Monday, September 1, 2014

#MANIMONDAY - COLOR FRENZY



The Scoop
Happy Labor Day everyone! This week I'm showing a little U.S.A pride for this week’s #ManiMonday. And, just a slight update on last week’s #ManiMonday post – I took the Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat off yesterday and it did require a little elbow work to fully remove the “fuzz”. I definitely had to use more polish remover pads than I normally would. This week I used more Sally Hansen products the first is the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Extreme Wear ($10, amazon.com) nail color in “White Out” and covered it with the Sally Hansen Color Frenzy Textured Nail Color ($3, ulta.com)  in “Red,White, & Hue”. The color Color Frenzy line has been flying off the shelves; Amazon even says there’s only one left in stock. 

About Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat
The Sally Hansen Color Frenzy Collection is a line of nail polishes featuring 8 unique splatter effect multi-dimensional glitters. In looking at the bottle you get the impression that there will be this explosion of glitter on your nails when it’s applied however I did not feel that was the case (and you’ll see what I mean in the pictures below). So needless to say I was a little disappointed in the amount of glitter that was left on my nails. In addition, the “Red, White, & Hue” polish is made with a pink tinted clear polish so when I placed it over my white nail polish it dulled down the color. My nails also took forever to dry, I woke up this morning with impressions on my nails and this was after my nails had ample hours of dry time. So with all of this I was not a huge fan of this week’s mani. I was pleasantly surprised however with the Hard as Nails nail polish because of the value – it was great for the $3 price tag.  


The Look
Despite the pink tint of the Color Frenzy polish my nails still came out pretty white…





 


Thursday, August 28, 2014

MONTHLY MOMMY MUST-HAVE: COOLIT


The Brand
An icepack….in the shape of a bowl? That’s what The Coolit is. Carrie and Matt grew tired of always having to blow on their daughter’s food to cool it down. They grew tired of constant stress that was associated with family meal times. Until one night Carrie had an idea, “What if there was an icepack in the shape of a bowl that could quickly cool down food?” She mentioned the idea to her husband Matt that evening and The Coolit was born.

The Products
The Coolit is a bowl that you keep in your freezer until mealtime when you can take it out and place your child’s hot food in it and it will cool to just the right temperature in under one minute. It’s great for all hot food types, is top rack dishwasher safe, and it fits easily in any freezer.

The Reason
The main reason this is my Monthly Mommy Must-Have this month is because it really does work. Sometimes for lunch I give my kids hot dogs or chicken nuggets with the easy mac cup of macaroni. I mean these things only take three minutes to cook in the microwave but it seemed like after I pulled it out of the microwave I had to leave it in the freezer for about 10 minutes just so it could cool down enough to serve to my children. Needless to say, I was eager to see if The Coolit would make a difference and it definitely did. I simply poured their macaroni into The Coolit (images below), stirred it around a few times and it was ready to serve. So much better than blowing the food, my kids burning their mouths or having to leave the food in the freezer for 10 minutes to cool. Here are some pics of how easy it is to use (keep in mind that my freezer is on the fritz and my Coolit came out covered in ice but you get the point). The Coolit is available for $10 at thecoolit.com.  







Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BACK TO SCHOOL - BEAUTY

Books [CHECK!] Clothes [CHECK!] Cool gadgets to set you apart from everyone else [CHECK!]. So you’ve got everything you need for Back to School but don’t forget to update your beauty routine to head back  with a fresh face. Here are my top picks for heading back to school smelling awesome with glowing skin and gorgeous hair.

     1.      Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser, $6 (walmart.com)

     2.      The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Lemon, $14 (dermstore.com)

     3.      Tie Dye Boho Wrap, $9 (ulta.com)

     4.      Wet Brush Squirt, $7 (amazon.com)

     5.      INNI Customizable Nail Wraps, $10 (inni.com)

     6.      Remington S5500 Anti-Static Digital Ceramic 1” Flat Iron, $15 (walmart.com)

     7.      CHI 44 Iron Guard & Stay Firm Hold, $16 (ulta.com)

     8.      Shea Moisture Lipstick Crayon, $11 (target.com)

     9.      Maybelline Baby Lips Crystal Lip Balm, $4 (cvs.com)

    10. Layrite Original Pomade, $15 (layrite.com)

    11. GlaMER Natural Lip Scrub, $10 (etsy.com)

    12. sugar 6pc Stackable Makeup Wand, $12 (kohls.com)

    13. Bodycology enchanted forest, $8 (target.com)


And there is one product you definitely want to incorporate into your back to school beauty routine and that’s the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation. To see the look I achieved with this foundation click here

Here’s to a successful & flawless school year!



