Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Lush Guardian of the Forest bath bomb review PLUS matching Zoya manicure!

Hey guys! Today's the first official Lush review from me! I have lots of different stuff coming up, content wise, and I hope you guys enjoy some variety. I know I do!

My Lush reviews will be a little different...I'm not going to be getting in-depth as to the "notes" of the scents and when they decide to appear and on what level using these products, yadda yadda yadda. There's plenty of other sites for that as well as the Lush websites. What I WILL be doing is giving a regular-person impression of the products, what I think they smell like in laymans terms, and if I would repurchase them (the ultimate judgement!) I've also been having fun creating mani's that match them :)

I'm starting with the Guardian of the Forest bath bomb-lets go! 


Guardian of the Forest

Monday, August 29, 2016

Zoya Urban Grunge collection for Fall 2016: The Cremes


Hello! Today I have the second half of the fall Zoya collection called Urban Grunge. If you missed the Metallics be sure to check them out HERE! These are advertised to be "one-coat" cremes. The summer cremes were advertised that way as well but didn't quite turn out that way for me. Let's see how these polishes stack up! 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Zoya Urban Grunge for Fall 2016: the Metallics

Hello! Today I have the first half of the fall 2016 from Zoya called Urban Grunge. This "metallic" half contains a few shimmers and a few new colors in the beloved scattered holos Zoya is known for! If you are a fan of Dream, Blaze, Aurora, Payton, and Storm then there's a few here you will need. NEED! Let's get to it! And be sure to check out the sister collection the Urban Grunge Cremes.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

My first huge Lush haul, Why I ordered from the UK, and preview of what's to come!

Hello! How's everyone? Today is just the beginning of me finally bringing something different to the blog! Every time I try to start a new segment or series I either get busy or lose interest, haha! But I feel a serious obsession coming on with Lush, combined with a new attitude of trying to take time for myself more lately. There's several other things I'm into enough to warrant reviewing and posting, partly because I really do love reviewing things, and partly because I LOVE to read reviews! I promise I have bought nothing at Ulta, Sephora, or Lush without reading a hundred reviews. Mostly when I can't sleep at night! As with anything that's a little pricey, I always do my research to find the best deal! Hopefully you guys will like the different approach I'm taking on the upcoming product reviews--there's no shortage of Lush reviews on line so I've come up with a original take, I think! :)



Monday, August 22, 2016

China Glaze Rebel collection for Fall 2016

Hello! Today I have the fall collection from China Glaze, called "Rebel" and it's inspired by the music, colors and mood from the 90's! As usual China Glaze has a great mixture of finishes in this collection. What I WASN'T expecting was so many awesome one-coaters there would be! There's been a lot of hype over this collection, let's jump in and check it out!

All swatched are done with basecoat and topcoat. 

Fresh Prince-ss is a nice baby doll bubble gum pink cream. A little thin on the first coat but covered nicely on the 2nd. Not original but everyone should have a shade like this in their collection to go to! 


Fresh Prince-ss


Jagged Little Teal is a teal (duh, lol) creme. Snaps for the name, China Glaze! :) This color makes me weak in the knees-heart eyes! The formula is bomb.com. My middle finger nail needed 2 coats for some strange reason but all the other nails have one coat! I classify this as a one coater.  Literally, in my notes, I wrote "holy crap" with a heart ;)


Jagged Little Teal


Combat Blue-ts is a MATTE royal blue creme. Yes matte! This polish is amazing. As with all matte polishes you have to work quickly because they dry so fast. I feel like it dried even faster than my Zoya mattes, if you have any of those you know what I mean. I needed 2 coats for even coverage but many bloggers only needed one. This one got the "swatched last" honor so I can wear it for a few days! 


Combat Blue-ts


Dope Taupe is a ONE COAT taupe creme and it's divine! This looks to be almost identical to OPI Taupe-less Beach, they look so in the bottle next to each other, but wins for formula hands down. I have a feeling Dope Taupe will be living on my desk this fall :)


Dope Taupe


Pearl Jammin is a light gray creme with a strong shimmer in it. I was preparing for the worst, this polish looked so sheer in the bottle. I did wind up using 3 coats for this swatch. Even with 3 coats it didn't feel too thick on the nail. You can still see a little bit of nail line, I think that's unavoidable. It's pretty and understated, but not one I will reach for often. You could probably use this as a topcoat as well! 


Pearl Jammin


Heroine Chic is a bronzey browny shimmer. Definitely a unique color, even though I'm not to fond of the name. It screams fall! This is 2 coats. 


Heroine Chic


Y'all Red-y for This? (Who's singing the Jock Jams cd in their head now? Haha!) is a ONE COAT red shimmer. Yes, China Glaze, yes! Shimmery reds always remind me of Christmas. Be careful around your cuticles, if you get any on them it will want to stick around. 


Yall Red-y for This?


Purple Fiction is another ONE COAT shimmer! Perfect formula. Yes. 

Purple Fiction


Teen Spirit is a bluish purple ONE COATER. This kind of reminds me of Essie Starry Starry Night, which I have neither of the original or the reboot. Teen Spirit pulls a little more blue on me even though it looks purple in the bottle. YES!


