You can’t go wrong with these drugstore classics: Carmex, Sally Hansen, and Jergens

overwhelmedWalking into the drugstore these days can be overwhelming…the sheer volume of choices is enough to make you want to back out the door and put shopping for beauty products on your list for another day. For those times when you are in doubt, here are three classic drugstore lines with my favorite products that always perform.       samples3 Classic Drug Store Brands

1.  Sally Hansen Nail Polish:  this is such a great line for nail polish, especially for my addiction to nude-ish colors. The polish goes on so easily with the flat, wide brush – in fact, I do believe Sally Hansen polishes have my favorite applicator brush of all time. There is a huge selection of shades available.

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #161 Shell We Dance

Sally Hansen #161 Shell We Dance

Some of my favorite nude-ish shades include #325 Au Nature-al ($7.99), a classy perfect nude, and #161 Shell We Dance, a pretty light pink.

Carmex Classic Lip Balm Carmex Classic Lip Balm

Carmex Classic Lip Balm

Carmex Classic Lip Balm

2.  I love the Carmex® Classic Lip Balm Jar ($1.59) for preventing dry and flaky lips. The classic version comes in the familiar yellow jar and it has that scent that takes me way back every time I open it. Lip skin doesn’t have any sebaceous glands, which is why they need continual moisturizing. My only problem with my Carmex® Classic Lip Balm Jar is that my husband keeps stealing it, so now I always get two just in case. Carmex® Lip Balm can be found at retailers nationwide. For more information, please visit: www.mycarmex.com.Jergens Oil-Infused MoisturizerJergens Oil-Infused Moisturizer

3.  Looking for an awesome body moisturizer?  You can’t go wrong with Jergens. Right now they have out their Oil-Infused Monoi and Coconut Moisturizers ($4.99 each) which have the classic Jergens® body lotion infused with luxe, skin-softening oils. They are lightweight but give heavy-duty hydration to skin, while also making it soft and luminous. And the scents are so pretty!Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizer

• Jergens® Oil-Infused Moisturizer With Nourishing Monoi: Harvested from the Tahitian Garden Flower and known for its intoxicating floral scent, Monoi Oil is a potent skin soother that’s been used by women for centuries. Combined with Jergens® deeply conditioning, protein-packed formula, it locks in moisture, smooths texture and tone, and leaves skin visibly radiant and softly scented.Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizer

• Jergens® Oil-Infused Moisturizer With Refreshing Coconut Oil: Fortified with the deeply penetrative, hydrating properties of premium Coconut Oil— along with its invigorating, tropical scent—this enriching body lotion gives your skin instant luminosity, a superbly soft texture, and long-lasting moisture for a gorgeous, all-day glow.

Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizer

Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizer

You can find these new Jergens® Oil-Infused Moisturizers exclusively at Target stores nationwide.

Don’t let the huge variety of beauty products at the drugstore overwhelm you…stick with the basics and remember these classics.  – Lisa

*samples sent for editorial consideration, affiliate links

My nails are cheering me up with Color Me Monthly Revelry

Color Me Monthly REVELRY

Color Me Monthly REVELRY

I needed a little bit of cheer in my life and that meant a cheery nail polish. I turned to Color Me Monthly Revelry which I had purchased during the last Color Me Monthly sale. Revelry is their June 2016 polish. As I’m writing this I can’t get into the website but I still wanted to share this beauty.  Their Facebook page is live and active so I have hope that I’ll soon be purchasing from them again.

Color Me Monthly Revelry side view

Color Me Monthly Revelry side view

This very pretty red has a beautiful pink undertone as well as infinitesimally small shimmer within. You might be the only one that notices the shimmer but it’s enough to bring a smile to your face.

Color Me Monthly in Revelry

Color Me Monthly in Revelry

Color Me Monthly is a one a month nail subscription box that’s $7 and includes shipping. Eventually the polishes make their way to The Vault where you can buy them for $9 (including shipping).

Along with your polish you get a card with their signature haiku

freedom to indulge

fireworks and family

our independence

Revelry

CMM Revelry (June 2016)

CMM Revelry (June 2016)

Near Black Friday Color Me Monthly usually has a sale but I couldn’t wait to share what’s been making me smile these days.  —  Marcia

nothing to disclose

 

KBShimmer brings the light to Fall 2016

inarowcollageWhen I’m looking to update my nail polish wardrobe KBSHIMMER is my starting point. I know I can rely on them to create shades I want to wear time and again. After being sent several Fall 2016 polishes I’ve had 4 weeks of delight.                                                                                                                                                                         samples
I can always turn to KBSHIMMER for long-lasting polishes with my favorite finish – a shimmery holographic hue containing tiny shimmer within. These polishes remove easily so I have no qualms about wearing them.

KBShimmer Orchidding Me?

KBShimmer Orchidding Me?

KBShimmer Orchidding Me?

KBShimmer Orchidding Me?

KBShimmer Orchidding Me?

KBShimmer Orchidding Me?

KBShimmer Orchidding Me?

KBShimmer Orchidding Me?

On my nails right now is Orchidding Me? Described by KBShimmer as ” warm purple base that leans fuchsia” I find this rich orchid to be a standout. This is a linear holographic with a rainbow of micro sized glitter.

KBShimmer The Best Mum Ever

KBShimmer The Best Mum Ever

KBShimmer The Best Mum Ever

KBShimmer The Best Mum Ever

Another shade in the purple family is totally different in both hue and depth. The Best Mum Ever is a blue based deepened lavender that’s cool toned. It contains micro pink/red shimmer that is more subtle but comes out to play in bright light. The polish is a crelly formula that was perfect in two coats.

KBShimmer Oh My Ganache

KBShimmer Oh My Ganache

KBShimmer Oh My Ganache

KBShimmer Oh My Ganache

If you really want a fall shade then Oh My Ganache is the answer. This polish is my favorite of today’s group because it’s like nothing I already own. It’s also a surprise to the people who grab my hand to see the color play in it. Oh My Ganache is a cool toned brown with magnificent linear cool toned glitter.  It’s the perfect polish to wear for Thanksgiving.

KBShimmer Turning Pointe

KBShimmer Turning Pointe

KBShimmer Turning Pointe

KBShimmer Turning Pointe

KBShimmer Turning Pointe

KBShimmer Turning Pointe

KBShimmer Turning Pointe

KBShimmer Turning Pointe

Last is Turning Pointe, a different formula with unending shine. The formula is from their Mega Flame line and has a saturated holographic sparkle. This pink based beauty doesn’t need a drop of extra light since it sizzles by itself. There’s a light texture to it that’s noticeable upon touching only. Turning Pointe does need extra work for removal because it’s so glitter laden but it’s worth every extra moment.

These are just 4 of the 12 polishes in this collection but you’ll want more than just these. You can find them at KBShimmer.com for $9.25 each. Which of the KBShimmer Fall 2016 polishes do you need now? – Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Lauren B Beauty Nail Couture – long lasting, lovely and oh so luxurious

Lauren B Beauty Nail Couture polishes

Lauren B Beauty Nail Couture polishes

I have a really good excuse for my obsession with nail polish. I bit my nails down as far as I could go for almost half of my life. I didn’t just bite, I went at them like it was my job. It wasn’t a pretty sight and I can’t believe now that I did it for so long. Now when a fabulous company like Lauren B Beauty offers to send some polishes for testing I have trouble sharing with Lisa. I just want them all. I love to look at all my polishes lined up like ducks in a shooting gallery waiting for me to pay attention to them.

Lauren B Beauty Nail Couture: Ivy at the Shore, Rose Bowl, and #ImSoLA

Lauren B Beauty Nail Couture: Ivy at the Shore, Rose Bowl, and #ImSoLA

Really, would you give away these polishes? I can’t do it. Each one has its own unique beauty that I can’t get enough of.

Lauren B Rose Bowl

Lauren B Rose Bowl

ROSE BOWL is the kind of red that is seasonless to me. I love this bright metallic red any month of the year. Stunning for Christmas and so fitting; gorgeous for Valentine’s Day; perfect for fall when the seasons are changing; and terrific on toes.

Lauren B Rose Bowl

Lauren B Rose Bowl

Lauren B describes the shade this way – Less traditional than red but just as rich: This vibrant, purple-tinged pink has a hint of delicate silver shimmer, lending it cool, unexpected depth. I am crazy about a metallic finish and Lauren B knows how to bring the finish to life.

Lauren B Ivy At The Shore

Lauren B Ivy At The Shore

Ivy At The Shore has the best description ever. I’d buy it just for this “The Goldilocks of teal polishes, this isn’t too light or too dark – just commandingly pretty. Metallic undertones lend it an elegant, luminous vibe.” Such a perfect description.

Lauren B Ivy At The Shore

Lauren B Ivy At The Shore

I don’t normally choose teal polishes but this is irresistible. The metallic shine lasted 7 full days. The polish didn’t scratch up. I never got tired of it. This is the teal of all teals.

Lauren B Beauty #ImSoLA

Lauren B Beauty #ImSoLA

Lauren B wins the name of the month contest with #ImSoLA. Not only a terrific name but the color is fantastic. It’s a deep raspberry pink that wore like it was made for royalty. All Lauren B polishes are non toxic, eco- and vegan-friendly (with no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene or camphor), TPHP free, and proudly made in the USA.

Lauren B Beauty #ImSoLA

Lauren B Beauty #ImSoLA

This cream finish was shiny throughout the week and didn’t wear away at the tips. The brushes on Lauren B polishes are long and full so it’s easy to get your whole nail bed without working too hard.

Lauren B Nail Protector Base Coat

Lauren B Nail Protector Base Coat

To make your nail bed stand up to any hard work you put your hands through you should definitely consider using Nail Protector as your base coat. This has a very light tint but it never effected any polish I’ve used it with. What it’s excellent for though is smoothing out the ridges you have on your nails. It’s a matte finish but when looking at my nail pictures you can see it didn’t effect the shine one bit. I credit it though with making my polish last longer and apply more smoothly.

Lauren B Beauty Nail Couture: Rose Bowl, Ivy at the Shore, and #ImSoLA

Lauren B Beauty Nail Couture: Rose Bowl, Ivy at the Shore, and #ImSoLA

Lauren B Beauty Nail Couture: Rose Bowl, Ivy at the Shore, #ImSoLA, and Nail Perfector

Lauren B Beauty Nail Couture: Rose Bowl, Ivy at the Shore, #ImSoLA, and Nail Perfector

For trendy, long lasting polishes ($18 each) you really can’t go wrong with any you choose. Next on my list is Departing LAX. It looks like another amazing polish from Lauren B Beauty.  —  Marcia

*sent for the purpose of giving me gorgeous looking nails!

Dr.’s Remedy Enriched Nail Polish – simply stunning

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Last year Beauty Info Zone was introduced to a vegan nail polish brand that we absolutely loved: Dr.’s REMEDY Enriched Nail Polish. It may have been a year ago but we never forgot the brand and when they offered to send along some polishes for us to test, we jumped at the chance.

Dr.’s REMEDY Enriched Nail Polish was developed by two podiatrists upon realizing how many of their patients had dry brittle toe nails. Since that problem also extends to hand nails they created a brand with ingredients that you won’t find in other brands. All polishes and treatments are enriched with Garlic Bulb Extract, Tea Tree Oil, Wheat Protein and Vitamins C and E.

Dr's Remedy Enriched Nail Polishes

Dr’s Remedy Enriched Nail Polishes

Dr.’s Remedy is the first nail polish that received approval from the American Podiatric Medical Association. It doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients likeFormaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, Phthalates, Parabens, or camphor. It’s even recommended as a post treatment follow-up to nail fungus and ingrown nails. To top it off it comes in 30 beautiful shades.

MARCIA is crazy about BOUNTIFUL BLUE and REVIVE RUBY RED

Dr.'s Remedy Revive Ruby Red and Bountiful Blue

Dr.’s Remedy Revive Ruby Red and Bountiful Blue

The two nail polishes I have are ones that are perfect colors for me. They stood out to me on the Dr.’s Remedy website but are even more gorgeous in person.

Revive Ruby Red is described as a shimmer infused crimson. Not only is it filled with teeny shimmer particles but it’s a gorgeous metallic ruby shade that is perfect year round. I wore this as my first fall polish and plan to wear it again in the colder months. It will make an outstanding pedicure shade as well.

Dr.'s Remedy REVIVE Ruby Red

Dr.’s Remedy REVIVE Ruby Red

Dr.'s Remedy REVIVE Ruby Red

Dr.’s Remedy REVIVE Ruby Red

My other shade is just as beautiful and one I wore this past August and will certainly wear again. BOUNTIFUL BLUE is the kind of blue that I adore and that suits my cool toned hands well. It’s described as a tranquil, cornflower blue flecked with a subtle hint of shimmer. I love this kind of almost hidden shimmer that is noticeable in sunlight and in brighter lights but doesn’t glare at you.

Dr.'s Remedy Bountiful Blue

Dr.’s Remedy Bountiful Blue

Dr.'s Remedy Bountiful Blue

Dr.’s Remedy Bountiful Blue

Both of these polishes look outstanding and wear magnificently. They last on me 7 to 8 days without a chip in sight. We have a code for 10% off on the Dr.’s Remedy website: BLOG16. You can use it on any of their polishes so let’s see what Lisa wore.

LISA is crazy about PLAYFUL PINK and LOVEABLE LAVENDER

Dr.'s Remedy Playful Pink and Loveable Lavender

Dr.’s Remedy Playful Pink and Loveable Lavender

Marcia always goes for the reds and the blues, and I always go for the pinks and the pastels! I am really crazy about these two colors from Dr.’s Remedy. They are simply stunning.

Dr.'s Remedy Loveable Lavender and Playful Pink

Dr.’s Remedy Loveable Lavender and Playful Pink

Loveable Lavender is a gorgeous creamy pastel that is different from most cream pastels – it applies like a dream! Usually cream pastels are tricky. They can go on streaky and it is very tough to get a perfect finish. This one is sooo easy and the light pinky/purple is really beautiful.

Dr.'s Remedy Playful Pink and Loveable Lavender

Dr.’s Remedy Playful Pink and Loveable Lavender

Playful Pink is a rosy pink with a soft silvery shimmer. It’s not too bright, but it’s feminine and pretty and it just makes me happy. I love lighter colors for my nails and Playful Pink is a wonderful option for a classic pink manicure with just a bit of bling.

Dr.'s Remedy Playful Pink and Loveable Lavender

Dr.’s Remedy Playful Pink and Loveable Lavender

Last we want to tell you about Dr.’s Remedy #PaintMePink campaign. Each year Dr.’s Remedy donates to cancer foundations and one way is through their polishes. This year’s campaign: “In support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Dr.’s REMEDY has partnered with Mattia Joyce Castellano, sister to the late beauty influencer Talia Joy, makeup artist and Vice President of Talia’s Legacy Children’s Cancer Foundation. As part of the collaboration, a rich, shimmery shade of Dr.’s REMEDY gold lacquer has been renamed “Cure Gold”, with ten percent of the proceeds donated to the foundation.”

This year they’ve chosen their GLEE nail polish to donate to this cause:drs-remedy-cure-gold

Not only are we thrilled with these polishes but we are excited to introduce you to a way to turn your beauty into gold for others who suffer.

*received for editorial consideration

KBShimmer Berried in the Sand is holo perfection

KBShimmer Berried in the Sand

KBShimmer Berried in the Sand

One of the things I love about nail bloggers is that they find the most interesting polishes. I need to win the lottery in order to buy all the polishes that I find on their blogs that I’ve fallen for. One such polish is from KBShimmer, Berried in the Sand. As soon as I saw that on Cosmetic Sanctuary’s blog I was a goner and had to order it.

KBShimmer Berried in the Sand

KBShimmer Berried in the Sand

I make no bones about loving KBShimmer polishes. Their polishes are outstanding in formula and wear. As a holo lover they are a brand I go to first. Berried in the Sand is unique to the site Color4Nails and is exclusive to them. Of course when I ordered I included some other polishes since I didn’t want it to be lonely! Those will be shown at a later date.

KBShimmer Berried in the Sand

KBShimmer Berried in the Sand

Berried in the Sand is described as “Berry pink linear holographic shade”. One of the many things I love about it is the array of colors I see when I’m wearing this. My blogger friend Lisa from Cosmetic Sanctuary was the one that showed me the way. As usual her swatch pictures are first rate and need to be seen plus she has a discount code for Color4Nails.

KBShimmer Berried in the Sand in the sun

KBShimmer Berried in the Sand in the sun

If you love a cool tone polish, if you love pink or berry, if you love holographic nails, then you’re going to love KBShimmer Berried in the Sand. I see infinitesimal shimmer throughout that makes this exciting to wear in all lights.

Are you a fan of this kind of color or formula??  —  Marcia

*nothing to disclose

 

Pick just 5 products from Pixi Beauty? Ooh that’s hard.

It’s Marcia’s turn to be Queen for the Day with the Beauty Spotlight Team. We’ve each chosen a brand that we love to showcase for our readers. You’ve read Never Say Die Beauty’s Too Faced picks along with Justina’s Clinique favorites. Now that it’s my turn I’m picking Pixi Beauty because I wear something from Pixi every single day.pixi-favorites-all

Pixi Beauty is in a class of its own. It’s an independent beauty company that has reasonable mass market prices with department store quality. You can buy most of their line by going to your closest Target or by ordering online through Target.com or on Pixi’s website where you’ll find even more products from them.                                                                       press samples, personal products

Choosing just 5 was a chore since I easily could have chosen a dozen but I narrowed it down as I’m a rule follower. All of my choices are so reasonably priced that your wallet will barely weigh less after picking these up.

Pixi Beauty Summer Glow palette

Pixi Beauty Summer Glow palette

Pixi by Petra has many great palettes so why did I choose the Summer Glow palette (Palette Bronzette) when summer is coming to an end? Two reasons – 1) it’s a great quality palette with eye shades and face shades and 2) it’s being discontinued so I wanted you to get in on the fact that this $28 palette is now only $14 while it lasts. With 12 shadows and liners and 3 facial products this works all year round. “Gilded bronzes, taupes & peaches for eyes + matte bronze, golden beige highlight & pink sheen for complexion.” I have gotten more use out of this Bronzette Palette than any of my Pixi Palettes. Perfect for travel and at $14 you don’t want to miss out.

Pixi Beauty Brow Powder Palette

Pixi Beauty Brow Powder Palette

This brow palette is my most used item from Pixi and I’ll soon be buying a backup. I’ve tried so many brow products and liked most but I love the Pixi Brow Powder palette. As you can see from this recent picture there are two shades that get tons of love while the others get used once in a while but those two shades are perfection for me. It’s hard for me to believe that this 6 color palette is only $12. My hair color changes every 3-4 weeks so it’s easy for me to vary the color of these powders. They are thick enough to stick around, they aren’t powdery meaning no fallout, and this removes easily with water which means less hair to lose. If I had to pick just one item of the 5 this Pixi Brow Powder Palette would be my keeper.

Pixi Multibalms

Pixi Multibalms

Pixi Multibalms: top Baby Petal, Sheer Sculpt, Soft Strawberry; bottom Watermelon Veil, Wild Rose

Pixi Multibalms: top Baby Petal, Sheer Sculpt, Soft Strawberry; bottom Watermelon Veil, Wild Rose

Pixi Multibalms are my newest love from Pixi Beauty. (Be sure you enter my giveaway to win them!) I’m a huge fan of cream products and almost always pick a cream blush over a powder blush. I’ve been wearing one every day since I received these. There’s one for every color wardrobe and one for every mood. If you twist my arm to ask my favorites I’d pick Watermelon Veil and Wild Rose. At $12 each you can have several for the price of one from a different brand. The Multibalms are great for an easy on the go lip color too so you’ll look coordinated. These are infused with aloe vera, shea butter and rose hip oil adding to my love for these.

Pixi Skintreats Nourishing Lip Polish

Pixi Skintreats Nourishing Lip Polish

Picking out just one lip product from the many wonderful ones that Pixi Beauty has was the hardest task of all. I love the shea butter lip balms, tinted brilliance balm crayons and Mattelustre lipsticks. But the product that gets used daily is the Nourishing Lip Polish. Another $12 product that is a 2-in-1 lip exfoliator and nourisher. Not only does it protect my dry lips but it has a circulation factor with the unique applicator. You massage the sweet nutrient rich formula onto your lips with the applicator. You’ll want one in every bathroom, your purse, and nightstand.

Pixi by Petra Nail Colours

Pixi by Petra Nail Colours

Nobody ever talks about Pixi’s Nail Colours and I don’t know why. They are terrific. They are 3 free and chip resistant. There are 42 shades for only $8 each. These slim bottles last for many manicures yet take up a small amount of space in my collection. Shown above are Gilded Garnet, Amethyst Amore, Fuchsia Dew and Sweet Strawberry. I’ve found some on sale at my local Target so I’m always checking for them. Like all products from Pixi they are cruelty-free. A Pixi polish is always a fun addition to my life.

While these are my favorites they are just at the top of a long list of products I recommend from Pixi Beauty. What about you? Any favorites from Pixi? Any you know you need to add ASAP?  —  Marcia

some products were sent for consideration, some are purchases, also some affiliate links used