Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Beauty-FULL Christmas- Zoya Color Box Gift Sets

Many of you have seen the beautiful Color Box Gift Sets that Zoya has put out recently.  I love them.  They're the perfect way to shower a friend with incredible nail polish.  Zoya is one of my favorite brands of nail polish and I have yet to try one that disappoints me.  I would HIGHLY recommend that anyone who was unsure about buying Zoya go and get one of these amazing boxes:)

Every box comes with 3 beauties tucked inside a beautiful black box.  And each box is only $24:)

Here are my favorites (just in case you feel like getting me some Zoya polishes!)


Check them out for yourself: http://www.zoya.com/content/38/category/Zoya_color_box_giftset.html

Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday Manicure

Today PaA challenged us to include a "fierce accent nail" :)  Well I wore BEAUTIFUL Zoya Vanessa for Thanksgiving & did not have a chance to do a new mani for a whole 6 1/2 days!  *gasp* So I just added a beautiful accent nail to her.
 First I must say, Zoya Vanessa is a MUST HAVE.  Seriously, it's my new favorite red and it has cranberry, raspberry, plum hues (this picture does NOT do her justice).  She shifts from vampy red in the shade to a bright berry red in sunlight.  It's basically love in a bottle:)  I love her.  You need her.  AND if you don't already have any Zoyas you should rethink that decision.  The mani in this picture was done on Tuesday morning and this was photographed on Monday afternoon!  That is 6 1/2-ish days of tip wear right there and it doesn't look too shabby to me.  (Btw, I forgot to put a base coat on before I wore it for nearly a week.  Could you imagine it with Zoya's Armor Top Coat?!?!?)

The accent nail polish is Tuff Scent Wisdom. It is a gold glitter packed polish in a slightly yellow-ish clear base.  AND this is one coat of grapefruit scented goodness.  Yes I said ONE coat:)  I love how simple yet beautiful this Monday Mani came out.  I'm so glad I did it.  Red & gold on my nails?!?!  I know you're shocked aren't you...ok you're not but I still love you:)

What is your favorite accent nail polish???

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Beauty-FULL Christmas- Vitabath

I recently received a 12fl. oz. Vitabath in my Cosmo VoxBox from Influenster.  This was my FAVORITE item in my VoxBox, as I previously had experience with the other products.

I recieved the Dreamy Pink Frosting scent from the Cupcake Couture line.  Let me tell you, it smells divine.  I cannot wait to order more Vitabath products.  They are incredible.  The scent is decadent, not overpowering and makes your skin soft.  The body wash contains Vitamin A, B3, Pro-vitamins B5, C, & E which are skin conditioning nutrients.  It is sulfate & paraben free and rich in antioxidants which revitalize your skin.

Even though this may seem pricey at $9.99 a bottle, a little goes a long way.  You NEED to go buy this, it will help keep your skin moisturized and glowing all winter long.  Please go treat yourself to this amazing body wash.  It would make the PERFECT stocking stuffer!  I know I'm planning on getting another one for myself and a couple others for my favorite people on my Christmas shopping list.  Check out their website at http://www.myvitabath.com/

Here is some background information on the company, which refers to its product justly as "luxury in a bottle."

Luxury in a Bottle

For more than 50 years, consumers have trusted the Vitabath brand for unparalleled skin cleansing and conditioning. Vitabath’s quality ingredients and rich fragrances indulge the senses and nourish the skin, resulting in a relaxing, yet invigorating, at-home spa experience. In 2011, Vitabath is revitalizing its brand with the introduction  of a new moisturizing body wash line with a wide variety of fresh, playful fragrances.
All of the products in Vitabath’s newest collection of sulfate and paraben free body washes boast a moisturizing formula that leaves skin feeling clean, refreshed and vibrant. Featuring a nourishing blend of Vitamins A, B3, B5, C and E, as well as an antioxidant superfruit blend, the Fragrance Collection moisturizes and revives skin with its rich, luxurious lather. The Fragrance Collection body washes retail for $9.99 or less each at www.myvitabath.com and at ULTA Beauty, Harmon Discount, Stages, Duane Reade, Fred Meyer and Bed Bath & Beyond stores.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. Influenster provides products for review through their VoxBox program to innovative trend setters in the industry. http://www.influenster.com

Monday, November 21, 2011

I'm dreaming of a beauty-FULL Christmas

In the upcoming weeks I will be featuring some of my favorite beauty items for gift giving & getting.  I will also throw some other holiday favorites into the mix.  Stay tuned!  I hope you're anticipating it as much as I am!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

World's First Nail Polish Adoption Agency: Parents Needed

Adoptapolish.org announces the world’s first adoption drive for in need nail polish, available for U.S. and Canadian applicants. 

