Monthly Archives: December 2013

My-Stash Lacquer Paint the Roses Red and Holy Guacomole

Today I have a couple more My-Stash Lacquer’s to share with you.  I also received a couple of polishes from Danielle’s Christmas collection, and you can see those here.  My-Stash is a pretty new indie company with affordable polishes and a creative range of options.

First up is Holy Guacamole.  This one is packed with green and silver holographic glitters.  I have been feeling a bit glitter toppered out lately, but I really like Holy Guacamole and I can definitely see myself wearing this over and over.  The base was very thick, but workable and absolutely packed with glitter.  Shown is one coat of Holy Guacamole over Essie Mesmerize, no top coat.

My-Stash Lacquer Holy Guacomole over Essie Mesmerize

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Next up is Paint the Roses Red.  This is another glitter topper with red and black hex and bar glitters in varying sizes.  The red hex glitter has a bit of a reflective curl, but lays flat on the nail.  The formula was perfect on this, and had great glitter pay-off.  Shown is one coat of Paint the Roses Red over Orly Dazzle, no top coat.

My-Stash Lacquer Paint the Roses Red over Orly Dazzle

My-Stash Lacquer Paint the Roses Red over Orly Dazzle 2

Overall, I enjoyed these polishes from My-Stash Lacquer.  The polishes have good formulas, and the thicker ones are easily fixed with some thinner.  I was most impressed with the glitters, as they are absolutely packed with glitter and spread nicely on the nail.  You can buy My-Stash Lacquer on Etsy, and you can also follow on Facebook for updates.

One More Christmas Mani With My-Stash Lacquer

Today I have a new to me indie, My-Stach Lacquer.  Danielle sent me a couple of her Christmas polishes, which arrived in perfect time as I was completely out of ideas for Christmas manis.  I also have two more polishes from My-Stash, which I will post in a couple of days.

Nog Nog is a yellow toned beige creme with small copper glitter and purple microglitter.  The formula on this was smooth but a bit thick.  Nog Nog is very pigmented so the glitter gets a bit lost in the base, but it creates an interesting speckled effect.  I used 2 coats plus top coat.

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My-Stash Lacquer Nog Nog

Jolly Holly is a glitter topper packed with red and green micro bar glitter.  I love the look of this, there is a ton of glitter in this one, and it goes on smoothly.  My ring finger shows 2 coats of Jolly Holly over Nog Nog, and a glitter gradient on the rest of my nails, plus top coat.

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My-Stash Lacquer Jolly Holly

You can find My-Stach Lacquer on Etsy, full size bottles retail  for $6 and mini bottles for $3.  These two are both still available in Danielle’s shop, and Jolly Holly is currently on sale for 40% off!  You can also follow My-Stash Lacquer on Facebook.

*The products in this post were provided by the company for an honest review.

Barkbox December 2013

Barkbox Dec 2013

So today I have something a bit different, Barkbox!  I’ve always wanted to get this for my dog, Spencer, but never took the plunge for some reason.  When I saw a Groupon deal for a 3 month subscription, I figured this would make the perfect Christmas gift for a very spoiled dog.

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Simply Fido Organic Toy–  This is a cute holiday reindeer, and I love that it’s organic.  I couldn’t find this exact one online, but based on what I saw, I’d guess the value on this is about $6-$8.

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GoDog Blue Bully Yeti ($10.50)- This toy is hysterical, and it’s got a nice big squeaker.  According to GoDog, it’s got “Chew Guard Technology.”  One of Spencer’s favorite past times is killing squeakers, so we will see about that.  It does feel pretty sturdy for a plush, though, and the squeaker seems strong.

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Planet Dog Eats in Chicken and Pumpkin Pot Pie ($9.95)- I love that these treats are all natural and have very simple ingredients.  I was worried Spencer wouldn’t like these, he is a treat snob and typically if I buy him fancy/organic/bakery style treats he will not touch them.  But he scoffed this up and came back begging for more.

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Bistro Bites Treats in Peanut Butter and Applesauce ($7)- These are nice small treats that are great for training.  The ones I got are medium size, they also sell a small size treat, but the mediums were pretty small to begin with.   These are made in the USA, natural, and Spencer loved ’em.

Barkworthies Junior Bully Stick ($3.15)-  (Not pictured because Spencer snatched this out of the box like a maniac.) I have never bought bully sticks before, just because they sound gross to me.  But Spencer is clearly a fan, despite the fact that it smelled like a barnyard.    This is made with 100% beef bladder (yuck.) and supposed to be long lasting.  Spence destroyed it in about 5 minutes, and he is a very slow eater.

This first box was definitely a hit with Spencer and myself!   I think it is a great value, and a great way for Spencer to try things I wouldn’t have bought on my own.  Plus, I probably would have spent at least this month on toys and treats over the course of the month, anyway.

To sign up for Barkbox, click here.  Depending on the length of your subscription, Barkbox is between $19 and $29 a month, plus you can customize it for the size of your dog!

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Northern Star Cuticle Oil

Northern Star is an indie polish company, and while I have yet to try out any of their polishes, I did recently pick up a couple cuticle oils.  As soon as I saw they had a pumpkin spice scented oil, I had to have it.


I purchased a cuticle oil in Spiced Pumpkin and one in Absinthe.  They shipped amazingly quick, and were packaged beautifully.  The bottles were wrapped in holiday paper, with snowflake confetti in the box, and an extra cuticle oil!  The cuticle oils come in a 10 mL bottle (super affordable at only $3!)  with a doe foot applicator, like a lip gloss.  I wasn’t sure about the packaging at first, it seemed like it had the potential to be a mess.  But after using it, I love the packaging.  There is no extra oil on the wand, and just enough soaks into the applicator.  Plus, its small enough to fit around your nails and unlike a brush, it puts the oil exactly where you want it.

Northern Star cuticle oils contain olive oil, glycerin, almond oil, grapeseed oil, and fragrance.  The oil itself absorbs pretty quickly and is very moisturizing.  The scents are amazing, and they last long after the oil has absorbed.  Pumpkin spice is amazing, and the scent is exactly what it should be.  I had no idea what absinthe was going to smell like, but ordered it because it sounded cool.  It has a lighter scent than pumpkin spice, and is a sweet, candy-like smell.

You can buy Northern Star on Etsy, although the shop is currently closed for the holidays.  You can also find them on Facebook.

Influenster Jolly VoxBox


Not too long ago I decided to sign up for Influenster.  For anyone who is not familiar with the service, Influenster sends out VoxBoxes full of items based on your interests, in exchange for a review.  I have been a member for a couple of months, and after filling out a few surveys about my interests, just received my first VoxBox.

If you couldn’t guess, my interests are geared more toward beauty products, and I also added some lifestyle things to my profile as well.  Not everything I received is beauty related, but I’m going to share it anyway because I think it’s a cool service, and a great way to try new products.

Skinny Cow Divine Filled Chocolates ($3.99)- I have bought these a few times before, and I’m sure I’ll buy them again.  I am a huge fan of Skinny Cow, particularly their ice cream.  These are good, and only 130 calories for 3.  I prefer the caramel ones, but I like the peanut butter ones as well, and they will not last long in my house!

Ducklings Mini Roll ($2)- This is cute.  That’s about it.  I will have to find something crafty to do with this…any ideas?

Puffs To Go ($.49)- Yep.


NYC HD Color Trio Eye Shadow ($2.99)- I’m not really a huge fan of the brand, and I have enough neutral eye shadow to last 5 lifetimes.   These aren’t the best, I only swatched them but they are not very pigmented, and the lightest color is a bit chalky.  After swatching, I was not inspired to use them any further.


Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquer ($5.49)- I don’t typically wear lipstick or lip gloss, I am more of a lip balm kind of girl.  This is a peachy golden color, on the lips it looks like a sheer golden sheen.   It has a disgusting plastic smell, so I won’t be using this one either.

Overall, I was a bit disappointed in this box.  The candy is really the only thing I know I’ll use, but I can’t complain.  I am still intrigued by Influenster, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.