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

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

Twiter @PixiBeauty  #PixiBeauty Facebook

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

W: SinfulColors.com

F: facebook.com/sinfulcolors

T: twitter.com/SinfulColors_NP

I:  instagram.com/sinfulcolorsprofessional

*provided for editorial consideration and beautiful nails

How Loverly of you to grace my nails butter LONDON

butter LONDON Loverly Patent Shine polish

butter LONDON Loverly Patent Shine polish

When I learned that butter LONDON had a new formula out, I was a goner. I knew one would be in my shopping cart soon, it was just a matter of which one. The colors in the Patent Shine 10X formula aren’t really unusual. Most of the 14 shades are pretty classic with a few pops of brighter shades.

The reason it’s called 10X is because of the claims that butter LONDON makes:

New 10-in-1 formula! Sophisticated, long-wearing shades proven to promote brighter, strong, healthier nails.
Why It’s Brill:
1. Long-wear for up to 10 days
2. Shock absorbing & chip-resistant
3. Salon colour coverage
4. Gel-like cushion and superior shine
5. Fade-resistant colour
6. Formulated to smooth nails
7. Formulated to Strengthen nails
8. Prevents breakage and peeling
9. Visibly brighter, more radiant nails
10. No formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, or xylene

butter LONDON Loverly Patent Shine

butter LONDON Loverly Patent Shine

What’s truly unusual about these polishes is that they are 7 Free. We are always reading about 3 Free and 5 Free but there are only a few brands that are 7 free – no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, or xylene.

The wear and shine is compared to gel polishes although you don’t need special lights or top coat for these. I wear most polishes for 7 days and rarely have any chipping. Loverly wore like butter LONDON always does on me. It always lasts, it always is shiny and it’s always a brand I love wearing.

butter LONDON Loverly Patent Shine

butter LONDON Loverly Patent Shine

LOVERLY is described as an opaque bubblegum pink cream and that’s exactly what it looks like.

The price has been raised from $15 for a typical BL polish to $18 for Patent Shine 10X. I don’t really know if it is worth the extra $3 personally but I’ve been craving more pink in my nail polish wardrobe so I’m happy with my purchase. It appears that the butterLONDON site has most of these “on holiday” but you can find these at Ulta and Beauty.com.

Have you tried this formula? Are you craving one of these polishes like I was? — Marcia

Loverly Patent Shine 10x

Loverly Patent Shine 10x

Vapour Organic Beauty created some beautiful Vernissage Nail Lacquers

Vapour Vernissage Nail Lacquers

Vapour Vernissage Nail Lacquers

Vapour Vernissage Nail Lacquer aren’t new to this great organic beauty brand but they are new to me. When Vapour offered these for review I waved my fingers and said “me! I’ll be happy to review these”. I have two shades of the 12 they have available ($16 each) and have to tell you that these wore beautifully for a full week each. Plus I felt great wearing polishes with these attributes:

Vernissage 5-Free Nail Lacquer:

  • NO Toluene
  • NO Dibutyl Phthalate (DHB)
  • NO Formaldehyde
  • Cruelty Free
  • Gluten Free
  • No Nano Particles
  • Paraben Free
  • Inner and Outer Packaging Recyclable

Vapour Vernissage Nail Lacquers has changed the packaging of these polishes and there’s more in each bottle. I love how they describe their mission: “Vapour invites you to celebrate the spirit of a night in Paris; hear the timeless glittering laughter and champagne toasts in Vernissage 5-Free Nail Lacquer.”

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Eternal

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Eternal

Vapour has 12 shades but I can’t seem to find them on on vapourbeauty.com.

Amour – Juicy, bright berry

Captive – Venomous cherry

Eternal – Lavender pearl grey

Instinct – Classic true red

Kitten – Uplifting, bright coral

La Fee Verte – Deepest emerald green

Librarian – Sexy, milk chocolate brown

Rogue – A classic, feminine mauve

Scandal – Hot lava red

Trance – Charcoal graphite

Virtue – Sheer cream with a hint of peach

Mischief – An edgy, chic violet grey

ETERNAL is the first shade I chose to wear. It’s not a Marcia shade at all but I really loved wearing it. I’ve never worn a nude nail polish but it made my hands look so long. Eternal appeared different in different lights. It’s described as “lavender pearl gray” but on me it was a dark nude polish that showed some pink undertones.

