Neon Nail Polishes For The Win!

Neon polishes

Dude. This makeup wars post totally creeped up on me and I almost didn’t get it in. But hey…there was no way I was going to let this week go by without joining my girls as we showcased some of our favorite neon polishes.

So. Neon polishes. You either love them or you…run away from them. I get it. They’re bright and not everyone feels comfortable rockin’ traffic cone orange on their nails and toes. This girl does. Yes, y’all. I would rock neon polishes all day and everyday, if I could. I don’t wear them as much as I’d like because let’s face it…the formula generally sucks. And this goes for all brands and colors. If neons applied like creme nail polishes, I’d be in trouble. I’d roll up to a job interview like “Heyyyy! How are you lovin’ my neon green nails?” Okay, I’m kidding.

Maybe?

Neon nail polishes

Since my reviews of neon nail polishes are pretty skimpy, I decided to go to the vault (AKA my nail polish stash) and pull out some of my old favorite neon babies. And these kids made the cut.

Best neon nail polishes

I decided to do a quick neon Skittles nails showcasing 5 of my favorite neon nail polishes. I used white nail polish under each polish. From thumb to pinky…

Neon nails

China Glaze Shell-O is definitely on the sheerer side as far as neons go but she’s bright and absolutely stunning against my skin.

China Glaze Sun Worshipper is one of my favorite neons of all time. Mainly because application is always so nice and easy. I believe China Glaze makes a far more vibrant neon orange but I can’t put my finger on it. Literally.

Essie Funky Limelight was one of my first neon polishes. I’ve had this baby for years and when I think of a neon nail polish, this is the shade that always comes to mind.

China Glaze I’m With the Lifeguard took me by surprise a few weeks ago. I mean daaaang. This lime green is flawless. I rediscovered it and can’t get over how cool it looks on my toes. I’d post pics but I’m one of those people who don’t post pictures of their toes. Because I hate pictures of peoples’ toes. So I won’t do that to you…

Aaaand OPI’s Push & Pur-pull from their Neons collection. I don’t really think this is considered a neon purple but OPI says it is and it is a divine purple so…whatever.


China Glaze

Roll through to the lists of the other girls of the Makeup Wars to see what they’re lovin’…

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That Time Mama Fell In Love With A Stroller #sponsored

GB ZuZu Stroller

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for GB. I received a gift card to purchase a GB stroller to both facilitate my review as well as thank me for my participation. It has been quite awhile since I’ve done a post on something baby related and when I was given the opportunity to test drive the GB Zuzu Stroller, I could not have been more excited. Despite having owned more than 4 different strollers, we have never really regularly used them. We’re a babywearing family so when it comes to getting around about about, Elle is usually wrapped on someone’s back or hip. Which sounds sweet ‘an all and it usually works well except um…it’s summer. In Florida. Like her Mama and Daddy, Elle has those overactive sweat genes and babywearing is uncomfortable for all when we’re doing outside activities.

GB ZuZu stroller review

The GB Zuzu has been more than perfect for our very active babe who lives a very active lifestyle. We head to a splash pad and farmer’s market every week and we would usually grab our very large so big it don’t make no sense stroller. It’s a pain. I hate it. But Zuzu in all of her lightweight’ness has been delightful. Grabbing it out of the car has been a breeze.

Zuzu also gets points for being the only stroller that doesn’t take up MOST of my trunk space and actually stands up on its own after you take it out of the car. The latter is one of those features you don’t think really matters until you actually have a stroller that DOESN’T stand up upright. Oh, and I should also mention that it took less than 7 minutes to put together right out of the box. I would really label Zuzu has an umbrella stroller PLUS. It has many sweet features that parents would want in an umbrella stroller but have to sacrifice. Take the large canopy, for one…

GB ZuZu canopy

This is so so useful in the summer and I don’t think I’ve ever come across a canopy THIS large on a stroller this small. So yes, the oversized canopy with ventilated window is more than appreciated. Also appreciated is the durable material.


GB ZuZu
Easy to wipe down and practically immune to minor staining, I found the Zuzu to do really well at the splash pad. It stayed cool in the sun and dried quickly when it got wet. Esposo was all excited when he saw this stroller but really it was the maneuverability that really pumped him up.

