Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster Review

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I recently had the opportunity through iFabbo to review the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster!

I have had a couple of experiences with Dermalogica in the past, all of which had been good, but none as good as the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster.

I have combination skin.  So I get oily in some places and very dry and flakey in others.  Choosing a moisturizer type product is always a pain because if I pick a good hydration one, it can make the oily areas worse, but if it doesn’t have enough moisture, the dry areas get even dryer throughout the day.

Dermalogica Bottle

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster is a rich serum that contains Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol, and Glycolipids which help to improve skin hydration and minimize fine lines.


This is what the serum looks like, the amount shown is about the size of a dime, and it is plenty to cover my entire face and neck.  This isn’t a product to replace your moisturizer.  Skin Hydrating Booster is a product that is applied to your face and neck before moisturizer.


I have been using Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster for 3 weeks now, applying at night and in the morning, and I have noticed a significant improvement in my skin.  The “flakey” areas have been behaving, and I have been able to use a lighter moisturizer so my oily areas don’t get out of whack.  I only need to apply a thin layer, which soaks in almost immediately without any type of residue left behind.  It does have a faint lavender scent, which I like.  It isn’t a strong scent, but I can detect the lavender.

Overall, Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster is a perfect addition to my skin care routine, especially now that the weather is warming up!

Price: $56.00 for 30 mL

Where To Buy: Dermalogica Website

Have you tried out Dermalogica before?  I’d love to hear about some of your favorite products from them!


Daphine Polish Mother’s Day Duo Swatches & Review

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I have another Daphine Polish post for you today, this time showing off the Mother’s Day Duo!  A few days ago I showed you Daphine Polish’s Spring Collection named What Sorcery is This? so make sure you go check that post out if you haven’t yet!

The Mother’s Day Duo is made to either wear together, or separately if you prefer.  The Mother’s Day duo will be gifted to A-list celeb mothers as a part of The Artisan’s Group Mother’s Day Celebrity Gifting!  I think they will love it!

… And Goodnight

and goodnight

And Goodnight is a deep bluish purple base with gold shimmer and grey micro flecks.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos and application was phenomenal.

and goodnight  side

and goodnight CU



Lullaby is a gorgeous glitter topper packed with pastel mint, pink, lavender small squares and hexes, iridescent squares, pastel pink butterflies and pastel blue hearts in a shimmery base.  I used 2 coats of Lullaby over … And Goodnight for these photos.

Lullaby side

Lullaby CU


I love the darker base with the pastel glitters.  The duo is gorgeous and application was easy.  I used 2 coats of Lullaby, but 1 coat would have been sufficient (I just love lots of glitter!)  When I get some time after tax season is over I really want to try Lullaby over Hecate from What Sorcery Is This? collection!

Price: $21.00 for both (these are not available separately)

Where To Buy: Daphine Polish Shop

Daphine Polish Social Media Channels: Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest

I can’t wait to see what Daphine Polish has in store for future releases!  So far, all 7 polishes I have tried have been fabulous!


I A.M. Custom Color Nail Lacquer Swatches & Review

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About a week ago I introduced you to I A.M. Custom Color Lips2Tips products, and tonight I’m going to be showing you 4 of their nail lacquers!

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.  I do still have another post after this to show you, which will consist of cosmetics.  For now though let’s look at some of these beautiful polishes!



Freetown is a gorgeous cool toned purple creme base with subtle pink and blue shimmer throughout.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

FreeTown was named after the Capital of Sierra Leone, where Michaela DePrince was born. It was the first town and country to be reclaimed and governed by Freed American Slaves. I was inspired by the excitement and vindication I can assume the settlers and Founders of FreeTown felt. It represented something so hopeful and yet has become so disparaged after decades of bloody civil and diamond wars. It had to be given it’s own spotlight.

Freetown Side

Freetown CU

Chaos Survivor

Chaos Survivor

Chaos Survivor is a glitter topper that consists of multi color glitter in various shapes and sizes.  I used 2 coats over Freetown.

I feel like this one’s name and meaning is pretty self explanatory. Each one of these children that endures and survives these atrocities are chaos survivors, all the way. There are hearts and stars and even some butterflies. Hearts for those that still ache and stars for those who have turned this nightmare into something that makes them standout and shine and butterflies represent transformation, which is something each of these survivors had to do to overcome being just another faceless victim.

Chaos Survivor Side

Chaos Survivor CU

Sudan’s Lost Boys

Sudan's Lost Boys

Sudan’s Lost Boys is a pale chocolate brown with shimmer and a subtle scattered holo throughout.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

This color, Sudan’s Lost Boys, was inspired by and named after all the children that have had their youths stolen and their freedoms. Rebels with a gang mentality that abduct and kidnap young boys and make them kill their own countrymen. They are left with very little real world skills, education or family. 

Sudan's Lost Boys side

Sudan's Lost Boys CU

Sudan's Lost Boys AL

CEDAW In Syria

CEDAW in Syria

CEDAW In Syria is a black jelly base with multi colored glitter scattered within.  This is PACKED with glitter, but applied like a dream!  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

CEDAW in Syria side

CEDAW in Syria CU


All 4 of these shades applied beautifully and without any issue.  The cremes were self leveling and dried to perfection, while both “glitter bomb” polishes had no issues either.  I was expecting CEDAW In Syria to clump up or to have to manipulate the glitters to spread, but they did it all on their own and looks amazing!

Price: Between $5.00 – $10.00 depending on if you want mini or full size

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

I will have the I A.M Custom Color cosmetics on the blog soon, so keep an eye out for them!


Too Fancy Lacquer Blossoming Collection Swatches and Review

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Too Fancy Lacquer has a nice 4 piece holographic collection releasing for Spring, and I have it to show you tonight!  This new collection is named Blossoming and all 4 shades are perfect for the season!

Too Fancy Lacquer has several stockists all over the world, so check the bottom of the post for info on where to buy!

Spring In My Steps

Spring In My Step

Spring In My Steps is a mint green ultra holo.  My favorite of the 4!  I love mint to begin with, but in an ultra holo?  I die!  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

Spring In My Step Side

Spring In My Step CU

Spring In My Step AL

Lilac Rain

Lilac Rain

Lilac Rain is a pastel purple linear holo with green micro shimmer within.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Lilac Rain side

Lilac Rain CU

Lilac Rain AL

Call Me Queen Bee

Call Me Queen Bee

Call Me Queen Bee is a soft mustard yellow linear holo.  Yellow isn’t my favorite shade, I’ve never hidden that fact BUT I can still appreciate a good polish.  Call Me Queen Bee only needed 2 coats and while I’m still not a fan of yellow, this one didn’t look awful against my skintone and is wearable for me.

When I saw this polish name, this immediately became stuck in my head:

You can call me queen Bee
And baby I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule.
Let me live that fantasy.

Call Me Queen Bee side

Call Me Queen Bee CU

Call Me QUeen Bee AL

Lake Como

Lake Camo

Lake Como is another beauty.  Too Fancy Lacquer seriously has some of THE BEST blue holos out there.  Lake Como is a vibrant pastel aqua blue linear holo.  I only needed 2 coats for this photo.

Lake Como side

Lake Como AL


What can I say?  Charlene (the owner of TFL) is a genius when it comes to holos.  This is a simple, yet stunning Spring collection with 4 softer linear holos that can really pack a punch.  My top 2 picks are Spring In My Steps and Lake Como.  I had no application issues at all.  Lilac Rain, Lake Como and Call Me Queen Bee are a creme based linear holo while Spring In My Steps is more of a metallic like linear holo.

Price: $10.00 for Lake Como, Lilac Rain and Call Me Queen Bee – $12.00 for Spring In My Steps

Where To Buy: Too Fancy Lacquer Website in mid April

Keep an eye on Too Fancy Lacquer’s Facebook page for a release date! As of right now the date isn’t set in stone, but she is aiming for mid April.


Color4Nails based in US, ships worldwide (coming soon)

Dazzled - based in Hong Kong, ships worldwide

Edgy Polish - based in Sweden, ships worldwide

Mei Mei’s Signatures - based in Singapore, ships worldwide

Rainbow Connection UK - based in UK, ships within Europe

This collection has already launched on Edgy Polish but they are already sold out of Lake Como, the rest are still available though!

So what did you think?  Any favorites?  Will you be springing for any of these when they release (or now on Edgy Polish ?)


Daphine Polish What Sorcery Is This Collection Swatches & Review

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So many Spring pretties have been arriving, and with tax season coming to a close, work has been SLAMMED!  I’ve been trying to take blogging in stride and get things done when I can in my free time.  I am looking forward to a few days off right after April 15th though, so I’m looking forward to a mini at-home vacation with my son (it’s also his Spring Break week at school!)

