Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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... options! Then, in order to protect my hair from all the damage of the blowdryer and brushing while drying... 2 more products. After blowdrying, more products to protect my hair from the dangerous heat of the curling iron and the straightener. Then hair spray to set, another product for frizzies, and another product for those tiny little flyaway baby hairs. There were so many chemicals in my hair, I'm honestly surprised my locks didn't burst out into flames!

Thankfully, I've cut back a loooooooot on my hair routine. Obviously, anything that makes the job of getting my hair from dirty to clean, styled, and shiny... I'm all for it! Who wouldn't be?

So, when I learned that I'd be getting the Dessange Paris VoxBox through Influenster... and that I'd be receiving the Oleo Miracle Replenishing Collection to test, I was definitely excited! Especially considering that Dessange is a new to the USA brand! But of course, with all that excitement, there was a little nervousness mixed in too, because I do have such a solid routine.

Oh, and in the interest of full disclosure... let me tell you a little bit about my hair. It's thick. Super thick. Hasn't been colored for at least 3 years, but I have an appointment for highlights coming up. I curl my hair daily with a regular curling iron cranked up to 400 degrees. Maybe someday I'll learn how to "curl" my hair with a flat iron, but for now... I'm liking the mostly burn-free days of my old school iron!

Influenster VoxBox Dessange Paris
My very first VoxBox!

Oleo Miracle Replenishing Collection by Dessange Paris
l to r: Dessange Paris Oleo Miracle Replenishing Shampoo, Conditioner, and Oil

When the box arrived, I pulled out the goods and immediately began snapping pics. Honestly, I think I did a complete photo shoot of the bottles before even smelling the shampoo and conditioner, and when I did? I was hesitant. It's totally got that typical argan oil infused perfumey smell. When you smell it in the bottle, it's really strong. I can be very scent sensitive to certain types of smells. A hazelnut candle once landed me in bed with a migraine after burning for only 30 minutes! So, I wasn't sure that I'd be able to handle the smell all day. But there really was no way to tell without jumping in the shower and sudsing up.

So, that's what I did.

The Oleo Miracle Replenishing Shampoo had a slightly more runny consistency than what I'm used to. When I started sudsing up, there was a definite lack of suds... and this isn't a sulfate free shampoo. I'm totally used to sudsing up and making a whole lot of bubbles with my shampoos, because to me, lots of bubbles make me feel like I'm getting my hair really, really clean. I know it's a total myth and everything, but still.

After rinsing out the shampoo, I reached for the Oleo Miracle Replenishing Conditioner. It also had a different consistency than what I'm used to. Normal conditioners tend to leave a little slippery film on your hands even after rinsing them off, but this didn't have that. It was thick, like the consistency of a really creamy lotion for the most uber dry skin level thick. When I rinsed my hands, there was no slippery, greasy film. It rinsed off completely clean. I couldn't wait to rinse it off my hair!

Scent-wise... and I've never had this happen before, the smell lost its intensity as you washed. For such a powerful top note, it really did fade away to a more tolerable level.

I towel dried my hair and put on my blow dry protectant before flipping my head over and starting the drying process that is long hair. And I dry completely, so it takes a while.

Once I was all dry, I cranked my curling iron up to 400 and had at it. After I was done curling, I spritzed my hair with a little hairspray. Then I smoothed a drop of Oleo Miracle Replenishing Oil over my hair, in addition to my drop of silkening gloss aaaaaaaaannnnd done.

Normally, I wash my hair every other day. Sometimes I miss a day, and go two days in a row without washing, because I am the mother of a super active little Peanut who loves getting up at 5AM on thee most random days. Thankfully, I have long hair and it's not overly oily, so I can do that. Day 1 without washing isn't bad, but Day 2 always requires dry shampoo. And I almost always curl my hair a lot so it's not super flat. For testing purposes, I washed every day for 7 days, with the exception of Day 5.

