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 ($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?
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.
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 ($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 ($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 ($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 ($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
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
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!
Lately, I have been really into trying new colors, finishes and textures of nail polish. I have been trying some really cool polishes, here are some of my favorites:
Break away from the ordinary this fall and rock bold, unexpected colours with butter LONDON’s latest nail lacquer collection, Colour Clash.
Launching today on butterLONDON.com, the Colour Clash Collection is a chic, surprising new collection of brights and whites that are perfectly on-trend to take your look from summer to fall. The collection includes vibrant bright nail lacquers in Wellies, Pimms, Cake Hole, Silly Billy and Giddy Kipper that can add a much-needed pop of colour to any look. Ready to rock out in white? Sport a trendy white-nail with Cotton Buds, which can also be used underneath nail art to punch up any colour.
butter LONDON’s Global Colour Ambassador Katie Hughes notes that the Colour Clash Collection is “one of my favourite collections yet, Colour Clash is so fun and bold.”
What I think: Butter LONDON’s new color clash collection is so different for fall. Colors for the season are usually rich and dark, these are so bright and fun. It’s feels like the fun of summer blending itself into the fall season. In Kansas City where I live, it will be hot until about Halloween, so these colors seem so appropriate!
Available at www.butterlondon.com
Nails Inc. Feathers Effect Nail Polish ($9.50 USD) This ultratrendy, long-wearing formulation features tiny feather-like particles in complimentary colors to create a quill effect on the nails. Perfect for adding a pop of color to your spring or summer ensemble, the unique feather bottle and feather print cap make these must-have shades for all. Wear two to three coats to build full coverage or apply directly over a base color for a smooth look.
What I think: I love these feather polishes. I have them in Edinburgh, a pastel orange and blue and Brighton, a teal and yellow textured polish. I have used one coat over a cream polish and I have layered just the feathers alone. Both looks fantastic and lasts a long time!
You can purchase at http://www.sephora.com
discover perfect nail art looks for your summer getaway with the latest collection of essie sleek sticks in beach-ready brights. Inspired by the season’s hottest runway trends, the collection boasts six luxe, three-dimensional patterns in sunny shades from ocean blue to juicy fuchsia. These pre-cured appliqués make salon designs a snap – just apply and go! Lasts up to 10 days.
The shades left to right are: stick with style, croc madame, shoot for the moon, small pleasures, sea me shine, and show me your stuff.
What I think: These stickers are so beautiful in person! They are a bit tricky to use, but when done right, really fun!
Purchase at www.essie.com or fine beauty stores near you.
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 ($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.