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Summer Beauty VoxBox


So after my not so brief summer hiatus I am finally getting around to reviewing my Summer Beauty VoxBox. What is a Vox Box you may ask? It is a program where you can qualify to receive free samples to test and review. Sounds nifty right?  Here is the webpage where you can learn more about influenster voxbox samples. It took me a little over three months to qualify for samples but it is was entirely worth it 🙂

Here is what came in my Summer VoxBox:


  • Tampax® and Always Radiant® Collection – 1 purse, 1 scented pad, 3 unscented daily liners, and 2 unscented tampons.
  • Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30
  • Sally Hansen Nails and Cuticles Hand Crème
  • Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color
  • Quaker Soft Baked Bar in Banana Nut Bread
  • Select influensters also received a sample of Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy™


These products were sent to me free of charge as part of the Influenster Vox Box Program.


Little Mermaid Nails

I found this little gem while browsing pinterest today:

It inspired my current nails. If you can not tell what I was going for the red was ment to be an outline of Ariel’s hair, the purple the sea shell bra, and finally the green is her mermaid tail.


It looked better in my head but if I hold my fingers just right so that the designs line up perfectly, which to be honest would never happen in real life, someone might be able to tell what it is. It also helps if you wear a little mermaid shirt, give lots of hints then ultimately resort to telling them what it is.

Here is a close up of my thumb which to me is the most interesting looking design. If you want to know how I created this look or what colors I used just send me a comment 🙂

China Glaze Hey Sailor

Hey Sailor is from the China Glaze Anchors Away Collection released in spring 2011, but is a part of the normal China Glaze collection located at Sally Beauty Supply.

It is a bright red cream that almost has the finish of a jelly polish. It is fairly easy to apply but the formula is thin so watch out for cuticle flooding. Working with two thin coats rather than one thick coat seems to be the better method when applying Hey Sailor, but if you work carefully I think you could get away with just one.

I have worn this several times and there always seems to be horrible tip wear after only one to two days. It never chips or flakes off but I have to keep touching it up. I would also recommend wearing a good base coat to prevent staining.

Effie Trinket Nails

Even if you have not seen the Hunger Games Movie yet, you have most likely seen Effie Trinket’s eccentric nail art buzzing about the web. There are about a billion (well maybe I am exaggerating a teeenie bit) web pages dedicated on how to achieve Effie’s nail looks. I just found a photo from the scene in the movie and worked on recreating it.

I used two coats of China Glaze Ahoy and using a make-up sponge create a glitter gradient with Orly Ingenue. China Glaze Ahoy (reviewed here) has a beautiful gold sparkle that works beautifully with Ingenue (reviewed here). Ingenue is a relatively thin glitter so it is perfect for creating a gradient, I just had to sponge about five thin layers.

“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor!”
-Effie Trinket

I WON!!!

A few weeks ago I entered manicure contest and I won 🙂 I never win anything so I was super excited. Above is the manicure I submitted (my tutorial on how to make your own dinosaur nails can be found here). You can check out the wonderful lorrainetyne blog here and see the other winning manicures.

I won this beautiful bracelet. 🙂 Here is a closeup of the bracelet with my current nails. I used an unnamed silver polish from Urban Outfitters and Smoke and Ashes from the China Glaze Capital Colors Collection to create a half-moon manicure.

China Glaze Ahoy

Ahoy is a beautiful berry pink from China Glaze’s Spring 2011 Anchors Away Collection. Ahoy combines the glass fleck look with gold micro-glitter. It applies very smoothly for a relatively thin polish. It is very sheer on the first coat, but with the second coat it becomes quite opaque. I could just see a hint of a visible nail line in a few of my photos at two coats even though it looks opaque in person.

I love the way this polish looks and the shimmer is beautiful. It is quick drying and one of my new go to colors for summer.

The base color for Ahoy is very similar to Do You Think I’m Tex-y? from the OPI Texas Collection (reviewed here). Since Ahoy is available where ever China Glaze is sold, and Do You Think I’m Tex-y was a part of a discontinued collection from OPI, I would highly recommend Ahoy. It is less expensive, glittery, and more opaque. No Ahoy is not a jelly polish, but I hate the visible nail line associated with Do You Think I’m Tex-y so for me it is definitely an improvement.

China Glaze Fast Track with Luxe and Lush

Fast Track (District 6 – Transportation) is from the China Glaze Collection Colours From the Capitol. I originally bought this shade for my neutral loving mom, but loved it so much on her that I went out and bought my own bottle as well as and a backup bottle. Fast Track is the polish representing District 6 – Transportation, but for me this color really doesn’t really remind me of transportation, but I loved it so much I can overlook a little inconsistency within a collection of polishes. I layered one thick coat of Luxe and Lush (representing District 1 – Luxury) on my ring finger.

Fast Track is a dusty creme beige base that has a beautiful gold flaked shimmer. It is a work safe color with more than just a hint of the beautiful gold shimmer. The formula of this polish is just fantastic. It is sheer on the first coat and looks nearly opaque in two but still had a bit of visible nail line. I finally built up the polish to three coats, but the polish dries quickly so it wasn’t a problem.

Luxe and Lush is such a versatile top coat, it is so beautiful when worn on an accent nail. You can see the pink/gold and pale blue/green shifts when worn over when worn over Fast Track. Here it really looks like shards of glass.

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