Thursday, February 28, 2013

Zoya Facebook Promo... Free Polish And Shipping!

today's my birthday, so i just wanted do a quick posting sharing a Zoya offer i found on Facebook today! (make sure to like Zoya Nail Polish on Facebook to keep up with them!) free polish and shipping with a $20 purchase... pretty good deal! let me know if you take advantage of it :) i hope that you all are having fantastic days... mine was great. rode Aramis in the morning, met Mama Pawlish for lunch, then dinner with Mama and Mr. Pawlish at my favorite Japanese restaurant. all in all, an awesome birthday! Ria :)

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** i noticed there are two different expiry dates on the ad... not sure which one is correct. i'd go ahead and take advantage of the deal if it's something you're interested in!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Julep Ginger

it was so nice to be able to catch up with one of my best friends from Virginia tonight over the phone. i definitely miss being within driving distance of my close friends... i guess i'm technically still within driving distance, but it's a heck of a drive! we both have crazy families, so we love to commiserate with each other... not to mention just crack up over the latest ridiculous event :D

today's polish is Julep Ginger. it's a light bronze polish with a faint linear holo in its finish. i have to say i'm disappointed, i was hoping the Julep holographics would be... well... HOLOGRAPHIC! it is still a beautiful polish, and if i wasn't spoiled by the super strong holo effects from Layla, i would probably be more impressed. this polish is easily opaque in two coats... and strangely, the holographic effect actually appears stronger when topcoat is added... which is opposite of how much holographic polishes react!

two coats Ginger, one coat Seche Vite.

the hologram was pretty shy on camera, but i captured it a little bit! if you are someone put off by really in your face holographic polishes, this is an excellent alternative. it's also one i think you could get away with at the office... neutral color with just a little added something to make it special.

which do you prefer... in your face holo or just a subtle effect? or are you not a fan of holographic polishes at all? i'm, of course, firmly in the strong holo camp... but i do appreciate a subtle holo, too! Ria :)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Revlon Top Speed Royal

i was lucky enough to be at the barn yesterday when the farrier came to trim Aramis' feet... so, i got to watch a horsey pedicure :D i learned that horses' hooves are really similar to human toenails... i had no idea they had so little feeling in their feet and that the hoof is trimmed back, just like a giant toenail. pretty cool!

today's polish is Revlon Top Speed Royal. it's a deep blue polish with a jelly finish. the color is beautiful, but i'm not a big fan of the formula. it refused to stay at the tips of my nails, even though i added extra polish to the tips between coats AND wrapped them. even with three coats, there was still a bit of visible nail line as well. i really wish this polish was more opaque, because the color and finish are stunning! it dries shiny, but really comes alive with a shine topcoat added... super glossy.

three coats Royal, one coat Seche Vite.

the VNL is a bit less noticeable in person... it's like the camera has X-ray vision!

Happy Tuesday! Ria :)

Monday, February 25, 2013

China Glaze Glitz - Bitz 'N Pieces

i have finally gotten everything together for the big China Glaze Glitz - Bitz 'N Pieces post! this collection is really beautiful... you can't go wrong with any of the polishes in it. all the polishes are glitters consisting of a single color hex glitter and multiple sizes of black hex and bar glitter pieces, all in a clear base. all the polishes have pretty much the same formula, quite packed with glitter and fairly thick. it applies a little clumpily, but you can work with it and get it spread around pretty evenly... then pat pieces onto any bald spots. the giant hex pieces don't come out as much as the other pieces, so don't expect to get one on every nail. it dries fairly smooth, but it looks even better with an added coat of topcoat.

to really showcase these glitters i used China Glaze White On White (a white creme) as the base for each swatch. each swatch has one coat of glitter (with some placing and the occasional second coat), and they are all topped off with one coat of China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat!

let's kick off with Mosaic Madness... the colored glitter is a rich, warm blue... almost peacock colored. this is my number one pick from the collection!

next up we have Bling It On, a light periwinkle blue leaning purple. i thought that Mosaic Madness and Bling It On would be similar... but they actually aren't close at all.

then we have Glitz 'N Pieces, in which the colored glitters are silver!

the close sister to Glitz 'N Pieces is Razzle Me, Dazzle Me, which is a golden pink glitter... almost a rose gold! i love that there is both a cool and a warm metallic in this collection... i don't think i can even choose between the two :D

next we have Scattered & Tattered, in which the colored pieces are red. i love how this whole mani looks, it feels like it would have been perfect for Valentine's Day!

lastly we have Graffiti Glitter, which contains rich emerald green glittered. i love how saturated and vibrant the green is!

the Glitz - Bitz 'N Pieces collection is available where China Glaze products are sold... i saw the collection in a display at Ulta over the weekend! be sure to check out China Glaze's website...

what do you all think of this collection? i really love it, there's just something sexy about black glitter! Ria :)

:: these polishes (except White On White) were sent to me for review. these are my honest opinions! ::

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Pro Lava Red

well, as you can see, i didn't get the China Glaze Glitz - Bitz 'N Pieces post quite finished. i have all the pictures edited, but it's pretty late here... so, i decided to go ahead and post this one so i don't feel like i'm rushing through that big post! the glitters are all gorgeous, there isn't a dud in the collection :)

today's post will actually be on Rimmel London Lasting Finish Pro Lava Red, a deep burgundy polish with red shimmer. this polish is so dark that it looks dark brown where the light isn't hitting it... i absolutely adore colors like this! the formula is good, it only took two coats for full opacity... but it wanted to thin out really badly at the nail tips. to combat this, between coats one and two i added a coat just to the very tips of the nails... and that solved the problem beautifully! this dries pretty glossy on its own which is lovely, but i added topcoat to aid the drying process.

two coats Lava Red, one coat Seche Vite.

i have yet to find a polish from the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Pro line that i haven't liked... can't go wrong with these babies.

here's hoping i get it together for the CG post tomorrow! Ria :)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

China Glaze White On White

successfully found Red Lobster today... and as i'd hoped, it was right across the street from the mall in Salinas! there is a mini Sephora inside their JC Penney store, so i was able to get my Beauty Insider birthday present... a sample duo from Benefit :D Sephora Beauty Insiders is another free program i highly recommend you join... if only to get the free samples in your birthday month! it's free to sign up and you don't even have to make a purchase to get your gift (i didn't!).

today's polish is China Glaze White On White. i've been using birthday coupons today... since they will expire soon because my birthday is the 28th! i had the Sally Beauty birthday coupon, so i ran in their to get basic stuff like Seche Vite... and i also need this particular polish for my swatching of the China Glaze Glitz - Bitz 'N Pieces collection. hopefully that collection will be tomorrow's post... as we say in the South, if the Lord tarries and the crick don't rise.

White On White is a bright white creme polish... an excellent basic. the formula is really nice... don't let the first coat scare you, it will even out nicely on the second! this polish does have a fairly runny formula, so make sure to push gently with your brush and wipe it off a few times before applying to the nail. it dries fairly shiny on its own, but it looks even better with topcoat!

two coats White On White, one coat China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat.

check back tomorrow for the Glitz - Bitz 'N Pieces collection! Ria :)

:: China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat was provided to me for review, these are my honest opinions! ::

Friday, February 22, 2013

Layla Softouch Effect 09 Aqua Zen

today was absolutely gorgeous! i wish the weather could be like this every day... warm, but not too warm and a little breeze. tomorrow Mr. Pawlish and i are venturing out in search of a Red Lobster... they keep having commercials on tv and it's made him crazy for their food! since i'm not a fan of seafood, i'm sure i'll have chicken strips or something :)

today's polish is a beauty! it's Layla Softouch Effect 09 Aqua Zen. i think i finally have all the Softouch Effect polishes, some were purchased by me (like this one!) and some i was lucky enough to be sent for review. this one is a turquoise creme that is softly matte and elegant. with one coat of topcoat, it becomes super glossy!  the formula is great, don't let the first coat worry you if you get some patchiness, the second coat achieves complete opacity.

two coats Aqua Zen, one coat Seche Vite on pinkie and middle fingers.

