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Review: Dessange Paris Oleo Miracle Replenishing Collection

My hair has been long almost my entire life. Seriously, I think I chopped it short twice, regretted it both times, and now I'm super reluctant to get much taken off when I do make the trip to the salon. I once went two whole years without a haircut. True story! I routinely tend to get the itch for a haircut around every 6 months or so. But back on point, long hair don't care actually requires a lot more work than you think it does.

When I think about my hair care regime now, I'm pretty comfortable with the amount of time, money, and materials I spend on my hair. I would never want to add to the process, you know? It's funny, because in middle school and high school, I used hairspray and that was it. Au naturel. Then, when I was in college, I was introduced to hairdressing, and it all just snowballed. Before long, I was totally hooked on hair products, and it was nawt pretty.

Back then, at any given time, I probably had 3 sets of shampoo and conditioner, because... opt…

Fishbowl Friday *021*

So... last week, I took a simple prompt and made it into something a little more complicated. This week, I pulled another color prompt, and decided to stick with simple. It's been quite the week and I needed a little simplicity! So, thank goodness for Fridays, weekends off and MINT nails...





Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats SinfulColors Mint Apple
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Okay, okay, so it's not the mintiest of the mints out there, but it does have mint in the name! That counts right? Suuuuuure, I have some actual unswatched minty mint-greens, but I was in the mood to wear this one.

I'm not sure when or where I picked up Mint Apple, but it's part of SinfulColors core collection, so it's pretty easy to find. It's a minty, dusty mid-toned seafoamy/minty green. My pics aren't quite color accurate. The shade leans a lot more towards green than blue in real life. I tried capturing it correctly on my iPhone too, and…

Wet n Wild Reject the Mainstream

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Wet n Wild Reject the Mainstream
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Today is a very weird day. Not sure if it's a full moon or something... (just checked, it's not) but today is just a blah kind of day. Oddly enough, the temps are rising in my neck of the woods, but it's a cloudy, rainy day. Maybe I need sunshine? Or a nap??? Or both?!?

Le Sigh.

On my nails today is another polish from Wet n Wild's Silver Lake Collection... Reject the Mainstream. Which is oddly fitting, given my mood today. It's a lovely bright lilac-y lavender creme. Definite Spring and Easter vibes coming from this one!

Aaaaaaaand if you've been looking high and low for the Silver Lake collection... good news! G. from Nouveau Cheap received a couple of sightings of the Silver Lake collection from Spoiled at WalMart. Wet n Wild is their parent company, and although usually there might be renaming involved, they chose to k…

Stamping: Pretty Little Liars Season 5

Tonight is thee night... Pretty Little Liars finale fever is running rampant, and I think the fandom might just break the internet! In a few short hours... we might actually know the identity of A! Welcome to the Dollhouse is being touted as a #BigAReveAl all over social media. We shall see! But like I said, finale fever is everywhere, including on my nails! Today's mani is totally inspired by Pretty Little Liars...








Materials Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
Bundlemonster Plate BM-407
Bundlemonster Plate BM-414
Bundlemonster Plate BM-416
Bundlemonster Plate BM-418
Bundlemonster Plate BM-420
Bundlemonster Plate BM-426
Fing'rs Stamping Plater
SinfulColors Boom Boom
SinfulColors Black on Black
Wet n Wild A Latte Love
Zoya Severine

I tried to incoporate a little bit of everything from PLL in here. If I could freehand the signature A, I totally would have, but I am sadly not an artiste in that sense. C'est la vie, right? Thankfully, one of my Bundlemonster plates has t…

Fishbowl Friday *020*

I'm not even paying attention to the fact that it is snowing on the first day of Spring. Maybe if I don't acknowledge it at all, it will go away? Probably wishful thinking... but that's not stopping me from channeling warmer and sunnier days with the CORAL prompt I pulled for Fishbowl Friday No. 20...





Materials Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Wet n Wild Wear Skinny Jeans
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

1 Day of Wear

3 Coats Wet n Wild Warm Filter
2 Coats SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Before I even pulled the prompt last night, I knew I wanted to use another polish from Wet n Wild's Silver Lake Collection...... if I could. So, when I opened up the prompt and read CORAL... Warm Filter was the first polish that came to mind. Instead of wearing it by itself though, I decided on using it to create a gradient over Wear Skinny Jeans.

Using a cosmetic wedge, I painted Warm Filter onto the sponge, and then dabbed it on the nail abou…

Wet n Wild Wear Skinny Jeans

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Wet n Wild Wear Skinny Jeans
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

So, Tuesday night, I stopped at my local KMart because I hadn't been there in a while, and what did I find? A fresh Wet n Wild Silver Lake Display! I'm talking every bottle of every shade freeeesh out the box! Also, I apologize for not taking pictures of the display. When I find nail polish I'm looking for, I tend to get really grabby. It doesn't matter that there's not another shopper within a 30 foot radius. I legit turn into a secret agent smuggling bounty over enemy lines. The struggle is soooooo real.

The Silver Lake Collection is Wet n Wild's Spring 2015 LE collection. That's code for, buy them when you see them, because they go seriously fast. I found this one quickly, considering it took me forever to find last year's All Access Beauty Collection for Summer. There's 6 shades in this one, too... A Latte Love…

Zoya Leslie

It was a sad day when my Zoya Delight collection first arrived. The polish I had been most looking forward to, Leslie... had broken during transport, her contents spilled all over the other bottles of the collection. Not a drop left to salvage. And, as always seems to be the case, Leslie was the polish I was most looking forward to. It was going to be the first one I swatched from, not just the collection, but my entire order. Broken polish. Broken dreams. I was not a happy little camper.


BUT... I immediately contacted the folks at Zoya, and thankfully, they've got really great customer service. I chatted with a woman named Debbie who was totally understanding and got a replacement bottle in the mail to me the next day. Realquicklike and everything, gotta love that! So, without further breakage, spilling, or ado, Here is Leslie...






Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Zoya Leslie
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Leslie is described by Zoya as &…

Shamrockin' St. Patrick's Day Manicure 2015

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coat SinfulColors Happy Ending
2 Coats SinfulColors Shamrockin'
1 Coat Seche Vite

Let me preface this by stating that these pics aren't color accurate at all. You're seeing Happy Ending as a mild, leafy, more blue-based green, when in fact, it's definitely a vibrant, almost acidic lime yellow-leaning green. It's bright and happy, and it's got this gorgeous gold shimmer that runs through it. I immediately thought of St. Patrick's Day when I saw it!

Then there's Shamrockin'... a glitter topper from SinfulColors in the vein of Love Sprinkles. It's got white and lime matte glitter, emerald green metallic glitter, and white matte glitter flowers. I've seen bottles of another version of Shamrockin' floating around that doesn't have the emerald green metallic glitter hexes. On one hand, I can see the appeal of both versions, but I'm glad I picked up this one!

When it comes to St. Patr…

Fishbowl Friday *019*

This week's prompt is quite simple, something I definitely needed after such a crazy week! Fishbowl Friday Numero 19 has gone the way of the brand ESSIE...





Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Essie Coat Couture
2 Coats SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Essie Good To Go

It has been a seriously long time since I've blogged about an Essie polish. I really haven't picked up much from the brand lately. Around the Holidays, I purchased Summit of Style, but I've yet to crack that open. When I read about their Cashmere Matte collection, I was immediately intrigued by Comfy in Cashmere and Coat Couture, but ended up purchasing only the latter.

Coat Couture is a purple leaning gray, or grurple if you will. What makes it so unique is the pretty, contrasting turquoise shimmer that runs through it. Being part of the Cashmere Matte collection means a matte finish for all the polishes, including Coat Couture.

For the most part, I'm not a fan of matte polishes. …