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

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Pure Ice Holiday Glitters for 2014!

Glitter! It's in the air this holiday season with Pure Ice Nail Polish! They have released six brand new glittery offerings for the 2014 Holiday Season. All 6 can be worn on their own with minimal VNL, but I tried them over black, as well. It's a fine line - they are almost too packed with glitter to be worn over other colors! I guess this one is going to boil down to personal preference. My thoughts? Check what's behind the cut!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

NailTini Blue Flame swatches+review

Today I've got some fancy layering to show you - with NailTini Blue Flame! Blue Flame is a milky shiny blue-tinged wonder than can seriously make anything pretty. I use it over a variety of colors, but I have three or NailTini polishes to layer it over in today's post. First, let's check out Blue Flame over Bordeaux, a deep wine creme. Isn't the blue flash so pretty? I've apparently showcased this combo before!

Next up is layering with the deep blue creme of Navy Grog. This is a very deep midnight blue. So deep and dark it borders black sometimes. Blue Flame really pops over this base :)

Finally, the deep raisin creme of Port! This polish is a little brown, a little red, maybe some purple thrown in?

Do you have any layering combos you like? Any special effects toppers? Do you have any NailTini polishes? I snagged all of these polishes at TJMaxx one amazing day - their formula is really great. I did get one from my ipsy bag a few months back, but I've yet to use it.

**DISCLAIMER** I was not paid for this review by anyone. I either purchased these products myself or was given it as a gift. Links in this post could be Amazon or ipsy affiliate links.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Zoya Peter Som Trio - my own personal wayback machine

We're in my wayback machine, kids. I uncovered some old swatch photos that I knew I had to share, even tho the colors aren't commercial available. I'm talking about the Zoya Peter Som trio from last year - I got it for Christmas last year! I apparently swatched them last year, too, back before my nails have had the trip of their lives down Break Everyday Avenue. Sometimes looking at old photos just makes me wonder how I ever had nails like that! haha I've worn these polishes several times since I originally swatched them, so I'm not entirely sure why these fell thru the cracks!

Meet Alexa - she's a gorgeous teal-leaning green that has the amazing Zoya formula. No issues with coverage and the polish flowed on my nails with ease. Such a beautiful color. To the best of my knowledge, Alexa is not a dupe for any other color, and was only available in this set.

Next we have Edie, a beautiful blue. The formula is just as beautiful, as per usual with Zoya. I didn't experience staining with this polish when I doubled up on base coat, but I did when I absentmindedly only used one coat. The staining wasn't bad at all. Just took a little sugar scrub to remove. Not aware of this being a dupe, either.

Now Stella.... well, Stella is basically Cole. The formula is a little on the thick side and takes a little bit of extra work to maneuver and level. But it's worth it - the color is divine. Still reminds me of a creamsicle :)

Did you get this set? Or do you have Cole on it's own? What do you think of this trio?

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

My Nighttime Routine

Do you guys have a nighttime beauty routine? I thought I'd share mine with you today - and talk up some of my most favorite products! I fully admit that for years I was horrible to my skin. I didn't think I needed to do much because wearing full makeup was so rare. Well, it's still a rarity, and I do all this! Hindsight's 20/20, as they say!

Let me first start by saying that this is the last thing I do before I fall into bed (and normally it is falling because I'm so dead tired by the time I get here). I've already washed off whatever makeup I was wearing earlier - I generally take my makeup off immediately after I get home or no longer need to be seen in public ha! So I start with a makeup wipe. I just generally run it over my skin to get rid of anything I might have picked up between makeup removal and bedtime. My most favorite wipes are Absolute Makeup Cleansing Tissues. I was introduced to these wipes at Cosmoprof in 2012, and I've since repurchased several times. I think the ladies at TJMaxx are well acquainted with my love for these. Every time I'm there, I check out with an armload.

The second step is a new one to my semi-normal routine, an elastin serum. The one I use I received for review from Reviva Labs. I use it primarily under and around my eyes and on my forehead. I also use it on the back of each of my hands. I have noticed a big difference in my under eye area using this stuff. It's brighter and more firm. I'll keep using it as long as I see results :)

The next step is the most important one in my book - moisturizer! I was always worried when I was younger about using moisturizer. I thought it would just make my skin oily or break out. Shows how much I knew back then huh? My current moisturizer was sent for review from Sibu. I have been in love with the Repair and Protect Nourishing Facial Cream since I started using it many moons ago. It's made with sea buckthorn, and the smell is divine. It's not too heavy, and soaks in quickly.

On to the lips! Especially in this incoming wintery weather, my lips tend to dry out way too quickly. I have to find a happy medium between keeping them moisturized and removing the excess dry skin as it comes off. Make-out Magic from Perfectly Posh has been a excellent way for me to do both! I received this, originally, as a press sample and didn't waste any time repurchasing it when I was out. This sugar scrub doesn't have to be washed off. You just slather it on and rub your lips together a bit and voila! I wake up with soft, hydrated lips.

The finale is lotion of course. I have a variety of different lotions and hand creams, but the one I'm using now is I Love... strawberries & milkshake. I purchased this at Rite Aid ages ago, and I'm still using it! I only use this for my hands at night.

Tada! There you have it. It's only 5 steps - but it's 5 steps more than I was doing 5 years ago. I'm happy with the progress my skin is making with this routine. My only real issue with my skin now is my huge pores. I'm working on that one too :) What's your routine?

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.

Monday, December 15, 2014

NOTD - Wet n Wild Careful It's Vine-tage and Literary Lacquers I'm Drinking Stars!

Just a quick Nails of the Day post for this morning! I started with a base of Wet n Wild Careful It's Vine-tage (purchased with my own money), a waxy matte grape purple, which I'd worn for two days, and then topped with the amazing Literary Lacquers I'm Drinking Stars, which was sent to me for review. This holo polish works well on it's own, but layering it just makes everything else look better! I'm just going to let my photos do the talking in this post.

Wow right? I just keep staring at my nails - and yes, I'm still wearing this combo because it's just stunning.

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.
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