NDLacquers Cosmos Collection Swatches & Review

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NDLacquers is set to release their 5 piece Cosmos collection!  Preorders are open now through April 7th!  There is also a nice 20% off code at the bottom of this post, so make sure you check it out!

The Cosmos collection features 5 polishes with 3 “chameleon toppers”, 1 glitter packed jelly and a glow in the dark glitter topper.

Lets take a look!

Songs of Neptune

Songs of Neptune

Songs of Neptune is a blue jelly base with small and medium blue and aqua hex glitters as well as large blue dot glitters mixed in.  I used 3 coats for these photos.

Songs of Neptune side

Songs of Neptune CU

Falling Stars

Falling Stars

Falling Stars is the glow in the dark  glitter top coat.  As I’ve said before in posts, my house doesn’t get fully dark, there is always light coming from somewhere, so I don’t have any glow shots for you.  It’s still a pretty nice topper though even without the glow in the dark aspect!  This is full of matte black glitters in dots, squares, stars and micro glitter as well as iridescent glitters and silver holographic stars.  I used 2 coats over NDLacquers Lily for these photos.

Falling Stars side

Falling Stars CU

Liquid Sun

Liquid Sun

Liquid Sun can be worn alone, or over black.  I like to show it on it’s own though so you see what you are buying.  This is 2 coats and it looks beautiful.  There are slight brush strokes visible, but its still an intense coppery orange metallic like creme.

Liquid Sun side

Liquid Sun CU

Supernova

Supernova

Supernova is another shade that can be worn alone or over black, but I actually really liked it on its own!  This is 3 thin coats and it’s a warm pink that shifts to orange with fine silver holographic microglitters mixed in.

Supernova side

Supernova CU

Winter’s Gate

Winters Gate

Winter’s Gate is a deep midnight blue jelly with small holographic glitters mixed in.  Looks like the night sky!  I used 3 thin coats for this photo, but you can also layer this over black for a deeper shade.

Winters Gate side

Winters Gate CU

Overview

Overall I liked this collection.  It’s a little different for being released in the Spring, but all 5 shades look great and apply with no issues.  The last 3 I showed can be worn alone or over another shade (doesn’t have to be black) to get more effects out of it or convert other shades.  Falling Stars is a must have and I love it as a glitter top coat.  Lily is the white shade worn under Falling Stars, and Lily was part of the Spring collection by NDLacquers which is a beautiful shimmery white polish.  They make a great pairing!

Price: $7.00 per bottle or $30 for the full 5 piece collection

Where to Buy: NDLacquers Website

Discount Code: Use the code COSMOS20 for 20% your order on anything on the website (excluding the Mystery Box)!

Social Media: Facebook | Instagram | NDLacquers Blog 

So what did you think?  Any favorites?  I’d love to hear them!

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Jindie Nails & Dollish Polish Collaboration Duo In Bonnie & Clyde Swatches And Review

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Jindie Nails and Dollish Polish have teamed up for an awesome new series!  The series is called “Famous Couples in History” and every 4-6 weeks a new duo will be released which will represent a different Famous Couple In History!

Back in February I showed you their first duo, which was Romeo & Juliet.  This time around, I’ll be showing you Bonnie & Clyde!

Bonnie

Bonnie

Bonnie is a nude creme with gold shimmer and flakes throughout.  I used 2 coats for this mani and had no application issues.  It’s a great palette cleanser shade!

Bonnie side

Bonnie CU

Clyde

Clyde

Clyde is a black matte base loaded with bronze, gold, iridescent and green micro flakes.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Clyde side

Clyde CU

Overview

This is the second couple in the “Famous Couples In History” duos and I think it’s another hit (if you missed the first duo, check out swatches HERE).  Both shades were easy to work and I had no application issues with either one.  I think following the Romeo & Juliet duo, Bonnie & Clyde was a great duo to work with!  There are SO many possibilities that Jindie Nails and Dollish Polish can do – so I’ll be on pins and needles waiting for the next release in 4-6 weeks!

Price: $20.00 per set

Where To Buy: Jindie Nails Website or Dollish Polish Website

Launch Date: April 5th at 12:00pm CST

Make sure to check out both of the fabulous makers on their social media accounts:

Jindie Nails: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Dollish Polish: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Jindie Nails website will be open for worldwide shipping for just a limited time, so take advantage of that while you can!

Also releasing on the Jindie Nails website will be Wifey Material, Pink Stilettos, and Re fresh To Death.

What did you think of the Bonnie & Clyde duo?  Any guesses on what duo they may release next?

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I A.M. Custom Color Lips2Tips Coco Mango Balm and Coco Mint Joe Scrub Review

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I have 2 new items to show you today that will help keep your lips and tips in shape this year!

I A.M. Custom Color is a fairly new indie brand and she sent me a nice variety of items to review and share on my blog.  Because of the number of items I received, I decided to split them up into 3 posts.  First I will be showing you the Lips2Tips balm and scrub.  Both of these items are good to use as a body/hand scrub or as a lip product.

