Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Holographic Dry Marble Manicure

Taken outside during sunset

Taken indoors in direct sunlight

This is a manicure that I did using three holographic polishes and the dry marble technique with a dotting tool.  I explained the technique in detail in a previous blog post, you'll find the link below.  I started with a purple holographic polish from Girly Bits called Twitterpated.  I applied two coats of Twitterpated and quickly added three dots each of FACE Stockholm's Aphrodite (pink) and Thea (mint) and swirled them using a dotting tool.  For more information on those nail polishes, click on the polish hauls links below.  I've done six dry marble manicures so far.  If you are just starting out, you may want to use colors that are very similar such as the one featured above. Also, my Cherimoya & Valentine's Day designs feature a similar look.  It shows less details, so any mistakes will probably not be so visible.  For a more dramatic look, use colors that aren't similar at all such as my Christmas, Fire and Cinderella manicures, all the links are below.

Polish hauls for polish used in this manicure:

Previous dry marble manicures:

Visit my Pinterest Manicure Board to see the rest of the manicures I have featured on this blog.  If you click on any of the pictures there it will take you to the matching blog post so that you can learn more about that manicure.  So what do you think of this manicure?  Do you prefer the designs using similar polish or those that feature polish that isn't similar in tone or color?

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Kona Kase & 50% Off Link

This is a monthly snack subscription service called Kona Kase for $15 a month.  They feature snack samples "to fuel your active lifestyle".  I had a coupon for 50% off, so I thought I'd give it a try.  If you would like to try it for only $7.50 your first month, click here.  Included in this box were the following:
  1. BruBar - barley malt with dates and oats
  2. Perfect Foods Bar - cookie dough like texture, 20 organic whole foods
  3. Clif Shot Bloks - organic ingredients to help provide energy, hydration and muscle recovery
  4. Wild Friends Nut Butter - almond butter
  5. Sun Cups - caramel cups
  6. Clif Crunch - granola bar high in fiber & whole foods
  7. Earnest Eats - whole nuts, fruits, seeds, grains & almond butter
  8. TCHO - chocolate with pure cacao
This was an interesting box of products that I had mostly not heard of before nor seen in stores. The only brand I recognized were the Clif bars.  Hubby went for the chocolate and the caramel cups first.  He liked the cups and the chocolate was just ok.  He liked the Clif bars and didn't like the BruBar.  The other items have yet to be sampled.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Jindie Nails Fantastical Manicure

Photo taken in sunlight

This is an Indie polish from a company called Jindie Nails and this one is named Fantastical.  It features a coral creme/jelly base with holographic aqua hexagons, squares, stars and small & large circles.  In addition it has a teal shimmer and holographic white stars.  I used two very thin coats with very little glitter by brushing them off before applying.  Then I used two heavy coats.  The base coat I used was Perfect Formula's Manicure Booster and Seche Vite as a top coat.  One top coat was enough for nine out of ten nails.  A star is sticking out a bit on one finger on my right hand, not in photo above.  I'm going to apply a second top coat tomorrow.  If you don't like fishing for glitter, this is the polish for you.  There is plenty of it and it comes out of the bottle and off brush with ease.  You can also move the larger glitter into a different spot than it landed on, if you work quickly.  This is a polish for sunny days since it reflects so much better.  Finally on the third day of wearing this polish, a bit of sun appeared and I rushed to take the above photo and quickly the sun disappeared. Rain, rain, go away!  Though after six years of drought, I'm grateful for all the rain we've had, but I digress.  This is a really pretty summer polish which I recommend! For some reason it reminds me of Florida, perhaps the colors that many decorators use to decorate houses down there or their NFL team!  What does it remind you of?  I purchased this in a Llarowe haul, to see it click here.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Llarowe Indie Nail Polish Haul - July 2013

Dollish Polish Say Hello to My Kitty, Coco Allure Red Hot, Girly Bits Twitterpated, Emily De Molly Cosmic Forces, Jindie Nails Fantastical

