Birthday Nails Part 2!

So, my birthday kind of extended into a birthweek… that obviously required a nail change!

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I decided to keep to the foil/leaf theme. I have two coats of Zoya Rue, then I used my gold leaf and did a more distressed look. I topped it off with Essie Good To Go.
Easy peasy and it looks super cool! What do you think?

NOTD: Birthday Nails!

It’s my birthday! So, I decided to stop being lazy and actually do a NOTD!

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Let me preface by saying that I haven’t done anything with my nails in forever. I’ve been in a bit of a rut, plus I’ve been loving Zoya Blu lately. I decided to finally try one of the new Zoyas that I got… this is Abby.

So, here I have two coats of Abby, once that was dry, I used my silver leaf and created this gradient. I topped everything off with Essie Good To Go.

In terms of Abby, itself, this was the first time I used it, and I’m liking it more than I thought I would. That sounds silly, because… I bought it… why wouldn’t I like it?! But, I’ve been leaning towards blues and just didn’t think this warmer purple would suit me, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It is a thinner formula, but covers nicely and dries super fast. It’s also very shiny without a top coat. So pretty, I love it.

Boscia Charcoal Deep-Pore Cleansing Stick Treatment Review!

A month or so ago I went to Sephora looking for the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask, and of course, they did not have it. Not one was in stock. I guess everyone had the same idea as me that weekend. So, one of the girls working there suggested that I try the charcoal stick treatment, and I’m so glad she did!

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This is literally a stick, like deodorant or a chapstick, you roll it up from the bottom. I had never used a solid cleanser before, but I have used charcoal cleansers and really liked them before.

So, basically, you wet your face, roll up a bit of the cleanser and apply in circular motions all over your face. It will lather up slightly, and you’ll feel the fine charcoal particles exfoliate. Then work it in a bit more with your fingers, if you like (I do), and rinse. It rinses easily and leaves my face super clean and not at all dry.

I love this stuff! I am so glad that someone pointed this out to me, otherwise I probably would not have even looked at it. I use this a few times a week, and it definitely helps to clear up my skin if I’m having any issues. Honestly, this might be a new holy grail cleanser for me, I really do love it that much.

Have you every used this before? What about any other solid cleansers?

IT Cosmetics It’s Your Bye Bye Breakthroughs! 5 Piece Collection– May QVC Today’s Special Value!

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It’s time! Time for the IT Cosmetics May QVC Today’s Special Value!

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This is the IT Cosmetics It’s Your Bye Bye Breakthrough collection!

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This is the Bye Bye Lines Serum. It has that orangey scent to it, like many of the other IT Cosmetics products. It’s super light on the skin, absorbs very quickly and makes your skin feel nice and smooth.

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This is one of my all-time favorite products! Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Cleansing Balm is amazing! It takes off all of your makeup, which leaving skin super soft and moisturized.

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This is another one of my personal favorites, I use it all the time. This is Bye Bye Under Eye concealer in light. I use this under my eyes to help conceal dark circles, but I also use it on other spots if I need it.

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Bye Bye Pores Illumination is a new product, it is supposed to give you that air-brushed, lit-from-within glow.

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You can see that is has a nice shine/glow to it. It’s so pretty, and will give you a nice, subtle, natural glow.

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And finally, we have the Bye Bye Pores Powder Brush. Another fantastic brush form IT Cosmetics. It’s super soft and feels nice on the skin. It’s a denser brush so it’s great for buffing in product.

Overall, another great set! I love these QVC TSVs from IT. They are such a great deal and a great way to try out the brand if you haven’t tried then before.

New IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Swatches and Review!

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Happy May, everyone! Why not start a new month with some new products?!

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These are the new IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Skin Transforming Healthy Flush Blushing Bronzer palettes! IT is killing it with the Confidence line packaging, these have gradient covers that mimic the actual product! The medallion on the front provides a magnetic closure, and each have a mirror on the inside.

These palettes are infused with high-performance anti-aging ingredients and talc-free pigments. Also, like the rest of the Confidence line, these have that orange scent to them, and they feature a vitamin-C infused, radiance boosting formula.

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First up, we have the palette in Instant Natural Glow.

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Left to right: highlighter, blush, bronzer, swipe of all three

This one has the most classic blush and bronzer combination. It has a pink blush and a lighter bronzer and you can see that the combination of all three is still a very natural, peachy shade.

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Here we have Instant Warm Glow. The palette lives up to it’s name, it gives the skin a nice warm glow, perfect if you’re pale like me and desperately need a tan lol

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Left to right: highlighter, blush, bronzer, swipe of all three

This has a more coral tone throughout the palette, and I think this one has my favorite highlighter of the bunch. This one also has a warmer, darker bronzer. The combination of all three here has a bit more sparkle from the highlighter.

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Here is Instant Nude Glow.

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Left to right: highlighter, blush, bronzer, swipe of all three

This is similar in tone to the Instant Warm Glow, but the shades a touch lighter and a bit more natural. It definitely also warms up the skin, especially if you’re on the fairer side, but I can see it being more ‘nude’ on tanner complexions.

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This is the new Heavenly Skin One-Sweep Wonder Brush . It’s a flat brush, similar to a contour brush, but it’s domed instead of flat. The bristles are also layered and tapered, so there are shorter bristles on the sides, and they get longer as you get toward the middle and top of the brush. So, what you have is a denser base and a featherier top. It’s almost V shaped when you look at it from the side.

As always, this brush is super soft and feels really nice on the skin. It actually picks up a ton of product! Use it carefully, as you can pick up too much product very easily. It does blend nicely, though. You can use this brush a few different ways: you can use the flat side to apply blush, you can use the top edge to contour with bronzer and you can use the flat side vertically to highlight.

