San Diego Comic-Con 2015 / Day 4 (Sunday)

Final day of SDCC photos! I know a long time coming. The below photos are a mix of what Phil and I took. There was a point in the day where we got separated and he had the older two kids and I had Rosalie. As you'll see below, Chris did his Star-Lord cosplay, Izzy did Psylocke (not bad for working on it two days before leaving for SD) and Rosalie did (Man Without Fear) Daredevil.

Whatcha doin? Not much, just chillin with Winter Soldier and Captain America. Rosalie loved this Cap cosplayer. She wanted me to show her her Cap cosplay from the days prior.

Here's one Phil took of Isabella with a Black Widow and Hawkeye. She said they really loved her cosplay. That made her super happy!

Best Dr. Strange cosplay we saw all weekend. I ended up finding her on Instagram and she definitely put a lot of work into her cosplay. She had WIP pics on her account, so that was cool seeing the progress. Rosalie loved her a lot, too. I had to get a picture with her since Dr. Strange is my brother's most fave character ever.

We walked around a ton more and then snapped this pic with this Rogue. She did a great job, too! I love her jacket! (I want one!)

And lastly is the below pic I posted on Instagram. Sadly we missed this cosplay contest, but we snapped this pic of the kids right after. A bunch of people took advantage of this impromptu setup.

I like that Chris really got into character there. Anyways, as you can tell, we all had a blast. There are a ton more pictures, but really, I don't know that I want to post over a hundred photos on the blog. In case you missed it, or forgot, here's Day 2 (Friday) and Day 3 (Saturday).

Hope your weekend is going great and I'll talk to you tomorrow!

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September Petit Vour

Sorry its been so on-and-off around here. Apart from the being out of town, working on a combo video thing, my mom was recently hospitalized over the weekend. She's home and much better now, but if you've been a reader for at least the last year, you'll know that this is the fourth hospitalization in the last 18 months. That's a topic for a whole separate discussion, and probably one I won't have on the blog, but I just wanted to keep you up to date.

Anyways, let's get to the actual post. Today's post was originally intended for a couple of days ago and is on the contents of the September Petit Vour box. Let's just jump on in and take a look at the products, starting from left to right.

Elate Cosmetics Lipstick in Lively // Can we just oogle the packaging for a moment? I mean seriously. The container is just so beautiful. The color (which will be in the PV store soon) is a shimmery pinky nude. As you can see in the swatch below, it reads more nude than pink, while the bullet looks more pinky toned. On my lips, this turns out to be more of a your-lips-but-shimmery shade. Better is subjective. The color is ok and I do like the formula, but it just didn't last that long on me. I didn't find it drying, so I'd love to try other shades. This is a full size product that contains 5g and retails for $17.

MSC Skin Care Grapefruit & Spearmint Exfoliating Body Scrub // Now this is the kind of body scrub I like! I definitely will be plenty happy to use this up. Also, citrus+minty scent? Yes please! I have one other product from MSC (which I'm currently using) and its just ok, so I hope this is as amazing as it seems. The full size product contains 10.5oz and retails for $33. I'm not sure how much this sample size contains, so I'm not sure how much this is worth. I'll email PV and update this post once I hear back.

Mahalo Skin Care Pele Mask // Again, more beautiful packaging. I don't know anything about this brand, but I can already tell I might be a fan of this. There's already a disclaimer that this isn't for very sensitive skin. My skin can be sensitive, so I think I'll make sure I'm on a good routine and not trying anything new before I give this a-go. The full size product contains 50mL and retails for $64. The sample size contains 5mL and is worth about $6.40.

Blissoma Solutions Free Rejuvenating Herbal Gel Cleanser & Makeup Remover // Well that's a mouthful of a name. This cleanser is intended for use no matter your skin type. Gentle enough for the most sensitive of skin, but harsh enough to remove makeup around the eye area. I'm always a bit skeptical on that, I'll be glad to try that out. I'll be adding this to the queue of cleansing products. The full size product contains 4oz and retails for $31.99. This sample size contains 2oz and is worth about $15.99.

So not including the scrub, this box came out to about $39.39. Again, I'll update this post once I find out (I'll post on Twitter to let you all know I updated the post too). So that's more than double the cost of the monthly box. I definitely feel the Petit Vour boxes are a great deal if you're looking to experiment with cruelty-free and/or organic/natural brands.

What did you think of the September box? Which of these products would you be most excited to try first? Let me know in the comments!

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#GlamuletPinkOctober | Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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If you're not aware yet, October is breast cancer awareness month. This month, Glamulet is donating 50% of their sales towards charities in support of breast cancer awareness and research.

And while you may think the chance of you developing breast cancer is low, (1 in 8 or 12%), that doesn't leave out loved ones. For more information, visit the National Cancer Institute's website. There's a lot of helpful information, including fact sheets.

I know this post seems a bit random and out of the blue, but having lost loved ones to breast cancer and other forms of cancer, its something that is rather important to me.

I'll be throwing in some pink polish posts throughout the month as well. I hope you all are having a wonderful day and will see you tomorrow with the last September post.

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Nails on the Go! / imPress Press-On Manicure

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imPress Press-On Manicure Casting Call Symphony

If you know me, you know that I'm not (normally) a fan of nail stickers/strips. What you may not have known is that I'm really, really not a fan of the idea of press-on nails. The idea in itself irks me. But, for the sake of taking one for the team, I felt it necessary to review some for you.

