Broadway imPress Press On Manicure Review

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I’m not a fake nail person by no means… I actually rarely trim the nails on my fingers. So when I received this in Influenster UniVox Box… I was disappointing. I’ve always hated fake nails. Personally, my real nails were already healthy enough and could grow to a reasonable length and look elegant. Plus my mom used to do nails overseas and she shared her talents with me so yeah.

However for testing purposes… I went ahead and trimmed my nails down and applied this suckers in.

Broadway Nails imPress Press-On Manicure
$5.99 for colors / $7.99 for patterns
Availble at Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, Kmart, Rite-Aid and Target

They are fairly easy to apply for the most part but the little strip that you need to peel off can stretch out making the application process difficult.
So far they seem pretty solid, once they are applied and look similar to natural nails as they are on the short square tip side. The only problem is because they are short they can make your fingers sort of fat… so if you are the type that have short wide fingers make sure you go for the medium lengths which are available. I was also kind of sad I didn’t get one with a pattern. There’s are tons of cute pattern imPress nails.

Honestly I can paint my nail one color, but I can’t make a peacock feather… Just saying. The length time for these nails are about a week. Well see… Check my twitter feed or check this blog post for an update about that and how these nails handle my college life.
So far though they don’t feel fake… where I feel like a parasite is attached to my fingers and I want it off… It’s pretty second nature at the moment.

Now to get them off… I during my mini test… I just peeled off the nails and that was that but soaking in nail polish remover will also work if that’s a problem.

I definitely keep these more in mind for special occasions such as weddings, parties and such. I would probably recommend keeping a pack of the patterns or two in your car for those days you are in a rush and don’t have the time to get your nails done or do it yourself but want your nails to look cute for a while.

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 Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes

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Influenster Uni Box – First Response

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Influenster Uni Box

So this box actually came in the mail Friday… However, it cause my mailbox to become stuck…so I actually after some nagging to my postal service. I finally received it.
In the box there are numerous random items inside that pertain to what I would call perfect for Dorm Room Living. Small spaces, roommates, minimal finances, living off ramen, ect ect… Not enough privacy nor money to do what ever you want to really what to do.

Been there done that. One of those time, I’m glad to be old with half of my life in order… the other half… is in college.

If you are unfamiliar with Influenster… it’s a program where they will ship you free products for your reviews and social networking. It’s pretty easy to join, and pretty easy to keep getting new boxes. This may be my fifth box since joining at the fall of last and the quickest way to keep recieving new boxes is to remain fairly active with your social network. It’s promotion by word of mouth.

In the Influenster Unibox for March 2014, My first responses to these products as of right now in the moment….

Broadway Nails imPress Press-On Manicure
$5.99 for colors / $7.99 for patterns
Availble at Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, Kmart, Rite-Aid and Target

I hate to start this way… But I’m not going to really use this other than for trial, Actually I’m going borrow my niece for that. I’m not going to purchase this at anytime. I naturally keep my nails pretty long and have for 20+ years since I was a kid. It’s just not praticle for me. We will see how this goes.

NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Forever Fuchsia $1.99
Available at Target and Walmart

Now I really want to like this… I was hoping I would love the color but it’s soooooooooo PINK! It’s like they pack Victoria Secret in this lipstick. It’s that kind of pink. My skin tone is sort of scared of this color. I’m hoping I will change my mind. Really hoping.

Pilot Acroball PureWhite
$4.59 per 3-pack
I love pens… I take them for doctors offices, all the time… I don’t have enough. Now the big selling point of this part is smooth writing. Now I’m majoring in Japanese, so if my writing doesn’t look pretty then I don’t want to bother with it. So there will be some test.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation
$4.99-$5.49
Availble at Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, Rite-Aid and Target
Available in 8 Shades

I love that the pick shades that would work with us… and not the color they wanted to send out. Hint…Hint, Ipsy! So I’m pretty excited to try this out since my general makeup look is the matte look.

Playtex Sport Fresh Balance
$3.99-$4.99
Now I’m probably not going to be able to give this an actual review anytime soon… I just can’t make these natural biological thing happen. However I may just stick a box in my bathroom with a post it note and a survey and see how that works because Shark Week ain’t going to happen for at least another couple weeks.

Red Rose REAL TEA Premium Water Enhancer
$4.49
Now this is the big thing I was pretty excited about. I love tea. As I said before, I’m a college student whose most of my finances is spent on the vending machines at my school. $1.50 for Diet Coke or $2.00 for Pure Tea, this is pretty upsetting to me. So I feel like this is heaven sent to me, and I need to buy a case of water to celebrate. So please don’t fail me.

This box averages at $24.60 so definitely not bad since I didn’t pay anything. However the real test are in progress. Hopefully this weekend, I’ll be able to tell y’all if any of these stuff is actually worth buying.

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

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On What Grounds by Nicole by Opi Review

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Back to the grind!!!

It’s Make Up Monday.

On What Grounds! by Nicole by Opi. As you can see it’s a light blue color with turquoise specks throughout which are reminiscence to a robin’s egg.

The texture itself can be debatable as I received it from a friend from her Ipsy Glam Bag for March. The texture is rough like sandpaper rough. Actually think bottom of a swimming pool. It doesn’t bother me, I think it give the nail color character. It can be a hit or miss with some folks if you’re not into rough texture nails.

Now that being said, It’s definitely an eye catcher. I’ve wore this color for a week and I can’t tell you the number of times people have stop me to look and feel my nails.

So if you are looking for that quick and easy eye catching nail look this is a must-have spring nail polish.

Of course Opi can be found at most major retailers such as Walgreens, Walmart and Target at around $8.00.. I haven’t been able to find this color yet but in the next few weeks, I’m sure they’ll be on the shelves.

Sakura Latte

Sakura Latte

It has been an insane week, multiple tests, my daughter’s spring break week, an urgent care visit… I really wouldn’t wish this week on anyone. So I’ve been unwinding myself with a Sakura Latte all this week. If you are unfamiliar with Sakura (Cherry Blossom) taste.. it’s a light, airy, and floral taste that embodies Spring in Japan. 

Every Spring in Japan, there are numerous products from Canada Dry to KitKats using Sakura Flavor but my personal favorite is Starbucks Sakura Flavored Beverages. I’ve begun to crave it so much that I recreated my own personal recipe. Interesting enough, it’s close to the taste, but it’s not perfect. However I’m pretty happy about it. 

Simple Sakura Syrup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup Water
  2. 2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  3. 1 TBSP of Cherry Blossom Extract
  4. 2 drops of Red Food Coloring (to give syrup a pinkish color)
Instructions
  1. Place sugar and water in a small saucepan and stir to combine.
  2. Bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add Cherry Blossom Extract and Food Coloring
  4. Reduce heat and simmer until sugar is completely dissolved and syrup is slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool.
  6. Transfer syrup to a container with a tightfitting lid, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.
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Sakura Latte
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Ingredients
  1. 1 TSP of Sakura Simple Syrup
  2. 1/2 of White Hot Chocolate Mix
  3. 1 Cup of Milk
Instructions
  1. In A Coffee Cup, Mix together White Hot Chocolate Mix and Sakura Simple Syrup
  2. Heat and Froth Milk until the Top of the Milk Foams
  3. Add to Coffee Cup
  4. And Enjoy
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Sorry be back soon

Generally not the best week, 

Unfortunately, my schedule is packed with tests and attempting to potty train my daughter this week since it’s her spring break. I’ll comeback with a couple post soon as well as the Sakura Latte Recipe on Friday! So I promise I didn’t forget. Time just not on my side at the moment. Oh, not to mention this monthly feeling. I spend the first part of the week in position 2 actually.

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Did I ever mention… We are having a giveaway.

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Probably not. I figure since I’m in the middle of relaunching MouseMakingSushi from the ground up. Why not?

So in honor we are giving away a pair of Whisper Earrings by Park Lane Jewelry.
In your choice of silver or gold. Enter by clicking the Contest and Giveaway link at the top of the page.

Enter soon, Giveaway ends 03/15/14 at 12:00AM
ends 03/15/14 at 12:00AM

Good Luck!

Photo Accessories for your Phone

It’s Tuesday… in some places.

Anyways it’s Tech Tuesday right now. There are two things I want to rave about…

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macro, wide, and fish eye

The first one is 3-in-1 Lens kit for iPhone 5. This type of products have been around for quite a while and as much as you can Photoshop a photo. Nothing is more fun than being able to get that photo in one shot and naturally. For people who have a DSL camera can understand how awesome these lens can be especially the fish eye. The lens are attached to an 1/8 of a case and slide on where your back camera is. The only con is you lose your flash, but I find that most smartphone flashes are pretty harsh so no love is lost there. However for those you love photography and want to add a little fun to your mobile photos then this is for you.

3-in-1 Lens Kit for iPhone 5 at Amazon

The second thing is App of the week and this may be because I’m on a Spring kick like nothing else.  

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Sakura Now! only at the Apple App Store

Nothing is more spring than falling Cherry Blossoms. Think Spring and it will come! Definitely a fun app to celebrate the season with.

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It’s Spring… Well we’re almost there.

We were at 81 degrees today…but it’s going to be cold tomorrow. That is not necessarily how I wanted to spend my Spring Break this week. Oh well.

Even though it’s cold outside doesn’t mean I can’t have a bit of Spring brought to me from Japan. Pickled Sakura Blossoms! In the spring Japan is full of endless amounts of Sakura (Cherry Blossoms). It’s absolutely gorgeous to see in person and festival are held in parks and people will view, drink and eat to celebrate the blooming of these trees and the start of spring. Japan pretty much gets Sakura crazy, every store you run into has Sakura flavored something like cookies, cakes, mochi, ice cream, Kit Kats, and the list goes on. Actually Nihon-Ichiban has a list of many different recipes you can use pickled Sakura for. The taste has floral essence that is light, airy and a little bit salty. Adding Chocolate is actually to the essences of Sakura is a wonderful combination. The flowers in the packages are soaked with salt and ume(Plum) vinegar to preserved it freshness and need to be soaked in water for sometime before use.

