Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Remington Smooth & Silky Facial Tweeze System

went grocery shopping with Mama Pawlish this morning as we had really been putting it off for too long... running out of staples is just terrible. for shame! so, now that there is things like bread and cheese back in the house everyone can be happy again. headed for the barn this afternoon... i didn't really feel like going, but it's supposed to storm again tomorrow and i didn't want to miss out completely. but maybe the storm won't come and i will be after to see the mares tomorrow, too :D

i was pretty excited to find the Reminton Smooth & Silky Facial Tweeze System at Ulta as i had been looking for something that would be able to safely and quickly remove facial hair at home that's safe for retinol users. this bad boy definitely ticks all the boxes AND retails for only $14.99... far less than i had been paying for full face threading, and you only have to pay it once!

the Smooth & Silky Facial Tweeze System is a very small epilator with only 6 automatic tweezers. an epilator is a hair remover which has a spinning top with tweezers that open and close on their own to pull out hairs by the root. if you have your face threaded, this gives a similar stinging sensation. it will totally depend on your personal pain tolerance how much you feel like it hurts! i already had a large epilator that i use on my legs... which i tried on my face. HUGE mistake. it has loads of automatic tweezers and i managed to suck up the skin over my upper lip... it was really gross and raw for a really long time. i strongly, strongly advise against using full size epilators on your face! 

i have a very, very hairy face... basically, in my natural state, i have quite the luscious blonde beard! the Smooth & Silky Facial Tweeze System works best if you go slowly against the way the hair grows. it's not going to pull out every single last hair... you just have to keep up with it. as the tiny hairs it can't get at first grow longer, you'll be able to grab those... and eventually you'll have them all pulled. this will mean you will be able to go longer and longer between needing to epilate! like it says on the box, it is great for the details on your face. i really can clean up my hairline where hairs want to go rogue! as to lasting for 6 weeks... i would say that the hairs you tweeze out last for 6 weeks, but the effect won't last as long in the beginning because the tiny hairs will be growing in!

the Remington Smooth & Silky Facial Tweeze System retails for $14.99 at Ulta, THIS is the direct link to it on Ulta's site!

Happy Wednesday! Ria :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

FingerPaints I Have The Painters Hues

i was right, the air condition was broken! the maintenance guys came out in the middle of the night last night since it was going to be so hot today, but couldn't fix it... so they had to come work on it again today. poor guys were even working on it through a storm! i am so very, very grateful to them... on top of everything they are super nice guys :)

today i have another FingerPaints polish, it's I Have The Painters Hues from their Hard As Steel line! (press sample, kindly provided to me for review). it's a deep, warm berry creme that dries down nice and shiny. it goes on easily and is opaque in two coats... i prefer it with two, but you might be able to get away with one! while it dries shiny on its own, i do use a glossy topcoat over it to give even more shine and to help it dry.

two coats I Have The Painters Hues, one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.

FingerPaints polishes are sold exclusively at Sally Beauty Supply and their website!

the storm here this afternoon had some really awesome lightning and thunder... i love electrical storms. i love hurricanes, too... i'm sure i've talked about it before. actually... i'm pretty sure i blogged through the hurricane the Pawlish family rode out at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. now that was awesome!

Happy Tuesday! Ria :)

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

Monday, June 20, 2016

FingerPaints Shut The Front Salvador

i'm getting pretty concerned my air conditioner is broken... the temperature keeps going up in here. but cold air is coming out of the vent... so, i just don't know! i'm waiting until Mama Pawlish comes home so she can tell me what to do :D i'm pretty useless about stuff like this. the doggies had their 6 month appointment today, both of them are looking good! which makes today a wonderful day :)

today we are checking out FingerPaints Shut The Front Salvador! (press sample, kindly provided to me for review). the name makes me giggle, it's so clever. the stable hand who works at my barn is actually from El Salvador... but that's about all i know about it. i remember learning about it in the four (!!) years of Spanish i took in high school... but apparently none of it stuck!

ANYWAY! Shut The Front Salvador is a fun, warm pink creme. it actually really makes me think of strawberry milk... i haven't had strawberry milk in forever, so i'm sure if it is actually as pink as this polish is or not :) the formula can be a little streaky... i ended up using three coats, but i think it will depend on how you apply it and the temperature/conditions in your house as to whether you will need one or two. it dries down shiny, but i definitely needed a fast dry top coat to dry those layers!

Shut The Front Salvador is actually from FingerPaints new line of polishes called Hard As Steel, which are meant to be strengthening nail colors... but since i need to change my polish so much, it's hard for me to tell a difference with color polishes. basecoats are much easier to test :) let me know if you tested these out and what your results have been!

three coats Shut The Front Salvador, one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.

FingerPaints polishes are sold exclusively at Sally Beauty Supply and their website!

got any fun plans this week? i'm riding, so fun plans for me! 

Happy Monday! Ria :)

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

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Butter London Airy Fairy

Mr. Pawlish is teaching Vacation Bible School at our church next week, so he's been pretty busy decorating his classroom today. he did take some time out to take me to lunch and run a couple errands, though :) nothing very exciting... did run in Ulta to buy a couple pairs of nicer tweezers to have on hand since the ticks are so out of control this year. the flea and tick medication the vet suggested to add on as the bugs are such a problem this year arrived today, so i'm crossing my fingers the problem is going to be resolved!!

today we are checking out Butter London Airy Fairy :) it's a stunning blue foil that looks a bit different in different lighting... leaning towards more of a warm blue in some, more of a teal in others, and more of an ocean in still others! you can see a slight pink reflex shimmer in the bottle, but seeing it on the nail is REALLY difficult.... you have to kind of get your eye close to it at just the right angle in just the right lighting... in other words, no one will ever see it. it's easy to apply and opaque in two coats, i do use fairly thick coats... if you go for thin ones, you may need three! it dries pretty quickly on its own, but i recommend topcoat to make it nice and glossy, it dries down to a pretty matte finish... however, that is quite pretty too, if that's the look you're going for :)

two coats Airy Fairy, one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.

find out more about Butter London at their website, their polishes retail for $15 and can be bought off their website and loads more places... sometimes you can snag them at places like TJ Maxx, which is where i snagged this baby!

Happy Saturday! Ria :)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Salon Perfect Foxy Lady

had an early doctors appointment today, then had to get a bunch of meds... but i'm really happy because i got my referral to get my asthma checked out. i'm really struggling these days when i'm riding and when i'm singing to be able to get enough air in, and then i start coughing and it's all over! i'm really hoping the pulmonary specialist will have easy fix :) is there ever an easy fix? if you have stress induced asthma, let me know any tricks you do!!

today we are checking out Salon Perfect Foxy Lady! i love the name, and i love the polish in the bottle. when i walked by it at Walmart, it just had to come home with me :D it's a glitter with loads of matte hot pink and sparse shiny silver hex pieces suspended in a clear base. sadly... i was so disappointed with how it looked on the nail. i tried it alone... and didn't care for it, so i put it over an opaque white creme base. with one coat it just looked sort of sparse and weird, two coats made clumps like large strange polka dots random places, and three coats made it more even... but still just didn't give me a yummy feeling :( i'm really bummed because Salon Perfect is one of my fave brands and i'm so rarely disappointed in one of their products! obviously, we are all different, and just because it wasn't for me doesn't mean you won't you love it :) because of it being a glitter, i highly recommend topcoat to seal in all the bits and make it pop!

one coat FingerPaints Base Coat For Neons (press sample), three coats Foxy Lady, one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.

Salon Perfect products are exclusive to Walmart stores and and most retail for $3.98. THIS is the direct link to Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat on the website!

have a fantastic weekend... got more polishes on the way and loads more makeup, so be sure to check back often!

Happy Friday! Ria :)

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

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Nail Bliss Nail Pop

sorry i've left you guys hanging for a week... i don't know what my damage was, but i just couldn't get myself together. i started taking a new medicine, and it really threw me off for a few weeks... i *think* i'm getting back to normal though! had a really fantastic jumping lesson yesterday and a long relaxing pasture ride over the hills today... nothing like some good equine therapy :)

today i will be sharing the other Nail Bliss product i'm so thankful to have received for review! Nail Bliss Nail Pops ($4.99) are what we're checking out... they are cute packs of nail appliques, 8 full nail appliques per pack plus quite a few tiny accent appliques.

the full nail appliques are generally competely different and meant to be used as, you guessed it, the accent nail on one of your hands. however, feel free to get all crazy with them! they're your hands :D

i decided to go with one full nail, a couple bows, and one word... and i LOVED the effect! so much easier to whack these on rather than nail polish stamping, that's for sure. (the nail polish is FingerPaints A-Cry-Lic A Girl, press sample) the only the drawback would be that if you look very closely you can see that the small ones are actually stickers. i doubt anyone would ever notice... but if you're super particular, it's something to keep in mind!

they retail for $4.99 and you can buy them at Sally Beauty Supply and their websiteTHIS is the direct link. they are only $4.49 with your Beauty Club Card!

