SinfulColors A Class Act: Part Deux

SinfulColors A Class Act polishes - all 27

SinfulColors A Class Act polishes – all 27

Yesterday Marcia gave you a great review of her five shades from the SinfulColors A Class Act Collection (read it HERE!), and today I have my five shades. I know Marcia thinks she came out as the head of the class with her choices, but I am pretty sure mine are even better.

SinfulColors A Class Act

My five shades include Energetic Red, Fig, Purple Diamond, Ice Sparkle, and Pink Break.

Sinful Colors A Class Act

Energetic Red is a bold cream red that is a great back to school color. This is actually re-promote, but it’s a shade worth having back again.

Sinful Colors A Class Act

Fig is a really gorgeous deep plum. It’s described as a ‘fruity dark purple fig red’. I’m not sure if you can tell in the pics, but this has a very slight shimmer that gives it some depth. I already know I will be sporting this shade while clutching some delicious hot chocolate during the winter holidays.

SinfulColors A Class Act

Purple Diamond is actually my favorite. While this light lavender with silver shimmer seems more like a spring color, it’s so darn pretty I know I will wear it year round. It looks best with three thin coats…so girly and pretty!

Sinful Colors A Class Act

Ice Dream is a clear topcoat with blue and silver shimmer.  For the photo I applied two coats so you can see what it looks like on its own.  One coat is all you need over a cream shade for lots of sparkle and fun.

Sinful Colors A Class Act

Pink Break, a Walgreen’s exclusive color. turned out to be a mystery for me. I had my nail tech put this demi-matte on me, and before I remembered to tell him not to put on a topcoat it was already done. With a topcoat it’s a pretty light pink cream. Then I redid my nails with the polish and no topcoat…and it never went matte. The photo above is with two coats of Pink Break and no topcoat! I’m not sure what happened, but it definitely didn’t even come close to having the same finish as the demi-matte Marcia tried, Blue Sensation.

Overall, I think Marcia and I both got some real winners. At only $1.99 these polishes are a perfect way to spruce up your tips and just in time for back to school! Be sure to check them out while you are at Walgreens or Walmart getting all those other school necessities. – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

Tips and toes and in between with Tweezerman and Alessandro

Tweezerman and Alessandro

Tweezerman and Alessandro

It’s particularly nice to come home to a package from a brand you love and have been using for dozens of years. When Tweezerman sent a package with their brand and some Alessandro products I didn’t know what to use first. All of these are pretty amazing.

My most used product is the PRECISION FOLDING BROW RAZOR ($12.00) which is available in both black and lavender. (Yea for lavender). At first I thought this was like my wonderful folding eyelash comb from Tweezerman until I realized that one side is a wire covered razor. This is a great tool to clean up above your brows and I also have used it on my upper lip to get those stubborn ‘stach’ hairs. Since it’s so portable it’s easy to stick in a makeup bag and have with me for emergencies. This is a very gentle razor, you’re not going to cut yourself on it. Plus I don’t need a 10X magnifying mirror to use it.

Tweezerman Precision Folding Razor

Tweezerman Precision Folding Razor

Since I’m obsessed with my nails I was very pleased to see the NEON HOT 4-IN-1 FILE, BUFF, SMOOTH & SHINE BLOCK ($10) which is great for at home manicures. This block will last you forever since it has 4 replacement pads for each side. Changing pads is easy since you peel off the old side and stick on a new one on. This block is great because of its gentleness. Sometimes my nails just need to breathe so I remove my polish, buff them and let them look natural for a day or so before my manicure.

Tweezerman neon hot 4-in-1 file, buff, smooth & shine block

Tweezerman neon hot 4-in-1 file, buff, smooth & shine block

ALESSANDRO PEDIX FEET ONE MINUTE PEDICURE ($25) is the product you need for your at home spa day. You can save a lot of money by using this exfoliating foot scrub on yourself. This is made up of sea salt and essential oils. It’s a very subtle aromatic scent that reminds me of the one my nail tech uses. I have a bench in my shower so I sit and rub this on, until it melts gently away. It’s a little slippery after so be sure you have a washcloth to make sure it’s all off. Your feet will feel so much smoother and look a whole lot better. I find this is gentle enough to use several times a week. It’s good for my ankles as well as my tootsies.

