Nail of the day: Apple and Stripes

My goal before the end of the month was to use all the polishes in my April Julep Maven box. I liked the stripes I did last week that I thought it would be perfect for an accent nail and best part I used all the colors in my box that I haven’t used yet. Well, I didn’t use the Rock Candy polish but I’ll just say that was an extra.

So here it is.

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I put two coats of Mackenzie on all fingers except for my nail finger. I probably should have used 3 coats as this is a thin polish and I can see my nail in spots. On my ring finger I put 2 coats of Simone and then stripped it with Eden, Janel, Ally, and Mackenzie.

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I hope you like it!

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Haul: Sephora Chic Week

Sephora recently had a promotion for Beauty Insiders that they would get 15% off your order. Of course I would have to take advantage of that. They know how to get me to spend my money.

I really loved the Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof liners I got in a recent Ulta haul so I decided that I of course needed to get 2 more. The two I got were Green and Splash, which is part of the Aqualillies for Tarte line. I am obsessed with Splash and have worn at least twice a week since I’ve gotten it.

Green is a pretty dark golden olive green.

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Splash is a dark turquoise and looks perfect with gold eyeshadow.

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Btw these liners are truly waterproof. I had a difficult time washing the liners off my hands after taking these pictures. Good news is that I don’t have a difficult time washing the liner off of my eyelids.

The next thing I got was the Buxom full bodied lipstick in Swinger. I really wanted a purple lipstick, which is why I picked this one. This is a vivid magenta, according to the Sephora page, and I agree with that assessment . This lipstick is not for the meek. This is long lasting and kinda stains your lips, which I like because I put a sheer lipgloss over it and I have lighter version of the lipstick. Also this does not have the normal buxom sting, thank goodness, and it is moisturizing. I love that Buxom is stamped into the lipstick, too cute.

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Here is a look using Splash liner and Swinger lipstick. Took this a few days ago so not sure what else I’m wearing. You would think I would have written down since I was going to put it in my blog. Seeing that I’m wearing a gold eyeshadow it is probably Bare Escentuals High Shine eyeshadow in Gold Leaf and Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping™ waterproof mascara, which is holy grail mascara to me.

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Here’s a close up of my eyes.

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I also got 100 point reward product. I got the Stila Convertible Color in Peony. This can be used as a lip and cheek color. Haven’t used it yet but it looks pretty and is a peachy nude color.

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I also got a Purity Made Simple face wash in the haul as I was almost out of my current bottle.

Really loving the Tarte liners and will have to try really hard not to buy more. Hopefully I’ll be able to do it. Fingers crossed.

First Impressions: beautybox 5 April 2013

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My box this month didn’t impressed me as much as last month’s. I don’t know if because it had 2 of the same brands as last month or what but nothing really excited me. So let’s get into the box.

And as always if you are interested and would like to help me out click here to use my referral code . This box is $12 a month or $100 a year.

The first item is La Fresh Instant Body Smoother. The info card says that these “wipe away stress and fatigue with these silky-smooth oil-packed wipes.” And the package itself says these revitalize and smooth dry, over worked skin. These also act as aroma therapy, as you are supposed to breathe deeply while applying the wipes and feel happier. Don’t know about either claim. My skin is not smoother and I didn’t feel happier or less stressed.

These smell minty and feel cooling when you wipe them on, but the feeling is not long lasting. The scent does linger so there’s that. Also it says to wipe on the temples, which I did, and now one of my eyes is kinda hurting. These are not super wet, in fact they are damp at best, so I probably didn’t get anything in my eye but I wanted to let you know in case that is the reason why it is stinging. I will use the other one but won’t purchase as I think this product is kinda pointless.

The full price is $9.99 for 24 wipes.

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The next item is the Minxxette brush hanger in the size small. The product is really kinda cool. After you clean your brushes you hang your brush up and let the water drip down away from the ferrule, which if that part gets wet could cause hair to come loose. While I think this is neat it would be creepy to go into a bathroom with brushes hanging up everywhere, or maybe that’s just me. I haven’t tried it out yet so I don’t know how big a brush this would hold but it did hold my toothbrush, if that reference is any help.

The full price is $4.69 for the small size. There is also a larger size but I don’t know how much that costs.

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The next item is the Jean Pierre Cosmetics Oil Absorbing Tissue. These are oil absorbing sheets. That is about he most interesting thing to say about these. They don’t do anything fancy and I don’t really think they are that effective. Also they feel like the toilet seat covers in they have in public bathrooms. Hmm… Anyway I think my Clean & Clear ones work much better. I probably will give these away.

The full price is $1.99 for 50 sheets.

