The Body Shop Manicure Must-Haves!

Hey everyone!

I am back today with a review on some of The Body Shop's nail products! This was my first time trying out any of The Body Shop products, so I was pretty excited to get to try out some of their polishes, their nail polish remover and nail tools.

Just a fair warning: I lost my memory card and was in a hurry to get this post up, so there's not going to be a ton of images in this post. I did, however, have a few weeks to try out the products, so you will still get my honest opinion!

Nail Polishes

I had the opportunity to review four different polishes: Crazy for Blue, The Body Shop Green, Frosting Fancy and Cupid Pink.

All of the polishes were pretty thick and pigmented. I only used one coat on three of the four colors (Frosting Fancy needed two!). As I mentioned above, I was in a hurry to get these swatches done, and had I had the time, I probably would have controlled the amount of polish I had on the brush and would have done three very thin coats instead.

I wore Cupid Pink last month and it lasted three days without chipping. I used Miracote as a top coat during those few days. Also, I feel it's important to note that I play piano for a living, so my nail polish never lasts that long.

These polishes retail for $8 or 3 for $20 at The Body Shop website.

Here are the swatches:

Crazy for Blue
The Body Shop Green

Cupid Pink
Frosting Fancy

Sweet Almond Nail Polish Remover
Honestly, I am in love with this stuff! As a nail blogger, there have been days where I have tried on 8 different polishes just to get pictures. Taking the nail polish off always dries out my hands and makes them all red looking in my pictures. When I used this stuff, I actually felt like my fingers were smoother than before I used it. That never happens with nail polish remover!
Also, it removed the polish pretty well. I used a very pigmented blue nail polish and I was able to successfully remove it without having any "smurf hands" after, which I appreciated.
This remover is pretty pricey at $10 for a 3.3oz bottle.

Nail Pen
I don't have much to say about this one. This is just your average dotting pen. It worked great, just like the other dotting pens I've used in the past.
Retails for $6.

Nail File
I usually just use cheap nail files (usually just buy them for $1), so this was my first time filing my nails with something kind of fancy! I really liked it! This came in a nice case and was really easy to clean.
This file is $8.
Thanks for reading! I know my posts have been few and far between lately, but I have a lot of great posts coming up this month, so be sure to keep an eye out! Talk soon!

Zoya Edyta

Hey everyone!

Long time, no talk!  I feel like each time I take a break from blogging (which has been a lot lately! sorry!) that my first post back is always me explaining how busy I am and why I haven't been posting. I'm not going to do that this time. No excuses, just lots of nail polish swatches here!

Today, I have some swatches of Zoya's Edyta to share with you all. Edyta is a deep olive green with a gold, blue and green micro-shimmer. This polish is gorgeous! The green shade is very dark and can almost look black in some lighting, which really makes the shimmer pop. (Perfect for fall!) This covered well and was extremely easy to work with. I used two coats!

Since this polish has so much shimmer, it is a little messy to take off. If you're familiar with the foil method to remove glitter polishes, I would definitely recommend that you do that with this one!


Thanks for reading!!!

Mary Kay CC Cream Review!

Hey everyone! Oh my goodness, it has been such a stressful week! I am going on vacation next week (woot woot!), but that means that I had a work load equivalent to two weeks this week, so everyday I was going into work early and staying late. Then to top it off, I was on the way to the grocery store today and saw a baby kitten get hit by a car in the middle of the highway. I quickly pulled over and ran into the middle of the road, and managed to save the poor little guy. I rushed him to the animal hospital, where he had surgery, and I'm so happy to say he will be ok! However, now I have an extra cat that I don't really have room for. I plan on nursing him back to health and then I will try to find him a new home. Wish me luck!

About a month ago, Mary Kay was generous enough to send me a package full of products to try out. My favorite of all of the products they sent was their CC cream. I had never used a CC cream before and just usually used my Bare Minerals Foundation. I absolutely love wearing this stuff, and have been using it everyday! It has made my skin so smooth and has really evened out my skin tone. It also applied really smooth and doesn't look cakey under my powder, which is awesome!

For those of you who don't know what CC cream is: CC means "Color Correcting." CC cream is meant to even out your skin tone and moisturize. (Most contain SPF as well) The Mary Kay CC Cream is a pretty decent size (1 oz) and I usually use 1 1/2 pumps to cover my whole face. I'm guessing this will last me about 5 months. This retails for $20 on the Mary Kay website.

Here are some pictures:

This is the shade "very light." It comes off a little orange in the pictures, but it blends really well and matches my pale skin tone perfectly!
Thanks for reading!!!