Alessandro Pedix Feet

Alessandro Pedix Feet

ALESSANDRO NEON PINK NAIL POLISH ($9.50) is my first experience with this offshoot of Tweezerman and it won’t be my last. I actually was surprised when I saw the name was Neon Pink since it’s softer than what my mind thinks a neon polish looks like. It’s just this pretty pink that dried super fast and had great shine. While it looked thin in the bottle, the second coat leveled it out perfectly and made it opaque. I made it through a week without any changes in the polish. Since this has a UV Absorber I think that’s why it doesn’t fade at all.  With 99 colors I won’t have trouble finding more.

Alessandro Neon Pink Nail Polish

Alessandro Neon Pink Nail Polish

Last is a tool that still confounds me. TWEEZERMAN SMOOTH FINISH FACIAL HAIR REMOVER ($20) is absolutely fascinating if you have a lot of facial hair and don’t want to have a lot of facial hair. At the same time it’s a bit scary. It has a spiral spring that grabs the hair by the root to remove it. At the side, just above the red handle there are rotating handles to move to get the hairs.

Tweezerman smooth finish facial hair remover

Tweezerman smooth finish facial hair remover

tweezerman facial hair remover 1  Step one says “Holding the colored handles, center-align the top of coil tip on the area where you want hair removed. Place the flatter side of the coil tip against the skin”.tweezerman facial hair remover 2  Step two says “Rotate the silver knobs on each side of the handles in the direction the arrows are pointing, enabling the coils to directly grab the hair from the root to remove it.”tweezerman facial hair remover 3  Step 3 says “Gently move the tool away from the area and repeat on other areas as needed.”

I tend to shy away from this at times. Where I have the most hair is obviously where I need it but when it starts to hurt I pull away. I wish I had someone to do this to me and make me sit still. I think once I got really used to it that I’d use it more. I’ve tried so many hair removal methods and this is an inexpensive one that I think will work on those who aren’t squeamish about pain.

All in all I’m thrilled with these products. I’m covered head to toe and in between with at home items from both Tweezerman and Alessandro. I even have a mini Tweezerman tweezers that was in the Facial Hair Remover package. I’m a tried and true fan of Tweezerman tweezers and now I have more to love.

Which of these do you need in your arsenal of goodies? — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Five date night must-haves!

Five date night must-haves

Five date night must-haves

The best night of the week? Date night. Whether you are going out with your significant other or with a gang of friends, nothing beats getting a little dressed up and cutting loose. Tonight my husband and I are celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary and I am prepared for a memorable night out with my five must-haves!

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress from @StitchFix

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress front and back from @StitchFix

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress from the side @StitchFix

1.  A kick-ass dress.  Wearing a dress makes everything a little more special, as long as the dress is also as comfy as a pair of pj’s. My favorite this summer is the Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress. It’s as soft as a favorite t-shirt and it doesn’t wrinkle. This dress looks good on almost every body shape.

I never would have picked it out at the store, though – all those stripes would have scared me away. I got mine through Stitch Fix, which is a fashion service that you really have to try. You can schedule a ‘fix’ anytime you want, and through a detailed questionnaire a stylist picks four to five items for you. Try them on, and if you don’t like them, send them back. If you keep all five, you get a killer discount. You can even create a Pinterest board of clothes you love and your stylist will look at it to help guide your picks. (If you want to check out my personal Stitch Fix board, it’s right HERE).

I am not an affiliate, but if you decide to try Stitch Fix and go through this link I’ll get credit for future boxes…and I’ll be forever grateful! Trust me on this one though…you WILL become addicted and your closet will become absolutely fabulous.

Whish Orange Cream Body Butter

Whish Orange Cream Body Butter

2.  A sweet smelling travel-size tube of hand/body lotion. I can’t stand dry hands or arms, so I always carry a small tube of hand/body cream. It’s a great way to ward of crepey skin and to also freshen up after an intense Wobble or Electric Slide session. I like Whish Body Butter in Orange Cream. It reminds me of the orange creamsicles of my youth and makes me happy every time I slather some on.

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?

3.  An awesome manicure. I am all about holographic polishes these days. They look demure indoors, but get these babies under some lights and they are funkadelic. A favorite this season is KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?, the best blue polish I have ever had. It’s LE so get it before it’s gone!

