Spring 2009 Trends: Nail Polish

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Sephora by OPI Nail Colour, a line of 54+ trend-setting shades, puts the final touch on fingertips and toes with a top-quality formula you have come to expect from OPI. The long-lasting, chip-resistant polish ensures flawless results with each application. Best of all, there’s absolutely no DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde in their formula!

I’m loving that coral colored one, 2nd to last on the right there… It’s called “I’m Wired“. Great color for Spring, don’t you think?

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I purchased Metro Chic, a dark smoke color with a hint of purple. It looks FABULOUS on my nails! I had it on for almost a week and it just started chipping today. Really strong, long lasting formula. I’m really pleased! I also got Nonfat Soy Half Caff, a soft, creamy beige color. It wasn’t quite as deep as I had hoped, but it looks really nice on my nails. Natural and classy. I think this one is a great pick for Spring.

I am so pleased with this new line of nail polish, that I will definitely be buying more. I can’t decide which ones to get though… I really like Caffeine Fix, a dark plum color, but I already have like 8 different bottles of dark purple nail polish. I really don’t need another. The other color I’m considering is Let’s Do Lunch, a sparkly coral color. I think that would look great with a floral dress or something. It’s light and summery.

Just take a look at all the lovely colors there are to choose from. Let me know which ones you ladies like best!

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MAC Hello Kitty On Sale Now at Nordstrom

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M·A·C Hello Kitty limited edition collection of new wild shades and finishes. Available now at Nordstrom!

I just bought the Hello Kitty Lipstick in “Fresh Brew”icon for $14.00 and the Hello Kitty Lipglass in “She Loves Candy”icon for $14.00 from the Hello Kitty Collectionicon. While I was at it, I decided to try out a lipstick from the new Cream Team Collectionicon. I chose shade “Crème In Your Coffee”icon. I can’t wait to see how they look!

Take your pick from the new Hello Kitty collection before supplies run out!
Buy it online right now at Nordstrom.com

Also, don’t forget that the M.A.C Hello Kitty Couture Auction is live on eBay now! Here’s your chance to bid on a one-of-a-kind Kitty Creation, designed exclusively for M.A.C by a constellation of International Couturiers. All proceeds to benefit the Acquisition Fund for The Museum at FIT, the Fashion Institute of Technology. Auctions end on February 19th at 10:00pm EST/7:00pm PST.

The M.A.C Hello Kitty Couture Auction features creations from Catherine Malandrino, Zac Posen, Charlotte Ronson, Hervé Léger, Kai Kuhne, Rosa Cha, Tadashi Shoji, The Blonds, threeasFOUR, Vicente Villarin, Giles, Dress 33, Elie Saab, Emmanuel Ungaro, Manish Arora, Qiu Hao, Zimmerman, Kate Sylvester, Shu Chi Huang and more.

Visit the auction here.

Don’t forget to check out the new M.A.C Hello Kitty video on the M.A.C Cosmetics YouTube channel!

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.

Shop the Viva Glam VI look >>

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!
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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?