Pixi Beauty for October gives you reasons to be creative

October is really the most magical month of the year because you can make it the way you want it. It can be sweet and sassy, it can be monstrous, it can be spooky or it can be a perfectly beautiful fall month. You make it be what you want it to be. Pixi Beauty sent over some of their October offerings and I find a little of everything in these selections – sweet, spooky, and fallish.

Pixi Beauty

Pixi Beauty

First is a Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo. This is a double ended pencil with one side meant for lining and the other defining. The Line end is thinner and pointier. If you’ve never tried Pixi Beauty pencils you are totally missing out on something fabulous in the world of pencil eyeliners. I’ve bought many including sets of them. This is my first one that’s double ended and meant to be worn two ways. The Line end, a matte black, is for your upper lash line while the thicker charcoal Define end is for blending into your lower lashline as well as into the crease to contour.It’s a great charcoal with a luminous finish. Using the pencil this way would be for my spooky aka Smoky eye. The pencil is waterproof, hypoallergenic and like most Pixi products has no preservatives or mineral oil.

Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo

Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo

Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo

Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo

Keeping on the Spooky track for October, or any month, chose the Pixi Beauty Polish in Matte Black. What’s great about a matte black polish is that it can be used in many ways – nail art, matte polish, or top it with a shiny top coat and have a shiny black. A gorgeous manicure is to use this Matte Black polish on your nails and then do the tips only (like a French manicure) with a shiny clear top coat. It’s both dressy like a black tie party and attention getting for daily wear. The polish is thick and you could get away with one coat if you wanted. Pixi polishes wear well on me since I find them to be chip resistant. Plus there’s a built in UV protection to prevent discoloration. Pixi makes their polishes 3 Free (Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP free) ($8).

Pixi Matte Black Nail Color

Pixi Matte Black Nail Color

For the sweet and sassy I’d look into Pixi’s Fairy Dust. For October they are featuring Snow Sparkle Fairy Dust ($10). This has a luminous glow to it. It looks like there’s a touch of lavender in the bottle but what appears on the eye or cheeks is a subtle platinum. It isn’t glitter but it is pure shimmer. Use this on the inner corners of your eyes and/or on the lid. You can also dust this along your browbone for an uplift to your eyes or even over your lips to create a glow. Since it’s not glitter it feels smooth on your lips, not crunchy.

Pixi Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle

Pixi Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle

Pixi Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle

Pixi Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle

Pixi Beauty Snow Sparkle Fairy Dust

Pixi Beauty Snow Sparkle Fairy Dust

A fabulous choice for your lips is a true fall shade – Tinted Brilliance Balm in Soft Sienna. I’m a huge fan of crayon lip products and Pixi Beauty knows how to do them right. Their lip balm crayons ($14) are glossy, moisturizing and hydrating. Soft Sienna is a beautiful shade for the season since it has a touch of brown, a touch of red and a touch of coral. But it’s not too much of any of those shades, it’s just a brilliant combination that makes an easy to wear and unique color. This has a slight fragrance that reminds me of peaches. I like a subtle shade on my lips so Soft Sienna hits the jackpot for me.

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Soft Sienna

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Soft Sienna

swatch of Pixi Soft Sienna

swatch of Pixi Soft Sienna

Pixi Beauty used these products on the runway in a spring 2015 look they called their Futuristic Fall Face. Eyes used both the Super Smoky Crayon Combo and Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle – black and white and luminous glow. The lips in Soft Sienna added a perfect pop of color for the white items that were featured with the look.

Make October your month to be whatever you want to be. Don’t be stuck in orange and black – change those up to sienna and charcoal to lead the way. — Marcia

*items sent for editorial consideration, products can be found at some Target stores and on Pixi’s website

Please excuse unedited pictures, at the moment I only have an old iPhone to get photographs

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Trind Caring Color polish invites you to have a Mint Julep

What would the Kentucky Derby be without a Mint Julep? What would Memorial Day weekend be like without a colorful nail polish to greet the unofficial beginning of summer? What would Marcia be like without gorgeous colors of nail polish gracing her fingers? The answer to all 3 of those questions is miserable!

Luckily for me Trind Nail and Hand Care had sent some Caring Color polishes to enjoy. One of those is Mint Julep which graced my fingers the first Saturday in May and is gracing my (ugly) toes for Memorial Day weekend.

Trind Caring Color in Mint Julep

Trind Caring Color in Mint Julep

I’ve shared another Trind polish with you, Surf’s Up, and the wear on these polishes is wonderful. I need to make it through a week with a polish and that was no problem with either of the Trind polishes I’ve shared so far.

Mint Julep is more of a “tiffany” blue on my nails than it is minty but I prefer this type of shade with my very cool skintone.

Trind Caring Color in Mint Julep

Trind Caring Color in Mint Julep

As you can see there’s a blip in my pointer finger. Even though Trind dries quickly it didn’t dry quick enough when I put on my seatbelt. Other than that though the wear was perfect.

Trind Caring Color in Mint Julep

Trind Caring Color in Mint Julep

If you aren’t a fan of Mint Juleps then what about having an Appletini?

Trind Caring Color in Appletini

Trind Caring Color in Appletini

Trind Appletini

Trind Appletini

Appletini has the most beautiful yet subtle shimmer to it. If your hands look good in warm greens I highly recommend this unusual, striking shade. Plus an appletini a day keeps the doctor away (or something like that).

Trind isn’t your ordinary nail polish, it’s also one meant to help strengthen your nails. Polishes are $13 and can be found in top salons in the US and Canada and at skinstore.com. Have a drink of beauty with me and Trind. — Marcia

*provided for editorial consideration

Top 10 Tuesday shares spring and summer nail polish

Top 10 Tuesdays picked a topic that’s close to my heart for this go around. I’m a nail polish junkie even if I have no artistic skills and can’t even apply well. I love having a collection of the prettiest and newest nail polishes but I rarely forget about my previous ones. I didn’t quite narrow it down to 10 but I forced myself to stop adding new ones. It’s easy to see what my favorite colors are in my pictures but I’m always willing to experiment. I hope you enjoy what you see. Let me know if any of these are favorites of yours too. — Marcia

1. TRIND Caring Color in SURF’S UP – this is the prettiest teal I own. I’m crazy about metallic polishes and Surf’s Up is an outstanding one. The wear was great. Toes will cry out for this shade but so do my nails.*

2. FORMULA X in A LITTLE SEXY - I feel a whole lot sexy with this denim blue almost lavender polish. This set me off on a light blue craze but this is my favorite of the ones I used. Pick this up at Sephora before it’s gone since it’s a limited edition.

3. ROCOCCO in SANDRINE CREAM – I love this blue too. It’s deeper and less denim than the FormulaX but it’s a stunning light blue that is perfect now and will remain so in the summer. I bought this online but it’s harder to find now.

Rococco Sandrine Cream polish

Rococco Sandrine Cream polish

4. COLOR ME MONTHLY – CHIFFON – Whenever Color Me Monthly sends a polish I swoon. The surprise of this subscription box is what makes it so much fun. Chiffon is a beautiful lavender that I hope will be in their Vault so you can pick it up if you don’t subscribe.*

5. FACE STOCKHOLM #168 - Not an original name but this purple is just too pretty for me to care!*

6. FACE STOCKHOLM AURA – Last summer Face Stockholm came out with holographic nail polishes and Aura blew me away. Imagine sitting in the sun and being able to look at this beauty. It shines and so will you.*

7. butter LONDON MOLLY CODDLED – This is the first Radiant Orchid item I bought once the color was announced by Pantone. It’s still my favorite Radiant Orchid cosmetic. This will always be in style, no matter what the color of the year is.

8. FORMULA X in FIERY – I do love my red polish. Fiery is a flaming red metallic that you’ll love all year long. This is truly seasonless – wear it on your toes this summer and your nails any time.

9. DIOR in FRONT ROW – I obviously didn’t need another red polish but this is more of a pinky red and it’s Dior’s new gel formula so I was justified in buying this. The wear and application are terrific and I’ll be back for more new Dior now.

10. butter LONDON in KERFUFFLE – The best peach I’ve ever tried. I normally don’t look good in peach but this is a pinky peach that is perfection. I hope Ulta does more BOGO so I can buy more colors like this.