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse – right leg after one hour of Cocoa Brown.

4.  A great faux-tan.  As soon as I apply a natural looking faux-tan I immediately feel more confident. A little color brightens me up, makes me look thinner, and people no longer shield their eyes at my glaringly white skin when I wear shorts. Cocoa Brown 1 hour Tan Mousse is the bomb. Easy to apply, doesn’t transfer to clothes, and they now have a Dark shade for when I want to really get crazy.

Kiss Safe

KissSafe

5.  A discreet breath spray.  Despite our best intentions, all kinds of chemical warfare can unknowingly explode in your mouth, leaving you with dragon breath. I always carry a small spray bottle of oral antiseptic and KissSafe is the perfect choice. I like how it assumes I am going to be kissing someone, not just blathering on whilst unknowingly invading someone’s personal space. KissSafe isn’t sharply minty, it’s gentle yet extremely effective. This little baby hides right in my purse. A quick discreet spray and no one will have to subtly offer me a breath mint.

With a great dress, soft skin, heart stopping nails, healthy tanned skin and oral antiseptic, my date night is bound to be a major success. Tonight our celebration is at an old-school Italian restaurant in downtown Detroit and I’ve got my action plan all in place. I am ready for some romance, some silliness, and some lighthearted reminiscing. What are some of your date night must-haves?  – Lisa

*except for Stitch Fix, all items received for editorial consideration

#StitchFix #KBShimmer #WhishBeauty #CocoaBrownTan  #KissSafe

Playing with Pixi Beauty

Pixi Beauty

Pixi Beauty

Some people have real hobbies like crafting, sports, working out, playing bridge etc. but my hobby is makeup. Any kind of makeup makes me happy and keeps me busy. It’s not like I change makeup during the day, I don’t do that. But I love to apply my makeup and see how things look. That’s why Pixi Beauty always seems to make my day, especially when they send me a box of goodies to show you so you can play with makeup too.

Today I have 4 great Pixi Beauty products that will make you want to be me for a day. PIXI BROW POWDER PALETTE, ENDLESS SILKY EYE INTENSIFY DUO x 2, and SWEET STRAWBERRY NAIL COLOUR. All of these are available on Pixi’s website, Target and Target.com. Why should you love Pixi Beauty like I do? It’s a cruelty free company with great prices and amazing quality. That’s part of the reason why.

Pixi Brow Powder Palette, Endless Silky Eye Intensify Duos and Sweet Strawberry polish

Pixi Brow Powder Palette, Endless Silky Eye Intensify Duos and Sweet Strawberry polish

The BROW POWDER PALETTE ($12) looks exactly like an eyeshadow palette with 6 matte shades to highlight your eyes and maintain your eyebrows. I’ve read of people using this as an eyeshadow palette but I only use the highlighting shade as actual shadows and use the rest as brow colors.

Pixi Beauty Brow Palette

Pixi Beauty Brow Palette

Pixi Brow Palette brow shades only

Pixi Brow Palette brow shades only

I absolutely couldn’t get good swatch shots of this since the texture of the dark shades is harder than a typical shadow plus the top two shades blended in with my hand/arm (my picture is too yellow, sorry). But I can tell you that this is a great palette to have especially if you color treat your hair. I never quite know if I’m going to walk out with very dark brown hair (like I have right now) or a more golden brown. Therefore one shade isn’t always appropriate for my eyes. With this Brow Powder Palette I’ve got 4 to choose from so I can use them separately or together.

Pixi Brow Powder Palette

Pixi Brow Powder Palette

The top two shades are for your browbone. I never leave my browbone bare because I think my eyes look unfinished. During the day I don’t want to be sparkly there so the two mattes work perfectly just under my brows over an eyeshadow primer. The top shade is a light ivory while the next shade applies a little darker and a little more tan. Then we have the brow shades which range from an ash to taupe to dark brown to almost black. I mostly use the dark brown on my brows. What’s nice about having this range of colors is that you can customize your shade.

There are two new products to the already fabulous Pixi Eyeliner collection but these are different because they are two sided. ENDLESS SILKY EYE INTENSITY DUOS ($15) come in Brown Eye Intensity and Blue Eye Intensity.

