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

My New Year’s Eve Manicure with KB Shimmer and Color Me Monthly

KBShimmer Rollin with the Chromies

KBShimmer Rollin with the Chromies

This is the manicure I’ve chosen to wear this weekend and through New Year’s Eve. KB Shimmer sells their polishes both on their website and through their Etsy shop. It’s $8.75 at both places. I have a story behind this polish and how I know it wears amazingly well.

KB Shimmer Rollin with the Chromies.

KB Shimmer Rollin with the Chromies.

KBShimmer’s Rollin with the Chromies is available through their Etsy shop although I originally bought this from their website. I had it applied over an Essie polish on August 15th; on August 18th I fell. Well that meant this polish was on my nails for 8 full weeks before I was back, wheelchair bound, to get my nails done again. The best part is that the entire time I was in the hospital and the rehab center I got compliments on the color. My nails were super long after 8 weeks but the color looked perfect.

Rollin with the Chromies

Rollin with the Chromies

Rollin with the Chromies is a linear holo without glitter. The shimmer in it is amazing. And the shift in color in different lights is even better. The polish changes from cyan, to blue, to red orange, to burgundy and more. KBShimmer says it’s best in 3 coats or 1 coat over black. I love it over a dark purple or dark blue.

KBShimmer over Color Me Monthly Anapolis

KBShimmer over Color Me Monthly Annapolis

I received Color Me Monthly Annapolis when I was in that awful rehab and couldn’t review it then. But I knew I’d want to wear it and when I decided that 8 weeks wasn’t enough of Rollin with the Chromies I instantly knew that this inky dark purple was the perfect base coat. This manicure is 1 coat of Color Me Monthly and 1 coat of KB Shimmer.

Color Me Monthly Annapolis

Color Me Monthly Annapolis

Color Me Monthly subscriptions are $7 a month but if you miss a beauty like Annapolis you can always check The Vault to see if it’s available – and it is for $9.

I know that come New Year’s Eve I’ll still have a perfect manicure with these two fab polishes. What are you wearing on December 31st to ring out the old? — Marcia

 

disclosure: purchased by me, press sample

Seasons Greetings with KB Shimmer nail polish

KB Shimmer Winter 2014 Polishes

KB Shimmer Winter 2014 Polishes

KB Shimmer has put Beauty Info Zone into the holiday zone with their festive nail polishes! We discovered this cool indie line last year and we have so much fun with the unusual nail polishes. KB Shimmer specializes in creative color combos including holographics, hex glitters, circle glitters…you name it, these polishes have it. The Winter Polishes are so beautiful we had to do a Side by Side to showcase them for you.

first two: Pine-ing for Yule, second two: Let's Sleigh Together, Mauve on Over, Merry Pinkmas

first two: Pine-ing for Yule, second two: Let’s Sleigh Together, Mauve on Over, Merry Pinkmas

Lisa’s Side:  Let’s Sleigh Together

KB Shimmer Let's Sleigh Together

KB Shimmer Let’s Sleigh Together

KB Shimmer Let's Sleigh Together

KB Shimmer Let’s Sleigh Together

Let’s Sleigh Together is a really interesting color – pale gray with hex glitters in green, navy, and mint, plus circle glitter in blueberry and micro holographic glitter. I can easily say I have nothing else like it in my collection! I think the light gray is perfect for winter, and the glitters make it look like a snowstorm on my nails. I had no problems getting a fabulous array of glitters without having to go ‘fishing’ for more. Two coats is all you need for the full effect.

Pine-ing for Yule

KB Shimmer Pine-ing for Yule

KB Shimmer Pine-ing for Yule

KB Shimmer Pine-ing for Yule

KB Shimmer Pine-ing for Yule

Talk about festive! Pine-ing for Yule is an homage to the Christmas Tree with tiny holographic green trees and red stars. KB Shimmer will donate $4 from every bottle sold as their 2014 Toys For Tots ® charity polish. Get one now and with rush delivery it will arrive in time for Christmas. Or, buy one to save for next year! I love this polish over red polish (pictured above on the nail wheel) or over white polish as pictured on the website. I decided to try it over gold polish and it turned out beautifully. In fact, just today at the grocery store the check out lady told me it was the neatest holiday manicure she had seen yet. The glitter is very thick, so you will need at least two (maybe even three) coats of clear topcoat to get a smooth surface.

