Saturday, June 1, 2013

Ellagee nail polish swatch and review

Hello frugalites!

Today I have something pretty awesome to show you. I recently discovered an indie brand of nail polish called Ellagee. I had been reading a lot about this brand, and some some of her amazing products. I kind of kept her brand on the list of things I wanted to try, but then something magical happened.... A DISNEY COLLECTION. Yes my friends, a Disney Collection. If you don't know, I live about 15 minutes from Disneyland and have had an annual passport for most of the 22 years of my life (almost 23 though!). I'm a HUGE Disney fan, and go frequently with my friends just to hang out, see concerts, and even get some exercise in.  So, when I saw that there was a Disney collection, I pretty much knew I had to have at least some of the polishes.

Anyway, long story short, I ordered some polishes (heh, no surprise there), and then Laura threw in one for review. I have that one for you, and I'll get the other ones up once school gets out!  The one I was sent for review is called "Welcome Home". On her website, Laura describes Welcome Home as 
                 Welcome Home is a clear base with purple, red, turquoise, yellow, black, and white glitters. It's inspired by the             unique road signs on the Walt Disney World property that always give me that feeling that I'm really finally there, in my home away from home.
I know you all can't wait to see swatches, so here I go! All Swatches have 1 coat of Zoya Goldie as the base, and 1 Coat of Glisten and Glow's HK Girl Topcoat. All fingers except ring finger have one coat of Welcome Home, and the ring finger has 3 as an accent nail. 

I started off with an upclose shot of my thumb. I think the Gold was a good base, although the yellow glitters are a little muted.

A little farther away...

All my nails inside. You can see the accent nail well here.

And then I went outside! Sun with no shade.

And another...

Last outside shot! 

Alright, let's get down to the nitty gritty. This polish is fantastic. It's a glitter topper, so it will look great over any color you wanted to put it over. I chose gold because I like it, but it would really go great over any color.  Application of the glitter was super easy. It came off the brush as you see it on my nail. I didn't need to any dabbing or fishing for glitters.  Drying time was pretty quick, but standard for a glitter topper. 

Overall, this is a must have! I wore this mani for a few days and got tons of compliments on it!  If you want to snatch it up, go to www.ellagee.com. Also, check her facebook page for promotions, contests (she has a ton!), and swatches of her awesome polishes. Polishes retail for $8 full size and $4.50 for the mini size. She also has discounts if you buy more than one polish.

Hope you enjoy! 

Alyssa

*This product was provided to me at no cost for an unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.




Thursday, April 18, 2013

Rainbow Polish - Tahitian Waters Review!

Hello my lovelies!!

Ahh, it feels so good to be blogging again! School and life just took over for a while, but things have settled a little bit! I've been interacting more on my Facebook Page when I don't have time to do a full post, so make sure you follow me there!

Anyway, today I have something pretty exciting to show you. Rainbow Polish is an awesome indie with some gorgeous creations. My best friend introduced me to her, and when I heard she was looking for bloggers, i jumped on the chance to review one of her beauties! Also, fun fact of the day: Rainbow Polish and I live approximately an hour away from each other. How cool!

The polish that I was sent to review is Tahitian Waters which is part of the Escape Collection launching today! It is a beautiful light blue jelly with silver holo and pink glitters in varying sizes and shapes. This is one of those manicures that you can stare at over and over and not get bored with!

Here are the swatches of Tahitian Waters. Be prepared to drool!









Drooling yet? Thought so! All photos were taken indoors with my new Daylight Bulb. Loving it! All photos are four coats of Tahitian Waters, but it really only needed three for full opacity. This is definitely a layerable polish, so if you want it darker, you can do as many coats as possible. I topped this off with Glisten and Glow HK Girl. It took two coats to make it smooth, so not too bad.

Application of Tahitian Waters was great. There was a really good distribution of glitter to jelly and it wasn't clumpy like some concentrated glitters can be. I got all the glitter you see on my nail using normal painting methods. No dabbing needed! Plus, the color combination on this one is just stunning!  Even with four coats there was some Visible Nail Line (VNL), so if VNL bothers you, you might want to put this over another polish.

