Summer fun with nails

This week for Makeup Wars we are sharing some favorite polishes for summer. This was actually a last minute decision for the group so I gathered pictures of the polishes I’ve been wearing up until today to share with you. None of the ones I’ve been wearing are new but they are ones I love and hope you do too.

COLOR CLUB HALO HUES in MISS BLISS

The Halo Hues polish collections are fabulous polishes. Not only do they wear beautifully but they are more holographic than any other polish brand I’ve ever bought.

Color Club Miss Bliss on Polarbelle’s blog

In 2013 I did a guest post for Polarbelle and wore this polish and I’m wearing it now as I type.

Color Club Halo Hues Miss Bliss

Color Club Halo Hues Miss Bliss

It’s still available on ebay and if you love shiny pink holo nails then you’ll adore this polish.

INGLOT MAMMA MIA (number 220)

I wore this over the July 4th weekend and everyone loved not only how pretty it is but how it fit the holiday. I swear I saw it for sale but I can’t find it now. But if you can get your hands on it, it’s a stunner with beautiful shimmer.

Inglot Mamma Mia! #220

Inglot Mamma Mia! #220

I need to get my hands on some Inglot Nail Enamel now that I’ve seen how perfectly this wore for a week.

LILLIAN EVE NAVY BEEN BETTER

Lillian Eve is a small indie nail company with a tiny collection right now. I’ve had Navy Been Better for a long time and finally got around to wearing it around Memorial Day.

Lillian Eve Navy Been Better

Lillian Eve Navy Been Better

I gravitate towards blues like this, it’s not really navy except in certain lights. It’s very satiny and wore perfectly for a week with just a bit of wear where it wraps around the nail.

CND BECKONING BEGONIA VINYLUX

When I was moving I wanted a polish that would last 2 weeks so I turned to CND Vinylux. Beckoning Begonia has an infinitesimal amount of shimmer to it. It looks a little more shimmery in the bottle than on my nails. So while I was disappointed in that, I wasn’t disappointed in the way this lasted through packing and unpacking 1,234,567 boxes.

CND Vinylux Beckoning Begonia

CND Vinylux Beckoning Begonia

ESSIE ARUBA BLUE

I can’t tell you how many weeks I sat and looked at Aruba Blue in the nail polish racks of my nail tech. Finally I had to wear it. It’s fitting for my affinity for blue and this made me wish I was back in Aruba.

Essie Aruba Blue

Essie Aruba Blue

LAUREN B ROSE BOWL

Last but not least is Lauren B Rose Bowl because I love red all year long. This is another brand that is fabulous and Rose Bowl is a perfect example of the beauty of their polishes.

Lauren B Rose Bowl

Lauren B Rose Bowl

I’m ready for more pastels now and I have a set of Julie G polishes waiting in the wings for my next nail polish post. I can’t wait to wear them. What’s on your agenda for polish this summer?  —  Marcia


*Lauren B is from PR, rest were purchased or from my nail tech

 

3 perfect bold nail polishes for spring

This spring, neutrals take a step back as the trend is for some eye-popping bright nail shades. Here are my three picks for fabulous color that won’t break the bank – you can either pull them from your collection, or else find them online at Beyond Polish for less than $6 each.

Getting colorful!

Getting colorful!

1.  Lots of Lux  How about some bright, shimmery lapis lazuli blue from Essie’s 2013 Encrusted Treasures Collection?  This is a beautiful blue textured polish with gold, pink, green, and blue glitter. If you aren’t a fan of the texture, put a clear topcoat over it.   That makes the blue a little deeper and intensifies the gorgeousness! Lots of Lux is an absolutely fascinating shade that is in the dictionary as the antonym for ‘boring’. Choose this one if you really want to go bold this season.

Essie Lots of Lux

Essie Lots of Lux

Lots of Lux

Lots of Lux

the textured finish

the textured finish

2.  Bikini so Teeny  This beautiful cornflower blue is from the Essie 2012 Bikini so Teeny Collection. See the tiny blue silver micro-shimmer? It’s so pretty, but it’s actually it’s almost not even noticeable when applied. Regardless, the color is fantastic – incredibly flattering, I literally had people stop me to ask the name of the shade. I like it best with three very thin coats.

Essie Bikini so Teeny

Essie Bikini so Teeny

Essie Bikini so Teeny

Essie Bikini so Teeny

Essie Bikini so Teeny

Essie Bikini so Teeny

3.  Your Hut or Mine  is from the Essie 2011 Fair Game Resort Collection. This deep pink-sorta salmon shade with shimmer is just perfect for this spring. The shimmer makes the color different – it reflects sort of blue, then sort of gold, then sort of pink…it’s fascinating, a polish you can just get lost in.

Essie Your Hut or Mine

Essie Your Hut or Mine

Essie Your Hut or Mine indirect lighting

Essie Your Hut or Mine indirect lighting

Essie Your Hut or Mine

Essie Your Hut or Mine

Essie Your Hut or Mine direct lighting

Essie Your Hut or Mine direct lighting

Go bold this spring with some bright colors! You can find these shades and other fabulous options at Beyond Polish, where the nail polishes are wonderfully discounted.  – Lisa

* sent for editorial consideration

Beauty bonanza time with Meijer Beauty Perks

meijer logoLucky me, I have a Meijer just a few miles down the road from where I live. Talk about perfect one stop shopping – groceries, pharmacy, clothes, homegoods, and beauty supplies? It’s like a shopping paradise, especially with my mPerks. I have been to Meijer three times in the last week because right now it’s Meijer Beauty Perks time (April 20 – May 17). I don’t even have to cut coupons, they are digital so all I need is my smart phone and I can digitally ‘clip’ them right there. Or I can do it ahead of time and just give my mPerks number at the checkout. Here are some coupons that I found for a few ‘must haves’ at Meijer:

I found $4 off two Essie Nail Polishes – my picks?  She’s Pampered and Jazzy Jubilant.

Essie She's Pampered

Essie She’s Pampered

Essie She's Pampered

Essie She’s Pampered

Essie Jazzy Jubilant

Essie Jazzy Jubilant

Essie Jazzy Jubilant

Essie Jazzy Jubilant

Essie Jazzy Jubilant

Essie Jazzy Jubilant

I found buy one, get one 50% off Maybelline mascara.  My pick?  Volum’Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara.

Maybelline Volum'Express The Falsies Big Eyes

Maybelline Volum’Express The Falsies Big Eyes

two brushes, one for lower lashes and one for upper lashes

two brushes, one for lower lashes and one for upper lashes

I found buy one, get one free for Garnier Skin Care. My picks? Nourishing Cleansing Oil and Blackhead Eliminating Scrub.

Garnier Blackhead Eliminating Scrub and Nourishing Cleansing Oil

Garnier Blackhead Eliminating Scrub and Nourishing Cleansing Oil

I found $3 off one Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Built In Whitening Pen, and $1.50 off Colgate Optic White Toothpaste and Mouth Wash.

Colgate Optic White products

Colgate Optic White products

New coupons are added all the time, and many of them are good through the end of June once you clip them. If you live in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio or Kentucky, sign up at the mPerks website and get some big savings during Meijer Beauty Perks!  – Lisa

Now for some good news if you live in Meijer states or not – we have a giveaway for products that are typical of the great buys from  Meijer. This is a US only giveaway that’s open through 5/19 @11:59 p.m. EST. Here’s the list:

— Essie nail polishes in both For the twill of it AND Sparkle on Top

— Maybelline Show Off nail polish in Gilded Rose

— Mascaras: Maybelline Volum’ Express in Pumped Up Colossal AND L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes

— Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder in Classic Ivory

— L’Oreal Color Sensations Lipstick in Blushing Beige

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*sent for editorial consideration

3 perfect spring neutral nail polishes from Essie

I absolutely love neutral nails and I’ve found some excellent spring-worthy choices at the online nail polish mecca Beyond Polish. They sent three perfect shades for kicking out the polar vortex and welcoming in the fresh green days of spring.

My favorite Essie neutrals

My favorite Essie neutrals for spring

To Buy or Not to Buy, Not Just a Pretty Face, Curtain Call

To Buy or Not to Buy, Not Just a Pretty Face, Curtain Call

The perfect trio includes Essie To Buy or Not to Buy, Not Just a Pretty Face, and Curtain Call ($5.95 each, an awesome price as these are typically $8.50 anywhere else).

To Buy or Not to Buy

To Buy or Not to Buy up close

Essie To Buy or Not to Buy is a gorgeous light lavender with tiny silvery blue shimmers.

To Buy or Not to Buy

Essie To Buy or Not to Buy

To Buy or Not to Buy

Essie To Buy or Not to Buy

This shade is from the Spring 2012 collection. I am wearing three coats and top coat in the pics above. The shimmers are more noticeable in the bottle than they are once applied. I think it’s a fantastic shade of purple that celebrates spring but in a more subtle way.

Not Just a Pretty Face

Not Just a Pretty Face up close

Essie Not Just a Pretty Face is a soft pink nude from the Summer 2009 collection.

Not Just a Pretty Face

Essie Not Just a Pretty Face

Not Just a Pretty Face

Essie Not Just a Pretty Face

Not Just a Pretty Face is a slightly translucent creme. I am wearing three coats and a top coat in the above pics. I really adore this shade. When you want nails that look sophisticated, pretty, and well-groomed, this is the one to reach for!

Curtain Call

Curtain Call up close

Curtain Call is a pearlized peachy pink from the Spring 2006 Collection.

Curtain Call

Essie Curtain Call

Curtain Call

Essie Curtain Call

I was shocked at how much I love this shade! Normally I associate shimmery peach with the ’90’s and my first attempt at decorating a house (I went shimmery peach and baby blue…I know, I know, just shoot me now.) But this has enough pink in it to keep it current and it is just so delicate and girly. I love it.

What is in stock at Beyond Polish can vary, so if your favorite shade isn’t there today, just wait until tomorrow and check again! Now that I have my neutral choices all set, my next quest is to find the perfect bright color options for spring.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration