Wednesday, September 28, 2016

China Glaze Rebel... Purple Fiction

here i am, popping back with another post! i feel like i'm super busy lately... Mama Pawlish is having neck surgery on Tuesday, so getting ready for that is a priority. i'm so glad to have Tucker to ride five days a week, it really helps relieve stress. Mama Pawlish will be in a cervical collar and will not be able to drive for two months... so i'm going to be her private chauffeur for a while. which i totally don't mind for the most part, but it's definitely going to be a lot! whew!

Purple Fiction is today's China Glaze Rebel collection polish. (press sample, kindly provided to me for review). it's a royal purple pearl... with a lot less visible nail lines than i expect to see with this type of polish! they're there, but far less noticeable than in the photo... i don't notice them at all and i wore this one for a while! it also looks a bit bumpy or gooey in the photo... you couldn't see that in person either. not sure what was up with that. it goes on so easily, and to me looks absolutely perfect, opaque and rich in two coats... but you could get away with one thick coat. definitely add shiny topcoat to help it dry and bring out the little shimmers... it doesn't dry particularly shiny on its own.

two coats Purple Fiction, finished off with one coat FingerPaints Fast Dry Top Coat.




the China Glaze Rebel collection is available NOW :D here's where you can find it... this info is copied and pasted direct from China Glaze!

·         BeautySalonPlus.com – all 12 shades
·         Ulta / ulta.com – Select 6 select shades (Holo at Ya Girl!, Jagged Little Teal, Combat Blue-ts, Dope Taupe, Fresh Princess and Y’all Red-y for This?)
·         Sally Beauty / sallybeauty.com – Select 6 select shades (same 6 as Ulta)

Happy Wednesday! Ria :)


:: the products indicated were provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

China Glaze Rebel... Teen Spirit

per usual, i fell off the planet for a bit... but i'm still here :) i'm pretty bummed that fall is here. i know most people are super happy, but the older i get, the more of a sun baby i am! i feel like i've had a lot of errands to run lately, which is weird because i usually don't have many. i suspect this is because i put everything off until the very last second! so i rode early and it gave me a great excuse to go to Red Robin... i just can't eat there enough lately. i basically i had a nervous breakdown when i went to Fatburger the other day and it was permanently closed :( so now i want all Red Robin, all the time... with some pizza and Japanese hibachi thrown in :D

next up from the China Glaze Rebel collection is Teen Spirit! (press sample, kindly provided to me for review). of course, with that name, all i can think of is Nirvana! (Smells Like Teen Spirit...) it's a dark navy blue shot through with blue and purple shimmers. the purple ones are harder to see, they come out most in low light for some reason. it's quite opaque and only needs one coat for full opacity, but with all the shimmers i feel it looks better/smoother with two coats. it dries down pretty dull, i definitely think you'll want to add a high shine topcoat with this one... otherwise you're going to miss out on all this beauty has to offer!

two coats Teen Spirit, finished off with one coat FingerPaints Fast Dry Top Coat.




the China Glaze Rebel collection is available NOW :D here's where you can find it... this info is copied and pasted direct from China Glaze!

·         BeautySalonPlus.com – all 12 shades
·         Ulta / ulta.com – Select 6 select shades (Holo at Ya Girl!, Jagged Little Teal, Combat Blue-ts, Dope Taupe, Fresh Princess and Y’all Red-y for This?)
·         Sally Beauty / sallybeauty.com – Select 6 select shades (same 6 as Ulta)

Happy Wednesday! Ria :)


:: the products indicated were provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Burt's Bees BB Cream in Light

had a dressage lesson on Tucker today, and it went really well :) i still can't believe what this horse and i are able to do together, already! i'm so excited to see just how far we can go, when nobody thought i'd even be able to ride him... much less that we'd be perfect partners. it's pretty awesome.

interrupting our current series for another little break... this time with Burt's Bees! i'm excited to share Burt's Bees BB Cream (press sample, kindly provided to me for review) with you all. this is a product that i had been noticing in stores and considering buying... i had picked it up and put it down a few times. so, when i got contacted about reviewing it, i was so excited! i decided to give it a go in the Light shade :)




i love that it comes in a tube because you can get all the product out and it's much easier to control how much product comes out. i do wish there was at least a clear stripe on the side of the tube so that you could see how much was left inside... other than that, no complaints!




the Light shade is ultra light, for the fairest of the fair. since i've actually got a touch of color (for me) because of all the time i spend outside, it's shockingly too light for me! i suspect this means that all the shades run quite light, as they only come in Light, Light/Medium, and Medium. if i have to choose between a face color that's too light or too dark, i prefer to go too light and darken it up with powders... so it wasn't a huge issue.

on my face is nothing but Burt's Bees BB Cream in Light! i have mascara on my lashes and a little Burt's Bees lipgloss on my lips, but that's it. as you can see, my face is quite a bit lighter than my chest... but it isn't quite as light as my tan lines :D




you get nice light to medium coverage with this BB Cream. it's buildable, so it's easy to get to medium with a second coat. i'm impressed how well it takes down the purple in my under eyes! if you have dry skin, it can cling on to dry patches, which is something to keep in mind if you suffer from that often. the finish is pretty luminous. but if you're into matte, it's easily powdered over.

i love that this BB Cream has spf 15 along with 8 other skin benefits. unfortunately, my skin is just too oily to use this product as a regular BB Cream. i think this product is best geared towards pretty normal skin, since it can cling to dry patches and feel heavy and get cakey on oily skin. i do like to use it as a regular foundation, however, with a primer. my skin looks really lovely that way... plus, you're still getting the BB Cream benefits!

you can find the Burt's Bees BB Cream most places Burt's Bees products are sold, for around $15. i would probably grab it at Ulta... just because Ulta is my favorite :D it's $14.99 there, THIS is the direct link!

have you tried this BB Cream out? what did you think?

Happy Tuesday! Ria :)


:: the products indicated were provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Monday, September 12, 2016

China Glaze Rebel... Don't Mesh With Me

today i had a lot of trouble getting myself in gear, but i finally got myself going! headed over to the barn and had a long, lazy hack on Tucker... we just relaxed and worked on team building and trust. the temperature was just perfect, the sun was shining... doesn't get much better than this!

today's China Glaze Rebel polish is Don't Mesh With Me (press sample, kindly provided to me for review). it's an ultra sheer purple micro-glitter glaze with a pink reflex... i think the base has a slight purple tint to it, but i'm not positive! you could maybe get this one opaque on its own, but it would take quite a few coats. i decided to layer it over a pink creme, China Glaze Fresh Prince-SS (press sample). i used three coats to make sure it didn't look patchy and that it also gave the vibe of being a regular polish and not a glaze. with all the layers, you're definitely going to want to use a fast dry topcoat, and it will also bring out all those sparkles!

i was unable to really catch the pink reflex... but it's definitely there! in some lights it really only looks pink instead of purple... and it's always super sparkly :D

three coats Don't Mesh With Me over two coats China Glaze Fresh Prince-SS, finished off with one coat FingerPaints Fast Dry Top Coat.




the China Glaze Rebel collection is available NOW :D here's where you can find it... this info is copied and pasted direct from China Glaze!

·         BeautySalonPlus.com – all 12 shades
·         Ulta / ulta.com – Select 6 select shades (Holo at Ya Girl!, Jagged Little Teal, Combat Blue-ts, Dope Taupe, Fresh Princess and Y’all Red-y for This?)
·         Sally Beauty / sallybeauty.com – Select 6 select shades (same 6 as Ulta)

Happy Monday! Ria :)


:: the products indicated were provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Sunday, September 11, 2016

China Glaze Rebel... Jagged Little Teal

hard to believe that it's been 15 years since the US suffered the horrible terrorist attacks we refer to as 9/11. may we never forget. God Bless the USA.



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Jagged Little Teal (press sample, kindly provided to me for review) is today's China Glaze Rebel collection polish. it's the last of the polishes available at Ulta and Sally's... the other six are only available at BeautySalonPlus.com.  i love the name... hearkening to Alanis Morrisette's breakout album Jagged Little Pill?! yes, please! i always say, she wrote the soundtrack to my life :) Jagged Little Teal is a dark, dark teal cream. i feel like i don't have anything else like it in my collection... that's probably not true, but it's definitely not your basic creme! it goes on so easy, opaque in one coat... but i still prefer two as usual. it dries down shiny, but it's even yummier with a high shine topcoat. plus, i definitely need topcoat to dry it!

two coats Jagged Little Teal, one coat FingerPaints Fast Dry Top Coat.




the China Glaze Rebel collection is available NOW :D here's where you can find it... this info is copied and pasted direct from China Glaze!

·         BeautySalonPlus.com – all 12 shades
·         Ulta / ulta.com – Select 6 select shades (Holo at Ya Girl!, Jagged Little Teal, Combat Blue-ts, Dope Taupe, Fresh Princess and Y’all Red-y for This?)
·         Sally Beauty / sallybeauty.com – Select 6 select shades (same 6 as Ulta)

*Jagged Little Teal is one of the polishes available in store at Ulta and Sally's!*

take a little time today to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you!!

Happy Sunday! Ria :)


:: the products indicated were provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Thursday, September 8, 2016

China Glaze Rebel... Y'all Red-Y For This?

played chauffeur for Mama Pawlish today, which means i didn't make it out to the barn. i may not have gone anyways because the humidity today made it absolutely brutal! i think it maybe just felt that way because the temperature is playing that back and forth game now that it likes to do before Fall starts... why can't it just stay Summer?!

speaking of Fall... we're still working through China Glaze Rebel collection! today's polish is Y'all Red-Y For This? (press sample, kindly provided to me for review), which is a cherry red shimmer. it's opaque in two coats and dries slightly shiny. i highly recommend adding a glossy topcoat, which has the added benefit of helping it dry down completely!

i was quite startled to see this color in a Fall collection... it's definitely one you think of more in a Christmas type collection. however, i love a change-up, and a company that makes you think outside the box with your fashion. how gorgeous would a cherry nail with a nude lip, coppery smoky eye, and a neutral outfit be?! i'm feeling it!

two coats Y'all Red-Y For This?, one coat FingerPaints Fast Dry Top Coat.




the China Glaze Rebel collection is available NOW :D here's where you can find it... this info is copied and pasted direct from China Glaze!

·         BeautySalonPlus.com – all 12 shades
·         Ulta / ulta.com – Select 6 select shades (Holo at Ya Girl!, Jagged Little Teal, Combat Blue-ts, Dope Taupe, Fresh Princess and Y’all Red-y for This?)
·         Sally Beauty / sallybeauty.com – Select 6 select shades (same 6 as Ulta)

*Y'all Red-Y For This? is one of the polishes available in store at Ulta and Sally's!*

Happy Thursday! Ria :)


:: the products indicated were provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Good Karma Skincare Lux 7 Four-In-One Face Cream (Normal To Oily Skin)

spent today doing a little makeup shopping and having lunch at Red Robin before heading over to the barn. i used to hate eating at restaurants by myself... but i recently realized it's really nice! i feel like i have way more options now, and i'm wondering why i was so silly. if you are afraid to dine alone... i highly recommend giving it a try, it might surprise you :)

today's post is on Good Karma Skincare Lux 7 Four-In-One Face Cream for Normal To Oily Skin (press sample, kindly provided to me for review). i have been trying it out for over a month now, and i'm ready to tell you my thoughts!

Good Karma Skincare really centers around its proprietary Lux 7 ingredient, which is a secret blend of seven oils... patent pending :D the founder of Good Karma skincare is a Naturopath who is partnered with a shaman that received the formula for Lux 7 during meditation. the absolute best part of Good Karma is not only do they not test on animals... every purchase helps support 'Beauty Feeds The Beasts'! with every purchase, a portion is donated to help feed shelter animals :)




the outer packaging is simple, just a small box. the cream itself comes in a jar with a pump... but it's different than most pumps. the pump is like a button that takes up the entire top of the jar, with a small hole in the center that dispenses product. the pump is a bit difficult to control, but if you really hate it, you can simply unscrew that and use it exactly like a regular jar! 




to make this face cream Four-In-One, it is a daily moisturizer, eye cream, night cream, skin-refining serum. i found that for me, it worked best as a serum and night cream. i'm having some issues with my eyelids becoming quite sensitive, so i can't use this on my upper lid at all. even though this is the Normal To Oily Skin formulation, it's still extremely hydrating... which makes for gorgeous plump skin, but it's just too much for me during the summer for foundation to be able to stick to my face! i do use it on non-makeup days though, while it is of a thicker texture, it doesn't make skin look greasy or anything like that. the Four-In-One Face Cream really shines for me as a night cream and serum combined. it really keeps my skin hydrated and fresh looking... even though i use a high strength prescription retinoid nightly! while my skin looks lovely and plump and i have no problem heading out in public with no makeup, i did not notice a difference really in my fine lines... i feel like you would need more than a month to see results like that.

i quite like the scent, it's very herbal and calming. i've been using it for over a month now, intermittently in the morning and almost every night, and i still have a lot left! i generally used a full pump when i started, bringing the product down my neck and chest. lately i have been using a much smaller pump, and just doing my face. obviously, the product definitely won't last nearly as long when you use a full pump! it is getting more difficult to pump out, so i think i'm going to start using it like a regular jar soon :)

Good Karma Skincare Lux 7 Four-In-One Face Cream for Normal To Oily Skin retails for $48 and can be purchased at Good Karma Skincare's website HERE. you can also find the Normal To Dry version, and other skincare products!

Happy Tuesday! Ria :)


:: the products indicated were provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::