Monday, August 29, 2016

Cupcake Polish Luau Collection (Partial)

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

I have 3 of the 6 colors from Cupcake Polish's Luau Collection that was released yesterday! I'm definitely going to be needing the other 3 because this collection is gorgeous! I've been a fan of Cupcake Polish for awhile now and they definitely have some of my favorite holo polishes. Let's get started.

Here Today, Gone To Maui
Here Today, Gone To Maui is a grass green holographic with gold fleck shimmer.

Sand By Me
Sand By Me is a marigold orange holographic with pink fleck shimmer.

The Tiki To My Heart
The Tiki To My Heart is a magenta pink holographic with silver fleck shimmer.

Collection: Cupcake Polish Luau Collection Summer 2016

Colors: I love this bright and fun colors. I also love the theme of this collection. Cupcake Polish really has a magic touch with holos and these are no exception. They're vibrant  and have their own unique touch with added flecks and shimmers. My favorite of this lot is Here Today, Gone To Maui.

Formula: All of these had excellent smooth and easy to use formulas. I used 2 coats for each of these swatches.

Price: These are $13.00 individually on the Cupcake Polish website

Overall: This is a great collection that I will need to complete. The colors are rich and colorful. The holo effects are vibrant. The formulas are great. I don't have any complaints here. This is a solid collection.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters
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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Weekly Wax Wrap Up: 8/21/16-8/28/16

I think I'm definitely a seasonal melter. Last year, after fall/winter season I couldn't stand any woodsy scents. I found them really off-putting. Now, I'm noticing I like them as well as some bakery scents. While right now, summery ocean or tropical scents sound repulsive. I'm guessing it's because I definitely overdo it with seasonal scents in their season to the point I get sick of them. Then I go 6 months without melting them and somehow something resets in my nose and I like them again.

Anyone else like this? 

On to this week's melts!
ScentSationals Vanilla Pumpkin Cream
Scent Description: Enjoy a smooth, creamy swirl of pumpkin and vanilla on a perfect autumn night. Baked with nutmeg and sprinkled with cinnamon, this scent is a flawless addition to any fall evening.
My Thoughts: I'm not bakery scent person usually, but I tend to warm up to them in fall. This really doesn't smell anything like vanilla or cream to me, though. This smells really buttery like a pumpkin flavored butter cookie. It's really scrumptious smelling and it's not really sweet which is probably why I like it. 
Scent Throw: 4/5
Where To Buy: ScentSationals

Ten Digit Creations Black Oak & Currant
Scent Description: lush black currants and rich forest woods are fused with amber, black pepper,geranium, clementine, and patchouli
My Thoughts: This is a really unique and sophisticated scent. It has a really dark, rich, and complex woodsy base balanced out with a tart currant. This is really high-end and luxury scent that reminds of something along the lines of Jo Malone or Tom Ford where you'd pay like $65-$110+ for a small candle of a scent like this one. I'm really impressed with it!
Scent Throw: 3.5/5
Where To Buy: Ten Digit Creations

ScentSationals Crimson
Scent Description: Cranberry & Oak
My Thoughts: This smells like a woodsy vanilla men's cologne. The woodsy notes are the most prominent. I don't really detect cranberry in this, but there is the tiniest hint of something fruity perhaps plum? This reminds me of B&BW's discontinued body care scent called Vanilla Noir. It's not a bakery or sugary vanilla note, but a rich and mature vanilla note. I really love this one!
Scent Throw: 4.5/5
Where To Buy: Walmart

Lake Providence Lodge White Tea
Scent Description: This is clean, fresh and floral. White tea leaves mingled with light florals. A very feminine and lovely scent.
My Thoughts: I'm not sure I can add much to the description because it is spot on. It's a nice blend of tea and florals that is clean and inviting. It's definitely a soothing scent for me even though it is fairly girly. The throw could be a bit stronger for me, though.
Scent Throw: 2.5/5
Where To Buy: Lake Providence Lodge

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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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