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Influenster Holiday Vox Box – imPRESS Press-on Manicure by Broadway Nails – Space Cadet December 27, 2011

Filed under: Makup,Review — slagoon @ 8:15 pm
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Influenster sent me some cute press on nails from Broadway nails.  They are imPress Press-on Manicure. They come in 3 dozen colors/styles from a simple french manicure all the way to a fancy water marbled look.  I was sent Space Cadet which looks sort of like a crackle coat with sparkly highlights.  They are cute – but not my first choice from the 36 offerings (but still better than the animal print which I just don’t do).

Lets start with the packaging, the nails are all contained in a little box that looks just like a polish bottle.  You twist off the top just like you would for a nail polish, but then you squeeze the sides to open the clear plastic part.  though the front holder shows only a few sizes there are TONS of different sizes so you are almost guaranteed to find ones to fit your hands.

The nails are fairly thick which makes them sturdy, but fairly heavy.  I’m also not used to my nails being this long so it is taking some adjusting to.

The application (once you’ve picked the appropriate sizes) is really simple, first you clean all your nails with the provided wipes then you just pull the clear plastic tab to remove the covering from the sticky back side and press them on your nail.  After the first 7 were on I started having an issue pulling the tabs off so I quickly learned that using a tweezer to remove the tabs worked wonderfully.

Earlier today I went to Starbucks. While I was there I got a couple compliments. One of the girls thought they were my real natural nails AND she loved the pattern.  I think that is a pretty cool compliment to the manufacturers.

As most of my readers know, nail polish rarely lasts me more than 24 hours.  How do these press-ons compare?  I’ve had them on now about 48 hours. They are still on and not peeling off my nail like polish does.   I did however experience chipping of the actual pattern. I’m not sure if this is normal but it did sort of ruin the whole perfect looking nail thing.

As you can see the chipping is probably on 10% of the whole pattern, which doesn’t seem like it should happen.  Owell – still this is better than the whole coat of polish peeling off.

Overall verdict?  I’d sure be open to trying them again (actually I might be able to make a full set from my leftovers too) but I’d like to see the polish last more than a day and a half.

I still challenge you to find me nails that will last me more than 2 days and still look fresh!

UPDATE: 12/29: I woke up this morning with two nails having committed suicide in my sheets.  I took the remaining 8 nails off – which was easy and straightforward.  As I’ve said previously, I am really really hard on my nails, so this surpassed my expectations.



Avalon Organics Nourishing Cherry Aloe Lip Balm Review September 19, 2011

Filed under: Review,Skincare — slagoon @ 10:47 am
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Next up from Influenster is the Avalon Organics Nourishing Cherry Aloe Lip Balm. Unfortunately there isn’t much to see outside the product photos I’ve taken. While it is nourishing and conditioning – there is nothing you can really see with my camera/lighting as far as swatches or anything.

This balm is a clear gloss similar to a Burts Bees. Do you remember those Luden’s cherry cough drops that tasted like candy? That is exactly what this smells like. I love the scent and the flavor. It feels good on my lips, is not sticky, and lasts for a good couple hours.

It seems to retail for between $2.00 and $5.00 at grocery and drugstores. I will definitely keep an eye open for these and pick them up in the future. They are just as good as my beloved Burts Bees and a nice change.

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Juice Beauty Conditioning Lip Color Review September 17, 2011

Filed under: Makup,Review — slagoon @ 10:31 am
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 I’m kicking off my first Influenster review with the Juice Beauty Conditioning Lip color. As I mentioned in my previous post, Influenster is a website where you can sign up to receive free full sized products in exchange for honest reviews. The Juice Beauty Conditioning lip color was part of that set of samples. The color I received was “Fig”.  I was super excited to try it, because as you all know, I am hooked on makeup!

Lets see how I liked it….



Influenster Vox Box – August Naturals September 16, 2011

Filed under: Food,General,Makup,Skincare — slagoon @ 10:07 am
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Influenster is a website where you can sign up to receive free full sized products in exchange for honest reviews. I signed up a couple months ago and was contacted at the beginning of the month to see if I was interested in participating in the August Naturals Vox Box – which was supposed to be full of natural products.

Earlier this week I received my August Naturals Vox Box from  Inside of it was:

•       Influenster Postcard ( a quick breakdown on each product)
•       WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioner with instruction sheet
•       Derma E Very Clear Problem Skin Cleanser
•       Food Should Taste Good All Natural Tortilla Chips
•       The Natural Dentist Healthy Gums Antigingivitis Rinse
•       JĀSÖN Naturals Soothing Aloe Vera Hand Soap
•       Juice Beauty Conditioning Lip Color
•       HALO snack bar by Probar
•       Avalon Organics Nourishing Organic Lip Balm

I get to test each of these and will write a review on each before the month is out.  Which ones are you most interested to hear about?