Hot Chick Physics Lacquer Glass Slipper

Today I have a nail polish from Hot Chick Physics for you.  Tonija’s sells nail polish along with accessories.  Her polish line has a wide range of colors and finishes.  Today I have Glass Slipper to show you, a cornflower blue polish packed with holographic glitter.

Hot Chick Physics Glass Slipper

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Glass Slipper had a nice, even formula and I only needed two coats for full coverage.  The holo was hard to capture on camera, but it is stronger in person.

You can find Hot Chick Physics on Etsy and Facebook.


December 2013 Empties

December 2013 Empties

I struggled with doing empties posts.  I get satisfaction from throwing empty products away, and saving up a bunch of garbage kind of annoys me.  But I have a strange fascination with reading empties posts, and I think it’s a great way to give a quick review.  After you’ve used up a product, you should have a good idea how it works for you.   So I decided to suck it up and start saving my empties.  I’m actually surprised at how many products I used up this month, which is great since one of my goals for 2014 is to make a huge dent in my product collection.

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Bosica Luminizing Black Mask (Sephora, $34)  It took me quite a while to use this mask up.  At first, I really liked it.  It’s a peel off mask, and once it dries, it’s basically a giant full face pore strip.  It is effective, but painful.  While it does a decent job clearing out your pores, it does an even better job pulling out your tiny face hairs.  I have since discovered the power of activated charcoal, and find it to be much more effective and much less painful.  I doubt I’ll repurchase.

Yes To Carrots Daily Cream Cleanser (Target, $7.99)  I really liked this cleanser.  There is no noticeable scent, and it does a great job cleansing.  I kept this one in the shower to use in the mornings with my Clarisonic.  It is creamy, lathers nicely, and washes off easily.  I will definitely repurchase this one.

Puur Body Lip Balm in Pumpkin Pie (PuurBody, $3.50)  This isn’t actually an empty, but it has turned.  I’ve had this for about a year, and just recently noticed the smell and taste had changed.  The lip balm is decently moisturizing, and smells great, but I wasn’t too fond of the taste.  It’s worth checking out, but I probably won’t repurchase.

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Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner (Sephora, $54)  I got this during Sephora’s Black Friday sale, as a set with the CC cream from the same line.  I love this shampoo and conditioner!  The bottles were enough for about 6 uses.  After the first wash my hair was noticeably softer and shinier.  In the short time that I used the shampoo and conditioner, my hair looks so much better.  The smell wasn’t too great, pretty earthy, but not overwhelming.  However, for as much as I love this duo, there is no way I would ever pay $54 for an 8 ounce bottle of shampoo and conditioner.  I will repurchase as soon as I’m rich.

Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment (Sephora, $19.50)  I LOVE this stuff!  In the jar, it has the consistency of a lip balm, but in your hands, it melts down to an oil that you work through your hair.   The directions say to leave it in for 20 minutes, but I always leave it in for a few hours.  It rinses out easily in one shampoo, and leaves hair super soft and shiny.  It also does a great job of reducing frizz, and the effects last for a few days.  I have already repurchased.

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Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream (Sephora, $15)  This was a really nice hand cream.  It is very moisturizing without being greasy, and has a light grapefruity scent.  I would definitely repurchase.

Nivea Renewal Hand Cream (Drugstores, $5-6?) This has been in the bottom of my purse forever, but it’s not really great for on the go moisture.  The lotion is nice and has a nice calming scent, but it leaves hands super greasy.  I am so glad to have this out of my purse and finally be done with it.  I doubt I’ll repurchase.

Zoya Remove+ (Zoya, $4.60-$25)  I reviewed this along with the Zoya Color Lock System here, and I still maintain this is the best nail polish remover ever.  I have used this before, and still have another small bottle left, I am going to try making my own, but would definitely repurchase.

Josie Maran Bare Naked Nail Wipes (Sephora, $9)  Another one that’s not actually an empty, but I am tossing them.  I got these along with the Whipped Argan Oil Hand Cream during Sephora’s Black Friday Sale, and bought 2 sets cause I knew I would love the hand cream, though I was interested in trying the nail wipes as well.  And I absolutely hate them.  They are supposed to remove polish while keeping nails and cuticles moisturized.  They do remove polish, and they certainly deliver on the moisture front.  The oil doesn’t feel nice on skin, and so much of it is left behind, I felt the need to wash it off right away instead of letting it soak in, completely defeating the purpose of these.  Plus, $9 for 20 wipes is super expensive, and as someone who changes her polish almost daily, completely impractical.  I gave my second set to my sister to try out, and she hated them as well.

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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