The Queens Critique: Dark Moon Esscentuals


Hey Sugas!!! We have a full agenda today, so we are gonna dive straight into it.

Owner and creator, Aly, is also the swatcher/blogger behind DarkMoon Nails who I featured on my blog about a year ago as a guest blogger but now she’s back in the Queendom with a brand and a new attitude!

2 weeks ago, she sent new products from a new to market brand, Dark Moon Esscentuals. Now I can’t say that the brand is new to me because I have been privileged enough to test some products, like the acetone additive, while it was in its initial testing phases. But in recent months, Aly has created a whole line of products including bath & body, i.e. bubble bath and sugar scrub and nail care items like cuticle crack. And with a name like that, you know it ain’t whack.

Ok, sorry for the corny joke, but trust me when I tell you these products are anything but.

Today’s post is featuring my partner in bath time, Jason Moore. I asked my hubby to co-review with me today because a couple that bathes together stays together. Ok, I know TMI, but just hear me out. Jason helped me review the Bubble Bath while tackled, the Sugar Scrub, Body Butter and nail care items. Here’s what we had to say…

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Moore Swatches: September Indie Pickup – Horror Movies


Hey Sugas!! I wanted to pop in for a sec and let you all know about 2 products that will be available during September IPU. Just in case you missed last months post, here’s the 411.

Indie Pickup (IPU) was created due to the growing popularity, success, increased desire and interest from makers of indie products wanting to join PPU (Polish Pickup). Indie Pickup (IPU) follows the same format as its’ sister site, Polish Pickup, but with a twist. IPU brings exclusive, non-polish items based the same monthly theme of PPU.

Available: once a month, on the third Friday – Monday. 

Shipping: All purchases are preorder and will ship approximately 3 weeks after order is placed.

So now that you’re caught up, this month’s theme is….horror movies!!!

Alter Ego has created a soap that’s kinda…. unusual. Why? Because it has the scent of chicken. As soon as I opened the package I smelled Top Ramen Noodles Chicken Flavor. At first I thought, I ‘d never use this but then I thought about how funny it would be as a prank to use on my kids. 

They noticed the scent right away and promised they would get me back… lol. This chicken scented soap would be a perfect gift for that prankster in your life. Or…. anyone that loves ramen noodles.  

LynB Designs has created a perfume oil that is both light and refreshing yet noticeable and pleasing. I love this scent and wished a had more. A little dab behind the ear lasts all day.

Be sure to add both of these products to your wishlist!


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The Queens Critique: It Girl Nail Art – The Indie Shop (TIS) Seattle

The Queens Critique: It Girl Nail Art – The Indie Shop (TIS) Seattle

Hey Sugas!!! Who all is going to The Indie Shop (TIS)-Seattle??? One.. two…. keep those hands raised high so I can see you, three.. four….

Wow, quiet a few of you! Great!!!! Who’s excited to #buyallthepolish??? LOL!!!

Now the bigger question is…where are all of my nail art, nail stamping ladies and gents at??? Those are the peeps I need to be talking to today!!! Did you know that It Girl Nail Art (IGNA) will be vending at TIS-Seattle???? Yep, your one stop shop will be there in all of her stamping glory ready to elevate your stamping game to the next level with new plates, new stamping polishes are other great products to give you the salon quality manicure in the comfort of your own home.

IGNA is owned and operated by Nicole Bivins out of Washington and to find out more about her, check out my Up Close and Personal Interview along with a few reviews of other plates and products, here, here and here!

Today I have the deets on what is launching at TIS-Seattle coming up Sunday, July 22nd.

First up is IG123, a full-size plate with textures and IG124, a full-size plate with optical illusion patterns.

I know, gorgeous right?! Do  you have grabby hands yet? Keeping reading to find out what else you can expect!

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The Queen’s Critique: Ginger Fizz Boutique – Mermaid’s Grotto

The Queen’s Critique: Ginger Fizz Boutique – Mermaid’s Grotto

Hey Sugas! I trust you all had a fun and safe 4th or July. As you know I am still living the high that was my family vacation last week. This week I have myself many times siting at my desk daydreaming, about salt water, ocean breeze and sandy toes.

The weather was so perfect and playing in the water was so much fun. But the best memories were those of building sandcastles with the little ones or boogie boarding with my 11 year old or watching Jason, my cousin James and Xavier play Frisbee on the beach. Those are the happiest moments of the vacation that you just can’t put into words. But maybe you could put into scent?

As I sit at my desk today, warming Island Girl from the Mermaid Gotto Collection from Ginger Fizz Boutique, I am taken back to the time when we sat like mermaids on the beach and each gave our self mermaid names. We laughed like there was no tomorrow.

And when I warmed Pirates and Pearls, me and Jason’s favorite, it reminds me of how he smelled getting out of the shower mixed with ocean water.

Whatever the scent I am warming, it immediately takes back to the beach. And whether or not you are, or have been to the beach, the Mermaid Gotto Collection is a must for this summer season. Open up the windows, play your favorite song and warm something awesome!


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The Queen’s Critique: Ginger Fizz Boutique – Island Vibes Collection

The Queen’s Critique: Ginger Fizz Boutique – Island Vibes Collection

It’s time to say goodbye and good riddance to the ‘other wax guys’! The days of big box, store brands and other wax makers are O-V-E-R!!!

Let me tell you a little story…

As Jason was bringing in my package from the mail box, he says, “whatever is in this box must’ve spilt or leaked because I can smell it through the box.”

I simply replied, “it’s wax!”

Jason: “Whatever I smell right now is what I want melting in the ‘man cave’.”

We literally spent a 15 mins trying to figure out which one HE liked the best… because you know it’s all about him…lol. He couldn’t narrow it down so he says “warm them all”!

As someone who used the sell wax for a direct sales company that shall remain nameless, I thought I had seen it all and smelt it all. But man, was I wrong.

When I tell ya #indiesdoitbetter that statement speaks volumes! It’s like trying to compare store bought chocolate chip cookies to grandmas 👵🏾 fresh, from scratch, right out the oven cookies 🍪. Those store bought can’t hold a candle.… no pun intended.


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The Queen’s Critique: Pretty Beautiful Unlimited – Cuticle Oil


Look, just because the weather is teetering on the verge of warmer weather, that does not mean that we should neglect our nails and cuticles. It’s just as important now as it is in December to protect our nails and cuticles because breaks, cracks and splits can still happen when it’s 90 degrees outside. And let’s face it, chapped, dry, painful, cracked skin and cuticles are not cute, honey and greasy fingers are not an option.

Healthy cuticles are happy cuticles and happy cuticles comes when we spoil them with the best of the best. After working endlessly to find the perfect combination of the best oils, Virginia of Pretty Beautiful Unlimited has cracked the code and as has created a soothing, healing, moisturizing oil that also penetrates quickly. 

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The Queen’s Critique: Peel Off Base Coat Comparison

The Queen’s Critique: Peel Off Base Coat Comparison

What do apples, oranges and bananas all have in common? Right, they’re all fruits. Easy right?!

So what does Cuticula, IMK Nails and Vapid all have in common?


Ok, I gave you long enough. For those that said peel-off base coat, you are the lucky winner!!! If you didn’t get it right, that’s ok, you still loved.

Cuticula, IMK Nails and Vapid all offer their own version of a peel-off base to aid with removal of stubborn finishes like glitters and quick changes during a swatch fest and today I have all 3 to compare. Now that’s not to say I don’t love all of them, because I do, they all offer something different and special.

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The Queen’s Critique: Beauty Big Bang


Hey Sugas and happy Tuesday! Today I have a review – ah I hate calling it a review, let’s say ‘my thoughts’ on 3 products I was sent from Beauty Big Bang. Because I love all things nail polish and nail art, I selected a stamping plate, clear stamper and cotton claw.

I own a lot of plates from different brands with all kinds of images and sizes and I am glad to say that I will be adding Beauty Big Bang to that lineup. I absolutely love the clear stamper; is very easy to use and has a larger, very transparent stamping head. The cotton claw is a must in any nail addicts arsenal.

Keep reading to see this products ‘in action’ and….. to get my unique blogger code good for 10% off anything in the store!

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The Queen’s Critique: IMK Nails – PeelEze Peelable Base Coat

Ok – what the heck is PeelEze? I’m so glad you asked because I am here to spill the tea!PeelEze is a water-based, cruelty-free, odor-free, colorless peel off base coat to be applied to your nails before applying regular or gel nail polish.  

But let’s take a step back! In late November 2017, Karin of IMK Nails, started mixing her own concoction of peel off base coat out for personal need. “I started thinking that I just did not want to buy another bottle because it was pricey and it can take awhile to be received and sometimes availability was questionable,” says, Karin.

As a self proclaimed ‘DIY dabbler’, Karin started thinking about what is in that product that makes it different from the other base coats that I had been using. She went to work and finally her formula performed quite well, as intended and over time she noticed some improved nail health as well.

So of course you know I had try it for myself – right?! When you change your polish as often as I do, aka daily,  it means one thing, the use of LOTS of acetone and additives. ….plus Karin was running a special and it only seemed logical…lol! The following is my personal experience of  PeelEze!    


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The Queen’s Critique: Southern Comforts

The Queen’s Critique: Southern Comforts

I was first “introduced” to Tamara, owner of Southern Comforts on IG back in January 2018. Over the course of a few months, we developed an acquaintance as I followed her brand and she commented on a few swatch pictures.

During the course of this time, I invited her to be a guest on my Up Close & Personal 2.0 Live Facebook Q&A, which you can find here! As Tamara continued to talk about her brand, she sold me by the end of the hour. I sent her my list and customized a few scents and a week later, my order had arrived. I was so excited!

The following morning, a Saturday, I decided to pamper myself with my Southern Comforts, seeing as though I didn’t have anywhere to go until later that morning. I hopped in the shower using the Shower Gel/Body Wash and finished up with the remaining items.

Keep reading to find out about my experience with Southern Comforts


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