Sunday FOTD- Maybelline Soda Pop palette Review

Happy Monday!

So I’ve had this palette in my stash for a while but I’ve made a promise to myself to start using the shit I have and stop buying new shit lol.

In short, this pallet I’ll give a 7.5. Reason being that the colors just don’t pop for me. Before you ask, I did everything I’ve known to practice in order to make the colors pop. I sprayed my brush, used concealer, patted it on not swiped it on and still the results remained dull to me.

Colors I used: Cherry on Top, Soda Pop, Soda Fizz

Foundation: Maybelline Superstay Full Coverage

Lipstick: Milani Matte (Gold tube) Lipstick “Natural Chic”

Highlight: Milani

This was my first look which is a fail to me because I just don’t think the white eyeliner fit with this look, plus I had the way I have this “dead eyes” look.

I canceled it out with black eyeliner and loved the results (excuse the quality of the pics I used the front face camera).

Have you tried this eyeshadow palette yet? If so, how do you rate?

Thanks for reading.

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KBShimmer Winter 2018 Collection

*Press Sample*

Hey people hey!! I know it’s fall y’all but winter is on fall’s heels!! I have some swatches from KBSHIMMER’s winter polish collection for you. You have to wear a coat to keep warm and your nails need a coat too!!

Check them out, they’ll be available on the KBSHIMMER website hopefully by November 15 so pin this to your calendar!!

So Cordial

I Cat Even

Space-ial Edition (subtle magnetic polish)

Sweater Weather

Santa Claus (subtle magnetic polish)

Taupe Notch

I’ll Be Chrome For Christmas

Yes Weekend!

Love Thy Selfie

Flake Expectations

Fuschia-Nista

On Cloud Wine

Ok now you can’t say that I haven’t done anything to try to help you, keep those nails warm! KBShimmer has a variety of “coats” to choose from!!

Thanks for reading!!

Face of the day 10/14

Hey peeps!!

I just wanted to come on and show off a little make up look I wore yesterday when I was out and about with the Mr.

For my eyes are used three different colors from Juvia’s Place.

Shirt: Givenchy

Jeans: Old Navy

Studded Boots: Steve Madden

Clutch: Louis Vuitton

Foundation: Maybelline Superstay Full Coverage

Maybelline Superstay 24H Full Coverage Foundation-Cappuccino

Hey Hey 👋

It’s been a minute but I’m checking in! I couldn’t resist posting this beat today!! I have been testing out this foundation by Maybelline and you must remember I’m a huge fan of their products. I have to say this is another winner!!

It is full coverage, I’ve only applied one layer of this foundation and it lasts all day with me having to blot the excess oil nor does it begin to separate in spots over time throughout the day.

This foundation can be found in a variety of shades in a few drug store beauty sections, my shade is Coconut .

Thanks for stopping by 😘

KBShimmer Falloween Collection & Swatches

Hello all! Who’s ready for fall?

Living in Florida you can rest assured that I can get sick of the intense hot weather and am ready for leggings, lol.  So I am super excited to push our way into fall with the new KBShimmer 10 piece Falloween Collection, I’ll only be showing you the 6 shades I chose to swatch.

Fall is actually one of my favorite seasons, when the air gets that chill and leaves start their magical journey through a rainbow of autumn hues, you know fall is upon us, and not just fall, Falloween!  Falloween is the time of year where we not only enjoy the crunch of falling leaves, but all that is creepy and crawly and Halloween.  This Falloween, join us in celebrating the season with 10 polishes that embrace the chill in the air, costumes on kids, and all things pumpkin.  From multichromes, to mega flames, to a crelly, this collection features many different nail polish finishes, all in seasonal shades. Each shade in this collection will retail for $10.

The Sunggle Is Real

Hide and Eek

Best Witches

Here For The Boos

Take It Or Leaf It

Creep It Together (magnetic polish)

Again, these are releasing 09/15 at Polish Con, and 10/01 online!, and retail for $10 each. GET YOURS!!

KBShimmer

KBShimmer Wanderlust Collection swatches

*press sample*

Hey everyone, as promised here are swatches if the newly released polish collection by KBShimmer. These are available now on the website. I figured I’d help you decide which (if not all) colors to get.

Wander-ful World

Meet me at the Barre

Hakuna Moscato

Now & Zen

Succitup

Cactus if you can

Don’t fear the reefer

Rise & Grind

KBShimmer Wanderlust 2018 Collection

*Press Sample*

Hey polish pretties…..

KBShimmer is so excited to be launching their second collection under our their new branding, the Wanderlust Collection.  This collection will expand as she travels and base future polishes on different locations she visits.  Each polish in this 8 piece collection will retail for $10 and launches at noon on June 15th, 2018.

Carbon Coco Teeth Whitening Review

Hey peeps,

So a few months back this company reached out to me wanting to send me their teeth whitening kit to review. After briefly looking at some YouTube reviews & getting mixed results I decided try it. My son & I both tried it as a matter of fact, I’m only posting my results though! I found this product to be easy to use and it’s semi-messy depending on the precautions you take with the space you’re using this product on. The charcoal spreads quickly on your teeth once you get it on your teeth (don’t swallow this product, not even a little bit). After about 5 minutes I rinsed my mouth out and used the toothpaste for about 2 minutes.

(Pic credit to Coco Carbon website)

I used this product for 2 weeks, I must say that I do see a difference in the color of my teeth. I tend to eat a lot of dishes made with curry so it has the potential to stain my teeth. I would recommend this product, I don’t buy teeth whitening kits, I do buy toothpaste with it in it.

