Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Northern Star, Blue-Eyed Girl, and Darling Diva May Destination Trio (2 of 3)

* I received the following products in exchange for my honest review.

Well, this is more like a duo for today than a trio. Darling Diva's addition to this trio got delayed in the mail to me, so I don't have that polish yet. I wanted to post what I had since it's being released today! I will update this post with swatches and updated review when I receive it later on.

This is the May Destination Trio that is made up of polishes from Darling Diva, Northern Star, and Blue-Eyed Girl. This trio is inspired by Buckingham Fountain in Chicago. Read on for swatches and information on how you can purchase this trio!

Northern Star Make A Wish
Make A Wish is a stormy blue creme with turquoise micro flakes and a smattering of charcoal flecks. (2 coats)

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Moon Glow
Moon Glow is sunny yolky yellow packed with rose, blue, and purple microflakies. (3 coats)

Darling Diva Undomestic Diva
Coming Soon! 


Collection: May Destination Trio

Colors: I love the boldness and richness of these shades. It's a nice departure from the typical summer colors out there. I also love the fun finishes. It's nice to see indies dabbling in shimmers and flakie glitters. I really love Moon Glow. I'm not usually a yellow polish person, but this one is so unique and different from any other yellow I own.

Formula: These all had excellent formulas. Northern Star always has buttery and smooth formulas that apply beautifully. Moon Glow had a superb formula for a yellow. It was not streaky or uneven in the least.

Price: This trio is $30 shipped domestically or $30 with a prorated shipping rate internationally. It is available now in Darling Diva's, Northern Star's, and Blue-Eyed Girl's shops.

Overall: This is a unique and bold collection. I love the inspiration and how it's doing something different in the midst of a sea of summer neons. These polishes are thoughtfully made and beautiful.

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Northern Star: Facebook | Instagram | Shop

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Darling Diva Amer I Can!

Happy Memorial Day to everyone in the USA. I hope you all are having a nice day. I have a patriotic polish to share with you today by Darling Diva. This is one of the polishes I received in on of the Mystery Grab bags offered on Darling Diva's site. I love grab bags with indies. Sometimes I find can't settle on polishes to buy from an indie, so grab bags are perfect. They're usually reasonably priced and you can get a lot of bang for your buck!

Amer I Can! over a medium blue creme
Amer I Can! is a mix of red, white, blue, and gold glitters in varying shapes with a subtle iridescent sparkle in a clear base.

Collection: Darling Diva Pageant Collection September 2014

Color: I love patriotic glitter mixes. This one is awesome. I love the mix of colors and I love that added gold glitter. It's unexpected but really adds a nice touch to the overall look.

Formula: Excellent formula. These glitters applied so easily to the nail. I didn't have to dig or fish for glitters at all. I didn't need to dab the glitter for it to stick. It applied easy breezy! I used 2 coats over a base.

Price: N/A. Sadly, this one is no longer available, but I did get in a grab bag so it's a possibility to get on that one. Darling Diva Mystery Grab Bags are currently on sale for $20 and  you get 5 polishes!

Overall: I love fun glitters like Amer I Can! I love the mix of stars and other shaped glitters in this mix. It's the perfect patriotic glitter. I appreciate the addition of gold glitter in this mix and I especially love the excellent formula.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters
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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Weekly Wax Wrap Up: 5/22/16-5/29/16

It has been a fairly good wax week. I'm definitely finding myself craving summer scents lately. I love fruity scents, but I'm incredibly picky about them. I hate sugary sweet candy scents, and I find a lot of fruity scents can go that direction. I prefer the more natural fruity scents or fruity drink scents (granted they don't get too sugary). It can be a lot of trial and error in finding the right fruity scents, but I did have some success this week. 
Ten Digit Creations Fruit Slices
Scent Description: orange, grapefruit, strawberry, melon, peach, kiwi, and sugar crystals
My Thoughts: This is scent is fruity perfection. I love the blend of fruits in this scent blend and I don't find the sugar crystals aspect to take into a sickly sweet direction. This has a really nice natural tart and sweet fruit blend that has a nice throw. It reminds me a bit of a fruit punch type scent, but not a specific brand of fruit punch.
Scent Throw: 3.5/5
Where To Buy: Ten Digit Creations

