Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Serious Polish Addict

We all know that if I was to name my favorite indie polish lines, Polish Addict would be at the top of my list!  I own more PA than any other indie line. I even belong to Laura's Polish Addict Facebook group!

And that's what this is all about. Laura and her business partner Crystal decided to gift all the members of the group during the month of their birthday. How you ask?

By creating a limited edition polish for each month of the year and sending the members who have birthdays that month a free polish!!!  

July was the first month they did this, since they started the group at the end of June. They mentioned they would be sending gifts for birthdays, but I thought it would be a mini, or a cuticle oil or something else. But being the amazing company that they are, they went above and beyond and created a completely new color and sent full sized polish to every one with July birthdays!!  
                   July birthday polish

It's a pale pink crelly GLITTER BOMB. Holy glitter batman!  This is jam packed, no fishing required. My nails were covered in two coats. 

I started with a white based, because I really wanted everything to pop, and didn't have a lot of time for multiple coats, to get the pink vibrant enough. 

                  Look at all that glitter!

There's too many glitters to list, so check out the macro for more info on the glitters. 

I love this polish, and will be using it very sparingly, as it is a true limited edition, and only a select handful of girls received this!!  And I'm lucky and proud to be one!!  

Don't forget to show Laura some love with a purchase or two


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Exfoliating Scrub

It's Ipsy bag time again!  I wasn't terribly impressed with my bag this month; it seemed like everything I wanted was not in my bag

But for $10/month I can't expect perfection every time. 

One product I received that I LOVE is my Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub. I have been using Lush Cosmetics Ocean Salt scrub for a few months now, and literally just ran out. So I was actually glad I got the Michael Todd scrub. 

I used it for the first time last night while hubs took Bebe to go get some Chinese takeout. And boy was I surprised!!  Obviously the word charcoal is right in the name, but I was not expecting it to be so dark!! 

So why charcoal you ask? Activated charcoal in skin care products has the ability to draw out dirt, oil and all the other grossness that gets clogged in your face and pores. And it's known to make your skin radiant, like you've just gotten 8 glorious hours of beauty rest. 

Well, I definitely need the beauty rest part. So I couldn't wait to try it. 

I would advise not using this with a white washcloth or towel, since it can stain. But it doesn't not stain your skin or fingers. 

I have only used this once, but it's definitely love at first use. I can't wait to see what kind of long term results I can get with this product! 


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Oh what a week!

I'm the worst blogger ever. I have been neglecting the blog for so long and for that I apologize. 
I've had a lot lot lot going on lately, starting with happy things!  Hubs and I went on our first baby free vacation since Bebe was born three and a half years ago!  His cousin was getting married, and that side of the family lives in New York City. How could we pass up that opportunity!?  Neither of us had been to the city since we were each 5 years old (which in hubs case means I wasn't even born yet!). So we went from Friday-Tuesday, saw tons of awesome sights (the World Trade Center memorial is a must for everyone; a truly serene yet somber sight), and had a great time with family we had never met. 
Once we got home was where it turned terrible. A few weeks before going to New York we found out we were expecting again. And even though I was the one dragging my feet with baby number 2, I was so excited!  I had my first prenatal appointment the Tuesday before we left for New York, and had an ultrasound scheduled for the Friday after we got back. 
That's where it gets ugly. Unfortunately the ultrasound tech and radiologist were unable to detect a heartbeat and the baby was only 9 weeks big, and by that time I was close to 11 or 12 weeks along. So two weeks prior the baby had stopped growing and died. 
We were heartbroken, and I thought my world was collapsing. I had no idea how badly I wanted that baby until I no longer had it. 
Yesterday we went ahead with the d&c which is the surgical removal of what was left of the fetus and tissues in the uterus, and I'm at home recovering (both physically and mentally) right now. Hoping to get back into the swing of things with polish, and blogging. I've been doing quite a bit of shopping, retail therapy and all, and I have lots and lots and lots to show you. So please, stick around, there's lots coming up!  Tomorrow we will return with the regularly scheduled programming, and nail polish swatching!  I hope you're ready for me!

Ps- I'm sharing a few of the pictures from our trip! Enjoy!

View from Turtle Pond in Central Park
We saw our first Broadway show, Pippin. And it was fantastic. I can't wait to see another!
One of many shots from the World Trade Center memorial. I can only guess the roses are from visiting friends and family members. I cried the whole time. 
My favorite part of all. The lovely lady liberty. A breathtaking sight. Isn't she gorgeous?