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

 

Vapour Organic Beauty created some beautiful Vernissage Nail Lacquers

Vapour Vernissage Nail Lacquers

Vapour Vernissage Nail Lacquers

Vapour Vernissage Nail Lacquer aren’t new to this great organic beauty brand but they are new to me. When Vapour offered these for review I waved my fingers and said “me! I’ll be happy to review these”. I have two shades of the 12 they have available ($16 each) and have to tell you that these wore beautifully for a full week each. Plus I felt great wearing polishes with these attributes:

Vernissage 5-Free Nail Lacquer:

  • NO Toluene
  • NO Dibutyl Phthalate (DHB)
  • NO Formaldehyde
  • Cruelty Free
  • Gluten Free
  • No Nano Particles
  • Paraben Free
  • Inner and Outer Packaging Recyclable

Vapour Vernissage Nail Lacquers has changed the packaging of these polishes and there’s more in each bottle. I love how they describe their mission: “Vapour invites you to celebrate the spirit of a night in Paris; hear the timeless glittering laughter and champagne toasts in Vernissage 5-Free Nail Lacquer.”

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Eternal

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Eternal

Vapour has 12 shades but I can’t seem to find them on on vapourbeauty.com.

Amour – Juicy, bright berry

Captive – Venomous cherry

Eternal – Lavender pearl grey

Instinct – Classic true red

Kitten – Uplifting, bright coral

La Fee Verte – Deepest emerald green

Librarian – Sexy, milk chocolate brown

Rogue – A classic, feminine mauve

Scandal – Hot lava red

Trance – Charcoal graphite

Virtue – Sheer cream with a hint of peach

Mischief – An edgy, chic violet grey

ETERNAL is the first shade I chose to wear. It’s not a Marcia shade at all but I really loved wearing it. I’ve never worn a nude nail polish but it made my hands look so long. Eternal appeared different in different lights. It’s described as “lavender pearl gray” but on me it was a dark nude polish that showed some pink undertones.

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Eternal

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Eternal

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Eternal

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Eternal

CAPTIVE is the other shade I received and while it’s described as “venomous cherry” I only noticed the cherry tone when I just had one coat on. I needed two coats to level it out and not show visible nail lines so it is more of a burgundy on me.

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Captive

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Captive

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Captive

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Captive

Vapour Organic Beauty Nail Lacquer in Captive

Vapour Organic Beauty Nail Lacquer in Captive

Check out sources like beauty.com, dermstore.com, beautybar.com and natureofbeauty.com and you’ll find quite a few of these organic polishes from Vapour. Vapour is committed to creating safe and healthy cosmetics and beauty products and maintaining environmental accountability. Perfect for you, perfect for the environment. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Sweet bright fun with Hard Candy and a giveaway too

Hard Candy Nail Lacquer

Hard Candy Nail Lacquer

Hard Candy believes in fun cosmetics and now that it’s spring they’ve brought out a slew of beautiful spring shades to brighten your way. We were lucky to receive a variety of  jaw popping products to try and we’ve even got a few items in today’s giveaway. So many of our giveaways are for “anti-aging” but this one for is colorful, sparkly fun!

Hard Candy Nail Lacquers are just $4.00 and they run the gamut from classics to metallics and beyond to amazing glitter polishes. Graffiti polishes come in many different shades including the 3 shown here.

Hard Candy Fairy Ball

Hard Candy Fairy Ball

Hard Candy Pink Taffy

Hard Candy Pink Taffy

Hard Candy Mermaid Magic

Hard Candy Mermaid Magic

Each of these has magical sparkles and are loaded with glitter. Fairy Ball is a champagne that leans to the pink side with white and clear glitter within. Pink Taffy has a dark pink base with black and white glitter that are small to medium sized. Mermaid Magic is a brilliant teal with medium size glitter in purple and pink. Whoever wears them catches the eye of the beholder.

Hard Candy Teeny Greeny

Hard Candy Teeny Greeny

Teeny Greeny is a cross between a metallic and a glitter. The glitter is what Hard Candy calls Itzy Glitzy Micro Glitter Nail Polish. Sparkly yet not as obvious glitter.

Hard Candy Crush On Metal

Hard Candy Crush On Metal

Hard Candy has a line called Crushed Chromes and Crush on Metal is one of the newest ones. There are other shades on walmart.com of these too. Crush on Metal looks like molten silver when applied evenly on nails. You have to be careful not to get brush marks but the eensy weensy microglitter keeps it looking a little more even.

Hard Candy Walk the Line Liquid Eyeliners

Hard Candy Walk the Line Liquid Eyeliners

For more sweet fun with Hard Candy there are liquid eyeliners. At $6.00 each you can play to your eye’s content. At Walmart.com there are 13 shades but in Walmart stores there are more to be found. You can get basic black, you can be a glitter queen or you can just have some bright fun with their new neons.

Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner

Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner

Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner Black Light, Glitzy, Twist of Lime

Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner Black Light, Glitzy, Twist of Lime

Walk the Line eyeliner in Black Light is one of the new Neon Colors. It didn’t go on as smoothly as I’m used to so I had to go over it more than once. It’s a bright purple and I do wonder if it would look different under a black light. Glitzy is, well, glitzy! It’s a bright teal green with glitter. Not for us oldies but it’s certainly fun. Twist of Lime went on the smoothest of all and in spite of the lime brightness, looked the best.

Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner Black Light, Glitzy, Twist of Lime

Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner Black Light, Glitzy, Twist of Lime

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hour Waterproof Eye Crayon ($5) comes in a variety of shades like After Hours (plum), Camel Back (camel/taupe), Golden Rule (golden bronze), Cloud Nine (royal blue), Cat S Eye (emerald), and Mirror Mirror (white sparkle). To be honest, I didn’t test out the one I got because of the glitter in it. But I would love to try out Golden Rule or Camel Back. Instead Mirror Mirror is part of this giveaway.

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hr. Waterproof Eye Crayon in Mirror Mirror and All Glossed Up in Perky

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hr. Waterproof Eye Crayon in Mirror Mirror and All Glossed Up in Perky

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hr. Waterproof Eye Crayon in Mirror Mirror

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hr. Waterproof Eye Crayon in Mirror Mirror

Now for the GIVEAWAY!! We are giving away Nail Lacquers in Teeny Greeny and Mermaid Magic, a new in the box Walk the Line Liquid Eyeliner in Glitzy, and the Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hr. Waterproof Eye Crayon in Mirror Mirror. 4 fun items for the young or young at heart. Our Hard Candy Giveaway is open for US and Canada through April 6th at 11:59 p.m. If comments close (which happens toward the end of our giveaways for some reason) then email me your comment to beautyinfozone@gmail.com. You can then click “I commented” so you can continue with other options.

Hard Candy Giveaway prize

Hard Candy Giveaway prize

Whenever you are in the mood to cheer yourself up, head to Walmart and the Hard Candy display. You’d be amazed at the great items you can find. What’s your favorite Hard Candy product? — Marcia

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*products provided for review and giveaway

 

Let’s have a little Kip with butter LONDON nail lacquer

butter london kip

 

butter LONDON has always captured my heart and KIP Nail Lacquer has the distinction of bringing spring to my step and my nails. I was thrilled to receive this for review and I’ll be wearing it often. Kip is “what the brits call a catnap, because even the beauty-obsessed need a bit of sleep.”

Kip is the perfect oxford cloth blue to my eyes. People have asked me if it’s periwinkle but when put up against a swatch of that shade you really can see that this skycloud blue is the most soothing shade. It makes me believe that spring will arrive again. As a matter of fact, since I applied this the temperatures rose and the snow is melting. Could it be Kip that did that?

butter LONDON Kip Nail Lacquer

butter LONDON Kip Nail Lacquer

On the butter LONDON site they describe Kip as having shimmer but it’s absolutely miniscule. It has just enough in it to bring a lovely sparkle in the sunlight but in home or office light you’ll just notice this gorgeous creamy polish.

butter LONDON Kip in sunlight

butter LONDON Kip in sunlight

butter LONDON Kip indirect light

butter LONDON Kip indirect light

butter LONDON created a High Tea Collection for the Spring of 2015 and Kip is actually one of 6 shades available. You can purchase Tiddly, High Tea, Kip, Ruby Murray, Sloane Ranger and Cheers! each separately in full size for $15 and for even better news through 3/14/15 you can get 30% off all butter LONDON on their website (promo code SPRINGBEZZIES30). Or you can check out ULTA on March 19th only for all butter LONDON nail lacquers and treatments to cost $9. Now if this gorgeous shade and those great prices don’t tempt you then I don’t know what will.

Spring 2015 butter LONDON High Tea Collection

Spring 2015 butter LONDON High Tea Collection

I’m totally in love with this shade and I’m so happy that butter LONDON has the philosphy of “we never add Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, phthalates or parabens to any of our products”. I’ll be taking a few Kips this spring and definitely this summer too. Will you? — Marcia

*provided for review

 

Say Ciao to Faby Italian Nail Lacquers

Faby nail polishes

Faby nail polishes

Well Hello FABY. You are a welcome addition to my nail polish life. I was lucky enough to receive these three polishes and they are a pleasure to add to my collection. I received these in the summer and then life happened but I’m glad to introduce you to these beauties at last.faby names

CLEO’S TALISMAN is the kind of polish I go crazy for. This is green, copper and purple depending on the light. It’s metallic and has the most amazing shine to it.

Faby Lacquer Cleo's Talisman

Faby Lacquer Cleo’s Talisman

Faby Lacquer Cleo's Talisman

Faby Lacquer Cleo’s Talisman

Faby Lacquer Cleo's Talisman

Faby Lacquer Cleo’s Talisman

HIBISCUS BLOOM is a fabulous tantalizing red with pink shimmer. I’m a huge fan of red polish and this is one of the prettiest around. The shimmer is small and adds a twinkle to the finish. It’s not a glitter so it removes easily.

Faby Hibiscus Bloom

Faby Hibiscus Bloom

Faby Lacquer Hibiscus Bloom

Faby Lacquer Hibiscus Bloom

Faby Lacquer Hibiscus Bloom

Faby Lacquer Hibiscus Bloom

THE DANCE OF THE GRACES is the only one I haven’t worn yet. I received it in summer but it was mid fall before I was able to get my nails done and this gorgeous periwinkle cream just didn’t feel right for the season. It will be my first spring polish though.

Faby Lacquer The Dance of the Graces

Faby Lacquer The Dance of the Graces

Cleo's Talisman, Hibiscus Bloom, Dance of the Graces

Cleo’s Talisman, Hibiscus Bloom, Dance of the Graces

There are over 200 polishes made by FABY LACQUERS. They’ve covered the gamut with 6 different finishes: metallic, cream, shimmer, sheer, glitter, and frosted. You’ll find every shade you can possibly desire. One of the things I like best about their website is that the colors are accurate and they give you a description of the polishes to let you know what you’ll be ordering.

“With shades that are inspired by things like Italian culture, literature, cinema and fairytales, FABY nail lacquers are an expression of personal style that encourage you to make a statement and live “La Bella Vita” (“The Beautiful Life”).”

These apply beautifully and last me for the full week between manicures. They are free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor and other harsh, unnecessary additives. Plus they are cruelty free and never tested on animals.

Add some beauty to your life with FABY Lacquers. I’m certainly glad I was able to say Ciao to these. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration