Easy Dotticure Featuring OPI Hawaii Collection Polishes

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How's about a quick nail art post featuring an easy-peasy dotticure? I used polishes from the OPI Hawaii Collection for Spring but you can use any polishes that you like.


This is easy stuff, gentle reader. You just need four shades of nail polish and a couple of dotting tools with larger and smaller heads.

Apply base coat and two or so coats of your primary nail colour. Now, on a small working surface (I just use a bit of foil or scrap paper), drop a small puddle of light coloured polish off of your brush and using your biggest dotter head make three or four random dots on each nail. Lay out a big drop of another colour and using a medium dotting head, dot three or four random dots near and away from the huge dots. Then with your darkest colour and a very small dotter fill in with a few random tiny dots. Then grab your medium dotter and, with that same darkest colour, dot a dot in the middle of the great big, light dots. Let your nails dry for a few minutes to avoid smudging and float on your favorite fast dry top coat. That is all there is to it.

Have you tried doing dotticures? They really are the easiest form of nail art and fun to do. If you would like to try decorating your nails, I encourage you to start with dots. You can't go wrong.
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Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection Pointed Crease Brush | Review

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I recently qualified for a Klout perk and the item I received is a Real Techniques Bold Metals 201 Collection Pointed Crease Brush. This newer offering from the Real Techniques line is meant to give a more luxe and professional feel and experience. From the packaging, which was a fun bit of overkill which I shared on my Instagram feed, to the sleek, angled platinum toned handle and ferule and the soft, snow white synthetic bristles this brush is very different from anything else I own. 


Once removed from it's too large, too much plastic retail plastic retail packaging the brush feels weighty but not heavy and sits comfortably in my hand. I like the balance, it is easy to manipulate and work with. 

The angled handle means that the brush, when laid down on an uneven surface won't roll away from you. I like that. My dressing table is an old piece, it is not perfectly level and all of my eye brushes roll around on it. This one stays where I set it down. 


The synthetic bristles, themselves are very soft, the brush head is densely packed, giving it a firm feel. The diameter is a bit on the large side for a typical crease brush and I know that that is something that some people are not all that crazy about. I don't mind it. I have a lot of lid space and hooded eyes, this brush shape and size happens to work very well for me. As does the dense bristle pack. I can use it to create a crease and shade and define my orbital bone, a crucial technique for applying shadow to hooded lids. 

Love or leave of a particular makeup brush is definitely a very personal thing. I know that this one is getting very mixed reviews but personally, I love it. This brush, from the design to the performance works for me. If I hadn't received it as a Klout perk, I'd buy it. I have my eyes on a few other brushes in this line. I'd very much like to get the oval eye shader and the powder and blush brushes. 

The Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection 201 Pointed Crease Brush retails for $15.99 and is available at Ulta. 

Do you own any of the Bold Metals brushes? What do you think of them? Please share in a comment, I'd like to hear your thoughts. 

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Sunday Secret | For a Smooth, Peach Fuzz Free Face...


Sunday Secret | For a Smooth, Peach Fuzz Free Face... notesfrommydressingtable.com

Shave it!

Really.

A little facial cleanser, a nice, sharp razor and about one minute of time once or twice a week is all it takes. Be sure that your hair is held back out of your face. Wet your face, apply some of your favorite facial cleanser. Foaming or no... Doesn't matter. As long as it is slippy. Grab your razor and shave your face. I work over my cheeks and jawline, throat and chin in long, smooth, downward strokes. Over my upper lip, in careful downward strokes, the sides of my mouth, careful inward strokes and from my chin, up to my lower lip in short, careful upward strokes. I also shave my neck, just because. I've been shaving my face for so long that I can do it in the shower without a mirror in less than a minute.

Why do I shave? Well, gentle reader, I have that light, nearly invisible peach fuzz on my face that so many of us have and quite frankly, I don't like it. It is visible when backlit. My makeup gets caught and clotted up in it, it makes my makeup look streaky and weird unless I "work with the direction of the hair growth" when applying and when I wear powder? Yikes! Hello hairy face! And the macro photos I take for my blog just look better, to me without all of that fuzz and fine hair and nonsense poking, everywhere

I shave my face because my skin feels silky smooth afterward. My makeup looks so much better and is easier to apply. Also, shaving, it turns out is good for the skin as it exfoliates as it removes the hair. Shaving with a razor is a mild and safe form of dermaplaning, a procedure done in medical offices where a scalpel is used to carefully remove surface layers of skin to reveal fresh, new skin and encourage cell turnover. Shaving is painless, unlike using an epilator. I just can't with epilators. I tried those little pen shaped battery operated trimmers but they take forever to do the job and they leave a tiny stubble behind. Nope.

Okay, I know what you may be thinking. If you shave your face, you are going to end up with darker, thicker, coarser hair on your face, right? After all, that is what "everyone" says. Fret not. Your flower face will not turn into the visage of a cave man. Trust me. I have been shaving my face since my early twenties. I don't have a Fred Flinstone Five O:Clock shadow. Hair growth and characteristics are determined by your genetics, not by a razor. You have nothing to fear from that silly old wives tale.

So, stop worrying about going with the direction of the hair growth and fearing back light. Throw away that silly rubber tongue thing that came with that foundation that promised to work with your fuzzy face. Grab your facial cleanser, your razor and set yourself free.

 How do you like to remove that pesky facial fuzz? Tell me in a comment.

Sample Saturday | Philosophy Living Grace

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With notes of Fresh Neroli, Lily of the Valley and Warm Musk, Philosophy Living Grace is a soft, clean, lightly floral, easy to wear fragrance that delights my senses. I wouldn't mind having a full layering wardrobe of this scent. You know, I think that this fragrance would mix very nicely with Amazing Grace.

Philosophy Living Grace is available at Sephora, Ulta, department stores that carry Philosophy, and Philosophy's website.

Are you as in love with Philosophy's fragrances as I am? Which are your favorites?

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Milani Fierce Foil Eye Liner | Review

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I was seeing reviews of the Milani Fierce Foil Eyeliners everywhere I wandered, online and while intrigued by the dark, shimmery goodness, I wasn't going to turn myself inside out to try to get my hands on them. I lucked into a full Milani display at the old CVS across town from me, tho so I picked up two of the shades, Navy and Brown. How boring. Why didn't I pick up some of the other colours while they were available? I always default to the neutral.


In each package is a small pot of creme eye liner and a small, short handled liner brush with soft, synthetic bristles. The brush isn't bad, it gets the job done but I prefer a sharp, precise angled brush for applying creme and gel liners.

The liner lives in a shiny gold tone plastic pot with a clear plastic top with Milani emblazoned on it in gold. I like that I can see at a glance what colour is in the pot. I don't have to pick it up or look at a label. Speaking of which, that is on the bottom, offering the shade name, product weight and so on.


Open the lid and the creme liner inside looks somewhat dry and quite sparkly. As I pick it up with my brush one notable characteristic is that it feels a bit stiff. After I work it with my brush, it softens up a bit. I like to take my brush from the pot to the back of my hand to remove excess and refine my brush edge before application and the liner feels pretty fluid and smooth by then.

Application on the lash line is pretty good. Fairly smooth and easy. This liner wants to try to clump a little; due, no doubt to it's shimmery nature. It's best to not have too much liner on the brush, but you need enough to apply the line without having to go back to the pot, over and over. I can't get a line in one, fluid sweep with this liner. It just doesn't happen. Once I got the hang of working with it, I was able to minimize dips, tho. There is a little bit of a learning curve with this stuff. It's worth it.


Swatches of the Milani Fierce Foil Eye Liners on the back of my hand. Brown Foil is a warm brown with gold and coppery shimmer particles. Navy Foil is a navy blue with blue and silvery sparklies.



On my eyes. I'm wearing Navy Foil in these photos.

Pigmentation of the liner is good, not superior. I find that I need to go over my line a time or two to get a fully opaque line. As I mentioned earlier, this liner wants to clump, wiping the excess liner off the brush helps with that. If a clump is deposited, running over it with the brush easily smooths it down. This liner gives plenty of time to work with it, to get it in place just as I like it, then it sets to wear for hours and hours without transferring or smearing. A transfer proof liner is crucial for me, with my hooded lids. If a liner stamps from my lash line to my lid, it's a deal breaker. I do appreciate a little bit of fading by the end of the day but it's pretty minimal.

