Color Me Monthly Janus for January’s polish of the month

Color Me Monthly Janus

Color Me Monthly Janus

What color do you think of when you think January? Some months are just so easy – February is pink and especially red; March is green and the more emerald the better, April brings us pastels that would be Easter Egg perfect, October is orange of course. But what about January? Maybe navy because of the darkness of it would fit. But charcoal? Who would think of charcoal other than the wonderful women who own Color Me Monthly.

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Color Me Monthly Janus

Color Me Monthly Janus

If you don’t know about Color Me Monthly it’s time you did. This is a one polish a month subscription ($7) made by two sisters that is  Non-toxic & Carcinogen-free, Never tested on animal, Vegan, Eco-friendly, Made in the USA, Shipped FREE!

Each month they pick a color they think represents the month. And yes, they did choose charcoal. A charcoal gray jelly. This was chosen in honor of Janus, the god of beginnings, transitions, and door. He looks to both the past and the future so January is his month.

Color Me Monthly January 2016

Color Me Monthly January 2016

Color Me Monthly January 2016

Color Me Monthly January 2016

While you won’t be able to purchase this polish until it hits the VAULT soon ($9) you can be smart and order a subscription for yourself or someone else as a last minute Valentine’s Day gift.

Color Me Monthly polishes last a full week on me without any chipping or fading. While I can’t wear every month’s polish I certainly can wear most of them, especially their beautiful creams and jellys.

Color Me Monthly Janus, January 2016

Color Me Monthly Janus, January 2016

Let me leave you with their monthly haiku but remind you that these are polishes you’d be pleased to own.  — Marcia

the new beginning

boundless possibilities

here’s to memories

JANUS

 

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Be fashionable with Q&Q watches and butter LONDON polish

Q&Q Smile Solar watch and butter LONDON polishes

Q&Q Smile Solar watch and butter LONDON polishes

When it comes time for gifting having a plan is always helpful. I created a post about a nail themed stocking yesterday and today I have a wonderful idea to add to that. These Q&Q Smile Solar Watches are perfect gifts and would make a stellar set when paired with a butter LONDON nail lacquer. I received the gray and silver combination and I just love it.

Q&Q SmileSolar watch in grey

Q&Q SmileSolar watch in grey

Q&Q is a division of Citizen Watches with some very reasonable prices. They have styles for men and women with a huge variety of designs. I have a SmileSolar in gray that looks fabulous with butter LONDON Diamond Geezer Polish. There are 16 different watches in the SmileSolar family ($40).

Q&Q SmileSolar

Q&Q SmileSolar

Once you charge the watch by leaving it in the light, the solar powered battery will keep it running for 3 to 5 months before you need to recharge it. All it takes is light. The watch is made of recycled material. Q&Q (Quest & Quality) has changed light into energy all while keeping the world green.

Q&Q SmileSolar watch and butter LONDON Diamond Geezer

Q&Q SmileSolar watch and butter LONDON Diamond Geezer

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer Nail Lacquer ($15) is a holiday polish that is festive but surprisingly not glitzy. A diamond geezer according to butter London is what the Cockneys call a kind, helpful and reliable man; A gem of a man.

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer

This metallic polish is fabulous on. What amazes me most about it is that there were no streaks at all. Not even a hint of one. It applied smoothly and evenly. Definitely a gem.

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer in sunlight

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer in sunlight

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer indirect light

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer indirect light

I couldn’t get enough of either the polish or the Q&Q watch. Diamond Geezer is New Year’s Eve ready and the watch helps me keep time of how my life is frittering away. Which combination would be the most exciting for you? — Marcia

 *sent for review consideration

When you purchase a Q&Q SmileSolar watch, a portion of the proceeds is donated to TABLE FOR TWO to deliver school meals to children in Africa and Asia.

What polishes do you love for fall?

It’s Top Ten Tuesday time and it’s all about Fall nail polishes, a topic I treasure. I’m a nail polish fanatic even though I can barely paint a straight line. But I am mad about all the fall colors and determined to wear a different one each week. Here are 12 polishes that have been in my rotation lately and all are pure love! top fall nail polishes

There are 4 brands I’ve been concentrating on wearing: Sally Hansen Complete, Color Club Oil Slicks, KBShimmer’s fall collection and Faby Lacquer. I have nothing but love for these babies.

