Hotties, I have exciting news to share with you! It’s so nice to find new vendors to work with but it’s even better when that vendor is close and lovely to work with. We recently welcomed Joy Lacquer into The Rhinestone Housewife family and now we’ve launched our new collaboration – the Jet City Burlesque Polish collection! This collection is near and dear to my heart and I really believe it’s got something for everyone. Available exclusively at The Rhinestone Housewife.
We were lucky enough to have some wonderfully talented bloggers swatch and review this collection so I am going to start with those, then you can see individual photos and listings below. If you are at all into nail polish and nail art, I highly recommend that you follow all of these lovely bloggers and swatchers.
Pampered Polishes – You can see a really fun YouTube video of the polishes being swatched and some quick thoughts and comments. If you like what you see, subscribe to the channel and like the videos. Each of these ladies was a gem to work with and so talented!
So, if you are mesmerized by all the sparkle and color, you can check them all out!
Boylesque – Considered part of the Neo-Burlesque revival, boylesque is the term used to describe male performers in burlesque. While boylesque was not invented in Seattle, Seattle enjoys a vast variety of talented performers. This color is a soft khaki green with warm brown undertones and it applies like a dream. It’s both masculine and feminine at the same time, with a light green shimmer and flawlessly smooth minky finish.
Burly-Q – A nickname many performers use for burlesque. Burly-Q the nail color, starts with a stunning jungle-green base and contains scattered multi-sized opalescent glitter in shades of blues and lime greens. There is a multitude of green/blue and turquoise holographic micro glitter. It’s also lightly sprinkled with subtle pink/purple sparks, giving the jelly polish an astonishing depth. The squishy teal base is perfect for yielding to each of the fine elements; truly dimensional! Opaque in 2-3 coats and 3,2, Oh! top coat is recommended for a smooth, glossy finish.
Glitter Lips – Red. Sparkly. Glamorous. A prerequisite of stage, the sexy look of red glitter lips is one of the most recognized elements of burlesque. Glitter Lips is a bright candy apple nail color with shades of scarlet, maroon, crimson and vermilion red micro glitter. This gorgeous red has a scattered holographic finish that works perfectly with it’s cranberry jelly-type base. Opacity is reached in 2-3 coats and top coat is recommended. If a pink glitter shade is more up your alley, see Glitter Lips’ glorious cousin The Rhinestone Housewife!
Hottie McNaughty – A local Seattle performer, Hottie has been described as the love child of Bugs Bunny and Carol Burnett. Hottie was known for using humor and ‘giving good face’ in her performances and performing to odd and unique music. One of her signature stage colors being orange, the polish made to represent her started with a fire-y tangerine base semi-creme base. It’s scattered with orange and contrasting purple iridescent glitter ranging from medium to large sizes. The more subtle elements include blue, orange and gold microglitter shimmers, giving this crelly (creme-jelly) a fantastically cheerful finish.
Lost a Pastie! – Equal parts titillating and horror inducing, losing a pastie happens. You never know when or where but it strikes terror in the hearts of club owners in the Seattle area due to liquor laws. Lost a Pastie the polish, is a marvelous interpretation of nude encrusted with Swarovski crystal. It’s packed with holographic silver and gold glitter that appeals to the sparkle fanatic in all of us. It also contains a range of ultra-luminous orange, pink, teal and purple opalescent glitters. The nude polish base contains a light blue flash that subtly complements the abundant glitter effects, and creates a truly exhilarating finish.
Neo-Burlesque – Neo-Burlesque is the revival of burlesque performance. Though based on the traditional Burlesque art, the new form encompasses a wider range of performance and neo-burlesque acts can range from classic striptease to modern dance to comedic and witty parody. For 2018 color of the year, Neo-Burlesque was created with an ultra-violet purple base and packed with gold/copper chrome micro-flecks. Scattered throughout is an ultra-fine holographic dust and electric blue flecks. The finish is smooth as butter and in the direct sun, you’ll see a beautiful linear holographic effect.