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity Duo

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity Duo

Brown Eye Intensity has a deep matte cocoa brown to line with a glowing golden beige to brighten and Blue Eye Intensity has deep matte blue-grey to line with a glowing opal-beige to brighten. While they are labeled for specific eye colors I’ve worn them both and couldn’t pick a favorite.

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity Duo, cocoa brown on left, blue grey on the right

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity Duo, cocoa brown on left, blue grey on the right

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity pencils with brown highlighter on left, blue highlighter on right

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity pencils with brown highlighter on left, blue highlighter on right

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity Duos

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity Duos

Like all Pixi eyeliners they glide on and last well. These are waterproof so they are longer wearing yet I find they remove easily with my regular eye makeup remover.

Pixi always has a beautiful assortment of nail colours ($8) and SWEET STRAWBERRY is no exception to that. It’s one of the best summer reds I’ve worn. It doesn’t remind me of winter even though it’s red, it has a sweet pink undertone that makes it a beautiful shade for tips and toes.

Pixi Sweet Strawberry Nail Colour

Pixi Sweet Strawberry Nail Colour

Pixi Sweet Strawberry Nail Colour

Pixi Sweet Strawberry Nail Colour

These polishes wear fabulously on me and I never worry about chipping or fading. Pixi uses a built-in UV protection to prevent polish discolouration. Add Sweet Strawberry to my growing list of favorite nail polishes.

So will you have fun playing with makeup and will you pick Pixi? At these prices you really need to have a little Pixi in your life. — Marcia

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More summer fun from KBShimmer: Leggo my Mango and What Are You Wading For?

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?
The summer fun continues with KBShimmer! We have already reviewed most of the collection. Marcia reviewed Sarong Place, Sarong Time; We Be Jammin; and Look on the Nightside. I reviewed Pink-a Colada, Sun & Games, Home Surf, That’s Ore Like It, Bahama Drama, and Sterling Example. Today I have the last two shades KBShimmer sent us, and they are FABULOUS. These must-have summery shades include Leggo My Mango ($7.50) and What Are You Wading For? ($8.75).

KBShimmer Leggo My Mango

KBShimmer Leggo My Mango

Leggo My Mango is a fantastic summer shade for a pedicure. This creamy peach is almost neon at night! It definitely makes me think of a melted creamsicle and it looks perfect on toes as I drag my feet through the sand at the beach.

KBShimmer Leggo My Mango

I don’t think there is a better shade in the collection than What Are You Wading For? I love any holographic polish to begin with, but this shade is truly stunning. I rarely where darker shades on my tips, let alone blues, but I have had this one on for two weeks and I still don’t want to take it off! This is a periwinkle holo polish with indigo blue shimmer.

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?

The whole Summer 2015 Collection from KBShimmer is terrific but these are definitely my top two shades. Be sure to get them before they are gone, gone, gone.

Basic Training Base Coat

Basic Training Base Coat

Clearly On Top Top Coat

Clearly On Top Top Coat

While you are at it, pick up the fantastic Basic Training Nail Polish Base Coat ($5) and Clearly On Top Quick Dry Top Coat ($5.50) for the perfect application. When I use them both I get almost 3 weeks of wear out of the polishes. – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

Americana is the Color Me Monthly choice for June

as  the flag billows

our folklore and heritage

makes one nostalgic

Americana

Color Me Monthly created an absolutely perfect nail polish to stand out in the sea of red, white and blue for the holiday. We’ve seen some beautiful shiny reds for the season but what we haven’t seen is the color of Old Glory, that is until Color Me Monthly created it for their June box.

Color Me Monthly for June 2015, Americana

Color Me Monthly for June 2015, Americana

Color Me Monthly always seems to be right on target for the month or season but at the same time they have a slightly different take on everything. That’s one of the reasons it’s such a unique company.

Color Me Monthly Americana

Color Me Monthly Americana

Color Me Monthly Americana indoors

Color Me Monthly Americana indoors

This is considered by CMM to be a brick red but when I look at it I see the color of the flag in its Old Glory-ness. It was chosen as the June 2015 shade because it was nestled between two very American holidays – Memorial Day and Fourth of July. It embodies the essence of both while celebrating what makes America special.

