Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Mini Bag Review

The very highly anticipated April Rainbow Honey Mystery Mini Bag is now in my hot hands. This month was even better then last month! I'm really hoping this trend of awesome keeps up.

So I open up the bubble mailer and the little package was packed full of goodies.

Inside there was two mini polishes in Cameo 18 and Stellar Treat, All Your Base base coat, Rose Nectar lip balm (this appears to be full size), one gram of pigment in Sparkling Agave, a Rose Nectar perfume roller ball, ten gold studs, and a set of eye shadow applicators. Like I said, packed!

First up is Cameo 18. This pink is HOT! This is a must have shade I can not stop staring at. The formula is fantastic and easily a one-coater, but I did two just because I have to. It's not the polish. It's me. But I digress.

My camera went crazy trying to capture the neon hotness of this. No top coat because I love the finish so much!

Up next is Stellar Treats, which is a mega glitter bomb. Packed with various pink and iridescent glitters and speckled with some teal glitters, with a dash of holographic pink star glitters making this is a must have.

I'm wearing the All Your Base base coat with this manicure. It was a nice base coat. Didn't take too long to dry which I prefer in my base coats. Plus the name is AWESOME! I think I'm overusing that word...

Next up is the rollerball scent which I didn't take a close up. It's the same as previous months so for a size comparison click here. Speaking of which I loved February's scent, Sakura Matsuri, so much I bought the full size. LOVE IT SO MUCH!

This month was Rose Nectar which is, as it sounds, very much a rose scent. I'm not a fan of rose scents so I handed this off to my best friend who adores rose scents. She's ordering a full size too.

In the same scent was the full-size lip balm. The scent is more subdued to I actually really enjoy this one a lot. I've been wearing it for a couple days now to try it out and it's pretty nice. Hubby, however, does not like it. Sad day because, for some reason, I really like the faint scent through out the day.

Next up is the pigment in Sparkling Agave. I'm thinking this is to go along with the polish we got in February's box:

It does seem pretty similiar in color so I'm wondering if she's planning to launch a whole line to coordinate with select colors.

Please note that I'm a polish swatcher and not a make up swatcher.

However this pigment is not very, well, pigmented. I haven't tried it on my eyes, but above is one and then two runs with my finger. It will suit my more subtle make up needs so I'm pretty happy with this!

Last is the extras she put in. Gold nail studs and applicators. Perfect compliments to this bag. 

Total value:
Cameo 18: 5.00
Stellar Treats: 5.00
All Your Base base coat: 4.00
Sparkling Agave pigment: 6-7.00 based on market value of 1 gram of pigment
Rose Nectar rollerball: 1.50
Rose Nectar lip balm: ?
Applicators and studs: extras

Total: At least 21.50

If you'd like to take a closer look at the descriptions of anything here's this month's card:! I will definitely be getting full size bottles of the polishes this month. Her April bag is still up for grabs so hop on over and grab yourself this spring into summer essentials look. Sold on the subscription? Get yourself signed up now and you'll get to start with the May bag. I can hardly wait for mine!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Rainbow Honey March Mystery Bag Review

I am definitely aware it's April, but I never did review this bag and it might help one of you out there on the fence about signing up for the Rainbow Honey Mystery Bag subscription. Oh you haven't heard? This is now a monthly subscription bag! I'm totally signed up for the mini, which is 10.00+shipping. After signing up I was given a subscription control link where I can change or cancel my subscription myself (take note Julep). There's also a full-size program for 25.00 and free shipping. I don't know if they will be identical bagss (I doubt it based on price), BUT there you have it.

So, starting with May, you can get signed up for the monthly subscription bag. You can purchase April's bag here though. Mine is on its way and I can hardly WAIT for it to get here. I ordered a full size of the Sakura Matsuri perfume as well (I got the sample in the February bag and just fell totally in love).

Onto the bag! Well, tissue wrapped package anyways. How cute is that sticker?!

WELL worth the ten bucks! Two mini polishes in The Soirée and All My Stars, a cuticle oil in scent Nail Honey, a mini rollerball of the perfume scent Lavandula, and a foil packet of the Nail Honey hand cream.

First up The Soirée:

The top image is two coats on it's own. This polish is just gorgeous with deep blue and turquoise hex glitters in various sizes and iridescent glitters in various sizes. It practically glows! The second is over Essie Find Me an Oasis.

Next is All My Stars:

I wasn't as big of a fan of this one, but that's primarily because shape glitter isn't precisely my thing. However I LOVE the delicate pink/purple irridescent shimmer base that the pastel stars and hexes are swimming in. I couldn't get any of the yellow stars out. There wasn't many in the bottle itself. This is one coat over Essie Armed and Ready. I did larger shots so you could see the delicate shimmer.

The Rainbow Honey Nail Honey hand cream was a bit thinner then I expect a hand cream to be. I would say it's more of a cupcake scent then honey as well. Higher notes of vanilla whereas I expect honey to have a richer scent, but it smells delicious! It's pretty oily though so it's more of an overnight deep moisturizing hand cream then an everyday cream to stick in your purse.

The Rainbow Honey Nail Honey cuticle oil has the same scent. It's a great oil, but I'm already in love with the RH cuticle sticks so I probably won't be switching over. I will keep it next to my bed as I tend to use oils overnight to moisturize my cuticles.

The last item is the Rainbow Honey Lavandula mini rollerball perfume. Definitely a lavender scent with some other subtle floral hints. This was just not my thing at all, BUT I handed it off to my mom who fell in love with it.

Total value:
The Soirée: 5.00
All My Stars: 5.00
Nail Honey cuticle oil: ? but the sticks are 3.50
Lavandula sample: 1.50
Nail Honey hand cream sample: ?

Total: At least 15.00

REALLY hoping The Soirée becomes a regular line polish (it says on the card it's an experimental shade). All My Stars is up for purchase to celebrate Rainbow Honey's birthday. Lavandula is also available for purchase along with several other scents priced at 12.50 each.

So what are your thoughts on the Rainbow Honey Mystery bags so far? To see February's click here.

Monday, March 24, 2014

A sweet Spring break manicure

Today is the first day of Spring break here in Oregon. As a kid or college student this is a breath of fresh air. As a mommy it's basically a gauntlet for survival. We do have some fun stuff planned (coast trip and a family day down to Splash!) so it shouldn't be too bad....right? I type this as the kids scream at each other over a puzzle...

Anyways I scored my first Nars off a blog sale for three bucks! Or ga sm (I put in spaces so the filter alarm won't go off). It's a great peachy tone with insane golden shimmer running through it. It glows! Also the formula is a PAIN. Really glad it was only three bucks.

It's tipped with Zoya Neely and stiped with Zoya Ziv for a fashion savvy manicure. Some of my regular readers might notice my squoval tip is gone in favor of a more rounded tip. I've been digging through what's hot this Spring and I've seen this shape popping up a lot! I love the look and plan to keep it for a bit.

The golden sheen in that Nars really makes this one worth working for, but it's VERY sheer. This is two coats.

In closing I have to wonder if it's a normal thing to change nail shapes based on times in one's life. I've been trying to learn about more in the fashion world. It's not something I thought I'd enjoy, but it's turned out to be a lot of fun! Do you ever change your nail shape?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Glam Polish Distant Sun

There is sunshine outside!!! I spent a couple hours redoing my daughter's bed (we're painting it pink!!!).

So this fun and bright manicure feels about right. I wanted to try out Glam Polish Distant Sun over a couple of colors and what better way then a gradient mani?

The sad thing is that the red stained my cuticles slightly. Despite that I loved wearing this manicure.

Super pretty! I love this glitter topper and can't wait to wear it with other gradient effects. It's got a mix of iridescent glitters including squares! If you are hoping to grab this pretty head over to for a number of international shipping options.

Hope you are all getting a little bit of nice weather. Our forecast says the rain is coming back tonight. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Rimmel French Rose jelly sandwich

Do you ever go back and just pull out your older polishes? You know those cheapies that set you on the journey toward nail obsession? I didn't really mean to start digging, but I did and came across my bottle of Rimmel French Rose. It's a super sheer french manicure color. Barely a peachy-pink tint to it. I don't even remember why I bought it. BUT it dries shockingly fast with a flawless formula so I love it.

I decided to do two coats of French Rose for the base to give it a little more opacity. Then I sandwiched Sally Hansen Twinkle, Twinkle between that and one more layer of French Rose. I love the speckled look and the French Rose is sheer enough to let the sparkle come through. I accented with Sally Hansen Green Tea for the sweet hearts.

I also can't help but love the the peek through of the nail line. It somehow adds to the sweetness of this manicure. Want to hear the best part? This is three days of wear!

How do you feel about the more delicate looks on nails? Is Rimmel a go to brand for you?

Friday, March 14, 2014

A visit with Liesl and a giveaway!

My nails are nubbins at the moment which is sad since the Rainbow Honey March Mystery box landed in my mailbox yesterday. I may still swatch and put those lovelies up tomorrow...we'll see.

Also I'm sick AGAIN! Actually it's been on and off again for weeks now. So I'm pulling a past manicure (you may have seen it on my Instagram @mommydoeshernails already). It was inspired by this manicure by Nail Polish Wars.

I used Zoya Neely, like she did, for my base, but use Zoya Vespa for the top instead of London (I still don't have London). The thumb is two layers of OPI Servin' Up Sparkles from the Serena Williams duos.
I wore this pretty manicure to go see Liesl on one of our coffee dates. I got to see her new nail shape in person and was just floored by how her classic beauty is all encompassing. She pulls off points as flawlessly as she pulls off red lips. She's just amazing!

Speaking of amazing you NEED to hop over to her BLOG to enter her two year blogiversary giveaway! I felt incredibly honored when she asked if I would be a part of it. The best part? It's open internationally! Here's a breakdown of the goods:

*This giveaway is open internationally.  There will be two winners-- one will get a $25 USD gift certificate to Color4Nails and one will get a $25 USD gift certificate to Cult Nails.  The winners will be emailed and given 48 hours to respond.  If they do not respond within the allotted time, a new winner will be drawn.  Once the winners have been determined and have made contact, I will email each one $25 gift certificate; the first name drawn will get his or her choice; the second name drawn will get the other, unless the first fails to respond in the allotted time, in which event the second name gets to choose and I will draw another name for the other gift certificate.  It is each entrant's responsibility to provide me with an accurate, current, working email address.  I am not responsible for entry typing errors.  I reserve the right to disqualify any entrant who is drawn and has not completed all mandatory entries.*

Saturday, March 1, 2014

February Rainbow Honey Mystery Box UNBOXED

When I heard that Rainbow Honey had released a mystery box with some minis and a few goodies for ten dollars I just had to have it. I ended up ordering it with a cuticle stick and Tera Flare to justify shipping, but in the future I am absolutely ordering the box regardless of shipping. The box is worth more then the 10.00 price tag.

There were so many goodies in this little package! It was all wrapped in tissue paper and sealed with the traditional Rainbow Honey silver heart sticker.

*Click to enlarge if you can't read the print*

First the swatches of the included nail polishes: Sparkling Agave from the Midnight Garden Collection (available March 14th) and Poffin Party - a prototype that may become available if enough people enjoyed the glitter topper.

The base color is Sparkling Agave which is a great spring green with mirror shards in iridescent, gold, and blue. It was my favorite. The glitter topper is Poffin Party which is a mix of small and large matte circles with matte squares and iridescent shard glitters. Little fishing to get the glitters and had to use the dab method, but all in all a very unique and super fun glitter polish.

They are topped off with the included mini of the unscented top coat. It was a great top coat and it'll be perfect for travel needs.

Next up is the mini rollerball perfume sample of Sakura Matsuri. Let me tell you I'm dying to buy the full size. I'm so happy I got to try this!

How cute is that?! Also the scent is heaven. On the site it is described as: "Sakura Matsuri: Bright florals, exotic fruit, tea on Sunday afternoons, and just the right amount of sweetness reminiscent of my favorite lychee rice dumplings."

Last was a full size pot of nail art glitter in Have a Heart.

I tried dipping a wet nail in the glitter and it was way too thick, so I'll be using this as accents. It says solvent resistant and I do have some base so I may create a glitter topper. At any rate it's super pretty, but not available on the site. Maybe it will be in the future?

Total value:
Sparkling Agave: 5.00
Poffin Party: 5.00
Unscented top coat: 4.00
Nail glitter pot: 5.00
Sakura Matsuri sample: ?

Total: At least 19.00

The February box is sold out, BUT the March box is available for purchase! Use "ilovenailblogs" to make it 8.95 shipped. I've already ordered mine and will post it when it comes. I'm super excited!