Get all that glitters with Sally Hansen Enchanting Gems Collection

Yes thank you, I’d love to be dripping in gems. I’ll take diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. While we’re at it throw in some pearls, lapis, and amethyst to make my life complete. If I can’t have those can I have the new Sally Hansen Color Therapy Enchanting Gems Collection instead? It’s limited edition so I need to get on it quickly.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Top Coat and Pink Sapphire polish

I’ve had the pleasure of wearing Sally Hansen Color Therapy polishes before and they are absolutely wonderful. The formula needs no base coat since it contains an argan oil enhancing complex that results in extra nourishment and instant moisture for you nails. A special Color Therapy top coat is available that also contains the argan oil formula. The top coat provides an amazingly glossy finish and longer wear. They say you should be able to wear the polishes for 10 days of fade-proof and chip-resistant wear. I typically wear my polishes for 7 days and they look good as new at my next appointment.

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Sally Hansen Color Therapy Top Coat

To my delight I have two shades of these: Pink Sapphire and Smoky Emerald. Both are fabulous colors and I want more from this collection.

Pink Sapphire is a striking pink red shade that Sally Hansen calls electric pink. The first coat did look very pink but with the second coat it filled in with more redness. The combination makes me ecstatic.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Pink Sapphire polish

Pink Sapphire has shimmer within that makes it stand out. When I was at the salon to get my nails done I was complimented on both my nails and the color by a very attractive woman. It turned out she’s one of the newscasters on my local 6 and 11 o’clock news. That compliment meant extra to me once I realized who it came from. And Sally Hansen should be happy with that compliment too!

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Pink Sapphire polish

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Pink Sapphire polish

Smoky Emerald totally surprised and delighted me. I’m not a green person but the description sounded so interesting that I was intrigued enough to want it: “Embrace evening magic with this blackened midnight teal green”.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Smoky Emerald polish

Just look at this beauty! It’s everything that was described….

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Smoky Emerald polish

and more! Not only is there depth to the shimmer but the color looks different depending on the light.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Smoky Emerald polish

In brighter light you can see the emerald and teal. In low lights it mostly looks like a blackened teal.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Smoky Emerald polish

Let’s see some of the other shades available!

Sally Hansen Opulent Pearl, Brilliant Lapis, Orchid Amethyst, Rose Diamond

Which will you choose? These are available now in drugstores worldwide but they’ll be gone way too soon.  —  Marcia

SuryaBrasil Exotic Animals Nail Polishes will bring out the animal in you

Surya Brasil Exotic Animal Polish collection

SuryaBrasil, a natural and organic line, has been a favorite company of mine for years thanks to their devotion to environmental preservation, animal welfare and environmental responsibility.  I love their hair and body products, but never tried their nail polishes until recently.  Marcia raved about two shades she loves from the Exotic Animals Collection, and after trying some myself I am joining her happy dance!  (You can read her review of Peacock and Gold Faced Lion Tamarins HERE).

Surya Brasil Exotic Animal polishes in Gold-Faced Lion Tamarin and Peacock

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While Marcia’s colors were bright and bold, mine are just perfect for the coming of winter months.  That’s one of the beauties of the Exotic Animals Nail Polish Collection – the 16 polishes ($12 each) are all vibrant but they cover a huge variety of shades that work for all seasons.  The nail polishes are all vegan, certified 7-free, and absolutely not tested on animals – the animals are just pictured on the bottles!

7-FREE: 

  • NO Camphor
  • NO DBP
  • NO Formaldehyde
  • NO Parabens
  • NO Toluene
  • NO ingredients of animal origin
  • NO animal testing

Right now there is a cool special going on – buy a color polish from the collection, and get a free pair of Gold Grass Earrings.  They are awfully pretty, aren’t they?

SuryaBrasil Exotic Animals Giant Anteater, White Tiger, Eclectus Parrot

SuryaBrasil Exotic Animals Base Coat

I tested three colors plus the Base Coat.  The Base Coat looks like it would give nails a tint, but it doesn’t – it just evens out the surface so polish goes on evenly and lasts longer.  There is also a top coat and an oil nail dryer available in the collection.  I love the toucan on the bottle.  The packaging for all the nail polishes is really adorable.

SuryaBrasil Exotic Animals Eclectus Parrot

The Eclectus Parrot is a deep dark red shade, exactly the shade of red I look for at holiday time!  I stay away from orangey reds or anything too bright.  For whatever reason, when it’s cold out I want a deep, warm red that is festive, and this really fits the bill.  The parrot is fantastic – he’s actually native from Indonesia and unfortunately is extinct in some areas.

SuryaBrasil Exotic Animals Giant Anteater

SuryaBrasil Exotic Animals Giant Anteater

I don’t usually go for brown shades on my nails, but I am totally digging the brown the Giant Anteater brings to my nails!  I love this super shiny dark brown – hip and pretty all at the same time.  And so is that Anteater!!

SuryaBrasil Exotic Animals White Tiger

SuryaBrasil Exotic Animals White Tiger

How amazing is this White Tiger ?  There are only 500 of these beautiful creatures left on the earth.  This matte white shade is very thick so be careful there isn’t too much on the brush when applying.  It’s a great shade to have in your collection for nail art projects too.

SuryaBrasil Exotic Animals Giant Anteater, White Tiger, Eclectus Parrot

There are many more gorgeous shades available representing other animals – head over to SuryaBrasil’s website suryabrasilproducts.com to take a look and find which animal speaks to you!  – Lisa

SuryaBrasil Exotic Animals Nail Polish Collection

Start November off with some affordable fun: Sally Hansen, Jesse’s Girl, and Good Earth Beauty

affordable buys: Sally Hansen, Good Earth Beauty, Jesse’s Girl

With the holidays bearing down on us we want to save money for gifts but sometimes we need a treat ourselves. Or at least I do. I have 3 brands to suggest as ways to affordably get something for yourself or as future stocking stuffers.

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Sally Hansen is a nail brand that we can all get behind. They have many formulas but my two favorites are Complete and Miracle Gel. Both of these have the most marvelous brush that is so easy to use that even a novice can get great coverage. For fall they’ve come out with some new beauties and I have two to show you.

Sally Hansen World Wide Red and Society Ruler

One of the newest Complete Salon Manicures polishes is Society Ruler. This deep burgundy is so perfect for November that you will want to scoop it up instantly. Complete Salon is an all in one formula that contains keratin. In one handy bottle you’ll have the base coat, strengthening treatment, salon color, the top coat and a chip resistant gel shine finish.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Society Ruler

Sally Hansen World Wide Red and Society Ruler

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is a two step polish that lasts and lasts. Step 1 is the awesome shade that you choose and Step 2 is the gel top coat that seals in the color making it shiny and lasting at least a week to two. A new shade for fall is World Wide Red which isn’t exactly red to me. It’s a bright orange with a red undertone.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in World Wide Red

World Wide Red and Salon Ruler

There are hundreds of shades so the hard part will be picking out how you want to shine, the easy part is a long lasting, easy to apply manicure from Sally Hansen.

JESSE’S GIRL provides us with some excellent affordable products. Two new ones are their Dial-A-Mascara and the latex free blending sponge.

Jesse’s Girl Latex Free Blending Sponge

I don’t know about you but I am addicted to blending sponges. I used to use them until they fell apart but I’ve since learned that they can harbor bacteria so why not have a few on hand that you won’t feel guilty tossing in a few months. Consider it like you would mascara – 3 months of use and then on to the next!

Jesse’s Girl Latex Free Blending Sponge

Jesse’s Girl Latex Free Blending Sponge is extremely affordable at $3.99 and available at Rite Aid stores as well as online. This pretty turquoise sponge is very soft and works well with foundation. But I’ve used it for other things too. I like to blend my blush after applying and this sponge does that dry or wet. Or use the end for your concealer. The word is “bounce” and that’s what you should be doing with a blending sponge. And why not have a bright shade to enhance your vanity area.

Jesse’s Girl Latex Free Blending Sponge

While we’re talking about 3 months let’s talk about the new Jesse’s Girl Dial-a-Lash mascara. This has 4 adjustable control. Leave it on #1 for a natural look that is a subtle way of separating your lashes. Enhance is #2 which amplifies the fullness and increases curl. Step up to #3 for Boost to add volume to your lashes. And, if you dare, take it to #4 for Max Volume which maximizes lash length, thickness, and curl.

