Archive for August, 2012

Darling Diva Polish, Take 2

Hello again all!  Tonight I have the second part of my Darling Diva polish review- and it’s my very favorite!  I have Dangerous Driver and Ringer to show off!

These two are both GORGEOUS.  For those unfamiliar with Ringer- it’s a dupe of Max Factor Fantasy Fire, which is dupe (ish) of Clarins 230, better known as ‘Unicorn Pee’.  Dangerous Driver is a holographic version of Ringer- which just makes it more fabulous in my opinion!

Enough talking- on to the pictures!

This is 3 coats of Dangerous Driver, outside on a sunny day.

The color shift of Ringer isn’t quite as visible in Dangerous Driver because of the spectacular holographic effect.  But this polish is jaw-droppingly gorgeous.  I think these photos look pretty good, but they still do no justice to this polish.

A comparison shot- I took both inside my bedroom; one was in front of the opened window, and the other was under a lamp.

Next up: Darling Diva Polish Ringer!

Ringer is a beautiful polish.  It is almost a dead-on duplicate to Max Factor’s Fantasy Fire, but just a tad more sheer and lighter if you’re not layering it.  This photo was taken with 4 coats, and you can still see a bit of VNL.  But none of these colors are really at their best without a polish underneath!

Sadly, I had already traded away my Fantasy Fire before I took these photos.  I did a swatch comparison, so I can say that they are almost identical (but now can’t find that swatch wheel!).   However, the reason I traded off Fantasy Fire… was because I finally got my hands on a bottle of Clarins 230 itself!

Ready for some comparison photos??  Here we go!

The first comparison shot is both colors with no underwear.  This is the biggest area that Clarins will differ from it’s competitors.  Clarins 230 is a completely different base color, and it honestly just seems a bit more ‘deep’ than the others.  But that is really something that almost no one will notice.  Swatched over black, however…

Over black there’s almost no serious visible difference between Clarins 230, Ringer, or Fantasy Fire.  Clarins is a bit more ‘vibrant’, but its a subtle difference.  Over black, Dangerous Driver’s beautiful color shift is clearly on display along with the beautiful holo effect.

*Sigh*  So many sparkles in one photo!  These 2 above photos were taken indoors next to an open window to still get the sparkle, but allow the color shift to shine through more (the full sun makes Dangerous Driver sparkle like crazy- as you can see below!)

And to round off the comparisons, I took photos of Dangerous Driver and Ringer outside in the full sunlight.

You can find Darling Diva Polish on Facebook, and you can buy her beautiful colors at her Etsy shop.   All of her colors are $8.00 with the exception of holo colors, like Dangerous Driver, which are $12.00.  And she ships internationally for a reasonable rate!

Be sure to check her out!  I really feel like Dangerous Driver is a must have- and Ringer is for sure if you haven’t found Fantasy Fire (though you’ll want it if you’re like me and just love having similar colors!).

*Some of the products shown in this post were provided to me without cost for an honest review*


Indie Wednesday: Darling Diva Polish, Take 1

Hello All!  I have a TON of Darling Diva Polishes to show off, so I’ve decided to split them into 2 posts.  Today I will feature Cotton Candy, Sophia, and Princess Luna!  Friday I’ll be showing off Ringer and Dangerous Driver.

Earlier this week, I had a big swatch-a-thon with all of these beautiful colors.  Everything looked nice in person, however, I’m not entirely happy with the photos for this particular post (I think Friday’s pictures look great though).  I already promised this write up for today, and I won’t be home tomorrow, so I wanted to go forward with posting.  But I think I’m going to retake some photos this weekend and add them in.

First up, we have Cotton Candy!

Cotton Candy is a pretty shade of pink, with various sizes and shapes of white glitter- but not a ton of glitter, so it gives the polish a dainty feel.   These photos were taken with 2 coats of polish.

I only used Cotton Candy for the photos, but I think next time I’ll try layering over a very similar pink (maybe Zoya Lara?)- since the second layer does cover up the first layer’s glitter almost completely.   Either way, you’ll have a beautiful look!

Next up, we have Sophia!

For Sophia, I opted to use an underwear coat of Love My Nails Electric Blue, with 2 coats of Sophia.

Sophia is a beautiful periwinkle blue fine glitter, sprinkled with the occasional gold holographic hex glitter.  I had to work to get the ones I did on my nail!  I’d say average use would be closer to 1-2 on each nail without any fishing.  This color would look beautiful over black or white, and I bet it would look pretty over a red for a patriotic look.

And last but certainly not least, we have Princess Luna!

Princess Luna is inspired by the lovely Nightmare Moon/Princess Luna of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.  I’ve said it before, but I actually recommend MLP even for grownups.  Seasons 1 and 2 are available for streaming on Netflix, and they’re awesome.   Princess Luna is the sister to Princess Celestia, who is inspiration for another polish by Darling Diva Polish!

Much like her inspiration, the polish version of Princess Luna is a beautiful blue, full of sparkles, accented by deep purple and teal glitter, with a bit of white thrown in.

Like Sophia, I layered 2 coats over Love My Nails Electric Blue.

I placed some of the larger glitters, but I didn’t have to fish for any of these, they came right out to play!  I think this is my favorite of tonight’s colors 🙂  But I may be partial due to the reference!

You can find Darling Diva Polish on Facebook, and you can buy her beautiful colors at her Etsy shop.   All of her colors are $8.00 with the exception of holo colors, like Dangerous Driver, which are $12.00.  And she ships internationally for a reasonable rate!

Be sure to check her out, and also check back on Friday for Part 2!  Ringer and Dangerous Driver are SO GORGEOUS- I’m definitely saving the best for last.  You won’t want to miss it!

*Some of the products shown in this post were provided to me without cost for an honest review*


(Just Another) Mani Monday: Nail Foils (aka Robot Nails)



Most of us have seen the nail foil pictures floating around the internet, particularly Pinterest.  Most of the time they don’t link to anywhere (seriously, that’s a huge pet peeve of mine…), and often the captions will claim that there’s a magical polish that will create this effect.  Some say Sephora, some say Essie.  The closest you’ll get in a polish is Layla Mirror Effects… but it’s still not perfect.

What IS creating those lovely nails?  Nail foil!  (Or Minx nails/fake nails).

A lot of ladies are familiar with nail foil, but I think just as many have never even heard of it.  I didn’t know about it until recently!

I bought my foil and glue from Transdesign, but you can also get them from Dollar Nail Art cheaply.

Supplies you’ll need:  Foil Glue (this is important- it remains sticky after it dries, which is absolutely needed), nail foil, and a Q-tip.  I cut the foil into small nail-sized squares.

I’m going to go over a brief how-to, but this is the video I used for reference:  it’s by Miss80Million and you can find it here.  I did these earlier while my husband was at work, so there was no one to take ‘action’ shots.  With the video, you can watch her put the foils on from start to finish.

First step: Glue!

Here’s a shot of a nail with a layer of glue, and the one next to it plain.  You simply paint a layer of glue on the nail.  You don’t want it to be too thick, but you do want it to cover everywhere you’d like the foil.

After the glue is completely dry (do not touch it- it will be clear when its dry), place a piece of foil carefully over the nail.

Use the Q-tip to carefully smooth it out over the entire nail bed.

Once you’ve smoothed it onto the nail, the sheet will easily be removed.  There’s a thin plastic layer over the foil that pulls away (along with all foil that didn’t adhere- hence why you need glue everywhere!)

I won’t lie, my camera took AWFUL photos of these.  I’ve never had to photograph something pure metallic, so I’m sure there’s tricks or things I was unaware of.

They were a little bumpy- I didn’t take a ton of prep time, and simply laid down a base coat, glue and foil.  Much like the metallic polishes, these look a lot nicer on a smooth nail bed.

Little blurry shot to show off the effect.

The downsides?  This was the first time I EVER applied these, and my glue lines weren’t super great so the sides of my nails were wonky and uneven.  You also need to be careful- it can be so easily to bump your nail with a sheet before you’re ready, and it WILL adhere instantly.  Not good!

But overall, these are super cheap, and it’s a really fun mani.  They’re not Dollar Nail Art in particular has TONS and TONS of foils- the patterned/holo ones wouldn’t show off every bump and imperfection as much, either!

One last note.  They tell you not to use a fast dry topcoat, so of course I did just that.  Here’s the result:

Crackles!  This would be a fun look for a ‘broken mirror’ effect, right?

One thing I did not buy, and should have, was the foil topcoat.  I’ve heard that a non-fast dry topcoat works fine- but I discovered today that I don’t OWN any non fast-dry topcoats.   A topcoat of some kind, though, is absolutely needed.  All my nails but the thumb (with the fast dry topcoat) remained slightly sticky and were almost instantly messed up.

So anyways- try to overlook my not-so-great photos this time- and be sure to try this out!  There are some awesome foils to try, and they’re really quick, easy, and CHEAP!

The I’m Not 30 Yet Giveaway!

Hello everyone!  As promised, today is the big day for my August Giveaway!

Many of you know- today is my birthday!  I am now 29 years old- 1 more year left in my 20’s!  The thought of turning 30 doesn’t bother me yet, but I still like being able to say I’m in my 20’s.    And I like giving things away- so what better time than now to combine the two?

This is one of my larger giveaways in terms of winners.  I have a giveaway planned every month, and most have 3 winners- this one will have at least 7, potentially 8-9.

So what can you win?  Well, anything in that photo (every winner gets 1 polish, the others things go along with them), plus 1 or 2 things that I don’t quite have in my hand yet (so they’ll remain a surprise for now!).   I have a few Chanel Peridot dupes (my birthstone!), a few Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday dupes, along with 365 Days of Color’s Birthday Bash, and Girly Bit’s Wet Bikini (August’s Calendar Girl color).   The ‘extras’ can range from KBShimmer Happy Birthday bath bombs, a Bath and Body Works scentportable, 365 Days of Color’s Birthday Cake Cuticle balm, and some cupcake bites!  There’s also a few other surprises not shown 🙂

Onto the rules.  I’m sticking with my same rules as last time- you need to follow me somehow.  Facebook is the best method (I’m fairly active there), but there’s also email blog updates, BlogLovin’ (see the sidebar), and Twitter (Polish_Monster).  Just let me know how.  Following counts as 3 entries.

The final entry is an optional share.  This is for 1 extra entry- that way no one feels obligated to share if they don’t feel comfortable (I didn’t like to share on my personal page, so I understand!).   If you share via FB- PLEASE make sure it is public so that I can see it.  Message me if you need help doing this.  I had to throw out quite a few entries because of that last time, and I hate doing that!   You only get credit one time- if you would like to share every day that’s great, but it’s only 1 entry.

The giveaway will run until next Friday, August 31, at 11:59 CST.

Open to international followers, 18 and over (if you’re under 18 you can still enter, provided you have parental permission).

Giveaway is CLOSED.  Thanks for participating, winners will be announced soon!


Battle of the Blues: A Comparison

When I first became interested in nail polish, one of my early favorites was Sinful Color’s Cinderella.  I loved the name, the shade, and adored the pink shimmer.

I did not, however, adore how sheer it was, or that it took 4-5 coats to build up.

Unsurprisingly, I’m attracted to this ‘type’ of color- and I recently realized I have quite a few that look similar!  So I decided to compare all 5 that I own in 1 post.

Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise, Cult Nails Princess, Models Own Indian Ocean, 365 Days of Color Bora Bora, and Sinful Colors Cinderella.

As you can see, none of these are really the same, though a lot have the same qualities.  All 5 are blue with a pink color shift- but that’s where the similarities end.

Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise and Models Own Indian Ocean are the most similar, with the Models Own being a bit more ‘in your face’ sparkly.  However, Indian Ocean required 4 coats to be opaque (it’s better to layer), and Arctic Sunrise was opaque at 2 coats.  Indian Ocean is a bit stinky, as well (not 3-free), for those with sensitive senses.

Though it shows a pink shift in the photo, Cult Nails Princess is a bit more of a gold/pink shift.  365’s Bora Bora has the most subtle shimmer, but it’s a gorgeous blue with just the tiniest ‘bling’… it’s one of my favorites to use in combination with glitter layering polishes (see here and here).

And then of course we have Cinderella herself.  It’s a BEAUTIFUL color- the most baby blue of the bunch, with a pretty significant shimmer.  The biggest downside is just how sheer it is… but layered over another blue or white, it works out well.

Here’s where you can get each of these pretties!

Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise:  Girly Bits Big Cartel site $10;  Harlow & Co. $12; Llarowe $12
Cult Nails Princess:  Cult Nails website $10; Overall Beauty $10
Models Own Indian Ocean: Ninja Polish $8; Harlow & Co. $10
365 Days of Color Bora Bora: 365’s Big Cartel Site, $8
Sinful Colors Cinderella:  Walgreens, $1.99 (not available online at the moment, but I’ve bought it via their site in the past)

Indie Wednesday: Girly Bits Jelly Shoes

Today I’m going to show off one of the newest additions to my collection:  Girly Bits Jelly Shoes!

Now, I’m a child of the 80s, so I lived in jelly shoes as a kid.  But I know some may not be familiar with them, so here’s a picture:

Jelly shoes are a slightly-see through, usually neon, slip on shoe.  My favorite version was always pink, so I’m thrilled that the polish holding this name is that exact color!

I used 2 coats of Jelly Shoes over 1 coat of Julep Kate (a white shimmer).  Next time I may go with nothing underneath, but the white REALLY made this color pop!

As you can see, there’s a blue/purple shimmer through the neon pink jelly polish, which is what really makes this color a must-have.  The shimmer is *almost* dense enough to be called glass fleck- at least in my opinion!

I made the mistake of taking these photos out in the sun earlier this week, and didn’t review them at the time.  I should’ve had a few shade pictures to show you!  But in the sun, this color is just gorgeous.  These photos are very true to life for the color- it’s really that blinding when you layer it over white.

A better shot of the shimmer for you!

Application was awesome, and I am absolutely in love with this color (as well as Arctic Sunrise, which I also bought… that will be featured tomorrow with some others!).

Pam is SO sweet and I really highly recommend ordering from her!!  She also sells Franken starter kits with some bottles, base and a choice of glitters if you’ve ever wanted to make your own colors, as well as solvent resistant glitters and of course her beautiful polishes.

The *only* downside in ordering (if you’re in the US) is that Girly Bits is in Canada, so shipping takes a bit longer when ordering directly from Pam (they’re worth the wait, but it’s something that needs to be mentioned).  However, you can also purchase her lovely polishes from Llarowe and Harlow & Co– so international ladies can absolutely enjoy the pretties too!

Girly Bits can be purchased directly from Pam on Big Cartel, and you can keep updated on news by liking her Facebook page.  Most people are familiar with Girly Bits, but if you’re not be sure to check it out, you won’t be disappointed!






(Just Another) Mani Monday: Fun with Striping Tape

Hey all!  Sorry for the long break.  Things got a little busy here in preparation for school starting!  Syd starts back tomorrow and is really excited- I’m sure that feeling won’t last for many more years.

So for today, I did something relatively quick and easy.   Some of you may have seen my ‘Haul’ post on Facebook that showed a ton of striping tape rolls.  I got these for a couple of bucks from China- so while I did wait forever to get them- now I have a lot of options!

I’ve seen many, many people demonstrate better than I could how to actually do this mani- but basically, you paint your nails 1 color, and let them dry completely.  Place the striping tape over the nail in the places you want, and then paint over the nail (and the tape) in a different color.  Remove the tape, voila!  A super neat look!

For this I used China Glaze’s Love’s A Beach covered by Cult Nails Nevermore.  Love’s A Beach was only 1 coat- on it’s own I’d probably opt for 2, but as a peek-through undie only 1 was needed.

So much fun!  I didn’t realize at the time that I made 2 A’s right next to each other… I need to pay closer attention when I do this again!

My daughter decided to watch me doing this, and just ‘had to have’ the same thing done.  The idea of making multiple striping lines on all 10 of her wiggly, can’t-stay-still fingers wasn’t exactly appealing, so I convinced her to just go with pink and the striping on the thumbs.  And then she HAD to show the off, so hopefully you guys won’t mind the kid-photo too much 🙂

Now she’s all ready for her first day of school tomorrow with some fun nails!

And of course, I took a Mommy-and-me shot.

I forgot to add- she insisted on a glitter topcoat over hers.

Can you tell she’s my daughter?!  🙂


Indie Wednesday: Shimmer Polish Diana

I bet most of you familiar with Shimmer Polish have never heard of Diana, have you?

Well, that’s because I currently have the only bottle.  Diana is a custom!

Shimmer Polish is now offering customs- you can find out all the details in this post!  I had wanted a Shimmer Polish before (I ADORE glitter bombs and every photo of these I’d seen were so pretty!), but this is what made me jump at the chance.  I love having my name on the labels!

You’re able to choose the name, as well as the primary and secondary colors.  I opted for pink, with a dash of baby blue, light green or purple, and of course the name Diana.  I may go back later and order some customized ones for both of my kiddos!  (To clarify- they’d be for me to wear, but colors/names picked out to represent them)

Aside from my polish being beautiful- ya’ll, I ordered this polish SUNDAY.  It arrived at my door today- Wednesday.  That is some FAST turn around!  And it’s exactly what I hoped it be, and I had wonderful communication from Shimmer during the whole thing.   I HIGHLY recommend the process!!

On to the photos!

There’s a bunch of different pinks in there, along with the larger baby blue glitters, some goldish green, and even a dash of purple!  All my favorites!

I used 2 coats of Diana with no topcoat.  Next time I’ll top it off with Gelous, but I was too eager to take some pictures before the sun went down!

Talk about a glitter bomb!  This has *no polish underwear*.  And only 2 coats!

If you love glitter (like I do!), you absolutely must try out Shimmer Polish.

Be sure to check them out at these spots!

Shimmer Polish onFacebook
Shimmery Shimmer website
Shimmer Polish on Etsy

Jesse’s Girl Swatches: Confetti, Glee and Firefly

I hope everyone had a good weekend!  I got to go out Saturday night with my husband and WITHOUT the kids, so I had a great one!

I was feeling pretty uninspired when it came to nail art or techniques, so I opted to skip Mani Monday this week and swatch some pretty colors I picked up on Sunday instead.

I’ve often passed by the rack of Jesse’s Girl polishes on my normal trips to Rite Aid- I wasn’t really familiar with them, and they were in a package.  I usually associate packages with the dollar store- of course, the dollar store is now carrying Sally Hansen, so I have to rethink that ‘dismissive’ idea anyways 🙂  I’m glad I took a second look this time!  These colors are GORGEOUS!  And at only $2.99, they’re certainly affordable!

I picked up Glee, Confetti, and Firefly.  Of course, they would be the sparkly ones!

First up is Glee!  This is a beautiful blue green shade, that’s very reminiscint of… well… a LOT of other colors.  Still very beautiful, but it’s something seen before… and then a few times before that.    But first up, swatches!

This color applied wonderfully, and is just stunning.  The pictures show 2 coats, no underwear.

You all know I love flakes- and while clearly not a flakie, the glass flecks in these three colors are all very large and I love it!

As I mentioned before, this is definitely a color we’ve seen before.   I swatched comparisons of the 2 look alikes I own:

Glee and Orly’s Halley’s Comet are pretty much identical.  The Orly does have a bit more shimmer, and has a stronger gold tone to it.  Essence’s Choose Me is a tad ligher than the other 2, and leans more blue.  Still VERY similar, though!  The other 2 look-alikes that I know of (but don’t own) are OPI’s Catch Me In Your Net, and Zoya Charla.

Orly Halley’s Comet and OPI’s Catch Me In Your Net are both harder to find now, and Zoya Charla runs in at $8 new.  Essence Choose Me was only $0.99, but now that Essence has changed to the new bottle type, I haven’t seen this color.   Jesse’s Girl Glee is $2.99- making it one of the more affordable options, and also easy to find it you’re near a Rite Aid!

Next up is Firefly!

I layered Firefly over black to try and show it at it’s best.  This is 1 coat over Cult Nails Nevermore.

Firefly is a beautiful gold shimmering topcoat.   The flecks are large and gorgeous!  They are a pretty gold iridescent color, with a very slight green tinge.

Finally, I saved my favorite for last- Confetti!

Confetti is a BEAUTIFUL shimmering purple.  I’ve made my never ending love for Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Scrangie known to many people- and I still hate the fact that I didn’t splurge on it when it was available.  This is by NO means a Scrangie dupe, or even a look alike.  But it has similar characteristics to what I adore about Scrangie- specifically, a blurple shade!

Like the other 2 I purchased, this color has large glass flecks in it.  The color lightly shifts from lilac to purple, and the flecks give it a beautiful hint of green shimmer.

Look how pretty!  *Squee!*

This color is on the sheerer side compared to Glee, so I chose to layer 2 coats over a coat of Julep Anne.  You can’t really tell Anne is under there, except for it adding a slightly darker tone to 2 coats of Confetti (otherwise this look would be reached with about 4 coats in my experience).

So there you have it, my very first Jesse’s Girls!  The other colors at the store were pretty, but in my sparkle-loving opinion, these 3 were the standouts.  You can find Jesse’s Girl at Rite Aids for $2.99.

Flakie Friday: Zoya Maisie and Finger Paints 15 Minutes of Fame

Last night on Facebook, I asked for suggestions for today’s post.  I got a few awesome ones, so I decided to use them all for the next few posts.

If you want to see anything specific, just leave a comment with a suggestion!  It can even be as simple as a color (which is what inspired today’s post- someone requested green!), or a technique for Mani Monday, anything!

So today’s Flakie Friday (if I make it before midnight!) is a green combo!

I decided to pair up Zoya Maisie and Finger Paints 15 Minutes of Frame!

15 Minutes of Frame was part of Finger Paint’s summer neons collection in June.  It was actually the only one I picked up from this line.  It’s bright, but not in your face.  Love it!  It’s not as easy to find now, but I’ve seen some of these appear in the clearance bins recently.

This is 1 coat of Zoya Maisie over 15 Minutes of Frame.  It’s another ‘subtle’ flakie look- Maisie is a green/blue flake mixture, so it adds a pretty shimmer to the green base color.

Very pretty combo!  I had a lot of lighting issues when I took these photos, so I just couldn’t get the flakes to photograph well.

And just to REALLY show off how this polish looks, I swatched 1 coat over Cult Nail’s Nevermore.

Mmmm… gorgeous!  This shot really shows off the green and blue shifts of this topcoat.

Finger Paints 15 Minutes of Frame can be found on Sally’s website here, and Zoya Maisie can sometimes be found in ULTA, and also via Zoya’s website.

Want to get you own Zoya Maisie… for free?  If you’ve never signed up for Zoya’s website before, you’re in luck!

Use THIS link to sign up for a Zoya Share the Love account!  From Zoya’s website:

When someone clicks on your personal link and sets up an online account, a coupon for a FREE Bottle of Zoya Nail Polish will automatically be placed in their account and can be used immediately on their current order. TIP: If you use this coupon and add 2 more polishes to your order, you get free shipping too! The coupon will appear in the “My Coupons/ Promos” section of their “My Account” Page.

As a disclaimer: I do receive 100 Share the Love points when you use my link- but that’s just more goodies for me to share with you all via posts and giveaways!   Once you sign up- Zoya occasionally does promotions and other things for points, and you can share your link for points (and a free polish for friends!)- it’s a win win all around!

Summer Beauty VoxBox Review

I’ve been meaning to get this written up for a bit- and what’s better than a rainy day to sit down and finish up blog posts and reviews!

Are you familiar with Influenster?  I signed up a few months ago, and was very excited when I was selected to be one of the recipients of their Summer VoxBox- a small box filled with 5-6 samples of summer-related items!  After you receive the box and have a chance to test the items out, you’re then encouraged to review all of the products.  What better forum to do that than right here?  So here we go!

The box I got contained 5 things: A full size bottle of Sally Hansen’s Magnetic Nail Polish in Graphite Gravity, a deluxe sample size of Sally Hansen’s Nails & Cuticles Hand Creme,  deluxe sample size of Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Sunscreen, a Quaker Soft Baked Bar in Banana Nut Bread, and a sample box of Tampax Radiant collection products.

First up: Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen

I’ve been a bit of a hermit this summer, so I haven’t had much of a chance to use this.  I was hoping to use it at the pool today, but then mother nature decided it should storm instead.

I did, however, put it on just to test everything but it’s sunburn protection feature 🙂

I really love the scent- it’s nothing too unusual, it does remind me of the coconut-tropical scent you find with most sunscreens, though this one has a delicate floral smell along with it.  Overall the scent isn’t overpowering and smells very nice but subtle.

It made my arms feel very silky smooth just like a moisturizing lotion would, and was absorbed in quickly.   There was no greasiness or excess lotion once I rubbed it on.  Right now and with my kids I tend to use the quick spray-on sunscreen, but I think I may switch to this one for myself in the future!

Next up:  Quaker Soft Baked Bar in Banana Nut Bread

I found this photo on Quaker’s listing for this very bread– because I forgot to photograph it before we ate it.

I only got to try a little bit of this, because it did set off a minor allergic reaction when I ate some (I have a lot of minor food allergies and there’s never any telling if I’ll have an oral reaction, or just be itchy).  What I did have, though, was very good!  It’s fairly moist, didn’t crumble, and definitely tasted like banana bread.  The saltiness of the nuts was a good contrast to the sweeter banana taste.  My husband, who ate most of it, said he wouldn’t mind me buying more- so I guess that’s a positive review! 🙂

Now we’re getting into more of my blog’s comfort zone!  Sally Hansen’s Nails & Cuticles Hand Cream!

I really loved this product.  Since I began blogging, I’m a lot more  aware of how my hands and specifically my cuticles look.   This lotion made my hands super soft and smooth, and did soften my cuticles a bit.   The scent- I’m not sure if I like or hate the scent.  I’m really not even sure what the scent is?  It’s a bit citrus like, so maybe lemon- but it honestly smells like a  starburst candy and a skittle blended together.  Not a bad smell- but not exactly what I want to smell like, either.  And the scent is not subtle at all, its quite strong.

I also received a full size bottle of Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Polish in Graphite Gravity.

While not my first magnetic polish, this was my first by Sally Hansen.  I’ve only tried a few other brands, but this one in particular is the best I own.

The application was very smooth, the instructions were very clear, and the magnet was easy to work with.  In some of my past experiences, I had trouble keeping the magnet from bumping the wet polish- and with 1 major brand, I couldn’t get the magnetic waves to show a majority of them time!
With this polish, though, every single nail was perfect on the first try.  I simply held the magnet over the nail for 10 seconds, pulled it away, and the swirled design was there!

While these aren’t the cheapest (Most stores sell them for around $10), they’re absolutely one of the higher quality magnetic polishes.  Big thumbs up!

My last item to review is the Tampax package.  If you’re squeamish about slightly personal topics, feel free to stop reading now!  I promise not to get graphic, but I know some ladies (or men!) aren’t exactly comfortable talking about these things.

The Tampax items all came in this cute little zippered bag.  I have no idea if this is available for sale- but I love it!  I’ve always meant to get a small container to keep personal products in, but never remember to actually do it.  This is the perfect size to fit in my purse and keep everything organized!

I haven’t had a chance to actually USE the products, but as a long-term user of Tampax and Always products, I know they’ll be wonderful.  I’ve been a very loyal Tampax user for about 17 years now (I think- give or take), and will continue to be.

The package included 3 unscented panty liners, 1 scented pad, 1 regular tampon, and 1 super tampon.  These are all part of Always/Tampax’s new Radiant line.

For the panty liners- they are very thin around the sides, but the center absorbent area looks to be thick enough to perform it’s job well.  I don’t often use panty liners or pads, but I tried this one out to see if it was noticeable- one of the tag phrases of this new line is ‘Invisible Protection, Invisible Fit’.  The entire liner is a soft, non-plastic material with an adhesive backing, so it actually isn’t very noticeable at all.  It’s also a bit smaller than other panty liners I’ve used in the past, while not being too small to function.  Definitely worth another look!

The scented pad- I don’t use them.  The only time I ever have is when my mother wouldn’t let me use tampons yet, and when the doctor forced me to after I had both kids.  So I’m not going to be a very good judge on this one!  The scent isn’t bad, but I personally don’t like scented feminine protection items.   The scent is quite strong actually, and its a bit of a fruity/flower scent.  I’m not a big fan.  On the plus side however- the pad itself looks to be a super-absorbent material.  When I push down on it, it takes a second to come back up- almost like a memory foam.  It’s very thin, and not overly large from side to side, either.  There’s 2 long wings to help keep it in place.

The tampons… well, this is interesting.  I took one out to take a picture and examine!

Have you ever seen such a *fancy* tampon?  I mean, I won’t lie, I am a sucker for things with details like this, but… it just seems a bit unnecessary given the function of a tampon.

So yeah, the applicator has scrolled designs on it.  It’s also the soft plastic material that we’ve already seen on the Tampax Pearls- which I think is a good thing.  I removed the tampon from the applicator, and rather than being stiff cotton, it’s actually a bit softer and definitely smoother.  Not to get overly TMI, but I think it’s a good thing.  I’m sure ladies can figure out why.

One of the other new features that I really like is the reusable wrapper.  Each one is wrapped in the typical plastic wrapper, but rather than opening it, you pull up a sticker section to remove the tampon, which can then be re-sealed.  Why is a removable wrapper needed or important, you may ask?  It’s for disposal purposes, of course!  You can now neatly dispose of both the applicator and tampon in a sealed package.  These will definitely be what I pick up next time I have to buy more!

So that’s it for this box- if you stayed for the whole thing, I hope maybe you’re interested in one of the products, or at least know more about them!  Everything in this box was completely new to me, so it was fun trying the new things!  Thank you, Influenster!

Indie Wednesday: Pretty & Polished He Is King

I’m barely squeaking this post in!

So in honor of it being August, I’m showing off He Is King by Pretty and Polished for today’s Indie Wednesday!

For those that don’t know, Chelsea has been releasing a zodiac polish just about each month for each sign- beginning with her own sign, Taurus.  This is Leo’s polish!  Leo’s zodiac sign is the lion- hence the orange fur look to this color, along with the ‘King’ reference!

To start off with, I used 1 coat of Sephora’s Drama Velvet Pearl.  I picked this up just the other day on clearance for $3.  I’m not usually a huge orange fan, but I loved this one!  It applied beautifully and was a 1 coat polish, which is always good!  It also has a really pretty golden shimmer in it.

I followed that up with 2 coats of He Is King.   Ignore the little chip on my thumb (now that I’ve drawn your attention to it), I took pictures after wearing this for a full day!

I’ll be honest- I usually hate bar glitter.  Initially, the only reason I bought this one is because I have the entire collection.  But I’m so glad I did!  Especially over orange, the orange bar glitter gives the polish a neat effect- fur without the fur 😉  There’s also orange hexes of the same color, and a fine deep red color glitter along with an overall brownish-orange shimmer base.

Also in each bottle?  A single heart.  I love that 🙂

As always, the best place to keep up with Pretty & Polished is on her Facebook page here.  She sells through both Etsy and Llarowe, but you’ll be updated on restocks via Facebook.  Be sure to check them out!  All of her zodiac polishes are fun and very fitting!

Enchanting Cosmetics Giveaway- with me!

Hey all! I know a lot of my new followers came from this giveaway, and I already shared on Facebook. But just in case you didn’t see:

Cherie of Enchanting Cosmetics is hosting a huge giveaway on her blog! Check it out at:

Enchanting Cosmetic’s Giveaway!

Along with 13 other awesome prizes, I provided 3 of my mini color-shifting topcoat polishes that I made as a prize.   Cherie and Jen of Jen’s Nail Files did a review post leading up to the giveaway here if you’d like to see swatches!  And if you just can’t live without them but don’t win- check out my document on Facebook discussing my homemade polishes, or contact me and I can direct you to some other awesome sellers that offer similar items!

Today I’m going to be showing off Pretty and Polished’s He Is King (Leo zodiac polish) once I return from running errands in honor of it being August.  Be sure to check back tonight!

(Just Another) Mani Monday: Glitter Gradient with Rainbow Honey’s 20% Cooler

I just have a quick look for you all today- Gradient Glitter!

I’m almost embarassed to say I haven’t had a good chance to use any of my Equestria polishes from Rainbow Honey yet.  I pre-ordered the full collection, but with SO many polishes and posts, I haven’t had a chance!  After watching a few hours of My Little Pony with my daughter this weekend though, I decided that had to change.

The subject of my manicure today?

Rainbow Dash!

Rainbow Dash is the inspiration behind Rainbow Honey’s 20% Cooler.   If you’ve ever watched the new version of My Little Pony (Friendship is Magic), you’ll understand why.  If not, I’ll provide a video!

Although not my favorite pony (that’s a tie between Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy), I do love Rainbow Dash.   My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is available for streaming on Netflix.  If you’re bored and want to watch something light and entertaining, give it a try!  It’s one of the few I enjoy watching with my daughter.

Anyways- back to the polish!

For this mani, I used 365 Days of Color’s Bora Bora for the base, and Rainbow Honey’s 20% Cooler for the glitter.  Bora Bora was the closest blue to Rainbow Dash’s body color that I could find in my stash!

The idea behind a glitter gradient is very simple.  I put on 2 coats of Bora Bora and covered with a fast drying topcoat.
Once it was dry, I did a fairly thin coat of glitter over the entire nail.  Once THAT was dry-ish, I added a second coat- starting 1/2 way down and extending to the tip.  I let that dry a little, and then dabbed a thick coat on the very tip of the nail.  I gave it a few minutes and then smoothed it out backwards towards the cuticle a little to prevent it from having a giant polish bubble on the tips.

When I showed my husband, his comment was ‘Uh hon, I think you missed some spots’.  So this look isn’t for everyone- and I do think it’s one that looks a bit better on longer nails.