Let’s take a closer look at both products

Lips2Tips Coco Mint Joe Scrub

IAMCC Lipscrub spoon

I received the scrub in a small container and it had a little plastic spoon!  I’m easily amused, so yeah… I thought it was adorable.

IAMCC Lipscrub

Lips2Tips Coco Mint Joe Scrub smells divine.  It’s pretty much my 3 favorite things in one container.  Coco, Mint and Coffee.  YUM!  The scrub itself isn’t too dry, but it isn’t too “wet” – it has a nice consistency balance so you can easily and evenly distribute the product without having to use a ton of product to do so.  I’ve been using it mainly as a hand scrub and it’s divine!  The scent also lingers a bit after use, and it doesn’t small like a cheap synthetic fragrance.  I actually can smell the different notes of mint, cocoa and coffee.

Lips2Tips Coco Mango Balm

Lips2Tips

Much like the Lips2Tips scrub, the Lips2Tips Balm can be used on the lips… or on the tips.  I do prefer it on the tips because it worked so well and I didn’t want to waste it anywhere else.  If you do want to wear it on the lips, there is no taste to it and virtually no scent, which I prefer with this type of lip product.  I am ok with scents, but sometimes I just want something quick and simple on that does it’s job.

As far as a cuticle balm, it works really well.  It goes on easily and isn’t too thick.  I only needed a little bit to moisturize all of my cuticles and nail beds.  Because it’s a balm though, I prefer to use it at night and let it sit for a bit so I don’t worry about getting small prints on papers.  It really does a wonderful job hydrating though and my cuticles are looking decent since starting to use it a couple weeks ago.

And here are my nails after a couple weeks of using both the scrub and the balm on them.

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*gasp* I know… naked nails.  Ignore the light staining on them, I work them hard.

Overview

Since I work full time in an accounting firm, this time of year my hands and nails need HELP.  I paper shuffle a lot, handle files, and get paper cuts like no other, so my hands need moisture.  I, A.M. Custom Color Lips2Tips is a great start.  The Lips2Tips scrub helps get rid of dead skin as well as add some moisture, and the Lips2Tips balm give a nice hydration with out an incredibly oily feel.

Price: Coco Mint Joe Scrub is $4.00 for 2.5 oz  Coco Mango Balm is $4.00-$10.00 depending on amount purchased

Where To Buy: I, A.M. Custom Color Shop

I do have a few more products from I, A.M. Custom Color to show you over the next few days, so be ready!

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How To Get a Natural Makeup Look Using Rimmel London Cosmetics

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During the Spring I like to keep things natural with my makeup.  As part of a sponsored post for #CollectiveBias I found several Rimmel products at Walmart to help me complete the natural makeup look I desire… without breaking the bank.  The selection of Rimmel products was perfect and gave me a ton of #BeautyInspiration to go off of!

Walmart

Once I arrived at Walmart, I picked up a few simple items for this look for under 30 bucks!

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I picked up:  Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation in Ivory 100, Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara in Carbon Black, Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl in Taupe and Nude, Glam Eyes in Summer Chic 650 and Show Off Lip Lacquer in Celestial.

Before

So here’s where I start.  Hair pulled up and out of the way and a freshly cleansed face for a bare canvas.  My eyebrows are a little haywire at the moment, sorry!

Stay Matte Foundation Ivory

To start the makeup look, the first thing I do is squeeze out a dab of Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation onto a small cosmetic palette and use my foundation brush to gently apply all over my face.  Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation gives me the ‘natural’ look I’m going for, while still getting the coverage I need!

650 Eyeshadow Trio

Next is the eyes!  Neutral shades work well with any eye color, so you really can’t go wrong with a good neutral set of shadows.  Rimmel Glam Eyes Summer Chic trio is perfect for what I want to achieve!

I used the lightest shade on my lid and crease for a light, shimmery wash of color.  Then I used the medium bronze shade in the crease (just a little bit to add some depth).

Scandaleyes Taupe Eyeliner

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl in Taupe worked perfect as a liner without looking too heavy.  I applied just a thin line on the upper lashline.

Scandaleyes Nude Eyeliner

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl in Nude is a liner most girls should have in their arsenal! I used this on the lower lash line to “brighten” my eyes.

shadow on

At this point, I’m ready to add my mascara!

Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara Carbon Black

To put the finishing touches on my eye look, I used Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara in Carbon Black!  This is a perfect cheap mascara that can complete any eye look you are going for, not just natural!  Mascara is the one item I can never go without though, and Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara really gave me nice, bold lashes!

Eyes

Now that my eyes are complete, I move onto the lips.

ShowOff Lip Lacquer

I wanted a vibrant shade that would compliment the natural look I was going for, and Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer in Celestial had a nice pop of color without overpowering the whole look.

