Thursday, December 27, 2012

Snowman Topcoat with Colorful Tips

For the Christmas Theme challenge of the December nail art challenge I am participating in, I cheated and did that mani early, using a glitter topcoat snowman polish. This beauty (though it was pretty hard to photograph, I tried sun, shade, indoors, and everything, it is more than evident in person) reflects some gorgeous colors: pink, purple, fuchsia, and sometimes a little orange, too.

Even at three coats, I had some visible nail line, so using a pink (Finger Paints Steal My Beating Art) and purple (essence Break Through), I decided to add some simple french tips to cover that in colors that would match its glow.

It is no secret that I hate photographing purple polishes, because it rarely goes well and I can never get them to photograph color-accurately. This one, though, was perfect! I had absolutely no problems with it! I love it!! :) This is another beauty that Meredith sent me in our swap last month; I'll definitely have to wear it as a full mani sometime, it was so smooth is a really pretty purple!

I also must mention that I discovered some of the most delicious Tic Tacs ever a while back! I love strawberry flavors, and these are like little mini strawberry smoothies, they are yummy yummy yummy! I think it took me less than 24 hours to devour the whole little box!

While I praise the Tic Tacs, though, I have to complain about Burt's Bees! There must be someone to maintain the good/bad balance, so it might as well be me. :) So... I really hate that Burt's Bees noncholontely refers to their products as "100% natural", leaving most customers to believe that they are organic and whatnot. Most people figure "organic" and "natural" basically mean the same thing, whatever, no big deal, and praise Burt's Bees and like products for such reason... No. 

They may use natural products, but they do not use all organic ingredients. Sure, they aren't really misleading customers, but it seems to me that all of these "natural" products don't bother to define the differences and are okay with customers believing they are a better product than they really are. It just seems a little shady. They never claimed to be organic, but it is almost insinuated when there's lack of knowledge behind it. Know what I mean? Maybe it is just me, but I am skeptical of these brands. Burt's Bees is the only "natural" brand I have tried, and I highly doubt I will try any other. I do love their cuticle balm, though. It just irritates me that they seem to be seen as something they are not, and don't care to correct the public as that would lessen their image of greatness.

On top of that, I really hate their hand lotion. The Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme. It smells awful, not too strong, just bad (coming from someone who loves everything about both almonds and milk!), and leaves this nasty, slimy, film on my hands for hours after I apply it. Plus it does a pretty crappy job of actually moisturizing my skin! As it is so pricey, though, I don't want to throw it out, so I keep it as my desperation backup. I've had it for about a year and a half and it is just now down to being about half full (or half empty, however you prefer to see it)! Worst hand creme I have ever tried. Ever!

Anyway... Rant over. :) Everyone have a wonderful day!