The much needed weekend is finally here, and I will be kicking it off with my review of some products sent in the first ever Influenster Maple VoxBox! Influenster has finally made their service available to Canadians, and I'm so glad to have the opportunity to share my thoughts on these products with you guys!
Let's start off with the treats that were sent in the box. I received the Ice Breakers DUO in the raspberry flavor, the Skinny Cow Milk Chocolate Flavour Heavenly Crisp, and the Milk Chocolate Dreamy Clusters. The Ice Breakers DUO is absolutely delicious! My pack (which comes with PLENTY of mints) did not even last 2 days with me. The raspberry flavor tastes great, and the mint compliments it very well, very refreshing. The Skinny Cow Milk Chocolate Dreamy Clusters kinda remind me of a healthier version of Turtles. Instead of pecans there is the crispy rice cereal & is only 120 calories per bag! I would definitely purchase these two items again. As for the Skinny Cow Milk Chocolate Flavour Heavenly Crisp bar, I felt like the ratio of chocolate to wafer was off, but if you like wafers this will be perfect for you.
Next we'll move on to the nail item I received. This is the Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure. I don't know the exact name of this design, but I really love the color combination of these nails. My experience with these press-on nails was not the best, BUT this may not be the case for everyone. The set of nails I received are the short version, and I learned very quickly that my natural nails were still longer than these even after my breakage (which can be seen in the photos). I still tried these despite that issue, and they did not last a day. The nails did not lay flat with my nail bed due to the glue, and after one round of washing dishes the nails were coming off. I personally wouldn't wear these since I grow out my natural nails, but I think people who do not would enjoy this product for a quick day or 2 use.
Next up will be the cosmetics. All the cosmetics I received were by the brand NYC New York Color. I received the Big Bold Curl Mascara in the darkest shade of black available, the Big Bold Plumping Lip Gloss, and some coupons for $1.00 off their products! The mascara was probably my second favorite product that I received, as it really does curl and add volume & length to my extremely short eyelashes without clumping. Amazing quality for the price, even better with coupons! The Big Bold Plumping Lip Gloss really doesn't add any color to the lips although it appears pink. After applying this gloss, I began to feel a minty tingling sensation that is really soothing, but as for the plumping effect, I did not notice much of a difference.
Last, but certainly not least is the skin care product I received. I received the Montagne Jeunesse Clay Spas face mask. The type of mask I received is the Red Earth Clay Spa. For the most part, my skin is extremely dry, with the exception of my nose which gets very oily at times. After following the easy steps to apply this mask (which may scare little children) I instantly noticed a difference in my skin. It was extremely soft and felt "clean" if you get what I mean. I also love the tingling sensation I felt while waiting with the mask on, it is extremely calming! Definitely my favorite product of the bunch.
Hope you enjoyed this post, and have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Nicole by OPI Announces Partnership with Country Superstar Carrie Underwood for 2014
Nicole by OPI launches 14 new nail lacquers inspired by award-winning recording artist Carrie Underwood. This collection features a colourful mosaic of hues in a variety of finishes, including pink, red and coral crèmes; chunky and textured glitters in gold, silver and white; and rich eggplant and khaki green shades.
“Carrie is the perfect partner for Nicole by OPI. Her music evokes powerful emotions in its listeners, and we wanted to give fans a way to express their feelings through colour,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “In working closely with Carrie, we came up with 14 nail lacquers that truly encapsulate her soulful spirit and showcase different facets of her personality – from softer pastels and dark sultry shades to playful glitters.”
The Carrie Underwood Collection includes:
Carrie’d Away Carrie’s own gold record signature shade.
Lips are Dripping Honey This multi-gold glitter is sweet on you.
Southern Charm Frankly my dear, this nude shade looks charming on you.
Sweet Daisy A bouquet of southern peach blossoms.
Carnival Cotton Candy This spun sugar pink is all about fun.
Goodbye Shoes Hit the road, but leave me this standalone gray-green.
Backstage Pass I want access to this brown with purple nuances.
Sing You Like a Bee Put some of this frosty ice on that, honey!
Party Bus Celebrate on-the-go with this party-perfect confetti glitter.
