Thursday, October 23, 2014

Throwback Thursday: OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest

I have another all time favorite nail polish to share with you for Throwback Thursday. I'm pretty sure it's safe to say this one would probably be on many people's all time favorite lists! Does this OPI even really need an introduction?

Every Month is Oktoberfest 
 Every Month is Oktoberfest is a blackened red-toned purple base with a magical shimmer.

Collection: OPI Germany Fall 2012

Color: This color is to die for. The richness of this base with this glowing and fiery shimmer light within it is stunning. Gorgeous.

Formula: Nice 2 coat formula.

Price: This can be found easily online in the $7-$9.50 range.

Overall: Definite must have polish for everyone. This is stunner 2 years later, and I still love it just the same.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Way-Cool Mani Wednesday: Autumn Sea

One color family and I guess finish family(?) I gravitate towards in fall are steely metallic grays. I love colors like this because they really can match with anything you wear. I realize that I do try to at least coordinate my nails to my clothing. I don't match them nor am I too particular, but I like to make sure the colors go together or at least compliment each other. That's why neutral colors are great they go with everything!

What are even better are neutral colors with some pizzazz, and that's what I had with this mani. I'm calling this mani "Autumn Sea" because the colors remind me of the ocean, but fall in line with more fall and winter tones.

Polishes Used: Pacifica Abalone and OPI My Voice is a Little Norse

The more I look at this mani the more I fall in love with it. I typically don't do repeat manis, but I think I'll be wearing this one again soon!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Silly Bee's Chickadees Glitter For Good Duo

*The following products were received in exchange for an honest review.

I have a beautiful nail polish duo the share with you today by Silly Bee's Chickadees. Silly Bee's Chickadees has come up with an excellent quarterly campaign called Glitter for Good. Every quarter Silly Bee's Chickadees will choose a different organization to benefit from Glitter for Good.

This quarter the organization is Tumaini Children's Village. Tumaini Children's Village is an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. Melissa, the founder of Silly Bee's Chickadees found out about it through a sorority sister whose daughter, Grace , volunteers there. Every bottle sold of this quarterly collection, $1 will be donated to Tumaini Children's Village.

This collection has 2 polishes which can be purchased in full sized bottles for $10 each or a trio set that includes 2 minis of the polishes and a mini bottle of gold caviar beads. These will all be available November 1st.

On to the polishes! After my review I'll posting more information on Glitter for Good and Tumaini Children's Village.

Grace, Faith & Hope
Grace, Faith, & Hope is a dark blue violet matte polish with gold shimmer.

Glitter for Good over Grace, Faith, & Hope
Glitter for Good is a clear top coat with yellow gold flakes.

Color: These are beautiful colors. I love the shade of purple in Grace, Faith, & Hope. I also adore cool-toned colors paired with warm metals. I absolutely adore the gold shimmer added, and the golden flakes in Glitter for Good are beautiful too.

Formula: Excellent formula on each of these. They were very easy to apply and I did not have any issues. I used 2 coats of Grace, Faith, & Hope and 1 coat over the base of Glitter for Good.

Price: Full size bottles will be $10 each. The mini trio set I mentioned above will be $15. These will be available November 1st on Silly Bee's Chickadees etsy shop.

Overall: Beautiful mini collection here. These are standout colors and very well made. The icing on the cake though is Silly Bee's Chickadees absolute charitable and giving nature. I admire not only for her beautiful polishes but generous heart. It means a lot to me when others donate money or time to charitable causes.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
Glitter for Good is the driving force behind Silly Bee's Chickadees. I believe that everyone, regardless of race, creed, gender or sexual orientation deserves to sparkle and it is my hope that we will inspire others to do just that. 

Silly Bee's Chickadees pledges to donate a portion of all sales to organizations with a special focus on empowering and improving the lives of women, children and youth.

