Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Turkey Trot and Thanksgiving Nail Art with Zoya Sensual

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Happy hump day, dear readers, or at least what is left of it! I created a cute turkey inspired nail art look for my six-year old's Turkey Trot earlier today and Thanksgiving tomorrow. The weather has finally dropped below 70° here (barely), and my nude nail polishes from Zoya's Sensual Collection were in need of some more love. Check out my nail art look!

To create the look, I started off with Zoya shades Joss and Kinsley. I then used Zoya Foster to create my turkeys. I have the Thanksgiving stamping plate L001 from Born Pretty Store, and selected the running pattern to really get into the Turkey Trot mode. The images on this plate in general aren't very well etched, and this one was particularly bad, even with dedicated stamping polishes, but I was pretty happy with how these turned out.

My original image did include hearts, but I opted to remove them prior to stamping. Instead, I used hearts from the Love stamping Plate by Color Club with Zoya Rashida to add in my hearts.

As much as I liked this collection, it was lacking an orange and a green, so I pulled in other products for my little pumpkin. I started off by placing Pumpkin Stencils by What's Up Nails on my nail and filling in the open areas with Essie Say It Ain't Soho and KBShimmer Having A Gourd Time. I finished off my nails by topping off with KBShimmer's new 5-free Free & Clear Quick Dry Top Coat.

It's pretty unusual for me to stick with nudes when it comes to nail art looks, but I actually enjoy the way this turned out! It's subtle but fun, and my son was so excited that his school run inspired my nails. He even had to point my nails out to his friends when I arrived for the run!

After not doing much nail art lately, I was reminded how much I enjoy doing it. I'm not really one for New Year's resolutions, but creating nail art more frequently just might have to go on my list!

Are you celebrating Thanksgiving? Will you be eating a traditional turkey dinner or something different? We're actually doing shrimp and fish tacos tomorrow with grilled corn and I am excited!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful night, and for those celebrating, have a great Thanksgiving Day!

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Black Friday with KBShimmer: Deals and the New License to Chill Winter 2019 Collection!

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Greetings, dear readers, and happy Monday! It feels like it has been forever since I've posted to the blog! It's only been two weeks, but it feels like it was much longer with sickness taking over my household. Thankfully everyone's health has mostly returned to normal and I can hit the play button on blogging again.

With Thanksgiving Day upon us to be quickly followed with Black Friday, I wanted to jump start this week by sharing the upcoming License To Chill Collection by KBShimmer with you today. I always enjoy reading Christy's introductions to her collections, so I'm just going to let her take it away and share some swatches!

Winter can be full of joys: lights twinkling against a canvas of fresh-fallen snow, scents of cinnamon and pine filling many a home, and family and friends taking time away from their busy lives to enjoy each other's company. This season, we are embracing all things winter - from the snow that we hate to shovel, to the cozy times we spend relaxing at home. Whether you're over the river and through the woods, or binge watching shows on your living room couch, join us in celebrating the wintertime with KBShimmer's nine-piece License To Chill Collection, launching on Black Friday, November 29th, 2019!

License To Chill

The first snow of the year is magical: flakes dance in the chilly air and tempt us to run outside and stick out our tongues to catch that perfect bit of frozen wonder. After a few months though, those flakes become our license to chill indoors snuggled up with a blanket, close to a flickering fire and our favorite streaming service.

License to Chill is a sheer white crelly polish filled with iridescent flakes in red, orange, pink and gold. Like sparkling snow, the gleaming flakes in this delicate polish shine in the light.

Two coats over a white cream base, topped with Free and Clear Quick Dry Top Coat (5 Free)

My camera always freaks out when it comes to white polishes and never seems to capture all the details, and that really bums me out! This is such a pretty shade and the subtle colours from the flakes are much more apparent in real life. I will note this is a little on the sheer side, so layering over a base as I have is going to be your best bet to avoid visible nail line, unless you want to layer on more coats, that is. I did find the flakes to be of the firmer variety, and this means making sure coats are dry and applying with a slightly thicker coat. Using too thin coats can cause the flakes to pull up the base layers as they drag on your nails. It's by no means a deal breaker, but it is something to keep in mind to make sure your application goes smoothly.

