Thursday, June 27, 2013

I Got a New Bag!

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**all items purchased by me

Today's another quick post since I'm supposed to get in bed early since we have to be up at 5 in the morning to head out for a day trip.  So I thought I'd share my new bag that I bought just for the purpose of traveling.  I went to Target, TJ Maxx and Walmart several times over the last few months looking for some type of bag, preferably one that could be used as a cross-body bag, that was also large enough to be able to fit my Microsoft Surface Pro in.  It took quite a while but throughout my search, I only found one bag that would work.

 
 Where did I finally find the bag that met my needs?  At DSW Shoe Warehouse.  It was more than I really wanted to spend, but I did have coupon to use so that made it a little better.
Isn't the print fun?!

This is from the brand LeSportsac.  This was literally the only one that was in the store so I figured that I had better purchase it that day and not think about it for a day or 2.  As you can see from the lower picture, it comes with a matching small zippered bag.  The main bag itself is divided into 2 large pockets, with one having a small attached zippered pouch.  I also like that the main part of the bag has a zipper to be able to expand the bag's width.  On the outside of the expandable side there is 2 different sizes of zippered pockets on the outside.

The bag has enough length to it to be able to easily fit the Surface Pro plus there's still some wiggle room so no getting scratched by the zipper trying to get it in and out.  The bag is made out of a canvas type material and is nice and light weight, which will make it perfect for carrying around everything I need all day, and since the strap can go cross-body I won't have to worry about the strap sliding off my shoulder all the time,

All in all, I'm very happy with my DSW purchase.  In fact, as soon as I publish this post, my Surface will be going into the bag to be ready to hit the road and friendly skies tomorrow.  Everything else I need is already in there.

What kind of bag/purse do you use when traveling?

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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Elizabeth Arden/Dillards Haul - New Skincare

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**all items either received as requested samples
**or purchased

I missed getting a post up yesterday since we were without our internet connection all evening and into the night thanks to a very quick moving, high wind storm system.  I've had the pleasure of listening to all the tree services throughout the neighborhood cutting up and chipping both tree branches that had fallen in yards as well as full sized trees down across roads.  Luckily we, ourselves, didn't have anything come down like others.

What first brought me to stop at the Elizabeth Arden counter in Dillards was I had recently noticed that I was having problems with milia/congested pores in my under-eye area from the cream I had been using.  So I figured I might as well see what was available at places other than the drugstore/Walmart.  I also knew I needed to purchase a new brush head for my Clarisonic (I'd put it off for way too long).  And from that point, we started discussing if there was anything I could try to really help with the acne scarring/hyperpigmentation which I'm so self-conscious about and the Mister hates.

So I thought today I would share my latest skincare finds.  I got a lot of samples, but I also purchased a couple of things over a couple weeks. 

Let's see what all samples I received to try:
 Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant (sample tube), 
Ceramide eye cream and Visible Difference Moisturizing eye cream 
 (2) Visible Difference Skin Balancing Skincare 3-piece packets
(5) Visible Difference Optimizing Skin Serum packets

She gave me enough samples of the product she really wanted me to try (the serum) to last at least a week since the product claims to be able to see results in 6 days. 

And I finally bought my replacement brush heads for my Clarisonic Mia.  I got the twin-pack for sensitive skin:

About a week later, I went back to see the same woman - Callie - (counter manager) for a "check-in" to see how my skin was responding to the serum she so kindly gave me the many samples of.  We were both quite pleased with how things have been progressing already.
She gave me a couple packets of Prevage Face Advanced Anti-Aging Serum to try just to see if that worked even better (but it's much more pricey).
And I got samples of Visible Difference BB Cream in shade #1 (top pot)
Visible Difference Peel & Reveal Revitalizing Mask (left pot - not a sample normally given out, but she made it happen)
Visible Difference Oil-Free Lotion (right pot)
Visible Difference Good Morning Retexturizing Primer (right sample tube)

And I purchased the Visible Difference Optimizing Skin Serum:

I also went back last Friday to see Callie for another check-in and she's still seeing progress being made.  She wanted me to go to a Master Class for skincare this coming Friday, but unfortunately I already had plans for the entire day. :-(  I'm hoping that there will be another class coming up that I am able to attend.   I didn't purchase anything during that visit, but I did get a bit more of the mask to put with my first one (I got one full use out of the first pot and still had some left so I wanted enough to do another full face).

