Hands & Nails

Revlon ColorStay longwear nail enamel in Midnight

By on March 25, 2014
Revlon ColorStay nail polish in Midnight (around $7)
Revlon ColorStay nail polish in Midnight (around $7)

I love dark nails regardless of season, and this bottle of Revlon’s ColorStay nail polish in Midnight is one that I picked up recently. I found it in a discount bin at Bed Bath and Beyond where it was marked down to just under $5, but it’s not discontinued and should be available at most drugstores and wherever else you buy these things.

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L’Oreal Color Riche Collection Privée: Eva Longoria’s nudes

By on March 12, 2014
L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Privée Eva's Nude lipstick and nail polish
L’Oreal Color Riche Collection Privée Eva’s Nude lipstick and nail polish

Have you spotted these L’Oreal Color Riche Collection Privée nude lipsticks and nail polishes? I saw a picked over display in my local drugstore several weeks ago, but recently on a weekend trip to Portland I found a display with all shades in stock and for the first time I was able to take a good look at all of the lovely options.

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Monthly Empties: February 2014

By on February 28, 2014
Products used up during the month of Feburary
Products used up during the month of Feburary

For 2014 I’ve started keeping track of the products I use up each month, and throughout February I finished a mix of skincare, cosmetics, body and hand care products. Keeping track helps me keep focused on using stuff up rather than just hoarding half-used containers, and it gives me the opportunity to say a few words about stuff that might have otherwise passed by without a full review.

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Found on clearance: SebaMed Cleansing Shower Oil and Hand & Nail Balm

By on February 24, 2014
SebaMed Cleansing Shower Oil and Hand & Nail Balm (both discounted from $10.99 to $7.28)
SebaMed Cleansing Shower Oil and Hand & Nail Balm (both discounted from $10.99 to $7.28)

SebaMed is a brand I was introduced to when I spent a semester of college in Germany. I didn’t recognize most of the brands sold in German stores, so I asked my friend what body lotion she’d recommend and she pointed SebaMed out to me. These days, SebaMed products are distributed in the US and locally I’ve seen their body lotion at Bed Bath & Beyond.

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Sample Society subscription box seasonal roundup for winter 2014

By on February 17, 2014
Sample Society monthly subscription box ($15/month) from Beaty Bar and Allure
Sample Society monthly subscription box ($15/month) from Beauty Bar and Allure

I subscribe to the Sample Society monthly beauty boxes from Beauty Bar and Allure, and today I’d like to show you the boxes I received for December, January, and February. Reviewing the boxes on a seasonal basis allows me to comment not only on how happy I was when I first opened each box but also on the quality of the products I’ve had time to test out and the overall consistency of the subscription service.

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Butter London Handbag Holiday Cuticle Oil

By on January 23, 2014
Butter London Handbag Holiday Cuticle Oil ($19 for 0.6 fl. oz.)
Butter London Handbag Holiday Cuticle Oil ($19 for 0.6 fl. oz.)

I received a full size of the Handbag Holiday Cuticle Oil by Butter London in my January Sample Society subscription box, and I was so excited about it because it’s something I can really use in my collection. It was the first thing I pulled out and gave a try, and I instantly fell in love with it’s coconut and pineapple fragrance. I wouldn’t necessarily expect to love that scent, but to me this smells more like a luxurious shampoo than a fruit basket.

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Raunsborg skin and body care

By on January 9, 2014
The outer boxes of Raunsborg products feature lovely illustrations of featured ingredients
The outer boxes of Raunsborg products feature lovely illustrations of featured ingredients

This past summer I discovered Raunsborg when I was vacationing in Copenhagen and totally fell in love with their Skin Tonic. I loved what it did to my skin, and even included it in my list of standout beauty products of 2013 in December. After my original review, Raunsborg reached out to me and sent me a few more products to try out. Sadly, their products currently aren’t available in the US, but I’m crossing my fingers that they’re able to bring them over at some point because they have some really great things to offer. I’m excited to share my thoughts on the three products I’ve had a chance to try: their body lotion, hand cream and night cream.

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Glittery holiday nails

By on December 22, 2013
Marc Jacobs "Sally", Wet n Wild "At the After Party" (LE Holiday 2013), Essie "No Chips Ahead"
Marc Jacobs “Sally”, Wet n Wild “At the After Party” (LE Holiday 2013), Essie “No Chips Ahead”

This past week, I spotted the new limited edition nail polishes from Wet n Wild and a shade with multicolored glitter called “At the After Party” caught my eye (you can read about the collection on Nouveau Cheap). They’re only $2.99, so it was an easy buy. I already had a couple of coats of a Marc Jacobs shade called “Sally” on my nails, which is a very dark green, so this combination has turned out to be my version of holiday nails (despite the lack of red or gold). I also reached for Essie’s “No Chips Ahead” top coat afterwards for a little extra shine in addition to protection against chips.

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An unusual holiday find: Essie Belugaria nail lacquer

By on December 4, 2013
Essie Belugaria nail lacquer for holiday 2013 ($8.50)
Essie Belugaria nail lacquer for holiday 2013 ($8.50)

When I think of what a holiday season nail polish looks like, this isn’t exactly what comes to mind. From the newly released Encrusted collection, Essie has introduced a nail lacquer inspired by beluga caviar called Belugaria. Inky black? Check. Chunky glitter? Yep. And texture? Yes, again! My boyfriend was actually the one to first spot the display of these at Walgreens, and pointed it out to me because it’s just such an unusual point of departure for a beauty product.

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Currently wearing: Sally Hansen Triple Shine in 140 Drama Sheen

By on November 26, 2013
Sally Hansen Triple Shine nail color in #140 Drama Sheen ($4.99)
Sally Hansen Triple Shine nail color in #140 Drama Sheen ($4.99)

I’ve seen the displays of these new Sally Hansen Triple Shine nail colors popping up in a few different stores, but it wasn’t until about a week ago that I was compelled to purchase. Up until that point I had only seen partial color selections, but I finally found a full (and completely stocked!) display at Walgreens, and picked up #140 Drama Sheen to try. It’s a sizable collection of 29 colors divided into a few different types, including cream, glitter, and metallic shades. Drama sheen is an icy lavender with a flash of pink iridescence, which I found very enticing.

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