My Addiction with Fortune Cookie Soap

*Disclaimer: Due to FCS moving to a new warehouse,  and not having the amount of staff for demand, their shipping  has been taking 2+ weeks. Just wanted my readers to be aware. 

My addiction to Fortune Cookie Soap, is actually a pretty old one. (I gave away a FCS giftcard on this blog back in the day. I may have to do that again sometime *wink*). And yes, true to their name they actually have soap shaped like fortune cookies, and you get a "fortune" in your cookie too. :-p

For my birthday in September, my cousin down in Georgia sent me some Fortune Cookie Soap goodies. I had forgotten how much I loved them. I placed an order myself shortly after. My cousin sent me soap, and a gift set of their little whipped cream body lotions. Butterbeer and Polyjuice Potion (Yay, Harry Potter!) are my favorite. I'm obsessed with those scents!

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Nires Desire: Jezebel & Anam Cara.

I actually picked up these polishes quite a few months ago. Bad me... they were in my untrieds pile. Nire's Desire, Jezebel and Anam Cara.

Anam Cara, is a bright purple (sometimes blurple), with green shimmer. Opaque in two coats. Really nice smooth formula. Accent nail is stamped with Konad White, and Born Pretty Store stamp plate: QA76. Seche Vite topcoat.

Jezebel is a deep reddish pink, holographic polish. This is pretty much a one coater formula, though you can do two coats if you want. Applies very smoothly. Accent nail is stamped with Konad White, and Born Pretty Store stamp plate: QA76. I used Seche Vite topcoat.

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Oyster Books: App Review

Note: Oyster Books service is being discontinued January 2016. They are no longer accepting new subscribers. And all service will cease come January. Unfortunately this means I will have to find another e-book subscription service. I've absolutely loved the year and a half I've been subscribed to Oyster, I used it more than Netflix. I'm voracious reader. I go through 3+ books a week. I will be trying out Scribd's e-book service soon, and I'll let you all know how that is.

After my disappointing 30 day trial with Kindle Unlimited (I found it too limited). I decided to try Oyster Books. You also get a free 30 day trial, but the difference is Oyster has A LOT of books. And A LOT of popular titles to choose from. It's like the "Netflix" of books, literally. Also, if any of your friends sign up with your link, you both get a $15 credit, which they will deduct from each month, instead of charging your credit card. Normally it's $9.99 a month, which is not bad considering you can read any book, anytime.

Also, what's great is once you've already downloaded a book on Oyster Books, even if you're not connected to the internet, you can still read it. You only have to be connected to the internet to browse for books, and download. You read the books within the Oyster App. It still lets you change the font, font size, and background color. It automatically remembers where in the book you left off.

Use my Link HERE to sign up for your free 30 day trial, 
and both of us will get a $15 credit towards another free month! 

There a ton of different genres to choose from.
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Polish Me Silly: Paradise

I have a HUGE weakness for anything multi chrome. I saw a photo of 'Paradise' on Polish Me Silly's Instagram... and I needed it. :) (My wallet hates Instagram!)

Paradise was a limited edition color from Polish Me Silly's new Mega Multichrome Collection. Unfortunately, I'm not seeing it in stock at their Etsy shop, and I'm not sure if it will be re-stocked. So please don't hurt me for sharing this gorgeous color with all of you! :-p

Paradise shifts from Purple, Pink, Blue, Aqua, Red, Yellow. Ack... I love it! The color shift is really strong too. In normal light you mostly see the Pink, Purple, Aqua. No undies needed for this polish either. 3 coats and you are good to go. I used Seche Vite topcoat.

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Literary Lacquers: Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster

I've been in love with Literary Lacquers Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster (that's a tongue twister, huh?), ever since I saw The Mercurial Magpie swatch it last year. It's been on my lemming list for awhile, and I finally got around to purchasing it.

Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is a gorgeous turquoise green linear holographic polish, with little holographic glitters, that make it look like it's twinkling. This is 2 coats, plus Seche Vite. Formula was nice and thin, applies smoothly, and dries pretty fast too.

Do you know what really it reminds me of though? Something from my childhood! Anyone remember the sparkling star shaped Colgate Junior toothpaste?! I always wondered how the heck that toothpaste sparkled! :-p

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Nautical Nails with Zoya Ryan

✯ PR Sample's Mentioned ✯

When I reviewed the Zoya Entice Collection, my first thought of Zoya Ryan was... I want to do nautical nails! It's just the perfect deep dark navy blue. But sadly... I didn't have any stamp plates like that.

A few weeks ago, I recently placed an order to the Born Pretty Store for some nail stickers, brushes, stamp plates, etc. (You'll be seeing those other goodies soon!) QA5 was one of the plates I ordered, because it has anchors, and a pirate theme. I'm really happy with the BPS stamp plates. I reviewed one they sent me, and I purchased three myself this time. The etching is good and they stamp perfect.

I used 2 coats of Zoya Ryan (press sample), and Zoya Tomoko PixieDust on my pinky. I stamped with Konad White, and topped everything off with Seche Vite topcoat. The stripes on my pinky were done with striping tape.

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SpaRitual: Arroyo

As you know a few months ago SpaRitual sent me a few colors from their Fall Collection, Wander. (I reviewed those here). I fell in love with Arroyo from that collection, after seeing it on Instagram. And, I was lucky enough to find it on eBay. It's a gorgeous dusty pink with gold shimmer. It's supposed to dry with sort of a matte finish, but I prefer it better with a topcoat because the shimmer pops. This is two coats, plus Seche Vite topcoat.

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Press Release: Orly Fall 2014 Collection

✯ Press Release ✯

Travel to the dark side of beauty this fall with Smoky, the fall 2014 collection from ORLY. Beauty emerges from the shadowy corners of the imagination, seducing with an enigmatic palette that comes alive as eyes adjust to the light. Dusty tones are blended with matte shimmers creating an alluring and intriguing mix of hues inspired by shades worn on the smokiest of eyes.

The six lacquers in the Smoky Collection include:

Highlight: Grey Crème
Edgy: Antique Bronze Shimmer
Darkest Shadow: Black w/ Red Shimmer
Brush It On: Rose Bronze Duo Chrome Shimmer
Blend: Warm Taupe Crème
Smoked Out: Dark Green Matte Shimmer

The Smoky Collection will be available starting September 2014 for $8.50 each. ORLY Nail Lacquers and Treatment products are available at, Sally Beauty, Ulta and other purveyors of beauty  throughout the U.S. and in over 100 countries worldwide.

All ORLY Nail Lacquers including the Smoky Collection are formulated without DBP, Toluene and  all traces of Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde Resin.

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China Glaze Release & Orly Mirrorball.

One of my cousins sent me an Amazon gift card for my birthday, so I ended up getting two nail polishes with it. China Glaze Release, and Orly Mirrorball. Release is from The Giver CollectionOrly Mirroballis part of the Holiday 2014 Collection.

I decided to pair them together for this manicure. Release is a purple gray cream. Formula was really nice, not runny at all. China Glaze can sometimes be hit or miss, but this is a hit! Two coats, plus Seche Vite topcoat.

Orly Mirrorball, has a silver linear holographic base, with small holographic glitters throughout, so it looks like it's twinkling. Formula is sheer, but builds up to opaque in 3 coats. The linear effect isn't as strong as some of the indie holographic polishes I've seen, but it's nice for a mainstream polish.

And boo.... me contemplating doing this manicure. I was tagged to play #stopdropandselfie on Instagram, and if you know me, I just don't DO selfies very much, hehe. :-p

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NPBC Giveaway! $110 in Prizes, Open Internationally!

The ladies of The Nail Polish Blogger Connection group on Facebook have gathered together to host a giveaway! 12 bloggers, $110 in prizes! There will be three prizes. Two $40 gift certificates, and one $30 gift certificate. (Choices are:  Llarowe, Sally Magpies or Harlow & Co.)

The sponsors of this giveaway are:

The Mercurial Magpie 
Copy Cat Claws 
Finger Food Nails 
Lauriestrodes Fun With Nails
Plump And Polished 
Tunay Na Mahal 
Lacquer Or Leave Her! 
Polished And Glittered 
The Crumpet
Delight In Nails 
Crazy Polishes
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*Begins 18 September 2014 and closes on 30 September 2014. Open Internationally, Must be 18+ older. CLICK HERE FOR GIVEAWAY TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
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@ZoyaNailPolish: Utra PixieDusts Review

I have the new Zoya Ulta PixieDusts for you today. Oswin, Noir, and Arianna.

So... how are the Ultra Pixiedusts, different from the regular, and magical PixieDusts? The original Pixiedusts have a finer texture more like sand. Magical has bigger glitter, and added holographic glitters. The Ultra PixieDusts have larger chunkier glitters, but not holographic. They are all very similar looking in the bottle, due to the red glitter that is in each polish, but they are very different once on the nail.

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Zoya Naturel & Naturel Deux: Ombre

One of my super sweet readers, shared this article with me a little while ago, and asked if I could try something like it, using the Zoya Naturel polishes. Since I'm in the mood for a nice palette cleanser I decided to try it out. 

For this ombre manicure I've used Zoya Taylor, Rue, Bridgette from the Naturel Collection, and Zoya Madeline from the Zoya Naturel Deux Collection. I also used NYC Matte Me Crazy, I think it looks so nice and feminine and delicate with the matte topcoat. 

Here's the shiny version, with Seche Vite topcoat.
Zoya: Taylor, Rue, Bridgette, Madeline.
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Blog Tweaking!

I've been messing around with the blog tonight, tweaking things. Below my header banner, you'll now see a 'recent posts' bar. This will help you access recent blog posts faster, instead of having to scroll down the entire blog. You'll see 8 thumbnails, and if you hover over them you'll see the blog's title. Click on any of the thumbnails and it will bring up the post for you. Let me know what you think! :-)

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Philly Loves Lacquer: Gloss48 Exclusives

✯ PR Sample ✯

Today I have swatches of Philly Loves Lacquer: Gloss48 Exclusive polishes. Six exclusive colors were created, each one designed by a member of the Gloss48 team. These will retail for $10.00 each during the introductory period, starting September 10th, 2014. After that they will retail for $12.00.

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Press Release: @ZoyaNailPolish Fall Ultra PixieDust!

Meet the next generation of our best-selling textured, matte and sparkling Zoya PixieDust formula ­Zoya Ultra PixieDust! Three shades featuring both fine micro glitter and mega hex particles for tone on tone 3D effects. This easy glam nail is available in 3 shades in a gradient of red, wine and plum hues. No base or top coat required.

ZP765 ­ NOIR: Deep vampy plum, textured PixieDust with red Mega Hex Particles.
ZP764 ­ ARIANNA: Blue-toned red wine, textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Particles.
ZP729 ­ OSWIN: True red, textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Particles

Zoya PixieDust Application: 

For BEST RESULTS apply 2-3 thin coats of polish for full coverage to clean (oil free) nail surface. Allow product to dry completely for full effect. Do not use a base coat or top coat. Top coat can be applied for additional glossy effects.

See the Zoya How to apply Zoya PixieDust Video for more great beauty tips and tricks to use when applying Zoya PixieDust.

PRE-ORDER STARTS September 9th
SHIPPING BEGINS September 15th or Sooner
$10 (US) Available on and at finer salons and spas. 

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