PinchMe Unboxing

Hello, lovelies!  I received my Pinch Me box the other day, and I’d like to share my goodies with you guys!

PinchMe Box

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a big box this time.  Can’t wait to dig in!

Toms

 

The first thing I pulled out was Tom’s of Maine deodorant.  It’s Wild Lavender scent.  (The pink on the label was something that leaked.  I never could figure out what.)  The scent is a bit strong.  I tried it, but it’s not for me.  For me, it didn’t last the 24 hours that it stated it would.  I like the fact that it’s natural ingredients, but it just doesn’t work with my body’s chemistry.

 

 

Gevalia

 

The next thing I pulled out was a pack of Gevalia coffee.  Gevalia is not new to me, and this met my expectations.  I drink my coffee with flavored creamer, and this blended well with the creamer.  It was very smooth.  I really enjoyed it!

 

 

 

Garnier

I then pulled out three Garnier samples: Hydra Recharge hair care, Clean+ Balancing Daily Exfoliator for Combination Skin, and Marvelous Oil 5-Action Hair Elixir.  I have tried all but the hair elixir.  I really loved the exfoliator and am considering purchasing it.  It left my face feeling nice and fresh.  The Hydra Recharge I could take or leave – my hair isn’t dry, so I didn’t need the moisturizing care.  It was nice, and I would purchase it if my hair was the dry type.

Buen Sabor

I also received a coupon for a free package of Buen Sabor at Target.  I can’t wait to redeem it as they do show empanadas pictured as an option!

 

 

 

 

SC Bottle SC Label

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly is a bottle of Sinful Colors in Sunburnt.  I really liked this color.  It is a very warm, eye-catching, deep coral.  It applied as I expected, very smoothly.  I have yet to find a Sinful Colors polish that has not had wonderful application – Silver Solution’s application was nice, I just didn’t like the opacity.

SC Mani

 

 

This is two coats of Sunburnt with no topcoat.  I really find this a wonderful summer color.

 

 

 

Disclosure:  All samples were provided free of charge by Pinch Me.  I was not required to write a review, I chose to do so on my own.  Click here to sign up for Pinch Me to get your own products to try! (I receive nothing for Pinch Me click-throughs other than the satisfaction of knowing you get to try some awesome products!)

Have a fabulous Friday, all!

Trendy Plus Size Clothes

Hello, lovelies!  I have been wearing plus-sized clothing since high school, and it was (and has been) always hard to find trendy plus-sized wear.  Today I’d like to share four of my top picks for trendy plus-size clothing.

1. Wet Seal – I just discovered that Wet Seal has a plus-size line.  The clothes are very trendy, and are at a lower price point than most department store and specialty lines.  I have not tried anything on, so I’m not sure if they run true-to-size or are the “boutique” fit – i.e. – run small.

2. Forever21 – I wish I had known a long time ago that Forever21 had a plus-size line!  The clothes are, again, very trendy and are geared more towards teenagers.  However, I find clothes there occasionally that fit my style and are work appropriate.  The price point is very reasonable and it is easy to replace your wardrobe seasonally at this store.

3. Sonsi & Lane Bryant – I am grouping these two together since they are owned by the same parent company and you share a “shopping bag” between the two sites.  Sonsi is great because it features a lot from Lane Bryant, but has other brands.  I consider Sonsi the site geared towards a younger audience, but that’s not to say that they don’t have some fun clothes that would work well for all ages.  I hesitated adding Lane Bryant in here because of how well-known they are, but they are among one of my favorite plus brands.  Sonsi has a vast range of price-points from low to moderate.  (My definition of moderate being $50 – $100.)  Lane Bryant tends to run in the moderate range if you can’t catch sales and clearance.

4. Torrid – I love Torrid.  I have purchased several tops, a couple of bras, and a dress from Torrid.  Their sizing can be a bit daunting at first, but the size guide really comes to the rescue.  Most tops are sized 0 – 5.  Size 4 appears to be the largest they carry in-store, but they now offer free shipping to your local store, so it’s no longer as difficult to order the larger size.  The clothes are fresh and trendy, but are geared to be worn by not only teens, but young (and young-at-heart) adults.  Price points are mostly moderate, but they often have a lot of great things on clearance.

My list is in no particular order.  I would say that I’ve purchased mostly from Lane Bryant, but I love Torrid’s style more and Forever21’s price-points!

Mani Monday with Zoya – Binx

Hello, lovelies!  Today I want to share one of my most recent acquisitions, Zoya’s Binx.  I absolutely have loved all the swatches I’ve seen, so I was eager to get my hands on this.  I picked it up at Ulta for $9.

Bottle Label

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love the multi-color look the iridescent glitter gives this magenta polish.  It is stunning in the bottle.  I was hopeful it would be as brilliant on the nail.

Macro2 Macro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just look at the multi-tonal color!

Layers Mani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I found this polish to be a three-coater to get the truest color.  As sheer as it is, it would look excellent layered over a creme as well.  Application was a dream; I have come to expect as much from Zoya, and anything less would give it a low rating.  I am absolutely in love with this polish (if you can’t tell.)  I definitely give Zoya’s Binx a 5 out of 5.

