Something I have not discussed on my blog is nail polish!
I have a pretty good sized collection of nail polishes. I used to paint my nails daily in a wide variety of colors and in a wide variety of designs. The only time I could not paint my nails was when I was in massage therapy school.
I don’t paint my nails as often as I’d like; as a designated player, I use my hands to push and pull poker chips and push cards, and because of this, my polish is easily chipped. I can’t always fix my nails after work and it drives me crazy working for days with chipped nail polish. It just looks tacky and makes it seem as if I don’t care much about my appearance. When your hands are the main focus of your job, a nice manicure is important. Even if I don’t wear polish, my nails are trimmed, clean and free of hang nails.
I love all colors of nail polish from neutral to crazy bright colors. I also love painting my nails to show support for certain causes. Often I paint my nails black with a blue line to show support for our police men and women. Recently for Halloween I painted my nails black and swiped bright orange across each nail. It was a quick way to express both holiday colors and I received many compliments even though I really didn’t put forth much effort.
Whether I do it myself or go to a salon, painting my nails is a fun way to express creativity, show support for causes I hold near and dear, a great way to get in the holiday mood and to just cheer myself up with a bit of splashy color!
Do you like to paint your nails? What crazy designs have you had painted on your nails? Do you go to a salon or do your own nails?
I received my ipsy bag and I just can’t help but fall in love with ipsy a little more each month!
If you’re not familiar, ipsy is a beauty subscription service for $10/month. You receive 5 beauty products; some deluxe sample sizes, with the occasional full size product. Everything arrives in a cute zippered makeup bag.
This month’s bag is not a favorite, but I was hoping I’d receive the bag in the aqua/teal shades. It is a cute jewel-toned bag with the ipsy logo printed in silver on the zipper pull.
Let’s get to the goodies (All links will open in a new window):
It’s that time again! My November Boxycharm is here!
If you’ve not heard of this box, Boxycharm is a monthly beauty subscription service. For $21/month, you receive 4-5 full sizedbeauty products in a cute little black box. Each box is always worth $100+!
This month’s theme is Sweater Weather. Let’s get on to the goodies (All links will open in a separate window):
Luxie Beauty Quad Eye Travel Set – ($32.00) OMG this travel set of eye brushes is the cutest! The brushes are so soft!
Ok, I tried this spray and, um, it’s weird. The sprayer isn’t bad, but it shoots out in super short spurts. <— say that 10 times fast. Also, it is pretty on my cheeks, but my forehead just looked oily.
Winkylux Kitten Palette – ($25.00) Raise your hand if you need another eyeshadow palette? Yep! My hand is raised right along with y’all! 😉 This is the cutest little palette. The shades are very pretty and the swatches applied nicely.
LAQA & Co. Cloud Lips Matte Lipstick in Storm – ($17.00) This is an interesting color. Looks NOTHING like the color of the lipstick. It was a bit streaky, and it is a pretty color, but one that I definitely cannot wear.
KNC Beauty Collagen Lip Masks – ($15.00) This is a strange product that I’m curious to try! I don’t think I’d purchase unless they truly do perform miracles! A 5 pack is $24.99. I’ll definitely be reviewing these!
Total box worth: $120.00!
Overall, this box isn’t my favorite, but I do like the full size setting spray, the adorable eyeshadow palette and those travel eye brushes!
If you want to check out Boxycharm for yourself, click my referral link here! If you want to check out Boxycharm and subscribe without clicking the referral link, clicky clicky right here!
It’s a new month and the subscription boxes are startin’ to roll in!
I just received November’s set of Morphe brushes.
If you aren’t familiar, MorpheMe is a subscription service through Liveglam that offers $30 worth of Morphe brushes for $19.99/month! The brushes come in a bubblewrap envelope with a cute little accordion card that has brief descriptions of each brush. I have been subscribed since February and have received a wide variety of brushes.
I opted to trade this month’s brushes for the foundation brush set that was sent back in February.
E8 ($6.00) – Detail Contour – I’ll probably use this for precise powder application. I don’t contour much. I may even see how it holds up for highlight application.
M439 Deluxe Buffer ($14.00) – I already own this brush, but it’s one of my favorites for applying foundation. I am excited to have another as back up. 🙂
E26 Oval Foundation/Concealer ($13.00) – I’m not sure I’ll use this brush for foundation. I prefer to use flat brushes for primer application. Also, this is the first dual-ended brush in my collection. It’s a nice looking brush.
Overall, I am more excited to have a spare M439 than I am about the other two brushes, but the actual November brushes didn’t excite me, and I already have the big fluffy powder brush. I like the option to trade out brushes and to skip months without penalty. I’ve been a MorpheMe subscriber since February and I’ve not been disappointed.
If you’re interested in signing up, clicky clicky HERE (this link will get us both a free brush!), or clicky clicky HERE if you don’t want a free brush. 😉 It’s $19.99/month.
e.l.f. Cosmetics is having their 50% off sale! Also, Ebates is currently offering 15% cash back! I am not sponsored by e.l.f. Cosmetics or Ebates. I actually use Ebates and just want to pass the awesomeness off to y’all! I made my purchase last night and did not receive 15% cash back, which is a bit of a bummer, but I saved $51.50 on product so I’m not mad.
I always take advantage of the e.l.f. 50% off sales. It’s a perfect opportunity to pick up items I’ve not tried, as well as to stock up on my favorite products! Though e.l.f. cosmetics are already incredibly affordable, why not try new products for 50% less than their normal price?!
I picked up 10 items I haven’t tried; some pretty new since the last time I browsed the website. I also take advantage of stocking up on my favorite products like the Flawless Finish foundation (in Natural), and of course, my FAVORITE sheet mask! I picked up 10 sheet masks for $15.00 vs. $30.00. If you’re a frequent reader of my site, you’ll know how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE the e.l.f. sheet mask.
Will YOU be taking advantage of e.l.f.’s 50% off sale? Share your wish list and haul!
One of my favorite setting sprays is the Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day setting spray, so of course, when Australian makeup artist and Youtuber, Nikkia Joy came out with her collaboration, I had to pick up a couple bottles. If you like watching makeup reviews and tutorials, give her a watch. She’s charming, has an Australian accent, and just has a very likable personality.
I received the spray a few weeks ago and was dying to try it out. I have about 5 of the Slay All Day sprays and they’re almost empty. I love this setting spray but it does dry out my skin, so I use it in rotation with the Morphe Prep & Set.
The Nikkia Joy spray has a light rose scent that isn’t over-powerful. I smell it briefly on my face after application, but it’s light and eventually fades. The formula is the same as the standard Slay All Day sprays; it LOCKS your makeup down! If you have dry skin, it can be slightly drying because of the alcohol, but it works in keeping my makeup looking flawless all day! It is also cruelty free and made here in the U.S.A. 🙂 Below is a slow-mo video of the sprayer:
At the time of my purchase, Nikkia Joy had a code to buy one get one free, so I received two bottles for $22.00. As of 10/27, the JOYBOGO code still works! If you only wish to purchase one bottle, use the code JOY for 35% off!
What setting sprays are your ride or die? Have you tried the Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day?
I received my Boxycharm last week! If you’ve not heard of this box, Boxycharm is a monthly beauty subscription service. For $21/month, you receive 4-5 full sizedbeauty products in a cute little black box. Each box is always worth $100+!
This month’s theme is Spellbound! I received 5 full sized products in this month’s box and I’m excited to share them with y’all! All links will open in a separate window:
Dr. Brandt Pore Dermabrasion – $58.00 I used this a few days after receiving my box, and it’s OK. I have sensitive skin and it didn’t irritate my skin.