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The next item is the Model Co Illusion lip pencil. This is a one size fits all nude lip liner that works for all your lipsticks. I think this is a nice color but it felt really dry going on. That I’m not a fan of wooden makeup pencils as I feel all the products are too dry probably doesn’t help it’s case. Also, it is probably just me, but it freaks me out a little to use the wooden pencils as I feel they might break and splinters will go in my eyes. Yes, I may be slightly crazy and have an irrational fear of getting splinters. Btw I am perfectly fine with using the regular normal wooden lead pencils for writing. Anyway I digress, I do like that the sharpener is built into the cap. That idea is genius! Don’t know how much I would actually use this, I’m young enough that my lipstick doesn’t bleed yet and I think I have a good size lip. I probably will be giving this away too, it’s a fine product just one I know I won’t use. Sorry my lip pictures are horribly blurry but I added them because you can sorta see what the liner looks like. Also there is nothing on my lips except for the lip liner.

The full size is $20.

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The last item in the box is a Brazen Cosmetics eyeshadow in the shade Birthday Suit. I was really excited when I found out that there was going to be another Brazen eyeshadow in this month’s box as I really loved the one I got last month,which was Type A in case you were wondering. This shade was such a let down! This is just like the Yaby eyeshadow in Sand Dune I got in my March Ipsy bag, and the are both almost the same color as my eyelid! They could not have picked out a more boring color. I guess this would be a good blending color. Sigh. I will probably keep this. Sigh again. And yes in the picture of the open jar there is a swatch of the color on my hand. If you need a hint it is right of the jar.

The full size is $7.49 for 0.18 oz.

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It was nice that 4 of the 5 products were full size and I more than got my money’s worth out of this box, but there was nothing I would really use except for the brush hanger. Fingers crossed that next month will be better.

Nail of the Day: Bright Stripes

I saw a technique to get striped nails without a striper polish. Instead you use dental flossers! This look sounded too interesting not to try. If you are interested watch this video. I thought this look would be perfect for the bright colors I got in this month’s Julep Maven box.

Not really happy on how it turned put. I think I probably should have used a dark color to balance the look out more. Also the neon polishes dried really quickly so I had to put a lot of polish of the flosser and that just made it little too clumpy. Oh well. Thought I would share with you anyway.

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These are the colors that I used. I started with 2 coats of Abbie and then used the other polishes as the stripes.

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And here are my “stripers”.

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This is a messy technique so have some polish remover and Q-tips ready for clean up. I still have 4 more polishes I haven’t used in my April Maven box so I have to think of something good for those. I’ll be sure to share with you when I do.

First Impressions: Birchbox April 2013

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This month’s Birchbox was sponsored by Women’s Health magazine and the theme is Tiny Tweaks, Big Results. Beside the items in my box I also got a year’s subscription to Women’s Health magazine, which has a value of $10. Right away this box has a great value, the subscription alone is the cost of the box.

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The first item in my box is the Caudalie Divine Oil. This oil is a blend of grape, argan, hibiscus, and sesame oils and can be used for hair, skin, and nails. This seems moisturizing enough but I don’t like the way it smells. Way too perfumey for me. It wasn’t as bad as the Premiere Cru I got in my Sample Society box but it was still too strong for me. I’m going to stick with my plain argan oil that works great and doesn’t have a scent. This is going in my give away bag.

The full size prize of this is $9-49.

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The next item is Mirenesse Glossy Kiss lipstick in 7. Quick Kiss. This is a bright red coral shade. This product can also be used as a blush. I don’t think I’ll be trying that. This fades pretty quickly into a pink. I wouldn’t suggest this if you are looking for something long lasting or if you don’t like to reapply your lip product. This was nice and I’ll use it but not something I would need to repurchase as there are cheaper products I like better, though I like the pencil applicator as it makes it easier to apply this bright color.

The full size price is $26.55.

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The next item is the Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Elixir. According to the product card, “this new shine-boosting serum cures dry strands and reduces the odds of age-related breakage.” This is suppose to help with the 8 signs of hair aging, though the product card doesn’t say what the 8 signs are. This is a thin serum that has a nice light scent. It did leave me hair soft and I can tell where I put the majority of the product. This is a small sample so I will be using the rest. Not that I wouldn’t use this if this was a large sample. I guess I’m saying don’t know if you would buy a full size but I’ll use the rest of what I have.

The full size is $20.99.

