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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

(nothing to disclose)

 

Formula X polish from Sephora

Not being a nail blogger has its advantages and disadvantages. I love polish and buy an extraordinary amount. Just like some women are drawn to lipstick when they need a pick up or just notice a pretty color, I buy polish. An advantage to being a nail blogger is being able to actually try out all that gorgeousness. They’ll show you an entire collection that they’ve applied so that we can drool over the polishes. A disadvantage though is not always knowing how a polish wears. Do a vice versa and you have me, a lover of polish who sometimes blogs about it. I may not be able to show you whole collections since I only use one polish a week, but I can tell you about the wear of a polish so I do have that advantage.

Formula X Nail Color in Fiery and Wunderkind

Formula X Nail Color in Fiery and Wunderkind

Formula X Nail Color in Wunderkind and Fiery

Formula X Nail Color in Wunderkind and Fiery

This leads me to reviewing two Formula X polishes by Sephora, Fiery and Wunderkind,  I bought Fiery based on its description which was right up my alley. It’s a gorgeous fiery red metallic polish that is like the finish of a shiny new car gleaming in the lights of the dealer’s showroom. It’s a stunning color that applied beautifully. It also wore like a dream for the first 5 days.

Formula X by Sephora Fiery Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Fiery Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Fiery Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Fiery Nail Color

I then chose Wunderkind to put on a secret Santa list and my lovely secret pal purchased that for me. The problem is that the description of Wunderkind doesn’t match the polish in the same way that I’d found with Fiery. Sephora calls it a midnight blue pearl so I expected it to be the navy equivalent to that shiny automobile. Instead I feel like I’m standing in the showroom but they forgot to turn on the lights.

Formula X by Sephora Wunderkind Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Wunderkind Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Wunderkind Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Wunderkind Nail Color

The setback that they both share is longevity. Wunderkind lasted great for 3-4 days while Fiery lasted well for 5 days but then they went downhill. The edges wore quickly, the shine faded (especially on Wunderkind) and I’m once again reminded I’m not a nail blogger so I need to finish out the week with a polish that lost its specialness.

Both Fiery and Wunderkind are part of The New Classics collection at $10.50 each. I can’t help but recommend Fiery if you are a fan of red polish. The shiny metallic shade will have you mesmerized for days. On the other hand I found Wunderkind not to live up to the color shown on Sephora’s site. It didn’t have the oomph on me to make it anything more than another navy polish which is really a shame.

Formula X by Sephora Fiery Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Fiery Nail Color

Have you tried Formula X? What colors are your favorites? — Marcia