Jesse’s Girl DialALash Adjustable Control Mascara (#2)

I found with this mascara that I needed it to age. I opened it and the formula was too wet so I closed it for a week and tried again. Nope too wet. Onto to the next week and it was getting better but it really took a month for it to be dry enough for my particular taste. Don’t give up though even if it takes a month for it to age. It’s just like wine that needs to breath before use. For $7.99 it’s like getting 4 mascaras depending on your mood/needs.

Jesse’s Girl DialALash Adjustable Control Mascara #1

Jesse’s Girl DialALash Adjustable Control Mascara #4

Would it be fall without the smell of pumpkin and/or pumpkin spice? No of course not and Good Earth Beauty All Natural Pumpkin Soap is here to add just a gentle smell to your cleansing needs. I’ve written about other Good Earth Beauty soaps before so you know they are favorites. I like them in my powder room for hand washing but it’s safe for face and body too.

Good Earth Beauty Pumpkin Soap

Ingredients are saponified oils of olive, coconut, palm shea butter and pumpkin seed, pumpkin puree, natural pumpkin fragrance oil. The fragrance is subdued so it doesn’t knock you out and even non-pumpkin lovers will enjoy it. (vegan, organic, cruelty-free)

Good Earth Beauty Pumpkin Soap

Does anything call your name or budget?  –  Marcia

Favorite nail polish brand Makeup Wars – KBShimmer is my jam

This week the Makeup Wars group is focusing on our favorite nail polish brands. As a KBShimmer fanatic it was easy to pick this to share with you. In the past I’d been sent some polishes* from KBShimmer which set me off on a buying spree. Let me share some of my favorites.

KBShimmer some favorite polishes

KBShimmer more favorites

KBShimmer summery shades

some samples*purchasesaffiliate links

KBShimmer Take Back Ctrl

KBShimmer Take Back Ctrl is a great polish for early fall and early spring especially. This dusty mauve cream applied like a dream and enhanced my tips for 7 days without fading or chipping.

KBShimmer Supplies Party

KBShimmer Supplies Party

KBShimmer Supplies Party* is another fall favorite especially for a party you might be going to. This is their birthstone finish which is heavy metal. Glitter galore and a shade that can look more gold or cream depending on what you are wearing and the light.

KBShimmer Fax of Life

Fax of Life* is another from the brands office collection and this work appropriate polish is a dream. From a light gray to a charcoal it’s got it all including a linear holo with delightful light shimmer in a variety of shades. Highly recommended.

KBShimmer Orchidding Me?

Orchidding Me? * is a purple lovers delight. There’s a rainbow of shimmer in this polish that makes wearing it like watching a movie. Every light you are in will bring you new looks. If you love purple, you’ll love this polish.

KBShimmer Along for the Tide (direct light)

A polish post wouldn’t be complete without a gorgeous blue and Along for the Tide* is that blue. This one is packed with shimmery micro flecks and you’ll find a shift with pink to blue and violet to purple.

KBShimmer Got It Sandaled

KBShimmer Got It Sandaled

Another favorite that I swore by this summer is Got It Sandaled. This dark lavender has a creamy shimmer that’s not obvious at first but peeks out to surprise you and bring a smile to your face.

KBShimmer created a collection called Unicorn Pee that is absolutely delicious. Hard to find, as are all unicorns, and precious once you have them. Even though these are sold out I had to share them and hope for your sake that they come back. Maybe if enough people clamor for them they will.

KBShimmer So Jelly

KBShimmer So Jelly

So Jelly is what I’m wearing right now and I’m loving it. KBShimmer describes it as a ” deepened fuchsia leaning purple jelly with color shifting shimmer”. I see wine, magenta, burgundy and more in this beauty.

KBShimmer Let’s Slang

KBShimmer Let’s Slang

Let’s Slang is the one I was instantly attracted to and went into my cart first. This appears to be a purple in the bottle but it’s really a deep blurple with mostly red shimmer. I didn’t want this off my nails even though I wore it for 7 days. I’ll have this on again and again.

KBShimmer You Dew You

There’s also You Dew You, a top coat to change polishes into shimmer delights. It’s not overly shimmery, just brings out the glamour in the polish. I’ll have a giveaway for a new one since I bought an extra for the blog.

I could show you so many polishes but by now you are probably only skimming pictures. In my opinion KBShimmer is a brand that can’t be beat. Only found on their own website and Amazon it’s worth the time to seek them out. The wear on these is phenomenal, it’s a cruelty free brand that is vegan. (KBShimmer does not test any of our products on animals or purchase supplies that have been tested on animals. KBShimmer nail polish, sugar scrubs, mani shots, cuticle creams and cuticle oil pens are all vegan, containing no animal products or by-products.)
I hope you enjoyed my post and that you’ll continue on to see what the other Makeup Wars bloggers have chosen as their brand of choice.  —  Marcia


Peace, Love & Polish from Dr.’s Remedy

Dr.s Remedy CHEERFUL Cherry and POISED Pink Champagne

Dr.’s Remedy has created a wonderful small collection of polishes that is especially beautiful for fall. If you don’t know Dr.’s Remedy it’s a brand developed by podiatrists Dr. Adam Cirlincione and Dr. William Spielfogel. They wanted to help their patients with a vegan friendly, organic line. They’ve succeeded with over 40 gorgeous shades.

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Dr.’s Remedy uses a blend of biotin, tea-tree oil, garlic bulb extract, lavender, wheat protein and vitamins C and E. Even though these ingredients sound like they’d be a little stinky, be assured they aren’t. But they are free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, and DBP.

Dr.s Remedy CHEERFUL Cherry and POISED Pink Champagne

Now let’s enjoy the new beautiful shades that have been created to lift your spirits.

Let’s start by being cheerful with Cheerful Cherry ($17).

Dr.s Remedy CHEERFUL Cherry

This beauty is a cream shade but with a little bit of shimmer in it. You’ll basically see that in natural bright sunlight. This applied like a dream, the second coat filled it in perfectly giving it a bold and juicy look.

Dr.s Remedy CHEERFUL Cherry

Dr.s Remedy CHEERFUL Cherry

I enjoyed wearing this shade since it isn’t a Christmas red, it’s a more rose like shade that’s upbeat for this weather.

Dr.s Remedy CHEERFUL Cherry

POISED is a Pink Champagne shade that is called a cream but it’s actually a soft metallic. Dr.’s Remedy describes this a a soft shimmering pink champagne that gives a Midas touch. I find it to be a bit of a chameleon depending on the light.

Dr.s Remedy POISED Pink Champagne

Dr.s Remedy POISED Pink Champagne

This is a softer polish and needs drying time. Don’t be in a rush after applying it or you’ll end up with smudges like I did.

Dr.s Remedy POISED Pink Champagne in brighter light

Poised Pink Champagne took a while for me to appreciate. Normally I love the look of a polish instantly but I wasn’t sure at first if this was the right shade for my cool toned skin. But by the end of the first day I knew it was a winner, as the days went on I realized it gave a warm glow that I really liked.

If you are looking for an 8 Free polish brand that is actually good for your tips and toes then look no further than Dr.’s Remedy. It’s the only brand I’m comfortable wearing on my toes since I find my tootsies can be susceptible to fungus. But these have never caused a problem for me.  Be cheerful and poised with the latest from Dr.’s Remedy.  —  Marcia

Sally Hansen has you set for September and beyond with Miracle Gel

Sally Hansen Adventure Land Collection, Miracle Gel

September is here and that means we are starting to feel fall is just around the corner. Today we’re at the corner of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel and Adventure Land where 7 new treasures await us to make fall a prettier place to hang out.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel was the first polish that combined the wonderful aspects of gel nail polish with a top coat that doesn’t need a light curing session. Because of that the polishes can be removed with regular polish remover. No soaking, no foil wrapped around our tips sinking the remover into our skin. Just remove as usual.

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

I have two of the Adventure Land polishes to share with you today. In total there are seven shown in my collage from left to right: Swim Upstream, Beet, Red-y Set Run, Leaf Me Be, Sheer Happiness, Wild About Violet, and Adrenaline Crush (large one).

I am so impressed with Adrenaline Run and Red-y Set Run that I can’t believe it. I wear a polish for at least 7 days but with Adrenaline Crush I wore it for 14 days yet you’d never had known it from the wear. Other than growth and the tips of my nails wearing away they looked perfect.

Sally Hansen Adrenaline Crush with Miracle Gel 2x Volume top coat

Adrenaline Crush is one of those polishes that is hard to describe. Every light brings out a new aspect of it. Some lights make it look very golden, some make it look bronzish, you can see a purple undertone in it some of the time. It’s a veritable adventure all by itself.

