal with 1 "coat" of Ice Queen

Both are comprised of a clear base with tiny little silver and holographic glitters mixed with lilac purple and bright blue hex glitters.  Both needed a little "guidance" to get a good distribution of the hex glitters, but the tiny little glitters were easy to get onto the nail.  Once again, one of these bottles will be leaving my stash.  I think I'm going to let the Sally Hansen one go...the NYC fights me just a little less (plus my drawer of Sally Hansen bottles is pretty much packed).

How do you decide which bottle to keep when you have identical dupes in your collection - especially when they both apply the same?

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

Friday, January 18, 2013

Orly Decoded with Can't be Tamed nails


Today I'm sharing a nail look that I came up with last year - back in October to be more precise.  Not sure how this mani got missed being shared closer to when I had it on.    Anyway....

Over a ridge-filling base coat, I put 2 coats of Orly Decoded from the 2012 Fall Electronica collection.  I probably used a topcoat after that, but it's been a while since this was on my nails so I don't remember for sure
Decoded is a nice creamy slightly blue-toned gray with no embellishments, which makes it perfect to go under various glitters.  I got this one on clearance - I try not to pay full price for cream-finished Orly polishes since they don't tend to lay right on my nails.

Then I put a coat of Orly Can't be Tamed from the first wave of polishes in the Flash Glam FX collection.  I don't specifically remember how it applied, but looking at it in the bottle today, the glitters really need a good mixing to get suspended correctly again...this collection doesn't like to be left sitting too long without attention.  Judging from my pictures I had a hard time getting the little glitters cleaned up from my skin, but I've since improved on my clean-up skills.
Can't be Tamed is predominantly purple hex glitters with little silvery-gunmetal hex glitters.

What color would you put under Can't be Tamed?  How many of the Flash Glam FX glitters did you get, if any?

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

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Icing Polish Haul!


Can you believe that Valentine's Day is in less than a month?!?!  I know I can't.  Why am I bringing this up? Well, it's all Icing's fault.  When I was at the mall at the beginning of the month, I went into Icing to look around and right up by the door there was a pretty setup that had Valentine-themed items already.  The item that caught my eye was a 5 pack of mini polishes that are perfectly themed for the holiday.  Wanna see?
Polish #1 has red heart glitters and some little holographic hex glitters in a red tinted base
Polish #2 has pink heart glitters in a reddish-pink tinted base
Polish #3 has a couple shades of pink hearts and little holographic hex glitters in a pink tinted base
Polish #4 has lots of different glitter shapes in it: hearts, squares, hex, diamonds, a milky raspberry base.
The un-numbered polish is just a red with a gold shimmer (that's all sunk down to the bottom right now)
~~This picture is the most color-accurate and 
shows off the jelly finish of the red heart glitter polish (first on the left)~~

And since Icing just about always has beauty products on sale for buy one get one 50% off, I picked up a very interesting looking glitter polish, too.
Super Freak has large magenta hex glitters, small blue hex glitters and some bar glitters and several other colors all in a clear base.  

I can't wait to figure out polish combinations to make these all look their best!  I do know that for all the little heart glitters, I'll be turning the bottle upside down for a little before even trying to put them on.

What type of polish do you wear around Valentine's Day?  Red/pink or nail art or shaped glitters? Or is it nothing especially festive?

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

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Workout Wednesday...Update 1

As mentioned last Wednesday, I want to use Wednesdays as a way to keep track of how much physical activity I'm doing in an effort to be better to myself.

So what have I done in the last week?  Not as much as I was hoping for.  Oops.  I have learned a couple of things about how to do one specific exercise to not trigger aches and pains that come from moving the wrong way.

I've learned the best way to do push-ups without triggering wrist pain: get in girly-style (knees on the ground) and then put my hands a couple of inches in from the edge of my mini-trampoline.  By doing it this way, I was able to knock out 20 with no subsequent pain in the wrist.  I tried it going the other way (hands on the ground, knees on the trampoline), but that was a lot more uncomfortable.  I felt like if I keep doing it that way (the second way), I will most likely end up causing the wrist pain that lasts for days.  The other way I can do them is in a "standing" position by planting my feet quite a way away from the end of the bed and then using the bed-rail for my hands.

I was standing a lot more to watch whatever show was on TV rather than parking my rear on the couch.  And while standing, I started doing squats (just not super low yet).  I was even able to hold the squat for around 30 seconds, and did that more than once.  I also remember doing some awkward looking leg-lifts while brushing my teeth at night a few nights.

Hopefully I'll do better this coming week!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Couple More Skincare Goodies!


I ended up not getting a post up yesterday since I was so cold all I wanted to do was huddle under the blankets.  Oops... So today I'm going to share the 2 most recent skincare "investments."  I got both of these last Friday and have had time to use them some so I put in a couple of little mini review/first impressions.

I decided that I really wanted to get a new face mask, and while I really like/love the Origins sample I got from Sephora last month, I have yet to make the trip back up there...and that one costs around $23...then I remembered something I had seen at Rite Aid:
c.Booth Deep Cleansing Volcanic Mud Mask
While both have clay included, the c. Booth has a lot more ingredients (including a slight minty scent).  It does tighten while it dries, but it not as much as the Origins.  I do like this, but not quite as much as the Origins.

And I stopped at Raisin Rack (my area's answer to Whole Foods) and got this bottle of Organic Argan Oil from Acure brand.  As soon as I put one drop on my hand from the tester at the store, I knew it was coming home with me.

I've used this a few times already, and especially the first night, I feel like my skin said (shouted) "Thank you!!" and I felt like the next morning the oldest hyper-pigmentation mark thingies that I hate looked a lot less pinky-red.  That's probably wishful thinking about an improvement that much over one night, but...that's what I thought.  And after just a few nights, I feel like the pigmented spots under my jaw are looking more pink and less red and dry like they've been for weeks.  I'm hoping that with time, this will really help fade all those nasty pigmented spots, and if it helps with other issues as well then all the better.  I just looked at the Josie Maran Argan Oil on Sephora and the claims are pretty similar.  Yay!

Ok, now with these 2 additions, I think I have everything I should need to get my skin back to looking it's best...I hope.  And hopefully rely less and less on prescriptions that the Mister is convinced don't do a darn thing.  But I do still need to get a new sunscreen for my face pretty soon.  I've already picked out the one I want, so now it's just a matter of time before I see it in stores since it is a new product.

Have you tried Argan Oil?  Any success?  What's your favorite face mask?

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