Beauty Products in Pantone’s Colors of the Year 2016 — Rose Quartz and Serenity

Happy New Year!  It is a new year.  I hope 2016 is starting off great for every one!

Do you follow the Pantone color of the year each year?  I do!  The fun thing about this is that we see the color (or colors) in makeup and other items all throughout the year.

Last year it was Marsala, and the color was prevalent in beauty products for each season.  This year there are two colors — Rose Quartz and Serenity.  These colors are so different from last year’s, they are very soft and pretty.  I think everyone can wear them in some way to bring soft color to your look!

Here are a few picks in makeup, nail polish and skincare that you can easily incorporate in your routine and stay on trend:

Smashbox Art. Love. Color Kit in Pout
Smashbox Art. Love. Color Kit in Pout

Smashbox Art. Love. Color Kit in Pout ($29 USD) — Make someone pout with 4 studio favorites in a Smashbox signature shade. This set features our bestsellers for lip and cheek in ultra-wearable and flattering soft pink —all wrapped up in painter Yago Hortal’s one-of-a-kind, hypnotic artwork.

•   Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Pout (pale blue pink)
•   Travel-size Be Legendary Lipstick in Pout (bubblegum pink)
•   L.A. Lights in Pacific Coast Pout (bubblegum pink)
•   Always Sharp Lip Liner in Frenchie (bubblegum pink)

Available at

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Bella Pink and Bella Sky ($4.49 USD) — This rich color glides on in a single stroke, delivering a stunning multi-dimensional effect. This eye shadow can be used wet or dry as a shadow or highlighter. The incredibly innovative, weightless formula blends easily with the fingertips to light up the eyes.

Available at CVS stores nationwide and


eos Visibly Soft Smooth Sphere Lip Balm
eos Visibly Soft Smooth Sphere Lip Balm

eos Visibly Soft Smooth Sphere Lip Balm ($3.29 USD each) — For immediately softer, more beautiful lips, the NEW eos Visibly Soft Smooth Spheres contain hyaluronic acid to help improve the texture of lips with each swipe leaving lips ultra-soft, smooth and beautiful.  Enriched with Vitamin C, these lip balms help hydrate and moisturize lips from the inside out. 

Available in two delicious soothing flavors, Coconut Milk and Vanilla Mint  at Target, Walmart, Ulta, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, and

The above Sally Hansen polishes are gorgeous and perfectly on trend!

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Set Sail

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Arm Candy

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Sugar Fix

Prices vary.  Learn more at and purchase at mass market retailers such as Target and Ulta.

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare New Awakenings Anti-Aging Day Treatment Discovery Gift Set
Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare New Awakenings Anti-Aging Day Treatment Discovery Gift Set

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare New Awakenings Anti-Aging Day Treatment Discovery Gift Set ($49 USD) — Featuring anti-aging properties, this Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare kit revitalizes your skin. 3-piece set includes: 0.5-oz. Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Day Cream, 3.0-oz. Complete Clarity Facial Cleansing Wash & 3.0-oz. Complete Clarity Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish.

Purchase at

Summer Sally Hansen Nail Polish Collections — Pearl Crush and Insta-Ombre

Happy 4th of July!  I hope you all had a great day!

I was lucky enough to be sent samples from two of Sally Hansen’s new nail collection for my honest review.  They are the Pearl Crush and the Insta-Ombre collections.  They are both fun for sparkly summer nail looks:

This summer, it’s time to get cultured—with pearls, that is. Sally Hansen introduces Pearl Crush; a collection of eight new Special Effect polishes that give nails an eye-catching, shimmery finish. Inspired by the season’s iridescent trend, the Pearl Crush polishes have a unique combination of pigments that interact with layers of large, faceted glitter particles. The resulting effect: a 3D crushed pearl look that plays off light, lending a lustrous, vibrant look to summer manicures. Choose a softer tone or go dark—either way; you’ll want to wear these precious “pearls” everywhere you go!

SHADES: Oy-ster It Up!: Aw, shucks—this true white with faceted glitter catches the light beautifully, She Sells: Whether on the seashore or the city streets, this pale blush hue is pretty, pink perfection, Lady Crab: No need to pinch yourself—this dreamy hot pink really is as steamy as it gets!, Rainbow Fish: Casting off icy tones, this iridescent blue is quite the catch, Shell & Tell: The secret is out: A lovely lilac like this doesn’t come around every day, Mer-Mint: This splashy, soothing seafoam green is loaded with sea-inspired shimmer, Silver Scallop: Reflect on this modern take on metallics—a shape shifting silver that appears constantly in motion and Clam Digger: This lava-rock black stands out with flecks of phosphorescent-green glitter.

It’s official: Ombré is the look of the decade. From runways to red carpets, from highlights to home decor, a gradated wash of color is perpetually on trend. Now, Sally Hansen makes it easy to create a sparkling ombré manicure with new Insta-Ombre Special Effect.

Available in eight high-impact glitter shades, this clever and innovative ombre-in-a-bottle makes it easy for women to achieve the look in just three simple steps. First, apply one coat to clean, dry nails. Next, apply a second coat from mid-nail to the tip. Finally, apply a third coat to only the nail tip. Voila: A radiant, wash of ombre color at your fingertips.

As the first and last word in nail color, Sally Hansen offers eight shades to match every mood: Copper Cap: Beige that grows into a warm, copper glow, Cobalt Coat: Blue, from barely-there to intense, Layer On Lilac: A cool-toned take on purple,  Scarlet Spark: A true red that fades into a whisper, Gold Grade: Metallic glitter, from quiet to saturated, Fuchsia-Nista: A bright pink with the slightest hint of violet, Jade Fade: An enviable emerald hue, Grey-diant: A stunningly sparkled fade from light to black.

What I think: Both looks are so much fun!  I love the soft, shimmering colors of the Pearl Crush collection, they remind me of the ocean.  And the Insta-Ombre  are so  much fun, especially for summer parties and nights out.  It is also really cute for festival season.

Have you tried any of these fun new polishes?   Leave a comment and let me know!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Manicure Tips and Tools From Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen has released some cool tools that will help you achieve a flawless manicure!

A natural nail should be shaped to mirror the shape of your cuticle.  This is the natural shape the nail grows and will keep the structure of the nail intact.  Breaking, cracking or splitting happens when the nail shape is altered. Always file in one direction; Never saw back and forth on the nail as this will shred the very delicate keratin layers of the nail, causing chipping and nail peeling!

Sally Hansen Ahead of the Curve 2 Step Sapphire File

Sally Hansen Ahead of the Curve 2 Step Sapphire File ($4.49 USD). This double-sided nail file features a two-part smooth and shape system with medium grit on one side and fine grit one the other. Start with the medium grit to adjust nail length and shape then follow with the fine-grit outer curve for a perfectly smooth finish.

Sally Hansen Nail Shaper Nail Boards

Sally Hansen Nail Shaper Nail Boards ($1.29 USD) — The ideal filing surfaces for nails not too hard, not too soft.

Sally Hansen No More Ridges Nail Shaper & Buffer

Sally Hansen No More Ridges Nail Shaper & Buffer ($1.49)- Shape, smooth, buff and shine nails with this professional salon smoothing block.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure

As the ultimate color authority, Sally Hansen has always been at the cutting edge of nail innovation. First, Sally Hansen introduced the first-ever polish to deliver five steps of a professional manicure with the Complete Salon Manicure collection ( $7.99 USD each). Now the nail care leader is upping the ante with two additional benefits—gel-like shine and chip-resistance—for the ultimate 7-in-1 formula.

New pastels are dusty(I Lilac You), urban (Gray-T Escape) and not your standard pink or lavender(Pink a Card) for a more wearable and less traditional spin.

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you. Learn more at


Treat Your Lips To Essential Products From Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen has some fab lip products that will help you get through the cold dry winter and keep your kisser looking and feeling soft!

Peptide Line Treatment ($9.95 USD): The problem – unsightly lines and wrinkles. The solution – an intensive line-correcting cream. The advanced formula works to plump lines and wrinkles from within, so lips look younger and smoother. The collagen-enhancing Multi-vitamin-Peptide Complex helps to correct lines on and around the mouth, while firming and hydrating skin.

VitaLip B ($4.95 USD): The problem – dry, chapped lips. The solution – an ultra-moisturizing lip treatment. Exclusively formulated for dull, dehydrated lips, this groundbreaking moisturizer contains vitamin nutrient complex B, known to boost moisture, as well as hyaluronic filling spheres that smooth away imperfections.

Lip Inflation ($6.95 USD): The problem – thin-looking lips. The solution – this lip-plumping formula, which makes lips sexy and fuller than ever.  The refreshingly tingly gloss contains a spicy burst of Peppermint and Cinnamon Extract that tingles immediately upon application and enhances lips’ natural color so they appear pinker and healthier.

