Friday, September 21, 2018

Bubble Nail Art with Born Pretty Store and Creative Nail Design, Inc.

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Styles and patterns change over the years, but the simple look that still wins me over every time is anything incorporating circles. This is the main reason my dotting tools get pulled out from time to time, and no matter what colour palette I am using, I just know I'm going to be happy with the final results. When I stumbled across this bubble-pattern nail sticker sheet from Born Pretty Store, it was love at first sight! The various sizes along with the slight imperfectly round shape is something that appealed greatly to me, and I just had to create a fun nail art look with these!


This particular sheet is filled with bubble patterns in black and gold, with a total of six thinner strips and one larger section. These are not cut out to specific sizes, so you can cut out the exact segments you want at the lengths you need for your nails. While this may be an extra step in the application process, I love that I can tailor the areas I want rather than have something precut and wishing it was cut longer, shifted over, or whatever variation that suits my fancy.

I have really enjoyed trying these out, and I have been wearing the resulting nail art look for just under two weeks. That's just unheard of for me! Check out my nail art design below:


I wanted to use colours that still had the brightness of summer, but transitioned nicely into the fall season. I had received these particular nail lacquers from Creative Nail Design, Inc (CND) while at Cosmoprof North America, and I had been trying to figure out how I wanted to wear them all together since I knew these shades were a match made in heaven! Once I determined these polishes could stamp, my nail art design came immediately to mind. This colourway and bubble pattern of these stickers is exactly what I had envisioned!


To create this look, I started off by creating a gradient on my nails with CND nail varnishes in the shades Vagabond and Uninhibited. For the colourful bubbles, I stamped on an image from LeaLac LLC-B stamping plate* using CND Offbeat and Gypsy**. I then cut out sections from the sticker sheer of the black bubble pattern I wanted, pealed from the paper backing, and placed them on my nails. I then sealed everything in with top coat.


While you might normally expect using nail stickers to be exceptionally easy, these were actually a little trickier than I had anticipated. The inner portions of the bubbles had the sticker area removed, and it made these stickers much more delicate. Even with careful removal from the backing with my tweezers, I ended up tearing apart some of the bubbles and had to realign them as closely as I could on my ring finger nail. Another drawback to these stickers is the sticker itself is quite thick, and if your nails have substantial curving, the stickers do not lay down easily and conform to the nail. You may be be able to see it well looking at my nails, but some areas have a little bit of a bump where the sticker just couldn't lay perfectly flat due to my nail curvature. I used two coats of top coat to help smooth the stickers down, but I can still feel bumps in a few regions where the sticker segments puckered up. This phenomenon would like still happen with any sticker, but the thick sticker made it more obvious. That being said, a thinner sticker would only make these all the more fragile with the center circles removed.


In spite of some of the issues I had with these, I have really loved the way this design came together and have been enjoying the look the past two weeks.


You can save 10% off full priced items from Born Pretty Store with code QWL91. If you opt to order during their 8th anniversary celebration from October 10th - October 16th, be sure to include this code in the comment section (regardless of whether or not you use it) and they will include a special free gift with your order. The bigger the order, the more free gifts will be added, although at this time, I'm not sure what the cutoffs are to get more free things. I don't know what the free gift with purchase is yet, but it'll be like getting a holiday surprise for yourself. I have the anniversary celebration marked on my calendar since I like to take advantage of their deals as well to stock up on some supplies for future nail art looks!

What sort of colours are you wearing on your nails now? Are you still in summer mode, or have you already jumped into fall mode? Would you use nail art stickers to create easy manicures? I'd love to hear from you!

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


*Leah Ann stopped selling her plates quite some time ago, but she makes gorgeous nail polishes and phenomenal body products!

**I had only looked at the colour of the last CND shade here and not the name when I opted to use it for this look. I severely dislike having to put a derogatory slur in my post (hence my crossing through it), but because it was used, I still wanted to include it in this post for your reference. I can only hope CND considers changing the name to something that is not offensive to Romani people.


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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Be a Skin Snob and Get Your Pout Ultra Kissable with the Vanilla Mint Lip Scrub

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I'm convinced fewer things in life are better than a brand new lipstick. There is just something about cracking open a new tube and looking at that shiny new bullet or clean rim as you pull out the applicator for the first time that really gets to me. I just love the different combinations of textures and colours, but all of those things mean nothing if the canvas isn't properly prepped. Applying your brand new lipstick to lips that are dry and flaky is no fun, and the final result is anything but sexy. Thankfully, you can get your pout lipstick ready, and in ultra kissable form, by using a sugar scrub, like this fantastic Vanilla Mint Lip Scrub by Skin Snob.



While I have not used every single lip scrub that has ever been made, I have been using lip scrubs for several years and have tried an assortment during that time. When I first came across the Vanilla Mint Lip Scrub by Skin Snob at Cosmoprof North America this summer, I knew this one is different and would be special. The lip scrubs I have used in the past have a much higher ratio of sugar to oils than the one by Skin Snob, and you can see the difference when you first open the screw-on jar. It is filled up with shea and cocoa butters that leave your lips feeling soft and smooth while the blend of coconut, sunflower, grape seed, and Vitamin E oils contain the fatty acids to nourish and moisturize your lips. While sugar is certainly present, the lower ratio allows this scrub to gently exfoliate your lips, rather than sandblasting them away into oblivion. I can't possibly be the only one that has regretted being a bit too overzealous during the scrubbing process with other scrubs and have sore lips, right? I'm sure you already know this without me saying it: that's not cute. The skin on your lips is thinner and more delicate than the rest of your body, and the Vanilla Mint Lip Scrub by Skin Snob is the perfect solution to gently slough off dead skin while adding nourishment at the same time.