GB ZuZu wheels
And seriously…this baby can move. Our jogging stroller was always our preferred stroller (even when jogging wasn’t taking place) but Esposo and I both appreciated how easy this moved. It tolerates quick turns and bumps and it’s just one smooth ride. Random as it sounds, but I dig the handles, too.

GB ZuZu stroller handles

They aren’t only comfortable but helloooo, I can hang a bag or two on them. This is a big deal in the lightweight stroller world. Trust me on this. While Zuzu is lightweight, she still holds a lot of cargo.

GB ZuZu stroller in action

Count the bags. There are two in the nice sized basket, there’s a bag on one handle, and a cloth diaper wet bag on the other handle. That’s 4 bags of stuff on that tiny stroller. And that’s when I knew the Zuzu would definitely be passed on to baby #2.

Calm down, y’all. There are no plans for baby #2 yet. If you didn’t know it, toddlers are pretty effective forms of birth control. Just sayin’…

Zuzu Pros

-Easy breakdown and set up. I mean CRAZY easy.
-Small and compact. Perfect for small homes and cars.
-Self-stands when folded. Biggest perk evaaaa!
-Compatible with select infant carriers.
-Can last from newborn up until babes of 50 lbs.

Zuzu Cons

-May be pricey for some at $199.
-No cup holder.
-Pulling the handles up when opening the stroller may take some getting used to.

I can’t say enough great things about this stroller. I am thrilled. Elle appreciates it because she gets the ease of quickly jumping in and out. I love being able to haul our life in it and being able to store it with without it taking up my entire trunk. It’s the little things in parenthood. Fellow parents know what I’m talkin’ about. You can get more details about this baby and purchase it at Babies ‘R Us.

 

So, parental units with littles…what strollers are you rollin’ with these days? 

Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 134

Too Faced Cat Eyes eyeshadow palette

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!

Phyrra – Looking to save time in the morning? Check out my Best Time Saving Multi-Tasking Beauty Products!

we heart this – Have you ordered the Summer FabFitFun VIP box yet? If not, you’re in luck! We’ve got a review and a coupon code for $10 off.

Clumps of Mascara – is head over heels in love with Too Faced’s Cat Eyes palette. Could it be the packaging? The quality of the shadows? Or both?

EauMG – tries one of the newest perfumes from Diptyque that happens to be so refreshing in the summer heat.

Gouldylox Reviews – I’m a little obsessed with these bright colors (which surprises me as much it might you!)

Lipglossiping – gets acquainted with the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains, a gloss/gel hybrid that punches well above its weight in the colour stakes!

My Beauty Bunny – Tarina Tarantino adds a punk edge to beauty basics with the Jewel Shadow Palette in Delightful – these shades are not the standard neutrals!

Pink Sith – tells you all about Haughty Cosmetics Perfect Finish Lip Gloss in shades called Give and Inspire. Plus don’t forget the Haughty Cosmetics Giveaway ending on the 6th of August!

Prime Beauty – has discovered the ancient skincare rituals of the geisha in the TATCHA Ritual Discovery Kit.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Phyrra – I chose Ange from Hairspray and High Heels as my pick. I love her blog! She created a great post on the Best Lipsticks for Pale Skin, which I appreciate!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Question of the Week:

Which celebrity do you wish would create a
celebrity fragrance and why?
What do you think it should smell like?

B says, “Probably Erykah Badu. She’s a bit of a hippie like me and I can’t imagine her wearing a fragrance but if she did it would probably smell all earthy and woodsy.”

 

What about you?

See you next week!

So. About Sunscreen…do you wear it?

I can’t believe that I am just now getting around to reviewing these sunscreens from Kiss My Face. Summer is well underway and we just took our first family trip to the beach a few weeks ago. I wasn’t brave enough to take an infant to the beach last year but now that Elle is 1.5, I just knew it would be some kind of fun.

Baby at the beach

 

And fun, it was. She had a blast digging through the sand with Daddy, running up on the waves and lounging with Mommy on the beach chair. We were sent these Kiss My Face sunscreens for review which we toted with us in our beach bags. I’m glad I remembered to bring them because while I am a big advocate about sun protection, I forget to wear sunscreen…a lot!

