Festival and Summer Nail Tips and Polishes from Skyy Hadley and Lauren B!

Did you go to Coachella this year?  I’ve never been, but I do love festivals. Although Coachella is over, there will be so many more festivals and summer concerts coming.

I love wearing fun nail looks this time of year. Below are tips from beauty expert, Skyy Hadley and polishes from Lauren B. Beauty that will give you that fun summer and festival vibe!

Skyy Hadley Tips:

  • For a fun festival look, try the Lauren B. polishes with a base coat and top coat to protect your nails from the dreaded chip.
  • Stock up and buy a mini travel moisturizer from the drugstore because there is no way you will be bringing a bottle of cuticle oil and you don’t want your hands or cuticles to dry up.
  • Stash a small travel kit with a nail file and clippers in your suitcase in case you break a nail and need to fix it.

The shades above from left to right are:

Lauren B. Beauty in “33 Carats” ($19 USD) — Packed with ultra-fine flecks of silver glitter (in a range of sizes), it’s diamond-powder sparkly and festive without being gaudy.

Lauren B. Beauty in “One Night in WeHo” ($19 USD) — When we want to look VIP party ready (yes, please), one swipe of this glinty polish leaves us feeling transformed. Apply it to nude or painted nails: The mix of sheer, kaleidoscopic glitter – with particles of purple, blue, green, silver, gold, turquoise and hot pink – creates a dazzling metallic effect.

Lauren B. Beauty in “Hollywood Blvd.” ($18 USD) — A dusting of metallic glitter delivers just the right amount of night-owl sparkle – superchic layered over dark polish or simply on its on.

Available: laurenbbeauty.com

Do you love fun, sparkly nails during this time of year?  What’s your go to nail look?

 

 

 

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Julep Maven April 2018 Subscription Box Review

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I have been so busy with reviews that I haven’t had a chance to post my April Julep Maven box.

I have been a subscriber for 5 years now.  And I love it!  You don’t have to take a box each month, you can skip if you want to.  Which is so nice if I’m short a month or if I’m not feeling any of the items.  The cost is $24.99 a month ($19.99 a month with a 3-month subscription).

I also love that you can customize your box.  When I first started subscribing, I could choose from curated boxes, but now, I get to curate my own!  This month I chose the Way Butter Hydrating Lip Sheer in Macaroon and two shimmery nail polishes.  I also recieved a third polish (the reddish one) as a freebie!

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This month had glittery polishes and the amazing lip butters!

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I chose the colors Maribel (Caribbean Surf Iridescent Chrome) and Danielle (Cerulean Wave Duochrome).  The free polish wasn’t from this month’s collection, but it does fit in.  The shade is Lula (Pomegranate Multidimensional Glitter).  These are all gorgeous for spring and summer.  I wore Danielle last week and it is bright!

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This is my favorite product this month.  They had these last summer or the one before and they had a different name.  So I have a couple in darker shades.  I really love this nude shade Macaroon.  It’s gorgeous for anytime of the year.  Plus it feels amazing on.  I love the gunmetal packaging, too.  The lid is magnetic so it clicks shut, which is so much fun.  This costs $20, or $16 if you’re a Maven.  Being a Maven gives you a discount in everything you purchase.  It’s a better deal to subscribe, though, and you can choose one or two of these in a monthly box.  You can subscribe here.

Are you a Maven?  What did you choose this month?

Review — Sally Hansen Big Polish Guards Cuticle Protectors

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I received a sample of Sally Hansen Big Polish Guards Cuticle Protectors ($5.99 USD) for my honest review.  What are they you ask?
“They’re the newest innovation in at-home manicures. Just wrap your cuticles, paint on color and then peel away any mishaps. This means each hand (yes, both) will get the same, flawless results. It’s really that simple. Big Polish Guards Cuticle Protectors give you the freedom to paint your nails at home, mess-free.”
I was super excited to try them! Here’s a close up look:
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There are 24 in the box, 4 strips of 6.  I guess this is for if you mess up applying one.  I decided to paint my nails and use the guards on my right hand and not use them on my left to compare.  Here is my hand after I applied the guards:
IMG_0358 The guards are fairly thick, so I questioned whether I would get a clean line of polish.  I did try to press them down on my cuticles as the instructions said, and this is as close at they would get.
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Now, I don’t usually paint my nails like I’m 2, but I thought it would be a great indicator if this worked!  LOL!
These came of very easy!  Here  is the result:
IMG_0362And here are my nails!  I think it worked pretty well.  I had to clean up my index finger, but besides that, it is pretty even and neat.  Here is my other hand:
IMG_0366 Yes, it is a bit messy!  But the messy cuticles did wear off by morning.  The guards took a few minutes to apply, but they did work pretty well.  Hmmm…I don’t know if I would by them again, maybe if I had a special occasion to go to.
Have you tried these guards or anything like them?  Leave a comment and let me know!

My Beauty Favorites — November 6-12, 2017

It has been a busy week, and I’ve been sick.  I am hoping next week is better.  It is my daughter Abby’s 18th birthday today!  The time has flown, she will be in college next year.  Crazy!

This weeks I have two faves I’ve been loving.  And amazing eye treatment and sparkly gem-inspired nail polishes:

Talika Eye Dream

Talika Eye Dream ($57, on sale at Amazon $49.52) — TALIKA Eye Dream transforms bedtime into an 8-hour long spa treatment for the eyes from the moment you drift off to the minute you awake. Regenerative ingredients and biopeptides will help improve the texture of your skin so it will feel and look softer and smoother in the morning.

What I think: This is a real treat for the eyes!  Apply at night around the eye, then rinse with water in the morning.  It smooths the eye area and makes you look younger and wide awake!  It’s perfect for late nights or when you’re not feeling as well.

Purchase at Amazon and other great skincare store.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy  Enchanting Gems Collection ($8.99 each) — Stone cold stunning! Inspired by multi-faceted luxurious gemstones, the Sally Hansen Color Therapy range introduces 6 new opulent shades designed to elevate every autumn look. These contain a patented micro-delivery system that delivers an argan oil enhancing formula, resulting in intensive nourishment and instant moisture for healthier-looking nails. The Color Therapy nail polish needs no base coat so the oil complex can directly contact the bare nail. 9 out of 10 women experienced a noticeable improvement in their natural nails after wearing the Color Therapy nail polish. The polish glides on for a radiant, shiny finish with up to 10 days of fade-proof, chip-resistant wear. Colors are:

Opulent Pearl — Opt for over-the-top iridescence in a glossy white pearl hue    Rose Diamond –This dusty pink shimmery shade adds a touch of sparkle to any ensemble                                                                                                                              Pink Sapphire — Pamper your nails with this luxe electric pink                       Brilliant Lapis — This royal blue shimmer is a total gem                                       Orchid Amethyst — You’ll be mesmerized by this dazzling orchid tone            Smoky Emerald Embrace — evening magic with this blackened midnight teal green

What I think: I love this nail polish formula!  It glides on so smoothly and looks so nice one.  And it lasts for days and days!  These shades are shimmery (my favorite) and so pretty on.  Really nice for fall and the holiday season!

Purchase at a mass market retailer near you

What products are you loving this week?

 

Bewitch Your Nails With Morgan Taylor’s Fall 2014 Enchantment Collection

Morgan Taylor Fall 2014 Enchantment Collection
Morgan Taylor Fall 2014 Enchantment Collection

Morgan Taylor’s Fall 2014 Enchantment Collection ($8.50 USD) — Escape to a magical fantasyland with this limited-edition palette of six majestic hues. A clever mauve, stormy grey, fairy-dust pink, minty green and glimmering glitters charm all for Fall.

The six new shades are:

Hocus Pocus — Dusty mint crème

Who-Dini? — Gray blue crème

I’m the Good Witch — Pink pewter glitter

Magician’s Assistant — Rosy mauve crème

Now You See Me — Chocolate brown shimmer

Simply Spellbound — Natural nude crème

Here are swatches of each color, two coats each:

I really love this collection.  At first I was surprised to see a fall collection with 4 out of 6 of the polishes lighter shades, but they are dusky almost smoky colors and will be really pretty for the fall.

The Enchantment Fall 2014 Collection will be available in September 2014 in professional beauty stores, salons and on www.LoxaBeauty.com while supplies last.

Get Creative With Your Summer Hair and Nails!

How’s your summer going?  Mine is hot, hot, hot!  Do you have your summer look down yet?  I’m still experimenting with makeup, hair and nails (as always)!

You can use these fun hair and nail products below to put the finishing touches on your summer look.

Colour Bunz
Colour Bunz

Colour Bunz ($19.99 a box) — Introducing Colour Bunz, one-of-a-kind hair coloring product that reinvents the traditional process and offers a cost-effective, comfortable, effective and fun way to color hair. The videos also demonstrate color placement and application tips. Colour Bunz enables an at-home coloring process that is weightless and pain-free, and eliminates all possibility of color running or drying out. In addition to use at home with professional results, Colour Bunz can be used by professionals in salons as a fun, new technique to color hair other than using foils. Those looking to revamp their hair style can do so easily, save money, and in a comfortable manner. The product is environmentally friendly and puts a huge dent in the waste from the foils that take over landfills all over the world.

Available at http://www.colourbunz.com

Mia Beauty’s Flashion Flowers
Mia Beauty’s Flashion Flowers

Mia Beauty’s Flashion Flowers ($19.99 USD) — This summer, dress up any outfit with a little light! Take the floral halo trend in a bright new direction with Mia Beauty’s new Flashion Flowers, now available at ULTA, Claire’s and Icing stores.  The Flashion Flowers are threaded with an LED light and small battery pack hidden in the leaf design. Simply remove the plastic pull tab and press the leaf to change the lighted flowers from fast flashing lights to slow flashing lights, to constant light.

Available at http://www.miabeauty.com

Mia Beauty Tony Ties
Mia Beauty Tony Ties

Mia Beauty Tony Ties ($6 USD for a pack of solid color ties) — Sleek, functional, and great for a quick ponytail. These no-tug hair ties are comfortable and will not leave a crease in hair. Wear them as bracelets to ensure that you always have a hair tie when you need one. 6 fashionable hair ties in each pack.

Available online via www.miabeauty.com

Salon Perfect Neon POP
Salon Perfect Neon POP

Salon Perfect Neon POP ($3.98 each) — Neon nails are the it manicure look for summer with eye-dazzling digits ruling from the catwalk to the boardwalk. Let your fingertips feel the energy of a high-voltage shade with Neon POP, a new collection of vibrant, neon lacquers from Salon Perfect®. Whether you’re just dabbling in a highlighter bright hue or living the full-on Technicolor dream, these 12 bright and bold neon shades will POP out from the rest.

The Salon Perfect® Neon POP collection features:

• Flamingo Flair – Neon flamingo pink

• Electric Grape – Glitter-charged electric purple

• Perky Pink – Bubbly bright pink

• Tickled Pink – Neon bubblegum pink

• Traffic Cone – Neon orange

• Yowza Yellow – Highlighter yellow

• Summer Escape – Blazing sunny orange

• Oceanic – Bright blue with a jolt of glitter

• Haute Pink – Scorching hot pink

• Gone Sailing – Energizing sea green shimmer

• Loopy Lime – Luminous lime green

• Fired Up Fuchsia – Flashy fuchsia shimmer

• Sugar Cube – bright white crème (Insider Tip: Use as a base color to make neon shades really POP.)

• Crystal Clear – Clear top coat for a glossy finish

Available this July exclusively at Walmart

Enjoy!

Hot Designs™ 2-in-1 Nail Art Pens

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Looking for a fun gift or an inexpensive way to try nail art? New Hot Designs™ 2-in-1 Nail Art Pens will launch this February in retail stores like Walmart across the country. This is the latest product addition to the “Hot”  family, including Hot Buns and Hot Huez.

From magazine fashion spreads to music videos and red carpets everywhere, creative nail art is hot! Now getting that look, DIY-style, is right at your fingertips. New Hot Designs™ 2-in-1 Nail Art Pens are fine tip pens and nail polish in one. Painting polka dots, flowers, chevrons, etc. has never been easier. If you can make dots and lines, you can make Hot Designs™!  Each set comes with six vibrant colors, a brush for polishing, and a full size precise tip for drawing.

Choose from two sets, each $14.99:

  • ·         Basic Beauty: Midnight Black/Royal Blue, Kelly Green/Red Flame, Hot Pink/Star White
  • ·         Glitz & Glam: Sparkling Silver/Paradise Pink, Purple Pizzazz/Lemon Yellow, Crushed Berry/Hot Orange

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I was sent a set of the Basic Beauty to test.  I had so much fun with these pens!  I tried the watermelon shown above on one nail and flowers on another. So cute! My flowers were especially fun to do and easy to do.  I have tried flowers before with a dotting tool dipped in polish, and this turned out so much better.

This is available at www.gethotdesigns.com.

To kick off this launch, Hot Designs will be hosting a 4-week Facebook sweepstakes beginning on January 27. In the Nailies Awards sweepstakes, fans can upload a picture of their best nails for a chance to win a package of Hot Designs daily, and vie for a chance at the grand prize of a $1,000 American Express gift card! Like Hot Designs on Facebook for your chance to win and follow the hashtag #HOTnotd.

Do you like to do nail art?  What are some of the designs that you like to do? Leave a comment, please and let me know!