Monday, December 30, 2013

Celestial Cosmetics - Reaper Crew

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     Any Sons of Anarchy fans out there? I know I'm not alone! I started watching the series not too long ago and binged watched all the episodes on Netflix in about a month. I fell for Jax even though Charlie Hunnam's American accent is terrible. He's not my typical type, but his attitude and loyalty roped me in. 

     Whether you're an SoA fan or not, you need to see all the pictures and review of this polish called Reaper Crew from the Australian indie Celestial Cosmetics

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - Winter Collection

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     I told you I'd have a big Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer collection up soon! Tonight, I'm here to deliver. This collection contains five polishes plus a limited edition holographic polish available only to those of you who purchase the whole collection. I love little extras like that. 

     Julie, the creator, wanted this collection to be just icy enough to be wintery. I think she nailed it. (No pun intended.) Check out all the good stuff after the cut! And don't forget to tell me your favorites!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - December Duo: Untrodden Snow & Electric Icicle

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     Winter's here and I have a great limited edition duo from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer! Are you tired of all the Christmasy polishes yet? Need something that isn't red, green, and gold? This duo is where it's at. These pair perfectly together. Julie, the brains behind the operation, really hit it out of the park with these. 

      This December Duo will be available on January 1st, 2014. For more pictures and lots of details, don't miss out on the rest of the post under the cut...

Friday, December 27, 2013

Chaos & Crocodiles - Pi R Squared

     Chaos & Crocodiles is a new to me indie. I've seen others post about the brand, but I never really cared for them. I definitely judge a book by its cover; I didn't like the old bottles. C&C recently changed over to a square bottle with a sleeker and cuter label. I'M IN LOVE WITH THIS LOOK. I was lucky enough to score two polishes during the last restock. I'm usually terrible with them. 

     If you want to see more of this perfect circle glitter topper, stay tuned! It's a stunner.

Glam Polish - Tempestarii and Book of Shadows

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     Happy Holidays! I hope everyone had a great day with family and friends. Mine was great, but I'm so glad it's over. I can get back on track and have a normal schedule now.  I've been working almost nonstop and definitely need some me time soon. 

    I love these two Glam Polishes! These are part of the Cast A Spell collection. I swatched them early last week when I still had nice nails to show off. (I'm a bit embarrassed by how short they are right now. You'll all get to see them soon enough.)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Glam Polish - Iridessa and Vidia

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    Glam Polish, an awesome Australian brand, is slowly taking over my indie collection. I'm completely okay with that! Today I have two shades from the Pixie Hollow collection to share with you. This collection is full of bright neons that are perfect to offset the snowy weather blues. Plus, you should keep in mind that it's not winter down under. 

   Don't miss out on the full review and lots of great images under the cut! 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Rica - Nirvana

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      Let's get back to our regularly scheduled program, shall we? I have a great holographic polish to share with you! I've worn this twice since a I received about two weeks ago. I would have shared pictures the first time around, but the weather and work is doing a number on my hands. I had a nasty little cut on my middle finger; it's good as new now.

     If you're a fan of purples, holographics, and blue flashes, you need to see this Rica polish. I shared a video of this polish on my Instagram last week, and today I have lots of pictures. Don't miss out on the full review after the jump!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Bad News - I was Plagiarized

    Hey, babes! I have some bad news to share with all of you. Last night while checking my blog traffic sources, I found out that I was plagiarized. I was shocked! At first, I was stunned. My blog doesn't have a large following and I'm incredibly grateful to have each and every one of you supporting me. I'm not exactly sure how to go about this because I never thought I'd have to deal with this, but here it goes!

The post that was stolen can be found here: Tillie Polish - Wonderland Collection plus Promo Code.
The post is question has been deleted by the blogger Bedizzle. (The blog is deleted now.)

     First, I came across this in my traffic sources. I thought it was a bit strange to find a line from one of my posts in my sources. 

     I copied the line "cozy up to me is a beautiful cool nude with a super creamy formula" and entered it into Google. I then found these results. 

     Well, that's a little odd, isn't it? I thought it might just be a coincidence. Nope. Not at all. Bedizzle stole nearly all of the text from my post! She took my intro talking about MY feelings this time of year, my description and review for Cozy Up To Me and Tillie, and my blurb about the promo code for 15% off. Here are screenshots that I took from my phone last night. They're easier to read than the screenshots from my laptop. Keep in mind that my original post is from December 6th while hers was from the 10th.

Click on me to make me bigger! 

     Bedizzle also took my descriptions and used them on Instagram. Keep in mind that she has over 114K followers on Instagram. Yes, over 114K followers. Insane, right? 

     All of that sounds pretty familiar, doesn't it? This is not okay. She stole my words, my hard work, and my personal thoughts. Her review was NOT honest; it was MINE. Plagiarizing can never be justified.

     I emailed Tillie Polish first and then fowarded the message to Bedizzle. She responded shortly after. (I'm still waiting to hear back from Tillie. It's not their fault at all. They're just an innocent bystander in this and I hate that this happened with their product in the post. They're such great ladies!) I haven't responded to Bedizzle again because I'm SO furious right now. I'm sharing the email because her email address was on her PUBLIC blog that has been removed.

     A friend of mine sent her a KIK message to ask her about it before I received the email response. Her response made me roll my eyes. It really isn't acceptable. If she was so tired, she could have waited to post the review the next day. Or, just post the pictures and add in the text the next day. Is it really that hard?

      I'm not sure about you, but that excuse never would have worked in college and it surely isn't going to work with me. Bedizzle posted an apology on Instagram last night, but I was sleeping. A friend was nice enough to grab these screenshots for me. Bedizzle deleted the post and made her account private. (Which doesn't really do anything for a user with 114K followers.) Here's the apology and some comments (the usernames have been blocked out) from her followers. I'm still in shock that some people thought it was okay! 

     I wasn't the only one she stole written material from. I have screenshots of a few other instances, but it's not my place to post about them here. I'll leave that to the other bloggers. Unfortunately, if you're a fellow blogger, you won't be able to tell if she's stolen anything from you as she's deleted her entire blog. I think that speaks pretty loudly about this issue. Also, how can anyone dismiss this and think it's okay?

     I put a lot of work into this blog. I try to bring you worthwhile content that is put together in a concise, easy to read, and enjoyable format. Like I said before, I never thought this would happen to me. A private apology and a halfhearted and short-lived post on a private Instagram account  is not enough. This needs to be shared so that others know about it. If you're a company who is looking for someone to swatch or review for you, please think twice before using someone who would blatantly take the thoughts of someone else and play them off as their own. There are plenty of hard working and honest bloggers out there. This is just one bad egg out of hundreds it not thousands of great bloggers like myself. (Just a shameless pat on the back!)

    Feel free to share this post. I want all of her followers to know about this. There's absolutely no way to justify this.

I'll update this as I get more information. Please excuse any typos as I'm currently seeing red. 

Edited to Add: December 18, 2013 11:20 AM EST

     Bedizzle is still ignoring my emails. Yesterday afternoon, she deleted her Twitter account. (I have screenshots of that, too.) She also lost over 1,000 followers on Instagram and went from over 1,000 pictures down to about 700 before deleting her account. As of right now, she's in hiding. She was also featured on Nail It's website in October. I shared my post with them and her article has been removed until further notice. It's really great to see everyone stepping up and taking action to stop this.

    I can't thank you all enough! I never thought I'd get such an overwhelming response of love and support. It's great to know that people from the nail polish community and beyond and come together and support such a small blog like mine. Yesterday was pretty turbulent, but I felt so much better as the day went on. So thank you to everyone who read, shared, or commented on this post, to all my new followers and fans on here, Facebook, and Instagram, and to all of you who reached out to me on email. I truly appreciate all of you!  You've been the silver lining in this otherwise stormy situation!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Tillie Polish - Wonderland Collection plus Promo Code

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     Hey babes! Sorry about being MIA for a bit. I haven't been myself lately. I'm not sure why, but this time of year always gets me. I don't want to be a Debbie Downer though. I've got some great polishes to share with you all.

    The lovely ladies of Tillie Polish sent me three shades from their winter collection called Wonderland. I've got lots of pictures and a quick and easy nail art look under the cut. You don't want to miss out on this! 

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