Cosmetics and nail polish - and the life of a mom just trying to keep it together.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Salon Perfect Cosmic Dust swatches+review


I suppose there's a dupe out there for Salon Perfect Cosmic Dust. I think it's a little known polish from China Glaze called Fairy Dust. I wouldn't know, tho, as I don't own Fairy Dust. Maybe it's the principle of it now, but I prefer Cosmic Dust for the simple fact that I own it. I don't think I need them both! This scattered holo is definitely a topper and not worn on it's own. I wore it over China Glaze Well Trained. Pictured is one coat of Cosmic Dust over Well Trained - see how well to covers?  The sparkle is super pretty in the sunlight, as well, but it REALLY adds depth when in indirect light.

  (top row: direct sunlight; outdoors in shade...bottom row: indoors with natural light; indoors with flash)

It just looks.... amazing, doesn't it? Especially over this deep color. I'm not sure how I'd feel about this topper over lighter colors, but who knows. It could be amazing :) Do you have this polish? What are your thoughts on Salon Perfect polishes? You can get Salon Perfect polishes at WalMart for less than $4 per bottle.

**DISCLAIMER** I was not paid for this review by anyone. I either purchased these products myself or was given it as a gift.

China Glaze Well Trained swatches+review


I didn't really think much of the China Glaze All Aboard collection at first glance, but when I saw Well Trained one day in Sally's. Holy Moses, what a gorgeous deep teal.The formula is really good, and I had no issues with two coats. This polish did stain my nails and surrounding skin a bit, and I did have on two coats of base - so beware!

 (top row: direct sunlight; outdoors in shade...bottom row: indoors with natural light; indoors with flash)

What do you think? A must-have? I have snagged another blue from this collection, and I'll try to get it posted soon - but I do have a LOT of stuff to show you guys! Do you have this polish.... or any from this collection?

**DISCLAIMER** I was not paid for this review by anyone. I either purchased these products myself or was given it as a gift.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Salon Perfect Oceanic swatches+review


Complete honesty? I bought this polish for the name. It was a complete throwback for me to LOST, the show you either love or hate. I, myself, had no issues with LOST or with the way it ended. I also completely understood what happened. I won't get into it at all, but I do believe a lot of people hated it because they didn't understand the ending heh

ANYWAY. This polish, Salon Perfect Oceanic (not #815 btw), is a sparkly blue sea of shimmer. It dries somewhat to a matte finish. I think this polish would be perfect as an ocean... that's kinda it's name! Pictured is two coats - you can still see a wee bit of VNL, but it's not so obvious that it's all you see. A third coat may have helped with that, but it was one of those things you see after it's all said and done haha

 (top row: direct sunlight; outdoors in shade...bottom row: indoors with natural light; indoors with flash)

Do you have this polish? What are your thoughts on Salon Perfect polishes? You can get Salon Perfect polishes at WalMart for less than $4 per bottle.

**DISCLAIMER** I was not paid for this review by anyone. I either purchased these products myself or was given it as a gift.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Some stamping with new Milani COLORStatement nail polishes!

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Milani has completely revamped their polish and eyeshadow lines - and I've had the opportunity to test out the nail polish! There are so many of them that I decided to break them up into trios and show off some nail art! Today's trio .... well, I had some nail art woes with it hahaha The colors aren't traditionally colors that you would think to put together - but I was determined! 

I tried a color block mani - and that was such a fail that I couldn't even bring myself to post the photos. It was THAT bad. So I settled on an accent nail with stamping. I used Enchanting for the majority of my nails, and my accent name is Doll Face. I stamped over Doll Face with Imperial Purple in a swirly design.... then added some stylish dots in Enchanting. The end result is kinda cool.



How are the colors on their own? Below is Enchanting on it's second day of wear! I adore this color, and couldn't bear to take it off. It's a very deep, rich crelly almost. The shine makes it seem like a crelly, but it's very opaque.


Doll Face is a cute bubblegum-esque pink. It's too pink for me, I believe, but the formula on this polish is so nice! Creamy and dreamy, perfect in two coats!


Imperial Purple is a sweet pop of purple. The formula is really good on this grape, color too. I'm going to test more of these polishes for stamping, but at least I know this one is good :)


Soooooooooooo, what do you think?  These are part of the core line of Milani makeup, so you can get them anytime (or from the website) - but if you see some you like, maybe you should pick them up? :) I have finally managed to see them in EVERY CVS store I've walked into.... so they should be near you now!

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DISCLAIMER: Some products used in this post were provided to me by the company for consideration. This blog is written and edited by me, and the opinions are not influenced in any way and are not compensated. Please read this post for more information.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

End It Movement Awareness manis

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 There's still time to enter the End It Movement Awareness Giveaway!

Slavery is Wrong.
You know it. We know it. As a country, (the US) has officially known it since 1863. But here's something you might not know -- Slavery still exists. We want every man, woman and child to know that there are 27 million men, women and children, just like them, living in the shadows. In brothels. In factories. In Quarries. Working as slaves. In 161 countries. Including our own. We are here to shine a light on slavery. No more bondage. No more sex trafficking. No more child laborers. No more, starting now. - from End It Movement website

I first heard about the End It Movement last April at the Chicago Vampire Diaries Convention. During the panel with Nathaniel Buzolic, he talked passionately about his involvement in the cause. And since then, I've been researching, reaching out and raising awareness myself! I decided that maybe a giveaway - complete with End It-themed polishes and manis was the way to go! This giveaway is open internationally, and more prizes could be added before the end date - AND THERE'S A FEW HOURS LEFT! Always check the Rafflecopter widget for time remaining.

So what do my manis look like this year? First up is a mani using all Milani products. Black Swift (black, obviously haha!),  Modern Rouge (red) and Sprinkles (black and white glitter)...along with VyNails red X vinyls from Royal Lacquer!


My next mani features Julie G Black Sheep (one of the best black polishes!), Color Club Beyond (the gorgeous black holo) and more red X vinyls from VyNails! Speaking of VyNails, you can win some in the giveaway...


So what are you waiting for? Go enter the End It Movement Awareness Giveaway!

DISCLAIMER: Some products used in this post were provided to me by the company for consideration. This blog is written and edited by me, and the opinions are not influenced in any way and are not compensated. Please read this post for more information.