Visit to learn more and you can purchase them at a mass market retailer near you.  Enjoy!

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.

Sally Hansen Collaborat​es with Prabal Gurung on Exclusive Fashion Film featuring Rye Rye

Sally Hansen’s fashion partner, Prabal Gurung, presents his first-ever resort collection this week. To celebrate, he created an exclusive fashion film featuring Rye Rye, “New Thing”. Sally Hansen collaborated with the designer and created 4 exclusive nail looks with Sally Hansen nail color including:

Xtreme Wear in Pacific Blue ($2.99)

Xtreme Wear in Sun Kissed ($2.99)

Complete Salon Manicure in Gilty pleasure ($7.99)

Xtreme Wear in Black Out ($2.99) and Antiqued Gold Crackle Overcoat ($5.95)

All of these exclusive nail colors can be found at your local drugstore.  Be sure to check out the video below featuring the Sally Hansen nail looks!


Great New Ideas In Beauty Tools and Containers

Finding the right beauty tools and organizers are so important for perfecting your beauty routine. The following are some brand new (or new to me) products I have tried and have helped me simplify my beauty regimen.

From the new Sally Hansen Beauty Tools line, I love the Perfect the Arch Dual Slant Point Tip Tweezer ($14.49 USD) — This multi-tasking wonder does it all. Use the slanted edge against the skin for larger areas and the pointed end for detail work along the brow line. Theis is easy to use, and a sharp tweezer makes shaping brows quick and a lot less painful than a dull pair that barely grabs the hairs. Visit for more info and you can purchase these at drugstores and mass market retailers in the United States.

Cosmetic coordination. This Lori Greiner set of two quilted makeup cases is ideal for both home organization and travel. The large case is designed with 13 sections to organize all your shadows, blushes, lipsticks, and more–plus, elastic holders in the back section for brushes and mascara, and even a removable organizer page. The smaller organizer case fits easily into your purse so you can tote all your daily essentials. This is great for traveling or just for every day use.

Includes large cosmetic bag and small cosmetic bag and the approximate measurements are: Large bag 10″L x 8″W x 4″H; Small bag 7″L x 4″W x 3″H. They wipe clean with a damp cloth.

You can purchase this at The regular price is $29.50 and is on special at $26.80. 

Tweezerman broke new ground on the beauty tool front by introducing the Zip File ($5.00 USD), a practical, retractable and ultra-portable – yet super-stylish and playful nail file for hassle-free usability.  Now, Tweezerman is proudly bringing you three new fun, flirty patterns to suit all personalities.  These colorful, fun, convenient file & case combos have a zippy slide-click mechanism that, with just a push of your thumb, easily extends and locks the file securely in place at the exact length you want. The all-in-one design works so that the case also acts as a handle when the file is extended. The file can then be effortlessly retracted to stay clean and protected, stored neatly in the compact handle/case. The dual sides (medium and coarse grit) allow you to shape and then seal nail edges with just one easy-to-use tool. is the place to find these as well as at

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Forever Stay Eye Pencil

Forever Stay Eye Pencil

 Trusted cosmetic company and television makeup artist Carmindy have combined forces to creat the Sally Hansen Natural Beauty collection. I have only tried their Forever Stay Eye Pencil ($7.99 USD), but I really like it.  

The first great thing that I noticed about this eyeliner is that it glides smoothly across my lids, not tugging. This is especially important for aging skin, as pulling around the sensitive eye area only causes problems. Then second thing I noticed is that you don’t have much play time with this liner, because it dries quickly and stays on, well, forever (or at least all day)!  

 There are 5 fabulous, rich shades to complement any eye color and if you choose opposite shades to your eye color your eyes will really pop! The shades are:   

Pure Plum for Green Eyes
Chocolate Brown for Blue Eyes
Blue Indigo for Brown Eyes
Deep Jade for Hazel Eyes
Deep Black is versatile for all eye colors   

Some of Carmindy’s tips are: To use small connecting dashes across the upper lash line to create an easily lined eye, apply the pencil under your lower lashes for a thicker-looking lash line, apply one shade of liner on the top lash line and another smudged underneath for a modern look, and line the upper lash line and then trace over it with a cotton swab for a soft-looking smudge.   

Visit to learn more about these products that are available at most drugstores.