Bright Stripes Rainbow Nails

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Rainbow Nails

Bright Stripes Rainbow Nails

Check out this super fun and colorful manicure using these bright, stripey Water Decals from the Born Pretty Store.  I am so happy with how it came out.  Can I just say that water decals have become my nail art obsession.  They are so easy to use.  The Born Pretty Store has a huge selection of water decals and you can find unique designs like these ones.  I have several reviews for products that I have received from the Born Pretty Store, and you can see the other BPS reviews I have done by clicking on the Born Pretty Store link in the “Categories” section on the right hand side of the blog.  But first, let’s talk about these super bright rainbow decals.

Rainbow Nails

Bright Stripes Water Decals

There are 11 sets of designs on this large sheet, so the possible design combinations are endless.  There are 5 colors, pink, orange, yellow, blue, and green in all 11 design sets, so it is very easy to mix and match elements to create your own unique looks.  The thinner stripes can be a little finicky, so I recommend using tweezers to remove the decal from the backing and place them on the nail.  Once you get the hang of it, they are easy as pie to work with and so much fun.  Here is a closer look.

Rainbow Nails

Bright Stripes Water Decals

Rainbow Nails

Bright Stripes Water Decals

For my manicure, I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White for the base color.  Then I kind of mixed and matched designs that looked interesting to me.  There are so many that I can’t wait to create another look using this sheet.  The only issue that I ran into is that the yellow designs are a little hard to see.  Perhaps with a different base color there would be enough of a contrast that the yellow would show up better, but it got lost into the white.  Even with that one caveat, I definitely recommend this sheet to you.  It’s a great deal to get all of these designs at once instead of having to buy them individually.  Two thumbs up.

Rainbow Nails

Bright Stripes Rainbow Nails

The Bright Stripes Water Decals are on sale for only $3.88.  As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, the Born Pretty Store is located in China, so shipping will take a while.  It is normal for orders to take 2-4 weeks to ship to the US, and in my experience, I have gotten most of my orders within 2-3weeks.  You should definitely plan ahead if you are ordering something time sensitive (like for a vacation or holiday items) and order them early.  Orders ship within 24 hours.  Check out the BPS website bornprettstore.com, or their facebook page for more details.  For 10% off any regular priced items from the website, use coupon code BBBK31.

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FTC Disclosure: The product reviewed in this post was provided to me for free by Born Pretty Store for consideration.  This does not guarantee a positive review, and my thoughts on these products are 100% honest.  No other type of compensation was accepted.  I do not get any kick backs or compensation from any orders placed.

Lorac Pro 3 Review and Swatches

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Lorac Pro 3

Lorac Pro 3

I am so excited about today’s post where I get to show you the brand new Lorac Pro 3 palette.  It’s no secret that I love Lorac shadows.  I have both the previous Lorac Pro palettes and the Mega Pro 2.  In fact, the Lorac Pro 2 is my all time favorite eyeshadow palette.  So, when I saw that Lorac had released another Pro palette, I had to get my hands on it.  The Lorac Pro 3 will be available online on Sunday 6/12 at ulta.com and in stores on 6/26.  Ulta did a pre-release for Platinum members, so I got my palette in the mail last Saturday.  I’ve been playing with it all week and have done several looks with it, so I am ready for a review.

Lorac Pro 3

Lorac Pro 3

The Lorac Pro 3 comes in similar packaging to the previous two Lorac Pro palettes.  I am not a fan of the fleshy greige color this time around, to be honest.  The black and the gray packaging was much more attractive than this one, in my opinion.  But, the palette is still sleek and easy to store, and comes with a full mirror.  All of the Lorac Pro palettes come with that NARS-like rubberized exterior, so they do tend to collect fingerprints and powder.  They wipe down easily enough, though, so if that bothers you it is an easy fix.