Every day, thousands of nail polishes are abandoned or abused. They are not sticky or old, they are fine new polishes, stuck on a shelf because they are forgotten or out of season. All they desire is to be used, and maybe taken for a night on the town in return. 

“We have so many polishes who need a good family to take them in” said AdoptAPolish.org executive director Nikki Smith. “All it takes is filling out an application form describing how you can provide a better life for one of our in need nail polishes. We select the best application and take care of all the expenses, delivering your newly adopted polish directly to your door.” 

Essie Charleston
One current nail polish, Charleston, held back tears well describing his life, “I spent two years of my life stacked in a dark room crammed together with thousands of others just like me, hundreds pressing down on my shoulders at any given time. I’m a shimmer and I have never seen sunlight in my life. Oh and don’t get me started on CND Shellac, I just can’t keep going as long, why would any women want me” he continued. 

Please don’t let the agony go on any longer than it has to. The first round of adoptions closes December 31st. Apply to Adopt a Polish at http://www.adoptapolish.org/category/current-adoptions/ 

Zoya Angelina

I have already begun the polish adoption process through a beautifully written, heartfelt poem to Zoya Angelina...

Dear Angelina,

Some polishes are red.
Some polishes are blue.
I would love to be the one,
To take care of you.

We will go on dates.
Stay out very late.
We’ll find you some friends,
Maybe even a mate.

You’re the perfect brown,
For a night on the town.
I want to lift your spirits,
Whenever you’re down.

I will love you.
To you I’ll be true.
You’d be the star of my blog,
Even if you weren’t new.

Please accept this simple poem as a declaration of how much I would love you and take care of you. There will be new light in your life and you will bring grace and elegance to my tips and toes. We’ll be so happy together.

My heart longs for you Angelina. I hope I have proven myself worthy of your love in return.

Your hopeful adoptive mom:)

This is a fun, unique way to adopt a new polish.  It requires some creativity.  I would encourage each and every one of you to give it a whirl:)  Check out some Essie, Zoya, Orly, and Color Club that needs your loving here and begin the adoption process TODAY:)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Monday Manicure

Wow.  I haven't done the Polish-aholics Anonymous Monday Manicure Challenge in a while.  Here's to hoping I can keep up with it!

This week the theme was "heart" manicure.  I did my best to brainstorm & prevent my manicure from looking like a Valentine.  I avoided my pinks & reds and decided to go to the opposite end, hence the tealish color palette.  The nail polishes used in this manicure were:
  • Sinful Colors Open Seas
  • Diamond Cosmetics Don't Teal My Heart Away
  • Revlon Plum Night
  • Sally Hansen Natural White

I also decided to only include one heart & throw in some plaid nail art:)  I think I will be adding plaid to my list of wearable nail art.  I'm a huge fan:)  Here she is...
How would you incorporate a heart theme into your manicure?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Vintage Lace Manicure

Confession: I enjoy doing nail art, but because I look younger than I am I try to stay away from nail art that can seem "juvenile."  I am forever impressed by the nail art that I see from amazing nail artists.  It's such an amazing art form.  I'm not against wearing nail art, I just prefer to have elegant, classy nails that enhance my style.  You may think  I'm boring, and that's ok.  We're all entitled to our opinions:)

Here is my favorite "go-to" nail art.  My hand-painted lace manicure.  I've done a tutorial on this mani before and it is definitely one of my favorites.  Enjoy:)

What is your FAVORITE nail art design to wear?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Zoya's Newest Winter Collection: Feel Press Release

Many of you know that I love neutrals on nails.  So this press release excited me.  This collection is so "me" and I cannot wait to see some swatches of these lovelies by the lucky ducks that get to preview Zoya polishes:)
FEEL Beautiful!
Every season the color experts at Zoya create dozens of new color collection options. This
year, one of those “secret collections” just had to be seen now rather than later. FEEL by Zoya
Nail Polish delivers six new, highly pigmented, full coverge neutrals for right now!

Zoya FEEL Collection
  • Kristen (ZP591): Full coverage, gull gray cream
  • Carey (ZP592): Full coverage, periwinkle gray cream
  • Megan (ZP593): Full coverage, taupe gray cream
  • Kendal (ZP594): Full coverage, rose quartz beige cream
  • Kennedy (ZP595): Full coverage, pale french beige cream
  • Avery (ZP596): Full coverage, blonde beige cream

Zoya is the new color of fashion...
Ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers by Zoya are free of harmful industrial chemicals
like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known
to cause cancer and birth defects.
Find Zoya FEEL as well as over 300 other ultra high-fashion Zoya shades at
www.zoya.com. As always, each and every Zoya color is made for women so we
name them after women.
FEEL by Zoya
Sug. Retail $8.00 per 0.5 fl.oz. bottle (US)

Available November 15, 2011.