Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Twinsie Tuesday: Splatter Mani

I feel like a bad nail blogger for saying this but I really don't like doing splatter manis. I love the way they look, of course, but I find the process of creating them to be messy and tedious. So I busted out my favorite nail art cheat: nail wraps! They truly are the lazy manicurist's best friend.

These are the Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail wraps in the design Sweet Marble Floret. The name doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but the pattern is a lovely abstract mix of pastel shades with black splatter over top, then a shimmering pearl glaze to bring it all together.

Okay, so it might not be a 100% match for a splatter pattern, but it's at least in the neighborhood, yeah? 

I love Sally Hansen's wraps and over the years I've had good luck with finding cool designs on clearance. I don't think I've ever paid full price. These only set me back a buck and some change! All it takes is patience and good timing.

Be sure to take a look at my Twinsie's splatter manis today too! Let's see if I'm the only dirty cheater in the bunch. ;)

Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer

Chelsea at Nailed Blog

Bridget at A Painted Nail

Amber at Nails Like Lace

Amanda at Fashion Footing

Amanda at Amandalandish

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Incoco Pride Nails Nail Wraps: Review & Swatches

I've reviewed many, many nail wraps on here, but this particular design is a special one--and especially timely, given the fantastic news about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage last week! Incoco has created some Pride Nails nail wraps in partnership with the Vancouver Pride Society, a non-profit LGBTTQ organization. A portion of the proceeds from these wraps will go directly to the Vancouver Pride Society to help support the health and vitality of the LGBTTQ community.

The Pride Nails design features a white base with a triangular cut-out revealing all the colors of the rainbow.

Since I've reviewed the quality of Incoco's wraps in the past, (click HERE if you would like to read more about application and longevity) I wanted to focus most of my attention on the design itself. But as a quick note, I will say that Incoco makes some of the best quality wraps on the market and these are just as good as anything I've tried from them in the past.

I absolutely love these wraps, not just for the beautiful design but also for what it represents. It's a cause near and dear to my own heart and this is such a fun way to give back and look good doing it! You're getting a great quality product that supports a fantastic cause. Everyone wins! :)

You can purchase these wraps through the Pride Nails online store. If you're in the Vancouver area, there are also several retail shops where you can pick up some Pride Nails (see website for details).

Disclosure: This product was sent for my honest review. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Essie Cashmere Matte Brights Preview

It's been a long time since I found out about a new collection just by seeing it on the store shelf, but that's exactly what happened with the Essie Cashmere Matte Brights Collection. I had no idea this even existed. But I did a little digging on the internet and came up with some preview pics to share with you guys!


This is a limited edition Ulta-exclusive collection. I have no self-control, so I wound up with three of the four polishes. It's not often you see satin polishes in more vibrant colors, so I couldn't resist! Soft as Sand is the only one I didn't get. It was pretty but it seemed the least unique of the set.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Review: Lush Life's A Beach Body Scrub

It's been a while since I've done a Lush review on here, but I thought it'd be fun to chat about their newest product: Life's A Beach Body Scrub! A cool thing to note about this item is that 100% of the purchase price is donated to organizations working to protect waterways from microbead pollution--y'know, those little plastic buggers that are in so many face and body scrubs.

Life's A Beach is an environmentally-friendly blend of sand and sea salt, topped off with a scrumptious vanilla-caramel scent.

At first, it was a little odd to wrap my head around how to use this--I mean, it's literally sand--but I've found using only a small amount of product goes a long way and also helps to minimize any messiness. Everything went down the drain easily, so I wasn't dealing with any clogs or sand all over the shower.

I really like how smooth and soft this makes my skin feel, no after-shower lotion needed! This is a scrub that exfoliates well without feeling overly coarse or rough. The sea salt gives it some extra grit, but it's not too intense. If you've tried Lush's Ocean Salt (which I also love), Life's A Beach is considerably gentler. It's perfect to use before shaving. The light vanilla scent is a nice bonus as well. It's noticeable when you sniff closely but not potent enough that it'll interfere with the scent of your favorite lotion or perfume afterwards.

Overall, I wouldn't say this is an absolute must-have, but it is a nice skin indulgence for summer. It's a fun little extra to pop in your bag on vacation--or to bring the beach to you! A 3.3 oz pot will only set you back $6.95, so the price is right and I like that the purchase price goes completely to charity.  But this is limited edition, so if you want it, snap it up fast!

Have you tried Life's A Beach? What are some of your favorite tips or products for soft skin?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sally Hansen Pisces Of Me

Sally Hansen's Beachside Astrologer Collection gets my pick as the best drugstore polish collection of the year--so far, at least. There are so many awesome colors in this collection that I was hard pressed to only pick up a few when I finally spotted it at my local Target. I managed to whittle my picks down to three, and the first one I've got to show you today just might be the best shade in the whole set, in my humble opinion.

Pisces of Me is a metallic blue with eye-popping flecks of blue, purple and copper. You really can't appreciate the amount of depth this polish has unless you look at it really closely, so let's start things off with a macro bottle shot! Don't you just want to live inside this gorgeousness?!

And now for how it looks on the nails. The detail and depth of the shimmer doesn't come through quite as well on the nails as it does in the bottle, but it's still a gorgeous polish--and in fairness, the shimmer is more noticeable in person than my camera portrays. They flash in the light like little sparks! I took pictures in lots of different light settings to try and bring out the shimmer as much as possible on camera and show you just how multifaceted this polish really is.

Pisces Of Me has a wonderful formula. This was three easy coats.

I love the "mermaid couture" vibe of this shade--so perfect for Pisces! Do you put any stock in astrological signs? I don't read daily horoscopes or anything like that, but I do see a lot of classic Gemini traits in myself, so I guess I believe in it a little bit? I dunno. A Gemini being indecisive--what a surprise! ;)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Twinsie Tuesday: Shimmer

Hey all! Unfortunately I won't have a post up for today's Twinsie Tuesday. I've been out of town for the past five days, so I didn't have access to my polishes and nail art supplies. The primary reason for my trip was to attend my cousin's wedding in Detroit, but if you follow me on Instagram, then you know I also travelled to pick up this cutie pie on Sunday night:

Meet Sapphira, our new rescue kitty! She's an eight-year old Snowshoe and a total sweetheart. She's been ours for only about 24 hours, but I already feel like I'm a crazy cat lady.

So in between all that driving around and getting kitty situated, I didn't have time to pull together a TT mani, but I'll be back in proper swatching action very soon. In the meantime, I hope you'll take a look at my fellow Twinsies' shimmer manis!

Alaina at The Little Canvas

Amanda at Amandalandish

Amanda at Fashion Footing

Amber at Nails Like Lace

Bridget at A Painted Nail

Chelsea at Nailed Blog

Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished

Marisa at Polish Obsession

Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les

Savannah at Addicted to Polish

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Blobbicure With LOOK Nail Color Look Proud Collection

Walgreen's has been cranking out the exclusive polishes lately! One of their newest additions is the brand LOOK. LOOK just launched last month and their first collection, Look Proud, features patriotic shades of red, white and blue.

You might remember that I shared a blobbicure mani in this week's Twinsie Tuesday post, but my first attempt at a blobbicure was actually created using two polishes from the collection: Broad Stripes Bright Stars and Rockets Red Glare.

I left myself ample dry time and still got a bit of smudging when I applied my top coat, but other than that, I'm really pleased with my blobbicure! The designs remind me a lot of giraffe print. I gotta say, this is quickly becoming one of my favorite nail art techniques to play around with.

Before I leave you, here are some quick 'n dirty swatches of the LOOK polishes by themselves.

Rockets Red Glare is your classic pin-up red. It's not too blue or too orange, so anyone can wear it. This is two coats.

Broad Stripes Bright Stars is a white creme. For me, formulas are everything when it comes to white polish and this one is really nice. With thin coats, it has a smidge of drag to it, but if you paint on your coats a bit thicker than usual, it is buttery, creamy perfection. I used two coats here.

Oh Say Can You See is a royal blue jelly. I wanted to use this as an accent nail in my blobbicure, but it was a little too sheer for that. Still, color-wise, it's my favorite of the bunch. This is three coats.

You can purchase LOOK at Walgreen's. Bottles are 0.5 oz and retail for $6.99 each. If you want to learn more about the brand, you can also check out their website HERE.

Disclosure: These polishes were provided for my honest review. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.