Top 10 Tuesday shares spring and summer nail polish

Top 10 Tuesdays picked a topic that’s close to my heart for this go around. I’m a nail polish junkie even if I have no artistic skills and can’t even apply well. I love having a collection of the prettiest and newest nail polishes but I rarely forget about my previous ones. I didn’t quite narrow it down to 10 but I forced myself to stop adding new ones. It’s easy to see what my favorite colors are in my pictures but I’m always willing to experiment. I hope you enjoy what you see. Let me know if any of these are favorites of yours too. — Marcia

1. TRIND Caring Color in SURF’S UP – this is the prettiest teal I own. I’m crazy about metallic polishes and Surf’s Up is an outstanding one. The wear was great. Toes will cry out for this shade but so do my nails.*

2. FORMULA X in A LITTLE SEXY - I feel a whole lot sexy with this denim blue almost lavender polish. This set me off on a light blue craze but this is my favorite of the ones I used. Pick this up at Sephora before it’s gone since it’s a limited edition.

3. ROCOCCO in SANDRINE CREAM – I love this blue too. It’s deeper and less denim than the FormulaX but it’s a stunning light blue that is perfect now and will remain so in the summer. I bought this online but it’s harder to find now.

Rococco Sandrine Cream polish

Rococco Sandrine Cream polish

4. COLOR ME MONTHLY – CHIFFON – Whenever Color Me Monthly sends a polish I swoon. The surprise of this subscription box is what makes it so much fun. Chiffon is a beautiful lavender that I hope will be in their Vault so you can pick it up if you don’t subscribe.*

5. FACE STOCKHOLM #168 - Not an original name but this purple is just too pretty for me to care!*

6. FACE STOCKHOLM AURA – Last summer Face Stockholm came out with holographic nail polishes and Aura blew me away. Imagine sitting in the sun and being able to look at this beauty. It shines and so will you.*

7. butter LONDON MOLLY CODDLED – This is the first Radiant Orchid item I bought once the color was announced by Pantone. It’s still my favorite Radiant Orchid cosmetic. This will always be in style, no matter what the color of the year is.

8. FORMULA X in FIERY – I do love my red polish. Fiery is a flaming red metallic that you’ll love all year long. This is truly seasonless – wear it on your toes this summer and your nails any time.

9. DIOR in FRONT ROW – I obviously didn’t need another red polish but this is more of a pinky red and it’s Dior’s new gel formula so I was justified in buying this. The wear and application are terrific and I’ll be back for more new Dior now.

10. butter LONDON in KERFUFFLE – The best peach I’ve ever tried. I normally don’t look good in peach but this is a pinky peach that is perfection. I hope Ulta does more BOGO so I can buy more colors like this.

11. and 12. butter LONDON LOLLY BRIGHTS in Lolly and Stroppy – These two polishes got compliments galore and will continue to do so all spring and summer. They are metallics with shimmer embedded in them. The colors are bright and happy.*

Top 10 Tuesdays spring & summer nail polish favorites

Top 10 Tuesdays spring & summer nail polish favorites

Visit the other Top 10 nail lovers to find the delights they have to share. I have my trigger finger ready for fun.

*items were sent for consideration

Top Ten Tuesday celebrates Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and if you are like me then you are still trying to think of a gift for someone dear to you. Gifts don’t just have to be to mothers – they can be for daughter-in-laws, grandmothers, a dear friend or aunt, or even yourself. Here are 10 plus that I’d love to see wrapped up for me. Starting at 12:00 and going clockwise are….
1. SEPHORA SUMMERTIME FAVORITES – I don’t have this but it’s loaded with items I love or want to love. For $45 you’ll find a cosmetic bag filled with this amazing collection
- 0.049 oz Stila Cosmetics Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Kitten
- 0.08 oz Nars Travel Size Laguna Bronzing Powder
- 0.095 oz Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape
- 0.27 oz Deborah Lippman Nail Lacquer in Mermaid’s Dream
- 0.018 oz Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in 12L
- 0.08 oz Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss in New Wave with Lip Brush
- 0.23 oz Buxom Divine Goddess Luminizer in Venus
- 0.5 oz Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
- 0.09 oz Marc Jacobs Mini Lash Lifter Mascara in Blacquer
2. A GIRL’S GOTTA SPA ENERGIZING CITRUS BODY LOTION AND BODY WASH – I’d love these because as much as I splurge on cosmetics, I don’t splurge on body products. A Girl’s Gotta Spa! bath and body products are free of trendy ingredients, bogus miracle solutions and product hype. They’re cruelty-free (in fact, we’re Leaping Bunny certified.) They’re also free of sulfates, formaldehyde, petrochemicals, synthetic colors and fragrances. What our natural body wash and natural lotion do have, is something purely honest and simple, something effective and unpretentious. They are made in small batches to give you the highest quality product possible. It is an elucidation to your dry skin care woes and satiates your senses. I am partial to citrus fragrances in products so I just know these would make me (and you) happy.
3. PACK A HAT by Capelli Straworld – a great summer treat for anyone who loves to be outside. This is a hat that folds into a purse so you can carry it anywhere. I’ll be reviewing it soon but until then you should check these out since they’ll make walking, gardening, spending time near the water and just about everything you do outside much prettier.

