Just Another Mani Monday Featuring OPI and China Glaze

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It's been a while since I've done a polish post so I thought it would be fun to share my current mani.

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I was in a bit of a dither over what to put on my nails, yesterday. I kept picking up this polish, that polish... Nothing really fired my desire. Until I ran across OPI Sorry I'm Fizzy Today. I have had this polish lurking around for... A couple of years and I've never worn it. I applied my usual base then smoothed on two easy coats of OPI Sorry I'm Fizzy Today and good old Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.

Polish, pretty! Yesss! Take a closer look. Bubbles! Shit! I didn't feel like taking my polish off and starting over with a different colour so... Time to cover the bubbles. With what? Dots? Nah. Not in the mood. Stamping? Nope. Glitter? Yeah. Glitter is fast and easy. Glitter should work just fine. But which glitter? Back to the polish rack. This one? No. Won't work with my polish colour. This one? Nope. The formula is crap. So why is it still in my life? I need to deal with that. Later. Wait... There's that glitter I received in a holiday swap. What's it called, again? China Glaze Glitter Me This... Perfect. One coat of this gorgeous mix of tiny to large gold, white and pale pink hex pieces in a clear base. A perfect mate for the coral OPI creme.

Glitter Me This... went on very easily, I didn't have to fight with it and did minimal patting or placing. China Glaze does such good glitters. Another coat of Seche Vite and I was good to go. Sit down at my computer and edit photographs. Wanna know what I was working on? Stay tuned.

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Look ma! No bubbles! And sparkle! What more could a polish lover want?

Great... Fuzz in my picture. Why didn't I catch that in editing? Wait, it's not fuzz it's... Fine details. Yeah. That's what it is.

So, gentle reader, what's on your nails?

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Sample Saturday | Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Gel-Creme

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It is rare that I encounter an all skin types moisturizer that can stand up to my very dry skin and actually make it feel lovely and hydrated. Surprisingly, Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Gel-Creme is one of those rare moisturizers.

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A lightweight, unscented gel-creme that feels cooling, luxurious and silky; it spreads readily across my skin and drops in to provide hours and hours of hydration, plumps my skin and leaves it feeling velvety soft, smooth and comfortable. This moisturizer is free of chemical sunscreens. Each sip sized sachet packet is enough for one application, for me hairline to bustline.

My preferred use is for day, under makeup and it's especially nice after I've exfoliated or done a little peel as it is soothing and very gentle. Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Gel-Creme is a lovely product and I now have a big jar of it on my Sephora Loves List to pick up in the near future.

Are you a fan of Clinique skin care? Have you tried the Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Gel-Creme? If you're interested you can pick it up at SephoraNordstromMacy'sLord & Taylor and other fine retailers that carry Clinique.

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My Play! By Sephora Beauty Subscription Box for August | First Impressions

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So, it's nearing the end of August and I have my Play by Sephora box in my hot little hands and ready to share with my gentle readers. The theme for August is "The Eye Openers" and the contents is geared toward having fresher, prettier peepers.

Let's take a look at what's in da box, shall we?

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Let us keep to a natural progression and begin with skin care then work out, from there.

  • Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Eye Lifting Balm: 0.5 oz. $62.00. Lift and lifting in the same name... Now, that's just bad staff work. I haven't tried anything Caudalie, before so I am excited to get into this stuff, soon but it needs to wait it's turn as I'm in deep with testing a different eye cream. 
  • Lancome Energie de Vie The Smoothing & Glow Boosting Liquid Moisturizer. 1.69 oz. $55.00 Try shoving that name into a tweet! There'd be no room for rants or raves. Or my link. I included a bit of this in my skin care-a-thon, last night. The thin, semi clear gel like fluid felt quite lovely going on; cool and refreshing and it has a light, fresh, pretty scent that doesn't linger much past application. Is my skin transformed? Yeah. I look like one of those Jenner chicks, now. 
  • Makeup For Ever Artist Eye Shadow Full Size $21.00. Want to know what is more frustrating than trying to explain algebra to me? Trying to sort out or find a specific shade in the MUFE number/letter system. I tried. I really did try to narrow down what shade my snack sized Artist Shadow is. There are now huge clumps of hair all around me and I'm six sheets to the wind. Okay... Maybe I'm exaggerating. A little bit. But damn! I never did find, I think it's 6P01? The shadow is a shimmery cocoa with a bit of a rosy undertone. Perfect for the upcoming Fall season. The texture is lovely and it swatched like a dream. 
  • Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12 Hour Waterproof $10.00. I received the shade Flirting Game, a shimmery taupe with a hint of gold fleck. I really dig this shade! The texture is smooth, creamy enough to swatch like a dream but not so soft that it falls apart or melts on contact. I wore the swatch around until I needed to wash my hands, again. It survived soap and water but once I dried my hands, it came away on my towel. I call that a winner... I don't wash my eyes multiple times a day in soap and hot water so I think that this will wear very nicely, even on my hooded eyes. 
  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara Full size is $22.00. I really, really, really like this mascara so I was thrilled to receive another sample. I've had snack sizes, a travel size that came in my Naked on the Run palette and I've purchased a full size. I like this formula in the full size but honestly, I prefer the snack size... I think it's just that little bit better. 
  • CLEAN Blonde Rose Eau de Parfum 3.4 oz. $90.00. I'm not so sure about this one. I like CLEAN fragrances, they are so fresh and lovely. Blonde Rose has notes that I love; Aldehydic Watery, Rose, Peony and Jasmine as well as musk. I'm okay with Sandalwood, as a supporting note but I'm not wild about Cedar. The top notes are pretty woody but once it dries down and the top notes fade the fragrance wears as a softly powdery floral with a warm hint of musk that I very much enjoy. 

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Swatches of the MUFE Artist Shadow and the Sephora Collection eye liner. Aren't they pretty? So wearable and easy. I'm going to enjoy these. 

What do I think of my Play! By Sephora Beauty Subscription Box, this month? It's a hit. I'm always down to try new skin care, the makeup items are beautiful, good quality; I will make good use of them and all are in contention for future full sized purchases. I'm not crazy go nuts for the fragrance and I wouldn't consider buying it.

Play! By Sephora Beauty Subscription Box is a very affordable $10.00 a month and it beats Ipsy all hollow, in my not so humble opinion. It's easy to sign up for however, there is a waiting list on which I had to languish for well over a month before I got my fist shipment in July. So far, I'm happy with this service so we will be carrying on, together. 

Are you subscribed to Play! By Sephora? What do you think of what you are receiving? If you haven't yet tried it, do you think that you will? Please do tell. 

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Madam C J Walker Beauty Culture Brassica Seed & Shea Oils Silkening Leave In and Blow Out Creme

 Every revolutionary step we take has been paved by trailblazing women before us. Madam C.J. Walker was a woman who lived with a vision that was beyond her time. America’s first female self-made millionaire, Madam Walker defied history and expectations and built a global beauty empire that empowered women to be their best – while enriching communities across the nation through her generous philanthropy and activism. Whether you are building a business, getting an education, raising a family, ascending the corporate ranks, serving country and community through public office, the military, non-profits or volunteerism, or any combination of these and more – you are a Modern Day Madam…a woman defying the odds every day to create the life you desire.

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Inspired by the original Madam Walker, Madam C J Walker Beauty Culture is more than a brand, it is a legacy. Reimagined for modern beauties and our specific hair needs, these are performance driven products formulated with natural, high quality ingredients that deliver results and help us all to be unapologetic in the expression of our individual beauty.

I received two items from this line to try. I was encouraged to peruse the  Madam C J Walker Collection on Sephora's website and choose a couple of products that would best suit my own tresses. I went right to the Brassica Seed and Shea Oils Smooth Style line. I have long, rather thicker than normal, wurly, frizz prone hair that is dry and damaged, thanks to my affinity for being blonde and playing with creative colours. My hair needs deep hydration, tons of slip and to be coated, cushioned and protected from friction, heat and just day to day living. Madam C J Walker delivers.

