daniPro – nail polish unlike the others

daniPro nail polish Infused Nail Polish

daniPro nail polish Infused Nail Polish

Are you interested in a polish that is created by a podiatrist? One that is a 5-free formulation? Then welcome to daniPro a unique brand that I was sent and have fallen for. daniPro is the only doctor created toxin free polish available. It’s free from harmful ingredients and works to help you have healthier and stronger nails. At $18 each they are in the mid-range of polish prices but they are a more health conscious product. daniPro has even been recognized by the American Podiatric Medical Association.

daniPro nail polish Infused Nail Polish

daniPro nail polish Infused Nail Polish

The three shades we were sent are My Girl PURE PINK, First Kiss RED, and Forever Girl PERFECT PINK.  Since there are 20 shades plus a Bottom Coat and Clear Top Coat, it’s not going to be hard to find a shade that will make your summer complete.

daniPro lineup

daniPro partial lineup

What makes these unique is that Dr. Gary Evans, the creator, has infused these with Undecylenic Acid to help keep fungus away. Since I currently have a fungus on one toe nail I’m not wearing polish on my tootsies but I can’t wait to get back to them and daniPro is the brand I’ll use.

daniPro First Kiss RED

daniPro First Kiss RED

daniPro First Kiss RED

daniPro First Kiss RED

daniPro First Kiss RED was the first shade I was drawn to and this is what sold me on the brand. I have dozens of red polishes but none that make me feel my nails are stronger than ever. I’m not sure if it’s the nail polish or the amazing CLEAR TOP COVER but the combination made me notice how much more resilient my nails were. This glossy cream red stayed true for 7 full days. By the time I went to have my nails done I could see a tiny bit of tip wear (but only when I focused on that) and no scratches, wear & tear, or fading. This is a First Kiss to remember.

daniPro First Kiss RED after 7 days of wear

daniPro First Kiss RED after 7 days of wear

I am very impressed with Clear Top Cover and plan to use it for future manicures. I can’t pinpoint what makes this different but my nails just looked and felt better.

daniPro Clear Top Cover and First Kiss RED

daniPro Clear Top Cover and First Kiss RED

The two other shades are just as pretty. Like First Kiss Red, My Girl PURE PINK covers easily with two coats. This is described as a bubble gum pink that will make your nails look fun. Forever Girl PERFECT PINK is their newest shade and it’s perfect for any occasion. It starts out sheer so I need three coats to cover my nails. This is a shade I’ve been looking for to make my summer complete.

daniPro Forever Girl PERFECT PINK

daniPro Forever Girl PERFECT PINK

danipro wheel

I know there are loads of brands of nail polish and it can be hard to pick which to buy but daniPro’s unique qualities are perfect for everyone especially those of you who complain about soft nails or polish that doesn’t last on you. These are strengthening polishes that can be your perfect mani or pedi shade. — Marcia

These are available in many podiatrist’s offices but the best place to try is the daniPro website. When you sign up you’ll get 20% off on your first order.

*sent for editorial purposes

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Color Trio

Pacifica Nail Color Trio

Pacifica Nail Color Trio

I considered including this beautiful PACIFICA trio in my Makeup Wars article but it just doesn’t feel very springy to me. I wore these polishes during those in between months when I never knew what Mother Nature would bring me and they were perfect for that. Now they’ll be send down to toe land instead of hand land.

*pr samples

PACIFICA is known more for their 100% vegan and cruelty free products than they are for their nail polish but they have a large selection of polish. Ulta carries 25 shades of their long lasting polishes ($9 each). Pacifica 7 Free is formulated without parabens, phthalates (dibutyl phthalate), toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, and animals.

Pacifica Nail Color Trio polishes

Pacifica Nail Color Trio polishes

This set ($20 at Ulta stores) contains 3 polishes that you can buy separately: Midnight Rambler, Super Fox, and Star Dust Memories but if you can find the set it’s so much more economical.

Pacifica Midnight Rambler

Pacifica Midnight Rambler

Pacifica Midnight Rambler

Pacifica Midnight Rambler

MIDNIGHT RAMBLER is the one I wore first because I just couldn’t resist the dark inky blue. It’s stunning on and it looked beautiful throughout the week. If you are a dark blue polish fan you won’t find prettier. Be sure you use a good base coat though because it will stain if you don’t.

Pacifica Super Fox

Pacifica Super Fox

Pacifica Nail Color Trio polish swatches: Midnight Rambler, Super Fox, Star Dust Memories

Pacifica Nail Color Trio polish swatches: Midnight Rambler, Super Fox, Star Dust Memories

PACIFICA 7 FREE in SUPER FOX is the teal to end all teals. It’s a clear shade as in not murky. There’s a very subtle shimmer to it that you’ll enjoy seeing on your nails.

Pacifica Star Dust Memories

Pacifica Star Dust Memories

Star Dust Memories is the hardest to describe. In some lights it looks like a light charcoal, in other lights I see a lot of blue undertones, and sometimes it seems like a silver gray. I needed to add top coat midweek to keep this shiny but the polish itself wore great.

Pacifica Star Dust Memories

Pacifica Star Dust Memories

Now that I’ve experienced Pacifica nail color I see several shades that look very enticing to me. If they all apply as smoothly and wear as well as these did then it’s a brand to collect. — Marcia

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Color Trio

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Color Trio

*sent for consideration

 

Makeup Wars loves spring nail polish shades

A topic after my heart! Nail polish. I love nail polish and have a collection that’s growing by leaps and bounds. Spring and summer shades are ones I can’t get enough of. This year I seem to be enamored with pink – all shades of pink. Last year it was blue but this year it’s all about the pink although I’ll let a few more shades creep in since I like to wear a new color every week. Three brands are making the grade for me lately: Trust Fund Beauty *, Nine Zero lacquer, and Formula X from Sephora.

TRUST FUND BEAUTY: Dirty Thoughts, Do U Know Who My Father Is?, Should Come with a Warning

TRUST FUND BEAUTY: Dirty Thoughts, Do U Know Who My Father Is?, Should Come with a Warning

TRUST FUND BEAUTY is a brand that is 7 Free as well as being Vegan and Cruelty-Free. You won’t find toulene, formaldehyde, lead, nickel, phthlates, and other toxic ingredients. There are dozens of gorgeous polishes that cost between $12 and $15. It’s an indie company that you can be excited about purchasing from. The brand is only 2 years old and was created by a woman who launched the line in honor of her mother. I was sent 3 polishes and have worn two for a full week each. They are not only beautiful on my nails but even after a full week there were no signs of being ready for removal.

TRUST FUND BEAUTY Do U Know Who My Father Is?

TRUST FUND BEAUTY Do U Know Who My Father Is?

Do U Know Who My Father Is? is the perfect pink for spring and summer. It’s a clean refreshing cream shade that covers in two coats without any visible nail lines. They describe the shade as a ‘dusty medium pink’. I didn’t feel the dustiness in it, I just felt it was a perfect spring pink that I’ll love wearing over and over.

TRUST FUND BEAUTY Dirty Thoughts

TRUST FUND BEAUTY Dirty Thoughts

Dirty Thoughts ($15) doesn’t appear to be a spring/summer shade but it’s actually perfect. Trust Fund Beauty describes it as ‘An opaque purple-copper with tiny multi-colored glitter”. I’m not seeing the purple but I’m seeing a lot of the glitter. This isn’t brazen even though it has so much gold in it. I really love wearing this one even though I had to work a little harder to remove it.

TRUST FUND BEAUTY: Dirty Thoughts, Do U Know Who My Father Is?, Should Come with a Warning SWATCHES

TRUST FUND BEAUTY: Dirty Thoughts, Do U Know Who My Father Is?, Should Come with a Warning SWATCHES

Should Come With a Warning ($12) is the only one I haven’t had time to wear but it’s another great spring polish. It’s a pastel coral pink shimmer that on my longer nails will need 3 coats.

I’ve introduced you to NINE ZERO LACQUERS before and I’m happy to report that their monthly polishes are now available all the time. That takes the pressure off buying before the month is over. Their Nail of the Month polishes are $11 and are very special, while their regular line is mostly $10. All Nine Zero lacquers are 3-free, meaning no Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, or Toluene. Each bottle is hand mixed by Jessica of Jessface90 on You Tube.

NINE ZERO LACQUER Full Bloom and April 2016

NINE ZERO LACQUER Full Bloom and April 2016

I love the holographic glitter in these polishes. The shine is amazing, the wear even better.

NINE ZERO LACQUER April 2016

NINE ZERO LACQUER April 2016

April 2016 is a baby pink holographic with holographic silver microglitter added in for extra sparkle. I didn’t consider it a baby pink, I found much more depth to it. This stayed absolutely perfect for 7 days, not even a tiny flaw in it. The scattered hologram was strong and attracted the kind of attention I like. It took two passes of polish remover to remove but it was worth that little bit of extra effort. I love these polishes.

NINE ZERO LACQUER April 2016 and Full Bloom

NINE ZERO LACQUER April 2016 and Full Bloom

Full Bloom is a light pink jelly base, packed with silver holographic microglitter. The polish in the bottle appears much darker than it is on nails. I’ve got a wedding at the end of May and I’m saving this beauty for that day.

FORMULA X from Sephora is a favorite brand and one of the few non-indie brands I’ll buy. I’ve found them to be consistent in their quality. I fell for Ladylove once I saw the iridescence in it. After a long winter I was ready for a princess pink and this delivered.

FORMULA X Ladylove

FORMULA X Ladylove

FORMULA X Ladylove

FORMULA X Ladylove

FORMULA X Ladylove

FORMULA X Ladylove

I recommend any and all of these polishes. These three brands are among the ones I’m willing to buy again without hesitation. I hope you will too.  —  Marcia

Join the other bloggers to see what polishes they will share to make the next few months more beautiful.


*Trust Fund received by PR, others purchased

KBShimmer spring polishes delight your eyes and nails

KBShimmer Prints Charming, Pool Paradise, Blush Money

KBShimmer Prints Charming, Pool Paradise, Blush Money

KBShimmer always creates a seasonal collection of polishes that are to die for. The polishes for Spring 2016 are mixed with creally, cream, holographics as well as their new formula, Ultra Flairs. It’s hard for me to pick favorites when dealing with KBShimmer since they are all wonderful. The three I’m sharing today were sent for consideration and after using them I just had to buy Peony Pincher (see Lisa’s review) and Purr-fectly Pawsome.

KBShimmer is well known for their crelly polishes that contain a variety of glitters within. What makes these great is that the glitters lie flat so I don’t get obsessed with playing with them and can just enjoy the way they look on my nails.

Pools Paradise is typical of these beautiful crelly polishes. It’s a described as a lightened green leaning aqua. The glitters are neon pink, periwinkle and aqua. They really stand out making this quite unique. The glitter load is light and the sizes are small and medium.

KBShimmer Pools Paradise

KBShimmer Pools Paradise

KBShimmer Pools Paradise from kbshimmer.com

KBShimmer Pools Paradise from kbshimmer.com

Prints Charming is a great summer polish and will look amazing if you have a tan (real or faux). It needs 3 coats for the white crelly to completely cover and to layer the glitters (fuchsia, turquoise and sapphire) so you get more depth and dimension. It’s rare that I’d recommend a glitter polish for a pedicure but this would look amazing.

KBShimmer Prints Charming

KBShimmer Prints Charming

KBShimmer Prints Charming from kbshimmer.com

KBShimmer Prints Charming from kbshimmer.com

The third polish is a favorite of mine: Blush Money. It’s a peachy rose with gold shimmer. It totally glows in bright light whether inside or out. I love a holographic polish and this linear holo is perfect for spring. It contains a medium amount of small glitter. I needed two coats. The manicure lasted a full week and if I didn’t have an appointment would have lasted for another week.

KBShimmer Blush Money

KBShimmer Blush Money

KBShimmer Blush Money

KBShimmer Blush Money

KBShimmer Spring 2016

KBShimmer Spring 2016

It’s hard to beat KBShimmer polishes for beauty and long lasting, reliable polishes. They’ve made me appreciate what a good independent company can create. Have you experienced the beauty of KBShimmer?  — Marcia

KBShimmer

KBShimmer

*sent for editorial consideration

Makeup Wars favorite new brand: Polish Me Silly plus more

Favorite indie polishes: Nine Zero, Polish Me Silly, Lilypad Lacquer

Favorite indie polishes: Nine Zero, Polish Me Silly, Lilypad Lacquer

Makeup Wars this week will be quite diverse since the participants have a wide open range of items to choose from with Favorite New Brand. It took me absolutely no time to decide on what to write about since I’m crazy about nail polish. My preference is to buy Indie brands of polish. While I love so many brands, both indie and mainstream, my heart really belongs to the Indie brands. By buying these you are supporting other women who love polish and put their heart and soul into designing colors and polishes that will make your nails sing.

Polish Me Silly in Paradise and Dynamite

Polish Me Silly in Paradise and Dynamite

One such brand is POLISH ME SILLY *, created by a mother/daughter team and sold on Etsy.

All of our polishes are custom- blended and have loose cosmetic-grade glitters, micas and colorants added to them. They are 3 free~~NO Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)~~NO Formaldehyde and NO Toluene.

Paradise is aptly named. I’m in paradise wearing this polish. It’s called a Mega Multichrome polish which is a great description. It’s like wearing a rainbow of colors on my fingers. In different lights, it turns different colors. It is often a beautiful teal but then you’ll look and see some navy peeking out on one side. Move your hand and you’ll see a deep enticing cool purple.

Polish Me Silly Paradise

Polish Me Silly Paradise

Just look at the shifts this one polish has. I’ve been wearing it for 5 days now and it looks like new. People have either grabbed my hand to look at it more closely or come up to tell me how gorgeous it is. I used three coats for this manicure because my nails are long right now and I wanted no visible nail line.

Dynamite is the second polish that Polish Me Silly sent and I can’t wait to wear it. This is also a Mega Multichrome so it’s like a party on your nails. Dynamite is a gorgeous reddish-magenta, burnt orange, yellowish-golden & green color shift (description from Polish Me Silly). Just look at this picture from Very Emily to see why it needs to be on your list a.s.a.p.

Polish Me Silly Dynamite (picture from Very Emily)

Polish Me Silly Dynamite (picture from Very Emily)

When I was swatching these on my nail wheel I could easily see that Dynamite was a two coat polish with Paradise needing that third coat. At $8.50 each you will attract the kind of attention you want to attract.

POLISH ME SILLY: Dynamite and Paradise

POLISH ME SILLY: Dynamite and Paradise

There are two other brands that I’ve been loving lately too. Nine Zero Lacquer and Lilypad Lacquer are two brands I’ve been buying.

Nine Zero Lacquer in February 2016 and Santa Suit

Nine Zero Lacquer in February 2016 and Santa Suit

I discovered Nine Zero Lacquer on Kellie Gonzo’s blog when she showed the February 2016 Polish of the Month and I fell in love with it. At the time I also bought Santa’s Suit which is a stunning cherry red jelly with gold microglitter in it. This is still available for $10 but the polish of the month is only available for one month. I have the April one ordered and will share that when it arrives. I’m a little biased about Nine Zero since it’s made in Michigan and the shipping prices are so reasonable.

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

I love shades that have holographic glitter within. I don’t wear true glitter because of how difficult it is to take off. But polishes like the ones being shown today are easy to remove.

Polishes from Nine Zero Lacquer, Lilypad Lacquer, Polish Me Silly

Polishes from Nine Zero Lacquer, Lilypad Lacquer, Polish Me Silly

The third brand that I’m thrilled to share is Lilypad Lacquer. I discovered this brand on Cosmetic Sanctuary. It’s sold on Color4Nails and Lisa has a code for 10% off: CSant10 that I used when I bought my polishes.

Lilypad Lacquer in Iconic and Edgy

Lilypad Lacquer in Iconic and Edgy

Iconic is a light purple lavender with blue shimmer. Edgy is a darker purple described as a blackened violet with violet shimmer.

Lilypad Lacquer in Edgy

Lilypad Lacquer in Edgy

Do you have a favorite Indie brand of polish? Have you ever tried the brands I’ve shown? I’m sure my love for these will continue to grow as will my collection. — Marcia

Join the other Makeup Wars bloggers to discover their special finds.


*provided for review, rest are self purchased

Wearable technology: LIT NYC Lip Gloss and Nail Polish

Wearable technology? Makes me think of the Jetsons. Remember how Jane Jetson would wake up a mess and just need to put her ‘morning mask’ on?