do you prefer the soft or glossy finish on this color? the soft is so unusual, i just love it! Ria :)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Basically... Easy Polish Removal (Even Glitter!)

the ground was super mushie at the barn this morning, so i ended up not actually riding... but Aramis was pretty happy because he got walked and got to eat loads of grass :D heading out again tomorrow, should be able to ride then. i hope the weather is as beautiful tomorrow as it was today!

for today's Basically... post, i want to share with you all how to easily remove nail polish... even glitters! doesn't get more basic than that, and this is the method i use every day :) all you need is...

pure acetone... the fact that the acetone isn't cut by any other product makes it super strong, and able to easily dissolve nail polish. i use the Beauty Secrets brand from Sally Beauty Supply.

you also need a nail brush, cotton balls, and small tub big enough to put your fingers in... i re-use a tub deli meat came in!

pour enough acetone in the tub that you are able to fully submerge all your nails, i do both hands at the same time! for regular polishes, less than 30 seconds should enable you to be able to just wipe it away with a cotton ball dampened with acetone. for glitter polishes, you will need to submerge them a bit longer, closer to two minutes... but again, you will be able to just wipe the polish off with an acetone dampened cotton ball! this way beats scrubbing away at your nail for what seems like eternity trying to get off glitter. once it's all off, i scrub my nails and the ends of my fingers really well with a nail brush to get off all the acetone. my very favorite nail brush is the EcoTools Bamboo Nail Brush. sometimes i use soap, especially after removing glitter to make sure i get off all the acetone and any sneaky remaining glitter bits!

the key after using this method is to moisturize! right now i'm using Sally Hansen Nails & Cuticles Hand Creme. you have to replace the moisture in your skin and nails, because acetone will strip most of it out. the Sally Hansen cream will sink in quite quickly, so you can apply polish pretty soon after using the cream! just make sure to wipe off the actual nail to make sure there isn't any grease sitting on top.

i know their are loads of polish and glitter removal methods... but this is the one that works best for me! if you try this out, let me know how it works for you! Ria :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

China Glaze Some Like It Haute

no riding lesson today because, as feared, the ground was too wet from yesterday's rain. i should be able to get out there tomorrow, though! Mr. Pawlish and i had Chinese food for dinner tonight... but we had to get it from a grocery store. so far, Safeway has had the best Chinese, which is pretty scary. i'm so used to there being little Chinese take-out places on every corner, but that's definitely not the case here! i so miss my fave take-out place in Virginia Beach... i loved their fried rice because it had beans sprouts instead of peas (i HATE peas). i would imagine most people prefer peas to bean sprouts... but that's me, just a little different :)

today's polish is China Glaze Some Like It Haute, a charcoal glitter with bright silver microglitter and large holographic pieces. the finish on this one is pretty interesting, it almost gives that textured effect that's so big right now! this is one you could probably get opaque on its own, but i did layer it over my SpaRitual Back To Your Roots mani... i actually thought it was going to much less opaque than it turned out. it completely covered Back To Your Roots in two coats! this does dry a bit rough (giving that textured effect), so you may want to add topcoat to smooth it out. topcoat also makes all the glitters more sparkly!

two coats Some Like It Haute, one coat Seche Vite on pinkie and middle fingernails.

congratulations on making it halfway through the work week! Ria :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

SpaRitual Back To Your Roots

when my alarm went off this morning, it wasn't raining at all... but after checking the weather online, it was supposedly raining where my barn is, and they were calling for rain all day. so, i decided not to go out today as i pretty much hate getting wet! i'm hoping we'll be able to have a lesson tomorrow, but it rained a lot today, so we'll see. i was hoping the rain was gone for good, but no such luck!

today's polish is SpaRitual Back To Your Roots, a medium tan creme. the formula is outstanding, easy to work with and perfectly opaque in two coats. this polish would probably be a lot more nude looking on someone with darker skin, but definitely no mannequin hands on my ultra pale skin! it dries glossy on its own, but i do prefer it with topcoat!

two coats Back To Your Roots, one coat Seche Vite.

in person, this bottle does not look mixed well and has loads of greenish streaking... but this did not appear to affect the polish as all. application was perfectly even color wise!