I've really been enjoying trying all these samples to see what works for me and what doesn't.  There's a couple things that I didn't like, one I did like but it's not a good match for me (found that out after 2 weeks) and some others that I'm still testing out.  I'm already plotting my next purchase.  I've decided that if I have to pay more for things that actually work, then I'm going to do it and stop worrying about how much it costs.  I've spent way more on prescriptions that don't always work.  This way, I can get samples to see what's going to happen so I know for sure if it's going to be worth the investment.

I'm thinking about doing a review on the serum.  I even took pictures before and throughout the first week so I could see progress.  I should take a new set of pictures to be able to do a before-and-after for the review. Maybe I'll get that review up in the first part of July so it will be a month of using the serum.

Do you stick to drugstore products for facial skincare, or do you invest more if the product is worth it?

**all items received either as requested samples or purchased
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Monday, June 24, 2013

Tastykake® Kandy Bar Kakes - Influenster Product Review

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**received complimentary for testing purposes

Time for my final product review for the items I received in my Spring Fever Influenster Voxbox.  The last product is a relatively new snack cake - Tastykake Kandy Bar Kake.  I got the peanut butter flavor (made with Reese's peanut butter).

From Influenster's site:
ABOUT THIS PRODUCT
Kandy Bar Kakes are the best of both worlds. Light and fluffy chocolate enrobed cakes come in a unique kandy bar shape with a delicious créme filling made with your favorite candy flavors. Available in S'mores, Peppermint, and Peanut Butter flavor.

Available at grocery and convenience stores across America. 
My thoughts:
I had high hopes for this as I normally love anything that has peanut butter in it.  I had actually already seen this at the grocery store and thought about purchasing it several times (but I always had something from the bakery in my cart already) so I kept waiting on purchasing it.  

Honestly, it wasn't as good as I was hoping for.  Maybe it was because it was old - it had "use by 05/16/13" printed on it and I actually received my box about a week after that date.  But I felt that the "kake" part of the Kandy Bar Kake was on the dry side.  And given how hot it's been the last couple of weeks, the icing part was actually melted and stuck to the packaging.  Despite that, I felt that it was missing the peanut flavor that it promised.  Yes, I got the chocolate part of the equation, but only the tiniest hint of peanut butter.

I also wanted to mention how high the calorie count is - 280 per serving, which is the whole bar.  It does help a touch that there is a small dose of protein, calcium and iron but the amounts are small.  It might not make you feel as guilty if the kandy bar kake was pre-divided in half so you could share it, if you were so inclined.  I, personally, did not find this to be a very satisfying hunger-wise snack.

I can say that I would not purchase this as a snack for a summer roadtrip since, unless you keep all your snacks on your person at all times or store them in a cooler, these will be melted and messy waiting for you in the car.  As far as any other time of the year, probably not since I wasn't completely satisfied with the taste.  Maybe a different flavor would be better?

For a look at the full range available, click here to go to Tastykake's site.

**"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."
**my opinions are my own
**not affiliated

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sunday Stash Sharing - Milani Polishes

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**all items purchased by me

The time is really flying lately, isn't it?!  Which means it's already time again for Sunday Stash Sharing.  I got out my Milani polishes for this week's edition.  This means that you'll get to see a few limited edition polishes, a bunch of discontinued polishes and one that's still in the core line up.

Let's jump in with the limited edition polishes, shall we?

  • Bridesmaid came out in the Pure Love 2012 collection (it came out with 2 other polishes I did not get as well as an eyeshadow trio)
  • Spoiled in Fuchsia and Aqua Splash are both part of the currently available (but still limited edition) Texture collection - select Walgreens and Milani's website
My one core polish:
Orchidia

And for the discontinued polishes:

HD (silver), 3D (gold) and Hi-Tech (light green)
Cyberspace (blue) , Digital (pink) and Hi-Res (purple)

The Milani 3D Holographic line is now, unfortunately, discontinued.  I actually bought all but 1 of these from the CVS clearance sale at the end of 2012.  The other shade I had purchased on clearance from KMart in 2011.  These are not "linear" holo polishes - instead they are scattered, which is what I actually prefer.

What Milani polishes do you have?  Any of these that you would like to see on the nail?  Just let me know!!

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

Saturday, June 22, 2013

I Wanna Change My Storage...

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Since I'm not feeling too well this evening, I decided to hop on here and do a quick post about storage (again).  There are 2 things that I would love to purchase right now.  One was originally going to be my incentive for not purchasing any more makeup for the month of June, but last night I was looking through my collection and decided I really do not like the way it's stored...in fact, I kind of hate it since I can't get to the backs of most of my current plastic drawers.

So let's see what I want to revamp my makeup to be housed in (in addition to my vanity table):
 10 drawers of organizing goodness for about $30
total size: 15.125 x 12.3 x 42

As for polish, I currently am using 6 (yes six) of these:
and pretty much all 18 drawers are maxed out, and I have polish sitting in baskets and on a couple spice racks in my closet, as well as a plastic shoebox containing all my textured polishes.  The drawers, unfortunately, don't have much depth to them - I think I can only line up about 6 bottles before I have to move on to the next row.

I want to replace part of that storage with this:

Of course, with the Helmer unit I've got 3 options to purchase it: (1) order it online and pay for shipping, (2) drive a state over to Pennsylvania or (3) drive down to Columbus (which is actually a longer trip than driving to Pennsylvania).  I think the cheapest option would be to actually order it online and pay $20 or so in shipping since it would cost way more than that in gas for the car.

If I could actually find Michaels Craft Store's version of the Helmer I would definitely go with that option.  Maybe I need to take a trip to the craft store while I'm out tomorrow...

What do you use to store your makeup and polish in (especially if you have a, ahem, large collection?

**my opinions are my own

Friday, June 21, 2013

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure - Influenster Product Review

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**received complimentary for testing purposes

Time for another product review from the contents of my Influenster VoxBox.  This time, it's a nail related one: Broadway imPRESS press-on manicure in the shade/pattern D060 Over the Moon (a cool looking gold water marble on a burgundy background).

When I saw this in my box, I wasn't sure about it since growing up I was not allowed to use anything on my nails except for actual polish.  But a long time has passed since then, and I'm sure that the adhesive used to hold on the Broadway nails has come a long way from the press-ons of the past.  I was willing to open my mind and give this an honest test.
cute, reusable packaging!
From Influenster's site:
ABOUT THIS PRODUCT

Introducing imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails, the revolutionary way to apply polish! Featuring advanced nail technology, you can get a salon-perfect manicure in seconds – simply peel off, press on, and you're done. There's no drying, a killer shine and a manicure that lasts up to a week! And, imPRESS is so easy to remove, you can change it up to match your mood as often as you want. Check out all colors and patterns, including trendy brights, classic darks and animal prints. With imPRESS, your nails will always be your best accessory.

imPress Manicure retails for $5.99 for colors and $7.99 for patterns, and is available at CVS, Rite Aid, Duane Reade, KMart, Walgreens, Walmart and more. For a full list of online and in-store retailers, visit imPressManicure.com, where you can download an exclusive coupon and virtually try on all the colors and patterns!
My thoughts:
Once I figured out which 10 nails would fit fairly well, it was actually pretty easy to apply them - until I got to when I just had my thumbs left.  Then I felt like I was "all thumbs" trying to get hold of the little tab you had to pull on to remove the lining.  Make sure to clean your natural nails really well before applying - included is 1 prep pad (which I believe is just an alcohol pad).
top, all lined up and ready to go
bottom, all done

Fit-wise, I did have some issues finding the right size so I had to settle for "pretty close."  Also, I had just filed my natural nails down so basically all of the imPRESS nails were longer than my real nails.  On most of my nails I felt that I had a line of glue that hung out over my free edge.  These also did not truly fit the curve of my nail, which instantly had me worried about how sanitary they would be.

As far as wear time goes, I found that 8 out of 10 nails stayed on for 9 days, but around day 5 or 6 a strand of hair was able to get caught between the edges and the natural nail when I would run my fingers through my hair so the edges do loosen first but the center stays glued on pretty well.  During those 9 days, I had lots of showers - including 2 hair washing days, hand-washing dishes multiple times, heavy gardening, lots of skincare (using some pretty potent stuff) and some light cooking.

A couple issues I noticed during my wear test:

  • on some of the nails after 2-3 days the design was starting to flake off from the free edge
  • after about 5 days I noticed that the free edges weren't as clean-cut as they were when I first put them on - it was as if the press-on was softening over time
  • I felt like for some tasks I had a harder time picking things up
During my wear test, I got quite a few compliments on the design of these.  I'm always happy when I receive compliments when I'm trying something new so Yay!  Speaking of design, I did really enjoy the design of the ones I received - I've never been brave enough to try a water marble effect but I do like the way it looks.  I do feel like the plain ones would look better longer, but there's lots of cute designs available.

As far as removal, the package says "remove in seconds."  Umm, no.  I only had one nail come off quickly and that was before the wear test was done.  As far as the rest of the nails, ouch.  I was definitely aware of the fact I was pulling these off.  Maybe using pure acetone along the edges would have helped (I used Zoya's Remove + and didn't notice it really helping)... It took me a good 20 minutes to get these all off.  Maybe I was extra conscious of the removal process since my fingertips were all sore from lots of yardwork just an hour before...  I only noticed one area where I had a little bit of damage so on that front, it was good.  Other than that one little spot, my nails all felt and looked healthy.

Will I purchase this product?  Most likely.  I would consider keeping a set around for a quick fix if I get a bad break or tear in my nail and don't have the time to do a full patch...or for vacation.  

To see the full line of Broadway Nails Impress Press-On Manicure products, click here

**"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."
**my opinions are my own
**not affiliated
 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Sugar Rush got Caught on Sapphire

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**all items purchased by me

I decided to do another nail look today, but this time with a nice cream topped off with glitter.  And apparently this week's nail posts all blue themed (unintentionally) so far.  I've just been reaching for blues more lately for some reason.  So let's see what today's combination looks like!

First I put 2 coats of Sinful Colors Sugar Rush on over a ridge filling base coat.  I'm pretty sure I also used a quick dry top coat but I don't remember if it was China Glaze Fast Track or Out the Door.
Sugar Rush is your basic pastel/baby blue creme polish.  I think this was just a tiny bit thick, but I liked the way it applied.  No application issues - no streakiness and it self-leveled well.  On my swatch wheel, it has an extremely hidden shimmer, but on my nails I'm counting it as a creme since the shimmer is so hidden. 

 Then I wanted to play with one of my new glitter polishes, so I pulled out Wet 'n Wild Caught On Sapphire:
This is one coat of Caught On Sapphire, which is absolutely gorgeous.  Bright blue hex glitters with a super fine, glow-y pinky-purple micro shimmer (clear base).  Love.  The fact that the shimmer is a different color makes it much more unique.  At first, I thought it was basically a dupe of Orly Spazmatic (which I don't have) but the micro shimmer is a different color.
Caught On Sapphire went on fairly easily as well.  Since it's a member of the FastDry line, the drying time was pretty good.  I did go along the free edge to make sure none of the hex glitters were hanging over.