Dollish Polish Say Hello to My Kitty, Coco Allure Red Hot, Girly Bits Twitterpated, Emily De Molly Cosmic Forces, Jindie Nails Fantastical - in sunlight

This was my first order from Llarowe, but it arrived after the second order.  I used money from my Blog Sale to pay for this order.  It's worth the time & effort to sell products from subscription boxes that you aren't using!  Included in this shipment were the following Indie nail polishes:
  1. Dollish Polish - Say Hello to My Kitty, $11,  Made in NY, USA
  2. Coco Allure - Red Hot, $11, Made in TX, USA
  3. Girly Bits - Twitterpated, $12, Made in Ontario, Canada
  4. Emily De Molly - Cosmic Forces, $13, Made in Canberra, Australia
  5. Jindie Nails - Fantastical, $10, Made in FL, USA
Dollish Polish - this is my first purchase of this brand.  Say Hello to My Kitty features a clear base top coat that has stars, bars and hexagon matte glitter in the colors white, black and neon pink.  It only needed two coats and I used a dabbing action after the first coat to fill in any blank areas.  The bars and stars didn't come out of the bottle much, so a little fishing of those glitter pieces is required.  I'm on the hunt for the perfect color to wear under it.  Any suggestions?

Coco Allure - this is my first purchase of this brand.  I really wanted to try a temperature changing polish.  Red Hot will change to purple on the tips of your nails where they aren't touching your skin due to the cooler temperature. The rest will be a pink color and the blue glitter will not change.  This is a fun polish I look forward to trying. I used three coats on the swatch above.

Girly Bits - this is my first purchase of this brand.  I love the logo on the bottle and wanted another holographic polish and didn't have a purple one yet.  I used three coats of Twitterpated on the swatch above and the top coat of Seche Vite didn't reduce the holographic effect.

Emily De Molly - this is my first purchase of this brand.  Cosmic Forces sells out within minutes when it's restocked.  It is really pretty, but I had a very hard time fishing the large circle glitter out of the bottle.  This one has a dark purple jelly base with large lavender holographic circles & small hexagons and small pink holographic circles.  I used three coats and it requires a lot of practice and patience.

Jindie Nails - this is my first purchase of this brand.  Fantastical features a pastel coral jelly/creme base with aqua hexagons, squares and stars and has a teal shimmer.  Thankfully, no fishing of the glitter is required and I used three coats.  This one often sells out.  I'm wearing this one this week, stay tuned for the pictures tomorrow.

I look forward to trying all of these Indie brands soon, so stay tuned for matching manicure blog posts.  Be sure to subscribe via Pinterest, Twitter, Google + or Bloglovin'.  

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

FACE Stockholm Holographic Nail Polish Haul

Bottles of Aphrodite, Thea & Aura

Swatches of Aphrodite, Thea & Aura (in the sunlight)

This is a nail polish haul from a company called FACE Stockholm.  They started in Sweden, but now have stores in the US.  I purchased the above nail polishes for only $23.75 including shipping, the retail value being $48 plus shipping.  I bought a $50 Gilt gift certificate for $25 and used a coupon for 20% off that, lowering it to $20.  I shopped through Mr. Rebates for an additional $1.25 off, lowering it to $18.75.  Add $7 shipping and I had a balance of $5.  Included in this haul were the following nail polishes:
  1. Aphrodite - light pink holographic nail polish, $16 retail value
  2. Thea - light mint green holographic nail polish, $16 retail value
  3. Aura - light purple holographic nail polish, $16 retail value
They are very easy to apply unlike most holographic polishes that are streaky and require a long dry time between coats.  I used two coats on the swatches above. These polishes are also the most reflective of all the holographic polishes I have tried. Sometimes the top coat will reduce the reflection of holographic polishes, but these have the same amount of reflection after I applied one coat of Seche Vite.  I'm very impressed with these polishes.  One complaint would be that there is very little difference in color between the pink and purple one. I was really anxious to get my hands on some Swedish polish since I have Swedish heritage.  So my second complaint is they are actually made in the US!

