Cult Nails All Access collection

I’m a loser for not doing a post on The Makeup Show Orlando yet. I know, I know. I’m on a serious budget these days so this collection of nail polishes was the only thing I purchased from the Show. Crazy, right? Usually I empty my pockets like mad. Look at that… I’m growing up. Ha!

I helped Maria of Cult Nails set up the day before the show and I had the chance to play around with the collection All Access. I fell in love. And for a good reason. I mean look…

Cult Nails All Access

*squeals*

Cult Nails Grunge

I knew I would love Grunge before I even swatched it. Maria was wearing this color on her nails and I couldn’t stop eyeing it. It’s described as a perfect military green creme and I couldn’t agree more. It has enough gray in it to where it doesn’t look like a Spring-y shade. It’s just perfect.

Cult Nails Feedback

Feedback contains soft gold, pink, and orange mylar flakes and I found it to be more sparkle-y than most topcoats with flakes. I love how it looks over Grunge. It looks pretty awesome over Lamestain too.

And speaking of Lamestain…

Cult Nails Lamestain

This is by far my favorite polish out of the entire collection. I mean, honestly… This rich, deep, ox blood creme is beyond anything that I’ve ever seen and I love that it doesn’t look black. I’ve been rocking it for a good week now and have no intentions of removing it.

Cult Nails Wack Slacks

‘elloooo Wack Slacks. There ain’t nothin’ like a gorgeous purple/blue nail polish (especially a creme) and Wack Slacks just makes me happy. It’s more blue than purple and applies like a dream.

Cult Nails Disillusion

Disillusion caught me by surprise! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a polish like this. Hot pink mylar shreds are sunken in a black jelly polish? Wow! It is opaque at 2 coats but really shines with 3 coats. I can’t wait to see how this looks over Cult Nails’ black nail polish.

Impressive, right? The pre-order for the collection has already passed but you can buy the polishes individually for $12 at CultNails.com.

The Best Green Juice EVER. Thanks Skinny Limits!

Green smoothies.

Y’all know how much I love them. I could easily drink my weight in green smoothies and have been doing so for many years now. A few weeks ago, a brand by the name of Skinny Limits reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in trying their green juices. At first I was all snobbish like “OMG, green juiiiiice? But I’m totally married to green smoothiesssss.” But green is green, right? Plus I’ve heard that green juice is great for cleaning out some toxins. I couldn’t do a full detox because I’m still pumping for Elle (can you believe it? 9 months!) but could I incorporate Skinny Limits juices in my regular diet?

Um, yahhhh….

Skinny Limits

So here are 3 reasons why Skinny Limits Rocks:
-They will ship FRESH juices to you.
-Their juices are absolutely delicious.
-Their juices are absolutely delicious.

Yes. So good that I had to mention it twice. These juices are amazing! I’ve always been weary about jumping on the green juice bandwagon but one sip of Pure & Simple converted me.

And here’s the thing: juicing isn’t cheap. It isn’t cheap if you juice at home and it isn’t cheap if you have someone else juice for you. But, c’mon…you get what you pay for and if I’m going to pay $49 a day on juices, I want them to be juices that I can at least tolerate.

Welp. I can more than tolerate Skinny Limits’ uses. I could live off of them. They are just beyond tasty. I was given a 3-day trial of juices and so I really got the chance to fall in love with them.

Skinny Limits Juice Cleanse Instructions

Skinny Limits makes it simple by providing you with thorough instructions and a color-coded and number system that tells you when to drink which juices.

Skinny Limits Pure and Simple

Balance juice is made up of kale, spinach, parsley, cucumber, apple, lemon and ginger. Esposo and I couldn’t get enough of this juice. This was our favorite. I love greens but I would have never thought that a juice with parsley in it would be so tasty. The sweetness from the apple and the zing from the ginger  had my tastebuds dancing up a storm. I could easily drink this juice every day.

Pure & Simple has the same ingredients as Balance except it eliminates the ginger. I found it to be just as tasty.

Skinny Limits Scorpion Lemonade

Scorpion Lemonade has lemons, agave nectar, cayenne and filtered water. I’m familiar with the taste of this because I’m one of those crazy people that has done (and suceeded at!) the Master Cleanse. It is far from like a conventional sweet lemonade. The lemons were super fresh and of all of the drinks, I found it to be the most refreshing.

