Friday, August 26, 2016

Throwbacks Week: L.A. Girl Idol

I'm starting to shop my stash for fall colors and this is one that I always reach for this season. It's an L.A. Girl Color Addict polish I've had for around 5 years. I actually think it was released around this time frame, but I don't think it's part of a special collection. You'll know why I love it so much when you see it.

Idol is a dusty denim blue with a golden-bronze micro-shimmer.

Collection: L.A. Girls Color Addict 2011(?).

Color: Yes, this has my favorite cool-toned base paired with a warm metal shimmer. I love this color combination, but I adore this base color. It's such a great fall muted blue and to be honest, I'm more of a fan of muted and dusty colors in fall than vampy ones. The shimmer in this provides a delicate touch of glitz.

Formula: The formula on this was great. I used 2 coats above. I found this formula to be creamy and opaque.

Price: Yes, you can still purchase this one! It's $4.00 on the L.A. Girl website.

Overall: This is an excellent polish for fall. The shade of the blue is gorgeous and that micro-shimmer makes this polish beautifully unique. It's definitely been a fall favorite of mine for many years.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Throwbacks Week: Funky Fingers Jester

Remind me that I don't like photographing swatches with the Funky Fingers bottles? Geez Lousie, my fingers would not cooperate with holding this bottle. Anyways, I do have a Funky Fingers polish to share with you today. I believe this one was from 2010. I'm not sure if this came in a particular collection or what, but I do remember I won it in a giveaway long, long, ago!

Jester is a purple scattered holo.

Collection: Unknown, but released in 2010.

Color: You can't go wrong with a purple holo. I know today we have tons of purple holos, but this was a purple holo back when it was harder to get one. I'd say this is more of a true purple. I know lately we have a lot of red-toned purples, this does have a red undertone, but it's more of a purple than an orchid or fuchsia. I'm also a fan of the scattered holo. We don't get a lot of those anymore.

Formula: The formula on this was pretty good. It was 2 smooth coats and I didn't really notice any quality issues from the formula for it being so old.

Price: N/A. I don't think you can find this anymore unless you come across it in a blog sale.

Overall: This is a great solid purple holo. I love this shade of purple and the strongly scattered holo effect. I just hate Funky Fingers bottle shape!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Throwbacks Week: Rimmel Mania

Last week was supposed to be Throwbacks Week since it was the 3rd week of the month, but my brain blanked out on that. We'll pretend it's the 3rd week of the month! Today, I have an oldie Rimmel polish to share with you. I got this in a swap a couple years ago so I'm not sure of its origin entirely. I did look it up online and the earliest post I saw on it was in 2009, but even that blogger said it was older than that.

Mania is a peacock green with golden-green color-shifting shimmer.

Collection: Unknown?

Color: It's really neat to come across such a magical polish from years ago. I love this deep blue-green base color. We all know it's that color-shifting shimmer that makes the polish so special. It really gives this polish that lit-from-within glow.

Formula: This formula was great. I used 2 coats above. The formula hasn't suffered any over the years. It applied smoothly and easily.

Price: This is available on eBay for $6.98!

Overall: This is a great Rimmel shade. If I remember correctly Rimmel used to make some really great shimmer polishes, and they don't really do that anymore. Granted, drugstore nail polish brands haven't really created unique polishes in a long time. Mania is a rare old gem that I'm definitely holding on to!

My Rating: 5 out of  5 *Golden* Paint Splatters
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Weekly Wax Wrap Up: 8/14/16-8/21/16

It was another pretty good week in wax for me. I think I also like knowing I'm not low on wax to review. I do have a handful of stuff for the future. I do wish my Walmart would get the entire selection of new wax from ScentSationals and Better Homes & Gardens, but I don't know if that will happen :(.

ScentSationals Pumpkin Spice
Scent Description: It's Pumpkin Time
My Thoughts: You know I'm not big on foodie scents, but I do enjoy some pumpkin scents. This is one I absolutely love! It's really just the perfect blend of straight up pumpkin and spice notes. There isn't anything cakey or sugary sweet which is where things can go awry for me. This scent is warm, cozy, and festive for fall. 
Scent Throw: 3.5/5
Where To Buy: Walmart

Better Homes & Gardens Bundled In Blankets (Cozy Winter Coat + Plush Fleece Mittens)
Scent Description: N/A
My Thoughts: This is another dual sided wax one. I melted these together. The Cozy Winter Coat Side has a warm cashmere linen scent with what I'm smelling as a slight coffee note. The Plush Fleece Mittens also has a cashmere linen note with some vanilla perhaps? This is a nice scent, but I think it's weak on throw and together it just kind of falls flat. I think it's because they're both so similar. I feel like it needs something to pop. 
Scent Throw: 1.5/5
Where To Buy: Walmart