Kiss My Face Kids sunscreen
 

There’s been a lot talk about spray sunscreens and if they are harmful or not so to be safe, I didn’t use that on Elle. I did however slather her in the Kiss My Face Kids Defense Mineral SPF 30 sunscreen. It provides UVA and UVB protection and they omit fragrances and sulfates. Mineral sunscreens, I’m guessing, are the new kids on the block ( don’t quote me on that as I don’t really keep up with sunscreen thangs) in the sunscreen world. I first heard about them from Food Babe. I’m not going to act like I’m a skin scientist and know every little thing about ingredients but I do what I can and I appreciate brands like Kiss My Face because they are always very clear on what their products include and don’t include.

Kiss My Face ingredients

And I’m so grateful that this comes without fragrance. Sunscreens are already pretty funky in my book and I don’t need an extra layer of a citrus scent to help me smell…”beachy”. This stuff applies like all sunscreens.

Kiss My Face  packaging

But alas those with darker skin will endure the ghost effect. Ain’t nothin’ we can do about that. And I deal with it because at the end of the day, protection is key. Our entire family uses this sunscreen so I love that I’m using a sunscreen that’s great for my baby and great for me!

Kiss My Face sunscreen

Kiss My Face on skin

I really love this sunscreen and will stock up on it since we plan on taking a few more trips to the beach this summer. I’ll hold off on their Air Powered Spray for now until I get the verdict on it.

Kiss My Face Kids Defense sunscreen

What sunscreens are you using this summer?

Milani Is SO Making A Statement With Their New Color Statement Nail Polishes

Oh Milani. Oh girl…you are lookin’ good. Something looks different about you. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

Milani Color Statement

Milani has totally shocked us with this one and they are giving us not 1, not 2 but 37 new shades of their new line of nail polishes. I received a few samples of these and I can’t wait to start showing you how fantastic they are.

Milani Color Statement polishes

I am loving the bottle design! Like, a lot. In fact, it reminds me a lot of Cult Nails’ bottle.

Milani Color Statement vs Cult Nails bottle

Milani needed a more updated and a more chic look for a nail polish bottle. I mean, don’t get me wrong…their original bottles aren’t terrible. They’re just…

Milani Color Statement vs Nail Lacquer

I mean, which one would you rather pick up? And pay no mind to the teeth marks on the bottle to the right. I have a terrible habit of using my teeth to loosen nail polish bottles. I know, I know. Don’t even say it. I know.

Milani Color Statement nail polishes

I’ve been playing around with these babies for a few days now and formula-wise, Milani is right in that they give great coverage with only one coat. Most will require a second coat if you want true opacity, but they do really well with the initial coat. As with all nail polishes, wear time is relative but I’ve always been a huge fan of their base coat and I think it is spectacular at helping nail polish last longer than a day.

Milani nail polish

The Color Statement line is giving is so many formulas and shades to pick from including glitters, a fire engine red, stunning purples, sweet pinks, vampy shades and everything in between. I’m so proud of Milani! I am very excited about these reasonably priced bottles of polish. They go for $3.99 which is a dollar less than their regular line of polishes. I’m thinking these will be a huge hit among Milani aficionados and those scouring drugstores for pretty polishes. If the chic bottle design doesn’t grab you, the really pretty color selections will.

Go Milani go!

Makeup Wars: The Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette is Purrrfect!

Too Faced Cat Eyes palette

This darling little palette arrived on my door step last week and I squealed. This press sample of Too Faced’s Cat Eyes palette look ordinary at first glance, but I don’t know – this palette is really very nice and SO wearable for women and all shades. Of course I always try to do my due diligence in making sure that a palette is brown girl friendly and this one IS!

Too Faced Cat Eyes

Too Faced has been cranking out so many palettes this season and I’m thinking Cat Eyes is the most wearable, versatile and has the cutest package! I mean, have you seen how darling it is?

Too Faced Cat Eyes eyeshadow palette

It’s sweet, y’all. I am working on a look using this palette but for now, I’m giving you swatches and a video review.


Too Faced Cat Eyes swatches on brown skin
Too Faced Cat Eyes swatches on dark skin
 


Too Faced Cat Eyes for dark skin
The shadows are buttery smooth and just perfect. Check out a look that I created in my video review….

One day I will be patient and skilled enough to do a tutorial but y’all, I’ve had Elle home with me all week and um, try doing makeup with at toddler AND a tripod around. I triple dog dare you! It just doesn’t happen. Plus, we are out of town and visiting family in Virginia so who knows? Maybe I’ll return home with the burning desire to do a tutorial. But fear not as several of my Makeup Wars sisters have cranked out gorgeous tutorials using the Too Faced Cat Eyes palette. Enjoyyyy!!!

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Join Me At The Niche Parent Conference!

Niche ParentI love when conferences come to Orlando. It happens quite a bit because helllloooo the big Mouse lives around these parts. Yours truly is an Ambassador for the Niche Parent Conference. And wait just one second. Don’t get all huffy and puffy on me and say “But I’m not a pareeeent.” Cool. You don’t have be. In fact, many of the attendees are NOT parents. The Niche Parent Conference prides themselves on bringing together the best digital influencers for a weekend of networking, learning and good ‘ol time.

This conference will be a fantastic fit for bloggers of all genres because the content provided will be geared toward us social media junkies of all backgrounds!

“The Niche Parent Conference features a workshop-style agenda that will give digital influencers, journalists, and business owners hands-on training by top industry leaders in a peer-to-peer environment. Educational and informative continuing education workshops and sessions for attendees will cover the latest trends in blogging, social media, and entrepreneurship. The agenda will be designed to help attendees of all levels enhance their social media and marketing skills, in addition to offering entrepreneurial and business training.” (source)

Yes y’all. Good times will be had and I hope that you can make it! For more information about this very awesome conference, visit the site and to purchase your ticket, do so here!

Heading to Niche Parent and want to meet up? Let me know!

 

 

Disclosure: As Ambassador, I will receive a pass to attend the Niche Parent Conference but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. There’s an affiliate link up there so if you purchase your ticket, yours truly gets a few pennies to spend on saving up for the hotel stay during the conference. Weeee!!!

Brown Beauty Bloggers Rockin’ 50 Shades of MAC

50 shades of MAC

Oh darliiiings, I have something in store for you. I had the opportunity to partner with 4 other talented brown girl beauty bloggers for a little collaboration called 50 Shades of MAC. There are 5 of us and we are each showcasing 10 MAC Cosmetics lipsticks. The lipsticks featured are both permanent and limited edition and I think you’ll love getting a chance to see how these shades look on brown girls of various complexions. And because I am…ME, some of those pictures are some kinds of silly. You know how I do.

So…let’s get this party started!

MAC Port Red

First up is Port Red. Launched from the 2008 Naughty Nauticals, Port Red is a blue red that has subtle silver undertones. It almost looks metallic.

MAC Black Knight

2008 also gave us the goth-friendly collection Cult of Cherry. I loved the dark shades of this collection and I knew that I had to have Black Knight. Because why wouldn’t you want a creamy black lipstick in your life?

MAC Violetta

Violetta is a bright violet purple and it is one of MAC’s Bestsellers for a reason. This shade looks stunning on women of all complexions.

MAC Most Popular

Most Popular is from the 2009 Hello Kitty collection and I really only picked this up because Hello Kitty is my spiritual animal. It’s a deep berry red that is average at best, but come on…it has Hello Kitty imprinted on the stick. ‘Nuff said!

MAC Electro

I remember first seeing Electro from the Neo Sc-Fi collection and going crazyyyyy. This creamy orange isn’t exactly the most flattering thing when worn alone on darker skin but honey, I don’t care. I LIVE for Electro.

MAC 3-D

3-D used to be my “interview” lipstick back in the day. Whenever I was job hunting and needed to head on an interview, this rose made me feel like I was going to get the job!

MAC Pomposity

There really isn’t anything striking about the purpley magenta that is Pomposity. The silver shimmer in it provides a little bit more pop than your average magenta lipstick and that’s what drew me to Lady Pomp.

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Politely Pink, I feel, is MAC’s answer to a nude lip for brown girls. When paired with Chestnut lip liner, I found this lipstick to be so flattering when so many other so-called nudes weren’t.

MAC Girl About Town

Girl About Town and I have good memories because I think this was the lipstick that made me fall for bright colors. This vibrant berry actually looks good on all complexions!

MAC Candy Yum Yum

Candy Yum-Yum. So yeah…I ignored that matte hot pink the first time it came out. The second time I scooped it up. And now? I love it so so much. I love pairing it with MAC’s Nightmoth to really compliment me.

Check out the other 40 shades by visiting the sites of the other gorgeous ladies!