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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Black Rose Necklace from Elemeez

I ordered this beautiful black rose necklace with glass pearl beads.

It arrived neatly packed in a small box.



Here is what I ordered




Normally, sellers just send the items I ordered. Some sellers send a small gift.

Elemeez actually sent two pairs of earrings as free gifts. :D





Lately, I have been really interested in pearl earrings, so I was happy to receive this pair.





I am very pleased with the customer service and shipping time. It shipped out quickly and arrived with no damages or issues.

I highly recommend this shop. Check out their site. 


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Current Favorites: Beauty and Life Vol. 13

I’m pretty glad to be back on the blog, posting about my life. And stuff I like. And makeup. And goblins.

Wait, forget that last one. I am not speaking to the goblins because they wouldn’t let me open a savings account at Gringotts. You disturb just one dragon and they get all pissed at you for all eternity!

While I fume at the goblins, check out what I’ve been enjoying this past month.

1) Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil in Pomegranate: I bought the Remix set a few weeks ago, and a mini version of this is in it. It looks deep red on other people, but on me it’s a less deep and more tomato red.


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2) White chocolate chips: I have been baking more with white chocolate. I made white chocolate orange cookies two weeks ago, and I have some tasty treats in mind that feature white chocolate chips. Maybe strawberry squares?


3) “Mea Culpa” by Enigma: Since I suffer from depression and anxiety issues, I’ve been searching for soothing, ambient-type music to help me relax. Enigma is pretty famous when it comes to this category. I now have many favorite Enigma songs, but Mea Culpa is one that I’ve been listening to a lot.

4) Spiced chai tea: I got a little sick during December, and what helped my throat was spicy tea. I bought a box from Trader Joe’s and used it all up! I definitely need to restock with at least a dozen boxes. Okay, maybe not a dozen. Maybe 11 boxes.

I drink mine with almond milk and blue agave syrup.


5) Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments Eyeshadow in Buff n Tuff: I’ve been mixing this with the gold shade in the WnW Vanity palette as a recent go-to “all over neutral eyelid” color. It has a nice shimmer to it that isn’t overpowering. On its own, it’s a little paler than I’m used to, but mixing it has given me a nice result.

What have you all been loving recently, whether makeup related or otherwise?

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NOTD: Scrolled Gold and Golden Indigo

This is a manicure-gone-wrong post. So bear with me.

I initially wanted a deep blue/gold look, but the universe wants to make sure my readers laugh at me, so this is the look I wound up with.

The thumb stamp looks more blue because I first tried this with Wet n Wild Blue Moon. It was too sheer and didn’t give much of a contrast. I switched over to Sinful Colors See You Soon.


Base color: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Gilty Pleasure
Stamping color: Sinful Colors See You Soon
Accent nail: Zoya Indigo topped with Spoiled by Wet n Wild in Pirate’s Booty
Stamping plate: BM-321

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Essie Nail Polishes in Haute in the Heat, Roarrrrange, and Fierce, No Fear

I swatched three minis just for you today.

Yes, you. Not, not you. The other you.


Haute in the Heat







Fierce, No Fear



These were all pretty decent when it came to formula and application. I like them, but I admit they aren’t very unique.

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Maybelline Lipsticks in Plum Perfect, Plum Paradise and Dazzling Plum

I got bit by the plum lipstick bug this winter. Those pesky bugs. I need bug spray.

I scored three shades for super cheap at both Rite Aid (Maybelline on sale for 40% off) and at the Cosmetics Market.




L-R: Plum Perfect, Plum Paradise, Dazzling Plum



It’s in the same order as listed above.

Here they are in sunlight:



Dazzling Plum seems to be the only true plum here. Plum Perfect is somewhat brick reddish. Plum Paradise is darker and slightly red.

I really like Plum Perfect and Dazzling Plum. Plum Paradise is nice, it but runs a little close to being frosty for me. I don’t think shimmery lipstick finishes look great on me.

Which ones are your favorites?

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OPI Skyfall Collection

This is an old collection from 2012. I was looking through another blogger’s swatches of the Skyfall collection and fell for some of the shades.

As I was looking online for the three shades I wanted, I realized that it would be more economical to get a mini set. That way, I could just buy the one full-sized bottle that isn’t available as a mini, instead of buying 3 full size polishes and wind up paying about $30 in total.

I think the set was $11 and the one bottle was $8.





L-R: GoldenEye, The Spy Who Loved Me, The World is Not Enough, Live and Let Die





L-R: Live and Let Die, The World is Not Enough, The Spy Who Loved Me, GoldenEye



The two shades I really wanted are TWINE (wow, this acronym is actually a word!) and LALD. Since I own hundreds of bottles of nail polish, minis seemed to be the way to go. I will most likely not finish a full bottle of either of these shades.

I couldn’t find a mini bottle of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, so I got the full size.






Live and Let Die is pretty much what I expected it to be on my nails: a dark forest green with subtle shimmer. TWINE is lighter than I expected. On my skintone, champagne pinkish taupes sometimes look a  little lighter. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is also lighter on my skintone. On other people, it’s a darker grey and the blue shimmer is more pronounced. The formula with this one was a little thin, but I was able to work with it. It covered well after three coats.


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LOTD: Wet n Wild Ravin’ Raisin & NYX Golden Prune

When I typed LOTD, I almost typed LOTR because I am still obsessed with enchanted rings and hobbits.

Do you have the same thoughts when you see LOTD anywhere?

No? Just me? It figures. Only a weirdo like me would think of fantasy epics when she’s writing a lipstick post.



I applied WnW Ravin’ Raisin first, then applied a little NYX Round Lip Gloss in Golden Prune for shine and added color.

Here it is in sunlight:



Despite the brighter appearance, it is darker in person.

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Bonita Salon Nail Colors in Fall and Catch and Miss Piggy

I picked up two shades at Rite Aid when I spotted a display of Bonita nail polishes.

I hadn’t seen this brand around before. I chose a pretty green and a fun hot pink.

Fall and Catch.




Fall and Catch is a bright green with a slight blue undertone and a subtle shimmer. As you can see by the visible nail line, the formula is quite thin. This is two coats.

Miss Piggy



True to the favorite color of the world’s most glamorous sow, Miss Piggy is a bright hot pink that dries down into a semi-matte finish. The formula is kind of thin and difficult to work with. It’s a shame…..the color is gorgeous and one of the few hot pinks I would be thrilled to wear.

My first experience with Bonita nail polishes is not a great one. Both shades have issues with formula and chipping. I’m disappointed because these would make amazing spring colors if only the formula could be improved and the opacity increased.

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Ike & Co Earrings Haul

Ack! Is it January already?

I’ve been gone for a long time. The school semester really battered my mental strength and robbed me of all my free time. Free time did not exist last month at all for me. Free time ran away and didn’t want to come back.

So now you know what happens when you have a hectic semester and free time turns its back on you.

But hey, I’m back now and I have some new jewelry to show you!

I first heard about this company through The Pioneer Woman. Much of her taste in jewelry doesn’t really align with my own, but the pieces from this shop attracted me enough to prod me to check out the site. I like the shop’s mix of simple pieces and more interesting designs. The designer’s aesthetic could appeal to lots of people, no matter what your style is.

I chose two pairs of earrings.



One was the same design Ree chose.


The second is a gorgeous pair of small circle drop earrings with opals.



You can see the color a little better here.



I’ve been kind of inspired (like the rest of the world) by the Duchess of Cambridge’s style. I really like her taste in jewelry. She tends to wear small earrings that have subtle detailing and are just sparkly enough to keep them from being too basic. These earrings were selected with that in mind.

Gosh, that was a windy explanation for how I decided on this pair.

Check out Ike & Co.’s shop.

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