Halloween Nail Art From the Pros: It’s Not Too Late to Get Into the Holiday Spirit

30 Oct


Check out these Halloween nails!

Originally posted on Beauty Editor On Call:

If you’re looking for a last minute way to join in on tomorrow’s festivities without wearing a full-blown costume, I say Halloween-inspired nail art is absolutely the way to go. (If I wasn’t still recovering from a gross stomach virus that has wiped out my whole family, I’d be wearing one of them already.) Here’s how to get the looks step-by-step from the nail pros who created them:

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Bloody Manicure by Jin Soon Choi

Prep: Apply a coat of JINsoon Power Coat

Step 1: Coat each nail in JINsoon Nail Lacquer in Kookie White.

Step 2: Using JINsoon Nail Lacquer in Coquette, wipe off all of the nail polish from the brush on the neck of the bottle and with varying short strokes, apply polish over the white you just swiped on. You’ll get a more realistic effect if you vary the strokes and even dab…

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Review – Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths

30 Oct

Sometimes, you received something in an Ipsy bag that you never thought you would like.  Example, Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths.

Historically, I hated cleansing cloths.  I even refused to use them while camping.  I thought they were filmy and smelly and didn’t leave you clean.  Worst of all, I hated not using a cleanser that you rinsed off.

Ipsy and Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths changed my mind.


I received a Skyn product from Ipsy before that I never used.  So,  naturally, I scoffed at this.

But then, one day…I was tired.  And the thought of cold water on my face while all I wanted to do was crawl into bed was not inviting.

I looked at Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths and decided to give it a try.

Surprise!  I liked it!

One cloth cleaned my entire face.  It did a decent enough job on very heavy eye makeup.  If you are only wearing mascara, it should get it off completely.

Why I like it

No residue

No film

Not greasy feeling

Smells great!


My face felt nice, not tight or dry or greasy

There is some minimal eye stinging, but nothing too bad

They are only $15.00 USD

Would I buy?

YES.  It’s awesome to have these around in a pinch.

Have you tried Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths?  Do you like?



29 Oct


Do you like zombies? Check out these super cute Halloween theme nails.

Originally posted on Finger Candy:

BrainsLook no further than these pastel pretties for the softer side of exposed organs this Halloween.

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Dupe War #4 – Urban Decay Primer Potion vs NYX HD Eyeshadow Base

23 Oct


Throwback Thursday Post. One of our favorites!

Originally posted on Your Fairy Godmother:

“Fairy Godmother, I have all these great eyeshadows but they just don’t last.  What do I do!?”

My dears – we have your solution right here!  And of course we have a cheap way to save your face, no matter how exciting your life may be.

Using a primer for eyeshadows is so important.  Have you ever been disappointed after spending $$ on eyeshadows only to find they don’t really look like they did in the container?  Or have you ever spent forever on your eyeshadow only to go out and find that you had so much fun that your eyeshadow mysteriously disappeared?

We want you to wake up the next morning to see the photos people took of you on their camera phones doing dumb things while completely hammered and help soften the blow of  by making sure you at least look good.

Original –  Urban Decay Primer Potion (UDPP)

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Review – Curlisto Structura Lotion

22 Oct

Now that my hair is longer and growing, I decided it may be better to stop fighting my natural waves.

I used to go virtually product free, other than leave in conditioner or oil.  However, my hair still frizzed, and my waves were weird and wonky.

I decided I to try a styling tool aimed to shape curls instead of working against it. I saw Curlisto Structura Lotion on Birchbox. Since I had enough points to score it without actually spending any cash, I bought it.


From Birchbox:

Birchbox Breakdown

Just because you like a little structure doesn’t mean you have to be a complete stiff. This alcohol-free lotion defines waves and curls without stiffness and fights the never-ending fight against humidity to help reduce frizz.

How it Works

A host of ingredients work to create smooth, bouncy waves and curls, including hydrolyzed soy protein, which conditions and strengthens strands, and panthenol, which prevents breakage and improves hair’s pliability.

