Essie Butler Please, Smashbox Illume, and Smith’s Rosebud Salve

It has been too long my loves! This is just a quick little post to tell you about 3 products that I’m absolutely l-o-v-i-n-g!

1. Essie Butler Please is such a gorgeous winter blue from Essie. The consistency of this product is awesome, it is opaque (with 2 coats) and dries semi-matte. I have been layering Essie’s Stroke of Brilliance on top for shine and glitter (’tis the season).

2. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect nude lip gloss, Smashbox Illume is an awesome pick. You can snag it at Sephora. Although lately it has been sold out – must be popular! :) If you can find it, get it!

3. Smith’s Rosebud Salve has been a lifesaver lately. Cold air + heat = chapped lips (at least for me! How about you?) This product smells great, is long-lasting,  and appears subtly shiny (almost mimicking a gloss). I bought my first tube at Lux Beauty Store in Red Bank and recently picked up two more at Blue Mercury in Shrewsbury. I always opt for the tube because the pot is just disgusting (honestly, in my opinion it is just a little nasty pot of germs that is probably doing you more harm than good. Get the tube!)

Hope this was helpful!

x0xo,

Katie

 

Essie Penny Talk: Rose Gold Nails

Mini Post: Rose Gold Nail Polish Pick

Rose gold accessories, jewelry and makeup is in. And I love it. :) Today I’m going to focus on my favorite rose gold nail polish which is currently Essie Penny Talk. This polish is part of Essie’s new line, Mirror Metallic Collection for Summer 2012. It looks pretty on both the nails and toes and even better when it is paired with a rose gold accessory. The polish is a coppery rose gold and I think this shade will be the perfect summer to fall transition color! Also, Essie is Big 3 Free (which means their polish does not contain Toluene, DBP or Formaldehyde) so that makes me happy as well!

xo,

Katie

Neutral Nail Favorites

Neutral nails are incredibly chic. They go with every single outfit you wear, look exceptional with jewelry, and gorgeously understated. While the allure of neutral nails is simplicity, this look can often be difficult to achieve. Some of the things to consider when selecting a pale polish for yourself include: opacity, undertones, and quality.

Some neutral shades are super sheer, like Zoya Erin or Essie Allure. While others, like Essie Topless & Barefoot & Essie Fiji are more opaque. In my experience the sheer options are the best because they are the easiest to work with. I paint my nails pretty often and am often in a rush. The sheer versions do not showcase imperfections like their opaque counterparts can.

Undertones are important to consider when selecting a polish. For example, have you ever picked a color and thought that it looked great in the bottle/on a friend but looks awful on you? I have. Orangey-reds are probably the worst color for me. However, reds with a cool blue undertone are really flattering with my skin color. It is worth it to compare your skin undertone to that of the polish. In terms of neutrals, Zoya Cho looks so pretty in the bottle, when I apply it to my nails, the yellow undertones are very apparent and make the product unusable for me (must find someone to pass this on to). :)

When it comes to nail polish, higher quality products include Essie, Zoya, OPI, & Butter London. All of these brands have classic neutral colors to choose from. My favorites are: Essie Allure, Essie Waltz, Zoya Erin,

There are some classics that I am anxious to try: Essie Mademoiselle, Essie Ballet Slippers, OPI Ballet Slippers and Butter London Yummy Mummy. I know, I know… I will get on this soon! :)

A fun option with neutral nail polishes is layering. Try layering Essie Waltz on top of a coat of Essie Allure. You can experiment with different colors and combinations. Try layer a sheer nail polish over an opaque one, or a shimmery polish over a matte one.

Nail polish testing trick: use a piece of clear tape on the back of your hand. Put a dot of the nail polish on top, let it dry and make a decision. Also, walk outside to see the polish in natural light. The bright or fluorescent light may alter the appearance of the shade indoors. If it is flattering, buy it. If not, leave it and try a different color.

xo,

Katie

 

Essie Nail Polish

Essie nail polishes are my favorite! I love that the brand is now “big 3 free” (which means their nail polishes are not formulated with toluene,  formaldehyde, or DBP). The polishes in the image above, from left to right are: fiji, e-nuf is e-nuf, turqoise and caicos, topless and barefoot, and big spender.

Fiji: Looks best with a tan. I like to put on 3 light coats of the polish. It is a beautiful, opaque pink.

E-nuf is e-nuf: Perfect coral! It goes with everything. In terms of application, 2 coats is all you need.

Turquoise and caicos: Fabulous for feet. Like fiji, it looks awesome with a tan.

Topless and barefoot: Opaque, neutral & amazing. It is the perfect nude. Use 3 light coats.

Big spender: This color is great for both a manicure & pedicure. It is my favorite Essie polish!

On my shopping list: Too Too Hot

x0,

Katie

Zoya Nail Polish

Nail polish is one of my favorite things. I love wearing it, putting it on, and looking at it (both on me and on others!). I love it on my fingers but also on my toes and I think it looks so pretty in the bottle. It is easy to travel with, can make an outfit pop, and is a reflection of personality.

I was really disappointed when I discovered how harmful conventional nail polish brands are (on the cosmetic database – http://organicmakeupgirl.com/cosmetic-consumers-read-me/). Some of my favorite brands that I have been wearing for years (like Essie) suddenly seemed off-limits and dangerous. Nail polish lost its appeal to me because I felt so guilty wearing it.

A little bit of research led me to Zoya. This brand really enables me to enjoy nail polish again! Zoya nail polish is free of formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl pthalate and camphor. The polish is also vegan-friendly. I like the fact that my nails can look pretty without compromising my health. :)

Zoya has an incredible range of colors to select from – each shade has an intensity rating (of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most opaque). In addition, each color has a color description, and information on the color family it belongs to, the finish (cream, frost or metallic), and tone (warm or cool). Zoya makes it really easy to find colors that work well with your skin (check out this youtube video on how to find the right color for your skin tone:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHPecpNYehc).

Right now, I am loving Zoya Elodie and Zoya Erin. I recently purchased Zoya Audrina, Zoya Sabrina and Zoya Kali (I am waiting for them to come in the mail!).

I get my Zoya nail polish at zoya.com, where each bottle is $7 (+shipping and handling). This is an awesome brand and I highly recommend purchasing their nail polish! :)

x0 Katie