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 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

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

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

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


Hot Designs™ 2-in-1 Nail Art Pens


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

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!

Cool New Nail Polish Colors and Textures

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:

butter LONDON

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, 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

Nails Inc. Feathers Effect Nail Polish in Edinburgh
Nails Inc. Feathers Effect Nail Polish in Edinburgh

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


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 or fine beauty stores near you.


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.

Fabulous Nail Color With Julep Summer Colors Plus Their Julep Maven Program

Julep Summer 2012 collection

Julep has the perfect pick-me-up for Summer pedicures.  The ultimate balance of vibrant brights and pretty pastels, the new, refreshing Julep Summer 2012 collection will have your fingertips and toes packed with a gorgeous boost of color and long-lasting shine. Julep’s Summer 2012 collection includes nine dazzling shades, perfect for making a major color statement this season (available June, $14).

Rose:  This juicy watermelon red will be sure to have mouths watering.

Sasha:  This creme cantaloupe melon will refresh any summer pedicure.

Daisy:  This runway yellow is perfect for a day at the beach.

Courteney:  This trendy key lime vernis will be sure to have your girlfriend’s green with envy.

Parker:  This sun-kissed tangerine will compliment any summer tan.

Renee:  A soft lilac, to calm you during a hectic work week.

Jessica: A soft and sweet baby blue creme.

Susie: A delicious mint green, to cure any sweet tooth.

Robin: A vibrant robin’s egg blue.

America The Beautiful

I also have tried the wonderful glitter polish America the Beautiful.  This is a shiny red with royal blue glitter and sterling silver stars, it’s like nail art in a bottle! Launched in July 2012.

Tip for applying America: Dab polish and gently glide the brush to ensure silver stars remain on the nail.

The Best Pedi Prep Ever! + Julep Foot File

Julep also creates fab products for maintaining nails, hands and feet.  For summer sandal season, try the Best Pedi Prep Ever! + Julep Foot File ($20 USD) — Super exfoliating AHA’s combine with chamomile extract to soften and prepare calluses for foot filing. This no-mess roll-on formula is the most popular foot care product in Julep Nail Parlors. The magic really happens when used with the Julep Foot File.

Use this with The Best Pedi Creme Ever! ($22.00 USD) — Exfoliates with alpha hydroxy acids, hydrates with shea butter and coconut oil, nourishes with vitamin E. Apply nightly for noticeable results in just 1 to 2 uses.

Want to continue to indulge your fabulous nail color and care obsession all year round?  Leveraging their expertise in the nail category, Julep recently launched Julep Maven, a next generation e-commerce subscription experience offered at  Leading the beauty industry, Julep Maven provides women across the country access to the latest in runway nail colors and Mani Care and Pedi Care treatments uniquely selected to match their personalized beauty profile – whether it’s “Classic with a Twist,” “American Beauty,” “Boho Glam” or “It Girl.”

After taking a Style Quiz, the Julep beauty team hand picks the perfect polishes and products for Maven subscribers every month.  Julep Maven is available for $19.99 per month and features a trendsetting sneak peek of products that regularly retails for $40.  To polish it up, Julep Mavens also receive access to other perks including 20% off all purchases on and receive a free month of Mavens after referring two friends.


China Glaze Summer Neons 2012

China Glaze Summer Neons

There are some fantastic new bright fingernail polishes available now to brighten up your summer!

China Glaze has recently released their Summer 2012 collection called Summer Neons.  The shades are:

Love’s A Beach: Sizzling hot pink

Hang-Ten Toes: Bubblegum neon with iridescent purple shimmer

Under the Boardwalk: Fluorescent raspberry

Beach Cruise-r: Glimmering fuchsia grape

Ride the Waves: Dark ocean blue

Splish Splash: Bright sky blue shimmer

I’m With the Lifeguard: Glimmering lime green

Sun-Kissed: Hot highlighter yellow

Orange You Hot?: Bright orange with attention-grabbing gold glimmer

Surfin’ For Boys: Glistening bright coral

Flirty Tankini: Shimmery strawberry smoothie pink

Pink Plumeria: Light pink with gold shimmer

All the shades are so pretty and will be fun on finger or toe nails!

Available now at salons and beauty supply stores near you!


China Glaze’s Spring 2012 Collection — ElectroPop

China Glaze Electropop Spring 2012

I love spring shades of nail polish this year because they range from pastel blue and greens to bright fuchsias and oranges. So many choices!  What to choose?

Where heavy metal meets rocker chic, China Glaze® introduces the Spring 2012 collection,         ElectroPop. Inspired by all things girly,edgy and fun, the 12 shades of ElectroPop bring out the inner  rock star in all. For flash and glam this spring, China Glaze® hits the stage in style!

  •    Kinetic Candy – Touch the sky in light blue crème
  •    Electric Beat –Periwinkle nails for a wink worthy performance
  •    Aquadelic – Pool blue for nighttime gigs and daytime fun in the sun
  •    Gaga For Green – Green lacquer for the girl craving the limelight
  •    Sunshine Pop – Shine in the spotlight in bold yellow
  •    Make Some Noise – Rock the mic in tangerine
  •    Wicked Style – Party cocktail tropical punch
  •    Fuchsia Fanatic – Fuchsia pink for the rocker diva in us all
  •    Gothic Lolita – Steal the show on girls night out in seductive purple
  •    Dance Baby – Hit center stage in cotton candy pink
  •    Sweet Hook – Blow a kiss in dreamy lilac
  •    Techno – Glitter confetti polish for a dazzling topcoat finish or all over finger tip bling

China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde. China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. Individual shades retail for $7; 6 piece collections retail for $42.For more information, visit: or follow China Glaze on Facebook and Twitter:


Treat Your Nails To Holiday Cheer With a New Polish

The easiest way to try a new beauty trend is by changing up your nail look.  This holiday season, try a rich, glittery, magnetic polish or maybe even a printed nail decal.  Try one of the below and get ready for compliments, party girl!

Perfect Formula Perfect Color nail polish ($15.00 USD)  is formulated with “Instant Strength Technology” to give instant strength and thickness to the nail. The custom designed brush along with the perfectly pigmented polish ensures a smooth even application on the nails every time.  2011 Holiday colors include Black Tie (gunmetal), Caviar (deep red), Invite Only (dark plum), and Tulle (soft nude).  Perfect Color is Toluene, Formaldehyde, and Dibutyl Phthalate free.  Available at

Layla Nails Magneffect ($15.50 USD) —  This extremely cool and fun to use polish give a decorative look by the use of magnets.  This is available in 12 rich colors.

Apply one coat of magneffect on a single nail. Put the nail immediately near the magnet on the cap or an alternate magnet for 5 seconds. Enjoy magnetic nail art and continue with the rest of the nails. Purchase at or

Forget diamonds!  This winter China Glaze introduces a nail industry first: utilizing 3-D glitters in its new “Eye Candy” collection.  Inspired by Marilyn Monroe and her timeless allure, this innovative new glitter technology provides a knock-your-eyes-out, super sparkly effect to your manicure.  Multi-sized and differently shaped glitter particles are cleverly combined to create a sexy, super decadent, 3-D finish in six bright, eye-popping shades.  Whether you prefer gleaming gold or glamorous smoky grey, China Glaze’s “Eye Candy” collection adds a dazzling finish to your holiday look with a glimmer that is sure to catch everyone’s eye! Colors in this collection include:

·       Love Marilyn: Vivacious Red with Shimmering Silver Particles

·       Blonde Bombshell: Glistening Multidimensional Gold Flecks

·       Lorelei’s Tiara: Sterling Silver Infused with Blue Sprinkles

·       Material Girl: Posh pink with Holographic Bubblegum Glitter

·       Some Like It Haute: Graphite Gray with Holographic Glitter

·       Marry A Millionaire: Alluring Amethyst with Multi-tonal Fibers

Celebs like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Ivanka Trump, Rosario Dawson and Emmy Rossum regularly rock China Glaze and now you can get your bling on with “Eye Candy.”   China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.  China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, or follow China Glaze on Twitter:

A fun idea is the limited-edition holiday prints of Sally Hansen’s hit, Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips (9.99 USD). When Sally Hansen first introduced its peel-and-apply nail polish strips, the manicure breakthrough took the world by storm. Now Sally Hansen introduces trendsetting prints exclusively for the holidays, putting the spirit of the season at your fingertips. Like all the prints in the Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips collection, the five festive prints let you peel, apply, file, and go, delivering a real-polish manicure without mess or stress. Whether you’re playing Santa and stuffing a stocking or heading to the party of the moment, these seasonal strips are the ultimate accessory.

The new prints include Plaid About You (red and black plaid), Peppermint Twist (red and white candy stripe), Snow Bunny (white with red snowflakes), Prep’s Cool (black and silver argyle), and Winter Funderland (black, silver and blue glitter).  Each Salon Effect Real Nail Polish Strips kit includes 16 nail polish strips, a cuticle stick, mini file/ buffer and instructions for easy at-home application. When you’re ready to change your nail strips, simply swipe nails with your favorite Sally Hansen polish remover for an instantly clean slate.  Sally Hansen products are available at chain drug stores, food stores and mass merchandisers nationally.