Adesse New York: Carnivalesque & Carmen Review

Adesse New York: Carnivalesque & Carmen

Adesse New York: Carnivalesque & Carmen are two shades that were sent for review, and just wait until you seethe swatches!! Adesse New York is a cruelty free and vegan nail polish brand; and I previously wrote about Jacqueline and Grand Central:

Adesse New York is a custom made collection of incredibly beautiful nail lacquers, and today’s post will review have swatches and a review of Carnivalesque and Carmen.


 Adesse New York: Carnivalesque & Carmen
Carmen Adesse New York: Carnivalesque & Carmen

Wait until you see the swatches of Adesse New York: Carnivalesque & Carmen!

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Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss: Game Changer & Life of the Party

Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss: Game Changer & Life of the Party

I have a review and swatches of the Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss, in the shades,  Game Changer and Life of the Party. You probably already know what I’m about to tell you, but just in case, I want you to have all the facts before you make a decision. bareMinerals is the cruelty free company who makes the Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss;  the parent company Sheseido, however, is not cruelty free! I’m glad that bareMinerals is still cruelty free, so I will continue to purchase their products. If you feel differently, stop reading.  If you want to support a cruelty free company, then check out these great products and keep reading.

 Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss

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Konjac Pink Heart Sponge Review & Photos!

Konjac Pink Heart Sponge

The Konjac Sponge Company has a brand new, super cute Konjac pink heart sponge, with added pink French clay. It is not only cruelty free, but also vegan!

I’m going to come across as kind of smug, but I’ve been telling you all about The Konjac Sponge Company since I first discovered them back in 2012! Now everyone writes about them like it’s a new discovery! Check out all the posts I have written about The Konjac Sponge Company, including an interview with the founder, Michele!

The Konjac Sponge Co.: French Red Clay

The Konjac Sponge Co.: French Pink Clay Konjac Sponge

Review of a Konjac Sponge in Natural Vegetable Fibre

Konjac Sponges: Skincare For All Skin Types

Konjac Body Sponge & Interview with the Company Director (CEO)

Konjac Pink Heart Sponge

I have more photos and a review of the Konjac Pink Heart Sponge, so keep reading!

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Ciaté Caviar Manicure Lemon Fizz Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Ciaté Caviar Manicure Lemon Fizz

I bought the cruelty free and vegan limited edition Ciaté Caviar Manicure Lemon Fizz kit almost two years ago. I didn’t even take any photos because by the time I finished doing all my nails, I had already lost so many of the caviar pearls, it was, as they may say in the UK, a bloody mess! I figured with some more practice, I’d get the hang of it. Today, I’m back to give a fair assessment of the limited edition kit. Now, don’t worry, it doesn’t matter if you have this kit or not, the basic principal is the same. This is a typical Ciate’s caviar manicure, with a full size (13.5ml) Loop the Loop nail polish shade, a full size (20g) of  caviar pearls, and a tiny funnel. 

Ciaté Caviar Manicure Lemon Fizz

Keep Reading to see the Ciaté Caviar Manicure Lemon Fizz swatches!

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Olivia Garden Nanothermic Brushes Review

Olivia Garden Nanothermic Brushes

Check out the photo of two Olivia Garden Nanothermic Brushes that I posted on instagram. I previously purchased the smaller of the two, and Olivia Garden just recently sent me the other one for review.

Olivia Garden Nanothermic Brushes

Olivia Garden Nanothermic Brushes

I actually became quite fascinated with hair brushes after buying several to try to reproduce the new hairstyle my hairdresser created for me in the salon. Nothing super-inventive. I have wavy hair, and I was letting it grow longer. I wanted to get it as straight as possible by using only a little bit of product, and blow drying it. After I still couldn’t do it, my next visit  was spent having a real heart-to-heart about my frustration. I told her that I can’t blame my tools  any more since I bought several new ones, and I still can’t get my hair to look like she does. After her initial response of, “That’s what you’re paying me for,” she gave me some “insider tips.”

She showed me the exact size and type of brushes that she used for my hair, and both of them were Olivia Garden Nanothermic Brushes. She said that it really does make a difference in trying to recreate what your stylist has done, and, although I’m going to paraphrase here since I can’t remember her every single word, but the bottom line is that she chooses the brushes that she uses on my hair based on the style that I want to for my hair, the texture of my hair, and finally, the length of my hair. All the stylists purchase their own tools, and she said that she bought Olivia Garden Nanothermic Brushes because they had the right sizes, and the best design.

Olivia Garden

When my hair stylist said she purchased the Olivia Garden brushes because they had the best design, I’m assuming she probably said something to me about Olivia Garden having the “latest ceramic technology.” The nanothermic brushes have a ceramic coated barrel, and that helps the brush to heat up faster and stay warm longer. That, in turn, helps to create a great hairstyle!

 Olivia Garden Moxie Reviews

The Olivia Garden brushes have tourmaline ion technology, which adds shine to the hair, helps to stop hair from being frizzy, and is anti-static.  The brushes also have nano-silver technology that gives anti-bacterial protection, and makes hair healthier and easier for someone to style.  There are large vents in the brushes, which means greater airflow and less time spent drying your hair! The bristles on Olivia Garden brushes are special wavy heat resistant ones that have soft tips–that means it won’t scratch your scalp!

See the handle?  There’s a snag-free ring, and a retractable sectioning pick!


The most important thing to me was the way the handle (grip) feels when I style my hair. It has what’s called an ergonomic handle, and I certainly appreciate that it’s lightweight.

I purchased the smaller of the two brushes at Ulta, and I love using that for my bangs (1  3/4″). I definitely recommend that. The bigger brush (3 1/4″) was sent to try for the rest of my hair. I must admit, it’s a little too big for me to try to handle for my hair at its present length, so I’m going to purchase another Olivia Garden one that has just a little bit smaller barrel (2  3/4″). Definitely recommend that you try the brushes out at an Ulta, or go to the link to find out where there is a location of a salon in your area:

Disclosure: I purchased one brush, and received one. All links are for your convenience only.

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