Sponsored Review: EnvyDerm Mascara

The product in this review was sent to me in exchange for my honest opinion.

Website: http://www.envyderm.com/

In early November 2014, I received an unsolicited email from a representative at EnvyDerm, asking if I’d be interested in becoming an affiliate and trying one of their products. I replied with an enthusiastic yes, chose a product for them to send to me, and then forgot about it. In mid-January of this year, I got a follow-up email from a different rep, to which I replied that I never got the product to test. A few weeks later, with no other response, the product I chose showed up in my mailbox.

I chose the Eyelash Enhancement and Conditioning Volume Mascara in Espresso (because I wear brown or brown/black mascara when I’m not sporting a bold color eye). It retails for $29 USD for 7 mL, with free USA shipping. EnvyDerm claims their lash enhancing products contain “innovative and proven ingredients provided by Mother Nature.”*

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Snow Day Swatch: Zoya Naturel Satins for Spring 2015

Since I’m homebound today, I have a little time in my grading vortex to show you the new Zoya transitional collection. I have all three of the Naturel collections; I think they’re lovely and versatile shades. Satin and matte finishes are definitely the trend for spring, with Essie also releasing a matte finish collection in shades very similar to the Zoya Naturel Satins (so if you don’t have a Zoya retailer close by, check your local drugstore when the Essies come out).

Zoya Satins 2015

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Memebox Review – #62: Tea Tree Cosmetics

Tea tree is my saving ingredient. I suffer from mild hormonal breakouts and spot irritation breakouts. This is super gross and probably TMI, but obviously I have a dog. Who likes to sit on my pillows. With his unwiped paws, butt, and junk, because he hasn’t evolved opposable thumbs or discovered that toilet paper is not for eating. So while I wash my sofa pillows and bed pillowcases pretty regularly, I’m still often coming into contact with ick. Not to mention that when I’m grading, I have a habit of propping my face on my hand. Oh, and I have herpes simplex Type I around my mouth — thanks, high school telemarking job and those filthy phone headsets!

Anyhoodle, tea tree is a natural antiseptic, so it’s wonderful for clearing up all my blemishes. I snapped up this box hoping for some LJH Tea Tree products, since those are basically miracle workers; no luck on that, but I got six great products that I’m happy with.

The rating system is going in reverse this time: 1 zit is good and 5 zits are bad. πŸ™‚


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Manicure: red half moons

I still do my nails, I swear! I love half moon manis because they’re an elegant look for something so simple.

formul8edphrase red halfmoons

I used a base of Azature Opal. Azature boasts that it has a real black diamond in every bottle. I can’t believe that’s true, but these polishes have a lovely formula and sparkle. I got several on deep discount during a pre-Christmas sale; they normally retail for $25 but I got them for $6 each. Opal is a very sheer nude with a red shimmer. I was going to leave it like that for an understated look, but then decided to add Deborah Lippmann Lady is a Tramp from the Jazz Standards mini set my MUT Secret Santa gave me. It’s a bold red creme, blue-toned, somewhat sheer and jelly-ish on one coat, so I used two.

formul8edphrase red half moons

I really like how these turned out. But what’s going on with my middle finger? I must be flipping off too many people, because that nail is constantly splitting and peeling. If anyone has any suggestions for how to prevent that, I’d love to hear them.

Memebox Review – Special #59: Scrub 2

Happy New Year! Winter is upon us here in New England, so let’s start the ball rolling with a box designed to help with the winter scalies.

When I saw reviews for the first Memebox scrub box, I was blown away by how amazing it was, so I jumped on the second version when it was released. I think Scrub 2 isn’t as awesome as Scrub 1, but it contained some great items that’ll be useful in the cold, dry winter for sloughing off scaly skin.

Ratings today will be in Brillo pads, because in winter I kind of want to take one to my whole body.


Scrub 2: click here to read and see more

Memebox Review – Special #60: Oil Therapy

This is another box where I’m not blown away by the contents because I can think of so many other items that could have been put in that weren’t. I need to stop having any expectations whatsoever. I really like the products in here, I was just hoping for different ones.

Contrary to popular opinion, using oils won’t make your skin extra oily. In fact, your skin produces extra oil when it’s dry, so using oil to hydrate helps to regulate the amount of sebum your skin naturally produces.

Fun fact: whenever I use oils, my dog decides I taste like heaven and licks me incessantly. So I’ll rate these products with Gabs slurps. πŸ™‚


Oil Therapy: click here to read and see more

Memebox Review – Special #65: Apple Mojito

Apple Mojito ingredients (from chasingdelicious.com)
3 oz. (90 ml) club soda
.5 oz. (15 ml) lime juice
10 mint leaves muddled with ΒΌ tspn. sugar
2.5 oz. (75 ml) light rum
2.5 oz. (75 ml) apple juice reduction

You know what’s not in there? Lemons.

The Silver Nail suggested that Memebox had a linguistic brain blip, since lime in many Romance languages is limon. But still. Nobody on the curation team thought to check that out? Ha! Who am I kidding, there isn’t a curation team at Memebox. Just a guy tossing products in a box.

Whatever, I really liked this box. Great products for the most part, even though there are better ones more suited to the theme (like an APPLE MOJITO TONER) out there. Or mint, which is what makes the drink a mojito.


Mojito madness: click here to read and see more