Who doesn't love a good aqua blue nail polish in the summertime?  Today's nail of the day is China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle, a bright aqua cream from the new Sunsational collection.  It makes my fingers look like they've been dipped in sparkling turquoise waters of an exotic island!

natural light, 3 coats

The formulation of this was good.  Unlike some of the other polishes from this collection, this one didn't streak much at all.  It was smooth, and just a little sheer (I ended up doing three coats).


I've had a lot of people ask how this compares to China Glaze For Audrey, a similar looking blue.  For Audrey is less green and less bright (more dusty).  The two may seem similar in the bottle but are noticeably different when painted.

The China Glaze Sunsational collection is available at Ulta!

What is your favorite bright blue nail polish?
xx, Allison
Who doesn't love a good aqua blue nail polish in the summertime?  Today's nail of the day is China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle, a bright aqua cream from the new Sunsational collection.  It makes my fingers look like they've been dipped in sparkling turquoise waters of an exotic island!

natural light, 3 coats

The formulation of this was good.  Unlike some of the other polishes from this collection, this one didn't streak much at all.  It was smooth, and just a little sheer (I ended up doing three coats).


I've had a lot of people ask how this compares to China Glaze For Audrey, a similar looking blue.  For Audrey is less green and less bright (more dusty).  The two may seem similar in the bottle but are noticeably different when painted.

The China Glaze Sunsational collection is available at Ulta!

What is your favorite bright blue nail polish?
xx, Allison
I've always heard wonderful things about Jouer cosmetics but haven't explored their collection until recently.  Today's featured product is their Creme Eyeshadow in Feather: a light, frosty champagne pink.


The box claims that this eyeshadow contains Vitamin E and Cucumber Extract to soothe and calm the eyelids... something I've never seen before.  I don't notice a soothing or calming effect upon applying this, but perhaps with continued use I will notice some sort of improvement on my eyelid skin.


Feather is a fairly generic shade.  It reminds me a lot of my beloved Revlon Smoky Shadow Stick in Torch (the champagne side), and is a great everyday color for my complexion.  The formulation of Feather is really smooth, not too thick and not too thin.  It blends on the skin really nicely, I don't find myself tugging at my eyelids at all when applying this.  I can apply a sheer wash of this, or pack it on a bit for an opaque finish.


Now comes the biggest question for cream shadows: does it crease?  I found that when worn entirely by itself, this started to crease a little after a few hours.  When I set it with a powder eyeshadow (I used Urban Decay Sin), it didn't crease, but faded significantly after 8 hours.  This is a product that needs a good primer underneath.


Jouer Creme Eyeshadows retail for $20 (2.5g/0.09 oz) and can be purchased in select Nordstrom stores, as well as Nordstrom online.


Overall, I like this product and the color is great for everyday.  If you are looking for something to wear over a primer, this is a nice product.  If you are looking for a one-stop cream eyeshadow/base/primer, I would skip it!

Do you have a favorite cream eyeshadow?
xx, Allison
I've always heard wonderful things about Jouer cosmetics but haven't explored their collection until recently.  Today's featured product is their Creme Eyeshadow in Feather: a light, frosty champagne pink.


The box claims that this eyeshadow contains Vitamin E and Cucumber Extract to soothe and calm the eyelids... something I've never seen before.  I don't notice a soothing or calming effect upon applying this, but perhaps with continued use I will notice some sort of improvement on my eyelid skin.


Feather is a fairly generic shade.  It reminds me a lot of my beloved Revlon Smoky Shadow Stick in Torch (the champagne side), and is a great everyday color for my complexion.  The formulation of Feather is really smooth, not too thick and not too thin.  It blends on the skin really nicely, I don't find myself tugging at my eyelids at all when applying this.  I can apply a sheer wash of this, or pack it on a bit for an opaque finish.


Now comes the biggest question for cream shadows: does it crease?  I found that when worn entirely by itself, this started to crease a little after a few hours.  When I set it with a powder eyeshadow (I used Urban Decay Sin), it didn't crease, but faded significantly after 8 hours.  This is a product that needs a good primer underneath.


Jouer Creme Eyeshadows retail for $20 (2.5g/0.09 oz) and can be purchased in select Nordstrom stores, as well as Nordstrom online.


Overall, I like this product and the color is great for everyday.  If you are looking for something to wear over a primer, this is a nice product.  If you are looking for a one-stop cream eyeshadow/base/primer, I would skip it!

Do you have a favorite cream eyeshadow?
xx, Allison
If you've seen any of my "Products I've Used Up" videos recently, you know I've been running out of shampoo and conditioner like crazy these days.  I finally finished up everything I had, and have been trying out some new products, including The Body Shop's Rainforest Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner.


These are the first hair products I've ever tried from The Body Shop, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect out of them.  I went with the Rainforest Moisture line because it appeared to be the most hydrating, which is what I look for most in my hair products.  This line is formulated with pracaxi oil, manketti nut oil, and Community Trade honey-- which sounds like it should be quite moisturizing!  

These products are also part of The Body Shop's Eco Conscious Rainforest hair care line, which means it is "respectful to the aquatic environment, is readily biodegradable, and the packaging uses recycled materials wherever practical."


I've been using these for about a week now, and unfortunately, I'm not impressed.  The conditioner is way too light to be part of a "moisture" line... it feels like it is adding almost no hydration to my hair, and I end up having to compensate with extra leave-in conditioner afterward.  The shampoo is okay, but also doesn't feel exceptionally moisturizing.  If I pair the shampoo with a hydrating conditioner, my hair feels fine (which is what I will end up doing!).


I like that these products are eco-friendly, but if you are looking for a moisturizing shampoo or conditioner, I recommend you look elsewhere!  If you like more lightweight hair products, these may work great for you.

The Rainforest Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner is available in two different bottle sizes (8.4 oz/$10) /(13.5 oz/$14.00) and can be purchased in The Body Shop stores and on their website.

What shampoo and conditioner are you using right now?
xx, Allison