hope the weather is beautiful where you are! Ria :)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters

it was freezing today... i actually had to wear a jacket while i was riding, which is pretty unusual for me... i'm generally hot all the time! the forecast calls for rain tomorrow, but i hope the weather changes its mind... and if not, i hope it's at least dry enough at the barn for lessons on Wednesday.

today i want to share a review of Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters! these have been getting loads of hype lately, so of course i had to check them out.

this is how they're packaged, no complaints other than it took a few days to get the tops loose enough to be able to be removed easily.

these are pretty moisturizing, even for lips like mine that are always pretty dried out (owing, ironically, to overuse of lip balms!). the consistency is fairly thick, which i like in a lip product. i do wish they were more opaque... but they are actually made to be sheer, so that's just my personal preference. they can be built up nicely, which is how i use them. the very tops of the lids are clear, so you can see the actual product color before you buy it... i would say not to be afraid by how bright/dark they are, as they are pretty sheer which makes them much more wearable on most skin tones! 

here are swatches of the three i picked up... my favorite is Cupcake! Sugar Frosting is pretty close to my natural lip color (which is pretty light) and Creamsicle goes fairly beige on me.

these go for around $8, but drugstores are always running sales like buy one, get one 50% off, and Ulta currently has Revlon buy two get one free!

bottom line... i would repurchase probably all three of these, and i definitely plan on trying out some other colors! let me know if you'd like to swatches of other shades.

Happy Monday! Ria :)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

OPI Congeniality Is My Middle Name

this weekend has just flown by... it seems like they always do! Mr. Pawlish actually gets the day off tomorrow, i'm not sure if he's going to come to the barn and keep me company or not. he's got lots coming up next week at school... it never fails to make me glad i'm not the one in school!

today's polish is OPI Congeniality Is My Middle Name, a polish from their Miss Universe collection. it's a  warm berry with lots of pink and blue shimmers and is medium sheer in its opacity. you could leave it at two coats, but i felt it looked a lot better at three! it looks a bit more like a jelly in the photo than it does in real life... the camera really picked up on the sheerness. it's really beautiful with lots of sparkle, but it does benefit a lot from a shine topcoat to keep it from getting a bit dull.

three coats Congeniality Is My Middle Name, one coat Seche Vite.

for some reason you can see a lot more visible nail line than you can in real life... not sure why the camera did that!

hope you've all had a great weekend and are refreshed to start the new week! Ria :)

Saturday, February 16, 2013

China Glaze Avant Garden... Dandy Lyin' Around

wow... i just realized i've had 'lacquer' misspelled as 'laquer' in all my tags ever since i've started blogging! how did i not notice that?! my spelling skills have really diminished these days. you would think writing a blog every day would help keep those skills fresh... apparently not :D

today's polish is the last i have to share with you from the China Glaze Avant Garden collection... Dandy Lyin' Around. that name is just too cute, and the polish reminds me of a dandelion that is just perfect to be wished on! it's a shimmery white that is fairly sheer, at two coats it's an elegant look with a little visible nail line, and at three coats it's completely opaque. like most shimmers, it benefits from a shine topcoat to bring out all the sparkle!

three coats Dandy Lyin' Around, one coat Fast Forward Top Coat.

this is a great polish for people who would like to wear white, but don't want the severity of a white creme!

China Glaze Avant Garden polishes will be available wherever China Glaze polishes are sold, my favorite place to purchase China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply!

i hope you are all having a great weekend! next week i will be starting a series with the new China Glaze Glitz - Bitz 'n Pieces collection... so be sure to keep an eye out for it! Ria :)

:: these polishes were sent to me for review, these are my honest opinions! ::

Friday, February 15, 2013

China Glaze Avant Garden... Pink-ie Promise

Mr. Pawlish and i are watching Elementary... it's such a cool take on the Sherlock Holmes tales. Lucy Liu is such an incredible actress... i'm super impressed with the whole show. anybody else out there watch it? what do you think?

today's China Glaze Avant Garden polish is Pink-ie Promise, a beautiful medium pink creme with plummy undertones. it has the subtlest of shimmer, but it mostly just adds depth to polish and isn't very visible, even in bright light. the formula is great, two easy coats for full opacity and easy to work with. it definitely benefits from adding a shiny topcoat as it doesn't dry glossy on its own!

two coats Pink-ie Promise, one coat China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat.

