Glossybox Double Review

I have some shiny, pretty things to share with y’all today! I have to say, I love getting Glossybox because it feels like a little treat to myself every month. Even if I can’t use everything in the box, there’s always at least one thing that I fall in love with.

So, let’s jump in.

First up is the Stars and Stripes box:

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I got a C wonder gift card, two body butters, nail polish (:D), an eyeshadow stick, and some Rusk hair spray.

The nail polishes are super pretty. Even though I have similar colors, I can’t wait to see how the formula wears. These are from StrangeBeautiful.

Body lotions/butters: I love the smell of one, not to fond of the other. The first, in the clear and gold bottle, smells like refreshing grapefruit and grass (not lemongrass, as it states on the bottle). It’s lovely and super moisurizing. It’s by Camille Beckman. Now the other one, in the jar, has an…earthy smell. Jasmine and rosemary. Not a fan of either of those scents, but the hydration makes up for it. I’m using it on my feet. This is by Ayres.

C Wonder gift card: okay, I had to look up what C Wonder was. I admit it. But once I did I was happy. Their accessories are awesome! The problem: I couldn’t figure out how to look up the card’s value online, even when I followed directions. No worries. Once I find a store, they’ll tell me. Hopefully it’s a good amount!

Eyeshadow: now I need more makeup like I need a hole in my head, but this is makeup made simple and pretty. This is by Sumita Beauty, and it’s in champagne. It’s a sparkly neutral that I could use for day or night:

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And finally: the Rusk hair spray. I haven’t used hairspray since I transitioned my hair, and don’t really need it. I’m gonna pass this on to one of the girls at work and see how they love it. Bonus: it doesn’t smell like lighter fluid, so it’s got to be some good!

Next up: August Glossybox:

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The majority of this box is skincare, and I love trying new skincare. I received a serum, mask, body cream, lip balm, and hair detangler.

First up: body cream. This one is from Mitchell and Peach. It smells lovely, very fresh and very nourishing. My hands are constantly dry, so I’m always keeping hand cream in my bag. This one’s a keeper.

Lip Balm: it’s from Malin +Goetz and it’s a Mojito Lip Balm. It’s refreshing, minty, moisturizing, and most importantly, glossy (I see what you did there, Glossybox!) Bonus: it tastes yummy. A couple of swipes lasted me til lunch. That’s huge, considering my job is talking to people all day. My lips didn’t feel dry or cracked once!

Serum: this is from a new to me company called Skin Inc. My informative card insert tells me that they do custom blended serums for various skin concerns. They read my mind and sent me the brightening serum. My skin can get a little dull, despite its constant shine, so I’m looking forward to seeing what this does over time. Immediate results were moisturizing without grease (and that’s amazing considering this serum is NOT oil-free), and hopefully I’ll have a glowier complexion in a month. We shall see! Also, it’s pretty:

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Mask: this is from a not new to me company called GlamGlow. Now, I have heard some wonderful things about GlamGlow, and I can’t wait til I have some downtime to give myself a proper facial and use this product. It has clay, green tea, and chamomile in it (among other things), and my insert tells me that it exfoliates, tightens pores, absorbs impurities, and smooths texture. All that in a 10 minute mask, huh? Ok then, game on!

And finally, the hair detangler: this one is from Philip B, and it’s the PH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist. Now, unlike the hair spray above, I can ALWAYS use a detangler. Lord knows my hair can knot up in a matter of seconds when I’m picking it out. It smells like the apple cider vinegar it contains, but that’s not so bad. As I’m doing my weekly wash, I’ll be adding this in to see how it stands up to this natural hair.

And there you have it! Two months worth of Glossybox goodness, and only one product I can’t really use. Not bad at all!

Tomorrow: a new Nail Adventure…and I’m going into uncharted territory. Are you ready?

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Nail Adventures and New Goodies, Part 3

I have a lot of nail products.

Stop side-eyeing me. I’m going somewhere with this! πŸ™‚

Even though I have a lot of nail products, I always love to try out companies that are new to me. Especially when they have nail gadgets I’ve never tried before.

What nail gadget, you say? A stamper!

Now, I’ve seen other nail bloggers using nail plates and I’m all…what in the world is a nail plate? Naturally, I envisioned something made of artificial nails.

That is not what it is, of course. πŸ˜€ It’s one of these:

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This is by Essence. So, you put the polish onto the plate, transfer it to the stamp (usually a bit of rubber) and stamp it onto the nail. A bit advanced for me, but hey, it cost me $3. What do I have to lose? I also picked up some french manicure striping tape and some glitter (because I can NEVER have too much glitter.)

In addition to the nail goodies, I also got a new pineapple mask (great for giving a glow to dull skin), an excellent honey and oatmeal body scrub, Nyx eye pencil in Milk (great for bright eye looks), and a set of Real Techniques eye shadow brushes. Oh, yeah, and a lovely lip and cheek palette from Pop Beauty. Here’s the full haul:

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Before this week’s nail look…storytime!

So, I am currently writing up this post. My computer says it is 2:03am. The picture I am about to show you is the third attempt at this nail look, but it wasn’t because I couldn’t get the design right. It’s because the supplies were being ridiculous. So, for full disclosure, these are the original tools I had slated for this look:

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The idea I had was for a white pearl nail with black and pink accents. I picked up these beads (great for caviar nails) by Sally Hansen and I thought, why not use the beads as part of the accent? And with my basic design in mind, I got to work.

Once I laid down my base color, a pure white (Tini Beauty’s Cream) with a sheer pearl overlay (OPI’s Kyoto Pearl), I started to do my black french tips and hated it. The black tip on the icy white was too stark. So, I started over.

So then, I did a sheer grey base (OPI’s Skull and Glossbones) with a semi sheer pearlized silver (OPI’s Birthday Babe). Now the black french didn’t look harsh, but it stood out like I wanted. So, the next step was to take a screaming pink (Orly’s Hawaiian Punch), do a line underneath the black tip, and sprinkle pink beads on top. I also used my new nail plate, and laid a heart formed from a treble and base clef on each ring finger.

All of this worked perfectly! Yes, even the stamping! Β The problem came in when I did the top coat.

Sigh.

When I laid the top coat over the beads, all of the color bled off onto the brush, and so streaked onto my pearly base color. And it bleached the color of the beads from vibrant to Pepto Bismol.

😦 *sad trombone*

This isn’t an issue I’ve had with other caviar manis in the past, but I had it tonight. I basically ruined a perfect mani in one fell swoop on ALL 10 FINGERS. This is because I was chatting with the bestie as I did my nails and he wrote his paper and I wasn’t paying attention and…

Dammit, man.

So, start over again.

This time I just did a coat of Birthday Babe, did the black french tip and did a line of a darker pink (OPI’s Flashbulb Fuschia) underneath. Ring fingers were tipped in Flashbulb Fuschia (shown in pic) and dunked into Essence’s Multieffects Glitter (in Call Me Galaxy). Then there was a black line of rhinestones underneath the glitter line. The result?

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Super simple, and super pretty. This is a case where third time’s the charm! And…the glitter didn’t bleed color everywhere (yay!) I would have done another stamp, but I felt like it would have been too much with the simplicity of this look. I promise to do it again and show y’all how it turns out!

Considering the time and the pop of sparkle, I’m calling this the Bright Shot In The Dark manicure.

And now, bed because I’m acting like I don’t have work later this morning.

Have a great weekend! πŸ˜€

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