Tonight I have a new-to-me indie to share with you… Daphine Polish!  The 5 piece collection I will be showing you is the What Sorcery is This? collection and I really enjoyed it.  The collection has 5 gorgeous Spring shades with a lovely shimmer within each color.  They seem simple enough, but still have that burst of oomph when light hits them!

After each photo I will give a little info about each polish inspiration, taken from the Daphine Polish Etsy Shop descriptions.

Let’s have a look!



Ceridwen is a cotton candy pink polish with a touch of light golden green shimmer and gold and pink glass flecks.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Ceridwen is an enchantress in Welsh medieval folklore. According to legend, Ceridwen had a hideously ugly son who she sought to make wise. She made a boy, Gwion Bach, stir the potion needed to accomplish this task but he accidentally received the gift of wisdom meant for her son. Ceridwen chased him, changing into many forms during the length of the chase, and as a hen devoured him in the form of a piece of corn. Ceridwen became pregnant, and knew that it was Gwion being reborn inside her. She planned to kill him, but he was born so beautiful that she could not bring herself to do so. Many modern Pagans regard her as the Celtic goddess of rebirth, transformation, and inspiration.

Ceridwen side

Ceridwen CU

Ceridwen AL

Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga is one of my favorites of the 5!  Baba Yaga is a grey crelly base with strong purple shimmer and silver glass flecks throughout.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

Baba Yaga is a witch in Slavic folklore, who is depicted as a as a deformed and ferocious-looking elderly woman. She is associated with the mortar and pestle, She lives deep in the forest and is associated with forest wildlife. She often appears to mortals as an ambiguous character, equally likely to help or hinder those who seek her aid. In old Russian, baba can mean midwife, sorceress, or fortune teller.

Baba Yaga side

Baba Yaga CU

Baba Yaga AL



Nimue is a grey blue polish with aqua shimmer and gold glass flecks throughout.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Nimue is also known as the Lady of the Lake in Arthurian legend, specifically named as such in Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur. In his tale she gives King Arthur his sword Excalibur. She learns her magic from Merlin, whom she later enchants and traps. With Merlin incapacitated, Nimue replaces him as King Arthur’s advisor. After Arthur was wounded at the Battle of Carmlann, Nimue is one of the four queens that bear his body to Avalon.

Nimue Side

Nimue CU

Nimue AL



Melusine is a bright spring green base with gold shimmer throughout.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

Melusine was a water spirit with the body of a serpent or fish from the waist down, similar to a mermaid. Her legend originated in Poitou and the Low Countries of Europe. The most famous version of the tale says that she was cursed to take the form of a mermaid or serpent from the waist down every Saturday. She married a mortal man, Raymond of Poitou, giving him the condition that he could never enter her chambers on Saturdays. When he broke this promise and saw her in her half serpent form, she fled, never to be seen again.

Melusine side

Melusine CU

Melusine AL



Hecate is a pastel yellow base with reddish pink shimmer throughout.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

An ancient Greek goddess, Hecate was variously associated with crossroads, entrance-ways, magic, witchcraft, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, necromancy, and sorcery. She was often portrayed in triple form, and was in later writings described as having three heads: dog, serpent, and horse. Shrines to Hecate were set at the entrances to homes and cities which were supposed to protect the people from spirits and the restless dead. Today, Hecate is often the patron goddess of many Wiccans due to her three faces, like the concept of the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone.

Hecate side

Hecate CU

Hecate AL


I adore this collection for Spring!  The subtle shimmer hidden within each Spring shade just gives them an added bonus.  To be completely honest, I would have been happy with the base shades because they are not streaky like typical pastels tend to be.  Even Hecate will get wear from me, and I rarely do yellows of any kind!  All 5 shades self leveled just fine, application was like butter and there was no streaking at all.

Price: $10.00 Each or buy the full collection for $46.00

Where To Buy: Daphine Polish Etsy Shop

Daphine Polish Social Media Channels: Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest

Also, a huge thank you to Babi at ColorSutraa for connecting me with Daphine Polish!  Babi is currently holding a Daphine Polish Giveaway for the Mother’s Day Duo, but only 24 hours left, so drop by and enter!

Any favorites in this collection?  I’d love to hear it!


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