Color Me Monthly Janus for January’s polish of the month

Color Me Monthly Janus

Color Me Monthly Janus

What color do you think of when you think January? Some months are just so easy – February is pink and especially red; March is green and the more emerald the better, April brings us pastels that would be Easter Egg perfect, October is orange of course. But what about January? Maybe navy because of the darkness of it would fit. But charcoal? Who would think of charcoal other than the wonderful women who own Color Me Monthly.

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Color Me Monthly Janus

Color Me Monthly Janus

If you don’t know about Color Me Monthly it’s time you did. This is a one polish a month subscription ($7) made by two sisters that is  Non-toxic & Carcinogen-free, Never tested on animal, Vegan, Eco-friendly, Made in the USA, Shipped FREE!

Each month they pick a color they think represents the month. And yes, they did choose charcoal. A charcoal gray jelly. This was chosen in honor of Janus, the god of beginnings, transitions, and door. He looks to both the past and the future so January is his month.

Color Me Monthly January 2016

Color Me Monthly January 2016

Color Me Monthly January 2016

Color Me Monthly January 2016

While you won’t be able to purchase this polish until it hits the VAULT soon ($9) you can be smart and order a subscription for yourself or someone else as a last minute Valentine’s Day gift.

Color Me Monthly polishes last a full week on me without any chipping or fading. While I can’t wear every month’s polish I certainly can wear most of them, especially their beautiful creams and jellys.

Color Me Monthly Janus, January 2016

Color Me Monthly Janus, January 2016

Let me leave you with their monthly haiku but remind you that these are polishes you’d be pleased to own.  — Marcia

the new beginning

boundless possibilities

here’s to memories

JANUS

 

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My KBShimmer February birthstone nail polish – Amethyst

KBShimmer Birthstone Collection

KBShimmer Birthstone Collection

Marcia is a January baby, so her KBShimmer birthstone nail polish is the gorgeous GARNET – read her review HERE. Me?  I’m a February baby, so my KBShimmer birthstone nail polish is the beautiful purple AMETHYST ($8.75).

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KBShimmer Amethyst

KBShimmer Amethyst

KBShimmer Amethyst

KBShimmer Amethyst

Purple is my favorite color which makes having a February birthday even better. I was excited to try the Amethyst Nail Polish and I have to say I was very surprised at how sparkly this is  It takes on different personalities in various lighting, looking darker and more demure in indoor lighting, and totally sparkling and the life of the party in direct lighting.

KBShimmer Amethyst

KBShimmer Amethyst

KBShimmer Amethyst

KBShimmer Amethyst

KBShimmer Amethyst

KBShimmer Amethyst

Like all KBShimmer nail polishes, this wears like iron. Amethyst is a rich red toned purple with metallic flakes and holographic dust for extra sparkle. I found this polish was a little challenging to remove, although you’ve got to stay tuned for my review tomorrow because I’ll be telling you all about an amazing nail polish removal system that makes even the toughest polishes come off easily.

KBShimmer April Diamond

KBShimmer April Diamond

Even though I am a February baby, I love diamonds so I want to also pick up the April Diamond nail polish.  Which KBShimmer birthstone nail polish is yours??  – Lisa

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KBShimmer Birthstone Collection nails

KBShimmer Birthstone Collection nails

KBShimmer loves birthdays and birthstones

KBShimmer loves all their customers and loves their birthdays so much that they created a nail polish collection, Birthstone Collection, just to celebrate our individuality. No matter what month you were born KBShimmer has a special polish that you are going to want.

KBShimmer Birthstone Collection

KBShimmer Birthstone Collection

KBShimmer Birthstone Collection nails

KBShimmer Birthstone Collection nails

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I’m a January birthday which means my birthstone is Garnet. I’ve always been a red fan though I prefer a lighter red. KBShimmer has helped me change my mind about the color Garnet. This is the most beautiful shade I’ve ever seen and fits the month to a tee.

KBShimmer Garnet (Birthstone Polish)

KBShimmer Garnet (Birthstone Polish)

When I first received this polish I was pretty surprised. It sure didn’t look like Garnet to me. There are so many metallic flakes within that the first impression I had was of gold and bronze. As I looked at it more I could see all the beautiful twinkles of rainbow hues. I was very anxious to have this applied to see where the garnet was.

KBShimmer Garnet

KBShimmer Garnet

Look at the shine of this baby!!

This birthstone collection has 12 sparkling foil finish polishes. Even if you don’t have a January birthday you are going to want this polish. This polish is called a deepened burgundy red shade. But add in the holographic shimmer and you’ve got depth and excitement.

