NEW! CVS/pharmacy Nail HQ

Friday, November 30, 2012

Talk about a nail junkies heaven! CVS is rolling out kiosks dedicated to nail polish in stores dubbed the CVS Nail HQ. Basically it's an in-store kiosk that will feature the best nail trends, and brands such as Essie, Sally Hansen, Revlon, and the all new CVS exclusive Nuance Selma Hayek nail line. Essie has actually partnered with CVS to launch their newest nail collection at the stores every month. I haven't been buying much nail polish lately, but this may put me back into that obsession.

Normally, CVS has a pretty good selection, but I find that the little polish displays are scattered throughout the beauty section, and it's a treasure hunt to locate them all. In one local store, a Sally Hansen display is with the shampoos. This little kiosk should rectify that problem, and keep all of those lovely bottles in one area.

In addition to the new Nail HQ, CVS has introduced a new ExtraCare® Beauty Club loyalty program. With this program, you can earn $5 for every $50 cumulatively spent on qualifying beauty products.

For more information feel free to check out the CVS Beauty Club Facebook page, and the CVS Beauty Club Twitter page.

Have you seen this kiosk in stores yet? Do you go to CVS to find the newest trends, and collections? Will this new kiosk make you more likely to go to CVS for most, if not all, of your nail care needs?

Non-Makeup Beauty Essentials

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

As a girl, I have my go to products, that I know I can always count on to work. Last month I showcased my makeup essentials, and now I'm going a bit off the normal grid to show you guys my most loved products that aren't nail or makeup related.

Mark. Self Sanctuary body wash. I love this scent. I don't use it every day, only when I really want to relax, and smell good. The scent is really lasting on my skin, and just smells nice. I hate that Mark discontinued this scent, but it opens my eyes, and makes me want to be more adventurous to more of their body products.

Mark. Shine Fighter. I've talked about this so many times. It's an oil control mask, and I've been using this for over a year. So far it's the only constant in my skin care routine.

Julep "The Best Pedi Prep Ever!" and foot file. I never really thought too much about my feet other than lotion and a pumice stone. These two changed my feet. The pedi prep softens the hard spots on my feet, and make it easy to file them away, leaving my feet soft and nice to look at. The only thing I have to complain about is that the pedi prep has to be stored up right. If it's on its side it will leak out, and make a sticky mess of thing. The file has four sides; a rough side, less rough side, a ribbed, and a bumpy side. I just use the file sides.

Bath & Body Works Stress Relief lotion. I have gone through two of these bad boys in my lifetime, and I love the eucalyptus scent. Not sure if it relaxes me, but the scent is nice, and that's all that truly matters. Right?

Goody Spin Pins. I have a review of these things here. They let me be lazy, and when it comes to my hair, that's the route I take. 

Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. The love of my lips. Seriously. I even managed to get my friend addicted when we were in high school. Who knew that one fateful day when I "borrowed" my moms lip balm would turn into such a committed relationship, 6 years later. Ok, maybe I'm being a bit over-dramatic, but it's justified! I can't imagine what my lips would be like without this stuff. Actually, I can. I've tried others, and nothing compares. I am hooked for life, a menthol and peppermint addict. M&P anonymous please!


Suave Touchable Finish and Dry Shampoo. I've used a lot of hairsprays, some flexible, some not. None gave me the hold and flexibility that I need in one bottle. It was always one or the other. I have oily hair, that's no secret (my hair would rather tell the world, despite my best efforts), and when I'm feeling lazy, or in a hurry the Suave dry shampoo is the only thing, out of the ones that I've tried, that actually sucks most of the oil out, and makes it look presentable on my lazy days. Plus they both smell really nice!

Aussie Confidently Clean. I can't tell you how mad I was when I couldn't find my Cleanse and Mend on the shelf. After about 2 months of complaining, I mentioned something on a forum. A lovely lady there mentioned that it still exists, and what it was not called. I made a point to go to the store, the next day, and pick this bottle up. It is the only shampoo, again out of the ones that I have tried, that doesn't make my hair look like a complete grease ball the next morning. I was lost when I thought this didn't exist. I really was. Now, I feel complete. Overdramatic, yes. It's one of those days.

What's one beauty product that you've tried time, and time again that you know will never fail you? 

The Late November Maven Box

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Nora is the dark silver color
Amber is the Tan

Well, better late then never I suppose! I received my November Julep box yesterday after finally clearing up an issue with payment. WARNING: If you go onto their website, and add another card you have to call them to switch over. Checking the primary card box wont cut it. Learned that the hard way.

If you haven't heard, November was the month of suedes. Sephora got these months ago, and as far as i know they are still in store for $14 a pop.

I switched to Boho Glam this month, and received Nora and Amber with a body frosting. Now let me tell you something about this body frosting, it smells like strawberry sherbet. No lie. It's supposed to be grapefruit, but not so much. My hand scrub from Qtica smells way more like grapefruit than this thing. It smells delicious. I did notice that the scent doesn't transfer well onto the skin. It feels amazing, but the smell kind of starts to smell gross. It's real subtle, you have to be trying to find the scent, but it's not the best smell. Definitely not what it smells like in the packaging.

Do you like suedes? How do you feel about their lack of staying power? I use them for a quick manicure, sometimes on the go (not with me driving).

Kate Spade Stacey Review

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Kate Spade Stacey

This isn't the sort of thing I review, but since there aren't much information on this item, I figured I might as well share my thoughts. This is the Kate Spade Grant Park Stacey in Eggplant. It is to my understanding that this model is only available in outlet stores. There isn't much that separates the Grant Parks from the Mikas Ponds. The spade itself on the from, and the pattern of the fabric lining on the inside of the wallet are two of the differences I noticed.

There are 12 card slots, and one ID slot that I keep a business card in. The card is difficult to remove from that slot when the others on that side are full. I just keep my ID in another slot.

Kate Spade Stacey

Kate Spade Stacey

Kate Spade Stacey

Kate Spade Stacey

Kate Spade Stacey

Kate Spade Stacey

Kate Spade Stacey

Kate Spade Stacey

The wallet itself is rather bulky, especially when full. I was hoping it would be flatter, similar to some of the Louis Vuitton wallets I was admiring. The quality is quite good. I've had it for a little over a month, and I only had one issue with it, which was quickly resolved when I went back to the store. The zipper in the one I originally purchased was broken. I didn't test it out in the store, because I hardly ever use that pocket, so I didn't think about it. When I got home, I realized that it wasn't working right. There were several others back in the store that were broken, so perhaps the batch was bad. I did manage to find one that worked.

The leather looks the way it did when I bought it, no rips or tears. The lettering hasn't been rubbed off, and I have used this wallet every day since I bought/exchanged it. The quality is quite good, and the color is amazing! I love the deep purple. I almost bought the red one, but I'm glad I didn't. The wallet is expensive, but I went in during a 50% off sale, and snagged it a great price.

How do you feel about "investing" in a more expensive wallet? Is it worth it, or a waste of money? I don't think I would go too much more expensive with wallets. I like to know the items holding my money, and important information, are of good quality. Do you agree, or disagree?

Sharing nail polish? What?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

That's right, Lacquerous website is now live. Now we can get a feel for exactly what it is, and I can say that I am shocked. Just read below for a quick rundown.

In short, it's a subscription service that you pay $18 a month for 3 designer nail polishes that you choose. You use them (they have a limit of 3 applications, but how are they going to monitor that?), return them, get a new box.

Here are the brands they have:
Tom Ford
Dolce & Gabbana
Deborah Lippmann
butter LONDON

Aaaand a few points from their FAQ that I think are important to point out:

Who would this be good for?
Those who don't frequently buy nail polish
Someone wanting to try out the top brands, but not pay $$$ for the polish
Someone wanting to try out specific colors before buying the polish

Soooo, what do you think? Still want to join? I think I'm going to stay away from this. I thought it was a subscription service similar to Julep. Boy was I wrong!

Goody Simple Styles Spin Pins

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Goody Simple Styles Spin Pins

I'm sure most of you have seen these in stores. They look like bobby pins gone hay-wire, right? The price is what turns me off. $7 for only two pins? Oh yeah, it definitely cost the company that much to make these -insert dramatic eye roll here-. The packaging was something else. Two twist ties for each pin to hold them in, and I had to rip the packaging apart. I actually wanted to save it for the review, but of well. I got these in my Influenster Beauty VoxBox for free.

So to the part you all care about: Do they work? How well? Well, first let me show you what it looks like when I put my hair up in a bun using only a hair tie, and two spin pins.

Goody Simple Styles Spin Pins

Goody Simple Styles Spin Pins

Goody Simple Styles Spin Pins

I put my hair up the exact same way that I do when I use bobby pins. There was no hair spray used. They actually hold up really well. Normally I would need at least 6 bobby pins before I feel like my hair is secure. With the spin pins I only needed the two to make hair feel like it wasn't going to fall out of place. I also played with it a bit, putting my hair back in a crazy way, and they hold up pretty decent.

I even slept in these bad boys, and woke up with a decent bun (the bun was good, but the rest of my hair was crazy).

How to use: Simple, just style your hair like normal, but when you would normally add bobby pins, take the spin pins and literally spin them into your hair, usually on opposite sides being careful to not intertwine them. I also suggest being a bit careful when using a hair tie. I forced one pin to wrap itself around a hair tie, and it got stuck. I needed someone to help me get it out. It should easily spin, so if you find your self forcing it, take it out, and adjust where you're spinning it. Removal is easy, just spin them out.

So, am I satisfied? Yes. Do I recommend? Yes! Are they worth the price? Well, that's up to you. For me, it wasn't worth it to buy something like this that cost $7 if I had never tried them before. I had no idea if they worked or not. If I lost them, would I repurchase? Yes, I honestly would. They save time, headache, and are really easy to use.

Item was sent by Influenster in a VoxBox for review. Opinions are my own, not sponsored.

Blogazon Roundup

Friday, November 9, 2012

My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: On mornings when Laura is short on time, she relies on It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye!
Adore-a-polish: For a slight change of pace, Kristina talks about her VoxBox that she received from Influenster.
Ishah x Beauty: Want a pretty, soft look for your eyes? Check out the Dueba Max Pure Pink circle lenses.
Très Beau Glamour: Ever feel like there were no good drugstore moisturizers that really give you that replenished feeling? Nay Denise has found her new holy grail moisturizer. The Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream is simply amazing. Check out her review to find out more about the product.
Vicerimus : Black or White...and Gold all over! Michael, sorry for the intervention! Vicerimus walks the line in her latest nail art, keeping it laconic but hard not to notice.
Beyond Beauty Lounge : Fashion Sunglasses From Firmoo
Lacquer Buzz: Who doesn't like a bit of glitter on their tips? But be prepared because this blue glitter is spectacular!Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: Check out the Ninja Polish Bling! collection at Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom!
TheFabZilla: It does snow in Hawaii. Find out where plus TheFabZilla's preppin' her body in time for winter with Herbacin natural skincare productsBeauty by Miss L: Check out Miss L´s Fishscale nails done using 2.5mm micro glitter.
The Beauty Think Tank: The Too Faced Lash Lining Tool promises eyeliner versatility, but does it deliver? Only TheThink Tank knows!
Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Lola's Secret Beauty blog has determined that the Rouge Bunny Rouge Forever Yours…Long-Lasting Lip Pencil in Roald is the perfect shade of mauvey-pink that goes with just about everything!
Lisa's Nail Obsession: Nails ready-made for a spook-tacular Halloween Night.Polarbelle: Polarbelle finds a smooth long lasting delicious nail polish in Pixi Beauty's Classy Cocoa.
Mama Fashionista: Don't let the change in weather wreak havoc on your skin! Mama Fashionista has 5 tips (and product suggestions) for keeping your skin fantastic all year long!Beauty with a Twist: Given makeup, a few hours and glitter, I turned myself into a Venetian mask.
Just Skin, Bones, and Nails: Check out this awesome sponge manicure of deadish nailsTrouble-Maker On Heels: Trouble-Maker on Heels is trying Dazzle Dust by Barry M eye shadow - it's all orange :)Love At First Site!: KORRES TONKÁ PURPLE/Dreams Come True and TONKA BROWN/Magic Happens are the names of the two new limited edition fragrances by Korres that promise to take us to magical worlds where dreams come true ... Touché! ;)
Addicted to OPI-yum: In case you missed the Halloween Blog Party at Addicted to OPI yum, you can still join in the fun!

Julep Boris and Nicole | Swatch

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Julep Boris and Nicole is a red tinted copper shimmer. The color difference that you see is true to color. When the second coat is applied, the color turns to a more reddish tint. It's a beautiful color, regardless, and perfect for fall.

Double Impact: Quick Dries

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

It's no secret that my manicures thrive off of quick dries. Be it in a top coat, or a stand alone quick drying formula. Today I bring to you two of the quick drying liquids that I use; Julep Quick Dry Polish Drops, and Revlon Liquid Quick Dry.

Quick overview:
Julep - $14.00 for 1 fl oz
Revlon- $6-$7 for .5 fl oz

Julep Quick Dry Polish Drops

- Dry to the touch in just over a minute
- Completely dry in 5-10 minutes (although slightly longer than Revlon)
- Non-greasy formula
- Dropper= no accidental brush accidents
- Lavender scent, not to keen on this
- Despite it's lack of greasiness, it tends to be messy due to the large dropper
- Available only online, and maybe Sephora

Revlon Liquid Quick Dry

- Dry to the touch in under a minute
- Completely dry in 5-10 minutes
- Easy to access at most drugstores
- Greasy formula; get's everywhere
- Brush mishaps can happen if applied to early. A one minute wait is recommended

Bottom line:
 I personally prefer Revlon, but Julep does have it's benefits. Another alternative are the OPI Drip Drops, or Nicole by OPI Drying Drops, which are basically the same thing. However, they come in a much smaller bottle.

What quick dry products do you use? Do you suggest I try one that may be better than my beloved Revlon?