Thursday, January 22, 2015

Haul Time

Hello All
Here is my very late Sephora VIB haul. Please let me know what goodies you're loving now.
Thanks for watching.
PJD





Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Colour Pop Haul Lippie Products and Eye Shadows (swatches)

Hi All
I am sure that you have heard about the Colour Pop brand, but if you haven't please check out this video which includes swatches.



  Part 2 Eyeshadows

Have oyu tried anything from COlour Pop? If so please tell me what your thoughts on the brand.
Thanks for watching.
PJD

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Black Friday Haul 2014

Hello

Here is my final video for 2014, and it is my Black Friday/ Cyber Monday haul video.
I purchased from just a few companies this year, but I hope you enjoy the video.
Thanks for watching and for your continued support.
PJD



 

Monday, December 22, 2014

How To Winterize Your Nails




The picture above is my awkward attempt at showing you freshly winterized nails. :-) I've been super busy the past three months and when that happens, my nails generally suffer. During that time,  I rarely found a moment to apply a clear coat of polish, which was evident by my dull peeling nails. Whenever I need to transition into the winter season or when my nails simply need a little love, I turn to my winterized nail  routine. 

First take a look at my dry nails, if you enlarge the picture you will see the visible ridges  and dehydrated appearance of my nails. 

Clearly these nails are in desperate need of repair. 

Step 1
I love to start by removing my excess cuticles. Although I have not blogged about this yet, my favorite cuticle remover is now  Vanish by Julep. Unlike other cuticle removers, I've noticed that you you can actually remove your cuticles immediately following application. However, it's recommended that you allow the product to remain on your cuticles for 30 second before attempting to remove the excess cuticles. The dropper applicator allows you to control the amount of product that is dispensed on each nail.
Vanish is priced at $16.00.

 I use the angled side of my trusty orange wood stick to remove the unwanted cuticles.  The pointy side of the wooden stick is then used to clean any unsightly remains from under my nails.

Step 2
Although the instructions that accompany Vanish, suggest that you wash your hands with soap and water after removing your cuticles. Before washing my hands I buff my nail bed just a bit with my Julep buffer, which I received in a Julep Maven box.

 Step 3
I now turn to my glass nail file to shape my nails. I also use my nail clipper to clean up any additional areas that may need attention.  The objective is to first address all of the steps in my nail care routine that would result in additional nail debris on the surface of my nails.

After shaping my nails properly, I am ready for the soaking process.

Step 4

Since it's difficult to separate our nails from the rest of our hands, I like to incorporate a step that will also cater to my entire hand. I take a bowl of warm water and I add in oils, pieces of a bath melt and a special milk based therapeutic spa treatment.


I break off a chunk of this paraben free bath melt which will soften the skin surrounding my nails as well as the rest of the skin on my hands.
I generally submerge both hands in the solution and soak my hands for 5-10 minutes.

 Next, I typically turn to a mild scrub which I use on my hands to further smooth out my skin.

 After completing this part of the process, I always see a drastic improvement in the appearance of my nails.


Step 5
If necessary I use a buffer to add a bit more shine and luster to my transformed nails.

Step 6

Now it's time to paint. I like to start with my $18.00 Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat by  Julep. This particular base coat is designed to smooth out any ridges that you may have on your nails. It's supposed to lay a smooth foundation before you apply your nail color.
Let's take a look at my nails after one application of this base coat.

 After two coats:

Step 7

I am ready to add a little color. Today, I applied Dahlia by Julep, which always reminds me of a shimmery version of curry powder. You can click here to shop this and other Julep nail polish  colors.


I used two coats of Dhalia.

Step 8

 I seal the entire process with a coat of the Julep Freedom Top Coat. Although I have never held my nails up to a light bulb to test out Julep's claim that the Freedom top coat can give you gel like results, I do know that when allowed to dry under normal conditions, it leaves my nails super shiny.


After my nails have dried completely, I like to add a little lotion to my hands to finalize the entire process.

Here is a final look at some of my most important pieces of the puzzle.


So do tell, how do you winterize your nails?
Thanks for reading!!!
PJD

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Black Friday Get This Not That 2014 (5 Videos) & BF Sales List (ongoing)


Hello All



Part 1


Part 2


Part 3


Part 4


Part 5


Sales you can check out online:
Hair
Zuresh  click on the "special offers" tab on the site to see the packages that are on sale. I think package #2 is a nice deal.

Alikay Naturals 40% off everything on 11/28
Carol's Daughter 30% off any order 30 or more use code HOLIDAY30 40% off any order of $50 or more use code HOLIDAY40. This deal starts now and  ends 11/30/14
Bel Nouvo you must sign up for the mailing list to receive the code.
Darcy's Botanical 25% off using the code THANKYOU
Karen's Body Beautiful 30% off  if you have a minimum purchase of $50 use the codehairlove if you purchase KBB items from a Target store you can get a $5 Target gift card if you have a $50 minimum. You will have to email your receipt to holiday@karensbodybeautiful.com from now through Dec 2nd. 
Soultanicals 35%  (on Saturday) to 40%  (Black Friday) off  &  free goodies will be thrown in on some orders. I didn't see a code for Soultanicals
Curl Junkie 25% off from Nov. 27th through the 28th at 5pm use the code THANKS2014
Oyin Handmade 25% off and free shipping from Black Friday through Cyber Monday the code is #BLACKFRIDAY (include the hash tag symbol)
My Honey Child 50% off your entire order, 8oz products ONLY use the code MYHC 
She Scent It 30% off use the code givethanks14 excludes trail sizes.
JaneCarter Solutions 40% off of select items - sale begins 11/28/14 at 12 am.
Beja Flor Naturals 25% off and free shipping on orders $75+ use the code BFNHOLIDAY from Nov. 24th- Dec. 1
Camille Rose Naturals 25% off Nov 29th only, use the code CRNBLACKFRIDAY
Karen's Body Beautiful 30%  off on Black Friday using the code BLACKFRIDAY

Brown Butter Beauty 25% off using the code BLACKFRIDAY you can shop here on the ETSY site or on the website here.
Curls (Frizz Free Curls) 50% off using the code BLACKCURLSROCK for Black Friday
Earth's Nectar 30% off use the code Earth30 on Black Friday.
Entwine Couture will have different sales Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Please click the link to visit the site for details.
Thank God I'm Natural (TGIN) all full size hair products on same for $9.99 use the code TGIBF
DooBop.com (they sell hair, makeup and skin care items.) 30% off your entire order of $40+ with the code BLACKFRIDAY (this weekend only).
Makeup
Becca Cosmetics 20% off if you spend $50+ use the code GOLD20 this code is valid starting today 11/27/14
OCC 20% off everything from Black Friday through Cyber Monday (no code provided)
Stila will sell select duos for $15 use the code BLACKFRIDAY


Skin Care

Scentsational Soaps and Skincare Winter Wonderland get free shipping if you spend $100.
100 % Pure they are selling mystery bags at different price levels and you can get free shipping with the code PURESHIP
Jurlique 50% off select skin care sets.
Origins Spend $35+ and use the code THANKS to get free shipping and a free day and night moisturizer.
Farmhouse Fresh 25% off using the code FRIDAY
Nails

Zoya Select sets are only $20 + free shipping if you use the code DREAMS
Butter London save 30% off your entire order using the code MISTLETOE and 50% off their
LAST ORDERS" items use the code HOLLYclick here for the 50% off items) now until Dec st at midnight.



Clothing & Shoes


H & M select items are marked down as low as 70% 
Ann Taylor 40% off full priced items and 50% off sales items use code SHOPANN for a limited time get 50% off your entire order using the code THANKS
The Limited 50% off of everything plus free shipping, use the code THANKS
Puma extra 30% off all overs and an additional 30% on all sale items, the code is  BLACKFRIDAY
JJIll 25% off entire order and free shipping on orders $100 and more, the code is FS1126
Old Navy Up to 50% off in stores and online starting on Thursday.
The Gap Factory everything in the store will be 50%-70% off through Sunday. Take an extra 20% off your purchase of 75$ or more from Thursday to 11/28/14 at 7:59 AM
New York and Co 50% to 80% off items in stores and online. In stores, the first 100 customers will receive a mystery gift card (no code)
Aerosoles 25% off everything now through Cyber Monday (no code required)
Eddie Bauer Up to 50% off everything online (no code needed )


Misc.


Godiva Choclates 50% off select items, the sale starts Thursday at 12pm. Click here to see the items reduced in price.
Barnes & Noble take 30% off one item on 11/28/14, the code is BFriday14 (the Nook is excluded from this offer)
The Body Shop will give you a free tote filled with products valued at $125 if you spend $30.
Puritain's Pride (buy 1 get two free on select items and other great deals)

Friday, October 31, 2014

WNTW (What's New This Week) Earth's Nectar, Ojon, Maybelline and More

Hello

In this video check out my new favorite drugstore conditioner. I will also show you a few makeup and hair goodies from Ojon, Maybelline and Earth's Nectar.
Thanks for watching.
PJD





Thursday, October 23, 2014

Scentsational Soaps and Skincare review

Hello All
As I promised in my last post, here is my full review on all of the Scentsational items that I received.
If you have any comment, please leave them below.
Thanks for watching.
PJD