Sunday, January 12, 2014

Neutrogena Rainbath

On January 8th, it was National Bubble Bath day! Who knew there was such a holiday?! When Neutrogena let me know about National Bubble Bath day and their Rainbath line, I had to try it out.

While I don't normally stray from nail posts, the description of Rainbath sounded so good I had to give it a shot. I received the original Rainbath, which has a "unique fragrance of spices, fruits, and herbs," according to the bottle. I totally agree with that description. It has a gender-neutral scent that smells adult and exotic. I love that it is not floral or girly; this is a really great fragrance! I tried it as a bubble bath and as a body wash, and was very pleased with it in both situations. 

Happy belated National Bubble Bath Day to you!

- Aly

** this product was sent for review**

Monday, January 6, 2014

PSA: Barielle Is Giving Away 2 Coach Wristlets and Tons of Nail Products!

Hello everyone,

If you aren't familiar with Barielle, they are a brand that makes amazing nail care products as well as some truly beautiful polishes. I am happy to inform you that Barielle is holding a sweepstakes in January!

The January Sweepstakes will start on January 8th and will end on January 22nd.   

There will be 10 prizes given out and two Grand Prizes of Coach Wristlets, RSP of $100.00 each. The Barielle kit will consist of the following! 

Two Barielle 5packs of your choice - $50 -- To see the options, click HERE!
One Nail Rebuilding Protein Base Coat - $17.50
One No Chip Speed Dry Top Coat - $12.50
One Nail Strengthener Cream - $17.00

The value of the total Grand Prize is more than $200.00
Two Grand Prizes will include the fashion accessory plus the Barielle Kit.
The ten prizes are the Barielle products only.

- Aly

SinfulColors Holiday Tinsel Collection: Cold As Ice and Silver Rainbows

Hello, everyone! I hope the holidays were good to you and I wish everyone a very happy 2014.

Today, I have two beautiful glitter topcoats from SinfulColors. One of their holiday offerings, the Holiday Tinsel Collection, is made up of many different bar glitter topcoats. Bar glitter seems to be a polarizing type of polish, but I personally love the effect it gives.

The first one I have to show you guys is called Cold As Ice. SinfulColors Cold As Ice is a clear base with stark white bar glitters. To me, it really looks snowy! I can see Cold As Ice looking great in winter nail art. Here I am wearing 1 coat of Cold As Ice over SinfulColors Rain Storm, a dusty blue creme with a beautiful application.

Excuse the cuticles! A Wisconsin winter is rough on the hands!

Another stunner from the Holiday Tinsel collection caught my mom's eye. She loved the sparkle of SinfulColors Silver Rainbow, a clear base with holographic silver bars. I gave her a holiday mani of Essie Aperitif, a bright red jelly, and used SinfulColors Silver Rainbow as an accent nail. The end result was so classy, but still festive. 

In my opinion, SinfulColors did a great job on these toppers. They both have great coverage in one coat. In fact, you could probably wear them alone with 4 coats, which is unusual for this type of glitter. I also love how festive they are! Cold As Ice would be great in nail art, and Silver Rainbows could bump any mani up a notch. Basically, I love them both! 

Have you tried any of the SinfulColors Holiday Tinsel polishes?

- Aly

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

My Very Merry Christmas Mani Featuring SinfulColors

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it! For me, Christmas is all about family and loved ones, gifting and receiving, and relaxing. Of course, my version of relaxing includes painting my nails, so I put this mani together to get myself in the Christmas mood!

This mani is entirely SinfulColors. I rummaged through my collection and picked SinfulColors Sugar Sugar as my base. It was in my untrieds, but it won't go unworn anymore. It is a vibrant red with gold shimmer and teeny tiny flakes of gold. SinfulColors Sugar Sugar is also a one-coater on me! On top of Sugar Sugar are two coats of SinfulColors Holiday Rebel, which just recently came out. Holiday Rebel is made up of green micro glitter, red hexes, and silver holo hexes. Oh, and it is beautiful. Take a look!

This mani was super shiny and super festive. I love the sparkle and shimmer. It really felt like the perfect Christmas manicure, and it was very simple to execute. Holiday Rebel is reminiscent of something we might find in an indie polish, but you can pick it up for less than two bucks at a drugstore. That kind of deal makes me one happy lacquerista! 

Again, Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all! I hope this holiday season has been good to all of you.

- Aly

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Pretty Pink Gradient Featuring Pahlish Glittoris


After wearing OPI Isn't That Precious?, a classic sheer pink, I wanted to spice up my mani with some glitter. Enter Pahlish Glittoris, a gorgeous clear-based glitter with pink and red glitter in all shapes and sizes. Glittoris is one of my favorite indie polishes to date. I love the scattered disco glitter and the beautiful girly look it creates. To make the gradient smoother, I dabbed a bit of Essie Splash of Grenadine under Pahlish Glittoris.

As you can see, OPI Isn't That Precious? pulls very neutral on me. I still think it is a beautiful classic polish though. The jelly finish and the light pink look very professional. But of course, I am not one to wear "classic" shades for very long! I really love the finished look of Isn't That Precious? and Pahlish Glittoris combined. Plus, I am a sucker for the name; it's just so ridiculous.

How do you like to spruce up a days-old mani?

- Aly

Friday, December 13, 2013

PSA: Mani Diaries LVX Holiday Giveaway!

Hi, guys!

I was approached by a lovely rep for Mani Diaries, a new iPhone app that lets users share their manis and nail art. I love the idea of the app -- it's smart and seems like it'd be a great distraction from my homework ;) Here's a screencap of how the app looks! It's very clean and has tons of beautiful manis!

If you're interested, you can download it now from the Apple App store HERE.

Mani Diaries is also sponsoring a great giveaway that I thought you'd like to see! They are giving away an LVX Holiday Trio seen below!
If you'd like to enter the giveaway, go check out the Mani Diaries Facebook page HERE!

Good luck to all who enter!

- Aly