Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cirque Garnet

I've had Cirque polish on my "to try" list for years. It's probably the one brand that's been on there the longest that I never had ended up getting around to. I still haven't gotten around to it as I haven't purchased any myself.  I was gifted some recently during a Secret Santa gift exchange and I'm happy to finally have some! This was one of the colors I received.

Garnet is an opulent burgundy with holographic flakes.

Collection: Cirque Facets Collection 2016 (Limited Edition)

Color: I love a rich red like Garnet. Red is one of my favorite colors in nail polish despite it being rather traditional. I love the depth and richness of this color and the bejeweled look it has with the holographic flakes.

Formula: This was a standout formula. I think most nail polish formulas I come across these days are good but just good. They do the job, not complaints. This formula stood out as exceptional. It had this almost gel-like formula. It was really opaque and applied so smoothly. I used 2 coats above.

Price: This can be purchased at Live Love Polish for $13.00.

Overall: This is a beautifully polish and beautifully made too. I love the jewel-toned of this color and the holo flakies. The formula was amazing and I'm really impressed with this brand so far.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters
Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Weekly Wax Wrap Up: 2/12/17-2/19/17

I think February and September are my favorite months for wax because that's when they either start rolling out spring scents or fall scents. I was happy when I went to Walmart this past week to see ScentSationals and Better Homes & Gardens both had new wax! I have a few of those to share with you this week. Overall, it was a pretty good wax week.

ScentSationals Violet Cocktail
Scent Description: A delicious blend is made of black currant, wild acai, and warm black orchid.
My Thoughts: What kind of sorcery is this? This is flipping amazing. This main notes I get in this are black currant and a strong alcohol-cocktail note with a soft floral background. It's a sexy and mysterious scent, but definitely feminine. It's really deep, rich, and so unique and amazing all in one. This is a MUST have.
Scent Throw: 4/5
Where To Buy: Walmart

Bath & Body Works Black Chamomile 
Scent Description: Time to unwind with Bamboo Charcoal Extract & Chamomile Essential Oil.
My Thoughts: I've been a fan of the Black Chamomile aromatherapy body products for awhile, so I was excited to see it in candle form. This is a soft true to life chamomile scent. It's soothing and pleasant. It's just what you want out of a scent like this. No complaints.
Scent Throw: 3.5/5
Where To Buy: Bath & Body Works

Ten Digit Creations Fluffy Towels
Scent Description: warm towels fresh from the dryer
My Thoughts: This is a dupe to Yankee Candle's Fluffy Towels. I have Yankee Candle's version as well, and they are dupes. I used to love Fluffy Towels, but not so much in recent years. I decided to give the TDC version a try anyways. I get a blend of fresh laundry and lemon in this scent, but it's a sweeter sugary lemon to my nose which just doesn't agree with me. The scent just smells artificial to me and I don't care for it. Not TDC's fault, it's just the scent in general.
Scent Throw: 3.5/5
Where To Buy: Ten Digit Creations

ScentSationals Woodland Magic
Scent Description: A mystical blend of rosemary, Texas pine, and sparkling aldehydes.
My Thoughts: This is another winning scent from ScentSationals. This doesn't smell woodsy in the least which is what I'd expect. Instead, this is a very herbal and lemony scent. This smells like an energizing spa scent to me. The lemon here is the type of lemon I like it's zesty, tangy, and fresh no sugariness at all. The name and the scent description do not match this scent, but it totally works for me!
Scent Throw: 3.5/5
Where to Buy: Walmart

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Zoya Serenity

I have a Zoya polish to share with you today I picked up during the Black Friday sale. I was going to say recent sale, but Black Friday was nearly 3 months ago, but it certainly doesn't feel that long! Where does time go? I picked up this color because it caught my eye, but I'm not as enthused about it as I thought I would be.

Serenity is described as a summer purple reminiscent of beautiful blooming irises, a harbinger of summer.

Collection: Zoya Island Fun Summer 2015

Color: This is a beautiful color. I will not discredit this color in that sense. It's one of those bright blurple cremes you really can't go wrong with it. On that note, this is a color I've seen before. It feels very "samey" if that makes sense. I will say the more I look at the more I love it. Let's just say I'm conflicted. It's beautiful, but it's not really innovative?

Formula: This had a great formula was really nice on this polish. It was creamy and easy to apply. I used 2 coats above.

Price: This is $10 on Zoya's website.

