Monday, August 31, 2015

Girly Bits Defying Gravity

*The following products were provided in exchange for my honest review. 

I'm not done with Cosmoprof goodies yet! I still have plenty to share with you. This next polish is from Girly Bits. Girly Bits is a brand that I have regretfully not purchased from in a while. The indie world can get a little overwhelming for me, but being able to try some of her polishes recently has ignited my love for the brand. I will definitely be frequenting Girly Bits again. This polish, Defying Gravity is a collaboration between Girly Bits and Phyrra to celebrate Phyrra's 7th blog anniversary.

Defying Gravity
 Defying Gravity is a medium purple with an intense turquoise shimmer and a touch of holo sparkle.

Collection: Blogger Collaboration Series

Color: Defying Gravity is an amazing multi-dimensional color. The turquoise shimmer really stands out and flashes on your nail against the purple base. It really has such a neat effect on the nails. The holo sparkle just adds another awesome layer to this polish too.

Formula: This had a great formula. It was smooth and easy to apply. I used 3 coats above.

Price: This is $9.84 on the Girly Bits website.

Overall: I love Defying Gravity. This is the type of nail polish that has everything in one. Sometimes when you have too much or too many of a good thing it doesn't always work out too well. This is not the case with Defying Gravity, all of the components work beautifully together to create a stunning polish!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Weekend Un-Lacquered Reviews: OGX Kukui Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

I have a shampoo/conditioner review for you today! Some of the biggest issues I have with my hair are oily roots, dry ends, and the humid climate I live in. I would say for all intents and purposes I have straight hair. It's not bone straight, but it doesn't have any definable waves or curls.

The humidity does weird things to my hair. I don't know if frizzy is the appropriate world since my hair is not curly or wavy, but the ends of hair tend to get fluffy or flip up at the bottom. Whatever it is, it's not cute.
I had been using the OGX Kukui Oil  Anti-Frizz Hydrating Oil the past few months with some good results, that I decided I'd take a chance on the shampoo/condionter. The Kukui Oil formula is really made for people with dry, frizzy, and curly hair. My hair doesn't really fit any of that criteria, but I find despite having oily roots that hydrating hair products work better for me than stuff geared for oily hair that strip and dry out my hair.

I bought this shampoo and conditioner without looking up reviews which is not something I do often these days. When I got home, I looked up reviews and saw these were reviewed very poorly. People either loved it or really hated it. People mostly hated though claiming it either did nothing or dried their hair out. I almost returned them without trying them, but I decided to give them a shot.

The results? I LOVE this shampoo/conditioner.

Product Description: Sulfate free. OGX's Kukui Oil indulges your tresses with this exotic blend of kukui nut oil, an ancient Hawaiian secret used for its humidity resistant abilities, creating a shimmering gloss to smooth and repel humidity, to help make every day a "good hair" day.

Time Used: I've been using these products for a month now.

Scent: This has a warm coconut tropical scent.

Consistency: The consistency of this shampoo is very thick and I almost want to say chunky. I know that sounds unappealing, but it's not. You can actually see the little kukui oil bits in the shampoo which is reassuring that you're actually getting the product described. It does come out of the bottle easily though it's just thicker than normal shampoo. The conditioner is smooth and thick and similar to the texture of most conditioners.

Application: This lathered really nicely for a shampoo with out sulfates. I did not find I needed a lot of this shampoo at all to cover all of my hair.

Price: You can purchase this at drugstore and big box stores in the $5.50-$8.00.

Results: The midshaft of my hair to my ends is usually dry after any shampoo. I have to say the Kukui Oil shampoo and conditioner eliminated that entirely. My hair feels fully moisturized from root to tip. It's silky, shiny, and so manageable. This shampoo/conditioner combo most definitely repels humidity for me. I find after a day outside my hair hasn't done funky things at the ends and keeps its shape. I have oily roots, and I don't find this exacerbates the issue either. My hair feels completely balanced with these products. I'm a happy camper.

It goes to show you how varied the experience is with beauty products. I was not even going to give these a chance based on the reviews I read, but this turned out to be a star product for me. I can't say the same for other people. I think there are substantially more factors at play with hair care products rather than nail polish. I wouldn't let negative reviews dissuade you from trying a product that interests you. You may have a different result!

My Rating: 5 out of  5 Paint Splatters

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Rimmel Salon Pro Saturn

Last week, I was mentioning my disappointment with drugstore nail polish lately. I rarely any nail polish I'm interested in at the drugstore anymore. It sucks and I really miss finding drugstore polish. I did happen to find one recently though. I was browsing CVS recently and saw little "NEW" signs next to some of the Rimmel Salon Pro colors and I find a color that caught my eye!

Saturn is a metallic olive-bronze shimmer.

