Author: Ginger Kate

I'm an American Ginger dancing through life creating art! I'm an Actor, Photographer, Painter and Writer who dabbles in Music. I'm a total fan girl, old soul, history and Latin geek with an addiction to Rock and Roll and Fashion.

Sally Hansen’s Double Duty review

It’s horrible. Sally Hansen’s Double Duty top & base coat is just horrible! Absolutely atrocious.

After picking this up for the first time a couple of days ago, I’ve used it twice. Twice because I had to completely redo my mani after a positively shitty first go ’round with this craptastic top & base coat. It just wasn’t hardening/drying. I did the ice water trick. I did the cooking spray trick. The hair dryer. The waving my hands around in the air like I just don’t care method. But I did care; I cared a lot that this was ruining my new nail color’s maiden voyage. (Essie‘s limited edition neon collection’s Serial Shopper. – I love it.)

I removed it all and started again the next day, yesterday. This time, I used exceptionally thin coats each and every layer. I even waited a substantial amount of time in between each coat. Still, after applying that final layer, the top coat, it wouldn’t dry!!! I ended up applying a coat of acrylic sealer I had laying around from forever ago. It worked and I was able to enjoy celebrating my best friends birthday on the beach all day. No thanks to Sally.

Long story, short: skip this “Double Duty” base & top coat from Sally Hansen’s.

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

 

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Essie’s limited edition Neon Collection 2014

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birthday beach bash babes

Today’s Target Haul & VersaSpa


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I just got home from Target and Tanning and wanted to share with you my beauty haul and tell you a little bit about my first experience with VersaSpa at my local Boca Tanning Club. First, here’s what I picked up at Target:

  • St Ives Naturally Indulgent Body Lotion with Coconut Milk & Orchid Extracts
  • Jergens Shea Butter Moisturizer – travel size (for my purse)
  • Earth Therapeutics Soothing Bead Gel beauty mask
  • Yes To Cucumber Facial Towelettes – travel size (also for my purse since I’ll need to remove my makeup before each of my upcoming tanning sessions.)
  • Maybelline Fit Me concealer in Fair
  • EOS Lip Balm in Summer Fruit
  • Sally Hansen nail files
  • Sally Hansen Double Duty base and top coat
  • Que Bella Purifying Mud Mask with Teatree & Witchhazel
  • Que Bella Refreshing Peel-off Mask with Pomegranate
  • Soho London Kabuki Brush (I actually snagged this at TJ Maxx for $6.99 along with a few soy candles.)

I recently ran out of my go-to concealer (Tarte Amazonian Clay Concealer) and needed to pick one up so I went with the Maybelline Fit Me concealer. I like the Maybelline Fit Me line of products and it’ll hold me over just fine until I get another tube of the Tarte. I had never tried the eos lip balms until today but they came highly recommended so at check-out I threw one of these babies in my basket and I’m happy I did. I don’t necessarily believe this will become one of my must-have items but I definitely like it a lot. I like the little egg-like shape but I know, after a few drinks, i’m going to have trouble sealing it again and destroy my lip balm. The cold face mask, mud mask and peel-off masks I picked-up because, hey, why not? I grabbed some nail equipment because my mind was on the new bottle of essie I bought yesterday, at walgreens, and I’m about to mani-it-up when I’m done with this post.

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Ok. So onto the tanning. As a ginger, I don’t do well in the sun. If I can somehow manage to enjoy more than a couple of hours under the sun, I can’t even dream for one second enjoying a beautiful dose of color… unless it’s a beautiful dose of shades ranging from the mild, blush to the painful, bright crimson. My best result is just pink and the worst result could kill me. Of course, like a lot of other people, I do enjoy the way I look (in a bathing suit, especially) with a little bit of a glow. Naturally, over the years I’ve experienced some of the worst results of self tanning but I’ve also had some good results. Recently I’ve been researching VersaSpa spray tanning and reading/hearing a lot of really positive things. I checked out a few youtube videos of other fair skinned girls discussing their results and I liked that those results weren’t extreme; The VersaSpa is subtle but can be easily built up. The process is super fast! After my tutorial from the salon girl, I only spent about five minutes being sprayed. I could see a slight difference immediately and in the past hour and half, I’ve noticed it developing a bit. After about 6-8 hours, the color should be fully developed. (I’ll post an update on how I like the color as well as some of the other products I’ve been using to self tan recently in a future post.) 

I decide upon buying a month package at Boca Tanning specifically for the VersaSpa. For a month, I can get unlimited sprays for the price of 3 sprays. Even if I only go once a week, it’s still worth it but since it’s unlimited this month, I might build myself a darker than usual tan for the Fourth of July! Again, why not?

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

June 2014 :: Ipsy Glam Bag :: Pretty In Paradise

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My June Ipsy Glam Bag is fantastic! It’s really one of my favorite bags ever! I was super disappointed with last month’s bag and found myself, once again, on the brink of cancellation. It’s bags like this that make me remember everything I love about being an Ipsy subscriber: the products I received this month are all products I can and will use and (more than likely) would not have discovered on my own.

June’s bag, which was designed by Rebecca Minkoff, included some pretty fabulous products. My bag included:

  • Be A Bombshell – Lash Out Mascara : I’m a fan of B.A.B. products and have high hopes for this mascara.
  • Nicka K New York – Shimmer Eyeliner in Blue : The color is beautiful and the texture is superb. Easy to apply, long-lasting. Gorgeous
  • NYX – Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel : A simple pinky-peach. Feels a bit heavy on lips but looks nice.
  • Dove – Pure care Dry Oil
  • Realtree – for Her perfume : Not one of my favorite scents.

