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Friday, July 3, 2015

The New Way To Fake-Bake #CocoaBrownTan

Press Sample.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

When I was growing up, tanning was all the rage.  My friends and I would slather on whatever we though would get us tan the fastest - from baby oil to Crisco! My pasty-white skin never tanned, but boy, did I smell delicious while my skin was cooking!

I remember the first fake-tan product my mom brought home.  It was a Quinine-based product that turned my skin a nice golden orange color. Nope, nope, nope.  As an adult, I know now how bad real tanning is for the skin, and after trying a couple of tanning products that either left me orange, or smelled horrible, I accepted I'd always have translucent skin.  When Cocoa Brown asked me if I wanted to try their product, I was skeptical, to say the least.  Would it work, and be pleasant and easy to use?

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Pop of Coral

Maybelline Super Sizer Mascara, Ageless Derma Foundation, and OFRA Khaki Gel liner are Press Samples.  All others purchased by me.  All opinions are my own.

Hello, Fireflies!

I love orange/coral makeup... way more than it loves me.  I tend to wear cooler shades better, but I just love golds and oranges, too!  Especially in summer, the bright corals just call to me with their siren song.  I put together a neutral look and accented with pops of coral in my makeup, and on my nails, too!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Soft Hands and Strong Nails with #NailButter

Press Sample.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

I love nail polish, and that means that nail polish remover is a necessity in my life.  If you're a longtime reader, you probably know that I include a nailart look with almost every review, which means that I'm painting my nails almost every day... sometimes more than once a day!  So, what's a lover of nail polish to do when her hands are taking a beating?  I've tried lots of treatments, and I'm in love with the newest thing I've tried - Nail Butter!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wonder(ful) Woman


 Hello, Fireflies!

Today's the last day of June, and I'm just squeaking in under the wire with my last Superhero/villain mani!  I had to give this iconic Amazonian Icon a try!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Lemony Fresh! #Lemonoil

Press Sample.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

Whether or not you believe in the powers of aromatherapy, there are some essential oils that have real power to them, and lemon is one of them! There are so many uses for this oil, aside from just smelling awesome.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Stamping Sunday: Bright Flowers over Grunge Base


Hello, Fireflies!

Today's Sunday Stamping challenge is to stamp over a grungy base.  I used three different polishes and a fan brush to create a distressed, grungy base, and then contrasted with bright, white flowers!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sofa King Good? Naw, it's #Effenfine!

Press Sample.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

The older I get, the more important my tweezers have become to me.  As a kid, I only needed the occasional splinter removed, and the crap tweezers from someone's Swiss Army knife usually did the trick.  Now, I need delicate, fine tipped instruments to use around my eyes, and tough grippers to yank out my wiry chin hairs.  Are these tweezers just OK, or are they Effenfine?

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