China Glaze Avant Garden polishes will be available wherever China Glaze polishes are sold, my favorite place to purchase China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply!

Happy Friday! Ria :)

:: these polishes were sent to me for review, these are my honest opinions! ::

Thursday, February 14, 2013

China Glaze Avant Garden... Tart-y For The Party

i am becoming an avocado fiend! they are so good on sandwiches and (obviously!) in guacamole. they are full of things that are good for your skin and hair... if only they were low-fat, too. nothing's perfect!

today's China Glaze Avant Garden polish is Tart-y For The Party. i can't tell you how much i love that name! i'm a huge Real Housewives addict (HUGE), so of course i'm instantly thinking of Kim Zolciak's Tardy For The Party song :) this polish is a lavender creme with almost beige undertones. the formula on this one is another that you need a steady hand because it's slightly runny, but the coverage is great... only two coats for full opacity. it dries glossy on its own, but i did add topcoat to help it dry faster!

two coats Tart-y For The Party, one coat China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat.

China Glaze Avant Garden polishes will be available wherever China Glaze polishes are sold, my favorite place to purchase China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply!

Jewels is lying in between Mr. Pawlish and me on the couch... and snoring to beat the band! i think it's so cute when dogs snore. anybody else out there with snoring pets? Ria :)

:: these polishes were sent to me for review, these are my honest opinions! ::

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

China Glaze Avant Garden... Life Is Rosy

today i was able to put all the elements of my horse tack together... and i have to say, the results were pretty good lookin'! i'm so happy that everything worked out and all the tack i ordered matches the saddle i ended up buying (and the color is gorg, a deep red brown!)... i doubly happy that i don't have to deal with trying to return anything. returning things you buy over the internet is such a hassle! Aramis looks so handsome in all his new stuff :D

today's China Glaze Avant Garden polish is Life Is Rosy, a saturated mauve creme. this is one of those polishes that you can't go wrong with... it's always appropriate and ladylike! the formula on this can't be faulted... almost opaque at one coat and perfection at two. it dries shiny on its own, but i did add topcoat to aid in the drying process.

two coats Life Is Rosy, one coat China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat.

China Glaze Avant Garden polishes will be available wherever China Glaze polishes are sold, my favorite place to purchase China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply!

i'm not sure how i feel about the lighting i used today... it shows the color pretty accurately, but it doesn't look super shiny like it does in person! i'll continue on in the search of the perfect lighting. 

congratulations, you've made it halfway through the work week! Ria :)

:: these polishes were sent to me for review, these are my honest opinions! ::

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

China Glaze Avant Garden... Keep Calm, Paint On

the weather here is so beautiful lately, i hope it stays like this for awhile! it's so much easier to be motivated to get things done when it's not rainy and cold. i'm hoping tomorrow will be just like today for my riding lesson :D

Keep Calm, Paint On is the next polish from the China Glaze Avant Garden collection. it's a gorgeous light minty green with a subtle white shimmer running through it. it's a fresh Spring take on your typical mint creme, and i'm loving it! the formula is good, only two coats for full opacity... but use a light touch to make sure it doesn't run into your cuticles. you will want to add a shine topcoat to bring out all of the shimmer and shine!

two coats Keep Calm, Paint On, one coat China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat.

China Glaze Avant Garden polishes will be available wherever China Glaze polishes are sold, my favorite place to purchase China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply!

check back tomorrow for another Avant Garden polish! Ria :)

:: these polishes were sent to me for review, these are my honest opinions! ::

Monday, February 11, 2013

China Glaze Avant Garden... Fade Into Hue

you guys will never guess what i saw at the barn today! a BOBCAT! i was riding Aramis, and a bobcat just waltzed out from the bushes. all three of us kind of looked at each other in shock... and then the bobcat walked back into the bushes. it really freaked me out! apparently, they are after the ground squirrels and aren't going to bother people or horses... but still! goodness!

today i'm kicking off a mini-series of six of the shades of the new China Glaze collection Avant Garden. all of these shades are perfect for Spring :) today's polish is Fade Into Hue, a dusty, periwinkle blue creme. the formula is awesome, easy to work with and opaque in two coats. it flows nicely and isn't too thick or too thin... just perfect! it dries shiny, but i prefer how it looks with topcoat.

two coats Fade Into Hue, one coat China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat.