Lorac Pro 3

Lorac Pro 3

If you have the previous Lorac Pro palettes, then you know the drill here with the Lorac Pro 3.  There are 16 shadows total, the top row are all matte and the bottom row is all shimmer.  I really like the Lorac Pro formula.  The shadows are buttery and smooth, have great pigmentation, and blend like a dream.  The soft shadows do kick up a lot of powder, and that is a big complaint for some, but I don’t mind it.  As long as you don’t dig in with your brush and you tap off the excess you should have no problem.  I think the shadows in the Lorac Pro 3 live up to the quality that I expect from the brand with one huge disappointment.  The third shadow in on the bottom, Medallion, is a terrible shadow.  It is gritty with chunky glitter that gets everywhere.  When I tried to apply it the first time I could feel the fall out dropping on my cheek and I had glitter all over my face.  I don’t know what happened with that shadow, because I’ve never had that issue with any of the other Lorac Pro palettes, but it is a major dud.  Otherwise, if you loved the formula of previous Lorac Pro palettes, then you will love the Lorac Pro 3.  All of the Pro palettes are neutral, and the Lorac Pro 3 is the most neutral and natural palette of the bunch.  The first two Lorac Pro palettes had pops of color, but all 16 shades are neutral in the Pro 3.  The shades are lighter than the previous two, so if you thought that the original Pro and the Pro 2 were just too dark for you, then the Pro 3 will be perfect.  The shades are lovely, with a good mix of warm and cool tones.

Lorac Pro 3

Lorac Pro 3

  • Blanc– Off-white matte with slightly yellow tones.
  • Canvas– Light cool-toned beige, and a perfect shade to dust over the whole eye to give you a blank canvas.
  • Cool Taupe– Medium-dark taupe brown.
  • Pink Nude– Light beige with strong pink tones.
  • Lt. Gold– Very light peachy gold with a pearl finish.
  • Almond Pearl– Shimmery champagne with a touch of mauve undertones.
  • Medallion– Warm bronze with chunky glitter.  As I said above, Medallion is gritty, and the worst shadow in the palette.
  • Lt. Pewter– Light-medium shimmery taupe.
Lorac Pro 3

Lorac Pro 3

  • Clay– Light mauvey-brown with red undertones.  This is a great transition shade.
  • Terracotta– Medium brown with very strong orange tones.  This is a great transition shade if you have neutral or warm skin.
  • Dk. Brown– Dark brown with neutral tones.
  • Jet Black– Matte black.  This shade is in every Pro palette.
  • Amethyst– Deep plum with a satin finish, a really beautiful shade.
  • Rose Bronze– Aptly named rose toned medium bronze.
  • Dk. Mocha– Deep, rich shimmery brown.
  • Truffle– Deep blackened plum with subtle micro-glitter.

And there you have it.  The Lorac Pro 3 is $44 and comes with a mini of the Behind the Scenes Eye Primer.  It may not be the most unique or inventive palette, but it is solid and can be used by almost anyone.  Do you already have these shades?  Possibly.  But it is a lovely palette and I am glad that I own it.  It has been compared to the UD Naked 3 and the Lorac Unzipped palettes.  I don’t have Unzipped, so I can’t really compare, but I do have Naked 3 and can say that they are not similar.  Though there are a couple rosy shades, Lorac Pro 3 is not a rose toned palette.  If you like lighter neutral shades that are appropriate for any occasion, then you will love this palette.  And of course, if you are a Lorac fan, you will probably feel the need to buy this palette to complete the set.  (Gotta catch ’em all!)  You can find the palette at Ulta later this month.  The Lorac Pro 3 is not limited edition, so don’t feel like you need to stalk the internet to be the first to get it.  They hype over LE palettes selling out has been crazy lately, but rest assured that Lorac Pro 3 is part of the permanent collection, so you can take your time.

Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale is Back for Summer 2016

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Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale

Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale

Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale is Back for Summer 2016 and it starts now.  The Big Semi-Annual Sale (otherwise known as the Big Rubber Ducky sale) is here, and there are a ton of great deals happening on select lotions, soaps, and shower gels as well as home fragrance products.  You can score signature body care products starting at only $3.75.  Hand Soaps are $3, Wallflower refills are $3, and 3-wick candles are 50% off.  There are a lot of promotions happening, so be sure to check bathandbodyworks.com or go into a store to see them all.

Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale

Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale

One of the best things about the Semi-Annual Sale is that old favorites are brought back, so keep an eye out for those scents that you loved in seasons past.  They have certain discontinued scents going all the way back to the 90’s available for a short time.  I totally remember rocking Country Apple and Sun-Ripened Raspberry back in high school.  That was so long ago!  Cucumber Melon and Mango Mandarin are also old favorites of mine, so I am personally glad to see them back, even if it is just for a little while.

Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale

Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale

You can experience huge savings during the Semi-Annual Sale of up to 75% off.  The Rubber Ducky sale usually lasts for a couple weeks.  I have found, though, that the deals are better the earlier into the sale you go, so you may want to shop early.  There is also a coupon for $10 of off a $40 purchase that was mailed out to B&BW subscribers that is valid through Friday 6/10.  Use code WELOVESALE if you are shopping online to get the discount.  If you are a Bath & Body Works lover, now is your time to stock up on all of your favorites.  Happy shopping!

Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette

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Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette

Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette

Today I am reviewing and swatching the Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs. Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette that I mentioned in my last Monthly Favorites post. Since it was a favorite, it should be no surprise to hear that I love this palette.  Like I mentioned in that post, the shadows are gorgeous and they apply smoothly.  The formula reminds me of the Wet N Wild 8-pan palette shadows like Comfort Zone that I’m sure most of you are familiar with.  They are cult favorites for a reason.  While Makeup Revolution shadows aren’t going to compare to higher end shadows like Kat Von D, for instance, they are still really nice.  I don’t have issues with flaking or fading, and I think that the Makeup Revolution formula is solid.  According to Ulta: “New-Trals are the new Neutrals! Upgrade your new natural eye looks with the new generation of natural shades in Makeup Revolution’s New-Trals vs. Neutrals.”  I do want to point out that this is the second Makeup Revolution palette that I have reviewed, and they are very different.  Back in October, I reviewed the Essential Mattes Redemption Eyeshadow Palette, which is one of the $7 palettes with a clear plastic lid as opposed to the $10 New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette that comes with a full mirror in the lid.  While it is a decent palette for the price and worth a look, the shadows aren’t as good as the ones in the New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette.  Perhaps it’s because the other one is an all matte palette, but the New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette is definitely a better buy, and only $3 more.
Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette

Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette

I bought this palette because the shades looked similar enough to the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette to allow me to resist the temptation of buying it, but as it turns out, the New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette is a good alternative to quite a few palettes.  Violet Voss, Manny MUA/Makeup Geek, these warm neutral palettes with pops of peach, copper, and red are all the rage right now.  I am not necessarily one to follow makeup trends, but if you do, then the New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette is right on trend.  These are great shades for the Summer that can bring you right on through the Fall.  And don’t get scared away by those bright red tones.  You can get a ton of neutral eye looks with this palette that are completely office approved.  Then, when the work day is over, pop some of those fun colorful shades in the crease, and take your look from day to night.  Let’s look at the shades.  The palette comes with a clear plastic cover that has all of the shade names.
Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette

Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette

  • Bias – light pearl shade.
  • Neutral – very light pinky brown with a matte finish.
  • Personal – vibrant peachy pink with shimmer.
  • Vogue – fiery coral with a satin finish.
  • Trend – orange toned brown with a matte finish.
  • New-Tral – deep berry pink with a satin finish.
  • Tone – deep red wine shade with a satin finish.
  • Custom – cool-toned deep brown that is mostly matte.
  • Cool – matte bone shade.
  • Style – light glittery pink with metallic finish.
  • Partial – pinky mauve with metallic finish.
  • Mode – copper bronze with metallic finish.
  • Adapt – medium brown with mauve undertone.  It has a matte finish.
  • Buff – satin shimmer taupe shade.
  • Suit – deep gray-brown with a demi-matte finish.
  • Strong – matte blackened plum with burgundy glitter.
Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette

Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette

These swatches are over naked skin, no primer or anything.  Most of the shadows are great.  I did have trouble getting Neutral and Cool to show up on my skin.  They are both very light shades, and not quite as opaque as the others.  Custom can apply a little patchy, so you have to blend it out a little more than the others, but it is still workable.  I am personally not a fan of shadows with a matte base and glitter, so I will probably not reach for Strong, but that is personal preference and not a problem with the formula.  Otherwise, I have no complaints about the shadows.  They last really well on me, and with a primer they can last all day.  I recommend the Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette to everyone.  For only $10, you need this in your life.

Ipsy May 2016

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Ipsy May 2016

Ipsy May 2016

I received that big pink envelope in the mail that can only mean one thing- it’s Ipsy time again!  Yay!  For those who are new to the blog and don’t know, Ipsy is a beauty subscription service.  For $10 a month (plus tax in some states), you will receive a makeup bag containing 4-5 deluxe beauty samples.  You often receive full size products, and the overall value of each bag will vary from month to month, but it is always well over the $10 subscription fee.  The theme for May’s bag is Destination Chic: “Got a case of wanderlust? Grab your girl gang and hit the road with these must-haves to to keep you flawless on the fly.”  let’s take a look.