If you want to buy the collection you can visit her shop at www.etsy.com/shop/Rainbowpolish or www.RainbowPolish.com

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Alyssa

*I was sent these products for an unbiased review. I did not receive any compensation for this review, and all ideas and thoughts, as well as images are my own*

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Parnevu T-Tree Product Review

Hello frugalites!

Today I have another awesome haircare product review for you, this time on Parnevu! Parnevu makes a line of products with T-Tree oils, which if you don't know,  is good for sensitive scalps like mine. It also, prevents flaking, breakage, and cleanses the hair of nasty oils and residues! I have only found two shampoos in my existence that work for my hair, so I was a little skeptical of Parnevu. However, I was pleasantly surprised! Read on to see how it worked!

Parnevu let me choose my favorite three products from their website. I jumped to the shampoo, and break control (i have super fine hair that breaks easily), and also was interested in the spray glosser! Once I emailed them my choices, I got the products super quickly. I've been sitting on them for a while, and using them for about a month now (sorry Parnevu!), but I am super impressed with the products.

So,  the shampoo. As i said before, i was really skeptical about the shampoo. My scalp is really sensitive, so a lot of shampoos will be fine for about a week, but then irritate me. I have been using Parnevu for about a month now, and have not had any itching. YAY! The smell is great, and you don't need a lot of shampoo to coat your hair. I have long hair, and was able to use a quarter sized amount on my hand to completely lather my hair.

I was also really excited to try out the Break Control. It comes in a little round container, and applies almost like a masque. The directions on the website didn't say to use it wet or dry, so i chose to apply it in the shower as a rinse out product. Putting products on my hair after it's dry is usually a no-no for me. After I shampooed my hair, I applied the Break Control creme. it was very masque-like, and coated my hair well. i waited about five minutes, and washed it out. I then applied my normal conditioner (Pantene) and washed it out.  The results weren't visible the first few times I used it, but after a month my hair has less split ends, it doesn't break in the shower, and less hair comes out when I brush it!

I was probably most uninterested to try the spray glosser, but this one also worked really well! It sprays easily, and it's not oily which is great. I applied it before I dried my hair, and it also worked as a heat protectant for my hair. It is a fairly light spray, and one that only takes a few pumps in your hand to make it shiny! You can also spray it directly on your hair to give it some extra shine!

Here are my after pictures:

Inside no flash

My favorite shot! Outside in the sun

Outside directly under the sun.

Want to know the best thing about Parnevu? They are completely affordable! A 12 oz bottle of Shampoo is only $6! So, you are getting great, salon quality haircare products for a great price. 

To shop Parnevu you can go to their websitefacebook, or their twitter. Go give them a like and tell them I sent you! Also, if you're interested grab some of their amazing products!

~Alyssa


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Holiday Vox Box

Hello my lovelies!

If you read the title, i know what you're thinking. Weren't the holidays in December? Yeah, they were. But because I fail, and because they're is still one holiday left, I am still on time! And besides, now you can appreciate the review, because it's longterm! So there!

Alrighty, let's get started. The Holiday Vox Box from Influenster is a Blogger Promo Pack, that includes tons of goodies from all different sorts of topics. You can literally review anything and everything, but I have a hunch it's all health/beauty related. I was pretty stoked to try it out, and I'm so glad I did!

The Vox Box came in a standard box, and when I opened it, I was greeted by awesomeness. Tons of products just waiting for me to try!

Opening of the box

Product Description Card. Super useful!
The contents all jumbled together!

Ok, so the initial shock of awesomness, is over, now what? Well, over the course of a month I tried and tested these products. Here are my reviews (in alphabetical order!)

EBoost: Honestly, I was pretty excited for this, and it was a MAJOR letdown. It tasted disgusting, got everywhere, and I ended up spitting it out after it had been in my mouth for less than five seconds. 
Pink lemonade flavor. You would think it would taste good.

It bubbled up and foamed at the top. Weird.

I think this product was such a letdown to me, because I do like Crystal Light and other powdered drinks. I was excited to try a new brand, and a flavor that sounded good. It was really odd how it bubbled up once it hit the water. It was almost foamy, but settled down once it dissolved.  Overall taste was disgusting. I would be extremely hesitant to try even another flavor. Verdict: FAIL

Montagne Face Mask: I've tried this brand before and loved them! The nice thing is that they are super cheap, and they work really well. Definitely fits the Frugal description! 

