Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Illyrian Polish Color4Nails Exclusive Duo Swatches & Review

Happy Tuesday cookies! How has your week been going? Mine is shaping up to be nice, I have a short trip to Las Vegas for business for the rest of week so that'll be a nice break from everyday life haha. I live at the other end of the state from LV and it's much different up here. Today I have two new exclusive polishes from the Color4Nails online store to show you! This duo comes from indie brand Illyrian Polish.

Dove Jam has a mid-tone grey holographic base with grey iridescent flakes and a flash of bronzey pink shimmer. This was easy to apply. I used thin coats and it was almost opaque in two, but I added a third for a total coverage. You would probably be fine with two with normal/thicker coats. I really love the contrasting shimmer in this.
Illyrian Polish Dove Jam

Peacock Sauce is a deep teal blue holographic with deep red flakies and a strong gold shimmer. I love the flakes and holo but I felt like the shimmer gave the polish a bit of a frosty look. Same type of formula as Dove Jam; I used three coats but you could probably get away with two.
Illyrian Polish Peacock Sauce

These are available on the Color4Nails website now for $13 each. What do you think of these two shades? I like the names so much haha! They're not really summer colors, but I know I will get some good use out of them when the colder months roll around. Have you tried Illyrian Polish yet?

❤ Kellie
The products mentioned were provided for an honest review.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Fortune Cookie Soap Summer 2016 Soap Box Review - Just Keep Swimming

Another season cometh, and with it another Soap Box from Fortune Cookie Soap! The Summer 2016 box has been sold out for a little bit, but I had to share it with you anyway. The box is a preview of their large Summer collection called Just Keep Swimming, which is a play on the movie Finding Nemo and the upcoming movie Finding Dory! There are eight sample size products in the scents that are going to be available in the collection. It's a great way to find out which scents you like the most before you can purchase them in a variety of products when the full collection launches. Now, let's get to the box!

The title card for the collection features fun custom artwork and the descriptions for all of the items in the box.
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First in the box is the namesake product from the company, the fortune cookie soap, in the scent Shark Bait - sweet oranges, creamy vanilla ice cream, and juicy sandalwood infused strawberries. This smells incredible, like an orange creamsicle smoothie with strawberries. Super cute too, love the orange color.


Also pictured in the photo above is the perfume oil in the scent Whale Talk - tropical mash-up of strawberries, black currant, jasmine, grapefruit and fresh avocado. This is a super perfect summer scent, I can see myself needing to get this in lots of products, especially a lotion.

And a newish product from FCS, the lip gloss is in the scent Oooooooooh...Barracuda - juicy cantaloupe, crisp green honeydew and sweet red watermelon, a splash of lime and a sprinkle of raw cane sugar. I normally don't love anything with a cantaloupe scent, but combined with the other elements in this makes it work for me. Reminds me of fruit salad at a picnic!

Below we have a new (to my knowledge) product, a spray lotion in the scent called Aqua Scum - juicy lychee, crisp apple and mouthwatering peach nectar. This is heavy on the lychee, again not one of my favorite scents, and some note in this is bringing it to a more perfumey angle for me. It's not my cup of tea, but it definitely may work fabulously for you. I do really love the formula of the lotion though, super light and absorbs so fast!


Probably my most used product of all time from FCS is their hand sanitizer, and the one they gave us in this box is in the scent Lil' Blue - anjou pear and juicy apples, plum blossoms, sandalwood and a twist of amber. This is another fruity perfumey scent, but I think it works better than Aqua Scum. The notes all mix really well together and makes this really fresh and wearable.

Shown below is a little green turtle shaped fizzy called a pedi-bomb in the scent Fin. Noggin. Duuude. - lemon-lime fizzy pop floating with orchids and a curl of white chocolate. I can mostly smell the lemon-lime in this but there is a complexity about it which is nice. I can't wait to soak my tootsies using this cute little guy!

The body butter, called whipped cream, is in the scent Intervention! - creamy coconut milk and tangy pineapples. The quintessential beachy drink smell, very tropical! I wish I loved summer scents more in general, because this is sure to be a big hit with most people, I'm just not into that beach-type scent. I will be using this though, as their whipped cream is a holy grail product for me!

And last we see a "don't be jelly" soap in the scent Jellyman - black cherry, watermelon and frothy iced guava nectar floating with sliced strawberries and key limes. This scent seems mostly black cherry-like to me with some of the other fruits lingering in the background to make it more interesting and deep. The jelly soap is one of the funnest products FCS puts out, it's jelly but it's soap!

So this box, like I mentioned, is already sold out. They put out a subscription of the soap boxes quarterly so if you want the next one, be sure to sign up long before they come out so you don't miss it! The box costs $19.99 but they send out a $10 off code after you get it to be used on their site later, so it's really like getting the box for $9.99 which is so great!

This will not work with the purchase of the soap box, but if you are ordering from their site for the first time, you can get $5 off a minimum order of $30 using my referral link: http://r.sloyalty.com/r/u3Swp30VtTsE. If you decide to use the code the link will give you, it helps me out a little by giving me points and you save some money, win-win!

Click for a discount! - Referral Link

The launch of the Just Keep Swimming scent collection will be on Friday, May 20th at 6pm CST, starting on their Facebook page. They do a live webcast showing all the products that will be available in the different scents before they put the collection up for purchase on their website. Expect it to last about an hour or more before the shopping begins. They do a lot of fun giveaways and you get to see all the people who work hard to make FCS so great! How does this box's theme sound to you? Are you into fun indie bath & body products like these?

See ya again soon!

❤ Kellie
The products mentioned were provided for an honest review. Some of the links above are referrals.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Virago Varnish Enology Collection Swatches & Review

Howdy folks :) Today I have the Virago Varnish Enology Collection to share with you! Enology is the study of wine so all the names of the polishes are tied to the wine-making process. I personally don't drink wine anymore because it sometimes triggers migraines for me, but I have had my fair share throughout the years, hehe.

There are five shades in this collection, all holographic microglitters in tinted bases. I added one in at the end that is not part of the set, but it has a similar finish and formula. These all apply the same, smooth and very easy. There has actually been a lot of polishes with this type of finish released from different brands this Spring and these have to be my favorite in terms of application. They do dry dull so you'll need a thick top coat to bring out the shine and cover the glitter, but they don't dry as gritty as I had expected. The glitter particle is more of a flat (?) shape. Hard to explain unless you see it in person.

Oxidation is a light blue holographic microglitter. This was opaque in two coats.
Virago Varnish Oxidation

Rosé is a light pink holographic microglitter. This was the lightest shade and I needed three coats to cover my nail.
Virago Varnish Rosé

Vineyard is a light dusty green. This color was by far my favorite in the collection, it looks insane in real life! Two coats.
Virago Varnish Vineyard

Fermentation is a light purple holographic microglitter. This probably had the strongest holo in the bunch. Two coats.
Virago Varnish Fermentation

Chartreuse is a light greenish-yellow holographic microglitter. I was surprised but I got full coverage on this in just two coats.

Allure is the interloper, not part of the Enology collection, but a classic and essential Virago Varnish shade. This is a diamond-like silver holographic microglitter, same formula as the others but without a tinted base. Two coats!

You can purchase all of these shades on the Virago Varnish website for $11.25 each. So what do you think of these blingy glitters? Any favorites? Have you tried Virago Varnish yet? I hope to be able to show you many more shades from this brand in the future, I've really enjoyed everything I've tried from them!

❤ Kellie
The products mentioned were provided for an honest review.
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