Weekly Recap 11/03

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Just a quick snip. Phil is coming home today! Yaaaaay! And then we're heading straight to Reno for Wizard World! Even more yay!! Be ready for some Wizard World pics when I get back!

This Week's Posts

My Favorite Posts of the Week

Urban Decay Naked on the Run Palette Review, Photos, Swatches by Temptalia // Need this!

El Circo Magico by Honestly WTF // The colors, the model the setting... Everything is perfect about this campaign.

Thrift Art Renewed by Honestly WTF // I couldn't not share this. I love all of these!

Everyone Is Hot by essiebutton // This doesn't need any explanation. It boggles my mind the type of hate some people get or why anyone needs to say hateful things.

Photo/Video of the Week

I saw this posted on a different blog, but I know right now I need to watch this. What about you?

OPI / My Private Jet

Friday, November 21, 2014

OPI My Private Jet
Purchased By Me
Despite the many versions that exist of this polish, I've always wanted at least one. Ok maybe I want all, but sometimes one will do... for now at least. Anyways, today's swatch is of OPI My Private Jet. I believe I have the more current version of this polish, which is a bit darker, but still so beautiful. I used two coats for my swatch. Also, the holo is a lot more scattered in this version. I used an umbrella while photographing this, so that's why it is casting a bit more silver than true holo.

OPI My Private Jet

Doesn't it look like a starry night? Well, I know its not blue or navy based, but still I feel all the versions of this polish are gorgeous.

OPI My Private Jet

And more of a bottle shot in this last pic. Dear me though... Simply beautiful. I know if this will be one of the few polishes I'll go back to if I need something on my nails.

What do you think? Love/hate/meh? Let me know in the comments!

Noodles Nail Polish / Hot Cocoa

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Noodles Nail Polish Hot Cocoa
Purchased By Me
Today's swatch is from the vault of polish photos that haven't been posted. Perfect for the weather as well, above is Noodles Nail Polish Hot Cocoa. I originally intended for this to be a part of a winter series, but that was before I created this blog. Sadly I never got around to it, but with the holidays almost here, it fits! Yay! Also, sorry for the dried up digits. I think I hurried to take this photo because I definitely did not moisturize my hands. Oops...

Hot Cocoa is a clear jelly glitter topper. It contains brown micro hex glitters, white micro and medium sized glitter as well as large white square glitter. I remember not being able to get any of the squares out, so I don't know if those curl or not. I love this way this looks, but I really don't see this working too well on any other colors. Perhaps it could be used over more Halloween-ish shades?

Overall, decent topper, but really don't know what else to do with it. I bought this myself on Etsy, but I don't see if up for sale there anymore.

PS - The base polish is Maybelline Express Finish Brown Aluminum.

November Birchbox

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November 2014 Birchbox
Purchased By Me / Contains Referral Link
November's Birchbox is here! One of the reasons I'm pretty excited about this is because I finally took advantage of the chance to request a product you'd like to try. Which did I chose? Hmmm...

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive // Now I've already tried a sample of this, but when Birchbox offers it as a sample you can choose, your impulses take over and then all of a sudden its chosen. I think you might already gather how I feel about this, but I will have it in a Sample Sunday. The full size product contains 2oz and retails $39. This sample size contains .26oz and is worth about $5.07.

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream // I had no idea what this was until I read the description and some uses for it. Basically this is a must have for colder seasons as it helps with dry skin. Seeing that it helps with eczema, I'm going to try a tiny dab to see if it does in fact help with that. The full size product contains 50ml and retails for $48. This sample size contains 5ml and is worth about $4.80.

the Balm Cindy-Lou Manizer // I have wanted to try this as I think this would suit my skin tone better, so I'm pretty happy to see this in my box! I don't use highlighter often, but in general, this type of product is so versatile, so really its all around a good thing to have in your bag. The full size product contains 8.5g and retails for $24. This sample size contains 0.57g and is worth about $1.61.

amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo // While I think I've found the perfect dry shampoo, I'm still up for trying new brands. I know I've seen this bottle around on some favorites videos/posts, so I hope it lives up to the reactions I've seen. The full size product contains 5.3oz and retails $21. This sample size contains .75oz and is worth about $2.97.

Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Stimulating Sea Waves Body Wash // This brand again. I have nothing against this brand, and I would be pleasantly surprised by the quality of these products if I didn't have anything at a hotel, but I don't know that I'd want the same stuff at home. But, I will give this a shot. The full size product contains 8oz and retails $15. This sample size contains 1.35oz and is worth about $2.53.

Justin's Chocolate Almond Butter // I would be lying if I said I didn't squeal with excitement at the sight of this. Its already gone too. So yeah... I'm a huge fan of almond butter, not chocolate so much, almond butter is A+. This is a good snack to help you between meals or while you're too lazy to leave a tournament venue (raises hand). Birchbox sells this in a box of 10 for $11.99. This packet contains 32g and is worth about $1.19.

Below are some close-ups of the products. By the way Cindy-Lou, how adorable are you.. What a cutie!

November 2014 Birchbox

November 2014 Birchbox

November 2014 Birchbox

In total, this box is worth about $18.17 for the price of $10. Pretty decent. Overall this is a good box. Perhaps not the best value wise, as I know I've received boxes of higher worth, but I think the quality of products is great. And I'm actually excited about all of the products. It has been rare that I've had one box full of excite. So kudos to you Birchbox!

If you don't currently subscribe to Birchbox, you do so using my referral link!

Julep / Minka

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Purchased By Me
Sometimes you find love in unexpected places. Like in today's swatch of Julep Minka. I remember wearing this polish once before, way before I started blogging. I remember thinking I didn't like it or really care for it. Either I was blind or my tastes have changed. While I personally think this polish photographs better than it looks in person, it is still beautiful.

I used two thin coats for my swatch, but I'm sure one thick coat would be opaque enough as well. Minka dries to a suede finish and if you're familiar with the many, many different finishes, that just means there's definable shimmer within a matte finish. I didn't get a shot of this with topcoat on it, but I'm sure it looks amazing. Let me know if there is interest and I'll do a part two to this post.
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