Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No Chip Nail Color in Save the Date

I’ve spent a considerable amount of time pondering “Save the Date”……….

Save the date for a wedding? For an appointment? For a Broadway show?

Save the date for a manicure at the salon?

Okay, I think it must the last one. :P

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The color is a rich, deep burgundy wine. It reminds me a little of China Glaze Stella.

It leans a little plum as well. I’ll have to dig through my collection to try to find something other than Stella that closely matches this.

Yay or nay on Save the Date?

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Wet n Wild Wild Shine Nail Color Swatches

Check out some of the shades I own from Wet n Wild’s Wild Shine collection.

Eggplant Frost:

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Bijou Blue:

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Rain Check and Blue Moon:

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There is actual shimmer in Blue Moon:

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Night Prowl and French White Creme:

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Mauve Frost and Jezebel:

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Hallucinate, Kaleidoscope and Sparked:

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All swatches you see here are in two coats. Most of these would get a grade of B from me. They’re good polishes if you’re on a budget, but they wouldn’t be my first choice because their quality is not the best. The one I would avoid at all costs is French Creme White. The application was dreadful: streaky, gloopy and uneven.

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Renee Love & Co. Dainty Rose Gold Earrings

I wanted a pair of simple yet fancy earrings to wear in case I ever got invited to a tea party.

Okay, I’m kidding. I don’t go to tea parties. I don’t even know anyone who has tea parties.

I do know someone who fantasizes about dressing up to go to tea parties.

Hint: It’s not you.

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My earrings arrived in a nicely tied up white box.

The seller wrapped it in bubble wrap and taped it with a cute gold sticker.

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And……….here are the earrings I will wear to the non-existent tea party!

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They’re cute, right? They’re about 1/2 inch in diameter.

Shipping was pretty fast. I didn’t have to wait too long to have the order filled.

Here’s the shop in case you want to check it out:

Renee Love & Co. 

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Kleancolor Nail Lacquer in Wicked Plum and Black Hole

I picked up two Kleancolor nail polishes as a small birthday gift to myself.

A friend showed me pictures of Wicked Plum, and once I saw its deep purple beauty, I knew I had to get a bottle for myself.

Wicked Plum:

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It’s a dark shimmery plum purple. It leans a little red.

Black Hole:

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Black Hole is a brownish dark garnet red with a slight shimmer. It reminds me a little of Zoya Jem. It’s slightly plummy as well.

 

Would you wear either of these?

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Current Favorites: Beauty and Life Vol. 15

Oh my good gravy. That was quite a long break I took, huh?

I will explain a little more about why I took so long to get back on the blog in this month’s current favorites.

1) The Decision to Blog At My Leisure: When I started blogging about 4 years ago, I didn’t really know how long I would last in the blogging world. I did hope to become one of the well-known bloggers, but that never really happened. I’m sort of glad it didn’t happen. If it had, I would have an awfully difficult time posting every day. I would never want to blog just because I feel obligated to. When I first started the blog, I had this feeling that I should churn out posts on a daily basis to keep my readers up to date with the newest cosmetic products and techniques.

I will still write blog posts when I have the time and energy to do so, but it may not be as frequently as before the break. I still want to update this blog from time to time. There are still products and experiences I want to share with you amazing people, and that will never change. What will change is the direction of this blog. It will be more focused on swatches and products that intrigue me, rather than ultra trendy products or the latest cosmetic technology. I was never one to follow trends, anyway. :)

I can only blog if I feel inspired to connect and share with others, and to create content that matters to other people.

2) Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss in True Love: I started topping off my Bite Beauty Pomegranate with this gloss in an effort to use it up. The results are seriously gorgeous! It’s the longer tube on the left (second item from the left).

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3) “Alive and Kicking” by Simple Minds: Everyone is obsessed with their hit from The Breakfast Club but they recorded other songs as well. I love this song’s music video, which also features the very talented Robin Clark.

P.S: Don’t tell anyone, but I kind of have a crush on the young Mick MacNeil. :P

 

4) Black Girl Dangerous: A (mostly) online resource on writings by and about queer people and trans people. It was created by the brilliant Mia McKenzie. Whenever I need to jumpstart my lagging brain, I stop by BGD.

There is also a book of essays out, in case you want to buy a copy.

 

5) Old Bay Seasoning: I don’t know if this will get my foodie card revoked, but I have been enjoying this cheat-sheet seasoning on potatoes and other eatables. It’s a good all-purpose, easy seasoning mix to have on hand when you’re starving and just need to cook anything quickly so you don’t get food poisoning. ‘Cause when I’m hungry, I often have to choose between chewing on my own arm or eating partially cooked food. Let’s never have to make these choices again. Old Bay seasoning is what I grab to quickly toss together an edible meal.

That’s my current list! What have you all been loving recently?

 

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ILNP Birefringence and Nostalgia Swatches

The nail polish community (we have regular monthly meetings. Please bring a snack for everyone) has been abuzz with talk about ILNP.

The holos and duochromes are to die for.

Well, not literally. I would die for liberty. Or a penthouse apartment.

