Surf’s Up with Trind Hand & Nail Care

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TRIND Hand and Nail Care is a new brand to me and one I’m excited about if my first manicure wearing TRIND Caring Color in Surf’s Up is any indication of the quality of the brand.

Surf's Up by TRIND Caring Color

Surf’s Up by TRIND Caring Color

TRIND Surf’s Up is one of the prettiest polish I’ve had the pleasure to wear. It’s a metallic teal that had a beautiful shine for 7 days straight. This wore so well and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Surf's Up

Surf’s Up

Surf's Up by Trind

Surf’s Up by Trind

TRIND Cosmetics was created in 1988 to help women with strengthening their nails and improving nail health. They have several systems to help with that as well as a slew of gorgeous polishes in their Caring Color Line. Today I’m just focusing on Surf’s Up but later I’ll share my results with the TRIND Keratin Treatment for Nails Kit.

5 shades from Trind Caring Color

5 shades from Trind Caring Color

I love the unusual bottle. The cap can be a little frustrating at first but it quickly becomes comfortable to use. I found that Surf’s Up was almost perfect in one coat but two took away that “almost” part and filled in my nails beautifully. Polishes are $13 and can be found in top salons in the US and Canada and at skinstore.com. These can be used with their treatments especially if you have nails that are uncooperative or with your favorite base and top coat.

If you are looking for products that strengthen your nails while providing nourishing moisture then head toward TRIND to find out what you’ve been missing. — Marcia

Surf's Up

Surf’s Up

 *sent for editorial consideration

Formula X wants me to be “A Little Sexy”

Formula X in A Little Sexy (sephora.com)

Formula X in A Little Sexy (sephora.com)

My last review about Sephora’s nail polish brand, Formula X, was a rant and a rave. I love the metallic red Fiery and will cherish it but I had mixed feelings about Wunderkind (navy) since there was no specialness to it. My latest Formula X polish though has me enthralled. It’s the limited edition A Little Sexy and it’s more than a little, it’s a lot.

I get compliments on my nails and the polishes I wear all the time so I’m used to that (and truly appreciate it) but with A Little Sexy everyone and their mother was complimenting me. No matter where I was people commented about this polish. The stock picture from Sephora shows this as a lilac but I found it to be a light shimmering denim blue that sometimes looked more periwinkle depending on the top I was wearing.

Formula X in A Little Sexy

Formula X in A Little Sexy

This polish is part of a collection of 5 called The Cut – Spring 2014. It’s described as “pearl light periwinkle”. I found on me that it leaned more of a blue periwinkle than a purple. The second best part, after the stunning color, is that it lasted one solid week on me and probably would have lasted longer if I didn’t have another manicure appointment.

A Little Sexy and a lot shimmering

A Little Sexy and a lot shimmering

While it’s not a holographic polish it has the subtle shimmer that some do. It’s not frosty or glittery, it’s just luminous. It applied beautifully from the first coat and the second coat filled it out to perfection. I think this could be my favorite polish for this spring and summer.

this shows more denim on me than than in the bottle

this shows more denim on me than than in the bottle

periwinkle from www.art-paints.com

periwinkle from www.art-paints.com

periwinkles

periwinkles

Showing polishes like this makes me want to take a photography class so I could honor the specialness of it. Instead you’ll have to take my word and buy it before it’s gone! — Marcia

*purchased

9 money-saving products for spring

Spring is officially here! How about some awesome products for the season that won’t make your wallet wince? Here are nine great items that are also affordable.

1.  Garment Saver Makeup Guard

Garment Saver

Garment Saver Makeup Guard

saving your clothes from your makeup!

saving your clothes from your makeup!

This handy little net keeps your makeup from staining your clothes. Put it over your head then slip on even the most expensive silk shell without fear of the dreaded foundation stain. The best part? A pack of 3 is only $9.50.

2.  Flats to Go!

With the snow and slush drying up, it’s time to break out the heels…but feet are still used to comfy flat winter boots. This handy solution will help you out when your feet are killing you.

Flats to Go in a cute little purse

Flats to Go in a cute little purse

Flats to Go

Flats to Go!

A little purse holds stylish flats that fold down into nothing for easy traveling. These cute gems are only $9.99 and they come in four different kinds of ballet flats: patent, snake print, alligator print, and fleecy leapord print.

3.  Kushyfoot Tights

These are some of the best tights ever! Pick up some fleece tights for colder days and some sheer body shaping tights for warmer days.

