Cover Girl Star Wars Outlast Nail Polish in Nemesis and Emerald Blaze

I’m not a huge Star Wars fan, but I couldn’t help getting pulled into the Cover Girl releases which are tied to the franchise. I picked up two bottles of nail polish from CVS back in December.





Nemesis is your typical neighborhood vampy red shade.

It’s sort of an oxblood color.



As you can see, it’s not the most opaque color in just two coats. I think I could get better results with three coats.

Emerald Blaze:



Emerald Blaze is a bright green with a frost finish. It applied decently in two coats. It was a touch thick, but nothing I can’t handle.

It has that duochrome effect when you first apply it. It’s hard to see it in photos.



I think hardcore Star Wars fans who also love nail polish would like these. I wouldn’t say these are must-haves, but since I already own them and don’t hate them, I would keep them.  Emerald Blaze is worth looking into if you love greens, but Nemesis is surpassed by better vampys.

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Review: Bite Beauty Rewind Lip Crayon Kit

The 2015 holiday kit released by Bite Beauty continued the linguistic connections established with 2014’s Remix. 

Like Remix, Rewind comes in a cute red tin.


Stiff paper is wrapped around the small lipstick tubes.


From left to right: Aubergine, Coublis, Cafe and Torte.




These are lipsticks from the Matte Creme Lip Crayon line. Remix contained products from the High Pigment Pencil line.

Top to bottom: Torte, Cafe, Coulis and Aubergine.



I received great cooperation with the lipsticks when I swatched them. No tugging, no double strokes over the same line. I got a clean streak of color with every swipe.


I especially like the colors of Aubergine and Coulis. Aubergine seems to fade with 2 hours of wear (if I am not eating or drinking). Coulis lasts longer.

Torte is a nice pink on my complexion, but it does fade within 3 hours. I’ll have to try it with a lipliner to see if I can make it last longer on my lips.

Pros: Very affordable, nice range of shades, great packaging.
Cons: Not all the shades last very long.

Grade: A-

This is limited edition, but I actually saw a few at different Sephora stores in NYC. They were near the register. You could ask at your local Sephora if there are any in stock.

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Mini Skincare Haul from Ole Henriksen

I was going to make a joke about hauling skin, but it went off-kilter and I dropped it. Because this ain’t The Walking Dead, people.

It could be…….but I don’t want to put anyone off their breakfast.


I first bought the 3 Mini Wonders + Cleanse kit for a friend, then I got so curious about it, I bought one for myself.

Curiosity always costs me money, somehow.



3 Mini Wonders + Cleanse contains:

– 1.5 oz African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser
– 0.33 oz Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster
– 0.25 oz Sheer Transformation
– 0.25 oz Invigorating Night Treatment

I especially like the cleanser, Sheer Transformation moisturizer and the Invigorating Night Treatment. The Vitamin C serum is okay, but I don’t enjoy it as much as my Valentia serum. 

I haven’t had a chance to test out The Whole Truth kit yet. When I do, I shall report back. :)

Have you tried anything from Ole Henriksen? What’s your fave OH product?

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Korres Nourishing Hand Cream with Almond Oil and Shea Butter

Hand creams are to me what strangers’ beds are to Goldilocks: I need to find just the right one.

Not too greasy.

Not too short-lived on my skin.

Not too expensive.

Despite my tiresome search for one, I’m so glad I get to worry about hand cream and not anthropomorphic bears who live in a house and eat porridge.  Finding a hand cream I like is a much easier search that finding bears who live like people and sleep in human-made beds.


The packaging is a squeeze tube with a flip-top cap. It snaps shut. The lotion is creamy and solid, not runny or like liquid. When I squeeze out the cream, it retains its shape until I spread it around.

It absorbs pretty quickly and doesn’t leave my hands feeling greasy. This is very important to me because as a blogger, I don’t have time to wait for lotion to sink in when I have photos to take, edit, and I use a keyboard for most of my work here.

The cream has a strong perfume scent which seems very fragrant, but it doesn’t bother me enough to stop using it. It fades after a few minutes. Those who have a strong aversion to scent (read: allergies) may need to be cautious. When I first apply the cream, the scent is very perfume-like and it almost smells like I sprayed perfume directly from a bottle.

I think this is a very good hand cream and I would be willing to repurchase it. I would like something less scented, so I am not in a hurry to repurchase. I still want to see what else is out there. I am happy with the more affordable $14.50 price tag (L’Occitane is $28), although I admit that for 2.54 ounces, this is not cheap for a hand cream. If you find yourself using hand cream several times a day, this could get expensive for you.

It’s sold at Sephora. 

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My Experience at the Jin Soon West Village Salon

As a holiday gift, I treated two of my best friends to manicures at Jin Soon. Since I had never gotten a professional manicure before (scandalous!), I booked a slot for myself.


I booked our appointments online. They require a credit or debit card for reservations.

The salon itself is rather small. There are about 6 tables in the front for manicurists to work at. The pedicures are done in the backroom. I didn’t get a good enough look to see how many pedicure stations they have.

The receptionist who checked us in was lukewarm in her greeting, but not exactly rude. She wasn’t especially friendly, though. She told me to choose a nail polish from the selection against the wall. My male friend waited while I chose one.

I sat down at one of the aforementioned tables while the manicurist got to work on my hands. My second friend came in at that point and she was allowed to choose a nail polish as well.

My manicurist was very nice and friendly. She filed, buffed, oiled my nails, spread lotion on my hands and wrapped them in warm, damp cloths. It felt marvelous. I think she used the Jin Soon house brand base coat and top coat.

