Thursday, March 4, 2021

KBShimmer offerings for the March Polish Pickup: With The Band and Restoration Drops Polish Thinner!

 Greetings, dear readers! It's been a hot minute since I've posted on the blog, but I really just needed the past two months away. I feel like I've lost so much time over the past year where I have needed to focus on my health issues and recovery, first from COVID and its devastating aftereffects and then from my knee injury and subsequent surgery. As you all know, when it rains, it pours, and that it did this year as my brother passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. While I had been able to push through some of my physical limitations, albeit slowly, it was my brother's passing that ultimately broke me. Right now I'm taking things one day at a time, and today that means getting a blog post up! Let's do this!

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With it being a new month and the Polish Pickup set to open with its monthly offerings tomorrow, what could be better than a post sharing the items available from KBShimmer! The theme for March is Spring: Birds, Bees, & Butterflies; I am really excited about both products coming from KBShimmer. Let's start off with the nail polish because I'm in the mood for some colour!

With The Band

Flock, gaggle, flamboyance, herd; groups of birds have interesting names. One that I find most amusing is the term for a group of pigeons: a band! I don’t know if that came from the banding of homing pigeons, but I just keep imagining pigeons saying, “I’m with the band,” and I chuckle. One of the most beautiful pigeons is the Nicobar pigeon, the closest living relative to the now-extinct dodo. Deep blue in color with vibrant plumage that shines in iridescent blues, coppers, and greens, the Nicobar pigeon sports a rainbow of metallic-like feathers.

With The Band is a deep, navy blue jelly nail polish. Bold color-shifting flakes mimic the feathers of the Nicobar pigeon, with hues of red, orange, yellow, and green showing as you change your viewing angle. At certain angles, hints of aqua come out to play, especially in lower lighting, which will also show off the flakes best. This jelly shade builds easily in 2 coats, but longer nails may prefer 3.

Y'all, when I first heard what inspired this polish, I thought Christy, the owner of the brand, had lost her mind. We've been fighting pigeons that have taken up roost at our front porch since before we moved into our house here in Arizona; needless to say, i don't think too fondly of these birds. Still, I have fallen in love with so many beautiful KBShimmer shades, and I just had to see this beauty in person. Even having an idea of what to expect based on the description, I was still blown away when I saw this polish in person.

With The Band is incredible, and in true KBShimmer fashion, it applies like a dream. The stray flake at nail tips can be pushed back on easily or simply removed, and a little dab here and there can add flakes in spots where you might want a little more colourful pizzazz. I'm a sucker for jelly polish in general, and this one is quite breathtaking. I've used three coats here plus KBShimmer's Clearly On Top top coat for a smooth and shiny finish.

Retail: $11.00

Restoration Drops Polish Thinner

Over time, nail polish can get thick and stringy. This is due to the evaporation of Butyl Acetate and Ethyl Acetate, two of the main ingredients in all nail polishes that help the polish to dry on your nails.

To restore thick polish, use our KBShimmer polish thinner, Restoration Drops. For slightly thickened polish, start with 2-3 drops, shake, then check the consistency. Repeat until you are happy with the result. For dried out or severely thickened polish, we suggest that you fill the bottle with thinner to the fill line, let it sit overnight, and then shake in the morning. You may need to use a toothpick or paperclip to stir, allowing the thinner to reach the bottom of the bottle. As always, we highly suggest cleaning the necks of the polish bottles after use to allow a good seal. This will reduce polish evaporation in the long run.

To prevent evaporation of the thinner, store with the regular top.

I'm sure you know how it goes- you're ready to apply your favorite nail polish, but when you open it and pull out the brush *gasp* the formula is thick and goopy because you didn't close the bottle tightly enough. Thankfully, KBShimmer has come to the rescue with their new Restoration Drops Polish Thinner! With as few as a few drops, your nail polish can be good as new and ready to use because we all know by now we should NOT be putting acetone in our bottles to thin it down. This polish thinner ships with a regular flat screw cap in addition to the dropper cap. The dropper cap does not close to a tight seal so you will want to save the flat cap and use that for storage. This will not only prevent this thinner from evaporating, but from making a mess when your cat intentionally knocks it over while wanting around on your desk.

Not only have I not been blogging lately, I've mostly lived with naked nails the past two months. As a result, my top coat, which I usually go through reasonably quickly, has gotten thick and goopy: not exactly the ideal formula. A few drops of the Restoration Drops Polish Thinner has restored it back to its usual viscosity and it's ready to go!

Retail: $7.00

The March Polish Pickup opens tomorrow, Friday, March 5th at 11am Eastern Time and will remain open through Monday, March 8th at midnight Eastern Time. These items have been created exclusively for this event, and this is the only time and location to purchase either of these items. You do not want to miss out!

Orders submitted to the Polish Pickup are pre-order only; please allows up to three weeks for items to be shipped out to you from Polish Pickup headquarters. While you may not be able to receive your items in just a few days (or a little longer with the continued USPS delays *ahem*), you really cannot beat the opportunity to shop with so many indie brands all at once and only pay $3 for shipping within the US!

Are you ready for tomorrow's Polish Pickup? What items do you have on your wishlist? I'd love to hear from you!

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

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Palette Pan Project: Plans and Where I'm Starting Out the Year

Greetings, dear readers! It feels like it has been forever since I've written on the blog! If you follow me on IG, you may have seen that I had a running injury last month that required almost immediate surgery. Needless to say, I had no time to prep anything in advance, and as I was already immobile prior to my surgery combined with fighting with insurance to even get what I needed fixed, I got absolutely nothing done.

So where am I now?

I'll be four weeks out of surgery after tomorrow! I still have to use crutches and am not permitted to bear any weight on my knee for at least several more weeks. It funny to think I once thought as long as I had crutches I could still do things normally, but now I don't know if I want to laugh or groan at my ignorance. In spite of the difficulties and my limitations, I am still doing the best I can. Maybe I'm being overly optimistic, but I think I will still be able to get at least two posts up a week now that I've got some sort of system in place. Obviously things may change, especially once I'm permitted to do more by my doctor and my physical therapy starts really kicking my butt. Until then, I hope you'll still stick around with me and please cross your fingers that the surgery and my healing is successful! Now let's get into the pan project I want to do this year!

I have A LOT of makeup.

There, I said it. I don't regret it in the least, but it does mean that I never finish up most of my products, especially palettes. For 2021, I decided to select a few of my products to focus on using and hitting pan. They won't be the only products I use this year - I definitely have commitment issues when it comes to makeup - but I intentionally selected these products to give me some options as well as staple shades that can be incorporated with other looks. That's the plan, at least! I'm really hoping to make a large dent in these so that they are finished off and can be tossed at the end of the year.

Let's get a closer look at what I picked!

I picked this palette because it has a variety of colourful mattes and I just haven't used it anywhere near enough! I purchased this palette because I was excited about the colours and I loved the burger design of the packaging, but I now have a love/hate relationship with it. As fun as the burger may be, this palette is bulky and feels overwhelming just by the sheer size in my hand, even though there are only 16 shades. Also, maybe I'm just old and grumpy (ok, I KNOW I'm old and grumpy), but this palette makes me feel a little immature to own and carry around. I'm hoping to push past that this year and give it some more love this year. As you can see from this photo, there has been some leakage from the foiled shades, and while this isn't a safety concern, it does mean that the quality is going to change the more it continues. In truth I seriously doubt I'll empty this palette fully this year, but I should give it enough use that I'm ok with tossing it the end of December.

I was gifted this palette about a year ago, and while I do love the colours, it's only been pulled out and used a handful of times. While Glamlite's Burger Palette was selected for it's brights, this beauty by BH Cosmetics was selected to give me lots of neutral options with the added bonus of a moody twist. I can actually see every one of these shades getting some use, and I love that there are both some cool and warm options. There is a little bit of overlap in general in the look of some shades between this and my other selections, although that's fairly consistent with a lot of my collection! I may have to play around with my similar shades for some pretty monochromatic looks!

This palette is what inspired me to create this challenge for myself this year! As you can see, Nomad's Tuscany Palette has already received a lot of love already; it's the only palette I have used this much in recent years! I had kept it in a drawer at my makeup station as I found the shades handy to add in with other colours in addition to being an easy standalone palette. I already know I'll be sad when this palette is empty and tossed, but I'm hoping to stumble across my next "staple palette" at some point this year to fill the gap when this is eventually gone. I figure worst case scenario I can always pick up a replacement, right? Ha!

In addition to these eyeshadow palettes, I have also selected two blush options to add to this year's panning project.

While I have collected a variety of eyeshadow palettes, the same cannot be said about blush products. I definitely have a couple, but blush is surprisingly one of the products I have some loyalty. I loved this blush shade by Borghese and bought a couple backups of it. The first one is long gone and I've been slowly working on this one, officially known as backup #1. As I do have another one in the lineup and have slowly added a few more blushes to my stash, I figured it is time to finish up my current open one. The downside to this is Borghese has apparently retired this from their cosmetics lineup. At least it's a shade I should be able to find an acceptable replacement in the future without any trouble!

I recently discovered a love of creme blushers, but there is a downside to them: they don't have the longevity of powder products! This one has clearly gotten some use, but I'd like to get more use out of it before it goes bad. While BYS products are very affordable, there's no reason for me to let it go bad and not get more wear time out of it! Some of them will definitely get more wear than others, but I won't be too broken hearted if this palette gets tossed with some shades never hitting pan. I mostly purchased this palette to try out more products from the BYS brand and hope they eventually add another creme blush palette with other shade options! That said, I'm probably going to be sticking to the occasional blush single from now on when in the creme form.

I'm really looking forward to making some progress this year when it comes to using up my makeup collection! Between being so sick for much of 2020 and my makeup collection upstairs and not the easiest for me to access at the moment, there were far too many cosmetic-free days last year! Thankfully the hubby helped me with the stairs last week so I could go through my stash and bring down an assortment while I am stuck downstairs for the time being, not just this set to work through for the year.

Have you made any cosmetic goals for yourself this year? I'd love to hear what you're working on!

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

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