Review: Rainbow Honey July Mystery Bag and Summer Mix Tape Collection

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I am super excited to have discovered a new to me nail polish company! Rainbow Honey polish is vegan and 3 free and they release some really fun collections. The most recent one, released earlier this summer, is the Summer Mixtape collection. It includes 12 creme, shimmer and glitter polishes.

Now one thing about me is that I am a sucker for collections and limited edition products. It is a sure fire way to get me to purchase a product. And the Rainbow Honey collections are so fun and unique!

I knew immediately that I wanted Best Friend, a glitter topper with a lot of fun shapes! It has multi colored stars, triangles and circles and also very subtle purple shimmer. So far, I have used it as an accent nail over Essie’s Play Date, but I think I will polish every nail with it after my kids go to sleep tonight. It is just as fun and funky as I hoped!

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Next, I got the July Mystery Bag. For those of you that are subscription box junkies, this is right up your alley! For $10, you get a surprise bag of three mini polishes and three products. There is also a mystery bag for $25. I believe the only difference is that the three polishes are full size. Considering the polishes are $10 a piece, this is a great value!

I already knew what was in the July bag because I had peeked at spoilers. I was super excited though! I can never get through a full size polish, so I like the idea of being able to get three small sizes. And the nice thing about the Rainbow Honey bags is that they are not a subscription service, so you can purchase whenever you want instead if automatically being charged every month.

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The three products included were a roll on perfume, a cuticle balm and a cooling gel, all in the Midori scent. The scent is described as a fruity summer scent, which is apt. It is a little too sweet and fruity for me, so I gave the roll on perfume to M who LOVES it. I am guessing the cooling gel is just like an aloe gel. Nice for summer and it is a very portable size, so I am sure it will come in handy. I have used the cuticle balm a few times as well and again, I like the size and portability. I will put it in my purse.

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I loved all three polishes in my mystery bag. From right to left, Chemical Plant, Viridia and Deep Heart Sea.

Now I just need to make a disclaimer. I suck at taking good pictures of my polish. These are especially crappy because I can only paint my nails after my toddler goes to bed. Otherwise she would be all over it. And my nine week old is fussy every single night at that time, so I am usually painting my nails with a baby attached to me!

Anyway, first up I tried Chemical Plant, which is a pink polish with gold and purple shimmer.

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I was most excited to try this one after seeing pictures of other blogger’s nails. It appealed to me because I could tell it would be opaque and I loved the shimmer.

It was just as gorgeous on as I has hoped but the formula was a bit off for me. By the time I got to my second hand, the polish was getting goopy, which made it super difficult to apply. I am not the fastest polisher but I have never had that happen before, so that was a bummer. The polish also started chipping pretty badly after two days, even with a base and topcoat, so even though I love the color, I will probably only use this for accent nails.

The other two colors I swatched for the purpose of this review. I didn’t realize until later that the pictures I took were really crappy. Sorry!

Anyway, Viridia is more of a clear, shimmery topper with neon stars and circles. I swatched it alone and over Ciate apple and custard, which is almost like a mint green. I absolutely love Viridia and I will get a lot of use out of it. It was my favorite from the mystery bag.

 

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The Blue Heart Sea is a sheer blue with multi colored hexagons, squares and circles. The blue builds up enough color that you can wear it alone. In my picture, I have it over the Ciate polish on my ring finger and alone on my pinky. In the future, I will just wear it alone. I like how easy it is to use and how forgiving too!

Overall, I am super pleased with my Rainbow Honey purchase and I will definitely order from them again in the future.

Have you used Rainbow Honey before?

-s

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Mermaid Hair

Hello! It has been one week since I started taking my Hairfinity hair supplement, and I started out with a month supply amount to see how it goes. Hairfinity is supposed to increase hair growth by 115% as well as strengthen the condition of hair, and I sure hope it works for me!

I’ve been dying and heat styling my hair for years now and my hair’s health has definitely suffered from it! I have split ends and hair breakage, but I’m working on repairing it little by little and I’m banking on this hair supplement to help me out a little!

My goal is to have what my brother-in-law refers to as “mermaid hair”. Which means that the length of  a girl’s hair is long enough to completely cover her boobs, and honestly I would like my hair to be down to my belly button, but I have a feeling my mom wouldn’t be cool with it…  It may take me a little longer because naturally my hair is curly, so when I wear it curly, it seems a lot shorter than in appears in my picture below where my hair is straight. So, wish me luck!!!