Marcia’s Side:  Mauve on Over and Merry Pinkmas

KB Shimmer Merry Pinkmas and Mauve on Over

KB Shimmer Merry Pinkmas and Mauve on Over

Look at these two fun polishes. These are wonderful shades all year long but especially now. The polishes we’re showing you today are from KB Shimmer’s Winter 2014 Polish Collection. They aren’t just holiday shades as you’ll see with my polishes.

KB Shimmer Merry Pinkmas

KB Shimmer Merry Pinkmas

kb shimmer merry pinkmas

Merry Pinkmas has a variety of glitter shapes. All the particles in it though are small and easy to move if they end up in the wrong place. I found this polish to be thicker than my Mauve on Over and when I first used it, I overdid it. I tend to be heavy handed but I learned that a thin coat makes for a better application. The glitter in this is mostly green, red and white with a touch of yellow thrown in.

KB Shimmer Merry Pinkmas

KB Shimmer Merry Pinkmas

KB Shimmer Merry Pinkmas on accent nail, my bad first attempt

KB Shimmer Merry Pinkmas on accent nail, my bad first attempt

With MAUVE ON OVER I used the lesson I learned when applying Merry Pinkmas. I used two thin coats and the results are beautiful. The polish wore well but be forewarned that since it’s a glitter polish, it’s harder to remove.

KB Shimmer Mauve on Over

KB Shimmer Mauve on Over

KB Shimmer Mauve on Over

KB Shimmer Mauve on Over

The glitter in Mauve On Over is mostly metallic blue and red with some neons thrown in. They go from micro to medium in size. This is a polish that will be great most of the year so get it while it’s still available.

KB Shimmer has a wonderful website loaded with gorgeous polishes. Each collection they bring out makes us want more and more.

 *sent for editorial consideration (we’ve both bought from KB Shimmer though!!)

It’s “Just For You” from Color Me Monthly

Every month Color Me Monthly brings out 1 special nail polish shade for their subscription and they just keep getting better and better. When I received this month’s box from them I had the biggest smile on my face upon opening it. JUST FOR YOU is a stunning metallic red that’s a true red. It’s the kind of color that I can wear every day without ever getting tired of it. It’s Christmas and Valentine’s Day rolled into one magnificent nail polish.

Color Me Monthly December Just For You

Color Me Monthly December Just For You

Color Me Monthly December 2014 JUST FOR YOU

Color Me Monthly December 2014 JUST FOR YOU

Just For You applies without any streaks. As I’m typing this I’ve worn it for one week and it looks absolutely perfect. It’s a shiny red that you’d just love!

Color Me Monthly Just For You

Color Me Monthly Just For You

CMM Just For You

CMM Just For You

I can’t recommend COLOR ME MONTHLY enough. I’ve never been disappointed in the application or wear of the polishes. These are vegan polishes that have never been tested on animals. They are non-toxic and carcinogen free. And they have the added bonus of being just $7 per month including shipping for their subscription. Each bottle is full size: 16.5mL / 0.56 fl. oz. From CMM: “Our nail polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde/formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and camphor. Color Me Monthly is dedicated to delivering what we believe is one of the ‘cleanest’ and most eco-friendly nail polishes on the market.”

Color Me Monthly named this Just For You but I’m renaming it Just For Me. This is a total Marcia color.

Don’t forget that they have a giveaway going on for a 6 month subscription and it ends on 12/21/14.  – Marcia

never forgotten

a token of gratitude

carefully gift wrapped

JUST FOR YOU

monthly haiku CMM

monthly haiku CMM

 

http://colormemonthly.com/

Getting in the holiday groove with Glossybox December 2014 Subscription Box

Glossybox 2014 DecemberDecember is the holiday month and the December Glossybox has everything you need to be party ready. The Glossybox Subscription Box is $21 a month (or you can save more with a 3-month, 6-month or annual subscription.) Each box has a combination of deluxe and full size beauty products and the box that Glossybox sent to us for review this month is pretty impressive.

Glossybox 2014 December packaging

It only makes sense that the December Glossybox has a holiday theme. I adore the packaging, it is just beautiful. The box is adorable as well as sturdy and will definitely find its way under my tree this year. Once that gift is opened, I am taking my box back to reuse it again next year!

Glossybox 2014 December Subscription Box

Glossybox 2014 December Subscription Box

Four of the five items in this month’s box are full size, with a combined value of $94…pretty awesome for a $21 box. The products in the December Box are what you need for soft hands, skin, and hair, plus fabulously festive lips and nails.

Glossybox 2014 December Subscription Box takes care of skin, hair, and hands!

Glossybox 2014 December Subscription Box takes care of skin, hair, and hands!

