Archive for August, 2012

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.