Collection: Rimmel Salon Pro Core

Color: This is a beautiful and rich shimmer. This is one of those colors dependent on the light it can look more like an olive golden green or a bronze-brown. I love the intensity of this color and it's absolutely perfect for fall. I also found it be a very flattering shade as colors like this don't tend to look very nice on my skin tone.

Formula: I love the formula of these Rimmel Salon Pro polishes. I have a reviewed a few in the past and they continue to impress me. The formulas are very smooth, buttery, and easy to apply. I used 2 coats above.

Price: I paid $2.99 for this at CVS

Overall: This is an absolute and must needed drugstore win. I love the this rich color, and it's not your average drugstore nail polish color. The formula on this as well as the other Salon Pro polishes is consistently great, and you can't beat the price tag.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

I Trust Indie Polish

The Mentality issue I brought a few days ago has really blown up all over the inter-webs. Mentality really needs to be held accountable for their actions and their mistakes. What I don't want to happen though is for all indie nail polish brands to suffer because of one incompetent brand.

I can't talk about the legality of things, regulations, FDA, chemicals, and etc. I'm not familiar enough to discuss that aspect of things, but I do know this Mentality situation has caused concern for the entire indie market. 

What I can say, is that I've been involved in the nail polish community and into nail polish since late 2008. Indie polish started to come onto the scene in 2011. I'm not the most fervent indie purchaser, but I've been buying indies since their fruition. I've probably purchased from around 50 brands over the past 4 years. 

I have never ever experienced or heard about any harm caused by indie polish ever until Mentality Nail Polish. I've been around the block. I'm an old school nail girl. I know this stuff!  I know there are people who have never tried or heard of indies who are completely turned off by the idea based on the Mentality articles popping up on major publications. I know there are people in our own nail community who are approaching indies with hesitancy now too. 

I will always continue to support indie brands because I know there are hundreds of excellent makers in this market. Mentality has made one big and very ugly mistake, and they absolutely 100% need to face the consequences. I am glad they've been put on blast based on the harm they've done to their customers. I just want people to know that despite this one horrible brand and incident there are hundreds of indies out there you can trust.

The brands I'm listing below are trusted brands by me. These are brands I've personally used and many I have had positive and personal communication with in the nail community.

Cupcake Polish
Different Dimension
Glisten and Glow
Savvy Naturalista
Sweet Heart Polish
Loaded Lacquer
Frenzy Polish
Girly Bits Cosmetics
Firecracker Lacquer
Darling Diva Polish
Northern Star Polish
Supericially Colorful Lacquer
Serum No.5 
Bliss Polish
Painted Polish by Lexi
Emerald and Ash
Elevation Polish
Glam Polish
Silly Bee's Chickadees
Sea Lore Polish
Black Cat Lacquer
Love, Angeline
Krafty Gurl Designs
Hare Polish

There are hundreds of other brands besides these I've listed I just do not have experience with them. I recommend searching your favorite bloggers to find their recommendations too. I know many other bloggers have made IG posts and other social media related posts mentioning their trusted indie brands!

Support the indies you love! I think if anything during this nasty ordeal it's made me appreciate the excellent indies out there.

Happy Thursday! 

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

My Very First Indie: Girly Bits Shift Happens

I recently was asked to join (thank you Polished Pathology) a group of bloggers who do monthly InLinkz posts featuring indies. This month's prompt was our very first indie. Looking back through my indies made me realize how long the indie movement has been around. I always seem to refer to it as a newer concept, but it's been around at least since 2011! I had to go back into my blog archives to discover my first indie. I kept thinking it was Floam, but it was a Girly Bits polish I got in 2011. Shift Happens was my first indie and I remember exactly why I needed it.

Shift Happens (over KBShimmer Right as Reign)
Shift Happens is fiery color shifting shimmer topper in a red sheer base.

This polished arrived when people were desperately searching for Clarins 230 a very similar dupe (Clarins 230 comes in a purple sheer base). People were spending a ton of freaking money on eBAY for Clarins 230 then. Max Factor happened to release a dupe to the Clarins 230 polish to at this time too, but it was only available in the UK. Many people in the US were paying for people in the UK to get them a bottle.

Then, Shift Happens arrived and that solved all of our polish problems! This polish is absolutely stunning! It has this beautiful lit-from-within glow to it that adds so much dimension to a polish especially dark colors. This is like magical pixie dust in a bottle.

I have to admit, I don't think I've taken this polish out in years. I feel like a fool now because as soon as I put it on I was mesmerized with it's beauty. This is a definite must have for any nail polish lover. You cannot go wrong with this polish.

Thankfully, this polish is still available for purchase! You can purchase it from Girly Bits for $9.86.

What was your first indie nail polish?

Check out my blogger friends first indies below!


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