Purple Stars Nail Art

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Today’s mani starts with two coats of Cupcake Polish Pick of the Patch. I used It Girl Plate IG117 and It Girl Wisteria stamping polish to put purple stars nail art on top.

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It Girl makes the best stamping supplies around so I highly recommend you check out her Etsy shop.

SeneGence Sunday: Troubleshooting LipSense

Why hello there, friend. Are you having trouble with your LipSense? Maybe it’s not staying all day? Or maybe it looks weird right from the start? Or maybe it’s coming off in weird patches?

Watch this video for my LipSense tips and tricks! If you watch it and still have questions, you know I’m here for you. Pop a comment down below or shoot me an email. Either way, you’re promised a response. :)

Rose Gold French Tips

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How on God’s green earth have I never paired rose gold and light blue together? Have I been living under a rock? What is wrong with me? The instant I paired these two together, it instantly became my newest favorite color combination. So much so, that light blue and rose gold are the color scheme for the Erin Condren Life Planner I ordered for 2018!! (That link has a coupon for $10 off. You’re welcome. :) )

I started with two coats of Trust Fund Beauty I Give Good Tweet from a recent Ipsy Bag. Then, I used a makeup sponge to dab on Glam Polish Lilo, You Lolo to the tips.

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Peach and Black Stamping

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I don’t really like today’s mani, but I’m going to show it to you anyway. Some people might like it and who am I to deprive you of viewing it? ;)Cosmeceuticals

The base for this mani is a Cosmeceuticals polish I got in the April Ipsy bag. I don’t know the name of it because I threw the box away! :O I didn’t realize the name wasn’t on the bottle. Note to makers: Always put your name on the bottle!

 

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I was in Sally Beauty and saw this top coat from Seche that I’d never seen before: Seche Vive. It’s kinda like their UV-free gel topcoat. It works similarly to their regular topcoat. I didn’t notice much of a difference.seche-vive

This stamping design is from It Girl Plate IG117 and I used It Girl Obsidian as the stamping polish.

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Sky Organics Bath Bombs Review

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Sky Organics sent me their bath bombs gift set to review for you! First of all, I have to tell you that this package smelled freaking amazing. My dogs really wanted to check it out. They were super interested! It smelled like a delicious candy factory.

As of the time of this writing, this gift set is available on Amazon and is even eligible for same day delivery. (God bless Amazon!)

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The 6 scents included in this package are a nice variety. I really loved each one so I can’t pick a favorite one. I decided to use Strawberry Milkshake first because I wanted to bring the boys to the yard.sky-organics-bath-bombs-review

Don’t mind my old, outdated bathtub. My house was built in 1928, ok?

This pink water is freaking gorgeous! And in even better news….These don’t stain your tubs!! My tub stains really, really easily (1928, remember?) so even though these are touted as non-staining, I was still worried. I’m happy to report that my tub is still the gross off-white color of ancient bathtubs and not hot pink! (Although, maybe that would have been an improvement.)

Yes, I absolutely recommend these bath bombs. The ingredients did a great job of moisturizing my skin. My feet have actually never felt softer! (Normally my feet have the same texture as sandstone.)

Thanks again to Sky Organics for sending this gift set my way!

IT Cosmetics Confidence in Your Glow

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IT Cosmetics sent me their Confidence in Your Glow Palettes to review for you! The concept is that it’s your blush, bronzer, and highlighter in one sweep. They also sent me the heavenly skin one sweep wonder brush that pairs with the palettes.

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I found that this really isn’t a one-sweep situation. The palette is wider than the brush so you literally can’t get all three colors on the brush at the same time. (Sorry, IT Cosmetics! You know I love you! But it just doesn’t work like that in this palette!)

Additionally, I’m really not a huge fan of this brush. Normally, I love the IT Cosmetics brushes and I use them loyally every day. However, something about this brush drives me crazy. Not only are the palettes too wide for it, but this brush is just downright cumbersome to use. It’s the right size for my face, but I didn’t like how it picked up too much product (the short, thick bristles caused that).it-cosmetics-review it-cosmetics-glow-review

Despite my issues with the brush, I actually really like the palettes themselves. The product is good! I use my regular blush brushes to apply the colors in three different steps, though. It’s just the way I like it.

Confidence in Your Glow comes in three different shades: Warm Glow, Natural Glow, and Nude Glow. They are all quite close in color so there’s no reason to buy all three. Just find the one that matches your contouring style and pick that one.

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Overall, these palettes do give a nice glow but I would not call it a one-sweep system. The wideness of the palettes and the brush don’t match! :)it-cosmetics-glow-reviews

SeneGence Sunday: A Peek Behind the Scenes

With so many inventory and website problems, why are people still signing up to sell Senegence? This week’s video is a behind-the-scenes peek at what is going on with SeneGence. I talk about why I still sell even though the website is outdated, the packaging is outdated, and everything is out of stock most of the time!

 

Indie Polish Swatches

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I have a smattering of random indie polishes to show you today. I got these from a destash smackerlacquer was having. The best part about buying polishes off her is that whenever she sees them, she has a little pang of regret for letting me have them. ROFL. #sorrynotsorry

Emily de Molly Quest for Immortality. It’s been a while since I’ve used an EdM polish and I can’t believe I waited so long! Look at how pretty this is! Just look at it! Look!

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KB Shimmer Talk QWERTY  To Me. One of my ‘unpopular nail polish opinions’ is that KB Shimmer can be hit or miss for me. This one is definitely a hit. Teal is one of my favorite polish colors and I just love the metallic finish on this one.kb-shimmer-talk-qwerty-to-me kb-shimmer-talk-qwerty-to-me-swatch

Pahlish Rum Runner Hibiscus. This is the first time I’ve ever tried something from Pahlish, but it certainly won’t be the last. I was quite impressed with this little beauty.pahlish-rum-runner-hibiscus pahlish-rum-runner-hibiscus-swatch

Pahlish Flame of the Forest. I don’t like this one as much as the previous one, but it’s certainly pretty and the formula was good.

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Grace-Ful Eternal Sunset. This is another new one for me. I was caught off guard by how much I liked this one because I wasn’t that impressed by it in the actual bottle.

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Pepper Pot Polish Hot For Teacher. I thought this was just going to be a purple cream and I had plans to put some glitter on top. But, as soon as I saw this one on my nails, I knew that would be a mistake. There is hidden shimmer! What?! So pretty!

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Pixi Skintreats Review

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Pixi sent me their collection of Skintreats sprays to review for you! This is a collection of four different mists. I had already tried the Glow Mist in a previous post so I won’t go into detail about that one in this post.

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Pixi Skintreats Wakeup Mist is a vitamin-boosting treatment that gives a revitalizing effect on the complexion. I love squirting this on my face after I get out of the shower in the morning. It has a citrus feel to it that really did make me feel like I was waking up.

Pixi Skintreats makeup fixing mist is an all-over setting spray. I didn’t notice that much of a difference with this one. Since I use SeneGence products now, my makeup never really needs fixing. :P

Pixi Skintreats Hydrating Milky Mist is a very light mist that gives an instant surge of moisture to the skin. I would put this on at night after washing my face. Sometimes, I would even forget to put my ‘real’ moisturizer on. That’s how refreshing this mist is!

Overall, these are all really great sprays. You can get a set of your own at pixibeauty.compixibeauty.com.

SeneGence Sunday: Tricky LipSense Colors

Over the past 6 months of selling LipSense, I’ve found that there are a handful of colors that are just a little bit tricky. For me, Apple Cider is the primary culprit for this. It’s just a little too opaque and thick so it’s hard to get really thin coats. If you don’t get thin coats, then it’s going to look cracked a few hours later.

Here is a video of a little experiment I did to see if I could alleviate that problem for me and everyone else! :)

Drugstore Essentials

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I have a handful of drugstore products to show you today. All of these were sent to me for review purposes.

First, the John Frieda Frizz Ease. This styling foam is meant to be a leave-in product where you let your hair air dry. Sounds like a dream for a #lazybetty like me, right?

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Well, unfortunately, no product can magically make my hair have curls. So, according to my friends, I ended up looking like a homeless person who hadn’t showered in a while. Hardly a glowing recommendation. Sorry, John Frieda! I love you for other things!

Speaking of John Frieda, I was also sent this dry shampoo. Now, I don’t really need dry shampoo because my hair is already dry and there is rarely any excess oil I need to soak up. However, I love using this product because it smells divine. Even my husband commented on how much he likes the smell…and let’s just say he doesn’t comment all that much. So that means it really made an impression!

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Ban deodorant. This was a serendipitous press sample because I’ve recently become really unhappy with my current deodorant. It wasn’t doing its MAIN JOB. I felt like a stinky betty all the time. The first day I tried this Ban roll-on deodorant I was really impressed. But, I seem to get used to deodorants and they stop working. This isn’t happening with Ban! I’m so thrilled! Especially since the summer months are coming up and it’s going to be hot! BO + Heat = I have no more friends. So, I’m really glad I got sent this!ban-deodorant

I’m really not one for things that take planning and commitment. Hence the rebrand to Lazy Betty! So, I’m going to be completely honest here – I haven’t tried these. Sorry! You have to apply them to clean skin (which means I have to wash my face) and then let it sit for like 20 minutes and then wash your face again. WTF. Ain’t nobody got time for that! In true #lazybetty fashion, I’m going to pass on these – just like I pass on all face masks, peels, etc. Please tell me I’m not the only one who thinks like this!look-beauty-eye-repair

Literary Lacquers Swatches

I managed to steal a bunch of Literary Lacquers polishes in smackerlacquer‘s destash. I’d only tried a few of these polishes before and they were glitters in a jelly base. This was my first time trying any of her other formulas! All swatches are two coats.

Literary Lacquers Lestat is a lovely light purple holo.

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Literary Lacquers The Edge. This one is really close to Lestat but has a bit of a stronger holo effect.

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Literary Lacquers Annabel Lee is the only one out of the bunch I don’t like. The gray is a bit lifeless and dulls the glitters. It is also quite sheer. However, if it’s named after Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabel Lee, then perhaps that description is quite fitting and this is the perfect polish. Hmmm….

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Literary Lacquers Tia Wanna on top of a black creme. This is soooo super gorgeous. I think that when I wore it like this smackerlacquer regretted giving it to me. LOLOLOL. Well she’s not getting it back! :P

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Literary Lacquers Mysterious Irrevocable Sacred. This one is also like Lestat and The Edge. I’m not sure why smackerlacquer had so many purple LL’s to give away. Perhaps LL loves purple? Perhaps smackerlacquer hates purple? Maybe we’ll never know…

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Literary Lacquers Afterglow. I was surprised to like this one as much as I did. It’s very vibrant!literary-lacquer-afterglow literary-lacquers-afterglow-swatchSo there are my Literary Lacquers swatches! Which one do you like best?

Sally Hansen Toppers!

I can’t believe I sat on these polishes for so long. They have been sitting in my untrieds for weeks and weeks and I just kept passing them over. That was clearly a huge mistake.

Sally Hansen Flash-ionista on top of a black creme. How goddamn gorgeous is this polish?! I wore it for days. I didn’t want to take it off my nails. In fact, I cried a little inside when I removed it.  Who would have thought that such a mediocre looking polish would be such a stunner??? Diamond in the rough, I tell ya. Diamond in the rough.

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Sally Hansen Let’s Get Digital over a black creme. When this one turned out to be a RED shift I was like WHAT IN THE WHAT? It looks blue in the bottle! I almost didn’t even get this one because I thought it would be too close to Flash-ionista. Oh man. I would have been crying in my  Cheerio’s if I’d passed this one up.sally-hansen-let's-get-digital-swatch sally-hansen-let's-get-digital

These to are MUST HAVE. You can all obsess over indie polish toppers or whatever but we simply can’t ignore the gorgeousness that Sally Hansen has put in front of us with these polishes.

Now go to the store and get your own bottles cuz I ain’t sharin’.

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream

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IT Cosmetics sent me this lovely gift set….and then these pictures got lost in my drafts folder!! I’m so sorry, IT Cosmetics!!! Your products are some of my favorite ever! I can’t believe I neglected this post. :( Shame on me!

IT Cosmetics sent me this cute coffee mug, coffee grounds, and Confidence in an Eye Cream.

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The eye cream is super creamy. I can really feel it soaking into my dry skin and doing wonders for it. It’s very soothing and I enjoy putting it on after I wash my face.it-cosmetics-review

The coffee tin deserved its own picture because of the freaking hilarious pun on the back. Puns are my favorite form of humor and I will force them on anyone that’s within hearing distance.

SeneGence Sunday: Why Everyone Hates Direct Sales

I have another video for you today! In this week’s SeneGence Sunday update, I’m going to address the problem of why everyone hates direct sales and then I’m going to tell you some ideas that won’t make you turn into a spammy douchebag!

Check it out!