Color Me Monthly Americana in my car

Color Me Monthly Americana in my car

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While you won’t be able to get this shade if you subscribe now to Color Me Monthly, you will for $7 a month be able to receive some beautiful polishes that won’t be on every Uncle Sam Aunt Samantha around. The CMM lacquers are

  • Non-toxic and carcinogen-free
  • Never tested on animals
  • Vegan
  • Eco-friendly
  • Made in the USA
  • Shipped FREE!

Eventually most polishes end up in The Vault so you can find some of my favorites there for $9, but I love the idea of these beauties coming each month. The wear of Color Me Monthly Lacquers is terrific. I’ve never had chipping, fading, or lifting with any of the shades I’ve received. They last me a full week without a problem.

Take a chance on a week ($7) or save and try a 6 month subscription ($40). You’ll be delighted and see why these nail lacquers are favorites of mine. — Marcia

*received for editorial consideration

Some of my favorites that are in The Vault can be seen here.

Having a Blast with the SinfulColors July 4th Collection

SinfulColors for summer 2015

SinfulColors for summer 2015

Is there anything that says summer more than the 4th of July? Fun, fireworks and vivid colors are the name of the game for the 4th and the rest of the summer. That’s why SinfulColors created their HAVING A BLAST collection. Your hands and feet can celebrate too with any of these 7 polishes in this great collection. SinfulColors sent us these beautiful polishes and we want you to see how you can look your best for only $1.99.

Which of these colors calls your name?

Blue By You: Pearlescent royal blue

Green Ocean: Glitter-flecked emerald

Hot Spot: Shimmering cobalt blue

Out Of This World: Perfect silver with swirls of glimmer

Ruby Ruby: A classic deep red

Snow Me White: Bright white

 GLITTER TOPPER

Star Blast-Off: Star-spangled red, white, & blue confetti

MARCIA’S PATRIOTIC MANICURE WITH SINFULCOLORS

SinfulColors RubyRuby, Snow Me White, Hot Spot

SinfulColors RubyRuby, Snow Me White, Hot Spot

The SinfulColors nail polishes that I was most excited about were the beautiful red, white, and blue ones. I wanted to be my patriotic best for the weekend of the 4th but at the same time have polishes I’d use again and again.

Ruby Ruby is described as a classic deep red but it’s a super pretty red that’s not really that deep. It’s a lively red that can be worn year round and will draw the kind of attention you like to your tips and toes.

Snow Me White is a true bright white that’s not chalky. I didn’t have a great white in my collection even though I have so many nail polishes. It’s used as an accent in my manicure but will be used alone soon enough. I should have let my red and blue dry longer before applying Snow Me White since they did bleed through a little.

Hot Spot is my perfect shade of blue. Described as a shimmering cobalt blue is a fitting description for this slightly metallic hue. Classic and beautiful.

SinfulColors Ruby Ruby, Snow Me White, Hot Spot

SinfulColors Ruby Ruby, Snow Me White, Hot Spot

These pictures were taken after wearing the polishes for 6 days so you can see how beautifully they held up. SinfulColors is so long wearing that it’s hard to believe how little they cost.

SinfulColors Having a Blast collection

SinfulColors Having a Blast collection

LISA’S HAVING A BLAST

My colors are a little less traditional than Marcia’s. I have a beautiful glimmering silver, Out of this World. It’s one of the prettiest silver polishes I own and is definitely a festive shade for the fourth!

Sinful Colors Out of this World

SinfulColors Out of this World

My other two shades can be used alone or as a topcoat over a solid shade. Green Ocean is a glitter-flecked emerald that is perfect for a non-traditional yet still sparkly shade.

Sinful Colors Emerald Ocean

SinfulColors Green Ocean

How could you not have a blast with my final nail polish, Star Blast-Off? This one is labeled as a ‘glitter topper’ and is a truly star-spangled mixture of red, white, & blue confetti. The clear top coat has tiny white specks, big white stars, and red and blue dots.

Sinful Colors Star Blast Off

SinfulColors Star Blast Off

By itself, the base has a slightly pink hue. This is fabulous over all of Marcia’s patriotic shades, and it’s super pretty over Out of this World. I am going to a party on the 4th and plan to wear this over Snow Me White.

You can easily find this collection at Walgreens and Target. If you want fun, festive nails that are a total blast, SinfulColors has exactly what you need!!

Visit SinfulColors online at their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  #SinfulColors #HavingABlastCollection

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*provided for editorial consideration and beautiful nails