Blush Lacquers January polish Sleigh Bells – are you listening?

I have become completely enamored with nail polish this past year. When I was getting ready to move I was aghast at quite how many I had in my collection but I really went to town in 2017. I follow so many nail blogs and when I see what they are sharing I can’t resist.

BLUSH LACQUERS is a brand I kept drooling over and I finally caved and placed a big order. My experience with these polishes is delightful. The colors, the shine, the long lasting polishes make me so happy.

When I was struggling to narrow down my order one polish I couldn’t ignore is SLEIGH BELLS. The creator Victoria had a sneak preview available to purchase and I knew it had to be mine.

Blush Lacquers Sleigh Bells (credit BlushLacquers.com, psyched.manis)

This is described by Blush Lacquers as “Sleigh Bells is a periwinkle blue base holo with a pink-gold shifting shimmer and shifting purple-blue-green multichrome flakies.” The main color I see is the periwinkle blue but with all the interesting shimmer and flakies it’s not a typical periwinkle by any means.

BLUSH lacquers Sleigh Bells

My nails are looking so glamorous with this on. I’m a big fan of holographic polish and Sleigh Bells shines with that base. Then the shimmers and flakes add more and more interest.

BLUSH lacquers Sleigh Bells

BLUSH Lacquers Sleigh Bells is only available through January 31st and then it will be gone. It’s a shade I feel that can be worn year round. You really don’t want to miss out on this. Some of the others I purchased that are still available are: My Beach Umbrella – Ella Ella (being discontinued). Amethyst Amulet, and Twilight Maiden. I can’t wait to add to my BLUSH Lacquer collection.  —  Marcia

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Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 with Pixi Beauty and Caption Nail Polish Giveaway

Every year Pantone chooses a color of the year and for 2018 it’s the shade Ultra Violet. Over the next few months you’ll find dozens of variations and interpretations of Ultra Violet in beauty, fashion, and home accessories. Since I’ve started following this trend I’ve liked several but this is the first I can say I love. Purple is the color associated with regality and it’s a shade that invites invention. Some of the greats (Prince and David Bowie come to mind) are associated with the color purple and they are among the people who are artistic inventors.

Pixi Beauty and Caption Nail Polish have sent some products that are wonderful examples of the magic of violet and one Beauty Info Zone subscriber will win these.

Caption Nail Polish in Enough Already, Pixi Beauty Velvet Violet Silky Eye Pen, Pixi Beauty Amethyst Aura Mesmerizing Mineral Palette

It’s no surprise that Pixi by Petra is one of our favorite brands. Being able to buy their products at Target makes it another reason to love Target so much. If you can’t find what you are looking for at Target their website is so easy to shop on plus they have a VIP reward program to help you receive extras and discounts.

Pixi’s Mesmerizing Mineral Palettes are beautifully pigmented six shade palettes that have coordinating colors so everything you need is in the one handy palette. Most of the palettes are just $12 with Amethyst Aura on special for $6 right now. You can’t beat that.

Pixi Beauty Velvet Violet Silky Eye Pen and Amethyst Aura Mesmerizing Mineral Palette

These 6 coordinating shades are cruelty free. The shadows are either matte or satin finish.

To coordinate even further there’s Endless Silky Eye Pen in Velvet Violet. Pixi’s eyeliner pencils are the ones I recommend all the time. Not only do they have a terrific variety of shades but they glide on. I never have tugging with a Pixi pencil but the best thing is that they don’t sharpen away so that I’m left with nothing like many pencils do. Normally $12, right now Pixi has some (including Velvet Violet) on sale for $6. Time to stock up!

Pixi Beauty Velvet Violet Silky Eye Pen

Pixi Velvet Violet

I haven’t had a chance yet to share CAPTION nail polishes with you but I’m totally in love with them. There are an incredible amount of shades that I’m drooling over. I’m currently wearing one that’s a silvery lavender, Way Above Average, that is stunning. In the nail salon and out & about I’ve had so many compliments on it. I think my nail tech is going to steal it from me if I bring it back!

Caption Way Above Average

Enough Already is a perfect cream polish for Ultra Violet. While I haven’t worn it I know the quality of these polishes and how long lasting they are for me.

Caption Nail Polish, Enough Already

Caption Enough Already nail polish

I’m very impressed with Caption polishes and intend to buy several more. At $9.95 they don’t break the bank either.

Now that you see these beautiful Ultra Violet picks from two fab brands you can enter our giveaway to try to win these. You’ll receive Caption polish in Enough Already, Pixi Amethyst Aura polish and Pixi Velvet Violet Endless Silky Eye Pen. What better way to start the year than with the color of the year?  —  Marcia

The giveaway ends on 1/8/18 at 11:59 pm EST. Open to US and Canada. You MUST subscribe and you must leave a comment. If you don’t you are out of luck.

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Caption polishes are also available at Dermstore

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Sally Hansen glams it up with grey polish

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Greyfitti, Stilletos & Studs

I’m back with my favorite mass market brand of polish – Sally Hansen. I’m especially enamored with their Miracle Gel formula since it lasts like iron on me and you can save a step as no base coat is needed. Speaking of iron Sally Hansen has brought to market grey shades that are so in fashion these days. I love grey since it’s a neutral shade that looks good with everything I wear.

Two polishes you need to know about are Greyfitti and Stilettos & Studs

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Greyfitti

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Stilletos and Studs

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GREYFITTI is a beautiful light grey shade in a cream formula. What I look for in greys (which is what I use in my house) are the ones without green or brown undertones. Greyfitti fits the bill as the undertones are neutral. There might be a touch of light blue to it. All I know is that this is the color I want on my walls soon. With the fabulous flat Sally Hansen brush this almost applies itself. No bubbles, no streaking, just beautiful nail polish.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Greyfitti

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Greyfitti bottle with Stilettos & Studs

Stillettos & Studs is a wonderful metallic shade with the tiniest bit of glitter that makes it shine. This is so representative of Miracle Gel since it lasts for up to 14 days and stays shiny. I love this steel grey shade and could wear it for weeks without tiring of it.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Stilettos & Studs

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Stilettos & Studs

If you are looking to be glam in grey then head to your nearest drugstore or Ulta to see what beauties Sally Hansen has for you. —  Marcia

Get all that glitters with Sally Hansen Enchanting Gems Collection

Yes thank you, I’d love to be dripping in gems. I’ll take diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. While we’re at it throw in some pearls, lapis, and amethyst to make my life complete. If I can’t have those can I have the new Sally Hansen Color Therapy Enchanting Gems Collection instead? It’s limited edition so I need to get on it quickly.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Top Coat and Pink Sapphire polish

I’ve had the pleasure of wearing Sally Hansen Color Therapy polishes before and they are absolutely wonderful. The formula needs no base coat since it contains an argan oil enhancing complex that results in extra nourishment and instant moisture for you nails. A special Color Therapy top coat is available that also contains the argan oil formula. The top coat provides an amazingly glossy finish and longer wear. They say you should be able to wear the polishes for 10 days of fade-proof and chip-resistant wear. I typically wear my polishes for 7 days and they look good as new at my next appointment.

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Sally Hansen Color Therapy Top Coat

To my delight I have two shades of these: Pink Sapphire and Smoky Emerald. Both are fabulous colors and I want more from this collection.

Pink Sapphire is a striking pink red shade that Sally Hansen calls electric pink. The first coat did look very pink but with the second coat it filled in with more redness. The combination makes me ecstatic.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Pink Sapphire polish

Pink Sapphire has shimmer within that makes it stand out. When I was at the salon to get my nails done I was complimented on both my nails and the color by a very attractive woman. It turned out she’s one of the newscasters on my local 6 and 11 o’clock news. That compliment meant extra to me once I realized who it came from. And Sally Hansen should be happy with that compliment too!