To use, simply scoop out a little bit of product from the jar. I like to use a clean spatula that I've saved from other beauty products I have used up so I'm not introducing any bacteria that might be on my fingers into the jar. Gently rub across your lips, preferably in a circular motion, and then rinse off thoroughly. Because this lip scrub has such a high percentage of butters and oils, you'll find it isn't very satisfying to lick excess off your lips as it isn't as sweet and tasty. That being said, licking your lips isn't really a good habit to have either, so this isn't a bad thing in the end. A little bit goes a long way; I use less than a pea-sized amount. You could use more if your wish to have more sugar to exfoliate your lips, but keep in mind the butters and oils may end up all around the skin outside your lips. While there is no actual mint in this product and it is a flavor, I still find it causes a little bit of a tingling sensation temporarily whenever I use too much and get it outside my lips.


Before using this particular product, I used the think all sugary lip scrubs were essentially created equal, but Skin Snob's Vanilla Mint Lip Scrub has proven me wrong. Rather than use a high sugar content to exfoliate my lips with minimal other benefits, I can now gently remove any dry areas of my skin all while imparting the nourishing and moisturizing support my delicate lips need. Add to that the scrumptious vanilla plus mint flavor combination that I adore and you have one spectacular lip scrub!

The Vanilla Mint Lip Scrub is available for purchase on the Skin Snob website. Each jar is 0.5 oz and retails for $19.95.

Have you tried any Skin Snob products? What products should I try next?

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



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Monday, September 17, 2018

A (Mental) Hawaiian Vacation with SoapyBliss Bath & Body Bakery Push Up Lotion Pop

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My favorite vacation destination is Hawaii, but between the cost of flights and lodging and trying to find the time to go for at least most of a week to make the 5 hour flight worthwhile, I don't get to visit as often as I would like. I have been fortunate to have visited the islands a few times with relatively affordable flights with being on the west coast, but some days, I just need a mental break away. I want to at least pretend I am hiking amongst the lush greenery or listening to the wave crashing on the beach! While I may not be able to physically transport myself in an instant, my sense of smell has made it easy to at take my mind back to my happy place!


No matter where I go, I can count on the SoapyBliss Push Up Lotion Pop in the scent Hula Girl to immediately transport my mind to Hawaii! With notes of island guava, tangy pineapple, and sweet aroma of plumeria, this scent will take you to tropical paradise in no time! The Hula Girl scent is the ultimate combination of both the tropical fruits that I love with the popular floral found in leis. This fragrance is certainly my heaven in a container! Have I shared my love for this particular scent enough? Let's get to the product details itself since there are other fragrances available for those of you that may have a different preferred type of scent.

The Push Up Lotion Pop is exactly as the name implies: it is a solid lotion that is pushed up from the bottom and can be applied to the skin. The packaging is small and easily fits in my hand, but this sweet little pop packs quite a punch! Each Push Up Lotion Pop is loaded with shea butter, cocoa butter, and vitamin E to give your skin the ultimate dose of moisturization. The size makes it ultra portable, so you can toss it in your gym bag for easy application after your post-workout shower or in your luggage to take to any destination of your choosing. As a Carry-On Connoisseur, I appreciate the small size and the solid aspect: not only do I not have to worry about potential leaking caused by pressure changes, I don't have to worry about this lotion taking up the precious space in my quart-sized liquids bag!


To apply the Push Up Lotion Pop, simply push up from the bottom so the product is above the edge and rub on the skin. With all the nourishing oils, I have found that a little goes a long way. I like to rub a few stripes on my skin and rub it into my skin. You will want to take care to not go too heavy handed so you don't get oily residue on your clothing, or at least sit around a little longer in the buff and rub a little longer until absorption.

I have really enjoyed trying out the SoapyBliss Push Up Lotion Pop! Not only is the product portable and nourishing, I love the colourful packaging! The Hula Girl scent is delightful, but if that isn't quite your jam, they offer 7 additional scent options that might suit your fancy. I have had the opportunity to smell all the offerings, and they all smell so good! My Push Up Lotion Pop is almost empty, and I am so torn between picking up a new scent or another Hula Girl. If that's the only problem I have, then I must being doing well! Ha!

Each Push Up Lotion Pop retails for $12 and is available in 1 oz packaging. Please visit the SoapyBliss website here to purchase the different scent options. While there, be sure to check out the other SoapyBliss offerings; they have several cute products, and it is never too early to start thinking about stocking stuffers and holiday gifts for your best girl friends!

Have you tried the Push Up Lotion Pop or other products from SoapyBliss Bath & Body Bakery? What have you enjoyed? If not, what would you like to try? I'd love to hear from you!

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


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