Saturday, November 25, 2017

Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Brilliant Lapis

Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Brilliant Lapis
from the Enchanting Gems Collection
2 coats


ALL THAT GLITTERS: THE SALLY HANSEN COLOR THERAPY 
ENCHANTING GEMS COLLECTION FEATURES LIMITED EDITION 
GORGEOUS GEMSTONE HUES THAT CARE WHILE YOU WEAR

Sally Hansen’s Color Therapy nail polish blends saturated color with nourishing argan oil in 6 new, elegant jewel tones.

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. Sally Hansen’s Color Therapy nail polish contains 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. The Color Therapy nail polish provides the ultimate rich color that cares while you wear, with everything needed to help restore nails without sacrificing luminous, pigmented hues.



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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Gift Idea: Dermelect Mini Kits

Dermelect "Me" Peptide-Infused Color Lacquer in REDiculous
2 coats

The perfect gift for anyone who loves to give themselves a quality at-home mani, these kits feature four of Dermelect’s best-selling treatment polishes in a compact 0.13 fluid oz. size that’s perfect for a stocking stuffer!

Beauty lovers can choose from the NAIL MAKEOVER (ideal for dry, peeling or visibly damaged nails) or NAIL REMEDY (for sot, weak or gel-damaged nails), both of which help to transform your nails to naturally long and strong with a protein-peptide formula that conditions and nourishes damaged nails. Both kits retail for $20.00 each on www.dermelect.com.


The NAIL MAKEOVER includes:

·         Makeover Ridge Filler Base Coat
·         “ME” Peptide-Infused Color Lacquer in Debonnaire
·         High Maintenance Instant Nail Thickener
·         Revital-Oil Nail & Cuticle Treatment


The NAIL REMEDY includes:

·         Immaculate Nail  Cleanse Prep
·         Launchpad Nail  Strengthener Base Coat
·         “ME” Peptide-Infused Color Lacquer in REDiculous
·         High Maintenance Instant Nail Thickener


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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Smoky Emerald

Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Smoky Emerald
from the Enchanting Gems Collection
2 coats


ALL THAT GLITTERS: THE SALLY HANSEN COLOR THERAPY 
ENCHANTING GEMS COLLECTION FEATURES LIMITED EDITION 
GORGEOUS GEMSTONE HUES THAT CARE WHILE YOU WEAR

Sally Hansen’s Color Therapy nail polish blends saturated color with nourishing argan oil in 6 new, elegant jewel tones.

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. Sally Hansen’s Color Therapy nail polish contains 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. The Color Therapy nail polish provides the ultimate rich color that cares while you wear, with everything needed to help restore nails without sacrificing luminous, pigmented hues.



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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Orchid Amethyst

Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Orchid Amethyst
from the Enchanting Gems Collection
2 coats


ALL THAT GLITTERS: THE SALLY HANSEN COLOR THERAPY 
ENCHANTING GEMS COLLECTION FEATURES LIMITED EDITION 
GORGEOUS GEMSTONE HUES THAT CARE WHILE YOU WEAR

Sally Hansen’s Color Therapy nail polish blends saturated color with nourishing argan oil in 6 new, elegant jewel tones.

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. Sally Hansen’s Color Therapy nail polish contains 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. The Color Therapy nail polish provides the ultimate rich color that cares while you wear, with everything needed to help restore nails without sacrificing luminous, pigmented hues.




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Thursday, October 26, 2017

OPI DS Reflection

OPI DS Reflection
2 coats

OPI DS shades are always my go-tos when I am short on time. They apply so easily they are just fool-proof! This is two coats topped with NYC Grand Central Station.




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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Lan-turn Up

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Lan-turn Up
from the Complete Salon Manicure Exotic Street Styles Collection
2 coats

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE COLOR: SALLY HANSEN’S COMPLETE SALON MANICURE® FALL COLLECTION
Inspired from street style near and far, embrace color with Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure® Fall Collection

Inspired by rich and vibrant colors, the new Complete Salon Manicure Fall Collection by Sally Hansen adds the dose of color and vivacity the stylish woman dreams of. The embraces an array of colors seen in exotic fabrics and textiles from around the globe. Middle eastern fabrics and vivid Moroccan prints are trending both on and off the catwalk. Sally Hansen has infused their 6 hot limited edition shades with all the exotic street style flair you need this fall for you to feel completely bold. 

Our all-in-one formula with keratin boasts 7 benefits in one bottle — base coat, strength, growth treatment, salon color, topcoat, chip resistance, and gel shine finish. Complete Salon Manicure delivers up to 64% stronger nails and up to 10 days of chip-resistant wear.

The vibrant, limited-edition line-up features the following beautiful shades:

Marrakeshed From A Rose Play up your femininity when you don this soft pale blush
Tell My Fuchsia A deep magenta jewel tone to accentuate your bling 
Moroccan Roll The rich cherry red brings the pizazz 
Tagine Supreme Spice up the everyday with a burnt orange-tinted red
Lan-turn Up Be the ultimate sidewalk siren with this molten metallic chrome
Magic Carpet Get ready for an adventure in a ceramic-inspired light blue cream



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Monday, October 23, 2017

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Tagine Supreme

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Tagine Supreme
from the Complete Salon Manicure Exotic Street Styles Collection
2 coats

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE COLOR: SALLY HANSEN’S COMPLETE SALON MANICURE® FALL COLLECTION
Inspired from street style near and far, embrace color with Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure® Fall Collection

Inspired by rich and vibrant colors, the new Complete Salon Manicure Fall Collection by Sally Hansen adds the dose of color and vivacity the stylish woman dreams of. The embraces an array of colors seen in exotic fabrics and textiles from around the globe. Middle eastern fabrics and vivid Moroccan prints are trending both on and off the catwalk. Sally Hansen has infused their 6 hot limited edition shades with all the exotic street style flair you need this fall for you to feel completely bold. 

Our all-in-one formula with keratin boasts 7 benefits in one bottle — base coat, strength, growth treatment, salon color, topcoat, chip resistance, and gel shine finish. Complete Salon Manicure delivers up to 64% stronger nails and up to 10 days of chip-resistant wear.

The vibrant, limited-edition line-up features the following beautiful shades:

Marrakeshed From A Rose Play up your femininity when you don this soft pale blush
Tell My Fuchsia A deep magenta jewel tone to accentuate your bling 
Moroccan Roll The rich cherry red brings the pizazz 
Tagine Supreme Spice up the everyday with a burnt orange-tinted red
Lan-turn Up Be the ultimate sidewalk siren with this molten metallic chrome
Magic Carpet Get ready for an adventure in a ceramic-inspired light blue cream



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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

OPI My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours!

OPI My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours!

3 coats
from the 2013 Euro Centrale Collection

OPI says.....  Get the extinguisher…this fiery red is sizzling!

Although I did really like the color, I did NOT like that I needed 3 coats to get even coverage.  With 2 coats there were lots of sheer spots that I wasn't happy with.



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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

OPI Cosmo With a Twist

OPI Cosmo With a Twist
3 coats
from the Holiday 2015 Starlight Collection

Last week my cousin called and asked if I had seen OPI Cosmo With a Twist- she was in love with it! Somehow I missed it and hadn't seen it, but once I did, I immediately placed an order for 2 bottles- one of each of us! It's really gorgeous, but does need 3 coats to be opaque. In different lights, you'll see gorgeous blue and purple shimmers.



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New: Sally Hansen Salon Chrome Kits

GO HOME AND GO CHROME: SALLY HANSEN BRINGS THE HOTTEST SOCIAL MEDIA TREND HOME WITH NEW, LIMITED EDITION SALON CHROME™ KITS
Get Instagram-ready nails – no UV light or salon appointment necessary
The chrome look now comes home with Sally Hansen Salon Chrome™. The leader in creating salon-inspired nail innovation at home, Sally Hansen has captured one of the biggest social media nail trends of 2017 and will introduce the first DIY nail kit to ever launch in the US for the ultimate #chromenails. This trend has exploded recently and has been seen everywhere from street style to style icons, with over 385,000 posts on Instagram alone, but was previously only achieved with UV light and a lengthy application process.
The limited-edition Sally Hansen Salon Chrome™ kits will be available in 5 trending shades:
·      Rose Gold: The hottest jewelry & design trend finds its corresponding nail shade
·      Peacock: This purple-blue metallic tells an exotic and playful story
·      Holographic: This ultra-shiny, iridescent metallic is mesmerizing
·      Gunmetal: “Shine-on” in this futuristic reflective charcoal shade
·      Mermaid: Evolve in the moment with this green-purple from under the sea




Sally Hansen Salon Chrome™ kit contains Chrome powder, Special Effect Top Coat and Sponge Applicator. Get ready to show off your “Instaglam” nails and watch the “likes” rack up.
Follow these steps using Sally Hansen Miracle Gel® for straight-forward and fun DIY, at-home application and easy, soak-free removal with the use of regular nail polish remover:
  1. Apply two thin coats of Miracle Gel in Blacky O  (for PeacockHolographicGunmetal and Mermaid looks) or Miracle Gel in Frill Seeker (for Rose Gold look) and allow to dry until tacky, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Dip included Applicator into Chrome Powder & rub a small amount onto surface of nail in a back & forth motion using light pressure; watch effect appear!
  3. Apply one thin coat of Special Effect Top Coat & allow to completely dry for 5 minutes.
  4. Seal with one coat of the Miracle Gel Top Coat.*
The new Sally Hansen Salon Chrome kits in Mermaid, Rose Gold, Peacock and Gunmetal will be available on Target.com beginning mid-August for $20 each. The Sally Hansen Salon Chrome kit in Holographic can be exclusively found at Ulta stores and on Ulta.com in October for $30. This exclusive large kit includes the Miracle Gel Black-y O Base Coat and Miracle Gel Top Coat. 

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Friday, October 6, 2017

NOTD: OPI An Affair In Red Square

OPI An Affair In Red Square (2 coats)
from the 2007 Russian Collection

An Affair in Red Square is just gorgeous- a glowy red. Love love love!



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Monday, October 2, 2017

NOTD: Avon Perplexed Purple

Avon Perplexed Purple
2 coats
from the 2012 Enchanted Spring collection

Perplexed Purple is just gorgeous! It's a take on 2011's Chanel Paradoxal. Others with a similar shade and effect are Covergirl Outlast Amethyst, Revlon Perplex, and today's NOTD- Avon Perplexed Purple.


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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

NOTD: Nails Inc Judo Red

Nails Inc Judo Red
(2 coats)

 from a collaboration with Victoria Beckham and her Victoria, Victoria Beckham collection


Judo Red is from the Nails Inc Victoria, Victoria Beckham for Nails Inc. Duo Collection from Sephora that I purchased a few years ago for $45. The set includeed Judo Red and Bamboo White. The individual shades were available for $25 each.

Judo Red was amazing to apply- well-pigmented, it pretty much gave opaque coverage in just one coat, but I added a second to get a perfect finish. They call this a tomato red, and it actually leans a bit orange, even more than you can see in the pic. I love it! The outer rectangular part of the lid can be removed, leaving you with a regular round cap to paint with.

Here's some info from Sephora.com: Created with an exclusive formulation, featuring Stretch-To-Fit technology and Bamboo Extract with Silica, this collectible set features two new polish shades: Judo Red, a vibrant tomato shade, and Bamboo White, a bone shade inspired and created to complement key pieces from the collection. Designed by Fabien Baron and Victoria Beckham, Nails Inc’s concave glass bottled have been reinvented for the collaboration: each bottle is made with fine Venetian glass and is hand-frosted in matte black and matte white to leave a subtle reveal window on either side.


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dermelect Kiss 'ME'

Dermelect Kiss 'ME'
2 coats
from the Fall 2017 Completely Classic Collection

The Completely Classic collection boasts rich and velvety stand-out-in-a-crowd shades as well as more subdued hues, such as a seamless nude and a mesmerizing azure. Dermelect’s treatment color lacquers are all 5-Free, peptide-infused, and specifically formulated to provide a long-lasting, professional manicure. Each polish is $14 and a set is $39.00. The collection is available on www.dermelect.com
Completely Classic Collection
·         All The Envy (bright chartreuse)
·         Phenom (egyptian blue)
·         To The Core (russet copper)
·         Debonnaire (opaque nude)
·         Kiss ‘ME’ (velvet crimson)
·         She-She (a luxe take on teal)



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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

NOTD: OPI DS Ruby

OPI DS Ruby
2 coats

The OPI DS line never fails me- I love love love these shades and find myself reaching for them when I am feeling like I just can't choose from my hundreds of choices.



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Friday, September 1, 2017

Revlon ColorStay in Rich Raspberry

 Revlon ColorStay in Rich Raspberry
2 coats

Sadly, this is from a discontinue line. The ColorStay nail color line has been replaced with the ColorStay Gel Envy line. I picked this up at Big Lots for just $1.50. It applied like a dream- perfect coverage in 2 coats.



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Sunday, August 27, 2017

NOTD: Zoya Dannii

 Zoya Dannii
2 coats

From the Zoya website: Dannii by Zoya can be best described as a medium orchid purple with pink and champagne highlights and flecks of silver metallic shimmer. 



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Monday, August 21, 2017

L'Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque in Lacqueriste

L'Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque in Lacqueriste
2 coats

This weekend I pulled out the three steps of the L’Oréal Paris Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque system. I had been a while since I used the system and I remember liking it a lot. 

Steps 1 and 3, the primer and glaze, are sold together and retail for about $13 in mass-market retailers like Target and Wal-mart.


The individual color bottles, like Lacqueriste shown in my swatch pic, retail for about $8. There are 21 shades available, and most are core-type colors, just nice classic colors that appear to all be a creme finish.

Here's some info from the L'Oreal website:

Introducing our exclusive 3-step nail system for spectacular nails like you’ve never seen before. New L’Oréal Paris Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque provides high-gloss, and resilient shine while protecting nail color from dings, dents and scratches. Get the high-shine of a UV-Gel and the perfect nail shape without harmful UV rays.

Extraordinary nails as easy as 1, 2, 3:

STEP 1: GEL PRIMER
Nail surface is instantly smooth and flawless

STEP 2: GEL COLOR
Color is richer, magnified to a new level of intensity nails are visibly thicker

STEP 3: GEL GLAZE
Shine is captured and reflected from every angle


I went ahead and added one coat of my normal quick dry topcoat after I was done with Step 3.


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

OPI Infinite Shine in Can't Tame a Wild Thing

 
OPI Infinite Shine in Can't Tame a Wild Thing
2 coats

For this mani, I used all three steps of the OPI Infinite Shine Gel Effects Lacquer System, and then topped it with my quick dry topcoat, NYC Grand Central Station. I have tried the system before without an added quick dry topcoat, and I didn't find that I got very good wear from it- I would get chips pretty quickly. Once I added NYC GSC, I got much better wear!

Info from OPI about the system:
Infinite Shine Lacquer delivers ultra-rich, vivid color in unique OPI shades.  Is an innovative service option for manicures, pedicures and enhancements.
Gel shine without the light.  Last up to 10 days.  Soak free removal.
The Infinite Shine system of products combine for longer-lasting color and shine:
  • Step 1 Primer: Goes beyond base - it actually primes nails for a revolutionary grip on color while preventing staining.
  • Step 2 Lacquer: Delivers real depth with ultra-rich, vivid color.
  • Step 3 Gloss: Promises gel-like durability - the state-of-the-art formula includes gel polymers that cures to a hard film in natural light, yet removes easily without soaking.



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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

NOTD: OPI Chile O Caliente

 OPI Chile O Caliente
2 coats
from the 2002 South American Collection

Chile O Caliente has been a favorite for YEARS! I bet I have been through at least 5 bottles of this- this used to be my regular pedi color. Still a favorite 15 years later!



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Friday, June 16, 2017

NOTD: Essie Éclair My Love

Essie Éclair My Love
2 coats
from the Summer 2017 Collection

per Essie: Declare your undying amour with this light, bright heart-pulsing shade of red candy passion.

I've seen others call this close to a one-coat wonder, but not for me. I found the first coat to be very streaky, but the second coat evened it out quite nicely. Such a bright, fun summer shade!



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