Dec 31, 2014

Black, White and Silver Bling Nails for New Years

I haven't been in much of a holiday mood when it comes to my nails, but New Year's is a theme I can definitely get down with. Blingy and dramatic are what I think of when NYE rolls around and this black, white and silver combo will add that extra pop to a dressy outfit. I had seen a manicure in one of my facebook nail polish groups which had these pretty white 3D bows and I decided I had to incorporate them somehow into my NYE nails. Working around the bows, I arrived at this extra sparkly look.

I used a few different polishes to achieve this, the black is China Glaze Liquid Leather, the white is China Glaze White on White, the silver holo is Orly Mirrorball (my favourite silver polish to date!) and the glitter is OPI I Snow You Love Me, which I fished out and placed on the nail. CG Liquid Leather and ORLY Mirrorball have to be two of the best polishes I've used lately.The are both gorgeous and go on beautifully. The bows I got in a Secret Santa swap. but you can easily find them on ebay. They are so cute, I want AAALLL the colours. I usually use super glue to put them on, as nail glue doesn't quite cut it for staying power, whereas super glue usually stays on well until I remove them with acetone.

I'm in love with my nails right now! They are the perfect mix of elegant B&W and sparkle. The Mirrorball + I Snow You Love Me glitters are so ridiculously blingy that I catch myself just staring at them all the time. This is a simple design, but I think it works really well. Other than the black and white theme, the little rhinestone in the bow complements the silver sparkly nails perfectly.

I don't have any big plans for NYE, we'll probably just watch the countdown on tv and have some drinks, but I can still get festive with my nails! What are your plans/nails looking like for NYE?

Dec 24, 2014

Beauty Box 5 December Subscription Box Review

Just wanted to do a quick post on the December Beauty Box 5! It's a fun one, with pretty polish and some yummy scented stuff.

He are my thoughts on a few of the products in this month's box:

I love the Lucky Number 6 perfume, it's a really nice floral scent which isn't too heavy. I've been thinking about getting a new perfume so this came at a perfect time. I can use it for a while and see if I like it enough to buy a full size one :) The Nanacoco nail polish is going to be my new years manicure, it's a colourful, festive glitterbomb. Having a little tub of nail polish remover wipes is perfect for when you're out and a nail chips, no more putting up with ugly chipped nails until you can make it home! It's in peach scent and is acetone free which means it's gentler on your skin. Lastly, the facial mist in "Rose Bouquet" smells sooooo pretty. I adore rose water and it is definitely nice to have some extra hydration in the dry winter months.

This month's box is a winner for me, I absolutely love all the gorgeous scents and of course the nail stuff.

I hope you all have a lovely Christmas if you celebrate and happy holidays to everyone else!

Oct 20, 2014

Wet n Wild Mega Rocks Rising Star

I Bought This

As I was perusing the aisles of Walgreens, looking for the ever elusive Sinful Shine Prosecco nail polish (if you haven't heard of it, it's a limited edition greige beauty with a gorgeous golden shimmer), I happened across this stunning limited edition Wet n Wild Mega Rocks polish: Rising Star. It was in a special section with other limited edition Wet n Wild Fall polishes and makeup. I can honestly say I own nothing like it, so I picked it up and took it home to put on right away.

Mega Rocks Glitter

Gilded Rose Dupe

Can I just stop a minute to gush about how much I LOVE this beauty??

This polish is supposedly a dupe for Maybelline Gilded Rose and although I don't own Gilded Rose, from online swatches I think they are very close. Rising Star may be a little less yellow gold and more of a silvery pink rose gold, but otherwise I believe they are almost identical.

I am so in love with this polish, I used it twice in a row which is almost unheard of for me. AND I even put it on my toes and gave my BOFA a mani with it. It went on beautifully in 2 careful coats. I say careful because if you drag the brush too much, you might end up picking up some of the glitter underneath and leaving bald spots. Using a light hand on the brush, I got perfect coverage quite easily. The wear was pretty good, I wore it for 4 days with no chipping, but just be careful not to do super thick coats.

If pretty rose gold glitter is your thing, then RUN don't walk to your nearest Walgreens and pick up this beauty before she's gone.

Oct 19, 2014

Beauty Box 5 October Subscription Box Review

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If you haven't seen any of my previous posts about the Beauty Box 5 subscription boxes, you can have a look here :)

October's box is an exciting one, with full size products galore! Check them out...

The one I was most excited about is the Nanacoco nail polish. I love trying new brands of polish and this seems like a pretty shade for the coming cooler months. I did a quick swatch over my current manicure and it seemed quite smooth and opaque in one coat. I'll be doing a NOTD and probably some nail art with it, so keep an eye out! I was also really intrigued by the Extend Your Beauty cosmetic tool, as I'm always sad when I'm at the end of a tube/bottle of product and I just cant get that little bit down the bottom out. I'm interested to see how this works for me. All the products are ones that I'm looking forward to using, the Bellapierre cheek and lip stain is a pretty shade and you KNOW I'll be using the heck out of that chapstick in this dry weather we've been having here in SoCal. I have been trying to use eye primer a bit more, since it's better to have a nice smooth canvas for eye makeup, so the Lashem Picture Perfect will come in handy.

I think this box was great value for the amount of product you get and had some really fun and useful items. Beauty Box 5 continues to satisfy my expectations for a subscription box, so I've been very happy with it.

Sep 16, 2014

System Hinoki for Thinning Hair Review: 3 Months Update

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The long awaited 3 month update to my System Hinoki experience is finally here! How did the products stand up in the battle against thinning hair? Read on and find out...

For product ingredients, first impressions and all about System Hinoki, please read my first update post!

As I stated in my first review, this system can be a little drying as heavy conditioners and serums can weigh your strands down, leaving thin hair looking stringy and lack-luster. To counter-act the dryness, I just used a conditioning mask on my mid lengths and ends. One thing to note: DON'T use too much of the Hair Thickener treatment on your roots like I did, it can make your hair a bit oily.

Hair day 1

Hair after 1 month

Hair after 3 months

I definitely think you can see less scalp when I part my hair, and I've been feeling a lot less sensitive in the scalp area as well. I have some new hair growth and my hair generally has more volume. I don't think this is a miracle product that will allow you to sprout hair instantly, but I do think it's worth trying if you have thinning hair. It adds volume and I believe has aided in some new hair growth, so I'm pretty happy with it. Again, make sure you look at the ingredients before you decide to try this or any hair care system, as there may be something that would irritate a sensitive scalp or those who are prone to allergic reactions. My scalp is a little on the sensitive side and was perfectly fine, but it never hurts to double check :)

I will be continuing to use these products in my hair care routine, as I'm satisfied with the results.

Sep 9, 2014

OPI Bubble Bath + Gold Shimmer + Glitter Gradient Nails

I Bought This

Just wanted to share my recent mani with you all. I bought OPI Bubble Bath from a girl who was selling a bunch of polish and wanted to try it out, so I put on 2 coats and LOVED the result. The shiny, sheer beautiful nude shade is to die for! But of course I couldn't leave it like that, so I did a coat of Sinful Colors 24 Karat which is a lux gold shimmer, and then applied loose iridescent glitter in a sort of gradient.

I'm so in love with the result and I can definitely see this being a beautiful look for any time of the year. Nude and glitter are so perfect for each other and a combo that I find myself using time and time again.

What's your go to mani that suits all the seasons?

Aug 21, 2014

Memebox Korean Beauty Box Review

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I was super excited about the Memebox, since it's a Korean beauty box! :D the name is pronounced "Me-Me" box not "meem" box. The term 'Meme' came from the name of a popular Korean doll “Mi Mi”, which is the beauty idol of many little girls in Korea. "Me" is emphasised, because they wanted to put the focus on beauty being about the individual.

The box is filled with the latest Korean beauty products, shipped straight from Korea. I love that it only has Korean products, as there are so many beauty boxes out there that have western beauty products or watered down versions of asian products. I'm a huge fan of asian beauty products, and some of the very best come out of Korea.

And... oooooh it's allllll pink!!

Asian Skincare Makeup Box

There are a few different types of boxes, I have listed a few of them below:

The original Memebox comes packed with 4 - 8 full-sized products and deluxe samples.

Each Superbox series comes with it’s own theme, and contains only full-sized items.

Each month, we team up with style icons to curate special limited-run Superboxes featuring each collaborator's favorite items - keep an eye on these, they sell out fast!

The one I received was the MEMEBOX Scentbox #1 Rose.

MemeBox Scentbox #1 Rose Contents

I was soooo happy to receive the Rose Scentbox!! Rose is one of my absolute favourite fragrances and all of the products have a beautiful, yet subtle scent. No pounding overwhelming scent headaches over here, girl ;) The packaging is super cute, with all of the items ending up happily displayed on my vanity. I got 3 full sized products and one sample in this box.

I tested out the Lip Tint and it gives a gorgeous flush of natural looking colour, and is hydrating and smooth on the lips. The products all look, feel and smell very high quality, exactly what I would expect from Korean beauty products.

What I really like about the Memebox is that it's not a subscription. You sign up to receive an email every month when new boxes are available for purchase and you can purchase as many or as little, or no boxes at all. It's all up to YOU (or ME :p). You can also purchase many of the products from the boxes on the website and they ship to many different countries around the world. Because the products are coming directly from Korea, here in the US it can take around 15-25 business days to get here (although mine came fairly quick), but I'm used to those kind of wait times for international shipping. I was interested to see that they have something called "US Exclusives" which includes favourite products of US customers that ship straight from the US warehouse to your door in a matter of days.

Considering the quality and value of the fullsize products I received, I definitely think the $19 - $29 (depending on which box you get) price tag is well worth it. I'm just over the moon that finally there's a Korean beauty box available!

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