Tuesday, May 2, 2017

*Press Sample*

The Mini Indied Box is on a nation wide Urban Safari, with stops in Washington, California, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Philadelphia.  Read further to see what landmarks were chosen for the polish inspirations!  This box includes only mini polishes which vary from 6 ml - 10 ml depending on the brand.  It's a great option to try lots of different brands and colors at a great price. This Safari will only set you back $30.00! Let's see what we find! 

Turtle Tootsie
The actual Liberty Bell landmark is a beautiful piece of history that resides in Independence National Park in Philadelphia, the polish is a complex looking brown jelly with rustic gold shimmer. Easy to apply in two coats and a surprise favorite!

Alter Ego
Memories of Union Terrace is a sheer blue jelly that includes a dash of each color commonly seen when visiting the terrace.  Union Memorial Terrace is located on the Lake Monona shore in Madison Wisconsin. The chairs are a unique pattern and they have them in yellow, orange and bright green, so the color is a blue base for the lake and yellow, orange and green micro glitters.  Here I used about 4 coats but you could use another color as a base.

77 Lacquer
Grab Your Lederhosen is inspired by the town Leavenworth in Washington State.  It's a small town modeled after a Bavarian Village and is most popular during the October Fest and Christmas Lighting times of year.  The polish is a light golden beige with strong golden shimmer. Shown with 2 coats.

Envy Lacquer
Disney Phill is a dark silver holographic polish with gorgeous blue, green and yellow shimmers.  The color is taken from the Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and many other artists from around the globe.   The stainless steel building is a stunning architectural genius known as one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world. Shown with 2 coats

Bluebird Lacquer
Casa Bonita is a pink crelly with turquoise glitters and a turquoise shimmer. Casa Bonita is a large adobe style hacienda that is pink with white trim. My polish is inspired by the color of the building against the beautiful Colorado sky. People from all around the world come to see Casa Bonita and no one knows why because the food is absolutely atrocious. There is saying in Colorado about Casa Bonita and it goes "The sopapillas are alright." The real attraction comes from the theatrical performances that happen throughout the day that consist of an arcade in a cave, an indoor waterfall, mariachis and dudes in gorilla suits climbing the cliff walls and diving into the pool before. 

I didn't receive this polish but living in Colorado I think I need some Casa Bonita!  And I do love Bluebird Lacquer!

Joy Lacquer
Miner's Landing is a brilliant cobalt blue with pink shimmer, giving the polish an overall periwinkle look.  It's scattered with microglitter in turquoise, pink and green.  It's made to represent the color of the waterfront on Pier 57, a popular tourist spot where people can ride the carousel, ferris wheel and visit the Seattle Aquarium. This is another favorite of mine - Joy makes some of the most spectacular blue polishes! Shown here in 2 coats.

Leesha's Lacquer
Inspired by the Cherry and Spoon sculpture in Minneapolis. A super glowy red with silver micro flakies and holo shimmer. Who doesn't love a gorgeous red?! Shown in 2 coats.

Unlike past mini boxes, this listing is not a pre-order.  Your mini box will ship within a 2-5 day time frame and when they are sold out, this listing will be closed. Click here to order!

Tell me what you think of this box?! Which color is your favorite? If you made a polish inspired by a monument or place in your city what would it be? Tell me below! I'd love to hear from you!

*This box was provided for my review. All opinions are my own.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

This past Friday (March 3rd) was Dress in Blue Day to raise awareness about Colon Cancer. Actually the month of March is Colon Cancer Awareness month.

Did you know? Facts about Colorectal Cancer:

•2nd leading cause of cancer death among men & women combined
•3rd most commonly diagnosed cancer
•135,430 estimated new cases in 2017
•50,260 estimated deaths in 2017
•1 in 20 people will be diagnosed in their lifetimes
•1 in 3 people are not up-to-date with screening
•23 million people have not been screened
•60% of deaths could be prevented with screening
•Screening is demonstrated to reduce new CRC cases and deaths from CRC

Colon Cancer has personally impacted my life. The disease stole my great-uncle and my uncle who was my godfather. My godfather was only in his 50's. Data suggests that the incidence of colorectal cancer for those under 50 is on the rise and more young people are being diagnosed with colorectal cancer. 10-11% of colon cancers and 18% of rectal cancers are diagnosed in individuals under the age of 50.

In fact, my cousin Tabitha was recently diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer and she is only 31. Let that sink in for a minute...31! She and my cousin Chris were just married this past fall and their daughter, Colbie will be turning two next week. With 12 rounds of chemo ahead of her I felt somewhat helpless to make any sort of positive impact on her journey from thousands of miles away.

So I decided that I was going to have a custom nail polish made for her.  I reached out to my friend Lou at Bluebird Lacquer by Lou it Yourself to enlist her help.  My thought was that my family and Tabitha's friends could all wear this special polish in support of her fight. Today Tabitha will open the polish from me, read this post and know that lots of our family already have their own bottles too.

SaveTheBooty is pink based jelly/crelly with blue micro shimmer representing the blue ribbon for colon cancer awareness.  While this disease is a part of her journey it will not defeat her. I still wanted the base of the color to represent Tabitha and not just cancer because she is more then this illness.

On Friday I dressed my nails in blue with SavetheBooty polish and stamped it with images from UberChic Beauty and Hit the Bottle 'A Bolt from the Blue' (Beautometry).

Lou was kind enough to not only make this special polish for me but she will be leaving the listing up for the entire month of March. Each bottle is only $8.00 and 10% of every sale will be donated to cancer research in my cousin's name. CLICK HERE to purchase a bottle.

Keep Fighting Tabitha


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Monday, February 20, 2017

*Press Sample*

Its been awhile since I've posted some nail art on the the blog.  Honestly the winter has not been good to my nails. They've all broken several times and I'm sure skiing doesn't help either. So today you will note that my "canvas" is considerably smaller. Oh well! We must go on!

Now that Valentine's Day is over and March is just around the corner, it's time for one of my favorite holidays - St. Patrick's Day! Last year I remember Brittany from UberChic Beauty asking fans for suggestions on plate themes they would like to see. I remember suggesting Celtic knots because I love them. My grandfather's family came to the U.S. from Ireland and we've always been proud to be Irish.  So when I saw the preview of this mini plate I was really excited!

Uber Mini: St Patrick's Day
$7.99 Available Online Here

This is your lucky day. UberChic Beauty has developed a plate that celebrates everything related to St. Patrick's Day festivities and then some! From negative space rainbows to Celtic knots, hat buckles to shamrocks – and the most adorable Leprechaun you've ever seen – this plate is sure to put all your green and gold to good use.

I love the mix of images on this plate especially the Celtic knots. Really the only thing missing from this plate is a Claddagh ring (click here if you don't know what that is!)
$10.99 Available Online Here

The XL Stamper: Glitter Heads 
You get not one but two glittery stamper heads: 1 Purple and 1 Pink - both semi-sticky and medium firm  with GLITTER in them! A  black matte cone holder that easily cups the head and makes application easy! These are very similar in shape to the Creative Shop stamper.

The different colored heads provide the optimal way to stamp with both light and dark colors as our purple stamping head easily shows up lighter colored polish and the pink colored head shows up darker colored polishes.

These two heads are more like the Non-Sticky XL Stampers in their firmness - you can find their Non-Sticky XL here.

PLEASE NOTE! This stamper does not need to be prepped. I found them easy to use right out of the package! They are super sticky!

If it's not working for you right out of the box - it is possible to use the following techniques to get it to work properly:
  • Try washing the heads in warm soapy water and let dry completely
  • Try soaking a cotton ball or pad in pure acetone and gently resting on the head for 10 seconds - it should raise a better surface to stamp on.

While I have a very special mani in mind for closer to St. Patrick's Day I couldn't resist adding a little Irish spirit to my nails.