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Madam C J Walker Brassica Seed & Shea Oils Silkening Leave In is formulated with Brassica Seed Oil, a natural alternative to silicone that provides the slip, smoothness and luster I desire without creating buildup or weighing my hair down. This rich, balmy stuff smells absolutely delicious with notes of Spun Sugar, Red Velvet Creme and I detect Musk, as well. The scent is prevalent without being overwhelming and it lingers softly, beautifully in my hair for days. Oh, and it leaves my hands smelling nice for hours, even after multiple hand washings.

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I like to apply Silkening Leave In after I wash my hair. I put my freshly washed and conditioned hair loosely in my turbie for a couple of minutes then let it down, divide it in half down the back and apply about a nickle size dollop, first to one side then the other, concentrating on my length and ends then finishing up at my roots and crown. I get a little extra to work into particularly dry/frizz prone areas of my canopy then I detangle, working gently from my ends upward, using my wide tooth comb. The Brassica Seed and Shea Oils provide the slip I need to nearly effortlessly work the snarls from my tangle prone wurls and deeply hydrates and softens my distressed tresses. If I'm air drying, I add a little hair oil to seal in all of that good moisture and further soften and condition. I then damp bun or let it hang loose to dry. From my first use of this gorgeous product, it became a favorite.

Ingredients:
-Brassica Seed Oil: A natural alternative to silicone. 
-Shea Oil: A natural deep conditioner for hair. 
-Sage: Supports scalp health.

Water, Glycerin (Vegetable), Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides (Coconut Oil), Behentrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-7, Glyceryl Caprylate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*+, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Symphylum Officinate Leaf Extract, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Coco-Glucoside, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Algin, Chitosan, Gellan Gum, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend). 

*Certified Organic. 
+Fair Trade

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Blow drying or as I like to call it, "blow frying" is a step I have to take if I want the sleek, smooth look I prefer for my hair. Being absolutely hopeless with a blow dryer and round brush, I rely on my Revlon One Step Hair Dryer and Styler and of course, Madam C J Walker Brassica Seed & Shea Oil Silkening Blow Out Creme.

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The Silkening Blow Out Creme is, in reality a thin, quite liquid-y formulation that contains Brassica Seed Oil and Shea that provides natural heat protection and brush glide to reduce tug, friction and breakage. This blow out creme has the same delicious, delightful scent as it's sister product. When I use this product before I blow dry, my hair comes out so soft, silky-smooth, shiny and it stays that way for days and days, even when I wear it up then let it down, again. If you follow me on Snapchat, you will have seen my hair in it's sleek, shining freshly blown out glory. I am so impressed with this incredible stuff!

Ingredients:
-Brassica Seed Oil: A natural alternative to silicone. 
-Shea Oil: A natural deep conditioner for hair. 
-Sage: Supports scalp health. 
-Panthenol (Provitamin B5): Blocks moisture and keeps hair shiny. 

Water, Glyceryl Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin (Vegetable), Diheptyl Succinate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*+, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glyceryl Caprylate, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Panthenol, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Glyceryl Undecylenate, PVP, Polyquaternium-7, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Coco-Glucoside, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Algin, Chitosan, Gellan Gum, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend). 

*Certified Organic. 
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I am not, however impressed with the packaging. The tube in which my Silkening Blow Out Creme arrived has a large opening and merely tipping it down to dispense the product results in a gusher with splashing and blow out creme running down my shirt. *sigh* I have to be very careful about how I dispense this product for use. If you ask me, this gorgeous stuff needs to be in a pump bottle or, just switch the packaging of these two products. Put the blow out creme in the disc top cap bottle and the thick leave in in the tube.

Packaging aside, I am deeply impressed with Madam C J Walker Beauty Culture products and their mission statement. The Brassica Seed & Shea Oils Silkening Leave In and Brassica Seed & Shea Oils Silkening Blow Out Creme are beautiful products that deliver the results that they promise. Both products are free of Sulfates, Parabens and Phthalates and this line is Cruelty Free.

Madam C J Walker Beauty Culture has a full range of products designed to address the concerns and unique needs of every hair type. Have you tried this brand? What are your favorites? Please do tell.

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