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Sally Hansen Blow Bubbles

Hey guys! Happy Friday! Today’s post is on one of those new shades from Sally Hansen’s Triple Shine line. It’s a softer, lighter shade that’s perfect any time of the year really. Here’s Sally Hansen Blow Bubbles.

Sally Hansen Blow Bubbles

Blow Bubbles is a light pink that struck me as being duochrome a little bit (but not really). It shows a teeny flash of bright pink and I was actually expecting purple. But it’s still a pretty, light shade. This is a good one to use over other shades I think, like crème pink or purples and such. Formula was pleasant to work with. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Sally Hansen Blow Bubbles (in shade)

Sally Hansen Blow Bubbles (direct sunlight)

Sally Hansen Blow Bubbles (close-up)

I contemplated using this for my wedding mani, but I think I’m going with a holo still. :)

This should be available generally wherever Sally Hansen is retailed.

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

MISSHA Moist 24 Hand Cream Manuka Honey

In one of MISSHA orders last year, I picked up a few hand creams they have on clearance to try them out. Today’s post is on one of them. Here’s MISSHA Moist 24 Hand Cream Manuka Honey.

MISSHA Moist 24 Hand Cream Manuka Honey

At 70 ml, this lotion is handy enough to fit into your travel essentials. The front of the squeeze tube reads long lasting moisturizing effect derived from nature”.

The back of the bottle actually has Korean text, but there is a small silver square sticker with the product description and details in English. It states the following:

  • Containing manuka honey from New Zealand and sunflower extract, it keeps your skin healthy by providing abundant nutrients.
  • Containing MOIST 24™, it keeps your skin moisturized all day long.
  • It is well absorbed into your skin with fresh afterfeel and makes your hands soft without stickiness.

“DIRECTIONS: Apply an appropriate amount over the hands when you feel dry or after washing the hands.

CAUTION: For external use only. Do not swallow. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes.

AGAINST ANIMAL TESTING”

Verdict? Not bad. The scent can be pretty strong for some, but it dissipates quickly. It is a light soapy scent that I can’t quite narrow it down to what it is. It smells very, very familiar. The hand cream itself is white, but not stark white. It’s more like a gel white, which has a little bit of translucent property to it. It goes on smoothly and is quickly absorbed by the skin. It does make my hands feel moisturized, but I’ve had various other hand lotions and creams that works better in that department. I find myself having to reapply more often. It’s not greasy at all and that gets a thumbs up in my book. I find that a lot of hand creams, rather than hand lotions, have a hard time finding that balance in terms of not falling into the too greasy bucket while being moisturizing.

I got this for a cool $3 online here when it was on this super sale or clearance last year. I see that it’s currently selling for $4.90.

Zoya Magical Pixie Swatches

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve shown some nail swatches here because I was curing several breaks and tears. But when I finally got around to getting some done, this is the collection I reached for — Zoya Magical Pixie Swatches. Here they are shown in the order of the press release.

First up is Cosmo.

Zoya Cosmo

I absolutely adore this shade. It’s a glitter with silver holographic particles. What’s not to love? It is described as “a silver crystal sparkle, textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles”. This type of shade isn’t new at all (I think of OPI Servin’ Up Sparkle) but that’s a limited edition shade so those that missed out on the OPI can get this Zoya one. Comparison between the 2 is that they’re similar but Zoya Cosmo has a textured finish and it’s more packed. Glitter in both will differ as well, which is why I see them more as similar and definitely not as dupes. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.

Zoya Cosmo (in shade)

Zoya Cosmo (direct sunlight)

Zoya Cosmo (close-up)

Next up is Vega.

Zoya Vega

Vega is the blue version of Cosmo basically. It’s packed with the same glittery goodness and bears the same texture finish. It is described as “blue opal sparkle, textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles”. Formula is great to work with. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.

Zoya Vega (in shade)

Zoya Vega (direct sunlight)

Zoya Vega (close-up)

Lastly, here’s Lux.

Zoya Lux

Lux is basically the same exact thing as Cosmo and Vega except in Pink. This is described as “a rose quartz sparkle textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles”. Formula is great to work with and it dries really fast. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.

Zoya Lux (in shade)

Zoya Lux (lighting changed)

Zoya Lux (direct sunlight)

Zoya Lux (close-up)

Zoya Lux (lighting changed again)

This is Zoya’s offering for the texture trend that’s been very popular in the nail polish world the past few months. “Imagine the best-selling Zoya PixieDust formula amped up with larger glitter and the first ever holographic pixie particle – for a never before seen magical effect!” I personally don’t care much for the texture trend, but I can safely say that these Zoya’s are my favorite among all the textured polishes I’ve seen. I don’t care much for non-glitter texture polishes really. Some non-glittery texture shades can pass off as cute to me (like a mint color), but I certainly have no desire to get them in every shade possible. I like the formula for these as I didn’t have to pat or strategically place the glitter on the nail like some other hex glitter polishes from various brands.

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

Tangle Teezer

During my last trip to Sally Beauty Supply, I took advantage of their red tag clearance deals and I also remembered to pick up this curious gem I’ve been hearing about called Tangled Teezer.

Tangle Teezer

First, I gawked at the price. But once I got over it and reasoned with myself that it could be the holy grail of brushes in my life, I purchased it. Is it worth it?

First, I picked the original design over their newer one. This just seems to call out to me more and the color scheme is my cup of tea. It’s made of pretty durable, brightly colored plastic material (at least I think so). It fits in my hand really well and is easy to use. The insert states the following:

“Tangle Teezer boasts a revolutionary teeth formation that delivers speedy and gentle results. Helps minimize hair breakage caused by mistreatment when detangling. Promotes healthy looking hair by noticeably increasing shine, leaving it looking silky smooth after styling.”

This product works for all kinds of hair, wet or dry. I know a lot of beauty bloggers that own this use it in the shower, but the brand also makes one specifically for the shower. I have been using this for 2 weeks now and I love it. The AHA moment is definitely the first time I used it on both instances of wet and dry hair. On dry hair — it removes tangles without the tugging that results in hair breaking off. On wet hair — very effective in detangling compared to a comb. I’m not quite sure what the secret behind this is, whether it’s the soft bristles or partly some psychological conditioning on having a gentler hand in brushing because it has softer bristles. Bottom line is it works. Gone are the days when I would fight with my hair to get the tangles out. Half the time, using a comb results in pain and hair breakage. No more, my friends. No more.

Tangle Teezer (shot to show the bristles)

This retails for $12.99 each at your local Sally Beauty Supply store. You can also nab this online here. I’m not sure where else it’s sold, but I’m hoping they will be available in mass retail stores soon. There are so many fun designs and colors that I’ve seen other people have and I want in on the fun too! I’m looking into getting at least one more for the shower and one in the car. For a size reference, here it is next to my computer mouse (which I think is the standard PC mouse size):

Tangle Teezer and PC Mouse size comparison

Very important to note that the box says specifically in bold lettering: Do not use with heat.

Wedding DIY #1 – Matchbook Wedding Mints

I’ve mentioned here and there in my blog posts about my upcoming wedding (less than 2 weeks away!) and thought I’d share a few things from it that I’ve done. I’ll post the invitations later on, but what I do have pictures of on hand right now are of one of the 4 wedding favors I have for my guests. 3 of them have a DIY component and one doesn’t (haha, photo booth — surprise, surprise!). So here’s the first one I’m sharing with you guys: Matchbook Wedding Mints!

Matchbook Wedding Mints

You can make this matchbook holder for any other party occasion really. I think it’s really cute! I thought about ordering actual matchbook matches and having our names and date of the wedding on it, but then I already got the mints and thought why not have mints housed in there instead of matches? I sketched it out roughly but wasn’t sure how to hold the mints onto the card stock I’ll be using, so I looked it up online. I’m glad I did because I thought about using a glue gun and I think the stapler method is much better (and faster as well as easier). I used a sheet of card stock the size of regular paper and that’s enough exactly for 4 of these. My fiancé didn’t have Microsoft Word on my PC at home, so I used Open Office instead and it worked out perfectly. I was able to select the 4 column option after setting it to landscape and it actually lightly prints out the lines to divide them. I used a pair of scissors to cut down the lines for 4 rectangular pieces. It took trial and error for me to figure out where the creases should be (I have buttermints here and other mints like Lifesavers may be smaller so the overall size is smaller). I folded a bottom part nicely for the top flap to be able to tuck into it to close. I then make folds/creases to accommodate the fullness and length of the buttermints. I did this all initially in a trial run with regular white paper since it’s not as firm as card stock. Once I figured out roughly the measurements, I entered the text I wanted in the front and on the “spine”.

To assemble, I make all the creases I need in the card stock. I then stuck 2 mints in it and gauged where to punch in the staple at the very ends where the seal is so as to not pierce the candy wrapper to retain the freshness of the buttermints. I tucked one end of the buttermints into the small flap and then staple them in place. I then tuck the top flap of the other end under the flap on the stapled side. Shown below is what it looks like opened up.

Matchbook Wedding Mints (opened up)

I didn’t take a picture of the text on the spine part, but it says “Thank You!” there. As mentioned earlier, you can use this to DIY favors for other events as well like baby or wedding showers and birthdays just to mention a few. I chose a card stock that’s a marble like print so my text will have to be simple. I’ve seen some online where they used a plain colored card stock (like cream or white) and they incorporated a logo or some clip art in color.

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