Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 In Review

I seriously apologize for the amount of reflection and updates posts that have come lately. 2014 has been a big year and I'm doing everything I can to document it so of course it is appropriate to come here on the last day of the year and just look back at everything that has happened. This will be a little different since I'm sure everyone is sick of hearing me repeat myself so I think it will be a fun time to just kind of reflect on a few things as well as talk about some random revelations. Okay go!

First of all, why has it taken me so long to cut layers back into my hair?? The dramatic slash in hair volume has been life changing in that a single hair tie can now hold up a pony tail and drying time has been reduced to under an hour! However I do miss my flat boring hair so I think this shorter layered look will be great for winter when I just can't be bothered, but I do want my hair to grow out again!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Mini Unboxings: Walmart, Target, Glossybox Holiday!

I am beyond late getting these up but I decided in the end I would want this as a reference point for later boxes so I decided to just throw it together anyways. There's been an overflow of boxes arriving at my house so today I'm bringing a quickie unboxing post of four different boxes that came to me throughout December. I'm just going to provide a simple list of product names plus a small blurb of my thoughts and that's it. These four boxes will be the two Cyber Monday special Target boxes (Naturally Festive and Beauty Box for Her), the Walmart Winter Beauty Box, and then the Glossybox Limited Edition Holiday box.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Nails of the Week #24: Essie in Warm & Toasty Turtleneck + Simple Designs!

Next week you will get to see my fun glitzy NYE nails, but this week I have kind of an in between look. No more winter themes, this is a simple design utilizing my new obsession, the nail art pens, on top of my one of my favorite wintery purples. So the purple is Essie in Warm & Toasty Turtleneck which is this great dusty lilac. I believe this was in last year's winter collection and definitely one of my favorite purples of all time. It goes on great in two coats and is a really easy polish to control if that makes sense. Then I used a black nail striper for one stripe down the middle followed by using a white pen for the dots at the top. I'm really enjoying these simple designs but I definitely want to get more creative like my snowman nail art!

Friday, December 26, 2014

What's in my Trash?! #13

The non-hoarder side of me is getting so happy watching my stash deplete while the hoarder side of me is now thinking oh good time to replenish the reserves! This is a dangerous game I'm playing here...Another month, another set of empties! I've hit some highs and lows with these products and even though I'm trying to ban myself from purchasing new products (aside from my standard products) until I concur my stash I think there's one item in here that I might need to make an exception for!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Fun & Festive: Christmas Favorites

Holidays are from rambling so grab a cup of something warm and hunker down with me here. First of all Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays to all!

Holidays are really sneaking up on me this year. First Thanksgiving came out of nowhere and there was the great marshmallow debacle where that didn't make it on the shopping list for the yams therefore it became a Thursday morning scramble to find a grocery store that was open....but how is it already Christmas?! Christmas has sadly turned into one of those holidays for me that just kind of come and go, there was never a tradition of a big Christmas dinner and now present giving has also been banned. However there are a few things that scream Christmas to me, others might argue that these are just winter essentials but these are really the things that put me in the Christmas mood.

Loungewear, more specifically soft and stretchy over the knee socks and cozy flannels. Christmas time to me is about being warm and comfortable and while you receive the warm fuzzies from being surrounded by family and loved ones, it doesn't hurt to be swaddled from head to toe in comfortable clothing.

Christmas to me also means warm drinks and baked goods. Personally I'm a huge fan of the Pillsbury Ready to Bake cookies, but all baked goods are good in my book. Also it's the season of Christmas themed teas (Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride is my favorite!) as well as hot chocolate stirred with a nice peppermint candy cane.

The last things that really put me in the Christmas spirit is special tree ornaments and Christmas scented candles. While there is not much Christmas celebration going on, I always make sure to have a fresh tree to decorate each year and something new I started doing this year is going out and buying a special ornament. This was an accidental action this year but I think it will be something I will carry on from now on. Any season and holiday is an excuse for me to raid Bath & Body Works for candles but there's something about a Mint Chocolate Chips and Vanilla Snowflakes that really get to me. Despite always picking the most generic scents that are clearly just repackaged with a festive name they just smell better to me.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Unboxing: Memebox Collaboration #9 Soothing Sista

Well my friends, the time has come, this is my last Memebox and I don't have any intention of purchasing anymore for a long long time. During my long dance with Memeboxes I found there were just more misses than hits and it's clear to see that the curation of these boxes has seriously suffered and just making them not worth it anymore. Also these boxes must be signed for now so often I'm missing the mailman and having to make an extra trip to the post office, plus they charge sales tax now! So everyone join me in a moment of silence for this final Memebox unboxing.