4. STELLA & DOT JEWELRY AND ACCESSORIES – this is my Mother’s Day present to myself. I bought a 30″ dainty ball chain with the initials of my two grandchildren. It’s not a statement piece (Stella & Dot carries some beauties) but it’s a piece that shows my love. I’ve linked to my wonderful representative, Darcy Sieber, in case you don’t have one. After ordering this I had it in 4 days!!

Stella & Dot

Stella & Dot

5. and 6. SUBSCRIPTION BOXES – I’m a huge fan of subscription boxes and think there’s one for everyone and every budget. For $21 a month you can order GLOSSYBOX and get someone full size and deluxe samples of skincare and cosmetics; for $7 a month you can order COLOR ME MONTHLY which delivers a surprise nail polish shade; for $36 a month you can order one of three WANTABLE boxes (cosmetics, accessories or intimates) and for $49.95 you can order FAB FIT FUN which has a little bit of everything. A subscription box gift is perfect for those far away from you or for a last minute “oops I forgot”. You pick the number of months so you can keep it in your budget.
7. LISA HOFFMAN SCENTED JEWELRY – there are a lot of items you can order from Lisa Hoffman that make very unusual gifts. My blog partner Lisa adores this line so when I asked her to pick a favorite fragrance for me to share today this is what she chose. This particular one is the Kerala Ashok Garden Bracelet that you fill with the scented beads but there are others that she’s crazy about too.
8. LUSH MUM’S GIFT SET – While Lush has beautiful gifts for all occasions there is something special about this Mum’s Gift Set. The Mum Gift Set has seven different floral-scented products, including two bath bombs, three bubble bars, a body lotion and a face moisturizer. It’s everything your mom needs to smell amazing after a bit of pampering. And I bet she’ll share too.
9. CLARISONIC ARIA INDULGENCE GIFT SET – I chose this since more mom’s know about the Clarisonic than the Foreo Luna plus it’s a great set that not only contains the new Aria but also 1.7 oz Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, 0.5 oz Josie Maran Argan Oil Light, and 0.23 oz Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm. You’ll get a lot for the $199 that this normally costs by itself.
10. MONT BLEU – I could have done a post just on buying Mont Bleu products for Mother’s Day but I chose just 3 of the hundreds of beautiful items. I have the heart key chain and smile every time I pick up my keys. I can distinguish between the two cars with ease plus it’s a heart!! The business card case shown is perfect if you have a working mom and the hairbrush is just to die for! You can find every price item at Mont Bleu and you absolutely won’t be disappointed. The shipping is reasonable and quick.
Out of all of these I think my own elderly mother would most enjoy the Lisa Hoffman bracelet since she’d have something different than the other ladies in her senior citizen apartment building. For me I’d love more Mont Bleu and A Girl’s Gotta Spa products.
Join the other bloggers to see what they chose. It’s always fun to see the differences. — Marcia


*some items were PR samples

Color Me Monthly polish in Chiffon is like floating on air

cmm chiffon

With Mother’s Day coming up we’re always searching for ideas, something unique to give that Mom wouldn’t have bought herself. With some moms it’s really difficult and with others it’s a cinch because they are so self-sacrificing that they don’t do anything for themselves. I have an idea for a gift for the hard to buy for mom and the self-sacrificing mom – try a subscription to Color Me Monthly. For $40 you can give her a surprise that lasts for 6 months. It will be non-toxic and carcinogen free, it won’t be tested on animals, it will be vegan and eco-friendly and it will be made in the USA.

April's Color Me Monthly - Chiffon

April’s Color Me Monthly – Chiffon

Color Me Monthly is a nail polish subscription service that I’ve been lucky enough to review before. It’s $7 a month (includes shipping). Specials are 6 months for $40 and 12 months for $75. Each month a new unique color is shipped and the fun begins. I received the April box and was thrilled when I opened it to reveal the beautiful pastel lavender shade, Chiffon.

Color Me Monthly

Color Me Monthly

It was the perfect color for the beginning of spring and I wore it during the Easter weekend (and beyond). I felt so in tune with the season. Chiffon is a full bodied cream polish that’s modern and graceful. It lasted beautifully for the week I wore it with only some typical tip wear.

Chiffon by Color Me Monthly

Chiffon by Color Me Monthly

graceful elegance

like you are floating on air

woven from softness


color me monthly april 14 haikuChiffon is a shade that will carry you through spring and summer for both manicures and pedicures. It’s one of the most perfect lavenders I’ve worn. The softness of the color enriched my nails.

Enrich your own nails with a subscription that will bring surprises each month. — Marcia

*received for editorial consideration

Chiffon - Color Me Monthly 4/14

Chiffon – Color Me Monthly 4/14

Seven Sisters from Color Me Monthly is gorgeousness!

Color Me Monthly January 2014 - Seven Sisters

Color Me Monthly January 2014 – Seven Sisters

I opened the box and there it was – the most beautiful twinkly blue nail polish that took my breath away. Color Me Monthly not only did it again but they topped themselves with this color. I always look forward to that small box arriving in my mail from Color Me Monthly for review. But little did I know that January’s polish would be like allowing the sky to open and rain down tiny little stars.

Seven Sisters from Color Me Monthly

Seven Sisters from Color Me Monthly

I’m a huge fan of blue polish so there was no doubt that I’d like this applied. But even my nail tech, a person who works with polish all day 5 days a week, was amazed when she saw this. It’s the first time ever that she said, as she was applying it, “this is frickin’ gorgeous”. I tend to surprise her each week with different polishes so she’s seen a lot from me.

Seven Sisters, Color Me Monthly

Seven Sisters, Color Me Monthly

As beautiful as this is, it’s truly the wear that counts most. I wear polishes for a full week and the ones I’m going to wear over again are the ones that will look as good on day 7 as on day 1.

Seven Sisters from Color Me Monthly

Seven Sisters from Color Me Monthly

Seven Sisters

Seven Sisters

And wear well it did. These pictures were taken midweek and there’s no wear and tear, there’s no chipping, there’s no fading. There’s just a gorgeous bright navy with microscopic shimmer to make your nails glow.color me monthly jan 14 card


scattered across the heavens

forever pursed

Seven Sisters, January 2014, Color Me Monthly

If you haven’t discovered the wonderful polishes from this monthly subscription service then Seven Sisters should convince you to begin. Color Me Monthly costs $7 a month for world class polishes or in this case – out of this world. — Marciaseven sisters


* sent for review

Check The Vault for CMM polishes from past months for $9 each. If Seven Sisters shows up you need to jump on it!


Color Me Monthly September and The Vault

Subscription boxes are a funny thing. You either love them or you just don’t want to take a chance on the unknown. I don’t get a lot of surprises in my life anymore (for which I’m thankful) so having the surprise of a subscription box or more brings me a thrill.

Color Me Monthly, September 2013

Color Me Monthly, September 2013

Color Me Monthly is a subscription service for nails that we’ve reviewed quite often on Beauty Info Zone. Every time I talk to the owner I tell her that I think it would be wonderful if readers could see what the colors are that we’ve gotten in our monthly box and then if they fall for it, go and buy it. Well she took my advice (and probably many others too) and now has The Vault. A subscription for Color Me Monthly is $7 for one polish a month. If you want to wait to see if the color goes into The Vault then you’ll pay $9 with free shipping. I love the idea though you still may miss out on a shade if you don’t have a subscription.

Color Me Monthly Sept Island Sunset

Color Me Monthly Sept Island Sunset

Color Me Monthly Sept Island Sunset

Color Me Monthly Sept Island Sunset

Island Sunset for September is an absolutely beautiful coral with pink undertones. This was a shade I loved wearing. Island Sunset has an iridescence that runs through it bringing a little sunshine into my life. It was a perfect shade for the end of summer and beginning of fall. And it’s just as gorgeous in October as it was in September and this gem is going to be one of the first that will come out of hiding come spring too.

Color Me Monthly for 9/13

Color Me Monthly for 9/13

Color Me Monthly 9/13

Color Me Monthly 9/13


Everything about Color Me Monthly (CMM) is perfect:

- the polishes are of the highest quality; I get no chipping, no fading, and a solid week of wear.

- CMM polishes are

  • Non-toxic and carcinogen-free
  • Never tested on animals
  • Eco-friendly
  • Made in the USA
  • Shipped FREE!
  • Simply AWESOME!

- There is always a delightful haiku that sums up the essence of the shade.

Color Me Montly September haiku

Color Me Monthly September haiku

Color Me Monthly has always delighted me and now they’ve added more with The Vault. — Marcia

hand in hand we gaze

beyond the monthly subscription

to end at The Vault

*sent for review – apologies to CMM for ripping off their haiku!

Breaking news!!!! I just got this email:

We are honored and excited to be featured in InStyle Magazine’s ‘Best of Web’ November issue!

This would not have been possible without the continued support from our all of our great friends.
As a thank you, we are offering 10% off all orders of $9 or more! Use coupon code INSTYLE at checkout.

*coupon expires November 15, 2013


Color Me Monthly brought me a Summer Tryst

If you were hoping for a summer tryst, you got one if you subscribed to Color Me Monthly!

Color Me Monthly is a subscription box that comes once a month with one fabulous nail polish inside.  It’s very affordable at only $7 per month and it’s a lot of fun opening the box to discover the latest shade.


Color Me Monthly Summer Tryst

Color Me Monthly sent the BIZ their August shade Summer Tryst, a super pretty plummy purple with a subtle shimmer.   I love how they send a card with a box on the upper corner for a swatch.  You can file all the cards in a box, then go through and choose your mani and pedi shade based on the swatches.


Summer Tryst


Summer Tryst


Summer Tryst – see the subtle shimmer?

The card has a beautiful haiku poem for Summer Tryst:

until days grow short,
promise to meet at sunset
where salt meets the sand.

It’s a beautiful poem and a beautiful shade!  The English teacher in me gives the poem an ‘A’, and the blogger in me gives the nail polish an ‘A’.

Color Me Monthly is a fabulous gift idea, a half-year subscription costs $40 and a full year is $75.  It’s really perfect for any polish-loving friends.

Check out some of Marcia’s previous posts for other polishes by Color Me Monthly:

July 2013

June 2013

April 2013

January 2013

December 2012

Which one is your favorite so far?  - Lisa

*pr sample

Color Me Monthly brings Wicked Wasabi to the nearest plate

sushi and wasabiMy husband doesn’t like to ask me where I want to go out to eat because my answer is almost always the same – I want sushi or Dim Sum. Mostly it’s because I want shrimp and I can get plenty of that at those two places. Well Color Me Monthly must have read my stomach mind because their color for July is perfect for my sushi cravings: Wicked Wasabi. You’ve got to love the name. Plus the color is a wonderful green even if it will make you drive to the nearest sushi restaurant.

Color Me Monthly, July 2013, Wicked Wasabi

Color Me Monthly, July 2013, Wicked Wasabi

Color Me Monthly, July 2013, Wicked Wasabi

Color Me Monthly, July 2013, Wicked Wasabi

Now if someone told me to go buy a wasabi color nail polish I’d honestly run the other way but getting this from Color Me Monthly to review has put a new spin on it. The color is a light green with yellow undertones to it. The finish is a cream which Color Me Monthly does so well. While Wicked Wasabi is not a polish that I can wear 7 days in a row, it’s a pretty change of pace for the right outfit and mood. Plus it’s awesome for nail art.

Color Me Monthly, July 2013, Wicked Wasabi

Color Me Monthly, July 2013, Wicked Wasabi

delicate balance.

spicy, complex, and refined.

can you handle me?

Color Me Monthly, July 2013, Wicked Wasabi

Color Me Monthly, July 2013, Wicked Wasabi

Color Me Monthly is a $7 a month subscription service with polishes of the highest quality. They are toxin free and cruelty free. They delight me all the time with the surprise of the month. I sure hope my husband will delight me with food to match my nails! — Marcia

(sent for review)