Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Pixi Vitamin Wakeup Mist

i cannot even believe how many shows i've let build up on my Tivo again... Hulu got more seasons of The Only Way Is Essex so of course i had to watch those! when you add that to spending most of my time at the barn, only my most favorite recorded shows got watched. i'm just going to be having it on in the background as much as possible... which will hopefully also be motivation to get back on a good blogging schedule :)

today i have Pixi Vitamin Wakeup Mist (press sample) to share with you all! it's one of the latest sprays in their line of Mists, and i'm so appreciate that i was given the chance to give it a go. Vitamin Wakeup Mist is a heavier mist, it feels like a light oil upon the skin. it is very citrusy, so if your skin is sensitive or a bit raw for some reason (like wind or sun) it will burn a bit! this is definitely a spray i would only use at home, it's way to heavy for me to use over makeup... i feel like it makes me look a little oily. i don't find myself grabbing for this one nearly as much as Pixi's other sprays... i guess i just prefer lighter sprays!




my one complaint about Pixi's sprays is the actual sprayer... it's hit and miss how well the sprayer will work, and if it does work well, how fine the mist will be. i'm hoping they fix this issue... but it's not a deal breaker, i will keep buying Pixi Mists as i use them on the daily :D

Pixi Vitamin Wakeup Mist retails for $15. you can find Pixi products at Target stores, www.Target.com, and www.PixiBeauty.com!!

Happy Tuesday! Ria :)


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

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Pixi + ItsJudyTime Get The Look - ItsEyeTime & ItsLipTime Palettes

i was supposed to be having a dressage lesson with Tucker today... but it poured down rain and i was able to reschedule. i'm also glad about that because my allergies are kicking my butt! anybody else? seems like most people i talk to are all coughy and snotty. hopefully the rain will wash a lot of the allergens away :D

today i'm going to share two new palettes from Pixi with you all! both of these Get The Look palettes are press samples kindly sent to me for review :) ItsEyeTime and ItsLipTime were developed by Pixi in collaboration with YouTube beauty vlogger ItsJudyTime! check her out HERE.

let's start off with ItsEyeTime!





this eyeshadow palette is plastic, i do find it difficult to open, which is a complaint i often have with makeup containers like this one. it does come with a stick on mirror to make the palette easy to take with you on trips and not need a mirror... or for touch-ups if you carry quite a large purse! it comes with 12 shadows that are a mix of shimmer and matte, super nice for making a dimensional eye look. i am quite impressed with the pigmention of most of these shadows, they are also easy to work with and blend. Trainer Pawlish does not have much experience with makeup, and i used this palette to give her a lesson... it was absolutely perfect. not too much pigmentation to make it hard to work with, but enough to make it easy to lay down product. i find you need to be an advanced makeup user for ultra pigmented products :)

next we have ItsLipTime!





ItsLipTime is similar to ItsEyeTime in the ways you'd expect. it has the same plastic packaging with stick-on mirror and 12 different lipsticks. i tried using these with a lip brush, but found them to have have much better pigmentation and to be far easier to apply with your fingers. i personally really dislike applying lip products with my fingers and generally do not use anything that doesn't come in a tube or bullet form. however, Trainer Pawlish LOVED these! i was so happy to be able to pass this palette along to someone who appreciates it more than i do. makeup is so personal... just because something doesn't work for me doesn't mean it won't work for you :D i do like that since you have so many shades together, you can mix your own custom shade for any look you come up with.

here are the palettes on Trainer Pawlish... she did this look all by herself after washing off what i had shown her! this was one of the first times she had ever applied eyeshadow, which shows just how user friendly ItsEyeTime is!






how gorgeous is she?! big thanks goes out to her for letting me use her image in my post :)

both palettes retail for $24, scoop them up HEREyou can find them and other Pixi products at Target stores, www.Target.com, and www.PixiBeauty.com!!

Happy Tuesday! Ria :)


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

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

China Glaze Summer Reign Press Release

i'm really happy to share a new press release from China Glaze with you all! these colors look absolutely yummy, jewel tones are just so perfect for summer which i'm beyond excited for. i know i don't have a lot of nail stuff on the blog lately, my nails are completely destroyed from working at a horse barn so it's hard to do swatches for you guys :) i hope you enjoy seeing what's coming up from China Glaze!!




