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Happy hump day, dear readers! I had planned to get this post up first thing this morning, but my computer apparently had other plans for me. I had received the new KBShimmer Seas The Day Collection to review for you and had all 10 shades swatched, photographed, cropped and ready to go. I got the collection pretty far in advance, so I had been sitting on photos waiting to share until close to the launch date, and now all my individual swatch photos are missing. After hunting for them, the best I can figure is when my computer software was upgraded and updated, my previous backup wasn't current and my pictures are now gone. I've been unable to locate other things on my computer that were saved around the same time; needless to say, it has been a pretty upsetting day. That said, I'm making the most of it that I can with this post and sharing some quick photos and the nail art I have recently created with these polishes.


Your suitcase is packed, your flip flops are ready, and the ocean is calling your name: it's time for a vacation! Join KBShimmer on a tropical journey, where the drinks are chilled, the sun is warm, and bathing suits and shorts are the only attire.

This new 10-piece collection consists of 7 perfectly sun-faded neon hues and three multichrome flake toppers. I did get some quick swatches in so you can get a peek at these bright shades. Let's check those out first before we get into the nail art!

All the faded neon polishes are shown with two coats plus top coat. The formulas are a little trickier to work with, something that I expect with neon polishes, but application was easier for me as long as I used coats that were slightly thicker than I normally would use. For the flake toppers, these are with one coat plus top coat.


Bored Shorts a faded orchid purple that leans pink. 

Guava Nice Day a faded neon coral cream. 

Papaya Don't Preach a bright orange cream 

Pink Or Swim a bright, not quite neon pink cream polish


Party Like A Guac Star Like an avocado, bright shades of green, lime, soft pink and gold accent this flakie polish 


Off Tropic mimics that rainbow of hues with multichrome flakes that shift with every change of viewing angle. 

Harbor A Crush a soft blue cream inspired by ocean blue waters. 

Sand By Me a lemon yellow cream with a hint of neon. 

Lime All Right a pale green cream with a brightness that makes it work on any skin tone. 



Nauti Girl a multichrome flake polish that shifts from a daring fuchsia to leaf green with shades of orange and gold. 

I am really loving these soft neon hues, and the flake toppers definitely add something extra special to the nails. If you would like to check out more swatch photos, please visit My Nail Polish Obsession's blog post here!

Photo Courtesy of My Nail Polish Obsession

Photo Courtesy of My Nail Polish Obsession

Not only is Jen's blog post great for swatches, she has compared the shades from this collection with older KBShimmer shades. Do be aware, her post will make you want to track down some of these older shades as well!

I've been trying to do more nail art recently, and I have been playing with these polishes. Here are a couple looks I have created.


I really enjoy negative space designs, but I like my negative space to be, well, slightly less negative. The flakes in topper Off Tropic made for the perfect base I had in mind with this design. I paired it with Lime All Right and Papaya Don't Preach for this fun design.


I've always found that I really like neon nail art that involves random placements- it just feels so free not having to have an exact shape or be in a particular location! For this design, I started off with a white base and randomly placed strips of Harbor A Crush, Guava Nice Day, and Sand By Me. I love how the shades in this collection coordinate, and I am likely to do something similar with other colour combinations this summer!


I'm not including several photos of this one as it will be in its own dedicated blog post very soon, but I did want to mention it briefly in this post. I used both Bored Shorts and Pink Or Swim in this double stamped design over a white stamping polish and black base. I was actually pretty surprised to see that both showed up pretty well over both colours although they aren't ideal for stamping. The consistency is a little off so the image was a little distorted and didn't have an excellent transfer, but these aren't advertised as stamping polishes so I cannot fault them on that. This was just a little experiment with these polishes and did add a nice little touch of colour to the design.


The Seas The Day Collection will be launching Friday, June 14th at KBShimmer.com and select retailers. Each shade will retail $10. As a bonus, each order of $50 or more for the first week (June 14th through June 20th) placed at KBShimmer.com will receive the KBShimmer holographic drawstring bag. This is a great little bag to take to the beach- it is perfect to toss in your sunscreen, sunglasses, a water bottle, and a book for some fun summer reading lounging on the beach.

Are you excited to be adding neons into your summer nail wardrobe? Which shades have caught your attention? Will you be picking up any of the flake toppers as well? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!



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Another weekend has come and gone in record speed, and here we are again, Monday! My weekend was very low key as I pretty much stayed close to home and avoided the outdoors during our 100°F+ degree days. We're supposed to be over 100°F every day this week, so I suppose that means summer in the desert has kicked in! Thankfully we have air conditioning in this house, unlike the last one we rented in Arizona. Now let's jump in on today's blog post.


If you've paid the slightest attention to the beauty community, you're likely already familiar with Beauty YouTuber Jaclyn Hill. I've never felt strongly about her, ether good or bad, but when I heard she was going to be releasing a nude lipstick line, I was definitely interested. As much as I love my reds, I've really been on the hunt for the perfect nude lippies recently. Despite my indifference to Jaclyn Hill, I like to see those in the beauty community succeed and knew I wanted to try out her line.

I opted to purchase three shades from Jaclyn Cosmetics during the launch. I bought Sofia, Fussy, and Independent.


When I first opened my package, I was in love with the initial presentation of the brand. Each bullet lipstick was contained my its own individually labeled box. The sides of the boxes have a textured criss cross pattern and I was loving how classy they looked. Unfortunately, this is about where I stopped being impressed.


The lipstick bullets are contained inside these silver hexagonal tubes. The sides of the tubes have a nice, smooth finish, a feature I appreciated after spending $18 on each of these. What did confuse me, and still does if I am being honest, is why the little emblem on the side is "JH", presumably for Jaclyn Hill but the brand is "Jaclyn Cosmetics."


On top of these bulky silver hexagon tubes are these gaudy "diamonds". I know everyone has their own aesthetic, but these lipsticks felt like they were a purchase from pre-teen store Claire's and not from a beauty influencer that is almost 30 years old. I love sparkle and shiny things, but this combination is a little too much. At the end of the day, this is still lipstick, and what is inside is what really matters. I didn't care that much about the packaging and figured I was in for a treat with a good quality product. And oh baby, was I wrong about that!


