The Queens Critique: Night Owl Lacquer – March 2019 Crème of the Month and Comparisons

The Queens Critique: Night Owl Lacquer  – March 2019 Crème of the Month and Comparisons
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Hey Sugas! About a week ago I treated myself to some cremes because I work hard and deserve it. I had been eye-balling the March 2019 Creme of the Month from Night Owl Lacquer but once on the site, I feel deep into a spiraling rabbit hole. Next thing I know in my cart, I’ve got all of the Cremes of the Month, excluding Aug and Sept 2018 because I had the pleasure of swatching them and Nov 2018 because I didn’t think I needed it…boy was I wrong!, and the In the Dark of the Night (cremes only) Collection. 

Today I am excited to bring you Enchant-Mint, the March 2019 Creme of the Month. 

Enjoy….

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The Queens Critique: My Mani Box by Beautometry (Nov 2018)

The Queens Critique: My Mani Box by Beautometry (Nov 2018)
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Hey Sugas!!! Yesterday, I hipped you all to My Mani Box by Beautometry.  I explained what it is and how it works and even shared some cool manis that I created using what came in the Fantastic Beasts October 2018 Box

Today I have the November 2018 – A Tangled Web Box, which includes 

  • 2 Moyou London XL Plates
    • Kaleidoscope 11
    • Doodles 05
  • Beautometry Rhinestone Genius
  • Black Rhinestones
  • Red Rhinestones
  • Holo Stamping Plate Case
  • Beautometry Wizard of Nail Art Detail Brush

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The Queens Critique: My Mani Box by Beautometry (Oct 2018)

The Queens Critique: My Mani Box by Beautometry (Oct 2018)
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Hey Sugas!!! Would you believe me if I said ‘having a great mani is as simple as 1 – 2 – 3!!’

Step 1

Choose a size: There are 2 options – long nails or short nails

Step 2

Choose a frequency: Customers can purchase a 1 month (stated price), 3 month ($2 discount each month), 6 month ($3 discount each month), 12 month ($5 discount each month) subscriptions. The 1st month of each subscription (including 1 month subscriptions) will be charged as soon as it is bought. There is a flat rate of $5 shipping each month per box.

Step 3

Get nail mail! Each month open up a new box filled with the greatest nail art products from all over the world!

 

Yep, it’s that easy to have a great mani in the comfort of your own home delivered directly to your mailbox. My Mani box brings you nail stamping products each month fitting that month’s theme. You will have everything you need to create awesome nail art right from the moment you open the box! Each month open up a new box filled with the greatest nail art products from all over the world! Your box will contain: 2 MoYou London Stamping plates (based on the size you select), 1 nail stamping accessory, and 1-3 additional nail product(s).

Today I am excited to share with you the October 2018 My Mani Box by Beautometry. The months theme was Fantastic Beasts. I was able to create 5 stamped manis and the bonus…. I got a bunch of new tools to use!

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The Queens Critique: Dark Moon Esscentuals

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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

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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!

Enjoy…

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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
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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!

Enjoy… Continue reading “The Queens Critique: It Girl Nail Art – The Indie Shop (TIS) Seattle”

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

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

Enjoy…

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

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

Enjoy

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

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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?

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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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