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Happy hump day, dear readers! I am back with another stamping polish from Born Pretty Store. This gorgeous orange is named Tulip Celebration, and what a beautiful colour it is! I adore orange nail polish, and I'm not sure how I've not had a dedicated orange stamping polish until now!
I've been wanting to play more with the Passionate Desert stamping plate from Born Pretty Store, and this orange was a gorgeous accompaniment to go with it!
To create this look, I started off with Zoya base shades Rie, Eleni, and Kiera. Once I picked up the cactus image onto my stamper, I added in Eleni and Kiera to finish creating a decal, which I then stamped over my nails.
I really enjoyed this stamping polish! The colour is gorgeous, and it is very nicely pigmented for stamping. The dry time was quick so I could proceed with the necessary steps to finalize this look.
You can pick up this stamping polish from Born Pretty Store here. While there, be sure to check out all the other fun items Born Pretty Store has to suit your nail art needs
Use discount code QWL91 to save 10% off all full priced items. This isn't an affiliate code, just a special discount for my lovely readers!
Have you used any stamping polishes from Born Pretty Store? What sort of designs would you use with this orange hue? I'd love to hear from you!
Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
Happy Monday, dear readers! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and ready for the new week ahead! Today's blog post sees the return of Australian brand, BYS Cosmetics. I had reviewed a few products from the brand previously here, and I am delighted to share the brand with you again! I've had my eye on several things and recently decided some up. I wanted to share two of these items with you today.
Pure Silk Illuminating Drops
BYS Cosmetics offers these Illuminating Drops in multiple options. I picked up the shade "Sun Glow". I am an avid fan of rose gold highlighers, so this caught my eye immediately.
The Pure Silk Illuminating Drops can be worn in a number of ways. It can be used alone or mixed with your preferred primer or foundation to add glow to your skin. I have it shown above with a strip placed directly on the skin from the applicator, Below that, I have more rubbed into the skin to show the subtle glow.
Cosmic Eyeshadow Palette
While not new to the brand lineup, I found the shades of the Cosmic eyeshadow palette to be inspiring and had to purchase it. This palette consists of 12 shades housed in a metal tin. It also comes with two eyeshadow applicators, although mine have been repurposed by my kids for some project as I am not a fan of them and prefer to use my makeup brushes.
I used both the Cosmic Eyeshadow Palette and the Pure Silk Illuminating Drops to create this look.
After applying my foundation, I gently dabbed on and blended the Illuminating Drops on my cheekbones. I also added a smaller amount on the bridge of my nose. This product is giving my skin the most beautiful glow! I'm so glad I picked this up with my latest order!
I applied the shade Stellar on my eyelid and used Solstice as a subtle liner on my upper lid. I applied Lunar on the inner corner of my eyes and finished off my lower liner with Sirius and a touch of Galactic on the far outer edge of my lower lash line.
I am really enjoying this palette! I love that it gives me the option of a more natural look or to play with colour as I choose. The only potential downside to this palette is there are no mattes, so if you like to use them, you'll have to use eyeshadows from a different source. Because I already have several mattes already, I don't particularly need more. While this does prevent this palette from being the "be all end all" for me, I like that it allows for more "fun" options with this palette.
The BYS Cosmetics Pure Silk Illuminating Drops in the shade Sun Glow can be picked up here. It retails for $9.95 AUD. There is a drop down on the top left corner on the website to change the currency over to USD at the current rate or your other preferred currency.
If you haven't tried this brand yet, I recommend checking them out! The products I have tried are nicely pigmented and the price point is fantastic! Depending on what you are interested in, you may want to check out Amazon.com since some things can be found there. Individual items are a little more expensive, but you can Amazon Prime shipping which can work out to be less per item depending on how many items you purchase. Otherwise, you can purchase direct from BYS Cosmetics for the full product lineup. I opted to order direct as I wanted to try things not on Amazon, and I paid about $15 USD in shipping.
Have you tried any products by BYS Cosmetics? If so, what have you liked the most? If not, is there something in particular you would like to try? I'd love to hear from you!
Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
I have really been enjoying stamped nail art recently, and for today's blog post, I have a stamping polish by Born Pretty Store to share with you. I have always been happy with the quality of Born Pretty Store stamping polishes I had used previously, so I was delighted to give this vibrant yellow beauty a try!
When I was contemplating how I wanted to use this stamping polish, my head went straight to this banana image from the Summer Seeds stamping plate by What's Up Nails. I've not done any decals so pairing it with a softer yellow nail polish sounded like the perfect opportunity.
My decal technique clearly needs some work, but how pretty is this design! As expected, this stamping polish was fantastic. Super creamy and densely pigmented, I had no issues getting this polish to stamp.
This yellow stamping polish (AC03 Bright Yellow Sprouts) can be purchased directly from Born Pretty Store here. It retails for $3.99 but has been on sale for as low as $1.99. It's a good price even at full cost, but saving some cash is even better!
Speaking of saving some cash, please feel free to use my discount code off any full priced items! This isn't an affiliate code and I don't get anything if you use it. I'm just happy to pass along savings your way!
Born Pretty Store has a lot to offer! Be sure to check out all the items- you are bound to find many things that will suit your nail art needs!
Happy Hump Day, dear readers! I hope you have been having a great week so far! For today's blog post, I wanted to share three different masks I tested out from Papa Recipe. I was originally introduced to the K-Beauty brand a couple years ago and tested out a few sheet masks. If you are interested, you can check out my previous review from over a year ago here. I had the opportunity to try out three more products; let's jump in and get a closer look at them!
2 STEP Skin Cleaning Solution
I have seem 2-step skin care products like this before, but this is the first time I have used one. Let me start out with details on my skin. I have combination normal to oily skin. My oily regions are in the T zone: forehead, nose, and chin. I do not experience a lot of breakouts, but it is common for me to have a pimple or two around the time of my menstrual cycle. This mask is geared more towards someone with a lot of acne, but I opted to give it a go anyway just to see how my skin responded to it.
Step 1: All Kill PeelingBong
Ingredients and basic directions
Step one is to rub a large swab on your skin. Pretty easy and fast, right?
Because the second ingredient is alcohol, which is notorious for drying out the skin, I opted to use this on my T zone area only. This is wear I am most likely to get a zit, although I am occasionally graced with one on a cheek.
Step 2: All Care Mask
I used the second step face mask for about 15 minutes before removing from my face and tapping in the remaining essence left on my skin.
I have mixed feelings about this particular 2 step mask system. While the alcohol in step 1 and the tea tree water and witch hazel would kill acne-causing bacteria, they are so drying to the skin and can be irritating for many. The general premise behind this brand is using gentle but effective methods in their products, and I have to admit I am surprised to see this join the lineup. I'm not finding it on the website so perhaps it is now discontinued. My skin was left feeling a little tight and dryer than I would like, but other than that, I had no issues with the single use on my sensitive skin.
Sparkling Bubble Toc Mask
The idea of bubbling masks isn't new to me, but this was another first for me. This is another product geared more towards an oily skin type, and it is supposed to help clear out your skin and remove waste while helping to control oil production.
The base of this mask is black, and it started bubbling on my face almost immediately after application. I found the shape to be interesting as the cheek area is partially cut out. When I first unfolded it, I was also surprised there was no mask for the forehead area, especially since that is common oily spot, but given how much this mask bubbled, I wasn't surprised too much longer.
I could wipe off the bubbled portion and it would build back up again quickly. This mask is meant to be left on for about 10 minutes, and I removed mine well before the 10 minute mark. I found the bubbling at the nose to be most problematic as the bubbles would go up my nose even with constant wiping off. It is not a sensation I would recommend.
This is another product I couldn't find on the brand's website. While it was overall a fun experience, once getting past nose issues, it left my skin feeling incredibly dry. Even with moisturizing immediately after rinsing off, it sent my skin into oil production overdrive, causing more breakouts than I generally experience with my skin. I would not recommend this product if you come across it.
Bombee Honeyed Pudding Peel Off Facial Mask
My mask world has been overtaken with sheet masks, so it has been quite some time since I have used a peel off mask! This one came with a handy spatula for application in the box. I didn't realize how much I would appreciate that fact! Yes, this mask does contain honey, but wow does it feel like you are rubbing honey on to your skin!
In addition to the stickiness, the next thing you can immediately see is gold shimmer. I'm not sure how I managed to not photograph the ingredient list, but one of the ingredients is gold.
Even with the spatula, this is not easy to apply to the skin. I found it to be a little too thick to come out of the normal opening of this tube and had to unscrew the lid to get it to dispense easily onto the spatula. The texture is very sticky. You would definitely want to have your hair pulled back when using this mask.
Once applied, you simply wait for it to dry. I found it takes about 15 minutes to dry off, and you then can peel it off your skin. I don't know if it's because it has been so long since I've used a peel-off type mask, but peeling this off stings. It's not as intense as the black charcoal masks I've tried in the past, but it still isn't a great sensation. Because this came in a tube, I have used it a handful of times, but I've not really noticed any improvements to my skin and I'm not crazy about the experience. Having to unscrew the lid to dispense on the spatula also leaves a sticky mess on my countertops to clean up, and that's just more of a hassle than I personally want to be dealing with. Add to it that my skin is just too sensitive for the peel off stage and it's going to be a pass for me.
Trying these three different masks has certainly been a learning experience for me. While I had initially enjoyed my experience with the brand, these products left me disappointed. The silver lining is two seem to no longer be available for purchase, so perhaps Papa Recipe realized they weren't great and removed them from the brand lineup. The honey peel off mask wasn't something I cared for, but others may enjoy trying it out. I have enjoyed their honey sheet masks in the past, so I'm not ready to write off the brand for myself altogether. They have several non-sheet mask type skincare products that I am curious about, so perhaps those would be better suited for me.
Have you used any Papa Recipe products? If so, which ones were your favorites? I'd love to hear from you!
Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
Good morning, dear readers, and happy Monday! Summer is in full swing, and that can mean only one thing: vacation season! Whether you are going somewhere fun and exotic or sticking close to home, you can always let your makeup transport you to a new destination. The brand that comes immediately to my mind when I think of cosmetics and traveling is Nomad Cosmetics.
Founded by husband and wife Felicia and Antti Rintanen, this dynamic duo has traveled to over 70 countries and experienced the culture of beauty in each destination. With over 25 years in the beauty industry, they delved into creating palettes inspired by their favorite destinations. While the colours capture the essence of these locations perfectly, what really sets this brand apart from others is each palette is infused with an oil that is specific to each location. That is certainly a unique approach to the design of these palettes and certainly worth mentioning.
For today's blog post, let me and Nomad Cosmetics transport you to Harajuku, Tokyo. New to the brand lineup, this palette celebrates the vibrant pastels of kawaii unicorns and candy fruit found within the eclectic and trendy hotspot. Infused with local Camellia Japonica Oil, this palette consists of 10 intense eyeshadows: 5 matte and 5 satin shades. This palette also introduces the new Snowflake formula: 5 new multi-chrome toppers that can be used on lids, lips, cheeks or eyebrows for a sheer crystal effect. Let's get a closer look at this palette!
Nomad Cosmetics showed attention to every detail with this palette. Just check out the images on these pressed eyeshadows!
I'm really digging the variety of shades and finishes in this palette!
If you've visited Harajuku before, some of these names may seem familiar. This is because each of the shades are pulled from an actual part of Harajuku. While the names are in English on the palette itself, the Japanese spelling can be found on the outer carton packaging.
I have been playing around with this palette quite a bit since it landed in my mailbox and wanted to share some of the looks I have created with you.
Keeping my pastels subtle with a touch of mint, pink, coral and grey for this look.
This was not a great eyeliner day for me, but since most of us have them, I'm still going to share this look. I'm not sure which I prefer more: the brighter yellow and orange lid or the pop of vibrant lavender under my eyes.
Because this palette is all kawaii, I wouldn't help but snap this super cute photo!
The Toyko Harajuku Palette is available for purchase directly from Nomad Cosmetics here. This palette retails for $37. What a create way to transport yourself to Tokyo for only a fraction of the price! It is also vegan and cruelty-free, so you can be happy about that as well!
Have you used any of the palettes from Nomad Cosmetics? If so, which are your favorites? Where are you hoping to see Nomad Cosmetics take us next? I'd love to here from you!
Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day! XO!
Happy 4th of July to my readers in the USA! It has been 4 years since I have actually done any nail art for the holiday, so I'm pretty excited to have a design to share with you.
I just received a samples package from Born Pretty Store to test and review, and one of the items was the Harunouta L078 stamping plate. While this plate is not specific to any holiday, the pulsating star image jumped out at me and had to get on my nails ASAP. Let's check out my design!
I wanted the design to utilize a range of finishes, although the added stones was a last minute addition. While this image stamped well for me, the larger "full nail" image was too small to cover my nails. Rather than leaving open gaps on my nails, I opted to add in stone clusters.
The Harunouta L078 Stamping Plate can be purchased from Born Pretty Store here. The full price is $3.49, but at the time of this post, it is on sale for only $1.99.
While you are shopping for your nail art needs at Born Pretty Store, be sure to use discount code QWL91 to save 10% off full priced items.
Bestselling author Emily Liebert writes compulsively readable novels that plumb the depths of female relationships. KBShimmer creates vibrant and distinctive nail polishes that spark confidence and self-expression. Together, Liebert and KBShimmer have collaborated on an exclusive duo of polishes inspired by Liebert's new book, Pretty Revenge, a novel of psychological suspense that explores just how far someone will go for vengeance.
The polishes, a daring red and a shimmering silver, are named after Liebert's two main characters, Kerrie and Jordana, and reflect their personalities and dualities. Wear red if you're feeling bold and dangerous. Try silver for a look that's dazzlingly chic.
I love a dazzling polish, and Jordana delivers just that! With never ending sparkle, this beauty will keep you and everyone in the vicinity staring at your nails! The formula is easy to work with, and the polish applies flawlessly to the nails. The finish is textured due to all the sparkled goodness, but it is evened out nicely with a coat of top coat.
Photos are shown with two coats for opacity and top coat.
I have a particular weakness for red nails and always love sporting such a bold shade on my tips! As if the colour wasn't swoon-worthy enough, the formula was incredible. Super smooth and creamy, this polish practically applies itself to the nails. I was also impressed with the pigmentation. While I needed two coats to cover any visible nail line, it was almost a one coater for me. Those with short nails or normally apply polish with a heavier hand may find one coat will suffice.
Photos are shown with two coats and top coat.
Are you a Kerrie? A Jordana? Or both? Pick up both shades NOW and keep people guessing this summer! This set is limited edition, with a limit on the number that has been produced. You can pick up this duo on the KBShimmer website here for $20. Both shades from the duo are stunning, and you do not want to miss out!
Happy Friday, dear readers! It has been a rough week around here, and I wasn't sure this post was going to make it up today. One of my darling children passed his cold on to me, and this particular one has been kicking me in the behind. While I am still not feeling 100% yet, my brain is no longer deep in the fog like it has been the past several days. Now if my littles could learn to keep their germs to themselves, that would be great! Now on to today's blog post!
Gone are the days of matte lips, and this season, Osmosis Colour has launched their Lip Glazes. Formulated with ginger, chili peppers and peppermint oil, these glazes naturally plumpen your lips all while adding a subtle pop of colour and shine to your lips. Not only do these enhance your lips, they contain goji berries to condition and hydrate your pucker.
These lip glazes are housed in tubes with an angled tip for easy, smooth application with a single swipe across the lips. They can be worn over lipstick to add shine and plumpen the lips, or you can use these alone for a shiny wash of colour, perfect for those hot summer days. Because of the ingredients, these Lip Glazes do have a tingling sensation as your lips start to swell.
The four new shades to join the Osmosis Colour lineup are Peaceful, Grateful, Thankful, and Hopeful. These swatches are shown with a thick application onto my skin. While certainly different, the colour differences are a little more subtle on the lips when worn with my normal, thinner application.
I have each of these four shades shown below on my lips. The first photo for each shade is shown with the lip glaze on the left side only (bare lips on the right). This way you can better see how much of an effect these lip glazes have on the lips. While my lips are not perfectly symmetrical, you can also see the slight plumping effect these lip glazes have on my lips. The second photo is of the product covering all of my lips.
Grateful is one of the more pigmented of these glazes. I already suspected I would love this one, and wearing it only confirmed my suspicions. This juicy red is so perfect for summer!
I have applied Peaceful here a little heavier than I normally would to see if the colour would show. My camera picked up the colour variation far more than I could tell looking at it myself. When worn to my usual thickness, it just makes my lips look shiny and plump. It's perfect for those days where I'm wearing little to no makeup or want a very shiny but natural look to my lips.
I don't generally gravitate towards many pinks on my lips, and I was surprised at just how much I loved Thankful. The sheer wash of pink makes my lips look so fresh and healthy!
I am a sucker for orangey-pink shades, so it should come to no surprise that I am in love with Hopeful. While I can enjoy wearing it now, it is a shade that I gravitate towards a lot more over the autumn, and I definitely foresee it getting a lot of wear this fall!
I have really enjoyed trying out the Osmosis Colour Lip Glazes! They are comfortable on the lips, even with the tingle sensation, and even then that doesn't last for long. The plumping effect is only temporary, and I really like how easy they are to apply to the lips. The colours are subtle, some more so than others; this makes them ideal to keep in your bag for any time you want to give your lips a little something extra. It also allows for easy layering without altering base shades much if that is how you prefer to wear them.
Happy Monday, dear readers! This weekend flew by quickly, and I have nothing to show for it other than a few household errands. Oh well, there's always next weekend to do something fun and exciting! Now on to today's post!
While browsing on Instagram earlier this month, I happened to stumble across the nail lacquer brand YAPA Beauty YAPA touts itself as a non-toxic, quick drying, hassle-free, and a high performance nail lacquer; naturally, my interest was piqued! As I was starting to check out what the brand had to offer, they reached out and asked if I wanted to try out a few of there colours to share with you. I love when I have to opportunity to share new-to-me brands with you, so of course I jumped at the chance!
The motto of YAPA Beauty is "Beauty Without Harm", and they stick to it in more ways than one. To start off, the brand is Vegan and Cruelty-Free. While I personally do not ascribe to a vegan way of life, I know some of my readers do, and there really is no reason to harm our furry friends with beauty products. In addition to not harming animals, YAPA Beauty nail lacquers limits the harm that you can do to yourself by being free of toxic chemicals that can be found in many other nail polishes. YAPA's products do not contain formaldehyde or the resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), or camphor. There are a few other chemicals it doesn't use, but these tend to be the ones that people look for most when considering what polishes to use or avoid.
Let's jump in and get a closer look at the three shades I was sent!
Three coats plus top coat
I love a good pink creme, and this medium pink hue is deliciously vibrant for the hot summer months. I found the formula to be smooth and creamy, exactly what I want from this kind of polish! The formula is nice and easy to work with, but for those that use a lot of indie brands, you will likely notice the formula is a little thinner. This is a non-issue for me, but you will want to be aware of it so you can adjust your coat coverage accordingly. Because I tend to stick with thinner coats, I needed to use three for full and even coverage on my nails. Those that use thicker coats will likely find they only need to use two.
Two coats plus top coat
Cheryl is a slight purple silvery hue, especially when in the bottle, but against my olive skin tone, the purple is much more apparent. Those with cooler skin tones are likely to find the purple to be more subtle, so that is something to keep in mind if you have your eye on this metallic beauty. Easy to apply, this felt more densely pigmented to me than Lily, the previous polish. I only needed to use two thin coats to cover any visible nail line. I'm not one for metallic polishes for a full manicure, but I do love them when it comes to nail art. I've actually testing this out with multiple stamping plates and am happy to report this stamps quite nicely. Please keep in mind this is not a stamping polish, so the effect is more subtle that the ultra opaque stamping polishes, but if you love a more subtle metallic stamped design, you're going to love this!
Three coats plus top coat
If you are looking for a soft neutral pink shade that is work appropriate, Caroline is an excellent option. Loaded with fine silvery shimmer, this polish is an understated beauty, and I loved it on my nails more than I expected. Again, the formula is a little thinner that the indie nail polish brands I often use, but it is still easy to apply to the nails. Because of the thinner formula and my normal thin coat application, I needed to use three coats to cover any visible nail line. Those that prefer to use thicker coats may find only to coats will suffice.
I have really enjoyed trying out these polishes! The formulas are a little thinner, closer to what I expect from most main stream nail lacquer brands, but they still apply easily to the nails with minimal effort. The colours are beautiful, and just this selection alone gives a nice variety for fun summer nails or something more "work appropriate". If these shades aren't quite your jam, be sure to check out the other shades YAPA Beauty has to offer! There are currently 71 shades to choose from, from muted hues to bold brights. There are several that have certainly caught my attention!
YAPA Beauty nail lacquers retail for $18 each. They can be purchased directly from the website here or in select stores.
Have you tried any nail lacquers from YAPA Beauty? If so, what are your favorites> I'd love to hear from you!
Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day! XO!
Give your dry skin the gift of Manuka Honey with the Airelle Hydrating Manuka Mask!Prime Beauty recommends it for over 40 women and she slips a spoonful in her morning tea too!
Little excites Lola's Secret Beauty Blog more than exquisite ultra-luxe skincare products, and for that very reason Graydon Fullmoon Serum is currently being featured as one of our greatest recent discoveries. This anti-aging serum, which is cruelty-free and vegan, leaves skin soft, smooth, supple and hydrated. It also gently exfoliates dead skin cells while plumping fine lines. It is a holy grail discovery that you really must try for yourself, and once you do you will be hooked!
Not only can you help improve your skin but you can also donate to City of Hope at the same time with MURAD's Hydration skincare. Beauty Info Zone shares some of the products that will help you and cancer patients.
There are so many anti-aging skincare myths that we've all been told. You can read about 5 of them that we should stop believing over on The Makeup Obsessed Mom.
The days are heating up quickly, and with so many exciting adventures ahead, everyone needs a quick 5 minute makeup routine to get put together and out the door fast. Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour shared her quick look for the summer this week including a tip you’ll want to use year round. Be sure to check it out!
Could your makeup bag use a little refresher for Summer? I Know all the Words explores some great options from Almay sure to see you through the season.