Happy Wednesday! Ria :)

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

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Nail Bliss Nail Guard

went on a crazy trail ride today... it started out absolutely normally, just slowly going along one of the paths in the woods. the sky started to darken up... and once we'd crossed the tiny baby river, it started pouring! since we were in the woods, we weren't getting too wet, but it showed no signs of letting up so we wanted to get back. this meant a fast trot all the way back to the barn, which we never do (don't want the horses thinking it's a good idea to run back home!). we make it back, get the horses put away... then the storm completely clears off, and the sky turns a beautiful blue with white puffy clouds... so strange!

i'm SO excited to share Nail Bliss Nail Guard with you all today! (press sample, kindly provided to me for review). this product is a clear nail wrap meant to be used as a base for any type of polish, including glitter and gels! having not had the greatest experiences with wraps in the past, i didn't have the highest of hopes for these... but man was i wrong.

they are so easy to put on... no heat or anything needed, they apply just like a sticker. the most difficult part is getting them off the paper they are stuck to... there are multiple protective layers and i still haven't figured out the trick yet.

i didn't have trouble finding sizes to fit my nails, and like most nail wraps, all you need to do to prep is push back your cuticles and clean your nails with a product like acetone. once you've applied the wrap, go over it with your fingers really good to make sure it's smooth, i also held a finger on it to really set it with a little heat. then you fold the excess over the edge of the nail, and file with a downwards motion over the edge of the nail. after that, all that's left is to apply your polish of choice!

these lasted for a week on me... until i took them off! there was a little shrinking back of polish from the tips of the nails... not sure if that was related to the wraps or not. however, there was absolutely NO chipping for an entire week! and that including riding, grooming, and bathing horses! my mind is absolutely. basically, now i want to wear these constantly. if you don't want to change your polish color all the time, these are for you!!

when i went to take them off... i didn't follow the directions included in the package, and i did have a little bit of nail peel off with them. i think that was my fault, though. make sure to carefully follow their directions step by step!

i highly, highly recommend giving these a try!!... let me know if you've tried them and what you think.

they retail for $3.99 and you can buy them at Sally Beauty Supply and their websiteTHIS is the direct link. they are only $3.49 with your Beauty Club Card!

Happy Wednesday! Ria :)

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

Sunday, June 5, 2016

FingerPaints Off To Collage!

this weekend slipped by really fast! i saw my endocrinologist on Friday and he added a new medicine which is making me feel pretty gross... but i still went to our church picnic on Friday and church today. then out to lunch and a longgg nap this evening! i'm feeling a bit better now, thankfully :) i think it's one of those medications that's just going to take some time for my body to adjust to... hopefully, sooner rather than later!

today we are checking out FingerPaints Off To Collage!, one of their new permanent polishes this year. (press sample, kindly provided to me for review). it's a hex shaped glitter with iridescent and blue pieces set in an ultra sheer light blue base... you really can't see the tint at all on the nail. i was convinced i could build it up to opacity, but after three coats... i realized i was wrong! it's beautiful by itself at three coats, but a totally different look. it would also make a gorgeous topper to pretty much any color! to make sure the base is shiny and bring out all the shine of the glitter, you will need a topcoat. also, you don't see all the bare spots visible in the photo in person due to how shiny all the glitter bits are.... i had no idea they were there!

three coats Off To Collage!, one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.

FingerPaints polishes are sold exclusively at Sally Beauty Supply and their website!

Happy Sunday! Ria :)

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

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

FingerPaints A-Cry-Lic A Girl

today was a total fun day! i started working with another horse, Madison, today... my job with her is to keep her feeling loved and groom and ride her a couple times a week. she's beautiful, and has a totally different personality than Echo. she needs surgery on her back legs, so we will just be taking it easy :) after riding Madison, i rode Echo on a trail ride with my trainer... i'm telling you, bliss!

today we have FingerPaints A-Cry-Lic A Girl! (press sample, kindly provided to me for review).  it's a warm, mid-toned pink that comes off like a creme except in bright light where it has a subtle shimmer. you can see the shimmer WAY better in the photo than you can in person! it was easy to work with, two coats and you have full opacity. it dries shiny, but it's even better with glossy topcoat... plus, it helps your nails dry down!

two coats A-Cry-Lic A Girl, one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.

FingerPaints polishes are sold exclusively at Sally Beauty Supply and their website!

Happy Wednesday... halfway to the weekend! Ria :)

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