This month, I also received two products that I redeemed tipsy points for. It’s safe to say, these two products are my favorites that I have been able to claim with tipsy points. (This month’s delivery is just FULL of favorites!!)

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I was able to score a full size tube of bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie lipstick in Light It Up and four different face masks from Baksshi Botanicals: 1.) Aloe Vera for Moisture 2.) Vitamin C for Brightening 3.) Honey for Hydro Balance 4.) Marine Algae for Collagen

Here’s a closer look at the beautiful Light It Up lipstick. I really love the tube itself with its unique locking mechanism.

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I’m so happy with my delivery this month and all the amazing goodies I can play around with.

Thanks for reading!

Love, GK

Tarte Haul from Sephora


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Recently, Sephora featured several amazing Tarte products in their sale section and I took full advantage! I’m certainly glad I did because they sold out pretty quickly. Having been a fan of Tarte products for a while, especially their Amazonian Clay foundation, I was excited to score these little bundles for such great prices! PLUS, its summer, the season for tans and traveling, and some of the products I purchased are perfect for both! Here’s what I picked up:

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The set I’m most happy about is the Tarte Discover The Amazon 3-Piece Kit in Fair. First off, the bag is adorable! I love it! It’s a lovely addition to my beach bag and could even be used as a fun casual clutch to a pool party or something. I don’t normally get this jazzed about free makeup bags but I’m weirdly obsessed with this one. Inside the bag : a full size Pure Marcuja Oil rollerball – love this stuff! perfect skin pick-me-up full of vit C! A deluxe size Amazonian Clay Full Coverage 12-hr Foundation and SPF 15 Sunscreen – my current favorite liquid foundation! And a full size Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara – This is my first time trying this mascara by Tarte but I’ve loved mascaras of theirs in the past so I’m sure I’ll love this one too.

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Being on the summer bronzing kick that I’m currently on, I couldn’t pass up the Amazonian Clay and Annatto Body Bronzer. Applied with a delicate puff, this bronzer is waterproof! Perfect for when you get a little vain before the beach and/or pool. Can’t wait to put it to the test!

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And then, there are the two fabulous To-Go sets I nabbed!

1.) Tarte Prime, Shine & Define To-Go which included: Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hour Perfecting PrimerAmazonian Clay BB Illuminating Moisturizer and a mini version of the Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara.

2.) Tarte Golden Opportunity To-GoBrazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanner (which I’ve never tried but am excited to do so) and Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Ave Princess which is one of my favorite bronzers EVER! It was one of the first two Tarte products I became a devotee for.

All these little to-gos are perfect for my summertime purse and beach bag!

I’m looking forward to a beautiful summer! Thanks for reading!

Love, GK

My New Makeup Organizer Drawers!

After many different configurations, however carefully plotted, I was still unhappy with how I was organizing all my cosmetics. Having grown out of my makeup-novice-caboodle stage a long time ago, I had come up with several creative and, other times, not so creative ways of storing all my “paints” and brushes. Most times than not, I relied upon the office supply aisle to provide me with what I thought would be the best new way to house my makeup.

After much buzz on youtube and other blogs about clear acrylic makeup drawers, I looked into buying some. When I first looked into these, about a year ago, I only found incredibly overpriced ones. I put off my reorganization until recently and began my quest again. This time, I found Muji. I did my research and found that other makeup mavens were very happy with their orders. Muji provides several options of drawer sizes and counts.

I decided upon (1) 5 Drawer Case for $27.95 :: W26 x D17.5 x H16cm (W10.4 x D7 x H6.4″), appox H1″ each drawer. And (2) 2 Drawer Cases each $25.25 :: W25.5 x D17 x H9.5cm (W10.2 x D6.8 x H3.8″), each drawer is approx. 1.5″ deep.

Knowing better now, I wouldn’t have purchased the 5 Drawer Case. That half an inch depth makes a lot of difference and I would’ve prefered to go with more 2 Drawer cases instead. I’m not unhappy with my purchase though and will utilize the 5 shallower drawers just fine. The 2 Drawer cases stack perfect on each other and are made to do so. The 5 Drawers do not… I mean, they’re plastic boxes so they will definitely sit one on top of the other but they aren’t built to “lock” into each other perfectly like the 2 drawers are.

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While shopping at Marshall’s, I came across a few smaller pieces for really great prices and just couldn’t pass them up. Each of these organizers range from $4.99-$7.99

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When I finally began organizing my makeup, I found that my collection couldn’t be contained, at least not as neatly as I would like them to be, with only these drawers. (I even threw out A LOT!) I read a great review on a friend’s blog, Fancieland about similar sets of drawers she picked up from Bed Bath & Beyond and took a trip over there to buy a few myself. 

Each of these 3 Drawer cases is :: W9.45″ x H4.25″ x D5.325″. I believe each drawer is about 1.25″ deep (they are a bit deeper than my 5 drawers but not as deep as the 2 drawers.) Each was $14.99 and Bed Bath & Beyond seems to carry them regularly. (Use those 20% coupons!)

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I’m smack dab in the middle of a late-spring cleaning overhaul and part of that includes getting my makeup/vanity better situated. I will definitely share the outcome of my cosmetic organization soon!

Thanks for reading!

Love, GK