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You’ve heard me write about Color Me Monthly many times. I’m wearing the gorgeous December polish, Just for You, as I’m typing this out as a matter of fact. We just got news that they have a giveaway going on for a 6 month subscription to CMM and I couldn’t let it go by without informing you.

This ends on Sunday, December 21st and I wanted you to have enough time to enter.  Just fill in the easy form by 11:59 EST on 12/21. That’s all it takes. This is open to US residents only.

Here are a few of my favorites from previous months. You’ll love this subscription. — Marcia

Color Me Monthly, Roasted Chestnuts

Color Me Monthly, Roasted Chestnuts

Color Me Monthly Just for You (December)

Color Me Monthly Just for You (December)

Color Me Monthly October 14 Pennywise

Color Me Monthly October 14 Pennywise

Chiffon - Color Me Monthly 4/14

Chiffon – Color Me Monthly 4/14

Seven Sisters from Color Me Monthly

Seven Sisters from Color Me Monthly

p.s. The polishes shown are not in the giveaway, just an example. They were originally sent for consideration.

Roasted Chestnuts leads the way for Color Me Monthly

Roasted Chestnuts from Color Me Monthly

Roasted Chestnuts from Color Me Monthly

I’ve been a big fan of the nail subscription box COLOR ME MONTHLY for exactly 2 years now. This unique company creates one special polish a month and keeps getting better and better. For November they produced an absolutely gorgeous shade called ROASTED CHESTNUTS. I don’t think that they could have improved on this at all.

Color Me Monthly, Roasted Chestnuts

Color Me Monthly, Roasted Chestnuts

ROASTED CHESTNUTS is a brown with embedded colored glitter. It absolutely shined on my nails. In bright light the colors glistened calling for people to come and take a gander. We had a week without sun yet even that couldn’t hinder how much I enjoyed wearing this polish. What could be better for November than roasted chestnuts, a glorious shade?

Color Me Monthly, Roasted Chestnuts

Color Me Monthly, Roasted Chestnuts

COLOR ME MONTHLY keeps up with the seasons and times of year by sending a color that’s appropriate for then. But you’ll want to wear the shades over and over. Of all the polishes I’ve received from them, there is only one that I haven’t worn a second (or even third) time. The others just call my name.

sweet, earthy flavor

a tradition almost lost

seasoned in fire

ROASTED CHESTNUTS

Color Me Monthly haiku for Roasted Chestnuts

Color Me Monthly haiku for Roasted Chestnuts

I normally keep away from polishes with glitter since they are so difficult to remove. I have a wrap done on my nails to keep them strong and the removal process with glitter destroys the glue. NOT the case with Color Me Monthly’s Roasted Chestnut. This came off (after one week) as easily as any cream polish I’ve used. There was no staining and the only place that needed a little extra removal was where the wrap was old at the base of my nail. I was so happy to see that but I should have known since I’ve found the quality of these polishes to be superb.

Roasted Chestnuts from Color Me Monthly

Roasted Chestnuts from Color Me Monthly

Here’s more reason to love this company:

  • Non-toxic and carcinogen-free
  • Never tested on animals
  • Vegan
  • Eco-friendly
  • Made in the USA
  • Shipped FREE!
Color Me Monthly.com

Color Me Monthly.com

At $7 for one month this is a subscription service that doesn’t break the bank yet delivers quality that you won’t believe. It’s wonderful for you or for any of your nail polish lovers. You’ll look like a big shot when you roast the season with perfect colors. — Marcia

PS – Color Me Monthly is offering 20% off everything we sell (gifts, subscriptions, and Vault items) through Cyber Monday. Just use promo code BLACKFRIDAY14 at checkout.

PSS – Check out The Vault for past polishes for $9. It’s hard to find on their website but it’s a hidden treasure.

*sent for editorial consideration

Color Me Monthly captures October exactly

The colors of fall are so interesting especially if you live in a state with a changing climate. In Michigan we are lucky enough to have a true fall and the color changes are magnificent. Colors are more vibrant than ever as the trees lose their chlorophyll. While it’s sad for me personally that winter is coming, I love seeing what Mother Nature has provided for us to enjoy.

Color Me Monthly has created a shade for October’s monthly subscription that is spot on for this season. The shade they sent for review is named Pennywise and it’s one of the most beautiful copper tones I’ve seen. While it’s based on the copper of a brand new shiny penny, it is so reminiscent of fall that people can’t help but notice and admire it.

Pennywise, Color Me Monthly October

Pennywise, Color Me Monthly October

Pennywise is a duochrome copper metallic that shines with colors like pink, gold, orange and even some green depending on the light.  I love polishes that aren’t static.