For those that don't know what I'm talking about Memebox is a Korean beauty non-subscription box that sells boxes of surprise products curated with different themes in mind straight from Korea! Like I mean your box is shipped to you FROM Korea! These are great deals because boxes typically run between $19 - $39 (there are more expensive ones) but the value of the boxes are usually double and often triple the price you pay! 
This one is the Memebox Collaboration #9 Soothing Sista which is one of those boxes that reveal all the contents right away and this one was very skincare heavy. Memebox really has skincare down pat and there were a few items that really piqued my interest so it seemed like an appropriate final box. If I didn't pull the trigger on this one the Blackout/Apple Mojito fiasco would have been my last!

Most often found on the streets of San Francisco, Soothing Sista AKA Stephanie Villa is taking the YouTube world by storm with her skincare, makeup and fashion tutorials. Showcasing looks for the edgier goddess in you, Stephanie isn’t afraid to take a risk. She’s hand-picked hottest skincare and makeup products of the month straight from Korea, which we’re sure you’ll love!

I honestly don't remember when this shipped but it took something like two and half weeks to actually arrive, plus it spent a few more days at the post office before I remembered to go collect it. It was finally in my hands on December 16th.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Unboxing: December 2014 POPSUGAR Must Have

Here's the story with this: I actually cancelled my subscription right after I received the November box, but with a 50% off coupon on Cyber Monday I decided to go ahead and gift myself one month because even if I end up hating the majority of the items in the box like I have been, then I was only out about 20 bucks which isn't bad. Why did I cancel though? I had it for exactly four months and even though I tried to make the best out of each box, when it came down to it I really wasn't loving what was going on in there. I cancelled it because I purchased a FabFitFun subscription off RueLaLa and the two boxes seemed similar, however FFF seemed to have the better stuff that was more high value. Nevertheless, I am here with you for one more month to see how Popsugar does and I'm hoping for some fun holiday themed goodies.

Popsugar is a monthly subscription box that is a great lifestyle box. It covers items in fashion, food, beauty, home and more and typically are high valued boxes. They run for $39.99 a month, definitely pricey but there are always coupons available and you save money by bundling months together. Let's see what came in this months box!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Nails of the Week #23: Snowman Nails!

I've been on a nail art kick lately and I'm wondering how long I can stretch out these winter themed ones because I just have so many I want to do! I must say I'm getting better and learning how to compensate with my shaky hands. This week I did an adorable snowman nail art that was inspired by the picture off Polishpedia. The only variation I have is that I placed on my snowman on my cuticle rather than the tip. I didn't actually watch the video I just looked at the picture and did my best to match it! I used pretty much the same polishes from last week to achieve this look and I absolutely love how it turned out.

I used butter London's Bobby Dazzler again as the silver base on all five nails. I tried using another silver chrome but this one just goes on so well and dries super quick. I used the same Color Club Nail Art Duo in White to draw on the snowmen and the dots of snow. The snowman is sitting in a bank of snow that is Essie's Peak of Chic and the details are draw on using dotting tool and Rimmel's Lasting Finish Pro in Black Satin and Pop Beauty in Cute Coral. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

UnBoxing Match! December 2014 Ipsy vs. Birchbox vs. Beauty Box 5

For those of you who are unfamiliar with these services, Ipsy and Birchbox are two custom beauty subscription boxes that come monthly. Both of these cost $10 a month and each arrive with 4-6 different goodies ranging from sad little foil packets to full size products! Beauty Box 5 costs a little more at $12 and delivers the same amount of goodies. I would say that typically Birchbox consistently delivers high-end skincare and hair care products with a sprinkling of makeup while Ipsy goes more for the mid-range items and is normally a lot of makeup items and Beauty Box 5 is mostly drugstore with an even mix of products.

Initial Reaction: Each spoiler just killed me a little more. I knew it wouldn't be a good month the second the first spoiler released and it was that everyone was guaranteed a drugstore item (NYX) and a mascara sample (heck no!). But I must say I do like this bag, it's a good size and shape, not made of weird smelling pool toys plastic, and I think the heart shaped zipper pull is adorable. A+ for bag design this month!
1. $4 NYX Butter Lip Balm in Parfait is a full sized product. So the lip balm, not even the lipstick. What I hate about tinted lip balms is that I forget they are tinted so I apply it mindlessly throughout the day and end up looking like Chuckie's twin sister. 
2. $10 tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara is a deluxe sample size. Normally I'm groaning about mascara samples, but today it's a little quieter. So many people have raved about this mascara for awhile now so I'm interested in trying it out. Packaging is adorable too.
3. $5? Nourish Organic Renewing Eye Cream is a sample size. I can't even price this accurately because this product isn't even available until January so the $5 is just a guess. I must say it's pretty cool that Ipsy subscribers are the first to try this out. I'm on the fence with this product, I hate the brand, but it's such a convenient travel size. I'll throw it into my overnight bag and I'll use it but I think I stand neutral on this one.
4. $15 CAILYN Just Mineral Eye Polish in Orchid is a full sized product. So overpriced. I hate these unknown makeup companies (CAILYN, Be A Bombshell, Mica Beauty just to name a few) that pump up their price but then always have drastic discounts to make themselves seem high end but in reality that discounted price is the suggested retail you're not just stop it. With that being said I probably won't ever use this and it's a pretty weird concept to me anyways.
5. $2 Bumble and bumble. Repair Blow Dry is a sample sized product. HAIR PRODUCTS GO AWAY!!!! I do appreciate that this is a nice brand, and someone will use it, but still no. I don't every blow dry my hair and even if I did I wouldn't put product in it.
Approximate Value: $31.00
Initial Reaction: What did I pick as my item again this month? It seemed so long ago..But look at the pretty limited edition box!
1. $13.50 Vasanti Kajal Extreme Intense Eye Pencil in Rose Gold is a sample size. This is what I picked! I know it's an eye liner and I usually gripe about them, but the rose gold color got me! Also I love the Vasanti scrub and I didn't know they made makeup products too so I just had to have it.
2. $9.66 Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Firming Tea Treatment Mask is one out of a set of six. What luck! Last month I was struggling between picking this mask and the green apple peel and I'm so excited I got this this month! Caffeine masks are fantastic for brightening and tightening the skin, plus I love tea, so this will be great!
3. $1 Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré is a sample size. It's a moisturizer. I'm not too excited about it, but I've been blowing through my moisturizer stash so I'm no longer upset about getting more.
4. $0.25 Manna Kadar Lip Locked in Lucky. I believe this was also a sample choice? Either way it is the skinniest little lippie I have ever seen, this would get lost in my purse almost immediatly. I have more than enough lip products than I will ever use, luckily this is a very wearable color so it will be easy to pawn off on someone else.
5. $3 RUSK® Texture Spray is a sample size. Hair products, go away, seriously. I never have luck with texturizers, I hate how gritty and dirty my hair feels, but I'll still try it out since it's really hard to dump hair products with anyone for some reason.
Approximate Value: $27.41

Beauty Box 5
Initial Reaction: Never excited to see this box and I'm quietly counting down the months until this will be out of my life.
1. $18 Jaqua Rose Bouquet Facial Mist is a full sized product. There seems to be variation on this prouct this month but everyone got some type of Jaqua item and I'm so excited I got this one! I want to just rave about this bottle because it's a gorgeous frosted glass container that just looks so luxurious and pretty. Rose is definitely not my number 1 scent but my mom is obsessed with it. This stuff smells really nice so this is a great stocking stuffer for her that I know she will be thrilled about.
2. $3 Absolute! New York Nail Polish Remover Pads in Lavender is a full sized product. I actually already own these remover pads in another scent and I'm a huge fan! They aren't the best for dark colored polishes but light ones, they are super handy and travel friendly so I'm pleased with another one.
3. $10 Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Moisturizer is a sample size. Juice Beauty seems to be everywhere lately and I'm not complaining! I have an overabundance of that Green Apple Peel so I'm excited to try out this moisturizer.
4. $4 Nanacoco Nail Polish in Beatbox is a full sized product. I've received this same brand before and wasn't impressed with it, but this is actually a great blue glitter that I don't have in my collection so I'm not mad at it. I'm very into sparkly accent nails right now and jelly sandwiches year round so this will definitely get used.
5. $1 Lucky Brand Lucky Number 6 Perfume is a sample size. This was the only miss for me, perfume samples are not my jam and this one is not appealing to me at all.
Approximate Value: $36.00

