Saturday, March 28, 2015

Random Post: March 2015's A Box, Indied!

I really like indie nail polish. It's fun to support smaller companies who have awesome ideas about what a polish should be and how they should look! A Box, Indied is a monthly subscription box of sorts that caught my eye on Instagram from Llarowe's page. A bunch of indie polish vendors are featured each month in a themed box. Now, unlike most subscription boxes, you can't just buy 3, 6, or 12 months at a time. You have to be prepared to push the "GO!" button in your mind when they go on sale, because as far as I know, these boxes go quick! When I saw the March box featured tons of vendors I have always been curious about, I pounced. For $50 (this price includes shipping), I got 5 full sized polishes, so each lacquer falls between between $8 and $10, depending on how you figure shipping. Let's take a look inside the March box!!
This whole thing came in a really lovely, longer box with a cute sticker. Very nice packaging on the outside. I am going to re-purpose this box for something, methinks.
Tissue paper wrapped its contents on the inside...
...and the first thing that greeted me was this lovely card detailing what brands were inside the box. On the reverse side, instructions for a delicious looking St. Patrick's Day cocktail!
Each polish was individually wrapped in this bulky, weird tissue paper, but I loved how it was done this way with this material. Everything felt super protected in these tiny little packages!
Like I mentioned, each polish is wrapped in this weird material and taped onto each is a printed label for what brands are enclosed. Onward!
Pahlish's Fields of Gold is right up my alley! You know I love anything gold, and look at this one. LOOK AT IT. Stare into its eyes. Hypnotic, ain't it?! Packed with metallic gold glitter, this would be blinding in 2-3 coats, I'm sure. LOVE this. I am seriously obsessed with getting all of the gold polishes!!!!!~~
Girly Bits' Serendipity is a gorgeous dusty rose, bronzey, silvery, goldy polish that looks like it may have a bit of texture to it and some holographicness as well. Not my favorite off the nail, but I think it will be a stunner when it's applied to the nails, almost like jewelry! Dripping with shimmer, this might shock me.
Contrary Polish's is a brand I had never heard of before this box. Shamrock & Roll is a beautiful green jelly polish with gold flecked glitters. This is the perfect for St. Patrick's Day or any other holiday or occasion requiring a splash of green. In a couple of coats, I have a feeling this will be opaque and brilliant looking, though it seems runny right out of the bottle. Love this one! it's not so dark that it'd stain the nail, but not light enough that you'd not notice it was green (does that make any sense?).
That. Holo (minus the messy background). Though. I have always had my eye on Colors By Llarowe for a long time, mainly because that's the site where you can buy tons of indie polishes you want, whenever you want. Uhh, how awesome it that!? Magically Delicious is an amazing purple with the flashy holo, so sparkly. What else could ya want? The purple is darker than my liking for my skin tone, but I will still like it, I think!
Glisten & Glow apparently has one of the best, most coveted top coats in all of polish. Endless Rainbows is a purple-leaning pink holographic polish with some seriiiiious shiny shimmering. I LOVE this color, it's perfect for me and what I like. I can't wait to use this in a nail art manicure paired with some KBShimmer holos.
That's all, folks! Have you ever bought A Box. Indied? Have you ever tried any of these brands? Anything jump out at you?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Swift & Supersonically Snappy Short Review #66: Butterfly Lane Scents' Strawberry White Cake


I have no idea why I said that, it had nothing to do with today's melt.
Butterfly Lane Scents' Strawberry White Cake
Cold Rating8/10
Lit Rating: 8.5/10
Throw Rating8/10
Overall Rating7.5/10; one of the very few vendors that has a good, solid, non-buttery cake bakery scent. Amazed by this vendor. Fantastically sweet, both from the fruity strawberry and the fluffy cake. Strong, lasted many, many hours in both the bedroom and the bathroom (I had 2 scent shots). Hoarding scents because of unopened vendors. Hard to get vendors who don't open all the time are the bane. Changed from colored wax to white wax. Not caring about what color wax is because it all gets tossed in the end. Strawberry season. Nothin' worse than awful strawberries. Homemade cake. Using a bajillion dishes and making a mess. Turning into a semi-bakery gal one scent at a time. Loving cake scents, never knowing which will be the butteriest and nastiest popcorn smelling cakes. Nothing will stop me from eating cake. Cake, before Rihanna. "Cake," with Jennifer Aniston, had very little to do with cake until the end of the film. Friends don't let friends let cake spoil.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Swift & Supersonically Snappy Short Review #65: Flaming Star Scents' Apple Honey Pear Cider

Even though it's officially Spring, I still crave fallish scents. You can't take the cinnamon out of my favs!!!
Flaming Star Scents' Apple Honey Pear Cider
Cold Rating6.5/10
Lit Rating: 6.5/10
Throw Rating6/10
Overall Rating6.5/10; a really lovely medium pear scent with light hints of spice, perhaps cinnamon, and a small apple smell. Would have liked a more heavy apple and pear balance from this melt. More of a sweet scent than a fresh one. Honey is just sweetness to my nose in most scents. Lasted 4 hours in the bedroom. Cute little sun man. To cure or not to cure, that is the question. Winning a gift card for this vendor. Forgetting to go back and buy more. So-so performance overall from this company.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Swift & Supersonically Snappy Short Review #64: Better Homes and Garden's Pink Sugar Berry

My wonderful waxy pal, Deb from It's Always Something, went to her local Walmart a little while ago and I asked her/she offered to get a few things for me. Thanks again, Deb! I knew when she picked up this one for me, I *had* to melt it first.
Better Homes and Gardens' Pink Sugar Berry
Cold Rating7/10
Lit Rating: 8/10
Throw Rating8/10
Overall Rating: 8/10; a wonderful balance of sweet, juicy, fragrant and fruity raspberry, mature musk, and exotic, perfect pink sugar. Smells great in just 2 cubes. Strong, lasted many hours in the bedroom. Bright pink wax. Wax that would be better frozen in the freezer as opposed to poured out while hot. The misconception that tarts form Walmart don't throw well = crap. Getting multiple melts in each clamshell. No horrible skunky smell from this clamshell. Clamshell is a funny word. Infinite supply of Walmart tarts while most other vendors have long TATs. Instant gratification, like going to get ice cream right now!!!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Swift & Supersonically Snappy Short Review #63: Beezy Tarts' Lychee Coconut

What does a lychee smell like? Taste like? Look like?!
Beezy-Tarts' Lychee Coconut
Cold Rating6.5/10
Lit Rating: 7.5/10
Throw Rating7.5/10
Overall Rating7.5/10; great throw, as I have come to expect with 99% of tarts from Mr. Beezy. Coconut smell is quite sweet, a little tropical but toned down/mellowed up? by the lychee. Bathroom melts are the perfect place for super fruity scents like this one. Never cutting scent shots in half. Never seeing lychee in its natural habitat, IE; the grocery store. Not knowing what a lychee looks like if it hit me in the face. Needing more frequent restocks from this vendor. Having recently been put off by coconut scents in winter, but waiting to melt until Spring is a pain. Lychee is a funny word. Smashing my thumb with a hammer trying to break open a coconut when I was younger. :P

Saturday, March 7, 2015

To Try: Influenster's NYC New York Color VoxBox!

I was selected by Influenster to try out the new NYC New York Color Big Bold line of mascara (Angel Lash) and liquid eyeliner (Big Bold & Precise felt tip liner). I got these products for free to try from Influenster and anyone can sign up for a free account! Let's take a look at these products!
The products fresh in the package! I really like the pictures on the sides to display how each should look when being used.
And here's the card that came in the package explaining what each task will be for the Influenster portion of the trial. Apparently Demi Lovato sponsors this product? Well, she has questionable taste. Each product has a specific promise: the mascara will be bold and light, 7 times more volume with 16 hours of wear and no weight, and the felt liner will have a 2-in-1 felt tip with 10 hour long lasting wear formula. Bold promises, amirite?
The mascara package up close and the back information.
Eyeliner packaging and back information.
Both products out of their packaging. I am a sucker for purple, so I wouldn't hate carrying around this mascara, only the tube is HUGE. I don't think the photo does it justice. The eyeliner is your typical type of container for such a product, nothing special.
Out of 5, I give this mascara a 3.5. It does add a lot of volume in one layer, but once I upped it to 2-3 layers, it got SO clumpy! I had to remove this at least twice with 2-3 layers and once with one layer. I don't get why mascara can be so clumping. I really liked the feel of this on my lashes and it didn't feel heavy, but the clumpiness knocks it down a couple pegs.
Out of 5, I have to give this eyeliner a 1. This stuff sucks! Not only was it streaky when applied to a fresh face, but it was clumpy and clumsy to apply because of this HUMONGOUS tip! Here's the swatch of it on my wrist:
LOOK at that thing! It's so weird! It was like a sharpie on my eyes. On top of this, it had a very weird and chemically smell, something I've never smelled before from any of the other eyeliners I have tried. Yikes! This stuff was a disaster of epic proportions. Needless to say, I am glad this was free to try from Influenster because I would not buy this.

Thanks to Influenster for letting me be part of this trial, even though I didn't care for the eyeliner! And again, I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. Check out the hashtag #NYCBigBold on Twitter and Instagram for more reviews and thoughts!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Order of the Odor: Volume 7

Welcome to the Order of the Odor! Please join us in answering the smelly question of the month and voting in a fun blending poll, by commenting with your choices.

1. If you could create any scent blend possible, what would it be?
My dream scent blend would be would be a pretty boring one. I think I'd love to smell a mix of fluffy and clean towels, salty sea air but without all the poopy seagull smell, bright and wonderful sunshine, grainy sand from a beach, more salt and a light lime fragrance, like that from the rim of a cold margarita. Maybe with a hint of pink sugar to tie it all together, maybe not, I'd take it either way! MMMMMM yeah!!

2. Deb, Lauren, Sunnee and Julie each picked a single scent note they would like to explore further. They then created a blend for each other using that note. Please vote for which blend in each scent category you think you would enjoy the best by commenting.

All "A" choices are Deb's Blends, all "B" choices are Lauren's Blends, all "C" choices are Sunnee's Blends and all "D" choices are Julie's Blends.

1. Deb: White Tea

A. Sage/Mandarin Marmalade/White Tea overpour

B. Lavender Cucumber Sage/Honeydew Melon/White Tea overpour

C. Citrus Cooler/Pink Sugar/White Tea overpour

D. Sage/Apricot/White Tea overpour

2. Lauren: Strawberry Rhubarb

A. Waffle Cone/Vanilla Ice Cream/Strawberry Rhubarb overpour

B. Strawberry Jam/Cannoli/Strawberry Rhubarb overpour

C. Monster Cookie/Marshmallow Smoothie/Strawberry Rhubarb overpour

D. American Cream/Orange Sherbet/Strawberry Rhubarb overpour

3. Sunnee: Raspberry Coconut

A. Lilac Lane/Watermelon/Raspberry Coconut overpoour

B. Celtic Moonspice/Dunk My Donut/Raspberry Coconut overpour

C. Lemon Biscotti/FL Keylime Pie/Raspberry Coconut overpour

D. Serendipity/Strawberry Raspberry Guava/Raspberry Coconut overpour

4. Julie: Pink Chiffon

A. Serendipity/Whipped Cream/Pink Chiffon overpour

B. Pear/Cotton Candy Frosting/Pink Chiffon overpour

C. Fireside Marshmallow/Pink Sugar/Pink Chiffon overpour

D. Pink Chiffon/Peach/Gilligan's Brew overpour

What would be some blends you would create with those scent notes?

Sweet lemon bakery, strong throw, only $2.00 a clamshell? Come see what hidden gem Deb has found unearthed from an unexpected store.

If you are a candle lover like we are, you probably have noticed the price hike at Bath & Body Works. Sunnee shows us her candle collection and thoughts on the goings-on at the ol' BBW. Pull up a chair and bring your coffee and join the conversation!

With a potential Rosegirls opening looming in the near future, you want to check out these 16 sweet blends that Lauren posted from our recent Muffin Club haul. It is bound to get those creative juices flowing! 

Swing by The Redolent Mermaid to see what amazing blends Julie scored from Candles From The Keeping Room this month. You know you want to see what awesome samples Carol sent out!