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Pink Sapphire polish

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Pink Sapphire polish

Smoky Emerald totally surprised and delighted me. I’m not a green person but the description sounded so interesting that I was intrigued enough to want it: “Embrace evening magic with this blackened midnight teal green”.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Smoky Emerald polish

Just look at this beauty! It’s everything that was described….

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Smoky Emerald polish

and more! Not only is there depth to the shimmer but the color looks different depending on the light.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Smoky Emerald polish

In brighter light you can see the emerald and teal. In low lights it mostly looks like a blackened teal.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Smoky Emerald polish

Let’s see some of the other shades available!

Sally Hansen Opulent Pearl, Brilliant Lapis, Orchid Amethyst, Rose Diamond

Which will you choose? These are available now in drugstores worldwide but they’ll be gone way too soon.  —  Marcia

SuryaBrasil Exotic Animals Nail Polishes will bring out the animal in you

Surya Brasil Exotic Animal Polish collection

SuryaBrasil, a natural and organic line, has been a favorite company of mine for years thanks to their devotion to environmental preservation, animal welfare and environmental responsibility.  I love their hair and body products, but never tried their nail polishes until recently.  Marcia raved about two shades she loves from the Exotic Animals Collection, and after trying some myself I am joining her happy dance!  (You can read her review of Peacock and Gold Faced Lion Tamarins HERE).

Surya Brasil Exotic Animal polishes in Gold-Faced Lion Tamarin and Peacock

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While Marcia’s colors were bright and bold, mine are just perfect for the coming of winter months.  That’s one of the beauties of the Exotic Animals Nail Polish Collection – the 16 polishes ($12 each) are all vibrant but they cover a huge variety of shades that work for all seasons.  The nail polishes are all vegan, certified 7-free, and absolutely not tested on animals – the animals are just pictured on the bottles!

7-FREE: 

  • NO Camphor
  • NO DBP
  • NO Formaldehyde
  • NO Parabens
  • NO Toluene
  • NO ingredients of animal origin
  • NO animal testing

Right now there is a cool special going on – buy a color polish from the collection, and get a free pair of Gold Grass Earrings.  They are awfully pretty, aren’t they?

SuryaBrasil Exotic Animals Giant Anteater, White Tiger, Eclectus Parrot

SuryaBrasil Exotic Animals Base Coat

I tested three colors plus the Base Coat.  The Base Coat looks like it would give nails a tint, but it doesn’t – it just evens out the surface so polish goes on evenly and lasts longer.  There is also a top coat and an oil nail dryer available in the collection.  I love the toucan on the bottle.  The packaging for all the nail polishes is really adorable.

SuryaBrasil Exotic Animals Eclectus Parrot

The Eclectus Parrot is a deep dark red shade, exactly the shade of red I look for at holiday time!  I stay away from orangey reds or anything too bright.  For whatever reason, when it’s cold out I want a deep, warm red that is festive, and this really fits the bill.  The parrot is fantastic – he’s actually native from Indonesia and unfortunately is extinct in some areas.

SuryaBrasil Exotic Animals Giant Anteater

SuryaBrasil Exotic Animals Giant Anteater

I don’t usually go for brown shades on my nails, but I am totally digging the brown the Giant Anteater brings to my nails!  I love this super shiny dark brown – hip and pretty all at the same time.  And so is that Anteater!!

SuryaBrasil Exotic Animals White Tiger

SuryaBrasil Exotic Animals White Tiger

How amazing is this White Tiger ?  There are only 500 of these beautiful creatures left on the earth.  This matte white shade is very thick so be careful there isn’t too much on the brush when applying.  It’s a great shade to have in your collection for nail art projects too.

