Thursday, May 30, 2013

NotD: Gradient

Hi there! So, today I just have a gradient. I've been wanting to try one of these high contrast gradients. I just think they look so glam. I used OPI - Skull and Glossbones with Pomegranate Nail Lacquer - Improv Show.

Purple and Grey Gradient

I tried to show both hands in a two different views and the bottom left was the best nail overall. Haha!  This mani was far from perfect, but I love the dramatic look it created. Oh and let me just say, despite the name, Skull and Glossbones is a gorgeous taupe-y/grey. I just love it.

Are there any looks you love but haven't gotten around to trying? Are there any you'd like to see me attempt? Let me know! Thanks for reading. ^_^

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

More Geeking Out

So, my nephew saw my Star Trek nails and requested Pokemon nails. Well, who am I to refuse! I'm sure you all know Pikachu, but the others are Squirtle and my friend's fave, Umbreon. Then a Pokeball on my pinky since my hands and nails are so small. hahah. I used all polish so there are definite imperfections. Plus, I didn't start til after my daughter was in bed. I didn't finish til midnight. (o.O) Ok, here they are.

That's all for today. If there's anything you'd like to see or have me attempt (can't guarantee success), let me know. Thanks for reading! ^_^

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Cuz I'm a Geek

I saw tons of Iron Man nails when 3 came out, but I haven't seen any Star Trek nails. Of course, I'm rarely on the computer on the weekends. I could have just missed them all. Anyway, here are mine. Simple, but unmistakably geek. Haha.

Star Trek Nail Art

 Also, sorry I haven't been blogging like usual. Not only have I been busy, but I haven't been motivated. I have so many other passions and hobbies that I've been ignoring, and I think I just need to find some balance between them all. I hope you all will stick with me. I've even considered just sticking with Facebook and Instagram instead of the blog. What do you guys think?

 Well, I'll be sure to let you know if I make that decision. Have a fabulous day. Xoxo.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Frosted Gumdrops - Frosted Tips 2 Ways

To continue my Frosted Gumdrops non-swatch posts, today I have two more to share. I decided frosted tips was a good play on the name. So, I did one over Crushed Candy and one with Blueberry Fizz as the "frost."

Remember how I couldn't get Blueberry Fizz opened? Well, my husband couldn't either. He's 6'2 and works out 4 times a week! In his defense, he also has really large hands, so gripping that little lid couldn't have been easy. How did he finally get it open? With his teeth. Yeah, so now my lid looks like this on either side. Haha.

Ok, on to the manis. The first is Crushed Candy with Sinful Colors Candy Coated. You see what I did there? LOL. Here it is.

JulieG Crushed Candy & Sinful Colors Candy Coated
JulieG Crushed Candy with Frosted Tips

Next, I decided to use Blueberry Fizz since it's blue and frosty looking. ^_^ This is over Millie, one of the new  Julep polishes I got. Sorry for the crappy pic. I was having issues with Millie. That's for another post, though.

JulieG Blueberry Fizz over Julep Millie
So, that's is for this post. Are there any ideas you'd like me to try with these polishes? Let me know. Have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Influenster VoxBox- Total Cleanse

I got my first VoxBox not long ago and was so excited to try it. I received the new Ivory 2-in-1 Hair and Body Wash. Yes, you heard right. This is shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Head to toe clean with one product? I was skeptical. 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioners don't even work well for me, so would this?

Ivory 2-in-1 Hair & Body Wash

First, the positives: convenient, family-sized and smells great. My husband bumped his original score of 2.5/5 to a 3 because of the scent. Not too strong or feminine. I'll explain his original score in a sec.

The convenience and size aspect depends if this product works for you and your family. Unfortunately, 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioners don't work for me.

You see, I have extremely thick hair. I'm talking, every time I get a haircut the stylist just has to comment on it. Even if I go to the same stylist! So, I'll have to continue to use my shampoo and conditioner. As a matter of fact, I used a generous amount, but my scalp didn't feel clean. I think the conditioners prevent it from foaming up like regular shampoo and with my hair, that doesn't cut it. So the conditioner didn't cut it for me either. That's just my hair, though. I truly believe that if a combination shampoo and conditioner works for you, that you'll love this product.

As for my husband, he's a little picky about the after feel of showering. He'd rather feel squeaky clean than moisturized, even if that means being dried out and needing to apply lotion. Hence, his original score of 2.5. I knew the feeling he was talking about. I noticed it too. However, it wasn't as bad as some moisturizing bath washes and soaps. It was a light or just right amount in my opinion. I actually really liked that aspect of this product.

Of course I tried it on my daughter as well. My husband usually keeps his hair shaved, so I needed another test. My daughter has thin hair like my husband, but it's curly and usually needs conditioning to keep tangles away. I can say that it worked a little better for my daughter's hair than mine, but not sure if it was enough conditioner again. Her hair looked great though! So, it cleaned well for her.

So, who's hair will it work on? Well, like I said, if 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner works for you, then I believe this will too. I also think it will work for people with an average amount (^_^) of straight hair. I would definitely check out other reviews to see if it worked for other hair types.

As for me, the convenience will be as an all-in-1 gym wash. If you shower at the gym, you know how it sucks to skip washing your hair when you've been sweating. So, even though it's not perfect for my hair, it beats lugging body wash, shampoo and conditioner.

I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you try it and what you think. Have a wonderful day!

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.