Overall: I feel like my opinion on this color is changing the more I write this review. I'm liking it more and more I look at it. I think it is a solid staple color and I don't see this being a color many will dislike. I just think if you're nail polish collector like myself you may have something like this in your collection already. I can't really fault it, but I wish I was more excited about it than I am? This review is very unhelpful. I am sorry!

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Kokie Cosmic Dust

I have another Kokie Cosmetics polish to share with you today. This color immediately caught my eye, but I was hesitant to purchase it because it reminded me a lot of Zoya Yuna. I don't like buying dupes, but I couldn't help myself from really needing this polish either. It was just so striking in the bottle, so I took a gamble! Turns out, it was a good gamble because they're not dupes. I have a comparison below too.

Cosmic Dust
Cosmic Dust is a deep smoky grey with gold and silver glass fleck glitter.

Collection: Kokie Cosmetics Core

Color: They're not dupes and they're really not that similar either. Kokie's Cosmic Dust doesn't have the blue-tone of Zoya Yuna. Cosmic Dust also has silver and gold glass fleck glitter and it's much more intense than Yuna's. I love this color! I love how it's jam-packed with glass fleck glitter. It gives creates a lot of interest while still being a smooth polish.

Formula: This had an excellent formula. It was smooth, buttery, and easy to apply. I used 2 coats above.

Price: I paid $5.99 for this at the Christmas Tree Shop. This is also available at Bed Bath & Beyond locations that feature a Harmon cosmetics section or on the Kokie Cosmetics website.

Overall: I know on my last post on this brand, I enjoyed it but wasn't too keen on the price. I thought it was a bit too pricey for drugstore, but this polish changed my mind. This was a really well made and beautifully thought out polish. It's a definitely step up from the Sinful Colors range in innovation and formulation, so I think it does warrant the $5.99 price tag. I just wish this was available in more stores. I think this would be a brand that nail polish addicts and the general public would appreciate.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters
Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Weekly Wax Wrap Up: 2/5/17-2/12/17

This is kind of weird time for scents for me. I don't even touch any fall or winter scents even though it is still winter. I'm so over them. I tend to transition into more general, spring, and summer scents January-September which takes up most of the year. The challenge is finding new scents to try because the same scents over and over get boring. That's one of the reasons why I took a wax break so I could restock! I have some new things to try and share with you now. My wax funk is over.
ScentSationals Melon Burst
Scent Description: Juicy honeydew and succulent cantaloupe
My Thoughts: I love melons scents especially honeydew and cantaloupe ones. This one is really nice and true life. I did find that it got really sweet and cloying when melted after awhile. I  don't usually feel this way about melon scents, but this one needed perhaps a water note or air note to mellow it out a bit.
Scent Throw: 4/5
Where To Buy: Amazon

Ten Digit Creations Baja Cactus Blossom
Scent Description: white flowers, green cactus, sun-kissed coconut
My Thoughts: This scent is an absolute winner. It's a great blend of a soft floral, green watery cactus note, and just the slightest touch of fresh coconut (not sunscreen-smelling or synthetic). This scent does have an upscale/spa-like quality to it as well which is probably why I like it so much. I'll be needing more this scent for sure.
Scent Throw: 3.5/5
Where To Buy: Ten Digit Creations

Scentsy Pacific Daydream
Scent Description: Beachy lime, pineapple, and sweet candy sugar are sprinkled with fresh Hawaiian sea salt for a scent straight from the shoreline.
My Thoughts: Based on the scent description I thought this was going to be overpoweringly fruit and sugary, but it's not. It's really a soft ocean sea salt scent with subtle hints of lime, sugar, and pineapple in the background. This is another winning scent for me. It's fresh and natural and really does remind me of the beach in a non-stereotypical way.
Scent Throw: 4/5
Where To Buy: Scentsy

Ten Digit Creations Honeysuckle Lemon
Scent Description: fragrant honeysuckle blossoms drenched in zesty lemon juice
My Thoughts: I love the smell of honeysuckle, but I was hesitant to try this one because of the lemon. Most lemon scents go into Lemonhead candy range for me which is just too sweet for my tastes. I was worried that honeysuckle already being a sweet flower and lemon would just end up being too sweet. Thankfully, I was proven wrong again. This is a great blend and the lemon in here is tangy and zesty like the description. The honeysuckle and lemon balance each other out here perfectly and it leaves you with a very clean and natural scent. We have yet another winning scent!
Scent Throw: 4/5
Where To Buy: Ten Digit Creations

Happy Sunday!