Kushyfoot Tights

Kushyfoot Tights

Fleece for colder days...

Fleece for colder days…

I can’t even begin to tell you how comfy these tights are. I feel like I am wearing my jammies to work when I have these on. They keep my legs warm, but they aren’t stifling in warmer weather.

Massaging soles keep feet happy

Massaging soles keep feet happy

And how fantastic to have massaging soles in tights that also shape your tummy, hips, and thighs? This version is more sheer than the fleece ones and both are super affordable at only $26.97 for three pairs – about $9 a pair!

5.  DIY DYE:  Bright and funky hair coloring you do at home

Having your hair colored can be very expensive. This book is full of awesome and creative ideas for coloring your hair at home.

DIY DYE

DIY DYE

DIY DYE

food coloring as hair dye

Even Kool Aide can work as hair color

Even Kool Aid can work as hair color

all the techniques

all the techniques

for beautifully colored hair!

for beautifully colored hair!

Who knew food coloring or Kool Aid could be used to color hair?? These ideas and so many more are in this book, along with great step-by-step instructions and photos of the finished product. Your investment? Only $16.95.

6.  Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Body Wash

Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Body Wash

Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Body Wash

Easily found in drugstores, this huge bottle of springy smelling body wash is pure heaven. Coconuts and hibiscus combine for a fabulous fresh scent and this creamy wash lathers up beautifully and leaves skin clean and moisturized. A hefty 13 fl.oz. bottle is only $8.99.

7.  Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Lotion

Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Lotion

Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Lotion

Get this to go with the body wash! It has the same heavenly scent and 13 fl. oz. of this heavenly light body lotion is only $7.99.

8.  Faith Aromatherapy Deodorant

Keep that fresh and clean spring theme going with this citrus and ginger scented deodorant.

Faith Aromatherapy Deodorant

Faith Aromatherapy Deodorant

What makes this deodorant really special is that it is aluminum-free. It keeps odor away with essential oils that kill bacteria, and it works for even the most sensitive skin.

9.  Zoya GieGie

The perfect springy pink nail color, GieGie is a ‘cherry blossom pink metallic’.

Essie Gie Gie

Essie GieGie

Essie Gie Gie

Essie GieGie

Nothing says spring better than cherry blossoms. And you can find this gorgeous shade for just $9.00.

Celebrate the coming warmth with some practical and pretty things for yourself – and feel good about all the money you have saved!  - Lisa

*some items sent for editorial consideration, some purchased by me

Formula X polish from Sephora

Not being a nail blogger has its advantages and disadvantages. I love polish and buy an extraordinary amount. Just like some women are drawn to lipstick when they need a pick up or just notice a pretty color, I buy polish. An advantage to being a nail blogger is being able to actually try out all that gorgeousness. They’ll show you an entire collection that they’ve applied so that we can drool over the polishes. A disadvantage though is not always knowing how a polish wears. Do a vice versa and you have me, a lover of polish who sometimes blogs about it. I may not be able to show you whole collections since I only use one polish a week, but I can tell you about the wear of a polish so I do have that advantage.

Formula X Nail Color in Fiery and Wunderkind

Formula X Nail Color in Fiery and Wunderkind

Formula X Nail Color in Wunderkind and Fiery

Formula X Nail Color in Wunderkind and Fiery

This leads me to reviewing two Formula X polishes by Sephora, Fiery and Wunderkind,  I bought Fiery based on its description which was right up my alley. It’s a gorgeous fiery red metallic polish that is like the finish of a shiny new car gleaming in the lights of the dealer’s showroom. It’s a stunning color that applied beautifully. It also wore like a dream for the first 5 days.

Formula X by Sephora Fiery Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Fiery Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Fiery Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Fiery Nail Color

I then chose Wunderkind to put on a secret Santa list and my lovely secret pal purchased that for me. The problem is that the description of Wunderkind doesn’t match the polish in the same way that I’d found with Fiery. Sephora calls it a midnight blue pearl so I expected it to be the navy equivalent to that shiny automobile. Instead I feel like I’m standing in the showroom but they forgot to turn on the lights.

Formula X by Sephora Wunderkind Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Wunderkind Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Wunderkind Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Wunderkind Nail Color

The setback that they both share is longevity. Wunderkind lasted great for 3-4 days while Fiery lasted well for 5 days but then they went downhill. The edges wore quickly, the shine faded (especially on Wunderkind) and I’m once again reminded I’m not a nail blogger so I need to finish out the week with a polish that lost its specialness.

