Happy 4th of July!! My red, white, and blue favorites for nails, lips, and eyes

Some people make red, white, and blue desserts for the 4th of July.

photo courtesy of HGTV.com

photo courtesy of HGTV.com

Me?  I make my favorite red, white, and blue selections from my nail polish, lip gloss, and eyeshadow collections.  Here’s are my selections in celebration of our patriotic holiday!

My picks for 4th of July nail polish shades

My picks for 4th of July nail polish shades

My favorite red, white, and blue nail polishes are:  Rescue Beauty Lounge Cherry Love (popsicle red), China Glaze White Cap (sheer white with gold shimmer, I am wearing this one now!), Cult Nails Princess (light dusty blue with pink shimmer).

My July lip gloss picks

My July lip gloss picks

My holiday lip gloss picks include:  Butter London Come to Bed Red (classic cream red), Elizabeth Arden Crystal Clear Lip Gloss (sheer shiny gloss), It Cosmetics News Anchor Blue (sheer blue that makes teeth look super white).

My beautiful Z Palette holding my patriotic eyeshadows!

My beautiful Z Palette holding my patriotic eyeshadows!

My Z Palette holds my favorite red, white, and blue eyeshadow 4th of July collection.  Here are my picks:

Red, white and blue eyeshadow picks

Red, white and blue eyeshadow picks

Far left row from top to bottom:

Nars Tibet (the consummate shimmery sheer white)

MAC White Frost (a buttery white frost that is perfect for the brow and inner corner of the eye)

MAC Crystal Avalanche (fabulous pigmentation, and this works beautifully as a face highlighter too)

July whites and reds

July whites and reds

Second from left row top to bottom:

MAC Vanilla (this is a homemade pan made from the Vanilla pigment.  I prefer this to the regular MAC Vanilla eyeshadow, which I think is rather boring.  My absolute favorite for an eye-widening lid shade)

MAC Star Violet (just enough plum to keep it from being too red, and the Veluxe Pearl texture can’t be beat)

MAC Plum Dressing (gorgeous, different, and makes a great smoky eye look)

July reds and blues

July reds and blues

Far left row in picture above, top to bottom:

MAC Moon’s Reflection (stunning periwinkle blue that is totally wearable)

MAC Leisure Time (red-gold-bronze that is unique and stunning with brown eyes)

Giorgio Armani #46 (fantastic red-bronze that doubles as a beautiful blush, it applies soft but is buildable for more drama)

Second row pictured above, top to bottom:

MAC Electric Eel (not for everyone, but this is the prettiest, most dramatic blue I have ever owned)

MAC Freshwater (fantastic ocean blue, love this as a liner…and it’s got that fabulous Veluxe Pearl texture)

MAC Deep Truth (sultry true deep blue, one of my most favorite blues of all time…it is a perfect liner shade)

Far right row top to bottom:

Sue Devitt Alexandria (totally underrated brand…this is a fantastic cobalt blue)

MAC Contrast (deep violet-blue, try this over black eyeliner for some mega sultry drama)

Giorgio Armani #1 (rich,velvety navy blue that is a fabulous eyeliner)

There you have my red, white, and blue selections in celebration of patriotic makeup geekdom!!  What are yours??  - Lisa

PS – and just for fun, here are some more China Glaze White Cap pictures for you.  Happy 4th of July!  – Lisa

China Glaze White Cap

China Glaze White Cap

China Glaze White Cap

China Glaze White Cap

China Glaze White Cap and my beautiful flowers

China Glaze White Cap and my beautiful flowers

and one more just for the heck of it!!

and one more just for the heck of it!!

My favorite holiday nails combo: Rescue Beauty Lounge and Cult Nails

I don’t usually rock red nails, I tend to go for pale neutrals for my manicure. But the holidays call for an exception, and I just had to share my most favorite holiday color combo of all time.

I absolutely love two coats of Rescue Beauty Lounge Cherry Love:

Rescue Beauty Lounge Cherry Love

Rescue Beauty Lounge Cherry Love

and one coat of Cult Nails Doppleganger:

Cult Nails Doppleganger

Cult Nails Doppleganger

Cherry Love is described by Rescue Beauty Lounge as “Popsicle-fuschia, the love child of hot pink and sizzling red. When pink is too tame and red is too expected, give this glamorous shade a try.” I truly think it’s the perfect matte red with blue undertones. It’s sold out at Rescue Beauty Lounge, but you might be able to find it on ebay or other discount/resale sites.

my favorite combo!

Red nails…so unlike me!

By itself, Cherry Love is a perfect red – but what makes it the ultimate holiday combo is the addition of one coat of Cult Nails Doppleganger ($10). Doppleganger is a topcoat that slightly changes whatever color you apply it over, giving it a slight milkiness plus lots of tiny white shimmer.

rocking red nails

rocking-around-the-Christmas-tree red nails

Over Cherry LoveDoppleganger looks like a little snowstorm.

like a snow storm over red nails

like a snow storm over red nails

The shimmer is perfect, not too much and not too little.

looks great in any light

looks great in any light

I don’t often have a red manicure, but December is definitely my exception to the rule. Cherry Love plus Doppleganger is my favorite, go-to holiday manicure combination.  What’s yours?  – Lisa

My latest nail polish favorites – Le Metier, Rococo, Zoya, RBL and Orly

I really love new nail polish. I get a thrill out of wearing a new color or finding a new favorite. I’ve got a few that I haven’t shown before that I want to share with you.

My newest polishes are the ones from Le Metier de Beaute’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. When I first saw them I was sure that the cherry red would turn out to be my favorite but instead it’s the chocolate one, Chrome Passion. I adore this polish. In some lights it’s chocolate, in some lights it’s charcoal and it SPARKLES!! There was a cult favorite from OPI called My Private Jet that had this holographic sparkle but then they changed it. If you missed that polish then you really don’t want to miss this set to get Chrome Passion. My photos show both looks you’ll find when wearing this amazing polish.



When I was at Space NK in Newport Beach (inside Bloomingdale’s) I instantly gravitated to the Rococo nail polish display. I’d read so much about those polishes so seeing them in person was a thrill. It was really hard to walk away with only one polish but I was trying to be restrained since it was the first day of our trip to California. Now of course I’m lusting after others in the collection. Rococo is a cult brand in the UK so that made it even more appealing to me. What I bought is called POP CULTURE and it’s a perfect year round shade. The cherry red of this is perfect for both manicures and pedicures and I think suits many skintones. It turns out that it’s the color that our hostess Patty owned and our coloring is like night and day.

Applying this nail polish was a dream. My nail tech was so impressed with the quality of it and the brush. We noticed that I could have gotten away with one coat of it but I prefer two. As I’m typing this I’m on day 10 of the manicure and I have tip wear only. I’ll remove it soon so that I can play with my collection but I know it would look good until my next manicure (at the 14th day mark). They aren’t cheap polishes ($16.50) but the quality is wonderful. Plus the box it comes in is a packaging delight. Pop Culture is a cream formula. You can buy Rococo through Teri at SpaceNK. 949-729-6803; tc2@spacenk.com

Sometimes when I buy a nail polish it’s because the color is so gorgeous that I can’t resist. I’ll know it’s a totally wrong shade for me but I’ll want it anyway. That was the case with Orly Rage. I adore the color. It’s a rose gold shade with small specks of silver. It’s stunning BUT it’s so wrong for my hands. I brought it to my appointment recently and my nail tech put it on her nails and it was fabulous with her olive coloring. But I have a lot of red in my hands so it wasn’t quite right. I was determined though and we started experimenting. If I’m not 100% sure of what shade polish to wear I bring about 4 with me and luckily that was the case this time. I had brought a chrome purple shade by BYS called Chrome Violet (an Australian nail polish company)  so we decided to see how one coat of that looked with Orly Rage over it.

Call it love. It not only was fabulous looking and received oodles of compliments but it looked almost perfect 2 weeks later when I went for another manicure. I know now that experimenting with layers is the way to go with colors that weren’t perfect for me. I don’t remember exactly how much Rage cost but I found mine at Sally Beauty and I believe it was under $5. This is metallic nail polish at its best.

Speaking of purples, here’s one I love ZOYA CAITLIN. It’s a dark lavender with a gray undertone. Here’s Zoya’s description which is the opposite of my description: Smoky purple-tinged medium gray with smooth, opaque creme finish. Zoya wears like iron on me and of course it is free of all the bad guys.

Zoya Kelly is a rich gray shade with soft purple and blue undertones. I tend to wear this in the cooler weather.

Here’s one last polish that I’m in love with: Rescue Beauty Lounge Insouciant. OMG, this is a gorgeous polish. This applies like a dream and looks stunning for 2 weeks on me. Here’s Ji’s picture with mine underneath. In hers you can see the subtle shimmer which you’ll notice when you wear this. It’s sold out but you can vote for it to be brought back and you should!

As you can see, these are all just beautiful. Do you own any of these? I’d love to know. — Marcia