My thoughts

I work this in and air dry my hair.  I honestly can’t be bothered to put in additional effort in the morning.  I scrunch it into my hair.


Frizz-less and static-less wavy hair.  It’s not stiff, it smells nice, and it helps your style to hold.  When I did curl my hair, the curl held really really REALLY well.

I like that it also sort works as a leave in treatment since it’s made with soy protein.

It comes in a spray or regular bottle, and it ranges from $15-$18 USD.

Will I repurchase?

Probably, unless something even better comes along.

Have you tried Curlisto?  What did you think?


Think Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

20 Oct


To support Breast Cancer Awareness in the month of October.

Originally posted on Intermittent Makeup:


Breast Cancer Awareness Month is one of causes I get involved in every year. Several members of my family have been affected and in general it’s a cause I like to support. Please, educate yourself and get a checkup as regularly as your health care professional advises.

So last year I laid out all my pink items and took these awesome pictures (if I do say so myself), but considering I only had a handful of followers then I thought no one would mind if I reposted the photos this year, since if I did it all again it would a) take a shit-ton of time and b) look pretty similar.

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Unboxing Ipsy October 2014

20 Oct

My Birchbox was amazing this month, Ipsy was less great.


reviews coming as I use these goodies!

What’s in your Ipsy?


Gothic Blooms

17 Oct


Needed to repost this because I am in love with this look. LOVE the dress!

Originally posted on Kitt Noir:

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Gothic Blooms by kittnoir click icons below for further details
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Review – theBalm® cosmetics Stainiac

17 Oct

I’ve been using theBalm® cosmetics Stainiac for a while, on and off, since I received it in a Birchbox.


What is it?

Similar to Benetint, this is a pink lip and cheek stain.

How is it different?

Instead of being a liquid stain, this is more of a gel. There is no strong scent, so you’re not smelling like roses. (wah, I love roses)

How does it work?

You can dab it on your lips and cheeks for a flush of natural looking color.  The shade is pretty universal, and I think it would work with a variety of complexions.

The tube comes with a doe tip applicator.

My thoughts…

I think this is easier to blend into your skin than Benetint, probably because it doesn’t run since it’s not a liquid formula.

The staying power is pretty low, I don’t think I’ve been able to make it through a work day with this.  Even when I use a makeup spray, it doesn’t seem to stay on my cheeks.

I didn’t use it on my lips, because I’m a fan of lipsticks not lip stains.  Plus, I don’t like to cross contaminate my products.  I know, I’m slightly crazy.

Pro-tip – and this goes with ANY cheek stain – USE YOUR MAKEUP SPONGE.  It makes a huge difference in how well you can blend the stains in your cheeks.

Have you tried theBalm® cosmetics Stainiac?  What’s your favorite lip and cheek stain?


Review – Épicé Purifying Exfoliant!

16 Oct


#TBT and this post is trending for us…so enjoy it again. If you missed it the first time, enjoy too :-)

Originally posted on Your Fairy Godmother:

 Épicé Purifying Exfoliant was in my January 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag.



Oh how I love exfoliants!!!

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I was very excited to get Épicé Purifying Exfoliant in my Ipsy.  What a great way to start off the year!

What is it?

From Ipsy:

A unique exfoliant which removes excess dirt and dead skin cells all while activating collagen production and hydrating your skin. This moisture rich formula utilizes mild, non-irritating and anti-bacterial cleansers with micro-fine polyspheres which enhances skin texture and clarity for a clean, fresh appearance. Purifying Exfoliant is also great to use on the entire body and after just a few uses, you will begin to see improvement in the look and feel of your skin.

Micro-fine polyspheres gently exfoliate removing excess dead cells and environmental debris.
Exfoliation helps open pores, which increases excretion of toxins.
Packed with emollients, humectants and barrier protectors to hydrate dry, irritated skin.

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