Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Noodles Nail Polish Mint For Each Other

I'm a little late to the game sharing a Valentine's polish, but it still looks pretty springy! This one is from Noodles Nail Polish a indie I recently fell in love with for their amazing crellies. The polish I'm going to share with you today is meant to be a Valentine's version of their Peppermint Twist polish (which was in my Top 25 of 2015) from the holidays. This one unlike the other Noodles Nail Polishes did fall a little flat for me, but I'll explain that later.

Mint For Each Other
Mint For Each Other is a white based crelly full of mint, aqua, silver, magenta, and pink glitters as well as mini pink hearts.

Collection: Noodles Nail Polish Valentine's 2016

Color: I absolutely love this color. I adored Peppermint Twist, so I love this Valentine's version as well. I love the pairing of the pink and mint. It's really a cute and great color combination. I also love that this a crelly polish. Noodles nails crelly polishes.

Formula: I wish this polish did not have pink heart glitters in it otherwise I would give it a glowing review. These pink hearts were a PITA to get out as evidenced by my swatch. I could only manage to get one heart out. It was frustrating me beyond belief trying to get these hearts out. The formula itself sans the hearts was good. It was on the thick side, but it applied smoothly and opaquely in 3 coats. This polish didn't need the hearts in it. I think the polish looks great without them. The hearts really tarnished my view on this polish because how frustrating they were. Plus, they were in a white crelly base which made them hard to see.

Price: This one is no longer available. I'm not sure if it will be remade, but Noodles does have other excellent polishes on her etsy site.

Overall: This polish really pushed my buttons. Those darn hearts! That being said, hearts out of the picture I'm in love with this polish. I don't want this to deter anyone from purchasing this brand. I've reviewed a handful of other Noodles Nail Polishes I absolutely loved and some even made my Top 25 list from last year. This one just didn't work out for me based on stupid heart glitter. I didn't feel the polish needed them because it's great on its own and they really tested my patience. This would of been a golden 5 paint splatter polish without the hearts!

My Rating: 3 out of 5 Paint Splatters

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Painted Polish Frisky in Fuchsia

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

Yes, I still have polishes from Cosmoprof from last summer to share with you! I've been trying to make sure I show as many of these polishes as I can while still balancing it out with new stuff. This polish is from Painted Polish a brand I was unfamiliar with before Cosmoprof, but I've come to realize Painted Polish is the queen of glitter! This is one of the polishes I received.

Frisky in Fuchsia
Frisky in Fuchsia is a fuschia jelly packed with holographic glitter.

Color: I love jelly glitters and I love holo ones even more. I'm not familiar with any brand who has done holo jelly glitters quite like this one. I remember trying to franken colors like this back in ancient nail polish days before indies, but never was really successful. I love the color of this and it's the perfect balance between pigment and holo.

Formula: Excellent formula. I only needed 2 coats. As I mentioned above I remember trying to franken colors like this and it never worked out. The reason it never worked out because the formula was terrible. This formula is perfect! It applies beautifully and neither the glitter nor the jelly overshadow on another. It's the perfect ratio.

Price: This is $10 on the Painted Polish site.

Overall: I'm really impressed with Painted Polish it took a simple nail polish concept I love and perfected it. I love glitters, but I don't always need them to be multi-colored or have a ton going on. When it comes to wearing glitters I tend to focus on colors like this with a simple base color paired with one type of glitter. I think they create a fun sparkly look while still being a clean cut. This is an excellent polish with a great formula.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
Happy Monday!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Weekly Wax Wrap Up: 3/20/16-3/27/16

It was an OK wax week. I didn't have anything that really blew me out of the water. I had two scents I felt were below average and two scents I thought were pretty good. 

ScentSationals Melon Flower
Scent Description: A soft and sweet fruity floral
My Thoughts: This one is strange. I keep really wanting to like it, but there is some weird note in there that just ruins the rest of it for me. This smells like a blend of maybe honeydew and honeysuckle. These are two scents I'm on board with, but when I melted it this weird caramel-like scent came out. It took a fresh melon and floral scent into this weird sugary artificial territory I do not like. I had to turn this one off it was just too strange and too sweet for me. 
Scent Throw: 3.5/5
Where To Buy: ScentSationals

Yankee Candle Windblown
Scent Description: Fresh air and a touch of tangy citrus blend with sea spray and a hint of lily
My Thoughts: This smells nice. My complaint with this one is this is about as generic clean scent as you can get. It's a balance of clean laundry, water, and fresh air scent that you can pretty much find something similar in any candle/wax brand. There isn't anything that stands out about it or makes it special. There isn't anything wrong with the scent either. In fact, I think this would be one of those universally flattering scents. I just think there are more interesting clean scents out there. Plus, the throw isn't great.
Scent Throw: 2/5
Where To Buy: Yankee Candle

Bath & Body Works Turquoise Waters
Scent Description: A blend of sea spray, sunlight & beach grass transports you to turquoise blue ocean waters
My Thoughts: This is heavy on the salty ocean water note paired with a green note. This is a more unique clean scent for sure. I like the blend of water notes with greenery and it's not something I see or smell often in retail scents. This scent is very refreshing and crisp. It's a strong scent too which I do get from a lot of B&BW candles, but not in an unpleasant way. This is also one of those year round scents. It's not tropical or beachy, so it fits any season.
Scent Throw: 4.5/5
Where To Buy: Bath & Body Works

Yankee Candle Fluffy Towels
Scent Description: The fresh scent of clean towels warm from the dryer with notes of lemon, apple, lavender and lily.
My Thoughts: This is actually one of my favorite YC scents. I've had this candle for awhile. I just haven't burned it. Fluffy Towels is an upscale clean laundry scent. I definitely get the clean laundry notes with lemon and a touch of floral. It reminds me of clean linens at a hotel. I really wish I had no complaints about this scent because I love it so much, but I have one. I can burn this scent for 4-5 hours no problem, but after that this one gives me a headache. I won't stop burning this one, but I have a time limit on it. I just think it's such a clean scent it can be a bit overpowering after awhile.
Scent Throw: 4.5/5
Where To Buy: Yankee Candle

ReMelts of the Week:

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Happy Sunday! 

Friday, March 25, 2016

OPI I Manicure For Beads

The mainstream polish is hanging by it's very last thread with me. I have just about given up. They just are not releasing anything noteworthy especially in the last year. OPI is brand I am almost always underwhelmed by in the past 3-4  years. It is actually OPI's New Orleans Spring/Summer collection I was most impressed by this year over any other brand. That being said, it's not a winning collection, but a few colors caught my eye like this one.

I Manicure For Beads
I Manicure For Beads is a dusty medium grape purple creme.

Collection: OPI New Orleans Spring/Summer 2016

Color: It's hard to find some interesting purple cremes these days, but this is one. I love the muted quality to this color. It really is a unique purple to my collection. It is muted, but it's still a bright color that pops. I also like that it's a medium purple for spring. We have way too many pastel purples and vampy purples out there.

Formula: This had an excellent formula. I don't think I've ever said that with OPI. OPI has never impressed me with their formula, but this one is great. This formula is creamy, smooth, and opaque. I used 2 coats above.

Price: This is $10 in stores, but I prefer to buy on eBay. I paid around $7 for this. I refuse to buy OPI in stores these days because I don't want to pay $10 per bottle! Search online to buy!

Overall: I'm really impressed with I Manicure For Beads. It's a fun and unique creme. I love that OPI produced something I really like this much. I love the formulation and I really can't complain. This is definitely my favorite mainstream polish so far this year.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters
Happy Friday!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Native War Paints Stripped Stephanie

I have new to me indie brand polish to share with you today. Native War Paints has been on my radar since last fall. There is one type of polish finish I don't see in the indie market that much and that's shimmers. Native War Paints seems to have taken on the shimmer category and frankly I haven't seen shimmers this incredible ever. The Nude Collection recently caught my eye and inspired me to try this brand. Yes, this polish having my name it in provided a certain pull, but the color is also incredible.

Stripped Stephanie
Stripped Stephanie is smokey mauve base with an intense coppery golden shimmer.

Collection: Native War Paints The Nudes Collection Winter 2016

Color: Now we're talking! This is a stunning color especially for a neutral. I love nudes/neutral colors that have some special quality to them that makes them unique. I love the base color of this as it's flattering color on me which can be hard with colors in this category. The shimmer in this is absolutely stunning and I rarely if not ever have seen an indie with incredible shimmer like this. Wow!

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

Price: What's even better is the price? This is $6 on the Native War Paints site. I can't tell you the last time I saw an indie polish especially one with shimmer that was $6.

Overall: I love Stripped Stephanie. This is a beautiful neutral color with a magical shimmer for the indie record books in my opinion. I'm very impressed with this brand and how they offer something unique in a market that can get somewhat repetitive these days. This is a must have!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters
Happy Wednesday!

Monday, March 21, 2016

HPB Presents: Spring Theme Manicure

I did a once in lifetime maybe twice in a lifetime. I did nail art. Well, at least my version of nail art with my very limited capabilities. I decided to do this for the Hobby Polish Bloggers blog spring link up. I had been seeing a lot of manis using highlighters lately and I figured that was something I could probably do, and I kinda did it! I figured this would be a fun spring manicure as the colors look pastel.

Products Used: KBShimmer Fillin' Groovy Base Coat, KBShimmer Alloy Matey!, Staples Hype! Liquid Highlighters 5pack (I just used pink, blue, and yellow), and KBShimmer Clearly on Top. I have heard liquid highlighters are the best to use for this type of mani.

Manicure Description: I used a base coat and then painted three coats of KBShimmer Alloy Matey! on my nails. I then let this dry for around 25 minutes. I didn't want to apply the highlighters on tacky polish because it could drag the polish. I then using blue, pink, and yellow highlights colored over my nails in a random pattern blending the colors together to give it this watercolor look. I waited a few minutes and then followed it up with top coat.

I'm pretty pleased with myself for this being my first time ever doing this and not being someone who ever does nail art! I don't do nail art not because I don't like it, but because I literally have zero patience. I love painting my nails and fun colors, but I like that because it's quick. Nail art is time consuming! This was a fun and simple technique though and I enjoyed trying it!

Check out other HPB members spring manis below!


    An InLinkz Link-up

Happy Monday!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Weekly Wax Wrap Up: 3/13/16-3/20/16

Happy Spring! I actually did a little something different this week. I burned a candle! I had a Bath & Body Works gift card burning a hole in my pocket so I found a candle I liked. I must admit, B&BW doesn't have the greatest selection in candles anymore. I'm pretty sure there are so many dupes of different candles in there from previous years just renamed that I don't know if anything is really new. I had some wax too and overall it was a good wax week.
Ten Digit Creations Avocado & Sea Salt
Scent Description: salty marine notes blend with bright grapefruit, soft white rose, and creamy avocado
My Thoughts: I l-o-v-e this scent. It is such a lovely clean and fresh that is unlike others I have. Yes, you smell avocado in here, but don't think guacamole. Think freshly sliced avocado, which has clean and creamy scent. The added sea salt notes and the grapefruit really create this spa-like scent. There isn't anything herbal like an aromatherapy type scent, just straight clean, fresh, and natural. You really need to smell this one to understand it! It's one of my all-time favorite scents of all time, plus it's strong in a good way.
Scent Throw: 5/5
Where To Buy: Ten Digit Creations

Bath & Body Works Tahiti Passionflower 
Scent Description: blend of Tahitian flowers, orange blossom & solar musk
My Thoughts: I'm pretty confident this a dupe to a previous year's Aloha Waikiki candle. This smells like Hawaii, it says Tahiti, but I haven't been there. I've been to Hawaii and this is what the outdoors there smells like. It's this beautiful blend of tropical floral and salty clean fresh air. This one is very fragrant as far as floral, but I love this type of floral because it's very fresh and crisp. The salty sea air note is an excellent pairing and elevates this scent. 
Scent Throw: 5/5
Where To Buy: Bath & Body Works

Mainstays Soothing Spa
Scent Description: N/A
My Thoughts: On cold sniff this smells almost exactly like ScentSationals Zen which is a dupe to  B&BW Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint. That being said, when melted it's a bit different. SS Zen the spearmint notes are very prominent while the eucalyptus is the secondary note. The Mainstays Soothing Spa it's the other way around the eucalyptus takes the spotlight with the spearmint in the background. SS Zen is one of my favorite scents, but I actually like Mainstays Soothing Spa better. I love that stronger greener eucalyptus note in this one! I just wish this one had as strong of a throw as SS Zen. It's not weak, but it could be a touch stronger.
Scent Throw: 3.5/5
Where To Buy: Walmart

Mother Earth Creations Lemon Lavender
Scent Description: Fresh lemon mixed with soothing lavender
My Thoughts: I love lavender blends and this one is nice. I love the combination of the soothing herbal lavender with fresh and crisp lemon. My issue with this is the lemon really overpowers the lavender. I wish it was more of balance or even if it were more lavender as lemon is such a strong scent. It also didn't have the strongest throw.
Scent Throw: 3/5
Where To Buy: Mother Earth Creations

Re-Melts of the Week:
Better Homes & Gardens Salt Water Winds
Ten Digit Creations Cactus & Sea Salt

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Happy Sunday!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Third Week Throwbacks: Revlon Tropical Temptation

I have another tried and true throwback for you today. This is another one of those polishes that's an oldie that I break out year after year. Corals are colors I used to appreciate more in past years. I still like them, but when it comes to spring and summer colors I tend to gravitate more toward mint greens and blues these days. That being said, I'm always up for a great coral and this Revlon has never let me down.

Tropical Temptation
Tropical Temptation is a bright pink-toned coral creme.

Collection: Revlon Core Collection 200X-2011(?). I'm not sure when this polish was released, but I'm pretty sure it was discontinued in 2011.

Color: I love pinky corals and this is one of my favorites. This is perfect level of brightness to in a nail polish. This isn't neon or too bright. This isn't the type of brightness that will overpower you. I love the creme finish on this and it's the perfect summery shade.

Formula: The formula on this isn't the greatest especially by today's standards. It's thin and streaky on first application. It does smooth out and you can get an opaque look in the 3 coats. If I didn't love this shade of coral so much, I'd probably be more disappointed with it, but I adapt to it.

Price: I bought this for around $4 in 2009, but it's no longer available sadly. I do *think* Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Coral Reef is a good substitute.

Overall: This is a beautiful coral shade that never goes out of style. It's definitely the type of color everyone needs in their polish collection. The formula is let-down compared to nail polish formulas today, but I still love this color despite it's faults.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Paint Splatters
Happy Friday!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Third Week Throwbacks: Sinful Colors Zeus

I'm going to keep on with the shimmer theme because I have another great oldie shimmer to share with you today. This one is from a Sinful Colors spring collection 4 years back. What's interesting is this is a color we saw variations a lot of that spring/summer. Shimmers were a trend in the spring/summer of 2012.

Zeus is a medium muted lavender with a glowing pink-purple shimmer.

Collection: Sinful Colors Cast Away Collection Spring 2012

Color: They don't make them like this anymore. This is a beautiful muted lavender color with a gorgeous shimmer. I hear a lot of complaints this spring about the redundant pastel offerings and how people want more shimmer. This is the type of colors I think us nail polish addicts want again. They're a different take on the spring palette. The colors are still soft, but offer some unique beauty with the shimmer.

Formula: This has an excellent easy to use formula. I used 2 coats above.

Price: This was $2 at the time, but since this was a limited edition collection, it's no longer available. There were a few other purples from this season in the same vein, but by no means dupes. OPI Dutch Ya' Just Love OPI?, Essie She's Picture Perfect, Zoya Tru, and Zoya Lotus were all purples with shimmers in Spring 2012 that are probably easier to find.

Overall: I love this purple shimmer. It's the perfect polish for spring and definitely has me longing for different spring palette than we've been offered the past few years. I love the glowing shimmer and the softness of this color. I especially love this was a drugstore offering. I can't recall the last time I saw a new drugstore nail polish with shimmer in the past 2-3 years. It's all been-there-done-that cremes.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters
Happy Wednesday!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Third Week Throwbacks: China Glaze Strawberry Fields

It's throwbacks week. I look forward to this week every month because it gives me a chance to go back down nail polish memory lane. I end up re-discovering so many favorites of past years in nail polish. Today, I have one of my favorite nail polishes of all time to share with you. This China Glaze nail polish probably has the most use out any of my nail polish bottles. I'm about 75% through this entire bottle. It's tried and true favorite the past 7 years and it my love for it hasn't waned.

Strawberry Fields
Strawberry Fields is a medium rose pink with a golden glass fleck shimmer.

Collection: China Glaze Summer Days Summer 2009

Color: This a type of nail polish color I rarely see anymore, but it's a stunner. I love this medium shade of pink and that glass fleck shimmer is what makes this so special. I love this pink and gold combination and I love the vibrancy of this shade. Pinks don't just have to be neon, bright, or pastel, there are great in-between pinks too!

Formula: This has a nice formula. It is a bit thin, but that is probably from age. It applies easily and smoothly though and I used 3 coats.

Price: This one is still available online from various retailers int he $4-$8 range.

Overall: Strawberry Fields is one of my go-to spring and summer colors. I've had this color 7 years and it still gets love from me. It's a flattering and fun pink that is unique with that golden shimmer. This is a polish that makes me miss a lot of the polishes from yesteryear. You just don't shimmers like this anymore in the sea of holos and glitters. Shimmers need to make a comeback.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters
Happy Monday!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Weekly Wax Wrap Up: 3/6/16-3/13/16

Well, it was not a good week in wax. Almost everything I melted this week was either a dud or I didn't end up liking the scent. It happens! I didn't end up melting a lot of new stuff this week because of that. When you have bad one you just want to quickly go back to something reliable, so I did end up having a lot of re-melts this week.
AmbiEscents Hidden Lagoon & Waterfall
Scent Description: N/A
My Thoughts: This was my only winner this week. This is a very crisp and sweet water scent. I'd say it's prominently water with aloe and just the softest touch of men's cologne note in there. This is a very clean and fresh scent. I love water scents and this one is very satisfying. I'd say this is one of those scents that would be appeal to a lot of people. 
Scent Throw: 4/5
Where To Buy: Christmas Tree Shops

Nicole's Home Accents Cabo Breeze
Scent Description: N/A
My Thoughts: My boyfriend picked this one out. This smells like a men's deodorant or aftershave. It's heavy on the water and minty notes with some spicy notes thrown in. It's not a bad scent, but it's not a scent I want to have as a home fragrance. This is a scent I like my boyfriend to smell like, but not my house. There are just some types of scents I love in bath and body products, but don't appeal to me in home fragrance. 
Scent Throw: 3.5/5
Where To Buy: Christmas Tree Shops

Better  Homes & Gardens Hideaway in Paradise Mai Tai+Saltwater Sands Duo
Scent Description: An escape to the tropics with a delicious blend of fresh squeezed orange, apple slices and sundrenched peaches. Sugarcane and sangria add sweetness. The scent of sweet orange blossom and mandarin combined with waterlily, island florals and golden sand makes you feel like you never want to leave.
My Thoughts: I didn't know the scent description when I bought it, but found it online later. This description explains a lot to why I don't like this scent. There is just too much going on in this scent. This is a duo scent where one side is one scent and the other side is another scent. I have to say even individually there is too much going on. This just smells like a muddled mess. I can't detect singular notes and it's just too many florals and fruits blended together. It just smells very artificial. I really tried to like this one and hoped when melted it would be nice, but it's not! 
Scent Throw: 3.5/5
Where To Buy: Walmart

Ten Digit Creations Lavender
Scent Description: a fresh herbal lavender aroma
My Thoughts: The scent description is perfect. This is my favorite lavender scent. I love herbal and soothing lavenders and this delivers on that aspect. Where this falls short for me is on throw. It's not weak, but it's not strong enough. I wanted to smell this throughout my living room, but was only able to catch whiffs of it here and there. I'm so disappointed because this is the best true to lavender scent I've found in wax, but it is sadly probably better suited to a smaller room. 
Scent Throw: 2.5/5
Where To Buy: Ten Digit Creations

Re-Melts of the Week:
ScentSationals Tea Thyme
Fairy Hill Ocean Blossom
Better Homes & Gardens Tranquil Garden Spa 

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Happy Sunday!

Friday, March 11, 2016

KBShimmer Mega Flame Spring 2016 (4 of 7)

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

I have the second half of KBShimmer's spring collection to share with you today. These polishes are part of the Mega Flame collection. This collection have the same holographic micro glitter finish as colors like Alloy Matey and Sun & Games, but these come in colored bases! The polishes will be available for purchase Tuesday March 15th.

Night Bright
 Night Bright is a black tinted based filled with holographic silver micro glitter.

Ripe for the Pink-ing
Ripe for the Pink-ing is a raspberry pink tinted base with silver holographic micro glitter.

Set in Ocean
Set in Ocean is a aqua blue tinted base with silver holographic micro glitter.

Things That Make You Go Bloom
Things That Make You Go Bloom is a lilac tinted base with silver holographic micro glitter.

