Monday, June 24, 2019

Beauty Without Harm: YAPA Beauty Nail Lacquers

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Happy Monday, dear readers! This weekend flew by quickly, and I have nothing to show for it other than a few household errands. Oh well, there's always next weekend to do something fun and exciting! Now on to today's post!

While browsing on Instagram earlier this month, I happened to stumble across the nail lacquer brand YAPA Beauty YAPA touts itself as a non-toxic, quick drying, hassle-free, and a high performance nail lacquer; naturally, my interest was piqued! As I was starting to check out what the brand had to offer, they reached out and asked if I wanted to try out a few of there colours to share with you. I love when I have to opportunity to share new-to-me brands with you, so of course I jumped at the chance!

The motto of YAPA Beauty is "Beauty Without Harm", and they stick to it in more ways than one. To start off, the brand is Vegan and Cruelty-Free. While I personally do not ascribe to a vegan way of life, I know some of my readers do, and there really is no reason to harm our furry friends with beauty products. In addition to not harming animals, YAPA Beauty nail lacquers limits the harm that you can do to yourself by being free of toxic chemicals that can be found in many other nail polishes. YAPA's products do not contain formaldehyde or the resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), or camphor. There are a few other chemicals it doesn't use, but these tend to be the ones that people look for most when considering what polishes to use or avoid.

Let's jump in and get a closer look at the three shades I was sent!

Three coats plus top coat

I love a good pink creme, and this medium pink hue is deliciously vibrant for the hot summer months. I found the formula to be smooth and creamy, exactly what I want from this kind of polish! The formula is nice and easy to work with, but for those that use a lot of indie brands, you will likely notice the formula is a little thinner. This is a non-issue for me, but you will want to be aware of it so you can adjust your coat coverage accordingly. Because I tend to stick with thinner coats, I needed to use three for full and even coverage on my nails. Those that use thicker coats will likely find they only need to use two. 

Two coats plus top coat

Cheryl is a slight purple silvery hue, especially when in the bottle, but against my olive skin tone, the purple is much more apparent. Those with cooler skin tones are likely to find the purple to be more subtle, so that is something to keep in mind if you have your eye on this metallic beauty. Easy to apply, this felt more densely pigmented to me than Lily, the previous polish. I only needed to use two thin coats to cover any visible nail line. I'm not one for metallic polishes for a full manicure, but I do love them when it comes to nail art. I've actually testing this out with multiple stamping plates and am happy to report this stamps quite nicely. Please keep in mind this is not a stamping polish, so the effect is more subtle that the ultra opaque stamping polishes, but if you love a more subtle metallic stamped design, you're going to love this!

Three coats plus top coat

If you are looking for a soft neutral pink shade that is work appropriate, Caroline is an excellent option. Loaded with fine silvery shimmer, this polish is an understated beauty, and I loved it on my nails more than I expected. Again, the formula is a little thinner that the indie nail polish brands I often use, but it is still easy to apply to the nails. Because of the thinner formula and my normal thin coat application, I needed to use three coats to cover any visible nail line. Those that prefer to use thicker coats may find only to coats will suffice.

I have really enjoyed trying out these polishes! The formulas are a little thinner, closer to what I expect from most main stream nail lacquer brands, but they still apply easily to the nails with minimal effort. The colours are beautiful, and just this selection alone gives a nice variety for fun summer nails or something more "work appropriate". If these shades aren't quite your jam, be sure to check out the other shades YAPA Beauty has to offer! There are currently 71 shades to choose from, from muted hues to bold brights. There are several that have certainly caught my attention!

YAPA Beauty nail lacquers retail for $18 each. They can be purchased directly from the website here or in select stores.

Have you tried any nail lacquers from YAPA Beauty? If so, what are your favorites> I'd love to hear from you!

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

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Highlights from the Beauty Spotlight Team

Give your dry skin the gift of Manuka Honey with the Airelle Hydrating Manuka Mask! Prime Beauty recommends it for over 40 women and she slips a spoonful in her morning tea too! 

 Little excites Lola's Secret Beauty Blog more than exquisite ultra-luxe skincare products, and for that very reason Graydon Fullmoon Serum is currently being featured as one of our greatest recent discoveries. This anti-aging serum, which is cruelty-free and vegan, leaves skin soft, smooth, supple and hydrated. It also gently exfoliates dead skin cells while plumping fine lines. It is a holy grail discovery that you really must try for yourself, and once you do you will be hooked! 

 Not only can you help improve your skin but you can also donate to City of Hope at the same time with MURAD's Hydration skincare. Beauty Info Zone shares some of the products that will help you and cancer patients. 

 Want to celebrate Pride month with some fun skincare? Pammy Blogs Beauty loves Youth to the People's Limited Edition Pride Superfood Cleanser

 Could this be the perfect BB cream for summer? Never Say Die Beauty thinks so! Cruelty-free Derma E Tinted Moisturizing BB Cream with mineral sunscreen SPF 30 in 5 shades feels light as air on her skin. 

 There are so many anti-aging skincare myths that we've all been told. You can read about 5 of them that we should stop believing over on The Makeup Obsessed Mom

 The days are heating up quickly, and with so many exciting adventures ahead, everyone needs a quick 5 minute makeup routine to get put together and out the door fast. Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour shared her quick look for the summer this week including a tip you’ll want to use year round. Be sure to check it out! 

 Could your makeup bag use a little refresher for Summer? I Know all the Words explores some great options from Almay sure to see you through the season.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Testing out Born Pretty Store's Passionate Desert Stamping Plate

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Stamping is arguably my favorite nail art technique, and when I had the opportunity to combine it with my beloved desert, I was all too eager to test out this plate from Born Pretty Store. The BP-A04 Passionate Desert Stamping plate contains 14 different images to chose from, and with the relatively large image sizes, should be able to cover fairly lengthy nails.

In spite of having several cute cactus and very obviously southwestern designs to choose from, I was really feeling the chain link pattern on the bottom right corner when I went to create my nail art.

I used multiple polishes to test out this plate. Once my black base was dry, I used a white stamping polish on the image. I then used two non-stamping polishes side by side and layered over the white to see how they would hold up with this plate.

The white stamping polish picked up the image perfectly from the first roll of the stamper. I already knew the white polish worked well for stamping, so the ease of use with this particular image certainly made me happy. While the pink and purple polishes don't quite have the "wow" factor in regards to intensity, these are not stamping polishes that normally take two if not three coats for opacity.

Born Pretty Store stamping plates can be a little hit or miss for me, and this one was a win! The images are etched deeply enough that it can work with both stamping and non-stamping polishes pretty easily. This is the primary thing I look for when it comes to stamping plates as the designs themselves are a matter of personal preference.

You can pick up the Passionate Desert Stamping Plate from Born Pretty Store here. This plate retails for $5.99, but at the time of this post, it is marked down to just $2.99. The full price is fair, but why not save some extra money and pick it up while it is marked down?

Speaking of saving money, you can save 10% off full priced items with the discount code QWL91. Born Pretty Store offers a range of items to choose from, and you are sure to find something that suits your nail art needs!

Are you a fan of cacti and other desert-themed nail art? Will you be picking up this stamping plate? I'd love to hear from you!

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

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