My Holiday Glam Makeup Look

I’m going to go for the Viva Glam VI Special Edition look for Christmas.

I already have most of the eyeshadows and liners, but I didn’t have the Viva Glam Lipstick (Shade: Viva Glam VI) and the Tinted Lipglass in Viva Glam VI. I was really tempted to get the matching Lip Pencil and Paint Pot in Constructivist, but I didn’t want to spend that much on myself so close to Christmas.

So I just quickly went and ordered the lipstick and the lipglass along with Fibre Rich Lash Mascara and Overlacquer nail polish to seal in my perfect manicure before it gets ruined doing dishes or baking.

Those 4 things along came to $51, but I got FREE OVERNIGHT SHIPPING!!

So I saved $10 on shipping and I get to wear my new makeup for Christmas. You can too! Don’t miss out on holiday delivery. Place your order by 11:59 pm Monday December 22, 2008 for delivery by December 25th. Get FREE Overnight shipping with any purchase from MAC.com Just use offer code OVERNIGHT at checkout. Note that it may require a signature upon delivery.

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Trend Alert: Grey (Gray?) Nail Polish!

Grey (gray? which do you prefer?) nail polish is popping up all over the place… first it was black, now I guess the stylista’s pulling the strings from their tall towers have toned it down a bit. I never was much for the black nail polish, although, ahem, to be truthful I never tried it.

But grey, hello? Does anyone around here read my posts? (I’ve obsessed about it here and here. And featured it here, here, here and here – plus possible others.) Grey I can do.

So anyway, I packed up the kiddos and did some hard core “research” for you gals… which including stopping at my fav beauty store that is now out of business apparently and then packing the kiddos up again and heading to good old Target. It was there that I found Rimmel’s “Night Life” for $3.89. Zipped home, put the kiddos to bed and then gave myself a little manicure – all for you of course!

Here’s the outcome: (please note, I am neither a “manicurist” nor a “photographer” – so this is as good as it gets). And as I look at the picture again, I am also not a hand model or material to ever be one. I’m a housewife!

This particular color had a little shimmer to it and some undertones of purple and maybe brown. I liked that it looked a bit edgy and cool – but still doable for everyday. Like for instance tomorrow I have “moms group” at church. I would not wear black nail polish to that – granted they are a pretty fun group. But not so “fun”ky, if you get me.

If you want to give the grey polish a go – which I suggest you do – try these!

butter LONDON 3 Free Nail Lacquer, Big Smoke

Lippmann Collection Nail Color created with Pat Benatar, Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Five Step Manicure for Winter Hands!

Step 1: Exfoliate hands and cuticles! This is so important as your hands and cuticles “frame” your nails… if they look unkept, so will your nails!
philosophy time on your hands, exfoliating hand and cuticle cream

Step 2: Strengthen your nails! There are so many products like this on the market, but I especially like this one…
OPI Nail Envy Natural Nail Strengthener, Dry & Brittle

Step 3: Choose a rockin’ color! These days anything goes with color… for myself I usually prefer a neutral color for my fingernails. Let your inspiration be your guide!
OPI Classic Shades Nail Lacquer, Tutti Frutti Tonga

Step 4: Top Coat! ALWAYS do a top coat… if you skip on this, you will pay! I like this one, it dries quickly so that I can get on to the million other things I have to do!
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Step 5: Moisturize Your Cuticles! In the winter, my cuticles really take a hit and when they get dry and cracked it makes my whole hand look yucky! Give them some extra love this time of year and they will return the favor. I think this one is the easiest to use with best therapeutic results
Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil, 4000 I.U.

Voila! You’ve got yourself some pretty hands! Perfect for holiday get togethers and celebrations!

You’re Too Late To Get A FREE Bottle Of Essie Nail Polish!

I got the link to the offer on Wednesday and was ready to post this on Friday, and then I got an email Thursday afternoon saying they ran out of them!!!!!!!!!! What, did they only have like 50 bottles to give away? I’m really disappointed because I was really excited to share this with you ladies!

Well hopefully it will be on sale soon and then you can keep your nails neat and your piggies polished with this exclusive PAMA® Essie nail polish!

To celebrate National Pomegranate Month in November, Essie Nail Polish and PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur have joined forces to create PAMA, a deep red, limited edition nail polish.

When I find where you can buy this pretty color, I will post the link, so stay tuned.

Nail Polish Trends For Fall 2008 & Winter 2009

Per request of 2 of our readers, we’ve put together a list of the top trends in nail polish for this season.

  • Purples, Eggplant, Aubergine
  • Dark Reds, Burgundy, Bordeaux
  • Gray, Grey, Concrete, Steel
  • Browns, Chocolates, Espresso
  • Metallics and Glittery Polishes in Dark Colors

Here’s our favorites shades and recommended brands:


Zoya – “Mata Hari”

Zoya – “Hope”

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OPI Nail Lacquer – “Oh…To Be 25 Again!”
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OPI Nail Lacquer – “Malaga Wine”
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Zoya – “Trixie”

Zoya – “Freja”

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OPI Nail Lacquer – “It’s a Doozy”
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OPI Nail Lacquer – “Smok’n in Havana”
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Zoya – “Indigo”

Zoya – “Suvi”

What color nail polish are you rocking this Fall?

OPI Buy 2 Get 1 FREE!

I recently received my ULTA mailer – I love perusing it’s pages for beauty inspiration and of course – sales! I was ecstatic when I saw the OPI Buy 2 Get 1 FREE deal! To view your local ULTA mailer… click here. Please do note that this is an in-store offer as ulta.com does not carry OPI products, but their stores do! Plus I love shopping in person at ULTA because you can see and feel stuff in person and ask questions if you are interested in trying a product you have never used before.

To get your shopping game plan in effect… visit OPI’s website for the newest colors and trends in nails. Currently they have a great BCA polish called “Pink of Hearts” which is totally sweet and cute and purchases benefit Susan G. Komen For the Cure.

And of course, completely in line with this season of purple haze a line called La Collection de France with FABULOUS tones of purples and browns. LOVE THIS! I think I am becoming a purple-convert!
Promotion ends October 11, 2008 – so hurry!

Fall 2008 Trends: Brown Nails

Deep Brown Nail Color

Deep browns, like vampy reds, look classic on nails, but their sophisticated, earthy character softens them, making brown, we think, almost as wearable as baby pink or beige. “Dark browns look best on rounded square nails that extend just past the tip of the finger,” says Jan Arnold, cofounder of Creative Nail Design.

If you have trouble maintaining a manicure, choose metallic shades, which tend to adhere to nails better and last longer than shimmerless ones.

Here are a few shades we’re loving:

ZOYA Nail Polish

What: Zoya Nail Polish in Kaufda

Zoya nail polish is free of toxic Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP. Perfect for anyone who wants to remove one more toxin from their surroundings. Or if you just want exceptional, long-wearing nail polish! Zoya is the longest wearing natural nail polishes available and it’s made in the USA. Poured in fine Italian Glass, and Spanish Brushes. Wow!

Some other shades we’re loving: Dea a milky chocolate brown, Paris a deep, dark brown, and Marcella a pinky brown.

Price: $6.00

Where: artofbeauty.com or get it cheap on eBay.com

(I got mine from Dog Gone Sister’s eBay Store)




Essie Nail Polish

What: Essie Nail Polish in Wicked
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Essie, the ultimate colour authority, offers a line of superior nail care products with an exclusive award winning formula. Essie’s fashion-forward colours are always classic, chic and elegant and can be worn “from the bedroom, to the boardroom, to the ballroom.”

Another color we like is Charleston
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Price: $8.00

Where: Beauty.com




O.P.I. Nail Polish

What: O.P.I. Nail Polish in Chocolate Shake-spear
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I love OPI nail polish and I have a ton of it. Every time it goes on sale, I stock up. My fav color is “I’m Not Really A Waitress” a ruby red color. It’s awesome.

But we’re talking about brown! My fav shades of brown from there include Who Comes Up With These Names?icon and It’s A Doozy!icon

Price: $7.00 and up

Where: drugstore.com