Here’s some inspiration, Brooke Shields in Blue Lagoon.
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Now, here’s a picture of me on day 1 of taking Hairfinity, I have a few inches to go!

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So, what do you think? Do you prefer your hair long, medium, or short?

Review: Nordstrom Beauty Bag

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Recently, Hautelook released one of their Nordstrom beauty bags, which is a limited edition cosmetics bag filled (mostly) with deluxe samples.  This particular bag had a lot of hype surrounding it and ended up selling out within ten minutes of its release.  I saw on Hautelook’s Facebook page that they had 4,000 bags, so that is pretty insane! I used my Hautelook app to order and had no issues, but I know there were a lot of problems with their website crashing. 

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I was super psyched when I got this bag exactly a week after placing my order.  I never got a shipping notice, so it was a surprise when it landed on my doorstep.  On first look, I was extremely happy with the size of the products included.  I had a good idea of what was coming in the bag but I checked out so quickly and wasn’t able to go back and see the actual beauty bag listing, so I couldn’t be 100% sure of what I was getting.

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The bag included two fragrances: Rosabotanica by Balenciaga and Essence Aromatique by Botega Veneta.  I am very picky about what fragrances I wear.  I very rarely buy commercial fragrances, so I was not especially excited for these.  I love the packaging of the Balenciaga fragrance though.  It came in a cute matching box.  Out of the two, I will probably be more likely to wear that one too.  It has more of a light floral scent, whereas the Botega Veneta smells very “perfumey” to me.  I know, great review, right? To be fair, I smelled it only in the bottle and not on my skin. 

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Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief and Lancome Renergie Lift Multi-Action Lifting and Firming Cream.

Maybe it’s just me, but both of these brands seems more “mature” to me, especially the Lancome.  I actually used to buy a lot of Clinique products when I was in high school over ten years ago, but I haven’t used any of their products in years.  I went ahead and used the moisutrizer this morning and was pleasantly surprised.  It went on more like a gel and had an instant cooling effect, which is a nice plus for this time of year.  It wasn’t greasy at all and made my skin supple and soft.  It definitely is light enough for daytime use, at least for me.  It’s probably not a product I will purchase, but maybe that will change as I use up the sample. 

As for the Lancome, I honestly don’t see myself using this.  I already have a serum that I am happy with that I use before bed, so it would have to be an amazing nighttime moisturizer for me to switch that up.  I will probably give it to a family memeber or save it for travel use.

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Philosophy Purity Made Simple facial cleanser, Mario Badescu Kiwi Face Scrub and fresh Rose Face Mask. 

I know the Purity cleanser is a popular product that has been around for awhile.  It is a one step makeup remover and cleanser with sage, chamomile and carrot.  It goes on like a lighter oil based/cream cleanser.  I don’t see what the fuss is about.  It didn’t do anything amazing.  I will continue to use the sample–it’s a great size for traveling–but I wouldn’t purchase the full size product.

I tried the other two the very night I got my bag.  The Mario Badescu scrub was appealing to me because it was a pretty lime green color with little kiwi seeds.  It had a thicker texture but I realized really quickly that I wasn’t going to get the type of exfoliation I was expecting. The kiwi seeds were way to minimal to provide much exfoliation, so it felt almost like a cream cleanser.  Overall, I wasn’t impressed, which was surprising given that I have used and loved many Mario Badescu products.

As for the fresh mask, it was gel like in consistancy and smelled of real roses.  It contains rose petals and rose petals, so it is a very luxurious product, with a price tag of $58 for 3.4 ounces! I love anything with rose in it, and I love face masks, so this was a real win for me! I won’t be buying the full size product due to price, but I am more than happy to use up the sample!

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The bag included three lip products, by Lorac, Jouer and Stila.  The Lorac is the only one I haven;t tried yet, s I can’t attest to its consistancy.  It has a goldish tint to it, which I like.  I can never have enough lip products, so this will get used!

The Jouer was the smallest of the three and my favorite as far as color goes.  The consistancy was also a win for me.  It goes on smooth and is not sticky in the slightest.  I will definitely be on the lookout for more Jouer lipgloss in the future.

The Stila Lip Glaze is a full size product! I had these in a ton of colors in high school.  The twist up applicator brush was such a novelty.  I can tell their formula hasn’t changed at all since I stopped using these.  It is super sticky and tacky, which makes it wear for a long amount of time but isn’t my favorite. 

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Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Hair Treatment and Whish Body Butter in pomegranate.