Oh wait, if I died for a penthouse apartment, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the apartment……

While I continue to ponder this, look at these swatches.
Birefringence

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It’s an aqua blue on me with purple shifts.

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Nostalgia

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In the spirit of Chanel Peridot, this is a pinkish green duochrome. It also has gold shifts.

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I wore these for about 3 days before it started chipping (without a top coat). The formula was very nice and the final effect of the shades were great after two coats (I made sure to let the first coat dry completely before applying the second coat).

 

Check out the other shades on the ILNP website.

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Cocoa Pink Haul

Good grief. How did I forget to tell you all about my not-very-gigantic haul from Cocoa Pink?

Several of my beauty blogger friends told me about Cocoa Pink, which is an independent bath and body product company.

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The packaged arrived with all pieces nicely wrapped up. The bottle and pot were unwrapped by me, because I am a silly doofus and I didn’t realize I should have snapped a pic before opening them.

Don’t ever put me in charge of an armory. I would surely harm myself or others.

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I ordered the following items:

-Violet Kisses Voluptuous Body Butter
-Shine + Conditioner
-Sample vials of Eva’s Ambrosia and English Cathedral perfume.

The other items were samples that were generously included with my order (Thrill Ride body butter and Princess Poo shampoo).

So far, I can tell you that I love Eva’s Ambrosia and I would definitely order a large bottle of it. It’s a gorgeous floral scent that doesn’t spike my nostrils or make me feel like I’m being beaten in the face with a bouquet (sorry for the violent image). English Cathedral is an interesting and unique scent. It smells like incense, and it’s not too overpowering. It’s not terrible at all, but I don’t think I would repurchase because I don’t want to smell like incense.

I really like the body butter. It has a glamorous, perfumey scent and it absorbs into my skin without feeling greasy or heavy. I’ll have to keep using it to see if I truly love it. I haven’t had a chance to try the conditioner or shampoo.

Have any of you tried anything from Cocoa Pink?

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Authority Cosmetics 5 Free Nail Lacquer in Gumdrop

I received this bottle in an Eco Emi box.

In case you didn’t notice the incessant posting of nail polish swatches on this blog, I really, really love trying out new shades of nail polish. I’m especially happy to find nail polishes that omit the worst ingredients in their formulas.

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Gumdrop is described as “is a bold and girly shade of pink that’s easy on the eyes. Two coats of Gumdrop and you’re ready to rock!”

It’s a bright candy pink creme. On me, it’s a flattering shade of hot pink. Most bright pinks are too blue-toned to really work with my complexion. Gumdrop doesn’t lean too blue.

It applied nicely and two coats were enough to cover my nails. I didn’t experience any issues with streakiness or a gloopy formula.

Here is their website. 

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Two Lady Jewelry Holder

Since I’ve been buying more earrings and other pieces that fit my current aesthetic, I’ve decided to purchase a jewelry stand to make it easier to display my pieces (instead of rooting around in a box and searching for matching pairs).

I settled on this one for now.

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Some earrings can fit as one pair in one hole. The rigid perforations make it difficult to push some earrings through. It seems like the slimmer the earring hook curve, the less likely it could fit in the hole. I simply placed the hooked earrings that didn’t fit on the rotating curved peg that holds necklaces.

I definitely want more jewelry stands. Which ones do you use?

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Current Favorites: Beauty and Life Vol. 14

I’m waiting for warm weather to finally show up. It’s been far too long. Despite being in the month of April, it’s been very cold and cloudy here. :/

To distract us from the crummy weather, here’s what I’ve been enjoying this month.

 

1) Clinique Airbrush Concealer Illuminates, Perfects in Medium Caramel: Alone, this concealer is too light for my super dark, “I ran into a wall” undereye circles. I apply a little of it over Bobbi Brown corrector. It really makes a difference in photos. I went to a friend’s baby shower wearing this, and when I looked at photos from the event, my undereye area didn’t look shadowy at all.

 

2) Talenti Gelato: Like Pokemon, I want to collect them all! But seriously, I’ve been going through all the flavors. So far I really like Mint Chocolate Chip, Tahitian Vanilla Bean, Double Dark Chocolate, and Sea Salt Caramel.

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3) Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash: I tend to favor skincare products with mostly natural ingredients, so this facial cleanser might be a bit of a surprise in this post. I’ve been trying out Dermalogica because it might come in handy to find a few basic skincare items that are fairly easy to obtain. My thinking is, if I travel and lose my products or run out, I can at least know what product to buy that could replace it until I get back home. I bought some sample packs of this facial wash and it’s been working nicely for me.

 

4) Lindt Gold Bunny Chocolates: I know it’s just chocolate in a fancy form. I know it’s overpriced. I know it’s a ploy to get me to spend money on seasonal treats.

Well……..the ploy worked! I love these! Chocolate always tastes better when it’s shaped like a furry animal.

 

5) “Orinoco Flow” by Enya: A good way to start my morning while I check emails and get work done. It’s a song that somehow manages to be simultaneously peppy and mellow.

 

What have you all been loving recently?

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