Ideas for a Giveaway?

I’ve been wanting to do a giveaway , since it’s been ages since I hosted one.


But I have no idea what you twerps want. Oh wait- did I just call you all “twerps”? Sorry, I thought I was addressing my cats. They are the main twerps in my life.

Anyway, tell me what I should give away. Should it be one item? Two items? An assortment from different brands? In a strange twist most of my current commentors live in Europe or India. Do you all want something you can’t find locally?

Fire away in the comment section!

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Ole Henriksen Total Truth™ Eye Creme SPF 15

The final item from my Ole Henriksen haul. The tiny pot of eye cream.

From the website:

“This richly textured eye crème is designed to renew and protect your eyes. Nourishing Omega 3 Extracts hydrate and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while Micro Algae and Peptides strengthen and firm for total age-defying results.


Omega 3 Happiness Concentrate: Improves microcirculation to treat dark circles and promotes happy eyes.
Tripeptide-5: Stimulates collagen synthesis to help eliminate fine lines and wrinkles
Micro Algae: Firms skin and boosts collagen production”

I found it to be a good evening eye cream. It’s thick, rich and really hydrating. My eye area looked a bit brighter after using this.

It improved my lines just slightly, but the results weren’t dramatic enough for me to get too excited. I didn’t notice much lightening of my dark circles, but to be fair mine are uniquely dark and famously obstinate.

I did enjoy it as a standard eye cream, and it found that my eye area seemed to get firmer the more I used it. I needed to be careful while putting in on because it stings a bit if I get too much in my eye.

Would I buy the full size pot? Well, it’s expensive and I have greater needs, so this wouldn’t be my first choice. If I badly needed an eye cream and this were the only one on the sales shelf, I would get it because I don’t dislike it.

Active ingredients: Avobenzone, Octinoxate, Octisalate
Inactive ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glycery Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Ceteareth-20, Phenoxyethanol, Algae Extract, Pullulan, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Allantoin, Volubilis (Mountain Peanut) 2, Seed Oil, Schinus Terebinthifolius Seed Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Alcohol, Lecithin.

This costs $45 for 0.5 ounce.

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Barry M Nail Paint in Racing Green

So, um, you may not believe this (if you know me you can believe it), but….I bought Racing Green in 2013.

It has taken me 3 years to get around to swatching it. I found it in my “to try” basket.

Don’t ever give me a plant or small child to look after. The results will be disastrous.

RG is a rich deep emerald with fine shimmer.


I found it to be a touch uneven in some spots, but it wasn’t noticeable unless my hand was in direct sunlight.

dscn6709It’s a beautiful lush green. It will make a splendid shade for holiday manicures.

It looks like this particular color is no longer being manufactured by Barry M. If you keep your eyes open you may be able to find it on eBay.

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Review: Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Tulle and Lychee

Today I will be reviewing two of the shades I received in my gift haul: Tulle and Lychee.


On the left is Tulle, the right is Lychee.


Lychee is described as a “bright warm violet”.

Tulle is described as a “dusty mauve burgundy”.

I found Tulle to be a very browned burgundy. In fact, I didn’t even see it as a burgundy until I read Colourpop’s description.

Lychee is a very fuchsia violet. It can be bright pink or light purple depending on the time of day, my outfit colors or how tan my face is.


Tulle is on the top, Lychee on the bottom.


Tulle was very nice to work with. It lasted for 6 hours without a touch up, only wiping off when I ate dinner. It felt comfortable on my lips and wasn’t drying or patchy.

Lychee was more problematic. It took about 15 seconds for the first coat to dry, so I had to wait on that. It lasted for 4 hours without a touch up. It faded somewhat by the fourth hour, and it was uneven. It left behind something of a stain. The color had not completely faded but it was obvious I needed a touch up. The color is amazingly gorgeous so I will work with the flaws.

Pros: Beautiful colors, very affordable, feels nice on the lips, comes in nice packaging.

Cons: Lychee fades faster and is somewhat uneven when it fades.

Grades: Tulle (A), Lychee (B+)

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Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in Gala-Vanting

Many companies have released at-home gel manicure nail polishes. Basically, you buy a special top coat for it and it should deliver the results of a gel manicure you would get at a salon with a UV lamp.

I bought the top coat and a “jovial marooned red” named Gala-Vanting.

I applied two coats of the color. It went on smoothly and gave me good coverage. After waiting 15 minutes for it to dry, I applied the top coat and let that dry. This is what my nails looked like the same day.



Not bad looking.

The manicure is supposed to last for two weeks. Here it is after one week.



The right hand isn’t looking so great.

Would I recommend this? No, I wouldn’t. I think it’s not better than the regular Essie line. I would tell you to just buy from that line instead.

Solely for research purposes, *cough cough* I would try one more shade from Gel Couture to see if perhaps I have better luck with other shades. If you haven’t bought this yet and are contemplating it, you’re not missing out on anything spectacular.

Are there any at-home gel nail color products you would recommend?

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 17

How have you been, amigas?

I had a decent week. I am physically tired but mentally I am doing so much better. I didn’t go to work last week for two days so I missed seeing my harasser. I think doing that really helped my mental health.

Here are my other forms of self-care for the past week.