11. and 12. butter LONDON LOLLY BRIGHTS in Lolly and Stroppy – These two polishes got compliments galore and will continue to do so all spring and summer. They are metallics with shimmer embedded in them. The colors are bright and happy.*

Top 10 Tuesdays spring & summer nail polish favorites

Top 10 Tuesdays spring & summer nail polish favorites

Visit the other Top 10 nail lovers to find the delights they have to share. I have my trigger finger ready for fun.

*items were sent for consideration

Let’s talk Front Row with Dior’s new polish formula

Dior Front Row Gel Shine

Dior Front Row Gel Shine

Do you ever make a promise to yourself that you just can’t keep? I do and I did. I promised myself no more high end polish buys. I wear a nail polish about two times, maybe 3, so it seems a waste to buy an expensive polish when there are gorgeous ones for less money out there.

But I saw Dior Front Row Nail Lacquer, knew it was a new formula, and instantly caved. How could I not?  YOU needed to know about this new nail lacquer so I was forced to do it for you. You can thank me later.

Dior Front Row

Dior Front Row

How can someone resist a pinky red polish with microscopic shimmer? How can someone resist a polish that flashes blue and purple in bright light? How can someone resist a polish that’s almost neon but not in your face neon? If that someone is named Marcia then they can’t resist.

Front Row - look at the blue iridescence popping

Front Row – look at the blue iridescence popping

I first saw the polish on The Beauty Look Book. That girl could sell me anything and has. Her photography is so stunning and she has amazing taste. I always want the lipsticks and polishes she reviews. She caught me with Front Row and I didn’t forget about it.

Dior Front Row

Dior Front Row

Dior created a new formula and named it Couture Colour Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer. The brush is different than on my other Dior polishes. The stem seems shorter and the brush wider. It picks up a lot of polish at one time so be sure to watch that or take off the excess. My nail tech told me she loved the brush and loved the application. It never pooled into my cuticles and it was beautifully opaque in two coats.

Dior Front Row - near a window but not sun

Dior Front Row – near a window but not sun

I’m not a photographer and I know smart phones don’t take the best pictures but I loved how the color popped in the picture below. My car is a true red and in comparison you can see the fuchsia that’s in Front Row.

Dior Front Row next to my red car in sunlight

Dior Front Row next to my red car in sunlight

There are two problems with this nail polish – 1) It’s $25 and 2) I want more of the new Dior formula. Simply gorgeous, easy to work with and a killer color. I’m taking a bow from the Front Row right now! — Marcia

 

 

Do you want to Kerfuffle with me and butter London?

Whenever I go to get my nails done I bring in 2-3 polishes and decide when I’m sitting there which one is the polish of the week. My nail tech has a great eye for color and by now knows what I’ll come back ranting or raving about the following week.

butter LONDON Kerfuffle

butter LONDON Kerfuffle

I recently brought in butter LONDON Kerfuffle along with a shimmery light gold and a summery pink polish. She instantly picked up Kerfuffle and told me that this was THE shade. How smart she is!

butter LONDON Kerfuffle

butter LONDON Kerfuffle

I bought this during one of Ulta’s sales and I’ve been waiting for warmer weather. In the bottle this nail lacquer looks lighter than butter LONDON’s official photo above. It’s a sweet pastel peach cream that’s perfectly opaque in two coats. The first coat was patchy but it leveled itself out beautifully with the second.

butter LONDON Kerfuffle in the shade

butter LONDON Kerfuffle in the shade

butter LONDON Kerfuffle in the sun

butter LONDON Kerfuffle in the sun

I kept staring at Kerfuffle all week and thinking that if anything could make me faux tan, it would be this polish. It would look amazing on a tanner skintone than mine.  butter LONDON calls this a pink coral creme. I love that there’s a pink tone in this since it’s softer on me than a straight peach but I’d say it’s a pink peach creme. I hope I don’t get into a KERFUFFLE (a commotion or fuss; smaller than a brawl, larger than a snag) with butter LONDON over this difference. I’d hate for them to stop selling me polishes over this small difference of opinion.

Kerfuffle

Kerfuffle

If you want a beautiful pinky peach polish and love to say the word Kerfuffle like I do then this is for you. I promise not to get into any arguments with you over this. — Marcia

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