Monday, January 21, 2019

KBShimmer Beignet Done That for the Road to Polish Con

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Greetings, dear readers! It feels like it has been forever since I've sat down and written for my blog, but it's only been two weeks! I hope you can pardon my sudden absence. After keeping the blog running at my normal pace with packing up for a move, the move itself, and starting to settle in at my new house, it just became way too much for me. As much as I had tried to avoid taking any time off, I was in desperate need of a breather. I took advantage of my time by starting to get my office set up and box after box of polish unpacked. My office is quite a disaster at the moment, but I can still work around it and can see the light at the end of the tunnel finally. Now let's jump in on this evening's blog post!

My new office was set up last week, in time for the latest KBShimmer nail polish shade to land at my house. This spring, The Polish Convention will be held in New Orleans, and Christy has created an inspired shade for the Road to Polish Con shopping event. Let's get a closer look at Beignet Done That.


Beignet Done That was inspired by the traditional green, purple and gold of Mardi Gras. This multichrome polish shifts between hues of green and purple all while golden flakes and holographic micro flakes strut their stuff among the changing background.


There is no doubt that this polish deserves a spot on Bourbon Street, decorating one's nails while they hold a Hurricane or one of a plethora of daiquiri flavors while chatting with friends, both old and new.


While this polish is loaded to the gills with flakes, I am happy to report that application was a breeze. The formula was a great consistency, not too thick or thin for my liking, and the flakes glide off the brush without any clumping or dragging of the base polish.


The pigmentation of this beauty is nice, and I only needed two coats for full opacity on the nails. The flakes do leave a semi textures appearance, but a good layer of top coat smoothed my nails out nicely for me.


Beignet Done That is exclusive to the Road to Polish Con and can be purchased on the website here. Each bottle retails for $10; there is no cap or limit on the number of bottles made available. Please note that this has been listed with the first group of Road of Polish Con polishes (Group A), and it will only be available for purchase until February 3rd.

After having to miss out on the past couple of Polish Cons, I am thrilled to share that I will be attending this spring! KBShimmer found such a great way to capture the location, and if you're a fan of multichromes and flakes, you're going to want to add this to your polish collection!


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Friday, January 4, 2019

(scrub) off with the old with Pūrlisse Coconut Oil + Coffee Sugar Body Scrub

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Bath and shower time is generally my quiet time, barring the rare occasion when my three year old opts to crash my shower. There is just something about the sound of the water coming out of the shower head and the warm water on my skin that gets me in a zen and relaxed state. On a daily basis, my showers are generally pretty quick as I opted to hit the snooze button to get a blissful nine more minutes of sleep, but on the days I don't hit snooze or, even better, the days I get to sleep in without an alarm, I like to use a scrub to slough off dead skin and give my body an ultra luxurious treatment. I had the opportunity to try out the Pūrlisse Coconut Oil + Coffee Sugar Body Scrub and wanted to share my thoughts about this scrub with you today. Let's jump in!


The Coconut Oil + Coffee Sugar Body Scrub packs quite a punch as a luxurious body treatment that exfoliates, polishes, and hydrates the skin. The coconut oil works to soften the skin while sugar cane gently exfoliates away the dead skin cells, leaving behind ultra smooth and glowing skin. Like the sugar cane, the coffee grounds also aid to exfoliate the skin with the added bonus of caffeine that reinvigorates the skin and improves circulation.


When I first received this product to review, I was ambivalent about trying it. While I am a fan of coffee and sugar scrub in general, coconut oil is usually a no-go for me when it comes to body products. While I love all things coconut, coconut oil unfortunately has a drying effect on my skin, not the hydrating results planned by Pūrlisse. That being said, I set aside my concerns, squeezed a portion onto my fingers, and went to town massaging this scrub onto my skin.

Spoiler Alert: THIS SCRUB IS THE BEES KNEES!

While coconut oil isn't ideal for my skin, the Pūrlisse Coconut Oil + Coffee Sugar Body Scrub contains so much more than these key ingredients in it's name. It also contains cupuaçu seed and shea butter for an indulgent moisturizing treatment to the skin. There is also mongongo seed and moringa oils to nourish the skin and prevent aging. While not particularly helpful for moisturizing the skin, I would also like to note that this scrub contains fruit extracts to promote skin elasticity, clarity, and suppleness.


To use, simply massage onto damp skin in a circular motion and rinse off with warm water. This is coarse enough that you are aware that you are exfoliating the skin, but I found it to still be quite comfortable on my skin during use. I also really like that the sugar and coffee grounds rinsed off easily. After recently trying another scrub that required a full washing afterwards to remove product, it made me appreciate this one even more! I prefer to use this scrub after washing my body. Once I have rinsed off the scrub, I hop out of the shower and gently pat my skin dry with a towel. By using this method, the residual butters and oils can get better absorbed into my skin for an incredible moisturizing treatment.

The Coconut Oil + Coffee Sugar Body Scrub Pūrlisse website here. The full sized version is 6 oz and retails for $36, and the deluxe 3 oz version retails for $20.

Have you tried the Coconut Oil + Coffee Sugar Body Scrub from Pūrlisse? Are there any other must-have products from the brand I should try? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!



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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Enjoy the start of a new year with The Vintage Cosmetic Company: product review plus a giveaway!

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In spite of a year having past and many changes in my daily life, it doesn't quite feel another year has come and gone. How are we back to January all over again? Some days feel like they take forever, but the year sure did fly by! Now on to today's blog post!


Earlier this week, I reviewed some products by The Vintage Cosmetic Company. Today, I have two more to share with you. I also have a giveaway of your own set at the end of this post so be sure to keep following along until the end to enter!

Smokey Eye Brush Set

A year ago, I had a handful of makeup brushes that I used and loved. Since then, I have become obsessed with brushes and am always trying out new-to-me ones. The Vintage Cosmetic Company provided me with this eye brush trio to try out, and is it a great little set! I've been using this set a lot, and I especially love it for my natural day-to-day look!

Step 1... for the money

The first brush is a standard shadow brush. Densely packed, the soft bristles pick up plenty of shadow and places perfectly on my eyelids. This brush is roughly the size of my lids so application goes quickly, depending on how intense of a look I want and what shadows I am using.

Step 2... for the shadow

Step 2 is an angled shadow brush, and until using this set, it has actually been years since I've used this type of brush. After picking up eyeshadow, it fits into my crease beautifully to lay down colour.

Step 3... go girl go!

The final brush in this trio is a smudger brush, and my personal favorite kind of brush for when it comes to adding colour under the eye. While I do on occasion break out an eyeliner, I much prefer to use a smudge brush along my lash line. I just love that this brush is part of this set!


This has been my go-to look lately! I've been enjoying keeping my eyes more natural and adding a pop of colour to my lips. This eye brush set has been the perfect trio for a simple and quick eye look!

Dotty Makeup Headband

How cute is this headband! You can never go wrong with polka dots, and I love the combination of the darker pink with the white!


Whether you need to keep your hair out of the way for makeup application or to wash your face at the end of the day, this headband is the perfect solution. The elastic of the band is sufficiently stretchy so it conforms to my head easily without feeling too loose or too tight. I also like that the band is wider so it serves to really keep hair out of the way.


Until now, I have been using the same pirate headband for longer than I care to admit, but this stretchy headband has me converted. It is so stretchy and comfortable, and there is no denying it is a cute touch! I'm loving having this as a new part to my beauty routine!

Now on to my giveaway!

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Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful night!
XO!


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