Entries from July 27th, 2011

July 27, 2011

vintage varnish | essie mesmerize spring 2009 nail polish

I haven’t worn blue nail polish on my fingernails since my teenage years (which, OK, wasn’t that long ago), but when I saw Essie’s cobalt-blue “Mesmerize” in the lineup at Beauty Brands, I knew I had to have a little vintage varnish on my fingertips.

essie mesmerize spring 2009 nail polish

{Essie's "Mesmerize" is a creamy, cobalt-blue nail polish that has a splashy, wet look.}

“Mesmerize” debuted in spring 2009 and has since become a staple, along with “Marshmallow” and “Ballet Slippers” in Essie’s nail polish collection. I added “Mesmerize” to my own growing-collection of nail lacquers over the weekend and have since gotten some oohs, ahhs and eyebrows at my choice of such a bold blue usually reserved for toenails (sorry, I have turquoise on those boys right now!).

What do you think of shiny, splashy, cobalt-blue for fingernails? Do you work in a more traditional or creative environment? Would this color be OK for your day-to-day? Let me know in the comments section!

July 9, 2011

beauty scoop | skincando luxe brew lip balm

I refer to the newest addition to my beauty arsenal as “my magic lip potion.”

New from skincando’s line of Luxe beauty products, Brew Lip Balm is an enchanting mix of both exotic ingredients and the trusted moisturizing concoctions we’ve come to expect from natural beauty products. Handcrafted in Washington, D.C., Brew Lip Balm is made from a lovely blend of organic beeswax, Tahitian cocoa butter, organic shea butter, organic apricot kernel oil, fish oil, organic star anise, organic myrrh and vitamin E.

skincando luxe brew lip balm

{My magic lip potion for those mornings when my lips need an extra aromatic boost}

Upon smoothing it on your lips for the first time, you may feel a little tingle — most likely from organic star anise. It’s a refreshing balm that I can’t help but constantly reapply — it tastes good, is ultra-healing and organic!

I love that Brew Lip Balm is handmade from not only organic, but also wildcrafted ingredients. Wildcrafting means harvesting parts of plants from their natural habitat without disrupting growth or wasting other viable parts of the plant.

All of these luxurious ingredients and special attention to nature does come at a price — Brew Lip Balm costs $15 for a 0.15-ounce tube.  Use sparingly when you need a little aromatic kick!

July 4, 2011

fireworks at sunset

Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays— fireworks, barbecue and bad American flag decor pop up at every turn, and it makes me smile. While I’ve never donned uber-patriotic clothes or makeup, this year I opted to show my love for the Fourth of July holiday by getting a blinged-out manicure inspired by one of the latest trends to hit the beauty blogosphere: glitter tips!

essie meet me at sunset glitter tip nails

{Here's my more-subtle interpretation of firworks on my fingernails using Essie's "Meet Me at Sunset" and some glittery topcoat.}

I brought my bottle of Essie’s “Meet Me at Sunset,” a rich red-orange from its new summer 2011 “Braziliant” line, to the nail salon and found an orange and yellow glittery topcoat in the nail salon’s polish collection. The manicurist was skeptical when I told her that I wanted glitter just on the tips, and raised her eyebrows even more when I told her I wanted to see what it looked like with just glitter tips on my ring fingers (like Emily’s tutorial on mermaid nails). We tried it, and though it was cute, I opted for some uniform bling across all 10 tips. I call my fun combination “Fireworks at Sunset” (I’ve always wanted to be the person who names nail polish colors).

Blinged-out nails or not, I hope you enjoy your holiday and take some time to admire the fireworks after sunset tonight.

Happy Fourth of July!

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