Monday, October 6, 2014

SoakBox Product Review

Back in August I was contacted by SoakWash to do a product review. I am far from a nail artist, but I've seen some fun ideas popping up lately with their nail polish sets. I have heard people rave about their products in general so I figured I've give them a try! I requested the Lizzy House polish set because the colors are different than anything I currently have, plus I was a bit excited to try out the nail art pen included in the kit.

A short while later this fun package showed up at my house:


First up, we'll discuss the hand creme:

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I was especially excited to try the lotion. I live in a very dry climate and always have dry hands. It's particularly bad in the winter, which will be upon us sooner than I'd like to admit. I have tried nearly every type of lotion out there. I need something that softens my hands without leaving them greasy. The Handmaid Creme does just that. I keep it on my shelf above my sewing machine. It's been great to use while sewing and doesn't leave residue on my fabric. My hands feel smooth after using it and smell great. I received the Yuzu scent. It's a fresh, citrus smell that I love, but can be a bit strong.   I would recommend trying the scentless Handmaid lotion if this is an issue for you. The jury is still out on how well this lotion will work for me once winter hits and my fingertips start cracking. I'm hoping Handmaid will be a long-term solution for me.

Onto the Lizzy House Nail Polish Set:

Image Source: Soakbox
I love the nails of the model which is actually one of the reasons I chose this set in the first place. Who doesn't love Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets?! And to have them on your fingernails? It's just a fun concept! Although, I admit, coming from a girl who rarely does anything more fancy on my fingernails than clear polish, it was a little harder than it appeared.

I love the colors. The are a bit funky and different than my usual picks which tend to be dark pinks or purples. The Nail Art is a great addition to the kit.

First off I had no idea how to use the white Nail Art. There were no instructions. My first attempt failed miserably as I tried to use the skinny brush to make dots. They were uneven and wonky. I figured I must be missing something because there is no way someone could get such tiny, perfect dots with this brush. I googled the product and discovered I was indeed missing something.


Twist the brush back into the bottle and pop off the top to reveal a tiny pen! Now we're in business!

On the bottom of the bottle is a tiny needle to use as a plunger if the pen tip gets clogged. Although, once removed from the bottom of the bottle it doesn't re-stick so I resorted to attaching mine to the bottle with washi tape for safe keeping.

Using the pen tip does require some trial and error. Squeeze just a tiny drop onto the nail to add decoration. 

This was my first attempt as using the pen tip. Not too bad, but I still needed practice.

My second try definitely went better. I wanted to stick with the dots, inspired by the Pearl Bracelet fabric, but at the same time keep it fairly simple. I went with dots only along the top edge of my nail. This design is my favorite by far. It's easy to do, yet looks fun. When using the pen tip, remember to wipe it clean occasionally with a cotton ball soaked in polish remover. The polish tends to dry fairly quickly, leaving traces on the tip--making the dots less than perfect.

For my second attempt using this kit, I decided to do randomly spaced lines on the aqua polish. I love this one! Again it's simple, easy, yet looks fun. The aqua polish is very light, leaving little contrast between the Nail Art polish and the base. This is exactly what I was going for. I wanted the design to be subtle.

When using the skinny white brush, clean the brush almost entirely and then wipe carefully on the nail. I had the best success when I laid the brush flat on the nail and pulled it the full length of the nail. This gave me the most even, consistent line. I still need a bit more practice on this technique.

Summary:

  • The lotion is wonderful! I'm a new fan!
  • The nail polish stayed on a full week with just minor wear on the tips. I think this is pretty good considering the abuse my nails get throughout the day. Each color does require two good coats of polish. It's not a quick manicure because of drying time. It was a fun product to try and a little outside my normal comfort zone, but I'll definitely be using these colors again.
  • The soak worked great on my delicate laundry. Plus it smells great!
I've heard many good things about the Soak products and am glad to say I wasn't disappointed. I'd really love to try Flatter next as I've heard that product works wonders!


Disclosure: Products in this post were provided by SoakWash, but my opinions are my own. 

2 comments:

  1. I tried the Yuzu flatter spray at our July retreat in MN and fell in love with it. I might have actually spritzed some on myself. For that reason, I want to buy the hand lotion. And I always wondered how everyone got those cute pearl bracelet dots on the polish. Now I want to order some of that as well. Good review.

    Oh, and by the way, I really love the Flatter spray. I just wish it came in a larger bottle than 8 oz. I think I may have mentioned that to Jacqueline once or twice....or more....

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  2. This is super-fun, and a week is AMAZING for an at-home mani!

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