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

BACK TO COLLEGE - DORM DAZE


Going to college will be one of the most exciting times of your life, especially freshman year. After sophomore year you’re pretty much over it and by senior year you’re like wtf am I doing here (haha). One of the most fun things about getting ready to go off to school is the shopping you get to do for school supplies and dorm room d├ęcor. Here are my top 20 picks for those of you going off to college in a few weeks (if you aren’t there already)…


2. Roku 3 Streaming Media Player, $90 (amazon.com)

3. Sony Xperia Z2 Bundle, $500 (verizonwireless.com)

4. Sol Republic Deck Wireless Speaker, $150 (solrepublic.com)



7. Wolf Jacquard Sweatshirt, $95 (topshop.com)


9. Tipi Croc Skaters, $35 (topshop.com)

10. Large Dammit Doll – Chevron, $35 (amazon.com)

11. Grabbin’ Some Grub Care Package, $40 (amazon.com)



14. Boogie Board Sync LCD eWriter, $81 (amazon.com)

15. 2014-2015 Erin Condren Life Planner, $50 (erincondren.com)

16. Dot 5 Tab Index Document Folders, $5 (seejanework.com)

17. Room Essentials Plus Sign Bath Rug, $20 (target.com)

18. Xhilaration Diamond Body Wrap, $13 (target.com)

19. Whooz Iz It – Heroes Set, $13 (whoozizit.com)


20. Mainstays Bed-in-a-Bag, $40 (Walmart.com)


Monday, August 25, 2014

#MANIMONDAY - FUZZY COAT


The Scoop
For this week’s #ManiMonday post I left the nail wraps alone and picked up some polish instead. I purchased the Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat nail polish a few weeks ago and thought this might be a good time to give it a shot. I chose two different colors to put UNDER the Fuzzy coat which was a nude and a blue/aqua. 

About Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat
The Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat line is made of a unique fiber texture that creates a 3D look on your nails. It comes in an array of multidimensional shades and dries quickly. It’s available in shade from a pale pink up to a black. You can wear them alone or over a complimentary color. I opted for a complimentary color.

The Look
The color I bought was ‘All Yarned Up’ which includes blue, orange, and yellow. The below pictures really don’t do it any justice because I really like the way the Fuzzy Coat nail polish took my normal/plain mani and upped the glam factor.  I do like the way the Fuzzy Coat looks against the nude color nail polish better than the aqua - what about you? I think I'd like to see how the black and white fuzzy coat polish looks up against a red for the coming fall/winter season. 
 














Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WEEKLY STYLE LUST: EVERYTIME I COME AROUND YOUR CITY...





This week’s Weekly Style Lust is definitely in the luxe category. There’s something about these jewels that is just mesmerizing.   

About House of Emmanuele
Houseof Emmanuele was created in 2003 by designer Emmanuele Tsakiris.
After obtaining a degree in Information Technology and Public Relations, Emmanuele entered the world of fashion by fate and unveiled his creative passion through glorious jewelry.

While attending University Emmanuele worked for Chanel as well as working in Public Relations for one of Australia’s largest Department Stores. His flair for computers started morphing into oversized pearls and crystal jewelry during his time at Chanel, and after a life changing event it furthered the metamorphosis. 

Emmanuele’s mother Evdokia passed away in 2002 and at 25 years he found an ethereal muse who seemed to guide his path and inspire his designs into what they are today. Having had no formal training in jewelry his style is quite raw, regal, overstated and limitless. More is more and bigger is better and hence his love affair with Swarovski began!

For more background on Emmanuele & H.O.E. click here.

The Lust…
I came across this picture on Instagram by @sydneyfashionblogger
Image from Instagram @sydneyfashionblogger




First of all, let’s just say I hate her because her body is sick and her style is crazy. #ThatIsAll lol. But anywho…. Finding her page though led me to House of Emmanuele and just looking at the pieces I know they would be pretty expensive but considering the quality of the merchandise it seems completely justified. After perusing the site it looks like the prices range from as low as about $200 and goes up to about $2,000. But when your pieces look like this (see below)…hey I’ll just add it to my running list of lusts.

Image from houseofemmanuele.com

Image from houseofemmanuele.com

Image from houseofemmanuele.com

Image from houseofemmanuele.com