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Starbucks is no exception. They have a Sakura Steamer and a Sakura Frappuccino which are absolutely delicious!

So of course I have to make my own version of these delicious drinks! So I’ll update everyone soon after a few trial runs!

 

Check out Nihon-Ichiban for Pickled Sakura Cherry Blossoms
and Nihon-Ichiban’s Top Recipes for Pickled Sakura

 

 

 

Why I’m not totally for an average “Barbie”

 So I came across this article on Buzzfeed

I’m not truly against the idea of this doll, Lammily, but in defense of Barbie. She’s never affected views of my own body image, just influenced on what I wanted in life. I understand the idea of having an average doll but here’s the problem I have. Her clothes look frumpy. Being average doesn’t mean she shouldn’t look fabulous. This is the reason we love Barbie, she has great clothes, she’s trendy, she rarely looks frumpy, even in uniform. Average is beautiful but does that mean you have to look you just rolled out of bed. NO! Give me average but give her a personal fabulous style that kids want to buy. Don’t go pink but what giving her H&M fashions. Affordable for the average person carries sizes all the way up to plus sizes but makes the average person look fantastic.    

Now here’s the thing… I’m not thin, and the smallest I ever was a size 4 when at somewhere between 20-25 years old. I was working for the airlines and constantly moving. Not to mention, I also barely ate anything, and smoked cigarettes then a chimney! My walking consisted of the mile power run in heels I had to do to either get outside or the camouflaged smoking room in the airport. I was quite malnourished. I didn’t get to this size by attempting anything. My work and vices pretty much demanded this schedule from me. At the time, cigarettes beat out food for me by “__” <— this much!

Other than that I’ve always been a size 15 and proud of it. I like food, I see food that I want to eat I’m generally going to eat the dish in its purest form… Lactose, Gluten, Carbs, Red Meat, and Balut!! Bring it on. Of course it’s been suggested to lose weight and go to the gym and diet. First off the word “DIET” is DIE with a T at the end. So no, I don’t do diets. However I will give up certain vices for lent like this year is Diet Coke. Laugh all you want but this Diet Coke detox is no joke.  Chills man… Chills!

Getting to the point, even as a child I’ve never wanted to be Barbie, I never wanted to be her size. I just wanted her stuff!!! Her job, JOBS! Her dream house, her pool, her car, her clothes but in my size. The adoration of Barbie has nothing to do with her looks, you don’t see every girl wanting to be blonde like Barbie. We just want her fabulousness. I don’t want her breast, waist, nor hips. I want the clothes, I want the accessories with the matching pooch in a bag.

 

You truly want to know where size problems and body issues come from are the mannequin that sit in department stores across the nation falsely giving people the idea of how clothes with look flawlessly on a mannequin but look absolutely ratchet when a living body puts the same outfit on.

 

So the body sizes that need to change to reflect the average women are the mannequins that affect grown women across the nation.

 

Raised these women self-esteem and let them know that they can be fabulous! Because at the end of the day having a good self-image all starts at home.

 

 But what do you think about an average Barbie…

Check out the Kickstarted project: Lammily

Read the article on Buzzfeed: This “Normal Barbie ” Has The Proportions Of An Average American 19-Year-Old

I got Freaked!!!!

I’m gonna be honest. I’m obsessed with Freakers, it’s better than a coaster. Way better than coasters. They insulate your drinks warm or cold. NO MORE DRINK SWEAT! By the way this winter has been going, I don’t think I could live without them. Especially walking through campus with a cold wet cola in my hand. This pretty much saved me from frostbite this winter.

 So when my friend introduced me a view that explained how Freakers worked I was hooked and every season I purchase a few and add to my little growing collection. This time I added Sour Puss and Shrimp Pimp.

Sour Puss as I explained to my sister is my face everyday! I mean EVERY BLOODY DAY! So when people ask me to smile I can show them this an reiterate that smiling will probably never happen. Not that I have anything against smiling, I just don’t care to do it. 

Shrimp Pimp is just gorgeous. The colors are pretty vivid. I’m just crazy about it and flamingos are just awesome. 

Normally with every order, I receive a sticker of the Late and Great James Brown in Mugshot form tucked into a Freaker. That’s beautiful alone. Take a moment to digest that if you are old enough to remember why James Brown’s Mugshot was Epic. Can’t be using anyone’s bathroom now.  I also usually receive a custom made drawing… my first one was a disco ball and then the drew me an otter, which was cool because I LOVE otters! Love them! This time I decided to request one more thing in the special instructions, which was an autograph photo of their CEO Zach Crain because he’s my imaginary friend in my head. We fly kites together… it’s pretty cool. Anyways as you can see they delivered. So this is definitely a company that cares about their customers which sometimes in lacking in today’s age.

Another thing I love most about Freakers is they are well made, quirky and made in the USA. So for every Freaker you buy, you are creating demand for jobs . So… I recommend everyone go get freaked. 

Freakers can be found @ FreakerUSA starting $9,99

 

Disclaimer: MouseMakingSushi receive no payment for this blog and the review is based on the personal opinion of MouseMakingSushi

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