The Living Proof hair treatment really appealed to me.  It is a styling treatment that is supposed to provide volume, smoothness, conditioning, strength and polish.  You apply it to damp hair and the tube instructs that you will have better results if you blow dry after application.  The jury is still out on this one.  I did not follow instructions, because I rarely every heat style my hair.  I have super tangly hair when it’s wet, so all I was aiming for was the conditioning part.  Unfortunately, it didn’t feel like my hair was any more conditioned after I used it.  Once my hair air dried, I still didn’t see any noticeable difference.  It smelled nice, like salon conditioner.  I had really high hoped for this, so I am going to keep trying it and see if I have better results next time!

The whish body butter is a great size to toss in your purse, but the scent is a little too sickly sweet to me.  I wouldn’t purchase it.

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Molton Brown shower gel in Pink Peppercorn and Ciate nail polish in apple and custard. 

My ex used to use Molton Brown shower gel.  It was pepper scented and I loooooved it.  I used it occasionally.  In fact, I think I was the one who initially bought it for him.  So I was excited for this gel because it smells similar.  You definitely get the pepper scent with some floral mixed in.  I don’t like it this time around though.  It is just too strong.  It lasted on my skin once I got out of the shower, which usually is a good thing but geez, I just wanted to tone it down a bit.  O don’t know if my nose changed or if this is just a little stronger.

There were a few color variations on the Ciate nail polish and I was thrilled with the one I got.  It is a lovely mint green.  I plan to use it ASAP.  I have never owned any Ciate polish, so I am excited to try it.

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Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer and Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara.

LOVE the Smashbox primer.  I don’t typically use primer but I definitely want to, so I was happy to try this.  It went on smoothly and gave my skin a soft, velvety feel.  I plan to buy the full size.

I wasn’t a fan of the Estee Lauder mascara.  It didn’t do anything special and the wand had short spikes on it to apply the mascara that kept stabbing me when I was trying to apply it.  I will give this another shot but the applicator annoyed me so much that I might just toss it.

Overall, I was thrilled with my Nordstrom beauty bag.  I didn’t calculate the exact value, but it is obviously well worth the $29.95 price tag.  I will definitely be keeping an eye out for any future bags released by Hautelook.

Did you receive the bag? What was your favorite product included?

-s

 

OPI: Excuse Moi!

Hi guys! Today’s post is about a glitter polish from OPI called Excuse Moi! It’s from The Muppet’s Collection Holiday 2011. It is a dark pink jelly with silver and pink micro-glitter and larger round multicolored glitter.

 

 

 

 

photo It applies very well for a glitter polish! Smooth, full coverage, and I only needed two coats! I prefer keeping my nails short, so if you have longer nails, you may need three coats. I have run out of my Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat so I used Sally Hansen Top Coat which is also a quick dry formula. I was a little worried that it would would be bumpy and rough even after the top coat but to my surprise, my nails were glassy and smooth! 

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I like this polish a lot, but like I said in one of my earlier posts, I’m not a huge fan of pinks and reds. The glitter in this one really makes this polish stand out to me! Although, glitter polishes can be a huge pain once you’re ready to take them off… I have a bad habit of chipping them off throughout the day. Attempting to take this off now so I can move on to the next nail color!

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What do you think? Are you into glitter polishes?
Thanks for checking this out! 
-M

July 2014 Birchbox!

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It’s here! My first Birchbox. I’m not sure what took me so long to jump on the subscription box bandwagon, but having just had a baby eight weeks ago, I wanted to do something to make me feel better about myself. Trying a bunch of new beauty products seemed like just the ticket, so I subscribed to both Birchbox and Ipsy earlier this month. Ever since, I have been stalking the Birchbox site to see when my box would ship. I also familiarized myself with my box contents before it even arrived. I told myself I wanted the element of surprise. That lasted about 45 seconds! I mean really, does anyone (besides M!) have the self control to not peek?

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Anyway, for those who don’t know, Birchbox is a subscription service in which you get a box delivered to your door each month with samples chosen just for you. The cost is $10 per month or $110 per year if paid upfront. You complete a quiz on their site so that your box is tailored to your needs and preferences. The cool thing about Birchbox is that you can review the products you receive each month in exchange for points. The points can then be redeemed towards product purchases! I received 50 points for reviewing these five products on BB’s website, which equates to $5.