1) I have been taking scented baths! I bought a few bath bombs and I’ve taken two so far. I prefer bath bombs to anything else because it’s fun watching it fizz in the water and stream in various colors on the surface.

2) I’ve been reading “Mary Queen of Scots” by Antonia Fraser in the bath. It’s good so far! I think Ms. Fraser is a good writer. I’m now eager to read her other books.

3) I purchased and downloaded Grace Jones’s “Slave to the Rhythm”. It’s the Ladies and Gentleman version. It’s different than the one I listen to on YouTube, but I’m still enjoying it.

4) I went to Target and spent $45! In addition to that I got lots of cute things.


Target sells these smaller bath bombs in bags. I got a regular sized bag for $10 and a small bag for $4. The bath bombs should be used two in a bath. I got 6 Lavender and 2 Pomegranate. The smaller bag is good for just one bath. I got a cute pie plate, a trinket tray, a Jasmine scented candle (I haven’t burned it yet), a candle plate, and a pretty card for a friend.

5) I took a ploughman’s lunch to work yesterday. I think that helped my mood because it gave me decent nutrition. I didn’t crave chocolate as much and I was still tired, but not as tired as I usually am.

What did you do for yourself this past week?


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Review: Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum in Ultra Black

I’m going through as many drugstore eyeliners as I can. I of course had to review the one that contains both liquid eyeliner and a lash enhancing serum.


Physician’s Formula decided that eyeliners should do more for you than just give you winged eyeliner and/or panda eyes (depending on how great your skills are or how sleepy you are when you apply your makeup). It claims to help your lashes grow and look fuller with the added serum.




The packaging is quite nice: sleek, silver and easy to slide into a purse.


I like the applicator tip. It’s flexible, making it hard to injure oneself.


Ah….so here is where it gets sad. The eyeliner applies smoothly and doesn’t skip or tug on the skin. It is, however, not that pigmented.


What you see here is the shade after about 6 weeks of use. It was blacker when I first started using it. Still, it was not Ultra Black. It just kept getting lighter and lighter in shade.

I think I did see an improvement in my lashes. After about a week of use my lashes did look fuller and more lush. I was expecting an intense black eyeliner and no effects on my lashes, but I found the opposite instead.

Pros: Does boost lashes, nice applicator and packaging, affordable, nice black color during the first few uses.
Cons: Black color weakens in pigment over time.

Grade: B-

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Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute Light Moisturizing Emulsion

My best friend’s sister lives in Paris. My BFF is always telling me we should badger her to send us French skin care products.

Not wanting to nag Suzanne, I went looking around on eBay for available brands.

I found a tube of Nuxe for much less than retail value.


There is a regular Creme Fraiche. That one is formulated for dry or normal skin. Creme Fraiche Light is formulated for combination skin.


It contains Plant Milks and White Blossom. It’s meant to hydrate and soothe skin for 24 hours, reduces discomfort, leaves skin soft, fresh and shine-free throughout the day.

I like the consistency of it. It’s on the thick side, but it’s not as immobile as a body butter. This tells me that it does stay on the skin once applied.


When I turn my finger over, it doesn’t dribble down or off.


Here it is smeared on the back of my scary hand.


On my face it feels rich and very moisturizing. I consider this to be a winter face cream for me because it’s not light enough for me to wear it during the summer. It’s still a little heavier for me.

It has a distinct perfumed scent. Some may find it to be rather strong. I’m not bothered by it but I do notice it’s strong. Be wary, folks with fragrance allergies and sensitive noses.

I found it to be a good night cream. Did it make me look more fresh and soothe my skin? Yes, I think so. It didn’t change my life on those terms. I am using this primarily as a night moisturizer.

I’m curious about other Nuxe products. If you have one to recommend, tell me in the comments.

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Layla Hologram Effect Nail Polish in Mercury Twilight

Today, my pretties, I will be showing you a holographic silver nail polish.

I suppose the moniker can be attributed to mercury’s silver color.


As you can see, my pretties, there is a nice holo effect on my nails. You can also see some visible nail line. I would need to wear this over a silver or grey metallic in the future.


I still like it and I think I will keep it, my pretties.

What do you think of it?

P.S: Are you tired of being called “my pretties”?😀

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Etude House I Need You Snail Mask

I was looking through my remaining sheet masks when my eyes fell on this one. I had never used animal secretions as a beauty treatment, and I didn’t know what to expect. Would it work? Would it not work? Would it cause me to mutate and turn into a half woman/half snail creature? If if did I could just pitch a tent and charge admission.

Well, there was only one way to find out!

From Etude House: “this mask sheet contains snail mucus ingredient ( Snail Secretion Filtrate) that protects the skin’s natural barrier for smooth and elastic skin.”


I was expecting sliminess and unusual odors. Instead I discovered a soft, powdery scent and a lotion-like moisturizing solution.

I wore the mask for 10 minutes. At the 8 minute mark I felt a burning sensation. It wasn’t painful, really, but it was noticeable. I was able to continue wearing it for another two minutes. My skin wasn’t red or in any way affected by the burning.

This particular mask is meant to firm up skin. It did, in fact, firm up my skin. The results lasted about 2 hours on me. I think one would need to use this every few days to maintain the tightened effect.

Would you ever use snail goo on your face?

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