Ritual Cosmetics Miracle Scrub in Ginseng & Ginko Biloba (full size, retails for $17):  I am so bad about wearing gloves…my hands always need a serious intervention. This is a scrub for hands (too fragranced for your face!) that does a wonderful job of leaving them soft and lightly scented.

Toni & Guy Prep Leave-In Conditioner (full size, retails for $17):  I have loved this conditioner for years because it gets rid of frizz and still leaves my hair bouncy. Most leave-ins are too heavy for my fine hair, but this stuff is the bomb.

NUXE Masque Creme Fraiche de Beaute (full size, retails for $32):  This mask has the most beautiful citrus scent, one that is light enough to work for skin care. It’s really amazing for dry, dehydrated winter skin. Great for after long holiday flights, too!

Holiday color in the Glossybox 2014 December Subscription Box

Holiday color in the Glossybox 2014 December Subscription Box

Bellapierre Cosmetics Mineral Lipstick in Burlesque (full size, retails for $20):  I only recently discovered the awesomeness that is Bellapierre Cosmetics – I reviewed the 5-in-1 Mineral Foundation HERE and the Mineral Blush, Lipstick, and Nail Polish HERE. The lipstick has natural waxes and mineral pigments, iron oxides and antioxidants including Vitamin C and Vitamin E. It is a creamy, smooth, highly pigmented lipstick. Burlesque is a fuchsia pink, but don’t let that scare you – this is a very wearable, festive pink that is party perfect.

Ciate Mini Nail Polish in All Aglow ($8)  I love mini nail polishes, and this one just screams ‘holiday’.  All Aglow is a golden shimmer with flecks of red – major holiday glam over a matte black polish!

The December Glossybox is a winner. Four great full size products plus a super cute mini, with a combined value that is over $70 more than what you pay for it. Gift yourself one of these before they are all sold out!! – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

*sent for editorial consideration 

Top Ten glittery polishes and top coats

It’s Top Ten Tuesday time and this week we’re exploring glittery, shimmery polishes and top coats. With holidays and New Year’s this is the perfect time to show off the fun side of nail polish. Even if you don’t wear this to your workplace, these occasions are perfect to shine at all of your parties. I’ve chosen 10 in my collection and all but one are still available but I love it too much not to include it.
1418587443_img_20140309_183616-340x340KB SHIMMER PRISM BREAK – This is a shimmery though not glittery top coat. It’s wonderful for every shade of polish you own so it’s great to own. You can jazz up what you are already wearing with this subtle shimmer. I love it!!
1418587171_the_black_knight_lacquer_11142014BUTTER LONDON THE BLACK KNIGHT – I picked this up during one of Ulta’s BOGO sales and it’s gorgeous. It has a black base and then is loaded with black, pink, blue, and silver glitter. Very deluxe.
1418587012_ice_duo_lacquer_set_11172014BUTTER LONDON DOUBLE TAKE ICE DUO – This is on last call at Butter London. It contains 2 polishes. Bluecoat Nail Lacquer: an opaque, navy shimmer and Leccy Overcoat: a sheer, blue opal fleck overcoat. As striking as Bluecoat is, it’s Leccy that’s the star of the show. The opal fleck is beautiful over so many polishes year round. BL sent this and I instantly bought the red set (Fire) that they were selling last year.*

butter London Leccy top coat

butter London Leccy top coat

1418586852_vinylux-night-glimmerCND VINYLUX NIGHT GLIMMER  CND Vinylux are great polishes because you don’t need a base coat, only their top coat. They last one to two weeks. Night Glimmer is deceiving since it looks like a pretty brown in the bottle but there’s a subtle shimmer once applied.*
1418586802_vinylux-gilded-pleasureCND VINYLUX GILDED PLEASURE  There is no shimmer or glitter in this but it’s a gorgeous color for the holidays. It’s gold – it’s green – it’s brass – it’s gold again. I love the changes of this polish.*
1418586538_img_20140913_125205-180x180KB SHIMMER PINE-ING FOR YULE  Not only is this absolutely gorgeous but it’s KB Shimmer’s 2014 Toys for Tots Charity Polish ($4 of the $8.75 will be donated to Toys for Tots). This is a glitter top coat with evergreen triangle trees and red stars, there’s holographic silver and red glitters in this. It’s a stunner.*

1418586061_arsenic_black_square_4_grandeOCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) ARSENIC NAIL LACQUER is the true glitter in this group. It’s the most glittery polish I own. It’s New Year’s Eve in a bottle.*

OCC Arsenic

OCC Arsenic

1418585886_5042847609NUANCE GOLDSTONE is the polish I wore last year for New Year’s. A wonderful blogger sent this to me as a gift when I couldn’t find it. I love it because it’s gold but not garish. It’s a satin metallic. It doesn’t exactly fit today’s post but not everyone loves glitter so this is a great alternative.

