Balm Chicky Balm Balm Review and Giveaway!

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Balm Chicky Balm Balm sent me some of their lip moisturizers to show you and to give away! They are also going to be presenting on Shark Tank this Tuesday, February 3rd!!! I know I’m going to want to watch! I’ve always enjoyed that show and I know I’ll enjoy it 10-fold when I actually know one of the products!! (Am I the only one who gets SSUUUPER excited when she sees a Shark Tank product in the store in real life??)

The first thing that struck me about Balm Chicky Balm Balm was their great packaging and hilarious names. They are updating their packaging slightly from the press samples I was sent, but I have no doubt that it will be just as appealing! (You can see press photos of the new packaging below.)

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One of the many things that makes Balm Chicky unique is their “friend end”. What is the “Friend End“, you ask? Well it means that both ends of the balm open! The flip side is the side you can share with your friend so you can share balm and not germs! The other end has a cap that pops off like traditional lip balm!

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Look at all my friend ends! That sounds a little risque…

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Balm Chicky goes on smoothly and the flavors are very light. Sometimes I’ve found that lip balm flavors can be overpowering, but not in this case! They are subtle so you can use them without fear of bothering your coworkers or spouse. Well, you might bother them a little…but only because they’re jealous of your super awesome balm.

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Here’s Juicy Melon showing you both ends open! Balm Chicky gives you three times the product of traditional lip balms!!

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Want some of your own Balm Chicky?? Enter this giveaway and the winner will receive two Balm Chicky balms in their choice of flavors!!

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Born Pretty Store Plate BP-04 Review

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I was sent Born Pretty Store Plate 04 to show you some of the designs and to review for you! I picked this plate because I was drawn to the peacock designs. You can see all their available image plates here: BornPrettyStore Stamping Image Plates

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I like the idea and look of this plate, but I don’t think my nails are the right size and shape. You don’t really get the peacock vibe from this mani.

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I think the mani looks kinda cool in an artsy way, but I wish you could see more of the peacock. But, oh well! There are a few other designs on the plate that will be fun to try!

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Seahawks Nail Art using Born Pretty Store Plate BP-L-006

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I was sent Born Pretty Store Plate BP-L-006 to show you some of the designs and to review for you! I picked this plate because I was drawn to the classic designs. You can see all their available image plates here: BornPrettyStore Stamping Image Plates. This plate has a lot of really great and classic designs. For today’s Seahawks nail art, I picked the zebra design in the upper right hand corner.dscbps-stamping-plate-bp-L-006

 

I started with three coats of Sally Hansen Ivy League. Then, I used Bundle Monster Blue to stamp. I wish I had a darker blue polish to stamp with. This isn’t as vibrant of zebra stripes as I would have wanted. Then, I taped off the tips and used Sally Hansen Botbano Blue to make the french tips.

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I have been very pleased with all the BPS plates I’ve received. I know there are some people who got some that weren’t etched deeply enough but that hasn’t been an issue for me so far. All the ones I’ve tried are great.

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Press Release: Sally Hansen and NYC Nude Collections

INTRODUCING MIRACLE GEL
THE REVOLUTIONARY NEW GEL MANICURE SYSTEM WITHOUT THE LIGHT

THINK: The fusion of color and science

WHAT IT IS: The first salon-quality manicure that combines pure nail color with high techno gel…exclusively from Sally Hansen. Love the high shine, glossy look of a gel manicure but could do without the complexity of LED lights, time consuming removal, and expensive price tag? Now, Sally Hansen, the leader in nail color innovation, is making manicure history with an entirely new way of thinking about long lasting nail color. Its new, patented Miracle Gel, is the first ever part lacquer, part gel manicure system that delivers up to 14 days of lasting color and shine in just 2 easy steps. Simply apply two coats of the Miracle Gel Color Coat, followed by the Miracle Gel Top Coat, to achieve the most convenient manicure, ever.

THE TECHNOLOGY: The Miracle Gel manicure contains patented Tube Technology. This allows a higher level of actives and continuous care ingredients to release into the gel lacquer film, prolonging the integrity of the filmresulting in beautifully durable, shiny nails. The advanced Color Coat, which is a combination base coat and nail color in one, and Top Coat formulas contain an oligomer, and the Top Coat also contains a photoinitiator. The photoinitiator in the Top Coat formula reticulates with the oligomer contained in the Color Coat, thus curing the formula without the need of an LED/UV light. As the manicure cures over time, it becomes more durable due to the increased hardness of the film. So LED/UV lamp curing is not necessary, only natural light. Then, when you’re ready to change up your look, Miracle Gel comes off easily with both acetone-based and acetone-free nail polish remover – no soaking, wrapping, scraping, or filing necessary.

WHAT THEY COST: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Color Coat and Top Coat, $9.99 MSRP

 

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SWIPE ON NYC NEW YORK COLOR’S

SMOOCH PROOF 16HR LIP STAIN

FOR A PERFECTLY KISSABLE POUT

THINK: Lip color longevity.

WHAT IT IS: Lip color that lasts through the longest kiss. NYC New York Color lets you smooch away without smooching away your lip color thanks to new Smooch Proof 16HR Lip Stain. The longwearing lip stain stays put for hours, so you can kiss to your heart’s content.

This lightweight, transfer-proof stain delivers irresistibly smooth, vivid lip color all day long. With its precise felt tipped pen applicator system, lining lips and filling them in requires one easy step for lust-worthy lips that won’t budge.

WHAT IT COSTS: $4.99

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Giveaway!!!! Essence Aquatix Collection!

Must be at least 18 years old to enter. This giveaway is not sponsored by or affiliated with Essence. Winner must provide a US-based address for shipping. Void where prohibited.

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THE PRIZE: The entire Essence Aquatix collection. You can see my swatches of the whole collection here.

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Sunny’s Body Products Christmas Box

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Ever since I first found out about Sunny’s Body Products a few months ago, I’ve been totally obsessed with her seasonal boxes. This Winter box is still in stock as of this moment, so if you want one, act fast! This month, she even added a new item – the body balm – which I’m super excited to try!

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On the left, I have the Body Balm in Frozen which is based off the movie. It’s a very light scent, which is good for a body product. It has juniper berry and a woody scent. I also love her Lip Balms! This month’s scent is Eggnog. The scent and flavor are quite light and enjoyable.

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The Hand Butter is my favorite product. This month, the scent is Warm Vanilla Nutmeg.

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The Miracle Balm this month is Balsam and Citrus. This very much smells like the holidays!!

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I think the Sugar Scrub scent is my favorite of all the items this season. It’s called Ice Capade. It is citrusy, pepperminty, but also has a warm undertone. It totally reminds me of Christmas!

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The Intensive Cuticle Therapy is called Christmas Cravings. This one also has citrus fruit scents but also cinnamon and ginger to really make sure you have memories of Christmas childhood flooding back!

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Finally, Cuticle Oil which is my husband’s favorite this time! Hot Chocolate!!!

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I can’t say enough good things about this box and Sunny’s products in general!! The scents are amazing and my hands feel awesome after using them!

Sally Hansen Blue Blood Swatch

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I have a bit of a plain palette cleanser for this post! Sometimes it’s nice to just wear a plain mani. This is Sally Hansen Blue Blood. It’s a dark blue that dries to a natural matte finish. This is two coats.

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Orly Bling

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I’ve been enjoying Orly’s holiday collection so much this year that I just had to get my hands on Orly Bling as well. Bling is the sister polish to Orly Mirrorball. Mirrorball is a silver blingy holo while Bling is a gold blingy holo. This is two coats of Bling. I seriously love this. It’s so sparkly and fun!!

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Enchanted Polish August 2014, September 2014, and October 2014

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Today I have three Enchanted Polishes to show you. These are my favorite EP’s so far! Of all time! I’m so glad I was able to snap these up in the last pre-sale!

Enchanted Polish August 2014

August 2014 has so much amazing going on that I hardly even know how to describe it. It’s a shimmery multi-chrome that shifts from blue to green to purple. It looks completely different at all angles. This is the polish for anyone with a short attention span!

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Enchanted Polish September 2014

I can’t even handle this polish. It’s so gorgeous. And it’s pink. It’s full of holo shimmers that will explode in the sun…I just hope the sun comes out soon! Hahaha!

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Enchanted Polish October 2014

EP October 2014 is an army green with scattered golden shimmers.

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I’m so happy with all three of these polishes. Even though none of them are holos…maybe even especially since they aren’t holos. I love me a good holo – it’s my favorite finish – but I’m really happy to see some of EP’s creativity shining through with these three. I can’t decide which is my favorite!

Black and Silver Nail Art

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Today’s nail art was made using these lightening bolt nail guides from the Born Pretty Store. They sent these to me so I could review them for you. For my polishes, I used Orly Mirrorball and Orly Iron Butterfly, both of which I purchased myself at Sally’s.

Before we view the art, let’s look at Orly Mirrorball. The Facebook universe has been going wild for it with women rushing to Sally’s to get their hands on a bottle. In the bottle, it looks like a dull gray with some holo glitters. But once you get it on the nail – Oh Mama!! I haven’t seen any pictures that do this polish justice – including my own. Mirrorball is a linear holographic silver with holographic glitters. Holo on holo? Yes, please! If you want your fingers to look like a disco ball in the sun, then this polish is for you.

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Three Shades of Blue

Today’s nail art is for one of this week’s prompts for Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 52-Week Challenge. This week’s prompts are animals (Domestic) and/or Three Shades of Blue. This post is for the three shades of blue prompt.  I also wanted to add in a splash of Golden Oldies Thursday. I used Zoya Yummy which I received as a gift from my mother-in-law in 2012! That count as an oldie, right? ;) I also used Zoya Ryan and Zoya Prim, both of which were received as press samples from Zoya.

I started with one coat of Yummy and then used a makeup sponge to add Yummy and Ryan on as a gradient. Once dry, I used this set from Cici&Sisi to stamp a design using Zoya Prim.

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GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

Are you ready for another giveaway?!?!?!?! I did a Facebook poll (totally unofficial) and the results were a resounding ‘yes’ for another stamping plates giveaway! So here you have it! This giveaway is for a brand-new still in the box set of Cici&Sisi Stamping plates. These are the ones in the red folder!  You must be 18 years or older to enter. The winner must provide a US-based address for me to ship to due to international giveaway laws. (Of which I am not an expert.) Thank you for being a fan!!! :*

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Press Release: Zoya Wishes Collection

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Wishes really do come true with this magical new nail polish collection for Winter/Holiday 2014! Zoya Wishes** is a densely pigmented assortment featuring both traditional and Magical PixieDust formulas in coordinating color combinations that can be worn alone or combined into stunning combinations, no matter how you wear them, this collection delivers a fanciful way to celebrate the season!

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  • ZP766 – NORI: Sapphire blue Magical PixieDust* with holographic hex glitter, perfect for any holiday festivity.
  • ZP767 – THEA: Deep amethyst Magical PixieDust* with an orchid flash, packed full of party-ready holographic hex glitter.
  • ZP768 – IMOGEN: Black crystal Magical PixieDust* with holographic hex glitter, just add an LBD and you’re off!
  • ZP769 – PRIM: Velvet blue metallic, with a full coverage, high-density pigment and buttery smooth application.
  • ZP770 – HAVEN: True holiday plum liquid metal with a thin vein of orchid for added brilliance.
  • ZP771 – WILLA: Full-coverage, onyx black cream.

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* Zoya Magical PixieDust is textured, matte and sparkling. No base coat and top coat required.

PRE-ORDER STARTS 10/20/14!
SHIPPING DATE 11/01/14.

ZOYA IS THE HEALTHY COLOR OF FASHION!

$9 (US) Standard Colors
$10 (US)  – PixieDust Colors

Available in top salons, spas and on zoya.com
**BIG5FREE: Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.

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Press Release: Zoya MATTEVELVET Re-Release

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GET BACK IN MATTE! RE-RELEASE!!!
All of the color, none of the shine! Meet your perfect matte with MATTEVELVET* **, Zoya’s exclusive shine-free formula. Choose from six best-selling matte nail polish shades with a luxurious crushed velvet finish and subtle shimmer.

Right on trend, these exclusive shades are being reintroduced for a limited time only!
DOVIMA: Shimmering Black MatteVelvet*.

POSH: Shimmering Crimson MatteVelvet*.

HARLOW: Shimmering Wine MatteVelvet*.

SAVITA: Shimmering Plum MatteVelvet*.

Veruschka: Shimmering Evergreen MatteVelvet*.

Loredana: Shimmering Gunmetal Gray MatteVelvet*.

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*MATTEVELVET nail color by Zoya is not intended to be worn with a base coat, top coat or speed dryer of any kind. Due to the unique matte formulation, color is not as long-wearing as traditional nail color. A completely clean, dry nail surface yields the best results for matte nail color wear.

COLLECTION PRE-ORDER STARTS SOON!

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Zoya MATTEVELVET* colors are available exclusively on Zoya.com and in ULTA beauty stores (ask for them).

Giveaway!!! Cici&Sisi Stamping Plates Set!

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I am giving away the YELLOW set of Cici&Sisi Stamping plates. (Red will be in a giveaway at the end of October!!!)

MUST be 18 years or older to enter.

US Only. (Why? Why US Only? I know this sucks for my international readers. But did you know every country has laws governing raffles and giveaways? I can’t possibly keep up on all the laws in every country. So I am truly sorry that my international readers can’t participate.)

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