This was my first order with Gilt and I was disappointed that the referral link that I used didn't take 25% off my order.  I had to make several email complaints before I received a discount which was only 20%.  I was told since I signed up a year prior even though I never made a purchase that I wasn't eligible for the discount.  I also ran into an issue with the FACE Stockholm website, the apply button for gift certificates would not work.  I called to find out that they knew about the problem and was instructed to go ahead and order at full price and call back for a refund of the gift certificate amount.  After shock at what I was told, I later called back to order by phone.  I was told since the other office was closed that my order wouldn't be placed until the next day.  I waited for an email confirmation and received none.  I sent an email and finally received a response in the afternoon confirming my order.  I later noticed that they overcharged me $2 and sent off another email.  They stated that I couldn't use my gift card for shipping, yet the rep I spoke to while placing my order said I could.  It was an incredibly frustrating experience to say the very least.  There is no excuse for not making sure that gift cards could be applied to orders on their website before advertising on Gilt.  If you dare to try out Gilt, here's a 25% off link here.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Ipsy - July 2013

Glam Bag - Beach Beauty

This is a monthly cosmetic subscription service called Ipsy for only $10 per month including shipping.    The retail value of this bag is $24.62 which does not include the bonus nail polish or the cosmetic bag.  Included in July's bag were the following products:
  1. Coola - Mineral Face 20 SPF Unscented Moisturizer, value $4.87
  2. Sexy Hair - Soy Renewal Beach Spray Conditioning & Texturizing Spray, value $6.65
  3. Ipsy - clear pink plastic cosmetic bag with zipper
  4. Benefit - benetint, .08 fl oz, value $6
  5. POP Beauty - Pouty Pop Crayon in Rose Romance, full size, value $4.16 
  6. BH Cosmetics - California Collection Eyeshadow Sample, $2.94
  7. Nicole by OPI - Selena Gomez collection, Pretty in Plum, full size, value $7.99
I have received a sample of the Coola before and prefer a moisturizer without sunscreen since my foundation has SPF.  Hubby can use it instead.  I look forward to trying the beach spray tonight.  I received one by another brand in another subscription box this week and really liked it.  I'm not familiar with the POP Beauty brand and have enough lip gloss and lipstick.  I will be selling this one on my Blog Sale.  I've heard good things about the benetint which you can use on your cheeks and lips.  I prefer powder blush, but I read that it helps your blush and lipstick stay on longer also.  I'll give it a try and see if it lives up to all the hype.  I saw a couple YouTube videos on the eyeshadows and they look really pretty.  I may give them a try though I try to stay away from yellow and browns since I have a cool skin tone.  The eyeshadow is in a cute book style case with a magnetic closure.  I received the nail polish as an extra for referring two customers to Ipsy last month.  It's a very pretty purple color, but very similar to one I already have, so that will also be in my Blog Sale.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Birchbox - July 2013

This is a box from a monthly beauty subscription service called Birchbox for $10 a month.  They have several different boxes that they send out each month, so everyone doesn't receive the same cosmetics.   The products they chose for your box are suppose to be based on your beauty profile.  Included in my July box:
  1. Beauty Protector - shampoo & conditioner
  2. The Balm - Instain long wearing staining power blush
  3. Dr. Jart+ - Ceramidin cream for sensitive skin
  4. Jouer - luminizing moisture tint sunscreen (2 packets)
I tried the Beauty Protector brand in other box and wasn't crazy about it.  I think it's too oily for my fine hair.  The Balm blush comes in a cute little package, it opens like a book and has a magnetic closure.  They always have cute packaging.  I haven't heard of the Dr. Jart brand before, but always need more moisturizer. I'll be giving that a try soon. I've heard of the Jouer brand, but I don't have a need for sunscreen more than a couple days a year. I avoid the sun due to my extremely fair skin and since I burn very quickly.   Liquid sunscreens usually irritate my face, so I use Bare Escentuals powder foundation instead as long as it hasn't expired.  I like only two of the items in the box, so this box was just ok for me.  I'll be selling the shampoo & conditioner on my Blog Sale. Check out what I received in  previous Birchboxes:

