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

Monday, September 29, 2014

NYC Show Time Velvet Eyeliners swatches and review

I have some smooth as silk eyeliners from NYC to show you this afternoon! These are three of the Show Time Velvet Eyeliners, Black Velvet, Black Wine and Black Brown.

Intensely dark, highly-pigmented pencil eyeliners. NYC New York Color is redefining black with the new Show Time Velvet Eyeliner Pencils that give you pure black color with a velvety finish. Get the full dramatic impact of shining black color, for look-at-me eyes that last all day. These super soft pencils glide on incredibly smoothly for flawless application. Easy to blend and versatile, the eyeliner is long-lasting and in pencil form for ultimate control. Draw a thin line along the upper lash line and smooth out for a natural, eye accenting look, or accentuate the bottom lash line for a smoldering look.

These are super smooth! I experienced no dragging or pulling when I used them, and as you can see below, I had no issues drawing little doodle with them! I think Black Wine is my favorite of this trio.


Do you guys have any NYC eyeliners? These retail for $1.99! You can get them wherever NYC cosmetics are sold. To find a retailer near you, please visit the website.

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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.

Teadora Nourishing Body Polish and Bath & Body Oil in Rainforest at Dusk

Remember the last time I blogged about Teadora? I said I was in love with the product, but not excited about the scent - and I sort of, maybe, said that it smell like dirt? That scent was Rainforest at Dawn. And while I stand by my assessment that it smelled super earthy, I can tell you that I am madly in love with its counterpart, Rainforest at Dusk.

I was given the opportunity to try the Nourishing Body Polish and Bath & Body Oil in Rainforest at Dusk. I completely expected to be turned off by the scent, but I was completely blown away! It's citrus-y and light. It reminds me of lemon mint with hints of coconuts and flowers. Just fabulous. I've been using both the scrub and oil, and I can definitely tell a difference in my skin!


Above is the polish. So what in it? Antioxidant and vitamin-rich Buriti, Babassu, Brazil Nut, Rose Hip Seed, and Maracujá oils, plus potent exfoliants such as Açaí Seeds and Amazonian Clay our ultra-smooth Nourishing Body Polish removes dead skin while providing amazing hydration for brighter, healthier, smoother skin. That's from the website. And I believe it! My skin loves this stuff! I've grown accustomed to the non-abrasive nature, and even when I don't think it's working, I know it is.

After I use the polish, I follow up with the oil (pictured below). I have only been using this oil on my body, but there are other uses! You can put it in your hair or directly in a bath OR massage onto your scalp to reduce flakies - that's my next try. With the same ingredients as the scrub, this oil protects your skin against free radical damage, repairs elasticity and provides much needed hydration for younger-looking, healthier, smoother skin, according to the website.


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 polish is  $34 for 6 ozs. and $10 for 1.5 ozs. Pricing for the oil is $58 for 8 ozs and $15 for 2 ozs. I can tell you the oil lasts for a loooooonng time. I mean, I've been using mine for weeks, and I've barely made a dent in my bottle. I think it's definitely worth it, and will probably purchase another smaller size when I run out.

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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 28, 2014

Don't cry over spilled.... wine! Milani and VyNails art.

When I first envisioned this nail art, My colors matched a little better. But still. I'm quite proud of this, as it still came out exactly like I was thinking about it in my head. Can you tell what it is? Yeah, it's supposed to be wine pouring out of the bottle, down my nails and dripping into the glass. Some people thought the bottle was a knife and the wine was blood...

The decals are all VyNails by Royal Lacquer. The wine bottle and glass are the actual decals I just stuck on my nails. I also used the drip decals (reviewed here and used here) for my middle two fingers, then I used a dotting tool to add some more drips. The polishes I used were Milani Lady-Like Sheer, which I received for review, for the base, and Milani Sangria Rush, which I purchased with my own money.


I am really proud of this :) It's not perfect, but my nail art rarely is. I love using VyNails, and I'm often just dreaming of ways I can incorporate them into nail art. They are SO easy to use. Do you have any VyNails? Or any vinyl decals? I know there are a LOT of them out there 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.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Win Cupcake Polish from CoasMom and Gloss48!

You saw my post about Cupcake Polish launching on Gloss48 right? Well how would you like to win some of those Cupcake Polishes?


For your chance to win Here Noir There, Remembering Blue AND the Gloss48 exclusive, Glossy Girls, you can enter here!

NYX lippies week: matte lipsticks! ...and a giveaway :)

We've come to the end of NYC lippies week, so I figured I'd end it with a bang! Or well, a giveaway at any rate :) I have one of these lippies to give away to one of you lucky readers! But first, some deets on these amazing lipsticks? I've mentioned many times before about my love for matte finish lipsticks, and NYX is the one who kickstarted my love for matte lips with Bloody Mary. I knew, once I fell in love with that lipstick, i would be back for more.... and I've got two to show you today!

First is Indie Flick, a bright coral-leaning orange. Right up my alley, right? You bet :) I got this lipstick in a secret swap with Tiffany from Polished to Precision. I wear this one a lot when I go out with my family. It suits my coloring very well, and I think it makes a bold statement... what that statement is I'm not sure :) haha! I like this one so much, that I purchased one to give away to one lucky reader :)


The other I have to show you today is Natural, a dusty brown-toned pink... .or is it a pink-toned brown? Either way it's super pretty! I wore this one the other day and got lots of compliments. It's definitely a my lips but better shade.


Do you have any of the matte lipsticks? I have at least one more (I think maybe?) that I purchased recently. I'll havta get that one reviewed as well! :) You can purchase it from NYX's website or wherever NYX cosmetics are sold. I find mine at CVS.

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**DISCLAIMER** I was not paid for this review by anyone. I either purchased these products myself or were them given as gifts.