Wednesday, January 30, 2013

New Beauty Magazine: Nail It!

Calling all nail polish lovers! I want to bring your attention to a new magazine launch - Nail It! The press release I received indicates that this mag will be focused on nails. It hits news stands on February 19th. I haven't yet received my copy, but as soon as I do, I will let you know what I think!

Stay beautiful!
Pin It!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Palmolive Fresh Infusions Dish Soap

This is a bit of a non-beauty related post, but something I wanted to share. I was recently scent a bottle of Palmolive Fresh Infusions Dish Soap to try. I have been a long time Palmolive user. I like that the brand works well for my needs and doesn't dry out my hands.

Palmolive Fresh Infusions

Sunday, January 27, 2013

China Glaze Avant Garden Spring Collection Information

China Glaze is really bringing it with the collections this year! They already released one full collection in the New Year. Next they are debuting their spring collection Avant Garden. The colors certainly sound interesting. It looks like they may have a few nice twists on the classic spring pastel collections we typically see this time of year. 
China Glaze Avant Garden

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo - Thoughts and a Review

I have long been intrigued by Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo. I have light blonde hair on my face, which is both thin and very fair. My concern, therefore, was not that it creates a shadow above my lip, but that sometimes it gets a little long on the sides and simply bothers me. I tried waxing it a few times, but really disliked how the hair grew back. I have also tried plucking the few hairs, but that didn't seem to work either. For Christmas, I received (after asking) the Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo for Fine to Medium Hair. I had just waxed, so it was not until a few days ago that I was able to try it.
Olay Smooth Finish Hair Removal Duo

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

China Glaze Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away Collection - Def Defying

Everyone once in a blue moon you look at a shade and think "there is no way this is going to work on me" but once you try the shade, you simply fall in love. That perfectly describes my relationship with China Glaze Def Defying. Looking at the bottle, I wasn't sure it would work with my skin tone, but on the nail, WOWZA!

China Glaze Def Defying

Color: In the bottle, Def Defying looks like a yellow-toned lime green. It isn't quite a pastel, but doesn't look terribly vibrant either. Often, yellow based tones like this really make my skin look gray and sickly. HOWEVER, as soon as I put this on my nails, it took on a apple green color with a slight yellow base. With my pink under-toned skin, it looked like I was wearing a granny smith on my nails. I love it! It feels both very retro and very fresh at the same time. I will definitely be wearing this color a lot this spring!

Monday, January 7, 2013

China Glaze Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away Collection - Creative Fantasy

The latest collection from China Glaze has had some hits and misses for me. While I loved Running in Circles and Igniting Love, the application of Surreal Appeal was less than stellar. Unfortunately, Creative Fanstasy is also a dud in my book. Here's why: 

China Glaze Creative Fantasy

Color: I love the color of this polish in the bottle. It is a deep purple with blue undertones, like more intense Gothic Lolita from last spring. I thought I would absolutely fall in love with the polish on my nails. Unfortunately, the color just doesn't translate on the nail (a lot of which has to do with the application, which I will discuss below). On the nail, the color is not as rich or vibrant. It takes on almost more of an eggplant undertone. Instead of looking like a rich jewel tone purple, it just looks flat on the nail.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

China Glaze Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away Collection - Running in Circles

Lately, I have become a big fan of green polishes, especially glass fleck polishes. I was so excited when I saw bottle shots of China Glaze's Running in Circles from their latest collection. This polish does not disappoint!

China Glaze Running in Circles

Color: Running in Circles is a vivid emerald green glass fleck. It is incredibly multitonal. The polish has a a slight gold undertone that gives it a lit from within look. You can see all the different tones in the polish in the macro shots below. While this color is appropriate for Christmas, its jewel tone base gives it a fresh vibe that is perfect year round. This is especially fitting for 2013 as Pantone just named Emerald the color of the year. Just looking at this polish in the bottle makes me happy. I would like to note that in the bottle, the color can have a slight blue tone around the edges. This does not appear on the nail. Instead the color reads a true emerald.

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