Ready to see everything altogether?

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My finished look!  A natural makeup look for Spring that is easy to do and won’t break the bank!

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Tatcha Skin Care Review

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For a little over a month now I have been testing out a new skin care regimen and it is a complete HIT for me!

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image from www.tatcha.com

Tatcha is a skincare company that I have grown to adore!  I have 4 of their skincare items to show you today and aside from loving their products… I really loved their packaging too.

Tatcha’s Mission:

Enduring beauty is a culmination of the wisdom of centuries. Having heard that many of the world’s greatest beauty secrets originated with geisha, we explored scientific journals, unearthed historical archives and studied the ageless beauty rituals of the iconic geisha to shed light on a highly evolved approach to beauty.

Our mission is to share with a new generation the inspired approach to a beautiful life that we discover on our journeys East.

Lets take a look at the 4 items I’ve been using for a little over a month and what I liked about each item.

PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

Tatcha Cleansing Oil Box

To start of my daily routine, I use PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil.  I have never used cleansing oil before, but now I don’t think I can use anything but!  This beautiful blend of camellia and rice bran oil melts away impurities and even waterproof makeup. Skin is left fresh and pure in just 1 step.  I am a mascara junkie, and PURE made even my waterproof mascara just melt away.

Tatcha Pure Cleansing Oil

I like the sleek pump bottle it comes in.  I keep it at my sink and use it every night.  I don’t even need night moisturizer after using it.

It had a light and fresh scent to it and didn’t feel heavy at all.  It washed off easily too, which I was relieved to see.  There are emulsifiers which cause PURE to turn milky when it comes in contact with water and it washed it off quickly and easily with no residue left behind.

Tatcha Pure Cleansing Oil pump

It has a simply pump top under the cap.  Easy to use and I only needed about 4-5 pumps to remove all of my makeup (including waterproof mascara)

Price: $48.00 for 5.1 fl oz

POLISHED Rice Enzyme Powder

Tatcha Polished Box

POLISHED is a water activated enzyme powder made of rice bran, papaya and Hadasei-3 Bioactive Complex.  This is a gentle exfoliator that works amazingly well and leaves your skin soft and smooth.

Tatcha Polished

I took a lot of pictures of the packaging because I really liked the look of it!  This is the container POLISHED comes in.  You can see into the container so you know when you are running low.

Tatcha Polished top

When you unscrew the cap, there is a small slider that you slide back to reveal a small opening to dispense from.

Tatcha Polished hand

I only needed a little bit of product to cover my face.  I added a little water and mixed into a paste, then applied to my face and worked it into my skin in a circular motion.  Once I rinsed off, it left nice, smooth skin behind.  There are different ones you can order depending on your skin type.  I used Classic.

POLISHED comes in Gentle for dry sensitive skin, Classic for normal/combination skin and Deep for oily/acne prone skin.

Price: $65.00 for 2.1 oz

SUPPLE Moisture Rich Silk Cream

Tatcha Rich Silk Cream

SUPPLE is a luxurious gel cream made of liquid silk, squalane, royal jelly and Hadasei-3 Bioactive Complex.  This is an incredibly light weight moisturizer that doesn’t leave an oily or heavy feeling on your face.  It soaks in super quick too and leaves my skin soft.

Tatcha Rich Silk Cream Open

I liked this container too!  It has a royal blue velvet tie on the lid with a mini spoon attached to use instead of dipping your fingers into the container.

Price: $150.00 for 1.7 oz

PETAL FRESH Original Aburatorigami (Japanese Blotting Papers)

Tatcha Japanese Beauty Papers

I’ve used beauty papers before, and I can usually take them or leave them.  I have slightly oily skin, so at times they are needed for me, but I usually find it removes makeup in the area I usually blot (the T-Zone).  These papers are all natural leaflets which absorb the excess oil without disturbing makeup. It also doesn’t completely strip your face of all it’s moisture, only the excess.  If you completely strip your face of ALL oils, generally your skin will start to work overtime to replace the lost moisture… which can get messy!

Tatcha Japanese Beauty Papers open

The leaflets are made of the Abaca Leaf and are infused with gold flakes throughout (which you can see in the photo).  These are powder free and fragrance free.

Tatcha Japanese Beauty Papers single

The sheets are actually pretty large, so you can get several uses out of each sheet.

Price: $12.00 for a 30 pack

Overview

This is hands down some of the best skincare I have used.  The price is definitely higher on some items, so it is a luxury brand, but if you want to try items that work well, then it’s worth the splurge.  While I loved SUPPLE, it is hard to work into my budget, so I may have to skip that next time.  I can buy the other 3 items though in a rotation to work it into my budget, and I plan to do so.  My skin has been in great condition since I started using these items, so why stop a good thing?

Where To Buy:  TATCHA Website

Social Media Links: Facebook & Twitter

Have you ever tried Tatcha?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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