Nailapalooza — Spring 2013 Colors and a Cool Nail Art Book!

I have been testing some gorgeous spring nail polishes and I thought I would share some of my favorites from Maybelline New York, Hard Candy, Butter London and L’Oreal. And…I have some swatches!  Cool, huh?  Well…they are a bit sloppy.  But for my first time, I think they turned out okay!

Maybelline Color Show Passionate PlumMaybelline Color Show Pink Shock

Maybelline New York Color Show Electric Nights ($3.99 USD) collection are super-bright colors that are great on fingers or toes! The colors are:

Alluring Rose (right) — Bright rose pink

Blast of Blue — Bright blue frost

Coral Glow — Medium coral

Electric Orange — Bright shocking orange

Flash of Purple — Deep purple

Intense Teal — Bright blue-green

Lustrous Lime — Shocking yellow-green

Mesmerizing Magenta — Deep pink

Passionate Plum (left photo) — Dark bluish purple

Shockwave — Bright turquoise

These polishes are very pretty on.  The bright colors are fun all-year long. Learn more at www.maybelline.com and they are available at mass market retailers near you!

L'OrealL’Oreal has some really pretty spring shades.  Inspired by St. Patrick’s Day, I swatched L’Oreal Colour Riche ($5.99 USD) in New Money with L’Oreal Colour Riche Nail Lingerie in Le Nouveau Riche over it.  I really loved the look, but the nail stickers starting coming off the next day.  But, still a cool idea and very pretty look! The other shades in the collection are:

Royalty Reinvented — Deep lavender

New Money — Lime green

Orange You Jealous? — Soft coral

Crazy For Chic — Magenta

Not A Cloud in Sight — Medium Turquoise

Members Only — Hot pink

Available at mass market retailers and you can check out the range of colors at www.lorealparisusa.com.

Hard Candy Crush On IvyHard Candy JubileeHard Candy Sparked UpHard Candy Hip Hip Hooray

Hard Candy has just launched 45 new shades of Nail Lacquer.  There are 5 new collections with 9 shades in each.  Glitter, Chrome, Rich tones – something for everyone!  The collections are:

Crushed Chrome Collection. Luxurious and timeless hues embellished with a golden textured finish. This collection boasts refinement and sophistication and is infused with a vivacious luster.
Itsy Glitzy Collection. Intense, illuminating, and incandescent hues saturated with the richest and most extreme mica and glitter. Inspired from the runway and now at your fingertips.
Crystal Confetti Collection. A unique collection based on artistic expression. Flourishing, adventurous, full coverage shades with various particle sizes and creative textures. Graffiti is revolutionary; it’s an outlet to create public art. Now take this artistic and creative expression to your nails.
Candy Sprinkles Collection. Suspended in a clear top coat, shimmery flecks sparkle brilliantly with different shapes of shiny glitter. Candy Sprinkles is a fabulous top coat over any color.
Glitteratzi Collection. The combination of confident opposites and intimate tonalities mixed with the right amount of sparkle creates enthusiasm for the vitality of life. The hues are natural and are becoming more evolved and colored. Tasteful tones with all the personality to satisfy every trend setter.
The colors I have swatched are Crush on Ivy, Jubilee (over crush on Ivy), Sparked, and Hip Hip Hooray.  They are all gorgeous and so affordable at $3.97 each!
The Hard Candy collection is exclusively available at Walmart and on walmart.com.

butter LONDON in Molly-Coddledbutter LONDON in JasperThe butter LONDON Sweetie Shop collection is a group of pretty spring pastels.  The colors are:

Molly Coddled (left swatch) – An opaque, orchid crème nail lacquer.

Jasper (right swatch) – Opaque bright pastel yellow crème nail lacquer.

Kerfuffle – Opaque pink coral crème nail lacquer.

Cuppa – This gorgeous toasted opaque tan crème is both your perfect neutral lacquer and statement maker in one!

Fiver – Opaque icy mint crème nail lacquer.

Fruit Machine – Opaque punchy carnation crème nail lacquer.

As always, the butter LONDON ($15 USD) polishes are beautiful on.  Molly Coddled is as beautiful in person as the photo.  Jasper was a bit streaky, even after 3 coats.  But, still a pretty color.  I would like to try Cuppa next, I love a good neutral!

Available at Ulta stores and www.ulta.com, Nordstrom and www.butterlondon.com.

LCN Vintage RoseLCN LilacThis Spring, indulge in a super sweet (guilt‐free!) treat with LCN’s Blossom Sorbet collection.  Inspired by cotton candy dreams and delicate sugary confections, this quad of pastel hues is an enchanting escape
from winter’s dark and mysterious shades.  Feminine and fresh, each shade is sure to charm the senses!

Each polish in the Blossom Sorbet collection features LCN’s professional‐grade, long‐lasting and chip‐
resistant formula.  What’s more, each polish is also 3‐Free (formulated without DBP, Toluene and
Formaldehyde and Cetyl Alcohol).

The LCN Blossom Sorbet collection includes:

Vintage Rose (on the left)– a rosy pink‐coral

Soft Daisy – a delicate, happy yellow

I Love Mint – an invigorating pop of blue‐green

Lilac Blossom (on the right) – a flirty lavender

With colors this irresistible, go ahead and give in to that sweet tooth!

Each polish in the LCN Blossom Sorbet Collection retails for $7.50 and will be available on
www.LCNBoutique.com starting March 15th.

DIY Nail ArtThe cure for the common mani!

Black Lace. Summer Citrus. Hot Pink Zebra. Get ready for nails that will get you noticed!

Catherine Rodgers, creator of the popular nail art YouTube Channel Totally Cool Nails, shares her secrets in DIY Nail Art. Packed with easy-to-follow instructions and helpful tips for recreating Catherine’s stunning looks, you can create one-of-a-kind nail art designs without ever stepping inside a nail salon.

Inside this colorful guide to all things nails, you’ll find seventy-five eye-catching designs including never-before-seen styles like Argyle, Light Burst, and Spiderweb Nails.

Complete with step-by-step photographs so you can nail your look every time, DIY Nail Art will have you saying goodbye to the nail salon–and hello to fashion-forward nails at home!

Available at www.adamsmediastore.com.

Enjoy!

Stocking Stuffers For The Beauty Lover

Stocking stuffers are a fun way to treat the beauty-crazy girl in your life!  There are so many price points that you can go with while shopping for stocking stuffers.  And if you hurry, you can still get some of this shipped to your home!

Picture Perfect Curler And Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes!™

A limited-edition “baby, it’s bold outside” exclusive curler and mascara set featuring tarte’s picture perfect™ eyelash curler and deluxe lights, camera, lashes!™ 4-in-1 mascara.

Product Performance: Our best-selling eyelash curler is dressed to the nines this Holiday season with an exclusive “baby, its bold outside” print silk-screened around the handles for a bold, colorful pop—making it the ultimate collector’s piece to display on your vanity. The curved angle and wide mouth suits all eye shapes without pinching or crimping. lights, camera, lashes!™ 4-in-1 mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes, and conditions for dramatic, thick and sexy lashes.

You can purchase this fun set at www.tartecosmetics.com

Jouer Sparkle & Pop

Jouer Sparkle & Pop ($12 for one $42 for a pack of four) — Inspired by a popular British tradition, Jouer introduces our version of a holiday cracker with Sparkle & Pop. This festive goodie is dressed in a beautiful pale pink box with sparkling gold confetti and a chic gift-tag for personalization. Jouer’s Sparkle & Pop makes the perfect stocking stuffer or holiday party favor containing five fun surprises including a special Jouer treat. Pop, open and enjoy!

FEATURES:

Party Horn Chic Cocktail Ring (*varying styles) Beauty Fortune (*varying messages) Mini Champagne Bubbles One of three Jouer Deluxe Samples: Body Butter (0.21 oz.), Essential Lip Enhancer (0.07 fl. oz.), Glisten Moisturizing Lip Gloss (0.06 fl. oz.)

This is such a fun gift! Purchase at jouercosmetics.com.

Crabtree and Evelyn Golden Fig Bubble Bath & Body Wash

Crabtree and Evelyn Golden Fig Bubble Bath & Body Wash ($20 USD) —

Relax and rejuvenate during the busy holiday season with our Golden Fig Bubble Bath & Body Wash, which will surround you with luxuriously beautiful fragrance as it gently cleanses and moisturises for glamorously soft and supple skin.

  • Glycerine for added moisturising benefits
  • Soap-free and pH-balanced formula helps skin maintain natural moisture balance
  • 100% naturally derived surfactant
  • Can be added to running water for a luxurious bubble bath
  • Formulated without parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, or mineral oil

Lather up in the shower or bath as the first step of your skin care ritual, and pair it with Golden Fig Silkening Body Nectar for skin that is radiantly soft and beautifully scented.

Fragrance: A fragrance medley of fresh figs, grapefruit, apple, and black currents blended with cedar, sandalwood, golden amber, and musk accords.

Purchase at www.crabtree-evelyn.com.

TIGI Nastia Liukin Gift Set

Just in time for the holidays, TIGI is introducing the ultimate gift for every girl-on-the-go!  Olympic gymnast and TIGI Spokesmodel Nastia Liukin created the perfect gift set featuring her four favorite TIGI cosmetics.  Go for the gold this season and purchase Nastia’s picks at a special price ($25) at your local TIGI salon and receive a FREE cosmetics bag – a $90 value!

For local salon locations, visit www.tigi-cosmetics.com.

ELLE Cosmetics Face Primer

ELLE Cosmetics Face Primer ($30 USD) — Put your best face forward with this new lightweight and silky primer. Just a thin layer instantly preps skin for flawless makeup application and brightens complexions for an overall look that’s naturally luminous. The oil-free lotion is coupled with skin treatments and “optical effects” – light reflecting particles and soft vision powders – to help instantly smooth and even out skin tone and redness, creating the perfect base for makeup application. While you sit pretty, makeup does too.

Available exclusively at Kohl’s and Kohls.com nationwide.

Jane Cosmetics “The Friends of Jane” Lip Collection

Jane Cosmetics “The Friends of Jane” Lip Collection ($9.99 USD) — Give a gift that truly gives back.With every purchase of the Friends of Jane lip collection, sit pretty knowing that100% of the net proceeds support a charitable organization geared towards empowering women. Learn more about the difference each purchase makes at www.ShestheFirst.org.

These fun glosses are available at JaneCosmetics.com

LCN Mystique Burlesque Box Set

LCN Mystique Burlesque Box Set ($29 USD) — This fun little box of polish includes these 4 colors:

Red Ruby – An elegant oxblood red

Emerald Green – A luxurious, velvety green

Blue Sapphire – A decadent metallic cobalt blue

Violet Amethyst – A deep, royal purple

These colors are perfect for the holidays and winter in general.  They are deep and rich.  Purchase at www.lcnboutique.com.

Daily Concepts Scrubber

Daily Concepts Your Body Scrubber ($10 USD) is perfect for the person who loves to go to the gym (packaging allows for suctioning / hanging on walls so I don’t come in contact with… well, who knows what was there before you?)

Just the right texture for sloughing the skin, providing a bit of pampering versus one of torture for your skin / bathing regime.

Great to use if you’re in a hurry, or simply because you are environmentally conscious and trying to conserve water.

Your Body Scrubber is the perfect accompaniment for thinking and singing in the shower while the fabrics work thoroughly to keep you clean.  (Plus the label indicator lets you know when Your Body Scrubber needs to be replaced.)

Texture: Regular (For all skin types)

Purchase at www.dailyconcepts.com.

 

Paint Your Nails With The Colors Of Fall!

There are so many beautiful and rich nail polish colors that are coming out for the fall season.

Below are a few that I really like, plus a wonderful base and top coat set from Butter London which I love.  It really helps polish look smoother and stay on longer!

Butter London Tops and Tails Set

Butter London Tops and Tails Set ($25 USD) — Dress your nails from top to tails with this ‘Top & Tails Set’. The ‘Top & Tails’ set will ensure that your manicure is long lasting, high shine, and best of all, 3 Free (no formaldehyde, no toluene, no DBP). Contains Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat and Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat. A $36.00 value.

Butter London Shag Nail Lacquer

Butter London Shag Nail Lacquer ($14 USD) — A London Fashion Week favourite, this high-shine metallic nail lacquer is a warm orange-burgundy hue.  Reminiscent of fallen Autumn leaves. Sigh. Visit www.butterlondon.com to learn more.

LCN Nail Paris Chic
LCN Paris Chic ($7.50 USD) is a sophisticated stoney grey – think Champs de Lise. Very hip. Very French. Perfect for the Fall season.
LCN Nail Tokyo Expression

Tokyo Expression ($7.50 USD) is a saturated smokey grey shade. A very cosmopolitan colour that is striking day to night.

MORE THAN JUST 3 FREE! LCN professional polishes are high-performance lacquers that incorporate innovative nanotechnology to maximize and create unbeatable durability, strength and shine. And not only do our polishes perform – they’re free of the “Big 3”: DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde – and Cetyl Alcohol! Purchase at www.lcnboutique.com.

Enjoy!

Pamper Your Hands and Feet With LCN Nail Care

In the summer, hands and feet are on display.  I try to keep my nails polish — but sometimes I forget to take care of the skin around them.

LCN has some great mani-pedi products to prepare your skin for summer exposure.

LCN Urea Chapped Skin Cream

LCN Urea Chapped Skin Cream ($17.90 USD) — Urea 40 % Chapped Skin Cream containing 40 % urea reduces callusses with the help of fruit acids particularly fast and effectively without leaving an oily film and is supported by calming panthenol and nourishing bees wax and anti-inflammatory sage.

Aside from its main ingredient urea, the cream also contains a special carbohydrate complex and hyaluronic acid which is why it is optimally suited for daily use for stressed and chapped skin.
LCN Bamboo Cuticle Pen
LCN Bamboo Cuticle Pen ($15.90 USD) — Apply this moisturizing gel to the nail and cuticle daily to achieve strong healthy nails. Containing bamboo extract and shea butter, this is the ultimate natural health treatment for maintaining your cuticles, a key part of healthy, beautiful nails.
LCN 7in1 Wonder Nail Recovery
LCN 7in1 Wonder Nail Recovery ($11.90 USD) — This innovative top class multi  function polish combines 7 properties in one: Base Coat / Top Coat / Wet Look / Quick Dry /  Super Hardener / Ridgefiller / Whitener Especially for sensitive, thin and brittle nails, this LCN 7in1 Wonder Nail Recovery strengthens the nail plate and evens out surface irregularities. Like a protective shield, this viscous polish settles on top of the stressed nail and offers a means of recovery for the nail. Nails are shiny and firm and due to the whitener function brightened.Ideal to use as base coat to avoid yellowing of the nail caused by colour polishes as well as ensuring longer durability. Its ridge filling function ensures an even nail structure.For a perfect Wet Look Finish this super fast drying LCN 7in1 Wonder Nail Recovery can be used as a Top Coat sealant.
Enjoy!