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

FabFitFun July 2013 & $10 Coupon

VIP by Giuliana Rancic

This is a new quarterly beauty subscription box called FabFitFun created by the E! Entertainment host, Giuliana Rancic.  The above photo shows the second box they sent out in July.  This box is $49.99 unless you find a coupon as I did.  The retail value for the July box is $261.50.  This box was free because I complained about the first box as many other customers did.  Many customers were missing products in their first box.  This time it appears most people received everything.  Included in the July box were the following products:
  1. Catalina Su - lip gloss created by Giuliana's make-up artist, retail value $14
  2. Kind - dark chocolate chili almond bar, value $2
  3. Ivory Mason - pink crystal Daisy sunglasses, value $135
  4. Yes to Cucumbers - facial towelettes, value $3
  5. Pur-lisse - facial cleanser & makeup remover, value $36
  6. Orly - Choreographed Chaos, value $8.50
  7. Evian - facial spray, value $11
  8. It Haircare - Surf Spray, value $7
  9. Infinity - sun glow on the go, value $45
I tried the lip gloss and it's feels more like a glossy lipstick.  It's opaque and not sticky at all.  I like it especially since it reminds me of the color of my favorite lipstick that is no longer sold.  I love Kind bars and eat them often. I will be selling the sunglasses since I have a round face which isn't flattered by round lenses.  They are very pretty and they are suppose to be a retro 70's design.  I currently use the Yes to Blueberries face wipes to remove eye makeup, so as soon as those are gone I will be using the cucumber version.  I plan to try the facial cleanser as soon as my Bare Escentuals one is finished.  I like the Orly brand and this is a pretty pink neon color with a little blue-purple shimmer.  I tried the Evian spray and it's refreshing during perimenopause hot flashes!  I also tried the Surf Spray and it actually does make beachy waves in my straight, fine hair!  I'm shocked it works and it's perfect since I air dry my hair.  I refreshed it in the morning by spraying some WEN replenishing mist and then a bit more of the Surf Spray.  I don't use sunless tanners, so I will be selling that along with the sunglasses and nail polish on my Blog Sale.  What's your favorite beauty box subscription?

This box came with a $10 coupon for one person.  Use this link and coupon code 995612 before it expires on August 11th.  If you use the coupon, kindly comment below so that others know it's no longer available.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Goodies Co - June 2013

Taster's Box

This is a monthly subscription box from The Goodies Co called Taster's Box for only $7 a month including shipping.  Included in June's box were the following:
  1. Dream Water - nightime nectar
  2. Lay's - Stax Que Rico Adobadas
  3. Duchy Originals - Highland Shortbread from Scotland
  4. Pringles - Stix Cheese
  5. Smooch Snacks - strawberry, blueberry, banana, chia & acerola 
  6. GimMe Health - honey dijon seaweed crumbles
I tried the Pringles Stix right away since I had seen them before and wondered how they tasted.  They are pretty good, but I prefer their potato chips.  I have tried the Dream Water before and I thought it was ok, but not enough for this insomniac.  I buy Scottish shortbread at least once a year and prefer the Walkers brand.  I'm not crazy about apple sauce or other types of sauces like that due to their consistency.  It's like eating baby food and would be best suited for kids.  Hubby said it tasted really good and the chia seeds had swelled up like they do in those chia seed drinks.  I look forward to trying the seaweed and plan to try it on top of a salad.  The Lay's were so good and highly addictive and I usually don't like flavored potato chips.  If you would like to check out previous boxes I have received from The Goodies Co, click on the links below:

This is a fun and inexpensive box subscription.  If you would like to skip the wait list and sign up today use the code "SKIPTHELINE6" at their website here.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Julep's America & Myrtle Manicure

Happy 4th of July America!

