Influenster: Garnier Fructis #ColorShield VoxBox

About a month ago, I received an e-mail from Influenster saying that I was in for another VoxBox, yay! This time it was another Garnier Fructis box. Selected Influensters were sent products from the Color Shield (it kills me to right the word “colour” as “color” haha) line (products varied based on if a person had coloured/dark hair, or coloured/blonde hair).

I received 3 products:

Garnier Fructis Color Shield Shampoo
Garnier Fructis Color Shield Conditioner
Garnier Fructis Color Shield leave-in spray

colorshield

I have been using the Garnier Fructis shampoo and conditioner for a month now (long enough for me to form an honest opinion on the products). While the products do the job of getting my hair clean and shiny, they aren’t anything that I would rave over. I do have coloured hair (it was actually coloured right after receiving these products), and I didn’t see much of a difference between using these products and any shampoo for colour treated hair. The conditioner actually tended to leave my hair feeling pretty nasty. It felt next to impossible to wash out… I could stand in the shower for 15 minutes trying to rinse the conditioner out and get out of the shower still feeling as if I didn’t get it all.

I have yet to try the spray, as I don’t tend to use products like that.

(Never heard of Influenster? Check out what it’s all about here:
http://www.influenster.com/about)

Image

Thanks for reading!

Cheers,
Taylor

DISCLAIMER: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes in return for my review, as part of the Canadian Influenster VoxBox program. My reviews, as always, are 100% honest.

Advertisements

August is Indie Month – Day 4: Pahlish “Blood Red Jam”

“Blood Red Jam” by Pahlish was the very first Indie polish that I ever purchased. This polish and this brand is what got me into the Indie scene. Pahlish is based out of Arkansas and the owner/creator, Shannon, makes some of the most gorgeous polishes that I have ever laid my eyes on.

Blood Red Jam is inspired by Lana Del Ray – “My old man is a tough man, but he’s got a soul as sweet as blood red jam”. It is described by Llarowe as “a blood red jelly base with dense red foil micro flakes, purple/orange translucent spark”.

20140805_141956

Inside, beside window sunlight

20140805_142024

Window sunlight

20140805_142013

And then I added a holo top coat! By MDJ ColorBlends which I will be reviewing in full on Day 29!

Pictured above is one coat of Duri 2, two coats of Pahlish “Blood Red Jam”, and one coat of Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat (and on the final picture, one coat of holo top coat). Wear time has lasted as long as 5 days for me with this polish, but I usually remove it after only a couple so I can switch my polish up.

The formula for this polish is absolutely excellent. Two coats until it is opaque, and there was no dragging when I put on either coat.

 

Blood Red Jam cannot currently be purchased on the Pahlish website , but it IS still available on Llarowe! Yay!

Stay tuned tomorrow where I will be doing another 2 posts – a CBL and an Enchanted Polish!

Thanks for reading!

Cheers,

Taylor

Disclaimer: I purchased this polish by myself, it was not sent to me for review purposes. As always, my opinions are 100% my own.

August is Indie Month – Day 3: Rainbow Honey “Mint Flavor”

I am so behind on posts! My niece has been here for the last two weeks and she has been totally hogging our computer (we’re down to one in the house right now because mine broke!) Soooo, that means you are going to get 2 posts from me today, (yes, I promise this time), and 2 posts from me tomorrow which will bring me back up to date!

Today I have Rainbow Honey “Mint Flavour” up on the blog. The swatches aren’t very good, but I put it in the list so I HAVE to show them, haha!

Mint Flavor was part of the Summer of 199x collection. Mint Flavor is a blue-ish green creme with subtle shimmer. It really IS pretty… Just not on me.

20140803_004115

Inside, with flash

Honestly, that was the only half-decent picture that I could get. I had a hard time working with this polish, but I think it’s because I was working with a mini that’s about a year old and getting goopy… And I have no thinner!

The first coat of the polish went on pretty lumpy, but the second and third coats went on a little smoother. Pictures here is one coat of Duri 2, three coats of Rainbow Honey “Mint Flavour” and one coat of Glisten & Glow’s HK Girl Top coat (which bubbled with polish).

