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Mystic Muse Nail Lacquer: The Autumn Reflections Collection


I just got done swatching this gorgeous Autumn collection by a new Indie brand called Mystic Muse Nail Lacquer. I found them on facebook, and I was thrilled when they chose me to swatch this new collection! It’s called the Autumn Reflections Collection, and it is reminiscent of beautiful fall leaves, Thanksgiving, and yummy food I’d associate with fall. This collection is really gorgeous!!


There is a little bit of everything in this collection. A cream, a metallic, glitter, duo chrome, something for everyone, and I love the variation this collection provides.



First is Fall Foilage, a gorgeous bronzed metallic. I used 2 coats with Mystic Muse top coat. The formula was great and this dried to a metallic finish. This reminds me of fall leaves in the afternoon while the sun is shining.

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Next is one of my favorites from the Collection, Night. Night is a soft black with a subtle shimmer to it. It reminds me of the fall night sky. I used 2 coats with Mystic Muse top coat.

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Next is Chestnut, a gorgeous rich, warm chestnut brown. This was a surprise favorite for me. Brown polish is very trendy for the fall season and this is literally perfect. Again I used 2 coats with top coat.



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Cranberry is a beautiful cranberry crelly. This is gorgeous!! I wore this to work and someone asked if I had gel nails. This obviously is a tribute to cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. One of my favorites. This is 2 coats with a topcoat.

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Bonfire is a duochrome!! The shift is a fuschia/purple color, to a mauve, light brown color. So pretty!!!! It was hard to capture on camera, but this is a gorgeous color. I used 2 coats with top coat. The last photo is overhead light only.

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I saved the namesake of this collection for last. Autumn Reflections is very unique. It is a sheer rust colored crelly with holographic glitters dispersed within. It is on the sheer side, but I got good coverage with 2-3 coats.

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So there you have it! The formulas on all 6 of these are great, no application issues whatsoever. I wore 2 of the colors for at least a day and they wore very well, no chipping. I’ve been wearing cranberry going on 2 days now and it still looks fabulous. All Mystic Muse nail lacquer is 5 free as well.


Pre-Order this collection now!! Also check out the other polishes that Mystic Muse Nail Lacquer has to offer, they have an older collection that is beautiful as well.

Follow Mystic Muse Nail Lacquer on Facebook for future collections!

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Review: Incredible by Victoria Secret Sport Bra

I was thrilled to be chosen by to review a sport bra and pant set by Victoria Secret last month. I have been a member of Influenster for awhile now, and this may be my favorite vox box to date. I am already a huge fan of VS, and I work out 3-5 times per week and my current sport bras are getting old and worn out. I so so excited to show you guys this sport bra!

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The bra I received is called the Incredible and I also received some workout pants called the Knockout tight. Influenster also sent some coupons for 25% off any item from the VS sport collection.  As soon I visually inspected and held the bra in my hands, I knew it was going to be good. It is made well, and has a little bit of padding. I tend to go “flat” with normal sport bras, so I love the fact this bra gives me a little bit of shape. Also it really holds me in place. I do 30 minutes of cardio, either on the elliptical or spinner and then 30-45 of weight lifting, and I do this 3-5 times per week. I have had several opportunities to try the bra, and I am really liking it.


I liked it so much, in fact, I dragged my poor husband with me to Victoria Secret to use the coupon I got to get ANOTHER bra. The 2nd one I got is also called the Incredible, but it zips in the front. I got a hot pink one this time!



  • Made very well
  • Very cute/multiple designs available
  • Functional/useful/supportive
  • Gives me shape and lift


  • A bit hot, especially at first, but now I’m getting used to it
  • A bit expensive, these retail for $54.50

All in all, I would purchase more of these because I think they work really well, and I do like to spend a bit more on a product I know will last.

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**This product was provided free to review through, but my review is based solely on my opinion and personal experience with the product. If you’re interested in joining influenster, comment and I will send you an invite.


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ANOTHER One Direction Giveaway!!!

….And this one is just as amazing as the first one!


A range of makeup and cosmetic products celebrating youth, style, and the uninhibited lifestyle of a new generation. Celebrating life with bold shades, unique formulae and infused with limited edition collectable packaging, Makeup from One Direction is fun, bold, often irreverent, with a touch of cheeky mischievousness. Offered at prices that every girl and woman can afford.

Now Available at the following stores:

Macy’s (
Dillard’s (

Also Check out One Direction Makeup on Facebook! They post some great pics of the collection and user submitted photos!

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The Prize

The prize Winner will receive:

1) 2 Field Level Tickets to One Direction Final Concert Tour Date in Miami on Sunday 10/5/14.

2) 2 R/T economy tickets (within continental United States ONLY) to Miami.

3) Room Accommodations (1 Room) at the Turnberry-Isle Miami Hotel (

4) Ground transportation (to/from Airport and to/from Concert)

5) $300 AMEX Card for incidental expenses

6) 2 Autographed Make-up by ONE DIRECTION limited-edition collections of beauty essentials, housed in a collectible keepsake tin. Inside is everything you need to rock all your beauty looks on or off the stage. The 2 makeup tins will be randomly selected from the 3 available collections (Midnight Memories, Take Me Home, or Up all Night).

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Press Release: GlitterDaze End of Summer Collection {Summer Grooves}


Summer Grooves collection scheduled to launch September 5th, 2014


GlitterDaze is excited to announce the launch of their groovy end of summer collection, featuring 10 new multichrome finish nail lacquers on Friday September 5th, 2014. Inspired by the hippie culture of the 60s and 70s, these far out special effect shades shift colors on the nail based on the angle of the light hitting them-a must have for every “lacquerista”!


The 10 upcoming multichrome finish lacquers will be the first extreme shift polishes in the GlitterDaze lineup, which consists of a large variety of finishes including: crèmes, glitter crellies, glitter topcoats, holographics, and shimmers.

L-R: Awesomeness Overdose, Contact High, Dazed, Far Out, Funky Fresh


  • Awesomeness Overdose: Shifts through shades of deep blues, violets, fuchsias, and bronzes
  • Contact High: Shifts through shades of teals, violets, pinks, and bronzes with hints of green
  • Dazed: Shifts through shades of rose gold, bronzes, greens, and teals
  • Far Out: Shifts through shades of deep reds, bronzes, and golds with hints of greens
  • Funky Fresh: Shifts through shades of greens, bronzes, teals, and blues with hints of fuchsias


L-R: Good Vibes, Psychedelic, Rainbow Family, Spaced Out, Trippy


  • Good Vibes: Shifts through shades of violets, fuchsias, golds, and oranges
  • Psychedelic: Shifts through shades of pinks, violets, greens, fuchsias, and bronzes
  • Rainbow Family: Shifts through shades of teals, blues, violets, and bronzes with hints of fuchsia
  • Spaced Out: Shifts through shades of deep blues, teals, violets, and golds
  • Trippy: Shifts through shades of greens, blues, violets, and fuchsias with hints of golds


GlitterDaze Nail Lacquers are available US shipping only at this time.

Founded in 2012, GlitterDaze is a nail polish brand that was created out of a deep love for unique and complex polishes. All GlitterDaze nail lacquers are free of the top 4 harmful toxins often found in nail polish: toluene, formaldehyde, DBP, and formaldehyde resin. GlitterDaze is proud to be a member of PETA Beauty Without Bunnies program and takes care to make sure all polishes are vegan and cruelty free. In addition to high quality and expertly crafted nail lacquers in a variety of shades and finishes, GlitterDaze provides their customers with a high end product, a seamless shopping experience, and friendly customer service.

For more information about GlitterDaze please contact or visit

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Blast from the Past: Swatches then and now

After my recent blog post, I wanted to compare a swatch of the same polish I did a little over a year ago to see if I’ve improved at all. Even after a huge break from swatching, I do think I have improved!!


I did these swatches of The Kraken in July of 2013.

This swatch of The Kraken was done about 1 year later.

This swatch of The Kraken was done about 1 year later.

What do you think? Have my swatching technique and photo editing skills gotten better?




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Rainbow Honey Review and Swatches


I have swatched Rainbow Honey in the past, so I was thrilled to get the chance to do so again. These are not part of a particular collection, they are just a nice random sampling of 3 different collections, and a good representation of what this brand has to offer.

From L-R: Magic Cake, Papillon, xoxo, Sweet Talk, The Kraken

From L-R: Magic Cake, Papillon, xoxo, Sweet Talk, The Kraken

  • Magic Cake is a neon glitter topcoat containing green, pink, and blue glitters in a clear base with a touch of shimmer. The shimmer makes this polish different than other neon top coats on the market. This is part of the Summer of 199X Collection.

Turn any manicure into a neon blast with these bright glitters;  word on the street is this cake will make you trip!



I applied only 1 coat over a black base. The glitter was pretty easy to work with and you could add 2 or even 3 coats if you wanted more neon.


  • Papillon is a glitter polish with a mix of light pink and purple glitter and pink holographic butterflies. It is very cute and girly! This is part of the Midnight Garden Collection.


This is one coat over a light pink base. I love it!! The formula is similar to Magic Cake and required very little fishing.


  • xoxo is a gorgeous glitter topper with small magenta hex glitters and smaller holographic glitters in a clear base. This is part of the Sweet Talk Collection.

A ravishing blend of glitters and flakes in a clear base for easy use over any manicure.


This is one coat of xoxo over dark pink and sheer nude bases. This may be my favorite out of this bunch! I love the holographic glitters.


  • Sweet Talk is a white/light pink based polish with purple, dark pink and silver glitters. It has a subtle shimmer.  This is part of the Sweet Talk Collection.

A decadently sweet collection of paster glitters in a white jelly with hidden shimmer.


This is 2 coats with no topcoat. Application was easy especially considering the white base. This could be worn on it’s own or over another color.


  • The Kraken is a teal jelly jam packed with glitter. This is part of the Summer of 199X Collection.

A Marine jelly with a blue and green glow filled with glitters, shimmer, and the sea monster’s own holographic Crashing Boom Bang!


I have swatched this one before, but it’s so gorgeous I was glad to do so again. This is 2 coats with no topcoat. No application issues and stunning to look at.


Which one do you like best?

You can purchase these colors along with many many many others on Rainbow Honey’s Website. Also check out their facebook page.

Check out my swatches from Rainbow Honey’s The Final Battle Collection.


Polishes in this post were provided to me for review. Read my disclaimer HERE.

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Win an AUTOGRAPHED One Direction Makeup Kit!!

I recently reviewed and swatched the Take Me Home collection, one of 3 new kits of One Direction makeup!! I am still using the pieces from this kit on almost a daily basis. I wore the lipgloss today to the gym and it gave off such a pretty sheen under the fluorescent lights.

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The wait for these kits is now over, they are now available at Macy’s!!

A range of makeup and cosmetic products celebrating youth, style, and the uninhibited lifestyle of a new generation. Celebrating life with bold shades, unique formulae and infused with limited edition collectable packaging, Makeup from One Direction is fun, bold, often irreverent, with a touch of cheeky mischievousness. Offered at prices that every girl and woman can afford.

How would you like to WIN an AUTOGRAPHED makeup kit!! I am excited to help to share this giveaway! The winner will receive a makeup kit signed by the 1D members!!. How cool is that?! You can find the widget below, or a link to the giveaway is here.  #makeupby1D #thelookscollection  #markwins

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Makeup by ONE DIRECTION-Take Me Home Collection Review and Swatches

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A range of makeup and cosmetic products celebrating youth, style, and the uninhibited lifestyle of a new generation. Celebrating life with bold shades, unique formulae and infused with limited edition collectable packaging, Makeup from One Direction is fun, bold, often irreverent, with a touch of cheeky mischievousness. Offered at prices that every girl and woman can afford.

IMG_9560I recently had the unique opportunity to review a makeup kit that will be available later on this month. These One Direction makeup kits will be available in 3 varieties, and I received the “Take me Home” Collection. This kit is geared towards the “Girl Next Door” and offers more natural looking makeup.


I was immediately drawn to the packaging, it is very nice! I love the directions on the inside of the tin casing! The kit I received includes:

  • “Taken”-Liquilights Glow Gloss: Orange glitter rush lip gloss that glows neon yellow under UV light


This looks very bright, but it’s not! It adds a nice iridescent glow to the lipstick included in the kit and I look forward to trying it with other lip products. It’s not sticky and doesn’t really have a smell or taste to it.


  • 4+1 Eye Shadow Pallette in the perfect nude shades 
  1. “Back for You”-velvet creme
  2. “Change My Mind”-peachy shimmer
  3. “C’mon C’mon”-soft taupe
  4. “Little Things-smokey brown
  5. “Take Me Home”-golden glitter creme


I really like this palette because the colors are very neutral and I feel these colors would look great with any eye color! The pigment was pretty good over a primer, and I noticed little to no fall out. I love that you can create a variety of subtle to more dramatic looks with this palette. There are also some ideas on the inside of the collectable tin.


  • “Last First Kiss”-nude-pink sheer lipstick


This was very sheer and I applied over a balm to avoid dryness. The color is subtle but very pretty and I think it would be great for a more dramatic eye or for work/school. I also think the color is great for younger teens.


  • “Little Black Dress”-volumizing mascara in perfectly black 


This was a bit less dramatic than what I normally like, but the formula was pretty good. There was no clumping or smudging that I noticed. I used 2 coats in the photo above of my eyes. Again the less dramatic look would be very appropriate for a teen or anyone who likes a less dramatic, yet defined look.

  • “Live While We’re Young”-multi-dimensional gold glitter nail polish


This polish contains larger hex gold glitters and smaller hex gold holo glitters in a clear base. I applied 2 coats over a color I already had on called Requested by Mentality Polish. This is a fun polish with an easy to work with formula. It would look great over a variety of colors.



  • “I Wish”-warm chocolate brown eye and body crayon


This applied pretty easily on my eyes. I used it as an eyeliner and I was happy with the result. It can also be used an a darker eye shadow and a body crayon for the stencils that are included in the kit. The stencils would also be fun to decorate your school supplies and the makeup tin with!


This is a very cute, natural looking makeup look! This would be great for an everyday makeup look or for school. I enjoyed all the items in the kit and I will definitely use them again.

From L-R: I wish, Back For You, Change My Mind, C'mon C'mon, Little Things, Take Me Home, Last First Kiss, and Taken

From L-R: I wish, Back For You, Change My Mind, C’mon C’mon, Little Things, Take Me Home, Last First Kiss, and Taken


The kit, along with the 3 others in the collection, will be available in the US in late August. International release dates will be announced soon! I think these kits will retail for around $29 each.

  • Macy’s-August 11
  • Stage Stores-August 25
  • Dillards-August 25
  • Beauty Brands-August 25
  • Lord and Taylor-August 25

Check out the Makeup by One Direction Facebook Page What are your thoughts on this kit?


**This was provided by Brand Backer in exchange for my honest review of the makeup. All views are solely my own and based on my personal experience with the makeup.

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Cult Nails: Passionate Dreams Collection

It has been quite some time since I have posted a polish swatch blog post. I have missed it terribly, and as I type this, the old familiar feeling is infusing me. I love it. I have been very busy with my pageantry, and now that my national competition is over, I have way more time to blog, and I am so happy for that.

Today I am showing you a collection from Cult Nails, called the Passionate Dreams Collection. This is an older collection released back around Valentine’s day, but I would be committing a nail crime if I allowed these gorgeous colors to sit un-swatched. I am in love with this entire collection.


From L-R: Angel Whispers, Ignite, Kiss, and Lethal


A soft, pale pink crème provides the base color for this texture polish. Even though the finish may feel slightly rough, its color and signature Cult Nails™ shimmer create a softening effect reminiscent of an Angel’s wings.


This is my favorite from the 4 in terms of color. This is what I call “Princess Polish”. In terms of formula, it was a bit on the thick side, but I took care of that by adding a few drops of thinner. It worked fine. This is 2 coats with no topcoat.


Blending a black jelly base with silver glitter, it’s like closing your eyes for that first kiss, and seeing stars. Ignite is pure passion fuel.

IMG_9652I love this. Reminds me of the night sky. I have several polishes like this, and yet this one is somehow different. I think it’s because the glitter is very tiny in diameter, so it truly looks like the night sky with millions of tiny stars. This is 2 coats with no topcoat. Great formula on this one.


No love story is complete without a kiss. Crafted to invoke emotions of lust and desire, Kiss is a vibrant red that dries to a wax-like finish.

IMG_9638Red polishes are a favorite of my husband. If given the choice he will always choose a red. He loves this one and so do I. This is a true red with a wax-like finish that Cult Nails is known for. I love the wax finish. This is 2 coats with no topcoat.


Like staring into your lover’s eyes, you won’t be able to look away when this silver foil is on your tips.


This is the best formula out of the 4. It went on so perfect!! This is 2 coats with no topcoat. It dries very quickly as well.

All 4 of these are available at Cult Nails for $12 each and Angel Whispers is a Limited Edition with only around 48 left forever so hurry and get it!



**If you noticed, I have a new watermark. I will be rebranding my blog to “The Cute Pharm D” soon to match all my other social media accounts.

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Aviva Hair Revitalizer Advanced Hair Growth System Review

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I have never successfully taken hair vitamins. I attempted to start myself on Biotin a few months back but I ended up quitting after about 1 week due to horrible acne. Let me give you some background info on my hair before I jump into this review. I have very long, thick hair that is color-treated blonde. I am not someone you would immediately think *needed* a hair supplement, but I am always interested in having healthier hair due to the stress I put it through such as dyeing, blow drying, curling and straightening. If it grows quicker that is a plus!

I was recently given the opportunity to try a supplement called Aviva Hair Revitalizer though BeautyStat. I was sent 2 months worth of vitamins. I was a bit nervous because the product contains 5000mcg of Biotin per serving, and me and Biotin don’t normally get along well. But, I was going to give this vitamin a try with the decision to quit if I got horrible acne like I did last time I tried Biotin.

I took this from Aviva’s website to explain how their vitamins work.

Hair emerges from hair follicles, which are multi-layered structures that house and process the nutrients responsible for healthy hair growth. Without these necessary nutrients, hair follicles can malfunction and result in dull, thin, lifeless hair, as well as hair loss. So, what does this mean?

It’s simple: a healthy hair follicle is the key to healthy hair!

Creating visible results in as little as 30 days*, Aviva’s proprietary dual complex works with your hair’s natural cycle to stimulate healthy growth from within – up to 6mm beneath the scalp’s surface – enriching and enhancing stronger, thicker, and more beautiful looking hair. As Aviva rejuvenates and improves the health of hair follicles deep below the surface, it revitalizes the hair’s DNA. Working with your natural hair growth cycle, Aviva hair growth vitamins help support hair structure and encourages new, emerging hair.

Here are the ingredients:

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My thoughts on some of the Key Ingredients:

  • Biotin-whoa nelly that’s a lot of Biotin, but as well as being good for hair, biotin is supposed to help your nails as well. Double win!
  • Folic Acid-from a pharmacist’s perspective I am thrilled to see this in here. All women of child bearing age should be taking a folic acid supplement. This supplement provides all you need as long as you AREN’T pregnant. (Pregnant ladies need more!)
  • Iron-most woman can also benefit from some supplemental iron, so yay!
  • Everything else-nothing jumps out to me as being scary or something to avoid, I’d have no problem recommending this to one of my patients.

So what happened when I took this supplement? Here are my in depth thoughts.

  • Packaging-Great packaging. 1 month’s worth comes housed in a high quality box with a lid that slips off and on. Inside the box are individual blister packs of 8 soft gels. Coming from someone who has difficulty with packaged medication, I had no problems getting the soft gels out of the blister packs, they easily just pop right out!
  • Appearance-the soft gels themselves are somewhat large and sort of a bubblegum pink color. Coloring probably won’t matter to most people, but I love the pink.
  • Taste/Ease of administration-I didn’t notice a gross taste or aftertaste when I took these. Also, even though they are large, I was able to swallow both soft gels at once with plenty of water. They are coated and go down pretty easily.
  • Compliance-You take 2 soft gels once daily. I am not always 100% with taking medications, I often forget. I can honestly say I haven’t skipped a day of these since I started. I think it is because I know I am making my hair healthier. Tangible results usually improve compliance.
  • Side Effects-Like I mentioned before I got acne the last time I tried to use a supplement of Biotin. It was so bad I had to discontinue the vitamin. I cannot explain how or why, but I have not had any extra acne since starting this and it’s been over 1 month. I am thrilled because I was very worried about that. I experienced no other side effects and no upset stomach which can be common after taking a vitamin. I do recommend taking these with at least a little bit of food on the stomach and a full glass of water.

So perhaps the most important aspect of this review, did the vitamins work?? After about 3 weeks of using the vitamins, I noticed softer hair. Like, significantly softer. As far as growth? Yes, a thousand times yes! I cannot pinpoint the exact moment I noticed, but I had been using the vitamins for at least 30 days, maybe a bit longer. I usually go 8 weeks between dye jobs and my beautician trims my hair every 3rd visit since I am trying to get it really long. Well I noticed the amount of regrowth that I usually get in 8 weeks at somewhere around the 5 week mark, AND I actually got a trim even though I got one 8 weeks ago. My hair also appears a bit more shiny than it was before. And as an added bonus, my nails are reaping the benefits of this vitamin as well! They are growing like crazy and I’m cutting them every few days.

Here are a few hair pics of my hair after taking the supplement for a month. My hair had been flat ironed in both pics.

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All in all I’d say this vitamin is the real deal. I can say from both a consumer and a health professional’s point of view that I would certainly recommend this, and I do plan to repurchase and keep taking it.

Use code AVIVAbstat14 to receive a 20% discount and FREE shipping on a 30-Day Supply product purchase of AVIVA Hair Revitalizer at

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