Épicé International Hydrating Mask

Épicé International Hydrating Mask

Épicé International Hydrating Mask: “Épicé Hydrating Facial Mask is a truly invigorating, yet gentle, way to exfoliate, detoxify and remove environmental impurities from the skin. Your skin will be left looking brighter and more radiant. Rich in antioxidants, ceramides and aloe, this Kaolin Clay mask helps to remove dead skin cells and oil while infusing the skin with vital nutrients. Hyaluronic acid is added to help plump, firm and rehydrate the skin. The added benefit of the unique Malus Domestica Swiss Apple Stem Cell extract regenerates cells to provide a long lasting effect.” This 1 oz travel size sample is available for $12.50 at epiceinternational.com

Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow Trio

Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow Trio

Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow Trio: “This shimmering trio of ipsy-curated shades includes Crush (beige), Skinny Dip (copper) and Lovely (brown). These richly pigmented, velvety-smooth eye shadows complement each other for a subtle yet glitzy everyday eye look.”  Because this trio was made for Ipsy, it is not available at pacificabeauty.com, but there is something sort of similar available at Target for $9.99.  Based on that pricing, this sample is worth about $7.00

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Almond Nude

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Almond Nude

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Almond Nude: “MoistureSmooth Color Sticks instantly moisturize lips, while continuously conditioning them so they are softer and smoother in just 3 days with nothing on them. Made with fruit extracts along with mango and shea butter, the balm-like formula glides on easily, providing a sheer wash of moisturizing color that lasts for hours. In addition, the twist up package allows for perfect application each time – with no sharpener needed.”  Full size is $8.49 for .11 oz at neutrogena.com.  Sample size is .08 oz, worth $6.17.

The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm

The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm

The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm: “A rich nourishing balm infused with Shea Butter, Pomegranate, Rose Hip and Vitamin E to protect and restore lips. Use on its own or on top of lipstick to keep lips super soft.”  This is a full sized sample, worth $21.50 at theorganicpharmacy.com.

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara: “Smashbox is back at it again! This triple threat brush isolates and magnifies each lash, while applying its fiber-loaded formula. The result? Sky-high and defined lashes in just one swipe. Bonus: the formula is clump, flake and smudge-proof!”  Full size is $22 for .3 oz at smashbox.com.  Sample size is .1 oz, worth $7.33.

Ipsy

Ipsy

The grand total worth of my May 2016 bag is $54.50.  I am actually really happy with my bag, and I didn’t expect to be.  When I first saw my items, I wasn’t disappointed, but I also wasn’t thrilled.  But after getting a chance to play with some of the prodcuts, I am a lot more impressed.  The Pacifica trio looks rather ho-hum, but when I swatched the shadows, I loved them.  The The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm is really nice.  I would never pay full price for it, but I am very happy to have it.  I am using a sample of Smashbox Full Exposure mascara right now, so I’m happy to try the new X-rated mascara.  I think the Hydrating mask will be fun to play with.  I wish the Neutrogena Color Stick was in a different shade because it is pretty much exactly my natural lip color, but I do like the formula.  Overall, good job, Ipsy.  If you still haven’t signed up for Ipsy, and would like to get your own Ipsy bag, go ahead and click on this referral link or click on the link under the “Check this out” heading on the right hand side of the page.  You can click on the “Ipsy” tag under the category section to see my past Ipsy bags for a better idea of what you can expect.  If you are already a subscriber, what did you think of your May 2016 Ipsy bag?  Did we get the same things or did you get different items?  Were you happy, disappointed, or ambivalent?  Let me know in the comments below.

Cat Nails and an Animal Theme Stamping Template

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Animal Theme Nail Art Stamp Template

Animal Theme Nail Art Stamp Template

Today I am reviewing a large stamping plate from the Born Pretty Store, and if you are an animal lover, it is one that you are going to want to check out.  There are so many cute designs on this plate from bunnies to birds, cats to bats.  This would also be a great holiday plate for Easter or Halloween.  It’s an amazingly versatile plate.  This is the first long rectangle style stamping plate that I’ve ever used, and I think that they are a really good deal with the large number of designs that fit on the plate.  They don’t cost too much more than the regular size, but they hold 2-3 times the number of images.  I have to say that I kind of love this stamping plate.  The designs are adorable and you can get so many looks out of it.

Animal Theme Nail Art Stamp Template

Animal Theme Nail Art Stamp Template

The Animal Theme Nail Art Stamp Template from Born Pretty holds 25 images.  There are seven full nail designs, and the rest are single images.  There is no limit to the variety of manicures that you can get out of this plate.  Since I couldn’t possibly stamp all 25 images on my nails, I stamped them out on some paper so that you can see all of the images on this plate.  There are a couple rather finicky stamps, but most of them stamp easily and cleanly.  The thinly drawn cat with the big eyes and the birds on the swing gave me some difficulties, but you can still work with them.  In general, though, the images are evenly etched and this is a great plate.  Some of my favorite designs are the pandas, seahorses, paws and bones, and of course all of the cats.  Anyone who knows me can tell you that cats will get me every time.  I had to play with the kitty stamps first.  For my cat nails I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White for my base shade, and the Born Pretty Black Stamping Polish to stamp the designs.  I love them.  They are hilarious.

Animal Theme Nail Art Stamp Template

Animal Theme Nail Art Stamp Template

The Animal Theme Nail Art Stamp Template is $5.99 at the Born Pretty Store.  I have several reviews for products that I have received from the Born Pretty Store, and you can see the other BPS reviews I have done by clicking on the Born Pretty Store link in the “Categories” section on the right hand side of the blog.  As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, the Born Pretty Store is located in China, so shipping will take a while.  It is normal for orders to take 2-4 weeks to ship to the US, and in my experience, I have gotten most of my orders within 2-3weeks.  You should definitely plan ahead if you are ordering something time sensitive (like for a vacation or holiday items) and order them early.  Orders ship within 24 hours.  Check out the BPS website bornprettstore.com, or their facebook page for more details.  For 10% off any regular priced items from the website, use coupon code BBBK31.

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FTC Disclosure: The product reviewed in this post was provided to me for free by Born Pretty Store for consideration.  This does not guarantee a positive review, and my thoughts on these products are 100% honest.  No other type of compensation was accepted.  I do not get any kick backs or compensation from any orders placed.

Mermaid Tail Nails

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Mermaid Tail Nails

Mermaid Tail Nails

I have Mermaid Tail Nails y’all, and they are magical.  I have another Born Pretty review today, and you are going to love this one.  If you are new to the blog, (hello) I want to let you know that I have several reviews for other products that I have received from the Born Pretty Store, and you can see the other BPS reviews that I have done by clicking on the Born Pretty Store link in the “Categories” section on the right hand side of the blog.  I received a sheet of Fish Scale Nail Vinyls to play with, and they are so much fun!  I have always been a fan of fish scale patterns on nails.  I think the possible color combos are endless and they look so chic.  You may remember the blog post where I discovered Nail Vinyls and mentioned that I would absolutely be using them again because they are awesome.  When I saw the Fish Scale Nail Vinyls, I knew that I had to have them.

Fish Scale Nail Vinyls

Fish Scale Nail Vinyls

These Fish Scale Nail Vinyls are a little different than the previous nail vinyls that I got from Born Pretty.  The Fish Scale Nail Vinyls can be used two different ways.  The first way to use them is as a stencil like I did here to create my Mermaid Tail nails.  Simply stick them onto your nail where you want to paint the pattern, and then brush the polish over them.  When you peel back the sticker, it will reveal a complicated looking pattern that was super easy to accomplish.  But, what makes these Fish Scale Nail Vinyls different is that the beautiful holographic surface makes them just as useful as a nail sticker.  The adhesive is quite strong, so they have a good stick to them even though the scales are thin.

Fish Scale Nail Vinyls

Fish Scale Nail Vinyls

Here is a close up look at the pattern.  I was able to cut the vinyls in half and use one vinyl for two nails.  My nails are just barely short enough to do this.  If your nails are any longer than mine then you will have to use a full vinyl per nail.  And, of course, if you plan to use them as a sticker rather than a stencil, then you will want to plan on using a full vinyl per nail so that you can cut it to the right shape and size.  For my lovely Mermaid Tail nails, I used Sinful Colors Black on Black as my base color and then used the Green Stamping Polish from the Born Pretty Store for the scales.  I think that they look really beautiful.  I am very pleased with the result, and I will definitely be using these Fish Scale Nail Vinyls again.

Mermaid Tail Nails

Mermaid Tail Nails

The Fish Scale Nail Vinyls are currently on sale for $1.59.  As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, the Born Pretty Store is located in China, so shipping will take a while.  It is normal for orders to take 2-4 weeks to ship to the US, and in my experience, I have gotten most of my orders within 2-3weeks.  You should definitely plan ahead if you are ordering something time sensitive (like for a vacation or holiday items) and order them early.  Orders ship within 24 hours.  Check out the BPS website bornprettstore.com, or their facebook page for more details.  For 10% off any regular priced items from the website, use coupon code BBBK31.

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FTC Disclosure: The product reviewed in this post was provided to me for free by Born Pretty Store for consideration.  This does not guarantee a positive review, and my thoughts on these products are 100% honest.  No other type of compensation was accepted.  I do not get any kick backs or compensation from any orders placed.