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Eternal

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Eternal

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Eternal

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Eternal

CAPTIVE is the other shade I received and while it’s described as “venomous cherry” I only noticed the cherry tone when I just had one coat on. I needed two coats to level it out and not show visible nail lines so it is more of a burgundy on me.

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Captive

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Captive

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Captive

Vapour Nail Lacquer in Captive

Vapour Organic Beauty Nail Lacquer in Captive

Vapour Organic Beauty Nail Lacquer in Captive

Check out sources like beauty.com, dermstore.com, beautybar.com and natureofbeauty.com and you’ll find quite a few of these organic polishes from Vapour. Vapour is committed to creating safe and healthy cosmetics and beauty products and maintaining environmental accountability. Perfect for you, perfect for the environment. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

KBShimmer Nail Polish spring 15 collection is in it for the win

kb shimmer logo

KBShimmer knows nails and knows how to put together beautiful nail polish collections. I was lucky enough to receive 3 of the spring polishes and I’m aching for more. Spring 2015 is loaded with 12 new colors that will satisfy every nail lover. If you are a glitter fan you’ll fall in love with Meow or Never, Sweet Egg-scape, To Peach His Own, Cool Hand Cuke, Funky Cold Patina, Wind Swarm and I’m so Sweet Pea. Just the names are enough to make you want to go shopping!

KBShimmer Wind Swarm

KBShimmer Wind Swarm

KB Shimmer Sweet Egg-Scape

KB Shimmer Sweet Egg-Scape

These fun shades will make you smile and have everyone grabbing to hold your hand (they actually just want to see the polish though).

WIND SWARM starts with an aquamarine base and mixes in glitters in purple, pink, gold and white. Then there’s a hint of micro glitter so that you can sparkle. It’s a crelly finish with different size glitter within.

KBShimmer Wind Swarm

KBShimmer Wind Swarm

SWEET EGG-SCAPE is Easter having a party on your hands. It’s starts off with a pale pink base and adds in shaped glitter. You can find stars, triangles, dots, squares and hexes playing together. It too is a crelly and has different sizes of these glitters within.

KBShimmer Sweet Escape

KBShimmer Sweet Escape

If you aren’t into glitters, KBShimmer has the answer with the rest of the collection: Eyes White Open, Blush Money, Ins and Spouts, Blued Lines and Thistle Be The Day. All but Eyes White Open are holographic polishes that are ahhhmazing!

KBShimmer Thistle Be The Day

KBShimmer Thistle Be The Day

THISTLE BE THE DAY is a polish that makes me stop in my tracks. It has everything I love to see on my hands. So many holographic polishes only look good in bright light but Thistle Be The Day is an ultra-holo and shines indoor or out. It’s named after the thistle plant which is a pale pinkish purple. It’s a linear holo with embedded micro glitter that you can’t feel but you can see. It made my day for 7 days straight.

KBShimmer Thistle Be The Day

KBShimmer Thistle Be The Day

KBShimmer Thistle Be The Day

KBShimmer Thistle Be The Day

I’m personally enchanted with KBShimmer polishes. I love supporting indie companies and KBShimmer gives back to their customers with their Reward Program. KBShimmer does not test any of our products on animals.

Which of these is your favorite? Are you a glitter girl or a holographic honey? — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

We’ve caught Spring Fever with Sinful Colors spring polishes

nail sinful colors

With winter fading away and the calendar telling us it’s spring, we’re excited to share some of the new Sinful Colors Nail Polishes in their SPRING FEVER 2015 collection. Beauty Info Zone was sent 5 of these gorgeous shades and they’ve really helped us believe that spring is peeking out – even when it teases us at times.