I got a mud mask! Awesome!

My face, covered in mud. You're supposed to avoid the eyes and mouth, and I think I look like a raccoon. Also, it's important to note that i could not smile or I would crack. So sorry for the sad face.

Smilie myspace-esque photo right after I washed the gunk off. 

Similar to the other times I used this brand, I was impressed once again. It really is a good quality face mask, for very cheap prices. About the only thing I can complain about is that it is another language. But they give you fairly clear pictures to follow, so it's not complicated. This mask definitely made my skin feel tighter, and I will be using it again. Verdict: PASS

Goody:  Oh man, where do I even start. This brush is amazing on SO MANY LEVELS! First off, if you read my review on Evolvh, you know I have gross dry oily hair. Which yes, is a contradiction. Deal with it. It hurts my hair to blowdry it, so I often air dry. This brush works by taking out the moisture in your hair so it airdries faster, and then if you must use a blowdryer, it cuts down on time significantly.



So, I pretty much love this brush. Best. Invention. Ever. It's a little hard to clean, but not difficult once you get the hang of it. It comes in two styles, flat paddle, and round, but I prefer the flat paddle. After using it for 1-2 solid minutes of brushing my hair, my hair is considerably dryer and softer. My mom kept using (*cough* Stealing *cough*) the brush in the mornings, and even she loved it! Verdict: PASS!

Kiss Nail Dress: To be honest, I was REALLY skeptical about using the Kiss Nail Polish Strips. I had just had a bad experience with Incoco, and the hard time applying and removing those. But alas, I had a review to do! The design they sent me was super cute, and I got tons of compliments! I also tested the theory that they are supposed to stay on for ten days, according to the company.

*GASP* Naked Nails!

The finished product! I put on some HK girl on top, and to seal the edges to make it last longer! 

Different angle!

Overall, I was super impressed with the Kiss Nail Polish strips. They were infinitely easier to apply, and really didn't struggle with it much at all. The sizes fit my nails better, and the only one I had trouble with was my thumbs. I LOVED the design. It's stunning1 These actually did last for 10 days. 11 if you count the last day when i finally popped them off. I did have some peeling of the edges towards the last few days, so if that bugs you, it might only last 7 or 8. Removal was easy, as they just popped right off. Verdict: PASS

NYC New York Color Lipgloss: Ahhhh. What can I say about this lipgloss. Well, first off, I hate lipgloss. Hate it, hate it, hate it, hate it. I hate the texture, how it feels on my lips, everything. So I begrudgingly put this one on. When i first looked at the color, I thought it was ugly, as I am not a nude fan, but it actually worked suprisingly well with my lips. I have naturally redder lips, so this muted it to a "normal" lip shade. 

See, ugly nude color.

But, on my lips it looks pretty good!

Lip shot!

The full face.

For someone who hates lipglosses, this one wasn't the worst i've tried, but it wasn't the best either. Consistency was ok. I could only leave it on my lips long enough to take pictures, but that's pretty typical. I ended up giving it to my mom, and she likes it, so hey, i guess it's just me. The color worked in a weird way for me, but i tend to favor reds and pinks as they draw the focus to my lips. Verdict: UNDECIDED (I know, so helpful right?).

Quaker: Oatmeal! Oh, such a yummy food! I used to eat oatmeal religiously in the morning every day before school. Of course, that was when my mom made me breakfast and lunch, and I actually woke up in enough time to eat breakfast before running out of the house. Nowadays, I either skip breakfast or just grab a quick bar for the road.... Oh to be young again....  So anyway, I was pretty excited to get oatmeal especially since it's in a convenient to go container! 


I know, I hate food shots too. But i had to show you what it looked like!

This oatmeal was suprisingly good. I'm not a huge cherry fan, so I didn't particularly like the taste, BUT the overall flavor was fantastic. Meaning, if I had a different flavor, i would have enjoyed it more. It only took around a minute to heat up in the microwave, and it was big enough for a breakfast meal on the go. I ended up eating this at work in-between opening kids breakfasts', and it stayed warm for about ten minutes. Verdict: PASS.

So, that's the 2012 Holiday Vox Box! All of these products should be able to be found in your local pharmacy/drugstore/grocery store. Whatever is nearest you! 


Till Next time! 

~Alyssa
















Friday, February 1, 2013

Candii Polished Review!

Hello my lovely Frugalites!

It has been wayyyyyyy to long, since I have done any blogging, besides posting about giveaways. I'm finally done with this term of school (only 11 or 12 more to go!) and I feel like i can at least catch up on my reviews!

Anyway, I have three drop dead gorgeous beauties for you today, made by the super sweet Brenda over at Candii Polished! She sent me three of her polishes from the Flashy Shimmers collection. I was really excited to swatch these, and pretty much ripped open the package and put them on as soon as I got them!

A little overview on the polishes. I received Pink Diamonds, Sapphire, and Emerald City. Pink Diamonds and Sapphire both looked their color in the bottle (pink and blue respectively), and Emerald City appears pearlescent in the bottle with almost a green flash duochrome shimmer inside of it.  Emerald City and Sapphire have a "smooth", for lack of a better word, glitter, meaning you can't really see individual glitter pieces. It's more of a shimmer persay. Pink Diamonds however, has a "smooth" base, but then also has distinctive pink microglitter pieces.

OK, for the swatches. Least favorite to most favorite. Even that isn't really fair though, because i loved them all! For all these photos I layered them over Sinful Colors Black on Black!

Of the three Emerald City was my least favorite. Application was great, and the formula was perfect, it just paled in comparison to the other two, at least for me. It also doesn't help that i'm not a huge green fan. I did like the fact that it was pearly in the bottle, and i might try comboing it over different colors in the future.



As you can see, the green is really "Emerald-y". It definitely would be perfect for a Wizard of Oz mani!   The color in the photo is slightly darker than in real life, and of course cameras never take in the shimmer well! This one shimmered beautifully! 

Next up is Sapphire. I loved the color on this one, and it actually covered up the black base fairly well. Application was good on this one as well, and even on my non-dominant hand!  Sorry cleanup isn't as good on this one! :(



Last but definitely not least is PINK DIAMONDS. I pretty much died when I opened the package and saw this polish staring up at me. For anyone who doesn't know, I am a major pink fan. As in my room used to be head to toe pink and white with hearts and lace. (lame, i know). But anyway, pink defines me, and this polish makes me so happy!   Application was a breeze on this baby, even more so than the other polishes. I love the way the individual little sparkles come to life on the nail. 

Outside sun shot. The way it looks if a stranger is looking at it.

Shows you the sun effect!

I included this one, because you can really see the individual shimmers. Stunning!



Well, those are my new beauties! Hope you guys enjoy! You can find Candii Polished at the following places: 


~Alyssa



Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Naughty Nails Contest and Giveaway

Hello my dear Frugalites, and welcome to all the Newbies!

I know it's been a while since I've done actual swatches. I have photos saved up for you, i just need to write out the posts! I promise they'll come soon! Meanwhile make sure you look for sneak peeks on my facebook!

Anyway, onto some super duper cool news. My best polish friend Lena over at Lena Loves Nails and Dahlia at SassyNails/datYorkLoves came up with an awesome idea to do a Naughty Nails Contest. Aralyn over at Enchanted Nails and Fluffy Dog Tails and I jumped on board as Naughty Nails cohosts!



The title of the Contest is Don't be a Dick to Your Cervix. Compliments of yours truly. January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month, and it is super important to get regular pap smears to check for cancers.

So, down to the Nitty Gritty. This is a Naughty Nails Contest, meaning you should be over 18 to enter. Sorry kiddos. It's US Only, unless you have a U.S. Shipping address. The contest is running from today until Jan 25th! As of right now, there is an option to submit your entry at the end of the rafflecopter. Remember to make the picture public!

The prizes. We have some AMAZING prizes lined up for you! A lot of indie makers came on board and we couldn't be more excited! There will be 7 winners: 5 based on a set of judging criterion and 2 from the raffleopter entries.

Prize list:
First Place - 50 Shades of Grey Collection by Different Dimension
Second Place - Valentines Collection by Candii Polish.
Third Place - 3 polishes from Glitter Me This.

Fourth Place - 3 Polishes from Shimmer Polish
Fifth Place - Two polishes from datyorkLOVES


Sixth and Seventh place will either be a polish from Above the Curve or Darling Diva Polish!  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

~Alyssa