Left to Right: Sofia, Fussy, Independent

Full disclosure on how I handled these lipsticks: I received these in hand from the UPS driver upon delivery on a hot day approaching 90°F. Because I was a little concerned about possible melting while sitting in the truck, I placed my complete package in the freezer for 30 minutes and then left it out at room temperature for an hour before handling. This way I could ensure I would not be dealing with melted lipsticks but they would still be at "normal" temperatures during my first test.

Here is a look at my Jaclyn Cosmetics lipsticks right out of the box. While $18 isn't crazy expensive for a bullet lipstick, the price is certainly more than what I spend at the drugstore. As you can see, Sofia and Independent, the outer two lipsticks in the above photo, have weird little scrapings and pocket marks out of the bullet. I could not identify any areas inside the tube where these would have touched, nor did the bullets scrape the inside of the tube at any time while I twisted them. Because there is nothing about my tubes that indicate these melted some in transit (which is not a big deal for me given the high temperatures where I live), I strongly believe these were actually either cast like this and something happened when the bullets where placed inside the inner plastic casing of the tube.

In spite of my less than favorable first impressions, I fully expected to still enjoy these lipsticks and would only have aforementioned minor complaints.


Here is a look at what these lipsticks look like swatched on my skin. The differences between them are obviously quite subtle, but as anyone who has hunted for their perfect nude lipstick knows, the subtle differences can make or break your look. Ok, so that might be a slight exaggeration, but sometimes a nude lipstick can be just the slightest bit too pale or too pink or too purple or too.....well, just not quite right.

Let's get a look at each of these lipsticks.


Sofia is described as a dusty rose.


I really wanted to show how these lipsticks change my natural lip colour, so I have them swatched on only half my lips so you can see how it compares to my natural lip colour. The left side is my bare lip and the right, next to the Jaclyn Cosmetics lipstick tube, is the lipstick. I imagine that would be obvious enough without me explaining but wanted it to be clear here.


Sofia on my full lips


How pretty is this colour! I love this colour, but this is where that love ends. I took several photos of the lipstick bullets in different lighting and angles to share the quality control issues these lipsticks are sorely lacking.


Here is a closer look at the divots out of the bullet. Please ignore the slight terracotta discoloration on the side close to the tip. That is NOT an issue with this lipstick as I had layered it over a different lipstick prior to taking this photo.




After the first application, this lipstick feels like sand paper rubbing on the lips. Upon closer inspection, you can see pitting and tiny granules coming out from inside the lipstick. While I do exfoliate my lips almost every day, I do not want that effect from my lipstick. While I could not see any tiny hairs or fuzzies as others have since come forward about, my camera did capture some in these photos. I'm sure I don't have to explain just how gross and unhygienic this is for any cosmetic item regardless of whether or not it goes on the lips.


Fussy is described as chocolate mauve.


Left to right: Bare lip, Fussy


Fussy on my full lips


While a nice colour, Fussy was my least favorite colour out of these three lipsticks. There were formula issues with this one as well.




Fussy was initially the least problematic of this trio, but it still has the small granules. The bullet is a little firmer and less creamy so the scratching sensation on the lips is less uncomfortable but still present.


The colour Independent is described as praline. As an avid praline fan, I'm slightly disappointed it doesn't smell or taste like pralines!


Left side is my bare lip and right side is swatched with Independent.


This is Independent covering my lips. Sorry I didn't have a clearer photo to share!


I really love this colour as well! Again, my problem is with the formula when it comes to the Jaclyn Cosmetics brand.


Here is a closer look at the back of my lipstick bullet.




Once I used the lipstick, the pock marks and scratchy granules appeared. While I couldn't see any with my eyes, my camera captured what appears to be small fuzzies or hair embedded into the lipstick.


Here is a look at all three lipsticks after they have been used. As you can tell, there is clearly a problem with quality control. While Jaclyn Cosmetics claims these are supposed to be creamy, the sand paper nature of these indicate otherwise. They do feel comfortable and creamy once they are on the lips, but the process of getting them there is a whole other story.

So what went wrong? The only people that can truly answer that question is Jaclyn herself, but the most plausible theory is that these lipsticks are old and/or never underwent sufficient quality control testing. With the conflicting name brand (Jaclyn Cosmetics) with the "JH" logo, it is speculated that these lipsticks were made prior to Jaclyn's divorce from her husband and have been sitting for well over a year. This would make sense if the brand was initially planned to be "Jaclyn Hill Cosmetics" and would fit with the "JH" emblem. The granules may in part be a conglomeration of mango butter that has aged, although with a combination of white/clear and black granules, that does not explain it fully. The darker granules are NOT mango butter and I suspect to be plastic. The addition of fuzzies found in mine and many other consumers' tubes requires further explanation. Because they are embedded inside the lipsticks, this could only happen during the mixing and/or casting process. Jaclyn has stated that the facility where these were made used cloth gloves to make her lipsticks, but it would not be cost effective for a facility to use such gloves, especially given the added risk of contamination. If this is the case, which I seriously doubt, the facility is sorely lacking in sanitation and should not be in business. I suspect most of these fuzzies or hairs are actually mold filaments.

Even the fact that all three of these shades has the same batch code in spite of clearly being different colours makes me have a lot of questions. That just does not happen in an even remotely competent facility. The batch codes should be different between batches, and this serves to keep an eye on quality control in the event of something unpleasant happening, like every single lipstick on this post for example.

So where does this leave me with Jaclyn Cosmetics? Suffice it to say, as pretty as these lipsticks might be, there is something terribly wrong with these lipsticks and I strongly recommend avoiding them. They are clearly contaminated with something. I kind of wish my package came late so I could have seen some information that has come out from other people before putting them on my lips. I feel disgusted by this with my experience and horrified by the lack of action taken by Jaclyn Cosmetics. It is my opinion that every customer that has purchased these already should have notified about the problem and asked to return or destroy them immediately when these issues first came to light last week. Instead, the brand has taken a passive approach and waiting for customers to contact them first before any action is taken, be that a refund or getting a replacement. At this point, I feel that Jaclyn Cosmetics has been dishonest with customers. I cannot ascertain whether or not they were aware of the issues prior to launch, but now that they know, the little information that has come out is questionable and doesn't make any sense.