Thankfully, imPress contacted me about sharing some of their new Ultra-Shine Gel Nails collection. I was sent two, one in Casting Call, a plain burgundy color and Symphony, a baby pink with gold accent nails. For the sake of the review, I used Casting Call. Definitely more my color.

imPress Press-On Manicure Casting Call

So these come with 24 nails; 2x of 12 sizes. Much better than most, or at least all of the nail strips I've tried. I'll give them some points for that. A few of my nails are tiny, so it's always difficult to find the right size.

As far as application goes, basically, you use the rubbing alcohol pad to clean your nails, remove the backing and then apply these by pressing them down. These are marketing as being super easy, great for the mom-on-the-go (that's me!) and take no time at all. What they don't tell you is that once you apply them, you have to continue to press on them within the first 30 mins and then can't even come in contact with water within the first hour. So if you have to pee right after doing your nails, something that seems to always happen right after painting your nails anyways, you can't wash your hands. Also, you can only file or trim the nails after the first hour as well.

Now let's take a look at how they are on my nails. This first shot is with no filing and within the first 30 mins.

imPress Press-On Manicure Casting Call

Again, these are not filed down at all. You can see how they're not really the right shape or that they've even molded well to my nail shape. I pressed down and then filed for a bit and got the result below.

imPress Press-On Manicure Casting Call

So definitely better than not filed and could certainly fool some people from afar. Honestly, in this photo, they don't look that bad. Below is the under side of the nails.

imPress Press-On Manicure Casting Call

They definitely molded to my nail shape a bit better, but as you can see with my thumb nail, the beds just didn't line up no matter how hard I pressed them down. Because of this, I got my finger nails caught in my hair a lot. I could barely wrap my hair in a bun without getting caught. Bad strips do this to me too.

And now for removal. I really only wore these for one night. I took them off the next morning simply because I knew I wasn't going to be able to wash my hair at all with these on. I used a clean-up brush and soaked underneath the nail with acetone. That worked for some and others were better off being soaked in acetone. While I didn't have any damage to the nail itself, a few of my nails are a bit unhappy to have these peeled off.

So would I recommend these? Honestly, it really depends. I wish I had these to wear to my friend's wedding. They would have been great to use for those few hours and then remove when I got home. I don't see these as being something you'd use for more than a day. And for $7.99 a pack at Walgreens or any other drugstore, that's simply up to you. If you're interested in purchasing them or perhaps seeing other colors, visit imPress at their website. If anything, check out Bright as a Feather and Night Fever. Those are beautiful.

What do you think of these imPress Press-On Manicures? Would you use these for a special event if you were in a pinch for time? Let me know in the comments!

I want to thank imPress for giving me the chance to review these. I will certainly keep them around as they are plenty to still use. I know there will a night that I'll need these.

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Sample Sunday / Mt. Sapola Lavender-Chamomile Body Lotion

Mt. Sapola Lavender-Chamomile Body Lotion

Long time no see Sample Sunday. Hi all! Hope you've had a great weekend so far. Today's Sample Sunday is on the Mt. Sapola Lavender-Chamomile Body Lotion. I received this in my April Allure Sample Society (now Allure Beauty Box). Also, you may have noticed that you haven't seen this before other than that post and that's because this is a first for me in sharing a sample before the month's end. Strange, but I felt I wanted to talk about this product. There aren't too many claims other than this is supposed to provide intense moisture for dehydrated skin (hey, that's me!). So as always, ingredients first and then experience with product.

Mt. Sapola Lavender-Chamomile Body Lotion

So starting with ingredients, let's take a look (also listed on CosDNA):
Water, Rice Bran Oil, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Jojoba Seed Oil, Tumeric Root Extract, Pennyworth Extract, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Rice Bran Oil, Lavender Oil, Patchouli Oil, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Methylisothiazolinone, Citral*, Farnesol*, Coumarin*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool*
Those ingredients with an * next to them are all from natural substances of essential oils. One thing to note is that this has added fragrance. If added fragrance (artificial or not) is not for you, you should skip this. I'll talk more about this. Also, perhaps not a cause for concern, the choice of preservative is interesting as its generally used in wash-off products like cleansers or shampoos.

Mt. Sapola Lavender-Chamomile Body Lotion

So after knowing that much, what do I think of the product? First off, you have to love lavender scented products a lot! Like, lavender everything. The scent is pretty intense and can very relaxing after a bath. But, it can certainly seem intoxicating at first, and not in a good way. The scent lasted for hours as well. I did find the product moisturizing, so I left the last remnants for hand use. It kept my cuticles nice and moisturized and lasted a couple of hand washes. This worked well on my body and even hydrated my constantly dry legs for a good chunk of the day.

However, now I want to talk about the brand. This is always a little strange for me, because I hate judging a brand by a few things, but sometimes its little things like this that irk me. Yes, the product is available for purchase, but not through the brand's USA website. In fact, the brand's website listed on its Facebook is no longer working, and probably hasn't been since April, according to a comment. Perhaps longer as the brand's last actual post was back in October 2014. Yes, this bothers me because I don't know that I want products from a company who can't get basic shit like this together. Sorry to be so brash, but honestly, that's how I feel. Maybe I shouldn't be so harsh as they are a foreign brand, that website works by the way, but still. If you're marketing here in the States and have a US website, make sure its active and up-to-date.

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So would I purchase this? No, I think I'll pass. I like the scent, it was a nice body lotion, but if you're going to set me back $24 for a full size bottle, I would prefer better ingredients and perhaps not so much added fragrance. But, if you happen to be interested, you can purchase the full-size (7.5oz) from

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PS - I don't know if the brand is cruelty-free or not. I sent a webform message through their official (Thai) website, so I'll update if I hear back.
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