Saturday, May 31, 2014

My first bestie twin nails!

This week I did my first bestie twin nails!  The lovely nail artist Mae aka Nail Art By Mae sent me the pattern above for inspiration and this is what we came up with!
You can see more from Mae on facebook and follow her on instagram.

All I used-
Aisha by Julep
Petal to the Metal and What a Pansy by China Glaze
Club Prive by L'Oreal
Fast dry top coat by Seche Vite
Nail art brush

Here is a single shot of what I did.
And a french tip inspired by the same look!

I had such a blast doing this I now understand why so many are doing it so if you want to do on with me feel free to message me!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

May 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag Review with Unboxing Video

I saw crazy late on last months bag but I am just on time with this months!
Here is what came in my bag, 
 Watch my video-


Overall, this bag is so much better than the last bag. I was happy with everything I got in the bag!

How did you like your bag this month?
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Ipsy June 2014 Glam Bag Sneak Peeks and Spoilers!

Update-6.5 my glam room! 
The top row is what I will be getting and reviewing. the rest is what others and you may be getting!
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Update- 6.5
YAY! Your June "Pretty in Paradise" Glam Bags are just starting to leave our warehouse in batches, and we'll be emailing your tracking codes beginning NEXT WEEK.
Please stay tuned for your Glam Room to update on Tuesday, June 10. There we'll reveal the products you'll be getting this month, and we'll also list amazing offers from all of June's brand partners. It's officially time to get excited!
 -Update

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Email Sneak Peek 5.28
Shhh... All June Glam Bag subscribers will get a NYX Butter Gloss! 

JUNE SNEAK PEEK #1: 
Headed to paradise with the one you love? Make sure your lips are pout-perfect with one of these pretty picks.
Spoiler- Well, thanks to the email they sent out earlier we know that this is the NYX butter gloss. 
And! it looks like this month will be a summer/beach theme!
JUNE SNEAK PEEK #2:  
Every time you close your eyes, it will be paradise with one of these amazing products in your June Glam Bag.
 Spoliers- Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner by Jesse's Girl, Shimmer Eyeliner by Nicka, and Eyeliner by Ofra.

JUNE SNEAK PEEK #3:  
Life is beautiful with two of these exciting discoveries in your bag this month!
Spoiler- 1. Ole Hendrikson Truth To Go Wipes  2. Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara 3. Laneige BB Cusion   4. clariSEA Rapid Detox Charcoal Exfoliant 5. MD Solar Sciences Mineral Tinted Broad Spectrum SPF 30 6. Brown pencil maybe by Ofra, could be another eyeliner. 7. Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser 8. DERMAdoctor DD Cream 9. Coming soon 10. Coming soon
 
JUNE SNEAK PEEK #4: 
Paradise is filled with nothing but fabulous hair days, especially with one of these awesome items in your Glam Bag!
 Spoiler- Well this was posted yesterday on their twitter so we have had some time to look it up. Looks like Carol's Daughter Sacred Tiare Styling Cream, Marc Anthony Beachy Wave Spray and Dove Pure Care Dry Oil
JUNE SNEAK PEEK #5: 
Paradise isn't complete without fun designer fashion. We're so excited that Rebecca Minkoff designed our June "Pretty in Paradise" Glam Bag and can't wait for you to receive it so we're sharing a special surprise NOW! As soon as your bag arrives, style it, snap it, and share it with us on our Facebook wall, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ipsyxRM. Tag and follow Ipsy and Rebecca Minkoff. If our ipsters can work together to deliver more than 250 snaps by 6/16, we’ll unlock a promo code for 20% off on RebeccaMinkoff.com!
 Spoiler- Here we have the bag!
What are you most excited for? I thinks I am most excited for the goodies in sneak peek 3!
Keep an eye out for my review! 
  

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

April 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag Review with Video


I moved last month and only just got around to doing a review of April's bag... but better late then never right?!
 Here is what came in my bag,

Watch my video!

 Overall, this bag wasn't the greatest. I only like one thing that cost more than I'd like to pay to get more. I still love Ipsy and can't wait to get my next bag.

