29 September 2014

8 Moisturizing Masks for Fall and Winter

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8 Moisturizing Masks for Fall and Winter

As the season turns, pump some much needed moisture into your skin with these masks!


  1. Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Sleeping Recovery Mask, 100ml • $60.00
  2. Lancôme 'Hydra-Intense Masque' Hydrating Gel Mask with Botanical Extract • $35.00
  3. Darphin Hydrating Kiwi Mask • $50.00
  4. dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque-2.5 oz. • $22.09
  5. Clinique 'Moisture Surge' Overnight Mask • $8.00–33.00
  6. Caudalie Moisturizing Cream Mask • $40.00
  7. Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque • $35.00
  8. Koh Gen Do Brightening Moisture Mask • $75.00


And my two secret weapons to make those masks work even harder:

Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Serum • $21.99 - pop this on UNDER any other mask for a  super boost!

Reviva Labs - Non-Chemical Light Skin Peel - 1.5 oz. • $13.50 - when you have time for a "spa night,"  apply this mask first, then apply a mmoisturizingmask.  The gentle exfoliation in the peel will allow all the fabulous moisturizing ingredients to really sink in!

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25 September 2014

Throwback Thursday: OPI Plum Full of Cheer (2010)

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This week’s Throwback Thursday polish is OPI Plum Full of Cheer, an ULTA exclusive from their 2010 Holi-daze Collection.  It’s a magical color shifting polish.  Indoors it appears to be a normal vampy shade, burgundy with a hint of copper shimmer – but when you step out side and the sunlight hits your fingers, you are blinded by purple goodness!

OPI Plum Full of Cheer (2010 ULTA Exclusive)


Happy Thursday!
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24 September 2014

The Lacquer Cabinet by Nailtini (August 2014)

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The Lacquer Cabinet by Nailtini (August 2014)

Are you familiar with Nailtini?  It’s a brand that’s been around since 2003! Each polish is named after a drink, which is totally cute.  I’ve never tried the brand until now, mostly because I dislike polishes bottles that are shaped this way.  However, when they offered to send me their monthly subscription box that was curated by Nail It I knew I had to try it!

The Lacquer Cabinet is Nailtini’s monthly subscription box.  At $25.00/month, you receive three polishes plus two empty mini bottles for you to try your own hand at lacquer mixology!  Each monthly limited-edition lacquer collection is curated by top nail and beauty experts.

Nailtini Blue MagicNailtini Accomplice over Blue Magic

I had a hard time with the first polish I tried, Blue Magic.  Blue Magic is a stunning cobalt blue.  The formula was thick and goopy, which is not unheard of with cobalt blue polishes.  I can normally look past the formula when a polish is this awesome, but the brush compounded the issue.  It’s long, thin, and floppy, which makes the polish hard to control and lead to me getting polish all over my cuticles (I did a lot of clean up).  I had to use three coats to get it completely even.

The next day I layered Accomplice over Blue Magic.  Accomplice is described as a beetle-like topper that fires blue to purple, green to copper.  Now this is what I am talking about!  I had no trouble with the formula, which meant I had less trouble with the brush.  I love, love, love layering polishes like this.  There are so many colors I want to layer this over!

Overall, I’m not sure how I feel about these polishes.  I dislike the brush, and the formula on one out of two polishes was horrible, but the second was pretty awesome.  I also love the idea behind the subscription box.  The theme is cute and I love that you can purchase past boxes

What do you think of The Lacquer Cabinet by Nailtini?
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23 September 2014

Top 10 Items on My Fall Lust List

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Happy first day of Fall!  I love Fall Beauty.  So many vampy nail colors… and the gift sets are starting!  

Here are 10 things on my Fall Lust List:

  1. Charlotte Tilbury 'Cheek to Chic' Swish & Pop Blush • $40.00 (or get it as part of a set in #2)
  2. Charlotte Tilbury The Bombshell • $200.00 
  3. Tom Ford Beauty Nail Lacquer in Black Cherry • $32.00
  4. Tarte Colored Clay Bronzer Blush • $30.00 (or get as part of a set in #5)
  5. Tarte After Hours Statement Essentials Set • $60.00
  6. Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip • $59.00
  7. CLINIQUE Black Honey Beauty • $25.00
  8. Deborah Lippmann Silk Matteen Nail Polish in Harem Silk • $20.00
  9. butter LONDON British Spice • $15.00
  10. IT Brushes For ULTA - All of them!
What’s on your Fall Lust List?

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NOTN (Nails of the Night) – NCLA Santa Monica Shore Thing

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NCLA Santa Monica Shore Thing


NCLA Santa Monica Shore Thing – from my first Nailbox Trendbox.  Because it’s obvious when you can’t sleep that you should paint your nails a soothing mint crème. 

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19 September 2014

Friday Favorites – DL1961, a new denim obsession

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I thought I would change things up a bit with this week’s Friday Favorites and show you some clothing that I have been digging lately! 

First up, the Amanda Skinny jean from DL1961.  I’d never heard of this brand until I received these jeans in my last StitchFix*.  According to their website, “DL1961 is a premium denim company based in New York that is redefining what it means to have the perfect pair of jeans. Made using patented XFIT technology fabric that adapts to your unique body shape to give custom fit and comfort, these 4-way stretch jeans will not sag, bag, or lose shape.” 

I thought that the promise that they would not loose their shape was intriguing – all of my Citizen denim has stretched after just a few hours of wearing, which wouldn’t be bad if they weren’t skinny jeans.  So I tried the Amanda Skinny on for a few hours and was impressed!  They really didn’t stretch!  I wore them for Friday night date night last week.  The next morning I slipped them on to see if they had stretched, and they had not!

What new fun clothing items have you discovered lately?
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*StitchFix is a monthly subscription service in which a “personal stylist” will handpick a selection of five clothing items and accessories unique to your taste, budget and lifestyle (based upon a style quiz and your own Pinterest boards).  I received my first StitchFix for free, normally there is a $20 styling fee for each Fix.  That fee can be applied to any of the items in your box.  Since my first free box, I have “purchased” two additional boxes on my own.  Tip: be sure to answer the style questions honestly so that you do not end up with pieces that are too expensive!

18 September 2014

Throwback Thursday - The Many Faces of OPI Sugar Plum Yum (2002)

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OPI Sugar Plum Yum

OPI Sugar Plum Yum – 2002 Victorian Holiday (3 coats)

There are no words to express how much I love this polish!  The duochrome is out of this world.  My husband actually asked me if I was wearing two different polishes, because my right hand looked purple and the left looked blue!

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Sugar Plum Yum is actually not that hard of a polish to track down... it just took me forever to order it.  There are several listings on eBay right now!

Now to find the coordinating top coat
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17 September 2014

Coming Soon: Gwen Stefani Holiday for OPI



Be still my heart!  Gwen Stefani Holiday for OPI  - Another Gwen Stefani collection, and this time with 18 shades, plus a special gold topcoat!  This collection is dominated by reds – Gwen’s signature color.  For once, I am excited about reds!

Gwen Stefani Holiday for OPI  includes the following:

OPI Just BeClaus
Just BeClaus - This magnificent maroon came into my life just in the “nick” of time.

OPI Kiss Me – or Elf!
Kiss Me – or Elf! - There’s no denying the allure of this amorous red violet.

OPI I Carol About You
I Carol About You - I just fa-la-la-la-love this deep royal purple!

OPI Christmas Gone Plaid
Christmas Gone Plaid - I sure am plaid I found this tree-mendous forest green.

OPI In a Holidaze
In a Holidaze - I’m dizzy-in-love with this maroon beauty.

OPI Love is Hot and Coal
Love is Hot and Coal - Turn the heat up with this deep grayish brown.

OPI Fashion a Bow
Fashion a Bow - So busy – all tied-up today loving this bright reddish-orange!

OPI Cinnamon Sweet
Cinnamon Sweet - Sugar and spice…this deep, warm red is everything nice.

OPI What’s Your Point-settia?
What’s Your Point-settia? - So what if I think this is the one truly perfect holiday red?

OPI Red Fingers & Mistletoes
Red Fingers & Mistletoes - This smooch-worthy red shimmer is holiday-perfect.

OPI First Class Desires
First Class Desires - This mélange of gold and eggplant shimmer is #1 on my wish list.

OPI Sleigh Parking Only
Sleigh Parking Only - Tell the valet to take good care of this exclusive dark burgundy.

OPI Rollin’ in Cashmere
Rollin’ in Cashmere - Wooln’t you just love wearing this warm, luxurious gold?

OPI Unfrost My Heart
Unfrost My Heart - The shimmery cool glamour of this gleaming silver is beyond hot!

OPI I’ll Tinsel You In
I’ll Tinsel You In - Black and white confetti and fine glitter adorn this ornamental glitter.

OPI Snow Globetrotter
Snow Globetrotter - Shake up your world with this glitter swirling with white and rainbow flakes.

OPI Comet in the Sky
Comet in the Sky - Iridescent beams and midnight black create cosmic art in this glitter.

OPI So Elegant
So Elegant - Black and chrome confetti add sophisticated drama to this glitter.

 
OPI Don’t Speak Pure 18K Gold Top Coat
OPI Don’t Speak Pure 18K Gold Top Coat
 


I can’t wait to see the top coat!  I am definitely going to have to pick that one up!
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Gwen Stefani Holiday nail lacquer shades each feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. Gwen Stefani Holiday will be available October 2014, at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, beautybrands.com, Chatters, Dillard’s, Regis, ULTA and ulta.com for $9.50 ($11.50 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.  Don’t Speak Pure 18K Gold Top Coat will be $30.00.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter and Instagram @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!