The toothbrush they send with it broke so I used one the dentist gave me.

If you haven’t tried a teeth whitening kit yet, I don’t think it would hurt to give it a try. Should this company reach out to you to try this product, I think it’s worth the test. It’s easy to use, a fast process and portable!! You can check out Coco Carbon products HERE!! SMILE!!

Clairol Root Touch Up via Influenster review

*sample release*

I can remember the day I spied the enemy within my hairline, that day cookies and cream became my favorite ice cream flavor lol. Nah, but seriously, what does getting grey hair really mean tho? It definitely doesn’t mean you’re about to die, it just means you’re about to start buying some hair dye lol!!

I wanna say it has been within the last 5 years that I have been dyeing the front of my hairline, it is the only place that’s going grey for now. When I dye my hair I normally use the Dark & Lovely “natural black” color which lasts me about 6 weeks.

When Influenster invited me to review the Clairol Root Touch Up hair product I was intrigued and up for the challenge. This product is pretty much a “quick fix” hair product and I recommend this for people who are on-the-go a lot because it’s an easy carry around. It looks like an eyeshadow pallet honestly.

If you don’t want to be bothered with the messy dye all over your hands, clothes or sink then this is your girl…. it’s so user friendly you can do it with your eyes closed.

Here are my results

Before

After

It applies just like putting on eyeshadow, the formula is a powder substance and covers the grey instantly!! The cons to this is that it’s not long lasting and you should expect transfer while putting on shirts over your head as well as transfer to your pillow.

I will definitely use this in between dyeing sessions!!

Have you started to grey in your hairline? If so, what do you use as a Root Touch Up?

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen in Orlando Florida

Y’all, don’t ask me why don’t I just move to Orlando… I KNOW I’m always there those are the facts lol!!

Honestly, it’s just like my feelings toward NYC, it will always have a special place in my heart. There isn’t a state in the world that I’ll live visiting more than I love visiting NY. Hence, is why I love going to Orlando (which is an hour south away from where I live). I just love the vibe I feel when I’m in Orlando–things to do, people busy doing something. However, traffic and I have a hate-hate relationship and where I live now has a little traffic but not enough for me to hate driving out here.

So yesterday the Mr. and I (it was my idea FYI lol) decided to venture into City Walk to eat at the Toothsome restaurant. It was everything I saw on the website and I just knew that our first visit would be the prelude to many more trips. I do want to make you aware that it is best to visit this Attraction Park for this restaurant AFTER 6pm in case you don’t want to pay $20 for parking!! The parking attendant let me know that since we told her we were just going to that restaurant.

The architecture of the building is a Steampunk theme and the employees are dressed in their Steampunk finest attire.

The prices are on the pricey side, but considering where it’s located; it’s to be expected. On the lower level when you walk in, you will see the finest candies and chocolates, macaroons and desserts and souvenirs area. On the other side of the first floor is the eating area equipped with booths and tables. You can retreat to the upstairs area by stairs or elevator.

Eating area upstairs is where we ate

The menu

I have to say that I wasn’t that impressed with the entree’s on the menu, I felt like the dessert choices were more enticing. The choices were pretty common.

I decided on having the Southern Fried Chicken BLT (it was too crispy for my liking but not terrible).

My honey is a Mac N Cheese man so he got the Shrimp and Lump Crab Mac n Cheese! I was instantly jealous that I made the wrong choice– but trust that he shared!!

Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to devour one of their milkshakes or cakes, neither of us had room for it. I am dedicating myself to going back there empty stomached so I can treat myself to dessert!!

Even though I wasn’t wow’d by the entree options I am looking forward to going back for dessert so stay tuned for that post and thanks for reading!! Cheers!!

Here’s my makeup look that I wore

Happy Valentine’s Day

Even though I posted a Valentine’s Day look (which you can check out HERE), I had time yesterday for y’all!!

I was actually doing an upcoming lip swatch video and decided to extend the look to my blog.

Which lip color do you prefer?

Whether you’re in a relationship or not for Valentine’s Day , treat yo self!!

Hello February Valentines Look

So here we are, beginning another month for 2018 already; chapter 2 of 12! I hope January was good to you. I can’t say that it was to me but that’s something I will divulge maybe later when my spirits are up to it.

I got a chance to play in makeup today, something I plan to do more often to tackle all these latest trends I’ve been spying on IG makeup pages. I actually made time to take pics of my handiwork lol.

So February is the month for the lover in you for Valentine’s Day so I wanted to create a look this year. I’ll probably be doing a few V-Day looks, I kinda dig this traditional sweetheart day!!

Check me out

Makeup look deets:

Foundation: Too Faced BTW “Chestnut”

Eyeshadow: Juvia’s Place “Zulu” pallet

Lips: Wet n Wild “Too Tulip to Quit”

Highlighter: “Maybelline Master Chrome

Head scarf: Dollar Tree

Background poster board: $1 Dollar Tree

P.S. Wanna see more makeup looks on my blog, like this blog post!!

New layout for week Dec 4-10 Recollections Planner

Per our conversation in Friday’s post, you recall that this is my birthday month (adjusts crown). So guess what, you can look forward to seeing special layouts in this Recollections planner. I got this planner for $9 during the Michael’s 50% sale this week.

I choose a printable planner sticker set by Victoria Thatcher named “Rosé All Day”!!

Cheers 🥂

P.S. I’ll also share with you these “diamond shaped top” pens that I’ve been cheating on my other planner pens with lately. I have seen advertisements about them retailing for $7 on social media, but guess who paid under $5 for them!!! Yours truly, yes indeed I found these in a cute little box in the stationery section at TJMAXX & Marshalls for $3.99!!