BASK IN SUMMER REIGN



Get the Royal Treatment with China Glaze® Summer 2017 Collection
#LiveInColour


Let Summer Reign, the new collection from China Glaze®, transport you to some of world’s most elite summertime playgrounds, from St. Tropez to Sardinia, Monaco and the Greek isles. Leave the royal pains of life behind and step onto the sun soaked deck of the SS China Glaze®. As the yacht meanders along the beautiful coast, sip a glass of rosè (pinkies up, of course) and watch the sun begin to fall on the horizon. Summer Reign’s bright and sophisticated palette of hot oranges and reds set against cool greens and azure blues is a blend of matte, crème and metallic shades, inspired by the vibrant colors and brilliant reflections of the warm summer sun setting over exotic waters. With China Glaze® Summer Reign that final, breathtaking moment just before the sun disappears will last all summer.


China Glaze® Summer Reign includes (left to right):

  • High Standards – Metallic bronze

  • Flame-Boyant – Red hot crème

  • Sunset Seeker – Matte burnt orange

  • Sultry Solstice – Electrifying orange

  • Sun-set the Mood – Neon coral

  • Rose My Name – Metallic magenta

  • Summer Reign – Regal purple

  • Simply Fa-Blue-Less – Royal blue

  • I Truly Azure You – Metallic sea glass blue

  • Emerald Bae – Deep green crème

  • All Glammed Up – Cool mint green

  • Chroma Cool – Metallic silver


Have your cake and eat it too with three promotional kits:


  • Hot and Gold: Includes full size .5 oz bottles of Flame-Boyant and High Standards

  • Mint for Blue: Includes full size .5 oz bottles of Simply-Fa-Blue-Less, All Glammed Up and Stripe Rite nail art liner in When in Chrome

  • Summer Reign Micro Mini Kit: Six .125oz bottles of All Glammed Up, Simply Fa-Blue-Less, Summer Reign, Sun-Set The Mood, Flame-Boyant and High Standards.



Remember to hold on to those gorgeous moments in life – always top your China Glaze® manicure with Gotta Go Dry Fast Top Coat.

China Glaze® Summer Reign will be available in May 2017 at Sally Beauty and Ulta.com. 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 12, 2017

Pixi Brow Tamer & Pixi + Aspynovard Eye Accents Set

it's finally been consistently warmer out this week... i'm loving it! pretty much as soon as the temperature get a little about 60F i'm constantly in a tank top. please tell me i'm not the only one who hates feeling of all the fabric under their arms?? i'm just so much happier in a tank top :)

today i've got Pixi Brow Tamer from the Pixi + Aspynovard Eye Accents set (press sample) to share with you all! as you probably can tell, it's one the products that Pixi collaborated on with Aspyn Ovard, a lifestyle vlogger and blogger. you can check her out at http://aspynovard.com/ and https://www.youtube.com/user/HauteBrilliance.

the Eye Accents set contains Lower Lash Mascara ($11), which i previously reviewed HERE, and the Brow Tamer ($10)! as you can see, at $16 for the set it's a total steal. i had never tried the Brow Tamer before, but i was already a big fan of the Lower Lash Mascara and keep one in my bedroom and one in my bathroom!




i'm a now a huge fan of the Brow Tamer! it's not too sticky, and once the product dries, your brows are not going anywhere. the brows get a little hard/crunchy... just a little, but if that bothers you it's something to consider :)




i the Brow Tamer over pencil brow products... i just can't get into powders... pencil is so easy! i love that i can whack this on and not have to worry about my eyebrow hairs getting crazy and going outside the pencil lines. i also love that the brush is quite small, much smaller than a traditional mascara brush.




i really love both products in this set... but if i could only pick one, it would definitely be the Brow Tamer! i reach for it every single time i do my eyebrows... it's totally replaced any similar products.

you can find this set, both products individually, and other Pixi products on PixiBeauty.comTarget.com, and in Target stores!

Happy Wednesday! Ria :)


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

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Becca Prismatic Amethyst Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter

it's completely mindboggling to me... but, it's snowing here! the first snowstorm of the winter is happening... now. at the very end, when i was in a tank top bathing horses last week! hopefully, this will be the last hoorah and warm weather will be back after this week. at least the dogs are happy and loving the snow :D

i'm excited to share Becca Prismatic Amethyst Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter with you all! i ordered this bad boy as soon as it was available to me :D i adore powder highlighters, and this gorgeous limited edition one from Becca just had to be mine.

the packaging is absolutely delicious. a holographic purple box which contains the compact... which instead of traditional black Becca packaging, is shiny purple!




the product within the compact is a light shimmery purple/pink color with a textured pyramid designed imprinted... just so yummy!




despite being called Prismatic Amethyst, this highlighter leans more pink than purple. it is sheer yet buildable enough that you can go from a slight glow to a blinding, in your face, gleam. some people have described it as chalky... i don't find it to be that way, but it does kick up a lot of powder. however, all of my Becca highlighters kick up the same way... so i wasn't surprised, and while i would prefer they didn't, it doesn't bother me that much.

here's a look at it on my skin... it is SO difficult to photograph!




and here's one of the looks i used it for :) it's just so gorgeous! i love that's it's just a little different... not so out there that you feel you can't wear it on the daily, but enough that gives you special little edge. i personally always want my highlighter to walk into the room before i do, so i love all the shine on this baby!




Becca Prismatic Amethyst Shimmering Skin Perfector retails for $38. you can get it at Sephora, Sephora.com, and BeccaCosmetics.com. i buy all my Becca from Sephora.com because of their $10 Flash Shipping, free samples, and eBates! however, there is an offer that comes up on Becca's website currently for you to save 20% off your first order if you sign up for their email... that's $7.60 off Prismatic Amethyst :D

what do you think of this purple highlighter? is it something you must have... or already grabbed? let me know!

Happy Tuesday! Ria :)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse

i took advantage of a break in the rain today to get to the barn and ride Tucker. i finally had the chance to ride bareback, too! i haven't been able to in ages, and he was so perfect which made the ride even better :)

today i have Pixi Double Cleanse (press sample) to share with you all! it's Pixi's collaboration with Caroline Hirons, and the only skincare collaboration that was done :) 




Double Cleanse ($24) is jar that contains two products... one half is a solid cleansing oil, the other half a cleansing cream. 




the oil is great for makeup removal, then the cream after to remove excess oil and anything else left behind. i've found that i don't care for using the oil to remove mascara, it just doesn't break it up fast enough for me. however, i do like it for for breaking up and removing my face makeup! then, when you finish off with the cleansing cream, your face feels so nice and moisturized. however, some people might not like the feeling as you can still slightly feel the remnants of the oil which may feel too heavy. my only whine about it is because of my laziness... i don't like to use washcloths and it's recommended to use a damp washcloth to remove both products.

the solid cleansing oil half may remind you of Pixi's Nourishing Cleansing Balm (reviewed HERE). while both start solid and melt, they aren't the same! the cleansing oil breaks down more, so it's more liquid... and in my opinion, smells better :) i prefer the cleansing oil as melts more and just seems easier to use!

Pixi Double Cleanse retails for $24. you can find it and other Pixi products at Target stores, www.Target.com, and www.PixiBeauty.com!!

Happy Tuesday! Ria :)

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

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Pixi Press Sample Box... Upcoming Post Previews!

my birthday was yesterday! i'm officially 31... which i have to keep reminding myself because for some reason my brain has decided i'm 32. i know... it's weird :D i know some people are very secretive about their age, i couldn't care less. beauty has nothing to do with age, that's for sure!

today i wanted to share with you guys the amazing, super generous press sample kit Pixi recently sent over! i'm over the moon testing out all these new products, so i thought i'd give a little sneaky peek at what will be coming up on the blog :)

the press kit had all of their recent collaborations with well known beauty gurus :: ItsJudyTime, Aspyn Ovard, Caroline Hirons, and Maryam Maquillage. these collections are all available now!

the photos are actually of a tri-fold display, with the top and bottom pictures being the foldout sides of the middle one. although the photos not the quality i'd hoped for, i think you get a good idea of what's available!







hope you liked this tiny little look at what's new from Pixi!! what looks good to you?

Happy Wednesday! Ria :)

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

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Vendome Beaute Eye Shadow Three Well Palettes

i'm just loving this temperate weather in February! it's so lovely :) i haven't been out to the barn the past couple days though, Mr. Pawlish had the day off yesterday, and Mama Pawlish is sick :( i took her to the doctor yesterday... but they're just not sure what the issue is. i'm hoping she will be feeling better tomorrow so that i can go to work at the barn... but we'll see. i really hope she just feels better, period!!

i have a new brand to share with you guys! Vendome Beaute :) right now it's mostly eye shadows, but there are other products in the works. they were kind enough to send me five of their Three Well Palettes to try out and review!

the palettes are shiny black with Vendome Paris printed in metallic silver on the top. there are three magnetic wells inside, with tiny holes in the very back of the palette to make it easy to remove pans and swap them around!




here are the Three Well Palettes :)








i wasn't sure what to expect as these palettes are quite spendy at $75, and the individual shadows retail for $26. they are are really nice, though! they swatch fairly ewell, but go on the eye even better, are quite pigmented, and they blend SO easily. the ease of blending is definitely my favorite part as some shadows are very pigmented but don't want to blend together and stay harsh looking on the eye. Vendome Beaute Eye Shadow easily becomes a cohesive look!

i tried these both with a primer and without... they stayed perfect all day with the primer. without, there was very little creasing and fading... i was impressed! i was also impressed with how well the shadows actually applied to my lids without a primer, sometimes my lids are very cranky about taking shadow. i did put them over the slightest, slightest dusting of face powder :) they can be applied wet or dry... but i just used them dry. i can't think of a time i've ever used any eye shadow wet, actually... it's just not for me.

here they are all swatched out, no primer :) they are in the same order as the palettes are above!





pretty impressive with no primer, right??

last up... here's a look i did with some of the warmer colors! i got a lot of compliments on this look... the colors are so beautiful! all i have on my eyes is Vendome Beaute shadows, primer, and mascara.





you can buy Vendome Beaute products from their website, www.VendomeBeauteFrance.com; their Etsy, www.etsy.com/shop/VendomeBeaute; and Amazon! you can also check them out on FacebookInstagram, and Linkedin :D

Happy Tuesday! Ria :)


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

Friday, February 17, 2017

Pixi 24K Eye Elixir

today was absolutely lovely! it started out super cold but ended up being a really nice day to ride. my trainer and i took horses to a state park and worked them to get them more fit. i realized i am more fit than i thought i was... but nowhere near where i'd like to be! Tucker is also out of shape, so we will be doing conditioning work together :) we ended with a super fun, super fast gallop... i love to go fast, it's the best!

today i have Pixi 24K Eye Elixir (press sample) to share with you all! i've been using it for a couple months now, so i feel like i can really speak it its performance :)




24K Eye Elixir, an Energizing Peptide Serum, retails for $22. it's an eye treatment containing gold and collagen that removes puffiness and plump up fine lines... instead of a traditional cream, it's a clear liquid that is applied with a rollerball. i like the applicator, it's nice and cooling on your eye area. i've found that it definitely helps bring down the puffiness... almost instantly it seems like! while it helps right away, i haven't seen any long term effects, i still need to use it twice daily to keep my under eyes looking as good as possible. i follow the directions for under eyes about going from inner eye to outer, but i do go over it more times than they recommend... i prefer it to feel more cool and... producty feeling, i guess! i also do one roll right under my eyebrows to get that collagen in the upper eye area... can't hurt :) for my eyes 24K Eye Elixir alone is not moisturizing enough, so i use another eye cream over it at night. i love that i can use it under makeup and it doesn't roll up or get clumpy, it stays perfect... i've had a lot of trouble in the past with under eye products that don't play nice with makeup. i haven't decided quite yet whether i'll be purchasing this product after i run out... it goes on smoothly, but it does occasionally 'skip' and you have to roll it a bit more to get the serum flowing again. i just roll it against the inside of my nose until it gets going again... which is only a couple rolls. that's pretty much my only complaint about this product, actually :)

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

Happy Friday! Ria :)

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

Monday, February 13, 2017

Pixi Beauty Sleep Cream

whew, the wind was howling all day here... i had to go to a doctor's appointment today and the wind was really pushing at the car! always feels so crazy when the wind is that strong. i'm hoping tomorrow will be nice so i can head over to the barn! it's looking like it might be windy tomorrow, too... i'm hoping it won't be, but we'll see :)

today i have Pixi Beauty Sleep Cream (press sample) to share with you all! it's the lighter night cream by Pixi... i reviewed their heavier duty, Nourishing Sleep Mask, HERE.




i love that this cream has a pump! pump's are absolutely my favorite dispenser for... pretty much anything :D this cream is lighter than the Pixi Nourishing Sleep Mask, but still a very moisturizing lotion... i would definitely classify it as a lotion rather than a cream as it is fairly light. it feels really nice going and sinks into the skin. my favorite part about it is the scent. it's herbal and relaxing... exactly the type of smell that is perfect for bedtime. i prefer Sleep Cream over the Nourishing Sleep Mask because it's lighter... but the real clincher is the scent!

Pixi Beauty Sleep Cream retails for $24. you can find Pixi products at Target stores, www.Target.com, and www.PixiBeauty.com!!

Happy Monday! Ria :)

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

Friday, February 10, 2017

Pixi Nourishing Sleep Mask

today was super cold... just like yesterday. i worked at the barn all day yesterday and had quite enough of it, so i stayed home today! boy, do i miss the warm weather from earlier this week. i used the time to get lots of photography done for the blog :)

today i'm going to share Pixi's Nourishing Sleep Mask with you all! i've received a lot of Pixi for review lately (which will be reviewed over the coming weeks), but i purchased the Nourishing Sleep Mask myself :) it's a cream in a squeeze tube that you leave on overnight for extra moisturization!'




the Nourishing Sleep Mask ($22) is thick and very moisturizing, more so than an average night cream. however, it does sink into the skin and doesn't stay all oily feeling! that's important to me, i really hate that greasy feeling on my skin. you can use this product every night if you have very dry skin, or simply use it whenever you feel you need it. i generally use it between 1-3 times a week, depending on how my skin did during the day... sometimes my skin gets really flaky and gross on the chin (what a pretty thought!) which means i'll definitely be using it that night! i did use it every night at first, but my skin does okay with switching it out with a lighter moisturizer :D it does claim to have some anti-aging benefits, mostly it helps  the skin stay plump and firm... which makes it look younger. i'm definitely happy with how my skin is looking these days, but in fairness i do use a lot of products! it doesn't claim to reduce fine lines or wrinkles... but i swear my fine lines and forehead wrinkle are looking better... not sure whether it's from this product or not. i suspect it's from a combination of products... but my lines did seem to fill up more after starting to use Pixi night skin care. do keep in mind that it's not claiming to be an aggressively anti-aging product, and don't expect miracles... but i definitely think most people will notice nicely moisturized, happy skin if nothing else :)

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

Happy Friday! Ria :)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat

we've had two absolutely amazing days... over 70F in February?! i LOVE it!! however, it might snow tomorrow and is supposed to be in the 30sF... how is that even possible o.O Mama Pawlish hasn't been feeling well, so i'm taking her to the doctor tomorrow, and i took her today already. she's having vertigo for some reason... i hope they can stop it, vertigo is horrible!

after testing out the CND Vinylux line and its promises, i have formed an opinion :) using their Weekly Top Coat on top of their Vinylux polishes did make my manicure look better much longer than usual.




these pictures are taken after one week with no touch-ups! compared to the amount of chipping i would usually have, there is very little. i did ride horses and do barn work during the week, so i wasn't just sitting around, either :D 

Azure Wish (right hand/dominant hand)




Mint Convertible (left hand)




my complaint about the topcoat is that it doesn't stay ultra shiny throughout the by itself, it does dull. however, you can always just reapply to bring back the glossy! i did not as i wanted to see how it backed up its claims. 

my issue with the whole line is that it seems to dry out in the bottle very easily... make sure you have put the cap back on VERY tightly. many of the bottles in the store has the polish dried into one gloopy chunk... i would definitely check to make sure it's nice and thin before buying!

in spite of those things... i do love the line and have bought more on clearance as i'm finding them :D

you can check out CND products on their WEBSITE. i will probably be buying their Vinylux line from Ulta and Ulta.com, where they retail for $10.50.

Happy Wednesday! Ria :)

Monday, February 6, 2017

Bliss Original Blue Body Bar

here i am! i'm loving how mild this winter is... after last year's brutal storm that dropped 3 feet (and that was only one storm!) i think a mild winter is well deserved. of course... i'm not a winter fan, so i'm always hoping for a mild one. it got up into the 50s today... and in February! crazy :D

today i want to share the Bliss Original Blue Body Bar with you all. i've been trying out a lot of Bliss products lately after scoring them on clearance at TJ Maxx. this one is a shower soap bar that is very moisturizing!




as you can see on the package, it claims to be a massaging soap. it does have nubbins on one side that do give a massaging effect... however, they wear off pretty quickly as you use the soap! then it's just a regular old bar of soap.





the soap has a nice spa like scent. while it does fade after showering, it doesn't completely go away and it's strong enough in the shower that you'll want to give it a sniff to make sure you like it before purchasing! what i love about this bar is that it's very moisturizing, i don't need to use a moisturizer after getting out of the shower. it does leave a little film on the skin, i think that's part of the moisture... rubbing the excess off though is what takes off your dead skin. i find a lot less dead skin still left on my body after using this... sometimes less than if i'd used a loofah or shower brush!

now... is this something i'd repurchase? i'm not sure. it's so slippery that it's always popping out of my hand and i'm having to chase it around, and it's messy sitting around in the shower. but... i do really love how it makes my skin feel and look! i still have quite a bit left, so i have a while to decide :)

Bliss Original Blue Body Bar retails for $15, you can get it HERE on Bliss' website. Bliss products are sold lots of places... but i would check TJ Maxx and Marshalls first :D

Happy Monday! Ria :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

CND Vinylux Mint Convertible

how's the weather where you guys are? here it's still crazy... going up and down in temperature all the time. it's made my allergies kick off majorly. luckily, i'm the only one in the family that it's happened to so far, so hopefully Mr. Pawlish and Mama Pawlish will be spared!

today we are checking out CND Vinylux in Mint Convertible! as you might guess, it's a mint green creme with a slightly warm undertone out in the sun. the bottle i got on clearance was quite clumpy and difficult to work with... i suspect the cap wasn't put back on securely at some point, so i'm not going to make judgements about it. i did use two coats for full opacity. and definitely finish off with CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat!

two coats Mint Covertible, one coat Weekly Top Coat.




you can check out CND products on their WEBSITE. i will probably be buying their Vinylux line from Ulta and Ulta.com, where they retail for $10.50.

Happy Thursday! Ria :)

Monday, January 9, 2017

CND Vinylux Azure Wish

today was another day that didn't climb out the 20sF... but it's supposed to start warming up tomorrow. sadly, it will also start raining... but i'll take it over snow! hopefully, the rain will wash the remaining snow away and we'll be done with it. my friends in Virginia got like 8" of snow... can't tell y'all how happy i am to have missed out on that! :D

i'm currently testing out the CND Vinylux line. i got some of their polishes and the matching Weekly Top Coat at TJ Maxx and on clearance at Ulta... they are super spendy ($10.50) at full price!

CND Vinylux Azure Wish is a muted sky blue with an ultra hidden pearl shimmer. upon super close examination you can see it, but mostly it just looks like a creme. the pearl shimmer does make it catch the light more, though! i used two coats... but depending on how you apply one may be all you need. the formula is thick which makes it slightly hard to work with... but it's quite self-leveling and doesn't give you all those nasty bumps and bubbles that some thick polishes do. the only flaw i saw is a tiny little popped bubble or two which looks like a little hole! i think the Weekly Top Coat definitely is necessary to help it dry and give it the almost flawless finish it has.


two coats Azure Wish, one coat Weekly Top Coat.




you can check out CND products on their WEBSITE. i will probably be buying their Vinylux line from Ulta and Ulta.com, where they retail for $10.50... but i will definitely be checking for them on the clearance rack!

Happy Monday! Ria :)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Nail Polish Clearance at Ulta!

 hey, remember me? i'm still around :) still working through things, still trying to sort myself out. clearly, i'm not there yet... but i'm still trying. and that's all that counts. if you're struggling, too... remember, we're both out here still trying together :)

i wanted to jump on here and tell you about some STEALS on clearance nail polish at Ulta! they have some really spendy brands marked down to only $2.97... crazy. i was really excited about the Orly Epix (which retail for $12!)... turns out they are fantastic and i love them and i PLAN to review them soon. fingers crossed. sorry i didn't take a picture of the display, but i think there was a little something from most of the brands Ulta carries!

here's what i grabbed... ALL of these were marked down to $2.97 a piece. and Jassie photobombed <33333




hope you guys are well and 2017 is lining up to be a fantastic year!

Happy Friday! Ria :)