The manicure above was achieved by using two coats of Julep's Myrtle and one coat of America on top.  Of course, I used a base coat and top coat which were Perfect Formula's Manicure Booster and Seche Vite.  I applied a second top coat the next day since the glitter was snagging on my clothing and hair.  Myrtle had to be applied carefully since it was very thin and wanted to drop off the wand not just the brush.  I applied the glitter in short dabbing strokes starting at the cuticles.  I had to fish out the stars and apply them separately.  I also brushed the glitter off the brush and then brushed the glitter off the stars because you couldn't even tell they were stars when the glitter was on top.  America takes a lot of time and patience.  I tried it over both a white and silver polish, but it didn't look good at all. Then I tried a navy polish and while it was ok, it just didn't pop like the red polish did. You could just use three coats of America and nothing else, but then you wouldn't see the small red glitter very well.  I bought this one a year ago in my Maven box, but it arrived after the 4th of July.  To see last year's 4th of July nail art manicure click here.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Hard Candy Gummy Green Manicure

This is a manicure using Essie's Mint Candy Apple under Hard Candy's Gummy Green nail polish.  I started with one coat of Perfect Formula's Manicure Booster, then two thin coats of Essie's Mint Candy Apple which were streaky.  Then I used three coats of Gummy Green, one coat of Manicure Booster and one coat of Poshe top coat. I needed another top coat a couple days later because some of the edges were snagging on clothing and on my hair when I was washing it.  It started to chip on day six on three fingers on the right corner's edge.  It's pretty smooth on top since the glitter is small.  It has a turquoise base with small round glitter in silver and black. It was pretty easy to apply but it did go on a bit heavy on the sides.  It costs only $4 at Walmart and is an inexpensive dupe for Illamasqua's Fragile polish which costs $17 a bottle or Deborah Lippmann's Rockin' Robin for $19.  Have you bought any of the Hard Candy nail polishes?  Some other posts that I invite you to visit:

My Nail Polish Collection
My Pinterest Manicure Board
Hard Candy Nail Polish Haul
Hard Candy Piece of Papaya Manicure
My Blog Sale - lower prices

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Llarowe Nail Polish Haul - June 2013

piCture pOlish monroe, Scofflaw Whiskey Tango Foxtrot & piCture pOlish frosting

piCture pOlish monroe, Scofflaw Whiskey Tango Foxtrot & piCture pOlish frosting
(three coats, photo taken in sunlight)

I placed two orders last week and my second order arrived first!  Strangely, the two shipments took different paths to get here.  Llarowe sells Indie polish brands from around the world.  Included in this shipment were the following nail polishes:
  1. piCture pOlish - monroe, from Australia, $15
  2. Scofflaw - Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, from the US, $11
  3. piCture pOlish - frosting, from Australia, $15
This is my first purchase of the Picture Polish brand which is made in Australia.  The monroe polish looked red in pictures I had seen, but when applied it was more of a burgundy color.  The first coat showed that there was definitely some purple in it.  The second and third coat made it look like a very pretty purple burgundy with holographic flecks in it.  Indoors it looks like a dark plum, in the sunlight it leans more toward it's red tone.  The holographic pieces reflect mostly purple and red.  Can't wait to wear it!

This is also my first purchase of the Scofflaw brand.  This one is called Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and it  took me a few seconds to realize that was short for WTF.  I really like the name of it, since it uses the phonetic alphabet which immediately makes me think of my childhood where my father would talk to people around the world on his Ham Radio using it.  Which I also used later as a pilot.  This one features red, white, gold and brown glitter in a teal jelly base.  It's really pretty and the glitter in the first two coats look like they are floating.  This one needed shaking upon arrival since the glitter had moved to one part of the bottle.

When I saw a picture of frosting, I just had to have it.  It was created in collaboration with a blogger named Chelle from Cosmetic Cupcake.  This one features silver, magenta and violet glitter in a pink creme base and has large holographic white hearts.  You could get away with two coats, but in the swatch above I used three.  It's really pretty and perfect for a party in the spring or summer.  Imagine having a party with sweets to match, how about pink frosted cupcakes with pink & purple sprinkles and a heart decoration stuck on the top!  You could even give out bottle of the nail polish as a party favor!

Well that's it for this haul, stay tuned for the next one.  Feel free to comment below and let me know which polish you like the most!

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