If you have purchased these products from Jaclyn Cosmetics, if your boxes or lipstick tubes are marked with the batch code GC05A, I urge you to not use them and pursue a refund. Please contact info@JaclynCosmetics.com. I know I will be doing the same thing so we'll see how long it takes for a refund to come through.

Have you picked up any lipsticks from Jaclyn Cosmetics? If so, how was your experience?

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!


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June is Pride Month, and this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a series of spontaneous and violent demonstrations against the New York Police Department by gay rights activists. At a time when soliciting homosexuals relations was illegal, members of the community sought refuge in gay bars. The Stonewall Inn was one such bar where gay, lesbian, and transgender people could visit and socialize without fear of public harassment, but this did not prevent harassment by the police. Early in the morning on Saturday, June 28th, the N.Y.P.D. conducted a raid on the Stonewall Inn and arrested several patrons. Fed up with the societal and political discrimination they had been facing, remaining patrons started a riot against the police rather than quietly dispersing as they had done previously. In spite of its turbulent beginning, the Stonewall Riots were the catalyst for the modern gay rights movement. Now, 50 years later, even cosmetic companies have found a way to support the L.G.B.T.Q community. For today's blog post, I wanted to focus on one of these companies.


While new to my blog, Morphe Cosmetics is definitely not new to the beauty community. Widely known for their cosmetic brushes and affordable eyeshadow palettes, the brand garners a lot of attention in the community from influencers and fans alike. With lots of experience in creating colourful eyeshadows already, it wasn't a big surprise to me when I heard that Morphe would be releasing a collection for Pride Month. What I was not prepared for, on the other hand, was the news that 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these items would be donated to The Trevor Project. This American non-profit organization operates a 24-hour toll free suicide prevention hotline for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Suicide rates in the L.G.B.T.Q community are thought to be the highest during the teenage years, and the TrevorLifeline is an invaluable service.


The Morphe Cosmetics Live In Color Collection consists of the 25L Live In Color Artistry Palette and the Live In Color Brush Set.

The 25L Live In Color Artistry Palette consists of 25 pans of which 15 are "eyeshadows" and 10 are "pressed pigments". Please keep in mind that the eyeshadows are considered "eye safe" while the pressed pigments are not. This obviously won't stop most of us from applying these on or near our eyelids, but I still wanted to make sure this was clear.

The Live In Color Brush Set consists of 7 eye brushes in a beautiful rainbow custom case: M158, M167, M326, M431, M222, M507, and M513.

Because the Live In Color Brush Set is sold out online, I wanted to focus today's post on the Live In Color Artistry Palette. Below are swatches of each of the shades on my warm olive skin tone.


I photographed the swatches of several shades from this palette while at my local Morphe store (top photo) and the rest at home. Please keep in mind that these are swatched with my fingers and is best used as a reference for colour only. In my experience, finger swatches aren't indicative of how well an eyeshadow or pigment will apply with a brush. That said, I do still like them to see how much pigmentation is in a shade as well as how the colour will play with my skin tone.

With so much colour to choose from with this palette, my mind has been buzzing with lots of ideas! After debating on how I wanted to wear these, I felt the best way to enjoy a Pride palette for the first time was by keeping with a classic rainbow theme. Check out the look I created with this beauty!


Shades used:
(Upper)
Truth
Rise Up
Parade
Nature
Thrive
Liberation

(Bottom)
Life
Pride
Sunlight
Healing



I had so much fun playing with this palette! The eye look was fun, but I have to admit, bringing the shades down onto my cheeks as freckles is what really made me love this look. It's very uncommon for me to add in freckles, but I am all about this rainbow pattern!

The 25L Live In Color Artistry Palette retails for $20 at MorpheBrushes.com and in Morphe retail stores. Please keep in mind that discount affiliate codes are not permitted with this collection, and with the proceeds going to such a noteworthy cause, why would you want to?


 I have heard that some brick and mortar stores still have the brush sets in stock so you might have luck finding them at your local store. The set retails for $28.

Now on to some fun news! I picked up an extra 25L Live In Color Artistry Palette and Live In Color Brush Set to giveaway! The last few giveaways I have held have been on my blog, so this one I have decided to run on Instagram. If you're interested, be sure to check out my post here to get the details on how to enter! It runs until next Friday so you've got time to enter!

Have you picked up or ordered this palette or the brush set? What colours would you want to use first? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!


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Happy Taco Tuesday, dear readers! I do have tacos on the mind as I am about to head out for some with my guys, but first, I wanted to get this post up. Let's jump in!

Now that June is here, the next Indie and Polish Pickups are SO CLOSE! In fact, this shop opens this Friday, so thankfully you won't have to wait too long to get the stunning items in this post ordered!


The winning theme for June is Weather, and KBShimmer opted to use this photo as the inspiration for two incredible products being offered this month. This is something brand owner had to say about this photo:

I've never liked rain as much as my husband Jason does, but I do love sun showers. It makes me so happy to see those magical drops of rain still falling as the sun peeks out, becoming tiny prisms that reflect and fill the sky with rainbows.

It was on a recent vacation that Christy snapped this beautiful photo where it inspired a new nail polish and gave Christy the idea to bring back her rainbow-coloured sugar scrub. I have both of these to share with you today, so let's dive on in and get a closer look at both of KBShimmer's offerings!

What Does This Mean?

What Does This Mean? is described as a dusty Caribbean blue nail polish that is loaded with KBShimmer's signature holo glow flakes to emulate the sparkling rain. Red-to-green Aurora shimmer is then added to give this polish a magnificent twist.


For those of you that have forgotten or may not have seen it, the name is derived from a sweet YouTube video by Yosemitebear62 in his excitement about seeing a double rainbow.


I don't know if I have the words for how much I love this polish! I love the base shade, but the way the aurora shimmer shifts from green to pink as you move your fingers is breathtaking.


What Does This Mean? applies easily with two coats for opacity. Under my bright light setup I could see the slightest hint of visible nail line, but under normal lighting and to my eyes, the two coats was plenty. That being said, those that paint with ultra thin coats or have particularly long nails may need to add a third coat. I then used a layer of KBShimmer's Clearly On Top top coat for these photos.


I was mesmerized with my nails in the sun when I went outside to go swimming, so I snapped a quick photo. Look at that sparkle! I love that you can see a little of both the pink and green aurora shift from the shimmers.


What Does This Mean? is equally as stunning under lower lighting! It has its own rainbow effect, and I just had to share it here!

What Does This Mean? will be retailing on the Polish Pickup website for $10; there is no cap on the number of bottles available for purchase.

After The Rain Sugar Scrub

KBShimmer has decided to bring back her rainbow sugar scrub this month! *Cheers* I love the swirls of colours in this scrub. There are seven different colours in this beautiful scrub!


After The Rain is scented with a blend of sweet melons, juicy raspberries, cool lemonade, fresh cracked coconut, and raw sugarcane. If you love fruity fragrances with a hint of the tropics, this scrub is for you! These scents are actually my favorite when it comes to body products, so I am in tropical rainbow heaven with it!


Because this is going to be shipping during the summer, you're going to want to bring this inside as soon as possible and not let it sit in your mailbox. The heat can cause the oils to separate out, although this does not impair the quality of the scrub. Simply scoop a little further down to mix in the oils and you are good to go! As you can see, mine got a little separated and the colours blended together, but the center is still a rainbow swirl.


To use this scrub, scoop out however much product you need, rub in a circular motion on the body, and rinse off with warm water. Because this scrub is so loaded up with sugar, I found a little tends to go a long way. It has worked well to remove the bumpy patches I occasionally get on the backs of my arms, and I will use a small amount on my hands when I need a little exfoliation. While it does smell delicious, you do not want to eat this sugar scrub!

It will also be retailing on the Polish Pickup website for $10, and there is no cap.


I have loved trying out both these products, and I cannot pick my favorite between them. These colours and scents are personal favorites, and these are the best Polish Pickup items from KBShimmer yet! I'm sure I've said that before, and I have no clue how they'll be able to top themselves next time!

The Polish Pickup website is open now for viewing and adding items to wishlists. Items will become available for purchase this Friday, June 7th through Monday, June 10th. Please allow three weeks for shipping as monthly Polish Pickup items are available for pre-order only. These items are exclusive to the Polish Pickup and for this month only, so you don't want to miss out!

Have you put together your Polish Pickup wishlist yet? Are you planning to pick up the polish, sugar scrub, or both? I'd love to hear what you have your eye on this month!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful evening!
XO!


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Greetings, dear readers, and happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and your week is off to a great start! Today's post is another edition of the Project Pan Challenge. I have also added onto the project with a purge of beauty products that either don't work for me or I just don't like. My goal it to either empty or get rid of 150 products this year. I am well on my way to my goal! I had some unexpected life things come up the end of April and leading into May so I didn't get to share my April items. Instead, I have combined them into this post alongside my May items. Ready? Let's check it out!

Use It: The Empties

Watermelon & White Rose Whipped Sugar Scrub | Soapy Bliss I really enjoy a good sugar scrub, and I was pleasantly surprised by this one! I had expected good quality from Soapy Bliss, but as a proclaimed loather of rose scents, I didn't think I would be ok with this one. While the combination with Watermelon is a little unusual, I actually really liked this scent! The sugar in this scrub is also on the finer side so while it worked perfectly to smooth the bumps I get on the backs of my arms, it wasn't too coarse for my skin like many other scrubs. I could use this several times a week if necessary and my skin tolerated it nicely. I'd buy this again although I am tempted by a few other scent options right now.

Deep Cashmere Body Lotion | KBShimmer The scent of this lotion is only the beginning of luxury for this KBShimmer product! It is thick and once absorbed into the skin, leaves an incredibly silky feeling to the skin. Now that I'm spending some serious time in my pool, I'm so glad to have something this moisturizing for my skin! I already have another one in a different scent for this summer!

Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel | Paula's Choice I found this tube while unpacking from my move and have no idea how I forgot about it! There wasn't much left so I quickly finished it off. This is a classic moisturizer that I find myself returning to again and again whenever I need something light on my skin. I have a couple other moisturizers on hand I would like to go through first before I pick up another one of these.

Lemony Flutter | Lush Cosmetics Another classic item, and whoa baby, does a little go a long way! I remember the first time I bought one of these and thought I would go through it fast. Hahahaha! Because I usually only use this on my cuticles, it takes such a long time for me to finish up a jar, even with nightly application as part of my pre-bedtime routine. I do use it occasionally when dry patches pop up on my elbows or feet, but even then, you don't need to use a lot. I already have a replacement tub on my nightstand in use.

Eve's Cherry Lip Scrub | Lush Cosmetics I magically found myself at my local Lush store after my move, and once I got a whiff of this lip scrub, I knew it needed to come home with me! It makes me think of cherry slushies, and I'm kicking myself for not picking up a second jar while it was still available. This is another product that lasts longer for me than I would have expected given the small jar size, and I even use a lip scrub about every other day to keep my lips soft. I like to follow up with the Pixi Lip Polish and let it soak in for an ultra smooth finish.


Sexy On The Beach Cuticle Oil | Ever After I have an embarrassingly large collection of cuticle oils, and I am determined to work my way through them. This one has been in my stash for a bit, and I believe this scent was created for one of The Indie Shops in Torrance, California. This dropper took quite a bit of time to go through (especially when I have others open and in use at the same time), but I did it! Ever After is currently on a hiatus for a few months while the owner works through some things. While I have only ever had good experiences with the brand, I know that is not the case for others; hopefully she is able to make things right with everyone she needs to and can make the necessary changes for a successful business.

Sexy On The Beach Cuticle Crelly | Ever After Continuing on with Ever After, I also finished off the cuticle crelly in the same Sexy On The Beach scent. When absorbed into the skin, it leaves such a silky soft feeling, but I noticed my skin would feel dry after a period of time. I don't know if the modified formula (version 2) just doesn't work as well for me. I found that this actually worked best when rubbed onto my feet and topped with socks before climbing into bed at night.

Hydrating Therapy Shampoo | BioSilk I got this sample sized bottle from my hairdresser in California when I went to visit her when I went back for a work trip, and I really liked this! This sulfate free shampoo cleans the hair without stripping it and left my hair so soft! It takes me forever to go through larger bottles of shampoo, but when I am ready to get another one, this is on my radar! 

Hydrating Therapy Conditioner | BioSilk I also tried the conditioner counterpart, and did I love it! One of the ingredients is maracuja oil, and it works wonders to condition your hair (and skin too). Like the shampoo, this is something I plan to pick up when I need to get more conditioner. I have a few bottles from other brands I would like to get through first if I can!

Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser Sensitive Skin | Clean & Clear This has been a favorite facial cleanser for me- it's affordable, usually readily available, and gentle enough for my skin. The reason I say "usually" is I've had some trouble finding it locally when I first moved here so I've had to buy a few other products. I'm currently using the non-sensitive/regular formula, and I'm just not crazy about it. I did manage to find one, and now I'm testing it to see how I like it compared to a few K-beauty cleansers I've recently picked up.



Hydra Soother Deep Hydration Mask | Duft & Doft Masks are so hard to really review when you've only tried one from  brand. I felt that my face felt soft and moisturized after using this mask but it would need more testing to see how it truly compares to some others. Since I've given up buying new sheet masks, I doubt I'll ever know!

Jasmine Peppermint Detox Mask | Florapy Beauty Again, a one time use isn't ideal for a review, but I can say I enjoyed this mask. I took this with me to New York City since I knew my skin would appreciate a detox from the ick of the city, especially with the rain. I'm not crazy about the jasmine or peppermint on their own, but they worked nicely together for me.

It's All About Coconut Facial Mask | Symphony Beauty This mask, on the other hand, I would avoid in the future if I am ever presented with the opportunity to use again. I'm not sure why, but this made my skin burn so badly I removed it after maybe two minutes and rinsed the essence off my face. Obviously experiences vary, but I can only talk about mine, and mine was terrible with this mask.

Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes Refill Pack | Neutrogena I use cloth reusable wipes when it comes to my face, but I do pick up these smaller travel-sized options for when I am attending beauty shows. They're too coarse for on my face, but they come in hand when I am swatching on the backs of my hands and arms. Not all booths provide wipes and some have handed me alcohol-laden wipes- that's gonna be a hard no for me! These Neutrogena wipes aren't as soft ad moisturizing as some others, but the lesser price point and easy access makes them a go-to for me, especially given how I use them. I'll have to pick up another one for my upcoming trip to Cosmoprof North America this summer.


Vitamin Sadness Mood Therapy Mask | MustaeV MustaeV masks, on the other hand, I have used time and time again. They do use snail mucin, which I know some people are really not fond of, but I love how these masks make my skin feel! I alternate frequently between their four different mood series so I can't say I have a single favorite, but this is a preferred brand for me. I have probably a dozen of these on hand so I'll get to enjoy them a little more until I am out and my no sheet mask buying rule kicks in. Crossing my fingers I can find a serum or essence I love as much as this one so I can make do without! I'm currently trying one out that I enjoy and just need to try a side-by-side on my face next!

Daily Harvest Squeeze Fresh Up Mask Pack | Mustus Mustus is another brand that I have enjoyed using, although I haven't used quite as many from this brand as the MustaeV. Something I do appreciate is the extra folding of their masks so they can fit into smaller packaging. This mask definitely left my skin feeling silky smooth!

De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray | Urban Decay I picked up this travel sized spray when I was headed out of town for a trip, and I was surprised at how much I loved it. Urban Decay is a little on the spendier side, especially when you normally use a NYX setting spray, but I loved it so much I bought another travel sized option (mostly because I temporarily misplaced this one) and a full sized bottle. I'm holding onto this bottle to refill for traveling and hopefully not have to get another smaller plastic bottle!

Lose It: Purged Products

Sometimes you have products that just don't work for you. Not gonna lie, I can be a bit of a hoarder when it comes to beauty products, especially when the amount of money spent on products adds up! I like to read reviews first, but sometimes I can't wait that long or what works for one person doesn't work with my own body chemistry. I have been pushing myself to let go of the products that aren't working for me. It's not been easy, and some have been easier to get rid of than others, but I am definitely making some progress on this front! Let's check out the recent purge list!


Cherry Mocha Lip Gloss | Ofra Cosmetics Do you know how sad it is to see Ofra hype, buy your first product, and hate it? Yeah, I'm so there with this lip gloss. Hate may be too intense as I don't dislike this lip gloss that much, but I am really not a fan. The colour is too light for my preference but I sucked it up until the outer cap broke off the inner one. After getting my hands filthy with the sticky residue trying to open with the inner cap, I decided enough was enough. Yes, I did get it open, but added to not liking the colour, it was time to say good bye.

Chilipress Colorfit Tint Water Gel | Peripera I wanted to like this lip product so badly, especially when I read it was a lip stain that once dry, would stay on the lips long term. That was definitely not the case for me. I don't mind reapplying lipsticks, so this wasn't a total deal breaker for me, but the odd taste that kept creeping into my mouth was a turn off for me. I love the colour and the brand, but this tint was a fail for me. Of today's purge pile, this is still hard to let go of even though I know I won't grab for it again.

Guava Lip Scrub | eos This was part of the Tropical Escape duo with the eos balm, and I found it at Target right before Easter. While I'm not overly fond of the eos balms, I cannot resist tropical flavors like guava so it was on when I saw this scrub. I don't think I even have the words for how crushed I was when I opened and used it! There was some guava scent, but I hated the feeling on my lips. This lip scrub was weird in that it was so incredible smooth it almost didn't function well as a scrub, but it had coconut shell powder that felt weird when rubbing on my lips. It's my fault for not reading ingredients as I very wrongly assumed it was a sugar scrub. I tried this a couple times as I really wanted to like it, but that coconut shell powder made it feel like I was rubbing small sand grit on my lips and that's not a pleasant experience for me. I still have the balm counterpart from the set although it may make its way on the purge pile soon. That's still to be determined.



Plumeria Sheer Lip Butter SPF 30 | Julep

Splendid and Timeless Lip Gloss | Julep

Peach Bellini Pore-Minimizing Blush | Julep

Length Matters High-Impact Mascara | Julep

Strawberry-Mint Lip Balm | Julep

Electric Coral Plush Pout Lip Crayon | Julep

I'm so mad with Julep that I'm not even going to bother linking them on this post. I had joined their Maven program when the brand first launched, and I stuck with the brand for years. Yes, there were many months that I skipped, either due to no interest in their overpriced nail polishes, but I still kept up with it and occasionally got boxes to try out their cosmetic and skincare items when they branched into that direction. Their decision to stop the Maven program and take away points members earned with their purchases left a sour taste in my mouth and made it easier to toss their products I wasn't loving already. I know I have more from the brand in my makeup stash, but with it in various rooms, I'll have to locate it all. I also do have a few shadows I want to try out, but given how I feel about the brand right now, I may still be too irritated. I had used a lot of my points as I accrued them so I wan't as badly affected as others, but I am angry for the other customers. I will say that out of these products, I am probably going to keep the mascara wand. I hated the mascara formula, but the super short wand did wonders on my lashes and I want to try it with my other mascara.


April Stats:
Empties: 7
Purged: 9
Monthly Total: 16

May Stats:
Empties: 10
Purged: 1
Monthly Total: 11

2019 Stats to Date:
Empties: 50
Purged: 49
Total: 99

I am about 2/3 of the way to hitting my goal, and we're not even at the half way point yet! I had set my goal relatively high as I knew I was combining the Pan Project with a purge, but I'm impressing myself with my progress! I had expected the purge process to be hard, and while it hasn't always been easy, it's gotten easier the more I give my products a hard look. It's only the 3rd of June and I have new empties for my next post with others close to joining the stash. Now that my oldest is in a summer camp program all day, I am going to attempt to organize and arrange my makeup collection once and for all and pull out more to give a last go before deciding whether or not to purge.

I had mentioned when I first started the challenge this year that I was joining in with several other bloggers and vloggers. I'll be adding the links to their latest empties posts as they come in below:


Are you taking part in the Project Pan Challenge? How has your progress been so far this year? Is there anything you are having a difficult time letting go? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!


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Hello, dear readers, and happy Fri-yay! I don't have anything in particular planned this weekend, but I'm looking forward to some quality time with my guys. After having four days with them last weekend, it's been so quiet around the house this week. Now on to today's post!

While attending The Makeup Show in New York earlier this month, one of my stops was at the Journey & Co booth. This indie nail polish line was launched in March by 8 year old creative Journey Phillips. Her dreams started when she started creating polishes to share with friends while in kindergarten. Each polish came with a personalized inspirational note to bring about inclusivity and inspire young girls. The brand launched with a seven piece collection, called the GRL PWR Collection. I purchased three of them while at the show and wanted to share them with you today. Let's check them out!

Purple Slay

You Are Strong. #BeBrave

Purple Slay is a vibrant, warm toned purple creme nail polish that is sure to be a hit this summer. I can be a little hit or miss with purple shades, but this one stole my heart and is perfection for the warm summer months ahead! I have it shown here with two coats.

Pink Fairytale

You Are Magic. #BeKind

Pink Fairydust is a rich magenta pink polish that is loaded up with blue reflecting shimmers. It is the shade that grabbed my attention when I first stopped by the booth and for good reason- the blue shimmer in this is incredible! I used two coats to reach opacity for these photos.

Halographic

You Are Worthy. #BeGreat

Halographic is just what you would expect: it is a silvery holographic sparkling beauty! This is a polish than can be used as a topper or on its own to reach opacity. I have it here by itself with two coats. The two coats actually has quite nice coverage although the camera is really good at picking out the spots that peek through. I actually quite like it like this, but you can opt to add in a third coat for even more coverage.

I am so glad that I picked up these beauties at the show! It is an uplifting collection no matter what your age and the colours are positively gorgeous!

Journey & Co has recently launch the Dream On Cloud 9 Summer Collection, a new five-piece collection. I'm really looking forward to watching the brand grow!

Have you checked out Journey & Co's nail polishes? Which shades or finishes are your favorites? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day and enjoy the weekend!
XO!


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With only a couple days left in May, I hope you are ready for the next Polish Pickup! June's edition is even more exciting because Amy of Literary Lacquers will be joining in for the first time! Big cheers all around! I'm obviously really excited about the news, and I am thrilled to be sharing the Literary Lacquers contribution to the upcoming June opening.


The theme for the June Polish Pickup is "Weather". Strange Bedfellows, the contribution by Literary Lacquers, was inspired by the tempestuous sea storm in Shakespeare's The Tempest. Magically created by Prospero, it is a fun take on this month's theme!


Strange Bedfellows starts off with a crelly base is a beautiful aqua shade and is chock full of shimmer that shifts from pink to gold. There are also gorgeous iridescent glass flecks that plays so well with the shade-shifting shimmer!


In spite of all the goodness packed into this polish, Strange Bedfellows applies so easily to the nails. I used two coats to reach opacity, although with my bright light setup, my camera caught the slightest hint of nail line. Two coats should suffice for you unless your nails are particularly long or you use very thin coats.


I added a layer of top coat over Strange Bedfellows for these photos.


This polish is truly a shimmering sensation! While the above photos were taken indoors with my light setup, check out the photo below of it in the sun!


Isn't it just stunning! I love all the sparkle and this colour makes me weak in the knees. Since I was sharing a shot from outside on a bright sunny day, I wanted to include one from indoors with less lighting. Check it out!


Once you take the lights away, you can see just how much has gone into this beauty!


Strange Bedfellows will be available for purchase from the Polish Pickup website ONLY from Friday, June 7th through Monday, June 10th. There is no cap to the number of bottles that will be available. After the June Polish Pickup ordering window has closed, please allows three weeks for shipping.

I am excited to see Literary Lacquers join in on the Polish Pickup fun, and what an incredible first contribution! It is a great shade for those long, summery days, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Are you looking forward to the June opening of the Polish Pickup? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!



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Warning! The sexual nature this post may be offensive to some readers. Please proceed with caution!


Greetings, dear readers, and happy Tuesday! Here's hoping to a better week with more blog posts to share! For today's blog post, I wanted to share an indie cosmetic brand I stumbled across while attending The Makeup Show in New York City.


Dirty Mind Cosmetics is a newcomer to the beauty industry, and I purchased all six items in the brand's current product lineup to share with you. Dirty Mind Cosmetics launched in October 2018 with a four-piece Tim Burton character-inspired lipstick collection. Since then, two new shades were added for this past Valentine's Day. Vegan and cruelty-free, Dirty Mind Cosmetics encourages you to let your mind wander to the naughty thoughts without fear of judgement. I hope you're ready to strap-on and learn more about the products!


But first....


Warning! The sexual nature this post may be offensive to some readers. Please proceed with caution!


Yes, I know it seems a little obsessive to mention it again, but I want to be very clear with all my wonderful readers that this post may be a little too risqué for your preference. As much as I love having you here, I respect you and want to give you the opportunity to step away if necessary.

Let's get a closer look at the colours!


The six shades of the brand lineup consists of:

Red Rocket (Valentine's Day 2019 duo)
Just The Tip (Tim Burton quad, Fall 2018)
BJ (Tim Burton quad, Fall 2018)
Heart On (Valentine's Day 2019 duo)
Wanna Scissor? (Tim Burton quad, Fall 2018)
Carpet Matches The Drapes (Tim Burton quad, Fall 2018)

I've been wearing all six shades since purchasing them at The Makeup Show in New York City, and I have a few looks I wanted to share with you. I'll be adding more details about each specific shade as I mention them. Let's let our guard down, get our minds in the gutter, and get a little dirty!


BJ

Let's start off with the original four shades from the Tim Burton original launch. First up is BJ, a sexy black hue with a warm red undertone. I love a good black lipstick, but with my warmer skintone, I find many have a blue undertone that isn't particularly flattering. Thankfully Dirty Mind Cosmetics realized us warm-toned girls want to sport a black lipstick too! Inspired by Beetlejuice, this lipstick is super creamy and applies easily to a smooth finish. The colour stays on the lips for longer than most bullet lipsticks I have used although is does need a little pick-me-up... which is something a BJ is good for, after all! It did bleed a little outside my lips when I first tried it without lipliner, but this isn't something unusual for me when it comes to rich and dark lip shades.


Just The Tip

While we're on the topic of Beetlejuice, we might as well continue with the Lydia Deetz-inspired shade, Just The Tip. A light peachy-pink shade, this is one of those shades that can be a true nude on some people, a subtle hint of colour on some, or give your lips a serious dramatic WOW factor. On me, it definitely has the peach and pink combination. At TMS, I swatched it next to a makeup artist with very pink undertones, and it looked very peach on her. Whether or not this shade will work for you ultimately depends on the type of look you want and how your own colouring with play with this lipstick. While this is true of makeup in general, I wanted to point this out with this particular shade; even I was shocked at just how different it looked when swatched next to me. I'm kicking myself for not snapping a side-by-side photo at the booth to show you!

As for this lipstick itself, Just The Tip is already a favorite of mine for this summer! Easy to apply with colour that lasts for several hours (barring that cheeseburger I scarfed down the other day), Just The Tip is the perfect quickie.... for when you want to get a little shade on your lips and out the door fast, that is!


Wanna Scissor?

Continuing on, Wanna Scissor? is another one of those shades that will look vastly different depending on the undertones in your skin. Inspired by Edward Scissorhands, this cool, muted purple has a touch of grey. On me, it is definitely somewhere between those two with an added pink flush. It looked much more purple on one of the ladies who was working at the booth while it pulled even less purple than it does on me on yet another makeup artist that swatched it. In truth, I don't find this colour to be the most flattering on me, but when paired with a similar colour on my cheeks and eyes and this killer wig, it almost works! I still really enjoy this, and I like that it applies smoothly to a beautiful, even finish. On that note, I'm sure many would agree with me that the finish is the best part....


Carpet Matches The Drapes

Last up from the Tim Burton quad is this dark, vampy burgundy lipstick inspired by Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas. Given the name, part of me wonders if Dr. Finklestein put that much thought into creating this fabulous humanoid ragdoll. Either way, Carpet Matches The Drapes is a glorious shade! I will sport a good red lip no matter what time of day or season and this one is just sexy! Like BJ, I did find that I needed to use a lipliner to keep it from feathering outside my lips, but as I already mentioned, this is a common occurrence for me with dark shades. I did have to touch up after eating and several hours of wear, but the colour was longer lasting than a traditional bullet-type lipstick for me.


On to the two newer shades to the brand lineup!

Heart On

You really can't go wrong with this berry pink shade from the Valentine's Day 2019 duo! While I normally consider myself a red girl when it comes to lips, I really enjoy this hue on my lips. This vibrant shade will look beautiful any time of year, but I love it for the spring and upcoming summer in particular. It just makes your lips look so juicy, and let's be real, that's exactly what you want when paired with a hard.... I mean Heart On. Application is creamy, the colour is beautifully pigmented, and it stays put: what more could you want?

Red Rocket

Coming up the end of this post is Red Rocket, the second half of the Valentine's Day 2019 duo. After all, can a Valentine's duo be complete without a red shade? Red Rocket is a beautiful brick red hue that looks particularly lovely on warmer skin tones. I find it to be a great hue for day-to-day red lips! I know a lot of people tend to shy away from reds, especially during the day, but if you're wanting to step a little outside your comfort zone, this is a good way to do it. I have found that I want just a little taller and my head up more confidently on the days I wear red! Like the other lipsticks from Dirty Mind Cosmetics, the formula is really creamy and imparts long lasting colour onto the lips. I have found that I don't gravitate towards these types of reds as much during the spring and summer months, but I know this is going to be a favorite transitional shade into fall! 


I have been impressed with the overall quality of these lipsticks from Dirty Mind Cosmetics. While some shades are more my style than others, I can certainly appreciate the slip....errr, creaminess of all these lipsticks. The colours leave a *ahem* lasting impression and don't require the hourly touchups like most bullet-type lipsticks. I can generally get several hours of wear between touchups with the exception of when I am eating lip-intensive foods like burgers or tacos. Speaking of which, if Dirty Mind Cosmetics is needing a name for a new pink shade...... Yep, I totally went there.

All six of these lipsticks can be purchased from Dirty Mind Cosmetics on their website located here. Each shade retails for $20. Alternately, Dirty Mind Cosmetics is going to be at the San Francisco Pop-Up of The Makeup Show Beauty Shop. This particular event is open to the public, and if you are in the area, you can check them out in person and purchase them there! They have announced that there will be more products coming soon, so keep our eyes peeled for what Dirty Mind Cosmetics releases next!

Prior to this post, were you familiar with Dirty Mind Cosmetics? Are any of these shades speaking to you? I'd love to hear your thoughts about these colours or what you're hoping to see the brand launch next!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
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Boxwalla released their "A Summer in Hangzhou" June Beauty Box featuring 2 full-size products from 5YINA– that you don’t want to miss. The full size face oil and face mist are perfect for the summer, and Lola's Secret Beauty Blog highly recommends getting this Cruelty-Free, eco-luxe box before it sells out. The cost is $49.95 for $190.00 worth of products! #Boxwalla #5YINA 


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Jen from Laugh, Love Contour tested out a cosmic-themed nail art stamping plate and her nails are out of this world! Check out her post to learn more about this plate and if it might work for you! 


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Good morning, and happy Monday, dear readers! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and the new week is off to a good start. Last week was particularly bad for me with caring for a sick kid, and the weekend culminating with my other child getting sick (with something different, I might add) and getting sick myself yesterday. I spent all day yesterday either resting and napping on the couch or my bed. While it makes for a less than glamorous story to share here, I am cautiously optimistic I am fully over it and can resume normal life. Cross your fingers for me!

While my weekend was certainly uneventful, I did have some time to paint my nails on Saturday during my kids' naptime. I had the cutest celestial-themed stamping plate from Born Pretty Store waiting for review and did I create an adorable manicure with it! Let's jump in and check it out!


This is the "Deep Cosmos" stamping plate (BP-A09). As you can see, it contains 14 etched images to choose from.


While there are certainly cosmic images on this plate, there are a few that I personally find to be a stretch for "cosmic". Adding in a few stars or a moon is a stretch for me, but in spite of that, I do still enjoy the images. The night city scene in particular is calling to me and will definitely be worn some time soon! The angel "Peace on Earth" is a little too holiday for me for this time of year and not quite to my taste in general. Other than this particular image, I can see myself using everything on this plate.

How cute is the image of shooting stars over the penguins? I generally don't gravitate towards penguins in nail art until the winter and will have to remember this image later in the year!

The Deep Cosmos Stamping Plate can be found here at Born Pretty Store.

Let's check out the nail art I created this weekend!


I love space-themed nail art and have often shared designs with planets and stars. While there are many of these styles on this plate to choose from, I opted to go a little different route and selected the astronaut image. Please pardon the bit of smearing from top coat issues on my one nail. Other than that, how cute is this manicure?


Normally when I sit down to do stamping, I grab my tried and true stampers. This time, however, I had a couple new stampers I purchased awhile back I wanted to try out. This experience left me rather well acquainted with this plate. One of my new stampers is firm, a fact I did not realize when I bought it. I still wanted to try it and found my firm stamper could not pick up the image on this plate at all. I quick tried it on a different plate by MoYou London and had success. I then attempted to stamp with my other new stamper that I had used once before with success. This second stamper is a little squishier than the first, and while it picked up some of the image, is still did not pick up the full image well. In the end, I used a third stamper that I love and is very squishy a slightly sticky. I had success with this final stamper picking up the full image and transferring it onto my nails.


I had already suspected the etching on this plate to be on the shallow side, and my testing utilizing several stampers in a range of firmness only confirmed it for me. Firm stampers do not transfer images well, if at all, on my curved nails so this is not a deal breaker for me, but it is something to be aware of if you tend to prefer a firm stamper. The images are really cute, and for such an affordable price, it's still worth checking out.


As you can see from this stamped image, I only got the astronaut and the lower part of Earth onto my nails. This is about the longest I keep my nails now, so if your nails are the same or shorter, you won't have the full image on your nails. I do like that this design is so accommodating to long nails, but I would have liked the astronaut and most of the earth to fit on my nails. The gap for the Earth up at my cuticles sadly just looks like the image transferred poorly. I am by no means a stamping expert, but this image is a little less forgiving than others I have used. Also, you can see the star pattern (four cardinal points-type) by the Earth loses its crispness due to the shallow plate etching.

I love the images on this plate, but I do wish it was etched deeper. Even with a dedicated stamping polish, I still needed to use a sticky and squishy stamper, often referred to as a "marshmallow" stamper, in order to fully pick up the image. While this is my preferred type of stamper, I know it doesn't suit everyone. I am still glad to have this plate, but it is sadly a little limiting for who can use it. This plate normally retails for $5.99, but at the timing of this post, it is on sale for $2.99.


While you are shopping, be sure to check out all the items Born Pretty Store has to offer for your nail art needs. Also, be sure to use the discount code QWL91 to save 10% on all full priced items. Please note I do NOT get any commission if you use the code; this is just a way for my readers to save some money on already affordable products. Free worldwide shipping is slower and can take up to 6 weeks although my experience has been between 3 and 4 weeks. Alternately, you can purchase expedited shipping and should have items in about a week. 

Other products used for this nail art look:
Literary Lacquers: Court of Dreams
Journey & Co: HALOgraphic
Powder Perfect : Black Stamping Polish

Have you used any products from Born Pretty Store? What types of nail art products do you like or dislike? Did you do your nails this weekend? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
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