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Boxycharm Review: Bold & Beautiful May 2015

My obsessive love of nail polish has brought me into the wide and wonderful world of makeup. Oh my gosh, do I love makeup! I’m going to start featuring more makeup and cosmetics reviews on the blog, and I’m so excited to share it all with you! Today I’m going to review Boxycharm – I was especially psyched to try this subscription box because in addition to full size products, they also often include nail polish! I’m a little late to the party, so this is my May box. I’ll be posting the June box soon.

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Soufeel Charm Bracelets

Back in the fall, my new house was robbed. It was really scary, especially because it was right after we moved in. I was so worried that maybe we purchased a house in the wrong neighborhood, and I really didn’t feel safe. I was especially devastated that all of my jewelry was stolen – including heirlooms from my mom. Nothing can replace what was stolen, but I have been slowly rebuilding my jewelry collection. I was absolutely delighted with the offer to try Soufeel charm bracelets, because I completely understand how jewelry can have emotional significance! Their slogan is: charm bracelets for every memorable day. And that really resonates with me!

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Digital Dozen does Fandom: The Wizard of Oz

I’ve been just racking my brain trying to figure out what else to do for fandom! I started thinking about movies, books, and tv shows that have absolutely massive followings and also have something really iconic about them – and somehow The Wizard of Oz just popped into my straw-brain! It really was an iconic film – the color, the songs, the characters, the social commentary. When I was little I wanted Dorothy’s ruby red slippers more than anything. Seriously.

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Digital Dozen does Fandom: Hermione’s Dress

Well, it’s been a hot minute since I last posted. Time is weird, isn’t it? I’ve had some not so fun health issues pop up, and it’s really taken a lot out of me. I’ve had to really stop, drop, and take care of myself. I’m sorry if you missed me – I’m still around, and I’m ok. Just going through some tough times. If anybody or anything could motivate me to create art, it’s the Digital Dozen. Those girls are just amazing and supportive. And here we are at another challenge week, and my life is stabilizing, and you know – I just miss this.

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Dermelect Review and Swatches

I was very curious to try the Dermelect #dermelectchallenge — which is a bet that you can finish a manicure in under 20 minutes. I’m pretty fast at a polish change, you know, but the Dermelect system promises no base coat – and that just really piqued my curiosity. Plus, the colors seem like a soft, neutral, pretty palette. I’m happy to share my thoughts on this experience with you!

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Essie Hearts Needle Drag

Complicated nail art makes me intensely happy – both in creating it and wearing it. Sometimes, though, simple nail art can be just as striking. Who am I kidding, sometimes even just the perfect nail color can knock my socks off! What I’m getting at is that sometimes simple can be delicious, classy, and perfect. I was in the mood for simple and clean, so I tried an easy needle drag with some of my favorite Essie polishes.

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China Glaze Electric Nights: Review, Swatches, and Nail Art!

Hi polish friends! Today I have the China Glaze Electric Nights collection for your viewing pleasure. A little nail art, a lot of swatches — and we’ll have a good time! The collection was inspired by electronic dance music, which I know nothing about, but the colors are SO bright and awesome and I love it (spoilers). This collection is made up of three neon glitter toppers and nine neon cremes. For the swatches, I wore the cremes and glitters over white polish, because I’ve found that white + neon = super bright neon. I did see some swatches without the white that also look really bright, too (see The PolishAholic!).

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Digital Dozen does Childhood: Strawberry Patch

I grew up in an old house in the suburbs — the house was actually an historic building. It was built in that late 1600s or early 1700s, and was a part of the underground railroad, with hiding spaces to bring people out of slavery. In the yard, we had a little strawberry patch, and my sister and I used to pick them and add them right into our cereal bowls! We also had some wildberry patches at the edge of our property. I liked to pick them and mash them up with some sugar and call it jam. The strawberry patch really reminds me of my childhood — mmmm, fresh berries!

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Digital Dozen does Childhood: Bubbles

When I was little, my mom used to make this homemade bubble solution — I think it had detergent in it? Anyways, it made the BIGGEST bubbles. We would make bubbles so big! It was really fun. Except one time, we were blowing bubbles and some bees were attracted to the solution. I got stung on my eye and my sister got stung on the butt! Anyways, I still loved bubbles. I always used to try to make shampoo bubbles, too. I think it’s just a fun kid thing!

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