I’ve discovered a Hidden Gem by SoFlaJo nails (insert heart here)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’m cr-cr-crazy about nail polish. It’s become an obsession for me and when I can feed the obsession for $5 a bottle and get gorgeous colors with an outstanding formula then it’s even more exciting.

SoFlaJo Hidden Gem mini

I was lucky enough to “meet” the indie nail polish creator of SoFlaJo. She sent me Hidden Gem in the mini size to try and that set me off on a spree. As I mentioned the other day right now there is free shipping for this holiday weekend. I just ordered 1 full size polish and 5 more minis. Since I hate paying shipping I am thrilled to use that money towards more polish!!

Jody, the creator of SoFlaJo, sells on her own website which is where the sale is. She also has an Etsy shop if that’s your preference but free shipping isn’t offered there. No matter where you buy SoFlaJo polishes though, you are in for a treat. While I just have Hidden Gem from the Party Time collection to show you today, expect to see at least 6 more manicures in the future.


SoFlaJo Hidden Jem

Hidden Gem is a mysterious polish. It looks a tad murky at first and then you look at it in the light and you see the true beauty of it – it twinkles. Here’s what she says about this shade: Hidden Gem is a steely blue teal polish with flashes of green and blue flecks and rainbows of scattered holo.

Soflajo Hidden Gem

I’ve got nothing but raves for Hidden Gem and every stylist and nail tech at the beauty salon I go to also had nothing but raves for it. Everyone there the day I had my nails done commented on it. They’d be across the salon and tell me they saw a color that is totally different than the color they saw when they were near me.

Hidden Gem really is hidden. The light you are in makes all the difference. At first glance I see gray. I look a little deeper and I see beautiful shimmer in rainbow shades but mostly blues. Once applied the magic begins. This is what I saw at first —

Hidden Gems in bright light

I moved into the ambient light of the beauty salon and this is what I saw –

Hidden Gems in ambient light

Yep, same polish, same day. You can tell by the way my new nail tech scraped my finger (unfortunately) and dried out my cuticles in the process. As I’m sitting at my computer I’m seeing a ton of subtle holo sparkle in a gray base.

I highly recommend that you follow SoFlaJo on Facebook since that’s how we’ll find out about all the new pretties that Jody has conjured up! When I was on Twitter one evening, I noticed that Jody tweeted about a blog with her polishes. I don’t know the owner but she has amazing nails and photography skills. Check out Pointless Cafe’s post about the Party Time polishes.

I love seeing a party going on on my nails and I’m thrilled with SoFlaJo’s rendition of party time. Join me in a little spree! You’ll be cr-cr-crazy about this too. — Marcia

Don’t forget to order on November 25-26 for free shipping with a $20 order!!

Black Friday deals galore! Plus Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

Have you noticed that Black Friday and Cyber Monday keep getting bigger and better? It’s hard to hold back when you find deals like this. Just about every brand we love has deals so we thought we’d share a few of our Black Friday favorites.

Keranique is offering $40 off your purchase of $100 or more using the code “BLACKFRIDAY” available online at www.keranique.com beginning November 23rd and ending 12:00AM on the 24th.  Additionally, receive 30% off your order of $150 or more with the code “CYBER30” on www.keranique.com for Cyber Monday!

Miracle Skin Transformer is saving you 30% on your entire purchase with the code “BLACKFRIDAY” available online at www.miracleskintransformer.com beginning November 23rd and ending at 12:00AM on November 24thAdditionally, you can get 30% off on your order of $60 or more on www.miracleskintransformer.com with the code “CYBER” for Cyber Monday!

Indie Lee & Co. has a couple deals including, “Black Ops Black Friday” via Beauty Army, which provides 20% off of Indie Lee products purchased in their Beauty Army store.  Indie Lee will also be offering a deal with OpenSky for Cyber Monday.


Deborah Lippmann ROCK THIS TOWN set

Deborah Lippmann has 20% off orders of $75 with the coupon code THANKS2012. We fell in love with this collection containing 3 glimmer polishes.

INGLOT:Wow, it’s not often you can get Inglot at a discount. (click to enlarge)


After reading Lisa’s review on the Senna Haute Nude Sultry palette we know that the Senna sale is even more inviting.

CAMERA READY COSMETICS has amazing Black Friday deals for 50% off!! This starts Thursday at 8 p.m. PST.

  • Cinema Secrets (the entire line)
  • Ben Nye (selected products)
  • Eve Pearl (the entire line)
  • Ellis Faas (selected products)
  • Embryolisse (selected products)
  • Temptu (selected products)
  • Yaby (selected products)
  • Face Atelier (selected products)
  • Graftobian (selected products)
  • Joe Blasco (selected products)
  • Kett (selected products)
  • La Femme (selected products)
  • Maqpro (selected products)
  • Mehron (selected products)
  • Nurturing Force (selected products)
  • OCC (selected products)
  • Parian Spirit (the entire line)
  • RCMA (selected products)

Thursday 8pm until Friday 8pm (PST) every item in our Black Friday category will be 50% off!

Minimum purchase $75. FREE SHIPPING! No “rain checks.”


Saturday, November 24th falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and it also marks the third annual Small Business Saturday; a day to support local businesses around the country. Small Business Saturday was founded in 2010 by American Express in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more customers. American Express provides support by generating awareness and action around shopping local for the entire day. So if you need a gift, a haircut, new shoes, a new concealer… Pick it up at a small biz! You can learn where to shop, and how to support local businesses in your area by visiting http://www.shopsmall.com

Here’s a great very short video to remind you of why you should SHOP SMALL

Speaking of small, I have a new favorite nail polish shop that is considered an “indie”. I’ll be reviewing a beautiful polish this weekend from SoFlaJo. Starting now you can get free shipping on polishes with a minimum $20 order. The best thing is that she sells minis for only $5 so you can try a lot of her fabulous polishes for very little money. I have Hidden Gem from Jody’s new Party Time collection and it’s H.O.T. I’m so ordering from the Year of the Dragon collection!! This is a way to buy small and get yourself some pretties at a great price.  — Marcia