All in the family with Zoya nail polish: Lisa, Rocky, Max, Marina, and Annie

You know what I think is the coolest thing about Zoya nail polishes?  The names.  The nail polish itself is terrific, but the names are so much fun.  Beyond Polish sent me two nail polishes with names from my family – Annie (my youngest daughter) and Lisa (that would be me).  I wanted to created a ‘family nail wheel’ so I bought three more polishes:  Max, the name of my oldest son; Marina, my second oldest; and Rocky, the family dog.

My Zoya family colors

My Zoya family colors

Just like my family, there are a variety of colors and personalities in my Zoya family nail wheel.  The only one missing is my husband – I wonder if I should email Zoya and ask them create a shade called Kevin?  It would have to be a color that would look amazing on a sports car or a racing bike.  I’m thinking maybe a black duochrome with red undertones.

My Zoya family nail wheel

My Zoya family nail wheel

I previously reviewed Zoya Lisa back in July when I picked it as my favorite red nail polish for the 4th of July holiday.  Lisa is a dark raspberry pink-toned candy apple red metallic foil micro-glitter nail polish (whew, that is a mouthful).

Zoya Lisa

Zoya Lisa

I was so happy when I found that Zoya had a shade the same name as our beloved boxer, Rocky.  Rocky is a creme sky blue.

Zoya Rocky

Zoya Rocky

Zoya Rock and Lisa

Zoya Rocky and Lisa

I had such a great time looking for my kids in the Zoya collections! The names of the Zoya shades are basically female names, but I found Max, which is the name of my son.  Not that he would wear it, but I certainly can!  Max is a light crimson-red with pink, coral and orange undertones.

Zoya Max

Zoya Max

My teenage daughter Marina is very much an individual, so her namesake nail polish is absolutely perfect for her.  Marina is a blue-toned smoky silver-grey with a dusty metallic finish.

Zoya Marina

Zoya Marina

My youngest daughter Annie is going to back to school, so it’s the perfect time to review her namesake nail polish, Zoya Annie.  Annie is a saturated coral-orange with slight red undertones, strong gold shimmer and slight bright green duochrome.

Zoya Annie

Zoya Annie

Zoya Annie

Zoya Annie

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The children:  Marina, Max, and Annie

The children: Marina, Max, and Annie

Now that you’ve seen my Zoya family nail wheel, it’s time to create your own!  What colors are in your Zoya family?  - Lisa

Zoya family

*Annie and Lisa sent for editorial consideration, the rest bought by me

10 Budget Friendly Back-to-School Beauty Essentials

Whether you or your kids are going back to school or off to college, it’s the perfect time of year to find deals on essential beauty products.  The Meijer Beauty team challenged me to find my top back-to-school picks, and it was gratifying to see my must-have bath, body and color items with wonderful prices.  Considering I work in a high school and have kids in both college and middle school, I am all about finding the best products at the right price.  Drumroll please…my top ten recommendations for essential (and budget friendly) back-to-school products.

Soap for school:  J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap and I love...Coconut & Cream Shower Gel

Soap for school: J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap and I love…Coconut & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Cream

1.  J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap ($4.99, I got it at Meijer for $4.49)  The reason I first bought this hand soap was for the awesome vintage label.  The reason I keep buying it?  It’s excellent foaming hand soap, especially for the price.  The soap in public buildings like schools is usually pretty rough stuff, I wash my hands all the time.  My solution is to bring my own.  I keep this soap in my office, and it would fit nicely into a locker.  I like the Aloe and Green Tea scent as a real mood enhancer to help get the school year off right.

2.  I love…Coconut & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Cream ($7.29)  This British brand is soooo good…doesn’t the packaging look like the Philosophy bottles?  I actually prefer the I love… brand, and it is so much more affordable.  I start my day with a shower then end it with a bubble bath, and the Coconut & Cream scent takes me right back onto vacation.

Necessities for school

Necessities for school

3.  Goody 50 piece Ouchless No Metal Elastics ($2.19, but I got mine at Meijer for $1.10!)  The perfect way to hide morning bedhead is with a ponytail or bun…and these Ouchless Elastics don’t snag, pull, or break hair strands.

4.  Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel Cream Kiss ($3.99)  This super cute lip butter has only been available in the U.S. for about a year, and I am so happy it’s easily found now!  It has great slip and keeps lips soft and moist, plus it tastes like caramel toffee.  Yum.

5.  Meijer Hand Sanitizer ($1.19)  This is simply a must-have for purses and backpacks.  You never know who was sitting in that desk or what nose they were picking…eewwwwww.

Perfect colors for back to school!

Perfect colors for back to school!

Nudes and deep pinks

Nudes and berries

6.  Cover Girl Bombshell Volume by Lashblast Mascara ($9.39)  I think this is the best drugstore mascara out there.  One end is the base coat, which gives definition and length perfect for casual days.  When I want more oomph – and I mean fantastic oomph – I use the other end, the intensifying top coat.  This side darkens lashes and provides mega-drama without any flakes or smearing.

Physician's Formula Nude Eyes

Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes

Nude Eyes - gorgeous.

Nude Eyes – gorgeous.

7.  Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes ($9.99, but I got mine at Meijer for an incredible $6.99)  I am loving neutral, nude eyes with berry cheeks for the fall, and this nude eyeshadow palette is to die for.  Is it reminding you of the Urban Decay Naked2 palette?  Yup, me too, but this is way cheaper with the same quality.  Use these shadows dry or wet for more intensity, and keep the palette sitting out because the packaging is stunning.

Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose

Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose

8.  Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose ($8.29)  Just check out the gorgeousness of this mosaic highlighter/blush.  The soft, creamy shades can be used alone, but I like to swirl a big brush over the whole thing for a beautiful berry glow on my cheeks.

Nicole by OPI mani and pedi shades for school

Nicole by OPI mani and pedi shades for school

9 and 10.  Nicole by OPI Nail Polish in Sing You Like a Bee and Cocoa a Gogo ($5.99 each)  Going back to school is an awesome reason to treat yourself to a manicure and a pedicure, and these two shades are perfect for a nude and berry combo.

Sing You Like a Bee

Sing You Like a Bee

Sing You Like a Bee is from the Carrie Underwood collection.  This is a gorgeous sheer white with golden shimmers.  It is a beautiful shimmery nude look by itself, and it makes a perfect top layer over pretty much any color.

Cocoa a Gogo

Cocoa a Gogo

Cocoa a Gogo is a shimmery chocolate-brown that I love for pedicures…and it is the perfect color for transitioning into cool days and cozy nights by the fire.  Even better, it smells like cinnamon!

Not only are these ten products essentials, it also costs less than $55 to purchase them all at Meijer.  Get your style on for back to school and save money too!

Be sure to check out MeijerStyle.com the last week in August for a post with links to lots of blogger Back-to-School articles – one lucky person who comments on the MeijerStyle.com post will receive a gift basket of Back-to-School/Back-to-College products.  - Lisa

*products reviewed courtesty of Meijer, opinions and selection of items all my own!

I Love Amanda Hugginkiss (ILNP)

I’m going to start this review with an apology…. I’m sorry but this wonderful nail polish is out of stock and won’t be back. Yell at I love Nail Polish though and not me. About a month ago they had a sale on the polishes they were retiring so I bought 5 polishes. My past experiences with this brand have been outstanding and I couldn’t pass it up.

Amanda Hugginkiss from ILNP

Amanda Hugginkiss from ILNP

Here’s how ILNP described this polish: “Amanda Hugginkiss is a mind blowing holographic lilac colored nail polish. The purple hue of this polish is to die for and the holographic effect is second to none. Jam packed with holographic pigment, Amanda Hugginkiss falls into ILNP’s “Ultra Holo” class of holographic nail polishes.”

The reason I’m reviewing this (and will the other shades as I wear them) is that no matter what polish I’ve tried from ILNP (aka I Love Nail Polish) I’ve had nothing but love for them.

ILNP Amanda Hugginkiss

ILNP Amanda Hugginkiss

Amanda Hugginkiss (I love the name to pieces!!) is typical of the holographic polishes I’ve bought from this brand.

ILNP Amanda Hugginkiss

ILNP Amanda Hugginkiss

The pigment itself is loaded with holographic shimmer, it’s not added shimmer so it’s easy to apply and to remove. Plus it wears beautifully for me for a solid week. My nail tech is always impressed with the longevity of wear when I go in for a new manicure. So am I.

ILNP Amanda Hugginkiss

ILNP Amanda Hugginkiss

ILNP Amanda Hugginkiss close up

ILNP Amanda Hugginkiss close up

Another reason I love this company is that their polishes are well priced. The polishes are between $10 and $12.50. Even though I just bought a lot of nail polish I’m dying to order from their new collections. Every polish looks stunning. I want to hug and kiss them all.

Have you had the opportunity to wear ILNP polish? And more important, should I buy this polish? – Marcia

ILNP Bikini Bottoms

ILNP Bikini Bottoms

*nothing to disclose *some photos are from ILNP.com

Enjoy summer more with Sinful Colors Silk + Satin

If you haven’t heard by now, Sinful Colors was cited by Consumer Reports for being one of the best polishes on the market. They compared Sinful Colors to Chanel and guess who was the winner? The $1.99 Sinful Colors or the $27 Chanel? Go Sinful Colors!! There are new collections available from Sinful Colors and Beauty Info Zone is lucky enough to have received some polishes for review.

Sinful Colors new summer polishes

Sinful Colors new summer polishes

The first three polishes above are from the Silk+Satin collection while the last three are from Full Throttle.

There are 6 Silk + Satin polishes all together in the beautiful collection:

Matte About Blue: A matte-nificent cornflower blue

Pipaya: A soft flash of coral

Prime Purple: A delicate dose of lilac

Real Teal: A quiet mermaid green

Silver Solution: A gentle, shimmering silver

Solar Flux: A subtle touch of yellow

Sinful Colors Silk + Satin

Sinful Colors Silk + Satin

I’ve got these three Silk+Satin polishes and I’m sure I picked out the best since I love these!  The name Silk+Satin is really from a technique show on the Sinful Colors website. Their directions say to apply two coats of the polish to get the demi-matte and then use their Satin top coat just on your nail tips. They look stunning that way.sinful colors silk satin

REAL TEAL is the one I went for first since I’m always drawn to a metallic shade like this. While Sinful Colors calls it a quiet mermaid green it performed as a cross between a teal and a green for me. Bright lights showed off the beautiful teal while other lights made the green shine through more. The metallic wasn’t a full on metallic because the finish of these is a demi-matte silk texture. It gives you the best of both worlds – a matte that’s not really dull and a silky texture that you can shine up with a top coat.

Real Teal by Sinful Colors

Real Teal by Sinful Colors

Real Teal from Sinful Colors

Real Teal from Sinful Colors

Real Teal, Sinful Colors

Real Teal, Sinful Colors

As you can see there’s subtle shimmer hidden in this metallic finish.

PRIME PURPLE is well described as a “delicate dose of lilac”. This is a cream finish that dries between a matte and a silk. I chose to wear it with a top coat because I love a glossy look.

Prime Purple by Sinful Colors

Prime Purple by Sinful Colors

Sinful Colors  Prime Purple outside

Sinful Colors Prime Purple outside

Sinful Colors Prime Purple at dusk

Sinful Colors Prime Purple at dusk

SILVER SOLUTION is silver metallic but subtly so. It’s not a glaring silver so it’s easier to wear than a disco silver. It’s the perfect silver for your toes especially.

Silver Solution from Sinful Colors

Silver Solution from Sinful Colors

What’s amazing about Sinful Colors polishes is that they really are as good as touted. They look as great on me one week after application as they do that first day. The wear on these three has been phenomenal. It’s hard to believe I can walk into Walgreens or Rite Aid and for $2 walk out with an on trend nail polish and be thrilled with my week’s worth of wear.

If Sinful Colors isn’t on your personal radar because you thought the polish couldn’t last at that price, it’s time to change your mind right now. Silk+Satin are gorgeous polishes that feel so right. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Makeup Wars and Neon Nail Polish

Makeup Wars is featuring Neon Nail Polish this week. I don’t have a big collection of neons since I really only started appreciating them in the last year or two. Each one I’m showing has been sent for review and each one has become a polish I happily wore and will wear again.

My absolute favorite is butter London Lolly. This is from the Lolly Bright collection and I adore it. It probably isn’t classified as a neon but it’s neon bright on me.

butter LONDON Lolly and Stroppy

butter LONDON Lolly and Stroppy

butter LONDON Lolly

butter LONDON Lolly

Stroppy is the accent nail and it’s as gorgeous as Lolly but probably not a neon. Whether it’s a neon or not, it’s a fabulous polish that I thought of first with this topic.

Trind Caring Color Appletini is another that may or may not be neon but on me it’s bright and neony. The Trind polishes are excellent and last beautifully. My two favorites are Appletini (2nd) and Surf’s Up (last).

5 shades from Trind Caring Color

5 shades from Trind Caring Color

Trind Caring Color in Appletini

Trind Caring Color in Appletini

PIXI BEAUTY has some great neons. Fuschia Dew is just so pretty and makes for a fabulous mani or pedi.

Pixi Beauty Fuchsia Dew

Pixi Beauty Fuchsia Dew

Pixi Fuchsia Dew

Pixi Fuchsia Dew

Then there are the shades like Oh So Orange and Sizzling Sunshine that stand out from the crowd.

Sizzling Sunshine, Oh So Orange, Lime Lustre by Pixi

Sizzling Sunshine, Oh So Orange, Lime Lustre by Pixi

The only neon I’ve purchased in recent months is Dior Couture Colour Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer in Front Row. I didn’t know it was considered a neon until I wore it. It’s a very sophisticated type of neon and even if you ignored neons, this would be perfect.

Dior Front Row Gel Shine

Dior Front Row Gel Shine

Dior Front Row next to my red car in sunlight

Dior Front Row next to my red car in sunlight

I have a few polishes I’ve seen on blogs that I’d love to wear:

OPI Hotter Than You

OPI Hotter Than You

OPI Push and Pull

OPI Push and Pull

And borrowed from polish insomniac China Glaze Shore Enuff

China Glaze Shore Enuff (polish insomniac)

China Glaze Shore Enuff (polish insomniac)

Are you a fan of neon polish? Are there any here that set off alarms for you to come running? — Marcia


 

 

 

Pack Up with Pixi Beauty

PIXI BEAUTY is becoming one of my favorite treats. The brand is the brainchild of Petra Strand, a mom and a makeup artist. She has created cosmetics, skincare, nail polish and tools that are high quality yet don’t hit the wallet hard. When I was sent a few travel size small items to test I decided to pick out things I’d choose for travel. (Items with a * were sent, the rest are wishes or self purchases.)

Pixi Beauty can be found at Target stores, some on target.com and all on the Pixi Beauty website. I think their website is the best place to shop personally. I’m spotlighting products I have or want from Pixi today.

1.  PIXI PRIMERS – Pixi Beauty has 3 different primers so any kind of skin worries you have can be covered completely. I’ve been using Flawless & Poreless* – they named this baby well. It’s a cream color primer that helps with fine lines and pores. The texture is creamy but it dries down quickly leaving my skin smooth. Flawless & Poreless has no shine plus it helps control shine. There is also Flawless Beauty Primer which I have from one of the subscription boxes I purchase. This one adds a little golden glow without sparkle. It might be too light for a lot of people but for us fair ones it’s just right. The mini is $9 on Pixi’s site. Another mini that you can find on their site is the Redness Reducing Primer which is tinted green and will help mask any redness you have. If I owned the Redness Reducing I’d use that on my red cheeks and nose with one of the others elsewhere for a perfecto complexion!

mini Flawless & Poreless Primer

mini Flawless & Poreless Primer

2.  CREAM TO POWDER FOUNDATION, FLAWLESS VITAMIN VEIL  *-  I love that Pixi has this in a mini size. First of all you can try this for just $9 to see if it’s right for you. Second, it’s a double duty product. Third it’s tiny enough for travel and for touch up. It comes in three shades (Fair, Medium, Tanned). I have the Fair and it’s very fair. All you pale ladies might want to check this shade out. It has a very light coverage – almost a no makeup look – but it does even out skintone and hide imperfection. If you need something heavy duty then this isn’t for you but if you want your your skin to be protected with vitamins, minerals and skin-enhancing ingredients with a light coverage this might just be the right product. I’ve been using this as a concealer too (double duty) depending on the day.

minis of Flawless Vitamin Veil and Flawless & Poreless Primer

minis of Flawless Vitamin Veil and Flawless & Poreless Primer

3. MESMERIZING MINERAL EYESHADOW PALETTES * – I have two of Pixi’s eyeshadow palettes and the pigmentation in them is amazing. You’d never believe that these are $12 each. I’ve reviewed Emerald Glow which is one of 5 current palettes. The rich colors that play well for day or night are beautiful. The colors remind me of sand and surf. I’ve got my eye on Rich Gold with its gold, khaki and moss green shades, that has me craving more Pixi Beauty.

Pixi Beauty Emerald Glow mineral eyeshadow palette

Pixi Beauty Emerald Glow mineral eyeshadow palette

4. SHEA BUTTER LIP BALM – While I don’t have any of these (yet) Lisa does (review here) and she raves at how wonderful they feel on her lips and the color it adds. I’ve got my eye on Pixi Pink which is described as a “fresh vivid pink”. I don’t like heavy lips in summer so this would give me color, hydration and only cost $8.

Ripe Raspberry Lip Balm

Ripe Raspberry Lip Balm

5. ENDLESS SILKY EYE PEN – The first time I bought from Pixi Beauty it was due to the raves for their eye pencils. People go nuts for these and rightly so. The colors are beautiful, they glide on and they last so well on my eyes. Right now there’s an Endless Silky Eye Kit that’s LE and you really really want it. For $18 you will get pencils in BlackNoir, DeepPlum, BlackCocoa, SageGold, OysterGlow and a Custom Sharpener. A single Pixi Silky Eye Pen is $12 so getting these 5 is excellent. And the small size is great for your travel plans even if they are just out for dinner!

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Kit

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Kit

6.  SHEER CHEEK GEL – As a blogger who adores cream and gel stains, these are up my alley. Petra says “I love this gel blush dabbed on cheeks and lips, it creates a translucent, soft and coordinated flush.” I know I’d love Rosy which is a berry-rose. The swatch makes me drool.

7. PIXI NAIL POLISH * – I’m having a ball with Pixi Polish. These small $8 bottles apply beautifully and really last. I’ve previously reviewed the spring collection of Oh So Orange (my husband’s favorite), Lime Lustre and Sizzling Sunshine.

Sizzling Sunshine, Oh So Orange, Lime Lustre by Pixi

Sizzling Sunshine, Oh So Orange, Lime Lustre by Pixi

Today I’m going to share the July color of the month: Fuchsia Dew. This stunner is a fuchsia pink with gold glitter. It isn’t a textured polish though it almost looks like one. On me it looked very neon and very attention getting. While my pictures are on my nails, not my horrible toes, this makes the perfect pedicure. I’m dying for their new Olive Gold. It shall be mine.

Pixi Beauty Fuchsia Dew

Pixi Beauty Fuchsia Dew

Pixi Fuchsia Dew

Pixi Fuchsia Dew

There you go – what I have and what I want. The more I look at the Pixi Beauty website, the more I know I’m going to be ordering a few things and you should be joining me! What are your favorites from Pixi? Will you be packing with Pixi? — Marcia

p.s. If you spend $30 by August 4th you’ll get a free Mini Flawless Beauty Primer.

*some items sent for review consideration

Homemade Nail Polish book giveaway!!

What better way to start the weekend than with a giveaway! Not only was I excited to share the book HOMEMADE NAIL POLISH by Allison Rose Spiekermann in this review, but the publishing company has offered us a giveaway for two of you!

Homemade Nail Polish by Allison Rose Spiekermann

Homemade Nail Polish by Allison Rose Spiekermann

This book was so much fun because I got to learn secrets as well as technique. I love indie polish and knowing the way those amazing ladies begin to develop their craft was a blast to learn.

Homemade Nail Polish back cover

Homemade Nail Polish back cover

Even if you don’t want to learn this craft for yourself, it’s going to make an utterly amazing gift for the right person. You could put together a kit of things mentioned in the book to get someone started. They’d love you forever (if they don’t already).

To enter please go back and read the review of the book and then use the Rafflecopter. This is open to US only and will be sent by the PR company or publisher, shipping to the winners could take up to a month (just a warning from the company to us). This is open through 8/8/14 at 11:59 pm EDT. If comments close early please email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment or put it on our Facebook page. — Marcia

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