Skinny Limits Crescent Moon

Crescent Moon has raw cashews, vanilla bean, cinnamon, agave nectar and filtered water. This was my second favorite drink. Each 16 oz bottle has a good 300 calories of sweet creamy goodness.

Who are these drinks for?

Anyone! I’m a big fan of detoxing so if you’re feeling like you need to jumpstart a new diet or refresh your body from the inside out, detoxing is ideal. And even if you don’t plan on detoxing and just want to introduce some new tastes in your life, these drinks are perfect.

Skinny Limits bottles

 

Are these shipped safely?

Yep! A huge box arrived with my drinks and they were packaged nicely and every drink was nice and cold.

What could make these better?

Uh, let’s see…if someone could come and make these for me every few days, I think I’d like these A LOT better. :cool:

Way to go, Skinny Limits. Keep rockin’ out and making delicious and healthy juices that can be made available nationwide. For more information about Skinny Limits, be sure to visit their site. And if you’re in the Austin, Texas area, you can visit the Skinny Limits HQ.

So who else loves green juice? Why didn’t you guys tell me how great they were?

Mascara Monday: NYX Le Chick Flick Boudoir mascara

NYX Le Chick Flick mascara

Last year NYX Cosmetics released an entire collection of mascaras and I am finally getting around to reviewing the last one. Le Chick Flick is all about giving waterproof lashes and like all waterproof mascaras that I try out, I had high hopes it. I am way harsh on waterproof mascaras because I’m not looking for a ton of length and volume, I just want longevity and waterproofness. Waterproofness IS a word, isn’t it?

Price: $5.99 from ULTA stores and ULTA.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “NYX Le Chick Flick Boudoir Mascara features a smudge-free formulation that thickens lashes as it delivers deep, dark drama. Dense dome brush reaches each and every lash.” (source)

The Truth: Oh wow…very nice longevity!

What I Loved About It: The wand is pretty awesome.

What I Didn’t Like: Meh, it’s just on the mediocre side in terms of volume and length.

Overall: It is sooooo hard to find a good waterproof mascara. Which is crazy because you would think by now, brands would have developed a decent enough formula. But nope, I am usually let down by most of the waterproof mascaras that I try. For one thing, they HAVE to have decent wands. There’s no need to have wands with a whole ‘lotta frills. Something simple will do. Which is why I love this wand…

NYX Le Chick Flick mascara wand

Wham, bam and done. It isn’t anything fancy and it does a great job at sweeping through the lashes while generously coating each lash with ease. The formula was very nice to deal with and almost had a bit of a gel-feel to it when applied to the lashes. Like many waterproof mascaras, I found that it did a great job at really adhering to the lashes without clumping them up too much. Two  coats was good enough for me and while I didn’t have those long and voluminous drag queen lashes that I always love, the mascara plumped my lashes up enough.

What really impressed me was how long it stayed around. I worked out in this mascara and it lasted through the blood, sweat and tears that are involved in my strenuous workouts. I’m kidding about the blood part. I think. But yeah, I would wipe sweaty hands across my face plenty of times and this mascara didn’t budge. Score!! This is all I ask, NYX. If you’re going to give me a waterproof mascara, make sure that baby is actually…waterproof. I’m a happy woman.

So so happy.

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats

 

NYX Chick Flick

Do I recommend it?: I do! It’s an affordable waterproof mascara that actually works.

Anyone else out there struggle with finding decent waterproof mascaras?

Makeup Wars: Fall Manicure

Hey girl hey! Fall is in full swing (even in humid Florida) and I am all kinds of excited about it. The changing of seasons means I get to expose Elle to random happenings like pumpkin patches and it also means I can pull out my favorite Fall-inspired nail polishes. This Makeup Wars, the girls and I decided to showcase our favorite Fall manicures. I am far from a nail artist so I kept it simple and used one of my favorite polishes out this season.

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Say hello to the gorgeous Lamestain from Cult Nails’ All Access collection. I purchased all of the polishes from this collection but I adooooore this one the most.

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It’s a stunning polish, right? It’s a gorgeous and rich burgundy jelly that DOESN’T look black on the nails. It is everything I could have ever wanted in Fall nail polish. To add a bit of sparkle, I added Essie’s As Gold As It Gets on top.

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And since I’m as untraditional as they come, I am also loving butter LONDON’s Royal Navy as a Fall mani.

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I did a horrible silver glitter nail design on top but Royal Navy is the best navy nail polish everrrrr.

Check out the polishes the Makeup Wars girls picked as their favorite Fall manicures…

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 105

Beautifully Disney nail polishes

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

EauMG – reviews a perfume of “highs and lows”. Aftelier Oud Luban is a natural perfume that lacks middle notes.

Gouldylox Reviews – This foundation rivals anything at Sephora.

My Beauty Bunny – Cleansers, and toners, and masks, oh my! Win them and a whole lot more in our HUGE Andalou Naturals Giveaway!

Nouveau Cheap – The newest ChapStick lip balm feels like a million bucks on the lips, but does it deliver on its promise of “8 hours of moisture”?

Prime Beauty – turns to SENNA Cosmetics Fall 2013 Neo-Copper Collection for her quintessential fall makeup look with warm metallic tones of bronze and copper.

Phyrra – Before you buy another makeup brush, you need to see Phyrra’s review on the Wayne Goss Makeup Brushes from Beautylish!

we heart this – Vintage lovers and modern fashionistas agree, the MAC Retro Matte Lipsticks offers the best of both worlds. We’ve got swatches of all eight lipsticks – check them out!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Find your perfect red with Jouer’s new fall collection, Perfect Red!

Chalkboard Nails – tries on the Contrary Polish No Place Like Home collection, a perfect fall palette of shimmer-packed nail polishes.

Clumps of Mascara – Disney lovers, brace yourself for this one. Disney has launched a chic and sophisticated makeup line for big kids. Beautifully Disney is simply amazing!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by EauMG – Natalie of Another Perfume Blog shares her thoughts and impressions of Estee Lauder Modern Muse EDP (“Estee Lauder’s first major perfume launch since 2003”) and the brand’s perfume legacy.

 

Question of the Week:

Name your top three go-to makeup brushes.

B says, “I need a good powder brush, a kabuki and a fluffy eye shadow brush. I’m pretty low maintenance in the brush department.”

What are your faves?

 

See you next week!

OPI San Francisco collection, part II

I’m back with the rest of the gorgeous nail polishes from OPI’s San Francisco nail polish collection. The first half of the collection is here. The second half is full of gorgeous pinks and reds. See…

OPI San Francisco

Goooorgeous!

OPI First Date at the Golden Gate

First Date at the Golden Gate is a really pretty ruby. It wouldn’t be an OPI collection without a stunning red.

OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane

In the Cable Car-Pool Lane is lovely. Nothing says fall like a rich and creamy burgundy. This one is flawless. I applied 2 coats of it and I probably should have applied a third.

OPI I Knead Sour-Dough

I Knead Sour-Dough is a Grandma-y shade with glam. It’s a nice rosy brown with a gorgeous hot pink shimmer. I didn’t expect to like this so much but wow. It’s very unexpected.

OPI Embarca-Dare Ya!

Embarca-Dare Ya! is a shimmery magenta. It isn’t anything special but that doesn’t make it any less pretty.

OPI Lost on Lombard

Lost on Lombard is a seasonly appropriate garnet.

OPI It’s All San Andreas’s Fault

It’s All San Andreas’s Fault is a mauve. It’s one of OPI’s Liquid Sands and I think it’s one of the best Liquid Sands in terms of quality. I’m not a fan of the shade but it’s certainly “interesting”.

OPI Wharf! Wharf! Wharf!

Wharf! Wharf! Wharf! is indeed one long and annoying name. Ha! But other than that, it’s a rich and bright blue. This Liquid Sand requires very thin strokes but I have a heavy hand and applying thin strokes are never easy for me.

OPI Alcatraz…Rocks

Alcatraz…Rocks is a blue-ish gray Liquid Sands that doesn’t look as “sandy” as the other Liquid Sands in this collection.

The entire collection…

OPI San Francisco

OPI San Francisco

This collection is currently available anywhere OPI products are sold. You can snag ‘em for about $9 a bottle.

Which one are you lovin’?

Beautifully Disney – The Makeup Line of ALL Makeup Lines

I love me some Disney. I mean really love is an understatement. Big kids know what I’m talking about. There’s something special about Disney parks, characters and movies. I didn’t think I could fall in love with Disney any more until they launched a makeup line called Beautifully Disney.

Beautifully Disney makeup

Um, yes. This is indeed a real thing and a few months ago I had the pleasure of attending a press event that caught me up to speed about the brand. First of all… “WOW!!! Is this real life?” It is. And I am so happy to be in this life where Disney has an awesome and affordable makeup line. And by awesome, I mean that the quality is definitely up to par. Yes, yes, I love my Disney but I also love keepin’ it real. I was just wishing on a star that the products would be amazing, spectacular and that they would leave me in awe. And guess what? They did.

Beautifully Disney eye shadow

From the packaging, the names of the palettes, polishes and lipsticks, the brand nailed it. It is everything that a Disney and beauty lover would want. If you’re thinking that the brand doesn’t look “kiddy” that’s because it isn’t intended for kids. Beautifully Disney is a line is for the older Disney lover, the Disney admirer who may have forgotten her lipstick at home and the beauty aficionado who loves Disney and wants an memento that she can use on a regular basis.

The dark and rich jewel toned packaging looks and feels sophisticated. The color choices of the lip glosses, nail polishes and eye shadows are mature, yet trendy and can be fitting for the college-aged girl to the hip Grandma who loves Disney as much as her grandkids love Disney.

The lippies…

Beautifully Disney lips

Beautifully Disney lip gloss

I didn’t anticipate liking these as much as I did. I thought they’d be watery, contain a ton of fragrance and have wimpy colors. Wrong! These fragrance-free lip glosses are moisturizing and pigmented. They last relatively long for a gloss and I’ve spotted a purple, baby pink, shimmery plum, coral and silver gloss. I am LOVING the shade options!

The nail polishes…

Beautifully Disney nail polishes

Ohhhh, the polishes…they’re wonderful! Cremes dominate the scene but I love that there are a few glitters and shimmer polishes. You’ve got your staple colors like reds and pinks but for us adventurous nail polish lovers, there’s a baby blue, teal and mustard.

Eye shadow palettes…

Beautifully Disney eye shadow palette

The eye shadows are stunning. Housed in graphically attractive heavy duty cardboard palettes. Most of the shades have a bit of shimmer but the shimmer is very forgiving and subtle.

Priced between $9-$40, the high-end line is more than impressive. New collections are launching every 3 months and I even got an insider tip that Beautifully Disney will be launching a mascara soon. *squeals* If you don’t think you’ll be in Orlando and at Downtown Disney to pick these sweet goodies up, you can snag ‘em online.

Gotta love that Disney magic!

*Disclosure: These products came in a gift basket that was gifted to me at a Disney press event.

The Affordable Skin care Gadget Called Spa Sonic

My little sister is jumping in to help me feature some pretty awesome skincare, cosmetics and nail polishes. You’ll be seeing her around her quite a bit! Courtney received this Spa Sonic Skin care system for review and she can’t stop bragging about it. 

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About 2 months ago I went to the Néu Lotus Spa at the Renaissance Sea World. I had a 45 -minute facial and a 30-minute massage. During my facial the esthetician used a Clarisonic Mia 2 on my face. I immediately fell in love with the brush and was ready to buy one ASAP. That was until I looked at the price. I don’t know about you all, but I just graduated college and working part-time so I don’t really have $150.00 to just spend on a facial brush.

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The great thing about the Spa Sonic Skin Care System is that it is only $59.99 and you can get it at Target.com. The brush comes in three pretty colors including lavender, pink and white. The package comes with 2 facial brushes, a large body brush, a facial buffer, and a pumice stone to get rid of those rough spots on your elbows, knees, and heels. It also comes with 4 double A batteries so you don’t have to buy any once you make your purchase.

And now for  the most important question…how well does it work? I am pleasantly surprised! This brush works pretty darn well. It is definitely a 3.5 out of 5. I’ve been using for when I first wake up in the morning. After all, that’s when the skin is at its cleanest, right? I’ve looked at my brush and would see dirt and was glad that it managed to get it all off. I was a little upset that the brush bristles weren’t as hard, but I think that is a personal preference.

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I think this brush is perfect for people who aren’t ready to make the big purchase for the Clarsonic. It does a great job at getting your skin clean. The downside is that it is battery operated. Who really wants to deal with buying batteries to wash your face? It’s not ideal but that’s  the small price you pay for a pretty awesome brush. I think that the Spa Sonic Skin Care System is beyond perfect for younger kids who are going through puberty. It will teach them great skin care techniques while helping remove the dirt and oil.

What do you think? Would you guys purchase the Spa Sonic Skin Care System?