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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Sinful Colors Thimbleberry

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Happy first day of April, I swear I feel like March just began and now it's gone! Anywho, today I have a springy nail look for you using Thimbleberry from Sinful Colors and some stamping plates from Born Pretty Store.

Let's take a closer look at the products I used; As mentioned above Thimbleberry from Sinful Colors, Black Heart from Sally Hansen, Iceberg from Avon's Gel Finish line, Born Pretty stamping plate BP-54, how cute are those little owls, and BP-50 I originally chose this plate because I really liked the heart pattern. You'll see below I used neither one of those images for this nail look.

When I was deciding what image(s) I wanted to use from these plates the flower in the center of BP-54 kept jumping out at me so I went with that one and attempted to make decals out of it. It worked really well, it was just very time consuming and the decal ended up being to big for my ring finger, but worked perfectly on my thumb. Next time I know to use a smaller image for decals! Once I got my flower decals made I found myself being drawn to the BP-50 plate by the leafy image on the top left, I thought leaves would tie in good with flowers, so I just went for it.

I'm quite please with the way it all came out, even the little hiccup I had with the decal being to big for my finger. I had thought about adding some Salon Perfect Cosmic Dust, but I didn't want to go overboard LOL

Have you ever made homemade decals from nail stamping plates?

The plates I used in this nail look are currently $2.99 on Born Pretty's website, you can save an additional 10% by using coupon code: SMBW10

Update on my job, I'm still loving it! It's more responsibility than I've ever had at a job and I was just kinda thrown into it. The last person that held that position said it took them 3 months before they were closing the store on their own, and I've only been there just a little over a week and was left to close the store on my own last night. I didn't have any major issues, so I'm gonna say it went pretty well ;) It helps to have such nice and helpful co-workers though!

Hope you all enjoy your day! Hope you are having some great spring weather!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Orly Mirrorball

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Today I have a very short post on Mirrorball from Orly, a stunning silver/gray holographic polish with little bits of holographic glitter! In my swatch below I applied three coats to get it to an opacity that I was happy with, this polish has a great formula and dried quickly so three coats was not a huge deal.

I do however wish that the sun would have been more cooperative with me so I could have captured all the holographic goodness, but it just did not want to show it's self during the times it was convenient for me to take photos, so all the photos were took inside in front of a window.

Wear time on this was okay, I applied it on Wednesday and had a few chips by Friday, not huge chips but still chips LOL I still really like it though, it's just too pretty not to like!

I hope you all had a great weekend and I'll see you again on Wednesday, not sure what I'll have up yet.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Review: Dermalogica PreCleanse Oil & Wipes

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A few weeks ago I received the Dermalogica PreCleanse Oil  and Wipes from iFabbo to test out, in short I don't like them.

The PreCleanse Oil and Wipes are supposed to allow you to achieve clean and healthy skin with the DoubleCleanse regimen, which to me means you are going to have to use two products to clean your face. The wipes are biodegradable and are supposed to melt way layers of excess sebum, sunscreen, waterproof makeup, pollutants and other products. Both the wipes and the oil are formulated with skin softening aloe and apricot oils, condition rice brand and Vitamin E, without artificial fragrances, colors or parabens. Both products are also safe to use around the eye area to remove waterproof makeup. Some benefits of these products are that they remove oils without clogging pores, conditioning fatty acids nourish skin and enables your prescribed Dermalogica Cleanser to work more efficiently.

To use the wipes you wipe it over your face and eyes to dissolve surface dirt and oil. Add water if you wish to create a milky emulsion and rinse with lukewarm water, the follow up with your prescribed Dermalogica cleanser for professional cleansing results.

For the oil you dispense oil into dry hands, massage over dry face and eyes to dissolve oil and dirt, wet hands and continue massaging to create a milky emulsion. Rinse with lukewarm water. Follow with prescribed Dermalogica cleanser for professional cleansing results.

For me both these products have an odd smell, at first you can smell sort of a citrusy scent, then once I began applying the products to  my skin, they began to smell like some kind of chemicals, reminded me of kerosene. I also don't like having to use two cleansing products on my face, I would rather use one cleanser, a toner and some moisturizer.

I did not like these products at all as I stated above, the smell was bad, I didn't feel like it cleanse my face that well and they caused me to break out, and I almost never have breakouts. Once my face broke out I discontinued using these products, since I knew for sure they were the culprit.

I know everyone's skin is different and just because I had a bad experience with these, does not mean everyone will, but with that being said, this is not a product I would not recommend.

Have you tired any of the Dermalogica products? Did you have good or bad results?

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hair Woes

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Back in October I highlighted my hair and had it touched up in January (I think), well when I touched it up, I just bought the Petite kit instead of the full size that I used the first time. I assumed they would be the same, just less product to put on your hair, I was way wrong! I was right about there being less product to put on your hair, but also missing from the petite kit was the toning rinse and the bag to place over your head after you have applied the bleach. To me these are two of the most important things to have when bleaching dark colored hair. Needless to say this did not work well at all, you could not even tell that I had touched them up, so I waited till earlier this month and went to touch them up again, this time I bought the full size kit. I sat for a very long time letting my sister pull my strands through the cap and applying the product, I then went to rinse the bleach out of my hair and applied the toner. Once that was all done I pulled my hair up in to a ponytail and went to get some takeout, came home ate and then I was gonna flatiron my hair. When I took it down I nearly had a heart attack, it was 100% blonde! I did not get all the bleach out of my hair when I rinsed it, so it was still bleaching. It some places it was bleached so much that it was white, it was bad!! I feel like it wouldn't have looks so bad if I didn't have such dark roots, but in any case I could not live with my hair that blonde.

I had to end up going to Sally's Beauty and getting some protein filler and then to Walmart for some hair dye to make me look halfway normal again. For my hair color I got Revlon Color Silk in the shade Light Golden Brown, with this I was able to get it to a very light shade of brown. I was very happy with the shade that it turned my hair.

Then in the last few days I had noticed that it was starting to look very un-natural, so I on a whim decided to color it again. This time I went with Revlon Color Silk in the shade Medium Rich Brown. How funny is it that I'm wearing the same shirt in my before and afters LOL

I really liked this hair dye both times that I've used it and it is super affordable $2.97 It is a permanent dye and has 100% gray coverage. I know when I bleached my hair then recolored it the first time it felt very unhealthy and I was a little concerned about coloring it this last time, but since I have colored it, it feels so much healthier, super soft and shiny!

I do think now I will give my hair a break for a while, I really want to redo the hightlights, but I think I'll wait a while on it and give my hair time to rest.

Have you ever went to color your hair and the outcome be something totally different than you expected? Tell me about it in the comments!

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