Planner Layout week Nov 13-17

Hey people,

I’m still loving my new planner hobby, but what I’m not liking is the time frame I set out to create my layout. I’ve been setting time aside for Sunday afternoon and it’s not working. With me having to clean & prepare dinner I hate multitasking for that aspect. I feel rushed when doing my layout and anxiety takes its toll on time and I want my layout to be perfect or my vision of close to it. I know it’s just a planner but I love the weekly layout creations to be lively and represent me!!

With that being said, follow my new IG account dedicated to all things pretty and planner related. Follow me @planzilla_

Planner Layout week Nov 6-12 

Hey people,

So I normally post my planner layouts in a FB group I’m in for Happy Planner owners, so why should I neglect my very own blog the chance to display my creative side!!

Here is my spread “pre-pen” for this week. This leopard washi tape and hello gorgeous tape is by MAMBI and the red washi is from The Paper Studio, all bought from Hobby Lobby.

The brown girl stickers are from Victoria Thatcher’s website where she gives you the privilege of using her stickers for free (make sure you credit the woman’s work please).

Happy Monday!!

Way Back Wednesday #6

Guess what day it is!! 

Yes, you guessed it! Not just hump day…. WAY BACK WEDNESDAY!!

Welcome back to the 6th episode, today features a polish collection circa 2014. I actually did not hunt these girls down, I just happened to spot them on a random stroll down the beauty aisle at Kmart. The display caught my attention, I googled them but weren’t able to find out much just that they are textured finish.

I liked these because the colors weren’t the common colors that brands were releasing like the reds, oranges, pinks. I remember these being semi sheer on the first two coats, but the third coat covered it opaque.

Here’s Rimmel’s 2014 textured finish polish collection “Sweetie Crush”.

Were you able to nail these?

Stay tuned for next week’s episode 7 of Way Back Wednesday, thanks for reading!

I’ve got plans

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been a lover of journals and the freedom it allows a person to be one with your thoughts. My mother was never a fan of it because she always mentioned the possibility of it landing in the wrong hands (or eyes). I never cared about that as I would always put a “read at your own risk” warning label on the front of my journals lol. 

Planners are the same as journals but different if that makes any sense. One can still jot down their thoughts AND include daily reminders of important daily activities. I have taken a liking to planners, Create 365 The Happy Planner to be specific. I went back and forth trying to decide the best one that represents me (which you’ll see is so me). I can literally spend hours in Michael’s, Hobby Lobby & Joann’s looking at the various styles of planners. 

I tell you no lie that I stumbled upon a “plan with me” (PWM) video on YouTube and I was immediately sold! Just the way you can buy or make sticker kits to spruce up your planner set, my creative gears were set in motion. Y’all remember my paper pad post, those will come in handy too!! 

Now Create 365/The Happy Planner/ MAMBI (Me & My Big Idea) recently released a new Happy Planner Girl collection of 12 planners (along with matching accessories) exclusive to Hobby Lobby & Joann’s Fabric on October 16. From the moment they uploaded a showcase preview on their YouTube channel of the entire collection, I set my eyes on one and went on a mission. 

I managed to snag these at Hobby Lobby last Friday cause a girl needs to use those 40% off coupons (and not pay shipping).

I chose Glam Girl 

And a few of its accessories

I also purchased some sticker books

This planner is dated but I’m anticipating using this planner for a very long time…. Glam IS my jam!!
Are you the planner type? If so, what are currently using and what’s your favorite planner brand?

If you’re interested in seeing more planners, you can check them out HERE on their site.

Sweetest Day FOTD

If you’re from the Chi there’s only a small number of excuses I’ll accept explaining why you don’t know about Sweetest Day!! 
To be fair, if my man wasn’t from Chicago I probably wouldn’t have known either lol. So yeah he schooled me about the whole “Valentine’s Day for men” ordeal. Since he moved thousands of miles here to Florida for the sake of our relationship I do try to oblige his “special occasion”. Now that I think of it, then I don’t need to get him a Valentine’s Day gift right?!

Here’s my Sweetest Day look, I used Juvia’s place “The Magic” & “Sahara” palette for this look.

I couldn’t decide on whether to wear a nude lip or a gold lip, but I ended up wearing a nude lip.

Shirt is from Macy’s.

Way Back Wednesday #6- Nails Inc.

I hope y’all are as proud of my dedication to the WBW posts as I am, I’m excited to see how far I can go in my collection!

So in front of the camera lens is episode 5 which features some throwback polishes circa 2012! The first time I saw swatches of these polishes was by The Polishaholic (see post here). I didn’t really frequent Sephora at the time, I mostly bought my lacquer from drug stores. After I purchased all 4 I felt bad because they were a bit pricey ($9.50), but once tried the formula and like it; the results began to override my buyer’s remorse! 

Do you remember (Michael Jackson voice)

My favorite shade is Topping Lane (pink one).

Thanks for reading and stay tuned to episode 6.

Way Back Wednesday #5- Revlon

*High five for ya girl keeping up with the WBW posts!!!

So back in 2013, Revlon (a brand I don’t normally purchase polishes from) released a set of scented polishes. When I think of scented polishes I remember growing up playing with toy nail polish sets, which smelled like candy.

Well Revlon came out with their adult version lol and it was a hit!! I found myself running behind all the blog posts relating that it’s been spotted. There I was going to and fro all the drugstores for my next hit of lacquer lol.

Remember these?

I recently saw these in a Kmart clearance bin, I didn’t swipe because I remember that a few of these tend to have an overwhelming scent. Loved the formula though!!