Everyday I'm Shovelin'

When the weather turns cold and snow has fallen, there are so many fun things to do outdoors to keep you active: skiing, snowboarding, sledding, shoveling- wait, that last one doesn't sound so fun! Breaking out the shovel was my least favorite chore. The snow seemed to appear daily. Even when the sky was blue, flakes would dance around in the wind and cover the sidewalk all over again. Everyday I'm Shovelin' is a nod to fresh-fallen snow.

Micro silver holo flakes sparkle like falling snowflakes. With a change of viewing angle, this sky blue multichrome morphs into a royal blue and a bold purple.

One coat over KBShimmer Take Back Ctrl, topped with Free and Clear Quick Dry Top Coat (5 Free)

I love the idea of snow: the beautiful flakes, the crisp cleanness as it first envelops the ground, and the distinct sound it makes on a quiet night; this, my dear readers, is where my love of snow ends. I did move to the desert area of Arizona for a reason! There is no snow shoveling in my game plan, but I certainly appreciate this beauty! It can be built up on its own in three coats, but I opted to layer it over a muted purple hue to help key in on that specific colourway for these photos. You can easily layer it over other shades if you prefer or wear it on its own.

Under Cover

Thick socks, flannel pants, and a warm blanket could be my winter uniform. The chilly air wants to seep into my bones, but being under my blanket and snuggling with one of my cats quickly warms me inside and out. Under Cover is a nod to my favorite blanket.

A rich wine color, this jewel-toned polish is loaded with holographic pigment for a strong linear holo flair.

Two coats topped with Free and Clear Quick Dry Top Coat (5 Free)

There is something about the winter season that makes me want to wear boysenberry hues on my nails, and I was delighted to see this one join the KBShimmer lineup! I may not wear holographic nail lacquers as much as I once did, but this is one shade that is required as a holo and I am living for it! I definitely needed two coats, but if you tend to use thick coats, you may find one carefully applied just might be enough for you.

Living the Hygge Life

While this lifestyle concept has Danish origins, there is no denying that we in the USA find every way to adopt it whenever winter rolls around. We almost instinctually seek out comforts and simple pleasures this time of year, like a crackling fire, candlelight, warm bread, cocoa and cosy pj's. Like receiving a hug from our surroundings: that's living the hygge life!

Living The Hygge Life is a vibrant pine green polish. Like the flicker of flames, a strong shimmer shifts though hues of red, copper and orange, while other angles will bring out shades of lime and gold. A scattering of holo sparkles completes this comfortable shade.

Two coats topped with Free and Clear Quick Dry Top Coat (5 Free)

I knew I was going to like this shade when I saw it in the bottle, and I was not disappointed! One of my favorites from the collection, Living The Hygge Life makes me think of holiday trees that have been strung up with lights carefully placed in the branches. I'm not sure if I was more excited about the flashes of orange or the ultra vibrant greens at other angles, but there is no doubt this is a much have for any green fan this season!

I'm sMitten

I love being warm - which is a problem growing up in Minnesota where the air can freeze hot chocolate in minutes - so I've learned the art of bundling up to ward off the chill. Coats, hats, scarves and mittens are my go-to attire when the temperature drops.

I'm sMitten is a pale lilac shade perfect for chilly winter day. This delicate color has a color-shifting shimmer that shows off hues of red, orange, gold and lime. A dusting of holo glitter completes this sparkly shade.

Two coats topped with Free and Clear Quick Dry Top Coat (5 Free)

Have you ever had a polish that seemed so unassuming that took your breath away upon application? That's exactly how I felt when I applied That's sMitten to my nails. Sure, I thought it looked pretty, but I wasn't expected to be blown away by it. There is just something so delicate and feminine about this nail lacquer that spoke to me. The first coat was a little patchy an uneven, something I generally expect from this type of shade, but a slightly thicker second coat evened out my nails perfectly.

All Downhill From Here

When asked to go skiing, I loved to say I would come and, "rock the chalet," because I never actually liked to ski. I would feel so out of control while zooming downhill on the slopes and could not wait to reach the bottom where the skis would come off and I'd get to sit in front of a cozy fire with a hot cup of cocoa. I have to admit, though, the snowsuits were cute!

All Downhill From Here is a vibrant blue shade that flips to a bold indigo and shows off an aqua shimmer.

Two coats topped with Free and Clear Quick Dry Top Coat (5 Free)

I love wearing blue polish over the winter, and this is exactly my type of blue Christmas I want to be having! I love the colour shift in this one, especially since at more extreme angles it pulled a grape purple hue on me. The formula of this one was a little thicker than I generally see from KBShimmer, although my cap did seem loose so it might have thickened during transit to me. A couple drops of thinner made this my perfect consistency quickly!

Stay Toasty My Friends

From rosé to ale to cider or cola, meeting up with friends for drinks can add cheer to any season. Spending time catching up, reminiscing and sharing laughs is a perfect way to end a chilly winter's day.

Stay Toasty My Friends is a warm, rosé-colored chrome that quickly shifts into golden shades of champagne. A strong pink shift and micro bits of holo glitter complete this toasty shade.

Two coats topped with Free and Clear Quick Dry Top Coat (5 Free)

Now this is one fun polish, and not just because of the name and the inspiration! I rarely gravitate towards rosé hues as I don't find them the most flattering on me, but the golden shift on this baby is positively exquisite! It seemed pretty sheer with the first coat, but the second coat seemed to make my nails opaque enough. With my camera and bright light setup, I can see a hint of nail line and could have used a third, but unless you have long nails or very white nail line, you likely will find two coats to be enough. I really want to play with this one and try layering it over other base shades!

I Feel Pine

I'm so thankful for pine. That bit of green peeking through a white (or gray), snow-covered world adds a pop of color to the otherwise drab hues of winter. Indoors, pine offers a scent that is synonymous with the holiday season, and is the perfect way to deck the halls.

I Feel Pine is a shifty magnetic shade with a strong and deep emerald shimmer. In some angles and lighting, a dark purple hue comes out to play. The magnetic shimmer dances though shades of pink, peach, gold and rose, while bits of holo sparkle and shine.

Two coats topped with Free and Clear Quick Dry Top Coat (5 Free)

Some people love than, some people aren't fans at all, but there is no question that KBShimmer knows how to knock it out of the park when it comes to magnetic nail polishes! As for me, it kind of just depends on the final colour combination, and this one is fabulous! The added touch of holographic flair really takes it to the next level for me. The combination with magnetic effect makes this anything but your typical pine green polish!

Under Pressure

Life is crazy: work, school, friends, family, laundry, cleaning, cooking - the list never ends! Whenever we find a shortcut that saves time, we must embrace it! That's why I love my shiny pressure cooker! The many meals you can make in that chrome-like pot (thanks to thousands of recipes online) ensure that the daily pressures you feel won't have to come from making dinner.

Under Pressure is a pale silver, almost chrome polish. This foil-like shade is loaded with linear holo goodness.

Two coats topped with Free and Clear Quick Dry Top Coat (5 Free)

I'm definitely slow to join the party, but I got an Instant Pot less than a month ago! I'm still learning the ins and outs of using it and have had a mix of successes and flops after following recipes, but my Instant Pot is already used often in my house! You can never go wrong with a gorgeous silvery hue this time of year, so Under Pressure is sure to be getting as much love as its inspiration!

The License To Chill Collection will be launching on the KBShimmer website this Friday; each shade will retail for $10. In addition to the new shades, KBShimmer will also be launching the new Free and Clear Quick Dry 5-Free Top Coat. Free & Clear will retail for $6.

Black Friday Promotion
Black Friday is the official start of holiday shopping season, and with several people to shop for, you do have to watch your budgets and spend wisely to avoid the post-holiday debt. This year, KBShimmer is holding a sale for Black Friday weekend! Starting Friday, November 29th, use the code BLACKFRIDAY25 to save 25% off any order on This code can be used on any polishes, including shades from the new License To Chill Collection, sugar scrubs, lotions, and whatever your heart desires on the KBShimmer website.

The sale ends at 11:59pm on Monday, December 2nd. Discounts do not apply to shipping, taxes, or gift certificates. Not valid on prior purchases. Please allow 7-10 business days for your order to ship. Delivery by Christmas is guaranteed on all orders placed during the sale.

Are there any specific shades from the License To Chill Collection that have caught your attention? What all are you planning to pick up from the KBShimmer Black Friday Weekend Sale? I'd love to hear from you!

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

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Simply Earth takes Self Care to the Next Level with November's Bath-Themed Essential Oil Recipe Box

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I've never really thought of myself as a big essential oil user, but Simply Earth has quickly changed my mind! I was first introduced to the brand this summer with their essential oils and recipes all geared towards face care, and I have been loving these recipe boxes ever since! Since then, I have made soaps, candles, lip balms, pain relief products, and a variety of diffuser blends to suit the changing seasons. This month, Simply Earth has curated a box designed to help you pamper yourself and your loved ones with do-it-yourself bath products.

Each Essential Oils Recipe Box comes with four essential oils and any additional necessities to help you follow along with the recipes created that fit the theme. This month, subscribers will receive the following:

Cinnamon Essential Oil (15mL)
Eucalyptus Essential Oil (15mL)
Lime Essential Oil (15mL)
Tranquility Essential Oil Blend (15mL)
Dried Lavender Flowers (0.1oz)
Powdered Whole Milk (4 Tbsp)
Fillable tea bag

There are six recipes created for the November box, and I enjoyed testing out a few of them.

Tranquility and Lime Diffuser Blend

I can admit that while I was familiar with oil diffusers, I've only recently picked one up. I was intrigued with the Simply Earth diffuser blends and wanted to enjoy the fragrances throughout my house. I actually really enjoy the Tranquility blend on its own, but the addition of the lime is delightful!

Oatmeal & Milk Bath

Soaking in the tub is one of my favorite self-care activities, and regrettably, it os one I never do enough. The Essential Oil Recipe Box already came with the powdered milk, and all I had to do was add oatmeal and baking soda. The recipe calls for the tea bag in the ingredients but the directions have no use for it. This wasn't the first recipe in the box like this. I didn't notice it in the previous boxes, but it does make some of the recipes confusing to follow.

Lime and Eucalyptus Roll On

The Simply Earth Roll On recipes are always so easy to follow and can be made in less than a minute. While I'm not opposed to longer recipes, I love when I get recipes that are super quick! This particular recipe is great because the roll on has an uplifting aroma that can help relieve congestion. With cold and flu season starting up, this is going to be living in my purse!

Eucalyptus Shower Steamers

These shower steamers were teased in last month's box, and this was the recipe I was probably the most excited to be trying. This was another one of those recipes that had a listed ingredient (lavender buds, in this case) but no use for them when it came to the recipe directions. In the end, I opted to toss them in prior to pressing in a silicone mold. After waiting for these to dry, I went to pop them out, and I just ended up with a powdery mess. While I followed the recipe closely, I found the mixture to be very dry. I wasn't surprised the steamers couldn't hold their shape. I was able to salvage the mess by collecting the powder and spritzing in with hazel until I got the texture of wet sand. I then pressed into the molds for them to dry before popping out. The downside of this technique is the witch hazel turned the lavender buds a brown shade. These steamers are fully functional, they just look less attractive. I don't think I'll be following this exact recipe again, although I will definitely continue to use this oil combination in another version! 

The last two remaining recipes are for Lavender Buds & Tranquility Milk Bath and Chai Tea Bath Salts. My bag of epsom salts ran away from me and I have to pick up a few additional ingredients for the chai tea bath salts.

The Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box is a subscription service with two subscription options:

The MONTHLY BOX is $39 per month, and you will receive a box every month.

The QUARTERLY BOX is $45 every three months, and you will receive one box every three months.

There is no additional membership fee for subscribing, and you can skip boxes if a particular monthly theme doesn't suit your needs.

If you decide to subscribe for the Essential Oils Recipe Box, feel free to use the code LAUGHLOVECONTOURFREE . This code will get you a $40 gift card with your first purchased subscription box and a free Big Bonus Box. Please note that this code is not a discount off your first box but an incentive for first time subscribers. The value can be applied to your next monthly box or towards individual items offered by Simply Earth. These boxes are fantastic for yourself, and the monthly themes makes these a fun gift for friends and family. The holidays will be here soon, and what better way to show you care than giving a handmade gift!

If you decide you're not in the market for an essential oils box but still want to pick up a few assorted essential oils, please consider using my referral link. I don't have any special discount codes to share for this type of purchase, but using my referral link helps to support my blog so I can keep bringing you the great content you enjoy!

As always, 13% of every purchase at Simply Earth is donated to help stop human trafficking. This month, donations are going to The Daughter Project. The Daughter Project is a modern day abolitionist group rescuing women out of human trafficking. To date, The Daughter Project has directly helped 50 different women and children plus countless more through their speaking and education programs. I love knowing when money generated from my purchases is also doing good; this is just one of so many great things about Simply Earth!

December Essential Oil Recipe Box Sneak Peek

When I first started sharing these Essential Oil Recipe Boxes, I had mentioned the creations would make great gifts, and apparently Simply Earth agrees! The them for the December box is "Gift Giving" and will include recipes for sugar scrub, salve, room spray, lip balm, a Christmas inspired diffuser blend, and a congestion roll-on. Whether you're planning to gift others or just like to treat yourself, this looks to be a fun box. The oils included next month will be Mandarin, Pine Scotch, Peppermint, and Candy Cane Blend.

Are you a DIY crafter? Do you enjoy incorporating essential oils into your every day life? Would you be interested in the Essential Oil Recipe Box, either for yourself or as a gift to your favorite DIY-er? I'd love to hear from you!

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

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Monday, November 4, 2019

KBShimmer for the November Fairy Tales-Themed Polish Pickup

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Greetings, dear readers, and happy Monday! It's been crazy around here the past few weeks as the hubby has been out of town, my mother-in-law has been visiting, and trying to finish up last minute things for Halloween. I'm playing catch up and wanted to get this post up in time for the November Polish Pickup. Today is the last day of the Fairy Tale-themed pickup, and I have two special items to share with you. Created by indie brand KBShimmer, I have the pleasure of sharing a sugar scrub and a nail polish with you. Let's jump in and check them out!

In a land called Thra, two new races, the Skeksis and the urRu came into being when a powerful crystal cracked. The evil Skeksis use this cracked crystal to grant immortality. Jen, a Gelfling and the hero of the story, learns that the crystal can be repaired if done before the three suns aligned. This sets off the quest that makes up the story of The Dark Crystal.

The Dark Crystal sugar scrub is inspired by this story. Like the crystal from the movie, its rich fuchsia color is warmed by the lush scent of amber. Sugar and citron combine with juicy plum notes, accented by cashmere musk for a deep and complex scent.

Check out that sparkle! This only decorates the top layer of this scrub, but what a great introduction to a new jar!

I'm a big fan of KBShimmer's sugar scrubs! I like to use them to keep my hands soft, and they work perfectly to remove any residual shimmers hanging out on my skin. Of course you can use them on your body as well, and I often have a jar in my shower for gentle exfoliation.

I'm a fan of fruit scents in general, and this warmed plummy option is a delight!

Retail: $10 per 9.5oz jar

"We all have movies that we loved as children that can still bring to mind fond memories when we look back on them as adults. For me, The Neverending Story was one of them. Maybe it was because I loved to read, but the thought of reading a book and becoming part of the story was captivating to me. Bastian, a young book-lover, steals The Neverending Story against the wishes of a bookstore owner and is soon caught up in a world called Fantasia, its fight against The Nothing, and a journey to save the Childlike Empress. I won’t spoil the movie, but I was caught up in the twist toward the end and really wanted a pearl headdress."

A magnetic polish, this shade starts out as a rich emerald green color that shifts to navy blue. When a magnet is used, the added array of holo glitters and pink-to-blue-shifting micro flakes give this polish a galaxy-like feel.

There is something about a magnetic polish that I really enjoy. Perhaps it's the idea of having two polishes in one: apply as a normal polish and you have one look or pull out the magnet and you have something quite different.

As seen with magnetic polishes in general, the formula of The Nothing is a little thicker than your average polish. On my short nails, one coat actually was enough to cover any visible nail line, although I followed up with a second coat for these photos. Once a second coat was applied, I held the KBShimmer Neodymium ring magnet over my nail for about 45 seconds while the polish dried. Once I had finished all my nails, I followed up with Clearly on Top top coat for a glossy finish.

Retail: $10 per 15mL bottle

Both these items can be picked up from the Polish Pickup website. Please note today is the last day to submit an order, so you'll want to jump on this quickly if you haven't already. Also, all orders are submitted as a preorder. Please allow three weeks for orders to ship out to you.

Have you pickup up any items from the November Polish Pickup yet? Have you added either of these items to your list? I'd love to hear from you!

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

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