SuryaBrasil Exotic Animals Giant Anteater, White Tiger, Eclectus Parrot

There are many more gorgeous shades available representing other animals – head over to SuryaBrasil’s website suryabrasilproducts.com to take a look and find which animal speaks to you!  – Lisa

SuryaBrasil Exotic Animals Nail Polish Collection

Start November off with some affordable fun: Sally Hansen, Jesse’s Girl, and Good Earth Beauty

affordable buys: Sally Hansen, Good Earth Beauty, Jesse’s Girl

With the holidays bearing down on us we want to save money for gifts but sometimes we need a treat ourselves. Or at least I do. I have 3 brands to suggest as ways to affordably get something for yourself or as future stocking stuffers.

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Sally Hansen is a nail brand that we can all get behind. They have many formulas but my two favorites are Complete and Miracle Gel. Both of these have the most marvelous brush that is so easy to use that even a novice can get great coverage. For fall they’ve come out with some new beauties and I have two to show you.

Sally Hansen World Wide Red and Society Ruler

One of the newest Complete Salon Manicures polishes is Society Ruler. This deep burgundy is so perfect for November that you will want to scoop it up instantly. Complete Salon is an all in one formula that contains keratin. In one handy bottle you’ll have the base coat, strengthening treatment, salon color, the top coat and a chip resistant gel shine finish.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Society Ruler

Sally Hansen World Wide Red and Society Ruler

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is a two step polish that lasts and lasts. Step 1 is the awesome shade that you choose and Step 2 is the gel top coat that seals in the color making it shiny and lasting at least a week to two. A new shade for fall is World Wide Red which isn’t exactly red to me. It’s a bright orange with a red undertone.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in World Wide Red

World Wide Red and Salon Ruler

There are hundreds of shades so the hard part will be picking out how you want to shine, the easy part is a long lasting, easy to apply manicure from Sally Hansen.

JESSE’S GIRL provides us with some excellent affordable products. Two new ones are their Dial-A-Mascara and the latex free blending sponge.

Jesse’s Girl Latex Free Blending Sponge

I don’t know about you but I am addicted to blending sponges. I used to use them until they fell apart but I’ve since learned that they can harbor bacteria so why not have a few on hand that you won’t feel guilty tossing in a few months. Consider it like you would mascara – 3 months of use and then on to the next!

Jesse’s Girl Latex Free Blending Sponge

Jesse’s Girl Latex Free Blending Sponge is extremely affordable at $3.99 and available at Rite Aid stores as well as online. This pretty turquoise sponge is very soft and works well with foundation. But I’ve used it for other things too. I like to blend my blush after applying and this sponge does that dry or wet. Or use the end for your concealer. The word is “bounce” and that’s what you should be doing with a blending sponge. And why not have a bright shade to enhance your vanity area.

Jesse’s Girl Latex Free Blending Sponge

While we’re talking about 3 months let’s talk about the new Jesse’s Girl Dial-a-Lash mascara. This has 4 adjustable control. Leave it on #1 for a natural look that is a subtle way of separating your lashes. Enhance is #2 which amplifies the fullness and increases curl. Step up to #3 for Boost to add volume to your lashes. And, if you dare, take it to #4 for Max Volume which maximizes lash length, thickness, and curl.

Jesse’s Girl DialALash Adjustable Control Mascara (#2)

I found with this mascara that I needed it to age. I opened it and the formula was too wet so I closed it for a week and tried again. Nope too wet. Onto to the next week and it was getting better but it really took a month for it to be dry enough for my particular taste. Don’t give up though even if it takes a month for it to age. It’s just like wine that needs to breath before use. For $7.99 it’s like getting 4 mascaras depending on your mood/needs.

Jesse’s Girl DialALash Adjustable Control Mascara #1

Jesse’s Girl DialALash Adjustable Control Mascara #4

Would it be fall without the smell of pumpkin and/or pumpkin spice? No of course not and Good Earth Beauty All Natural Pumpkin Soap is here to add just a gentle smell to your cleansing needs. I’ve written about other Good Earth Beauty soaps before so you know they are favorites. I like them in my powder room for hand washing but it’s safe for face and body too.

