L.A. Colors- Mini Color Craze Nail Polish Review

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Like I have said in other posts I adore L.A. Colors brand. But, most of the time nail polish is a completely different story. While I seem to keep makeup on very well, nail polish tends to barely stay on. I mean I am a mom! Hourly diaper changes, loads of dishes, cat box changing, cooking… you get the picture. So, basically my nail polishes tend to chip… a lot. 

This being said, I would like to review the “Mini Color Craze Nail Polishes”.

Last week end while my 3 year old and I were meandering our way around Family Dollar, we came across an L.A. Color set of Mini Craze nail polish. It was roughly 5 dollars for 12 different colours. We decided to buy it and try it out.

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So, these are all the colours that we got. As you can see there are a wide variety of shades.

The first thing I painted were my toes. Since it was only a few days before Halloween, I decided that I would do a candy-corn theme. The polish went on smoothly and were true in colour. Unfortunately my toe-toes didn’t look like delicious candies. Although, that is not the polish’s fault, only my lack of skill.

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The next test were my finger-nails. And that is a TEST! I am a mother. I wash dishes (with no gloves… I am such a rebel) change diapers, clean toilets.. yeah you get the picture. Basically, nail polish tends to chip a lot.

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I chose this, what I like to call, Ballerina pink (I didn’t see any names on the polish bottles). I did one coat without any base coat or top coat. The polish stayed on for about 2 days before it began chipping. Which isn’t the best, but is common with how much cleaning I do. As you can see it is a beautiful bright color, and came off very easily when wiped with nail polish remover.

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The next colour I chose was this Muddy Purple. Again I did only one coat without base or top coats. It stayed on about 2 days before it began chipping. It was also very easy to remove.

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The most recent colour that I have used for my finger-nails is the Mint Green. I have to say it is probably my favourite colour out of all 12. This time I put on two coats, because it is such a light colour. No base or top coats. Since,  I have just put it on today I can’t say how long it will stay on. However, I am assuming that it will stay on for about 2 days.

Oddly enough my toe-nail polish stayed on throughout all my finger nail painting adventures. I just removed it today (it hadn’t even started chipping yet) and had a little trouble removing it. The yellow I used left a little yellow residue on my nails. I did get if off and decided to use a nice hot pink in its place.

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So, here are the Pro’s and Con’s

Pro’s

  1. Nice bright colours
  2. Cheap
  3. Cruelty-free
  4. True to their colours
  5. Easy to remove (most of the time)
  6. Dries very fast

Con’s

  1. Begins chipping after 2 days
  2. Lighter colours need two layers
  3. Some colours stain nail.

So there you go. Personally, I really like this nail polish. I don’t mind having to repaint it every few days, because I like changing up the colours. Plus, I am sure that if I invest in a nice base coat and top coat polish it will fix con’s 1 and 3.

Next time you see L.A. Color nail polish at the store try it! You’re only spending a dollar, and you might really like it.

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October Favourites

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Yes. I know I am a little late, but I do have some favourites that I would like to share. There are a few beauty, some kids stuff, and a few others!

Oh, almost forgot to ask. How are you doing today!?

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Yes, yes I am rocking the large glasses. My contacts were irritating my eyes. Bleh. So on to the October favourites.

1) The first thing that is my favourite is…

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Witch Hazel facial toner. I got this a while back, but recently I have been using it often as a make-up remover. I know that isn’t what it is made for, but it works very well for me. It smells good and feels good on the skin! I think I got it from a health store for roughly $4.

2) Next up we have another beauty item… or rather items…

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I am kind of cheap, so when it comes to make-up I rather not spend a whole lot. When I saw these at the dollar store I thought “Well, why the heck not try? I mean they are only a dollar!” I am so glad I did. The mascara leaves my eyelashes dark and long with out clumping (unlike other NAME-BRAND mascaras). The eyeliner leaves a nice thick line of colour, stays on all day, yet comes off easily when washed. Oh, and did you know that the L.A. Colors brand is cruelty free!?!?!

3) The third thing on my favourites list is also a makeup…

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It is the Maybelline Baby Lips in the colour “Cherry Me”. Since the cold weather has started my lips have been terribly chapped. This nourishes my lips while giving me a cute red tint. It also smells and tastes delicious.

4) Okay, okay.. we are done with beauty products. Let us see what is up next…

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Oh yes, this scarf. It is a mint coloured scarf that is soft and warm. Plus I bought it at a garage sale for 25 CENTS!

5) My fifth favourite is a children’s book. I LOVE children’s books and this one ADORABLE.

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My daughters had me read this book over and over and over again. It is about a little pumpkin whose biggest dream is to be a jack’o lantern on Halloween night.  The art is beautiful and the story is lovely.

6) This favourite is a movie that we borrowed from the library..

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When I was a little girl, I loved the Laura Ingalls books. In fact I still have the set I got for Christmas! It is some what silly that although this movie entertains my daughters some what, my husband and I are completely glued to it. I suppose it just brings back memories of childhood.

7) Candy, that is all I have to say!

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This candy in particular!

8) And the last is something I also bought from the dollar store…

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The colours are so autumn-y and it is perfect to take to class and refill with water. It was roughly $3, which isn’t bad I guess. BPA free, and can hold hot or cold liquids. I have yet to use it for coffee and tea, but believe me… I will.

So those were my October favourite!

What are yours?

Killer Queen. Katy Perry perfume review.

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I  love samples, and in fact I just got one in the mail.

Now, I am not much of a Katy Perry fan. Not my type of music (if only Motorhead would release a perfume….), but  if a perfume smells good, then I really don’t care who is behind it.

Here is what the sample came it.

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Very cute packaging, This is what it looks like inside.

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As you can see I have already taken one of the two samples out. Inside of the sealed pocket was a towelette soaked in the perfume. I rubbed it on my wrists, neck, and well.. boob area.  No doubt it smells good. Only a little strong, but sweet. I am not the best as describing scents, but it smells ‘heavy’ to me.

On the back of the sample package is listed prices of the various perfumes.

  • 3.4 fl oz – $59
  • 1.7 fl oz – $49
  • 1.0 fl oz – $39
  • For “Royal Body Lotion” 6.7 fl oz – $25

I also checked out Walmarts online site and they are listing it for about $10 dollars more than the prices listed on the sample.

Pros:

  1. Smells good
  2. Pretty packaging
  3. Stays on for a long time

Cons:

  1. Very strong
  2. Almost “old lady” smelling
  3. Made me a bit dizzy after a while
  4. EXPENSIVE

Altogether is seems like a nice perfume, but for me personally it is a bit too expensive and strong. So, it is a no go for me.

(**If you would like to get a sample, check out the Facebook page for it and they will mail you a free sample!)