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

Monday, October 20, 2014

Barielle Intensive Nail Renewl Oil review

You all know from reading my blog how I am a sucker for cuticle care products. So when I'm given the opportunity to try out a new oil or balm, you know I jump on it - which is exactly what I did with Barielle Intensive Nail Renewal Oil. The smell is so pleasant, I hardly even notice I've put it on! I'm a believer in "You can never have enough cuticle care products" - and let me tell you, I've got a balm or oil on me all the time. I probably use it every hour or so.

I've been using this now, off and on, for a few weeks. As you can see above, the oil comes in a nail polish-like bottle with a brush. You just use the brush to drape the oil across the cuticles. I pile it on, actually. I like let the oil soak in a bit, and then I gently rub the oil into my cuticle and up my nail.

My nails are, right now, in a rebuilding stage. Somewhere along the line I used a product that hindered more than it helped. As you can see in the above picture, my free edge is looking kind of weak and peely. This was caused by a product (and I can't even be sure what I used!) that didn't help me at all. I'm using a few Barielle products to help me see it thru!

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Zoya Holiday Collection - Wishes!

Zoya's got a new collection slated for this holiday season - and I'm sure you've all seen a billion press releases! I'm going to talk about the names, specifically, and what they say to me. Sometimes the name means more than the polish. This may be my most favorite collection of Zoyas to date! And that's mostly because of the names :)

Sapphire blue Magical PixieDust with holographic hex glitter
From me: There's a character on Stephen King's Under the Dome named Nori. She was kind of a self-serving little twit when we watched. We finally stopped because the storylines got boring and implausible. Not even my husband and I could stretch it that far. I didn't read the book, but my husband did.

Deep amethyst Magical PixieDust with an orchid flash, packed full of holographic hex glitter.
From me: Thea is Oliver Queen's little sister on Arrow. She started out prissy and annoying, but has turned into a pretty kickass chick. I really do like this show - but we're kind of all about superheroes in our family, so it was kinda a given.

Black crystal Magical PixieDust with holographic hex glitter.
From me: Imogen is Julia Stiles' character in the rarely seen movie from 2000, Down To You. It's not the best movie... but it's not the worst, either! I rather enjoyed it, and I own it on DVD. Actually, I think I'll go watch it now... At any rate, Imogen was a free spirit in the movie, so this polish to me is gonna be whimsical now. Have any of you watched this movie?

Velvet blue metallic, with a full coverage, high-density pigment and buttery smooth application.
From me: Of course those who've read the Hunger Games know who Prim is! She's Katniss' sister and the reason Katniss is in the Hunger Games to begin with.

True holiday plum liquid metal with a thin vein of orchid for added brilliance.
From me: Haven, on SyFy, is one of the best shows on TV. It doesn't get much press, but it's truly a great show. Well acted and written, and it's so twisty! You never know what they are going to do. I have a really bad feeling they are trying to kill it - they've moved it to Friday nights at 7. Regardless of where it is in the schedule, I'll watch it! Do any of you watch it? If you like Sci-Fi shows, or shows based loosely on Stephen King novels, check it out!

Full-coverage, onyx black cream.
From me: Now Willa is the name of the actress who PLAYS Thea Queen (see above for Arrow reference). She was also on The OC and a few other things. But you can bet that my first manicure with these polishes WILL be Thea and Willa together. Count on it.

So what do you guys think? Do you have special attachments to some Zoya polishes based on names? I have way more than a few. I'm still waiting on my Lois tho... I need Lois Lane...

Preorders start today and the estimated ship date is November 1! Will you be ordering?

Come Clean Pop Culture Soap in Horchata

Have you guys heard of Come Clean Pop Culture Soap? A soap that's safe for both humans and dogs? Yes, it does exist! You can read Yvonne's story here, and check around the site at all the cool stuff! I was offered the opportunity to try out a new scent, Horchata.

Speckled Horchata - Made with Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans and Cinnamon essential oils. Cinnamon is said to improve fine lines by plumping the skin. This means that using cinnamon can stimulate blood vessels and bring blood to the surface of the skin.

Now, I do use this for myself. I haven't tried it on the pup yet, but it's only a matter of time haha! The speckles in the soap you can see are mini scrubbers that act like a sugar scrub. They are SO AWESOME. I love using this bar! It lathers up, but not too much, and the scrubbers go to work, leaving my skin soft and smooth. My only problem is that is it a bar. I'm not a fan of bar soap much, as I have trouble finding a place to store it around my tub with everything else. However, I make an exception for this one - it's a staple for shower time! You can purchase this, or one of the other two from the Beauty Collection here on Etsy.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Barielle Me Couture collection swatches, review and giveaway!

Have you guys seen the new Barielle Me Couture collection? These gorgeous fall colors are great - some even one coaters! I am kind of annoyed with our weather lately. We haven't had much sun :( I have worked to capture these colors with indoor lighting - and I got them as close as I could :)

Starting with Berry Posh! This gorgeous berry creme is hands down my favorite of the bunch. The formula is perfect - one coat! It's such a wonderful berry shade for fall!

Next is Boho Chic, a deep teal green. This polish was almost a one coat wonder. The first coat was just ever so thin; almost jellyish. But the second coat made all the difference.

Vintage Gown reminds me of chocolate. Melted, of course :) The polish kind of had the consistency of melted chocolate, too. It was a tad on the thick side, but not so much that it was difficult to work with.

The purple goodness of Soho At Night leans a little blue, but it's all purple! This one is a one-coater for me - had no issues with formula or application.

I may not be a fan of the shade, but Taupe Notch had the most awesome formula. It did need two coats, but those two coats flowed on my nail like butter.

And now for Mod Bleu. I'm not a fan. I mean, the color is pretty. The formula was thin and a bit jelly-like. I don't feel like I connected with this polish. I know that sounds weird.... but I don't feel like it wanted to be on my nails. I had to put the polish on three times before It looked like anything decent. For the record, I don't think it was the polish's fault. I just don't think we meshed well.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Vampire Diaries night with Dollish Polish, Catrice and Wet in Wild!

It's Vampire Diaries night! I'm celebrating with a little Dollish Polish Team Salvatore! I've featured this polish already, but I apparently misplaced it. While cleaning a few weeks ago, my husband found it, and much rejoicing was heard (I'm fairly certain I heard an angel or two singing). So I paired it with Catrice London's Weather Forecast (the grey base) and accented it with the new Wet n Wild Megalast Rouge 66, a polish with a waxy matte-esque finish.

What do you think? Do you watch Vampire Diaries? I am a big fan :) I even went to a convention a few years ago, and I was able to meet some of the stars! It was such a fun time! For the record, I'm early series Damon - before he went all mushy! haha

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