So you were never a saint and I’ve loved in shades of wrong...

It's Sunday and that means it's time for some updates! As you can see from the above picture, the biggest update is that I'm medically cleared to return to yoga! Which would be awesome except that with an eight week old princess at home it's not so easy to squeeze yoga time in. But that being said, I promised myself that as soon as I was cleared to I would start my daily workouts again so even if I have to do the 30 minutes in 10 minute spurts I'm going to push through and get them done.

Today the princess was extra fussy so I let her do her tummy time while I finished up.  It actually worked out pretty well because following my yoga routine she fell asleep and we're going on two hours of naptime here. So that's a win!

I also found time to try out a new mask today.  I left a little hint about it on my Instagram page.  It's a clay mask which is not my favorite but I actually quite liked it. It went on smoothly, didn't burn or sting, removed easily and left my skin feeling clean and smooth.  I'm not sure how much it did for my pores though...

This is the mask I used. It was a sample in a Target beauty box awhile back I believe. The website describes it as so:
Vichy's first mineral face mask combining two ultra-fine white clays with Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water to help eliminate excess sebum and impurities for purified pores and softer skin.

So I guess it lived up to it's description. It did leave my face less oily but not dry, my skin is softer, and my pores look clean.  It has a bit of a scent though so if you're not into perfumed masks you'll want to skip this one. Also because I'm obsessive and hate to waste things, I decanted my packet into a jar.  The sample size has two packets which is meant to be enough for two masks...

The full size jar retails for $20.

But this is what was left of one packet after I did my full face. So I feel like you could do one full face and one T-zone with a packet or if you combine the packets you could get three full face masks out of it.  Win! Next week you'll start to see the fall Zoya's hit my Instagram and hopefully by the week after they'll be up here.  My twelve weeks with my little girl are almost up so things will get super hectic once I'm back at work!

What have you been up to this week?

Then I'd just fade into you...

I finally got some more time to do my nails this week!  I'm still out of Zoya White, although I had two bottles that were down to their last dregs that I thinned and combined the other day so that I could avoid using subpar whites. Not only is having to use a million coats time consuming (and a waste of product) but it also builds up on your nail causing the polish to lift and come off in sheets. My panda manicure was off in a few days since I'm washing my hands a ton and I had to use so much of the LOOK white polish to make a sort of even coat.

Looks way better after, huh? At any rate I have two new bottles on their way to me so I won't run out again.  The other color I used for this look is China Glaze For Audrey.  I haven't used that one in ages and it's always been one of my favorites. After I created the gradient I used my MoYou Minimal 05 plate and a dotting tool to create the design on top. The color is Barry M Gold Foil.  Next week I will hopefully have the new Zoya collection for fall to show you! So I'm pretty excited about that.  :)

Empties for July 2017

I'm a little behind on getting this up but here are my empties for the month of July.  I really didn't do so well last month but since I'm still on leave from work I really don't put on makeup much and honestly, I don't have a lot of time to put on beauty products of any kind.  That being said I think I did decently under the circumstances!  I really loved the PhotoHydra moisturizer.  I don't think it made my face look extra special like it claims it will but it was light and moisturizing and it didn't have a heavy scent.  I'm also super sad to be out of my Too Faced Born This Way foundation.  But it's too dark for the cooler months anyway (and this is the LIGHTEST color!) so it's not the worst thing in the world. Plus Influenster just sent me a YSL foundation to try out which I am LOVING so it's kind of a win/win. Other than that none of these products really wowed me.  I had high expectations for the Kate Somerville stuff since I love her but I really don't have any serious wrinkles and I didn't see any difference in them even using the eye cream and wrinkle serum religiously. Hopefully I'll do better for August!!

Have you used any of these items? What's your favorite?

Mascara Madness

This week the princess has given me a BIT more downtime which has allowed me to face the absolute magnitude of makeup I have at this point. It's gotten pretty riduculous frankly and unfortunately right now I usually don't bother with makeup (like I have time anyway) so I'm not even really going through what I have.  I decided to go through them today and purge what I no longer need/didn't like/have never even opened. While I'm going I thought it would be a nice time to share with you what my favorite mascara's are and which ones I found...well not so great.  This is not ALL the mascaras I've tried or even that I have but it's a healthy collection and covers a lot of price ranges so I think it's a good start.  On we go!!

We'll go left to right on these. I want to add a little disclaimer as well...I find that samples are sometimes better than the full size versions. I loved my sample of Too Faced Better Than Sex and when I bought the'll see. But in the interest of full disclosure, other than the Buxom lash mascara, I have not tried full size versions of the mini's you see here. Onward!

1.Lancome Hypnose Drama

Retail price: $27.50

I didn't love this one. The brush is shaped a little odd and even though I think it's supposed to help "grab" and extend lashes I found that it just made it difficult to cover all mine. It has a thicker formula which I do like and it wasn't clumpy but I just didn't see a lot of difference in my lashes and it's more expensive than my go to brand.

2. Smashbox XRated 

Retail price: $23

This one has a brush that I LOVE.  It's fat, fluffy, and not curved.  This mascara promises lots of volume and it delivers. I do think the brush has a lot to do with that though, and I found the formula slightly thin on this one. Overall it delivers on it's promise of volume, it doesn't flake, and it's super black so for the price point it's a good buy. I still prefer another brand but I could see using this one again.

3. It Cosmetics Superhero

Retail cost: $24

I got this one in my Sephora Play Box last month. Like the Smashbox one it also has a fluffy brush but it's slightly less fluffy and it's tapered at the end.  I actually really like this one. It made my lashes fuller and longer and the slight taper makes it easy to get all your tiny lashes covered. It's not waterproof which is lame but that may not be a deal breaker for everyone.  I also liked that it didn't make my lashes really hard.

4. Benefit They're Real!

Retail cost: $24

Not a fan of this one. Frankly, I don't love any of Benefit's mascaras which is sad because I love the brand in general. At any rate this one has a plastic brush with sparse bristles. The formula is thin.  It doesn't clump which is great and it's super pigmented which is also great but it just doesn't cover well for me. The bristles separate lashes but they don't make them look any fuller or longer. It's just not for me.

5. Neutrogena Healthy Volume

Retail cost: $7.50

Didn't love this one.  The brush is decent, it's a pretty standard fluffy brush.  It's actually quite similar to the Smashbox mascara brush but it's much thinner.  The formula on this one was what killed it for me.  It's clumpy and you need a few layers to get it really black.  It's a decent price but since you need to layer it up and then comb it out it's not the best value.  It's meant to nourish lashes and while I can't attest to any nourishment it also didn't make my lashes super crunchy, but it doesn't leave them as soft as other mascaras either.

6. Urban Decay Perversion

Retail cost: $24

So this one is one of my absolute favorite mascaras.  It has the fluffy brush that I love and it's slightly tapered so you can really get all your lashes. It's also as black as your soul. Literally it's SUPER SUPER dark and you don't need a lot of coats to get it that way.  It doesn't flake, it lasts all day, and it makes my lashes look fabulous.  It really lengthens and thickens without creating the dreaded "spider lash" effect.  It also leaves my lashes super soft and it's formula isn't super thin or thick. It's just right. This one is one of my top picks for mascara and because it works so well and you don't have to use a ton it's totally worth the price point.

 7. Buxom Lash

Retail cost: $20

This is my old favorite mascara.  It has a plastic brush which I typically don't love but the bristles are super short and compact so it really packs a punch.  It leaves lashes soft, defined, and longer but it's not AS volumizing as other brands.  Still it was my go to for YEARS and it's still one of my favorite brands. I find that it tends to work better the older it gets as the formula is a TOUCH thin in the beginning.

 8. MILK Makeup Ubame Mascara

Retail cost: $24

So...this one is weird. The package isn't a hard tube but rather is like a lip gloss tube.  The brush is...well it's odd. It's like a fluffy little black snowman.  Apparently the brush is supposed to make your lashes super fat but I had a hard time making it work for me.  It is really black and not super thin or thick so that's good I suppose but it's just not my favorite.  It is a nice formula and a lot of the ingredients are natural so there's that.

9. Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes (pictured is Lights, Camera, Flashes)

Retail cost: $23

So here is is guys, my holy grail mascara.  This is hands down my top of the bunch.  There are quite a few different versions of this.  My picture is actually Lights, Camera, Flashes which is the same formula but this one has a fancy two sided plastic brush. The original version has my favorite fluffy brush but its thinner and the bristles more defined than most of the ones with this type brush.  It also has a tapered end to grab your tiniest lashes.  I also love the waterproof version; Lights, Camera, Splashes.  At any rate whichever version you choose this one is a winner.  It's got a nice smooth formula that coats ALL your lashes and doesn't clump or flake.  It lengthens and plumps but it doesn't make you look unnatural.  It's my FAVORITE favorite one and I hope they never stop making it!

10.  Too Faced Better than Sex 

 Retail cost: $23

I forgot to include this one in my picture but I wanted to review it anyway since it's a highly popular mascara.  I really LOVED the samples of this I got from various boxes.  The brush is fat and soft and it has an interesting shape to it that allows you to plump up your lashes in double time.  It isn't GREAT for getting all your lashes covered easily but it really does ramp up the volume and length.  Unfortunately...when I purchased the full size version of this I found it to be clumpy and thick.  I'm not sure if maybe I got a bad batch or if it was because I purchased the waterproof one and the samples were the non-waterproof version but I ended up disappointed with it after purchasing. I'd be willing to give it another go though since the volume is unbeatable. 

What's your favorite mascara?  Have you tried any of these?

Pandas, pokemon, and princesses

Today's three hour nail art is brought to you courtesy of the Boppy pillow. If you're not familiar with what that is it's basically a big pillow you can use to position your baby for nursing. And yes, I said THREE hours.  Mom life is rough when you want to polish your nails. ;)  So basically this simple manicure breaks down to polishing my nails white...and I ran out of my Zoya white so I had to use one by a company called LOOK.  I got the polish for free so I really shouldn't complain but frankly, it's junk. Three coats later and I still had to use my Seche Vite to smooth the white into a solid, opaque finish.  Seche is a lifesaver for a new mom, by the way.  Or anyone on a time crunch.  I did these one hand at a time because I knew I was unlikely to get a solid half hour without baby tears.  So it's polish, top coat, Boppy (nurse while you dry!) and then it's on to step two: the stamping. This was actually quite a bit easier than I imagined it would be, in part because I finally invested in a MoYou clear stamper and now that I can see what I'm doing stamping no longer takes me ten years and eight coats of polish.  So after the stamping comes more Seche and then voila! Pandas.  Hopefully when the princess is over her growth spurt and allows me more than a half hour at a time for doing, well anything really, I'll be able to get back to more intricate art.  So what else is going on in the world of Bee Polished?

If you're a Pokémon Go player than you probably know that Articuno and Lugia were recently put out into the world via raid battles.  I am both happy and also not happy about this. Happy because I want them and let's face it, if they ended up as rare spawns who knows when I'd get one.  Not happy because raid battles are so tricky.  You have to get enough people and drive out to them and then defeat the raid boss and then after ALL that you're still not even guaranteed the catch. Ridiculous. Oh and since I haven't been able to play in months due to my pregnancy (tons of complications had me on bed rest and pretty much unable to walk) I'm levels below all the other trainers. So yes, I'm the one with the Blissey in there. Yes, I know he's crap for offence but his defense is stellar and I have no problem riding out the battle while all the other guys take down the boss. Also not happy because it took me four raids to get ONE Articuno and three more raids to get my Lugia and I'm like 100% sure this is Niantic's not so subtle way of forcing us all to buy raid passes. I can't complain too much since I did get them but have you ever showed up to a liquor store parking lot at 7AM to meet a bunch of teenagers with a six week old in tow? Yeah. It looks like REAL great parenting to Poke-muggles. At any rate...the princess also got to take her first trip across state lines AND she went to the fair for the first time this month. So overall it wasn't too bad.  I will have up my empties tomorrow (hopefully!). I didn't do so great for July since I'm lucky to have time to shower anymore but I have plans to do better in August!

What have you all been up to this month?

Colors are:
LOOK polish White
China Glaze Liquid Leather

Plate is:
Animal 09 by MoYou London

ImPress Nails

So if you follow my personal Instagram page then you're probably aware that my daughter came about a month early, on the 14th of June.  Due to some health issues I had and some complications she was in the hospital for awhile, as was I and as a result I got PRETTY far behind on things. This blog hasn't been super active for awhile but my Instagram is usually updated daily and even that fell through the cracks. I'm working now to get my new videos up on You Tube and hopefully get back into the swing of things. Motherhood has been a big change for me, especially since my little was premature and weighed less than 4lb at birth. She's doing wonderfully now but it's been an uphill battle.  I've been sort of taking this blog slowly in new directions for awhile now so don't be surprised if I revamp a little bit and start blogging more personally as well as about beauty, nails and other things. Living a polished life is about more than pretty nails (although those are important too! ;P) so while I'm home and enjoying my new baby there may be some new and different things popping up here. I'll post a more indepth update on what I've been up to a little later.

So anyway let me talk to you about the nails you see! I recently got a Walmart beauty box for the summer and these nails were included. They're Impress nails. Basically they're press on's that come in fun patterns. I'm really not a fan of press on nails because I find it difficult to match my nail sizes and even though there are 30 nails in this pack they were still a bit wide for my nail beds. Issue #2 I had with these is that they didn't press down all the way. They lifted a bit at the base so my hair and various things kept getting caught underneath the bases which was super irritating. That being said if you can find sizes to fit your nails these might be really great for a quick manicure. They stayed on really well and I had to REALLY work to get them off after three days. I'm always worried about nails popping off but I was able to use my nails like normal with no issues. I used them for a quick Fourth of July mani since my pack happened to be red, white, and blue. Bonus: they're so easy to apply you can do it with a screaming infant on your lap!

Zoya Wanderlust Summer 2017

Today I have the Zoya Wanderlust collection for you!! I have to apologize for how long this one has taken  me to get up! If you don't follow me on Instagram or YouTube then you might not know but I'm currently about 36 weeks pregnant and baby girl is apparently coming next week so things have been very hectic for me!  In any case this collection is SO gorgeous and wonderful for Summer. It has four shimmers and then eight fabulous creams. I really love the coral tones in this one but there are some pretty blues and greens too. The creams are all swatched with two coats and no top coat. They have the standard Zoya formula, all of them went on easily and dried to a shiny finish.  The shimmers are a bit thinner. Still swatched with two coats and no top coat and while they still went on beautifully and dried shiny they are still a TOUCH sheer so you probably want to do three coats for an opaque finish. They are NOT sheer enough to layer. So let's get on to the swatches!!

Arbor by Zoya can be best described as a rich olive green cream.

Byrdie by Zoya can be best described as a muted fuchsia pink cream.

Cora by Zoya can be best described as a muted coral cream.

Esty by Zoya can be best described as a rich bubble gum pink cream.

Journey by Zoya can be best described as a shimmering strawberry red.

Mandy by Zoya can be best described as a shimmering berry pink.

River by Zoya can be best described as a shimmering cobalt blue.

Sawyer by Zoya can be best described as a soft taffy orange cream.

Scout by Zoya can be best described as a shimmering moss green.

Lois by Zoya can be best described as a rich magenta violet cream.

Sonja by Zoya can be best described as a a summery crimson red cream.

Winnie by Zoya can be best described as a soft watermelon pink cream.

Zoya Charming Spring 2017

Hey guys! Today I have the Zoya Charming collection for you! This collection is so perfect for Spring. It's got three gorgeous crème shades as well as three shimmery micro-sparkle shades in soft Spring colors.  I really love the formula on them as well. These are all swatched with two coats and no top coat. They all dried to a gorgeous, shiny finish and none of them were streaky or transparent which is always a plus in my book. My camera decided to die while swatching (bummer) so you may notice that Abby has a bit of a different look but hopefully you can still see her beauty! So here we go!!

Abby by Zoya can be best described as a light lavender cream. One of my favorites of this collection. She's so soft and flattering.

Amira by Zoya can be best described as a soft dewy blue micro-sparkle. I love the sparkle in this one!

Jordan by Zoya can be best described as a soft blossom pink cream. I like that this is a pastel kind of shade but it's not baby pink.

Lacey by Zoya can be best described as a light dewy green micro-sparkle. Another wonderfully shimmery one!

Tina by Zoya can be best described as a medium amethyst cream. I think this was my favorite! Such a rich color.
Millie by Zoya can be best described as a dewy violet micro-sparkle. This one has a wonderful pink to purple shift on it! So pretty in the sun!

Which one is your favorite? Don't forget to check my Instagram for more swatches and the new shade of Zoya lippy just for Spring!

These shades were provided to me for my honest review. I have not been compensated for my opinion and all opinions expressed are my own.

Empties for January 2017

Well the end of the month has come again and this month I did SO much better with my empties than I did last month. In fairness, I'm now in the second trimester of my pregnancy and I'm feeling slightly more human again so it's a lot easier to use products! Above you can see all the stuff I emptied out this month. So how was it? Well...let's see...

E.L.F Face powder: I did not replace this but only because when I went to Target to get it they were out of my color. Thumbs down. I got a new CoverGirl one instead. I'm not super picky about my loose powder but I did like that this one had no color so it was great as a setting powder.

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refining Primer: I did replace this one with a full sized one. Directly after which I received like eight hundred more primer samples. That's life, huh? Anyway I like how silky this makes my skin look and feel. It's got some color to it so it's not really obvious and doesn't wash me out. It works a lot like Benefit Porefessional BUT I find Benefits doesn't work well under makeup and this one does.

Lycopene Crema Rinnovante: Major thumbs down on this one. I had high hopes because it's pricey but it was super thick, had a weird smell and caked up on my face like suncream. The little red jar is cute and will probably get some use as a container for packet samples but the actual cream gets two thumbs down from me.

Egg Mellow Cream All-In-One Collagen Infused Firming Moisturizer: I haven't replaced this one because I have too many other moisturizers at the moment to justify it but it's definitely a winner in my book. It smells crazy amazing, feels like silk on my skin and definitely made a difference in the way it looked and the way my makeup stayed on. This one is a major win.

Loreal Revitalift Volume Filler Eye Cream: Thumbs down on this whole line. I got it for free to try from Influenster and besides being super perfumey it made zero difference in my skin even after six weeks.

Keihls Orange Flower and Lychee Body Cleanser: Meh. This one smelled nice but otherwise was just like any other body wash I've used. Not worth the price tag in my book.

Keihls Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser: If you like cream cleansers this one might be for you. It smells fresh but not overpowering and it cleans without leaving skin dry or tight.  I don't particularly like cream cleansers though. It felt a little thick to me.

Sunday Riley Good Genes All in one Lactic Acid Treatment: So this one says you can use it daily as a serum OR as a once in awhile peel/mask.  I tried it as a serum and whoa! It burns like a mother. I did it as a treatment after that but it still just burned and made my face red. No changes at all in texture, appearance or anything else. Won't be replacing this one.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth: another serum. I liked the way this one felt and it didn't break me out but I didn't see any miraculous changes in my skin either. It's meh.

Ole Henricksen Invigorating Night Treatment: Can't ever say enough about how much I LOVE these Ole Henricksen products and how amazing they make my skin look. Instantly replaced.

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Sheild: This one is a primer and it works really well. It's a clear gel and it instantly mattes and blues pores. I also loved that it had SPF30. 

Borghese Surperiore Mascara: I don't know if I got a bad batch of this one or if it just sucks. It barely made my lashes black. I didnt' actually finish this but it's useless so it's getting trashed

Buxom Lash: This used to be my favorite mascara. I still love it but I think I have a new love! So no replacing this time.

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer: I didn't hate this and it does cover pores but it also got weird and cakey on my face. It also tended to ball up when I put my foundation on.

Bamboo BoHo Waves Texture Mist: smells good and holds hair but wasn't any good on frizz so it's not getting replaced.

Replica Beach Walk perfume: I actually did buy a roller of this. It smells really fresh and earthy but still feminine.

Caudalie Resveratrol Eye Lifting Balm:  I used this one for most of this month. I did feel my eyes looked a little more awake but otherwise no real amazing changes.

Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream: this one I had used most of in December and only finished it off this past month. I liked the way it smelled and felt but didn't see any major results.

Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream: Finished off what little was left of this one at the end of the month. I used to use it all the time but I found one I liked better. Does help a little with bags and fatigue but does little for wrinkles or fine lines.

The Seaweed Co Restoring Marine Serum: Smells yummy and fresh. Felt great on my skin too but this one broke me out at first. I have another sample so I'll check back in when I've used it four weeks!

Well that's the January breakdown! Have you used any of these items? Did you love them or hate them?

DIY lotion bars...


Today I want to share with you some easy DIY lotion bars that are great for taking on the go and keeping hands, nails and cuticles soft and supple this winter.  I love these because I can customize them with whatever oils and additives I want to and since they're not liquid they travel super well and no worries about leaking! Plus they're all natural which means no gross chemicals on my hands. Super important for me right now especially since I'm pregnant! These are dead easy to make and just a little bit goes a LONG way.  So what do you need to make your own? Besides about thirty minutes of your time you'll need the following:

Equal amounts of a butter (I'm using Shea Butter in mine but you can use cocoa, mango or whatever you like), beeswax ( I prefer the pellets but again you can choose the bars or flakes if you like), and an oil of your choice (I LOVE using avocado oil for these but I chose olive this time).  If you like you can add scents or other fun additives. I chose to add some essential oils* and some coffee grounds and cinnamon to mine but that's totally optional.  You'll also need a double boiler OR a small pan and a GLASS measuring cup as well as some silicon molds.  You can pick up molds super cheap at IKEA or your local dollar store sometimes. I use silicon ice cube trays ;) 

From there it's super easy.   Measure out your ingredients. For this batch I used 1oz each beeswax pellets, shea butter, and olive oil.  Melt them in your double burner over a low heat OR you can put them in a glass measuring cup in a pot of water. Keep the heat low so that you don't overheat it or burn anything. Once it's all melted you can remove from the heat and add essential oils or fragrance.  Add your additional additives like cinnamon, dried flowers, coffee grounds, or whatever you like to the molds BEFORE you add the melted mix. Stir in the oils or fragrance, pour into molds and refrigerate for about an hour. Then pop them out and you're done! Easy peasy.  I store my extras in the fridge and pop one in my purse for on the go! Just be sure to pop it in a little metal container or wrap in plastic so it doesn't get all over your other items!

*When using essential oils PLEASE be mindful of the amount you use and the safety concerns that accompany each oil.  Lavender, Helichrysum, and Copaiba would be wonderful picks for nails. I used Coffee, Cocoa and Vanilla essential oils in mine and added 10 drops of each oil to the oil mix to keep the dilution safe for regular use. :)

Zoya Naturel (3) collection

Today I have a brand new collection from Zoya to show you!! This is the Naturel (3) collection. Like the previous Naturel collections it contains a series of neutral shades that, let's face it, look great on everyone! I'm a sucker for neutral shades anyway and I love that these have more pink tones but since there are a variety of shades it's super easy to find the one that will work best for you. Most of these I did two coats on but with the darkest two, Mary and Debbie, I found one coat was plenty for full coverage.  There are three lippies in the collection as well, Cameron, Paisley, and Maxwell. I've swatched these previously on my Instagram but I'll include some pics of them at the bottom for you! :)  On to the swatches!!

Tatum by Zoya can be best described as a medium light nude cream.

Cathy by Zoya can be best described as a light pinky nude cream.

Jill by Zoya can be best described as a lighter mauve cream nude. Jill was one of my favorites of the collection. She's just pink enough and just NOT pink enough to be the perfect shade.

Mary by Zoya can be best described as a medium raisin cream. I found Mary to be opaque in one coat but Zoya recommends two for full coverage. This one is really nice because it's dark and warm but not too purple.

Gina by Zoya can be best described as a medium brown neutral cream. I found Gina to be opaque in one coat but Zoya recommends two. She looked like a soft milk chocolate on my skin.

Debbie by Zoya can be best described as a plum brown cream. I found Debbie to also be opaque in one coat, but again Zoya recommends two for this entire collection. This one was another chocolatey one but she's also got some purple tones in there.

Here are some swatches of the new full line of lippies by Zoya including Cameron, Paisley and Maxwell:

What's your favorite from the Naturel (3) collection?

*These polishes were provided to me for my honest review. I have not been paid for my opinion.*

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