Thursday, June 21, 2018

SensatioNail Express Gel Kit - Red Your Profile, Made Him Blush, Not My Nana's Pearls

The SensatioNail Express Gel formula is new to me. I've never tried these at-home gel kits with the lamps, but I always wanted to try them. Because I always do my nails at home. Sitting in a nail salon is not my thing. My first and last nail appointment was before my wedding 12 years ago. Don't get me wrong, my nails were gorgeous and better than I could ever do them myself. But it hurt. It took forever. And it just wasn't for me.

If my nails don't look professionally done, I'm okay with that. Maybe that's also down to me being a chronic nail biter for over twenty years and finally (most of the time) kicking that habit and I actually HAVE NAILS NOW. I just enjoy painting them myself and being able to change the color whenever I like (because I'm so freakin' indecisive in this department). And now we can get fancy gel nails at home? Count me the heck in.

I was sent the Complete Manicure Kit in Red Your Profile, as well as two Express Gel polishes in Made Him Blush and Not My Nana's Pearls. If you've interested in seeing these shades and hearing what I think about the collection, just keep reading!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

What's Up Nails Canada Day Nail Vinyls (and 10 Free Sets for You!)

I was sent these adorable vinyl nail stencils by What's Up Nails from Nail Polish Canada. And guess what? I have a code that will get 10 of you a free set all of your own! You must have a Canadian address to take advantage and that's it. Once ten people have taken advantage of my code, you can search through the other lovely bloggers doing this promotion and hopefully find a code you can use.

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Just showcasing some Canadian love with the stencils and a few of my favorite Canadian brands. :)
I hadn't tried stencils before these but what I really love is not only how easy they are to use, but also you're left with the little leaf center that you can also use in future manicures. It basically doubles the pack! The below swatches are not my own, because I can be honest with myself and know that my nail shots are not at that level right now. Maybe one day, haha! I tried mine for the first time this week and they are easy and fun. It looks like there are two sizes, big and small. I used two small ones for an accent nail on each hand.

These are perfect for Canada Day! As an American in Canada, I can't wait to sport these and now I need to start my search for American flag ones. Then, I can represent both of my countries. That would be awesome! These would also be fun in a blue and white manicure for Toronto Maple Leafs hockey games.

So how can you get your hands...errr...nails on one of these packs? Just go to this link and put in my code: UB3C1QAAHM4. That's it! The link walks you through it. If my ten have been taken, you can scroll down that same page and see other blogs that were also given codes. There's no catch! So to all my Canadian readers who want to sport some extra spirit come July 1st, here's a perfect way to do that.
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**I received these for testing purposes and to get 10 of you your very own set to try from Nail Polish Canada. There are no affiliate links in this post.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Star Wars Collection by Lip Smacker

With all of the new Star Wars movies that have been coming out and that are on the horizon, the series keeps picking up new fans along the way to the galaxy far away. I'm not as familiar with the older films, but I did enjoy Rogue One and The Force Awakens. I have not seen The Last Jedi or Solo yet, but we have plans to. We're really behind on our movies! I did read The Last Jedi spoilers and even as someone who does not consider herself a fan of the series, I did not like what I read. Since there was quite the uproar over the film, I know I am not alone in that thinking.

Here's how I like to put it. I married someone who seems to like the Stars - Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, etc. And I seem to be someone who does not usually partake in the Stars by choice, unless it was of the Search variety. That show was my jam in my early childhood! Showing my age? Probably. I humor my husband and sit through some of his "Star shows" and often end up liking them more than I thought I would. And I'm totally down with Princess Leia, Yoda, and Rey!

This new Star Wars collection by Lip Smacker released on May 4th (May the 4th be with you!), which I'd say is clever marketing at its best. I don't have the entire collection to show you, but I do have a few goodies to share. On a personal note, the Tsum Tsums always take the cake. They're too cute!

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

InstaMonth for May 2018

I spent the last week of May sick as a dog, so maybe that's why I'm happy to see June. I'm finally getting back to being functional and ready to enjoy the new month! And maybe I like it even more because lately it has been in the 70s and not hot. This girl only approves of heat in a beach and pool setting, so I'm down for this being a summer norm for temperatures. It won't stay this way, but I'll take it while I can get it! :)

The other week was in the 90s and a lot more humid, but we seem to be getting a bit of a cold front. Though I've been seeing some of my friends in California say the weather has been around 105F recently. What's the weather like where you are? Do you thrive in hot or cold weather?

Here are a few pictures from my Instagram during May. Some of these items highlighted have already been reviewed and swatched and some are coming up soon! If you're interested in following me on Instagram, I'd love to follow you back and support one another.

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1. Dove Body Wash for sensitive skin deserves more of a spotlight! // 2. Star Wars Lip Smacker collection. Coming in tomorrow's post! // 3. Benefit Blush Bar // 4. Almay Shadow Squad in Pure Gold, Baby // 5. My baby, Indy! // 6. These new Skechers are ahhhmazzzzing. Tibial plateau fracture approved!
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7. Rimmel Trendsetter vs. MAC Velvet Teddy. Dupe? // 8. Essence eyeshadows and mascara. Reviews coming! // 9. New planner goodies. // 10. New L'Occitane Aqua Reotier collection. Testing now! // 11. New home decor! These cushions reminded me of the SC flag, so I had to get them. They make me so happy and remind me of home! And I picked up a  basket for our blankets. HomeSense! // 12. Sick day essentials. Bath & Body Works have upped their candle game again. That floral packaging!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Blog of the Month: June 2018

In May, Jennifer from Jennifer Catherine (she rebranded since that post!) was my featured blogger. You can read that post and see other past featured blogs under the "blog of the month" label! Being my blog of the month gets you a designated blog post, a sidebar button, and a mention on my Twitter account. The sidebar button stays up all month long. I don't believe in necessarily making bloggers pay for advertising and I'd much rather show you blogs that I really enjoy reading. And I hope you end up enjoying them too!

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This month's featured blog is Maria from Best Day Blogger! I adore Maria and I think you will, as well. She's a ray of sunshine and never fails to lift up those around her and she's just so full of support and positivity...something that I can admit can be lacking in the blogging world from time to time. Or the real world, let's be honest. Her blog is fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. She's also a talented artist! I've featured her as a BOTM before a few years ago and I wanted to bring attention to her blog again. If you stop by, let her know I sent you!

Friday, June 1, 2018

May 2018 Faves

Ugh, you guys. I have been dead on my feet this past week. I still am to a small degree. My husband brought me home my very own cold and it just wasn't complete without a sinus infection that I am still battling. Like thanks, husband. Appreciate it. But I'm starting to feel a little better and trying to get back on schedule after an unexpected hiatus. Is it just me that thinks colds during warmer months are the worst ones? They knock me on my butt faster and harder than anything winter ever throws at me.

I have a lot of fun posts coming this month. I still can't believe it's June already! Here are a few products that I was loving in May and I'd love to hear what you've been enjoying. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  • Essie Peach Daiquiri - Such a fun and bright color for warmer months!
  • Stila Liquid Lipstick in Beso - I love pairing a red lip with the gold quad that is also featured. This is one of my favorites.
  • Le Fair Skin Age Defying Serum - Review is coming, I just like to give skincare enough time to see if it works before reviewing. I think you can see which direction the review will be leaning seeing as it is in my favorites. ;)
  • Almay Shadow Squad in Pure Gold, Baby - I love this darn quad so much right now. That bottom right shade is a certified gem!
  • Benefit Blush Bar - There's something for every day, but my favorite is Rockateur. It's so natural.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Benefit Blush Bar and Gold Rush Boxed Powder

I recently won a giveaway on Benefit Cosmetics Canada's Instagram and these beauties were my prize! They sent me their new Blush Bar and the new Gold Rush Boxed Powder. Thank you, Benefit! The palette consists of five shades of blush and contour powders: Galifornia, Gold Rush, Dandelion, Hoola, and Rockateur. While the palette is limited edition, the blushes aren't. If you want to see my swatches and what I think of these products, keep on reading.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Is Rimmel's Trendsetter a Dupe for MAC's Velvet Teddy Lipstick?

It's been so long since I've done a dupe post. But I've got one for you today! When I first got Rimmel London's Trendsetter lipstick, it reminded me a lot of MAC's Velvet Teddy. And Velvet Teddy is one of my absolute favorite lipsticks! So I thought I would put them to the test side-by-side in today's post to see how close they resemble each other. Let's find out if we have a dupe on our hands or not!

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