Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mangled Spider? Nailed it!


Hello, Fireflies!

I absolutely love the gorgeous acrylic designs on Bianca Fredrich's Facebook page, and I picked one to inspire me for today's Tri-polish Challenge.  Unfortunately, it didn't come out so much like I wanted, and looks more like I mangled a spider and then drowned it in glitter.


I suppose there are worst ways to go.

I started this look with Sally Hansen Salon I Lilac You.  Yes, I Lilac You very much!

Sally Hansen Salon I Lilac You

Orly Sparkling Garbage is still my 'if I had to pick one polish to take to a desert island' polish.  I love it, and it goes with so many things.  It's just stunning.  These pictures don't do it justice.


Here's where the malfunction starts.  First of all, there's just not enough contrast with the silver.


Second of all..


Yeah, Jackie doesn't know what to make of it, either.


Bottle shot:  Sally Hansen Salon I Lilac You, Orly Sparkling Garbage, and a silver striper.

Bottle shot:  Sally Hansen Salon I Lilac You, Orly Sparkling Garbage, and a silver striper.

Have you ever had a Jackie Chan makeup moment?




Monday, September 22, 2014

InstaNatural Hyaluronic Acid Serum #InstaNatural


 Hello, Fireflies!

Do you remember when I told you about my deliciously-scented hair? That hair masque, by InstaNatural, was pretty amazing.  At the time I was sent that, I was offered a chance to try their Hyaluronic Acid Serum, too.

InstaNatural Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Ok, it's another serum, I hear ya.  First of all, you can't have too many serums! Where else are you going to find a concentrated dose of all the things your skin loves? They also play well with toners and moisturizers, so you can use the products that you know work well on your skin.

I'm loving this ingredient list.  So many things I recognize and understand are good for my skin - Aloe, Witch Hazel, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin C, Green Tea..and it's formulated without alcohol or parabens, and it's cruelty-free.
The texture of this serum reminds me a lot of one of its ingredients - aloe vera.  It has a very nice viscosity to it - look at that bubble!- but it absorbs quickly, with no greasiness or tacky residue.
It smells very faintly, but, like the masque, it smells so good.  It has a fresh, herbal quality to it - not medicinal at all.  With so many choices out there for hyaluronic serums, the details matter.  When I'm putting on a serum, it's important to me that it feels and smells nice, in addition to working well.

I do think it works well, too.  My skin has few wrinkles, and the texture is soft and plump.  I'm even getting my husband to use serums now that he's got his CPAP mask and it's drying out his face every night.

As of the time of this writing, this serum is on sale at Amazon.com down from $49.95 to $16.75 for 2 oz.  No code needed, and it ships free with Amazon Prime.

What do you look for in a serum?

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

What The Cartoon Cat Consumed..


Hello, Fireflies!

Today's challenge was to stamp a mani using only single images - no full nail stamps.  This is where having nubs comes in handy - a single image usually takes up my whole nail anyway!

When I put on this gorgeous glitter the other day, I had no idea it would become the base for this cute stamping challenge.  This is To The Edge Of Night from Fanchromatic Nails.  At first glance, it's an army green jelly with silver glitters - but look again, and you can see the tiny turquoise and red glitters in the background. 

To The Edge Of Night from Fanchromatic Nails

I used two stamps for this challenge.  The single fishbone stamp from Red Angel 107, and the cat from Shany 08.  I used Essie No Place Like Chrome and Wet 'n Wild Black Creme for the stamping.
Now, my nails look like an ally cat's paradise.


I'm reminded of the cartoons I watched as a kid, where the cartoon cat would put a whole fish in his mouth, and then pull out the bones, all in one fell swoop!


Bottle shot: Fanchromatic Nails To The Edge Of Night,  Essie No Place Like Chrome, and Wet 'n Wild Black Creme.

Bottle shot: Fanchromatic Nails To The Edge Of Night,  Essie No Place Like Chrome, and Wet 'n Wild Black Creme.

Ah, to be surrounded by a feast of our favorite foods! In the aftermath, I would be surrounded by pizza crusts...

