This is a new one: scented nail polish. At first skeptical, I have been so impressed with Revlon Parfumerie both as a novelty and as a polish! So to address the question I keep receiving…. does it really smell? Believe it or not, it does! It lasted about a day for me. And it is only noticeable upon dry down so don’t sniff the bottle expecting to get a whiff of something pleasant. I’ve been wearing Beachy (above) for three days without chipping or peeling. It is actually some of the best performing polishes I have tried in a while. The perfume inspired bottle has a plastic top, functional brush and a significant quantity of polish. Now here is the good news…. Tis’ the season to give! I have one polish (in Wild Violets, below) to share with you, friends. #ShareTheShade! Enter using the widget below. US only due to shipping restrictions.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
AN EDITORIAL SAMPLE MAY HAVE BEEN PROVIDED BY THE COMPANY AND EVALUATED TO DETERMINE OUR OPINION OF THE PRODUCT IN THIS POST. PLEASE SEE THE DISCLOSURES PAGE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING OUR POLICIES FOR USING EDITORIAL SAMPLES.
It is no secret that I hold Asian skin care tradition in very high esteem. Some of my favorite products hail from that part of the world. No surprise that I fell head over heels with the geisha-inspired TATCHA. Geishas are known for flawless, beautiful skin. Their beauty secrets are said to be passed down through the generations by word of mouth. So when TATCHA founder, Victoria Tsai, she came across a beauty manuscript from 200 years ago detailing the geisha beauty regime she struck gold.
Read more “Brand Spotlight: TATCHA + Their Friends & Family Sale”
Out of North Carolina, Polish & Co. is a new nail polish line with all the sass and beauty of a Southern Belle. Theresa Williamson is the founder and long-time nail industry expert. And her creativity in naming the shades after North Carolina lifestyle is just the beginning.
For fall, she came up with some serious rich and vampy shades that echo what we have already seen on the runways for Fall. I am loving “Eggplant Parmesan”; the perfect deep purpled burgundy, “Jeans 2 Tight” ; a dusky deep blue that mimics the color of a fall night sky or “Too Shy”; a muted nude taupe with the perfect amount of warmth for any neutral nail lover.
Below, I am wearing Code 9 and 5 O’Clock Shadow. Essie Set in Stones is on the tips as a kind of messy French manicure.
Theresa designed the polish for long wear on natural nails and the formula is 3 Free (without Formaldehyde, Toluene or DBP).
Available now for $12 in a selection of finer boutiques, internationally in Nassau, Bahamas and online at www.polishandco.com.
Beauty subscription services have come on strong over the past year. Birchbox has long been a favorite, having introduced me to brands I would never have heard about otherwise. And beauty samples in the mail is definitely a treat. So it was about time for me to try out another popular service: Julep.
Julep is all about nail care. These boxes are a great way to build a high quality polish collection. You can do a style quiz to determine which introductory box you receive. Or you can just select what jumps out. I was drawn to the Classic With A Twist Julep Maven Box, featuring two polishes (Kate and Rose) and The Best Pedi Cream Ever. I’ve been thrilled with the Pedi Cream – it might even live up to its name. The formula contains exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids. It is unusually hydrating with shea butter and coconut oil. I’ve been using it nightly and have noticed it makes quite a difference.
Kate is a soft white pearl. It requires a steady hand and three coats, but I love the look of white nails. Rose is juicy watermelon red crème that goes on beautifully. The color is opaque with perfect coverage after two coats. Julep Nail Color is “4-free” and does not contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, or DBP. The brush is an exclusive design – flat with micro-frayed brush hairs that makes application a breeze.
When you join Julep Mavens, you receive an introductory box. Then on the 20th of each month, you get an email with the newest offering. You can do nothing if you want the box, or simply log on and opt out between the 20th and 24th to skip the month. Use the code “MAVENINTRO” to get your introductory box for just a penny. The polishes are also currently carried in Sephora.
I am so glad to be able to share an introductory box with one of my readers! The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents. Enter using the widget below:
While I was impressed with some OCC products I found at The Makeup Show last weekend, I was greatly disappointed with the nail lacquer. This formula is billed as modern colour palette, densely pigmented, quick-drying and super long lasting. So, I figured this could be the perfect, opaque white I have been searching for. “Feathered” is described as: “Pure Opaque White with a Satin Finish”. Could not be further from the truth. No matter how many coats I applied, I could not even achieve complete color coverage. I hope the acclaimed lip tars go better.
Manicures have taken on a new, longer life. 14 days ago, I got my first Shellac manicure and couldn’t have been more pleased. My cheery red nails lasted a full two weeks with absolutely zero chips. Really, the only reason I took the polish off, was because my nails had grown out. Your nail beds are not damaged at all with the application and it only takes about 5 minutes to remove the polish. The system contains a Base Coat, Color Coat and Top Coat. After each layer is exposed to a UV Lamp, you can leave the salon with totally dry nails. They even do the massage after the polish! That is how absolutely dry they are. Right now the shades are varied but mostly traditional colors. I started with red, but thinking a vibrant pink to celebrate spring next.