Pink Door – Whether triple, colored or hidden, burlesque performances happen behind many different doors in the Seattle area. Every collection needs a soft pink hue and this one fits the bill as perfectly as the ballet pink slipper it was inspired by. Soothing and pleasant, Pink Door has a true creme finish and is opaque in 1-2 coats.
Show At Midnight – Burlesque being a slightly subversive form of entertainment, frequently shows were speak easy style and later in the evening. A salute to the midnight hour, this polish is a shimmering, deep navy with scattered holographic glitter and an ever-so-subtle lapis blue sparkle. It’s everything you’d imagine when envisioning the dimensionally deep sky and tiny far-off galaxies, this incredible space blue is opaque in 2 coats.
Stage Kitten – This is the term used for the stage assistants that are responsible for gathering the performers garments after they strip out of them. The true unsung heroes of burlesque! Stage Kitten is a warm taupe, almost leaning mauve. The color looks as soft as a kitten and it’s finish is a rich true creme, similar to the color of a perfect vanilla latte. Opacity is easily reached in 2 coats.
The Rhinestone Housewife – A tagline given to Hottie McNaughty, it embodies everything that Hottie stood for. A sparkly house with a quirky gem-of-a-hostess. This raspberry color is the pink cousin of our luscious red Glitter Lips polish. It sparkles and shimmers with facets just like that of it’s namesake. Silver sparks with a chrome effects are scattered in with copious amounts of pink holographic microglitter in shades of magenta, punchy pink strawberry and bubblegum. This mouthwatering shade is a must-have for pink polish lovers.
If you are interested in mini bottles, you can get the entire collection as a set here for $72.00
Hotties! Over a year ago I got tired of my ridged, lined, peeling and ugly nails. I have always had ugly nails. They grew weird and were weak and bendy and not awesome. So I got acrylics. I loved them! They were long, and pointy and the polish and nail art stayed on forever without chipping….it was great! Well I finally got tired of spending the time and money to keep them up so I removed them.
The ugly, ugly horror of what they looked like when I’d removed the acrylic. And they hurt. Real bad. In this post, I am going to show you how I went from this (taken 6/21/17):
To this (taken 1/3/18):
The first thing I’m going to say is that it’s a LOT of work. I did some research and settled on a routine that I thought would work for me. I was lucky enough to participate in a product test by Different Dimension, their cuticle oil called Boost, which can be found here.
It is described as: Boost contains a special mix of Lavender Essential Oil, Lemon Essential Oil, and Myrrh Essential Oil. Use to help strengthen and grow out weak nails!
Lavender – Helps strengthen nails, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties help to keep bacteria from infecting cuticles. Hydrating properties
Lemon – Helps to brighten weak and dull nails. High levels of Vitamin C (natural antioxidant) nourishes cuticles helping to strengthen nails. Helps with discoloration of nails from removing polish.
Myrrh – Has amazing hydrating properties, helps to prevent dry and brittle nails (which lead to breaks). Has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties
I was instructed to use this up to five times daily, and use regular hand moisturizer and take a photo each day. The photos below and days 1-14 in order of the progress. The only polish I used was Sally Hansen Hard As Nails as I found it was thick enough to really protect my thin and damaged nail and nail beds.
As you can see, it’s a slow road to heal your nails and cuticles. Once the 14 day product test was over, I started adding in other treatments. After doing some research I found a few things that are great for healing nails and cuticles and keeping them happy and healthy.
Dead Sea Salt – Dead Sea salt naturally contains over 20 beneficial minerals, most of which are effective for improving nail health.
Lemon Juice – Lemon juice contains antioxidant vitamin C which protects nails, removes stains, and encourages stronger growth.
Olive Oil – Olive oil is one of the best moisturizers for nails (plus skin and hair, too!)
Honey – Honey is packed with enzymes to nourish and heal skin, and it’s a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture into the skin.
Using a rotating variety of the above ingredients, I soaked my nails 2-3 times a week for 5-10 minutes each time. The most common combos were sea salt and lemon, and honey and olive oil. Sometimes I got crazy and did honey, lemon juice and sea salt! Go wild! I really do think these helped.
I also found this amazing nail hardener called Quimica Alemana nail hardener and it’s worked like magic for me. I will warn you, it’s got formaldehyde in it so if that’s a no-go for you, you should skip this. Also read the reviews as some people are very sensitive to it. At first, I applied as directly, only to the top half of my nail and I had a burning sensation so I took it off immediately (I patched tested it on one nail). I waited a couple more weeks and then tried it again, but put it over Sally Hansen Hard As Nails and that worked like a charm. I did that for a couple more weeks, then tried the Quimica Alemana directly on my nail and it was fine. I have been using it ever since. It’s fairly thick and takes a while to completely dry but it’s worth it. My nails have never looked better!
I also started taking Biotin and religiously use cuticle oil or balm and keep my hands moisturized at all times. I make sure to wear gloves when doing dishes or cleaning and that has also helped a lot. I also switched to a glass nail file, which has helped to keep my nails from peeling when I shape them.
So there it is, that’s how I took my nails from wrecked to decked! Do you guys have any special tips and tricks that you use?
Hello hotties! I know it’s been a while but I wanted to post up a review of a great new company that I tried for the first time, Poesie Perfumes! I really appreciated the fact that I was able to purchase the small apothecary bottles, a typical 5ml bottle as well as a larger 9ml bottle. Customers love options! The branding on the packaging was spot on and quite posh. Everything arrived safe and sound.
Hotties! I’m so excited to bring you these reviews. As always, Conjure Oils has created some amazingly inspiring scents, just for you! Masterfully created with high quality ingredients, you are always guaranteed to find a scent that you will fall in love with. These are now available at The Rhinestone Housewife while supplies last.
Ayao – A whirling cyclone of crisp fall leaves fills the air coupled with slithering wisps of wood smoke, tonka bean and black plum.
In bottle: Wood smoke and something slightly earthy….maybe the swirling leaves?
Wet on skin: It’s all wood smoke and tonka bean at first. The smoke continues to amp up but then settles nicely into the tonka and just a bit of rich plum.
Dry on skin: The smoke softly wafts into the background and the crisp leaves swirl right up front and they are a great compliment to the plum…..rich and deep. The tonka bean is the perfect note to finish it off.
Verdict: Deep and rich, without being heavy. It’s dries down into a totally wearable scent. Something tells me this will get even better with age. Medium throw and silage.
Caer Ibormeith – The joy and pain of true love and inevitable death: yew berry accord infused black patchouli, swan feather soft vanilla musk, red amber and stout clove.
In bottle: Soft pearly musk.
Wet on skin: The soft musk and clove are the first up and they are gorgeous! The clove is not strong at this point but does ramp up a bit as of the red amber peeks out.
Dry on skin: The yew berry and red amber are having a party and I’m so glad I was invited! The patchouli is handled with a deft hand and the clove is soft and creamy.
Verdict: I’m quite possibly dead, this is so gorgeous. It really quite lovely, yet extremely unique….I don’t think I’ve smelled something like this before. I’ll definitely be keeping a bottle of this. This could be unisex. Good throw and silage.
Charon – An ancient memory of Tunisian opium, precious oudh, aged tobacco and chthonic rhus khus.
In bottle: Tobacco and oudh.
Wet on skin: This blend opens with something woody…..maybe the chthonic rhus khus (vetiver)? The opium and tobacco and right behind.
Dry on skin: The tobacco is really amazingly soft and lush and it’s so, so good with the opium. The vetiver is used with a very subtle hand here and it really grounds this blend perfectly.
Verdict: Wow, another stunner. This one is for those of you that want a unique scent that is warm and rich and sexy. Unisex. Medium throw and silage.
Hekate’s Torch – Often depicted with two torches that allow her safe passage between the worlds, allow Hekate’s Torch to guide you along your path. A light in the darkness: earthen patchouli, apotropaic clove, spiritually uplifting frankincense, Persephone’s pomegranate and illuminated bergamot.
In bottle: Refreshing!
Wet on skin: The bergamot is bring and refreshing with the pomegranate adding a bit of fruitiness as it settles in.
Dry on skin: The pomegranate is really coming to the front and it’s so pretty. The clove is very soft and hanging around in the background while the frankincense and earthy clove nestle together. Good throw and silage.