Love My Pups Let’s “paws” for this adorably sweet pink.
Color Me Country This soul-ful hot pink makes me want to sing.
Some Hearts You can’t beat this romantic coral dream.
American as Apple Pie Tradition runs deep in this classic red.
Fisher Queen I’m hooked on this deep, deep eggplant.
Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. This limited edition collection will be in newly designed bottles featuring the NEW Nicole logo. These shades will be available January 2014 for $10.99 each at Shoppers Drug Mart, Target Canada, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, London Drug, and Loblaws.
Nicole by OPI offers a salon-quality range of bold, fashion-forward nail lacquers. The brand’s heritage is based on OPI’s well-established foundation of excellence in both color and technology, providing premium products to a broad range of consumers looking for trendsetting nail lacquers. Known for its celebrity collaborations and partnerships, the brand invites consumers to be creative and confident by expressing themselves through colour. Currently, Nicole by OPI range boasts over 120 shades, including retailer exclusive lacquers, and serves as the color authority for the younger demographic.
About Carrie Underwood:
Since releasing her debut album in 2005, Carrie has sold over 15 million albums and placed 17 #1 singles on the charts, 8 of which she co-wrote. Her current album, Blown Away, made history by debuting at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, making Carrie only the second country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have each of their first four albums debut at #1. The now Platinum-selling Blown Away album also debuted at #1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, making Carrie only the second country artist in history to have three consecutive albums debut at #1. She is a six-time GRAMMY® winner, a two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, a three-time Country Music Association and ACM Female Vocalist winner, and a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry.
OPI Partners with Music and Fashion Icon Gwen Stefani to Launch Limited Edition Nail Lacquers, Featuring Breakthrough Finishes
OPI joins celebrity partner Gwen Stefani in announcing seven new limited edition nail lacquers for 2014, featuring standout color in breakthrough finishes. Highlights from the collection include a bold red lacquer that pays homage to Gwen’s signature lipstick, a new semi-matte satin finish in shades of gold and black, and a mirrored chrome paired with a special base coat.
Inspired by the 2013 Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala that featured the theme “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” OPI Executive VP and Artistic Director Suzi Weiss- Fischmann decided to create a collection of lacquer celebrating the role of music as a major influence in fashion. “With her expertise as a singer, songwriter and designer, who better to collaborate with than Gwen Stefani?” asks Weiss-Fischmann. “Known for her trademark red lips, bold eye makeup and nail art, Gwen uses beauty to accessorize her style.”
Gwen’s signature red OPI hue – Over & Over A-Gwen – is available in a boxed set, which includes Swarovski black crystals and silver, gold and pewter studs in bar, square, diamond and circle shapes for creating unique nail designs, as well as nail glue for easy application. Love.Angel.Music.Baby. and 4 in the Morning feature a new, semi-matte satin finish designed to be worn without top coat. Push and Shove, a bold chrome hue, is also worn without top coat but requires a special complimentary base coat – Lay Down that Base. One thin coat of Lay Down that Base topped with two thin coats of Push and Shove yields an intense, mirrored finish. The collection is rounded out with two glossy crème lacquers and one sparkly glitter shade: Hey Baby, I Sing in Color, and In True Stefani Fashion.
“OPI wanted to create a collection as dramatic, diverse and glamorous as its namesake,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “With crème and glitter hues, new satin matte texture, a mirrored chrome and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, Gwen Stefani by OPI presents the latest in pigments and finishes, while combining elements of haute couture and street fashion.”
Gwen Stefani by OPI includes the following seven limited edition nail lacquers:
I Sing in Color
4 in the Morning
In True Stefani Fashion
(No pictures released as of now)
Push and Shove*
Over & Over A-Gwen**
Gwen Stefani by OPI nail lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. This promotion will be available beginning January 2014 at professional salons and spas across Canada, for $10.95 suggested retail for each nail lacquer. The boxed set including Over & Over A-Gwen and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS will retail for $18.95 CAN.
*Must be worn with Lay Down that Base, which is complimentary when purchasing Push and
**Sold only in a boxed set including SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS
As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavilypigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades and contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.
ABOUT GWEN STEFANI
A singer since childhood, Gwen has fronted the band No Doubt for the past 22 years. During this time she has achieved worldwide success as a performer, songwriter and recording artist selling almost 50 million albums worldwide. No Doubt’s five genre-blending albums have showcased her adept songwriting and poignant lyrics with number one hits like "Don't Speak", "Just A Girl", and "Hey Baby" along with many others.
After the double-platinum retrospective Singles Collection, featuring the hit "It's My Life," Gwen released two highly successful solo albums. Love.Angel.Music.Baby was released in 2004 and The Sweet Escape was released in 2006. In 2009, after a nearly five-year hiatus, No Doubt completed a 50-plus city North American tour performing for more than 750,000 fans that summer. The following year they were invited to perform for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Sir Paul McCartney and others as part of the annual Kennedy Center Honors. In 2012, No Doubt released their sixth studio album “Push And Shove” which debuted #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. The band is currently writing and recording new music to be released this year.
In addition to her singer-songwriter career Gwen’s original sense of style and lifelong passion for creating her own clothing designs culminated in the launch of her fashion label L.A.M.B. (Love, Angel, Music, Baby) in 2003. Gwen is widely recognized as a trendsetter and accomplished designer within the fashion industry L.A.M.B is a luxurious collection of clothing, handbags, shoes and fragrance, based on Stefani's personal style and aesthetic. In 2005, Gwen launched her highly successful second brand Harajuku Lovers. Harajuku Lovers is a playful line of apparel, bags, shoes, fragrance, stationary and electronics that reflects Gwen’s love of Japanese culture and Pop Art. L.A.M.B. and Harajuku Lovers are sold in over 2500 retail doors worldwide. In 2011, Gwen launched Harajuku Mini exclusively for Target in all 1700+ doors. Harajuku Mini is a designer children’s brand that includes shoes, bags, accessories, swimwear, and home.
In 2011, Gwen became actively involved in the relief and recovery effort in Japan. In addition to donating $1,000,000 to Save The Children’s Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund, Gwen created a charity auction and limited edition T-shirt with 100% of proceeds benefiting the relief effort.
Yes, you have read the title correctly, it is giveaway time once again! They say that giving is better than receiving, especially around the holidays, but let's face it... We all like to presents for the sake of it! All of the prizes (with the exception of the polishes) were graciously donated by KKCenterHK. I'm not going to blabber on for a gazillion years because I know what you all came here for, so here we go... The prizes are:
This giveaway will run from 12:00am Monday December 2nd, 2013 to Sunday December 15th, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. Sadly this giveaway is only open to US & Canadian residents, but feel free to enter if you know someone within these countries that wouldn't mind shipping it to you. The only mandatory options are the ones first seen on the Rafflecopter widget, but of course more entries is better than less ;) !
I have also been given an even BIGGER coupon code than my usual to KKCenterHK (in case you see something you like that is not included in my giveaway), for 15% off. Use code teenpolishjunkieevent15off at checkout to receive your discount! This code is good until April 10th 2014. That should be everything, enjoy and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway Peace & Love, --TPJ<3
*Some products provided by KKCenterHK for giveaway purposes*
Hope everyone had an amazing weekend! I wanted to share what is currently on my nails with you guys because I think it's very cute!
Although this manicure may seem obnoxiously bright and absurd during this time of year in certain people's opinions, I don't give a rat's patootie because I like it and that's all that matters haha! The polishes I used to accomplish this look is 2 coats of Awesome Orange by Milani, followed by one coat of Thing by CrowsToes, followed by another 2 coats of Awesome Orange.
I'm pretty sure this is my first time doing a jelly sandwich, and I love the concept! I also can't believe I've had my bottle of Thing for over a year and this is my first time using it in a full manicure, boy have I been missing out! This polish is the ULTIMATE glitterbomb and has quickly become one of my favorite polishes in my entire collection.
Hi guys! I just wanted to quickly show you my 2 week (well, technically tomorrow makes 2 weeks but whatever) nail growth update since my nail break. I've been following my same nail care routine seen in my previous nail growth update prior to the break. I can definitely see the growth that has occurred as I now have a pretty decent length for my free edge!
Do you like these growth updates? Would you like to see weekly updates? Let me know your thoughts!