JORD Wood Watch Review

Hey everyone!

Awhile ago, someone from JORD watches contacted me and was wondering it I would like to try out one of their wood watches. Now, I'm not really a big watch wearer, but my brother-in-law is, so I said yes with the plan of giving him the watch to try it out.

The watch I was sent was the Ely Series in Black (Retails for $129) Here is the specific info that JORD has provided:

The Ely series is our elegant, small-face design. This is that kind of watch that makes you grin for no apparent reason. Light, sexy, and compact design makes this a popular, everyday watch. There are no numbers on this watch other than the date (but we'll assume you already know how to tell time).
  • Hardened, Scratch-proof glass face: 26mm diameter
  • Frame / bezel: 34mm diameter
  • Band width: 21.5mm
  • Lug ends: 40mm
  • Single action locking clasp (stainless steel)
  • Premium Citizen Miyota movement with date window
Each JORD watch is designed to be splash proof but is not intended for complete submergence in water. Also note that due to the nature of the wood chosen for each unique timepiece, colors and grain pattern may vary from photos.

This watch is so beautiful! I had never really seen a watch made from natural wood before, so I definitely thought that this was really neat. It even smelled like wood!

I personally think that this has more of a masculine look to it, and would definitely be more suited for men than women. Then again, like I said--I'm not that into watches, so maybe there are some women out there that would enjoy wearing this!

When I gave this to my brother-in-law, he was really excited at first, but became quickly disappointed when we realized that the watch was too small for his wrist. Yes, my brother-in-law has slightly larger wrists than your average guy, but I don't think that they are that big. We played around with the watch for awhile to see if there was a way to make it bigger, but it doesn't seem like that is possible.

When looking through JORD's website, I did notice that their other designs do get bigger or come in larger sizes, so it just appears that the one I selected was on the smaller scale.

Would I recommend the watch? Yes, but just look into sizing first!


Thanks for reading!!!



Salon Perfect Flamingo Flair

Hey everyone!

I hope you're all well! Today, I have another Salon Perfect polish to share with you all in the shade Flamingo Flair.

Flamingo Flair is a bright peach crème. In some lighting this can also appear to have a slight hint of pink to it as well. This one applied really smooth and was pretty easy to do thin coats. (I was actually really surprised by this. I'm newer to the Salon Perfect brand and I've heard a lot of other bloggers talk about how thick and difficult the formula is to work with) This will dry matte, so a top coat is necessary. I used three coats of polish and two coats of Miracote top coat.

This retails for about $3 at Walmart.

Here are the pictures:

Do any of you guys have much experience with the Salon Perfect brand? If so, do you like it?
Thanks for reading!

Color Club Cookies and Cream Giveaway!!--Vote for Linus!

Hey everyone!

I've let a few of you know about this, but not all of you: Linus is in a photo contest with Madison Magazine that ends this upcoming Monday! I've heard from many of you that you have voted, which is awesome--Thank you! I was just going through my new polishes and realized I have two sets of the Color Club Cookies and Cream collection. As a big "Thank you!" for voting for Linus, I figured I would give one of them away.

Here's what you have to do to enter:

-Go to and sign-up for an account (It's super easy and free)

-Once you're logged in, click on the vote tab and type "Linus" into the search bar.

-You will see this picture:
-Just click vote by the picture, take a screen cap, and email it to me at:
The site will only let each email address vote once per day through June 30th. If you have more than one email, feel free to participate more than once per day. Once the contest is over, I will assign each email received a number and then randomly pick a winner!
Let's help Linus win this! You guys rock and I appreciate you all so much!


Salon Perfect Gold Leaf

Hey everyone! I'm back today with some swatches of Salon Perfect's Gold Leaf! Gold Leaf is from Salon Perfect's Paint the Town Red, White and Blue collection and is limited edition. For those of you who don't know much about Salon Perfect, it's made by the same company who makes China Glaze and it's sold exclusively at Walmart. This is my first time trying it out, so I don't have much to say about how it compares to China Glaze's quality. It's quite a bit cheaper though, so I'll probably be trying it out more.

Gold Leaf is a metallic gold shimmer. I had a little bit of a hard time working with this one, which will definitely be noticeable in my swatches. It was a little on the thick side, which made applying thin coats really difficult. I really love the shade though, and think it looks great with or without a top coat. I used two coats.

Here are the pictures:

Thanks for reading!

P.S: A giveaway will be going up tomorrow morning, so keep an eye out for that! :)

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