Jane Jetson

I’m still waiting for this to be invented. In the meantime, I can hop on over to CVS to pick up some LIT NYC Lip Gloss and Nail Polish for the wearable technology that we do have.

PR samples

LIT NYC Lip Gloss and Nail Polish

LIT NYC Lip Gloss and Nail Polish

LIT NYC is inspired by both technology and by New York City, ‘the city that never sleeps’. It debuted exclusively at CVS in January and the packaging is indeed different and very useful.

LIT-NYC-Nail-Polish

The Nail Polish ($7.50) has an LED light in the nail cap so you can paint your nails in the dark, if you so desire. Even in regular light the extra illumination comes in handy (yeah, I know – punny!).

LIT NYC Nail Polish in HOT

LIT NYC Nail Polish in HOT

The LED light in the cap

The LED light in the cap

LIT NYC Nail Polish in HOT

LIT NYC Nail Polish in HOT

It’s not all cool packaging – the polish is long-wearing, high shine, and is free of formaldehyde, camphor, DBP, formaldehyde resin and toluene. It also comes in 24 different shades – pictured is HOT, a shimmery hot pink.

LIT NYC Lip Gloss

The Lip Gloss ($7.50) also has a LED light in the cap, along with a side mirror so you can discreetly and precisely apply it whenever and wherever. There are 12 shades available, some sheer and some cream.

LIT NYC Lip Gloss

Wearing LIT NYC Lip Gloss

Wearing LIT NYC Lip Gloss

I have a berry red cream with shimmer. It feels very comfortable on with nice slip and it stays on longer than the typical lip gloss. The mirror and the light are great, making this affordable lip gloss a terrific drug store find.

While this wearable technology isn’t quite as amazing as Jane Jetson’s ‘morning mask’, the LED lighting makes LIT NYC Nail Polish and Lip Gloss well worth a trip to CVS…just wishing I had a flying car to get there!  – Lisa

*PR samples

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KBShimmer nails spring with Peony Pincher and Smells Like Green Spirit

9d69bba71dde3459a032e7a9eb5a7eafYes, perfect nails do make an imperfect life so much better! In my quest for perfect nails I’ve had acrylics for so many years now that my real nails are paper thin…I had no idea how to get out of the cycle, but thankfully I changed manicurists and my new one had just the solution. He buffed most of the acrylic off then put shellac over top. Every time I go in, more of the acrylic covered nail has grown out without the difficulty of dealing with thin nail beds. The best part about shellac? I can put any nail polish over it and it doesn’t affect the shellac at all! I am so geeked!!

In celebration of my newly perfect nails that don’t require totally wrecked nail beds, I’ve been playing with some of the latest KBShimmer spring shades. I can’t wait to tell you about two that are just perfect for the new season.     

PeonyPincherHolo

KBShimmer Peony Pincher

sent for consideration

Peony Pincher ($9.25) is a stunningly gorgeous pastel pink with lavender undertones. It’s part of KBShimmer’s Ultra Flair line up, and it is FABULOUS.

KBShimmer Peony Pincher

KBShimmer Peony Pincher

KBShimmer Peony Pincher

KBShimmer Peony Pincher

I adore all of KBShimmer’s holographic nail polishes, but this one has gone right to the top of my ultimate favorites list. The pink/purple linear holographic flashes so many other colors that it’s endlessly fascinating in bright light. People constantly stop and ask me about this shade – so pretty for spring.

KBShimmer Smells Like Green Spirit

KBShimmer Smells Like Green Spirit

If you want something a little more on the funky side, I recommend Smells Like Green Spirit ($9.25). This is part of a new collection of 7 Mega Flame holo shades that feature micro holographic glitters in tinted bases.

KBShimmer Smells Like Green Spirit

Smells Like Green Spirit is just so much fun – deep lime with gold, silver, pink…you name it and you can probably find the color somewhere in this refreshing shade. It’s easy being green with Smells Like Green Spirit – I got full coverage in only one coat. Without a top coat it has a textured finish and if you add Clearly On Top top coat it has a beautiful holographic shine.

Peony Pincher and Smells Like Green Spirit are just two of the gorgeous Spring 2016 Collection from KBShimmer. You’ve got to head on over to www.kbshimmer.com to take a look at this fun collection – KBShimmer definitely nailed it for spring.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration