Thursday, April 30, 2015

China Glaze Electric Nights... Home Sweet House Music

Echo is shedding out her winter coat, which means i end up covered in hair after i Furminate her... kind of like Cousin It! it's totally worth it because underneath she is so slick and shiny :D she has these metallic copper undertones that are just so gorgeous.

Home Sweet House Music is the China Glaze Electric Nights polish of the day! (it's a press sample, kindly provided to me for review).  it's a bright tangerine orange creme... i love how all the colors of this collection just scream happiness :) it's opaque in two easy coats and dries fairly shiny on its own. it's even better with topcoat, though!

two coats Home Sweet House Music, Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat. (both are press samples).




you can find China Glaze products in salons and professional beauty stores... my favorite place to buy China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply!

chin up everyone, tomorrow is Friday! Ria :)

:: these products are press samples provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

China Glaze Electric Nights... Can I Get An Untz Untz

so glad the maintenance guys are cutting the grass today! my backyard looks like a jungle... and the little princess doesn't like to walk in high grass. she's a strange one... loves the snow, the deeper the better... but can't even deal with grass. pretty funny!

today's China Glaze Electric Nights polish is Can I An Untz Untz... i love that name, makes me want to just sit here going 'untz untz untz untz' and dancing! (it's a press sample, kindly provided to me for review). this polish is different shades of green hex glitter suspended in a clear base. there is also a few pieces of dark blue sheer glitter, and one of the greens is ultra sheer... making it look differently depending on what base polish you choose! it doesn't really have enough glitter to be opaque on its own, but i love it as a topper. because i put it over pink, the sheer green pieces look purple... i love it! i did two coats of it instead of placing to try and get even coverage... but i still got some bubbles, not sure why. make sure to seal everything in with topcoat!

one coat Can I Get An Untz Untz, over China Glaze Glow With The Flow, finished off with one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat. (all are press samples).




you can find China Glaze products in salons and professional beauty stores... my favorite place to buy China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply!

gotta get myself ready to head over to the barn for today's lesson... it's another beautiful day! Ria :)

:: these products are press samples provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

China Glaze Electric Nights... Glow With The Flow

it was beautiful outside today! the days are getting longer too, which makes me so happy :) i'm one of those people who just get so bummed when it's dark at 530 in the evening. it's 8pm now and it's just getting dusky... totally awesome.

today's China Glaze Electric Nights polish is Glow With The Flow! (it's a press sample, kindly provided to me for review). it's a saturated medium toned hot pink creme with one of the best formulas of the collection. it's pretty opaque in one coat, and super rich and full coverage at two. i love cremes like this! it dries a little shiny on its own, but it's even better with a glossy topcoat.

two coats Glow With The Flow, Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat. (both are press samples).




it has a touch more peach in it than shows in the photo :)

you can find China Glaze products in salons and professional beauty stores... my favorite place to buy China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply!

i have lessons both tomorrow and Thursday, in addition to today... hopefully the next ones go as well as today's did. Echo was such an amazing girl today! Ria :)

:: these products are press samples provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Monday, April 27, 2015

China Glaze Electric Nights... Daisy Know My Name?

i spent today swatching! i'm always surprised at how long it takes... at least a few hours. i think i'm going to have riding lessons Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, so i wanted to be prepared for the week! loving all these happy colors :)

Daisy Know My Name? is today's China Glaze Electric Nights polish! (it's a press sample, kindly provided to me for review). it's a bright yellow creme with green undertones... not quite neon, but very bright. this was the only polish that had a fairly sheer formula, i would recommend layering it over white to ease application! i used between three and four coats for full opacity depending on the finger... apparently, i made some coats much more thick than others! this one definitely benefits from a high shine topcoat, it really makes it more rich.

three coats DKMN? on pointer and middle fingers, four coats DKMN? on pinkie and ring fingers... then finished off with Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat. (both products are press samples).




you can find China Glaze products in salons and professional beauty stores... my favorite place to buy China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply!

have a fantastic week! Ria :)

:: these products are press samples provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Thursday, April 23, 2015

China Glaze Electric Nights... Violet-Vibes

today we are heading to a party at our community center where there's supposed to be hot dogs and ice cream i love both of those, so i'm pretty excited! my trainer got hurt so i ended up not riding yesterday... i'm trying to beat these allergies still, and being around all those allergens was killer on Tuesday. i'm soooo ready for them to be gone!

today i have Violet-Vibes from China Glaze Electric Nights to share! (it's a press sample, kindly provided to me for review). it's a warm, plummy purple with a crelly (creme/jelly) finish. it has a more squishy look than a creme, but not squishy enough to be a true jelly! i used two coats for full opacity, you can see that it does tend to look more sheer at the very tips and the base of the nail. it dries shiny on its own, but it's definitely better with a high gloss topcoat. i had so much trouble photographing this one... i tried in several different lights and it always came out way more blue-toned than it is in person. i tried adjusting it with photo software, but it's still not quite an accurate depiction. in person, it's a fun plummy purple that's a bit darker! i think the white circles you can see in the picture are air bubbles from my basecoat, but i'm not entirely sure, they are almost invisible in person. still struggling with getting polish to dry!

two coats Violet-Vibes, Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat. (both are press samples).



you can find China Glaze products in salons and professional beauty stores... my favorite place to buy China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply!

Happy Thursday! Ria :)

:: these products are press samples provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

China Glaze Electric Nights... Point Me To The Party

i have so much tv to catch up on! i'm a total tv junkie, but somehow my shows have gotten away from me. i'm so thankful for Tivo... but that thing is getting full :D trying to chip away at it, but more shows keep coming on. but then, it will be summer and a lot of shows will be on hiatus, and i'll be sad about it. can't keep me happy, right? ;)

today's China Glaze Electric Nights polish is Point Me To The Party! (it's a press sample, kindly provided to me for review). this polish is an adorable glitter, full of different sized pieces of hex glitter in orange, lime green, pink, and a sheer blue... all suspended in clear base. this is one of my fave glitters to come out in awhile... the other glitters in the Electric Nights collection are cute, but this one is the best in my opinion! it's not one you could easily get opaque on its own, but that makes it a perfect topper. i used one coat with a little bit of placing... i think it would be better with two coats and less placing. when i try and place glitters, i always get bubbles! definitely seal this beauty in with a shiny topcoat :)

one coat Point Me To The Party,  Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat. (both are press samples).




the sheer blue photographed purple in some places... not sure why!

you can find China Glaze products in salons and professional beauty stores... my favorite place to buy China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply!

heading out to the barn soon... still hoping these allergies go away soon! Ria :)

:: these products are press samples provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

China Glaze Electric Nights... UV Meant To Be

i was hoping my allergies would have settled down because i have riding lesson today... but no such luck. i think i'm going to have to take out stock in tissues :D i'm just glad the crazy thunderstorms we had yesterday are over now. it was so strange... sunny, but pouring rain and thunder and lightning... i don't know if i've ever anything quite like it before. i've seen sun showers, but this took it to a whole new place!

today's China Glaze Electric Nights polish is UV Meant To Be. (it's a press sample, kindly provided to me for review). it's a bright robins egg type blue with strong green undertones... in some lights it almost leans a touch teal! super easy to apply, two coats for full opacity. if you like thick coats you might be able to get away with one! it has a little shine of its own on dry down, but it's even better with a glossy topcoat.

two coats UV Meant To Be, Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat. (both are press samples).





you can find China Glaze products in salons and professional beauty stores... my favorite place to buy China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply!

i'm so glad my dogs don't have allergies... my dog Jemima that we lost to cancer a couple years ago had horrible ones, she had to have Benadryl every day! hope all of you are well and happy! Ria :)

:: these products are press samples provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Monday, April 20, 2015

China Glaze Electric Nights... Red-y To Rave

anybody else on the struggle bus with allergies?! i haven't an allergy attack like this in years, it's a total buzz kill. if you're hurting from these too, i hope you feel better soon! :)

today we are kicking off reviews of the China Glaze Electric Nights collection, starting it up with Red-y To Rave. (it's a press sample, kindly provided to me for review). Red-y To Rave is a super bright orangey coral creme... it's definitely perfect for the warm weather! i was concerned about the formula as some of these bright colors tend to be tough to work with... but this one is great. two coats gives you nice, even coverage. you might be able to see a tiny bit of visible nail line if you look super closely... but it's not noticeable at all! it dries a bit dull, thanks to the neon pigment in it, so you will probably want to add a glossy topcoat to really bring out this polish.

two coats Red-y To Rave, Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat. (both are press samples). it's much brighter and richer in person than my camera could capture!




you can find China Glaze products in salons and professional beauty stores... my favorite place to buy China Glaze is Sally Beauty Supply!

