Saturday, September 17, 2016

LevelUP Lacquer ~ September Multiplayer Box

                                                                             *Provided for review

          Hey peeps! I am so sorry I am running late with this post. Better late than never! This time I bring you the September Multiplayer Box. As always this box comes with 2 LevelUP Lacquer polishes and 1 Zoya polish. It also will have random nail goodies. Things from a stamping plate to nail charms. This box is $20 dollars with free shipping in the US. Each box is only available for the length of each coordinating month. Now that we got the details down lets get to the polish.

          First up is Zoya Troy. Troy is a pewter metallic polish with a super smooth finish. It was weird because the polish pigment looks chunky. Not "lumpy" chunky, but large particle chunky. It is a gorgeous polish but it is definitely not holographic at all. The golden shimmer it has is lovely. This could be a 1 coater but I used 2 thin coats with top coat for my swatch.

Zoya Troy

Zoya Troy macro
          Next polish is Midnight Blooms. A purple metallic base with pink and purple glitters. I love this! It was such a smooth wonderful formula for a polish with so much glitter. I used 3 coats with top coat.
Midnight Blooms

Midnight Blooms macro
Lastly is Sapphire Scales. If you are a September baby you need this one!! It is a fine blue glitter polish with transparent blue hexes. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!! I used 3 perfect coats with topcoat.
Sapphire Scales

Sapphire Scales macro
This might be my favorite Multiplayer Box so far. I may be biased because my birthday is in September but seriously. Who doesn't need another holo glitter polish?!?! Make sure you check out Ashley's shop and other social media for swatches and deets. This box is only available until September 30th. Swatch video for these babies coming asap! Links below!! :)
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Southern Comforts ~ It's Not Just Soap, It's A Way Of Life

                                                                          *Provided for review

          Hello!! Tonight I have some non polish stuff for you! I was sent a few bath products to try and review. Southern Comforts is a hand made soap company. Tamara, the owner, offers more than just soap. There are bath bombs, bath salt, mani bombs and more. I have some of those to show you.

          Cherry Jubilee Soap was the first thing I went for in the package. The scent sticks out like crazy! After you wash it lingers lightly, nothing too overpowering. The soap itself is gorgeous. Its marbled so nicely. It is a soft soap so make sure when its not being used that it stays as dry as possible. The lather from this soap is so thick and luscious. You don't need a lot of rubbing to get it going. Because of the ingredients, it is very moisturizing.
          Cherry Jubilee Soap Ingredients:  olive oil, canola oil, coconut oil, hemp seed oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, distilled water, sodium hydroxide, mica, clay, fragrance oil

Better Than Sex Rum Cake Mani Bomb. This was amazing. The scent is so yummy and perfect for fall. The fizz lasted forever. Seriously, go check my YouTube video. I didn't edit the fizz part at all. I am constantly painting my nails and using pure acetone so this is just the thing my nails and hands need after a long swatch session. It is so moisturizing that after I towel dried my hands, I was still rubbing in the residual oils. Its not greasy or anything, it just lasts! Here is what is in the mani bomb.
          Better Than Sex Rum Cake Mani Bomb Ingredients:  sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, Epsom salt, kaolin clay, cocoa butter, shea butter, sweet almond oil, mica, fragrance oil

The Mulberry Cupcake is next and this baby has 3 parts!!
The base is a bath bomb, the "frosting" is a bubble bar (bubble bath), and the berry on top is a mini soap. This is so adorable. Mine did not make it to me in 1 piece but this is a picture of what yours will look like. Because mine was broken up I decided to use it for a pedicure. I only used half of the product. The other half is getting a super test maybe tonight. Its getting the husband feet test!!!! I will take before and after pics so we can see how this cupcake works on sand paper lol. Anyways, all of these parts together make the perfect soak. the scent was very subtle but relaxing. Such a great product!!
          Cupcake Bath Bomb Ingredients: sodium bicarbonate citric acid, kaolin clay, cocoa butter, shea butter, sweet almond oil, fragrance oil

          Cupcake Icing Ingredients: cream of tartar, distilled water, powdered sugar, sodium lauryl sulfoacetate - slsa, mica, fragrance oil
This is a picture Tamara sent me of the finished product

          Lastly, we have the Berry Marshmallow Crunch Bath Salts. This is tied with the soap for my favorite. When I was told it was going to be Berry Marshmallow Crunch scented I was wicked excited. You don't see to many scents like that. I have to say I didn't smell it. To me is had a light floral scent. Like it was aromatherapy. It smelled wonderful and again was a very relaxing scent. The water immediately felt softer. It was not oily or geasy at all. Everything just absorbed right into my skin. I was not left feeling dry at all. I highly suggest these bath salts. it is perfect for pampering yourself with little to no work!
          Berry Marshmallow Crunch Bath Salts: Epsom salts, kosher salt, pink Himalayan salt, sea salt, baking soda, mica, fragrance oil

I really enjoyed doing this review. It was nice to take a break from polish and do something different. It could not have come at a better time too. Vacation, birthday, and back to school takes its toll when it all happens in a 2 week period! These products have given me the kick start I needed to get back into my hand care routine. Make sure to check out Tamara's shop and get what you need with this cold weather season coming! As always, links are below!! Have a good night :) Thanks for stopping by!
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Southern Comforts Bath Product Review

Friday, September 2, 2016

Joy Lacquer ~ Kinder Queen Collection

                                                                        *Provided for review

          Hey guys! I have been sitting on these polishes for a couple months and I CANNOT wait to show them to you :) The Kinder Queen Collection has 7 polishes that represent Joy's daughter going into school. This collection will be available on September 9th. The theme for these are so fun. Let's get right to it because there are a lot of pics!! I will be using Joy's personal descriptions of each polish but also my own opinion of quality.

          Josie Joy - "A rich iris purple linear holo with a subtle red/orange chameleon shifty-ness and a smooth finish.  In honor of her starting Kindergarten this year, Josie's favorite color purple, is named after her in this school themed collection." I used 2 perfect coats of this polish plus top coat. The red/orange shifty-ness came off really rosey to me.

2 coats of Josie Joy with top coat

2 coats of Josie Joy with top coat in the sun

Josie Joy macro
PB&J Yay! -  " This delicate looking polish is a shimmery taupe with a strong pink flash.  It includes copper brown flecks, and a few raspberry and grape chrome flakies speckled in. The base has a smooth "buttery" application, but is still a bit "jelly" to accommodate layering of the flakies.  PB&J is a classic memory for those who brown bagged it to school every day and this is my interpretation of the classic sandwich, represented in the most beautiful way possible!" All I can say is YES!! This is perfect for PB&J! 2 coats of perfection with top coat.
2 coats of PB&J Yay! with top coat

PB&J Yay! macro
Crush on the Blue Eyed Boy - "A beautiful royal-blue violet with a sparkling jewel-like shimmer.  There is abundant purple and blue micro-flecks throughout the polish and dash of scattered holo dust that gives it an extra twinkle.  The one thing you remember most about your first crush is the color of his eyes and this polish was made to match a dreamy shade of blue." This is such a dreamy blue polish. Of course the formula was flawless. I used 2 coats with top coat.
2 coats of Crush on the Blue Eyed Boy with top coat

Crush on the Blue Eyed Boy macro
I Heart My Teacher -  "A linear holographic pink that's fun and bright, I Heart My Teacher is even more beautiful when you notice the combination of subtle gold and lavender flashes that catch in the light.   Being a teacher takes patience, commitment and a huge heart and this is my tribute to the incredible people that make up the fiber of the education system.  Teachers, we heart you!" This one is extra special for me. My mother-in-law just retired as a high school English teacher. She is just as spunky as this polish so it was all to perfect. 2 coats of perfection with top coat.
2 coats of I Heart My Teacher with top coat

2 coats of  I Heart My Teacher with top coat. Flash shot

 I Heart My Teacher macro
Crocodile Tears - "In this iridescent micro-glitter-bomb top coat, the turquoise, aqua and emerald-green elements take several forms.  Multi-sized and multi-shaped holographic glitter glisten in sheer pearly base .  This aqua-blue shimmers with an opal-like finish. This ethereal top coat transforms any base color into sparkling drops of wonder. 
Tears on the first day of school, it happens.  The kiddos might be crying crocodile tears, but once my kinder-queen is in class, mommy tears are going to flow for realz!" I love glitter toppers like this. It has taken me a very long time to appreciate glitter and this would have to be my favorite type of mix. The base is a shimmer base that shifts from blue, to green, to purple. It also has holo and iridescent glitters. Its not at all over powering though. I used 1 coat of Crocodile Tears over SinfulColors Chalk It Up with top coat.

1 coat of Crocodile Tears over SinfulColors Chalk It Up with top coat
1 coat of Crocodile Tears over SinfulColors Chalk It Up with top coat. Flash shot

Crocodile Tears macro

Crocodile Tears macro
Show and Teal Day - "A bright blue-green color that leans deeper emerald and has a light holo finish.  This bright teal is more than meets the eye because you'll notice it pops with electric blue sparkles and shimmers with a bright green and gold flash. As a kid, the much anticipated Show and Tell Day was the highlight of our week and this polish is definitely brag-worthy." This polish is one that you constantly stare at because it constantly shifts. So, so pretty. I used 2 coats with top coat.
2 coats of Show and Teal Day with top coat

Show and Teal Day macro
Brand New Black Pack -" Brand new school year means a brand new back pack!
This is the thermal of the collection. A black to gray scattered holo with an intense galactic finish. When warm, the gray shows speckles of black holo microglitter and silvery lavender shimmers.  In the cold state, it's a deep charcoal-gray that highlights the  reflective holo glitters, and again the beautiful scattered purple effect.  Just like the polish "fades" as it warms to you, your backpack might go from a shiny and new at the beginning of the year, to a comfy worn color by the last day of school. 
Coincidentally when school shopping this fall, we were able to find a Jansport that could pass for the inspiration bag. We snatched it right up and I'm happy to share the picture of this classic bag, black with purple and pink galaxy print, matching the polish!" Thermals are my 1 of my favorite types of polish. This one is just awesome!! I used 3 thin coats for this one but it is totally doable in 2 coats. I also topped this one with top coat. Tons of pics to show transition and all that good stuff!
Inspiration for Brand New Black Pack
3 coats of Brand New Black Pack with top coat. Warm state

3 coats of Brand New Black Pack with top coat. Cold state

3 coats of Brand New Black Pack with top coat. Warm and cold state

3 coats of Brand New Black Pack with top coat. Transition

3 coats of Brand New Black Pack with top coat. Transition

Brand New Black Pack macro. Cold state

Brand New Black Pack macro. Transition

Brand New Black Pack macro. Warm state
I love this collection. It is fun and vibrant and there is definitely a polish for everyone. I really feel that this brand needs so much more promoting. The polish is wonderful but Joy does so much more. I have already raved about the coffee scrub but I have also tried the coffee bar soap, cuticle serums, and a whipped hand scrub. Seriously top notch stuff. Please make sure you check out all of the links!! And please feel free to share my post :)  SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!!!! Have a great weekend everyone!!
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