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.



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.




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.



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.





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.



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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Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel Swatches: Part II

Guess who snagged a few more shades of Parfumerie polishes?

No, it was not the Grinch. He keeps his nails in terrible shape.




I didn’t think much of a wine scent for nail polish, so I was surprised at how much I like this fruity, red wine scent the polish gives off.  This is a deep red creme.

China Flower



A bright, reddish tangerine creme shade that smells of sweet flowers.



Spun Sugar



It’s more silver metallic on me than pewter. It smells sweet, but I can’t detect any real sugary scent.

African Tea Rose


It’s a little warmer in person and less hot pink. The scent is a lovely soft floral. It’s a bright pink creme.

Chocolate Truffle

Hold onto your fondue pots……this one is not for eating. 



This is a dark chocolate creme. The scent of it is sweet, but it doesn’t really smell like chocolate. It just smells like sweet vanilla. Artificial vanilla or something like that.

The formula on these shades is mostly decent (with Spun Sugar being the exception). You’re looking at two coats in every photo.

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Sinful Colors Shamrockin Top Coat

Being a March baby, I couldn’t pass up a St. Patrick’s Day themed top coat.



It’s a clear polish with flower cut-outs in white and light green dispersed throughout. The formula was somewhat thick. I had to push the cut-outs around to place them where I wanted them on my nails.

From left to right: One coat of Shamrockin, two coats of Shamrockin, then two coats of Shamrockin over NYC Palm on the Beach, and two coats of the top coat over Orly Enchanted Forest.

This polish costs $2, so I wasn’t too upset over the thick formula. I think if you really like fun top coats and have the patience to work with it, you could consider getting this. It dried down in about 10 minutes and after that it was fine. The most trouble it gave me was getting the cut-outs to sit on my nail and stay in place. It’s not a nail polish you can brush on (like glitters and top coats).

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Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencils in Pomegranate and Winterberry

I purchased the Remix Kit in December. I gave Rhubarb and Sable to a couple of friends and kept the remaining two.




Pomegranate is on the left, Winterberry is on the right.

Pomegranate is a bright tomato red. It is slightly orange toned.

Winterberry goes on surprisingly muted. I thought it would be deeper and vampy. It’s a soft red with berry tones.



Top to bottom: Winterberry and Pomegranate

From what I know, Winterberry was limited edition and Pomegranate is permanent. I recommend Pomegranate. It’s quite pigmented and can work across a range of skin tones.

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Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish Swatches

Today I have 5 new shades to show you.

Did I ever tell you that I quite like the bottles of Maybelline Color Show? They’re easy to store and take up little space. And the label sits nicely on top of the bottle, making each one easy to identify.

Thank you Maybelline for making my life easier.

Now I just need to find a way to get my laundry done without leaving my desk. Scientists, get to work!

Midnight Swim is a deep, inky blue creme.



Twilight Rays is a deep olive green with brown tones and lots of gold glitter.



Dust of Bronze is a very interesting shade. It’s taupe with pinkish rose tones and much shimmer.


It looks more deep beige/taupe on me.

I got two Brocades shades: Gilded Rose and Crushed Crimson.


The glitters went on fairly easily. I used two coats here.

So, that’s it! Which one is your favorite?

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NOTD: Peacock Blue & Goldie

I really want to get good at nail stamping, so I’m buckling down and using my stamping plates more from now on.

If there were an Olympic category for nail stamping, I would train for the gold.

In the meantime, I’ll set my sights on gold nail polish. It’s easier to obtain than an Olympic medal.



Base color: China Glaze Goldie But Goodie
Stamping color: American Apparel nail polish in Peacock
Accent nail color: Sephora by OPI Teal We Meet Again topped with Spoiled by Wet n Wild in Pirate’s Booty
Stamping plate: BM-319

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Nuance by Salma Hayek Nail Polish Swatches

I picked up four shades from Ms. Hayek’s brand recently.

Guess how much I paid for them

*waits 36 years, 4 months, 8 days and 5 hours for a response*


Yep, it was BOGO free, plus I had some CVS ExtraCare bucks. :D


L-R: Sea Glass, Tropical Jade, Blue Agave, Prickly Pear



Here is Prickly Pear


Sea Glass is a minty green-blue. It applied kind of streaky and was the most troublesome when it came to application.

Tropical Jade is a bright teal with slight green tones (which are more apparent in person). It applied smoothly and nicely.

Blue Agave is a deep, beautiful lapis lazuli blue. It applied smoothly and with no issues.

Prickly Pear is similar to Orly Enchanted Forest. It’s a deep, dark forest green. I was able to apply two coats with no issues.

All swatches are just two coats (with the exception of Sea Glass which was three coats). I like the formulas of Blue Agave, Prickly Pear and Tropical Jade. The only one I would not recommend is Sea Glass. I love the color. but the formula is dreadful.

While you wait for the next post, work on your guessing skills, okay?

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