Visit the Color Me Monthly Vault now while the savings are on

Color Me Monthly Vault shades

Color Me Monthly Vault shades

I’ve often written about Color Me Monthly’s nail polish subscription which I truly enjoy. They’ve sent me several polishes to try out since they began and now it’s time for me to buy a few myself. From now through August 31st they are on sale for 15% off. A subscription is just $7 a month (and includes shipping) and the polishes in the Vault are $9 each. The Vault contains extras of the subscription shades.

Color Me Monthly Orla

Color Me Monthly Orla

One of the shades in the Vault is Órla that I’m wearing right now. It’s a stunning gold shimmer that is fit for a queen. It was the March 2016 shade which was so fitting since it’s reminiscent of a pot of gold at the end of your rainbow nails. These very shiny shade is one you’ll want to wear during the holidays so think ahead and purchase it now for $7.65.                                 sample

Color Me Monthly Orla

Color Me Monthly Orla

Color Me Monthly Orla outside

Color Me Monthly Orla outside

My order contains Revelry, the pinkish red shade that is glossy and shimmery. This was the shade sent to subscribers for June. I can’t wait to wear it.

Color Me Monthly Revelry

Color Me Monthly Revelry

The other shade that I purchased is Sorcerer’s Violet, a periwinkle blue cream. I love wearing blue polish and Color Me Monthly creates outstanding blues.

Color Me Monthly Sorcerers Violet

Color Me Monthly Sorcerers Violet

One shade that I adore and highly recommend is Seven Sisters, I wear this often because it’s a stunning deep blue with shimmer that’s like a starry night.

Seven Sisters, Color Me Monthly

Seven Sisters, Color Me Monthly

Color Me Monthly Seven Sisters

Color Me Monthly Seven Sisters

I can’t forget about the deep satiny red, Just For You, since this is another that has been worn many times.

CMM Just For You

CMM Just For You

You’ve only got a few days left to take advantage of this sale. There won’t be another until Black Friday which will give you time to see what wonderful polishes these are and be able to pick up the ones you missed.  Use the code SCHOOL16 at checkout to get your discount.

Every month the COLOR ME MONTHLY polish comes with a haiku written to match the month’s shade. Since Órla is the one I had forgotten to review until now, here’s the haiku for this stunner:

heavy is the head

that elegantly shackles

the golden princess

Órla

Orla (Color Me Monthly)

Orla (Color Me Monthly)

What are your favorite nail polish shades? I bet Color Me Monthly will have one (or more) perfect for you. —  Marcia

*Orla sent for consideration

Drugstore winners: three workhorse products from Sally Hansen

Drugstore winners from Sally HansenThe cosmetics and body products that adorn my cluttered shelves fall into one of two categories: special but somewhat impractical items that I love and workhorse items that I always have on hand. The drugstore line Sally Hansen has some terrific workhorse items and there are three that I am especially fond of.                                                                                       samples, affiliate links

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Beige Glow

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Beige Glow

Airbrush Legs is a product that is always on my shelf. I am not a big fan of pantyhose, but I’m also not a big fan of pasty white legs. This takes care of that problem in just seconds, covering up any veins and imperfections and making legs look thinner all at the same time. Check out my leg – this is about 2 weeks after a spray tan, so it’s flaking off and I have uneven patches…yuck.

Before Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs
Here is the same leg literally seconds later after applying Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Beige Glow.

After Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Beige GlowThis spray on leg makeup makes natural legs look wonderful. Just shake the bottle and spray – I stand in the shower so that any side spray is easily washed away. Don’t spray too close to your legs or you’ll lose the airbrush effect – if that happens, I blend it out with a makeup sponge. The finish has a bit of a gleam that really looks pretty. I find that the spray lasts all day without wearing off and is water-resistant, although it’s not perfect on extremely hot and sweaty days. It washes off easily with soap and water and is just so comfortable for those days when I can’t even stand the thought of putting on pantyhose. It’s especially awesome for correcting self tanner ‘oops’.

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen has tons of nail polish options in shades that range from special occasion to workhorse perfect. I am a big fan of the nail polish because the applicator brush is fantastic – it’s flat and wide, so I can cover an entire nail in just two strokes. My workhorse shade is #325 Au Nature-al ($7.99), a perfect nude. It’s classy and goes with absolutely everything. I also love the Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment ($12.99).This clear polish contains avocado oil, sea salt, pomegranate extract and calcium.Talk about a multi-tasker – it works as a base coat, top coat, ridge-filler, brightener, and nail moisturizer. It also makes nails stronger and promotes growth.  Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment

For excellent basics that you will reach for day after day, Sally Hansen is a reliable and practical choice. Be sure to check out the Airbrush Legs and the nail polishes for workhorse items that won’t let you down.  – Lisa
*samples, affiliate links

Looking for Gold Medal nails? SinfulColors presents Rio Shine

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The Olympics aren’t over although my chances of winning a medal are less than zero but I can still have award winning nails with this new collection from SinfulColors. Actually these polishes are part of a new line from them called SinfulShine. These $2.99 polishes and top coat are a bargain alternative to gel polish. There are two steps only – polish and cover with SinfulShine Top Coat. That’s it. No base coat, no machines to dry your nails, no difficult removal. These remove like any polish I’ve used.

SinfulShine Rio Shine polishes

SinfulShine Rio Shine polishes

I was sent 4 of the SinfulShine polishes from the exciting RIO SHINE collection and the top coat to try and I’m here to tell you that these need to be on your list too. The 6 polishes from Rio Shine are perfect for the city of Rio with its bright celebrations. They are just what you’d imagine the city to look like.

Pink Pintura – limited-edition powerful pink

Rise and Shinier – exotic limited-edition green

Samba-dy to Love – limited-edition deep purple

Bananappeal – tropical yellow

Most Sinful – vibrant blue

Picante – fiery red

SinfulShine Top Coat – over-the-top shine

SinfulShine Rio Shine polishes and top coat

SinfulShine Rio Shine polishes and top coat

SinfulColors created a new Gel Techä Formula so that you can create your own gel polish manicure. The shine you get from these is beautiful and long lasting. It’s hard to believe that you can spend just $2.99 and get this kind of formula when the nail salons charge a premium for doing gel manicures and then you have to pay for removal.

Sinful Shine Samba-Dy To Love and top coat bottles

Sinful Shine Samba-dy To Love and top coat bottles

SinfulShine Samba-dy To Love

SinfulShine Samba-dy To Love

I choice to wear Samba-dy To Love since the deep purple just called to me. These polishes need two coats. Upon applying the first coat of polish I was sure that it would need three coats but the second coat filled it in so perfectly. It has a richness that you wouldn’t expect to see from a drugstore brand, especially a value 2 Step Polish.

SinfulShine Rio Shine polishes

SinfulShine Rio Shine polishes

Since gel nails aren’t going anywhere you need to catch up with the action and Rio Shine is the best place to do it. With 2 limited edition polishes in this collection don’t hesitate. Go USA!!  — Marcia

*sent for review

 

Pure and perfect – daniPro Pure Pink and Perfect Pink Infused Nail Polish

photo from nbcolympics.com

photo from nbcolympics.com

The Olympics in Rio is a celebration of sport and beauty, with lush rain forests, rich culture, and tropical colors. I loved the wonderful opening ceremony and it inspired me to break out my two daniPro pink nail polishes – Pure Pink and Perfect Pink ($18 each).                                                                         samples

daniPro Pure Pink and Perfect Pink Nail PolishMarcia first introduced me to this brand that was created by a podiatrist. All the polishes are 5-free and help create strong, healthy nails. The creator, Dr. Gary Evans, even infused the polishes with Undecylenic Acid to help keep fungus away.

daniPro Perfect Pink

Perfect Pink is a soft Barbie pink that is just gorgeous this time of year. Like all cream pastels, I find application is a little more unforgiving and laborious – it’s easy to get streaks so be sure to apply it in thin, even coats. Once on it is feminine and pretty…yup, I’d say a perfect shade of pink.

daniPro Pure Pink Nail PolishPure Pink is a hot pink slice of fun. It’s a little more forgiving regarding application and this gorgeous shade makes me want to grab a frosty margarita and join in on the dancing! I think the ultimate combo is Perfect Pink on my nails and Pure Pink on my toes. Now that’s a party!

These are available in many podiatrist’s offices but the best place to try is the daniPro website. Sign up for the daniPro newsletter for an extra 20% off on your first order.  – Lisa

*samples

Rio

butter LONDON Wanderlust and Nordstrom Anniversary sale go hand in hand

butter LONDON Wanderlust set

butter LONDON Wanderlust set

One of the biggest events of the year for shoppers is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This once a year event is talked about for months in advance because who doesn’t want to find beauty bargains and beautiful clothes and accessories? With the Anniversary Sale the prices only last as long as the sale goes on, then they revert back to full price – if they are still available that is.

