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Review: up & up™ Maximum Strength Acetone Nail Polish Remover Dip-It

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purchased by me

So I discovered the up & up Maximum Strength Acetone Nail Polish Remover Dip-It some time last year. I saw it mentioned online and decided to give it a try. So glad I did!

Official description
Easily remove your old nail polish with this remover dip from Up & Up. The convenient dip bottle makes it easy to sponge off your nail polish. In seconds you’ll have a blank canvas for your new color.

Where to buy
From Target stores – $2.49-$2.54 for a 9 oz jar.

To remove artificial nails: Insert finger and soak nail tips, wraps or artificial nails to dissolve and remove them. Scrub fingernail up and down against the bristles. You may need to file any additional residue and clean nail completely before applying any new nail products. Built in brush removes artificial nails quickly. Not for polish removal on artificial nails.

To remove gel polish: Using a medium-coarse file, file away the shiny layer of the gel polish; to scuff surface allowing better removal by the acetone. Soak entire nail(not entire hand) into the remover for 10-15 minutes. Using a wood cuticle pusher, gently scrape away gel from the nails(top and underneath) and skin surrounding the nail. This should be easily removed. If there is resistance, soak nails for another 5-10 minutes. Repeat soak and scrape until all gel polish is removed. Wash hands with soap and water to remove any acetone from the skin and nails. Lightly buff nails to remove all gel nail polish residue from the nails and until nails are smooth. Apply nail oil and/or hand lotion to restore moisture to the nails and hands.

Comes in a white tub/jar with a blue lid. Label is white with black text and blue accents. The jar has a blue twist on lid. When you first open it you’ll find a white paper seal with black writing. When you remove that you’re left with a plastic seal. Make sure it’s not pointing at you when you puncture it. Just peal it away. Inside all round the edge are vertical, long, pink plastic bristles.

Scent and formula
It’s your standard clear, watery, stinky acetone.

Acetone, denatonium benzoate.

The label claims it removes gel nail polish, glitter and artificial nails. Well I don’t use gel polish or artificial nails, so I don’t know how this works on those, but I do wear glitter and regular polish! So this is pretty awesome. It’s not like your normal nail polish tubs, it has plastic bristles instead of foam. All you have to do is stick your finger in and rub your nail up and down on the bristles. You want to make sure it’s up and down and not side to side, as the bristles aren’t strong when moving side to side. It only take a couple of seconds to get off normal polish. When removing glitter polish I find I can moving my finger up and down for 12-15 seconds and the glitter is completely gone or there are just a couple of pieces left which flake right off. Now if you use elmer’s glue or some other type of peeling basecoat under your glitter you’ll find that it takes about 6 seconds for the glue to get bubble and then it peels right off. As with all acetone nail polish this leaves a white powdery looking film on your finger/nail. Also to note. There are two holes on top and if you scrub too vigorously acetone will splash out. So don’t get too excited. XD Just wash your hands and you are good to go. I find this easier and less time consuming than using the foil method I was previously using for glitter polish. I’m on my second jar of dip-it. You’ll find after awhile that the remover turns black and begins to stain your nails. I just kept re-filling my jar with acetone. I did that for several months before getting a new jar. I love this thing dude.



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Thursday Guest Post

Thursday Guest Post: Indie Know’s Five Marvellous Mattes

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5 Marvellous Mattes CollageHi everyone! We’re the team from Indie Know, and today we’d like to show you our favorite indie matte products. A huge thank you to Luna for giving us this opportunity to share! This is an adaptation of the Colors of the Rainbow blogger tag that we’ve been featuring over at Indie Know.

Detrivore LilithAG’s pick – Detrivore Cosmetics‘ Lilith

When I think of my favorite indie mattes, I immediately think of Detrivore’s matte blushes. To me, the standout shade in this beautiful lineup is softly purple Lilith. I cannot recommend this shade enough for pale folks who want something that’s a little unusual but still safe to wear to the office. It comes in Detrivore’s excellent matte formula, which means it’s blendable, creamy, and has just the right amount of pigmentation. It’s one of many Detrivore blushes I’ve ordered in full size, but it’s definitely my favorite!

naked-3-dupe-analog-limitLisa’s pick – Silk Naturals’ Analog

Mattes are the unsung heroes in my eyeshadow collection. I’d like to say I mostly use shadows with shimmery or pearly finishes because I love them (and I do!) but really it comes down to skill. Shimmery shadows simply are more forgiving when you lack a skilled blending hand. But behind the scenes I fall back on a few trusty mattes for highlights and creases, and one of my heavyweight champions is Silk Naturals’s “Analog,” a dupe for the Urban Decay “Limit” shadow from their Naked 3 palette.

Analog is described as a “dusty rose matte” but with a light hand it turns into an excellent transitional crease color. I have pinkish undertones to my skin, so I do have to be careful and not apply too much or else I look like I’ve lost a few nights of sleep! Between the finely milled formula, the classic rose color, and its buttery-smooth blendability, Analog is a staple that could easily fit in anyone’s collection.

MBA OCDJeannie’s pick – My Beauty Addiction’s O.C.D.

When it comes to bold, bright lipsticks, I feel much more comfortable rocking a pink lip than a red lip (even if it looks super ’80s!) My Beauty Addiction’s O.C.D. HD Lip Paint is described as a “a super bright & vivid pink with a matte finish.” On my skin, it appears lighter and a little more Barbie-pink than in the swatch on the website, where it looks more hot-pink. Texture-wise, it’s not as drying as many matte lipsticks I’ve tried, but I recommend making sure lips are exfoliated and moisturised before applying because this can highlight lip imperfections. Try out a few samples if you’re on the hunt for opaque, pigmented matte lippies!

13451658494_a49ab45f54_kKristin’s pick – Madd Style Cosmetics‘ In the Buff

One of my favorite all time mattes is from Madd Style Cosmetics. In The Buff is a perfect nude shade for me and I use it to blend out harsh edges. I’m so sad that MSC is going out of business! But before they close, they’re having a huge blow out sale. They’re selling 8 eyeshadows for $28! I’d definitely recommend checking out their line before they’re all gone. I’ll be picking up a few extras of this shade for sure.

Detrivore TombValentine’s pick – Detrivore’s Tomb

Back in the olden days, long before the customer service issues that ultimately landed Detrivore in a distribution partnership with Shiro Cosmetics, I ordered the whole Graveyard Collection, which was a set of 20 matte neutral eyeshadows. My favorite of the whole batch was Tomb, which is still available via Shiro. Tomb is boring (it’s from a collection of neutrals, after all) but something about the color just hits a sweet spot for me–it’s a mid-toned cool taupe brown that leans slightly towards lavender-rose in the same way as mainstream eyeshadows Burberry Rosewood or NARS Lhasa do on the other end of the price spectrum. I’ve swatched it here heavily over Urban Decay Primer Potion.

What are some of your favorite indie matte products?

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Life. How does it work?

Life post!

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Dude, it’s been awhile since I really talked about my life on here. This year has been hard so far, last year wasn’t great either. There was radio silence for awhile and I’ll tell you why. Last year my husband left me. He did it in a cruel manner. I haven’t had contact with him since January. With the separation came a bunch of bull honkey and we ended up having to leave the house we lived in for several years. The kiddos and I had no where to go. We were “homeless” for awhile. We stayed at a homeless ranch over an hour away from where we were living for a couple of weeks. Then we had to leave. We ended up staying with some friends of my mom. There were 7 of us in a 2 bedroom trailer. Ouch. But we had a place to live. I ended up going on TANF and we are on SNAP for food. Sorry if this bounces all over the place.

My bloodsugar has been wacky this year, more so than usual from the stress. It goes from too high to way too low. My bloodsugar dropped to 50 today and I’m not dealing with it very well. Ick. Anyways. I’ve also been going through the whole filing for disability thing. I actually just sent in an appeal today. But yes we had a place to stay. It was hard, things were tight, everyone was stressed. We got really, really lucky. My mom was staying with someone in an apartment complex. She ended up explaining to the manager our situation and an apartment came available in May. So the kids and I are sharing a 2 bedroom apartment with my mom right now. Which is also hard. My mom and I don’t have a good relationship. :( The kids were diagnosed with autism last year also. A whole lot happened last year. Ugh.

So we have a place to live right now. All of my TANF goes to rent. Buying pretties is WAY out of the question right now. Which makes me sad. ALL THE PRETTIES! So things are stressful right now, there is major friction between my mom and I. But we have a place to live. Just hoping and praying disability comes through sooner rather than later. Patience is hard yo. Today we got the kids all checked in at their schools. Because of no money and TANF going to rent we went to a program that gives backpacks, school supplies and a clothes closet. So the kiddos have most of their school supplies. I’m not quite sure how we’ll get the rest, but we’ll make due. They need shoes. Ugh. We tried to find shoes for them while we were there, but they had nothing in Sascha’s size and everything in Fumiko’s were in just as bad shape as the shoes she already has. So we left empty handed as far as shoes go. But hey, they got school supplies.

There have been many doctor and therapy appointments for me and they continue to be ongoing. The kiddos have their fair share of therapy appointments as well. :( Fumiko has gone from being completely silent about her fathers absence to saying things like “I want to kill him. My daddy hates my love and I hate his love.”. How in the hell do you respond to that. It’s been hard. And Sascha blames himself despite me telling him a billion times none of this is his fault at all. It’s a delicate situation. Time will heal. We just have to be patient. I want our own place and the kids want it just as bad. I keep telling myself and them to be patient. Things will change. This isn’t permanent. We need a healthy environment. Very bad.

So I’ve been swatching like a mad man, trying to keep myself busy when I can. The insomnia is crazy and often times I don’t sleep. We are trying to find something that works, but I’m limited on what I can take because of the seratonin syndrome. Depression meds are not helping. I have appointments to go in and hopefully try something else. I still go through periods of sick as hell and oh hey I can sort of function today. But things will be okay, yo. The kids are super excited for school. They have some friends in the apartment complex we live in. Fumiko even has a friend right next door. It’s been good for them. So I shall continue swatching and maybe even start writing about our boring lives. XD I have lots of samples to try and review too. So you’ll see lots of little mini reviews.

Well that was rather long. I said more than I planned. Well here are some pictures of Fumiko. She is proud of her faerie dress and the fact that she finally lost a couple of teeth! Also my nearly bare faced face from today. I didn’t sleep. Eyes are bloodshot and hair was pulled back in a pony-tale. I just haphazardly put on brows and used Mannequin from Glamour Doll Eyes and their new Bad Seed gel eyeliner and a little bit of Unicorn from Fyrinnae on the inner and outer corners and finally mascara. That’s it. I used a face mask a few days back and it broke my face out and irritated it. D: So I didn’t want to put anything else on my face. So excuse my poor skin. I would have photos of Sascha but I’m going to have to tie him down to something to get some photos. XD Silly boy. So yes. There. Happy thoughts! I’ve also been lucky to have my best friend through all of this. She was there for me when things were really rough and I am so grateful for her friendship. I’ve also made a few new friendships on this here interwebz that have been really nice.


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Mani Monday!

Mani Monday Forget Now Fatal Attraction

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Base coat
Nail Tek Ridge Filling Base Coat Foundation II x 1 coat

Nail color
Sinful Colors Forget Now #1031 x 2 coats
Femme Fatale Cosmetics Fatal Attraction x 2 coats

Top coat
CND Super Shiney x 1 coat

Seriously. I.LOVE.THIS.SO.MUCH. :HBEAT: Sophie is the best. I cannot wait for the day when I can get more. One day… one day.


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Geekton Abbey

Swatches: Geekton Abbey Crow, Gypsy, One Who Knocks, Satellite of Love, Tom Servo & Yeah Science

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purchased by me blogger discount

I made a little purchase from Geekton Abbey a few months ago. I got one full size jar and 3 sample baggies. Kiira threw in an extra because she ran out of jars, though I didn’t have to wait that long at all! It was really sweet. Swatches!

Official descriptions
Crow is a bright golden color with shimmer.
Gypsy is a rich royal purple with slight glitter.
One Who Knocks is a deep money shade of green with slight glitter.
Satellite of Love is a rich sliver color with slight glitter.
Tom Servo is a deep burgundy red with a hint of bronze shimmer.
Yeah Science is a bright & vibrant blue with slight shimmer.

Ordering options
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar with a sifter, packed 2g by weight for $4.00 USD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a baggie, packed ½ teaspoon by volume for $1.50 USD per baggie.

Photos taken in outdoors in direct sun. Swatched over Detrivore Cosmetics Eye Primer, Glamour Doll Eyes Foil Me and bare skin.

Crow is a metallic copper with a gold sheen.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Zinc, Sillicon Dioxide, Copper Powder, Tin Oxide, Carmine, Magnesium Stearate. NOT VEGANlip safe

Gypsy is a matte royal purple with aqua and pink sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Ferrocyandie, Carmine, Manganese Violet, Ultramarines, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Magnesium Myristate, Magnesium Stearate. NOT VEGANnot lip safe

One Who Knocks is a mossy green with green and gold sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Chromium Oxide Green, Iron Oxide, Chromium Oxide, Magnesium Stearate. VEGANlip safe

Satellite of Love is a darkish silver with blue and silver sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanuim Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Carmine, Magnesium Stearate. NOT VEGANlip safe

Tom Servo is a dusty metallic red with bronze sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Carmine, Magnesium Stearate. NOT VEGANlip safe

Yeah Science is a vibrant cerulean with silver sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Carmine, Iron Oxide, Ferric Ferrocyanide, FD&C blue 1, hydrogenated polyisobutene, palmitic acid, Megnesium Stearate. NOT VEGANnot lip safe

These are some pretty shades! Very simple, but a great formula. I can’t wait to see what she does with future collections! I really liked Crow and Gypsy. But you know how I like my purples. :D Which ones did you like? Will you pick any up? Geekton Abbey is fairly new. The labels were handwritten on the sample baggies and jar. I can’t wait to see what she does as her company grows!

Geekton Abbey can be found here. You can find Geekton Abbey on Facebook here. You can contact Kirra here. She also offers some nail polish!



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