Monday, November 28, 2011

Hair product review, and an awesome hair accessory.


I'm going to apologize now for whatever weirdness I said in yesterday's post.  I don't even want to read what I wrote, I'm so embarrassed! lol!  Apparently I drunk post instead of drunk dialing.

Anywhoo, I have a hair post today!  If any of you actually read my blog, you may know I have a very love/hate relationship with my hair....and for the most part it's usually at the hate side of things.  My hair is uber thick and frizzy.  It also can not for the life of it, decide if it wants to be wavy or strait.  At the base of my neck, it's stick strait, and the top half of my hair is wavy.  It's quite a pain!  99.9% of the time, I have my hair in a pony tail cause I just don't want to deal with it.


I've been using these products for a little over a month now, and I think I can give a thorough review.

Dove's Nourishing Oil Care with weightless nutri-oils.  It states on the label that it "revives dry, rough and frizzy hair", and claims it "smoothes up to 100% roughness and controls frizz".  Right up my ally!

Lemme tell you, I LOVE these products.  I bought the shampoo and conditioner first, and found the "treatment" somewhere else.  My one gripe is that you can't find these products everywhere Dove products are sold....I don't know what's up with that.  Anyways, these work so well for my hair type, I definitely wouldn't claim 100% frizz control, but I would say at least 75% for me, which is amazing.  This makes me hair so incredibly soft too which is a huge plus for me.  I've tried everything from high end to drug store products, and this is by far the best I have found for my hair.  My hair feels healthy, and looks healthy again!  Yay!!


Now let me talk about my hair donut!  I LOVE this meshy thing!  I've seen tutorials on youtube for the "sock bun" and I have to admit, I don't think it would work for my hair, but this thing does.  I found it at Sally's months ago, they come in 3 different colors, blonde, auburn and black.  And they are probably 2-3 bucks.  Totally worth it (though as you can see, mine is coming apart).  What you do is put your hair in a secure ponytail, then pull it through the hole in the donut, and then you work your hair around it.  I don't use this like you would a regular bun, but kind of spread the hair around it (if that makes sense).  Then I take 4 spin pins (doh, should have reviewed those too!!  I absolutely love them!) and actually work them through the mesh, and what I end up with an updo that lasts ALL DAY!


Sorry for the crappy pictures....it's apparently very hard to take pics of the back of your head by yourself!


Sorry for the hemorrhoid look at the bottom of the bun, I fixed it after I took these pics : ).  I love my meshy bun donut so much!  I'm always down for an easy up-do!


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Piggy Polish - Confetti

Good evening yo!  My guy and I just walked down to a Spaghetti Factory (cause it's literally a 5 minute walk from our house) and had $90.00 worth of drinks an dinner, and now I feel wonderful! lol!  I love going out for drinks with my guy, it makes me fee like a young person again, lol!  Anywhoo, I was obsessed with my nail the whole time, I'm mesmerized by them!

I'm wearing Piggy Polish's Confetti.  Love it!


It's a fine fuchsia glitter with gold and green bar glitter in it.  This would fit in with all the glitter coming out this winter.


These pics (sorry that they are so blurry) make this look much more purple than it is, it's a seriously bright fuchsia glitter.  And only 2 coats for opacity, though I added 3 for coverage.


I am not a huge fan of chunky bar glitter, but I love it in this kind of polish.  I'm loving how company's are using it right now, like China Glaze and their Christmas offerings.....I'm totally loving fine bar glitter with a dense glitter! 

And I have to say I love Piggy Polishes.  I never see them talked about on blogs, and it's really a shame, they are wonderful, I have quite a few myself.  Anybody else a fan of Piggy Polishes? ( and I apologize not for the randomness of this post....thank god for spell check!!)


Saturday, November 26, 2011

It's begining to look a lot like.....

....Christmas!  I'm actually quite excited for Xmas this year!  My family isn't going to be buying gifts this year for each other, instead we are using the money we were going to spend on gifts for Toys For The Tots.  We are also going to have a White Elephant exchange on the morning of Xmas, and we are also going to wear ugly Christmas sweaters!  So excited for that!!


Anyways, yesterday I found the new Essie Luxeffects at Walgreens (I know I said I wasn't going to buy these retail Essie bottles anymore because of the tacky sticker on them, but I couldn't help myself!).  And Shine of the Times was the only one that interested me.  I never picked up the highly coveted Sally Hansen's Hidden Treasure, so this makes due.  I need a back up bottle!


I layered it over Zoya's Sookie, and I also used a little Barielle's Elle's Spell to make the tips a little darker.  I liked this combo.


First time I wore Sookie I made this monstrosity!  Ugg, I hated it so much.

I love Sookie's bright cherry red color.  Always a classic.  What I didn't like is that you could see VNL after 2 coats, lame.  Also hate taking off colors like this, they like to hang out at my cuticles and sides of my nails after removal.  I will have to remember to use the foil method tonight!


So who all is excited for Xmas this year?  Apparently my dog is not, but he sure is a saint about it!  (FYI, I made an awesome wreath with that wreath around his neck, and for much cheaper than ones I've seen.)



Friday, November 25, 2011

Ugg.....I'm in a food coma.....

Ugg...seriously!  I ate way too much yesterday, but who doesn't on Thanksgiving?  Doesn't help that I had 2 Thanksgiving's to go to!  But lemme just say my pumpkin cheesecake was to die for! And it was low fat, extra plus!

Anyways, today I have an actual makeup look to show ya!  My makeup yesterday was pretty colorful, but the pictures didn't turn out well, so I won't be showing those to you.  I've been in such a rut with my makeup.  I haven't worn anything colorful at all this fall.  This is the most colorful I've gotten, and it's quite neutral.


You know what drives me nuts?  I can never my eyeliner to look the same on both eyes.  I always screw up my right eye (the one you see on the left).



Natural light.


And my nails today are OPI's You Don't Know Jacques Suede.  I was so excited when I found this the other day at Ulta, cause well I love the original YDKJ, and well, I'm obsessed with these OPI Suede's.  I need them all!!


So are any of my lovely followers in a food coma too??  I totally don't want to leave the house at all, and eff even attempting Black Friday shopping (besides the fact that it's now 9:30 here).  I say every year I want to try it, but then I get smart about it, no freaking way am I going out early in the am with all those crazies out there!  People are so freaking nuts about Black Friday!


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  As I mentioned yesterday, my bf is making Thanksgiving dinner....this should be interesting.  I asked him what he was making and he said, turkey, stuffing and instant mashed potatoes (uh, yum to instant mashed potatoes....not).  And.......  I asked him if that was all he was making, he didn't quite understand why.  Common, it's Thanksgiving, your supposed to have a feast!  Not a regular dinner!  Anyways, should be interesting!


So this is my turkey day mani.....nope, no turkeys, no fall leaves or colors.  I'm a rebel.  Actually, I'm just lazy and uncreative!  lol!  This is Zoya's Harley with Wet N Wild's Diamond in the Rough sponged on tips. 


Love this, except the glitter is super thick at my tips.  It didn't want to work as well as I hoped it would.


Looking at these pics, I apparently didn't remember to clean up my cuticles, and I'm sorry you have to look at them in all their dry cuticles glory!

Lookit how sparkly it is!  This WnW polish reminds me of Nina Ultra Pro Glamrock which I wore here and here, though it doesn't have holographic glitter like the WnW does.  And if I remember correctly, Glamrock worked much better for the gradient than the WnW did.  But I love them both.

Well I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, anyone going Black Friday shopping??  Not me, I'm going to be laying in bed, digesting turkey, hoping I have the energy to get up and work out! lol!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

My first franken!

Good morning!  I feel like I have a shit ton of stuff to do today before Thanksgiving tomorrow.  My bf is cooking Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow...should be interesting, cause he can't cook!  I'm going to make pumpkin cheesecake as my contribution to Thanksgiving dinner, so I need to go to the store, and clean the house.....and I wanted to get some xmas shopping in today......and I REALLY need to play some Assassin's Creed, lol!!  Man I'm such a nerd!

Anywhoo, on to the franken.  For those of you girls who don't know what a franken is, it's when you mix your own polish using different polishes.  This is not something I have really wanted to do at all, cause I could see me making lots of colors I didn't like, and whatnot.  Anyways, one of the colors I've wanted forever is OPI's My Private Jet, the holo version.  I have the dusky brown version which I like, but common, it's not holo!  So I finally broke down and just made it myself.


And I have to say this squashes my need to buy MPJ.


Only problem, is our weather is shitastic right now!  So I didn't really get a chance to see this in all it's full glory.



We had a bit of sun peeking behind a rain cloud, so I took this pic.  Now does this franken make me want to make more?  No, not really.  But, well, I'm glad I have this one!




Monday, November 21, 2011

Random Zoya's

Good morning....I don't know what up with me posting so early in the am.....nor do I know why I get up so early!  Actually I do know, I'm old!  I have seriously turned into an old lady.  I can't stay up past 9 or 10 (over the last week, I've fallen asleep on the couch at like 9....totally dead to the world sleep too!).  I'm super duper creaky too, thought that's never been anything new for me (riding was really hard on my joints).  I've had to start taking glucosamine again.  Ugg, I hate getting old!

On a good note, I've started my Christmas shopping!  I say every year that I'm going to start early, and never do.  I did plan on starting at the beginning of this month, but well, money was tight.  I think I'm probably like your crazy aunt that buys really weird presents, but what can I say, I like unique presents!  Last year my little brothers present included everything bacon.  I think back on it and think it was pretty weird, but hey, me and him have the same kinda sense of humor.  Anyways..........


This is Zoya Cassi.  If you have read this blog enough, you might know I LOVE corals!  This is no exception.  Man is she stunning, with the silver shimmer!


On an unrelated note....look how wrinkly my hands look!  * o_O *


And....this is Zoya Gaia.  And again, if you read this blog enough, you know I love sheer whites.  But what makes this more unique, is it has (again, one of my favorite things in a polish..) gold shimmer!  The only problem, is I couldn't wear this sheer, as the coverage what quite streaky.  I don't mind wearing a polish sheer as long as the coverage is even, well this was not.


Lol, this was taken in the bathroom at the fancy shmancy restaurant I went to on Friday with my mom....what can I say, it looked extra stunning in there!

Anyone have any exciting Thanksgiving plans?  My bf is cooking thanksgiving dinner....we will see how that goes!  So far we are having turkey, stuffing and potatoes.....and that's it! lol



Sunday, November 20, 2011

Would you like some spam with your breakfast?!?

Hiya.  I've gotten so behind with my posts.  And as I said with my last post, I haven't really felt like blogging ether.  I didn't even take pics of my awesome nails from yesterday when I wore CND's Sapphire Sparkle over a dark navy....it was stunning! I need to get my more of these CND topcoats.

And incase anyone is wondering, I wore nice jeans to lunch with my mom, and I didn't feel uncomfortable. Being lunch, I thought it would be more casual and I was right. And man what a stunning restaurant. It overlooks Elliot Bay in Seattle AND they have a "pond" if you will running through it, but it has actual sea life in it! It was awesome! And their lunch menu wasn't that bad for being such a nice restaurant. My lunch with my mom was cheaper than my dinner last night with my guy at Cinebarre. Anyone else have a Cinebarre in their area? I think they are so awesome. We went to see Immortals, which was ok I guess. I love Roman and Greek mythology, and this was just ok. I love the way they shot it though, as I loved 300. But story line was just meh. Anyone else see it??


Love and Beauty's Midnight.  Yup, this one is simply "midnight".  I freaking HATED this manicure.  I layered it over China Glaze's Little Drummer Boy, and I think it was too dark or something, I just hated the way this looked.  I applied this at night, and by the morning, it was off already.


China Glaze's Lorelei's Tiara.  This is actually what I'm wearing right at this very moment.  Meh, it's ok.  I actually thought I would like it a lot more.


OPI's Designer De Better.  Can someone please explain to me the name?  I was never a huge Muppet fan when I was a kid, so I don't understand it at all. 


I really loved this one, it's a champagne foil with some bronze thrown in there for a little diversity.  I actually got lots of compliments on this one.  I think because it was flashy, but subtle at the same time.


OPI's Espresso Your Style.  This was a bit of a disappointment.  Looking at all the shimmer in the bottle, it was disappointing that it didn't really translate to the nails.


OPI's Russian Navy Suede.  I'm pretty sure I've shown this before, but in it's "suede" form.  This is my go to quick mani.  You only need one coat for complete coverage.  I almost always use 2 for more depth, but I have worn one when I was in a hurry.  And since it's a matte, it dries super quick.  I've put this one many times now, when I've woken up and hated what was on my nails, and don't have time to do a complete mani before work.  Yup....love it!


I don't know what it is about navy polishes I love, but I think it must look very flattering with my skin tone.  I will need to do a full mani of China Glaze's Little Drummer Boy again, cause that is one stinking gorgeous navy!



Thursday, November 17, 2011

Nicole by OPI's Kim-pletely In Love


Good evening my lovely followers! I can't believe I have 175 of you! Crazy shit!  I'm finding it's harder and harder for me to get up the energy, and desire to blog right now.  I'm just kinda eh....

Anyways.....this is Nicole by OPI's Kim-pletely In Love.....oh just so ironic!!


I freaking loved this color!  These pics suck, as I took them in my car while at work.  As some of you might know, I love sheer colors like this (if they have even coverage), and this was no exception.  I was staring at my fingers all day!


The duochrome shimmer shows teal and pink in the bottle, but really only showed teal on my nails.  I know you can't see it in the pics, but believe me, it was evident on the nails!



The only thing about wearing sheers like this right now, is my ring finger has a stress mark on it, that shows through the polish, but it's *almost* grown out, so won't be a problem soon.

Ok, so you know what the most exciting highlight to my week was?  Assassin's Creed Revelations just came out!  It's seriously one of my favorite series games!  I haven't had time to really play it yet, but I hope I get to tomorrow.  I'm going out to lunch with my Ma tomorrow, to some fancy shmancy restaurant in down town Seattle, and I'm kinda freaking out about it.  Dress code is apparently "business casual" and well, I'm a jeans and t-shirt kinda gal!  And I seriously freak out when it come to dressing to these kinds of things.  I don't want to be overdressed, nor do I want to be under dressed.  I keep telling myself, that we are going for lunch, who gets all dressed up to go out to lunch?  Ugg....*sigh*....I will survive......


Monday, November 14, 2011

Essence - Let's Get Lost

Hello again!  Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  I had a terribly boring day, but that's nothing new for me.  I watched 4 hours of Once Upon A Time yesterday, anybody else watch it?  I'm LOVING it!  What a unique concept for a show!

Anyways, I loved this combo.  This is Essence Let's Get Lost and Wet N Wild's Cost Is No Issue





I loved this combo and really didn't want to take it off!  And can I just say how much I love Essence polishes?!?  Seriously, this baby is only $.99, and the formula was perfect!  And the brush is great for being a mini bottle.  It's too bad we don't carry more of them here!


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Zoya haul

Ok, well now that I've got my camera issues worked out, I have a handful of posts lined up.  First up is my Zoya haul.  As I mentioned in my last post, Zoya had 2 promos recently, a B2G2 and a 2 free polishes just pay shipping.  I've said this countless times, but Zoya loves their customers, and it shows.


L to R: Marina, Sarah, Sooki, Gaia, Cassie and Reece


First up is Marina.  This was a stunner, and I didn't want to take it off!




Zoya Reece is gorgeous too.  Reminds me a bit of China Glaze Strawberry Fields.




The gold shimmer almost has a green tint to it, ala Zoya Adina.  Very pretty!

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!


Zoya Sarah

Good morning! Guess what time I was up this morning....5:15....on a Sunday!  My cat is having some bowel issues at the moment.....and apparently he had some diarrhea early this am....and afterwards, decided to cuddle up next to me under the blankets (he seriously loves cuddling, I could just squish him, he's just so darn cute).  Well unbeknownst to him, and me, he apparently had a a little accident on his tail....so needless to say, I did not want to go back to bed in a poopy bed, lol!!  So right now my bf is all cuddled up nice and warm in the said poopy bed.  And here I am with said cat sitting in my lap (all cleaned up now) writing a blog post.


A couple weeks ago, Zoya had ANOTHER promo, actually 2 that I took advantage of.  I'm having some camera difficulties, otherwise I would show you the polishes I got.  Anyways, they had 2 promos, one was 2 free polishes, just pay shipping and the other was B2G2 free.  So essentially I got 6 polishes and only paid for 2 plus shipping.  This was one of them, and this is Sarah.  Sarah is described as "Pearls of dark fuchsia, red-violet and ruby tones in a bright sparkle finish. A very rich and different shade of cool red sparkle that will stand out in a crowd."  Hmm, I don't see any dark fuchsia in here, bottle pics have a gold shimmer, that turns red when covered with the base.


She sure is pretty....but......



Similar to Reva.  Reva on the left, obviously has much more gold shimmer in it. 

Ugg....I hope I can get my damn camera issues sorted out.  Anybody know what to do with a camera that my computer won't detect?  The only thing I did before this happened was download Norton antivirus protection....anyone have any ideas, I would be most appreciate!

ETA - Yay....I figured it out cuz Iz smart!!