Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Review: Keurig 2.0 K400 from Influenster

For those of you keeping up with my life outside of the nail game, you'll know that I've had a big month this December. For those who don't know, well, you will in a sec. On Monday, December 8, I closed on my first (and hopefully last) new home. I also got engaged! Needless to say, it's been a CRAZY few weeks. 

Another crazy thing that happened - I was chosen for the Keurig VoxBox from Influenster! I'd previously been chosen for the Lancôme Grandiose, which I looooved, but this was big - this was a Keurig!


It took a while for this beautiful machine to come into my possession, because of my own stupidness with giving my new address to the Influenster pre-survey instead of a stable address but after weeks of worrying and beating myself up over it, my fiancé performed a miracle and found where it was being held hostage. 

So. The 2.0. What's so great about it? So many things.



This machine is a thing of beauty. It's sleek and modern looking. It fits my black-white-and stainless steel kitchen perfectly. It also has a coloured and customizable display. It's very easy to use. I used to be so intimidated by these machines but the 2.0 is literally a push of a button! There's a 3 minute preheat before you can begin to brew - which, when you're running late in the morning trying to catch a train, is forever - BUT you can actually program it to start preheating at a certain time in the morning so that it's ready for you to start brewing right away. 

It saves me so so much on coffee money. The pods I'm buying equal to about 50 cents a cup! 


The 2.0 also comes with a carafe - which is basically a fancy named coffee pot - and fills 4 cups of coffee if ever you are entertaining guests or just want more than one cup at a time.

One con is that my travel mug is too tall for it, and I actually have to brew into a mug and then pour into the travel mug, but I'm in the process of looking for a k-cup under storage to give the machine a bit of height. Another is the temperature - I find it doesn't heat my coffee as hot as I would like it to. It's by no means warm, but just not as hot as I prefer. 

All in all I'm quite pleased with my keurig and I do recommend it to anyone who is looking into single serve machines. 

Full disclosure: I received this product complementary from Influenster for testing and review purposes but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Review: INM - Granite

Sometimes a swatch says more than nail art. 

This is INM Granite. It's a beautiful light grey that's opaque in two thin coats. This is a gorgeous fall colour that is a legit grey - it doesn't ring taupey at all unlike some greys like Essie's Chinchilla which has a brown undertone. Nope, this is true to its name and is a granite grey. I love this. Seriously.


Application was smooth as INM is a salon-brand professional polish so they really know their stuff when it comes to handle length and brush size. This has no topcoat, could you tell? 

This is the base for my next few designs so I really hope you like it as much as I do! Head on over to http://inmnails.com to grab yours today!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Review: Trust Fund Beauty - High Society

 
Bougie tings! Here's High Society by Trust Fund Beauty. You may have seen my sneak peak post on this bran, or my previous review on the beautiful Do U Know Who My Father Is? This is a gorgeous, creamy, yummy-looking peach! This was opaque with 3 thin coats and is pretty beautiful. It's light and elegant and I can see this being a year-round colour. It's bright and fun enough for summer, but light and pale enough for winter, fall, and spring! 
Here I used a simple quatrefoil design (inspired by ChristabellNails!) because this pattern is simple and elegant, just like the colour.

Take a look at it again, sans design. It's kind of perfect, isn't it? Isn't it? 

Go check out Trust Fund Beauty and cop this colour, now! 

Disclosure: These products were provided to me for sample and review. However, my thoughts and opinions are my own and are not influenced by external/third parties. View my full disclosure policy here.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Review: Lancôme Grandiôse

Okay, so here's something a little different - not nails?! I know, I'm quirky like that. I signed up for Influenster a couple of months ago, and last week, I was chosen for my very first campaign!

This beauty on the left is the new Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara. It's one of the most anticipated beauty product launches of the year and many  are touting it as revolutionary and ground-breaking in the field of eye products. 

I'm pretty much concurring. I've gone through three different mascaras this year, one from Julep and two from Avon, and Grandiose trumps them all.  


What's so different? It's this design - the swan neck - which is trademarked, apparently! It helps a lot with application and is very intuitive. The unique bend in the arm helps you access all parts of the eyelash easily, without awkwardly twisting your arm like a pretzel, or poking yourself in the eye by accident! I do that far too often. The small brush is key. I was surprised at how small it was, considering how grand the bottle it came from was, but being small really does work to its advantage. It allows you to do your lashes in sections, and do each section properly, rather than having a longer brush pull your lashes all in the same direction. This way, you really can fan your lashes out the way you want them to fan out. 



 In the photo to the left, you can see the difference between my natural lashes and one coat of Grandiose. You can see that with just one coat, the lashes on the right eye are thicker, longer, and fanned out - retaining the natural half-moon lash shape, rather than having all of the lashes direct towards the centre of the eye.






Here's a shot of my face and eyes before and after applying Grandiose. I don't have the thickest or longest lashes to begin with, but you can see that with the picture on the right, the eyelashes are very clearly noticeable. I did not use a curler for this - I actually never do! But I have to say, even from this shot, I am quite impressed with how noticeable my lashes are after one application. Is it just me or can you practically count the lashes? No? Well, check out the next close-up shot of this same picture. 

Count 'em now, bitches! This is seriously just a close up shot of the previous picture, and you have to admit - there are way more lashes now, aren't there? So that's actually one of the reasons why I love this mascara - it's not clumpy; it fans out, gives you length and volume without making your eyes look like spider legs! I have seen some terrifying spider-leg-eyelashes, and some things just cannot be unseen. Anyway - at first I thought this was too luxurious for me, but it's actually a solid every day mascara. Now. Will I purchase it? I just don't know.  Retailing at $32 CAD, I just cannot justify spending this amount of money on mascara - a product which is notorious for beginning to spoil as soon as it's opened. Mascaras have a shelf life of about 3 months, and as pretty and awesome as this product is, I think I can live with "really pretty" eyelashes instead of "amazing" eyelashes.  

Do not get me wrong. This is a fabulous product, and I am proud to stand behind it and recommend it to those who can afford it. But me? I'm just not a $32 mascara type of girl. 

Update: It's August 24 and okay, fine... this has converted me. After wearing it consistently for a week, I can say that I am totally willing to spend $30+ on this mascara every 3 months or so. It's a lot, but it's totally worth it. 

Disclosure: This product was provided to me by Influenster for review. View my full disclosure policy here.



Sunday, August 17, 2014

Review: PPN - He Always Comes Back

Nothing mellow about this yellow! This is He Always Comes Back by Pink Princess Cosmetics. It's a super fun, super bright yellow. This is two coats over one coat white - Divinely Made by PPN (what else!?) It applied beautifully and smoothly with no streaking as one often finds with yellows! Look how bright this is! It's a perfect summer colour and I wish I had worn it more often this summer. Alas, I did not, and now there are two weeks left of summer... but hell, I guess I can break some rules by wearing a bright summer colour in the fall! 


Here, I did simple ruffian florals on my accent nail, inspired by a good friend of mine over at ShayStylista! I chose a simple and clean white accent and yellow florals to highlight the beauty and brightness of the yellow - this isn't a hard yellow by any means - it's bright and fun! 

Check out Pink Princess Cosmetics to grab this colour!


Disclosure: These products were provided to me for sample and review. However, my thoughts and opinions are my own and are not influenced by external/third parties. View my full disclosure policy here.