The gorgeous shades that you can find at Walgreens and other mass retailers for only $1.99 are

Cloud 9: Perfect orange                                            Cream Pink: Bubble gum pink
Energetic Red: A classic fire engine red                Feel The Vibe: A bright splash of juicy orange
Gold Medal: The perfect metallic gold                  Innocent: Green apple
Let’s Meet: Luxe lemon yellow                               Let’s Talk: Royal purple
Nail Junkie: Sparkle-infused aqua                        Navy I Do: True navy blue
Sail La Vie: Cerulean sea blue                                Savage: A matte turquoise that pops
Tempest: A subtly seductive purple                       Thimbleberry: A crushing shade of coral

Why Not: A clear sky blue

OPALESCENT TREND TOPPERS

Flight To See: Prismatic plum

Prized Plume: Iridescent peacock-feather blue

Sheer Flight: Bejeweled emerald

CITRUS TWIST TOPPERS

Horizon Shine: High-shine crimson red

Ring The Belini: Metallic tangerine feather blue

Zest Of Times: Lustrous magenta

BLOOMBLAST GLITTERS

Flower Power: Baby pink speckled with white & fuchsia

Petal Be The Day: Royal blue and purple confetti

Standing Bloom Only: A creamy mango with magenta flecks 

Sinful Colors in Gold Medal, Flight to See, Let's Talk, Cream Pink, Sal La Vie

Sinful Colors in Gold Medal, Flight to See, Let’s Talk, Cream Pink, Sal La Vie

Sinful Colors Gold Medal, Flight to See, Let's Talk, Cream Pink, Sal La Vie

Sinful Colors Gold Medal, Flight to See, Let’s Talk, Cream Pink, Sal La Vie

Sinful Colors Gold Medal, Flight to See, Let's Talk, Cream Pink, Sal La Vie

Sinful Colors Gold Medal, Flight to See, Let’s Talk, Cream Pink, Sal La Vie

We are very excited to share our polishes. Just wait til you see what Flight to See is all about!

MARCIA’S POLISHES

Sinful Colors Let's Talk and Cream Pink

Sinful Colors Let’s Talk and Cream Pink

LET’S TALK is one of the most beautiful metallic purples I’ve come across. Pictures sometimes make it look more blue than it is but believe me, it’s a dark purple that you’ll lust after. What makes this belong in the spring collection is the immense shine of this royal purple. All Sinful Colors polishes last extremely well on me and this was no exception. Compliments galore on this polish.

Sinful Colors Let's Talk

Sinful Colors Let’s Talk

Sinful Colors Let's Talk under very bright light

Sinful Colors Let’s Talk under very bright light

CREAM PINK is described as a bubble gum pink but it’s darker than that once applied. It is a shade that Mother Nature is allowing to pop out of the ground to make us believers in the weather changing. It calls for a pedicure so get out all your pedi tools because once you wear it on your fingers, you’ll want it on your toes.

Sinful Colors Cream Pink

Sinful Colors Cream Pink

Sinful Colors Cream Pink

Sinful Colors Cream Pink

LISA’S POLISHES:

Flight to See, Sail La Vie, and Gold Medal

Flight to See, Sail La Vie, and Gold Medal

FLIGHT TO SEE:  Flight to See is one of the Opalescent Trend Toppers. This works great on its own as a sheer plummy purple that is fabulous for spring. One coat would be beautiful over a french manicure. I have pictured three coats, which is how many needed for a more serious purple shade.

Sinful Colors Flight to See
This also works as a ‘topper’ to change up another color.

Sinful Colors with Flight to See over some of the polishes

Sinful Colors with Flight to See over Cream Pink and Let’s Talk

It really works best over similar pastel cream shades. I didn’t even take a pic of what it looks like over Sail La Vie because that was a combination best left unseen!

Sinful Colors Sail La Vie

SAIL LA VIE:  Speaking of Sail La Vie, here it is – a Cerulean sea blue. This is definitely a bright pop of spring. I thought it clashed with my skin tone, but I have to say I really got a lot of compliments on it!

Sinful Colors Gold Medal

GOLD MEDAL:  This is a really, really pretty metallic gold. It has a beautiful shimmer, and one coat looks amazing. I love Gold Medal and can’t wait to wear it with open-toed shoes!

Sinful Colors has wonderful, affordable options in their spring collection. Which shade will you choose to celebrate the arrival of spring??

*samples for editorial consideration