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The next item is the Vitivia Pro: Vitamin capsules. Both capsules have a silicon primer feel and no scent. So that was great for me. The orange capsules contain vitamin A and will help refine pores and smooth fine lines. This is applied at night before moisturizer. The brown capsules contain vitamin C and will help fight wrinkles and age spots. This is a applied in the morning before moisturizer and makeup. There was a four day supply of both, this wasn’t enough to make a noticeable difference but I really liked these. In the four days of use it did help with the dry spots on my cheeks and my foundation went on smoothly without the need of an additional primer I normally have to use. I would love to buy these in a full size but this is really expensive. This is sold in a 28 day supply for $55 and that $55 is for a 28 supply of the vitamin A and another $55 for a 28 supply of the vitamin C capsules. Unless I win the lottery I could never justify $110 in skin care that wouldn’t even last a full month. Doing the math it would cost me $1540 a year! If only I was indecently wealthy.

The full six is $55.

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The last item in the box is a Birchbox Find and it is the Simple Revitalizing Eye roll-on. This is suppose to reduce puffiness and revitalize tired eyes by instantly cooling and gently massaging the eye area. I didn’t notice any difference using this. It didn’t help with puffiness and I didn’t think it made my eyes look more awake. It does feel nice with the cold metal applicator ball but that’s about all I can say about it.

Not sure how much the full price is since this product was not listed on my product card. I have seen this brand at Walmart so I would say this is probably under $10, but that is a guess.

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So that is my box for this month. Pretty decent box as I would use everything except for one item and that is because I have perfume sensitivity, not because it didn’t work. Can’t wait for next month and Birchbox if you are reading this, and I doubt you are, feel free it to put some more Vitivia Pro: Vitamin capsules in next month’s box.

Ruby Wing Polish Review

Ruby Wing nail polish was a brand that was featured in April’s Birchbox boxes. I wasn’t lucky enough to get one in my box so I went ahead bought 2 from Birchbox’s store as they looked so interesting and I don’t have any color changing polish in my collection. Well, played Birchbox. I see what you did there. Anyway I bought Peony and Groupie. I have to say that the swatches on the Birchbox site are very deceiving. Groupie looked like a light pink color, which I thought would be very pretty. As you’ll see in the pictures, it’s not.

So let me show you the two polishes.

The first one is Peony. Inside this is a peach color and it turns into a dark pink, almost maroon shade. This is also scented, but you have to wait until it is dry to smell it. It is a floral scent but it is not strong enough to be noticeable. I had to put the swatch up to my nose to smell it. The white specks you see is the scent I think. The outside swatch is darker in real life than the picture shows, f.y.i.

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The next color is Groupie. This is a bright pink color inside and it turns into a dark bright pink outside. The difference is not that noticeable as Peony’s color change, but it did change. My camera didn’t pick up the difference but there is a difference in darkness. I wish the swatches would have been more accurate on Birchbox’s website because I wouldn’t have bought this shade. Not that there is anything wrong with it, just not a fan of neon pink.

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These are the tags attached to the bottles and shows what the color change should be.

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Peony changed really quickly. As soon as I went outside it began to change. Groupie takes a little longer to notice the change, but both are darker in about a minute. The outside pictures were taken at noon. I tried to take pictures when I got home from work last night but at 7ish only Peony changed and then it didn’t darken up as much as it did when it brought out at noon.

Julep Sea Salt Mystery box

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This is the latest mystery box from Julep with the new Sea Salt texture polish. This is box #7.

The first thing in this box is a pedicure toe separators and another nail file. They must have millions of these nail files as I have gotten one in every mystery box.

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The next item is the Rock Star hand crème that came in the March Maven boxes. I was not a fan of this lotion as this is a little to perfumey/floral-ly to me. It does moisturize decently.

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This box came with 4 polishes and no dupes this time!

The first one is Claudette, which is a tomato red. I think I’ve gotten a red in every mystery box. I’m not a fan of red polish, really boring to me, and I somehow have amassed a big red collection.

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The next one is Viola, which is dark purple that is almost black. This is pretty, but more of a fall/winter color for me.

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The next color is my favorite in the box and that color is Sarah. This is a sheer color with multi color glitter. Yay glitter! I think this would be a good layer color, I might try this on top of Claudette.

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The last polish in the box is the Sea Salt polish in Jill. Not impressed with this color. This reminds me of sidewalk cement. While I do think the texture is interesting, not quite sure this is something I want to put on my nails. I probably would have liked it if was sparkly, because you know glitter!

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That is my box. Kinda of a let down. I don’t like the Rock Star lotion and except for Sarah not impressed with any of the polishes. Though my last mystery box was so impressive I was bound to be let down.

In other news I got a cool new macro lens for my iPhone. This should help with nail polish swatches being more accurate.