Better Homes & Gardens Sun Washed Poppies 
Scent Description: An intriguing floral, fruity blend that opens with notes of sweet apple, pink raspberry and white pepper. A playful heart of rose petals, jasmine, and wild poppies leads into a sensuous comforting base of sandalwood and sun-washed musk. 
My Thoughts: I'm so on the fence with this scent. I'd say I like it about 80%. This is going to be such a convoluted review.  I really get the fruity and floral blend. The raspberry and poppy are most prominent. I do like this and had it melting all day, but I also don't like it. I think it's the poppy note. It's nice, but poppy can go a bit musty to me. It almost smells like an overripe peach or something. It's really not bad I swear, there is just this underlying "hmph" type thing going on if that makes any sense! I think some people will like it others will not. 
Scent Throw: 4/5
Where To Buy: Walmart

Colonial Candle Caipirinha 
Scent Description: Sip on Brazil's most popular cocktail with notes of sugar cane rum, honey, and lime. Top: Tangy Lemon, Bergamot - Middle: Cardamom, Currant, Orange Blossom - Bottom: Vanilla Bourbon, Musk
My Thoughts:  I love citrus and I love bergamot. I especially love citrus drink blends. This one is really nice as it's very citrusy, sweet, and clean. It's not too sweet and is a really refreshing blend. The throw on this was inconsistent to me. I'd get a strong whiff of it here and there, but other times I really had to try to smell it. 
Scent Throw: 2.5/5
Where To Buy: Colonial Candle

Wilma's Fabuloso Type
Scent Description: Just like the lavender household cleaner. So good and so strong!
My Thoughts: I hate artificial scents (when it comes to artificial fruits and etc.), but I do love chemically laden smelling cleaning product scents. This smells exactly like Fabuloso and I love the smell of a freshly cleaned house with bleach and other chemically ridden cleaning products. This is awesome and the scent description is right it is strong, but in a good clean way. I did not find it overpowering. If you like cleaning product smell you'll like this, otherwise, stay away. In fact, I think this is a dupe to ScentSationals Lavender Glow
Scent Throw: 5/5
Where To Buy: Wilma's Shop

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Friday, May 27, 2016

L.A. Colors Ever After

Another brand I've had my eye on lately in stores L.A. Colors, in particular, their Color Last line. I've only seen this line at Walmart and it has a good range of maybe around 15-20 colors. The cost of them is only $1.98 per polish so that's a steal. I saw this shimmery purple shade last time and decided to check it out.

Ever After
Ever After is a sheer lavender packed with golden-purple-pink shimmer.

Collection: L.A. Colors Color Last Core

Color: I love this soft purple shade, but it's that intense shimmer that sold it for me. I love shimmers that really light up within a polish. I also really love the softness of this shade. It's shimmery, but it's still delicate.

Formula: I wasn't sure when I bought this if would be sheer or not, but it a sheer polish. That being said, this built up to this opacity in 3 coats. You may need a 4th if you have longer nails. The formula on this was superb. I absolutely love the brushes in this polish as they really pack in the polish and apply so smoothly.

Price: $1.98 at Walmart.

Overall: I was expecting to be disappointed with the sheerness and softness of this shade, but I actually really love it. I really like the softer look, especially with the shimmer. The formula on this was amazing and I really love this line of polishes.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Fresh Paint Sandy Toes

One of the brands I've been frequenting since Five Below arrived near me is Fresh Paint. I really like this brand. I've reviewed a few over the past few months and I like all of them. I notice that Five Below does get new colors on occasion, but I don't think these actually come in collections? They're displayed in individual buckets at the store. This one caught my eye on my last visit.

Sandy Toes
Sandy Toes is a hot coral red creme.

Collection: N/A

Color: I love coral reds and orange-reds in summer. This color definitely fits that bill. This color is hot, vibrant, and pigmented. You can't go wrong with a color this on your tips or toes during summer.

Formula: This had an excellent and easy to apply formula. I used 2 coats.

Price: Fresh Paint polishes are buy 3 for $5, otherwise I think they're $2 each or something? It's best to find 3 you like and just pay $5!

Overall: I'm going to use my favorite word with nail polish lately..."solid". This is a definite solid staple coral red creme shade. The color is great, the formula is awesome, and the price you can't beat. I love finding great polishes in stores.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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