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Lilly Anne’s Garden – New products!

Hi all!

Today I have more new products to share with you from my favorite nail care company, Lilly Anne’s Garden. Misty has been back in the lab again creating more amazing products to help keeps your skin, nails and hands healthy and hydrated.

First up is her new Goat’s Milk Soap–


This soap is seriously amazing. It cleanses without leaving the skin feeling dried out, but doesn’t leave a film on the skin, like most soaps can. When I tested this soap, I ran it under water and washed my hands as usual. It lathered up very quickly and rinsed away clean. The apricot seed helped with exfoliating my skin and cuticles, leaving my skin soft and supple. Pink sugar is a pleasant, soft, feminine scent that lingers on the skin, but does not overpower. So far, Misty’s shop offers the pink sugar scent infused with exfoliating apricot seed and shapes for halloween–which will be pictured and discussed in just a moment.


The halloween soaps are in fun shapes for the halloween holiday! The purple skull is in the scent Witches Brew (if you want to know more about the scent witches brew it can be seen in the halloween box review). And the pumpkin shape is in the scent pumpkin roll. Both smell absolutely amazing and leave you skin feeling clean, without drying it out! These are both available in the Halloween box from Lilly Anne’s Garden. If you’d like to purchase, click here. For $17 + shipping, you can’t miss out on such an amazing deal! Supplies on the Halloween box are extremely limited. Once it sells out, its gone for good.

Next up is Misty’s new cuticle balms!


This is another fantastic new addition to the Lilly Anne’s Garden line of cuticle products. I have to say, I have been dying for Misty to come out with these since she began her company, and they definitely did NOT disappoint. At first touch, the texture is smooth and buttery–not at all greasy. This balm seems to melt by applying the warmth of your skin. But never fear, those of you living in hotter climates-like myself-these did not lose shape or arrive melted on my doorstep in any way! There is no heavy rubbing or digging to soften it up. A little of this definitely goes a long way, but the formula is light enough to be used throughout your day. The balm does not leave a heavy residue on the skin and absorbs quickly leaving a matte finish–Perfect for swatchers and “nailfie”-takers alike. It is absolute perfection. The will be available starting September 23rd, so mark your calendars. As of now, there will be two sizes available. A sample size, which is pictured, and a 10 mL full sizes. They will also be available in a variety of Misty’s delectable scent options, including unscented, for those of you with sensitive noses.

And speaking of scents, Misty has introduced 3 new scents to the cornucopia of deliciousness. And has also come out with a new nail charm for fall! img_5022

YAS! These are the new scents she has added to her lineup.

First is Banana Nut Bread-

Photo Credit – cookdiary.net

This smells exactly like fresh baked banana nut bread. It has notes of fresh ripe bananas, vanilla and butter with light nutty undertones. If you love bananas, banana muffins, banana bread or any other baked banana goods, this scent is definitely for you!


Next we have Lychee and Mango. My friend, Bryanna, brought to Misty’s attention the desire to have some kind of lychee scent in her store. Since both my friend and I spent a significant part of our lives in Hawaii, we both have a love for lychee. Hence, lychee and mango was born. Growing up in Hawaii, lychee is among some of my favorite fruits and this scent just brings me back home. I remember, as a kid, picking ripe mangos from our neighbors tree; sneaking by the fence in elementary school during recess to pick the lychee that was hanging over the barrier. This scent brings me back to a time of innocence long gone. Tart fresh mangoes with the subtle sweetness from the lychee–just heaven.


Next we have Fig Lychee. Another amazing combination that is sweet and delicious. Both fruits are slightly sweet which makes this scent light and fresh. This is definitely one of my new favorites and is perfect year round.

And finally, a new charm addition to Lilly Anne’s Garden-

For polishes used, you’ll have to wait for the full mani on Instagram 😉

Just look at how FUN this charm is!! It reminds me of the Goonies–One Eyed Willie and all his jewels!

Photo Credit – bucketbros.com

Hope you enjoyed this post on all the new additions to the Lilly  Anne’s Garden product line. Don’t forget, the Halloween box is still available in her shop, as well as the new scents and charms. The cuticle balms release this Friday, September 23! To purchase, you can go to lillyannesgarden.bigcartel.com or you can go to her page on Instagram and click the link there! (Don’t forget to follow while you’re there!) For more manis and to see updates on my favorite nail care be sure to follow me on Instagram! You can do that by clicking the link here.

Thank you all so much for reading, and until next time, happy polishing!

Lilly Anne’s Garden – Halloween Box – Swatches, Reviews, and New Fall Charms!

Hey guys!

The obsession with Lilly Anne’s Garden products grows stronger daily. I seriously have purchased more than I may ever need, but on the upside, my cuticles will never have anything to fear, haha!! Any who…Sorry about that tangent there. On to the review!

So today I have my review and swatches of the upcoming Halloween Box by my absolute favorite, ride or die nail care, Lilly Anne’s Garden. This box has a little of everything from her shop in it!

My little boxes not included 😛

The box is $17 + Shipping and includes 3 nail charms that are ONLY available with this box, a 5ml cuticle oil with a rollerball applicator in the scent ‘Tricks or Treats’, a 2oz jar of tri-colored sugar scrub in the scent ‘Candy Corn’ and a 30ml bottle of her AMAZING acetone additive in the scent ‘Witches Brew’. The scents will not be exclusive to the box, so if you have a have a favorite in any one of the scents, you can always get more!

On to the individual reviews!! —

First up, the Sugar scrub!

Photo Credit – sinfulcelluliod.com

I absolutely adore Misty’s sugar scrub! If you love her cuticle oil, this is a must have addition to your nail care routine. It’s packed with her cuticle oil to keep your skin and nails hydrated while exfoliating all that dead skin. And the moisture doesn’t end after you rinse…it lasts! I even use this in replacement of my cuticle softener. The scrub is layered in orange, yellow and white to look like candy corn and the scent is that of the BEST candy corn you could ever eat. (Don’t eat it…Misty’s scents may smell delicious, but they’re not for human consumption. She always warns me not to eat it, haha! :-P) This scent can be described as warm vanilla candy with top notes of butter and a slight hint of almond. So delicious and sweet!!!

My hand photo bombed the scrub, haha!!

Now on to the Acetone additive! —

Photo Credit – wytch1.deviantart.com

As I said in the beginning of this post, I don’t know know what I would do without Misty’s products. The acetone additive is no exception to that. I will never do another mani without it. It’s that good. When I swatch, I’m constantly using acetone, so to have something that does not affect the effectiveness of 100% pure acetone AND keeps my cuticles healthy is a huge bonus for me!

(Fair warning…this reads like an infomercial…but it’s ALL TRUE!)


For those of you that are more casual nail painters– Have you ever shyed away from that gorgeous glitter polish because you dread soaking your fingers in acetone to remove it? Do you dread the dry, ashy residue left by 100% acetone? And the damage that your nails and skin has just endured for more 10 minutes or MORE? Do they look awful and hideous afterwards, like the photo below?? (Take a good look at the photo…because this is like a unicorn…never to be seen again. Except this is the internet and it’s there forever…*le sigh*)

Ew…dry. Thanks a lot, acetone.

Well, fear that glitter no more!


With this additive, You can remove polish without dryness. It leaves your cuticles hydrated and supple.

YAY! No more dryness!! 😀

So, theres my “infomercial” like testimonial. If you haven’t tried this stuff, you should. It’s amazing! If you have allergies or concerns about whats in her additive or any of her products, Misty has some of the best customer service around and would be happy to give you an ingredients list! I will have all her shop’s information at the end of this post.

Now to talk about the scent–and this one has color too!–


Just like Misty’s other additives, this one has an AMAZING scent. Witches Brew has notes of fall spice with a hint of licorice and rich patchouli that makes for a mysterious, yet compelling scent. It reminds me of mulled cider–rich, spicy and delicious. This one also has a magenta/purple tint to it to give it more of a “potions” feel. It will lightly tint your acetone,(pictured below) but in no way will it stain or tint the skin/nails.


And finally, the cuticle oil!–

Photo Credit – djournal.com -EDIT: The scent name is Tricks OR Treats…not “and”. Sorry!

This oil has seriously changed my life.Well, maybe not my WHOLE life, but definitely the life and health of my cuticles. My nails are stronger and more flexible. I haven’t had a break in 4 months, and I am constantly using my hands and fingers at work. My cuticles are so healthy and hangnails are few and far between–which is a VERY good thing since I’m a recovering cuticle biter.

So, before I get into another infomercial like testimonial…on to the scent!

Tricks or Treats…mmmmm. This…this is what it smells like.

Photo Credit – npr.org

Just like a bowl of candy. A definite must have for Halloween and beyond! If you’re a sweet lover, than this is scent is for you! Tricks or treats begins with top notes of pumpkin, persimmon and apple; followed by middle notes of blueberries, elderberries, currants, orange and cinnamon with well rounded base notes of sugar cane and vanilla. This scent is complex, sweet and scrumptious!

Here is the oil applied–



And here it is after being massaged in completely–


This oil absorbs completely without leaving your fingers greasy!

Now its time for charms!! There will be three charms that will come with this halloween box and will be exclusive to this box. So if you love Halloween as much as I do, these charms are a must have for the holiday!

The three charms available in the Halloween Box.

So first is an adorable skeleton face nail charm! This reminds me of Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas! Here is a mani using this charm!



Then we have the Jack-O-Lantern charm! This charm is a perfect addition to any Halloween mani! Here is my mani featuring this charm–


He’s just too cute with the orange and green!

And finally we have my favorite of the three charms…the spider. Here is a mani featuring this charm–


LOVE IT! Who knew a spider could be so pretty?!

Misty is going to be releasing several new charms, as well, for the fall season. I already showed you 2 in my sneak peek, but I will be revealing all the ones I have received thus far, and show you a couple manis with the others that I showed you all previously.

New Fall Charms!!!

And here are the ones I featured previously, as well as the manis I used them in!

I will be doing more manis featuring the new charms on my Instagram (@nails.in.arizona), so be sure to check that out!

Once again, the Halloween box will be available September 2nd for $17.00 + shipping. The boxes will be limited, so once they’re gone, they’re gone! Be sure you don’t miss out! And for all you international ladies and gents, Misty does ship internationally. You can send her an email to discuss shipping options by going to her website lillyannesgarden.bigcartel.com or going to her Instagram page (@lillyannesgarden) and clicking the link in her bio! All of the new charms and fall scents will be available starting September 2nd as well!!

Thanks for looking and Happy polishing!

Lilly Anne’s Garden – Upcoming scents for Fall…and more!

Hey All!!!

Suuuuper excited about today’s post! Lilly Anne’s Garden, my favorite go-to in nail and cuticle care,  is going to be releasing 7 new scents for fall. She also included another scent that will be part of a collaboration box with a few other indie nail polish makers to be released in November! At the end of the blog, I’ll be showing you guys some new cuticle oil applicators and sizes that Misty has added to her shop!

Please excuse the cat hair, haha! 2ml sample sizes (not available for purchase) with doe foot applicators. Koa tea light candle holder made by Paul Miller Studios.

When I opened my package after receiving it, it was like opening the door to fall. It smelled of pumpkin, cloves, citrus, and apples. It was marvelous. It made me want to jump in a pile of leaves. Or sit by my fire pit in an oversized sweater and slippers roasting marshmallows., enjoying the summer finally drifting away…giving into the chill of fall.

These scents are absolutely divine! They go on just as delicately as her others and lingers softly on the skin for hours.  These will be available September 2nd in her cuticle oil, acetone additive and sugar scrub. *note not all scents may be available in the lotion*

Here is a list of each scent that will be available–

**I tried to find photos that best described how each one smelled to me. I’ll do a brief description, but visuals are usually a helpful describer. 🙂 **

Pumpkin Pie-

Photo Credit – Pillsbury.com

This scent is just like warm pumpkin pie, fresh out of the oven. Spicy, sweet and sumptuous with notes of vanilla cream. Gotta have pumpkin pie with whipped cream though. Is there really any other way?…No?…Thats what I thought. 😉

Pumpkin Apple Butter-

Photo Credit – LoveGrowsWild.com

This scent is like sweet apple cinnamon with a mellow pumpkin and vanilla undertone. This literally smells just like whats pictured. Absolutely delicious!

Caramel Apple-

Caramel Apples | www.kitchenconfidante.com
Photo Credit – KitchenConfidante.com

Sweet and tart apple, pulled together with a delectable scent of golden caramel. Makes me want to make these! Nothing beats the taste of the apple against the sweetness of the caramel. So much YUM!

Cinnamon Pumpkin-

Photo Credit – Faithtap.com

This scent is luscious, spicy cinnamon with a subtle, sweet pumpkin note. Perfect for any cinnamon lover!

Cranberry Cobbler-

Photo Credit – BakesInSlippers.com

This scent is just delicious! It smells sweet and tart at the same time with a hint of vanilla and citrus. Just like a freshly baked cobbler or even cranberry muffins! Those are my favorite during the fall!

Orange Clove-

Photo Credit – dreamstime.com via kirasgoodeatskitchen.com

This is one of my favorites. It is a bright orange citrus scent with notes of clove and anise. As this scent mellows it becomes soft and sweet with just a hint of spice. Absolutely love it! It literally smells just like when you push cloves into an orange. And that, my friends, is a good thing…a very good thing.

The final scent that will be available September 2nd is Harvest Moon-

Photo Credit – boodie.deviantart.com via deviantart.com

So, I saved my favorite for last. This scent IS fall. Its got citrus, its got cinnamon, its got clove, its got anise, its got apple…its got it all. As it mellows it becomes a perfect harmonious blend of all things fall. I could wear this one year round and never tire of it.

And finally, Misty will also have new nail charms in her shop for fall as well! Here are two of them-


So CUTE! Love how fun and festive these are! I will be doing manis with these closer to the release date, so be sure to check my Instagram page for those! You can view my Instagram page by clicking here.

And now the special scent that will only be available as part of a collaboration box in November. i give you…Pumpkin Roll-

Photo Credit – Foodnetwork.com

I highly recommend buying the collaboration box in November for this scent. It smells like  pumpkin spice and all the wonderful aromas that come with it. As it mellows, the vanilla cream rolls in, becoming one with the spice. So sumptuous and sweet.

Be on the lookout for this box on Lilly Anne’s Garden’s Instagram page! You can get to her page by clicking the link here.

Now for the “more” that was mentioned in the title. I’m going to be showing you some of the new applicators for cuticle oil that Misty has added to her shop. So excited about these!

Left to right- 5ml rollerball, 15ml refill bottle, 5ml doe foot, 10ml rollerball, 2ml brush pen. 

The three newest are the brush pen applicator, the 5ml rollerball, and the 5ml doe foot. each one works wonderfully and gives an even distribution of oil. They are all good to carry on the go and I have never had an issue with leakage, as long as the caps are on tight. The pen is a fantastic option for quick application and really getting the underside of your nails. It’s also a great option if you have deeper nail beds, like me. If you have a favorite scent, there is a 15ml refill bottle available as well!  Pictured below you can see how easy it is to refill the doe foot bottles and the rollerball bottles. The cap of the rollerball pops off fairly easily, and the doe foot has a wide enough opening to refill easily once the applicator wand is removed. The pen is also easy to refill, but I didn’t open mine since it’s still full and I wanted to avoid making a mess. ;-P The 5 ml rollerball is perfect if you want to try out a scent. However, if you do find a scent that you love, you can always refill it! Not to mention, its the perfect size to carry along with you!

15 ml refill bottle with 2ml oil pen

I really hoped you all enjoyed this review and a peek into the new fall scents to be released on September 2nd. And don’t forget the collaboration box in November! To shop, you can go to Lilly Anne’s Garden Instagram page by clicking here, or go direct to her shop by going to lillyannesgarden.bigcartel.com. Want to see my first review on Lilly Anne’s Garden products? Click the link to my previous blog post here.

Natural edge Mesquite bowl by Paul Miller Studios…and again, excuse the cat hair. 😛

Thanks so much for looking and happy polishing!!


Lilly Anne’s Garden-Hand & Nail care product review

Hey all!

Today on the blog I have some products from Lilly Anne’s Garden to share with you today! Lilly Anne’s Garden is owned by the lovely Misty Costello. She first asked me to review her products in April of this year and I have been hooked ever since! Misty makes Acetone additives, sugar scrubs, and cuticle oil, but recently has added lotions to her product line that she has so graciously sent me to review for her.

In this review, I will be focusing on the lotion first. But, I am also going to include a review of her cuticle oil and her acetone additive in her newest scent of Laffy Taffy!

L-R : Cuticle oil 10ML roller, Acetone additive 30ML, Lilly Anne’s Lotion 2oz

On to the review!

Lilly Anne’s Lotion – 2oz bottle

Pictured above is Misty’s lotion. She has 14 scents available to choose from, including unscented. Misty makes each batch by hand using organic ingredients so that they are gentle enough for those with sensitive skin. Here is the ingredient list, if you’d like to look up any of them—

Purified Water
Organic Coconut Oil*
Organic Sunflower Seed Oil*
Cetearyl Alcohol
Organic Shea Butter*
Xanthan Gum
Apricot Kernel Oil
Organic (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder*
Citric Acid
Lactic Acid
Benzoic Acid
Dehydroacetic Acid
Fragrance oil


So, to put this lotion to the test, I used it for a week replacing my regular lotion and my hand cream. Upon first use, I noticed that the consistency was a bit thinner than I was used to. But then I rubbed it in, and let me tell you, a little of this goes a LONG way. It absorbed very quickly into my skin and didn’t leave me feeling greasy at all! And the “film” wasn’t there. You know…the film you can just feel on top of your skin during the warmer days when you sweat. This sunk into my skin, moisturizing it, not just laying on top it. It worked exceptionally well when I needed hydration in a pinch at work. I wash my hands constantly throughout the day, which dries them out horribly. I found that even when I didn’t have time tome to apply cuticle oil and the lotion, that the lotion left my fingers feeling just as supple as if I had applied oil. I highly recommend this lotion, and for $4.50 a bottle, you can’t beat the price!


Lets talk about the scent, because it deserves its own paragraph. Misty makes her products with the most amazing, yet not overpowering, scents. As I said with the lotion, there are 14 scents available, including unscented. But for all her other other products she has several more. I received my bottle of lotion in the scent ‘Butt Naked’. This is one of her most popular scents and one of my personal favorites! It smells like sunshine and summer with a cocktail in hand. You know the feeling you get when you hear that Jimmy Buffet song, “Margaritaville”? Well, this scent is that song embodied. It has hints of pineapple and coconut mixed in with vanilla and other fruity scents. Kind of like ambrosia salad. YUM

Photo credit – The Brown Eyed Baker

I hope you guys are getting the idea of how delicious this smells. So, anyway, I love every scent I have tried so far. So I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed. There’s a scent for everyone!

Now on to the cuticle oil and the acetone additive!

Like I said earlier, I’m adding these to the review because she just released her new scent, Laffy Taffy! The two products were purchased by me and I chose to review them for you all.

If you’re a fruity candy lover like me, then Laffy Taffy scent is definitely for you!

Photo credit – Nuts.com

Sweet and Tart all at once! It made me want to eat my fingers! The scent was a bit strong at first, but as it sank in, it definitely mellowed a bit.

Lets start with the cuticle oil!

I have been using Misty’s cuticle oil since April of this year, and I can honestly say that I will never use any other oil. It absorbs so well and doesn’t leave me with greasy fingers. My cuticle heath has improved since using her oils. I have tried other more popular oil brands, but none of them have done what Misty’s oil has done for my overall nail and cuticle health. She has several scents available, including unscented. This product is available in 3 sizes–A 5ML bottle with a rollerball applicator for $5.00, a 10ML bottle with a rollerball applicator (Pictured above) for $8.00, and a 15ML refill bottle for $10.00.

And finally, the acetone additive!

I don’t know how I ever used 100% Pure acetone before this product. It is available in a 30ML bottle with a dropper tip for $6.00! Such an awesome price!

There are two ways to use it. You can add drops of it to a small amount of acetone, as pictured below-


…or you can add the entire bottle to a 16oz bottle of Pure Acetone and just pour into your dappen dish and you’re ready to go!IMG_4165

If the concentration of the additive is too much, you can always add more acetone . Always remember to give your acetone bottle a shake or mix well in your dappen dish with a clean up brush, toothpick or any other acetone-resistant mixing implement.

Yeah, Science! –My brush does not look like that, its just the glass and whatnots. Haha!

This additive will keep your cuticles moisturized and healthy whether you’re doing minor clean up around your cuticles, or if you’re having to soak off polish. I never do a mani or take off a mani without it.

The first time I used it, I was blown away! I could not believe my eyes. I first dunked my fingers in pure acetone. The result was as expected; Dry as a desert. Then I dunked my finger in a bowl with acetone with the additive and NO DRYNESS. None whatsoever. So I thought to myself, “Well, if it moisturizes right off the bat, can it moisturize after having used plain ol’ acetone?” And whatdya know? IT DID! The dryness from the acetone was completely gone and totally moisturized! I was beyond impressed with my first time using it and still am to this day. If you want to see the video that i did, along  with my initial review, you can find it here.

So that is my review of Lilly Anne’s Lotion, cuticle oil, and acetone additive. Hope you enjoyed reading it and hope that you will give her products a try! She also has sugar scrubs, and nail charms for sale in her shop. You can purchase from her store by clicking the link in the Instagram bio of Lilly Anne’s Garden (and be sure to follow so you don’t miss out on sales, reviews, testimonials, and new product launches!) or you can go to lillyannesgarden.storenvy.com.

Thanks for looking and polish on!

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