Verdict: Typically I don’t love bergamot but this oil seems to have the perfect balance of green, fruity and earthy. This is so well blended and I LOVE the pomegranate, I’m also betting this will age really, really well!
King of Terrors – The musty shadows of the cemetery, haunted loam and moss, metal sting and arterial spray.
In bottle: Loamy ground.
Wet on skin: I can definitely pick up the musty darkness of loam and moss….this is deep and mysterious at this point. The metallic note has appeared and it’s a very interesting counterpoint to the brooding earthiness.
Dry on skin: As this dries and softens the damp earthiness settles in and mellows into a nice soft earthy musk.
Verdict: A very surprisingly wearable scent that stays close with mid level silage. Unisex.
La Madama – Offerings of warm vanilla infused bourbon, juicy mangoes, star jasmine blossoms, cigar smoke and a pinch of blessed salt.
In bottle: Bourbon and soft tobacco.
Wet on skin: The star jasmine is right up front but it’s a bit of a foodie version with the mangoes and vanilla…quite lovely! The mangoes become more prominent just as the salt rolls in and gives it just a tiny touch of an aquatic feel.
Dry on skin: The warm rich vanilla bourbon and grounding the fruitiness of the mango and star jasmine. The softly wafting cigar smoke is the perfect compliment for this blend
Verdict: Gorgeous! It’s so pretty, warm….like an embrace from a good friend – perfect for those that want a close scent. Unisex. Medium silage and throw.
Les Mortes – Still waters, crystal musk, beeswax candles, water lilies, white amber and sweet offerings of coffee and beignets.
In bottle: Water lilies and beeswax!
Wet on skin: This is very aquatic at first with a nice current of crystal musk and beeswax candles swirling around. This stays as a very pretty aquatic scent before it dries down.
Dry on skin: The white amber and crystal musk is absolutely stunning and it’s such a good choice with the water lilies. As it continues to dry down the sweetness of the beignets appears but do not make this blend foodie.
Verdict: This scent is very interesting, aquatic but with some sweetness and richness that you don’t normally get. It’s absolutely gorgeous and even though it’s got foodie elements, it’s not foodie in any way. Good silage and throw.
Libitina – A wistful and somber meditation on eternity: smoked amber, dragon’s blood, aged black patchouli, rose hips, cypress, white myrrh and black storax.
In bottle: Patchouli and dragon’s blood.
Wet on skin: Black patchouli, cypress and black storax are right up front….knocking on the door. The smoky amber and myrrh are right behind.
Dry on skin: This is very woodsy, dark and heavy. The patchouli is dark and mysterious but doesn’t take over the blend and the dragon’s blood is handled very gently.
Verdict: If you like dark and resinous blends, with woodsy and brooding notes….this will be right up your alley. It’s got serious throw and silage. Unisex.
Simbi – African green musk and violets, falling water, the spark of ozone and lightning struck sandalwood.
In bottle: Soft violets.
Wet on skin: Delicious falling water and violets hit you first….and it’s mesmerizing. The green musk is just the right support for the violets.
Dry on skin: As this has dried down you get a just a tiny whiff of slightly charred sandalwood. This grounds the whole blend into a very pretty but not cloying floral.
Verdict: A gorgeous floral but this a floral that anyone can enjoy. It’s pretty and ladylike without being precious or cloying. Medium silage and throw.
Thanatos & Lethe – Black opium, poppy flower, kush, vanilla flower, cannabis accord, blue lotus attar, aged patchouli and mimosa.
In bottle: Kushy!
Wet on skin: It opens up green and herby and I think that’s the cannabis accord. It’s closely followed by the vanilla flower and opium. As it settles down, poppy flower and mimosa peek out.
Dry on skin: The blue lotus attar is has appeared as it dries down and it’s really pretty with the aged patchouli.
Verdict: This is a nicely unique blend of resins and florals – gorgeous, dark and rich. Good throw and sillage.
Valkyrie – Honey mead from the halls of Valhalla, the smoke of oak and juniper fires from the battlefield and the magnificent golden musk of eternal glory.
In bottle: Honey and musk!
Wet on skin: At first sniff this is warm and rich with the honey mead and musk the most prominent. The juniper fire is just showing up, licking at the edges.
Dry on skin: The juniper is giving it a bit of a refreshing vibe and it’s so very pretty with the sweetness of the honey mead and richness of the golden musk. I’m not sure of eternal glory smells like, but I suspect it’s like this!
Verdict: I’m literally dead and waiting for a Valkyrie to take me off to somewhere that smells like this because it is indeed glorious! It’s got foodie elements but isn’t foodie at all and it very refreshing. I love this. Good silage and throw. Unisex.
Wanyudo – An infernal and damned philtre of ginger root, red patchouli, tonka bean, cinnamon sticks and burnt marshmallow.
In bottle: Dry red patchouli.
Wet on skin: The red patchouli is here and it’s gorgeous! It quickly partners with the ginger root and cinnamon sticks. The cinnamon isn’t craft store-ish at all, but is dry and almost wispy. The patchouli is receding as it dries down.
Dry on skin: This has settled into a gorgeous ginger scent, with the tonka bean lending a nice balance with the burnt marshmallow. The red patchouli is just softly in the background and it’s a good base for this blend.
Verdict: I really love this. It’s definitely a cinnamon and ginger heavy blend but it’s creamy and lush, not craft store smelling at all. Great throw and silage. Unisex.
Washers At The Ford – A Victorian mourning fougere: bog moss, heather, pitcher plant, water poppy and emerald ferns under a slate gray sky that threatens torrential rain.
In bottle: Bright greens.
Wet on skin: The heather is mingled in with the emerald ferns and this really does smell like you are out in a garden, sitting among the greens and wild heather. You can almost feel the storm on the horizon as you pick up a bit on ozone.
Dry on skin: The bog moss gives this blend the feel of air heavy with moisture during a storm. The greens and heather smell like they’ve got a fresh, dewy layer of rain.
Verdict: Amazing! This is very atmospheric and yet still wearable. A great scent for those that enjoy aquatics, fresh greens and realistic, atmospheric scents yet still want something that’s totally wearable. Medium silage and throw.
I am so happy to be able to bring you a review of the eagerly anticipated Les Fleurs de Mal by Conjure Oils.
Les Fleurs du Mal – The corrupted blood of ancient dragons is infused with patchouli black. The midnight musk petals from les Fleurs du Mal are caramelized cauldron bound with black opium, black fig and dark muscavadao sugar. Defiled deeply by the scent of smoke of crimson red leaves and Scandinavian churches ablaze, filling the crisp autumn air with sweet despair. Nema!
In vial: Red musk and just a hint if something juicy/fruity.
Wet on skin: It’s dark and heavy with black and resinous sugar. The smokey opium is starting to swirl around.
Dry on skin: Well, the Dragon’s Blood has arrived and it’s a cloud of resinous, creamy goodness. The sugar mellows a bit and wafts just a touch love lovely sweetness with the fig.
Verdict: Normally I don’t care for dragon’s blood, but this is different. It’s creamy and oh so rich. This is a dark, resinous blend that would be great for those who like incense, resins and other smoky scents. I bet this is going to age beautifully!
*Note – I accidentally layered this with Conjure Oils Hell Broth (Black coconut, almond blossom, toasted patchouli, nutmeg, beeswax and bubbling green sugar cane syrup) and it was magical!
While I post a lot of SOTD’s (scent of the day) on The Rhinestone Housewife FB page, I haven’t posted them a lot here so I thought I’d give it a shot! Today, I am wearing El Diabolito by Conjure Oils.
El Diabolito: flick the angel off of your shoulder and indulge the devilish side. Smoke, chocolate and warm spices conspire to make debauchery a divine pastime.
In bottle: Bittersweet chocolate powder.
Wet on skin: At first it’s all hot and spicy with just a hint of some earthy chocolate swirling in the background.
Dry on skin: The sweetness really starts to emerge in the dry down with the smokiness as the perfect balance. The spicyness is absolutely perfection here…..rich and deep.