Ten Digit Creations Blue Ridge Sunrise
Scent Description: fresh mountain air, dewdrops suspended from the tree leaves, and the rising sun in the distance
My Thoughts: This is a great fresh/clean nature scent. I really get a strong ozone airy note paired with fresh spring water. It's a very natural scent that makes you feel like you're outside in nature. The scent description is spot on with this scent. If you're a fan of clean airy scents you will want to try this one. 
Scent Throw: 3.5/5
Where To Buy: Ten Digit Creations

ScentSationals Yin & Yang
Scent Description: The relaxing scent of eucalyptus and mint
My Thoughts: I was curious about this one because ScentSationals also has a scent called Zen with a similar graphic and scent description. I'm pretty confident these scents are dupes of each other. This is basically Bath & Body Works Stress Relief. It's very a soothing scent. I will say one difference I notice is that Yin & Yang has a lighter throw than Zen. Zen you can easily get at Walmart whereas Yin & Yang you have to order from ScentSationals. Zen > Yin & Yang.
Scent Throw: 3/5
Where To Buy: ScentSationals 

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Friday, August 19, 2016

KBShimmer Fall 2016 Collection (Partial)

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

I have 10 of the 12 shades from the KBShimmer Fall 2016 collection to share with you. This collection has been released today, so you can stop on over the KBShimmer website to check them out and shop when you're done here! While supplies last, all fall collection orders will receive purple bat glitters that pair nicely with the polish Fright This Way.

Grin And Gerbera It
Grin and Gerbera It is a warm deep pink leaning color that has a kiss of red to it. (2 coats)

Poppy Kisses
Poppy Kisses is a bright, orange toned red, this linear holographic polish. (2 coats)

Turning Pointe
Turning Pointe is a new Mega Flame polish that is a soft peachy pink smooth holographic glitter. (2 coats)

Tiers of Joy
Tiers of Joys is a wedding cake inspired polish with a soft cake batter color base is filled with pops of gold holographic glitters and pink glitters, while nutmeg and micro holographic glitter adds a hint of spice. (2 coats)

Sage It Ain't So
Sage It Ain't So is a soft sage green with copper, lavender, and silver glitter with some holo dust. (2 coats)

Flake Me Home Tonight
 Flake Me Home Tonight is a minty metallic polish is loaded with silver flakes and holographic sparkle. (2 coats)

Little Boy Hue
Little Boy Hue is a soft “baby” blue  inspired by the 2016 Pantone color of the year Serenity. (2 coats)

The Best Mum Ever
The Best Mum Ever is a deepened lavender color polish loaded with a pinky red micro flakies. (2 coats)

Orchidding Me?
Orchidding Me? is inspired by the orchids of Christy’s mother, this polish has a warm purple base that leans fuchsia, amped up with some linear holographic pigment for a fantastic rainbow flame. (2 coats)

Fright This Way
Fright This Way is a deep black base and a scattering of holo dust and loads of purple glitter. (3 coats with Bat $#*! Crazy glitter accent)

Collection: KBShimmer Fall 2016

Colors: What struck me most about this collection is how original it is in comparison to other fall collections. This isn't a collection of jewel tones or vampy colors and I like that. There is a nice variety of muted, neutral, bold, and transitional shades in this collection. These are colors that really work for any occasion, but still are warm and cozy for fall. My favorites of the ones I have are Grin And Gerbera It (yes a fall pink!), Tiers of Joy, Flake Me Home Tonight, The Best Mum Ever, and Orchidding Me?

Formula: KBShimmer has always had nice formulas but these were especially so. I used 2 coats on all except I used 3 for Fright This Way. Honestly, if it weren't for photography reasons you can get away with one coat with Grin And Gerbera It and Little Boy Hue. I usually have to do 3 coats with crelly formulas and Tiers of Joy and Sage It Ain't So only needed two. Fright This Way was the only slightly tricky one to apply as it was a bit thicker and harder to control, but that's like comparing gold and silver medals. There wasn't a bad one in the bunch really.

Price: These are $9.25 each and can be found on KBShimmer's website.

Overall: I'm really impressed with this collection. I like these subdued colors and original take on a fall collection. There are a lot of winning colors here and per usual KBShimmer offers so much variety in finishes and shades. The formulas on these are probably the best I've had from KBShimmer and their formulas were great already. You'll definitely want to pick a few of these up!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters
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