Both Fiery and Wunderkind are part of The New Classics collection at $10.50 each. I can’t help but recommend Fiery if you are a fan of red polish. The shiny metallic shade will have you mesmerized for days. On the other hand I found Wunderkind not to live up to the color shown on Sephora’s site. It didn’t have the oomph on me to make it anything more than another navy polish which is really a shame.

Formula X by Sephora Fiery Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Fiery Nail Color

Have you tried Formula X? What colors are your favorites? — Marcia

Did you know Face Stockholm has nail polish? Check out #168

Face Stockholm nail polish in #168

Face Stockholm nail polish in #168

Face Stockholm is one of the BIZ’s favorite cosmetic brands. The two of us are crazy about the Face Stockholm products we’ve been sent or have purchased. Not many people though are aware that they have nail polish that is not only unique but of the highest quality.

One of my all time favorite polishes is by Face Stockholm, it’s the glorious holographic Aura that I featured in a Makeup Wars post. I can’t wait for warm weather to return so that I can apply this again.

FACE Stockholm Aura holographic nail polish

FACE Stockholm Aura holographic nail polish

The majority of their 120 shades nail polishes are cream polishes and can be found on their website (be sure you click the number to see the swatch and description) along with some at blush.com. The polish I was recently sent is #168 which is described as “cream crocus”. It’s a beautiful purple that leans blue.

#168 nail polish, Face Stockholm's photo

#168 nail polish, Face Stockholm’s photo

This polish was an absolute delight to wear. It applied flawlessly in two coats and wore perfectly for a solid week. I couldn’t ask for more in a polish.

Face Stockholm #168

Face Stockholm #168

Face Stockholm #168

Face Stockholm #168

Face Stockholm #168

Face Stockholm #168

Depending on the light it will look more blue, purple or even a dark lavender. Whichever shade shows up for you, you’ll love it and how perfectly the polish will wear and last on you. — Marcia

p.s. Looking for Radiant Orchid? Look at #73 from FS!!

Face Stockholm #73

Face Stockholm #73

*#168 was sent for editorial consideration

 

 

Butter London Molly Coddled – a radiant orchid polish

Radiant Orchid from pantone.com

Radiant Orchid from pantone.com

When Sephora and Pantone announced that Radiant Orchid was the 2014 Color of the Year I think it left quite a few people confused. There have been so many blog posts with beautiful “radiant orchid” cosmetics but the variety in interpretation is quite vast. Is it a pale pinky lavender, a brilliant orchid or a daring fuchsia?  Construals will all be different.

I knew that I wanted to get a few items in this shade so I turned to one of the experts in color – butter LONDON. I was placing an order for mostly sale items when I noticed the shade Molly Coddled Nail Lacquer and the words “radiant orchid”. That was enough for me to add it to my basket.

from butterlondon.com: Molly Coddled Nail Lacquer

from butterlondon.com: Molly Coddled Nail Lacquer

Molly Coddled is butter LONDON’s “nod to the Color of the Year”. It’s described as an “Opaque lavender orchid cream“. Actually I wasn’t sure I would be comfortable with such a bright lavender that might look more orchid on me but in reality the color is much softer.

butter LONDON Molly Coddled

butter LONDON Molly Coddled

I’m normally drawn to polishes that have a little shimmer or holographic glamour but Molly Coddled was just what the doctor ordered to brighten up my hands this winter.

butter LONDON Molly Coddled

butter LONDON Molly Coddled

Molly Coddled by Butter London

Molly Coddled by Butter London

This applied beautifully and was fully opaque in 2 coats. The best part is that it lasted an entire week. But in the name of honesty I cheated after a few days…. I missed that little bit of glitter so I added a top coat I Love Nail Polish “My Private Rainbow” which is my favorite perk up polish these days.

I Love Nail Polish in My Private Rainbow

I Love Nail Polish in My Private Rainbow

butter London Molly Coddled with ILNP My Private Rainbow

butter London Molly Coddled with ILNP My Private Rainbow

If you are looking for Radiant Orchid look no farther than butter LONDON Molly Coddled. I promise no one will consider you to be coddled or sissified! They’ll just be jealous. — Marcia

 

*pantone picture from https://www.pantone.com/pages/products/product.aspx?pid=1467&ca=33

butter LONDON picture from http://www.butterlondon.com/Lacquers/Molly-Coddled.html

I Love Nail Polish picture from http://www.ilnp.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=my+private+rainbow#page=1&top=228&

Polish was purchased by me and the other pictures are personal

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