Collection: KBShimmer Mega Flame Spring 2016

Colors: I'm all about the glitter, so I'm all about these polishes. These are fantastic. I would like one in every color under the sun. These a beautiful colored holographic glitters. They're bling-tastic and do not disappoint in the sparkle department in the least. My favorites of this lot are Night Bright and Set in Ocean. Be sure to check out the other colors from Cosmetic Sanctuary.

Formula: These all had a great formula. They all applied easily and smoothly. I used two coats for all of the colors here expect Things That Make You Go Bloom where I used 3 since it was a lighter shade.

Price: These are $9.25 individually and can be purchased starting Tuesday March 15th on KBShimmer or Harlow & Co.

Overall: The Mega Flame collection is definitely my favorite between the two collections. I love glitter and this collection definitely indulges my glitter obsession. I love the color variety and the intense holo glitter. This is a winning collection and a must have!

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

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Cupcake Polish Imagine

I have another one of the fantastical polishes from Cupcake Polish's Unicorn Collection. This collection is made up of beautiful jelly holo micro-glitters. I'm a suck for glitter so of course I fell in love with these. I love indies doing one-tone glitters these days. There are so many different muti-colored glitters out there, but I when doing manis I may only use those as accent nails. Solid tone glitters I love as full manis.

Imagine is a pastel teal jelly with silver holo microglitter.

Collection: Cupcake Polish Unicorn Collection Winter 2016

Color: You can never go wrong with a great teal in my book and this one is great. I love this shade of blue-green and that holo glitter makes this polish magical. This is sparkle city!

Formula: This had a great formula. It applied beautifully and easily. I used 2 coats above.

Price: This is $13.00 on Cupcake Polish's site.

Overall: This is a winning polish. I love the color and the holo glitter. The polishes in this collection including Imagine fit perfectly in a Unicorn themed collection. These colors are magical!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
Happy Wednesday!

Monday, March 7, 2016

KBShimmer Spring 2016 (4 of 7)

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

I have a few of the new KBShimmer Spring 2016 Collection polishes to share with you today. The spring collection comes in two parts, the spring collection itself and the Mega Flame collection. I'll have the Mega Flame polishes to share with you on Friday. This collection will be available for purchase on Tuesday March 15th.

Let's get started!

Peony Pincher
 Peony Pincher is a pastel pink with lavender undertones linear holo.

I Wet My Plants
I Wet My Plants is a pastel periwinkle crelly features a garden full of colorful glitters in pink, sapphire, silver and purple. Based on the Pantone 2016 Spring/Summer shade Serenity.

Purr-fectly Paw-some
Purr-fectly Paw-some is a pastel moody blue linear holographic polish with steel gray and lavender undertones.

Pool Paradise
Pool Paradise is an aqua with neon pink, periwinkle, and aqua glitters based on Pantone 2016 Spring/Summer shade Limpet Shell.

Collection: KBShimmer Spring 2016 Collection

Colors: I love these colors for spring! They're soft and pretty shades, but do vary from the run of the mill pastel colors. I'd have to say Peony Pincher and Pool Paradise are my favorite of this bunch. I will say these crellies do pack a lighter punch in regards to glitter than other KBShimmer crellies than I'm used to. The glitter in these are more subtle. They're still great colors, but I prefer more of a glitter bomb with my crellies. Be sure to check out all the shades in this collection over at Cosmetic Sanctuary.

Formulas: The formulas on all of these were excellent. I didn't have any application issues and they all applied beautifully. I only needed two coats for each of these swatches.

Price: These will be $9.25 individually and will be released on Tuesday March 15th on KBShimmer's site and Harlow & Co.

Overall: I really like this collection. The holos in this are on point. They're beautiful colors with a strong holo effect and a great formula. I love the crellies especially Pool Paradise. This is a solid spring collection and I definitely worth the second look!

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Paint Splatters

Happy Monday!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Weekly Wax Wrap Up: 2/28/16-3/6/16

This was a near perfect week of wax. I think it would be rare for me to have a perfect week. When trying new things you're bound to come across something that isn't your favorite. Plus, with wax there are many variables, something may smell great in the package, but once you melt it could not have much throw. I hope I'll have a perfect wax week though, I'm just not sure that will happen!
ScentSationals Himalayan Pink Salt
Scent Description: An invigorating blend of eucalyptus and jasmine.
My Thoughts: This is a definite spa/clean scent, but unlike any others I have. I'm not really sure how to describe it. I'd say this a blend of a salty air note and floral. I'm not sure I really smell jasmine in this though. It's something sweet, but very fresh at the same time. I have no idea! It smells amazing to me though. I would say this would smell like a nice soap they'd have at a fancy beach resort. That is not descriptive, but that's where my mind takes me to when I smell it. 
Scent Throw: 4/5
Where To Buy: Walmart

Better Homes & Gardens Apple Blossom Freesia
Scent Description: Breezy apple blossom and ethereal freesia greens intermingle with green pear and ripe raspberry touched by sugared currant and sweet apricot.
My Thoughts: This is a very clean fruity floral that is very reminiscent of many body washes and shampoos. It's a very fresh and clean scent with a fruity floral twist. I really like this one, but I do not have much else to say about it other than I love it. If you like fruity floral bath and body products you'll most likely like this one too.
Scent Throw: 3.5/5
Where To Buy: Walmart

Candles by Victoria White Nectarine & Pink Coral
Scent Description: The luscious fruitiness of sweet peach, pineapple chunks and orange slices blended with enchanting floral notes of honeysuckle, rose and jasmine on a drydown of soft, soothing musk.
My Thoughts: What I love about this scent is how natural it is for a nectarine scent. Peach, nectarine, mango, and some other fruit scents in wax can go artificial and sickly. This one is perfect. It's a very fresh with a  predominant nectarine note blended out with some light floral. This is definitely a feminine scent, but it's not a teen bubblegum scent nor is it an old lady powdery frilly scent. It's just a straight up nice fruit with floral blend. The word I'd use to best describe this scent is lovely. 
Scent Throw: 4.5/5
Where To Buy: Candles by Victoria

ScentSationals Porch Swing Breeze
Scent Description: A calming scent of grass blowing in the wind with a hint of floral.
My Thoughts: The scent description on this is perfect. This is a perfect three way blend of fresh air, green grass, and floral. It's really the perfect spring day scent. I love this scent except that I could barely smell it when melting. This had a very weak throw which was so disappointing considering how much I like the scent. 
Scent Throw: 1/5
Where To Buy: ScentSationals

Ten Digit Creations Cherry Almond
Scent Description: aroma of nutty almond and sweet ripe cherries
My Thoughts: No, this isn't a typical scent category for me, but I love this scent for nostalgic reasons. This smells just like the Jergens original lotion and hand wash scent. I remember they always used the Jergens hand wash on airplanes. When I was little and bored on the airplane, I basically went to the bathroom just so I could wash my hands and smell the soap. I loved the scent so much. It actually wasn't until years later I learned that the scent was cherry almond and it was Jergens. Despite this scent having foodie ingredients, it's actually a very clean and fresh scent. It's a perfect 50/50 on cherry and almond. I love this scent and brings back old travel memories!
Scent Throw: 4.5/5
Where To Buy: Ten Digit Creations

Re-Melts of the Week: 
ScentSationals Lavender Glow
ScentSationals Zen
ScentSationals Spa

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Noodles Nail Polish Beach Baby

I have another Noodles polish to share with you today. I'm sure by now you've come to realize I'm a fan of Noodles! I love discovering indie brands I really like and stick to. When Noodles released their recent winter collection, I decided to look back and try some polishes from previous collections. I came across this summer-themed polish that I knew I wanted to try.

Beach Baby
Beach Baby is a nude crelly base mixed with neon glitters.

Collection: Noodles Nail Polish Summer 2015

Color: What a great crelly! I LOVE the use of a nude crelly as the base here. I must admit white crellies tend to look very stark against my skin, and while I love them, they don't always love me. This nude crelly though is where it's at! It is so much more forgiving and I love how with the beach theme it emulates the color of sand. Its perfect for this color. The neon glitters in this are so fun and perfect match to this crelly base.

Formula: The formula on this was alright. I used 3 coats above. The glitters apply easily, but they do have tendency to stick to one another which can lead to some uneven application. This wasn't a deal breaker at all, but it does require some extra care.

Price: This is $8.50 on Noodles Nail Polish's etsy site.

Overall: This is an awesome polish and so perfect for summer. I love this crelly base and the whole theme and idea of this polish. It's so fun and I love those colorful glitters. The glitters in the formula do take some extra care, but it doesn't detract from my love of this polish.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
Happy Friday!