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9.29.2022

ZOYA Metallic Dreams Media Sampler Nail Lacquer Swatches + Review

Y'all know that I am not a fan of metallic polishes, but let me tell you, ZOYA's Metallic Dreams Media Sampler is a game changer. Babes, this trio is so good, with shades that serve as amped up neutrals that will get you noticed. Even my kinder cuties are obsessed with this collection - if their daily compliments are anything to go by. Highly, highly recommend this stunning trio to all y'all!

Amara is a Metallic Chocolate Brown. Hello gorgeous! OMG babes this beauty is so good for fall. Amara is a rich metallic chocolate brown with copper undertones that is, essentially, fall in a bottle. I legit cannot stop staring at my nails - it is that good! Amara has an out of this world formula. She applies like. a. dream. The best part? She is a one coat wonder. Pretty sure this gorgeous gal is going to rule my autumn polish game! This is 1 coat.

Matilda is a Metallic Rose Gold. Ooh ladies I am loving this beautiful babe! Matilda is one of those saccharine shades that makes you feel glitzy and glam with every twist of your tips. The gold-infused sweetheart pink creates a rosy look that would be at home in any season; but I particularly love it for fall due to how yum it looks coupled with autumn's cafe colors. Two coats are required for full coverage; but the staying power is out of this world - no chips or visible signs of tipwear for the full week that I wore it. Natch! This is 2 coats.

Moki is a Metallic Olive Gold. Idk about you, but these metallics for autumn are sending me! Moki is a gorgeous gold-infused metallic olive that feels utterly essential for all of the fall things - from apple picking excursions to pumpkin patch trips and trick-or-treating to scary movie marathons. Like her glittering sis, Amara, Moki is a OCW that applies streak-free, and features a long-lasting formula that keeps going and going. Needless to say, I am obsessed. This is 1 coat.


AVAILABILITY: ZOYA.

PRICE: $12.00 for each full-size bottle



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9.26.2022

NOTD: OPI Fall Wonders Nail Lacquer Collection in Peace of Mined

Two coats of OPI Fall Wonders Nail Lacquer Collection in Peace of Mined. Gray Creme.

Is it just me, or has gray become such a rarity in the polish world?

Peace of Mined is a calming gray creme that makes you feel all of the ohm vibes whenever you take a peek at your tips. This one is such a breeze to work with - applying smoothly in seconds. NGL, it is on the sheer side, so you may need a third coat {or a heavier hand} during application; but the finish is phenomenal. Absolutely loving this color for the start of fall!

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9.22.2022

BOOK REVIEW: To Fetch a Felon {A Chatty Corgi Mystery Book} by Jennifer Hawkins



I have to give a huge cheers to Amazon for recommending Jennifer Hawkins' To Fetch a Felon {A Chatty Corgi Mystery Book, # 1} to me, because I likely would have never unearthed this gem on my own, which would have been devastating because it. is. fabulous. Y'all, I was practically raised by Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy Mysteries, so to find another series with such a prevalent animal presence {with the added bonus of human owner and Corgi literally being able to communicate with one another} is legit the best thing ever. Chef's kiss.

Fed up with watching her less-experienced male co-workers earn raises and promotions while she does the legwork in her London-based high finance position, forty-something Emma Reed elects to call it quits and finally do something that sets her soul on fire. Packing up her beloved Corgi, Oliver, along with her posh flat, Emma abandons London for Trevena, an idyllic village nestled in Cornwall. Here, Emma has hopes to open a village tea shop wherein she brings her grandmother's baked goods recipes into the spotlight as they so rightly deserve. With its cobblestone walkways and lush greenery, Trevena also provides enough exploratory spaces to sate talking Oliver's curiosity. Did you catch that there? The talking Oliver - because Oliver can, indeed, talk; and Emma is the only one who can communicate with him.

While on an explore the 'hood excursion with Oliver, the protective pup races into the garden of one Victoria Roberts, eager to catch a sly fox cavorting about; but instead irking the village curmudgeon. Victoria dislikes dogs, abhors most of the village residents, and owns just about all of Trevena - including Penhallow's, the old tea shop that Emma is eager to revive. Convinced that she's gotten off on the wrong foot with Victoria, Emma makes winning her over her absolute mission. Thus, armed with an assortment of homemade scones, Emma and Oliver head to Victoria's to make amends by way of tasty treats, only to stumble upon Victoria lying dead in her kitchen.

Oliver, in his own peculiar way, knows immediately that Victoria died not of natural causes, but rather, the victim of murder - an observation that makes Emma eager to solve the crime. After all, newcomer or not, as an individual with a vested interest in the deceased's property, as well being the finder of the body, Emma is every bit a suspect as everyone else. Luckily for her, many of the villagers are far more suspect. Take, for example, the visiting writer, Parker Taite, who is obviously hiding something; the hungry real estate agent, Maggie Trenwith, eager to make deals with developers but stopped at every turn by Victoria; or Jimmy, Victoria's down on his luck nephew. It seems all of Trevena had a bone to pick with Victoria. Now all Emma and Oliver need to do is uncover which of the many suspects is the true culprit - all before they find themselves next on the killer's list.

I truly did not know I would adore this story as much as I did, but Jennifer Hawkins positively captured my heart with this perfectly charming cozy. At first, upon learning the extent of Emma's ability to communicate with Oliver, I {wrongly} assumed that Emma could merely turn to Oliver, ask him who the killer was, and be done with it; however, that was most certainly not the case. Hawkins was incredibly clever in showing the difficulties Oliver had in relaying information regarding individuals to Emma. Unlike humans, Oliver, as a dog, doesn't merely refer to human beings by name or description as we do; rather, he relies upon scent, sounds, tastes...elements that were not so black and white in sharing with Emma, and became a source of frustration for him at times. This communication barrier truly created an added bonus of mystery, and made for an intriguing inclusion of dialogue.

As for the characters...I was quite charmed by all of them. Emma is such an easy to relate to, down to earth character; while Oliver himself gives off true Paddington vibes {like I legitimately could hear Paddington's voice whenever I read his lines}. The relationship between the two is so sweet and heartwarming. The rest of the villagers, from Emma's insta-BFF Genny Knowles to the kindhearted Angelique and her daughter Pearl, are such wonderful additions to the cast - each bringing their own personalities and quirks to the forefront to make you feel at home while nestled between the pages. Needless to say, I have already downloaded Murder Always Barks Twice {A Chatty Corgi Mystery Book, # 2} to my Kindle, and cannot wait to dig in. Brava Ms. Hawkins!


Star Rating: *****


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9.19.2022

NOTD: ZOYA Metallic Dreams Nail Lacquer Collection in Amara

One coat of ZOYA Nail Polish in Amara. Metallic Chocolate Brown.

Hello gorgeous! OMG babes this beauty is so good for fall.

Amara is a rich metallic chocolate brown with copper undertones that is, essentially, fall in a bottle. I legit cannot stop staring at my nails - it is that good! Amara has an out of this world formula. She applies like. a. dream. The best part? She is a one coat wonder. Pretty sure this gorgeous gal is going to rule my autumn polish game!

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