Homemade Nail Polish book giveaway!!

What better way to start the weekend than with a giveaway! Not only was I excited to share the book HOMEMADE NAIL POLISH by Allison Rose Spiekermann in this review, but the publishing company has offered us a giveaway for two of you!

Homemade Nail Polish by Allison Rose Spiekermann

Homemade Nail Polish by Allison Rose Spiekermann

This book was so much fun because I got to learn secrets as well as technique. I love indie polish and knowing the way those amazing ladies begin to develop their craft was a blast to learn.

Homemade Nail Polish back cover

Homemade Nail Polish back cover

Even if you don’t want to learn this craft for yourself, it’s going to make an utterly amazing gift for the right person. You could put together a kit of things mentioned in the book to get someone started. They’d love you forever (if they don’t already).

To enter please go back and read the review of the book and then use the Rafflecopter. This is open to US only and will be sent by the PR company or publisher, shipping to the winners could take up to a month (just a warning from the company to us). This is open through 8/8/14 at 11:59 pm EDT. If comments close early please email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment or put it on our Facebook page. — Marcia

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Homemade Nail Polish – what a fun read

Homemade Nail Polish by Allison Rose Spiekermann

Homemade Nail Polish by Allison Rose Spiekermann

I have a fun read for you today. The book Homemade Nail Polish was sent to us and I’ve been having a ball reading it. This is everything you need to know about the world of nail polish in a fast, easy format. If you’ve ever drooled over the colors you see that so many indie polish creators have introduced and wish you could do that, then you absolutely need this book. Even if you are like I am and just dream of the creativity, you’ll want this book.

The author, Allison Rose Spiekermann, is the creator of her own indie nail polish line, Nail Pattern Baldness. She has shared what she’s learned with us for $16.95 ($12.24 at Amazon.com; $9.95 for Kindle). If you follow her directions you’ll be saving more than that and feeling like a million bucks.

Homemade Nail Polish Chapter one

Homemade Nail Polish Chapter one

Chapter One is absolutely vital since the author describes everything you need to know about the ingredients. You’ll find out the basic ingredients and about all the extras like which glitters to use, which inexpensive polishes to use for mixing, and what every term means. It’s short but oh so sweet.

Homemade Nail Polish Chapter Two

Homemade Nail Polish Chapter Two

In Chapter Two you’ll learn what equipment you need to buy to start on this project. The author helps you with the best products to purchase plus she teaches you about some less expensive alternatives when applicable.

Homemade Nail Polish Chapter Three

Homemade Nail Polish Chapter Three

The heart of the book is found in Chapter Three and this is the chapter you’ll love best. For example, Allison shows you how to use eyeshadow to add the interest in a polish you want to create. Have a polish you hate on your eyes? Well you can use that to add to your homemade nail color. Or pick up one of her suggestions about drugstore shadows to make your creation.

Homemade Nail Polish sample page

Homemade Nail Polish sample page

Just like a well written cookbook, she has ingredients and exact directions. Just like a chef you can take that recipe and change the colors you use and make it your own.

Other things you’ll learn in Chapter Three are how to combine polishes, how to use glitters properly, all about special effect additives and how to make matte polish. You can make jellies, holographic polishes, neons and mattes with her recipes. This chapter has the tricks of the trade along with instructions on doing a good manicure.

Homemade Nail Polish Chapter Four

Homemade Nail Polish Chapter Four

Chapter Four is all about the fun techniques that we admire on others – jelly sandwiches, decals, stencils, galaxy nails (I need to try this technique!), dot methods, adding loose glitter and so much more.

Homemade Nail Polish back cover

Homemade Nail Polish back cover

Allison Rose Spiekermann doesn’t miss a trick in Homemade Nail Polish. She teaches us everything from the basics to the secrets to how to create a perfect nail application. The proper ingredients and sources and where to buy them are in the book. I can’t help thinking about what a great gift this would make along with some of the equipment needed to get someone started.

If you love nail polish or know someone who does, what a perfect book this is. Pretty fun, great ideas and creativity at its best. — Marcia

*received for editorial consideration

What pretty Pixi nails you have

Pixi Beauty summer polishes

Pixi Beauty summer polishes

There is something so festive about these three Pixi Beauty nail polishes that I couldn’t wait to get outdoors to photograph them. If you knew me, you’d know I’m not really an outdoor kind of woman. I prefer sitting in the shade looking at the nice summer weather. Pixi Beauty sent these along to share with readers since summer is the time when you can get away with these bright and happy colors.