Typical me, both polishes in this look are limited edition.  Caught On Sapphire is part of the Hot Rocks collection (to see my post on the full collection plus swatches, click here).  I do still see the Wet 'n Wild collection at Rite Aid for $1.99.  Sinful Colors Sugar Rush came out in the Sugar Rush collection, which I purchased at Walgreens.  I haven't paid close attention to see if it's still available or not.  For a reminder of what colors came in the Sugar Rush collection (and swatches), you can click here for that post.

Do you have either of these polishes?  What else would you pair Caught On Sapphire with?  

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

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Spotted, Hauled & Swatched - Salon Perfect Neon Collision Collection

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**all items purchased by me

Time for a new Spotted, Hauled & Swatched post.  This time it's featuring the Salon Perfect Neon Collision collection, which just recently came out at Walmart.  Even though I live within 10 minutes of 3 different Walmarts, I only saw this collection at one and by the time I saw it, it was really picked over (you'll see in just a sec.) so I snatched up as quickly as I could one of each.  It took me a while, but I managed to find all 6 polishes on this 3-sided display (one long side and 2 skinny sides).  I'm glad that I decided to bite the bullet and purchase all 6 at one time since I still haven't seen this at any other location.

So let's see what was left of the display:
The store was busy enough, I could only get this one picture - you can see how much it's been picked over. Besides the neon glitters, there was plain neons that I believe would coordinate with the glitters as well as white (maybe a topcoat too).

Haul time!
 Kaboom, Shocked, Zapped, Jolt, Bang, Exploded
Kaboom, Shocked and Zapped
~Zapped is essentially the inverse of Kaboom~
 Jolt, Bang, Exploded
~Jolt and Exploded are also the opposite of each other (according to my eye)~
~Bang looks to be approximately equal parts of each color~

Swatch time!  These are all done with roughly 2 coats (no base):
Kaboom, Shocked, Zapped, Jolt, Bang and Exploded
 ~The bottles are most color-accurate in this picture~

Kaboom is rumored to be the dupe of the "indie" glitter named Floam so let's just stick this in the category of "my version of".  I would say that out of these 6, I have an early favorite - Shocked.  It's primarily bubblegum pink with a good amount of blue glitter mixed in (all matte).  On my nail wheel, these do dry to a textured finish.  I let each one dry for a minute or so between each coat, also making sure to have plenty of polish on the brush each time, in order to get a better application since they are very glitter dense.

Have you seen this collection at Walmart?  Do you plan on getting any?  What colors would you pair them with?  Did you know/realize that Salon Perfect and China Glaze are from the same company (just different formulas)?!

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

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Julie G - Blueberry Fizz Nails

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**all items purchased by me

Time for a nail post!  Today I've got a Julie G gumdrop polish in Blueberry Fizz.  I've already posted swatches of the entire collection on my nail wheel (click here for that post), but it's always nice to see them on the actual nail as well.  Even though these have been out for a while, I still see full or nearly full displays in Rite Aid all the time.

This is 2 coats of Blueberry Fizz.  I don't recall if I had on any base coat or a treatment, but it's rare that I do a mani without a coat of either a ridge filler or a coat of Seche Recondition, so there's a good chance I had one on.  Of course, no top coat since this is a textured polish.

Blueberry Fizz is a nice periwinkle blue shade that has shiny silvery-blue glitter chunks mixed in with the rest of the texture.  My pictures are all showing this polish a bit brighter than it is in real life.  The texture is not extremely rough feeling to the touch, but the bumpy feeling is there - this feels similar to the Liquid Sand texture polishes from OPI that have the chunky glitter.  Drying time was pretty good, considering the fact that there's no quick dry top coat used.  I keep thinking about getting a bottle of drying drops...those might work with all the textured polishes...