Overall, this eye liner is quite good. I think that is is a solid performer and well worth the price. I recommend it. If you can still find these liners in your local CVS or other retailers that carry Milani or you want to order online, grab some while you can. I think that you'll be pleased.

Have you tried the Milani Fierce Foil Eye Liners? Talk to me, tell me what you think.

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Soft Spring Makeup Hair and Nails | Collab


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It is Spring and I am celebrating with lighter, softer makeup colours, easy, no fuss hair and fun, bright and pastel nails.


The colour cosmetics I used for this look. I chose soft shades and tones in products that are easy to apply, wear well and look fresh and pretty, all day long. 


My eye look is easy, soft and pink but not a sick or "pink eye" pink. I started by running a little Naked 2 from my Urban Decay Naked Basics palette on a blending brush through my crease. Next, a base of Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal Eye Shadow in Inked in Pink tapped on to the movable part of my lid with my finger. I then wiped my blending brush off and dipped it into Alien in my Urban Decay Vice 3 palette and applied that over the Maybelline creme shadow and blended it up to the crease colour. I picked up a little Truth in the Vice 3 for highlight and brow then ran a little more Naked 2 through my crease and blended it up onto my orbital bone. I curled my lashes then lined upper and lower lash lines with Milani Fierce Foil Eye Liner in Navy. I'm not used to wearing that much dark liner under my eyes and it's freaking me out, a little bit. L'Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eye Liner  in Highlighter finished my inner corners. My mascara is Lancome Grandiose Wide Angle Fan Effect Mascara.  

I kept contouring subtle and well blended, my blush is Lancome Blush Subtil Blush and Highlighter Palette in Menage a Trois Flush. Linked is a similar trio in Rose Flush. My lips are wearing Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color in Petal Plush

My nail look is my happiness. I can't believe how incredibly pretty it came out. I literally can't stop looking at my nails. 


Two coats of OPI I Love Applause and one of  Barielle Golden Halo layered. OPI I Love Applause is a sweet, cool milky pink and Golden Halo is a gold shimmer with small and medium rose gold glitter pieces. Together they make magic. Just the prettiest, most delicate, feminine, glitter manicure I have ever worn.

If you want a pretty nail look for prom or a wedding or some other special event, try this combo. If you can't find OPI I love Applause, any cool, milky pink crelly will do. 


My photo of this manicure doesn't begin to do it justice. You need to try it, for yourself.


Minimal hair products. Minimal fuss.

This time of year, I start thinking about ways I can get my hair done with the least amount of fuss and heat, possible. The last thing I feel like doing on a hot day is hauling out a blow dryer and heat styling tools! Who needs heat stroke just for a hair do? Not I. It's much easier and far more comfortable to mist my tresses with some water, run a little conditioning oil and some curl spray through my hair, scrunch in my wurls and let it air dry.

Jewelry goes light and delicate as the days start to heat up, as well. I like to choose dainty pieces that give me some sparkle without weighing me down or making me feel overheated.

How are you changing up your look for Spring? Are you going with softer makeup? Lighter polish, an easier 'do?
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Lancome Grandiose Wide Angle Fan Effect Mascara | Review


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I wasn't going to write this review, I was going to let this one go. Use it up and move on but I feel that I would be remiss as a blogger if I were to do so. 

Lancome Grandiose Wide Angle Fan Effect Mascara: 0.35 oz. $32.00 claims to "Provide access to all lashes for bigger, brighter eyes." 

From Sephora and Lancome:

This revolutionary, Swan Neck™ Wand Mascara provides exceptional length, lift, and volume to all lashes. It features Lancôme's first patented wand, which works with the shape of your face for the easiest application, and the curve of the wand mixes the mascara with each twist open, allowing for formula that stays fresh longer. The specially designed, elastomer-molded brush perfectly deposits formula on each lash, while smaller bristles effortlessly coat even short lashes from root to tip for ultimate volume. The ultra-black, smudge-free formula features Lancôme’s rose cell extract, which nourishes and smooths lashes while providing infinite buildability. This high-gloss, clump-free mascara leaves lashes fanned out with maximum length, and it is designed with long-wearing, flexible polymers, which allow for easy removal.

The packaging is gorgeous! The heavy, plastic, logo embossed pear shaped tube graduates from solid, glossy black to crystal clear and inside the cap appears to grow a black rose. It is magical. And, if I am perfectly honest, a large part of the reason why I bought this mascara is because that tube is so gorgeous. I just wanted it. Silly, I know. 


This mascara has a unique swan neck angled and twisted wand to ease application and short - long rubber teeth bristles that are meant to separate and lift the lashes as it smooths the somewhat heavy, very richly black formula on the lashes.

I love the packaging, as I have said. I really love that swan neck shaped wand. The angle and twist makes application a breeze. I am a two handed mascara applier... I apply my mascara to my right eye lashes with my right hand, left eye lashes with my left hand so I don't have to angle the wand over and around facial features to apply to the other eye with my dominant hand but I love how that angled wand allows easy access to all of my lashes, all the way across my lash line, inner to outer corner. I am less likely to bash the wand into the side of my nose or smear mascara all over my upper water line, two things that happen to me on the regular with many other wand styles. Why... I don't know. I am a klutz...

The teeth on the wand is my main complaint with this mascara. The formula dries pretty inflexible and I would really object to this, but in doing so it does help to hold the curl I add with lash curler. No. The bristles, the long - short teeth and the spacing cause my lashes to come out in long, spiky clusters, rather than fanned out, fluffy, separated lashes. I have worked with this mascara for months, trying different application methods, wiggling, not wiggling, angling, not. Combing, not. Noting changes the end result.

I get these beautifully lengthened, deeply back, spiky lashes.

Picture Proof:



My lashes always look like this when I use Lancome Grandiose Wide Angle Fan Effect Mascara. The length enhancement is wonderous. The pigmentation is fantastic, this mascara is rich and black. Wear is absolutely lovely, as well. I can apply this mascara early in the morning and remove it late at night and never a flake, not even a hint of a smudge, smear or transfer. Removal of this mascara is not difficult. Any good eye makeup remover whisks it away without too much work. I have very sensitive eyes and I experience no discomfort from this mascara, at all. 

If Lancome fixed the bristles on the wand, they'd have a winner. If this mascara truly applied to create a full, fan effect of long, separated, flirty lashes, I'd buy this mascara until the end of time because aside from that one flaw, I like everything else about it. But that one flaw is fatal. I am using up this tube of mascara because it cost me $32.00 and I'm not going to toss that much money into the trash and it isn't awful, but unless they fix the wand, I won't be purchasing Lancome Grandiose Wide Angle Fan Effect Mascara, again. 

Lancome Grandiose Wide Angle Fan Effect Mascara  is available at Sephora, Lancome counters in department stores nationwide and on their websites. 


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Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipsticks | Review and Swatches

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I have been seeing Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick reviews in blog post after blog post after blog post. I finally had to cave and go buy a couple for myself. See if they live up to all of the hype. 

Do they? Please read on.


Encased in sleek, bright gold tone plastic tubes, the Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick has a luxe look at an affordable price. At the bottom of each tube is a small plastic insert that corresponds to the colour of the lipstick in the tube. Because the little bottom colour pop is so accurate, there is no reason for customers to be able to open these lipsticks in store and I would love to see Milani put safety seals on their lipsticks. I had to inspect a minimum of three lipsticks in each of the two shades I purchased to find lipsticks that hadn't been swatched by other people. 

I bought two shades of the Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick. Matte Blissful, a soft, cool toned rose pink and Matte Diva, a bright, fuchsia pink. 


Swatches of the lipsticks, Matte Blissful and Matte Diva on the back of my hand. 


Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick in Matte Blissful: Lip Swatch. (This lip swatch came out a bit cold. My lighting was a tad wonky in this photo.) 


Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick in Matte Diva: Lip Swatch.


And on my face. 

Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipsticks are pigmented, smooth and creamy. They apply easily without dragging, pulling or skipping. They can feel a tiny bit... Silicone-y or "oily" at first but as they set, that sensation fades away. It is easy to get full, even coverage on the lips. Wear time is pretty good, these lipsticks stain a little, as they fade away leaving the ghost of their full colour behind. Worn with a barrier pencil and corresponding lip liner, I don't have any trouble with migration into the lines around my lips or the lipstick crawling all over my face. Unlike other matte lippies in my arsenal, these lipsticks hold together very well, they do not crack and break apart at the moisture line, leaving that funky part lipstick-ed, part bare lip effect that I don't care for. These lipsticks wear fairly comfortably for matte formula lippies for me. 

I like these lipsticks. They are pretty, apply nicely, wear well and the packaging looks luxe for their affordable price. Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipsticks can be found on Milani's website, at CVS stores and other stores in other areas. They retail for $5.99 each. 

Have you tried this newer line of lipsticks? What do you think of them? Please do tell. 


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Sunday Secret | How I Keep Grabby Makeup Packaging Clean

We all have it. Makeup that comes in grabby packaging. NARS, Lorac, the original Urban Decay Naked Palette, that velvet covered IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Palette... Even silicone band sport watches. These items reach out and hold on to every free roaming speck of household and makeup dust, dander, pet hair and even light foundation smudges. And they don't give them up easily.


Until now. I figured out how to keep my grabby packaging and silicone watch bands clean and tidy, not have to store all of my palettes and compacts in their original boxes (what a pain in the ass that was!) or plastic zipper bags.


I left some of my grabby stuff sitting out for a week to accumulate a nice coating of airborne detritus. Look at all of the dust, dander, cat hair, fibers... *twitch*


The fast and easy way to clean off grabby packaging is with a lint roller. I buy the cheapie ones at Walgreen's. They work fine. Grab a lint roller and a messy, rubbery or velvety palette and roll, roll, roll. Bye-bye dust, dirt, makeup dust, pet hair, your hair, fibers and fluff. The lint roller will even clean away very light foundation smudges. 


Ahhh... That is so much better! Neat and tidy palettes and no more having to store them in their boxes. My life is easier, my mind is easier.

What do you think? Yeah? Nope? Maybe you'll try? Let me know if it worked for you.

Now if you'll excuse me, it's snack time and that banana looks tasty.

Sample Saturday | Nest Paradise Eau De Parfum



Nest Fine Fragrances Eau De Parfum in Paradise. This fragrance played me, hard.

With it's captivating top and middle notes of Mediterranean Blood Orange, White Ginger and Watery Nuances, upon first application, I was captivated. This scent was fresh, lush, delicious.

I had forgotten that one of the bottom notes is Cedar Wood. A note that I simply can't bear. About half an hour after I applied this scent, the fresh, watery note died away and the wood slammed into my senses like a freight train. I spent the next six hours in agony until we finally got home and I could get into the shower.

That was my personal experience with this scent.

I want to speak to the quality of the fragrance, it's self. This sample was of the Eau De Pafum. This fragrance is beautifully blended and very long lasting. The one time I prayed that a fragrance would not last, would just fade away it didn't. This scent was going strong, six hours after I applied it. I have to say, while this particular scent wasn't for me, I am impressed with the beautiful quality of Nest fine fragrances and I'd like to further explore the brand and see of there is a scent that I would enjoy.

Nest Fine Fragrances are available at Sephora.

Do you wear Nest fragrances? What are your favorites? Is there a clean, fresh, floral devoid of any hint of spice or wood that you could recommend I try?

Affordable Beauty: Cover Girl Colorlicious Lip Lava Lip Gloss in Lychee Lava


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Cover Girl recently released a line of lip glosses that they call Colorlicious Lip Lava. I have seen reviews on this gloss and was interested but not enough so to fanatically track them down and I didn't really bat an eye at the picked clean displays I was seeing in my local drug stores and Ulta. I knew that the initial rush on them would fade so I just hung back. Last time I was in CVS I finally saw a full display. Not only full but the products weren't sporting broken security seal tapes. Okay. That's my sign. Time to pick one up and see what all of the excitement is about.

I bought Lychee Lava, a bright, intense pink packed with fine colour shifting glitter that sparkles silver and many pinks, even sparks of purple and blue. (Sadly my camera didn't capture the more interesting colour shifts.)


Cover Girl Colorlicious Lip Lava Lip Gloss, $7.99 comes packaged in a long, slender, acrylic tube with a shiny dark pink metallic finish cap. The cap does not correspond to the colour of the gloss in the tube, tho in my opinion, and for the sake of balance, I think it should. There are nine shades ranging from a pale nude-peach to pinks, to purple to gold. All of the glosses are packed with sparkle and shine. 

The applicator, on the end of a long wand is a brush, rather than the usual doe foot. I like this brush for applying this gloss. It was a smart move. 


The obligatory hand swatch. Yeah... Probably should'a cropped that bad boy a bit better. 


Here is where this gloss really shines. Shines... Get it? Buh-duh-dumpt-dum! I'll be at Giggles and Snorts on Tuesday the 30th and don't forget to tip your waitress! 

The texture is lighter weight than I was expecting, it feels silky and slippy on the lips, not heavy or gloopy. Cover Girl claims that this gloss is highly pigmented, I would say that in reality pigmentation as about... Medium. It's good, not stellar. My own lip tone shone through, influenced the overall colour. The colour tends to be a bit uneven and streaky and settles very quickly into lip lines. I took the above photograph almost immediately after application and you can see that. The high shine and the sparkle from the glitter play good cover, however and the settling is not visible to the casual observer at a normal distance. Since no one is getting up into my grille with a macro lens any time soon, I'm going to call this a non issue. 

This gloss is super shiny. You can see that, above. It is also super sparkly, thanks to all of the glitter particles yet it is very comfortable to wear. I don't feel the glitter when I press or rub my lips together. Well done, Cover Girl. Wear time on this gloss is about average, carry it with you for the requisite touch ups that will need done. I back it up with a clear barrier pencil and a coordinating coloured lip liner around my lip line because, well... #oldhag If you kiss someone or eat or drink with it on, you are going to leave a glittery trail in your wake. My lips feel pretty happy when I remove it at the end of a wear session. High praise indeed, from my bitchy pucker. 

Bottom line? I have to say, not too shabby. Not too shabby at all. I am not, as a rule a huge Cover Girl fanatic. I love to pieces their Clump Crusher Mascara but honestly, I find most of their line to be pretty meh. Maybe I need to explore more of their newest offerings. If they are as lovely as the Lip Lava perhaps I'll convert. 

Have you tried the Cover Girl Colorlicious Lip Lava Lip Gloss? What do you think of it? Please do spill. And, if you've tried any of their other newest releases that you think I should give a whirl, let me know. 

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St. Patrick's Day Nail Art

Oh hush.

Yes, I did nail art. For a holiday. And I'm posting it. On the holiday. Weird, huh?

I was sitting at my polish desk, looking at my rack of untrieds and I kept zeroing in on a couple of very lovely greens and my brain started ticking off other colours to wear with them and what I could do to art things up.

So I grabbed polishes that I thought would work well together, some loose glitter, some ziggy-zaggy nail vinyls, a dotting tool and a roll of nail tape and got to it.

The polishes I chose to wear are:


All OPI. From the left as you are facing the screen:

Christmas Gone Plaid
That's Hula-Rious
Glitzerland
My Gekko Does Tricks
Alpine Snow

First I applied base coat then did my base colours.


On my thumb, middle and pinkie I applied two coats of Christmas Gone Plaid, ring is two coats of Alpine Snow and index, two of Glitzerland. I topped all nails with Seche Vite and went about some other things, allowing my nails a good bit of time to dry so that I wouldn't have trouble with the stickies I would be using, next.

I used nail tape on my ring nails about a third of the way in, on each side then I added the zig-zag tapes to my thumbs, middle and pinkie nails.


My Pinkies got two coats of My Gekko does Tricks, Middles That's Hula-Rious, thumbs, Glitzerland, removing the tapes immediately after the second coat for clean removal. My ring nails were painted with Gekko on one side, Hula-Rious on the other and the tapes removed, right away. On my index, I applied a thin coat of top coat, dusted and dipped loose glitter and cleaned up that mess. Note to self... No more loose glitter. Seriously. I dotted the middle, white panel on my ring nails with Glitzerland. I added Glitzerland accent dots on my middle and pinkie nails. On my thumb nail, I did accent dots with That's Hula-Rious. Did my cleanup and top coat.


So there you have it, my St. Patrick's Day nail art. My favorite nails are my ring... I like the design. I could have done better with the dotting but I like the overall look. I'll have to work on that one, refine it. And I'm crazy about the chevron/zig-zag tapes. They are so easy and fun to use and I need to order more. STAT.

What are you wearing on your nails for this festive day? Did you go green? Do art? Tell! Tell! And have a happy St. Patrick's Day!

The Care and Feeding of Blonde Hair with Dessange Paris

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As a blonde by choice, one of the biggest challenges I face is maintaining my colour and tone. I spend hours in my stylist's chair every eight to ten weeks, getting my colour and highlights done and then there is the upkeep at home. Making sure that my hair is cleansed, conditioned, moisturized and I'm keeping the brass at bay. It's a lot of work. Blonde isn't for sissies! 

I recently received my very first Influenster Vox Box and packed in mine was three products from Dessange Paris Hair Care. The products are from their California Blonde Collection available at Target. Priced from $9.99 to $11.99 these products are available online and in store.


The three products I received to try and share with you are the Shampoo, Conditioner and the CC Brass Color Corrector Creme. I have had a chance to take them for a test drive and I'm ready to tell you what I think. 


Let's start with the Dessange Paris California Blonde Illuminating Shampoo 8.5 oz. $9.99. Dessange says that "This brightening shampoo gently cleanses ad nourishes hair to enhance shine, colour radiance and softness." 

This creamy formula shampoo delivers a rich, cushioning lather and a somewhat chemical-y spicy floral scent. I got my hair thoroughly clean in one good shampooing. After rinsing my hair felt clean but not stripped. 


Dessange Paris California Blonde Illuminating Conditioner 6.7 oz. $9.99. I will never understand why hair care companies make their conditioner bottles smaller than their shampoo bottles. As someone who needs to condition liberally and really moisturize my hair, I blow through conditioner much, much faster than I do shampoo. I normally use two to three bottles of conditioner to one of shampoo. 

Anyway, this white, thick, creamy conditioner spreads through my hair very nicely and coats the strands and hangs on where it is placed. Thanks to the heavy cone formula, slip with the conditioner in my hair is pretty much hot knife through butter easy and slick. After rinsing and blotting, there is still plenty of slip, making wet comb out very easy. 


For me, the superstar of this collection is the Dessange Paris California Blonde Brass Color Correcting Creme 4.2 oz. $11.99. This purple creme is applied to freshly washed hair, left in for five or ten minutes then rinsed out. The blue and purple pigments counteract gold and brassy tones in blonde hair, freshening up your blonde. 


Follow the directions on the box carefully, do an allergy patch test before hand as directed to be sure that this product is safe for you to use. Once you have done so, use of this Color Correcting Creme is easy. After I shampooed my hair, I smoothed some of the Color Correcting Creme through my hair, saturating all of my strands, roots to tips then I twisted and clipped it up on my head. I left it in while I took care of my other showerly jobs. I didn't time how long it was in but between washing, shaving, rinsing... It was in long enough. 

Rinsing is easy, my hair felt as if it had been freshly coloured as I was running my fingers through it. This Color Correcting Creme smells like hair colour and the scent lingers lightly even after rinsing and conditioning, just as the scent from hair colour. After I rinsed this product out, I ran the conditioner through my hair, left it in a minute or so and rinsed it out. 

I applied a tiny dollop of the conditioner to act as a leave in and a little of my Pureology Precious Oil and blew my hair dry then I sprayed in a "heat protector" and used my flat iron to straighten my hair. My hair felt soft, silky smooth and had nice shine and the tone was much improved. This Color Correcting Creme works so much better than any purple shampoo I have ever used. This stuff delivers a real, visible, immediate result. 


Before using the Dessange Paris California Blonde Collection, My usually cooler, more moonlit blonde was looking decidedly golden and sunny. It's been weeks since my last colour service and I've had some fading and there is brassiness thanks to the natural warm tones in my hair.


After using the Shampoo, Color Correcting Creme and the Conditioner, my cooler, moonlit tone is refreshed, restored and the gold and brassy tones are damped down. My hair is shinier thanks to the cones in the conditioner and it feels soft and silky. 

I have to say, I like these products. They deliver good results and they are affordable. Of the three products sent to me, the standout and my clear favorite is the Color Correcting Creme. I plan to purchase and keep it on hand to use on a regular basis between colour services to maintain my cool tone and keep the brassies at bay. 

Have you tried Dessange Paris hair care products? If so, what do you think of them? Did you have good results? If you are thinking about picking them up, they are available at Target stores and on their website


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