Friday, 12 February 2016

wet n wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Polish Swatches - Part 2

If you missed my first post where I swatched 7 out of the 18 shades from this collection, you can read my post here. The 1 step wonder gel collection is the newest line from wet n wild, here is a little info from the company:

THE FORMULA
  • New 1 Step WonderGel™ was developed using the same technology that’s used in dental veneers for durability and shine.
  • This formula delivers the color and shine of a true UV cured gel polish, without the need for a special UV light.
  • It cures with the regular ambient light from overhead lighting or sunlight.
  • Because it is a true gel formula, the formula is light sensitive and requires an opaque bottle.
THE RESULTS
  • Color and shine last for up to 2 weeks! 
  • Results are achieved in just one easy step. 
  • No top coat or base coat required! No harsh removal! Removes with regular nail polish.



Click to see individual swatches.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Orofluido Asia Kit Press Release

Happy Chinese New Year fellow readers! It's the year of the Monkey. For those of you who don't know, I am of Chinese descent and in the Chinese culture the new year is a big deal to us. We Chinese can get pretty superstitious during Chinese New Years, for example no cleaning/sweeping because you will be sweeping away your fortune, new clothes are to be worn on new years day because wearing old/damaged clothing can cause bad luck for the year and you are not to cut or wash your hair. The word hair in Chinese has the same pronunciation of the word wealth so it is seen has severing or washing away your wealth.

I thought this would be a great time to share a new product line from Orofluido.


"The brand Orofluido rediscovers ancient beauty secrets based on traditions and natural ingredients from the farthest parts of the world, transforming them into rituals and bringing richness back to hair. Orofluido is starting a new journey in Asia, providing their beauty secrets in our product. The zen way of beauty is the perfect balance of harmony, tame and control."

Their newest like is the Zen Beauty Ritual, specialized for all types of frizz-prone hair, it helps with frizz control and promotes elasticity and smoothness.

"An enticing blend based on treasured Asian ingredients with a soft texture and an exquisite fragrance specially mixed to stimulate the senses. Orofluido Asia has been formulated for women with dry, coarse, brittle hair who suffer from frizz, particularly in humid conditions."

The Zen Beauty Ritual line contains the zen control shampoo, conditioner, mask, and elixir. These products are ideal for achieving exceptional frizz control, elasticity and smoothness.




I'm most excited about the hair mask which helps repair damaged hair in need of TLC and conditioning. The ends of my hair tend to feel more dry and requires a little more attention. I think this mask will help hydrate and add a healthy shine to my mane. 

We received a press sample package of these products and will cover a more in depth review once we've had a chance to try out this products.

In the meantime, from my family to yours I like to wish you all a Happy Chinese New Year filled with happiness, health, luck and prosperity!


Until next time,

Annie

Red Carpet Manicure Hydrating Cuticle Balm

Launched in September 2011, Red Carpet Manicure has become a well known brand in the gel polish world. In fact, they were first in the world to release an at-home professional salon LED light activated gel polish system. Which was something new I learned. Back in 2011 I wasn't quite as heavily in tuned with the nail world as I am now. Regardless, becoming the world's first anything is an amazing accomplishment.

Since then, Red Carpet Manicure has expanded its product lines to include nail lacquers, nail art kits and hand and nail treatments. Today's post will focus on a product from their hand and nail treatment line. More specifically, their Hydrating Cuticle Balm.


Source: Red Carpet Manicure


"A professional salon strength cuticle balm that instantly nourishes and conditions rough, ragged cuticles - guaranteed. This exclusive micronized combination of essential nutrients, micronized botanicals and vitamins allow for natural smooth and healthy cuticles."


The box suggested using this cuticle balm either alone or in conjunction with Red Carpet Manicure's Youth Creme (a revitalizing hand, cuticle and nail cream) or Cuticle Elixir (a cuticle serum that deeply hydrates and conditions rough, ragged, sore cuticles and nails) which are both from Red Carpet Manicure nail treatment line.

I really liked the fact that the balm came in a small glass jar, it gave the product a high quality feel to it. The balm, which had a slightly citrusy scent to it, was quite soft and melted quickly when applied to the skin and left a very slight dewy feel. It didn't at all feel overly greasy or oily.



One thing I didn't like about the balm was that I had it back in its packaging on its side and when I went to use it the next day there was oil on the lid and around the threads of the jar. Due to the low melting temperature of the balm and having the heat on at home it caused the oil to melt and seep out. This is not a cuticle balm I'd carry around in my purse, especially during the summertime. That being said, the balm would be more suited to be used at home or at the office to ensure it stays upright at all times.

Overall I enjoyed using this cuticle balm as an overnight treatment, since the first ingredient (sunflower oil) has such a low melting temperature it didn't take much for the balm to melt into the skin. It didn't leave my fingers feeling overly greasy. It is more pricier (suggested retail price of $15) compared to other brands out there on the market but a little bit goes a long way. There is 15ml of product in the jar so this will definitely last a long time.Here is a picture of my cuticles after a full week use of the balm on a nightly basis:



Ingredient as listed on the box: Sunflower Oil, Palm Oil, Beeswax, Mineral Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Mango Seed Butter, Vitamin C Palmitate, Fragrance, Shea Butter, Antioxidant, Vitamin E Acetate, Orange Peel Wax, Vitamin F, Yellow 5, Water, Blue, Citrol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamic Aldehyde, d-Limonene and Linalool 

Red Carpet Manicure is available at Ulta, Ulta.com or Redcarpetmanicure.com in the U.S.
For us Canadians Red Carpet Manicure products are available at: Rexall, Pharmaplus, London Drug, Lawtons, Pharmasave, Nailpolishcanada.com, Well.ca and Theshoppingchannel.com

You can join in on the ongoing Red Carpet Manicure conversation on facebooktwitter, and Instagram. Don't forget to tag #rcmnailit in your posts!


Until next time,

Annie







This products was generously provided in exchange for my honest review. Opinions reflected are my own with no influence from company

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

wet n wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Polish Swatches - Part 1

Last week Mir and I had the amazing opportunity to attend wet n wild 2016 preview event. We got to test some new products coming out this spring and learn more about this cruelty free company. We had a load of fun and left with a bunch of products we are looking forward to reviewing.

I must admit I don't have too much experience with wet n wild beauty products, however I do own quite a few of their nail polishes. They're very modestly priced with a vast colour selection, my favourite line is their Mega Last polishes which offers creme polishes and more muted neutral tones. wet n wild's latest release is their 1 Step Wonder Gel Polish with 18 colourful shades to choose from. Here is some info on their site about this new line:

THE FORMULA
  • New 1 Step WonderGel™ was developed using the same technology that’s used in dental veneers for durability and shine.
  • This formula delivers the color and shine of a true UV cured gel polish, without the need for a special UV light.
  • It cures with the regular ambient light from overhead lighting or sunlight.
  • Because it is a true gel formula, the formula is light sensitive and requires an opaque bottle.
THE RESULTS
  • Color and shine last for up to 2 weeks! 
  • Results are achieved in just one easy step. 
  • No top coat or base coat required! No harsh removal! Removes with regular nail polish.

I have 7 shades out of the 18 to share with you all today. No top coat was used in any of the swatches






More detailed descriptions and pictures ahead




Condensed Milk
An off white creamy beige polish, it was slightly streaky so I had to use 3 coats for full opacity. I tend to gravitate towards these milky whites in the summer when I have a slight tan.





Pale in Comparison

The pink sister of condensed milk, off white with a hint of pink. This was streaky as well so I needed 3 careful coats for opacity. Again, I feel that this shade would look lovely against a summertime tan.




Stay Classy
A soft mauve creme. This shade had an awesome formula, only 1 thick coat was needed. One of my favs from the collection. Reminded me of Essie Ladylike or Demure Vixen




All That Jazzy
A silvery gold metallic polish, a little more care is needed with the application of this polish as the brush stroke can be seen when dried. 2 coats were needed for full opacity but you can get away with 1 coat for a softer gold. I liked this colour more than I thought I would!




Pretty Peas
A mint green that I feel leans more to a light turquoise depending on the lighting. Like most pastels, I needed 2-3 coats to fully cover the patchiness. The extra work is worth it because this colour is beautiful and perfect for spring/summer.




Peri-Wink-Le of An Eye
Another one coater! 1 thick coat of this periwinkle beauty was all I needed, very impressed with this one as well. A good dupe for this shade is China Glaze Secret Periwinkle.





Cyantific Method
2 coats were needed for this vibrant blue. A good dupe is OPI No Room For The Blues.




The standouts of mine from these 7 shades were Condensed Milk and All That Jazzy for their colour and Peri-Wink-Le of An Eye for the formula. None of the shades were totally unique from any other collections I've seen but there are good basics shades in this collection plus I found that the polishes dried very shiny and no top coat was needed.

I can't speak for the 2 week wearability claim these polishes have because I change my polish every couple of days, but I can however note that I was about to easily remove the polish with both acetone and acetone free and I am happy to add that none of the polishes stained my nails.

wet n wild’s 1-Step Wonder Gel is chip resistant and 3-
Free with no Formaldehyde, Toluene and Phthalates, they are available at major food, drug and mass retailers beginning January 2016.

I usually don't like to post any pictures of myself but this selfie Mir and I snapped at the event was too cute not to share plus in case any of you were curious about what we look like, now you know ;)




Stay tuned for next time when I have 7 more swatches from Wonder Gel collection to share.


Annie





*Press Sample*

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Demeter Fragrance Library Foolproof Blending

Demeter is a brand that holds nostalgic memories for me, I remember owning the scent "Fuzzy Navel" in high school and using the fruity fragrance on a pretty regular basis. Since my experience with the brand back in high school they have grown to include so many interesting and unique scents like Elvira's Zombie, Clean Windows and Pizza. 

"Demeter was conceived in the East Village of New York City in 1996 a unique point of view about fragrance, a perspective that still remains unique, but that continues to expand. The original mission was to capture the beautiful smells of the garden and nature in wearable form. Consistent with that mission we took the Demeter name, inspired by the Greek Goddess of Agriculture. The first three Demeter fragrances, based on that ideal, were Dirt, Grass and Tomato, and were sold in a few stores in NYC."

The newest release from Demeter are kits with duo or trio cologne sprays that you can mix and blend to create your very custom scent.



Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Born Pretty Store Stamping Polish Review

Today I had the chance to give Born Pretty Store brand stamping polish a try. They sent me a colour at random and they selected this blue green teal for me (item #22179 in colour #18 on the product page). I'm glad they selected such a pretty colour, it's certainly a colour I wouldn't have picked out myself. The stamping polish is 15ml in size and is regularly priced at $7.99USD but is currently marked down to $4.79USD. 

The labeling was way off centre on the bottle but that in no way took away the quality of the product inside. I found the polish to be thick (but not gloopy in the "I forgot to close the polish bottle tight enough" way) and very opaque, which I feel are the two qualities a good stamping polish must have. Too many times I've been disappointed with polishes that transfer onto the stamper but are totally lacking in opacity when on the nail. I found I didn't have to use too much product on the stamping plate for the polish to spread out evenly to get a clear stamped image. The polish didn't have a strong odor to it, which is a great thing since I've used another brand that smelled so strongly I had open a window while using the polish and I had to dispose of all the cotton pads/tape in another room. 

Here is what I created using the stamping polish, notice all the little finicky detailed parts of the design it picked up.



If you plan on checking out Born Pretty Store and can't resist the urge to purchase some nail art goodies use our code "AMPK31" to receive 10% off regular priced items!






Until Next Time,

Annie





*** These products were provided in exchange for my honest review.***

Monday, 25 January 2016

Born Pretty Store Lemon Water Decals Review

Mondays, do they ever get easier? I hope you all had a great weekend and a Monday that sped by. I was kept busy at work so that definitely makes the day go by quicker.

I don't think I need another introduction to Born Pretty Store, the online one stop shoppe for nail art. For today's post I have their Lemon Water Decals (item #21560) to share with you all.

As I've mentioned before, water decals are probably my favourite type of nail art. They're so forgiving and easy to apply, plus they're so detailed with the little dainty designs. I picked out these lemon water decals because I couldn't resist how small and cute they looked. They're originally $2.50USD but currently are marked down to $1.50USD which is a great deal considering how many decals there are on the sheet. Below is a the product image from the Born Pretty Store site and they've included some design ideas what you could use with the decals, some of the designs are really cute and I may have to recreate them in the future.

Source: Born Pretty Store
Here is what I created using the water decals.




Overall, I thought these decals were easy to use and a size. However if you're trying to cut out a specific design you would need some pretty fine scissors and a careful hand as they are placed quite close to each other.

If you plan on checking out Born Pretty Store and can't resist the urge to purchase some nail art goodies use our code "AMPK31" to receive 10% off regular priced items!






Until Next Time,

Annie





*** These products were provided in exchange for my honest review.***

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Born Pretty Store Geometric Water Decals Review

And so goes another day. Can't believe we are already three weeks into 2016 feels like the older I get the faster time seems to fly by.

Over the past weekend I had the time to try out these geometric full nail water decals (item #21457) from Born Pretty Store. The water decals come in a rectangular sheet, I approximated the size if my nails (measured loosely) and trimmed them to size. I soaked the decals in water for about 30seconds and the backing easily came off when I rubbed the sheet between two fingers. Since I took the time to adjust the decals to size I didn't have to clean up around the cuticles. It does require a little prep work but worth it in the end.




These decals are usually priced at $1.92USD but is currently marked down to $1.15USD.

If you plan on checking out Born Pretty Store and can't resist the urge to purchase some nail art goodies use our code "AMPK31" to receive 10% off regular priced items!






Until Next Time,

Annie





*** These products were provided in exchange for my honest review.***