Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Have a Pastel Summer with Londontown's Newest Duo for Summer 2018

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I love sumer- the warm weather, the trips to the beach, the bright colours, but sometimes, I want a break from it all. Neon nails can get a little overwhelming for me, and I enjoy breaking it up with clean and refreshing shades. Often I would have to pull nail polishes from previous seasons from my stash to get my softer look, but this summer, Londontown has stepped up to the plate to offer two new shades that offer a breath of fresh air this season.


While their colours are beautiful, Londontown goes above and beyond by infusing their nail lacquers with botanical and mineral oils to restore your hands and nails to greatness. When paired with their kur Nail Hardener and Top Coat, nail strength and durability is reinforced all while sporting a long-lasting, high-shine look. Let's get a closer look at the newest shades to join the brand's colour lineup!

Briolette

It takes something special to turn me on to soft purple hues, and Briolette certainly has what it takes to catch my attention! A soft lavender hue, Briolette is definitely a clean look for the summer with an added twist. While it may look like a simple lavender creme, closer inspection shows flashes of iridescent shimmer as your nails catch the light just right. The first coat applied a little unevenly, a feature I expect from this type of colour, but it self leveled out nicely with the second coat. I added a third for full opacity in addition to the Londontown Gel Genius Top Coat for these photos.

Opal

As gorgeous as Briolette is, Opal is my personal favorite from the new summer duo. The base shade is a touch more of a dusty lilac and the shimmer is really amped up with what appears to be blue and pink microflakes. The formula is also fantastic with two coats of flawless application to opacity. Again, I used the kur Gel Genius Top Coat over my base shade for these photos.


Both Briolette and Opal are available for purchase from Londontown now for $16 each. All nail lakurs from Londontown are 9-free, cruelty-free, and vegan.

What colours are you wearing this summer? Will you be adding Briolette or Opal to your nail polish lineup? I'd love to hear from you! XO!


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Monday, July 16, 2018

World Cup 2018 Nail Art


Happy Monday, dear readers! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and your week is off to a great start. This weekend was pretty chill for us as we stayed close to home. My husband and I celebrated our 7th anniversary yesterday, and we celebrated by him painting the cabinets in the boys' bathroom while I did laundry so he had clean clothes and followed the World Cup final. Such glamorous lives, right? At least we made it out for dinner!

I've been wanting to do a fun nail art design for the World Cup, but I'll just go ahead and be honest- I had something a little different in mind than the final look. After two failed attempts, I ended up taking the easier route and still ended up with something kind of meh. Just can't win them all! Anywho, here's my World Cup nail art design!


See that soccer ball? Oh yeah, that's my terrible free hand work. This is a good reminder why I like to stick with decals, vinyls and stamping. Even if it wasn't perfect, I can still say "I did this" and at least give myself an A for effort.


Products used:
Rica Whiteout
Rica Blackout
Sally Hansen Complete Manicure in Grass Slipper
Born Pretty Store Water Decals
KBShimmer Clearly on Top top coat


While this isn't my favorite nail art look, it was still fun to show some football/soccer spirit for the final game yesterday. It was also nice to have some nail art on my nails again, even if it was a trying experience this time around. I had some nail art items arrive in the mail last week, so you can expect to see more (and I'm really hoping for BETTER) up on my blog soon!

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

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Make Your Beauty Products More Portable with MYO Cosmetic Cases


I love to travel, but what I don't like is having to schlep so much "stuff" with me. Now that I'm a mom of two relatively young children, I have to carry so much extra stuff for them; the last thing I want to do is bring yet another bag for myself. Thankfully they're at the stage where it is now getting easier and I need less for them, but I still prefer to travel as light as possible. This mentality crosses over into my skincare and makeup routine, and now I have an easy way to take exactly what I need with me without giving up precious space. After all, the decision of TSA to limit us to only a quart-sized bag for carrying on liquids must not have been made by a skin care aficionado! Thankfully, I have the MYO Cosmetic Clutch to keep me covered! I've taken this baby with me on a few excursions, and I definitely have some thoughts about it.

Before I delve too far into my thoughts, let's start with the basics: what is a MYO Cosmetic Clutch and what comes with the kit? The MYO Cosmetic Clutch is a sleek and durable case with a snap closure designed to keep your cosmetics, smaller makeup accessories, and skincare products in one beautiful package the size of a large cell phone. One side has a magnetic backing designed to hold more eco-conscious single magnetic makeup pans, reducing the unnecessary packaging and waste in other products. It is also made from recycled materials with 95% of the manufacturing done within North America. On the other size is a rather sizable mirror, so you'll never find yourself having the squint to try and figure out how your makeup application is really turning out.


Along the outer lip of the MYO Cosmetic Clutch is a removable circlet that serves as a gasket. When closed, this allows for a secure seal that prevents any loose powder or liquid accidents on the inside from leaking out and all over your hand bag. They can be easily popped out for a thorough clean when needed, but then pop right back into their proper home when dry. The circlet for my MYO Cosmetic Clutch is black, but they are also available in silver, fuchsia, and turquoise. This is a fun way to not only add a pop of colour to your clutch, but also to keep multiple clutches organized and the contents readily identifiable. Do you want your "day" makeup selection to be turquoise and your more dramatic "night" set to be black? What about adding in a third case for skin care products and making that one fuchsia? When the clutch is closed, you can easily see the colour of the circlet so there is no need to rummage and open and close your clutches to find the exact one you are looking for. While I initially thought one would be enough, but after my usage with mine, I know I need at least one more in my life!

In addition to the circlet, the MYO Cosmetic Clutch comes with three MYO Beauty Pods (one large and two small), two MYO Style Sticks, and a double ended eyeshadow/brow brush. The MYO Style Sticks are flexible magnetic divider sticks that can be moved around to any orientation that you wish. Some readers may choose to use them as a visual separation between products, such as separating your powders on one side and Beauty Pods on the other. Others still may wish to position them to keep brushes or pencils secured within a specific area of their case. How you use them is entirely up to you! The included brush is also a nice little addition to have if you would rather not have to keep all your makeup brushes on hand and works reasonably well with application of products. While I personally prefer to travel with my full-sized brushes, this is a great option for those that like smaller travel-sized versions.


As I mentioned previously, the MYO Cosmetic Clutch comes with three Beauty Pods, and you can see them in action in the above photo. Each kit comes with a larger pod and two smaller pods. These pods push close to a secure seal that keeps even your liquids from leaking! On the underside of the pods is a magnet, so you can rest assured that they will stay securely wherever you opt to place them within your clutch. This innovative product allows you to take just the proper amount of product with you, be it to the gym, on a short travel excursion, or even just in your bag should you want your products readily available throughout the day. By allowing you to have "just enough" product, you are not wasting valuable space with larger full sized containers, and the secure seal keeps your products staying fresh until you use it. Now that's what I call a win-win! I've been filling up my pods with a range of products from my very fluid foundations to daily moisturizers to thicker night creams, and I have not had a single issue of product leaking out and into the palette. As the expression goes, mileage may vary depending on how much product you use at any given time, but I have easily had enough products for several days with just these pods. The Beauty Pods are also excellent for carrying your pans that are not magnetic (if you would rather not buy magnetic stickers for them) or if you prefer a physical barrier for cream products to prevent powder contamination.


The MYO Cosmetics Clutch is available for purchase from MYOCosmeticCases.com for $45 for the full kit. If you want to have more than the three Beauty Pods that come with this clutch, they have the option of adding on more pods to your order. The add on options include another set of three black Beauty Pods in the original 1 large, two small format for $9, or you can add on a set of four transparent small Beauty Pods, also for just $9. For reference, the MYO Clutch can hold a total of 12 of the smaller Beauty Pods.

If it wasn't already obvious, let me scream it from the rooftops: I LOVE MY MYO COSMETICS CLUTCH! While it may seem like a normal magnetic makeup enclosure, that certainly is not the case. MYO Cosmetics Cases has created a product that is hardy enough to withstand the normal day-to-day travel abuse while still being modern and sexy. It closes securely and stays that way, but it still opens easily when YOU want it to. The additional Style Sticks helps me keep my clutch so it is aesthetically pleasing, and I like the idea of keeping my eyeliners in a secure location. The double-sided brush is a nice addition, especially if you want to keep your clutch in your gym bag for a quick post-workout makeup application and don't want to keep your full-sized brushes on hand. Round it all out with the convenient magnetic Beauty Pods as the ultra-portable solution for liquid and cream products without the mess and added waste of pre-packaged minis, and you have the makeup case of the future at your fingertips.





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