Lime Lustre, Oh so Orange, Sizzling Sunshine

Lime Lustre, Oh So Orange, Sizzling Sunshine

I took the three polishes with me on a recent trip to my nail tech and we played to see which would look the best on my skintone. I chose Lime Lustre even though I knew that my husband would have picked Oh So Orange. Since I wear a polish for a solid week I wanted one that I’d smile at every day and Lime Lustre was the choice.

Pixi Beauty Lime Lustre

Pixi Beauty Lime Lustre

Lime Lustre is a cream polish that applied beautifully. There was no pooling in my cuticles and it leveled perfectly with the second coat. There’s a sheen to Lime Lustre that isn’t in the other two and I know that’s what drew me to this shade.

Pixi Beauty Nail Color

Pixi Beauty Nail Color

If you look at the bottle above you can see what I mean about the sheen. It makes Lime Lustre have a luster that I enjoyed looking at.

Sizzling Sunshine, Oh So Orange, Lime Lustre

Sizzling Sunshine, Oh So Orange, Lime Lustre

Sizzling Sunshine is a beautiful yellow shade. I don’t really like my hands in yellow but I’m going to use this for dotting soon to liven up other manicures.

Oh So Orange is ohhhh so orange. It’s a neon orange that is really beautiful. This is the kind of color you should be wearing on your toes in the summer. It would make you giddy!!

Pixi Nail Colour

Pixi Nail Colour

What’s important to know is that these little gems are only $8 and they wear beautifully. The color was absolutely true for my 7 days of wear. A tiny bit of tip wear (and I type all day long) and typical growth were the only ways you could tell this wasn’t a fresh manicure.

Pixi Beauty: Lime Lustre nails and Emerald Glow eye palette

Pixi Beauty: Lime Lustre nails and Emerald Glow eye palette

And to make it even more fun, Lime Lustre matches my Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Emerald Glow. Now it’s more than double the pleasure – it’s triple.

Have you had any Pixi fun in your life lately? If not get to Target and check out the display or go online to Pixi Beauty and pick out some fun summer shades. I can tell you that Lime Lustre and Oh So Orange are especially fun for mani or pedi time. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 

 

 

The best eyeshadow, lip gloss, and nail polish for the Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July!  Here is a holiday cosmetics Rorschach test for you.  What do you see in this photo?

photo from sf.funcheap.com

photo from sf.funcheap.com

Did you say patriotic Elvis?  Or did you say inspiration for your Fourth of July cosmetics???

Since you read this blog, I am guessing the latter.  And I’m with you!  Here are my top red, white, and blue eyeshadows, lippies, and nail polishes.

Red white and blue!

All you need for the Fourth of July!

Let’s start with RED.

left to right:

left to right: Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24, tarte cosmetics Lipsurgence lip cream in Promise; Zoya Nail Polish in Lisa

My red choices always tend to be on the ‘berry’ side of the realm.  Face Stockholm has the consummate raspberry red eyeshadow with Pearl Eyeshadow 24 – and yes, it does double duty as a blush.  It even does triple duty as a lip stain when mixed with some clear lip gloss.

Speaking of lippies, my most-loved red for this holiday is tarte cosmetics Lipsurgence Lip Creme in Promise.  This is a chubby lip creme that is self-sharpening and has a slightly minty taste.  It is a primo shiny strawberry red – not too warm or too cool.

My red nail polish choice is – but of course – Zoya in Lisa.  Lisa is the supreme 4th of July red – ruby-red with pink and red shimmer.  It’s fun and festive and not TOO over the top…just like me?  Maybe!

Next is WHITE.  All three of these products should be in every makeup artists bag.  Period.

left to right:

left to right:  Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in White Lies; Whitening Lightning Lip Gloss in Phuket; Cult Nail Polish in Tempest

The cream of the crop white eyeshadow is, hands down, Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in White Lies ($5.99).  This is a pure white matte shade that should be in everyone’s collection.

If you are looking for a true white lip gloss, Whitening Lightning Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Phuket Exotic ($24) is your answer.  This is an opaque white gloss that can be worn alone, or it can be mixed with other colors to create a lighter shade.

My go-to white nail polish is Tempest from Cult Nail Polish ($12).   It’s an absolute pure glossy white, and it looks great on its own or is, of course, perfect for nail art.

Last but not least, BLUE.

left to right;

left to right:  Senna Eye Color Glow in Capri; Whitening Lightning in Bahama; Lacquer Lust in Zircon

I adore blue eyeshadow with brown eyes, and my most cherished blue is Senna Eye Color Glow in Capri ($18). It is the loveliest sapphire blue I have ever seen.

My blue lippie choice is yet another from Whitening Lightning, this one is Bahama Exotic.  Yes, it’s a daring choice, but let me tell you that blue makes your teeth look super white!  If you can pull off blue, this is a lip gloss you need.

I have tons of blue nail polishes (can’t say that about lip products, ha!) so this was a difficult choice…but ultimately Laquer Lust’s Zircon ($12.50) won out.  This teal blue with microshimmer was part of the infamous Birthstone Collection, and lucky us it’s still available thanks to a relaunch!  The color is simply stunning, and the reflection from all those fireworks will only make it even better.

For those who would rather categorize by product type, here is the lowdown.

left to right:

left to right:  Whitening Lightning Bahama; tarte cosmetics promise; Whitening Lightning Phuket

left to right:

left to right:  Bahama, promise, Phuket

Top Three Fourth of July Lippies:

1.  Whitening Lightening Bahama Exotic

2.  tarte Lipsurgence promise lip creme

3.  Whitening Lightning Phuket Exotic

left to right:

left to right:  Senna Capri; Makeup Geek White Lies; Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24

left to right:

left to right:  Capri, White Lies, Pearl Eyeshadow 24

Top Three Fourth of July Eyeshadows:

1.  Senna Capri

2.  Makeup Geek White Lies

3.  Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24

left to right:

left to right:  Zoya Lisa, Cult Nail Tempest; Lacquer Lust Zircon

left to right:

left to right:  Lisa, Tempest, Zircon

Top Three Fourth of July Nail Polishes:

1.  Zoya Lisa

2.  Cult Nails Tempest

3.  Lacquer Lust Zircon

Get into the holiday spirit today with some red, white, and blue eyes, lips, and nails.  And Happy Fourth of July from Beauty Info Zone!  - Lisa

*some products sent for editorial consideration

Happy Fourth of July!!

Happy Fourth of July!!

Inglot introduces Exotic Lagoon Nail Enamel and I’m sharing one!

Inglot Cosmetics has released a new summer collection of O2M Breathable Nail Enamels with the great name of Exotic Lagoon. These are 6 of the most beautiful polishes that are designed to take you on an imaginary and colorful trip through an exotic lagoon. Of the 6 colors I was offered to choose one and I picked #700 as it reminds me of the crystal clear blue water in an untouched paradise.

Inglot #700 O2M Breathable Nail Enamel

Inglot #700 O2M Breathable Nail Enamel

Imagine yourself seeing the corals and reds in clear blue coastal water near crisp sandy beaches and you have the picture of Inglot’s Exotic Lagoon Nail Collection (#695-700).

Inglot O2M Nail Enamels in 695, 696, 698

Inglot O2M Nail Enamels in 695, 696, 698

Inglot’s polishes are called O2M Nail Enamels and they have a unique formula that allows nails to “breathe”. Oxygen and water are able to pass through the enamel to the nail’s surface. It’s recommended that to make this system work best you also use their O2M Breathable Base and Top Coat. I don’t have those and the polish itself was fabulous. If I was to start collecting these polishes I’d want those though.

#700 is a lagoon blue and one I got a lot of compliments on. The color was absolutely refreshing. It’s the type of hue I’d happily wear any day of the year but it’s especially gorgeous for summer.

Inglot #700 O2M Breathable Nail Enamel

Inglot #700 O2M Breathable Nail Enamel

Inglot #700 O2M Breathable Nail Enamel

Inglot #700 O2M Breathable Nail Enamel

Inglot #700 O2M Breathable Nail Enamel

Inglot #700 O2M Breathable Nail Enamel

I wore #700 for one solid week and could have gone on longer. My thumbs showed wear, nothing else did. They were perfect and I was still getting compliments on this unique color on day 7.

O2M Breathable Nail Enamel is a new formula for Inglot. Inglot Nail Enamel is free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, and DSP.They are $15 at Inglot’s site and their nail swatches are wonderful, giving you a true feeling of what the colors will look like on your own nails.inglot 700 bottle in hand

If you’ve read my nail reviews before you know that I am a frustrated nail blogger wanna be. With Inglot’s #700 I wanna be at this exotic lagoon and wear the polishes in this collection over and over.

Do you have a favorite Inglot Nail Enamel? I know my collection needs to grow! — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 

 

 

May’s BIZness

The month of May has just flown by, hasn’t it??  With all the parties, wedding and baby showers, and spring cleaning the month has melted away. We know that it’s not always possible to read each post every day so we thought a summary post of the month’s reviews would be helpful. Here is everything we reviewed and reported on this month. Happy reading and hello June!!

May

COSMETICS:

Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder

Vapour Organic Beauty, eco beauty done right

Butter London Lolly Bright lipglosses

Top 10 Tuesday gift time

My Beauty Diary

Senna HD Concealer

Susan Posnick ColorEssential Lipsticks

Face Stockholm Pastel Eyeshadows

Face Stockholm BB Cream

Ellis Faas Mascara

Beauty Addicts GlimmerSheers

Bella Mari natural foundations

Makeup Wars takes on Nude lips

Epic Blend Lip Balms

Tarina Tarantino’s Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows and Eyeshadow Brushes

SUBSCRIPTION BOXES:

May Wantable Accessories Box

May Wantable Cosmetics Box

May IPSY bag

FabFitFun VIP Summer Box preview

NAIL POLISH:

Butter London Lolly Brights

Butter London Kerfuffle

3 perfect bold nail polishes for spring

Dior Front Row gel formula polish

Top Ten polishes for spring and summer

Trind polish – Mint Julep

Butter London Sweet Somethings Set

BATH AND BODY:

Beautifully Clean with Faith Aromatherapy

Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Cleansing Cloths

See what MST Miracle Balm can do for you

Farmhouse Fresh Honey Magnolia Sparkling Soak

Lush Mum Gift Set

4 tips for brushing wet hair and a Knotty Girl Coolway Brush review

RITUALS Laughing Buddha line

SKIN CARE:

Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair with Peptide K8

Introduction to Derma MD

Clayspray Masks:  The most hygenic mask you’ll ever try

Livad A&D Cream

Lily Farm Fresh Skin Care Seven Facial Rejuvenating Oil Treatment

Neova Illuminating Eye Therapy 4.0 and Cu3 Intensive Lip Repair

Derma MD Enzyme Cleanser

YBF Define and Quench lip treatments

HAIR CARE:

Cristophe Volumizing Spray, Argan Oil Treatment, and Shaping Spray

Argan Oil 7 5-in-1 Moisture Healing Shampoo by NelsonJ

FRAGRANCE:

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent and Shimmering Body Oil

EXERCISE/HEALTH PRODUCTS:

Malory Band

FlipBelt

POISE MicroLiners

SUNDAY SCOOP -

Giveaways from Beauty Info Zone and beyond

ACCESSORIES:

3 graduation gift ideas from Mont Bleu

June

Sweet Somethings: Butter London Petticoat and Doily Nail Polish

Marriage season is here and Butter London is ON IT with their Sweet Somethings Set. This nail polish quad has everything a bride-to-be could want:

BL SS

Doily – “Something Old” (Light-pink lace overcoat)
Alabaster Gaze - “Something New” (Opaque, pearl-white shimmer)
Pink Ribbon – “Something Borrowed” (Sheer pale-pink créme)
Petticoat – “Something Blue” (Periwinkle-blue shimmer)

Butter London sent two of the shades to test, Doily and Petticoat.

Butter London Petticoat

Butter London Petticoat

Butter London Petticoat

Butter London Petticoat

Butter London Petticoat

Butter London Petticoat

Petticoat is a light blue with shimmer. Actually, the shimmer shows in the bottle but it doesn’t show up on the nails. That’s ok, though, because Petticoat is a drop-dead gorgeous blue that makes for a stunning mani or pedi.

Butter London Doily

Butter London Doily

Butter London Doily

Butter London Doily

Butter London Doily

Butter London Doily

Butter London Doily by itself, 3 coats

Butter London Doily by itself, 3 coats

Doily is so, so pretty. It has white bar glitter and several sizes of hex glitter in a slightly peach base. I tried it alone with three coats, and couldn’t decide if it was pretty or if it just looked like a doily threw up on my nails. But I did get tons of positive comments and strangers asked me for the name of the polish, so I guess it looked pretty good after all! I think that it is best as one coat over a matte shade. Doily is not easy to remove, by the way, my nail tech had to break out the drill.

So what do you think? Will you say “I do” to Butter London’s Sweet Somethings Set? Personally I am ready for the commitment, and want all four shades!  – Lisa

oops – Marcia butting in. While Lisa showed you the summery way to use Doily, I’m showing you that this is great for you all year. I borrowed this from her to use it over Dior Front Row. Look how gorgeous it is!

butter LONDON Doily over Dior Front Row

butter LONDON Doily over Dior Front Row

*sent for editorial consideration