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Month In Review / January

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Purchased By Me / Contains Referral Links
So remember when I said I was going to limit myself to just looking/buying what was on my wish list? Yeah, that did and didn't happen this month. I blame it on all the sales and my lack of control. I'll own up to that. So now that you know that much, let's dive in! Let's first see a few close-ups of everything here.

If you're ready to see what everything is then hit the jump! Remember that all wish list polishes will be underlined.

January Petit Vour

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January 2015 Petit Vour
Purchased By Me
It's near the end of the month so of course that means its time to see what came in my January Petit Vour box! I'm a fan of this box. Not just because of the organic/natural/cruelty free aspect, but also because I get exposed to brands that are amazing and deserve a large following. So let's go ahead and break down what came in! Let's go from right to left to mix it up a bit.

100% Pure French Lavender Hand Buttercream // 100% Pure is a brand I've heard of and have always been interested, but just haven't gotten around to purchasing anything. I do love me some hand creams, so I'm more than pumped to try this out. This is a full size product and contains 2oz. It retails for $8. This must be some wonder cream, because its already sold out on Petit Vour!

EVOLVh SmartStart Leave-in Conditioner // A brand I'm not familiar with here. I do love leave-ins and certainly am in need of a leave-in. The girls and I definitely take advantage of leave-ins to help manage our hair. While its marketed as having a delicious scent, it honestly smells like lemon scented bleach. Maybe its me, but I don't really know what to think. After my first initial sniff of the product, I'm reading that it does contain a variety of citrus oils, so it looks like I was somewhat on point. The full size product contains 250mL and retails for $26. This sample size contains 75mL and is worth about $7.81.

So let's see below for the next two products.

On the left is the RawSkinCeuticals Cheek Color in Rose Creme and the Modern Minerals Eye Shadow in En Pointe.

Modern Minerals Eye Shadow in En Pointe // I've gotten one other Modern Minerals eye shadow before I remember liking it a lot. This color is lovely and I think it would suit my skin tone quite well. The pink shimmer is awesome. The full size contains 5g of product and is worth $12.50. This sample size contains 2g and is worth $5.

RawSkinCeuticals Cheek Color in Rose Creme // Another brand I've not heard of, but I'm intrigued as it is raw. The color doesn't look like anything I could wear, but a swatch is below. If this turns out ok, then I certain want to check out other colors. O'm not sure if this is full size or not, but the full size contains .125oz and retails for $15. This looks relatively close to the eye shadow size so we'll base it off that and say this is worth about $8.48.

Below are swatches. As you can see, I swatched the blush more than once.

That brings the January box to a total worth of about $29.29. Definitely not the best when it comes to worth, but as far as anticipation, this is high up there. I'm pretty excited to try and use up all of these products.

What do you think of this month's Petit Vour box? Did you receive something else? Let me know in the comments! Also, let me know if you've tried anything from these brands! I'd love to get suggestions on other products to use!

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Sinful Colors / Twilight Twinkles

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sinful Colors Twilight Twinkles
Purchased By Me
Hopefully the start of the week has been kind to you! Today's swatch will be the last swatch of January. Above and below is Sinful Colors Twilight Twinkles. Twilight Twinkles is a clear jelly with various shaped holo gold shards. Essentially a glitter topper.

Sinful Colors Twilight Twinkles

I used one coat on each nail in my swatch. Just like other shard/shape glitters, this one is going to need at least one to two coats topcoat to make the nail smooth. Otherwise, you'll just feel every corner of the shards. Drying time was average as the jelly that suspends the shards is slightly on the heavier side.

Sinful Colors Twilight Twinkles

Here is what one, two and three coats look of this polish. I personally love how it looks with three coats, but three coats of a topper is excessive.

Personally, I'm not a fan. Ok, I am, but I don't think this is for me. If I have to surpass more than five coats of anything including my base and top coat, its a no-go. This may also be why I'm not a huge fan of transforming or shimmer coats, but that's not really a discussion for this.

If you like shard glitter, this is for you. If you're like me and need smooth nails (with the exception of texture finishes), you may want to steer clear.

Butter London / Dodgy Barnett

Monday, January 26, 2015

Butter London Dodgy Barnett
Gifted / Contains Affiliate Links
Oh Monday, we meet again. Let's do our best and be on each other's good side. In other news, today's swatch is Butter London Dodgy Barnett. Dodgy Barnett is a silver holographic polish that is semi opaque in two coats. I used an umbrella in the above photo and below I used a diffusing sock.

Butter London Dodgy Barnett

In both of these photos you can see the holographic color shift. I used two coats for my swatch. This polish would be fully opaque in three coats. Drying time was alright, but I think I was a little impatient with this mani.

What do you think of Dodgy Barnett? Is this a holo polish you'd eye? If you are in the market, you can buy this at Macy's, Dillard's and Also, what do you think of the image quality? I ended up buying a new camera as my D80 broke. I decided on a D5300, which is awesome because it records in full HD. Which means... tutorials? Live recordings? Vlogs? Recorded empties?! The possibilities are endless! Let me know in the comments with any suggestions!

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Sample Sunday / Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil
Purchased By Me / Contains Affiliate Links
Hope you have all had a wonderful weekend so far! Today's Sample Sunday is on the Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil. I received this along with quite a few other products in the Sephora Favorites Beauty Oil Essentials kit. This product is marketed with the claims that it can tone and firm your skin. Additionally, it is also marketed to pregnant women to use to avoid stretch marks. Did this product live up to its claims to firm and tone? Let's delve into the product and see. I'm going to switch it up a bit and talk about the ingredients first and then go into my thoughts.

Below is a list of ingredients from CosDNA:
Corylus Avellana Seed Oil (Hazelnut Oil), Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil (Geranium Oil), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary Oil), Aniba Rosaeodora Wood Oil (Rosewood Oil), Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil (Wild Mint Oil), Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Citral, Benzyl Benzoate
Now that you know what is in this product, let's break down the oils in this product and go a bit more in depth about their purpose.

Hazelnut Oil // Tones and tightens skin, helps maintain firmness and elasticity. Encourages cell regeneration and stimulates circulation.

Geranium Oil // Boosts and improves elasticity of skin. May also prevent cellulite, but can also relieve swelling.

Rosemary Oil // Rich in antioxidants, helps in tightening sagging and/or loose skin, making it firmer and more elastic. Stimulates cell growth to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Also hydrates and tones the skin.

Rosewood Oil // Promotes growth of new skin cells and may be used to fade scars.

Wild Mint Oil // Contains Vitamin A and may strengthen skin tissue.

So now that we've broken down a bit of the essential oils in the product, let's see how it well it worked. Hit the jump to find out my thoughts!
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