If you’re interested in this shade, it is still available for purchase on Rainbow Honey’s website (If you purchase $65 worth of product, you get a free Mystery Bag!!), and Nail Polish Canada. You can also check out some MUCH better swatches of this polish from both of these websites.

Disclaimer: This polish was sent to me as a birthday gift last year and was not given to me for review. My reviews, as always, are my honest opinions.

August is Indie Month! -Day 2- Fail – Emily de Molly

For day 2 of August is Indie Month (which was yesterday), I intended to blog Emily de Molly “Dark Forces”. However, I applied the polish the night before I was going to take pictures, and by the time I woke up in the morning most of the nails had “popped” off (in whole chunks). So I didn’t have time to redo my nails and take pictures. I did take some awesome bottle shots to share, though, and I will discuss with you my thoughts on this polish.

20140801_220146

Emily de Molly is an amazing indie brand based out of Australia. Her polishes are 5-free (Toluene, Formaldehyde, TSF Resin, Camphor and DBP Free), cruelty free, and vegan friendly.

The Emily de Molly big cartel site currently only ships within Australia due to strict postal regulations, but thankfully for us here in North America, she has stockists who keep her stuff in stock all over the world! North Americans can currently buy Emily de Molly polishes from Nail Polish Canada (ships to Canada and the U.S. from Canada), Llarowe (ships worldwide from the U.S.), MeiMei`s Signatures (ships worldwide from Singapore), and Femme Fatale (ships worldwide from Australia).

20140801_220311

I will be totally honest with you – I have a hard time working with this polish. However, the results are worth it. Perhaps someday I will be able to share with you some amazing swatches, but for now, check them out on the EdM website.

EdM Dark Forces has a black jelly base, with silver holo dots and hex with small irridescent glitter. Due to the size of the biggest glitters, they do sink, which means this polish requires fishing for glitters. The end result, however, is totally worth it.

Most people use 3 coats of this polish to make it opaque, but I like to use one coat of a black base (my favourite is China Glaze `Liquid Leather`), and then 2 coats of Dark Forces. It is important to let the polish dry at least partially between coats, otherwise the previous coat will smudge and create a mess.

I am not blaming the polish for my `pop off` fingernails, instead my base coat – Glisten & Glow `Stuck On Blu`. I love G&G`s top coat, but the base coat isn`t very good. I am not sure why I went with this base for this polish rather than my Duri 2. Back to Duri for my next mani!

I will be back later today with a review of Rainbow Honey`s `Mint Flavour`.

Cheers,

Taylor

Disclaimer: I purchased this polish on my own through Nail Polish Canada.com. This polish was not sent to me for review, and, as always, my reviews are always honest.

August is Indie Month – CBL Young Turks

August is Indie Month! Hooray!

Today I have chosen an absolutely beautiful colour from Colours by Llarowe – one of my favourite indie makers on the market. CBL is based out of Colorado, and the maker, Leah Ann, also runs the popular website www.llarowe.com – where you can purchase thousands of beautiful indies from all over the world. Definitely check her out sometime! She is constantly releasing new collections so there is always something new and beautiful to try.

Are you wondering what I’m talking about when I say “August is Indie Month”? Check out my post about it HERE.

Time for some pictures! My first choice for Indie Month was “Young Turks”. I was sent this polish in the spring as one of 8 in a prize pack that I won in a giveaway on the CBL facebook page. Young Turks is part of the CBL Spring 2014 collection, and is described on their website as a bright turquoise holographic polish that dries semi-matte.

.

20140801_151118

Outside, sunlight

20140801_151017

Outside, sunlight

20140801_151314

Inside, under lamp

20140801_151520

Inside, light from window

20140801_020842

Inside, with flash

I am feeling really disappointed right now, as my pictures showed some INSANE holo from this polish, but wordpress seems to have done something to the photos and now they look a little bit dulled out :(. Maybe it won’t on your end!

As with most CBL’s that I own, the formula on Young Turks was fantastic. It went on smooth and was perfect in two coats. (Pictures are 2 coats of Young Turks + 1 coat of HK Girl top coat). No complaints from me. Other than my bottle is almost 3/4 gone and this shade has been discontinued! The horror! LOL.

What is your favourite Indie brand?

Be sure to check back tomorrow, where I’ll be featuring an Emily de Molly!