I couldn’t stop taking pictures of this polish but even better was the full week’s wear I got out of it. No chipping ever. No fading. It was as beautiful on day 8 as it was when I walked out of the nail salon.

And the best thing – the one that will make me now go buy Ruby – is that this wasn’t hard to remove. Yes it took a little longer than a typical cream or holo polish but really not much longer. I didn’t have to fight with this to get it off.

Information about these polishes directly from the source:

Type: Metallic Flake with Holo
Glitter Load: Medium
Glitter Size: Micro to Small
Recommended Coats:  2 Coats
Notes:  Use thin coats for best results, follow with a quick try top coat like Clearly On Top.kbshimmer garnet bottle nails1

One last thing to share with you about my birthstone: “Garnets symbolize friendship and trust”. I think that describes me pretty darn well.

What’s your birthstone? Is it a color you’ll love enough to match to the perfect nail polish from KBShimmer?  — Marcia

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*some pictures are from KBShimmer.com

The Birthstone collection is available at Amazon.com, KBShimmer.com and at Harlow.com if you are outside the US

 

 

 

Perfect Valentine’s Day manicure colors with Sinful Colors SinfulShine Gel Tech

Sinful Colors shades for Valentine's Day

Sinful Colors shades for Valentine’s Day

Sinful Colors shades for Valentine's Day

Sinful Colors shades for Valentine’s Day

I love going to Walmart and just browsing through the cosmetics section, especially this time of year. All those pinks and reds and whites make me want to buy one of everything! Luckily, the pretty new nail polish shades from Sinful Colors, Sinfulshine, are oh-so-affordable at just $3 a pop. They are ‘Gel Tech’ shades – their normal line is very long-lasting, but the gel tech colors last even longer with the special Top Coat ($3).  Here are some picks from colors they sent us to test that I think are just perfect for a V-Day mani or pedi.

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Sinful Colors I'm Blushing

Sinful Colors I’m Blushing

I’m Blushing is an opaque very slightly pink. I like it because the light color really pops, so it’s a subtle yet attention-getting way to get my pink on without going candy pink. This was the only color that gave me problems with streaking – it goes on very thick, so be sure to wipe down the brush and do two very thin coats.

Sinful Colors Yours Truly

Sinful Colors Yours Truly

Your’s Truly is a pretty, feminine  pink. It’s girly, understated, and perfect for Valentine’s Day. It applies like a dream and wears like one too.

Sinful Colors Come Hither

Sinful Colors Come Hither

Come Hither is a bolder pink that I just love. This is more of a grown up pink and is stunning as a pedicure shade.

Sinful Colors Most Sinful

Sinful Colors Most Sinful

I don’t know why I am so into blues these days, but Most Sinful is such a great royal blue shade. If you are creative with nails it’s a terrific accent or artsy color to play with.

Sinful Colors Sinful Shine Topcoat

Sinful Colors Sinful Shine Topcoat

And don’t forget the Sinful Shine Top Coat, helpfully labeled as Step Two. It gives tons of shine and increases the wear time, which is already great.

Sinful Colors V-Day colors

Sinful Colors V-Day colors

I love Sinful Colors – this new formula of polishes last and last and I can’t get over how affordable they are. Next time you are in the drugstore be sure to pick some up. If you want some pretty shades for Valentine’s Day, take a look at I’m Blushing, Your’s Truly, Come Hither, and Most Sinful…even if it’s just for the awesomely suggestive names!  – Lisa

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Sinful Colors nail polish is Toluene, Formaldehyde & DBP Free.
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December’s Ipsy bag was a winner for me and there’ll be a winner for this giveaway

Ipsy Glam Bag December 2015

Ipsy Glam Bag December 2015

While ending the year IPSY obviously wanted me to keep subscribing since they sent me items that I’m excited about owning and using. Every item this month for me has been a winner though there’s one that won’t work for me. Which means that at the end of this review there’s a giveaway (hint, it’s all about your lips).

Ipsy Glam Bag contents 12/15

Ipsy Glam Bag contents 12/15

I was pretty loaded up this month and even got a bonus that not everyone got. I’ve seen a few reviews of the December box and it seems that some people received an EM Cosmetic item so that’s what I’ll start with.

EM Cosmetics Shade Play eyeshadow palette

EM Cosmetics Shade Play eyeshadow palette

EM COSMETICS SHADE PLAY EYESHADOW PALETTE ($28) was a bonus for me this month. Eyeshadow palettes and I are besties. I’ve purchased several of these palettes and I know that they are quite nice so when I saw Bali Bronzes in my package I was thrilled.

EM Shade Play palette in Bali Bronzes

EM Shade Play palette in Bali Bronzes

Bali Bronzes swatches from emcosmetics.com

Bali Bronzes swatches from emcosmetics.com

These are my kinds of colors and this sturdy case is going to go traveling with me.

Sephora X in Revved Up

Sephora X in Revved Up

Revved Up from sephora.com

Revved Up from sephora.com

Sephora X Formula Nail Pollish in Revved Up is another great product for me. I love the mini size since I probably will wear it 1 – 2 times altogether. But more important, I love the color. It’s a rose gold metallic that’s going to be a great party shade for me. While I haven’t worn it yet, I know I will. The full size is $10.50 at Sephora.

RickysNY 3D Blender

RickysNYC 3D Blender

I love tools and this RickysNYC 3D Blender is going to have fun living on my vanity. While I mostly use a Beauty Blender, I also misplace things often. Usually they are right in front of me or pushed back in a drawer. So having an extra Blender sponge will come in quite handy. This is 100% latex free. It also costs $10 which is the price I paid for my entire IPSY Glam bag. Can’t argue with that!

Ipsy samples: Thank Me Later e/s primer, Befine Exfoliating Cleanser

Ipsy samples: Thank Me Later e/s primer, Befine Exfoliating Cleanser

Two deluxe sample items were in the bag too. Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later eyeshadow primer is one of the better samples I’ve gotten in subscription boxes. I use up primers fairly quickly either on my eyes or in swatching. Plus this is a great travel size (value about $3.50). Befine Exfoliating Cleanser is a great size for a deluxe sample, giving us enough uses to know how much we like it. This contains brown sugar, almond & oats to remove oils and nourish dry, sensitive skin. Plus it’s a cruelty free company. A full size of 4 oz. is $24 making this 1 oz size worth $6.

Pacifica Power of Love lipstick in Nude Red

Pacifica Power of Love lipstick in Nudie Red

Receiving a full size lipstick from PACIFICA ($10) is pretty darn great. This is a great cruelty free company that is 100% Vegan. Nudie Red is actually a very nice color but it’s not my kind of color. Therefore someone is going to win this. The company says it’s a satin finish and that the tube is recyclable. To my eye it appears to be a light red with brownish undertones. It’s not a deep shade so if you are afraid of red, this should still be fine.

This was one of the best IPSY GLAM bags I’ve ever received, even if I hadn’t gotten the bonus palette I still would have been quite happy with it. If you are considering this bag, I’d love it if you used my affliate link which would help me earn points towards a freebie. What do you think of the December bag? Did I get my money’s worth?? (Darn straight I did!)  — Marcia

Lip giveaway products from Pacifica, OFRA and Bellepiere

Lip giveaway products from Pacifica, OFRA and Bellepiere

OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Americano and BELLAPIERRE Gel Lip Liner in Cinnamon

OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Americano and BELLAPIERRE Gel Lip Liner in Cinnamon

Pacifica Power of Love lipstick in Nude Red

Pacifica Power of Love lipstick in Nudie Red

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: This giveaway is actually for 3 lip products plus some extras. Included in the red IPSY makeup bag from this month will be PACIFICA NUDIE RED LIPSTICK, OFRA AMERICANO LIQUID LIPSTICK and BELLAPIERRE CINNAMON GEL LIP LINER. I reviewed the OFRA and Bellapierre in my Boxycharm review so you can see the brown/cinnamon shades you’ll be receiving if you win this. All three of these lip products are top notch, just not my colors. The giveaway is open for US/Canada through 1/12/16. If comments should close early please email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com, label it LIPSTICK GIVEAWAY, leave your comment and continue on! If these are your shades you’ll be one beautiful BIZ reader.

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KBShimmer Winter Polish giveaway time

KBShimmer Winter 2015 Collection - sELFie, Oh Holo Night, How Corn-y, Yule Worthy, Owl Miss You, and Brr-tiful Dreamer

KBShimmer Winter 2015 Collection – sELFie, Oh Holo Night, How Corn-y, Yule Worthy, Owl Miss You, and Brr-tiful Dreamer

It’s giveaway time at Beauty Info Zone again. We decided to end 2016 with one of our favorite brands and that’s KBShimmer. These nailpolishes are outstanding.

On Monday, 12/21 I wrote my Makeup Wars article about these 6 polishes and now it’s time to give some away. For more information please read that article so you can learn details about each of the polishes. For this giveaway there will be two winners, US only, of 3 polishes each. Grab your pen and make a list of the order you’d like to win these and then get to the Rafflecopter.

The giveaway will end January 2, 2016. If comments close you’ll need to email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label the email KBShimmer. Send me your comment, click that entry and keep on going. — Marcia

KBShimmer sELFie

KBShimmer sELFie

KBShimmer Oh Holo Night

KBShimmer Oh Holo Night

KBShimmer How Corn-y

KBShimmer How Corn-y

KBShimmer Yule Worthy

KBShimmer Yule Worthy

KBShimmer Owl Miss You

KBShimmer Owl Miss You

KBShimmer Brrr-tiful Dreamer

KBShimmer Brrr-tiful Dreamer

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KBShimmer leads the way for winter nail polish

KBShimmer winter 2015

KBShimmer winter 2015

Makeup Wars has chosen a favorite topic for me this time around — nail polish. I’m the blogger that bit my nails for most of my life. And not just bit them but kept at them until they bled. I considered it a hobby (not really but it felt that way). When I decided to stop biting it was because I wanted a French Manicure. It took a long time and a lot of broken nails to get my nails strong enough to have that french mani but guess what? I hated the look on me. Then I turned to red and pink polish and wore the same ones over and over and over again. When the dark nail fad became real, I changed and now you can’t stop me. I’ll be the woman in the nursing home with neon or holographic or glittery nails loving every minute of it.

Back to the topic of winter polishes!! I’ve found some beautiful ones this winter and wanted to share some of my favorites today which means KBSHIMMER. We were lucky enough to receive the polishes and I do mean lucky since there’s nothing like KBShimmer for quality and color.

My blog partner Lisa shared these with you:

KBShimmer Winter Holiday Collection

KBShimmer Winter Holiday Collection

Pictured here are Coal in One, a charcoal gray holographic polish that is one of my favorites for this winter. It glistens with micro glitter. Next is Kind of a Big Dill, a fabulous glitter loaded polish with micro and medium size glitter. This is perfect for Christmas (and for St. Patty’s Day). Smoke Signals is the one to wear by the fire with its orange, red and aqua glitter in a very light gray base. Claws and Effect is my very favorite polish from this collection. I knew once I saw it that I needed it. This is a navy holo with teeny holographic shimmer. I love it in all lights but it’s very special in bright light. Chilly Pepper is Christmas red personified. It’s a beautiful creme polish that wears and wears. Fleece Navidad is the sleeper of the group. It looks like a light silvery gray polish but it comes alive on nails with blue micro flakes and holographic glitter.

KBShimmer Winter 2015 Collection - sELFie, Oh Holo Night, How Corn-y, Yule Worthy, Owl Miss You, and Brr-tiful Dreamer

KBShimmer Winter 2015 Collection – sELFie, Oh Holo Night, How Corn-y, Yule Worthy, Owl Miss You, and Brr-tiful Dreamer

Six more to admire!

KBShimmer sELFie

KBShimmer sELFie

sELFie has the best name. I just love how clever it is. Here’s another green but this one is more glitter laden. It has a heavy load of glitter and is textured. I think it’s best with a white or green base and then one thick coat of sELFie over it so it doesn’t get too thick.

KBShimmer Oh Holo Night

KBShimmer Oh Holo Night

KBShimmer Oh Holo Night

KBShimmer Oh Holo Night

Oh Holo Night (another fab name) is a top coat with heavy glitter and silver and blue holo mini stars swimming among holographic blue and silver hex glitters. It stands out best over white but has an unusual touch when worn over a dark shade too.

KBShimmer How Corn-y

KBShimmer How Corn-y

How Corn-y was inspired by Indian Corn with a light creamy yellow base and lots of colorful glitter in fall shades of burgundy, red, orange and gold.

KBShimmer Yule Worthy

KBShimmer Yule Worthy

Yule Worthy is a beauty and not what you normally see. The glitter in this absolutely shines. Move your hands and you’ll see micro metallic flakes that look prismatic. The base is a brown burgundy crellie/flakie.

KBShimmer Owl Miss You

KBShimmer Owl Miss You

KB Shimmer’s Owl Miss You is the most office appropriate – as long as your office doesn’t mind stunning hidden glitter that is. This has a very soft neutral beige base but within it is the beauty of gold and copper flakes.

KBShimmer Brrr-tiful Dreamer

KBShimmer Brrr-tiful Dreamer

Brrr-tiful Dreamer is gorgeousness!! The base is a crellie that is a muted grape with grey that’s loaded with aqua, sliver, purple and fuchsia glitters.

KBShimmer polishes are $7 for creams and $8.50 for holos and glittery shades. They are worth every penny. Beauty Info Zone will soon be having a giveaway for the last 6 polishes so be sure to come back with your wishlist!

I had a lot of polishes to share with you but these are the ones I’m craaazy about for winter. I hope you are too. — Marcia

Let’s check to see which other bloggers have some beauties to share.


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