Saturday, July 28, 2012

Giveaway: Win a JenSATIONS Shopping Spree!

I was supposed to be sharing JENsations Goddess of Love with you before starting the giveaway, but I accidentally took off the polish without taking pictures! >_<
I'll be reapplying that and sharing another one of Jen's creations as well, but, without further ado, let the giveaway begin!

1st prize: Three polishes of your choice from JENsations
2nd prize: Two polishes of your choice from JENsations

The giveaway begins at 12:01AM on July 29, 2012 and ends at 12:01AM on August 12, 2012.
It is open internationally so spread the word!
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Be sure to visit JENsations to see the lovely polishes you could win! Thank you for your support!

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

JENsations: Sun Burst

Sun Burst just might be my favorite JENsations polish! It is perfect for the warm weather and shades of orange are HOT this summer, so I am loving every ounce of it! Jen describes Sun Burst as having a shimmery golden pigment, large gold hexagon glitter, and multi-sized orange hexagon and bar glitter. When I took this beauty out of the package, I had to try it right away! I was pressed for time and couldn't do a proper mani so I just quickly put a coat on one nail. It was love at first sight! For the pics I have below, I used two coats of Zoya's jelly Kate as underwear, and put one coat of Sun Burst on top. Now mind you, I NEVER use just one coat of a glitter polish, but that's all you need with Sun Burst. It is just super unique and completely gorgeous! If you love Sun Burst as much as I do, click here to visit Jen's Etsy shop to see this and more of her lovely polishes!


outdoors, indirect sun

indoors, no flash

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

JENsations: Rainbow Sprinkles

The next of the JENsations polishes is Rainbow Sprinkles, a multi-sized red, purple, green, yellow, orange, white, pink and blue matte hexagon and square glitter, made with a 3-free base. Her polishes come in a unique 10ml star shaped bottle, which makes for easy storing by simply turning it sideways! Rainbow Sprinkles is a super versatile polish that can be worn over a plethora of colors to make a variety of statements! It made me think of Funfetti, and that tasty cake mix inspired this mani.

(Maybe if we ask nicely, Jen will send Funfetti cupcakes with each polish order!)
I didn't want to put Rainbow Sprinkles over white, but at first I wasn't sure which polish in my collection would give me the look I was going for. Then I remembered the nail mail I got a few weeks ago that I hadn't been able to try yet: The Nail Junkie's Spring Matte collection. I don't have a proper matte topcoat, but using Matte Daffodil as a base for this mani worked out great! It gave me the cupcakey look I was going for without using a boring white base. One coat of Gelous and then one of Seche Vite topped it off per usual.


Funfetti? I think so!

The Nail Junkie's Matte Daffodil bottle

Check out Jen's Etsy shop here to see more pictures of Rainbow Sprinkles and the rest of her amazing polishes!

Monday, July 16, 2012

JENsations: Party Animal!

I am so excited to bring you this next round of posts! My friend and fellow nail polish lover Jen has some lovely polish creations in her Etsy shop and she sent me some to share with you! Not only did she send me some to try, but she sent me some to use for a giveaway, YAY! I'll be making a couple of posts to show you some of her fabulous polishes, and once the JENsations reviews are complete the giveaway will begin!
First I have Party Animal, a special blend of blue toned fuchsia pigment & multi-sized silver square, blue bar and fuchsia glitter. All of Jen's polishes are made with a 3-free base and each individual bottle is 10 ml in size and comes in it's own unique star shaped bottle (which I LOVE) containing two stainless steel ball bearings for easy shaking! I am wearing two coats of Party Animal over one coat of Zoya's Audrina, then I have one coat of Gelous and one coat of Seche Vite on top. The base Jen used made for an easy application, and I think Party Animal is the perfect name for this funky and fun polish. Check out Jen's Etsy shop here to see more pictures of Party Animal and the rest of her amazing polishes!


Note: Please excuse the appearance of my nails. They are rather short and uneven as I recently removed my acrylic nails to give my natural nails a chance to "breathe." :)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

KLUTCHclub July Box

KLUTCHclub is a subscription box geared towards those interested in health and fitness. For $16-$18 a month (depending on which subscription you choose) you receive a box full of products valued at over $50! It's a great opportunity for those who are trying to live a healthier lifestyle because it allows you to sample products that can help get you on your way. For those who are already well immersed into healthy eating and fitness, KLUTCHclub will send you products that will most definitely pique your interest! There is even a subscription specific to men. Here's what was in the July KLUTCHclub box that was sent to me for review.

the box! wonder what's inside...

the contents of the box

description of contents

Mighty Leaf
Three packs of Mighty Leaf, delicious handcrafted tea blends from around the world.
I'm not a tea drinker, but my fiance is, and according to him, Mighty Leaf is the best. Good choice, KLUTCHclub!

Molecule R
A natural emulsifier that allows liquids to transform into foam, making your sauces light, voluminous, and incredibly flavorful.
This little "fusion of food science and culinary arts" is a bit beyond me, but is definitely a neat product for someone who is experienced in the kitchen and looking to take it up a notch!

1st Step Pro-Wellness/ High Performance Fitness
A natural liquid Vitamin B-12 supplement helping to combat chronic fatigue, regulate metabolic pathways, and maintain the central nervous system.
As I was only given one sample, I can't testify as to how well this works, but, it's basically a substitute for a caffeine and sugar laden energy drinks.

Truvia® Natural Sweetener
Truvia® natural sweetener is the first natural, great-tasting, zero-calorie sweetener born from the leaves of the stevia plant. Try it in coffee and tea, sprinkle it on fruit, yogurt and cereal and add it to anything that needs a little sweetness.
I was actually really excited to receive this because I've been meaning to try Truvia. The idea of a natural sugar substitute is really appealing, and this worked and tasted great!

A movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts. Nia has created a customized class for KLUTCHclub members and their guests this month, worth over $50!
I did not take advantage of this coupon, but it's a nice deal if you're looking for a way to motivate yourself to exercise!

A healthy vegetable oil low in saturated fat, and rich in Vitamin E and Omega 3 and 6.
I sauteed some veggies in this, and they were yummy!

Mineral Hygenics
This makeup contains four ingredients and is 100% all natural, allowing your skin breathe in hot summer months. Included is a $15 gift certificate with no purchase restrictions!
I was excited to see this as well! I'm always looking for makeup that is as natural as possible for my sensitive skin. I'm definitely using this gift certificate and will follow up with a review of the products and comparison to Bare Minerals!

Gourmet shortbread cookies made with just four natural ingredients. This 100-year old recipe comes from France and can be the perfect, delicious finish to a summer party.
Two thumbs up. No unpronounceable ingredients and they tasted great!

At 60-80 calories per can, Cascal is a great substitute for sugary soda. This natural soft drink is crafted with natural juices and fermented for fuller flavor.
This was probably my favorite product in the box. It tasted like Sumol, and again, no unpronounceable ingredients and it was really delicious and refreshing! I would definitely purchase this!

If you're interested in trying KLUTCHclub for yourself, click here to sign up today! You can choose the subscription that best fits you and cancel at any time! 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Take a quality stroll with your dog: Easy Walk Harness Review

Walking a dog that is pulling you along every which way is not an enjoyable experience. Not only that, it is unsafe as well. The sound of self-inflicted strangulation as a dog's collar chokes him is downright scary! When my fiance and I got our chocolate lab, I wanted to ensure that she was a "good walker." There are many options out there to help facilitate a safe and pleasant walk with your dog. There are different types of leashes, collars, and if you prefer tiny pooches, you can carry them along with you in a stylish pooch-purse! What I have found works best is the Easy Walk No Pull Harness.

The key feature to this particular harness's success is the hoop is in the center of the chest strap. When your dog pulls, he is guided back to you, which in turn discourages pulling. When a dog pulls, he is usually trying to get ahead. With the harness, the dog is pulling himself towards you, which is not the goal! Fido quickly learns that pulling is not going to get him what he wants, and the pulling diminishes, then stops altogether. This is different from a harness that clips in the back. All that does is enable your dog to pull without choking himself. The Easy Walk helps eliminate pulling and choking. You can clip the leash to the harness and/or collar. What works best for me is harness only, whereas my fiance finds more success clipping to both. That is a matter of personal preference for you and your dog. This diagram from Pet Expertise shows placement of leash, collar, and harness.

My only concern with using a harness, especially for fast paced or longer walks is chafing. Ensuring that you buy the proper size helps eliminate chafing. Measure your dog's girth (around the widest part of the chest) to find the right size. There is also padding available that wraps around the nylon harness provide a soft spot where chafing may occur under the dogs "armpits."

Remember, there is no such thing as a miracle product. This harness is a great tool to help you establish a harmonious walking relationship with your dog. You still have to put in the time and effort to train him. There are plenty of resources available: classes, books, and free videos online. Don't walk your dog, and certainly don't let him walk you. Enjoy a walk together!

Here's our chocolate wearing her easy walk harness. Walking is easy but keeping her tongue in her mouth is a bit of a challenge!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

America(s) the Beautiful!

Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans! I everyone around the world has a pleasant Fourth of July. I have a quick post today to show you my patriotic mani: Julep's America over Zoya's America!
When my July Julep Maven box arrived in the mail, I knew I wanted to use America but I wasn't sure which route to take. First, I tried it by itself. That didn't give me the look I was going for. Then, I put it over white, which looked messy. Finally I decided to layer it over red, but which red? After going through my polishes I decided to try Zoya's America. Not only did it make sense name-wise, but the color worked perfectly too. Zoya's application was flawless as usual. America was a  bit more challenging as it was quite thick and goopy. I've used some glitter-heavy polishes before (Lynnderella, Rainbow Honey) that were much easier to apply than Julep's America. After a bit of digging around in the bottle I was able to apply a star to each one of my nails. My biggest gripe with America is that the stars are sparse in the bottle and difficult to see once on the nail. Overall, I like this combo, and I think Julep's America makes for a gorgeous patriotic mani!

Would you like a box full of Julep polishes for only ONE PENNY and FREE SHIPPING? All you have to do is follow this link to sign up for the Julep Maven program.
Once you checkout, use code COLOR2012, and within days a box of Julep polishes and products of your choosing will arrive! Once enrolled, you can skip months or cancel anytime with ease. I love the Maven program! No obligations, just gorgeous polish when I want it, and the first month is FREE!

How about a FREE bottle of Zoya nail polish? All you have to do is follow this link and sign up for an account. A code for a free bottle of polish will automatically be placed in your account and can be used immediately. The coupon will appear in the “My Coupons/ Promos” section of the “My Account” Page.

Happy Fourth of July! Get your hands on some polish and some polish on your nails!