My fall nail wheel with Sally Hansen, KBShimmer, Color Club, Faby Lacquer

My fall nail wheel with Sally Hansen, KBShimmer, Color Club, Faby Lacquer

Favorite fall polishes from Sally Hansen, Color Club, Faby, and KBShimmer

Favorite fall polishes from Sally Hansen, Color Club, Faby, and KBShimmer

I love this palette for fall. One thing I’m missing is a brown shimmer so I need to start looking through my polishes or else buy one soon. Thanksgiving needs a brown shimmer!

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Maasai Red, Midnight Affair, Rose Glass

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Maasai Red, Midnight Affair, Rose Glass

SALLY HANSEN COMPLETE SALON MANICURE worked with the designers of NYFW to create polishes that were just right for the fashions being shown on the runway. Maasai Red was developed with Tracy Reese; Midnight Affair was created for Prabal Gurung this year and Rose Glass was one of three polishes commissioned by Rodarte for their fall fashion show. I’ll have more on these polishes but these are wonderful to apply, great to wear, and the colors are beautifully pigmented. (More to come tonight.)

KBShimmer Soul Deep, Dark & Twisty, Fig-Get About It

KBShimmer Soul Deep, Dark & Twisty, Fig-Get About It

KBShimmer Soul Deep, Soul Deep with Dark & Twisty over it, Dark & Twisty, Fig-Get About It

KBShimmer Soul Deep, Soul Deep with Dark & Twisty over it, Dark & Twisty, Fig-Get About It

I can’t get enough of KBSHIMMER Nail Polish and the Fall 2015 collection is a good example of why this is true. Lisa and I were able to review all 12 shades available and they are fall-abulous. My three favorites are Soul Deep, Dark & Twisty, and Fig-Get About It. These polishes last and last on me and never lose their fabulous shine or color. I once wore a KBShimmer Polish for 8 weeks and other than super long nails the color looked perfect. (I don’t want to wear a color for 8 weeks again which means I don’t want to break my leg again.)

Faby Nail Lacquer in Miss Scarlet I Suppose and Velvet Touch

Faby Nail Lacquer in Miss Scarlet I Suppose and Velvet Touch

FABY NAIL LACQUER isn’t a brand that you see mentioned often which is a shame. These polishes are terrific. They last for an infinitely long time on my nails and the colors stay vibrant. Miss Scarlet I Suppose is a metallic red that will carry me through to the spring. Velvet Touch is a great fall color with its deep purple/burgundy tones. When the winds are blowing Velvet Touch seems just the thing but I like to also put on a coat of something sparkly like KBShimmer Dark & Twisty after a few days to make the sun shine.

Color Club Oil Slick polishes in (clockwise from left) Sorry Not Sorry, Ice Breaker, We'll Never Be Royals, and It's Raining Men

Color Club Oil Slick polishes in (clockwise from left) Sorry Not Sorry, Ice Breaker, We’ll Never Be Royals, and It’s Raining Men

COLOR CLUB POLISHES from the OIL SLICK Collection totally grabbed my eye. I had to buy them when I saw them. They are like entertainment because everywhere you go you see a different color. Just walking down the hall last night, wearing It’s Raining Men, I started seeing teal, then navy, then purple. Right now I’m seeing a tealed cobalt which then switched to a royal blurple. These polishes use Trichrom Technology to give them a multi-hued effect. Each is unique. I’ve worn 3 of my 4 and can’t wait to wear Ice Breaker since it’s a grey, teal, dusty blue. Shade shifting at its best.

Color Club Oil Slick

Color Club Oil Slick

Which of these polishes are you craving? What’s your favorite fall polish?  And which would you steal from me if you could?? — Marcia

Join my fellow Top Ten bloggers to get more inspiration.


*some polishes received for considerations, some were bought by me

FABY Nail Lacquer is truly Faby

Faby Nail Lacquer

Faby Nail Lacquer

Today we have a trio of some fabulous polishes by FABY. Originally a polish only found in Italy, FABY has come to the US with over 150 colors to choose from. These long lasting, chip resistant polishes are all big 5 free and quick drying. We think you’re going to love what you see and we hope you’ll seek out these absolutely fabulous FABY Nail Lacquers ($18).

