Get beautiful polishes that are 8 free from Chrome Girl

Chrome Girl Nail Lacquer

Chrome Girl Nail Lacquer

The first time I wore CHROME GIRL was in 2013 when the company was brand new and only had created 18 shades of nail lacquer. They’ve now been in business for 3 full years and their inventory has grown and grown. You have your choice of over 46 polishes.

CHROME GIRL sent Lisa and I several polishes and treatments and I’ve had the pleasure of wearing two of the three polishes that I received. I wear polishes for a full week so I really get the opportunity to see more than just their beauty – I test wear time. I won’t keep you in suspense since the two I’ve worn have lasted the week. The worst I’ve seen is a little tip wear on a few nails towards the very end of the time. Otherwise they win the gold medal.

Chrome Girl nail lacquer in Love Note

Chrome Girl nail lacquer in Love Note

Love Note is a beautiful true red cream. There’s no orange or blue to it. Just a beautiful red that flatters my skintone.

Chrome Girl Lacquer in Love Note

Chrome Girl Lacquer in Love Note

I couldn’t have asked for a better shade for the month of February or any month actually.

The second one I wore had me panting with excitement. MERCURY IN RETROGRADE is the one I grabbed out of Lisa’s hands when we deciding who would review each one!

Chrome Girl Mercury in Retrograde

Chrome Girl Mercury in Retrograde

Look at this beautiful shade. It’s like being on an island at sunset and being mesmerized by the water. It appeared more blue on my nails than in the bottle but that didn’t take away from the shimmer and shine.

Chrome Girl Mercury in Retrograde

Chrome Girl Mercury in Retrograde

You can see the depth of the shimmer within yet this is not a polish that will give you trouble removing it. It removes just like a cream polish, nothing makes it adhere with flakes.

I have one more polish yet to wear but I just couldn’t wait to share these two.

Chrome Girl Mercury in Retrograde, Barely Legal, and Love Note

Chrome Girl Mercury in Retrograde, Barely Legal, and Love Note

Barely Legal is a wonderful sky blue cream that I know will wear just as well as its pals. It fits in very well with the Pantone Color of the Year for 2016, Serenity Blue. I’ll be sharing this with you in April when the skies turn blue again.

I’ve saved the best for last. This is the only 8-free nail care product in the market. That means it is produced without: Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate, Camphor, Xylene, Acetone, Silicone. Chrome Girl is a cruelty-free company that is made in the US and has polishes that are safe for every age.

Take some time to peruse their website to see what shades draw you in. I have my eye on at least half a dozen. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 

The answer to easy glitter polish/gel nail removal at home: NAILMates

NailMates Finger Mates

NailMates Finger Mates

I love love love glitter nail polish, but I hate hate hate trying to remove it. You aren’t going to believe this awesome system that works for fingernails, toes, glitter polish, and even removing gel nails:  NailMates Finger Mates ($14).

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I actually avoid some really gorgeous nail polishes because they are so hard to take off I just don’t want the hassle. And when I am at the salon, I am astounded at what you ladies go through for gel nails. I was happy when I learned about the whole aluminum foil/acetone soaked cotton system, but to be honest, I don’t want to have to spend the time it takes. The NailMates Finger Mates system makes removal so easy, I can see professionals as well as us regular joes wanting a set.
Nailmates
 NailMates has been featured in Nail It, Day Spa, US Weekly, and Scratch UK, and they have a tough time keeping it in stock at Sally Beauty because it’s selling like hotcakes. If you have a Sally Beauty near you, get there pronto…you won’t be sorry.  (You can also buy the caps and foam pads ($14) and extra foam pads at nailmates.net).
NailMates Finger Mates

NailMates Finger Mates

NailMates remover pad

NailMates remover pad

NailMates Finger Mates

NailMates Finger Mates

NailMates Finger Mates are reusable finger caps that hold removal pads. Soak the pads with acetone then slip them on – they work on both fingers and toes (there are larger toe size sets available). The cap keeps the pads in place, and the pressure from the cap eliminates the need to sit still since there is direct contact. The caps also keep in body heat, which speeds up the process.  Some other benefits:
  • The re-usable one size fits all NailMate caps are QUICK and EASY to apply.
  • NailMate caps completely cover the removal pads. This protect the acetone from exposure to air which can result in pre-mature acetone evaporation.
  • Contrary to cotton products, NailMate pads are extremely absorbent and provide consistent and even distribution of the acetone across the entire nail.
  • NailMate removal pads, used with the caps, are so efficient that there is virtually little (light if at all) to no scrapping of residual polish from nails.
  • NailMate removal pads do not drip acetone.
  • Pads are oversized and match the NailMate caps. This insures the pad completely covers the nail top to bottom and from side to side. The caps hold the pads in place as fingers slide under the pad and into cap.
  • Removal pads are a proprietary formula. Removal pads can be rinsed and reused if sterilization is not required. Terrific value!

I am really impressed…this removal system just doubled my nail polish options! If you do your own gel nails or just want a better way to remove glitter polish – or any nail polish, for that matter – be sure to check to check out NailMates Finger Mates at Sally Beauty or online at www.nailmates.net.  – Lisa

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Melody Susie LED Light Gel Nail Dryer plus a double giveaway

melody susie violetiel

You’ve heard both of the Beauty Info Zone bloggers rave about our organizers from Melody Susie. We recommend this all the time and ours get constant use. Well Melody Susie wants to let people know that they have more than the organizers so they kindly sent their Violetiel 24W LED Light Gel Nail Dryer plus they have offered a giveaway for two Melody Susie products.

Melody Susie makes several versions of LED Nail Dryers in a variety of prices. The one that we have (and someone can win) is the white Violetiel Nail Dryer from their Violet Series. This is wonderfully priced at $59.99 and is available in black, silver and white.

Melody Susie Violette Nail Dryer

Melody Susie Violette Nail Dryer

Information from Melody Susie tells us:

  • Fit for almost all kinds of LED GEL Nail Polishes
  • Lightweight, portable, space-saving and wider opening to fit five fingers together
  • No need to replace the lamps. Highly efficient LED light with a life span of 5000
  • 3 Kinds of preset time controls (15s, 30s, 60s), you can choose the proper time according to your needs
  • Cool lighting design provides you a glamourous experience

 

Melody Susie Violette Nail Dryer 3 timer options

Melody Susie Violette Nail Dryer 3 timer options

There are three preset options for timing. With most gel polishes you’ll get by in just 15 seconds per hand but you have the option to use it for longer. Even though this is made for a gel mani I’ve used it with my regular polish to get it to dry faster and it really helps.

Melody Susie Nail Dryer in use

Melody Susie Nail Dryer in use

 Your package will include 1 MelodySusie Nail Dryer, 1 AC/DC Adapter, 1 User Manual

AC Adapter

AC Adapter

Product Details: Power: 24W
Input: 110V-240V 50/60Hz
Output: DC-12V 2.5A
LED: 12 PCS LED
N.W: 0.4KG
Size: 205*200*75mm
Delay time: 15s/30s/60s

For our giveaway one person will win this Melody Susie Violetiel Nail Dryer and one person will win a Melody Susie Large Capacity Cosmetic Organizer.

Melody Susie Cosmetic Organizer

Melody Susie Cosmetic Organizer

MelodySusie Large Capacity Cosmetic Organizer

MelodySusie Cosmetics Organizer

MelodySusie Cosmetics Organizer

You should read our reviews of this organizer to get an idea of just how great it is: MARCIA’s review, LISA’s review. We hope too that you’ll visit Melody Susie’s website because the list of items they have is terrific and the prices even better.

Now for the giveaway information: Two winners, one for each of these incredible products. This is US only and open through February 4, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The winners will receive a code to order their prize once the giveaway is over. As usual there are two requirements and lots of options: 1. Subscribe to Beauty Info Zone 2. Leave a comment. All other items in the Rafflecopter are options to give you more chances to win. I find that the people who win often come back and do Twitter several times as well as most of the options. If comments close early please email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Melody Susie, click enter and continue. We’re excited to present this giveaway to you and hope you’re excited about seeing it here.  —  Marcia

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KBShimmer leads the way for winter nail polish

KBShimmer winter 2015

KBShimmer winter 2015

Makeup Wars has chosen a favorite topic for me this time around — nail polish. I’m the blogger that bit my nails for most of my life. And not just bit them but kept at them until they bled. I considered it a hobby (not really but it felt that way). When I decided to stop biting it was because I wanted a French Manicure. It took a long time and a lot of broken nails to get my nails strong enough to have that french mani but guess what? I hated the look on me. Then I turned to red and pink polish and wore the same ones over and over and over again. When the dark nail fad became real, I changed and now you can’t stop me. I’ll be the woman in the nursing home with neon or holographic or glittery nails loving every minute of it.

Back to the topic of winter polishes!! I’ve found some beautiful ones this winter and wanted to share some of my favorites today which means KBSHIMMER. We were lucky enough to receive the polishes and I do mean lucky since there’s nothing like KBShimmer for quality and color.

My blog partner Lisa shared these with you:

KBShimmer Winter Holiday Collection

KBShimmer Winter Holiday Collection

Pictured here are Coal in One, a charcoal gray holographic polish that is one of my favorites for this winter. It glistens with micro glitter. Next is Kind of a Big Dill, a fabulous glitter loaded polish with micro and medium size glitter. This is perfect for Christmas (and for St. Patty’s Day). Smoke Signals is the one to wear by the fire with its orange, red and aqua glitter in a very light gray base. Claws and Effect is my very favorite polish from this collection. I knew once I saw it that I needed it. This is a navy holo with teeny holographic shimmer. I love it in all lights but it’s very special in bright light. Chilly Pepper is Christmas red personified. It’s a beautiful creme polish that wears and wears. Fleece Navidad is the sleeper of the group. It looks like a light silvery gray polish but it comes alive on nails with blue micro flakes and holographic glitter.

KBShimmer Winter 2015 Collection - sELFie, Oh Holo Night, How Corn-y, Yule Worthy, Owl Miss You, and Brr-tiful Dreamer

KBShimmer Winter 2015 Collection – sELFie, Oh Holo Night, How Corn-y, Yule Worthy, Owl Miss You, and Brr-tiful Dreamer

Six more to admire!

KBShimmer sELFie

KBShimmer sELFie

sELFie has the best name. I just love how clever it is. Here’s another green but this one is more glitter laden. It has a heavy load of glitter and is textured. I think it’s best with a white or green base and then one thick coat of sELFie over it so it doesn’t get too thick.

KBShimmer Oh Holo Night

KBShimmer Oh Holo Night

KBShimmer Oh Holo Night

KBShimmer Oh Holo Night

Oh Holo Night (another fab name) is a top coat with heavy glitter and silver and blue holo mini stars swimming among holographic blue and silver hex glitters. It stands out best over white but has an unusual touch when worn over a dark shade too.

KBShimmer How Corn-y

KBShimmer How Corn-y

How Corn-y was inspired by Indian Corn with a light creamy yellow base and lots of colorful glitter in fall shades of burgundy, red, orange and gold.

KBShimmer Yule Worthy

KBShimmer Yule Worthy

Yule Worthy is a beauty and not what you normally see. The glitter in this absolutely shines. Move your hands and you’ll see micro metallic flakes that look prismatic. The base is a brown burgundy crellie/flakie.

KBShimmer Owl Miss You

KBShimmer Owl Miss You

KB Shimmer’s Owl Miss You is the most office appropriate – as long as your office doesn’t mind stunning hidden glitter that is. This has a very soft neutral beige base but within it is the beauty of gold and copper flakes.

KBShimmer Brrr-tiful Dreamer

KBShimmer Brrr-tiful Dreamer

Brrr-tiful Dreamer is gorgeousness!! The base is a crellie that is a muted grape with grey that’s loaded with aqua, sliver, purple and fuchsia glitters.

KBShimmer polishes are $7 for creams and $8.50 for holos and glittery shades. They are worth every penny. Beauty Info Zone will soon be having a giveaway for the last 6 polishes so be sure to come back with your wishlist!

I had a lot of polishes to share with you but these are the ones I’m craaazy about for winter. I hope you are too. — Marcia

Let’s check to see which other bloggers have some beauties to share.


* sent for review consideration

A England Dancing with Nureyev has me floating on air

A England Dancing With Nureyev

A England Dancing With Nureyev

As a nail polish aficionado there are polishes I crave and almost every A England Polish is in that category. I find these to be of incredible quality. I recently received Dancing with Nureyev from my incredible “Secret Pal” through an exchange and I am so excited about this polish that I needed to wear it instantly.

A England is made in the UK and are 3 free and cruelty free. They make some of the most beautiful holographic polishes ever. Besides being reasonably priced they are unique and almost always have a story behind them. Dancing with Nurevev is part of the Ballerina collection which also contains Fonteyn, Her Rose Adagio, and Encore Margot. While this polish was created in 2013 A England is kind to us and doesn’t discontinue their polishes. It may have taken me over 2 years to have this but that makes it even more precious.

A England Dancing with Nureyev

A England Dancing with Nureyev

Dancing with Nureyev is a light blue that contains some metallic gray, a little purple and beautiful gold shimmer. It applied like a dream without ever pooling or streaking. No lines are visible, just gorgeous prismatic color.

A England Dancing with Nureyev indirect light

A England Dancing with Nureyev indirect light

While it appears darker in indirect light, in bright light it looks similar to Serenity (Pantone color of the year for 2016) but much more exciting. pantone 2016

A England Dancing with Nureyev

A England Dancing with Nureyev

Thank you to my Secret Pal for making a long time wish come true. — Marcia

 

A England polishes are available at Color4Nails in the US for $10 each

 

 

Be fashionable with Q&Q watches and butter LONDON polish

Q&Q Smile Solar watch and butter LONDON polishes

Q&Q Smile Solar watch and butter LONDON polishes

When it comes time for gifting having a plan is always helpful. I created a post about a nail themed stocking yesterday and today I have a wonderful idea to add to that. These Q&Q Smile Solar Watches are perfect gifts and would make a stellar set when paired with a butter LONDON nail lacquer. I received the gray and silver combination and I just love it.

Q&Q SmileSolar watch in grey

Q&Q SmileSolar watch in grey

Q&Q is a division of Citizen Watches with some very reasonable prices. They have styles for men and women with a huge variety of designs. I have a SmileSolar in gray that looks fabulous with butter LONDON Diamond Geezer Polish. There are 16 different watches in the SmileSolar family ($40).

Q&Q SmileSolar

Q&Q SmileSolar

Once you charge the watch by leaving it in the light, the solar powered battery will keep it running for 3 to 5 months before you need to recharge it. All it takes is light. The watch is made of recycled material. Q&Q (Quest & Quality) has changed light into energy all while keeping the world green.

Q&Q SmileSolar watch and butter LONDON Diamond Geezer

Q&Q SmileSolar watch and butter LONDON Diamond Geezer

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer Nail Lacquer ($15) is a holiday polish that is festive but surprisingly not glitzy. A diamond geezer according to butter London is what the Cockneys call a kind, helpful and reliable man; A gem of a man.

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer

This metallic polish is fabulous on. What amazes me most about it is that there were no streaks at all. Not even a hint of one. It applied smoothly and evenly. Definitely a gem.

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer in sunlight

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer in sunlight

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer indirect light

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer indirect light

I couldn’t get enough of either the polish or the Q&Q watch. Diamond Geezer is New Year’s Eve ready and the watch helps me keep time of how my life is frittering away. Which combination would be the most exciting for you? — Marcia

 *sent for review consideration

When you purchase a Q&Q SmileSolar watch, a portion of the proceeds is donated to TABLE FOR TWO to deliver school meals to children in Africa and Asia.

Stocking Stuffers for Nail Lovers

 STOCKING STUFFERS are either the most fun items to buy or the hardest ones to buy. All ages love gift cards but that’s too impersonal (unless it’s a fussy teen who hates anything you picked). This year do something different and do a themed stocking. My theme is for my favorite females and it’s all about nails.
SOME FAVORITES ….

1.  VIOLIFE SLIM UNO PORTABLE NAIL KIT is cute and practical. It’s a battery powered manicure kit that is 4 tools in one. It comes with an emery board and replacement pad, a shaping file, buffer with a replacement pad and a cuticle pusher. It comes in a carrying case so it’s perfect for the travelers you know and it’s cute enough to make every woman smile. Also check out Violife’s great travel toothbrushes which come in a style for everyone on your list.

Violife Slim Uno

Violife Slim Uno

Violife Slim Uno

Violife Slim Uno

2.  NAIL BUTTER is going to change the nail life of the lucky recipient. This non-greasy butter comes in 2 fragrances, lemongrass and geranium. This is a pure, all-natural product that contains essential oils and lanolin. It can be used just about anywhere you need some softening. But the beauty of it is what it does for you nails. It not only helps strengthen nails but it’s great for encouraging growth. Your cuticles will be moisturized and look better than ever. Maybe you should put this on your list while you’re at it!

Nail Butter

Nail Butter

Nail Butter

Nail Butter

3.  MONT BLEU CRYSTAL NAIL FILES has a certain je nais se quois about them. These are the products you want to put in an adult’s stocking because it will blow her away. No one has the quality of Mont Bleu’s files nor the stunning designs and colors. You could easily buy a different one for every female on your list without repeating designs. Expect a “WOW” when it’s opened.

Mont Bleu

Mont Bleu

Mont Bleu

Mont Bleu

4.  FARMHOUSE FRESH MARSHMALLOW MELT is an all purpose Shea Butter Balm that is slim enough to fit into a cosmetic bag. It combines pure shea, cocoa and mango butters to make it an all-purpose balm. You can use this on your feet, your hands, elbows and even lips. The fragrance is enticing and not too sweet. You won’t feel like a child using this or smelling it on your body since it adds a little tonka bean and sandalwood to cut the sweetness but leave it smelling good enough to eat.

Farmhouse Fresh Marshmallow Melt

Farmhouse Fresh Marshmallow Melt

Now to the nail polish! I’m a nail polish fanatic and want to wear a different one every week. That means I need at least 52 polishes a year (a hint to my family who might be reading). I chose 3 different brands at 3 different prices. All are high quality and wear beautifully.

1.  PURE ICE NAIL POLISH ($1.97 each) has a new winter collection called Fairytale Forest that is sweet and fun along with a nice change of pace from the typical greens and reds of the season. I chose Pure Ice because it contains some of the Pantone colors of 2016 that were just announced. Pinks and light blues make me smile.

Pure Ice Prince Charming with Stella Grace

Pure Ice Prince Charming with Stella Grace

Pure Ice True Love's Kiss

Pure Ice True Love’s Kiss

2.  KBSHIMMER always makes me ecstatic. Each season they create a new collection that makes my heart flutter plus they have their permanent collection. All are not only beauties but the wear is incredible. I have a thing for their holographs like Coal in One and Fig-Get About it. ($8.75)

KBShimmer Coal in One

KBShimmer Coal in One

KBShimmer Fig-Get About It

KBShimmer Fig-Get About It

3.  butterLONDON polishes make me so happy. It’s hard to walk out of Ulta without perusing their selection and I often walk out with one. KIP was a favorite this past summer and now it’s coming out again so I can be in tune with Pantone now! This is an oxford blue men’s shirt come to life. If you insist on red for Christmas though there’s lots to choose from, especially Knees Up which I love!($15)

butter LONDON Kip in sunlight

butter LONDON Kip in sunlight

butter LONDON Knees Up

butter LONDON Knees Up

Now you know how to make a female happy. Buy her a few fabulous polishes, a terrific hand/cuticle cream, and a perfect nail file! She’ll be your BFF forever.  — Marcia

I can’t wait to see what our other Makeup Wars bloggers have chosen!

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