Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Diamond Candle Peachy Mango

I have been seeing this brand advertised on Facebook quite often and finally saw a pretty sweet coupon offer and decided to try it out!  I figure if the ring sucks at least I have a candle and if the candle sucks at least I have a ring! Here is my experience with this company.


I actually bought two candles, one in Peachy Mango and the other in Red Velvet Cake but I'm waiting to burn the later in the fall, and also left it at my parents house so I did not currently have it to take pictures of. I love everything peach mango so I figured I couldn't go wrong with this candle! I love that every candle has its own unique artwork on it, and as you can see I've already put quite a few hours into burning it.  It smells delightful, exactly as I expected and creates a nice aroma in the immediate area.  If its in my kitchen burning, I cannot smell it from the living room however, which for a $25 candle, I kind of expected that. I'm going to come out and say it, I don't think these are worth $25 each but if you can get any sort of coupon code, I would recommend giving them a try! My coupon gave me $15 off with free shipping and overall I think my experience was worth it for that price.


So the way this works is each candle costs $25, and contains a $10 ring in what they say are "common sizes".  Being of an average body type I figured I'd be fine, but if your ring size is either abnormally larger or smaller than average you may not want to take this risk.  Within each candle a code is also included for a chance to win a ring worth $100-$5000, my code was a dud, obviously, I'm not that lucky. :P
But if you do win you can pick the size and style of your prize. 


So here is the ring I got.  I seriously lucked out BIG time.  I'm really picky about colors.  I hate gold, orange, yellow, olive, brown.....basically I was really nervous I'd get a gold ring with an orange gem or something and be totally disappointed.  I ABOUT DROPPED THE RING WHEN I FISHED IT OUT OF THE CANDLE. It's silver, which is the only metal I wear, the gem is red which is one of my absolute favorite colors of gem stone besides purple, the design is elegant and not bulky, and it FITS! Kind of. It is a tad too big for my ring finger but too small for all my others.  I'd say its probably a size 7 because generally I wear an 8 on my middle and pointer and a 7 on my ring finger.


Even though it isn't a perfect fit I think for $10 this ring is totally amazing. It is the right color and style for my personality and even if its a bit big I can still wear it no problem.  I'm very excited to see what kind of ring I got in my Red Velvet candle now! But I'm trying to make myself wait for this one to be used up before I change over.



Overall, this is a really cute and fun idea. If you have a candle loving woman in your life this would make a perfect gift. I'm not sure I'd buy more than these two because I don't really have a use for that many rings but I definitely would not be sad if I received one as a present!

Where to buy: diamondcandles.com
Price: $25

Monday, August 24, 2015

Jamberry Silver Floral

Four months ago when I attempted to apply my first ever Jamberry nail wrap I had a very very abysmal time.  It was wrinkly and horrible and I felt really discouraged.  Little did I know that I had started with a metallic finish wrap, which are the absolute hardest to apply.  Now its been four months and I wanted to reshow you Silver Floral, over the same nail polish as last time so you can see how nice metallics can actually look, haha!


This wrap is so gorgeous especially over dark polishes.  Like last time this is Zoya's Belinda.  The dark makes the silver shine so wonderfully, and it really catches the eye.  I love this wrap and is at the moment my favorite clear one that I've used.


Here is a comparison, my current attempt on the left and my first ever attempt on the right.  Hopefully you can see that my left attempt is barely attached at the base, there are wrinkles all up the side, and a large one at the tip.  This wrap lasted about two days.  However now I have found that the baggy method, where you pull down tightly with a baggy over the nail while you heat, makes applying metallics as easy as any other type of wrap.  It gets out wrinkles that won't come out with your finger or a cuticle pusher and it really helps seal down the edges.  I may make my own application video soon to show you all how I like to apply my wraps.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Colourpop Cosmetics Super Shock Eye Shadow in Liberty and I Heart This

When I placed my Colourpop order for the 4 Ultra Matte lipsticks I wanted I needed to put a few more things in my cart to get free shipping so of course I had to give their eye shadows a try!  I heard some good things about their Super Shock shadows and while I like my lips matte I tend to prefer my eyes to obnoxiously sparkle. Oh boy do these deliver.


I decided to get Liberty, a very metallic silver and I <3 This, a shimmery taupe.


Yes I <3 This does have the same name as the pink lipstick I swatched a while back.  It confused me too at first when I was looking up swatches. These swatches are with two coats over no primer.


Liberty is basically tin man silver. It is intense, its shimmery, and its oh so metallic. I love it. It really makes my eyes pop and while it is an intense true silver, I don't think it is all that crazy looking with a bit of a dark matte shadow blended into the crease. It provides a very wearable pop of metal! The formula itself is like butter.  You apply these using the finger so all it takes is to lightly swipe your finger in the shadow and then dab it on the lid.  


I didn't do my whole lid with I <3 This because this is the way I see myself wearing it most often, at the inner corner blended into another sparkly pop of color.  It is much more neutral and less intense and metallic than Liberty, but that also makes it an amazing every day shadow.  I was hoping it would be a bit more on the grey side, instead I think it is much golder than I was thinking.  I still think it looks great on me though so I will definitely be getting use out of it!

Overall these shadows are great and I will definitely be buying more if I ever make another Colourpop order!

Where to buy: colourpop.com
Price: $5




Thursday, August 20, 2015

Jamberry Purple Mini Polka

I know another long gap between posts....There is a reason, I swear!  I went back to campus last week after visiting home and.....forgot my laptop charger.  So I was able to take some pictures but unable to get them on my laptop because of it being dead and everything.  Then I went on a long vacation to Seneca Lake in New York with the family and my friend.  Lots of wine and boats, it was a great time! :)
Anyway here is a nail wrap that is part of the Going Going Gone! which means it is getting retired at the end of August.  This is the only polka dot design that they have that I like so I'm sad to see it go but hopefully it gets replaced by something even better!


I had these on for about 5 days before I got around to taking a picture so there is a bit of wrinkling occurring, which really seems to happen when the humidity is so high and I sweat as soon as I walk outside....sigh.

Anyway I had my Jamberry party and got $250 which means I get the August hostess exclusive and a bunch of discounts! YAY!!!

Look forward to some makeup posts! I bought a few fun things to share with you!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Jamberry Marsala in Bloom

I cannot believe how long its been since I've updated.  Life has been so crazy.....
I finally finished teaching chemistry lab for the summer semester and I think I'm changing from the PhD to Masters program after months of deliberation.
I had a few posts lined up on my camera but when I went to put them on my computer I learned that my SD card and corrupted at some point and I lost everything which definitely has not helped my motivation to make new posts.  I lost a lot of really cute Jamberry pictures and a few makeup reviews, but hopefully I'll be able to redo them at some point soon!


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Last week I wore my Marsala in Bloom Jamberry wrap! Marsala is such a pretty color and I absolutely love foral designs so I knew I had to have this one. Unfortunately it is among the ones being retired this month to make room for the new wraps in September so if you've had your eye on this, don't hesitate!! I have noticed that when I apply on a particularly hot day the humidity makes my nails wrinkle easier....I cannot wait for fall to get here so I can continue to have flawless and long lasting nail wraps.  I hate this 90+ degree weather. Ugh.


My prop for this picture is my new Thai Basil plant! Yay! It smells so nice and I love being able to just pluck a leaf off to season my dinner.

I am actually hosting a Jamberry party this week so if you've been thinking of trying these out already, why not help me reach my party goals as well? :D
If you want to place an order between now and August 12th and help me out do so from this website: http://www.bwhitman.jamberrynails.net/shop and select my party upon checkout (Kimbre's Krazy Awesome Nails!)
Thanks!

Sorry for the hiatus hopefully I can get back into frequent updating!

<3

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Haven Inspired Digital Art

I'm really sorry about the lack of updates.  I got some bad news recently and have been a bit under the weather.  I do have some things planned though I promise!! Hopefully I'll be posting new makeup swatches before the week is out.

In the meantime here is a picture I just painted in Photoshop!


This is inspired by Kamelot's album Haven.  I tried to incorporate elements from both the album cover and the single.  Overall I am super pleased with this picture.  I think if I try and draw more of often I can keep improving both with my sketching and my Photoshop painting skills.  

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ipsy Glam Bag June 2015

I was only partially looking forward to this month.  Most of the items could have been a huge hit or miss so I was pretty nervous.  Luckily luck was on my side as most of the bag this month is pretty awesome!


This month included a lip stain, an eye brow pencil, a face primer, a body lotion, and an eye shadow stick.  Once again this month is a really nice mix of things, allowing them to all easily be used together in one look.
The bag itself was gross.  The fabric was really strange and felt weird to the touch.  I threw it out.  I seriously can't stand the way it feels...


J. Cat Beauty Liptitude Hydrating Lip Stain in Hikilicous (LLS117)

"Highly pigmented, hydrating, semi-matte lip stain. A delightfully creamy and lightweight stain for any occasion. Silky, smooth and packed with Vitamin E and plants extract, this stain is your go-to glam tool for sexy. Liptitude will last 24/7 and give you some serious ATTITUDE."

4/5

I almost always give colorful lip products at least a 4 when I do these reviews but what can I say, I like my bright lips!


I fell in love with J.Cat when I got one of their lip paints in a past Ipsy bag.  Therefore I was definitely looking forward to this product.  As far as color it is kind of a pinkish coral.  It contrasts just a bit with my skin tone which really makes it pop more than it might on someone with a warm tone, however the coral is muted enough that I think I can definitely pull it off. It is easy to apply and goes on very creamy.  It is hydrating at first but I feel after a few hours it starts to get chalky.  I do not really feel that it is a lip stain in the traditional sense, it goes on very thick and transfers like crazy.  that's definitely my least favorite thing about this lip stain...it gets on my teeth and ANYTHING I put my lips up to.  It lasted all morning and through one meal.  After my second meal there was a slight stain on my lips with more pigmented product around my lips.  Definitely blot this out after applying to help it not be so thick!
This product reminds me of City Color Cosmetics new lipstick except it doesn't smell like paint (thankfully) which for me makes J.Cat's automatically better. I'm not sure if I'd buy another one of these unless they released some more interesting colors.

Where to buy: jcatbeauty.com
Price: $6

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil

"Brow Power matches all hair colors and covers gray perfectly! The oval shaped tip is perfect for both thin and thick brows. The spooley end brush gives a natural polished look! Developed with leading plastic surgeons, IT Cosmetics' proprietary anti-aging technology infuses a blend of brow-conditioning ingredients including Saw Palmetto, Nettle Extract, Green Tea, Biotin, Lecithin, Vitamins A, C, E, Grape Seed and Panthenol. Their exclusive, transforming shade adjusts to every hair color based on how hard you press to give you a beautiful, natural-looking brow."

4/5

This was another one I was worried about.  Universal does not always mean so but at least for my dark brows this pencil works just fine!


This is a pretty interesting concept, a universal eye brow pencil that can match blond to black depending on how hard you press down.  It is double ended, one end is the oval shaped pencil and the other end is a spooley.  I really like that it includes on, as it is a much better spooley than i currently have so even if the pencil runs out I can continue to use this end! In the above picture I included three swatches, each a varying degree of pressing power.  I have trouble only pressing that lightly so it may be difficult for heavy handed blondes to make this pencil work for them. However if you are anywhere from medium brown to dark brown this pencil should match just fine.  It is easy to use however even using the small end of the oval doesn't give as thin lines as I'd like which is why it loses a point.
Overall I like this pencil and I'm glad I can continue using the spooley even after the product is gone. The price is very high however and I have two brow pencils I like just as much for half the price.

Where to buy: Ulta, Itcosmetics.com
Price: $24 (~$12)

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer

"Create a perfect canvas for foundation application with this silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A & E, grape seed extract and green tea. Worn alone or under foundation, this best-selling, oil-free primer helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for flawless skin with a velvety-smooth finish."

5/5

It does what it should, no complaints.



This primer reminds me of the Mary Kay one I am currently using.  It's gel like and a little goes a long way, especially with this. It is oil free but does feel oily while applying.  I don't really notice a change in the appearance of my face such as pores or more even skin tone but it definitely makes me foundation stick and last for a long time! The first day I wore this I was sweating like crazy because the air conditioning in the lab wasn't turned on and when I went home my foundation was still flawless!  This definitely beats the Mary Kay primer as far as performance but the price is so insane I'll still be sticking with what I have. I think I'll save this sample for use on special occasions.

Where to buy: Ulta, Sephora, smashbox.com
Price: $36 ($9)



LAVANILA LABORATORIES The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla

"If you’re looking for instant hydration, this is it. This velvety smooth, all-natural body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100% pure Shea & Cocoa Butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. Completely non-greasy, prepare for the ultimate indulgence.

About the scent: A grown up expression of vanilla. Its sensual blend of fresh Madagascar vanilla and tonka bean will leave your skin softly scented."

5/5

No complaints here, nice formula, lovely scent.


The last few body butters I got from Ipsy have smelled disgusting so I was so happy to see this one was simply vanilla. I love vanilla, it s my favorite scent so I was really hoping they couldn't mess it up.  This is a really nice body butter, it goes on smooth and makes my skin feel nice.  The scent is great as well! The vanilla is truly lovely, not sweet like a lot of vanilla lotions.  It turns me into a walking aromatic experience. 
I am a bit too in love with Fortune Cookie soap to purchase anything else from this brand however.

Where to buy: lavanila.com, Sephora
Price: $19 ($2.40)


tre'StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon

"This amazing 12 hour eye shadow has customizable color that you can build from a subtle wash to intense vibrancy. It’s also super blendable with a crease free, smooth finish."

2/5

Its just meh.


First of all thank you so much to my mom for switching her pencil with mine.  I got brown. Ugh, why.  I have never worn a dark brown eye shadow in my life.  She was nice enough to trade the brown for this yellow shimmery color.  It was also available in a rose highlight...why oh why did Ipsy not give me that one....or even the green would have been cool....ugh.  Anyway.  The cap on this thing is the shape of a pencil.  My mom pulls it out of her bag and starts freaking out saying they sent it without a cap.....nope. You take off the crayon top and it reveals a stick shadow. It is easy to apply as a highlighter but I feel like I have to really try to get a nice even coat everywhere that I need it. This isn't anything really special and I suppose I'll use it on occasion as it is easy to apply to the inner corner.
Ipsy hasn't sent out an exciting eye shadow color in a really long time...I think we are definitely due.

Where to buy: trestique.com
Price: $26 (~$13)

Overall I'd give this bag a 4/5 as I liked everything except for the stupid boring eye shadow pencil. The total cost of this bag totaled about $42.40, this is an estimate as not all full sized products listed the product amount for conversion so I had to guess.

Also I just used 500 of my points for an orchid Buxom eye shadow! Yay!

  



Monday, June 15, 2015

Fortune Cookie Soap Straight On Till Morning Summer Haul

The long awaited moment (at least for me) has finally arrived! I have received all of my Fortune Cookie Soap summer products and have tried them all out for your reading pleasure! For organizations sake I will be sorting these by scent, let's go!


I had listed in my Soap Box review what all I had ordered and boy am I pleased! I have no regrets and will be enjoying each and every one of these products! Also orders now come with stickers!! So cute!

Let's start with my favorite scent from the summer soap box, The Captain.  It is described as "Dewy magnolias and wild berries drenched with fresh cream". 

The Captain Perfume Oil

 

As soon as I experienced this scent I knew I needed it in a perfume.  While the smell is still lovely the wear time is very very short.  Probably less than two hours unfortunately.  I'm also not a fan of these new spray bottles.  I preferred the old normal jar method and would have liked to see a roller bar option.  I feel like I accidentally waste so much product when I spray it on and miss some of my skin. :(

The Captain Aloe Me


This is something that I'm trying for the first time. I already have a Mist Me and really like it for my hair.  This aloe version uses the same formula except with added aloe for summer! I bought this to ease sunburn pain as I'm super pale and burn in the shade.....sigh.  Anyway I can't say how well it alleviates sun burns but when spraying it on my skin it provides a very soothing cool feeling resulting in soft moisturized skin. The scent unfortunately does not linger for very long.
This label got a bit messed up because of leakage from the deodorant.  Also I'm not sure why this is blue as the shampoo and steamers both are red.

The Captain Veggie Protein Deodorant


Next is the deodorant!  I definitely wanted to get one of these and since I wasn't a fan of the Wendy Bird scent I was so glad they also made it in The Captain.  I have mixed feelings about this product so I'm going to review it in a pro and con type fashion.
Pros: This smells amazing as I already knew it would.  It also goes on and the smell lingers for a LONG time.  At least 5 hours later I was still smelling it.  even though it isn't advertised as an antiperspirant I definitely sweat less when wearing this.  Also the ingredients are very natural and make me feel good about what I'm putting onto my skin. 
"This aluminum-free formula contains grapefruit seed extract, which provides natural, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. With summer just around the corner, now's the perfect time to put our new veggie protein deodorant to the test! "Veggie protein deodorant?" Heck yeah!  Featuring a natural protein base that neutralizes odor causing enzymes to simple salt. How cool is that?! 
While it's not an anti-perspirant, and it may need to be applied more than once per day, it's an awesome alternative to commercial options. "
Cons: When I received this it was absolutely a mess. It had melted all over my package, destroying its own label and messing with the ink on my Aloe Me.  I was a bit bummed about this as it was a summer release so you'd think the formula would be able to withstand high temperatures.  It hasn't even gone over 85 degrees recently.  The top layer is now a slight slush as you can see in the picture.  I held it in front of my air conditioner and it seemed to start to harden back up a bit. I currently have it in my fridge, hoping it was completely re-solidify and I can apply it from the tube and not with my fingers. Also it is just a boring off white color.  Since the Wendy Bird sample in teh soap box was blue I expected this to be colored as well.


Next up I'll do The Kiss which is the scent that reminds me of Pez candy!
"Exotic watermelon, juicy pineapple and coconut water, bursting with fresh citrus juices"

The Kiss Shampoo and Conditioner Bar


Out of all the products I was getting I was most excited for this one! I have never tried a shampoo or conditioner in bar form and I feel it would work so well with my short hair.  In order to try both at once I opted for the shampoo and conditioner bar mix!
In one word I would describe this as...LOVE.  I rub the shampoo part in my hair and I get a lovely sudsy experience.  After rinsing I rub the conditioning half on my hair and let it sit while I finish my shower, then rinse.  Afterwards my hair is so silky soft and tangle free.  I will definitely be ordering shampoo and conditioning bars in the future! :D

The Kiss Wax Tart


This is also my first time trying out their wax tarts.  I was a bit bummed to see that this one was not colored like all the others...I'm not sure why it isn't.  The Kiss lip balm in the soap box was a pale pink so I expected this to be as well. So far the smell itself doesn't seem to fill the room quite liked I'd hoped but I can still smell it when sitting  near to my candle warmer. I cut off a bit of the corner to place in my warmer and i've gotten quite a few hours of burn out of it already so I'm sure these wax tarts will last me quite a while.

Next up is Lost Boys, my second favorite scent from the summer soap box!
"Golden apricot muddled with fresh, white peaches"

Lost Boys Hydrate Me


I was so excited to try the Hydrate Me.  It works by applying it while still in the shower under running water, massaging it in the skin, and then letting yourself air dry.  I have very dry skin and after a bath or a shower I can sometimes be so dry it hurts.  Well this product has solved my problems forever!! I just roll it on my arms and legs at the end of my shower, rub it in, then get out and let my limbs air dry.  I feel so incredible soft and filled with moisture after.  Its like being covered in smooth silky butter.  Normally I have to apply moisturizer to my hands 1-2 times a day but I went over 2 days without having to reapply moisturizer after using this!  This is a definite absolute staple in my shower now!

Lost Boys Perfume Oil


I also grabbed Lost Boys in a perfume because the peach and apricot combo is just lovely.  This lasts a bit longer than The Captain at about 3 hours.  Still not amazing but for whatever reason Fortune Cookie Soap perfumes generally don't last very long. 

The final scent I bought products in was Second Star To The Right.  I between this and Lost Boys as my second perfume and I kind of wish I would have just splurged and gotten three perfumes because this is scent is also so heavenly. 
"Crushed berries and mint leaves with a splash of sparkling pomelo, served over iced sugarcane"


Second Star To The Right Wax Tart


I got this scent as a wax tart as well because I can definitely see burning this at night and just relaxing.  The smell is so calming.
This also doesn't have a crazy scent distance but I burn it next to my couch and that's good enough for me.  Once again a tiny little corner is lasting me hours.  These are definitely worth the $2!


Second Star To The Right Linen Spray


And after I'm done burning the tart I can spray my pillow with the Linen Spray and drift off to an aromatic sleep!
Using this makes me regret even more no getting this scent as a perfume.  It is so heavenly.  I spray this on my pillow and it creates an aromatic nighttime experience.  I fell asleep and woke up a few hours later, I'm not 100% on the time that passed because I was dead tired but I could still faintly smell it.  I will definitely be getting more of these.


I am very happy with this order and already can't wait until Fall!
Also they are doing a create your own perfume event soon as well as releasing a Naked collection, which are their same products except scentless so that you can mix your own scent creations from the custom perfumes.  I'm already trying to come up with a few.  So far I have Green Tea, Blueberry, and Honey as well as Rose, Lavender, and Vanilla. I'm so excited! I also have a special one in mind for my boyfriend but I can't share it here as he reads by blog ;)
I'm hoping my mixtures come out smelling as amazing as some of the scents Fortune Cookie Soap produces.