Jordana / Purple Punch

Jordana Purple Punch

Its not often that there's a polish that wows me the minute I put it on. Let alone a polish that was bought a local K-Mart closing a couple of years ago. Today is definitely that day with this swatch of the oh -so lovely Jordana Purple Punch. I feel I have to share a few pictures of this amazing purple.

Jordana Purple Punch

Application was super easy and the polish glided on without problem. I used two coats for this swatch. As you can see, there are some streaks from the brush strokes, but you can only see them when you're up close. Otherwise, the shimmer is what is more noticeable. I would say it has a pearl finish.

Jordana Purple Punch

The wear of this polish is pretty good, too! I've won this for a few days now (the better part of this week) and have very minimal tip wear.

It doesn't look like much from the brush and bottle shot below, but this polish is just gorgeous! Don't you think?

Jordana Purple Punch

Jordana isn't a new brand, but I've not found too many places that carry their nail polishes in my area other than K-Mart. I've also linked to Jordana's site where you can still buy this polish; they retail for $1.99. It looks as though it a part of their permanent line.

What do you think about Jordana Purple Punch? Any noticeable dupes you can think of? At $1.99 a bottle, it would be hard to not pass up buying this and may be some others.

That concludes the (few) purple swatches for the month. September is all about neutrals, which will include nudes of various shades.

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August Petit Vour

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August 2015 Petit Vour

Sorry for the blurp and lack of posting yesterday. It has been a busy week (Back To School nights galore)! So here's the last box of the month and that's the (always awesome) August Petit Vour box. This month's theme is You're Glowing. Let's go ahead and take a look at what came in!

MyChelle Dermaceuticals  Fruit Enzyme Scrub* // This is a gentle exfoliator that removes dead skin left behind after cleansing. The scent has hints of both citrus and rose. The texture is on the creamy side as well. There's a lot of ingredients that I've not seen added in natural products, but I think that may be my lack of familiarity with natural product ingredients. This is a full size product that contains 2.3oz and retails for $18.

Juara Clove Flower & Turmeric Serum* // Another seemingly nice product. This product (obviously) contains clove and turmeric (however I'm not seeing the inclusion of that on the ingredients list). These ingredients work wonders when it comes to anti-aging, which is what this product is meant to target. The full size product contains 30mL and retails for $62. This sample size contains 2mL and is worth about $4.13. This box came with two packets, making this worth $8.26.

Yarok Feed Your Curls Defining Creme // I'm bummed that this is a tiny little packet, but it looks like an extra so I won't hold that against anyone. Look for a review of this to pop up in the next couple weeks on a Sample Sunday. I've received one other product from Yarok, but I'm a bum and haven't tried it yet. I did love the smell, so I really am looking forward to using these two products. The full size product contains 238mL and retails for $36.80. This sample size contains 2mL and is worth about $0.31. (I knew this wouldn't be worth much, but its cute little add on and would be awesome for travelling!

Yarok Feed Your Shine Hair Serum // See above. I will admit that I am in good need of a shine serum as my damaged hair can look dull at times. The full size product contains 30mL and retails for $26.40. This sample size contains 10mL and is worth about $8.80. 

Modern Minerals Finishing Glow in Tea Rose // This lovely little powder is meant to add a hint of subtle shimmer. As you can see, it has a pink tint to it and it fairly reflective. The full size product contains 15g and retails for $20. This sample size contains 1g and is worth about $1.33. 

August 2015 Petit Vour Modern Minerals Finishing Glow Tea Rose

After all of that, we're at an approximate worth of $36.70. While this isn't the largest value I've seen for Petit Vour boxes, its certainly not bad. Additionally, like other subscriptions boxes, its the quality of the product, not the amount its worth. I believe there are lot of great budget buys and only reflect the worth as this is a subscription box with a per month cost. So for a $15/month price, to more than double that with great goodies is awesome!

So which of the goodies that came in the August Petit Vour box do you think will be your favorite? I can tell you right now, I'm definitely digging the highlighter and the hair products (well, the anticipation of using the hair products). Let me know in the comments! Also let me know if you have used any of these or any other products from these brands!

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Review / CoverGirl The Super Sizer by LashBlast Mascara & Intensify Me! by LashBlast Liquid Liner

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CoverGirl The Super Sizer by LashBlast Mascara & Intensify Me! by LashBlast Liquid Liner

Makeup review? Hell yeah! Today I have my thoughts on the CoverGirl The Super Sizer by LashBlast Mascara* and the CoverGirl Intensify Me! by LashBlast Liquid Liner*. I happened to receive both of these in their respective black shades, Black and Intense Black. This is my first time review cosmetics like this so I really wanted to take my time and use them for a while before I formed my opinion. We'll talk about the mascara first and then the liquid liner.

CoverGirl The Super Sizer by LashBlast Mascara

The CoverGirl The Super Sizer by LashBlast Mascara is a mascara that claims to make your lashes larger than life with "400% corner-to-corner volume." That's a pretty bold statement right there. So did this live up to those expectations? Let's just say first off that I don't know that there's any mascara on the market that can enhance your lashes by 400%. That's just crazy-pants. Seriously. So let's first tackle that claim. Below are my lashes before, with one coat (sorry its blurry), with two coats of mascara and the two coats of mascara after 12 hours of wear.

CoverGirl The Super Sizer by LashBlast Mascara

My opinion, this is definitely a nice thickening and lengthening mascara. I'm glad I used this over time and didn't get put out my thoughts right after trying it. I definitely didn't like this mascara at first because of the application process. You have to not only wiggle it through, but you have to roll it so that your lashes don't clump together. Also, the formula is quite wet so you have to work quickly. I find wet formulas to be difficult to use on bottom lashes, especially with how tiny the bristles of the brush are. Now is this 400% volumizing? Given how small lashes are to begin with, yes, but you be the judge on that, too. My top lashes certainly do look a lot fuller and as you can see, were able to hold a curl for a long period of time.

And now on to the CoverGirl Intensify Me! by LashBlast Liquid Liner. This liner is said to give you a thick to thin line with no mess. It has color intensity of a liquid and control of a pen. Personally, I'm a gel/cream liner gal. I can't really use a pen (this seems like a good blog topic to write about at another time), so this type of product is pretty foreign to me.

Below is a close-up of the liner and a swatch.

CoverGirl Intensify Me! by LashBlast Liquid Liner

As you can see from the swatch, the liner is very wet and bleeds pretty quick. Yes, you do need primer or a shadow or something as a base before using it. My problem with this liner was that it was difficult to get a darker liner or go over the same spot for a more intense black line. And wear time on my oily lids? It lasted, but definitely faded and could be removed with just a swipe of my finger.

Verdit on both? Keep the mascara, ditch the liner. Sorry CoverGirl, I just don't get the paddle-shaped tip.

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PS - If you're in the market to try both, check out this deal at Target*!

ILNP / Black Orchid

ILNP Black Orchid

Happy Monday all! Let's get through these Monday Blues by taking a look at the most beautiful plum holo. Today's nail swatch is of ILNP Black Orchid. I bought this after seeing some swatches of ILNP polishes from Polish Hound. The minute I saw these, I knew I needed some. So I grabbed this and one other polish. Because this is a holo, I took photos using an umbrella on my flash unit and then some without. Above, and the below brush shot, are with the umbrella.

ILNP Black Orchid

As you can see in those photos, the holo is strong, but wait until you see the more direct light photos without the umbrella.

ILNP Black Orchid

And look at the close-ups below!

ILNP Black Orchid

ILNP Black Orchid

I swear, photos just don't do this polish justice! Holo game too stronk! As far as the application and formula goes, this polish is a bit on the sheer side. With that being said, I only used two coats for this swatch. The first coat was sheer, but it layered on nicely with the second coat. Dry time was pretty decent as well. The polish also lasted a good few days before chipping, too!

All in all, I'm very, very happy with this ILNP purchase. I am definitely excited about continuing to purchase amazing holos from them! You can purchase ILNP polishes directly from their website or Etsy.

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Sample Sunday / Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Wash

Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Wash

I'm currently in San Jose, ready to come home, but that doesn't mean we skip out on a Sample Sunday! Today's review is on the Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Wash. I hadn't tried any Peter Thomas Roth products until this and I'm curious as to why I haven't. I've seen the brand around and I know I actually had a few samples lying around before trying this. So how did this body wash perform? Let's first take a look at the ingredients and then go from there!

Below are the ingredients in this body wash (as listed on CosDNA):
Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Acrylates Copolymer, Fragrance, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe), Lactose, Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Panthenol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Hydroxide, Limonene, Linalool, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Iron Oxides (CI 77491,CI 77492,CI 77499), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 6 (CI 15985)
As you can see from the start, this does contain SLS, so if that's something you're not into in your body washes, then turn away now. However, on a positive note, this body wash doesn't contain parabens or phthalates. This product also contains aloe as well as castor oil, so you can imagine this might be moisturizing to those with dry skin. Additionally, this body wash contains Vitamin B5, which helps condition and nourish the skin, and Vitamins A, C and E, which help protect against free radicals. Lastly, for those sensitive to added artificial fragrance, do note that its there.

So how did this product do? Let's talk about that now...

Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Wash

This has a very sweet, fruity scent; almost mango-like. Its utterly amazing and I would repurchase just for this reason. The micro-beads in the product are actually soft and aren't meant for exfoliating, but for moisturizing as that is where the Vitamins A, C, E and B5 are contained. Also, despite the SLS, this product wasn't drying at all. In fact, this was a very moisturizing body wash.

So would I repurchase this product? Yes, I would... That is if it wasn't sold out everywhere! This is actually still available on the Peter Thomas Roth website in both the regular (8.5oz/$18) and super-size (32oz/$72). Go for the regular, the super-size isn't actually a deal! And honestly, I'm just whining about it being sold out at other stores, I just want points.

Would I recommend this? Of course! But really, its a damn shame that its sold out everywhere but the brand's site. Makes me wonder if it might potentially be discontinued, or hopefully going through a reformulation (for the better) or repackaging.

Sample Sunday Rating:
9/10

Have you tried the Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Wash? If so, what are your thoughts on this product? If you haven't, would this be a product you'd buy flat out or sample first? Let me know in the comments!

Hope you all have had a great weekend! Back to the ol' grind tomorrow!

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