China Glaze Avant Garden polishes will be available wherever China Glaze polishes are sold, my favorite place to purchase China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply!

i'm super excited to share the other five shades i have with you all, the press samples i received are all beautiful pastels that i would definitely have picked out for myself! Ria :)

:: these polishes were sent to me for review, these are my honest opinions! ::

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Layla Caviar Effect 01 Cha Cha Cha

today i have a fun new collection from Layla to share with you all... Caviar Effect! this collection has 12 colors and can be used with any nail polish as a base. they are teensie tiny beads in a couple of different sizes that really adds dimension to the look. the packaging is a regular Layla bottle with an extra bit of plastic around the opening of the bottle to help the beads to come out nicely and not run all over the place!

the color i'm showing today is 01 Cha Cha Cha, a bright, blingy silver.

i layered it over Layla Ceramic Effect 61 Ipanema Girl. Caviar Effects are really easy to use. i started with one coat of Ipanema Girl, let that dry, then applied another coat of Ipanema Girl. before that coat dried, i poured Cha Cha Cha completely over that nail, then pressed the beads in to make sure they were all stuck down really well. i went nail by nail with this, to make sure that the nail would be wet enough to get the beads to stick! you don't need topcoat with this, but i did try putting on a coat because i'm a picker and i was worried that i would just sit there and pick off all the beads. adding topcoat dulls the beads a bit, but it still looks nice... just not quite as pretty and shiny.

this is two coats of Ipanema Girl covered with a layer of Caviar Effect 01 Cha Cha Cha!

you can purchase Layla polishes at and, Caviar Effects retail for $10.50!

what do you all think of Caviar manicures? is this a trend you will be rocking? Happy Sunday! Ria :) 

:: these products were sent to me for review, these are my honest opinions! ::

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Essence Space Queen

i spent today cleaning horse tack... it was so dirty it took pretty much the whole day! i was shocked by how much the saddle changed color once it was conditioned and oiled... i knew it would some, but it really got a lot darker. i put my new stirrup leathers on, they don't match exactly but they'll do for now. i'm not sure if i'm going to keep the bridle i bought... it's not the perfect color and i don't think i love it as much as i did in the picture. i so wish there was a good tack store around here, i much prefer seeing things in person first.

i decided to put Essence Colour & Go Space Queen over yesterday's post polish, Essence Black Is Back. Space Queen is an iridescent glitter in an ever so slightly peach tinted base. it goes on really easily and gives a great amount of glitter in one coat. i love how it looks over black, it really brings out all the colors in the glitter. you will want to add a shine topcoat to make the glitter really come alive.

one coat Space Queen, one coat Seche Vite, all over  Essence Black Is Back mani.

i'm loving this combo! i know i'm a broken record, but man, Essence polishes rock. Ria :)

Friday, February 8, 2013

Essence Black Is Back

it poured all night last night, so i didn't get to go riding today... i did head over the barn to pick up my saddle so i can wash it this weekend, though. glad i wasn't planning to ride, there were loads of puddles everywhere!

today's polish is Essence Colour & Go Black Is Back, your basic black creme. however, it has an amazing formula and glossy finish that make it the best black creme i've used to date! it has full opacity at one coat and looks absolutely dreamy at two. i did use a topcoat with it, but only to help dry it... i don't know what it is about my body chemistry that keeps polishes from drying!

two coats Black Is Back, one coat Seche Vite.

Essence polishes just continue to blow my mind... all for $1.99! it's just crazy. i'm hoping they have a white creme that is just as opaque and glossy as this one... that would be awesome!

i had to chop my nails again, i busted another one. plus, i figured i might as well since i'm going to be cleaning some pretty dirty tack tomorrow. do you guys have more exciting weekends planned? what are you up to? Ria :)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Ulta Rewards Haul!

i have been searching for a ginger salad dressing for a while now... i guess that's not a big thing in California? at any rate, i found a sesame ginger one at Safeway that i'm looking forward to giving a go. i wish i could be one of those people who just put vinegar on their salad and are ready to chow down... but i can barely choke it down even with a dressing i like. if only salad tasted more like... pizza :)

i'm excited to share with you all the things i bought with my Ulta rewards... i had saved up 2000 points so i had $125 to spend... that was pretty awesome! i bought some necessities like cotton balls and toner that i won't bore you with... but i got some great beauty products :D let's kick it off with nail polish!

first up we have the OPI Mariah Carey collection... unfortunately, they were out of the glitter and i haven't been able to find it anywhere. i might have to score that one off Ebay. this collection debuted the new Liquid Sand finish... looking forward to trying those babies out. OPI polishes have gone up to $9, i couldn't believe it!

then i got the last three Layla Softouch Effect polishes that i was missing, i love polishes that pull double duty!

i got a couple more Essence polishes... even though the price has gone up to $1.99, they are still a great deal. i'm curious as to how well their black will perform, and if it will stamp!

lastly, i got a lipstick and a lip gloss from Benefit. i have never tried any of their lip products, so i figured now was the perfect time. i'm digging them so far! 

finally, i got a Revlon Lip Butter. the other two in the picture i had bought at CVS the day before, so i wanted to throw them in :) there's so much hype on these, i'm still trying them out to see how well they live up to it. review on these maybe next week!

the wonderful Mr. Pawlish kept me company while i was picking all this out... and those of you who have shopped with me know how indecisive i am... it took FOREVER to make all these selections! i love shopping at Ulta because of their rewards program... i get at least a little back on purchases i was going to make anyway. if you shop at Ulta, you should definitely sign up, it's free! Ria :)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Color Club 2013 Halo Hues... Beyond

it was a beautiful day today, such a nice day for horseback riding! i'm sure going to miss the weather here when we move back to the South... the weather there is basically never ideal, it's always too hot or too cold. i feel like the move is coming up way too fast, my husband is already meeting with his detailer about getting orders for the next place!

today's polish is Beyond, the final color from the 2013 Color Club Halo Hues collection (Colors So Heavenly). it's the black linear holographic, but it's not really black... it's more of a graphite greY. it's very pretty, but it doesn't have the range of colors i was hoping for... i much prefer Layla Hologram Effect Flash Black. i will have to do some comparisons soon... if you have a comparison you'd like to see, let me know! the formula on this one can't be faulted, it's two very easy coats for full opacity and the linear effect of the holo is only slightly effected by topcoat. this swatch is shown without topcoat :)

two coats Beyond.

i bought the whole collection from the seller Enospring on Ebay, it has not been officially released yet! however, i got an email from Color Club today talking about preordering it, so i would imagine it's coming out soon. i have had a terrible experience ordering directly from Color Club, i still haven't received one of the original Halo Hues i ordered months ago... so, i recommend not ordering directly through them!

hope you all have enjoyed this collection, i really do love it! it's not the best holographic collection out there, but it is certainly way more wallet friendly than my faves, the Layla Holograms.

Happy Wednesday, everyone... congratulations, you're halfway to the weekend! Ria :)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Color Club 2013 Halo Hues... Eternal Beauty

missed out on riding today, i woke up at like 4:30 am sick... i don't know why, maybe i ate something that didn't agree with me? so i slept most of the day, but i feel better now. i hope it's gone for good so i can go to my riding lesson tomorrow!

today's polish is Eternal Beauty from the 2013 Color Club Halo Hues collection (Colors So Heavenly). it's a deep lavender purple linear holographic. i feel like this one isn't as holo as some of the lighter colored polishes in this collection, but it is still quite holographic. topcoat only slightly affects the linear effect of the holo, but the swatch photo is taken without topcoat. the formula is great, two easy coats for full opacity!

two coats Eternal Beauty.

i bought the whole collection from the seller Enospring on Ebay, it has not been officially released yet!

tomorrow will feature the last of this collection, Beyond, the black holo! that's the one i was most excited about, check back and see if it lived up to my hopes! Ria :)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Color Club 2013 Halo Hues... Cosmic Fate

i'm trying to be on a diet, but i always end up so hungry right around 9pm. it's terrible! i don't know why that's the magic hungry moment for me. i've known people who say that whenever they get hungry they can just drink a glass of water and it goes away... why can't that be me?! no matter how much water i drink, i'm always still hungry. *le sigh* moving on to the polish!

today's polish is Cosmic Fate from the 2013 Color Club Halo Hues collection (Colors So Heavenly). it's a light orange/peachy linear holographic... and it's yummy! the holo in this one is super strong AND is barely if at all affected by the addition of topcoat... home run! the formula is great, easy to work with and fully opaque in two coats. my swatch is shown without topcoat!

two coats Cosmic Fate.

i bought the whole collection from the seller Enospring on Ebay, it has not been officially released yet!

i hope you all have had a great Monday! Ria :)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Color Club 2013 Halo Hues... Kismet

poor Mr. Pawlish has been spending the weekend rewriting a paper for school... he was completely done and the file didn't save correctly so half the paper went missing! he handled it better than i would have, i would have been raving hysterically for hours... he just asked the teacher for a weekend extension and rewrote it. lucky one of us is calm and rational, right? ;)

today's polish is Kismet from the 2013 Color Club Halo Hues collection (Colors So Heavenly)! it's a light green-leaning yellow linear holographic... so pretty! the formula was amazing, two coats for full opacity. i was worried that this light color would be sheer... but no let downs here! another great thing about this polish is that topcoat barely dulls the linear holo effect, much less than others in this collection. this swatch is shown without topcoat, however.

two coats Kismet.

i bought the whole collection from the seller Enospring on Ebay, it has not been officially released yet!

i'm so ecstatic with how holo all these polishes are, i definitely recommend the whole collection! Ria :)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Color Club 2013 Halo Hues... Miss Bliss

today i headed out with Mr. Pawlish to use my 20% off coupon at Ulta... and use my points, which i had let build up to the maximum, so i had $125 to spend! i will do a haul post of what i got after i finish the Color Club series :)

Miss Bliss is today's 2013 Color Club Halo Hues (Colors So Heavenly) polish! this is a rose pink linear holographic... and man, is it holo! the holographic effect is super strong in this one, i can't stop staring at my nails :D the formula is great, so easy to apply... i used two coats just to make sure and avoid any patchiness. top coat slightly dulls the linear holo effect, so this swatch is shown with no topcoat!

two coats Miss Bliss.

i just had to show a couple shots of this beauty! i bought the whole collection from the seller Enospring on Ebay, it has not been officially released yet.

Happy Saturday!! Ria :)

Friday, February 1, 2013

Color Club 2013 Halo Hues... Over The Moon

pretty laid back day today, tried out the saddle and i think it's going to work, which is exciting! other than that we just ran some errands... which now reminds me that i forgot to give the dogs their medicine, which was what i had to pick up today! ugh i'd forget my head if it wasn't attached so tight. i'll just have to try for tomorrow since they have to take it with food. it's nice that they're taking Trifexis, which has their heartworm and flea protection all in one... i don't miss using those flea drops on their back at all!

today i'm super excited to kick off sharing the Color Club 2013 Halo Hues collection, 'Colors So Heavenly'!  we're starting off with Over The Moon, a saturated holographic blue... and it's yummy! i was worried that the holographic properties wouldn't be very strong... but happily, the whole collection is full of strong, linear holos... doesn't get better than that. and the formula is great, good coverage at one coat and any patchiness is completely gone at two coats. the holo is dulled a little bit by topcoat, but it's still pretty evident. the swatch is shown without any topcoat!

two coats Over The Moon.

i bought these from the seller Enospring on Ebay, they haven't been officially released yet! there are five more colors in this collection, so check back daily for swatches and reviews :D

Happy Friday! Ria :)