Monday, June 30, 2014

Decluttering Update #5

Hello and welcome to another riveting edition of... my using up stuff that I have hoarded away around here... I only have six products used up from last month, but I've added some "here's how it works/worked" pictures for you to laugh at enjoy. Starting with:

I actually still have a couple of these Neutrogena anit-wrinkle samples, but I had to share because I've actually noticed results!

Y'all know by now how bad I am about routine, but even only using this a few times a week I've noticed a drastic reduction in my *ahem* "laugh lines".

Picked up this Arbutin Mask Sheet from O'mart since they didn't have the neck wrap one Jasmine raved about. I'm glad I did. Another love! (prepare to laugh)

*snickers* I was initially shocked by the black sheet mask, but it has charcoal in it which is also good for your skin. What I really liked was that it was very cooling and the serum isn't sticky nor does it need to be washed off. According to the directions after you remove the mask you just rub in whatever's left on your face. Score! No running to the sink!

Remember when I hoarded about eight of these? I tried to use them all in a row, but four steps is about one too many for me so I ended up spacing out the last couple. I can say, though, that if you don't mind conditioning your hair twice this is a pretty kickass system. I mean, check this out:

Before I bleached my hair recently I actually found it to be almost too healthy? So many curls! *dies*

My first "meh". I know I "go" better on a (very) high fiber diet and was hoping these would help. They did taste good, but even at double dose (which is still only 1/4 the daily recommendation of fiber; two gummies giving you a measy 5 grams of fiber) I noticed no change in my bathroom habits. They may work for most people, but... I won't be buying these again.

I have had this around forever. It's a body spray that came packaged free with some Degree deodorant. It smelled okay, like light musk and flowers, I just never got around to using it much.

Lastly I have Bleu by Chanel. Another perfume that I think is way too mature for me. It didn't smell like a dusty old lady's attic, but... it didn't exactly smell youthful either. Very sharp scent. Aaron didn't like this one at all.

Looks like it's time to dig out my pouch and pick some more samples. Oh! Third month and I've lost a total of 18lbs. So that makes 6lbs in June and officially over halfway to my goal. I don't quite feel like there's less of me taking up space, but numbers don't lie. Hope everyone had a fantastic June and has an even better July just around the corner. See you next month! (^_^)"/" lol

Polish Yer Hooves: Golden Cow

Hey, everybody! (^_^)"/" I've got a nice, summery polish from Polish Yer Hooves to share. It's not neon, but it's definitely summer appropriate:

Two coats of Golden Cow*; a pale yellow-gold almost gel-like polish. Dried pretty quickly despite it's gel-like consistency.

There is a bit of VNL, but no PDL so YAY for that! You could totally layer this over another color for a splash of gold shimmer.

Bit of a short one this time. Sorry about that. Don't forget to visit Polish Yer Hooves to check out all of her new polishes! I have one more PYH lovely that I will post either Sunday or next Monday. Hope everyone's week is off to a great start. Take care and happy polishing! (^_^)"/"

*provided free for honest blog review purposes. Not otherwise compensated or dictated.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

China Glaze: Fault Line

Hello, dolls! Back again with yet another oldie-but-goodie. China Glaze Fault Line layered over yesterday's Sterling Silver:

So... I had some personal issues. Fault Line actually dries pretty slowly compared to some other crackles so I could have loaded up the brush and gotten thicker cracks (like I actually wanted this time) all over.... you know what? Scratch that. I totally did this on purpose to illustrate how thinner coats can give you more thin cracks. *looks around* Of course I did!

Fault Line dries super matte. Even with the shiny topcoat it still looks kinda matte-ish. The purple color is crazy pretty, too.

So Friday is the big day. I'm going to have to make a list to make sure I don't get caught up and end up not wearing the polish I want to for the festival. Still going for Golden Cow tomorrow... which is Monday. If I can find my fan brush I'll do that Tuesday. Still haven't settled on a Way Back Wednesday, then I guess I should apply (and post?) my fest polish on Thursday. Going to be gone all day Friday so there may or may not be a NPR post then. Oh yeah... and Decluttering tomorrow as well. Dang... Okay, I'm going to try and talk hubz into going out for lunch. Hope everyone's enjoying the rest of the weekend! (^_^)"/"

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sally Hansen: Sterling Silver +Push And Shove Comparison +Fangirl Squee!

Oh Blogger... you gave me one day to catch up on everybody's blogs and now you take it away again? So cruel...

Hey, everybody! I am so exhausted, but I've got some super exciting stuff to share with you so hopefully it will all come out making sense. Before I get started I just wanted to let y'all know that the Under The Dome and Soft Kitty collections are now available at the Polish Yer Hooves storenvy shop! Go check 'em out!

I've been waiting for this one for a long time. I was going to pair it up with something super cool, but I've got so much other stuff to share that it will have to wait until tomorrow. It was overcast this morning so sorry if my pics look a little wonky. Here we have two coats of Sterling Silver:

I went ahead and used the Lay Down That Base basecoat, but only because it's such a small bottle I want to use it up before I lose it. Didn't have any problems applying Sterling Silver and, of course, she does dry super flat into every nook and cranny. Pure chrome.

Ah, but how does she compare to Push And Shove? You know, that "ultra special" chrome? ;) The bottle shots don't reveal much (if anything), but I felt it necessary to include them anyway.

Now, these are so close that I purposefully did not label them. Look closely and see if you can tell which chrome is which.

You know I will go to great lengths to justify needing two polishes that are "close enough". In this case I have looked and analyzed and peered and gazed... Sterling Silver is on my pinkie and middle fingers; Push And Shove on the ring and index. If I were in a life and death situation where I was pressed to come up with a difference I would say that maybe Sterling Silver is possibly just a fraction of a hair darker. Maybe.

Although that could just be the difference in reflection caused by a slight difference in the angles of my fingers. Push And Shove on the left, Sterling Silver on the right. You probably don't "need" both, but if you want both I certainly won't judge. Still going to get No Place Like Chrome. lol

OMG Squee time! This morning I woke up to the most awesome Pin alert yet!

Sally Hansen pinned my polish!! *SQUEE* hehehe

There I am!! ^_^ I'm sure it probably happens to a lot of people, but this is the first time it's happened to me and I'm super excited.

Last, but not least, I did fudge my no-buy a little. I had to! HEB had the Rimmel Sweetie Crush display and it was almost empty!!

Blueberry Whizz and Fizzy Applelicious. I missed out on the pink and purple ones. :( 99cents each isn't too bad, but it also gives me some anxiety about girls grabbing them not realizing they're textured and then just throwing them away in disgust. *sigh* Embrace the texture, dangit! Or give them to me... lol

I was going to let it be a surprise, but tomorrow I'm going to crackle Fault Line over Sterling Silver. I tested it first to see if it would even work and... wow! Such a cool effect. Monday I'll have Polish Yer Hooves Golden Cow which I will likely use as a base for a fan brush mani. If I can find my fan brush. lol Hope everyone is having a spectacular weekend! (^_^)"/"

Friday, June 27, 2014

Polish Yer Hooves: Soft Kitty Collection

"Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur; happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr purr purr"

Hello, everyone! I'm so excited to bring you another new collection from Polish Yer Hooves! Whether or not you are a fan of The Big Bang Theory, The Soft Kitty collection* is just so adorable all on its own. Each glitter is swatched over a base color** but I will also show each polish undies free on my palette at the end.

Of course we have Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty, Happy Kitty and Sleepy Kitty. While each Kitty polish does contain cat head shaped glitters, each is unique. So let's get started!

In keeping with the song I'm going to start off with Soft Kitty:

Soft Kitty contains dark pink cat glitter suspended in a milky white base. This definitely makes me think of fresh, soft laundry.

The glitter to base ratio isn't super dense on these so there is a bit of fishing (and possibly placing) required, but the payoff is completely worth it.

I think Soft Kitty especially would work well in a jelly sandwich.

Up next we have Warm Kitty:

Isn't that label so cute! Warm Kitty contains light pink cat glitter in a sheer dark grey base with a bit of holo sparkle.

This one is my favorite. The grey and pink work so well together!

Of course if you'd like more holo you can always add a second (or third) coat.

"little ball of fur....."

Happy Kitty:

Happy Kitty consists of dark grey cat glitter in a shimmery, sheer pink base.

Since the bases are sheer you can alter the polish by choosing either a darker or lighter base color over which to layer these.

I bet these dark grey kitties would match well with a variety of bases.

Last, but not least, we end with Sleepy Kitty:

Sleepy Kitty has white cat glitter in a sheer blue base with holo sparkles.

This combination totally reminds me of lullabies and laying down for bed. So relaxing.

purr purr purr.....

As promised, here you can see the varying levels of sheerness:

Looks like Happy Kitty and Sleepy Kitty would be the most buildable. I do like that Soft Kitty and Warm Kitty provide an opportunity to more drastically alter the base color. That said, I think Leigh Anne matched the glitters and their bases perfectly.

For those of you who are interested, the Under The Dome collection is now live and available through the Polish Yer Hooves storenvy shop! The Soft Kitty collection will be available very soon as well. Perfect set for any Big Bang Theory fan or cat lover. Or polish lover for that matter. Cat head glitters. I've seen them with my own eyes and still can't get over them.

Hope everyone is doing well and has an amazing weekend. Happy polishing! (^_^)"/"

*Polishes provided free for honest blog review purposes. Content not dictated.
**Base colors used: Lily Bloom, Elephant Walk, Chaising Lacy and I Lilac You.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Polish Yer Hooves: Under The Dome Collection

I am so excited and couldn't be more proud to present you guys with the Polish Yer Hooves (recently moved to her new location on storenvy, be sure to update your bookmarks!) Under The Dome collection*!

Five fabulous glitter toppers that perfectly capture iconic symbols or moments within the mini-series. Each of these is swatched over a base color**, but I will have an image of them on their on at the bottom. Ready to get started? I sure am!

We start with two coats of The Dome. In the show the dome is invisible, but very solid with an electrostatic charge. The polish The Dome is a sheer blue base with red hex and bar glitter and tiny silver glitters that really remind me of that charge people feel when they touch the dome.

The formula on this one is a dream. The only one that I didn't feel needed a topcoat for pictures.

As far as concept, I like that the glitters are sparse because, as I mentioned, the dome is invisible. You can, however, build up a healthy smattering of glitters should you choose to do so.

While exploring the dome some kids come across The Egg. The egg is nestled inside its own miniature dome which adds both significance and mystery. The egg changes color a few times throughout the course of the series, but Leigh Anne opted for pink for her The Egg polish representation.

This is just fabulous. Iridescent silver, pink, red and purple hex glitters and a smattering of teensy silver sparkle suspended in a sheer pink base.

No need to fish for glitters, The Egg is packed with them!

The way the light plays off the iridescent glitter perfectly captures the egg as it comes alive!

Eventually the egg hatches and inside is a monarch butterfly. Previously it was alluded to that "the monarch will be crowned". What this ultimately means is a mystery, but it's still a pivotal event as the kids scramble to release the butterfly from its mini dome enclosure.

This polish ended up my favorite of the five. Such a heady mix of yellow, orange, red and black glitters. If you look closely you can even see little black triangles!

No fishing or placing required with this one either.

If ever I manage to nail the butterfly wing nail art, this is going to be the base for it.

As the butterfly struggles to escape its tiny prison it creates dark blotches inside of the mini dome; blotches that translate to the bigger dome surrounding them all. Thus: The Dome Goes Dark.

The Dome Goes Dark is a suitably intense polish for a very intense situation.

Matte black and iridescent dark green glitters in a sheer grey base. Simple, but effective.

Quite effective.

Last, but by no means least, The Pink Stars Are Falling In Line. Another symbol alluded to frequently whose true meaning remains a mystery. Do the pink stars symbolize hope? Or doom?

The Pink Stars Are Falling In Line is a fair mix of pink and shiny silver stars in a sheer base; making it a perfect topper for any color!

I chose to layer it over The Dome just to punch it up a tad. It did require a bit of fishing and placing, but not much. Each dunk gave me between three and seven stars and they came off of the brush easily.

Look. The pink stars. They're falling in line. What does it mean? I don't know! (I read the book, but the series has diverged in several places) Hopefully we'll all find out June 30th!!

Here is the Under The Dome collection in all its naked glory:

You could totally wear them on their own if you wanted, or choose your own base colors. You may be able to achieve opacity with The Egg and The Dome Goes Dark, but not the rest.

Each of these swatch pictures (minus The Dome) were taken with the Polish Yer Hooves Cow Shine topcoat which... wow. Cow Shine dries so quickly and so shiny and didn't bubble at all, even though I thought it might for The Pink Stars Are Falling In Line. No bubbles. I will absolutely be using this topcoat frequently.

Will you be catching the second season of Under The Dome? What do you think of this collection created in its honor? Don't forget to visit Leigh Anne's Polish Yer Hooves storenvy shop! Full size bottles are $8, minis are $3 and the Under The Dome collection will be available shortly after this post goes live! She also has birthstone polishes and is still offering scent add-ons which I highly recommend. ($0.50 for full size, $0.20 for minis) Thank you guys so much for sticking with me through this extra long post. Feel free to share it with all of your nail polish and/or Stephen King fan friends! I will be back tomorrow with another brand new Polish Yer Hooves collection! Come on back!! (^_^)"/"

*Polishes provided free for honest blog review purposes. All content is my own.
**Bases used: Secret Peri-wink-le, Antique Pink, No Better Way To Sky and Elephant Walk.