3.27.2012

Book Rhi-view: Mooshka, A Quilt Story by Julie Paschkis

Mooshka, A Quilt Story by Julie Paschkis
Picture Book, Family, Tradition
Hardback $16.95 (32 pages, PEACHTREE PUBLISHERS)
A delightful, intergenerational bedtime story featuring a remarkable quilt and a reluctant new big sister.
Karla loves her special quilt, Mooshka. But Mooshka is more than just a quilt - it speaks, comforting Karla at bedtime with whispered stories. Karla's grandmother lovingly pieced Mooshka together using scraps of fabric from members of Karla's family. Each square, or "schnitz," shares a special memory of Karla's ancestors and their lives.
 When new baby sister Hannah arrives, Karla's routine is upset and Mooshka falls silent. Only when Karla shares Mooshka with her sister does the quilt begin to speak again and tell Hannah the treasured stories of her family.
(ages 4-8)
Publisher Site: Peachtree Publishers

Perfect for Bedtime! (4 stars)

The tradition of quilting has a rich and special past. Taking scraps from all over to make a beautiful and practical blanket is one of those great traditions that has somewhat died out and become more about the art than reusing old fabric. But MOOSHKA manages to capture that special part of what a quilt can be and weaves it into a sweet children's story perfect for reading at bedtime.

Though my little girl is under the targeted age for this story she loves bright illustrations and just being read to. Karla's story is tender and brought a smile to my face as I shared it with my daughter. I think it would be a great book for an older sibling who is learning how to share with a younger one. What really made it special for me though was that it was very much about the special stories Karla's quilt had to share about where each square came from.

There's a quiet cadence to MOOSHKA that makes it a perfect read for any youngster who loves a calming book before bedtime. With it's sweet tale of family tradition and what it means to be sisters and vibrant illustrations it'd be a great addition to any library for the young reader.



Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

3.24.2012

Product Rhi-view: Weleda Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash

Weleda Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash
Company Site: Weleda
Product Details: gently cleanses and cares for delicate hair and skin
Our Weleda Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash gently cleanses and cares for delicate hair and skin Baby’s delicate hair and skin gets the perfect balance of cleansing moisture and the kindest care in our softly lathering Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash. This all natural baby shampoo is a gentle wash that retains the moisture in your baby’s hair and skin, leaving them feeling silky smooth and protected from drying out.
An all natural baby shampoo and body wash that cleans and softens without synthetic detergents. Formulated with the mildest organic and natural plant-based cleansers, Weleda Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash is gentle and tear-free. Biodynamic® and organic calendula flower extract in this all natural baby shampoo soothes and softens your baby’s hair and skin. Sweet almond oil absorbs fast and easily to keep your baby’s skin and hair from losing precious moisture. The gentle, effective formula of our Weleda Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash has a light and delicate fragrance that turns an ordinary bath time into a full-body pampering. Now that’s one clean, happy baby from head to shoulders, knees and toes (knees and toes).
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Coco-Glucoside, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Alcohol, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*.
* from natural essential oils

Saved my toddler's skin! (5 Stars)
 
For the first two years of my little girl's life I used Johnson & Johnson's baby wash products for bathing. She had a bit of eczema at one point but it cleared up with cream. No big deal. But eventually I noticed she was getting those icky bumps on the back of her arms known as K.P. (keratosis pilaris) that run in my husband's family. But hers were just awful and they got worse and worse after every bath. I know they make some products to treat it but I was worried about using them on my baby so I decided to start by switching her bath products to something less drying. The first ingredient I was avoiding was SLS. As it happened I'd recently tried another Weleda product and happened to spot this when I was reading something else on their website.

I decided to give the Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash a try after reading the ingredients. Within a week of switching her bumpy arms showed improvement. I actually cried while giving her her bath one night there was such an improvement. I'd thought it wasn't going to improve without more severe medical treatment and the scarring I've seen from family members scratching the bothersome bumps was a constant worry.

Not only does it smell great—it reminds me of lavender—and get her clean without over drying her sensitive skin, it's a decent shampoo for her too. It doesn't bother her eyes, though we're good at keeping it out of them. It leaves her curls so soft and bouncy, not tangled and dried out like other products did. I cannot recommend this product enough for parents who want a more eco-friendly and gentle option for their babies and toddlers. I'd use it for myself it smells so great!




Notes: This product was purchased by me.

3.23.2012

Book Rhi-view: Up Cat by Hazel Hutchins

Up Cat by Hazel Hutchins
Board Book, Animals, Humor
Board Book $6.95 (26 pages, ANNICK PRESS)
You'd be surprised at what a cat gets up to all day! A cat can get tangled up in all kinds of fun and mischief between wake-up time and nap time. Follow along with the playful text as Cat laps up milk, messes up the house, gets up to no good, stands up to a visiting dog, and finally curls up for a nap in the sun.
The expressive, energetic illustrations against simple backgrounds mirror the spare but rhythmic text that teaches about "up" actions while leading the reader through a day in the life of a cat.
Together with Up Dog, this board book will soon be a favorite of toddlers and preschoolers who adore animals.
(2 and up)
Publisher Site: Annick Press

Hilarious for toddler and adult alike! (5 stars)

What is cat up to today? Discover the many Ups of Cat as it gets into all sorts of mischief that's sure to delight your kitty loving toddler. What makes UP CAT truly great though is that any adult who has experience with the antics of their feline companions will get plenty of chuckles out of how true to the nature of cats it is.

Vibrantly illustrated, there's just something about it that begs to be re-read over and over in spite of how simple it is. My little girl is very detail oriented when we read picture books an tells me about every item in the picture so she had a great time with this one.

If you know a cat loving kid UP CAT is a great choice. It's one of those books the child can 'read' to themself after hearing it a few times and is sure to be a favorite. I'm looking forward to picking up UP DOG too, though I don't see how dogs can ever compete with cats. ;)



Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.

More fun animal books for toddlers:

3.22.2012

Beauty Rhi-flection: Kiss Nail Dress


I have to admit right off the bat that I was kind of meh about Kiss Nail Dress when I realized they were stickers instead of nail polish strips. Just wasn't too sure they'd look as nice on me as they do in the advertisements.

I've been trying to do something I call 'Mani Mondays' every Monday since the hubs and I usually watch TV together that night. It's a great time to just sit and paint my nails without interuptions. But he's not fond of the smell so Kiss Nail Dress had a definite advantage going in. Since we had a little gap between shows I sat down at my desk where I could photograph the whole process for ya!


The kit includes 3 nail sheets, a two-sided file, and an instruction booklet. One of the high points of Kiss Nail Dress is that they are so versatile. You can use them on fingers or toes! Perfect for a fast pedi before hitting the beach. Plus you can cut them to do other things like just the tips or shapes.


The instructions are also on the back of the box. Here you can see the different prints currently available. I've found a few of them in my local Target and Walmart stores but not any I was really excited to try for my own style. You definitely can't pull off the same effect by hand that these have.


Aren't these inspirations cool? I also love that these can be used with the Impress Press-On Manicure product we received in the Holiday Voxbox. I will definitely be playing around with my leftovers from both. When I said these are versatile I wasn't kidding! ;)


Sizing these didn't go as flawlessly as I'd hoped. My index, middle, and ring fingernails are all the same size just have a different curve so they look different which makes finding good matches tough. Since many of my nailbeds are very flat and square shaped I went with a few in the 'toes' direction (flatter side to the nailbed versus the curvy end) and managed a mostly good fit overall.


Getting the first few on was a little tricky since they are stickers but I found these more forgiving than I anticipated, pulled it back up once and realligned it. See how I folded the top down toward my fingertip? I then gently filed the ends til the excess came off but later read another Influenster made an awesome suggestion to just cut it off with nail scissors or clippers. Why didn't I think of that? lol


The total process only took about 20-25 minutes (which included me pausing and taking pictures) from opening the package and running a little polish remover over my nails for better sticking to both hands finished. Admittedly this print is... too garish and not colors I like. I would definitely gravitate more toward a darker print with a subtle sparkle. But it's been three days and they're still looking good. I've only removed one of the stickers... 'cause my bad habit of picking my thumb cuticles pulled the edge up. It was a good test of how easy they'd be to take off. They will peel off about like a band-aid. Definite tugging though not painful and a little bit of glue was left on the tip but otherwise my nail looks fine.

If I were giving these a true review I'd rate them a 4 Star. I don't love them, nothing quite looks as good to me as real polish though these are definitely worth stocking for those last minute things like an impromptu girl's-night-out or when you just need something to make you feel special without spending $25 and having to drive to a salon.

My 2-year-old is in love with these. She thinks the spots are 'fishies' and cried 'cause she wants 'a pink-uh-purple' on her nails too. I haven't had the time for it but she had an accident (long story) about a month ago where her finger got hurt leaving a gross blood-spot under one of her nails. She frequently notices it and makes everyone kiss her owie better. I thought I might try to cut some of my leftover strips since there are 28 total—twice as many as you need—into a small enough size I could hide her boo-boo and make her happy she has 'fishy' nails too. :)

 


Note: I received this product through Influenster's Voxbox program which provides members with free products in exchange for honest reviews. All opinions shared here are my own and not influenced by the freeness of the product. If you'd like to know more about how Influenster works please visit their website.

3.20.2012

Fashion Rhi-flection: Hunger Games Style


I'm not a rabid fan of The Hunger Games. I've only read the first book and did love it. But I'm not the sort of rabid fan who obsesses over every detail of things and have actually been avoiding much exposure to the film's promotional materials. I've seen a few stills and the trailer but that's about it.

As I'm sure most readers would say, you get your own idea of how a character looks or things about the world and it's not always easy to swallow a film maker's vision of what you think it should be. There was so much drama over Cinna's casting the controvery and discussion of 'white priveledge' that sprouted out of it really turned me off to the film for a while. When I read THG a certain actor I'll not name, was my immediate avatar for Cinna and it had nothing to do with race. It was just that the actor has impressed me with his work in the past few years and I'd have liked to see him give Cinna the eloquence and eccentricity my imagination had avoked. That said, I wasn't bothered by seeing Lenny Kravitz cast as Cinna, in fact the first thing I thought was 'I love his music, but can he act?'.

Cinna was my favorite character until Foxface became more interesting as the Games go on. Part of that was because it was his job to style Katniss. It was an exciting part of the book for me as a closet fashion lover.

Right now, Polyvore is having a Hunger Games contest and since I was in need of a quiet creative break today I messed around with a few sets and decided to share them with you.

I chose the districts I did because each related to my part of the country and I have yet to find an official Panem map to pick a district from. Each was a lot of fun and I changed the format a little as I went but it was all really inspiring and fun. If I had more time to play I'd do one for each district but no such luck today. Hope you enjoy checking these out...


A Tribute to District 7
A Tribute to District 7




A Tribute to District 11
A Tribute to District 11

A Tribute to District 11 by misfitrhi featuring leaf jewelry

A Tribute to Disctrict 4
A Tribute to District 4

3.16.2012

Beauty Rhi-view: Gillette Venus & Olay Razor

Gillette Venus & Olay Razor
Company Site: Gillette Venus
Product Details: • Venus’ five-bladed razors shave you close and adjust to women’s curves for a smooth and comfortable shave, even over tricky shaving areas like knees and ankles.
• Olay Moisture Bars contain skin-enhancing elements found in Olay products: Petrolatum helps lock in skin’s moisture for less dryness and Glycerin helps offer that goddess glow! Just wet the razor to release a light lather – no separate shave cream required.
• As with most Venus razors, new Venus & Olay also features a rounded, pivoting head designed for women’s curves, and a soft-grip ergonomic handle for confident control, even in wet and soapy environment
A refillable Venus & Olay with one replacement cartridge sells for approximately $8.99-$10.99. Packages of three replacement cartridges are available for about $14.99 - $19.49.

 



Get glowing 'Goddess Skin' with Venus & Olay (4 Stars)

Ugh, shaving. My least favorite grooming activity. Ever.


It's a family joke that we come from a hairy people and let me assure you, we do. One of my best friends only needs to shave her legs about once a month. It's possible I might be a werewolf because I could shave them in the morning and have stubble by dinner. It's not faaaair!

Turn that she-wolf into
a Goddess!
Alas, the she-wolf look isn't attractive and in winter when I let my legs go a week at a time my husband gets melodramatic about it. Thank goodness the weather is warming up a little so I'm feeling a little more motivated about shaving. Cute shorts, breezy sun dresses, and strappy tank tops demand well groomed legs and underarms!

I may not enjoy shaving but with the right razor and enough time even I will get the job done so I can don my favorite shorts and tank. While the time this busy mom needs to shave isn't always on hand, the right razor isn't hard to find.

I remember when Gillette first launched it's Venus line in 2001. The pretty turquoise handle and storage compact were genius. I stayed loyal up until the Embrace was introduced and decided to try a different brand for a while. Then I got lazy and didn't feel like switching again.

When Influenster's Love Voxbox arrived with the new Venus & Olay razor it was kind of like running into an old boyfriend while out on a date with your husband. Would Venus know I had been cheating with another razor? I calmed myself down and admitted I was glad to see my old beau since the new guy hadn't been making me very happy of late.

After four shaves with the Venus & Olay I'm quitting my current razor and coming back to Venus. Not to mention why no one thought up this genius pairing sooner.

The new moisture bars with Olay leave my skin softer and less irritated than it has been. They're so creamy and lathery I can shave my underarms without adding shaving cream. The only thing I don't like is that they're already half gone. That's the one thing I wish the moisture bars would do, last longer! 'Cause they're awesome. The 5 blades are a big improvement in how long my leg shave has lasted. I've managed to skip a day and not look like a lumberjack. The shower hook that comes with is perfect for my itty bitty cluttered shower too!

So who am I today? I guess today I'm the Goddess of Werewolf Taming. ;)




Note: I received this product through Influenster's Voxbox program which provides members with free products in exchange for honest reviews. All opinions shared here are my own and not influenced by the freeness of the product. If you'd like to know more about how Influenster works please visit their website.

3.14.2012

Foodie Rhi-flection: Truvía® natural sweetener Product Review


If you saw my unboxing video you know how reluctant I was to give the Truvia from Influenster's love Voxbox a try. But I'm nothing if not willing to take-one-for-the-team and figured I would at worst vomit and feel sick all day as I did with the EBOOST product containing Stevia that I tried last month.

But how best to sample it? I'm actually not one to add sweeteners to anything. I like my coffee black and I don't always sprinkle sugar on my grapefruit.

In the end I took into consideration how most others would like to use the product and went with the coffee route. While I don't usually take sugar in my coffee sometimes I'll add a bit and some milk if I'm having it in the afternoon and craving sweets, so it wasn't a completely biased test.

I know Stevia is much sweeter than sugar so I was scared to add the whole pouch but went ahead and put the whole thing in there. While it was the perfect amount of sweet I could taste that yicky chemically (and to me bitter) tang that I associate with all Stevia based sweeteners. It wasn't nauseating like the aforementioned energy powder but I was desperate for a palate cleanser. I only managed two sips before I had to dump it.

There is good news though. Truvia dissolved really well! Faster than sugar does. Which, in that regard at least, makes it a nice alternative to sugar. With zero-calories this might be a great alternative for those suffering from diabetes who miss sweet and worry about artificial sweeteners' many bad points.

Do note that Truvia (as a Stevia based sweetener) is considered a natural sweetener, not an artificial sweetener. My mother is a bit of a health trend nut and has been using Stevia from the health food store for years and swears by it's safety and health benefits. I do feel though, that you should always research these kind of things and decide for yourself (and with the help of your doctor) if it's right for you.

You can learn more specifically about Truvia on their website. At the time of my pregnancy with the tot (3 years ago) I tried Truvia once and didn't care for it only to later be told by my OB it wasn't considered safe during pregnancy. I believe there has been more research since then and have found information online saying the opposite: Is Stevia safe during pregnancy? I'll let you read up and decide on whether you feel it's right for you.

As a final taste test for Truvia I took a cue from their packaging, pulled out some strawberries, and asked the tween to come and try it with me. I definitely liked it better with the strawberries. It was very sweet and with the acid from the berries not as noticably chemical-ish in flavor or aftertaste. To my surprise my son thought it was as good as sugar.
Overall, I just can't see us switching to Truvia. We're not a family that needs an alternative sweetener for health or weight reasons. I don't like the after-taste at all. Were our needs different, however, I would certainly consider using it in place of the nasty artificial sweeteners out there which are known to cause harm.



Note: I received this product through Influenster's Voxbox program which provides members with free products in exchange for honest reviews. All opinions shared here are my own and not influenced by the freeness of the product. If you'd like to know more about how Influenster works please visit their website.

Influenster Love Voxbox Opening/Unboxing!




A little behing on getting this one up. I blame the fact it took forever for the box to get here. It showed up right before we were heading out for an impromptu date-night so I didn't even get to check it out until much later. I took some quick photos and we were out the door. But I wanted to do an unboxing video since for once I wasn't sick or dealing with sick kids AND I was decently dressed and wearing makeup. It's the little things, no? lol


 
So here's my video of the unboxing. I swear YouTube always gives me the WORST thumbnail options. This was the least horrid one. Ha! Then I broke out in hives 'cause I get nervous on camera. I wanted to do it all in one take though so I guess that didn't help the nerves either. I sound like such a dork don't I? *cringe* It actually sounded better once I watched it but at the time I was thinking 'stop and start over' every ten seconds.

This box is great in different ways than the Holiday Voxbox. This one is more food-centric but that's totally cool 'cause who doesn't love food? The other items were from companies Influenster has worked with before—Gillette Venus and Kiss (aka Broadway Nails). So what was in the box you ask? Well, look on...

Full details including retail value of each product.

A coupon for $1 off 2 bars! You can get one at the Ghiradelli website too!

Stash Herbal Tea Sampler - click for larger view which shows the flavors!
 Honestly, this is what excited me most since I mostly only drink coffee and herbal tea. I loooove Stash's Licorice Spice already which is included in this sampler as well as their Christmas Eve tea. If you love tea ou HAVE to go shop the Stash website. It has the coolest tea gear! Check the #stashtea hastag on Twitter to see which flavors the other Influensters are loving.

Kiss Nail Dress in Bodysuit
Admittedly, I would not pick Bodysuit for myself, it's a bit too busy for my tastes but I've wanted to try these since using the Impress Press-On Manicure. On the Kiss Nail Dress website you can see more designs, I really like Teddy, Babydoll, Lingerie, and Mini. Follow the #kissnaildress hashtag to see what my Influenster sisters are saying about this product!

Truvia Zero-Calorie Sweetener Sample Box (7 packets + 75¢ coupon)
The one item I wasn't happy about. If you read my reaction to the EBOOST product I tried last month you'll know just how much stevia upsets my stomach. The only other time I've had such an adverse reaction to something was an antibiotic allergy. I did give this a try anyway and will share a post about it soon. You can check out the #truvia hashtag for more about this product.
 
Gillette Venus & Olay razor (single)
I was a Venus user for years and switched to another brand a while back 'cause I wanted to try something new. I'm excited to give this new Venus line a thorough testing and weigh in with it very soon. Watch for me to shout-out with the #GoddessSkin hashtag in the next few days!
 
Ghiradelli Gourmet Milk Creamy Devotion bar (3.5 oz)
Last, and not least at all is this milk chocolate bar from Ghiradelli. I was always a milk chocolate girl until I got pregnant with the tot. Gestational diabetes made me have to rethink all of my eating and I was missing chocolate sooo bad so I started buying Ghiradelli's dark chocolate bars since they had stronger flavor in smaller portions. Since then I've been mostly eating the dark bars (love the one with orange so much!) and somehow haven't actually tried this one. #iloveghirardelli so I can't wait!
Overall, with one 'meh' item it's a seriously awesome box! I'm loving all but the Truvia and look forward to sharing it all with you in the days to come.

3.13.2012

Suggestions needed!

Howdy there my dear readers!

I broke down and purchased a new computer for myself finally. It's here now but I'm still shopping for a good webcam for vlogging and video reviewing primarily. Truth is though, I haven't owned a webcam in 10 years! I don't even know what to look for really.

I'm also looking for something a bit nicer than Windows Movie Maker for putting my vids together. Soooo give me some suggestions if you've got them. My budget isn't huge but I consider it an investment so don't consider price just tell me if you like yours and which model/brand/etc. it is. I'd be most appreciative!

Hopefully I'll have some actual reviews later this week. My other blog's been really crazy with another event so I haven't had time to focus over here like I wanted to. Feel free to drop in over there as I have 7 international book giveaways that will be up by Saturday afternoon that end next week.

3.07.2012

My Sample Society Goodies Shipped!





Catering to tried-and-true beauty devotees, this exclusive program delivers 5 fresh deluxe-sized samples - culled from beauty's finest - to your doorstep each month.
For $15 a month, you'll receive:

• 5 deluxe-sized samples from beauty brands like Murad, Stila, and Oscar de la Renta fragrance.

• $15 gift code to redeem on a $50 purchase - when any product from the brands you've sampled is included in your order.

• Expert beauty advice to accompany your samples from the editors of Allure.

• A bonus one-year subscription to Allure magazine ($12 value).
I've been really excited about this one. I love trying new products (obviously) and beauty products are my weakness. But they're a luxury item IMHO so spending lots of $$$ on them isn't always within my means and how do I know which ones are worth the splurge? I decided this might be a fun way to get content for the blog, try new beauty goodies, and treat myself. Win-win-win.

Got the email noticed today that my package shipped and it actually listed my coming samples in the email. Wasn't expecting that. I'll be receiving deluxe samples of:

Ren Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask
Oscar de la Renta Esprit d'Oscar Eau de Parfum
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
Fekkai Advanced Glossing Cream
Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Pen

I'm not a big fan of skincare samples because my skin is so sensitive and reactive so I will definitely read about them before trying. Hair care isn't a big area for me either so I'm really meh on the Glossing Cream. (In fact I think I've tried it before to be honest). I am, however, a fragrance junkie so I can't wait to try the parfum. Overall, I'm most excited to try the Eye Relief Pen, as you can see in every photo of me I have that lovely fair skin that makes dark eye circles and bags just POP!

Hopefully it shows up early next week and I can dish! Would you like a video? Pics? Please tell me in the comments.

3.05.2012

Beauty Rhi-flection: China Glaze Capital Colours Nail Polishes



Over the weekend I dragged my MIL out to the recently opened Sally Beauty Supply here in town. They're the only place in town that carries China Glaze nail polish so I've been anxious to get in there and buy the Hunger Games inspired polishes that have caused so much controversy.

If you haven't seen or heard about them yet it's not worth explaining but the short version is the colors ended up renamed. I believe the main issue was a disagreement on how to market them? Here are the original incarnations:


These inspirations make sense to me for the most part.
 And how they ended up renamed under a District theme:


Also kind of cool but fans would buy them no matter what they're called.
 As a HG fan and polish addict—though you'd never know it by my lack of a manicure in these pics—I have been really hoping I'd at least find some of them. Shockingly they only had eight of them and one of the ones I wanted was already opened and gooped down the side. I figured I'd bug the sales gals about them anyway and I'm so glad I did. They had a HUGE box in the back with all the missing colors and at least six of each available. So if you're looking for them in Montana, hit up the Great Falls Marketplace Sally Beauty Supply. The gals there were super helpful and friendly. They were also on sale for only $5.99 (not sure when that ends). They had the Magnetix ones too but they only had one bottle left in a shade I didn't want.

Anyways, I had a hard time picking since I wanted them all but couldn't afford to be so frivilous. My first picks were Smoke and Ashes and Luxe and Lush. I knew they'd sell out fast and the place was packed. From there it was a tough call. I decided to get Stone Cold (which turned out to be a matte finish) and Hook and Line since I love silvers and grays. I really wanted Agro but I have so many green polishes I thought I ought to hold back. Harvest Moon was also really gorgeous but I can't wear orange well with my coloring so I skipped it and Riveting. The photos online for Electrifying aren't very helpful as it's a thin red and gold glitter. The gals at Sally swatched it right there for me and I def didn't want it. I'm not a big pink fan but I really liked the dusty rose creme of Dress Me Up so I decided to try it. Fast Track reminded me of vomit and Foie Gras was just blah. Lastly, I chose Mahogant Magic. I've been looking for a great dark chocolate brown creme and while it's not exactly what I'm looking for I thought I'd love to try it.

Dress Me Up
(District 8 - Textiles)
a dusty rose creme


 
 Hook and Line
(District 4 - Fishing)
a silvery-gray shimmer

Luxe and Lush
(District 1 - Luxury)
a clear topcoat with iridescent flakes


Mahogany Magic
(District 7 - Lumber)
a milk chocolate creme


Smoke and Ashes
(District 12 - Mining)
a blend of dark green and blue shimmer in a dark base


Stone Cold
(District 2 - Masonry)
a gravelly gray with a matte finish


I haven't actually had the free time to use them since I picked them up so hopefully I get to show them off later this week. You can see gorgeous swatching of the entire collection over at Scrangie's blog, All Lacquered Up, and Vampy Varnish. Still wishing I'd bought Agro. Bah! Wish me luck getting time without pets and kids pestering me and the steady hands to give myself a decent mani sometime tonight!

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