How did you like your bag this month?
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DIY Manicure- Dutch Inspired Stamped Nails

As I have mentioned before a nail art group I am in on facebook (found here, join us!) does a weekly challenge, this week is Dutch inspired!

Dutch inspired nails for this weeks challenge.

What I used-
Nina by Julep
White on white & Petal to the metal by China Glaze
Club prive by L'Oreal
Red hot and Lickety-split lime by Sally Hansen
Crema de limon by Lime Crime
fast dry top coat by Seche Vite

Moyou tourist 01 plate and Pueen 109

Hope you enjoy, thanks for stoping by and taking a look! 
Give it a try and post it on facebook and instagram using the hashtag #LanieBuck & my tag @LanieBuck so I can see how they turn out!
If you'd like me to do a video tutorial for this mani feel free to leave me a comment below! 

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Cult Cosmetics Purple, Please May 2014 Blackbox Review with Video

I am taking a break from Julep and while I am I'm trying out a new (to me) polish box by Cult Cosmetics. These boxes retail for $40 but they seem to always be on sale for $9.99.
Purple, Please includes:
- Dogtown by CULT ($12 MSRP, 0.5 oz)
- El Porto by CULT ($12 MSRP, 0.5 oz)
- A luxurious, lash-lengthening and volumizing Loveable Lash Mascara with jojoba and aloe.
- A Knotty hair tie to help you round out your May look
I also added on this lovely holo polish called Coachella.

Watch my unboxing!
Overall, another box I am happy with. I had a problem with one of the polish brushes but they sent me a replacement crazy fast and without question... mostly since I did sent a picture. Anyway, very happy with the speed and quality of this box!

Did you or are you getting it?
How did you like it or what are you most excited for?!
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Product Review + Giveaway- Fulcrum Gallery Prints, Posters, Canvas, Photographs & Framed Art


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Meow framed print by Lora Zombie
Cropped To Image
Gold Milan Frame
2.5 Inch Tablet White Top Mat
Standard Acrylic Plexiglass
Cost- $93.59
 Review- I'll start with the site, it was very easy to work around and pick out the frame I wanted. I loved that it popped up around the image so I could see what my artwork for look like. Once picked the order was made and shortly after my kitty art was shipped! It came within a week of being shipped, nicely packed and safely delivered.
 
And on to the art.  
First I have to I am a huge fan of Lora Zombie's art and as you can see from my picture below the little kitty is a perfect match to my Missy kitty. People who have been to my home actually think I painted this of Artemis since I have done watercolor paintings before. Anyway, it is such good quality that in person everyone who has been thought it was a painting and not a print which it is. The gold Milan frame is also great quality and looks like a solid wood frame which is great for us apartment living folk who would rather not have to put anchors in our walls to hold up a heavy frame.
Overall I am very happy with the company and have already picked out a few other goodies I will be getting for my new office since I just moved! I share those when they come and I set up my office more!
Find out more or order from Fulcrum Gallery at- 
https://www.facebook.com/fulcrumgallery
https://twitter.com/FulcrumGallery
http://www.pinterest.com/fulcrumgallery


 Giveaway information and rules-
Runs from 5.21-6.1.14
You can pick any animal art print, canvas, poster or framed art you choose for free - as long as it's a single item and it's under $100 including (only 1 item please). If you need help with picking to stay within the given price please feel free to let me know.
I will email you to get your prize pick and address, the prize will be shipped from the company.
The winner will be picked at random and all entries will be checked before contacting, any false or incomplete entries will disqualify the winner and another will be picked at random until a winner with all entries complete is found. If you have any questions or need help with an entry please feel free to send me a message on my facebook page before submitting an incomplete entry.
US only.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Cotton Candy- Bouqs Review

  I got new flowers and I love them! As I said before I am going to try to review all of The Bouqs flowers and this month is a deluxe of Cotton Candy! Cotton Candy is fresh Volcano flowers full of pink and sweet. This Bouq includes pink Gerbera Daisies, Alstroemeria flowers, and has accents like Eryngium, Limonium, and Statice. 8 Gerber Daisies and 8 Alstros with accents.
 I was missing a daisy but I still have two full vases with the deluxe size that cost $50. If you have not seen my other post on Bouqs, their regular size is $40 and for just $10 more you get double so I always go with the deluxe.
This easily my favorite of the few I have ordered, they are just beautiful and smell great!
Have you recived any? 
What is your favorite or what have you been wanting to get? 
Keep an eye out for my next Bouqs coming in a few weeks!
 
Check out their Concierge Service. 
Set up flower deliveries at set, regular intervals, 
calendars & reminders to ensure
you never miss an important date 
and or
be the most thoughtful you can be
with random, surprise deliveries.
They only bill when they ship & you can cancel anytime.
 

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Know Your Nail Artist Tag!

I was tagged on instagram in a comment  to do this, I didn't want to share it on
instagram since mine (found here) is personal, business and blog related altogether.
When and why did you start nail art?
 Mid 90's, I was a kid that loved polish. I started to really get into it when the risk of psoriasis arthritis became real for me in my early 20's, figured I'd use and make my hand and nails pretty while I still could.
What styles did you first try? 
I use to take tooth picks and make dots and lines when I was a kid... blue polish was a must since I was way too cool to do the red my mom was rocking. When I was older the leopard print and flowers started me off in the world of nail art.
Any tips you recommend? 
Always start with clean nails and tools. Try to keep you nails shaped and moisturized, healthy nails make for a better manicure. Peel-off base coat/Elmer's glue are a time saver with clean up and trying new things. Practice, practice, practice, you'll be surprised one day at the skill you have. Use a top coat. It will blend the design and help your manicure look better and last. Lastly, clean up around the nails, acetone is your friend.
What technique or design did you first struggle with that you've since improved on? 
 I first and still struggle with water marbling. I have improved on applying the base though, clean up so so much easier now that I can paint within the lines!
Any recommendations for beginners just starting out. 
Try them all, start big or small and at the end of the day just have fun with it.

I tag you if you want to share!
Take a selfie, #knowyournailartisttag and @laniebuck on instagram so I can find it 
and tag all of your nail besties so they can do it too!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Cult Spring Fling April 2014 Blackbox Video Review with Kitty Silhouette Nail Tutorial

I skipped my Julep box this month and but still wanted a polish box so I thought I's try the Blackbox by Cult Cosmetics. They keep liking my pictures on instagram and I loved the look of the polish pictured above call Hollywood Forever so I gave it a shot.
You can watch my unboxing and see all that I got with the nail tutorial at the end in this video. Don't forget to like it on YouTube if you enjoyed and would like to see more videos by me!



Overall, I am very happy with the box and polish and just ordered May's box... with an add-on. The best part is the boxes are always on sale for only $9.99! It's official, I'm hooked...

Have you tired it? How did you like it and what did you get?


Sunday, May 11, 2014

May's Giveaway- Too Faced Beauty Blogger Darlings & Deborah Lippmann Two Of Hearts


So May's giveaway is a day late... I have been crazy busy and all of you will know why hopefully in a few weeks, big big news and great things going on with me! Anyway, I did a poll to see what you all would like to see as the prize this month and make up and polish were leading so if you like polish I have a prize for you but if you'd rather have makeup I have a prize for you too. On to the goods!

What you could win-
Too Faced Beauty Blogger Darlings 
A superstar kit featuring Too Faced’s four products most beloved by some of the brand’s favorite beauty bloggers and vloggers. 
This set contains:
- 0.14 oz Bronzer in Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
- 0.17 oz Primed & Poreless Face Primer
- 0.17 oz Better Than Sex Mascara
- 0.17 oz Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer
or
 
 Deborah Lippmann Two Of Hearts
A set of two luxury, treatment-enriched nail colors and a glitter bag. 
 This set contains:
- 0.27 oz x 2 Nail Polish in Shape Of My Heart (healthy blush), Candy Shop (bubblegum pink)
- Glitter Zip Pouch 

 Giveaway information and rules-
This giveaway will run from May 11th- April 24, 2014 at midnight. The winner will receive the Too Faced set or Deborah Lippmann set. The winner will be emailed by me to get your shipping information and prize pick. Your info will not be shared or used for any reason other than to contact you & to mail the product to you if you win. The winner's first name with last name initial will be announced on the giveaway blog post and other social medias. The prize will be bought as a gift by me for the winner and shipped from the company.
The winner will be picked at random and all entries will be checked before contacting, any false or incomplete entries will disqualify the winner and another will be picked at random until a winner with all entries complete is found. If you have any questions or need help with an entry please feel free to send me a message on my facebook page before submitting an incomplete entry.
This giveaway is open internationally. 
Sorry, the Deborah Lippmann set cannot be shipped to either Alaska or Hawaii but your are welcome to enter for the Too Faced set!


Good luck all! 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Product Review- Adovia Dead Sea Mud Mask

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000G2CFLY/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 
 Product Description 
Facial Mask Tightens and Purifies Pores leaving Clear, Younger Complexion
Dead Sea Mud Quickly Reduces Acne and Pimples
Over 21 Minerals Present in Dead Sea Mud Mask help to keep skin healthier and act as acne treatment
A Facial Dead Sea Mud Mask Facial Treatment in Spas cost from $70-120. This Mask contains 30 Sessions!
Can be Used as Spot Treatment & Blackhead Remover
You can find the Mud Mask on Amazon here.
You can find more products and find more information here.

My Review
I am going to start this review by comparing it to two other brands I have recently tried. There is Glam Glow at $60-$70, Adovia (this one) at $30 and Boots Bontanics at $10. Glam Glow is the winner here all around here but with the cost bumps it down. Boots Bontanics is great with the price and my skin felt soft but I really didn't see a difference in my pores and skin after a full week of using it. Adovia has a decent price, works well enough to where I could actually see a difference like with Glam Glow and left my skin feeling soft. 
Overall, I am very happy with the mask, I love how easy it is to apply on and the results. My skin is also kind of sensitive and this product has not caused any breakouts or redness to my face. With just one use I could see a difference in my pores and after a week my face looked great! I do wish the price was a little lower but a little goes a long way so the bottle has lasted me over a month and it is still not all gone. So would I get more? Yeah, I think when my bottle is done I will.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Product Review- LAC Taut Premium Collagen Masks + Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 
Product Description
Taut Gold Standard Collagen Infusion Mask  REFRESH and transform your facial skin with LAC’s luxurious collagen infused cloth mask, rich with nano-sized collagen molecules that deliver instant skin rejuvenation and Red Carpet skin radiance.  The mask is specifically formulated to target sagging, dehydrated and dull-looking skin. The proprietary blend of hydrolyzed collagen, botanical squalene, hyaluronic acid and anti-oxidants, penetrates deeply in the skin to tone, hydrate and brighten the complexion in just 15 minutes.

Box of 5 masks, and complete collagen system, available at Fred Segal and www.tautcollagen.com for $50.

My review-
 First off, I think my head is too small for these. For being a tall lady I have very small hands, feet and head. I had to look up other reviews to see if it fit better on others and it did. Aside from making me look like a monster I did like how it felt on, it was very cooling which is something I personally love. My face did feel lovely after the 15 minutes of being on also, I didn't see a huge change after the two uses from this week but I could feel it on my face. 

The price is a little high so I don't know if I'd buy more but I could see myself putting on a mask, hopping into bed and catching up on my reading or candy crush for 15-20 minutes. It was very relaxing wearing these and I think that makes it worth it.

On to the giveaway!
 Giveaway information and rules-

  The winner will receive the 2 individual collagen masks. The winner will be emailed by me to get your shipping information. Your info will not be shared or used for any reason other than to contact you & to mail the product to you if you win. The winner's first name with last name initial will be announced on the giveaway blog post and other social medias. The prize will be shipped from the company.
The winner will be picked at random and all entries will be checked before contacting, any false or incomplete entries will disqualify the winner and another will be picked at random until a winner with all entries complete is found. If you have any questions or need help with an entry please feel free to send me a message on my facebook page before submitting an incomplete entry.
US residents only, sorry.
Good luck!
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