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This month Birchbox paired up with Women’s Health magazine to promote healthy living. The July theme is ‘Power Up’ and the box included a little booklet with 12 “bite size challenges”, such as upping your sleep quality and making an effort to do at least 10 minutes of outdoor activity daily. They even included a years subscription to Women’s Health, which can be either redeemed or mailed in for a rebate. I considered just getting the rebate, since I honestly don’t think I’ll read it. But then I decided maybe I should give it a shot. Who knows, maybe it will make me healthier. So I think I will go for the subscription. Anyway, on to the fun stuff.

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We’ll get my least favorite part out of the way. The Naobay Body Radiance lotion, This lotion has olive oil, shea butter and avocado oil, which sounded pretty moisturizing to me. Except that it wasn’t. It sank into my skin immediately, and within two minutes you couldn’t even tell I had applied lotion. I hate feeling greasy as much as the next person, but I at least want to feel some type of effect from my lotion. Not to mention it smelled lightly of fruit loops as I was applying it (not really how I want to smell), but it lost its scent immediately. So I put it in my purse, where I’ll probably never use it but will have it just in case.

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Next up I got Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect. This is a leave in conditioner mist that is also meant to protect your hair from heat styling as well as protect color. I thought I also read that it was a detangler. Anyway, I was most excited for this product because of the leave in conditioner/detangling aspect but I haven’t used it yet. If it works, I will definitely order it!

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I also received Supergoop! Advanced SPF 37 Anti-Aging Eye Cream. I have to admit, eye creams bore me. This is one of those products that I should be using but I am to lazy to incorporate into my routine. But I did put some of this on and I was pleasantly surprised at how it brightened up my eye area. It is a little thicker than any eye creams I have used, but that isn’t a bad thing. I will use up my sample and if I am completely wowed, I’ll buy it. But it’s $45, so it has to be absolutely amazing. I would spend double that amount on a facial moisturizer. Eye cream, not so much.

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I also received the Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner in black, This eyeliner is in pencil form and sets within thirty seconds, so if you want a smudged look you need to act fast! I actually don’t own a black eyeliner at the moment (for shame!), so this was a great addition for me. I love the formula and how easily the liner glides on.

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Lastly, my lifestyle add on was the SmartyPants All-in-One Gummy Vitamins for Adults. I didn’t even try these because I am still taking prenatal vitamins. I am not interested anyway. Never would I spend $30 on a 30 day supply of vitamins, not to mention that the recommended dose is six gummies per day (two at a time, so three times por day). I can barely remember to take my one vitamin at night. No way would I remember to take them at three different times during the day.

Overall, I am very pleased with my box. There were some items in there that I wouldn’t have tried on my own, so it is kind of cool to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. I can’t wait to see what next month has in store! Oh, and apparently my toddler liked it too. I caught her sniffing the hair mist.

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To sign up for Birchbox, click here.
-s

What did you get in your July Birchbox? Were there any hits or misses?

Lush Kitchen: Calacas Shower Gel

imageThis scent is awesome, I don’t know why Lush hasn’t made more permanent products that share this scent. I first had the shower jelly, and then my mom got me the perfume for Christmas one year. I’ve since used up both of those and hadn’t come across anything from Lush that smelled like Calacas, until now!

 
I originally missed out on Calacas when it popped up on the kitchen, but I was able to snag one off Ebay! I barely want to use it up because I don’t know when I will have the chance to get it again. 

I am a big fan of fruity and citrus scents, and this one is super citrus-y! It smells like lemon lime candies and lime Jell-O- amazing! The scent is perfect for waking you up in the morning, and slightly lingers on your skin after you’re out of the shower. If you like citrus scents, and you come across this shower gel, I suggest you snatch it up! 

-M

Nail of the Day!

I thought I would start this out by posting about my current nail polish. I got this polish in my Birchbox a couple months back. It’s from Color Club and is called BREAKFAST AT… So I’m guessing it’s supposed to resemble to color from the Tiffany’s box.

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I love this color, it’s right up my alley. I gravitate towards blues, greens, anything cool toned. I feel like they look better against my skin tone than most reds or pinks.

 

When I first looked at the bottle and noticed the pearlescent finist to it, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it after applying it to my nails. Sometimes those finishes come out looking streaky, but I have no issues with this color. It was a little thick when I applied it, but all nails but one only needed 2 coats and the polish leveled out well. I usually always use Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat after. It’s definitely nice having it make your polish dry quickly, but it also makes your nails glossier and the polish last longer without chipping.

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Over all I am super happy with this color and may even buy a full sized bottle when I’m finished with this one!

-M