The shade I chose was Jin Soon Soubrette. I had never tried a Jin Soon nail polish before and I was excited to see what they were like.

The same day and the day after, my manicure looked stunning. I loved the color and I thought she did a great job.


This was on day 2. You can see the tips are starting to wear a little.





By Day 3, it was starting to chip. I was surprised because I had thought a professional paint job would last a couple more days. My at-home manicures sometimes last 5 days if I used a base coat and top coat.

I would go back to Jin Soon for a maintenance manicure (in between my at-home, unprofessional hack jobs). I may just bring my own top coat and base coat. My female friend who went with me said it may have been the particular polish that was used (she chose a Chanel shade, and her mani lasted weeks. That is amazing because she works as a housekeeper). I will purchase Soubrette and see if that is the case. I am hoping it’s not because I love the color and I would love to wear this shade again.

The Jin Soon website. 

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Seashell Pendant Necklace from Mahalo Spirit

I’ve been veering toward ocean themed jewelry lately. Since my zodiac sign is Pisces (and I have always loved learning about aquatic life), I’ve been buying more beach-themed and ocean-themed jewelry.

I wanted some more silver necklaces, so I got this one from Mahalo Spirit.



I love the cut-out design of it. I think it’s more distinct that a solid shell pendant. I really like the designer’s use of a shell that is not a clamshell (which seems to be prevalent in jewelry design).

This is made of sterling silver and comes with an 18 inch chain.

Check out their shop. 

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Francesca’s Haul (In Virginia!)

Since you all know me (and I hope you do, or else I will be very hurt) you shouldn’t be surprised that my Virginia haul didn’t end with all that museum jewelry I bought.

I also stopped in at Francesca’s in the Pentagon City Mall. It was in my first time visiting one.


There was a sale going on when I showed up. The blue stud earrings and the round disc drop earrings were BOGO 1/2 off.

Here are the pretty blue ones. I chose these because I think I need more conservative jewelry in case I get invited to The White House.

Or at least imagine that I got invited to The White House.


I like the squarish shape of them. I try not to get stuck in a rut by buying perfectly round studs all the time.

And having just said that……..

Here are my new, perfectly round studs. I am nothing if not contradictory.

I like to imagine I am not contradictory.


I really enjoy the look of these. They feature one CZ stone in a CZ halo setting.


These round disc drop earrings remind me of the Mappin and Webb Empress earrings. 



I got them because I like to imagine I own the Mappin and Webb Empress earrings.

I do a lot of imagining, in case you didn’t realize. It helps me get through life.

Which one is your favorite?

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Vintage Library Pendant Necklace by Starmek Creations

I’m such a book nerd and collector, I had to get this cool-looking pendant necklace from Etsy.

The pendant is finished in antique bronze and comes with a chain. The length offered by the seller is 20 inches, but I requested that mine be shortened to 18 inches.



It’s an image of an antique library’s bookshelves and a ladder to reach the top shelves.

The concave glass shell makes it appear that we are seeing this image through a peephole.

It’s really cool.

Okay, let’s all stop being nerds now.

Here is the shop’s link. 

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Current Favorites: Beauty and Life Vol. 18

Happy New Year, friends!

I wanted to start off this year by thanking everyone who has participated on this blog in some way. The people who read, the people who lurk (there is a fee for lurking, by the way) and those who comment. I really appreciate everyone who has given their time and thoughts to making this blog better and brighter.

Except for those lurkers. How come you don’t wanna talk to us? :P

Here is what’s so great about the start of the new year

1 ) My New Cookbooks: For Yule I received Decolonize Your Diet by Luz Calvo and The Great Victorian Cookbook by John Midgley. They’re both very unique, very different cuisines. I tried out one recipe from DYD so far, and it was amazing. I want to try one from TGVC next.

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2) L’Oreal Infallible Lipstick in Persistent Plum: I received this in a makeup swap. It’s one of those products I feel fate dropped in my hands. It’s a gorgeous plum creme, and it really looks plum- not, you know, vampy or too red or too dark or too blue. It’s great for my skintone.


3) Sages Aromatherapy Natural Herbal Decongestant: I received this in an Eco Emi box ages ago. At first I was like “what the heck did I receive a health product for when I wanted makeup?” Tantrums aside, I started using this when I caught a cold, and it has been AMAZING at clearing my stuffy nose. I am trying to get over a cold right now, and whenever I feel like I can’t breathe, I grab this and within a few seconds I start inhaling precious air (it’s my air. Don’t hog it).  You can buy it here.

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4) Homemade Cookies from Friends: One of the best gifts I got for Yule was from a dear friend of mine who used to work in a restaurant. She sent me a large tin of homemade sugar cut-outs, peppermint meringues, and ishler torteletts.



5) My Readership: Yes, I do love my readers. Since 2011 (the year this blog became active) people have come and gone, but I am still grateful for the people who comment and say positive things. Even if you did not come back. I learn a lot from the comments, even if it may seem that I don’t say much in response.  I read everything and I pay attention. I’m so glad you all are here to share my love of makeup, fashion and everything pretty.


Once you finish wiping away your tears, tell me what you’ve been loving recently in the comments.

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Christmas Manicure 2015 Edition

Here is this year’s Yuletide manicure.



On the four fingers: CoverGirl Outlast Glosstini in Inferno
On the ring finger: OPI Golden Rules! topped with Revlon Spiderman collection polish in 1000 Watts.

The Revlon polish has some greenish hues to it, so it added a nice dimension to what was otherwise a red and gold color scheme.

What did you all wear on your nails for the holidays?

Season’s greeting, friends! :)

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