Metallic Stamping

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Today’s mani starts with two coats of Orly Big City Dreams which is from the La La Land collection. I used Mundo de Unas Metallic Purple to stamp these fun kaleidoscope style images from an It Girl Stamping Plate.

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Here is a plain swatch of Big City Dreams. Some bloggers had issues with this collection being a little patchy. I found that if I thought about it like it was a crelly and not a creme, then I had a decent time applying it.orly-big-city-dreams-swatch orly-big-city-dreams

Today we’re getting our taxes done and I’m soooo scared. This is the first year where I’ll have to do taxes for my businesses (yes, plural!!) including self-employment stuff AND my day job stuff. The pile of paperwork is MASSIVE. And I’m sure I’m going to owe a lot. I’ve never owed before! I’ve always gotten at least a little something back!!!!! This is super stressing me out. No wonder people just pay someone to take care of all of this stuff. Taxes are, so far, the worst part about being a business owner!

Pixi Skincare Review

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Pixi sent me some of their favorite skincare items to review for you! Pixi is available in stores at Target or online at Amazon. I received their Beauty Sleep Cream, Glowtion Day Dew, Glow Mist, and Eye Elixer.

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There is a generous amount of product in each of the bottles. I’ve been using these for about two months now – every day and night – and I still have lots of product left. It’s definitely a good value!pixie-skintreats-review

The Glowtion Day Dew has a tiny bit of pearlescent sheen to it. This gives your skin a very nice dewey look.

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The Beauty Sleep Cream is a nice, thick evening cream that leaves my skin feel super moisturized.pixi-beauty-sleep-cream

At first I liked the eye elixer. It comes with an applicator that is a metal roller ball. But, after continued use, I don’t like the applicator at all. It’s impossible to control how much product is coming out and if not enough is coming out, then the roller ball tugs on my eye a little bit. I wish it was in a regular little tub like other eye creams.

The Glow Mist is a good product, but I don’t really use things like that. I’ve never really noticed or felt a difference with them.

Thanks again to Pixi for sending these my way! I hope you will check out these and their other skincare offerings!

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Swatches + Giveaway!

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Sally Hansen sent me four colors to show off to you! BUT they sent me 5 bottles! That means I have a duplicate and ergo, you get a giveaway!!

Sally Hansen Berry Smooth is a creamy, gorgeous pink.

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Sally Hansen Red-y to Glow is a creamy red.

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Sally Hansen Rosy Glow is a beautiful pink with a blue flame shift.

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Sally Hansen Red-iance is an orange-red cream.

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AND….now for the part you’ve all been waiting for…I am giving away a brand-new bottle of Rosy Glow!!!

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Glitter Tips! + Senegence Sunday Update

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Good morning and happy Sunday! I have a simple mani today, but it’s one of my favorite easy looks. I started with two coats of Orly As Seen on TV which is from the La La Land collection. Some people had trouble with this collection being streaky or patchy. I didn’t really experience that. I thought of them as crellies and that helped alter my application. You want to use slightly thicker coats than usual and make sure you’re gliding the brush over your nail and not pressing it down at all. and Orly Explosion of Fun

For the glitter tips, I used Orly Explosion of Fun.

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Speaking of explosions of fun, that’s what’s happening on my SeneGence journey. I got my first commission check in the mail last week. It was three figures! (Apparently, we’re not allowed to say exact amounts. Boo.) Next month’s check is already shaping up to be 4 figures – nearly double what this month’s check was!

On top of that, because it’s not just about the money, I am having so much fun meeting new people and sharing LipSense with them. Everyone is always so amazed by it! I feel like a magician with a really cool trick that is a huge crowd pleaser!

Here is a complication video of my magic trick. :)

Now that you’ve been amazed, here are some links:

To shop lipsense: bettysbeautybazaar.com

To sell lipsense: senegence.com/bettysbeauty

Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab Review

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Sally Hansen sent me Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab to review for you! This is an intense serum meant to be worn over night on your nails and cuticles. Proper moisture is critical to nail health – especially if you’re trying to grow them out. (Water does not actually moisturize your nails. I’m talking about nail oil as a moisturizer.)

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What I like about this serum is that it’s thicker than a regular oil. That means it’s not dripping everywhere when I put it on. It stays on the spot in. I can feel it working as it relieves my dry cuticles – especially this time of year when it’s so cold.sally-hansen-moisture-rehab-review

I’ve been keeping the bottle on my nightstand and applying it all over my tips before sleeping. It soaks in quickly so I don’t get oil on my sheets. Hooray!sally-hansen-cuticle-care

I would recommend picking up Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab next time you’re in your drugstore’s polish aisle. It’s very affordable and should be available anywhere Sally Hansen is sold.

OPI Infinite Shine Swatches

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I recently obtained 8 shades of the OPI Infinite Shine collection polishes. OPI is one of my favorite mainstream brands so I had pretty high hopes with these. Unfortunately, my hopes were shattered pretty damn quickly.

First of all, the Infinite Shine topcoat dulls the polishes out. I’m used to the glassy finish of Seche Vite and the “shine” from the Infinite Shine collection looks dull and lifeless.

Second, this polish chipped within hours on me. A normal polish formula looks fresh on me for 1-2 days. These didn’t even last as long as regular, less expensive, polish!

While the colors are nice, I will not be buying any more. In my opinion, they are a waste of money and I’m much better off buying the original OPI formula in the same colors.

OPI You Don’t Know Jacques!

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OPI Bubble Bath

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OPI Lincoln Park After Darkopi-lincoln-park-after-dark-swatch opi-lincoln-park-after-dark

OPI I’m Not Really a Waitress

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OPI Black Onyx

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Pepper Pot Polish Material Girl + Senegence Sunday Update

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Today’s mani is simple. I started with two coats of a Pretty Woman polish that I got from Ipsy. I don’t know the name of the color. I think it was on the box, but I threw the box away! Oops!! :\ Then, I topped it with Pepper Pot Polish Material Girl which has been sitting in my untried pile since November!! For shame! This is a gorgeous glitter topper with pink and black glitters.

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The effect this gives reminds me of candy. :) Like those candy eggs that are in the grocery store during Easter time? The ones that are like Whoppers. Does anyone know what I’m talking about? I love those damn eggs. LOL.pepper-pot-polish-material-girl

Senegence Sunday Update

It’s Sunday which means you get to hear about how my Senegence journey is going!! :) Since my last writing, I have recruited one more person to me team. She’s actually been my best customer and I thought she was insane for paying me retail this whole time! :) With SeneGence, you get a wholesale discount regardless of the size of your order. (With Mary Kay, it had to be at least $200 or something like that to get a discount at all!!) With SeneGence, you could literally buy one gloss and still get a 20% discount.

The company has been going through a lot of growing pains recently. They weren’t ready for the literal explosion of popularity these last 6 months!!! I’m thrilled I jumped on this bandwagon!

It’s still all a little surreal that I’m basically getting paid to take selfies and hang out on social media all day. SO WEIRD. And SO FUN. If it seems like I’m always trying to recruit people to join me, it’s because I am! This is too fun to NOT share with people! It also means I get to spend MORE time with this cute-AF little troublemaker.

It’s a good thing he’s cute! #doctorpupper #dog #dogs #dogtraining #dogsofinstagram #goldenretriever #puppy #puppies

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Did you know that out of every 10 people who try LipSense, EIGHT of them will buy it?! That’s how cool this shit is. People tell me that they don’t want to sign up because they aren’t salespeople. Well, ladies, neither am I! I am genuinely excited about this stuff and showing it to people is no different than me showing them me new, cool phone or a telling them about a great deal on a pair of jeans.

So, if you read all the way to the bottom and you’re still reading, then maybe it’s time you joined my team. :) Head to senegence.com/bettysbeauty and click on “Career Opportunities.” Then, send me a message and I’ll add you to all the top-secret groups! :)

If you’re not ready to dive in, at least come hang out with us in my VIP Facebook group, found here. See you there! KISSES!

Giveaway

PS I’m having a giveaway for some IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact products. Head here to enter.

It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact Review + Giveaway!

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I’m not going to bury the lead…There is a giveaway form at the bottom of this post! But pay attention! The only colors I am giving away are: Medium Tan, Tan, Rich, and Deep. :) There will be FOUR winners. One for each color. In the entry form, it will ask you what color you would wear. If you’re selected as a winner, that’s the color I will mail you. :)

It Cosmetics sent me their collection of Confidence in a Compact. This is a solid serum foundation with SPF50! They also sent me their Heavenly Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush.

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All compacts are sealed air-tight. The four I’m giving away are obviously still sealed! :) Brand new!! :)confidence-in-a-compact-review

The product is very smooth and creamy. It’s like rubbing a thick cream on my face, but with excellent coverage. it-cosmetics-review

Here’s a chart of the color options. Don’t forget the giveaway is only for the four darkest shades! :) it-cosmetics-giveaway

Click ‘play’ to see a quick video of it in action!

Enter the giveaway here!

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Sweet Kisses Nail Art

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This evening’s mani is one of my favorites that I’ve done in a long time. Let’s just say that I’m pretty pleased with myself for choosing to matte this look.

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Here’s the look with a glossy topcoat. It’s pretty, but I definitely love it better matte. Which do you prefer?it-girl-kisses-plate

This mani starts with two coats of Orly Head in the Clouds from the La La Land collection. I used Konad Red to stamp this design from a wonderful plate designed by It Girl Nail Art.kisses-nail-art

Here is a swatch of Orly Head in the Clouds. Many people have reported issues with the La La Land collection. However, I did not experience those problems. Some have said they’re streaky and need 3-4 coats. This is 2 coats in these photos. I found that if I thought of it like a crelly instead of a thick cream that it helped me apply it well. orly-head-in-the-clouds-swatch orly-head-in-the-clouds

Thanks for stopping by tonight! Leave me a note in the comments!

Nude Lace Nail Art

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I’m still obsessed with It Girl’s new stamping plates. Today, I’m using It Girl Plate 306 to create a nude lace nail art look. I started with two coats of OPI Sweet Memories which is nearly identical to my natural nail’s look. Then, I used It Girl Alabaster white stamping polish to put on the lace design.

I really love how nice and delicate this turned out. Also, It Girl’s stamping polish is ah-maz-ing. Even with small, intricate patterns, you don’t lose any of the image during transfer. Also, it doesn’t stink to high heaven like other stamping polishes. I don’t know what witchcraft Nicole does to her stamping polishes, but it’s certainly working!

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Here is a swatch of OPI Sweet Memories. As you can see, it barely even looks like I have polish on at all. It’s the perfect color for nude and negative space nail art.opi-sweet-memories opi-sweet-memories-swatch

Let me know what you think of today’s look in the comments!

Kaleidoscope Stamping

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It Girl has released a new plate that looks like a Kaleidoscope Stamping Plate. It is plate IG202. For the base color, I used Pretty Serious Corvus Corax (press sample) which is a deep, deep blue jelly. For the stamping, I used Mundo de Unas Mexican Pink.

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Here is Pretty Serious Corvus Corax all by its glorious self.

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I know on Sundays I normally have an update on how my SeneGence adventure is going. However, I posted a fairly decent update about it yesterday! Admittedly, not a whole lost has changed in the last 24 hours…so I’m not going to have a full update about it today. :)

However, if you have any questions about what it’s like behind the scenes, ask them here!  Don’t forget to come hang out with me in my Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/bettysbeautybazaar/

Knotty Hearts Nail Art

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Good morning, good morning!

I just saw what my first commission check from SeneGence is going to be. I am SO glad I signed up! I feel like I should give the whole check to Cassidy, who is the one who signed me up last October. (I’m not going to…but like…I feel like I should.)

My first check (for doing nearly nothing) from SeneGence is $577. That is on top of the profits I get from selling product!

If you have been on the fence about signing up to join my team, jump in! It’s only $55 to sign up which is the lowest entry barrier to starting your own business that I’ve ever heard of in the entire universe! (It cost me about $1,000 to start my dog training business! And that’s a very conservative estimate!)

I signed up on 10/27/2016 because I was kinda bored at work one day.Seriously. I can’t imagine what sort of butterfly effect caused that to happen, but I am SO, SO glad it did! There are only about 70,000 SeneGence distributors in the US. (Compare that to over 1,000,000 for Mary Kay and Avon…EACH.)

I know you’re ready to join me on this wild ride. And don’t worry, I’ll help you every step of the way! Go to senegence.com/bettysbeauty and click on “Sell Senegence” to get started. It will send me an email and then I’ll get in contact with you to get everything set up.

Anyway….I know that you’re really here for the nail art. Today’s look starts with two coats of Glam Polish Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Then, I used It Girl Currant Stamping Polish to stamp this knotty hearts nail art design from It Girl Plate IG115

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Thanks for stopping by today! Don’t forget to come hang out with me in my Facebook group!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/bettysbeautybazaar/

Black and White Lace Nail Art

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I have some lacy nail art for you today! I started with two coats of Pretty Serious Araenae (Press Sample) which is a deep, deep dark purple jelly. I used It Girl White Stamping Polish and It Girl Plate IG306 to stamp the design on top.

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I am extremely impressed with the It Girl stamping polishes. They are as pigmented as Mundo de Unas, but without the smell. I need Nicole to make some in every single color in the entire color spectrum and in every finish!it-girl-stamping-polish

Here is a swatch of Pretty Serious Araenae without art on top. You can really see how dark and gorgeous it is!pretty-serious-araenae pretty-serious-araenae-swatch

Black Heart Nail Art

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I have another mani for you today using It Girl Plate IG115 which is her Valentine’s Day themed plate. I wanted to do something a little less foofy so I started with two coats of OPI I Drive a Supernova. Then, I used It Girl Obsidian black stamping polish and this slashed hearts design to create this black heart nail art look.

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Here’s a plain swatch of OPI I Drive a Supernova. It’s a pretty standard metallic silver polish.

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Thanks for stopping by again today! :) Leave a comment to tell me what you think of today’s nail art look.

Pink Holo Nail Art

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I have a wee bit of stamping on my nails to show you today. The base color is Glam Polish How to Marry a Millionaire. I posted a ton of Glam Polish swatches yesterday. You should check it out here.

For the stamping color, I used Mundo de Unas Turquoise and a design from a Cici & Sisi Stamping Plate.

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In other news…my work is closed today because it’s a snow day! Hooray! I hate the snow, but I will accept it if and only if it comes down in enough volume to close my work. FREE DAY! What should I do today? Paint my nails? Yes. Shower? We’ll see…