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bejeweled Blitzen's Bu...uh, Callisto

Celestial Cosmetics Callisto, formerly known as Blitzen´s Budgie Smuggler

Hello, Fireflies!

If you saw my post yesterday.. well, it was supposed to post yesterday.  I goofed, and it went up a few hours early.  My bad.  Anyway, you may have seen the jewels I was rockin on my nails.  It wasn't the first time I'd used them, though.  I first used them in this mani.

But, I'm getting ahead of myself.  How could I not introduce this gorgeous deep purple holo from Celestial Cosmetics?  This is Callisto, formerly known as Blitzen's Budgie Smuggler.

Celestial Cosmetics Callisto, formerly known as Blitzen´s Budgie Smuggler

Seriously.  Celestial's holos are amazing. (You can check out my posts on Meteoroid HERE, and Galaxy Field HERE.)

I wanted to adorn this polish with jewels, so I put on some of these mystic topaz-like rhinestones with pearl clusters, and used additional pearls on the other fingers.


I love a vampy polish when I'm rockin' the super-nubs.


Nothing says decadence like a super awesome holo dripping with jewels! What polish or makeup do you have that makes you feel like a million bucks when you wear it?

Friday, September 19, 2014

SOBO Ultra HGF Youth Serum


Hello, Fireflies!

Ever go from not caring about a particular makeup or skincare product to not being able to get enough of them?  I never knew about serums, and now, I want to try them all.  And, lucky for me, I got to try Ultra HGF Youth Serum from Indie company SOBO.


Who doesn't want to have more youthful-looking skin? With ingredients like Hyluronic Acid, your skin will absorb more water, plumping it up and making it look younger. Apparently,  acetyl tetrapeptide-2 is said to help prevent signs of future aging, too.

I also love what it *doesn't* have:  parabens, sulfates, phthalates, GMO's, triclosan, synthetic dyes, or artificial fragrances.


I only received a small sample of this serum, so I can't tell you about any long-term effects, but I can tell you what I liked about this serum from the first moment I tried it:  the texture.  It's light, and it has a wonderful slip to it.  It just glides all over your face and then gets quickly absorbed, leaving no trace behind.


If you're looking for a new serum to help your skin look younger, longer, you may be interested in SOBO! They also have an anti-aging cream with reservatrol, an anti-aging eye serum, and a natural face moisturizer.

Right now, they have a discount code for my readers, too! If you'd like to try any of SOBO's products, use the code TRYSOBO for 25% off!

If you're worried about your skin, SOBO also has some informative articles on their webpage, like 15 Common but Toxic Skin Care Ingredients To Avoid and The Ultimate Guide to Anti-Aging Skincare.  Knowledge is power, and you're never too young or too old to learn how to take better care of your skin.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

What Happens to Ye Who Seek My Boo-ty


Avast, Fireflies!

This here be t'last day of this month's Piratey Nail Art Challenge, hosted by Challenge Your Nail Art Group.  I be sad, but no tears! There not be cryin' in Piratin'!

I be leavin ye with a warnin for those who seek my treasure.  Black, black jelly with iridescent purple glitters is a dark warning.  It's also the description for Polished Components Mattress Mambo.

Polished Components Mattress Mambo

Along with a glimpse of my treasure are what's left of those who tried to plunder it!


You know I took these off right after I took the picture, but what better time to cover your nails with jewels and skulls?


Now, be off afore I make ye walk t'plank!




From Orange Holo To Orange Flakie


Hello, Fireflies!

You may remember last week's GOT challenge, where I resurrected an old holo from the Old Forgotten Holos Home - Enchanted Polish Dragon Spit.

Well, after I was done admiring it, I covered it up with another forgotten polish, but a flakie, this time - Nfu-Oh 44, a gorgeous orange base with golden orange flakies.

Nfu-Oh 44, a gorgeous orange base with golden orange flakies

Look at that glow. And, isn't the bottle super cute?


I thought these Maybelline Colorshow Nail Tattoos I picked up from the Dollar Tree looked cute with this mani.  Hello, Lucky Cat!


Now that Fall is approaching, are you going looking for some fave fall color nail polishes?