This month I was pleasantly surprised, I thought Birchbox was the shoo-in but Beauty Box 5 is actually the winner! Everything except that perfume was a hit! Again I was really annoyed with Ipsy but then I realized something interesting, there's a serious lack of available products, in fact there were only 13 different options this month. I think this is really strange and perhaps an indication that Ipsy is struggling. Either way, it gets until February and if it still hasn't wowed me it is getting cancelled along with BB5! On the plus side these posts will now turn into in depth Birchbox reviews!

What did you get this month in your subscription services?

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Unboxing: Memebox Special #77 My Lovely Boutique

Memebox has the Cute Wishlist series in which the first box was a smash hit and the boxes following that one have been disappointing, but of course they still decided they knew cute so they released this box shortly after the My Cute Wishlist #4 as another cute themed box. I must say it did a marginally better job than MCW but overall I still feel a little let down.
For those that don't know what I'm talking about Memebox is a Korean beauty non-subscription box that sells boxes of surprise products curated with different themes in mind straight from Korea! Like I mean your box is shipped to you FROM Korea! These are great deals because boxes typically run between $19 - $39 (there are more expensive ones) but the value of the boxes are usually double and often triple the price you pay! 

This one is the Memebox Special #77 My Lovely Boutique which is suppose to be another box about everything cute. Even though there are no guarantees for full sized products there ended up being a total of six products and five of them were full sized! This cost $23 plus shipping.
Memebox is our name and cute is our game. Warning. If you’re a sucker for cute and exquisite packaging (with the added bonus of super effectiveness!) and love the enchantment of discovering swoon-worthy Korean cosmetics, you’re in for a really, really big treat. The Memebox beauty junkies took extra time and care to make sure that this magical box explodes with all things cute and lovely – complexion confections, skin care sensations, dreamy delights, lust-worthy lovables and much, much more! With a killer combo of quality brands and formulas, innovative beauty solutions, and drool-worthy packaging, this box will literally get you weak at the knees with just one look! Treat yourself to a little indulgence with extreme cute overload!

This box shipped November 19th and landed on my doorstep December 1st.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Unboxing: Superbox #71 My Cute Wishlist #4

Now that Memeboxes require signatures for all speeds of delivery (kind of annoying) I was really scared this box would come while I was out of town and then there would have been that huge hassle of going to the post office but lucky for me it actually came in the day after I got home! That being said, it's been nearly three weeks since I received it before I put up this unboxing and there's a few reasons for that: huge backlog of blog posts, the fact that I got regular shipping so I wasn't in a rush to be relevant with the times to put it up, and being completely underwhelmed/slightly disturbed.

For those that don't know what I'm talking about Memebox is a Korean beauty non-subscription box that sells boxes of surprise products curated with different themes in mind straight from Korea! Like I mean your box is shipped to you FROM Korea! These are great deals because boxes typically run between $19 - $39 (there are more expensive ones) but the value of the boxes are usually double and often triple the price you pay! 

This one is the Superbox #71 My Cute Wishlist #4 which is a box dedicated to all things cute! The first box was adorable and I missed out on the next two (which turned out to be okay since they ended up being creepy not cute) so when the fourth one cropped up I immediately snatched it up. This cost $23 plus shipping.
We bring you, the latest edition of our Meme-fans’ most favorite series, My Cute Wishlist #4! For endless days and nights, we scoured through the entire country searching for the cutest, most lovable beauty products in the world! We went through a deluge of beauty product wonders and carefully selected only the best to bring you a box packed with whimsical – and effective- beauty products that will once again make the My Cute Wishlist series a Memebox fan favorite! Loaded with some seriously adorable and hard-to-find beauty loot—straight from the hotbed of cute beauty products - this My Cute Wishlist #4 will make you ridiculously giddy with excitement! Who else does cute like we do?

This box shipped November 18th and landed on my doorstep December 1st.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Blues: Blogging Isn't Easy!

