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Nina Ultra Pro Mambo

Only a few more day’s before Christmas and I’m all set for it. Are you guys done with your holiday shopping? There’s always some last-minute gifts you can grab for everyone on your list. I’ll make a post tomorrow maybe on some really last-minute gift ideas. Today’s post is on the last Nina Ultra Pro shade from their Sultry Samba Collection a few years ago. Here’s Nina Ultra Pro Mambo.

Nina Ultra Pro Mambo

Mambo is the purple creme in this collection. Just like most of the other shade, there is a dustiness to this. I have no idea how many coats this is or how the formula fared since I took this years ago.

Nina Ultra Pro Mambo (in shade)

Nina Ultra Pro Mambo (direct sunlight)

Nina Ultra Pro Mambo (close-up)

Please excuse the lack of clean up in these shots. These were taken shortly after I just started blogging years ago.

Shimmer Polish Strength

Hey guys! How are y’all doing? I hope good. I have 2 days of work left for this year and I’m looking forward to it a lot. I can’t wait to sleep in on the first day I’m off. My sleeping pattern has been messed up lately. I’m looking forward to making my last ULTA order for the year tonight (yeah, right!) and I’m ashamed to say that I recently hit Platinum there. Today’s post is on my lats Shimmer Polish shade on hand. Here’s Shimmer Polish Strength.

Shimmer Polish Strength

This glittery shade is pretty with a twist. It is described as “teal & silver with hearts” according to the creator. The hearts definitely caught my attention with this shade. I am not a huge fan of non-regular shaped glitter shades usually, but I’ve made a few exceptions in the past. Each sale of this shade yields a donation to charity for PCOS. Just like other Shimmer Polish shades I’ve used and reviewed, glitter pieces are abundant and no sinking glitter at all even though I’ve had this bottle for more than a year. I did have to pat the heart piece where I wanted to though. There is a tiny bit of evaporation, but it didn’t affect application at all. Formula is nice and applies beautifully. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Shimmer Polish Strength (in shade)

Shimmer Polish Strength (lighting changed)

Shimmer Polish Strength (direct sunlight)

Shimmer Polish Strength (close-up)

Shimmer Polish Strength (lighting changed again)

Shimmer Polish retails for $12 each and you can purchase them on the website or through their Etsy store. If none of the shades are quite right, you can request a custom polish to be made in any name you want for $15 each.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

ipsy December 2014 Glam Bag

Hey guys! Only a few more days until I’m officially off for the rest of the year! I’m so excited! Pretty much all the gifts are wrapped and the annual baking the Cookie Elf does for work is done. Those suckers were all gone in 3 hours! I made about 6 batches of 4 different types of cookies. I’ve been quite busy, so I managed to only spare a few minutes to show you what I got in my ipsy December 2014 Glam Bag.

ipsy December 2014 Glam Bag

The first item that I noticed was the Tarte lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara. I have about 3 of these laying around, so I didn’t really need another one but it’s not bad to have. It’s a decent mascara really. Next we have Beauty Without Cruelty A.H.A. 3% Facial Cleanser. I’m on a Freeman Beauty and Philosophy kick at the moment that I’m not sure if this will be put to use anytime soon. At any rate, I think I’ll keep this in my bathroom cabinet to keep it handy for use later on. I saw the NYX Butter Lip Balm and seriously thought about giving this to my FIL that loves lip balms. Only thing is it’s not clear (shade I got is called Marshmallow), so it’ll be something good for me to try out eventually. The most intriguing item would have to be the Swissco Electroplated Eyelash Curler. I’ve seen items from this brand in TJMaxx but I’ve just never been moved to grab any of them. I have a good eyelash curler so I think I’ll put this towards a goody bag for my niece that loves the color purple. Last item up is the Pixi Fairy Dust. The shade I got is Brightening Bare and while I like the brand Pixi, I don’t really have a use for this item. I think my nieces would get a kick out of this though, so I’ll be saving this one for one of them. The bag this month is a simple black nylon type material zip top pouch. It’s one of my least favorite bags from them since I started my subscription with them, but that’s okay since you win some and you lose some along the way.

Tarte lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara

Beauty Without Cruelty A.H.A. 3% Facial Cleanser

NYX Butter Lip Balm

Swissco Electroplated Eyelash Curler

Pixi Fairy Dust

And here I thought that last month’s bag was kinda disappointing, LOL! It can only go up from here — can’t wait for next month’s bag already!

Nina Ultra Pro Cha-Cha-Cha

Back when I first started getting into nail polish, neons were not my thing. It was one of the finishes I hated the most. At some point this has changed. I gravitated to the brighter and bold shades. Today’s post is on Nina Ultra Pro Cha-Cha-Cha.

Nina Ultra Pro Cha-Cha-Cha

Cha-Cha-Cha is the orange from the Sultry Samba Collection. Unlike the other shades though, this one’s exceptionally bright — almost neon but not quite. There is a slight dustiness to this shade. Again, I have no idea how many coats this is or what the formula’s like since I took this years ago.

Nina Ultra Pro Cha-Cha-Cha (direct sunlight)

Nina Ultra Pro Cha-Cha-Cha (close-up)

The direct sunlight shots are the most accurate ones to show how this shade really looks.

Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser

Here’s something I’ve been trying out lately while going through my beauty and skincare stash: Nourish Organic Lightweight Moisturizing Face Lotion from my ipsy September 2014 Glam Bag. It was the perfect size to try this out for a week or two to see if I need to nab this for the winter season.

Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser

What I love about this product? It cleans pretty good as expected from a facial cleanser. It removes all the oil from my face at the end of the day, which is unexpected based on how the formula feels. The formula is light and more viscous than most I’ve tried. It is also creamy white in color. It provided good cleansing power for the few bubbles I get. Remember, bubbles doesn’t automatically mean clean. That’s something I’ve learned from years of soapmaking. It does give you the illusion that it cleans because of how we’re all brought up and led to believe that. I was actually surprised that there are some bubbles at all since it’s a cream cleanser. The product packaging is pretty and clean — quite simple too.

What I don’t like about this product? The scent. Compared to the Nourish Organic Lightweight Moisturizing Face Lotion, this smells worse in my opinion. I was really expecting to be around the same scent as the face lotion or scentless even, but this actually has a scent to it that I don’t find pleasant at all. It’s a scent that I associate with organic and natural immediately (although not all organic and natural beauty items smell like that or the same even) or something very similar to it. It definitely does not make me think it came from Bath & Body Works or other similar brands. Scent is something very personal and we each have our own preferences, so I wouldn’t just discount trying it out based on my take on the scent if I were you.

This item is available on their online store here as well as at various retailers such as Whole Foods, Target, Sprouts, and Vitamin Shoppe.