Thursday, October 31, 2013

Julep Maven :: November 2013 It Girl Box

spent the morning at the barn, then went out for dinner with the fam as none of us are Halloween fans... so we just go out to eat while the shenanigans go on! we had a yummy dinner at Black Bear Diner... that's another place i'll miss when we move back east.

today it's time again to share my Julep Maven box! this is the November 2013 It Girl box :) the most exciting polish is Lola, which has a Satin finish... i'm looking forward to checking that out. the little extra treatie is a sample of their new Luxe Repair Skin Serum. if you are interested in trying it, the little card says you can get 30% off with the coupon code LUXE. let me know if you give it a go and what you think! i generally don't try skincare because i'm pretty happy with what i'm using.

inside the box...

and a close up look at the polishes!

i hope that you all have had great days, whether you celebrate Halloween or not! Ria :)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Maybelline Color Show Dressed To Kill

ran loads of errands today, including taking my muck boots to get them stretched... can't wait to get those babies back! i had also brought another pair of boots and several leather bags to get them conditioned and refreshed... sadly, the leather dude is on vacation so it will all have to wait a few weeks. i also checked a few places for some boots to replace the ones i had to send back owing to them being two different sizes... i think i found a cute pair of Ariat cowboy boots that are calling my name :) i also got some great thrift store stuff today, including a garment bag for three bucks... now i don't have to steal Mr. Pawlish's for horse shows!

today's polish is Maybelline Color Show Dressed To Kill. this is the one i accidentally picked up thinking it was part of their Liquid Leather collection! it's a vampy oxblood type color... i can't decide if it's a red brown or a brown red :D it has a glossy creme finish, but i do recommend topcoat to dry it. the formula is scary on the first coats, but evens out perfectly on coat two!

two coats Dressed To Kill, one coat Seche Vite.

heading out to the barn tomorrow, it's probably still soaked, but i'll clean Aramis's paddock and walk Bodie. then i'm dragging Mama Pawlish with me to Boot Barn to check out what they've got! Ria :)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blueberry Blast

it rained last night, so the ground was pretty slushy at the barn today... let me tell you, shoveling wet manure is HEAVY! then i took Bodie and just walked him so he'd get out and stretch his legs... i still think it's so funny to walk horses like you would a dog :)

today's polish is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blueberry Blast, a bright blue with a subtle shimmer. the formula scared me because i thought it was going to be terrible by its sheer, patchy first coat... happily, it became fully opaque on coat two! a coat of topcoat helps it dry, and also brings out the shimmer.

two coats Blueberry Blast, one coat Seche Vite.

the polish is a bit darker than it looks in the swatch, this is one of the colors that freak my camera out for some reason. i hope you all have had great Mondays, setting you up for fantastic weeks! Ria :)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Press Release

today i have a new press release from China Glaze to share with you all! this details their new holiday collection, Happy HoliGlaze. enjoy!!



Reindeers won’t be the only ones lighting up the night sky this holiday season. China Glaze® launches Happy HoliGlaze, a party-perfect collection sure to get the celebrations started off right. These twist-on-traditional shades and gift sets make perfect party favors, stocking stuffers and gifts (shhh, we won’t tell if the gift is for yourself!).

The China Glaze® Happy HoliGlaze collection features 12 new polishes and one color traveling top coat.  

  • There’s Snow One Like You: Limited edition white Texture with matte glitter
  • Elfin’ Around: Red rust with an aluminum-like mirror finish
  • Just Be-Claws: Red with an aluminum-like mirror finish
  • Santa Red My List: Pink/red with an aluminum-like mirror finish
  • Put A Bow On It: Magenta glitter
  • Be Merry, Be Bright: Multi-magenta purple glitter
  • All Wrapped Up: Midnight purple and blue glitter
  • Your Present Required: Multi-sized and multi-colored glitter
  • So Blue Without You: Blue with an aluminum-like mirror finish
  • Bells Will Be Blinging: Blue and gold multi-colored glitter
  • Mingle With Kringle: Fierce gold with aluminum-like mirror finish
  • This is Tree-mendous: Green with fine gold glitter
  • Travel In Colour: Iridescent travel effect top coat

The China Glaze® Happy HoliGlaze collection also features 10 seasonally-inspired gifts.  Gift sets include:

  • Be Merry: Mini bottles of Just Be-Claws, Santa Red My List, Put A Bow On It and Be Merry, Be Bright (MSRP: $20.00)
  • Be Bright: Mini bottles of Your Present Required, Bells Will Be Blinging, Mingle with Kringle and Be Merry, Be Bright, (MSRP: $20.00)
  • Touch of Twinkle: Just Be-Claws, Santa Red My List and Be Merry, Be Bright (MSRP: $15.00)
  • Dash of Dazzle: Mingle With Kringle, Bells Will Be Blinging and So Blue Without You (MSRP: $15.00)
  • Oh, Joy!: Just Be-Claws, Santa Red My List, Your Present Required, and So Blue Without You with a “Joy” necklace (MSRP: $30.00)
  • Good Spirits: Bells Will Be Blinging, Mingle With Kringle and a blue frosted shot glass (MSRP: $15.00)
  • Sparkle All the Way: Your Present Required, Be Merry, Be Bright, Just Be-Claws, and a purple compact mirror (MSRP: $22.50)
  • Get Carried Away: Santa Red My List, Your Present Required, So Blue Without You and a silver change purse (MSRP: $22.50)
  • Snow Buddy: There’s Snow One Like You, Be Merry, Be Bright, Elfin’ Around and a plush polar bear (MSRP: $22.50)
  • Holiday Travels: 18 mini bottles of Travel In Colour in a 12 pc. bucket (MSRP: $117.00)

The China Glaze® Happy HoliGlaze collection will be available in November 2013 at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide. Individual shades have an SRP of $7.50. The collection will be available in 24- and 36-piece counter displays, a 36-piece rack and 36-piece prepack in addition to the gift sets.

China Glaze® is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

China Glaze® nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, please visit or follow China Glaze on Facebook (@ChinaGlaze), Twitter (@ChinaGlazeOfficial), Instagram (@ChinaGlazeOfficial), Pinterest ( and YouTube (

China Glaze® is a division of American International Industries.

About American International Industries
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Collective Polish Haulage!

didn't make it out to the barn today, Mr. Pawlish had to go the doctor to get some things signed off on for our impending move! i just wish i could make time stop hurtling along... March gets closer and closer. the maintenance dude also came to fix the ice maker... which he failed at doing >.< guess i'll spend another day waiting around for them, i can't be gone when they come because the dogs would lose their marbles over some strange person coming in their house with no one else home!

today i'd like to share the polishes i've picked up over the last few weeks. most things were on sale, and the Orlys i just couldn't resist!

let's kick off with those Orly polishes... i just had to have the Matte FX collection, and the blue duochrome Angel Rain from their Surreal collection.

i got a few Barielles from Marshalls, they originally came in a set of five but somebody had jacked one! so i got the remaining four for $5... the major selling point for me is that it had Lava Rock in it, which i've been jonesing for ever since passing it up last month!

lastly, i found a bunch of Maybelline Color Show Liquid Leather polishes on sale at Rite Aid over the weekend. i had never tried those before and i'm still on the fence about them... looking forward to actually seeing them on my nails. i accidentally also bought a regular Color Show polish as it was clearanced out with the others... happily, it's a nice color and was only $1.99 so no regrets! there is also a lone Sally Hansen polish that was such a gorgeous blue and only $1.49... how can you pass that up?!

hope you enjoyed seeing my new purchases! have you tried any of these polishes? what did you think?? Ria :)

Monday, October 21, 2013

October 2013 ipsy Glam Bag

i'm super disappointed today... i got an email from the eBay seller i had bought my new boots from saying that they hadn't accidentally sent me one boot that was the wrong size. i had noticed that one boot felt larger, but i never thought to check if it was a different size! turns out, it was, so i have to send them back :( those are the ones i got an awesome deal on... i'm hoping to find another pair one day!

i got my October ipsy Glam Bag over a week ago, but i had other things to share with you all first! but, today's the day :D this isn't my favorite bag and i'll probably give most of the products away... but for $10, it's worth the gamble.

here's a look at the bag...

these next products seem nice, but i i'm set in my ways on my hair and face routine, and i don't really care to smell like strawberry... some friends will benefit from these!

i love Zoya polishes, and since they are $8 a pop, that right there almost pays for the bag. i've been wanting to try Buxom gloss... i'm so happy one came in this bag, now i didn't waste my money! it's just too tingly for me, i really hate tingly glosses... that one will go to Mama Pawlish :D

i hope you've enjoyed this little peep into my ipsy bag, check back tomorrow for a collective nail polish haul! Ria  :)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

China Glaze Monsters Ball... Boo-Gie Down

today i had a jump lesson on Bodie, poor Aramis is still lame :( then Mr. Pawlish and i went to CPK for lunch, then Macy's in search of jeggings... which was completely unsuccessful as i'm really in between sizes currently. *sigh* they are having an awesome clearance in their handbag department though... buy one and get any other for $9.99! i found my mom and i new wallets :)

today we have the last polish i have to share from the China Glaze Monsters Ball collection, Boo-Gie Down (kindly provided to me for review!). it's a fun glitter topper that has multiple sizes of orange and black hex pieces (there a couple LARGE black ones), medium sized white hex pieces, and black bar glitter... all in a clear base! the large black hex pieces are quite sparse, only a couple fingers have those! one coat gives really nice coverage as a glitter topper... i'm not sure how many coats you'd need to get it opaque on its own! i decided to pair it with China Glaze Aquadelic... i really love the contrast. a coat of topcoat helps everything dry and makes all the glitter sparkle!

two coats Aquadelic, one coat Boo-Gie Down, one coat China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat (FFTC was also provided to me for review!).

you can find China Glaze at many beauty supply stores like Ulta and Sally Beauty Supply!

i hope you enjoyed this sampling from the Monsters Ball collection, i've really enjoyed the opportunity to try them out! Ria :)

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

Friday, October 18, 2013

China Glaze Monsters Ball... Howl You Doin'

i can't believe the weekend is here already! somehow this week has really flown by for me. tomorrow i have my jump lesson, then i'm hitting the mall with Mr. Pawlish. i'm determined to find a good pair of jeggings! 

today's China Glaze Monsters Ball polish is Howl You Doin' (kindly provided to me for review!). it's a purple glitter in a blackened purple base... with the surprise addition of tiny orange flakies! application is really easy, it looks super patchy on the first coat but evens out to full opacity on coat two. i didn't have any problems with getting glitter to come out, and there is a large amount of orange flakes without any digging! i like this one to be really glossy, so i used two coats of China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat (also provided for review!).

two coats Howl You Doin', two coats Fast Forward Top Coat.

you can find China Glaze at many beauty supply stores like Ulta and Sally Beauty Supply!

check back tomorrow to see the last of the Monsters Ball polishes i have to share. hope you all have fantastic weekends! Ria :)

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

Thursday, October 17, 2013

China Glaze Monsters Ball... Bat My Eyes

Jewels the crazy herding dog mix is getting pretty tricksy. she was jealous that Jasper was up on the bed with me and let out a screech like she was hurt... Jasper and i both jump up and she runs up to be petted! i even checked her all over because she was that convincing... that one knows how to work the system :D

today's polish is Bat My Eyes from the new China Glaze Monsters Ball collection (kindly provided to me for review!). it's a great full coverage gold glitter polish in a black base... it really reminds me of antiqued gold! the gold glitters are all different sizes and they are some orange bar glitter pieces thrown in... but for some reason you can only really see those in photos! the coverage is excellent, full opacity in only two coats... love glitters like this. a coat of topcoat helps it dry and brings out all those golden glitters!

two coats Bat My Eyes, one coat China Glaze Fast Forward Topcoat (also provided for review).

you can find China Glaze at many beauty supply stores like Ulta and Sally Beauty Supply!

be sure to come back tomorrow for another Monsters Ball polish... Happy Thursday! Ria :)

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

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Pixi Deepest Dahlia

poor Aramis is still lame :( i've been riding my friend's horse Bodie instead for the past week, he's been a really good boy! i even took him to a fancy riding clinic on Sunday. i'm really appreciating the chance to ride different horses because they are all so different... just like people :)

today we have the last of the new fall Pixi polishes (all three kindly provided to me for review!)... Deepest Dahlia. it's a darkest of plums creme that has a really rich tone. i love how vampy it is, almost black but not and much warmer which is quite flattering! it only needs two coats for full opacity and dries really glossy on its own, i just needed topcoat to help it dry.

two coats Deepest Dahlia, one coat Seche Vite.

Pixi products are available online at and, as well as in Target stores!

i so enjoyed the opportunity to review these polishes, as always Pixi doesn't disappoint! all three polishes are gorgeous and perfect for fall. which was your favorite? Ria :)

:: this polish was provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions! ::

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Pixi Precious Pewter

i ran loads of errands with Mama Pawlish today... sadly, one of the major ones didn't get done because the place i thought repaired shoes turned out to just sell them. i have to get my muck boots stretched before i go to another horse show... they are okay when my feet are normal, but when they swell it's like i'm pushing my toes through a ball point pin... there's an image for ya :D

today's polish is Pixi Precious Pewter (kindly provided to me for review!), another of their new fall colors. this polish is GORGEOUS. it's a golden silver foil that is full of multi-colored shimmers which give the polish tons of depth. it has great coverage, perfectly opaque in two coats, just be careful on application because it is a touch liquidy. a coat of topcoat helps it dry and brings out all those billions of shimmers!

two coats Precious Pewter, one coat Seche Vite.

Pixi products are available online at and, as well as in Target stores!

i highly recommend picking this one up, i'm in love! Ria :)

:: this polish was sent to me for review. these are my honest opinions! ::

Monday, October 14, 2013

Pixi Charcoal Celebration

i had a fantastic, super busy weekend! i watched a riding demonstration on Friday, spend most of the day at the Jade Festival on Saturday, then rode in a clinic on Sunday... which also happened to be Mr. Pawlish's birthday! we went out to dinner and had a grand old time... and i found some fun nail polishes, which i will share in a post later this week. i'm super happy to have received some polishes from both Pixi and China Glaze for review, they will all be featured over the next six days :D

today's polish is Pixi Charcoal Celebration (kindly provided to me for review!). it's a lovely deep, steely greY pearl... with the great bonus of not having in your face brushstrokes! it's nice and opaque at one coat and looks absolutely perfect with two. adding a topcoat brings out all the shimmers and helps it dry!

two coats Charcoal Celebration, one coat Seche Vite.

Pixi products are available online at and, as well as in Target stores!

check back tomorrow for another new polish from Pixi! Ria :)

:: this polish was provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions! ::

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Jade Festival Nails Featuring Konad m32

busy, busy day today! went to the barn this morning, then headed over to the PX to do some shopping and have lunch... and after that groceries. i couldn't believe we already needed groceries, but apparently we eat a lot! i'm super happy because i won an eBay auction for a pair of boots i've been drooling over, can't wait to get them.

today's manicure is what i chose for the Big Sur Jade Festival this weekend! if you live in Cali, check out the festival's website... it will definitely be fun. i meant to pick a green polish that had already been featured, but apparently Zoya Holly snuck into my 'used on the blog' chest of drawers without permission, sorry! i will do a review on it by itself one of these days :) over Holly i used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Silver Sweep with Konad plate m32... i love how easy Insta-Dri polishes are to work with when stamping!

i used Poshe to help Holly dry, then again to seal in the whole design.

i really like how these came out... i just love the results of stamping, even though it's a major hassle in application! i probably won't post again until Sunday or Monday, busy few days coming up with a horse clinic AND the Jade Fest. Happy (early!) Weekend, Ria :)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

OPI Flit A Bit

poor Aramis was a little lame today, i hope his leg heals up soon! he's completely busted apart one of the pieces from his fence, i have a feeling that might have something to do with it... such a naughtycake. met up with Mama Pawlish for lunch... here lately i've been just drooling constantly for Philly cheesesteaks! luckily, one of my fave restaurants here makes an awesome one :)

today's polish is OPI Flit A Bit, a rich orange creme. love the color on this one, but the formula is obnoxious. it's super streaky on coat one, some patchiness on coat two... finally you get nice coverage on coat three, but the polish is just goopy. that could just be this bottle, though! it's dries nice and glossy on its own, but i definitely needed topcoat to help dry three coats of polish (four on some fingers!).

three coats Flit A Bit, one coat Seche Vite.

i hope you all had fantastic Tuesdays, see you soon! Ria :)

Friday, October 4, 2013

Orly Beautiful Disaster

Mr. Pawlish and i headed out to Olive Garden for lunch today... i can't tell you how much i love their fonduta! bread... cheese... what's not to like?! we just lazed around home for the rest of the day. tomorrow i don't have a jump lesson, but i'm going to head over and and clean Aramis's paddock... definitely didn't want him to go three days without a fresh start :)

today's polish is Orly Beautiful Disaster, the other polish from the Marshalls two-pack. it's a pinky plum pearl... really nice because the brushstrokes are barely visible, really unusual for this type of polish. in the store i actually thought it would be a foil, but it's beautiful as a pearl! at some angles it's more raspberry, and some is way more plum. two coats are all that's required for full opacity, just be careful because it's a bit runnier than i prefer and will run into your cuticles if you aren't careful. topcoat helps it dry and brings it to a nice shine!

two coats Beautiful Disaster, one coat Seche Vite.

i hope you all have fantastic weekends! Ria :)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Orly Goth

i was really happy to find out today that i got a slot in a horseback riding clinic next weekend... and that my ride is on Sunday so that i can go to the Jade Festival on Saturday! i'm such a geek for rocks (my family has been known to say it's because i have so many in my head!). i highly recommend checking out the Big Sur Jade Festival if you're in California... it's free to get in and there are loads of awesome vendors!

today's polish is Orly Goth, which is from the two-pack i picked up recently at Marshalls. it's a lovely black polish shot through with multiple sizes of silver glitter. the opacity is awesome... it really could be a one coater! i used two coats because i just feel like polishes always look better with at least two coats. it really benefits from a shine topcoat, all the sparkles are brought out and it's super glossy!

two coats Goth, one coat Seche Vite.

Happy Thursday! Ria :)