The Color Box: Blue


If you had not noticed yet, blue is one of my favorite polish colors. I probably own more blues than any other color, yet polish makers world wide keep managing to create lovely hues of blue that you couldn’t find a match for even in my vast collection. While perusing a few of my favorite blogs, I saw that The Color Box, a quarterly collaboration box that releases five different polishes from five different indie makers in the same color family, chose blue for their spring color. I have never tried any of these brands before, but you better believe I whipped my credit card out in 0.2 seconds after seeing the blue deliciousness that could be adorning my nails. Although you will probably not be able to get any of these specific polishes any more, I thought I would share my experience with The Color Box with you anyway! There’s never anything wrong with getting exposed to a few more indie polishes, right?

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First Impressions: Morgan Taylor

Morgan Taylor Going Native

Morgan Taylor Going Native, 3 coats plus Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

Remember when I did that post about the Morgan Taylor Beauty and the Beast polishes? You would think that after doing all that swatching, Morgan Taylor would no longer be eligible for a first impressions post, but I had not worn a full Morgan Taylor mani until I put on the beautiful, soft teal lusciousness that is Going Native. This is one of my new favorite colors ever, despite the formula not quite being what I was expecting.

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Breezy VoxBox Review (NOT NAIL RELATED)

Note: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes!


Hola friends! I decided to make a post about my most recent VoxBox because it had some interesting products in it and because it does include a foot cream, which is kind of nail-related. All together, I received:

  • Profoot Heel Rescue Foot Cream
  • Origins A Perfect World SPF 40 Age-Defense Moisturizer with White Tea
  • Origins A Perfect World Age-Defense Eye Cream with SPF 20
  • Sour Punch Bites Ragin’ Reds
  • Sour Punch Straws Pineapple Mango Chili
  • Head & Shoulders Repair & Protect Anti Dandruff Shampoo
  • Head & Shoulders Repair & Protect Hair & Scalp Conditioner
  • Nair Wax Ready-Strips

Below I will go into detail about each, but I wanted to let you know what all is involved upfront so you can decide whether you want to read further or not. I tried to be as brief as possible in my reviews without compromising on info. I tend to ramble on a lot, trying to cute back on that a little to improve my writing!

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Hand & Nail Empties: January – June 2017

Nail Empties 2017

I have always loved reading/watching other people’s  empties posts. After finishing a product, especially a full-size product, you really have a sense of how the stuff works and, perhaps more importantly, how it works over time. Since I have not really talked about hand and nail care here before, I decided this would be the way I do it. I know that there are a few things I forgot to save for this post, like empty bottles of my standard nail polish remover, and some things that are missing, like the empty tin of the cuticle balm I make myself, but other than that this is a fairly complete list.

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Rimmel 60 Seconds Chameleon Colour Collection by Rita Ora: My Picks (Part 1)

Rimmel Chameleon Colour

(Yikes, that’s a heck of a title, isn’t it?) I always love writing blog posts and I always love swatching for them, but sometimes I get a little extra excited and giddy about what I have to show you. This is one of those times, because Rimmel’s little polishes occupy a big spot in my heart. To be honest, I do not know exactly why. Their 60 Second line tends to have thinner formulas and colors that are probably dupable. But the bottles and names are so adorable! I seriously regret not picking up Loosey Goosey Dancin when I was in the UK (yes – I even had the bottle IN MY HAND and decided that I didn’t need it. Stupid past me, of course I needed it!). The name alone… anyway, I was randomly browsing a few months ago and saw that Rimmel had dropped a new nail polish collection. Rimmel polishes seem to have disappeared from the US so I paid about £21 for shipping to grab a few of these new colors (and a few older ones, too, but those are for another time).

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First Impressions: Deborah Lippmann Hard Rock Base and Top Coat

Deborah Lippmann Hard Rock

When I first got into nail polish many years ago, I bought myself a bottle of Sally Hansen Double Duty Base & Top Coat. It worked okay for the first couple uses, but eventually it started to really suck as a top coat; the dry time was horrendous and I would often end up ditching a manicure the day after putting it on. That experience pretty much turned me off of two-in-one polish treatments forever. Flash forward to last Christmas, when I received the Deborah Lippmann Her Majesty gift set. It included a little bottle of their Hard Rock Base and Top Coat. I was surprised to see a primo brand like Deborah Lippmann carrying a two-in-one type product, especially for a $20 price tag for the full-size bottle. I have been both skeptical of and intrigued by this treatment that has been sitting on my desk for months. I finally decided I would give it a go and use it as intended, as a base and top coat for one of my manicures, with the hopes that it would change my opinion on two-in-one treatments.

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My Collection: Cruelty-Free


My dog, Annie :]

I wish I had more morals and ethics when it came to nail polish. When buying other beauty products, I obsessively check labels and research ingredients because I like knowing these things. But when it comes to nail polish, I often knowingly buy from brands that are known to animal test and honestly do not care if the label says “5-free.” If it is a pretty color, my money is gone. In an effort to be more aware about where my money is going, I decided to go through my stash and, using Logical Harmony’s cruelty-free brand list, check out which polishes I have that are actually cruelty-free. I have been pleasantly surprised by some of the brands that popped up on the list, so I decided to share it with you! There is nothing wrong with being a more informed consumer, right?

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