Testing Oleo Miracle Replenishing Collection Day 1
Day 1

Testing Dessange Paris Day 2
Day 2

Testing Dessange Paris Oleo Miracle Replenishing Collection Day 3
Day 3

Testing Dessange Paris Oleo Miracle Replenishing Collection Day 4
Day 4

Testing Oleo Miracle Replenishing Collection Day 5
Day 5 (didn't wash)

Testing Dessange Paris Oleo Miracle Replenishing Collection Day 6
Day 6

Testing Dessange Paris Oleo Miracle Replenishing Collection Day 7
Day 7

By the end of the week, I was pretty impressed with this collection. I posted my pics on Instagram as I went, and one of my hashtags was #salonhairathome for a reason. One of my favorite things about getting a haircut at the salon, is how your hair feels when you leave. I've bought tons of different shampoos and conditioners from various brands, and I've never been able to say that about any of those. And some of them were definintely at a higher price point!

While using the Oleo Miracle Replenishing Collection, my hair never felt oily, which is always a concern with any type of moisturizing hair care product. Despite the fact that the shampoo was not-so-sudsy, and the conditioner was super thick, neither of them left a residue on my hands or on my hair. They just added a ton of moisture and shine. Add in the Oleo Replenishing Miracle Oil, and the whole collection worked together to fight those little flyaway baby hairs, which are always a problem for me.

Now about the scent... I was definitely worried about that prior to using the product. The strength faded as I washed and rinsed, and definitely settled to a point that I could handle smelling it all day and not get a headache. Do I like the scent? No. I really don't care for it. Sadly, smelling this in the store would probably turn me off to it completely. But I'm glad that I got a chance to try it, because I think the results outweigh the issue of smell. For me anyway. If the scent could be changed without reformulating the product and results, I'd be all for it, and I'm sure more people would be willing to give it a try.  

All in all, I really like the way the Oleo Miracle Replenishing Collection made my hair look. When you've got thick hair, texture is always a thing, and finding a balance between shiny and not oily is an even harder thing. I've used the shampoo and conditioner outside of the testing window I set for myself, and would probably pick it up again. That being said, I couldn't see this becoming my everyday shampoo and conditioner, mainly because I really enjoy switching it up and trying new products... but it's definitely been added to the rotation!

Dessange Paris Oleo Miracle Replenishing Collection
Dessange Paris Oleo Miracle Replenishing Collection

You can find the Dessange Paris Oleo Miracle Replenishing Collection and other Dessange Paris products at Target. Oleo Miracle Replenishing Shampoo & Conditioner retail for $9.99/bottle and the Oleo Miracle Replenishing Oil is available for $11.99/bottle. Learn more about Dessange Paris on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure: "I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes." Follow Influenster on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube.
*provided by PR for review. All thoughts, views, and opinions are my own.

Friday, March 27, 2015

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...

SinfulColors Mint Apple

SinfulColors Mint Apple

Mint Apple SinfulColors

SinfulColors Mint Apple

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 it couldn't get it right either.

After using so many other polishes in the past few days, it was nice to come back to SinfulColors. To be honest, I prefer the brush, and I could go on and on about the formula. It's consistent and always easy to work with, one of the many reasons I'm such a huge fan!

Then there's that SinfulColors shimmer that I just adore. It's in so many of my favorite polishes by them, and Mint Apple is no exception. The shimmer in this one is a really pretty silvery/gold color, and adds a lot of shine!

I haven't decided if I'm going to let this one for another day, stamp over it, or create something new for tomorrow. After the way this week has gone, I could easily just take a nice, hot, relaxing bath and drink some chamomile tea and drift off to sleep... ooooooor just go directly to the sleep part. O.o Happy Friday to you and have a great weekend!!!

#FF2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wet n Wild Reject the Mainstream

Wet n Wild Reject the Mainstream

Wet n Wild Reject the Mainstream

Reject the Mainstream by Wet n Wild

 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 keep the names of these shades the same for the new Spoiled polishes! I found my original Silver Lake set at my local K-Mart, and then found a new display on Monday at Rite Aid. (I had to pick up another A Latte Love... I'm in love with it!!!) I've yet to check my local WalMart to see if the Spoiled couterparts are there, but rest assured if I spot them, I'll update this post. And I'll probably pick up another bottle or 2 of A Latte Love.

Or 3...

...orrrrrrrr maybe Wet n Wild could just add it to their core? Please and Thank You!!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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...

Nails inspired by Pretty Little Liars

PLL Nails

PLL Nails

PLL themed Nails

Pretty Little Liars Themed Nails

PLL Themed Nails

Nails 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 the letters to spell Love or Hate, and they're in a really cool circus-y font that just feels like A, given Charlemagne the Great and Boo Boo's Ice Cream. And those clowns... O.o

Am I the only one who forgets which plates they have on a consistent basis? I found the plate with the zipper on it and practically fell over at the thought of being able to do a black hoodie nail. Tippi the bird definitely needed representation, add in the New York skyling, fingerprints, some paint splatter, a mask, a lock, handcuffs and then borrowing a little bit of style from Jonny and Spencer's graffiti and BAM. Or should I say, Voila?!?

Inspired by PLL Nails

When I started watching the show waaaay back in 2010, it was because I was a really big fan of the books and theorizing over them. Who knew I'd become so obsessed with the TV show, too?!? I can't wait to see what we're going to find out tonight! I've made my predictions... have you made yours?

The finale airs tonight at 8PM EST and 10PM EST on ABC Family. I'm going to try and watch both airings, if a certain little Peanut is cooperative...

she's not telling...

I'll be liveblogging, probably a little bit on Tumblr and a little bit on Twitter, unless I manage to get Chromey out so I can do both simultaneously. Either way, expect reactions, theories, a review, and plenty of ramblings! And if you don't follow me on Tumblr or Twitter... you should totally get on that!

-S

PLL Season 5 Finale Predictions

So, by now, it's really no secret that I'm obsessed with Pretty Little Liars and figuring out all the mysteries. Yes, I want to know who A is, but there are so many other questions that I've been waiting for. We've gotten speculative and suggestive answers, but not really anything solid or definitive. That makes creating theories really, really frustrating.

But that's not going to stop me from trying! I follow a lot of Pretty Little Liars blogs on Tumblr, and PLLAwesomeness is one of them. They came up with a list of 20 questions to answer before the Finale... I answered them on Tumblr, but I'm tackling them in a little bit more detail here. Oh, and I added some. Hope that's cool! If you're on Tumblr, check out the link and reblog your answers too! Then, after the finale, when the dust settles, you've got definitive proof if your theory was 100% correct, or completely and totally off. Don't worry, I've been in the completely and totally off category many, many times, and it's still a lot of fun! Questions from PLLAwesomeness are bolded, my Tumblr response is in black, any additional thoughts are in red. Here. We. Go!

1. Do you think A is  a guy or girl? Right now, the clues are mainly pointing toward guy, so that’s what I’m going with. You know, unless it's a girl. 

2. Do you think Mona is alive? You know, she very well might be, and maybe the shocking thing will be that the show kills her off again. I’m just not sure how her being alive and coming back can really work with 2 seasons left. If there were only 10 episodes, maybe. Or, maybe the Liars are going to think that she is Mona, when she’s really Mona’s secret twin, who stole the game from her. Basically parelling the whole Ali/Courtney thing, just with Mona, instead.

Mona wonders if someone can be crazy and not know it
c/o PLL Wiki

3. If you think Mona is dead, who do you think killed her? I’m pretty confident that she was killed by A. I think she knew a lot that she wasn't telling. She might've been on the wrong track thinking that Alison was A, but she definitely stumbled onto something she wasn't supposed to, or she really rattled A by doublecrossing him/her.  

4. Who do you think is A? Toby, Jenna, Mona’s twin, Someone’s twin, or Melissa. Clearly I’m still debating! I can't really say any of them for sure at this point. Ask me again in a couple hours! 

5. Who do you think is/was Varjak? My theories are all over the place with Varjak. Part of me thinks he's not even connected to A, or the game, but someone who is trying to help the girls without them knowing. If that’s the case, Andrew, Caleb, Ted, Ezra, really any of the guys/dads. If it’s truly A or a minion to the big bad Black Veil, then Lucas, Toby, Noel, Wren, or still Andrew.

Boo Boo's Ice Cream Factory Pretty Little Liars Season 5
c/o PLL Wiki

6. What kind of evidence do you think Tanner found about the PLL’s? I’m pretty sure that she has solid evidence, but it’s likely solid evidence that was planted. Their blood, hair, DNA, fingerprints... I mean, once they were arrested and booked, their fingerprints went on file.

7. Who do you think is Black Veil/Black Widow? Bethany Young, Sara Harvey, Spencer Hastings, Someone’s twin. I used to think that A and Black Veil were the same person, and I'm beginning to join Camp Two Different People.

8. What do you think Ali will tell Veronica about A? I’m not really sure. Maybe she will tell the truth. Maybe she’ll spin a whole new story. Hard to say, Ali is really unpredictable. But for the first time, Mrs. Hastings has a real vested interest in what Alison might tell her. And is it just me, or does Mrs. H. have a soft spot when it comes to Ali? She's definitely been motherly towards her before...

9. Why do you think A wants the liars in the dollhouse? Gathering them all together to kill them? Find out what they really know? In the books, they were all brought together to be killed by Ali. The more I think about this, the more unsure I become. Maybe A wants to keep them locked up in the Dollhouse like he/she was locked up in Radley. Heeeey that's really not a bad idea! 

10. Do you think by the end of the episode, the liars/Ali will no longer be ‘wanted’ for murder? I’ve heard so much about a cliffhanger ending, that I’m not sure. I don’t feel like it will all be wrapped up so quickly. There’s still 2 more seasons, and if both will have 20 episodes each, that’s still 40 more episodes! Okay, so I read and article from Marlene basically stating that this mystery will wrap up withing the beginning half of Season 6. But honestly, I don't know which mystery that is! There are so many different unsolved bits and pieces of a lot of different mysteries. Tanner was originally brought on to investigate Wilden's death... so, is that the arc we are putting to rest? Or is it the Alison/Bethany/what really happened that night arc? So many questions. 

Toby, Caleb, and Ezra team up PLL Welcome to the Dollhouse
c/o ABC Family

11. Do you think the boyfriends (Ezra, Caleb, Toby) will find the liars? I want to say that they’re going to try, given the promos, but I feel like the police are going to be involved too. So, maybe they work together? And honestly, I really hope that Toby stays on as a police officer. I want him to be the only upstanding cop on the force, or the cop that turns it all around. But they've been showing him being forced to make some tough choices because of that badge. I think maybe Toby will team up with the guys, then be the one who gets the police where they need to be at just the right time. And it's possible that he will be trustworthy because he's largely been held back from the case. You know, unless he's A...

12. What do you think Andrew will be up to in the finale? Chicanery. And if he really is Varjak, he should probably be careful. I think we're probably going to see exactly what he's been up to. He could be Varjak trying to protect Aria in order to win favor with her, without any real connection to A. We tend to be just as paranoid and jumpy as the girls.

13. Do you think we’ll see any surprising characters in the episode? I know Mona is going to be in it, and she definitely makes her episodes! Other than that, I've seen Mrs. DiLaurentis in the credits, so I'm hoping for a flashback with her, either the night Ali disappeared, or something about her own death. I'm hoping for a Jenna sighting, because where on earth did she disappear to? 

Twin Redcoat Blondes Pretty Little Liars
c/o PLL Wiki

14. Do you think we’ll meet a twin? If so who would you like to see with a twin? Toby, Mona, or Jenna. I want to know more about their stories. One of the girls would be cool, but I feel like with the potential cliffhanger, we might not know until next season that said person really is a twin! Those three are still the most compelling possibilities to me. Then, as far as the Liars go, probably Hanna, Spencer, Aria, and Emily. 

15. Do you think the episode will be as ‘shocking’ as it’s being hyped up to be? I hope so, but I’m not getting myself too hyped up. I’m not sure that we are really getting an A reveAl. But the last episode was really good and entertaining, so as long as it’s compelling, I’ll be happy!

16. If one of the liars are A, which one do you believe it would be? NONE. Unless it’s a twin.

17. Who would be the most ‘shocking’ A, in your opinion? One of the girls. Like, really one of the girls, because their friendship is really all they have left. The relationships with everyone else are so strained. Their significant others, parents, friends... A has really managed to isolate them to the point that they really only have each other. A being someone inside the group would be the ultimate betrayal, even more so than any of the parents being involved.  

Pretty Little Liars Welcome to the Dollhouse Promo Blocks

18. What do you think is A’s motive? I want to say revenge, but I feel like that’s not all there is to it. Melissa claims it’s all about love. I feel like it’s truth. A wants the truth. Just looking back over these answers and thinking about them a little bit more, it really does seem like this A has slowly turned everyone against the Liars, isolated them, discredited them, taken away potential futures, and now A was to kidnap them and keep them somewhere? It seems like a move from someone who was locked up somewhere against their will for a while, wanting the girls to know how he/she felt. Then there's also that element of turning them into social pariahs. Sound like anyone we know?

Toby Cavanaugh was wrongfully sent to juvie for the Jenna Thing. He spent almost a year away, if not more. It did get him away from Jenna, but there was definitely a cost involved that he could've grown bitter about paying. 

Bethany Young escaped from Radley, and who knows why she was in there. Was she wrongfully kept there? Was she the twin from Ali's Halloween Story? We know very little about her. We haven't even seen her face. 

Jenna Marshall was blinded by the firecracker the girls didn't stop Alison from throwing into the garage. But before that, Ali made her an offer to be friends, or she'd ruin her. Jenna chose to make her own friends, and Ali ruined her. We didn't get to see a lot of what went on before Jenna was blinded, but I'm sure it wasn't pretty, and probably right along the lines of Loser Mona.

19. Do you think we’ll get ‘other’ answers? Such as who killed Jessica D? Or who  attacked Mike? I think it’s more likely that we will get those answers than an A reveal, in all honesty! Pretty Little Liars is usually pretty good about throwing us a bone in the finale episodes. Especially when they don't have a huge reveAl for us. Look at all the info we got in the Season 4 finale! I think it's possible we will get answers to questions we're not even asking yet... because last year at this time, barring all the spoilers, who really saw Ali getting buried alive by her own mother coming?

20. Do you think anyone will die or get hurt  in the finale? Finale episodes do tend to be fatale, but they haven’t really been touting that this time around. If anyone, Varjak. Whether or not he’s A. I feel like we’re finding out too much about him. I really could see him going, but if Andrew is Varjak and not related to the A game, I don't want him to get hurt. So many people have died already.

There are definitely a lot of different ways that this all could go tonight. There's excellent evidence supporting a lot of different people as A, but I think the strongest candidates are Jenna, Toby, Mona, or someone's twin. But there is another thing that I've been wondering about on and off for the past couple of episodes. There are a lot of theories out there that this is all in someone's head, but what if everything that's happening right now is part of an elaborate sting operation to draw A out into the open?

Here's the thing... A doesn't always work directly to make people do things. Sure, he/she uses secrets against the entire town of Rosewood to a means of something, but what? Has A ever pushed someone too far? I'm sure he/she probably has. Tanner came to town because of Wilden's murder. That's what she was brought in for. Maybe that's what she's still investigating, it's just that all this other stuff keeps happening and getting in the way. Kind of like when Lucas talked about the iceberg. That's what Tanner found herself with. But she's so good at letting events play out without taking a personal stance about any of it. I don't think she's involved, but I think she really knows a lot more than she's letting on. I just wonder if she let events run their course allowing Alison and the girls to be arrested, thinking that with them out of the way, she might be able to find out what really happened. But that doesn't neccessarily make her bad. I think she just wants to solve the case. She's waiting for A to make a bold move, and I'd say that stealing a Department of Corrections transport van is pretty damn bold. Also, likely a felony.

A's Department of Corrections Van PLL 5x24
c/o PLL Wiki

So yeah. That's pretty much all I've got in the way of official predictions. Honestly, after watching all the episodes, reading interviews, spoilers, and other theories... I'm not 100% certain of anything. The whole idea of the finale seems so out of character and far-fetched. I'm kind of ready for anything! How about you? What do you think will happen in tonight's episode?!?

-S

Monday, March 23, 2015

PLL: "I'm A Good Girl, I Am" (5x24)

Previously on PLL in The Melody Lingers On, the trial of Alison DiLaurentis offically began. Her case didn't look good from the beginning, the trial didn't start off well, and let's be honest... it's really all downhill from here. I mean, it is the penultimate episode of Season 5.

The trial has been going on for 2 months, and there's talk of a surprise witness. Wait... two months, whaaaat? Where did that time go? So many events happened in that little 3 month span from Halloween to Christmas 2012, and now we're moving at light speed!

Leslie Stone testifies Pretty Little Liars 5x24
c/o PLL Wiki

So... surprise witness, that's where we were. I really thought it would be Holbrook or someone with some really damning evidence. Then it turned out to be Lesli Stone. Her testimony was shocking at first. Listening to what she said on first viewing, I was just as irritated as the Liars. But later, especially after the tetherballing, I kind of realized that she had a point. The Liars are definitely on edge. But no one else knows about A. So... how does that really look to the rest of the world? Guilty. As. Hell.

Despite everything, and a lot of intervention attempts by loves ones, Spencer, Emily, and Aria still blow full steam ahead trying to find anything that could get Alison off the hook for murder, and Hanna out of jail as her accessory.

While all that was happening, Mike was brought into the thick of the A game, thanks to a box of copy paper and a cow's tongue. Mike wanted to tell the truth, and Aria tried her best to protect him, but that wound up (no pun intended) only seeing Mike tetherballed by A. Luckily, Caleb and Ezra broke away from the invisible archer just in time to find him. Rather than cut him down, Caleb took a picture of him first. Then, instead of calling the police immediately, they drove back to Rosewood to file the attacked with their inept PD.

Alison DiLaurentis was found guilty of murdering Mona. Immediately after the verdict was read, Ali was taken into custody. Spencer, Emily, and Aria were also arrested, booked, and processed.

In the last scene, A was playing with their legos, driving a Department of Corrections SUV containing dolls wearing prison jumpsuits. He/She dropped a brunette doll off inside the castle, where a blonde doll was waiting in the tower. The the vehicle continued driving, with 3 dolls inside.

A plots to kidnap the Liars, PLL 5x24
c/o PLL Wiki

Thoughts, Theories & Random Facts

Alison had no idea who Lesli Stone was. Soooo that makes me think that she's never really met her before, or that she's inconsequential to the larger scheme of things. For a surprise witness, she certainly was surprising.

Andrew is really being shady lately, and I feel like that came out of nowhere. I sure hope he's just a red herring. I don't see how there's a going back and having a-ha moments about him in previous episodes. He just hasn't really been in enough of them. I guess, you know, that we know of.

I've said it before, that I think we might find out the identity of Varjak. Honestly, I'm pretty sure we will. But I'm not really sure that I believe Varjak is A. I feel like Varjak is either a minion to A, or someone who thinks they're helping the Liars, and they're really not. In the latter case, I think Andrew could be Varjak thinking that he's helping Aria with her druggie brother Mike. He might've even been the one to attack him and beat him up. Definitely a scare him straight kind of move. Because honestly, would A really do that? Mike was still able to talk, and we've seen what A does when they don't want someone to talk... 

We're really beginning to see how the Liars look to the rest of Rosewood. I mean, their parents have been trying to reign them in for a while now, but no parental intervention is going to help these girls. Makes me wonder what A has in mind...

I know I shouldn't really make theories based on anything Marlene King says about the show, but she did recently mention that, "you're not going to see Courtney, but you might see double of someone." I've seen so many brilliant theories about boy/girl twins that this kind of makes me sad. It really seems to point to identical or same gender twins. Oh, and Cindy and Mindy better not count. Anyone else notice them grinning while Ali's guilty verdict came down? Blech.

This Week's A

1. Toby Cavanaugh / Toby's Twin: I just keep coming back to him because of everything that happened at Radley and with his mom. I don't really want it to be him. I don't really want it to be his twin. I think that would be heart-wrenching for Spencer. Especially if Twinnie took Toby's place after that whole incident in the woods when Spencer went to Radley.

2. Bethany Young: I keep coming back to her as well, and I really like her as Toby's twin sister. Maybe Marlene was lying about seeing double. Maybe she'll look identical to Toby when they're side by side and she's styled correctly. I feel like we've heard her name so much this season, and we really know nothing about her. All we know is that she fell under someone's spell and then became disallusioned about it.

3. Jenna Marshall: She is blind because of Alison's actions, and the Liars kept the secret for her. The girls took away her sight, then they took away Toby. She was with Garrett until she found out that he had lied about killing Alison. Wilden was her friend, she was dating Shana... She's lost a lot because of the liars.

4. Melissa Hastings: I feel like I have to add her in, because she's really lost a lot because of the girls, too. Ian, her baby, Garrett, Wilden...

5. Someone's Twin: It would be easy enough to go with this idea. They could reveAl the person at the end of the finale, then in the beginning of Season 6, we'd find out that there was a twin involved. Basically, clearing the name of the potential A in a new way, but essentially the same way that Toby, Ezra, and Spencer's names were all cleared.

6. Lucas: I really liked the theory about him, but it doesn't connect all the dots together in the same way that some other candidates do.

Only one more episode left to Season 5... It's hard to believe we're here already! Will we get an A reveAl? Will we learn the identity of Varjak? What about Mona's fate? What does Sara Harvey have to do with anything? Oh, and while we're at it, why does Varjak's number spell her name?!? In all honesty, I'm still not sure that we'll get a lot of definitive answers. I will try to post my best-guess theories for the finAle tomorrow, in a separate post. Welcome to the Dollhouse airs tomorrow at 8PM EST on ABC Family.

-S

Friday, March 20, 2015

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...

Wet n Wild Warm Filter & Wear Skinny Jeans

Wet n Wild Silver Lake Mani

Wet n Wild Warm Filter & Wear Skinny Jeans Gradient Mani

Wet n Wild Warm Filter & Wear Skinny Jeans

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 about halfway down. After I sponged one coat on all my nails, I went back and sponged one third of the way down for my second coat, and then just the very tips for the third and final coat. One coat of clear did a nice job of creating a grungy, linear gradient effect. I went back and added a second coat for shine, more protection, and a little more smudging, to be honest. Finally, I sealed everything off with the usual thick coat of Seche Vite.

I'm seriously loving how this turned out. There's something about this kind of manicure that I really, really like. I tend to like a little grunge and imperfection in these kinds of manicures. It's along the same lines as why I like distressed jeans so much. Aaaaand, it never hurts that you can be messy and not-so-precise, but still end up with an amazing mani! 

#FF2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Wet n Wild Wear Skinny Jeans

Wear Skinny Jeans by Wet n Wild

Wear Skinny Jeans by Wet n Wild

Wear Skinny Jeans by Wet n Wild

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, Reject the Mainstream, Stream of Consciousness, Tree Hugger, Warm Filter, and Wear Skinny Jeans.

I was a little torn between which shade to choose last night. Wear Skinny Jeans won out over Tree Hugger and Warm Filter. There's just something about blue shades like this. It's not quite as bright as Sail La Vie from SinfulColors, but it's definitely in that same color family. Just maybe 5 or 6 shades lighter? It has such a rightnow feel to it, you know?

Application was great... I forgot how much I've grown to love the Wet n Wild brush! It really helps you get a straight line at the cuticle! Coverage was pretty decent... I definitely needed the 3rd to make this opaque. I had a little issue with one nail not wanting to level out, but that was more because of those wonderful ridges in my nails.

If you look closely at the bottle in the pics, you can see a faint shimmer. Sadly, it doesn't transfer over to the nails exactly as it does in the bottle. You can see it when you're looking at your nails closely, but it's sparse and very hard to discern. More than anything, I feel like its there to help aid in an even, non-chalky finish. Which it totally does! 

As much as I love this color, I really can't wait to try some of the other ones in this collection! Also, tomorrow is Fishbowl Friday, so I'll definitely be switching it up. I'm just not sure if I'll be using Wear Skinny Jeans as a base for nail art, or if the prompt will call for something completely new!

Have you picked up any polishes from the Silver Lake Collection? 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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...

Leslie by Zoya

Zoya Leslie

Leslie by Zoya

Zoya Leslie

Zoya 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 "a soft spring lavender metallic with an energizing turquoise flash." I'm not so super sold on the metallic factor, but there is a gorgeous, contrasting turquoise flash in not just Leslie, but Rayne and Daisy as well! I haven't tried Daisy yet, but I've worn Rayne. Same insanely gorgeous turquoise flash.

I can see this polish being something I reach for a lot this spring. I'm definitely feeling pastels a little bit more, especially now that we're getting so close to the official first day of Spring! It's been steadily warming up, and I am beyond ready for everyday temps to be 40 or higher. Who's with me?!?

What shades are you loving right now?

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