MARCIA’S POLISHES

I would gladly have absconded with all three of the polishes we received but Lisa intervened and took one as her own and I don’t blame her. I still have 2 and have delightfully worn them. Miss Scarlett, I Suppose is a metallic scarlet that I wore for two solid weeks with only minor tip wear. Velvet Touch is a cream polish described as a plush purply-brown.

FABY Miss Scarlett, I Suppose

FABY Miss Scarlett, I Suppose

Miss Scarlett, I Suppose has won a place in my Top 10 polishes of the year. I love a cool red polish and having the shiny metallic finish makes it ideal.

FABY Miss Scarlett, I Suppose

FABY Miss Scarlett, I Suppose

FABY Nail Lacquer in Miss Scarlett, I Suppose

FABY Nail Lacquer in Miss Scarlett, I Suppose

FABY Velvet Touch is a great fall color. When first applied it’s very thin and takes on a reddish purple hue but with the second coat it fills in and burnishes its true beauty.

FABY Velvet Touch

FABY Velvet Touch

Faby Velvet Touch indoor light

Faby Velvet Touch indoor light

Faby Velvet Touch brighter light

Faby Velvet Touch brighter light

While it doesn’t have the charisma of Miss Scarlett, it’s a perfect example of a fall polish that will be admired. My second coat was done heavily so that I wouldn’t have to do a third and the color transformed to full coverage easily.

LISA’S POLISH

While Marcia’s polishes are perfect for fall, I think of my happy pink selection as a way of instantly traveling to a gorgeous beach vacation. The Ladies of Leonardo is a bright pink that I am sure most everyone would think is a strange pick for the current season…but it’s a great escape!

Faby The Ladies of Leonardo

Faby The Ladies of Leonardo

I originally thought this was a straight cream polish, but it does have a slight shimmer. I am wearing two thin coats plus a top coat. While this is a bright pink, it’s not Barbie pink so it is adult enough to be great for work…but bright enough to transport me to the Bahamas whenever I need a little stress relief.

Faby The Ladies of Leonardo

Faby The Ladies of Leonardo

With over 150 colors there is no doubt you can find a shade (or twenty!) perfect for any season and any occasion.  Head on over to the Faby website and get lost in the sea of color!

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Americana is the Color Me Monthly choice for June

as  the flag billows

our folklore and heritage

makes one nostalgic

Americana

Color Me Monthly created an absolutely perfect nail polish to stand out in the sea of red, white and blue for the holiday. We’ve seen some beautiful shiny reds for the season but what we haven’t seen is the color of Old Glory, that is until Color Me Monthly created it for their June box.

Color Me Monthly for June 2015, Americana

Color Me Monthly for June 2015, Americana

Color Me Monthly always seems to be right on target for the month or season but at the same time they have a slightly different take on everything. That’s one of the reasons it’s such a unique company.

Color Me Monthly Americana

Color Me Monthly Americana

Color Me Monthly Americana indoors

Color Me Monthly Americana indoors

This is considered by CMM to be a brick red but when I look at it I see the color of the flag in its Old Glory-ness. It was chosen as the June 2015 shade because it was nestled between two very American holidays – Memorial Day and Fourth of July. It embodies the essence of both while celebrating what makes America special.

Color Me Monthly Americana in my car

Color Me Monthly Americana in my car

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While you won’t be able to get this shade if you subscribe now to Color Me Monthly, you will for $7 a month be able to receive some beautiful polishes that won’t be on every Uncle Sam Aunt Samantha around. The CMM lacquers are

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

Eventually most polishes end up in The Vault so you can find some of my favorites there for $9, but I love the idea of these beauties coming each month. The wear of Color Me Monthly Lacquers is terrific. I’ve never had chipping, fading, or lifting with any of the shades I’ve received. They last me a full week without a problem.

Take a chance on a week ($7) or save and try a 6 month subscription ($40). You’ll be delighted and see why these nail lacquers are favorites of mine. — Marcia

*received for editorial consideration

Some of my favorites that are in The Vault can be seen here.

How Loverly of you to grace my nails butter LONDON

butter LONDON Loverly Patent Shine polish

butter LONDON Loverly Patent Shine polish

When I learned that butter LONDON had a new formula out, I was a goner. I knew one would be in my shopping cart soon, it was just a matter of which one. The colors in the Patent Shine 10X formula aren’t really unusual. Most of the 14 shades are pretty classic with a few pops of brighter shades.

The reason it’s called 10X is because of the claims that butter LONDON makes:

New 10-in-1 formula! Sophisticated, long-wearing shades proven to promote brighter, strong, healthier nails.
Why It’s Brill:
1. Long-wear for up to 10 days
2. Shock absorbing & chip-resistant
3. Salon colour coverage
4. Gel-like cushion and superior shine
5. Fade-resistant colour
6. Formulated to smooth nails
7. Formulated to Strengthen nails
8. Prevents breakage and peeling
9. Visibly brighter, more radiant nails
10. No formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, or xylene

butter LONDON Loverly Patent Shine

butter LONDON Loverly Patent Shine

What’s truly unusual about these polishes is that they are 7 Free. We are always reading about 3 Free and 5 Free but there are only a few brands that are 7 free – no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, or xylene.

The wear and shine is compared to gel polishes although you don’t need special lights or top coat for these. I wear most polishes for 7 days and rarely have any chipping. Loverly wore like butter LONDON always does on me. It always lasts, it always is shiny and it’s always a brand I love wearing.

butter LONDON Loverly Patent Shine

butter LONDON Loverly Patent Shine

LOVERLY is described as an opaque bubblegum pink cream and that’s exactly what it looks like.

The price has been raised from $15 for a typical BL polish to $18 for Patent Shine 10X. I don’t really know if it is worth the extra $3 personally but I’ve been craving more pink in my nail polish wardrobe so I’m happy with my purchase. It appears that the butterLONDON site has most of these “on holiday” but you can find these at Ulta and Beauty.com.

Have you tried this formula? Are you craving one of these polishes like I was? — Marcia

Loverly Patent Shine 10x

Loverly Patent Shine 10x

Time to get FABY with us and our Faby nails

FABY Nail Lacquer

FABY Nail Lacquer

FABY ITALIAN NAIL LACQUER is an exciting nail line that we are thrilled to share with you in today’s Side by Side review. FABY has been reviewed before on Beauty Info Zone and it was loved then and loved now. FABY’s chip-resistant and long-lasting formulas are made with the finest ingredients and created with the latest technology and research. They are never tested on animals and big 5 free.

They’ve created several mini polish collection sets and we were lucky enough to receive two from the Future Faby Collection. The set contains Lotus Flower in Shanghai, Sensual Touch (nude), Nuits des Mysteres, and It’s Not Black, It’s Dark (dark smoky grey).

Faby Nuits des Mysteres and Lotus Flower in Shanghai

Faby Nuits des Mysteres and Lotus Flower in Shanghai

MARCIA’S NAILS are NUITS DES MYSTERES

Nuits des Mysteres by Faby

Nuits des Mysteres by Faby

This is such a Marcia color with its beautiful glimmery blue shade. I absolutely loved my week of wear with this polish. It looks blue, it looks teal, it looks shimmery, it looks holographic. It’s a mystery what it is other than gorgeous.

Nuits des Mysteres by Faby

Nuits des Mysteres by Faby

Nuits des Mysteres by Faby

Nuits des Mysteres by Faby

Same polish just different lighting. This is available in the 4 mini set ($24.50) or individually ($18). Not only did it wear perfectly but it removed with ease and no staining. It’s going to look fabulous on toes this summer as well as on nails all year round. The summer sun is going to especially capture the depth of this polish’s nuances. Total love!

LISA’S NAILS are LOTUS FLOWER IN SHANGHAI

Faby Lotus Flower in Shanghai

Faby Lotus Flower in Shanghai

My favorite color is purple, so I love Faby’s description of Lotus Flower in Shanghai:  This beautiful purple brings nothing but good fortune to us!

Faby Lotus Flower in Shanghai

Faby Lotus Flower in Shanghai

While my tendency is toward lighter colors for manicures – I am not nearly as adventurous as Marcia! – I do like this one. At first I thought it was more of a winter shade, but have changed my mind since it is lighter on than it appears in the bottle. It has lots of shine and seemed to dry very quickly.

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I don’t know, is this really purple? I guess it is a very red-toned purple. It definitely needs two coats for the color to stand out. It has tiny silvery shimmer that gives it depth and complexity.

While it is a tad out of my comfort zone for manicures, this is an excellent pedi shade. Plus, I love the mini bottles…I never get to the bottom of the larger sizes before they dry out.

Which one is more YOU, Lotus Flower in Shanghai or Nuits des Mysteres?

*sent for editorial consideration