Month: October 2017

Swatch & Review: November Polish Pickup – Fandoms Part 2 of 3 – Brands F – Pa

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Boy, oh boy was yesterday fun, or what?! We got thru 20, yes 20, amazing indie polish and products that will be featured in the November Polish Pickup. If you missed part one, click here to go and check out brands beginning with letters A thru E. If you’re reading this then I suspect you are interested in part 2.

Today I have 20 or so more exciting brands to show you from brands beginning with letters F thru Pa. Now let’s return to our regularly scheduled program! 

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Swatch & Review: November Polish Pickup – Fandoms Part 1 of 3 – Brands A – E

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Hey, Precious! Today I am beyond overjoyed and excited to bring you 1 of a 3 part post featuring some of the hottest indie polish/products around. It’s truly an honor and privilege to be invited as the guest blogger for Polish Pickup. Because let’s face it, Polish Pickup is like THE exclusive, pop up shopping experience for polish.

For November, the Facebook group selected fandoms as the theme and man, oh man did they do these shows justice and then some. From Netflix to daytime television, and cartoons in between, the fandoms these makers selected, are guaranteed to make your nail crazed heart smile. 

Those shopping lists won’t create themselves, so, without further ado, let’s start with brands beginning with letters A thru E. Get your pen and paper ready!

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Swatch & Review: Bad Bitch Polish (BBP) – November Birthstone Duo

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Hey y’all today I have the November Birthstone Duo from BBP. November is a special month because it’s one month with 2 different stones to choose from. Brit decided to lean on Citrine for inspiration for this duo.

Citrine, is the variety of quartz that ranges from pale yellow to brownish orange in color. It takes its name from the citron fruit because of these lemon-inspired shades. Citrine is sometimes known as the “healing quartz” for its ability to comfort, soothe and calm, so just guess what these polishes can do for you. It can release negative feelings, spark imagination and manifest fresh beginnings. It’s even called the “merchant’s stone” for its tendency to attract wealth and prosperity.

These 2 very unique polishes are perfect for the season, let’s take a look.

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Swatch & Review: Turtle Tootsie – November Birthstone Trio

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Who’s the loser who took the day off from work and completely forgot about her blog? Yep, that would be me! Normally, I put the final touches on my my post the morning of buuuut since I’m not at the computer it just slipped my mind. So my apologies for the delay.

Today I have the November Birthstone Trio from Turtle Tootsie. Chrissy created another trio that captured the rare beauty that is Citrine. November is such a special month for me because 2 very important people in my life are November babies, my grandmother and my son. My grandmother will be 74 on the 3rd and my son will be 15 on the 29th. 

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November Monthly Awareness Polish Box: Diabetes Awareness

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Hey y’all, welcome back. Today I have the newest Monthly Awareness Polish Box focusing on diabetes. National Diabetes Awareness Month is November and World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14. This disease plagues a lot of families and hits close to home. Today we will get to the bottom of diabetes finding what it is, stats and figures and what you can do to lower your risk.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood glucose is your main source of energy and comes from the food you eat. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps glucose from food get into your cells to be used for energy. Sometimes your body doesn’t make enough—or any—insulin or doesn’t use insulin well. Glucose then stays in your blood and doesn’t reach your cells.

Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause health problems. Although diabetes has no cure, you can take steps to manage your diabetes and stay healthy

What are the different types of diabetes?

The most common types of diabetes are type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes

If you have type 1 diabetes, your body does not make insulin. Your immune system attacks and destroys the cells in your pancreas that make insulin. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, although it can appear at any age. People with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin every day to stay alive.

Type 2 diabetes

If you have type 2 diabetes, your body does not make or use insulin well. You can develop type 2 diabetes at any age, even during childhood. However, this type of diabetes occurs most often in middle-aged and older people. Type 2 is the most common type of diabetes.

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes develops in some women when they are pregnant. Most of the time, this type of diabetes goes away after the baby is born. However, if you’ve had gestational diabetes, you have a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Sometimes diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy is actually type 2 diabetes.

How common is diabetes?

As of 2015, 30.3 million people in the United States, or 9.4 percent of the population, had diabetes. More than 1 in 4 of them didn’t know they had the disease. Diabetes affects 1 in 4 people over the age of 65. About 90-95 percent of cases in adults are type 2 diabetes.

New Cases: 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.

Lower Your Risk

Small Steps for Your Health

  • Maintain a Healthy Weight
  • Lower High Cholesterol
  • Physical Activity
  • Lower High Blood Pressure
  • Lower High Blood Glucose
  • Quit Smoking

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Swatch & Review: LynB Designs – November COTM

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Hey y’all, so we got the word yesterday that we have a settlement date and time scheduled!!!! YAY!!! Jason, the kids and I are over the moon that this long 6 month process is finally coming to an end and we’ll soon be homeowners!!! So you know with all that comes moving and I am terrified at the fact that my precious babies… my polishes and nails, could be harmed or injured in the process. I plan to have all my swatching done before then but still, this is a hug ordeal to be faced with. What’s a girl to do?! #nailaddictproblems

Today I have the November COTM from LynB Designs! I was sent these 2 polishes along with the December COTM and a special holiday collection, but those will be shown next month, so hold on to your hats, you’re in for some real treats!

For November, Jennalyn is releasing 2 very different yet equally gorgeous polishes, let’s take a look!

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Swatch & Review: Girly Bits – November COTM

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SURPRISE!!! I’m baaaaaaacccccck! I told you I had a double whammy from Girly Bits today and I’m so happy you jumped over to check out the COTM (Colors of the Month). Both of these polishes are cruelty free, and vegan. The names will be announced after the naming contest in the Facebook fan group and I believe there’s still time to cast your vote so head on over and get in on the action. UPDATE: POLISHES HAVE BEEN NAMED!!!

And who doesn’t love the an early bird special?! Pick up the duo from the Duo Early Bird Promo listing at a discounted price of $1.00 off each bottle from Nov. 1st until the 10th. After that, they will continue to be available for purchase individually at full price only.

So enough of me jammering on and on, let’s take a look at the COTM.

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Swatch & Review: Girly Bits – Fall 2017 Collection Part 1

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Hey y’all today I have a double, girly whammy! First up from Girly Bits I have part 1 of the Fall 2017 Collection. But before we jump into the collection, I wanted to share a little bit about my weekend, I promise to keep it short. If you remember last week, I talked heavily about family day at the pumpkin patch complete with campfire, s’mores and fireworks.

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Well… it was amazing!

A good time was had by all and we’re already looking forward to next year.

Ok so on to the polish! Again, I have part 1 of the Fall 2017 Collection from Girly Bits. This is the first time for Pam and her brand in the Queendom, so let’s take a peak into the brand.

“Girly Bits Cosmetics is a Canadian company that has been handcrafting quality nail polish since 2011 in a dazzling array of colours and finishes. As a brand dedicated to providing cruelty free, on-trend and unique products, Girly Bits Cosmetics is well known for outstanding customer service, charitable donations and complex finishes in nail polish.  Available at several on-line retailers around the globe, and a growing number of brick and mortar stores, you can be sure to easily find the season’s hottest new shades, as well as timeless customer favourites.”

“A long time fascination with colours and textures naturally translated into an impressive collection of polishes for Girly Bits Cosmetics Founder and Creator, Pam Heil. Always searching for that special colour that she could see in her head but never find on a shelf lead Heil to become a kitchen chemist and start sourcing raw ingredients, and mixing her own polishes. “I was like a kid playing with finger paints for the first time” she says.”

“Eventually gathering enough courage to show her creations to members outside of her loyal fan club, Pam knew she was really on to something special when she started to get more and more requests for extra bottles from those who love her blends. Feeling ever braver and more creative, she continued mixing, creating and swatching, dreaming up the colours and names that have grown to become the beloved Girly Bits Cosmetics collections of today.”

So now that we know about Pam and Girly Bits, let’s check out the polish!!

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Guest Blogger: Aly Vanderlinde of Darkmoon _Nails – Mental Health and Manis

Happy Friday! Gosh I love that word, Friday. It just rolls off the tongue. Friday! Say it with me, FRIDAY!

Anywho, whatda say we jump right into todays post?! I have another very special treat today, another guest blogger!!! Please help me welcome Aly Vanderlinde of Darkmoon _Nails. Aly and I met via IG and she has been such a joy to know. I was delighted when she too accepted the call to guest blog for me, I guess my friends are crazier than I thought. But you know how the saying goes, ‘Bird of a feather…”

Keep reading to find out what Aly has in store for us!

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