Cheers,

Taylor

Disclaimer: I won this polish in a giveaway on the CBL Facebook page. This polish was not sent to me for the purpose of review. As always, my reviews are 100% my own, honest opinions.

August is Indie Month

Hooray! August is “Indie Month!”

A lovely lady from one of the beauty groups I am active in recently did an entire month of Julep manis that she referred to as “June is Julep Month!”. After letting her nails rest for the month of July, she decided that she wanted to have another mani challenge month, and chose to dedicate the month of August to indies!! She invited people to join her and even created a guideline table to help us out. You can check out her post about “August is Indie Month!” HERE.

I am super excited about participating in an Indie Month, because it means I get to give lots of love to these beautiful Indie polishes that I have sitting in my stash. It also means I get to support small Indie brands who totally deserve the love.

Are you wondering what “Indie” means? Basically, Indie polish means that the polish is made independently. The polishes are handmixed (unlike drug store and high-end polishes), and a LOT of work goes into them. Individuals, or small groups of individuals, put hours of work into creating the perfect formulas, the perfect colours, coming up with the perfect polish and collection names, and tons of other stuff that goes into making polishes. Sometimes, the indie polish maker is literally somebody who is mixing her polishes in her kitchen. Koodos to Indie makers for the hard, dedicated, and amazing work that they put into their brands!

Here is the guideline that Tina from “We Didn’t Miss It” set up for us.

augustisindiemonth

Now, I do own quite a few Indies, but not everything that she has listed (though someday I will, because I love to support Indie makers and there are so many amazing ones out there!). So I asked for permission to create my own guide based on hers. I don’t have 31 different brands, so you will see some brands repeated. For example, there may be a few days of Colors By Llarowe, but rest assured each of those days will be a different colour. There are a couple of days where I threw in a brand like “Hits” or “Layla” which aren’t really Indies, but they’re also not *huge* brands, and I didn’t have quite enough to get me through the entire Indie month, so I threw these in as they were untrieds.

augustisindiemonth2

During this month I will also be topcoating all of my manis with Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat (an amazing Indie top coat that I may actually die without, lol!). As for cuticle oils, I don’t own any that are made by Indies (something I should invest in, I’ve heard some great things), but I have a Julep cuticle oil here that I will use for cuticle care.

I am so excited about Indie Month. I can’t promise that I will absolutely have a post every single day (I am moving August 16th!), but I will get as many days in as I can! Please also follow me on Instagram, where I will also be posting pictures of my daily manis. 🙂

My nails aren’t long and strong like some of the girls participating in this challenge, but they’re getting stronger and longer every day; AND I’m getting better at my applying and clean-up skills! Speaking of long and strong… I just purchased some Duri, since I’ve heard so many people raving about it, and I will be using it as my base coat for the next 30 days. So keep an eye out for changes in my nails!

I will see you all back here tomorrow!

Cheers,

Taylor

Nail Polish Canada – The Great Polish Giveaway of 2014!

Do you like giveaways? I sure do! Let’s be honest, who doesn’t?

Our beloved Nail Polish Canada has put together one of the most awesome giveaways to ever hit the Internet… up to 200 bottles of polish to one person!

Here is NPC’s descrption: “We’ve partnered with Cirque Colors, NCLA & Picture Polish to host the biggest giveaway ever. One winner will take home up to 200 nail polishes from over 10 different brands! The prize starts at zero, then bloggers can each pick a favourite shade to be added to the prize. You can enter on our page. You can also enter once on each blog that adds a shade to the prize.”

So you just know that I went ahead and added a polish! As of this morning, the giveaway is at 97 polishes! Here is what I picked:

PPShocked

I don’t personally own this shade, but it’s so beautiful and I’ve been lemming over it, so this is what I chose :).

You can enter on NPC’s website, and then on each blog who is participating (at least the ones who put together a blog post!)

Want an extra entry into the giveaway?

Enter here!

And for your convenience, I’ve put together a Google spreadsheet with links to all of the blogs with entry forms! Check it out here!

Influenster: imPress press-on nails by Broadway Nails

I love Influenster! Don’t you?! I mean, why WOULDN’T you love somebody who sends you free stuff? 😉

A couple of weeks ago I received a pre-qualifying survey from Influenster for the “next Canadian voxbox”. While I admit that I hoped it would be full of a variety of goodies, I am very pleased with what I received in the mail a few days later. (And when I say a few days, I literally mean a few days. I took the qualifying survey on a Friday and had my nails in the mail by the next Thursday… awesome!).

Image

I received the two pairs pictured above. The pink is #56663 “Control Freak” and the lacey design is #56888 “Holla!”. I loved both so I was definitely pleased.

Image

Image

You can see from the pictures above that application is actually very easy. First you need to open the box and find the sizes that fit you perfectly. Lay all 10 of them out ahead of time so that you aren’t trying to find them while you’re actually putting them on. Wash your hands with soap and water, let dry, and then wipe your nails with the enclosed prep pad. Then, peel the backing off the nails as you go, starting with your pinkie finger and working towards your thumb. Press the imPress nail onto your nail starting with the middle and then press down the edges… Voila, you’ve got an instant manicure. (Okay, so it wasn’t “instant”, but I’ll still take 5 minutes over the time it takes me to paint my nails or go to the salon!).

Image

Pictures above is “Control Freak”, the first pair I tried. I loved them instantly. For me, with my short nails, they worked amazing and I received compliments from ladies in an online group telling me that they looked like my natural nails. And they did! Nobody in person was able to tell a difference, either. It just looked like I had painted my nails an awesome colour of pink.

Image

I got a new macro lens for my cell phone camera (yes, cell pics this blog post, ack, sorry!), and I decided to give it a shot on my nails. I took a macro picture of the Control Freak nails to try and show that there was a little bit of blue sparkle under that pink that made it just shine… Love!

Image

Image

The above pictures are the design “Holla!”, which I also love.

And then, because many people I know did not like the imPress nails because they did not fit their longer nails, I received LOTS of designs in the mail….

Image

Pictured above is “Sparkling Neon Pink Zebra”. While I’m not sure that’s actually their name, I forgot to check the box before I threw it away, and that’s the best name I could find online, haha! I didn’t like these ones as much as the others. Even though they were listed as the same length as the other nails, they were a lot shorter on my than the others, and I disliked not having full coverage colour or design. But that’s just my own personal preference. They were still great.

Image

Pictured above is “Totally Busted”, which pictured as a coral-ly colour, but was actually more of a bright in your face orange on my hands.

Image

Image

Pictured above is the design “Hottie” which was one of my favourites. I love purple and I loved the design, so that was an added bonus! The second picture is another macro shot to show you the design up close and personal.

Image

And lastly, pictured above is “Working Girl” (the black with silver crackle) [by the way, that name cracks me up. No person in their right mind would wear crackle polish to a working environment, but hey!], and I lost the name for the zebra stripes. I also still have a few more pairs on the way to me in the mail thanks to some lovely ladies! The surprising part to me is that most of the designs and colours I received were NOT listed on the Impress website, and that includes other designs and colours that I saw people receiving.

So, what did I think?

loved the imPress press-on nails by Broadway nails. But the fact of the matter is that you won’t find many people saying that. The nails are short, so for people with longer nails these do not work at all, because your nail will be left peaking out at the top, maybe a little or maybe a lot. However, for people like me with shorter nails (or nubbins, as many of us refer to them as), these were perfect. They gave my nails a perfect shape and size. A couple of sets lasted me almost a week before I peeled them off to move onto the next set, and in reality if I hadn’t of taken them off, they would have kept holding strong. The others didn’t last as long but that’s because I took them off, not because they fell off. Speaking of taking them off.. Easy peasy! Just a quick peel off and in 30 seconds they are all off, with no damage to your real nails. I was even able to paint over a couple of pairs with some of my own nail polish and you couldn’t tell at all that there had been a previous colour or design underneath.

So for me, these nails get a 5/5. I will definitely be picking up more!

(Never heard of Influenster? Check out what it’s all about here:
http://www.influenster.com/about)

Image

Thanks for reading!

Cheers,
Taylor

DISCLAIMER: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes in return for my review, as part of the Canadian Influenster VoxBox program. My reviews, as always, are 100% honest.

BzzAgent Bzz Campaign – Herbal Essences Naked

Image

Hooray! My first “BzzKit” has arrived! And is it ever a good one!