WARNING: This isn't a very positive post. I'm a definite Grinch but it was a needed and refreshing thing to do!

I had every intention of making a cutesy holiday post for today but with the risk of sounding like a Scrooge, I just didn't feel like it! Instead I would really like to come on and just kind of speak my mind about something that has been bothering: blogging isn't easy! A lot of you are probably thinking duh, but I just really wanted to highlight some aspects about it.

I started blogging as an outlet with no expectation that anyone would ever read my blog. Heck I didn't even tell my mom about it and refused to share the link with anyone. Since then it really has grown into my baby, I've joined blogger groups and become more open about my blog. It doesn't happen often, but every once in awhile I will get a little frustrated with the blog and it turns more into a obligation than a real passion. Lately it's really been hitting me hard and nothing has been motivating me to really work on my blog so I thought it would help to let some steam out about it.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Nails of the Week #22: Snowflake Nails!

Here comes some nail art attempts! So I must say it's not horrible, it's still pretty recognizable as snowflakes, but it's definitely messy and not as crisp as it can be. Despite zero snow in the area I live, these very wintery nails still seemed appropriate to me. I did two accent snowflake nails and then the other three just got this nice glitter from Essie's holiday collection last year. Speaking of collections, I haven't done a full collection review in so long since nothing has been impressing me, if anyone was wondering why.

Let's start with the snowflake nails. I used Essie's Parka Perfect as the blue background. It's definitely a more grey blue and my favorite shade for winter nails. This was in the 2013 winter collection, I believe it was called Toggle to the Top. For the actual design I have this really nifty 2 in 1 nail art pen that I got from a Birchbox mystery pack. This was my first time using it and it was so easy to use I think I'm going to pick up a few more colors! This is the Color Club Art Duo Pens in white. For the accent nails I used butter London in Bobby Dazzler as the base coat. This color is actually gorgeous and so easy to apply I might need to wear it just by itself! It's a really soft metallic silver that glides on so evenly that it's a definite one coater. On top I have Essie in On A Silver Platter to add some festive glitter. It's a nice top coat that has larger royal blue and dark silver glitters as well as very fine gold and green glitter throughout. It definitely took three coats to get the larger glitters evenly distributed but the effect is very nice. So there we have it. It's been quite awhile since I've done nail art but hopefully I can be inspired to do more soon since it's so darn cute!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Mini Indie Haul! Aromaleigh and Notoriously Morbid!

Bloggers will be the death of me. Or the death of my wallet at least! Remember awhile back when I did a Wednesday Wants post I mentioned how I was interested in trying out some indie cosmetics due to the horrible influence over at Beauty on a Beer Budget and Evolution of a Foodie? Well it happened. After some extensive research I originally chose three different companies that I wanted to order from. I wanted some eye shadows from Aromaleigh mainly because I was interested in shades from the fandom collection; I wanted to try coffin kissers from Notoriously Morbid; and finally I wanted bubbling scrubs and pumpkin butters from Haus of Gloi. Finally only two made the cut because Haus of Gloi's shipping kind of scared me so I decided to save that for another day. I ordered both of these well over a month ago and while I received my Aromaleigh order within a week, my Notoriously Morbid one only arrived a few days ago. That's okay though, both sites stated a longer turnover time due to the holidays so I fully expected them to take awhile to get here.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Konjac Sponge and the Facial Brush

Can someone tell me if you can use a Clarisonic in the shower?? The idea of bringing anything electronic into the shower slightly disturbs me but I've always been curious to try them out. Anyways, there's a reason for my rambling that totally relates to today's post. Due to my skepticism and fear of bringing a Clarisonic in the shower plus the alarming price tag, I started doing research on a cheaper option that would bring a similar level of deep cleaning and exfoliation to my nighttime skin routine. I love the scrubs I've found but I feel like I've hit a plateau in the level of cleaning they can deliver with me just massaging it in, I wanted a tool that could really get things done. After looking at multiple options, I finally settled on two products to test out and today I'm bringing you a comparison between the konjac sponge and the facial brush! Here's what they look like.

