Monday, September 21, 2015

Mani Monday with MOAR Drunken Stamping featuring Vapid Laquer


    Hello Lovelies!
         It has been forever and a day since I have done a Mani Monday post. Partially because my poor nails went through a horrible phase of peeling and being over all ugly little nubbies.  But I have managed to get it under control with lots of moisturizing and honestly cutting the split/peel out of them when they appear. While I don't know if that was the best solution it worked for me. I also moved to an acetone with a lavender essential oil added to it so it isn't such a harsh toil on my nails when I remove my polish. But since the "girls" are on the mend I decided to do a Mani Monday post featuring one of my favorite indies, Vapid Lacquer.
         Now, I know that there was a HUGE HOT MESS going on in the indie polish community with the Mentality issue. There is no need for me to rehash that drama but in case you missed it there are several posts about what happened and seriously all you have to do is look up the #mentalityburns and see what I am talking about. This issue cause a huge backlash in the indie polish community causing people to stop buying indie polishes. Now what happened with Mentality is HORRIBLE ( and down right fucked up) but that is NOT the norm and all of the lovely ladies that I have purchases my indie polishes from are wonderful and I have had NO side effects whatsoever. Well, okay the only side effect I had was FABULOUS looking nails with kick ass polish on them but that is what we want. But enough of that...

    So we all know that Halloween is coming up and of course, with no surprise, it is my favorite holiday. Last year, Krys ( the talented owner of Vapid Lacquer)  made an incredible Halloween collection and I managed to score not one but two of these highly coveted polishes, Witching Hour and Vampires Don't Sparkle (which always reminds me of this image which makes me laugh EVERY time I see it).

Girl, you go that right, That is not acceptable at all...

      So I decided to do a vampy gradient of the two plus some stamping and I learned two very important things.

     1. Stamping is a skill and an art. If it isn't practiced on a regular basis you WILL revert back to your craptacular stamping skills. (So please don't judge these polishes on my shitty stamping)

     2. Gradients are awesome on all nail lengths however I need some practice doing it on nubs. (Again don't judge these polishes on my crappy gradient job)

Yup this is pretty crappy and doesn't do the polishes justice...

    I also took some polish bottle shots so you can truly see the beauty of these polishes since my nails are not a great representation. I know some of you may ask if you think that your polish job is so crappy why are you sharing it? Well honestly there are lots of people who love polish but are super polish masters or stampers right now. If I can get better seriously ANYONE can. There is hope for you. Also it is because Krys is a bad ass and makes incredible polishes. After the drama that has gone on from Mentality people need to know that there are incredible makers of kick ass polishes who aren't about the drama. (I will also be doing more Mani Mondays to feature and shout out the other awesome companies and makers so show my love)

    Now while you can't get these polishes right now you CAN get them for a limited time restock for the non sparkly spooky season on October 3rd for a one time restock! Yup ladies and gents mark you calenders and get your click on to purchase these two plus Apparition and Purple Poison only on this date until they are sold out. However Kry is also releasing a Fall Collection that will around until the end of the year so you don't have to kneecap your polish friends in order to pick up a limited stock of those. Now where can you pick up these gorgeous goodies? You can pick them up here and stalk them like a ninja on October 3! Now go prepare yourself to be the Vapid Lacquer Ninja ready to stalk the ALL THE POLISH!  I hope that enjoyed this installment of Mani Monday, until next time lovelies!

Monday, September 14, 2015

What's the Deal Dreadful? I'm back! With a review of the AMAZING Jord Wooden Watches!


   Hello Lovelies!
       I am finally back after a long hiatus. I had an insane amount of things happen over the Summer and I wasn't able to blog at all between swimming lesson for my three Little Dreadfuls, going on a cruise and getting everything ready for all three of my little ones going to school. Since the school year has started, I THOUGHT (yes let's laugh now at my foolishness) that I was going to be able to get back to blogging, writing and all the other things I had been wanting to do but fell to the side. Oh how foolish I was, I am a unpaid taxi driver with taking my three kids to three different schools at THREE different times. Yeah, thanks school board for that one. But I am trying to squeeze in some much needed reviews and looks now of the weekends. So, without much further ado, on with the review!
       I was approached by Jord Watches if I was interested in doing a review of their wooden watches. Yes, you read that right, wooden watches. I love watches and in all honesty I don't see them as often on people as I would like. Yes, everyone and their mother has a cell phone but what happens when the batteries die or you are in some place you need to know the time and you had to turn your phone off? No clocks on the wall? No problem! You have this awesome watch on your arm now that doubles as a time piece and a fashion statement/conversation starter.

   "Is that a wooden watch?"

     Yes, yes it is. Behold it's epic awesomeness.

   But I am getting ahead of myself, let's go back to the beginning. So, as I mention Jord contacted me to see if I was interested in doing a review of them and I was thrilled with the opportunity. After much pondering and consideration (and even consulting the family on this since all of the watches are that gorgeous) I finally decided on the Ely Watch in Red Sandalwood. It was such a stunning rich red color that constantly caught my eye. After my decision Jord send me some instructions on how to measure my wrist for the correct size of the watch so I wouldn't have the issue of having to send it back and resize it which just screams wonderful customer service because it is a horrid pain to receive your item in the mail and then find out it is too big or too small.

The watch arrived quickly there after in really unique packaging. The watch itself was nestled safe and secure inside a lovely wooden box.

It was just as beautiful in person as it was on the website.  Seriously, just look at this..

 Then came the real test, durability which is essential to me since I have three kids and a moose of a dog so anything dainty and delicate will probably not last long. This watch handled ALL four of those destructive forces as well as daily wear and tear with no problem. The watch is considered splash proof and is NOT waterproof. So take it off when doing dishes, going the in pool, or soaking in the tub.  Since this is a wooden watch you are going to have to take care of it a little differently than your metal ones. I asked what the best way to care for watch from Jord was and I was told that the best way to keep the watch looking like new is to apply a natural coating of beeswax, butcher block oil or even walnut oil to prevent the watch against damage and keep it's moisture balance. You can pick up the butcher block oil and walnut oil from Amazon easily for under $20 and it will last you FOREVER and your watch will look just like new.  As far as price, I think that these watches are a great deal. Granted watches vary greatly in price but I think that the cost of these watches are extremely affordable for the quality and beauty that you get.

Yes, the tag is STILL on it. I had to immediately put in on and take a picture. 

   Now if you have the overwhelming desire to have your own epic wooden watch you can buy one from Jord. And if  you need the Ely Watch in Red Sandalwood here it the direct link to it. I hope that you enjoyed this installment of What's the Deal Dreadful and until next time lovelies!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What's the Deal Dreadful? Review of Azara Oraganic's Organic Seaweed Powder


     Hello Lovelies,
        I am back today with another skincare review. Today I am reviewing Azara Organic's Organic Seaweed Powder which is used for masks and wraps.  I am always looking for new facial masks to try out since they are part of my skincare routine. The product arrived quickly and was well packaged. The seaweed powder arrives in a huge plastic container with a black screw top lid. The powder itself is a mossy green in color and smells of seaweed (obviously). I liked the fact that I didn't need lots of other additional ingredients in order to whip up a mask for my face. Basically I scooped a small bit of the powder and added water until I had the paste light consistency that I wanted and applied with with a flat brush all over my face. The mask itself had a cooling sensation which was really quite pleasant.I allowed the mask to sit on my face until it was dry, about 20 minutes or so since I can do other things while I am waiting for my mask to dry. After washing off the mask, my skin felt wonderful. It was soft and clean so I am really impressed. I used this product at least once a week sometimes even twice when I want to feel pampered and revitalize my skin.

   If you would like to pick up your own jar of Azara Organic's Organic Seaweed Powder you can do so on Amazon. It is $59.99 however it is currently on sale for $19.99. I hope that you enjoyed this installment of What's the Deal Dreadful, until next time lovelies.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

What's the Deal Dreadful? Review of Bella Organic Vanilla Mint Deodorant

    Hello Lovelies,
               I am back again and this time I am reviewing Bella Organic's Vanilla Mint Deodorant.  Now I will admit that I was a little concerned with trying an organic chemical free deodorant since I wasn't sure that it was going to hold up to the test. I have been using the regular deodorants for years however I wanted to get away from all the chemicals since the aluminum in it isn't good for you. When I received my package I was a bit taken back by the size of the jar.  I was sure that since I live in the hot and humid South that this jar would instantly be used up in a week. However I followed the directions and started with the detox. I essentially followed the Deodorant Detox on this page.  I applied a pea size amount from the jar and applied it with my fingers. While I would have preferred a stick delivery system I was surprised and pleased how well it worked. The formula smelled wonderful and the consistency wasn't too dry or too wet. It works wonderfully! While I was sweating I wasn't stinking so I was thrilled. The true test will be when the summer arrives.

    If you would like to purchase your own jar of Bella Organic's Vanilla Mint Deodorant you can do so on their website and it is $10.25. I hope that you enjoyed this installment of What's the Deal Dreadful, until next time lovelies!

Monday, April 27, 2015

What's the Deal Dreadful? Review of Oz Natural's Retinol Serum


   Hello Lovelies,
     I am back again with another review. Today I am reviewing Oz Natural's Retinol Serum. I am always looking for new serums to try in order to maintain a youthful look. As a mother of three, I will admit that my skin doesn't have the same luster as it did when I was younger. It is never to early or late to start taking care of your skin. The serum arrived quickly and was well packaged in an amber colored glass bottle with a pump applicator. The serum itself is a gel like consistency with a rather orange hue to it. Since most serums I have tried were colorless I was surprised to see the orange hue. However the coloring of the serum does not stain in the least. There was a slight tingling sensation when I applied it however it dissipates quickly. I have used this twice a day both in the morning and in the evening. I was my face, then I apply toner and then I apply the serum. The serum dries quickly without any sticky or greasy feeling afterwards. After the serum is dry then I apply my moisturizer. I have noticed improvement with both my uneven skin tone and a couple of dark spots that I have. My skin feels smoother and softer. I am super pleased with this product.
This is a stock photo since my camera is currently down. 

   If you would like to pick up your own bottle of Oz Natural's Retinol Serum you can do so on Amazon. It is currently sold out however keep checking back on Amazon to see if it is in stock. I hope that you enjoyed this installment of What's the Deal Dreadful, until next time lovelies!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

What's the Deal Dreadful? Review of Under 15 Minutes Vegetarian Quick and Easy Recipes


     Hello Again Lovelies,
         I am back again with another review. Today I am reviewing 15 Minutes Vegetarian Quick and Easy Recipes  . I love cookbooks however I will admit that there are some times when I don't want to spend 3 hours in my kitchen making something. So I was thrilled with the ability to review this cookbook. It is broken down into sections : the busy mom,  romantic meals and even a kids section. All of the sections have breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert recipes  which I was surprised to see. I was also really thrilled to see that there was a kid recipe portion of the book as well since often finding vegetarian cookbooks with kid recipes are few and far between. So that was a definite plus. It was written wonderfully and with easy enough instructions that my 11 year old can easily follow and help me while I am preparing these meals. I also really liked the fact that the author went again the grain and opted out of using recipes with tofu and tempeh which a lot of vegetarian cookbooks fall back on. I know a lot of my friends who aren't vegetarian often wonder what to make when they have vegetarians over for dinner and I have suggested this book since it has a little bit of everything.

    If you would like to pick up your own copy of 15 Minutes Vegetarian Quick and Easy Recipes  you can do so on Amazon. It is either $24.95 in Print or $2.99 on Ebook Format. I hope that you enjoyed this installment of What's the Deal Dreadful, until next time lovelies!

What's the Deal Dreadful? Review of Sumo Ice Cream Scoop


   Hello Lovelies,
     I am back with another review. Today I am reviewing Sumo Ice Cream Scoop. I have been looking for a decent ice cream scoop since my Kitchenaid one has started to oxide. When the item first arrived the first thing I noticed was the weight. It is extremely solid and is quite a bit heavier than my other ice scoop. I immediately placed it in my dishwasher . It came out with a problem. The handle is very comfortable and easy to grip and maneuver. My wrists are not as strong as they used to be and this scoop was easy to use. I found that it does glide through brick hard ice cream when you do follow the directions of placing the tip in hot water. If you don't it won't handle as it should. I wasn't worried that the scoop would break or chip when handling the hard ice cream since it is such a solid piece. I think that it is a wonderful addition to anyone's kitchen.

   If you would like to pick up your own Sumo Ice Cream Scoop you can do so on Amazon. It is $24.95 however it is currently on sale for $14.95. I hope that you enjoyed this installment of What's the Deal Dreadful, until next time lovelies!