Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Review: Lady Queen Stamping Plates

Hi there!

It sure has been a while since I've posted a manicure of mine...

My nails painted with China Glaze - Spontaneous.
Stamped with Essie - Good as Gold and
image plate hehe006.

Lady Queen offered to send me a couple of items to review, so I figured "heck yeah!"

I chose stamping plates 006 and 019...

Image plate hehe006 and hehe019 from Lady Queen.

I was honestly very skeptical at first. I had tried cheaper plates in the past with little satisfaction, and the price of these kind of lead me to believe they'd be the same disappointment. I was wrong!

These are etched perfectly! I had absolutely zero problems with scraping and transferring the image to my stamper and/or my nails. The only thing I don't loooove is that there is no backing on the plates. I didn't cut myself or anything- I just think a backing makes the plates easier to handle.

So now there's this... Lady Queen offered to sponsor a giveaway if 10 people make purchases using the promotion code TGGT15. It's good for 15% off of your order and shipping is free worldwide.

Are you going to try any of their stamping plates? Or anything else?

Until next time...

Friday, August 28, 2015

Hoarder Time: Nail Polish

Hi there!

Soooo, this happened...

Most of my nail polish collection.

I started out just wanting to dust my nail polish rack. It didn't take long before I felt the need to make a rainbow on my floor!

Now I'm in the midst of sorting and downsizing- this picture was taken after I pulled about 200 bottles to get rid of! I find the reduction kind of calming... and surprisingly, none of the "rejects" have been tough decisions to make.

Next, I need to tackle the drawers I've got filled with nail polish. Oy.

Anyway, I'd love to see how you store your nail polish collection!

Until next time...

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Coupon Deals: Zipper Baggies

Hi there!

I looove myself a good deal...

Free Glad Snack and Sandwich Bags.

... especially when it's free! I often say "for free is for me!"

If you have a Dollar Tree store nearby, print this coupon and get some free baggies for yourself! I'm not sure how long the coupon will be available for print... so if there isn't anything pre-clipped for you, I'd guess it's expired.

Until next time...

Monday, August 17, 2015

How To: Candle Recovery

Hi there!

I had forgotten that I stored Christmas candles in one of the bottom drawers of my buffet table. Well... my kid found them. He's learning "put it back," but he doesn't fully understand the concept of "carefully..."

How to fix a candle.

Don't worry, he was not hurt!

I knew I wanted to save the candle somehow, so I froze it for a few hours and then dug out a hammer and bucket...

How to fix a candle.

I put a piece of newspaper over the candle before I tapped it twice with the hammer...

How to fix a candle.

I suppose I could have skipped the freezing step since I planned on hammering the glass anyway. Too late now :-) Freezing without hammering would work great if the glass hadn't been curved.

How to fix a candle.

Ta-da!

How to fix a candle.

The lighting for my camera is simply atrocious, but I think it looks good in person!

If you try this and need to freeze your candle, I recommend letting the chunk of wax sit on a paper towel until it gets up to room temperature. If put immediately into the new container, a small bit of water will pool at the bottom and the candle will slip and slide.

Have you tried this before?

Until next time...

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hoarder Time: BBW Travel Lotions

Hi there!

There's no doubt about it- I have a boat load of Bath & Body Works travel sized lotions...

Bath & Body Works collection.

Why? I don't know!

Over the past year or so, I've come to the realization that I've got too much stuff. Plain and simple. I've always been the type of person that wants to have something just to have it. I don't need it... don't want to use it... just want to have it. They look pretty together, but it's time to stop.

I've slowly been purging, and it's tough! My hoard of everything is crazy... but I'm a neat freak, so it's all organized perfectly. That's a plus, right?

I feel like I should add that I didn't pay a penny for the featured hoard. My mantra has kind of always been "for free is for me..." not that that makes it appropriate.

My goal is to actually start using the things I have (instead of just having them to have them)... lotions, scrubs, soaps, shoes, perfumes, jewelry, makeup, books, DVDs, etc. If I have no desire to use it, well goodbye. My friends are really loving this!

I already got rid of 150+ DVDs and an entire floor-to-ceiling bookcase full of books. It's a rush! And now I have room for more stuff! Haha, just kidding... kind of. It does help to have extra space now with the remodeling I'm doing!

Do you hoard anything?

Until next time...

Thursday, July 23, 2015

This or That: Mango Sugar Scrub

Hi there!

I've been loving fruity sugar scrubs this summer...

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub in Tropical Mango versus
The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub.

... and I think it's fair to say I love a good value even more!

The Tree Hut scrub retails for $6.48 ($0.36/oz.) while The Body Shop scrub retails for $20 ($2.70/oz.). Yikes.

The Tree Hut (TH) scrub smells AMAZING! It's sweet and natural at the same time... while The Body Shop (TBS) scrub kind of smells like a scented Play-Doh! It smells okay in the shower, though.

The textures of each scrub are both nice in their own way. TH is rougher. I feel like it exfoliates much better and leaves my skin feeling soft after bathing.

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub in Tropical Mango.

The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub.

I used the TBS scrub in the bath, and it turned my water milky. My skin was left feeling soft, but it was on the verge of greasy.

Both scrubs are organic- that's cool.

Overall, I don't think this one is even close. I'll use up the TBS scrub, but I most definitely won't repurchase it.

Have you used either of these scrubs? What are your thoughts?

Until next time...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

All Lives Matter

Hi there!

Soooo many of my Facebook friends have been posting stories and articles regarding #BlackLivesMatter... more specifically, that #AllLivesMatter is ignorant and racist. What?

I'm curious why this is the belief of so many.

Isn't the goal for every life to be equal? I really think the purposeful segregation is perpetuating the problem.

I was told that because I'm technically white skinned, I'm at the top of the racial hierarchy and I have "nothing to worry about." Okay, it's nice that you think that... but you're just as ignorant as you think I am.

I believe in a healthy debate, so I asked this friend a series of questions mostly pertaining to his claim that I'm ignorant for thinking that ALL lives do matter. I asked him if I'd be considered racist if I held a sign saying "white lives matter." Luckily, his answer was no. BUT because I'm white, he said I'd look silly- seeing, again, as I have nothing to worry about. I laughed aloud.

I understand that this world is not what it should be when it comes to treating people the way they should be treated. That doesn't make me happy at all.

A change will only happen when (if) we as a PEOPLE... not a color... not a gender... not an anything but a PEOPLE realize that person A is just as much a person as person B.

It's time to stop with the division of people based on anything but their integrity.

To those who assume that I am where I am today because of the color of my skin: goodbye. My pigment gets zero credit for my success. I have worked, and currently do work very hard for everything I've achieved. Thanks, affirmative action.

One more thought... there is no such thing as reverse racism. Racism is racism.

I can feel myself rambling on, so I'll leave with this... "black America. White America." STOP. IT!

Oh yeah... #AllLivesMatter

Until next time...

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

Hi there!

My little guy gave this to me today for my first Mother's Day to a human...

My nails painted with Sinful Colors - Picante.
Sinful Colors Sinful Shine.

Awww ❤ 

I hope you're all having a great day!

Until next time...
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