Julie G Gumdrops are selling at Rite Aid for $3.99 each, which is a really great price (comparing to OPI, Nicole by OPI and Zoya).

Did you get any of the Julie G Gumdrops?  Or are you over the textured trend?  (I'm not!!)  Have you used drying drops?  Do they work?  What brand do you recommend?

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

Monday, June 17, 2013

Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS+ Dust It- Influenster Product Review

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**received complimentary for testing purposes

Time for another product review featuring a product I received in my Influenster VoxBox.  I'll be reviewing the hair product I received - Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS+ Dust It.  I've never used a powder texturizer product before, but I have seen this type of product being used at the salon I go to as well as a few times on YouTube, so I had a basic idea of how to use it.  It's pretty simple really.
From Influenster's site:
ABOUT THIS PRODUCT
Benefits:
Incredible root lift
Light-weight powder to texturize
Soft matte effect
Control & separation
Long lasting hold & texture
Versatile control effect: the more you apply the more control you get

Ingredients:
Innovative formula with Silica is responsible for the strong matte feeling & volume which makes this product unique and a must have.

Application:
For instant root lift and volume, sprinkle small amount adding more where needed
For more texture and control, rub the powder into your hand, and apply to desired areas
Apply to dry hair
Style and texture as preferred

Finishing Tip:
Turn the head up-side-down, apply like salt & pepper, distribute into the roots for a strong and wild finish
For a stronger matte look apply product into damp hair. Rake into shape and leave to dry naturally
My thoughts:  This product really holds the volume that you can achieve when you work it in - I always stick my sunglasses on top of my head when I go inside stores and this product kept the volume going even when I repeatedly took them off and on.  It definitely refreshes my style whenever I use it.  I even got some compliments when I used it, so that's always a major plus!  I haven't tried this yet on freshly styled hair since I normally have pretty good volume at that point.  It does say you can work into damp hair and leave to dry naturally but I don't think that method would suit my hair style...

When I use it:  Since I only wash my hair about 3 times a week, I've been using this on 2nd or 3rd day hair to bring the volume back and to take away the oily look my roots can get.  This also worked great as a way to freshen up the hair style after wearing a hat for a few hours.  I have not used it in damp hair (like it says you can in the Finishing Tip section), but I don't let my hair dry naturally very often (gets too crazy looking).

How I use it:  The packages says to shake first (before taking off the lid).  The way that I apply it is I pull up sections of hair on the sides (from about the temples up) then lightly sprinkle it in.  I drop that section of hair then using my fingertips, I rub/work the product into my roots.  I keep repeating this as needed, but I don't apply any right on top of my part - just the surrounding sections.  After it looks nice and wild, I smooth it into the style I want and there it stays.  I have to say, I really enjoy using this product.  But you do have to keep in mind that the more product you sprinkle in, the "stiffer" your roots will feel and the bigger your hair will get.  As long as I work the product in well, I haven't noticed any white-cast like some typical dry shampoos can leave on dark hair.  As for washing this out, I do it either late in the day that I've used it or the very next day.  I normally follow the "wash, rinse, repeat" cycle for shampooing and that gets all the product out.  I have not felt the need to use a clarifying shampoo immediately after using this product.

Results:
Volume and texture are back (especially noticeable on the shorter side)!
Looks like I came from the salon!

So will I purchase this product?  I really did enjoy using this so yes, I most likely will purchase this if/when this bottle runs out.  I've used this several times and a little goes a long way so it will be quite a while before I would need to purchase.  The only "downside" I can see is the price - around $24 - but seeing as how long it lasts, that's not really that bad.  Plus I'm slowly coming to terms with "you have to pay for what works on you."

Check out Schwarzkopf Professional's site here for the full line of products.