This was my chosen polish for the Great Polish Giveaway of 2014.  If you haven’t already, enter from my original giveaway post.  You could win up to 200 polishes!

And one last photo: a macro of the polish on my thumbnail:

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Have a marvelous Monday, all!

Finally Friday!

Hello lovelies!  I apologize for my lack of posting.  I might be a bit sparse for this month.  I am trying to finish up a research paper for school.  I also am interviewing for a job this coming Wednesday; I’ve been having to study to brush up on my technical skills.

So for today’s post, I’ve decided to do my five favorite things at the moment.  Simpsons

1.  My Simpsons Lego minifigures.  I really wish I could find the rest of them! I got these at Target for $2.99-3.99

 

 

Mug

 

2. My golden “C” mug.  This was a 2013 holiday limited-edition at Anthropologie.  It’s so big and shiny!

 

 

 

Tea

 

 

3. My Indian tea that I put into my golden “C” mug.  I buy this at our local international market.  I love the taste so much! Around $7 at international/Mediterranean markets.

 

 

 

Scrub

 

 

4. Julep Glycolic Hand Scrub.  I got this in a duo set with the Julep hand lotion and I loved the scrub so much I had to get a full size.  $23 at Sephora, but you can of course get it at Julep.com at a lower price if you are a Maven.

 

 

 

Journal

 

 

5. My journal.  I use it to track my mood and headaches.  Found at Barnes & Noble for $5.98.

Review: Sinful Colors Silk – Silver Solution

Hello lovelies!  A little while ago, I went in Walgreens and found the Sinful Colors Silk collection.  The silver shade, Silver Solution, caught my attention and I decided that I would get it and try it out.

SS Bottle SS Label

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is a lovely silver color in the bottle.  I was very eager to try this one out.  I have one or two gold satin polishes, but nothing in silver.

SS Layers

 

 

I was disappointed to find that it takes four coats to get full opacity, and even then you still have a bit of visible nail line.  Silver Solution is very sheer.

 

 

 

 

SS as Top Coat

 

 

It does work well as a top coat.  Pictured is one coat of Silver Solution over (from top to bottom): Avon – Powerful Pink, Butter London – Diamond Geezer, and Avon – Blue Shock.  The Diamond Geezer nail is what I had expected when I purchased this polish.

 

 

All in all, I’m highly disappointed with this particular color in the Silk collection.  I would hope that the other colors are more opaque.  Even though Silver Solution makes a nice top coat, it does not work well over all colors.  In my trial, I prefered it over the warm tone of Powerful Pink rather than the cool tone of Blue Shock.  I give this polish a 2 out of 5.

Have a marvelous Monday, all!

Review: ILNP – Bad Mogwai

Good morning lovelies!  I decided to play around with ILNP’s Bad Mogwai and today I will share my thoughts on this discontinued polish.

ILNP Bottle Bad Mogwai Label

 

Bottle Macro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Based just on looks in the bottle, I thought this polish to be a black jelly with green glitter.  I was very surprised to find that it is actually a clear base with green and black glitter!

Thumb Macro ILNP Only Mani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both pictures are one coat with no undies.  I really like the density of the glitter and how much you get in one coat.  I did find that I had to use several brush strokes to get a more even application of the glitter, but this really did not bother me.

Gunmetal Mogwai Mogwai Mani

 

 

 

I think this polish has lots of potential as a glitter topcoat.  I tried it out over Avon’s Gunmetal and Urban Gray.  I prefer the look I got over Gunmetal to Urban Gray, but I think it is just that I expected Urban Gray to come out a little more gray than nude.

My one complaint with Bad Mogwai was the smell.  It was a bit strong compared to other polishes I’ve used.  Other than that one thing, I liked the application, glitter consistency, and the overall aesthetic of the polish.  I must say that I give this polish a 4 out of 5 due to the smell.

Have a fantastic Friday, all!

Review: Glam Polish – Lucky

Hello lovelies!  Today I will be reviewing Glam Polish in Lucky.  As far as I can tell, this is a discontinued polish as it is no longer listed on the Glam Polish shop.  I won this polish through The Mercurial Magpie‘s Blogiversary giveaway along with ILNP’s Bad Mogwai – another discontinued polish.

Bottle Label

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucky is truly a beautiful polish in the bottle.  It is a turquoise crelly base with turquoise, green, gold, and some holo glitters.  The holo glitters are big circles.

Thumb Macro Bottle Macro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was not able to show the big circle holo glitters in either macro shot.  They were extremely hard to get on the brush, I think I only wound up with two on one hand.

Layers Mani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, this polish required quite a bit of buildup to be opaque.  I’ve shown several three-coat polishes, but this one just doesn’t measure up with the others.  I think I would have liked it better if it was a true jelly base and not a crelly.  As you can see, if you get a big circle holo on the first or second coat, it gets covered up with the next coat and you loose the holo effect.

I was really disappointed with this polish.  I had seen some gorgeous swatches, but I just could not get the look with my bottle.  Forgetting about the glitter, application was great; however, the glitter was very finicky to apply and you can almost forget about the holo glitters without a ton of fishing.  I would like to see if some Glitter Food by Nail Pattern Boldness would help this one.  Overall, I give this polish a 1 out of 5.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, all!