make sure to check back often, i have eleven more Electric Nights polishes to share! Ria :)

:: these products are press samples provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Friday, April 17, 2015

Pixi April 2015 Makeup Samples Swatches & Reviews!

yet another day of errands... but this time scored big at our local military exchange! the Easter candy was 75% off the lowest ticketed price, so we got loads for only four cents a piece :D Mama Pawlish wanted a bunch to give to the church... and i wanted a bunch for my belly ;)

it's that wonderful day of the month... time to review my Pixi makeup sample box! (it's a box of press samples, kindly provided to me for review). this time it had two brand new products in addition to another i hadn't tried yet... so it was all brand new products to me! the product that has already been in the range is the H2O Skintint, and the newbies are the Full Cover Foundation Brush and the Undercover Crayon.

here they all are in their box!




Full Cover Foundation Brush




the new Full Cover Foundation brush can be used with liquid, cream, and powder products, making it quite versatile. it's designed to work hand in hand with Pixi H2O Skintint, and they do work well together! because of its synthetic bristles, cleaning out liquid and cream products is easy AND the brush feels super soft on the face.




as you can see, the bristles are arranged in an oval shape, and they are quite densely packed. this brush can be used in a traditional swiping motion using the side of the brush, or the top of the brush can be used to buff products into the skin... making it even more versatile :) i like how it really worked the H2O Skintint into my skin, making it appear far more smooth.


Undercover Crayon




the Undercover Crayon is a concealer stick that twists up for more product... no sharpening needed. it comes in the shades Perk-Up Peach, Cream, Nude, and Warm. i was sent Perk-Up Peach to try out, and i used it as a color corrector under my eyes, and spot concealer on flaws. 





to blend it, i used the Full Cover Foundation brush to buff it into my skin. it does help less the appearance of darkness under my eyes, but i still prefer the Pixi Correction Concentrate for that purpose. i much prefer the Undercover Crayon for spot concealing, as it's a bit dryer than i prefer for under the eye... but it's great for covering up blemishes and other little places you want to hide. because it's a crayon, it's really precise and you can put it exactly where you need it and not waste product... i think will be picking it up in Cream!


H2O Skintint




Pixi H2O Skintint is their newest foundation... it's been out for a bit, but i had yet to try it! i was sent Nude, which ended up too dark for me... so i went ahead and bought Cream because i really love it. my concern with the shades is that they do not go very dark at all, so i don't think anyone past a light medium will be able to find a match. most Targets do have testers out, though, so make sure to try it out!




as you can see... the shades are bit lacking. however, i really dig the product itself. you can apply either with a brush or your fingers... i just always use brushes because i hate to get my hands dirty :D it offers light to medium coverage with a softly dewy finish. most foundations tend to look more dewy on me due to my oily skintype... i think it would be more matte on drier skin. it's easily mattified with powder, though! i've found it lasts well on me, and i tend to be the type to put products on in the morning and not mess with them until i take them off... with the possible exception of a little powdering throughout the day. using the Pixi Full Cover Foundation Brush i was able to apply two coats without the product getting streaky or cakey, although with a different brush i did have some streaking. i'm so glad i bought this foundation in my color, i'm really loving it!


here is my face with both the Undercover Crayon and the H20 Skintint in Cream and nothing else! my face looks smoother and flaws are definitely less visible.




you can find Pixi products at Target stores, www.Target.com, and www.PixiBeauty.com!! i've seen both Undercover Crayon and the Full Cover Foundation Brush already on shelves at Target... and of course, that's where i bought my H2O Skintint in Cream :D

these posts always take the longest to put together, this one was a two day effort :) i love Pixi so much, and i'm so thankful to be able to share these products with you all. let me know if you try them out and what you think!

Happy Friday! Ria :)


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

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

FingerPaints Nail Treatments

had a good riding lesson today, i was worried Echo would be naughty since she's been stuck inside her stall due to rain... but she was absolutely perfect :) this should be my last week of only riding once a week, the next two weeks i'll bump it up to two... and after that, hopefully i'll be back up to four. crossing my fingers that my torn muscle will continue healing so that i'll be able to stick with my plan!

today i've got new treatments from FingerPaints to share with you all! (all are press samples, kindly provided to me for review). i've been testing these out for almost two months now, and i'm ready to share my thoughts :) the new treatment lineup entails Gel-Like Base and Top Coats, Grab It! Base Coat, Smooth Over Ridge Filler, and Hard As Steel Strengthener. the Strengther is what has taken the longest to test, i really wanted to see whether or not it made a difference... and it did!

here's a look at all the treatments... then i'll move on to each one individually.



Gel-Like Top Coat




kicking off with the Gel-Like Top Coat as it's the only topcoat in the new treatment lineup. it applies easily, is self-leveling, and dries to a high shine, glossy finish. sadly for me, it does not dry quickly enough... it's fairly dry to the touch, but doesn't dry the polish under it. something in my skin chemistry causes bubbling in polish, and if it doesn't dry almost instantly, they will continue to come up... even overnight! this issue is across all brands i have tried, and isn't limited to this specific product. if you don't struggle with polishes that don't completely dry quickly, this is a great option! i love the glossy finish... makes every polish look better.


Gel-Like Base Coat




the Gel-Like Base Coat is the companion product to the Gel-Like Top Coat. it works equally well with other fast drying topcoats if you have my bubbling issues! it's a nice, basic basecoat that protects your nails from staining and extends the life your manicure.


Grab It! Base Coat




then there's the Grab It! Base Coat. this is a sticky base coat, which helps the polish really adhere to it to extend the life of your manicure. it has a slight green tint which shows a bit on the nail, so you will need to test out whether it changes the color of any super sheer polishes. on me, it doesn't really extend my manicure more than other basecoats as i have ultra-peely nails... the chipping generally isn't the polish so much as my nails themselves coming apart.


Smooth Over Ridge Filler




next up is my favorite of the basecoats from these treatments... the Smooth Over Ridge Filler! i have a lot of unevenness in my nails (the peeling doesn't help!) and this product really makes for a smooth surface for applying colored polish. it's applies easily, and has a little bit of beige pigment in it to even out colors on your nails. i've been using this one and next the product in all my recent manicures :)


Hard As Steel Strengthener




last up, the Hard As Steel Strengthener! this is my favorite product from the collection... i have definitely noticed a difference in my nails since starting it. while they still peel, i have been able to get them to grow out farther than i have in probably a year... it's pretty great. instead of having all my nails shattering all the time, now it's mostly limited to my pointer fingers and thumbs... the ones i use the most for picking at things. i'm hoping that in time they will become stronger as well! although it looks pink the bottle, it's completely clear on the nail. i like that it dries really quickly, so you can move on almost instantly to your next step... for me lately, that's been the Smooth Over Ridge Filler!


where to buy... and final thoughts!


FingerPaints polishes are sold exclusively at Sally Beauty Supply and their website  www.SallyBeauty.com! these treatments retail for $5.99, $4.49 if you're a member of their club. also, as of this writing, FingerPaints polishes and treatments are buy two, get one free :D

i really like how FingerPaints new line of treatments has different products for people with different needs. which of these are you interested in, and what would you like to see them add on to the line? i'd love to see them add an ultra-fast drying topcoat in the future! Ria :)


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

Monday, April 13, 2015

Gerard Cosmetics Fairy Godmother

got a busy couple weeks coming up... several doctors appointments for both Mama Pawlish and me, riding lessons, and our friend is coming up for the day next week! i'm super excited to see her next Monday :D

today i have the lipstick Fairy Godmother from Gerard Cosmetics to share with you all! (it's a press sample, kindly provided to me for review). Fairy Godmother is a bright, light pink that dries to a matte finish. Gerard Cosmetics describes it as a baby pink, but i think it's a bit more saturated than a true baby pink. it takes a few coats to even out on the lips, but after that it looks quite nice. it's a comfortable matte, not too drying at all!

here it is in the tube...




and here it is on my lips, and also the back of my hand. in person, i feel it looks darker on my hand than it does on my lips... when on my lips it's a really bright, light shade of pink!



and here it is close up on my lips... it looks a lot lighter in some lighting than others! i'm always amazed at how lighting can affect color.





Gerard Cosmetics lipsticks retail for $19 each. you can find them and other products on their website, www.GerardCosmetics.com!

 i'm definitely a mad lipstick addict... light pinks and nudes are my all time faves! what are your favorite shades? 

Happy Monday! Ria :)


:: this lipstick is a press sample sent to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Saturday, April 11, 2015

SpaRitual Wilderness

Mr. Pawlish and i went shopping over in Annapolis today and had lunch at California Pizza Kitchen... man, do i miss eating there every week! since it's half an hour away now instead of five minutes, it's a bit more of hassle to get there. it was AWESOME :D i love their avocado club egg rolls so much... i would be perfectly happy eating them every day. i mean, it's basically my fave sandwich, but fried! so good.

today's polish is SpaRitual Wilderness, a warm peachy pink shimmer with a gold reflex that dries to a textured finish. you can leave it that way, or add top coat to make it a bit more smooth... i don't think you can completely make the texture go away, though! it applies easily, and with two coats you have full opacity. this is such a happy nail polish, it just screams warm, sunny days! not sure where the Wilderness name comes from, though ;)

two coats Wilderness, one coat FingerPaints Gel-Like Top Coat (press sample).




i've got lots of swatching to do for a few new polish collections... make sure to check back! Ria :)


:: the FingerPaints product is a press sample provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Friday, April 10, 2015

Orly Confetti

bought a vacuum today! it's so hard to make a decision on something like that... so i bought the one that claimed to have the most suction. andddd... it had a paw print on it ;) i mean, that just seals the deal, right?? Mama Pawlish's fancy vacuum blew up this week, so it was time for a new one... at least as a stopgap until her's can fixed.

today i have Orly Confetti to share! LisaLisaD1 on YouTube has raved about it for years, but it was unavailable for a long time. since she is one of my fave YouTubers, i had to pick it up when i saw it at Ulta! it's a milky, sheer baby pink creme that has a touch of a squishy jelly look. if you want it very sheer, it looks good with just one coat with careful application to avoid patchiness. i really like it with two coats, you can slightly see some nail line, but it still retains that super elegant feel. i recommend topcoat with this one, it looks really lovely with high shine!

two coats Confetti, one coat FingerPaints Gel-Like Top Coat (press sample).




it's a bit more white toned and sheer than it looks in the photo... i was shocked you can't really see my nail line because usually the camera picks up stuff i don't notice in person!

hope you all have fantastic weekends! Ria :)


:: the FingerPaints product is a press sample provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Burt's Bees Squeezable Beeswax Lip Balm

i can't remember if i mentioned it on the blog when it happened, but i fell off Echo last month and pulled or tore a muscle... and it's still not right. so, at least for the first part of this month i'm just taking one lesson a week and not riding other than that... i'm hoping it will go ahead and heal already! all i want to do is ride in my awesome dressage saddle :)

today i have Burt's Bees Squeezable Beeswax Lip Balm to share with you all! (it's a press sample, kindly provided to me for review). this balm is the liquid version of their popular Beeswax Lip Balm... and it's quite nice. it comes in a squeeze tube with a pointed applicator, and goes on super smoothly. it leaves the lips pretty shiny, so it's like applying a moisturizing gloss... a huge bonus in my book! it smells strongly of peppermint and tingles when on the lips, but not uncomfortably so. it doesn't have that burning feeling many plumping lip products have which i don't like at all... it's just fresh, and also smells so good. in addition to the beeswax and peppermint, this product also contains Vitamin E for even more benefits to your lips!

here it is :D




you can find Burt's Bees products on their website (www.BurtsBees.com) and in loads of stores all over the US. the Squeezable Beeswax Lip Balm retails for $4 on their website, but is currently unavailable at the time of this blog. THIS is the direct link to the balm to check if it's been restocked!

this product smelled so good that my dog Jewels couldn't resist chewing on it... so i will be buying myself a replacement for sure! she must be a peppermint fan, too ;)

Happy Thursday! Ria :)


:: this product is a press sample, provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Burt's Bees Sheer Body Lotion :: Violet & Mango

Mama Pawlish and i were out and about all day today running errands... it's crazy how long things can take! we had Grotto Pizza for the first time, and i really dig it. i've actually tried three different new to me pizza places this past week and they've all rocked! pizza is my favorite ;)

today i have Burt's Bees Sheer Body Lotion in Violet & Mango to share with you all! (it's a press sample, kindly provided to me for review). if you like natural products, lotion is 98.9% natural! it's a light body moisturizer that comes in a spray bottle, rather than the traditional tube or jar. it's so easy to use, and you don't have to go digging into a jar! i love the texture of it, it's thin enough to spray out through the nozzle, but not so runny that it goes everywhere. this lotion is definitely one that really absorbs into the skin, rather than leaving a fine layer on top, and it makes your skin feel SO silky. the scent isn't my favorite, but it's quite light and you don't smell it once it's absorbed unless you really sniff your hand :) Mama Pawlish is a huge fan of the scent and the lotion itself! if Voilet & Mango doesn't strike a cord with you, the Sheer Body Lotions also come in Cucumber & Aloe and Clementine & Calla Lily.

here's a look at Violet & Mango!




you can find Burt's Bees products on their website (www.BurtsBees.com) and in loads of stores all over the US... i saw the Sheer Body Lotions at both CVS and Target! on the Burt's Bees website, these lotions retail for $10.00.

if you try this or you've already tried it, let me know how you like it! Ria :)


:: this product is a press sample, provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Cutex Twister With SPA Formula

this past weekend i got to experience my life's dream... i saw Neil Diamond in concert :D i've loved his music my whole life, and i've always wanted to go to one of his shows. since he was coming to Washington DC which is only about 45 minutes away, it was finally time. it was awesome!!

continuing on the awesome theme... i've tried a new product that has really blown me away! Cutex has debuted a new polish remover, Twister with SPA Formula. (it's a press sample, kindly provided to me for review). this looks like a typical sponge remover... but when you open it up, in addition to a sponge there is a spiky cylinder which works as a scrubbie brush to help get off stubborn polishes like glitter. i really didn't think it would be this good, but it is!! 

here's a look!




the formula is 98% acetone, the remainder is made up botanical oils to condition yours nails... somehow it seems to work better than the pure acetone i usually use! regular polish is removed almost instantly, glitter removes fairly quickly (less than 30 seconds) with the scrubber, while textured polish takes the longest to get off, but i would say it still comes off in well under a minute! it does leave my nails and cuticles a bit dry feeling, so i recommend moisturizing after use... well, i actually recommend moisturizing after any form of polish removal... your body will thank you!

check out the scrubber brush... what a genius idea :)




you can find Twister and other Cutex products at Target stores, although they are not currently available for purchase at Target's website.

i'm really, really impressed with this product, i will absolutely be purchasing another jar when this one runs out!

Happy Tuesday! Ria :)


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

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Deborah Lippmann Today Was A Fairytale

today i'm working on testing out some fun new things that will be coming to the blog soon! i love trying new products... it's so exciting to find awesome stuff that i had either never heard of or never had the opportunity to try. it's also a beautiful day (finally!) here in Maryland :D

Deborah Lippmann Today Was A Fairytale is what we're having a look at today! it's a silver glitter with medium hex pieces and loads of microglitter, all suspended in a clear base. it applies so easily with very little placing needed... Deborah Lippmann really knows how to do a glitter! i feel that this one would be difficult to get opaque on its own, but it's perfect as a topper. i used it over a light blue and it made the blue look a bit darker, but in a really good way. definitely a pretty combo! i recommend adding topcoat to seal in all those little glitter bits :)

one coat Today Was A Fairytale over two coats Nails Inc. Chelsea Physic Gardens, finished off with one coat FingerPaints Gel-Like Top Coat. (the FingerPaints topcoat is a press sample).




i'm hoping this beautiful weather sticks around for awhile... but the weather is calling for thunderstorms. those can be beautiful, too, though! Ria :)


:: the FingerPaints product is a press sample provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Nails Inc. Chelsea Physic Gardens

my dogs are being pretty weird today! they keep acting like they want something and jumping all over me... but i can't figure out what it is they need. Mama Pawlish is out of town, so maybe they just miss her? who knows, they are both fruitloops :)

i found Nails Inc. Chelsea Physic Gardens either on clearance at Ulta or at a TJ Maxx type place... and since i have never tried this brand before, i couldn't pass it up! plus, it was a blue, and blue is still my fave polish color. Chelsea Physic Gardens is a robin's egg blue creme which goes on easily and isn't streaky. it's perfection at two coats and self levels really nicely... i'm super impressed with this polish. it dries SO GLOSSY on its own that you don't *need* topcoat... but i still prefer to use it to help everything dry and seal it in.

two coats Chelsea Physic Gardens, one coat FingerPaints Gel-Like Top Coat. (the FingerPaints topcoat is a press sample).




i'm working on taking my nails back to round/oval... i'm hoping i can get them long again like they used to be! working with horses all the times is pretty killer on the nails, though. even so, it's totally worth it!

Happy April Fool's Day! this year is flying! Ria :)


:: the FingerPaints product is a press sample provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::