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Friday, May 22, 2015

Make Me Pretty Giveaways and Memorial Day Sale

**All photos are provided by giveaway owners. All credit is given to them. ** 

Today is make my Pretty Giveaways!! You get a comprehensive list of giveaways from around the Beauty Blog World!! I will gather a list of giveaways throughout the week and put them in a post. I will post the link on my sidebar so in case you miss it, you can quickly access it from there.

If you are interested in adding one that I have missed, please do so by using my contact  form here of emailing me at
Spellbound Nails: buy 5 full size bottles and receive 1 full size or 2 minis of your choice.
Leesha's Lacquer:  5/22 - 5/25 use code YAYMEMORIALDAY for $5.00 your purchase of $20
Clinique – Get two Free Minis with any order, plus a Mystery Cosmetic Bag with any $35 purchase with code MYSTERY through May 25, while supplies last. (CUTE LITTLE FLOWER BLUSHES)
Lavish Polish:  20% off use code MERMORIALDAY 
Jior Couture: 18% all nail and hand care products with a minimum purchase. 38% off all nail polish.
CDB Lacquer: 25% off and free shipping with minimum purchase.

Pink Gellac:Buy 3 get 1 free. Spend $50 on Chickettes and get free shipping in the US
Memorial Day Sale - Buy 3, Get 1 FREE - coupon code REMEMBER

Ever After Polish: Free bomb with 2 full size polishes and 20% off with code memorialday
Paint Shop Polish: 20% off your order of $20 or more at Paint Shop Polish with code MEMORIAL20 Expires Monday at 11:59 PM EST
Ellagee: 15-25% off everything excluding customs.

Sweet Heart Polish: 20% off and no minimum

  Delush Pre-Summer Sale:  up to 40% select products

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Nail Challenge Collaborative presents Spring Flowers

**May Contain Press Samples**

 I am sooo behind with this month's challenge and that stinks! I was sooo ready, too! I had all these big plans and then flop!
 Anyway, enough wining. I thought since I was already playing around with the new Zoya colors, I would do some double (or in this case triple) stamping. I did a little tropical theme because what else can you do with colors like these.
 I love these colors together and I think this design reminds me of a lei. I just love the way this came out. Even though I was mad at my base color, I made it work with the stamping on top.
  I used Genesis as the base. You can check out my full review here. I stamped with some colors from the Island Fun Collection. I will be doing a full review later next week. I am sure you will want to check them out and I am super impressed with their stamping abilities.
What do you think of this design? Do you love the color combo as much as I do? I can't wait to play with the cremes some more.
Colors Used: 
Zoya- Genesis
Zoya- Serenity
Zoya- Nana
Zoya- Demetria

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Born Pretty Shell Nail Stud Review

**Provided for Review**

I got these fun shell shaped nail studs from Born Pretty to play with and I figured since we are having summer like weather here, I am going to show these off. I just wish I had some sand and waves in front of me.
 These studs come in a pack of 10 pieces for $2.22. They come in both silver and gold. Don't forget you can use my little discount code for 10% off. BSZK31.
 So, the first thing I noticed and I was SUPER impressed about was the shape. I got a similar item a couple years ago from Born Pretty and they were flat. I had to shape them myself around my nail before I put them on and it took a long time. I never wore the again and basically swore off buying any metal charms form Born Pretty again. Well, this time they were perfectly shaped to fit my nail. If you have more of a curved nail, you may have to play with them, but they were perfect for me!
 I also really liked the size. Again, I have suuuupppper TINY nail beds to if you have longer nails or bigger beds, you can probably fit several of these on your nails. I'm a once and done girl for these. They are quite small, but again, I have super small nails.
 I applied these on semi- wet nails with tweezers and pushed them down with a dotting tool just enough so they were set in the wet polish. You have to be careful you don't push to hard that the polishes pushes through the charm. Perfect pressure. lol!
 If you are a nail art lover, I do recommend these charms. There are inexpensive, easy to use and very festive. Be forewarned to order now because they are coming from China so shipping takes a while. 

**Base Colors are Press Samples from Barielle- Mermaid's Fin, Under the Sea, First Class Ticket.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask - Get that Skin Clear for the Summer

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Mud Masks!! I love my masks especially during these summer months when my face gets so gunked up with whatever is outside. Pollutants, pollen, makeup, sweat and whatever else gets on my face. Mud masks help me get that deep cleanse that I don't get while regularly cleansing my face. 
 The Adovia Purifying Mud Mask was made to rebuild your skin by pulling out the toxins in your skin, unclogging your pores, and reducing the appearance of fine lines, blackheads, acne and blemishes. Just like a regular mud mask, you can use this once a day. If you have super sensitive skin, test it out at once a day to make sure it doesn't dry you out too much and then go from there. It's only $19.99 a tube so that's a super exciting price because it is a pretty big tube at 5.1oz.
As you can see, there are all kinds of goodies in this tube of greatness! Wait.. before I forget. I love that this comes in a tube and not a jar. I don't have to dip my hands in the jar and it keeps the product nice and clean. I only touch what I am going to use and it keeps the cleanliness to a max. Anyway, there are 26 minerals in here including with Aloe Vera, Vitamin C,  Jojoba Oil, and Ginseng. This is is paraben free, 100% natural, and cruelty free.  
They are so confident in their product that they offer a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied or don't see a change after 1 month of use. Actually they say, "If You Don't Feel Your face Looks Younger, Smoother and More Attractive after 1 Month of Use we will Give you 100% of Your Money Back". That's pretty confident.  I also see that they have Exfoliating Facial Sea Salt that I want to try. I have been on this exfoliating kick lately for my pores and I think that these two products together would work wonders for my pores.
 As you can see, I am loving all over this stuff! It went on super smooth, like butter. I didn't even have to warm it up. It was cooling, dried just like a regular mud mask, and washed off just as nicely. My face felt so smooth afterwards. I have used this three times and while I haven't noticed a significant change in my pores or fine lines, I have noticed that my skin is softer after each use. If you think you want to buy one, you can pick it up here.

Anyway,  do you use any masks? How about mud masks? Would you try this? What do you think about that money back guarantee?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Zoya Paradise Sun Collection

**Press Sample**

So, I got the Zoya Summer 2015 Summer Collection to share with you and I decided to split them in two different posts. I did this for a couple different reasons, but first so that you didn't get overwhelmed. I know when I see mega huge collections all in one post, I get scared. So, 6 at a time will be better for me and you (I hope).
With this collection, you can either buy them individually for $8 each or the sampler for $54. Personally, I would buy these individually and you will see why when I do the descriptions below. I loved half of these and hated, yes I used the H word, the other half. These are all described as having a metallic pearl finish.

zoya isa, paradise sun collection, summer 2015
 Isa is a purple leaning blue and shifts very nicely in the different lights. Zoya describes it as "a deep blue-based purple with a micronized metallic pearl finish and an aqua flash that embodies the beauty of exotic island flowers!"
zoya isa, paradise sun collection, summer 2015
 So, I mentioned that I was not too happy with half of these and this is the first part of why. All of these darker colors of this collections were supppper stainers for me. Now, I have discussed this with a couple other bloggers and it seems that it stains for some and not for others. This can happen with super pigmented colors, so beware.
zoya isa, paradise sun collection, summer 2015
Anyway, besides staining the crap out of my nails and cuticles this was a super pretty color. Also, in full disclosure, I only swatched these colors. So that means I literally put them on, took pictures and took them right off. I only had this polish on for about 5 minutes tops. So, it really didn't have enough time to do that much damage. Also, I normally don't stain. I usually am immune to staining so it was really weird for me. I am going to give it a whirl again, but it was just really weird for me.
zoya isa, paradise sun collection, summer 2015

zoya oceane, paradise sun collection, summer 2015
You are right... this is a turquoise, ocean water color. Zoya describes it as, "a true turquoise with a micronized metallic pearl finish that reflects the clearest blue ocean waters!"
zoya oceane, paradise sun collection, summer 2015
Yes, you guessed it. This was another stainer for me. I loved this color so hard and it is a super pretty turquoise color. It's actually one of the prettiest that I have found but when I took it off, it stained my nails and my cuticles. You will see in the next color that I had staining around my cuticles and I had a hard time getting off.
zoya oceane, paradise sun collection, summer 2015
The formula for the metallic pearl is also a little different to work with. I used two to three coats with each of these polish colors except Genesis. I'll explain more about that one when I get to it, but the rest were three coaters. The metallic pearl is a little thick and you should wait in between coats when applying multiple layers or it will drag. Just be patient and careful.
zoya oceane, paradise sun collection, summer 2015

zoya selene, paradise sun collection, summer 2015
Selene is another ocean themed color. It reminds me of a seaweed or hunter green. I opted for the seaweed since we are in a summer collection. Zoya describes it as "a true teal with a micronized metallic pearl finish. A unique shade with an aqua fleck that resembles deeper layers of ocean water".
zoya selene, paradise sun collection, summer 2015
I love these metallics! There are the type of metallics that you wear that didn't show every little flaw on your nail. I love that about my Zoya metallics, they look beautiful and still hide the flaws!!
zoya selene, paradise sun collection, summer 2015
Also, you can see that my cuticles got stained so I had to take a little break in between these three and the next three. I did a baking soda scrub and got some of the color off. Gah!! It still frustrates the crap out of me because I really love these colors.. Oh, did I say that already?? lol
zoya selene, paradise sun collection, summer 2015
zoya aphrodite, paradise sun collection, summer 2015
Ok, so this is a Jedi Mind Tricks color. It is describes by Zoya as, "a vibrant summer red with a micronized pearl metallic finish and multi-hued flash that brings it to life. Think of fresh and juicy tropical fruit!" As you can see in the first photo, it's a total red color. Like straight up red but in the rest of the pictures it totally leans orange!
zoya aphrodite, paradise sun collection, summer 2015
When I put this on, the first thing I thought was my orange loving sisters are going to looooove this color. This is the lone jelly baby in this collection. This one is a very nice three- coater jelly builder. 
zoya aphrodite, paradise sun collection, summer 2015
I looove this color. There was no staining with this and it applied smoothly without any issues. It was actually my favorite color out of the collection. This is funny to me because I usually lean towards the pinks or purples, never the oranges or reds.
zoya aphrodite, paradise sun collection, summer 2015

zoya mae, paradise sun collection, summer 2015
This is the brightest iridescent pink that I have seen in a while. It is so pretty and leans to a purple shift in the sun. Zoya describes it as a, "warm magenta pink with a micronized metallic pearl finish, reminiscent of vibrant Mediterranean flowers".
zoya mae, paradise sun collection, summer 2015
This color, again, applied beautifully in two coats. It wasn't streaky for me and actually wasn't as thick as the rest of the polishes. I love this one for my toes during the summer. It may be a toss up between a polish I wore last week and this one.
zoya mae, paradise sun collection, summer 2015
I also love the name of this. It's such a southern country girl name and that's exactly what this polish reminds me of. Have you ever heard the song Like A Wrecking Ball by Eric Church? It talks about a girl painting her toenails pink. Well, this is the pink and the girls name is Mae, for sure! Well, at least in my mind that's what it is.
zoya mae, paradise sun collection, summer 2015

zoya genesis, paradise sun collection, summer 2015
Last, I have Genesis. This is a pure white opalescent color that you can see sparkle in the light. Zoya says it is, "a crystalline white with a micronized metallic pearl finish - designed to look like micro-fine diamond dust!"
zoya genesis, paradise sun collection, summer 2015
I was sooo bummed about this color. I was sooo excited about this color. Actually, I was the most excited about it because it wasn't a pure white and something that I could have worn all summer with all of it's shimmer. Well, these pictures shows 4 coats. YES, I said 4 coats. TOO MANY!!
zoya genesis, paradise sun collection, summer 2015
Zoya says this is opaque and it's not. Totally not opaque. It's spotty, hard to work with and thick as heck. I am going to try to thin this out as I really want this polish to work. Like, I realllly want this polish to work.
zoya genesis, paradise sun collection, summer 2015

Overall, I was super disappointed with this collection. I love the colors so hard but when I went to use them, I was so disappointed. The application was not that great, the staining is horrible and the formula is just too thick. I only loved 2 out of the 6 polishes which is really odd for Zoya. I usually love ALL of my Zoyas. This time it was hard for me.

The weird thing is.... not all of my blogger friends reported staining so I don't know if there was a bad batch or what, but it seems as if it was hit or miss with the staining. By the time I realized these were stainers, I was already done with the first swatch so on the second polish, I started wearing double base coat with a top coat on top and then I applied the color. This even let a little color through. Again, I don't know why these stained my nails so bad, but I think I may have to wear a cream color underneath next time I wear Serene, Oceane and Isa.
If you love them, be sure to click the links above each color. Stayed tuned for the Island Fun Collection coming up soon!!