OPI / You're So Flippy Floppy

OPI You're So Flippy Floppy

Final polish post of the month! I know there wasn't much posted and I really wish I was able to post all of the manis from the month, but it is what it is. Today's polish is what I wore during Wizard World Sacramento (see yesterday's post). This is OPI You're So Flippy Floppy from the Brazil Collection released in 2014. This was one of the four texture polishes that were in the collection. I bought the minis for this collection because I really wanted all, but I didn't think I'd use them all more than a handful of times.... Boy was I wrong.

As you can see, You're So Flippy Floppy is a bright yellow texture. This does have a bit of shimmer to it and you can see that the flash was able to pick up some of that. Like most yellows, this isn't fully opaque, but it isn't streaky due to the texture. I used two coats for this swatch. In terms of formula, this holds true to OPI's texture formulation. I think OPI textures are some of the best and most consistent. You might get tired of my saying this.

Below is a macro shot of the texture itself.

OPI You're So Flippy Floppy

Isn't it lovely? If you're not a fan of texture polishes then this definitely isn't for you, but you can at least appreciate the color payoff.

Also, apologies for the lack of clean up. I was running late for my day when I took the photo and needed to hurry up, so these were definitely taken pre-clean-up.

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Wizard World Sacramento 2015

A little late, but I wanted to share a few photos from Wizard World this past weekend. We went two of the three days this time and it certainly was a blast. I'll post more photos over time on my Tumblr, and have already posted a few to Instagram, but here are the ones I wanted to share with you guys. Not much text, so enjoy the photos!

As far as cosplay goes, Chris was Star Lord, Izzy was Kate Bishop and Rosalie was Miss America on Saturday and Captain America on Sunday.

^ OMG, how cool are they! Legit cylon! Centurion even! Yeee! I was nerding out a bit. Below are Day 2 pictures:

Above is artist Ramon Villalobos. He is a local artist who has most recently done work on the recent iteration of E is for Extinction. We walked by his booth on Saturday while Rosalie was cosplaying as Miss America. On Sunday, Rosalie wanted walk by his booth again. Ramon asked is she was dressed as Miss America yesterday and I told her she was. He pulled out this Miss America print and gave it to her. Rosalie was so happy to receive this gift! He put a huge smile on her face!

ERMAHGERD! This guy's Cable cosplay was pretty dope. Cable is one of my all time favorite X-characters so it was super cool seeing them.

The girls with Princess Peachpool because why not.

Spider-Gwen! I'm not a Spider-Man fan. I know I'll get a lot of trash for that. I just don't care for Peter Parker. But this iteration is awesome. If you haven't read any of this series yet, you should. I'm about to have Izzy start reading it, but she's too busy reading Age of Ultron right now.

For those curious as to what I did with Rosalie's hair, I did this top knot and left a little left over to do bumper bangs/faux Bettie bangs. This is by far her favorite hair style for her Cap cosplay so I tend to really only do this from now on. I may mix it up, but I really like the way this turned out. I have been asked already, but here's what I used for her makeup:

Eyes: Pacifica Devoted Eyeshadow (in the Power of Love palette)*, e.l.f. Essential Expert Liquid Eyeliner in Jet Black, Butter London Iconoclast Mega Volume Lacquer Mascara*
Cheeks: Pacifica Coconut Multiples (bronzer and pink shimmer), Dior Diorshow Powder in 003 Catwalk Pink
Lips: e.l.f. Studio Lip Lock Pencil, Jesse's Girl Lipliner in Brick, NARS Bloodwork
Nails: Nicka K Ripe Apple

This is my typical look for her makeup. Very pinup, much cute. I might try a different eyeliner as I'm not a huge fan of the stiff wand.

I hope you enjoyed these photos! Posts will resume normally tomorrow. Definitely feeling a lot better and I really don't have anything else left to make for cosplay. Well I have a Daredevil mask to make, but that's easy. ;) If there's interest, I can do a post on how we constructed all the outfits.

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Also, don't forget to check out our time at Wizard World Reno 2014 and Wizard World Sacramento 2014.

Review / StriVectin Repair & Protect Moisturizer

PR Sample

StriVectin Repair & Protect Moisturizer

Well, long time no post! Sorry to disappear, but between prepping for Wizard World, Wizard World itself (pictures tomorrow) and then getting a nasty stomach virus, blogging just kind of stood on the wayside. But I'm back now, so let's get right into the stream of things! Today is a review of a type of product that should be an every day staple, no matter if you're wearing makeup or not. What is that? SPF. I, along with pretty much every other blogger, will spend our days hammering down how important daily SPF is. While I do have an SPF of choice, I definitely didn't hesitate in trying this out.

Today we'll be delving into the StriVectin Repair & Protect Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30. We'll first talk about the claims, then go over the ingredients and then my experience with the product.

Actually, before we get into the claims, I want to take a moment to talk about the packaging. It is certainly nice and heavy, but I do suggest caution. I'm not sure if one of the children has dropped this, or anyone else, but the inner part of the cap can break pretty easily. This does cause the product to dry out much quicker around the rim of the jar, but I've been able to live with it.

The other downside? No spatula! I generally don't like to dip my fingertips in tubs. I think Western brands need to take a tip from Korean brands by providing little spatulas.

See the remnants below...