Thanks for reading!!

Way Back Wednesday #4- Duck

The winner for #4 episode of Way Back Wednesday is the spawn from a comical “reality” show Duck Dynasty. Say what you want but I enjoyed watching this show. The wit of the brothers, wives, parents and kids just put me in a happy place to see a family enjoying each other.

One day prancing through Walmart clearance aisle I spotted these polishes, never knew they even existed until that moment. I did know that they had other promotional items like cups and swamp themed placemats and such, but what a pleasant surprise to see polish! I was there for it!! These released back in 2014.

I like the glitter based formula, had zero problems with the application. If these polishes was just a trial run, they should have made more for a marathon. I hope my thoughts convey to you that I’d buy more if produced lol.

Did you see these in Walmart? Better yet, did you ever watch the show?

KBShimmer Fall Collaboration 2017

*press Sample*

As promised, the swatches….

Stop and Smell the Rosé
Espresso Yourself 
Olive Or Twist
Northern Frights
Lady and The Vamp
Pearls Gone Wild

High-rise To The Occasion 

Peach for the sky 

Let’s Fang Out
Pun-kin Spice Latte
Oh My Gourd
Don’t Want No Shrubs


Better Lake Than Never
#squadghouls* 

*please excuse the quality of this pic, in certain lights it came off as a black polish, this is natural light. I’m not fond of this one….it’s not an attractive color to me or on me!

Of course I have my favorites, who doesn’t?! I don’t like shimmer or metallic polishes that much but I wanted to swatch the whole collection. I am definitely a die hard creme, crelly or holo type of chica-lit lol! 

Aforementioned these will be available at Polish Con this Saturday in Chicago. If you miss it then, you can still catch it online October 13 on the KBShimmer website Don’t Fall asleep on this collection!! 

So what do you think? Have you “Fall”en in love with any of these? Lol.

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collaboration collection 

*press release*

In addition to some bomb behind polishes set to release, read up on some fun information about the polishes in the collection and their creators.
A few years ago, we created a winter collection with the help of some very special people, bloggers! This fall we have 12 polishes created with inspiration from some of your favorite people on the KBShimmer blogger team, rounded out by 2 polishes dreamed up by KBShimmer Owner, Christy Rose. “Working with another person to create a polish based on their vision, their inspiration photo is always one of the hardest, but most rewarding things we do. That moment when you know you matched what was in their head, that is the best!” says Rose. These 14 polishes will launch September 23rd, 2017 at Polish Con Chicago, with online sales starting Friday, October 13th. The fall collection will be the first to feature KBShimmer’s new 5 free polish base and retail for $9.25.

High-rise To The Occasion- Michelle from Ehmkay Nails wanted a polish that expressed her photos of the holidays in NYC. The steel of the high-rise buildings, the twinkle of the holiday decor, and the glow of the violet up lighting inspired this crelly polish. A light gray color, this polish has a soft violet shimmer, while pops of rainbow metallic flakes give this shade perfectly NYC look.

Pearls Gone Wild – Amy from McPolish gave us beautiful photos of nature at its shining best, from a softly glowing starry sky, to shimmering opals and natural stones. This super sparkly polish is filled with micro and small holographic glitters, and a red shimmer that shifts to copper, gold and pink. This holographic polish feels like wearing jewels on your nails.

I Don’t Want No Shrubs- Jen from My Nail Polish Obsession is a West Coast gal, so fall for her is full of beautiful flowers and bright colors, just like her inspiration photo. Those vibrant floral photos spilled into this bright fuchsia pink shade. Filled with micro golden flakes and shimmer, this hot pink polish will make you wish for warmer days.

Stop And Smell The Rosé – One of Christy’s obsessions is rose gold, from phones, to jewelry, to wine, rose gold is life! This softly pink, near copper shade is the perfect match for those that like to stop and smell the rosé!

Pun-kin Spice Latte – When Valesha from Peachy Polish sent us photos of her inspiration, a copper tub and terracotta pots, we knew that fall was near. This terracotta, near pumpkin shade is filled with a subtle copper shimmer, which gives this near crème polish a sophisticated glow to it.

Oh My Gourd – Caramel apples, butterscotch, changing leaves and gourds signal that fall is near. This creamy butterscotch shade is made for fall. Pair with your favorite sweater, a pair of brown boots and your latte, and lets go head out to enjoy the crisp weather that only autumn can bring.

Espresso Yourself – Gaby from LacquerLoon sent us some amazing photos to work from. Rich chocolate, warm coffee, and glimmering clothes in shades of brown, copper and gold inspired this glitter filled shade. Near in finish to our Mega Flame polishes, this rich brown shade is filled with copper and gold holographic micro glitters for a polish ideal for autumn.

Olive Or Twist – Lovely Mishra from Nail It Lovely asked up to be inspired by rich gold tones and soothing shades of olive. This polish in our holo glow finish is the perfect addition to your fall wardrobe. A deepened olive color, this polish shimmers with holo glow flakes and a golden flash that shines in the light.  

#squadghouls -Holly from Miss Holly Berries inspiration photos were filled with the deep olive green shades of the forest, goldenrod yellows and autumn oranges. The best way I could express that was in a deepened olive jelly filled with glitters that shift in shades of orange, green and gold. And when naming this polish, I learned that Holly is a huge straight to DVD scary movie fan, so I knew that we had to tie in a campy horror name for this fall polish! #squadghouls

Northern Frights – Judy from Beauty Judy was inspired by the dark night sky and the stunning hues of the Northern Lights. This shifty shade is the aurora borealis in a bottle. Filled with holo flakes, this polish shifts based on viewing angle from an emerald green, to a deep indigo purple, to an almost navy, for the perfect sky inspired polish.

