Sunday, December 21, 2014

Swift & Supersonically Snappy Short Review #51: Lasting Scent Candles' Holiday Splendor

Only 6 days until Christmas, so I have been on my holiday melting game!
Lasting Scent Candles' Holiday Splendor
Cold Rating7/10
Lit Rating: 7.5/10
Throw Rating8/10
Overall Rating7.5/10; a mix of apples, fir, and balsam, perhaps a tiny hint of spice in there somewhere? Higher strength that I thought it might be. Lasted 12 hours in the bedroom on a rainy day. Apples in wax either fresh and clean or fresh and sweet. This one is sweet! Loving tree scents lately. Lovely labels, cute fonts. Bright red wax, potential to stain warmer? Exceeded expectations. Vendors not opened all the time. Flashy websites. Smaller than 2 ounce cups. Pricey.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Random Post: KBShimmer Winter 2014 Nail Polish Haul!

I'm back, and rather soon after from my last polish haul! A few weeks after KBShimmer put out their fall polishes, they came out with some winter ones! Of course, I jumped on the chance to get a few of these beauties. Here's my haul!
I received a nail file with my order. This is a simple one, nothing fancy, but their logo is on the back of it!
When KBShimmer first opened for their winter polishes, the first X amount of customers received these snowman glitter nail art pieces! Super generous! I can't wait to use them...once I figure out what to do with them :P
Another sugar scrub sample! This time it is in peppermint! I am stoked to try this one.
As part of their current ongoing sale, if you purchased $60 or more, you got a free polish! WHAT! Now, you were supposed to enter a coupon code once you added the polish to your cart. I didn't do that and cut my losses. So, when I pulled this out of the bag, I was floored! I know they said they weren't doing changes after orders were placed, so it was so cool to get this even though it was my error. This is Holly Back Girl, a Christmas glitter twist on their flecked white cream polish. LOVE! This would be good on white, or perfect on its own. Fun!
Merry Pinkmas combines pink and Christmas? What's better!? A bubblegum pink crelly base is with green, red, white, and yellow glitters in all sizes. This polish is SO fun! I have worn this twice and have loved it both times. The polish needed 2-3 coats each time for an impactful amount of glitter spread throughout. Very cute.
Sugar Plum Faerie is another polish I took a chance on trying. As I mentioned in my fall polish haul, dark colors and Lolo don't always mix. I am pretty amateur at clean-up, and since darker colors produce more noticeable smudges, I stay away from darker polishes them. Sugar Plum Faerie is such a gorgeous medium dark purple, though, I couldn't resist. The lime green, pink and blue glitters also enticed me to get this one.
While this polish might look a little bit blue from the photo, Let's Sleigh Together is a grey crelly with blue and green glitters. Taking a page from their wonderful white polishes chock full of glitters, this grey is fun, but looks a bit thin, so we'll have to see how it applies. I'm sure it'll be fine since I've never really had a huge problem with their formula.
Snow Way, what could be better than a polish that looks like snowflakes?! I love the light blue background amongst the flakes and speckles! So cool. This lacquer might actually make me have a white Christmas since lord knows we don't get snow/weather here.
If you have read my blog for any length of time, you might know that I am not only obsessed with glitter and shiny things, but gold things as well. Dressed To Gild called my name when the swatches of it first came out online. And let me tell you, this DID NOT disappoint! Oh. Em. Gee. Dang, this polish is stunningly blingadocious. I cannot wait to wear it again.
Pine-ing For Yule features red star glitters and green triangular glitters in a clear base with extra glitter in silver, green and red. Triangles? In my polish?! Unique! This top coat is very festive and will look great on a white or gray background. Perfect for Christmas day! Half of the proceeds from the sale of this polish were donated to the Toys For Tots charity, so that was an even bigger incentive to purchase it!
AGH!!! All Decked Out is a melange of colored glitter plus gold stars in a dark green crelly base. Love! The dark green worries me a bit as far as staining and hard clean up, but it is worth it to get in the spirit of the season. The glitter amount on the website says "medium," but to me, this looks like an insane amount of sparkle! Amazing color. The shimmer the glitter brings this polish would be fabulous for a Christmas party or event.
Kringle All The Way looks like something straight from a Christmas Tree! It looks exactly like the bulbs shimmering against the Christmas lights. Ahhh, I love Christmas. This will be perfect over a white backdrop.

There's my haul! See anything you like? :)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Random Post: KBShimmer Fall 2014 Nail Polish Haul!

A couple of months ago, KBShimmer, my favorite handmade indie nail polish brand, released her Fall 2014 collection. I purchased some of the colors she put out and am just getting around to sharing my haul with you! If you haven't tried KBShimmer's nail polish, I urge you to do so. She has such a fantastic formula and I have never had any problems with this brand (other than buying colors that don't look good on me). Let's see what I got. I'll start with the Fall polishes!
As with most of the times I have bought from KBShimmer, a few samplers were given to me! Yay! This is a small soap sample in the scent Lemongrass, and unfortunately, I have misplaced this. I have looked everywhere, but can't find it. I have heard good things about their soap!
KBShimmer has recently started making nail vinyls, and along with my order, I got a sample of these jagged little diddlybobs. Very cool, and I may use them in a Christmas manicure!
Also included was a sample of their sugar scrub in the scent Paradise. This is particularly intriguing as I have been loving sugar scrubs lately, but I want to finish the one I have before I move on to this sample!
And now, for the polishes! Up And Cunning...the pictures don't do it justice. It is a mix between a darker green and a darker blue, almost like a teal but much darker. This is another holo polish and I am smitten with it, but very nervous about wearing it. I figure, if I can't do the manicure with a dark polish without making a trillion mistakes, it's probably not the polish for me. Nude polishes are just so much nicer to look at from afar!
Hugs And Wishes is, again, another polish that my camera can't quite pick up on easily. This is a straight lavender polish, but it is much more vibrant in the bottle. Love this one and it will be great on its own, as an "undie" for a glitter or top coat, or in a fun little striped or decorated manicure.
Stonewashed  will be a wonderful polish to add to my collection. A navy blue that leans green, KBShimmer makes the most impressive cream polishes that are opaque in 1-3 coats. I can tell this will also be good for stamping!
Leaf of Faith is one of the reddest of red jelly polishes I have seen in person! It looks like a crisp apple straight off of the shelf...well, with tons of glitter, that is. I mean, LOOK AT IT. It's so shiny. This is very not like my to buy so many polishes I don't even know if I would like, but if I don't, I fully intend on giving it to a friend. <3
How You Dune is a "greige" polish that looks super gloppy from the outside, but is great to put on once you get past the initial look of it from the exterior. Greige, by the way, is gray and beige! I LOVE NEW WORDS!!!! This will be a really good under-polish for the most shimmery top coats.
Rust No One was a polish I took a chance on buying. Typically, I stay away from reds or red-leaning polishes because they are such a mess for the under-experienced polishers (AKA: ME) to clean up if you screw up. Well, I am glad I took the chance because this shade is incredible. It is much more pinky-orange on my nail and skin tone. This is another holographic polish in a long line of impressive holographic polishes from this company. LOVE!!
A Raisin To Live is an amazing burgundy with some sparkle to it, but nothing too blingy. Again, not my kind of color, but I have worn this and ended up liking it! Very dark and could stain the nails.
Jack was the perfect Halloween color this year! It is a black jelly base with tons of sparkly orange glitter. Very cool polish. The amount of glitter in KBShimmer's polishes astounds me!
This polish was the disappointment of the bunch for me, and I want to stress that. Flannel Surfing is one of the coolest named polishes, but on my skin and nails, it just doesn't work well. The light blue is pretty, and it usually works for me, so I guess I don't like the glitter and the colors it contains. Oh well! Does anyone like this one or is it just me?
HOLY MOLY! Kiss And Spell is such a fun top coat polish! Full of bright lime green, orange, purple and black dots and stars and hexes, this is perfect for Halloween and beyond. Super cute and a good ol' time!

There's my fall KBShimmer polish haul! Have you tried this company? Are they in your top favorite handmade indie brands? I know they are #1 on my list!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Haul: Vintage Chic Scents November Haul!

Vintage Chic Scents has slowly risen many, many notches on my favorite vendor list in a short time. Kirby is the owner and many of you know her from her days on YouTube. She has such a wonderful blend of scents, a vast scent list,  as well as excellent customer service and some of the best themes and packaging in the wax game. Lately she has been doing unannounced restocks but within a specific time frame (so, between 10 am and 4 pm CST on restock day). As long as you have your wish list filled out and have a quick trigger finger, ordering from her shouldn't be difficult. Let's explore my November haul, shall we?
Her very chic business card. One of my favs!
DOILIES!!! CHRISTMAS DOILIES!!!
* Bluebird Cafe - Freshly picked strawberries.
Kirby sent me two samples. To my knowledge, she's not letting customers pick their samples anymore, which is probably better for her. The first is Bluebird Cafe, which smells sweet and fabulous. I have a feeling I will melt this in the bedroom. It is quite nice alone, but might be even better when added with her marshmallow scents.
* The Grinch - Cranberry Mulberry Orange Moscato
I actually ordered a 3-pack of this scent, so scroll down for more on this one.
The size difference between the gigantic poinsettia tarts, her flower tarts, and her 1 ounce samples.
* It’s a Wonderful Life - Comforting warm spices including clove, nutmeg and cinnamon
The first thing I wanted to make sure I ordered was her Christmas Films sampler. Each and every scent in the sampler sounded amazing, something that is rare for a pre-made combination of tarts. It's a Wonderful Life smells wonderful, how can you go wrong with nutmeg, cinnamon and clove? There is a little something in this tart that is strange to my nose, but I'm sure it'll go away while melting!
* Holiday Inn - Holiday wassail drink filled with mulled apple cider, cranberry orange and cozy spices
Here we come a'wassailin'! Holiday Inn is lovely as well, a splendid melange of spices, apples and slight orange and cranberry. I have cut these huge flowers into 4 pieces and have already melted one part of this. Yum! It has a medium strength in the bathroom.
* Miracle on 34th Street - Cranberry Apple Pear (this scent is somewhat clean)
This one definitely does smell clean, but the fruitiness is nice, too. I don't mind tarts that are a combination of fruity and clean. I mainly get apple and cranberry from this scent, and the pear seems minimal on cold sniff.
* Meet Me in St. Louis - Warm vanilla and brown sugar with figs swirled with glistening snow
This one could very well be a dupe for B&BW's Brown Sugar & Fig, but I'm not too sure it's exact. There is a note to this that my nose doesn't like, but I will melt it anyway! It still smells good until you sniff good and hard down deep into the scent. Does that make any sense or does it just sound pervy?
* The Addams Family - Leaves (BBW Type)
Leaves is one of my favorite candles from B&BW. This smells a bit different, but at its core, it still has all the same components of the candle. Maybe it's not crispy and crunchy enough (like leaves)? I don't know, but I still think it will be okay!
* Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - Tangerine, Cranberry and Cotton Candy Frosting
Apparently I was on a cranberry kick when I ordered from VCS this day? Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde smells sweet, sassy and fun. Cotton candy frosting is such a wonderful scent, rich and candy-like at the same time. I might melt this today, even! (And I did and it was wonderful, but medium strength)
* The Grinch - Cranberry Mulberry Orange Moscato
The Grinch is a bright and bubbly fruit mix! Very strong on cold sniff. I don't get much mulberry from this, though, but it's still nice and sweet. It makes me want champagne, stat.
* Central Park Snow Globe - Peppermint Creme Noel
Peppermint and vanilla bean noel? Uhh, YEAH! This is a bit light on cold sniff, but what I do smell is still creamy with hints of peppermint. Yum. I can melt this in the bathroom and the bedroom at the same time since I got 2 packs!
* Ebenezer - Icy Peppermint and Crisp Pine
The peppermint in Ebenezer is wonderful, very crisp and mixes well with the pine, which is there, but isn't overly in your face. Love this one!
* A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving - Sweet Potato Pie, Toasted Marshmallow, Sugar Cookies and Caramel Cupcakes
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is one of my favorite cartoons, it's hilarious and classic! When I saw this scent, I had to have it on name alone. Unfortunately, it's a mix of scents I typically avoid, just my luck, lol. Her marshmallow scent is amazing, though, so this started out just wonderful when I melted it, but faltered from there, and it's only because of me and scents I dislike. I'd give this a 6/10.

And there's my late November Vintage Chic Scents haul! Have you ordered from this company? Do you like it? What's your favorite scent from VCS?