Teen Spirit


Blue-Ya is a ONE COAT blue glittery jelly. Smooth and not gritty at all.  By this point my jaw is on the floor! Amazing. Seriously. 

Blue-Ya

 

The last 2 I have for you I feel are best used as toppers, although with any polish you can wear them on their own if you wish. 
Don't Mesh With Me (one coat) over Jagged Little Teal. It adds a nice purple shimmery finish. 

Don't Mesh With Me


Holo at Ya Girl! (One coat) over Pearl Jammin. There's tiny blue glitters in there and gold shimmer. 

Holo at Ya Girl

All in all, this is by far my favorite collection from China Glaze in a while purely based on the formulas. Literally half the collection is one coat polishes that aren't too thick or goopy? *applause* 
It's hard for me to only pick a few as favorites but I'm going with Dope Taupe, Blue-ya! and Teen Spirit. This collection is available now at Ulta and Sally as well as online at BeatyPlusSalon.com 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Zoya Sunsets collection for Summer 2016

Hey guys! Long time no blog! Since its been a while I thought I'd throw in a little life update :) My 3 boys are out for summer-they got out the 2nd week of May! We have just been hanging out and going to the pool as much as humanly possible. We miss the sun so much in the long winters here! They also make it very difficult for me to get nail stuff done during the day. I don't tend to polish at night like a lot of bloggers, my husband travels so much lately so when he is home I just want to hang with him! And when he's gone I'm pooped from single-parenting it! I also missed my blogging anniversary (6 years!) Ah well, I've been dying to get to these Zoyas so let's go!

This is half of the Zoya summer collection for 2016, called "Sunsets". I'll have the second half coming up in a couple days! Zoya touts them as one-coat-wonders....that usually makes me nervous about staining and yet excited at the same time! 



First up is Dixie- a really pretty watermelon/strawberry red and great for summer! The formula is really creamy and opaque but I needed 2 coats to be satisfied, even on my short nails. (All swatches are shown with topcoat as well). 

Dixie


Brynn is a pink creme-a standard in any collection. Formula amazing also, still needed 2 coats for me. 

Brynn


Cam is a bright pumpkin Orange creme. If you like orange it's for you! The formula on Cam was a bit runnier than the first 2, I stopped at 2 coats but it could have done with another. Usually topcoat helps smooth out minor streakiness. It looked more streaky in person. 

Cam


Ness is a bright grassy green cream, I never tire of this shade! Ness was VERY opaque, the most of all of them......I barely needed a second coat but I went ahead anyway. I used a peel of base coat when I swatched these so I didn't have any staining BUT use caution when you use really opaque greens and blues, the potential is always there!

Ness


Dory is a periwinkle blue cream, no doubt named for the Finding Dory movie (which if you haven't seen GO do it now! I haven't seen a movie with that much heart in a LONG time. Go see it!) This is 2 coats and I love it obviously the end. 

Dory


Liv is a grape purple creme. The formula was great, this is 2 coats.

Liv

All in all this is a great collection with staple colors for summer! I didn't find them to be one coaters but I have read about bloggers who do, so I guess it depends on the way you polish! ;)  These available now at Ulta and Zoya.com for $10!

Zoya Seashells collection for Summer 2016

Hello! Today I have the *new* Pixie Dusts from Zoya, part of their summer collection called Seashells! First, how awesome of a name is that? And second, holy crap! Just when Zoya decides to discontinue all the old pixies and we are mourning and ordering as fast as we can, they surprise us with new ones!  They are similar to some of the older pixies, and while I haven't done comparisons on the nail yet I DID do them in my notebook! None of them are dupes, but some of them are similar to other textured polishes I have so I will let you know when those come up!



Linds is a bright cherry red texture with gold micro glitters. Right away the gold was so strong it reminded me of OPI Magazine Cover Mouse. MMM is much darker but they are definitely related! Zoya Chyna is much more darker red with no gold shimmer. Linds took 2 coats to be perfect! 

Linds


Zooey is a Barbie pink texture with a strong gold shimmer! It immediately reminded me of Zoya Harper from a few summers ago. This is her texture twin! 
2 coats!

Zooey

Levi is a white gold texture and I'm in LOVE! More gold than Cosmo, a little more peach than Tomoko, very similar to Godiva and Bar! Levi is a combination of all of those-what's not to like?? 2 coats. 

Levi


Cece is a grassy green texture and totally unique in my collection! I compared it to  texture from Sinful Colors, Zoya Stassi, Vespa and Chita. All different! This is 2 coats. 

CeCe

Bay is an ocean blue texture and the one we've all been waiting for. Heart eyes! This one took 3 coats and was a little more sheer. I compared it to Liberty, Sunshine, Nori and an OPI texture and it's totally unique :)

Bay


Tilly is a silver an purple texture-totally unique also! A little more sheer, Tilly also took 3 coats. 

Tilly

What do y'all think of these?? I know a lot of us are super excited for new pixies! These are available now at Ulta and Zoya.com for $10.