Saturday, June 29, 2013

BitchCraft by Darling Diva Polish review and swatches.

BitchCraft by Darling Diva Polish review and swatches.

Disclosure: I received no compensation from the company whose product we are reviewing below. I have tested each product thoroughly. Life of a Mad Typer is independently owned and the opinions expressed here are my own.

BitchCraft is the 3rd and final polish I received to review from Darling Diva Polish. When I first looked at it in the bottle I didn't believe it was a color I would like, but let me tell you how this baby fooled me!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Featured products of the day: Pets

In the content of my blog post, I've linked to a number of Products that interested me that I thought you might like as well . As a member of Fancy's affiliate program, when you buy from their site after using my links, I receive compensation.

We all love our furry friends and here is some awesome products for our Fur-babies.

Glow-in-the-Dark Dog Ball

Personal Microdermabrasion System

Personal Microdermabrasion System

I am trying out this new product from PMD. I am excited about this chance to try this out and can't wait to see how it goes. You can only use this once every week so I am going to post a picture from before starting and after each use so that you can see the changes. I plan on making this a weekly post so that you can see the changes in a time line. Have you used the PMD system? What are your thoughts.

Featured Products of the day.

While wondering the internet I found some cool things I would like to share. I won't be doing these posts daily but when I have been wondering the net in search of cool things I will be sharing with you. To purchase an item just click on the image.

In the content of my blog post, I've linked to a number of Products that interested me that I thought you might like as well . As a member of Fancy's affiliate program, when you buy from their site after using my links, I receive compensation.

Star Wars Light saber toothbrush

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Avon New Nail Art Design Strips

In brochure 14 Avon is releasing their own take on the Nail art strips that have taken the market by storm. I have yet to try a nail art strip as I prefer the old fashion way (not saying I wont! but this would open up awesome affordable options for weddings and other social events.

The reason I don't use top coat when testing a polish.

In previous years I used cheap polish (I admit it I was bad) and settled for the cheapest of the cheap. I experienced chipping within a few days sometimes in the same day as application. I have seen the error of my ways and now choose more quality brands. When reviewing a polish I like to see how it will preform on its own because I can assume if it lasts a week or 2 without base or top coat then it will do even better with them.

That being said if I have a polish that chips within a few days I will then reapply with a base and top coat and include those results as well. 

I know that many do not do this as in most reviews I see they used base and top coat. So I wanted to explain why I do the process that I do.

True blue by Darling Diva Polish swatches and review

True blue by Darling Diva Polish swatches and review

I received the following product in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

This is the 2nd of the 3 Darling Diva Polishes that I got the pleasure to review. This is a pale blue linear holographic with micro glitter. If you watch my Instagram you can tell blue is my favorite color (if the blue hair wasn't enough to tip you off). I have a ton of blue polish simply because it is my favorite, so needless to say I was very excited to play with this beauty.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

ApHogee: Serious Hair Care and Protection

Products tested were provided by ApHogee in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 I recently had the opportunity to try some of the wonderful hair care products by ApHogee.  These products are designed specifically to repair broken and damaged hair and as many of you know if you have seen my profile on this site you've seen I like to dye my hair in very unconventional colors.  This takes a lot of upkeep with bleaching my roots every few weeks to a month depending on the color I'm using.  Darker colors like purple can go longer between bleaching the roots than say hot pink because they're less noticeable.

I bleach and dye my hair myself but I am not a trained professional so I don't recommend doing so yourself unless you're under the supervision of a professional hair stylist.  There are just too many things that can go wrong with bleaching your hair.  Since I do the bleaching myself I have issues with seeing the back of my head to be able to only apply the bleach to the roots and not the longer part of the hair that has already been lifted and dyed.  Repeated chemical treatments or over treatment (leaving the chemicals on too long or using too strong of a developer) can cause severe damage to your hair.  Some examples I have personally experienced are severe shedding, stretching and snapping, severe breakage and generally very fragile hair.  Now I'm not to keen on hair dryers, flat irons, curlers or any other styling products that apply heat but heat is another big cause of damage to hair.  Not nearly as bad as chemically over processed hair but damage is damage.  

ApHogee also has products to protect and maintain healthy hair as well but the products I tested for review are solely for the purpose of restoring and repairing damaged hair.  The first product I tried is the Two Step Protein Treatment.  This treatment is for hair that is too weak of fine to take a perm or relaxer (use the week PRIOR to service), over-bleached hair (that's me), will not hold color (use prior to application of color), breaks when combed or brushed (that's me again) and/or is mushy when wey and brittle after drying.  (I have also had this happen before due to over-bleaching.  It's not fun.)  This treatment uses magnesium and modified proteins which fuse into the hair with application of heat.  After treatment breakage is drastically reduced and after using the product I did experience far less breakage when trying to brush/comb or style my hair.  This can be applied at home or in a salon but as long as you have a hair dryer its really easy to apply at home.  Just apply the Two Step Treatment to towel dried/damp hair and blow dry.  Your hair will harden as the formula dries.  This is normal and means the treatment is working and the proteins are fusing with your hair.  When your hair starts to harden be very careful not to use too high of a setting from the dryer and don't try moving your hair because the solidification can cause your hair to break off.  Once all your hair is dried and hardened you will rinse the excess proteins out of your hair being careful not to move the hair too much until it is no longer hardened.  After rinsing the second step of the process will be to use the ApHogee Balancing Moisturizer.  You can repeat this process as necessary and for my severely damaged hair I was advised by the ApHogee Hair Expert to use about once a month.  

Wait...did I say ApHogee Hair Expert?  I sure did!!!  ApHogee has an ask the hair expert section on their website.  You can send an email form in describing the condition of your hair, how you style it, what chemicals you use and what you are looking to achieve and their experts will email you back with detailed information on what products would be best for you based on your hair condition and how you manage your hair on a daily basis.  The recommendation is very personalized and in addition to the Two Step Treatment I have been using their Shampoo for Damaged Hair on a daily basis which seems to keep my hair stronger between treatments and the Keratin Two Minute Reconstructor as a conditioner the quality of my stretchy elastic band-ish snapping off hair.  The elasticity is greatly improved and it doesn't break nearly as much.

I also tried the Keratin and Green Tea Reconstructorizer.  This is a styling product you spray in before you style your hair as normal.  The active ingredients bond to your hair with the heat from styling tools and helps reduce breakage and split ends associated with blow dryers, flatirons and curlers.

ApHogee products are sold at Sally Beauty Supply stores and there is a full list of products on their website

Products tested were provided by ApHogee in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Material Girl by Darling Diva Polish

Image from etsy

I received the following product in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. 

Material Girl

This is the first of 3 polishes from DDP that I was able to try. Man let me tell you how excited I was to be able to try these. 

Here is some information from Darling Diva Polish's etsy on Material Girl. 

Material Girl, inspired by the Madonna song of the same name.

This is a pretty pink polish inspired by the overall pink theme from the video! Added to this polish are large to small hex glitters in pink holo and silver holo. Tap into your inner material girl;)

This can be opaque in 3 thin coats but I recommend laying down a white base coat so you don't have VNL

All of my polishes are hand made by me. These are made using the best polish ingredients I can find.

This is a full size 15ml bottle. This is a very easy applying polish. There may be some settling so as always a good ROLL is recommended. 

Please remember that colors may appear different on different computer screens and there may be slight changes from version to version. I try my best to ensure pictures are a match to the actual polish you will be getting. Some settling is normal and expected. Also, colors may have some separation over time. A good shake will correct both issues. Most of my heavy glitter polishes may appear thick. I do not cut my base and prefer you to adjust it to your comfort level. Some larger/longer glitters can develop a curve over time, this is normal and should not prevent application to the nail. A good base and top coat is recommended. I personally suggest Hong Kong Girl top coat or gelous to smooth out rough glitters.

I was so excited for this glitter polish as its my first large hex glitter. Madonna was the queen of the 80's my favorite decade! The fashion,the music, it all amazes me so getting to try a polish inspired by her left me giddy!

Image from DDP etsy

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Twilight jacobs protection pigment from essence review.

Twilight Jacobs protection pigment from essence review.

Essence released this awesome affordable line of cosmetics for the Twilight movie saga. It's limited edition so if you find something you like be sure to snatch it up!

I really want 02 alice had a vision but my local Ulta store is completely sold out of it. When I went to purchase from the collection the only thing they had remaining was a broken gold lipstick and 3 jars of Jacobs protection pigment.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Hard Candy announces discontinued list.

On June 12th Hard Candy released a list on their fb of products going to be discontinued in Sept. 

"Even though it's June we're looking ahead to Fall. We're keeping the new products under wraps but here's what will be discontinued in September - so stock up if you love these soon to be gone products:

Shiny When Wet mascara

Plumping Serum in Amp, Short Circuit and Uptown Girl

That's How I Roll in India, Bee Sting, Rock Star and So StyleWatch

Take Me Out liner in Cameo, 24K, Bullet, Geisha, Chop Suey and Luxe

Nail Polish in Pinch of Spice, Shot of Lemon, Crush on Copper, Fire Flash, Sparked Up, Cocoa S'more, Peach Pop, Sugar Rush and Jelly Bean Blue

CC Creme in Dark

Walk the Line in Praline and Turquoise

Lash Tinsel in Gold Digger and UFO

Poppin Pigments in Truth & Dare

Shadow Dancer in Night & Day and Gossip & Rumors

Lip Def in Night Owl and Scandalous

Eye Def in Algae

All Lid Up in Stepping Stones and Feeling Rosey"

So If any items that you keep putting back are on this list then you better pick them up before Sept or they will be gone! 

Rogue from the X-men Nail art

Rogue from the X-men Nail art 

I have been seeing all this awesome nail art and had been inspired to try my own hand. I was just playing around with something I seen online and ended up with a nail that makes me think of Wolverine.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Drool of the day cupcakes

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Free can of paint 6/16 only!

Went to get mine but my store was out so no paint for me. Recommend to call before going to make sure you don't go into the extreme heat for nothing. Ace hardware on first ave in Evansville Indiana is where I went.

Mommy Lesson Plans Summer Bash

I am so happy to be able to bring this awesome giveaway to you! My friends over at Mommy Lesson Plans has given us the opportunity to share this with you! Good luck and read more below!
Welcome to Mommy Lesson Plans Summer Bash!
I cannot forget my wonderful co-hosts!
This is HUGE giveaway and we have a lot of awesome sponsors. There will be 16 winners! You heard that right! 16 winners for everything from food to swimsuits to sunglasses for the kiddos.
Summer Bash

Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Daily Drool: Jewelry

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