What do you think of the results?  Have you used a powder texturizer before?  Which one?
**"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."
**my opinions are my own
**not affiliated

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sunday Stash Sharing - Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Polishes

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**all items purchased by me

Time for another edition of Sunday Stash Sharing!  We're back with Sally Hansen polishes this week, specifically the Diamond Strength line.  I've divided the polishes into 3 groups: limited edition, old packaging (not sure if they are in the repackaged line) and new packaging/core line.

Let's get started with the limited edition polishes:
 front row: Blue Frosting and Gold Setting
back row: Multi-Faceted, Infinity Band and White Veil

  • Multi-Faceted, Infinity Band and White Veil were all in the same Spring 2012 limited edition collection (looking at the display pictures on Nouveau Cheap's blog, I wish I would have gotten the other glitters as well....).  Multi-Faceted and White Veil are labeled "Jewel Overcoats"
  • Blue Frosting came out in Fall 2012.  It's a duo-chrome
  • Gold Setting came out in Spring 2013 - you might still be able to find it - sheer pearly duo-chrome topper that looks to have some flakies to it

Now for the 2 old packaging polishes:
Diamonds and Black Diamond

  • Diamonds is a sheer pearly topper
  • Black Diamond has super-fine sparkles that look primarily silver but also teal and purple 

And finally, new packaging/core line:
Something Blue, Princess Cut, Black Tie
  • Something Blue is a sheer gray with iridescent blue sparkles
  • Princess Cut is flakies in a lightly tinted pink base
  • Black Tie is duo-chrome

And that finishes another line of polishes from Sally Hansen - but I still have Complete Salon Manicure polishes to share as well as the Xtreme Wear line.  So there will be at least 2 more posts to finish up Sally Hansen (I have a lot of Xtreme Wears).  I've never understood why Sally Hansen as a brand has so many lines of polishes.

What's your favorite Diamond Strength polish?  And of course, if you'd like to see any of these on the nails soon, just let me know!

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

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Random Updates & Personal Beauty News

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First up in personal beauty news, I've been using some new samples of skincare for the last week and am pretty much in love with at least one of the products.  Look for an upcoming post about what all of my samples are/were as well as what my new love is.  I might even do a post listing my skincare products.  I've also got some more reviews coming up as well as a few Spotted, Hauled & Swatched posts.  I've also decided on a reward for myself if I can avoid purchasing makeup items until I find the upcoming limited edition Wet 'n Wild trios (click here for swatches on Nouveau Cheap's blog).  Maybe I need to come up with some kind of reward for doing the same thing as far as polishes are concerned...  Apparently, I need incentive to follow through on my restricted buy.

Now onto other things:
I'm sure if you follow a lot of blogs, you'll have seen recent reminders about Google Reader being discontinued when July comes but I wanted to add a little note as well.  I do have a button over to the side to follow me via Bloglovin'.  

I'm almost ready to switch over myself to Bloglovin, but I'm taking this as an opportunity to sort through blogs I follow and mark down things that I had starred in Reader (ideas for nail ideas, product recommendations, home tips/recipes, etc.) - especially a good idea for blogs that I've followed but they are no longer active.  

I'm hoping that the following statement is true:

Because if it is, I must be getting ready to be massively creative!  I've been sitting in front of the computer for over 2 hours and this little post is all I've done...  Oh, I'm currently in the process of completely emptying the pictures and videos off my Droid since we got new phones a week and a half ago.  The videos are taking a while to move.

I'm still working on the massive undertaking of reclaiming flower garden space from weeds as tall as I am.  Friday's work resulted in me having to apply a new patch on my thumb (this seems to be a recurring problem with my thumb nail since I had patches on it a month or so ago as well).  I was going to go out after dinner but after I got a few flowers in where I had worked yesterday, it started raining.  And ever since then I haven't been able to concentrate.  

Do you use something other than Bloglovin' for following blogs?  Any post that I've hinted to that you're particularly interested in seeing?  Let me know!