Since its inception, Silly Bee's has supported several worthy organizations including Ronald McDonald House, Cancer Research Institute, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, SPCA of Central Florida, Vested Interest in K9s, and most recently Free Hill Primary and Infant School in Jamaica.

Each quarter, a different organization will be selected to benefit from Glitter for Good. There may also be limited edition polishes which will benefit special events.

As always, Silly Bee's Chickadees will continue to create the highest quality product while striving to bring joy to its customers.

I hope you will support us as we launch this new initiative and vision.

Glitter for Good. Because everyone deserves to sparkle.

Thank you for your support,
The 2014 Glitter for Good nonprofit: Tumaini Children’s Village

Through the rest of 2014, $1 from every bottle sold will go directly to support the good work of Tumaini.

Tumaini, which means "hope" in Swahili, provides just that for children who may otherwise be living on the street and turning to crime and drug abuse to survive. The home is a safe environment where children can grow and learn to become productive members of society.

Founded in 2010, Tumaini is located in Soy, northwest of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. Currently, the orphanage is home to approximately 70 children, ages 6 to 13 in six houses, each watched over by houseparents.

I learned about Tumaini through my sorority sister, whose teenage daughter volunteers there during the summer. I am continuously inspired by young people who serve to make our world a better place. Grace is one of those amazing, selfless young people.

Of her experiences, Grace says, "I love helping out at the orphanage in Kenya and it makes me realize how blessed I really am and to never take anything for granted. These kids are so well behaved and so appreciative of what they have been given and I am lucky enough to get the chance to meet them. I see the smiles on these faces and I know they are in the right place and are grateful for what little they have."

Thank you, Grace, for being an awesome human and sharing your love of children with us!

Glitter for Good and Tumaini Children's Village.
Because every child deserves to sparkle.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Pacifcia Unicorn Horn

I have a polish from a new brand to share with you today. The brand is Pacifica. Pacficia isn't a new brand at all, but the nail polish is. I love the Pacficia band. I have many of their body butters and spray fragrances. My favorites are California Star Jasmine and Malibu Lemon Blossom in case your curious. Pacifcia is known for being 100% vegan and cruelty free. They recently released a line of nail polish that is 7-Free which means it has no phthalates, toluene, xylene, parabens, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and animals. This is one of the colors I picked up.

Unicorn Horn over OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid
Unicorn Horn is a sheer opalescent pink shimmer.

Color: This is a sheer shimmer topper. I know these are not really popular in nail polish world these days, but this is a beautiful polish. The shimmer is in this is perfect, it's not too subtle where you can barely see it, nor is it overwhelming where it ruins your base color.

Formula: This was a very nice and easy to use formula. I used 2 coats over a base.

Price: I paid $9.00 for this on the Pacifica website.

Overall: Beautiful shimmer topper. This is the type of polish that has endless combinations and can look different dependent on what you layer it over. I love the contrasting color of shimmer I used with OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid, but you can create more subtle looks with light complimentary colors or even more dramatic with dark colors. I'm liking Unicorn Horn!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Essie Smooth Sailing

I have one of my favorite polishes of all time to share with you today for Throwback Thursday. You heard right, favorite of all time. This Essie polish would easily go on top 10 list easily from all nail polishes I own even though it's 3 years old. I would have a heard time picking others on this top 10 list, but this definitely has a reserved spot.

Smooth Sailing
 Smooth Sailing is a cornflower blue shimmer.

Collection: Essie Braziliant Summer 2011

Color: This shade of blue is what sells me on this polish. I love this soft muted cornflower color. I find this color to be very flattering, and it looks great on a variety of skin tones. The shimmer in this takes this polish from being great to being perfect.

Formula: This formula on this is great. I used 2 coats above.

Price: You can find this on various e-tailers in the $5-$8.50 range.

Overall: This is a staple polish in my collection. It never goes out of style for me, and I continue to love it as much as I did 3 years ago. This is a must have in my book, and I think everyone would be happy to own Smooth Sailing.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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