Good Earth Beauty Pumpkin Soap

Ingredients are saponified oils of olive, coconut, palm shea butter and pumpkin seed, pumpkin puree, natural pumpkin fragrance oil. The fragrance is subdued so it doesn’t knock you out and even non-pumpkin lovers will enjoy it. (vegan, organic, cruelty-free)

Good Earth Beauty Pumpkin Soap

Does anything call your name or budget?  –  Marcia

Favorite nail polish brand Makeup Wars – KBShimmer is my jam

This week the Makeup Wars group is focusing on our favorite nail polish brands. As a KBShimmer fanatic it was easy to pick this to share with you. In the past I’d been sent some polishes* from KBShimmer which set me off on a buying spree. Let me share some of my favorites.

KBShimmer some favorite polishes

KBShimmer more favorites

KBShimmer summery shades

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KBShimmer Take Back Ctrl

KBShimmer Take Back Ctrl is a great polish for early fall and early spring especially. This dusty mauve cream applied like a dream and enhanced my tips for 7 days without fading or chipping.

KBShimmer Supplies Party

KBShimmer Supplies Party

KBShimmer Supplies Party* is another fall favorite especially for a party you might be going to. This is their birthstone finish which is heavy metal. Glitter galore and a shade that can look more gold or cream depending on what you are wearing and the light.

KBShimmer Fax of Life

Fax of Life* is another from the brands office collection and this work appropriate polish is a dream. From a light gray to a charcoal it’s got it all including a linear holo with delightful light shimmer in a variety of shades. Highly recommended.

KBShimmer Orchidding Me?

Orchidding Me? * is a purple lovers delight. There’s a rainbow of shimmer in this polish that makes wearing it like watching a movie. Every light you are in will bring you new looks. If you love purple, you’ll love this polish.

KBShimmer Along for the Tide (direct light)

A polish post wouldn’t be complete without a gorgeous blue and Along for the Tide* is that blue. This one is packed with shimmery micro flecks and you’ll find a shift with pink to blue and violet to purple.

KBShimmer Got It Sandaled

KBShimmer Got It Sandaled

Another favorite that I swore by this summer is Got It Sandaled. This dark lavender has a creamy shimmer that’s not obvious at first but peeks out to surprise you and bring a smile to your face.

KBShimmer created a collection called Unicorn Pee that is absolutely delicious. Hard to find, as are all unicorns, and precious once you have them. Even though these are sold out I had to share them and hope for your sake that they come back. Maybe if enough people clamor for them they will.

KBShimmer So Jelly

KBShimmer So Jelly

So Jelly is what I’m wearing right now and I’m loving it. KBShimmer describes it as a ” deepened fuchsia leaning purple jelly with color shifting shimmer”. I see wine, magenta, burgundy and more in this beauty.

KBShimmer Let’s Slang

KBShimmer Let’s Slang

Let’s Slang is the one I was instantly attracted to and went into my cart first. This appears to be a purple in the bottle but it’s really a deep blurple with mostly red shimmer. I didn’t want this off my nails even though I wore it for 7 days. I’ll have this on again and again.

KBShimmer You Dew You

There’s also You Dew You, a top coat to change polishes into shimmer delights. It’s not overly shimmery, just brings out the glamour in the polish. I’ll have a giveaway for a new one since I bought an extra for the blog.

I could show you so many polishes but by now you are probably only skimming pictures. In my opinion KBShimmer is a brand that can’t be beat. Only found on their own website and Amazon it’s worth the time to seek them out. The wear on these is phenomenal, it’s a cruelty free brand that is vegan. (KBShimmer does not test any of our products on animals or purchase supplies that have been tested on animals. KBShimmer nail polish, sugar scrubs, mani shots, cuticle creams and cuticle oil pens are all vegan, containing no animal products or by-products.)
I hope you enjoyed my post and that you’ll continue on to see what the other Makeup Wars bloggers have chosen as their brand of choice.  —  Marcia