So far, I’ve been using Nude Glow the most, followed by Warm Glow. I did use Natural Glow for Easter, though! Honestly, I don’t think I can pick a favorite, they all have their place depending on the occasion. I’ve been alternating between them depending on my mood that morning. I’m loving the brush! It’s multi-use, which is perfect for this palette. I really like swiping through all the shades to warm up my face and then going back into the bronzer to contour. The highlighters are also super beautiful on their own.

If you are looking for a new cheek palette, these are definitely worth checking out! The Confidence In Your Glow palettes are available on the IT Cosmetics and Ulta websites now!

Zoya 2017 Earth Day Haul!

I received my Zoya Earth Day purchase last week! This is what I got…

From left to right: Cecelia, Rue, Jill, Blu, Abby and Cathy

A lot of neutrals this time around. I saw swatches of Jill and Cathy when that collection came out and wrote them down for the next sale. I’ve also been wanting Rue for the longest time, but it was sold out the last time I made a Zoya purchase. I love a good blue, so Blu was a pretty obvious choice. I’ve also had my eye on Cecelia for quite some time. As for Abby, I needed a pastel purple in my life.

So far, I’ve tried Blu and Rue. Blue is beautiful, super smooth and opaque in two coats. It was also really shiny before I even put on a top coat. Rue is a thinner formulation, I needed three coats for the opacity I was looking for, but it dries quickly and evenly. I’m actually wearing Rue right now and loving it.

Overall, I’m really happy with my purchase, and I can’t wait to use more of them! Did you get anything from the Zoya Earth Day promotion? If not, you still have time! Use code EARTHLUV to get 50% off your purchase of 6 or more polishes (max 24). You also get free shipping! I actually also got a sample size of Zoya Remove+ Nail Polish remover! This offer is valid until 5/10/17 11:59pm.

Zoya Earth Day Exchange 2017!

It’s here! The Zoya Earth Day Exchange!

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How The Exchange Works…

1. Visit http://www.zoya.com and add your desired nail polish colors to your cart.

Consumer Accounts: Minimum 6, maximum 24 bottles
Professional Accounts: Minimum 12, maximum 48 bottles

2. Apply Code: EARTHLUV and a 50% credit will be added to your exchange order – free shipping included! Offer valid 4/10/17- 5/10/17 (11:59pm EST)

3. Complete checkout and you’re all set! Please see details below for instructions on sending back your unwanted polish.

USE CODE: EARTHLUV
Offer valid 4/10/17 – 5/10/17 (11:59pm EST)

Returning Your Polish

Once you receive your order, decide if you are going to send in your unwanted polishes or donate them to a local cause. We are using the honor code to make sure you get your Zoya Nail Polish as quickly as possible! Offer is not contingent on customer returning polish. If you do choose to send us your old polish, we promise to properly dispose of it according to environmental guidelines. If you choose to ship back polishes, please include a copy of your invoice with your order and make sure to comply with the shipping guidelines by your carrier of choice. You do not have to send us the exact amount of bottles that you are ordering, there is no limit! Please note: You will need to check with your carrier of choice for guidelines and restrictions on shipping nail polish.

Ship Your Exchange To:

Art of Beauty, Inc.
c/o Polish Exchange
200 Egbert Rd
Bedford, Ohio, 44146, USA

Woohoo! I already have 6 polishes in my cart: Cathy, Jill, Cecilia, Blu, Abby and Rue. What will you be buying?

Aora Aurora Chrome Powder Review!

Yes, I wholeheartedly jumped onto the chrome powder train. This has to be my favorite one yet.

 

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Props to the boyfriend for getting this for me for Christmas! I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to review it. It is gorgeous. It is a multichrome chrome power. It shifts from green to blue to purple to pink/orange. In the picture you can see some of the spectrum, it does not do it justice though.

I use it with the Aora gel base and top coat. Out of all the chrome powders that I’ve tried so far, this one has the best application. It applied like a dream. It is milled super fine, a little goes a long way and one swipe with your finger leaves it super shiny and chrome before you even use the top coat. I like to apply it with a silicon tool, then use my finger to smooth it all out. Then just lock in that shine with top coat.

I’m in love with this one. I love a green-blue-purple shift in general, but this takes it to the next level.

Born Pretty Store Blue Chrome Powder Review!

So, I bought this set of Born Pretty Store powders back in December/January. I had tried them over white and lighter colors, but I finally got to try one over black!

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I decided to try he blue first. As my base I have Zoya Willa, which is just black. Then I used my Aora base and tops coats along with the powder. It is like the other chrome powders, so you do need to use it with gel.

When you first apply it over the gel base it isn’t very shiny, but it comes alive when you add the top coat.

I was actually very impressed with the quality of the powder itself, it is very finely milled so you get nice, even coverage. You don’t see any large particles or anything like that.

The color is beautiful, it’s similar to a Zoya Neve, which I love.

Overall, I’m very impressed! I love this color and I’m excited to use the others!

Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Conditioner Review!

I use a lot of dry shampoo, so I figured it’s time to try a dry conditioner as well. I did a bunch of research on the different brands, and decided to try out Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Conditioner.

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I bought the travel size, just in case I didn’t like it. The travel size is 1.3oz for $9, I believe the full size was around $24.

I tend to use it on day 2-3 of my dry shampoo days. Those are the days where my ends start to feel super dry. It’s just like dry shampoo, you spray it in your hair, I usually tend to keep it to my ends, but you can do mid-shaft to ends. Then just brush your hair.

Unlike dry shampoo, there is no white color or any kind of residue. Right after spraying and brushing, my hair feels much smoother and looks less dry. I don’t think it actually hydrates the hair though. I feel like I need to spray my hair a few times and at a few different angles to get all of it.

Overall, I do like it and will keep using it on my dry shampoo days!

Have you tried dried conditioner?