Friday, May 29, 2015

Layla Aqua Zen (09)

This is Layla 'Aqua Zen' (09) 

Stamped with M Polish 'Sweet Clover'

Full reviews on M Polish to come. Including the entire Spring 15,  POMP and Metallic collections.

Starrily Ultima

This polish. This is THE polish to have. I don't care how many silver micro glitter polishes you have, you need this one. Yes you. And you. All of you. I have gotten several non-nailee friends to buy this polish. It's just that pretty.

What about now?  Still need more?

Do you need more? Because I have more.

Dead. Dying. Done for. I can't take it. This polish glows in the sun. It's going to be amazing this summer. I got mine from and there is usually a coupon floating around for first time customers (I don't have one affiliated with me, but I know they exist so look around).

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Surprises are the best!

I've been doing nail polish exchanges the past few months and am in love with it. Knowing my nail friends put so much thought and effort into it makes it very special.

My Spring Swap Package

My Summer Swap Package

So much fun and so many new brands to try!  The holo in the CbL is insane and was just in time for St. Patricks Day.  And I may or may not have stocked up on a ton more of those Glitter Gal Australia polishes after the swap because they were on sale for $3 a pop. Highly suggest taking park in swaps within your nail groups. Heck, I have new polishes I want to buy myself after I bought them for my swapee. They're like nothing I would ever have bought myself but looked beautiful in person.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Color Club Metamorphosis

Here is Color Club "Metamorphosis" stamped with Sally Hansen Lustre Shine "Plume".  It was a subtle stamp but I loved that. Metamorphosis is so beautiful, I really wanted it to shine through the stamp.

And a little fun in the snow.

I love this polish so much. Like all of my Color Club polishes, this one goes on very smooth and quite opaque. Two coats for good measure, and a top coat were used in the above.  It held up perfectly until I took it off 3 or so days later.

Monday, February 16, 2015

How to get a Lego head off a tooth?

Take a stroll with me, down memory lane, to one of my finer stories of parenthood.

Anyone know how to get a Lego head off a tooth? Cause I'm in sudden need of that answer.

That is how it all started. While visiting an aunt (RE: 5 hours away from my sensory kiddo's trusted pediatric dentist) my child did something very unlike himself. Very out of character. He put a toy in his mouth.  That's all I've got. I do not know exactly how the lego head got one his tooth (as his father asked me "Did he put in on his tooth then bite down? I don't see how it could be that far on?" and my speedy response was "Do you really think I watched him do this?"). But I do know it would not come off. It wouldn't even wiggle. In loose terms, we were up a creek without a paddle.

I turned to my trusted source of all knowledge, BabyCenter. The responses I got were as follows;


"Lego brick separator?"

"Is it really stuck? You can't just pull it off"

"Drink a hot beverage to expand the plastic?"


"Very carefully squeeze the Lego head with pliers so as the Lego hole gets squashed, it also gets wider. It should come off easier. But I don't know. If you're not comfortable using pliers in his mouth (don't know if I could do it) call a dentist."

Followed by panicked remorse 5 minutes later when the same poster said

"Seriously though, you can just ignore what I just said. It's making me panicky thinking about it. Call the dentist."

And possibly my favorite

"I'd go with dentist. My husband said pliers. My husband is not allowed to deal with this situation if it ever comes up"

This is the part where I've line up an appointment with the pediatric dentist my aunt uses for her young daughter, and they're willing to see me right away. Success! Once we get there?  Well, here is the story of the Turk and his Lego head, as recounted to many onlookers from babycenter.

Okay, so we get there and everyone wanted to see. They all talked about what a good attitude he had and he was so happy and friendly. And then they go to their business and he lost his mind, of course. They were going to try and flush it with water and cut it off but he freaked. So they ended up having a group of people hold him down and just pulled it off. So our little lego friend (I think he needs a name) is home safely with us now.
The story of the Turk.
On our way. He's still a happy guy. (happier than this picture looks). We start our "My S's are funny" conversation.

Walking in. Holding mom's hand like a good boy. More talk of "Another S word. I'm saying another S word mom!"

Oh there's a mirror. I look awesome! Everything is awesome!!!!!

Then we get there. They have toys and everyone wants to see him and his lego grill so of course he's in his element.  He goes back, gets his picture taken. Lego face is smiling at us.

Then the real fun begins. He was chill at first.

But then.
We needed 2 more people. Talks of water to help. He wasn't having it.

A third person was added and they were just going to pull lego man off. He was screaming and sobbing "OWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!"

He had tears falling off his face. Ala this dude.

But he recovered. Got his lego (he told them to keep him at first. HA! I guess he figured to hell with that dude). But we got him back, a sweet ring and he was good by the time we hit the halls.

He did kind of space out the 5 minutes or so I was paying. He was just silently staring out the window. Probably wondering how he had lost control of his life.

And a year later, it is still funny. 502 people who read his story that day agreed by giving it the babycenter seal of approval and "hugging" the comment. And the eternal question on everyone's mind, yes, we still have Lego head. He rides in my purse full time as a reminder that some days are better than others.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

January Empties.

Moisturize! Because Winter!

My January Empties consisted of moisturizer, moisturizer moisturizer (basically lol). From top left, clockwise, there is Laura Mercier Mega Moisture, Hawaiian Silky Miracle Worker 14-in-1 and Aveeno Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream.

The Laura Mercier moisturizer is my go-to moisturizer for winter. It's extra heavy, so that might be enough to scare some people off. I can't believe it when I read reviews saying it isn't enough! In the same sentence, I see they're only using a pea sized amount. I know this stuff is heavy, but do not be shy about applying it liberally!  It does wonders.

Hawaiian Silky is what I started using when I ditched Frizz Ease a few years ago (in search of something silicone free). I buy it at Sally Beauty Supply (in the ethnic hair care section). And no, I do not have coarse, africian american hair. I have quite fine hair actually. But it is curly, and quite frizzy, and this works great in my no-poo/low-poo Curly Girl routine. I apply it to wet hair after getting out of the shower (much like the Deva Curl cream). I also use it for in between showers. To bring life back to second day curls (with some scrunching) and for when I brush my hair out into loose curls (I usually brush, apply product then roll my hair into a low bun and sleep on it. Take bun out the next morning for nice, drop curls). I also use some when pulling my hair up into a ponytail.  No one wants frizz poofing out from their scalp area. So pretty much, I use this for everything. And for roughly $6 for 16 oz, this is a great buy!

Last is Aveeno PR Intensive Night Cream. I love the entire Positively Radiant line. I use the face wash pads, the make up removing cloths, the night cream and (in the summer time) I use their regular moisturizer (instead of Laura Mercier). The daily moisturizer is the perfect amount of moisture for the summer time.  But back to the night cream. It is thinner in consistency then the LM, but it is still much richer than say, the regular daytime Aveeno moisturizer. My face really loves the moisture after I've washed my makeup away.

Three great products, which you couldn't go wrong with.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Valentine's Day Mani

Happy February! Here is my first Valentine's Day manicure of the year. With a water marble and accent. All Zoya polishes. Ziv, Colbie and Lola.