Color Me Monthly October 14 Pennywise

Color Me Monthly October 14 Pennywise

Color Me Monthly October 14 Pennywise

Color Me Monthly October 14 Pennywise

Color Me Monthly October 14 Pennywise

Color Me Monthly October 14 Pennywise

Pennywise

Pennywise

The name Pennywise was chosen because it is from the Stephen King movie IT, the scary clown. Yikes. I’d rather think of it the way they do with their haiku

is it heads or tails

lying on the street corner

abraham lincoln

Color Me Monthly October 14 Pennywise

Color Me Monthly October 14 Pennywise

Each month Color Me Monthly brings one new polish to subscribers for $7 (including shipping). You receive one beautiful polish (16.5mL / 0.56 fl. oz. full size bottle) that is always different and always appropriate for the time of year. I’ve been lucky enough to receive several of the polishes and have a beautiful collection that I go back to often. The nail polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde/formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and camphor.

For September the shade, shown below, was a gorgeous deep blurple. If you miss a shade you can often find it in The Vault for $9. But why spend extra when you can get it for $7 and be assured of not missing one?

Color Me Monthly's September polish, Annapolis

Color Me Monthly’s September polish, Annapolis

I’ve found that Color Me Monthly polishes wear beautifully. They are as pretty after a week as the day applied. I love that it’s a cruelty free, toxin free company too. You won’t be sorry trying this subscription. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 

Products that aid in our fight to stamp out breast cancer

As everyone knows October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink surrounds us whenever we shop, whether online or in person. There are so many cosmetic companies that donate to a variety of charities that it’s hard to keep up with them all. Some companies, like the Estee Lauder corporation, give year round and generously. They even have their own foundation, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, that sponsors initiatives in women’s fights against this disease. Lisa has written several articles about the wonderful products you can purchase that will donate portions to this fight. Bobbi Brown Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss collection, and products from La Mer, Aveda, and bumble & bumble are among the Estee Lauder products that support the fight.

Some of the items I’ve come across in my internet reading that I’d be interested in are listed here.

JUARA is one of the companies that will be donating 10% of October sales to Cancer and Careers, a program of the CEW Foundation, empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events.  Cancer and Careers strives to eliminate fear and uncertainty for working people with cancer through a comprehensive website, free publications, career coaching, and a series of support groups and educational seminar. Founded by four socially-conscious women, JUARA Skincare combines Indonesian botanicals and ancient Indonesian health and beauty rituals with the latest skincare technology to restore the skin’s natural balance while evoking the calming experience of an ancient beauty ritual.  JUARA is in fact an Indonesian word that means “winner” or “champion”. “As women entrepreneurs, we created JUARA to help women “champion” their natural beauty, but also because we wanted to take control of our own lives and become champions of our own.”

Juara donates 10% of sales in October

Juara donates 10% of sales in October

ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE

Rouge Bunny Rouge is donating 50% of the retail price of several products in the UK to Future Dreams. Their new eyeshadow palette, Raw Garden, is my number one wishlist item and I love the idea of 50% going to a worthwhile charity.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Garden

Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Garden

In addition two fragrances, Tundra and Allegria, are part of this campaign.

Rouge Bunny Rouge fragrance

Rouge Bunny Rouge fragrance

JERGENS

Jergens has committed $250,000 to be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Find the Original Scent Moisturizer (about $7) with the pink ribbon for your purchase to be part of the donation.

Jergens Moisturizer

Jergens Moisturizer

AVON

Avon is a company that considers Breast Cancer to be a huge issue for women and supports this cause year round with walks and products. They created the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade for this purpose. One of the products that they are donating $5 per purchase is Anew Vitale, an evening gel/cream that contains salicyclic acid (good for oily and combo skintypes).

Anew Vitale Night Cream

Anew Vitale Night Cream

COLOR ME MONTHLY

Color Me Monthly is a nail polish subscription that I love since it’s just one (gorgeous) polish at a time. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month they are donating 10% of all sales from The Vault to Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Panther, below, is just one of many great shades. My favorites are Seven Sisters and Chiffon if you want suggestions.

Color Me Monthly Panther polish

Color Me Monthly Panther polish

SMASHBOX

Smashbox Cosmetics is donating $5 from the purchase of every Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. (This is an organization dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime through funding research worldwide.)

Smashbox Promise gloss

Smashbox Promise gloss

More items that I’ve seen are on Romy Raves including INNI nail wraps, Lisa Hoffman Charm Bracelet and Joico hairspray.

No matter what you do this month (or next) please be sure to give yourself a breast exam and schedule a mammogram if you are due. We are the guardians of our health so please help yourself. — Marcia

*nothing to disclose

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.
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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

Chiffon

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