SensatioNail Color Gel Polish Review + giveaway!

Welp. It’s official. I am definitely on the gel nail train. It took a minute, uh? But honestly – as someone who adores nail polishes, it’s reallllly hard to get me to try a product that means I DON’T have to change my nail polish for a few weeks. It’s practically torture. I thought I’d always have time to polish my nails daily. Or at least every other day.

And then I had a bebe. And as darling as she is, my girl could care less about my desire to polish my nails daily. No new mom (or insanely busy mom) has time for such shenanigans. And that’s when I knew it was the ideal time to try gel nails.

Say hello to the SensatioNail Starter Kit.

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Priced at $50, this kit contains everything you’ll need to do several gel nail manicures at your own crib. I’ve reviewed a gel nail kit before, but after using it on my sister. This time around, I am the guinea pig and having applied, rocked and removed this manicure – I’ve got somethin’ to say…

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Color me impressed! Yes, seriously. After 2 weeks, I had little to no chipping.  But first, let’s talk about the details and application of this stuff.

Starting Kit includes:

Gel Cleanser
Gel Primer
Gel Base & Top Coat
Color Gel Polish (additional nail polishes only $9)
Pro 3060 LED Lamp
Wood Manicure Stick
Lint-free Wipes
Double-sided Nail Buffer

How to apply (information from press release)

  • Prepare: Apply our exclusive Gel Primer to clean, dry nails. Then apply Gel Base & Top Coat – Cure for 30 seconds
  • Laquer Up: Sweep on your  favorite shade of SensatioNail Invincible Gel Polish – Cure for 60 seconds
  • Protect: Seal in color with Gel Base & Top Coat – Cure for 30 seconds — Wipe nails with Gel Cleanser – you’re done!

* SensatioNail Invincible Gel Polish can be removed by soaking in 100% pure acetone

Application is really very easy. Formula-wise the polishes were nice and thin and I didn’t have any issues with bubbling. The key is to use thin coats. I struggled with this because I’ve always been one to apply relatively large coats of polish. The thinner the coat, the better. The good news is, even if you apply thicker coats, it won’t affect the longevity of the polish. Will the tips look a bit heavier? Well, yeah…but no one can really notice that from a distance. Also, be prepared to spend a good hour on the initial application.

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Le wear is very impressive. I didn’t get ANY chips the entire 2 weeks I had the polish on. As with all nail polishes, I’m sure this will vary from person to person. Some of us are harsher  on our nails than others and so the nail polishes wear differently. But overall, I thought the wear was exceptionally better than most gel nail systems.

My nails immediately after application…

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See how thick the gel looks? The gel on my pinky is especially coated on. It ended up chipping soon after and I’m pretty sure it was due to my packing it on. So yah – definitely user error.

Removal  took forever but that was to be expected. Luckily, SensatioNail has a nice removal kit that helps aid in that. I found that regular acetone and a ton of patience did well enough for me. It took a good hour for me to completely remove all traces of the gel nails. I didn’t notice any damage on my natural nails either.

Variety & availabilty: I’ve spotted at the set at both Target and Walmart and many of the polishes are sold there individually too. Score! I was thisclose to picking up Blue Yonder, a fabulous navy blue polish. The price for the kit is around $50 with the polishes between $9-$10. This is a HUGE deal for those who regularly do gel nails at a salon.

Nails 2 weeks after application…

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So yah! I am veryyyy happy that I gave these a whirl. SensatioNail’s gel nail system seems to be one of the more popular ones and I see why.

I’m giving away a set!! The Rafflecopter will take a few seconds to load but when it does, enter for a chance to win a starter kit and 2 additional polishes.

Any gel nail lovers in the house?

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Cargo Cosmetics is some kind of awesome…

So like a realllllllyyyyy long long loooong time ago, I was all obsessed with the brand CARGO. Some people are obsessed with shoes, some folx like hats (you know, like the ones people rock at the Kentucky Derby when they bet on horses), I obsess over cosmetics. Obviously. I’m not sure what happened but my love affair with them just…ended. Don’t you hate when that happens? It’s like one minute you’ll be obsessed with a song and then the next, you’re just like…over it. Okay, so fast forward a few years and CARGO and I are friendly again thanks to these press samples being sent to me. Yaaaayyyy!!!!

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CARGO is  currently sold in Ulta and at cargocosmetics.com, but I’m almost positive that they used to be sold in Sephora. I wish they’d go back to good ole’ Seph. But whatever – I’m just happy that I can buy them whenever now because it seemed to be that they weren’t so widely available years ago.

One of my faaaavorie things about the brand is their AMAZING bronzers. Mark my words – CARGO rules in the bronzer department. This Beach Blush in Echo Beach is absolutely lovely.

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Don’t be silly and try to use each individual  color. No no, loves. Simply swirl a brush in there and apply it all over the cheeks.

 

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Yep, that’s Elle’s little head at my chin. I’m a multi-tasking mama! Packing-wise, I love these bronzers but it’s really the longevity that make them stellar. I can use this bronzer on top of a powder and it will last a good 8 hours. Fo reals!

And then there’s the Essential Palette…

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Who knew CARGO did eyeshadows so well? Priced well at $32, this palette in Warm Neutral is the perfeeeect everyday palette. I love how all of the shadows are matte but they weren’t chalky. In fact, the only issue I had was with the Browbone color. It was a bit frostier than I would have liked. I managed to tone it down a bit using a primer but by itself…wowsers.

Lippy-wise, I was sent the darling coral and shimmery darling.

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A simple gloss, yes but it’s dainty and would probably be fantastic over a highly pigmented lipstick. It’s the kind of gloss that is appropriate for outdoor fancy affairs but it also works well if you need something subtle but nice.

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Prices:

Bronzer – $30
Essentials Palette – $32
Lipgloss – $14

Availability:

CargoCosemtics.com

I am beyond impressed with what CARGO has been doing lately. I’ve got some mascaras of theirs that I can’t wait to review so stay tuned for those reviews. Any CARGO lovers in the house? Have you ever tried the brand?

 

*This post contains a paid link

 

Makeup Wars: Unique Spring Trends – Black lipliner!

The Makeup Wars gals are back with another post and I am super excited to feature this one. I’ve been catchin’ up on beauty trends and I am excited to announce that rocking black lipliner is finally a legit trend.

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Yes!! ‘Bout time, right? For years, many of us would rock black EYEliner on our lips. I’m not even going to front and act like I didn’t. Black eyeliner and silver gloss blended together was totally my look in high school. It wasn’t until I hit college where I realized that rockin’ black liner on the lips didn’t compliment me. Or anyone for that matter. And so I let it go.

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But after flipping through magazines and hittin’ the beauty blogs, I’ve come across so many articles that are announcing that black liner on the lips is finally in. I’ve seen it worn several ways.

There’s the thick liner with very little blending…

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And my favorite, thick liner WITH red lipstick. Yes!!!

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Fierce, right? I’m loving it and I am so glad that this trend is officially a trend. I know brown girls everywhere are rejoicing. I’ve even heard that some brands will be launching black lipliner. No need to use your black eyeliner for your lips anymore. I love how versatile this look is. It’s perfect for those of us who have to be all professional on our jobs but then it’s also great for after-work Happy Hour with the girls. I’m thinking black liner on the lips will be my signature look. I am just that much in love with it.

Whatcha think, gals? Are you feeling this look?

Check out some of the other trends my Makeup Wars sisters are rockin’…

Target Spring Means Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid lipsticks

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I know. I can’t stop talking about ‘em. Yah. I am that obsessed with Maybelline’s Color Sensational lipsticks. These things are magnificent, y’all. And so unexpected! I mean, who knew that a drugstore brand would be launching such beautiful and BRIGHT lipsticks? This never happens. We usually have to head to department stores to see brilliance. Maybelline is givin’ us face this season.

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…and I am soooo here for it. I’ve been braggin’ about the awesomeness of these thangs for quite some time so please allow me to show them off via pics. You cool with that?

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Formula-wise, they are like traditional lipsticks in that they may be a bit drying so wearing a lip balm underneath them is a must. Wear time is dependent on what you got goin’ on. A ton of eating and drinking may result in your lipstick fading a bit but I think that’s to be expected. I find that I get the best wear time out of these when I blot with a tissue after applying. Some have a bit of a stain-effect so even if I’m drinking on somethin’, the color will stick around a bit longer.

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And now the beauties –

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Brazenberry is a cool medium berry. It’s such an interesting shade of purple. I found it worked best when I wore it with a plum lipliner.

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Electric Orange is a straight up ORANGE lipstick. It definitely isn’t for the faint of heart. I was surprised at how I can wear this without a liner or anything. ‘Scuse my flaky lippies on this one.

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Hot Plum is a vivid magenta and I found it to be extremely wearable.

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Neon Red is an orange-y red and it is briiiiight. It has quite a bit of orange for me but I can still rock it confidently. This is THE lippy color of the season.

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On Fire Red is a great blue toned red lipstick. If Neon Red isn’t exactly up your alley, On Fire Red is it.

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Pink Pop is a frosty bubblegum pink.

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Vivid Rose is my absolute favorite of the bunch. It’s a punchy hot pink that is officially my color of the season.

Of course you can grab all of these at Target. That is, if you can find them. It was hard tracking these babies down because they are super popular. Simply put – these rocks. Especially if you’re the type to be a bit adventurous in the lipstick department.

Which one are you lovin’ the most?

It’s Time for Springtime.

Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

 

Urban Decay’s Lip Junkie Lipgloss has new shades!

Urban Decay has recently added some slammin’ new lippies to their Lip Junkie lipgloss line and I was sent a couple of ‘em to review. Say ‘allo to Obsessed and Trashed.

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This is my first time trying these Lip Junkies and I’m really just trying to figure out what took me so long to jump on the bandwagon. These are awesome!

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If you’re a fan of non-sticky glosses that have a ton of moisture packed in them, I think you’ll like these glosses. They are fantastic for wearing over a lipstick and if you don’t mind the sheerness, they are okay worn alone too. If you are looking for more pigment, you likely won’t find them in any of the UD Lip Junkie lipglosses. But that’s okay , UD has other products for you to haul if it’s extreme lip color you’re looking for.

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Obsessed is a pale milky cream of a gloss. I actually really dig how it looks alone.

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Trashed is a bright pink with silver shimmer and the shimmer is definitely more apparent when worn over a lipstick.

I’m kinda in love with the packaging of these lipglosses. They are a little on the large size but the top is all fancy and they still manage to fit nicely in my cosmetic bag. Application is easy although if you are a fan of more of an even coverage, your best bet is to apply this gloss with a lip brush.

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I got a good 2-3 hours of wear time out of these. You’ll definitely have to reapply after eating or drinking but no biggie…I do that most of the time with most lipglosses anyway.

The Beauty Basics

Price: $19/each.
Availability: Sephora.com, Sephora stores and UrbanDecay.com.
Limited Edition?: No
Worth The Price?: They are pretty expensive for lip glosses but UD lovers won’t mind the splurge if they don’t mind how sheer these are. 
 

Whatcha think, Urban Decay fans? Have you tried these lippies yet?

Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer – yassss!

Growing up, not putting on lotion was never an option. And when you have dark brown skin, everybody and their mommy could tell if you decided to go lotion-free. Ash talks, y’all and when she takes over, she practically screams. I would have soooo wished this Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer was out when I was a kid. This stuff is genius because guess why…

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You really do spray…and go! Like, fo real. There isn’t a secret behind it. It’s lotion in spray bottle. That’s it! It’s so simple that it almost makes you want to laugh.

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New to the lotion aisle, this Spray & Go Moisturizer doesn’t tote any lofty  claims. If you’ve ever used any of Vaseline’s lotion, you’ll like that the formulation hasn’t changed one bit. It comes in 3 familiar varieties  Aloe Fresh, Total Moisture and Cocoa Radiant. Does it work?

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Absolutely! Vaseline has what they call the bag-on-valve technology on this thing and it helps deliver a 360-degree spray delivery using compressed air. It not only feels good going on the skin, but it really does hit every area of skin it comes across. Here goes Esposo when I tell him about this cool new product…

“So wait – I just spray it on and keep going? I don’t have to rub it in?”

Of course, I laugh at him because come on..it can’t do ALL of the work for you. Some rubbing in is definitely required. But is this perfect for those who have to moisturize daily and can’t be bothered with the whole lotion thing? Well, yeah. And if you’ve used and loved Vaseline’s lotions before, then you’ll be happy to know that not much has changed as far as scent in the 3 different varities.

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I’m a fan and I think this moisturizer is perfect for traveling, gym bags and kids. And for lazy birds like me who don’t have an extra 20 seconds to lotion all over. I’m just sayin’…

Snag this for $7.99 at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide. One bottle allows for 30 all over uses.

Whatcha think? Is this too gimmicky for ya or can you get down with some spray lotion?

OPI Euro Centrale Collection for Spring/Summer 2013 – Part I

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This collection is a ginormous one so I’m splitting it up in 2 parts. The Euro Centrale collection is celebrating the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania. I’m happy to see that it doesn’t include a bunch of boring shades. They aren’t all unique but most of them have some kind of spark to ‘em.

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OPI…Eurso Eurso is a gorgeous cobalt creme. I will never own enough beautiful blues like this. I should have done another coat but if you’re good enough you can get away with 2 coats.

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You’re Such A Budapest is a soft lavender with subtle shimmer. It is super streaky so you’ll definitely want to apply at least 3 good coats for this one. It’s definitely a typical Spring color.

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Can’t Find my Czechbook is an aqua blue but of course my camera has it showing up as something differently. I can never photograph aqua shades well enough.

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My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours is a super bright orange that almost looks like it has a bit coral in it. My camera has gone wonky again but I absolutely love this polish. It is my favorite of bunch.

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Suzi’s Hungary Again is a warm pink with shimmer. It isn’t terribly unique but it’s fun and girly.

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Polka.com is a blue and violet glitter. There are some large hex bits in there. I’ve got it layered over OPI…Eurso Eurso. I dig it but of course you’ll have to work to get those hex pieces to spread evenly across your nails.

 

The Beauty Basics

Price: $9/bottle
Availability: Anywhere OPI polishes are sold – Ulta, JC Penny salons, etc.
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: OPI…Eurso Eurso, My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours
 

Any beauty babes from Hungary, Poland and Romania? How are you feelin’ about this collection? Stay tuned for part 2!

Floral Nail Art Designs with Target Beauty

I feel all crazy talking about Springtime because it has been all rainy here in Central Florida. I really shouldn’t complain because at least we’re not dealing with winter weather like some of y’all folx up north. Snow in March? That’s just a cruel joke, Mother Nature. Yucky weather or not, we can still get our groove on with beauty spring looks on our nails. This sponsored post comes from Target via Glam Media and it’s all about trying out some beautiful floral nail art designs. You know, something like this…

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Super cute, right? Now y’all know how I feel about nail art. I usually turn away from it because I’m not all that coordinated and let’s be honest, I just find nail art to be far too time consuming. But after checking out this design from Chalkboard Nails and seeing her tutorial, I figured I could give it a shot. Not too shabby, uh? I used this gorgeous Sonia Kashuk polish in. You’re familiar with Sonia K, aren’t you? She does everything beautifully – from brushes to liners, lippies and polishes too.

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I also picked up this Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy polish in Galactic.

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How precious are this? I’ve been into the flakey nail polish trend for quite some time and I just loooove that Revlon has given us a 2-in-1. It’s the perfect daytime to nighttime polish for gals like me who really aren’t into spending a ton of time doing funky stuff to their nails.

Are you into nail art or not so much? Surely these flowery nails will inspire you just a bit, uh?

It’s Time for Springtime.

Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.