I purchased both of these off Amazon (funny story about a week later I got a facial sponge in a Memebox! Wish I knew that was coming...) the specific ones I got was the My Konjac Sponge All Natural Fiber Bamboo Charcoal Facial Sponge and the Dr's K Facial Cleanser Exfoliate Brush-Facial Skin Care Beauty Ultrasoft Pore Cleansing Spa Wash Massage Exfoliation Brush. Oh yes, those names were direct copies from the Amazon site. I used both of these by itself for a month each to really get a sense of how my skin responded to them. Just for reference I have oily acne prone skin and larges pores. I'm always on the hunt for exfoliating magic to help smooth out my skin and flush out those pores.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Unboxing: Memebox Special #65 Apple Mojito

I bundled this box with the Blackout! box in order to get express shipping. I wasn't overly excited about the box but I like apples and I like mojitos, but it promised to be a skincare box so I was down for that aspect. I'm seriously addicted to Korean skincare, it's not even the products themselves but more of exposure to all these new steps and realizing what it is that my skin wants. I'm always up for a good skincare box!

For those that don't know what I'm talking about Memebox is a Korean beauty non-subscription box that sells boxes of surprise products curated with different themes in mind straight from Korea! Like I mean your box is shipped to you FROM Korea! These are great deals because boxes typically run between $19 - $39 (there are more expensive ones) but the value of the boxes are usually double and often triple the price you pay! 

This one is the Memebox Special #65 Apple Mojito which is a skincare box that despite being called apple mojito is just a mix of fruity products. This cost $19 plus shipping.
Recipe for beautiful:
1. Apple Mojito Box
2. Willingness to discover K-Beauty

And you’ve got a fatal attraction. Let loose and grab this Apple Mojito Box! There’s no alcohol necessary to turn you into an addict, because this box is packed with a healthy crush of high-energy refreshing fruit mixes that levels up your beauty! Bursting with skin and body healthy mixes, this box contains all things all of the best beauty wonders to pamper your skin and body! You’ll surely be asking for the second rounds!

This box shipped December 2nd and landed on my doorstep December 3rd! Express shipping really spoils me and that is why I buy value sets sometimes even if it's only one that I really want. If it's inexpensive enough I will go for it!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Unboxing: Memebox Special #67 Blackout!

I'll be honest. When I first saw this box I just saw the picture I was just thinking charcoal masks and that's what prompted me to order this box. However I read the description after the fact and got a little skeptical that there would just be a lot of black makeup products in this box. Let's see how this turns out..

For those that don't know what I'm talking about Memebox is a Korean beauty non-subscription box that sells boxes of surprise products curated with different themes in mind straight from Korea! Like I mean your box is shipped to you FROM Korea! These are great deals because boxes typically run between $19 - $39 (there are more expensive ones) but the value of the boxes are usually double and often triple the price you pay! 

This one is the Memebox Special #67 Blackout! which is a box full of everything black. Pretty vague. This is a special box so it isn't guaranteed that all of the products would be full sized but they were! This cost $19 plus shipping.
If intensity is your game, take the challenge with this Blackout! Box. Say bye-bye to Miss Plain Jane and turn up the drama in your beauty routine with this Black Box! Packed with all things beauty in the color black that you can imagine, you’ll be surprised at how much intensity this awesome box brings! 

This box shipped December 2nd and landed on my doorstep December 3rd! Fun fact: my box traveled from Korea to Alaska and then California! I don't know why I got such a kick out of that.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Nails of the Week #21: Models Own in Red Sea

I was perusing some blogs recently and saw some pictures of this combination and fell in love. Months ago I received the Models Own in Red Sea nail polish from Ipsy and just kind of stuck it on the shelf and forgot about it. It was a glitter topper of what looked like red flakes, but it's anything but just that! Who knew that such a basic looking nail polish could have such a dynamite effect! Basically when you layer it over black nail polish you get this gorgeous iridescent rainbow glitter effect and I'm obsessed. If you're curious I'm using the Rimmel Lasting Pro in Black Satin as my black base, but any black nail polish will achieve this for you. There are four more shades in this collection and now I'm mildly obsessed with hunting down the other ones so I can have a whole collection of gorgeous jewel toned glitters!

The formula is a little thick but the flakes are pretty densely packed in there so about two coats will give you full coverage on your nails. I did some googling and stumbled over this blog post that showed a bunch of swatches of all the colors, plus over different base coats. Go check it out, it's soo gorgeous and I just need them all!! Especially the pink and purple one!