Better Lake Than Never – Alicia from Delishious Nails gave us a stunning palette of rich, deep blues, turquoises, and teals to work from, and I knew this would be a perfect fit for our Holo Glow finish. A jewel toned teal leaning blue, this polish is filled with holo glow flakes that accent a strong turquoise shimmer that makes this polish shine bright.

Peach For The Sky- When Antoinette from aricedotcom gave us beautiful photos of autumn leaves against turquoise skies, I knew I wanted to create a soft sky blue polish to bring a pop of color to fall. This creamy shade is loaded with a peachy copper shimmer, for a soft shade that will make you imagine jumping into leave piles on a bright fall afternoon.

Let’s Fang Out – Sam from Sam Nailed It posted a stunning picture of deep burgundy vampy lips as her inspiration photo for a crème polish. I knew with the glittery polish from Lisa in the same shade it was a perfect match! The cream polish is almost a plum color, with hints of maroon and aubergine, this is the perfect autumn crème!

Lady And The Vamp – Lisa from Cosmetic Sanctuary knew she wanted a deep vampy color burgundy red in our Mega Flame finish, and we delivered! This almost plum color polish is loaded with holographic glitters, with hints of maroon and aubergine for the ultimate sparkle. For a fun manicure, pair with Let’s Fang Out!

Stay tuned for swatches!! 

Way Back Wednesday #3- Sally Hansen 

*Three fingers up*

Hey y’all, 3 down with many more to go. I’m bring back from the memory back these textured finish polishes by Sally Hansen. I was so excited to have these, again back when textured finish was all the rage (not saying it’s not still cause I’ll still rock them). I promise you that textured finish polishes are not all that I’ll be posting!!

Do tell, did you buy these? If so, how’d they do your nails lol!

Stay tuned for WBW #4 and thanks for reading!!

Way Back Wednesday #2- Milani 

I hope I’ve made you say zzzzzzzomg she went back… I aim to please (wink).

Rummaging through the stash I bumped into these old dusties. I can remember when these came out, it was when textured polish was all the rage! Brands were testing their bait (me) and I bit on the Milani one lol. 

I remember the yellow being my ultimate favorite when I wore it, I will admit that the rough finish took some getting used to. 

What do you remember about these?

Thanks for reading!

Way Back Wednesday #1- Nicole by OPI 

Today, here at Nailmatticbeauty I’m starting a series called “Way back Wednesday”, in memory of polishes that has stuck out to me in my memory bank from way back when…. I’ll be featuring polishes/collections that released a while ago that was popular or LE. Those were the days when I ran to every Walgreens, Kmart or Walmart looking for certain polishes JUST so that it can now collect dust in my stash lol (you laugh cause it’s true for you too).

Walk with me down memory lane while I reminisce on my nails’ wet dreams lol.

My first feature is the Nicole by OPI “Roughles” textured polish collection. These 4 colors released back in 2014, I actually didn’t like the textured polishes that much until these came out. I loved the fun Easter colored themes to them (which they did release around that holiday). I actually like these with or without top coat.

Did you purchase these? For me, I couldn’t wait to get my nails on these (or these on my nails rather lol). I ended up buying doubles of the pink & yellow color ANNNNDDDDD I got more of them when they went in Kmart’s clearance bin for $3 (they retailed for $7.99).

Don’t be shy, tell me…. Are these still in your stash?

I’ve created the hashtag #lacquerlivesmatter for all the way back lacquers in my collection. On WBW’s I’ll be searching the hashtag #lacquerlivesmatter to see your “way back lacquers”, so join in on the party. Tag me also, can’t wait to see them!!

Polish Con returns to The Chi this September 

*Press Sample*

Guess what y’all!! Polish Con returns to Chicago next month!! If you’ve been before then you know how dope of an event it is, if you haven’t been then here’s your chance to experience it.

The Polish Con event will be held on September 23 at the Navy Pier Festival Hall!! Tickets are on sale now through September 22 on eventbrite. The event will be open to the public from 3pmCST-6pm CST. The purchase of your ticket will include a PolishCon shopping bag and a brochure featuring vendor discounts and a after the show exclusive coupon. Early access tickets are also available.


I’d so love to attend this event and enjoy the Chi (which happens to be my honey’s hometown)–Hmm, I just might. 

Have you attended PolishCon before?

Kiss Nail Polish from Dollar Tree

“I already have that color I don’t need it”-said no woman ever (especially not me) lol. When these polishes first released, I spotted them in Kmart. They were priced for more than $2 and I just wasn’t wow’d enough to swipe. 

It was at Dollar Tree when I lost my memory lol. I saw these for a dollar and it made me holla!!

There isn’t anything unique about the colors but the formula is amazing, these can easily be one coaters.
Check out the colors I bought.








Aforementioned about the formula, it is excellent and dries to a glossy finish, I didn’t swatch these with a top coat. These could easily be one coaters. I did have a slight application problem with Fantasia & Sweet Angel being a little on the thick side, but waiting in between layers always helps–along with polish thinner.

Now I’m not one to tell you what to do buuuuuut go get you a few lol!

Thanks for reading 

My Little Watermarble 

Watermarble is my favorite sport!! 

For this mani I used 3 polishes from the latest collaboration release from China Glaze. This collection features 12 polishes all dedicated to my childhood oops I meant My Little Pony. Yes I’m proud to say my childhood, I had all the My Little Pony toys my mom allowed herself to be coerced into buying lol. Sorry mom, I didn’t keep my promise of never wanting any other toy after that lol.

