Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Creating my Finishing Closet, a Home Depot DIY.

We have a 'coat closet' on the first floor. The space is long, extending under the stairwell to the far wall of the house. And over the past 5 years it has become a catch all for those thing we wish not to see. I couldn't take the lack of organization any longer. My heart raced every time I would open that door and not in a good way. I knew I could do so much better, I could turn it into a workable 'finishing closet'; A place for shoes, coats and necklaces. Accessories I hardly wear because they are tucked away somewhere dark or hard to access.

Before paint, original light.

Monday, August 25, 2014

SquareHue through Beverly Hills 9021-Ohhh

I am quickly discovering a pattern with my +SquareHue polishes. Each month is my new favourite! August takes us to Beverly Hills. Wilshire Boulevard, Canon Drive, and Rodeo Drive to be specific.

This 90210 collection looks rich. With micro shimmer formulas that look frosty in the bottle yet dry to a chrome finish to a glitter that makes my tips look dipped in a golden pewter hue that could only be found in southern California.

Square Hue nailpolish swatches purple, blue and gold.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tatcha Luminous Eye Mask Review

I was introduced to Tatcha through +Beautylish and have been adoring this Brand ever since. When I was asked if I were interested in reviewing 2 of their products, I jumped at the chance; Tatcha and my skin are a match made in Heaven!

I adore eye masks. It's an area most of us tend to neglect, probably as much as our neck. This mask is simple, easy to travel with and easy to apply. Created by +Tatcha and formulated without parabens, synthetic fragrances, mineral oil, sulfate detergents, phthalates, urea, DEA or TEA, Deep Hydration Revitalizing Eye Mask is non-irritating and has been dermatologist-tested.




Monday, August 18, 2014

Feel the Vegas Heat with Jaded Nail Co.

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One of the amazing activities I was able to participate in while attending Cosmoprof North America, Las Vegas, was an indie nail polish PR party. Featuring 19 brands, one of them was new-to-me Jaded Nail Co. They created an exclusive hue for this party; Vegas Heat, a divine reddish coral that turns neon pink when applied and reacts to black light as well as glows in the dark. Yes, the raver girl in me has found my soul shade. I applied 3 coats for full opactity. The next day I chose to use a +NailVinyls burst sticker to add a dash of +Girly Bits Cosmetics A Striper Has Been Sleeping In My Bed glitter lacquer to A) play with vinyls for the first time and B) spice up my look for #Electric_Summer.

I am totally in love with this lacquer. It dries to a matte finish so I topped it with 1 coat of Glisten & Glow's Fast Drying & Super Shiny Clear Top Coat. Which, by the way, has become my new HG top coat. It is bombdotcom. Easy to apply, levels perfectly, does not thicken by nail 6 making the rest of your mani a mess, stays colour true, has not cracked or crazed and one day 2 it is still chipless. I rate Vegas Heat a coveted 5 out of 5 stars. I will, without a doubt, be adding more shades to my collection from this amazing indie nail polish brand.

Have you experienced Jaded Nail Company, Kitten? xoxo •Nancy-Lee

Sunday, August 17, 2014

PHAMExpo 2014 Beauty Haul.

I love +PHAMExpo, this is their second year in Pasadena as the Summer bridge for makeup shows and I have to admit, it is my favourite by far. I didn't even go to iMats or The Makeup Show this year because I was saving my sanity for PHAME.

My weekend started in Old Town, I found myself hopping in an Uber and venturing into +Madewell for 2 awesome treasures: An iPhone battery backup and a set of metal bobby pins. The deal of the day was the charger; Gingham in colour, it retailed for $39.40, was clearance for $29.99 but it was incorrectly marked to $4.99. score! The bobbies were full price at $10.50.


Since I drove to Pasadena, I knew I could buy a few special treasures at the +Goorin Bros. hat shop. I grabbed a new hat for myself, a future gift and a hot box for Franci. She too has an impressive hat collection and needs to protect her pieces from fading and dirt. I also grabbed this awesomesauce Brooklyn hat pin for one of my older Goorin fedoras.



If you recall, I created a shopping list here and came pretty close to fulfilling it, only hindered by product not sold at this show. So how did I do?

Friday, July 11, 2014

The CosmoprofLV Boutique is back!!

I am super excited about this years Boutique, Cosmoprof North America's sampling concept. Especially because it is returning with a unique new twist: Hello, +GLOSSYBOX!!


Boutique is an onsite sampling bar offering the latest in up-and-coming cosmetics, skin care, nails and hair with a few classic favourites, too. How awesome is this: We're able to choose 7 of 20 products from featured exhibiting brands for a $10 donation. The monies collected will benefit +City of Hope, a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. A great box for a great price benefiting a great cause!

Here's a list of the products available with the ones in green as my first choice.

Be a Bombshell Cosmetics | The One Stick | .26 oz
An all-in-one multiple stick with a smooth texture that provides blendable, lasting color.  Apply to eyelids, cheeks or lips for the perfect pop of color anywhere! beabombshellcosmetics.com

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Rainforest At Dawn. Vegan Body Care by Teadora.

Teadora

Drench Yourself in Sensory Beauty
with these Rainforest Remedies.



In Portuguese, Teadora means Adore You and they show their love through decadent fragrances and textures designed to immerse your senses in rainforest moments. Made in the USA and 100% vegan, these cruelty free luxury body care products are also free from parabens, synthetic fragrances, silicon, gluten and phalates.

Today I present Rainforest At Dawn, a vibrant and lively blended woodsy floral. This is a mellow yet apparent scent which gently dissipates over time. My boyfriend likes it too, so it's safe to say this is a unisex collection.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Deco 'ed Out by Whip Hand Cosmetics

Whip Hand Cosmetics : Deco-ed Out.An IndieGoGo perk.


A Limited Edition set from +Whip Hand Cosmetics the Deco-ed Out set feature 5 loose pigment eyeshadows only available to those of us that funded the WHC +Indiegogo campaign.   


The set includes:

Monday, July 7, 2014

Lost my Melon, a SuperChic Lacquer.



From my June 2014 +Vegan Cuts Beauty Box, I present +SuperChic Lacquer in Lost My Melon. This 5-Free lacquer has a melony orange base which is concealed by bright pink micro-glitter. I went with 3 coats of nail polish for full opacity but you could easily go with 2 and be satisfied. This lacquer went on smooth and even. It level quick and the micro-glitter was balanced throughout the nail, not concentrated in one place. Lost My Melon dries to a satin finish so I added 1 coat of high-shine top coat to give them that hard lacquer look. This shade is super pretty. The glass bottle is uniquely shaped, like a gem. The brush is comfortable to hold while it grabbed and applied the nail polish smoothly and evenly. I rate Lost My Melon 4 out of 5 stars.

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