Friday, December 5, 2014

What I Ate in Vegas

When most people think of Vegas they think of clubbing and drinking in excess, however I think food! Last week I was in Vegas for Thanksgiving visiting my sister and naturally we ate a lot. Today I'm bringing you the most delicious post ever on my blog of all the things I (or someone else) ate while I was there!

I must say that this trip was a lot shorter because I ended up having to fly in Wednesday night (basically missing a full day of eating...) and then Thursday was completely dominated by Thanksgiving. There were only a small handful of meals but I must say we did it big when we ate, so there will be plenty of delicious food to look at!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Unboxing: Memebox Princess Edition #4 The Little Mermaid

My Memeboxes have been slowing down. Lately the website hasn't been putting out many boxes and the ones they do I'm not interested in. I have just five more Memeboxes coming in the mail but I think that will be the end in awhile. I have more than enough skincare to last for awhile so there's no point in hoarding more. I was extra excited for this one because Ariel is my favorite Disney princess, plus it is a purely skincare box so I snapped it up right away!

For those that don't know what I'm talking about Memebox is a Korean beauty non-subscription box that sells boxes of surprise products curated with different themes in mind straight from Korea! Like I mean your box is shipped to you FROM Korea! These are great deals because boxes typically run between $19 - $39 (there are more expensive ones) but the value of the boxes are usually double and often triple the price you pay! 
This one is the Memebox Princess Edition #4 The Little Mermaid which is a special box all dedicated to skincare with an Earth and Sea theme! This ended up being all full size which I'm thrilled about since that wasn't guaranteed! This cost $29 + $6.99 shipping for a total cost of $35.99.
From the website:

The Little Mermaid is by far one of our most favorite princesses. This beautiful red head is a daring, free-spirited princess with passion for adventure (just like you!) going from the ocean to land to try beautifying goodies that are fun and exciting! We’re taking the cue from this fab mermaid to bring you the best of skin care from both land and sea! Give your skin a beauty boost by cleaning out jammed pores, extracting dirt and other impurities to the root with deep cleansing and deeply penetrating skincare miracles! I mean, who looks as good as this girl in both water and on land? Use this collection of skincare staples made with the best ingredients from both land and sea, to get the clearest, brightest skin ever!

This box shipped November 11th and landed on my door step November 21st.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Review: Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask

I'm going to preface this with I have a slight prejudice when it comes to Neutrogena products (that's a story for another day) and I also have fairly high expectations when it comes to hair masks. I've used everything from cheap $5 drugstore options to masks that are $50+ before and have found hits and misses at all price ranges. Today we are talking about the Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask which retails for about $7 for a 6oz container. The packaging is your average plastic jar with a screw top and it is said to soften and moisturize extra dry and over-processed hair with the help of olive oil, meadowfoam seed oil, and sweet almond oil.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Project Second Chance Results & New Round

It's a new month, so how did Project Second Chance go?? This was an interesting project I must say that was actually a lot of fun! Unlike Project Pan where the only mentality is eliminate product as fast as you can, this one required more creative problem solving to adapt these unfavorites to my needs. Let me first lead you through the four products I played with this month and then I will wrap it up introducing the four products I will be working with in December!

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation: I think it's safe to say this is the success story of this month. Moving into cooler months my skin is returning more to its combo state so this foundation worked out a lot better for me! Finally what worked is to use a really tacky silicone primer fairly thickly all over my face, using very gentle blending motions with a sponge and then pressing a matte powder on top. I must say I'm happy I finally found a way for this to work for me, but the process is much too labor intensive for an everyday thing. Also I'm still not too pleased with how much this product oxidizes so my face starts looking real dark 20 minutes later.

Monday, December 1, 2014

November 2014 Favorites + Unfavorites!

Guess who FINALLY has more makeup favorites than skincare favorites this month?! I know I could hardly believe it either! I'm so ecstatic that my skin has finally calmed down so I'm comfortable enough to wear makeup again! I'm still not doing full faces of foundation everyday but I'm comfortable with a light BB cream and then slapping all the fun stuff on it. I also have a small handful of unfavorites this month, I actually didn't think I would but then somethings just really offended me near the end of the month and made the list. Anyways let's jump right into this.