I was selected for the Herbal Essences Naked BzzCampaign, and I was so excited when the box got to me. It was packed full of goodies! A full-size shampoo, conditioner, and mousse for me, and 3 samples each of shampoo and conditioner to share with friends! Though, I admit, I kept them all!

Here’s some more info straight from BzzAgent about the Herbal Essences Naked Line:

Image

I am really enjoying this line. I’ve been using the products every day, as you will see from the fill lines in the following pictures. The smell is awesome (grapefruit and mint), and it makes my hair shoft, shiny, and full of volume. Especially when I use the mousse along with the shampoo and conditioner.

Image

Image

The great thing about the Naked line from Herbal Essences is that it is Paraben free, and contains no heavy residues or dyes. Which makes it perfect for giving your hair a break from some of the harsh stuff that’s found in other hair care products. Plus an extra bonus is that it smells *awesome*!

Have you tried the Herbal Essences Naked line yet? What are your thoughts on it?

If you haven’t heard of BzzAgent, it’s an online program, similar to Influenster, where you fill out your surveys and hope that you get picked for a campaign. They have plenty of campaigns going on almost all of the time, so you won’t always get picked, but when you do it’s pretty exciting! Learn more about BzzAgent here. If you’d like to sign up to be a BzzAgent, it’s completely free and as simple as completing your surveys so they can figure out which campaigns are best suited to you! Sign up here (this is not a referral link).

Disclaimer: All of the products in this blog post were sent to me by BzzAgent and Herbal Essences for review.

International Day of Pink / Colors by Llarowe: Bea Stings!

Image

I am wearing this beautiful polish today in honour of the International Day of Pink! (Check out their website here). If you don’t know what the International Day of Pink is, here is a brief explanation that I have taken directly from their website: “International Day of Pink is a day where communities across the country, across the world, can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobic, transphobic & all forms of bullying.”

But I am sure you are wondering what started the International day of Pink movement? I am sure you are wondering “Why pink? What’s the reason behind it?” So here is another piece of information I have copied directly from their website to help you understand: “The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when 2 straight high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The 2 students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to arrive wearing pink, standing in solidarity. The result was that an entire school stopped homophobic & transphobic bullying. The message was clear: anyone can bully, any can be victimized by bullying, but together we can stop it.”

Of course, it’s important for each of to be aware each and every day of bullying happening around us and in our schools. But, day of pink is a wonderful day to show those all around us who may be facing bullying that they are not alone, that we are here, that there are people who care, and that life is WORTH living.

Day of Pink is an important day for me, because my niece, Gracie, has been bullied since almost the day that she entered the public school system. She has been bullied to the point of self-harm and not wanting to live. She is seven years old. That’s right, you read it correctly, seven. For her to walk into school on a day like today and see hundreds of students and teachers standing behind her is amazing. Though she always needs to know that there are people there for her, this is a day for her to see just HOW many people care. This is a day of empowerment for her. You can read Gracie’s story here.

Image

You can pick up your free “pink kits” and download PDF Day of Pink posters for next year or for every day awareness here.

Now, onto the polish!

As always, please excuse my crappy clean up skills and my short nails/horrible cuticles. They will get better as the days go on 🙂

Image

I received this polish in a prize pack that I won on the Colors by Llarowe facebook page. The package came with 6 awesome polishes. Colors by Llarowe “Bea Stings!” is listed on their website as a “cherry red/pink holographic jelly with holographic micro glitters.” And let me tell you, it is GORGEOUS. In the photos you can see lots of different colour sparkles, pink, red, blue, silver, gold. It just shimmers with holo-y pink goodness, and I LOVE it. 😀

And now, I will bombard you with pictures to show you all of it’s gorgeousness in different lighting.

Image

Above picture taken in direct natural sunlight, outdoors.

Image

Above picture taken in dim sunlight standing at my living room window.

Image

Above picture taken in my living room with a flash light shining on my nails.

Image

A beautiful bottle shot to show how beautiful this polish is.

Colors by Llarowe is a fantastic indie brand polish that makes beautiful polishes with wonderful formulas. I linked their website above, so be sure to go and check them out! I currently own 9 polishes from her line and I am already itching to get more!

Do you own any Colors by Llarowe polishes? Which ones are your favourites?