Sally Hansen Adrenaline Crush

Sally Hansen Adrenaline Crush

Sally Hansen Adrenaline Crush

and

Sally Hansen Adrenaline Crush

There’s a metallic finish to it that makes it more enticing. With Sally Hansen Miracle Gel you don’t apply a base coat so that saves time. Just use the Miracle Gel Top Coat. It dries a little quicker that way but the two I used weren’t thin polishes so they didn’t dry instantly.

Sally Hansen Red-y, Set, Run

I got my nails done after just one week of wearing Red-y, Set, Run but I could have lasted another week without a problem. It looked as shiny as could be and the color was true throughout the entire time.

Sally Hansen Red-y, Set, Run

Sally Hansen Red-y, Set, Run (day one)

Sally Hansen Red-y, Set, Run after 7 days

This is a shade of red I never get tired of. It’s a true red with hidden shimmer that makes it glisten and glow. It’s ready for an adventure or for sitting around a bonfire.

I’m in the process of deciding what polish to wear on a 3 week trip and Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is leading the race. If it can last 2 weeks as perfectly as it did with Adrenaline Crush then I think it can make it the almost 4 weeks between manicures. What do you think? Would you be able to wear one of these for that long?  —  Marcia

Summer fun with nails

This week for Makeup Wars we are sharing some favorite polishes for summer. This was actually a last minute decision for the group so I gathered pictures of the polishes I’ve been wearing up until today to share with you. None of the ones I’ve been wearing are new but they are ones I love and hope you do too.

COLOR CLUB HALO HUES in MISS BLISS

The Halo Hues polish collections are fabulous polishes. Not only do they wear beautifully but they are more holographic than any other polish brand I’ve ever bought.

Color Club Miss Bliss on Polarbelle’s blog

In 2013 I did a guest post for Polarbelle and wore this polish and I’m wearing it now as I type.

Color Club Halo Hues Miss Bliss

Color Club Halo Hues Miss Bliss

It’s still available on ebay and if you love shiny pink holo nails then you’ll adore this polish.

INGLOT MAMMA MIA (number 220)

I wore this over the July 4th weekend and everyone loved not only how pretty it is but how it fit the holiday. I swear I saw it for sale but I can’t find it now. But if you can get your hands on it, it’s a stunner with beautiful shimmer.

Inglot Mamma Mia! #220

Inglot Mamma Mia! #220

I need to get my hands on some Inglot Nail Enamel now that I’ve seen how perfectly this wore for a week.

LILLIAN EVE NAVY BEEN BETTER

Lillian Eve is a small indie nail company with a tiny collection right now. I’ve had Navy Been Better for a long time and finally got around to wearing it around Memorial Day.

Lillian Eve Navy Been Better

Lillian Eve Navy Been Better

I gravitate towards blues like this, it’s not really navy except in certain lights. It’s very satiny and wore perfectly for a week with just a bit of wear where it wraps around the nail.

CND BECKONING BEGONIA VINYLUX

When I was moving I wanted a polish that would last 2 weeks so I turned to CND Vinylux. Beckoning Begonia has an infinitesimal amount of shimmer to it. It looks a little more shimmery in the bottle than on my nails. So while I was disappointed in that, I wasn’t disappointed in the way this lasted through packing and unpacking 1,234,567 boxes.

CND Vinylux Beckoning Begonia

CND Vinylux Beckoning Begonia

ESSIE ARUBA BLUE

I can’t tell you how many weeks I sat and looked at Aruba Blue in the nail polish racks of my nail tech. Finally I had to wear it. It’s fitting for my affinity for blue and this made me wish I was back in Aruba.

Essie Aruba Blue

Essie Aruba Blue

LAUREN B ROSE BOWL

Last but not least is Lauren B Rose Bowl because I love red all year long. This is another brand that is fabulous and Rose Bowl is a perfect example of the beauty of their polishes.

Lauren B Rose Bowl

Lauren B Rose Bowl

I’m ready for more pastels now and I have a set of Julie G polishes waiting in the wings for my next nail polish post. I can’t wait to wear them. What’s on your agenda for polish this summer?  —  Marcia


*Lauren B is from PR, rest were purchased or from my nail tech