Verdict: I smell like a sexy mocha. It’s easy for perfume oils to veer into craft store territory with any sort of cinnamon or spice note but El Diabolito manages to avoid that completely. This is spicy, warm and rich. Perfect for those who love chocolate but don’t necessarily want to smell like cake.
Hotties! Here they are, reviews of the Stars + Flowers collection.
Adhara: The maidens. Vanilla cream, tangerine, clementine, Nagami peel, black coconut, and a touch of sweet violet.
In bottle: Bright citrus!
Wet on skin: The vanilla cream blended with the tangerine and clementine are so pretty together. The sweet violet is soft and cheeky in the background.
Dry on skin: The vanilla is definitely foody and creamy and with the citrus notes it’s quite creamsickle-y but the dark coconut and violet are the perfect balance to the bright gourmands.
Verdict: Bright, effervescent and bubbly. If you love citrus and vanilla, you’ll love this!
Bellatrix: The lady warrior. Sweet, jammy fir absolute with 3 honeys, honeysuckle, tiny strawberries, and blood orange.
In bottle: Fresh honeysuckle.
Wet on skin: Fresh pine needles and honeysuckle…it’s kind of a genius combination.
Dry on skin: The honeysuckle really warms up and as the fir mellows. The strawberries are fresh and very precious with a generous drizzle of honey.
Verdict: The honey is pretty soft in this blend and it’s all honeysuckle on me.
Betelgeuse: Orion’s hand. Atlas cedarwood and blood cedar with smoldering oudh, osmanthus, brown musk, bacon, and vetiver.
In bottle: Smoke and all smoke!
Wet on skin: This a a serious oil. Heavy, smokey and musky.
Dry on skin: I can’t really distinguish the notes in this, but it’s all incense, smoke, wood and musk with a healthy dose of vetiver.
Verdict: Don’t worry, you won’t smell like bacon! But if you’re into the heavy, smokey and incense blends then you most certainly need this.
Electra: The lost Pleiad. Pink carnation petal ice cream, Mexican bakery vanilla, eggnog, sweet cinnamon, and nutmeg.
In bottle: Frothy pink.
Wet on skin: Mmm, carnation and eggnog are swirled together, tasty and creamy Plop a scoop of cinnamon ice cream on top and it’s spicy, sweet and lush.
Dry on skin: The spiciness of the carnation really ramps up and it’s a great balance with the sweet notes.
Verdict: This is so pretty. Carnation is one of my favorite flowers and if you’re a carnation lover then you should pick this up.
Miaplacidus: Gentle waters. Sea air, spring water, cucumber, juniper, hyacinth, lavender, China musk, and 1 drop of hyssop.
In bottle: Fresh aquatic.
Wet on skin: The juniper is right up front, with a splash of very soft cucumber water. The hyacinth and hyssop petals are gently swirling around with a fresh spritz of spring air.
Dry on skin: Bright hyacinth and salty sea are lovely with light cucumber and exotic musk. Lavender and juniper are perfect to balance this out.
Verdict: A fresh, aquatic blend with an sophisticated twist of heady florals.
Mira: The amazing. Tiare blossoms dipped in milk chocolate with coconut, sugared rum, French cocoa absolute, marshmallows, and white chocolate.
In bottle: Sugary chocolate accord – dark in color.
Wet on skin: Rich milk chocolate and coconut drizzled in rum marshmallows.
Dry on skin: The white chocolate and marshmallows are rich and luscious. The tiare blooms and scent swirls around with the sugared rum and cocoas.
Verdict: A rich gourmand dream with an unexpected white floral that is perfection.
Sirius: The brilliant. Bright white grapefruit, golden amber, linden flowers, tart red currant, cassis, and pomegranate.
In bottle: Bright citrus.
Wet on skin: Oh man, this is ALL bright citrus – right up in your face, bracing and proud.
Dry on skin: The citrus and cassis are stuck in a swirly embrace of juicy, bright cloudiness, with a flash of linden flower and a healthy dose of pomegranate.
Verdict: A lively and energetic blend, this would be perfect for those hot summer days.