The colors I used below: L to R: Too Busy Being Awesome, Cute Mark The Spot, Sweet As Pinkie Pie.

These wm so beautifully I had absolutely no problems 


If you haven’t purchased any of these polishes, you’re missing out a good mani and some good memories.

There’s also 2 LE sets that you can purchase on eBay, Sally’s and Ulta Beauty.

Have you purchased any polish from this collection? Which one(s)?

Thanks for reading 

Influenster Oasis Voxbox 

*sample, items were sent in exchange for my honest review*.

I swear I feel like I’ve made it y’all when Influenster sends me a email saying I’m in the next campaign lol! I get so excited to see what’s coming my way, I haven’t gotten one so far that I didn’t like. I love when I get full size products too y’all like yaaaaas I have arrived!!

So this Voxbox was filled with snacks & smell goods this time. Look what I got…

I’ve been sent the Vera Wang perfume samples before in another Voxbox and I enjoyed them. The scents are strong but feminine and they lasts good while. At work my coworkers said they knew I had left the bathroom because of my perfume (glad it wasn’t cause of a bad smell right lol).

When filling out the criteria list for this Voxbox I was crossing my fingers when choosing the foundation shade, in hopes I done good. The shade I chose is Tawny. This foundation is currently in drugstores so shout out to me for my price of FREE.99!!

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir foundation

I’m still a little iffy about the shade, I’m going to do my best to make it work, however I think it’s not my shade. Stay tuned for a FOTD post.
The Welch’s fruit rolls and Aloha peanut butter bar I’ve had before and they’re a nice little snack you can enjoy at work (I did anyway).

The Eva•NYC Mane Magic smells sooooooo good and left my hair very moisturized. I received their products before and I enjoyed using their shampoo & conditioner.

So enough of me rambling about my Voxbox let me help you get with the program. If you’re not already a member of Influenster, you can join here. It’s best that you fill the profile out to the categories that most fit the products you’d like to receive. You should connect all your social media accounts so that you can complete the badges that will help you score more Voxboxes, thank me later!!

Thanks again Influenster 💋

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Colourpop Yes, Please! Swatches 


Yes, please and thank you!! 

I finally got my hands on @colourpopcosmetics Yes, Please! palette since restock last week. I feel like I’m sounding like a looped video on Snapchat when I say that these colors are my every day go to colors–it bears repeating tho lol. You’ll see from the swatches below how pigmented these colors are. So now this is going to be my second go-to palette for the everyday colors I like to wear to work. 

If you own any of CP’s super shock shadows you will have already witnessed how smooth they are. My first go to palette is Juvia’s Place Nubian 1 palette. These colors are woc friendly IMO.

Did you pick up this collection gem?



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Colourpop X Karrueche Fem Rosa 

Like for real y’all I am so excited for this palette, I had my bf purchase for me because I was super busy at work that day, he came thru #squadgoals!! I love a chic roses themed makeup packaging.

Check out the pics of the mattes, metallics & 1 satin finish colors…..

Before I go, let me just tell about this satin finish above– so smooth and so clean clean (outkast voice).

Did you purchase this palette? What’s you two cents money?

Sally Hansen X Crayola Collab swatches 

So I’m finally making some time to swatch the newly released @sally_hansen X @crayola collab, I’m not too late!!  These are available for purchase at Walgreens & Kmart (where I got mine). They retail for $4.99. 

There’s nothing unique about the colors but the formula is a 2-coater; one coater if you put a lot on the brush.

There are 12 shades in this collection, I purchased only 4 (somebody better be proud of me)!!


Give nostalgia a round of applause!! 


Lay Flat For Your Close Up

You know we can get so creative trying to capture that perfect shot right! I forget who it was, but I even saw someone on IG using their cat as a background fixture to do a makeup flat lay pic lol. 

I won’t go that route but I will use these use images from this multi image paper pads I purchased from Michael’s & Hobby Lobby. I was introduced to this by a YouTuber Bianca Andress, she will have you in these stores looking cray cray for the cute items she finds. Needless to say she had me in up them stores. She found hers in Micheal’s but I found some really cute paper pad themes in Hobby Lobby also, I caught them on a 50% off sale (which is still he current sale–I was in there today 😂🤣).

Micheal’s $14.99

All the rest are from Hobby Lobby $19.99 (50% off)


I tell you I’m a sucker for anything with the patterns of lips, hearts, hearts w/ stripes, lipsticks or leopard print. I think I’ll be using these paper pads for a while, there’s a glitter themed pad I want to go back to get. There’s just too many pages for me to show you every image you’ll get, so that means I’m sending you into them stores to check these out in person. I can’t seem to pick which store has the better themes. If you go, let me know!!

Here’s a page I used the other day for a polish flat lay pic.

What are some of your favorite patterns? What do you use for your flat lay pics?

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Juvia’s Place Zulu Palette swatches 

I know I know, besides the fact that I haven’t been posting, I come posting a makeup release all late and what not lol! Better late than never right!!

As I have mentioned in other posts that Juvia’s Place has the best pigmented eyeshadow palettes out in the game right now! This is not being expressed to hear say it is personal experience that’s why I jumped to purchase them when they have a new release! The prices are affordable and the packaging is so eye catching.

So let’s get into their latest release named The Zulu pallet. I’m such a lush for bright colors so this is a hit for me (once again).

Check out the shimmers 

The Mattes

Excuse me for showing off because these were limited edition, so they’re not available for purchase on their site. However, there’s tons of eBay sellers giving you a chance to own this gem for your eyes!!

Did you purchase this palette? If so, how do you love it?

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Waiter, I’ll have the water marble 

So let me put this disclaimer out from now before anyone decides they wasn’t sent for but they wanna come for me…. this list you’re about to read is based off MY experience doing the water marble technique! I didn’t put out a poll nor am I saying I’ve tried every brand known to nails. I want to let other water marble enthusiasts know what I know.

I am a self proclaimed water marble design expert! I love this technique, I really enjoy any chance to wear it; when I do wear it I get lots of compliments of fascination.

So like I’ve previously mentioned, here are some brands that make my water marbling come out perfectly.

*Favorite to use

Mainstream brands (and where they’re sold)

  • *OPI- online, Ulta, TJMaxx, Beall’s Outlet, Sally’s Beauty Supply, JCPenney salon, Regis Hair Salon, Target, Salon Centric, Cosmoprof etc.
  • *China Glaze- sold online, Ulta, Sally’s, Cosmoprof, Salon Centric
  • Morgan Taylor- Ulta, JCPenney Salon, Cosmoprof 
  • Sinful Colors- Walgreens, Kmart, Big Lots, Target, Ulta
  • Wet n Wild Megalast- Walgreens, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Walmart, Target, Five Below
  • *Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear- Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Dollar General
  • *Bettina- sold in South FL, Orlando & online @ http://www.bettinacosmetics.com
  • Orly- Sally’s, Ulta, online
  • Pure Ice- Walmart
  • Zoya- Ulta, online 
  • *Color Club- Walmart (recently stocked), online

Indie Polish (& links to their IG)

  • *KBShimmer-http://instagram.com/kbshimmer
  • *In The Name of Polish-http://instagram.com/inthenameofpolish
  • Native Warpaints-http://instagram.com/nativewarpaints
  • Boii Cosmetics-http://instagram.com/boiicosmetics
  • *Pipe Dream Polish-http://instagram.com/pipedreampolish
  • Sweet & Sour Lacquer-http://instagram.com/sweetandsourlacquer
  • ColoresdeCarol- http://instagram.com/coloresdecarol

I’ve made my list and checked it twice lol. Trust me when I say that ya girl has tried a TON of brands that worked well for others just not for me, so hey I stick with what I know!! 
If you’re into water marbling nail designs, what brands are your go to? Put me on……

Thanks for reading!! 

MAC Cosmetics Fruity Juicy

Now that the hype has died down, it’s safe for me to post how MAC reeled me into this collection lol. I’m gonna say this and tell me if it’s not true… THE PACKAGING GETS ME EVERY TIME!! I can think of many MAC collections that I was mainly interested in BECAUSE of the packaging–this one is no exception! 

This collection just screams chic and girly right or wrong (I need you to cosign my thoughts)!!

I’m happy I was able to purchase items from this collection!!

Did you buy any items from this collection?

Wonder Woman makeup spotted at Walgreens 

Hey y’all remember me?! lol I know I’ve been ghost around here but I haven’t let you go (nor will I soon). 

Truth be told I haven’t been buying makeup like that, I’ve been really good believe it or not. So with that being said, I rewarded my good behavior of not buying makeup with makeup lol!

If you remember, a few months back there was another Woman Woman makeup release sold at Walgreens. I actually didn’t pick any of it up UNTIL they went on clearance. With the upcoming release of the Wonder Woman movie, these products are showing up in Walgreens for all of us Wonder Woman fans. I raise my hand in attest to growing up watching the show and wanting those bracelets that block bullets didn’t you? Linda Carter was one of those women who made being tough look good besides Foxy Brown!!

Products in this collection consists of:

  • Lip Tints
  • Eyeshadow Palettes (2)
  • Lip gloss (3)
  • Lipsticks (3)
  • WW designed makeup pouches

Here are the items I purchased

Paradise Eye-Land 


L to R: Athena’s Kiss, Mighty Aphrodite, Wonder Woman.


These are not matte, they feel smooth and creamy–very pigmented also.

Top: Amazonian Red

Middle: Modern Age

Bottom: Heroine

Should you spot these in your Walgreens what items will you purchase?



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Wish List Wednesday 

Did ya miss me (Varnell Hill from Martin voice)!!

Wishes can come true, isn’t that what we’ve been told? Isn’t that what we tell our child/dren when they’re blowing out those birthday candles lol.

Check out a few items that are currently on my wish list…..

Betsey Johnson Debossed Lip suitcase (someone on IG spotted it in their TJMAXX–I haven’t been so lucky yet).

A friend Pascha posted this book on IG, I’m up for the challenge. I got a good heart but this mouf girrrrrrrrrl!

I want to use up the charcoal soaps I have so much of before I buy this product. Heard a lot of good things about it!!

Nike Air Max 97 “Gold”, wish me luck cause they drop May 18th. 

By the way I did get the silver ones that came out in April



Lastly, Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 Bandouliere





What’s on your wish list?




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Beauty Blogger Tag

I know y’all have noticed that my posts have been so dry lately, it’s safe to say that I’ve been in a blogging slump. Some days I’m so amped about posting when I think of ideas for a blog post, but then when I actually sit down to type it out I feel then it’s not a worthy post. 

So today I said you know what, this is your blog hello did you forget? Any post I put my mind to is better than letting it fall by the wayside. 

Allow me to entertain you through this beauty blogger tag I found on Google…..

Lipstick or lip gloss? -Lipstick all day everyday, matte if ya got it!!

Are you a morning person or a night person? -Morning! I woke up at the crack of the sun’s ass! At night I fall asleep so early, I literally have to force myself to stay awake!


Name your three favourite tv shows? – Cake/Cupcake Wars, The King Of Queens, The Golden Girls

Which makeup brand is your favourite? Why? – Maybelline New York, I feel like with their shade range THEY GET IT!! 

The best makeup product discovery of the year 2017 so far? -I’ve religiously been doing my eyes FIRST for a month or two and I see the difference with my struggle with under eye creasing & my dark circle bleeding through my foundation. It has stopped my eyeliner from running down & my mascara when I’d blink.


The biggest makeup product flop so far this year? – Cant think of any so that’s a good thing!

Your favourite snack? – strawberry yogurt with granola bits.

If you had the possibility to change something in the world. What would that be? – The way society finds a way to put people into this “have & have not” category. A lot of people spend their lives trying to fit into a world where people are always promoting “be yourself”. But when you do your own thing, they want to label you; be it based on career, financial status, lifestyle or looks. *steps off soap box* lol.

Name three beauty products everyone should own?– Maybelline Matte +Poreless foundation, NYX Matte black liquid eyeliner, Juvia’s Place Nubian 1 palette (I just told y’all my every day go to products).


Name three things you love about yourself? -lol don’t you just love answering this question! I love that I’m assertive. I love that I can change what I don’t like about myself & I love that I am always evolving.

I enjoyed doing this post. What question in this post did you like the most? Please tag me if you decide to do this post on your blog.

Thanks for reading!!

All The Bright Moves KBShimmer swatches

*Press Sample*

*These polishes were provided to me by KBShimmer in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are of my due based on personal experience*

As seen in my previous post where I showed you the upcoming release for this neon collection by KBShimmer, today you’ll see swatches. 

While these polishes release today only at Polish Con NY, they will release online next Friday on the KBShimmer website.

Swatch time…..



Color Me Rad

 
Please Don’t Glow Girl


All The Bright Moves

Race Against Slime


Double Pog Dare You


Let’s Be Frank


If you’ve been following my blog you would know that I am a huge fan on bright colors in general, polish being a big part of that for me. When it comes out to wearing bright polish, these colors would be my fly to!!


However, I must disclose that I had a few issues with this formula (not saying that the ones you buy will result the same). The formula for the batch I got was kind of thick, stringy & gloopy. I had no issue with 2 of them which was Color Me Rad & Double Pog Dare You. I did manage to create a water marble design using them.


As aforementioned, these will release online next Friday! If you’re lucky enough to go to Polish Con Ny today, let me know which ones you picked up!!




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All The Bright Moves collection by KBShimmer 

*press release*



“What we gonna do now is go back…. allll the way back”…….

I love this time of the year when makeup and polish makers bring out the loud & bright colors, it brings instant happiness into my life!!
So tell me, where you anything like me during my childhood? Did you spend your Saturday mornings watching Zach and Kelly? Did the Fresh Prince theme song play in your head (that you knew word for word) while you begged for the latest Lisa Frank stickers? Were Caboodles and Trapper Keepers all the rage among your friends? Did you load your arms with jelly bracelets and died without your Aqua Net? Was your scrunchie collection the envy of your friends? If you answered yes, then you might be a child of the late 80’s and early 90’s, the inspiration for KBShimmer’s latest nail polish collection, All The Bright Moves. Based on that time of neon colors, stickers, and big hair, let these 6 neon shades take you back to a time where fashion was so bright, you had to wear shades.

 

The All The Bright Moves collection consists of 6, juicy shades that are almost crelly like in formula. These shockingly bright shades are inspired by the late 80’s and early 90’s of my childhood. Each covers well in 2 coats without a white base, but those with longer nails may prefer 3 coats.

All The Bright Moves (NEONS!!): Launch 04/29/17 at Polish Con NY – Online 05/05/17

You have time to nail those moves for this collection, get bright or get left!! 

Frida Kahlo First Impression + swatch 

Hey people…

So last weekend I realized that I’ve been overlooking my email from the CVS Beauty Rewards program, telling me that I have redeemable points. So with that and a 30% off coupon I decided to try these @fridakahlo lipsticks. I had been eyeing these and the nail polishes every time I saw there near the front register. I felt like because they weren’t a familiar brand I didn’t think I was up to shelling out $7 for a lipstick– a nonmatte lipstick at that y’all! You see the packaging right– iLove it! 

So yeah like I said these are not matte lipsticks. The formula is sheer but creamy, feels like the likes of a moisturizing lipstick. They give off a semi-gloss finish as well. It  transfer a lot (which you should expect with this type of finish). 

You can hold out for your beauty rewards coupon, a 20-40% off coupon email or just go ahead and pay them $7, you got it stop playing lol.

Check out my swipe…..





Have you tried these lippies?

The Makeup Show Orlando 

Yes it was that time again last weekend. If you missed it, you missed a good one. However, you can catch another one that’ll be coming to a city near you or in your city. Of course I attended the one that was in a city near and dear to me! I received my blogger press pass & made my way up in there!

I like the brands that participated this year, although I was disappointed that a few I hoped to see didn’t participate this year. 

Use this link to my IG page to see a little slideshow featuring scenes from TMSO here.

Here are the items I received in my blogger bag


Some scenes from the floor

We started off TMSO hearing from the coolest down to the earth makeup artist James Vincent. He gave us a history of he started from the bottom now he’s here……

Here’s a swatch of a lippie I bought from Blot Beauty Cosmetics. I hadn’t heard of this brand until I saw their booth at TMSO. This color is called Sort.



ME! 

Want to know if a show will be in your city? Find out via The Makeup Show website Here.