My perfect nail polish for Valentine’s Day: KBShimmer In Bare Form

KB Shimmer In Bare Form
My goal on Valentine’s Day is get in bare form…how about you?

Ok, so that was rather naughty! Despite my naughty nature, I prefer nail polish that is on the subtle side. KBShimmer’s In Bare Form nail polish ($8.75) really is perfect in name and in color for the day of love, although it is a step outside the traditional pinks and reds.

KBShimmer In Bare Form

KBShimmer In Bare Form

In Bare Form is a light beige polish that looks classically understated…but take a second look and this is a wonderfully complex holo polish that flashes green, gold, and orange. I just love how this can go from office appropriate to dance floor awesomeness in seconds.

KBShimmer In Bare Form direct sunlight

KBShimmer In Bare Form direct sunlight

KB Shimmer In Bare Form indirect lighting

KB Shimmer In Bare Form indirect lighting

I think In Bare Form is a wonderfully unique polish that is perfect for Valentine’s Day. KBShimmer has tons of fabulous shades and the new Spring 2015 Collection just came out. Head on over to their website at kbshimmer.com to find the perfect polish for your personality…and I hope your Valentine’s Day is good naughty fun!  – Lisa

*sample for editorial consideration

Happy times with Pixi Beauty in January

Each month Pixi Beauty picks out a variety of cosmetics as their favorites. January’s picks are absolutely amazing. I was thrilled when I received this box of treasures and have been using them non-stop.

Pixi Beauty picks for January

Pixi Beauty picks for January

The products you see are: Correction Concentrate, Gilded Garnet Nail Polish, Natural Brow Duo, Large Lash Mascara, Lash & Brow Brush and Flat Liner Brush. Each one makes me love Pixi even more than I already did.

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate

My absolute favorite of these products is Correction Concentrate ($12). This pot of wonder makes such a huge difference under my eyes. In real life I always felt my concealers worked well but in photographs I’d see nothing but darkness under my eyes. I don’t have great photography skills and have to take a dozen or more pictures to get one that’s slightly passable. Once I started using this soft peach I noticed that my undereyes looked brighter. The pot is small but potent. Once I can’t get my finger in I’ll use a brush since I want to use every drop of this wonderful product.

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate

Speaking of brushes, the Flat Liner Brush ($12) has more than one job. Yes you can use it as a push brush for eyelining but you can also use this for the Correction Concentrate. Use it to dab the corrector under your eyes to hide all the sins.

Pixi Lash & Brow Brush and Flat Liner Brush

Pixi Lash & Brow Brush and Flat Liner Brush

Pixi Beauty Large Lash Mascara ($16) is one of two mascaras that Petra has created. This one has an oversized brush to pick up all your lashes. Not only is this a lengthening mascara but it adds great volume yet isn’t clumpy at all. It has all the attributes you want in a mascara – no clumping, no flaking, no raccoon eyes – all you get are beautifully defined lashes.

Pixi Beauty Large Lash Mascara

Pixi Beauty Large Lash Mascara

Pixi Beauty Large Lash Mascara

Pixi Beauty Large Lash Mascara

Pixi is also featuring their Lash & Brow Brush ($8). I love having a brush like this because it does double duty. I like using it to brush my lashes before I apply mascara. That insures an even look and makes sure my lashes aren’t sticking together. The bristles on the brush are well spaced out making it a more effective brush. My other use for this brush is for my eyebrows. It tames them and also helps distribute color through my brows more evenly.

Lash & Brow Brush and Flat Liner Brush

Lash & Brow Brush and Flat Liner Brush

Pixi’s Natural Brow Duo is getting its own post later today, that’s how much I have to say about it. What you need to know now though is that this has two sides – a waterproof brow pencil and a tinted soft-hold brow gel. With my new brow obsession, this is a fab product for me to be using.

Pixi Brow Duo in Natural Brown

Pixi Brow Duo in Natural Brown

I love when Pixi sends nail polish and the one they sent this month proves why. Gilded Garnet ($8) is one of their newest polishes and it’s a winner. It’s described as a deep burnished maroon with gold shimmer. I see it as more of a brown in most lights, a cinnamon brown, with some subtle gold shimmer in bright lights.

Pixi Beauty Gilded Garnet Nail Colour

Pixi Beauty Gilded Garnet Nail Colour

Pixi Beauty Gilded Garnet Nail Colour

Pixi Beauty Gilded Garnet Nail Colour

Pixi Beauty Gilded Garnet Nail Colour

Pixi Beauty Gilded Garnet Nail Colour

Every one of these 6 pieces are ones you want in your makeup collection. I’m loving Gilded Garnet Nail color as it’s a great fall and winter shade; I am mad about the Correction Concentrate and want to own one of these forever; and the Natural Brow Duo is getting a lot of admiration around here.

Check back for my Natural Brow Duo review and get yourself to Pixi Beauty and purchase these essential products! — Marcia

*sent for an honest review

Say Ciao to Faby Italian Nail Lacquers

Faby nail polishes

Faby nail polishes

Well Hello FABY. You are a welcome addition to my nail polish life. I was lucky enough to receive these three polishes and they are a pleasure to add to my collection. I received these in the summer and then life happened but I’m glad to introduce you to these beauties at last.faby names

CLEO’S TALISMAN is the kind of polish I go crazy for. This is green, copper and purple depending on the light. It’s metallic and has the most amazing shine to it.

Faby Lacquer Cleo's Talisman

Faby Lacquer Cleo’s Talisman

Faby Lacquer Cleo's Talisman

Faby Lacquer Cleo’s Talisman

Faby Lacquer Cleo's Talisman

Faby Lacquer Cleo’s Talisman

HIBISCUS BLOOM is a fabulous tantalizing red with pink shimmer. I’m a huge fan of red polish and this is one of the prettiest around. The shimmer is small and adds a twinkle to the finish. It’s not a glitter so it removes easily.

Faby Hibiscus Bloom

Faby Hibiscus Bloom

Faby Lacquer Hibiscus Bloom

Faby Lacquer Hibiscus Bloom

Faby Lacquer Hibiscus Bloom

Faby Lacquer Hibiscus Bloom

THE DANCE OF THE GRACES is the only one I haven’t worn yet. I received it in summer but it was mid fall before I was able to get my nails done and this gorgeous periwinkle cream just didn’t feel right for the season. It will be my first spring polish though.

Faby Lacquer The Dance of the Graces

Faby Lacquer The Dance of the Graces

Cleo's Talisman, Hibiscus Bloom, Dance of the Graces

Cleo’s Talisman, Hibiscus Bloom, Dance of the Graces

There are over 200 polishes made by FABY LACQUERS. They’ve covered the gamut with 6 different finishes: metallic, cream, shimmer, sheer, glitter, and frosted. You’ll find every shade you can possibly desire. One of the things I like best about their website is that the colors are accurate and they give you a description of the polishes to let you know what you’ll be ordering.

“With shades that are inspired by things like Italian culture, literature, cinema and fairytales, FABY nail lacquers are an expression of personal style that encourage you to make a statement and live “La Bella Vita” (“The Beautiful Life”).”

These apply beautifully and last me for the full week between manicures. They are free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor and other harsh, unnecessary additives. Plus they are cruelty free and never tested on animals.

Add some beauty to your life with FABY Lacquers. I’m certainly glad I was able to say Ciao to these. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Seasons Greetings with KB Shimmer nail polish

KB Shimmer Winter 2014 Polishes

KB Shimmer Winter 2014 Polishes

KB Shimmer has put Beauty Info Zone into the holiday zone with their festive nail polishes! We discovered this cool indie line last year and we have so much fun with the unusual nail polishes. KB Shimmer specializes in creative color combos including holographics, hex glitters, circle glitters…you name it, these polishes have it. The Winter Polishes are so beautiful we had to do a Side by Side to showcase them for you.

first two: Pine-ing for Yule, second two: Let's Sleigh Together, Mauve on Over, Merry Pinkmas

first two: Pine-ing for Yule, second two: Let’s Sleigh Together, Mauve on Over, Merry Pinkmas

Lisa’s Side:  Let’s Sleigh Together

KB Shimmer Let's Sleigh Together

KB Shimmer Let’s Sleigh Together

KB Shimmer Let's Sleigh Together

KB Shimmer Let’s Sleigh Together

Let’s Sleigh Together is a really interesting color – pale gray with hex glitters in green, navy, and mint, plus circle glitter in blueberry and micro holographic glitter. I can easily say I have nothing else like it in my collection! I think the light gray is perfect for winter, and the glitters make it look like a snowstorm on my nails. I had no problems getting a fabulous array of glitters without having to go ‘fishing’ for more. Two coats is all you need for the full effect.

Pine-ing for Yule

KB Shimmer Pine-ing for Yule

KB Shimmer Pine-ing for Yule

KB Shimmer Pine-ing for Yule

KB Shimmer Pine-ing for Yule

Talk about festive! Pine-ing for Yule is an homage to the Christmas Tree with tiny holographic green trees and red stars. KB Shimmer will donate $4 from every bottle sold as their 2014 Toys For Tots ® charity polish. Get one now and with rush delivery it will arrive in time for Christmas. Or, buy one to save for next year! I love this polish over red polish (pictured above on the nail wheel) or over white polish as pictured on the website. I decided to try it over gold polish and it turned out beautifully. In fact, just today at the grocery store the check out lady told me it was the neatest holiday manicure she had seen yet. The glitter is very thick, so you will need at least two (maybe even three) coats of clear topcoat to get a smooth surface.

Marcia’s Side:  Mauve on Over and Merry Pinkmas

KB Shimmer Merry Pinkmas and Mauve on Over

KB Shimmer Merry Pinkmas and Mauve on Over

Look at these two fun polishes. These are wonderful shades all year long but especially now. The polishes we’re showing you today are from KB Shimmer’s Winter 2014 Polish Collection. They aren’t just holiday shades as you’ll see with my polishes.

KB Shimmer Merry Pinkmas

KB Shimmer Merry Pinkmas

kb shimmer merry pinkmas

Merry Pinkmas has a variety of glitter shapes. All the particles in it though are small and easy to move if they end up in the wrong place. I found this polish to be thicker than my Mauve on Over and when I first used it, I overdid it. I tend to be heavy handed but I learned that a thin coat makes for a better application. The glitter in this is mostly green, red and white with a touch of yellow thrown in.

KB Shimmer Merry Pinkmas

KB Shimmer Merry Pinkmas

KB Shimmer Merry Pinkmas on accent nail, my bad first attempt

KB Shimmer Merry Pinkmas on accent nail, my bad first attempt

With MAUVE ON OVER I used the lesson I learned when applying Merry Pinkmas. I used two thin coats and the results are beautiful. The polish wore well but be forewarned that since it’s a glitter polish, it’s harder to remove.

KB Shimmer Mauve on Over

KB Shimmer Mauve on Over

KB Shimmer Mauve on Over

KB Shimmer Mauve on Over

The glitter in Mauve On Over is mostly metallic blue and red with some neons thrown in. They go from micro to medium in size. This is a polish that will be great most of the year so get it while it’s still available.

KB Shimmer has a wonderful website loaded with gorgeous polishes. Each collection they bring out makes us want more and more.

 *sent for editorial consideration (we’ve both bought from KB Shimmer though!!)

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