Tuesday, April 26, 2016

China Glaze Lite Brites... Lime After Lime

jumping lesson today... Echo and i still have a LOT to do to get fit this summer! i'm so excited for tomorrow, maintenance is coming to install a fan in my bedroom :D i just can't get through another season of blazing hot without an overhead fan to have on... it's way to hard to sleep when it's hot. i'm hoping they come early so i can get out to the barn... but they will be here between 8am and 5pm. that is way too long a window!

Lime After Lime is today's China Glaze Lite Brites polish! (press sample, kindly provided to me for review). it's a bright, light green creme... lime is a pretty good description, but i think bright kiwi is even better! two pigmented coats made for perfect opacity. since it's not quite neon, it dries shiny on its own... but i still recommend topcoat. i also went ahead with a white creme base to make it really pop!

one coat FingerPaints Base Coat For Neons (press sample), two coats Lime After Lime, one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.





you can find the China Glaze Lite Brites collection at Ulta and Sally Beauty Supply... make sure to check out China Glaze on their website, www.ChinaGlaze.com!

Happy Tuesday! Ria :)


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

Monday, April 25, 2016

China Glaze Lite Brites... I'll Pink To That

went on a beautiful trail ride today, the woods are all green for Spring! i haven't been on a trail ride since last year, so i especially enjoyed it :) Echo was a super good girl today, very chill, even when a deer went running through the woods. she really earned her peppermint!

today's China Glaze Lite Brites polish is I'll Pink To That! (press sample, kindly provided to me for review). it's a bright saturated pink creme... not quite neon, but bright enough that i went with a white creme base. make sure to wipe the brush off as it's easy to get to much on the nail with this one. two coats for perfect, non-patchy coverage. since it isn't a true neon, it dries a bit shiny... but it's way better with a high gloss topcoat!

one coat FingerPaints Base Coat For Neons (press sample), two coats I'll Pink To That, one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.





you can find the China Glaze Lite Brites collection at Ulta and Sally Beauty Supply... make sure to check out China Glaze on their website, www.ChinaGlaze.com!

this collection is at its most beautiful in the sunshine, it's pretty in any light... but sunshine is the best! Ria :)


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

Sunday, April 24, 2016

China Glaze Lite Brites... What I Like About Blue

today's Sunday, so church this morning and lunch with friends after! this Sunday was special because they had breakfast at church... one of the ladies there does a breakfast monthly where you can come and ask for exactly what you want out of what's available and she fixes it for you. it's awesome, she's awesome! i was a total piggie and had an omelette, 2 sausage links, a biscuit... and 2 chocolate chip pancakes. #oinkoink

What I Like About Blue is today's China Glaze Lite Brites polish! (press sample, kindly provided to me for review). it's a green-toned blue shimmer... and this shimmer isn't shy! it's a beautiful, delicate shimmer without overt glitter pieces. China Glaze describes this polish as sky blue... i disagree, i think it's more of a blue turquoise! makes me think of what i imagine tropical oceans look like in person :) people at church today noticed and liked it as well! this one seemed a touch more sheer, so you will probably need that second coat to make sure there is no patchiness. as it has neon pigment, i highly recommend a white creme base to apply it on... that's what i did. it dries pretty dull, so bring on that shiny topcoat!

one coat FingerPaints Base Coat For Neons (press sample), two coats What I Like About Blue, one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.





you can find the China Glaze Lite Brites collection at Ulta and Sally Beauty Supply... make sure to check out China Glaze on their website, www.ChinaGlaze.com!

Monday's coming at us fast... hope you have a BEAUTIFUL week! Ria :)


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

Saturday, April 23, 2016

China Glaze Lite Brites... Bite Me

today was absolutely gorgeous... but Mr. Pawlish and i spent the whole day inside catching up on tv shows. what can i say... we are both total tv junkies. when people say they don't watch tv i'm always completely shocked! we've been bingeing on the complete series of King of Queens, now that we're finished we have loadssss of recorded stuff to get through. we did Agent Carter today... i'm going to be SO sad if that gets cancelled!

today we are kicking off reviews of the highly anticipated China Lite Brites collecteion with Bite Me! (press sample, kindly provided to me for review). it's a neon coral with a hint of golden shimmer... yummy for this warmer weather! the shimmer is pretty shy... you need a bright light to really see it. since it's a neon, i recommend using it over a white creme base to really make it pop... and Bite Me sure does. i used two coats to make sure there was any streaks or patchiness, and it was perfect at two coats. with the neon pigment it dries matte... i actually like it that way, so you could seal it off with a matte topcoat. however, it's way more in your face when it's glossy, so naturally i prefer it with a shiny topcoat!

one coat FingerPaints Base Coat For Neons (press sample), two coats Bite Me, one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.




you can find the China Glaze Lite Brites collection at Ulta and Sally Beauty Supply... make sure to check out China Glaze on their website, www.ChinaGlaze.com!

check back often, got 11 more Lite Brite beauties on the way! Ria :)


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

Friday, April 22, 2016

FingerPaints Endless Wear... Folk He-Art

i was hanging outside with doggies last night when there was a really loud CRACK... like a gun or a electricity transformer. we didn't lose power, but we lost everything that we get from our cable provider... so, phone, tv, and INTERNET! i generally blog in the evening, so that was pretty frustrating. i still don't know what even happened, but everything is back up... so no complaints here :)

today i have FingerPaints Folk He-Art to from their Endless Wear polish line! (press sample, kindly provided to me for review). it's a rich burgundy shimmer... super sparkly in bright light and in the shade you can see a lot of the individual shimmers! applies easily... you can go with one coat and have it opaque, but i do prefer two. definitely want to add topcoat as this does not dry shiny and you'll lose a lot of your sparkles if you don't!

two coats Folk He-Art, one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.




it's way more sparkly in person than you can capture in a photo! sorry about the weird reflection leaving that blueish cast in the middle... couldn't figure out what was causing it.

FingerPaints polishes are sold exclusively at Sally Beauty Supply and their website www.SallyBeauty.com!

have a fantastic weekend!! Ria :)


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

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

FingerPaints The Mural of the Story

went ceiling fan shopping with Mama Pawlish today... there's a few hoops you have to jump through to get one installed where i live, but i decided i absolutely won't go through a third Maryland summer without one! it's super hard for me to sleep when it's hot... anybody else with me? hopefully the maintenance dude will come sometime next week... but they have no guarantees >.<

on to something happy... FingerPaints The Mural of the Story! (press sample, kindly provided to me for review). it's light teal creme... similar to Tiffany blue, but with a much greener undertone. it's also quite similar to FingerPaints Party Teal Dawn (press sample), except Party Teal Dawn is a touch darker and far more dusty. (it applies like a dream, easy to work with and opaque in two coats. it dries shiny on its own... but like usual, i prefer it with topcoat!

two coats The Mural of the Story, one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.




FingerPaints polishes are sold exclusively at Sally Beauty Supply and their website www.SallyBeauty.com!

Happy Wednesday... halfway to Friday! Ria :)


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

Monday, April 18, 2016

FingerPaints 1 Step Gel Polish Press Release

today was pretty warm out... but i couldn't get my lazy behind in gear in time to go to the barn! i decided that since i did that, i had to really get something productive done at home. so, i spent the day working on Mr. Pawlish and my bedroom... shamefully, there were still boxes i had not unpacked O.O i mean... we only moved two years ago! yikes.

today i have a new press release from FingerPaints. they are coming out with gel polishes in May 2016 that only require you to apply one coat of the gel polish and cure... and that's it! cuts out all the steps of base coat, top coat, and removing the tacky layer... the mind boggles. i have never done gels at home, but i know a lot of people do and love it... so i just had to share :D Happy Monday! Ria :)


1 Step Gel Polish


1 Step Soak Off Gel Polish - Prep nails, apply 1 coat of the 1 Step Gel Polish, and cure! Voila! No need to wipe tacky layer...seriously just 1 step, no base coat or top coat to achieve a beautiful manicure in minutes! Glides on smooth with glossy gel finish. If you want to apply a 2nd coat then apply on top of the 1st coat and cure. That's it!
19 colors to choose from!
Easy & simple 1 step application!
No base or top gel needed!
No tacky layer to remover!



Launching in Sally Beauty stores May 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Waters

had a nice, lazy Saturday... Mr. Pawlish was out with a friend most of the day, so i got some blog work done and spent the entire afternoon sitting outside. it was lovely to be able to sit outside and read! i miss that so much, nothing beats Monterey, California's weather... perfect every day except for the rainy season :D

i've been testing out the new Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Waters for awhile now, and i want to share my thoughts on them with you all! there is a waterproof version which separates into two different liquids and must be shaken up before use... the regular version is only one type liquid. both are oil, alcohol, and fragrance free. not sure what the liquid that separates is made from since there is no oil! it's easy to use, simply saturate a cotton pad and wipe on. for eye makeup, i recommend holding it the eye area for a little bit before wiping away to help dissolve the makeup. this makes removal easier!




i didn't find a huge difference between the two, but makeup does remove a little more easily with the waterproof version. these are both touted to remove all makeup without the need of being washed off after... basically replacing your need for a wash. i really don't care for the way it feels on my skin, kind of heavy and thick, so i always rinsed it completely off. my other issue is that while it works fairly well on eye makeup (both struggle with mascara), it just isn't enough for the face. even after multiple soaked cotton pads (6 or so) there was STILL foundation left. 

for me, i use these to remove makeup from my body... such as hand swatches, makeup leftover from application (such as using back of hand to warm up concealer), and swatches on my arms for the blog. i know these work a lot better for some people... but i'm just not seeing the hype.

i bought mine at Ulta... my fave place, of course!!

have you tried these out? what did you think? Ria :)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish

had a doctors appointment today... wasn't very productive. makes me pretty irritated that i sat in so much traffic for so long for basically no reason. after that, Mama Pawlish and i had lunch, then went grocery shopping. glad the rest of the day was nice and productive!

we are finishing up the last of March's Pixi blogger sample box today with their new Nourishing Lip Polish ($12)! (press sample, kindly provided for review). it's a lip scrub designed to remove all the dead/flaky skin leaving behind plush, soft lips.




sorry about the blurriness! Nourishing Lip Polish has a light citrus scent and a thick lip balmy texture. it is in a squeezy tube which makes it super easy to apply. it really reminds me of some lip glosses in a squeezy tube... except the Lip Polish has tiny pieces of grit which dissolve as you rub your lips together. i'm not a huge fan of the scent/taste or the sensation that there might be a little grit left on your lips... so, sometimes i wipe it off and apply a different lip balm! the really innovative part of this product is the silicon applicator... it has a small hole (which releases the scrub) surrounded by little nubbies! i love the thought that it can be used with any lip product to rub away dead skin :D




you can find Pixi products at Target stores, www.Target.com, and www.PixiBeauty.com!! 

i loved Pixi's March sample box... what is your favorite product?  Ria :)

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

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Pixi Book of Beauty in Minimal Makeup

ran some errands today, then slept this afternoon... dunno what was up with my body today! i woke up at 430am and couldn't go back to sleep, then completely crashed about 230pm and slept until 600pm. so weird!

today we are checking out the Pixi Book of Beauty in Minimal Makeup (press sample, kindly provided to me for review). Pixi has several new Books of Beauty which are palettes with six powder shades that retail for $15. Minimal Makeup (as the name suggests!) is designed to help you create that perfect no makeup makeup look! it has six large round powder pans in sturdy cardboard packaging. i like that there are windows on the front of the palette so you can easily see the colors... i much prefer packaging that lets you see the actual product.





Minimal Makeup has three rows, top row has two highlights, second row has a blush and a bronzer/contour, third row is two split pans which gives you four eyeshadows. they are not ultra pigmented, which means you don't have to be as careful in application... i am notorious for having a bit TOO strong of a cheek :D




you can find Pixi products at Target stores, www.Target.com, and www.PixiBeauty.com!! 

i'm watching Real Housewives of Atlanta : Secrets Revealed right now and i'm OBSESSED with Sheree's makeup. her highlight is ultra-strong... just how i like mine, i LOVE a strong cheek! how about you?  Ria :)

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

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist

jump lesson got cancelled today, so Echo and i just worked on some flat work... so glad it had stopped raining! most everything had dried out by the time i got to the barn and it had turned into a gorgeous day.

i'm SUPER excited about the product i have to share with you guys today! it's Pixi's Hydrating Milky Mist, a moisturizing spray that dries to a satiny finish. it came in March's Pixi blogger sample box... but i had already bought it in early February, right when it landed in Target stores. it's perfect to refresh your skin during the day, i like also using it right after i wash my face and put on a cream moisturizer... it just makes your skin feel so lovely. not only can it be used to moisture your face, it can also be used as a setting spray! i use it for a setting spray a lot, i love the satin dry down effect, plus it smells amazing. i'm not good at describing scents... but i love it, whatever it is! it has hyaluronic acid in it which helps to plump the skin and keep it looking fresh and young... i certainly need all the help i can get as i spend so much time outside.

here it is, retailing at $15!




you can find Pixi products at Target stores, www.Target.com, and www.PixiBeauty.com!!

i was so happy to get another bottle in my sample box because the one i bought is running low :D this is a product i will definitely continue to repurchase!

have you given the Milky Mist a go? what did you think? Ria :)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Tweezerman Easy Finish Facial Hair Remover

as usual, i'm working on the blog with reality tv on in the background. i'm such a tv junkie, and reality is one of my top favorite genres. i'm super nosy, so the opportunity to watch other people's lives (even if it's somewhat scripted!) is just fascinating to me :D

today i want to give you all my thoughts on a new product from Tweezerman... their Easy Finish Facial Hair Remover! i saw this while i was at Ulta the other day... i immediately grabbed it and since it retails for $14.99, i was able to use their $3.50 off $10 coupon which it even more affordable.




this tool is marketed as an easy way to remove unwanted facial hair... which i sadly (!!) have copious amounts of. i have polycystic ovary syndrome which means their is loads of testosterone rattling around in my body, which cause a lot of hair on the face! because of this, i am always looking for a better method of removing it. for my face i've tried waxing, threading, a manual spring tool, and epilators... none of them are ideal, and waxing and threading are downright expensive. also, if you're on prescription strength retinol products (which i am) you don't even have the option of waxing! i was really hoping this would be an easy, inexpensive alternative...

the tool is a plastic oval with a tight metal coil at one end... that's it! the directions are to simply roll it on your face, as the coil rotates it should pinch the hairs and pull them out. sadly... that is not how it worked for me AT ALL. i found it difficult to even get the coil to grab the hairs, and when i did, it broke them instead of ripping them out. so for the most part, i now have marginally shorter hairs on my face, but not many got removed.

close up of the actual tool...




because of this, i actually returned this product! i rarely return something and do a review on it, but i wanted to warn you guys about this one... definitely not worth the money. actually, i don't think it's worth anything at all. i LOVE Tweezerman products and own loads of them... and am very sad this one is such a bummer.

have you tried the Easy Finish Facial Hair Remover? what was your experience?

Happy Sunday! Ria :)

Friday, April 8, 2016

China Glaze Lite Brites Press Release!

Mama Pawlish and i spent hours in my bedroom today working on my vanity so that it will be better organized... got a lot done, but still wayyy more work for it to be finished! looking forward to spending the weekend with Mr. Pawlish and spending some of my Ulta rewards :D

today i have the press release for the new China Glaze collection, Lite Brites! there has been some chatter on social media about it and people are SO excited about this collection. it looks gorgeous... so many ultra-bright and neon colors. i should be getting press samples for this collection, can't wait to share it with you guys!






CHINA GLAZE IS BACK FROM THE FUTURE


Brighten Up with 1980s Inspired Summer 2016 Collection

When it comes to bold, in-your-face beauty looks, no decade trumps the 1980s. Individuality was expressed through a variety of trends but one thing was constant: neon! Blindingly bright colours exploded in multiple patterns, and nails and makeup were loud and proud. This summer, China Glaze® is back FROM the future with its Lite Brites collection, a nod to the audacious spirit and outspoken style of the ‘80s with 12 all new bold neon crèmes and shimmers.

The China Glaze® Lite Brites collection includes:  




  • Hot Flash – Smokin’ hot crimson shimmer
  • Bite Me – Fiercely fluorescent watermelon crème
  • I’ll Pink to That – Bodacious neon fuchsia crème
  • Lip Smackin’ Good – Bubblicious neon pink crème
  • Papa Don’t Peach – Coral peach with iridescent copper glitter
  • None of Your Risky Business – Electric tangerine crème
  • Whip It Good – Brilliant banana yellow crème
  • Lime After Lime – Light bright neon lime crème
  • I Got a Blue Attitude – Deep blue-violet crème
  • What I Like About Blue – Serene sky blue shimmer
  • Let’s Jam – Shimmering orchid
  • We Got the Beet – Go-go grape with iridescent copper shimmer


Live out loud – and in colour – with the China Glaze® Lite Brites collection, available in April 2016 at Ulta and Sally Beauty Supply.  MSRP $7.50 for individual shades.

For more information, please visit www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook (@ChinaGlazeOfficial), Instagram (@ChinaGlazeOfficial), Twitter (@ChinaGlaze) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/chinaglaze).

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

FingerPaints Project Runway... 50 Shades of Ashley

looks like Princess Echo is feeling better... hopefully, she'll be 100% on Saturday so her owner can ride her. next week is a two lesson week for me, so fingers crossed she'll be ready to go :D i'm so happy the weather is better and i can go up to six lessons a month... which means i get to jump every week! nothing better.

today we finish up FingerPaints Project Runway collection with 50 Shades of Ashley (press sample, kindly provided to me for review)! i saved my fave for last... it's a lavender/green duochrome! AHHHHH. it's so good! i tried over loads of different colors of polish, but i find it shows up the best on a regular old white creme. i used Salon Perfect Sugar Cube (press sample) as my base. 50 Shades of Ashley can be a little patchy and streaky on the first coat... but it's perfection on coat two! you will probably have some visible brush strokes, but they didn't bother me at all. this is one that would distract me while i was driving to watch the colors change and sparkle in the sunshine! i would definitely seal this bad boy up with topcoat to make sure all those layers dry... and high gloss will bring out all the colors :D

two coats 50 Shades of Ashley over Salon Perfect Sugar Cube, finished off with Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.




it's even better in person!!

FingerPaints polishes are sold exclusively at Sally Beauty Supply and their website www.SallyBeauty.com!

hope you all enjoyed this collection... which was your fave?! Ria :)


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

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

FingerPaints Project Runway... Blushing With Excitement

had a jumping lesson with Echo today... she was a bit lame afterwards, so she's going to get a couple days off :( makes me so sad that she's all hurtie right now. hopefully she'll be back at 100% next week!

today from FingerPaints Project Runway collection is Blushing With Excitement (press sample, kindly provided to me for review)! it's very dusty pastel pink creme... blush is actually a pretty good description of it. like the other cremes in this collection, it's easy to apply and fully opaque in two coats with a shiny finish upon dry down. it's even better with a glossy topcoat which has the bonus of helping it dry faster!

two coats Blushing With Excitement, one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.




FingerPaints polishes are sold exclusively at Sally Beauty Supply and their website www.SallyBeauty.com!

hope you are all having fantastic weeks with beautiful weather! Ria :)


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

Monday, April 4, 2016

FingerPaints Project Runway... Party Teal Dawn

bonkers weather here again... warm morning, rainy afternoon... and a freeze warning for tonight! if only the weather would just make up its mind >.< i think it's supposed to be quite cold tomorrow... i'm hoping it's not too bad since i have a jumping lesson in the afternoon!

Party Teal Dawn is today's FingerPaints Project Runway polish (press sample, kindly provided to me for review)! it's a very dusty blue-toned green creme... not what i would consider teal, though. the formula is great, two easy coats for full opacity and dries glossy on its own... but as usual i recommend topcoat to help it dry and for extra shine!

two coats Party Teal Dawn, one coat Salon Perfect Crystal Clear Top Coat.




FingerPaints polishes are sold exclusively at Sally Beauty Supply and their website www.SallyBeauty.com!

Happy Monday! Ria :)


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

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Butter London Waterless Manicure Event at Ulta!

interrupting our FingerPaints Project Runway series just for today so that i can share with you all the event i went to yesterday at Ulta in Elkridge, Maryland! this is my fave Ulta in my area... shockingly, there are 3 Ulta's in easy driving distance from where i live. this is a huge and lovely change from California, where there wasn't even an Ulta at all for the first part of my time there! i was very sad ;)




the event consisted of getting a waterless manicure... free! i highly recommend participating in Ulta's events if you get a chance... they are always fun and the ones i've been to have been free. you can tip your artist if you would like, but there is literally no fee!

the waterless manicure consisted of cleaning up your nails with acetone and having Butter London polish applied by one of Butter London's professional nail techs... super cool. i was lucky enough to have a nail tech that works New York Fashion Week for Butter London... HOW AWESOME IS THAT?! of course, i told her to do whatever she wanted with my nails!

here's my nails before... eeeeek.




i LOVE getting my nails done :D




and a close up...




and here is the finished look!




you know i've gotta show you closeups... these bad boys are amazing! my favorite colors are greY and pink and the awesome nail tech picked out those colors without me telling her :D i love that both hands are different... i'm super into having each hand have different colors currently... and different colors with with nail art?! *swoon*





the middle finger with the stud is one of the nail techs' signature looks... she calls it a 'Kate Spade Nail'. simple and chic! perfection.

big giant thank you to the gorgeous nail tech who did my manicure and the other gorgeous nail tech that took pictures for me! you guys rock!

hope you enjoyed this look at Ulta's Butter London event... and i hope you are encouraged to attend an event, too! Ria :)