Still fun though!  And I think these 2 colors look PERFECT together!

I’ve heard some reports of people having issues with their Rainbow Honey polishes consistencies.  Mine were (are) absolutely perfect and easy to work with.

Be on the lookout soon for more of Rainbow Honey’s Equestria Collection- I have GOT to show off those beautiful glitter bombs!

You can follow Rainbow Honey on Facebook here, and 365 Days of Color on Facebook here.

Weekend Nails: 365 Days of Color and Sonnetarium

Just a quick post- I thought my nails this weekend were really pretty, and I got a few compliments on them, so I decided to share!
This is 2 coats of 365 Days of Color‘s Bora Bora, topped with 1 coat of Sonnetarium’s Snowfall!

Be sure to check both out!  I took these pictures after a full day of wear- doing housework and dishes, no less!    Most of my mani’s won’t hold up after dishes!

Also- I’ve started using Duri Cosmetics Rejuvacote Nail Growth System this week- and I’ve already noticed a visible difference in nail thickness (I can flat out see sections that are now thicker), and I would *swear* a few nails are growing faster.  I hope to do a positive review for ya’ll in a month- but so far so good!



Mashup: Indie Wednesday meets Flakie Friday with SYN Cosmetics

Hello again everyone! If you keep up with me on Facebook, you already know I’ve been in a bit of a funk this week- and if not, you may have thought I dropped off the Earth. I think I’m back to feeling normal, though!

A few announcements! I think a very small part of my funk was being restricted to these theme days (though most of it was not polish related). I thought they would be a great idea to keep me motivated, but in reality it’s having the opposite effect. In light of that, I’m dropping Flakie Friday. This will be the last official Flakie Friday post. I’m keeping the other 3 (Mani Mondays, Try It On Tuesday, Indie Wednesday), but I won’t force myself to do them each and every week. If the mood strikes me to wear something else?  I’ll do it!

I’m also going to begin doing ‘Favorite’ posts. I really enjoy reading other bloggers monthly favorites roundups, so I’ll be adding in one of my own once a month. I’ll be working on July’s this weekend! It will feature all sorts of different things I’m interested in at the moment, not just polish. Trying to branch out a little- I have a TON of interests! But of course the blog will remain 99% polish related 🙂

So onto today’s post. I’m sure you guys have seen me raving about the new releases from Syn Cosmetics- and some of that is what I’m going to feature today!

Syn Cosmetics is an indie makeup brand that recently (a few months ago I believe) added polish to her lineup.  Be sure to check out everything she offers!

First up is my very first purchase from Syn- All White Everything.
This is 1 coat of All White Everything over 2 coats Hard Candy Beetle (what was intended for the Try It On Tuesday that I didn’t post- I’ll reuse it this coming Tuesday!)

Its a very roughly similar idea to Lynderella’s Love, Lace and Lilacs, but in no means a dupe.  I don’t own LLL, but this one lacks the heavy fine white glitter and the variety of hex sizes.    But if you’ve been looking for a nice, white CTD type glitter, give this one a look!

Next up are 2 that I was SO excited to play with- her newest additions to the line, solar changing polish!!  She has an awesome video available on the site!

Obviously, the photo on the left is inside, and the one on the right is outside in the sunlight.  I alternated between Solar Skies and Sunkissed- Sunkissed is the pink and Solar Skies is blue.  Both appear the same- a milky clear- inside.

I layered each over 2 coats of white polish, followed by 2 coats of the solar changing polish.

I will say, I was a little disappointed Sunkissed didn’t quite show off as well as Solar Skies.  Look at the bottle!  The color change is HUGE, but over white it just wasn’t as noticeable.  The blue was very apparent though!

These also definitely require sun- being inside, no matter how well lit or even ambient sunlight you have, they’re going to remain clear.  As soon as you step into sunlight outdoors though, it changes fast!

So what did I do?  Went back inside, and added more coats of Sunkissed.  This is 4 coats of Sunkissed, and you can see it a lot better!  Even with 4 coats, it wasn’t overly thick- so it’s definitely doable!  LOVE these!   Even my husband was into it, and thought this was the coolest thing ever.  They’ll be releasing color-to-color changing ones soon, so keep yours eyes out!

Last one up is my quasi flakie of the day- a new unnamed Syn polish!

There was recently a promotion that if you spent $30.00, you would get one of the upcoming, unnamed polishes for free!  I nicely asked if I could get this one- I LOVE pink of course, and I love shards and flakes and fun things!

I am in love with this!  Ya’ll, this is only ONE coat!  This has a little bit of everything in it- ultrafine pink, fine white, hot pink squares, pink hexes, white and black shards and bars.  I layered this over 2 coats of Zoya Adina (another Try It On Tuesday color- I’m working ahead!).

You can purchase Syn Cosmetics on their site here, and follow them on Facebook for updates here.  Be sure to check them out!!   You’ll always find awesome promotions on Facebook- I’ve caught the buy 3-get 1 sale as well as a 35% off flash sale!