This is mani is a base of Mystic Muse 'Lucky' (limited edition) with a coat of Ever After 'A Kiss Would be Nice, Yes?' and stamped with CbL Stamping Polish 'Enchanted Forest'. 

I really love the Celtic designs and can't wait to do more with this plate! I'm definitely missing my long nails though. Hopefully as the spring flowers grow, so will they.. I have so much more to show you from UberChic but that is going to have it be it for today!

Be sure to order your St. Patrick's Day mini plate and new glitter stampers so you have them on hand to create inspired looks! 

Be sure to LIKE UberChic Beauty on Facebook as well as Instagram to see more amazing nail art and to stay up to date on the latest launches and promotions.

Tell me what you think about these new items from UberChic Beauty! I'd love to hear from you! 

*These items were provided for my honest review. All opinions are my own*

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Monday, February 13, 2017

*Starter Collection Press Sample*

I have a confession.....My name is Amanda and I am a lipstick junkie. Don't Laugh! Seriously I love lipstick, lip stains, lip colors of all sorts. In fact I counted how many different lipsticks I had in my purse and it was 12!

And while I love my lipsticks and the pop of color they add, I hate how they come off on EVERYTHING! Your teeth, coffee cup, husband, kid, cocktail glass, napkin at dinner....the smears, etc. I've tried "long lasting lipsticks" that 1) don't last and 2) dry out your lips. Sometimes you have a work event or are at a party and you want your lipstick to just stay put! The struggle is real my friends!

So when my friend Natosha asked if I'd be interested in trying LipSense I said "sure!". While SeneGence (the parent brand of Lipsense) & LipSense have been around since the early 1990s I hadn't really heard of it. 

So What is LipSense and Why is it so special?

The Basics
You need to use the Color and the Gloss in combination. You MUST use only the LipSense Gloss with the color to achieve the desired results. A Collection is considered 1 color, 1 glossy gloss and 1 Oops! Remover (I'll tell you more about removing under the Tips and Tricks below!). 

I don't know about you but I've become increasingly interested in the ingredients in my beauty products. Many lipsticks have terrible ingredients and I love that LipSense is lead free. 

LipSense Offers a Variety of Colors 
I love to play with color combinations with polish and LipSense lets me bring that same creativity to my lip color.  Offering lots of colors (see the full album here) that can even be mixed or layered to create your own custom shades!

Here are a few color combinations that I've tried already!

And let's not forget to mention that Glossy Gloss isn't your only option! I'm hoping that more of the glosses come back in stock soon so I can add them to my collection! 

What is actually in LipSense?
The one thing that I had heard was that the LipSense colors do have a alcohol scent (see below note). I didn't find this off-putting and once I had the gloss on I didn't notice it anymore. Knowing that the product gets rid of bacteria was a bonus!

My experience using do you actually use lipSense and what should you expect?

First start by discontinuing any sort of balm or ointment you have been using on your lips. Use the glossy gloss as your lipbalm! Double Duty!  I know what you're thinking - I was seriously doubting this gloss too. I didn't think it would do the job of moisturizing and conditioning my lips.... well I was wrong! The stuff is AMAZING. Its full of Shea Butter and stays ON your lips. Its very rich, glossy but doesn't feel sticky. 

Confession: I sleep with this on, I wear it skiing, I put it on all the time! It's that good. 

Second: Your lips are going to exfoliate.  Your lips are going to shed wax build up and dead skin. This is normal, don't give up! After two weeks my lips are the healthiest they have been in months! Glossy Gloss stands up to the cold, harsh Colorado winter winds. 

I find that a moisturizing lip scrub is good used daily during this process as well. I like Parkside Soap Shop and Love & Lotus Naturals lip scrubs. They do not contain wax and come in multiple flavors. 

Tips, Tricks and Observations!
  • I apply my Lipsense colors AFTER I am done doing the rest of my make up.   
  • I use a Q-Tip soaked with Garnier Micellar Water (learn more about that product here!) to prep my lips. This removes make-up and any other residue from my morning routine. It also doesn't dry out your lips. Allow your lips to dry!
  • LipSense is applied in three layers. Begin by removing some of the product from the tip of the applicator. I just scrape mine on the top and then use the reserve for application. 
    • Allow each to dry for 10 or so seconds in-between. 
    • Feel free to layer away with other colors too! 
  • Its important that you apply lip sense in one direction - do not go back and forth. 
  •  Set with your gloss and you are good to go!
  • I carry my gloss with me and apply anytime I want but especially after eating/drinking.

Here is a great video by Natosha on applying LipSense! Be sure to subscribe to her account on YouTube for more!

 Removing LipSense
  • Apply a layer of the Ooops! Remover and rub lips together to allow to penetrate color. 
  • Use a cotton round or paper towel to remove. I personally have about a dozen or so washclothes that I use to remove my make up and lipstick.  I wash them with bleach weekly to help remove the make up. 
  • I've also found that using a cotton round with that same Micellar water is a great was to remove any remaining color. 
  • I use a gentle moisturizing lip scrub (noted above) to exfoliate my lips. Removing with that same warm washcloth that I used to remove my makeup/lip color. 
  • Apply Gloss to clean lips.
 Again - here is a great video by Natosha on removing LipSense!

Where to buy LipSense!
You can purchase LipSense and other awesome SeneGence products from any of their distributors.  Including Natosha and .... me! Yes, after a week of using LipSense and loving it so much I started buying additional colors. Then I honestly thought I had to sign up to share this magical product. That's simply how much I adore it!

To learn more and view available stock join/like Altogether Beauty with Natosha and Live Life in Color on Facebook. 

I'm anticipating the arrival of my stock soon! View my upcoming stock in my Stock Album on Facebook (Click Here)*.   

*Please note you will have to join my group to view my stock and promotions. I'd love to have you join, just click the request group option*

A Starter Collection includes LipSense Color, Glossy Gloss and Ooops! Remover! Individual Colors & Glosses can be purchased for: Colors $25.00 / Glosses $20 / Ooops! Remover $10.

With the long lasting wear, long lasting use and variety of colors/looks you can create I think LipSense is a great value and I really believe you will LOVE it!

Be sure to follow Altogether Beauty on Instagram as well! You can follow me over on Instagram as well for more looks and inspiration. 

Tell me what you think. Have you tried LipSense? What colors do you like? I'd love to hear from you! 

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

*Self Purchased*
Recently I posted this photo on my Instagram page and found that it was commented on by a company suggesting their dry shampoo pen. Intrigued by the notion of a truly travel size dry shampoo I decided to give it a try! And since I already did the dirty work for you I'm going to tell you about it today!

Bad, Baby® was created due to a noticeable a gap in the hair care market for functional, portable, and high quality hair care products for the modern, hustling, bustling woman. Looking your best doesn't come easy when you've got to manage work, and your own personal life. Ever tried fitting a can of hairspray and dry shampoo in your clutch? Yeah, they know, it doesn't make sense. 

Bad, Baby® packaging uses only the finest technology, being packaged in the world's first patent-pending Aerosmall®, Aerosol Technology. Pen sized and compact so your hair can stay in top shape wherever your day may take you. 

With no need for fillers or modification, each and every Bad, Baby® product contains naturally sourced ingredients. Their NutriBlast® complex includes natural milk thistle oil, and apricot extract, Vitamin E, and keratin won't just ensure the job is done, but is also GREAT for your hair. 

No parabens, sulfates, or phthalates; always.Which is great for color treated hair and really something that is important to me!

As someone who has tried many different brands of dry shampoos, this pen has been one of the best I've ever tried. Its convenient size allows me to carry it with me in my purse or easily for travel. .

The product itself feels light on your hair, smells clean and fantastic! Seriously, I'm slightly obsessed with how GOOD it makes your hair smell. 

I noticed ZERO white residue on my hair and it did not weigh down my hair.  It absorbed any greasy feeling while feeling almost non existent in my hair.  A lot of times I feel like dry shampoos leave a weird residue behind. Not this. 
Don't let the small size fool you! With over 200 sprays per can you can still use this at home and on the go to your hearts content. I'd still love a full size bottle though Bad, Baby!

Available via Bad, Baby website for $7.99 ($4.99 shipping) or Amazon for $9.99 plus free shipping. Also available at Ulta stores nationwide. 

Tell me what you think! Do you love Dry Shampoo? Would you try this travel-size savvy product?

Be sure to LIKE Bad Baby on Facebook and FOLLOW on Instagram for more! 
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Friday, February 3, 2017

*Products Self Purchased*

Your skin is your body's largest organ, how do you take care of it? For this week's Friday Favorites I thought I would tell you about some of my favorite products to care for my skin. These are the products that I have found to be tried and true. I come back to them again and again. 

Let's start with the basics - daily skin protection! I personally do not like wearing sunscreen under my make up but I want SPF protection for my skin from the sun.  

It Cosmetics - Your Skin But Better™ CC+ Illumination™ with SPF 50+

This Color Correcting Illuminating Cream offers full coverage  + Anti-Aging Hydrating Serum + SPF 50+ UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum Physical Sunscreen.

Since trying this product I've become obsessed with all things from It Cosmetics! I love the coverage that it gives and that it feel light weight on my face! I think I'm on my 3rd tube at this point!!

Cost: $38.00 
Where to Buy: It Cosmetics (online), Sephora and Ulta

Its incredibly important to wash your face every night to remove dirt, oil and make up! You don't want that clogging your pores at night! Here are my picks for doing just that. 

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

If I'm not wearing make up and want to refresh my skin I reach for Garnier Micelllar Cleansing water and a cotton round.  This stuff is also fantastic for removing make up!

This all-in-one is a cleanser & makeup remover. Cleanses + removes makeup + refreshes. No rinse, no harsh rubbing. For face, lips, and eyes.

This All-in-one cleanser is surprisingly powerful yet gentle to skin. It is specially formulated to effectively cleanse, remove makeup, and refresh skin. Like a magnet, micelles capture and lift away dirt, oil and makeup without harsh rubbing, leaving skin perfectly clean, and refreshed without over-drying.

Skin is left perfectly cleansed and refreshed without a greasy residue left behind.

Cost: Varies by Location but generally under $7.00
Find it at CVS, Walgreens, Target, Amazon 

Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser

This classic product is my go-to for removing a full face of makeup and lipsticks/lipstains! I apply to my dry face, massage and remove with a warm wet wash cloth followed by my favorite cleanser!

This Moisturizing Deep Cleanser & Makeup Remover is 
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Won't clog pores
Unlike ordinary cleansers, Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser is actually 50 percent moisturizer. It deep cleans and removes dirt and makeup, even stubborn waterproof mascara, while infusing your skin with vital moisture--all in one easy routine. For clean, soft and glowing skin, put your trust in a classic.

Key Ingredients Include:
  • Mineral oil--Effectively removes makeup from skin's surface.
  • Beeswax--A moisturizer known to prevent moisture from leaving the skin.  

Love & Lotus Naturals - SEA Goddess Daily AHA Facial Kit
I'm excited to share this high quality, natural and affordable skin care line with you! This full skincare system is uniquely formulated for anyone wanting to soften the effects of aging.  All of these products combined in a daily regimen work to promote exfoliation, cellular renewal, strengthening and skin hydration.

SEA Goddess Daily Facial Wash (4 oz.) Made to cleanse, remove dirt and excess oil while gently polishing away impurities.

I love this face wash! I've been using this since I discovered Love and Lotus almost 2 years ago.  You only need a small amount, which foams up when you add water and rub between your hands. I don't recommend using this to remove eye make up because it has crushed apricot kernels that could irritate the delicate skin around the eye. Use on your neck as well! 
SEA Goddess Daily Structure Serum (1 oz.) 
This Daily Structure Serum is made to moisturize, strengthen and rejuvenate aging skin. Made with botanical lipids and extracts to contribute toward regenerative activity.  Non greasy, absorbs quickly, leaving skin feeling soft and hydrated.

Key Ingredients Include: Sea Kelp chlorophyll and amino acids which assist in detoxifying the skin and provides elasticity; Tea Extracts antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. They are high in natural AHA’s and zinc for healthy skin; Olive Squalane aides in oxygenation and cell regeneration; DPHP delivers collagen and plumps the skin; Apricot Kernel and Argan Oil regenerative and restructuring for smooth skin and optimal cellular function; Peptides improves elasticity, tightens and lifts; Amino Acids to even out skin tone; Hyaluronic Acid aides in collagen support, improved elasticity and smoothness; Helichrysum prized as one of the most powerful circulation and regenerative oils.
For best results use twice daily (morning and night) after SEA Goddess Foaming Facial Wash. Apply 1-3 pumps using a circular and upward motion until completely absorbed.  Follow with SEA Goddess Daily Complexion Cream or SEA Goddess Nightly Moisture Pack. I love the way this makes my skin feel nourished and toned. Don't forget to apply to your neck!

SEA Goddess Complexion Cream (2 oz.)
A luxurious daily complexion refining cream designed to naturally exfoliate and remove dry, dull and damaged surface cells while restoring radiance and delivering hydration to reveal a fresh, younger looking complexion.

SEA Goddess Nightly Moisture Pack (2 oz.)

Specifically formulated to repair and protect, this night time moisture pack is loaded with moisture binding humectants, proteins, lactylates and propanediol to deliver hydration deep into the tissues to soften, soothe, balance and support your skin enhancing natural night repair. 

​A powerhouse of ingredients that are gentle, anti-inflammatory and assists in improving skin elasticity and tone all while you are sleeping for soft, supple, radiant skin.

Available from Love & Lotus Naturals - This whole kit is only $59.99! Order here. I can't tell you how many friends that I have that use this facial kit care too and swear by it!

Age Perfect Eye Renewal Eye Cream
If you take nothing else away from this post I hope you will at-least take away the importance of using eye cream.

The skin around the eyes is ten times thinner than the skin on the face. As we age, skin loses its elasticity and becomes even thinner due to a breakdown of collagen. This can be further aggravated by sun exposure, smoking, and other environmental exposures.

The skin of the eye contour is constantly moving, blinking alone produces 10,000 movements per day! Other facial movements and expressions such as smiles, squinting, and stress can also affect the eye area, creating fine lines or crows feet – lines that appear on the outside corner of the eye. 

The skins elasticity is similar to a rubber band - constant tugging and pulling eventually causes loss of elasticity. Because the tissue around the eyes has very few oil glands, it lacks the natural moisture present on other parts of the body.

That's why you need a specially formulated cream for this area. I've been using eye cream (many many many brands) since I was 16 and I've got to say this is a favorite.   Ironicly I discovered it from a "Best in Beauty" segment that was on the Today Show sometime last year. I've lost track but I think I'm on my 6th bottle.

Target 5 signs of aging at once with Age Perfect Eye Renewal Eye Cream. A powerful skin-renewing formula helps reveal new cells on skin surface for a radiant, revitalized eye contour. Eyes look visibly refreshed and renewed.

What Skin concern does it address? Infused with a powerful anti-oxidant, Age Perfect Eye Renewal Eye Cream targets 5 signs of aging at once:

1. Visibly diminishes dark circles.
2. Reduces the appearance of puffiness.
3. Helps reduce under-eye bags.
4. Minimizes the appearance of crow’s feet.
5. Smoothes the look of crepiness.

Cost: Varies by store. I have seen this product for $20.00 to $25.00 at Walgreens and Target.  I have a Amazon subscription for this product and it cost about $15.00.

There you have it! Some of my favorite products for pampering your skin! Tell me what you think! Have you tried any of these items? Have a favorite of your own? I'd love to hear from you!

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