Nuance Goldstone polish

Nuance Goldstone polish

1396315823_jammy_thumbBUTTER LONDON LOLLY aka JAMMY This polish had two names. When it was sent to me it had the name Lolly but online I believe it was called Jammy. Sadly this is discontinued but if you can find it, grab it. This sparkly red is wonderful. I love Butter LONDON polishes anyway but when you get a color like this it’s even better.*

butter LONDON Stroppy bottle with Lolly nails

butter LONDON Stroppy bottle with Lolly nails

1396315762_stroppy_thumbBUTTER LONDON STROPPY This is an OMG polish. It was in the LOLLY BRIGHT collection like Lolly aka Jammy but luckily this is still available. It’s a full coverage polish with bright purple flaring shimmers in gel-like base. This metallic shimmer polish is one of my all time favorites. *

So there I am – 10 polishes that range from metallic to shimmer to glitter. All gorgeous ones that wear well. Are any of these on your to buy list?  Move on to my fellow nail polish lovers to see what they have to share. — Marcia


*some polishes had been sent for editorial consideration

Perfectly petite stocking stuffers from Pixi Beauty

Stocking stuffers from Pixi!

Stocking stuffers from Pixi!

No trip to Target is complete without a major cosmetics aisle haul of Pixi Beauty.  I love that Target has testers, and the super cute size of the new items and kits that Pixi sent us make them absolutely perfect stocking stuffers!

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio

I am a huge, huge fan of the Pixi Beauty Shea Butter Lip Balms.  I keep the Comfort Clear next to my bed, and I have one of the tinted balms in my purse at all times.  I let my mom use my Ripe Raspberry when her lips felt dry, and she wouldn’t even give it back to me!  The Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio ($16) includes three shades:  Comfort Clear, Honey Nectar, and Ripe Raspberry.  Be sure to pick up one of these shea butter and vitamin E infused lip balm trios for yourself, too.

Pixi Concealing Concentrate in Adaptable Beige

Pixi Concealing Concentrate in Adaptable Beige

Pixi Concealing Concentrate ($12) may look tiny, but it packs a big concealing punch!  This waterproof concealer is highly pigmented so it covers all sorts of skin sins.  The jar opening is small, but it keeps me from the temptation of using my finger.  A concealer brush easily grabs all you need – and you don’t need much – to conceal the after-effects of all that holiday partying.

Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid

Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid

Isn’t this loose powder absolutely adorable??  The Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid ($20) works for all but the darkest skin tones to finish makeup and buff away shine.  The application sponge and the mirror on the top of the lid make this a fantastic way to powder your nose on the go.

Pixi Nail Polish, left to right:  Almond Glow, Crystal Champagne, Nude Dazzle

Pixi Nail Polish, left to right: Almond Glow, Crystal Champagne, Nude Dazzle

Marcia raves about Pixi nail polishes and for good reason.  These $8 polishes are the perfect size, not so big they go bad before you have a chance to use all the polish.  They come in fabulous shades and are chip resistant so manicures and pedicures last. The 3-free polishes even have built-in UV protection to prevent discoloration. Three great shades to put in any stocking are Almond Glow, a nude with subtle pink shimmer; Crystal Champagne, a festive multi-faceted rose gold shimmer; and Nude Dazzle, a light metallic nude.

Pixi Fairy Dust Favourites

Pixi Fairy Dust Favourites

Pixi Fairy Dust Favourites ($12) is a single stack of five loose powder highlighter/eyeshadows.  Each screw top lid is also the container for the color above, so it’s not something you can separate into five different gifts.  No worries, the colors are complimentary and all work great together.  They are beautiful eyeshadows that can be deepened with a mixing medium.  Fairy Dust also makes an awesome cheek highlighter.  The lighter shades give skin a beautiful glow when mixed with body lotion, and they make lips look lush when patted over lipstick.  The stack contains Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle, a glimmering white; Gold Dust, a candlelit gold-nude shimmer; Brightening Bare, a medium nude sheen; Mocha Magic, a warm tan shimmer; and Copper Sheen, a rich metallic copper.

Any one of these petite pretties will perk up a stocking…get them all for a truly sublime stocking experience!  You can find them at Target or online at Pixi Beauty. – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration