Thursday, August 20, 2015

Pretty Little Beauty Swap Reveal!

Back in July I stumbled across a beauty swap hosted by Southern Beauty Guide & Sleepy Single Girl
I was assigned to Aimee from Bows & Beau-Ties, and I love everything she got me!

How cute is that bag! I love little cosmetic bags, especially ones that are plastic-y because they wipe off lovely! She also sent me: Burt's Bees Lip Crayon in Sedona Sands, e.l.f. Smudge Pot in Ain't that Sweet, and a Sally Hansen I <3 Nail Art Pen in Magenta.

Some close ups! (And I think a bit blurry. Pfft! That totally describes my entire day today!). But look how beautiful those colors are!

Here are a few swatches. The Burt's Bees Sedona Sands is on the left, in real life the color is way more pink/neutral and not so orange-y (but no matter the color editing, it wouldn't show correctly). It is also so very hydrating! I love that it is a light coverage, I'm learning that my lips like a more lighter coverage lip product (much to my own dismay!). The e.l.f. Smudge Pot in Ain't that Sweet is beautiful! It's a very light shimmer/pearl pink-ish color. I know that this is a shadow, but I can totally see me using it as a highlighter as well. :) Multi-tasking products are always fantabulous!

I really loved this swap and everything Aimee sent me! Thank you Aimee! Check out the box that I sent over at Bows & Beau-Ties.

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Digit-al Dozen Does Food...At The Diner... Pie!

So I know I have been missing this week for the Digit-al Dozen. It's monsoon season here in Arizona and that means my anxiety kicks into high gear. But I did get one mani out. It's a special mani, because the ladies at the Digit-al Dozen have created an amazing blog hop for you to partake!
Bon Appetite!
Welcome to the grand finale of Food Week here at the Digital Dozen. We had an idea do do something a little off the rails today for our big finish. So, Welcome to the Digital Dozen Diner. Please look through our menu and check out what our chef's have in store for you today!

As you can see, all our chef's have their own diner food specialty cooked up for today.
I have a special pie just for you! (well, not that kind of special, no magical brownies here!) When I decided to create a pie mani I thought no problem. Um, problem. Did you know that if you look on Pinterest for pie mani, or pie nails, or pie manicure, etc; you get barely anything. At one point I had no search results! I thought I'd broken Pinterest! :) 
But I did it! (I did it! I can't believe I did it! - thank you Dora) I decided to create an apple pie. But you know me, I can't just create any ol' apple's gotta be a geeky apple pie!

Hee-hee! You see what I did there? I used BarryM Green Berry and Konad Black with Cheeky CH16 for the formica diner countertop. I then whipped up an Apple logo using MoYou London Geek 07 and Konad White. Attempted a decal of Pi (muwahahahaha!) using Nailways Back to Basics 123 ABC with Konad White. And mixed in a bunch of different colors of BarryM polishes (Mocha, Caramel, and Lychee - whoa! Those are so real ingredients! Nailed it! Bah!) I added a little Orly Shinning Star for some cinnamon/pie filling glisten and a dollop of BarryM Coconut for the ice cream. This pie is a little over cooked, so it's a bit more brown but it still tastes fabulous! (I wouldn't recommend eating it, seriously though, don't. Do you see how 3D-ish the pie is? So many many layers of polish).
I hope you enjoyed your meal and remember to tip your waitress. Don't forget to follow the InLinkz below if you are still hungry and check out what the rest of our kitchen staff has cooked up. And don't forget to check out Instagram account @digitaldozen for a full run through later in the day!
Please Come Again,

* thank you Amanda from Lady Maid Nails for the layout of this post!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

I've Got Stuff to Do and.......oh! Pinterest!

Oh my goodness. As I am writing this post I seriously just got distracted for 15 minutes pin jumping. The topic? Pinterest itself. Yep. I pinned some and liked some and looked down and saw it had been like 15 minutes. Geesh. Yeah, just counted 19 new liked pins, that's not counting the ones I did pinned, on the topic of Pinterest alone. 

Who knew that someday there would be a this great and wonderful system that we could look over and get distracted by! I wish I had, man I could have made some money! :)

I remember when Pinterest was just starting! Yep, showing my age here (hahahaha!). Seriously though, at the beginning (ok, anyone else just sing that Anastasia song? Now you did huh!) you had to be invited to Pinterest. (ok, I know you can still invite, but this was like you had to have one). Yep. No signing up willy nilly like. Well, you could but you were put on a waiting list that could take months! Months! Crazy.

I don't remember the blog I first heard of Pinterest. She was handing out invites and could only give out so many. I asked for one. Didn't get one. Sad face! But then found someone else handing out these golden tickets and lo and behold I was a member! I was part of that exclusive club that was Pinterest. 

I would tell my friends about Pinterest and they would look at me like I was crazy. They just didn't understand. The OCD in me was so happy to have a visual bookmarking system! No, really, you should see my bookmarks on my computer, folders in folders etc. Ooh! Pinterest needs sub-boards! Boards within boards or boardception!

So I just check on some of my oldest boards for the oldest pins. I've been on Pinterest since 2011. Four years? Huh? It was launched in 2010. Wow, it totally seems like it's been around so much longer! But see, I was near the beginning. When it was starting to really get big I had friends ask me how I could only have my first name for my profile. When I signed up you didn't need your full name. Now it looks like you can change it, but why fix something when it ain't broke.

I also remember when my friends and family members finally joined and they were so excited to share pins and I was like, yep-saw that a year ago. I remember when you kept seeing the same pins each time because there weren't a lot of users. But now? Good golly! New pins every second that my feed updates itself (grrrrrr! I hate when I lose my spot and have to restart because it refreshes!).

Ah yes. Remember when there was a time in which Pinterest didn't tell you you had already pinned an item? Oh I didn't like that, I think that was one of the best updates ever! Though I still see some duplicates on my boards (le gasp!). Also, that feeling of did I pin this already because I don't want others to see I have double pinned something. You know that feeling right? So you like the pin and check your board and either pin or unlike it so that you look awesome! Would this be like pin-shaming? 

Good old Pinterest (well, not as old as I once thought, though I knew it couldn't be really old). Seriously, what would we do without you? We now have new lingo because of it. We now know how to tie scarves 22 different ways and how to fix a scratched CD with a banana (uh?) and fix cavities with butter (say what?) Be careful what you pin. *Think before you re-pin!* Seriously though, this is a pet peeve of mine (and I'm guilty of it).

But I really do try to click through the pin to see if it's an actual live pin with truthful info, unless it's a photo like this:

And then I sit there and laugh out aloud, alone, at midnight. Wow. Yep. Sorry for the cuss word, I try not to use them but I have a whole secret board that my sister, niece, and I share with pins that we find that some of our followers wouldn't approve. So we read them together until we are crying!

Ah Pinterest. Thank you so much for being you!

So the reason for this post was why I haven't been posting so much. Well, truthfully? I get distracted and I blame Pinterest. Yep. It's all Pinterest's fault.

Hope you enjoyed this um random post. :)

PS: Don't get me started on being on Facebook when you HAD to have a .edu email to be allowed on. No thirteen year olds then! Or when the status updates had to be in third person: Kirsten is...trying to figure out the wording for this awkward status update for her facebook.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Empties: Trying to clear my empties box!

"What's this? What's this? There's magic in the air! What's this? What's this?"

It's me doing a post that isn't a Digit-al Dozen post! Whaaat?! Shut the front door!

I'll give you a second to pick your jaw up off the floor. 

(*cue jeopardy music*)

Are you with me? Good. I don't know what's gotten into me (probably the medications I'm on! Bah! I'm so funny!) but I got the itch to write up a post! (Erm, not medication for itching, my other meds, my happy meds).

I have this box, ok I lied, I have these boxes full of trash empties. You know that show, Hoarders? Yeah, well, I am starting to feel a bit like that because of these boxes filled with well, trash. So I thought I would show you what I have used up in the past five months (crap, I've held onto that stuff since then!? I think I have issues, besides the ones I already knew I had!).

Let's begin shall we?

Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Harder: Meh. I wish I liked this better, but I don't. It holds great for the first five minutes for me. And the hold is crunchy. No thank you. But I am currently trying to use up another can. But it's been difficult because the nozzle keeps clogging and squirting all over. >_< After I finish the current one I am not repurchasing.
Chi Infra Texture: texture? Yeah, it "dirties" my hair up a bit (smells good too). It says it's a dual action hairspray.......there is no hairspray to this unless you count the face that you spray it on your hair. No hold at all for me. But I do like to use it to "dirty" up my hair so it doesn't look horrid. :) Have repurchased, using, and probably will again. Shhhh, don't let my job know I bought it at Marshalls! ;)
LivingProof Control Hairspray: firm holding? Check! This is pretty good stuff. Only bad thing is is that it is pricey and I went through it pretty darn fast. I'd love to purchase again.....we shall see.

Big Sexy Hair Powder Play: An oldie but a goodie. Love this stuff (when I remember to use it!). Really "dirties" up the hair and give it texture and volume! I've tried a bunch of other brands and I think they all work the same-ish. I have about three more of these to go through (they were in a kit that was clearanced) so I'll be using them for a while!
Redken Body Full: or as I like to say "Booti-full" and bug everyone at work (there are a few brands that I purposely mess up their pronunciation at work to mess with my co-workers). It does what it says. It is highly recommended in our salon to add volume to fine hair. Took me a long time to go through it. Not sure I would repurchase because I have a ton of other stuff to still try. So I'm on the fence.
Redken Shape Factor 22: I've reviewed this two other times in my empties' posts. Still works just as well and takes a while to go through as you only need a little bit! Repurchase? Yes, down the road after I finish all my other stuff.

Redken Workforce 09: Nope, nope, nope. I didn't like this product. Too sticky wet and then crunchy when it dried. It has taken me forever to go through this tiny travel size. No to repurchasing.
Kenra Volume Spray 25: Ok, so let me tell you, this is one of the most bought hairsprays that we carry in my store. So I thought I'd give it a try. The 25 means that it'll hold you hair in up to 25 miles per hour wind. That part is true because it is a helmet! This made me so sad (not too sad as I bought a big bottle of it >_<). Repurchase? Nope, but I will finish up the big one.

Macadamia Flawless Cleansing Conditioner: Ok, can I just say that I absolutely love the packaging for this brand. The colors and designs are so pretty! And guess what? I love the product too! So much so that I bought a ton because they went clearance (new packaging) at work. It's a cleansing conditioner, so no foam/lather, just goodness for my hair. Yep, it works are fine hair without weighing it down. Repurchase? Um, heck yes!
Dove Dry Spray: So this is my first spray deodorant. And well? It's really nice and stops any body odor (but I'm not super stinky) but it still leaves some white residue on my black shirts (which is what I am trying to avoid as I only wear black at work) (#ultaproblems). But I did repurchase this because I feel the way it leaves way it my skin feeling is amazing! Repurchase? Already did! :)

Neutrogena Makeup Remover wipes: I don't use these on my face. I use these to wipe off the daily junk off my makeup brushes and to clean up eye shadow fallout. Repurchase? Yep. 
Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2-in-1: I came across this product as I was helping a customer and saw that it helps to fight and fade acne. The fading part is what really got me. I've noticed a difference adding this to my skincare lineup. Repurchase? Already did!


Whish Shave Cream: This is the bomb dot com! I got this one from my Birchbox and loved it! You only need a little bit and it makes shaving a wonderful experience! Your skin is so soft and you get such a close shave! Repurchase? Already did, in full size!
C.Booth Honey Almond Firming Body Lotion: I really like this lotion. Do I notice any firming happening? No, not really. But I do noticed hydration and a wonderful smell all day long. And this bottle lasts a long time! Repurchase? Yep!

Chap Stick Vanilla Mint: I know I have reviewed this before. This is my favorite chap stick ever! Thought it was being discontinued so I bought up a ton (and I really do mean a ton!). I am one of those rare ones that actually finish a chap stick! Repurchase? No need to, I have a ton! :)
Fresh Sugar: Ugh, why Sephora do you give out awesome birthday gifts just to have me love it and then find out it's expensive (for a lip balm). I loved this so much. Used it all up. My lips felt so hydrated. But it's expensive for a balm. So I have yet to buy another. Repurchase? When I can warrant spending that much on a lip balm. >_<

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: This little deluxe sample size lasted me like a few months! I love this mascara, (up there in my top three!). The smaller size is actually nicer because it doesn't dry out as quickly. Repurchase? Already did!
Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner: Do I really need to tell you that I love this? Or that I have many more and the color ones? This is my favorite liner ever! I know that there are some haters of this product out there, but I say: give it a chance! It's amazing! The only one I can create a cat-eye with! Repurchase: Heck yes!
Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation: This is my go to foundation. It's lightweight, blendable, and buildable! It's fabulous for dry skin as it is hydrating as well. Repurchase? Yep, already working on one! :)
Ulta Twisted Volume Mascara: So this mascara wand can twist to allow for different volume desires. I tried this as part of my gratis for getting hired at Ulta. It's originally $10. I was a bit leery as I am very particular about my mascara. Guess what? I loved it! No flaking, no itching, stays on, but easy to remove with remover. Repurchase? Not yet, still making my way through all the others that I have, but yes, I can see me buying this again.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant: Ok, this stuff is amazing! If you haven't tried it, you need to! You can get this size in a little kit (and it comes with a moisturizer) for like $18. The normal size for this is like $54. And this small size will last you for months! Months I tell you! Your skin feels so amazingly soft after using this. It uses rice bran powder to exfoliate. You pour some powder on your hand add some water to create a paste and gently massage onto face. You can leave it on as a mask or rinse right away. Safe enough for daily use! This is one of the things that really helped my skin! Repurchase? Already did! :)
Dermalogica Precleanse: Ok, so you know the whole oil cleansing thing? Well Precleanse is amazing for it! You apply it to dry skin and it breaks down you makeup and face grime and really deep cleans. Rinse and then do a second wash of a normal cleanser. Double washing using Precleanse did wonders for my face! Repurchase? Yes I did, in the full size bottle that has a pump!
Philosophy Back to Nurture: Ok, so if you have severely dry skin, think dehydrated, then this stuff is for you! It's a bit pricey ($60) so only use the amount recommended (I'm horrible at that, I always want to slather my products on!). Let me tell you, this is the best moisturizer I have ever used. It is so creamy and rich and glorious! My skin sucks up the moisture and feels so much better! Repurchase? Yes, as long as I am still working at Ulta (since it's a bit pricey without discount).

Phew! So there's that box of empties. I know I have more to show you. What do you all think about these types of posts? Have you tried any of these products? Want to know more about any of these products? Let me know in the comments below!

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Digit-al Dozen Does Neon: Labels Make Handling Chemicals Safe

Final day for The Digit-al Dozen Does Neon and I finish with a little safety precaution for neon (while not actually using any neon colors!)

Next time you need to transport or handle neon just look for this label. :)

I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls for thumb and little finger. I used Sally Hansen Blue Me Away, Zoya Sooki, and OPI Candlelight (not sure as it's a mini with no name). For all the writing I used acrylic paints.

I hoped you enjoyed my neon week because I had a lot of fun going against what everyone else had planned. :)

Don't forget to check out the other ladies and their final neon manis!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Digit-al Dozen Does Neon: A Noble Gas

Day 4 of Neon week in which I don't use any neon polishes....ever! :)

Neon is considered a noble gas. That means that it is a stable gas on it's own, a stable single atom molecule at standard temperature and pressure. -source

It is a monatomic gas, a single gas not bounded to another.

So with the previous two pictures I hope you can see where I got my inspiration. I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Barry M Cardamom and Barry M Olive to create the atoms. I stamped using Barry M Foil Effects Gold and MoYou Tourist 01 to create the noble aspect. I used Essie Matte About You to finish it off.

Don't forget to check out the other ladies and their neon manis!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Digit-al Dozen Does Neon: Neon(1+), carbonyl-

Day 3 of The Digit-al Dozen Does Neon week (and my personal neon week where I don't use a single neon polish). Today I give you: Neon(1+), carbonyl-


So I bet my chemistry owlets out there know what this is. I actually searched and searched and only came up with Neon(1+), carbonyl- And I have no idea what it is, but thought it would make some cool nail art (all in the name of science nail art). Is is oxidized neon? But I don't think neon can be oxidized. I've only had a tiny bit of chemistry, so what do I know? Hahahahaha!

Nonetheless, I created it and was happy. :) Hopefully one of you can answer my question! I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and acrylic paint. Also topped it off with Essie Matte About You.

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