StriVectin Repair & Protect Moisturizer

As far as the claims, StriVectin states that this is a "lightweight, wrinkle fighting daily moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen that reduces visible signs of aging, neutralizes free radicals and helps prevent UV damage. The formula combines next generation antioxidant technology and patented NIA-114™ to enhance skin’s innate defenses and boost its age fighting abilities." So basically SPF in an anti-aging moisturizer.

StriVectin Repair & Protect Moisturizer

So now let's move onto the ingredients as listed on CosDNA:
Avobenzone, Dimethicone, Homosalate, Octisalate, Octocrylene, Oxybenzone, Water, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Benzoate, Myristyl Nicotinate, Glycerin, Caprylyl Methicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Behenyl Alcohol, Nylon-6/12, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Steareth-21, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Algae Extract, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Tribehenin, Erythritol, Caprylyl Glycol, Lauroyl Lysine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ceramide NG, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Homarine HcL, Fragrance, Limonene, Hydroxycitronellal, Benzyl Salicylate, Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Xanthan Gum, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Peg-10 Phytosterol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Steareth-2, 1,2-Hexanediol, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin
If you didn't notice, there is added fragrance in this product, so be sure to keep that in mind before trying it. It is a light floral scent; nice and not overpowering.

Also note the addition of clove extract. This extract is said to have anti-aging properties, so I'm guessing that would be the reason for it.

StriVectin Repair & Protect Moisturizer

Now onto the fun part. What I actually think of the product. Personally, I like this. I don't love this, but it is good. It hasn't won me over completely. As you can see above, it looks and feels more like a straight SPF than a moisturizer. However, it does get very creamy once rubbed into your skin. I personally like the feel of SPF more than cream moisturizers. Unlike a traditional SPF, this doesn't leave you feeling oily, so this can definitely be used by those with oilier skin.

StriVectin Repair & Protect Moisturizer

Above you can see what it looks like barely swiped and then I do have it blended a bit better to the left of that. Again, unlike a traditional SPF, no white cast! Say what?! You mean you can go out and use flash during the day and not get a ghost face? Yep!

Additionally I mentioned earlier in the post that there is added fragrance. While the minus to that may be for those with sensitivity to fragrances, the plus is that this doesn't smell like SPF at all. Personally I don't mind the smell of SPF. It reminds me of the beach and I'm all for those types of good vibes.

Lastly, this didn't have a negative reaction on me at all. I would say my skin can certainly be quite sensitive, but I also made sure that there weren't any ingredients that I typically have bad reactions to in it.

So far, I've gone through all the positive points. So what isn't so great? Well its not exactly what isn't so great, but what I can't tell has been great. Like a lot of StriVectin products, this is an anti-aging moisturizer. So in a sense, this should be giving results such as diminishing wrinkles or fine lines. However, at 33 years young, I don't have anything that stands out. Perhaps this is also preventative? I will say though, that with how moisturizing and gentle this is, this would be great for mature skin. So even if I can't tell that it turns back time, this is still a great moisturizer with the bonus SPF.

And now to the part that always makes me cringe, the price. If you know me, you know that I'm not a wimp when it comes to pricing my skin care. I'll splurge on something if I know my skin loves it. But for what this is, I can't say that I would break my bank to buy it. At $89 for 50mL, this is almost three times the cost for the daily SPF that I regularly use for the same amount of product. A better deal than some for the amount that you get, but there's definitely a lot of SPFs that are much nicer to your piggy bank. Again, part of what you're paying for will be packaging or the name, but again, it comes down to the variable that I really can't say definitely is worth it, the anti-aging properties.

All in all, a good moisturizer with SPF. I definitely like this, but as I've mentioned, I just don't love it. Maybe I need to finish the tub before I get a good feel for it, but I'm halfway through right now. So...

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If you're looking for try this product for yourself, you can find at these retailers: Lord & Taylor*, Macy's, Nordstrom*, Dillard's*, Ulta*,*,* and DERMSTORE*.

#GiveawayAlert / Butter London Patent Shine 10X Polishes

Do you remember this lovely polishes I swatched back in April? Well, now you can win a set of these beautiful Butter London Patent Shine 10X polishes yourself! Just use the widget below!

Giveaway is open from June 20 thru July20 with winner announced on July 21st via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Winner will have 5 days to contact me via email to claim prize. If I do not hear back from the winner within that time period, a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is open to US residents only.

Thank you and good luck!

Rimmel London / Sherbet Sweetie

Rimmel London Sherbet Sweetie

First off, apologies for Izzy's nail shape. This is the first and last time she'll be cutting her own nails without supervision. Eek! I cut her right hand nails myself. Now that we've addressed that issue, let's talk about what is actually on her nails. This Rimmel London Sherbet Sweetie from Sweetie Crush collection released in 2014.

As you can probably tell, the Sweetie Crush collection is Rimmel's answer to the texture finish craze (I'm still all about texture polishes btw). Sherbet Sweetie is a pale yellow and is opaque in two coats. I will say though, the formula is less than stellar. Very goopy and took forever to dry. Typically texture polishes have a fast dry time, so I found that rather disappointing. Especially since it is a rather beautiful color!

In the end, I do and do not like this. Color is pretty, formula not so much. Will that stop me from using again? Probably not. But it may not be high on my list of polishes to reuse.

PS - Be on the lookout for an announcement at midnight PST!

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