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

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NEW: China Glaze Holiday Collection - Twinkle!


Check out the new China Glaze Holiday Collection - Twinkle! This will be available in stores next month AND I've got this collection to show you next week. How exciting right?? Here's the 411 on this collection for now!

Twinkle features 11 new polishes and one effects top coat
I’d Melt For You: Icy silver chrome
Meet Me Under the Stars: Holographic glitter in a black base
Dancing & Prancing: Multi-color glitter
Tip Your Hat: Classic red crème
Pine-ing for Glitter: Forest green glitter
December to Remember: Dark blue iridescent shimmer
Out Like a Light: Dark grey crème
No Peeking!: Rich eggplant shimmer
Define Good…: Sultry cranberry shimmer
De-Light: Gold and holographic staple glitter
Feeling Twinkly: Dark blue glitter
Chillin’ with My Snow-mies: Multi-sized white snowflake overlay

As with all China Glaze Holiday Collections, there are various gift sets for you to enjoy! You can snag the colors you want without having to buy individually; plus, there are some super extras!

Seasonally-inspired gift sets include
Glow in the Snow: De-Light, Out Like a Light, and Meet Me Under the Stars with a mini LED flashlight ($22.50)
Bringing in the Season: Define Good…, Dancing & Prancing, and No Peeking! with a bright purple pouch ($22.50)
Reflect on the Season: Chillin’ with My Snow-mies, Out Like a Light, and Tip Your Hat with a compact mirror in a bright red sleeve ($22.50)
‘Tis the Season: Mini bottles of Define Good…, De-Light, Pine-ing For Glitter, and Feeling Twinkly ($20.00)
Time to be Freezin’: Mini bottles of Tip Your Hat, No Peeking!, I’d Melt for You, and Chillin’ with My Snow-mies ($20.00)


Also this year, China Glaze is helping make nail art simple with Twinkle Nail Art Kits!
Lights in a Tangle: Create holiday lights using De-Light, Define Good…, Pine-ing for Glitter, and Snow (core shade) with nail design thread ($30.00)
Trim the Tree: Decorate your nails with Christmas trees using Define Good…, December to Remember, and Paper Chasing (core shade) with nail design striping tape ($22.50)
Clause for Celebration: Accent your manicure with Santa’s hat using Tip Your Hat, Meet Me Under the Stars, and Chillin’ with My Snow-mies with nail design gems ($22.50)
Candy Can Can-Can: I’d Melt For You, Tip Your Hat, and Snow (core shade) with nail design striping tape ($22.50)
Sprinkle Some Twinkle: Half-moons and French tips glisten using Dancing & Prancing and No Peeking! with nail design guides ($15.00) 

Will you be picking any of these up? As I mentioned above, I do have this collection, and I will be showing it to you (hopefully) next week. Tomorrow starts the beginning of me rocking my nubbins, so be ready!

Friday, October 24, 2014

What's in my travel makeup bag?

We went on a little weekend jaunt last weekend, and I thought it would be interesting to show you guys what I took in my makeup bag. Let's start out with my bag haha! It's Cruella De Vil :) She's my favorite Disney villain! I just love this bag :)


As for my nail-related items, I choose my base and top coat (both sent by Barielle for review), Royal Lacquer Sail Away, a gorgeous blue scattered holo and two Rainbow Honey cuticle balms, Midori and Tea Biscuit. I also keep a small glass file and a pack of nail polish remover wipes in my bag. These were watermelon scented!


For makeup, I pretty much go minimal. Pictured below is my Le Frou Frou mascara from NYX, which I purchased in the Mortal Instruments box; The Jordana 12-hr Made to Last eye pencil in Continuous Almond, my favorite that was sent by Jordana for review; A brown Wet n Wild eyeliner pencil I'd purchased a while back; and Jordana Twist 'n Shine balm stain in Honey Love, which was sent for review.


As for "the rest" - body spray in cotton candy scent, my Secret va va vanilla deodorant, Rainbow Honey Summer Juice Body Spray, eos lip balm in vanilla mint and Rainbow Honey cooling gel in Midori. Everything here was purchased by me.


Last, but not least, my Absolute Makeup Cleansing Tissues. These have been my go-to makeup wipes for over 2 years now. I actively seek them out, and I jumped for joy the first time I saw them for sale at TJMaxx. My first experience with these wipes was as Cosmoprof in 2012. I was given a sample package, and the rest, as they say, is history. I am never without at least two packages of them. I buy out the cucumber kind every time I'm in TJMaxx.


What do you guys bring when you travel? I'd love to hear some of your go-to products that go with you!

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.

Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter in Rainforest at Dusk

It's safe to say I'm a Teadora fan. I knew when I was given the opportunity to try out the new Nourishing Lip Butters that I would be in for a treat. I chose Rainforest at Dusk - and it appears more of the other bloggers trying this product picked Rainforest at Dawn! What drew me to Dusk was the promise of chocolate and berries - an unbeatable combination in my eyes!


Packed with antioxidant and vitamin-rich Buriti, Brazil Nut, Andoriba, Maracujá (Passion Fruit), Açaí oils, Cupuaçu, Murumuru, Mango butters plus Carnaúba Wax, our Rainforest at Dusk Lip Butter comes in a delicious berry-chocolate flavor we call Açaí-Açu and provides light-exfoliation and intense hydration for your lips.
...and it's amazing! I have been using it since it arrived last week, and I havta tell you, it's great. I slather this on my lips at the end of the day and let it work it's magic. And then I started to realize I was using it in the morning, too. And in the evening when I sit down to watch TV. It just makes my lip so soft! And the scent and taste? Heaven in a container. It gives me the vibe of coffee almost with the chocolatey and berry undertones. The consistency is a bit gritty at the first, but that turns to velvety smooth softness once it touches the lips.


Teadora is 100% vegan, and free of parabens, synthetic fragrance, silicone, gluten, phthalate, sulfates and other harsh chemicals. You can purchase both from Teadora's website. The container is .5 ozs and priced at $15.With the dual action of the butter and scrub, I'd say that's a pretty decent price for what you get. I know it's a must have for me. This is one I will repurchased over and over. My container is never far from me.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Inspired by a Book mani series - My Sister The Vampire: The Bat Pack

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Every week I will bring you nail art! Thursdays used to be Fail Art Thursday, but hopefully I'll have less "fail" here! I'm going to do this series (for as long as I can), with nail art inspired by books! The covers of books specifically. I hope to be able to do this EVERY week - and I'm going to try my hardest to make this a weekly feature - there are SO many books I can utilize :)

I let my son pick the book this week, and he handed me a book that he had selected for me during his annual Bingo for Books at his school. It's from the My Sister the Vampire series, one called The Bat Pack. I am honestly very excited to read it. It's definitely on my list, but right now I'm reading The Maze Runner, so I'm kinda tied up haha! Anyway, he was determined that I use the greenish yellow of the series title (at the top), but that didn't happen! haha This one is kinda boring, actually.....

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Polishes I used are all from Milani - Blue Zoom (which I purchased myself), and Peacock, Raspberry Delight and Purple Martin (all of which were sent for review).  For my pointer and pinky, I painted a coat of Blue Zoom and then carefully sponged Peacock over it to create the cloudy sky. I just used Raspberry Delight and Purple Martin to signify the girls' dresses on the cover. I thought about trying to incorporate the red carpet somehow, but I couldn't figure it out haha Once it was all said and done, I slapped on some VyNails (sent by Royal Lacquer for review) bats over the 'sky' and that added a little punch ;)

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I should've taken a photo before I sponged on Peacock, but I completely spaced on it :) The finished product is kinda boring, but the colors look so nice together! Plus, those vinyls are too darn cute!

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The bats really look like the bats on the cover! hahah I think I got the sky pretty close, too. The hardest part for me in these Inspired by a Book manis is choosing the colors! Do you think I'm close? hahaha

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So what do you guys think? I am really looking forward to what I can accomplish by continuing this feature! Is there a book you'd like to see me attempt nail art inspired by? I'll gladly take suggestions! I can even get the book checked out from the library if need be ;)

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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NYC Queen of the City swatches and review

This hot little vamp shade is Queen of the City by NYC! This is one of the polishes in the Fashion Queen limited edition display popping up everywhere now. It's a beautiful purple-red-brown shimmer, and the formula is nice :)


This collection, as I mentioned, is limited. So if you want it, you'd better snag it! I have found the display at Rite Aid and KMart so far. That doesn't mean those are the only places! I have TONS of NYC goodies to show you in the coming days - but remember, my nails have taken a beating. They are in rehab mode :)

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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.