I was sent butter LONDON’s Wanderlust 6-piece Petite Lacquer Set which was on my wishlist. 6 fabulous mini polishes in the cutest gold clutch that is reusable, all for $29 ($48 value).

butter LONDON Wanderlust polishes

butter LONDON Wanderlust polishes

It’s hard to pick out which one of these 6 beauties to wear. Will it be Weekend Getaway, a peony pink creme? Are you in the mood for nude with a little shimmer in Road Trip? I’ve been wearing Adventure Awaits the last few days with its champagne sparkle and multi-colored micro glitter.

butter LONDON Adventure Awaits

butter LONDON Adventure Awaits

Return Ticket is a similar polish but a warm gold with multi-colored micro glitter. It’s gorgeous! I’ve also worn Full Steam Ahead, a true grey creme. To round this trip out there’s the Midnight Train, a demi-matte charcoal shimmer.

butter LONDON Wanderlust Nordstrom polishes

butter LONDON Wanderlust Nordstrom polishes

butter LONDON Wanderlust Nordstrom polishes

butter LONDON Wanderlust Nordstrom polishes

butter LONDON nail lacquers are ones you want because of what they don’t have! They are 8 free, formulated without formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene or TPHP. That’s a mouthful but one you don’t have to pronounce because they just aren’t there.

butter LONDON Wanderlust Nordstrom clutch

butter LONDON Wanderlust Nordstrom clutch

I can’t tell you how much I love this set. I have 6 polishes that wear beautifully and a new gold clutch all for $29. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is going on right now for Early Access and will be open to all on Friday July 22nd through August 7th. Don’t miss out.  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration

 

Affiliate link: butter LONDON Wanderlust

butter london wanderlust polishesbutter LONDON Shoes of Prey collection is another set that is an anniversary specialbutter london shoes of prey

– Smoking Slippers (deep bottle green creme)

– Flat Out Fabulous (dusky rose creme)

– Bossy Boots (soft toast creme)

– Dancing Shoes (chocolate bronzer glitter)

– Stiletto Strut (rose gold metallic with silver micro-glitter)

– Oxfords Not Brogues (warm nude shimmer with rose micro-glitter)

LVX Serene nails of the day

LVX Serene Nail Lacquer

LVX Serene Nail Lacquer

In my June Boxycharm I received the beautiful LVX Serene Nail Lacquer. This is a perfect cream shade for summer. Whether it’s on your toes or on your hands, it’s the epitome of what you’d like the sky to look like on a summer day. Therefore I had to share pictures with you of this beauty.

LVX Serene Nail Lacquer

LVX Serene Nail Lacquer

LVX Serene Nail Lacquer in bright light

LVX Serene Nail Lacquer in bright light

LVX Serene Nail Lacquer indirect light

LVX Serene Nail Lacquer indirect light

This is the polish I wore for the 4th of July weekend. I was outside most of the weekend but never in direct sunlight. I wasn’t the only one who decided that a light blue would be perfect for the weekend but I was the only one who was asked what polish they were wearing and where it could be bought.

Serene from LVX lasted perfectly for an entire week and stayed a true blue. I will definitely be picking up more LVX now that I know how beautifully it lasts and how smoothly it glides on.  — Marcia

 

KBShimmer dazzles me with Gull, Get Real

KBShimmer Gull, Get Real

KBShimmer Gull, Get Real

Having a manicure each week is my biggest indulgence. I love the pampering I get for half an hour a week from my nail tech. A half hour that I try not to think about the world around me and just concentrate on my nails. But what I love even more is when I bring in a polish that knocks my socks off, which is exactly what KB Shimmer‘s summer 2016 polish GULL, GET READY did for me. This is the 5th polish from the summer polishes that KBShimmer sent for Lisa and I to test. Having this to wear and stare at for 7 days – what a delight.

KBShimmer Gull, Get Real

KBShimmer Gull, Get Real

I normally ignore polishes with flakes because they can be difficult to remove but I haven’t found that with the two flake polishes I have from KB Shimmer (Gull, Get Real and Garnet from the Birthstone Collection). Yes I’ve had to work harder to remove these but they weren’t impossible at all. With both of them my nail tech gave me some cotton balls and remover knowing I’d need extra time. I was surprised that it only took me a few passes to remove.

KBShimmer Gull, Get Real

KBShimmer Gull, Get Real

But the important thing is the wear and Gull, Get Real wore fabulously for the week. KBShimmer describes this dazzler as a  light, grey toned purple, this lilac like polish sparkles with micro holo and metallic flakes.

This has a medium glitter load with the glitter size going from micro to small. Look at that holo! It’s like bringing fireworks to my nails.

KBShimmer Gull, Get Ready

KBShimmer Gull, Get Ready

KBShimmer Gull, Get Real is everything I love in a polish: metallic, holographic, shiny, and a gorgeous purple. I can’t ask for more for $9.25 except more KBShimmer Polishes!  — Marcia

p.s. Speaking of more KB Shimmer polishes, I just ordered a limited edition one from Color4Nails called Berried in the Sand that I can’t wait to wear and share!

*sent for consideration